Roland Allnachs Prism, Beauty Blinders, TED Talks

October 8, 2014
Hosted by Cynthia Brian

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Prism is the newest book by Roland Allnach presenting the best of newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction. These selected stories fracture the reader’s perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience. “Roland Allnach has been described as a ‘star on the rise’ (ForeWord Clarion), ‘a master storyteller with a powerful pen’ (Cynthia Brian, NY Times Bestselling author), with writing that is ‘smart, elegant, and addicting’ (San Francisco Review).” Cynthia Brian interviews this rising star author. Are you wearing beauty blinders? Heather Brittany separates reality from myth when it comes to beauty treatments. Are you risking your health to be beautiful? Find out. Have you ever wondered what makes the TED talks memorable? Cynthia Brian communicates tips on preparing a TED-worthy presentation.

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Clint Adams

Clint Adams created Stories About Facing Fear for teens/young adults everywhere who want to and need to tell their stories. As an author of 4 middle-grade/teen novels, Clint’s expertise in teen issues grew extensively while conducting his No Time for Fear workshops throughout Europe. Previously, Clint wrote and edited numerous academic texts for middle-graders and teens while at Kaplan, Inc. (a Washington Post company) and McGraw-Hill publishing. He earned his undergraduate degree in drama from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in International Marketing from Golden Gate University. Clint is a 15-year member of the Authors Guild, was a working actor prior to writing and is both an Italian and American citizen. View Guest page

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Roland Allnach

After more than twenty years of hospital night shifts, Roland Allnachb has winessed life form a slightly different angle. He has authored six books that have been recognized with over a dozen national awards, including honors from National Indie Excellence, Foreword Reviews Readers’ Favorite, Feathered Quill Review, and Pacific Book Review. His non fiction book is The Writer’s Primer: A Practical Guide for Aspiring Authors Seeking Publication and his newest horror/speculative fiction book is Oddities & Entities 2, Vessels. When not immersed in his imagination and writing, he enjoys spending time with his family.
Meet Roland at these events: November 21: I will return to Comsewogue Library, 7pm, to present "Publish Your Book" November 26: I will present "Short Story Publication" at Brookwood Hall, 10am, East Islip, Long Island NY December 3: I will return to Brookwood Hall, 10am, for a Holiday Book Fair December 18: Holiday Book Fair, along with seventeen View Guest page

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Patti Anderson

Patti Anderson is the Pound for Pound Challenge Champion of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County. Built around the success of The Biggest Loser, the program allows anyone to shed pounds along with the contestants by pledging their weight-loss goals at For every pound pledged, the Pound For Pound Challenge donates 11 cents to Feeding America. Patti was a contestant on The Biggest Loser episode 9 and despite being voted off early she was determined not to let that early dismissal derail her from her “get healthy” goal. Patti has been overweight since childhood, developed type 2 diabetes, and takes daily medications. She and her husband have been together since 8th grade, and as her best friend, he has always been understanding and supportive. She is the President and owner of company dominated by men and her passionate desire to be healthy for herself, her husband, and her children will continue to propel her to stay fit. View Guest page

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Lucy Angel

Consisting of mother Kate and daughters Lindsay and Emily Anderton, Lucy Angel is celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album to alongside their AXS TV docu-series DISCOVERING LUCY ANGEL. The lead-off single “Crazy Too” as heard on SiriusXM The Highway reached the Top 20's on Sirius XM's Hot 45 Countdown chart. The trio's tight harmonies and unforgettable brand has led them to open for Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Jerrod Niemann, Casey James, Neal McCoy and more. Building their fan base worldwide, Lucy Angel was honored as the first Western/American act to ever sing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Lucy Angels self-titled album is available exclusively at Walmarts and Targets nationwide along with all online digital retailers. For more information, visit; go to their Facebook page here and follow them on Twitter, @LucyAngelBand; on Instagram and YouTube. View Guest page

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E.D. Arrington

Author and award-winning poet, E.D. Arrington, is dedicated to improving the lives of others, particularly our youth. Through her spellbinding books, motivational speaking, and innovative educational programs, she has already touched the lives of many. E.D. Arrington has also captivated youth and adults with her riveting book readings. Her books include: Stay The Course, a novel loosely based on her life experiences growing up in the rural South in the late 1960s that tells the moving story of a grandmother’s lifelong dream to see one of her own get a high school diploma. Forever Was A Day, the sequel to Stay The Course, that explores the main character’s struggles to adapt to the complex life inside the world of her interracial family. On The Edge, a gripping tale of suspense, romance, murder, love, and secrets of the wealthy set in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Words Of Comfort: A Collection Of Poems And Inspirational Writings. Select poems, set to music, also available on CD. (The Words Of Comfort CD includes the award-winning poem, “An Ending Of A Similar Kind.”) View Guest page

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Alison Atlee

Alison Atlee spent her childhood fashioning nineteenth-century wardrobes for her dolls. As an adult, she has a masters' degree from Bread Loaf School of English, multiple editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and a bull for a next-door neighbor. Her debut novel is The Typewriter Girl. Alison Atlee View Guest page

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Megan Ayrault

Megan Ayrault is an author of books on animal massage, and the founder of, an on-line resource for everything you need to know about massage and bodywork for the animals you love. Megan is a Licensed Massage Practitioner for animals and people and a professional educator with a Masters in Teaching. Megan currently has a private practice near Seattle, and teaches animal massage both privately and with the Northwest School of Animal Massage. Together with her All About Animal Massage colleagues, Megan is dedicated to supporting all animal lovers in discovering the benefits of massage and bodywork for the animals in their care. You can find her books, The Dog Lover's Guide to Massage: What Your Dog Wants You to Know and The Horse Lover's Guide to Massage: What Your Horse Wants You to Know, at, at, and at Barnes & Noble. View Guest page

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Michael Thomas Barry

Author Michael Thomas Barry was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in north suburban village of Wheeling. He has lived in Orange County, California since 1986. He is a graduate of the California State University, Fullerton with degrees in both Criminal Justice and History. He is the author of Final Resting Places Orange County’s Dead and Famous (Schiffer Publishing, 2010). Current projects include Fade to Black: The Lives & Final Resting Places of the Academy Award Winners of the Golden Age of Hollywood (release date Spring 2011) and True Crime Stories of California (release date, Spring 2011. He resides with his wife, Christyn, their three daughters in Anaheim Hills, California. Website: View Guest page

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Todd Battle

Todd A. Battle serves as the Pastor of The Greater New Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley, CA. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from San Jose State University, his Masters of Theological Studies (M.TS) from Faith Theological Seminary of Tacoma, WA iand His Doctor Of Ministry (D.Min) with emphasis in Pastoral Care from Andersonville Theological Seminary of Camilla, GA. He completed his Master Of Business Administration (MBA) through the University of Phoenix. Along with co-authoring Daddy Look!™, Todd has written several Bible Studies and Lectures.

Todd is married to his lovely wife, Lady Patricia Battle. And their union has produced two beautiful daughters: Patrice Alani and De’Vona Denise, and one grandson, Josiah Aidan Caleb. He has conducted seminars, workshops and revivals throughout all of California, as well as other parts of the country. View Guest page

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Robert Benson

Most parents wish they could be near their children 24/7—to protect, advise and guide them in decision making. While that’s not feasible, former Air Force Sergeant Robert Benson may have found the next best thing to being there: texting them your advice. While away from home for extended periods, Benson spent a year advising his kids with homegrown advice directly influenced by his own life experiences. Among the topics he regarded as important for a lifetime of wisdom: motivation, relationships and professionalism. THE BOOK OF DAD is a 200-strong collection of Benson’s observations, insights and fatherly advice. Personal background: Born and raised in Chester, PA August 24, 1960. He remained there and never traveled more than 100 miles away from Chester until he graduated from Chester High School in 1979. Upon graduation he entered the United States Air Force, traveled the world, and acquired education (BS & MPA) until October of 2003, when he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8). He is married to the former Ulett M. Williams of Gary Indiana, he has three children, Erica C Gause, Ulon Marcus and Robert Andrew Benson, and one grandson David Kevin Gause, Jr. View Guest page

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Jim Berry

Ten years ago, Jim and Jonathan Berry founded J. Berry Nursery with the vision of discovering valuable and beautiful introductions to the market. Located in Grand Saline, Texas, the company has an extensive trialing process to ensure that all new plant genetics introduced will be top performers in the garden. Jim is a seasoned, award-winning nurseryman with a passion and vision for the horticultural industry. J. Berry seeks to develop new plants and packaging that is retail focused in high volume product categories, with domestic and international appeal. Due to their focus on retail, most of the new product development efforts center on flowering products that are in-line with recognized consumer trends. Black Diamond® Crapemyrtles, Hollywood™ Hibiscus, Deja Bloom® Azaleas and Deckorations™ are new and exciting programs launched by J. Berry Nursery. View Guest page

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Bud Bilanich

Bud Bilanich, Author of Straight Talk for Success In addition to Straight Talk for Success, Bud Bilanich has authored six other books on business and leadership. He contributed The Gift of Optimism to the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. Bud Bilanich, The Common Sense Guy, is an executive coach, motivational speaker, author and blogger. Dr. Bilanich is Harvard educated but has a no nonsense approach to his work to goes back to his roots in the steel country of Western Pennsylvania. Bud is a cancer survivor and lives in Denver with his wife Cathy. He is a retired rugby player and an avid cyclist. He likes movies, live theatre and crime fiction. View Guest page

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Lauren Bjorkman

Lauren Bjorkman is the author of two YA novels, MY INVENTED LIFE and MISS FORTUNE COOKIE. She grew up on a sailboat, sharing the tiny forecastle with her sister and the sail bags. They are still friends. For 5 years her family sailed from California to Florida, across the Atlantic, and back to Brazil and Argentina. On the voyage, Lauren and her sister sewed clothes for stuffed animals, became excellent beachcombers, and wrote inappropriate lyrics to old songs. Their dad read them stories by the light of a kerosene lamp. After studying Mandarin in college, she honeymooned in China, learning to take little space on a bus and mastering chopsticks. Now she lives in Taos with her husband, two sons, and cats—the ones that outsmarted the coyotes. View Guest page

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Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake taught high school and college English for many years in Colorado and New York. She has taught fiction workshops at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, MA, The Writer's Center, in Bethesda MD, The University of Maryland, and The George Washington University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, the poet Joshua Weiner, and their two sons. Weaving together the stories of three very different women loosely tied to each other, debut novelist Blake takes readers back and forth between small town America and war-torn Europe in 1940 with her New York Times best seller, The Post Mistress. Blake captures two different worlds—a naïve nation in denial and, across the ocean, a continent wracked with terror—with a deft sense of character and plot, and a perfect willingness to take on big, complex questions, such as the merits of truth and truth-telling in wartime. View Guest page

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JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and # 1 international bestselling author of Those Who Save Us (Harcourt, 2004) and The Stormchasers (Dutton, 2010). Jenna is also one of Oprah's Top Thirty Women Writers. Jenna's debut novel Those Who Save Us is a New York Times bestseller and the # 1 Book of 2011 in Holland. Those Who Save Us is also a Boston Globe bestseller and the 2005 Ribalow Prize winner, adjudged by Elie Wiesel. Those Who Save Us is a perennial book club favorite; to talk about Those Who Save Us, Jenna attended over 800 book clubs in the Boston area alone. Jenna's critcally acclaimed and reader-beloved 2nd novel, The Stormchasers, which Jenna researched by chasing tornadoes for six years with stormchase company Tempest Tours, is also a Dutch bestseller, a Boston Globe bestseller, a Target Emerging Author Pick, and a BORDERS bestseller. View Guest page

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Richard Nelson Bolles

Dick Bolles—more formally known as Richard Nelson Bolles—is the author of What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Guide For Job-Hunters and Career Changers, the most popular job-hunting book in the world.

The book has sold more than 10,000,000 copies to date, and is dramatically updated, reshaped and rewritten, every year. The 2014 edition will be in bookstores, and online, a week from today. "Parachute", as it's often referred to, has been translated into 20 languages and is used in 26 countries. Dick is credited with founding the modern career counseling field (by career historians and pioneers such as the late Bernard Haldane), and is often described as the field's #1 celebrity. 

He has been featured in Forbes, The Economist, Business Week, Fortune, Money, Fast Company, and TIME. He has appeared on the Today show, CNN, CBS, ABC, PBS, and other popular media. Dick was chosen this year by Forbes Magazine, as one of 20 "Wealth Wizards" in the U.S.—(along with Warren Buffett, and 18 others) View Guest page

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Susan Bowman

Susan Bowman, Ed.S., LPC is a licensed professional counselor who, at fourteen, ran away from home and battled homelessness. By age nineteen, she was divorced with three children and had to depend on welfare as her only means of financial support. Through perseverance she worked her way out of poverty and through college. She co-authored, Memoir Star, start Telling Your Story with Erika Karres, Ed.D. to help people write down their experiences and life story. The book is a simple step-by-step plan using prompts to guide the reader. Susan is also the author of Breaking Free, the heart-ending journey of a teenage girl on the run. Susan's mission in life is to help other troubled young people find their strengths and direction with purpose and passion. View Guest page

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Heather Brittany

Heather Brittany is a certified Bar Method instructor with degrees in English, Communications, and Women's Health. She has worked as a reproductive assistant at Planned Parenthood and is very keen on helping men and women stay healthy and be informed. Heather is currently working in the wine industry and touts the wellness benefits of a daily glass of vino. She and her husband helped foot the bill for their dream wedding. It was the best day of their lives! View Guest page

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Helen Bryan

Helen Bryan was born in Virginia, grew up in Tennessee, graduated from Barnard College and since 1971 has lived in London where she qualified as a barrister and is a member of the Inner Temple. She has written a layman's guide to the English planning system "Planning Applications and Appeals" and a biography "Martha Washington First Lady of Liberty" which was awarded a Citation of Merit by the Colonial Dames of America. She has written a novel, a World War II romantic saga " War Brides" inspired by the stories and reminiscences of the wartime generation, especially those of women who joined Churchill's Special Operations Executive, and family holidays in a small East Sussex village where, according to local legend, an old smugglers' tunnel led from beneath a grave in the churchyard to the seacoast, obviously waiting for a story to be built around it. Her novel, The Sisterhood is another romantic saga, set in sixteenth century Spain and Spanish America. View Guest page

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Jill Byington

Jill Byington has been writing and teaching for the past thirty years. She grew up in Washington State with two brothers, two sisters, two parents, and one bathroom. She still lives in the same area, but now she has one husband, one son, and three bathrooms. She contributed two stories to Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. The Gift of Laughter is included in the book, and The Gift of Ingenuity is part of the bonus book section on line. View Guest page

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Lorna Byrne

If you’ve wondered about the mysteries that lie beyond everyday experience, or doubted the reality of the afterlife, Angels in My Hair is deeply inspirational. For as long as she can remember, Lorna Byrne has seen angels. As a child, she assumed everyone could see the otherworldly beings. In the eyes of adults, her abnormal behavior was a symptom of mental deficiency. People from around the world are drawn to her for comfort and healing, and theologians of different faiths seek her guidance. Lorna is trusted for her ability to communicate with spirits and angels. By sharing her intimate knowledge of the spiritual world she offers a message of hope and love to us all. Invoking a wonderful sense of place, she describes growing up poor in Ireland, finding work in Dublin, and marrying the man of her dreams—only to have the marriage cut short by tragedy. Angels in My Hair gives readers a unique insight into the angelic help that is around us and available to us all the time. In this uplifting autobiography, a modern-day Irish mystic shares her vivid encounters and conversations with the angels and spirits.Http://Www.Lornabyrne.Com View Guest page

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Kim Carlson

Kim Carlson, Be the Star You Are! web master and contributor to Be the Star You Are! for TEENS book Wife, mother, first-time grandma, accountant, webmaster for Be the Star You Are!, trail-work volunteer, gourmet chef, designated family sommelier, carpenter, remodeler, landscaper, primitive camper, backpacker, and more, if Kim Carlson doesn’t know how to do something, she will figure it out, and do it fast and with a great attitude. Kim wrote, The Gift of Attitude in the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. and View Guest page

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Ariane Cauderlier

Ariane Cauderlier, photographer and Monet Expert/Guide Ariane Cauderlier has dedicated her life to sharing her passion for the painter Claude Monet. She is French and lives nearby Monet's home at Giverny, 50 miles West of Paris. Ariane works as a guide-interpreter in Monet's beautiful gardens, that were designed by the painter himself. She also writes two blogs about Giverny and Monet, one in English and one in French. As a keen photographer, she contributed to the book « Claude Monet at Giverny » published by Fondation Claude Monet. Ariane is the editor of several websites full of informations on Giverny and Monet. She is happy to accommodate visitors at her charming B&B the Hermitage and country lodging « The Lilacs ». The book « Claude Monet at Giverny, a Tour and History of the House and Garden », by Claire Joyes, includes 43 photos by Ariane Cauderlier. It is available in French on available in English, German and Japanese at Fondation Monet in Giverny. Blog in English:, blog in French: Guided tours: View Guest page

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Colonel Charles Causey

Colonel Charles Causey is an active duty Army chaplain who works for the Chief of Chaplains in Washington D.C. A recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in Iraq, he is also a marriage counselor and conference trainer. Married, and with four children who keep him very busy, Charles is also an author for Abingdon Press and NavPress/Tyndale House. He has written several literary works including the victorious 536-page Civil War novel "In Danger Every Hour" and a chilling moral thriller detailing WW II's Holocaust "The Lion and the Lamb." He loves to run, study history, and write about interesting people of faith. View Guest page

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Courtney Cheng

Courtney Cheng, 17, began volunteering with Be the Star You Are! as an 8th grader. Her favorite part about volunteering with Be the Star You Are! is meeting so many friendly people who share her interest in exploring different approaches towards reading and writing. Courtney also reviews new release books and takes full advantage of having the opportunity to read books from so many different genres. Aside from reading and writing, Courtney enjoys playing the violin in solo events and with two different orchestras: the Oakland Youth Orchestra and the one at her school. She is the writing coordinator for the teen outreach program, Express Yourself!™, was published in the online version of the book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS, and has had her works published in the newspaper. Courtney looks forward to getting the chance to do more writing and reading and reviewing others' writing in hopes of pursuing the same things in the future. She asks all young people to go to the Express Yourself!™ web site, submit a creative work, and inspire the world. View Guest page

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Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo is a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. Due to a childhood spent in various countries, she can eavesdrop (badly) in several languages. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked as a management consultant and at a startup before writing her first novel. THE GHOST BRIDE, set in colonial Malaya and the elaborate Chinese world of the afterlife, is about a peculiar historic custom called a spirit marriage. Yangsze lives in California with her husband, two children, and a potential rabbit. She loves to eat and read, and often does both at the same time. View Guest page

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C. Hope Clark

C. Hope Clark founded, a reference enabling over 20,000 writers around the globe to improve their craft. She publishes in Writer’s Digest, The Writer Magazine, and numerous magazines and online sites. She lives on the bank of Lake Murray in South Carolina and writes mystery novels for fun. Hope wrote The Gift of Hope for Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. View Guest page

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Meg Waite Clayton

Friendship, loyalty, and love lie at the heart of The Wednesday Sisters, Meg Waite Clayton’s beautifully written, poignant, and sweeping novel of five women who, over the course of four decades, come to redefine what it means to be family. View Guest page

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Peter Clement

Dr. Peter Clement, best selling author of The Darkness Drops and Therapy as well as other books, is Certified in Family Medicine with the Canadian College of Family Physicians; Certified with Special Competence in Emergency Medicine with the Canadian College of Family Physicians, past member of The American College of Emergency Physicians, Past Chief of Emergency and Family Medicine at St Mary's Hospital in Montreal, a McGill Teaching Hospital with an corresponding appointment as Assistant Professor in the McGill Department of Family Medicine, Past Chair of St. Mary's Emergency Preparedness Committee and task force member for the tactical evaluation of Emergency Medical Services in Quebec, Canada. View Guest page

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Betty Collier

Betty Collier is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, RN, and child of the King. She married the absolute love of her life 24 years ago after he suffered a life threatening head injury requiring emergency brain surgery a week before high school graduation. Betty and her husband William reside in Bartlett, TN with their 2 beloved sons, ages 16 and 11. She tells people that she became an author overnight and an internet radio talk show host over the weekend. After reading her book,Living Inside The Testimony, you will discover the inspiration that lies within all of us. Betty shares stories of love, hope, humor, and romance by offering readers inspiration and encouragement in a very unique way, by sharing the journey. View Guest page

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L. Cooper

L. Cooper’s poetry, short stories, and articles have appeared in magazines and books. She is the author of the novel, All She Ever Wanted and tied for first prize in the 2008 Be the Star You Are!® essay contest. Her contribution to the book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS is the Gift of YOU. View Guest page

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Thomas Cox

Follow Thomas Cox’s military life from peacetime through wartime in his engaging life story, The Last Wolf. Readers embark on an exhilarating quest through the eyes of this Marine Corps sniper. Cox takes you into the precision-dependent world of one of the most sought after military professions in the world. Just how arduous and dangerously exhilarating the job truly was, Cox reveals his love for the hunt. Thomas Cox served in the US Marine Corps from November 1995 until May 2004, all with Third Battalion Seventh Marines, 29 Palms California. He served as the Chief Scout Sniper for the Battalion’s Scout Sniper Platoon from August 2000 until October 2003. Combat tour: Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. Also served as an 11 Bravo for the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, New York Army National Guard from 1991 until 1994. He now works as a Respiratory Therapist living with his wife and new born daughter in Southern California. View Guest page

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Pete Crooks

Pete Crooks is a Bay Area-based journalist, and the author of the seminal investigative story about one of the Bay Area’s most sensational crime and corruption stories in recent history. For the past 14 years, Crooks has been one of the editors of Diablo magazine, and was on assignment for the magazine when he broke the incredible crime scandal detailed in The Setup: A True Story of Soccer Moms, Dirty Cops, and Reality TV. View Guest page

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Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. Her books for adults include the novel Cat's Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less, and The Fashionista Files. She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney's, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews. Melissa grew up in Manila and majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!). View Guest page

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Alene Dalley

Joy and Adventures in His Service by Alene Dalley shares true stores from the mission field. From witch doctors to water wells, language barriers to interpreter humor, you’ll travel on a journey of the heart. Alene shares with readers her tears, joys, laughter, and faith as she travels the world. Her travels did not include usual comfortable tourist locations. Joy and Adventure in His Service follows her as she ventured into the lives of the common people, where she might share the love of Jesus and provide hope where there was despair. She shared their simple lives, often sleeping in her bag on the ground. Confronted by obstacles which only prayer could overcome, Dalley brings inspiration through this poignant book. View Guest page

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Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning novels for teens and adults, including the Blue Bloods series , the Au Pairs series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat. She is also the editor of the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas. Her first series for adults debuted with Witches of East End, which People magazine called a “bubbling cauldron of mystery and romance.” followed by Serpent’s Kiss and Winds of Salem. Lifetime Television airs a drama based on Witches of East End. A former fashion and beauty editor, Melissa has written for The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and View Guest page

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Karla Dennis

Nationally Recognized Tax Expert, Karla Dennis, knows exactly how you can keep more of your hard earned cash. It's her job to keep up with the ever changing tax laws. It's her passion to share that knowledge with the public so that you're not handing over more of your paycheck to the government than you need to... Karla says she loves taxes. Not paying them, but figuring out ways to help clients legally pay less. What inspired Karla to fight for the people and help them win the war with their wallets? A childhood in Compton, California where she saw the electric truck come turn people's power off more than she saw the ice cream truck. Karla wants to empower people so they can make smart decisions and get what’s owed to them. A dynamic public speaker, Karla Dennis specializes in taking the fear out of finances and lends sage tax advice for keeping more of your money. Because of her savvy for making a confusing system easily understandable and surprisingly entertaining, Karla Dennis is actively sought as a tax expert by the media. She has been quoted by MSNBC, CNBC, Smart Money Magazine, Consumer Reports and the Real Wealth Network. Her book is Tax Storm. View Guest page

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Gioia Diliberto

Gioia Diliberto is a journalist, biographer, and novelist. She is the author of the biographies Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife, A Useful Woman: The Early Life of Jane Addams; and Debutante: The Story of Brenda Frazier, and the novels I Am Madame X and The Collection. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian, and Vanity Fair. She is a visiting lecturer in writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design and DePaul University. Her newest biography, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG: A LIFE UNWRAPPED, is a modern fable of self-invention, fame, wealth, failure, and success that mirrors late 20th century America itself. Gioia Diliberto lives in Chicago. View Guest page

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Billijo Doll

Billijo Doll-Author, The Seekers BilliJo Doll is a young adult author whose personal ministry is to help people of all ages become productive, positive, and passionate. Growing up on a ranch in Montana, BilliJo knows that when you get bucked off, you have to get back on the horse and ride. She is the author of The Seekers and The Mauraders as well as host of the radio show, Coping with Life. She wrote two chapters for the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS–The Gift of Adventure and The Gift of Encouragement. Billijo is great at both! View Guest page

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Rebecca Donovan

Rebecca Donovan is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the highly-acclaimed New Adult trilogy, The Breathing Series. Her novels include: Reason to Breathe, Barely Breathing, and the conclusion of the series, Out of Breath. She has more than 60,000 online reviews/ratings, nearly 20,000 Facebook followers, and significant deals with Amazon Publishing and Penguin UK, all of which transformed an indie writer to internationally published author in less than two years. Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia Excited by all that makes life possible, she is willing to try just about anything once. When she’s not writing, Donovan will likely be found in the front row of a rock concert, clad in sneakers and jeans, dancing, laughing, and unmistakably loving life. Donovan lives in a small town outside Boston with her son, who inspires her every day. 
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Mary Anne Dorward

Mary Anne Dorward, PCC, is a speaker, author, coach, award-winning radio host and cancer survivor. She is committed to being a positive influence in the lives, organizations, and companies she touches through her speaking and writing. Mary Anne Dorward has helped hundreds of people give powerful and winning presentations. Her clients include politicians, CEO 's, sports celebrities, and humanitarians. Mary Anne's commitment to making the world a better place through her company, My Real Voice, extends beyond working with professionals to further their bottom line. She knows that the most important speech many of us give is a toast at a wedding, a eulogy, or for a dinner with friends. Mary Anne delights in working on projects of all scales, helping everyday speeches become extraordinary ones. Her new book is Words to Thrive By. View Guest page

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Helias Doundoulakis

Helias Doundoulakis was born in Ohio, of Greek immigrant parents, in 1923. At the age of two, he and his family immigrated to Crete, Greece, and there they lived uneventfully until German paratroopers invaded the island in May of 1941. After a two-year involvement with the Cretan resistance and the British SOE, he was evacuated by the SOE to Cairo, Egypt. He enlisted in the United States Army and was recruited into the fledgling American spy service, the OSS. He was schooled in the SI of the OSS, or Secret Intelligence sector, and became adroit in the use of the wireless and other techniques so that he was sent back to Salonica, Greece, the main disembarkation point for German troop movements. Along with a team comprised of a Greek naval intelligence officer, daily messages were sent to OSS Headquarters in Cairo. With this information, detailed German troop locations were monitored, including maritime activities in the port of Salonica. The author recounts his adventures in the book, I was Trained to Be a Spy. At the war’s conclusion, he was decorated by the United States Army and the Greek View Guest page

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Ruth Douthitt

R. A. DOUTHITT’S life took a turn for the better when she returned to college in her late thirties to complete a B.A. in Visual Art from ASU, as well as a Masters in Education from University of Phoenix. After teaching college part time, she decided it was time to complete her first book after working on it for almost 20 years. Her son grew up reading C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien, who served as her inspiration for her own bildungsroman-type, fantasy adventure book designed to inspire boys everywhere to go out and make their own adventures happen. Now working in curriculum development as well as teaching teenage girls in church youth ministry, Ruth desires to write both nonfiction as well as fiction for teens based on youth issues today. Ruth lives in Arizona with her husband, Scott, and their son, Nathan, who still inspires her to keep on writing, no matter what. Her novel, The Dragon Forest is the first in a three-part fantasy adventure series about how young Prince Peter experiences the adventure of a lifetime and how he finally learns what it means to be King. The interaction between Peter, his father, and the Dragon forms the essence of this action-adventure trilogy. View Guest page

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Bob Doyle

Bob Doyle is the creator and facilitator of the Wealth Beyond Reason Program, a powerful multi-media curriculum on the law of attraction and its practical applications. Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power (Hampton Roads, June 2011), provides answers to common questions about the Law of Attraction in no-nonsense, down-to-earth terms, providing a motivational approach for taking control of your life and for living by design. Doyle addresses head-on the objections, questions, and comments that many still have about creating abundance to get the things they want in life. He makes clear there is the right way and the wrong way; it’s a profound statement of how energy works in the universe. It has to do with paying attention, recognizing where you are, and aggressively striving for what you want. It is all about passion, vision, and purpose. Visit him View Guest page

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Andrew Drage, AKA Brewin

Brewin’ (with or without the apostrophe) is the pseudonym of Andrew Drage. He graduated in 1998 with a first-class degree from La Trobe University, majoring in zoology, philosophy and statistics. He works as a respected IT developer and analyst in Melbourne and has been writer, editor and designer for six titles in the highly acclaimed Gamebook Adventures digital interactive fiction series. His debut novel, Evermore: An Introduction, was published to critical acclaim in 2001, and has been republished twice since. The Dark Horde, is his second fiction novel, published 2012. He is also the author of Gamebook Adventures: Infinite Universe, first published 2012. View Guest page

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Matthew Dunn

Matthew Dunn spent 5 years in the British Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6, as a field officer. His role required him to recruit and run agents, coordinate and participate in special operations and to operate in deep-cover roles throughout the world in order to collect secret intelligence to support the West’s ongoing fight against hostile and unpredictable regimes, state-sponsored terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. His missions required him to travel extensively and typically he operated in highly hostile environments where, if compromised and captured, he would have been executed. Matthew was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection and direct action including agent running and debriefing, deep-cover deployments, small-arms, explosives, military unarmed combat, surveillance, anti-surveillance, counter-surveillance, advanced driving, infiltration and exfiltration techniques and covert communications. His book is Spy Catcher. View Guest page

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MaKayla Durfey

I was born in Beaver, Oklahoma but moved to many different places in my younger days. I've lived in Hugoton, Kansas; Butler, Missouri; Spearman, Texas; Knowles, Oklahoma; Sedalia, Missouri; and now reside in Stratford, Oklahoma where I'll be until I graduate. I began to write when I was eleven and actually started two different books before I decided to write, The Blue Roses of Texas. I'm an active person and some of my hobbies include, riding horses, reading, playing softball, writing, jogging, photography, and researching old objects. When I'm not writing on my books I'm doing any one of these or writing free-verse poems. My inspiration was my grandmother who loved reading and reading to me. I love animals and nature, and love to walk outside just so I can enjoy it. Find my book at View Guest page

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Arlyn Van Dyke

Arlyn Van Dyke’s roots are in a small country town in northwest Iowa where he grew up as one of five children on a farm. After his shotgun accident, he spent four years at the University of Iowa, earning a degree in physical therapy. He has lived and worked in Colorado and Northern California. Arlyn lectures and writes about physical therapy modalities and healing techniques. With his wonderful wife and beautiful daughter, he has lived a very full and enriching life practicing the gift of healing. He contributed the chapter, The Gift of Healing, to the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. View Guest page

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Patrick Edouard

Patrick Edouard Author: Young Friends, Let’s Talk About $aving Money Most children in the United States of America do not know anything about money – or making money – unless they come from a very business-oriented family, who are familiar with the accounting, management, and investment processes. But many of these millionaires were not born rich. They just started with an idea, pursued it, and worked hard on it. They became passionate about it and accomplished the goals they set. Author Patrick Edouard shares some valuable and practical ways to help the youngsters save money through his new book, Young Friends, Let’s Talk About $aving Money. My name is Patrick Edouard, I am married and shared two beautiful children with my wife Rosemarie. We are also entrepreneurs who reside between the Tri-States of Maryland, DC and Virginia area. My wife I have started our first Cleaning Company Eagle Team Cleaning Services in 2001, shortly after, I became CEO partner of ABC School of Soccer, Trio Sports Athletic, and T-Sok Athletic. While working on those agendas, I created two inventions whose patents are currently pending. View Guest page

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Juliet Eilperin

Be the Star You Are! eadioAs The Washington Post’s national environmental reporter, Juliet Eilperin first slipped into the water with sharks in 2005, when she visited researchers at the Bimini Biological Laboratory (“The Shark Lab”) in the Bahamas. After becoming fascinated with these ancient creatures—as well as the new discoveries scientists have been making about how they travel, feed and reproduce—Ms. Eilperin began a worldwide pursuit of sharks and the people whose lives linked to them. When not spending time with fearsome ocean predators, Ms. Eilperin has covered issues ranging from climate change to presidential campaigns. Her environmental reporting assignments have entailed trekking on the Arctic tundra with Selma Hayek and Jake Gyllenhaal and searching on her hands and knees for rare insects in the caves of Tennessee. Ms. Eilperin has received numerous environmental honors, including the 2011 Blue Frontier Campaign-Peter Benchley Award. Demon Fish is her book. View Guest page

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Peter Eisner

PETER EISNER has been an editor and reporter at the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. His 2004 book, The Freedom Line, won the Christopher Award. Eisner won the Inter-American Press Association Award in 1991 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010 for his role as producer on the PBS news program, World Focus. Eisner’s other books include The Italian Letter, written with Knut Royce, which traces fraudulent U.S. intelligence prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. His newest book is THE POPE’S LAST CRUSADE, How an American Jesuit Helped Pope Pius XI’s Campaign to Stop Hitler. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. View Guest page

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Ann Eller

In her fascinating new book, Dragon in the Sky: Prophecy From The Stars ,Ann Eller recounts her astonishing experiences with alien visitors and the messages she received from them in the hopes that, by sharing her story, she can appeal to readers to champion for full UFO disclosure from the U.S. government. Ann Eller has had a diverse and expansive history as an elementary school teacher, OB-GYN Nurse Practitioner, GYN surgical nurse, Medevac Nurse for the Peace Corps, Mother, Grandmother, White House volunteer, world traveler, and secretary to the renowned astrophysicist, Dr. J. Allen Hynek. View Guest page

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Amy Ephron

Amy Ephron is the bestselling author of the acclaimed novels One Sunday Morning and A Cup of Tea. Her magazine pieces and essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Saveur, House Beautiful, National Lampoon, Defamer, her own online magazine, One for the Table, and various other print and online publications. She recently directed a short film, Chloe@3AM, which was featured by the American Cinematheque at the Women’s Directors Festival in January 2011. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alan Rader, and any of their five children who drop in. Loose Diamonds is her first book of nonfiction. It is an ode to a simpler time of elegance and style, and an incisive look at today’s times. View Guest page

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Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron grew up in Hollywood in a family of writers. Her parents were screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron who wrote such classics as “Desk Set” and “Carousel.” Hallie is the third of four writing sisters (Nora, Delia, and Amy). Hallie’s first love has always been teaching. Hallie wrote her first mystery novel (Amnesia) with a good friend, neuropsychologist Donald Davidoff, and together they penned a series of five “Dr. Peter Zak” mystery novels under the shared pen name G. H. Ephron. She made a splash writing solo when she turned to psychological suspense. Never Tell a Lie was published by HarperCollins in 2009. It was adapted for film as And Baby Will Fall for the Lifetime Movie Network. Hallie’s new novel, Come and Find Me, tells the story of a recluse who works and lives online and must brave the “real world” when her sister goes missing. Hallie is also is an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe. View Guest page

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Elena Eustache

Elena Eustache has studied a wide variety of disciplines, including Chinese energetic healing; parenting, relationship and communication coaching; Cognitive Behavior Therapy; and Feng Shui with such esteemed teachers and masters as Dr. Kam Yuen, Dr. Pat Allen, Dr. Ava Cadell, Dr. Jayne Major, Marie Diamond and Marianne Williamson. Elena has been in the entertainment world for many years as an actress, comedienne, writer and director. She is the host of “Elena E: In the Heart of Stars,” a televised radio show which airs every Friday at 2 pm PST, where she interviews stars intimately about their journey in life, the biggest struggles they have faced, and how they overcame them. View Guest page

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Cristina Ferrare

Cristina Ferrare is a woman who has done it all-wife, mother, model, chef, TV/film star, and author. At sixteen, Cristina started a career in modeling that spanned twenty-five years. She has hosted her own TV shows: “Cristina and Friends”, “Home and Family”, co-hosted “Good Morning America”, “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”, and “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. Her primetime series, “Shame on You,” was one of the first magazine format shows that featured consumer fraud and awareness. In feature films, she starred opposite David Niven in “The Impossible Years” and the critically acclaimed “J.W. Coop” with Oscar winner, Cliff Robertson. Cristina is an accomplished author, with her New York Times bestseller, Okay, So I Don’t Have a Headache, and bestseller Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertainmentand Cristina Ferrare Style. Her fifth book, a new cookbook, is A Big Bowl of Love, also the name of her series on Oprah’s network, OWN. View Guest page

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Elsie Fisher

Lori Foster

Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations. Along with her good friend, Dianne Castell, Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester Ohio. Proceeds from the event go to benefit worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children. View Guest page

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Mark Lee Gardner

Mark Lee Gardner is the author of the acclaimed book, To Hell on a Fast Horse, about Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. He has written a broad range of books and articles focusing on the American West. In Shot All to Hell Mark Lee Gardner highlights the incredible flight of Jesse and Frank James—an escape that has been given short shrift by writers and historians. is He has also written a number of interpretive guides for the National Park Service on subjects ranging from George Custer to Geronimo. Gardner is also an award-winning musician who specializes in historic American folk music. He lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado. For more information please visit: View Guest page

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Colin Garland

Born and raised in a rural Western Massachusetts, Raven Adventure’s founder and lead guide Colin Garland put his curiosity and thrill of adventure to good use at a very early age. The grandson of Native Americans, Colin’s fascination and curiosity of all wild things lured him into the nearby wilderness to track animals while in search of wild edible and medicinal plants, and to test his survival skills. “If you are going to work for the next 55 years of your life, you best make it something you love. By doing what you love, you will not only be happy, you will be rich beyond measure,” says Colin. To support a variety of international trips, internships, and volunteer opportunities around the world, Colin founded the 501c3 non profit, The Global Classroom. He established a 700 eco-rainforest refuge in Costa Rica and brings students on research, hands-on expeditions to Baja and South Africa. View Guest page

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Samantha Jane Geimer

Samantha Geimer is the author of “The Girl – A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski” and was the teenage girl at the center of the notorious Hollywood sex scandal involving Roman Polanski in 1977. Only weeks before her 14th birthday, a photo shoot with the famous director of “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” would embroil her in the world wide media sensation that was the sex scandal of the decade. This was an experience that would forever alter the course of her life. Samantha speaks with uncommon frankness and even humor to empower victims, to end the cycle of victim blaming and to share with others who have been sexually assaulted her story so that we may all come together and have pride in being survivors. Her mission is to see survivors of sexual assault stand proudly and together, not just to support each other but in the hope that our experiences can educate and reduce the number of assaults that occur. View Guest page

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Jere Gettle

Jere Gettle always had a passion for growing things and at age 3 planted his first garden. Ever since that day, he wanted to be involved with the seed industry. At the age of 17, he printed the first Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog in 1998. The company has grown to offer 1300 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs—the largest selection of heirloom varieties in the US—and now has a presence on both coasts. Jere's goal is to educate everyone about a better, safer good supply and fight gene-altered, Frankenfood and the companies that support it. He and his wife Emilee have written the book, The Heirloom Life Gardener, which shares their excitement about gardening wit heirlooms. View Guest page

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Joel Clarke Gibbons

The Empire Strikes a Match in a World Full of Oil Joel Clarke Gibbons brings a remarkably broad experience and study to bear on understanding the international affairs and the role of America in the world. He is a noted scholar, holding doctoral degrees in both mathematics from Northwestern University, and economics from the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago, and he has published extensively in both fields, including four other books. He has spent most of his career however in the investment markets as a trader, strategist, and entrepreneur. He founded his own trading firm, Logistic Research & Trading Co., in 1994. He has the rare ability to address deep philosophical questions without losing sight of how they relate to practical everyday experience. View Guest page

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James Christopher Gill

James Christopher Gill-IT expert and Contributor to Be the Star You Are! for TEENS book. James Gill has lived in the East Bay Area of northern California most of his life although originally born in Maryland. He loves to travel, has visited most of the United States, as well as several countries in Europe. He has one Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly University, and is pursuing a second Bachelor’s in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. James is the IT volunteer at Be the Star You Are! James authored the chapters, The Gift of Adapting and The Gift of Choice in the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. View Guest page

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Libby Gill

An entertainment industry veteran, Libby Gill spent fifteen years heading public relations and corporate communications at Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting. She was also the branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show. Libby is now an internationally respected executive coach, speaker and bestselling author. Her books are Traveling Hopefully and You UnStuck. She has shared her success strategies on the Today Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, NPR, Oprah & Friends Radio Network, Fox News, CBS Early Show, and in Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Self and many more. Libby gives practical tools and down-to-earth insights that challenge us to get past any limiting themes in our lives. View Guest page

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William Gladstone

William Gladstone is the author of the international bestselling novel THE TWELVE. He is also the literary agent for Eckhart Tolle, Neale Donald Walsch. Thomas Hartmann, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Dr. Ervin Laszlo and many other prominent leaders and visionaries. Bill is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard University and has traveled throughout the world as a cultural anthropologist and researcher for films such as In Search of Ancient Mysteries. He lives in Cardiff California and has dedicated his writing, film producing and agenting to creating works which directly enhance the quality of life for others. His new book is Tapping the Source has been made into a movie. View Guest page

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Asya Gonzalez

Honored as one of five Young Entrepreneurs of 2015, Asya Gonzalez is a host and Social Responsibility Reporter on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio. At the age of 13, she launched STINKY FEET GURLZ©, a fun, simple collection of 1940′s inspired sassy, quirky, amusing & expressive apparel and accessory items. Asya is a dedicated student, philanthropist, and teen speaker passionate about bringing awareness and education of Child Sex Slavery & Trafficking through her created foundation, She Is Worth It! View Guest page

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Matthew Goodman

MATTHEW GOODMAN is the author of the nonfiction books, Eighty Days, The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York and Jewish Food: The World at Table. The recipient of two MacDowell fellowships and one Yaddo fellowship, he has taught creative writing at numerous universities and workshops. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and children. View Guest page

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David Gottfried

David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement: founding the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Councils (with GBCs in 100 countries). The GBC movement has likely reduced global warming and ecological footprint more than any other organizations in the world. Gottfried’s work started a global industry with hundreds of thousands of green buildings in most of the world’s countries. USGBC alone has 15,000 organizational members representing 10 million employees. Over 180,000 professionals have passed its LEED Accredited Professional exam. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of three influential books: Explosion Green [releasing June 2014], Greed to Green and Greening My Life. He is the host and curator of the Explosion Green Live global virtual conference featuring 35 interviews by Gottfried of top green luminaries. View Guest page

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Mary Kay Green, J.D.

Mary Kay Green is a Nebraska lawyer who was elected to the Omaha City Council in her senior year in law school. From l982 through l988, Ms. Green represented twenty-one year old Crystal Chambers, a single pregnant black woman in her race-sex and pregnancy discrimination case under the l978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the l964 Civil Rights Act against her employer the Omaha Girls Club, Inc., et al. It took Congress in the l991 Civil Rights Act, Section 105(a)(2), to force the Omaha Girls Club to stop discriminating. Chambers’ case had a role in the passage of that act. Ms. Green, the single mother of twin daughters Mary Kay and Elizabeth, is grandmother to Michael and Ms. Phelan and now resides near them in Kansas City, MO. Other works: a screenplay: ‘They Let Mothers in Law School?’ a book in progress entitled Sundance and Cherokee Moon about her spiritual journey with bi-polar illness. View Guest page

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Richard Greninger

Richard Greninger, co-author Tapping the Source Having filmed extraordinary motivational speakers in their shows , he realized teaching others was his passion in life. Since 1990, Richard has been considered the top provider of production crews, audio visual support, and show projection. He co-authored the book, TAPPING THE SOURCE, and later wrote "Richard's Little Happy Book" - 'Seven Powerful Principles to Create a Happier Life for the Rest of Your Life'. Richard then co-produced and directed the documentary film interviewing over 122 of the most notable thought leaders in the world, asking the core question, “What makes people happy”? Taking seven months to film, edit, and score, the movie is a true cross section of society with amazing and inspirational answers. His dream of teaching film making at his Alma Mater, Chapman College has become a reality. And he continues to work on other film projects. View Guest page

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Frank Gromling

The Project Assistant for the Marineland Right Whale Project, Frank Gromling not only spots, tracks, documents, and photographs endangered North Atlantic right whales during their winter birthing migration to the southeast USA, but he also publishes books to save the earth. View Guest page

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R.S. Guthrie

R.S. Guthrie grew up in Iowa and Wyoming. He has been writing fiction, essays, short stories, and lyrics since college. "Black Beast: A Detective Bobby Mac Thriller (Volume 1)" marked Guthrie's first major release and it heralded the first in the Detective Bobby Mac Thriller series. Guthrie's "Blood Land" is the first in the James Pruett Mystery series, set in a fictional town in Wyoming where he spent much of his childhood. The sequel, “Money Land” released at the end of 2012 and “Honor Land” follows. Guthrie lives in the Colorado Rockies with his wife, Amy, three young Australian Shepherds, and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie! Readers can catch up with what's new with the author at his official site,, discussions related to writing and other topics at his blog, Rob on Writing (, or at his showcase of authors giving back to causes at the Read A Book Make A Difference (RABMAD) website ( View Guest page

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Chanda Hahn

Chanda Hahn is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Reign An Unfortunate Fairy Tale. She uses her experience as a children’s pastor, children’s librarian and bookseller to write compelling and popular fiction for teens. She was born in Seattle, WA, grew up in Nebraska and currently resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their twin children. View Guest page

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Dr. My Haley

While working on her doctorate in Communications and African American Studies at The Ohio State University, My was inspired by a speech delivered on campus by author Alex Haley. After achieving her goal of earning a PhD, she set out on her next goal: to work with the renowned author.Impressed by My’s drive and talent, Alex Haley gave her a major assignment—to assist him in writing the remaining two-thirds of a book that was long overdue to his publisher. Within a matter of months together they completed the book, Roots: The Saga of An American Family, which catapulted Alex Haley to international fame. My and Alex married in 1977, and collaborated on many projects, including the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation. After Alex’s death, My Haley immersed herself in writing novels, and screenplays for feature film and TV. My has returned to her own roots as an author with The Treason of Mary Louvestre, View Guest page

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Charlotte Hall

Charlotte Hall is the author of Women Give Men too Much Power and Balance, Peace, Harmony Journal. She is the single mother of twin daughters who found that writing was a way to express her most intimate thoughts and feelings. Her aim is to help, heal, inspire, and move others to change for the better. The Balance, Peace, and Harmony Journal by Charlotte Hall is a fun way to do new things, track your progress and write down your personal thoughts to keep as a diary or start that book you’ve always wanted to write. Charlotte wrote this journal to encourage readers to keep moving forward despite the daily pressures of life. Share your stories at View Guest page

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Patty Hansen

Patty Hansen has co-authored many of the most beloved stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul® collection. With her writing partner Irene Dunlap, she contributed to Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2, Chicken Soup Christmas Treasury for Kids, Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul. Prior to her career as an author, Patty worked for United Airlines as a flight attendant receiving two commendations for bravery. In 1979 she married Mark Victor Hansen, future co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul. In 1998, Patty became the President of Legal and Licensing for Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc. Patty’s marriage to Mark Victor Hansen ended after nearly 27 years together, though the two remain on friendly terms. Her latest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery (Chicken Soup for the Soul, October 2008, 978-1-935096-21-4, $14.95), is a collection of real-life inspirational sto- ries written by those who have been through divorce and emerged happy, healthy and independent View Guest page

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Imam Hazim

Imam Hazim is a builder by trade, and has helped to establish many mosques and Islamic Centers in the Kansas City, and Topeka, area over the past 47 years. He is also one of the founders of the Islamic Center of Topeka. He is a member of The Midland Islamic Council. He is a member of the Islamic Society of North America and a member of the American Society of Muslims. He was the first Muslim to give the invocation to the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate on March 9, 1995. Hazim served on the board of directors for Interfaith of Topeka Inc. for seven years. He has also been associated with Interfaith for more than 20 years. Omar and his wife, Aliya ,were recognized as Ambassadors for peace in December 2003 by the Inter religious and International Federation for World Peace. Imam Hazim is also the author of the book “Islam in The Heartland of America”Web Site View Guest page

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Frank Healy

Frank Healy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey and a Certified Life Coach. He is classified as having Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory from the University of California. Frank remembers every day of his life since he was six years old. This includes the day of the week, the weather, news, and personal events. Frank is married and lives in Dennisville, New Jersey. He works as a counselor at AtlantiCare Behavioral Health and Associates for Life Enhancement. Frank’s other books include Living with a Phenomenal Memory and Memory Quiz, What Type of Learner are You? His new book is Heal Your Memories, Change Your Life. Frank has been a guest on the Michael Smerkonish Radio Show, and Starstyle®-Be The Star You Are!® with Cynthia Brian. He has been featured on NBC and CBS Health Check in the Philadelphia area. For more information, you can contact Frank through his website, View Guest page

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Nola Hennessy

Nola is an advocate for people everywhere; people of all ages and every walk of life. As a successful and insightful multi-award-winning international business woman and author, Nola is not only globally recognized for delivering outstanding results against the strongest adversity, she is enduringly passionate about teaching and inspiring her fellow human beings to live lives of positivity, compassion and love. Founding Managing Director/Member and Chief Executive Officer, Nola Hennessy, is the Principal Consultant with Serenidad Consulting®. Soon to be based at The Peace Ranch™ in Texas USA, Nola travels globally to support her clients and business associates; raise awareness of the “hard” topics; support the promotion of her books; deliver keynotes, presentations and training; and grow the organization’s presence and positive impact around the world. Nola’s clients since the mid 70′s are spread across all major industry and government business groups, educational institutions and scientific bodies. Nola has received 33 literary awards since 2011 with her Autobiography/Memoir receiving 17, including ‘Best Autobiography’ in two USA Book Festivals. View Guest page

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Nola Hennessy

A steward of peace, Hennessy is the founder and CEO of Serenidad Consulting®. The global consulting firm offers a wide range of services, all with the uniquely strategic aim to help achieve world peace. It is in this role that she has focused on the aspects of excellence, great leadership and positive personal power. Since the 1970s, the polished professional and expert management consultant has worked with a number of clients ranging from major industry and governmental business groups to educational institutions and scientific bodies. She has previously released two other international multi award-winning books, No Boxing Allowed, and From Pre-Menstrual Syndrome to Positive Mental Attitude: A Change Management Guide, geared mostly towards women to reclaim their own personal power and to change negative ways of thinking and acting.

Born in Sydney, Australia, Texas is where Hennessy calls home. One of Rotary International's "Inspirational Women of 2011," Hennessy rose from a childhood of severe constraints to become a senior manager at age 16, and over the course of her varied career has risen up three times to roles in senior leadership.

She is an accomplished and sought-after professional motivational speaker, facilitator, change agent, educator, negotiator, mediator, presenter, interviewer and host. She continually takes on topics, issues, debates and subjects that others perceive with fear and hesitation, knowing that she can confidently convey a message to her readers, students, viewers and listeners that compels them to feel empowered to act.

The Peace Angel is available for purchase through Serenidad Consulting Pty Ltd, Amazon, and a range of global retailers and on-line outlets. View Guest page

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Nola Hennessy

Nola is an advocate for people everywhere. As a successful and insightful multi-award-winning international business woman and author, Nola is not only globally recognized for delivering outstanding results against the strongest adversity, she is enduringly passionate about teaching and inspiring her fellow human beings to live lives of positivity, compassion and love.
Nola is committed to empowering people to turn the tide against acts of revenge, violence, hatred, greed, and power and control struggles. Nola’s global organization Serenidad Consulting® is her vehicle to affect the changes. Her guiding principles of Excellence, Great Leadership and Positive Personal Power to achieve peace in relationships at every level around the globe, are eloquently articulated in her books.
Nola advocates for ‘prevention’ strategies and education being the real long term solution to the ongoing global conflicts and increasing levels of violence and discourse. View Guest page

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Miriam Herin

Award winning novelist, Miriam Herin has earned three academic degrees in English literature and taught Composition and Literature at two uni versities and three colleges. Between stints in graduate school, she spent three years as a social worker in a children’s institution, which took her into poverty situations and shacks. She was on the editorial staffs of Good Housekeeping Magazine and the Winston-Salem Journal, and for a number of years, she free-lanced as a writer, editor, public relations consultant and producer of films and videos for non-profit organizations. Her first novel Absolution is set at the time of the Vietnam War, and although not based on her years with refugees from that war, the novel was certainly sparked by that experience. Her second book, A Stone for Bread, written more than twenty years ago but only published in 2015, grew from her literary background and her concern for issues of justice and our human capacity for evil. www. View Guest page

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Beth Hoffman

I wrote my first short story when I was eleven and sold my first painting at the age of fourteen. I chose a career in art that eventually segued into interior design, but I kept writing and dreaming of becoming a novelist. During the busiest year of my professional life, I nearly died from group A streptococcal infection that resulted in septic shock. After finally being discharged from the hospital, I spent weeks reevaluating my life. As I struggled to regain my health and find spiritual ballast, my dream of writing a novel resurfaced. In January of 2004, a complete stranger said something to me. His words blew the door wide open. I knew if I were to write a novel, it had to be now or never. I chose now. I sold my portion of the design business, and plunked down at my computer. My fingers blazed over the keyboard, and I didn’t come up for air until I typed “The End” nearly four years later on my book, Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. View Guest page

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Jennifer Hoffman

Jennifer Hoffman has taught the principles of miraculous living to thousands of clients. Now with her book, 30 Days to Everyday Miracles, she brings her spiritual tenets to the world. Everything is possible. View Guest page

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TJ HOISINGTON is the author of the international bestselling books,“If You Think, You Can! Thirteen Laws that Govern the Performance of High Achievers” and “If You Think You Can for Teens.” Co-author of “The Secret of the Slight Edge.” He speaks to audiences all over the world about Personal Development, High Achievement, Leadership, and Selling. He wrote the chapter, The Gift of Possibility in the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. View Guest page

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Russ Hovendick

Russ Hovendick is a national award winning executive recruiter. For over 20 years, he has motivated hundreds of people through his multiple roles as recruiter, career coach, training consultant, business owner, and volunteer chaplain/ counselor within the Juvenile, Jail and Prison System of South Dakota. He heads Client Staffing Solutions, Inc., an executive recruiting agency, and recently founded the Directional Motivation Group which offers career development books, training, webinars, scholarships, veteran services, career and life coaching, and other resources dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people. With his positive approach and energetic personality, he is a frequent guest on radio and TV stations. His Directional Motivation book series has been widely endorsed by business and educational leaders across the country. For booking inquiries, you may contact Russ at View Guest page

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Amalie Howard

Seventeen Magazine Summer Club author Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Maine in International Studies and French, and a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, teen speaker, and sales executive. She is the author of Alpha Goddess, Bloodspell, Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and more. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. View Guest page

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Ed and Janet Howle

Ed and Janet Howle’s life of adventure began when they met in a bar in 1975. He was 40; she was 29. They started a business manufacturing products for children with special needs. One product became an international best seller. They raised 6 children, homeschooling the youngest two on their sailboat while wandering the Bahamas. Then they moved to Paris for five years. More recently they competed in an around-the-world car rally, crossing the US, China, Russia, and ending in Paris, which inspired their award-winning novel, The Long Road to Paris. For more information go to: In 2012 they will be sailing the Bahamas, rallying from NY to Alaska and working on their second novel at the Paris Writer’s Workshop. View Guest page

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Henna Hundal

Teen Henna Hundal is the reporter for “Health with Henna” as well as the main Host of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio heard every Tuesday at NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network. Henna is an active volunteer and spokesperson for Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity who views herself as a writer, thinker, innovator, and activist. She is a lover of books, newspapers, magazines, and any medium that keeps her informed about the world around her. She appreciates the opportunity to meet new people and is always looking to spark a good conversation. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing the piano, and volunteering in her community. Henna's biggest quest is to spur the new generation to lead active, healthy lives. She believes that, once her peers are empowered to preserve their health and take good care of themselves, there's no telling what they will be able to accomplish. Listen to Henna at and read more at View Guest page

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Henna Hundal

Recently accepted to Harvard, Henna Hundal is the lead host on the renowned teen radio broadcast, Express Yourself!™ She views herself as a writer, a thinker, an innovator, and an activitist. She is a lover of books, newspapers, magazines, and any medium that keeps her informed about the world around her. She appreciates the opportunity to meet new people and is always looking to spark a good conversation. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing the piano, and volunteering in her community. Henna's biggest quest is to spur the new generation to lead active, healthy lives. View Guest page

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Rick Huntress

Rick Huntress grew up in a small town in Maine, enlisted in the Air Force, became a technical instructor, married, worked in a ban, then broke his back working on a C130. Rick is a disabled vet who likes to say that before the accident he had everything yet nothing. His book Better to Be Broken chronicles his injury, faith and family. One of his overarching goals is working with people with disabilities, like himself, to let them know that life does not end with a disability. There is always hope. His life got better. View Guest page

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Geoffrey James

If you're like most folk, you'd love to get energized and upbeat at work but sometimes feel worn down by all the bullsh*t, like weird rules, secrecy, bullies and bad bosses. Geoffrey James spent decades observing and documenting how savvy business people manage bosses, coworkers, customers and careers to turn their working life from a chore into a joy. His column on, his book Business Without the Bullsh*t, his free weekly newsletter, and his webinars and seminar teach time-tested secrets that set you free to have the success you deserve. Full of the bluntest secrets from the most successful workers, BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BULLSH*T gives you the essence of what you need to know to achieve a successful and meaningful career in the business world. View Guest page

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Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist living in Los Angeles. Before becoming a writer, she worked in entertainment and education. Her novel FOREVER, INTERRUPTED received a starred Publishers Weekly review. The book was inspired by her experiences eloping with a man she had just met a few months earlier. It is a heartrending story about a fast and furious romance, an elopement and a woman too quickly left to deal with a future as a young widow. It also tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two women of different generations connected by the same devastating loss. You can learn more at View Guest page

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Reginald L. Jensen

Reginald L. Jensen has lived in San Jose, California, since 1986. He and his wife have three daughters. He’s been in the life insurance and securities business for 56 years. He holds Chartered Life Underwriter, Certified Financial PlannerTM, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Certified Senior Advisor designations. Reginald holds a BS degree in economics. He is the author of Judicial Deception where he uncovers fraudulent practices in our system of justice. If you've ever been in a courtroom, you'll want to know the truth...nothing but the truth. In his book, Thirty-Seven Years Ago My Doctor Told Me I had Three Years To Live, Jensen takes you step-by-step through his remarkable journey to health, focusing on the key points needed to achieve wellness. Commitment and discipline are imperative to accomplishing your health goals, as well as proper eating habits, regular exercise, and the development of a positive attitude. His extraordinary story will inspire you to begin your own journey to wellness. Reginald has been interviewed on Starstyle-Be the Star You Are! on April 1 and 15, 2010 for his two books. You can read more about him at under Distinguished Guests. View Guest page

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Matt Jessee

Matt B Jessee’s journey as a painter began with a relentless commitment to education, professional development, and delivering a high-quality product that he could be proud of. As his clientele grew, Matt then began to assemble a team that shared his values and painting expertise. With MB Jessee Painting as an established, growing local company, Matt is now thrilled to be able to give back to the community, encouraging and investing in local charities and organizations. View Guest page

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JOELEEN, was born in the east end of London, and spent most of her teenage years in Wales. At the age of seven Joeleen started studying Classical Ballet under the ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCING and modern Jazz. At the age of sixteen Joeleen gained a place at the ITALIA CONTI ACADEMY OF THEATRE ARTS. She also won a Scholarship givig her the opportunity to move to London

She moved to ITALY and worked as a singer, songwriter for various Recording Studios including DB One music, Disco Più, Five Records etc. She has been working as a professional singer in a number of various Cover Bands, and has obtained a publishing deal with WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC for the publishing of some of her songs! View Guest page

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Amber Karlins

Amber Karlins, author of My Year of Living Fearlessly, is a summa cum laude graduate of the honors college at the University of South Florida with a BA in psychology and a minor in English Literature. She also has a master’s degree from Tufts University. In addition to her work as a writer, Karlins also works as an instructor at the Patel Conservatory and is an accomplished actress and director. In an effort to regain her spirit of adventure and remove the limitations she had allowed fear and insecurity to place on her life, she decided to spend an entire year facing the things that scare and intimidate her most. Over the course of fifty-two weeks, she placed herself in fifty-two anxiety-riddled situations, including a stand-up comedy competition, a fire-eating lesson, an up-close and personal alligator encounter, and an evening spent alone in a haunted hotel. The result is a book, My Year of Living Fearlessly with hilarious misadventures, heart palpitations and triumphs. Website: View Guest page

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Leslie Kean

Five percent of all UFO sightings are unexplainable.The reality of UFOs—a subject of intense interest to the general public—has now been verified at the highest levels. The recent NYT BESTSELLER, UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean, with a Foreword by John Podesta, pulls back the curtain on the incredible occurrences of unexplained behavior by unknown objects over many decades, and the results are astonishing. View Guest page

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April Kelly

April Kelly, author Gratitude at Work Whether on a volleyball court or in a boardroom, April Kelly has always believed that genuinely appreciating the contributions of others brings out their best efforts. As the author of Gratitude at Work, April put her thankful philosophy to work at two companies, PayPal and Linked In. At PayPal, she hired and managed its first customer service team and helped build that organization into a giant. At Linkedin, she opened and directed its customer service center, which grew to serve over 25 million professionals. Under April’s gratitude leadership, employees provided customers the utmost in quality service. April has an extensive background in sales, marketing, coaching and public speaking. She has received special recognition from the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce for her help in bringing new businesses to the Omaha area., View Guest page

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Florrie Binford Kichler

Florrie Binford Kichler is president of Patria Press, Inc., the publisher of the award-winning Young Patriots Series for children. A 17-year veteran of the publishing industry, Ms. Kichler has presented programs at more than 30 conferences and book festivals. Selected national media that have featured Ms. Kichler include C-Span 2’s Book TV, Pages, the national book review magazine and American Airlines American Way flight magazine. Florrie was recently named by Book Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 Women in Book Publishing. Florrie is president of IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, a national organization of more than 3000 publishers. In addition, she is a member of the Children’s Book Council and the Indiana Library Federation. She serves on the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Women’s MBA Board of Advisors, and the ACLU of Indiana Foundation Board. Florrie earned a BA in English and French and an MBA from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. View Guest page

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Ellen Kirschman

Ellen Kirschman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and consultant who has worked with public safety personnel and their families for twenty years. She is the author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, and I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know. Dr. Kirschman is sought after as a speaker and seminar leader. Since 1991, she has provided organizational consultation, training, and crisis intervention to the Palo Alto Fire Department. She lives in Redwood City, California, with her husband. Visit Ellen’s website at: View Guest page

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Elyse Kolnowski

Elyse Kolnowski-Volunteer and Contributor to Be the Star You Are! for TEENS book A seventeen-year old bookworm, Elyse Kolnowski loves books and reading. Like any typical ‘word nerd’ the public library is like a second home to her. She was adopted by a loving family when she was six and encouraged to volunteer with organizations. Elyse is a book reviewer with the Star Teen Book Review Team at Be the Star You Are! Elyse contributed the chapter, The Gift of Volunteerism for the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. View Guest page

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Jayne Amelia Larson

Jayne Amelia Larson is an actress, writer, and independent film producer based in Los Angeles, and has also been an occasional chauffeur between gigs. She has degrees from Cornell University and from Harvard University’s American Repertory Theatre Institute. Her one-woman show, Driving the Saudis, has been performed in Memphis, Ithaca, Boston, Roanoke, and Vienna (Austria), and won Best Solo Show at the 2010 New York Fringe International Festival. She is one of ten children and is an excellent driver. Her preferred mode of transportation is a pink beach cruiser, pictured here. She’s had three other bikes stolen but isn’t bitter about it. View Guest page

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Kristi LeBlanc

Kristi LeBlanc’s Living with Certainty can immediately begin to change your life by transitioning you out of your rut and out of destructive patterns, helping you to discover your life’s purpose, and moving you ever closer to experiencing deep-soul joy and the life the universe always intended for you to live. View Guest page

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Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee is a high school student and volunteer with Be the Star You Are!® charity where she is the event coordinator. She enjoys reading, singing, playing piano, and violin in her free time. She is a reporter for The Back Story on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio and whenever she is on the air she serenades the listeners! View Guest page

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Maggie Mei Lewis

Maggie Mei Lewis was born in China in 1993 and was adopted before her first birthday. She lives on an island near the Chesapeake Bay with her family and many furred and feathered friends. Maggie is a graduate of Montessori International Children's House in Annapolis, Maryland and is currently studying with The Learning Community International, a private school for independent learners in Annapolis. She spends her free time reading, drawing, visiting with friends, and playing the piano and violin. In her evocative, beautifully illustrated book, Moonlight Memoirs she wrote when she was thirteen years old, Maggie tells the story of two curious mice who venture into a moonlit night where they meet a wise old mouse who teaches them a profound and comforting lesson about the eternal nature of love. View Guest page

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Pamela Lewis

The only child of British Guyanese immigrants, Pamela Lewis was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, a borough of New York City. Pamela credits her parents, particularly her mother, with instilling a love of reading and the arts. She took up the flute and the piano as a middle-schooler, and was eventually accepted to the High School of Music and Art, where she considered pursuing a career in music. But Pamela also greatly enjoyed and excelled in French, and decided to major in French Literature at New York University, where she obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Five years ago, Pamela became seriously interested in writing, and has entered (and sometimes won) various contests, as well as submitted essays and articles to a few publications, among which The New York Times. Since 2009, she has had a column in The Episcopal New Yorker, writing on religious art exhibitions. For thirty years, Pamela has taught French on the high school level. She still lives in Queens. View Guest page

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Mary Lightfine

Mary Lightfine is a nurse, pilot, author, public speaker and artist. She is also a seasoned veteran of the Nobel Prize winning organization, Doctors Without Borders and founder and President of Volunteers Without Boundaries. Mary Lightfine has appeared in LIFE Magazine, The History Channel and on countless news headlines, as well as National and International television. Through her inspirational compelling story, you will see the humor in humanity and feel the tragedy of war. You will be educated, entertained and discover how you can make a difference in your life and in the world around you. Mary has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries, including some of the most violent spots on earth. She was ambushed and shot at in Somalia, delivered babies in the jungles of Sri Lanka, traveled by jeep, foot and donkey in perilous Afghani Mountains. Mary brought food to remote villages by helicopter in Nicaragua, and Louisiana after the hurricanes and to starving refugees in South Sudan following the destruction of their villages by government alliances. She is the author of Nurses, Nomads, and Warlords. View Guest page

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Chunyi Lin

Master Chunyi Lin is an international qigong master and the creator, founder, and chairman of Spring Forest Qigong. Master Lin has created a series of self-study materials such as videos, guided audio meditations, and other learning tools, including Qi~ssage, a hands-on healing method which combines the energy principles of qigong with the art of massage. Master Lin has created a series of self-study materials such as videos, guided audio meditations, and other learning tools, including Qi~ssage, a hands-on healing method which combines the energy principles of qigong with the art of massage. Master Lin provided External Qigong treatments for subjects suffering with chronic pain for a research study with doctors from the Mayo Clinic. In 2010 Master Lin was named “Qigong Master of the Year” at the 12th World Congress on Qigong/Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since 1995, he has helped more than 120,000 people learn about the powerful healing benefits of Spring Forest Qigong. He now devotes all his time to the teaching of Spring Forest Qigong and to helping others. His vision is of “a healer in every family and a world without pain.” His book is Born a Healer. View Guest page

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Susan Herrmann Loomis

As an internationally-recognized expert on food and an award-winning journalist/author, Susan takes a unique approach to her craft; combining training in journalism with a love for food and the people who produce it. Extensive travel throughout the United States, France, Italy, the Middle East and parts of Asia has given Susan a depth of knowledge and an appreciation for the rich traditions around food—how it is grown, harvested, and prepared. Susan believes that learning about cooking and food should involve much more than recipes and techniques. She delights in meeting and introducing the personalities and customs behind the great cuisines of the world. Susan is the author of nine books both food and literary, the most recent of which is Nuts in the Kitchen (Harper Collins). Susan lives year round in the lovingly-restored convent in the center of Louviers, France. View Guest page

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Jane Lowrey-Christian

Jane Lowrey-Christian was born in northern Missouri in 1931. Though she grew up during the Depression and she enjoyed a happy childhood, due in large part to her parents’ resourcefulness. As an adult, Lowrey-Christian stayed close to her roots, and was a farmer, county clerk, and county commissioner. She has eight children, 21 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. It wasn't until she was a grandmother that she decided to write books. Her books include Budgie and Sissy's Adventure as well as the series, The Quackless Duck. Kids reared on MySpace, cell phones and iPods—and their parents—will be entertained by Jane’s stories and curious to know about the kind of mischief that ensues when imaginations are the fuel for fun. In her interviews she shares how she walked a mile to school, uphill, in the snow and was thrilled by a cup of hot cocoa. More can be read about her at Her books are available at Amazon. View Guest page

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Davis Lunsford

Davis Lunsford, a seventeen-year-old writer, lives in Graham, Texas. Because of his Christianity, Davis has enjoyed writing about the character values espoused in Be the Star You Are! For Teens. A home-schooled student, he enjoys golf, water sports, Boy Scouts, 4-H, playing the bagpipes, and spending time with family. He was Honorable Mention for his stirring essay in the national Be the Star You Are! essay contest.In Be the Star You Are! for TEENS book, Davis shares two chapters–The Gift of Affirmation and The Gift of Now. View Guest page

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Laura Lyseight

Self-motivated, teen inspirer, Laura Lyseight is a well sought after teen mentor and best-selling author, whose passion is helping teens break off their limiting beliefs and wrong perceptions about life and about themselves. In The Teen With A Millionaire Mindset, Lyseight presents brilliant insights to help the teens develop a positive mindset—a millionaire state of mind that will bring them to a very rewarding life. Throughout this book, the author discusses the truth on how one’s mindset can make or break him. This lucrative instrument will give the teens a chance to change their outlook in life—to aim high and become positive—and to prepare them to shift their consciousness and awareness to abundance. Her best selling books and articles are a must read for all teens as it challenges, inspires and motivates the youth to give of their best in all their endeavors and jump over any barriers placed before them. View Guest page

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Johanna Maaghoul

With a two-decade career as a technologist and business analyst, Johanna continues to dedicate her time to her real childhood passion of reading and (now later in life) midwifing into the world non-fiction books. Her deep ability to recognize value in new concepts and quickly sift out meaning in today’s vastly growing sea of non-fiction are skills she has refined through her many years of reading, writing and coaching successful writers and artists. With deep industry experience in online marketing, web content development and digital publishing, Johanna combines her career expertise to help promote authors as well as assist them in navigating the rapidly changing worlds of traditional and digital publishing. While Johanna’s primary focus is on non-fiction, she has been known to take on works of fiction when she can’t put them down. View Guest page

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Danielle MacKinnon

Danielle MacKinnon is a highly gifted intuitive and coach who has appeared on TV and on radio around the world. She’s also a faculty member at the Omega Institute, and the Kripalu Center as well as other globally recognized teaching and wellness institutions. Her school, the Danielle MacKinnon School of Animal Communication, has helped to make the field of animal communication more globally visible. Danielle challenges people to rethink their beliefs about themselves. Every year, Danielle leads thousands of people through their challenges and into a world of miraculous possibility. Named one of the country’s “Best Psychic Mediums,” and one of the “Top 100 American Astrologers and Psychics” Danielle is one of the country’s most popular teachers on soul contracts, animal communication, and re-connecting to your best self. View Guest page

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Jackson Madnick

Jackson Madnick is a longtime environmentalist and water resources and sustainability expert. Jackson is the former Chairperson of the Wayland (MA) Surface Water Quality Committee, present director Congress of Lakes and Pond Association (COLAP) Board of Director, and a two-time winner of the National GALA Award, the highest honor in the field of special events and public celebrations. In the past Madnick's work has been commended by two White Houses (first Bush and Clinton), the United Nations, John Glenn, National League of Cities and Al Gore, among others. Jackson helped renew the National Clean Water Act, with a low energy, nationally-televised event that gathered one million signatures for a petition to renew the act. He has been researching innovative ways to save energy, improve surface and ground water quality and create healthier lawns that require no fertilizer, dramatically less time, money, water and green house gasses. View Guest page

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Eric Maisel, PHD

Eric Maisel, PhD, is a retired family therapist, an active life coach, and the author of more than fifty books including his latest, Overcoming Your Difficult Family. He has been quoted or featured in a variety of publications, including Martha Stewart Living, Redbook, Glamour, Men’s Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Self. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit him online at View Guest page

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Lee Ann Mancini

Lee Ann Mancini is currently an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She has taught Bible Study for over 10 years. Lee Ann graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Regent University, a Masters in Biblical and Theology Studies from Knox Seminary, and a Masters in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also received her certificate of completion from the Ravi School of Apologetics. Her multiple award-winning series, Adventures of the Sea Kids, is a 32 page picture book series that helps to encourage children to have a foundational, lifelong relationship with Jesus while being kind, caring and loving to others, trusting Him during difficult times. The fish pray to Jesus and there is a hidden Christian symbol on each page, which children and parents love to find. View Guest page

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Edith Marks

Edith Marks holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Columbia University. At the New York City Board of Education she rose from a teacher of emotionally disturbed children to a supervisor of teacher training for children with special needs. During this period she co-authored Job Hunting for the Handicapped . Glaucoma entered the picture during her tenure as a teacher, but because of the pressures associated with teaching, Edith did not seek group support until she retired in 1989. At that time the Glaucoma Support and Education was a small organization with about fifty members. Edith developed a newsletter as part of her contribution and realized that a book for patients was needed. She wrote Coping With Glaucoma and a completely updated version entitled, Glaucoma: Patient to Patient: A Guide for You and Your Family. Environmentalism, gourmet cooking, long walks in Central Park and urban gardening constitute are her passions and pleasures. View Guest page

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Michael Marriott

After graduating in Agricultural Botany at Reading University in 1976 and working for a short time in research in plant pathology, I went to the Pacific region working on rubber, cocoa and oil palm estates. I started working with roses in 1984 on my return to the UK, joining David Austin Roses in 1985 firstly as nursery manager and then as technical director and rosarian giving advice on all matters relating to roses, designing rose gardens, writing, lecturing and generally promoting the nursery and David Austin’s English Roses around the world. I have been a passionate gardener and plants person from an early age and have a half acre garden with many roses that is treated organically. View Guest page

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Dr. Don Martin

With master’s degree from Wheaton College and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.Dr. Don is a seasoned grad school expert. He has worked with thousands of students world-wide during his 35-year career and has made graduate school presentations on over 40 college/university campuses in North America, Europe and Asia. 99% of his coaching clients have been admitted to one or more of their grad school choices, and many with scholarships. Don was Dean of Admissions/Financial Aid and Dean of Students at Columbia University (Teachers College), The University of Chicago (Booth School of Business), Northwestern University (Medill School of Journalism), and Wheaton College (IL) Don authored Road Map for Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students. He is a former weekly columnist for US News & World Report Magazine and currently writes educational articles for SPAN magazine in India. His motto: 'If I can earn a graduate degree, anyone can!'" View Guest page

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Susan McBride

Susan McBride is the author of women's fiction, including The Truth About Love and Lighting, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. She has authored several YA series books for Random House about debutantes in Houston, the debut in 2008 appropriately titled The Debs and followed by Love, Lies, And Texas Dips. On the personal front, Susan calls herself an "accidental Cougar" after meeting a man nine years younger in 2005 when she was a St. Louis Magazine Top Single. They were married in February 2008 and live happily ever after. Susan is a breast cancer survivor and often speaks to women's groups about her experience. In January of 2012, she was named one of St. Louis's "Most Dynamic People of the Year" by the Ladue News. In June of 2012, she and her husband welcomed their first baby, Emily! As Susan likes to say, "Life is never boring." View Guest page

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Jack McClendon

Action Jack McClendon: The Gift of Time Jack McClendon is a former award-winning syndicated talk radio host and columnist for Copley News, author of “The Time Genie-Magical Essentials for Creating More Personal Time, and has also been a labor/management representative with more than 30 years experience in resolving labor/management disputes. Jack McClendon and Cynthia Brian were introduced by the amazing Founding Board Member of Be the Star You Are! charity, Deane Hawley many years ago. Jack, his gorgeous wife Birgie, Heather Brittany, and Cynthia have become life long friends. He is affectionately known as Action Jack because he is always happy, smiling, and getting things done on TIME! View Guest page

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Father Patrick McGrath

Father Patrick McGrath, with his heavy Irish lilt, arrived in California when Cynthia Brian was in grammar school. He became her very best friend, champion, mentor, and celebrator for a lifetime. During her teen years, they joined together to form the first citywide youth organization in Northern California. They wanted teens to have a place to go, meet with other teens, have fun, and still be supervised in a nonjudgmental way. Father McGrath had a way of interacting with youth. He listened. He heard. He understood. He implemented changes. He celebrated their differences. He believed in celebrating life and goodness. Never judging you by the styles of the day, he looked past that and into your soul. He knew how to commemorate an occasion and applaud even the smallest achievement. Through great times and horrible times, he was present with open arms and open hearts. He died on Sunday, July 12, 2009. He is immortalized in the book by Cynthia Brian, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference in the Chapter of Celebration. He contributed the chapter, The Gift of Sports in the book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS. A donation in his honor can be made at View Guest page

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Randy Susan Meyers

Randy Susan Meyers, author of the The Murderer’s Daughter is back with the riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies. The book is about the complications of love, motherhood, marriage, adoption, and careers. It revolves around three women whose lives unexpectedly collide in the far-reaching aftermath of an affair that results in a pregnancy and adoption. The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal. View Guest page

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Erica Miner

Detroit native Erica Miner studied music in Boston and for 21 years was a violinist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York. When injuries from a car accident forced her to give up her musical career, Erica turned to a lifelong love of writing as her creative outlet, penning several prize-winning screenplays and an award-winning debut novel, Travels with My Lovers. Erica’s latest novel FourEver Friends chronicles four teenage girls’ coming-of-age in the volatile 60s. Her suspense thriller, Murder In The Pit, will be published in 2010. Erica’s popular lectures and writing seminars have been presented at various venues across the West Coast and on major cruise lines. Topics range from "The Art of Self Re-Invention" to "Journaling: Mining the Gold of Your Experiences.” Her writings have appeared in Vision Magazine, WORD San Diego and numerous E-zines. View Guest page

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Steve Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell is a former executive with the IBM Corporation, where he brought his positive approach to IBM’s clients, as well as internally to the organization. Steve is an instructor for Junior Achievement and has created, directed, and hosted many philanthropic events in Northern California. A graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership, Steve resides in Lafayette, Ca with his wife, Lesley, children Alley and Brad, and Old English Sheepdog, Daisy. He contributed the chapter, The Gift of Forgiveness, to the book, Be the Star You Are! for Teens and believes deeply in the power of love and forgiveness. View Guest page

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Joanne Moff

Joanne Moff has dedicated her life to helping obese individuals find and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Her book, Now What Do I Do?, offers long term success. View Guest page

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Tania Moloney

Tania Moloney aka “Mother Nurture” is a Mum of two really great nature-loving kids and a passionate advocate for connecting children and families with and in nature. She’s also the Founder of Nurture in Nature Australia, helping parents across the world to connect with their kids... offline! Tania will share with you lots of practical advice, simple strategies and "How To's" for what is one of the most important "Should Do's" for our children, for us and for our world – reconnecting with the nature. You’ll learn how nature can be one of a busy, time-poor, overscheduled parent’s greatest allies in helping to help your children to grow and thrive, nurture strong and meaningful family bonds and create cherished childhood memories. View Guest page

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Brandon Montgomery

Imagination knows no limits except for those we create within ourselves. With imagination comes innovation, and with innovation comes the ability to change the world. I strive to create something new and to view things from different perspectives so that the envelope is always being pushed. I have studied narrative and creative writing in many different forms, including novels, anime, music, plays, and film. I cannot get enough. I was born and raised in Saint Louis, MO. I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fontbonne University with minors in Chemistry and Communication Studies. During my collegiate career, I discovered my true passion and calling as a writer. I plan to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing and I have aspirations to attend film school, as well. The Element Series is an action-packed trilogy comprised of a gripping saga that will leave readers anxious to see what’s next. View Guest page

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Rebecca Moradoghli

For over 18 years Rebecca Moradoghli has been an executive professional and entrepreneur. With a degree in Political Science, trained as a solution focused coach and a passion for people and cultures she is incorporating the all inclusive SHERO leadership acronym (Spirituality, Humanity, Enlightenment, Responsibility, Opportunity) to inspire and uplift across all borders. From Armenian ancestry and having lived in Germany, Iran, England and now calling Canada home, she is attuned to multicultural and tribal belief systems, or as she puts it, tribal BS. SHERO combines her personal experiences and international business career to present solutions for moving towards a harmonious global community. Her book is From Sheep to Shero. For more info visit View Guest page

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Justin Murray

Justin Murray’s passion for writing bloomed at the age of fifteen due to an offhand comment by his brother. Justin wrote the chapters, The Gift of Breathing and The Gift of Serendipity for the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. View Guest page

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Anna Myers

Anna Myers is a teenager who grew up in San Francisco, a city of diversity, and has always had an appreciation for the differences among people. She also lived in China for a year. Apart from dancing, she likes anime and manga, gore movies, music from folk to metal (no country or rap please), strawberries, star trek, astronomy, and rats. Anna, who likes to be called Mei-Mei, wrote the Gift of Differences in the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. View Guest page

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Phil Nauta

Phil Nauta grew up working for his parents in their garden center, maintaining nursery stock, landscaping, and grooming their 9 hole golf course. After earning his business degree, he was certified in Organic Landscape Management. He continued to do this through university while he obtained his business degree and commercial pilot’s license. Not content with flying, he went on to complete a certificate in Organic Landscape Management from Gaia College. He started Only Organic plus received his Permaculture Design and Sustainable Building and Design Certificates and became a Certified Organic Land Care Professional through SOUL. His Organic Gardener’s Pantry sells high quality organic fertilizers. Phil works with his wife, Heather, to help people improve the health of the planet. When he’s not in the garden, he’s promoting via the computer, or at the piano, pretending he’s Duke Ellington. His book is Building Soils Naturally. View Guest page

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Robert Nay

W. Robert Nay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in McLean, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland, and Clinical Associate Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has trained thousands of mental health professionals nationwide to work on anger management and relationship issues with their clients. The author of Taking Charge of Anger, Dr. Nay lives in Annapolis with his wife. His website is View Guest page

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Vertis Nephew

Vertis Nephew is the last person any of his friends would ever imagine would be able to write a book, much less a well read one like Reel Lyfe. With a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, he is humbled by the talent of so many great writers and continues to search to find his writing identity as he fits into the creative world. For now, he writes under the pen name Vertis Nephew, who represents the creative side he always knew he had. Reel Lyfe takes us on a journey that he’s witnessed so many times; whether it be the talented musician that brings the promenade to life while hoping for a record deal, or the adorable actress that sneaks away for audition after audition hoping for that one break to allow her to call herself an actress one day. Reel Lyfe is the follow-up to Vertis Nephew’s The Starry-Eyed Cave Girl. While very different stories, Reel Lyfe and The Starry-Eyed Cave Girl define the true style of Vertis Nephew. View Guest page

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Gayle Newhouse

Gayle Newhouse has produced and directed television shows and managed top artists such as Hoyt Axton. A talented film editor and set designer, Ms. Newhouse is co-producer and primary editor for Tapping the Source. She is a trustee of the international think tank Club of Budapest which includes founder Dr. Ervin Laszlo and honorary members such as Dr. Jane Goodall, the Dali Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev and Peter Gabriel. Gayle has discovered a permanent way to change your life through the 24-week Tapping the Source the Original Course. This course is being offered to adults and young adults who want to commit to learning how to focus the mental mind, physical body, and emotional energies to position the subconscious mind for health, wealth, and love. Gayle has raised seven children, two of which are in the film industry. She wants everyone to tap into their source and realize their full potential. View Guest page

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Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven's first book, The Ice Master, was released in November 2000 and named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer, Jennifer has ten different publishers in ten separate countries, and the book has been translated into eight languages. Her first novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive (based on the Emmy Award-winning film of the same name), an Indie Pick and a Costco Book of the Month. The second book in the Velva Jean series is Velva Jean Learns to Fly and the third book is Becoming Clementine. Two of Jennifer Niven’s female relatives were spies—one in the Revolutionary War and one in the Civil War. One of these women, Jane Black Thomas, was a Revolutionary War hero and South Carolina’s first feminist. These women, along with her fascination with WWII, were the inspiration behind the writing of this book. View Guest page

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Alfred Nkut

Dr. Nkut is a well-respected entrepreneur, philanthropist, and family physician in Ontario, Canada, and has inspired people to take control of their health so that they lead better lives. His organization, Equity Trust Finance, provides financial assistance and inspiration to people in Cameroon, West Africa. LEADERSHIP FOR SUCCESS is the first in his series of inspirational books. View Guest page

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Tatyana Noel

Tatyana Noel, author of “Finding Your Soul Mate” grew up in USSR. She was a straight A student, but had no success in dating; the guys she fell in love with did not like her. Later she found out what hindrances were, got rid of them and discovered a common Bible based method of finding “the right one”. She lives in the US, happily married since 2001. She holds a PhD in psychology and authored a college psychology textbook recommended by Ukrainian Ministry of Education, was a Fulbright scholar at James Madison University. Tatyana is a practicing Bible student, experienced in psychotherapy, runs a website, and successfully counsels singles on their way to marriage View Guest page

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Nora Nordan

Director of Studies at Treider, Norway’s oldest private independent College of Commerce, Nora Nordan talks about her chapter in Be the Star You Are!® for Teens, The Gift of Understanding. View Guest page

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Richard Norris

An award winning business coach, Richard Norris’s focus and expertise is on transformational self-leadership. He has a way to distil practical messages into engaging stories and examples that entertain, educate and elicit results. Along Richard’s own Journey of Success he has been and/or is a husband, father, competitive swimmer, veterinarian, army officer, MBA, unemployed, award-winning business and executive coach, applauded speaker, writer and author. His recent book, Hoof it! 7 Key Lessons on Your Journey of Success is an appealing metaphor on success. He believes that great leaders lead themselves first. He is the co-editor and contributing author to Ask the Experts: Lessons Learned from the Recession . Richard has even presented on How to be a Part-time Parent with Full-time Kids. And… just so you know he is a Canadian residing in Scotland! View Guest page

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Tracy O’Brien

Tracy O’Brien is the author of the forthcoming book Change the Hand You’ve Been Dealt. She has been featured by New Living Magazine, Total Tutor blog radio, and Read My Lips. Tracy O'Brien is the proud mother of 3 girls, author of the upcoming book Change The Hand You’ve Been Dealt, owner and CEO of Tuwanda Corp., a real estate investment company, and O'Brien Prosperity System, a coaching company that takes clients from stressed and struggling financially to relaxed with lots of cash. She guides individuals and businesses through SynergyCamp 101, comprised of 3 courses that build the basics for a successful life in all areas, uplevels all 6 mental faculties, and progresses to a deeper understanding and implementation of the universal laws that will catapult them into the life they would love to live. View Guest page

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Brooks Olbrys

Brooks Olbrys grew up in Wisconsin and California and now lives with his wife and six year old son in New York City where he is a Managing Director at investment bank Ion Partners. Brooks is a graduate of Stanford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. His new book series is The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob, a new picture book series which translates the principles of achievement and spotlights our water planet for young people. View Guest page

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Brooks Olbrys

As a lifelong student of achievement philosophies, Brooks Olbrys was inspired by his young son to make these philosophies accessible to children in the storybook series, The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob. A graduate of Stanford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Brooks is the founder of Children’s Success Unlimited and a managing director at investment bank Ion Partners. He lives with his wife and son in New York City and greatly enjoys escapes to the North and South American coastlines. View Guest page

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Norman Ollestad

From the age of three, Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing by the intense, charismatic father he both idolized and resented. While his friends were riding bikes, playing ball, and going to birthday parties, young Norman was whisked away in pursuit of wild and demanding adventures. Yet it were these exhilarating tests of skill that prepared “Boy Wonder,” as his father called him, to become a fearless champion – and ultimately saved his life. In 1979 he survived a plane crash that took the lives of the other three passengers, including his father, who was a former child actor and an FBI agent. Ollestad studied creative writing at UCLA and graduated from UCLA Film School. He lives in Venice, California and is the father of an eight year-old son. His New York Times bestseller is Crazy for the Storm. View Guest page

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Steve Omohundro, PhD

Steve Omohundro has been a scientist, professor, author, software architect, and entrepreneur doing research that explores the interface between mind and matter. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley. He was a computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He published the book “Geometric Perturbation Theory in Physics”, designed the programming languages StarLisp and Sather, wrote the 3D graphics system for Mathematica, and built systems which learn to read lips, control robots, and induce grammars. He is president of both Possibility Research and Self-Aware Systems, a think tank working to ensure that intelligent technologies have a positive impact. His work on positive intelligent technologies was featured in James Barrat’s book “Our Final Invention” and has generated international interest. He serves on the advisory boards of the Cryptocurrency Research Group, the Institute for Blockchain Studies, and Pebble Cryptocurrency. View Guest page

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Haim Ore

Haim Ore is a behavior consultant specializing in the complex developmental disabilities that cause problems with social interaction and communication, most particularly autism. He is an effective motivator and educator, focusing his efforts on children and adolescents with emotional disorders and special needs. Haim is the founder and CEO of Creative Family Coaching, Inc., an organization dedicated to educating families about the autism spectrum and teaching parents how to improve the quality of their children’s lives. Please check out his website at View Guest page

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Annette Osborne

Annette Osborne(nee Phillips) was born in Arouca, Trinidad, West Indies. She graduated from The University of the West Indies (UWI) with BA (1973), MEd (1990), and MPhil (1997) degrees. She taught English at the secondary and tertiary levels in Trinidad and the USA. Her book, …as a tale that is told tells the story of the dying and death of a Trinidadian woman named Louisa. In dying, the mind revisits the past in experiences that some call travelin’. Louisa relives experiences with her husband and thirteen children prior to immigration to the USA in a series of flashbacks. Her travelin’ is the major content of the book and each section ends with the reaction of each child to her death. Deeply rooted in Caribbean tradition, …as a tale that is told will resonate with every courageous woman who determines to alter the lives of her children for good. Osborne is now a retired teacher living in Palm Bay, Florida USA. The author plans to use her retirement to write novels. View Guest page

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Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer is the author of the international bestseller Conversations with the Fat Girl, as well as Seeing Me Naked, A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents, and More Like Her. Her newest book is Nowhere But Home. An Emmy-nominated writer, she lives in Los Angeles, California, and is hard at work on her next novel and several film and television projects. Liza Palmer View Guest page

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Sujin Park

Sujin Park- Teen Leader and contributor to the book, Be the Star You Are! for TEENS Sujin Park was born in Korea, lived in Great Britain, and has been in California since her sophomore year in high school. She has volunteered since her arrival in America at Be the Star You Are!® charity where she is the Teen Chairperson. Through her numerous responsibilities, she learned to be an effective leader and organizer. Sujin enjoys listening to music, travelling and snowboarding. She has also gained an interest in reading since she has been working with Be the Star You Are!® Charity. Her future goals are to continue working diligently and to try to accomplish all my life tasks and plans. She will be attending NYU. View Guest page

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Chan Dara Paschal

Chan Dara Paschal is a 16 year old college student from Los Angeles studying journalism and psychology. She has a passion for fashion, music, and activism with a mission to help others spread the word about good things. Chan Dara is the co-host of the radio show, Express Yourself!™ on the Voice America Kids Network. Besides co-hosting she focuses on fashion and tough talk offering a forum for teens as a voice for positivity.http:/; View Guest page

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Neha Patel

Diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder at sixteen, Neha read stories from Cynthia Brian’s book, Be the Star You Are! 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference to augment medical treatments and therapy. “Despite the hardships I've faced, it's the people who have made a difference in my outlook on life. I encourage everyone to be optimistic and be happy,” writes Neha. While searching on-line for volunteer opportunities in 2009, she was ecstatic to discover Be the Star You Are! charity. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine the letter of appreciation she wrote would be included in a book and she is thrilled to have contributed The Gift of Appreciation to Be the Star You Are! for TEENS. View Guest page

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Mary Pflum Peterson

Mary Pflum Peterson endured a difficult childhood, but she persevered and excelled. She was valedictorian of her high school class in Beaver Dam, WI, and graduated Summa cum Laude from Columbia University, where she broke into the competitive world of TV news. She is currently a multi-Emmy Award-winning producer at ABC’s Good Morning America, the nation's number one morning program, and lives in New York with her husband and four small children. View Guest page

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Alan Phillip

Fr. Alan Phillip, C.P, is a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist Religious Congregation. Ordained in 1967, he received his Masters of Divinity degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN, and has pursued further theological studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL. He has served as Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Chicago, IL, and as Pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Louisville, KY. Presently he resides at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center in Sierra Madre, CA. He assists at the retreat center and at local parishes and schools. He is the author of two books: From Blues to Smiles to Joy, How to cope with Depression; and Our Hearts at Sunday Mass, 10 Steps to a Joyful Life. View Guest page

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Thomas E. Pierce

Thomas Pierce resides in Vineland, NJ. He has been a computer programmer and consultant all of his life and never expected to become an author or an inspirational speaker. The Last Rose: A True Celebration of Eternal Life is an account of the first year of Tom’s life after he lost both his wife and daughter in the Baltimore water taxi accident in March 2004. It is a powerful and inspirational work about the power of love, and positive thinking. Pierce believes that love never dies, and that love and positive thoughts are the most creative forces in our lives. You can learn more about Tom, the book, and the accident at View Guest page

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Diane Pomerance

Dr. Diane Pomerance Author: PET PARENTHOOD: ADOPTING THE RIGHT ANIMAL COMPANION FOR YOU Whether you are fortunate enough to currently be living with an animal companion or whether you are simply thinking about purchasing or adopting a pet, PET PARENTHOOD: ADOPTING THE RIGHT ANIMAL COMPANION FOR YOU written by animal expert Diane Pomerance, Ph.D. offers readers vital information regarding the joys, sacrifices and responsibilities associated with pet “guardianship.” There are many reasons to adopt an animal companion including the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits to be derived by our pets. In return, we must carefully make a decision to adopt a pet – this requires a lifetime commitment to love, protect and care for the animal who may quickly become a beloved family member. This decision involves careful thought and deliberation. PET PARENTHOOD will help you to determine if a pet and which kind of pet best suits your lifestyle and whether you can meet its physical and emotional needs. Dr. Diane Pomerance is an internationally acclaimed animal expert who received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of 7 books. Her special interest is in helping those mourning the loss of a beloved animal companion. She is the author of numerous articles and has been interviewed on countless radio and TV programs and in newspapers and magazines. She lives in North Texas with her 21 rescued canine children. View Guest page

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Julia Quinn

New York Times bestselling author, Julia Quinn, returns with another dazzling historical romance that showcases her trademark wit, snappy, dialogue, and heartfelt emotion. What Happens in London is filled with wit, humor, and suspense. View Guest page

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Diana Raab

Author Diana Raab Book: Healing with Words Healing With Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey is a compassionate and wry self-help memoir written by an award-winning prolific author, nurse and poet, who at the age of forty-seven found her life shattered first by a DCIS (early breast cancer) diagnosis and five years later by another, seemingly unrelated and incurable cancer--multiple myeloma. The book includes the author's experiences, reflections, poetry and journal entries, in addition to writing prompts for readers to express their own personal story. Raab's journals have provided a safe haven and platform to validate and express her feelings. Raab views journaling to be like a daily vitamin--in that it heals, detoxifies and is essential for optimal health. Readers will learn to understand the importance of early cancer detection and how to take control of their own health. View Guest page

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Heidi Ramos

Heidi Ramos, Author, Secret Whispers and Island of Dreams The joy of Heidi Ramos’ heart are her five children. Heidy grew up in Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines. She has written her books, Island of Dreams and Secret Whispers as gifts to her children and to leave them a lasting legacy. Be enthralled by emotive and thoughtful words intertwined into beautiful verses by a woman whose life is tainted with sundry colors that spring from various life experiences. Poet-author Heidy Ramos brings out her honest feelings and deep thoughts through Secret Whispers, a collection of significant poems that convey beautiful stories about the beauty of life, the wonders of love, the sting of loneliness, the impulse of the heart, and more lyrical expressions portraying the workings of one's existence. Let this book melt your heart and touch your soul as Ramos takes you on a colorful poetic journey. Look into the poet's heart and soul through this lovely collection! View Guest page

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Nancy Rekow

Nancy Rekow’s Bio, author Minnie Rose Lovgreen's Recipe for Raising Chickens Nancy Rekow grew up loving books & nature on a NJ farm. She majored in English, worked for NY publishers, lived & taught in England 2 years, then married & moved in 1963 to a farm on Bainbridge Island, WA. There she met English immigrant farmwoman Minnie Rose Lovgreen, a gifted storyteller who shared advice on raising chickens, plants & children (Nancy had 4). In 1975, when 86-year-old Minnie was stricken with cancer, Nancy tape-recorded her words, then hand-lettered & published Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens, a popular book with chicken-lovers everywhere, now in 3rd edition. Chickens are a gardener’s best friend by digging for bugs, eating weeds, fluffing the soil, and of course providing eggs. Since then Nancy has taught writing, published poems & various other books. But Minnie--whose dramatic life story Nancy & partner Everett Thompson publish --inspired it all! View Guest page

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Roy Richards

Founder and CEO of Middle Age Renewal Training, Roy Richards is an author, motivational speaker, seminar leader, personal coach and consultant. His mission is to revitalize career and life experience of dispirited women and men in their middle years and to reenergize established enterprises large and small. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Roy spent seventeen years climbing the corporate ladder with four major U.S. corporations and sixteen years thriving as a small business owner and entrepreneur. In the year 2000, Roy “woke up” to the realization that he was missing out on the joy, emotional fulfillment and positively challenging lifestyle open to confident, dedicated and self-motivated individuals of middle age. Despite career success, Roy describes his prior professional and personal life experience as “thirty years of sleepwalking through life.” View Guest page

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Tony Richards

Tony Richards, Author, Self-Confidence for Happiness and Success Tony has received many awards for teaching his personally developed processes for gaining, and maintaining self-confidence, including Adult Education Tutor of the Year. Countless people from different cultures and societies, with diverse customs and traditions, have all had their lives improved by following Tony’s proven methods. He conducts private consultations, seminars, speaking engagements, and successful business training, on managing self-confidence. He is particularly sought after for those seeking to improve relationships in their personal and professional lives. Tony is the author of the successful ‘Self-confidence for…’ series of books, available around the world. View Guest page

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Kristy Robinett

Kristy Robinett, the Abnormally Normal Psychic, is an internationally acclaimed psychic medium and paranormal investigator. Kristy has volunteered her time to assist law enforcement agencies with investigations involving missing persons, murder, suicide, and arson and with criminal psychic profiling. She has worked on several haunting cases with paranormal teams throughout the United States and has earned a solid reputation for spirit releases, psychic home inspections for homebuyers, and haunted house investigations. Together with the Michigan Bureau of Travel and Tourism, Kristy leads numerous ghost tours and haunting events at historical sites throughout her home state every year. She is the author of Messenger Between Worlds, and Ghosts of Southeast Michigan. Michigan's Haunted Legends and Lore. Her work has been spotlighted on Fox News, ABC News, Coast to Coast, and on radio and in print around the country. View Guest page

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J.A. Rodríguez, Jr.

J.A. Rodríguez, Jr. is a Senior Manager for a Fortune 200 company. He has over twenty-six years of professional work environment experience. The last twenty-one years of experience are in leadership roles of increasing responsibility. His responsibilities extend to the development, deployment, and implementation of strategic plans and programs across the globe; for creating partnerships in new and existing business initiatives; and for supporting billions of dollars worth of active contracts encompassing hundreds of U.S. and international sites. He is an author, engineer, inventor (patent# 5,285,961), Certified Safety Professional, martial arts instructor, expert trainer, mentor, motivational speaker, and former adjunct college professor. His book, Not Intuitively Obvious: Transition To The Professional Work Environment is a uniquely concise combination of a senior manager’s memoir of lessons learned and business book culling from over twenty-six years of experience in the professional work environment. View Guest page

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Gayle Rogers

Author Gayle Rogers returns to discuss two more of her enlightened books, Gladyce with a C which continues the story of the star-crossed lovers chronicled in Nakoa’s Woman. My Name is Mary is the romantic love story between the wealthy Mary Todd and the poverty-stricken, but enlightened, Abraham Lincoln. Psychic abilities were considered a mental illness in the past. Today is being psychic a gift or a burden? Remarkable stories by a gifted writer. View Guest page

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James Rollins

Bestselling author, James Rollins, explores human overpopulation, the diminishing food supply, and genetically altered crops in his latest tour de force, The Doomsday Key. View Guest page

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Ross Rosenberg

Ross Rosenberg is a psychotherapist, sex addiction expert, counseling agency owner, national seminar speaker and new author of the book, “The Human Magnet Syndrome, Why We Love People Who Hurt Us,” which describes a revolutionary way of conceptualizing dysfunctional relationships. It is based upon his national seminar, Codependents and Emotional Manipulators - Understanding the Attraction. Since 2011, he has been traveling around the US giving this training traveling to 26 states (75 cities). Writing the book required him to tap into 25 years’ experience working with codependent clientele, as well as his own personal and transformative journey. The book approaches dysfunctional relationships from a distinctly innovative and intuitive angle. It provides an explanation for why men and women are irresistibly drawn into romantic relationships, not so much by what they see, feel and think, but more by an invisible and irresistible magnetic-like force. Human Magnet Syndrome View Guest page

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Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal has been writing about safe and resourceful gardening for 40 years. He is known worldwide as a consultant on growing the most expensive commercial crop, marijuana. Protect Your Garden extends his expertise to a wide variety of plants and garden environments. The book is filled with photos of insects, infected plants, and leaf damagewith resolutions to the problems using simple eco-friendly solutions that are safe for humans, pets, and the planet. As a garden writer he has adapted commercial horticulture practices for the hobby gardener. His 2010 edition of Marijuana Grower’s Handbook has revolutionized the field and is the course book at Oaksterdam University, the leading trade school for the cannabis industry. Beyond the garden, he views marijuana as a crucial social issue and advocates for civil regulation. He serves as the Executive Director of Green Aid: The Medical Marijuana Legal and Education Fund ( Ed Rosenthal’s Blog: View Guest page

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Marla Roth-Fisch

Marla Roth-Fisch brings us Senstivie Fam, a book about Sam’s sensory adventure with a happy ending. View Guest page

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Jen Rudin

Jen Rudin , author of Confessions of a Casting Director, is an award winning casting director who began her thirty-year career in show business as a child actor at age eight. As a casting executive at the Walt Disney Company, Rudin conducted talent searches across the United States, identifying and hiring actors who went on to star on Broadway in The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and The Little Mermaid and in beloved Disney movies like the Incredibles, The Princess and the Frog, Chicken Little, and Brother Bear. Her company, Jen Rudin Casting, casts projects in New York and Los Angeles. Jen is a proud member of the Casting Society of America. View Guest page

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Simone de la Rue

Simone de la Rue A-list actresses like Naomi Watts and Anne Hathaway already know about the fitness industry’s hottest trainer, Simone de la Rue. A former professional dancer, Simone has helped these women—as well as countless other actors, models, fashion designers, and everyday women, too—achieve the body they desire with her unique strength training and cardio fitness programs. Now Simone shares her amazing body sculpting techniques with everyone in BODY BY SIMONE: The 8-week Total Body Makeover Plan. Simone and her workout methods have been featured in The New York Times, O Magazine, W Magazine, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, People, Marie Claire, and Shape. Her studio, Body By Simone, is located in New York City, and in West Hollywood. View Guest page

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M.J. Ryan

M.J. Ryan, one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Happiness Makeover (nominated for the 2005 Books for Better Living award in the Motivational category) debuts her newest book, Adaptability, How to Survive Change You Didn’t Ask for. There are 1.75 million copies of her titles in print. View Guest page

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Névine Salvadé

Synchronicity is something Névine Salvadé knows about. These events were meant to occur for her spiritual growth. Salvadé’s life has taken her from the Middle East to Europe to America and beyond. “I hope that through my experiences you can recognize and accept the imperfect humanity of each and every one of us, and allow yourself the space and acceptance to grow slowly, not pressured by the outside world, the media, or your surroundings.” She grew up in war-torn Lebanon, watching her parents’ struggle in their passionate marriage, and searching for meaning and purpose in her own marriage and life. She discovered her connection with the spiritual realm with a message of love and understanding. Her book is C OM Passion. Salvadé knows the world could find peace if only its inhabitants could learn to accept other’s differences with love and understanding. We can start with one thing: we can forgive. Contact: View Guest page

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Jeff Sharlet

Jeff Sharlet reveals the secret fundamentalism at the heart of American Power in his book, The Family. Sharlet brings to light the untold story of Christian fundamentalism’s most elite organization, waging war around the globe. This is a terrifying and thought provoking narrative that challenges our ideas of democracy. View Guest page

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Renee Shepherd

Renee Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing international specialty vegetables and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. After receiving her PhD from UC Santa Cruz and teaching in the Environmental Studies department there, she founded the mail order company Shepherd’s Garden Seed in 1985, which she ran until 1996. In 1998 she founded her current company, Renee’s Garden, offering her selected choices of seeds for exciting new and time-tested heirloom gourmet vegetables, culinary herbs and a wide range of fragrant and cutting flowers, sourced from seed growers both large and small around the world. She has published three kitchen garden cookbooks: Recipes from a Kitchen Garden and More Recipes From a Kitchen Garden and her newest book, the Renee’s Garden Cookbook, combines expert gardening advice with great recipes. View Guest page

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Carolyn Sherman-Collins

Yasmin Shiraz

Yasmin Shiraz writes, directs, and produces books, films, and webseries that explore social issues. She is motivated to write and produce content that deals with serious issues in an entertaining way because its important and ultimately, it may save a few lives. Yasmin is the award winning author of the Retaliation young adult novel series, Writer/Director of Can She Be Saved, a documentary,Writer/Director/Producer of the webseries, Every Corner, and Writer/Director/Producer of Sources, a teen suicide prevention webseries. Her book, Retaliation, won the Top Ten Quick Picks Award for Reluctant Readers by the American Library Association and her breakthrough book, The Blueprint for My Girls, published by Simon & Schuster redefined young adult non-fiction. Her books & writings have been featured in Ebony, Essence, Your Tango, Black Enterprise, Teen People & CosmoGirl among others. View Guest page

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John Shors

After graduating from Colorado College, John Shors lived for several years in Kyoto, Japan, where he taught English. On a shoestring budget, he later trekked across Asia, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. After returning to the United States, he became a newspaper reporter in his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa, winning several statewide awards in journalism. John then moved to Boulder, Colorado, and helped launch GroundFloor Media, now one of the state’s largest public relations firms. John has been lucky enough to spend much of his life abroad, traveling in Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, Africa, and North America. Now a full-time novelist, John spends his days writing and going on family outings with his wife, Allison, and their two young children, Sophie and Jack. John’s first five novels, Beneath a Marble Sky, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, The Wishing Trees, and Cross Currents, have won multiple awards, and have been translated into twenty-five languages. View Guest page

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Dr. Dean Silvers

Dean Silvers, J.D., M.S., PhD., is an award winning producer, director, writer, and entertainment attorney of many successful feature films, television shows, short films, and commercials. His films have made millions of dollars worldwide, and starred such actors as Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, and many others. He has worked with such distinguished directors as Academy Award® Nominees David O. Russell, Bob Balaban, and Academy Award® Winner Juan Jose Campanella. Mr. Silvers’ films have played at many film festivals such as, the Cannes Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Berlin International Film Festival. His films have also won numerous awards and accolades such as The Official Selection Closing Night Film at The Cannes Film Festival, The Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and two Independent Spirit Awards. He lives in New York City. Website: View Guest page

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Ryan Sim

Ryan Sim is an incoming freshman at Harvard University. As an avid Model UN enthusiast, Ryan is deeply interested in current events and how they shape our international community - an interest that inspired his BTSYA Radio Segment "Global Youth Talk." In the future, he intends to major in Government, and he hopes to use his education to facilitate political and social change. View Guest page

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Paullina Simons

Paullina Simons is the author of the acclaimed novels Tully, Red Leaves, and Eleven Hours as well as the Bronze Horseman Trilogy. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, she graduated from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas. She currently lives near New York City with her husband and most of her children. View Guest page

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Blair Singer

Blair Singer has empowered people to achieve peak performance in business, sales, money, teams, and relationships for more than two decades. As the founder and CEO of SalesPartners Worldwide, a progressive sales and personal growth training company, Blair travels the world teaching individuals and business leaders how to maximize their potential, grow their bottom lines, and experience unparalleled growth.In his book "Little Voice" Mastery, Blair delivers strategies and techniques that will give readers the ability to:. Maintain power in any pressure situation. Stop debilitating chatter in their brain so they can attract what they want - now. Uncover and realize lifelong dreams. Break through self-sabotaging habits. Build powerful, lasting confidence. View Guest page

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Sheila Singleton

At twenty-five years old, Sheila Singleton is forced to make a life-changing decision. Sheila made a brave choice, and moved her mentally ill sister in with her family in 1976. Watchful Eyes is the true story of Sheila Singleton's transformation from hopeless observer, as Nancy's demons threaten to destroy her, to competent caregiver, licensed social worker, and loving sister. When Nancy is diagnosed with schizophrenia, Sheila is determined to find a way to help her sister and at age 37, returns to college to pursue a new career in social work. Watchful Eyes is the combination of Sheila Singleton's three decades of personal experience caring for her sister, and her professional work helping others in similar situations. Sheila Singleton, LMSW, lives in Brooklyn where she is a project director for a caregiver’s program in Brooklyn. Filled with helpful tips, real-life situations, and heartfelt support, Watchful Eyes is a must-have guide for anyone committed to caring for another human being. View Guest page

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Miriam Slozberg

Miriam Slozberg was born as well as rained in Toronto, Canada. She is a married mother of two children, still residing in Toronto. After experiencing a sad childhood, Miriam became interested in occult sciences such as astrology, tarot, numerology as well as other esoteric studies. Miriam has always been quite intuitive but did not use it until after she had her children. She received her astrology certification in 2006 and established her astrology business, called MsMir Astrology in 2008. She feels that one of her biggest missions in her life is to help others understand their life’s purpose, and previous life karma. Her current book that she is launching is Stars Behind the Tortured Soul-Healing Past-Life Memories Through Astrology View Guest page

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Hovey Smith

Prize-winning author Wm. Hovey Smith has written 13 books, numerous magazine and newspaper articles as well as contributed to many blogs. Three recent titles "Practical Bowfishing," "Crossbow Hunting," and "Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting Deer to Dinner for Pennies Per Pound" stress eating natural foods from the outdoors. In these hard times "Backyard Deer Hunting" provides a healthy way to cut food bills and eat healthy meals. Hovey Smith explains every aspect of deer hunting from finding deer to cooking it for your family. This book is designed for someone who has never, or seldom, hunted or cooked game. Basic hunting and cooking instructions are provided along with 50 tested recipes. Novice and experienced hunters alike will enjoy the author's writing style which is like sitting across the kitchen table listening to a favorite grandparent talk about hunting, cooking and life lessons learned. ; blog View Guest page

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Wendy Soria

Wendy Soria is a wife, mother, grandmother, and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or Mormon Church). She has performed or supported missionary work most of her life, and has held several missionary and teaching positions. Her goal is to encourage Christians and missionaries from all denominations to honor Jesus Christ in faithful service, to live exemplary lives of faithful obedience, and to leave a personal written testimony for their posterity! Her new book,Letters from a Lady Mormon Missionary, is the continuing journey to accomplish this goal. For this purpose, and to assist other missionaries to accomplish similar goals, and to prevent others from making the same mistakes she made in this book, Sister Woolley (Soria) has written a prompt-journal for missionaries entitled Legacy: A Journal of Missionary Service.. View Guest page

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Dr. Christopher Sowton

Dr. Christopher Sowton ND RP is a naturopath and a psychotherapist. Based in Toronto, his practice focuses on dreamwork. Since 2003 Christopher has been training health care practitioners of all kinds to integrate dreamwork into their practices. He is a member of the IASD (International Association for the Study of Dreams) and has recently published a book—Dreamworking–How to Listen to the Inner Guidance of Your Dreams. View Guest page

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Helene Stapinski

Helene Stapinski is the author of Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, which recounts her family's criminal history, and Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair with Music, which chronicles her years playing drums in a rock band in Manhattan. She has written extensively for The New York Times as well as for New York magazine, Salon, Travel & Leisure and dozens of other publications and essay collections. On the recently released documentary based on Five-Finger Discount, she has worked as a producer and writer. Stapinski has been a radio newscaster in Alaska, has appeared on National Public Radio, was a featured performer with The Moth, has lectured at her alma mater, Columbia University, and teaches writing at Fordham University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. View Guest page

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Pat Stone

As a life long lover of gardening and garden editor of Mother Earth News Magazine, Pat Stone created GreenPrints, the Weeder’s Digest! in 1989. Pat is also the co-author of the New York Times best seller, Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul. In his free time, you’ll find him canoeing. GreenPrints magazine shares the human sideof gardening: the joy, humor, frustrations, and heart in fine prose and fine art.It's funny. It's tender. It's truthful. It's inspiring. There is absolutely no other gardening magazine like it. If you love to garden, you'll love to read the quarterly magazine of personal garden writing: GreenPrints, “The Weeder’s Digest!” GreenPrints—like gardening—offers hope, joy, encouragement, peace, humor, beauty, friendship, and so much more. View Guest page

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Pat Stone

Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul co author, Pat Stone, has penned the chapter, Letting Go, in Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS. He is the ediotr of GreenPrints, “The Weeder’s Digest”. View Guest page

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Tallia Storm

Dubbed ‘Tiny Chancer’ by the UK press, on vacation in Hawaii in 2012 Tallia Storm left her demo CD with Sir Elton John’s partner David Furnish in a restaurant. 24 hours later the legendry Sir Elton called her to say that she had one of the most exciting vocal soul signatures he had heard in years. He invited her to open his concert in Falkirk Football Stadium to a sold out audience of 17,000 people at the tender age of 13 yrs. In just over 12 months, her life has changed dramatically performing at a host of live gigs and events around the UK and the USA. And it’s not just her singing talents that are catching the media’s attention. Already she’s been hailed as the new ‘teen style icon’ by leading fashion bibles in London and New York. Photographers snapped her quirky, adventurous and innovative looks at London Fashion Week just last month for Glamour Germany, Glamour Italia, Glamour UK and Company magazine who applauded her on-trend ensembles. View Guest page

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Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman's New York Times bestselling novel, FRENCH LESSONS, was published by Ballantine in July, 2011. It also hit the Indie Bound Best Seller List, The San Francisco Chronicle best seller list and NPR's list. She is the author of the novel, ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS, a San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller. It has been translated into six languages. She is also the editor of two anthologies, DIRTY WORDS: A LITERARY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SEX and BAD GIRLS: 26 WRITERS MISBEHAVE, which was a New York Times Editors Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller. She has taught at Pepperdine, UCLA and Rutgers University. She now teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes. Her newest book is The Paradise Guest House. View Guest page

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Paul Sutherland

Since 1975, Paul Sutherland has worked in the investment and financial advisory business. As a Senior Portfolio Manager, he has been managing global total return investment portfolios (under the investing without boarders’ style) for over 23 years. Paul formed Financial & Investment Management Group Ltd. (FIM Group), a Registered Investment Advisor, capable of managing investment portfolio’s on a discretionary basis for individuals, trusts, foundations and retirement plans in 1984. Beyond his extensive investment experience, Paul is the author of numerous books on financial planning and money management including, Zenvesting, 12 Steps to a Care-Free Retirement, and the AMA guide to Financial Planning. His newest book, is a wise, gentle and beautifully illustrated book, The Virtue of Wealth reminds us that true wealth resides in our relationships with others, and that financial success is just one way of ensuring our ability to enjoy these relationships. View Guest page

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Alison Teal

Alison Teal-Film maker/adventurer Alison Teal is a soul surfer, survivor, and adventurer. She spent her childhood home-schooled in a whirl wind of high adventure by her extreme expedition parents. She grew up living in some of the most primitive, inaccessible, and often dangerous mountains, jungles and uncharted wilderness areas that cover the face of this planet. Alison launched Alison’s Adventures and can be seen on the Discovery Channel series "Naked & Afraid". The road to filmmaking stardom is normally paved with aspiration of big-ticket box office productions, lucid storytelling and a star-studded cast! But for this filmmaker is creating a different road that draws on the stories and secrets of the past and present! Alison's Adventures, is a documentary film series to make the world a smaller place by sharing the wisdom of exotic cultures, showcasing authentic people, and entertaining the kid in everyone through storytelling that captures the mystery and intrigue of life's adventures. View Guest page

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The Untold Story of America's Most Bizarre Political Murder. View Guest page

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John Toker

John is a learning specialist who tutors people in the Washington Metropolitan area and has taught in the public schools. He teaches people who are diagnosed as being on the spectrum of autism, NVLD, ADHD/ADD, and dyslexia on how to overcome their learning blocks. He also guides people who find learning to be easy, but are bored with courses or are exceptionally disorganized in completing schoolwork. He has years of proven track record experience in helping students overcome learning and emotional obstacles. He practiced as a licensed psychotherapist in Maine and Maryland. John is an award-winning author. He wrote the acclaimed novel, Conflicting Sanity. John created and drew the picture cover of LD Just Means Learn Differently. He plays tennis as a hobby. He’s working on his next novel. View Guest page

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George Van Sant

George Van Sant, born November 20, 1927, State College, Pennsylvania. Attended St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD. during and after the war, A.B. in 1948. When he finished his Marine Korean service in 1953, attended graduate school at University of Virginia, M.A., 1955, Ph.D., 1958 in philosophy. Appointed Assistant Professor of Philosophy in 1958, Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He pursued parallel careers: active Marine Corps Reserve service 1953-1977, retiring as Colonel, USMCR; and teaching at the University of Mary Washington, retiring as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, 1990. Also many community activities in Fredericksburg, including three four year terms as a City Councilman. Taking on the Burden of History: Presuming to be a U. S. Marine, is a lively memoir of the author's active service in the United States Marine Corps. It recalls in plain terms what it was like for an ordinary young man to enter the military, get disciplined in a strict fashion, and live the rest of his life as a patriot. View Guest page

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Simon Vance

A former BBC presenter in London, Simon Vance is the critically acclaimed narrator of over 700 audiobooks, winner of forty-seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and a ten-time Audie® Award recipient including the 2012 Audie Award for Best Solo Male Narration. Simon was named a "Golden Voice" by Audiofile Magazine, and Booklist Magazine named him its very first "Voice of Choice". He has recorded A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama, Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, and Rod the autobiography of Rod Stewart. Some of his best-selling and most critically acclaimed performances include The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series (all 21 titles), the new productions of Frank Herbert’s original Dune series, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Rob Gifford’s China Road (an AudioFile 2007 Book of the Year). View Guest page

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Mark Di Vincenzo

As a journalist with nearly a quarter century of experience, Mark Di Vincenzo made a name for himself as a reporter who exposed abuses and as a writer who made the complicated seem simple. He won numerous awards before becoming an editor. During the summer of 2007, he left daily journalism to pursue book projects and to start Business Writers Group, a writing and public relations company. In 2009, Harper-Collins published his first book, Buy Ketchup in May and Fly At Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There, a New York Times bestseller. Born and reared in Cleveland, he lives in the shipyard town of Newport News, Virginia—two blocks from William Styron’s childhood home—with his wife and two daughters. A third daughter attends the University of Oklahoma. View Guest page

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Marie Eve Vivian

Marie Eve Vivian, born into a military family, spent the first three years of her life in Colorado and Ludwigsburg, Germany, before moving to New Jersey. She later attended high school in Belgium. The second born of five children, she traveled all over the world and speaks some Spanish and French. She is an avid reader who loves to read and write poetry. She won her first award for poetry while still in high school. Her desire is to teach others how to see God in everyday people in everyday situations. Marie is happily married to a scientist. He is a loving and supportive anchor in her life, and together, they are rearing Marie’s two sons. In addition to being a busy wife and mother, Marie is an active and enthusiastic member of her church where she serves as a lay counselor and usher. She also serves the community as an advocate for The Rape Crisis Center. View Guest page

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David J. Wakefield

My name is David J. Wakefield. I am the producer and collaborating author of Easy Fit. I am representing all parties involved with the creation of this book. Born June 08, 1943. Spent 50 years in the health club industry as an owner of several fitness centers. Entrepreneur, manager, and fitness enthusiast. Interests include: weight training, running, hiking, mountaineering, rock and ice climbing as well as various sports. My passion is to help people improve their health and well being through exercise and beneficial nutrition. View Guest page

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Phyllis Watts

Author Phyllis Watts invites readers to tap their inner chef as she unleashes a scrumptious collection of mouthwatering recipes as well as the memories and the people who made them special. In Where Food and People Meet, Phyllis shares her personal stories of foods and travel as she offers a variety of easy to prepare recipes perfect for all occasions. View Guest page

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Brenda Weiss

Designing with Fabrics and Color by author Brenda Weiss, ASID, is the perfect guide to help you understand the basics of design, fabrics, paint selection, color theory, and furniture styles for any room. Brenda Weiss is a licensed Interior Designer in South Florida and the Principal of Weiss Design Group, Inc. which specializes in residential, healthcare, hospitality, and commercial interior design. Her design firm has had a significant presence in South Florida for almost 20 years and has done projects in many other areas of the country as well. Brenda holds a B.S. degree in Interior Design from Florida International University in Miami, Fl., a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an M.S. degreein Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. Brenda, understanding that many people enjoy designing their own homes or would not be able to afford professional design services, has written a book which guides people in making design choices. Her book, in essence, is a “designer on your shoulder” program. Along with the book, Brenda has developed a web-based room design services called Room x Room Design. Website is: Twitter: And she is on Facebook and Hubpages feature her articles about all facets of interior design. View Guest page

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Ralph Welsh

WOW! by Ralph Welsh boasts 149 separate, distinct World War II stories. Read a story on a bus, plane, or subway on your way to work - or a spare moment at home. Stories are about PEOPLE - heartwarming, sad, tragic...Ralph has led a WOW! life. Besides being a pilot who flew 33 bombing missions during World War II, he also experienced the great depression. He found the importance of a college degree and worked as a stockbroker, manager, finder/intermediary sales agent of 11 companies to H.J. Heinz, Labatt, etc. Until he retired at age 87, he owned a graphic arts mail order company, Welsh Products, ( which his son runs today. He has been married to his wife Ann for 55 years and is proud of his three fine boys and one great girl. At age 90, Ralph is on tour with his book, WOW! which is carried in many Air Museums. View Guest page

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Frank West

In "From Guilt to the Gift of Miracles",psychotherapist Frank West gives us an intimate and moving memoir of his life's journey of over eighty years-from his growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal town during the Depression, through his war experiences during World War II, to his postwar search for inner peace and true contact with the miraculous. In Healing our Anger, he describes the eight truths about anger. The only person hurt by anger is the one who is angry. Based on his studies of A Course in Miracles, this eighty three young man shares a lifetime of experiences while modeling effective roads to authenticity and love. Frank offers the reader the opportunity to benefi t in a very real way from the personal experiences he recounts here, for it is Frank's belief that the way the therapist heals his patient-and by extension, all his "brothers and sisters"-is by doing the long, careful, and ultimately holy work of healing himself. View Guest page

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Kate White

Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of ten works of fiction--six Bailey Weggins mysteries (including So Pretty It Hurts and If Looks Could Kill), and four suspense novels: Eyes on You, The Sixes, Hush, and the upcoming The Wrong Man (June 2015). She is also the editor of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, which will be published in March of this year. You can get monthly updates from Kate by signing up for her newsletter on her website Kate's writer's eye has been described by the New York Times as "scathingly observant." The Los Angeles Times says of Kate's work: "It's like devouring a box of chocolates!" View Guest page

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Christy Whitman

Christy Whitman is a New York Times best-selling author of three books who preaches what she practices. Her forthcoming book, The Art of Having It All: A Woman's Guide to Unlimited Abundance, brings together the most cutting edge and efficient strategies of deliberate manifestation, refined over a decade of coaching others to lead more successful, abundant, and self-expressed lives. View Guest page

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Bill Wiese

Bill Wiese, a dedicated Christian and successful Real Estate Broker had a life-changing event in 1998. Bill had an out of body experience whereby the Lord showed him Hell. It has been captured in print with 23 Minutes in Hell, a New York Times Best Seller. Bill and his wife, Annette, transitioned from real estate careers to traveling full-time as speakers sharing the truth about hell. Bill believes this message is not a condemning message, but a message of warning. It is a message that expresses God’s great love for people, and His deep desire for people to receive His gift of eternal life and avoid Hell --- which He did not create for mankind, but for the devil and his angels. Bill believes he is simply a signpost to point people to the scriptures, and not to his experience. Even if you don’t believe my story, I hope you will believe the Scriptures and avoid hell just the same ---- Bill Wiese. For further information, please visit our website at View Guest page

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Dani Wong

Danielle Wong (Dani) is a sixteen year old high school junior who enjoys spending time with family and friends. Dani is a volunteer with Be the Star You Are!® and loves sports, photography, and traveling around the world. Writing has always been her passion because of the ability of words to have a strong impression on the reader. Dani wants to make a positive difference in the world and hopes her story impacts you to have faith. View Guest page

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Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times bestselling author of many novels and novellas based on the Amish country lifestyle . She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards. Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities—from the most conservative groups to the most liberal. Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband, three sons, two daughters-in-law, and a new granddaughter. View Guest page

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J. E. Wright

J. E. Wright has been a therapist for 22 years, working with over 1,000 children and teenagers and their families. He is a husband and father, and he presents workshops on childhood issues, parenting adolescents, and sexuality. He is a foster parent trainer and has several published articles. He is the author of The Sexualization of America's Kids. Mr. Wright's use of dialogue role-plays and actual case examples shows parents when and how to appropriately communicate on sexuality issues with their different age kids. His caring and concrete approach makes this book a necessity for all parents raising kids today. View Guest page

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Stephen G. Yanoff

Stephen G. Yanoff is a former insurance company executive from Long Island, New York. He received a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree from the Texas A & M University System. During college, he served as playwright-in-residence at the University of Texas,and won several prestigious playwriting contests. After completing his education, he worked in Manhattan for over twenty years and became an acknowledged expert in the field of high risk insurance. In 2002, he moved to Texas and taught public speaking at St. Edward's University.He is the author of four mystery novels and a new non-fiction book, titled, THE SECOND MOURNING. (The Untold Story of America's Most Bizarre Political Murder.) He now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, two daughters, and two grand-dogs.He is also the author of The Graceland Gang and The Pirate Path and Devil’s Cove. View Guest page

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Stephanie Yolish

Originally from the East Coast, Stephanie Yolish started her professional life building and engaging communities for a NYC based national non-profit raising money for a tumor disorder. She went on to launch the New Jersey Yelp community market for Yelp and recently relocated to take over the East Bay community for Yelp. View Guest page

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Donald H. Young

Don Young grew up in Arlington, Virginia and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University with an honors degree in economics. He went on to Harvard Business School where he attained a Masters in Business Administration. Don is a financial planner who retired from Invesco, a global investment management firm as the Chairman of the Global Structured Products Group which had $23 billion in assets under his management with over 300 clients worldwide. His ground breaking book, is You Can Do It, an Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Security. The emphasis is on taking individual responsibility for achieving financial security by following the steps outlined in the book and not relying on third parties, such as brokers and agents. In his book, he takes the reader by the hand and shows them in simple to understand steps how to meet their financial objectives. Visit View Guest page

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Lynnette Ann Yount

Lynnette Ann Yount graduated with a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, 1993. She would have gotten into medical school with 4.0 average. She is an athlete and is good at eleven sports, some of which are golf at near-professional level, swimming, surfing, hiking, pool, Ping Pong, skiing, ocean kayaking, lake kayaking, and white water rafting. She can also sing. Her book Caffeine Killed My Family is intended to save the lives of many people all over the globe. View Guest page

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Steven Zhou

A self-described organizer and administrator, this 17 year old wants to be a teacher as he truly thrives when he is helping others, whether it be making music, coaching swimming, or building web sites. He is a volunteer with Be the Star You Are!® charity and the designer and webmaster for the outreach program, Express Yourself!™, a place for teens to have a voice and publish their creative works. Steven wants to inspire others to live their best lives while getting involved in community service for the betterment of all. He really enjoys organizing large groups and is very active with his church youth group as well as many on campus organizations. He is a published writer and an award winning speaker. Visit the Express Yourself!™ site and make your voice heard. View Guest page

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