Back to School Show

August 22, 2017
Hosted by The Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Teen Team

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Welcome to back to school! Can you believe summer is over? Are you ready for a new school year? Hosts Brigitte Jia and Joven Hundal spend an hour with enlightening information to get you ready for this educational season. Sports reporter Katie Lyons asks a pertinent question: “What things am I going to do differently this year?" Fortunately she also offers numerous suggestions to make the following year a great one. First time author, Fayth Thomas shares real life lessons on positive living including how to provide healthy back to school lunches and snacks with her book, Being the Best You! The book explores diabetes in a way for children to understand and inspires children to strive for career paths that make a difference. Brigitte gives a list of ways to be artistic with pencil cases, binders, collages, and more in Art Attack.

Express Yourself!

Express Yourself!

Tuesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Kids Channel

Express Yourself! is an entertaining adolescent fusion program where passion, productivity, and possibility populate the airwaves. Produced by Starstyle Productions, LLC as an international outreach program of Be the Star You Are! charity, the radio program, Express Yourself! is a show for, by, and about teens. Hosted by teens and teenage field reporters from around the country, Express Yourself! is THE destination for teens to be heard. Within the walls of the young adult community, listeners are uplifted and encouraged to be the stars of your own life. Through collaboration and conversation, a global campus of young people express their views. Topics include anything that kids talk about-books, music, making a difference, technology, school, art, humor, writing, tough talks, health, sports, films, family, friends, foes, fashion, and fun. Come play in STAR country and Express Yourself!, Tuesdays at Noon Pacific on VoiceAmerica Kids.

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The Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Teen Team

The Express Yourself! STAR On-Air Teen Team

Broadcasting since 2011, twenty-seven young people from around the United States have regularly shared their passions and interests as hosts and reporters on Express Yourself! These teens are not afraid of the tough topics and thrill at the opportunity of interviewing a variety of guests including authors, actors, Olympians, scientists, musicians, poets, and experts of varied disciplines. As volunteers with Be the Star You Are! 501 c3 charity ( the Express Yourself! teens are accomplished youth striving to make a difference on our planet and are dedicated to sharing ideas while having fun and giving a voice to the voiceless. Meet our STARS at

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Alice Abruzzinni "Vanna 2" Nonie

Alice Abruzzini aka Nonie is a native of Napa Valley and has been in the viticulture industry for 68 years. At 87 years young, she is the mother of 5, grandmother to 11, and great-grandmother to 10. She crossed off her bucket list on the April 11, 2016 Wheel of Fortune TV series making TV history when she was asked to be “Vanna” to end the show where her grandson, Brian, had just won the game. View Guest page

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Shawn Anderson

Shawn Anderson is a #1 ranked motivational author, unlimited thinker, and lifetime entrepreneur with a history of inspiring others. A six-time author, Shawn is also the creator of Extra Mile Day...a day recognizing the power we each have to create positive change when we "go the extra mile." Besides having inspired thousands through his speaking and writing, Shawn’s built a million dollar company, pedaled a bike solo across the U.S. (twice), and created adventures in 40+ countries (including having walked 550 miles across Spain, 450 miles up the coast of Portugal and 750 miles around the island of Shikoku, Japan). In 2017, Shawn will finish his 7th book, walk across England and Ireland, take his "go the extra mile" message on a speaking tour on Central America, and continue to building on the success and reach of Extra Mile Day. and View Guest page

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Lucy Angel

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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Michelle Arbeau

Michelle Arbeau is an internationally recognized Celebrity Numerologist, author, inspirational speaker and radio and tv host. She has a Hollywood clientele base that includes Twilight vampires, Big Bang Theory actress, Pirates of the Caribbean actor, NBC Director, Celebrity stylist and many more. A media favorite and considered an expert in her field, Michelle is the author of The Energy of Words. View Guest page

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Katherine Arden

Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to guiding horse trips. Currently she lives in Vermont. The Bear and the Nightingale is her first novel. View Guest page

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Mindee Arnett

Mindee Arnett is the author of two young adult series: The Arkwell Academy Series, a contemporary fantasy from Tor Teen (Macmillan), and Avalon, a sci-fi thriller from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). She has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space. View Guest page

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Bud Bilanich

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, on the faculty at the University of Denver Business School 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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Paul Bogle

Paul has been working as a professional astrologer for 26 years and counsels individuals and couples using astrology, dream-work, and other divination tools. Along with personal matters, Paul helps clients find the best possible time for their endeavors, such as, when to schedule a business meeting, when to get married, what weeks are best for a vacation. View Guest page

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Erin Bow

Erin Bow gave up a promising career as a particle physicist to write books. She has five of them -- two books of poetry, two novels for teenagers, and a memoir, plus the brand new YA science fiction novel THE SCORPION RULES, out September 22nd. Erin lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband James, who is also a novelist. They have two small daughters, both of whom want to be scientists. View Guest page

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graduated 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. . YOU-TUBE TRAILER: Gamebook Adventures 4: Revenant Rising View Guest page

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Cynthia Brian

Cynthia Brian, Founder and Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 literacy and positive media charity, New York Times best selling co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, author of Be the Star You Are!®, 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS, The Business of Show Business, The Blessing of Love and Relationships, and Miracle Moments®, is an internationally acclaimed key note speaker, personal growth consultant, actor, producer and host of radio and TV shows, columnist, designer, gardener, and lifestyle coach. She was raised on a farm by two parents who loved one another and believe that men and women were equals in every way. Cynthia has lived with the mentality that anything is possible as long as a person is willing to work hard, show up, and be true to herself. The stars are limitless. ( View Guest page

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Heather Brittany

As a young teen in 1999, Heather Brittany was instrumental in launching Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She is the producer and co-host of Health Matters and T42 on the Voice America radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® heard every Wednesday from 4-5pm on the Empowerment Channel. Since childhood Heather has been a model, actor, and voice talent and is currently a physical fitness instructor and certified Bar Method teacher. Juggling multiple projects, Heather has become an expert at organization. Listen to Starstyle® Radio at and View Guest page

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Diane Bush

Diane Bush directs the Young Worker Project at the Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at the University of California, Berkeley. She coordinates a statewide working group whose goal is to protect and educate California’s young workers. A core project is our annual Safe Jobs for Youth Month campaign. View Guest page

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Rachel Caine

Rachel began her publishing career in 1991 under the name Roxanne Longstreet with her first novel, Stormriders, a media tie-in novel for the role-playing game Shadow World. In 2003, she began writing as Rachel Caine with the launch of the bestselling Weather Warden series in urban fantasy, followed by spinoff series Outcast Season, the Red Letter Days duology, and the Revivalist series. In 2006, she began her career in young adult novels with the 15-book Morganville Vampires series. In 2014 she published her first stand-alone YA novel, Prince of Shadows, and in 2015, the start of the new Great Library series, Ink and Bone. She has two further novels in the series coming in 2016 and 2017, as well as a new three-book series beginning in Fall 2016. The Morganville Vampires will see a resurrection in March 2016 with Midnight Bites, a collection of short fiction. Rachel graduated with a business degree from Texas Tech University, and had a number of careers in the business world. View Guest page

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Mandalynn Carlson

Mandalynn Carlson is an award-winning American teen actress, whose first professional film appearance was a supporting role in the 2011 action biopic "Machine Gun Preacher" with Gerard Butler. Leaving Michigan for Hollywood, Carlson has found success staring in dozens of independent films and television shows, including "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "CSI:NY". Mandalynn is outspoken against bullying, having dealt with it during elementary and middle school. She started college at 15 years of age and maintains a 4.0 GPA in the film studies curriculum. A fantastic story-teller, Carlson is creating screenplays she hopes to produce and direct that deal with women and girls self-image and self-worth under her production company Smash The Glass Pictures. While she prefers to be in front of the camera, she maintains that she must always be creative and will pursue directing, to fill in gaps. Carlson cares about children and being a positive role model. View Guest page

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Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello is a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, her profession introduced her to writings and authors from times long past. Through her studies and teaching, Cheryl fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. She hopes to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through her Quest Books set in these worlds. View Guest page

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Sam Casey

Sam Casey is the youngest reporter on Express Yourself!™ Together with his gaming cousin Eddie, the two lads have created a segment called Game Boys. Sam loves cats, rats, jumping jacks, and aspires to be an actor. Eddie would like to play video games 24/7! 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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Erica Chapman

Erica M. Chapman is a young adult author who writes dark, emotional novels with a burst of humor, and lighter contemporaries with smart-ass protagonists. Her first novel, TEACH ME TO FORGET, debuts seventeen-year-old obsessive planner Ellery who tries to navigate through the guilt of losing her sister, lying to her best friend, and falling in love for the first time--all while waiting for the date she chose to die. Erica is a member of SCBWI and a lifetime Lions and Michigan football fan who loves alternative music. She blogs, tweets, and watches various CW & Freeform shows while typing her next story on her MacBook in a Detroit Lions Snuggie. Suicide Prevention Resources: National (U.S.) Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 View Guest page

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Katie Choo

Katie Choo is a sophomore at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California. She has been doing competitive archery for the past four years, participating in national and international competitions. She is currently an active volunteer for Open Heart Kitchen and Science for Youth, and a volunteer in training for Stanford ValleyCare Hospital. Katie enjoys archery and working with kids, whether it’s for volunteering, coaching, or tutoring. Her segment is all about careers, called “Aim To Shoot,” and she will be reporting for “College Professors” on today’s show. View Guest page

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Kelsey Crowe

Kelsey Crowe, Ph.D. is the founder of Help Each Other Out. Crowe earned her doctorate in social welfare at the University of California, Berkley and teaches social work at California State University. Crowe’s first book, There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Gets Scary, Awful, and Unfair To People You Love), coauthored with Emily McDowell.
Crowe’s organization Help Each Other Out is a growing collective of people embracing the idea that being there for others is often easier than we think, it can be learned, and that it matters. Taking the principles found in There Is No Good Card for This along with her many years of experience in the field and organization, a presentation with Crowe is not one to miss. From universities to health care organizations, every audience member will walk away feeling inspired.
Currently, Crowe resides in San Francisco, California with her husband and daughter. View Guest page

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Daddy Look

Fathers, how many times on a weekly basis do you hear the expression from your children: "Daddy Look?" Have you ever wondered why they want you to look so badly? Do you know how much power exists in Daddy's Look? If you haven't been looking at them, what have you been looking at? What happens when Daddies don't look? Are there dangers in not looking? Is is too late to look? Authors Battle, Sanders and Watts tackle these questions and more in this tremendous book destined to change the lives of all who read it and truly want to make a difference in their children's lives. View Guest page

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Greg DeBree

I was born in Indiana but left when I was 11 to live in Arizona. Both places molded my need to explore. In Indiana we lived in a rural community with many opportunities to get out in nature and examine the outdoor world. In Arizona I discovered the desert near my home. I hunted, fished, and rode horseback throughout the Sonoran desert. At 16, in the Sea of Cortez and California and learned how to SCUBA dive and surf. At 18, I moved to Lake Tahoe at 18 to discover the Sierras. Being a teacher afforded me summers and other vacation options. For several summers I worked as a volunteer seasonal firefighter. In winter, I skied across Yosemite and other remote places. In 2000 my wife and I began spending summers in Hawaii where water sports abound. Throughout my life, I have shot photos of wildlife and wild places. Last year, Antarctica was my destination. Exploring and adventures will be my lifetime pursuit. Australia is next on my bucket list. View Guest page

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Lacy Blanc DeQuattro

Lacy Blanc DeQuattro and her sister, Amber Blanc Sales grew up on a ranch in Napa County. Lacy, a health practitioner and Amber in law enforcement are happily married with children. Their mother, Debbie, was a true country girl who was never without her cowboy hat, boots, and rodeo belt buckle. When she died in 2016 Lacy and Amber wanted to honor her legacy. With her love of the Wild West and her love of the simple ranch lifestyle, Debbie’s grand kids called her CowBoy Nonie. In 2017 Amber and Lacy launched Cowboy Nonie’s Boutique as a family affair with their husbands building the mobile store trailer and the kids modeling the clothes and participating in the videos. Cowboy Nonie’s Boutique offers high quality, sustainable-made products, the majority of which are produced or finished in the USA. They feature Facebook live sales 8pm PT every Sunday with deals and clothing that often sells out before it ever gets to the website. View Guest page

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Calla Devlin

Calla Devlin is the author of Tell Me Something Real, a finalist for the Morris Award. A Pushcart nominee and winner of the Best of Blood and Thunder Award, her stories have been included in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Originally from California, she lives in Iowa with her family. View Guest page

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Sherrie Dillard

Sherrie Dillard (Durham, NC) has been a professional psychic, medium, and therapist for over twenty years. She has taught intuition development at Duke University Continuing Studies, and has led workshops and classes on spiritual development and spiritual healing nationally and internationally. Explore a range of topics for self-discovery, including intuition, spiritual guidance, spirit animals, spirit essence and energy (chakras and auras), recognizing personal abilities according to archetype, living your purpose, and more with her book Discover Your Authentic Self. View Guest page

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Dani Dipirro

Dani DiPirro is an author, blogger, and designer living in a suburb of Washington, DC. In 2009, she launched the website with the intention of sharing her insights about living a positive and present life. Dani is the author of Stay Positive, The Positively Present Guide to Life, and a variety of e-books. She is also the founder of Twenty3, a design studio focused on promoting positive, modern graphic design and illustration. Connect with Dani on, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. View Guest page

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Pema Donyo

Pema Donyo is a coffee-fueled college student by day and a creative writer by night. She currently lives in sunny Southern California, where any temperature less than 70 degrees is freezing and flip-flops never go out of season. As a current sophomore at Claremont McKenna, she’s still working on mastering that delicate balance between finishing homework, meeting publisher deadlines, and college. View Guest page

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Carol Freeman

Carol Freeman’s true passion is photographing nature. Her images reflect her philosophy of finding beauty in everything. Her art is an extension of her affinity for the serene, healing aspects of the world around her. She sees with an artist’s eye and feels with a naturalist’s heart. Her respect of nature has led her to create beautiful, light-filled images with low-impact techniques that leave the habitat just as she found it. Her shots are all achieved without the use of flash, fill, or tripod. Carol is happiest when she’s out in nature taking pictures; investigating prairies, wetlands and nature preserves; looking for endangered species; and finding new ways to make a difference.
She can be reached at Carol Freeman Photography at 847-404-8508, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. View Guest page

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Debra Gano

Debra Gano is the CEO, Publisher, & Founding Editor of BYOU ‘Be Your Own You’ Magazine, a national self-esteem publication for girls ages 7-14; she is also the best-selling author of Beauty’s Secret, A Girl’s Discovery of Inner Beauty, the first book in her Heartlight Girls series, which has received multiple national awards, including Gold Winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and USA Best Books Children’s Fiction of the Year. Debra is a former international model and actress who now dedicates her life to the empowerment of girls and women, speaking on national stages and as an expert in the media on self-esteem. View Guest page

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Ken Gerhard

Ken Gerhard is a widely recognized cryptozoologist and field investigator for the Centre for Fortean Zoology as well as a fellow of the Pangea Institute and consultant for several research organizations. He has traveled the world searching for evidence of mysterious animals and legendary beasts including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, enigmatic winged creatures and even werewolves. In addition to co-hosting the History Channel television series Missing in Alaska, Ken has appeared in three episodes of the series Monster Quest and is featured in the History Channel special The Real Wolfman, as well as Ancient Aliens (History Channel), Legend Hunters (Travel Channel), and many more. Ken is author of the books Big Bird: Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters and Encounters with Flying Humanoids, as well as co-author of Monsters of Texas. Newest book, A Menagerie of Mysterious Beasts View Guest page

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Sandy Goldsworthy

Sandy Goldsworthy was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Her passion for putting pen to paper began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Ever since, Sandy has dabbled in creative writing, searching for that perfect shade of red. Sandy’s first novel, Aftermath, was signed by Clean Teen Publishing, in 2014. When not writing, Sandy enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and hanging out with friends and family. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, Mike, two children, Brittany and Kyle, and their English Mastiff, Miles. View Guest page

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Matt Gubbler

As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MaxOut Domestic Franchising and MaxOut Strength Systems, LLC’s, Matt Cubbler believes in hard work and the power of positive thinking. Bringing 25 years of military and law enforcement experience and discipline into their local studios, he encourages his clients to change their lives one session at a time. Already known for their outstanding strength and conditioning programs, thanks to the unique Barwis Methods MaxOut Tower on each piece of training equipment (the counter weight method delivers faster results than typical weight training by maximizing the eccentric or “negative” of a repetition), MaxOut owners Jason Griggs and Matt Cubbler agreed that building the inner strength of its teen clients was just as important as developing their physical strength. View Guest page

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Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA fantasy series, The Jack Templar Monster Hunter Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with his kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. 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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Ilana Harkavy

My name is Ilana Harkavy. I'm an LA-based singer-songwriter and I'm so excited to share my new music with you. I’ve just completed a five track EP (half an album) titled Just, Girl. This body of work sheds light on the struggles I’ve faced as a young woman and the mottos I’ve adopted to overcome them. I’ve put my heart and soul into this project. It’s been an emotional, but rewarding journey, and I truly hope that you love the music as much as I do! The Just, Girl. Project is a fiery musical movement that empowers girls to embrace their passions, be blatantly honest, and to take ownership of their individual struggles. Through the power of music, this project relates to and empowers girls to be the utmost honest version of themselves, take responsibility for who they are, and go after what they are most passionate about., View Guest page

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Geoff Herbach

Geoff Herbach’s Young Adult novels, Stupid Fast, Nothing Special, I’m With Stupid, and Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders, have been listed in the year’s best by the American Library Association, The American Booksellers Association, and many state library associations. Geoff won The Cybils Award for best American YA Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award for Young Readers. Prior to writing YA, he published a literary novel, The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, wrote comedic radio and stage shows, and traveled the country telling weird stories in rock clubs. He teaches creative writing at Minnesota State, Mankato. and lives in a log cabin with a very tall wife named Steph. View Guest page

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Chelsie Hill

Philanthropist, an author, a dancer, and recently a documentary TV star, Chelsie Hill offers an inspirational outlook on life that will move the hearts of many. At the age 17 Chelsie was tragically injured in a car accident leaving her T-10 Paraplegic. While in the hospital recovering from her injuries, Chelsie and her father came up with an idea for a foundation. This foundation, called Walk and Roll, is now a reality. Walk and Roll holds fundraisers to help the underprivileged who need wheelchairs and simple workout equipment but cannot afford it. Learn more about the foundation at View Guest page

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Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is a former journalist and the award-winning author of 20 nonfiction books for young readers, 13 NY Times bestselling young adult novels, and three novels for adults. Two more novels are due for release in 2018. Ellen lives with her extended family, an amazing German Shepherd, a retired rescue cat, and way too many aquarium critters near Carson City, NV. View Guest page

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Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters and has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf plus more.
Video games Chuck has contributed voices for include Borderlands II, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Aeon Flux, DBZ and more.
As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day - The Musical, among others. He began acting in Chicago at major theaters after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently he played Hugh Jameison in the movie Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks starring Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti. He plays Russian bad guy, Colonel Kashoid, in AmeriGeddon directed by Mike Norris, plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues and Dean Hansen on Season 2 of American Crime on ABC. View Guest page

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Joven Hundal

Joven Hundal is an ambitious rising 10th grader residing in Turlock, California. He enjoys combating ignorance, learning random trivia facts, keeping up to date on the current ongoings of the world, and binge-watching Netflix of course. He will offer segments entitled World Watch bringing to our radio broadcast what’s trending and important to know about around the globe. View Guest page

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Devin Hunter

Devin Hunter is a modern Witch and Psychic Medium who has been working with the public for over thirteen years. He is the author of The Witch’s Book of Power and the host of the AV Club favorited podcast, The Modern Witch. As a professional, Devin has helped thousands of people connect to loved ones on the other side, find direction in life when needed, and develop their magical abilities. Holding initiations in multiple occult traditions, Devin is the founder of his own magical lineage, Sacred Fires. He is currently teaching with the Black Rose School of Witchcraft and is the reigning Master of Ceremonies at the New Orleans Witches’ Ball. Devin can currently be found as the House Medium at the Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, CA. His second book, The Witch’s Book of Spirits releases from Llewellyn World Wide in July of 2017! View Guest page

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Georgia Hunter

Georgia was in high school when, thanks to a research assignment, she discovered that she was a quarter Jewish, and that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. Fifteen years later, Georgia set off with digital voice recorder and an empty moleskin notebook to unearth and record her family’s remarkable story. She spent nearly a decade traversing the globe interviewing relatives and digging up records from every possible source she could think of, eventually piecing together the bones of what would become her novel, We Were the Lucky Ones. View Guest page

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Catie Jarvis

Catie Jarvis is an author of fiction, as well as a yoga instructor, a competitive gymnastics coach, and an online writing instructor. She received her B.A. in writing from Ithaca College, and her M.F.A. in creative writing from the California College of the Arts. She grew up on a lake in northern New Jersey and now lives by the ocean in Santa Monica, California. The Peacock Room is her first novel. View Guest page

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Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a young teen who enjoys playing soccer, football, while running cross country and track and playing piano!Jake Johnson started his acting career at the age of seven. he is best known for his role of “young Ricky” on “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and for his role of Lucas Moran for six seasons of Lifetime's “Army Wives”. At the age of 8, he and his sister Lachlan started their first business called Flipoutz: A silicone bracelet that held coins that kids could track and trade online at Because of this new business venture they were featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, as well as PBS Biz Kids as well as being nominated for ChiTAG’s Young Inventor of the Year! Jake was recently named the winner of Warren Buffett’s “Grow Your Own Business” challenge. After selling Flipoutz, Jake went on to start a new business called Beaux Up, which is a an edgy twist on the classic self-tie bow tie that has two interchangeable bow tie halves on a unique clip. View Guest page

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Grace Kaufman

Grace Kaufman is close to turning 12, she is not only an actress but also a singer and dancer. She has a wide range of talents and expresses them on the projects she works on, definitely earning her a spot to be the next big star in Hollywood. She had a great year with her work in 2014 as she starred in television shows and movies, her amazing performances left the fans wanting more. But not to worry! She’s got more in store for 2015 as she gets ready for her premier of the Amazon pilot “Table 58”. Grace’s peers can also hear her belt out tunes as the fun, bright, crazy and opinionated ‘Deema’ on the hit animated Nick Jr. series “Bubble Guppies.” The anticipated TNT series “The Last Ship” is set to air for the second season Summer 2015 on the network where Grace will portray Eric Dane’s daughter in the futurist action adventure series produced by Michael Bay. Fans of independent films will be captivated by Grace’s emotional performance in the film “Sister,” as the lead role of ‘Niki,’ a young girl whose adoptive parents are killed. Grace is one busy little girl. View Guest page

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Kiran Kaur

Kiran Kaur is one of LOHP’s Teens Lead @ Work peer educators. These peer educators provide training and information to other high schools students about their workplace rights, protections and responsibilities. View Guest page

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Lee Kelly

Lee Kelly has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper. An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced law in Los Angeles and New York. She lives with her husband and son in Millburn, New Jersey, though after a decade in Manhattan, she can’t help but still call herself a New Yorker. City of Savages is her first novel. Visit her at View Guest page

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Seo Young Kim

SeoYoung Kim is a freshman in high school. She was born in Incheon, South Korea, and moved to America when she was in third grade. She is greatly passionate to learn more about different types of music from all over the world. She plays the violin, piano, the vibraphone, and occasionally sings. Her favorite subjects in school are history and orchestra, because she is always curious about learning about the past and predicting the future. She loves getting involved in the orchestra because she greatly values the lessons learned through teamwork and music. View Guest page

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Sue Lawson

Sue Lawson writes books for children and young adults. Her love for books began when she was a child on a farm in country Victoria where she spent her time reading, writing, obsessing about Aussie Rules football, listening to her father and grandfather's stories and avoiding working with the cattle. These days, she's added stationery shops to her football obsession and when not writing, works part time for Geelong commercial radio station, BAY FM and runs workshops for young people and adults. In 2012, Pan's Whisper was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, was a Notable Book at the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and won the Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature. You Don't Even Know was short-listed for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards in 2014. Sue's latest book, Freedom Ride, is based on actual events. Sue's website is View Guest page

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Jennie Lee

Jennie Lee is a Yoga Therapist who has used the formula she writes about in True Yoga, to help people conquer paralyzing anxiety, depression, grief, post-traumatic stress, attention deficit issues, eating disorders, and challenging relationship dynamics. An expert in the field of Yoga Therapy, Jennie lives the principles of the Yoga Sutras to navigate times of trial and to remain happy regardless. View Guest page

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Margaret Ann Lembo

Margaret Ann Lembo is here today to talk about her three new publications: The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing (Llewellyn. March 2016); the Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards and Cord Cutting: Releasing the Energetic Ties of the Past. She is the author of award winning Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; The Angels and Gemstone Guardians Cards; and Color Your Life with Crystals and nine spoken audio CDs. She is the creator of a line of award winning Aroma-Energetic Sprays including Smudge in Spray™ and the seven Chakra Sprays. She is a spiritual entrepreneur and practitioner, aromatherapist, and the owner of The Crystal Garden — a book store, gift store, and spiritual center in southeast Florida. View Guest page

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Elizabeth Lenhard

Elizabeth Lenhard has written more than 50 books for young adults and children. She's the author of the Chicks with Sticks trilogy and Sixteenth Summer and Fifteenth Summer, both written under the pen name Michelle Dalton. Her latest hot-weather romance, Flirt: Our Song, was released by Simon Pulse in July. Elizabeth lives in Decatur with her husband and two daughters, who are finally old enough to read some of her books. (Just not the "kissing ones.”) View Guest page

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Heather Letto

Heather Letto was born in the hills of Ohio and raised in the 'burbs of Chicago where she still lives… most of the time! She’s the proud mom of two grown sons and in her free time loves to gypsy her way around this great country with partner-in-crime and super-hubby, Ben. The Ascension Series is her debut into the world of YA dystopia. Read Review at View Guest page

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Natalie Alyn Lind

Natalie Alyn Lind, the oldest of the Lind sisters, and shining young star on the hit ABC comedy series, “The Goldbergs” grew up surrounded by the entertainment industry. Her mother is an actress who starred on the hit drama “One Tree Hill,” and her father is a producer. Being on set with her mother became second nature to her, and at a very young age, she booked her first guest role on the drama alongside her mom. After Natalie booked the guest role on WB’s “One Tree Hill,” she continued on and booked a recurring role on the series Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” Natalie’s charismatic spirit and determination shone at each audition, which landed her roles on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, and ABC’s “The Goldbergs”. Natalie has many upcoming projects in the works, including an upcoming Universal horror film, "Mockingbird." View Guest page

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Jelina Liu

Jelina Liu is a rising high school senior. She is an aspiring filmmaker who is dedicated to community service and passionate about social issues. She loves keeping up with the news, learning about history, reading, and watching movies. You’ll most likely find her spending time in nature, at the movie theater, or listening to all sorts of music. She would love to be able to travel the world someday to interview and record different people’s stories. View Guest page

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Ken Liu

Ken Liu ( is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts. Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is the first in a silk punk epic fantasy series. View Guest page

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Javier Lopez

Javier Lopez, a prevention educator who is part of Community Violence Solutions, His phone number is (510) 417-0562. His bio is: Javier is prevention educator, for the Community Violence Solutions. He facilitates the Male Ally programming wherein young men learn about healthy masculinity and becoming allies to all women. To contact Community Violence Solutions 24/7 Hotline call 1-800-670-7273. View Guest page

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Lupa, aka, Green Wolf, is an author, artist and amateur naturalist in Portland, OR. She is the author of several books on nature-based spirituality, most recently Nature Spirituality From the Ground Up: Connect With Totems In Your Ecosystem. More about Lupa may be found at View Guest page

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Katie Lyons

Katie Lyons is a freshman in high school in California. She loves sports and coaching and is a competitive swimmer and water polo player as well as a swim coach for the Special Olympics. If not in a pool, Katie can be found baking cookies or watching other sporting events - football, soccer, lacrosse, or any other game involving a ball. Katie is the sports reporter for Express Yourself! with a segment called Lion Roars! View Guest page

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Gavin Macintosh

Gavin Macintosh-Star of The Fosters Gavin MacIntosh, a Tucson, Arizona native, is making waves as ‘Connor’ on the hit ABC Family series “The Fosters.” A media frenzy ensued when Gavin’s character painted his nails to support his onscreen friend Jude. The episode went viral within minutes and #goblueforjude was trending on twitter. Gavin can be seen guest starring on hit shows such as “Raising Hope” and “Parks and Recreation”.Additional credits include the feature film “Sanctioned to Die,” as well as numerous short films, including “The Science of Death” and “Breathe.” He has also appeared in national commercials for Goodyear Tires, Pizza Hut, Lowe's and Honda, and in major print campaigns. Gavin hopes to attend dental school after high school as well. Official Website: Connect with Gavin Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: 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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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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Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali is the author of Bouquet of Red, a poetic celebration of “a marriage I did not yet realize was over.” He is also the author of What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World as well as two other books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are and . He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop Teacher! Teacher! a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math which won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival. Formerly president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America, Taylor Mali makes his living entirely as a spoken-word and voiceover artist these days, traveling around the country performing and teaching workshops as well as doing occasional commercial voiceover work. He has narrated several books on tape, including The Great Fire (for which he won the Golden Earphones Award for children’s narration). 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 (1990), a Masters in Biblical and Theology Studies from Knox Seminary (2014), and a Masters in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2014). She also received her certificate of completion from the Ravi School of Apologetics (2011). 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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Jenny Mannion

Spiritual teacher and intuitive healer Jenny Mannion found her passion in her own transformation in healing herself of several chronic diseases. She is a trained intuitive healer and conducts workshops and individual sessions to help others heal themselves and create the lives of their dreams. She lives in New York and can be found online at View Guest page

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Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Cathedral Prep High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Economics where he played football and was a Consensus All-American. He was chosen UPI Lineman of the year and was sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting his senior year. He was the #1 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers where he played defensive tackle. He played eleven years in the NFL – seven with Green Bay, two with the Oakland Raiders and two with the New York Giants. Mike is President of Mike McCoy Ministries. He speaks primarily in Catholic Schools across America and abroad. He has also been a speaker for the National Catholic Educators Convention, Catholic Men’s Rallies, Bill Glass Ministries in prisons and to parents and coaches through the Notre Dame Play Like a Champion program. View Guest page

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Kamil McFadden

Kamil currently stars on the Disney channel original series “K.C. Undercover” as Zendaya’s younger brother.
Kamil ventured upon the stage at the age of 6. Kamil auditioned for Youth Ensemble of Atlanta a professional theater company at the age of 8. YEA was the springboard for Kamil into world of entertainment and gave him the confidence to become a triple threat. YEA gave him the training it took to become comfortable with acting, singing and dancing.
A few of Kamil's theatre credits include Raisin in the Sun, Library Dragon, Holiday Urban Soup, Times, Jeremy and the Lie. His TV credits include "House of Payne", "Cartoon Network's - "Daily Wedgies"," Fried Dynamite" and his Film credits include, "Trammel", "Peacock Feathered Blue", "An Evening with Andrew Young". Kamil has a relentless passion for all aspects of the Arts, and he has been able to accomplish his dream to work with Tyler Perry and eventually he wants to have his own television show. View Guest page

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John McQuaid

John McQuaid has written about topics such as city-destroying super-termites, the slow collapse of fishing communities, hurricane levee engineering, mountaintop removal coal mining, and the global flower business for publications including Smithsonian magazine, The Washington Post, Wired,, EatingWell magazine and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He is the co-author of Path of Destruction: The Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms. His work has won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, son and daughter. The struggle to satisfy and understand the kids' strange and contradictory food choices (the elder liked super-hot peppers and limes, the younger rice, pasta and cheese) was the inspiration for Tasty. View Guest page

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O.R. Melling

OR Melling was born in Ireland and grew up in Canada with her seven sisters and two brothers. At eighteen she hitch-hiked to California, seeking adventure. A year later, she was off to Malaysia and Borneo on a youth exchange program. That set her motto for life "to travel hopefully" and she has ended up in other wonderful countries such as India and Outer Mongolia. During her years at university, Melling was a reservist with the Royal Canadian Navy, gaining the Queen’s Commission and the rank of Sub-lieutenant. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and Celtic Studies and an M.A. in Medieval Irish History. Melling’s books of young adult fantasy weave spiritual themes with high adventure in the tradition of her favourite author, C.S. Lewis. Her bestselling series The Chronicles of Faerie was listed among the American Library Association’s Top Ten Fantasy Books for Youth and Top Ten Youth Books for the Environment. Melling also writes screenplays and adult novels. Her books have been translated into many languages including German, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. Melling lives in a small town by the Irish Sea. View Guest page

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Dr. Kyra Mesich

Kyra Mesich, PsyD earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1995. A quest to understand sensitivity from a truly holistic perspective led her to study extensively in the field of integrative health and write The Strength of Sensitivity. Her holistic training includes flower essence therapy, hypnotherapy, yoga, and meditation. Dr Kyra didn't know she would end up dedicating her lifelong career to empowering sensitive people, but it has been more rewarding than anything else she could imagine doing. Visit her website at View Guest page

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Vic Mignogna

Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But his anime career started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. He has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award winning web series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. View Guest page

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Hadley Belle Miller

Hadley Belle Miller provides the voice for Lucy, known around the neighborhood (and by her little brother, Linus) for being crabby, a boss, and humiliating Charlie Brown in the new Peanuts Movie. Hadley’s voiceover credits include Sofia the First and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Hadley has been involved in national and regional theater, including playing Michael Darling in the national tour of Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan, Young Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Gretl in The Sound of Music, and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Hadley regularly performs in cabaret shows, including for Kritzerland Productions in Los Angeles and New York.
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Natalie Mitchell

Natalie Mitchell has a B.F.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. from the Graduate Acting Department at New York University. She performed as leads at the S.T.C. (Shakespeare Theater Company, D.C.), appeared in various National Commercials like her controversial Subway Commercial which was talked about on The Daily Show, The Huffington Post, Conversation Nation, and Good Morning America, and she is currently the Host of Crime Stoppers on CBS. Aside from acting, she has coached actors internationally on how to prepare for an audition by preparing the physical body using her yoga and Alexander training. In addition, she is a producer and co-founder of Emergence Films, which is an all- female production company that prides itself on producing films that offer female roles that are multi-dimensional. She continues to work as an actor, coach, and producer. , View Guest page

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Mary Nethery

New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author Mary Nethery’s latest endeavor, “Nabbed In New Orleans”, is her highly anticipated contemporary middle grade novel, set in post New Orleans Katrina. Nethery’s “Nabbed in New Orleans” is a work-in-progress coming of age adventure, dealing with hope and fear . . . and heroic animals and their heroic and fallible human friends. Aside from her many captivating, and child and parent favorite, picture books, Nethery collaborated with her dear friend Kirby Larson on Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival, recipient of the ASCPA’s Henry Burgh Book Award; and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle, recipient of the Christopher Medal and the National Parenting Publication Gold Award. Nethery is represented by Jane Putch of Eyebait Management and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her patient husband and brilliant cat. View Guest page

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Mary Norris

Bio Mary Norris Mary Norris began her professional career as a foot checker—dutifully checking patrons’ toes for athlete’s foot as they entered a Cleveland city pool—before working at a costume company and driving a milk truck. Humble beginnings for a woman who would come to spend more than three decades as a copy editor (or “prose goddess”) at The New Yorker, where she’s worked with such celebrated writers as Philip Roth, Pauline Kael, and George Saunders. Norris’s love of language, and her wish to help “all of you who want to feel better about your grammar,” led her to write BETWEEN YOU & ME: Confessions of a Comma Queen. View Guest page

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Mary O’Connor

After graduating from high school, Mary O’Connor moved from Massachusetts to Santa Barbara, California. She answered an ad for an open movie audition and snagged her first acting job in the feature film “The Bet.”. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in films. In 2014, she suffered a rare spinal cord stroke while surfing resulting in being paralyzed from the waist down. She has not let this derail her from her dream of being a working actress and continues to make incredible progress in her recovery. She talks about her story to inspire others and to bring awareness to the disappointing lack of representation of disabled individuals in the film and television industries. Mary now walks with a cane and is studying acting with James Franco at his Studio 4 School in Los Angeles. 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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Dr. Steve Omohundro

Dr.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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Jack Pawlakos

Jack Pawlakos is an eighth grade student at Joaquin Moraga Middle School. He enjoys music and has been playing blues harmonica for over five years. In 2015, he was awarded a youth recipient grant from the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. He likes to spend time with friends and hike outdoors. His radio reporter brothers are Alex and Eric. View Guest page

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Chelsea Pelchat

Chelsea Pelchat is the teen event coordinator for the Be the Star You Are charity. As a 10th grader she enjoys writing for the Orinda News, tutoring at her former elementary school’s homework club, and participating in the public speaking program at her school. Over the summer, she took a Writing Analysis class at UC Berkeley, as well fulfilled the role of TA in a Film Analysis class. Her segment is called "Past Present" focusing on how our past are invaluable to the present and future. View Guest page

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Mary Pflum Peterson

Mary Pflum Peterson may have 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. Her memoir is White Dresses. View Guest page

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Chelsea Philpot

Chelsey Philpot, author of Even in Paradise, grew up on a farm in New Hampshire and now works as an editor and journalist. She's written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Slate, and numerous other publications. Like her main character, Charlotte, Chelsey attended boarding school in New England. View Guest page

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Michelle Poler

Michelle Poler, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts holding a master's degree in Branding. A few months ago, she quit her job as an Art Director to develop what started as a school project and turned into a life-changing experience. In 2015, Michelle decided to face all of her fears and record herself for her project 100 Days Without Fear. She planned to become a braver person by the end of the 100 days, what she didn’t plan was to inspire millions along the way. View Guest page

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Nick Redfern

(Dallas, Texas) is the author of more than thirty books on UFOs, Bigfoot, and cryptozoology, including Monster Files, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, and Chupacabra Road Trip. He has appeared on more than seventy television shows, including the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive, the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. View Guest page

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Sophie Reynolds

New Disney star, Sophie began performing at the age of three when her mom took her to dance classes. She shined on stage, and dance helped her combat shyness. Sophie’s training expanded to include ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and tap. She began to compete when she was just eleven years old. At age fifteen, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue dance. Through dance, Sophie found that she loved to perform and decided to give acting a try, quickly falling in love with the artistic aspect of the craft. She looks forward to showing off her dancing skills in “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything.” View Guest page

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Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the New York Times best-selling author of STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, SPOOK: Science Tackles the Afterlife, BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Her newest book is GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War. She lives in Oakland, California. Video with Mary roach: View Guest page

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Robin Roe

Robin Roe has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before she moved to Dallas to run a mentoring program for at-risk teens. View Guest page

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Kathleen Rooney

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She teaches English and Creative Writing at DePaul University and is the author of eight books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including the novel O, Democracy! and the novel in poems Robinson Alone. With Eric Plattner, she is the co-editor of René Magritte: Selected Writings. A winner of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine, her reviews and criticism have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nation the Poetry Foundation website and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, the writer Martin Seay, and her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, was published by St. Martin’s Press. View Guest page

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Brettyn Rose

Hailing from the small town of Okotoas, Brettyn discovered her love of music while attending singing lessons in Calgary at just five years’ old. Intent on exploring all aspects of music Brettyn, also began playing the piano, guitar and more recently, the ukulele creating her unique and dynamic sound. Brettyn looks to her 4-year long relationship with the Youth Singers of Calgary as the catalyst of her career and growing passion for music. As she moves through the divisions offered by the performance organization, Brettyn takes the opportunity to explore not only her musical talent but also her performance and theatrical abilities. With laser focus and perseverance, Brettyn is on the fast track two-year program for high school while testing in Royal Conservatory of Music, of Canada’s top music education organizations and performance venues. View Guest page

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Dylan Rouda

Dylan Rouda taught himself the drums at age six. By eight, he’d moved on to the guitar. At age 10, he wrote his first song. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, his voice wasn’t discovered until his first-ever musical theater audition for a citywide performance of Peter Pan drew the attention of the director who declared he had perfect pitch and cast him as John. Since then, Rouda has performed on stage and on television in numerous roles, but at heart, he’s a singer/songwriter. His single, “Polaroid Picture”, depicts the need to hang on to a relationship even after it ran its course. He lives in Laguna Beach, California, where surfing is his passion after music. View Guest page

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Geoffrey Saign

Geoffrey Saign can often be found looking for interesting critters, and magic, while swimming, snorkeling, sailing, or hiking in the woods. His passion for nature and wildlife inspired his middle grade/tween urban fantasy, WhipEye, Book 1 of the WhipEye Chronicles, and previously led to his nationally endorsed book, Green Essentials: What You Need to Know About the Environment, as well as his books African Cats and Great Apes. He has a degree in biology, assisted in field research with hummingbirds and humpback whales, and sailed as far away as Australia. With more than twenty years of experience working in special education, he has taught adults and children everything from sailing to self-awareness to novel writing. He won the 2015 International Book Award and Outstanding Children’s Fiction for WhipEye. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. View Guest page

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Olivia Sanabia

Olivia Sanabia is a breakout star on the brand new Amazon series “Just Add Magic.” Based on the childhood book “Just Add Magic” by Cindy Callaghan, the 12 year old young star portrays the lead role of a loving, heart of gold, and sweet baker named ‘Kelly’ who, with her two friends, discovers her grandmother’s cookbook. To their surprise, recipes like the Keep ‘Em Quiet Cobbler silences her little brother and the Hexberry Tart puts a curse on a mean girl. The series follows the adventures of ‘Kelly’ and her friends as they navigate the cookbook and learn the ins and outs of the magical recipes, friendship, and boys. Twitter: Instagram: View Guest page

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Lily Sandler

Chelsey Philpot, author of Even in Paradise, grew up on a farm in New Hampshire and now works as an editor and journalist. She's written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Slate, and numerous other publications. Like her main character, Charlotte, Chelsey attended boarding school in New England. View Guest page

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Amy Scher

Amy B. Scher is an L.A-based author, energy therapist, and leading voice in mind-body-spirit healing. Amy uses energy therapy techniques to help those experiencing emotional or physical challenges to heal permanently and completely. After years of struggling with a life-threatening illness, she discovered answers to the important question: Why do some people heal from emotional and physical issues, while others don’t? After healing herself when doctors had given up all hope, Amy is now an internationally sought-after practitioner helping others achieve true healing. View Guest page

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Jessica Shepherd

Jessica Shepherd is a writer, astrologer and health coach who has studied and practiced modern astrology since 1992. She is the author of A Love Alchemist’s Notebook: Magical Secrets For Drawing Your True Love Into Your Life (Llewellyn, 2010), Karmic Dates and Momentary Mates: The Astrology of the Fifth House (Moonkissd Astrology, 2014) and Venus Signs: Discover Your Erotic Gifts & Secret Desires Through Astrology (Llewellyn, 2015). She publishes an astrology blog: and lives with her husband, stepdaughters, and pets in Fairfax, CA. View Guest page

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Yasmin Shiraz

Yasmin Shiraz is the author of more than eight books including Retaliation, a book which won an award from the American Library Association, Exclusive--the Amazon #1 Best Seller as well as the critically acclaimed Blueprint for My Girls series. She's also an award winning filmmaker of the girl fight awareness film, Can She Be Saved? as well as a producer of the Sources web series. She's CEO of Still Eye Rise Media, a publishing and production company. View Guest page

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Francine Silverman

Francine Silverman is an author and radio host who sharpened her writing skills as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer. Her latest book is Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited The book contains everything a potential guest needs to know before contacting a host, including the theme of the show and guest criteria. Besides several e-books, Fran also authored Book Marketing A-Z with a foreword by Cynthia Brian. Her publicity service has placed clients in major media outlets., View Guest page

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Jenna Rose Simon

After struggling with an eating disorder for ten years, Jenna Rose Simon began to draw concepts that she felt people weren’t understanding in her therapy, starting with her first self-portrait. It was then that Jenna discovered, with the help of her therapist, that drawing would help her and potentially others. Jenna’s sketch depicting verbal abuse went viral and was shared more than 300K times on Facebook. Simon continues to impact others through her Instagram account @gentletouchofart where she shares many of her sketches, including concept art and celebrity pieces. 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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IronE Singleton

IronE Singleton is best known to audiences as the menacing kingpin Alton in the Academy Oscar Award-nominated film THE BLIND SIDE. He is also known as the compassionate tough guy, T-Dog, in the Emmy, AFI & WGA Award winning, Golden Globe nominated TV show THE WALKING DEAD. IronE's unusual name depicts his life story, his ability to play strong, multidimensional characters and has made him a memorable actor in both film and television. From Atlanta, GA, Singleton's story embodies everything we have come to understand about the lives of many inner city youth growing up in low-income housing projects.
Fatherless and having lost his mother to HIV/AIDS when he was a senior in high school and watched his brother spend most of his life in Georgia's prison system, IronE fought to have a life far different from the one he knew growing up. The "irony" of his story is that, while all the odds were stacked against him, IronE Singleton completed degrees at University. View Guest page

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Paul Sladkus

Broadcast veteran, Paul Sladkus, is involved with sharing the Good of the people of the world. He created for people to share their stories and events in their lives. He create the to help strengthen the message of the United Nations for the International Day of Peace on September 21. View Guest page

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Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters, drawing on psychology, philosophy and literature to write about the human experience—why we are the way we are and how we can find grace and meaning in a world that is full of suffering. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, TIME, and other publications. Emily is an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build meaning in local communities. View Guest page

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Brooke Sorenson

Brooke Sorenson: Star of Modern Family Brooke Sorenson is a budding young actress and songstress who can be seen in today’s hottest shows for both kids and adults. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native is proving her talents as the daughter of a tacky family that moves in next door to the Dunphys on ABC’s “Modern Family” alongside Andrea Anders as her mom, as well as charming teen audiences with her roles on hit Nickelodeon and Disney series. She also has a passion for music, sharing original songs with the world. Her second single “3 Days” will be released accompanied by the music video! This is a follow up to her first single “No Ordinary Sky,” currently available on iTunes with music video on YouTube. YouTube: 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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Fayth Thomas

Fayth Thomas is an experienced day-care owner. She lives in the Washington, DC, metro area with her kids, her husband, and their pet fish. Before she started writing children’s books, she specialized in teaching children various things: healthy eating, Spanish, gardening, self-defence, and reading. She specializes in writing a line of books that will educate children with fun bedtime stories. Being the Best You! is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. View Guest page

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Haley Tju

Haley Tju is a fresh face to the Nickelodeon network and currently can be seen on their brand new television series “Bella and the Bulldogs.” Haley got her start in acting at age four in a Pizza Hut commercial and hasn’t stopped since then. She has worked on numerous hit television series, such as “Hannah Montana,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” “I’m in the Band,” “Mike & Molly,” “The New Normal,” “Jessie,” “The Thundermans,” and “See Dad Run.” She is also the voice of ‘Sqweep,’ a sassy and fun alien, on the Nickelodeon animated series “Monsters vs. Aliens,” inspired by the hit DreamWorks film. View Guest page

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Rachael Toor

Rachel Toor is the author On the Road to Find Out, a novel, and three books of nonfiction: Admissions Confidential: An Insider's Account of the Elite College Selection Process: The Pig and I; and Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running. She teaches creative writing at Eastern Washington University in Spokane and lives with her dog, Helen, a great runner (with an unfortunate habit of slaying squirrels and marmots). View Guest page

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Christy Whitman

Christy Whitman is a New York Times Bestselling Author, Creator of the Enlightened Kid Program, Life Coach, Transformational Leader, CEO and founder of Quantum Success Coaching Academy, Christy is also a nationally syndicated talk show host whose radio show – entitled The Art of Having It All – is broadcast on over twenty stations throughout the United States. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Morning Show, and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, among others. 

Christy has helped thousands of people worldwide to achieve their goals through her empowerment seminars, speeches, and coaching sessions and products. Her new book is The Art of Having It All: A Woman’s Guide to Unlimited Abundance View Guest page

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Rachel Wilson

Rachel M. Wilson received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Don't Touch (HarperTeen) is her first novel. through her witty storytelling, the book educates readers about anxiety disorders, including OCD and encourages sufferers that all is not lost. Her eerie digital short, The Game of Boys and Monsters, is available from HarperTeen Impulse. Originally from Alabama, Rachel now writes, acts, and teaches in Chicago, Illinois. View Guest page

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Diana Zimmerman

Diana has been a performer, entrepreneur, and businesswoman since the age of eight when she invested all of her resources into a small magic trick. With a total capital outlay of 47 cents, she parlayed her investment into a spectacular 25-year stage and television career that earned her the title "World’s Foremost Lady Magician.” Diana’s transition from magical performer to the high-powered world of corporate business saw the creation of CMS Communications, Intl.,an award-winning Marketing Communications agency. Today, Diana is considered an expert on Brand Strategy, and her newest book, Why Most Branding Fails—What Stansilavky Knew, will be out in the Spring of 2015. She was recently invited to be a keynote speaker at Wharton School of Business’ Leadership Conference. Diana’s books include her award-winning series, “Kandide: the Secret of the Mists”, “Kandide: The Lady’s Revenge, and Kandide: The Flame is Fleeting. View Guest page

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Michelle Zink

Michelle Zink lives in New York in an old converted barn on four acres. Her first book, Prophecy of the Sisters, was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut novels, and her work as been included in the Lonestar List, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, and New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age. Michelle’s work has been published in over twenty countries. LIES I TOLD is her sixth book. View Guest page

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