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Fiction Authors

May 01: Steve Berry’s The Lost Order

Steve Berry returns to Conversations Live with his latest adventure starring popular hero Cotton Malone, who finds our country’s dark past could lead to a darker future.

The Lost Order is a riveting thriller that weaves its way through countless plot twists, starting at the Smithsonian, heading to rural Arkansas, and culminating in the rugged mountains of New Mexico.

Steve Berry is a New York Times and international bestselling author who specializes in historical fiction.

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Fiction Authors, Memoir

Apr 03: Julia Dahl’s Conviction & A True Story of Post-Abortion Enlightenment

 

Crime fiction novelist Julia Dahl brings her popular character Rebekah Roberts back for a third book in Conviction. Her heroine investigates a crime that took place over two decades ago in New York City, spurred by a simple letter from the accused saying “I didn’t do it.”

Julia is a noted journalist who specializes in crime and criminal justice fiction. She is currently with CBSnews.com and previously worked for the New York Post.

Also today, when life came crashing down around Kassi Underwood at the tender age of 19, the penniless, pregnant, and suddenly alone teen found solace at an abortion clinic. In May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion, she chronicles her post-abortion, cross-country road trip to personal liberation, complete with Buddhists, a zany rabbi, a wedding ceremony, and many more adventures.

Kassi has been published in several periodicals, and taught for three years at Columbia University in the Undergraduate Writing Program.  She lectures nationwide, and has appeared as a guest on MSNBC, Fusion, and HuffPost Live.

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Fiction Authors, Health & Wellness

Dec 26: 1] Nine Island 2] Your Best Healthcare Now

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Jane Alison’s new release Nine Island is a smart, darkly funny, and decidedly feminist examination of middle age sexuality and romantic love in which the narrator struggles with what it means to feel desire and crave romantic love.

With healthcare costs at a premium and insurance being a confusing and frustrating nightmare of details and fine print, Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save With Better Health Insurance, Find Affordable Prescriptions by prize-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli comes to the rescue as a guide to crack the system and make sure you are getting the right treatments and prescriptions at the right cost.

Enjoy this encore broadcast of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair. Vicki returns live January 2nd.

Listen to Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook, and follow Vicki St. Clair on Twitter!

Jane Alison, aided by the advice of her friends and the poetic philosophies she studies, struggles with what it means to feel desire and crave romantic love in her new autobiographical novel Nine Island. Jane has authored a memoir and three novels and was the translator of Ovid’s stories of sexual transformation, Change Me. She is Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

When Frank Lalli was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a potentially terminal blood cancer, he put his reporter’s instincts to work and ultimately got the lifesaving $571-a-day drug he needed…for free. Learn how to crack the system in his new book, Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save With Better Health Insurance, Find Affordable Prescriptions. Frank is the former editor of Money, George, and Readers Digest International magazines and worked as an investigative reporter for Forbes. Currently the special health correspondent for Parade, he has devoted his career to getting to the bottom of a good story.

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Fiction Authors, Lifestyle

Dec 05: 1] Holiday Book Ideas 2] Sacred Goddess 2.0

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Today we welcome the owner of Seattle’s Phinney Books, Tom Nissley, to discuss great holiday gift ideas surrounding reading and books. Phinney books is one of the region’s last independent book stores. Besides being a book devotee, Tom was a Jeopardy finalist, winning eight games and becoming the 3rd biggest money winner in the history of the show.

You are not alone if you believe domination and authoritarian patriarchy are destroying countless lives and our planet. There is a more sustainable alternative to be found in the ancient teachings of Goddess Spirituality. Karen Tate returns today to discuss her latest work in Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward.

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs Mondays at noon Pacific or Fridays at 6AM on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. Like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter for exclusive updates and contests!

After his big success on Jeopardy, Tom Nissley used his winnings to to quit his 10-year job as part of Amazon’s book team, and write his own book. Then he opened Phinney Books two years ago and now lives just eight blocks from the store. “We make a special effort to have interesting reading in fiction, kids’ books, essays, history, cookbooks, music, technology, cities, nature and science, graphic novels, diaries, and letters. We also sell a selection of paper goods, puzzles, toys, games, and chocolates, and we’ll always have lots of NYRB Classics on hand,” said Nissley.

Exiled for a time, but making a return, the Sacred Feminine has become indelibly integrated into our lives. Using the wisdom and activism suggested in Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward, we see through the lens of spiritual, cultural and political leaders, old and new, male and female to bring about a brighter and more positive future. Author Karen Tate is a teacher, speaker, radio show host and social justice activist. Named One of the 13 Most Influential Women in Goddess Spirituality and a Wisdom Keeper of the Goddess Spirituality Movement, Karen hosts the long-running show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine on Blog Talk Radio.

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Fiction Authors

Oct 31: 1] Shira Block’s Limerence 2] Sex Trafficking in King County

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In your most vulnerable, fragile emotional moments, no elixir can cure what ails you like your partner. A great relationship, built on trust and love, can get you through the hardest times. But what happens when that security is shattered when you find out the relationship… and perhaps even your partner… doesn’t even exist? Therapist Shira Block examines catfishing, non-sexual cheating, and other faux relationships and how to identfy and cope with the fallout in her new book Limerence.

It is estimated that 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet. In King County, WA, a study conducted over a 24-hour period revealed that 8,800 people were online soliciting themselves for sex, and 27,000 were soliciting to buy. At any given time, 300-500 under aged girls are trafficked in King County. The average age of entry is 12-14 years old, with some as young as 8 or 9. Vicki talks with Carol Loya, founder of Escape to Peace, to discuss how we can raise awareness about the horrors of sex trafficking right in our own backyard.

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Limerence by Shira Block is a psychological journey through a world of deception, phantom relationships, family secrets, self-destruction and recreation that draws on Shira’s years as a therapist and tackles modern day issues affecting millions of people and relationships. She covers such topics as emotional, non-sexual cheating that still impacts relationships; catfishing, the act of luring someone into a relationship using a fake online persona; and limerence, an obsessive infatuation with another person or a need for a relationship that interferes with the ability to see life clearly. Shira is a therapist, accomplished lecturer, writer, and personal coach.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating $32 billion a year in profit, tied with arms as the second largest, behind drug dealing. A modern form of slavery, it is estimated that 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet. And it’s happening right here in King County at an alarming rate. Carol Loya, a local resident and owner of Truce Spa, founded Escape to Peace after she witnessed the horrors of the sex trade during a 2012 mission to Pattaya, Thailand. As a former Ambassador for the non-profits Shared Hope and Not Abandoned, Carol’s mission was to rescue girls being sold as sex slaves. She often did this by taking them to dinner to talk, then bringing them to a designated safe house.

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Fiction Authors, Health & Wellness, Social Issues

Oct 03: 1] Nine Island 2] Your Best Healthcare Now

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Jane Alison’s new release Nine Island is a smart, darkly funny, and decidedly feminist examination of middle age sexuality and romantic love in which the narrator struggles with what it means to feel desire and crave romantic love.

With healthcare costs at a premium and insurance being a confusing and frustrating nightmare of details and fine print, Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save With Better Health Insurance, Find Affordable Prescriptions by prize-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli comes to the rescue as a guide to crack the system and make sure you are getting the right treatments and prescriptions at the right cost.

Listen to Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook, and follow Vicki St. Clair on Twitter!

Jane Alison, aided by the advice of her friends and the poetic philosophies she studies, struggles with what it means to feel desire and crave romantic love in her new autobiographical novel Nine Island. Jane has authored a memoir and three novels and was the translator of Ovid’s stories of sexual transformation, Change Me. She is Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

When Frank Lalli was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a potentially terminal blood cancer, he put his reporter’s instincts to work and ultimately got the lifesaving $571-a-day drug he needed…for free. Learn how to crack the system in his new book, Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save With Better Health Insurance, Find Affordable Prescriptions. Frank is the former editor of Money, George, and Readers Digest International magazines and worked as an investigative reporter for Forbes. Currently the special health correspondent for Parade, he has devoted his career to getting to the bottom of a good story.

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Fiction Authors, Personal Development

Sep 12: 1] Dropping the Struggle 2] Lilac Girls

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What would it feel like to drop the struggle in life? To love the life you have? To heal the angst of “get more, do more, do it faster, better … and be more? Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have by bestselling author Roger Housden gives a definitive answer to these questions, helping the reader find peace and contentment in life.

Martha Hall Kelly wrote Lilac Girls, a powerful story inspired by actual events during WWII and her very first novel, at age 59 and it was an instant New York Times bestseller upon publication. The story comes from firsthand research as Martha traveled from Paris to Berlin to Warsaw and then even to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, until she was finally prepared to write this rare and emotional tale about Caroline Ferriday and her Rabbits.

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Is it possible to love the life you have, acknowledging and accepting the conditions of your life exactly as they are, and drop the struggle to make you and your life different? That is the question that Roger Housden gives a definitive answer to in Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have. He surmises that to get past the limitations our own egos force on us in the never-ending quest to find the things we want the most… love, freedom from anxiety, acceptance of our mortality… we need to surrender, letting go of our resistance to life as it presents itself. Known for his courses on Living and Writing wild, Roger is the author of 22 books including the bestselling Ten Poems to Change Your Life, and his writing can be found in O The Oprah Magazine, New York Times, and the LA Times.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly reveals the little known historical tale of New York debutante Caroline Ferriday, a Francophile, Broadway actress and philanthropist who was working at the French consulate when World War II broke out. Aiding the French Resistance fighters, Ferriday learned of a group of young Polish women used in horrific ways to advance Nazi medical science by having their legs gashed and operated on. Hopping around on crutches, they were called the Lapins, the Rabbits. Making it her mission, by 1959 Caroline brought thirty-five of the Lapins to the United States for medical treatment. Martha has worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and splits her time between her native New England and Atlanta Georgia. Lilac Girls is her first novel, and she is currently hard at work on the prequel.

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Conservation, Environment, Fiction Authors

Aug 29: 1] Panda Babies: Mission Critical 2] NYT Bestseller Carla Neggers

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Could you imagine a world without Giant Pandas? It’s estimated there are only 1,600 of these magnificent mammals roaming wild, and China is racing to save them from extinction. Photographer Ami Vitale joins Vicki to share highlights from the premiere episode of National Geographic WILD’s new series, Panda Babies: Mission Critical — featuring three maternity centers leading the way in raising and releasing pandas into the wild.

New York Times bestseller Carla Neggers returns today to discuss the sixth installment in the celebrated “Sharpe & Donovan” series, Liar’s Key. With settings in the US and Ireland, Liar’s Key delivers an international flair and Reader to Reader calls it a “suspenseful, fast-moving thriller filled with plot twists and excitement to the delightful conclusion.”

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs each Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter!

 

For an estimated 8 million years, Giant Pandas have been a part of the Chinese countryside, and with their numbers dwindling fast, the Chinese government is racing to keep them from the brink of extinction. Photographer Ami Vitale was on the front lines of this effort as a part of the premiere episode of National Geographic WILD’s new series, Panda Babies: Mission Critical. She shares her experiences, including some of the unique methods in getting Pandas to procreate (which are not limited to Panda porn and Panda sex toys), and some surprising facts about Panda babies. In addition to her work with National Geographic, Ami is a Nikon Ambassador who’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.

Carla Neggers latest work in the “Sharpe & Donovan” series, Liar’s Key, is a thriller that hooks readers instantly with a fast-paced narrative involving whirlwind travel, a nemesis art thief and a mysterious death. Carla is the bestselling author of more than 60 novels of suspense and contemporary romance. Her popular “Sharpe & Donovan” and “Swift River Valley” series have been sold in more than 30 countries and translated into 24 languages. A world traveler herself, she lives with her family in New England.

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Fiction Authors, Personal Development, Self-help

Aug 22: 1] Abandonment Recovery 2] Troublemaker

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In The Abandonment Recovery Workbook: Guidance through the Five Stages of Healing from Abandonment, Heartbreak, and Loss, psychotherapist and bestselling author Susan Anderson helps readers heal the wound of abandonment through a step-by-step process of personal recovery. She guides them through the five stages of abandonment by offering practical tools and exercises designed to help them find greater life and love than ever before.

Our second guest today has been crowned “Queen of Romantic Suspense” but along with the complications of love and romance her work also features action worthy of Ian Fleming! New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard joins Vicki to discuss her latest book, Troublemaker.

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The word abandonment conjures up children left at birth, fathers packing up and moving out, sudden lovers betraying one another’s hearts, and sudden death. But abandonment breaks our hearts in subtle ways, too, as when we are not recognized for our accomplishments, dismissed by a friend, or not invited to a party. The Abandonment Recovery Workbook: Guidance through the Five Stages of Healing from Abandonment, Heartbreak, and Loss emerged from author Susan Anderson‘s thirty years in the field of abandonment recovery, including founding the Abandonment Recovery movement, as well as from her personal healing experience. Susan is the founder of the Outer Child and Abandonment Recovery movements, and has devoted three decades of clinical experience and research to helping people resolve abandonment and overcome self-sabotage.

Troublemaker is a gripping, emotionally intense novel of intrigue,romance, love and danger… along with a generous helping of action-adventure. Author Linda Howard and her husband, a “Bass Master”, run a cattle farm. (“Professional fishing has taken us to some of the worst places on earth!”) She is an award winning and NY Times and USA Today bestselling author.

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Fiction Authors

Aug 01: Beach Reads – Lost Along The Way and Peregrine Island

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Nothing is more relaxing than laying back on a quiet beach, with the company of the waves lapping peacefully at the shore, and a great way to while away the hours is with a compelling novel. Today’s guests have delivered the goods.

Also today, Conversations Live will be giving away four books from last week’s show, so listen in and be prepared to jot down the giveaway number to get your chance at a free book!

Acclaimed novelist Erin Duffy used her experience working on Wall Street as inspiration for her first novel, Bond Girl, and today she will discuss her latest work, Lost Along The Way, an exploration of women’s friendships and the critical ways they can grow, bend, even break, and be mended again.

Television shows like American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow that tease viewers with the universal dream of finding out that your dusty old painting is worth millions inspired versatile journalist Diane B. Saxton to pen her debut novel. Peregrine Island is a tale driven by mystery, as an unravelling family strains to stay together as their lives are picked apart.

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In Lost Along The Way, Erin Duffy explores the critical moments in all women’s friendships… marriage, motherhood, death, and divorce… and writes about the intricacies of family, friendship, and personal growth while dealing with the ups and downs life undoubtedly throws our way. She illuminates the moments that make us, the betrayals that break us, and the power of love that helps us forgive even the most painful hurts… a book not to be missed this summer. Erin graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street. She lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met the old-fashioned way… in a bar).

Peregrine Island is the story of the Peregrine family, living on an island off the Connecticut coast, whose lives are turned upside-down one summer when so-called art experts appear on their doorstep to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with other paintings are discovered behind the painting-in-question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation. As summer progresses, the Peregrines discover facts about their past in the course of the investigation and learn that people are not always who they appear to be… themselves included… and art is often a reflection of life. Diane B. Saxton was a journalist with Vanity Fair UK, Holiday Magazine, and Greenwich Review, and covered everything from torture victims to psychics, animal rights activists, exotic travel, and movie producers.

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