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MAY 27: Summer Reads from Kristina McMorris, Kristan Higgins, & Lori Foster

“2 children for sale” reads the sign sitting on a farmhouse porch in 1931.  The sign is a last resort, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs, and broken dreams.  Sold on a Monday author Kristina McMorris discusses how she weaves historical fact into fiction to create a powerful and compelling story.

Kristina is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than two dozen prestigious awards and nominations.

Next, Kristan Higgins admits that most of her books have a dog in them , her logic being that life without a dog is pretty lonely to contemplate.  Her latest novel is Good Luck with That, a story of two women on a journey to self-acceptance.

Kristan is a New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 18 novels, and recipient of dozens of awards for her writing.

Finally, Lori Foster joins talks about the first novel in her Summer Resort Series, Cooper’s Charm, a tale of two sisters and how a summer in a lakeside resort brings redemption and healing.

Lori  is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 100 titles.  She is the recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance.

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MAY 06: Robyn Carr’s The View From Alameda Island and A.F. Brady’s Once A Liar

Returning guest Robyn Carr has met with tremendous success writing multiple New York Times bestselling novels for her Sullivan’s Crossing series, but today she comes to us with a standalone book, The View from Alameda Island.  Today, she’ll reveal the rationale behind her decision to depart from a sure thing and take a break from her series.

Robyn is a prolific author of romance and women’s novels, repeatedly making appearances on the New York Times bestselling list, often in the number one spot, and having sold tens of millions of books.  Her novels have been translated into 19 languages in 30 countries.

Later, A.F. Brady has worked in mental healthcare for many years, a career which has undoubtedly influenced her first two novels, The Blind and Once A Liar.  She joins us today to talk about the latter, in which a high-powered sociopath meets his reckoning when he’s accused his mistress’ brutal murder.

A.F. Brady is a New York State licensed mental health counselor/psychotherapist, and a proud native New Yorker who has turned a lifelong passion for writing into her first two novels.

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APR 01: Greg Iles’ Cemetery Road & Glen Hamilton’s Mercy River

Described as the William Faulkner of the Breaking Bad generation, #1 New York Times Bestseller Greg Iles is no stranger to adversity in a career spanning nearly three decades as an author.  Following a car accident that left him in a coma for 8 days, Greg, much like bandmate Stephen King, rejoined the legendary and notorious lit-rock band The Rock Bottom Remainders.  Today we’ll discuss how his body of work has helped put his homestate of Mississippi on the map.

Born in Germany in 1960, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War, Greg spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983.  His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.  His latest is Cemetery Road.

Later, while Glen Hamilton’s novels always begin and end in rain-soaked Seattle, Mercy River stays in the Pacific Northwest as the central plot sees our hero race on a mysterious quest to the arid high desert of central Oregon.  A Seattle native and award-winning author, Glen returns to Conversations Live to discuss the fourth installment in his popular Van Shaw series.

Glen is the current President of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  He is a winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics Awards.  A resident of California, he frequently returns to Seattle to soak up the rain.

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MAR 25: Steve Berry’s The Malta Exchange, Kris Frieswick’s The Ghost Manuscript, & Elise Hooper’s Learning to See

Today, Vicki chats with three authors who weave historical twists with fictional tales to create suspenseful page turners!

First, returning guest Steve Berry is noted for his mastery of blending fiction and history into a cocktail of intrigue and deception.  The Malta Exchange, The latest in his best-selling Cotton Malone series, finds the titular character caught in a web of Vatican intrigue that involves the Knights of Malta and lost documents that could change history.

Steve’s novels have been translated into 40 languages with 20,000,000 copies in 51 countries.

Next, Kris Frieswick’s 20 years of writing experience didn’t prepare her for the journey as she embarked on her first novel.  The Ghost Manuscript is Indiana Jones with a female lead — we see our heroine on a quest to find King Arthur’s tomb that takes readers from Wales, to Boston and eventually to Cape Cod.

Kris is a journalist, editor, humorist, teacher and author whose work has appeared in national magazines, newspapers and books for more than 20 years.

Finally, Seattle based author Elise Hooper gives readers a peek into the life of photographer Dorothea Lange … the woman who captured the real America … in Learning to See.

Elise has taught high school English and history and enjoys highlighting characters in her books who are real woman that have been often overlooked in history books.

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MAR 04: Pam Jenoff’s The Lost Girls of Paris & David Morgan’s Monty Python Speaks

Many of returning guest Pam Jenoff’s historical novels have been inspired in part by her work in international affairs at the Pentagon and for the State Department. Her latest is set during and right after World War II, exploring the story of a group of young women who risked their lives in the defiance of Nazi oppression.  The Lost Girls of Paris is an essential and timeless story of survival, loyalty, and the power of sisterhood.

Pam is a New York Times bestselling author of specializing in historical fiction.

Monty Python Speaks: The Complete Oral History of Monty Python is a no-holds-barred look at the Pythons’ legendary sketches and films, told through interviews with Monty Python’s founding members, actors, producers, and collaborators.  Author David Morgan reveals the story behind Spamalot: The Musical, the group’s reaction to their resoundingly successful 2014 reunion, and a touching look at the group without Terry Jones after his 2015 diagnosis of dementia.

David is a senior producer for CBSNews.com, and for CBS’ Emmy Award–winning newsmagazine Sunday Morning. He has written about film production and media issues for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Newsday,  The Hollywood Reporter.

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FEB 04: James Rollins’ Crucible, Karen Kingsbury’s Best Family Ever, Sarah Morgan’s One Summer in Paris

Stephen Hawking portended that Artificial Intelligence is likely to be the end of humankind. In Cruciblereturning guest James Rollins probes the question: If humans are to co-exist with A.I., what do we need to do to ensure our survival?  His answer lies in a much more complex question – what does it mean to have a soul?

James is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 20 million copies sold.  Check out his last CLV appearance here!

We’ll begin today with another returning guest, Karen Kingsbury, who is launching a new series of books for children, co-written with her son Tyler Russell.  We’ll discover what prompted them to work together … and how that went. And what makes this series different to many kids’ books currently on the shelves.

Karen is a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, with many of her novels under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated to debut fall 2019.

And joining us from the UK, USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Morgan. She’s known for writing hot, happy, contemporary romance and women’s fiction, and has won the prestigious RITA award three times.

Her new story begins with a husband who wants a divorce and a solo trip to Paris where she meets someone … but not the someone you might think. One Summer in Paris comes out in April — join us today for an exclusive sneak peek with Sarah!

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JAN 07: Robyn Carr’s The Best of Us & Matthew Dicks’ Storyworthy

Robyn Carr began writing novels as a young mother of two, ignoring harsh criticism from a peer suggesting she find another line of work and persevering to become an eleven time New York Times bestselling author.  “There’s a need for positive drama,” she says, “Not just (a) goody-two-shoes, everything-is-beautiful kind of story,  but a kind of story where  characters serve as positive role models for women who read the books.”  Her new book is the latest in her Sullivan’s Crossing series, The Best of Us.

Robyn has written over 40 novels, has received a Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and has a scripted drama with Netflix coming soon.

Next, Vicki chats with one of her favorite storytellers, Matthew Dicks, whose book Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling offers tips and techniques to polish your storytelling to hold any audience’s attention, big or small!

Matthew is a 35-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time Moth GrandSLAM champion. He’s an international bestseller, and in addition to his novels he has written musicals, a rock opera, and comic books.

 

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DEC 31: Anne Lamott on Almost Everything: Notes on Hope & Mary Ann Esposito’s Ciao Italia

She’s a writer’s-writer. A reader’s-writer. And with self-effacing humor, and ruthless honesty, Anne Lamott makes us think about what most of us don’t like to think about.

She’s known for writing and speaking about subjects that begin with Big Capital Letters. Today we’ll share her thoughts on Hate, Jealousy, Love, Hope, and preserving one’s Sanity.

A New York Times bestselling author and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Anne Lamott has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. She’s taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Freida Mock, made a documentary on her called Bird by Bird with Annie. Anne Lamott’s latest book of essays is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

We’ll end today’s show chatting with the host of Ciao Italia, the longest-running cooking show on television, Mary Ann Esposito.  Find out the secret to the show’s success, her thoughts regarding pairing food and wine, and a few of her all time favorites for those who like to put an Italian spin on Thanksgiving.  Her latest book, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy reads as both a cookbook and a love-letter to Italy.

Mary Ann’s 12 books have helped chefs and foodies understand authentic Italian ingredients and dishes.  She created and has hosted Ciao Italia on PBS since 1989.

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DEC 03: Sara Ruhl’s Letters From Max & Matt Geiger’s Astonishing Tales

Sara Ruhl is a distinguished playwright and author, Tony award nominee, and two time Pulitzer Prize finalist.  In 2012, exuberant and opinionated Max Ritvo took her playwriting class at Yale University, proving himself a highly gifted poet.  Max was also in remission from pediatric cancer.  Over the course of four years, Sara watched Max blossom as his illness returned and his health declined, exchanging a series of letters with him that changed the way she looked at life, death, and the unexpected connections one makes along the way.  She shares these urgency and humor filled exchanges in Letters From Max: A Book of Friendship.

Sara’s plays have won numerous awards, and have been produced all over the country and internationally, including on Broadway.

Matt Geiger, our second guest, says “Anytime I’m able to talk about Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov in a single interview, I’m happy!” So Vicki makes him happy and asks why.  We’ll chat about his latest book Astonishing Tales: Your Astonishment May Vary – a collection of stories and essays.

Matt is a humorist, essayist, and award-winning journalist and author, who lives in Wisconsin with his wife, daughter, ten animals, and several metaphysical questions.

 

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Nov 19: Anne Lamott on Almost Everything: Notes on Hope & Mary Ann Esposito’s Ciao Italia

She’s a writer’s-writer. A reader’s-writer. And with self-effacing humor, and ruthless honesty, Anne Lamott makes us think about what most of us don’t like to think about.

She’s known for writing and speaking about subjects that begin with Big Capital Letters. Today we’ll share her thoughts on Hate, Jealousy, Love, Hope, and preserving one’s Sanity.

A New York Times bestselling author and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Anne Lamott has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. She’s taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Freida Mock, made a documentary on her called Bird by Bird with Annie. Anne Lamott’s latest book of essays is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.

We’ll end today’s show chatting with the host of Ciao Italia, the longest-running cooking show on television, Mary Ann Esposito.  Find out the secret to the show’s success, her thoughts regarding pairing food and wine, and a few of her all time favorites for those who like to put an Italian spin on Thanksgiving.  Her latest book, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy reads as both a cookbook and a love-letter to Italy.

Mary Ann’s 12 books have helped chefs and foodies understand authentic Italian ingredients and dishes.  She created and has hosted Ciao Italia on PBS since 1989.

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