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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Journalism, Memoir, Personal Development

Apr 24: Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat and Learning to Live Your Happy

What? That’s right,  A Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat. Growing up in a household of food-loving Italian-Americans, Marissa Landrigan was always the black sheep, and barely knew how to boil water.

But at college, buoyed by animal rights activism and a feminist urge to avoid the kitchen, Marissa transformed into a hardcore vegan activist, complete with shaved head. So what happened?

A search for ethical food — part memoir, part journalism, all Marissa Landrigan. Join us to find out more, with this self-described “writer, professor, all around nerd”.

Also today, happiness is … well, we all know that sentence can end a thousand different ways.  For those who tend to dwell in the somber valleys of unhappiness, climbing the hill to happiness can be a lot of work.

Maria Felipe struggled to make that trek, but with a little soul searching, she got the “cuckoo voice of the ego” out of her way.  She shares her journey in Live Your Happy: Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within.

After experiencing success as a model, actress, and host of TV shows for the World Wrestling Federation, Maria followed her true calling and became a reverend.

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Inspirational, Travel & Adventure

Apr 17: Science of the Magical & An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

 

From the Biblical parting of the Red Sea to the science behind the mutant X-Men, Matt Kaplan has studied it all.  Discovering the truths associated with legendary myths, fantasies, and magic are all in a day’s work for Matt, and he shares his fascinating findings in Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers.

Matt Kaplan is a science correspondent with The Economist and has written for National Geographic, Nature, and The New York Times.  In his free time, he travels the world exploring our most cherished myths and legends.

Also today, Jonathan Franklin chronicles the astonishing true story of Salvador Alvarenga, who survived a 14 month ordeal at sea after his boat’s motor went out and heavy winds carried him and his partner far from shore.  438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea inspires the unbreakable will to live of the human spirit.

Jonathan Franklin regularly reports for GQ, The Guardian, and Esquire with a focus on Latin America.  He also produces documentaries broadcast by The New York Times.

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Health & Wellness, Social Issues

Apr 10: Outsmart Overeating & Meaningful Work for Autistic Graduates

 

How do you reign in mindless snacking, emotional eating, and yo-yo dieting? Tune in today for psychological strategies that work, with licensed psychotherapist, speaker, and bestselling author Karen R Koenig.

Using the latest psychological strategies and mindfulness techniques, Karen Koenig’s new book focuses on helping healthcare providers change their patients’ relationship with food, to become ‘normal’ eaters.

Also joining us for Autism Awareness month, Joanne Lara, founder of Autism Works.  Almost 80% of autistic youth graduating this year, will remain unemployed. We’ll look at solutions and discuss ways to help those with Autism create meaningful work.

An innovator in the world of autism therapy, Joanne Lara was the on-set Autism Consultant for Kiefer Sutherland’s FOX TV series “Touch” and co-produced with Temple Grandin the PBS documentary, “Generation A.”

 

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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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Personal Development, Self-help

Mar 27: 1] Reversing Harmful Moods 2] You Cheated on Your Spouse, Now What?

Sinking into a bad mood is easy and feelings can quickly escalate, pushing you into a deep black funk.  Joseph Cardillo, PhD, returns to tell us how to control of our energy and reverse harmful moods before they take hold.

Dr. Cardillo is an inspirational speaker and expert on energy teachings. His latest book is  Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life, and he’s written numerous other bestselling books on health, mind-body-spirit, and psychology. He’s also co-written several books for Harvard Health Publications.

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S,  is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert and author, specializing in infidelity and addictions. His latest book, Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating, is a “Learn it or lose her!” primer for me n caught cheating.

Consider it, says Weiss, a “roadmap for rebuilding trust, restoring intimacy, and salvaging a damaged relationship.”  Today he’ll addresses how men think about sex, cheating, and relationship intimacy. And we’ll share healing techniques for the partner who was cheated on.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

Mar 20: 1] The Education of Will 2] Chuck Wendig’s Thunderbird

Sometimes it takes the convergence of extraordinary circumstances to make us face our own demons. For many years, Dr. Patricia B. McConnell grappled privately with intense fear, shame, anxiety, and guilt.

In her latest book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog, McConnell takes an unflinching look at her own trauma and how a problem dog helped her grow beyond it, ultimately healing both dog and owner.

Dr. McConnell is a Zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. For more than 25 years she’s specialized in canine aggression, consulting with pet owners on serious animal behavioral problems.

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, graphic comic writer, screenwriter, and game designer.

He talks “… a lot about writing. And food. And pop culture. And his kid. [And] uses lots of naughty language.” Best know for his New York Times Bestselling Star Wars: Aftermath series, Wendig’s latest book is Thunderbird, the fourth installment in the continuing saga of Miriam Black.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Self-help

Mar 13: 1] Will Your Way Back 2] To Pixar and Beyond

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There’s adversity, and there’s extreme adversity. Most of us can handle life’s daily ups and downs. But how do you cope when doctors tell you there’s a good chance you’ll never walk again? What goes through your mind? How do you wrap your head around a forever changed life?

Will Your Way Back: How One Man Overcame Tragedy with a Winning Mindset chronicles James H. Osborne’s inspirational 9-year recovery from a road cycling accident, which rendered him quadriplegic. James said he had three choices, give up, accept it or … choose to fight. He chose to fight.

To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History is the never-before-told story of Pixar’s improbable success.

It’s the story of an animation company that was $50 million in the red, until Steve Jobs called Lawrence Levy one day, and made him the offer of a lifetime.

Working daily with Jobs, Levy became CFO of Pixar and implemented a plan that transformed the Toy Story company into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories — it made Jobs a billionaire and resulted in a $6 billion sale to Disney. Levy shares his journey and how the ancient Buddhist philosophy, The Middle Way, played into his personal and business success.

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Personal Development

Mar 06: 1] Goals–Staying the Course in 2017 2] Bashert. A Love Story

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In the third and final installment of a monthly series, Helene Segura MA Ed keeps you focused on reaching the goals you set for 2017.

Today, Helene explores what we can learn from the movies, including The Accountant, Arrival. And how Romeo and Juliet, which we think of as a love story, actually ended with six dead bodies because of lack of planning and rushing around.

Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach clients and keynote/training audiences how to improve work-day efficiencies so they can have a life outside.  Her book is The Inefficiency Assassin.

Drawing upon his own personal experience, former rabbi Herb Freed spins his real-life journey into a fiction tale woven with magical realism.

From the bright lights of Hollywood to Mexico, Israel, Paris, and the dreamy exhilaration of Jamaica, Bashert is a love story about transcending life, loss and the boundaries we mistakenly place on our lives and our hearts.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development

Feb 27: 1] Primal Fat Burner 2] Big Miracles

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Dieting can often leave us feeling hungry, fatigued, and muddle-headed. Paleo expert and nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas says it doesn’t have to be that way, and today she’ll share her revolutionary ketogenic diet for “eating what makes you human” in her new book Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, And Save Your Life With A High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet.

Nora Gedgaudas is a nutritional consultant, speaker, and educator; a Board-Certified nutritional consultant, and a Board-Certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist. In private practice in Portland, Oregon.

Big Miracles is not about “wishing for a miracle” in love, life, or business. Big Miracles is a powerful plan. A how-to. A process that can lead  to seemingly miraculous results.

Author and intuitive life coach Joanna Garzilli has helped countless clients — from top tech executives to entertainment celebrities — make over their lives in ways they feel are miraculous. Garzilli has done thousands of intuitive readings, and is often featured in the media including: BBC News, BBC Radio, CNN Money, NBC, and more.

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