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Fiction

JAN 13: Brad Taylor with American Traitor, a Pike Logan Novel

New York Times Bestselling Author of Hunter Killer

Could China deliberately trick Taiwan into starting a full blown war by destabilizing its government and manipulating artificial intelligence defense systems?  Will Pike Logan find the man about to betray his country before it’s too late?

Returning guest, Brad Taylor, shares his experience writing American Traitor. We touch on Brad’s research, where he traveled, favorite spots, and surprises. He shares his favorite scenes to write. How he keeps his two protagonists fresh and evolving. And how growing up in rural Texas influenced Brad’s life.

About Brad Taylor

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Brad Taylor is a 21-year veteran of the US Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment—Delta Force. Brad Taylor has written 14 New York Times bestsellers, and consults with various agencies on asymmetric security threats.

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Self-help

Jan 06: Design Your Own New Normal with Helene Segura

Kick 2020 chaos to the curb starting today!

If you were glad to see the back of 2020 (and who wasn’t!) what do you want to change or do differently in 2021?  Today Helene Segura discusses positive ways to overcome challenges that many of us faced last year, such as lack of focus and motivation. Impatience. Fear. The dread and anxiety of uncertainty. Feeling helpless and stuck.

Helene shares a very personal story with us…a life-changing challenge that some of you may have faced, in addition to those listed above. We also provide solutions to the stresses of working at home and being attached to your work 24/7. And most importantly, how to design a New Normal that works for you.

About Helene Segura

Bestselling author Helene Segura has written four books, including, The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer.  She’s a featured expert in more than 200 interviews for publications such as US News and World Report, Money Magazine; and has appeared on Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates. Helene’s been a guest numerous times on Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair, and is a listener favorite on managing our minds, energy, and lives.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

DEC 30: Award-winning Crime Thriller Author Glen Erik Hamilton

The Van Shaw series 5th novel: A Dangerous Breed

We’re ending the year with another chance to catch listener favorite, Glen Erik Hamilton.

We discuss how Glen develops his recurring cast of characters to keep them fresh and evolving. What kind of research he did for A Dangerous Breed. And where and why Glen took creative license.

Glen also shares his perspective on the responsibilities artists have in today’s social and political culture.

About Glen Erik Hamilton

Glen Erik Hamilton writes crime thrillers. His award-winning novels have been called “outstanding” (Publishers Weekly), “perfect mix of serious crime and caper movie” (Criminal Element), and “a must-read series” (Mystery Scene Magazine). Most of Glens’ books begin and end in Seattle, and growing up on a sailboat around local marinas and docks, provided him with a unique insider advantage to writing about the Pacific Northwest.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

DEC 23: Unrestricted Access with James Rollins

#1NYT bestselling author James Rollins discusses his first-ever anthology of short stories

If  you’re looking for a last minute gift, Unrestricted Access is packed full of exciting stand-alone stories, some familiar characters, and a brand new novella from  James Rollins.

We discuss how James approaches writing short stories versus novellas and novels. Story locations and the mystery surrounding them. And some of the unknown stories behind the stories.

About James Rollins

James Rollins is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of international thrillers. Unrestricted Access is his first book of new and classic short fiction, and includes Sun Dogs, a new novella. James’ books have sold more than 20 million copies throughout the world, and have been translated into more than 40 languages.

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Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

DEC 16: Unlock Your Radical Intuition with Kim Chestney

A Revolutionary Guide to Using Your Inner Power

Nothing stays the same forever and as we move away from the information age, Kim Chestney says we’re at the start of the intuition revolution. It’s time to own your real power by tapping into your intuition – in business and in life.

We discuss what Radical Intuition means, and the difference between instinct and intuition. How radical intuition can help support your life and personal growth. And how knowing the 4 archetypes of intuition, and identifying your primary style, can help remove blocks and open up flow.

About Kim Chestney

An author, innovation leader, and the founder of Intuition Lab, Kim Chestney‘s work has been featured or supported by leading-edge organizations including SXSW Interactive, Carnegie Mellon University, and Hewlett-Packard. Kim’s new book is Radical Intuition: A Revolutionary Guide to Using Your Inner Power.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing, Young Adult Fiction

DEC 09: #1 NYT Bestselling Author of Matched – Ally Condie

Celebrating a Decade of Success with New Gold Release of Matched

In what some may call dystopian times, stories with that theme seem more popular than ever. Ally Condie joins us today with a commemorative 2020 Gold edition of MATCHED – a #1 New York Times and international bestselling story, first published a decade ago.

Set in a flawed utopia, citizens in MATCHED are ruled by the Society who dictate what they eat, where they work, who they love, and even when they die. But what happens when a young girl starts questioning the rules? When she tries to decide between the rules and her heart?

We discuss how Ally Condie’s first book started a bidding war, and what it takes to write young adult fiction. How this dystopian world came to life; how it became a trilogy. And how Ally is coping with our own strange times.

About Ally Condie

In addition to writing MATCHED, which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, Ally Condie is the author of two sequels, as well as the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award finalist. She also co-authored the Darkdeep middle grade series. And The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe — also set in the world of MATCHED but with different characters.

A former English teacher,  Ally has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director  of the WriteOut Foundation. She lives and writes in Utah.

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Health & Wellness, Nature, Non Fiction, Psychology

DEC 02: Sue Stuart-Smith on The Restorative Power of Nature

The Well-Gardened Mind

Connecting with nature is vital to long-term physical and mental health, and in her new book, Sue Stuart-Smith delves into why and how. She combines insights from the latest neuroscience, with personal stories, and her own experiences as a mental health professional.

We discuss what Sue means by a well-gardened mind, and how to cultivate one. We explore why nature inspires many successful artists, and helps unleash creative inspiration. How our brains change when exposed to beauty. And how we can use our natural green surroundings to allow nature to nurture and heal mind, body, spirit.

The book was published just months before COVID hit our shores and — with mental health issues at an all time high in the US — today is a perfect time to revisit our  conversation.

About Sue Stuart-Smith

She’s a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and author of THE WELL-GARDENED MIND: The Restorative Power of Nature — a Sunday Times Bestseller. Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith teaches at Tavistock Clinic in London, and is a consultant to the UK DocHealth Service.

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Non Fiction, Personal Development, Psychology

NOV 25: Slay Your Dragons with Compassion with Malcolm Stern

10 Ways to Thrive Even When It Feels Impossible

Many people struggle to find their life purpose. And with so much unrest and uncertainty in the world, some even say, why bother! But when things seem impossible, that’s when we need to dig deep, and Malcolm Stern shares 10 ways to thrive in his new book.

We discuss why he dabbled with hallucinogenics and what that did for him. How grief, after the suicide of his daughter, forced him to question everything and face his dragons head on. What he means by “breaking the spells that bind us” and why he says, with compassion, “the only heart worth having, is a broken heart…”

About Malcolm Stern

As a psychotherapist, Malcolm Stern has worked with individuals and groups. He teaches internationally, and is the cofounder and codirector of Alternatives at St James’ Church in London. His new book is a distillation of 30 years in the therapy room, SLAY YOUR DRAGONS WITH COMPASSION – 10 Ways to thrive even if it feels impossible

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Career, Non Fiction, Personal Development

NOV 18: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking with Michael Gelb

8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career

Michael Gelb says the #1 skill you can develop to strengthen your career and boost your confidence is public speaking. But it’s also our #1 fear. In fact, 74% of Americans suffer from glossophobia, the fear of public speaking.

So how can you learn to harness that fear and make it work for you? We discuss tips and tools used by professional speakers and actors – including mind mapping, The Alexander Technique, and Standease.

About Michael Gelb

Michael J. Gelb is a professional public speaker known for his life-changing presentations on creative leadership, genius thinking, and conscious business. He’s served as an executive leadership and presentation coach to major  companies such as AT&T, DuPont, and Nike. And has authored many books including the bestselling How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.  His latest is Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career.

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Self-help

NOV 11: Overwhelmed & Over It – Christine Arylo Has Solutions

Embrace your power to stay centered & sustained in a chaotic world

If you’re feeling stretched too thin, frazzled, and overwhelmed, Christine Arylo says “It’s not your fault … the systems we live and work in are built for burnout.”

We discuss ways to get grounded. What your feminine heart can teach you. How to reclaim your power. And most importantly, how to create and sustain a structure, rhythm, and way of working and living that supports and sustains you.

About Christine Arylo

A transformational leadership advisor, Christine Arylo is the author of three bestselling books including Overwhelmed & Over It. She leads workshops globally and is the host of Feminine Power Time. Christine’s new book is Overwhelmed & Over It: Embrace Your Power to Stay Centered & Sustained in a Chaotic World.

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