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Fiction, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

AUG 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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Conservation, Environment, Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Spirituality, Travel & Adventure

AUG 20: Dan Millman’s The Life You were Born to Live & Susan Hand Shetterly

Spiritualist Dan Millman returns to Conversations Live today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Life You Were Born to Live: A Guide to Finding Your Life Purpose.  This revised edition includes key spiritual laws to overcome life’s hurdles, how to live in harmony with the nine-year cycles of your life, and more.

Dan is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor.  He has authored 17 books, and delivers keynotes, seminars, and workshops to people from all walks of life.

Next, nature writer Susan Hand Shetterly takes us on a journey from her native Maine, to Canada, Wales, Japan, the Philippines, and beyond, as she reveals the hidden world of one of nature’s most abundant resources.  Her latest book, Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge comes out in August.

An award-winning author of nine books, Susan has also written for several magazines, including Down EastYankeeand Audubon MagazineShe was a contributing writer for Maine Times for many years, writing essays and articles on wild lands and wildlife, and the people who work with them.

 

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Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Non Fiction

AUG 13: Michael Fenster’s Food Shaman, Sindy Warren’s Radi8, & Julia Turshen’s Now and Again

If you’ve ever claimed to have a gut feeling, you might have been more accurate than you think.  In Food Shaman: The Art of Quantum Food, author Dr. Michael Fenster shares everything you need to know about the connection between your gut and your brain.

Dr. Mike, AKA the Food Shaman, combines his culinary talents with cutting-edge medical expertise to forge an approach to food and health beyond mere nutrition.

Next, John Lennon sang that we all shine on, but sometimes it might be hard to find that inner shine.  That is where yoga teacher Sindy Warren comes in.  She will help you focus from within using the techniques in her new book Radi8: Using the Practice of Yoga to Cultivate Your Inner Shine.

As principal for Warren & Associates, Sindy conducts workplace investigations, and uses the ancient art of yoga to ward off the stresses of her daily grind.

Finally, bestselling author and food writer Julia Turshen shows you how you can use food to bring people together with seasonal recipes, and she removes the stigma of using leftovers in Now and Again.

In addition to her own bestsellers, Julia has coauthored numerous cookbooks and hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 30: Mary Kay Andrews’ The High Tide Club

Queen of the beach reads Mary Kay Andrews joins Vicki today to discuss The High Tide Club, a story shrouded in mystery, Spanish Moss, cocktails, 1940’s dinner dances, and love, both lost and found.  She’ll also reveal why the South makes the perfect setting for her tales, and how her career as a journalist prepared her for her career as a bestselling author.

Mary Kay is a New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels and one upcoming beach-themed cookbook.  She spent 14 years as a reporter for various Georgia newspapers, including the last ten at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Today, we’ll also celebrate the 11th anniversary of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair with special giveaways and reflections on what our show has accomplished over the years!

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Health & Wellness

JUL 23: Dr. Jennifer Jacobs’ Do You Really Need That Pill & Sarah Anne Shockley’s The Pain Companion

Nearly 70% of Americans take some form of prescription drug regularly, with 450 people a day dying from the side effects caused by them.  Do You Really Need That Pill: How to Avoid Side Effects, Interactions, and Other Dangers of Over-Medication discusses which popular drugs are being overprescribed, and instructs patients how to speak with their doctors about their medication regimen.

Author Jennifer Jacobs, MD. practiced family medicine in Seattle for 25 years, was on the advisory board of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine, and is a clinical assistant professor in epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Later, Sarah Anne Shockley learned about chronic pain by experiencing the incapacitating effects it can have.  Rather than succumb, she met the pain, worked with it, and overcame debilitation.  She offers you the benefit of her experiences in The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living with and Moving Beyond Pain.

Sarah is a columnist for the Pain News Network and contributes to online community for pain sufferers, The Mighty.  She has lived with debilitating nerve pain for over a decade.

 

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Conservation, Environment, Fiction

JUL 16: Barnes and Noble’s Stephanie Garcia & Ginny Stibolt’s Climate-Wise Landscaping

In between your real vacations, it’s always fun to find a little summer adventure, travel, and escapism through summer reads.  Today, we are joined by Barnes and Noble’s Stephanie Garcia to recommend NEW authors to look out for and suggest some readers’ favorites.

Stephanie is the Community Business Development Manager at the Lakewood Barnes and Noble.  Her position allows her the joy of knowing her “work with school administrators, librarians, and teachers will get books into kids hands, and hope it sparks a love for reading!”

Later, botanist Ginny Stibolt will be sharing ways you can help both the landscape and wildlife survive climate change, as well as sustainability tips and solutions for your own home garden. Her new book, co-authored with landscape architect Sue Reed, is Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future.  

Ginny is a freelance writer, botanist, and experienced gardener who supports climate change mitigation.  Sue Reed is a registered Landscape Architect who works with homeowners and HOA’s in creating environmentally sensitive, resource-efficient, and beautiful landscapes that conserve energy and respond to climate change.

 

 

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Fiction, Health & Wellness, Writers on Writing

JUL 09: Dan Millman’s Return of the Peaceful Warrior & Mary Simses’ The Rules of Love and Grammar

Dan Millman provides a calm harbor in the storm of today’s ever-changing daily news cycles and stresses in his new book, The Hidden School: Return of the Peaceful Warrior.  He intertwines fiction and autobiography, and shows how to stay centered, focused, and present.

Dan Millman is a former world champion gymnast, coach, martial arts teacher, and college professor, and has authored 17 books.

Later, Mary Simses gives a valuable lesson in the futility of striving for perfection in her second novel,  The Rules of Love and Grammar.  Bestselling author James Patterson calls it a “… smart, well-told story about memory, family, and of course, love.”

Mary Simses enrolled in a fiction writing course while working as a corporate attorney, and her experiences getting short stories published led her to write her first novel, which was adapted into a Hallmark movie.

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Fiction, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUL 02: Amy Meyerson’s The Bookshop of Yesterdays & Summer Reads for Everyone

How does the dream of becoming a published author compare to the reality?  Amy Meyerson was already an established writer when she penned her first novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, and today she shares her journey in going from writer to novelist.

Amy is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department of USC, and her writings have been published in numerous literary magazines.

Later, summer weekends are filled with camping trips, journeys to the beach, barbecues, and bonfires, but during the week are the warm and relaxing evenings to yourself.  And there is no better way to pass a few of them then on the back porch with a glass (or two) of wine and a good book.  Today, Vicki will introduce you to books for everyone, from fiction to nonfiction, love to horror, and children to octaogenarians.

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Humor, Non Fiction, Personal Development

JUN 25: Ken Jennings’ Planet Funny & Allen Gannett’s The Creative Curve

From Jeopardy! champion and  New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings comes a history of humor.  From fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes, Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.

Since his record-breaking Jeopardy! streak, Ken has become a best-selling author and has appeared in numerous ads.  He is a frequent speaker at college campuses and corporate events.

Later, it helps to be creative to be considered a genius, but you don’t have to be a genius to be creative.  In The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time, author Allen Gannett disproves the notion that creativity is limited to the brilliant few who possess a certain gift, showing how anyone is capable of turning their genius idea into reality.

Allen is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a software analytics firm whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE.  He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes.

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Social Issues

JUN 18: Kate Davies’ Intrinsic Hope, Maia Duerr’s Work That Matters, & Aaron Edelheit’s The Hard Break

We are living in an era of unprecedented crisis, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task.  Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times by Kate Davies, M.A.D., offers a powerful antidote to these feelings.

Kate Davies has worked with numerous nongovernmental and governmental organizations on environmental issues, including Greenpeace, and is currently core faculty at Antioch University Seattle’s Center for Creative Change and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

Are you trapped in wage slavery at a dead end job, not knowing how to channel your talents to your real life’s purpose?  In Work That Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention, life coach Maia Duerr shares her “6 Keys to Liberation-Based Live-lihood” to point you in a positive direction towards breaking that glass ceiling.

Maia is a writer, organizational consultant, and coach for people going through life and career transitions, drawing years of Zen meditation practice and training in anthropology to create powerful tools for integrating mindfulness into the workplace and home life.

Aaron Edelheit used to work so hard, it nearly killed him.  In The Hard Break: The Case for a 24/6 Lifestyle, he breaks down the myths around productivity, revealing how taking a one day “hard break” each week to reset can be a life-changing experience, and shares the seven steps to a successful Sabbath.

Aaron is the Chief Strategy Officer for FLO Technologies.  He is the founder of Mindset Capital, a private investment firm, and serves on the board of Moishe House Foundation, also partnering with Social Venture Partners in Santa Barbara working on homelessness.

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