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Business, Career, Non Fiction

MAR 03: Ignite Your Career with Kris Holmes

Strategies & Tactics to Unleash Your Potential

We’ve been living and working with pandemic conditions for 12 months now, but that doesn’t mean we should abandon our career goals … or stay in a job that we really don’t enjoy. If you lost your job because of COVID, or are frustrated because you can’t find the right fit, maybe today’s guest expert, Kris Holmes, can inspire you to rev up your search.

We discuss how to leverage our strengths and superpowers. What culture fit really means. Why we should think ‘long view’. How to use the STAR method to tell your story. And why Kris says “Don’t WOW them, WOO them.”

Meet Kris Holmes

An executive recruiter and partner at O’Connell Group, Kris Holmes has more than 25  years experience in the industry. She’s a member of the Pinnacle Society, the premier consortium of industry-leading recruiters in North America. And the author of IGNITE YOUR CAREER: Strategies & Tactics to UNLEASH Your Potential.

 

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Fiction, History, Thriller, Writers on Writing

FEB 24: Steve Berry with The Kaiser’s Web

New York Times & #1 International Bestselling Author

Steve Berry returns to Conversations Live with his latest book, which happens to be #16 in the Cotton Malone Series, and Berry’s 20th novel — The Kaiser’s Web. When a secret dossier from a World War II-era Soviet spy is exposed, it could rewrite history and impact Germany’s upcoming national elections, forever changing the political landscape of Europe.

Since Steve is an avid historian and travels extensively for his research, how is he handling pandemic restrictions? How did this impact background material  for The Kaiser’s Web? And what is Steve’s most important piece of marketing advice for authors?

About Steve Berry

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. His title’s include The Kaiser’s Web, The Warsaw Protocol, The Malta Exchange, and others. Berry’s books have been translated into 41 languages with 25,000,000 copies in 52 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times,USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. And in 2010, a NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

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Non Fiction, Self-help

Feb 17: Overcome the Challenges of Juggling Life & Working from Home with Helene Segura

Get Unstuck, Gain Focus, Improve Productivity & Creativity

If you’re struggling to find your new normal, you’re not alone.  Here’s another chance to catch listener favorite, Helene Segura. She talks with people every day about the challenges of managing kids, life, and working from home during a pandemic … and says it’s less about time management, and more about managing our minds and energy.

We discuss positive ways to overcome common challenges that many of us carried over from 2020, such as lack of focus and motivation. Impatience. Fear. The anxiety of uncertainty. And feeling blocked — creatively and productively.

About Helene Segura

With four books under her belt, including The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer, bestselling author Helene Segura knows what it takes to focus.  She’s been interviewed more than 200 times for feature articles in US News and World Report, Money Magazine, etc.  And has been a  guest on shows with Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

FEB 10: The Chanel Sisters with Judithe Little

One of USA Today’s “5 Books Not to Miss”

Say Chanel and we picture luxury, class, wealth. But THE CHANEL SISTERS grew up in anything but. Set from 1897 to 1921, the story takes us though the humble beginnings and ambitious rise of the sisters.

Author Judithe Little shares some of the extensive research she did to create authentic characters.  We discuss how their upbringing influenced the Chanel brand. We explore where and why Judithe took creative license. Why she told the story from the point of view of younger sister, Antoinette. And what Judithe wishes she’d known when she started out.

About Judithe Little

Judithe Little is the award-winning author of Wickwythe Hall. She earned a BA in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Biography, History, Non Fiction

FEB 03: Icebound with Andrea Pitzer

Shipwrecked At The Edge Of The World

“‘Icebound’ takes us back to the Arctic, in all its terror and splendor” — says The New York Times. And today Andrea Pitzer has two true stories to tell. The first about Dutch polar explorer, William Barents, who set sail in the 1500s to find a northern route to China.  The second, her own life-changing journey to sail in Barents’ wake.

We discuss the ancient explorer’s trials and successes during his three Arctic expeditions.  How Andrea sailed a tall ship and spent time high up the mast. How her expedition to the Russian Arctic changed her. And what surprised her the most.

About Andrea Pitzer

Critically acclaimed author Andrea Pitzer is a journalist whose writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Vox, and Slate. Her two previous books are One Long Night and The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov. Her latest is Icebound: Shipwrecked At The Edge Of The World.

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Fiction

Jan 27: A Rainbow Like You with Andrea Fehsenfeld

A rock star with everything to prove. A teen stowaway with nothing to lose.

How did Andrea Fehsenfeld‘s love of music and interest in synesthesia inspire the story of a troubled rock legend returning to the stage?

A Rainbow Like You is a tale of hope, healing, and the power of home. Today Andrea shares where her inspiration came from and how she developed her musical protagonist. What makes good dialogue. Her favorite scenes to write. And why she wrote her first song for the novel.

About Andrea Fehsenfeld

Andrea Fehsenfeld is an author and award-winning TV producer. A Rainbow Like You is her second novel and was voted A Best BC Book of 2020. Her debut novel Completion is currently being adapted for television.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Psychology, Self-help

JAN 20: NYT Bestselling Author Dr. Judith Orloff with The Emapth’s Survival Guide

Dr Judith Orloff Empath's Survival GuideLife Strategies for Sensitive People

If you feel anxious or stressed more than others think you should, if you’ve been called overly-sensitive or snowflake, you could be an empath. Today we talk with “the Godmother” of the empath movement, Dr. Judith Orloff.

We discuss how to tell what type of empath you are and what that means. Dr. Orloff shares the differences between introvert and extrovert empaths. The neuroscience behind empaths, which shows why some people feel things more than others — especially during COVID times.  How to overcome self-medicating with food and other substances. And solutions to help combat toxic energy.

About Judith Orloff, MD

The New York Times bestselling author of The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, Dr. Judith Orloff is a psychiatrist in private practice, and a member of the psychiatric clinical faculty at UCLA where she specializes in treating highly sensitive people and empaths. Her work has been featured with The Today Show, Oprah Magazine and The New York Times. See her online course Awakening Your Intuitive Healing Power.

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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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