Fiction Authors, Writers on Writing

May 01: The Story You Need to Tell & Steve Berry’s The Lost Order


We all have a story to tell.  Some of them are harder than others, and oftentimes writing can be a cathartic way of releasing inner turmoil.  In her upcoming new book, The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss, Sandra Marinelli shares true stories that illustrate how her methods of understanding and communicating your personal stories can lead you on the road to renewal.

Sandra Marinelli is an award-winning teacher and writer, who has literally taught thousands of writers while giving over 200 workshops.  Her experience with breast cancer in 2012 led her to embrace writing as a way of healing.

Later, 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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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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Jan 09: 1] The Wrong Dog 2] The Seventh Plague

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From NY Times Bestselling author David Elliot Cohen comes the heartwarming and often hilarious tale of Simba II, a mischevious white labrador retriever puppy bought home by accident. Included in The Wrong Dog: An Unlikely Tale of Unconditional Love is the author’s 3300 mile cross-country odyssey that chronicles the unbreakable bond between a dog and it’s people.

Bestselling mastermind James Rollins joins Vicki today to discuss the latest entry in his popular Sigma Series. The Seventh Plague blends scientific intrigue with historical mystery, and reveals an ancient threat hidden within the pages of the Bible that has a puzzling connection to Mark Twain’s travels, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of explorer Henry Morgan Stanley.

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David Elliot Cohen demonstrates with great precision the vast and benevolent role dogs play in American family life in his latest effort, The Wrong Dog: An Unlikely Tale of Unconditional Love. As the accidentally adopted new family member grows from an energetic puppy into an enormous ninety-pound dog with a huge personality, Simba cements the bond between two families and enriches their lives in countless ways. A Yale graduate, David has produced numerous titles for Barnes & Noble’s in-house publishing division including four presidential photo-biographies and a book about the power of socially-conscious photojournalism. As an editor and author, he has created books that have sold over 6 million copies worldwide, including 4 NY Times bestsellers.

Featuring an ‘Elon Musk’ like character and a unique perspective on the friendship between Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla, The Seventh Plague by James Rollins weaves several relevant themesthroughout including Trump, Tesla and a secret energy source; whether or not a virus could cause one of the biblical plagues, and the frightening reality of electric-eating bacteria. James Rollins is a New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. In each novel, James unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets…and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

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Fiction Authors

Oct 31: 1] Shira Block’s Limerence 2] Sex Trafficking in King County

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In your most vulnerable, fragile emotional moments, no elixir can cure what ails you like your partner. A great relationship, built on trust and love, can get you through the hardest times. But what happens when that security is shattered when you find out the relationship… and perhaps even your partner… doesn’t even exist? Therapist Shira Block examines catfishing, non-sexual cheating, and other faux relationships and how to identfy and cope with the fallout in her new book Limerence.

It is estimated that 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet. In King County, WA, a study conducted over a 24-hour period revealed that 8,800 people were online soliciting themselves for sex, and 27,000 were soliciting to buy. At any given time, 300-500 under aged girls are trafficked in King County. The average age of entry is 12-14 years old, with some as young as 8 or 9. Vicki talks with Carol Loya, founder of Escape to Peace, to discuss how we can raise awareness about the horrors of sex trafficking right in our own backyard.

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Limerence by Shira Block is a psychological journey through a world of deception, phantom relationships, family secrets, self-destruction and recreation that draws on Shira’s years as a therapist and tackles modern day issues affecting millions of people and relationships. She covers such topics as emotional, non-sexual cheating that still impacts relationships; catfishing, the act of luring someone into a relationship using a fake online persona; and limerence, an obsessive infatuation with another person or a need for a relationship that interferes with the ability to see life clearly. Shira is a therapist, accomplished lecturer, writer, and personal coach.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating $32 billion a year in profit, tied with arms as the second largest, behind drug dealing. A modern form of slavery, it is estimated that 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet. And it’s happening right here in King County at an alarming rate. Carol Loya, a local resident and owner of Truce Spa, founded Escape to Peace after she witnessed the horrors of the sex trade during a 2012 mission to Pattaya, Thailand. As a former Ambassador for the non-profits Shared Hope and Not Abandoned, Carol’s mission was to rescue girls being sold as sex slaves. She often did this by taking them to dinner to talk, then bringing them to a designated safe house.

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Fiction Authors, Personal Development

Sep 12: 1] Dropping the Struggle 2] Lilac Girls

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What would it feel like to drop the struggle in life? To love the life you have? To heal the angst of “get more, do more, do it faster, better … and be more? Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have by bestselling author Roger Housden gives a definitive answer to these questions, helping the reader find peace and contentment in life.

Martha Hall Kelly wrote Lilac Girls, a powerful story inspired by actual events during WWII and her very first novel, at age 59 and it was an instant New York Times bestseller upon publication. The story comes from firsthand research as Martha traveled from Paris to Berlin to Warsaw and then even to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, until she was finally prepared to write this rare and emotional tale about Caroline Ferriday and her Rabbits.

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Is it possible to love the life you have, acknowledging and accepting the conditions of your life exactly as they are, and drop the struggle to make you and your life different? That is the question that Roger Housden gives a definitive answer to in Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have. He surmises that to get past the limitations our own egos force on us in the never-ending quest to find the things we want the most… love, freedom from anxiety, acceptance of our mortality… we need to surrender, letting go of our resistance to life as it presents itself. Known for his courses on Living and Writing wild, Roger is the author of 22 books including the bestselling Ten Poems to Change Your Life, and his writing can be found in O The Oprah Magazine, New York Times, and the LA Times.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly reveals the little known historical tale of New York debutante Caroline Ferriday, a Francophile, Broadway actress and philanthropist who was working at the French consulate when World War II broke out. Aiding the French Resistance fighters, Ferriday learned of a group of young Polish women used in horrific ways to advance Nazi medical science by having their legs gashed and operated on. Hopping around on crutches, they were called the Lapins, the Rabbits. Making it her mission, by 1959 Caroline brought thirty-five of the Lapins to the United States for medical treatment. Martha has worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and splits her time between her native New England and Atlanta Georgia. Lilac Girls is her first novel, and she is currently hard at work on the prequel.

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Conservation, Environment, Fiction Authors

Aug 29: 1] Panda Babies: Mission Critical 2] NYT Bestseller Carla Neggers

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Could you imagine a world without Giant Pandas? It’s estimated there are only 1,600 of these magnificent mammals roaming wild, and China is racing to save them from extinction. Photographer Ami Vitale joins Vicki to share highlights from the premiere episode of National Geographic WILD’s new series, Panda Babies: Mission Critical — featuring three maternity centers leading the way in raising and releasing pandas into the wild.

New York Times bestseller Carla Neggers returns today to discuss the sixth installment in the celebrated “Sharpe & Donovan” series, Liar’s Key. With settings in the US and Ireland, Liar’s Key delivers an international flair and Reader to Reader calls it a “suspenseful, fast-moving thriller filled with plot twists and excitement to the delightful conclusion.”

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For an estimated 8 million years, Giant Pandas have been a part of the Chinese countryside, and with their numbers dwindling fast, the Chinese government is racing to keep them from the brink of extinction. Photographer Ami Vitale was on the front lines of this effort as a part of the premiere episode of National Geographic WILD’s new series, Panda Babies: Mission Critical. She shares her experiences, including some of the unique methods in getting Pandas to procreate (which are not limited to Panda porn and Panda sex toys), and some surprising facts about Panda babies. In addition to her work with National Geographic, Ami is a Nikon Ambassador who’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.

Carla Neggers latest work in the “Sharpe & Donovan” series, Liar’s Key, is a thriller that hooks readers instantly with a fast-paced narrative involving whirlwind travel, a nemesis art thief and a mysterious death. Carla is the bestselling author of more than 60 novels of suspense and contemporary romance. Her popular “Sharpe & Donovan” and “Swift River Valley” series have been sold in more than 30 countries and translated into 24 languages. A world traveler herself, she lives with her family in New England.

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Fiction Authors, Personal Development, Self-help

Aug 22: 1] Abandonment Recovery 2] Troublemaker

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In The Abandonment Recovery Workbook: Guidance through the Five Stages of Healing from Abandonment, Heartbreak, and Loss, psychotherapist and bestselling author Susan Anderson helps readers heal the wound of abandonment through a step-by-step process of personal recovery. She guides them through the five stages of abandonment by offering practical tools and exercises designed to help them find greater life and love than ever before.

Our second guest today has been crowned “Queen of Romantic Suspense” but along with the complications of love and romance her work also features action worthy of Ian Fleming! New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard joins Vicki to discuss her latest book, Troublemaker.

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The word abandonment conjures up children left at birth, fathers packing up and moving out, sudden lovers betraying one another’s hearts, and sudden death. But abandonment breaks our hearts in subtle ways, too, as when we are not recognized for our accomplishments, dismissed by a friend, or not invited to a party. The Abandonment Recovery Workbook: Guidance through the Five Stages of Healing from Abandonment, Heartbreak, and Loss emerged from author Susan Anderson‘s thirty years in the field of abandonment recovery, including founding the Abandonment Recovery movement, as well as from her personal healing experience. Susan is the founder of the Outer Child and Abandonment Recovery movements, and has devoted three decades of clinical experience and research to helping people resolve abandonment and overcome self-sabotage.

Troublemaker is a gripping, emotionally intense novel of intrigue,romance, love and danger… along with a generous helping of action-adventure. Author Linda Howard and her husband, a “Bass Master”, run a cattle farm. (“Professional fishing has taken us to some of the worst places on earth!”) She is an award winning and NY Times and USA Today bestselling author.

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Aug 01: Beach Reads – Lost Along The Way and Peregrine Island

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Nothing is more relaxing than laying back on a quiet beach, with the company of the waves lapping peacefully at the shore, and a great way to while away the hours is with a compelling novel. Today’s guests have delivered the goods.

Also today, Conversations Live will be giving away four books from last week’s show, so listen in and be prepared to jot down the giveaway number to get your chance at a free book!

Acclaimed novelist Erin Duffy used her experience working on Wall Street as inspiration for her first novel, Bond Girl, and today she will discuss her latest work, Lost Along The Way, an exploration of women’s friendships and the critical ways they can grow, bend, even break, and be mended again.

Television shows like American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow that tease viewers with the universal dream of finding out that your dusty old painting is worth millions inspired versatile journalist Diane B. Saxton to pen her debut novel. Peregrine Island is a tale driven by mystery, as an unravelling family strains to stay together as their lives are picked apart.

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In Lost Along The Way, Erin Duffy explores the critical moments in all women’s friendships… marriage, motherhood, death, and divorce… and writes about the intricacies of family, friendship, and personal growth while dealing with the ups and downs life undoubtedly throws our way. She illuminates the moments that make us, the betrayals that break us, and the power of love that helps us forgive even the most painful hurts… a book not to be missed this summer. Erin graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street. She lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met the old-fashioned way… in a bar).

Peregrine Island is the story of the Peregrine family, living on an island off the Connecticut coast, whose lives are turned upside-down one summer when so-called art experts appear on their doorstep to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with other paintings are discovered behind the painting-in-question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation. As summer progresses, the Peregrines discover facts about their past in the course of the investigation and learn that people are not always who they appear to be… themselves included… and art is often a reflection of life. Diane B. Saxton was a journalist with Vanity Fair UK, Holiday Magazine, and Greenwich Review, and covered everything from torture victims to psychics, animal rights activists, exotic travel, and movie producers.

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Jul 18: 1] The Space Between Sisters 2] The Secret Language of Stones

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Mary McNear is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Butternut Lake series. Mary bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest. Her latest is The Space Between Sisters.

NY Times and USA Today bestseller M.J. Rose returns today to discuss the middle book of her historical paranormal trilogy The Secret Language of Stones.

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The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear, the latest in The Butternut Lake series, is an exploration of “the complex relationship between sisters, their differences, their mirrored history, their love and support of one another,” according to NY Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. It wasn’t until Mary’s son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome that she had the courage to start writing fiction. “I figured that if my son had the courage to struggle with the challenges presented in his life, then I should have the courage to write fiction.” She has gone on to become a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author.

As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in the romantic ghost story The Secret Language of Stones by NY Times and USA Today bestseller M.J. Rose. M.J. is a the Co-President and founding member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz. She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad.

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Jul 04: 1] The Girl From The Savoy 2] Jungle of Stone: The Lost Civilization of the Maya

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Conversations Live regular and NY Times and USA Today bestseller Hazel Gaynor is back to discuss her latest historical fiction novel, The Girl From the Savoy. Hazel takes us back to the roaring 20’s with the tale of a humble chambermaid who gets the opportunity to face the ultimate decision… choosing between everything she knows, and everything she dreams of.

Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey That Uncovered the Lost Civilization of the Maya is journalist William Carlsen’s definitive account of how two intrepid explorers changed the prevailing view of human history in the Western Hemisphere. It chronicles the daring journey of John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood’s to uncover, document, and contextualize for the world what would come to be known as the remains of the Maya civilization.

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The Girl From the Savoy by returning guest Hazel Gaynor introduces Dolly Lane, a chambermaid at London’s grandest hotel, The Savoy, who dreams to live alongside the Bright Young Things who thrive on champagne, jazz, and rebellion. When she responds to an ad to become a ‘muse’ for a struggling songwriter, she finds herself thrust into London’s exhilarating theatre scene. At the precipice of the life she has and the one she longs for, she must make a difficult choice: between two men; between two classes; between everything she knows and everything she dreams of. The Girl From the Savoy is Hazel’s third novel in the growing genre of historical fiction, with her first two becoming USA Today and NY Times bestsellers.

When John Lloyd Stephens, the U.S. Charge d’affaires appointed by President Martin Van Buren, set out for Guatemala City in 1839, his official mission was to broker a trade agreement with the leaders of the recently formed United Provinces of Central America. But he and Frederick Catherwood, an English artist and architect, had a separate and more personal goal for the excursion – to explore the Central American jungle in search of hidden, unknown worlds. William Carlsen fleshes out a rollicking account of their expeditions, and their quest to make sense of their findings for the rest of the world in Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey That Uncovered the Lost Civilization of the Maya. William has been a journalist for thirty years, a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting and a winner of numerous journalism awards.


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