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Fiction, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

Jan 25: Wendy Willis Baldwin with Debut Novel The Sisters We Were

Book cover The Sisters We Were, Wndy WIllis Baldwin, talking about this on Conversations LIve with Vicki St. ClairWhat brings two estranged sisters back together? How does their healing begin? What sets them free?

Inspired by the real-life experiences of author Wendy Willis Baldwin and her sister Tiffany, The Sisters We Were explores themes from sisterhood, to obesity, sexual abuse, buried rage, and how we cope differently with adversity. Most of all, the story is about how truth will set you free.

Wendy shares the journey of writing her debut novel, as well as the healing journey she shared with Tiffany.

About Wendy Willis Baldwin

Wendy Willis Baldwin is a freelance writer and author. She spent most of her professional life in the communications’ field. She currently cohosts The Life After Fat Pants podcast with sister, Tiffany.

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History, Journalism, Non Fiction

Jan 18: The Nazi Conspiracy with #1 NYT Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer

The Nazi Conspiracy_BradMeltzer_ConversationsLiveVickiStClairThe Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill

Brad Meltzer’s books are full of twist and turns, intriguing characters, and little known historical details. And it’s those delicious details that make The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill so compelling.

Brad shares how he discovered this true Nazi assasination plot that, had it not been thwarted, would have changed the world. We discuss what surprised him most during his research, how this part of history informs today’s landscape, why Brad says we need to feel uncomfortable, and much more.

 

About Brad Meltzer

BRAD MELTZER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lightning Rod, The Escape Artist, and over ten other bestselling thrillers, as well as the Ordinary People Change the World series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” and “Brad Meltzer’s Lost History,” which he used to help find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero. Brad coauthored The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill with JOSH MENSCH – a bestselling author and award-winning TV documentary producer.

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Jan 11: How Food Supports Emotional Well-being with Mary Beth Albright

Eat & Flourish

Food expert Mary Beth Albright draws on cutting-edge science to explain how food has the power to nourish your mind and support emotional wellness.

Eat & Flourish is not a diet book. It’s a whole system, whole living look at how nutrition, environment, psychology, biology, and even pleasure work together to help alleviate depression, anxiety, and stress.

We also discuss: The food-mood connection. How Mary Beth redefines emotional eating. The power of the gut microbiome. And what you need to know about the gut-brain connection.

About Mary Beth Albright

Mary Beth Albright started this research while she worked at the Surgeon General’s office, with Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. She’s now a correspondent and editor at The Washington Post, writing for Health/Science, Food, Travel, and Book World (as she says – the things that make life good). She’s also a public health attorney with two award-winning video series, including Secret Table and Teach Dave to Cook.  Her latest book, Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-being.

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Health & Wellness, Self-help, Women's Issues

Jan 04: Dr. Nita’s Crash Course for Women: Better Sex, Better Health, Better You

What Women (& Men) Need to Know About Enjoying Better Sex, Health, & Life

Starting the year as we mean to go on, Dr. Nita Landry shares tips from her manifesto for women on good health, great sex, and living with vibrancy!

Dr. Nita answers questions about female sexuality, including orgasms, what the orgasm gap means, and why we should focus less on orgasms and more on just having fun. She also shares what we need to know about STDs. And the latest medical guidance on health screenings for cancer of the breast and cervix.

About Dr. Nita Landry

Nita Landry is an MD, OB-GYN. In addition to cohosting The Doctors, she served as a medical expert on other TV programs including Good Morning America, Today, Dr. Phil, CBS national news, and Black Entertainment Television. She served as an ambassador for National Women’s Health Week from 2018 through 2021. Dr. Nita Landry’s new book is Crash Course for Women: Better Sex, Better Health, Better you.

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Creativity, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Professional Development, Psychology

Dec 28: Stop Procrastinating, Start Living Your Dreams with Kate Eckman

Eliminate Perfectionism, Shed Self-Doubt, Create a Fun & Fulfilling Life

As many of us think about goals for 2023, we look at why we so often get in our our own … and how we can change that!

Kate Eckman knows first hand how the stories we tell can make or break us. We discuss why you should dare to suck at something new. How naming values helps establish clarity. How creating safe space helps develop the independence needed to live authentically. Why humor and fun and play is imperative!

About Kate Eckman

Former elite athlete Kate Eckman deeply understands sports psychology and performance. She’s a  certified executive coach, working with leaders in business and sports, and the award-winning author of The Full Spirit Workout: A Ten-Step System to Shed Your Self-Doubt, Strengthen Your Spiritual Core, and Create a Fun and Fulfilling Life.

 

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History, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

Dec 21: Empire of Ice and Stone with Award-winning Author Buddy Levy

The True Story of the Canadian Arctic Expedition That Went Horribly Wrong

In his latest narrative nonfiction, Buddy Levy weaves the compelling story of the struggle to survive in extremely harsh conditions. He brings to life two very different characters–Captain Bob Bartlett and expedition leader Vilhjalmur Stefansson–showing how both men made decisions with profound implications for the fate of the ship and its members.

While history is divided on who’s to blame for the expedition’s tragedies, readers are left decide: What would YOU have done under the circumstances? Buddy also discusses some of his research for Empire of Ice & Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk, and how he approached telling this harrowing journey.

About Buddy Levy

Buddy Levy is the author of eight books—his latest, Empire of Ice & Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic Voyage of the Karluk. Levy’s work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNPRUSA TodayThe Washington PostThe Washington Times, and more. He was the co-star, for 25 episodes, on HISTORY Channel’s docuseries, Brad Meltzer’s DECODED. And was a featured expert in Leonardo Di Caprio’s TV Series THE FRONTIERSMEN: The Men Who Built America. More about Buddy Levy.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

Dec 14: Wendy Sand Eckel with Mystery at Windswept Farm

A Rosalie Hart Mystery

A love of organic farm-to-table food, Italian cuisine, and murder and mayhem in an intimate community … what’s not to love?

Today we discuss the third novel in the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series with author Wendy Sand Eckel. She shares how a minor incident in her teens led to a background in criminology. How she approaches her writing, develops her characters, and how she chose the antagonist for Mystery at Windswept Farm. We also discuss thoughts on the important Italian practice of “Il dolce far niente”.

About Wendy Sand Eckel

With degrees in criminology and social work, followed by years of clinical practice, Wendy Sand Eckel combines her passion for words, relationships, and meaning, through her stories.The award-winning author of the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series, Wendy is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Association of Crime Writers.

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Biography, History, Journalism, Non Fiction

Dec 07: The Pirate’s Wife with Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd

Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos’ fascination with pirates focuses on the women behind those pirates. In The Pirate’s Wife, Daphne shares insight into the life of Sarah Kidd, and what it meant to be married to the infamous Captain William Kidd.

We take a peek into piracy and privateering in colonial America and discuss how the once respectable Kidd became a pirate; and why pirates were originally welcomed.  Daphne also reveals who Sarah was, her role, what drove her, and the big question we all want to know: Where is the treasure?

About Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

Dr. Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos is a historian, journalist, and author who’s spent the past 15 years, researching pirates, their lives, and their wives.  The Pirate’s Wife – The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd is Daphne’s second book (narrative nonfiction). Her writing on history, business, science, health, fitness, education, museums, parenting, philanthropy, and lifestyles has appeared in many major outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Southern Living.

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Health & Wellness, Memoir, Non Fiction

Nov 30: Topher Brophy with Dog Dad

When you rescue an animal, who rescues who?

Life changed for Topher Brophy when he adopted his four-legged, look-alike  ‘love battery’ – aka Rosenberg.  One thing led to another, and today Brophy and Rosenberg have almost a quarter of a million followers on Instagram.

The title of Topher’s new book tells you exactly what we talk about today, DOG DAD: How Animals Bring Out the Best in Us and Can Help Save the World.

Studies show that living with animals can help improve our overall health. Pets provide emotional support proven to lower blood pressure, lift depression, reduce anxiety, increase feelings of joy and happiness – and they help us get out of our head and into nature.

*If you’re thinking of getting a new companion, Adopt Don’t Shop. Contact Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair for shelters near you, if you need help.*

About Topher Brophy

Topher Brophy is a New York-based Dog Dad artist who’s gained international attention through the socially conscious, imaginative photos of him and his son, Rosenberg The Dog.  Topher is donating all author proceeds from DOG DAD to American Humane.

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Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Writers on Writing

Nov 16: A Ghost of Caribou with Alice Henderson

Author’s love of wildlife inspired her Alex Carter suspense series

Alice Henderson created a strong, female protagonist whose career as a wildlife biologist gets her into all kinds of hairy situations, including murder. In A Ghost of Caribou Alex Carter arrives in the Selkirk mountains of northeastern Washington, and what begins as a search for an elusive caribou leads into mystery, suspense, and mayhem.

In addition to sharing snippets from her book and writing adventures, Alice shares insight into the plight of caribou and how climate change impacts them. We also discuss why we should reframe the way we look at climate change, and how we can  help create a better future.

About Alice Henderson

A Ghost of Caribou is the 3rd book in the Alex Carter series. In addition to being a prolific writer, Alice Henderson is a sanctuary monitor for the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, where she checks remote cameras, documents mapping, and delivers wildlife surveys to determine what species are present and that there’s no evidence of poaching. She’s surveyed for the presence of grizzlies, wolves, wolverines, jaguars, endangered bats, and more. Alice has also written media tie-in novels, including official novels for the TV shows Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While working at LucasArts, Alice wrote content for Star Wars video games.

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