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Author Interviews - AfterBuzz Books

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AfterBuzz Books is the world’s first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. AB Books also features one on one author interviews, and engages fellow fans via social media.

AfterBuzz Books Hosts, comprised of authors, writers, critics and media personalities, discuss all aspects of the book from the author’s inspiration and background to chapter by chapter breakdowns. Hosts offer insight and opinions as well as diverse and thought provoking views.
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Author Interviews - AfterBuzz Books

TV/Film Legend Ed Asner Discusses his Autobiography Son of Junkman
Host James Lott Jr. chats with Ed Asner about his autobiography SON OF A JUNKMAN. About the Book: Emmy Award-winning actor, Ed Asner, recounts tales from his amazing life in this charming and hilarious memoir. From his colorful childhood as the son of a junkman growing up in the West Bottoms of Kansas City all the way through his spectacular acting career during the golden age of film and television, Ed recounts warm memories that are anything but ordinary. Son of a Junkman makes the reader feel as if they've pulled up a chair in Ed's home just in time to catch the lovable Hollywood grump tell a story or two. Foreword by Paul Rudd. About Ed: Ed is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same character in both a comedy and a drama. He is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven, five for portraying Lou Grant (three as Supporting Actor in a Comedy Television Series and two as Lead Actor in a Dramatic Television Series). His other Emmys were for performances in two of the most significant mini-television series of the 1970s: Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), where he won for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Performance in a TV series, and Roots (1977), for which he won for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a TV series. He played John Wayne's adversary Bart Jason in the 1966 Western El Dorado. He has played Santa Claus in several films, notably in 2003's Elf. In 2009, he starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's animated film Up, and made a guest appearance on CSI: NY in the episode "Yahrzeit". In early 2011, Asner returned to television as butcher Hank Greziak in Working Class, the first original sitcom on cable channel CMT. He starred in the Canadian television series Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, on CBC Television and has appeared in the 2013 television series The Glades. Asner guest-starred as Guy Redmayne, a homophobic billionaire who supports Alicia Florrick's campaign, in the sixth season of The Good Wife.
January 29, 2020
|Interview w/ New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg Discussing "Lost Hills"
Tami Goveia interviews New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg about his new book, "Lost Hills" ABOUT BOOK CIRCLE ONLINE: Book Circle Online is the world’s first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. BCO also features one on one author interviews and engages fellow fans via social media. BCO Hosts, comprised of authors, writers, critics and media personalities, discuss all aspects of the book from the author’s inspiration and background to chapter-by-chapter breakdowns. Hosts offer insight and opinions as well as diverse and thought-provoking views.
January 09, 2020
"Menopause vs Puberty" Discussion with Author Tommalisa Lumpkin
Tommalisa Lumpkin is the funny, smart, take-no-prisoners momma behind ‘Menopause vs Puberty.’ This award winning corporate sales executive turned ‘momager’ has held positions at Eli Lilly, and the NFL all while raising to three great children. ABOUT BOOK CIRCLE ONLINE: Book Circle Online is the world’s first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. BCO also features one on one author interviews and engages fellow fans via social media. BCO Hosts, comprised of authors, writers, critics and media personalities, discuss all aspects of the book from the author’s inspiration and background to chapter-by-chapter breakdowns. Hosts offer insight and opinions as well as diverse and thought-provoking views.
December 16, 2019
Interview w/ Deeran Anderson Hooper "Colorful Confessions"
Deeran, an energetic United States Navy veteran, turned personal growth & business etiquette influencer, and now the author of "Colorful Confessions" is quickly becoming household name. This is evident through his multiple television appearances on The Game Show Network, FoxNews, Youtube Red, Afterbuzz TV, and his time as a disc jockey in the San Diego area on 89.1FM, where his love of music and unmatched work ethic earned him the nickname "DJ Deeran." Deeran is most well-known from his starring role on the E! Network reality show Revenge Body season 3 where he lost 40 lbs in 12 weeks. He has taken what he has learned from his world travels in the military, time on Revenge Body and credentials to help other progressive-minded people think more inward and laugh more outward at the same time. ABOUT BOOK CIRCLE ONLINE: Book Circle Online is the world’s first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. BCO also features one on one author interviews and engages fellow fans via social media. BCO Hosts, comprised of authors, writers, critics and media personalities, discuss all aspects of the book from the author’s inspiration and background to chapter-by-chapter breakdowns. Hosts offer insight and opinions as well as diverse and thought-provoking views.
December 13, 2019
Interview w/ Jefferson Bethke "To Hell With the Hustle" | Book Circle Online
Host Michael Clouse sits down with Jefferson Bethke to talk about his book "To Hell with the Hustle: Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World" #Books #Interviews #JeffersonBethke Subscribe to Book Circle Online! Follow us on Twitter - Website - ABOUT BOOK CIRCLE ONLINE: Book Circle Online is the world’s first online network with shows dedicated to the intimate discussion and dissection of various books. BCO also features one on one author interviews and engages fellow fans via social media. BCO Hosts, comprised of authors, writers, critics and media personalities, discuss all aspects of the book from the author’s inspiration and background to chapter-by-chapter breakdowns. Hosts offer insight and opinions as well as diverse and thought-provoking views.
October 25, 2019
Discussing "DOCTOR DOGS: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine" with Maria Goodavage
Join Tami Goveia in a conversation with author Maria Goodavage! Three-time New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage is known for her powerful books about military and Secret Service dogs who keep everyone from troops to presidents out of harm’s way. In DOCTOR DOGS: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine (Dutton; publication date: October 1, 2019; hardcover, $28.00), the former USA Today journalist reveals the fascinating new ways dogs are saving lives every day in their emerging roles as “doctor dogs.”
October 08, 2019
Discussing "The Echo Park Castaways" with MG Hennessey | Book Circle Online
Join Tami Goveia in a conversation with author MG Hennessey! From the author of The Other Boy comes a poignant and heartfelt novel that explores what it means to be a family. Perfect for fans of Counting by 7s. Nevaeh, Vic, and Mara are veterans of the Los Angeles foster care system. For over a year they’ve been staying with Mrs. K in Echo Park. Vic spends most of his time living in a dream world, Mara barely speaks, and Nevaeh is forced to act as a back-up parent. Though their situation isn’t ideal, it’s still their best home yet. Then Child Protective Services places Quentin in the house, and everything is turned upside down. Nevaeh really can’t handle watching over anyone else, especially a boy on the autism spectrum. Meanwhile, Quentin is having trouble adjusting and attempts to run away. So when Vic realizes Quentin just wants to see his mom again, he plans an “epic quest” to reunite them. It could result in the foster siblings getting sent to different group homes. But isn’t family always worth the risk?
July 12, 2019
Discussing "Comedy Sex God" with Pete Holmes | Book Circle Online
Part autobiography, part philosophical inquiry, and part spiritual quest, Comedy Sex God is a hilarious, profound, and enlightening romp around the fertile mind of stand-up stand-out, podcast king, and HBO superstar Pete Holmes. PETE: Pete Holmes is a comedian, writer, cartoonist, “Christ-leaning spiritual seeker”, and podcast host. His wildly popular podcast, You Made It Weird, is a comedic exploration of the meaning of life with guests ranging from Deepak Chopra and Elizabeth Gilbert to Seth Rogen and Garry Shandling. Pete also created and starred in the semi-autobiographical HBO show Crashing which he executive produced alongside Judd Apatow. An accomplished standup with three hour-long television specials and innumerous late night appearances, he continues to tour regularly to sold-out crowds. He lives with his wife and daughter in LA.
May 24, 2019
Discussing "The Greatest You" with Trent Shelton | Book Circle Online
TK Trinidad sits down with Writer Trent Shelton to talk about Trent's book "The Greatest You"        In this remarkable, life-changing new book, renowned inspirational speaker Trent Shelton shares his revolutionary tool kit for transforming your life and reaching your goals. Trent Shelton seemed to have it all together--until everything fell apart. A college football standout, his NFL dreams died when he was cut from multiple teams. With no job and no prospects, learning he had a child out of wedlock on the way and numbing himself with whatever he could find, Trent then found out one of his closest friends had killed himself. Life seemed without hope--until Trent discovered the secret to finding promise in the darkest of times. And now he shares that secret with you.    Writing from deep, been-there experience, Trent walks you on a journey to become the best hope-filled version of yourself. In The Greatest You, Trent takes you through the necessary steps to become everything you are meant to be, from facing the reality of your circumstances and realizing your purpose in life, to breaking free from toxic environments and forgiving those--including yourself--who've harmed you, to learning how to guard yourself against the pitfalls of life. Weaving together personal stories from his own life and from others who have also gone through hard times, Trent reveals how you can bring out the best in yourself and establish a happier, more fulfilled future for generations to come.
May 17, 2019
Discussing "Someone Has Led This Child To Believe" with Regina Louise & Twinkie Byrd | Book Circle Online
Chae' Jones sits down with Writer Regina Louise and Casting Directo Twinkie Byrd. and they talk about Regina's book "Someone Has Led This Child To Believe"Regina Louise was born in Austin, Texas. She attended Molly Dawson elementary school and left at the age of eleven. Due to her father's estrangement, Regina turned herself in to the Richmond Police Department and was taken into custody the day before her thirteenth birthday.Louise lived in over 30 foster homes, group homes and psychiatric facilities before age 18. She now speaks and coaches organizations and individuals on issues of trauma and personal development, and is a foster care abolitionist. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.Author of the memoir Somebody's Someone, Louise has appeared on National Public Radio's All Things Considered KQED Forum, CBC, BBC and the CBS Early Show. Louise and her story have also been covered in various newspapers and magazines.[2][3][4] Her second memoir, Someone Has Led This Child to Believe: A Case History of Love, was released July 10th, 2018.Regina’s real-life story is the subject of a Lifetime movie I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story. The film stars Angela Fairley as Regina Louise, Ginnifer Goodwin as Jeanne Kerr, Monique Coleman, Sherri Saum, and Kim Hawthorne as Gwen Ford.Twinkie Byrd is a Brooklyn-born and raised casting director with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Madonna, the Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Katy Perry are among the artists who have counted on Byrd to find talent who can bring their songs to life on the small screen. Byrd has the vision spot actors who can bring complicated and nuanced storylines from page to motion picture . Her work on Stomp the Yard, The Blind Side, Notorious , Ju mping the Broom, FillyBrown, Sparkle, Black Nativity and FRUITVALE STATION prove as much. Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd has spent decades channeling her super power of finding the perfect person for every character.
April 26, 2019
Maureen Johnson discusses "The Vanishing Stair" | Book Circle Online
Tami Goveia sits down with Writer Maureen Johnson and they talk about her latest book "The Vanishing Stair" The Truly Devious case—an unsolved kidnapping and triple murder that rocked Ellingham Academy in 1936—has consumed Stevie for years. It’s the very reason she came to the academy. But then her classmate was murdered, and her parents quickly pull her out of school. For her safety, they say. She must move past this obsession with crime.  Stevie’s willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be back with her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, and the guy who lied about his identity—Edward King’s son. But larger issues are at play. Where did the murderer hide? What’s the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isn’t just a piece of history—it’s a live wire into the present.
April 16, 2019
Susan Holmes McKagan discusses "The Velvet Rose" | Book Circle Online
Yasmine Tanres sits down with Writer Susan Holmes McKagan and they talk about her latest book "The Velvet Rose" In the early nineties, Scarlet, a painter and high fashion model, finds herself working in some of the world’s most famous fashion capitals. As her adventure continues, she meets Johnny of The Westies, an up-and-coming band on the cusp of superstardom. What ensues is an unhinged ride of a novel following the audacious lead female protagonist as she navigates her life through fame, addiction, infidelity, and all the ups and downs of dating a legendary musician from one of the biggest rock bands in history. A riveting and heartfelt journey of figuring out one’s own path and championing that aspect to finding their dreams. Rich in spirit and relatable for all those who have ever had the courage to chase their dreams and pursue an unconventional path in this glorious world. A page-turner, frequently injected with laugh-out-loud humor, front row seat of fun debut that is being heralded as the earnest generation of authenticity of a nineties voyage, Susan Holmes McKagan shines in The Velvet Rose.
April 11, 2019
Iain Thomas discusses "Every Word You Cannot Say" | Book Circle Online
Fern Ronay sits down with Author Iain Thomas and they talk about his latest book ""Every Word You Cannot Say." I know you don’t want to talk sometimes. Sometimes because it hurts and sometimes because you’re just not supposed to talk about what you want to talk about. Sometimes it can be hard to say, “this is beautiful,” when no one else can see what you see. Or, “Here, this is where the pain is.” But some part of you knows, the truth about the words you cannot say is that they only hurt until you say them. They only hurt until the person who needs to hear them, hears them. Because we are human, and the closest we’ve ever come to showing each other who we really are, and how we love, is with words. So I’m going to try to say to you here, what I wish you’d say to me too. Please. Listen. We can change things.
April 02, 2019
Sean Kanan discusses "Success Factor X" | Book Circle Online
James Lott Jr. talks with Sean Hanan about his book, "Success Factor X." Actor, producer, writer and comedian Sean Kanan is releasing a “Success” book entitled “Success Factor X.” The book has a slew of contributors, some of the most successful people on the planet, including Mark Cuban, Jason Alexander, Bobbi Brown, Don King, Martin Kove, Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici, Anthony Robbins, Eric Roberts, Ken Shamrock, Jerry Springer, Darryl (DMC) Mc Daniels, Tristan Rodgers, Antonio Sabato Jr., Sara Blakely, Harry Wayne (KC) Casey, Shawn Johnson, Susan Lucci, and Jill Liberman ( Sean’s partner in the book). The foreward was written by television/radio host and PR mogul Jimmy Star from The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell.
March 15, 2019
Lee Goldberg discusses "Killer Thriller" | Book Circle Online
Tami Goveia talks with Lee Goldberg about his book, "Killer Thriller." In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg’s action-packed sequel to the Washington Post bestseller True Fiction, a hapless writer is pitted against an enemy nation mounting a treacherous plot lifted from one of his thrillers. Everybody loves Ian Ludlow’s action novels—especially the CIA—because the spies know something the public doesn’t: his fictional plots have a frightening tendency to come true. Ian is in Hong Kong with his resourceful assistant Margo French to research his wildest story yet—a deadly global conspiracy by Chinese intelligence to topple the United States. What Ian doesn’t know is that his horrifying scenario is happening and that the Chinese mistakenly believe he’s an undercover superspy assigned to foil their scheme. Now Ian is trapped in his own terrifying thriller, on the run from assassins, and racing against time to prevent an epic disaster. He’s written himself into a corner that could cost his life…and his country.
February 19, 2019
Carla Renata discusses "The Actor's Guide To Self-Marketing" | Book Circle Online
Louiza Shar talks with Carla Renata about her book, "The Actor's Guide To Self-Marketing." Stand Out from the Competition! How do actors sell their personality? What does it take to make a lasting impression? How can actors use their image to achieve their dreams? The Actor's Guide to Self-Marketing answers all these questions and more. With a background in acting and publicity, author Carla Renata has gathered insider info and proven tips to help actors create their own brand and utilize it for success. With The Actor's Guide to Self-Marketing, you will learn how to: Highlight unique traits and skills Distinguish yourself from the crowd Market yourself through social media Angle for your dream role And so much more! Renata's methods have been tested and developed through her branding and social media program, The Branding Buddha, which has been taught online and privately, as well as in group classes at top universities in the United States. Along with tips from her program and extensive background in the field, Renata uses meditative practices and self-actualization to help actors develop their public image and reach their goals with clarity and intention. As she writes, "The mind is everything. What you think, you will become." With The Actor's Guide to Self-Marketing, you'll be well on your way to becoming the actor you really want to be and landing your dream roles.
January 15, 2019
CJ Zahner discusses "Dream Wide Awake" | Book Circle Online
Jessie Zahner talks with CJ Zahner about her book, "Dream Wide Awake." Three boys are missing. Six-year-old Mikala Daly can see the spirit of one of those boys. Through dreams, the murdered boy shows Mikala that the other two boys are alive but clinging to life. She knows she can find and save them. But will Daddy let her?
November 21, 2018
Richard Robbins discusses "Love, Loss, and Lagniappe" | Book Circle Online
Jeff Graham talks with Richard Robbins about his book, "Love, Loss, and Lagniappe." Life is good for Dr. Drew Coleman, a successful young eye surgeon living in Uptown New Orleans, and he knows it. Having met and married his beautiful medical school classmate, Kate, the two settle happily into the routine of raising their two young daughters. Drew's charmed life is soon shattered by devastating news, causing him to go on a ten-year transcontinental journey of self-discovery, during which he explores the nature of God and Man, the divine inspiration for many of New York's landmarks and artistic treasures, and the relationship between the found and the lost souls passing on the street. He meets a number of memorable characters, including the young blue-haired runaway, Blue, who renounced her given name when forced to leave her Minnesota home with her girlfriend, Anna. In time, he discovers and explains the scientific basis for the meaning of life, and is finally found, or finds himself, setting the stage for a bittersweet and memorable ending.
November 20, 2018
Cindy Gaber discusses "Ascenders" | Book Circle Online
Louiza Shar talks with Cindy Gaber about her book, "Ascenders." Walker Callaghan doesn't know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago...and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn't go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young. These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. "There are even cheerleaders in death," Walker observes. It's not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who "used to have this band." The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie. Principal King explains the rules -- there are none. Why? You can't die twice. There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You're just there to learn because the human brain isn't fully formed until you're 24. By the way, you can't get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do ...because no one knows how long you'll stay in this realm or what's next. "Losing someone you love would be like dying twice," Walker says. * * * * * * Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks. She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He's looking for a portal to return back to the living realm. He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve. Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him. Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle? At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.
November 20, 2018
Elana Arnold discusses "Damsel"
Tami Goveia talks with Elana Arnold about her book, "Damsel." A dark, twisted, unforgettable fairy tale from Elana K. Arnold, author of the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the prince must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon or what horrors she faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome young man, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny of sitting on a throne beside him. It’s all like a dream, like something from a fairy tale. As Ama follows Emory to the kingdom of Harding, however, she discovers that not all is as it seems. There is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows, and the greatest threats may not be behind her, but around her, now, and closing in.
November 08, 2018
Dr. Gary Small discusses "SNAP!: Change Your Personality in 30 Days"
Thelma Mbaezue-Daniel talks with Dr. Gary Small about his book, "SNAP!: Change Your Personality in 30 Days." Experts in psychiatry and psychology have long believed that our personalities are essentially set from early childhood and remain consistent throughout life. However, the latest scientific research contradicts this long-held assumption. New compelling evidence indicates that we can change our personalities – either on our own, with the help of a therapist, or a combination of the two – and meaningful personality change can be achieved in a snap! – as quickly as 30 days. These groundbreaking findings have shattered the false belief that we are locked into our negative personality traits – no matter how much they hinder our potential happiness and success.
October 05, 2018
Peter Stone discusses "The Perfect Candidate"
Tami Goveia talks with Peter Stone about her book, "The Perfect Candidate." The Perfect Candidate, - published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 2, 2018. The story is inspired by his experience working in Washington, D.C. as a Spanish tutor for former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and as an intern for Congressman Gary A. Condit just after he graduated from high school. Having majored in political science, Stone managed a Congressional primary campaign and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar. He is also a high school speech and debate national champion and maintains that speech and debate tournaments are the best thing any teenager could do with their Saturdays.
October 02, 2018
Janna King discusses “The Seasonaries” | Book Circle Online | Book Circle Online
Fern Ronay talks with Janna King about her book, "The Seasonaries." Inspired by this deceivingly heady atmosphere, acclaimed screenwriting talent makes her fresh and thrilling debut with The Seasonaires. An idyllic Nantucket summer begins like a dream for Mia, a scrappy "Southie," Presley, the gorgeous southern beauty queen, Cole, a quiet newcomer with startling eyes, Jade, the exotic daughter of a model and music mogul, J.P., the energetic young designer, and Grant, the playful party-boy. All six are working as seasonaires for the clothing brand Lyndon Wyld. But like all things that look too good to be true, the darkness lurking underneath slowly [...]
September 02, 2018
Katerina Cozias talks “Rising up from Mental Slavery” | Book Circle Online
Marisa Serafini talks with Katerina Cozias about her book, "Rising up from Mental Slavery." Do you feel an urge to expand your financial success, create a stronger romantic relationship, carve out a better work/life balance, or gain increased freedom to do what you want, when you want? Perhaps deep down you do, but you are asking yourself: Am I capable? Can I really have all the things I dream of having? The answer to these questions is YES. [...]
July 16, 2018
Heather Monahan talks “Confidence Creator” | Book Circle Online
Lauren LoGrasso talks with Heather Monahan about her book, "Confidence Creator." The key to reaching your personal and professional goals and living the life of your dreams lies in the power of confidence. If you don't have it, don't worry. Heather Monahan will show you how anyone can master the essential techniques to building confidence and becoming your best self. In Confidence Creator, Heather offers a resource she wishes she had when she was younger. Using personal stories from her life and career, Heather illustrates the tough lessons she learned along the way that helped her develop the self-assurance necessary for getting what she wanted [...]
July 05, 2018
Dr. Javon Johnson talks “The End of Chiraq” | Book Circle Online
Lem Gonsalves talks with Dr. Javon Johnson about his book, "The End of Chiraq." The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape is a collection of poems, rap lyrics, short stories, essays, interviews, and artwork about Chicago, the city that came to be known as "Chiraq" ("Chicago" + "Iraq"), and the people who live in its vibrant and occasionally violent neighborhoods. Tuned to the work of Chicago's youth, especially the emerging artists and activists surrounding Young Chicago Authors, this literary mixtape unpacks the meanings of "Chiraq" as both a vexed term and a space of possibility. [...]
June 28, 2018
Rainbow Barris talks “Keeping Up With the Johnsons” | Book Circle Online
Ashley Allen talks with Rainbow Barris about his book, "Keeping Up With the Johnsons: Bow’s Guide to Black-ish Parenting." Bow Johnson, a doctor and the beloved mother of five hilarious children on ABC's hit comedy "black-ish" is writing a parenting book. Bow will share some of the outrageous scenarios she has faced as a mom and how she dealt with the situations and the consequences. Bow will show us that imperfect parenting can often turn out perfect children. The book will be featured prominently on the show. [...]
May 30, 2018
Yesika Salgado discusses “Corazon” | Book Circle Online
Lem Gonsalves talks with Yesika Salgado about her book, "Corazon." Corazón is a love story. It is about the constant hunger for love. It is about feeding that hunger with another person and finding that sometimes it isn't enough. Salgado creates a world in which the heart can live anywhere; her fat brown body, her parents home country, a lover, a toothbrush, a mango, or a song. It is a celebration of heartache, of how it can ruin us, but most importantly how we always survive it and return to ourselves whole. [...]
May 17, 2018
SKYJACK by KJ Howe | Book Circle Online
Zoe Hewitt talks with KJ Howe about her book, "SKYJACK." International kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business Jet is hijacked and forced to land on a deserted airstrip in the Libyan desert. On the ground, Thea comes face-to-face with a former nemesis, a Sicilian don who wants something, or someone, on that plane. Her old foe imprisons her in the hangar and takes to the air with the boys and the passengers still aboard, mysteriously demanding that Thea use the resources of [...]
April 19, 2018
Rudy Francisco discusses “Helium” | Book Circle Online
Lem Gonsalves talks with Rudy Fracisco about his book, "Helium." Rudy K. Francisco is a spoken word poet and poetry author from San Diego, California, United States. He has written books, recorded EPs, won awards and gained acclaim performing around the US. Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new readers. Rudy's poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection [...]
March 30, 2018
In Praise Of Difficult Women by Karen Karbo | Book Circle Online
Zoe Hewitt talks with Karen Karbo about her book, "In Praise Of Difficult Women." From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world. Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley [...]
March 21, 2018
Hiding Out by Tina Alexis Allen | Book Circle Online
James Lott Jr. talks with Tina Alexis Allen about her book, "Hiding Out."   Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen’s audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father—a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies. The youngest of thirteen children in a devout Catholic family, Tina Alexis Allen grew up in 1980s suburban Maryland in a house ruled by her stern father, Sir John, an imposing, British-born authoritarian who had been knighted by the Pope. Sir John supported his [...]
March 19, 2018
A Dark Path To Light by Alex Broches | Book Circle Online
Katerina Cozias talks with Alex Broches about his book, "A Dark Path to Light." "Alex has been through hell and back. His story is an inspiration to me on not only survival but how to thrive from the middle of darkness" James Altucher- Best Selling Author & Venture Capitalist  A gripping true-life tale of one young man’s journey from poverty, isolation and desperation to health, happiness and financial success. Nine-year-old Alex Broches’ life is suddenly turned upside down when his father is arrested for a shockingly violent crime, sending his family on a downward spiral of shame, fear and even bouts of homelessness. An [...]
February 26, 2018
Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood by Kathleen Sharp | Book Circle Online
Zoe Hewitt talks with Kathleen Sharp about her book, Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire. Ever wonder why so many B actors wind up as A-grade politicians? Or how the casting couch worked? Acclaimed author Kathleen Sharp traces the influence of show business through the lives of its first power couple. Edie and Lew Wasserman built the world's largest talent agency, MCA, created the multibillion-dollar Universal Studios, and helped shape Washington, DC. Starting from MCA's birth in gangland Chicago, Lew represented stars such as Jimmy Stewart and Marilyn Monroe; pioneered TV with Leave It to Beaver and Miami [...]
January 31, 2018
Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute with Jean Picker Firstenberg | Book Circle Online
Host Zoe Hewitt talks with Jean Picker Firstenberg about her book " Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute." Jean Picker Firstenberg, is an American who served as the CEO and Director of the American Film Institute from 1980 through 2007. She was the Institute's second and first female CEO. At the time of her appointment, she was an executive at the Markle Foundation. About the Book: For over fifty years, the American Film Institute has flourished as one of America’s great cultural entities. Its graduates, faculty, supporters, and trustees have included such acclaimed individuals as Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Gregory Peck [...]
November 29, 2017
Grouchy Historian by Ed Asner | Book Circle Online
James Lott Jr talks to Ed Asner about his new book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs. In the tradition of Al Franken and Michael Moore, Ed Asner—a.k.a. Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show—reclaims the Constitution from the right-wingers who think that they and only they know how to interpret it. Ed Asner, a self-proclaimed dauntless Democrat from the old days, figured that if the right-wing wackos are wrong about voter fraud, Obama’s death panels, and climate change, they are probably just as wrong about what the Constitution says. There’s no way that two [...]
November 13, 2017
Taking Back Your Holidays by Yvonne Lacey
Michael Rippe talks to Yvonne Lacey about her book, Taking Back Your Holidays: A Whimsical Guide to a Lighter, Brighter Christmas. Maybe you love Christmas, or maybe you want to love Christmas, but you feel like the time between the beginning of Fall and the start of the New Year flies by so fast that you can't stop to enjoy a moment of it. Did you get a chance to sing Christmas songs together? To cook your grandmother's secret recipes in your own kitchen? To make a snow angel? To sing "Happy Holidays" to your neighbors? This year is your chance to take back [...]
November 08, 2017
The Transplant Journey by Ava Kaufman | Book Circle Online
James Lott Jr talks to Ava Kaufman about her book, The Transplant Journey. About the book: The process of transplant is about restoring life. I mean how truly amazing is modern medicine and science! They can now take organs from a person who is brain dead (yes, a person must be brain dead to be able to donate their organs; heart still beating, but no brain activity) and medication taken twice or more daily can keep that organ functioning and give new life to a person who, half a century ago, would be dead. And not just new life, but for many a life [...]
November 01, 2017
A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini | Book Circle Online
Chae Jones  talks with Joe Ballarini about his book, A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting.   Joe Ballarini is an American film director, screenwriter and author. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic ArtsTelevision Director's Program with a degree in film production in 1999. A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting The Last Kids on Earth meets Goosebumps in this hilarious new series about a secret society of babysitters who protect kids from the monsters that really do live under their beds! When middle schooler Kelly Ferguson’s Halloween plans switch from party-going to babysitting, she thinks the scariest part of her night will be [...]
October 12, 2017
Says Who? by Ora Nadrich | Book Circle Online
Tiege Dooley-Panko talks with Ora Nadrich about her book, Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever.   Ora Nadrich, a popular Huffington Post writer, is a Los Angeles-based certified Life Coach and Mindful Meditation specialist. From a very early age Ora has been a seeker of knowledge, with a particular interest and talent in discovering how our thoughts work. Her lifelong journey towards this inner awareness, along with her distinctive combination of intuition and compassion, eventually led to her becoming a Life Coach and developing her simple yet effective "Says Who?" questioning method, designed to uncover the [...]
October 11, 2017
Dangerous Boobies by Caitlin Brodnick | Book Circle Online
Amy Cassandra talks with Caitlin Brodnick about her book, Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts. After watching too many family members die of cancer, at age 28, public speaker and comedian Caitlin Brodnick was tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation and tested positive, indicating an 87% chance she'd likely be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. She had a preventative double mastectomy, thereby becoming an everywoman's Angelina Jolie. Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts goes in depth into her experience from testing to surgery and on to recovery. With a warm, funny, and approachable voice, Caitlin tells readers the [...]
September 29, 2017
Egypt 2 Canaan by Stacey Cargnelutti | Book Circle Online
Katerina Cozias talks to Stacey Cargnelutti about her book, Egypt 2 Canaan: A Guide To Lasting Change and Rich Fulfillment. Egypt 2 Canaan is a faithful companion to help you navigate the rough waters of life, love, and faith, and stay on course to your Promised Land. The Old Testament story of Israel’s wilderness journey serves as the perfect backdrop for E2C because it’s our story as well. If you’ve circled the same mountain too many times, you’re not alone. We live in the greatest age of information and illumination of all time and yet modern day slavery in the form of addiction, anxiety [...]
September 27, 2017
Cuppy The Very Special Cupcake by Kristine Angela | Book Circle Online
Cuppy the Special Cupcake is a child-friendly book about accepting your true self. It is a story about a little cupcake that feels lost, alone and unwanted. He sets off on a journey and along the way discovers a little girl named Susie who teaches Cuppy just how special he really is. Kristine Angela is an author, actress, and voice over artist originally from Chicago, IL, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. She is excited to share her first book with children of all ages who have ever felt lost, alone, or unwanted. As a young girl, Kristine loved to read and write. She [...]
September 05, 2017
Open House by Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen | Book Circle Online
James Lott Jr. talks to Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen about their book, Open House: Reinventing Space for Simple Living. Author Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen share ideas for remodeling older homes to create modern, open floor plans while sharing lessons learned along the way. Topics include tricks of seeing through cluttered, dark rooms to imagine an open floor plan and space filled with light; how to manage a renovation budget (ideas on where to shop, items to splurge on, where to save); and designing homes for simple family living. Fans of HGTV and DIY Network home renovation shows will love this sweeping behind-the-scenes [...]
August 30, 2017
Freak-Out: The 2016 Election & the Dawn of the American Democalypse by Ian Gurvitz
Tiege Dooley-Panko talks to Ian Gurvitz about his book, Freak-Out: The 2016 Election and the Dawn of the American Democalypse. Freak-out is part political diatribe, part primal scream. The 2016 election was a test of our national character, and we failed. The Russians may have sent a wave of disinformation that scrambled the brains of undecided voters but unless they hacked the voting machines in three swing states then this election wasn't stolen. Sixty-three million people voted for Trump. Ultimately, we weren't screwed. We, the people, screwed ourselves. [...]
August 23, 2017
Fully Alive by Tyler Gage | Book Circle Online
James Lott Jr. talks to Tyler Gage about his book, Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life. Fully Alive tells the story of an astoundingly successful young entrepreneur’s immersion in Amazonian indigenous spirituality, its life-changing impact on him, and how he integrated the lessons he learned to build a successful, socially responsible company, live a purposeful life, and make a difference in the world. Building a start-up is like being thrust into the middle of the Amazon rainforest: living every day on the edge of your comfort zone, vulnerable to the unexpected challenges constantly being [...]
August 11, 2017
The Art of Fear by Kristen Ulmer | Book Circle Online
James Lott Jr. talks with Kristen Ulmer about her book, The Art of Fear. A revolutionary guide to acknowledging fear and developing the tools we need to build a healthy relationship with this confusing emotion—and use it as a positive force in our lives. We all feel fear. Yet we are often taught to ignore it, overcome it, push past it. But to what benefit?  This is the essential question that guides Kristen Ulmer’s remarkable exploration of our most misunderstood emotion in The Art of Fear. Once recognized as the best extreme skier in the world (an honor she held for twelve years), Ulmer [...]
August 11, 2017
The Currency of Love by Jill Dodd | Book Circle Online
Veronica Barriga talks to Jill Dodd about her memoir, The Currency of Love. In this courageous and inspiring memoir about personal freedom and spiritual empowerment, Jill Dodd “writes earnestly and refreshingly about learning many of life’s more difficult lessons the hard way” (Kirkus Reviews) through her journey from Paris model to Saudi billionaire’s harem wife to multi-million dollar business entrepreneur. In the 1980s, Jill Dodd determined that her ticket out of an abusive home was to make it as a top model in Paris. Armed with only her desire for freedom and independence, she embarks on an epic journey that takes her to uncharted [...]
July 26, 2017
Adapt! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work with Janet Newcomb
Katerina Cozias talks to Janet Newcomb about how to survive and thrive in the changing world of work. Thirteen authors (Steve Amos, Charlotte Backman, Rochelle Burgess, John Hall, Michael D. Hardesty, Hal Hendrix, Steve Howard, Joanna Maxwell, Janet L. Newcomb, Lee Pound, James Richards, Jacqueline A. Soares, and Krystal Jalene Thomas) show you how to navigate the treacherous waters of career change and growth in today's economy and business climate. You will learn how to move from career choices that do not work to new jobs or new businesses that fit your passions and interests. [...]
July 26, 2017
Pull: Marketing Secrets the Fortune 100 Use by Keith Chambers | Book Circle Online
Katerina Cozias talks to Keith Chambers, author of Pull: Marketing Secrets the Fortune 100 Use.Legendary marketing maverick Keith Chambers shares his successful and innovative techniques in Pull: Marketing Secrets the Fortune 100 Use. With Pull, Chambers recreates his remarkable big-business marketing methodology for small and medium-sized businesses. He explains Legendary marketing maverick Keith Chambers shares his successful and innovative techniques in Pull: Marketing Secrets the Fortune 100 Use. With Pull, Chambers recreates his remarkable big-business marketing methodology for small and medium-sized businesses. He explains how pull, mans ability to take anything extraordinary and make it ordinary over time, relates to maintaining a strong business [...]
July 26, 2017
Live Without Stress by Dr. Marvin Marshall | Book Circle Online
Katerina Cozias talks to Dr. Marvin Marshall about his book, Live Without Stress: How to Enjoy the Journey. Imagine your life without stress. Think it's not possible? Think again. This approach for managing stress empowers you to live without stress. This book will show how to use some simple strategies to significantly reduce [...]
July 14, 2017
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee | Book Circle Online
James Lott Jr. talks to Robinne Lee about her novel, The Idea of You. Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles, is reluctant to take her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band. But since her divorce, she’s more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solène expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things. What begins as a series of [...]
July 11, 2017
The Recovery Coach Workbook by Dr. Cali Estes | Book Circle Online
Heather Yerrid interviews Dr. Cali Estes, a highly sought after Celebrity Coach, Counselor, Life Coach, Recovery Coach and Wellness Guru that blends talk therapy with forward and positive change to assist her clients in unlocking their true potential. She offers a unique service of combining holistic modalities with talk therapy that gets to the Root Cause of the issues you are experiencing and helps you simply “Unpause Your Life”. Dr, Estes holds a PhD in Psychology and Life Coaching and is a graduate of both Penn State and West Chester University. She is certified as an International Counselor and International Coach, and has clients [...]
June 29, 2017
The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World by Kristin Rockaway | Book Circle Online
Fern Ronay talks to Kristin Rockaway about her novel, The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World. Objectively, Sophie is a success: she's got a coveted job at a top consulting firm, a Manhattan apartment, and a passport full of stamps. It isn't quite what she dreamed of when she was a teenager dog-earing pages in exotic travel guides, but it's secure. Then her best friend bails just hours after they arrive in Hong Kong for a girls' trip, and Sophie meets Carson, a free-spirited, globetrotting American artist. In the midst of their whirlwind vacation romance, Carson invites Sophie to join him on his [...]
June 17, 2017
Single But Dating by Dr. Nikki Goldstein | Book Circle Online
TK Trinidad talks with Dr. Nikki Goldstein about her book, Single But Dating: A Field Guide to Dating in the Digital Age. At a time when 'defining the relationship' is more complicated than ever, Dr. Nikki Goldstein's fresh and fun approach to dating and relationships will instill readers with a new level of confidence, positivity and excitement as they traverse the modern dating landscape. The intersection of real world and digital world situations experienced by today’s dater can be confusing and overwhelming. In Single But Dating, Australia's most in-demand sexologist and relationship expert, Dr. Nikki Goldstein, dispenses invaluable advice on how to tackle a [...]
June 15, 2017
The CEO Code by David Rohlander | Book Circle Online
Katerina Cozias talks with David Rohlander about The CEO Code: Create a Great Company and Inspire People to Greatness with Practical Advice from an Experienced Executive. Inspirational and informative, The CEO Code shares real-life stories of success and failure from author David Rohlander's personal journey and work as a mentor and coach to CEOs and executives of Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized companies, and start-ups. David Rohlander is a mentor, coach, and professional speaker. He has coached partners for Ernst & Young, trained sales teams with Honeywell, and mentored hundreds of CEOs and executives in a wide range of industries. His unique blend of expertise [...]
June 15, 2017
Think Skinny, Feel Fit by Alejandro Chabán | Book Circle Online
TK Trinidad talks to Alejandro Chabán about his book, Think Skinny, Feel Fit: 7 Steps to Transform Your Emotional Weight and Have an Awesome Life. Alejandro Chabán suffered from being overweight as a child and from anorexia and bulimia as an adolescent, and desperately tried to have a healthy body. Then, after trying different diets and exercise regimens, he finally lost 150 pounds. But he discovered that even though his body was thin, in his mind, he was still overweight. This realization inspired him to develop techniques to accept these feelings and transform them into powerful practices. In 2012, this proven method led Alejandro [...]
June 10, 2017
My Italian Family by June Cianci Flori | Book Circle Online
June Cianci Flori talks with Fern Ronay about her memoir, My Italian Family: Life in the Past Lane. June (Cianci) Flori is a mother and grandmother. She has worked in the business world all her life and is also an artist and crafts person. However, her one desire has always been to write. She has begun to fulfill her passion with this book. She captures the personal life of her Italian family trying to survive in the early 1900's; their customs, struggles and happy times. In doing so, she also shares the history of that era including how they lived during World War II. [...]
June 09, 2017
The Brain Fog Fix with Dr. Mike Dow | Book Circle Online
Dr. Mike Dow talks with Matthew Evan Paine about his book The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks. Is stress preventing you from enjoying your daily life? Do you find that you’re becoming more distracted or forgetful? Are “the blues” sapping your spirits? Or do you simply feel not quite like yourself? If you want to reclaim your focus, memory, and joy, you’re not alone. There are millions of people fighting against the epidemic of brain fog that’s sweeping the nation. The good news: It’s not an irreparable condition; rather it’s a side effect of modern-day living. [...]
June 07, 2017
Drop Debt | Harvey Warren | Author Interview
When you're drowning in credit card debt is bankruptcy the only option? No, according to debt-relief expert Harvey Z. Warren, who has helped thousands of families find relief from over $200,000,000 of crippling credit card debt. And if you are overwhelmed by debt or teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, Drop Debt can help you find relief, too. This no-holds-barred examination of the inner workings of the credit card and collection industries reveals lessons and action plans that will help you reclaim a debt-free life. With powerful first-person testimonies and well-researched background material, Drop Debt offers you the confidence and the skills [...]
May 17, 2017
Dr. Eric Scerri | A Tale of Seven Scientists | Author Interview
Eric Scerri presents a completely original account of the nature of scientific progress. It consists of a holistic and unified approach in which science is seen as a living and evolving single organism. Instead of scientific revolutions featuring exceptionally gifted individuals, Scerri argues that the "little people" contribute as much as the "heroes" of science. To do this he examines seven case studies of virtually unknown chemists and physicists in the early 20th century quest to discover the structure of the atom. They include the amateur scientist Anton van den Broek who pioneered the notion of atomic number as well as Edmund Stoner a [...]
May 03, 2017
Mark Goulston | Just Listen | Author Interview
Mark Goulston talks with Katerina Cozias about his book, Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. The first make-or-break step in persuading anyone to do any thing is getting them to hear you out. Whether the person is a harried colleague, a stressed-out client, or an insecure spouse, things will go from bad to worse if you can't break through emotional barricades. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist, business consultant, and coach, and backed by the latest scientific research, author Mark Goulston shares simple but powerful techniques readers can use to really get through to people--whether they're coworkers, friends [...]
April 26, 2017
Brooke Lewis | Coaching from a Professed Hot Mess | Author Interview
The hilarious Brooke Lewis talks about her book, Coaching from a Professed Hot Mess: Tips on Life, Love, Dating, Online Dating, Female Empowerment & LGBT Support from a Board Certified Life Coach, TV Dating Expert & Hot Mess. Life can be crazy! So, in 2016, I chose to embrace my “crazy” and use my blessed and beautiful bedside table book to profess…”I am a HOT MESS!” Yup…I said it, rock it and OWN IT! Now, being an Actress, Life Coach and Dating Expert in the public eye, some may think I am really “crazy” sharing this with the world! I know some of [...]
April 18, 2017
Dr. Jenn Mann | The Relationship Fix | Author Interview
Lauren LoGrasso talks to Dr. Jenn Mann about The Relationship Fix: Dr. Jenn's 6-Step Guide to Improving Communication, Connection & Intimacy. Relationships aren't easy, even the good ones. If you are on the verge of a divorce or break-up, in a great relationship, but want to take it to the next level, or single and want to make sure your next relationship is better, this book is for you. Based on cutting-edge research and almost three decades of clinical experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, Dr. Jenn Mann teaches you everything you need to know have a deeper, more satisfying [...]
April 07, 2017
Annette Nunez | Friendship Is | Author Interview
Zoe Hewitt talks to Annette Nunez about her book, Friendship is. This book is designed to demonstrate that a typical child's understanding of friendship is the same as that of a child with autism. A single snapshot of a child is not indicative of whether or not he/she can form deep and meaningful friendships. Every child shows care for one another in different ways. Just because a child with autism may not display what we perceive or interpret as a deep connection, does not mean that the connections aren’t meaningful to them. We hope that this book will teach both adults and children to [...]
April 07, 2017
Natasha Bure | Let’s Be Real | Author Interview
Renee Ariel talks to Natasha Bure about her book, Let's Be Real: Living Life as an Open and Honest You. From singer, model and YouTube celebrity Natasha Bure, the daughter of Candace Cameron Bure, comes a real, honest conversational book that doesn’t hold back. Everywhere she goes and every video she posts has one basic message: this is real, this is life, and we all go through it. Whether it’s acne, boyfriends, faith, stress, or having fun, Natasha’s view is to simply be honest, simply be real, no matter what you face. Natasha’s real and relatable tone paired with personal notes and stories will [...]
April 07, 2017
The Successful Pitch | John Livesay | Author Interview
James Lott Jr. talks with John Livesay about his book, The Successful Pitch: Conversations About Going from Invisible to Investable. As a funding strategist, John Livesay helps CEOs craft a compelling pitch that engages investors in a way that inspires them to join a startup's team. He is partners with Judy Robinett in Crack the Funding Code which gets founders funded fast. He hosts "The Successful Pitch" podcast with investors from around the world. He is the Pitch Mentor at, the number one accelerator in Upstate New York. After a successful twenty year career in media sales with Conde Nast where he worked [...]
April 07, 2017
Martyn Burke | Music for Love or War | Author Interview
Martyn Burke talks about his new novel, Music for Love or War, with Katerina Cozias. According to what we've been told, the source of all knowledge is somewhere just south of Sunset Boulevard. The problem is that Danny has lost the address. So begins Martyn Burke's tragi-comic novel of love and war. Danny, a Canadian sharpshooter, and Hank, in the U.S. Army, have been stationed in Kandahar, but they are in Los Angeles, desperate to find the Hollywood psychic who will reveal the whereabouts of the women they love. Danny is searching for Ariana, the girl he fell in love with in Toronto in [...]
March 01, 2017
Eric Braeden | I’ll Be Damned | Author Interview
Eric Braeden joins James Lott Jr. to discuss hew memoir, I'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America's #1 Daytime Drama. In this startling candid and poignant memoir, the legendary Emmy Award-winning star of The Young and The Restless, America's #1 soap opera, chronicles his amazing life, from his birth in World War II Germany to his arrival in America to his rise to humanitarian and daytime superstar for the past thirty-five years. For nearly four decades, fans have welcomed the star of television’s number-one daytime show, The Young and the Restless, into their living rooms. While they’ve come [...]
February 14, 2017
Shaka Senghor | Writing My Wrongs | Author Interview
Shaka Senghor discusses Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison with Paula Bryant Ellis. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but at age 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel, and the beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home, turn to drug dealing to survive, and end up in prison for murder at the age of 19, fuming with anger and [...]
February 08, 2017
Robin Jones Gunn | Finding Father Christmas | Author Interview
Robin Jones Gunn joins James Lott Jr. and Marissa Serafin to talk about Finding Father Christmas, Engaging Father Christmas, and more. Watch for the 2016 Hallmark Christmas movie, "Finding Father Christmas" based on Robin's Father Christmas novels. You can get a behind the scenes look at the film making process in her book, "How My Book Became a Movie: A True Story". Robin's best-selling, award-winning novels include the Christy Miller series for teens as well as the Sierra Jensen and Katie Weldon series. The characters in these series continue in Christy & Todd: The College Years, The Married Years and soon, The Baby Years. [...]
December 07, 2016
Geshe Michael Roach | China Love You | Author Interview
Geshe Michael Roach talks about his four step process for personal and professional success, and the effect of differring eastern and western philosophies on America/Chinese business dealings. His new book is called China Love You: The Death of Global Competition. Katerina Cozias interviews. Geshe Michael Roach was born in 1952 in Los Angeles, California to Phillip H Roach and Elizabeth Earle Roach. His father was a builder, and his mother was an elementary school educator and volunteer for social welfare organizations such as the Red Cross. He is one of four brothers, the others being Geoffrey, John, and Phillip George. The family moved to [...]
December 01, 2016
Kenny Aronoff | Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Kenny Aronoff talks with Lauren LoGrasso about his memoir, Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll: The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business. Talent, energy, dedication, discipline, passion, innovation, education, drive, mind, body, spirit, vision, honor, truth, and drums make the man: Kenny Aronoff. Voted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest drummers of all time, Aronoff is arguably the most sought-after recording and touring beat master ever. Ignited by the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Aronoff's passion for drumming fervently grew and carried him from the kit in his childhood living room in the Berkshires to Bernstein at Tanglewood [...]
November 18, 2016
Jessica Teich | The Future Tense of Joy | Author Interview
Interview with Jessica Teich, author of The Future Tense of Joy. An intimate psychological memoir, The Future Tense of Joy is the luminous account of one woman’s efforts to free herself—and her family—from the demons of the past. The book deftly chronicles the daily consolations of marriage and motherhood, even as it exposes the treachery of silence to honor the healing power of love. Paula Bryant-Ellis interviews. Jessica Teich graduated summa cum laude from Yale and received an M.Phil degree from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar. Her previous book, Trees Make The Best Mobiles: Simple Ways To Raise Your Child In A [...]
November 11, 2016
Illeana Douglas | I Blame Dennis Hopper
Illeana Douglas talks about her memoir, I Blame Dennis Hopper. Illeana calls herself "The Great Rememberer" of Hollywood History and talks about documenting it for future generations. Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, and producer. She studied at "The Neighborhood Playhouse". While working in New York as a stand-up comedian and sketch comedy artist, she got a job "screaming" for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). This led to a long working relationship in the films, New York Stories (1989), Goodfellas (1990) and Cape Fear (1991). She received critical acclaim as the suspicious sister of Matt Dillon in To Die [...]
November 04, 2016
Dr. Roslyn Satchel | What Movies Teach About Race | Author Interview
Dr. Roslyn Satchel talks about her book, What Movies Teach about Race: Exceptionalism, Erasure, and Entitlement. Shar Jossell interviews. What Movies Teach About Race: Exceptionalism, Erasure, & Entitlement reveals the way that media frames in entertainment content persuade audiences to see themselves and others through a prescriptive lens that favors whiteness. These media representations threaten democracy as conglomeration and convergence concentrate the media’s global influence in the hands of a few corporations. By linking film’s political economy with the movie content in the most influential films, this critical discourse study uncovers the socially-shared cognitive structures that the movie industry passes down from one generation [...]
October 25, 2016
Jackie Parker | Our Lady of Infidelity | Author Interview
Jackie Parker talks with Zoe Hewitt about her novel, Our Lady of Infidelity. It begins when a vision appears in a carwash window in the tiny, dusty desert town of Infidelity, a blip on the map just outside of Joshua Tree, California. Seven-year-old Luz Reyes, whose family was killed by death squads in her native land and whose mother is gravely ill, is the first to see it. Then Walt Adair, the divorced owner of the carwash. Then Zoe Luedke, the golden-haired stranger in search of her runaway husband. And even the child's skeptic mother, Josephina Reyes, sees it. A crowd gathers, and others [...]
October 21, 2016
Scott Farris | Inga | Author Interview
Sott Farris talks with James Lott Jr. about his new book, Inga: Kennedy's Great Love, Hitler's Perfect Beauty, and J. Edgar Hoover's Prime Suspect. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Inga Arvad was the great love of President John F. Kennedy’s life, and also Adolf Hitler’s special guest at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. She was an actress, a foreign correspondent, a popular Washington columnist, an explorer who lived among a tribe of headhunters, one of Hollywood’s most influential gossip columnists, and a suspected Nazi spy. The latter nearly got Kennedy cashiered out of the Navy, but instead set in motion the chain [...]
October 15, 2016
Robert Eringer | Motional Blur | Author Interview
Robert Eringer talks about how road trips open your mind and spirit, and encourages people to be more adventurous when on a trip. Robert says that there is no crisis that can't be solved with a martini and a cigar, and talks about how we can all learn lessons from each other, no matter what our socio-economic status. Katerina Cozias interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Born in 1954, Robert Eringer grew up in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and London, England. In early 1974, Eringer created Tricky Dick's Coffee House at 515 Finchley Road in Hampstead, North London, which he ran [...]
October 08, 2016
Lisa Ramos | Pizza & Chill? ;) | Author Interview
Lisa Ramos (model and star of MTV's Guy Code) talks about the quirky bumps and awkward land mines associated with dating in the twenty-first century. Answering fan questions with personal anecdotes, top 10 lists, mixtapes and her best advice, Ramos connects the dots as she shares her laughable highs and lows of dating all in the hopes of helping you find true love... or at least go on a few memorable dates. Renee Ariel interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Lisa Ramos known for her time on America's Next Top Model (2003), MTV's Guy Code (2011) and the Secret Life [...]
October 06, 2016
Gino Paolino | The True Story of Jesus | Author Interview
Gino Paolino talks about Jesus' royal lineage (descendant of King David), his "lost years" studying in England with the Druids, and how he faked his own death. Gino says that with the help of Ponchos Pilot, he went on to live in India, where he lived until he was 83. Katerina Cozias interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Gino Paolino was raised as a Roman Catholic, and he has been researching the life of Jesus Christ and the facts and the fictions of Christianity for over fifty years. “The True Story of Jesus” is that his great uncle, Joseph of [...]
September 01, 2016
Stephen Metcalfe | The Practical Navigator | Author Interview
Stephen Metcalfe talks about his new book, The Practical Navigator. We discuss his protagonist's return to surfing and raising a son on the Autism spectrum. We also talk about the rewrites he did on Pretty Woman when he was a screenwriter and the potential casting of Al Pacino. Jeffrey Masters interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Stephen Metcalfe is a writer, a director and a teacher. Screen credits include HALF A LIFETIME, COUSINS (with Isabella Rossellini and Ted Danson), JACKNIFE (with Robert De Niro and Ed Harris), ROOMMATES, EL ABUELO and BEAUTIFUL JOE (with Billy Connelly and Sharon Stone). [...]
August 24, 2016
Rolonda Watts | Destiny Lingers | Author Interview
Rolonda Watts talks with James Lott Jr. about her new novel, Desinty Lingers. Rolonda Watts is an Emmy and Cable Ace award–nominated journalist, television and radio talk show host, executive producer, actor, voice artist, speaker, humanitarian, and author. She can currently be seen on “Dr. Drew” on HLN. She can also be heard as Professor Wiseman on “Curious George”, as the announcer for “Divorce Court”, and as warrior priestess Illoai, in the latest League of Legends video game. In 2016 she will have a recurring role on the Bounce TV series “In the Cut”. She holds degrees from Spelman College, a master's degree from [...]
August 21, 2016
Denise Pirrotti Hummel | Speak Milk. Drink Wine. | Author Interview
Denise Pirrotti Hummel talks about her new book, Speak Milk. Drink Wine. Becoming a Global Citizen, a memoir of her expatriate life in Italy. Take a journey through the eyes of American, Denise Pirrotti Hummel, as she rediscovers the culture that shaped her upbringing and ultimately, her career. This attorney, turned cross-cultural business strategist, is now navigating through life and business with a new set of lenses. James Lott Jr. interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunesa [...]
August 17, 2016
Elisabeth Dale | The Bra Zone | Author Interview
Elisabeth Dale talks about her new book The Breast Life™ Guide to The Bra Zone: How to Find Your Ideal Size, Style, and Support. Lindsey Miller interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunesa Do you wear old, worn out bras because replacing them seems like too much work? Confused by all the rules around bra sizing and fit? You’re not alone. Buying a bra can be stressful, even if you’ve done it a thousand times. The way bras are made, sized, and sold is hard to understand. You even wear more than one size, depending on style and brand. The Breast Life™ [...]
August 13, 2016
Brandon James | Jeanne Carmen | Author Interview
We talk Jeanne Carmen's children, Brandon James and Kellee Jade Campo, about their mother's movie career, her string of heartthrob lovers, including Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, and Brandon's new book, Jeanne Carmen: My Wild, Wild Life As a New York Pin-up Queen. We discuss the actresses who might play her in the upcoming biopic and Jeanne's theory that Marilyn Monroe (her best friend) was actually murdered. Katerina Cozias interviews Brandon James about his new book. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Synopsis: As the plump sausages were beginning to brown, there was a knock on the door. Chicago Mob Boss Sam [...]
August 06, 2016
Stuart Canterbury | Turning Blue | Author Interview
Stuart Canterbury is a veteran producer/director in the adult movie industry, with over 300 major feature films to his credit. With a string of awards and nominations, he has produced and directed titles for Penthouse, Hustler, Brazzers, Adam and Eve, Arrow, Video Marc Dorcel, and many others. Yael Tygiel talks to him about his first novel, Turning Blue, an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes of x-rated movies. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Turning Blue: Tiffany West, the hottest porn star in Los Angeles, is hell to handle. Adult movie producer, Travis Lazar, is a man who will [...]
August 05, 2016
Thelma Adams | The Last Woman Standing | Author Interview
Thelma Adams talks about the subject of her new book, the Josephine Marcus, the Old West singer and common-law wife of legendary lawman of Wyatt Earp. We discuss the Jewish Mafia in the early 1900s, what it means to be a feminist, and how to fill in the blanks in the story when documentation doesn't exist. Zoe Hewit interviews Thelma Adams (The Last Woman Standing). Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: For two decades, Thelma Adams has penned celebrity features and film criticism for high-profile publications. Her portfolio of actor interviews includes Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Jessica Chastain, and Matthew [...]
July 22, 2016
Justin Peck | Bullet Proof | Author Interview
Desert Racer, Justin Peck discusses his racing career, multiple near-death experiences, and how he became a successful entrepreneur after growing up poor. He talks about being a father, having a big family, and his fight to change legislation. Justin's upcoming memoir is called Bullet Proof. Alikona Bradford interviews. “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing! Moderation is for those who don’t believe in their abilities.” — Justin Peck Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Justin Peck is a multi-time desert racing champion and a successful business owner with a creative mind and a bold vision for his professional race team, RacePro Tech. [...]
July 15, 2016
Allison Winn Scotch | In Twenty Years | Author Interview
Allison Winn Scotch (Time of My Life) talks about her new book, In Twenty Years. We discuss the components of happiness in one's life, how complicated friendships can be as an adult, as well as the pros and cons of living with social media. Jeffrey Masters interviews Allison Winn Scotch. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what [...]
July 01, 2016
Jenny Mollen | Live Fast Die Hot | Author Interview
Jenny Mollen talks about her new book, Live Fast Die Hot. We discuss what to do when you're being haunted by a ghost and his dead K9, traveling alone, and how her life changed when she became a mom. Jenny also gives dating advice for the modern, single woman. Renee Ariel interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio; Jenny Mollen is an actress and New York Times bestselling author. She has also contributed to Playboy, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Grubstreet. She has been heralded by The Huffington Post as one of the funniest women on both Twitter and Instagram, and named one [...]
June 22, 2016
Josh Gross | Ali vs. Inoki | Author Interview
Author, Josh Gross talks about his new book, Ali vs. Inoki, when Muhammad Ali fought in a mixed-rules contest against iconic pro wrestling champion Antonio Inoki for the so-called “martial arts championship of the world.” We talk about what was going on in Ali's head before the match (from pre-fight interviews) and how Inoki shaped modern mixed martial arts. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Jay Tan interviews. “Inoki can use his bare fists. He can use karate. This is serious. There’s $10 million involved. I wouldn’t pull a fraud on the public. This is real. There’s no plan. The blood. The [...]
June 22, 2016
Alan Swyer | The Beard | Author Interview
Alan Swyer talks about his new novel, The Beard. We discuss integrity in the workplace, the importance of living a full life, and the correlation between his documentary filmmaking and fiction writing. In The Beard, a working class Jersey Boy tries to find his identity in Los Angeles. Coming to intern at a highly competitive internet company based in Santa Monica, he and the other interns grovel at the feet of multimillionaires in the hopes of moving up the food chain. Katerina Cozias interviews Alan. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes [...]
June 21, 2016
Marianne Williamson | Tears to Triumph | Author Interview
Renowned spiritual teacher, Marianne Williamson offers a spiritual perspective on depression and talks about the spectrum of normal human sadness. She discusses the power of forgiveness and the overmedication of America. Hosts Katerina Cozias interviews Marianne Williamson about her new book, Tears To Triumphs. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer. Six of her ten published books have been New York Times Best Sellers. Four of these have been #1 New York Times Best Sellers. A paragraph from A Return to Love, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate [...]
June 14, 2016
Joseph Di Prisco | The Alzhammer | Author Interview
The Alzhammer is a cross between The Godfather and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. We talk to Joseph Di Prisco about his book which is inspired by his father's life, and deals with Alzheimer's, Euthanasia, politics of the healthcare system, and the return of old loves. James Lott Jr. interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Joseph Di Prisco was born in Brooklyn and lives today in Berkeley, CA, with his wife, photographer Patti James. He has two previous books, Subway to California and All For Now [...]
June 11, 2016
Kerri Zane | My Lover’s Keeper | Author Interview
Kerri Zane talks about the events that inspired her new book, My Lover's Keeper, where an unhappily married woman hatches a plan to keep her extramarital lover from straying any further. She also talks about her first book, It Takes All 5: A Single Mom's Guide to Finding the Real One, and new projects. Fern Ronay interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Kerri Zane is an Emmy award-winning television executive producer, lifestyle expert for single moms, speaker and author. She has an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a B.A. from UCLA. She is a [...]
June 09, 2016
Steven Reigns | Inheritance | Author Interview
Poet, Steven Reigns talks about the experiences that inspired his work in Inheritance and the challenges of documenting events of such a personal nature. We also discuss other projects, S(t)even Years: an endurance performance, and the new collection he's working on. Jeffrey Masters interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Steven Reigns is a Los Angeles-based poet, educator, and was appointed the first City Poet of West Hollywood in October of 2014. Alongside over a dozen chapbooks, he has published the collections Inheritance (Sibling Rivalry, 2011) and Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat (Burning Page Press, 2001). [...]
June 07, 2016
Kirk Frederick | Write That Down! | Author Interview
Kirk Frederick talks about why Charles Pierce considered himself a "Male Actress," not a drag queen or impersonator. His favorite person to perform was Bette Davis. Frederick talks about their friendship and Pierce's enduring legacy. Charles ended every show with the quote, "If a person can't be what they are, what's the point of being anything at all?" Kirk's book is called Write That Down! and James Lott Jr. interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Kirk Frederick is a long-time writer of travel articles, and a first-time author of the non-fiction "Write That Down! The Comedy of Male [...]
May 18, 2016
Craig Tomashoff | The Can’t-idates | Author Interview
Craig Tomashoff talks with Katerina Cozias about his book, The Can't-idates, and why he drove 10,000 miles over 21 days to try to figure out what makes a person run for president when their chances of winning are slim to none. He discusses why people pursue their dreams despite people thinking their crazy, and how to get out of your comfort zone and expand your boundaries. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Craig Tomashoff is a freelance writer/producer based in Los Angeles. His blogs appear regularly at Huffington Most recently, he was a producer for The Queen Latifah Show. [...]
May 18, 2016
Steven T. Seagle & Jason Adam Katzenstein | Camp Midnight | Author Interview
Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator, Steven T. Seagle has teamed up with New Yorker Magazine cartoonist, Jason Adam Katzenstein for a new graphic novel, Camp Midnight. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Steven T. Seagle is a founding partner of Man of Action Entertainment, creators of the boys’ action global franchise phenomenon Ben 10. As a television creator/writer/executive producer his other credits include Generator Rex, MARVEL’S Ultimate Spider-Man, and MARVEL’S Avengers Assemble. In graphic novels, Seagle is best known for his internationally acclaimed works with artist Teddy Kristiansen: it’s a bird…, Genius, The Red Diary [...]
May 12, 2016
Mandy Ingber | Yogalosophy for Inner Strength | Author Interview
Mandy Ingber talks about her new book, Yogalosophy for Inner Strength with host, Lindsey Miller. Bio: Mandy Ingber, The New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover and creator of the yoga-hybrid DVD YOGALOSOPHY, is a celebrity fitness and wellness expert. Her twenty years of teaching experience have attracted such clients as Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Helen Hunt, Ricki Lake, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Meyer, and Brooke Shields. Mandy’s class has been awarded “Best of LA” in Daily Candy, LA Weekly, and Los Angeles Magazine. Ingber is a keynote speaker and an event headliner for such events as the [...]
May 11, 2016
Allyson Downey | Here’s the Plan. | Author Interview
Allyson Downey talks with Lindsey Miller and Maria Provenzano about Here's the Plan.: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood. She discusses her own experiences with pregnancy discrimination and how other women can navigate the workforce through their pregnancies. Allyson also talks about the movement towards changing workplace culture, family leave policies, the struggle to find a work/life balance, and making fathers equal partners. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Allyson Downey is an entrepreneur, writer, and parent who has built a career on the power of trusted advice. In 2013, she launched weeSpring, a Techstars-backed [...]
May 05, 2016
Robert E. Blackmon | The Gay Groom’s Guide | Author Interview
James Lott Jr. talks to Robert E. Blackmon about his step-by-step guide to planning a wedding from the proposal to the ceremony and reception. He suggests you take at least a year to plan it, and offers guidance on unexpected expenses that arise. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Robert E. Blackmon is an author, fashion designer, lifestyle expert, and the Go To Guy for planning and living your perfect life. For more than two decades Robert has designed, DIY’d and organized clients around the globe including such celebrities as Brooke Shields, Bea Arthur and Sheryl Lee Ralph. “The Gay Groom’s [...]
May 02, 2016
Kimberly McCreight | The Outliers | Author Interview
Kimberly McCreight (bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia) discusses her new book, The Outliers. She talks about knowing when to rely on or ignore your emotions,how important friendships are, the changing definition of what it means to be successful, and how to stay positive while still working towards success. Zoe Hewitt interviews Kimberly McCreight. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel as well as an Alex Award. Called Entertainment Weekly‘s Favorite Book of the Year, Reconstructing Amelia was one [...]
April 30, 2016
JD Roth | The Big Fat Truth | Author Interview
JD Roth (Executive Producer of The Biggest Loser & Extreme Weight Loss) talks new book, The Big Fat Truth. He discusses the mental shifts that take place in order to ensure sustained weight loss and the importance of healthy self-awareness. He says that you need to be able to look deep inside yourself in order to identify the core issues that you want to address. Katerina Cozias interviews JD Roth, The Big Fat Truth. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: JD Roth is one of television’s most prolific and compelling producers of transformational reality TV. As cofounder of 3Ball Entertainment, JD [...]
April 26, 2016
Colette Freedman & Sadie Turner | Anomalies | Author Interview
Colette Freedman and Sadie Turner authors of Anomalies joined host JJ Snyder to discuss this exciting new work of young adult fiction. Boy George called the book “a page turner” comedian Russell Brand said "This book makes spirituality exciting and vibrant.” We discuss Anomalies protagonist, 15 year-old Keeva Tee and the primary themes of the book including the desire to fit in, challenging authority and having the courage to create change. Fifty years in the future after the world has undergone the Great Technology War we meet Keeva Tee, a fifteen year old girl who is an excellent swimmer and loves her life on [...]
April 22, 2016
Mary Elizabeth Williams | A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles | Author Interview
Mary Elizabeth Williams talks about her experience with cancer and how to talk to your kids about cancer and other serious matters. Her new book is A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer. Jeffrey Masters interviews. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma—a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer—journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant [...]
April 14, 2016
Kristin Hannah | The Nightingale | Author Interview
Kristin Hannah talks about the real-life stories of Andree de Jongh and Irena Sendler who inspired The Nightingale and how she came up with the name, The Nightingale. She also shares stories of the research she did while traveling in the south of France and trekking through the Pyrenees. Fern Ronay interviews Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including Winter Garden, Night Road, and the blockbuster Firefly Lane which sold over 1.2 million copies. Her novels Home Front and Night Road were among the [...]
April 12, 2016
Lauren Weedman | Miss Fortune | Author Interview
Lauren Weedman discussed her new book, Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having it All From Someone Who is Not OK. We talk about the TV show, Looking, growing up adopted, her divorce, and - surprise! - we tell her that she's on the best-seller's list. Jeffrey Masters interviews Lauren Weedman. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Lauren is an award-winning comedic actress, playwright and author. Her television credits include The Daily Show, True Blood, United States of Tara, Reno 911, Curb Your Enthusiasm, New Girl, Arrested Development, Horny Patty on HBO's HUNG and Doris on HBO's Looking. Film credits include Imagine [...]
April 06, 2016
Kim Dower | Last Train to The Missing Planet | Author Interview
It's National Poetry Month! Kim Dower discusses and reads from her new poetry collection, Last Train to the Missing Planet. Jeffrey Masters interviews Kim Dower. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Kim (Freilich) Dower was born and raised in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection of poetry, Air Kissing on Mars, (Red Hen Press, 2010) was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list, and was described by the Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” Slice [...]
April 06, 2016
Alon Ziv | Breeding Between the Lines | Author Interview
Alon Ziv (Breeding Between the Lines) spent over four years studying the physical and social aspects of race mixing. His research has encompassed prestigious academic journals such as Science and Nature as well as state constitutions and the US Census. James Lott Jr. interviews Alon Ziv about his novel, Breeding Between the Lines. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Alon Ziv has been writing and lecturing on the biology of interracial people for over 10 years. He’s appeared on the BBC London Evening News, the KTLA Morning News, Air America, BBC Radio, and local radio across the United States. He has [...]
April 03, 2016
Steve Rohr | Scared Speechless | Author Interview
What you say and how you say it speaks volumes about your professional promise and leadership potential. Whether it’s giving an impromptu sales pitch or keynoting a major business conference, public speaking can make you or break you. James Lott Jr. and Steve Rohr (author of Scared Speechless) discuss: · Why nerves are a great thing, · Why you should never imagine the audience in their underwear, · Advice that applies to every kind of speech, in every setting, to every audience, · Points to consider when putting together a story or anecdote, · Seven Steps to writing a speech (and why English majors [...]
March 29, 2016
Anna Lefler | Preschooled | Author Interview
Anna Lefler (Preschooled) discusses motherhood amidst discovering her own creativity through The Artist’s Way. She talks about having to get creative in finding moment to write and how she draws from her own experiences to create fiction that meets at the intersection of reality and absurdity. Maria Provenzano and Lindsey Miller interview Anna Lefler, author of Preschooled. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Anna Lefler is a humorist, comedy writer, and author of the novel PRESCHOOLED. She is also the author of the humor book The Chicktionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, The Words Every Woman Should Know, which The Chicago Tribune [...]
March 05, 2016
Barry Eisler | The God’s Eye View | Author Interview
When Evelyn Gallagher discovers the existence of an NSA program code-named God’s Eye, and connects it with the mysterious deaths of a string of journalists and whistleblowers, her doubts put her and her son in the crosshairs of a pair of government assassins and NSA director who believes unlimited surveillance is the only way to keep America safe. Barry Eisler (best-selling author of the John Rain series) talks about his new novel, NSA whistleblowers, and the "ever-metastasizing surveillance state" that we live in. Jeffrey Masters interviews Barry Eisler, author of The God's Eye View. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Barry [...]
February 23, 2016
Aaron Hartzler | What We Saw | Author Interview
Aaron Hartzler discusses the characters in his new book as they come of age in a world of sexual violence and social media. What We Saw asks whether or not we are complicit in a crime if we remain silent while it occurs? In this edition, Jeffrey Masters interviews Aaron Hartzler about his new novel, What We Saw. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes BIO: Aaron Hartzler has written books, screenplays, and a great number of tweets. His first book, RAPTURE PRACTICE (2013) is a true story about his own life, a memoir about getting kicked out of his Christian high school [...]
February 01, 2016
Nicola Yoon | Everything, Everything | Author Interview
Nicola Yoon discusses her novel, Everything, Everything, which debuted at #1 on the NY Times Best Seller list. Everything, Everything is a story about the many risks of love, both romantic and parental. Nicola also talks with Jeffrey Masters about diversity in the publishing industry and working with the We Need Diverse Books Campaign. “Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.” ― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything Bio: Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. [...]
February 01, 2016
Hilary Liftin | Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper | Author Interview
Hilary Liftin is Hollywood's go-to ghostwriter. She's collaborated with Miley Cyrus, Tori Spelling, Mackenzie Phillips, and many others. In her first novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper, Hilary explores celebrity life through the fictional movie star, Lizzie Pepper. We talk to her about her new book and what it's like helping celebrities to tell their stories. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters talks with Hilary Liftin about her novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Hilary Liftin is a ghostwriter/collaborator specializing in celebrity memoir. Since 2006 she has worked on fifteen books, ten of which hit the [...]
January 31, 2016
Michaela Haas | Bouncing Forward | Author Interview
Dr. Michaela Haas' new book, Bouncing Forward, talks about the new science surrounding Posttraumatic Growth. She says that not only is it a possibility, it is much more common than the alternative, PTSD. She talks about interviewing and working with Maya Angelou, Rhonda Cornum, Coco Schumann, and others. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters interviews Dr. Michaela Haas about her new book, Bouncing Forward. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Michaela Haas, PhD, is the owner of HAAS live!, an international coaching company for media, mindfulness and communication training. She has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of [...]
January 30, 2016
Joshua Caleb Jackson | How to Pimp Corporate America | Author Interview
In this edition, Joshua Caleb Jackson talks with Jeffrey Masters about his book, How to Pimp Corporate America. He says that in order to pimp corporate America, you have to pimp yourself. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, writer, author and motivational speaker, Joshua Caleb Jackson started his climb to the top of the corporate America ladder as a dishwasher. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with concentrations in Finance and Marketing at the University of South Florida and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Keller Graduate School of Management of [...]
January 29, 2016
Alonzo “Lonzo” Williams | N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo | Author Interview
Alonzo "Lonzo" Williams is the Godfather of West Coast Hip Hop. We talk about working with NWA, how he discovered Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, and just how different the music business was in the 70s and 80s. James Lott Jr. interviews Alonzo "Lonzo" Williams about his book, N.ot W.ithout A.lonzo. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: As a 30 veteran in West Coast Hip Hop, Alonzo "Lonzo" Williams is known around the world as the Godfather of West Coast Hip Hop. He's responsible for the careers of Easy E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre, and is featured in Straight Out [...]
January 27, 2016
Howard Jay Smith | Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 | Author Interview
Ludwig van Beethoven was the world's first Rock Star. Howard Jay Smith discusses the many great romances in his life, as well as his masterwork, the 9th Symphony. Smith calls the 9th Symphony, "the most profound and influential" piece of Western Classical music ever written, which Beethoven wrote while entirely deaf. Howard Jay Smith also talks about the research that went into writing this historical novel, Beethoven in Love; Opus 139. Interviewed by Jeffrey Masters. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Howard Jay Smith is an award-winning writer from Ojai, California. Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 is his third book. He [...]
January 19, 2016
Bonnie J. Wallace | The Hollywood Parents Guide | Author Interview
Bonnie J. Wallace (mom of Disney's Dove Cameron) talks about what convinced her to move to Hollywood, and how Dove landed an agent and eventually the starring role in Live & Maddie. She also provides audition tips for any parent of [...]
November 24, 2015
Liz Crokin | Malice | Author Interview
Liz Crokin was a journalist investigating the affair with a prostitute of a 2012 Presidential Candidate when she got sick with meningitis. She talks about investigating the cover-up, while also treating her illness that eventually caused brain damage. This inspired the events in Malice, which is described as Fifty Shades of Grey meets House of Cards. Alikona Bradford interview Liz Crokin. Bio: LIZ CROKIN has worked as an investigative journalist, columnist and senior editor for various publications for over a decade. Her work has been featured in the RedEye Edition of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times: Splash, Us Weekly, In Touch Weekly, Star, National [...]
November 24, 2015
Bonnie MacBird | Art in the Blood | Author Interview
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular fictional characters of all time. Bonnie MacBird talks about why he is so popular and how he's been able to hold our attention for so long. Jeffrey Masters talks to Bonnie MacBird and her new Sherlock Holmes book, Art in the Blood. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Bonnie MacBird was born and raised in San Francisco and fell in love with Sherlock Holmes by reading the canon at age ten. She attended Stanford University, earning a BA in Music and an MA in Film. Her long Hollywood career includes feature film development [...]
October 16, 2015
Susan K. Wehrley | EGO at Work | Author Interview
In this edition, Susan K. Wehlrey talks with Jeffrey Masters about her newest book, EGO at Work. She says having a healthy ego is not just helpful, but completely essential to success in business and your relationships. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Susan K. Wehrley is known as the "Biz Buddha" by those who have worked with her because she combines her highly honed intuition, her exuberant creativity, and her no-nonsense approach to “call the bird out of the bush” and raise the level of mindfulness in organizations. She facilitates collaborative conversations so owners and their employees can realize and [...]
September 10, 2015
Mackie Burt | Above | Author Interview
Mackie Burt talks about creating the world in her novel, Above, and what we can look forward to in future books. Mackie starting writing the book at 16. Since then she's written a follow-up book and has started a new series called, The Grey Area. We also talk about moving to Los Angeles at 16 and her acting work. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters talks with Mackie Burt about her novel, Above. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Mackie Burt has always believed we make our own luck. From a very young age,Mackie nurtured her two loves: reading and acting. [...]
August 18, 2015
Joshua Mohr | All This Life | Author Interview
Joshua Mohr talks about writing his new novel, All This Life. With a wide cast of characters and an exciting pace that mimics the speed of our modern, all-too-connected lives, All This Life examines the dangerous intersection of reality and the imaginary, where coding and technology seek to highlight and augment our already flawed human connections. Using his trademark talent for creating memorable characters, with a deep insight into language and how it can be twisted to alter reality, Joshua Mohr returns with his most contemporary and insightful novel yet. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters talks with Joshua Mohr about his book, All This [...]
July 16, 2015
Issa Rae | The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl | Author Interview
Issa Rae talks about her new book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, fighting to add diversity in Hollywood, and the HBO show she's working on with Larry Wilmore. We also talk about the struggles of black hair, with a special shoutout to Miss Jessie's hair products. “I’m awkward—and black. Someone once told me those were the two worst things anyone could be. That someone was right. Where do I start?” ― Issa Rae, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl In this edition, Jeffrey Masters talks with Issa Rae about her book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Click Here to Download the [...]
May 01, 2015
Father Norm Supancheck | When Love Calls | Author Interview
Jeffrey Masters talks with Father Norm Supancheck about his book, When Love Calls: A Memoir of Great devotion. In 1966 Southern California, twenty-somethings Norm Supancheck and Shayla Strohmeyer make a heartbreaking decision not to get married. There’s just one problem: they are deeply, acutely, and irrevocably in love. Though they are separated, their lives will intersect over the years in uncanny ways. Shayla will give her heart to another man and marry him instead. Norm, who becomes a priest, will perform their wedding ceremony and bless their union. Shayla and her husband will raise a family. Norm will baptize their children. Shayla and her [...]
April 30, 2015
Paige McKenzie | The Haunting of Sunshine Girl | Author Interview
Paige McKenzie's web-series, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is being adapted into a book and TV series by The Weinstein Company. In the book, which is out now, Sunshine must save her mother from the evil spirits that are also living in their new house. Paige talks about creating The Haunting of Sunshine Girl with her mother, Mercedes Rose, and their producer, Nick Hagen, and what's next for the series. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is co-written by Alyssa Sheinmel. "But I swear, just as I'm drifting out of consciousness, in that place where you're more asleep than awake anymore, I hear something else. [...]
April 20, 2015
Steven T. Seagle | Imperial | Author Interview
Steven T. Seagle talks with us about his new graphic novel, Imperial. We also discuss the film adaptation of Big Hero 6 (which he is a creator of) and N.W.C., a nationally touring play about race that he directed. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Steven T. Seagle about his graphic novel, Imperial. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Steven T. Seagle is a founding partner of Man of Action Entertainment, creators of the boys’ action global franchise phenomenon Ben 10. As a television creator/writer/executive producer his other credits include Generator Rex, MARVEL’S Ultimate Spider-Man, and MARVEL’S [...]
April 08, 2015
Chrys Phillips | Magic Haven Saga | Author Interview
Chrys Phillips talks about the first book in the Magic Haven Saga, Vengeful Kiss. We discuss attending and getting to meet fans at Wonder Con, and what's next in the series. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks to Chrys Phillips about her novel, Vengeful Kiss (Magic Haven Saga: Book 1). Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes Bio: Australian born, writer Chrys Phillips is currently writing her fiction series the Magic Haven Saga. Aside from her creating her novel series, Chrys is also working with top notch entertainment firms to adapt optioned screenplays into novels. This shows the distinct [...]
April 08, 2015
Joe Kelly | Bang!Tango | Author Interview
Joe Kelly (Man of Action) talks about deconstructing crime story archetypes in his new graphic novel, Bang!Tango. Vinnie, former-gangster is rehearsing for a tango competition and the femme fatal character is a transgender woman who convinces him to help her rob a mob boss. Joe also discusses his Superman comic, What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way, which has been called the greatest Superman story of all time, and his animated series, Ben 10. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks to Joe Kelly about his graphic novel, Bang!Tango. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes [...]
March 17, 2015
Katie Gilmartin | Blackmail, My Love | Author Interview
In Katie Gilmartin's novel, Blackmail, My Love, we follow Josephine as she searches for the truth behind her brother's disappearance. She buys a suit, cuts her hair short, and renames herself Joe as she navigates through the subtle nuances of queer life in San Francisco in the 1950s. "I got a broom and dustpan from a closet down the hall, swept up the remaining shards, fishing out the acorns but not the earrings or the hair, and slid it all into the container. I dumped the whiskey, cloudy from my blood, down the drain, and poured myself one last finger." - Katie Gilmartin, Blackmail [...]
February 28, 2015
Tara Ison | Reeling Through Life | Author Interview
In Reeling Through Life, Tara Ison explores how movies have, for better or worse, shaped the many aspects of her life. Films are didactic and entertaining, but more than that, they shape our identities. They offer glimpses into other realties and offer up ways-of-being that inform how we operate in the world. Reeling Through Life is equal parts memoir and film study. In 10 insightful and humorous essays, Tara talks about 115 films and their continuing impact on her life. "And I'm eleven years old again, fearing invisibility, hoping to be heard. Seeking the distinction and complexity of dysfunction and dark secrets. Hoping to [...]
February 07, 2015
Alexandra Fuller| Leaving Before the Rains Come | Author Interview
Alexandra Fuller (best known for her memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood) writes about her marriage and its slow unravel in her new memoir, Leaving Before the Rains Come. She describes her husband as “the perfect rescuer” who would save her from the chaos of her family and their life in Africa, and juxtaposes him with stories of her father who declared “boring” to be the worst possible sin. Leaving Before the Rains Come is written with wit and candor; it’s a raw exploration of one’s self that is both unabashed and elegant. “Long after the divorce was final [...]
February 07, 2015
Carine McCandless | The Wild Truth | Author Interview
Jon Krakauer's international bestseller, Into the Wild, and Sean Penn's inspirational film of the same name skyrocketed Chris McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp) to global fame after he hitchhiked to Alaska and walked into the wilderness alone in 1992. In The Wild Truth, Chris's sister, Carine, tells her own story, while filling in the blanks of her brother's journey. Together they witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family, and reveals how she learned that real redemption can only come from [...]
November 23, 2014
Jimmy Dore | Your Country Is Just Not That Into You | Author Interview
Why is your brother-in-law concerned about the Estate Tax? Why do millionaire news reporters get everything wrong? Why are blood-sucking teachers bankrupting America? Jimmy Dore, the comedy darling of America’s Progressive Left, answers all these questions and more! In this laugh-out-loud collection of essays that are both street-smart and informed, Jimmy sets out to discover what’s wrong. Crackling with caustic wit and insight, no aspect of American life is safe from Jimmy’s hilarious scrutiny. He gets to the heart of the issues: why Republicans should support gay marriage or why the President shouldn’t have Secret Security until the country has gun control, bringing clarity [...]
November 12, 2014
Doyin Richards | Daddy Doin’ Work | Author Interview
Doyin Richards’ adventures in fatherhood have been documented on his blog, Daddy Doin’ Work. With this book, he answers questions about fatherhood that many women want to know in his no-nonsense, entertaining style. He urges new mothers to enter the minds of new dads, thereby changing their perception of what should be expected from a modern father. "Dads who teach their kids to be who they are, love themselves, be kind to others - while offering affection in the process - will increase the likelihood of raising happy, healthy, successful children." - Doyin Richards, Daddy Doin' Work In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down [...]
October 31, 2014
Thomas Page McBee | Man Alive | Author Interview
Thomas Page McBee attempts to answer the question, "What does it mean to be a man?" His new book focuses on the two men who most impacted his life, his father who abused him as a child and a mugger who almost killed him. He seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood while grappling with the decision to transition from female to male. Man Alive is extraordinarily personal, while still telling the universal story of how we struggle to create ourselves. “Being human means being at the mercy of others. It’s uncomfortable at that knife’s edge, but you’ve still got a choice [...]
October 15, 2014
Gail Sheehy | Daring: My Passages | Author Interview
Gail Sheehy, author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages returns with her inspiring memoir—a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times. Gail Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.” Daring also celebrates the beguiling love story between Gail and Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine. Sheehy also recounts her audacious pursuit and intimate portraits of twentieth-century leaders such as Hillary [...]
September 26, 2014
Melissa Marr | Made for You | Author Interview
Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series, which has sold more than one million copies and is published in twenty-six countries. Her new thriller, Made For You, is a Southern Gothic story that follows Eva Tilling after after she wakes up in the hospital. She is being stalked by an obsessive killer, and survives a hit-and-run to discover she now has the ability to foresee the deaths of those around her. "I pick both items up and slip them into my purse. I’ve been going to the shooting range with my grandfather for years, so I feel [...]
September 16, 2014
Ben Mezrich | Seven Wonders | Author Interview
Returning to fiction, Ben Mezrich's novel Seven Wonders follows Jack Grady, a field anthropologist and 21st century Indiana Jones, embarks on a far-flung journey around the globe – from China to Peru; Egypt to Brazil – as he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, represented by seven divided segments of a golden snake. Jack and his team, complete with intrepid grad students and a brilliant genetic botanist, discover a conspiracy to hide a road map to the Garden of Eden. Grounded in carefully researched historical fact, Seven Wonders marks the start of a multi-book series whose rights have already [...]
September 11, 2014
Caitlin Doughty | Smoke Gets in Your Eyes | Author Interview
“Not being forced to see corpses is a privilege of the developed world.” - Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes While most people want to avoid thinking about death, Caitlin Doughty, author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory made it her life's work. In this behind the scenes look at the funeral industry, Caitlin reveals the strange history and practices of the funeral industry, marveling at the bizarre and wonderful practices from different cultures. Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and [...]
September 10, 2014
Lois Lowry | The Giver | Author Interview
Lois Lowry's book, The Giver, introduces us to a seemingly perfect utopia. There is no pain or suffering, but with that, we learn that society has given up their right to make any personal choices for themselves. When Jonas turns 12, he is selected to be trained by The Giver and is forced to see the unpleasant truths that make up his society. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Lois Lowry about her award-winning novel, The Giver. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes "The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness [...]
September 04, 2014
Leslie Lehr | What a Mother Knows | Author Interview
How far would a mother go to protect her child? This is the question that Leslie Lehr asks in her new novel, What a Mother Knows. When Michelle wakes up in the hospital after a near-fatal car crash that resulted in an extended coma, she finds her world has completely changed. On top of marital issues and a troubling lawsuit, she discovers that her daughter has been missing, and she begins her own investigation to try to get her back. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Leslie Lehr about her book, What a Mother Knows. "Maybe she was still asleep [...]
August 20, 2014
Pamela Ribon | Notes to Boys | Author Interview
As a teenager, Pamela Ribon would write lengthy love letters to the boys that she had crushes on. In her new book, Notes to Boys, she reexamines these letters and other journal entries to write about her life as a lovelorn teenager. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks to Pamela Ribon about her new book, Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public. “The real tragedy is that nobody ever pulled me aside to gently inform me that some feelings I should keep inside, that not everybody deserves my truth...or at least so much of my truth.” [...]
July 24, 2014
Courtney Robertson | I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends | Author Interview
On Season 16 of The Bachelor, Courtney Robertson became one of the biggest villains in the franchise’s history. She infamously broke the rules and partook in an illicit skinny-dip that helped seal her proposal to the season's bachelor, Ben Flajnik. I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain is her side of the story. In the book, Courtney dishes about finding love, her famous exes, and what really happens behind the scenes on. I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends is the first ever book written by a former contestant about the show, and she shares many of the [...]
July 08, 2014
Wally Rudolph | Four Corners | Author Interview
Wally Rudolph's debut novel, Four Corners, follows Frank Bruce as he navigates the often savage corners of the American southwest. This is a love story juxtaposed against the beauty of Wally's language, and the violent members of his past. In this addition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Wally Rudolph (pen name of Walter Wong, Sons of Anarchy) about Four Corners. "It was bright and dark - the way it can be in parking lots at night - but I could see Maddie's freckles drowning in a swelling red and tears flooding her cheeks. I wanted to feel right. But all my [...]
July 02, 2014
Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke | Your Perfect Life | Author Interview
Like the main characters in their new novel, Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke have been best friends for twenty-five years, surviving high school and college together. After an argument on their twentieth high school reunion, Casey and Rachel, the main characters, wake up in each other’s bodies and are forced to navigate their altered realities. They quickly realize that they don’t know each other or themselves as well as they thought. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke about their new book, Your Perfect Life. "My mouth tastes like ass. Rolling over, I grab for [...]
June 18, 2014
Lauren Miller | Free to Fall | Author Interview
Lauren Miller's novel, Free to Fall, is a romantic thriller that takes place in the near future. In this world, it is understood that to achieve happiness in your life, you must follow every recommendation of an app on your mobile device. It's a life-changing technology called Lux that optimizes every decision, big or small, for the best personal results. Free to Fall explores consequences after the main character, Rory, goes to an elite boarding school and stops following the recommendations of her Lux. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Lauren Miller about her new book, Free to Fall. [...]
June 09, 2014
Melissa de la Cruz | The Ring & The Crown | Author Interview
Melissa de la Cruz is the best-selling author many books including the Blue Bloods series, The Ashleys, Heart of Dread, How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less, Fresh Off the Boat, Angels on Sunset Boulevard, The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-Inch Heels and Faux Pas, and The Witches of East End, which was recently adapted into a television series on Lifetime. In a world where money can buy access to magic, and magic is power, Melissa's new book, The Ring and The Crown, centers around the lives of Princess Marie-Victoria and her mage, Aelwyn as they come to age in an alternate [...]
May 27, 2014
Dinah Lenney | The Object Parade |Author Interview
Dinah Lenney’s book, The Object Parade, is a collection of interconnected essays that examine meaningful objects – her grandfather’s piano, her mother's green earrings, her mole – and the stories that they evoke from her life. In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Dinah Lenney about her new book, The Object Parade. "It flashed: a pale, round star in the lobe of her ear; a circle of stone shot through with light — not emerald, or chartreuse, or aquamarine — a color like no other." - Dinah Lenney on her Mother's Green Earrings, from The Object Parade Click Here to Download [...]
May 16, 2014
Patricia Storace | The Book of Heaven | Author Interview
Patricia Storace's novel, The Book of Heaven, asks "What if a woman's point of view were Gods?" The stories and their accompanying proverbs reimagine the lives of familiar women from the old testament including the Queen of Sheba, Job's wife, Abraham's wife, and a polytheistic cook. As The Book of Heaven commences, Eve speaks about what is alleged to have happened in the Garden of Eden, a story she hardly recognizes. She tells her version of events, revealing that the constellations we are accustomed to seeing above conceal heavens with which we have yet to contend. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters, sits [...]
May 06, 2014
Jason Mitchell | Getting Groomed | Author Interview
Getting Groomed is the first and only wedding planner for gay grooms. It includes sample budgets and a master timeline, and walks a gay couple through every aspect of planning a wedding. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters, sits down and talks with Jason Mitchell about his new book, Getting Groomed. Click Here to Download the Podcast on iTunes BCO HOST JEFFREY MASTERS WITH JASON MITCHELL Bio: Jason Mitchell is the Wedding Planer at Shiraz Events located in NYC. Prior to joining their team, he served as the Event and Banquet Manager at the members-only Soho House New York where he has designed, planned [...]
May 06, 2014
Kevin Sampsell |This is Between Us | Author Interview
Chronicling five years of a troubled romance,This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, unexpected humor, and blunt sexuality, the daily life of this man and woman, both recently divorced, with children and baggage in tow, emerges in all of its complexity. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other. Join Jason Squamata, Pat Janowski, Mark Savage, and Kevin Sampsell [...]
March 25, 2014
Jackie Collins | Confessions of a Wild Child | Author Interview
Jackie Collins has sold over 500 million books in over 40 different countries. She has just published her 30th book where she shares a glimpse into the childhood of her most popular character, Lucky Santangelo. In this edition, host Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Jackie about her newest book, Confessions of a Wild Child. "I think that in another life - I'm going to sound very Shirley MacLaine - I was either a panther, or I was a black male soul singer, or I was Italian...My house is filled with paintings of panthers and leopards. I just love them. They give me [...]
February 18, 2014
Anthony Russell | Outrageous Fortune | Author Interview Anthony Russell, author of Outrageous Fortune, describes himself as lucky with lineage. Growing up at Leeds Castle, he says, "Money, and lots of it, appeared to grow on trees, especially those which adorned the Leeds Castle parkland. Ancestors with glowing titles and extraordinary accomplishments filled the history books, but there would be consequences for being handed everything of a material nature on a plate, with no clear indication of what one might be expected to do with such good fortune." Anthony’s life of privilege and luxury was matched with the fear of breaking one of the unwritten rules of the Castle Way. Outrageous [...]
December 05, 2013
Charity Gaye Finnestad |Hollywood in Heels | Author Interview
Charity Gaye Finnestad describes herself as a modern-day Alice in Wonderland who has fallen down the rabbit hole. While sill in her 20s, Charity left Oregon and her second husband to move to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Along the way, she started her popular blog, Hollywood in Heels, where she documented her adventures while dating and learning to navigate the entertainment industry. Her new book of the same name expands on the blog and is smart, funny, and unapologetically honest. Charity writes that Hollywood’s primary commodity is sex and that “illusion is the name of the game.” In Hollywood [...]
September 23, 2013
Monica Drake | The Stud Book | Author Interview
“The Stud Book” edition, is an exploration of Monica Drake’s “The Stud Book”, an ensemble meditation on the mating games and hilarious sadness of motherhood and fatherhood. In this podcast, host Jason Squamata talks about the book on the levels of craft, theme, and character. Joining Jason with the breakdown are co-hosts Doug Dean, Pat Janowski, and Mark Savage. Also joining the hosts is the Author of “The Stud Book”, Monica Drake, who will expose the slices of life and art that engendered this compelling new novel. It’s Book Circle Online's “The Stud Book” podcast! About “The Stud Book”: “A sharp-edged satire of contemporary [...]
August 26, 2013