Monday, April 18, 2011

Through the Hourgalass: Poems of Love and Life by John A. Calhoun

Through the Hourglass is a stunning collection of moving poetry spanning four decades and several seasons of life as experienced and expressed by the author – a pioneer and national leader in the field of youth violence prevention.

“The very reason I have devoted my life to helping the young men and women caught in the grip of violence and juvenile crime lies in these personal poems about life’s most powerful connections,” said Calhoun. “Quite simply, I know what’s at stake. I know what they stand to lose. When they turn to violence they rob themselves and their victims of the profound and precious moments of a lifetime filled with meaningful relationships and authentic experiences.”

With chapters devoted to “Courting,” “Kids,” “Teens,” and “The Miracle of Grandchildren,” Calhoun is able to articulate the extraordinary experiences found in the ordinary moments of life: falling in love, tending to a sick child, a grandchild’s fascination with sidewalk cracks, and the gangling growing pains of raising a teen. In “Portraits” and “Coming and Going,” Calhoun introduces compelling characters, some of whom embrace life and others who struggle to hold onto it.

Readers are moved to emotion as they discover the commonality of the human experience even in these most personal poems. Gift givers will easily find a favorite verse to highlight in this beautiful and slim book that captures the essence of a cherished relationship.

“Although contained by the hourglass, I believe that life is shaped by and always pulls us toward love and connection,” said Calhoun. “Because of love and connection we transcend the confines of the hourglass: That message is the heart of my book.”

John A. “Jack” Calhoun is an internationally renowned speaker and frequent media guest and editorial contributor. He is currently a senior consultant to the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of Justice. For more than 20 years, Calhoun was the founding president of the National Crime Prevention Council, prior to which he served under President Carter as the Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. His first book, Hope Matters: The Untold Story of How Faith Works in America was published in 2007. Calhoun resides in Falls Church,Virginia with his wife Ottilia.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know John A. Calhoun and his memorable collection of poetry Through the Hourglass at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, April 28th at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with John  as we celebrate National Poetry Month and delve into the poems shared in his new book!!

Website: Hope Matters 
Facebook: Hope Matters
Twitter: @hopemattersorg

BUY THE BOOK: Through the Hourglass: Poems of Life and Love, Hardcover, $16.95, 94 pages.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Good Girls Don't Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls And How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It by Dr. Robyn J.A. Silverman

“If you’re wondering whether you should be the one to tell your daughter that she ‘getting fat,’ let me tell you now; DON’T. Take a good look through this book and you will see who has already beaten you to it.” Based on Dr. Robyn Silverman's groundbreaking research on plus size models at Tufts University, and filled with searingly honest young voices, Good Girls Don't Get Fat:

·      Decodes the ripple effects of actions that damage our girls and provides tools to help stop them;
·     Shines light on the positive influence of women who embrace body types of any size-- and explains how to model the right behavior; and
·     Shows how girls, whatever their size, can manage their own strengths, trust their power and accomplish amazing things.

With a reassuring yet candid voice, Dr. Robyn hammers home that girls are not worth more when they weigh less and young people are assets to be developed not deficits to be managed. Good Girls Don’t Get Fat is a must read for anyone who has daughters, works with girls, or touches the lives of young women in anyway.

Dr. Robyn Silverman is a leading expert in body image, self-esteem, and character/personal development who appears regularly on national television and radio including; The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The Tyra Show, Fox News, Nightline, and more. An award-winning columnist and writer as well as a professional speaker and success coach, she believes that girls and young women are assets to be developed, not deficits to be managed.  Dr. Robyn is known to tell her audiences that "It's not the glass ceiling that's preventing us from rising but rather our own self limiting thoughts telling us we are not pretty enough, thin enough, or good enough to assume our rightful place in the world; on top!" Living in New Jersey with her family, she has been the content consultant for 17 books for middle schoolers and writes a character education/leadership curriculum called Powerful Words for after-school programs around the world. Her most recent book, Good Girls Don't Get Fat: How Weight Obsession is Messing Up Our Girls and How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It, is based on her passion to help all girls and women reach their potential, highlight their strengths, and rally the adults, role models, and leaders in the world to tell them that they are beautiful and enough just the way they are. Visit her website at, or follow her on facebook at and on twitter at @DrRobyn.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Dr. Robyn Silverman and her book Good Girls Don't Get Fat at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, March 10th at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Dr. Robyn as we get the skinny on what it takes to keep girls healthy and happy!!

Website: Dr Robyn Silverman 
Twitter: @DrRobyn


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Encounters in Paris: A Collection of Short Stories by Carolyn Moncel

Life is filled with random encounters and Ellery Roulet, a 35-year-old American PR executive living and working in Paris, has experienced enough of them to last five lifetimes. When betrayal, loss, mistakes, regrets and even acceptance enter Ellery's life at different times, she learns it is not what one experiences, but how one chooses to deal with those experiences that shapes the soul within. This bittersweet collection of tales shows just how messy and complicated life can be, and that sometimes there just aren't any neat and easy solutions at all.

A virtual media and web consultant by day and author by night, Carolyn Davenport-Moncel moved to Paris from Chicago, her hometown, in 2001. In Paris, she started the first English-speaking Virtual Assistance firm. Known for her online articles on media relations, Moncel owns MotionTemps, LLC (, a Digital Project and Web Content Management firm with offices in Chicago, Paris and Geneva; and its subsidiary, Mondavé Communications (, a media relations training and publishing company. She has written, placed articles and been featured in such diverse publications as,, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Wired News, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, Bonjour Paris, and She currently resides in Lausanne, Switzerland with her husband and two daughters. Encounters in Paris is her first work of fiction. Her next collection of short stories, 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover will debut in fall 2011.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Carolyn Moncel and her collection of short stories Encounters in Paris at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Tuesday, March 8th at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Carolyn as we discuss the ins and outs of life and how it all comes together in the end!!

Twitter: @CarolynMoncel

BUY THE BOOK: Encounters in Paris: A Collection of Short Stories, Paperback, $17.99, 114 pages.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kid Tips for Walt Disney World: Touring Advice for Kids by Kids AND Walt Disney World Adventure: A Field Guide and Activity Book for Explorers By Tracie Cook

Turn a trip to Walt Disney World into a learning adventure!

The mystery and magic of Walt Disney World is captured in this fun-filled adventure field guide. Jam-packed with curriculum-based activities and challenges, Walt Disney World Adventure encourages Explorers to follow cryptic clues, decode concealed messages, and solve challenging puzzles as they uncover hidden details and unlock Disney secrets around the four theme parks.

“Helpful hints”—tools provided to help the reader navigate the Challenges—ensures motivated young learners through adventurous middle schoolers will find the fun facts, games, and activities interesting and entertaining.
Walt Disney World Adventure: A Field Guide and Activity Book for Explorers is perfect for building anticipation before a trip, a useful and accessible guide to the parks, and a learning resource after the trip with the use of “Next Step” learning activities. There are also “Kid Tips” offering recommendations from other Explorers.

Now your Walt Disney World vacation will have the educational content of a school field trip, the self-guided fun of a quest, and the lasting documentation of a personal journal. Plus, kids can earn their “Explorer Certificates,” share their own recommendations, and find out how to become a “Featured Kid Explorer.”
Now kids can help plan their family’s Walt Disney World vacation!

This informative and charming book is filled with useful tips written by experienced kid-travelers. With a kid’s-eye view on everything from the best rides to the restaurants with the tastiest foods, you’ll get ideas on how to make the most of your Walt Disney World vacation. Included is an interactive opportunity for children to share their tips and experiences with the author.

Well written and easy to read, this helpful book will provide enjoyment for the whole family.

Tracie A. Cook has been visiting Walt Disney World since her childhood. As a self-proclaimed Disney parks expert, she decided to combine her love of Walt Disney World with her knowledge of education. Tracie holds a master’s degree in education and curriculum development, has extensive research experience with individualized instruction, and has worked with her intermediate school district on the integration and instruction of state and national curriculum benchmarks. With more than twelve years’ experience as a teacher and countless family trips to Walt Disney World, she recognizes that many valuable learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. Her goal in writing this book is to foster a love of learning and encourage children to explore new places. Tracie is also the author of Kid Tips for Walt Disney World: Touring Advice by Kids for Kids. She lives in mid-Michigan with her family.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Tracie Cook and her two fun books Kid Tips for Walt Disney and Walt Disney World Adventures at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, March 3rd at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Tracie as we dive into the Magical World of Wonders!!

Twitter: @WDWFieldGuide


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bare Naked Bliss: ...Loving From Within by Suzanne Toro

Bare Naked Bliss tells the story of one woman's real-life experiences that many people can relate to, and provides accessible, practical methods for overcoming both mental and physical hardships and finding true joy. Bare Naked Bliss is a book that appeals to women and men who have experienced hardships and/or are seeking a more balanced, authentic lifestyle, as well as the broader audience of both men and women of all ages interested in spiritual growth and alternative paths to wellness. 

Bare Naked Bliss provides simple tools anyone can use to break down mental barriers, find deeper connections and discover their inner joyful, authentic self.  The teachings of the book are extended through inspiring poetry, guided meditations and music created by Toro with, singer/songwriter Anne Heaton, and other professional musicians.

In Bare Naked Bliss, author Suzanne Toro tells her personal story of recovery and transformation; how she was able to overcome unbearable pain and find bliss within herself. Both an inspiring meditation and practical guidebook, the book gives readers real-life strategies for healing and experiencing more joy in their lives. Through telling her own stories of recovery, Toro explores the subjects of letting go, tapping into the power of silence, balancing the masculine and feminine energies within us, having compassion and the regenerative power of laughter.

Suzanne Toro has suffered many hardships; sexual abuse, losing a child and dealing with a loved one's serious illness-but she has used each one as an opportunity to learn more about her and earn a real life PhD in personal growth. With a young family, Toro needed to find a practical, realistic way to begin her own healing and liberation process. By employing simple tools in her everyday life, she was able to reconnect with her inner-self and release the pain that led her back to her true self. Now; she is committed to embodying authenticity and walking the talk by reaching out to local, national and global communities to share her vision.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Suzanne Toro and her insightful book Bare Naked Bliss at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Tuesday March 1st at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Suzanne as we uncover the healing power in all of us!!

Website: Suzanne Toro
Blog: Suzanne Toro
Facebook: Suzanne Toro 
Twitter: @SuzanneToro

BUY THE BOOK: Bare Naked Bliss: ...Loving From Within, Paperback, $16.99, 210 pages.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kangaroo's Shoes by Richelle Krzak

Little Joey Kangaroo learns a valuable lesson as he embarks on an exciting outdoor adventure in search of his missing shoes.

While trying to keep a secret from his mother, Joey realizes honesty is always the best policy and mothers love unconditionally.

This heart-warming book includes skill building for children such as rhyming, alphabet identification and learning about animals in nature.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richelle Taylor Krzak grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio. She attended Shaw Elementary, where her claim to fame was winning a school-wide contest to name the mascot tiger in 1986. Her suggested name “Sebastian” won. Sebastian the Shaw Tiger still exists today.

Richelle started out as an education major at The Ohio State University and was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She spent a semester as a student teacher of eighth grade English for Hilliard Middle School before eventually changing her major to Journalism. Richelle held internship positions at an advertising agency and with the professional ballet company, BalletMet Columbus, while earning her undergraduate degree. To help pay her way through school, she taught pre-Kindergarten for a La Petite Academy.

In 1997, Richelle graduated with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Textiles and Clothing, a foundation for her goal of eventually becoming a fashion editor for a magazine in New York. Upon graduating, she was offered a marketing position at BalletMet Columbus where she was responsible for TV and radio ad buys, public relations and design of the playbill. Richelle served as the primary liaison for the ballet’s first young-professional group and also for its internship and volunteer programs.

Despite earlier plans of moving to New York, cost and lack of jobs pushed Richelle to seek opportunities elsewhere. She resigned from the ballet and moved to Miami, Florida. For five years, she continued to work in the field of marketing and public relations, serving as the Director of Marketing for Landry & Kling, an incentive charter provider.

In 2004, a unique job opportunity overseas presented itself and Richelle couldn’t pass it up. As the Czech Republic was about to enter the European Union, global companies with offices in Prague began seeking English-speaking business professionals to assist with the transition of corporate culture and business processes from native Slavic languages to English. Richelle worked more than a year as a consultant living in Prague for companies such as Skanska, Siemens, Conoco Philips and BP to work with their senior level executives. While there, she became certified in TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language.) While an expat, she also became engaged to Polish-born Robert Krzak. 

The couple moved to the United States in 2005. By 2006, a fortuitous job opportunity in Dayton brought them back to Richelle’s hometown. She currently works in Marketing for Excellence In Motivation, a performance improvement company. 

In her spare time, Richelle does freelance writing for trade publications, online news sites and maintains her own parenting website, Biz e-Mom’s Blog. Kangaroo’s Shoes is her first children’s book.

The Krzak‘s have a 19-month-old son and three-year-old daughter. They currently reside in Springboro, Ohio with their two Yorkshire Terriers.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Richelle Krzak and her delightful book Kangaroo's Shoes at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, February 24th at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Richelle as we talk about children, honesty and the fun of being a parent!!

Facebook: Richelle Taylor Krzak 
Twitter: @richellekrzak

BUY THE BOOK: Kangaroo's Shoes, Paperback, $12.49, 28 pages.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Last Waltz: A World War 1 Novel by G.G. Vandagriff

The heroine of The Last Waltz, Amalia Faulhaber, comes onstage as an innocent socialite with a strong personality in the nervous splendor of the last days of the Hapsburg Empire. It is the "Golden Age" of music, art, fashion, cuisine, and drama.

Amidst the sparkle and neuroses of Vienna, Amalia has been educated in the fine art of flirtation by her aristocratic grandmother and in matters of conscience by her socialist uncle.   She shapes and is shaped by her relationships with the men in her life—a Prussian soldier, a Polish doctor, and an Austrian baron--always remaining faithful to her own growing ideals.  The story of Austria's descent into fascism is counterbalanced by the developing love that she feels for her husband with whom she has a "marriage of convenience."  As flawed characters are transformed, the theme of the piece emerges as the redemptive power of love.

The book is a virtual journey into the events before, during, and after World War I.  An understanding of this period is critical for us to comprehend why democracy failed in Germany and Austria.  This understanding lays the foundation for a true perspective of present domestic politics and international relations with the Western and Eastern European Countries.

G.G. Vandagriff has lived with this story for half her life. It began in the Alps above Vienna where she studied Austrian music, art, politics, and history from Austrian professors. At her young age, her fascination with the country actually became part of who she was.  Returning to Stanford to finish her BA, she majored in an interdepartmental study of Central Europe's politics, history, and economics.  Upon graduation, she worked for the Hoover Institution at Stanford as a researcher and editor for the Yearbook of International Communist Affairs.

Following a two year stint in the world of finance, she attended graduate school at George Washington University, where she received her Master's Degree from distinguished émigrés of Central Europe. Once again, she studied politics, history, and economics of the region.  Her master's thesis, Comecon: Asset or Liability, foretold the disintegration of the Soviet Bloc nearly two decades before the Wall fell.
She married David Vandagriff, and put him through law school while she worked as an International Banker in Chicago and L.A. At this time, while commuting by bus, she sketched out the plot for the novel.  Until her first child was born, she researched the period of The Last Waltz until she had a file box completely filled with notes. When her three children were born, she wrote during naps, and later, during school. However, she was never satisfied with her ability to tell this tale. She was too aware of her youth and inexperience. Finally, she put it on the back burner, and concentrated on honing her writing skills. She knew she needed more experience with real life before she could understand the psyche of people living in such turbulent, tragic times.

Eventually, she became the author of a book on genealogy, Voices in Your Blood, and an off-beat genealogical mystery series: Cankered RootsOf Deadly DescentTangled RootsPoisoned Pedigree, and The Hidden Branch (coming in Fall, 09).  She also indulged her love of King Arthur and Wales in a novel of suspense, The Arthurian Omen.

Beginning with the birth of her daughter, GG suffered a twenty-five year bout with depression. After her miraculous recovery in 2006, she began working on Waltz again, knowing that she finally had the experience necessary to write about people who survived tragic times that completely altered their lives. She also co-authored a book on depression with her husband and son.

The Last Waltz was finally published in Spring of 2009 to wonderful reviews.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know G.G. Vandagriff and her epic novel The Last Waltz at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, February 17th at 9:00pm(est). Join us as we step back in time with G.G. Vandagriff and learn more about her and her book!!

Facebook: G.G. Vandagriff
Twitter: @GGVandagriff

BUY THE BOOK: The Last Waltz, Paperback, $13.57, 608 pages.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Women's Worth: Finding Your Financial Confidence by Eleanor Blayney

We are different.

Who said that personal finance  for women should be the same as it is for men?

At Direction$, we take seriously the differences between the genders when it comes to the financial decisions we must make.

Women live longer and are more likely to live alone for significant periods of time. Our workplace participation is often intermittent, and the care of dependents usually falls to us. Though we are better educated, hold more managerial, executive, and professional positions than ever before, and now have serious money to show for it, we often lack confidence when it comes to personal finance. Women want to be educated before we make decisions. And we want to be advised  in a way that recognizes our values, our lifestyles, and our unique  learning styles. We don’t want to compete. We want to collaborate.

In Women’s Worth, President of Direction$ and Certified Financial Planner™ Eleanor Blayney breaks through the traditionally male-dominated field of financial advice to offer information you—as a woman— can really use. Her frank approach intersperses practical advice with easy-to-do exercises that will help you understand your beliefs about money, learn the fundamentals of financial planning, and gain confidence in your financial know-how.

You don’t need to become one of the boys to get smart about money.  It’s time we started talking about personal finance for women, as women.

After all, you’re worth it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Eleanor Blayney, CFP® is President of Directions LLC,  dedicated to changing the personal finance conversation for women. 

Because financial planning needs to be different both in content and in delivery to address women’s unique requirements and attitudes around money, Directions seeks to bring women together in financial planning circles led by a Certified Financial Planner professional.  These circles provide a safe space for women to share and support one another as they gain confidence about their financial decisions.

Eleanor is the author of two books published in 2010.  “Women’s Worth: Finding Your Financial Confidence” speaks to women in and on their own terms about the major financial issues they face in their lives.  “The Home Budget Workbook” is a straightforward guide for creating and maintaining a practical budget.

Eleanor also serves as the Consumer Advocate for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, educating consumers and the media about the value of the financial planning process and the importance of working with a qualified competent professional.

As a managing director of Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney, Inc. from the firm’s inception in 1990 through 2007, Eleanor specialized in the areas of portfolio management, estate planning, helping clients to develop strategies appropriate to their goals and market conditions.  She also was responsible for firm communications and marketing.

Eleanor is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Cambridge University, UK, where she majored in English and French.  She also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago where she specialized in finance and international business.

A member of the Financial Planning Association, Eleanor has served as a member of the Ethics Committee.  She also served on the Ethics and Standards committee for the Financial Planning Standards Board, the organization that licenses and supervises international CFP® certificants.  She has been an adjunct faculty member for the College for Financial Planning and a member of the Alpha Group, a national network of independent wealth advisors. Eleanor has also served on advisory boards for the TIAA-CREF Institute and the CFP® Board of Practice Standards.  In 2002, the National Capital Chapter of the Financial Planning Association named her “Planner of the Year”. 

Ms Blayney is currently a Trustee for the National Hospice Foundation and volunteers for the Capital Hospice in Falls Church, Virginia.  She was formerly a board member for the Wolf Trap Associates, and the National Women’s Party Sewall Belmont House in Washington, DC.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Eleanor Blayney and her insightful book Women's Worth at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, February 10th at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Eleanor as we delve into life, money and the confidence to be your own woman via her timely book!!

Facebook: Women's Worth
Twitter: @directions4her

BUY THE BOOK: Women's Worth: Finding Your Financial Confidence, Paperback, $26.95, 248 pages.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Rich is a State of Mind: Building Wealth and Happiness - A Blueprint by Robert M Gignac

For the past year I have been delivering two presentations - one geared to financial professionals called "A Peek Inside Your Client's Mind" - which offers them a four step process to building better client relationships, this presentation has been delivered more than 20 times in the past year to companies and organizations such as MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table), FPA (Financial Planning Assoc. of America), Sun Life Financial, Investors Group, Advocis (The Canadian Assoc. of Financial Advisors) and others. The second presentation is called "Your Richly Imagined Future" - which I deliver to clients of financial services firms at client appreciation events, prospecting events and public forums. This presentation examines what stops us from being successful with our finances, the role that financial professionals play as part of that, and examining myths about money and emotion.

ROBERT GIGNAC is a best-selling author and sought-after speaker, currently based in Toronto. With an entertaining yet direct speaking style at financial industry seminars across North America, Robert offers a light-hearted look at financial planning with the serious message of personal responsibility.  Audiences love his dynamic and engaging presentations which challenge them to see life from a different perspective. Robert is also the co-author of the best-selling Canadian edition of Rich is a State of Mind, and has been a student of the financial planning process for almost two decades. His goal is to passionately encourage people to take control of their finances in order to have a “Richly Imagined Future.”

While being the author of an international best-selling book on personal finance, Robert has never been, nor has any desire to be a financial advisor. He is a passionate advocate for good financial habits, the creation of excellent relationships between clients and financial professionals - and wants Americans to take control of their personal finances. The Canadian edition of "Rich is a State of Mind" is now in it's 8th printing (over 22,500 copies sold) and the US edition is in it's second printing.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Robert Gignac and his insightful book Rich is a State of Mind at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, February 3rd at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Robert as we delve into this engaging book!!

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BUY THE BOOK: Rich is a State of Mind, Paperback, $21.95, 223 pages.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Creature Comforts: Wildlife Stories and Solutions by Joel Thomas

In an era when people and wildlife are under constant pressure to live closer and closer together, human and animal confl ict is on the rise. How should we respond to wildlife problems? What are the real concerns for humans and their wild neighbors? What exactly is going on in my own backyard?

In this book you will learn:
• How to use an animal’s natural behavior to help solve conflict
• How animals see us and our properties
• How to protect your home from unwanted animal entry
• How to make your property less attractive to potential wildlife pests
• How to safely and more thoroughly enjoy our neighborhood wildlife
• The behavior and natural history of many common species of wildlife

Joel was born and raised in East Amherst, outside of Buffalo New York. He grew up for the most part, outside. A childhood interest in animals and wildlife eventually led to work, in the late 70’s as an assistant keeper for one of the  largest private reptile collections in Western New York. He graduated from Medaille College in 1993 with a degree in veterinary technology. He has worked at the Erie County SPCA as a veterinary technician since 1995 and became Wildlife Administrator there in1999. He is a New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Falconer and holds certifications in chemical capture and as a New York State DEC Hunter Education Instructor.

Joel lives in rural Niagara Country, NY with his wife Tracy, daughter Hannah, a couple hawks and Sam… the wonder dog.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Joel Thomas and his fascinating book Creature Comforts- Wildlife Stories and Solutions at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Tuesday, February 1st at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Joel as we talk about his book, our wild, furry friends and how we can all get along!!

Facebook: Joel Thomas

BUY THE BOOK: Creature Comforts- Wildlife Stories and Solutions, Paperback, $14.95, 218 pages.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World by Homa S Tavangar

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, how do we prepare our children to succeed and to become happy, informed global citizens? A mother of three, Homa Sabet Tavangar has spent her career helping governments develop globally oriented programs and advising businesses on how to thrive abroad. In Growing Up Global, Tavangar shares with all of us her “parenting toolbox” to help give our children a vital global perspective.

Whether you’re mastering a greeting in ten different languages, throwing an internationally themed birthday party, or celebrating a newfound holiday, Growing Up Global provides parents and children with a rich, exciting background for exploring and connecting with far-flung nations they may have only heard about on television. Inside you’ll discover

• fun activities, games, and suggestions for movies, music, books, magazines, service activities, and websites for expanding your family’s worldview
• simple explanations that will help your children grasp the diversity of world faiths
• creative ways to gain geography literacy
• handy lists of celebrations and customs that offer a fascinating look at how people from different cultures around the world live everyday life

Growing Up Global is a book that parents, grandparents, and teachers can turn to again and again for inspiration and motivation as they strive to open the minds of children everywhere.

Homa Sabet Tavangar has almost 20 years' experience working with governments, businesses, international organizations and non-profit agencies in global competitiveness, organizational and business development, and cross-cultural issues.

She was born in Tehran and moved to Cleveland, Ohio when she was just over a year old. Along with Iran, she has lived in East and West Africa, South America, and throughout the United States. In addition to English, she speaks Persian (Farsi), Spanish, Portuguese, and rudimentary French and Swahili. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Economics, and International Development and Public Affairs from UCLA and Princeton University. She spent one pivotal year studying at The Catholic University in Lima, Peru, and criss-crossing the lower two-thirds of South America. Her religious heritage includes four of the world's major faiths, and she has family living on every continent.

Homa has been researching Growing Up Global since spending the first anniversary of 9/11/01 in China, while she served as Special Advisor on International Business Development for the City of Philadelphia. From January through April 2007 she lived in West Africa with her children, where they spent a school term and she blogged their experience for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is married and the mother of three girls, ranging in age from 6 to 16. She is active with their public schools in suburban Philadelphia and serves on the Boards of several international organizations. This is her first book.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Homa S. Tavangar and her delightful book Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, January 20th at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some multicultural fun and sharing with Homa S. Tavangar as we tour the world in the pages of her new book!!

Website: Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World
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Twitter: Growing up Global

BUY THE BOOK: Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, Paperback, $10.88, 304 pages.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Can't Think Straight: A Memoir of Mixed-Up Love by Kiri Blakeley

So that was it. You send your fiancé to the dry cleaners one day and he comes back gay.

When Kiri Blakeley’s fiancé made his shocking announcement, she did what she does best—cracked a joke. But when the realization that her ten-year relationship was built on lies began to settle in, she screamed…then drank…and spent the ensuing months in a foggy new world of sexual encounters.

With the vulnerability of Julie Metz, vulgarity of Chelsea Handler, and hilarity of Rachel Shukert, Blakeley recounts her deeply emotional—and physical—journey from disbelief and debauchery to independence and insight…of learning to make out on public pool tables…and love—whatever that means—again.

For ten years Kiri Blakeley was a writer for Forbes magazine, where she covered entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, technology, travel, wealthy people, and entrepreneurs. She graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Kiri Blakeley and her funny, yet poignant book Can't Think Straight: A Memoir of Mixed-Up Love at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, January 13th at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Kiri as we discuss relationships, love and if we really understand any of it at all!!

Twitter: @KiriBlakeley

BUY THE BOOK: Can't Think Straight: A Memoir of Mixed-Up Love, Paperback, $9.57, 272 pages.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Project: Happily Ever After; Saving your marriage when the fairytale falters by Alisa Bowman

What do you do when your marriage is so unhappy that you begin to fantasize about your husband’s funeral? That’s how bad it got for Alisa Bowman. . . So she launched a last-ditch effort to save her marriage.Project: Happily Ever After is her fearlessly honest and humorous account of how she went from being a “divorce daydreamer” to renewing her wedding vows—and all of the steps in between. 

From bikini waxes to erotica, romance instruction manuals to second honeymoons, the silent treatment to power struggles, she goes where many marriage-improvement gurus have feared to tread. Equal parts funny, poignant, and most importantly, useful, Bowman’s story will give other miserably-married folks courage and hope. And in addition to telling her own story, she packs straightforward prescriptive guidance, including a “10-Step Marital Improvement Guide.” Readers will laugh. They’ll cry. And they can start on the road toward their own happy ending!

Alisa Bowman is a recovering divorce daydreamer and creator of, which was voted one of the Top 10 Marriage Blogs of 2009, and just announced, also for 2010! She has appeared on Discovery Health, FOX's Ask Dr. Manny Fox, the NBC 10! Show, Better TV, and many others. She has been interviewed by Redbook, First, Pregnancy,, Woman's World,, and many other outlets. We are lucky enough to get a chance to speak with her at now too!

MEET THE AUTHOR: Get to know Alisa Bowman and her fabulous book Project: Happily Ever After at the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, January 6th at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some fun and sharing with Alisa Bowman as we discuss life, love and how marriage can be a part of it all!!

Facebook: Alisa Bowman 
Twitter: @AlisaBowman

BUY THE BOOK: Project Happily Ever After, Hardcover, $14.71, 272 pages.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue: Turning your upside down world right side up! by Deb Scott


The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue by Deb Scott. Do you want to be happy? Of course! We all want to be peaceful, purposeful, and experience authentic,lasting joy. The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue offers fresh,fun, and surprising ways to live in lasting happiness.

All ages will enjoy learning how to TRANSFORM ANYTHING bad into a diamond you LOVE. Ready to receive a powerful and effective mind vitamin to be happy? These pages were written for you! The tone of the book is very conversational. The reader almost feels as if he or she is sitting down with Deb, having a cup of coffee, and talking with her.

The book is full of stories and quotes and analogies from everyday life that beautifully illustrate her points. She offers helpful advice that includes praying, 12 step programs (not just for alcoholics), tips for finding and determining if you have a “good” therapist, volunteering, and valuable resources (online and media) that can be used to help readers find blue skies and green grass. Another helpful tool that Ms. Scott includes is written exercises. Found throughout the book, these exercises are intended to help readers do some critical thinking and self-evaluation so that they can find themselves on the path to happiness

Deb Scott is a motivation and lifestyle consultant, specializing in working with business and corporate environments to transform poor interpersonal dynamics and low-energy groups into high-powered, successful, dynamic teams. A biology major in college, Deb became an award-winning sales and leadership specialist with 20 years of background in cardiac surgery sales. Now she applies her sales and business background to motivational speaking and consulting in the fields of sales, marketing, advertising, hiring, and teambuilding. "The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue - Turning Your Upside-Down World Right-Side-Up" is her first book.

Get to know Deb Scott and her inspirational motivational book - The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue: Turning your upside down world right side up! on the I Love Authors Blog Talk Radio Show Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 9:00pm(est). Join us for some inspiration and sharing with Deb and hear about her journey in writing this book!

Website: Green Sky and Blue Grass
Facebook: Deb Scott on FaceBook
Twitter: @GreenSkyDeb

The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue: Turning your upside down world right side up!, Paperback, 239 Pages, $14.95

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