EZRA SANDBORN, a neuridivergent writer of speculative fiction from Oregon, will join us to discuss his writing career, how he came to be a writer, and his latest release, "Seph - The Reflection of Divinity".
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Ezra Sandborn got his start writing fiction as a dungeon master in online role-playing games . He draws on inspiration from his childhood, sitting under the trampoline and inventing new worlds and characters. Ezra became an author by accident, during a particularly difficult period of his life he was suddenly struck by inspiration for a short story.
After sharing the story with friends and family everyone wanted to read more, and so he continued writing. In less than a month as the result of that novel accident Seph – The Reflection of Divinity was created. Ezra’s writing is defined by his complex characters, deep immersive worlds, and unique stories that challenge the conventional narrative, while exploring the deeper truth of human nature."
JEREMY NUNES, a stand up comic, former Mayor, and now an author, joined us Amazon Prime special, "Who's With Me?!", his days as the Mayor, and his humorous book about his mayoral days, "You Can't Write City Hall".
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Often referred to as "Comedy's next great storyteller," Jeremy's unique show has been in demand for over 20 years. He's drawn rave reviews for his clever observations, unique storytelling style, and ability to improvise with his audience.
After winning $200 in a local comedy competition, the 6'6" comedian left the rural, Southern Illinois life behind to explore the comedy scene in Chicago. Once in Chicago, it was at The Second City Comedy Theater that he first developed the "front porch" comedy that is now a staple of his act."
MOODY BANK$, a singer/songwriter now living in Austin, Texas, joined us to discuss her career, her background, and to share a few of her songs with us.
FROM HER BIO:
"I was born in Torrance, CA but my family soon relocated to Corona, CA where I spent most of my youth. I have always enjoyed being creative and keeping myself busy. Growing up, my life usually revolved around art, music, writing songs and poems, as well as designing clothes, and painting pictures. When I got to grade school, I went in another direction as I started playing basketball. I continued playing throughout school and eventually received a scholarship at a division two college where I played and graduated.
Once I finished college, I decided I wanted to get back to my first love, art. So I relocated to Austin, the live music capital of the world to refine my live show and pursue my music career, as Moody Bank$. Now Moody Bank$ is one of Austin’s most promising upcoming artists, and my debut EP is out now on all streaming platforms."
LIZBETH MERIDETH, an author, domestic abuse survivor, speaker and podcaster from Alaska, joined us to discuss her latest release, "Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters".
FROM HER WEBSITE
"I’m an author, speaker, podcaster, and online teacher. I serve mid-life women recalibrating after crises, and/or women who are (finally) ready to stop falling to the bottom of their own priority list. Limited individual coaching available now, with group coaching to come. What experience do I have?
Nearly three decades working as an advocate, investigator, and probation officer means I’ve helped thousands create change. More importantly, I’ve bucked intergenerational patterns of poverty, family violence, and secret-keeping to create the life I live now. I hold a graduate degree in psychology, traveled six of the seven continents (and counting), and am fortunate to have a vibrant community of support. And I did none of this alone."
SHARON BAZANT, a retired teacher and now author living in Vancouver, Births Columbia, visited us to discuss her two books, "Geckos and Guns", about her time in Pakistan; and "Nine Years in Bangkok, a book that discusses her time in Thailand.
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"SHARON BAZANT is a retired teacher living in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, Canada. Sharon has donned a variety of professional and personal hats as a seasoned world traveler and long-term expatriate. Some of her greatest adventures occurred during her years in Pakistan and Thailand. Readers can follow her ongoing exploits on her blog.
Her memoir Nine Years in Bangkok is out now, as is her most recent book, Geckos & Guns: The Pakistan Years."
EDWARD DI GANGI, an author from North Carolina and adopted at birth, will join us to discuss his discoveries as he traced his roots as he neared the age of seventy. As he discussed in his book, "A Gift Best Given: A Memoir", he learned that his biological mother had been a remarkable woman, and that she had given him the best gift of all. Today's focus will be on "Fathers Day".
FROM HIS BIO:
"Through three years of research, Di Gangi found that his mother had been a celebrity performer in the glamorous ice show spectaculars of the 1940s and 1950s. In addition to recounting his own story, the author details his mother's life and travels beginning with the time she left home in New York at the age of 17 to travel alone by train across the country to join a traveling ice skating troupe. Five years later and unexpectedly pregnant, she returned home, known only to her eldest sister and her sister's husband, to manage the birth and the adoption of her son.
Di Gangi speaks with enthusiasm and clarity about family secrets, reunions with previously unknown family members, and discoveries as well as genealogy and research into family history."
FEDERICA BRESSAN, a researcher, science communicator, and podcaster with a background in technology and culture, as well as a Fulbright and Marie Curie scholar, who writes about science and society. On today's show, Ms. Bressan will discuss her career, her published works, her work in academia, her podcasts, her recent foray into heavy metal music, and all of her terrific work in her field.
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"Thanks to my recent research grants (Marie Curie and Fulbright), I have had the chance to travel a lot and meet many incredible people. People are the true potential of this world. The stories they tell you! The knowledge and experience they carry! It's humbling. And inspiring!
At the same time, I have grown a true podcast junkie, bingeing on hours and hours of lectures and debates, with my mind spinning at full steam, racing from religious studies to physics, from politics to anthropology. Synaptic fireworks. I have been constantly triggered by new ideas. One day, after yet another interesting conversation with a colleague, I thought: if only I could share this! If only I could record this conversation and let more people know about this amazing person's story. Then it hit me: I must have my own podcast!"
CHARLIE SHELDON, an author from the state of Washington, joined us to discuss his 3-book series, including "Strong Heart" and "Adrift", with "Totem" to be released this coming October. In addition, Charlie discussed his other books, his writing style, and his other previous work in life.
FROM HIS WEBSITE:
"Charlie went to Yale University and UMass, where he received a Masters Degree in Wildlife Biology/Resource Management. He worked in the fishing industry for 15 years as a deckhand, mate, skipper, and consultant, then relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 1990 to be near Olympic National Park. He worked at seaports for nearly 30 years as a planner, project manager, and executive. When he retired from seaports in 2012 he returned to sea as a merchant sailor for four years, working on various container and military vessels as Able Bodied Seaman and Bosun. He retired in 2016 to work full time at his writing. Nowadays he hikes in the Olympic National Park whenever he can, cooks for his wife, pesters his grandchildren, and continues to scribble tales."
CHARLES COLLINS, from West Palm Beach, Florida, and the author of the Amazon bestselling "LifeCraft Book Series", joined us to tell us about his path to success in life through intent, as opposed to trial and error, and/or intuition, through his five elements that make up one's life, including: Family & Personal Heritage, Family & Household Management, Family & Personal Finance, The Human Being, and Tools for Living.
From His Website:
"A long standing practice observed for centuries in workshops of every type across the world, is the use of the craftsman’s journal by individual craftspeople, and the workshop journal used as a collaborative communication tool for the workshop as a whole, and serving as a reference point or ‘benchmark’ for all craftspeople in the workshop to compare their work, pose questions, share insights, experiences, tool tips and techniques with other practitioners.
Following these same traditions and practical structure, Life Masterpiece Journal serves both purposes. It is the Master’s Journal of a single craftsman’s record of life-as-a-craft, and it is a Workshop Journal; a ‘how-to’ reference guide for all who would practice ‘life-as-a-craft’, to make a masterpiece of their life".
PAUL BLAKE SMITH, an author from Missouri, joined us to tell us about his most recent release, "President Eisenhower's Close Encounters", in which the author explored "A persistent historical question is whether President Dwight Eisenhower in the mid 1950's secretly met with representatives of Alien species and even entered into a formal treaty with them".
From His Amazon Page:
"I'm the author of 5 books from one publishing company, and I now have a new nonfiction book coming out from another publisher. I still live in still live in southern Missouri, long after my four years at SE Missouri State University. I enjoy biographies, sports, and history."
WAJID HASSAN, an author from Pakistan, England, and now North Carolina in the United States, joined us to tell us about his most recent release, “The Struggle for World Sanity", which discusses, "... how to reignite the spiritual flame within us and send it outwards to all, improving not only our own personal lives but those of every lifestream that live on our beautiful world."
From His Amazon Page:
"Through the guidance, teaching, and experiences with his spiritual teacher, along with his own unique mystical experiences, including that of an amazing spiritual contact he experienced with a UFO out in the wilderness, Wajid shows you the way out of the current chaos enveloping the world at the dawn of a new era of peace and enlightenment for all who will remain on Planet Earth after the great change, which has now started.
Here are universal truths revealed to many for the first time that will inspire you and help you raise your vibrations even higher so that you can be of greater service to every life stream that needs healing and upliftment in these troubled times."
DARRIN SCHENCK, a former professional racquetball player, the racquetball coach at Arizona State University, VP of Sales for TriageNow, author, and the survivor of a head-crash with a drunk driver, will join us from Phoenix, Arizona, to tell us his story, including his survival from that crash, as well as all that he is doing now to promote safety on the road.
From His Website:
"I walked away from this head on collision with nothing but a small scar on the back of my hand. After a while I really started to question why this had happened, and more importantly why was I spared in this instance? After much introspection, I came to the conclusion that while I had done some good things in my life, I wasn't doing enough. I needed to do more, and on a larger scale.
While the ASU Racquetball team has allowed me the opportunity to influence about 300 kids in my 13 years as coach, I wanted to expand that reach. Although one single speech is not going to necessarily change someone's life, if I have some impact on some of the people I speak to, I will be closer to fulfilling my "WHY". My WHY is to help others chase and achieve their goals as I have."
NOA RONEN, a leadership coach and author from Raleigh, North Carolina, joined us to discuss her career, her views on leadership, and her latest release, "BEyond: Leadership: From AwareLess To AwareNess".
From Her Website:
"My personal relocation experience, reminded me that many times when we step into the path of change, we think we know how the change is going to look like, but in reality even though we try to control every step along the way to shape it as we want, the end result will look differently and this is when we feel stuck.Change Taught Me That There Are Two Main Energies That Can Help Us Thrive Or Get Stuck; The Being And Doing Energies.
Those energies can help us create a momentum with our leadership or keep us stuck. Until we learn to identify and then evaluate the situation we stay in what I call a state of AwareLess."
JACOB CRAIG, a fitness author and researcher from Rochester, New York, joined us to discuss his latest release, "Inspiring Leaders in Health & Fitness", as well as all else that he has learned in the areas of health, motivation, and success.
From His Website:
"I’m Jacob Craig, a researcher and writer on experts in various spaces related to self-improvement. The experts that I study have been able to help thousands of people through their books, podcasts, coaching programs, and social media platforms. After researching them for months at a time, I get to know the foundation of their work, the ins and outs of their programs, and hundreds of interesting tips from each of them. Through my books, my first being ‘Inspiring Leaders in Health & Fitness, Vol. 1,’ I share this information in hopes others find as much value as I have."
JESUS "EDDIE" CAMPA, a retired police chief and police officer, and a current author, joined us to discuss his career, law enforcement, and his newest release, "Unmasking Leadership: What They Don't Tell You".
From His Website:
"Eddie was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After 27 years of law enforcement experience, Eddie retired from public service and transitioned his experience and expertise to the private sector as a mentor, consultant, and sounding board. Eddie served as a Chief Deputy and Chief of Police on two different occasions.
As a result of his last tour as Chief of Police in a city impacted by racial divisions, he created and implemented the innovative No Colors No Labels Initiative designed to remove the preconceived notion that the Police were racially motivated. NCNL provided a safe community for all citizens. In 2017 he was named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian of the Year by the NAACP. He is a leader who believes in diversity and that a workforce should mirror the community they serve."
WORDSMITH, a songwriter, performer, entrepreneur and philanthropist from Baltimore, Maryland, joined us to discuss his ventures and projects, including his work with his entertainment company, his philanthropy work, and his activities with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. he also shared some of his music with us!
From His Website:
"Baltimore City Public schools don't include music classes or music programs. To mitigate this deficit, Rise with a Purpose, Inc.(RISE) will provide an instructional music program for Baltimore City underserved youth & aspiring musicians on the fundamentals of song creation/structure, vocal tones, classical music, dance, & the recording process. Donations will be used for providing an after-school facility, students with instruments and accessories, studio & recording equipment, stipends for teachers, purchase of equipment and technology for virtual instruction."
REDWOOD, a singer/songwriter from the UK, joined us to discuss her songwriting, her background, her background, and. the differences between performing live and in the studio. She also shared two her songs with us!
From Her BandCamp Page:
"Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Worcestershire. Known for her powerful, haunting vocals and perfect harmonies, Redwood has been performing on the West Midlands circuit for the last couple of years."
"A successful actor and model for over twenty five years. Had businesses in the hair and beauty industry, was a ski instructor, and competed internationally as an athlete, and martial artist.
Much later on, he developed a fitness brand called KETTFusion, which is established in the UK and three other European countries and has received numerous awards as a leading fitness brand.
But it was a visit to a clairvoyant, who suggested he try writing, that put him on the path of becoming an Author, which now takes up most of his time.
The Wand Chronicles is by far his largest and most exciting writing project to date."
ELIZABETH MALDONADO, a certified teacher, certified life coach, author, aspiring motivational speaker, and an ordained minister from San Antonio, Texas, joined us to discuss all of the great things that she is doing to help others.
From Her Site:
"My Life Coaching practice evolved from my work at Innovative Approaches to Education (my homeschooling business). I would inevitably find students who trusted me enough to share their fears and their aspirations. I began coaching them. When they were committed to reaching their goals, we would see them build momentum and acquire growth. This inspired me to get my Life Coach certification and make it official.
My background is in education. I have worked as a teacher since August of 2000. During my eighteen years of service, I have learned there is both an art and a science to teaching/coaching. Individualized service is key. Building trust leads to great relationships, and that in and of itself, helps build the momentum necessary for attaining achievement."
MITCHELL NICHOLAS GERBER, an investigative journalist/activist now living in Vietnam, joined us to give information about the horrific organ harvesting and murders of Chinese citizens.
From His Page:
"I am currently on the frontlines, a hundred miles away from the Chinese border in Communist Vietnam, dangerously close to the Red Dragons Lair, namely China; where a horrific tale of horror is commencing and tightly concealed.
I want to share with you my Incredible Story of courage, dedication, and conviction of this mission I am on; that I feel will truly captivate, inspire, and encourage your audience in a tremendous way and make them feel that no matter how hard Life can be, the goodness of the human spirit will ALWAYS triumph over acts of evil!"
WADE ROUSE, an author from Michigan, and an internationally bestselling author of eleven books, including four memoirs and five novels, each of which has been translated into twenty languages. Wade Rouse has already sold over a million copies worldwide!
We discussed all of his books, including his newest release (under the pen name of Viola Shipman), "The Clover Girls".
From His Website: "Wade’s books have been selected multiple times as Must-Reads by NBC’s Today show, featured in USA Today, The Washington Post and Chelsea Lately and chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation’s independent booksellers.
Wade is the noted humorist of four critically-acclaimed memoirs. He was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards in Humor (he lost to Tina Fey) and was named by Writer’s Digest as “The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With” (Wade was sandwiched between Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson).
Wade’s novels, written under the pen name Viola Shipman, are beloved by readers across the world. Wade chose his grandmother’s name as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction."
waderouse.com and/or violashipman.com
LISA DAILEY, an author, traveler, and owner of Silent Sidekick and Sidekick Press, joined us to discuss her latest release, "Square Up - 50,000 miles in search of a way home", as well as her work with other authors.
From Her Website: "Lisa Dailey is an avid traveler and writer. In her time abroad, she unearthed new ways of looking at her life through her discoveries in remote corners of the world and she continues to enrich her life through travel. She is currently working on a recipe anthology as well as her first work of fiction.
A native Montanan, Lisa now makes her home by the ocean in Bellingham, Washington, but returns to her roots every summer for a healthy dose of mountains and Big Sky. Lisa is the owner of Silent Sidekick and Sidekick Press where she helps guide authors through their publishing journey."
VANESSA ZAMY, a business consultant and author from Massachusetts, joined us to discuss what she can do for those who are interested in starting and growing a business, while also maintaining their 9 to 5 jobs.
FROM HER BIO:
"With a focus on efficiency and effectiveness, Vanessa Zamy works with you as a new entrepreneur on taking care of your life while also taking care of business. Her motto: keep it simple, then keep it movin’!"
HENYA DRESCHER, an author from New York and Massachusetts, joined us to discuss here latest release, "Stolen Truth".
From Her Amazon Page:
"Henya Drescher is often found reading a book, and that book will most likely be a psychological thriller, which she writes. Writing novels was always her wish, and now, with STOLEN TRUTH, it has become a reality. When not absorbed in writing her third novel and spending too much time on the computer, Henya's passions include lifting weights, spinning, and cultivating her large garden."
M.D. HOUSE, an author from Utah, joined us to discuss his latest release, "Pillars of Barabbas", the sequel to, "I Was Called Barabbas", which discusses imagining the life Barabbas went on to live after being spared his sentence of death in exchange for the life of Jesus.
From His Website:
"The man they called Barabbas has come a long way from the wretched prisoner released by Pontius Pilate in lieu of Jesus of Nazareth. He and his wife Chanah are growing in regard among the leadership of Christ’s fledgling church, which is expanding and thriving.
But increasing Christian influence breeds jealousy among several Roman governors and senators. How will Emperor Nero react? Can the apostle Paul soothe the moody young ruler and help the valiant Roman saints continue to spread the Word?"
MAYKEN SELINDER NILSSON, an author now from Georgie, joined us to discuss her writing career and her books, including, "A Good Kind of Crazy" and "Western Skies".
From Her Website:
"Majken Selinder Nilsson strives to develop a strong sense of place blended with complex characters with whom people can relate, while utilizing succinct, developed dialogue. Their personas become like close friends, often surprising her with the twists and turns in their lives as much as her readers. She connects with her characters on a deeply personal level and is known to mourn them when their stories come to an end."
LIANE CARMEN, a former marketing employee for Coca-Cola, and now an author from Florida, joined us to discuss her "Investigation Duo" series, as well as her upcoming standalone book, "When Wings Flutter".
FROM HER WEBSITE:
"The idea behind Where the Truth Hides started when we had a family mystery to solve and turned to DNA testing. I might have become slightly obsessed. (Okay, I did.) We solved our mystery, but during our search, we also uncovered a secret or two. More than one person asked: is DNA ever wrong? After much research, I have found the simple answer. Families keep secrets, and people don't always tell the truth, but DNA doesn't lie.
Now, some people don’t want to know the truth. They’re fine with keeping the past buried, and I can respect that. But writing fictional stories about the secrets – I couldn’t resist."
JIM CAMPBELL, a noted radio show host and author, joined us to discuss his newest release, "Madoff Talks: Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History".
FROM HIS AMAZON PAGE:
"In Madoff Talks, author Jim Campbell presents the most comprehensive, insider account of the Madoff saga to date. Based on exclusive interviews with all the players―the Madoff family and their associates, the Wall Street wheelers and dealers, the army of lawyers, analysts, and investigators, the victims of the scheme, and Bernie Madoff himself―the book reveals:
WILLIE DRYE, an author from North Carolina, joined us to discuss his release, "For Sale —American Paradise: How Our Nation Was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida".
FROM HIS AMAZON PAGE:
"A tale of a colorful and tragicomic era during which the allure and illusion of the American Dream was on full display—a Jazz Age period when Americans started chasing what F. Scott Fitzgerald called “the orgiastic future”—the book reveals how the recent economic collapse in Florida is eerily similar to events that happened there between 1925 and 1928.
What sets the mid-1920s’ Florida land boom apart from more recent booms-and-busts, however, is that this was the first modern boom, the first time that emerging new technologies, mass communications and modern advertising techniques were used to sell the nation on the notion that prosperity and happiness are simply there for the taking."
DR. JOHN CHUBACK, a cardiovascular surgeon from New Jersey, and one of our returning guests, joined us to discuss his latest release, "The Straight A Handbook - The 50 Most Powerful Secrets For Ultimate Success In And Out Of The Classroom".
From PR by the Book:
"... Dr. Chuback shares the skills, techniques, and philosophies which are the key to success in school, work, and life. Drawing from his unusually lengthy and rigorous academic experience, which led to a challenging, but equally rewarding career, Dr. Chuback brings a rare expertise to the subject of academic excellence and the inner growth of the individual."
Also, be sure to check out all episodes of "Success Philosophies With Dr. Chuback", all of which can be found on our podcast page.
GARY PHIPPS, a Father, Husband, Veteran Paratrooper, Marketer, and Opinion Man from St. Louis, stopped in to discuss a variety of topics regarding the world today.
From His BIO:
"I have a strong opinion about the things I believe in, but I'm ALWAYS open to having my mind changed, IF you can change it. I won't be type cast into one specialty because we are all more than our main profession. Sometimes when you mix different ingredients together you get a new flavor that stands out from the rest."
L. BORDETSKY WILLIAMS, a college professor and author from New York, joined us us to discuss her latest release, "Forget Russia", a story of love, murder, betrayal, and retribution.
From Her Website:
"L. BORDETSKY-WILLIAMS is the author of Forget Russia, published by Tailwinds Press, December 2020. She has also published the memoir, Letters to Virginia Woolf; The Artist as Outsider in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf; and three poetry chapbooks (The Eighth Phrase, Sky Studies, and In the Early Morning Calling. She was a student in Moscow at the Pushkin Institute in 1980. Presently, she is a Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey and lives in New York City."
Fresh from the success of his book, "A Principal's Family Principles" (available for purchase at www.amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and www.outskirtspress.com), "Dr. Paul's Family Talk" focuses on the family, kids, parenting, schools, jokes, music, sports, issues of the day, and all issues that impact the family.