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Linda Morel

Linda Morel's essay, Close Encounters In A Classroom will be published in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: Inspiration For Teachers, April 2017.

Kim Kavin

The Dog Writers Association of America named Kim Kavin's "The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business of Breeders, Pet Stores, and Rescuers" best reference book of 2016.

Nancy Peske 

Nancy Peske has just sold the update to her coauthored, award-winning book Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues—originally published in 2005 and updated and revised in 2009. The new edition will be published by Penguin Random in 2018. Additionally, Polish rights to the book have just been sold. Nancy's website for the book is and her YouTube channel is Nancy Peske, Twitter handle @SensorySmartMom. Her Facebook page for Raising a Sensory Smart Child has nearly 100,000 followers.

Susan Ewing

Susan Ewing's new book, Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil, is out from Pegasus Books in April. The book traces the discovery and evolving scientific understanding of an ancient sharklike beast, Helicoprion, across more than a century, and features artwork by Ray Troll and augmented reality models by Jesse Pruitt. Associated website 

Katherine Hauswirth

Katherine Hauswirth's book of nature essays, The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail, is scheduled for publication with Homebound Publications in May 2017. Preorders are available at via Homebound Publications. Associated website

Randi Minetor

Randi Minetor's latest book, Death in Zion National Park, arrives in stores May 1. The book chronicles the 92 people who lost their lives during their vacation or on work assignments in the park since the late 1800s. This is Randi's second book in the "Death in the National Parks" series; her Death in Glacier National Park garnered national media attention in 2016 and has sold out of park bookstores repeatedly. Associated website

Ann Hoffner

The Natural Burial Cemetery Guide, including over 125 green burial cemeteries, was published January 1, 2017. With detailed entries and information on green burial the guide helps people choose where to find this environmentally sound alternative to conventional burial or cremation. Associated website.

Jyrki Penttinen

The latest book of Dr. Jyrki Penttinen, The Wireless Communications Security, presents security threats and protection mechanisms in current and future mobile networks. The book summarizes key aspects and evolved technologies including the most important security aspects and solutions of cellular networks and ever growing Internet of Things (IoT) for protecting end-users, network operators and service providers against cyber attacks. Associated website

Edith Hornik-Beer

The book, The Drinking Woman by Edith Lynn Hornik, has been updated and has come out through the Authors Guild's arrangement with Open Road as The Drinking Woman Revisited by Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer with a forward by Dr. Thomas P. Beresford . Her other book, For Teenagers Living With A Parent Who Abuses Alcohol/Drugs, has been featured here

Elizabeth Economou

Ever wonder what celebrated soprano Renee Fleming and Italian astrophysicist Ricardo Giacconi have in common? Both are Fulbright alumni. To read more about this prestigious program, read Liz's latest article in Alaska Beyond magazine. Associated website

Candy Harrington

Candy B. Harrington recently released the fourth book in her Barrier-Free Travel series, Barrier-Free Travel; Favorite Florida State Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. The guidebook includes detailed information about accessible trails, sites, lodging options, tours and attractions in 12 of the author’s favorite Florida state parks. Associated website  

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw, author of "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much," is appearing on two national podasts - (Dec 15) and (Dec 16) regarding the mysterious death of media icon Dorothy Kilgallen. Associated website 

Carren Strock

Grandpa and Me and the Park in the City, written and illustrated by Carren Strock, celebrates the bond between a child and his grandfather and the rewards that effort and persistence can bring. Braden is a seven-year-old who spends time with his grandfather during the summer months. Although he lives in the country, Braden discovers that city-life has its attractions. He especially enjoys the park. However, the day comes when Braden outgrows childish things, and he is disconsolate. But he's in for a big surprise when Grandpa takes him to the park very early one morning. This book celebrates diversity, showing people of different ages, ethnicities, shapes, and sizes enjoying city life together. It lends itself to inter-generational, ethnic, and urban study them units for elementary school teachers.The effective rhyming and eye-catching colors makes this a good choice for a read-aloud. Associated website 

Elizabeth Economou

Seattle-based writer Liz Economou, a former teacher and adjunct professor, published a 2,000-word feature on what the classroom of the future could look like in Alaska Beyond, an in-flight magazine with more than a million readers every month. Associated website

Steve Slavin

Steve Slavin's short story collection, To the City, with Love (Martin Sister's Publishing, November), is a highly fictionalized collective memoir. A lifelong New Yorker, he shamelessly appropriated the anecdotes of scores of friends and acquaintances, including those of fellow writers. You might want to see if any of YOUR stories appear in the book.

Milton Toby

Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred's Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky, by ASJA Vice President Milton Toby, was judged the best non-fiction book about horse racing at the recent EQUUS Film Festival in New York. Noor previously won an American Horse Publications editorial award as the best equine book of the year.

Robert Davey

Robert Davey wrote a story for Penthouse magazine in July/August 2015. It begins with the abduction of two U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and raises questions about government assertions and policies on electronic surveillance, spanning the Bush and Obama eras, and touching on Edward Snowden's revelations. Associated article 

Christine Heinrichs 

Christine's new book entitled The Field Guide to Backyard Chickens was published in May 2016. Associated website

John Hanc

John Hanc’s 14th book was published by William Morrow on Labor Day. Hanc co-authored Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life—a self-development book based upon some of the latest theories on personality and emotions—with executive coach Margaret Moore and Dr. Edward Phillips, M.D. of Harvard Medical School. Linda Konner was the agent on the title. The book is a follow up to the successful 2012 book, co-authored by Moore and Hanc with Harvard’s Dr. Paul Hammerness, M.D., Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life.

Beebe Bahrami

Beebe Bahrami has two new travel narratives: Cafe Oc--A Nomad's Tales of Magic, Mystery, and Finding Home in the Dordogne of Southwestern France (Shanti Arts Publishing, November 2016); and Cafe Neandertal--Excavating Our Past in One of Europe's Most Ancient Places (Counterpoint Press, March 2017). Associated website 

Robert Rimm

Book Launch—"Better to Speak of It: Fostering Relationships & Results through Creativity", a book of core management and personal values written by Robert Rimm, managing editor of Arch Street Press, in collaboration with Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. Exploring the vital benefits of innovation, it offers insight into how creativity and organizational management can be applied with substantial results. Associated website 

Patricia Kutza

Patricia Kutza recent book (Co-authored with Connie Payne), "The Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit - Strategies for a Culturally-Challenged World", is now available on Amazon. Their new book provides a new model for etiquette that readers can use to skillfully assess and respond to the myriad situations they will encounter in this rapidly changing world. Associated website

Michele Matrisciani

Michele Matrisciani's new book, "WHOLE: How I Learned to Fill the Fragments of My Life with Forgiveness, Hope, Strength, and Creativity" was published by Rodale in September. The book is a heavily researched collaboration with Dr. Oz correspondent and A&E host, Melissa Moore. WHOLE is a five-step approach to healing from shame and trauma: Watch the Storm, Heal Your Heart, Open Your Mind, Leverage Your Power, and Elevate Your Spirit. An audio book is also being released along with a special promotions journal companion. This is Michele's third coauthored book.

Larry Atkins

In August 2016, Larry Atkins published his new book, "Skewed, A Critical Thinker's Guide to Media Bias" (Prometheus Books). In a media landscape dominated by advocacy news networks pushing competing points of view, his book shows readers how to separate the facts from the agenda-driven spin and selective presentation often used by such news sources as Fox and MSNBC. Atkins describes the goals of advocacy journalism—i.e., journalism that transparently advocates a biased worldview—and shows that it has been a part of our history since the 1700s. He assesses the role of talk radio, cable news networks, and the more recent phenomena of special-interest blogs, websites, and citizen journalists in creating the current media climate. This book gives readers the tools to critique the media, to see both sides of any issue, and to become better informed citizens and voters. Associated website

Donna Kaz

Donna Kaz's debut book, "UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour," comes out from Skyhorse this fall. "UN/MASKED," chronicles how Kaz used performance, art, and humor to shed light on women’s issues as the feminist masked avenger/Guerrilla Girl, Aphra Behn. A book launch at WORD in Brooklyn, NY on November 1 will be followed by a book tour to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Washington DC and other cities in the fall and spring. Associated website

Mark Ray

Mark Ray recently completed two major book projects for the Boy Scouts of America: the 13th edition of the venerable Boy Scout Handbook and the new two-volume Troop Leader Guidebook, which replaces the Scoutmaster Handbook. Mark also writes extensively for the BSA's three magazines: Boys' Life, Scouting, and Eagles' Call.

Richard Levy

Richard C. Levy’s “Toy and Game Inventor’s Handbook,” co-authored with Ronald Weingartner, is #2 on Forbes’ 2016 list of the 33 Best Books Recommended by Shark Tank Entrepreneurs. Associated website

Steve Rabey

Veteran Colorado member Steve Rabey's latest book is a collaboration with Eastern University astronomer David Bradstreet. Zondervan releases Star Struck: Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos on Sept. 6. Associated website

Nancy Christie

Nancy Christie’s short story, “Memories of Music” was published in the August issue of St. Anthony Messenger. Christie’s short fiction has also recently appeared in Talking River (published bianually by Lewis-Clark State College) and Down in the Dirt, with a fourth story scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. Christie is also the author of Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories, a short story collection published by Pixel Hall Press. Associated Website

Judy Colbert

Judy Colbert's latest book, 100 Things To Do In Baltimore Before You Die, is scheduled for a September release. Associated Website

James Carberry

James Carberry contributed to "A Checklist for Hiring Content Marketing Writers" to a book, "Inside Content Marketing: EContent Magazine's Guide to Roles, Tools and Strategies For Thriving In The Age of Brand Journalism," by Theresa Cramer. 

Susan Sulich

Susan Sulich has published her first book, 50 Great Bed & Breakfasts and Inns - New England (Running Press). Combination cookbook and travel guide, the book takes readers on a tour of New England, exploring top bed and breakfasts in the areas and offering recipes for delicious regional brunch and breakfast fare. Associated Website

Michael Barry

Michael Thomas Barry's seventh nonfiction book In the Company of Evil Thirty Years of California Crime, 1950-1980, was released on March 28, by Schiffer Publishing. Read about 64 of the most horrifying crimes ever committed in The Golden State, from the early 1950s into the 1980s. Associated Website

Sue Russell

'The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art', by Sue Russell and co-author artist Elizabeth Williams, won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award Best in Academic Press. Other honors include an ELit 2015 Gold Medal, a Bronze IPPY (Independent Book Publisher Award) and a gold Global eBook Award. (CUNY Journalism Press.) Associated Website

Katherine Ozment

Katherine Ozment's first book, Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age (HarperWave), will be published on June 21. The book weaves memoir, reporting, and research to present rich portraits of those leaving religion and seeking new forms of meaning, ritual, and community. Associated Website

Judith D. Schwartz

Judith D. Schwartz's newest book, Water In Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World, will be published by St. Martin's Press in July 2016. Chinese character and Taiwan rights have been sold. Associated Website

Stefan Bechtel

Stefan Bechtel signed a deal with to create an audio book of "Redemption Alley," the true story of pro bowler Bob Perry, who got involved in the Jersey mob, was homeless for seven years, and after a life-changing encounter with an angel, got sober 24 years ago. This is Stefan's eleventh book, released in hardcover by Rodale Press in September, 2015.

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