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Richard C. Levy

Richard C. Levy, co-author of The Toy and Game Inventor’s Handbook, will see his electronic Cat Paw invention, licensed to Wicked Cool Toys, in Books-a-Million nationwide this fall. The “friendly but feisty” impulse novelty toy includes two fun cat sounds. It can be used to creep out co-workers, amuse cat lovers and stupefy cats themselves.

Lisa Iannucci

Lisa Iannucci lastest book, On Location: A Film and TV Lover’s Travel Guide (Globe Pequot Press), was released on March 1, 2018. The book focuses on locations and history behind your favorite films or television series and favorite actors in the United States. Enjoy over a hundred profiles on famous movie and television locations from John Wayne’s westerns to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Sit in the diners used in Top Gun and Breaking Bad. Visit museums on your favorite celebrities, such as Lucille Ball and Jimmy Stewart, or television and movies such as The Christmas Story Museum, From New York to California. There are also statue alerts throughout the book where you can take selfies with your favorite celebs, such as Elizabeth Montgomery as Bewitched. Lisa also started a podcast, Reel Travels, based off of her book, on Associated website

Nonnie Thompson

Nonnie Thompson's book, Time It Was: Memoir of a Modern Pioneer, has been published by Bay Tree Publishing. This is her first book, after sixty published articles and photos in national, and regional, magazines. It's now available on her website and on Amazon. Synopsis: On an icy Rocky Mountain highway, the winter sun was setting on a teenaged girl hitchhiking alone. Nonnie Thompson had run away from her parents' home yearning for the freedom and wildness of a pioneer wagon train. Fortunately for her, she was coming of age in the 1970s amidst a cultural revolution. By that evening she found the new life she was looking for in a Colorado commune, surrounded by a group of people who shared her ideals. Time It Was captures the youthful enthusiasm of those years while tracing the joys and sorrows of a woman who lived them deeply. "Nonnie Thompson's voice rings true. Her story is just about as genuine as they come." Bob Weir, founding member of the Grateful Dead "Nonnie Thompson is such a natural writer, reading this tome will make you feel as though she is sitting beside you, describing her adventures from up close. I found myself absorbed, entertained, and also gently thrown back to that expansive era, when everything good seemed possible, and living itself seemed infinite." Mollie Katzen, author of the Moosewood Cookbook "This sweet book takes you, dear reader, far far out and off the grid, where concrete crumbles into wilderness. Here log cabins and tipis hold pioneering hippie folk to rock 'n' roll among the hard times and rainbows of their lives." Wavy Gravy, co-founder of the SEVA Foundation, counter-culture peace activist Associated website

Candy Harrington

Candy B. Harrington recently released her fifth national park access guide, Barrier-Free Travel; Washington National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. The guidebook includes detailed information about wheelchair-accessible trails, sites, lodging options and attractions in Olympic, Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks. Associated website

Nancy Del Pizzo

Nancy has been named a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation for the second year in a row. See for methodology used.

Sandra Beckwith

Sandra Beckwith's website,, recently received global recognition. Feedspot ranked it number 7 among thousands of book marketing blogs while Booksie named it a "Top 100 Writing Site." It has been named a top website for authors and writers three other times in the past, as well. Associated website

Harvey Rachlin

Harvey Rachlin's fourteenth book, written with his brother Steven M. Rachlin, M.D., was published on February 4th by Amsterdam Publishers. Entitled Color War: Dinshah P. Ghadiali's Battle With the Medical Establishment over his Revolutionary Light-Healing Science, it tells the story of a Parsee Indian who in 1920 introduced to the world a new healing science that he spent decades meticulously researching. It was based on color therapy, and hundreds of medical doctors, surgeons, dentists and other health professionals subsequently used it in their practices with astonishingly successful results—often on patients that conventional medicine could not help. Associated website

Patricia Kutza

Patricia Kutza's The Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit Workbook (co-authored with Connie Payne) is now part of the class curriculum in several public and private K-12 schools in Northern California's Contra Costa County. Associated website

Edith Hornik-Beer

Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer is one of the 10 journalists who was recognized by the Matt Kramer 2017 Award for Excellence in Journalism for her articles Therapy: Forget The Couch Think Horses published in September, 2017 in and for her article, Life After NASA, published in The Greenbelt magazine in May, 2016 Associated website

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    – Sidney Sheldon
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    – Kenneth Tynan
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    – Ring Lardner
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    – Marguerite Yourcenar
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    – Somerset Maugham
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    – Christopher Hampton
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    – Lawrence Kasdan
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    – Flannery O'Connor
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    – Richard Curtis
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    – Stephen King
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