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David Krueger MD

May 1 release: YOUR NEW MONEY STORY: The Beliefs, Behaviors, and Brain Science to Rewire for Wealth by David Krueger MD (Rowman & Littlefield, NewYork/London) Associated website

Ibrahim Masoodi

Author of Bumpy Roads Specialized in Gastrointestinal , pancreatic and Liver disorders Blogs Gastroenterology Desk clinical activities for medical students and doctors Associated website

Koraly Dimitriadis

After publishing her second-novel-in-verse "Just Give Me The Pills", her first being "Love and F--k Poems" which was also translated to Greek, Koraly Dimitriadis has been awarded a grant from the Cypriot Ministry of Education to attended the ASJA conference in New York and to also tour her poetry around America. After this trip, she will head to Europe after she was awarded a residency at the UNESCO City of Literature in Krakow. There she will continue to work on her debut fiction novel "Divided Island", a love story set in Melbourne and Cyprus.

Melanie Padgett Powers

Melanie Padgett Powers, a freelance writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., area, launched the Deliberate Freelancer podcast in March. The new podcast, available every Thursday morning, is aimed at helping freelancers build a successful freelance business. Powers leans on her own extensive experience and of having built a successful freelance business, MelEdits, over the past five years. Deliberate Freelancer is for freelancers in all industries and at all levels. The central theme of the podcast is to embrace the mindset that freelancers are not “just” a freelancer, but that they own a freelance business and need to think of and treat their work like a business. Deliberate Freelancer is not about the hustle. It’s not about living in that feast-or-famine cycle. It’s about building a freelance business. Deliberately. “I never imagined myself as a business owner, but when I went out on my own in 2013, I immediately loved the business side of freelancing,” Powers says. “I have become so passionate about empowering other freelancers and offering advice when I can, and this podcast is the next step.” Listeners can subscribe to the Deliberate Freelancer podcast for free in their favorite podcast app so they don’t miss an episode or they can listen online at They can provide feedback, ideas for the show or guest suggestions to Powers on Twitter @MelEdits or by email at Associated website

Mary Ann Sternberg

New nonfiction book. River Road Rambler Returns: (LSU Press). - A collection of stories about unique and underappreciated places along Louisiana's historic byway. Joins the previous story collection, River Road Rambler (LSU Press) Associated website

Donna Kaz

Donna Kaz has a new eBook out -- "PUSH/PUSHBACK 9 Steps to Make a Difference with Activism and Art (because the world's gone bananas)" is an insiders look at what went behind the posters, protests, fax blitzes, speak outs and street theatre actions the Guerrilla Girls used to attack and expose sexism and racism in the theatre world and beyond. It includes a step by step guide to the art of collaboration, how to gather stats, generate ideas, fund projects, ensure response and guarantee momentum. It also sheds light on the use of storytelling to weave together the fabric of a movement designed to effect change. The book is currently for sale at Associated website

Tish Davidson

The Vaccine Debate (ABC-CLIO, 2019) by medical writer Tish Davidson provides basic non-technical information on how vaccines work with the immune system. It discusses how people form opinions about vaccination and then examines seven vaccine controversies by introducing the history of the controversy and presenting both the anti-vaccination and medical establishment views in an objective way. Associated website

Nancy Christie

Nancy Christie's upcoming short fiction collection, Peripheral Visions and Other Stories (to be released May 2020 by Unsolicited Press) won second place in the Florida Writers Association 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition. Her non-fiction book, Rut-Busting Book for Writers, was named a Notable 100 Book in the 2018 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition and was also a finalist in the American Book Fest’s 15th Annual Best Book Awards/Business: Writing & Publishing Category. Associated website

David Krueger MD

March 1, 2019 of my book published by Paragon House: Engaging the Ineffable: Toward Mindfulness and Meaning.

candy harrington

Candy B. Harrington recently released her latest national park access guide, Barrier-Free Travel; The Grand Canyon for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. The guidebook includes detailed information about wheelchair-accessible trails, sites, lodging options and attractions in this popular national park. Associated website

Les Barbanell

New Book--New Concept "Return to Harmony: Conflict Management for Couples" features "Couple Intelligence." A self-assessment scale to measures CQ, partners potential for intimacy, is included. The book is the first expansion of IQ since Daniel Goleman's contribution in 1995. Available online @ Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Archway Publishing and Google Search.

Susan J. Gordon

Susan's short story, "Ellis Island Hanukkah," was one of five selected by nationwide to be heard on the radio in December 2018, and online - where it still can be accessed and enjoyed. Associated website

Beth Gardiner

Beth Gardiner's book "Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution" (University of Chicago Press), comes out in April. It is a global look at one of the world's most pressing health dangers: dirty air. Gardiner travels the world to tell this critically important story, taking readers from the halls of power in Washington and the diesel-fogged London streets she walks with her daughter to Poland’s coal heartland and India’s gasping capital. In a gripping narrative that’s alive with powerful voices and personalities, she exposes the political decisions and economic forces that have kept so many of us breathing dirty air. Gardiner, an American journalist based in London, has written for publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, National Geographic and Smithsonian, and she is a former longtime Associated Press reporter. Associated website

Jen Reeder

Jen Reeder won The Fear Free Pets Award from the writing competition of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). The winning article, published in Just Labs Magazine, profiled Fear Free veterinary practices that work to reduce fear, stress and anxiety for pets. She accepted the award, which came with $2,000 prize and mirrored plaque, on February 10 at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan during the DWAA Awards Banquet. Associated website

Judy Kirkwood

Judy Kirkwood's first book of poems, Prelude to a Divorce, is now available on for pre-order. At the moment it is on Amazon's list of best sellers for short reads. Associated website

Antonia Malchik

Antonia Malchik's first book, "A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time," will be published on May 7. The book delves into our relationship with walking from the perspectives of paleoanthrolopogy, disability, robotics, and more; how we lost access to walking throughout the 20th century, and how we're getting it back. Associated website

  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
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    – Douglas Adams
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    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
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    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
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    –Samuel Johnson