19 October, 2017

CYBERCIVICS: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology by Diana Graber

Digital literacy educator and founder of CyberWise, Diana Graber helps parents teach their digital kids the skills they need to avoid the pitfalls associated with tech while at the same time learning to harness the amazing tools they have at their fingertips so they can build happy and successful lives. (Amacom/World Rights/2019)

7 August, 2017

WILD CHILD by A.S. Green

In this follow-up to SUMMER GIRL, A.S. Green takes us back to Little Bear Island as a former Navy SEAL now private investigator arrives to provide security for a celebrity wedding and comes face-to-face with the most terrifying challenge of his life: a small-town island girl whose sharp tongue and take-no-prisoners attitude is seriously throwing him off his game. (Entangled Embrace, World 2018)

4 October, 2016

SNEAKY BLENDS: Supercharge Your Health with more than 100 Recipes, Missy Chase Lapine

The New York Times bestselling author of The Sneaky Chef brings us the next trend in healthy eating with delicious and easy recipes whipped up with nutrient-dense purees to create leaner, cleaner yet ridiculously tasty meals.
BLEND (blend) NOUN: a combination of different tastes made from superfoods, like blueberries, kale, and broccoli that are packed with disease fighting phytonutrients, fiber, and low in calories.

When the New York Times bestselling Sneaky Chef took off, Missy Chase Lapine knew parents were finally getting their kids to eat healthy with hidden veggie purees (a.k.a. Blends). What surprised her, though, was that those same parents were using Blends in their own recipes and feeling more energized. Taking her cue from those parents, Missy is on a mission with Sneaky Blends to show how anyone can eat healthy without sacrificing taste.

Starting off with fifteen signature Base Blends, such as Butternut Squash-Apple, Black Bean-Blueberry-Baby Kale, and Carrot-Sweet Potato, Missy shows you how these nutrient packed blends can kick start your healthy lifestyle. When these blends are added to your favorite recipes or one of Missy’s delicious recipes like Zucchini Pasta Piccata, Chai Tea Smoothie Bowl, Cheesy Kale-Basil Soufflé, Meaty Mushroom Bolognese, or 45-Calorie Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, they instantly become healthy. This is healthy eating without deprivation!

Missy also has created the Blends Cleanse™, a 3-day Body Reboot that you can tailor to your own lifestyle, giving you a diet do-over and setting you on the path to weight loss. Full of gorgeous color photos and tips and tricks to start blending, this is the only cookbook you will need to detox and transform your overall health while still enjoying delicious meals.

“Sneaky Blends provides mouthwatering options that get those much needed veggies in our diets!” (-Devin Alexander, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and celebrity chef)

“…A new way to bring out all that is good in the foods we eat and feed our families every day. This book will make daily meals healthy, hearty and delicious.” (Todd English, celebrity chef, restaurateur, author and television personality)

“Missy has been a champion of children’s health through her innovative Sneaky Chef books – bringing easy ways to add vegetables and other nutritious foods into our kids’ diets. Now with Sneaky Blends, we adults have a delicious chance to enjoy her signature blends and purees for ourselves! The book is beautiful to browse, and the recipes so delicious, it makes healthy eating a pleasure!” (Elizabeth Pantley, Author of The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Your Child to Eat — and Eat Healthy)

“With Missy’s recipes, we have no excuse for avoiding all the delicious satisfying foods we’ve all been neglecting. She understands flavors and texture as well as any chef and edits her recipes for a healthy experience.” (Daniel Boulud, Chef/Owner, The Dinex Group)

Missy Chase Lapine is best known as the originator of the successful Sneaky Chef series of books, including her flagship New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. Missy is also the founder of Sneaky Chef Foods, LLC, a company that develops food products that fit with the Sneaky Chef mission, such as Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter and pasta sauces made with hidden veggies. Former publisher of Eating Well magazine, Missy lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

26 August, 2016

MASHED: Beyond the Potato, Holly Herrick

Dinner never was easier!  Mash it, smash it!

Holly Herrick’s gorgeous new cookbook, MASHED:  Beyond the Potato (Gibbs Smith, Sept. 2016), offers a61C+xrW594L fresh take on classic comfort foods includes not only delicious variants on mashed potato dishes, but also gratins, soups, dips, sauces, guacamoles, pâtés, casseroles, panna cottas, and sorbets made with a plethora of vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts, eggs, and even meats. Hot or cold, savory or sweet, classic or innovative, rustic or elegant, Mashed shows that mashing doesn’t need to stop at just traditional mashed potatoes.

Holly Herrick holds Le Grande Diplome (honors) in Pastry and Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. She is a multi-awarded food journalist, cooking instructor and the author of eight cookbooks. Visit her at

15 December, 2015

Summer Girl by A.S. Green

Writing as A.S. Green, Anne Greenwood Brown’s first New Adult novel begins when Kathryn D’Arcy’s vanished college fund forces her to take a mysteriously well-paying summer job at the lighthouse on stark Little Bear Island island in hopes of salvaging her senior year of college. But a golden retriever with a mind of her own, a few straight-talking new friends, a rogue bear, and a particularly hot ferry driver start her thinking that the perfect life she has planned with her hometown love might not be the future she really wants — or needs — after all.  (World Rights to Entangled Embrace for publication in Summer 2016)

13 November, 2015


Carol MasciolaThe Yearbook is Carol Masciola’s first published novel. The idea for the book came to her while leafing through her grandmother’s 1924 Charleston (W.Va) High School annual. Carol grew up in Vermilion, Ohio, an historic town on the banks of Lake Erie, with four sisters and a lot of woods and fields and freedom to wander around and daydream. She graduated from nearby Oberlin College with a degree in liberal arts and moved to Southern California, where she worked as a newspaper reporter for twelve years, learning journalism on the job but feeling restless.

At the Orange County Register, she won the PEN/West Literary Award in Journalism for a weeklong serial about a 77-year-old old man trying to take care of a baby by himself. Shortly after, she left the paper to marry a foreign correspondent from Spain who was covering Central America for Reuters News Service.  Since January of 2000, she has lived in Guatemala, Colombia, Jordan, London, Turkey, Spain and now lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband and their two sons. Carol began to write fiction after leaving journalism, first focusing on learning the screenwriting craft. She has completed six feature screenplays in genres from black comedy to Alpine ghost story.

Learn more about Carol and THE YEARBOOK on the web at Follow Carol on Twitter at @CarolMasciola and check out her Facebook page here.

5 November, 2015

Interview with Dale Russakoff at Rutgers Newark, November 5, 5:30 p.m.

THE PRIZE 51UTBTUV8bLDaleRussakoff_007  See below for more details.

The event is open to the public.  Robeson Hall 255-257, 5:30 p.m.  Books can be purchased and will be signed by the author after the interview.

A Conversation with Dale Russakoff, New York Times bestselling author of THE PRIZE: Who is In Charge of Our Schools?

Brilliantly reported…May well be one of the most important books on education to come along in years.” Alex Kotlowitz, New York Times Book Review

Dale Russakoff’s THE PRIZE: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? (Houghton Mifflin, September 2015) has ignited a national conversation about education, poverty, philanthropy and politics. The book tells the riveting story of a grand experiment conceived by an improbable alliance of former Mayor Cory Booker, Governor Chris Christie and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to save an urban school district. The hope was to create in Newark a model for education in disadvantaged districts nationwide. Combining clear-eyed analysis, brilliant reporting and an ability to weave together many disparate skeins into a compelling narrative, THE PRIZE reveals the intricate agendas at play. The high-stakes battle for control of Newark’s schools—and the money attached to it—is the latest chapter in a long history of neglect and betrayal of the citizens of Newark, who first learned about the Zuckerberg gift of $100 million along with the nation, when it was announced on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Russakoff, who brings nearly 3 decades of experience as a Washington Post reporter, gained first-person access to all of the key players, but also spent hours in the classrooms, at school and town meetings and at the homes of students and their families. Within the broken system, she discovers gifted teachers, dedicated parents and bright young “scholars” with a hunger to learn. In THE PRIZE, she lends us her eyes and ears. We are in the back of the limousine with Cory Booker, in the board room with teams of highly paid consultants, at town meetings with former Superintendent of Schools, Cami Anderson, and face-to-face with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan.

Interviewed by Joelle Delbourgo, Russakoff’s long-time friend, literary agent, and Lecturer in the English Department at Rutgers, this conversation will trace how a newspaper journalist at one of the top newspapers in the country transitioned from reporting for newspapers to writing a full-length book that took four and a half years.   They will discuss the publishing process, from book proposal to bestselling book. Russakoff will share the tremendous reaction to the book which has resulted in a New Yorker excerpt, speaking engagements at Stanford and the Harvard School of Education, media coverage worldwide, and translation sales in China, Korea and the Czech Republic. Most important, Russakoff will offer her observations and what they mean for the city of Newark, for our schools and for the future of our children.



16 April, 2015


“A fine-grained first novel.” (Kirkus Reviews)

As the shadow of World War II descends over Europe, Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb hunts for an elusive killer behind the veil of a seemingly charming English village.

German bombersLanguage of the Dead_CVRare arriving daily, seeking to crush England.  But in a rural Hampshire village, things have remained fairly quiet–until an elderly loner, Will Blackwell, is brutally murdered.  The method of his killing bears the hallmarks of the traditional vanquishing of a witch, and indeed, local legend claims that as a boy, Blackwell encountered a ghostly black dog sent from the devil who struck a bargain for Blackwell’s soul. Not long after the murder, a young woman who is carrying the illegitimate child of a fighter pilot also is violently killed; then a local drunkard ends up dead in an abandoned mill.  As the Germans continue their relentless attack, Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb must solve the crimes.  Do the killer’s motivations lie in the murky regions of the occult?

Filled with believable, psychologically complex characters in a vividly evoked historical setting, this superbly written, suspenseful mystery keeps the reader guessing from the very beginning to a startling conclusion.” (Gary Inbinder, author of The Devil in Montmartre)

This is a thrilling read. An evocative debut with a dark secret at its heart, Language of the Dead grips from the beginning and refuses to relinquish its hold until the final page. Based on a real case the novel takes the facts in a new and original direction, providing a thrilling dénouement via some very satisfying twists and turns. I for one can’t wait to read more about the adventures of Inspector Lamb and his team in the future.” (Diana Bretherick, author of City of Devils)

A gripping mystery set in the middle of the German air raids on Britain in World War Two. Grisly murder, war, the occult, and lively characters with dark secrets all come together in this fine story.” (Philip Freeman, author of St. Brigid’s Bones)

8 April, 2015

Simcha Jacobovici speaks

The controversy over the “discovery” of the bones of Jesus and his family has stirred passions.  Simcha Jacobovici, noted documentarian and co-author of THE LOST GOSPEL, speaks out.  51KT+T4c2YL._SY300_

Here’s a link to the NBC clip:


2 October, 2013

Book of the Week: LIES BENEATH by Anne Greenwood Brown

172903613Make Summer last just a little longer with this fast-paced tale of murderous mermaids in Lake Superior by the lovely Anne Greenwood Brown.

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters must prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death.

It’s going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love–just as Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves. One thing’s for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won’t be pretty.

Available from,  Barnes and Noble  and indie bookstores everywhere!