14 September, 2020


Gay Courter’s latest book, Quarantine! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis, will be published by Post Hill Press on November 10, 2020.  

In early February 2020, Gay and her documentary filmmaker husband, Phil, found themselves quarantined in Yokohama aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship by the Japanese government, just as they were about to disembark after a two-week southeast Asian cruise. Quarantine! is the insider’s book on the Diamond Princess episode, a suspenseful real-life drama recounting Gay and Phil’s twelve-day ordeal aboard ship, their tenacious efforts to get the U.S. government to repatriate them and other Americans, and their additional fifteen-day quarantine under federal order at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Gay and Phil own Courter Films & Associates, based in Crystal River, Florida. They have produced more than three hundred documentary, educational, and corporate films and won numerous awards,  two Emmys.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed travel, Gay and Phil had several international adventures each year. Gay’s travel articles for the Creators Syndicate go out to two thousand publications with about forty million readers.

Millions of copies of Gay Courter’s previous books have sold.  Her novels The MidwifeRiver of DreamsCode Ezra, and Flowers in the Blood made the New York Times bestseller list.

In the award-winning I Speak for This Child: True Stories of a Child Advocate, Gay recounts her twenty-five years as a volunteer appointed to help neglected and abused children in the Florida courts. The publication of that book led to many television appearances, including on TodayGood Morning America, and 20/20, and speaking engagements throughout the U.S.

This experience, as well as book tours for her novels, helped prepare her for the successful media campaign she and Phil launched, with the aid of their three adult children and Bobbie Carlton and her team at Carlton PR and Marketing, asking for the help of the U.S. government to evacuate them and other Americans from the Diamond Princess as the number of cases of the yet-unnamed novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, grew day by day.

In addition to the more than 150 interviews with media outlets from around the globe that Gay and Phil did while under quarantine in Japan and Texas, Gay wrote two op-eds for the Washington Post and an article for The Atlantic.

See for more about Quarantine! and for updates on Phil’s companion documentary, Quarantine! How We Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis.  See for more about Gay and her previous books.


4 August, 2020


Barrie Wilson

An award-winning educator, Barrie Wilson, PhD, is Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar, Religious Studies, York University, Toronto. An historian, he specializes in Early Christianity.

Wilson’s new book – Searching for the Messiah (Pegasus) – has just been released to rave reviews from scholars in the U.S.A., Canada and Israel. This ground-breaking historical investigation probes the idea of messiah from the Bible to Batman, with many stops in-between. Searching for the Messiah asks the fundamental question: what is a messiah? How should we recognize one should one appear?

King David, Jesus, Paul, political saviors as well as pop culture superheroes — all these figures appear as Wilson traces the evolution of the messianic concept and its migration from the religious domain into the secular. The ending is surprising as Wilson reflects on the overall search for a rescuer.

Of special interest is Wilson’s analysis of a much-neglected 1st century BCE writing. Written in Aramaic/Hebrew by a pious Jew in Jerusalem, this important work survives in a few Syriac and Greek manuscripts. This ancient text clearly sets forth the Jewish expectation of the messiah, just a few decades before the birth of Jesus.

  • Publishers Weekly: “Historians and lay readers alike will appreciate Wilson’s ingenuity and deep scholarship.”
  • Rivka Nir (Open University, Ra’anana, Israel) writes, “Wilson recruits his wide-ranging knowledge of Christianity, its textual and historical sources, and admirable writing skills, to lead us to a surprising conclusion.”
  • Gary Greenberg (jurist and biblical scholar, New York City) observes, “Is there a modern Messiah who can rise above politics and turn things around? [Wilson’s] answer may surprise you.”
  • Carla Ionescu (Trent University, Peterborough, ON): “This work is full of insights, well written and serious readers will come away with a better understanding of who is – and who is not – a messiah. The ending is surprising…and shocking.”

Wilson’s two earlier books established his reputation as an international historian of note. The Lost Gospel (Pagasus, 2014), co-authored with award-winning film-maker and bestselling author, Simcha Jacobovici, sparked worldwide controversy. This book decodes a mysterious ancient manuscript. Written by an anonymous monk in Syriac, the surviving manuscript is 1600 years old and based on an original that is likely a century or two older. The book was accompanied by a 2-hour feature documentary on Discovery Science in which Wilson participated.

The Lost Gospel provides an English translation along with two prefatory letters – never before translated that tell us that the book contains “a hidden message.” Once decoded, that secret has to do with Jesus being married and having two children. The idea that Jesus was human, Jewish, and, yes, married, upset many reviewers who preferred dogma over historical analysis.

How Jesus Became Christian (St. Martin’s Press, 2008) was a national bestseller in his native Canada, awarded the Tanenbaum Prize in History and short-listed for the Cundill International Prize in History. In How Jesus Became Christian Barrie Wilson challenges the way most people think of Christianity. He analyzes writings from the 1st and 2nd centuries CE that demonstrate that what we know as Christianity today is not the religion practiced by the historical Jesus and, in fact, bears little resemblance to what he taught. Rather, Wilson contends, contemporary Christianity was the creation of Paul, a man who never met the Jesus who roamed the Galilee and Jerusalem.

Learn more about Barrie and his work on his website!


23 March, 2020



13 March, 2020


With a background in journalism, Craig Carlson visited France for the first time in 1984 as an exchange student and instantly fell in love with the country. Upon his return to the States, he graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A in French and English. With his passion for cinema fueled by his sojourn in Paris, Craig moved to Los Angeles to study film in the Masters program at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

After winning the John Huston Directing Award, Craig wrote and directed a short film entitled Wheel of Torture about his real life adventures as a contestant on the popular game show, Wheel of Fortune. The film won awards at the Chicago Film Festival and the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy. In addition to being a produced screenwriter, Craig worked as a translator for the book, Letters: Jean Renoir, about the famous French film director. 

In 2003, Craig completely shifted gears and opened the first American diner in Paris — the culinary capital of the world — despite having no restaurant or business experience. Yet despite the odds, Craig’s diners, Breakfast in America, became the quintessential American success story – but with a decidedly French twist. Craig wrote a New York Times Bestselling memoir about the experience entitled, Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France, published by Sourcebooks. In 2017, the book was voted “Best Book in Paris” by Expatriate Magazine, and it is also currently in development for a possible TV series.

Craig’s second book, Let Them Eat Pancakes: One Man’s Personal Revolution in the City of Light, released July 2020.  

Craig and his husband Julien split their time between Paris and Los Angeles.


21 January, 2020


In a flash of inspiration, Nancy B. Kennedy realized the 100th anniversary of women winning the vote was approaching. Was there a book in that? Of course! Suffrage books were releasing right and left. But she found a gap—the middle grade market was wide open. Inspiring women were having a moment, and Nancy wanted to get in on it.

In February 2020, the Norton Young Readers imprint of W.W. Norton & Co. will publish Nancy’s book, “Women Win the Vote: 19 for the 19th Amendment.” She’s sewing a suffragette dress, donning her “Votes for Women” sash and getting ready for the big day. She’s visiting all the big suffrage sites, including the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Seneca Falls, New York, where the first women’s rights convention was held in 1848.

“I’m so excited about this book!” she says. “I was born and raised in Rochester, New York, the long-time home of both Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. I know all the abolitionist, suffrage and reform hotspots in the area. That part of New York State bred fierce activists.”

The suffrage book will be Nancy’s eighth book, many of which are collections of true-life stories. Cracker Barrel found a place in its stores nationwide for her book, Miracles & Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Military Chaplains, one of four books in a series. And for her book, How We Did It, she interviewed three dozen people who had succeeded at weight loss.

Nancy holds a degree in journalism from Penn State and worked in newspapers for many years, including a stint at Dow Jones in its pioneering electronic news service. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the online Wall Street Journal and many other publications. She lives—and votes!—in Hopewell, New Jersey, with her husband, John, and son, Evan (when he’s home from college).

Find out more about Nancy on her website and her Facebook Page



21 January, 2020


Stephen Kelly is the author of a trio of mystery novels from Pegasus Books that are set in southern England during World War II: The Language of the Dead; The Wages of Desire; and Hushed in Death (Pegasus).

Stephen spent more than thirty years in the newspaper business as a reporter, editor and columnist. His work has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Baltimore Magazine and other publications. He has a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and has taught writing and journalism at Hopkins; Towson University, in Baltimore; and Sweet Briar College, in Virginia. 

He lives in Columbia, Maryland, with his wife, Cindy, and their daughters, Anna and Lauren. Find out more about Stephen and his books at his website:

24 September, 2019


Willem Kuyken is the Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science at the University of Oxford, where he also directs the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His research work is focused on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, he examines how mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. He is working on several books that introduce mindfulness as a mainstream approach to living with integrity, well-being and effectiveness. 

Willem has published more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications. These include studies demonstrating that Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy is an effective approach to prevention of depression, an alternative to maintenance antidepressants (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2008; Lancet, 2015; JAMA Psychiatry, 2016), as well as a universal approach to preventing depression in adolescence (British Journal of Psychiatry, 2013). 

Willem is interested in the interface of ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary science. This led to the book, co-authored with Christina Feldman, Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, published by Guilford Press. It was described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “a tour de force … that elaborates in exquisite detail yet with utter accessibility and clarity what mindfulness is, where it comes from, its profound ethical foundation, its clinical applications, its growing evidence base, and its potential for healing.”

Another research focus is cognitive-behavioural therapy. He co-authored Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Working Effectively with Clients in Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, with Christine Padesky and Rob Dudley (2009). This book was described by Aaron T. Beck as “setting a gold standard for how to develop individualized case conceptualizations with our clients.” His research has been supported by the National Institute for Health Research, Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, NHS, Oxford Mindfulness Foundation, Medical Research Council and British Academy.

Willem regularly gives keynotes and workshops around the world. His work has been covered in numerous media outlets including CBSMaccleansNew StatesmanLe Mondeder Zeit,  the Telegraphthe Guardian, the BBC and many others. I have authored blogs for the Oxford Mindfulness CentreNIHR Dissemination Centre and the Huffington Post. He work with a range of groups who are skilled in public engagement, including the National Mental ElfPresent Moment podcasts,  Voices from OxfordCatalyst  It Gets Brighter and science programmes such as Trust Me I’m a Doctor. 

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18 September, 2019


Julie L. Hall is a freelance journalist, educational writer, poet, and author whose work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Reuters, HuffPost, The Nation, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Threepenny Review, Psych Centraland numerous other publications and news outlets.

Her book The Narcissist in Your Life: Recognizing the Patterns and Learning to Break Free  (December 2019/Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group) grew out of years of research, writing and educating readers about narcissism and how it affects families. Internationally renowned narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) authority and clinical psychologist Elinor Greenberg calls it “brilliant, riveting, and amazingly thorough” and says, “I recommend this book to virtually everyone with an interest in narcissistic personality disorder, including psychotherapists.” The book evolved from Julie’s work as founder of The Narcissist Family Files, a leading international resource for narcissistic abuse trauma understanding and recovery. Julie’s research for the book included hundreds of in-depth interviews with survivors of narcissistic abuse and trauma, as well as practitioners who work in the field of narcissistic personality disorder trauma and related CPTSD treatment. Julie has been interviewed as an NPD trauma expert by HuffPost and Vogue/Goop, and she provides consulting/coaching in the area of narcissistic abuse trauma recovery, assisting clients around the world.

Previously, Julie served as Editor and head photographer of Inside Bainbridge, a key community news partner of The Seattle Times that was voted among the top five news blogs in Western Washington. She cofounded ProgressiveKid, a groundbreaking online ecostore with products sold in Whole Foods stores and plugged on Oprah. She has written numerous nonfiction books for children, including in 2007 A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids: Understanding Climate Change and What You Can Do About Itendorsed by the PEW Center on Global Climate Change, Washington governor Jay Inslee, the National Science Teachers Association, and climate change writer/activist Bill McKibben. As an educational writer and editor in the areas of literature, science, and social studies, she has worked for dozens of clients, including Glencoe McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, AC Nielsen, and Columbia University. Before launching her freelance career, Julie served as Writing Director at educational publishing company Proof Positive and before that as Editorial Director at Rand McNally. Her award-winning poems have been anthologized and appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals. She has a BA in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from Goddard College. She is a NOLS graduate and certified in wildlife rehabilitation.

Julie is happiest hanging out with her family, photographing wildlife, and riding her bike. She lives on an island near Seattle with a tight pack of rescued dogs, cats, and chickens. She is working on a memoir.


14 August, 2019


Peter Zheutlin is a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Zheutlin has also written for The Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, AARP Magazine and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad.

He is the author of The New York Times best seller Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway (Sourcebooks, 2015), Rescued: What Second Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things (TarcherPerigee, October, 2017), and Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary Ride (Citadel Press, 2007).

His latest book is The Dog Went Over the Mountain: Travels with Albie: An American Journey (Pegasus Books, September, 2019), inspired by a re-reading of John Steinbeck’s beloved classic, Travels With Charley: In Search of America.

Mr. Zheutlin is also the co-author, with Thomas B. Graboys, M.D., of Life in the Balance: A Physician’s Memoir of Life, Love and Loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia (Union Square Press, 2008), with Robert P. Smith, of Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy (Amacom, 2009), and, with Judith Gelman, of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars and Restaurants of Mad Men (SmartPop/BenBella Books, 2011) and The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York: Inside the Cafes, Clubs, and Neighborhoods of HBO’s Girls (SmartPop/BenBella, 2013).

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7 June, 2019


Dr. Michelle Pearce is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, health and wellness coach, and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has always been fascinated by what helps people cope with adversity and why some people thrive in adversity, while others do not. Her upcoming book, Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity (Ixia Press/Dover Publications/September 2020), is a profound guide to writing your way through the dark times in life. Drawing upon the growing body of research on post-traumatic growth, the book reveals how dealing with the challenges of loss, grief, and tragedy can be a catalyst for transformation. Using the metaphor of flowers that bloom in the night, Dr. Pearce shares her empirically-based principles, clinical expertise, and inspiring stories of other Night Bloomers to provide hope and healing.

Dr. Pearce received her Ph.D. from Yale University and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center, one in CBT and one with the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health. She researches the relationship between religion/spirituality, coping, and health, as well as the integration of spirituality into the practice of psychotherapy. Her current research includes the development of Spiritually Integrative Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat moral injury and PSTD among Veterans and active duty military service members. She is the co-developer of the national online edX training program for mental health providers called Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health. Dr. Pearce is the author of the book Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Practical, Tool-Based Primer and co-author of Religion and Recovery from PTSD (to be released late 2019).

Dr. Pearce has a passion for the application of clinical research to improve patient care and quality of life. She is also committed to teaching and training students and health care professionals. She directs three graduate certificate programs: Aging and Applied Thanatology, Integrative Health and Wellness, and Science Communication, and teaches a number of graduate courses. Her areas of clinical expertise include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, spiritual and existential issues, positive psychology, mind-body stress reduction methods, and behavioral medicine to address the intersection of mental and physical illness.

Dr. Pearce has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has given numerous local and national speeches, and has received several honors in her field. These honors include an early career psychologist credentialing scholarship awarded by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; the Jack Shand Research Award granted by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for excellence in graduate research on the empirical study of religion; several awards from Yale University for distinguished academic achievement; and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship granted by the federal government of Canada.

In her free time, she loves to salsa dance, hike in the woods, and curl up with a good book.

Connect with Dr. Pearce at, @bloomwithdrmichelle