19 October, 2020


Maryon Stewart is a renowned healthcare expert who is often referred to as the Pioneer of the Natural Menopause Movement.  She coaches women throughout the globe on how to be symptom-free and enjoy life to the fullest through perimenopause and menopause.  Her new book MANAGE YOUR MENOPAUSE NATURALLY: The Six-Week Guide to Calming Hot Flashes and Night Sweats, Getting Your Sex Drive Back, Sharpening Memory and Reclaiming Well-Being, will be published by New World Library in November 2020.  It has a Foreword by Emmanuella Wolloch, MD.

Stewart has written more than 20 books, written regular columns for newspapers and magazines, and had her own television and radio shows. In 2018, she was voted one of the most inspirational women in the UK and awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen of England.  She is the mother of four children and now lives with her American husband in Florida, splitting her time between home and London.

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29 September, 2020


Marilyn Fedewa Served for over 15 years in higher education administration and university advancement, including at Pepperdine University (L.A. and Malibu, California), Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), and finally as advancement vice president of Olivet College (Olivet, MI). Then, striking out on her own, she developed Cambridge Connections, offering communications and public relations services to educational groups.

In an unusual twist of events in 1997, Fedewa discovered a set of books that had languished in the family library since 1952. It was 17th century mystic Sor Maria of Agreda’s signature work, titled Mystical City of God. Learning that the little-known Agreda mystic had been praised by RadioTelevisionEspanole (RTVE) as one of the nine most influential women in Spanish history, Fedewa was intrigued. The next year, when she and her late husband visited Biarritz in France on a special holiday, she learned that Sor Maria’s birthplace of Agreda was only 90 miles away – albeit via a challenging drive through the Pyrenees Mountains.

They made the drive, of course, and after interviewing the present-day nuns at Sor Maria’s convent for the better part of a week, Fedewa had a new mission – to research the extraordinary legacy of this inspiring woman, while still servicing her clients. Her first book about Sor Maria came out in 2009 and was hailed as the definitive biography on the mystic in English. In her latest book, Fedewa produced a more popular read on Sor Maria of Agreda, “for young adults of all ages.” In it, she focuses more on the mystic’s fascinating legacy in the American Southwest, and the Vatican’s attention to her in the last decade.  

Fedewa has a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Political Science, plus graduate hours in Education.  She taught junior high English in Rochester (New York) prior to her stint in higher education administration and development. Her books, starting with the most recent, include:

DARK EYES, LADY BLUE: Maria of Agreda (Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press, 2020). Offered in softcover 2020, Kindle/ebook 2021.

MARIA of AGREDA: Mystical Lady in Blue (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press: 2009). Offered in hardcover (sold out), softcover, Kindle/ebook, and audio book.

MAN in MOTION: Michigan’s Legendary Senate Majority Leader, Emil Lockwood co-authored with S. C. Fedewa (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2003). Offered in hardcover and softcover. 

Visit Marilyn Fedewa’s website at 

16 September, 2020


A co-host of the twice Emmy-nominated Hot Bench (CBS Television Distribution), Tanya Acker is also host of The Tanya Acker Show podcast.  Her first book, MAKE YOUR CASE:  Finding Your Win in Civil Court, releases in October 2020 from Diversion Books.

Tanya is an experienced civil litigator who has represented a wide array of clients, from major automobile manufacturers in high stakes product liability litigation to media companies in hotly contested trade secret disputes.  She has been a featured commentator on various broadcasts (Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, CNN Reports, Anderson Cooper 360, Your World With Neil Cavuto, CNBC Reports, HLN’s Special Report, Great Britain’s GMTV and Sky News, among others) and has guest co-hosted CNBC’s Power Lunch. C Magazine included her in an election season profile on noteworthy California women in politics and Women Inc. recently named her one of 2019’s Most Influential Corporate Board Directors.  Tanya also has contributed to the Huffington Post and served as a Temporary Judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program.

While a student at Yale Law School, Tanya represented low-income women in family law cases and served as a teaching assistant in Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure courses.  She also worked at the Office of White House Counsel, the Civil Rights Division in the United States Department of Justice, and the private law firms Irell & Manella, O’Melveny & Myers, and Williams & Connolly; at Williams & Connolly, she assisted President Clinton’s personal lawyers with press interviews, worked on the preparation of Congressional testimony for pending product liability legislation, and researched First Amendment issues.  After graduating from Yale, Tanya served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  After her clerkship, the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice awarded Tanya a Bristow Fellowship. While working as a Bristow Fellow, Tanya drafted Supreme Court briefs and helped prepare the Solicitor General for oral argument before the High Court.  Among the cases on which Tanya worked was Clinton v. Jones, where she assisted both the Solicitor General and President Clinton’s personal attorneys in preparing for oral argument. 

In private practice, Tanya’s legal work spanned a broad variety of matters, from civil litigation involving public and private entities, to various constitutional cases, to the provision of business counseling and advice.  She also maintained a commitment to pro bono work, receiving the ACLU’s First Amendment Award for her successful representation of a group of homeless individuals against the City of Santa Barbara.  Tanya later worked in entertainment industry outreach for the Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign and as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Los Angeles mayoral campaign of City Councilman Bernard C. Parks.  After that, she worked as the General Counsel of a company that manufactured emissions control products.

Tanya received her B.A. degree from Howard University in 1992, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She was awarded a Luard Scholarship for study at St. Anne’s College at Oxford University, and served there as the co-editor-in-chief of the Oxford University Women’s Magazine.  At Yale Law School, she was awarded an Earl Warren Scholarship by the NAACP and a Coker Fellowship by the Yale faculty.


Tanya maintains an active involvement in various philanthropic, civic and business organizations.  A volunteer with Love Takes Root, she has traveled to Haiti to work in a clinic and orphanage founded by that organization.  She is a member of the Beverly Hills West (CA) chapter of The Links, Incorporated and additionally serves on the boards of Public Counsel; the Western Justice Center; the Boy Scouts of America; PacWest Bancorp; and also as a trustee of the Pacific Battleship Center, which operates the Battleship USS IOWA Museum.  She is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Yale Law Fund Board.

14 September, 2020


Gay Courter’s latest book, Quarantine! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis, published by Post Hill Press (November 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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