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Q&A: Betty Jean Craige Turns Genetics Into Suspense in ‘Aldo’

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As science explores the possibilities of genetic therapy, questions arise as to how far is too far when it comes to scholarship and academic freedom in science; such is the case in Betty Jean Craige’s novel, Aldo.  Aldo is not only a suspense novel, it’s a timely look at the politics involved in academia and the ethical considerations of science we all must face. Isabel Canto, the associate director of Pembrook Atlantic University’s Institute for Genome Modification finds out that she is pregnant, the same day that the university president receives a letter from someone calling themselves “Aldo.” The letter threatens physical harm if the president does not shut down the Institute and fire the director. While Isabel recommends that the president refuse…

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BookTrib Q&A: Sports Writer and Journalist David Goldblatt on the History of the Olympics

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A week from today, The Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As beloved are these world games where athletes from across the globe compete for the ultimate prize— an Olympic gold medal— the Games do have their drawbacks. An ample amount of articles about corruption and bribery of officials belonging to the International Olympics Committee, protests in host countries where the construction of an Olympic stadium cannot be economically supported by local economies, and deaths related to the building stadiums under tight deadlines and without proper safety procedures have raised concern about how we celebrate the Games. David Goldblatt, sports writer, journalist and sociologist, is also the author of The Games: A Global History of The Olympics. Here,…

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Brand Yourself Like a Kardashian!: A BookTrib Q&A with Branding Strategist Rina Plapler

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The Kardashian family has made a fortune branding themselves through social media.  Regardless of how you feel about this family, their self-promotion techniques have been so effective that the name “Kardashian” is synonymous with a number of products, most recently Calvin Klein, but if anyone were to ask what exactly they are famous for— before having a successful reality show— most would draw a blank. Essentially, the Kardashains have become “famous for being famous” in such a way that the name speaks for itself; to be blunt, there is no brand associated with the Kardashains— they are the brand. It’s not just speculation, either.  Look around, there’s a host of information on the Kardashians as a brand written everywhere from…

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BookTrib Q&A: Author Diane B. Saxton Talks about Symbolism and the Lives of Women ‘Peregrine Island’

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Complex and rich, Peregrine Island: A Novel is a story where each character beautifully intertwines with the next, helping to create a narrative that is filled with art, mystery, family and life. The author of Peregrine Island, Diane B. Saxton, previously worked as a journalist, covering everything from animal rights activism, to travel and everything in between. In an exclusive BookTrib interview, Saxton talks to about the inspiration behind her novel and writing about women in this day and time when women’s leadership has taken center stage.   BookTrib: Where did your inspiration to write this novel stem from? DS: That’s a very good question. The main reason I love to write fiction is because I honestly don’t know where stories originate.…

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BookTrib Q&A: Marc Demetriou Talks About the Amazing Courage and Wisdom He Learned from His Grandfather

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Sometimes the best advice is the advice that’s been handed down from others. Often coming from decades of trial-and-error, life experience and more, the lessons that carry the best advice are not only worthwhile, but they stand the test of time. Marc Demetriou, a nationally recognized mortgage banker and top-rated speaker, offers us a chance to learn about the best advice for success in his new book, Lessons From My Grandfather: Wisdom for Success in Business and Life.  Demetriou’s grandfather, Haralambos Georgia Pistis, or “Charlie,” left his country of Cyprus at the age of 16 and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in November, 1929. He had nothing with him but a willingness to succeed, courage, and his wit – and on his…

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BookTrib Q&A: Author Ryan Avery Talks Generational Differences and ‘Motivating Millennials’

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The word millennials is one that lately, is used a lot; and when it comes to business, some of the most common things you hear is that millennials are lazy and don’t work hard. But Ryan Avery and James Goodnow are here to correct that misconception: it’s not that millennials are lazy, it’s that they’re not being motivated. In their book Motivating Millennials: How to Recognize, Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Leaders, Avery and Goodnow work to bridge the generation-gap confusion in the workplace, showing people how to properly motivate, encourage, and work with this next generation. A definite must-read for every boss and business owner, BookTrib talked with co-author Ryan Avery about how the book got started, millennial misconceptions, and…

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BookTrib Q&A: Radio Host Michael Hart Discusses the America You Won’t Find in History Books

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The United States has a pretty interesting history, but some of it has faded into relative obscurity with far too many facts and histories left unknown. Fortunately, radio host Michael Hart’s book, Unknown America: Myths and Little Known Oddities about the Greatest Nation on Earth (Vol. 1) is full of facts, stories, and more about the history of the US that have become pretty unknown. Here, he talked with BookTrib about favorite overlooked facts, Claudette Colvin, historical inaccuracies, and more. BookTrib: This book is filled with hundreds of details of little known facts, misconceptions, myths and stories about the United States. How long did it take you to compile all of these together? Michael Hart: Approximately five years. Several of the stories I tell and inaccuracies…

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BookTrib Q&A: Father-Daughter Duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliot on Their New Sherlock Holmes Narrative Series

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Accomplished authors in their own right, father-daughter duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliott have been teaming up to bring a whole new take to the Sherlock Holmes stories. Shaking up the typical narrative is the introduction of Lucy James, a headstrong, independent American actress – who also turns out to be Holmes’ daughter. Together with the stabilizing presence of the ever-faithful Watson, they become partner sleuths, navigating their way through the worst crimes, facing down archenemies, and unraveling mysteries. BookTrib caught up with Charles Veley and Anna Elliot to talk about creating the daughter of Sherlock Holmes, the resurgence of Holmes in pop culture, and working together.   BookTrib: Lucy James is such a fantastic character, and she’s been so…

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BookTrib Q&A: Author Douglas Schofield on Writing Female Characters, the Refugee Crisis, and More

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When it comes to writing good mystery crime novels, Douglas Schofield has a wealth of experience to fall back on. Having worked as a trial lawyer for over 30 years, he has seen hundreds of crimes go through the court room, prosecuting and defending them himself. For the past few years, however, he’s been bringing us some of the best, high-stakes mystery novels, with Storm Rising, and Time of Departure, to name a few. But now, with his latest book Killing Pace, he’s introducing a whole new series. When Lisa Green crawls out of the wreck of a horrific accident, she’s stunned to find that she’s lost all of her memories. Lisa has no idea who she is, or where she was going, no…

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BookTrib Q&A: Dr. David Friedman on Diet Myths, “Food Sanity’ and Living a Food-Positive Lifestyle

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Every year, a new diet trend guaranteed to help us live healthier lifestyles an shed some pounds emerges. But even with all the diets out there, a lot of the time they are replications of the tried and true methods we know: counting calories and exercising. Some focus on carb-loading, others on protein, and most just completely contradict what we think we know. With all the advertisements, celebrity endorsements and more, it can be enough to drive one insane! This is where Dr. David Friedman comes in— his goal is to help us sort through all the craziness and live longer, healthier, food-positive lives. Dr. Friedman’s book, Food Sanity: How to Eat in a World of Fads and Fiction, sheds a light on different…

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BookTrib Q&A: Author/Attorney Stone Grissom on Finding Inspiration in the Fight for Justice

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As an award-winning journalist, prime-time news anchor, legal analyst and civil rights attorney, it seems like Stone Grissom has done it all but write a book! That has changed with the publication of his crime thriller A Cry for Justice.  The fast-paced, gripping story of murder, an outraged community, politics, corruption, and betrayal begins when four gang members kill an innocent teen and are subsequently acquitted.  Despite community outrage, the murder fades into memory until a young civil rights attorney, Gavin Brady, is accidentally given an internal memo between the prosecutor’s office and the police department he was never meant to see, revealing a dangerous, secret full of corruption. Unable to walk away, Gavin starts to dig into a past that…

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BookTrib Q&A with Meditation Expert Light Watkins

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Meditation is an ancient practice that not only introduces bodily awareness, but also clears the mind and relieves anxiety. Could it also be fun? In his most recent book Bliss More, meditation expert Light Watkins breaks away from other, conventional, and often convoluted, methods of teaching meditation by employing a streamlined practice: Embrace, Accept, Surrender, Yield, E.A.S.Y. or short. His casual writing style introduces meditation is inviting and appeals to those who’ve struggled with it in the past. Light Watkins first began practicing the art of meditation in 1998 and has since then become a teacher of the practice himself. Along the way, he has received distinctions such as being named as one of the Top 20 Wellness Warriors to watch for…

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BookTrib Q&A: Joanne Sonenshine, Author of ‘ChangeSeekers’ on Changing Careers and Finding Your Calling

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It’s not always clear where we’re headed in life, or in our career. We’re in an age where it seems like we have to decide what our one, true calling is and what we will do with the rest of our lives at a relatively young age. However, this isn’t always the way it turns out and, more often than not, we get hit by the realization that where we are in life is not where we want to be, and most times in our careers, we certainly are not doing what we want to be doing. Joanne Sonenshine is the Founder and CEO of Connective Impact, a business that brings organizations and corporations together to make lasting, sustainable progress…

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BookTrib Q&A: Andrea Dunlop ‘Regrets Nothing’ about Her Love of The Big Apple

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In 2017, books with a strong female protagonists were super popular: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs. Parrish are just two of the books that had everyone in love with a strong female lead last year. This year, we are about to see another wave of bold women in literature and one of those will come from Andrea Dunlop, author of Losing the Light: A Novel, and the novella Broken Bay. She Regrets Nothing: A Novel, is Dunlop’s latest work that combines complex characters, intrigue and the lights and sounds of the Big Apple. Leila Lawrence from the quiet town of Grosse Point, Michigan, becomes an orphan at the age of 23. At her mother’s funeral, three of her wealthy, albeit estranged cousins from New…

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