Soman Chainani – The School For Good And Evil: The Last Ever After

The School of Good and EvilSoman-ChainaniAre you an Ever or a Never?* 

New York Times bestseller and acclaimed award-winning filmmaker 

Soman Chainani returns with the epic conclusion in THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series, 

that R.L. Stine called “a wild and dangerous fairy tale ride.”


The School for Good and Evil to be produced by Universal Pictures 

Soman Chainani, a Harvard-educated fairy tale expert, turns all pre-conceived notions of Disney princesses and Grimms’ fairy tales upside down with his whimsical, captivating and even subversive tale of two archetypal heroines who are not what they appear to be on the surface.

Since going on-sale in 2013, The School for Good and Evil series has sold more than half a million copies and has been sold into twenty countries worldwide. Universal Pictures snapped up movie rights and powerhouses Joe Roth (MaleficentSnow White and the Huntsman) and Jane Startz (Tuck EverlastingThe Indian in the Cupboard) will produce the film adaptation.

Each of the novels has had a theme – book one’s question was “Good versus Evil,” with main characters Sophie and Agatha put into the (supposedly) wrong schools; the definitions of Good and Evil turned out to not be as black and white as they seemed. In book two, “Boys versus Girls:” the notion that princesses don’t need princes to survive was explored. And now, in book three, “New vs. Old” is brought into discussion as stories are told and retold, as they evolve and change with new characters who discover you can’t really have a future without the past.

*FYI: At the School for Good and Evil, ordinary girls and boys are trained to become legendary fairy tale heroes and villains. Children who attend the School for Good are called “Evers” and children in the School for Evil are “Nevers.” 

Join Soman Chainani (pronounced like Roman with an “s,” and “Chey-na-nee”) on Tuesday, July 21st as he can discuss:

  • How THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL turns all pre-conceived notions of Disney princesses and Grimms’ fairytales on their heads.
  • Who gets to decide their fate to be trained as fairy tale heroes or villains.
  • Ever vs Never – which is Soman?
  • Having graduated summa cum laude from Harvard and his thesis on why evil women make such irresistible fairytale villains.
  • Working as an acclaimed screenwriter and film director. How does the film world differ from the writing world? And his work on the upcoming movie

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Ann Reichardt – The Dance Card: Looking for Love After Divorce

Ann ReichardtThe Dance Card“There’s a big difference between someone in their early 50s and even someone in their sixties when it comes to dating and what are we looking for in a relationship,” says Ann Reichardt.

After thirty years of marriage and without a hint of warning, Ann Reichardt’s husband left her for another woman. He told her he no longer loved her and wanted a divorce. The unceremonious and unexpected end of her marriage left her devastated and blindsided, and was a rude awakening. Her dream of eternal marital bliss was over.

In her memoir, THE DANCE CARD: Looking for Love After Divorce, Ann describes her quest to find love again after dealing with loss, sadness, anger, confusion, depression and disbelief—all the emotions she felt at the end of her marriage. When Ann finally felt the urge to date again she wondered, “Where does a fifty-plus-something woman with grown children who hasn’t dated in 30 years begin?”

At age 56 Ann jumped into the deep end of the cyberspace dating pool.  Her quest to find love took her on an exciting journey filled with romance, lust, drama, heartbreak and ultimately self-discovery. She discusses:

  • Why gone are the days of blind dates set up by a friend, meeting at a local church or barhopping.
  • What she discovered when she first visited online dating sites, how she felt, and why she ultimately decided to do online dating;
  • What to look for when dating online
  • Why she named her suitors after different dances, and what those dances said about their personalities and dating styles
  • Why “Mr. Slow” was the perfect re-bound relationship but why it didn’t last
  • Why rebound relationships usually don’t last
  • What she learned about herself from her dating experiences
  • The challenges of online dating and dating after divorce
  • Why she wrote the book and what she wants to impart to other single women of all ages, whether they are divorced or never-married


Ann Reichardt earned her BS degree in Nursing and Education and worked as an orthopedic nurseand public health nurse in both hospital and clinical settings. After retirement, she returned to her creative passions: writing, drawing, painting and illustrating for children’s and poetry books. THE DANCE CARD is her first book. Ann resides in Wisconsin. She has two adult daughters who have encouraged her in every aspect of her new life. She is presently working on her second book. For more information, please visit

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Dr. David Casarett – Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana

Dr David CasarettStoned coverIn STONED: A Doctor’s Case For Medical Marijuana Dr. Casarett sets out to do anything—including experi­menting on himself—to find evidence of marijuana’s medical potential. He smears mysterious marijuana paste on his legs and samples pot wine. He poses as a patient at a seedy California clinic and takes lessons from an artisanal hash maker. In conversations with researchers, doctors, and patients around the world he learns how marijuana works—and doesn’t—in real life. Please let me know if you would like an interview with Dr. Casarett.


Dr. Casarett unearths tales of near-miraculous success, such as a child with chronic seizures who finally found relief in cannabidiol oil. In Tel Aviv, he learns of a nursing home that’s found success giving marijuana to dementia patients. On the other hand, one patient who believed marijuana cured her lung cancer had clearly been misled. As Casarett sifts the myth and misinformation from the scientific ev­idence, he explains, among other things:

  • The science of how marijuana works.  Our bodies have their own version of the chemicals in marijuana that make us high.  Marijuana ‘works’ by tapping into that system and fooling our bodies, and our brains.
  • Marijuana’s benefits.  Marijuana does have real medical benefits, and has been shown to be useful in treating pain, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite that’s associated with serious illnesses like cancer.
  • The science of how to use marijuana.  That seems like it should be simple, but it’s not.  There are lots of options besides smoking a joint, but some of those options work better than others.  For instance, you can’t get high by making a salad of marijuana leaves.  Marijuana tea and beer don’t work either, nor does marijuana-infused ointment.  But one of the newest methods—vaporization—is very effective and safe.
  • Using marijuana to treat childhood seizures.  This is the last resort for many parents, and although it sounds like fringe science—or child abuse—it’s actually safe and may be effective.
  • Risks of brain damage due to long-term marijuana use. Marijuana does have effects on the brain, and long-term users have brains that look different, and work differently, than non-users do.
  • Whether marijuana can cure cancer. People use it for this reason, often in place of chemotherapy.  That’s a bad idea, and a dangerous thing to do. But it’s not totally crazy.  There actually are some scientific reasons why the ingredients in marijuana might be used to treat cancer someday.
  • Marijuana addiction. We don’t usually think of marijuana as being addictive, but it is. And stopping suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms.
  • Marijuana overdose. It’s possible to get too large a dose of marijuana, with side effects like anxiety and paranoia.  But the good news is that it’s impossible to fatally overdose.
  • Why marijuana doesn’t cause lung damage. You’d think that smoking marijuana would cause lung damage and chronic lung disease, but several good, large-scale studies have found that this isn’t true.
  • The risks of driving while stoned. Marijuana has a devastating effect on people’s ability to drive safely.  Those effects are at least as great as those of alcohol, but unlike alcohol, there’s no widely-accepted blood or breath test to determine whether someone is too high to drive.
  • Is marijuana a medicine? Its ingredients have medical properties, and even significant benefits. But that doesn’t mean we should think of it as a medicine.  Marijuana has hundreds of substances, most of which haven’t been subjected to any research to understand what they do.
  • How do you know if the medical marijuana you’re using is safe? Often, you don’t.  Marijuana can be contaminated with bacteria, fungus, and chemicals like pesticides.  That’s why any marijuana you use should be tested by a reputable laboratory.

Often humorous, occasionally heartbreaking, and full of counterintuitive conclusions, STONED offers a compassionate and much-needed medical practitioner’s perspective on the potential of this misunderstood plant

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Mandy Smith – Cabin Fever

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During her twelve years as a Virgin Atlantic flight attendant, Mandy Smith experienced the good, the bad, and the downright naughty of flying the friendly skies. Smith candidly dishes about her life as a “trolley dolly” in the international bestseller, CABIN FEVER: The Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Airlines Flight Attendant. But beyond the raucous parties around the globe, Mandy can provide her insider tips for being a friendly flyer: how to calm an upset baby when his or her ears are hurting, try Tylenol PM instead of a sleeping tablet, how to pack lightly, and what to do if you’re going to be sick. Plus, she dispels the most common myths about flight attendants and how the airline industry is addressing sexual harassment.

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Brad Meltzer – I am Lucille Ball

Brad Meltzer 300rI am Lucille Ball - by Brad MeltzerBrad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle and its soon-to-be-released sequel The President’s Shadow). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were New York Times Bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer‘s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

On his inspiration for this latest book, blockbuster thriller writer and History Channel host Brad Meltzer said, “When I first announced this one, people kept asking:  Why Lucille Ball?  For me, the answer was clear:  I wrote it because I wanted my daughter to finally have a female entertainment hero who wasn’t famous just because she was beautiful.  Lucy was different than everyone else.  She was funny, driven, and the first woman to run a major movie studio (producing Star Trek and Mission: Impossible).”  He continued: “Her success came from her drive — and because she so perfectly wasn’t like everyone else.   She taught me, throughout my own childhood, that humor can take on anything.”

About the series:  A “child-sized view of history” (Detroit Free Press), Ordinary People Change the World launched last year to rave reviews.  Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, each book in the series is a biography of a real historical icon, told in a simple, conversational, and vivacious way, and puts “a fresh spin on famous Americans” (Entertainment Weekly). Meltzer, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, as well as a History Channel host, wanted children to see that real heroes – people like Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart or Rosa Parks – were real people capable of extraordinary things. Once children hear about these ordinary people who have changed the world, they react the same way we all do. They’re inspired. They dream bigger. They work harder. d

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Michael B. Koep – Leaves of Fire: Book Two of The Newirth Mythology

Michael B KoepLeaves of Fire Michael B KoepMichael B. Koep’s debut novel, The Invasion of Heaven, earned praise from critics and readers alike. Now he’s back with a second book in the series, and the excitement continue so build. Here’s the official synopsis:

In the spring of 1388, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

In the summer of 1972, Helen Storm is a stoned groupie on the Sunset Strip with a very special condition: she is immortal. When her life intersects with a famous guitar player, she is introduced to her future as a deadly and remorseless assassin.

In present day, psychologist Loche Newirth and Julia must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen and countlelss others. As war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death — he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict

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John W. Dean – The Nixon Defense

“It occurs to me that at this point the central question…is simply put: What did the president know and when did he know it?”

Question asked by Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., during the testimony of John W. Dean before the Senate Watergate Committee,June 28, 1973

The Nixon Defense by John Dean06 29 15  John DeanJohn W. Dean was legal counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Sen­ate testimony lead to Nixon’s resignation. Dean has uncovered the complete story of the Watergate break-in and cover-up, and discloses Nixon’s part in it. Based on previously ignored White House tapes, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It connects the dots between the received understanding of Watergate and what actually happened.

The Nixon Defense
 is not only a compelling and historic account of Watergate itself, but a stunning portrait of Nixon and his aides, along with the cynicism, paranoia, and vindictiveness that were so often the driving forces of the president and his inner circle. The Nixon Defense is an unprecedented examination of what brought down a president, and will stand as the authoritative account of Watergate.

About the Author:

JOHN W. DEAN was a legal counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony lead to Nixon’s resignation. In 2006, Dean testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating George W. Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretap program. He teaches a continuing legal education program throughout the country, drawing on the lessons of Watergate, and his political/legal commentary at is widely read. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Blind AmbitionBroken GovernmentConservatives Without Conscience and Worse Than Watergate.

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