Sunday, September 30, 2018


LISTEN to today's conversation with
filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster


"Science Fair is so funny and so moving, it almost seems too good to be true."






Synopsis: Hailed by critics as "immensely likeable," "brilliant and quirky" and an "ode to the teenage science geeks on whom our future depends," and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films' SCIENCE FAIR follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair. As 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries face off, only one will be named Best in Fair. The film, from Fusion and Muck Media and directed by the DuPont Award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaking team Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, offers a front seat to the victories, defeats and motivations of an incredible group of young men and women who are on a path to change their lives, and the world, through science.

Social Media:
Twitter: @sciencefairfilm
Instagram: @sciencefairfilm

10/1/18 at 9:30am pst - Laura B. Whitmore joined Janeane to talk about her latest musical project "Girl, the album"

Laura B. Whitmore spoke with Janeane about
her Kickstarter campaign for Girl, the album.

WATCH the fun video trailer for Girl, the album

They have some inspiring girlicious music to share, unique and fun perks they think you'll love (like our custom coloring songbook) and some cool items from their sponsors like Martin Guitar, M.A.C Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell, Sennheiser and more.

Learn more about @girlthealbum - a fun, new girlicious music project by @laurabwhitmore and @jennapaone. It’s an original album of fantastic pop songs written to inspire girls everywhere! Find out more and preorder here:
#sherocks #womeninmusic #girlempowerment

In addition to contributing yourself, please share their campaign with your friends, family and co-workers, and post on your Facebook, Instagram, community groups or wherever you communicate. 

Your support is truly appreciated. Jenna and Laura have been working on their dream of inspiring and energizing girls for several years and they are finally approaching the finish line of sharing Girl the album with the world!

10/1/18 at 9:00am pst - Alex Skuby, Mo Collins, and Howie Skora joined Janeane to talk about the outrageously funny "Damaged Furniture" - Here's their Kickstarter Link!

Meet the family. They put the fun in dysfunction. 

LISTEN to today's show featuring
Alex Skuby, Mo Collins, and Howie  Skora! 


Jessica Pohly, Peggy Maltby Etra, Alex Skuby, Robbie Mangiardi and Mo Collins at Whitefire Theatre.


When a shocking furniture accident claims the life of his Uncle Max, L.A. actor Doug Elling must work in his family business in Brooklyn to be confronted with not only his dysfunctional family, but what lead him to become an actor in the first place. This Miserable Productions play stars Alex Skuby (King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Mad TV, Lady Dynamite), Robbie Mangiardi, Jessica Pohly (Groundlings) and Peggy Matlby Etra (Seinfeld) at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.

Damaged Furniture is the second collaboration between Howard Skora and Jim Fall. They also worked together on Skora's first play, the critically acclaimed, Miserable with an Ocean View, which also featured Alex Skuby.


The producers of the critically-acclaimed Damaged Furniture are launching a $150,000 Kickstarter Campaign to bring the production and original cast from L.A. to Broadway.

Donors will be able to enjoy the west coast production from the comforts of home (along with many other perks), be instrumental in bringing the cast and creative team to New York… And most importantly, become an integral part of the oh-solovable but ever-so-dysfunctional, Damaged Furniture family!

Alex Skuby (King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Fear The Walking Dead, Mad TV, Lady Dynamite), Robert Mangiardi, Jessica Pohly (Groundlings) and Peggy Maltby Etra (Seinfeld, Groundlings). Written by Howard Skora.  Directed by Jim Fall.

When a shocking furniture accident claims the life of his Uncle Max, LA actor Doug Elling (Alex Skuby) must work in his family business in Brooklyn to be confronted with not only his dysfunctional family, but what lead him to become an actor in the first place.  Starring: Alex Skuby (King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Fear The Walking Dead, Mad TV, Lady Dynamite), Robert Mangiardi, Jessica Pohly (Groundlings) and Peggy Maltby Etra (Seinfeld, Groundlings). Written by Howard Skora.  Directed by Jim Fall.  

Alex Skuby (Doug) 
Skuby’s credits include: SANTA CLARITA DIET, BONES, LAST MAN STANDING, CSI, CBS’s hit sitcom THE KING OF QUEENS (5 seasons recurring as Mr. Pruzan), recently recurring on Freeform’s drama series THE FOSTERS as Detective Joe Gray and the upcoming feature film MY BABYSITTER THE SUPERHERO where he plays the main villain, Commander Kruel.

Mo Collins (Laurie) 
After landing Mad TV in 1998, Mo built her credits up with hit shows such as ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and PARKS AND RECREATION as scandalwrangler Joan Callamezzo and Gyna in 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN. Currently, Mo can be seen as Susan on LADY DYNAMITE and the animated show F IS FOR FAMILY on Netflix where she earned her first Emmy nomination in 2017. Mo is an avid animal advocate, and enjoys doing stand-up for even more shits and giggles.  She recently joined the cast of the newest season of AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD where she plays Sarah.

Howard Skora (Playwright/Producer) 
Shora is the 1st place winner of the 5th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. Skora beat out 3000 other screenplays with his dark comedy-thriller Reckless Endangerment and used the $10,000 prize money to complete NICK NAME AND THE NORMALS, his first independent feature-length documentary which premiered in London at The National Film Theatre and can be seen on Netflix. Skora studied Screenwriting at UCLA Extension where he received the prestigious Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award for his screenplay, THE TRAINER.  

He then wrote THE UNKNOWN CYCLIST which premiered at the Seattle Film Festival and was purchased as a Starz Original Feature and was honored with a nomination for Outstanding Cable TV movie at the 11th Annual GLADD Media Awards as well as winning The SHINE award for best entertainment special..  Skora developed his comedy skills first at The Second City in Chicago and then later as the backup comic at Catch a Rising Star in NYC. Skora’s first play, MISERABLE WITH AN OCEAN VIEW, directed by Jim Fall, had its world premiere on June 6th, 2015 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California.  It ran for 5 sold-out months thanks to multiple 5-star reviews which placed it as the top-rated original comedy in Los Angeles.  The reviews called Skora “..brilliant” and the play “clever… with hilarious one-liners ”, “laugh-out loud funny” and “…equally masterful to AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.  Skora is able to find absurdity and humor in some of the most shocking of situations”.  

The production is currently looking for other runs in New York, San Francisco and London.  Skora develops most of his writing in The Actor’s Gym at The WhiteFire Theatre, run by Bobby Moresco (Academy-Award winner for “Crash”).  His second play, DAMAGED FURNITURE, directed by Jim Fall, had it’s world premiere on March 24th, 2018 at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California.  It ran for 6 sold-out months thanks to multiple 5-star reviews which placed it as the top-rated original comedy in Los Angeles on Better-Lemons for it’s entire run with a 100% sweet critic rating.  Skora and the cast are now looking forward to a run in NYC for 2019.

“What makes the play a big success is its blatant, over-thetop, outrageous comedy that will not quit.  The acting from the five-member ensemble is nothing short of brilliant…” – Don Grigware, Broadway World

Sunday, September 23, 2018

9/24/18 - from the KUCI 88.9fm Studios - Janeane spoke with Performance artist/Philanthropist Krissy Terry

LISTEN to today's conversation with Krissy Terry!


Los Angeles, CA Performing artist Krissy Terry is launching 2 new health enhancing platforms: Alpha Fitness Body Therapy with existing NBA, NFL, and American Horror Story clientele, which is a one-on-one fitness therapy pain free solution; and Girls Night Fitness, a dance-exercise program that empowers women to feel confident, fit, and sexy through a 30-day program. Girls Night Fitness can be followed online or, for Los Angeles residents, found in studio locations in West Hollywood and Culver City.

Terry was performing as a headliner overseas, and after she tore her hamstring she returned to the States and decided to use her “down time” for the good -- creating a few wellness and fitness businesses. Terry, who has a degree in International Business, wanted to put this aspect of her multi-faceted palette to use.

“From performing on TV and film, Off Broadway, Vegas productions, and then as a headlining act overseas, I got badly injured and tore my hamstring...twice! Not to mention one of my backup dancers fell ill and another also injured. I made the executive decision to return to the States to heal and recover mentally as well as physically. So, in the interim I decided to pursue a business path in the next best thing to pay the bills,” says Terry. “As a professional dancer and athlete, a wellness and therapy business made the most sense for me, since I knew it well.”

Terry has been featured on well-known TV shows and film including CW’s Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar, recurring on Young and the Restless, Latin Billboard Awards, International Latin Ballroom Performances, International salsa federation, off-Broadway musicals, Kenny Ortega's production Sirens of TI in Las Vegas who hand-picked Krissy, Vlado Footware (sponsoring Krissy's Overseas Touring Production), Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Fashion TV Asia, and toured her original music overseas produced by some of music industry’s biggest Grammy winners (including Bruno Mars, Beenie Man, Trey Songz, Akon music, to name a few) as a headlining performer and creative director. In film, she has starred in Last Curtain Call opposite Chris Maleki and Billy Wirth and Stealing Las Vegas opposite Eric Roberts.

Terry’s goal is to create a step a day towards perfect self-love and improved confidence which will in turn create an abundance of emotional, financial, and physical success. She believes in the empowerment of women through body, mind, spirit, and offers several Girls Night Fitness dance fitness workshops and classes throughout Los Angeles and the US. Girls Night Fitness the only class that offers heels choreography for non-dancers, sexy follow along dance fitness for non- dancers, and bridal champagne parties.

This athletic country gal, from a small town in Ohio, saw her future performing, inspiring, & motivating other women, and has since worked tirelessly to achieve her dream. As a multi-talented artist and educated businesswoman, Terry has catapulted her career to endless international opportunities in entertainment and business. As a philanthropist, she hosted the Susan G. Komen Pink Gala for 2 years.

The Girls Night Fitness program was designed to give women all the tools essential for them to be the best version of themselves and to never stop reaching for their goals: large and small. The course teaches women to never give their power away. Never depend on someone who does not have your genuine best interest. Always strive to be the best you can be in all aspects of life. Be healthy and fit. Have an open heart and be loving. Find the undeniable happiness in life and embrace it daily.

For more information, please visit:

IG: @girlsnightfitness

IG: @krissy_terry

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Monday September 24, 2018 at 9:30am - Cole W. Williams, award-winning children’s book author spoke with host Janeane LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to today's show featuring Cole W. Williams!

Cole W. Williams, award-winning children’s book author, who has a new book coming out this fall! Dr. Brainchild & Radar: A Popcorn Discovery (Oct. 2) shares the story of a young scientist who makes a startling discovery involving a magnetron, a melted bar of chocolate and some corn kernels. Radar, a trusty wolf partner, is there to assist along the way!

Cole focuses on introducing science to kids in a fun way, and she intentionally kept Dr. Brainchild gender-neutral so that boys and girls can both identify with the scientist!

Cole’s got a fun, bubbly personality, and is truly passionate about learning and children’s literature!

Monday September 24 at 9:15am, Director Lisa D'Apolito joined host Janeane to talk about her film, LOVE Gilda

LISTEN to today's conversation with Director Lisa D'Apolito!

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern day comediennes (including Amy Poehler), LOVE Gilda offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

Director Lisa D'Apolito


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Monday September 24 at 9am pst, Janeane spoke with filmmaker JOSÉ PABLO ESTRADA TORRESCANO about his film MAMACITA, featuring his 95-year-old grandmother

LISTEN to today's conversation with JOSÉ PABLO!

75 MIN | Documentary | Spanish | Germany/ Mexico | 2018

A filmmaker fulfills his promise to make a film about his 95-year-old grandmother, showcasing her big personality and along the way uncovering the source of deep familial wounds.

Mamacita is a force of nature: businesswoman, former beauty queen, mother and grandmother. She built her family’s wealth by spearheading an enormous Mexican beauty empire. Now at 95, this matriarch remains as strong-willed and impassioned as ever. Accustomed to the spotlight, Mamacita is overjoyed when her grandson, Jose Pablo Estrada Torrescano, finally agrees to fulfill his promise to make a film about her.

In his debut feature, Torrescano crafts a beautifully complex and honest portrait of his grandmother, shot primarily in Mamacita’s extravagant home. Great attention is paid to the ornate details that help conceal deep familial wounds. The film's strength lies in the relationship between Torrescano and Mamacita and the realizations the filmmaker makes about their similarities and ways in which they open each other's eyes to newfound emotional awareness.

Director José Pablo Estrada Torrescano is available for interviews September 23rd in LA.
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Monday September 17 at 9:45am pst - Stephen Barker, Dean of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts joined host Janeane

LISTEN to today's featured guest Stephen Barker, Dean of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Director of the UCI Museum and Institute for the Art of California.

Stephen Barker, Dean of UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Director of the UCI Museum and Institute for the Art of California joins host Janeane to highlight events coming up in the fall, what freshman/transfer students can do to get enmeshed in campus life and CTSA events, what makes CTSA such an outstanding school, and more. Plus, Dean Barker will discuss his background and some of his experiences since joining UCI.

Stephen Barker, Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Director of the UCI Museum and Institute for the Art of California, has been Chair of Drama, Chair of Art, Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor, and Director of the UC-wide Education Abroad Program in France. He was previously a professional actor, director, dancer, choreographer, musician, and advertising executive. He now works internationally in critical theory and aesthetics. 

Stephen Barker has written and edited books and articles on numerous artists and philosophers, and has recently translated several volumes by French philosophers for Stanford University Press. Barker is a founder of the journal Derrida Today and is on the faculty of the London Graduate School. He lives in Irvine and Provence with his wife Michelle, a retired clinical psychologist.

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Smartphones could reduce your social stress according to UCI Ph.D. candidate John Hunter. He joined Janeane LIVE on KUCI Monday September 17 at 9:30am pst to discuss his research.

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#UCIrvine Ph.D. candidate John Hunter! 

John Hunter, Ph.D. candidate joins host Janeane to discuss his research on how smartphones are security blankets.

“When people can shift their attention away from environmental stressors toward the symbolic connections offered by their phones, it may mitigate feelings of isolation and can provide a sense of security,” says the study’s lead author, John Hunter, a UCI Ph.D. candidate in psychology & social behavior.




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Smartphones act as digital security blankets in stressful social situations

Possession, not use, of a mobile phone counteracts feelings of isolation, UCI-led study finds

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 7, 2018 — Not only can your smartphone serve as your wallet, watch and map, it can also be your digital security blanket. In a new study led by the University of California, Irvine, researchers found that when people are in awkward social situations, having their phones with them offers comfort and helps relieve feelings of isolation.

“Our results suggest that the mere presence of a phone, not necessarily actually using it, can buffer against the negative experience and effects of social exclusion,” said lead author John Hunter, a UCI Ph.D. candidate in psychology & social behavior. “It could be that possessing your phone is a reminder of your support system, symbolically and literally allowing you to connect with others outside your immediate surroundings.”

Diminishment of the quality and extent of in-person interactions is usually considered a negative byproduct of technology use. It’s a common occurrence: a group of people sitting together but not talking to each other because they are all looking at their phones. However, the ability to divert one’s focus in order to temporarily escape an uncomfortable situation can be beneficial.

“Phones serve as symbols of an individual’s larger personal network,” Hunter said. “When people can shift their attention away from environmental stressors toward the symbolic connections offered by their phones, it may mitigate feelings of isolation and can provide a sense of security.”

The nine-month study, which appears in a recent issue of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, measured the physiological and psychological responses of 148 people to social isolation.

After completing a questionnaire and giving saliva samples, one-third of the participants were encouraged to use their phones as they normally would, one-third were asked not to use their phones, and one-third had their phones taken away. They were then left in a room at a small table with two other people who were actually part of the experiment; they had been trained to verbally and physically exclude the participants by engaging in conversation about a fictional personal connection and turning away from them.

After the exclusion period, participants gave additional saliva samples and described their emotional reactions. Researchers discovered higher levels of the stress hormone alpha amylase in the saliva of two groups: those who didn’t have their phones and those who used them. Subjects who were allowed to keep their phones but not use them had the lowest levels of the stress hormone. However, both groups who had their phones – whether or not they could use them – reported feeling less isolated and excluded than participants who didn’t have their phones.

“The body’s stress response – along with sensations of isolation, rejection and stress – can be harmful to future health,” said co-author Sarah Pressman, associate professor of psychology & social behavior. “This is the first study to empirically show that smartphones make us feel better and observably reduce stress hormones in the body, pointing to the possibility that smartphones can be healthful in some ways.”

Researchers from Brandeis University and Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, also contributed to the work.
About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit

September 17 at 9:15am - photographer, writer, and producer Adrien Finkel joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about My Naked Truth Project.

LISTEN to today's conversation with
featured guest Adrien Finkel!

Adrien Finkel is a photographer, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles, California. When not producing television, Adrien devotes her time to My Naked Truth Project, a visual catalog of quotes, personal confessions, and advice shared with her by friends and strangers. She has a degree in dramatic performance and a French cooking certification. Discover more at and follow My Naked Truth Project on Facebook and Instagram.

In 2012, photographer and Hollywood executive Adrien Finkel turned her love of insightful quotes into a quest for hope and meaning. Armed with nothing but a camera and a black ink marker, she began asking friends, family, and co-workers to reveal what words moved and shaped them. The response she received was unexpected—timeless quotes were shared, personal confessions and advice flooded in, and total strangers wanted to get involved. My Naked Truth Project, a photoblog celebrating self-expression and emotional healing, soon became a safe space for people to bare all—mind, body, and soul. The experience transformed Finkel’s outlook on life. Now, in her debut book, she continues to ask the world: What’s your truth?

Coming up Monday September 17 at 9:00am on KUCI 88.9fm - MICHELLE LECLAIR Author of PERFECTLY CLEAR: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love. Michelle is the former President of Scientology's international humanitarian organization.

The revelatory memoir by former "poster girl for Scientology" Michelle LeClair about her defection from the Church, her newly accepted sexual identity, and the lengths to which Scientology went to silence it.


Author of PERFECTLY CLEAR: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love

For years, Michelle LeClair, former President of Scientology's international humanitarian organization, tried to reconcile her sexual orientation with the anti-gay ideology of the church. Michelle finally ends her horrific marriage, finds the love of her life, a woman, and ultimately leaves the Church. But the split comes at a terrible price. Her once pristine reputation is publicly dragged through the mud, the police raid her home, her ex-husband tries to gain full custody of their children, and the multi-million dollar business she built from scratch is utterly destroyed.

In this tell-all memoir, Michelle LeClair offers an insider's perspective on Scientology's pervasive influence, secret rituals, and ruthless practices for keeping members in line. Michelle sheds important light on how the church of Scientology views homosexuality, citing her firsthand experience as a top donor to the church and high ranking member, and what happened to her life, business, and her family when she fell in love with a woman. After decades of torment, Michelle broke from Scientology with the help of the woman who gave her the strength to be her true self -- despite having to give up everything.

In an interview, Michelle will discuss:

o How the Church views homosexuality, and how they discourage it. She can speak to her own experience sharing that she’d had homosexual experiences a young woman, and how they pressured her to distance herself from that truth.

o Her role as President of Scientology’s humanitarian organization “Youth for Human Rights” and how it was a front to grant the church access to influencers, politicians, celebrities, etc.

o The Office of Special Affairs (aka the CIA of Scientology) and their ruthless investigation of Michelle.

o How the Church brings people in: during auditing, e-meters send mild electrical currents through your body, stimulating endorphins to an addictive effect, so you go back for another dose of auditing.

o In Scientology, what does it mean to “go clear?” How does the book’s title reflect this notion?

o How her mother brought her into Scientology and whether, in looking back, Michelle has perspective on why she so easily bought into the Church.

o How much money did she donate to the Church in total before she got out?

o What changed in that she was finally able to come out and stand up to the Church?

o Is she afraid of how the Church will react to the publication of her book? Has there been any backlash from them so far?

o What is Michelle’s goal in sharing this story? What does she hope the effect will be?


Ex-Scientologist Michelle LeClair Says Church Officials Humiliated Her After She Came Out as Gay


Michelle LeClair shares her story of leaving Scientology


Michelle LeClair is the former president of Scientology's international humanitarian organization. Michelle separated from the Church in 2011.

Monday, September 3, 2018

9/3@9amPT thriller writer Lori Rader-Day on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Lori Rader-Day!

Lori Rader-Day is an Anthony Award winner and William Morrow/Harper Collins novelist whose frontlist title this summer hinges on a plot drive by the "dark sky" community. Essentially there are internationally protected areas where lights are off so that the stars can be seen and there is no "light pollution."

Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, was an Indie Next Pick and is a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Barry Award. She lives in Chicago.

Some recent dark sky related news: -artificial-light-at-night- and-cancer-risk/ m/news/wimberley-valley-wins- dark-sky-designation

Lori-Rader day is a thriller writer and not a scientist, but a dark sky preserve is her setting and she's spent time on them. She has some interesting insights in relationship to her own experiences, as well as speaking about her book.

Lori will address:

  • Dark Sky preserves--what are they and how did Lori find out about them?
  • How has growing population and climate change reduced our access to Dark Sky?
  • Environmental impact of creating Dark Sky preserves
    Lori's own research into and experiences with Dark Sky preserves
  • Her journalism background and how she shifted to thriller-writing

STARRED REVIEW “Fans of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None will be riveted by Rader-Day’s (The Day I Died) latest psychological thriller, which makes you question who you really know and trust and whether you should be afraid of the dark.” –Library Journal

My firm began working with Lori at the beginning of her career with her debut release, "The Black Hour," in 2014 which won an Anthony Award for Best First Novel at the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, and was named a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award as well.

“A tense tale of murder among old friends featuring an evolving protagonist and high-stakes mind games.” –Booklist

“I don’t know a writer who captures better the insecurities and damaged and damaging relationships of ordinary women.” -Ann Cleeves, winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger

From the critically-acclaimed author of The Day I Died comes a terrifying twist on a locked-room mystery that will keep readers guessing until the last page

Only in the dark can she find the truth . . .

Since her husband died, Eden Wallace's life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick, like a far-off star in the night sky. She doesn't work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can't sleep without the lights on. Everyone, including her family, has grown weary of her grief. So when she finds paperwork in her husband's effects indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes. She's ready to shed her fear and return to the living, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark.

But when she arrives at the park, the guest suite she thought was a private retreat is teeming with a group of twenty-somethings, all stuck in the orbit of their old college friendships. Horrified that her get-away has been taken over, Eden decides to head home the next day. But then a scream wakes the house in the middle of the night. One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone—including Eden—is a suspect.

Everyone is keeping secrets, but only one is a murderer. As mishaps continue to befall the group, Eden must make sense of the chaos and lies to evade a ruthless killer—and she'll have to do it before dark falls…

Sunday, September 2, 2018

9/3/18 TODAY's post show conversation with Judge Marylin E.Atkins was incredible and gave me goosebumps! Marylin shared her backstory and details about her upcoming book, "The Triumph of Rosemary." LISTEN BELOW!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Judge Marylin E. Atkins!

Judge Marylin Atkins is releasing a new memoir on Oct. 9 that takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of her life, defying convention, racism and smashing glass ceilings. She's a stunning woman who conquered adversity throughout her life and embraced her family's legacy of colorblind love in an often unwelcoming world.

To give you a little more background -- When Marylin was a baby, she was adopted by a black couple in Saginaw, Michigan. Her adoptive mother was abusive, but this fueled her ambition to achieve great things on her own. At age 19, she sparked a racial and religious scandal by marrying former Roman Catholic priest, who was white and 25 years older. Poor in finances but rich in love, she gave birth to two biracial daughters. All the while, family rifts in the wake of their interracial union fostered harmony and healing. The book also follows Marylin on her journey to serve as an illustrious and highly respected judge, which included 12 years as chief judge of Detroit's 36th District Court.

"The Triumph of Rosemary" is brimming with vivid dialogue and raw revelations. Many of the issues Marylin faced coming of age in the turbulent '60s are still very much relevant and alive today -- abuse, racial discrimination, women's rights, etc. 


"That's our family in 1986 in our backyard in Okemos, Michigan. Our father, Thomas Lee Atkins, was a Roman Catholic priest for 15 years. Our mother, Marylin Atkins, was the organist at his parish. She's also black and 25 years younger than him! They married pre-Loving v. Virginia. After she retired from her position as Chief Judge of Detroit's 36th District Court, she wrote her memoir, The Triumph of Rosemary, chronicling her life from her adoption till now, including what she and our father went through when he left the priesthood and they married and had us! Check it out here. Our father kept a journal his whole life, so we are a family of writers. Although he died in 1990, we keep him alive in our conversations and memories of him. Besides, he's always with us in spirit. We know that without a doubt!"

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9/3/18 9:45am pst - author Kathryn Berla joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Kathryn Berla!

Every year, it comes. And every year, it reminds Grace that someone knows her deepest secret—the secret whose silence has tormented Grace over the years. That secret began with an innocent gang of teenage friends who called themselves The Kitty Committee.

The Kitty Committee of Grace’s youth was ostensibly a group of friendship and support. But the friends fell victim to the ringleader’s manipulative personality and recklessness, which set the girls on a course of vigilante justice, culminating in an act that will forever change their lives, an act that becomes their shared secret.

Grace’s silence and guilt has led to over twenty years of disappointing relationships, an inability to commit, and a crisis of morality. And no matter how much Grace has suffered and lost, still it comes every year. The reminder that someone out there wants The Kitty Committee to suffer--someone who won’t forget and won’t forgive.

Kathryn Berla’s fifth book, The Kitty Committee is a thrilling story of guilt, relationships, sin and atonement for a decades-old secret shared between a circle of once-inseparable friends.

Kathryn Berla enjoys writing in a variety of genres including light fantasy, contemporary literary fiction, and even horror. She writes for all ages: children, middle grade, young adult, and adult. She's the author of the young adult novels: 12 HOURS IN PARADISE, DREAM ME, THE HOUSE AT 758, and GOING PLACES, which received VOYA Magazine's Perfect Ten rating.

A JOURNEY OF ORDINARY PROPORTIONS is her middle grade novel for adults. And although ORANGE DOG, a children's picture book, exists only in her heart, it holds a special place there.
THE KITTY COMMITTEE is her first novel written strictly for adult readers.
Kathryn grew up in India, Syria, Europe, and Africa. The love of experiencing new cultures runs deep and she gives into it whenever she can. Her goal is to visit every continent with the exception of Antarctica, so she still has two to go. She has been an avid movie buff since childhood and often sees the movie in her head before she writes the book. Kathryn graduated from the University of California in Berkeley with a degree in English. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You can follow her on Twitter @BerlaKathryn Instagram @AuthorKathrynB and Facebook @KathrynBerlaBooks

9/3/18 9:30am pst - Kindness Advocate, Marie Unanue, joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Marie Unanue!

Marie Unanue is a Kindness Advocate, helping children and their families incorporate more kindness into their lives through her #LetsAllBeKind Challenge. Kids are encouraged to print out a sign and take a picture with them at the kindness scene to spread this positive message, and then share it on social media with @MarieUnanueAuthor using the #LetsAllBeKind to use social media in a positive way.

“The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park,” (iUniverse, August 24, 2018) is an Early Chapter Book by Marie Unanue. Marie’s fascination with helped her to write a story that would help teach the character skills missing in today’s children. The book focuses on six skills: curiosity, gratitude, grit, self- control, social intelligence, and zest.

Coming up 7/10 at 9:00am PT - Jacqueline Gay Walley calls in to talk about her new book The WAW

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