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The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Kristin Meekhof

If you are looking for the perfect fast- paced, light hearted, humorous novel, consider your search to be over. Carole Radziwill's debut novel, The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating earns five out of five stars.

Astoria Characters: The Man Who Has His Way With Words

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.30.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Words, words, words. When they flow from Ron Kolm's mouth, they are not so much a stream of consciousness as a river of remembrance.

'Help! He's More Into Sports Than He's Into Me'

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Differences in hobbies/interests can wreak havoc on a relationship. In fact, it is one of the top 10 reasons couples see me for counseling. So often I hear complaints such as: "He's more into his sports than he's into me" or "I'm tired of competing with his sports watching." The good news: it's fixable.

Raging About Road Rage?

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Road rage continues to be a huge problem, as streets and highways are often where people's emotions, dramas, stress, and anxieties play out. I've tre...

Undeserved Columnist Bashing: Empty Calorie Screeds on Kathleen Parker and Others

Suzette Standring | Posted 03.08.2014 | Media
Suzette Standring

Let's talk about needless savagery that poses as column writing. On a seesaw of best and worst, columnist Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post is a ...

20 Artists To Start Listening To In 2014

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment

Across almost every genre, 2013 was an incredible year for music. (It was so strong that HuffPost Entertainment's top-10 list of best songs expanded t...

How Do Publishers Select Which Books To Publish?

Steven Zacharius | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Steven Zacharius

Publishers don't decide which books they're going to publish while sitting alone in a dark room with one little lamp burning. It's not a secretive process and it's not just a matter of a singular person's whims or personal tastes.

The Best of the Best Books Lists

Carole DeSanti | Posted 03.02.2014 | Books
Carole DeSanti

Every year, as an editor, reader and writer, I wish for a cool hand, or the hand of history, to lay alongside these best-ofs and favorites.

Resolutions? 10 Powerful Questions Before You Start

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

The exercise below will help you to dig deep, get honest with yourself, and uncover what you truly want and where you really want to go in a positive way. It's the initial powerful step towards making changes in your life.

It's OK -- You Can Judge Me By My Books

Haley Pereyo | Posted 02.23.2014 | Teen
Haley Pereyo

Every book I've ever read has given me a new perspective. Even if what I was reading was fiction with made up characters and plots, I still learned something.

5 Steps to Grassroots Marketing

Alex Schattner | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Alex Schattner

Go to your favorite maps application and find all the bookstores within easy traveling distance. Look at each store and ask yourself: Is it right for my book?

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

Dealing With the December Dilemma

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 02.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Christmas and Kwanzaa are just days away, Hanukkah has just ended, and as always, for many people the issue of interfaith relationships still poses a ...


Alex Schattner | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Alex Schattner

Picking a creative career like writing would be impossible without blind faith in oneself. I've always worked at being the hero of my own story, someone I would root for in a book, or onscreen, but now the scope of the story is growing and I can't predict the plotline.

Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.

Astoria Characters: The Straight-A Student of Life

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.02.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

In the bedroom that also serves as Stefanie Weisman's office, a cheap, crisply creased paper map of the world is taped to the wall over the bed. Its c...

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring: Cover Me, Baby!

Christiana Miller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Christiana Miller

If the cover intrigues potential readers, they'll read the product description and the sample pages. And that's where you'll hook them. From there, if your book lives up to the promise the cover made, your reader will make the journey from interested stranger to avid fan.

Take Back Your Maiden Name? Not For Me

Amy Koko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce
Amy Koko

Wow. Today I had a real eye opener. I received a Thomasville Furniture flyer in the mail addressed to my ex-husband's new wife. This is upsetting on two fronts: 1. Why is she shopping at Thomasville when I am waiting for the year end clearance sale at Rooms To Go?

7 Ways to Ruin Everyone's Thanksgiving -- Including Your Own

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

It's that time of the year again. The time when family dramas and conflicts that have been kept at bay will resurface and issues get stirred up. The time when we have to see people that we wouldn't choose to see the other 364 days of the year.

Miley Cyrus: Birthday Advice to the Queen of Twerk

Suzette Standring | Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity
Suzette Standring

Lots of others are doing the same thing, if not worse. So why am I picking on you? On your birthday, no less! Well, I don't want to see you crash and burn. It's getting harder for me to separate the turnoff from your talent, and I fear the blur will be an unfavorable tipping point.

Elizabeth Gilbert On Writing The Novel Of A Lifetime

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

She made her name with a memoir that captivated the world and cemented her place in literary history. Then she wrote another -- and drifted even fur...

Camus at 100

Ronald Aronson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Ronald Aronson

Young and old, we can also be inspired by his sheer political courage. The two strengths came together in his brave but futile campaign to end attacks on civilians during the Algerian War, which he hoped would reduce suffering and might lead to dialogue.

Werewolves, Bullying & Vera Farmiga

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

I recently tumbled across a book trailer for the novel WHEREWOLVES, by John Vamvas and Olga Montes which combines the legendary creature with a high school bullying theme. I caught up with the authors just in time for Halloween.

Fearless Self Image: How You Dress Matters

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 12.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

So many of my clients are influenced by how they look and how they feel. If someone feels depressed and lacks confidence, this is reflected in what they wear, and conversely, if someone has a positive attitude and is confident, that will show in their attire.

How to Register Your Authorship With Google

Chris Abraham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Chris Abraham

My church tells me that the only way to get into Heaven is for the Lord to know you by name. Likewise, with Google's latest algorithm update, Hummingbird, Google now demands that you trade your anonymity for a spot at the top of Google search.