Client Books

Here are some of the many award-winning book projects I’ve worked on with clients:

Voice Lessons: A Sister’s Story

Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story by Cara Mentzel. Voice Lessons is the story of one younger sister growing up in the shadow of her larger-than-life older sister, Idina Menzel. Featured on The Today Show, Pickler & Ben, NY Live and (Macmillan, 2017)

I Don’t Wanna Be Pink: How a single, 39-year-old woman refused to let breast cancer and its fervent culture define her by Dena Taylor. A month before she was to celebrate her fortieth birthday in Italy, Dena Taylor was diagnosed with breast cancer. In seconds, she was transformed from enthusiastic traveler to frightened patient. Told with grace, candor, and inimitable wit, I Don’t Wanna Be Pink is the story of a single, independent woman and the tumor that threatens to change her life. (Outskirts Press, 2019)

Money Secrets

The Athena Principles: Simple Wellness Practices for Overworked Professionals by Kathy Robinson. On the outside, you have it all together, masterfully juggling everything that comes your way. But on the inside, you’re overwhelmed by how busy you are, you’re tired of saying yes when you mean no and you’re starting to feel drained by the monotony of a routine that rarely brings you joy. Sometimes you wonder if you even know what brings you joy. The Athena Principles will help you reconnect with your mind, body and spirit by introducing you to simple wellness practices. (Collabria Publishing, 2020)

Voice Lessons: A Sister’s Story

Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality by Celeste Watkins-Hayes. In the face of life-threatening news, how does our view of life change—and what do we do it transform it? Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women generate radical improvements in their social well being in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage. (University of California Press, 2019)

Voice Lessons: A Sister’s Story

Playing God in Chair Twelve: A Juror’s Faith-Changing Journey by Carl Dubler. Playing God in Chair Twelve: A Juror’s Faith-Changing Journey is the riveting true story of a notorious double-murder, a life-or-death judgment, and the faith journey that followed. Carl’s thought-provoking story reveals what happens when ordinary people must decide between justice and mercy, life and death. (Golden Elm Press, 2019)

Voice Lessons: A Sister’s Story

Taste the Sweetness Later: Two Muslim Women in America by Connie Shoemaker. This inspirational book features the immigration stories of two Muslim women – one from Iraq, one from Libya. In sharing their stories, Connie gives readers a hopeful look at how we might bridge the social and political chasm that divides America today. (Amity Bridge Books, 2019) Winner, Colorado Book Award

Darwin’s First Theory

Darwin’s First Theory: Exploring Darwin’s Quest to Find a Theory of the Earth by Rob Wesson. Wesson, scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey, reexamines Darwin’s life and his Beaglevoyage to illuminate the great scientist’s contributions to geology. (Pegasus Books, 2017)

Voice Lessons: A Sister’s Story

Because She Was by Shelley Brouwer. When her third child was born with disabilities and cognitive delays, Shelley Brouwer was thrust into an uncertain world. With equal parts fear and determination she set out to help her family and her daughter thrive. Navigating the murky waters of an undiagnosed disability and rare medical disorder, Shelley learned as she went, and discovered along the way that her young daughter was her greatest teacher. Then the unthinkable occurred, at the age of 22, her sweet daughter died. Written with deep insight and humor, Shelley invites you to walk with her through this universal tale of a mother’s love. (Outskirts Press, 2019)

Voice Lessons: A Sister’s Story

Drip, Drop and Drizzle: A Journal for Growing Your Child’s Creativity by Mary Ostrowski. Drip, Drop and Drizzle supports your children’s creative expression by: 1) starting with their brilliant ability to imagine and draw; 2) then guiding them to write about their beautiful drawing; and, 3) prompting them to voice their valuable opinions on various topics through written expression. (Halo Publishing, July 2019)

Caged Eyes

Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience by Lynn Hall. An insider’s account of misogyny and rape in the US military and her extraordinary path to recovery and activism. (Beacon Press, 2017)

Poco a Poco

Poco a Poco: A Memoir, by Michele Morris. What happens when a vacation turns into tragedy 5,000 miles from home? Poco a Poco follows Michele Morris’s courageous journey from her husband’s shocking collapse in the Madrid airport to her heartbreaking loss six months later. Recounting her experience with brutal honesty and raw emotion, Morris invites readers to travel with her from Spain to Colorado on a journey of grief, loss, and recovery. (Outskirts Press, 2018) Winner, Colorado Book Award

Labor of Love

Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte by Suzanne Hoffman. A groundbreaking book about the women and families behind the wine estates of one of the world’s greatest viticultural regions – Piemonte, Italy. Silver medal winner, Independent Book Publishers Association Best Regional Non-Fiction, Silver medal winner, Foreword INDIES Reviews. (Under Discovered Publishing, 2016)

Voice Lessons: A Sister’s Story

The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer by Diane Simard. This memoir is about waking up in mid-life and learning to lead with your heart instead of your head. Diane Simard—a journalist, angel investor, and aerospace executive who was raised in a small Nebraska town—weaves an engaging account of her experience with Stage III breast cancer that is raw, unapologetic, and humorous. Her sobering—yet uplifting—account describes in explicit detail the fatigue, nausea, sights, and smells of her treatment protocol, as well as the oscillating swirl of emotions that forced her to slow down and take stock of the first 50 years of her life. (Book Baby, 2019)

An Insider's Guide to Orthopedic Surgery

An Insider’s Guide to Orthopedic Surgery by Elizabeth Kauffman. Nearly two million Americans undergo elective orthopedic surgery each year, and the numbers keep growing. When you are ready for your procedure, you’ll want a copy of this book to prepare yourself (and your home) for a quicker, more thorough recovery. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018)


SHOUT: A loud and lively book showcasing the talents, thoughts, ideas and voices of kids who are differently “able” by Pat Loewi. SHOUT is an original, one-of-a-kind book with over 70 pieces of stunning art and words of wisdom from 90 intellectually and physically challenged youth. (Shout, Inc. 2015)

A Mind To Stay

A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland by Sydney Nathans. This book brings to life a vivid cast of characters and illuminates the changing meaning of land and landowning to successive generations of rural African Americans. (Havard University Press, 2017)

Edible Memory

Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods By Jennifer A. Jordan. In Edible Memory, Jordan examines the ways people around the world have sought to identify and preserve old-fashioned varieties of produce. (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter: Secrets, Life Stories and Healing by Connie Shoemaker. A memoir about caregiving by an adult only child who is responsible for a father with Alzheimer’s and a demanding mother who competes for attention. (Amity Bridge Books, 2015)

Money Secrets

Money Secrets: Keys to Smart Investing by Kim Curtis. Money Secrets provides a front row seat to what the financial industry doesn’t want you to know about investing–from an insider who believes you deserve the truth. Independent Book Publishers IPPY Awards, Silver Medalist; Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Silver Medalist; International Readers’ Favorite Award, Business/Finance category; USA Book News Awards, Business/Finance category. (Financial Literacy Press, 2014)

The Third Law

The Third Law by Tamra Ryan. This book explores what is required for chronically unemployed and impoverished women to create new lives for themselves. Gold Medal Winner, 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards for Women/Minorities in Business, Gold Medal Winner, 2015 Living Now Book Awards for Social Activism/Charity, Winner, The Book Excellence Award for Civic/Social Change (Gilpin House Press, 2013)

The Business of Wanting More

The Business of Wanting More: Why Some Executives Move From Success to Fulfillment and Others Don’t by Brian Gast. Amazon Bestseller, Leadership Books, Finalist in the ‘Self-Help: Motivational’ category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards; Finalist in the Motivational category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. (Barnegat Press Company, 2012)

Let Love In

Let Love In: Open Your Heart and Mind to Attract Your Ideal Partner by Deb Berndt, A simple system to change your dating destiny—and it really works! Love starts within you and flows out into the world, not the other way around. This book helps you remove blocks to allow true love into your life. You will attract the right life partner and improve your relationships through a simple three-step plan that uses self-hypnosis to get your mind in the right place for love. (Wiley Publishing, 2010)

Managing Across Cultures

Managing Across Cultures: The Seven Keys to Doing Business with a Global Mindset by Charlene Solomon. Whether you run a giant corporation or work in a small business, it’s more than likely that you regularly deal with people of different cultures—from customers and suppliers to salespeople and colleagues.

It simply can’t be overstated: You will have trouble succeeding in business today if you don’t appreciate and know how to actively manage global cultural diversity. Managing Across Cultures examines why people around the world behave as they do and provides actionable tactics for succeeding in today’s global business environment. (McGraw-Hill, 2009)