Maybe In Another Life_FinalTaylor Jenkins Reid is an author, essayist, and TV writer from Acton, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, Forever, Interrupted, was optioned with Dakota Johnson attached to star. Her second book, After I Do, was called a “must read” by Kirkus. Her third book, Maybe In Another Life, will be out in July 2015. Taylor’s acclaimed books, published with Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, have been translated into 14 languages.

In addition to her novels, Taylor’s essays have appeared in the Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, xoJane, and a number of other blogs.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit.


SecretsLakeRoad_cover_hi resKaren Katchur is a full-time fiction writer and winner of a short story award. She is an active member in both the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has held various board positions in the local chapter, Pocono Lehigh Romance Writers. When she’s not reading or writing, she instructs fitness classes and holds a M. Ed in Health and Physical Education as well as a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.

The Secrets of Lake Road is her debut novel. Library Journal called it a “beautiful, heartbreaking, and affecting debut, reminiscent of the work of Heather Gudenkauf, will have readers craving more from Katchur.”


faking perfect mechanicalRebecca Phillips third novel, Out Of Nowhere, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She’s also the author of the best-selling Just You series. Her next YA novel, Faking Perfect (Kensington), is set to be released on June 30, 2015.

Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean. School Library Journal said of Faking Perfect: “Fans of Sarah Dessen’s novels will enjoy this book. Phillips will soon be a must-read YA writer for those who love romance and drama.”

AnchorboyJay Onrait is a former TSN Sports Centre host and current FOX Sports Live sports anchor―after his failed childhood attempt at becoming an NHL star (note: he never had a shot). Jay won the 2011 Gemini for Best Sportscaster and now, along with Dan O’Toole, is a host for Fox Sports Live in Los Angeles.
Anchorboy is a Globe and Mail bestseller, his sophomore story collection Number Two is out Fall ’15 with HarperCollins Canada.

Adobe Photoshop PDFPaulette Lambert is the Director of Nutrition for the California Health & Longevity Institute and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition expert. As the Director of Nutrition, she develops nutrition programs for her clients as well as leads workshops for individuals and corporate groups. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and is cited frequently for her expertise in the Wall Street JournalShape magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.

Popular vegetarian blogger Allison Day is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Day’s original recipes, food writing, food photography, and healthy eating tips have been featured on Well+Good NYC, Epicurious Community Table, Brit + Co., BuzzFeed, BlogHer, The Kitchn, Arizona Foothills Magazine, and Oh My Veggies. During the time of her sister’s celiac disease diagnosis, Day also lost her mother to breast cancer. This further propelled Day to take care of herself through the food she ate and share her message on her website award-winning site Her book Whole Bowls will be published in Spring ’16 with Skyhorse Publishing.

9780670066575HColin Mochrie was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, and has lived in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Toronto. He is best known for his roles in Whose Line Is It Anyway? and This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and as host of Are You Smarter Than a Canadian 5th Grader? A regular for nine years on the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Mochrie also starred for eight seasons in the hit ABC version for 22 million American viewers a night at its peak, and it became a worldwide sensation in syndication. He performs more than fifty tour dates a year at sold-out venues all over North America. Mochrie lives in Toronto with his wife, actress Debra McGrath, and their son, Luke.

Stats Canada CoverStats Canada is a team of writers and illustrators. They have a broad range of talents and professions and regularly maintain the @Stats_Canada Twitter feed. They met while writing for the online publication

Stats Canada, the book, was featured in Maclean’s Magazine and was a Chapters/Indigo bestseller.

Ella and the Balloons in the Sky_Cover_FinalDanny Appleby founded and runs the acclaimed creative agency Think Tank Creative, where he spends his days creating digital art and eating cereal. Aside from being a visual artist, Danny has been a semi-professional rollerblader, a grade seven public speaking regional runner-up, a backup harmonica player (in his older brother’s band), and an avid writer both creatively and journalistically. He made the move into the world of children’s stories after being inspired to do so by his four nieces, Aubrey, Marlow, Joely, and of course, Ella. Danny lives in Toronto, Ontario.

“Delicate, doodle-like ink drawings on tea-stained paper have a homemade, serene quality that works well with the pensive tone . . . Appleby’s message of acceptance coupled with Pirie’s tranquil pastel illustrations make this a tender glimpse into feelings of loss and grief.”

Jennifer Carlson is the visionary behind Baby Gourmet, an organic baby food company specializing in nutritious and delicious packaged food for babies and toddlers. Inspired by her 6-month-old daughter, she and her sister launched the brand in 2006 at the Calgary Farmers Market and has since built a successful company with product distributed in major retailers across North America. She is the mother of two well-fed children and has a passion for all things culinary. Jen is an inspirational and motivating speaker to women, entrepreneurs and busy moms. Jen’s Baby Gourmet book will be released with Atria Books in Spring ’16.


Jael Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first book, The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, came out in 2012. In 2013, the book received a CBC Bookie Award. Richardson received a Brampton Arts Acclaim Award and a My People Award that same year, recognizing her as a new and up-and-coming writer. Excerpts from her first play my upside down black face are also published in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. Richardson is currently working on a children’s book and a novel while helping kids in the Toronto District School Board as one of the TDSB’s 2013-14 Writers-In-Residence. She teaches communications at Humber College and is the artistic director of “The Fold” Canadian Festival of Literary Diversity.

Andrea Dunlop is a writer and publicist for Girl Friday Productions in Seattle. She blogs weekly at Her debut novel The Sojourn is forthcoming from Atria Books (Spring ’16).

Larry Smith holds his BA and MA from the University of Waterloo. Specializing in forecasting and the economics of innovation, he has worked with governments, financial institutions, professional associations and companies developing new markets or new products. His first book No Fear, No Excuses: What You Need To Do To Have A Great Career is based on his popular TEDx Talk Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career which received over 5 million views world-wide. No Fear, No Excuses will be released with HarperCollins Canada and HMH in Spring ’16.

Debby Carreau, CEO and Founder of Inspire HR, holds an MBA and a professional designation in Human Resources. One of the few female members of Young Presidents Organization, Debby is also a platform partner for Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation. Her inaugural publication The Mentor Myth will be published in Spring ’16.

the holdersJulianna Scott is the author of The Holders Series. After receiving her music degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized that she’d been born in the wrong era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in zoot-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true calling might be elsewhere. While she had always excelled in writing throughout school, she’d never considered it a career possibility until about three years ago, when she’d gotten her first story idea and decided to go for it. She grabbed her laptop, started typing away, and has never looked back. She lives in Chicago.

OntheInside_CVRKim Cano is the author of three women’s fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, which tells the story of a young woman’s journey through grief and the transformational power of friendship, On The Inside, a novel about a middle-aged woman who is sentenced to 17 years in prison for committing a white collar crime, and Eighty and Out, a story about two sisters who make a pact to not live past age eighty.

Kim has also written a short story collection called For Animal Lovers. 10% of the sale price of that book goes to the ASPCA to help homeless pets.

Kim Cano lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

IDCover-WebCaitlin Rantala lives in Nashville, but writes books not songs. She wears red lipstick, rides horses, and trains in Krav Maga. Her debut sci fi New Adult novel Industry Darling was featured on

“It’s a heart-pounding non-stop ride to the finish that I never saw coming. I couldn’t put it down and almost missed my train stop.” – Katherine Locke, author of Second Position & the District Ballet Company series

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