Publishing in a Pandemic—Wyatt-MacKenzie’s 2020 Roster Offers Black History, Climate Change, Multiple Sclerosis, Finance, Spirituality, and Novels to Escape the Chaos

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Oregon independent publisher Wyatt-MacKenzie released 13 titles in 2020 despite a worldwide shutdown, garnering endorsements from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Foreword Reviews, School Library Journal, Midwest Book Review, and luminaries Ed Begly Jr, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Thomas Moore, Michael Bernard Beckwith, and Padma Shri Dr. Robert Thurman.

Oregon independent publisher Wyatt-MacKenzie released 13 titles in 2020 despite a worldwide shutdown, garnering endorsements from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Foreword Reviews, School Library Journal, Midwest Book Review, and luminaries Ed Begly Jr, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Thomas Moore, Michael Bernard Beckwith, and Padma Shri Dr. Robert Thurman.

Legendary Black History
Billboard’s “#4 Top Girl Group of All Time” performer Anita Pointer with her brother, Fritz Pointer, Professor of African History and Literature, released “Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters’ Family Story,” an intimate portrait of the Grammy-winning R&B group with social, political, cultural, racial, and female empowerment messages for a new generation. Library Journal reviewed: “By turns lovely and sad, and given the Pointers’ popularity and longevity, this moving chronical of profoundly talented family singing group will make a solid addition to all music collections.”

Environmental Urgency
Author of 12 books on green building and sustainable development, named a LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council and labeled “The Godfather of Green” by Wired magazine, Jerry Yudelson followed an unusual career path toward sustainability leadership. With a foreword by Ed Begley Jr, Yudelson’s memoir “The Godfather of Green” spans the first Earth Day through dropping out of grad school to pursue spiritual development, and encountering the renowned Indian master Swami Muktananda. Featured in Publishers Weekly: “Brings principles of spiritual mindfulness and stewardship to the [environmental] discussion.” Foreword Reviews: “Yudelson shares his determination to live each moment from the highest perspective and in the spirit of selfless service.” Kirkus Reviews: “Yudelson’s blend of environmentalism and spiritualism captures an overlapping sensibility.”

Chronic Health
Wyatt-MacKenzie’s 4th book with Boston writer and journalism professor Meredith O’Brien, her memoir “Uncomfortably Numb,” is about living with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Library Journal reviewed: “O’Brien’s words will resonate with those living with the unpredictability of chronic conditions, along with their friends, family, and various support systems.”

Finances in a Crisis
COVID-19 has shown that many of us are one slip away from financial disaster, Wyatt-MacKenzie’s 4th book with finance expert Danny Kofke “Can I Borrow $400?” shares the main reasons, encouraging readers that life allows us to learn from our mistakes and make a change in the right direction, and this book will show you how—to move toward debt freedom and live a wealthy life, and never ask to borrow $400 again.

Spirituality ~ A Calming Balm for our Troubled Times
“Sacred Landscapes of the Soul” from spiritual guide and intuitive creator Karen Brailsford offers meditations which guide the reader toward solace, courage, confidence, and conviction, providing a sense of place that can be mined for inner awareness. “I was surprised by this brave, beautiful book, which I will from now on keep by my side for comfort and inspiration,” reviews Padma Shri Dr. Robert Thurman, Co-Founder of Tibet House US, the Dalai Lama’s Cultural Center in America. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder & spiritual director at Agape International Spiritual Center, and author of “Life Visioning” reviews: “Filled with spiritual insight and wisdom, it beautifully evokes the peace and comfort readily available to us just by our mere acknowledgment. Brailsford’s inspired messages and affirmations light the path on our journey towards, and through, eternal peace.” Thomas Moore, author of “Care of the Soul” reviews: “Like a spirited choir singing the wisdom of the ages. It is grounded in intelligent thoughts from the great spiritual writers and song-makers and offers inspiring and transformative guidance. Read it to have your mind and heart opened up. Use it as a contemporary, unaffiliated prayer book or meditation guide.”

A Paraquel
“I Know How This Ends” is Wyatt-MacKenzie’s 5th novel with Amy Impellizzeri, the paraquel to her award-winning debut “Lemongrass Hope.” This parallel-lives paraquel commences at a graduation ceremony in Spring 2020 for a very special class all born to mothers who were in and around the twin towers on 9/11, pregnant, and survived. The young valedictorian awaits her parents, who are caught in a time slip, and whose parallel lives are about to crash and burn. “A stunning conclusion” reviews Jacquelyn Mitchard, the author of New York Times #1 Bestseller “The Deep End of The Ocean.”

A Prequel
“You Look Something: an indigenous coming-of-age novel” by Jessica Mehta is somewhat of a prequel to the author’s award-winning fictional debut from Wyatt-MacKenzie “The Wrong Kind of Indian.” College is supposed to be the best years of your life, a time when you “find your tribe”—but what does that mean for a first-generation, urban, indigenous young woman who stumbled into her freshman year to escape an abusive relationship? Armed with nothing more than piles of students loans, this is one indigenous girl’s journey through the most challenging set of obstacles yet, and finding herself in the process. School Library Journal reviewed: “An engaging and realistic novel … gritty and honest … the characters in this novel grapple with sexuality, abortion, drugs and drinking, and feeling like an outsider due to class and cultural differences.”

A Sequel
Intuitive medium Caroline E. Zani’s follow-up to her award-winning debut from Wyatt-MacKenzie, “Piper, Once & Again,” which shook readers with past life regressions—“Waiting for Grace” cracks open a lawyer-turned-therapist who flees the law in Los Angeles to open a practice in Bar Harbor, Maine, providing forward life progressions to those who are lost, helping them manifest their dream lives, while he desperately awaits hope and redemption. Kirkus Reviews: “Zani returns with an intricately crafted novel about starting over after suffering life changing loss.”

A Beer-brewing Empress
Camille Di Maio, with four well-received historical novels from Lake Union Publishing, came to Wyatt-MacKenzie with her fifth, “The First Emma.” It’s the true story of Emma Koehler and her unlikely rise as CEO of a brewing empire during Prohibition, and her tycoon husband Otto who was killed in a crime-of-the-century murder by one of his two mistresses—both also named Emma. When a chance to tell her story to a young teetotaler arises, a tale unfolds of love, war, beer, and the power of women. Kirkus Reviews: “Di Maio’s take on a shocking American drama pleasantly blends romance and historical fiction ... a sweet memorialization of a real-life female business pioneer in San Antonio.”

Truthy Fiction Trilogy of UFOs
New York Times journalist and MUFON member, Fred Ellis Brock’s trilogy “The Seven” is about a former reporter who unravels a U.S. Government conspiracy, a massive cover-up, and murder, to discover that love, abduction, and the UFO phenomenon could all be connected. Booklist reviewed: “Entertaining and chock-full of modern gumshoe tropes.”

Politics & Family Strife
“The Flying Cutterbucks” by Kathleen Rodgers offers a serving of “Fried Green Tomatoes” set against the backdrop of presidential elections for the #MeToo and #ShePersists generation. Centering on a Gold Star family of a fighter pilot MIA in Vietnam and the women he left behind, this book exposes the collateral damage of war, rape, racism toward Latinos, elections, patriarchies, and false patriotism, with the satisfaction of action, resistance, and a female cast’s fight against oppression. Southern Literary Review writes: “A profound and moving portrait of family, friendship, and forgiveness.”

“The Madwoman of Preacher’s Cove” by Joy Ross Davis is told around an ancient mystery set in the woods where Druids once roamed, about a series of deaths by lightning strikes, an investigative reporter, a horribly disfigured woman and her protective sister, with a preacher who may hold the sinister key to unlock everyone’s secrets. Library Journal reviews: “An enjoyable read. The characters, particularly Hap and Lucy, are fun.”

A Rock ‘N’ Roll Threesome
Rocker Mom Tommie Vaughn concludes her trilogy (“This Rock in My Heart,” “This Roll in My Soul”) with “This Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream”—which weaves her experience as lead singer, songwriter, and music video director for the alternative rock band Wall of Tom into fiction. “An amazing trilogy!” reviews Brett Scallions of rock band Fuel. “Super realistic,” reviews music producer Toby Wright.

Award-winning Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. in Deadwood, Oregon, launches their 24th year of publishing in 2021.

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