Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing 2019 Roster Highlights Travel Accessibility, Hippies, Bereavement, plus National Security, Military Families, and Lies in Politics

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In their 21st year of independent publishing, Wyatt-MacKenzie jumps the shark with a new hippie memoir; provides comfort in the loss of a parent or partner to ALS, pancreatic cancer, heart disease; seeks equality in a cerebral palsy travel guide; and reflects the state of our country with fictional politics and real national security solutions.

Candice Bergen calls "Tuesdays with Ted" the new memoir by screenwriter Russ Woody about his dad with ALS: “A lovely paradigm of what the months, days and minutes with a fading loved one should be."

Two New Memoirs—Accessibility, and Hippies

Publishers Weekly on “Squeaky Wheels” (Mar 2019) by Suzanne Kamata, in the February 2019 issue: “An American writer who lives in Japan, Kamata describes her experiences traveling around the world with her teenage daughter, Lilia, who is deaf, has cerebral palsy, and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Kamata shares the challenges and joys they encounter as they navigate different cultures and varying degrees of accessibility awareness.” Kamata’s adventures with her teen—through subterranean Tennessee, to the islands of Japan, and to the top of the Eiffel Tower—ultimately lead to a daughter’s increasing independence, a mother letting go of expectations, and advocacy for travel without discrimination. Born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan, Kamata lives on the island of Shikoku. She has received awards from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Independent Publisher’s Association, SCBWI, and Half the World Global Literati Awards, and is an associate professor at Naruto University of Education in Japan.

Henry Winkler writes in the foreword of “Hippie Woman Wild” (July 2019) by Carol Schlanger: “I don’t think she can write a sentence without making you laugh.” Carl Gottlieb, the screenwriter of JAWS reviews: “Sensational. I couldn’t put it down.” New York Times bestselling author Barbara Bottner calls Carol Schlanger “the perfect voice of her generation. Honest, rebellious, sensual, politically astute.” Expelled from Yale Drama during the Vietnam protests, Schlanger abandoned her acting dream to follow the man she loves to live off-the-grid in Oregon. Be transported to a 1970s commune to smoke a joint in harmony—until communalism confronts capitalism, and freeloading free love threatens the hard-won utopia. As an award-winning actress and writer, Carol Schlanger’s work has been nominated for an Obie and an Emmy, her plays have been produced by Joseph Papp, Ted Danson, and Second Stage in New York, and she appears regularly in TV shows including “Mike & Molly,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” Schlanger has worked in many films including “The China Syndrome” opposite Jane Fonda, and has written for Imagine Entertainment and freelanced on two pilots for CBS.

Three Bereavement Memoirs—ALS, Pancreatic Cancer, Heart Disease

Candice Bergen calls “Tuesdays with Ted” (Aug 2019) by Russ Woody: “A lovely paradigm of what the months, days and minutes with a fading loved one should be.” Bryan Cranston reviews: “Tugs at your heart, makes you laugh, and affirms your faith in humanity.” To be with a parent while they are dying is one of the most human of experiences; it is what we are supposed to do, and can be the most rewarding time of our life. Portrayed on a 2002 episode of Ted Danson’s CBS show “Becker,” the author’s father copes with debilitating effects of ALS, using a voice machine to share jokes on set every Tuesday night. One of the most respected writers in Hollywood, Russ Woody has won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe in television. He has written and produced many comedies including “Becker,” “Cybill,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Mad About You,” “The Middle” and “Murphy Brown.” He has also written for “St. Elsewhere” and “Hill Street Blues.”

Named one of Seventeen Magazine’s "17 Books Every Girl Should Read Before She’s 17" this mother-daughter memoir is an intimate look at unconditional love during a heart-breaking goodbye. “The Goodbye Diaries” (May 2019) by Marisa Bardach Ramel and her late mother Sally Bardach offers a touching glimpse into both sides of terminal illness—the one who will leave and the one who will be left behind. Alternating voices reveal their fears, their frustrations, and their fierce connection to each other. Booklist reviews: “Powerful and beautiful.” Cheryl Strayed, author of NYT bestselling memoir “Wild,” reviews: “Beautiful, wise, tender, and true.” Ramel is a former magazine editor who has written for Seventeen, Prevention, Glamour, xoJane, POPSUGAR, and more.

“Letters to Freedom” (Apr 2019) by Dr. Patti Ashley is a love letter to relationship, confusion, and loss. It is about hope, surviving, and ultimately thriving as Ashley shares her own love story about healing from grief: “Patti’s blend of psychology and spirituality makes this book a resource for anyone finding their way through loss and heartbreak” reviews Sue Frederick, author of “Bridges to Heaven: True Stories of Loved Ones on the Other Side.” With over thirty years of experience as a parent, educator, and psychotherapist, Dr. Ashley brings unique insight to the identification and treatment of shame, grief, and dysfunctional family patterns utilizing elements of developmental, cognitive, strength-based, relational, somatic and positive psychology. She owns and operates Authenticity Architects in Boulder, Colorado and is the author of “Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype.”

New non-fiction—Military Families, and National Security

“Household Baggage” (new edition, July 2019) by Marna Ashburn is a collection of funny and disarmingly candid essays about today’s military families—where marriage and motherhood endure frequent moves, long separations, uncomfortable living quarters, and wartime deployments. Brides new to the service and seasoned military wives will find the light-hearted insights helpful, and the more serious issues invaluable. The perfect read for any military spouse—a sympathetic ear, and comic relief. In the follow-up, “Household Baggage Handlers” (new edition, July 2019), 48 wives share their embarrassments and emotions as they tackle the daily dramas of military life—with anecdotes from WWII to the present, these compelling stories capture a sisterhood forged by extraordinary circumstances. Marna Ashburn grew up an Air Force brat, served 5 years on active duty as an Army helicopter pilot, and was an Army wife for 20 years. A former college writing instructor, she was a regular contributor to Military Spouse magazine, and her articles have been published in American Baby, Military Times, and Married to the Military.

In the original “National Security Mom: How Going Soft Can Make America Strong” (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2008), Gina Bennett introduced the idea that the rules we use for parenting our children are the same rules we should follow in securing America. The follow-up “America Needs A Time-Out: National Security Mom 2” (Nov. 2019) takes the analogy further, and highlights how the indispensable parenting tool of a time-out could apply to America. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams reviews: “Offers a ray of hope that our divided nation can find common ground. If you share that hope and want to expand your own thinking about security, read this book.” Bennett includes essays and letters from young women she has taught, revealing what it truly takes to make the next generation feel secure in their daily lives. Gina Bennett is a 30-year Senior Counterterrorism Analyst who authored the 1993 report warning of Osama Bin Laden. Bennett’s work has been highlighted in the Showtime documentary Spymasters, the HBO documentary Manhunt, and in the PBS documentary Makers: Women Who Make America. Bennett teaches ethics in intelligence at Georgetown University in the Security Studies Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and at the George Washington University in the International Policy and Practice program at the Elliot School of International Affairs. She is also a founding board member of Girl Security, an educational program to familiarize elementary-to-high school girls in national and international security issues.

New Fiction—Lies in Politics

“Why We Lie" (Mar 2019) the new novel by Amy Impellizzeri examines the unexpected consequences of those who tell the truth about abuse and those who lie, and asks the question: is the truth always worth the cost? Best-selling author Hank Phillippi Ryan reviews: “Sinister and surprising tale of greed, politics, and power—this is exactly what psychological suspense is meant to be.” In Impellizzeri’s fourth novel, a rising star politician and lawyer is clearly keeping secrets about his past. His relationship with a campaign manager is more complicated than he has let on, and secrets since law school begin to unravel. Impellizzeri is a reformed corporate litigator, start-up executive, and multiple award-winning author of fiction including “Lemongrass Hope,” “Secrets of Worry Dolls,” and “The Truth About Thea” which was chosen as Francis Ford Coppola Winery Books & Bottles (Inaugural) Pick. She is also the author of the non-fiction “Lawyer Interrupted” (American Bar Association), a Tall Poppy Writer, the Past President of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and a prior Writer-In-Residence for Ms.-JD.org.

Wyatt-MacKenzie’s New Independent Publishing Awards & Foreign Rights Sales

Winner of an IPPY in multicultural fiction was "The Wrong Kind of Indian" by Jessica Mehta. Winner of the Next Generation Indie Awards in Travel was "Squeaky Wheels" by Suzanne Kamata. Winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards in LGBTQ was "We" by Ben Barnz with a finalist for Tom Weise's "Living Off the Edge." Wyatt-MacKenzie sold Greek rights of “Eyes Are Never Quiet”—helping teachers with their most troubled students—by Lori Desautels and Michael McKnight. Wyatt-MacKenzie sold Czech rights of “I Ran Into Some Trouble” by Peggy Caserta—girlfriend of Janis Joplin, her store Mnasidika on Haight-Ashbury was recently deemed a historical treasure by San Francisco Heritage Foundation as being at the cultural epicenter of a hippie movement that transformed views on art, music, activism, and civil rights.

Wyatt-MacKenzie in Deadwood, OR, is celebrating their 21st year in publishing; their books are distributed by Ingram, Follett, Coutts, Bertrams, Gardners.

“Squeaky Wheels: Travels with my Daughter by Train, Plane, Metro, Tuk-tuk and Wheelchair” by Suzanne Kamata; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-44-9; 212 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, $14.95; Travel/Special Interest/Handicapped; Travel/Europe/France; Travel/Asia/Japan; Family/Children with Special Needs.

“Hippie Woman Wild: A Memoir of Life & Love on an Oregon Commune” by Carol Schlanger; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-46-3, 288 pages, 6 x 9, $18.00; Autobiography/Personal Memoirs, Autobiography/Entertainment & Performing Arts.

“Tuesdays with Ted: An uplifting, heartbreaking, occasionally humorous story about an old man with ALS, a sitcom and its star, and just enough time for a son to say good-bye” by Russ Woody; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-58-6; 256 Pages, 5.25 x 8, $18.00; Self-help/Death, Grief, Bereavement; Autobiography/Personal Memoirs.

“The Goodbye Diaries: A Mother-Daughter Memoir” by Marisa Bardach Ramel and Sally Bardach; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-36-4, 264 pages, 5.25 x 8, $18.00; Self-help/Death, Grief, Bereavement; Autobiography/Personal Memoirs.

“Letters to Freedom, From Fear to Love to Grace” by Dr. Patti Ashley; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-45-6, 184 pages, 5.25 x 8, $18.00; Self-help/Death, Grief, Bereavement; Autobiography/Personal Memoirs.

“Household Baggage: The Moving Life of a Military Wife” by Marna Ashburn; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-56-2, 198 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, $15.00; “Household Baggage Handlers: 56 Stories from the Hearts and Lives of Military Wives” by Marna Ashburn; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-57-9; 224 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, $16.00; FAM045000 Family & Relationships/Essays.

“America Needs A Time-Out: National Security Mom 2” by Gina M. Bennett; Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-59-3, 184 Pages, 5 x 8, $20.00, Trade Paperback; Political Science/Democracy; Political Science/Civics & Citizenship; Political Science Essays.

“Why We Lie” by Amy Impellizzeri, Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948018-35-7; 288 Pages, 5.25 x 8, $14.95; Fiction/Thrillers/Legal; Fiction/Thrillers/Political.

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