Our Authors

At Emerald Lake Books, we work with authors of all types and sizes. Whether they are self-published, first-time, best-selling, award-winning, established or celebrity authors, we have the knowledge and expertise to meet their needs.

Karen Mangia

At the age of 33, Karen Mangia faced an undiagnosed illness – she didn’t know what to call it, and neither did a team of five doctors. Despite diet and exercise, she gained weight, lost color in her skin and eyes, watched her energy drain away… Who was she? What was she becoming? And what exactly was wrong with her? Through the confusion, Karen kept working, doing, being and achieving – sacrificing her health, her relationships…herself. A last-ditch trip to an unorthodox doc helped her to face a crossroads in her life – identifying the childhood reason for her poor health – and helping her to turn her life around.

A recovering overachiever, Karen’s journey through misdiagnosis left her wondering, “What more can I do?” The key to her success wasn’t tied to her determination, her ambition, her relationships – she had to simplify, and adopt a powerful new formula for creating a life without regrets. A simple realization led her to a three-step process that has transformed her life, her relationships and her health.

Her story inspires thousands each year at keynote presentations, as she is committed to helping others to achieve more by doing less.

A proud resident of Indiana, Karen received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State University. Named to the “Top 40 Under 40” list by the Indianapolis Business Journal, she lives in a suburb of Indianapolis when she is not traveling and connecting with friends across the globe.

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Success with Less by Karen Mangia

Marc Youngquist

Marc Youngquist enlisted in the Marines in April, 1969, and went off to Parris Island on August 18th of that year. For the next four years, he served all over the Western Pacific (with a very limited time and no direct combat experience in Vietnam). In July, 1973, Marc was discharged from active-duty as a Sergeant, and in 1975, was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps Reserve.

In 1974, Marc became a police officer attaining the rank of Lieutenant. During that time, he attended the University of New Haven, obtaining a B.A. in Criminal Justice. In 1979, he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Marc went on to work as a contractor for the Department of Energy and returned to school to earn an M.S. in Criminal Justice/Public Administration. He later enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Drill Sergeant, and two years later transferred to the Military Police in the Connecticut Army National Guard, where he served the rest of his military career.

While an MP, Marc held every position from driver to First Sergeant, and was deployed to Panama, the Dominican Republic, 9/11 airport security, and then finally, Iraq.

Since retiring in 2012 as a Special Investigator for the Insurance industry, Marc has been spending his time traveling with his wife and three dogs, and resides in Connecticut where he writes and builds stunning kayaks.

If you want to keep up with what Marc’s doing, feel free to visit his website at marcyoungquist.com. Marc also welcomes hearing from his readers. You can contact him using the form below.

Contact Marc

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The 143rd in Iraq by Marc Youngquist

Cindy Peyser Safronoff

Whether undertaking a climb of Mount Rainier with an all-woman team or researching little-known aspects of the early years of America’s suffrage movement, Cindy Peyser Safronoff has devoted much of her life to exploring the nuances of women’s empowerment.

She graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and completed the Genealogy and Family History certificate program at the University of Washington. Safronoff has applied all that she has learned through her studies to uncovering a deeper understanding of two iconic figures in the women’s rights movement.

Safronoff currently divides her time between the liberal, high-tech city of Seattle and the conservative suburbs of St. Louis – a division that she has found helped her understand differing viewpoints within American culture, such as the clashing views of Victoria Woodhull and Mary Baker Eddy.

Contact Cindy

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Crossing Swords by Cindy Safronoff

John Suscovich

John Suscovich lives and works on a 52-acre farm in Western Connecticut. His main operation has always been pastured broilers, however, through the years he has expanded to pigs, sheep, hops, apples, herbs and vegetables. His farm, Camps Road Farm, is one part of a three-part business that includes Kent Falls Brewing Co., a farm brewery on property, and Neversink Spirits, a craft distillery off property.

Since getting into farming, John has raised as few as 40 broilers and as many as 2,400 broilers in one season. No matter what else he ends up growing on his farm, chickens always seem to maintain a special place in his heart. They’re enjoyable to raise, his community loves them, and they’re a vital part of the success of his farm.

His life has taken a lot of interesting turns. He grew up in Connecticut and went to college at the University of Connecticut as a technical theater major. After school, he moved to New York City where he worked for four years in scenic and lighting design, primarily for television.

After getting sick of city life, John and his wife, Kate, decided to ride their bicycles 5,500 miles across the United States visiting farms and craft breweries along the way. After a year of purposeful homelessness, they landed back in CT to apprentice on a farm for a season and eventually start their own broiler operation.

Somewhere along the way, John started Farm Marketing Solutions, his multimedia publishing company, with the goal of educating and inspiring the next generation of farmers. Drawing from his media background, he wanted to share his story with others in the hopes that more people will decide to homestead or choose farming as a career.

John loves what he does every day. He has found pleasure and fulfillment in farming that he hadn’t thought possible to achieve in the working world. On a regular basis, he gets to create life and then share that experience with others. He grows food that is not only good for people, but good for the planet. And he thinks that’s friggin’ great!

His hope with his book is that you come to find the same joy as he has in purposeful food. Chickens were meant to live on grass, not in barns. With every chicken tractor book sold, we’re one step closer to a society that appreciates chickens as much as he does.

Contact John

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Stress-Free Chicken Tractor Plans - front cover

Gladys Stetson Leahy

Gladys Stetson Leahy was born in 1897 in Poland, Maine, where she grew up with her mother in her grandparents’ home, a small produce farm. A bright girl with some promise beyond her current circumstances, she graduated from Edward Little High School in Damariscotta.

Presumably under the auspices of her aunt and uncle, Harriett and Luther Spiller, she attended and graduated from Bates College with a B.A. degree in 1919. (Aunt Harriett was the Regional Superintendent of Schools and Uncle Luther was the local postmaster.)

After marrying and being deserted by her third cousin, Abner H. Stetson, and bearing his son, she embarked on a teaching career. She started that career at the Edward Little High School. Over the next several years, she changed jobs and locations frequently, seeking to increase her wages in order to support her son, John Howard, who lived with Gladys’ blind mother. To further advance her position, she spent several summers gaining her M.A. degree from Boston University, which she achieved in 1928.

Her career travels eventually brought her to Danbury, Connecticut, where she began teaching at Danbury High School. She was introduced to John W. Leahy by a mutual friend in the mid-1930s. Eventually marrying him, she joined in helping her new husband with his various business ventures and was cajoled into writing a book (this book) about him and the Great Danbury State Fair.

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Jack Stetson

John Howard Stetson, Jr. is the grandson of Gladys Stetson Leahy and John Leahy’s step-grandson. Growing up under the strong influence of both Leahys, “Jack” began his working career as an office boy at a part-time job at the age of twelve. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1962 and spent three semesters at the University of Rhode Island.

Disillusioned with college life, he left there, came home, married Carol Farwell, and spent the rest of his life as a student of the John W. Leahy College of Life-Long Learning while working his way up the ladder as an employee of the various Leahy enterprises. That culminated in his owning those businesses, which will celebrate 100 years of existence in 2017.

His many joyful years of working at the Danbury Fair prompted him to complete writing the story of its history.

Contact Jack

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Marianne Bette, M.D.

Marianne Bette is a Family Physician in Southbury, Connecticut, the town where she was born and raised. She is also a clinical professor at the medical schools of the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University and the University of Vermont.

She went to Loyola University in Chicago, and attended medical school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For 18 years she lived and worked in the “high desert” of Palmdale and Lancaster, CA, before moving back to Southbury 17 years ago.

Marianne has three daughters that she’s very proud of.

The oldest, her step-daughter Sarah, lives in California with her three children and her husband, who is a chef.

Her daughter, Caitlin, is in her last year of UConn medical school and is going into Family Practice.

Justine, the youngest, is in her third year of college at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, and is studying to become an equine-facilitated psychotherapist.

While Marianne never anticipated becoming an author, as many writers know, sometimes there’s a story that just won’t let you go until it’s written. When Marianne’s husband, Thom, asked her to write this book, she never thought she would. Twelve years later, it is finally seeing the light of day.

Her hope is that, in reading it, you reconnect to the people and ideals that are most important to you in living a fulfilling life.

Contact Marianne

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Living with a Dead Man by Marianne Bette, M.D. - cover

Tyler & Corey McEnroe

Growing up in the small town of Millbrook, NY, these two brothers were constantly surrounded by team-oriented situations. Their mother was the daughter of a local entrepreneur, and their father was a basketball coach and son of a farmer. By nature they have always looked for the best in others and have always treated them as equals no matter what backgrounds they came from.

In 2010 these two brothers stumbled across consciousness and the power of their thoughts. As they learned the fundamental aspects of awareness, they began to recognize that much of the information was sporadic and was not comprehensive. Corey and Tyler began making connections and noticing that everything in our reality is perceived as being separate, while in reality, everything is connected.

Over the course of the next five years, the brothers developed a system of energy navigation that helps people expand their awareness of who they really are. They have also expanded many concepts, bringing light to information that has not been exposed to the general public.

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I Am Love by Tyler & Corey McEnroe

Jim Perkins

Kent, CT, resident and author, Jim Perkins’ influence is today commonly seen in the blossoming of on-line shopping and the transition of delivering voice and data communications from wire hung on telephone poles to multi-use, wireless, hand-held, digital devices. Yet the most extraordinary story of all is how his commitment to the outdoors and the environment, by luck alone, led him to initiate a land, water and wildlife conservation program that today encompasses more than thirty million acres of public lands in the United States.

Jim has been recognized by the United States Department of Defense and Dartmouth College for his initiation of the US Air Force Conservation Program and on October 9, 2015, he and DoD historian Jean Mansavage, Ph.D. gave a well-attended talk on the program at Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center, Hanover, NH.

With his wife, Judith, Jim lives in rural Connecticut where he has notably taken on land issues, water issues, Native American issues, and uncategorized environmental issues arising from public indifference and neglect. On climate change, he says, getting your arms around the issue is impossible for an individual. But if each of us tends to our own backyard, as neighbors and concerned citizens collectively we can have a positive effect on our shared environment.

His successes, he says, are satisfying. Jim is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and of the United States Air Force, the two institutions giving definition to his life and to the importance of family.

Jim is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and of the United States Air Force, the two institutions giving definition to his life and to the importance of family.

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By Way of Luck - Jim Perkins

Tara R. Alemany

Tara R. Alemany is a multi-award winning author, speaker, book marketing consultant and publisher.

She speaks frequently on book marketing and publishing topics, and works with authors and speakers regularly to get found online, on stage and on-the-shelf using the services of her two CT-based businesses.

Emerald Lake Books’ publishing services are especially effective for consultants, coaches and executives who want to produce better-educated prospects and generate more leads and partnerships for themselves and their businesses.

Aleweb Social Marketing helps those same people launch their messages by developing the foundational materials (website, social media, branding, content, promotional materials, publicity, etc.) and marketing strategies that leverage the power of being an author to open new doors, increase consulting opportunities and establish their expertise.

In addition to consulting, writing and speaking, Tara serves on the Board of Directors for a Christian writers’ critique group and is both President and Chaplain of that same group. In her spare time, she is a wine maker, a martial artist, a juggler, a military Mom of 2 teenagers (one of each), step-Mom to 1 lovable mutt and is owned by a black cat.

Author of:

The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books - Tara R. Alemany  The Best is Yet to Come by Tara R. Alemany

Vivian Towers

Vivian Towers is a former teacher with over thirty years in Health Care Management experience.

A mother, wife and daughter, now semi-retired, she spends most of her time raising her daughter and writing fiction, young adult, new adult, and paranormal novels.

She also enjoys painting in acrylic and pastels, and being involved in projects that make a positive impact in her community.

After spending almost a lifetime of travel and Corporate consulting, she discovered her true passion when she wrote a children’s book based on her adoption experience. And now, there’s no turning back!

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Shui Gui - Vivian Towers

Judy Handwerker

Judy Handwerker is a committed Christian who ardently loves the Word of God. In her walk with the Lord, she has served in the local church as a teacher, elder and Praise dance minister. She has taught praise and worship dance to children, teenagers and adults. She continues to minister in “Prophetic Worship” dance throughout the local tri-state area (NY/CT/NJ).

She is also a Certified Personal trainer who is the owner of Judy Global Wholeness, LLC with its subsidiaries Kidsfit, Fitness with the Edge, and the licensee of the National Physical Education curriculum KID-FIT for Preschoolers. Judy’s lifelong mission is to help individuals become fit and healthy through her businesses.

Joy to Go: The Elixir of Champions!, a devotional on joy, is her first book.

Judy lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ken.

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Joy to Go by Judy Handwerker