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.

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

Interested in having Marianne come speak to your group or interviewing her for your following? Complete the form below, and she’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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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.

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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

Greta Muller

Successful Performance — in a single presentation, a long-term project, as a team leader, in your career or life — starts with presenting yourself first.

Greta Muller helps clients understand perceptions, master assets, and develop skills in order to “present” the best message possible. Over the past 17 years, she has developed a unique methodology that provides a roadmap for clients to embrace strengths, identify intentions, and develop professional ideal outcomes.

Clients include Fortune 500, mid-level firms and non-profit organizations.

Greta began her coaching career in 1998 as a Talent Coach with Talent Dynamics, working exclusively with news, weather and sports anchors. She gradually shifted her focus to the person on the other side of the microphone: that non-professional communicator whose job title and industry required public speaking, media interviews and events.

Prior to becoming a coach, Greta worked extensively as a spokeswoman and actress in all media and venue — film, television, radio, and theater, which served as an invaluable foundation for her work.

Her strengths include quickly assessing a client’s needs, embracing their industry and unique challenges to put them at ease, while empowering through imaginative solutions.

Her years of experience gives her a unique perspective into analyzing and offering perspective in career guidance, as well as professional projects, events and meetings.

She is a proud member of the Executive Women in Golf, SAG-AFTRA, the SAG Film Society, and AEA.

She has been classified as a Woman Owned Business in the MWBE for New York, serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts at BMCC and is the President of the New York book club Lit Chicks.

You can find Greta online at c3nyc.com.

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Opening Your Presence by Greta Muller

Dave Gregory

Dave Gregory holds a BFA from Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts. (It’s in the attic somewhere.)

He began writing in the 4th grade, though Miss Platt was never pleased with the quality of his penmanship.

He has written poetry and essays over the years, for his sanity and others’ enjoyment. Published in several newspapers and poetry collections, he also had a poem published in a Christian publication that was distributed free in fourteen counties in Tennessee.

As for jobs, he has been, in no particular order, a light designer, built sets, acted, was a tour stage manager, assistant stage manager, production stage manager, and a newspaper boy. He has also been an Accounts Receivable clerk, Accounts Payable clerk, and office manager, flipped hamburgers, managed the Bernhard Center (Fine Arts Center) at the University of Bridgeport, managed a hardware store, worked in an electrical supply store, sold fertilizer, flowers, bushes, and Christmas trees (real and artificial), helped build mechanical indicators for airplanes and shutters for assorted uses, including one that is part of the Mars Rover.

Father of two and grandfather of three, Dave now reads to daycare children through the Literacy Center of Milford and is a docent, giving tours at the Milford Historical Society in Connecticut.

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On the Cellar Door - by Dave Gregory

Darryl Rosen

Darryl Rosen speaks, trains, coaches, consults and writes on the subjects of leadership and culture, sales, management and customer service. He is an experienced business professional, having formerly served as President and Owner of Sam’s Wines & Spirits, a $50 million multi-store retailer in the Chicago area.

Through his transformational keynotes, workshops and coaching sessions, he’s helped the professionals of numerous sales organizations achieve extraordinary results.

He is passionate about sharing what his experience has taught him about the topics of motivation, excellence in execution, and achievement. His favorite way of illustrating these lessons is through awareness assessments and engaging stories and analogies. His audiences consistently find him to be entertaining as well as informative!

Darryl earned an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Darryl is a graduate of the prestigious Canfield Training Group Train-The-Trainer program. This highly selective, international program is designed to help human potential leaders teach and coach The Success Principles and to equip future generations with the skills needed to succeed. Darryl is also certified by the Barrett Value Centre to use a complex suite of tools and assessments, all designed to boost his client’s financial returns by revolutionizing their cultures and helping them form a more work cohesive environment.

He is the author of seven books on the topics of sales, leadership, success and effective management.

When he is not working, Darryl enjoys running (he has completed 14 marathons) and spending time with his wife and three sons. He is also a strong supporter of philanthropic efforts dedicated to improving the lives of children.

He’s also a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and hopes that this year will finally…be the year!

For information about how Darryl can bring his messages alive for you or your team, contact him by visiting darrylrosen.com.

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See You at the Finish Line by Darryl Rosen  Team Energized by Darryl Rosen

Danny Friedman

Danny Friedman is a multimillion-dollar sales professional with over 25 years of experience. He has achieved success in the office equipment, commercial real estate, sporting goods and promotional products industries.

In 2007, Danny started DANNY, Inc., a sales training company that features Danny’s highly energized style of speaking. He is not only educational, but inspirational.

Danny is recognized as an expert in the world of sales and his sessions are a “must see.” His pragmatic style delivers a winning message to each one of his audiences, whether there are 25 or 1,000 people.

He speaks at national association tradeshows as well as corporate functions and is in demand both domestically and internationally.

Danny speaks to schools, healthcare organizations and corporations about his life and what he has overcome to inspire others to do the same. His sessions will make you laugh, cry and inspire you “to never give up,” no matter what battle you are dealing with.

Audiences learn of the many treatments, physicians and alternative medical practices Danny endured until he finally found the solution to overcome his personal nightmare.

Danny’s audiences leave with the inspiration to succeed in their personal life. It is his belief that everyone is entitled to live a happy and healthy life.

Danny lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 daughters.

Learn more about the author at dannyinc.com.

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What Doesn't Kill You... by Danny Friedman

Chris Westfall

Entrepreneur, consultant, author and publisher: Chris Westfall is the author of “The NEW Elevator Pitch” and “BulletProof Branding,” and a specialist in creating high-growth strategies across a wide array of industries.

A sought-after speaker and consultant, he has been recognized as the US National Elevator Pitch Champion. His guidance has created multi-million dollar revenue streams across four continents, and he has appeared on CNN, ABC NEWS, NBC TV and many other media outlets.

Along with Bloomberg TV’s Jeffrey Hayzlett, he is the producer and co-host of “The 118 Pitch Course” – helping businesses to understand the secrets of a world-class elevator pitch.

Focused on Millennial success, Chris is an award-winning MBA instructor at a top-10 MBA program, and has been recognized as the MBA Communicator of the Year. Originally from Chicago, he received his undergraduate degree from SMU and holds an MBA from Texas Christian University, where he graduated with top honors.

A former sales and marketing executive, his clients include HP, Cisco, RNC Global, E&Y, Unilever, Verizon and dozens of other globally-recognized brands, as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

As a pitch coach, he has helped clients to land on “Dragon’s Den” and “Shark Tank,” and he regularly speaks to college audiences across the country on effective communication, marketing strategy and leadership.

Chris lives in Dallas with his wife and two daughters.

You can find him on most social media platforms or on his website, westfallonline.com.

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BulletProof Branding by Chris Westfall