Category: CY Authors

  • Toni Tennille, Toni Tennille 2016, Toni Tennille Memoir

    Love Didn’t Keep them Together But It Kept them Friends: Talented and Kind, Songstress Toni Tennille, Half of Famous Duo The Captain and Tennille, Talks About her New Book, Toni Tennille: A Memoir; More

    The year was 1975 and the Captain and Tennille song, Love Will Keep Us Together, was tearing up the charts. Toni Tennille and her husband Daryl Dragon aka the Captain were one of the most popular male/female music duos of the 1970s. The also titled album, Love Will Keep Us Together, went on to win the Grammy for Record of the Year. Her life with Daryl Dragon, left her longing to bring out the emotional side of her now ex-husband, but she says it was to no avail. In her new autobiography Toni Tennille: A Memoir, the singer shares the highs and lows of her personal and professional life. Worried what her fans would think of her divorce from Daryl, Ms. Tennille clears the air. From playing at a place called the Smoke House in her early days to performing at the White House, this is Toni Tennille’s story. Living today in Florida near her sister Jane, Toni is happy where her life is and wants to reassure her fans that she and Darryl Dragon are still good friends and speak often.

  • UFC Cofounder, the always insightful Art Davie, talks Shamrock vs. Gracie III, Ronda Rousey’s Loss, More

    It was 22 years ago this month that the world of mixed martial arts was changed forever. It was then that first the UFC took place in Denver, Colorado. One of the key people responsible for it all coming together was Art Davie. Last year we spoke with Art about that very topic, as well as many others, here on CYInterview [see here]. It was Art’s vision, passion and desire, along with that of a few other individuals, to bring the best fighters in the world together for one special night. Over two decades later, the UFC is a worldwide business and MMA is a sport that is popular globally. At the first UFC, Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie fought. The two fighters are planning to face off again in February of 2016. It is a testament to famous brand names in the sport and Mr. Davie’s original belief that the best should square off against each other. Today, Ronda Rousey is arguably UFC’s best known fighter, the biggest brand name in the world of mixed martial arts. Her recent loss to Holly Holm made worldwide news and shocked many. However, when it comes to mixed martial arts, it is extremely rare to stay in the game any length of time without tasting defeat.

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    Lea Black at the Miami Book Fair International, Saturday November 21st at 5:00 PM, A Must See

    Over the years, we have had many great moments with the Social Mayor of Miami, philanthropist, author, entrepreneur and Real Housewives of Miami star Lea Black. It was back in April that we attended the first book signing for her first novel, Red Carpets and White Lies [see here]. We followed that up in May when we spoke with Lea for an in-depth CYInterview on her book [see here]. For 20 years, Lea put on The Blacks’ Annual Gala in Miami attended by a who’s who of the city, as well as a variety of A-list stars from out of town. Tomorrow, she will be at one of the biggest yearly city events, the Miami Book Fair International. Mrs. Black will be taking questions about her book and signing copies. Details of the event are below. If you are in the Miami area, go out and see Lea Black at this great event and hear some great stories about the city.

  • Al Roker, Al Roker 2015, Al Roker Today Show, Al Rocker Book 2015, Storm of the Century Al Roker

    NBC’s Today Stalwart and All Around Good Guy, Al Roker – Literally a Man for All Seasons – Talks About His Latest Book, His Gastric Bypass Surgery, “What’s in Your Neck of the Woods,” More

    Since 1996, people across America have started their morning with Al Roker. The co-anchor and weatherman for NBC’s Today has informed millions of Americans about what to expect, climate wise, from all regions of the country. Over the years, Mr. Roker has been live on the scene, from some of America’s worst natural disasters and storms. The veteran TV morning show personality has written a new book. An author of eight titles, he says this is the first one that is weather related. His new book is titled The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival and the Epic True Story of America’s Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Hurricane of 1900. The book features the stories of the people who lived in the town of Galveston, Texas where the worst reported storm in American history occurred. Away from his media career, Mr. Roker gave us a very personal look into his life in terms of his weight challenges. In 2002, he got gastric bypass surgery and millions of Americans witnessed his weight loss from the procedure. We ask him about that, why his Weather Channel show Wake Up with Al was cancelled, as well as some other stories from his career.

  • John Sununu, Governor John Sununu, New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, John Sununu 2015, New Hampshire Governor John Sununu

    Smart Man Talks Quiet Man: Former New Hampshire Governor/White House Chief of Staff John Sununu Discusses His Book The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H. W. Bush; Comments on Republican Presidential Field, Donald Trump, More

    On January 20th, 1989, George Herbert Walker Bush became the 41st President of the United States. His one term in office, perhaps best remembered for his skilled leadership during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq also saw him accomplish significant achievements on the domestic front, as well as elsewhere in foreign policy. This is one of the principal points made by his White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, who served from 1989 to 1991, in his excellent book, The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H. W. Bush. Prior to that post, he was a three term Republican New Hampshire Governor, among other impressive accomplishments. The former executive of the Granite State felt there was a need to highlight President Bush’s domestic accomplishments during the 41st President’s White House years. With the permission of the former President and his wife Barbara, Governor Sununu penned The Quiet Man. In his book, Mr. Sununu reflects back on a variety of key moments during the administration when he was in the room with the President, and other key figures from the administration, while major policy decisions were hashed out.

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    “Social Mayor of Miami” Lea Black: The Star of Real Housewives of Miami, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Wife and Mother Now an Author with Red Carpets and White Lies – Get It!

    A few weeks ago we attended the kickoff for Lea Black’s first novel, Red Carpets and White Lies [see here]. The Coral Gables event, hosted by musician and producer Emilio Estefan, was enjoyed by many. Mrs. Black, the “Social Mayor of Miami,” Real Housewives of Miami star, philanthropist, entrepreneur, wife of prominent attorney Roy Black, mother and now author joined featured columnist Jay Bildstein and me, for an in-depth conversation about her first work of fiction.

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    Social Mayor of Miami, Real Housewives Star, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur and Now Author Lea Black Wows the Crowd at Books & Books in Coral Gables for the Kickoff of Her Book Tour for Red Carpets & White Lies: A Novel

    A jam packed crowd came out for the debut of the Social Mayor of Miami, Lea Black’s foray into the literary world. The philanthropist, entrepreneur and Real Housewives of Miami Star spoke to the assembled about her first book, a work of fiction entitled Red Carpets & White Lies: A Novel. The event took place in Coral Gables, at Books & Books. Lea fielded questions from the attendees including: What inspired her to write the book? Did her being on the Real Housewives of Miami influence its contents in anyway? And, there was one particular question about her favorite high society parties, from one of South Beach’s notable nightlife personalities, Ingrid Casares. Following the evening’s question and answer session, Lea signed copies of her book for friends and fans.

  • Ron Perlman 2015, Ron Perlman Book, Easy Street The Hard way

    The Great Ron Perlman: Actor Extraordinaire, Author and Man of Insight Opens Up About His Work, His Life and His Book, Easy Street (The Hard Way)

    Succeeding in show business calls for the ability to overcome personal doubt, while at the same time dealing with a variety of other adversities. Rarely does a person break through and gain widespread recognition for his artistic endeavors. The people who do make it often have a compelling narrative to share. One such individual is Ron Perlman, a true artist and an A-list actor whose story is as inspirational as it is entertaining. Mr. Perlman’s body of work is diverse, his talent rich and his performances soulful. He has written a book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), which has been out for a few months now. If you have not yet read it, you are truly missing out.

  • Jerry Tarkanian

    RIP Coach Jerry Tarkanian: CYInterview Pulls a Conversation with the Coach from Our Archives

    CYInterview would like to extend its condolences to the family and friends of late college basketball coach Jimmy Tarkanian. The coaching legend, best known as the head coach of the UNLV Rebels from 1973-1992, passed away earlier this week. He was 84 years old. Coach Tarkanian’s 1990 UNLV team won the NCAA tournament and college basketball’s national championship. Jimmy Tarkanian also spent time coaching at Long Beach State and Fresno State, where he led both schools to the NCAA Tournament. Arguably, Coach Tarkanian was the most accomplished sports figure in Las Vegas history. After retiring, he made his home in Las Vegas where he was the head coach at UNLV for 20 seasons. In 2006, I was honored to speak with the Jerry Tarkanian about his coaching career, while he was promoting his book Runnin’ Rebel: Shark Tales of “Extra Benefits,” Frank Sinatra, and Winning It All.

  • Geronimo Book, Mike Leach 2014, Coach Leach 2014, Geronimo Books 2014, Mike Leach Geronimo

    Washington State Head Football Coach Mike Leach on His Compelling New Book, Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior; More

    As a child, Washington State head football coach Mike Leach had a fascination with American history and more specifically, Native Americans. As a kid, on his first trip to the library with his mother, the NY Times Bestselling Author selected a book on Geronimo. His mother ended up reading the entire book to him. Earlier this year, Coach Leach released a book, with historian and journalist Buddy Levy, on the Apache warrior titled Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior. The book is full lessons on goal achievement and leadership. With 2015 upon us, Geronimo makes a good book to start the New Year with.