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New Website Helps Frustrated Book Authors Land a Book Publishing Contract for a Six-Figure Advance

Successfully published book authors have donated their time and knowledge to launch BookProposalWriting.com (http://www.bookproposalwriting.com), a new website to help aspiring authors sell their non-fiction book ideas to book publishers for a six-figure advance.

The book publishing industry holds a closely-guarded secret to getting published by a major book publisher — the secret is writing a persuasive book proposal. Writing a successful book proposal allows book authors to earn a five or six-figure advance before they even start writing their manuscripts.

According to Brian Scott, the site’s creator and publishing director of Payday Publishing, “Many aspiring authors have never heard about a book proposal or how to use one to land a book publishing contract. Instead, these aspiring authors spend several months writing their books, and then grow old shopping their entire manuscripts around to busy book publishers and literary agents. It’s no wonder why many aspiring authors become frustrated and give up. This way does not work today.”

To educate aspiring authors about using a book proposal, BookProposalWriting.com offers a free online “Book Proposal Writing Workshop,” which teaches writers and book authors how to write a book proposal in seven days or less. The Workshop covers important topics such as: “Why write a book proposal first?,” “How to generate ideas to write your book proposal,” “How to write your book’s blurb for your book proposal,” and”How to write your book proposal query letter.” At the end of the Workshop, aspiring book authors can download a free sample book proposal and use it as a working template for their own work-in-progress proposals.

Besides offering a free book proposal workshop, BookProposalWriting.com offers many free how-to articles and audio articles on writing, designing and selling a book, as well as many instructional videos showing step-by-step how to write different components of a book proposal.

BookProposalWriting.com also offers several free downloadable products covering book writing, book marketing, and self-publishing. A few of the website’s products include: “Hot Topics in Book Writing,” “How to Get a Literary Agent,” “Sit Down and Write that Bestselling Novel,” and”Copyright Protection for Book Authors.”

BookProposalWriting.com is not just for authors who want to publish their books the traditional way, but also for self-publishers and independent e-book authors. “Even if you decide to self-publish or write a book as an e-book or a mobile digital book, you should know how to write a book proposal,” said Scott. “If your self-published book becomes a big success, you may want to pitch your book (or book ideas) to a major book publisher or film agent to reap in the financial rewards.”

Visit www.BookProposalWriting.com and let professionals teach you how to write a book proposal and sell your book ideas for a six-figure advance.

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Book Tells The Tales Of Discarded Dogs Who Become Helping Heros

In her newly published book, New Lives: Stories of Rescued Dogs Helping, Healing and Giving Hope, Joanne Wannan tells the stories of abused, abandoned and discarded dogs who are now playing the roles of heroes in animal therapy, and as service dogs. From a Dalmatian who was scheduled to be euthanized to one of Michael Vick’s fighting bit pulls, the dogs in Wannan’s book have overcome tremendous obstacles, yet have gone on to work with humans, creating NEW LIVES for them both.

Lottie Dot was instead abandoned by her breeder in the middle of a ferocious Oklahoma winter storm. The little pup was rescued by her son, and Patricia Belt quickly claimed Lottie Dot as her own. When it was discovered that Lottie was deaf, Patricia taught her dog sign language and enrolled her in classes to become a “therapy dog.” Today Lottie volunteers at hospitals, gives demonstrations at a school for deaf children, and participates in a reading program, which promotes literacy by having children read aloud to a dog. “Lottie can’t hear these precious kids read a single word,” Patricia says. “She listens in a different way; with her heart.”

As a part of Michael Vick’s dogfight operation, Dr. Leo, as he is now affectionately called, was doomed. When authorities stepped in, they disbanded the operation and ordered that each pit bull be evaluated and placed with rescue organizations if possible. Dr. Leo was found to be non-aggressive, but filled with anxiety and lacking in socialization skills. “It’s not that he wasn’t friendly; he just didn’t understand about love, or what he was here for,” his new owner Marthina McClay comments. Dr. Leo is now w wonderful “therapy” dog, visiting patients in a chemotherapy ward, and acting as an ambassador for abused dogs everywhere when he visits a juvenile detention home.

Dropped from a four story building ,and landing on his backside, Dobie, a tiny black Labrador retriever puppy, was left for dead. Thanks to the love of Richard Bartel anddonations of over $90,000 to the University of Minnesota Foundation, Dobie is now alive, well and an active participant in Therapy Dogs International that provides well-trained dogs who visit hospitals, schools and senior homes.

Wannan’s stories are filled with the reality of animal abuse, but also with love, hope and information on the many organizations around the world that help with rescue, housing and adoption of discarded dogs. As Wannan puts it, “These are truly inspiring stories of dogs that were once ‘throwaways,’ and of the lives they have changed.”

Dr. Marty Becker, the resident veterinarian on Good Morning America says, “This book will appeal to animal lovers of all ages, to those interested in learning about animal therapy and to those who advocate for shelter dogs. But mostly, it will appeal to anyone who loves a heart-warming story, where the underdog triumphs in the end.”

For more information: Joanne Wannan, 705-444-6386joanne.wannan@gmail.comwww.3BlackDogs.org.

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Life And Business Counselor Amy Remmele Publishes New Book That Helps Individuals View Their Lives As Businesses, Leading To Happier, Healthier Live

Every business revolves around people. The same is true for life. In her new book, CLO: Chief Life Officer, author and consultant Amy Remmele shows that decisions become more rational when individuals think of their lives as an enterprise that they are managing.

CLO: Chief Life Officer shows readers their “departments,” and how they function best through an authentic, shared mission. “Seeing parts of ourselves as departments makes more common sense than the psychological view of parts,” explains the author. The book stresses that all the How-Tos readers encounter will not help unless they look at the Whys of their actions.

CLO: Chief Life Officer helps readers create their own life business plan. The plan includes setting goals, communication and relationship creation, and maintaining and accessing a support system. Readers learn to define important divisions of their lives in terms of business departments. The book helps readers test their capacity of readers’ production, customer service, human relations, and sales departments. The book demonstrates how to create and apply a “decisional balance table” to life choices, enabling readers to set the right priorities.

About Amy Remmele
Amy Remmele, owner of Peak of Success, works with individuals who want to manage their lives like a successful business, and with business owners who want to incorporate the best psychological principles to manage their most important assets – the people in their business. Remmele has a counseling practice where she specializes in working with women who are in difficult or challenging relationships, with professional women who want to stand out and make a mark, and with couples. She also is the co-author of Re-Phrase It: Adding Empathy and Emotional Intelligence to Your Everyday Life. She has been married for over 30 years to her business partner, Dr. Kent Bath, and is the mother of an eighteen-year-old daughter and thirteen-year-old twin boys. For more information, visit http://www.peakofsuccess.com. To connect with Amy, visit her Chief Life Officer blog,http://chieflifeofficerbook.blogspot.com/.

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Splinters On The Carpenter’s Floor

SPLINTERS ON THE CARPENTER’S FLOOR evolved from months in prayer for God to remove me from a deep depression. The Holy Spirit put on my heart to write down my prayers. These forty-two writings were inspired by God and I believe there is a message in each one that will touch anyone’s heart dealing with life’s trials. Inspirational, thought provoking, wonderful thoughts throughout, loved the book from cover to cover….readers remarks on what this book meant to them.

Read SPLINTERS ON THE CARPENTER’S FLOOR AND BE BLESSED TODAY!

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Your Family Constitution: A Modern Approach To Family Values & Household Structure Is A Back-To-School Must Read

Amidst the flurry of back-to-school activities, families brace for a return to discipline and order, signaling the end of summer. As parents adjust to their new fall routines, scores of competing obligations and responsibilities highlight the difficulty of raising well-grounded kids with good core values. Combine this perpetual struggle with the effects of technological distractions, societal lack of discipline, and communication breakdowns, and it is not hard to understand why so many parents throw up their hands in defeat and accept mere survival.

“For many families, the stark contrast of transitioning from a lazy summer to a hectic school year is often met with resistance,” said Scott Gale, author of Your Family Constitution. “But folks at their wits end needn’t revert to survival parenting. Instead, they can initiate a series of steps designed to help families let go of chaos, establish healthier boundaries and achieve a more harmonious family life.”

Author Scott Gale, who refused to settle for survival, has designed a powerful tool that allowed him to alleviate family challenges through the thoughtful application of clarity, consistency and commitment (the “3Cs”). Your Family Constitution tells his story and provides a step-by-step process that parents can follow to improve family communication, reduce household tension, and improve the time family members spend together.

Our Family Constitution guides readers through a personalized journey of introspection, visioning, household observation, prioritization, and ultimately the creation of manageable boundaries coupled with consistent rewards and consequences. The product of their labor is a Family Constitution – a clear and consistent set of rules customized to the needs and circumstances of their household.

About Your Family Constitution
Your Family Constitution is a common-sense playbook to reaching family harmony. The principles and tools developed by author Scott Gale to improve his own family relationships, can be applied by today’s parents who routinely juggle “bowling balls” (the weighty needs of career, family, marriage and themselves). Your Family Constitution provides a fun, healthy model for family structure, togetherness and growth, which enables families to create more quality time by minimizing destructive behaviors. Stop listening to well-intentioned parenting advice and reading countless family help books and create Your (own) Family Constitution today. For more information or to contact the author for interviews and speaking engagements, please visit www.yourfamilyconstitution.com.

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Powerful Secret to Reduce Debt – Learn How to Sell Anything Fast

Struggling to get out from under a pile of debt, like many Americans? People in financial trouble often try to make more money or cut their expenses, but they neglect a simple, effective strategy. How to sell anything you don’t need to help reduce debt.

So says author James B. Savage, who wrote the book Sell It Fast: How to sell almost anything with effective low-cost classified ads. “You can sell anything around the house to reduce debt quickly and easily in newspaper classified ads,” he says. “But you need to know how and where to advertise.”

Savage teaches consumers how to price items correctly and place them in online and in-print classified ads, many of which are free or inexpensive.

Many people fail at selling items in classifieds because they don’t know techniques he has mastered over 15 years. Or they avoid trying to sell their old stuff entirely because they believe it is expensive, difficult or a hassle.

Great sell-anything-fast items include cars, motorcycles, kitchen appliances, furniture, lawn mowers, electronics, televisions, cell phones, electronic games and tools or anything that has value, according to Savage.

He advises people to reduce debt by selling items which they are paying off monthly. This only works “as long as you do not owe more than the item is worth,” he cautions.

Sell It Fast tells you:

• How to find the right buyer
• Where to advertise free or at little cost
• The tricks to make your ad better than others
• How to save money advertising
• Why you shouldn’t trade in your car because you can sell it yourself for its real value
• Profit-making tips to sell hobby items and collectibles
• 2 must-do things to make your ad work
• The No. 1 secret to get the best price
• Ways to cut or stop unnecessary responses
• How to prevent getting ripped off by thieves
• And much, much more.

In addition, Savage’s book helps you write the perfect classified quickly with its ad forms. They helped him sell a $5,500 lawn mower in the middle of winter and without any selling expenses.

Sell It Fast – the only tool you’ll need to sell anything and reduce debt – is available at amazon.com or at http://sellanythingfast.com.

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Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby’s Latest Novel

Penguin has announced the publication of Juliet, Naked, the long awaited novel from Nick Hornby, which sees him return to the music world and will be released by Viking in hardback.

Juliet, Naked, Nick’s latest novel for adults after a four year wait since A Long Way Down, is about the nature of creativity and obsession, and how two lonely people can gradually find each other.

Juliet, Naked tells the story of Annie and Duncan, a mid-thirties couple whose shared interest in musician Tucker Crowe brings them together before ultimately splitting them apart.

Tony Lacey, Nick’s editor at Penguin, said: “Fans of Hornby’s High Fidelity will doubtless be delighted to learn that his next novel takes him back into the music world, though nowhere near the north London of Fever Pitch. His protagonist is a reclusive 80s rock star who is forced out of isolation when the release of a stripped-down version of his most famous album brings him into contact with some of his most passionate fans. Set in America and Lincolnshire, the novel tells the story of two lonely people finding each other across decades and continents.”

Nick Hornby was born in 1957. He is the author of five previous novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award) and Slam; three works of non-fiction, Fever Pitch (winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award), 31 Songs (shortlisted for the National Books Critics Circle Award) and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree; and a Pocket Penguin book of short stories, Otherwise Pandemonium. He recently wrote the screenplay for the film An Education, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and is due for release in the UK in October 2009. Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, north London.

Penguin will publish Juliet, Naked in September 2009, adding to the complete list of Nick Hornby books already available on the Penguin website, as well as the blog which Nick updates.

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Enter The World Of “Make Believe” And Read About The Legend Of The Bear Lake Monster, Long Family Traditions, A Tender Love Story, And A Few Mysterious Events!

Scotland has the Lock Ness Monster and Bear Lake Valley has theirs. Do they really exist? The mystery of the Bear Lake Monster has been an exciting part of Idaho history since the early 1800s. David begins to wonder about this legend in “David and the Bear Lake Monster” (ISBN: 978-1-58982-532-1 / American Book Publishing). As the waves splash gently upon the shore and the full moon shines brightly upon Bear Lake, a deep foreboding is in the air and the fawn, sipping from the lake, can sense it. His ears perk up and he stands still. Only the sounds of nature can be heard, but the deer senses that he is in danger and quickly darts away. A few feet from shore, the water abruptly parts and exposes a gigantic brown lump about 90-feet long. Water trickles down its sides as it floats in the stillness of the night.

Midwest Book Review wrote: “With a blend of romance, this deftly written historical fiction series is well deserving of a place in community library historical fiction collections.”

When David returns to the Robert’s family for a visit, he learns about the great Indian legend: the Bear Lake Monster. When he discovers people still believe in this legend, he sets out to prove that it doesn’t exist but the community is insulted that anyone would try to discredit something they have believed in for years. Their legend is sacred to them and part of Bear Lake history. Searching for true happiness, David is reunited with the Roberts family, trying to overcome his troubles! David quickly becomes one with the town and its folk. He finds himself entranced with one very special lady and ends up defending her honor several times. She isn’t like the average woman. Sarah is different. This beautiful and charming woman has a disability that no one seems to notice. He finds out that Sarah has gone through more trials than the average person. She teaches him the importance of not dwelling on the past and how to love life. After a few teases, tricks, and mischievous deeds, David begins to overcome his troubles. As time passes, he realizes he must now face the dilemma of choosing between his work and matters of the heart.

“David and the Bear Lake Monster will keep readers entertained right up to the last page,” wrote Kim Atchue-Cusella of Book Loons. “Linda Weaver Clarke creates another winner with this installment of her Family Saga in Bear Lake Valley series.”

About the Author
Linda Weaver Clarke was raised on a farm surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Idaho. She now makes her home in southern Utah among the beautiful red mountains. Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Workshop,” encouraging others to turn their family history and autobiography into a variety of interesting stories. Clarke is the author of the historical fiction series, “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho,” which includes the following novels: Melinda and the Wild West – a semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007,” Edith and the Mysterious Stranger, Jenny’s Dream, David and the Bear Lake Monster, and Elena, Woman of Courage.

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Penguin Has Announced The Publication Of “The Original Of Laura”, The Final Book By Novelist Vladimir Nabokov

Penguin has announced the publication of “The Original of Laura”, the final book by novelist Vladimir Nabokov, a novel which has been the source of much anxiety and contention for Nabokov’s fans and his family.

The Original of Laura which exists on 138 index cards, was complete in Nabokov’s mind, though he died before he could translate his vision onto paper. He asked for the manuscript to be destroyed, so his wife Vera, and later his son Dmitri, faced an agonising choice whether to publish the book or not. After three decades in a Swiss vault, “The Original of Laura”, an extraordinarily beautiful novel, unprecedented in structure and style, will be published for the first time.

In Dmitri’s introduction to his father’s last novel, he recalls that it was only chance that saved an earlier book, “Lolita”, from the incinerator. He has been guided by the precedent of that other book’s survival in choosing to see “The Original of Laura” published.

Dmitri Nabokov, the son of Vladimir said: “When the task passed to me, I did a great deal of thinking. I have said and written more than once that, to me, my parents, in a sense, had never died, but lived on, looking over my shoulder in a kind of virtual limbo, available to offer a thought or counsel in order to assist me with a vital decision, were it a crucial mot juste or some more mundane concern. I decided at this juncture, that, in putative retrospect, Nabokov would not have wanted me to allow a new “Juanita Dark” – for that was an early working title of “Lolita”, destined for cremation – to burn like a latter-day Jeanne d’Arc.”

Penguin is celebrating all Vladimir Nabokov’s writing in three tranches with beautiful new jackets for the entire backlist.

Alexis Kirschbaum, Editor for Penguin Classics said: “Penguin Classics is thrilled that after over 30 years of deliberation, Dmitri Nabokov has at last agreed to let his father’s unfinished final novel, “The Original of Laura” be published. To make the most of this historic literary moment, Penguin Classics plans to republish Nabokov’s entire backlist, as if for the first time, to introduce the public to novels which they may not have heard of before. “Lolita” is only the beginning; from the humour of “Pnin”, to the satire on tyranny in “Bend Sinister” to the transcendent novel of first love in “Mary”; there already exists a Nabokov novel to be discovered for the first time.”

Vladimir Nabokov was born in St Petersburg. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence as a masterly prose stylist for the novels he composed in English, most famously Lolita. Between 1923 and 1940 he published novels, short stories, plays, poems and translations in the Russian language and established himself as one of the most outstanding Russian Émigré writers.

Penguin will publish “The Original of Laura”, as well as Nabokov’s other titles about childhood and young love in November 2009, with the author’s experimental novels and nonfiction, including a collection of unpublished poems to follow in spring 2010. Nabokov’s satirical works and a previously unpublished collection of letters to his wife will be published in autumn 2010.

About Penguin:
Penguin was established in 1935 and is one of the world’s leading consumer publishing businesses. Penguin publishing comprises the following imprints: Allen Lane, Fig Tree, Hamish Hamilton, Michael Joseph, Penguin, Penguin Classics, Puffin and Viking. Penguin has offices in 15 countries and is part of the international media company Pearson.

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Rain Dance – A Novel That Examines The Volatile Issues Of Abortion And Infertility

Sheaf House Publishers announces the August, 2009 release of Rain Dance by author Joy DeKok.

Rain Dance delves into the often silent battles and surprising hypocrisies found in the lives of women facing these two personal crisis.

Publisher and editorial director Joan Shoup contracted Rain Dance because it fits the editorial guidelines and the commitment of Sheaf House to publish novels written with excellence, that are unafraid to dive deep into the heart of sometimes “untouchable” topics, and offer a powerful redemptive message for readers.

“Rain Dance is the perfect fit for Sheaf House,” Shoup says. “The author has written a beautiful story her test readers and reviewers love. She didn’t shy away from the difficult and refused to end the novel with ‘happily ever after.’”

Author Joy DeKok comments, “I’m dedicated to writing with integrity – my faith demands it and the story, which is both plot and character driven, required it. I didn’t choose this topic. It chose me one day while I was cleaning the house. I told God I thought it was a great idea and I hoped He’d find an author for it. Although I argued with Him for almost a year, I realized, He already had His author. Me.”

Rain Dance joins the impressive Sheaf House line up August of 2009.

Endorser Sue Liljenberg, International Director, of Healing Hearts Ministries says, “This book is a must read for all women. Although it is a fictional story the author has brilliantly captured the many issues that women struggle with and offers hope that can only be found in Jesus. She also shows how looking beyond our own circumstances can bring blessings into our lives and the lives of others. I’ve ministered to broken women for over twenty years and I’m thankful for resources like Rain Dance that will reach women who are hurting and give them hope.”

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A Five Star Tale Is Reborn

Much like a Broadway play, TV co-producer and writer Mario Bernheim took his novel, Michael’s Reward out of town and came back with five star reviews by some very discerning and enthusiastic readers f r o m coast to coast. This is Bernheim’s first novel.

“Michael’s Reward” takes the Old Testament book of Job and adapts it beat-for-beat in a modern spiritual drama s e t in Santa Barbara , California . The story takes you through a journey of extremes with Michael, a very successful and faithful family man who loses everything because God and Satan have made a wager on his devotion and dedication. Echoing the lives of so many people today, Michael looses what he thought was important, but finds that the depth of his faith in God proves to be his salvation in every way.

Mario Bernheim started his career in the entertainment industry at Universal Studios working for movie director Joel Schumacher. He was a founding staff member of Comic Relief on HBO, hosted by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams. Mario spent 12 years administering and co-producing TV specials to raise money and awareness for America ‘s homeless.

Having visited so many homeless shelters across the country Mr. Bernheim drew both inspiration and details for his book f r o m those people who were looking for help and a way back to a life they once knew. Bernheim added, “Whether it’s Job who lived this story three thousand years ago or someone in Anywhere, USA , this story will show us that faith doesn’t come easy but its rewards are immeasurable”.

“Michael’s Reward” is available online at www.michaelsreward.com.

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New Book Shows How to Make Your Christian Life Recession-proof

In his informative new guidebook, Wealth out of Ashes (published by AuthorHouse), Bode Ososami combines extensive management experience with a Christian ministry background to present a unique view on wealth and prosperity using biblical concepts.

Incorporating straightforward information with self-help concepts, Wealth out of Ashes seeks to answer questions like, “What do you do when everything is melting down and the promises of God seem distant?” and “Are there explanations and responses that can put us back on track?”

In his explanation on how to convert trials into triumphs, Ososami covers themes that describe how to:

• Receive supernatural provision
• Defeat debt
• Prosper in dark times
• Ensure your financial future
• Eliminate poverty
• Please God in your finances

Along with financial advice, Wealth out of Ashes offers prayers and group discussion guidelines to support teaching and counseling services for businesses and individuals. Find out more in this informative new book which can make your Christian life “Recession-proof”.

Bode Ososami is an ordained minister and parish pastor. He received initial training in chemical engineering and management and further training at the Redeemed Christian Bible College & Schools. He retired as a director in a leading global management consultancy after more than 20 years in the field. He currently pastors the Covenant House Parish of the Redeemed Church of God, one of the fastest-growing churches in the world located in Lagos, Nigeria. He is also the author of Worship in Spirit and in Truth (also published by AuthorHouse).

More information is available at www.recessionproofchristianlife.com or www.RCCG.org

AuthorHouse is the premier publishing house for emerging authors and new voices in literature. For a complimentary copy of this book for review, members of the media can contact the AuthorHouse Promotional Services Department by calling 888-728-8467 or emailing pressreleases@authorhouse.com. (When requesting a review copy, please provide a street address.)

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Don’t Judge a Friend by His/Her Appearance

Written and illustrated by Rita Kaye Vetsch, The Many Colors of Friendship is a unique story about diversity that will enthrall young readers.

Luis is a new student in Katherine’s first grade class. But because he looks different than her, Katherine is afraid to talk to Luis and goes home feeling sad and confused.

In her dreams that night, Katherine finds herself in a jungle surrounded by colorful creatures. There she meets Sanjay, the purple emerald boa; Addie, a bright orange tree sloth; Sophie, the brilliant rainbow-colored toucan; and Chen, a giant ocean-blue panda bear.

At first, the jungle animals frighten Katherine, but they eventually help her to confront her fears, to explore their differences and to realize that friends do come in many different colors, sizes and shapes. When Katherine next goes to school, she talks to Luis and realizes how much they have in common. This begins a new & everlasting friendship.

Publisher’s Website…

ISBN: 9781606937563 / SKU: 1606937561

About the Author:

Author Rita Kaye Vetsch resides in Central Minnesota with her husband, Dan, who also helped with illustrations, and her 5-year-old daughter, Katherine. Her daughter was the inspiration for The Many Colors of Friendship, which took nearly two years to write. Vetsch credits Beatrix Potter, E.B. White and Judy Blume for giving her the joy of reading when she was young.

Monticello Times – Newspaper article on my book http://www.monticellotimes.com/articles/2009/07/09/…

For media inquiries, appearances, or other publicity — please contact: Ellen Green — PressManager@aegpublishinggroup.com

15% of Book Proceeds go to: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

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This Is For The Mara Salvatrucha Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang by Samuel Logan


ADVANCE PRAISE

“A searing, trenchant investigation into the alluring and tragic world of twenty-first-century organized crime.” – DAVID D. DANELO, author of The Border

“This is war reporting from America’s urban underworld. Logan’s examination of the MS-13 through the eyes of its foot soldiers is authoritative, and scary.” – ANDY WEBB-VIDAL, CEO, Latin-IQ

“As [Logan] exposes the tragic life-and-death story of Brenda Paz, he escorts us into the world of the MS-13 and all their wicked, butchering violence that America is only now becoming aware of.” – JAY DOBYNS, author of No Angel

“[A] groundbreaking case study. The inner workings and social context of MS-13 are presented in a gripping, dynamic, and readable narrative.” – JOHN P. SULLIVAN, senior research fellow, Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism, and originator of third-generation gang theory

In THIS IS FOR THE MARA SALVATRUCHA: Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang (Hyperion; July 7, 2009; hardcover; $24.99) investigative journalist Samuel Logan offers the first English-language profile of a group the FBI calls “the fastest growing and most violent gang in the country.” Formed by Salvadoran immigrants on the rough streets of Los Angeles in the 1980s, the Mara Salvatrucha – or MS-13 – has now grown to more than 60,000 members worldwide. The FBI has created a special task force to curb its expansion, something it has never done before, even for high-profile gangs like the Bloods, the Crips, and the Mexican Mafia. Despite such efforts, though, the MS-13 continues to grow, seeping deeper into the neighborhoods of America and bringing with it violence, extortion, fear, and crime.

THIS IS FOR THE MARA SALVATRUCHA follows the tragic story of one MS-13 member, a charismatic Honduran-American teenager named Brenda Paz. Brenda became a “jumped in” member of the gang at age fifteen, lured by the camaraderie of members and the excitement of street life. She witnessed and helped to commit many crimes, and was arrested at sixteen in connection with a robbery. Eager to escape the brutality she had begun to encounter so regularly, Brenda began sharing her knowledge of the gang with authorities. Her inside accounts of the MS-13’s most violent acts, private traditions, and secret symbols were thorough and invaluable to officials. But the Mara Salvatrucha has rules, and despite being in the FBI’s Witness Protection Program, Brenda was found dead within a year.

While other reporters have focused on the horrifying circumstances of Brenda’s murder – she was 17, pregnant, and killed by her boyfriend – Logan provides an in-depth portrait of this fascinating young woman and her life in the gang. He interviewed all the key players in Brenda’s last years of life, including her loving family, fellow MS-13 members, the law enforcement officers and lawyers who tried to help Brenda escape the gang, and the families of the victims of the gang’s violence. The result is a compelling and frightening narrative that delves deeper into the MS-13 than any book has before and offers a potent warning against the seductions and dangers of gang life.

Beyond illuminating Brenda’s story, Logan also sheds light on important issues for America’s growing Latino population, touching on effects of immigration, deportation, and the daily realities of at-risk and underserved youths in the immigrant community. He can speak to:

1. United States Immigration policy in recent years, particularly the effects of aggressive deportation
2. The appeal of the gang lifestyle and how we can help at-risk youths escape the temptation
3. The structure of the MS-13 and the threat it poses in this country and others
4. Drug and arms trafficking and associated violence on the U.S.-Mexico border
5. Law enforcement efforts to contain and prevent gang activity
6. How and why Hispanic street gangs have grown into international crime organizations
7. The immigrant experience in this country and ways in which our police and justice systems serve and disserve immigrants

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Samuel Logan is an investigative reporter based in Latin America. For the past five years, he has reported on gang activity across the United States, Mexico, and Central America. Mr. Logan’s work has attracted the attention of private intelligence companies, the Inter-American Dialogue, Booz Allen Hamilton, the National Security Agency, the Eurasia Group, the RAND corporation, Control Risks Group, the European Security Institute, Kroll, the International Crisis Group, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, analysts with U.S. Southern Command, the Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the Federation of American Scientists, and other organizations that maintain open channels of dialogue with him about all matters pertaining to security in Latin America and how it affects security in the United States.

Visit www.thisisforthemarasalvatrucha.com for more information.

THIS IS FOR THE MARA SALVATRUCHA:
Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang
By Samuel Logan
Published by Hyperion
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
Price: $24.99; Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-4013-2324-0

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New Book Examines Importance of Worship

Worship in Spirit and in Truth

“People are increasingly searching for truth and are disillusioned as the current global economic crisis takes its toll and shocking social decay moves closer,” writes Bode Ososami in his new book, Worship in Spirit and in Truth (published by AuthorHouse). “At the heart of these questions is the question of worship: Are we really on the right track? Are we doing the right things, believing the right things? What could have gone wrong and when?” Readers seeking answers to these questions will find some food for thought in this comprehensive new book.

Thoroughly researched using knowledge gleaned from the teachings, literature and knowledge of many elders, Worship in Spirit and Truth focuses on understanding worship and related issues. Ososami intends for it to be a wake-up call: “Be watchful and aware of the wiles of the kingdom of darkness to steal, kill and destroy the destiny of dominion and overcoming power belonging to the true saints,” he warns.

Written in five parts, the first four sections of Worship in Spirit and in Truth primarily provide teachings to reestablish the biblical meaning of worship. Topics include who and what to worship, important themes in heavenly worship, expressions of heavenly worship and how to gain a breakthrough in worship.

The last section delves into more recent trends affecting worship styles. Ososami examines how modern entertainment, particularly music, has played a role in subtly changing worship styles. He points to these changes as playing a major role in deviations from “divine patterns and God-given doctrines, resulting in a people prepared not for God but to please humanity.” The metaphor of the Trojan Horse is used to illustrate his point.

Thought-provoking and informative, Worship in Spirit and in Truth will appeal to readers confused about the best way to worship and anyone seeking a broader understanding of its process and history.

Bode Ososami is an ordained minister and parish pastor. He received initial training in chemical engineering and management. He has also been trained at the Redeemed Christian Bible College & Schools. He retired as a director in a leading global management consultancy after more than 20 years in the field. He currently pastors the Covenant House Parish of the Redeemed Church of God, one of the fastest-growing churches in the world located in Lagos, Nigeria. More information is available at www.RCCG.org.

AuthorHouse is the premier publishing house for emerging authors and new voices in literature. For a complimentary copy of this book for review, members of the media can contact the AuthorHouse Promotional Services Department by calling 888-728-8467 or emailing pressreleases@authorhouse.com.

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New Business Launch: Celebrity Radio Networks: Artist/Brand Controlled Radio – June 16, 2009

New York based Emerging Media Concepts is launching Celebrity Radio Networks a (24) twenty-four hour radio stream and website targeting the artist and entertainment industry. The website and stations will serve as the premiere artist/brand radio industry facilitator on the web for purposes of programming artist/brand content, ideas and promotion.

Celebrity Radio Networks

The personal radio station broadcast will highlight musicians, entertainers, and athlete’s personal radio content on worldwide internet radio stations; a one stopshopping portal for celebrity radio controlled information and marketing. Included in this portal are other great tools aimed at promoting the artist/celebrity to consumers while being controlled by the actual artist/celebrity. Interactive and self empowering for the entertainer.

Celebrity Radio Networks is targeted to consumers and fans of artist and entertainers. Therefore it will be marketed to the general public. It is intended to serve as the personal radio home of entertainers for daily information, music, and marketing. Visit http://www.celebrityradionetworks.com for more info.

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Memoirs Are Still The Hottest Genre In The Publishing Industry, According To Experts, So If You’re Asking, “How Do I Tell My Story?” Then You’re In Luck

Larry Leichman, cofounder of Arbor Books (www.arborbooks.com), a top ghostwriting firm, says that despite recent controversies, memoirs still dominate The New York Times’ best sellers lists and consistently rank as top sellers at Amazon.com, a situation Mr. Leichman says is related to our fascination with the lives of others.

The sales figures for the memoir genre support that opinion, jumping from $170 million in 1999 to nearly $300 million today, according to the Bowker Industry Report.

And, in recent years, many of the top memoirs have come from outside of the top publishers, often with the help of ghostwriters.

Mr. Leichman’s company, Arbor Books has added more memoirists to its roster of ghostwriters in an effort to support the genre—one that Mr. Leichman’s cofounder, Joel Hochman, says is alive and well through the help of self-publishers.

“Self-publishing a memoir used to be looked down upon,” says Mr. Hochman, the other cofounder of Arbor Books. “It was once called ‘vanity press,’ but today that term no longer applies. The big publishers aren’t keeping up with people’s desires to tell their stories and ghostwriting firms are supporting people who have amazing life stories but who want them professionally written and marketed.”

Recent years have seen the rise of the memoir. Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” and “The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks” by Robin Romm are just two examples.

“These stories are very personal, and we want to offer our clients the chance to tell their own stories with help from professional writers who know how,” says Mr. Leichman.

Ghosting a memoir is a common practice for public figures, including:

* Athletes
* Politicians
* Actors
* Business leaders
* Celebrities

Elements of most memoirs include the following:

* blistering honesty
* raw, unvarnished story-telling
* a clear theme
* lots of “movie” scenes (don’t tell — show)
* interesting characters

Whether it’s the commitment of time or the inability to articulate their feelings, hundreds of authors have used ghostwriters to help tell their stories. Arbor Books believes there are great stories yet to be told—ones the traditional publishers have turned away.

Arbor Books provides an array of publishing services to their clients such as ghostwriting, editing, typesetting, design, printing, marketing and distribution.

Arbor Books is the only publishing firm catering to independent authors that is 100-percent insured against defamation and plagiarism, and it is associated with one of the most prestigious publishing law firms in the United States.

Arbor Books authors have appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC News and FOXNews and have become columnists for major newspapers and magazines including USA Today.

Cofounders Joel Hochman and Larry Leichman are publishing-industry veterans and are listed in Literary Market Place. Their staff is capable of handling any genre and any size book.

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After 20 Years Of Research, And Years Trying Without Giving Up, Brazilian Writer Lands In A Big Publishing House In Germany

Brazilian Historian Fabio R. Araujo did not give up. He knew he wouldn’t have much success publishing in his country and he believed that he should try a rich country to publish his book, after spending more than 20 years in his research, he landed in Kopp Verlag, a major German house that publishes well-known writers such as Donald Trump, Robert Kyosaki, Rhonda Byrne (The Secret), Deepak Chopra, Eric Von Däkinen, Robert Bauval, G. Hancock, Adrian Gilbert, Kurt Allgeier, Zecharia Stichin, Leo DeGard, Andy Lloyd, Thimothy Good, Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson etc.

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Although he also managed to be published in the USA in IAP Publishing, LLC, the German house is one among the largest publishing houses dealing with subjects seen by some as heretical subjects, hidden archaeology, hidden truths etc. His book was translated from English into German by German writer L. Degard, who has 2 books published in Germany.

“This is a long-waited dream being fulfilled!”

Currently the book rights are being handled by some of the most important agents and agencies in the globe to be sold for publication in other countries. Asked why he did not try to be published in a good publishing house in Brazil, he replied:

“Brazilians don’t like reading. Unfortunatelly, they don’t buy books.”

According to him, the current crisis and global warming are found in predictions made tens or hundreds of years ago. And after a huge global catastrophe, a new age and a new system different from capitalism will come. More than a book about prophecies, the author tries to connect past myths from different civilizations and religions to prophecies about the future, saying for example, that the biblical creation and other myths from the primordial waters were periodic catastrophes connected to past global temperature change that happened before a huge flood. According to his study, a future global flood should happen after global warming, in about 20 years.

The author began his study when he had a premonition about 20 years ago which became part of his life a few months later. After researching more than five hundreds of books in many countries, he hopes now to land in other large publishing houses in Europe.

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“Marriage Fitness” Proves More Successful Than Traditional Counseling

Marriage Fitness (Marriagemax.com) is an innovative, step-by-step self-help system designed by world-renowned marriage expert Mort Fertel. The program has helped couples around the world reignite the passion in their relationships without the need to shell out for expensive and ineffective counseling sessions.

A trusted authority on the psychology of relationships, Mort Fertel’s unique approach to marriage counseling has led to appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and the Fox News Network. His breakthrough program was featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Family Circle, Psychology Today, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour Magazine, Parent & Child Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Library Journal, Women’s Health, Denver Post, Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, and Toronto Sun. Mort is also a frequent guest on talk radio programs.

People looking for marriage help can visit his website to learn more about the system and sign up for a free marital help email service. More than 100,000 people subscribe each year to receive the free report “7 Secrets for Fixing Your Marriage.” Fertel also offers visitors five marriage assessments free of charge, which allows couples to get started on the healing process without delay.

Marriage Fitness shuns the concepts of traditional marriage counseling and most relationship advice books, which tend to focus too much on problem solving strategies and developing communication skills.

As Mort Fertel explains, “Marriage Fitness is an innovative step-by-step relationship-changing system that will save and restore your marriage. You’ll learn to neutralize your problems and put into practice a system of positive relationship habits that will shift the momentum of your marriage. And the best news is—you don’t have to dig into your past, dredge up your problems, or practice communication techniques. This is not marriage counseling; it’s Marriage Fitness!”

The Marriage Fitness course includes seven Tele-Boot Camp sessions, fifteen CDs, a journal, and private one-on-one phone conversations. For the couple on a budget, the Marriage Fitness Audio Learning System is the more economical choice. Mort also offers a Marriage 911, 24-hour solution for urgent and crisis situations.

For additional information on the “Marriage Fitness” program, visit MarriageMax.com.

About Mort Fertel: Mort Fertel is a world-renowned expert on relationships and a sought after marriage coach. As founder of the Marriage Fitness System for relationship renewal, he teaches people just like you how to save your marriage using powerful techniques designed to approach marital success from a perspective of health and wellness, rather than problem-solving. If you need an answer to the question, “How do I save my marriage?” the Marriage Fitness program is for you. Mort graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, was the CEO of an international non-profit organization, and a former marathon runner. He lives with his wife and 4 children (including triplets!) in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea

What happens when you give video cameras, a world changing book, and a 1200-mile road trip to four out of the box entrepreneurs? They don’t know what it looks like either but with all of these forces aligning, it will be one monumental adventure. Through the power of Social Media, four visionary entrepreneurs have been connected to Bob Burg, the co-author of their favorite book, The Go-Giver. The Go-Giver, the internationally best-selling book co-authored by John David Mann is finding a new audience. These four entrepreneurs represent only a fraction of the millions of people already positively influenced with the message and principals in this book and its principles.

What started out a simple van ride has turned into a national tour – The Go-Giver Tour (http://www.gogivertour.com). The tour now has national supporters and stops in St. Louis, Nashville, Atlanta from April 22-23, 2009. They will meet followers of the book, the entrepreneurs and momentum built through sites like Twitter and Facebook. Finally landing in Orlando at the Extreme Business Makeovers Conference April 24-26, 2009.

The four have extended their efforts to support emerging leaders and young entrepreneurs by holding a video-based interview contest and are bringing five diverse individuals along for the ride. These young entrepreneurs represent cultural diversity and diverse business experience in varying development stages. The goal is to create winning plans to help build brand and business skills, develop authentic leadership skills and learn the true principle of adding value for themselves, their stakeholders, and their customer.

Supported by the Nextvoice247 Initiative (www.nextvoice247.com) Founder, Gilbert Melott states, “This started out as a connection between a social media rock star and an author. It has ended up connecting untold numbers of people around a single belief. It will be great to see these young entrepreneurs be supported by the 100,000’s of people who will come to get to know their stories.”

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