Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Erase the Problem of Bullying

Bullying, discrimination, teasing, and abuse are harmful. Some violate your civil rights, as well. And all of them are wrong. Bullies nearly kept NBA All Star James Donaldson from a successful basketball career. Abby was bullied by her friends' parents because of her mom's occupation. Federal prisoner Cedric Dean learned at a young age to bully others to get what he wanted, but now works to educate troubled youth. Their stories, along with many others, offer insight into bullying from the perspective of both the victim and the bully. Experts, from authors to retired court judges, share information and resources to help both kids and parents learn their rights and ways to protect from bullying. Others have survived bullying and built successful lives. You can, too!

About the author:
Jill Ammon Vanderwood, mother and grandmother, experienced bullying firsthand when she was in the fifth grade. One boy even brought a gas mask to school for his friend who sat next to her in class!
Jill is the published author of six other books, including the Mom's Choice Award winning book, Drugs Make You Un-Smarter, coauthored by her teenage granddaughter, Savanna Peterson and What's It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live.
Jill is an experienced speaker and is available to speak at your conference, school, youth group, or camp.
You can find Jill on the Web at www.jillvanderwood.com 


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Black Angels


Authored by Cal Clark

The well respected Judge Daniel Adams is murdered in the mid-1950s, seemingly by his daughter Carrie. Police officials circumvent their own investigators and have her committed to the Elm Hill Psychiatric Hospital for Women, instead of being arrested. However, Carol Mason, Director of Nursing, spots several clues which indicate that Carrie may be innocent and that people in the hospital are involved in a cover up. She works to solve the murder and uncover Elm Hill's dark secrets with an informal team of associates who call themselves the "Black Angels."
Their efforts uncover a conspiracy of sex and greed that explains the murder of Judge Adams and culminate in a night of discovery and danger for Nurse Mason and Andy Russell, a university student who is her temporary assistant, in Elm Hill's Violent Ward.

 About the author:
Cal is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Auburn University. While The Black Angels is his first work of fiction, he has authored or edited 25 academic books. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from St. Bernard's School and went to college, a B.A. from Beloit, and graduate school, a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois. He then taught at New Mexico State University in the 1970s and the University of Wyoming in the 1980s before moving to Auburn in 1992. He served as President of the American Association for Chinese Studies (2002-2004) and won the Auburn Alumni Association's Award for Minority Advancement (2007), the College of Liberal Arts' Excellence in Advising Award (2004), and the Student Government Association's Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member Award (2012), as well as receiving a Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Teaching Excellence from the American Political Science Association (1998). He and Janet, his wife of 47 years who is also a retired Political Science Professor, reside in Auburn. They have three daughters, who are very excited about the publication of this novel, and enjoy reading, hiking, and going to the theatre.

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Wheel's Final Turn


In The Wheel's Final Turn, the sequel to The Turn of The Karmic Wheel, Angela, Euclid, and Karman once again find themselves thrust front and center into the battle between good and evil. One man finds pleasure in torturing animals; another fights the demons of past hate crimes. From the governor's mansion to the highly competitive beauty industry to the hidden closets of memory, no one is safe from the grasp of the darkness that wants to take over the world. Can the forces of Light find the inner strength to save humanity, or will the world fall eternal victim to evil as the karmic wheel makes its final turn?

About the Author

A member of The Missouri Writers Guild, Writers Center and former columnist for Authors Info, Monica’s articles and stories can be found in TheWriteroomblog, A Word With You Press, Broowaha, and All Voices, among other places. The highly rated reviews of her first novel, The Turn of the Karmic Wheel, prove that readers embrace both her creativity and unique story line. Along with writing, Monica co-hosts a weekly internet, on-camera radio show, It Matters Radio. Each broadcast showcases talented musical artists as well as authors, non-profit organizations, political/news figures or celebrities. “If we find something important and meaningful, we will bring it to our listeners.” Viewers say her hearty laughter fills the air, and, friends say, warms their hearts. A former director, singer, and actress, Monica spends her time, when not writing, assisting new talent gain exposure. She lives in Missouri with her husband, five cats, and two dogs. Visit her web sites: On The Brink: http://itmattersradio.wix.com/on-the-brink A Touch of Karma: http://theturnofthekarmicwheel.blogspot.com/ It Matters Radio: www.itmattersradio.com


Monday, April 6, 2015

Times To Try The Soul Of Man

Authored by Kenneth Weene

What do an overweight stripper, the CIA, corruption in New York City, the Israeli Mossad, ancient Inca civilization, terrorism, political intrigue, mad dashes across America, and a waste-case of a teenager have in common? They are the ingredients of this action-packed crime and coming-of-age novel. Much of this story is based on true events, perhaps too true to be believed. Guaranteed to make you think and probably to shudder as you relive 9/11.

"In his book Times To Try The Soul Of Man, Kenneth Weene paints a vivid portrait of the peripatetic freelance journalist peering from the outskirts of mass corruption at an American horror show." (Anthony Flacco - NY Times best selling author)

About the author:
Kenneth Weene is a peaceful man, a psychologist and author by inclination. However, when confronted by the evils of this world, he arms himself with the best weapon at his disposal, the written word.
Ken is also author of Widow's Walk and Memoirs From the Asylum, both published by All Things That Matter Press.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Children of The Day


Authored by Louise Lenahan Wallace

Larissa and Ethan's marriage has combined their families. Now they must cope with one of the most
difficult assignments given a parent: stand aside and allow their rapidly coming-of-age children the
freedom to forge their own destinies.

Larissa's son Mac, now a full-fledged doctor, plans to marry Amity Terrill and return from Philadelphia to Fairvale to practice medicine in his hometown. Ethan's daughter Charity has loved Mac since she was five years old. Unable to accept his intention to marry Amity, Charity leaves home to teach school in far off Wyoming Territory.

Through drought, blizzards, and an encounter with a rattlesnake, Charity learns that, unlike the snake's ability to slough its skin, she cannot shed the pieces of her past, her present ... or her heart.

 About the author:
I was born in Willows, California. My family moved to Southern California when I was eight. Grade school, high school, junior college. A weaving of memorizing Shakespeare in English class, playing clarinet in the high school marching band, and getting an "A" in gym class one semester-my sole physical education triumph. Marrying. Moving to Ohio and back to California. Moving to Washington State. Working nights in a nursing home for six years so that I could be home during the day with my children. Completing a secretarial degree and finding employment in an attorneys' office. Divorcing and forging a new life for my daughters and me. The opportunity to complete my college education "at home", instead of having to travel over two hundred miles, came when Western Washington University opened a branch campus at our local junior college. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 1992. In the years since, I have studied sign language and learned to square dance. I served as secretary of our local square dance club for six years and was my club's editor of Footnotes, our state square dance magazine. I served as the Publicity Representative for our county unit of the American Cancer Society for twelve years. Each time I decided to quit and let someone else do the job, another person I cared about and loved was stricken with cancer, and I couldn't quit.
I had always enjoyed writing, but never dreamed that I could do it for real. When my younger daughter was three months old, I decided I wanted to do something for me that was inexpensive and could be done at home in my "spare" time. I began writing my first novel. Through the years, my quiet time became a source of much comfort in periods of stress and chaos, even when my characters were ornery and, refusing to do what I told them, went their own ways into situations I would never have willingly led them. I told them so, but they wouldn't listen.

My first novel, The Longing of the Day, was published in 2000, just a month before my younger daughter's twenty-fifth birthday. My "spare" time turned out to be a lot sparer than I had imagined! Since then, I have had three more novels published. Each novel tells its own story, but the individuals' lives are bound, each to each, in ways they could never have foreseen.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

To A Strange Somewhere Fled


Authored by DM Denton

After the sudden end to her collaboration with composer Alessandro Stradella,
Donatella moves from Genoa to join her parents in a small village in Oxfordshire, England.

The gift of a sonnet, 'stolen' music, inexpressible secrets, and an irrepressible spirit have stowed away on her journey.

Haunted by whispers and visions, angels and demons, will she rise out of grief and aimlessness? Her father's friendship with the residents of Wroxton Abbey, who are
important figures in the court of Charles II, offers new possibilities, especially as music and its masters ~ including the 'divine' Henry Purcell ~ have not finished with her yet.

 About the author:
Writer and artist D.M. (Diane) Denton, a native of Western New York, is inspired by music, art, nature, and the contradictions of the human and creative spirit. Through observation and study, truth and imagination, she loves to wander into the past to discover stories of interest and meaning for the present, writing from her love of language, the nuances of story-telling, and the belief that what is left unsaid is the most affecting of all.

Her educational journey took her to a dream-fulfilling semester at Wroxton College, England, and she remained in the UK for sixteen years surrounded by the quaint villages, beautiful hills, woods and fields of the Oxfordshire countryside, and all kinds of colorful characters. This turned out to be a life-changing experience that continues to resonate in her life to this day.

She returned to the US and Western New York in 1990, and has since resided in a cozy log cabin with her mother and a multitude of cats. Her day jobs have been in retail, manufacturing, media and career consulting, and as a volunteer coordinator for Western New York Public Broadcasting. She is currently secretary for the Zoning and Codes administration in the town where she lives. In addition to writing, music and art, she is passionate about nurturing nature and a consciousness for a more compassionate, inclusive and peaceful world.

Please visit her website, http://www.dmdenton-author-artist.com, and blog, https://bardessdmdenton.wordpress.com where you can contact her. Also, find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google Plus.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The ABCDEFG Disorder


Authored by Patricia Stroh

A loving family's struggle with developmental disabilities and a dysfunctional education system.
As I drove down the thruway the day of the appointment, I did all that I could to distract myself from any sense of reality. Derek and I sang silly songs ... My son was the most precious thing in my universe and that was how it was going to stay.
I began counting all of our visits to doctors during the past five years, trying to come to terms with Derek's disabilities.
We'd trusted the opinions of doctors all these years. It only took ten minutes to come up with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. Driving home, I started to cry. Derek reached over, patted my arm, and said, "It's okay, Mommy."
I looked at him, shook my head, and said, "I know, Derek, everything fine."
"What was she talking about? What do I have now?"
I thought for a minute and said, "Derek, as far as I'm concerned you suffer from what we will call the ABCDEFG disorder from now on."
"Let's face it kiddo. It doesn't matter what it is. CP, ADHD, ADD, or PD, you're a good person. We both know that you're smarter than everyone thinks and this doctor says you're moving on."

About the author:
Pat Stroh entered un-chartered waters when she was encouraged to write a memoir characterizing her son, the trials and tribulations of raising a child with special needs, and the people who were entrusted with his care. To date, her most prolific work has been that of an advocate for her son.
After decades of living in the Catskill Mountains of New York, she and her husband pulled up roots and now reside in New Bern, NC.