Friday, January 30, 2015

Children's Book Author A. J. Cosmo Leads The Way In Digital Books That Engage Kids And Teach Valuable Life Lessons

While many people believe digital book formats are not appropriate for young children, the studies may suggest otherwise. The popularity of A. J. Cosmo's Kindle books for kids demonstrate that the key is getting kids interested in reading, regardless of format

A recent article by Jeremy Greenfield on The Street website entitled 'Digital Books Really Aren't Turning Your Kids' Brains to Mush' presented some enlightening facts about the value of e-books for kids.

According to 'The ABC's of Kids & E-Reading, (a study from Play Science and Digital Book World), digital reading trends are increasing. According to the study, two-thirds of kids two to 13 read or are read from digital books. Some people delight in the news while others bemoan the perceived loss of 'old-school' print formats. Regardless of the hype, hearsay or endless bickering about print versus digital, the importance of early reading skill development, no matter the format, is of utmost urgency.

A. J. Cosmo's digital children's books are wildly successful. He is the author and illustrator of over forty children's books for the Amazon Kindle, including the best selling 'The Monster That Ate My Socks', which spent almost two years at the top of the Monster category and in the top 500 books overall. To satisfy the demand in both publishing formats, 'The Monster That Ate My Socks' is the first legitimately printed book from Thought Bubble Publishing, the newly incorporated self-publishing imprint that Cosmo formed in 2014.

"My mission," A.J. stated, "is to improve the quality of life for kids and adults by teaching important lessons, thus laying the foundation for future success in life."

All of Cosmo's stories are carefully crafted to help parents teach their children simple everyday lessons in an easy to understand manner. By artfully marrying beautiful illustrations and language, children are challenged to explore his magical worlds. Written for the transitional reader, A.J.'s stories allow children to develop and master a new level of reading.

"Format is a matter of personal preference," Cosmo concluded, "and it doesn't matter which format parents and educators prefer. What is important is that the child connects with the material and grows as a reader."

A. J. Cosmo is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of Cosmo's works are available at Amazon. More information is available at his website at

About A. J. Cosmo:

A. J. Cosmo lives and works as a writer and illustrator in Los Angeles and has written over thirty children's books for the Amazon Kindle.


A. J Cosmo

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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Gives 5 Tips On How Not To Crush Your Daughter When She Has Her First Crush

Dr. Holstein is a Positive Psychologist and the author of a number of books in 'The Truth' series that help teens and tweens build self esteem and resiliency

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has released an Expert Life Tips video entitled 'How Do I Deal With My Daughter's First Crush?' Dr. Holstein is an internationally recognized Positive Psychologist and author of a number of books that help teens and tweens build self esteem and resiliency. In this video Dr. Holstein offers 5 important tips that can help parents deal with their daughter's first crush.

1. Remember that you too had a first crush.  It is normal developmentally and good practice emotionally to have a crush.

2. Believe your daughter when she says that she is in love.  For the moment, she is.

3. After you accept her having a crush, be there for her.  Understand that she needs to share with you lots of the details.

4. Realize but don't crush her with the knowledge that she will probably marry someone else someday.  You probably did also.

5. Take pride in knowing you have helped your daughter up the developmental ladder from being a kid to becoming a young woman.

"Use these five tips," Dr. Holstein stated, "and you will have supported your daughter as she grows, not crushed her."

Dr. Holstein recently released "The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween". The new book is a revised and expanded edition of her very successful book, 'The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything'. The new book is published by Sky Pony Press.

A Facebook page, thetruthforgirls, highlights many of the topics woven into "The Truth".  Articles, videos, remarks, conversations, visuals, on this page center around many of the issues that tweens face growing up.  These include: self-esteem issues, quarreling in families, divorce, moving to a new home, a new school, best friends, a crush, bullies, a death in the family, money issues, not feeling pretty, feeling sad, feeling lonely, jealousy and more. Dr. Holstein's book for teens and tweens is a first in using fiction for embedding positive psychology concepts.

Her second book in The Truth Series is “Secrets: Diary Of A Gutsy Tween”. The book is scheduled for release in February of 2015.  Now the girl is 13. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with girlfriends.  'Secrets' provides a book kids and parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for needed communication between the generations.

Both “The Truth” and “Secrets” are great for parents, grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens and teens in their lives. Both books are being re-released by Sky Pony Press.

Dr. Holstein's video is available at

Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness.  She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness,  Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Twitter: @truth4girls, and
Twitter: @drbholstein

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Michael Cupo, Author of 'It's Monday Only In Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts', Reveals The Real Cause Of Addiction And The Only Method That Will End All Addiction

Michael Cupo proposes that society does not clearly address the real cause of addiction. He has an understanding that all addictions can be overcome when that real cause is addressed and understood

A recent article on entitled "Heroin addict worries she will die if she can't get clean" details Bianka Fisk's struggle with addiction.  The article quotes her as saying, "The devil takes over, that's the only way I can explain it."

Michael Cupo, author of 'It's Monday Only In Your Mind' has been there and relates to this struggle. His experience has revealed, it's not the devil that makes one an addict - it's their own conditioning. He also knows the real issue that leads to a final cure is not being addressed by those in the field of addiction.

"Regardless of what occurs in one's life," Michael stated, "it doesn't make a person use drugs. It may seem as though it does, but it is only ones 'conditioned mind' that makes this appear to be so. What's happens in life happens, good, bad, or indifferent, but as one allows what happens in the past to control one in the present, a void is created and this is why the 'need' to reach for any substance occurs.

At the core of all addictions, regardless of what's used, is a self centered perspective. And until this truth is seen, one will always have the need to reach for something to satisfy this created void. This goes against what many in the addiction field believe and what is engrained in our society. This is a bold statement, but it can be backed up, this is not just idle chatter.

It is through the understanding of one's own mind that the ultimate truth of this can be revealed. This truth allows one to break free from one's self centered perspective and see that nothing is needed to fill a false, self created void. One is complete just as they are, this just isn't understood or known. This is the reality of all addictions. When this is understood the reaching ends because there is no longer a void to fill.

Without a self centered perspective, reaching for a substance or anything else wouldn't occur.  Why does the need to alter the way one feels occur in the first place? It's because of that self-centered perspective, which is at the root of any addiction. This is why one reaches outside themselves to begin with. There can't be an addiction if the need to use something isn't there.

If society really wants addiction to end we must address the real issue. Until the real problem is addressed, addiction will never end. People will continue to die and suffer because of the ignorance of those in control of the information being put out to the public. Freedom from a self centered perspective is the only truth one needs to break free from the hold of addiction. This is the freedom from the bondage of self. This one and only truth will eventually be seen and that's when the heroin epidemic and all addictions will cease.

Programs don't change people, therapy doesn't change people, an outward God doesn't change people. These may assist in some way, but the reality of any change referenced to addiction is not to be self centered. An inward quietness needs to be established, which will assist immensely in one's transformation. Some call this God, but I'm not talking about outward change, that is society's gauge. Real change takes place inside - this is where Universal Love dwells.

The truth? It is one's own conditioned mind that causes addiction. Once the conditioning is no more, one's addictive behaviors will be no more."

It is this truth that Michael Cupo offers to readers in 'It's Monday Only In Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts'. He takes a very unique approach in the presentation of the method. That message has resonated with readers, many of whom have responded enthusiastically.

One reader recently stated, "Your written experience has influenced me more than any book I have read, what my M.A. in psych has taught me, 16 years of on/off therapy, Byron Katie workshops, personal interaction with Phil Lombardo, Shakti Gawain, Bob Stahl, Louise Hays and various Hay House authors that I personally know who have directed me towards my true being of love. There hasn't been a need to see my therapist for 6 weeks. I am looking forward to a new relationship with him and with myself. Thank you so much for discovering the truth and sharing it with the world. Without meeting you, I believe you are my friend."

Michael Cupo is available for speaking engagements and media interviews. He can be reached via email at or by using  the information below. 'It's Monday Only In Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts' is available on his website, Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both e book formats for Kindle and Nook. More information is available on Michael's website at

About Michael Cupo:

Although he had a very good upbringing as a child, he always seemed to struggle with life and for reasons unbeknownst to him, he was always in trouble. He drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. He bounced from relationship to relationship. Until one day that all changed

The transformation is shared in 'It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You are Not Your Thoughts'. His credentials for writing this book are that he lives this change each day. His view of life is so different from the way it use to be. Through the practice outlined in his book he has learned to allow his mind to quiet enough which has allowed his heart to open.  The quieter the mind becomes the more love becomes the default setting of ones life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the desire to do what is necessary to allow this ''instant transformation" to occur.

There are also hundreds of articles written by Michael featured in a Wordpress blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, and in a Facebook group titled after his book that addresses a wide range of issues that deal with real life everyday situations. Michael writes and posts a new article daily.


Michael Cupo

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Meditation Is The Path To Mediumship Says Pat Chalfant, Author Of 'Spirit Lights A Path To Mediumship'

Chalfant offers mediumship classes to help others develop mediumship in both classroom settings and via the Internet. She believes meditation is vital to the development of spirituality and mediumship. 'Spirit Lights' reveals the true face of mediumship

Pat Chalfant, author of 'Spirit Lights A Path To Mediumship', believes meditation is the path to mediumship. This was true for Pat and all of the other mediumship students she has known, including, of course those who have studied with her.  She shows in her book “Spirit Lights a Path to Mediumship” how mediumship is developed through meditation in Spiritualist development classes.  She  says that, since its inception in 1850, Spiritualism has been turning out  reliable mediums, and it was this long history with the development of mediumship that led her to study with them.  She started studying in a Spiritualist church development class after realizing that she was receiving images of events that subsequently came to pass in her life.  Since previously she had never seen any images at all, much less predictive ones, it got her attention.

After Pat had studied for half a dozen years, she began reading as well as teaching in the Spiritualist church regularly, and has also taught privately for 20 years since then both in a brick and mortar classroom and, as she currently teaches, online.  She doesn’t think that the average person is aware that mediumship requires a knowledge of meditation and believes that more people should understand that the development of spirituality is vital to mediumship and meditation is basic to that.  It is also the basis for her other primary interest, past lives, as well.

She would like to reveal the true face of mediumship and feels that nothing does that more effectively than pointing out the routine use of meditation in mediumship studies.  Mediums must constantly  attempt to improve themselves in every way, but especially spiritually, thus their emphasis on meditation.

Special attention is given to meditation at the end of each lesson in Pat’s book as well as in a long piece about meditation at the beginning of the workbook section at the back of her book.  An editor working with her on the book complained that there was ”too much God” in the book. She grudingly removed some references.

"There can never be too much God in books or in anything else in this world," Pat stated, "since the basic energy of our universe IS God."

Chalfant's new book, 'Spirit Lights A Path To Mediumship', explains how she, a real skeptic regarding such matters, developed mediumship abilities and now lives a life transformed by the spiritual. Mediumship is a controversial issue and Pat understands this, but she also believes that credible mediumship holds the promise of real benefits for mankind that have not been fully explored.

In addition to offering one-on-one client consultations, Pat has penned the 'Spirit Lights Song Book' and three of those songs are in the National Spiritualist Ass’n of Churches hymn book. She does readings for clients by phone and teaches mediumship development classes. She has also created a DVD entitled 'Spirit Lights Psychic Development DVD'.

Pat Chalfant is currently appearing on The Authors Show. Her interview is available now at The Authors Show site. 'Spirit Lights A Path To Mediumship' is available at her website and at Amazon. Pat is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at Pat maintains a Youtube channel at  More information is available at her website at

About Pat Chalfant:

Oregon Spiritualist Medium Pat Chalfant's amazing psychic gifts have helped hundreds of individuals worldwide. Pat has written a column on parapsychology and interviewed Hollywood stars and the psychics who read for them for a national newspaper. Other topics she’s taught and written about are: past life therapy, death and dying, the Edgar Cayce work, the Cathars, and Spiritual healing.

The Association for Past Life Research and Therapies newsletter published a series of her interviews with psychiatrists, psychologists, and hypnotherapists who were all west coast pioneers of past life therapy. Pat believes that series is destined to become a book.

A singer/songwriter, three of her songs are in the National Spiritualist Association of Churches hymnal. She teaches internationally online and also hosts an online Spiritualist circle, Spirit Lights Chapel.


Pat Chalfant

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of January 26, 2015

Book Marketing serves as a resource for authors and allows members to engage in promotion and publicity for marketing purposes. The site offers no-charge marketing training, book publicity opportunities and a buyers club for book marketing services

Don McCauley of the Free Publicity Focus Group and Danielle Hampson, Executive Producer of The Authors Show, founders of The Authors Marketing Powerhouse, have announced The Authors Show radio and broadcast schedule for the week of January 26, 2015. The new show schedule is available at the Authors Marketing Powerhouse site.

For those who hope to sell books on the Internet, the challenge can be daunting. It can be confusing difficult, time consuming and expensive. Book Marketing, branded as The Authors Marketing Powerhouse, helps authors overcome these challenges by providing authors and publishers three distinct benefits:

* No charge publicity - members can upload photos, bios, book covers, video and book videos. Each author can develop a personalized page and a personal blog. The site allows for integration with Facebook and Twitter.

* No charge marketing training - provided through the Book Marketing Master Class series of training videos and peer to peer sharing of information.

* Buyers club - low pricing on products and services used by authors and publishers to market books allows members to dramatically reduce book production and book marketing costs.

The site also offers discussion forums, segmented special interest groups and allows for event listings.  The site is a joint collaboration, developed by Don McCauley of the Free Publicity Focus Group and Danielle Hampson, Executive Producer of The Authors Show.

The Authors Show radio shows offer professionally produced radio interviews that are broadcast worldwide. Segmented shows by genre include fiction, non-fiction and Christian shows. The upcoming scheduled radio lineups include:

Week January 26, 2015 On The Authors Show

Wendy Joseph
T. Wrage
Vincent McCrudden
Devin J. Starlanyl
Jim Dilyard
Anne Redelfs MD


Don McCauley is a marketing strategist and is the facilitator of the Free Publicity Focus Group, a marketing and publicity firm. He also serves as the host of The Authors Show Radio.  Danielle Hampson is the Executive Producer of The Authors Show radio group of programs.

More information is available by visiting the Book Marketing site. Questions about Book Marketing can be addressed to Don McCauley by email at don (at) Questions about The Authors Show can be addressed to Danielle Hampson at danielle (at)


Don McCauley
Free Publicity Focus Group

Danielle Hampson
The Authors Show

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