Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mike Person, Author Of 'With Malice Toward One', Marks The 150th Anniversary Of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

Person's new educational book, 'With Malice Toward One', combines exciting storytelling, sequential graphics and little known facts to create a book about Lincoln's assassination that kids find both informative and engaging

April 14, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Washington is gearing up for the event with ceremonies, theatrical performances, candlelight vigils, tours and a host of other events.

To mark the anniversary, Mike Person will be allowing free access to 'With Malice Toward One' from  April 9th (the date Lee surrendered to Grant) and April 26th (the date John Wilkes Booth was killed). This coincides with the timeline present in 'With Malice Toward One'. The book will be accessible at his website.

'With Malice Toward One, is a highly visual story about the Lincoln assassination. The book combines compelling text in a graphic novel format that kids love. Each page of text is recreated in graphic form on the opposite page. This style of storytelling appeals to a wider age group than might otherwise be the case. The engaging and highly descriptive text, reinforced by powerful graphics, creates a learning experience that can increase engagement for both type of readers - those who love to read and also kids who prefer the graphic novel format.

Person takes everything one step beyond the presentation of well known facts. Little known events regarding what went on behind the scenes of the Lincoln assassination are integrated into the storyline in a manner that rivals even the best mystery thrillers. The end result is an irresistible work that is a history book, a graphic novel and a mystery novel combined. The book holds strong appeal for children, parents and educators. The appeal of the book lies in the fact that it makes history come alive for kids in a way that few other works can achieve.

"My goal with this novel," Person stated, "was to make learning an exciting and memorable experience for children.  I wanted them to see, and understand this amazing moment in American History.  I felt that the best way to gain a child's interest is by helping place a picture in his or her mind.  Children are visual.  I believe children learn much more when they can see what the are reading."

The book has received rave reviews. Roger Norton, Founder of the Abraham Lincoln Research site and the Lincoln Discussion Symposium stated, “I wish Mike Person’s 'With Malice Toward One' had been  available before I retired as a teacher.  I certainly would have used it in my  classroom.  Mike’s book provides the perfect way for students to learn about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  Not only is it richly illustrated, it also  includes a glossary and suggestions for further reading.  The book is the ideal  textbook because students of all ability levels can benefit from it; as the  pages are turned there is explanatory text on the left hand side and comic book  illustrations (with text) on the right hand side.  For students wanting to learn  about the Lincoln assassination there is simply nothing available that even  comes remotely close to Mike’s book in terms of quality and educational value.  Congratulations to Mike Person for producing an invaluable addition to Lincoln assassination lore.”

'With Malice Toward One' will be accessible at Person's website from April 9 through April 26, 2015. Mike Person is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at mperson96@gmail. 'With Malice Toward One' is available at Amazon and other online book retailers. More information is available at his website at

About Mike Person:

Mike Person is both an author and a graphic artist. He lives in Elgin, IL with his beautiful wife Kristi and three wonderful boys.


Mike Person

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Networking For Millenials and Gen Y - Girlfriend Grapevine, New Social Media Networking Site For Women, Now Open

Girlfriend Grapevine is an exciting new social media networking platform for women. The site promotes friendship, entertainment and great places to eat or shop. Collaboration opportunities are unlimited

Girlfriend Grapevine, a new networking website, is now open to members of the public. Billed as the place 'Where Great Friendships Start', this exciting new concept in social media networking offers a host of features missing in other social network websites. At the same time, Girlfriend Grapevine greatly simplifies social media networking. Most importantly the site allows for developing friendships and connecting with others who share the same interests in ways that have not been available before.

While the site is available for all women, the site can be especially useful and valuable for the '20 Something' generation (the "Millennials" or "Gen Y"). This group has been immersed in social media technologies since birth. While broad generalizations are impossible, it could be said that this generation is open-minded and is, on the whole, very receptive to new ideas.  Girlfriend Grapevine allows women of this age group to:

* Connect with others on a local, regional or national basis

* Develop new friendships and social connections with those in the same age group who share the same interests

* Connect with others when moving to a new town or area

There is much more:

* It can help in the search for that new 'BFF'

* It allows for the sharing of reviews of restaurants, clubs or other places of interest to Millenials

* It allows members to host and attend activities

Individual profiles, articles on important subjects of particular interest to women, interviews and activities have all been put together in an easy to use interface.

In the interest of providing the best social networking experience, Girlfriend Grapevine provides the platform, while members provide the content. Members choose the who, where, when, and how they want to meet new people according to personal style and preference. Membership on this social network website is at no charge and privacy is paramount.

Girfriend Grapevine's 'In The Spotlight ' allows members to feature themselves, their services or a product through the Member Spotlight page. The Girlfriend Grapevine team highlights a member in a special way to help increase attention across all of this rapidly growing community. The site also features local residents as front page models.

The open-ended format allows for national and regional networking. The site also allows for a local, 'meet-up' style of networking.

Members will really enjoy the site because they can connect with people they would not normally meet. Women in their local communities are looking to meet other women who share their interests for social or business networking purposes. The site provides a user friendly platform to help make that happen easily.

Girlfriend Grapevine can be contacted using the information below or by email at More information is available at the Girlfriend Grapevine website at Videos are available at Youtube at

About Girlfriend Grapevine:

Girlfriend Grapevine is a social media networking site that can easily connect women with other women in their local communities in their age range who share their same interests. Girlfriend Grapevine has taken a few of the online dating world’s strategies and created a fun way to create new friendship opportunities based on member selected criteria. It is an online community providing entertainment and information for women unlike all others.


Girlfriend Grapevine

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Author Les Graham Announces Release Of 'Jude's Gentle Giants', A Book About Horses That Teaches Wholesome Family Values

In the tradition of books like 'Where The Red Fern Grows', Graham's work presents wholesome Christian family values set against the backdrop of the relationship between a young boy and his draft horses

Minnesota author Les Graham has announced the release of 'Jude's Gentle Giants'. More than just a book about horses, Graham's book is a coming of age tale that captures the hopes and dreams of Jude, a young farm boy who dreams of owning a pair of Percheron draft horses. While young people will be enthralled with the relationship that develops between Jude and the horses, parents and grandparents will be pleased with the presentation of wholesome family values.

Readers will watch as Jude develops courage, strength, hope and faith. Jude's trials and tribulations, common to nearly all young people, will resonate deeply with readers. Jude transforms from a farm boy with a love of horses into a man of character. Though decidedly Christian in tone, the book has something to offer children from all walks of life. The ability to engage children fully, while simultaneously teaching valuable life lessons, is a rare gift indeed. Graham has created a masterpiece that blends both into fictional tale that will both entertain and educate.

"I wrote this book," Graham stated, " to give young teens a modern day true to life story of what rural life is like growing up on a farm within a Christ centered family. I looked at what is offered to kids to read and was disappointed, dragons, serpents, Amish, or 1,800’s themes are pretty much all that is offered. I wanted to show that dreams can come true through hard work and perseverance in today’s real world. I did not grow up in a Christ centered family so I wanted to at least write about how God designed the family unit."

The storyline features Jude, a high school boy growing up on a dairy farm in rural Minnesota.  Jude dreams of owning his own Percheron draft horse. Through hard work and determination, Jude ends up with two Percherons instead of one. Life is not easy for Jude as he battles to keep his colts alive. With the help of Jude’s Mom, the colts survive and Jude starts with the training ups and downs. An unbreakable bond is forged between Jude and his Percherons. Jude is blessed with strong relationships from Dad, Mom and his sister Becky. God however has a number of battles lined up for Jude.

Reviews by readers have been very positive:

"This book is full of examples of values we don't see much of today - values like respecting teachers and parents, helping older neighbors, accepting personal responsibility (chores and horse care), being a good moral example for others, working and saving for a coveted item, and leaning on faith and prayers to get through hard times."

"This is an excellent book that brings the reader into the life and family of a young man who seeks to live life with a God directed purpose and meaning."

"Any child or young adult who is captivated by horses will love this story of a teen boy's experience raising and training Percheron draft horses. With this story comes life lessons on faith and character. A double win."

"Finally, a true-to-life story that I can feel confident recommending to both youth and adults. Graham does a wonderful job using the teenage character and life of Jude to teach lessons of work ethic, responsibility, forgiveness and family relationships. A wholesome and compelling return to reading for the sake of pure enjoyment! With adventure, humor, intrigue and romance, this story has it all."

'Jude's Gentle Giants' will be featured on national TV in April. RFD-TV will show 'Jude’s Gentle Giants' on the 'Rural Heritage' segment of the show April 7th 3:30pm and April 11th 2:00pm.

Les Graham is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'Judes Gentle Giants' is available at Amazon and Payhip in print and ebook formats. More information is available at Graham's website at

About Les Graham:

Les Graham lives in rural Minnesota with his wife Kathy. Les and Kathy have been married 35 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They own and operate Radiant Outfitters, an in floor heating company.

Les has owned Percherons since 1990 and has had many adventures with them including: weddings, funerals, proms, sleigh rides, logging, mowing hay, raking hay, snow removal, riding, training, and a few parades. Pete and Joe are his current team of Percherons and inspired Les to write ‘Jude’s Gentle Giants’ the first of a two part series.

His spare time is spent with grandkids, writing, some local theater, building timberframe structures, and his horses. 'Surrendering the Reigns' is the second book of the series by Britchin Books, available in April 2015.


Les Graham

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of March 23, 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 March 23, 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 March 23, 2015 On The Authors Show

Wendy Joseph
Karynne Summars
Nancy King
Vince McCrudden
Elaine Marie Graham
Tonia Oldham
Kim LM Bilodeau
David Broderick

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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Friday, March 20, 2015

Patrick Brigham, Mystery Novelist And Author Of ‘Abduction - An Angel Over Rimini’, Chosen As One Of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading'

Patrick Brigham was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors who appeared on The Authors Show Radio. Brigham is the author of a number of mystery books and crime thrillers that address political and Cold War issues

Patrick Brigham, author of the crime novel 'Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini', has been chosen as a winner for '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading'. Winners will appear in this year's edition of the book, available in softcover and kindle formats. Brigham was chosen through a public voting process.

Crime novels and mystery books are everywhere. Engaging crime novels and good mystery books are fewer in number. Very few address real world political issues, specifically Communism and the Cold War. Patrick Brigham is a prolific mystery novelist and master of the genre.  He has recently written three good mystery books, including 'Herodotus – The Gnome of Sofia', 'Judas Goat – The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery' and 'Abduction: An Angel over Rimini'.

Set once more at the end of the Cold War and Communism, his most recent book features the jazz loving, classic car enthusiast and fictional Europol police murder detective, Chief Inspector Michael Lambert. Faced with political intrigue and in order to solve cases which often involve Eastern Europe, he genuinely needs to understand how an old Communist thinks, during the course of his investigations.

There are few good books on the subject of international crime, especially mystery stories which delve into the shady side of politics. There are also few mystery novelists, who are prepared to address the thorny political issues of arms dealing and money laundering and people trafficking in their mystery crime fiction.

"I was pleased to be chosen this year," Brigham stated, "because I felt that I had matured as a writer and that Abduction: An Angel over Rimini, somehow deserved to be recognized, bearing in mind the actual subject matter. Clearly About the abduction of a little English girl on vacation in Rimini, it also introduces the reader to the horrors of people trafficking and illegal immigration. Not only are these poor unfortunates trafficked illegally, but they also bring terrorism with them and Al Quada in particular, because, one criminal activity supports the other."

Patrick Brigham does not just write about these situations. He has lived them. He was the Editor in Chief of The Sofia Western News, the first English Language news magazine in Bulgaria, between 1995 and 2000.

As a journalist, he witnessed the changes in this once hard core communist country and personally knew most of the political players, including the old Communist Dictator Todor Zhivkov and his successors Zhelev and Stoyanov, but these days as an author, he concentrates on writing good mystery books often revealing diplomatic and political intrigue.

"It is no longer smart to be ‘An Angry Young Man,’ but I think that I am allowed to be a concerned older man." Brigham concluded. "World problems concerning arms dealing, money laundering, illegal immigration and terrorism, are all connected. Citizens turn a blind eye to the activities of terrorists like Al Quada and ISIL, because after years of media bombardment they have become sick of it. My books introduce these  unsettling facts, but I surround them with good old fashioned murder, mystery and well thought out fiction, in order to stimulate their interest, and very often to explain to readers, how it is done."

Readers have praised his latest crime novel. One stated, "I am an ex cop - he must of done a lot of research to get so many things right. I felt when reading Abduction that Patrick was relating an investigation, he actually carried out." Another said, "Abduction - An Angel Over Rimini is an entertaining, gripping, and also an astonishing Europol procedural read, making you want to read more. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt close to Michael Lambert and his way of analysing and detecting. All relevant characters became pretty real. Abduction - An Angel Over Rimini is a good read for mystery fans, readers who like surprises, and apparent coincidences."

Patrick Brigham is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at Books are available at Amazon, Amazon.UK, Smashwords and at his website. More information is available at Patrick Brigham's website at

About Patrick Brigham:

Patrick has been a writer and journalist for many years. He has published many short stories, newspaper and magazine articles. Born in the English Home Counties, he attended Public School and College before moving to London and embarking on his career. Having spent the last twenty years in South Eastern Europe, many of his stories are set in this part of the world as well as in Oxford, Hampshire and Berkshire. As the Editor in Chief of the first English Language news magazine in Sofia Bulgaria, between 1995 and 2000 - and as a journalist - he witnessed the changes in this once hard core Communist Country and personally knew most of the political players, including the old Dictator Todor Zhivkov and his successors Zhelev and Stoyanov.


Patrick Brigham

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