Friday, October 20, 2017

The Authors Show Launches US And Global Children, Teen, Adult Literacy Project, 'Give A Book, Get A Smile'

The new program will distribute donated books to children, teenagers and adults, both nationally and worldwide.

Low literacy is a staggering problem. According to the ProLiteracy website, children of parents with low literacy skills are more likely to get poor grades, have behavioral problems and drop out. 43% of adults with the lowest literacy levels live in poverty. In addition, an excess of 230 billion a year in health care cost is linked to low adult literacy. Danielle Hampson, Executive Producer of The Authors Show intends to bring authors together to help make a difference.

Through its newly launched “Give A Book Get A Smile” initiative, The Authors Show is calling on its large network of authors and publishing industry professionals to donate books to the project for distribution to children, teenagers and adults who are challenged with reading skills, or access to books.

"Give A Book Get A Smile" is a long-term project with multiple phases. Ms. Hampson is calling on authors to donate at least five books (fiction/non-fiction) either in the children category – age 4-12, or young adults for teens, or adult books. She especially welcomes self-help books, both in personal and business development. From a recipient standpoint, eighty percent of donated books within the USA will go to schools with a large student population of underprivileged children, troubled youth organizations, women shelters, and to the homeless community throughout the United States.  The balance of twenty percent will be earmarked for foreign distribution.

“I do volunteer work with an advanced leadership program for women in China that has a literacy project, and in my last trip to China I brought children books for them”, Hampson stated. “When I gave the books, I received such big smiles back that I immediately thought to start a project to help them, and the name 'Give A Book Get A Smile' sounded like a perfect fit. Upon my return to the U.S., with many literacy issues in our own back yard, I felt the need to also help people right here at home. In that I work in online media in the publishing industry, I knew I could leverage my 12+ years of contacts in this industry to bring this project to life.”

As more books are donated to the program, other phases will be implemented to expand the reach of the donations to local communities in all fifty states, Canada, and to more countries.  All recipients will be vetted to insure the books are needed and are indeed provided to those who do need them.

Danielle Hampson is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information about “Give A Book Get A Smile” is available at

About The Authors Show:

The Authors Show is a professional book marketing audio & video interview podcast in its 12th year. The interviews are professionally produced and broadcast worldwide through the show’s substantial marketing and publicity outreach.


Danielle Hampson
Executive Producer

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Fundraising Efforts - Texas Resident Joseph Ganci, Author Of 'Gideon: The Sound and The Glory,' Makes New Spiritual Book Available For Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Ganci, a Houston area resident, experienced the effect of the devastating hurricane firsthand and hopes to help by donating a portion of proceeds to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. He encourages others to do the same.

Hurricane Harvey stuck Texas in August of 2017. It was one of the most destructive hurricanes to ever hit the US, displacing over 30,000 people and causing billions of dollars in damage. The storm made landfall as a category 4 near Rockport, Texas, and produced 40-60 inches of rainfall as it moved through the Texas/Louisiana area. The damage was catastrophic, the economic effects are staggering, and the rebuilding and restoration efforts will take many years.

In response to the horrific damage, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Judge Ed Emmett established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The fund accepts tax-deductible donations for victims affected by the floods. The fund is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, at 501(c)(3) public charity.

Houston area resident and author Joseph Ganci has pledged to donate 90% of book proceeds from the sale of 'Gideon: The Sound and the Glory' to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund from mid-October 2017 to Easter, 2018. He hopes that many others will join him by doing the same.

"While this may seem by some to be a small effort on the surface," Ganci stated, "the power is in the numbers. If everyone selling a product or service was to donate even a tiny percentage of their ongoing profits to this fund, the compound effect of those donations, for basic needs, temporary housing, restoration or emergency assistance, could make a real difference to everyone affected by this tragedy. We will be buying these products and services anyway, so why not make them really count for something more?"

"During the hurricane, the rain was relentless, and it was reminiscent of the typhoon season during my Vietnam combat experience. The powerful showers exploded in blinding wind-whipped sheets of fury. The rising waters came within eight feet of my ever sinking threshold door. All alone, I knelt and prayed mightily to the Lord for relief from the constant downpour. I placed my fate into His capable hands and retired to my bedchamber. I had half expected to wake up and be entirely engulfed by the rising tide. I awoke to find that my floor remained high and dry and that the flood waters had reversed its course back to the ocean. The view from my front gate was a temporary lakefront property, and that I stood upon the rock of salvation. Praise be ‘The Name’ of the Lord.

"Many were not as fortunate; my heart goes out to them. For some will be struggling for years to come - trying desperately to get their life back to normal."

From 'Gideon: The Sound and the Glory': Another bolt of lightning darkened the sky. The sun had lost its face. Missiles of rain exploded in the dust, and the heavens dropped, weighed down by the burst of fast-moving clouds. The last of the western sky had blackened, constantly lit by cascades of brilliant-white lightning flashes. The rearmost cohort of the last one hundred chariots had already filled the Kishon Wadi when a sudden blast of wind heralded the uproar from the surge of rushing waters. Sisera’s fleet of iron chariots, his anxious hosts of infantrymen, and his archers were all caught in the eddy of a rising tide. Horse hooves broke, struggling for traction in a vain attempt to climb the slippery embankment. They were all swept away, abandoned to their grisly fate, washed away in the fast-moving rapids.

In 'Gideon,' Ganci pierces the veil with a penetrating vision of long-held Bible mysteries that are far and away daring and unusual. He works within a framework of an engaging and dramatized fiction that, while exceedingly rich in detail, remains faithful to uphold spiritual principals. He bases his work on three primary pillars:

The rock-solid cornerstone is biblical history and geography.
The creative arch is revelatory in its timing and issues.
The research is concrete, firmly rooted in customs, languages, and traditions.

The result is that book lovers are transported into the very midst of ancient conflicts and come away with an entirely fresh perspective on mystical teachings found in scripture, now living lessons filled with adventure that inspires wonder yet remain practical answering the challenges of everyday life.

'Gideon: The Sound and the Glory' has received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. A recent reviewer stated, "Joseph Ganci’s prose is arresting, peppered with fantastic imagery and succinct descriptions of plot, characters, and setting. The themes are masterfully created, and they are woven into the story in a way that allows the reader to enjoy both the inspiration the story offers and the accompanying action. The book explores powerful spiritual and political themes, capturing the conflicts and the dynamics of life within the community of God's chosen people. Gideon: The Sound and the Glory will appeal to fans of political thrillers, adventure, and conflict-driven stories laced with intense action." Other reviewers have used phrases such as "riveting," "amazing" "deftly crafted" and "highly recommended."

Ganci has also announced he will make his book available as a fundraising tool for other associations and charities. Donors can receive an eBook version of 'Gideon' in exchange for a donation to a worthy cause. For more details, contact Joseph via email.

Joseph Ganci is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'Gideon: The Sound and the Glory' is available in both print, eBook, and a superb, ethnically correct audio narration. All are available from online retailers. More information is available at Ganci's website at

About Joseph Ganci:

Joseph Ganci is a Levite and a high priest and remains a passionate Italian. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and is the father of five daughters and five grandchildren. He resides in Texas.


Joseph Ganci

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Selfie Film By Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Nominated For Alice Guy-Blache Women in Cinema Award At The Golden Door International Film Festival

Dr. Holstein, a psychologist/filmmaker and originator of a unique Selfie Film concept, writes award-winning books, plays and produces short films that offer solutions to problems that impact today's teens and tweens

'Secrets, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film' by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, recently premiered and was nominated for the Alice Guy-Blache Women in Cinema Award at the Golden Door International Film Festival in Jersey City.  Nominees were announced at the Awards Night, October 8, 2017 at The Lankmark Loew's Jersey Theatre . Dr. Holstein is the creator of the concept of The Enchanted Self and has recently taken her place as an innovator in a new film concept - the Selfie film.

"What is The Enchanted Self? It's that gut feeling that I teach people to recognize, when people begin to understand when they are in their own 'zone' of energy, a feeling of purpose, a sense of themselves as whole, happy, focused. As the New York Times reported you can learn 'How to Hack Your Brain (for $5,000)'.  Or you can, as I suggest, take time to review your own talents, strengths, potential and what gives you a sense of purpose.  This costs less and keeps you out of the danger of getting excited about someone else's paradise, rather than your own unique spot on this planet.

"My Enchanted Self concept has continued to expand in ways I never imagined five years ago.  One is the birth of the Selfie.  While most psychologists have been down on the Selfie, I see it as a marvelous tool of technology that brings into everyone's hands the capacity to be a filmmaker.  Whether you take videos of your funny cat, or keep your vacation diary in pictures and videos on your phone, you are technically a filmmaker.

"Endless potential is out there.  Is it dangerous? It can be, just as Facebook can be misleading when ads are sold that can undermine our great democracy.  But let us assume responsible behavior and see what I have done with

"When we look at what is happening now, especially in regards to the situation involving Harvey Weinstein, we see that in the film world women have played a second class role. I am determined as a director and writer in the film world to be a force that brings more women to the success levels they deserve in that world, without being bullied or pushed inappropriately. 

"I have developed a new approach to filmmaking that involves a combination of smart phones and a camera crew.  The powerful short films I am making using Smart phones and a camera crew illustrate and highlight through drama the angst that our girls, tweens and teens go through in our culture. Whether it is severe anxiety, as discussed in the New York Times Magazine Section, 'Why are more American teenagers than ever suffering from severe anxiety,' or the opiod epidemic, early pregnancy, bullying, alcohol, poor self-esteem, lack of vocational direction, drugs, girls are at risk and need avenues that help to educate and elaborate their dilemmas.

"I was honored to have my film 'Secrets, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film' nominated for the Alice Guy-Blache Women in Cinema Award at the Golden Door International Film Festival on October 7, 2017.  Nominees were announced at the Awards Night at The Lankmark  Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City. To be the first female director of Selfie Films aimed at a better understanding of the psychological, social and emotional needs of kids, particularly, girls, tweens and teens growing up in our society is a mission I take seriously as a psychologist and now a filmmaker.  To be linked now in this nomination with the first Woman Director in the early days of film making is meaningful and inspirational to me.

"The making of films that help girls, tweens and teens be better understood, feel better about themselves and make better decisions, utilizing camera techniques that are dramatically able to increase the emotional reactions of audiences and lead to better understanding of kid's dilemmas are a win-win for everyone."  

Holstein's short films have won numerous awards and accolades. 'The Truth, A Short Film' premiered at the Garden State Film Festival and its song, 'On The Edge of Something New' won the award as the best pop song of 2016. The short two minute film by Dr. Holstein, 'The Truth, A Short Short Film', premiered at FilmOneFest in July of 2016. The film was chosen as an Official Selection in the Chain Film Festival held in Manhattan on August 13, 2016. Also selected by the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival (JCITFF), and shown on November 5, 2016 at the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival. 'The Truth, A Short Film' was officially selected for the Golden Door International Film Festival in September 2016.  It was shown at The Grove Film Festival in Jersey City on May 21, 2017, the shorter version was shown at The Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 'The Truth, A Short Film' was an official selection for the virtual Female Filmmakers Film Festival. There was a public voting of favorite films and 'The Truth' came in 12th of 92 films.  'The Truth, A Short Film' was an Official Selection at the Roselle Park Shorts Film Festival on September 25, 2017.

'Falling in Love, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film, is detailed in a new ebook: 'A Selfie Film - Falling In Love' by Dr. Holstein. This ebook presents issues and stories behind the creation of Dr. Holstein's "selfie films", which utilize cutting edge smart phone technology. These Selfie Films assisted by a professional camera crew, result in an intensity and intimacy of performance. The topics and questions for discussion in the book can be used by a group of two, a parent and a child, or a group of hundreds as the universal subjects of growing up and handling tough issues are discussed. 

'Falling in Love'  was an official selection at the Brightside Tavern Film Festival in Jersey City in early March, nominated for several awards, including 'Best Experimental Film' and 'Best New Jersey Short'.  It came in second place for 'Best New Jersey Short'.

'Falling in Love' was an official selection also at The Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival in Asbury Park on May 21, 2017.  It was nominated for several awards, including Best Experimental Film, and Best Concept Film.  Megan Brown, a high school freshman, who stars in 'Falling in Love' received the 'Rising Star Award' for her acting performance in 'Falling in Love' at this Festival.

On June 19, 2017, 'The Truth', and 'Falling in Love' was shown at the Monmouth County District Library in Shrewsbury, followed by a talk and Q&A led by Dr. Holstein and assisted by Megan Brown, actress.

Dr Holstein presented her Selfiesasfilm concept at the American Psychological Association meetings in early August 2017 at a Symposium: Novel Directions: Novel Directions: Four Practicing Psychologists' Atypical Pursuits.  The audience watched her film,'The Truth, A Short, Short Film' and the 30 second trailer to her newest film, 'Secrets, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film.'

Dr. Holstein makes a number of her books and films available to be used as fundraising tools. She requests that any verified charitable organization interested in raising funds contact her via email. She is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at  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 and a pioneer in  Selfies as Film. Dr. Holstein's Enchanted Self website was included as one of the best websites in positive psychology. 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 Your Tango, 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

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Real Health Symposium, Focusing On Chronic Illness And Caregivers, To Be Held In Toronto On October 28th, 2017

The goal of the Real Health Symposium is to educate, raise awareness, create community and provide support and resources for those living with Chronic Illness and their caregivers and loved ones.

Cecile Gough is very pleased to announce that the 2017 Real Health Symposium will be held at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario on October 28, 2017, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The mission of this event is to educate, raise awareness, create community and provide support and resources for those living with chronic illness as well as their caregivers and loved ones.  This event will feature a number of speakers including:  Dr. Rick Sponaugle; Dr. Robert Banner, Katina Makris, homeopath; and Cecile Gough, patient advocate.

“I have created the conference I would most like to go to as a patient,” said Cecile Gough, a former oncology nurse who has become a patient advocate for those who are experiencing similar heath challenges.  For more than a decade she slipped through the cracks of the health care system in Canada until she was finally diagnosed with Late Stage Chronic Lyme Disease in 2014.  Unable to receive the appropriate care at home in Canada, Gough travelled to the Sponaugle Wellness Centre in Tampa Bay, Florida, for treatment in 2016.  When asked about the care she received in Florida, you will often hear her say “Doc [Dr. Sponaugle] gave me my life back.” 

While struggling to find her way through the Canadian medical system she became determined to aid others who have suffered and who are suffering like her.  “While trying to get the care I realized I needed to do more to help others who were facing the same up-hill battle to get real health,” said Gough.  The result of that desire is the Real Health Symposium.

The day-long event will provide support and resources for those who suffer from autoimmune issues, Lyme Disease, mental illness, mold or industrial toxicity, all while raising funds for respected non-profit organizations in the community. Working with world-class experts whose lives have been touched by chronic illness, Gough believes in offering a holistic perspective of health through the Real Health Symposium. 

To that end, she is bringing together the following keynote speakers:

Rick Sponaugle, M.D., is an Integrative Medicine physician who specializes in environmental medicine, tick-borne infections, and treating brain disorders. Having personally lived with mold toxicity and helping his daughter recover from Lyme disease, these experiences created the practice he has today in Florida;

Robert Banner, M.D., President of the Ontario Society of Physicians for Complementary Medicine, began his medical career as a Flight Surgeon and Diving Medical Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.  Professional and personal reasons led Dr. Banner to a more holistic view to the practice of Functional Medicine.  An Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Banner currently sees patients in his clinic in London, Ontario;

A graduate of Duke University and the Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing, Katina Makris is a seasoned Classical Homeopath and Certified Intuitive Healer.  She is an award-winning author of two books that share her ten-year triumphant journey of healing from Advanced Chronic Lyme disease.  Writing a popular health column for a decade, along with hosting the breakthrough "Lyme Light Radio Show," Makris has a loyal and dedicated following across North America and Europe; and

For Cecile Gough, the journey towards healing has been long and challenging, yet she remains determined to take all that she has learned to help others.   A popular and dynamic speaker and writer, she has been featured in national and international media to discuss the crisis of Lyme disease in Canada.  Working with politicians to improve health at all levels of government, Gough has presented twice before members of the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa.  As the creator and producer of the Real Health Symposium, it is her life passion to help people get the answers and care that they need, while guiding them to become their own advocates in their journey back to health.

The Real Health Symposium proudly supports the Canadian Celiac Association and the G. Magnotta Foundation. 

The Real Health Symposium has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Sponaugle Wellness Institute; Health Harmonies; IgeneX Inc.; The Big Carrot; and Terry Natural Canada. 

For more information, including ticket registration, visit

About the Real Health Symposium:

The Real Health Symposium was created to educate, raise awareness, create community and provide support and resources for those living with Chronic Illness and their caregivers and loved ones.


Cecile Gough, Producer of the Real Health Symposium

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of October 16, 2017

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 October 16, 2017. 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 October 16, 2017 On The Authors Show:

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg
Marie Joy
Cheryl Meyer
Mikael Carlson
Janet S. Kleinman
Sean Browne
Sally Berneathy
Brian Aull
Carolyn Coleridge
Kass Ghayouri
Rebecca Nolen
Richard Trayler
Sophia Byron
Tom Davis
Bernard J. Fleury
Virginia Frusteri Sollars
Stephan A. Silva


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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