Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein's Selfie Films To Build Positive Self Esteem Receive New Short Film Awards, Chosen For Upcoming Film Festivals

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

Positive Psychologist and filmmaker Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has announced that 'Falling in Love, A Selfie Film' won the Runner Up Award for Best New Jersey Short at the Brightside Tavern Fest.

"Sitting in the audience, watching the audience laugh and chuckle as they watched 'Falling in Love, A Seflie Film' at the Brightside Tavern Shorts Film Fest in Jersey City, March 4, 2017 was amazing," Dr. Holstein stated. "I was stunned by the enthusiasm of the crowd. The film seemed to totally uplift the audience.  There was an abundant amount of chuckling and laughter and then amazing clapping with cheers at the end.  My husband, Dr. Russell Holstein, asked me if I had meant the film to be comedic. He enjoyed it tremendously and the audience were obviously into it.

"I believe as a psychologist and a filmmaker that the audience was relating to several factors as they chuckled: The girl, Megan Brown, was so real and intimate as she talked into her cell phone.  She achieved an immediacy that is not possible when a full camera team hover around a young star. This led to the audience relating immediately in their own heads to their own past feelings and memories about growing up. Most can find some recognition of themselves in that girl. The story of a first crush or love is so universal.

"We stumble and struggle through the emotions and situations we get ourselves as we experience the feelings of a first crush.  Seen in another it is easy to laugh and relieve tensions.  Seen in ourselves it can be painful and shameful.

"I think combining the Selfie filming techniques with a story we can identify with is what made the film so enjoyable. Many people at the Fest told me the Selfie approach was brilliant and keep at it. Certainly Megan was not being comedic.  But I think any performance that truly captures the things we go through and has an arch that is hopeful and fulfilling will bring laughter and visceral reactions by the audience.

In addition, 'The Truth, A Short, Short Film' and 'Falling in Love: A Selfie Film' have been selected for the #Hangontoyourshortsfilmfestival. Both films are up for awards. Both are up for Best Experimental Film. 'Falling in Love' is up for Best Concept Film.  This Festival will take place May 20-21, 2017 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 

"I am very touched, as my work as a psychologist turned filmmaker is all about utilizing new forms of sharing wisdom, humor, etc. and creating new forms of art," Dr. Holstein concluded. "I believe that the Selfie can be used to make quality films that touch our emotions and our lives. My films utilize the cell phone for filming and I believe that my films demonstrate how the Selfie can begin to emerge as a new concept in filmmaking.

"I will be sharing excerpts of my Selfie Films, along with my two books that are the basis of the films,  'The Truth' and 'Secrets', with the students of Ocean Township when I once again spend Author's Day with many of them at the Intermediate School in Ocean Township.

Dr. Holstein will also be partnering with charitable organizations who focus on helping young girls overcome challenges. She will allow two of her most successful creations to be used as fundraising tools - the new short film 'The Truth, A Coming of Age Selfie Film' and an ebook based on her other film entitled 'A Selfie Film, Falling In Love'.

Charities can use 'The Truth, A Coming of Age Selfie Film' as a fundraising tool. The film centers around falling in love, along with a host of other emotionally difficult issues that the girls face.  The film is based on her successful book for teens and tweens, 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween'. In that falling in love is undoubtedly one of the most important events in a teen's life, she addresses that issue squarely.  However, beyond the first crush, the real essence of growing up is finding a way to hold on to the best of oneself and gather courage from one's own stamina, strengths and talents.  The 'girl' in the film comes of age as a young teen in a creative, uplifting way. 

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. The film was chosen as an Official Selection in the Chain Film Festival held in Manhattan on August 13, 2016. The film was also selected by the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival (JCITFF), and was shown on Saturday, 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 held in September 2016.

The second fundraising offering, 'A Selfie Film - Falling In Love' is an ebook that details many of the issues and stories behind the creation of Dr. Holstein's "selfie films", which utilize cutting edge New Media technology. These films are Selfie Films assisted by a professional camera crew. 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.

Dr. Holstein 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 drbarbara@enchantedself.com. Both the film and the ebook are available at http://www.payhip.com/drbholstein. All of her books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at http://www.NewShortFilmTheTruth.com.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness. Dr. Holstein's Enchanted Self website, www.enchantedself.com, was just 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 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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New Robert Redford Movie, The Discovery, Addresses Suicide And The Afterlife - Author and NDE Expert Brian McLaughlin Offers Insight Into The Issue Of Life After Death

McLaughlin's book about his NDE details his totally unique near death experience. It is raw and it's real. There is no embellishment, no preaching and no hidden agenda

For some people the pain of living is greater than the benefits derived from living. For some in that group, the idea of life after death provides some hope. And for others in such dire straits, suicide seems like a viable alternative. Why continue to suffer? Everybody dies at some point in time, so why not now? If one's faith in life after death is strong enough, and the suffering while living in the world is intolerable, suicide can appear to be an alternative.

That broad concept is a focal point in 'The Discovery' a new film starring Robert Redford. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, and will be released by Netflix in March. In the film, the existence of the afterlife is proven scientifically, which leads to mass suicides. NDE expert Brian McLaughlin, author of 'A Flight Without Wings', offers some valuable insight in regard to the question of suicide.

McLaughlin recently shared:“I have, in the past, had the opportunity to share some comfort to those concerned about an afterlife.  The experience for me was peaceful and filled with pure love from many sources.

"I recently co-hosted an internet TV Show, dealing with suicide among other mental challenges. I felt a responsibility to those struggling with the thoughts of suicide, not to portray an attractive alternative to living.”

He went on to say:  “I am keenly aware of these feelings, as I was facing some life threatening surgery (aortic aneurism), and was considering not having any intervention. It seemed like a viable choice for me, no fear of death and.... a sudden and fast ending.  I took the time to speak to family members, and my mother suggested that this resolution, although all mine, had serious consequences for those people who cared about me and would be left behind.  I hadn’t looked at the decision from that perspective before. My choice to have this aneurism repaired became one of love and consideration for my family.  Just coming to that conclusion made me feel better”

Brian's book about his near death experience, 'A Flight Without Wings' offers readers a look at the near death experience from an unbiased point of view. It is the presentation of the material that sets this book apart from the other books about the near death experience. It is raw and it's real. There is no embellishment and no hidden agenda. While his book has a spiritual flavor certainly, there is no preaching and no religious messages. It is his near-death experience, just as it happened.

McLaughlin's experience changed the course of his life forever.  It instilled in him what we all seek - certainty about life after death. And with that a peace of  mind that can never be shaken, nor can it be doubted. His near death experience brought a sense of clarity. It brought a sense of real, lasting peace. He now knows with certainty that we exist forever. It is that simple message he brings to his audience, both through his book and at his speaking engagements and in his media appearances.

Brian has won numerous awards. He was chosen as one of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' in both the 2015 and 2016 Book Awards.

Reviews of 'A Flight Without Wings' have been overwhelmingly positive. Dr. Penny Sartori, author of 'The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences', said "This book will help others who have had an NDE to make sense of their experience and will also help those close to someone who has had an NDE because NDEs affect close family members and friends too."

Jack Magnus, a reviewer with Readers Favorite, called the book a "well written and moving memoir that neither delves into the fanciful or dogmatic,...”  "…Well worth reading, and is highly recommended." Another stated, "Being a mother who lost her only child I found it to be a great comfort to me." Another said, "I have read many accounts such as these, but this beautifully written account simply touched my heart in ways that previous ones have not."

Mark Feuerstein, Actor (Royal Pains, USA Network) wrote: “I have read it and I think it’s an inspiring tale of deep insight and so personal and yet so universal . . . such profound perspective.”

Brian McLaughlin is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at bamplaya@msn.com. 'A Flight Without Wings' is available at Amazon, Payhip and other book retailers. More information is available on his website at: http://www.BrianMcLaughlinBooks.com.

About Brian McLaughlin:

Brian McLaughlin is the award-winning author of 'A Flight Without Wings'. In his inspirational book, Brian vividly depicts his journey into Heaven and his following return to life caused by a massive head trauma sustained while vacationing in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico twenty-one years ago.


Brian McLaughlin

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of March 20, 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 March 20, 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 March 20, 2017 On The Authors Show:

Dr. Imani Ma'at
David Broderick
Rico Austin
Tom Davis
Alan Noble
Kristi Burchfiel
November Ellison
Danielle Pajak
Blake Western
Tina Black
Ruth Finnegan
S. D. Moore
Rebecca Nolen
Mark Wayne Adams
T. M. Morris
Janet S. Kleinman
Steve Snyder
Linda Wallace-Kurtz
Marc Reklau
Sally Berneathy
Todd Campau


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) FreePublicityGroup.com. Questions about The Authors Show can be addressed to Danielle Hampson at danielle (at)TheAuthorsShow.com.


Don McCauley
Free Publicity Focus Group

Danielle Hampson
The Authors Show

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Steve Snyder, Author Of 'Shot Down', Announces New Media Appearances, Upcoming Events For March, 2017

'Shot Down' has received 20 industry awards. Snyder's father was shot down over Europe during WWII. 'Shot Down' is a dramatic retelling of the stories surrounding that event

Author Steve Snyder, author of 'Shot Down', has announced recent media appearances and upcoming events for March, 2017.

Snyder's father Howard was a B-17 pilot who was shot down while flying the Susan Ruth (named after his daughter) while flying over the French/Belgium border. The mission set out to bomb Frankfurt, Germany. The book covers the events leading up to and following that day. Of the 10 man crew, some died, some were captured and some, including Howard Snyder, evaded capture.

What makes Snyder's book unique is the varied, detailed, and amazing stories of what happened to each crew member. Howard Snyder was missing in action for seven months. Readers are given the opportunity to read the letters and documents that were exchanged before and after the Susan Ruth was shot down. 'Shot Down' is filled with photos that enhance the presentation of these extraordinary WW II events that must never be forgotten. Steve Snyder has gone to the extreme to capture the details that make 'Shot Down' a one-of-a-kind dramatic presentation, told by a writer who was in the very middle of the story as it happened.

Recent appearances include:

March 4 & 5 – Book signing for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at their B-17 Aluminum Overcast Tour stop at the Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, California

March 12 - A PowerPoint presentation at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, California

Upcoming events include:

March 20 – Powerpoint presentation at the San Diego Air & Space Museum San Diego, California

March 25 – Book signing for the Arizona Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Museum during Falcon Field Airport Open House in Mesa, Arizona

'Shot Down' has received numerous high profile industry awards. These include:

2016 National Indie Excellence Awards - Winner - History - US
2016 National Indie Excellence Awards - Winner - Military Non-Fiction
2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards - Winner Non-Fiction Military
2016 Global Ebook Awards - Silver Medal Winner Non-Fiction Military
2015 Books and Authors Book of the Year  - Winner Non-Fiction Military
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Winner Military
2015 International Book Awards - Winner History: General
2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Gold Medal Winner Non-Fiction Historical
2015 Kindle Book Awards - Finalist Non-Fiction
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist Historical Non-fiction
2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards - Silver Medalist History (U.S.)
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards - Outstanding Non-Fiction (General)
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards - Second Place Winner
2015 NABE Spring Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards - Best Books Military
2015 Nonfiction Book Awards - Bronze Medal
2015 eLit Awards - Gold Medal History
2014 Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards - Finalist War & Military
2014 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist History: General
2014 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist History: Military
2014 Southern California Book Festival - Honorable Mention General Non-Fiction

Reviewers have praised 'Shot Down'. Publishers Weekly stated, "This is a great introduction to the history of the U.S. air war in Europe, humanized by the experience of a single bomber crew." The European Center of Military History said, "Steve Snyder has reached a level of scholarship few amateur historians achieve." Foreword Reviews called it a "masterful book." Midwest Book Review called it "An inherently fascinating and deftly written account."

Steve Snyder is available for media interviews and speaking engagements and can be reached using the information below or by email at steve@stevesnyderauthor.com. 'Shot Down' is available at Amazon and other book retailers. An in-depth interview with Snyder can be accessed at The Authors Show site. More information is available at his website at More information is available at his website at http://www.stevesnyderauthor.com.

Steve Snyder retired from VSP in 2009 after 36 years in national sales and sales management, He began his quest to know everything possible about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and his crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth.  Gradually, it became his passion and resulted in 'Shot Down'. He belongs to numerous World War II associations and is president of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association.


Steve Snyder

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Canadian Romantic Fiction Author Rusty Blackwood Announces Events, Special Pricing On 'Willow's Walk' In March, 2017

Blackwood's latest 5 star romance novel, 'Willow’s Walk', follows 'Passions In Paris', a romantic fiction novel written in the tradition of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and 'What Dreams May Come'

Canadian Indie romantic fiction novelist Rusty Blackwood has announced a number of interviews and special pricing in March 2017 for her 5 star rated romantic fiction novel 'Willow's Walk'. The new romantic fiction novel is unique in that it addresses the dangers of social media within the context of a romantic fiction story line. Social media sites can sometimes be wonderful places to form new relationships. They are also fraught with danger for the unsuspecting. Blackwood uses this concept as one focal point of the story.  A mature woman / younger man relationship that begins in an Internet chat room leads to real trouble for Willow Sutherland-Crosby, the protagonist of the story.

On March 14th 'Willow's Walk' will be a featured book for the day on Indie Author News.

On March 21st an interview with Rusty Blackwood will appear on the same site. There will be a free giveaway of the Kindle version of 'Willow's Walk' at Amazon.com from 6 am to 11 pm.

Then on March 28th 'Willow's Walk' will be the Book of the Day on Indie Author News.

"I am very pleased to have three upcoming day features during the month of March on Indie Author News," Rusty Blackwood stated. "I have appeared on this popular and informative Indie book site back in 2013 with my romantic fiction drama, 'Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary', and I am most pleased to have my newest novel, 'Willow's Walk', hold center stage, along with an interview with yours truly speaking about the novel, as well as my role as an Indie author.  To have one's work featured on such an impressive site is a credit to one's name, and to one's work, and I am once again looking forward to it."

'Willow's Walk', follows the release of 'Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary'. Her first romantic fiction novel is a sweeping saga written in the tradition of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and 'What Dreams May Come'. It has been compared to Erich Segal's 'Love Story' and Nicholas Sparks' 'The Notebook'.

Willow's Walk' is a gripping new tale, certain to hold readers captive from the very first page. Set in the beautiful city of Ottawa, Canada in 2003, this touching story centers on the life and times of a woman determined to prevail at all costs, regardless of what is set before her, the result of which is certain to leave the reader reeling in its wake.

The path each person walks is entirely their own. The pitfalls along that path, as well as the way in which they are dealt with are entirely up to the individual. But Willow Sutherland-Crosby walks a far-different path, and with her own agenda.

Abuse, deception, intrigue, and a never ending quest for happiness and love - will she find these, or will her blind determination be her downfall?

'Willow's Walk' has received a number of 5 star reviews from professional reviewers. Maria Beltran stated, "I highly recommend this book." Gisela Dixon said, “I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the life of a person presented in such a wonderful manner." Another said, "Brutally honest. I was touched by the bittersweet conclusion that sometimes purpose and happiness are only found through great tragedy ..."

'Passions in Paris' has also received rave reviews. Linkk Kula Kane said, "Passions in Paris I think stands its ground with these other powerful romantic stories like 'The Notebook' by Nicolas Sparks." Reader Fred Pifer stated that “'Passions', is a fascinating book of a love story that seemed to be written with me in mind. In the book 'Love Story' by Erich Segal, he told of a deep abiding love story that reminds me of Cullen and Joy’s in Ms. Blackwood’s book, but the twists of intrigue and mystery that she adds keeps the reader on edge throughout."

Information on the new romantic fiction release, including a new book trailer, is available at Blackwood's site on the 'Willow' page. Readers can download paperback and Kindle versions of both books at Amazon sites worldwide, including Amazon.ca.

Rusty Blackwood is available for interview in the Toronto and Niagara areas and can be reached using the information below or by email at writerrusty@hotmail.ca. More information is available at her website at http://www.rusty-blackwood.com.


Rusty Blackwood is a prolific Indie author of romantic fiction, short story comedies, contemporary and traditional poetry and children's books. Her first love is romantic fiction, but she crosses genres with ease.


Rusty Blackwood
Web: http://www.Rusty-Blackwood.com
Email: writerrusty@hotmail.ca

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