Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Frances Fuller, Award Winning Author Of 'In Borrowed Houses,’ Announces Free Ebook Sampler Now Available For Download
Frances Fuller, author of 'In Borrowed Houses,’ has announced a free ebook sampler of 'In Borrowed Houses.’
Told in short episodes, Fuller’s multiple award-winning book reveals the alienation, confusion and courage of civilians in the Lebanese civil war, introducing to the reader a variety of real people with whom the author interacts: editors, salesmen, neighbors, refugees, soldiers, missionaries, lawyers, shepherds, artists, students. With these people she works, studies, plays games, prays, laughs and cries, all to the accompaniment of gunfire. Together these small stories tell what war is like for civilians caught on a battlefield, and they create the impression of the Lebanese as a fun-loving, witty, patient and resilient people. They also compose, not a political history, but a historical document of a time and a place.
Introducing the sampler, Fuller said, “Just as this ebook sampler is a preview of ‘In Borrowed Houses,’ my book is a preview of current events in the Middle East. The violent struggle happened first in Lebanon, because Lebanon is a microcosm of the whole Middle East. While torn by internal tension, Lebanon is a leader, an example, loved, hated and coveted by her neighbors. Readers will gain insight into the people of the area, enabling them to think fairly about the Middle East.”
Critics have praised ‘In Borrowed Houses.’ A judge in the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards called 'In Borrowed Houses' “…a well written book full of compassion…a captivating story…” Another reviewer described the book as “Wise, honest, sensitive, funny, heart-wrenching…” Colin Chapman, lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut said, “….western Christians and Middle Eastern Christians need to read this story…full of remarkable perceptiveness and genuine hope.”
'In Borrowed Houses' took top honors in the 2014 '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' book awards. Frances was chosen as the result of her appearance on The Authors Show Radio. She also took a Bronze Medal in the Illumination Book Awards, for “exemplary Christian literature.”
Fuller was recently a guest speaker at Elon University, Burlington, N.C. Drawing on thirty years of experience in the Middle East, Fuller addressed a large group of faculty, staff and students in the university’s Numen Lumen Center. Her topic was “Faith and Love in Wartime Lebanon.”
"Lebanon's population of four million is trying to take care of two million refugees, and its infrastructure is on the verge of collapse. What the world can do to save Lebanon is to help take care of these refugees. We (Americans) did a lot to help create the mess the Arabs are in, and w can't help solve the problems without acknowledging that. If we don't have any guilt we are not thinking very well."
The free ebook sampler from 'In Borrowed Houses' is available at http://www.payhip.com/francesfuller.
Frances Fuller is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at email@example.com. Fuller's book is available at Amazon and other book retailers. More information is available at her website at http://www.inborrowedhouseslebanon.com.
About Frances Fuller:
Frances Fuller spent thirty years in the violent Middle East and for twenty-four of those years was the director of a Christian publishing program with offices in Lebanon. While leading the development of spiritual books in the Arabic language, she survived long years of civil war and invasions.
Frances holds degrees in Journalism, Creative Writing and Religious Education, and she studied Arabic at Georgetown University. She and her husband, James Wayne Fuller, live now in the foothills of the Sierras in California. They have five children, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
God Helps Us Whether We Believe Or Not - Pat Chafant, Author Of 'Spirit Lights' And Former Skeptic, Offers Evidence
The belief in a power outside of us is a divisive issue. Most people come down hard on one side of the fence or the other in spiritual matters. The percentage of non-believers is growing at a steady rate, as a number of surveys have shown. If there is a God, does that God care whether or not we believe in a Supreme Power? Does belief matter? Pat Chalfant, author of 'Spirit Lights- A Path To Mediumship', believes the answer is perhaps no.
"Many years ago," Pat stated, "when I wasn’t sure I believed in God, a day suddenly came when I urgently needed His help—or someone’s—only there was nobody with me. I froze. I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. Then something reminded the skeptic in me that I had read somewhere that God will help us when we desperately need help whether we believe in Him or not. The written remark had also advised that He can’t help unless we ask Him for help."
"The situation was so urgent that I bowed my head then and there sitting at my kitchen table. Completely paralyzed with fear by then, I mentally said, “Dear God, if there is a God, I really need help and I need it right away.” Body, mind and spirit were almost completely numb. I waited for what seemed an eternity, but was probably no more than a few seconds. Suddenly, as if a voice impressed itself on my mind, I was told clearly what I needed to do. It was a simple thing—I had to get myself into the shower so I would be virtually covered with water."
"It did the trick. My runaway feelings that had been uncontrollably escalating began slowly to retreat. Then, after awhile, I was at peace. It was over and I have never since felt such fear again in my whole life."
"It was many years before I would learn, as I eventually studied to become a medium, that the way to rid yourself of an unwanted spirit is to submerge yourself in water. If you have a swimming pool handy that’s even better than a shower because you can cover yourself completely with water, but a shower will do. Had I drawn a rogue spirit to me with my anger? I only knew that I was in control again. I think that I thanked God for His amazing help that day. I am absolutely certain though that I knew from then on that it was true that you could ask God for His help and get it, whether you believed in Him or not."
"I want to point out that when I decided to pray for God’s help (not sure He really did exist), I was using my free will. God gave us this free will expressly so that we would come to want His companionship and so he would not need to demand that we communicate with Him or force us to ask for His advice and help for our life’s problems. I believe that in large part since I decided to test the quote I remembered in my hour of need about God giving us help when we were desperate for help, if we would only ask Him for it, my companionship with God has grown steadily via my free will through the last 50 years very slowly but very surely."
"I’ve watched many people through the years discouraging others from believing we each possess God’s gift to us all of free will. Instead they have often presented vivid television and movie images of “evil” spirits surprising people, rushing at them through the air, hiding behind trees and in dark places, then jumping out at them, etc., when what they really should have been depicting was that God has given us free will and that all that’s necessary to procure his help when we are in need is to simply say, 'Dear God, I need Your help…' and he will get us out of whatever trouble we may be in."
"If you are the skeptic that I was before all this happened, I can imagine you’re saying by now, 'Bah, Humbug! There is no such thing as God and certainly not some gift from Him that lets us receive help by simply saying, God, I need your help, please help me,' but I have had that assurance for 50 years. It is my privilege to be able to write these words to you about this, just as that nameless, faceless writer once wrote in some forgotten piece I read that God would save me if I prayed and asked him for help. Remember this. It could save your life or somebody else’s. It can also literally bring you happiness that you could never have anticipated. It did that for me."
'Spirit Lights A Path To Mediumship', explains how Pat, 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 Association of Churches hymn book. There are samples of the words and music on her web site, www.patchalfant.com, and ‘Spirit Lights’ song books for sale there, too. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Pat maintains a Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9qOQWIWR-DUL8hBDqE5TnQ. She is also available for inspirational lectures. More information is available at her website at http://www.patchalfant.com.
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.
She teaches internationally online and also hosts an online Spiritualist circle, Spirit Lights Chapel.
'The Truth', a new short film, has begun production in Oakhurst New Jersey at the White House, a Tea House with a variety of gardens and rooms perfect for filming. The film is based on the book by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, 'The Truth, (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything)'. The short film stars Cassidy Terracciano as the Girl. Cassidy has played Elle Woods in 'Legally Blonde', Sally Smith in 'Me and My Girl', Anne Frank in 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and Jane in 'Tarzan'. The videographer for the film is Lin Pernille, Photographer, Jersey City.
The film is the next step for Dr. Holstein. "Letting the Girl come to light through film is so exciting and gives her more room to be herself. In the film she utilizes both her written diary and her cam recorder to capture and share her most secret feelings and thoughts."
Dr. Holstein recently presented a play based on the book, 'The Locket', at the Dramatist Guild of America in Manhattan at 1501 Broadway. The play was directed by Bob Angelini, actor/director and Artistic Director of the Revision Theatre in Asbury Park.
"This summer," stated Dr. Holstein, "a new film is being released, 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'. In the film the teenager speaks into a tape recorder to record and process her life. Whether a girl chooses to write in a diary, speak into a recorder or utilize a video device, it is an important step in moving from girlhood into adulthood. Yes, #GirlsCan.
"Diaries are important for teens and tweens, as it allows us to record what we did and/or our feelings. We may remember keeping our diary locked and hidden. The diary for most of us was very private. As a positive psychologist I have great respect for our diaries. They are an entrance way to the inner life we experience growing up. Events may be accurately reported, but what is most important is our chance to 'share' with ourselves a sense of personal identity and importance. Oftentimes the diary is the only place to put into words what hurts the most, or what feels the most wonderful. It is a place to prove to a girl, tween or teen, that she is truly #likeagirl in the best sense of the expression."
"What is particularly interesting in today's world is the #selfie which has taken disclosure to a whole new level. Everyone records themselves in #selfies. Whereas diaries are often locked, hidden off limits to others, #selfies are often displayed and shared, even to the point of poor judgement. The Girl in 'The Truth' keeps her diary but she also records everything that is relevant to her on her video camera. Who is the video record for? Herself? Others? A Guardian Angel? Who are all our #selfies for? Only time will tell."
Recent marketing campaigns such as #LikeaGirl by Always (introduced during last year's Super Bowl) and #GirlsCan by Covergirl (featuring Ellen DeGeneres and Queen Latifah) are helping to overcome many long held biases. Dr. Holstein strongly believes that it's very important to reach girls with empowering messages a very early age, as it is in those formative years that self image is formed and future plans are laid.
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 Teen”. In 'Secrets' the girl is 13 years old. 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 have been re-released by Sky Pony Press.
Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at email@example.com. All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at http://www.TheTruthForGirls.com.
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
Sunday, July 26, 2015
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 July 27, 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 July 27, 2015 On The Authors Show
Nada Jabbour Hatem
Maggie van Galen
Saruh L. Blum
Elaine Marie Grahap
Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith
Kim LM Bilodeau
Olga M. Fyne, PhD
MaryAnn Diorio, PhD
Vicki Augustniak, RN
Henry B. Zimmer
Brian A. McLaughlin
Mary J. Williams
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.
Free Publicity Focus Group
The Authors Show
Thursday, July 23, 2015
No Child Left Behind Misses The Mark - Brian Aull, Author Of 'The Triad,' Believes Government Could Be A Resource, Not Just A Regulator
A recent L. A. Times news story by Howard Blume stated, "The No Child Left Behind law had an ambitious goal to reform America's public schools 16 years ago: Every student, everywhere, would be academically successful by 2014. That hasn't happened, and the vast majority of schools that receive federal funds are now labeled as failures under the law."
In a recent article published on his site, Brian Aull said that the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act focused on standardized testing as the measure of school improvement, and punished schools that did not measure up. This created powerful incentives to reduce the classroom to a test prep center, manipulate tests, lower standards, and otherwise game the system. Congress is now ironing out new legislation to update the No Child Left Behind Act. The current bills in both houses give states more latitude in determining learning goals and deciding what to do about schools that are failing by standard measures.
However, in Brian's opinion, "Fresh thinking is needed about the role of both state and federal governments. How can government be a resource rather than a regulator, helping struggling schools learn from success stories, and providing the right kinds of funding to enable them to adopt best practices?"
Americans sense it. Something is not right. Divisiveness and hostility in public debate. Politics manipulated by moneyed interests. Dysfunction and gridlock in Congress. Broken school systems. High incarceration rates. Decaying infrastructure. A widening gap between the social classes. Growing national debt.
The best political science books have documented the ill health of American democracy. Building on these works, 'The Triad' focuses on what each and every American can do to bring about the cure.
Sometimes the best books on politics come from authors who are not “experts.” 'The Triad’, authored by an engineer, is a case in point. Aull's vision offers solutions to the problems of partisan gridlock, money in politics, and growing economic inequality in the United States. Bridging the divide between liberals and conservatives he advocates three civic virtues: service, learning, and community building. He calls for civic engagement based on these virtues as the key to changing the perverse incentives that lead to gridlock, media bias, and corruption, and creating a culture of collaboration. Applying these insights to specific issues, he points a path to widely shared prosperity, universal quality education, progress on race in America, the healing of the rift between science and religion, and American leadership for human rights and democratic values worldwide.
'The Triad' has received praise from a number of reviewers. Terrence Metz, Founding Principle and Partner at Morgan Madison and Company said the book is, "A wonderful approach about how to live in a democracy . . . any democracy." Peter Levine at Tufts University stated that 'The Triad' is "movingly and impressively written."
Brian Aull is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 'The Triad' is available at Amazon. More information is available at his website at http://www.AwakenDemocracy.com.
About Brian Aull:
Brian Aull is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied electrical engineering at Purdue University and then at MIT, earning his Ph.D. in 1985. Since then, he has worked as a staff scientist at MIT developing solid-state image sensors. He is also a passionate educator, teaching electrical engineering courses at Tufts University. He spent one year as a visiting professor at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.
A resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is active in the local community. He served on the boards of the Cambridge Peace Commission and the Coalition for a Strong United Nations. He has taught spiritual education classes for children living in Cambridge. The Triad was inspired in part by his many conversations with residents and local activists.