Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Award Winning Author Christina M. Pagès Takes Eloquent Quill Award For Children’s Novel, 'Lucy In Her Secret Wood'

Inspired by Wordsworth’s Wild Child, Lucy Gray, Pagès’s book is also the recipient of Children’s Literary Classics Gold Award, Readers' Favorite Silver Award, Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Award winning author Christina  Pagès has announced her new children's novel 'Lucy in Her Secret Wood' has taken the Eloquent Quill Book Award from Children’s Literary Classics. Inspired by Wordsworth's wild child, Lucy Gray, the book addresses a number of vitally important issues faced by young people today, among them the loss of connection with nature, and bullying.

The Eloquent Quill Book Award  was created to honor one work of extraordinary youth fiction annually. Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by a highly selective committee which seeks to honor books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses the key elements found in well-crafted literature (e.g. plot, climax, etc.) in books where such components are applicable. The judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.

Social media and technology have impacted children in a number of ways, some of them unexpected and many of them negative. Children as young as 8 have committed suicide due to bullying. For many young people the natural landscape has been replaced by the digital landscape. This unprecedented trend toward technology causes young people to lose touch with their natural environment. This is a subject that Pagès is passionate about. She manages to weave a tale that seamlessly presents the beauty of the natural world and the connection with Mother Nature with another subject that negatively impacts youth - bullying.

In the storyline of the book, Lucy’s step-father takes her from the tiny room where he has locked her away for years, and drives her out to a remote wood where he leaves her with a bag of food, and her only life-long companion, a stuffed bunny. When Lucy’s fear of her stepfather dies away with his footsteps, and her tiny room world opens up to trees and bluebells, she is in awe of the shapes and colors around her. She recognizes her friends and family in the sentinels of trees, the woodland life and no longer feels lost and alone. She felt more lost inside walls, separated from outdoor life. Lucy needs only a few days in the woods to realize that this is her true home. Through 9-year old Will, who brings her food, two live chickens, and a recorder to copy woodland music, she experiences her first human friendship, and a way to make music that enchants all who hear it.

She is now part of the magical world of woodland animals, birds and butterflies, not locked away from it. Through Lucy, children recognize they are more “alive” when surrounded by the sounds, colors, and music of outdoors, unlike the world of their computers and phone screens which is always ‘on the other side,’ at a distance from them.

Pages acknowledges the fascination young people have for electronic gadgets and for their feeling of connection with others through screens, but she also warns that their vital connection with nature is being jeopardized:

“Even babies are mesmerized by the light and movement behind a cellphone, ipad, or TV.  But just as parents have come to realize that too much TV watching is undesirable for babies and young people, so too, and perhaps even more so, is the excessive use of cellphones and computers.  Many children prefer to remain inside with their screens rather than go outside, or if they are on a hike, a picnic, at the beach, or simply out in their gardens, they feel compelled to look down at their phones, and check their messages, rather than look around at the miracles all around them -- the trees, the flowers, the surf breaking on the beach.  They don’t hear the birds, or wonder about any animals that may cross their path.  They are losing their sense of place in creation.  Richard Louv, well known author, warns about the depression or malaise children can develop as a result of their disconnection with nature.  He calls this “nature deficit disorder.’  Lucy, the nine year old girl in my novel, has known imprisonment – not inside a world of screens, but locked away in a room for years by her mean stepdad.  When she is released into the miraculous world of nature, in the woods, she wakes up to her true self – her sensitivity, compassion and creativity.  Her sense of being part of creation makes her feel truly alive for the first time.”  

'Lucy in Her Secret Wood' has received high praise from readers and reviewers. In their review, Children's Literary Classics stated, "You know the sort of book that is so absorbing, so entirely enchanting, you wish it would never end?  -- The type of book that has you crying at the finish just because it's over?  That's what we experienced as we read 'Lucy in Her Secret Wood''"

Christina Pagès is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at christinampages@gmail.com. 'Lucy in Her Secret Wood' is available at most book outlets. More information is available at her website at http://www.christinapages.com/lucy.

About Christina Pagès:

Christina M. Pagès, Ph.D., grew up in the fields of England, spending hours wandering the countryside. In America, she raised four children while studying for her Ph.D. She was the California State Poetry Society’s Winner in 2005, won a publication award for 'Shadow Words' (2006) published her poetry collection, 'Remember Not to Forget', in 2013, and her children’s novel, 'Lucy in Her Secret Wood' in 2016. Pagès has taught literature in Universities and colleges since 1987. Her writing, painting, piano playing, and gardening, all come from her love of nature as a child. “Nature is our best friend,” she says, “patiently waiting to feed our imagination and spirit.”

Book 2 of the Lucy Series – 'The Woodland Adventures of Lucy and Will' is complete, and will be published by Waldorf Publishing in 2018.

Contact:

Christina M. Pagès
christinampages@gmail.com
http://www.christinapages.com/lucy


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How The US Department Of Peace Could Demonstrate America's Commitment To Peace And Change The Middle East - Author Frances Fuller Issues Statement

Fuller spent many years in the Middle East. She puts a face on the Middle East many Americans have not yet seen. Her award-winning memoir, 'In Borrowed Houses', gives readers a penetrating glimpse of the Middle East from the inside

Recently King Abdullah of Jordan met with the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to discuss efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Speaking on the subject with the speaker of the Jordanian parliament and leaders of parliamentary committees, he stated, "The future of the Palestinian issue is at stake and reaching a solution is becoming more difficult. . . There will be no breakthrough in the peace process if there is no American commitment to support a solution to the Palestinian issue.”

That puts America in a position to make a real difference - for better or for worse. Frances Fuller, author of 'In Borrowed Houses' issued a statement on her blog that cut straight to the heart of the matter. That statement, entitled "Is America Committed To Peace? Enough to Create a Department of Peace?", read in part:

"Whatever the source of this strange power America has to make peace possible or not, even if it exists primarily in the dreams of the Arabs and Israelis, it is a frightening responsibility. And here we sit with a president whom fewer than 40% of us trust, according to the polls. A talkative president who is exchanging taunts about nuclear weapons with another leader whom we also don’t trust."

"Here we sit with no Department of Peace. Just a State Department with numerous links to the Department of Defense that is totally prepared for war. And of course we have whomever Trump might send to mediate. Jared Kushner?"

"Is America committed to peace in the Middle East? Clearly King Abdullah is uncertain. Is America committed to peace anywhere? A lot of us are uncertain."

"We could give the world a convincing answer to these questions by establishing a governmental department (the US Department of Peace) devoted to pursuing peace at home and abroad: between us and our neighbors, between Middle Eastern neighbors, between North and South Korea, between the fearful and the people they are afraid of, between white Americans and the rest of us."

The full statement is available at Fuller's website at http://www.inborrowedhouseslebanon.com.

Frances Fuller puts a face on the Middle East many Americans have not yet seen. Her award-winning memoir, 'In Borrowed Houses', gives readers a penetrating glimpse of the Middle East from the inside.

The Syrian occupation of Lebanon during that country’s long civil war is part of Fuller’s experience in the Middle East, related in her memoir. Told in short episodes, Fuller’s 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. Fuller's stories compose not a political history, but a historical document of a time and a place.

'In Borrowed Houses' has taken three industry awards. Frances Fuller was the Grand Prize winner in the 2015 '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' Book Awards. It received the bronze medal for memoir in the Illumination Book Awards in 2014. Northern California Publishers and Authors annually gives awards for literature produced by residents of the area. In 2015 'In Borrowed Houses' received two prizes: Best Non-fiction and Best Cover.

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.”

Frances Fuller is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at frances0516@att.net. The full text of her latest article is available at her website. Fuller's book is available at Amazon and other book retailers. A free ebook sample from 'In Borrowed Houses' is available at http://www.payhip.com/francesfuller. Frances Fuller also blogs on other issues relating to the Middle East on 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.

Contact:

Frances Fuller
frances0516@att.net
http://www.inborrowedhouseslebanon.com

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of August 21, 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 August 21, 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 August 21, 2017 On The Authors Show:

Rico Austin
Linda Maria Frank
Sally Berneathy
Richard Trayler
T. M. Morris
Linda Maria Frank
Linda Maria Frank
Trillian Anderson
Elizabeth Ferry-Perata
Steve Snyder
Daniel Slot
Brian Wilkerson
Bernard J. Fleury
Stephan A. Silva
S. D. Moore
Bernard J. Fleury
Margaret Arney
Wayne Clark
Stephanie Austin Edwards

Profile:

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.

Contact:

Don McCauley
Free Publicity Focus Group
don@freepublicitygroup.com

Danielle Hampson
The Authors Show
danielle@theauthorsshow.com

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Award Winning Romantic Fiction Author C L Hunter Takes Silver Medal For 'My Soul Belongs To You'

In the tradition of romance authors like Nicolas Sparks and Diana Gabaldon, Hunter’s novels are breathtaking, stimulating and exquisite, taking the reader into a world of envisioning life where true love is a treasure we are all looking for.

Award winning romantic fiction author C. L. Hunter has announced she has taken a Silver Medal in the Annual 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards in the Florida Adult Romance category. The new book is the second book in the Soul Mate series featuring primary characters Kate and Deacon, and is the follow up to her first romantic fiction novel, “Your Soul Was Made for Mine.”

The Florida Authors & Publishers Association is an organization for authors, publishers, independent publishers, illustrators, editors, printers, and other professionals involved in the publishing industry. It focuses on providing the highest quality of information, resources, and professional development to members and others interested in the writing and publishing profession.

 “I am thrilled, excited, and humbled.” Hunter stated. This is a huge event and to get the silver award is just awe inspiring.”

Hunter takes being a romantic person seriously. She doesn’t just believe in it. She lives it. She is in complete harmony with the concept of happy ever after. Through her writing, she takes readers with her. She believes that we were all born to love, to show love, and yes, to be loved.

We live in a world in which multiple relationships are typical and divorce is the norm, but life doesn’t end when one part of our lives fall apart. You never know what’s around the next bend. Being a hopeless romantic seems old fashioned to some. However, to C. L. Hunter, being a hopeless romantic means that you are deeply in love with another person and there is little chance of falling out of love with that person. That is what we all seek. This is the concept that she provides for her readers.

The storyline of 'My Soul Belongs to You' takes readers from the busy city life of Dublin, Ireland to the quiet little town of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Two lives are pulled together by tragedy and something more—call it fate, call it faeries. After giving up a daughter for adoption at sixteen, Katlyn Reynolds has built a successful advertising company to keep her mind busy and her heart safe. But this pain from her past has made Kate a use ’em and leave ’em kind of girl, bypassing love and commitment to protect herself. And this system has worked—until she meets Deacon O'Mallery, a sweet, sexy, striving Irish businessman.

'My Soul Belongs to You' has received rave reviews. One stated, "This book was absolutely riveting. Twists and turns all throughout that kept you on edge until the end. Suspense, mystery and beautiful romance combined into one. I can't wait for the 3rd book." Another said, " I loved the first book but this one is definitely the heart and soul. So looking forward to the third book coming out soon."

C. L. Hunter is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at toughii@comcast.net. Both books are available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, ITunes and other online book retailers. More information is available at Hunter's site at http://www.clhunterauthor.com.

About C. L. Hunter:

C.L. Hunter started writing poetry as a young girl. She attended Arkansas State, studying business, but started a family early having three children. Hunter considers herself a Floridian, having lived in Saint Augustine since the age of seven.

Contact:

C. L. Hunter
toughii@comcast.net
http://www.clhunterauthor.com

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teen Suicide Rates And Bullying - Author Andi Katsina's New Release, 'Phat Girl And The Bullies', Offers Parents And Kids Hope

Andi Katsina writes epic fantasy, sci-fi and thriller novels. In her latest release, billed as the anti-bullying manifesto, 'fat girl' becomes 'phat girl', one of the coolest girls in school

Teen suicide and bullying are at all-time highs and make headlines nearly every day. A piece on CNN titled 'Suicide rate hit 40-year peak among older teen girls in 2015' presented some appalling facts. Data drawn from the National Center for Health Statistics showed that the suicide rate doubled between 2007 and 2015. The hit Netflix series, '13 Reasons Why' has become extremely popular, in that it helps raise awareness about the tragedy of youth suicide.

One can hardly begin to count the number of stories about bullying. Children as young as 8 years of age have committed suicide due to bullying. CNN, USA Today, ABC - nearly every news organization in America presents yet another bullying story, seemingly every day, day after day. What is the solution?

Awareness, combined with action.

Author Andi Katsina hopes to help create that awareness and offers a path to empowerment. Her newest release 'Phat Girl and The Bullies', turns the traditional approach to bully situations on its head. This gritty dark fantasy tale follows a girl bullied to edge of suicide, as she successfully etches out a journey of personal growth from a place of extreme despair. Her visits to an alternate world, a reflection of her own world, provides guided realizations wherein she finds the strength, and know how, to not only put an end to her own bully situation, but become a young advocate promoting the school anti-bullying policy and more. Her goal is to get readers to stand strong against teen suicide and school bullying.

"This is an extremely important book," Katsina stated. "It has a powerful message and is pivotal in empowering those who are victims of bullying. Aimed at teens, it takes a strong stand against teen suicide and school bullying.

"Bullying affects a huge proportion of society in that nearly everyone knows someone, be it a friend, sister, brother, parent, grandchild, uncle, aunt... who has been bullied. The fact that people vividly remember being bullied, even in later life, demonstrates how insidious an activity it is. My reason for writing this book was motivated by the growing number of young people who are committing suicide as a direct result of being bullied, and a desire to help protect all those who feel pushed to the edge."

Katsina's latest book offers parents, grandparents and educators an opportunity to take a strong stand against bullying. The book makes an ideal gift for kids, and provides educators with an exceptional tool to help develop solutions, in or out of the classroom.

Andi Katsina is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at info@theindieoracle.com. 'Phat Girl And The Bullies' is available at online retailers. More information is available at her website at http://www.andikatsina.com.

About Andi Katsina:

Andi Katsina began writing at age 9, spending hours losing herself in writing plays as a way of escaping the dread situation that was life in an orphanage. Six years and dozens of plays later, she had to give up writing to concentrate on surviving. Picking up her pen once more, almost twenty years ago. . . she began writing under her own name in 2006. She has written over twenty books.

Contact:

Andi Katsina
info@theindieoracle.com
http://www.andikatsina.com

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