Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Finding Happiness In The Age Of Social Media - Award Winning Author Grace Mattioli Offers Insight In Realistic Fiction Novel, 'Discovery Of An Eagle'

Grace Mattioli delivers insight through story.  She writes engaging and moving tales that combine the insight and inspiration of 'The Alchemist' with the humor and quirkiness of 'A Confederacy of Dunces'

Finding happiness is the big preoccupation of the world.  The great traditions tell us happiness is found through connecting with others. These days that search for connection is rooted in technology, primarily social media. But does social media create real connections? Does an email or a social media post create a bond with another person? Does social media help overcome our sense of isolation?

We have all seen the studies that seem to show just the opposite - that social media can cause us to feel even more disconnected. Some have gone so far as to explore the connection between social media and depression.

Author Grace Mattioli's realistic fiction novel, 'Discovery of an Eagle’ gives us a penetrating look inside one fictional character's journey to that elusive state of true happiness. And, like many of us in the real world, fictional character Cosmo Greco comes to the realization that the answers do not lie in technology based relationships.

"I wanted to write a story about what it takes to be truly happy," Mattioli stated. "Cosmo realizes that he has been living too much virtual life and not enough real life, and that his heavy reliance on technology has been a major contributor to his unhappiness. Technology, in particular social media, can cause people to feel isolated and keep them from experiencing life. As Cosmo observes in Hopi, ‘the children here didn’t need the latest high tech gadgets to be happy. They were happy just to play in the sun.'”

“Readers will be entertained while gaining insight on what makes for a happy existence,” Mattioli explained. “As one reviewer wrote, ‘I truly enjoyed this heartfelt story; it is so beautifully written, fully captures the reader and thoroughly entertains, while causing us to reflect on our own life.’”

In her realistic fiction books, Mattioli paints pictures with words. Her works are filled with vivid descriptions and her characters are extremely dimensional and unforgettable. While her books center around serious issues such as family relations, death and addiction, they are very humorous and fun; readers will be entertained as they gain valuable insights that they can take with them long after they have finished the last page.

Grace Mattioli is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at grace@gracemattioli.com. Mattioli's contemporary fiction books are available at Powell’s, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes. More information on all her work is available at her website at http://www.gracemattioli.com.

About Grace Mattioli:

Grace Mattioli is the author of Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees (2012) and Discovery of an Eagle (2014). She has worked as a librarian for over 19 years and has been writing creatively since she was a child.

Contact:

Grace Mattioli
grace@gracemattioli.com
http://www.gracemattioli.com

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Author Thomas Rauber Releases 'Bald Eagles Soar Again: One Man's Quest To Prevent The Extinction Of The Bald Eagle In The US'

Rauber's book details one man's decades long quest to save the American Bald Eagle

In the 1980’s the United States of America almost lost part of its national emblem. 'Bald Eagles Soar Again' chronicles Thomas J. Rauber’s dedication and work to prevent the extinction of this magnificent and majestic bird of prey.

In collaboration with Dr. Dean Amadon, Curator of Ornithology at the Museum of Natural History in New York, Rauber was instrumental in starting the restoration of the bald eagles in the United States. He studied these birds for 37 years; spending many hours observing the last known nesting pair in all of New York State. As part of his work, Rauber also traveled to Alaska, Florida, North Carolina, British Columbia and Queen Charlotte Island in Canada.

In 1963 the bald eagle population was at it's lowest point - fewer than 500 pairs were scattered throughout the lower 48 states. Thomas Rauber was employed by the Rochester Telephone Corporation at that time. He chanced to hear about a pair of nesting eagles in the area. He discovered the nest of the last pair of bald eagles in New York State. Thus began a journey of restoration that lasted for over 30 years.

The restoration program was a shining success — far exceeding the hopes of many. Bald eagles now live in every state but Hawaii. By writing this book, Rauber hopes to encourage the continued protection and conservation of the bald eagle.

"The technical assistance and advice I received from Dr. Dean Amadon," Rauber stated, "along with Dr. Eugene Dustman, Dr. David B. Peakall, Dr. William L. Reichel, Dr. Walter Spofford, Ward B. Stone, John Waters, Michael Allen, Peter Nye, Dr. Robert Bedson, Betty Minemier, and Margaret Mistretta were greatly appreciated. A special gratitude to Dr. Dean Amadon for his encouragement and counsel. My thanks to all who in any way contributed to this book."

Rauber's book is filled with background information, daily diary entries, reference information and photographs of bald eagles, never before seen, in nearly every kind of environment and situation.

'Bald Eagles Soar Again' is available in softcover  and Kindle formats. Thomas Rauber is available for interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at caskinas@optonline.net. More information is available at his website at http://www.savetheeagles.net.

About Thomas J. Rauber:

Thomas J. Rauber lives in a small town in New York. He served in General Patten’s Third Army in World War II. He is the father of 6 and worked for Rochester Telephone Company. His book is a reflection of his love and concern for the bald eagle because of the danger of extinction. Through his action, along with others, he has eliminated this tragic possibility.

Contact:

Thomas J. Rauber
caskinas@optonline.net
http://www.savetheeagles.net

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The Entertainment Book No Other Person Could Write – 'Three Stages, My Journey - Special Selections Edition' Released By Author Ben Bryant

Bryant's wildly entertaining book is filled with celebrity stories, drawn from 'Three Stages'. The new edition is available as a free download for all types of reading devices

Hollywood stories and celebrity memoirs can be found everywhere today. But never has an entertainment book been written that offers an insider’s backstage – and on stage – view of the inner workings of the entertainment industry at nearly every level over a period of over three decades. Nobody could ever write such a book – save for one man – Ben Bryant.

Bryant shared the stage or screen (as well as personal occasions) with literally dozens of household name level stars such as Clint Eastwood, Christopher Walken, Charles Bronson, Claire Trevor, Roy Rogers, David Carradine, Jerry Orbach, Mary Martin, Raul Julia and scores of others. Ben’s "Journey" has been anything but ordinary or average.

Ben Bryant is a storyteller beyond compare. His stories capture the entertainment industry experience in ways no other work has ever captured it before. Every segment of the industry – theatre, television, Las Vegas, national tours, The Metropolitan Opera and the Broadway stage – occupies a place in his engaging tales. Bryant’s "backstage view" of the world of entertainment is panoramic. His up close and personal celebrity stories form the basis of  a work that readers will find revealing, amusing and highly entertaining.

Ben Bryant performed on Television, on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as on stages and in concert halls all over the USA and Canada. He was even briefly an opera singer at the Met.

 “One of the things I’ve found surprising about readers’ reactions to 'Three Stages',” Bryant said, “is that this book is seen by nearly all of them to be a Hollywood memoir. I just wrote about my life and the shows I did and the people in them. At the time it never even occurred to me that this was a celebrity book.”

'Three Stages' has received rave reviews. Rick Skye, award winning writer and performer wrote on newsun.com, "There are several qualities of life that would seem to have all but disappeared in these United States of late, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on them until I spent a lovely couple of days living through the first few stages of Ben Bryant’s colorful life. What at first appears to be a straightforward ... autobiography is transformed by these qualities – charm, a poetic way with a turn of phrase and simple honesty – into a non-fiction novel about a way of life in an America that no longer exists. He brings it back to life like Brigadoon, with humor and sentiment, recalled through the beautiful mist of memory."

"... instead of the usual tales of Hollywood intrigue he spins yarns of touring in summer stock in the big, lush post WWII days when America spent it’s summers picnicking by day and attending outdoor musical performances in the evening. A red blooded man’s man, he intertwines intimate tales of getting to know the opposite sex and the ingenuity he uses to break into show business like a cowboy telling tall tales around a roaring fire.  .
As he grows in self-knowledge, he easily transforms from sports figure to musical and stage star to magazine publisher to film producer. It is this spiritual quality that makes his story so uplifting and the same quality that leads him to find his soul mate and ultimately take her as his wife. ..."

Mary Beth Magee, on the Yahoo Contributor Network stated, "Ben Bryant has worn many hats over the decades: student, athlete, musician, singer, actor and more. In “Three Stages”, he tells the early part of his story and invites readers to share his experiences. This is the first of a [3 volume] series on his kaleidoscopic life.

"Unlike many Hollywood memoirs, this book examines more of the fun side of the entertainment industry. Bryant doesn't sugarcoat the events, but he doesn't go looking for downside negatives, either. He doesn't spend his pages bashing others. "

"... Bryant brings an enthusiasm to his narrative that is often lacking from memoirs. ... As might be expected of a story set that covers thirty-seven years of an attractive young man's life, there are sexual encounters. Unlike many such books, Bryant handles the events with refreshing discretion. There are no embarrassing discussions, only an observation that such did occur. Very classy."

"Three Stages ... [is] an ongoing conversation about a life lived to the hilt and how Bryant has grown into new roles along the way. From Bristol, Tennessee to the glitter of Hollywood and the hustle of The Big Apple, Bryant shares the ride with his readers in a joyous recounting of the journey."

"… If you simply enjoy a good adventure yarn, you'll enjoy Bryant's story. You'll laugh, you'll shake your head in bemusement sometimes and you'll just have a good time reading Three Stages".

The Special Selections edition of  'Three Stages' offers some of the "best of the best" tales from the book. This edition is available as a free download ebook in mobi, epub and pdf versions, allowing for access from nearly any kind of ebook reader technology. The book can be downloaded from the books page at http://www.entertainmentbooksbyben.com.

Ben Bryant is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at authorauthor@earthlink.net. All three books in Bryant's series, 'Three Stages, 'Circumstances Beyond My Control' and 'Waiting For Elizabeth' are available at Amazon in Kindle format, at Barnes & Noble for Nook and at Payhip in all eBook formats. Paperback versions are available at Lulu.com. More information is available at Bryant’s website at http://www.EntertainmentBooksByBen.com.

About Ben Bryant:

Ben Bryant’s show business and real world careers include being a line gang grunt, a jackhammer operator, a swimming and water safety instructor, a gym trainer, an Air Force medic, a choir director, an oratorio soloist, a musical theatre singer, an actor, a jazz arranger, a recording artist, a theatre director, operating partner in a typography company, a magazine production manager, a dancer, a motion picture camera assistant, a sound man, a producer, a motion picture production manager, an assistant director, a cameraman, a video editor, an author, a mentor and a video director.

He has performed on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as on stages and in concert halls in the USA and Canada. He has worked with or known stars such as Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Neil Diamond, Mel Brooks, Frank Zappa, Christopher Walken, Charles Bronson, Dave Brubeck, Roy Rogers, David Carradine, Jon Voight, Michael Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Tony Martin, Charles Durning, Mary Martin, Jack Benny, Jack Jones, Frankie Avalon, Barbara Hershey, Dale Evans, Ricardo Montalban, Raul Julia, Cyd Charisse, Alan King, Jerry Orbach and many others.

Ben Bryant’s show business and real world careers include being a line gang grunt, a jackhammer operator, a swimming and water safety instructor, a gym trainer, an Air Force medic, a choir director, an oratorio soloist, a musical theatre singer, an actor, a jazz arranger, a recording artist, a theatre director, operating partner in a typography company, a magazine production manager, a dancer, a motion picture camera assistant, a sound man, a producer, a motion picture production manager, an assistant director, a cameraman, a video editor, an author, a mentor and a video director.

He has performed on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as on stages and in concert halls in the USA and Canada. He has worked with or known stars such as Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Neil Diamond, Mel Brooks, Frank Zappa, Christopher Walken, Charles Bronson, Dave Brubeck, Roy Rogers, David Carradine, Jon Voight, Michael Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Tony Martin, Charles Durning, Mary Martin, Jack Benny, Jack Jones, Frankie Avalon, Barbara Hershey, Dale Evans, Ricardo Montalban, Raul Julia, Cyd Charisse, Alan King, Jerry Orbach and many others.

Contact:

Ben Bryant
authorauthor@earthlink.net
http://www.entertainmentbooksbyben.com


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of May 18, 2015

Book Marketing serves as a resource for authors and allows members to engage in promotion and publicity for marketing purposes. The site offers no-charge marketing training, book publicity opportunities and a buyers club for book marketing services

Don McCauley of the Free Publicity Focus Group and Danielle Hampson, Executive Producer of The Authors Show, founders of The Authors Marketing Powerhouse, have announced The Authors Show radio and broadcast schedule for the week of May 18, 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 May 18, 2015 On The Authors Show

D. D. Marx
Brian Aull
Dana Lyons
Mary M. Gillam, Dr. Col (Ret), USAF
A. W. Daniels
Olga M. Fyne PhD
Emeka Iwenofu
Betty J. Deniston
Daniel P. Douglas
Maria Daddino
Tonia M. Oldham
Eileen Ladin-Panzer
Tina Martel
Jo-Marie
Wendy Joseph
Karynne Summars
Katherine Wynter
Paul D'Angelo
Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith

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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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Children's Book Author A. J. Cosmo And 'Look It's My Book!' Team Up To Gift Books To Children In Need

Centered on Cosmo's latest middle-grade novel, 'Soaked', the fundraiser will provide one book for an under privileged child for each copy sold

A.J. Cosmo, the author/illustrator of the best-selling "The Monster That Ate My Socks” is pleased to announce a “Give a Book, Get a Book” fundraiser for his new middle-grade novel 'Soaked'. Soaked tells the story of Aiden who, after standing up to a bully on the last day of class, finds himself trapped far from home with a bounty on his head and a whole neighborhood after him.

For the month of May, each print version copy of Soaked sold will provide one book for an under privileged child courtesy of 'Look it’s My Book!' 'Look it’s My Book!' is a non-profit organization based in Peoria, Illinois, that visits economically disadvantaged children and offers them a selection of free books. The children individually choose their favorite and get to take them home.

“Children who read are more likely to do better in life and children who choose what to read are more likely to continue reading,” said A.J. The importance of reading is indisputable with even President Obama launching his own literacy campaign in late April. However, he can’t do it alone.

How exactly does reading benefit children in the Internet age? Peter Gray, Ph. D, said it best "Stories provide a simplified simulation world that helps us make sense of and learn to navigate our complex real world." In short, stories allow us to practice living life and the children most in need of this practice just happen to be the ones that 'Look it's My Book!' serve.

“With all of the alternatives and distractions in the world, books still quietly offer an unmatched level of satisfaction. I think the time has come to read again,” said A.J. “I hope that in some small way 'Soaked' can help 'Look it’s My Book!' achieve that goal.”

A. J. Cosmo is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at aj@ajcosmo.com. All of Cosmo's works are available at Amazon. More information is available at his website at http://www.ajcosmo.com. He is available for questions and comments at aj@ajcosmo.com or on Twitter @ajcosmokids.

About A. J. Cosmo:

A. J. Cosmo lives and works as a writer and illustrator in Los Angeles and has written over thirty children's books for the Amazon Kindle.

Contact:

A. J Cosmo
http://www.ajcosmo.com
'Look it’s My Book!' website: http://lookitsmybook.org/wordpress/
'Soaked' Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Soaked-A-J-Cosmo/dp/0692424865/

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