Thursday, August 25, 2016

Five Myths About Adult Brothers and Sisters Debunked By Jane Mersky Leder, Author Of The Sibling Connection: How Siblings Shape Our Lives

Leder’s groundbreaking ebook for adult brothers and sisters provides insight into sibling relationships and how those relationships dramatically affect our lives from childhood through old age

Unlike the majority of books about siblings, Leder’s ebook targets adult readers—parents, siblings, teachers, counselors, and grandparents.

Eighty percent of us have at least one sibling. Yet as Leder explores in her ebook, myths about adult siblings cloud our understanding of the longest relationship we have.

MYTH #1:  Birth Order - How many times have you been asked if you’re the oldest, the middle child, the youngest?  It’s that birth order theory: when you were born in relation to your sibling(s) makes you who you are.  

FACT:  Birth order is just one of many factors that mold your character.  In fact, some studies show that the order in which you were born is no more accurate than your astrological sign.  So take your order in the sibling hierarchy as just ONE piece of the personality puzzle.

MYTH #2:  Siblings, no matter when they are born, grow up in the same family.

FACT:  Every sibling grows up in a different family.  The relationship between parents has likely changed as have parenting styles.  (Often, parents are more relaxed with younger children as they’ve been through the drill before.)  The economics of the family may also have changed.  Maybe the mother has gone back to work, or the dad has been promoted or changed professions.  And, of course, as at least one more sibling is added to the mix, relationships between siblings will be reorganized, too.

MYTH #3:  Once connections between siblings are set in childhood, they cannot be changed in adulthood.

FACT:  Sibling relationships can change over time.  Close connections during childhood can be more distant during adolescence and young adulthood.  Siblings who fight when they are younger may become much closer as they age.  The sibling connection is fluid.  There is always the chance of making a bad relationship better.  Conversely, a close connection can become frayed.

MYTH #4:  The death of a parent brings siblings closer together.

FACT:   Yes, there are many stories of siblings working together to care for a parent who is dying and who share the other tough decisions of funerals, legal matters, and the execution of a will.  These siblings find strength in each other.  On the other hand, there are many stories of siblings who fight over important decisions or who don’t show up at all.  For them, conditions of the will can cause serious problems, particularly when a sibling feels she has been shortchanged. 

MYTH #5:  Politics and relationships are the top two topics that can cause the most disagreement between siblings.

FACT:  Those topics may cause problems.  But according to a respected author/expert, sex and money are the two most toxic subjects.  Better to keep your earning power and sexual exploits (or not) under wraps when comparing notes with your adult siblings. 

"Up until very recently, there was little study of the sibling relationship.  Brothers and sisters were seen as minor players in our lives.  Research now underscores the importance of the sibling connection and the many ways that our siblings help us better understand ourselves and the adults we’ve become."

The Sibling Connection has received praise from readers and reviewers alike. Publisher's Weekly said, "Sensitively written, valuable addition to the family psychology field." An Amazon reader called it, "A book to be read by everyone."

Jane Mersky Leder is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at The Sibling Connection: How Siblings Shape Our Lives is available at all online book sites, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. More information can be found on her website at

About Jane Mersky Leder:
Jane Mersky Leder is fascinated by the complexities of relationships between generations, between genders, and between our personal and public personas.

She is also the author of Dead Serious, a book about youth suicide, named a YASD Best Book for Young Adults, and Thanks For The Memories: Love, Sex and World War II, the story of how men and women sought love, sex and security in the midst of the upheavals of wartime.

Jane has appeared on or in American Heritage, the Chicago Sun-Times, Psychology Today, McCall’s, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, America in World War II Magazine, American Heritage, Minneapolis Star Tribune, National Public Radio, WTTW-TV,  Sarasota Herald Tribune, The Air Force News Magazine, WBEZ-FM, WBBM-AM, WLS-TV and other media outlets.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Steve Snyder's Military Aviation Book, 'Shot Down', Named Silver Medal Winner For Military Non-Fiction In 2016 Global Ebook Awards

The new award is the 20th award received for 'Shot Down'. Snyder's father was shot down over Europe during WWII. He evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months. 'Shot Down' is a dramatic retelling of the stories surrounding that event

Author Steve Snyder has announced that 'Shot Down' has received a Silver Medal for Military Nonfiction in the 2016 Global Ebook Awards. This is the 20th award for the book.

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 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.

Snyder completed a recent European tour to film locations in Belgium where the events in the book took place and to interview local people about these events. He traveled to Munich, Germany to film an interview with Hans Berger, the German Luftwaffe pilot who shot down his father's bomber. Michael Palmer of RacefanTV accompanied him as Director of Photography. The film is currently in production.

In addition to the Global Ebook Award, 'Shot Down' has received nineteen other high profile 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
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

Steve Snyder travels the country to speak and to share his book and stories with the public. Upcoming events include:

September 15-17 – 306th Bomb Group Historical Association Reunion – Fairborn, Ohio

September 18 – National Museum of the U.S. Air Force – Patterson AFB, Ohio

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 '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

About Steve Snyder:

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.


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The Story Of Olympic Swimmer Ardiana Corderu, Who Defected To The United States, Is Detailed In David Michael Palladino's 'Quest For Freedom'

David Michael Palladino writes inspirational fiction for young readers. His works teach important ideals and values. He utilizes engaging works of fiction to accomplish that goal

While the Leftist Politicians and the leftist US media are playing political games with the issue of immigration these days, many seem to be missing the key point. The desire to immigrate to the United States is held by people worldwide because America is the greatest country in the world. That is the point, and is ultimately the driving force behind immigration.

Immigration and defection, regardless of how they are sliced and diced, are really about people's desire to live in freedom and to escape repression. Defections during the Olympics have a long history, and include the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1964 Winter Olympics in Austria, the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Defections have also occurred in 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1996.

The escape from Soviet Communism and the quest for freedom is the theme of 'Quest For Freedom'. Set in the Cold War era, the book is the engaging story of Adriana Corderu and her quest to obtain freedom by escaping the Iron Curtain.

David Michael Palladino, author of 'Quest For Freedom', writes inspirational fiction for young people. He teaches, through his works of fiction, important ideals and values. As a former U.S. Army Ranger, former High School Phys-Ed & Health Teacher and Coach, and founder of “Palladino Martial Arts”, he understands the significance of instilling these all-important ideals and values in young people. 'Quest For Freedom' helps communicate freedom's true meaning to a younger audience. For this reason it will appeal to parents, grandparents and educators and those who are old enough to remember what America used to be. Palladino deftly paints a picture of America as she really was during the Cold War. He shows us clearly why American freedom and American values held such appeal for many oppressed people in other parts of the world.

During the first Cold War the world revolved around the conflict between the theologies of communism and democracy. The two main protagonists in this conflict were the United States in the West and the Soviet Union in the East. As Eastern Bloc leaders began to tighten restrictions in the lives of their people, commensurate with their increase in power, there began to emerge, in the East, a group of young people, hard and idealistic, adventurous and courageous. These would become the heroes of the movement of their time. These were the brave young souls who, with inspiration from President Reagan, began to break down the Iron Curtain. The escape from Soviet Communism and the quest for freedom is the theme of 'Quest For Freedom'. Set in the Cold War era, the book is the engaging story of Adriana Corderu and her quest to obtain freedom by escaping the Iron Curtain.

'Quest for Freedom' has received rave reviews. One reviewer stated, "More native born Americans need to know this story and more importantly appreciate our country as she did." Another said, "The readers become engrossed immediately in Palladino's dynamic effervescent style."

David Palladino is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'Adriana Corderu, Quest for Freedom' is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Rosedog Books. More information, including samples of the book, is available at Palladino’s website at


David Michael Palladino writes inspirational fiction for young readers. His background helps him in crafting messages that resonate with young readers and teaches them important ideals and values. He utilizes engaging works of fiction to help instill these values.


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of August 22, 2016

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 22, 2016. 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 22, 2016 On The Authors Show:

Marianne C. Bohr
Brian Aull
Dr. Nicole            
Anita A. Caruso
Virginia Simpson
Nina Mancuso
Ken Dye
Andre Boyce
Rosemary Gard
Charles W. Massie
Kass Ghayouri
J. P. Sitler
Daniel D. Corner
Alan Noble
Dr. Kirk Lewis     
Janet S. Kleinman


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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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Romantic Fiction Author Rusty Blackwood Brings Romantic Fiction To A New Level Through Combining Classic Themes With Contemporary Events

Blackwood's 'Passions In Paris' and her latest 5 star romance novel, 'Willow's Walk' offer readers engaging romantic stories based in reality

Canadian indie author Rusty Blackwood produces engaging works of romantic fiction with a difference - her storylines hit home with readers as they are partially based in reality and real world situations that readers find highly relatable. The end effect of this approach is that readers can often put themselves squarely in the stories she presents. While that is the goal of many fiction writers, few can do it effectively.

Rusty states that the presentation of her themes come from personal experience, embellished with dramatic fictional events. She believes that most writers' inspiration comes from life experiences. She uses this to her advantage. In that respect, much of the nuance and flavors of the personalities of her heroines derive from her own personality and life.

Blackwood grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in south-western Ontario, Canada, where she developed her love of writing while still in grade school, entering numerous competitions and writing exhibitions throughout her area, and attributes her love of writing to her late father James, and the late Gladys Carroll, her elementary teacher.

Rusty firmly believes in going after what she wants, doing whatever is required to make it happen, and turning a deaf ear to anyone who says it cannot be done. She has faced many challenges throughout her life, emerging more determined with each. She is a firm believer in Karma and the adage that whatever you put out in life revisits you.

"From the time of early childhood I have always had an active imagination," Rusty stated. "My dad had a great love of poetry and art, finding color, dimension, and texture in all areas of the three which he passed along to me. I remember him telling me to find the soul in whatever I looked at, and along with Mrs. Carroll's stellar encouragement to express my words in the way I felt them, it would often lead to stories and poetry that could be viewed in many ways."

"I often used, and still use poetry as therapy to help me cope and come to terms with unsettling happenings in my life. It has always helped me, for it is through written word that I can better express myself, much more so than verbally. I enjoy writing many genres, but romance has always been my favorite. I am a hopeless romantic, and though I myself have not had the best luck in love, I continue to believe that there is that special 'someone' for each of us, regardless of how much time it takes to find them. This was very much the mindset behind the writing of 'Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary'. I have always had a great affinity for Paris, France - anything Parisian for that matter - so I wanted to write a love story that was set there, one which told of a love that could exist throughout time; a love that could never be broken no matter what was set in its path. It took me ten years to write it, and I took parts of my life and inserted them into the story, embellishing them in ways that would make them more appealing to the reader; hopefully more entertaining as well." 

"My newest novel, 'Willow's Walk', was derived very much in the same way, based in part on my own life experiences, and expressed in ways that hopefully not only entertain the reader, but might help them to realize what can derive from an innocent Internet salutation, or what is believed to be friendship. Many times it can be. It can also be safe to pursue; then again it might not, and the outcome can affect one's life in ways that is not only derogatory, but totally dire. One reads of these happenings everyday, yet people still venture forth, thinking all is well and it won't happen to them. Hopefully it won't, but it is always best to approach with caution, as you would with anything where you have no way of knowing the outcome."

"Writing brings me an outlet in which to express  thoughts, emotions, and to entertain not only my readers, but myself. It helps to read a story that brings satisfaction, or takes you down a road you would like to travel if you could. I did this in the pieces I have written, and I hope to continue to do so in the coming pieces I write. I don't think there is day I don't remember those encouraging words I was given so very long ago. I am extremely thankful to be able to express myself in an open manner, and in the many ways that I choose to."

'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, "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 get more information on the paperback and Kindle versions of both books at Amazon sites worldwide, including

Rusty Blackwood is available for interview in the Toronto and Niagara areas and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information is available at her website at


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.


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