Thursday, October 30, 2014

Award Winning Author MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, Announces Release Of New Christian Children's Book, 'Who Is Jesus'

Dr. Diorio is a multi-award-winning author. She has appeared in over 100 national magazines, newspapers, and journals. The new Christian book for kids remains true to Scriptural principles and presents the truth about Jesus

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, multi-award winning author and teacher, has announced the release of a Christian-based children's picture book entitled 'Who Is Jesus?' The new book, specifically written for children ages 2 to 8, presents a picture of Jesus drawn from a Scriptural perspective. In everything she writes, Diorio strives to seek truth within Truth while remaining true to Scriptural principles. She feels this is especially important today, in that children often do not see Jesus as portrayed in the Bible.

According to Diorio, “Children today are being fed a long list of lies not only about the identity of Jesus Christ but also about the way to be saved.” Her mission is to combat those lies by presenting the truth as found in the Holy Scriptures.

Diorio has written seven books, been a contributor to eight others, and has published seven booklets. She brings her considerable talent ajnd impressive background together in 'Who Is Jesus?' to create a work that is certain to become a classic in the Christian Children's books genre.

Dr. Diorio holds numerous degrees including the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Christian Counseling, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature, the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Italian Language & Literature, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Writing Popular Fiction with a concentration in Writing for Children and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in French.

She has won numerous awards, including Third Place for “From Feminism to Freedom” AMY Writing Awards; Fifth Place, National Writers’ Club Short Story Contest for “The Birthmark”; Top 100 Short Stories ranking for “The Birthmark”, Writers’ Digest Short Story Contest; Honorable Mention for radio script, TAKE ONE Radio Theatre; Second Place for Novel, St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference Contest; Third Place in Women’s Fiction, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest; Second Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, East Texas RWA Southern Heat Contest; Second Place in Historical Category for Novel, Romance Writers’ Ink Where the Magic Begins Contest; First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest; and First Place in Inspirational Category for Novel, Spacecoast Launching a Star Contest.

“Children ask tough questions,” Diorio says. “Questions like ‘Does Jesus still love me when I’m naughty?’ These kinds of questions can pose a special challenge to parents, grandparents, and caregivers as they teach their children about God.”

Dr. Diorio is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of her works are available at online book retailers and at her site. More information, including information on 'Who Is Jesus?', is available at her site at

About Dr. MaryAnn Diorio:

MaryAnn is also a multi-award winning author, a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor as well as a gifted Bible teacher and speaker whose heart’s desire is to help people become all that God created them to be. For all that God has done and continues to do in her life, MaryAnn gives Him all the praise and all the glory.


Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pat Chalfant, Author Of 'Spirit Lights, Offers Alternative Solution To Those Who Might Be Considering Suicide

According to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention's 2012 Annual Report, there are 38,000 suicides in the US annually. While many people see no other option, Chalfant believes there are options and those options are available to anyone

According to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention's 2012 Annual Report, there are 38,000 suicides in the US annually. Another source claims that this makes suicide the 10th leading cause of death in the US. These numbers are staggering.

Regardless of form, a sense of hopelessness lies at the very heart of the desire to end one's life through suicide. Pat Chalfant, author of 'Spirit Lights, A Path To Mediumship', believes that death is not the end, but is instead a transition. In her work she has observed that hopelessness can be turned into hope when life and death are viewed in their proper perspectives.

"Recently a woman I was giving an initial reading to told me she had cried all day long for many weeks because she feared she might kill herself," Chalfant stated. "I began to tell her about an earlier client of mine, Sonya, who had also had suicidal thoughts, and about Sonya’s fiancé who had not been able to overcome his suicidal thoughts and actually did kill himself.  I had read for Sonya and contacted her deceased fiancé.  That made Sonya want to study mediumship so that she might perhaps contact her deceased fiancé for herself through mediumship, even though I told her that it might be a long time before she developed enough to do that. Sonya and I were in class together one day and when we reached the end of the final part of the class, the general meditation, I closed the meditation by inquiring if Sonya whose eyes were still closed was aware of being in class; she replied that she was but immediately began telling me that she had never had such a wonderful experience before."

"I asked what she meant and she proceeded to tell me what she had seen and heard and how she had been completely healed of her suicidal fears starting with the fact that she had seen her fiancé and that he looked as if he were alive and she could see for herself that he was, indeed, alive and well.  What happened after that was that she was healed in the most remarkable way, one I could never have imagined.  My book tells the reader this blessed story in the chapter titled, “A Visit During a Tutorial…"  What happened saved Sonya’s life.  I hope it will be as health-giving for readers as it has been for me and others."

Chalfant has also written a column on parapsychology and interviewed Hollywood stars and the psychics who read for them for a national newspaper.

Chalfant's groundbreaking new book, 'Spirit Lights A Path To Mediumship', explains how a skeptic developed mediumship abilities and took her life down a path to a life transformed by the spiritual. She considers the book to be an "autobiographical textbook."

Pat understands that mediumship is a controversial issue, but also believes that credible mediumship holds the promise of benefits for mankind that have not been fully explored. This is especially true for those who are contemplating suicide, or whose lives have been affected by suicide.

In addition to client consultations, Pat has penned the 'Spirit Lights Song Book'. She also 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 More information is available at her website at

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.

A singer/songwriter, three of her songs are in the National Spiritualist Association of Churches hymnal. She teaches internationally online and also hosts an online Spiritualist circle, Spirit Lights Chapel.


Pat Chalfant

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Author Grace Mattioli Announces New Release Of Realistic Fiction Novel, 'Discovery Of An Eagle'

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

Author Grace Mattioli has announced the release of her latest realistic fiction novel, 'Discovery Of An Eagle'.

"I wrote 'Discovery of an Eagle'" said Mattioli, "because I’ve been wanting to write an American road story since the first time I drove cross country over 20 years ago. This experience changed me in many ways and I wanted to convey the transformative power of this experience through story. Even more, I wanted to write a story which explored issues dealing with life, death, happiness and spirituality. I’ve been contemplating such issues since I was a child, and writing this book helped me to find some answers for myself, while enabling me to share these insights with the world."

In the story line of this humorous fiction novel, 28 year old Cosmo Greco wakes up when he realizes that death is imminent. This cross country story is set against the backdrop of the American road; it is filled with vivid, soulful descriptions, humor and a cast of colorful characters, such as Crazy Ted and Truck Stop Angel. Although the second book in the Greco family trilogy, Discovery of an Eagle can be read as a stand-alone. Reviewers such as Kirkus and Midwest Book Review have called this work of realistic fiction a poignant and well-drawn soaring story that opens readers’ eyes to new perspectives.

Mattioli’s contemporary fiction books are filled with vivid descriptions- she paints pictures with words. Her characters are extremely dimensional and alive; they’re always surprising her by their words and actions. While her books are realistic fiction about such serious issues 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.

"Readers will enjoy this book," Mattioli stated, "because they will feel that they’re along on the journey as Cosmo and Silvia traverse vividly described landscapes and encounter many colorful characters along the way. The lovable Cosmo pulls the reader in and makes him every bit as invested in the story's outcome as is Cosmo himself.  His search for life's meaning becomes the reader's quest as well.  His struggle to overcome his fear of change allows the reader to re-examine her fears and perhaps set out on quests of her own."

Grace Mattioli is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at 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

About Grace Mattioli:

Grace Mattioli is the author of two realistic fiction novels: 'Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees' and 'Discovery of an Eagle'. She also has several pieces of flash fiction published on the UK Short Humour site. Be sure to check out the story entitled 'Something He Could See Himself In'.

She has worked as a librarian for over 18 years and has been writing creatively since she was a child. Her favorite author is Flannery O’Connor.  Her favorite book is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  Her favorite line of literature is from James Joyce’s The Dead:  “Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”


Grace Mattioli

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Head Injury, Brain Trauma And Brain Damage: Anthony Wright, Author Of 'You Can Self Heal', Offers Hope To Survivors

Head injuries are making headlines all over the US today. While most of these stories center on the negative results of brain injury, Wright believes there is hope for even the worst cases. He knows, as he has been there

 A recent article on the Time Magazine website by Sean Gregory was titled, "Are NFL Head Injuries Causing Domestic Violence?" The article centered on Jovan Belcher who killed his girlfried before committing suicide. As a result of a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Chiefs, it was discovered that Belcher's brain showed signs of damage consistent with CTE (Chronice Traumatic Encephalopathy). This is not the only high profile case in which brain trauma is seen to be a cause of violent behavior. There is another side to the story. Anthony Wright, author of 'You Can Self Heal', provides an insightful and enlightening look at brain trauma from the perspective of a victim.

"I guess Hollywood and the news media would have the public believe that we all become axe murderers," Wright stated. "The truth of course is rather different."

"Head injury is a long-term condition; I am in year five of recovery and now just about 90 per cent of my former self. There are very many issues associated with head injury but long-term depression is quite common. The head injury version is quite drug resistant and bipolar in nature. The suicide rates for head injury survivors are two, sometimes three times the general population. Neither conventional medication, nor therapies seem to be very effective in this area. An entire book could be written on the subject of personality changes following such injuries. This may account for the poor relationship survival post injury. Marital breakup, divorce - even family disintegration is not uncommon."

"The sad irony is that there are things that one can do and many are unaware of this. In the UK, our Medical Services are absolutely first rate in terms of emergency intervention with drugs or surgery. But the system does not work so well for long-term rehabilitation. For me the full diagnosis in 2009 was confusion, dyslexic speech, short term memory loss, with English skills reduced to that of a 15 year old. There was no suggestion that our Health Service could do anything about it."

Anthony Wright suffered through nine operations for his brain tumors and their consequences. At 45, after early diagnosis and delays, Tony deliberately faked a hearing test, which provoked an emergency MRI scan. The scan revealed a large, golf ball sized brain tumor and led to an NF2 diagnosis. There were further delays and later, he discovered through his own research, that he had vision complications from Papilledema, a rare condition which if untreated leads to permanent blindness. This was confirmed by a doctor. A successful operation followed to save his sight.

The operation for the main tumor a year later did not go so well. Complications meant that a second then third operation were required just days later. This now became a life or death struggle. He did expire during one operation. The surgeons saved his life but he lost hearing, balance and facial nerves. He was now in a coma, losing more than 25Kgs body weight in the following weeks. Tony was now unable to walk, confused and very weak. His face collapsed on one side.

He was moved to a rehabilitation unit to learn to walk. While still in a wheelchair, he broke into their gym and started to use the equipment. Just three weeks later, Tony was discovered by a rather surprised off-duty nurse in a local pub – just sitting down to steak and chips.

Upon returning home he could walk, but was weak with typical brain injury symptoms. These included fatigue and confusion with dyslexia and memory loss. His mind and body had been extensively damaged; but Tony wanted his life back. He understood there was a need for a plan encompassing all aspects of mind and body in order to recover. He developed his own self recovery plan. His plan, a combination of brain and physical exercises, prove to be very successful. He can now run two miles or walk ten, while his speed of speech has increased by a third.

"I have been on a journey of self-healing, rebuilding rewiring my brain ever since. It seems you can actively promote the neuro plasticity in your own brain; my speed of speech is now fully a third faster than five years ago, I conduct public training courses and of course I am author. The interesting thing in all of this is not so much the improvements in mental cognitive capacity, which are certainly there. But the mood balance is definitely improved as well."

Anthony Wright is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'You Can Self Heal" is available at Amazon. Wright's interview can be heard October 10 through October 12 at The Authors Show site at More information is available at Wright's website at

About Anthony Wright:

Anthony Wright inspires recovery. As the result of a brain tumor, he suffered through nine operations, two radio-therapies, spent a week in a coma and a month in a wheelchair. He died once, was brain damaged, nearly blinded, crippled and his face collapsed. He lost 75% of his hearing, his job, his career, his identity, and his future. Through his personally developed self healing strategies and techniques he recovered. Today he can run two miles or walk ten. He lifts weights and plays golf (better than before, he claims). He is now a speaker, a self recovery trainer and an author of a book on self recovery.


Anthony Wright

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Lesson Plan For Teachers: Dr Barbara Becker Holstein Offers 'Diary Of A Gutsy Tween' To Help 5th and 6th Graders Build Self Esteem

Lesson plans and teaching aids can be found everywhere. Few offer ways to build self esteem that are based in real world scenarios. Dr. Holstein believes building self esteem is of the highest priority today

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist and author of 'The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween' is offering no charge copies of her latest work to educators who want to help 5th and 6th grade students build self esteem.

Dr. Holstein commented: "I wrote 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween', so that any elementary school teacher could open up to just about any page, read it aloud to her class, and start a great discussion about the issue or issues brought up by the girl on that page.  Everything is discussed in her diary: a first crush, her emotions and longings, growing up, parents fighting, school anxieties, problems with best friends, bullying, fear of moving to a new town, sibling rivalry, anxiety about illness, how to navigate growing up, etc.  As a positive psychologist I see such a need for this type of fiction, where teachers and students can immediately jump in to the trials, tribulations and successes of a fictional character and use her reactions to life as building blocks for self-esteem growth and personal understanding of the typical issues we all face as we move from childhood into the tweens."

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. Dr. Holstein's book is a first in using fiction for embedding positive psychology concepts.

Dr. Holstein has received very positive feedback from both readers and educators. One young reader stated, "The minute my friend told me about your book I started to read it and I absolutely loved your book! I really liked how you didn't include the girls name so we could try to make it up our selves. I also liked how she said her thoughts and you can totally picture how she feels. Please email me back."

An educator stated, ""As a teacher I was looking for a book that addressed many issues girls ages 9 to 12 may incur. This book certainly opens up communication between a mother and her daughter, and in doing so it also bridges the gap between other adults, as well....I am looking forward to implementing this easy read book into my classroom in order to impress upon my students how to gain some very necessary coping skills to carry with them in their lives."

 Dr. Holstein is making the book available to teachers and educators upon request. She can be contacted by email at All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at


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.

‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’ is in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge. ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!’ received rave reviews as an inspirational storybook. ‘DELIGHT’ is available in two versions, paperback and a CD that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein’s voice.

Other works include ‘The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything)’, now re-issued and expanded as 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween,' 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine…Maybe!’ and 'Around Every Corner: Romance And Mystery . . . '


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740

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