Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Plight Of The Mentally Ill Who End Up In Jails and Prisons - Correctional Mental Health Is The Focus of Virginia Frusteri Sollars' 'And Some Will Triumph'

'And Some Will Triumph' is a riveting look into correction mental health and is ultimately a story of regret, hope, tragedy and redemption

The mentally ill do not belong in jails. That is simple common sense. Nevertheless, many do end up there. That is a problem. It is a problem with very few solutions. This problem is not a new problem - it has instead become a national crisis. News stories - from all over the country and beyond - hit the media outlets every day.

A story by Michael Martz in the Richmond Times-Dispatch described how Virginia legislators are struggling with finding a solution. Another on the KEPR-TV website (Washington) by Elise Haas stated that the Benton County Jail has "over 500 inmates and it is estimated that 55% of them suffer from mental illness . . ." These are not isolated stories or events. The stories are found everywhere. The Ottawa Citizen. Rapid City Journal. The Bellingham Herald. Cal Coast News. There are hundreds more.

Virginia Frusteri Sollars, author of 'And Some Will Triumph' spent decades working in correctional mental health. She offers an enlightening perspective on the subject coupled with some common-sense recommendations.

"You were scared, when the police arrived, the voices were telling you that they were going to kill you. You thought you had to run or die. So, you ran and they came after you, the men with the uniforms.  When they tried to handcuff you, you did the only thing you could, you tried to prevent it. You didn’t mean to hurt the officer, you were only trying to protect yourself.

"For the mentally ill, this is a common occurrence and they end up in jail alone and afraid, not understanding what they’ve done wrong. And for them, the jail is a nightmare. There are so many rules they can’t follow and they get in trouble with deputies, guards and other cellmates. Some refuse medication, due to being paranoid or because of the side effects, and mental health staff is overwhelmed by the many in the system. As there few cells for the mentally ill, they find themselves housed with criminals who take advantage of them, stealing their food and whatever belongings they might have. If they are suicidal, homicidal, or gravely disabled they may be separated, however, many end up sitting in cells that are filthy, smeared with their own feces."

"The guards and deputies do not have the proper training to deal with them, as most police departments only get a three to six-hour course during their basic training and in most of the  institutions, more is not required.  Funds should be appropriated so that all members of law enforcement get (CIT) Crises Intervention Training, which is a forty-hour course. Even this is not enough, but at least it is a start. And though many states have adopted Laura’s Law, due to the restrictions, many of the mentally ill will fall through the cracks."

"We do not have the facilities to house or heal mentally ill people. We need to educate the people who have the means to make changes.  As I have mentioned before in the many presentations and interviews I have done, we need long term institutions for the mentally ill, many who are homeless. Per the National Alliance of Mental Illness, two million jail bookings per year can be attributed to the mentally ill, though from my personal experience, I believe the stats to be much higher and one out of every four people killed in either shootings, or beatings involve the mentally ill."

"It is sad that with all the funds being appropriated by the government, the mentally ill always seem to come last."

Sollars uses her captivating and sometimes shocking stories of fact-based fiction to reveal the stark truths that lie behind the curtain of today’s current issues- the fundamental facts often obscured by our headline culture. Her gift for raw storytelling takes readers backstage, where they will experience, in vivid 3-D the challenges her semi-fictional characters must face. She brings the truth into the light, and lays bare the stunning reality behind these stories in ways that mere headlines could never achieve.

As a psychiatric nurse, Virginia journeyed inside the minds of the mentally ill. She not only allows her readers to participate in the day to day struggles that ensue behind the heavy steel doors of the correctional facility, but takes her readers into the thoughts, fears and secrets of the psychiatric inmates. Virginia explains the reasons why the criminal justice system has become the dumping ground for the mentally ill and why there are so few beds available to them on the outside, a matter of great concern in the United States.

Sollars' book has received rave reviews from readers. Kirkus Reviews said the book is ….”a remarkable timeline of the treatment of mental illness in the past 40 years, and it’s a triumphant account of her boldness as a mother, nurse, and woman. At a time when mental health is in the forefront of conversations about our health care system, her story is one of hope."

One reader stated, "Absolutely the best book I’ve read in years, uncensored look into correctional mental health, patients, inmates and the professionals who deal with some of society’s most troubled criminals, their day to day struggles all interwoven within a gripping story of murder and suspense. A must read!" Another said, "Awesome story! While the story keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, the real plight of the mental health patients in a correctional setting is heartbreaking.

Virginia Sollars is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'And Some Will Triumph' is available at online retailers. More information is available at her website at

About Virginia Frusteri Sollars:

Virginia Frusteri Sollars was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and became a registered nurse in 1980, working as a psychiatric nurse for most of her career. She worked in the jail system for twenty-six years, caring for and treating the mentally ill. She continues to advocate for the mentally ill though her presentations and radio shows advising people of the plight of the mentally ill. 


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New Online Clothing Outlet With A Work From Home Opportunity Announced By LuLaRoe Consultant Ashley Michaels

Selling women's clothing online is one of the best work from home jobs for anyone interested in unique women's clothing.

Ashley Michaels recently announced a new LuLaRoe outlet, LuLaRoe, an online clothing outlet, has created a huge fan base for several reasons. The clothing line is not sold in stores. The unique and distinctive clothing line - sold online and via social media - allows stay at home moms and others to generate income from home. What is very different is that the items of clothing feature artwork that is limited to a specific number of items and online parties are held at specific times. This creates what might be called a "shopping frenzy" as buyers compete for specific items. Needless to say, the company is fast approaching cult status. That is not only good for buyers - it's very good for sellers.

LuLaRoe consultants enjoy a number of key benefits:

- The shift in the minds of buyers from brick and mortar stores to online clothing stores
- The ability to make direct sales of a great product and great earning potential without having to build a team
- The clothes are comfortable, stylish and affordable
- LuLaRoe is a legitimate business opportunity.  Consultants set their own hours, determine how which platforms to use to sell their product, order inventory, invoice, photograph inventory, pull items and ship them and keep track of expenses
- LuLaRoe consultants don't compete against each other. Each consultant is given a different set of inventory (although the styles of clothing may be the same, the patterns are limited and all different from each other). Every consultants' inventory is different.  This allows for less worry about consultant saturation.

The goal behind the LuLaRoe business model creates an opportunity for women to have financial freedom and to help others. LuLaRoe is a direct sales company with an amazing and unique business model and generous compensation plan. Independent consultants purchase a start up inventory that they own and keep in their home. Each consultant's inventory is different.

"I was very nervous about becoming a consultant," Michaels stated. "My husband and I had just purchased a new home and had a baby. Financially, it was not the best time for us to be starting our own business. At six months in, I could not be happier that I took the leap. We are so blessed to have LuLaRoe in our lives. Financially it has given us freedom and has also provided a creative outlet for me."

Ashley Michaels is currently seeking new potential consultants. She is also 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 Ashley Michaels:
Ashley Michaels is a LuLaRoe consultant and is the leader of Team Pretty Little LuLas. She resides in Darien, IL.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Author Steve Snyder's Military Aviation Book, 'Shot Down’, Chosen As Book Of The Year By OnlineBookClub

'Shot Down', has received 22 industry awards. Snyder's father was shot down over Europe during WWII. 'Shot Down' is a dramatic retelling of the stories surrounding that event

Steve Snyder, author of ‘Shot Down’, has announced that 'Shot Down' has been named Book of the Year by Snyder's book qualified for the award by having earned a perfect 4/4 rating from a top level member of the official Review Team. 'Shot Down' is the story of Snyder's father, who was shot down in a B17 bomber, the 'Susan Ruth', over Europe during WWII. He evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months.

The hardcover version of 'Shot Down' has more than 200 time period photographs of the people who were involved and the places where their stories took place. The eBook has 24 photos. The book also contains letters and documents that were exchanged before and after the Susan Ruth was shot down. The book is an ideal gift for anyone who has an interest in military history, World War II, or especially the air war over Europe.

'Shot Down' has received numerous other high profile industry awards. These include:

2016 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading Book Awards
2016 Shelf Unbound Magazine Top 100 Notable Books - Best Indie Book Competition
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
2016 Global Ebook Awards - Silver Medal 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

Snyders lineup of recent events in February 2017 included:

February 8 - A softcover edition of 'Shot Down' was released today on the 73rd anniversary of Snyder's father's plane, the B-17 Susan Ruth, being shot down on February 8, 1944.

February 5 - Book signing at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force on Super Museum Sunday in Savannah, Georgia

February 11 - PowerPoint presentation at the 100th Bomb Group Reunion of the 8th Air Force at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California

February 15 - 'Shot Down' was part of a display for the grand opening of Heroes Hall in Costa Mesa, California, a veterans museum housed in a re-furbished WW II barracks at what was the Santa Ana Army Air Base (SAAAB).

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 can be reached using the information below, or by email at ‘Shot Down’ is available at online retail book outlets. More information is available at his website at


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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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of February 20, 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 February 20, 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 February 20, 2017 On The Authors Show:

Pat Chalfant
Puneet Mathur
Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz
Jane R. Wood
Stephan A. Silva
Ruth Finnegan
Sally Berneathy
Todd Campau
Clayton Graham
Thomas J. Rice
Gwen Mayo
Eleze "Lisa" Thomas McMillan
T. M. Morris
Steve Snyder
Brian A. McLaughlin
Alan Noble
Kristi Burchfiel
Kathleen Connor Dobronyi


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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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Make Charitable Donations To An Animal Charity - Tales2Inspire Now Available For Fundraising

'Tales2Inspire' is an ongoing series of books that are inspiring and motivating. 'Tales2Inspire - Four Legged Teachers & Healers’ is filled with true animal stories.

Most of us are animal lovers in one way or another. However many of our four-legged friends are in desperate need of help. As an individual we can only do so much. One author has developed a way that allows us to indulge our enjoyment of animals and help them at the same time.

Lois W. Stern, developer of six published 'Tales2Inspire' collections, has announced that ‘Tales2Inspire' will partner with some worthy animal related organizations in their fundraising/income producing efforts. Because of her special love for four legged creatures, Stern will consider working with any reputable animal group, but will give first priority to companies that are dedicated to the happiness and well being of animals and their owners. She has made 'Tales2Inspire - Four Legged Teachers & Healers' available for use as a fundraising tool for reputable animal welfare organizations.

‘Tales2Inspire’ is ready to take action, working creatively to make this project a success. Stern will support the chosen company or organization in all phases of book development, from taking charge of story selection, editing, formatting and cover design to assisting in the developing of their online presence.

E-books will be purchased online, with funds deposited to the organization’s bank account immediately after each online sale. Non-profits can promote these purchases as tax deductible donations or even given as gifts to those who make donations above a specified amount. Stern assures interested organizations that they will sustain no upfront costs to a fundraiser with excellent income producing potential.

Further benefits to the animal organization include:

Excellent income producing potential
No upfront costs or fees
Minimal effort
Continual branding of organization and its subsidiaries (both inside and outside the book - i.e. exclusive book cover, company banner insertions, etc.)
Immediate payment (direct bank deposit with each book sale)
Quality product that in itself brings positive PR to organization

Over the past seven years ’Tales2Inspire’  has successfully published six anthologies of varied themes, with each book containing a compilation of stories filled with inspiring messages, edited and formatted by Stern. All stories are true, with the inclusion of original photographs to enhance each story. Stern is proud of her reputation for producing books of stellar quality and content. Her vast and varied experiences in developing her Tales2Inspire® books make her singularly qualified to undertake these projects, as does her admirable work ethic. “I enjoy the entire process, from polishing good stories until they shine, to working harmoniously with participants, and finally, to formatting books inside and out to give them instant eye appeal.”

Tales2Inspire books have received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike:

Dr. Bernie Siegel, noted physician, healer, author and humanist stated, "A book with a heart, filled with stories which reveal what happens when we choose to live in a way that is life enhancing for all God's creatures. Read and learn the lessons of life." A Readers Favorite review said, ". . . a collection of insightful & inspirational stories to move the hearts of readers . . . " Animal Consciousness Scientist gave 'Fur and Feathers' a 5 Star review and said, "Truly absorbing and charming real life vignettes that open our human minds to the utterly emotional world of animals. More information is available at her website at


After twenty years as an active educator, Lois W. Stern continued to pursue her love for writing, and soon became co-editor of the then popular Long Island web-zine, LI EYE. As she created and authored the column ‘Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives’, she solidified her special niche as an investigative journalist. She has put those same talents to work in creating the ‘Tales2Inspire’ “Authors Helping Authors” project/contest and working to encourage and nurture the skills of each of her participating authors. Since she initiated this project in 2012, Lois has published six ‘Tales2Inspire’ books of various inspiring story themes including: ‘Tales2Inspire - The Emerald Collection’ (Beyond Coincidence stories),  ‘Tales2Inspire - The Topaz Collection’ (Awakenings & Aha Moments), ‘Tales2Inspire - The Sapphire Collection’ (Echoes in the Mind), ‘Tales2Inspire - The Ruby Collection’ (Gifts of Compassion),‘Tales2Inspire - The Crystal Collection' (Stories that Tickle the Funny Bone) and ‘Tales2Inspire - The Garnet  Collection' (Stories in Feathers and Fur).

Lois W. Stern is available to answer questions, and for interviews and presentations. She can be reached using the information below or by email at More information is available at the site at


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