Thursday, September 20, 2018

It's Just A Test, Prayer Is The Answer - Some Forms Of Depression Can Be Overcome Through Faith Says Multi-Award Winning Christian Author Donna Louis

Christian author Donna Louis was named Top Female Author in the 2018 Top Female Author Awards. Her book, entitled ‘Miracles Of Direction’, is an in-depth study of some of Christianity's most well-documented miracles.

Depression is by far one of the most common mental disorders today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health website, it is estimated that 16.2 million adults have had at least one major depressive episode in the US. That number is staggering. Are we becoming more depressed? Or has that always been the case and we are just now becoming aware of the problem? Is our modern-day lifestyle the cause? What is the answer?

In a recent article posted on her website, multi-award-winning Christian author Donna Louis gives us a glimpse into the lives of some characters from the Bible who faced seemingly insurmountable challenges. They did not have the luxury of going into therapy or nor did they have access to anti-depressants. They instead relied on their faith in God. He delivered, in ways that are nothing short of miraculous.

The Red Sea

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. And the Lord said unto Moses, wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. – Exodus 14:13-16.

Daniel In the Lion’s Den

Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste unto the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also, before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Then was the king exceedingly glad for him and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So, Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him because he believed in his God. – Daniel 6:16-23

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"Life has its advantages and disadvantages but ultimately it is better to be alive than dead," Louis stated. "When you are alive you can see a beautiful rainbow, laugh at a joke, go see a baseball game, enjoy a great meal, enjoy a beautiful sunset walk on the beach with the one you love. Sure, there will be days when things don’t go as you planned and uphill battles to overcome but ultimately that is life. Don’t look at life as a Languishing Ill-fated Fury of Escapades. Instead live life as Lighthearted Intoxicating with Faith and Enthusiasm. This is what your heavenly father wants you to leave the struggles up to him because the battle is not yours it’s the lords and ultimately Only God Can."

Louis was recently chosen as the winner in the 2018 Top Female Author Awards in the Religion/Philosophy/Spiritual category. Louis was chosen from an international field of contestants by a panel of judges.

Louis has also announced that several radio interviews will be available over a 4-day period from September 21 through September 24, 2018 at The Authors Show site at September 21 through September 23 she will be featured in an interview in which she discusses her Top Female Author award. On September 24 she will be featured in an interview in which she discusses 'Miracles of Direction, Miracles of Conquest, Miracles of Provision and Miracles of Purpose'. The interviews will be available worldwide for 24 hours a day on those dates.

Louis' win follows three awards in the '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading Awards contest (2015, 2016 and 2017), and one nomination in the 2017 Top Female Authors Awards.

Donna Louis helps readers explore miracles both past and present. Her book, 'Miracles of Direction, Miracles of Conquest, Miracles of Provision and Miracles of Purpose' explores biblical miracles that took place while Jesus was here on earth. She then references with miracles that take place on a daily basis in the modern world. She separates these miracles into four categories and presents insightful example of each type, taken directly from the Bible.

Louis knows her subject well, as she has personally experienced four miracles. As the result of those life-altering experiences, she began an in-depth study of some of Christianity's most well-documented miracles. In her book, she attempts to expand upon and explain both the purpose and the direction of those miracles.

Donna will be donating 100% of proceeds from sales of her books from Payhip to March For Our Lives until September 30, 2018. The book is available with discounted pricing at Payhip at

Louis has also announced the upcoming release of her latest Christian book, 'Book of Proverbs, Wisdom vs Wilderness'.

'Book of Proverbs – Wisdom vs. Wilderness' delves into the need for gaining greater wisdom. The primary purpose of the Book of Proverbs is to teach wisdom to everyone. The Book of Proverbs provides intellectual depth and insights and exceptional wisdom on how to live a fortunate and tranquil life by honoring and respecting God as omnipotent.

The newest book discusses all chapters in Proverbs 1-31 and brings insight, clarity, and basic meaning to several verses in each chapter to solidify why wisdom is essential and mandatory in life, so readers can live a blessed life versus living a life that is destitute, empty, and obsolete. It is scheduled for release in 2018.

Louis was chosen as a winner in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' awards contest. 'Miracles' has also received rave reviews from readers. One review called it "amazing, uplifting and inspirational". Another stated, "I was profoundly impressed by the writing."

She is also now making her current book available to both hurricane relief organizations and Christian organizations to be used as a fundraising tool. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the e-book may be donated to those organizations that qualify. Churches and other charitable organizations are welcome to contact Donna using the information below to discuss the details of the program.

Donna Louis is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at More information is available at her website. ‘Miracles Of Direction’ is available at online retail book outlets. More information is available at her website at

About Donna Louis:

Donna Louis is happily married to her husband of 30 years Patrick Louis and currently resides in Florida. She lives to accomplish the task that God created her for and on a daily basis to follow Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."


Donna Louis

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Steve Snyder, Author Of Military Aviation Book 'Shot Down', Announces Documentary Based On His Award Winning Book

'Shot Down' has received 28 industry awards. Snyder's father was shot down over Europe during WWII. 'Shot Down' is a dramatic retelling of the stories surrounding that event. The book was recently placed on the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Recommended Book List.

Multi-award winning author Steve Snyder, author of 'Shot Down', has announced he will be traveling in Europe in September to continue filming a documentary based on his multi-award winning 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.

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.

Snyder will be traveling in Europe in September to film locations in Belgium where the events in the book took place and to interview local people about these events. Chris Allport of Allport Studios will accompany him as Director of Photography.

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

2017 TopShelf Magazine Editor's Choice Award
2017 Independent Press Awards - Winner Military Nonfiction
2017 John E Weaver Excellent Reads Award - Winner Non-Fiction Military
2017 Book Excellence Awards - Finalist Military
2017 New York City Big Book Awards - Winner Military Nonfiction
2016 Online Book Club Book of the Year Contest - Winner
2016 The Author's Show 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading Contest - Winner
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
2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition - Notable Book
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

Snyder's book is utterly unique in that it details the varied, detailed, and amazing stories of what happened to each crew member. Snyder's father, Howard, 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.

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


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.


Steve Snyder

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Award Winning Author Melanie S. Pronia Takes Grand Prize, Named As Top Female Author In 2018 Top Female Author Awards

Pronia, winner of the Grand Prize in the 2018 awards, writes paranormal and psychological thrillers and mysteries.

Florida resident and award winning author Melanie S. Pronia was recently awarded the Grand Prize in the 2018 Top Female Author awards. She is the author of 'Descent,' a mystery suspense thriller novel. She was chosen from an international field of contestants by a panel of judges. She received a prize package valued at over $1200.

"I couldn’t believe that I had won the contest," Pronia stated. "I had just woken up and was sipping my coffee when I looked at the announced winners and there was my name, listed as the grand prize winner. I actually handed my laptop to my husband and asked if it was real. It was a wonderful moment that I will never forget."

In the storyline of 'Descent,' Dana, a married mother of two, has a family she loves. She loves them so much that she has to leave them so they won’t contract her disease, which is common but deadly. Embarrassed and ashamed, Dana acknowledges that she has gone insane.

She has to die. In order for her to die, she has to leave her family and the safety of her home. She doesn’t want her husband discovering her deceased body. With careful planning, she has decided that she will end her life in beautiful Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota Florida. The walk from Jacksonville to the southwest end of the state will be long, treacherous and full of consequences, both good and bad, that Dana never considered.

Pronia is a prolific writer. Other published works include:

Amateur Ghost Hunting
Five Sisters
Journey of Souls
Lillian Lake
Strange Girls

Upcoming books include:

At Death's Door
Daughter of Daughters
Descent II
Heathen Child
Here Lies
In the Shadow of Death
One with the Woods

Melanie S. Pronia is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at All of her books are available at online retail book outlets. More information is available at her website at

About Melanie S. Pronia:

Melanie S. Pronia lives in Orange Park, FL with her husband, fellow novelist, John Maycumber. She is the proud mother of a United States Marine, Andrew, and her youngest son, Jarred who is interested in Forensic Science.

Melanie has been writing since she was about 14 years old. Having worked as a Cemeterian, Melanie enjoys visiting cemeteries and historic sites.


Melanie S. Pronia

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

First Annual Selfie Film Awards Sponsored By The Selfie Project By Award Winning Selfie Filmmaker Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Now Open For Submissions

The Selfie Film Awards celebrates selfies, selfie filmmakers and a new form of artistic expression. The Selfie Film Awards is now accepting applications for submission.

Multi-award winning author and selfie filmmaker Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has announced that the first annual Selfie Film Awards is now accepting submissions at the Selfie Filmmakers website.

Recorded history began with cave drawings. Then, stone tablets and eventually documents and books. Today, we have all types and styles of digital media that our descendants will use to gain insight from the historical record of previous generations. Selfie films are the next logical step in the progression.

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist and multi-award winning Selfie filmmaker, clearly demonstrates that there are no boundaries in regard to what can be accomplished with this cutting-edge form of filmmaking. Her current focus is centered on 'The Selfie Project' and 'The Selfie Filmmaker Awards'.

"The Selfie Project is gaining steam day by day," Dr Holstein stated. "What started as a clever way to make a film about a tween, coming of age, more intense and appealing, is turning into a multi-dimensional project. 'The Selfie Project' is designed to bring new forms of film: #SelfiesasFilm; #Selfiesasdrama; and #Selfiefilmmakerseverywhere to the public and to give voice to a range of issues from school shootings to humor, body shaming, social media, bullying, falling in love, or any other topic filmmakers would like to address.

"In the The New York Times article 'A Twist on a Dance Craze, From a Muddy Rice Field' we learn how dancing alongside one's oxen can make work less repetitive and also one can end up with international fame as a Selfie goes viral. Who knows what doors may open up for these particular fellows. Perhaps they will find themselves teaching dance. Whatever happens to them, we cannot gauge how many others may be inspired to make their daily jobs more interesting.

"Never before in the history of man have we had the capacity to transmit every type of human effort, opinion, story or advice as instantly as Selfies permit. For me as a psychologist/filmmaker, I have an unique take on how I wish to use Selfies, both artistically and for the betterment of humankind.

"Artistically, drama used to helped us understand human behavior is my goal. I have made a number of Selfie Coming of Age films. There is no doubt that actors filming their own scenes with a smart phone adds an intensity to their performances. Scenes emerge that are amazingly real and intense. The audience laughs, sighs and is responsive in ways that lead to better communicating and understanding between all.

"Selfies films give filmmakers an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings, ideas, hopes, dreams, etc. We each have a voice that can reach out into the world. How amazing. We don't have to wait any longer to be invited to speak or to be famous. Be it a Vlog, or Facebook or You Tube, everyone can jump into the water.

"My goal is to give voice to kids, tweens and teens in particular. My Podcast show, 'The Enchanted Self Presents' and my website are giving voice to kids on a number of issues. This month on my Podcast show discusses School Anxiety, Academic Anxiety and Friend Drama. Dr. Lucinda Monica Seares shares psychological insights, along with me and several students and their Selfies on these subjects."

Applicants for the awards can apply at the website.

Holstein's short films have won numerous awards and accolades.

The Truth A Short Film:

Garden State Film Festival Premier - Best Pop Song 2016
Golden Door Int. Film Festival - Official Selection - September 2016
Grove Film Festival - Showing - May 2017
Female Filmmakers Film Festival - Official Selection - 12th of 92 films
Roselle Park Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection - September 2017

The Truth A Short Short Film:
FilmOneFest Premier - July 2016
Chain Film Festival - Official Selection - August 2016
Jersey City Int. Television and Film Festival - Official Selection - November 2016
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection- May 2017

Secrets A Coming Of Age Selfie Film:

Alice Guy-Blache Women In Cinema Award - Nomination - October 2017, Golden Globe International Film Festival
NewFilmmakers, Manhattan- Official Selection, January 24, 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series - Best Experimental Film nomination - March 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series - Best New Jersey Short nomination - March 2018
Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest Film Series - Best Concept nomination - March 2018
Hang on To Your Shorts, Official Selection - April 2018, Nominated for Best New Jersey Drama and Best Experimental Film
Shown March 1 1018 as one of 6 outstanding women’s films at the Behane Center in Jersey City, for Women’s History Month by Golden Door International Film Festival.
Brightside Tavern Film Festival, Season 7 - Best Experimental Film - March 2018
Jersey Shore Film Festival, August 2018, Won Award as Best Educational Film of the Festival.
Actress Megan Brown nominated as Best Actress for Medium Short Films, Brightside Shorts Film Festival, August, 2018

Falling In Love A Coming Of Age Selfie Film:

Brightside Tavern Film Festival-March 2017- Best Experimental Film Nomination, Second Place Award as Best New Jersey Film Short
Grove Film Festival, Official Selection-May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival - Best Experimental Film nomination - May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival - Best Concept Film nomination - May 2017
Hang On To Your Shorts Film Festival - Megan Brown Rising Star Award - May 2017
Love Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection - February 2018


Official selection premiered at the New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers University on June 9th, 2018
Semi-finalist in the JELLY Fest Film Festival, June, 2018
Official selection for the Brightside Tavern Film Festival, early August, 2018


Official Selection for the Brightside Tavern Film Festival in early August, 2018

'Secrets' was selected for inclusion in "Passages: Women in Transition," Women In Media - Newark's 2018 Women's History Month film festival, held on March 27 – April 5, 2018 at Rutgers University Newark, New Jersey, and at various satellite venues in the area.

'Falling in Love, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film, is detailed in a new ebook: 'A Selfie Film - Falling In Love' by Dr. Holstein. This ebook presents issues and stories behind the creation of Dr. Holstein's "selfie films", which utilize cutting edge New Media technology. Topics and questions for discussion can be used by a parent and a child, or a group of hundreds as universal subjects of growing up and handling tough issues are presented.


Official selection at the One Minute Film Fest, Teaneck, New Jersey, August 8, 2018

Dr. Holstein was featured as an Entrepreneur in the Asbury Park Press, June 11, 2018.

Dr. Holstein makes a number of her books and films available to be used as fundraising tools. She requests that any verified charitable organization interested in raising funds contact her via email. She 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


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness and a pioneer in Selfies as Film. Dr. Holstein's Enchanted Self website was included as one of the best websites in positive psychology. 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 Your Tango, Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.


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

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Book Marketing Announcements: The Authors Show Lineup For The Week Of September 10, 2018

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 September 10, 2018. 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 September 10, 2018 On The Authors Show:

10-Sep   Anne Redelfs MD
10-Sep   Cathy Droz   
10-Sep   Dr. Scot Hodkiewicz
10-Sep   Michael James Stewart
10-Sep   Judith Bognar Bean
10-Sep   Lisa Reinicke

11-Sep   Carlos Rubio
11-Sep   Pendelton C. Wallace
11-Sep   Heather McCollum
11-Sep   Donna Louis 
11-Sep   Richard Trayler
11-Sep   Andrea Wildenthal Hanson

12-Sep   Dr. Nicole
12-Sep   Jenny Mannion
12-Sep   Dr. Duane Mangum
12-Sep   Melanie S. Pronia
12-Sep   Russell Vann
12-Sep   Anthony McMaryion

13-Sep   Donna Louis
13-Sep   Colin Chappell
13-Sep   Kristin A. Oakley
13-Sep   Caroline H. Sheppard
13-Sep   Kristin Casey
13-Sep   Janet Kole

Sep 14/15/16   Linda Maria Frank
Sep 14/15/16   Linda Maria Frank
Sep 14/15/16   Linda Maria Frank
Sep 14/15/16   Jane R. Wood 
Sep 14/15/16   Jim Dilyard
Sep 14/15/16   Danny Johnson 


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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