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“Questionable Minds,” a New Book: Conversations with Writers about Writing

OTTAWA, Ontario CANADA, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR ENTERTAINMENT NEWS/ — The mind of a writer is a mysterious place. In Questionable Minds: conversations with writers, social psychologist dr george pollard gives a guided tour of the creative mental landscape of writers. In this unique collection of conversations, dr pollard explores the making of a fictional story or a stand-up comedy routine.

If you’re curious how your favourite novel or stand-up comedy routine comes into being, Questionable Minds helps you find out. This new book helps answer many questions. Where do the ideas come from? How do authors develop their characters? What is the secret of writing a successful stand-up comedy routine?

In this eclectic view of the workings of the imagination; dr pollard has assembled a remarkable panel of writers, covering a wide of range of literature. The conversations, in this collection, are with writers of thrillers, satire and westerns, as well as stand-up comedy.

Alessandra Torre tells gripping tales she claims are erotica. Peter Mehlman, a pillar of Seinfeld, has an idiosyncratically ironic eye and smooth, easy writing style. Chris Allen trades in thrillers that may contain more than a hint of truth.

Bruce Holbert is the thriftiest of writers, building finely honed sentences. Victoria Patterson artfully skewers the upper class, of Orange County, California. Steve Berry creates intricate mysteries against a backdrop of notional history. J Scott Fuqua tells tales with words and illustrations that resurrect a bygone era.

Ann Lewis Hamilton writes serious stories in a shrewdly droll style. Gabe Abelson is the A-list writer of late-night television talk show monologues. Jay Bonansinga writes The Walking Dead novels.

What inspires these writers? How do they develop stories or comedy? Why must they write?

To a one, they agree writing is sweating blood that shows up as squiggles on a page or pixels on an e-reader. Writing fiction or stand-up comedy is not for the easily distracted, the indolent or faint of heart. Writers must be eager to chase their characters and stories down the rabbit hole.

Questionable Minds is notable because of the depth and clarity of the insights found in the conversations. The book exhibits a unique intimacy; there’s no sense of canned answers to a list of prepared questions. Instead these conversations move effortlessly, following lines of curiosity and interest, while drawing out a wealth of detail.

Every writer dr pollard talks with has a different story to tell. Each has his or her own sources of inspiration. Their routines are personal; sometimes fitting writing around the rest of their lives or, for a few, squeezing in time for family, if they can drag themselves away from writing.

It is notable how willingly, candid and freely the writers talk. They discuss in detail the motivations that drive them to write. For some it’s enthusiasm; others want to explore their own lives and, perhaps, reframe them in a different context; still others want to discover what happens to their characters, as the story unfolds and still others simply enjoy the act of writing. Questionable Minds is an inside view of some highly distinctive minds, which are absorbing places to explore.

Although dr pollard explores similar themes with each writer, the conversations never become repetitive. Each writer is too distinctive a personality; each brings something fresh to the conversations and our understanding of why writers write. If you wonder how writers do what they do, this book will show you that it’s much more complicated and enthralling than you may imagine; it will improve your reading experience, too.

Questionable Minds is available through Amazon, in paperback and eBook editions at https://www.amazon.com/Questionable-Minds-Conversations-george-pollard. Review copies, in MOBI format, are available from the author at drgeorgep@questionableminds.com. For more information on Questionable Minds, visit the web site http://questionableminds.com or e-mail, as you wish, perhaps to arrange an interview with dr pollard.

About the Author
dr george pollard is a sociometrician and social psychologist at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His teaching and research interests include the process, practise and effects of writing as an act of fulfilling the pop culture and entertainment need of society as well as media and truth.

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Utah is proud to introduce the “Now and Never Parties”

Many Utahan’s have been looking for opportunities like this for quite some time. The opportunity has come and you’re invited to come and be part of the party! Different entertainment, locations, food, and themes each time: you’ll never be bored with Now or Never Parties. Sometimes it will be more formal dining, other times a more casual experience. Regardless of the party, it will be a night to remember and take advantage of.

In Provo UT. at 6 p.m. on the 13th of April 2012 our readers of our magazine, our fans, and our ticket holders are invited to a one of a kind of exclusive invitation only party. Our Now or Never party. There will be lots of Food, Fun, Gifts, Entertainment and more. Seats are very limited.

The public is invited – Non readers of the magazine, new fans, and current non ticket holders can go to our “Now and Never Party” page below to try to obtain tickets on a first come first serve basis. Tickets are $50.00 plus fees. Good for (2) guests per ticket. Each guest receives a gift bag of up to a $40.00 value.

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About the Now or Never Parties
It’s easy for so many of us talk about “One day, I will do….” or “Someday I’m going to….”. We believe in living and enjoying life and in doing it NOW. Chances are, if we don’t take advantage and do what our “Someday” items are NOW, they will NEVER come around. What are your “Somedays?” How bad do you really want to do them? Come party with us and we’ll help you define, realize,enjoy life, and for a lucky few guests, get some of those “Somedays” done. Our parties are hosted by Connect & Eatz Magazine! Go check it out on Facebook!

We give you intimate entertainment in smaller groups at your favorite local restaurants and venues. From music, to featured artists, and sometimes even comedy: we bring you the party you’ve been waiting for! A food enthusiast dream: a night to expand your palate and help shape the restaurant menu. Our guests have the opportunity to try new items and decide which ones your local restaurants should feature.

Keep a look-out on our wall and event page to see when the next parties are coming up and sign up here on our FB page, https://www.facebook.com/NowRNeverParty or on our website. http://www.connectandeatzfb.com

To learn even more about the various parties, sponsor and the magazine itself feel free to visit our new larger site opening this week, and our facebook page at the links below.

http://connectandeatzmag.com Our new up and coming magazine/sponsor web site. Also visit our Magazine Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/connectandeatzmag We are very passionate about living life as you will be able to see.

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Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog Available on Amazon Kindle

Amazon.com has added Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog by Rose A. Valenta to their growing selection of Kindle offerings: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Z7EM7I

Rosie's Renegade Humor Blog Available on Amazon Kindle

The Kindle, Amazon’s hugely successful e-book reader, not only offers users the opportunity to download books, but also the ability to access major newspapers, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY.

Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog is a perfect fit for the Kindle because the essays satire current events, and offer an entertaining respite f r o m heavy news stories in a unique and hilarious way.

In a recent Internet survey of 442 Kindle users, 47% of the respondents indicate that they access online newspapers at least once per day. Over 41% access blogs. These are people who prefer digital media over print newspapers and turn to the internet for much of their information. Rosie’s Renegade Humor Blog is ideally positioned to reach these people through the Kindle because of its large internet presence and intelligent themes.

“This is the blog for people who would be knowledgeable about current events and politics if only politicians and news anchors didn’t stretch the truth, so what else is there to do, but share an honest laugh?” said Rose Valenta.

Columns include “Giuliani’s Gaffe Could Qualify for Political Darwin Award,” “Rush Limbaugh: The Don Rickles of Radio,” “How Congress Failed Homeland Security Duties,” and “The Mona Lisa Had High Cholesterol?”

Rose A. Valenta is a nationally syndicated humor columnist. Her columns have been published in Associated Content, USA TODAY, Newsday, NPR, Courier Post, the WSJ online, and many other local news websites.

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Where To Get Santa Claus Letters For Kids

Parents everywhere work hard to insure that their children will have a wonderful Christmas overflowing with great memories that will last a lifetime. While this is easy to do if you have an unlimited budget, it is really just as easy without spending a great deal of money. In fact, many people are finding ways to build lasting memories without spending much money at all.

One of the most cherished holiday traditions is that of writing a Santa Letter to let him know what is wanted for Christmas. Such traditions are very inexpensive and they provide the basis for lots of other ideas and gifts. To begin, most children clearly explain to Santa what they would most like to see under the tree on Christmas morning. Kids worry about staying on Santa’s Nice List, and some want to know how they can get off the Naughty List. Not surprisingly, almost every child remembers to ask Santa to write back.

Clearly this provides an opportunity for parents to find out what would make Christmas special for their kids. Additionally, parents can easily insure that Santa does write back. That’s why I am writing this article. I have done lots of research on this topic and I can tell you the three top sites for santa claus letters for kids.

‘Package From Santa’ is an awesome website that definitely understands what makes Christmas special. The Canadian santa letters this company supplies are authentic and genuine in appearance. It’s my personal favorite, but I also found two other sites that can provide your child with a personalized letter from santa.

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Parents Have Confirmed That When Children Receive A Genuine Letter From Santa Claus Their Christmas Is Happier, Brighter, And More Memorable

An authentic Santa Letter all but guarantees a Christmas of great magnitude. This news, the outcome of many, many years of tracking responses of both, children’s and adults’ reports of the effects and impacts of receiving a genuine letter from Santa. “Package From Santa” has gathered and tracked data relating to Santa Claus, his letters, and Christmas, for several years and is now sharing this groundbreaking report.

So far this is the widest reaching and most long-term study of the impact of Santa’s holiday letters. The study strongly suggests that there is a definite connection between a ‘Merry & Memorable Christmas’ for children (as well as adults) and Santa’s letters.

The tracking consisted of years of studying the feedback given in notes, letters, emails, and even text messages to Santa and to “Package From Santa”, as the top Santa helpers with his letters. Gazillions of various types of feedback was sorted and categorized into the following groups: “Letter Had No Impact On Christmas”, “Letter Somewhat Brightened Christmas”, Letter Made Christmas Merrier”, “Letter Made Christmas Merrier & More Memorable”.

Approximately 77% of the responses fell into the last category and only 5% reported that Santa’s letters had no impact on Christmas. Even with the great number of responses there is no way of knowing what the results would have been if everyone had provided feedback. However, research has shown that people are more likely to provide negative feedback than positive, so one can only assume that there would have been even higher results in the positive categories.

Typically, children reported that when Santa Claus sends letters to them they feel important and they know they will get what they really want for Christmas. Some little boys and girls expressed that a Santa letter gave them some relief from worry about being on Santa’s Naughty List.

For additional information about how to receive an authentic letter from Santa, visit http://www.packagefromsanta.com

As the only company that “Santa Himself” endorses as an official associate, ‘Package From Santa” is the most trusted provider of Christmas letters from Santa. This company, Santa’s official associate, has sent millions of Personalized Santa Letters to children living everywhere.

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In September 2009 Penguin Books And The National Theatre Discover Programme Launched The Big Break Young Scriptwriting Competition

Young people nationwide aged 13 to 18 are invited to read award-winning author Meg Rosoff’s debut novel How I Live Now and take the story, themes and characters as a starting point to create a treatment and the first scene of a script.

Five winners will be invited to spend a day at the National Theatre Studio working with professional writers, National Theatre directors and actors to workshop and develop their scripts. They will also see a performance of Nation, based on a novel by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Mark Ravenhill, opening at the National Theatre in November 2009.

The judging panel consists of author Meg Rosoff, playwright Mark Ravenhill, associate director (literary) of the National Theatre Sebastian Born, associate director of the National Theatre Discover Programme Anthony Banks and editor of Penguin’s teen online book community spinebreakers.co.uk Danielle Innes.

The competition will live on Penguin’s teen book website Spinebreakers and the National Theatre’s Discover website. There will be multi-media resources available to young people on both websites which give tools and advice on how to adapt a book for the stage, alternative ways for laying out a script and what the National Theatre and Penguin are looking for in successful submissions.

On Spinebreakers teens have the opportunity to discuss, debate and interact with a rich source of publishing from contemporary titles such as Nick Hornby’s Slam to classics such as J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Kerouac’s On the Road.

Meg Rosoff’s debut novel How I Live Now (published by Penguin, 2004) won the Guardian and Branford Boase Awards and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for New Fiction as well as the Whitbread.

About Penguin
Penguin was established in 1935, is one of the world’s leading consumer publishing businesses and is part of Pearson plc, the international media company with market leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.

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Mexican Author Goes Online With Latest Work And Hits All Times Download High

Mr. Volnie is the author of a dozen of successful published fiction novels, ranging in themes as diverse as Sci-Fi, History, mysticism or police procedures, all of them received enthusiastically by his ever growing number of followers and fans.

This time, he has surprised his readers with a reconstruction of the Gospels, a recreation of the antique scriptures as analyzed from a rational, critical, sometimes hermetic point of view. Mr. Volnie’s version of the story leaves little room for faith, as miracles are unveiled, prophecies are explained and underlying motifs gradually surface to meet with human nature.

As for the reason to give away his writing instead of making profit, the author explains in his blog www.alejandrovolnie.com.mx (translated from Spanish): “A fast spread of my work throughout the Spanish speaking world is worth giving up the down payment of any publisher”. It is to be said that printed books are expensive in Latin America if its price is compared to people’s average daily income. “My work is for everybody and I don’t expect anything else in exchange than the comments of my readers” he also states in his blog.

To download Yehoshua el mago (Yehoshua the Magician) in Spanish simply go to www.yehoshuaelmago.com.mx and follow the instructions. This is the only way to get it at the present time, although it’s easy to foresee that printed copies of this fifteen hour reading will soon be piled up in most bookstores all around the world, available in several languages, as this amazing tale deserves it.

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Though The Debate Over Celibacy In The Catholic Church Has Been Ongoing, Two Recent Efforts Have Thrust The Discussion Front And Center

An organization known as Celibacy Is the Issue Ministries (CITI) is making a renewed effort to prove that married priests can administer the sacrament under Canon Law #843, which states that “both pastors of souls and all other members of Christ’s faithful have a duty to ensure that those who ask for the sacraments are prepared for their reception.”

It’s a practical look at marriage and the priesthood that may convince the Church to reconsider its stance on celibacy—a stance discussed in harrowing detail by a priest whose own battles with celibacy cost him dearly. 

Father Ameen (not his real name), a Catholic priest and author of Confessions of a Passionate Priest, believes that fewer parishes would struggle to find priests if the Church were more pragmatic on the issue of celibacy.

“I had an affair with a married woman,” says Father Ameen. “The reality of human nature is that we need intimacy. The Church is failing to address that. ”

In his book, Father Ameen discusses his own punishment at the hands of his bishop after his affair went public. He says he believes that allowing married priests to remain as operating clerics would help to avoid situations like his, which got worse recently when his bishop found out that he had written a book about it. Father Ameen was barred from returning to his parish. 

“The Church often looks the other way when priests are having intimate relationships,” says Father Ameen. “They understand, as well as I and CITI do, that marriage does not distract from priestly duties.”

Recent statistics may force the Church to admit as much:

• More than 25,000 priests have married in the United States since the 1970s.
• At present, more than 5,300 parishes are without priests.
• In the last thirty years, seminary enrollment has dropped from 45,000 to just 3,500. 

“I love the Church, but it does have some rules that serve no one,” says Father Ameen. “I’m proof, as are all married Eastern Rite priests, that one can live in the secular world and still serve God.”

Father Ameen remains dedicated to the priesthood despite his contradiction of specific Church rules. He currently lives in an undisclosed location in the United States, preferring to remain anonymous to avoid recrimination. 

(Confessions of a Passionate Priest by Father Ameen; ISBN: 0-9816892-0-5; $14.95; 224 pages; 5½” x 8½”; softcover; East Mountain Books)

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Whaka Publishing Announces Book Release 22nd April 2009, Earth Day: The Weather’s Wrath-O3 By Ade Paul

Whaka Publishing announces book release 22nd April 2009, Earth Day: The Weather’s Wrath-O3 by Ade Paul; an intriguing fictional epic that makes you think, could this really happen? Global Warming: Fact, Fiction or Farce? Do we need to Act? A green novel to make you ponder,‘The Great Green Debate: Ecology Vs Economics: Education through Entertainment for Climate Change?’

Take a webvote @ www.whakabooks.com. Are you the apathetic lifestyler, or join the green machine? Our future generations may rue our apathy and ask why we didn’t act?

When an important topic like the survival of the planet and our existence come up, then debate will naturally be heated. This is something you don’t want the power brokers to get wrong, yet it is a very complex issue, with multi-factorial extrinsic and intrinsic factors all affecting the outcome, including the solar system, politics, money and scientific analysis. The weather measurements in the past have lacked the precision required to accurately analyse the data and trends when using global computerized climate models due to the variables being so complex. Each variable is open to debate by both sceptics and protagonists. The sceptics argue that data is too inaccurate when using temperature variance and atmospheric gas concentrations. Yet the scientific consensus is that global warming is occurring.

When was the last time you thought about the environment, we all take it for granted in our comfortable first world lifestyles, but imagine a world with meteor showers not rain, UV rays that scorched your skin mutating the nuclei within the cells causing cancer with just minutes of exposure. Even now we see more natural disasters on TV and our insurance premiums always go up. None of us are making enough effort as our tangible risks are low and apathy is easier than action. WHAKAKAHA= make a strong effort.

Natural instinct is for survival, but when the apathetic lifestyler is accepted as status quo, compared to the green protagonist, nature is threatened and meteorological mayhem ensues. Most people live in naïve ignorant bliss of what the future holds, comfortable in their lifestyles and the fear of losing this outweighs honest compassion for the weak in humanity; the pursuit of Darwin’s adaptation for the survival instinct, survival of the strongest, remains.

Some antagonists believe that global warming hype began as a political weapon under the UK Thatcher government, at a time when the coal miners’ strikes and unions were at their strongest and nearly brought down the Conservative Party. Thatcher wanted nuclear power generators and so devised a proposal to the British Academy of Scientists to prove a relationship between global warming and coal powered plants. This is in stark contrast to USA President Obama who advocates greener renewable energy to help recharge the economy by saving money in this recession.

This exciting novel portrays a global civilization sent into economic and civil turmoil, not initially by Wall Street going into freefall, but from the purposeful ozone destruction by Mr. Spratton, TT Enterprises Inc; who wants to hold the countries of the United Nations to ransom to pay for protection from the lethal ultraviolet radiation now bombarding the earth by his stolen adapted deflectors. Without electricity the communication links are severed and clearing bank and international stock market transactions fail, security is breached and systems shut down. When the whole of global commerce ceases, desperation creeps into society as food and products dry up and people change once diseases rampage through communities. See what the effects of this are, and could this really happen?

What we need to understand is that there are many inter-related systems interacting with each other in the atmosphere and the earth reacts to the forcing and feedback mechanisms in place. It is so complex that nobody has a magic bullet to answer this, and until then, the media won’t be interested, as there is no money in it. The human body is as complex, where medical science continues to research cures and techniques, and these regularly make press releases acknowledged by the general media in newspapers, radio, television and the web. Therefore the media need to answer why not environmental products and ecological breakthroughs? Sceptics will argue we don’t need that many weather or ecological stories on the news, but the weather dominates our daily existence, whether it rain, snow or shine.

For further comments, to make a book review or request an interview, please contact: Dr. Adrian Paul NZ/ Australia ph +(64)(03)4427999 or ph/fax +(64)(03)4418248, USA/Canada ph Freephone +1-866-878-5204, fax +1-925-396-6674 UK/Europe ph Freephone +44-808-234-2376 e-mail: adrianpaul@whakapublishing.com WHAKA PUBLISHING,(USA) MUSPB #305, 445 Park Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10022, USA.

WHAKA PUBLISHING (UK) Eastgate House, 11 Cheyne Walk, Northampton NN15PT, UK WHAKA PUBLISHING (NZ/AUS) P.O. Box 1742, Queenstown 9348,New Zealand.

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The Ant with Red Pants

Knowing what to tell your children about verbal peer intimidation, especially if they are being bullied, can be difficult. Now one author is trying to make it a little easier by telling the story of an ant who becomes a hero, despite being teased and laughed at by his fellow ants.

J.A. Osowski, author of the new children’s book The Ant with Red Pants, believes that children need concrete examples of role models that have overcome challenges such as intimidation.

“We all face challenges in life and sometimes that includes the ridicule of other people,”says Mr. Osowski. “Having public examples of people—or, in this case, ants—that believe in themselves and who don’t listen to the negativity of other people is really helpful to kids.”

Mr. Osowski’s book, illustrated by Michael and Alicia Smith, is about an ant named Andrew who makes red pants for himself from a spider’s web in order to hide his legs, which he thinks are too skinny. The other ants in the colony mock Andrew for his insecurities and his situation becomes worse.

“We all have insecurities about feeling like an outsider or that we aren’t the same as the other people around us,” says Mr. Osowski. “It’s important that kids see that bullies are really just insecure people who don’t know how to manage those insecurities.”

Andrew the ant learns to overcome his insecurities, and the bullies in his colony, in order to save the day when his colony is threatened by the winter cold. It’s a lesson that Mr. Osowski has taught to hundreds of school kids during readings of his book.

“The moral of the story is how children can discover and celebrate their own personal gifts and talents in the face of people who may be making fun of them,” says Mr. Osowski. “That’s something we’ve all had to deal with in life.”

Joseph A. Osowski resides in eastern Connecticut with his wife, Ann Marie. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. Drawing from his own experiences, he hopes to build children’s confidence as they try to fit in with their peers in today’s society.

Illustrators Michael and Alicia Smith reside in eastern Connecticut with their two children, a boy and a girl. Michael works part-time and cares for their son, who has special needs. Alicia is an elementary-level art teacher in the town of Ledyard.

(The Ant with Red Pants by J.A. Osowski; ISBN: 1-59971-974-6; $15.95; 28 pages; 8” x 10”; hardcover; Baltic Books)

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Catholic priests are in short supply in recent years, a reality that has renewed the debate over celibacy

According to a recent study, many current priests are already ignoring the order altogether. A poll of 800 Polish priests revealed that many are ignoring the Church’s ban on intimate relationships. More than fifty percent said they wanted to live with a woman and a third admitted to having sex. It’s a dark secret one priest working in America kept for years—before writing about it in his new book.

Father Ameen (not his real name), an Eastern Rite Catholic priest for the last eighteen years and author of Confessions of a Passionate Priest, had an affair with a married woman. When the relationship was exposed to his bishop, Father Ameen was punished harshly because it brought the threat of a lawsuit from the woman’s husband, a scandal the Church didn’t want.

“Is consensual sex a sin?” Father Ameen asks. “Or has Church doctrine failed to address not only our contemporary lives but the reality of human need?”

Father Ameen reveals in his book that his affair was only exceptional in that it brought the threat of a lawsuit. Among the numerous scandals the Pope has had to deal with, the increasing number of non-celibate priests has been largely overlooked.

“The Church would have looked the other way, as it often does,” says Father Ameen, “except that her husband threatened to file a lawsuit.”

During his affair, Father Ameen spearheaded the building of a noted assisted-living facility at no cost to the Church and ministered to his flock with enthusiasm and dedication. “The idea that a secular life distracts us from our priestly duties is nonsense,” he says. “I was never more productive as a priest than when I was also happy in my personal life.”

In recent years, some revealing statistics have surfaced about Catholic priests:

• In the last fifty years, 20,000 priests have left the priesthood in the United States, the majority to marry.
• More than 160 priests in the Milwaukee Roman Catholic Archdiocese have signed a petition urging that celibacy be optional in the priesthood and sent it to the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
• Journalist and Church scholar Adam Szostkiewicz has said he believes “It is an absurd idea to continue with the celibate for the Catholic Church. I’m not expecting any changes under the current Pope, Benedict XVI, but something will have to change after him.”
• At any one time, twenty percent of priests are involved in sexual relationships and eight percent are experimenting sexually.

“I love the Church, but it does have some rules that serve no one,” says Father Ameen. “I’m proof, as are all the married Eastern Rite priests, that one can live in the secular world and still serve God.”

Father Ameen remains dedicated to the priesthood, despite his contradiction of specific Church rules. He currently lives in an undisclosed location in the United States, preferring to remain anonymous to avoid recrimination.

(Confessions of a Passionate Priest by Father Ameen; ISBN: 0-9816892-0-5; $14.95; 224 pages; 5½” x 8½”; softcover; East Mountain Books)

Contact Details: East Mountain Books
Contact: Father Ameen Phone: 774-526-9636
E-mail: Eastmountainbooks@yahoo.com

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Looks like Jane McCormick’s celebrity filled “Rat Pack” Vegas tell all, Breaking My Silence-Confessions Of A Rat Pack Partry Girl, is now being offered to major publishers

Looks like Jane McCormick’s celebrity filled “Rat Pack” Vegas tell all, Breaking My Silence – Confessions Of A Rat Pack Partry Girl, is now being offered to major publishers.

Originally self published by Rapfire Press 2008, the original run of 2000 books is just about completed. With the incredible proven success of this run and the amazing amount of national attention McCormick is getting, celebrity literary manager Steven Calapai is taking the helm. Calapai, from the world of Hollywood entertainment, has worked with top tier clients. Calapai has garnered national attention for his work while working with billion dollar grossing film producers and actors in New York.

Calapai already has major interest in McCormick’s story from national radio, television and a top satellite radio show. “With this type of attention, we are aggressively seeking a major publisher as a platform to launch McCormick into the media”, states Calapai. “We are putting all publicity on hold until the new release. This will allow the publisher to explore 100% of the new territory for the book to go into”.

McCormick’s tell all/memoir is filled with compelling stories of one of the most influential and well known pop culture entertainment icons of our time, the rat pack. As a $500,000 a year high priced call girl to the stars and to the likes of, Sammy, Dean, Peter and Frank, McCormick’s book is filled with many intimate details of their lives. This book explores the ups and downs of a young girl forced into the world of prostitution in the 60’s. McCormick finds herself partying with likes of Marilyn and Jerry and her Vegas career spans 13 years. A favorite of Frank, McCormick tells the world of a time when anything goes and went. From the Sahara to the Copa, wherever the rat pack partied, Jane-“Janie” as they called her, was there.

What happened in Vegas didn’t stay there it found its way onto the pages of McCormick’s book.

Steven Calapai,
TV Writer, Author, Celebrity Literary Manager.
For Consideration-631-831-6460

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Rhythm Riding: A Guide to Riding with Music, by CeCe and Frank Maddlone with Dr. Cesar Parra including interviews with: Rebecca Langwost-Barlow, Nicole Uphoff-Selke, Dr. Volker Moritz

EquiChord, a professional music studio that provides creative musical arrangements and choreography for amateur and professional dressage riders alike, has authored Rhythm Riding – a book that provides a proven step-by-step process that makes learning to ride with music an enjoyable and achievable goal.

Creating the perfect dressage musical freestyle can be an overwhelming prospect. EquiChord, a professional music studio that provides creative musical arrangements and choreography for amateur and professional dressage riders alike, has authored Rhythm Riding – a book that provides a proven step-by-step process that makes learning to ride with music an enjoyable and achievable goal. Covering each level through FEI, the book begins with the basics of the compulsory requirements with a lists of do’s and don’ts, explores the addition of music, and then culminates with reinforcing exercises. In addition, the book provides a guide to available technology, the best metronomes, and a primer on the elements of music for beginners.

Best of all, the reader can immediately apply what they’ve learned while riding with the accompanying Rhythm Riding Practice CD. It supplies 60+ minutes of originally composed and arranged music from set to tempos that fit the average gaits of small medium and large horses.

Written in collaboration and consultation with internationally acclaimed dressage rider and trainer Dr. Cesar Parra, and it features interviews from: FEI rider, trainer and choreographer, Rebecca Langwost-Barlow, four-time Olympic gold medalist Nicole Uphoff-Selke and an international perspective from FEI judge Dr. Volker Moritz.

CECE MADDLONE studied ballet, choreography, and theater arts in her youth, and her passion for these has evolved to include her own dressage pursuits, which span the last 20 years. FRANK MADDLONE has been a composer and arranger for television and cinema since the 1980s. He adds his musical talents and technological wizardry to EquiChord’s unique offering of services for the dressage or performance rider. Read more about the educational opportunities and musical aids EquiChord offers at www.EquiChord.com.

Rhythm Riding: A Guide to Riding with Music, by CeCe and Frank Maddlone with Dr. Cesar Parra. Spiral bound, paperback, 155 pp • 6 x 9 • color photos, drawings, charts, and music CD. Distributed by Trafalgar Square Books.


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White Lies Dark Truth was selected for Honorable Mention list at the 2008 New York Book Festival

White Lies Dark Truth is a revolutionary guide to finding your inner voice, beyond the conditioning imposed on your thought processes since birth. The questions posed by White Lies Dark Truth are simple, but profound: Who are you? What are you living for? If you spend your life living for the good opinion of society, you will end up angry, and disillusioned: you must find a way to release yourself from these false goals and judgments. With this self-help guide, you can explore methods of healing and understanding that will contribute to your overall well-being. By utilizing the wisdom the book carries, you will attain a profound sense of contentment and freedom, thereby loosening the psychological chains that society tightens around you. Open your mind to the truth of who you are with White Lies Dark Truth, and you will see everything differently – especially yourself.

Mony Singh, the author of White Lies Dark Truth says that when you heal yourself, you can help to heal society, which is infected by anger, hate, and negative emotions. Peace in this world can only be achieved by reprogramming our minds and souls; removing the social viruses we carry with us from childhood. White Lies Dark Truth allows you to troubleshoot your own life, to find your spirituality once more, and to move forward into peace and enlightenment.

The impact of the book is widespread: recently showcased at the 2008 ALAA Expo, a growing readership is proof of the book’s powerful message. Critical acclaim for this unique self-help guide is growing stronger every day.

White Lies Dark Truth was selected for Honorable Mention list at the 2008 New York Book Festival (newyorkbookfestival.com) This book is the urgent needed of the society, especially our youth (teenagers and/or growing adults), where it is needed most.

To know more about the book, visit the books website at whiteliesdarktruth.com

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