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Santa Cruz Author’s Visually Stunning yet Practical ‘Posy Book’ the Perfect Holiday Stocking Stuffer

Gifting flowers conveys emotions and messages that can’t always be articulated in words.

Santa Cruz, CA, October 17, 2019 – Gifting flowers conveys emotions and messages that can’t always be articulated in words. Santa Cruz author Teresa Sabankaya helps translate those feelings for us in “The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets that Tell a Story.”

Just in time for the holidays, this inspiring book — a perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer — shows readers how to communicate exactly the right sentiment with exactly the right flower.

Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small circular gathering of flowers, plants and herbs chosen to communicate a particular emotion or sentiment.

Sabankaya provides detailed recipes for posies for a variety of sentiments. Thanks to her step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the confidence to make your own personalized arrangement. Make someone feel like a queen for a day with a posy made with calla lily and gardenias (which convey magnificent beauty and feminine charm). Or let that certain bestie know that you’ll be friends to the end with oak-leaf geraniums and mint. The sentiments are endless.

In the book’s foreword, New York Times best-selling author Amy Stewart writes: “Teresa has woven her wisdom, spirit, and artistry into this beautiful book. In these pages you’ll see that anyone can make a posy. Like a favorite recipe, it’s meant to be savored and shared.”

Purchase the book directly through the author’s website at www.teresasabankaya.com, or find it at local bookstores or online through Amazon.

About the author

A pioneer of the slow flower movement, Teresa Sabankaya runs the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz. She was featured in Michael Pollan’s PBS documentary “The Botany of Desire,” and has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning. Her work has been featured in Elle magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and many bridal magazines.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.teresasabankaya.com

Writers’ Connection Announces Launch of Publisher’s Portal

Denver, CO, 2019-Oct-14 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Writers’ Connection, an online community connecting new and traditionally unpublished authors with the resources required to publish a book, today announced the launch of its much anticipated Publisher Portal. This latest community feature connects the writer and author community with publishing industry professionals seeking new manuscripts to publish.

Since October 2017, Writers’ Connection has been a support network for emerging and established self-published authors, providing access to information on traditional and self-publishing options through a blog, social media outlets, articles and events. The Publisher Portal opens up the door for aspiring and existing authors to be contacted by legitimate agents and publishers specifically seeking their work. Agents and publishers can now browse new, unpublished manuscript descriptions and directly contact authors they are interested in publishing, providing detail specific submission guidelines for their organization.

“It’s essentially the reverse of the aging traditional publishing model,” said Anne Meick, CCO of Writers’ Connection. “Writers’ Connection strives to modernize the book publishing process by allowing publishers to seek and contact an author with the story they want to publish next, down to a very specific subject, story or mixed genre. The options for new works in progress is continuous and endless.”

The Publisher Portal is the latest addition to the growing Writers’ Connection community features. To date, thousands of emerging authors have joined Writers’ Connection, making social connections, and finding guidance, and information to get from book idea to their dream of published author credit.

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About Writers’ Connection

Writers’ Connection is a growing online community established to connect new and traditionally unpublished authors with the resources required to publish a book. Since 2017, it has been a resource and community for new and unpublished authors, providing connections, guidance, and information to writers just beginning the book publishing journey.

For more information, press only:
Anne Meick
720-580-1904
More@writers-connection.com
https://www.writers-connection.com

Tickets On Sale Now! Join Us On January 24th 2019… For a Presentation by Renowned Journalist and Author Steve Lopez – Mr. Lopez Meets Mr. Ayers: Exploring Mental Illness and Homelessness

Interim is bringing renowned author and Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez to the Monterey Bay.

Monterey, CA, December 13, 2018 – Interim is bringing renowned author and Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez to the Monterey Bay. Join us for this engaging community presentation – Mr. Lopez Meets Mr. Ayers: Exploring Mental Illness and Homelessness.

Get Your Tickets NOW!

Steve has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and is a three-time Pulitzer finalist for commentary.

Steve is also famous for his popular novel, The Soloist, which was turned into a movie starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. The Soloist is a true story of the unlikely friendship between Nathaniel Ayers and Steve Lopez, which began when he spotted Ayers, who he learned was homeless and living with schizophrenia, playing a two-string violin on skid row in Los Angeles.

About the Event:

Steve Lopez will talk about his experiences and insights, with an emphasis on homelessness and the mental health system of care. Steve will also talk about his friendship with Nathaniel Ayers. A casual reception for all event attendees will follow the presentation. Includes light refreshments. Steve will be signing copies of his book, The Soloist!

When: January 24, 2019, 7-9 PM

Where: Hyatt Regency, 1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA 93940

General Admission: $30

Sponsorships (see details below): $250-$2500

Online Tickets or Sponsorships: Eventbrite

Get Your Tickets NOW!

Phone Registration, Sponsorships or Other Questions: contact Our Development Officer, (831) 649-4522, ext 205

Event Sponsors

A big THANK YOU to all of our generous sponsors!

Platinum:

Wald Ruhnke and Dost Architects

Suhr Risk Services

Gold:

Alexander and Maryn Ljubimow

Bill Pardue and Barbara Mitchell

MidPen Housing

John Stafsnes and Iathan Annand

Fenton & Keller

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Weisshahn

Each Mind Matters

Silver:

The Nunez Company

Fran Baca

Wayne and Maureen Lavengood

Renee and Richard Kezirian

Suzanne Taunt

Sheila Holmes

Bronze:

Philip Bhaskar, D.MD. Monterey Oral Surgery

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Cohn

Anastacia Wyatt

Jocelyn Brady

Judith Ritchey

About Interim, Inc.

Interim, Inc. is the only agency in Monterey County that provides affordable housing, residential treatment, social support, homeless outreach and support, family outreach, and supported education and employment services for adults who have serious mental illnesses.

Our mission is to provide services and affordable housing supporting members of our community with mental illness in building productive and satisfying lives.

We believe that housing, healing, and hope are a path to mental health.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.interiminc.org

Author, Letter-Writer and Mayor of Chualar Veni Releases Follow-Up Book to Popular Debut ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered’

The Mayor of Chualar, author and advice columnist Veni, has released the follow-up to her popular first book “Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” with the new “Born to Lead.”

Chular, CA, September 20, 2018 — The Mayor of Chualar, author and advice columnist Veni, has released the follow-up to her popular first book “Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” with the new “Born to Lead.”

Veni, a Pumi Hungarian herding breed now 6 years old, continues to recount her adventures in America with “Born to Lead,” including her stint in county jail, running for President of the United States, starting a “Dear Veni” advice service for dogs, suing her dad’s surgeon, and finally, getting voted mayor of the small community of Chualar, California, where she lives with her parents Pam and JJ Jackson.

Veni was elected mayor of Chualar on Jan. 14, 2017, which she called the “best day a doggie could ever have.” She quickly assembled a cabinet that included Johnnie Collieran as Attorney General, Tippy the terrier as chief of police, Princess was named cabinet advisor and chauffer, Harley, a Yorkie, was named secretary of defense, and Louie became secretary of agriculture.

“I like it better than the first book,” says Veni’s parent and ghostwriter Pam Jackson. “I like this story, it’s really a storybook. It’s a fun book.”

After a rough first year that Veni describes in “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” in which her housemates Levi, another Pumi, would tease her mercilessly, and Demi, a standard poodle, who hated her from the start, as well as getting used to a new home and new parents in a foreign land — rural Chualar — Veni has settled into her new life and then some. She’s become a star in her own right.

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” also features a collection of letters from Veni to her Aunt Aurora back home in Hungary as well as letters to and from admirers and pen pals, including a few “boyfriends.”

Veni also recently attained an achievement award from AKC in which she won titles in herding, tricks (in which she had to do 10 different tricks), and canine good citizen.

“We are very proud of her. Canine good citizen was difficult for her because she is shy, but she did it!” says Jackson.

Jackson has been a dog trainer for more than 30 years, which gives her unique insight into how Veni thinks and acts.

“I love dogs and I love people, I become their psychologists,” she says about her profession as a dog trainer. “I’ve met a lot of interesting people in my life working with dogs. I work with 12-15 dogs per week, I have a good reputation and lots of referrals. It’s fun.”

She has trained several thousand dogs, including two different dogs who starred in the productions of the play “Annie”, and her own standard poodle, Charley, who played “Charley” in John Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charley.”

She and her husband adopted nine-week-old Veni on a trip to Venice Italy in 2012, thus the name Veni, short for Venice.

Born in Seattle and raised in Tule Lake, California, Jackson and her husband (who is from Klamath Falls, Oregon) have two grown sons in addition to the furry children. Her husband is a produce broker in Salinas and have lived in Chualar for 31 years.

One Amazon customer gave “Born to Lead” a 5-star review: “Very nice book. If you enjoyed her first book. This book is written from a dog’s point of view, a very nice book. If you enjoyed her first book, this one will not disappoint you.”

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” has received 4.5 out of five stars (80% five-star) in reviews on Amazon.com. Kirkus Reviews writes, “Veni is larger than life, and her voice makes for fun reading,” while a five-star review on Amazon says, “Such a fun book! I loved the part about her ‘mother’ being a dog trainer and had to hire a trainer for Veni. Veni is obviously very strong-willed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and hope Veni will share more of her adventures in the future.”

Well, the future is now. “Born to Lead” is available in both hardcover and paperback, and “Veni, Vidi, Vici” is available in paperback only, all are autographed, on Jackson’s website, http://pamjacksondogtraining.com (it is also available on Amazon.com). And Veni and Jackson are already hard at work on a third book, which will be about her adventures as a private detective. Veni and her doggie friends travel all over the world solving problems.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pamjacksondogtraining.com

“The Girl Who Tried to Catch the Moon” Inspires Young Readers to Pursue Their Dreams

First time author, Ashby Bland, brilliantly captures the idea of working toward a goal with a simple, yet profound voice.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (USA), August 27th, 2016 — You’ve heard the quote “if at first you don’t succeed, try-try again.” The main character in this new children’s picture, “The Girl Who Tried to Catch the Moon” brings the idea of being persistent to life. First time author, Ashby Bland, brilliantly captures the idea of working toward a goal with a simple, yet profound voice.

“I want young readers to have the confidence to go for their dreams,” said Ashby Bland, author and recently enrolled freshman at Columbia University. “Too many are quick to tell people they can’t do something; this book was written to encourage readers to set their goals and then persistently work towards achieving them.”

Ms. Bland first penned “The Girl Who Tried to Catch” the Moon when she was just four years old. Over the years she would stumble upon the story and make little refinements but the message always stayed the same. “You can do anything you put your mind to,” said Bland.

People discouraged Ms. Bland from applying to Columbia University, number four on the list of most difficult universities to get into according to the 2016 Hardest to Get survey which ranks 1,349 colleges based on acceptance rates. However, she had a goal of attending college there and set her sights on being accepted. She begins her freshman year this fall where she is studying Creating Writing.

Ms. Bland has been writing short stories, poems and novels since her early childhood and hopes that her first book, “The Girl Who Tried to Catch the Moon” is the start of a series of stories about girls and boys who try different things in their life.

“I know that young readers will be captivated by the colorful illustrations that accompany this inspiring tale,” said Lisa Umina, founder and publisher of Halo Publishing International. “Ashby has written a wonderful story that will help children see that, even if a dream seems impossible, like catching the moon, if you try hard enough you just might be successful.”

“I am excited to see this story come to life and be available for children all over,” said Bland. “I hope young readers are encouraged by this story of having a dream, working hard, overcoming obstacles, and problem solving to eventually see your dream become a reality.”

Certainly for Ms. Bland, this delightful story is a testament to her persistence, problem solving skills and ultimate success.

“The Girl Who Tried to Catch the Moon” is available in hard cover for $18.95 through:
Halo Publishing – http://halopublishing.com/1a-c/ashby-bland.html#the-girl-who-tried-to-catch-the-moon

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Who-Tried-Catch-Moon/dp/1612444962/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471880957&sr=8-1&keywords=9781612444963

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-who-tried-to-catch-the-moon-ashby-bland/1124420099?ean=9781612444963

About Ashby Bland:
Ashby Bland is an eighteen year old writer and artist from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is currently a freshman at Columbia University in the City of New York. In the future, Ashby will continue to create thought-provoking works of art and literature.

About Halo Publishing International:
Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. http://www.HaloPublishing.com

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
contact@halopublishing.com
http://www.halopublishing.com

Newly Released Dagah: The Great Fish is a Whale of a Tale!

Author Victoria McCarty Pens a Heartfelt Children’s Story of Faith and Trust.

Baltimore, MD (USA), August 26th, 2016 — We are familiar with the story of Jonah, a Bible story of epic proportions told of a man who is swallowed whole by a whale. But have we ever considered the story from the whale’s point of view? “Dagah: The Great Fish” is just that, the tale of a great whale who was called upon by God to participate in a mission far greater than he could have imagined.

“When my friend Inky asked the question – what did the whale think – it inspired me to create a colorful children’s book that would explore the relationship the fish had with God and how he came to swallow Jonah,” said author Victoria McCarty. “The question was asked jokingly but Inky really helped me delve into the story further and imagine what it would be like to be asked to do something far outside our comfort zone. “Dagah: The Great Fish” explores that experience. How do we respond when we are asked to do something we are sure we cannot.

In the story “Dagah: The Great Fish”, the main character is swimming along happily when he hears a voice that asks him to leave the comforts of home, food, and shelter and travel into the cold, dark waters of the unknown. Through a strong faith and trust in God, Dagah travels into a variety of interesting places and plays a major role in the story of Jonah, a simple man that God is also used for far greater good.

“Dagah: The Great Fish” is Victoria’s own experience in being asked to do something out of the norm. Prior to this story, Victoria has enjoyed writing but it was a very private endeavor. However, with “Dagah: The Great Fish” she felt called upon to create a story of faith and share it with the world.

“My hope is that “Dagah: The Great Fish” will resonate with young readers,” said McCarty. “Children have all experienced times when teachers, parents and other adults in their life have asked them to do something they felt was too difficult. Hopefully “Dagah: The Great Fish” will teach them that through faith and trust in God, who is always at their side offering support and comfort, they can accomplish great things.”

“Not only is this a wonderful children’s story,” said Lisa Umina, founder and publisher of Halo Publishing International, “but it is also a tale that will inspire parents to seek out more information about Jonah and other stories in the Bible that focus on God’s love and the importance of trusting in Him.”

Victoria’s story is accompanied by the beautiful art of her sister, Sarah Holtsberg, who is currently attending college. Her drawings bring the story of Dagah to life.

“Dagah: The Great Fish” is available through Halo Publishing as well as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

About Victoria McCarty:
Victoria McCarty is an art teacher, writer and active participant in children’s ministry in rural Carroll County, Maryland. She resides with her husband, dog, and cat focusing on church activities and creating studio artwork. Sharing God’s word in creative ways is one of Victoria’s passions. “Dagah: The Great Fish” is her first published work.

About Halo Publishing International:
Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. http://www.HaloPublishing.com

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
contact@halopublishing.com
http://www.halopublishing.com

Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, releases Lady Justice and the Conspiracy Trial

Author Robert Thornhill releases Lady Justice and the Conspiracy Trial, volume #2 in his Lady Justice mystery/comedy series.

Independence, MO, March 08, 2016 – In Lady Justice and the Conspiracy Trial, author, Robert Thornhill, continues to ask the question, “Are we being poisoned?”

Investigative reporter, Jack Carson, has been murdered, but by whom?

Police arrest mob boss Carmine Marchetti, but Walt is convinced that it was the work of government assassins, sent to silence the reporter before he could expose a clandestine program that for decades had been spraying deadly chemicals into the atmosphere for weather control and defense.

Will justice prevail or will the government’s dirty little secret remain hidden?

Lee Ashford of Reader’s Favorite writes, “Lady Justice and the Conspiracy Trial by Robert Thornhill is another brilliantly-conceived mystery/comedy novel from the biographer of Walt Williams and creator of the Lady Justice series of contemplative tales. As fresh and timely as all the stories in this series, Lady Justice and the Conspiracy Trial tackles a troubling theory gaining traction just below the surface of public consciousness.

“Whether truth or fiction, the subject matter of this story – and its immediate predecessor, Lady Justice and the Conspiracy – will have readers surreptitiously peering beyond their curtains at the sky above.

“Once again we find the intrepid Walt Williams, senior citizen extraordinaire, right in the thick of a dangerous situation. As the body count rises, Walt understandably fears for his safety and the safety of his loved ones. This time he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

Lady Justice and the Conspiracy Trial is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered whether the government is perhaps not always forthcoming with “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” in its response to requests for information.

“Has our government conspired to foist a deadly top-secret program on our planet, or is this just an imaginative and witty tale? It will give you an adrenaline rush, regardless of what you ultimately believe. It will also give you something to think about.

“Robert Thornhill has a noteworthy talent for crafting compelling tales ripped from the headlines of our daily newspapers. Lady Justice and the Conspiracy Trial will grip you from beginning to end and may well color your dreams at night.

“Five stars and two thumbs up for Lady Justice and the Conspiracy Trial.”

Robert began writing at the ripe old age of 66 and in six years has penned twenty-two novels in the Lady Justice series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.

During the past year, nine volumes in the Lady Justice series reached the #1 rank in the book’s category on Amazon.

For more information, go to http://booksbybob.com/lady-justice-and-the-conspiracy-trial_431.html

For link to Amazon, go to http://www.amazon.com/Justice-Conspiracy-Trial-Robert-Thornhill-ebook/dp/B01BRK5K4M

Contact:
Robert Thornhill
Books By Bob
21312 E. 37th Terr Ct S
Independence, MO 64057
660-383-6011
booksbybob@hotmail.com
http://booksbybob.com

Author Netanel Semrik re-launched best-selling book “Jonathan in the Kingdom of Mood Balloons” in English, Chinese, Arabic and Hebrew

Released on: October 1, 2015, 9:49 am (EDT)
Author: Netanel Semrik, Contento Now
Industry: Education, Entertainment, Internet & Online, Media

Does your child has difficulties to manage their emotions?- “Jonathan in the Kingdom of Mood Balloons” has the answer!

Tel Aviv, Israel, October 1, 2015 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — A new release of the best-selling emotional management book by Netanel Semrik. Find the book on Amazon in English, Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew: http://goo.gl/b1iaai

How many times a day are your children emotionally shaken?
How many times have you seen your child throwing a temper tantrum, frustrated, angry, screaming and shouting?

Everything you have tried doing – shouting, caressing, embracing, yelling, punishing – have only served to send them deeper into their emotional turmoil. Have you experienced your children being sad because they had a fight with a friend? They cry, their sadness threatening to engulf them completely and maybe engulf you a little too.

You are probably familiar with the situation in which your little loved ones are in the middle of a jealousy attack; irritating, snatching, pushing one of their siblings who got a gift or attention, exhibiting little to no self-control. Your children’s emotional mood takes over their entire world and it seems as if nothing can stop the emotional storm. Your children’s eruptive behavior is threatening to control you too. You often feel helpless. Now, please close your eyes and imagine your children are able to manage their emotions and thoughts. Imagine them doing it in an easy, simple and intuitive way. Imagine them feeling so comfortable with themselves that they have no problem sharing their feelings with you.

Is it a Dream?
Is it a reality?
Is it possible?

Yes!

They will be able to do it once you allow them to float off to the dreamy world of Mood Balloons. Mood Balloons? Yes. Mood Balloons. Mood and balloons. This is a Kingdom in which each thought and emotion is connected to the tops of our heads by a string: A Mood Balloon.

Every balloon has a unique color representing our mood at any given moment. The Mood Balloon expresses the mood and the color of the world our children are experiencing. Our emotional management tool is intended for children between the 3 -6 years old, the dream period of early childhood. During this period they will meet the very violent world of stimulation and screens which is all around us. The Mood Balloons allow the children to deal with this harsh world by means of little, charming childhood images. This happens with the help of a simple and friendly tool. The Children color their Mood Balloons with five easy steps, and as we, the parents would say, start managing their moods:

Observation: the children are asked to observe the colorful balloons. Every color symbolizes an emotion they experience and feel. (Pink – love, blue – sadness, orange -joy, and so on)

Point of view: the Mood Balloon’s color can mold the children’s perception of reality, causing them to experience and believe a story that is not a true story as if it was. The Mood Balloon’s color is the color through which the children perceive people and things in the world. Attention: We ask the children to pay attention to every emotional storm they experience, which calms them down before the mood takes over their world and colors their Mood Balloon.

Breathing: the children win the key to the kingdom of their personal emotions by breathing.

Success: children who have chosen the color of their Mood Balloon and stand behind their choice will not be emotionally shaken the next time a storm passes by. All over the world thousands of children reading and listening to this story are carried away by this magical and imaginary tale. It fortifies their ability to believe in themselves as the person in charge of their own moods.

The book invites you, the parents, to give your children tools which will enable them to conduct a different conversation with the world. A conversation existing in an indirect and colorful space, without clouding the delicate “I” which wakes up, develops and lands in this word in the years of early childhood. Apparently, there is another option to the limited conversation: “How was playschool today?” with the constant, vague answer: “Fun”. You can ask the children what Mood Balloon they met today. You wouldn’t believe the wealth of stories and experiences that will burst out of that conversation.

The Mood Balloon reality becomes an accessible, easy and simple emotional base through which the child’s experiences are easily accessed and converted.

Netanel Semrik is the founder of Contento Now, an international publishing house. Which have published more than 250 books of fiction, autobiographies, non-fiction and academic works. Netanel is married and has 3 children. Read more at http://www.contentonow.com/

Netanel Semrik, netanel@contento-publishing.com , Phone: +972-3-561-6666, For more quality books go to: http://www.contentonow.com/.

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“Changing a Culture through the Lens of Storytelling and Reading”

Eli Media Productions Book Project Release, “TomKat, A Family Dinner, Table Manners”

Weston, FL, May 28, 2015 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — Eli Media Productions announces the New Release of the first TomKat Book Series, “TomKat, A Family Dinner, Table Manners.”

The TomKat Series feature four main characters, Professor TomKat, Sari, Tommie, and Kayle TomKat.

Eli, the author of the TomKat children books, captures teaching moments of practical everyday living and forms the subject matter into stories and instructional reading books.

TomKat, A Family Dinner portrays Professor TomKat taking his family out to dinner to celebrate at an upscale restaurant. Sari, Professor TomKat’s wife, teaches Tommie and Kayle the rules of etiquette while enjoying dinner with the family.

“We are in the business of ‘Changing a Culture’ through the lens of storytelling and reading. If we successfully engage, excite, and educate early readers, then we will begin to build stronger foundations for enriched neighborhoods and communities,” said Leigh Hardaway, CEO of Eli Media Productions.

Eli Media Productions is pleased to announce TomKat Book Series, “TomKat, A Family Dinner makes a debut at the Book Expo America, BEA. Checkout TomKat, as he is featured as a member of the New Titles Showcase starting May 27, 2015 – May 29, 2015.

Eli Media Productions, founded in 2014, offers educational resources to reflect the characteristics of the Ecological Theory. The first year’s project will be a series of stories to target the primary educational levels Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade.

Eli is committed to designing instructional learning activities to make reading fun!

For more information visit www.elimediaproductions.com!

Contact-Details: Eli Media Productions
Leigh Hardaway
P.O. Box 266223
Weston, Florida 33326
Contact Telephone: 678-597-8122
Website: www.elimediaproductions.com

The Journey for Mama’s Babies, a Non-fiction Book by Melissa R. Pandolf Released Worldwide

Melissa Pandolf, author and mother of four adopted children takes readers through her personal journey of the complex adoption process. The Journey for Mama’s babies is a story inspired by the process and unconditional love.

Patchogue, NY, USA (April 8, 2014) — The Journey for Mama’s Babies, enlightening, easy to read, and arrestingly honest, will captivate anyone who has ever navigated the intricacies of the adoption process or who cares about someone who has. Both inspiring and open-eyed, this tender, telling story of a family built across oceans, languages, and every imaginable obstacle will take hold of your heart, and make you hold your loved ones closer still. (http://www.facebook.com/thejourneyformamasbabies)

When Melissa Pandolf and her husband, Doug, began the adoption process, the hopeful mother-to-be had her sights set on quickly welcoming two beaming babies to make the Pandolf house a family home. However, after three years, four trips to Russia, one trip to Washington, DC, and two plane crashes that threatened to bring their dream down around them, she came to realize that a bigger destiny awaited them on the other side of the world. As the adoptive parents of four Russian siblings, the young Long Island couple learned the true meaning of family, and what it means to go the extra mile to give your children what they need.

Beginning with the first meeting with an adoption agency, The Journey for Mama’s Babies chronicles the Pandolfs’ three-year odyssey to bring their babies home. From her naïve initial assumptions about the process to her ultimate hard-won savvy and resolve, Pandolf shares every key aspect of the experience, including the unexpected depression that can be companion to this emotionally wrenching process. With clear-eyed candor, the author recounts the ups and downs, the unexpected twists, and the backward loops that frequently punctuated their mission.

“Finding the time to write about this amazing journey is an accomplishment in and of itself, but being able to produce a book that my children can read and re-read, and digest their journey at their own pace, of how they became “Mama’s Babies”, is by far the most proudest accomplishment of my life. I love my children fiercely and this book is just one way that I demonstrate my love for them,” says the author.

Being able to share the great lengths adoptive parents will go to in order to build their family through adoption, and also give non-adoptive families another angle to view adoption from, has been a blessing in disguise. I find that my readers are thankful for opening their eyes to a world that is full of assumptions.”

“Melissa has captured the complexity and the passion of the adoption process in this story. Her honest and ability to share even the most difficult aspects of the adoption process will help other families get through!” says Charlotte Torti MSW, LMSW, Senior Social Worker, Wide Horizons For Children.

The Journey for Mama’s Babies, by Melissa R. Pandolf, 194 pages in paperback, ISBN-10: 0615865429, ISBN-13: 978-0615865423, is published by Harpan Publishing (November 26, 2013). It is available through major on-line booksellers and select book stores.

About the Author:
Melissa R. Pandolf is the adoptive mom to four biological Russian siblings, two of whom have special needs. She recently celebrated her twentieth year serving in the United States military, and is currently serving in the Air National Guard. She has an AAS degree in financial management, as well as an associate degree in allied health services, from the Community College of the Air Force. She was born and raised in Huntington, New York and graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1992. Melissa is a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1469 in Huntington, New York. She lives in Patchogue, Long Island, with her husband, four children, and the family dog. Her life, as crazy and hectic as it is, is perfect, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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