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Love’s Affliction, a novel. Love across racial and cultural boundaries

Canton, Ohio, October 21, 2014 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — From Fidelis O. Mkparu comes a moving debut romance, Love’s Affliction, the story of love across racial and cultural boundaries, when a young Nigerian premed student, Joseph Fafa, falls for Wendy Crane. Coming to North Carolina at seventeen to attend college, Joseph is forced to fight racial prejudice daily while pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. He meets Wendy Crane, whose wealthy father opposes their relationship. It is said that young love rarely reaches its full potential, but Joseph and Wendy are determined to prove everyone wrong. Love’s Affliction captures the weakness and heartbreak of forbidden love. Will their romance endure the scrutiny of a racially-charged small college town?

As Ella EL-Kildani, M.Ed, Educator, Director of Genta Educational and Tutorial ser-vices puts it, Love’s Affliction reveals the “intense passion, ambition, and determination, between two college co-eds from opposite ethnic and social classes” and “the agonizing, yet thrilling journey into a late 70’s multicultural romance.”

Fidelis O. Mkparu is a Harvard-trained cardiologist whose background and experience form the basis of this fictional work. He lives in Canton, Ohio where he is a consultant cardiologist.

Selected endorsements:

“Loves Affliction is a poignant and emotional story of young love as it transforms from friendship to forbidden love, despite the cultural and racial barriers dictated by society.”
—Detroit Daytime Talkshow Examiner

“Love’s Affliction is a must-read book. It is part of a growing African migrant literature produced in the United States and dealing with important themes such as student-life abroad, love, romance, and cross-racial or cross-cultural encounters. The writing is very alluring and compelling, revealing the sophisticated nature of a new type of African literature from the United States.”
—Babacar M’Baye, PhD,
Kent State University, author of The Trickster Comes West



• National Radio & Print Campaign
• Major Book Club Outreach
• 5-city author tour
• Library Outreach
• Online Publicity Campaign Targeting Major National Sites,
Entertainment Sites, and Book Blogs
• Coordinated Blog Tour
• Social Networking Campaign on Goodreads & Facebook
• Author Twitter @lovesaffliction
• Visit Fidelis’ blog at www.fomkparu.com
• Contact: Fidelis O Mkparu, email: fom@neomed.edu

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Contact-Details: Fidelis O Mkparu
330 353 3679

Multicultural Publisher Donates Language and Activity Books to Libraries Across the West

Nationally-lauded Spanish/bilingual books, activity mysteries and ebooks featuring black, white, Hispanic and Asian children are now available at multiple libraries and web sites.

Midvale, UT, May 09, 2013 – What: Bilingual and activity books for families and educators seeking ethnically-diverse children’s literature

Who: Premio Publishing & Gozo Books—publishers of nationally-lauded children’s language and activity books with diverse ethnic characters

Where / When: Multicultural books and ebooks now available at libraries across the West and on several sites including: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, MulticulturalKidsBooks.com, Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Smashwords and Etsy.

More Info: Publisher Karl Beckstrand will be presenting on Creating & Publishing Children’s Books for Broadest Reach (including ebooks and Print-On-Demand) at the LDStorymakers Conference Friday, May 10, at 10:40 a.m. at the Provo, Utah Marriott Hotel. Premio Publishing’s books are available nationwide via Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Follett Library Resources/BWI Title Wave, Premiobooks.com, Amazon and Ingram.

Story Idea:
May 8, 2013, MIDVALE, UT, USA – Parents and teachers seeking more racially-diverse educational books for children have new options—and more places to find them. This month Premio Publishing & Gozo Books has made its multicultural activity and language books available at more than 75 libraries and bookmobiles in the West.

The books feature children of black, white, Asian, Hispanic and mixed races, and come with finding or counting activities, online secrets and even recipes. Surprise twists, vivid images and humor hold student attention and make them repeat readers. Hundreds of the nationally-lauded English and Spanish books (with pronunciation guide), activity mysteries, ebooks and non-fiction books on immigrants have also been donated around the world.

The publisher has also increased the number of web sites that offer its diverse books and ebooks internationally–including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Smashwords and Etsy. Premiobooks.com offers a free geography ebook: It Ain’t Flat: A Memorizable Book of Countries meant to be read aloud. They plan to release interactive book apps later this year.

Premio Publishing’s multicultural books have been praised by School Library Journal, the Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews and others. While their educational children’s books may be ordered via Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Follett Library Resources/BWI Title Wave, Ingram, Amazon and others, the publisher will continue to donate books to US libraries and charities. Libraries that did not receive a free bilingual book with pronunciation guide may contact the publisher while quantities last.

Premio’s publisher, Karl Beckstrand, will be presenting on Creating & Publishing Children’s Books for Broadest Reach (including ebooks and Print-On-Demand) at the LDStorymakers Conference Friday, May 10 at 10:40 a.m. at the Provo, Utah Marriott Hotel.

Media Advisory:
CONTACT: Hysen Sisco

Premio Publishing & Gozo Books has been delighting families and educators since 2004. Our multicultural activity books (including Spanish and bilingual books with pronunciation guide, picture-book mysteries, ebooks, and kid’s cookbook) have diverse characters in funny, engaging vivid color. Nationally-lauded (ForeWord Reviews, Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, Barnes & Noble) our educational stories capture attention and create repeat readers. They are not about ethnic or racial diversity; they simply feature Hispanic, black, Asian, white and mixed-race children and address fear, courage, sharing and giving. Find our children’s books via: Baker & Taylor, Bn.com, Brodart, Amazon, Follett Library Resources/BWI Title Wave, Ingram, Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo and Premiobooks.com (free online books). Laughs, Learning & Family Fun for ages 2 and up (bedtime should never put parents to sleep)! Premiobooks.com.

She Doesn’t Want the Worms – Ella no quiere los gusanos was named in the top 10 “Best Books” of 2011 – ForeWord Reviews Magazine and featured in School Library Journal. Crumbs on the Stairs – Migas en las escaleras: A Mystery consistently ranks in Amazon’s top 10 bestselling books for ESL, large print, and also Spanish children’s titles. Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids was praised in Horn Book’s blog review.

Publisher/Speaker Karl Beckstrand is an eight-time published author with 16 titles online. His popular Mini-mysteries for Minors series educates as it entertains. Raised in San Jose, California, USA, Beckstrand received a BA in journalism from BYU and is pursuing an MA in international relations from APU. An engaging guest and consultant, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, marketing, public policy, broadcasting and film. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and he enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Beckstrand’s work has appeared in: Border’s Books, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Deseret Book, Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Papercrafts Magazine and various broadcasts. (See: “Karl Beckstrand – Author” on FB, Twitter & Amazon)

Publisher Available For Interview, Speaking & Consultation. SE Habla Espanol.

Hysen Sisco
Premio Publishing & Gozo Books, LLC
648 W. Wasatch St.
Midvale, UT 84047 USA