Pamela Sherrod Announces Talent Search for Casting of Upcoming Film

A Detour to Mexico - Pamela SherrodMarch 28, 2016 (Sarasota, FL) – Screenwriter and producer, Pamela Sherrod, announced today that she will be launching two exciting talent competitions to find performers and songwriters for her upcoming musical film based on her book, A Detour to Mexico. Auditions for actors are now also open, as well as a special competition for student interns.
Sherrod wrote the screenplay for the film in 2005 with her partner, Altovise Davis, the widow of Rat Pack star, Sammy Davis Jr. That same year, Sherrod also stumbled into the center of one of Hollywood’s most vicious legal battles – the fight over Sammy’s estate. The writer, who remained focused on finishing the screenplay, would eventually chronicle those tumultuous events in her book, Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate.
Filled with daunting setbacks, shocking tragedies, and amazing triumphs, it has taken eleven years for this project to begin.
A Detour to Mexico is full of dazzling characters who’re just waiting to be brought to life,” says Sherrod, “We wanted to shed light, not only on Mexico’s culture, language and history, but the miraculous power of love to overcome adversity. Music always offers a powerful way to convey a lasting message. So, we’re especially excited about the contest to find a writer who’ll compose the film’s main theme song. We wanted to deliver a story about a miracle, and now, in producing the film, we’re actually experiencing one!”
Through the years, Sherrod has remained faithful to the vision she shared with Altovise, who died only a few months after they formed their production company. The pair has always felt strongly about the importance of showcasing the talent of new and emerging artists and encouraging high goals.
Their mission was initially prompted by a special request made by Altovise’s husband. Sammy Davis Jr. never attended school; he couldn’t read or write until he was an adult. Having always regretted this, he urged Altovise to reach out to kids and emphasize the importance of getting an education. His wishes were projected towards artistic children, especially.
The two women came up with a magical story and created the Langstons, a gifted family of entertainers who travel to Acapulco to compete in a competition.  Motivated by the goal of being featured in a movie, the Langstons trek across the back roads of Mexico, unprepared for the challenges they’ll meet.
“It’s life-imitating-art,” says Sherrod, regarding the contests. “The winners will gain, not only a cash prize, but a chance to perform in the film. This is the most exciting part, because it offers undiscovered stars the visibility they need, a chance to shine in the spotlight on a platform that can launch their careers.”
The talent competitions are now open to singers, dancers and songwriters in the United States, Mexico and Canada.  A video production contest for student interns will also be launched this month. For more information about the contests, auditions, and internships, go to ADetourToMexico.com
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Author Pamela Sherrod to Attend Local Author Festival at Orlando Public Library

Local Author Festival at Orlando Public LibraryMarch 24, 2016 (Orlando, FL) – Pamela Sherrod, author of the book Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate and the screenplay for the upcoming film A Detour to Mexico, announced today that she will be attending the Spring Local Authors Festival at the Orlando Public Library. The event will take place on May 21, 2016 from 2-4pm.
The Orlando Public Library regularly hosts Local Authors Festivals to support Central Florida authors. Other authors set to attend the event include Leslie Howe, Ed Wysocki, Paige Lavoie, Bianda Sombright, Dennis Wall, Michael Welch, and Joyce Gaines. Each author will have a table with books available for purchase and signing.
“It’s always an immense pleasure to get out in the community and talk with other readers and writers,” says Sherrod, “I’m particularly excited because the dream that Altovise Davis and I had to make Sammy’s story known is finally being realized.  And the fact that A Detour to Mexico is finally being made into a film holds a special place in my heart since Altovise and I always talked about instilling a love of education in children and encouraging them to aspire to greatness in their lives.”
Sammy Davis Jr.:The Writer Who Saved His Estate tells the story of how Pamela Sherrod unintentionally stumbled into the center of one of Hollywood’s longest and most vicious legal battles and played a vital role in the historic outcome of the Sammy Davis Jr. Estate. Sammy’s embattled estate teetered between the control of his wife – whose life was wracked by alcoholism – and the two men who were determined to seize it. The tragedies that followed would challenge, not only Sherrod’s faith in God, but the very essence of the work that she’d begun.
In 2005, when Sherrod partnered with Altovise Davis, Sammy Davis Jr.’s wife, to create inspirational and educational family films, they began to discuss the importance of education and goals of high achievement in children.  A Detour to Mexico tells the tale of an American family’s adventures while traveling to a talent competition in Mexico. While the family is comprised of truly gifted musicians, they find they must deal with unexpected challenges along the way.  A Detour to Mexico is a magical tale, an unforgettable story about the miracle of love and triumph over adversity.
At the Local Authors Festival, Pamela will have a table and be available to meet with readers and discuss both of her works.
The event will take place at the Orlando Public Library, which is located at 101 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 7323. Further information about the library can be found at http://www.ocls.info/locations/MainLibrary/.
For additional information, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at bookpublicityservices@gmail.com or 805.807.9027.
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Author Andrea Amosson to Participate in International Book Fair Hosted in Her Native Chile

Cuentos EncaderadosInternational Book Fair Zicosur (FILZIC)March 23, 2016 (Antofagasta, Chile) – Andrea Amosson announced today that she will be traveling to her birthplace of Antofagasta, Chile to participate as a guest author at the sixth annual International Book Fair Zicosur (FILZIC).  The International Book Fair in Antofagasta is an important multicultural event in northern Chile and one of the most significant regional fairs in Latin America. The event will take place from April 26 through May 8, 2016.
Andrea Amosson’s presentation will be on Friday, April 29, at 5PM. She will be discussing her book Cuentos Encaderados, a collection of short stories that feature strong women and the strength they have within them to handle any challenging situation that comes their way. Each story is about a different woman, in a different circumstance. The women in these stories each have varying backgrounds, cultures, and histories. Their stories are empowering, relatable, and thought-provoking. Cuentos Encaderados has been translated into an English version titled Told from the Hips.
Amosson commented, “So much of my identity as an author is tied to being Chilean. I’m incredibly excited to visit and discuss my book with Latin American readers at one of the biggest cultural events in Chile.”
FILZIC will be held from April 26 to May 8, 2016. Authors from all over Latin America are set to participate in the event, including Jorge Baradit, Juan Villoro, Mary Olivia Monckeberg, Mario Valdivia, Pablo Simonetti, Rafael Gumucio, Raul Sohr, and Sergio Rojas.
The festival will be located at Calle Simón Bolívar 255, 1243199 Antofagasta, Chile. For more information visit http://www.filzic.cl/wp/
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Mitchell Charles Announces the Upcoming Release of His Young Adult Fantasy Adventure Audiobook

kingdom of oceanaMarch 21, 2016 (Beverly Hills, CA) – Mitchell Charles announced today that his young adult fantasy adventure novel, The Kingdom of Oceana, will be released as an audiobook in May 2016.
The story takes place five centuries ago, on the island now called Hawaii, where there was a kingdom filled with adventure, beauty, and magic.  When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise.
As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt–just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? Two brothers, but only one can rule.
The Kingdom of Oceana takes readers on a fun and exciting adventure filled with big wave surfing, fire walking, and shark taming, while also dealing with real-world environmental issues like ocean conservation.
“While the book is fiction, it is heavily influenced by the rich and beautiful Hawaiian myths, legends, locales, and culture. Many locations in the story are inspired by real places in Hawaii,” says Charles. “The audiobook is narrated by Lanai native and Honolulu based voiceover artist Rayton Lamay, who brings his inherent authenticity to the story, as he shifts from narrator to each character’s dialogue with his lyrical “pidgin” (Hawaiian dialect) accent. You can listen to the first chapter of the audiobook here: http://kingdomofoceana.com/audio-book/.”
The Kingdom of Oceana is available for sale on Amazon in eBook and paperback. Charles is currently working on the second book in the Kingdom of Oceana series, The Legend of the Nine Sacred Pearls. For more information, visit http://kingdomofoceana.com/.
For media inquiries, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or 805.807.9027.
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Authors John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo Announce Book Signing in Delray Beach

The Painting and The Piano by John Lipscomb and Adrianne LugoMarch 14, 2016 (Delray Beach, FL) – Authors John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo announced today that they will be at Native Sun Clothing in Delray Beach, FL on March 24, 2016 from 5-8pm to do a book signing for their memoir, The Panting and the Piano.
Filled with hope, inspiration and humor, The Painting and the Piano is an unforgettable story of pain, loss and the undying human quest for happiness.
Growing up more than a thousand miles apart and worlds away from each other, Johnny and Adrianne seemed to have all that a child could ask for. However, the demons of their respective mothers would tear their young, fragile lives apart.
Eventually, destiny would bring Johnny and Adrianne together, but first they had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negligent court system would take on them. With parts of Adrianne’s story ripped from national news headlines, their story takes them from the depths of despair and near death, to their first serendipitous introduction and the moment each knew they were finally safe.
Adrianne and Johnny’s stories are unique, but share parallels that create a taut and emotionally compelling narrative.
“Addiction and recovery is a topic very near and dear to our hearts,” says Lipscomb, “we are happy that our experiences have allowed us to help others in their journeys.”
The book signing event at Native Sun Clothing is free and open to the public. Copies of The Painting and the Piano will be available for sale.
Native Sun is located at 209 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Further information about the store can be found at PalmBeachNativeSun.com.
For media inquiries, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at (805) 807-9027 or kelsey@bookpublicityservices.com.
 
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It Is Only Money and It Grows on Trees!

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It Is Only Money and It Grows on Trees!, by Cara MacMillan, is a narrative that explores how the concept of money differs throughout various world religions and cultures. It also looks at ways in which readers can increase their own wealth through consideration of these practices.
The story takes place in a classroom where a teacher named Catherine has written the word, Money, in large capital letters on the blackboard. She invites her students to help her define what money is. The students propose varying answers, and Catherine explains how each of these different definitions comes from our cultural, religious, family, and economic backgrounds.
It Is Only Money will inspire, challenge, and encourage you to ask: Why am I not rich? What do I need to learn? And how can I change my thoughts and actions?
“This is not a get rich quick book – it is a book about authenticity,” says MacMillan. “When we learn to break free of our patterns and choose to recognize that money is just a resource, we too can become rich and truly enjoy today.”
“Cara P. MacMillan’s It Is Only Money is a well-written and imaginative multi ethnic and multi cultural look at acquiring wealth. I loved the give and take between Catherine, the teacher, and the diverse group of students who are in her class. Through this device, the author explores the role of money in Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religions, and discusses how the biblical story, The Parable of the Talents, can be used as a way to explore one’s own talents and ability to actively make money. MacMillan’s thoughts on passive income streams, investments, and finding one’s passion as opposed to merely doing a job one hates are well-presented… It Is Only Money is highly recommended.” – Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
It Is Only Money and It Grows on Trees! was published by Halcyon Consulting Publication in October 2015.  It is available for sale on Amazon.

 

Introduction
As the students walked in to the classroom, they looked up to see “Money” written in large letters on the whiteboard. Grumbling could be heard as kids elbowed each other and pointed to the board.
David finally spoke up. “It’s about time this class got interesting.”
The kids sat down just as the guest professor walked in.
“Hi, my name is Catherine. I am here to teach you about money. Let’s start with a question—let me qualify, every answer is right—so, what is money?”
There was silence for a while. Then finally, the answers started to come…
“Money makes you popular.”
“Money is power.”
“Money means shopping.”
“Money means rich.”
“Money means you can buy whatever you want.”
“Money means you don’t have to work.”
“Money is something you fight over.”
“Money is greed.”
“Money is fun.”
The answers paused at this point, so Catherine asked if anyone else had anything to say.
Amal spoke very quietly. “Money is responsibility.”
Joseph smiled. “Money grows on trees!”
Everyone laughed.
Dayo spoke up. “Money is everywhere.”
Prisha added, “Money is necessary.”
Sean said, “Money is abundance.”
“And what is abundance?” Catherine asked.
Sean smiled. “I don’t know, but I saw it on the board over there.”
With this the whole class laughed again. Catherine smiled and looked around the classroom. “You each have a true definition of money. Yes, they are all very different, but we each are very different. Our definition of money comes from our families, our cultures, and our society. We each have a paradigm, or a picture in our heads, about what money means to us. Today we are going to look at those definitions and try to come up with a class definition.
“So, what is money? Simply put, money is the resource that we use for exchange. We exchange work for money. We exchange other resources like food or shelter for money. But that definition did not come up in our brainstorming.
“It seems that we have added so much to the meaning of money that we all mean something very different when we say the same word. Why?
“Many aspects of our lives have become complicated. It is the price to pay for industrialization and globalization. e truth is, as we became industrialized, our demand for resources dramatically increased. So we wanted more things, and for that we needed more money. And we kept accumulating.”
“And the more things that we have, the richer we are, and the more popular we are,” Zoe said.
“But each culture still has its own teaching about money and our relationship with it. Each family has its own history and experience with money on top of the cultural teaching. So when we add this all up…it’s complicated.
“It is time to simplify and break it down into its basic components. What is money? What are our beliefs about money? What are society’s beliefs about money that are similar to our own? How do we follow our own beliefs about money rather than someone else’s?
“Are you ready? Let’s start.”

 

Cara MacMillanAbout the Author 
Cara MacMillan is a thought leader in sustainability and financial management. She has the privilege of teaching and learning with courageous individuals who are committed to making a difference for themselves, their world, and future generations. As a thought leader, Cara regularly publishes in the areas of personal finance and investments.
As an adjunct professor in the School of Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada, her vision is to empower people to think and act for themselves financially.
She also serves as a Climate Reality Leader in The Climate Reality Leadership Corps. This group is a global network of activists committed to taking on the climate crisis by providing training in climate science, communications, and organizing to tell the story of climate change and inspire communities everywhere to take action. The result is a dynamic group of world-changers shaping the conversation on climate in forums from family dinners to international summits and building a 21st-century movement for solutions.
Cara lives in Ottawa with her life partner and best friend, David, and their two children. She is currently working on her next book, Make Big Money and Make a Big Difference, for readers who want to learn how to invest in responsible companies and opportunities.  It is due out later this year.
Readers can connect with Cara on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
For more information visit CaraMacmillan.com.
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Authors Christopher and Rachel Mannino to Hold Signing Event at Bethany Beach Bookstore

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March 10, 2016 (Bethany Beach, DE) – Authors Christopher and Rachel Mannino announced today that they will be holding a signing and discussion event at Bethany Beach Books on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 6:30PM.
“Rachel and I were married on Bethany Beach and our event at Bethany Beach Books just so happens to fall on our wedding anniversary,” says Christopher Mannino. “We are really looking forward this event and being in Bethany Beach. The town has a special place in our hearts.”
Chris and Rachel will read selections from School of Deaths and Love or Justice followed by a signing and an open discussion.  The event is free and open to the public.
School of Deaths, by Christopher Mannino, is the first book in The Scythe Wielder’s Secret, a thrilling young adult fantasy/adventure series. Reviewers have compared the series to Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson. It is recommended for readers who enjoy magical realism, fantasy, paranormal, middle grade, young adult, and/or books with a strong female protagonist.
Rachel Mannino’s novel Love or Justice tells the story of Laurie Shelton, the only person alive who can identify Hawaii’s most notorious mob boss.  After stumbling into a deadly kidnapping, Laurie’s life is in grave danger, and it falls to US Marshal Dante Stark to keep her safe until she testifies. With each choice as dangerous as the next, Dante and Laurie must confront the boundaries of what they’re willing to sacrifice, and which is more important…Love or Justice.
“Memorial Day weekend is the time to relax, go to the beach, read, and enjoy time with family and friends. Our event is the perfect place to do all of that and, at the very least, find some new reads for the summer,” says Rachel Mannino.
The event will take place on May 29, 2016 at 6:30pm at Bethany Beach Bookstore.  The store is located at 99 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE, 19930.  Further information about Bethany Beach Bookstore can be found at BethanyBeachBooks.com.
For media inquiries, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at (805) 807-9027 or kelsey@bookpublicityservices.com.
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The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

kingdom of oceanaThe Kingdom of Oceana is a new Middle Grade / Young Adult fantasy adventure series by Mitchell Charles, recommended for 5th-8th grade students. 
At its core, The Kingdom of Oceana is a story about a sibling rivalry.
Five centuries ago, on the island now called Hawaii, there was a kingdom filled with adventure, beauty, and magic.  When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise.
As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt–just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? Two brothers, but only one can rule.
The Kingdom of Oceana takes readers on a fun and exciting adventure that is filled with non-stop action, from big wave surfing, to fire walking and shark taming. It is also an educational read, as it brings to light many of today’s pressing environmental and social issues, such as ocean conservation.

 

Praise:
“This book is a real page-turner, full of action and adventure, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I hope that there will be more books like this from Mitchell Charles in the future.” – 5 Stars, Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
“Adventure, exotic places and animals, as well as a unique culture, will drag readers head first into this novel…The talent from this writer is amazing. I look forward to reading more by Mitchell Charles in the future.”Danielle Urban, Urban Book Reviews
“Filled with names, vocabulary, animals, and customs that are related to the setting the book opened my eyes to the ancient world of the Pacific peoples. I can envision middle school students fascinated by the words of the text made curious to research to learn more about this unique time and place.” – AngelaThe Teacher’s Desk 6
“As I read, I had several of my student’s already in mind who will eat this up. I feel good about having it on my shelves, as it is not too violent or ‘scary,’ yet it contains that fun zombie style-action that my students love.” – Jillian, Elements of Elementary

 

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – Waimoku Falls
We climbed the backside of the canyon, still winding through the singing forest. A sudden gust blew through the treetops, causing the tall hollow stalks to cry a warning and my heart to beat faster. What danger was Nahoa getting me into this time?
By midday we reached the tree line, and the terrain became near vertical, with slabs of volcanic rock stacked in a series of small ledges and caves.
I turned around, looking out over the green bamboo treetops. To my right, the towering snow-capped summit of Mauna Kea dominated the sky. It was the tallest and most sacred spot on the Great Island, and on rare occasions smoke and ash billowed from its peak, rising above the icy white snowdrifts. Fortunately, there had not been a major eruption or lava flow in many generations.
“I’ll race you to the top,” Nahoa challenged. “I’ll even give you a head start.”
We had always enjoyed a spirited rivalry, feeding off each other’s competitive nature. I surveyed the cliff, picking my route.
“You’re on,” I said as I hoisted myself up and grabbed onto a small lava finger hold. Just above me was a long fissure in the rock, sloping upward to my right and then back to the left. While this path would take me on a longer course, it was less demanding, and my best chance to beat Nahoa to the crest.
He saw my plan. “Good, little brother. That path is safer.”
I carefully moved forward, while Nahoa soon got stuck above me on the sheer vertical wall of lava, his legs dangling and his feet probing the cliffside.
“Fingers getting tired?” I asked him as I moved closer to the top. I was going to beat him, for once.
“I won’t be here long,” he said.
As I followed the crevice back to the left, Nahoa whipped his body to the right and leapt off the cliff, his foot landing on my shoulder. He pushed off my neck and hoisted himself onto the ledge above me, just below the crest.
“Thanks, omo,” he said with a wicked laugh.
As I pulled myself onto the ridgetop I saw Nahoa ahead, following a fast-moving river that disappeared in the distance.
“Move it!” he yelled above the sound of the rushing water.
I hurried to catch up and we crossed the river along a jagged path of partially submerged boulders smoothed over by the rapids.
Before us, the river gained strength where it merged with a smaller tributary and formed a swirling vortex that plummeted off the cliff as Waimoku Falls.
“That’s it,” said Nahoa, pointing at a small hill piled with rubble just in front of where the two rivers joined.
There we found the remains of a crescent-shaped fortress made from stacked lava rocks. The curved wall was crumbling, with crusty orange lichen growing in the crevices and bright green geckos sunning themselves on top. The ground was littered with shark teeth, razor sharp and bleached by the scorching tropical sun.
I was disappointed. I’d hoped to find a great temple with cryptic markings or intricate carvings. What lay before us was nothing more than a pile of weather-beaten rocks.
“Well, this is a waste of time,” said Nahoa. He picked up a stone and hurled it at the remains of the fortress. From beneath the broken wall, a gathering of centipedes scrambled to escape the sunlight.
An icy wind went through me. It wasn’t like a tropical breeze that cools your sweaty cheek. No, it pierced my flesh like I was no more solid than a palm frond. Disturbing the centipedes was a bad omen—they were minions of the shadows.
“Did you feel that?” I asked.
Nahoa stood frozen, the hair on his arms standing on end.
He swallowed. “Feel what?”
“I don’t think we should be here,” I said, motioning for us to leave. For once, I hoped he’d agree with me.
“Do you want me to hold your hand, little brother? We’ll just have a look around, that’s all.”
Nahoa walked over to where he’d thrown the rock and knelt to examine the rubble. He picked through and uncovered a wooden tiki head. The carving was badly weathered, its left ear missing. Its mouth snarled, and its eyes glared with menace.
I looked at my brother’s face. He was in a trance, his head tilted down and his eyes looking up. They were cold and lifeless.
“Nahoa,” I screamed. “Stop playing around. That’s not funny!”
But he just stood there. I yelled again, “Nahoa! We shouldn’t be here. Let’s go!”
He blinked, but otherwise remained perfectly still.
As I stepped toward him, Nahoa pulled his knife and backed me toward the rushing river.
“It’s you that doesn’t belong here, little brother,” he said in a hushed tone.
Then he charged at me like a wild boar, knocking me into the water. I stood up, knee- deep in the fast-moving river, and dug my feet into the rocky bottom, bracing myself so the current didn’t pull me downstream. Nahoa leapt again and landed on top of me, sending us both tumbling into the whitewater.
Since we were old enough to walk, Nahoa and I had been schooled by the masters in lua—wrestling, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of our tribe’s most savage battle weapons. From years as sparring partners, I knew all his offensive moves and counter attacks as though they were my own. But as we raced downstream, bouncing off the rocks and plummeting down the rapids, I felt as though I was fighting a stranger. And I was fighting for my life.
Up ahead, jagged rocks rose above the waterline. I flipped onto my back with my feet below me, struggling against Nahoa’s hands wrapped around my throat. I kicked free of him, but that only quickened my pace down the rapids. I slammed into a boulder, my feet bracing my impact. I was exhausted, but knew I had to get out of the water before I reached the falls. I managed to clamber partway up a slippery rock, then gathered the strength to hoist myself completely from the rushing current. Upstream, I saw Nahoa dangling from a tree branch, the rapids churning below him.
My footing slipped and in an instant I was back in the river. The turbulence engulfed me, pulling me into the foaming whitewater. Then I was weightless, freefalling.

 

Mitchell CharlesAbout the Author
Mitchell Charles’ love of the ocean and its miraculous creatures began at the age of 12 when his father taught him to SCUBA dive. From his first adventure 50 feet (15 meters) beneath the Caribbean Sea he was hooked.  He has been involved in the Oceanic Society, America’s first non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, established in 1969.
Mitchell’s inspiration for The Kingdom of Oceana was born of exploring the spectacular coastline, lush valleys, and vibrant coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. On these excursions, he imagined what Hawaii was like hundreds of years ago. Before Captain Cook arrived from England. Before the golf courses and hotels. Before the ukulele and the Mai Tai became icons of Hawaiian culture. He dreamed of a time when the islands were an undiscovered magical paradise..
These days, Mitchell divides his time between Southern California and Hawaii. He has two teenage children and a dog named Magic. He is currently working on the second book in the Kingdom of Oceana series, The Legend of the Nine Sacred Pearls, which is expected to be released in Fall 2016.
For more information, visit KingdomOfOceana.com
Readers can connect with Mitchell on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
For further information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by Mitchell Charles, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at bookpublicityservices@gmail.com or 805.807.9027.