you lucky dog, kate kelly

Telling America’s Stories Through Its Dogs

Each summer America Comes Alive celebrates the “Dog Days of Summer” with three new true stories of American dogs each week for eight weeks, from service dogs and military dogs to President’s dogs and dogs in show business.

“True stories about dogs have been a great way to open a window on America’s past,” says Kate Kelly, author and historian, who runs a website dedicated to little-known stories of American history. “During World War II, our military had no canine corps.”

“Sacrifice by Americans takes on a whole new meaning when you learn that the American public responded to the government’s request for help by donating their pets. These family dogs—several thousand of them–were the beginning of what has become our very important canine corps today.”

Kelly continues: “The first seeing-eye dog was not introduced to the U.S. until 1929. If you hear how Morris Frank, a young man who was visually impaired, devoted his entire life to make certain his dog was accepted in public places, you gain a whole new understanding when you see a guide or therapy dog with someone on the street today.”

These stories are a regular feature on Kate’s website, www.americacomesalive.com.

Throughout July and August three new stories are posted each week.  A few of the dogs that are schedule for 2013 are a dog trained to help scientists track and find endangered species, comfort dogs who are used to calm crime victims or those testifying in court, and Abraham Lincoln’s dog, Fido.

In addition, Kate has just released a new book, You Lucky Dog! From Homeless to Famous…True Stories of Amazing American Dogs.  There are heart-warming stories about many dogs including Toto and Benji who began life without “forever” homes.

Kate Kelly is the successful author of more than 35 nonfiction books. She contributes to The Huffington Post, and her website, www.americacomesalive.com, and monthly e-letters celebrate Kate’s love of American history and America’s dogs.

She is an engaging speaker and has appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, The View, CBS Early Show, CNN and MSNBC.

You Lucky Dog! Is available in both print ($8.49) and as an ebook ($2.99) from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords and can be ordered through independent bookstores.

For media inquiries, contact Book Publicity Services at info@BookPublicityServices.com

you lucky dog, kate kelly
I Like Your Form book

Author JD Holmes Releases New Book I Like Your Form: Confessions of a Personal Trainer

JD Holmes recently released his new book I Like Your Form: Confessions of a Personal Trainer.

I Like Your Form is based on a true story. After graduating from high school and working several dead-end jobs, JD landed a job as a personal trainer at a newly opened gym. It puzzled him just how much money people were willing to spend to train with him despite the fact he was so inexperienced. He then started learning the ropes of the business and carved a niche for himself training well-to-do housewives and successful older women.  As time goes on, he finds that not only can he help with their physical demands, he can also help them out with their erotic ones.

JD starts to fight an internal struggle between making money satisfying his clients and knowing what he is doing is wrong. All it would take is his girlfriend or any one of his clients’ spouses to find out about their sultry affairs, and everything could blow up in his face causing him to lose his career. However, it’s very difficult to turn away from the attention of many attractive and sexy women.

I Like Your Form is a hilarious and honest collection of stories giving advice for personal trainers and clients. JD’s real-life confessions provide a look at what really goes on in the gym.

I Like Your Form is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

JD Holmes is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with over 15 years experience in the health & fitness industry. He holds a master’s degree in physical therapy and is a certified athletic trainer. JD currently resides in Tampa, FL. For more information, visit http://jdconfessions.com/

To schedule an interview with JD Holmes or request a review copy of I Like Your Form, please contact Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com

New Must-Read Mystery Book: ‘Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club’

Liz Stauffer’s new book Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club, published by Sartoris Literary Group, was released on June 28, 2013.

Things are not always what they seem in Liz Stauffer’s fast paced book of murder, mystery, and intrigue. When the “breakfast club” ladies of idyllic Mount Penn see bruises on Clare Ballard’s pretty face, they suspect her hot-headed husband of abusing her, but the truth is much more complicated. When violence disrupts this Appalachian village’s lazy routine, the ladies, led by the irascible Lillie Mae Harris, jump feet first into danger as bodies appear, neighbors disappear, and Clare is arrested for murder. Follow Lillie Mae and the other “breakfast club” ladies, who, armed with casseroles and pastries, help the police uncover the deep secrets this town hides beneath its perfect facade.

Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club is available for sale on Amazon.

After some thirty years writing everything from political encyclopedias to software manuals, Liz Stauffer retired from corporate life to write fiction, travel, and play on the beach. Since that time, she has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world. With her two dogs, Liz lives in Hollywood, Florida, where she owns and manages a vacation rental business. To learn more about Liz and her work, visit her website at LizStauffer.com or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

To schedule an interview with Liz Stauffer or request a review copy of Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder) Club, please contact Kelsey McBride at info@bookpublicityservices.com

The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx

Book Publicity Services Welcomes New Client Linda Cadose

Book Publicity Services is excited to announce it’s newest client Linda Cadose, author of The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx.

The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx is a YA mystery adventure novel set in Giza, Egypt.

The book follows archaeologist Dr. Cliff Post and his friend Dr. Abdul Saad who discover a hidden chamber in the Great Sphinx. Inside of the right paw they find ancient scrolls and 13 crystal skulls that form a supercomputer.  This great discovery soon takes a dangerous turn when Drs. Saad and Post are followed, spied on and eventually kidnapped. On this extraordinary adventure, readers learn information about not only the Great Sphinx but also about Egypt, its mysteries, and the study of archaeology.

The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx is the first book in a series featuring the tales of American archeologist, Dr. Cliff Post. Follow him in later books as he visits underwater pyramids and goes to Jerusalem.

Linda Cadose is a retired respiratory therapist who is now a children’s book author. She likes to travel, enjoys reading, and loves history. She has been to Egypt and has visited all of the historical sites she discusses in her book. Linda currently resides in Carver, MA.

Website * Amazon * Goodreads

To schedule an interview or request a review copy of The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx, please contact Kelsey McBride at info@bookpublicityservices.com

The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx

 

 

sams place - bob mustin

Book Publicity Services Welcomes New Client Bob Mustin

Bob Mustin’s new book Sam’s Place, published by AuthorMike Ink, was released on March 25, 2013.

Sam’s Place is a collection of interwoven short stories that revolve around a local watering hole and pool hall. Sam’s Place is in the fictional Alabama town of Striven. Locals from all walks of life come to Sam’s Place to escape the heat, play pool, drink, and talk. It’s a wild and rowdy bar at times, but a place as full of life and heart as you’ll find anywhere in the Deep South. Everyone has a story to tell. In Sam’s Place you’ll learn the powerful stories of a wayward preacher, a reformed hooker, an Iraq vet amputee, Sam Witherspoon himself, and other customers. Pull up a chair, have a drink, and get to know the locals by listening to their life stories in Sam’s Place.

Sam’s Place is available for sale on Amazon.

To promote Sam’s Place, Bob has the following book signings scheduled –

 

August 13, 2013
Accent on Books in Asheville, NC
http://accentonbooks.com

 

August 24, 2013
The Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville, NC
www.FountainheadBookstore.com

 

August 31, 2013
Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, NC
http://www.blueridgebooksnc.com/

 

Bob currently resides in Asheville, NC. For more information, visit http://www.bobmustin.com/

To schedule an interview or request a review copy of Sam’s Place, please contact Kelsey McBride at info@bookpublicityservices.com.

sams place - bob mustin

 

Author Jon Foyt Announces The Release Of His Latest Highly-Anticipated Book

Jon Foyt has announced that his new book Marcel Proust in Taos: In Search of Times Past is now available for sale.

In Marcel Proust in Taos, a Los Alamos physicist, Christopher, retires to Taos, New Mexico, with his cat Marcel Proust, to write a novel about nuclear terrorism. There he meets aspiring artist Marlene, from Germany, and the two fall in love. They open a microbrewery, using the brewing recipes passed down to Marlene from her brewmaster grandfather. However, together they find themselves confronting terrorism of a new sort with the matriarch of the Taos community, Agnes Havelock Powers, who strongly opposes having a brewery in town. Agnes is rich, powerful, and influential. She has the city authorities tucked in her purse next to her checkbook. Follow the exciting and charming love story of Marlene and Christopher in historical Taos, as they experience the challenges of confronting abusive power.

Marcel Proust in Taos is available for sale on Amazon.

Jon Foyt is the successful author of 10 fiction books. Striving for new heights on the literary landscape, along with his late wife Lois, Jon Foyt began writing novels 20 years ago. He holds a degree in journalism and an MBA from Stanford and a second masters degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia. Jon lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 16 years. An octogenarian prostate cancer survivor, Jon, 81, is a marathon runner (60 completed), hiker, and political columnist for The Rossmoor News. He currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA. For more information, visit http://jonfoyt.com/

To schedule an interview or request a review copy of Marcel Proust in Taos, please contact Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com.

Marcel Proust In Taos Novel

The Lifestyle Business Rockstar

Lifestyle Businesses Are an Easy Way to Work Less and Live More, Says Author and Business Owner Rasmus Lindgren

Rasmus Lindgren recently released his book The Lifestyle Business Rockstar: Quit your 9-5, kick ass, work less, and live more!

The Lifestyle Business Rockstar is a guide to prioritizing your life and achieving work-life balance by starting a lifestyle business. A ‘lifestyle business’ is easy to setup, small in scope, simple to scale, and secondary to your life goals. Rasmus teaches how to break free of your 9-5 job, discover the lifestyle business idea that is right for you, design and build a profitable online business, and spend more time pursuing your life’s passions.

“You don’t need a fortune to start your own business – if you model it correctly, you can have a true balance of money, time, and mobility to live the lifestyle you desire,” said Rasmus. “This book provides the knowledge to live the lifestyle you want—not just in theory, but in practice. By implementing several simple tools like the Rockstar Trifecta, you’ll learn how to create a work-anywhere profession in which you can earn more income by working smarter and less.”

Rasmus shares his own journey to successful lifestyle businesses and the experiences of others who have created profitable online businesses. The businesses include consulting, coaching, speaking, e-commerce, and graphic design.

Rasmus is currently giving away 1,000 free copies of The Lifestyle Business Rockstar. With the book, you will also get 3 in-depth training videos on how you can start a lifestyle business, kick ass, quit your 9-5, and live the life you truly want, as well as The Lifestyle Business Passion Finder, which will help you zero in on your areas of passion and competence and design a plan that will help you reach your dream life faster. Sign up to get a copy of The Lifestyle Business Rockstar at http://lifestylebusinessrockstar.com/. The book is free but you must pay shipping and handling to receive it.

The Lifestyle Business Rockstar is available in both paperback ($13.10) and ebook ($9.95) on Amazon.

Rasmus lives the talk, only working 3-4 months a year and spending most of his time pursuing his passions, traveling, and with his family. For more information, visit his blog http://retiremyass.com/

To schedule an interview or request a review copy of The Lifestyle Business Rockstar, please contact Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or (805) 807-9027.

wind & shadow book

Book Publicity Services Welcomes New Client Tori L. Ridgewood

Wind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy, by Tori L. Ridgewood, was published by Melange Books on June 20, 2013.

Synopsis:

After a series of misadventures including being accused of attempted murder in high school, Rayvin Woods, a photographer and natural witch, left her hometown of Talbot in Northeastern Ontario, hoping to start her life over and never return. Ten years later, circumstances force her back to face her past and her former crush Grant Michaels.

Malcolm de Sade, a cunning vampire, escapes from an underground prison looking for vengeance. His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town. Rayvin’s power is all that stands between de Sade and his domination of Talbot, and beyond.

Grant Michaels, a police officer, thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger… but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it’s too late?

Rayvin didn’t count on rekindling a lost love or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life when she came home to Talbot. Facing the past can be a nightmare… It’s worse when a vampire is stalking you. 

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Excerpt from Wind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy, by Tori L. Ridgewood:

The pain in her eyes was tearing him apart. “You want to make amends?” She laughed, and looked away.

“You could put it that way . . . Rayvin. Look at me. We connected once, remember? When we were kids? I’ve missed that in my life. I didn’t realize, before you were gone, how much I needed you in my world.” He leaned forward and reached for her. “How can I make you believe me?”

“Why?” She jumped up, staring down at him. “What’s changed since yesterday that could possibly have reversed an opinion you’ve had of me for years? I don’t understand! You’re not making any sense.”

Grant’s face burned. “You don’t know what I think of you. You’re not a mind-reader, Rayvin.”

“I don’t have to be. I’ve seen how you look at me. Yesterday, you wanted to run me out of town, and now look around you.” She gestured wildly. “Candles, blankets. You don’t want to ‘start fresh’, you just want to get laid.”

Grant got to his feet. “Really? Is that what you think?”

“What else have men ever wanted from me?” she responded, wearily. “You know what, it was a noble gesture for you to drive me home, and help me with Andrea. But now I’d really like you to leave.”

“No. We need to talk; we have to figure this out.” Grant moved closer to her. Rayvin’s teeth were bared, but she held her ground as he approached. She infuriated him, she insulted him, but she didn’t back down, and by God he admired her for it. “I know you’ve been hurt, but I’m not him. Not all men are like that. I’m not like that.”

“I’ve felt your desire, Michaels. I know that you want me. Maybe we should just get it out of the way, so we can move on with our lives.” Her eyes glittering, she closed the distance between them and ran one finger down his chest. Behind her, in the fireplace, the flames on the candles flared and elongated. Grant’s body responded immediately to her touch; his breath quickened as his manhood swelled. Her laugh sounded like a sob. “But I have better things, more important things to do with my time. I’d rather not fulfill your adolescent fantasies tonight. I’m telling you again to please leave.”

Looking into her eyes, a breath apart, dozens of possibilities flashed through his mind, most of them involving the shedding of clothing and the quilt on the floor. Maybe they should fulfill their physical needs, and move on. But that wouldn’t leave him satisfied. Grant needed more from her, and he strongly suspected that she needed him, no matter how much she denied it. He saw the plea in her gaze, the sorrow and the anger. Taking a deep breath, he raised his chin and stepped back.

“Point taken. But there are a few things you should know.” He picked up his jacket from the edge of the couch. “Yes, I want you. I’ve fantasized about you for years, ever since we were in the tenth grade and you walked past me in your parka. It wasn’t your body that really caught me, though, Rayvin. It was the way you smiled when you pulled the furry hood up around your face. God, I wanted you to smile at me like that. I wanted to give you pleasure like that. So I guess the past does matter, in a way. I can’t let go of how I felt about you, and how I still feel. I don’t want to, because I have never felt for anyone the way I do for you.”

Grant put on his jacket. “That was the first thing. The second is this: I believe there is a reason for everything. You chose to come back here, no matter what you decide to tell people. You weren’t driven here, you could have gone anywhere. I think you might be punishing yourself for some reason. You want people to hate you, because that will justify rejecting them. So don’t blame the citizens of this town for making your life miserable. That’s all on you.”

He walked to the front door.

“Is that it, Michaels?” Rayvin called out. He turned around, his hand on the doorknob. She hadn’t moved, but the candles in the fireplace had almost completely burned to their stands. Her face was cast into shadow by their brilliance.

“No, there’s one more.”

Grant strode forward, crossing the room in three long steps to take her in his arms. Rayvin’s eyes burned into his for a moment, before he leaned down and tucked her into his chest. He held her close, feeling the beats of their hearts together, inhaling the scent of her hair, just breathing. Slowly, her hands moved to his back. They pressed gently. He sighed, moving a ticklish lock away from his face.

Behind them, the flames dwindled into tiny points of light, before they extinguished themselves.

“Whatever else you tell yourself, Rayvin Woods,” he whispered, kissing just above her ear. “You have to believe that everything will be okay.”

“I tell myself that all the time.” Her voice was muffled by his shoulder. “I’m just so tired of being alone. And now . . . there’s no other way. There just isn’t.”

He released her, letting his hands move down to clasp her fingers. “You’re wrong, Ray. There’s always a choice.”

Grant pressed his lips to her forehead, and went back to the front door.

He opened it, not expecting to step into madness.

Hands with sharp claws grabbed him by the neck and shoulder, hauling him forward and up; it was so sudden he couldn’t react. By chance, his right hand caught the doorframe as he was being pulled out. Impossibly, his assailant was on the roof. He gagged on a stench that invaded his nose and mouth, taking his breath away. Whoever had grabbed him had impressive gymnastic skill: he jumped down, flipping in the air, double-jointed arms maintaining their hold on him, and dug his heels into the lawn to gain purchase. Grant tried to call out, but his shirt collar was tightening around his throat, cutting off his air supply.

Rayvin’s mouth had opened in warning, too late. She watched, horrified, as filthy claw-like hands reached down and yanked Michaels nearly off his feet. A rage she did not know she possessed boiled up in her blood. She flew across the room in a heartbeat, grabbing Grant and holding on with all of her strength. She pressed the hand he’d wrapped around the jamb so hard that her nails scraped against the painted wall, and winced against the pain of ragged paint chips digging into the quick.

From her vantage point at the doorframe, the vampire’s bared fangs seemed only a few inches from Michaels’ face. He grunted, straining his neck to keep away from the snapping jaws. The creature had both arms around the policeman’s upper body in a tight grip. Rayvin reached out with her other hand and hauled back on Michaels’ shoulder, heaving with as much power as she could muster. The thing hissed at her, digging in with his heels. Michaels’ hand slipped under hers.

“Hold on!” she cried, bracing herself against the wall.

Time seemed to stop in her desperate tug of war. Sweat broke out on her body with the effort it took, helping Michaels resist the unnatural strength of the bloodsucker. Anger fuelled her reserves as it occurred to her that he was toying with them. Amid the grunts, Rayvin heard the distinctive rip of clothing being torn. Michaels’ hand slipped a little more; now, she was only anchoring his fingers. She’d lost hold of his shoulder when his jacket gave way under the vampire’s claws. She lunged forward to get another grip and felt her own sweater tear under an elongated canine as she found a handful of shirt. Michaels’ feet were leaving marks on the concrete step as he was dragged forward. The monster laughed at them, sneering, his black eyes narrowed and dirty, demonic face twisted in a maniacal grin.

Rayvin felt the fabric of Michaels’ shirt starting to give. In another moment, his fingers would slip out, lubricated by their combined sweat. Her heart broke as he ground out a command to her, between his teeth. “Let go, Rayvin! It’s okay, just get inside!”

“Yes, let go, Rayvin,” the creature mocked, using Michaels’ body to creep closer to her. He leaned over the big man’s back like a sinister gargoyle. She smelled his disgusting breath, the odours of dead things and rotting flesh making her gag. Michaels fell to one knee under the weight, which the vampire used to his advantage, moving towards Rayvin until only inches separated her panting lips from his malevolent grin. She couldn’t look away from the fathomless black eyes. In the back of her mind, she heard Michaels crying out for her again, ordering her to save herself, but she was losing herself in the chasm of the vampire’s gaze. She blinked, and the reality of the present disappeared . . .

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