Authors John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo Announce Book Signing in St. Louis

The Painting and The Piano by John Lipscomb and Adrianne LugoApril 28, 2016 (St. Louis, MO) – Authors John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo announced today that they will be at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO on May 18, 2016 at 7:00PM to do a book signing for their memoir, The Painting and the Piano.
“We are especially excited to have a signing and meet with readers at Left Bank Books since more than half of our book takes place in St. Louis,” says John Lipscomb.
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.
Told as a tandem narrative, Adrianne and Johnny pass their respective stories of childhood trauma and abuse, addiction, healing, and final triumph of love back and forth in alternating chapters. Their stories are unique, but share parallels that create a taut and emotionally compelling narrative.
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.
“A vivid, moving account of addiction, trauma, and hard-won triumph by two survivors.”Kirkus Reviews
Although it is a non-fiction memoir, the book reads much like a novel: intense and at points, almost unbelievable.”Red City Reviews
“Any reader who enjoys a great work of non-fiction, an autobiography, or a story of redemption and triumph in the face of great odds and a difficult history, should absolutely read The Painting and The Piano.” – Readers’ Favorite
Left Bank Books is located at 399 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108. Further information about the store can be found at http://www.left-bank.com
For more information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo, 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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Author Pamela Sherrod Reveals Involvement in Legal Battle Over Sammy Davis Jr. Estate

Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate.February 17, 2016 (Sarasota, FL) – Pamela A. Sherrod, a Christian author, screenwriter, and producer, announced today that her memoir, Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate, is now available for purchase on Amazon. The memoir shares the story of how she 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.
When Sammy Davis Jr. died in 1990, after losing his fight with throat cancer, another war soon erupted, one which threatened to dismantle his legacy and the future of his estate. The $5 million debt that he’d left his widow, Altovise, represented just one chapter in a tumultuous story that was filled with unfathomable glamour, multiple scandals and the treachery that accompanied the greed of their associates.
In 2005, when Sherrod partnered with Altovise Davis to create inspirational and educational family films, she was introduced to the dark side of the entertainment industry. 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 this eye-witness account, Sherrod presents stunning revelations and testimonies about the famous couple’s life – including friends such as Bill Cosby and Elizabeth Taylor – as she documents, not only the final outcome of the Davis estate, but the tragic and triumphant events that preceded it.
“It’s more than just a story about Hollywood, the betrayal of friends, the theft of screenplays, the abandonment of allies and other horrific things that take place there,” says Sherrod.  “It’s Sammy and Altovise’s story, but it’s also my story as a Christian writer. I was pulled into the Sammy Davis Jr. saga, although it wasn’t my intention, and (for better or worse) it made a lasting impression on my life. In many ways, I’m ‘the last little Indian,’ trying to finish the work that Sammy urged Altovise to do, and the work that I’d committed myself to do.”
Pamela lives in Sarasota, FL, where she’s raising her daughter. To learn more, go to: SammyDavisJrTheWriterWhoSavedHisEstate.com
For further information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by Pamela Sherrod, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at bookpublicityservices@gmail.com or 805.807.9027.
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The Blood on My Hands by Shannon O’Leary

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The child of a serial killer, Shannon O’Leary revisits her traumatic past in her memoir, The Blood on My Hands.
Set in 1960s and ‘70s Australia, The Blood on My Hands is the dramatic tale of Shannon’s childhood years, growing up under the shadow of horrific domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, and serial murder. Her story is one of courageous resilience in the face of unimaginable horrors.
The responses of those whom Shannon and her immediate family reached out to for help are almost as disturbing as the crimes of her violent father. No one, not even the authorities, would help them. Relatives were afraid to bring disgrace to the family’s good name, nuns condemned the child’s objections as disobedience and noncompliance, and laws at the time prevented the police from interfering unless someone was killed.
The Blood on My Hands is a heartbreaking—yet riveting—narrative of a childhood spent in pain and terror, betrayed by the people who are supposed to provide safety and understanding. The strength it took for Shannon to not just survive and escape from her father, but to flourish, heal, and triumph over the trauma she endured as a child is both powerful and moving.
“I used pseudonyms in the book order to protect my family. He was never charged despite the police knowing about his activity. The police investigations were case files and are not available to the public. People outside Australia would not be aware that many of the missing person files in NSW in the 1960s and 70s disappeared under one of the governments of the time (there are only about 6 files for the 1960s),” says O’Leary.

 

Praise:
“The confusion, uncertainty, and sickening foreboding ring true and offer vital insights into the experience of abuse, including the fact that victims had few options, especially in the 1960s.” Kirkus Reviews
The work is crisp and painfully honest, moving from scene to scene both artfully and factually. Both the mundane and the impossible are treated with equal care, masterfully knitting together the various pieces of O’Leary’s tormented past.”Red City Review
“The Blood on My Hands is a powerful, dark memoir… This is a story that is going to remain in my mind for a long time.” – 4 Stars, Readers’ Favorite
“Once I picked this up I could not put it down, I needed to see how they got away from the monster who called himself their father, who called himself a husband.”Sarah on Goodreads
 “I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite the subject matter and hope it manages to help at least one child know that it gets better, life gets better.” – 5 Stars, Sarah Purdy

 

Excerpt:
Prologue
I have felt the cold steel of a gun in my mouth and against my temple.
I have tasted warm blood on my lips and witnessed horrific scenes of mutilation, where nameless people took their last breaths. In my life, I have experienced poverty, met people who had plenty, and lived through fire, floods, and drought. I have befriended the intellectually challenged and physically impaired and have known the mentally ill and misfits who were geniuses. I also assumed anonymity with my mother and brothers without people realizing we had disappeared.
In my youth I was exposed to many facets of raw emotion.
I’ve seen a living heart, beating and pulsating for its last time; seen broken fingers tossed in the wind; and watched a severed head dance. Tormented by recurring memories, I have chosen to write this book and put these ghosts to rest.
I first contemplated suicide at the age of four.
I devised my death plan down to the very last detail but never had the courage to see it through to completion. Instead, my mother’s face would keep interceding, begging me to stay alive. Faced with the fact that I could not inflict my death upon her, I’d pray for miraculous intervention. During hysterical bouts of entreaty, I would beg Jesus to strike us dead at exactly the same moment so that neither of us would feel the pain of enforced separation or the prolonged agony of death.
As a child, I dreamed of better things to come and lived in spiritualistic hope that one day my world would change. I thought my trauma was normal and didn’t know what other families experienced. I thought fear, sad- ness, and horror were just the by-products of a barely tolerable childhood. My self-esteem was nonexistent, and after a while I sought approval through the creative arts. I loved to sing, and as my voice was strong, I sang to cover my feelings of inadequacy and desolation. To me, music represented true happiness, a make-believe world where I could cling to melodious sounds instead of the tortured screaming of my nightmares.
As an adult, I have felt exhilaration when audiences clapped and called my name. At the same time, I have felt myself torn in two, experiencing the immobilizing fear of personal exposure when not protected by the proscenium arch of a stage. When I present myself without camouflage or without a scripted character to protect me, my gut wrenches itself into a catatonic knot, an all-enveloping state of fear. If I feel I am being examined on a personal level, my arms and legs become frozen, and I feel my soul moving toward automatic pilot. I smile and behave in the correct manner, but I’m mentally blank and devoid of all feeling.
I know what it’s like to be branded, to be labeled, and to work within the confines of a title. As a child I was called brilliant, genius, a child prodigy, and a precocious little troublemaker. I was also called an actress, liar, and evil. My teachers admitted they didn’t understand me and often left me to myself. As an adult, I experienced national fame as a children’s TV personality. I have brought joy to thousands of children by teaching them the elements of performance.
It brings me great fulfillment to see children experiencing happiness. It puts my own life in perspective.
I cannot find the words to describe my childhood. Words such as “passionately naive,” “emotionally lacerated,” and “holistically experiential” all pale in significance, in the shadow of living itself. My childhood was so creatively textured that it carried into adulthood without allowing me to become consumed by the insanity playing havoc around me. I am sane and strong, and for that I am eternally grateful. I have felt and seen extreme emotion. I have smelled my own flesh burning. I know what it feels like to have baby snakes wriggle across my body, to smell decay, and to see an eyeball popped between someone’s fingers. Alone, I have spent what seemed like hours in a blackened hole, a makeshift grave with a steel curtain, waiting for death.
Through all this, I stayed courageous and strong.
I treasure the power of love and the absurdity of shock, and I deal with these emotions on a day-to-day basis.
This is the story of my childhood.

 

About the Author:
Shannon O’Leary is a prolific writer and performer. She is the author of several books of poetry and children’s stories, and she has won many awards for song-writing.
Shannon has acted and directed on the stage and on Australian national TV, and she runs her own production company.
She has numerous graduate and post-graduate degrees in education, music, and science. She is a teacher and academic, has five children with her deceased former husband, and lives with her longtime partner in Sydney, Australia.
Her memoir The Blood on My Hands was published in February 2016 and is available for sale on on Amazon and Createspace.
Readers can connect with Shannon on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads.
For further information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview with Shannon O’Leary, please contact Kelsey at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or 805.807.9027.

 

Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate

Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate.
In Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate, Pamela Sherrod, a Christian author, screenwriter, and producer, shares the story of how she 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.
When Sammy Davis Jr. died in 1990, after losing his fight with throat cancer, another war soon erupted, one which threatened to dismantle his legacy and the future of his estate. The $5 million debt that he’d left his widow, Altovise, represented just one chapter in a tumultuous story that was filled with unfathomable glamour, multiple scandals and the treachery that accompanied the greed of their associates.
In 2005, when Sherrod partnered with Altovise Davis to create inspirational and educational family films, she was introduced to the dark side of the entertainment industry. 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 this eye-witness account, Sherrod presents stunning revelations and testimonies about the famous couple’s life – including friends such as Bill Cosby and Elizabeth Taylor – as she documents, not only the final outcome of the Davis estate, but the tragic and triumphant events that preceded it.
“It’s more than just a story about Hollywood, the betrayal of friends, the theft of screenplays, the abandonment of allies and other horrific things that take place there,” says Sherrod.  “It’s Sammy and Altovise’s story, but it’s also my story as a Christian writer. I was pulled into the Sammy Davis Jr. saga, although it wasn’t my intention, and (for better or worse) it made a lasting impression on my life. In many ways, I’m ‘the last little Indian,’ trying to finish the work that Sammy urged Altovise to do, and the work that I’d committed myself to do.”

 

Excerpt:
Introduction
In 1970, Sammy was married again, this time to Altovise Gore, and the couple would become Hollywood’s version of Bonnie and Clyde. They were notorious for hosting numerous gatherings where the phrase, ‘anything goes,’ could have easily been coined. Their sprawling Beverly Hills home was the scene of parties that catered to aficionados of heavy drinking, experimental sex – especially wife swapping and orgies – and the flagrant use of drugs.
Although, Altovise, herself, was a professional dancer, and had performed with Sammy on various stages, somewhere along the way, she’d lost a strong sense of herself. Living with Sammy could be overwhelming; for a man with a small physique, his persona would cast a huge shadow.
Following their marriage, Altovise continued to appear in Sammy’s shows, at least, until the period when entertainer, Katherine McKee, replaced her, both, under the stage lights of Sammy’s productions and under the silk sheets of his bed. Altovise and Sammy’s ‘open marriage’ allowed Katherine to assume the role of Sammy’s ‘road wife,’ but it would also contribute to Altovise’s long and painful battle with alcohol. Despite the complicated, and sometimes degrading nature of their union, she would always call Sammy her hero. After all, he was like an open wallet.
During the height of his career, Sammy, literally, made millions each year, but, unfortunately, made an art of spending considerably more. Back during his heyday – when the money was good and the loans were quick – he got away with it. After all, there was always another show to cover his debts.
Sammy, who had extravagant tastes, shared his indulgent lifestyle with Altovise, who, like her husband, shopped with almost reckless abandon. From luxurious furs and exquisite jewels, to a fleet of customized and exotic cars, Sammy tried to quench their every desire.
The years of hard living and reckless spending would eventually catch up to the star. His business and investment ventures were plagued with mismanagement. A troubling pattern existed in which Sammy had been underpaid by various recording studios, and he’d signed contracts which offered less than favorable terms. There were even instances in which he’d failed to secure the master recordings of his own songs.
Having lived far beyond his means, when Sammy died of throat cancer in 1990, he left to his wife an estate that was embroiled in a huge legal and financial crisis. With over $5 million owed to the IRS, alone, Altovise faced a tax lien that, at the time, was the highest in the country. The glamorous and privileged life she’d known for twenty years was now over.
Altovise was ill-prepared to accept the sobering realities of her new life, especially when the IRS seized the Davis estate, selling their twenty-two room mansion and auctioning their most precious possessions. She was equally unprepared for the cold rejection of some of their oldest friends, especially Bill Cosby, who’d been one of Sammy’s closest buddies.
After all, when Sammy was battling cancer, he made one of his last T.V. appearances on The Cosby Show, and on the day of Sammy’s funeral, Cosby was an honorary pallbearer. To memorialize him, Bill wore Sammy’s initials on his clothing during the following season of his show. It was the type of moving, Cosby-like gesture for which he was so famous.
However, while Bill donned Sammy’s initials in public, behind the scenes, he had a very different attitude. Altovise later confided in me that she’d been desperate for help, but when she’d reached out to Bill, she’d been shocked by his indifference. “He never helped me,” she said, her voice still filled with pain. A friend had also called Bill on her behalf, but she claimed that he’d never even called back.
In the following seasons, Altovise would quietly disappear from the public, and her whereabouts would be a mystery for many years, at least, up until 2004, when she first resurfaced in Sarasota, Florida. A cloud of questions still remained, though, regarding the years when she was seemingly ‘missing,’ and the final outcome of the Davis estate.
A few months later, in 2005, a friend would introduce me to Altovise, to help write her autobiography. I welcomed the new assignment with the intention of, first, learning all I could about her amazing life. In my efforts to understand Altovise’s struggle – the pressures of her marriage and the magnitude of her debt – I began to research Sammy’s career and their unconventional marriage.
I was struck by the cruel dichotomy in Altovise’s life. I was lunching with a woman who’d entertained some of the world’s most famous celebrities. She’d once lived in a sprawling Beverly Hills mansion, where, parked out front, was a Rolls-Royce bearing her name on its plate. That day, however, she would return to a cramped little apartment down the street from my community and actually need a ride to get home.
Altovise and I found that we shared a passion for creating children’s stories, an interest which began to consume most of our conversations. We became increasingly drawn to the idea of collaborating on stories that might impact the lives of teens, especially future artists. This was ideal, because Altovise wasn’t ready to discuss the sensitive nature of her marriage, which was controversial, to say the least. Nor, was she forthcoming about the last ‘missing’ years of her life. In fact, a frightening new problem was developing, and she couldn’t speak about this, either.
I paused the work that I’d begun on Altovise’s autobiography, because her life was far more complex than it had first appeared. She was struggling with a great deal more than just a mountain of debt and a Smirnoff bottle, stashed inside her Louis Vuitton. Behind her radiant smile was a woman facing, still another crisis.
Altovise wasn’t exactly homeless when she was later evicted from her Sarasota apartment, but her tenuous situation become something close to perilous.
To make bad matters worse, rumor had it that two men were stealing her belonging, raiding her bank accounts and sponging off what was left of Sammy’s estate. For some reason, Altovise believed that she’d found herself a hero in one of the men. When they entered a business partnership – though it was heavily tilted in their favor – she’d believed that her rags-to-riches-to-rags ordeal was over. Unfortunately, when Altovise signed over the control of Sammy’s estate, she unwittingly opened up Pandora’s Box.
Being a quiet and soft-spoken writer, I never wanted to be pulled into a messing legal battle, especially since Altovise, initially, wanted to keep this part of her life private. So, even when their arrangement went sour, I managed to refrain from getting involved, that is, until February 2007, on the unforgettable evening of the Academy Awards.

 

Pamela SherrodAbout the Author:
Pamela Sherrod is a Christian author, screenwriter, and producer. She graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in Journalism.
As a screenwriter, Pamela partnered with the late Altovise Davis, and formed RisingStar31 Productions to write and produce entertaining and educational films.  In 2015, Pamela launched plans to produce her first musical film, A Detour to Mexico.
As a writer, Pamela has published several books, including The Last Chapter in the Life of Mrs. Sammy Davis, Jr and Sammy Davis Jr.: The Writer Who Saved His Estate.
Pamela currently lives in Sarasota, Florida, where she’s raising her daughter. Readers can connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to: SammyDavisJrTheWriterWhoSavedHisEstate.com
For further information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by Pamela Sherrod, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or 805.807.9027.

 

Code Name: Papa – My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight

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After a lifetime of working for a secret international group, John Murray finally reveals his journey with the help of his wife, Sharon, and co-writer Abby. His memoir, Code Name: Papa – My Extraordinary Life While Hiding in Plain Sight, details his time within an organization that, while not connected to the US government, operated with the full blessing of top people in our government.
“With this book, I hope to educate the public and open up the conversation about what our country and others have really done on dangerous secret missions to help the world,” says John Murray (Papa), who deftly tells his fascinating and memorable life story, laying out facts but leaving it to readers to determine how they feel about each mission.
The highlighted missions include the deaths of eight counter covert operators in a major Las Vegas hotel conference room during a mission that has “stayed in Vegas” until now; a European mission to save sex slaves from major drug dealers; a successful all-out effort to save a small European country from takeover, and much more.
These are real stories, gritty and true—not the fantasy world of James Bond, Scandal, and others.

 

Synopsis:
Who’d have thought a bright, but fairly ordinary young man from middle class America who got just above average grades, dated the same girl throughout high school and went to church most Sundays, would grow up to eventually head a very secretive band of brave individuals–both men and women–who regularly put their lives on the line because they wanted to protect the rest of you. Yet that’s what we did, often sacrificing our personal lives (four marriages for me, all in the book) and our health (countless broken bones, major surgeries, even death) to do it.
Meanwhile you’re just going to have to call me “Papa” like everyone else around the globe has through most of those wildly unpredictable and dangerous years.

 

Praise:
 “I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in what really happens to bad people who threaten the safety and well being of our world. It was a page turner that I could hardly put down.”S. King
“I typically do not take the time to write reviews. However, this book was so incredibly riveting that I felt compelled to let other Amazon members know that it’s an honest-to-goodness page turner. I can’t wait to see what happens next…hopefully a sequel and movie!”Max’s Mom
“The story is riveting, once you start reading you won’t want to put it down! Learning about these undercover missions involving the cooperation of several nations is mind boggling.”L. Lynch

 

About the Authors:
For the sake of their own safety and that of their loved ones, the writers have chosen to move forward in revealing this story under aliases.
John Murray:
A Vietnam vet, John Murray, later known as “Papa,” has spent the majority of his adult life working as an undercover agent for the U.S., Canadian and various European governments. During this time, he rose from agent to the head of US Operations.
John was raised in the South by his grandfather who taught him at an early age how to survive by hunting and fishing, which all served him well for his future. He firmly believes that if he had not had the guidance of his grandfather and others who influenced his life that he never would have survived the ordeals that he did.
John, who enjoyed a very average American childhood, always wanted to be a ‘normal’ husband and father, but you’ll eventually understand why that was impossible.
Papa and his crews bore the responsibility of taking care of much of the world’s evil – evil that could never have come to the public’s attention.
Now retired, he and his wife are living in a small rural Western town. As ‘normal’ as he tries to live, he will always be haunted by the visions of what he saw and what he tried to prevent or rectify.
Sharon Murray:
Sharon is a retired business executive who has lived in many parts of the US and in Asia.  Happily married to John for over five years, she had no idea about his work until she experienced his nightmares about the past.
After discussions about how she might help John, he asked Sharon to help him write his memoirs just as something to leave behind, unpublished. After several years of working on them, Sharon convinced John it was a story worth telling to the world.  Working on this project has helped John start to face some of the things he experienced while trying to be a good guy in a world gone awry.
Abby Jones:
This is Jones’ fifth book.  She also writes for numerous magazines.  The original manuscript was handed off to Abby, a friend of Sharon, who has a reputation for her easy, conversational writing style.
Abby worked with John and Sharon for approximately eighteen months to make sure John’s voice was never lost in the rewrites.  She notes that both John and Sharon were wonderful to collaborate with via phone, computer and text.  By the way, she has never met John!
Abby currently lives on the West Coast. She has traveled extensively and lived in many other parts of the US as well as in Europe.
Code Name: Papa—My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight is the first in a planned trilogy. John, Sharon, and Abby are currently working on the second book, about Papa’s mentor, Amy.
To learn more, go to:
CodeNamePapa.com | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon
For further information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview with John Murray, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or 805.807.9027.

Author Sarah M. Johnson Announces Book Signing in Roseville, MN

Life is Beautiful bookAugust 24, 2015 (Roseville, MN) – Sarah M. Johnson announced today that she will be at Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN on September 12, 2015 at 2:00PM to meet with readers and sign copies of her new book Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God.
Barnes & Noble is located at 2100 North Snelling Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113. The event is open to the public.
Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God, by Sarah M. Johnson, takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the Cessna crashes in a remote village, leaving eleven of the fourteen passengers dead. One passenger, Sarah, shares her story in Life is Beautiful, about the deaths of her father and brother; her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries, and Sarah’s self-discovery to accept this new life.
Life is Beautiful, however, is more than a story about an airplane crash. Life is Beautiful shares the personal struggles of Sarah’s father’s drug use, his recovery, and redemption to be a better person. He gives back by doing missions work in Africa, takes in Sarah’s aunt dying of uterine cancer, and eventually leads their family to the mountains of Guatemala. Sarah also discusses her struggles with alcohol use and depression; where she eventually hits rock bottom. It is not until she starts seeking God through prayer, books, and therapy, where she starts to turn her life around.
Life is Beautiful is not only a unique story, but it shows the strength of God’s Will. When all hope is lost, she never gives up on God. This story is a true testimony of God’s love for His people, and when one seeks a spiritual journey and connection with God; He gives back in love, forgiveness, and happiness.
To learn more, go to LifeIsBeautifulbook.com
For media inquires, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or (805) 807-9027.
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Sarah M. Johnson Announces the Upcoming Release of Her Inspirational Christian Memoir

Life is Beautiful bookMinneapolis, MN (August 5, 2015) – Sarah M. Johnson announced today that her inspirational Christian memoir Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God will be released on August 25, 2015, published by Morgan James Faith. She also announced that there will be a Book Launch Party on August 21, 2015 at FIVE Event Center in Minneapolis. Sarah will be signing books from 6-8PM. Books will be available for purchase, and there will be cocktails and appetizers. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
There are moments in life where everything changes in the blink of an eye. For Sarah that moment was a plane crash during a mission’s trip in Guatemala. There were fourteen passengers on the small Cessna Caravan when the engine blew. Of the fourteen, eleven didn’t make it. Sarah and her mother were among the survivors. Her father and brother were not.
In such a situation, the gratefulness to be alive is accompanied by an ocean of grief. Life is Beautiful tells Sarah’s journey of trauma, loss, acceptance, and growth. The book discusses Sarah’s own personal struggles to deal will the death of her father and brother, as well as her mother’s extreme physical and emotional injuries; and it doesn’t stop there. Sarah also delves into her past issues with alcohol use and depression, her father’s previous drug abuse, and how God led both of them to turn their lives around.
Life is Beautiful is a unique and inspiring story of self-discovery, God’s will and love for His people, and the joy and beauty of life. Christians will be touched by Sarah’s raw and personal explorations of the adversity she faced and the strength God gives to overcome.
Sarah’s story connects with readers as they deal with their own struggles, whether substance abuse, mental illness, or grief and loss. Life is Beautiful motivates readers to seek the same transformative power Sarah found and create the changes necessary for a life of love and happiness.
Life is Beautiful is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. To learn more, go to http://lifeisbeautifulbook.com/
For further information, to request a review copy, or to set up an interview or appearance by Sarah M. Johnson, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.
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