Controversial Book Slammed in South America

Dark Sun, Bright Moon by Oliver SparrowOctober 29, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) – Oliver Sparrow used his considerable knowledge of events and beliefs in the Peruvian Andes of a thousand years to shape the remarkable and exciting new novel, Dark Sun, Bright Moon. Readers in South America are slamming Dark Sun, Bright Moon because the book explores ancient practices, customs and beliefs that many believe should remain hidden in the past.
What people are saying about this controversial book:
You bring to life these ancient practices, customs and beliefs which, even if they had been the reality of a former time, now have been set to one side… Please, do not publish any more of these types of novel. It is not a good idea to revive possibly-dangerous religious ideas and beliefs that have been successfully eradicated.
I am a preacher in the Mormon faith, and I live in Puno, Peru where we are working with the local people for many years… I have read your novel, and it does not seem good to me that you are attempting to awaken these ancient customs, most of which have been forgotten and which you, one way or another, are waking them up. If this material comes to the attention of my flock their curiosity will reawaken about these ancient idolatries, which they had set to one side. I ask you please, in the name of our community, not to publish this type of literature, which goes against our beliefs. If this information were to be published in Spanish, we can assure you that it will reawaken customs and beliefs that we have worked to suppress through 400 years. That would throw us back from the faith that we have built within this community.
You are entering a space that has been hidden for many years, and for good reason.”
I am a Catholic priest. I work in the jungle region of Peru… and I have to say that it does not appear advisable that this type of publication finds its way into the hands of the less educated. It does not seem to be a good thing for our Catholic faith that you should seek to revive these long-forgotten beliefs, and for that reason I ask you not to publish the book in Spanish.
Dark Sun, Bright Moon is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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Ali Maier’s Award-Winning Children’s Book Captures the Essence of Sibling Relationships

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer bookSeptember 19, 2014 (CLEVELAND, OH) – Ali Maier’s new children’s book Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer inspires kids to read and journal and highlights the importance of sibling relationships. The title just received the 2014 International Book Awards recognition as the winner in Children’s Fiction and is already highly regarded in its genre. Maier dives into the minds of ten-year-old twins Max and Maggie as they document their summer and try to get along in this candid, journal-style book.
A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? Ugh.
This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can’t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share!
Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life – a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, “Mom Made Us Write This.”
“Funny, tell-all journal entries of ten-year-old twins reveals the inner workings of sibling and family relationships as can only be seen through the eyes of children. Mom Made Us Write This In the Summer offers affectionate and amusing stories as Max and Maggie reveal a greater understanding on one another.” – Maya Fleischmann, Foreword Reviews
Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The series also includes Mom Made Us Write This: Write Your Own Shared Journal and Mom Made Us Write This Family Quiz Book.
About the Author:
Ali Maier went to John Carroll University and earned a BA in Elementary Education. She lives in a Cleveland suburb with her husband and two children. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family.
Ali chose to write the Mom Made Us Write This series to encourage young readers to do something she loves – to read and write! Ali wanted to write a book series that would allow readers to laugh and encourage them to write and share their own stories.
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For further information, to request a review copy of Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer, or to interview Ali Maier, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at or 805.807.9027.

Author Brett Garcia Rose Announces The Release Of His Latest Novel ‘Noise’

noise by Brett Garcia Rose book coverJuly 17, 2014 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Brett Garcia Rose announced today that his latest novel Noise is now available for sale in eBook and paperback.
“Noise is a rather dark and violet novel. It will appeal to readers who like a fast-paced action-packed mystery,” says Rose.
In Noise, the main character Leon is a deaf adoptee from Nigeria who came to the American South when he was 9 years old from a violent childhood. He is a classic loner, very quiet, sad, and unusually even-tempered.
The world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.
Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared into a murky lake ten years ago, she left him alone, drifting through a silent landscape.
Or did she?
A postcard in her handwriting pulls Leon to the winter-cold concrete heart of New York City. What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that has no sound.
A grisly trail of clues leads to The Bear, the sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police—some corrupt, some merely compromised—are of little help. They don’t like Leon’s methods, or the mess he leaves in his wake.
Leon is deaf, but no sane person would ever call him disabled. He survived as a child on the merciless streets of Nigeria. He misses nothing. He feels no remorse. The only direction he’s ever known is forward.
He will not stop until he knows.
Where is Lily?
“A staggering, compelling work of fiction… mind-blowingly perfect. It has everything. Exquisite details, world-weary voice, and people worth knowing. It is truly amazing!” – MaryAnne Kolton, Author and Editor of This Literary Magazine
“Strong, compelling, raw and human in the best sense. Beautifully written.” – Susan Tepper, Author of Deer and Other Stories
Noise is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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New Novel ‘Twisted’ Explores The Art Of Making A Living In The Sex Trade

Twisted by Lola Smirnova
July 2, 2014 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Lola Smirnova recently released her debut novel Twisted. Smirnova is an author from Ukraine living in South Africa, who for many years worked in the sex industry. Twisted is a true life shaped into fiction story of vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade.
“I was inspired to write Twisted because I hope that my story can help change the common misconceptions of women working in the sex industry, victims of which usually are young inexperienced women. I want the reader to realize that these working girls are human. They dream, love or suffer the same way as anyone’s girlfriend, sister or daughter,” says Smirnova.
Twisted is a disturbing behind-the-scenes look at a world that most will never see. It is shocking, raw, and explicit.
In the corrupt economy of post-Soviet Ukraine opportunities are scarce. Young and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia – harbor dreams of a better life. Naïve and tempted by the allure of ‘quick’ money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever.
Can they stay out of trouble enough to fulfill their ambitions? Can they hold on to their idealism in a world where depravity and danger are constant companions? How far are they willing to go to make a buck?
“Twisted is a nightmare journey into the life of Julia, a young woman from Ukraine who, struggling for a future, follows her sister’s path into the sex trade. In the post-Soviet break-up world, there is little to offer in the way of traditional jobs. Skilled doctors in the state hospitals earn a couple hundred a month, but a woman working in a cabaret, strip club, or as a call girl in one of the nearby countries can earn several thousand. All she needs to succeed is what she was born with and the ability to skillfully size up a client’s needs and perform to his expectations, while trying to stay out of prison. Yet, Julia quickly learns the money comes with a price in violence, degradation, and addiction… The characters are real, dialog intoxicating, and the plot well crafted.” – Reviewed by Gary Stout at Readers’ Favorite
Twisted is available for sale on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
Smirnova is currently working on her second book – a sequel to Twisted. To learn more, go to
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Michael D. Dennis Announces The Release Of His Highly Anticipated Debut Novel ‘A Native’s Tongue’

a native's tongue book coverJuly 2, 2014 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Los Angeles based author Michael D. Dennis announced today that his highly anticipated debut novel A Native’s Tongue is now available for sale on Amazon.
A Native’s Tongue is about a young man trying to find his way in the world. He struggles to keep the woman he loves while entangled in the sex, drugs, and tragedy of Los Angeles. It was inspired by real events,” says Dennis.
Love and tragedy collide in Dennis’s poignant new novel, A Native’s Tongue.
Charlie Winters has never been an overachiever. He is used to just getting by while living with his single mother and working a dead-end job at a cheesesteak stand. Meanwhile, he’s constantly grappling with the voice of his sister, who died in a tragic car accident years earlier, echoing in his head.
So when Violet, an older woman, sets her sights on Charlie and refuses to let go, he follows along. He soon finds himself immersed in a destructive relationship that still fails to fill the void within him.
But then he meets Jennifer, a mystical young woman whose energy and life convinces Charlie to pursue her, even through the darkest corners of Los Angeles, and sets their lives upon a path that can’t be stopped.
Escaping to the California coast, Charlie and Jennifer finally find what they’ve always needed. But a sudden illness quickly pulls them both back to LA. It is there, amid the sex, drugs, and split-second decisions that pulse through the city, that tragedy strikes—threatening to tear Charlie and Jennifer apart forever.
A Native’s Tongue is available for sale on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
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New Sports Fiction Book Helps Kids Exercise Their Minds

The Hoop Kid from Elmdale ParkLOS ANGELES, CA (January, 7, 2014) – As college basketball’s most exciting and serious time of year [March Madness] approaches, Elmdale Park Brand founder Teko Bernard hopes to encourage young basketball fans to read more for fun with his new book, The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park.
“Kids devote a lot of their time to sports participation these days, and it can get pretty hectic and serious,” says Teko. “I wrote this book to help fill the need for fun, sports themed fiction books for active kids who love sports but are reluctant to read. I hope to inspire sports-minded kids to reach for a book more often to exercise their minds.”
According to Nickelodeon Kids and Family Research, almost 50% of kids ages 7 to 14 play sports 3 to 4 days a week during their sports seasons. Most kids seem to be participating in 2 to 3 organized sports in a year.
Kids who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers. The Institute of Education found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in math, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.
The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park is a fun, upbeat story dealing with themes of courage, teamwork, and overcoming defeat. The length and pace of the book was created with the reluctant reader in mind. The occasional cartoon like illustrations add a fun break while reading.
In The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park, all Bernard Jones wanted to do while staying with his grandparents for the summer in Elmdale, was work on his basketball skills. When Bernard excitedly enters a team into the Annual Elmdale Park Basketball Tournament, he’s shocked to discover that the future of the park is at stake. The town of Elmdale hasn’t won the tournament in 20 years, and Victor Franco, a ruthless millionaire, is planning to shut down the annual tournament for good and turn the historic Elmdale Park into a landfill for his own profit. It can all be stopped if Bernard and his team, the Elmdale Warriors, win the tournament this year. Can the courageous Bernard and his fun and wacky crew defeat their Oakdale rivals and save the historic Park?
The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park is available on Amazon.
The Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park
By Teko Bernard
Age Range: 8 and up
Grade Level: 3 and up
Paperback: 126 pages
Publisher: Elmdale Park Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0986059307
ISBN-13: 978-0986059308
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List Of The Best Press Release Distribution Websites

Whether you are a small business or author, if you have a website you should be distributing press releases on a regular basis to build your online presence. Press releases provide the media with the information they need to write a news story. For authors, a press release can announce a book signing, book reading, new book release, blog tour, celebrity endorsements, sponsorships, price changes, a new blog, awards, or other newsworthy events. A search engine optimized (SEO) press release can help generate media coverage, increase traffic to your website, improve your ranking in search engines, and attract new customers. Press releases are essential in a PR campaign.

There are so many different press release distribution websites that it can be confusing trying to figure out which ones to use. After years of distributing press releases, we have come up with a list of the best free and paid press release distribution websites. In no specific order, here are our favorite press release distribution websites –

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PRWeb: PRWeb has the cheapest distribution option. We used the Basic package, which is only $99. However, it provided ZERO results. Seriously, not a single site picked up our press release. It was an absolute waste of money. You get what you pay for right?

eReleases: Our favorite press release distribution site is eReleases, but they keep raising their rates, which is frustrating. We used to distribute press releases through eReleases for only $149, and now it seems the price increases every month or so. The lowest package that eReleases offers right now is $249 for the Newswire Lite. With this package, they will publish your press release on PR Newswire, and it will get published on an additional 100 – 300 news sites. Having your press release published on this many news sites helps increase your online presence significantly.

PR Newswire: PR Newswire is the most expensive distribution site, and they provide similar results to eReleases.

We recommend distributing your press release through 1 major paid distribution service, like eReleases, and a handful of free press release websites, like PRLog or 24-7 Press Release, to generate more backlinks to your website. Backlinks help increase your ranking in search engines and traffic to your website. Also, be sure to post the press release on your own website or blog.

We chose the websites listed above because they are the easiest to use and provide the best results. What sites would you add to this list?

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7 Quick Tips to Writing a Great Press Release

Press releases are an effective way to build your presence online, generate publicity, and get the word out about a newsworthy event, such as a announcing a blog tour, book release, or book signing. Many people shy away from creating press releases, but once you know the basics, writing these on a regular basis can become second nature.  In this post, we cover 7 quick tips for writing a great press release.

For a successful book publicity campaign, we recommend distributing 1 press release a month. A press release should include all of the information that a reporter would need to write a news story about it. The essential components of a press release are a headline, lead paragraph, main body, background information, and contact information.  Try to shorten your press release to 1 page or less. If it is over 1 page, then it is too long.

1. Write an attention grabbing headline.  Be creative and think outside the box. It should intrigue the reporter to read the press release to find out more information.

2. The lead paragraph should expand on the headline, and entice the reader to follow through with reading the rest of the press release.  The lead paragraph is also sometimes referred to as the “hook.” It should be newsworthy, relevant, and attention catching. The lead paragraph should be 2-3 sentences.

3. You should use the body of the press release to back up any statements you make in your headline and lead paragraph. Get the facts out – who, what, when, where and why. Use quotes from reputable sources. Don’t beat around the bush, get straight to the point.  If you write too much fluff and irrelevant material, no one will stick around to read your main message or cover the story.

4. Make it interesting.  A long, boring rambling press release does not hold anyone’s interest.  When you are writing the press release, do not make it personal by using “I” or “We”.  Write the body of the release as a reporter would, reporting on a news story, using an impartial voice. Understand your audience and write something that they want to read.  By giving your audience what they want, you guarantee that they will read your press release from beginning to end and actually share the information.

5. Avoid using hype filled phrases; they do nothing to enhance your press release.  In fact, phrases such as “state of the art” can be a real turn off for readers because it gives the press release a sales feel.  Hype and excessive punctuation such as exclamation marks remove the professional feel from your press release. Remove your instinct to use your press release to sell.  You are simply giving information, not trying to make a sale.  The information that you give should be useful and to the point.  You have plenty of time to make a sale once you get some traffic to your web site.

6. The last paragraph of the press release should have a sentence or two of background information, a link to your website, and contact information.

7. Proofread your press release carefully.  Nothing removes credibility faster than obvious typos or grammatical errors.

A great press release is one of the most important tools you can use to connect with people and let them know about your news.  Learning how to craft an attention grabbing press release is one of the best weapons you can have in your book publicity campaign.

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