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@HenryandTom Featured Book by Wid Bastian on the Will Roberts Weekly Telegram Radio show

Every so often a great read comes along that just makes you smile. According to the numerous five star reviews posted on its Amazon book page, Henry and Tom brings joy to everyone who reads it. When you download Henry and Tom you’ll treat yourself to something that will make you happy for hours for less than the price of a Grande Latte at Starbucks.

Co-author Wid Bastian was a guest last week on Will Roberts’ Weekly Telegram radio show. He explained how he met the book’s co-author, Dr. Michael Atkins, a Washington D.C. based marine biologist and how together they wrote a book that directly addresses the topic of do animals have emotions. Wid and Michael argue that whales not only have emotions, they are also highly intelligent and have complex social lives. Henry and Tom makes you think twice about not only the immorality of killing any whale, but also the cruelty of jailing them in places like Sea World or putting dolphins on display at luxury hotels for the amusement of human guests.

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Henry and Tom is a story about a man bonding with a whale and their great adventure together across the Pacific. The other aspect of the novel that readers find compelling is the story of a successful blended family. Divorce can be brutal on kids. In Henry and Tom, loving parents do their best to put their children’s needs first. What a great example of how to do a difficult thing the right way.

For a limited time, Henry and Tom the eBook can be downloaded for only $2.99. For sure that price is good for the book’s official debut on November 28th. You can download Henry and Tom on its Amazon book page. More information and book reviews can be found at henryandtom.com.

As one Amazon reviewer put it, “Henry and Tom is an extraordinary story of love and cooperation between a man and a whale… It deals with marriage and family, life crises, finding one’s self – personal development and life in the real world in addition to the story with the whale… It’s a deep and very moving story. Beautifully written and well produced. I highly recommend it.”

Introducing…Michelle Horst – The Writer Bringing You the NEW “Twilight” Magic!

Two weeks ago I had the incredible honor of introducing all of you die-hard readers to a seriously wonderful debut author by the name of Michelle Horst. This is the woman who has begun the next huge YA series! Vaalbara: Visions and Shadows introduces a locale that everyone is falling in love with, and readers across the globe want to travel there right now!

Vaalbara is a world that is ‘out there,’ awaiting a very normal young woman who is bored beyond belief by her own life. She has questions, issues, and a type of self-esteem that makes her turn red in the face. The only person she feels remotely comfortable with is her imaginary friend, Sid. What is being hidden from our heroine – Aislinn – is monumental, but when a new student comes to school named Ryan, Aislinn’s world is soon turned upside down by this handsome, charming boy who talks like he’s from the 17th Century.

Precious Gems Publishing introduced Vaalbara: Visions and Shadows into the world, and fans are going crazy! In fact, THIS is the next YA that should be on the ‘big screen!’ Aislinn (soon to be, Alchera) is beloved by all female readers for her self-doubt covered up by her tremendously funny sarcasm. Ryan (soon to be Raighne) is a hero for any woman’s heart. He is a true warrior and protector and guards Alchera with his life. Unfortunately, there are ‘bad guys’ as well, who want to destroy Alchera before she takes on her destiny and succeeds. Add in a young man who is a real ‘bad boy,’ who Alchera finds herself falling for, and you have the plot of a seriously amazing novel that, thankfully, is only the first in the series!

There are so many authors delving into the YA world. And for a writer like me – who reads and reviews over fifty books a month – it was so unbelievably refreshing to come across a debut novelist who presents an entirely NEW and fresh story to the masses. But as I went more in-depth with this author, I also found a completely stunning individual with passion, drive and determination. Michelle Horst is someone who will soon add mentor, friend, icon, and other ‘titles’ to her resume, as the world finds out more and more about her and Vaalbara. And, today, you are about to be presented with the woman, herself.

Michelle Horst is the amazing mind behind this new series, and I am overjoyed to be one of the very first people on this planet who can say to all the entertainment magazines that, I knew her when! Without further adieu, here is the YA author blasting her way up the charts!

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I would like to begin with your background in writing. Did you always wish to write? Or, was this one of those instances where Althea’s story just came to mind and you had to write it down?

I used to dabble in poetry (not stuff I’d share with people anytime soon, LOL). But when I stopped working I had to do something to express myself. I tried various things from scrap booking to cleaning the house at three in the morning. Needless to say none of it filled the void.

2012 and Twilight previewed in the same year and both stories left a lingering hole in my soul that no book could fill, so I decided to try my hand at writing my very own. I began writing Vaalbara for myself. I wanted to write a story that I would want to read – with the romance and passion levels soaring, and focusing on a girl who had the right, fun attitude. I wanted to show that someone could go through hell and still come back from it.

I didn’t intend for Alchera to come alive the way she did. Six months later, when I opened the file for Vaalbara, I realized I was almost finished, and I guess that’s when it hit me that I was hooked.

Being a writer, and a debut one at that, this is a very solitary and lonely career to embark upon. Can you tell readers how you kept going even when writing became more than a bit of an obsession?

Since I opened my laptop at the beginning of 2010 we have not spent a day apart. Obsession is an understatement, if you want to capture in one word what writing has become to me. If you had to take it away from me I would simply wither away. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is write, and it’s the last thing I do before going to bed. I won’t deny that I’ve had my moments where I thought I was writing into the wind – where I knew my stories would never reach another’s eyes – but luckily I had a dear friend to encourage me. One email from her and every blank page turned into an adventure waiting to be discovered.

Raighne is one of the most handsome and interesting male heroes to come along in a good, long time. Is he based on anyone in particular?

Ooh, Raighne…

Yes, he is based on Ian Somerhalder. Ian is someone I respect very much. I drool when I see him on television and I want to salute him for his heart and strength. He is one of the most endearing humans on the planet, who spends every free minute trying to save ‘Mother Nature’ and every helpless animal. He has raised the ISF Foundation from nothing, and won my heart in doing so. I figured a man who cares so much for another, and looks so good, belongs on the pages of my book where he can take care of Alchera, who is a precious being to me.

Young Adult fiction is the biggest market at the moment. Are you a YA fan? Have you read YA’s in the past, or was this a completely new venture for you?

YA! I love it, and will most likely never grow out of it. I love the innocence that comes along with it and the ‘what could have been’ scenarios. It’s nice to dream every now and then. It isn’t the only genre I love, though. My passions cover quite a big range – from Thrillers to Action to – dare I say it? – just plain, old Romance. Oh, and I’m a sucker for a good Drama.

Let’s discuss Sid! Sid is a great “imaginary friend” to have. Do you, personally, have Sid as a friend? (No need to feel funny about your answer, seeing as that an Archangel with a lot of time on his hands seems to be mine. LOL)

Sid…the light of my life! I used to have a great sense of humor, but as I climbed the business ladder, it became kind of ‘squished’ into a box. As I started writing, I felt Alchera had more to say than just her normal sarcastic wit, and the only way I could get it across was by creating Sid. You could say Sid is that sense of humor we all have locked up somewhere that life has tried to take from us. Sid’s my hero who I speak to when I bump my toe or burn the dinner. Sid’s the one I poke in the ribs when Ian Somerhalder comes on TV. And I only share him with my closest friend who has an Archangel helping her. (Oops! Well, the secret is out now!)

Vaalbara is now becoming a series. Was it going to be a series when you first began to write?

No. I just wanted to write that ultimate story for myself, and look where that got me…now I can’t put my own book down! I’m not quite ready to let the characters go yet.

Did you base any of your characters on Greek or Roman history? Such as…the sisters could be ‘The Sirens,’ etc.?

No. I only stared at gorgeous actors and got my inspiration from them to create some of the characters. Eighty percent of the book is based on people I have met in my life, or things I have experienced.

This book takes a good long look at life and war, and the fact that if things keep going as is, this world may just come to an end and everyone will wish like heck they got to Vaalbara more quickly. What moral and/or morals, if any, would you like the reader to take away from this read?

I’d like the reader to take three things away from Vaalbara:

1) Treat nature with care and respect; we only have one Earth and she deserves better from us.

2) Hope is the heartbeat of the soul. You need hope to dream, and what are we without our dreams?

3) You need someone to trust, even if he’s just an imaginary friend. Life can be a lonely place full of shadows that you have to take on single-handedly, but it sure can be fun with Sid around.

Now…big screen glory. If you had the choice, who would star as Alchera and Raighne, seeing as that they could very well be the next ‘Bella & Edward?’

Raighne: Only one man can fill his shoes in my eyes and that’s, Ian Somerhalder…so a million times, Ian!

Alchera: This is hard. Vanessa Hudgens or Kristen Kreuk?

And the next book will be…?

Vaalbara: The Land of Shadows (although this still could change. ;)

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And last but not least, I always end with these special questions because readers love them. (You can call it an Ode to James Lipton)

What is your favorite word? Crap! I know, I should cut down on it.

What is your least favorite word? It’s actually three words: Oh my God! I cringe every time I hear it.

What turns you on? HUH? Seriously! I’m writing a book on the side. It’s another Y/A Fantasy. Wait for it and then read between the lines to learn the answer to this question. (LOL)

What turns you off? People who don’t appreciate what they have, and what life has to offer.

What sound or noise do you love? The silence of the night.

What sound or noise do you hate? Anything that’s recurring: A water tap dripping, someone tapping their fingers, a door banging, etc. Repetition drives me insane!

What profession, other than your own would, you like to attempt? Anything that will bring me closer to nature.

What profession would you not like to attempt? Anything Corporate.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I would give anything to hear Him say the words: You lived your life well, I’m proud of you.

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Well, readers, I don’t think Michelle Horst will have any trouble hearing Him say that! Vaalbara: Visions and Shadows offers an amazing look at the world and the people in it. There is drama, romance, action, adventure, and an in-depth look into fear, and finding the ability to step out of the shadows to be victorious!

If you have not read this incredible novel, you are missing out on one of the best YA books to hit the market in decades!

Until Next Time, Everybody!

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Is There A Puzzle to Be Solved Under Glastonbury Tor?

There is a place – a very special place – located in Glastonbury, a small town in Somerset, England. A place that comes up in many conversations, books and movies. This is not a surprise. After all, the myths and legends that have always surrounded this small community are numerous and well-known.

For Christians, it is believed that Glastonbury is where Joseph of Arimathea came with his men (the group numbering 13) to hide the Holy Grail, thrust his staff into Wearyall Hill, and produced the Glastonbury Thorn – the original thorn tree. It is also believed by many that King Arthur and his knights (the group numbering 13) entered the legendary island of Avalon through a ‘door’ in Glastonbury. In fact, in 1191 monks at the abbey claimed to have found the graves of Arthur and Guinevere to the south of the Lady Chapel of the Abbey Church. It has also been suggested that St. Michael’s Church – the remains of which still stand atop Glastonbury Tor – was the location where Michael and his angel brethren (another group of 13) entered the world to save, fight, defend, or bring law to the people of this earth.

There are colored lights seen (and photographed) in the sky over Glastonbury; and there are odd sounds and images that have been seen (and recorded) of ghostly figures that seem to inhabit the small town.

It was in 1935 however, when a landscape zodiac was first discovered. The ‘signs’ having been formed by natural features such as roads, streams and field boundaries that were situated around Glastonbury. This ancient zodiac was supposedly a perfect match to the stars above – a perfect match of 13 signs. Capricorn’s “eye” was a haystack; the wing of the Aquarius phoenix was a road laid in 1782; the sign of Cancer was a network of 18th century drainage ditches and paths. Many features ‘supposedly’ came together to show an ancient zodiac that leads people to the roofless, St. Michael’s Tower that sits atop the mysterious, Glastonbury Tor.

As everyone knows – fiction is fiction. BUT in every piece of fiction there is an undeniable fact that the fiction was built upon. In a remarkable new book that has just been released, this subject has been taken one step further. Perhaps there are facts embedded in the Arthurian legend, the legend of the Holy Grail, and the zodiac signs that could very well be put together to lead to a treasure that no one has even thought of yet.

Like The DaVinci Code, 13 (which is the first book in a brand new adventure series called, Tallent & Lowery), utilizes some very real facts that have been placed side-by-side in order to form a puzzle that has readers running to their computers in order to look up each and every detail.

Debates are already beginning over some of the very real characters and locations that this author has been able to piece together. From the mysteries that are inside the Winchester House in San Jose, California – to the ‘bloody’ streets of Whitechapel, readers are already discussing who The Ripper really was, and why a woman truly thought that there were ghosts living in her house that she had to listen to – all the while being completely obsessed over the number 13.

The author has also delved into the world of Aleister Crowley. Some see this man as a true visionary who brought the world different ideas and concepts – a pioneer, in fact, where the subjects of religion and science are concerned. Whereas others believe him to be exactly what he proclaimed himself to be – the Devil, personified.

Aleister Crowley, Jack the Ripper, Sarah Winchester, Andrew Carnegie, Rudolf Steiner – what could all these people from such completely different locations have to do with any myth or legend that may reside in the small town of Glastonbury? Well…in order to know the answer to that, one must begin the adventure.

A hint, perhaps? Included in the puzzle is information about The Golden Dawn, which was an organization that included some pretty popular members throughout time. Aleister Crowley, Rudolf Steiner – and even the poet, Yeats – were members. The meetings that occurred between these three men at various times throughout history is yet another piece of the puzzle that heads readers straight to Glastonbury.

This is a novel that reviewers are calling one of the best puzzles to ever be written, and the upside for all readers out there is that 13 is only the first of seven that are about to be told. Already, there are production companies debating on who should play the characters of Leah Tallent & Gareth Loweryforty-something’s or the late-twenty-something’s that Hollywood has to offer. Could Shia LaBeouf personify a truly interesting bad guy that would bring readers into a whole new dimension? We‘ll have to find out.

But setting aside all the glitz, glamour and raves, the historical information and the weaving of people and places into a very real mystery is truly fascinating. And each and every piece of the puzzle is in direct relation to the 13th sign, and the reason why the zodiac was altered so long ago.

It is no surprise that this book begins inside the New York Public Library – one of the most amazing institutions that houses some of the most fascinating history ever written. And to be able to head from there into a haunted house, walk down a famous street, explore a home on the shores of Loch Ness where some truly mystical events once occurred, is a fantastic experience. Finding clues in the brilliant poetry of Poe and Yeats have readers rushing to embark on this amazing treasure hunt.

What is buried in Glastonbury and simply waiting to be uncovered? Tallent & Lowery will show you. This work of fiction that was built upon facts buried in the past, is a truly brilliant adventure.

Let the debates begin

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Tallent & Lowery: 13 is NOW available on Amazon:

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**NOTE to Readers:

The rankings have skyrocketed for Tallent & Lowery: 13, and there have been many readers who are begging for the ‘hard-copy’ book to be printed. Yes, Tallent & Lowery is only available as an eBook right now, but we HAVE heard from the millions who need that book in their hands as soon as possible. If you wish to be notified when the hard copy book is available, please let us know at: amy@preciousgemspublishing.com.

Precious Gems Publishing: Bringing Fiction into the 21st Century!

Computers are a given in the world we live in today, but when true booklover’s look back on the literary ‘gems’ that this world has offered, they can tell you that over 85% of the best titles ever written were published far before our ‘superhighway’ was created. They can always name the books that never saw the light of day in the social marketing and social media worlds; they simply became the ‘best of the best’ because they WERE the best of the best. The authors, the stories – something about them made the entire world stand up and listen. Publishers, quite simply, published them. They weren’t worried about the Amazon Kindle taking over, or the fact that bookstores were going out of business. They weren’t worried about their ‘bottom lines’ as of yet, they were simply in desperate need to publish the books that all the world would remember. And, once upon a time, that’s just what they did.

In 1946, Robert Penn Warren gave the world All the King’s Men. This was far more than just a political novel, it was an in-depth look at the power and corruption in the Depression-era South. Every tumultuous and highly-debatable subject was taken on by Mr. Penn is this unforgettable novel, and it changed the course of the literary world.

In 1946, a man by the name of George Orwell created, Animal Farm - and the world has never forgotten about it. No writer had been more brutally honest about his contempt for power, or more ruthless in his critique of those who abuse it. He took on hypocrisy at its finest, and by choosing to present his ideas and these atrocities in a ‘fairytale-like’ setting, George earned his place among the best fiction novelists of all time.

Whether you liked it or not…in 1936, Margaret Mitchell wrote the colossal romance novel. She brought romance to a new level while still offering a brilliant study into the very difficult subjects of race, war, politics, and the ability to stand up and fight for what you most believe in. Gone With the Wind was the first and most compelling saga in the world of books.

Science fiction was brought into our realm in the very best of ways when a master by the name of J.R.R. Tolkien introduced his, Lord of the Rings in 1954. This man showed the world that he had a mind-bending imagination that gave birth to a whole new world of elves, dwarves, wizards…you name it, they were there. With his intelligence and study of ancient languages and mythology – Tolkien make sure that science fiction would never die.

Ken Kesey unleashed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest into homes in 1964, and took on hypocrisy at its finest. How to conform to modern life; how to deal with the icy power-hungry people in this world that the horrific Nurse Ratched personified – it was all there. His book took liberation to a whole new plateau.

And let’s not forget the REAL YA fiction that made a difference in this world. Judy Blume is, was, and will always be the master at explaining and helping the hearts and souls of youth. The experiences, pain and relentless pressure that they feel each and every day was always addressed and addressed immaculately by Judy Blume. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret came out in 1970 and people could almost feel the sigh of relief. Why? Because with Blume, parents no longer had to be afraid to talk to their children about sex and religion – because this incredible author had opened the doors to both.

Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen…there simply isn’t enough paper to list them all. We, as a culture, are extremely lucky to have been given these unbelievably fantastic authors who have saved lives, changed minds, and helped readers from all walks of life understand, give, take, love, laugh, cry, and learn. However these authors, during their time periods, were not given million-dollar contracts. They were not constantly fighting for an agent or a publisher…and they didn’t care. Their names became huge over time and their “voice” gave other people theirs. That was what made writing wonderful!

The “dream” is incredible. But there are times when the literary industry looks very much like the sports world nowadays. Contracts are given out to books that simply aren’t going to be talked about in fifty years in an article such as this. And chances are no longer being taken because of the rough and hideous economy. Precious Gems Publishing wants to take that chance. Precious Gems Publishing has found a way to be unlike the self-publishers that are out there right now. The people behind the creation of this new digital-publishing company ARE authors, themselves They are people who have worked in the industry for a good, long time and, quite frankly, didn’t like what they were seeing.

Precious Gems Publishing knows about the money aspect – it’s not like they’re living in their own fairytale. But they have also done the research to be able to do a great number of things for a debut author where it WON’T cost that author $5,000. They won’t receive a substandard formatted book with a substandard cover, and then a contract that states in small print that they have to buy a certain number of there own books.

Precious Gems Publishing has teamed up with some truly reliable organizations that are masters in the digital media and marketing world. They have cut all costs to the bare minimum so that authors only have to pay $899 one time with no extra costs or ridiculous ‘small print’ contracts. And for that low investment, Precious Gems Publishing has been able to build the crew and creative technologies to give each one of their authors a ton of marketing services that will brand them and, perhaps, bring their name to the forefront of Top Ten lists across the globe.

Precious Gems Publishing’s crew are authors, editors, proofreaders, ghostwriters, designers, marketers, and promoters who came together because the author was being overlooked! They are not a traditional house who will never read your book, or put it in the ‘slush pile’ for a later date. They are honest, hardworking people who have had trials of their own with the publishing industry, and are tired of it.

PGP wants creation! They want imagination! They want fiction! And their sister site, Be Wisdom Publishing, wants nonfiction! They realize the benefits of having the ability to self publish, and the great importance of digital publishing. Their graphic designers KNOW how to make a cover that stops people in their tracks as they’re looking through thousands of books in the marketplace. And, one of the ultimate gifts their ‘gems’ receive, is a huge network of sites, online newsletters and magazines, radio and television stations, that offer YOU and YOUR book, marketing and promotion that just doesn’t exist with other companies.

Precious Gems Publishing has a “vision” for the authors they work with; and that vision is to get YOUR creation into readers’ hands and help build YOUR audience!

The editing team, creative/design team, publishing team, and marketing team that YOU acquire from using Precious Gems or Be Wisdom Publishing are monumental – and they are the smartest team to have on YOUR side.

As a writer, I am so tired of losing authors because they ended up so down on themselves (because of form letter rejections) that they stopped believing in their talent, and put their novels into a drawer. Enough! With the digital and social marketing world the way it is, and what it’s quickly becoming, those same agents and publishers who turned you down will soon be wishing they had paid more attention to what the readers actually want to read!

Precious Gems Publishing respects, honors, and supports authors. They not only want, but BELIEVE, that there is a novelist out there right now who is holding the next book that will make history. If you know that YOU are that writer, contact PGP right now!

Until Next Time, Everybody!

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Be Wisdom Publishing is Looking for that Next Unforgettable Work!

There is something truly fascinating about all aspects of our culture. Whether it be history, social culture, political or, incidents that have changed the very course of our lives and futures – there are some books that have literally altered our nation. They have made people stand up and fight, or uncovered some provocative and scintillating deceit and lies existing in our government or governments abroad.

Yes, in sixty years there are many who will speak about how ‘Edward and Bella’ changed their lives. There are also many others who won’t understand that aspect of our social culture no matter how many times they hear about it. But, there was also a time when the American public thought Fast Food Nation was just simply silly. Now it is one of the tomes that speak in-depth about our culture and how we have evolved over time.

The entertainment industry was grand when Andrew Sarris decided to open up his debate in The American Cinema. This nonfiction work held the argument of French critics who said that the director was the author of a film, and Sarris proposed that all American cinema could be defined by the work of the men with the megaphones, as well. This debate made writers extremely unhappy, but Sarris was seen as the ‘Galileo’ of film critics with his assumption.

David Halberstam created a completely different debate when he brought forth The Best and The Brightest. He spoke of the ‘B&B’ that were a part of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, telling all readers that even though the ‘right’ schools were attended and they all followed the supposedly ‘right’ procedures when engineering the Vietnam War, the ridiculousness that happened was inexcusable. This was a man who was a sheer skeptic of these ‘elite’ people, telling the readers about his own background working as a student busboy in the cafeterias at Harvard, surrounding himself with the supposed ‘best and brightest’ who had not a brain between them. He refused to shake hands with generals who simply thought they deserved respect because of the stars on their shoulder, and the debate he opened up regarding the Vietnam War and the senseless deaths of more that 50,000 Americans in the rice paddies made some see red – while others simply nodded their heads in complete agreement.

Stephen King came along and offered one of the smallest memoirs in history – and the one that caused the biggest impact on the writing world. On Writing, to this day, is seen as the most practical and unpretentious writer’s manual around, told from the POV of one of the world’s most beloved novelists.

Without Julia Child, no one would’ve been able to Master the Art of French Cooking from 1961 until today. Frankly, without this amazing work of nonfiction, we might all still be eating Jell-O salads and other equally ‘icky’ creations.

Truman Capote had readers on the edge of their seats as he put forth a nonfiction novel telling the unforgettable story of, In Cold Blood. This genre-bending book had the world engrossed in 1966, when a small newspaper blurb about the grisly murder of a Kansas farmer and his family intrigued Capote so much, that he spent years digging into the context and aftermath of the crime; interviewing true killers and recreating the bloody carnage.

Woodward & Bernstein…All The President’s Men. A nonfiction book that changed the political culture of a country; a work that literally brought down a presidency and launched a thousand reporting careers. Woodward and Bernstein were cub reporters when they untangled the vast conspiracy behind the Watergate burglary – from a phone call to Deep Throat to the scoop that led to the demise of a President – this book will always be known as the ‘best of the best,’ and a game-changer for the political world.

Nonfiction books make our world. They call out to the minds of everyone from every avenue of life. Betty Friedan let us all in on what The Feminine Mystique was all about; while the brilliant Stephen Hawking brought us the power of science in, A Brief History of Time. A man by the name of William Shirer released the tome that is still used by everyone in this world on term papers, books, movies and everything in between – when he uncovered what really happened in, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

From social culture, history, politics, health, relationships, science, technology, memoirs – heck, even the illustrious book of Zen and how it deals with motorcycle maintenance – nonfiction is the foundation that almost all of our beliefs are based upon.

Be Wisdom Publishing was not only formed to help authors become “known” – it was formed because Be Wisdom would like to bring back the “wisdom” that has been missing. Be Wisdom Publishing WANTS the next Woodward and Bernstein (although, this writer is quite sure no President wants to see the team ever again). Be Wisdom Publishing KNOWS that there are authors out there in the world – RIGHT NOW – waiting for their chance to uncover secrets, offer new ideas, explain new technologies, and become a part of American history that will last forever.

Yes, there are many publishers who ARE only looking for Twilight. BUT Be Wisdom Publishing is looking for those books – those amazing authors who write from the heart, who delve into their research, who study, create, and find ways to improve lives and become a force to be reckoned with.

Nonfiction needs to be brought to the digital publishing world. The ‘old’ and the ‘new’ must meet so that all audiences out there can truly read those titles that will – in some cases – change their lives. To begin with an eBook is to have a start in the publishing industry that is solid and builds revenue and branding for the author. It was stated before, but it must be stated again: the sales for digital publishing have been building over the last decade increasing 164% to $441.3 million over just the last few years. That’s a lot of money, and it shows that there’s potential for authors to make serious cash from eBook sales. Another truly amazing statistic is that 78% of the titles published came from small/self-publishers.

Many authors simply give up because of the traditional, big houses, not having the revenue they once had to bring in debut authors. Their “bottom lines” make it so that extremely good authors with extremely good nonfiction books are simply NOT getting the chance they should be getting. Be Wisdom wants nothing more than to change all that

Be Wisdom was created (as well as its fiction house, Precious Gems Publishing) BY authors FOR authors, to help them get where they need to go. AND, the idea was also born from the fact that so many self-publishers are charging authors a truly ridiculous amount of money. Thousands of dollars are being asked for, and then the author needs to actually buy the books themselves to increase their sales. This is highly unacceptable.

Be Wisdom researched for many months to make sure that they could offer a solid publishing platform. From professional editors who have been in the industry for decades; to the best graphic designers who create covers that will live on in readers’ imaginations long after the book has been read, Be Wisdom has covered all the bases. But Be Wisdom also went one step further – the creators found a way to make sure that the author would receive a digital platform and a FULL marketing campaign. Be Wisdom makes sure that all authors receive radio programs where they can speak about their books, ideas, and concepts; they receive postings on Facebook and Twitter around the clock; professional book trailers; and, articles in magazines and newsletters that reach millions of readers. In essence, Be Wisdom not only wanted to find the outstanding nonfiction books that are out there right now that NEED to be published – but they also wanted to be able to brand the author and their book in order to accumulate the fans just waiting for the next unforgettable nonfiction title.

Branding and social networking are the keys to “building” an author in this day and age, and that’s what Be Wisdom Publishing accomplishes. Authors receive a professional editor to work with, as well as a professional designer. They receive a full marketing department that stands behind them to get their message out to the masses and brand them for all time. And they do this for $899.00 and nothing more. There are no ‘scams’ that you must pay more for this, this, and that. here are no premiere packages to sign up for, or a demand that the author purchase copies themselves. Be Wisdom has brought their wisdom to the digital publishing world. Now…they want YOUR wisdom.

Are you the next Julia Child? Do you have in-depth ideas about the current war or the current state of the world? A financial tome that will set Wall Street on its ear? Are you the next Woodward & Bernstein team? Or, a truly incredible writer who has something to say in this world of digital publishing? Will your memoir touch people’s hearts and lead this world in a new direction?

Go to Be Wisdom Publishing and tell them! Nonfiction authors are in very short supply. They are incredible minds with powerful voices that NEED to be heard! NOW is that time!

Until Next Time, Everybody

For more information, go to:

Head of Be Wisdom Publishing (Robert Wilson): rob@be-wisdom.com
Head of Operations (Tom Ski): tom@be-wisdom.com or call 303-956-0569
Head of Graphic Design Department, Artist, (Sherry Gillam): sherry@be-wisdom.com

Precious Gems Publishing – Giving Debut Authors Their VOICE!

Readers – and writers, of course – we have been speaking about this brand new publishing company over the past few weeks and the response has been astronomical. Not a big shock, considering the way the literary community (i.e., traditional publishing houses) are working right now. The amount of authors that are being overlooked, or thrown into a ‘slush’ pile (even though their manuscript was asked for by someone in the company); and the unbelievable amount of form rejection letters that are being sent back, are unbelievably horrific.

Somewhere along the way the ‘form rejection letter’ became the way to turn an author down. This is completely unacceptable in more ways than one, folks. The first, is that an author works their tail off, and puts their passion and drive into their manuscript for a reason. A writer is not created – they are born. And there are many who have put together a book that the masses very much want to read and would love. How does the author know this for a fact? The power of digital publishing and eBooks, but we will get to all that proof in just a minute. What is another reason why the ‘form rejection letter’ is unacceptable? Because it is simply a ‘way out.’ All of the websites that you research, making sure to send your query letter to the right agents and right publishers who deal with your genre – where the website states in big, bold ink that they WANT to read your query – are the ones that seem to keep the query letter for a month or more just to then send back a letter that states: “Thank you for sending us your book, (fill in title here). Although it sounds very good (etc.) it is unfortunately, not what we represent.” Even though, on their site, it is very much what they represent.

Quite frankly, if someone does not like the first three chapters then say why. Criticism IS good, because it allows the author to take a ‘fresh’ look and see if changes should be made, or if it was simply a case of an agent or publisher with no time on their hands who didn’t bother to read in the first place.

Now, perhaps agents and publishers out there are about to get mad. But they shouldn’t. No one is saying that a query letter can’t stink. There are many letters (sorry, authors) that are not good. The spelling, grammar, punctuation says it all sometimes. And there are times when the plot is just something you may NOT want to represent. Which is absolutely fine. BUT the author should be told why. There is no way for an author to get better at their chosen career without knowing, in the first place what they did wrong. And, when a form letter is sent, it very much leads the author to believe that it was not read in the first place, and that the person clicking the rejection letter is just doing it because it is their job.

Authors, agents, publishers – this is a trio that needs to work together. And even though the agent and publisher may not believe this – the author does understand the bottom-line. They do understand that certain genres are hugely popular in this day and age (i.e., YA, paranormal, gothic, etc.), and that other genres have fallen behind (i.e., Christian fiction, bodice-ripper romance, etc.) and that there are very specific publishing companies for that material. But, let’s face it, when reviewers and bookstores are getting some of the new fiction that is being published, it speaks to the masses that perhaps agents and publishers do NOT know what is selling. There has been a wealth of YA books that are turning toward child abuse, drugs, suicide, etc. that are, quite frankly, NOT selling. So it becomes a question of “Who actually knows what readers want?” And, if anyone is still ‘in the game enough’ to choose the best titles and take a chance on a new author with a new idea?

We have spoken before about how the literary world has become jaded; even articles are popping up where people who have quit and left the industry are speaking out about the fact that they saw the ‘inside world’ and didn’t like it. This writer has listened to remarks made from industry people regarding how they saw great books being overlooked because of other…situations that should not have happened. And they have also remarked that some queries (if not a great many of them) were never read. They were assigned to an intern to “get rid of.” Again, there are some truly great agents and publishers still out there who DO still believe in authors…but that number is dwindling.

It was no surprise when authors began to take it upon themselves to “see” if the people rejecting them were right. Turns out, they weren’t. E-Books and the world of digital publishing is slowly taking over, and providing a platform that allows authors to lend their VOICE to the literary community. And, in fact, some of the most brilliant voices have been found there – marketing their books on Kindle and garnering not only rave reviews, but extremely high sales.

Branding has been the key for these authors. They not only had the passion and drive to write – but they carried that passion and drive over to branding themselves and causing fans to flock to their side. Only then, did the ‘Big Six’ take the time to “see” them and bring them on board.

Precious Gems Publishing was a company that was created BY authors FOR authors, because of the way things have been running in the past decade. Precious Gems Publishing KNOWS that great books are being completely overlooked, and they are tired of what could be stellar authors shelving their manuscripts or throwing them in desk drawers simply because they received that form rejection letter. Precious Gems Publishing researched and worked for a long time before coming together, making sure they could give the author and readers what they wanted and deserved.

From professional editors who have been in the industry for decades; to hiring the best graphic designers to create covers that will live on in the readers’ imagination long after the book has been read, Precious Gems Publishing covered all the bases. But they also went one step further. The creators found a way to make sure that the author would receive a digital platform and a FULL marketing campaign. Precious Gems Publishing wanted to make sure, before even attempting this, that all authors would be getting radio programs to speak about their books; would receive tweets and postings on Facebook and Twitter; professional book trailers; and, articles in magazines and newsletters .reaching millions of readers. In essence, Precious Gems Publishing not only wanted to find the outstanding fiction books that are out there right now, but they also wanted to be able to brand the author and their book

While in the midst of setting up their website, Precious Gems Publishing doesn’t want to make the author wait any longer. They will receive a real “live” editor to work with, as well as a real “live” designer to work with. They will receive a full marketing department standing behind them to get their message to the masses, and brand them for all time. And they do this for $899 and nothing more. There are no ‘scams’ that you must pay more for this, this, and that. There are no premiere packages to sign up for, or a demand that the author purchase copies themselves. Precious Gems Publishing has brought their wisdom into the digital publishing world – and they are looking for Fiction Authors who are necessary to the literary community.

That means YOU! Stop giving up. Send your query to someone who will actually READ it!!

Until Next Time, Everybody

For more information go to:
www.preciousgemspublishing.com

The Holocaust as Seen Through the Eyes of Students at Park Vista High School

The Holocaust and other tragedies in history may seem unimaginable to today’s youth. But Park Vista High School came up with an innovative and stimulating program to bring awareness of these atrocities to students that also translated into relevant issues facing teens today. For three months, they have studied the White Rose resistance movement, when a group of courageous college students almost their own age from Munich were the first to stir up the ranks of Hitler’s Nazis during l942-3. Students honored those who lived and died during that time on Holocaust Remembrance Day last month when they wore white roses, most probably a symbol of peace and purity. Donations from the effort were sent to the Save Darfur Coalition.

Mr. Moskovic from Hobe Sound was l3 years old when he was taken by the Nazis and when he was released in l945, was the only surviving member of his family. He escaped death three times from nothing short of miracles. His goal in sharing with students is “to keep the memory alive and to help our youth carry the truth in the future so people don’t forget.”  Students also shared how they have grown from the project, similar to PSAs, and posters which are part of a large quilt that covers a wall in the main cafeteria.

The White Rose program at Park Vista was made possible through a grant provided by LEAH, the League for Educational Awareness for the Holocaust based in Boca Raton, an organization that educates and advocates about the Holocaust and other genocides. It seeks to engage teachers in inspiring and motivating students to actively contribute to a kinder, more compassionate world.  To date, LEAH has funded more than 300 education grant awards which have touched the lives of 36,000 students in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. 

The White Rose group are most well-known for their leafleting and a secret organization started by Sophie and Hans Scholl of which several award-winning movies, documentaries, books and plays have been made. All seven members were convicted of treason and beheaded at a very young age. 

Media Specialist and coordinator of the school-wide program, Brigitta McTigue, spent her early years growing up in Munich, Germany where Sophie and her brother Hans Scholl and the White Rose students were considered heroes.  

“Our l6 and l7 year olds need to know this, so that they learn how to deal with prejudice, bigotry, bullying, and other human rights issues they face today. We hope this program has given them some tools to become more tolerant in their daily lives and to find healthy ways to stand up to hurtful and cruel actions done to other people merely because of differences.” 

Also collaborating and working together on the project was Sue Mehok, English teacher, as well as reading and social studies classes. Activities included reading chapters or books about the White Rose movement and watching the film “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.” 

“As we teach students about the Holocaust, and other examples of genocide such as Darfur, Rwanda and Bosnia we are in a very real way repairing the world,” said Amanda McGee, executive director of LEAH. “They are taking the lessons that happened in the Holocaust of these very brave young people in the White Rose movement so that they can hopefully become better human beings.”  

Educational programs such as these are designed to help children learn about time periods and events that may seem incomprehensible to them. 

“They have no concept of what freedom is, because they have it,” said Ms. Mehok. 

While many schools offer only a few paragraphs in their history books about the Holocaust, Park Vista High School has a dedicated program, under the leadership of Eileen Shapiro who heads up Holocaust Studies for the school district of Palm Beach County. It was at her suggestion that McTigue applied for the grant from LEAH.

FAU Fireworks: FUN and Family

FAU Campus is the place to be on the 4th of July.

6 p.m. – Family Activities, games, children’s rides, arts and crafts, walkabout entertainment

6:30 p.m. – Stage Show – RED, WHITE & BLUE TRIBUTE (AZMC Production)

7:10 p.m. – Zumba Demonstation – mass audience participation

7:30 p.m. Concert – WIND SYMPHONY OF FLORIDA, Dr. Kyle Prescott

9 p.m. – FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Florida Atlantice University, located on Glades Rd, just East of I-95

Cost:  FREE

IMPORTANT:  Personal fireworks, sparklers, alcholic beverages, dogs, open fires are not allowed.  No stopping or parking along Glades Rd.