The Race is On For Anyone who Can Make it “Up the River with a Paddle”

The Race is On

For Anyone who Can Make it “Up the River with a Paddle”

Nov. l9 –

A Benefit for By the River

SEBASTIAN, FL, NOVEMBER 6, 2011 — It will be a day that Sebastian has never seen before.  The first-ever paddling race on the St. SebastianRiver, “Up the River with a Paddle,” will bring together recreational and competitive paddlers alike – kayakers, canoers, stand up paddle boarders and all non-motorized water sports enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages. Organizers aim to draw paddlers from around the state who have heard about the scenic beauty of one of the most diverse natural estuaries in the country – the South Prong of the river. This will be the backdrop of the event, to be held Saturday, November l9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DaleWimbrow Park, 11805 Roseland Road in Sebastian. Proceeds will benefit By the River, the Treasure Coast’s independent residential community for low income seniors, founded by spiritual teacher Ma Jaya that is giving them the chance to live affordably in a life-enhancing community.  The race is sanctioned by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and being sponsored and coordinated by Florida Outdoor Center (FLOC).

“We wanted to have a fun, family event that the community would enjoy – something new that was friendly for the environment,” said Mr. Joe Coakley, chairperson of the event.” “We’re looking forward to lots of healthy, friendly competitions on the river. We at By the River hope this event will stir the emotions of everyone for the need to assist seniors who are in need of decent housing in Indian River County.”

Racers may check-in and register at 8:30 a.m. at Dale Wimbrow Park, although pre-registration is encouraged. Races begin at l0:00 a.m. with short and long distances, such as Parent/Child, Kids Fun Race, Masters 50+ and Elite categories. Start times and race course will be announced at check-in.  It is recommended that entrants be able to paddle approximately three miles for the short distance race and five miles for the elite course.

In the Elite category, racers can challenge themselves to beat Mike Beck in the long distance course and have the opportunity to win up to a $500 cash prize, sponsored by Oculina Bank. Mr. Beck is a former member of the USA National Kayaking Team, international paddler and Guinness World Record holder in 24-hour kayaking on the Rhine River in l996.  If no one beats his time, monies will go to provide paddling programs for local kids at FLOC.

Another fun event happening and sure to be a highlight of the day, will be for Best Team in the County when groups of 6 or 7 compete in the Elephant Race in a giant canoe starting at l2:00 p.m. Teams from local businesses, organizations as well as groups of friends and family will race the clock around a giant slalom course.  A professional steersperson from FLOC can be provided.

The Friends of the St. Sebastian River will be catering food and refreshments starting at ll: 00 a.m.  Entertainment, such as performances by former Miss. U.S.O. Jennifer Patty and her teen and youth troupe Ovations, as well as raffle drawings will be happening throughout the day. Mr. Hamp Elliot of Treasure and Space Coast Radio will be emceeing the event. The public is welcome to enjoy the festivities, cheer on their favorite racers and enter a few contests themselves.

An awards ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m.  The top three in the recreational categories will be awarded trophies, top racers in the elite category will receive cash awards and prizes, and there will be a large trophy awarded to the best team in the Elephant race.

“Up the River With a Paddle is an event that has been magical to work on. The people at By the River are incredibly caring and full of positive energy. The St. Sebastian River is a natural setting for a paddling event, it is beautiful and inviting. Having raced for many years I always enjoyed the family atmosphere and the community of paddlers we were a part of. We are looking forward to this event growing and to bringing our community together to benefit By the River.”

The event is being sponsored by Treasure and Space Coast Radio, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Oculina Bank, Egoscue, LoPresti Aviation, Wellmed, Costa d’Este, Harvest Food & Outreach, Inside Track Almanac, Breakaway Graphics and Friends of the St. Sebastian River.

If readers want to get involved as a sponsor, monetary and in-kind donations are always welcomed and appreciated and will help towards making this an annual, community-wide event.

Costs begin at $5 for kids under l4, $35 for individual adult racers and up for team competitions. Entry fee discounts will be given to ACA members (and includes ACA insurance for all racers).  Please see websitewww.flocracing.com for more details or to register directly online go towww.uptheriver.eventbright.com. Those who register by Nov. l0th will receive a free event t-shirt and Goodie Bag.  Boat and paddle board rentals are available. For more information, please contact Florida Outdoor Centerat 772-202-0220 or By the River at 772-559-2680.

About By the River

By the River was founded by internationally-known spiritual teacher, Ma Jaya, as a way to take care of the community’s seniors through kindness, compassion and service.  It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing compassionate care to the aging population, those living in poverty, and to their caregivers.

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!

For more information go to:
www.preciousgemspublishing.com
http://www.michellehorst.com

Be First, Inc. Talks About the Monumental Importance of Having the Perfect Homepage!

Over the past few months, we have been speaking about a monumentally impressive company that is helping entrepreneurs, businesses, organizations, authors, speakers – pretty much everyone you can think of – with their marketing needs. The world of social media and social marketing is huge – a landscape that travels all over the globe, and has the ability to bring in more revenue for YOU and YOUR company. In fact, without owning the skill and knowledge of the social media world, many companies are falling apart during this brutal economy.

Be First, Inc. has a proven track record that shows them to be the best social media advertising group in the world! From websites to articles; from promotion to knowing the ‘ins-and-outs’ of major sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, etc. – Be First, Inc. has the power and the ability to make sure that YOUR company, service or product is spoken about around the clock in all parts of the world.

The skill and intelligence of this crew is overwhelming; some of the most creative people you will ever meet are part of the Be First team. And today they are offering yet another ‘must-know’ tidbit of information, while offering in-depth solutions and suggestions on how to increase YOUR revenue! During a time period that is mostly witnessing the closing of doors, Be First, Inc. is opening them.

Many people don’t really think about their homepage. They simply see it as a vehicle where their future clients will come to get more information. But, let’s face it, a library gives you more information; a website has to jump right out at your customers. There are millions of restaurants; there are millions of stores. If you are an individual – there are millions of other individuals who are most likely offering almost the same products and services that you are. So what makes YOU different? What makes YOU the ‘best of the best’ within your industry – the one and only talent that these customers should go to for their needs.

THAT comes from the ultimate homepage. Professionalism is key – but boredom is unacceptable. Colors MEAN something. Logos MEAN something. Chances are you don’t remember the logo of your local garage, but you automatically know the Pet Boys sign. Why? Because of branding. Advertisements, commercials, constant radio play – these are the things that made the companies that YOU use on a daily basis become part of YOUR daily life. They also used color, fun, entertainment – while keeping the high professionalism when it came to the service they provided.

Everything in this world is visual. So making a website that is easy to use, informative, and offers search capabilities that are necessary for your soon-to-be clients is a must. Your homepage MUST give all the answers to all the questions the audience will ask. Homepages are what lead others to you, BUT you also have to find a way to keep them there.

Your homepage is basically your introduction to the world. The way people ‘point and click’ and ‘surf the net’ like speed demons on the raceway – YOU have about a half a second to grab visitors’ attention. Honestly, if the first look gives them negative feelings, you will NEVER get them to click again.

Once you grab their attention, you HAVE to be able to provide those visitors with information, and a way to communicate that information as fast and clearly as possible. You don’t want millions of words covering the front page. You don’t want your audience to have to read something that looks like an SAT test; you simply want them to find what they’re looking for with no muss, no fuss.

This is where the “plainness” comes in. Yes, you want the ‘pull’ and beauty of the color and logo, but then you want a basic foundation – a frame, if you will, that works with your business idea. The “structure” of the site is to give information – not too much so that it blows your visitors’ minds and confuses them – but just enough to make sure that they want to read more.

Think of your homepage as a bestselling novel. The title and the first sentence need to grab the reader, or they will never continue to the end. AND, above all, remember that your audience is almost 80% ‘young.’ The world of technology and social media is supported by young people. They are the ones who gossip, talk, tell others – whatever you wish to call it. They’re the ones who, if you get them as fans for your company, product, or service – you will have more fans arriving at your homepage by the minute.

Even things that most people like to place in the “dull” category, but are much-needed services in the world, have to take their homepage seriously. Let’s take the ‘law’ for example. A lawyer is necessary. A good lawyer is hard to find. And a lawyer’s website must be easy-to-use, offer the full accreditation list, and all the information that you have that can sell your firm as the top firm to use. The competition in this particular industry is huge, and you want YOUR name remembered. Well…twenty and thirty-something’s are 90% of the people looking at your site, so you must appeal to all visual senses and still offer that professionalism that is needed when looking for a lawyer.

Yes, all of this is extremely difficult to master. That’s why most successful people are going to Be First, Inc. from every market imaginable, and HIRING the masters to set up their homepage. They are making sure that they have the ‘best there is’ in their corner, so that their company is the one being marketed and advertised quicker, better, and more often than their competitors.

The companies that are doing extremely well in the social media and marketing world have discovered, and signed-up for, the Be First, Inc. Ultimate Business Promotion Package. This is an incredible offer that has SO many components to help businesses, consumers, and artists, alike. Be First, Inc. publicity is one-of-a-kind, including: creative images, audios, videos, real-time links, news stories, announcements, and promotion on multiple websites – with complete and in-depth articles and features on Twitter and Facebook.

The amount of people using these sites have grown exponentially, and Be First Inc., is the company that utilizes every single one of these sites to benefit YOU. With Be First, Inc. YOU reach Facebook’s 750 million active users; Twitter’s 200 million; and, the global community who now spends over 110 billion minutes on social networks and blog sites.

By utilizing these amazing ‘gifts’ that are already a huge success across the globe, Be First, Inc. offers full social media portfolios. They extend YOUR message to additional key demographic, geographic and behavioral sites with over 67+ posts every day! Be First, Inc. brands YOUR message and guarantees consistency in all networks.

Build the ultimate homepage! Make sure that the first ‘glimpse’ of your company, product, service, art, talent, or skill is the best introduction that it can possibly be! With Be First, Inc. and their incredible crew, YOUR homepage will end up being the ONLY one talked about in your industry!

Increase your revenue and get your name on everyone’s lips with Be First, Inc. – the company that has already mastered the 21st century and is looking forward to the future of technology.

Until Next Time, Everybody.

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