Announcing the Publication of PIECES OF MY HEART


An International Guide to Healing through Service

… Mary Gerardy shows us through her stories that the resolution of grief and the renewal of one’s spirit are not found in focusing on oneself but in serving

— Samuel T. Gladding, Professor of Counseling, Wake Forest University

WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, October 23, 2020 / — ABOUT THE BOOK: Library Partners Press publishes Mary Gerardy's dynamic memoir PIECES OF MY HEART: A JOURNEY FROM GRIEF TO RENEWAL IN SERVICE OF INDIA'S POOR, which describes the journey of her healing transformation through volunteering long-term in India at Kalighat, the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday). After losing the love of her life and ending a long career, Mary Gerardy returned to service in India. She details her daily work caring for the women at Nirmal Hriday and shares how her heart was broken and pieced back together many times through love and opening herself up to difficult yet rewarding change.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Gerardy worked in higher education for over 40 years, including 31 years at Wake Forest University, before her retirement in 2016. Since her return from India she has accepted the position of CEO and Presi-dent of the International Human Rights Consortium. In addition, she blogs, reads, paints, and still travels


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New Book on One Couple’s Traumatic Encounter with Amnesia Achieves #1 Amazon Bestseller Status on Launch Day

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 23, 2020 / — Ignite Press announced this week that David and Shannon Carroll’s new book, One Thing Remains: One Couple’s Traumatic Encounter with Amnesia and Their Life-Changing Journey to Restoration, became a #1 bestseller on Amazon this week in the categories of Christian Devotionals, Inspirational Personal Testimonies, Health and Spirituality, and more!

The book is available on Amazon at

One Thing Remains tells a pastor’s tale of sudden amnesia and the inspiring path to recovery.

“What’s wild is that this bizarre trial produced some of the most life-changing lessons for us,” says David and Shannon. “It’s strange to say now how grateful we are for this experience. It was the wake-up call we needed, and it turned our life on a completely different course than what we had initially imagined.”

David and Shannon Carroll live in Southern Indiana with their three boys and a dog. David is the pastor of a growing, thriving church and Shannon runs a home-based wellness business while homeschooling their two younger boys. They love to minister together through their dynamic gifts of preaching, teaching, and music, telling their stories and all the ways that God has been faithful to them, in spite of them. People are drawn to their real and raw messages of trials and triumph, where they direct others back to the truths of God’s Word and how it applies practically in all areas of life today. In their free time, they love to travel, take walks, and try new recipes with their family.

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Downsizing? The Kovels List 7 Things You Should Not Throw Away

Red Olivetti Valentine typewriter

Olivetti Valentine typewriter, 1968

Wooden elephant toy, Kay Bojeson, 1950s

Wooden elephant toy, Kay Bojeson, 1950s

Miriam Haskell pin and earrings

Miriam Haskell pin and earrings

The Kovels say take care when clearing your clutter—some things are worth more than you think.

CLEVELAND, OHIO, US, October 22, 2020 / — The antiques and collectibles experts at are always asked what to keep and what not to keep when cleaning house or downsizing. Here are 7 things you should not throw away—they may have more value than you might expect.

1. Old typewriters, especially the red Olivetti Valentine in a case
The first practical typewriter was invented in the 1860s; then came electric typewriters, portable typewriters, and by the 1970s, word processors and computers. One of the most collectible typewriters is the red plastic Olivetti typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1968. It is an icon, displayed in museums as a classic example of modern design. If you have a red typewriter check for these clues: It will say” Valentine” or “Valentine S” on the lid. Early examples have a small ribbon spool cap while newer ones look more like a hat. And on the back near the handle on the frame is the name of the city where it was made. A working Olivetti Valentine typewriter with a case, both in excellent condition, is worth about $500.

2. Danish wooden toys from the 1950s
In 1951, Kay Bojesen, a Danish prize-winning designer of silver wares, made a group of hand carved wooden toy animals, very modern-looking, with moving arms and legs. There was a monkey, hippo, zebra, elephant, and birds. All were made of teak and a lighter wood, 12 inches high and smaller, and some were painted. A 12-inch monkey recently sold at auction for $5,909. The large size is rare; others sell for less. A lot of two vintage Kay Bojesen midcentury modern elephant toys sold for $1,560 in a Florida auction.

3. Miriam Haskell costume jewelry
Costume jewelry by Miriam Haskell sells for higher prices than most costume jewelry. Her elaborate beaded necklaces and pins with large colored glass stones can sell for up to $1,500 if marked. Haskell (1899–1981) made jewelry from the 1920s to 1960s. She used gilt filigree, fake pearls, crystals, glass beads from Murano and “rose montees,” crystals cut in the shapes of roses in a silver mount that could be sewn in place. Because the designs are so intricate and the pieces made with so many special details, prices are determined by size and condition. Corroded metal and chipped or missing stones dramatically lower the value, as does the lack of a Haskell mark. Pins with large, colored center stones that resemble emeralds or rubies, and extravagant necklaces sell for the most. Look for the vintage marks; the company is still in business. A Miriam Haskell pin and earrings with green Czech glass, rhinestones and baroque pearls, and the early stamped Miriam Haskell horseshoe mark sold in an online jewelry auction for $750.

4. Commercial perfume bottles and large exhibit factices
Some perfumes were packaged in expensive glass containers like those by Lalique, and the empty bottles are worth hundreds of dollars. Also, department stores were loaned giant-sized bottles called factices—ten times the size of a normal perfume bottle—for display. Many perfume bottle collectors tried to buy these large bottles, and some were lucky enough to get one. They sell for as much as $500 today. Even the regular-sized empty bottles, if made by an important company, sell for over $100.

5. Lamp hardware
Check before you throw out parts of old lamps. Auction houses are selling pieces of original lamps, such as the acorn chain pulls for Handel lamps or the center fittings that hold lampshades. A lot consisting of Tiffany and Handel lamp parts that held the shade in place just sold for $3,520.

6. Firecracker labels
Vintage Asian firecracker labels are very elaborate and very collectible. Firecracker crate labels, as well as the individual firecracker labels, sell.

7. Sewer covers
Sewer covers from streets that were torn up and repaved are being used as tops for small tables. They are also selling well.

About the Authors:
Terry Kovel is a lifelong collector and expert. She has written more than 100 books on antiques and collectibles. She writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column, a subscription newsletter and a weekly e-newsletter. She lives in Ohio.

Kim Kovel, daughter of Terry and Ralph Kovel, grew up in a house filled with antiques and traveled regularly to shows and flea markets all over the country. Kim lives in Florida in a 1950s house.

About, created by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, provides collectors and researchers with up-to-date and accurate information on antiques and collectibles. The company was founded in 1953 by Terry Kovel and her late husband, Ralph. Since then, Kovels’ Antiques has written some of America’s most popular books and articles about collecting, including the best-selling Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2021, now in its 53rdth edition. The website,, online since 1998, offers more than 1 million prices. It gives readers a bird’s-eye view of the market through latest news, auction reports, a marks dictionary, antiques & collectibles identification guides covering antiques from 1750 to 2000, advice on downsizing and settling an estate, the digital edition of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter plus 46 years of archives, readers’ questions and answers, and much more. Kovels also sends a free weekly email, Kovels Komments.

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Dr. Uma Naidoo, Harvard Psychiatrist, Explains How Her Book Improves Mental Health & Nutrition During the Pandemic

By Dr. Uma Naidoo

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2020 / — Prior to COVID-19 the most common mental health condition in the US was anxiety, three times more at least than depression. Depression though causes the most amount of disability worldwide and people therefore often think of it as more common.

With COVID, emotional health of our nation has suffered. Some are suffering in silence while others are taking more medications than ever before. We know this because the company Express Scripts reported that the number of new prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications was already up by 37.7% by the middle of March. By June this year the medication sertraline went on shortage in the US, it is often prescribed for anxiety and/or depression. The most concerning of all the statistics was those shared by the CDC showing that during the pandemic, 40% of Americans reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. Even more scary is that 11% of Americans have seriously considered suicide. As a nutritional psychiatrist that is one of the scariest statistics I have heard in a very long time.

What has happened during the pandemic?

• Increased Processed food sales
• Meal-time confusion
• Home Schooling
• Everyone seems to be baking!
• Multi-generational meals (many different ages living at home and each eating a different diet )
• Mealtimes are askew
• Adult children back home
• Job Loss
• Lack of structure
• Ongoing Quarantine
• Food deserts
• Food insecurity
• Less active – gyms closed
• Abuse on the increase
• Increased drugs and alcohol
• Zoom fatigue & tech issues
• Uncertainty & Fear
• Stress Eating
• Natural disasters
• Personal loss

Our mental health is suffering, and these changes are continuing, studies show that burnout is on the rise as well. Taking all this into account, where do we go from here for our mental health.

Should we all just be taking more medication? Perhaps some of us really do need to be seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist as we need the additional support to help us adjust to this new way of life.

I would argue we can do more to empower and help ourselves. How? Simply through how we are eating. Our nutrition is the basis of our better mental health. Just like we cannot exercise out of a bad diet, we cannot smile our way out of a bad diet either.

The time is NOW.

The time to embrace some positive small habit changes is right now. Today. Research shows us that our gut microbes can change within 24 hours based on how we are eating. So, make that choice to get junk food today or a healthier option. You won’t know the difference immediately, but over time your gut microbiome could be disrupted by junk food or begin to heal with healthier food. More importantly a happy gut is a happy mood. This is because of the actual communication highway that exists between the gut and the brain, called the vagus nerve, which sends signals back and forth ultimately impacting our emotional health by how we are eating.

If we don’t do something, act now, start today to help ourselves… we are going to continue to suffer emotionally as a nation. Suicides will increase, burnout will worsen, and our emotional health will reach even worse numbers. We all eat, we eat every day and at least a few times a day ….. why not eat for our better emotional health so that we fortify our brain as best we can during this ongoing pandemic. This is something we can control while with all other things it feels as though the pandemic with the necessary safety rules and regulations are outside of our control.

My goal in sharing my new book with the world is that it can be a guide to improving our emotional well-being while doing something (eating) that we have to do anyway. It is a low hanging fruit so to speak for finding our way forward and taking better care of ourselves. Perhaps it is time to cut back on all the baking, processed food and fast foods that some of us turned to during these difficult times. Or perhaps you are eating healthy, but you can up your game with keeping up with hydrating, exercising more and perhaps working on improving your sleep. Even though each of us has a unique set of emotions, we can impact our emotional and brain health through how we are eating. I say why not? Why not fortify our brain health especially as we enter the darker cooler days of late fall and we know that for many, moods dip during these seasons?

My book: “This Is Your Brain on Food

“This Is Your Brain on Food” is a groundbreaking book on what to eat to bolster your mental health. If you are depressed, anxious, distracted, cognitively foggy or have a history of PTSD, this book will explain what you should eat, what you should avoid, and how this impacts your brain. The book is written by me, Dr. Uma Naidoo, a Harvard psychiatrist who is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, a nutrition specialist and a professional chef. It is a practical , realistic and research-based review of what we now understand about food and mental health, written in a simple and easy-to-grasp style by a world expert.

My book is a top ten bestseller in Canada and just recently won the Best of Los Angeles Award – “Best Mental Health Book – 2020”. The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community was formed five years ago and consists of over 7,000 professional members living and working in Southern California and celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles. If you or someone you love is looking for a way to feel less depressed and anxious and more emotionally stable, energized, and clear, “This is Your Brain on Food” is the definitive guide to protecting your brain during these uncertain and stressful times.

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Dr. Uma Naidoo is a nutritional psychiatrist and serves as the director of nutritional & lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Naidoo trained at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and completed a consultation liaison fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Naidoo studied nutrition, and she also graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts as a professional chef. She was awarded her culinary school’s most coveted award, the MFK Fisher Award for Innovation. Dr. Naidoo is regarded nationally and internationally as a pioneer in the field of nutritional psychiatry, having founded the first US hospital-based clinical service in this area. She is the author of the upcoming title, This is Your Brain on Food. With her passion for food and nutritional psychiatry, she will share her expertise on the integration of food, mental health, and medicine.

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Acclaimed Author, Steven Markoff, Wins Best of Los Angeles Award "Best Political Book – 2020"

Steven Markoff

Best of LA Award

The Case Against George W. Bush

“We're honored to include Steven Markoff and his new book The Case Against George W. Bush into our BoLAA family.” ~Aurora DeRose

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2020 / — Steven Markoff, acclaimed author, and his new book The Case Against George W. Bush wins Best of Los Angeles Award – “Best Political Book – 2020”, according to Aurora DeRose, award coordinator for the Best of Los Angeles Award community.

The “Best of Los Angeles Award” community was formed five years ago and consists of over 7,000 professional members living and working in Southern California and celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles. It celebrates the best people, places and things in Los Angeles with a slogan “No Ads. No B.S. Only the Best.”

“The mission of the community is to celebrate the best of Los Angeles and allow its community members to connect with other members who share the highest standards of quality and integrity,” expresses DeRose. "We're honored to include Steven Markoff and his new book The Case Against George W. Bush into our BoLAA family.”

Acclaimed Author, Steven Markoff's, new book The Case Against George W. Bush, is set to be released October 27, 2020, and is available for pre-order for $28.00. The Case Against George W. Bush is an important historical documented perspective. In the book, George W. Bush is accused of three crimes:

Criminal negligence, because Bush turned a blind eye to the extensive intel he received (beginning even before taking office) that we would be attacked by Al-Qaeda while falsely telling the American people the danger to our country was Saddam Hussein and his WMD. The carnage and damage from Bush not attempting to deal with those threats came to fruition when we were attacked by Al-Qaeda on 9/11.

Torture, because Bush, in contravention of US and international law, approved if not boasted about torturing captives and secretly sending some off to other countries to be tortured.

Misleading our country into unnecessarily attacking Iraq in 2003: The estimated deaths from that war exceeded 500,000, many of them women and children. The destruction of other lives, including returning wounded vets and families torn asunder was incalculable.

The case against Bush is told through almost 600 sourced quotes from over 100 published books and reports. Authors quoted include those from all over the political spectrum including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Hans Blix, head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission from March 2000 to June 2003; President George W. Bush; former Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney; former US Senator Russ Feingold; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and writers and journalists such as Steve Coll, Frank Rich, Craig Unger, and Bob Woodward.

In addition, Richard A. Clarke, a man known and respected internationally as a counter-terrorism expert, wrote the book’s Foreword. The first few sentences of that Foreword are:

“For some Americans, George W. Bush looks good by comparison to the incumbent, Donald Trump. In his post-presidency, Bush has devoted himself to worthy causes and acted in a bipartisan manner. The 43rd president should, however, be judged not by comparison to America’s worst president, nor by what Bush may have done after leaving office. He should be evaluated for his actions in office, his nonfeasance, misfeasance and malfeasance. This volume from Steven Markoff provides the evidence for such an evaluation. You can judge for yourself.”

100% of the royalties the author would normally receive from the book are being directly donated to the non-profit National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC []. "If you know of others who may be interested in this book, we’d appreciate you telling them about it," states Steve Markoff.

Pre-order a copy (or copies) of the book today.

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Mr. Markoff is a native of Los Angeles, California. A graduate of Los Angeles City College in 1964 with an Associate of Arts degree. His affiliations include: the precious metals and numismatic business for 50 years (1954-2005); Chairman and CEO of A-Mark Financial Corporation, a Santa Monica-based financial services company he founded in 1965 (originally named A-Mark Coin Company), that purchased the U.S. Wilkison Gold Pattern Collection and Redfield Silver Dollar hoard; the A-Mark Foundation, a private foundation he founded in 1997 became the parent of free searchable databases and other nonpartisan information covering interesting and important social issues and history, such as sites on George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Special Investigations Involving US Presidents Since 1973. In 2016, the Foundation founded the website, In 2004 Markoff helped found A-Mark Entertainment a company he co-chairs; and that year he also founded, a 501(c)(3) public charity promoting critical thinking that as of 12-31-2019, had been, or is being used by over 10,000 schools in over 90 countries. [ was merged into Encyclopædia Britannica on 5-29-2020]. Mr. Markoff also has an interest in The TCL Chinese [Grauman’s] in Hollywood, acquired in 2011. In 2018, Markoff founded, a website giving straight forward, sourced information about sex and sexually related issues. In 2020, Markoff launched, a website that has many of the pieces of the puzzle that make up our individual rights to arms.

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The greatest mysteries of all times

Pierre A. Kandorfer’s latest book

Deceptions between science and science fiction

I say what I mean – and I mean what I say.”

— Pierre A. Kandorfer

CALIFORNIA CITY, CA, US, October 22, 2020 / — The latest book by Pierre A. Kandorfer portrays some of the greatest mysteries of all times. Where did we come from? What is the origin of life? How and when was our universe created?

Charles Darwin’s evolution theory claims that our universe created itself “out of noting.” According to most school books, life was created from dirt, water, and a lot of time through the so-called "primordial soup" around four billion years ago. Secularists want us to believe that everything in our universe is material. Is there any scientific proof of that? Over one century since the introduction of the evolution theory, not a single aspect of the claim has been independently confirmed. Still, our school kids are being spoon-fed with the evolution theory, while the Biblical creationism is outlawed in our education system. At the same time, Darwin’s critics face censorship in our public life.

The supposedly "scientifically provable" evolution, the big bang, and scientific rationalism theories remain twisted. These deceitful theories are defying common sense, logic, and any reliable, methodical proof every honest scientific undertaking relies upon. What is left? Thousands of theories with no proof, confirmation, or logical explanation. They are nothing but the greatest mysteries of all time. Pierre A. Kandorfer analyzes this scientific fraud systematically and investigates the never-ending problem of the evolution claim.

Pierre Kandorfer is a veteran journalist with thirty-five years of a media background. He wrote thousands of articles, hundreds of TV programs, and over a dozen books such as “A Love Letter to America – The secret of the American spirit,” “You Don’t Know Who You Really Are,” “No More Doubt – Science Confirms the Bible,” “Whom Can We Still Trust,” “Fight Back Manual,” “Find Peace of Mind or Lose Your Mind,” in addition to some media textbooks. Pierre’s books are available at NeverGiveUpYourDream.US, Amazon, and many other booksellers.

Pierre taught media communications, acted as Dir. of Programming of a nationwide TV broadcasting, worked as TV host and producer of a movie series, and hundreds of TV shows. He also is a commercial pilot, speaks several languages, and is a proud Christian and passionate Constitutionalist.

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Marc Kantor, of South Florida Intervention, Releases Book 'How to Do an Intervention: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents'

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As COVID-19's impact continues addiction rates have already risen. Marc is dedicated to sharing his book, so communities can intervene before it is too late.

I wrote this book for every parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, best friend, mentor, counselor, and coach to save their loved one's life.”

— Marc Kantor

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2020 / — Marc Kantor, CEO, and Founder of South Florida Intervention, is passionate about helping those struggling with addiction. Marc has been in long-term recovery for 16 years, from his addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, and food. Through his own challenges and recovery, Marc understands the complications, difficulties, and necessities of overcoming this debilitating and terminal illness. He understands what is required for someone to completely rebuild their life, and achieve lasting sobriety, through doing so himself.

Marc's new book 'How to Do an Intervention: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents', is an invaluable guide for anyone looking to perform an intervention for a loved one or colleague. Marc, regarding the book, states "I wrote this book for every parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, best friend, mentor, counselor and coach to save their loved one's life". He has committed a digital offering of his book to facilities, community centers, or schools for just $0.99 for a limited time on Amazon. Further, South Florida Intervention has committed to providing physical copies to facilities in need. You can request a complimentary copy by reaching out to Marc at Otherwise, the paperback version was released in early October on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Marc further states, "I wanted to write an easy to read manual that takes the reader through the entire intervention process. In the end, the reader can feel they have the tools to get their loved one into treatment or decide they need outside help. The most important message is for loved ones and addicts to urgently take action."

Marc released this book as COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on those already battling with the disease of addiction. As articles and research pour in, such as the increase in opioid overdoses during the pandemic, it is obvious addiction has spiraled out of control for many in isolation. NPR has even reported that the COVID-19 outbreak impacts people in addiction recovery, while WedMD reports COVID-19 Crisis May Help Trigger Addiction Relapse. According to the American Medical Association, more than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality, as well as ongoing concerns for those with mental illness or substance use disorders.

Although there are all too many sources of addiction in today's world South Florida Intervention focuses on drugs, alcohol, and food addictions. Because of this absolute tragedy, South Florida Intervention has doubled-down its efforts in not only interventions but creating free resources, such as our "Recovery Talks" and educational videos on our South Florida Intervention YouTube Channel.

Marc Kantor provides services such as pre-intervention education, treatment center selection, financial decision making, intervention, and long-term recovery stages. Further, he is a passionate speaker, addiction center consultant, and corporate/community addiction specialist passionate about helping the youth and young adults in communities across the country.

If you are interested in buying this book digitally it can be found on Amazon, or physical copies may be ordered on our website. If you, or a loved one, are afflicted by addiction, please reach out to Marc at South Florida Intervention. He is committed to serving those in need by providing this low-cost book, free initial consultations, Recovery Talks, and events are always posted via South Florida Intervention's Facebook and Linkedin pages.

South Florida Intervention offers resources for families struggling with the devastating effects of drug addiction, alcoholism, and eating addictions/eating disorders. Marc Kantor is a professional interventionist and the founder of South Florida Intervention based in Boca Raton, Florida performing interventions worldwide, while specializing in interventions locally in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, Florida.

Marc has been in long-term recovery for 16 years, from his addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, and food. He attended the Hazelden Betty Ford Center in 2004 for rehabilitation and has been in long-term recovery since. He is active in his community and has been on the board of Active Minds and board of PRS CrisisLink's crisis and suicide hotline. He founded South Florida Intervention to pursue his passion for helping those and their families battling addiction.

South Florida Intervention can be found at, on social media @helpforaddiction Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Contact Marc Kantor to help create an addiction support program at your organization reach out via Linkedin,, or 202-390-2273.

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Avanti Centrae's Writing Career has Begun With a Bang. Her First Two Thrillers Have Racked up Five Literary Awards.

Avanti Centrae added another prize to her shelf at the Chanticleer International Book Awards. "Solstice Shadows" won the Global Thriller Competition.

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2020 / — Avanti Centrae is the author of the international multi-award-winning VanOps thriller series. Her debut, VANOPS: THE LOST POWER (Black Opal Books 11/9/19), took home a genre grand prize blue ribbon at the 2017 Chanticleer International Book Awards, a bronze medal at the UK-based 2019 Wishing Shelf Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Hollywood Book Festival. She built on that success by winning a bronze medal at the 2020 Readers' Favorite awards for SOLSITCE SHADOWS, and recently added another prize.

This year's Chanticleer Authors Conference was broadcast via ZOOM webinar the week of Sept 8 -13, 2020 from the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Washington and was headlined by international bestselling author Robert Dugoni. Part of the conference is an awards contest that receives thousands of world-wide entries each year for sixteen fiction genres and multiple nonfiction divisions. The Global Thriller genre celebrates thrillers that put the balance of world power on edge, or that will end the world as we know it. On Sunday, September 13th, first place category winners competed for best in genre.

First place Global Thriller winners were:

– Randall Krzak for Carnage in Singapore
– Courtney Leigh Pahlke for Life Force Preserve
– Jett Ward for Execute Order
– Nicole Mabry for Past This Point
– Avanti Centrae for Solstice Shadows – A VanOps Thriller
– Joanne Jaytanie for Salvaging Truth, Hunters & Seekers, Book 1

SOLSTICE SHADOWS – A VanOps Thriller by Avanti Centrae took home the Global Thriller Genre Grand Prize.

Centrae had always wanted to write. "I wrote my first story when I was quite young, maybe six years old, and always remember wanting to be a writer." Life got in the way and she wrote her first novel at age fifty.

In the latest from her VanOps series, SOLSTICE SHADOWS, (Thunder Creek Press), Centrae not only keeps us guessing but combines intrigue, history, science, and mystery into pulse-pounding action. SOLSTICE SHADOWS is about computer-app designer Maddy Marshall and an encrypted relic. Can she and the VanOps team decipher the dangerous code before extremists trigger a high-tech apocalypse? Kirkus Reviews called it a "rousing sequel."

The genre-grand-prize winning novel has been described as DA VINCI CODE meets TOMB RAIDER. It's the second book in the series that #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins called, "a masterwork of international intrigue." SOLSTICE SHADOWS became an instant Barnes & Noble Nook #1 Best Seller and Amazon Canada #1 Best Seller. "Fans of complex and highly detailed espionage and action thrillers are certain to dive right into this mixture between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown." ~ Readers' Favorite – Five stars

The international action takes place around the winter solstice timeframe, beginning at a Mexican archeoastronomy site. The heroes race across the globe through the dangerous bazaars of Morocco, fallen Turkish temples, and Egypt’s perilous Valley of the Kings. "Since I love to meld history and science into my novels, using archeoastronomy as a backdrop was a perfect way to set up the story," Centrae notes.

Centrae adds, "I think places set the mood and atmosphere of a good tale. For instance, the snake-like shadow display in the dark jungle of Chichen itza forms the backdrop for a suspense scene. In Petra, during winter solstice, the setting sun creates light and shadow effects around a podium inside Ad Deir, or the Monastery, where the Nabateans held religious festivities for their main god. It's the perfect spot for Russian villains to stake out our heroes and reinforces the theme that ancient secrets can pose modern threats."

An avid world-traveler, Centrae has studied aikido, been a river raft guide, and thrives on adventure. She resides in Northern California with her family and German shepherds.

Avanti Centrae is available via Zoom for interviews and speaking engagements. Contact to schedule an event or obtain review copies.

PRESS CONTACT: Michelle Ocken, Publicist

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SOLSTICE SHADOWS by Avanti Centrae
Publisher: Thunder Creek Press
Pub Date: August 11th, 2020
Hardback 27.99 ISBN: 978-1-7349662-5-1
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Virtual Rocket Boys Festival 2020

The Original Rocketboys

The first-ever virtual Rocket Boys Festival will be offered at no cost and will remain posted for later viewing as well.”

— Scott Hill, Rocketboys Festival and TWV Executive Director

BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, October 22, 2020 / — Beckley and Coalwood WV-The Rocket Boys will aim high once again, this time into cyberspace with the first-ever ‘Virtual Rocket Boys Festival’ October 27th-29th.

The beloved New York Times worldwide #1 bestseller “Rocket Boys” tells the story of Coalwood WV’s Rocket Boys through the eyes of author Homer Hickam. The acclaimed book spawned a major motion picture, ‘October Sky,’ a musical adaption and an annual ‘Rocket Boys Festival’ for two decades, bringing thousands to Southern WV to meet Homer and the other Rocket Boys, NASA astronauts, stars of the film and musical.

The last official in-person Rocket Boys Festival was in fall 2019, the festival’s 20th anniversary. “It seemed like a good time to go out on a high note,” said Hickam, who made the pilgrimage back every year to greet fans of his books from all over the world.

Then, the global pandemic hit, and everything changed for everyone. There were no festivals or public gatherings, and everyone found themselves adjusting to home life.

Rocketboys Festival and Theater West Virginia Executive Director Scott Hill hit upon the idea to bring the Rocketboys and their many fans together online, making the festival accessible for the first time for folks from around the world who love the story but might never have been able to make it in person to West Virginia. The first-ever virtual Rocket Boys Festival will be offered at no cost and will remain posted for later viewing as well.

The Virtual Rocket Boys Festival will give attendees, including students from schools nationwide, the chance to virtually attend and interact with Homer and other Rocket Boys, get a sneak peek inside a real coal mine and the town of Coalwood, hear behind the scenes details of filming of October Sky, enjoy special musical performances and more. Students and adults can also attend virtual writers’ workshops and enter essay contests with Mr. Hickam, who has written 19 best sellers in addition to ‘Rocket Boys.’

The Virtual Rocket Boys Festival will take place October 27th-October 29th from 11 am to 2 pm ET each day and be accessible on the Rocket Boys Festival Facebook Page, The Rocket Boys Festival YouTube page and at festival sponsor

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Self-Help Guide Aids Women with Perfectionism, Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue

Author Honor Newman

Author Honor Newman

Killing the Perfectionist Within A Self-Help Guide for Women Suffering from Perfectionism, Anxiety, and Chronic Fatigue

Honor Newman offers self-improvement via 'Killing the Perfectionist Within'

You can heal from this!! It is not a life sentence. Also, perfectionism is a big money blocker (since I wrote the book, I've become a money coach), so healing this will heal your finances too!”

— Honor Newman

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, October 22, 2020 / — Perfectionism, anxiety, and chronic fatigue are obstructions to women's successes that must be overcome. So Honor Newman details in her self-help guide for women aptly titled "Killing the Perfectionist Within." As the saying goes, "perfect is the enemy of good enough." Its causes are outlined by Newman, who then gives practical tools to deal with it.

Inspired by how so many women struggle with the aforementioned issues, Newman was moved to help them get better. And, in that process, get better herself. Newman says that perfectionism is an epidemic in the western world and a source of great stress. It is an obstacle to the steps necessary to grow, develop, and ultimately succeed in life. After all, one needs to learn from failure. So for Newman, once perfectionism is unlearned women's lives change radically and permanently for the better.

While perfectionism might seem like the earnest desire to get things right, the idea of "it must be right in the first try" is usually unrealistic. After all, learning happens from mistakes and successes, and these mistakes are necessary to become better.

The self-pressure that comes from the demands of perfectionism can also contribute to anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, "an estimated 264 million people worldwide have an anxiety disorder." And women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Moreover, Mayo Clinic states that women are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome much more often than men.

"You can heal from this!! It is not a life sentence. Also, perfectionism is a big money blocker (since I wrote the book, I've become a money coach), so healing this will heal your finances too!" Newman says. She has discovered that being a perfectionist can also affect a woman's finances.

Newman's book addresses these intertwined issues and gives women a hand with the many challenges facing them. After all, women have their work cut out for them when dealing with matters like the wage gap. "Killing the Perfectionist Within" shows them ways to improve their lives and financial situations as well. After all, just as perfectionism can become an obstacle to personal growth and development, it can have a similar effect on careers and incomes.

Newman says her next book will delve deeper into this fascinating topic further, explaining that: "It is based on the truths that if a woman struggles with her self-esteem, being assertive, setting boundaries and excessive guilt these are all things that impact on her financial situation" and once these things start healing her financial life generally improves."

About the Author

Honor Newman loves helping empower women from negative mindsets and conditioning so they can fulfill their wildest dreams, including financial freedom. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her two children. She loves reading and writing books as well as cooking and painting.

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