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Purpose is the propeller toward one goal: to awaken the potential of true self and find lasting peace.

Mick Quinn offers a compelling guide to uncovering the abstract principles that prevent us being ourselves and finding freedom.  Through the simple yet profound message found in The Uncommon Path of Awakening Authentic Joy (O-Books), the author combines core aspects of many great works with his own. He offers a guide to awakening our full potential which includes realistic exercises and assessments to help the reader find real joy.
 
The Uncommon Path is a lively compilation of real-life relevance and concrete examples – a must-read for those who yearn for purpose and freedom and who, after years of self-help programs, now suspect that the things they want to overcome have been leading their quest all along. A drastic distinction between conceptual free will and conscious free will forms the basis for the entire book.  This sets the stage for the reader’s awakening to thrive as they blend their unfolding perspectives into their current way of life.  Told in conversational format, The Uncommon Path presents real-life stories that allow the reader to embrace their inner wisdom, and identify the life that is currently theirs by concealed conditioning; meaning the conversations, relationships, and responses to life that curb the expression of their greatest potential.

Currently residing in Utah, this Irish-born author was the founder and CEO of several multimillion-dollar companies and is quoted regularly in many publications, including CNN Living, The Washington Times and The Wall Street Journal.  He chose to give up his American Dream lifestyle in 2001, and studied Buddhism, Christianity, and the evolution of consciousness – all in search of discovering and expressing his eternal motives.  His work is touching the hearts, minds and spirits of all who come in contact with its direct yet gentle message.  Take time to visit this insightful author’s website at www.theuncommonpath.com.

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Praise from best-selling author of The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality, Gary Renard: “…Quinn gives us a program to achieve genuine happiness …in an informative and gripping way.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who is willing to let go of his/her suffering and achieve authentic joy.”

Raquel Torrent, Psychologist, Teacher and International Speaker, states: “..Quinn’s style is dear and direct and places you in a frame of mind from which to comprehend deeper and higher levels of yourself….he speaks between the lines, sometimes even in things he doesn’t say…like silence making music.  Highly recommend his excellent book.”

Ed Bobrow, author of eight books, believes that “Uncommon Path is nourishment for your soul and practical advice for your success…inspires change by helping you understand yourself and how to relate to the world around you.  Reading this book is a joy and applying its principles is a way to define your purpose and goals in life.  I am honored to commend it to you.”

Lynnda Pollio, author of Soulseeds says, “When we are ready for truth, it appears…many books speak of living in the moment…The Four Insights is the first of the next generation…real solutions for real people. “


Kim McCall
ASCOT Media Group, Inc.

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Nassau Bay, TX 77058
kmccall@AscotMedia.com
Office: (281) 333-3507
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Author drank cobra venom to explore the hereafter

The foundation for happiness is inner peace, and inner peace is food that feeds the soul to make us feel secure and at ease with the world. Inner peace is achieved by expanding our awareness and consciousness enough to grasp the oneness of everything, according to authors Jamshid Hosseini and Dave Cunningham in Travel Within: The 7 Steps to Wisdom and Inner Peace (O-Books, John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.).

The original concept of the book came from Jamshid Hosseini, who encountered a near-death experience by voluntarily drinking a concoction of tea and milk laced with cobra venom that produced searing pain throughout his body.  He literally died for several minutes and then recovered.  During the time he was dead, what he experienced was so remarkable and moving, it inspired him to write the Seven Steps to Wisdom and Inner Peace.  The book is a virtual recipe for peace that the authors hope will spread throughout the world, one person at a time, and perhaps even lead a trend toward universal peace.  Travel Within is born of a mystical, near-death vision and supported by research in the fields of science, religion and philosophy.     

Everything we see in the world around us is the way we want to see it – not the way it really is.  It’s no wonder the human race finds it difficult to experience inner peace, with approximately 110 wars being fought around the world right now, and almost one-third of them are major armed conflicts involving many deaths.  At least 11 nations possess nuclear weapons, and more than 30,000 warheads are pointed in directions all over the planet right now.

Travel Within: The 7 Steps to Wisdom and Inner Peace (O-Books, John Hunt Publishing, Ltd.), is a spiritual self-help book written to appeal to dreamers and doubters alike.  The goal of the authors, Jamshid Hosseini and Dave Cunningham, is to elevate human consciousness enough that we may avoid the catastrophic disaster ahead of us that has been predicted by scientists, politicians and most major religions.

Jamshid “Jim” Hosseini has been rich and poor, Persian and American, Hindu and Buddhist, alive and dead.  During his worldwide journey, he lived on a hill overlooking a king’s palace in Iran and was beaten by Muslims for practicing the Baha’i Faith, begged for food in India, and labored for a monk in Katmandu.  He took counsel from the famous Rajneesh in Pune and built his own successful business in California. Dave Cunningham was the ghost writer of Travel Within and is author and/or editor of seven non-fiction books and novels, including his inspirational novel, Messages; he is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide. 

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Suzanne Forster, NY Times best-selling author of The Private Concierge, calls this novel: “An important book.  Travel Within may be one of the most compelling journeys you will ever take.”

Joel Engel, author of The Myth and the Man Behind Star Trek, says: “Utterly fascinating and, by the way, beautifully written.”

Kathleen Sage, Attorney at Law, says: “A spiritual guide for people from all walks of life.”

Kim McCall
ASCOT Media Group, Inc.

1120 Nasa Parkway, Suite 220
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
kmccall@AscotMedia.com
Office: (281) 333-3507
www.AscotMedia.com

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Recognizing shortcomings of philosophers helps discover what life is really all about.

Culture, beliefs and explanations absorbed during childhood form the preconceived notions of truth we carry with us on our life’s journey.   However, understanding life requires letting go of misleading ideas that only mask life’s real flow.  There are beliefs and understandings that have formed each and every one of our own views but these are merely mental creations to the conscious – they do not clarify, but rather distort, how reality works.

The Essence of Reality: A Clear Awareness of How Life Works (O-Books/John Hunt Publishing) exposes the inner cause and effect of real events; how each individual creates his or her own patterns in health, success, and relationships in life, often opposing fulfillment.  This insightful book gives the reader the necessary tools to look inward through meditation, dream analysis, and self-hypnosis – all with the intent to draw vital information from the subconscious to regain power over life’s quality. 

The Essence of Reality, by Thomas Daniel Nehrer, is a unique compilation of the author’s own experiences studying many great visionaries and philosophers from the Greeks into modern times, and objectively seeing their limitations vs. how life actually works.  Nehrer has traveled over 24,000 miles to make seventy appearances across the United States, Canada, Britain and the Netherlands, and applies the revenue from sales of his books toward expenses in order to be able to present his perspective.  People want to hear what he has to say – they want to open their minds and learn not to fear introspection.

Nehrer has never been one to take things at face value – he left a career in chemical engineering to travel widely and explore at a young age.  He experienced many techniques along the way that prompted his inner journey to question superficiality of beliefs in a determined effort to find underlying inner elements to outer problems.  It is well worth a visit to his website at www.nehrer.net, to learn from his talks and books how his low key approach to mind expansion helps open-minded seekers.

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Kim McCall
ASCOT Media Group, Inc.

1120 Nasa Parkway, Suite 220
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
kmccall@AscotMedia.com
Office: (281) 333-3507
www.AscotMedia.com

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Mystical Hawaii – Obviously Not Just Another Day in Paradise

‘We’re in trouble. We need your help.’ A cryptic plea tucked into a Honolulu party invitation puzzles Hawaiian P.I. John Spyer.  The note is from Hillary Haverhill, a woman he’s never met.  She’s the new bride of Randy, John’s friend from childhood.  Dr. Randolph Haverhill is now an economist of international renown.  If Randy is in trouble, why didn’t he write the note himself?  Suppose Randy’s second wife has figured out that her new husband is a world-class womanizer?  If Hillary wants to enlist his services in a marital dispute, Spyer is not up for that.  John’s not eager to spend time in Honolulu, either.  This playful tropical city is also haunted, as any Hawaiian knows, and John ‘Oluhana Maalaea Spyer happens to be one haunted man.  Too bad Spyer is only half Hawaiian and so pays only half attention when mercurial fire goddess Madam Pele warns him to stay off the Randolph Haverhill case.  No decent Hawaiian ever says no to an old friend, however.
 
Despite Madam P’s  warning, Spyer investigates the death of his childhood pal Randy Haverhill, which takes him home to Honolulu’s ancient Nuuanu Valley, opening  his own psychic wounds in the process and putting to the test his love for Maya, his girl friend from the mainland.  Spyer is soon privy to a frightening tale of obsessive love.  Randy Haverhill was charisma on steroids, way too popular with the ladies for his own good.  Though Hillary and Randy’s ex-wife Eva detest each other, they agree on one thing: Randy was stalked and shot to death by one of his crazed lovers.  So why is it that the police persist in the notion that Haverhill was murdered by his own son?

One Big Itch (Arche Books), is the latest exciting thriller from Sara Williams; an author who has already demonstrated a distinct knack for writing breathtaking page-turners.  She will not disappoint her readers in her latest character-driven novel with its hair-raising twists and turns.  When the police uncover new evidence at the mansion and Spyer discovers an erotic manuscript on Randy’s laptop, there follows a cat and mouse game of chase with some undesirable characters involved in an erotic book club.  The excitement builds when events take on new and unexpected twists, leaving the reader anxious to keep turning the pages of this brilliant “whodunit” – all the way to its suspense-filled climax.

Sara Williams and her husband lived in Hawaii for ten years, lending authenticity to her book through her own experience of this magical paradise.  Her first novel, The Don Juan Con, was optioned in Hollywood by producer Robert Evans for Paramount Studios.  Her second novel, The Serenoa Scandal, was the prequel to her latest novel, One Big Itch

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Diana Donlon, Publisher of Women’s Outlook says, “..Williams crafts another riveting page-turner not to be missed.  One Big Itch weaves fascinating Hawaiian culture with twists and turns spurred by obsessive love, a murder, and a John Spyer investigation.”

Prudy Taylor Board of Boca Raton News states: “The Big Itch is a page turner of a murder mystery….Spyer is an intriguing, fully-fleshed character.  The well-crafted plot races toward a suspense-filled climax.  The setting is the still beautiful Hawaii of haves and have nots that tourists seldom, if ever, see.  A splendid read!”

One Big Itch is introduced in an innovative “zine” format that travels and packs well and while the story is fiction, the locations are real.  A reader or visitor to Honolulu can follow the story on maps included in the book and even learn to speak a little Hawaiian or pidgin with the aid of the glossary in the back of the book.

Kim McCall
ASCOT Media Group, Inc.
1120 Nasa Parkway, Suite 220
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
kmccall@AscotMedia.com
Office: (281) 333-3507
www.AscotMedia.com

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The Living will Envy the Dead in the Next Day of Infamy

Imagine waking up on what you think will be a normal day except when you turn on the TV or radio to catch the news – nothing.  You get ready for work only to find that your car will not start.  You grab your cell phone – nothing…..not a single electronic in your house works.  After checking with a neighbor you find the same scenario.  This is starting to feel very uncomfortable …neighbors gather in the street feeling frightened and confused.  What has just happened, only nobody realizes it yet, is that one of our enemies has detonated a nuclear bomb two hundred miles up, directly over America, and while it doesn’t hurt the people …yet… it emits gamma and x-rays that create an electrical disturbance known as EMP or Electro Magnetic Pulse that strikes wires, metal, antennas, power lines – anything electronic will be destroyed in its powerful path.  In one second, the entire power grid, communications network and transportation system of the United States will come to a grinding halt. 

One Second After (TOR/Forge Books), while written as fiction, is based on cold, solid facts.  This is the story of what might transpire in the year after an EMP attack – an attack (according to one Congressional study) that could leave upwards of ninety percent of the American population dead from disease, starvation and civil break down.  Dr. William R. Forstchen is the masterful author of One Second After.  Devoting years of research to this topic, and drawing data from Congressional and Pentagon studies resulted in his book being cited before the House Armed Services Committee as a grim but realistic look at the outcome after an attack by EMP weapons. 

One Second After is the story of Professor John Matherson; ex-military; single parent of two young daughters and a history professor at a small college in the mountains of western North Carolina when the attack occurs.  With his military background, he knows immediately what has happened while his neighbors believe it is just another power failure.  In the days to come, grim reality sets in as refugees from nearby cities flock to the country.  There is still no form of communication; pharmacies, hospitals and nursing homes run out of supplies; supermarket shelves are bare, and law and order heads towards complete collapse as thousands die and survivors scramble to stay alive.  When members of his small town band together under his leadership they are not sure how long they can hold out without supplies or against the armed gangs who are pouring out of ravaged cities, ready to loot and kill all in their path.  With only a few short months of insulin left for his youngest daughter – for John and his family it becomes a descent into hell!

Dr. Forstchen, author of several NY Times best-sellers, was inspired to write this book after conversations with long-time friend and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, who later introduced him to Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R.,MD), head of the Congressional Investigative Committee on EMP and whose 2004 report declared an EMP attack presented the single biggest threat to America.  Before the House Armed Services Committee, the Congressman endorsed Fortstchen’s book in hopes that its searing, emotional story will arouse the American public to action before time runs out. 

As an editor with Aviation Week and Space Technology declared “it is not a question of if…it is only a question of when.”  Check out this brilliant author and his action-packed thriller at www.onesecondafter.com.

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Stephen Coonts, author of The Assassin, says about the book: “Civilization slides into the abyss of a new dark age in his horrifying apocalyptic novel.  Forstchen has put Bin Laden’s wet dream on paper and, in the process, taken civilization straight to the rack.”

Joel Rosenberg, author of The Sleeping Dragon, says: “Forstchen’s work has flair and power.”

David Hagberg, author of Dance with the Dragon, sums it up with: “Good storytelling consists very simply of creating characters so believable that the reader forms a deep bond.  Forstchen did such a damned fine job with One Second After that shortly after the first page, I had been reeled in
hook, line and sinker.”

Whitney Scott (Booklist) writes: “In a Norman Rockwell town in North Carolina ….ex-servicemen recall “Korea in ‘51” as military action by unlikely people becomes the norm in Forstchen’s sad, riveting, cautionary tale; the premise of which Newt Gingrich’s foreword says is completely possible.”

W.E.B. Griffin and Wm. E. Butterworth, IV add: “The only thing more terrifying than this masterfully crafted story is the possibility of it actually happening – and not a damn thing being done to protect us.”

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The New Jew – What Would Your Mother Say?

The road to Judaism is not always easy, but infinitely more difficult for a lapsed Catholic from the Midwest. Sally Srok Friedes, married to an upper class Jewish man in Manhattan, thought that allowing her future children to be raised as Jews was really going the extra mile. Initially it was enough for her to try to adjust to the culture clash of marrying into a Jewish family. But with the dream of finding a meaningful religion, Sally did try to uncover the mystery of Judaism for herself – only to be left confused, disappointed and alienated at the many doors that were closed to her. Soon she wanted nothing to do with Judaism at all. No one was more surprised than Sally when she discovered the spirituality of Judaism and embraced the religion for herself. The New Jew: An Unexpected Conversion (O-Books Publishing) is a true, spiritual chronology of a ten year journey of conversion to Judaism for the author, told with an abundance of humor, candor, and warmth.  

Sally was sure Bernice, her Jewish mother-in-law, had a vision of the ‘nice Jewish girl’ that her only son would marry someday – and Sally didn’t fit the mold! Sally loved Bernice, in part because Bernice had never made her feel like an outsider.  Not once did Bernice make her feel she did not live up to her expectations, so when Bernice asked her to join them for High Holy Day services – how could she refuse?  Sally hadn’t worried too much about Judaism before; she didn’t have to – her husband had made their interfaith marriage easy by thoroughly enjoying Christmas celebrations with their friends. Their biggest religious clash had been agreeing where to place the Christmas tree and the menorah!  This was about to change.  Since Sally would never insult Bernice, she accepted the invitation to attend synagogue.  The New Jew is the story of a journey to Judaism, made bumpy at times through encounters with rabbis who left her feeling an outsider, but recompensed by the overwhelming acceptance and warmth she felt from Jewish friends and family.  For Jews wondering how others see them, for non-Jews wondering what the mystery is all about, to those in an interfaith marriage, or anyone on a spiritual quest – this book is a must-read! 

Sally Srok Friedes has been a guest speaker about the road to her conversion at temples on both coasts.  She has written for parenting publications, appeared on television, hosted satellite tours, and worked as a panelist on a radio program.  Sally’s love of writing began as a young child and blossomed out of the stories she shared with her grandparents.  Visit her website at www.sallysrokfriedes.com for more information.

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Praise from Rabbi Bernice Weiss, Founder and Director of the Washington Institute for Conversion and the Study of Judaism: “With heartfelt sincerity and eloquence, Sally Friedes very movingly captures the voice, hopes and fears of those who seek out Judaism.”

Karen Kushner, MSW; Director of Project Welcome (an outreach program welcoming interfaith families) wholeheartedly says, “With this inspirational story… Sally chronicles her journey from Catholic outsider to full member of the Jewish community ….revealing that there are comfortable seats at the family table of Judaism just waiting for seekers for other cultures and religions.  The welcoming warmth of her husband’s family…the rabbi she studies with…uncover this truth for her and us in this extraordinary narrative….An important addition to the library of rabbis and interfaith outreach professionals.”

Rave Reviews from Andi Rosenthal, author and columnist, InterfaithFamily.com: “Sally has created a gem of a book…the countless sensitive and moving moments of her personal faith journey are truly universal…beautifully crafted prose evokes a sense of both timeless searching and deep personal revelation…brings her readers through an enlightening journey of an open and loving heart, a deeply inquisitive mind, and a relentlessly seeking soul….ultimately united in their quest for understanding and belonging.  A must read for those considering converting to Judaism…and explorers of faith and ideas among those of all ages and backgrounds.”

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HELP RAISE MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE! ONLY 400 SEATS LEFT!

 “1964”…The Tribute will be performing at a fundraiser for the school lunch program at the Claire Gale Junior High School in Idaho Falls on March 13th, 2009 at 8:00pm.

In what Rolling Stone Magazine calls “The number one Beatles show on earth,” “1964”…The Tribute takes their audiences on a journey through a quintessential moment in music history that will live forever. Over 20 years of researching and performing have made “1964” masters of their craft. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatle tribute in the world. “1964” recreates an early ‘60s live Beatles concert with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and on-stage banter, with an accuracy that is simply unmatched.

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“1964”…The Tribute has been featured on nationally televised programs such as Entertainment Tonight, PM Magazine, CNN, the USA Network and the Nashville Network. The band has toured around the world performing at major concert venues, stadiums, festivals, colleges, corporate events and conventions.

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For more information please contact:
Claire Gale Junior High School
955 Garfield Street
Idaho Falls, Idaho  83401
208-525-7720
All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

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