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Archive for October, 2012

A Gift For Loved Ones Left Behind

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Deerfield Beach, FL — The world lost Pulitzer Prize winning social journalist, Lauren Terrazzano, to lung cancer. But not without her first chronicling in her Newsday column what it was like during her last eight months. And, wanting to honor her legacy, her father collected reminiscences by her family, friends and colleagues. Frank Terrazzano had learned the importance of writing things down from his daughter and with co-writer, Paul Lonardo, it came together in Life, with Cancer: The Lauren Terrazzano Story: An Award-Winning Social Journalist Chronicled Her Illness to Bring Hope & Comfort  to Others.

Each chapter in Life, with Cancer is a heartfelt tribute from father to daughter and begins with Lauren’s voice taken from actual excerpts of her Newsday column.

“…I’ve made a career of asking uncomfortable questions with the hope of making sense of it all. Yet since that otherwise ordinary, sunny August day in 2004 – the day of my diagnosis—my ability to ask the tough questions about my own life has somehow disappeared. I find it hard to ask any of my doctors how much longer they think I have…”

 –from Newsday, “Life, with Cancer”, December 2006, by Lauren Terrazzano

Thousands and thousands of readers responded to Lauren, as she wrote with humor about the dumb things people sometimes say to those who are ill, wrote with anger about the complicity of tobacco companies, and wrote with understanding about the challenge loving someone with cancer can pose for family and friends. Now they can read even more about a journalist who had to endure the toughest assignment of all in this tribute that is filled with sensitivity and love.

Life, With Cancer: The Lauren Terrazzano Story
HCI
Available at bookstores, online, or to order directly from the publisher, contact:
www.hcibooks.com or (800) 441-5569
$16.95
ISBN: 9780757316630

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com

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At Home With Al Capone

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Bonita Springs, FL – Almost every family has secrets; some families have bigger things to hide. That was the case for Deirdre Marie Capone. During her childhood, the topic no one wanted to discuss was her great-uncle, Al Capone, notorious for his crimes and dubbed “Public Enemy Number One.”

Al Capone’s brother, Ralph Capone, begged his granddaughter Deirdre Marie Capone not to publish the family secrets until she was the last living member of the family.  She did as he asked, but in recent years she has become a leading authority on crime families and their dynamics.

“As a result of countless interviews I have become an expert in crime families and how they evolve,” Deirdre Marie Capone says. “Crime during the Capone era was limited to the men who ran the businesses. Family was off limits. But I can tell my father’s story now: he grew up during a remarkable era of our country’s history, and it cost him his life.”

Capone’s book, Uncle Al Capone, The Untold Story from Inside His Family (Recap Publishing) reveals for the first time many startling facts about one of the most famous gangsters of the twentieth century. She skillfully recreates the setting, the flamboyant, careless generation who made illegal drinking a glamorous pastime. “The book doesn’t even begin to cover all the stories I could tell,” she notes.

As a child, Deirdre Marie didn’t know he was a notorious gangster; he was just her Uncle Al. He taught her how to swim, ride a bike, and play the mandolin. But after he died on her seventh birthday she began paying the price of being a Capone. From age 7 to 13 her classmates were forbidden to play with her. When she was 10 her father committed suicide due to the burden of the Capone name. At age 18 she was fired from her first full-time job because of her name. As soon as she could, she left Chicago and her family name behind.

Capone captures the story that eluded dozens of writers: Al Capone as a loving, if flawed, family man. No other biographer has captured the truth about Al Capone: none of the others were family.

Please visit: www.unclealcapone.com .

Available at bookstores, online or at www.unclealcapone.com .
Uncle Al Capone: The Untold Story from Inside His Family
(Recap Publishing)
ISBN13: 978-0982845103
$17.99  

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com

www.ascotmediagroup.com

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A Thrill Ride For Patriots

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Spring, TX – Sometimes you just have to take a stand. Our country first learned this through the American Revolution, and a stubborn insistence on liberty is the hallmark of patriots to the present day. Telling that story in all its many forms is bound to be exciting and inspirational.  In Patriots of Treason ( AKA-Publishing), David Thomas Roberts bursts into the political thriller genre with style and passion.

A nation in crisis. A president of division. A deadlocked Congress. The United States is on the brink of civil war — again. Only a courageous federal whistleblower, an ordinary Texan and a governor who won’t tolerate the shredding of the Constitution can thwart an evil conspiracy by the federal government.

An incumbent minority president, losing at the polls in his re-election bid due to the economy, gas prices and scandals in his administration, pulls an “October Surprise” that swings the election. An assassination attempt creates the perfect scapegoat — the Tea Party — through a deceit so well disguised that it comes dangerously close to succeeding.

But, like patriots before them, some won’t stand for it. Some will become Patriots of Treason. Taut and suspenseful, readers will just have to hang on and ride to the end for a surprising conclusion.

Author Dave Roberts moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1967 when he was eight years old. His family made regular trips to the Alamo with friends, neighbors and visiting relatives; the story of the Alamo, the spirit of all its Texan heroes, and the fight for Texas independence left an indelible impression on him that has endured a lifetime.

As a “naturalized” Texan, Roberts has become a staunch defender and admirer of all things Texas, including her rich and unique history, politics, culture and people. The author is active in politics and the movement for modern-day Texas Independence, and has been a speaker at Tea Party events.

Roberts lives in Texas with his wife of 29 years. They have four children and one grandchild, all of whom have been blessed to have been born “Native Texans.”

Please see www.patriotsoftreason.com .

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com

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Create Some Haunting Memories For Halloween

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Houston, TX – June 16th of this year, Nik Wallenda did something no one else ever did — he walked across Niagara Falls for the whole world to see. Wallenda did so in a place full of history, tourism and…ghosts! Some people scoff at tales of restless spirits. Then again, some people don’t know how to have a little fun. Join celebrated author Peter Andrew Sacco as he explores the shadowy regions of his home turf, the stunningly beautiful Niagara Falls area.

Niagara’s Most Haunted: Legends and Myths (Booklocker) visits the most haunted places, where people have witnessed ghost activity dating back hundreds of years up to the current day. In some spooky locales, paranormal investigators brought their equipment along to prove or disprove popular claims. The book includes many photos of the ghostly sites, including mysterious orbs caught on camera.

“When it comes to things that go bump in the night, Peter is always on target,” says Stan Mallow, acclaimed psychic and host of the TV show “Paranormal Niagara.” “As a result of his curious mind and investigative prowess he is truly the Sherlock Holmes of the paranormal world. His latest book is highly recommended.”

Each chapter covers a different type of landmark, which not only educates the readers on historical sites, but entertains with anecdotal ghost stories and paranormal investigations. The sites include bed and breakfasts, ships/boats, trains, tunnels, museums, mansions, highways, forts, cemeteries, waterfalls and many more.

Niagara’s Most Haunted: Legends and Myths is not just a book about ghosts and haunted places. It is also a book which uncovers and explores areas in the Niagara region which are considered some of the richest in North American history. As a matter of fact, one of the bloodiest battles in North American history (the War of 1812) between the British and USA was fought here. If ever ghosts have existed, they would be haunting this blood-soaked ground.

Peter is an international speaker, psychologist and professor. He has authored over 20 books, both fiction and non-fiction, and continues to write articles/blogs for magazine, news media and websites worldwide. He is also the TV show host of the new fun series “Niagara’s Most Haunted” and has a weekly radio show, “Mental Health Matters: What’s Worrying You?” He resides in the region known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls.

For more information, please see: www.petersacco.com .

Niagara’s Most Haunted: Legends and Myths
Booklocker (print) AUK Publications (E-book)
Available online October 10th

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com

www.ascotmediagroup.com

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A Timely Antidote For Jaded Politics

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Chicago, IL – The Stevenson family has a unique place in American political history. The first Adlai E. Stevenson, Vice President of the U.S., collected stories, jokes and aphorisms in a loose-leaf binder throughout his long career. They were jotted on napkins, cards — anything at hand. If it was worth keeping, it went in the binder which became known as “the black book.” His son, Lewis Stevenson, Illinois Secretary of State, contributed little, but his grandson Adlai II expanded the black book in his career as a lawyer, senior official in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, Governor of Illinois, Presidential candidate and Ambassador to the UN.

Adlai E. Stevenson III inherited the black book, including contributions from friends and supporters around the world, and augmented it from his career as a Marine, lawyer, State Representative, State Treasurer, United States Senator, candidate for governor, international investment banker and ever the hereditary global sojourner and public policy activist. The black book was continuously organized and reorganized as a ready source of wit and wisdom for their speeches.

While a lack of civility is a symptom of today’s money-driven politics of ideology, tactics, religiosity and ignorance, the author believes Americans today yearn for the politics and culture which created America and made it great.

In Adlai Stevenson III’s The Black Book, he records American politics, culture and history as these men knew it. Since few, if any, American families have been as actively involved in public office and politics for as long as the Stevensons – beginning in the 1840’s with great-great-grandfather Jesse Fell who sponsored  Abraham Lincoln for President — it is a unique history covering finance and economics, law and justice, the media, politics, religion, education, war, and so much more. In order to see the future you must see the past, from The Black Book.

Adlai E. Stevenson III has lectured widely, authored numerous articles and is the recipient of many honors, including Japan’s Order of the Sacred Treasure with Gold and Silver Star, and is an Honorary Professor of Renmin University in Beijing. He is Chairman of the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy which aims to bring practitioners from the world together to address systemic challenges to democratic systems  and also Chairman of SC&M Investment Management Corp., an international financial intermediary. A graduate of Harvard College and Law School, he maintains an office in Chicago and a home with his wife, Nancy, on a farm near Galena, Illinois.

For more information on The Black Book or Senator Stevenson, please visit: www.adlai3.com .

Available at bookstores nationwide and online at www.adlai3.com/purchase-cart.html .
The Black Book
ISBN13: 978-0982371008
$27.50

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com

www.ascotmediagroup.com

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Award-Winning Saga Has It All: Riveting Action And A Free 3D Comic App With Music By Celldweller

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Denver, CO – Finally, a book that breaks free of the stale old boundaries of print: The Bane of Yoto, by Joshua Viola, is a trans-media experience offering a multitude of ways to explore its rich storyline. From paperback or eBook to a free 3D interactive comic mobile app, this attention-grabbing novel was recently released by independent record label and music publisher FiXT – and promises to transport readers to a sinister world of cosmic drama and action they will never forget.

Formerly a professor of Game Art and Design, and now art director for Leviathan Games, Viola’s astounding perception is unmistakable in this perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy that comes together in a breakneck paced, action-packed plot where dynamic, fully-developed original characters battle for their very existence in a brutal world.

Drawing rave reviews for its originality and vision, The Bane of Yoto has won awards from both the 2012 New York Book Festival and the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival, and is the first installment in a trilogy of science-fantasy novels by Joshua Viola. DC and Marvel comic book artists Tyler Kirkham, Nick Runge, and Steve Scott are responsible for some of the stunning visuals.

Always looking to break new ground, FiXT recently entered the book publishing business with The Bane of Yoto. FiXT is owned by cyber-rocker Klayton of Celldweller, whose music is featured in such films as “Iron Man 2,” “Spiderman 2,” “Ghost Rider 2,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and more. Staying with the book’s theme, Viola has merchandise available ranging from PlayStation 3 Dynamic Themes, Sculptures and T-shirts, to posters and more, all available through FiXT.

For more information on Joshua Viola and this extraordinary novel, please visit: www.baneofyoto.com and www.facebook.com/baneofyoto .

The Bane of Yoto
By Joshua Viola
Available at all online outlets, the author’s website, and www.fixtstore.com/baneofyoto .
ISBN-13: 9780985559014
Publisher: FiXT

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com

www.ascotmediagroup.com

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