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The Sin Warriors: Bringing A Dark, Dangerous Era To Life

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Jacksonville,
FL – It doesn’t take much to destroy careers, pull families apart and
ruin lives. As author Julian Earl Farris states: “A mix of ignorance and
hatred, combined with an insatiable lust for power, will suffice.  And
in Florida, circa 1958, that unholy mix fermented in the Florida
Legislative Investigation Committee, a.k.a. the Johns Committee.”  

Family
bonds, created by blood and by choice, bring both acceptance and
redemption in Julian Farris’s new novel, The Sin Warriors (Lethe Press),
a drama that unfolds against a backdrop of bigotry and intolerance, and
based on actual events that follow a McCarthy-era demagogue who uses
the threat of Communism to persecute homosexuals and ruin the lives of
Florida college students and employees.  

“Using blackmail,
intimidation and coercion, the Johns Committee—led by segregationist
state senator Charley Eugene Johns—managed to ‘disappear’ more than 300
suspected homosexual students, faculty and administrators from Florida’s
public colleges, universities and schools,” says Farris.

The
author uses the treachery of that time to explore themes of
self-knowledge, love, loyalty and resilience. In The Sin Warriors,
echoes of the past come to life in the form of Billy Sloat, a small-town
Florida politician who climbs to statewide office over the backs of the
disenfranchised and disfavored. Exploiting the fears and mistrust of
his constituents, Sloat launches a McCarthy-era witch hunt targeting
gays and lesbians in academia under the premise that these “weak links”
could be used by communists to infiltrate schools and corrupt students. 
Caught in the maelstrom, student David Ashton, another product of small
town Florida, and his friends try to preserve their integrity and their
futures.

In rich detail, Farris recounts a coming-of-age story
in which families—the ones we’re born to and the ones we make for
ourselves—create the supports by which men and women stand or stumble.
As in the real Johns Committee scandal, while some characters in the
book fold under the oppression of Sloat and his henchmen, some carry
scars into the future, and others emerge sadder and stronger.    

Under
pressure from historians, in 1993 the archives of the Johns Committee
investigations and hearings were made public and redacted copies of the
documents can be found in the Florida State Archives. Before writing his
book, Farris spent months “combing those documents and interviewing
survivors of Florida’s gay purge.” As evidenced by the many rave
reviews, the result is a moving, entertaining read, but it also includes
a story that needs to be told.

Julian Farris earned an M. A. in
English and Humanities at Florida State University and later taught
humanities, became an avid sailor, environmentalist and animal rights
advocate. He resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his life partner and
two rescue cats. Julian is currently working on a second novel, Families
and Other Strangers.

For more information, please visit: www.julianearlfarris.com .

Available at fine bookstores and online outlets
The Sin Warriors by Julian E. Farris
Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN-10: 1590212746
ISBN-13: 978-1590212745

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Trish Stevens

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

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Joyful Manifestation: A Life Of Happiness And Abundance Is Within Your Grasp

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Fremont, CA – In a unique and compelling blend of world philosophies, Sugandhi Iyer offers
a glittering gift: true happiness and success. A life journey is all
about getting into the space of true joy, and creating from that space,
and she guides the reader forward in her book Joyful Manifestation: Ten Steps to Empower Yourself and Attract a Happy and Successful Life (Balboa Press).

“Life
is meant to be lived free of stress,” Iyer says. “Life is meant to be
lived knowing that everything is in divine and perfect order. Life is
magical. Life is filled with infinite potential. Just tap into it. There
is a ten-step process to finding that space and manifesting the joy and
success you are meant to have,” she says. In a world which increasingly
seems to turn to violence and away from love and joy, Iyer affirms that
connecting to your inner joy is of paramount importance in order to
create external evidence of success.

Step-by-step, she explains
how to evaluate your universe to find out what works for you, and what
does not and to change it. Joyful Manifestation helps you discover who
you really are, and get empowered to have this universe work well for
you. You will also understand how successful people think, and what
makes them who they are. “Until you wake up and take stock of what keeps
happening to you, you cannot bring in the change that you would like to
see. This world is made up of dualities and at any point you could be
experiencing the negative aspect of what you’d like to see happen,
instead of the positive. You can change this by using the Joyful
Manifestation process,” she says.

Iyer was born and brought up in
India and came to live in the United States as a young adult. Greatly
influenced by Eastern and Western philosophies, she studied the works of
ancient and modern teachers and explored various healing modalities.
She is a Success Coach who enables people to reach for their goals and
attain them. “Success starts with how you feel about yourself and then
your world,” she says.

“Your material world is a reflection of
your inner world and when your inner world contains excitement, delight,
power, and joy, whatever you do happens from this space and brings back
manifestations that embody that happiness, giving you cause for
celebration,” Iyer says. “When you are in the space of joy, your
dominant energy will be joy and will pull in more joyful events. With
this joy you can spin the web of your life. The universe works in a
particular way, and once you know how it really works, you can create
your life with this knowledge. Joyful Manifestation shows you how.”

For more, please visit www.SugandhiIyer.com .

Joyful Manifestation
Balboa Press
Available from online outlets everywhere
$17.99; $9.99 e-book
ISBN-13: 978-1452540467

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Trish Stevens

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

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Ever More Complex Telecom And Technology Needs Demand The Expertise Of Teligistics

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Houston, TX –
It would come as no surprise to most CEOs and CFOs that telecom and
technology costs are ballooning almost as fast as healthcare costs. For a
Texas-sized problem, it takes an oversized solution: Teligistics, a
company which recently exceeded the $7 billion mark in total contract
value procured on behalf of client companies since its founding in 1997.

Known as the ‘Texas Negotiator,’ Dave Roberts is CEO of
Teligistics. When large, publicly-traded enterprises need an expert on
their side to negotiate their complex telecom and technology contracts,
Roberts is who they call. An expert in his field, with one U.S. patent
to his credit and another pending, his reputation as a tough negotiator
has earned him respect both in the U.S. and around the world.

“We
continue to win for our clients ‘Best in Class’ contracts because we
have the technology, subject domain expertise, experience and the market
data necessary to deliver outstanding results.” Roberts says. “Our
company is undoubtedly the leading source for large enterprise
procurement of complex global voice, data and technology related
contracts.”

Telecom budgets keep increasing when the cost of
technology and communications services usually goes down over time.
“This is because the average telecom cost per employee is exploding and
the rate of telecom consumption outpaces the natural downward trend of
technology in the marketplace,” says Roberts. “The rate of increase in
these costs per employee is second only to employee healthcare.”

In
2011, Teligistics launched their patented revolutionary online
eProcurement tool Telibid™. This web-based sourcing tool allows
enterprises to publish a request for pricing/proposal (RFP) online via
customizable telecom templates for all categories of telecom services;
i.e., wireless, local, long distance, audio/web conferencing, MPLS,
Managed Services, Internet, and so much more. Telibid is the next
generation of sourcing tools for enterprise-level telecom users and also
includes an optional high-tech reverse auction format.

Dave
Roberts is an entrepreneur, sought after speaker, published author and
CEO of Teligistics – a Texas-based company serving numerous Fortune®
1000 clients in its role as the leading provider of enterprise-level
telecom cost control solution tools in the U.S. They also provide client
solutions in TEM (Telecom Expense Management) through its proprietary
TEAM™ (telecom expense & asset management) platform for auditing,
allocating and processing of telecom invoices for client companies.
eMobilegistics™ manages thousands of mobile/wireless devices for client
companies.

For more information, please visit: www.teligistics.com .

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Trish Stevens

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

www.ascotmediagroup.com

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Health Is A Choice: Get Equipped With The Tools To Make The Right Choices

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Fort Lauderdale, FL – News about the severe flu season is everywhere and we are hearing how emergency rooms across the nation are overwhelmed by people admitted with acute flu symptoms.
Scientist, health expert and author Raymond Francis is an
internationally recognized leader in the field of optimal health
maintenance. The expert advice in his book, Never Be Sick Again, shows
us how to make good health choices and restore that critical sense of
well-being.

His Beyond Health model, a revolutionary new
understanding of health, is explained in Never Be Sick Again. This model
is based on cutting-edge cellular biochemistry and molecular biology
that can prevent and reverse disease. The human body, like every living
organism, has specific daily needs that must be met. Without meeting
these needs, the body will not function properly and optimal health
cannot be maintained.

 “Keeping a healthy outlook is both one of
life’s great challenges and one of life’s great opportunities. Having a
purpose, a higher meaning to your life than mere existence, is a
critical part of the whole picture of health,” says Francis.

But
the lifestyle of the average American does not provide for these needs
and, unfortunately, disease is the logical and inevitable result. “It
does not have to be this way,” says Francis. “Health is a choice. Every
choice we make from the time we get up until the time we go to bed
affects our health. If you’re willing to work and provide for your
health, you’ll discover that, with even a modest amount of education and
effort, it is possible to make better choices.”

Francis will
soon release a new book focusing on aging and the Beyond Health model.
He is an MIT-trained scientist and an internationally recognized leader
in the field of optimal-health maintenance. In addition to being a
best-selling author, Francis is the creator of the
internationally-presented Beyond Health Seminar, author of the “Pathways
to Health” newspaper columns, and has been a guest on more than 1500
radio and television shows.

Please see www.BeyondHealth.com .

Available online:
Never Fear Cancer Again
Health Communications Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-0757315503
$14.95

Never Be Sick Again
Health Communications Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1558749542
$14.95

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Trish Stevens

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

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Prominent Surgeon Barely Escapes Electrocution While Performing Surgery

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Boca Raton, FL
– We all have problems in life; but imagine, after years of hard work
and study to become a prominent surgeon, something goes horribly wrong
in the operating room and, in an instant, your life is forever changed.
It’s normally the patient that’s at risk of a complication in the
operating room, not the doctor. However, one day as Emile Allen, M.D.
was operating to save a woman’s life, he barely escaped being
electrocuted and nearly died. He remembered hearing a voice telling him:
“I’m not ready for you yet. You have more work to do.” He had no way of
knowing the challenges he would face or how many times he would hear
those words…

Dr. Allen had suffered a brain injury and, in a
split second, went from performing intricate surgical procedures to
struggling just to do simple things such as counting change at the
grocery store or reading a book. The event not only changed his career
but also his identity and capabilities. At the time, he didn’t
understand how significant the impact of this incident would be for the
rest of his life.

Eaten By The Tiger: Surrendering to an
Empowered Life, by Emile Allen, M.D., is a collection of stories and
insights acquired through his personal experiences as a surgeon, son and
patient that helped get him through the paralysis of emotional and
physical loss. He had ridden the gamut of emotions from shock and denial
to full-blown depression. While learning to meditate on vacation in
Fiji, he heard ‘the words’ again and was transcended to such a peaceful
state of mind that his perception of the rest of the world was
heightened. He had truly found the meaning of being “Eaten By The
Tiger.”

For anyone who has experienced a recent loss or might be
struggling with life’s daily challenges, Dr. Allen’s personal journey
will undoubtedly inspire you to find your own insights. Regardless of
the reason, you will be able to relate to something in his compelling
story because it will touch some aspect of your life.

Dr.
Allen’s fascinating inside stories of life as a surgeon, life lessons
learned from his frustration with the healthcare industry, and his own
personal experiences as a patient all exhibit a compassion for others
that blends perfectly with his dry wit and grabs the reader’s attention
from the first page. In sharing the extraordinary roller coaster ride of
emotions during his long recovery that prompted his journey of
self-discovery, readers may laugh or cry, but they will all be moved and
inspired to overcome their own obstacles and succeed at finding their
own purpose in life.

Dr. Allen is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed his general surgery internship and urology
residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. He is the
former Chairman of Urology and Vice Chairman of Surgery at Scripps
Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA.  As a retired urologist, Dr. Allen
has turned his passion for helping others into inspirational speaking
and writing, touching more lives than he ever could have as a surgeon.

Eaten
By The Tiger is both motivating and empowering. In candidly sharing all
he experienced, from his darkest moments to his utmost joy, Dr. Allen
helps readers see that how we deal with life’s challenges determines the
outcome of our lives.

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Trish Stevens

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

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THE GERM FREAK’S GUIDE TO OUTWITTING COLDS AND FLU: Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and in the World

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Deerfield
Beach, FL – Most Americans, whether they admit it or not, have a little
Howard Hughes in them: 50% of women won’t sit on a toilet seat without a
paper guard. And while we make fun of the lead character in the TV
sitcom, Monk, these freaks are the ones who are laughing as the rest of
the population sniffles away in bed during germ season (which is
actually all year).

In The Germ Freak’s Guide To Outwitting Colds
And Flu: Guerilla Tactics to Keep Yourself Healthy at Home, at Work and
in the World (HCI Books — $11.95), Allison Janse—a committed Germ
Freak—and Dr. Charles Gerba (Dr. Germ) give us the lowdown on how to
avoid the common cold
and survive flu season with your health and sanity intact. Dr. Gerba
has appeared regularly on Good Morning America, Dateline, CNN News and
60 Minutes as well as in national magazines and newspapers.

The
book is the perfect mix of science meets suburbia: the microbiologist
and the mom. While he’s swabbing surfaces around the globe to detect
dangerous germs, she’s trying to discern whether the crust on her couch
is Play-Doh or poop. This is the practical information your doctor won’t
give you (they always say not to worry and may be giving you the latest
bug by not washing their hands when they examine you!) but which you’re
dying to know, such as:

How clean is my office desk? (It’s better to eat off a toilet seat)

Do I have to shake that snotty person’s hand?

•    Are my hygiene products killing me?
•    How do I get out of a public restroom without contamination?
•    What is the best way to wash my hands?
•    Am I the only germ freak in America?
•    Why didn’t anyone tell me about The New Respiratory Etiquette?

Key Features:

•  
 Janse is the mother of twins, a boy and a girl, and Dr. Germ is a
frequent guest on national television worldwide (recently on The Today
Show).
•    Illustrations, quizzes and sidebar trivia make it a great
impulse gift purchase for that Germ Freak in your life—whether you’re
seriously trying to help or making fun of them!
•    Simple,
practical tips to keep readers healthy in a variety of places—at home,
at work, the health club, restaurants and eek…airplanes!
•    Sidebars profile the efforts of other Germ Freaks, many of them famous, to spread the gossip of cleanliness.

Author Highlights:

Allison Janse is a trade book editor and freelance writer. She feels lucky to call South Florida home
because she can justify frequent bulk purchases of sanitizing products
as early hurricane preparation. She lives with her husband who,
incidentally, is showing slight Germ Freak tendencies but their young
twins, who they absolutely adore, are proof that being a Germ Freak is
not likely a genetic trait.  

Charles Gerba, Ph.D., is an
internationally-renowned environmental microbiologist who made his
reputation a quarter of a century ago by opening scientists’ eyes to the
dangerous things lurking in our groundwater. His lab created the first
test to detect parasite cryptosporidium in water, changing the way
municipalities treat tap water. He is a professor at the University of
Arizona where he oversees cutting-edge experiments in the department of
Soil, Water & Environmental Science. He has performed thousands of
studies on everything from water quality in our homes to urine levels in
community pools, from the germs present in airline bathrooms to
pathogens in home hot tubs. His quick wit has endeared him to American
audiences as Dr. Germ, and he appears regularly on Good Morning America,
Dateline, CNN News and 60 Minutes as well as national magazines and
newspapers. He lives with his wife in Tucson, Arizona.

Available at bookstores or to order directly from the publisher, contact:
(800) 441-5569 or Trish Stevens

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

www.ascotmediagroup.com

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Healthy Initiative: Transforming The Nation’s Health One City At A Time

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Chicago, IL –
Shea Vaughn is a sought after corporate trainer in health, wellness and
fitness. She is an author, speaker, life coach and a recognized
spokeswoman for creating individual and business well-being. In
addition, she is the well-known creator of SheaNetics®, a revolutionary
wellness and exercise lifestyle practice, and the founder of Healthy
Initiative – a non-profit organization that through donations and
volunteer contributions champions disease prevention in the U.S. through
awareness, education and sustainable solutions.  

The visionary
behind Healthy Initiative, Shea has devoted her life to helping people
break old, negative habits and replace them with healthier choices for a
more joyful way of life. While we do hear that lifestyle-related
diseases are costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year, we don’t
always hear about the staggering personal cost. Adults are dying
prematurely and for the first time in history parents will be burying
their children – the tragedy of this trend is that it is largely
preventable.

Beginning in Chicago, The Healthy Initiative
Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, is a nationwide effort
that advocates disease prevention. Their mission is to defeat obesity,
Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and other lifestyle
diseases in children and adults, and they do this by promoting ideas and
distributing knowledge and information on wellness, diet, nutrition,
fitness and mental and emotional strength. They welcome like-minded
organizations for partnering opportunities and Shea believes that with
the support of concerned individuals, civic leaders, businesses and
medical and wellness professionals, this fight can be won!

To
raise awareness, the Foundation is following the success of Vaughn’s own
SheaNetics® inspired “Breakthrough” program—which made its mark on the
airwaves of ABC’s Windy City LIVE—likewise the first 40 participants in
the Healthy Initiative’s signature 90-Day Breakthrough Program will
experience her “Breakthrough,” gaining the necessary tools to embrace a
healthier lifestyle and hopefully go on to become tomorrow’s community
ambassadors for this beneficial cause. This is the only program of its
kind to be conducted in conjunction with the Adler School of Psychology
of Chicago, GH Training and DexaFit to produce a complete range of
supplemental qualitative and quantitative data useful to understand and
sustain personal levels of achievement.

With a passion that goes
beyond the limits of possibilities, and fueled by an endless positive
attitude, Shea and her team of experts inspire others and deliver
results by helping to provide an exceptionally healthy Mind, Body and
Heart experience to the wellness community they serve.
 
SheaNetics®
is a doctor-endorsed East meets West lifestyle practice, supported by
Shea’s 5 Living Principles of Well-Being; Commitment, Perseverance,
Self-Control, Integrity and Love, as  outlined in her book, Breakthrough
– The Five Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great and Find
Total Well Being (HCI). While SheaNetics® provides the dynamic,
multi-age appropriate combination of body resistance exercises that
build exceptional body and core strength and muscle and joint
flexibility, it is the Living Principles in Breakthrough that best
describe the mental and emotional sides of SheaNetics® and the
inspiration and answers to living life on your terms and living it well.
 

An international speaker, Shea has been featured on numerous
TV programs, including Ellen and The Marilyn Dennis Show. As a health
and fitness expert, she appears regularly on Windy City LIVE and The
Best Ever You Network. For more information on Shea or Healthy
Initiative, please visit: www.healthyinitiative.org /www.sheanetics.com .

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Trish Stevens

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

www.ascotmediagroup.com

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