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Blood in the Desert: Only The Unwavering Power Of Love And Faith Can Overcome Persecution

Mary Beth Smith
Park Cities Publishing
214-725-2823
mbsmith@parkcitiespublishing.com

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Blood in the Desert: Only The Unwavering Power Of Love And Faith Can Overcome Persecution

Dallas, TX ― Religious persecution was an all-too cruel reality for early Christians in 294 A.D. The Roman Empire searched relentlessly for believers, torturing and killing some and selling others into slavery. It was a dark time for Miriam, an orphaned young woman now enslaved by a brutal Roman officer named Quintus. Miriam would endure unthinkable emotional and physical torture before being forced to bear the officer’s child, a heartache made worse when the baby, Philip, is born blind. In a fit of rage, the ruthless Quintus drives mother and child apart, casting them on perilous, separate paths.

C. Douglas Gordon’s debut novel, Blood in the Desert, follows Miriam and Philip as they each drift aimlessly toward their fate. In this portrait of the enduring supernatural power of love and faith in perilous times, the mysterious wolf Lupa appears, leading Miriam to her new destiny, while Philip is taken in by nomadic traders. Their dramatic journeys through the treacherous devotions of early Christendom illuminate the risks and rewards of faith in the years before Emperor Constantine found a powerful ally in Yesua and changed the course of history. Until then, all the things modern Christians take for granted — institutions, buildings, meeting spaces and even the gathered texts that make up the New Testament — were nonexistent for hundreds of years following the death and resurrection of Christ.

Dallas businessman C. Douglas Gordon has translated his organizational and management skills to the task of bringing detail-oriented research to his novels. Inspired by his older brother’s deep faith, Doug honors his memory by exploring the roots of Christianity from its earliest appearances in history and through its years of torment and challenge.

Doug’s series, You Left in Me the Faith, seeks to shed light on the formative period that gave birth to the Church as we know it today. Years of effort have produced an exciting first novel, Blood in the Desert. Doug creates fictional characters whose lives interact with and are impacted by real historical events and figures of the day. Readers can’t help but be amazed that Christianity survived at all. The second novel in the series, The Twelve Coins, is currently in progress.

For more information, please visit www.CDouglasGordon.com.

Blood in the Desert
Park Cities Publishing
Released: 2017
Available at www.Amazon.com.
ISBN-10: 0996853839
ISBN-13: 978-0996853835

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Break Through The Media Barriers And Gatekeepers

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Ascot Media Group knows how to break through the media barriers and gatekeepers to get you the publicity you deserve. See the “full client contact” testimonials here: http://www.ascotmedia.com/testimonials.html.

Almost all the clients that provided these testimonials used our least expensive Select Plan: ($995). For that amount, we will provide a press release (approved by you) and target 10,000 different media personnel each week; a total of 5 times in one month. So your release will be delivered directly into the email box, personally addressed by name, of 50,000 media personnel (producers, editors, hosts and bloggers in the USA and Canada). You will receive several, solid media hits each week for a month—and we make sure you do!

Your media hits start coming in on the same (or next) day your campaign kicks off. Definition of “media hits” means direct requests for interviews and/or reviews after reading your press release.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Trish Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 2394
Friendswood, TX 77549 Image may contain: text
Phone: (800) 854.1134
Fax: (800) 854.2207
Direct: (832) 334.2733
Other: (281) 333.3507
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Witty New Guide Helps Women Avoid Dating Disasters

The Boys You Don't Take Home: Game Secrets by [Atlas, Alexander]

Elizabeth Shelley
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 2394
Friendswood, TX 77549
Phone: 281.333.3507
Fax: 832.569.5539
news@ascotmedianews.com
www.ascotmedia.com

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Witty New Guide Helps Women Avoid Dating Disasters

Phoenix, AZ ― Let’s face it: the dating game isn’t fun for women who always lose.

Alexander Atlas — a man who was used to winning — knows how the dating game works. He played it himself for years before settling down, and watched woman after woman fall for the same tricks.

In his new, brazenly honest dating guide, The Boys You Don’t Take Home: Game Secrets, Atlas takes women inside the male mind and shares his past, one-sided relationship perspective. Using colorful, lesson-packed anecdotes, he introduces readers to the “mama’s boy,” the “bad boy,” the “player” and the “scrub” and shares his tips for spotting their deceitful tricks and traps.

Atlas covers a wide range of topics that include:

• How to identify “Mr. Wrong”
• How to move on from heartache and heartbreak
• The telltale signs of cheating
• Dealing with rejection
• How to use your relationship as inspiration for personal success
• Understanding the signs of emotional abuse
• How to stop wasting your time on unworthy men

Readers may recognize some of their own dating mistakes and disasters between the covers of The Boys You Don’t Take Home, and that’s the point! Atlas wants to help women everywhere make better relationship choices.

Alexander Atlas writes both fiction and nonfiction. In addition to The Boys You Don’t Take Home: Game Secrets, Atlas is also the author of the companion piece, The Girls You Don’t Take Home to Mama (published in 2016). He is also working on two novels: Napoleon’s Way and From Prey 2 Predator as well as his third self-help installment, The Girls You Don’t Take Home: Pandemonium and Chaos. A father of two daughters as well as a motivational fitness trainer, Alexander Atlas incorporates self-improvement into all facets of his life.

For more information about Alexander Atlas and his upcoming books, please visit https://theboysyoudont.com/.

The Boys You Don’t Take Home: Game Secrets
Createspace
Release Date: February 1, 2018
Available for preorder on Amazon.com

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Debut Story Shares Inspiring Tale Of Baseball’s Impact On Small Iowa Town

Steve Hellman
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 2394
Friendswood, TX 77549
281.333.3507 Phone
832.569.5539 Fax
news@ascotmedianews.com
www.ascotmedia.com

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Debut Story Shares Inspiring Tale Of Baseball’s Impact On Small Iowa Town

Minneapolis, MN ― In the fictional village of Cottage Park, Iowa, time is best measured not by the hands of a clock but by the innings in a baseball game. In this quiet, northwestern Iowa community where businesses are shuttered and economic stability is scarce, two institutions flourish: the Holy Trinity Church – as spectacular as any Roman cathedral – and the local, dusty baseball diamond.

Set within a single baseball season in 1974, Tommy Murray’s debut novel, Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball, follows 14-year-old T.J., along with a band of misbehaving teens and three cantankerous old coaches, as the high school baseball team makes a concerted push for the championship – a summit never yet reached by the team from Holy Trinity High School.

For the coaches, the elusive championship looms large as they enter their final baseball season before retirement. For the players, the road to the finals is a confirmation by fire – a rite of passage they must navigate before facing the realities of adulthood.

Along this entertaining, coming-of-age journey, young and old alike ultimately learn that you must sacrifice before you can gain and sometimes lose before you can win.

Author Tommy Murray is a retired teacher from the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is also the author of the forthcoming novel, The Empty Set. Murray is married to Mary Ann, and they reside in Shoreview, Minnesota. In Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball, Murray pays homage to his uncle, who led his high school team to its first state championship back in 1943. His uncle went on to enlist in the army and lost his life when his tank unit was ambushed in the Philippines in 1945.

In Murray’s world, where his father, uncles and grandfathers shared their legacies of devotion to church, patriotism and baseball, baseball is life and death. It’s much more than a sport. Baseball is a religion.

Follow this link to hear an interview with the author and the University of St. Thomas: https://tinyurl.com/y8n4hgjg.

Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball
Beaver’s Pond Press
Release date: October 3, 2017
ISBN-10: 1592986293
ISBN-13: 978-1592986293
Available from Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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Proceeds From 5K Pub Run Benefit No-Kill Animal Shelter

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Trish Stevens – Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Direct: 832.334.2733/Main: 281.333.3507
tstevens@ascotmediagroup.com – www.ascotmedia.com

To contact Friends For Life directly, please call/email:
Megan Carpenter – Communications Coordinator
Friends For Life Animal Shelter and Sanctuary
107 E. 22nd Street, Houston, TX 77008
Main: 713-863-9835/Direct: 832-840-8164
communication@friends4life.org

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Proceeds From 5K Pub Run Benefit No-Kill Animal Shelter

Houston, TX, ― The 2018 Cupid’s Crawl Pub Run is just around the corner, and whether your status is “single,” “in a relationship” or “it’s complicated,” you don’t want to miss this enjoyable jog up and down Washington Avenue.

The annual 5K begins at noon on Saturday, February 10, at Kung Fu Saloon. From there, walkers, runners and beer enthusiasts will venture to NettBar, Underdogs Sports Pub, Porch Swing Pub, Fuego’s Saloon and back to Kung Fu Saloon for the after party.
One beer at each of the five bars on the pub run is included in the registration. Register online for $45 or pay $50 the day of the race.
The Cupid’s Crawl Pub Run is hosted by Kung Fu Running Club and surrounding Houston FFP Running Clubs. All proceeds from the run benefit Friends For Life, the only LEED-certified, No-Kill animal shelter in Houston. Since December 2011, Kung Fu Running Club has raised more than $40,000 in donations for Friends For Life.

Executive Director Salise Shuttlesworth founded Friends For Life in 2002 to offer a No-Kill alternative to traditionally run shelters in the Houston area. Friends For Life’s ongoing efforts provide adoption services, rescue and rehabilitation, and support for frustrated pet owners struggling with behavioral and other concerns.

To find out how you can support the ongoing efforts of Friends For Life in Houston, please visit the website http://www.friends4life.org/, or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FriendsForLifeHouston/), Instagram (www.instagram.com/friends4lifeorg/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/Friends4Lifeorg).

To register for the run or for more information about the race, please visit https://thedriven.net/event.race_reg/eid/8969012349/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/789002254633616/.

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Love Researcher Explains Neuroscience Behind Valentine’s Day

Men Chase, Women Choose: The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love

Melanie Simpson
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 2394
Friendswood, TX 77549
281.333.3507 Phone
832.569.5539 Fax
news@ascotmedianews.com
www.ascotmedia.com

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Love Researcher Explains Neuroscience Behind Valentine’s Day

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The legend states that Valentine was arrested and put to death by Emperor Claudius II. Valentine was defying orders and secretly helping soldiers to marry. But why would Claudius II not want his soldiers to marry?

Here’s where the neuroscience comes in. It turns out that when a man marries, his testosterone drops. So, Claudius’ decree against marriage makes biological sense. If you want an aggressive army that will fight your battles, it’s better to have single, highly testosterone-fortified men.

Think that’s crazy? It turns out that lower testosterone is not the only crazy thing that happens to us when we fall in love.

In a dramatic presentation, Love Biologist Dawn Maslar cuts up a brain to show what love does to us. When we fall in love, this is what can happen to our brain:

• We can lose cognitive ability
• We can lose the ability to accurately judge our partner – that’s why they say ‘love is blind’
• We can lose the ability to feel concern if we detect a problem
• We can experience an increase in self-transcendence – being in love makes us feel less selfish and more connected to the world

In addition:

• Our serotonin (hormone of happiness) can fall to the level of someone with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• His testosterone drops but hers goes up – making her sexually charged
• This effect is temporary – lasting between 1 and 3 years

Don’t worry, while the craziness is temporary, the love CAN last a lifetime. In fact, Valentine’s Day helps since the following can also kick-in:

• Red hearts, cards and clothes boost his testosterone which can increase the romance
• Giving chocolate on Valentine’s Day can boost dopamine – an important neurotransmitter of long-term love
• Doing new and novel things with a partner can also boost dopamine
• Spending quality time together increases oxytocin – the bonding hormone

To see Dawn Maslar in action, please visit: https://www.abcactionnews.com/morning-blend/science-of-love-in-time-for-valentines-day

Dawn Maslar, MS, is an award-winning author, expert guest speaker, adjunct biology professor, and researcher in the science of love. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and her talk on ‘How Your Brain Falls in Love’ went viral last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyq2Wo4eUDg

Available at all online outlets
Men Chase, Women Choose: The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love
Publisher: HCI Books
ASIN: B01LVYO27A

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