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A Life Packed With Experiences Leads Texas Author To Pen Adroit Supernatural Thriller

Trish Stevens
Liz Chase
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
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A Life Packed With Experiences Leads Texas Author To Pen Adroit Supernatural Thriller

Start with one artist experimenting with her craft, add one dead serial killer and a pinch of the supernatural and you’ve cooked up one tense thriller. In A Brush With Death, the first of a series, Jody Summers masterfully blends the supernatural and the romantic to achieve a highly satisfying read.

New Orleans painter Kira McGovern hits on something when she mixes her mother’s ashes into her oil paints and enters an altered state. She begins channeling some key moments in her mother’s life, creating a stunning work of art as a memorial and drawing in customers who want a painting done using the same method. Pleased with her success, she launches Canvas of Life and commissions start rolling in. And when it couldn’t get any better, she meets Sean; a handsome mid-western rancher, who harbors a gruesome secret of which he is unaware.

But with each brushstroke on her latest commission, Kira’s reality is becoming more and more bizarre. She awakens from dreams that are soaked in blood and filled with gruesome images of murders. And the feeling of a lurking malevolence grows ever stronger.

Unconventional is the word to describe the life author Jody Summers led before turning to writing. The adopted son of a prominent Texas restaurateur, Summers grew up in New Orleans, Memphis and Houston, learning the restaurant business while he built a career as a competitive gymnast that propelled him to a scholarship at the University of Kansas. After college, Summers followed in his father’s footsteps, owning, at one point, three 24-hour restaurant franchises along with four tanning salons in Tulsa. He has used his entrepreneurial skills for everything from a patent in the pet industry to a single’s website. A restaurateur, a gymnast, a stunt man, an entrepreneur, a pilot, skydiver, scuba diver and an accomplished martial artist for 25 years, Summers has tried it all. Now he brings all those experiences to paper in his supernatural thriller series, Art of the Dead.

To learn more about Summers and A Brush With Death, please visit the following:
www.jodysummersbooks.com.

A Brush With Death
Release Date: September 2, 2019
Publisher: JS Books Publishing
ISBN-10: 1733177507
ISBN-13: 978-1733177504
Available from Amazon.com,

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Former Competitive Athlete, Dancer Uses Own Healing Journey To Guide Others On Their Paths Toward Better Health

Trish Stevens
Claire Downing
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
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Former Competitive Athlete, Dancer Uses Own Healing Journey To Guide Others On Their Paths Toward Better Health

Almost nothing in the human experience can compare with having achieved the peak of wellness and performance and then having it all ripped away in a heartbeat. Kristin Hagen knows what that feels like.

Hagen at 19 was a competitive dancer with Team USA, a national award-winning organist, an original artist and a contestant for Miss Idaho USA. But it was 1994 and the airbag in the car in which she was riding was first-generation and high-powered enough to cause her serious injury. Three years later, lightning struck a second time and Hagen was once again the victim of the redesigned airbag, this time suffering severe and immediate demobilization from the sheer force of the deployment.

Through her faith and evolving 21st century healthcare, however, she was able to successfully reverse the effects of the trauma and recover her former level of wellness and mobility, essentially effecting her own cure. Hagen literally walked away from her experience with a profound respect for the ongoing shift in the way medicine is practiced, delivered, and integrated. Align Above: My Passionate Dance at Life! is the first in Hagen’s five-plus book series (with accompanying adapted screenplays) that Hagen says she hopes will motivate people to embark on their wellness journeys. Her screenplays, based upon her Align Above series, are available to movie producers serious about adapting her story into an original film.

“It’s time to make a movement, time to make a change and time to be truly well,” she says.

These days, Hagen provides many perspectives on health and wellness, including in the areas of nutrition, hands-on clinical care, nursing and clinical informatics, and advocacy. She develops custom solutions for clinicians and patients, designed around their needs.

To learn more about Hagen’s story, please visit the following: https://kristinhagen.com/pages/about; https://kristinhagen.com/pages/kristinmock; https://kristinhagen.com/pages/books; and
https://christianfaithpublishing.com/books/?book=align-above

Align Above: My Passionate Dance at Life!
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing
Released: January 2019
ISBN-10: 1644583763
ISBN-13: 978-1644583760
Available from Amazon.com

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This Fall, Breathe Like It’s Summer––Professional Breathwork Coach Releases New Book To Promote Wellness And Enlightenment

Trish Stevens
Jodi Omear
Statera Strategies
703.474.2668
BreathLoveMedia@gmail.com

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This Fall, Breathe Like It’s Summer––Professional Breathwork Coach Releases New Book To Promote Wellness And Enlightenment

Internationally known breathwork teacher, speaker, and first-time author Lauren Chelec Cafritz has released Breath LOVE, a highly inspirational and transformative self-help memoir published by Charlotte-based Warren Publishing. This engaging book brings breathwork to everyone in a fun and accessible way so they can “breathe like it’s summer,” relax, and hold on to that carefree feeling as fall begins. Part memoir, part inspiration, part instruction, Chelec Cafritz empowers people to see that anything is possible when they connect to their breath.

Using her personal journey and teaching experiences, Chelec Cafritz helps readers understand how to take control of their lives, master their emotions, and promote their physical well-being through the process of breathing. She takes readers on an informational and experiential journey toward emotional liberation, physical wellness, and mental well-being.

Chelec Cafritz was inspired to reach larger audiences after she witnessed the effect breathwork had in both her life and in the lives of her clients. As a past sufferer of chronic pain and anxiety, she brings a unique perspective to her breathwork facilitation throughout her inspirational 161-page book.

“I wrote Breath LOVE with a lot of love and joy,” said Chelec Cafritz. “I wanted to mainstream breathwork and share everything I know about it in a way that was easy and accessible. I want people to know that no matter what they are going through, they are never alone; your breath is your best friend. Breath LOVE is ultimately about empowerment and self-love.”

Breathwork is a dynamic body-mind-spirit practice using conscious connected breathing techniques for inner peace, enhanced well-being, and personal transformation.

“Breath introduced me to my emotional wisdom and mastery,” said Chelec Cafritz. “I gained my emotional maturity and the way I respond to the world through breath––in ways I didn’t even know possible. This is my opportunity to share this gift with the world.”

About Lauren Chelec Cafritz:

Lauren Chelec Cafritz is an internationally-known breathwork teacher, speaker, and author. She is also the founder of Experience Breath. She facilitates breathwork for executive teams, nonprofits, government agencies, corporations and schools, and also hosts breath retreats and workshops across the country. Chelec Cafritz has been featured in several national publications, radio shows, blogs and podcasts. She is trained and certified in Integrative Breathwork and Transformational Breath® and has studied with world-renowned breathwork founders and leaders. She is the national representative for the International Breathwork Foundation and is a member of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance.

Breath LOVE is available at warrenpublishing.net, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or wherever books are sold. For more information about Chelec Cafritz and her book, please visit BreathLOVE.com. Lauren Chelec Cafritz is available for interviews and book signings.

Breath LOVE
Warren Publishing
161 pages 5 x 8
Soft Cover $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-7337955-4-8

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True Tale Of Not-So-Ordinary Upbringing Will Inspire Others To Live Life Courageously

Trish Stevens
Vincent Cole
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
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True Tale Of Not-So-Ordinary Upbringing Will Inspire Others
To Live Life Courageously

Meet Michaela: She’s the girl next door, except that “next door” happens to be a rickety 27-foot Fifth-Wheel Trailer with no electricity or running water parked in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It all went south — or north, technically — in the summer of 1992 following an economic collapse that left her family on the brink of broke.

Teetering on Disaster from Michaela Renee Johnson is the often humorous, always brutally honest, true story of a family of five that must give up any reality they’ve ever known to carve out a new one they’ve never imagined. Caught in the middle is pre-teen Michaela, and for her, the timing couldn’t be worse. As she navigates her way through adolescence — shaving her legs for the first time in the frigid water of an irrigation ditch — she gains profound wisdom about her family, the world around her and her own ability to thrive in the face of life’s inconveniences.

But the effects of her unorthodox upbringing don’t end at adulthood, and Teetering takes readers along as a grown Michaela stumbles upon a few “Mr. Right Nows,” gets divorced in her twenties, and ends up right back where she started: a small mountain town in the middle of nowhere.

Teetering on Disaster is a candid, authentic tale that will make readers laugh out loud and cry — sometimes at the same time.

Award-winning author Michaela Renee Johnson is a licensed psychotherapist and small business owner who hosts the weekly podcast, Be You Find Happy, which features real conversations about life and happiness. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son. Her homestead includes fish, chickens, ducks, a Golden Retriever (Dennis), an Australian Shepherd (Walter) and a rescue cat named Stilly.

She enjoys traveling and has visited 19 countries; she loves the ocean and everything in it. She rarely finds herself without an activity, whether it be hiking, yoga, tinkering in the gar-den, golfing, reading or spending time outside. She loves poetic quotes and all things meta-physical. To learn more about the author, visit www.michaelarenee.com or connect with her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/usjohnsons/.

Teetering on Disaster
Publisher: MJ Innovations
Release Date: January 2019
ISBN-13: 978-0578430805
ISBN-10: 0578430800
Available from Amazon.com

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CAREGIVING Hope And Health For Caregiving Families

Trish Stevens
Kim Weiss
Director of Communications
HCI Books, The Life Issues Publisher
3201 SW 15 Street
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(800) 851-9100 ext. 9212
kim.weiss@hcibooks.com
www.hcibooks.com/trade

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CAREGIVING Hope And Health For Caregiving Families

After a life-threatening accident stopped her completely in her tracks a few years ago, author Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse and her family came to truly understand that we are all one event from a lifestyle change.

Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter clearly illustrated the importance of this when she said: “There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers; those who currently are caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.” Hence, the new book by Cruse with Patrick Egan has arrived, Caregiving: Hope and Health for Caregiving Families (ISBN: 9780757321931 – May 2019 — $14.95). While some people choose to take care of loved ones after they can no longer take care of themselves, many others must do so for a myriad of other reasons, often financial. It can be a crisis situation, such as an accident, or the long-term effects of aging. In any case, the days are often long and draining—both for the family care-giver and the paid professional—and the choices to be made are often confusing, difficult, and daunting.

Filled with practical, easily implementable advice, this illuminating book helps readers sort through the puzzle that forms the caregiving world. Topics include: identifying the roles of caregivers; dealing with burnout; finding ways to compartmentalize and separate without guilt; using technology to make life easier; building bridges through teamwork; downsizing; and navigating end-of-life issues. The first book to provide stories from the perspective of both caregiver and caree, it enables caregivers to better understand their fears and feelings. The result is a positive, unified approach to care.

About the Authors:

Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse is the founding Chairperson of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and founder of Onsite Workshops. She has written 19 books translated into 13 languages, and broke ground and fostered a movement with her works, Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family and Learning to Love Yourself. Sharon has traveled the world and developed programs in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada, and has appeared on The Phil Donahue Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Larry King Show, as well as in multiple media events.

Patrick Egan is a caregiving “gentrepreneur” and the caregiver for his parents who live in a senior community nearby. He is the founder of NurturingNet, a company that helps others use technology in a way that enhances and adds fun to the caregiver experience. A former VP of Human Resources for the Global HealthCare Exchange that was created by industry-leading health care firms including Medtronic, GE, Johnson and Johnson, Abbott and Baxter International. He holds a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado and an MBA in Management from the College of St. Thomas.

Caregiving: Hope and Health for Caregiving Families
By Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse with Patrick Egan
ISBN: 9780757321931 –- May 2019 — $14.95
Available wherever books are sold.

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Pursuit Of Permanent Happiness Must Start From Within

Vincent Cole
Trish Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
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Pursuit Of Permanent Happiness Must Start From Within

“Happiness is good, but is not enough. Peace is good, and is enough,” posits Dr. Iyabo Oji-kutu, author of Permanent Happiness: The only way to find peace, joy and your life-given purpose. Being happy is typically a temporary state, she says, because we tie it to external influences. But permanent, authentic happiness is achievable if we learn how to cultivate inner peace.

“We do, of course, find happiness at different points and phases in our lives. The problem is, this situational happiness tends to be short-lived. We are happy for a few days and then fall back into anxiety, sadness and/or worry,” Dr. Iyabo explains.

Permanent Happiness is a practical guide that reads like a conversation with a close friend. Peppered with relatable anecdotes from Iyabo’s own experiences — including her divorce, workplace stress and reentering the dating scene — the lessons between the covers reso-nate with three-dimensional quality.

Dr. Iyabo outlines three key principles of pursuing permanent happiness through finding lasting, internal peace. First is consciously choosing to change our character. Second, we must continuously nourish our spiritual and physical lifelines. Third, we must use our gifts to elevate and inspire those around us as well as ourselves. Individual chapters explore the roles that relationships, spiritual lives and physical lives play in this quest for balance and sustainable happiness.

At its core, enduring happiness is about striking a balance between physical lives and spiritual lives and understanding that when one goes off course the other must follow. Permanent Happiness aims to inspire readers to achieve this balance for a more fulfilling future.

Dr. Iyabo Ojikutu is a board certified pediatrician, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her medical degree at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has been practicing medicine for 25 years and currently has her own practice in Atlanta where she lives with her two daughters. She has been teaching and mentoring medical students for 13 years and serves a disadvantaged community in Georgia. Dr. Iyabo also writes The Peace Place Blog, which can be found on her website, www.driyabo.com. You can also connect with her on Instagram at @driyabo; on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/iyabomd; on YouTube at Dr. Iyabo Ojikutu or on Twitter at @iyabomd.

Permanent Happiness
ISBN-10: 0692884890
ISBN-13: 978-0692884898
Available from Amazon.com

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Wanderer Shares Psychedelic Journey Along Fabled Hippie Trail

Trish Stevens
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
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tstevens@ascotmediagroup.com
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Wanderer Shares Psychedelic Journey Along Fabled Hippie Trail

During the chaotic latter days of the Vietnam War, after the protest march on Washington, D.C., many American youth asserted their rebellious free-dom by doing drugs, having sex, sleeping outside and backpacking through Europe, North Africa and Asia. Still living at home was Steve, a young man coming of age, just out of col-lege, with no clear future and unable to pay rent. Envious of the free-spirited revelers, Steve, who adopted the nickname “Woodstock” after attending the music festival in New York, joined the throngs of intrepid youth to wander the world and search for his soul.

Wanderer – The Ultimate Hippy Trail Journey by F.T. Burke and Steve Reifman, follows Woodstock’s year-long journey to scratch his nomadic itch. Upon beating the draft, Wood-stock crosses the Atlantic to the Old World, without any particular itinerary, no set time to re-turn home and not much money. He finds God everywhere no matter how hard he tries to hide and look away. His spontaneous, free-wheeling adventures of raucous, hilarious inci-dents all weigh heavy against the need to come home and grow up.

Wanderer will appeal to the wanderlust in the souls of hippies young and old. A fast read with a lot of laughs, the story was inspired by the true adventures of the co-author. Come along for this unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.

Author F.T. Burke is a lifelong resident of the state of Michigan, with his wife, Lorie. He en-joyed a prior career in the high-tech sector, serving as a systems engineer and project man-ager. Burke’s debut novel, The Bohemian Adventure, traces the journey of one who meets up with devoted deadheads who followed the psychedelic rock group, the Grateful Dead. He is currently developing two more books to be published in 2019.

Steven W. Reifman is a practicing lawyer and businessman. He took a journey similar in time and place to that of Wanderer’s main character, Woodstock. Steve was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and has three children, two grandchildren and an enduring, love-filled mar-riage of over forty years.

Wanderer – the Ultimate Hippy Trail Journey
Purple Whale Publishing
ISBN: 9781733624640 (softcover)
ISBN: 9781733624657 (EPUB)
Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online book retailers

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