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Archive for August, 2008

An old, buried evil rears its ugly head and shows it was never really dead!

99 Sycamore Place has its roots very close to home for NY Times best-selling author, Norman Bogner, and has all the makings of yet another record-breaking best-seller. The inspiration for Bogner’s story emanated from his childhood memories of overheard whispered conversations of torture inflicted on family members by the Nazis that, years later, compelled him to visit the sites where these atrocities took place and pray for the dead.

99 Sycamore Place, while written as fiction, includes many of Bogner’s and his family’s real-life experiences of evil and prejudice, illustrating the very real danger and threats still confronting Jews today from neo-Nazi bands infiltrating this country, and the indifference of law enforcement whose full focus is on Homeland Security.

The plot takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of suspenseful twists and turns and unpredictable love that begins when a concert pianist in Vienna travels to Beverly Hills for her sister’s wedding. Soon after her arrival, when her sister is brutally murdered and branded with a swastika, she becomes increasingly frustrated when police don’t seem to understand the implications. She recruits the help of a man who traveled from Africa to attend the funeral of his aunt – a woman she had lovingly nursed – convincing him to help her bring her sister’s murderer to justice. Their search reveals that other Jewish brides-to-be have been murdered in the same way, leading them to the discovery that a man who was a staunch supporter of Hitler has organized a group of ex-cons, and intends to use her sister’s murder as a model in his malicious plan of genocide against all Jews in America. 99 Sycamore Place, rich with characters that are very real and very believable, has a plot that exposes the evil still existing among us and hopefully will help draw attention to a subject ignored far too long.

After working as an editor in Europe for many years, Bogner worked in television and wrote plays before writing his famous “Seventh Avenue.” He continues to impress readers with his brilliant work, having now sold over twenty-two million books




New Idea by NauticShare Makes Boating Available for Everyone, and Not Just the Privileged

We have all heard of Timeshares but Kevin Kaiser, Founder and mastermind of NauticShare Global Ventures, tweaked this idea and came up with something really clever yet cost-effective for people who truly love boating. This innovative company’s unique and affordable plan allows virtually anyone access to a yacht. It’s not about boat ownership it’s about boat membership. With the exception of people who actually live on a boat, the wisdom and logic behind this program makes so much sense – use the boat and leave the boat. The company takes care of slip fees, insurance costs, mortgage or maintenance – it’s all included in the monthly membership. For those who dream of relaxing on a boat but don’t want the accompanying upkeep or prohibitive costs – this company has now made that dream a reality. They meticulously maintain their boats, allowing clients to enjoy themselves without having to do a thing – it appears NauticShare just made boating seriously easy for everyone!

The company offers three easy memberships that include weekday access, weekends only, or a mix of the two. Plans start at a few hundred dollars per month with no long-term commitment. Each prospective member goes through a weekend training course of 15-20 hours until the client can confidently and safely handle a boat. This one-of-a-kind membership is currently offered in Kemah and Lake Conroe, with a choice of from 18’-42’ power boats and sailing yachts, including pontoons, sport boats, “go fast” boats and cruisers.

NauticShare also has something to offer current boat owners. If their boat meets the company’s strict guidelines for value and condition, it can be added to the fleet and the company pays the owner’s slip fees, insurance costs and routine maintenance, allowing the owner at least seven full days access per month to their respective boat, or unlimited access as available, together with an elite Navigator Membership. As Kaiser states, “There is even a way to generate income off of your own boat.”

The concept of NauticShare is also available as a business license around the country in a market that is currently wide open, which should be of definite interest to anyone with the desire of getting into the maritime business. For more information on these groundbreaking programs, go to




The Beatles are back . . . in a cartoon form. Meet the Brittles in Monstermania!

Meet the Brittles in Monstermania is the latest, talented work from Hal Pollock and his Monsterbook series of illustrated children’s rhyme books.  It is an imaginative parody of the Beatles’ story with four lovable monsters from Monsterpool, England. Pollock got his inspiration for the rhyming Monsterbook series from the Dr. Seuss books he loved as a child. Meet the Brittles is the story of Riff, Lefty, Mojo and Sticks and all the Beatles’ timeless music that generations have come to know and love. It includes the groups’ adoring fans, wild antics, and countless parallels to the people, places and things of Beatle lore that will not only fascinate kids but will take their parents on a nostalgic magical mystery tour.

Brittles’ will undoubtedly be the perfect vehicle for adults to share their memories of the ‘Fab Four’ with their children and grandchildren, and to introduce the Beatles’ story and music to new generations. Pollock already has an audio CD of the book with Louise Harrison, George’s sister, as the narrator, adding an authentic Liverpool treatment to the rendition. The CD also includes snippets of twenty-three authentic Beatles’ songs performed by ‘1964,’ the top Beatles tribute band in the world.

It was in 1999 that Hal Pollock decided to pursue his dream of becoming a songwriter and penned about two hundred sets of lyrics before forming Esquire Records, an independent record label. In 2002, his songwriting evolved into his first children’s book, So Many Monsters, and he has been expressing his creativity ever since as evidenced by an excerpt from Meet the Brittles: “They called themselves the Brittles and they bought some shiny suits, which just looked so fantastic with their pointy Brittle boots.” Pollock’s book is an incredible tribute to one of the most legendary groups of our time.

Hal Pollock lives in suburban Cleveland with his wife, and has two grown children. Check out this imaginative author’s web site at




Regain the Wonder of Christmas with all its Magic and Miracles

The Santa Letters, by Stacy Gooch-Anderson, undoubtedly is the next classic Christmas story and future movie in-the-making. This is a book that most likely every person will want to call their own and pass on to future generations. The Santa Letters will surely become a family heirloom because of the warmth, love and inspiration it contains. Christmas has become so commercialized over the years that the true meaning has so easily been forgotten. This new book reminds us of family traditions, the warmth and comfort of friends and family, and those
around us needing a lift. Written with great wisdom to uplift and inspire, Santa Letters is a most poignant and compelling story of love and faith that “brings us as close as we can ever get to another person’s heart and soul through the written word,” says Craig Clyde, Emmy-winning Screenwriter and Director.

santa_letters_book_coverThe Santa Letters is a beautiful story about how the lives of Emma Jensen and her children were changed overnight by the death of her husband, William, killed by a hit and run driver. As Christmas Eve approaches, marking the anniversary of his death, she finds herself sinking into a deep depression where nothing can reach her – not her job, not the love of her family, and especially not the season. Her youngest child, McKenna, is the only one who still believes in the magic of Christmas, and in miracles. When an ornate letter and mysterious package appears on their doorstep and one continues to arrive every day, Emma and her sons begin to experience the same magical journey to Christmas that McKenna feels and believes in. As the meaning of the letters unfolds, the whole family comes to realize that William is still playing a part in their lives and the joy of Christmas need not be forever lost.

Cedar Fort Publishers’ knew immediately after reviewing the manuscript that it had all the potential of becoming a new  Christmas Classic, and a special part of everyone’s Holiday tradition.


Looking for Healthier, Quicker Meals? Author Kitchen Team Puts Diabetic Meals on the Table Lickety-Split

There’s a new “kitchen coach” in town and she’s teaching people with diabetes to save time, eat smart, lose weight, and win the war against diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.  Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals by registered dietitian Zonya Foco teams with the American Diabetes Association for a 3-in-1 book that is cookbook, meal planner, and self-management guide. With simple-to-follow recipes that take as little as 5 minutes, a powerful collection of inspiring tips, and useful nutrition information for losing weight and gaining health, Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals makes living with diabetes easy.

LICKETY_SPLIT_BOOK_COVERLickety-Split features 175 recipes including:

– 5-minute Almond Chicken Salad

– 12-minute Herb Salmon Spread

– 15-minute Creamy Chicken Dijon over Noodles.

All recipes meet the American Diabetes Association guidelines for nutrition and taste– proving that people with diabetes can eat well and enjoy what they’re eating. 

This complete cookbook also serves up 179 simple, commonsense health tips for making menu planning, shopping, and nutrition a part of your daily routine. For example:

– How to calculate your “family FRUIT Quota.”

– “True and False test for sugar consumption.” Yes, you can eat dessert!

– “What colors should you see on your plate?”

People with diabetes have to put more thought into what and how much they eat than most.  They know that to avoid complications from diabetes they must focus on proper nutrition, exercise, and weight control.  That’s no small task when balancing time constraints and tighter budgets. But with Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals, affordable, nutritious, healthy meals can be on the table in as little as 15, 10, or 5 minutes!

Zonya Foco’s Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals will help people with diabetes change the life they have into the life they want.

American_Diabetes_AssociationThe American Diabetes Association is the largest publisher of books for people with diabetes and books about diabetes treatment for healthcare professionals.  In the United States, 23.6 million people -7.8 percent of the population – have diabetes.  While an estimated 17.9 million people have been diagnosed, 5.7 million people are unaware they have the disease.  The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  Its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of people with diabetes. 

PHOTO_ZONYAZonya Foco, RD, CHFI, CSP, is the only registered dietitian and certified health and fitness instructor to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation. Zonya reaches millions of people each year through her books, television appearances, magazine articles, and health education programs. She is the author of the best-selling book Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go and the host of Zonya’s Health Bites, a program appearing on public television stations across the country. She has been published in Prevention, Today’s Dietitian, Total Health, and Fast and Healthy Cooking.

Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals  (ISBN # 978-1-58040-288-0)

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A Wall Street Legend Bear, Stearns had not had an unprofitable quarter since the crash of 1929 until the credit crisis of 2007-2008 when in a matter of days it was gone.

And In A Matter Of Days Bear Stearns Was Gone…

“You just can’t make this stuff up…there has never been a more appropriate description for a situation like the one I lived through beginning on Monday, March 10, 2008. So appropriate did I find the phrase, in fact, that it was the last thing I said to the woman whose place on the Bear Stearns trading floor was directly across the table from mine on that fateful day. The day that, in my mind, became known as the ‘beginning of the end…’ ”

– Chapter One –
Bear, Stearns & Co., a storied Wall Street firm with a maverick reputation had endured many crises in its 85-year history.  Nothing however could have prepared the firm for the sudden death spiral that would lead to its takeover for a pittance.  In a dramatic showdown with JP Morgan and the Fed, this is the tragic story of how fortunes were made and lost. Anonymous, a senior executive at Bear Stearns, had a bird’s eye view of just what happened inside Bear’s offices and on the trading floor that led to the most sensational financial crisis of  our times. He recounts in detail the chain of events that led to the death spiral–from Bear’s point-of-view and from the global financial marketplace. He details the securities manipulations that precipitated the credit crisis– those same securities in our IRAs and 401Ks. Anonymous reveals for the first time how foreign demand for U.S. capital played a role in the Bear’s massacre, and provides an insider’s view of the unprecedented actions taken by the Treasury and Federal Reserve to avoid a world-wide financial crisis.

The Fall of Bear SteArns and the panic of 2008




An Insiders Viewpoint from the Front-line of the Most Sensational Financial Crisis of Our Times Bear-Trap The Fall of Bear Stearns and the Panic of 2008

Anonymous is a senior executive with responsibility for one of Bear Stearns & Co. major derivatives groups in New York. He has been a derivatives practitioner for nearly two decades leading the development of new financial products on two continents and in both developed and emerging markets. He helped create some of the world’s most innovative structured financial products and is a chartered financial analyst. He holds an MBA and BA degrees. 

Andrew Spencer is Vice President of Communications and Director of the CMG Image Marketing and Literary divisions.

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