OSCARS WEEK: Remembering Reagan's Hollywood Legacy

 





New York, N.Y. - In MOVIE NIGHTS WITH THE REAGANS (February 27, Simon & Schuster), Mark Weinberg recalls his years as Assistant Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan and the weekends they spent together over eight years watching films at Camp David. A nostalgic journey through the 1980s, Weinberg frames each chapter around a legendary film of the decade: from generation-defining comedies like 9 to 5 and Ferris Bueller's Day Off to classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Top Gun to Reagan classics like Bedtime for Bonzo and Knute Rockne, All-American.
 
As their longtime spokesman and advisor, Weinberg made more trips to Camp David and watched more movies with the Reagans there than any other White House staffer. His unparalleled access offers a rare glimpse in what life was like when the Reagans were at their best: unscripted and unburdened by the world, without a camera in sight.  It also offers a window into Hollywood during its Golden Age, when the Reagans first met, and what Hollywood taught the future president as he led the free world. 
 
Kirkus Reviews calls the book “sentimental [and] revealing” and Publishers Weekly writes that “Weinberg paints an intimate, pleasant picture of the Reagan White House” and concludes that the book “will serve as a welcome change from today’s political climate.”
 
As Weinberg remembers what the Reagans—former actors themselves—thought of the films (and film stars) of the time, he offers new stories about the First Family and the Administration to paint a fuller picture of the president The New Yorker once dubbed “The Unknowable.” As we flip the pages, we learn what Reagan really thought of Rocky IV—a film that clearly mirrors the tensions of the Cold War. We understand how and why War Games may have influenced America’s missile defense system. We sit alongside the First Family as they wipe away tears watching Steven Spielberg’s E.T., and we’re in the room when they watch and review their own iconic movies, including Hellcats of the Navy—the only movie in which they starred together.
 
“That was such a special time,” Mrs. Reagan told Weinberg during an afternoon visit to her Los Angeles home in August 2015, in which they discussed this very book. It was her last known interview before her death a few months later.
 
MOVIE NIGHTS WITH THE REAGANS is being published on February 27, timed to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4. With notable appearances by Tom Cruise, Jane Fonda, and Katharine Hepburn, and non-Hollywood figures including Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher, the book is a fun, unique, and most sincere look at a couple known both for their devotion to one another and their country. 
 
Highlights from MOVIE NIGHTS WITH THE REAGANS:
 
• What Mrs. Reagan confided to the author in the last known interview before her death 
• A rare glimpse of what life was like at Camp David, and why it was there that the Reagans were at their best
• What Reagan learned from the movie industry about leadership and public life 
• How the Reagans’ Hollywood background sometimes led to friction with each other
• The Reagans’ differing recollections of Hellcats of the Navy, the only film in which they acted together 
• Why Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 angered the President and motivated the First Lady’s passionate crusade against drug abuse, resulting in the renowned “Just Say No” campaign 
• How War Games may have affected the President’s views of nuclear war 
• Perspective on the long, but then broken, friendship between Nancy Reagan and Katharine Hepburn 
• The unlikely, and sometimes unwelcomed, role Jane Fonda played in Reagan family dynamics 
• What Tom Cruise discussed with Reagan in their previously undisclosed meeting after he left the presidency 
• Why Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was one of the Reagans’ favorite movies
• How Hollywood films, and even the Academy, disappointed Reagan as POTUS 
• Mrs. Reagan’s reaction to hearing Jane Wyman named as First Lady in Back to the Future 
• What Chief Justice John Roberts thought about Sylvester Stallone’s attempt to use Reagan for publicity 
• Reagan’s thoughts on Gorbachev– and their shared recognition of the importance and potential of having a rapport with one another
• The Reagans’ sadness over the Challenger explosion, and the President’s genuine concern that the tragedy might negatively impact the space program with all its potential
• What Queen Elizabeth II said to Reagan at Buckingham Palace after she bestowed an Honorary Knighthood on him 
• Reagan’s thoughts on faith and his mortality 
• Reagan’s fear of flying and what he did to ensure his safety 
 
MARK WEINBERG is a former spokesman, advisor, and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. He served on the 1980 Reagan campaign, all eight years on the Reagan White House staff, and two years thereafter as Director of Public Affairs in the office of former President Ronald Reagan. He currently works as a communications consultant in the private sector. Weinberg and his wife live in the New York City area with their two children.
 
MOVIE NIGHTS WITH THE REAGANS: A Memoir
By Mark Weinberg
Published by Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Format: Hardcover
Hardcover Price: $28.00 | E-Book Price: $14.99
HC ISBN: 9781501133992 | E-Book ISBN: 9781501134012




The Kazak Contract: Duty & Compassion Clash, in Barrister’s Cinematic New Spy Thriller Series

‘The Kazak Contract’ is volume one in the thrilling new ‘James Ballantyne Series’, fusing the author’s own experiences in the UK Army with almost five decades as an esteemed barrister. Embroiling readers in the life of Ballantyne as he moves to Kazakhstan to oversee a commercial contract; it’s a decision that produces an adventure critics are calling “essential reading”…

 



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 Paul Purnell has quite the C.V., containing service with the UK Armed Forces, forty-five years sitting on some of the nation’s highest profile trials as a Barrister, and a string of published short stories that tie all his experiences together.
It’s the latter that inspired ‘The Kazak Contract’, volume one in the new ‘James Ballantyne Series’ that plucks civilian readers out of their seats, transports them half way across the world and into a life-and-death adventure that will leave their palms sweating.

Synopsis:
James Ballantyne travels to Kazakhstan on a minor diplomatic assignment. A simple task, but he falls for the glamorous aide Ocksana Petrova, sent to guide him through the process. Fate leads him to the rescue of a US special agent who is the target of assassination by the Kazak authorities.
What should Ballantyne do? Should he be led by duty or compassion? Events force his hand and he recruits smugglers to get the agent away from Kazakhstan. The escape route is dangerous and it becomes clear they are being monitored every inch of the way.
Is his new love, Ocksana, behind the surveillance? Or has his own team been infiltrated? Getting out of Kazakhstan alive will draw upon all of James’s military skills, and a lot of luck. With ambush and deception along the way, will he make it to the border and safety? How can he protect his lover? This journey through a wild country stretches every nerve.

“My army career took me  abroad to experience things most other people never will,” explains the author, whose previous works include ‘Dangerous Cargo’, ‘The Hireling’ and ‘Scaramouche’. “It melds perfectly with my experience in the courtroom; a place where the entire tapestry of society passes through for the most unconventional of reasons. It’s a wellspring of inspiration.”
Continuing, “The first volume has been extremely well received, and I’m delighted to now be in a position to announce that a sequel will be released in Spring of this year.”
Reviews have been positive. For example, Susan Hampson comments, “Well if this book is anything to go by it is going to be a pretty awesome series. I thought at first that James Ballantyne was going to be a bit of a wimp but oh boy was I wrong, reluctant hero yes but wimp no. I really got carried away with this book, I hope that a further book is all lined up for being published in the not too distant future.”
Another reader adds, “Having greatly enjoyed the author's short stories such as The Hireling and Scaramouche, I was much looking forward to my encounters with James B (that is Ballantyne not Bond) although each could fill the other's shoes in a series of tactical steps on the streets of Kazakhstan, to me a previously unknown country but one brought atmospherically to life by the author who had clearly done his research as he walked the Silk Road. This is most certainly not a work sponsored by that country's tourist bureau. As with the film trailers with the other James B the assurance of a further novel promised good news and is now essential reading as this book leads to the classic cliff hanging ending.”

‘The Kazak Contract’ is available now: http://amzn.to/2qGXvJt.
For more information, to listen to an audio excerpt  and to discover the author’s other titles, visit: http://paulpurnell.com.



Simon & Schuster Canada is proud to announce the acquisition of the debut thriller by former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin​


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Simon & Schuster Canada is proud to announce the acquisition of the debut thriller by former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin. The novel, entitled FULL DISCLOSURE, will be published on May 1, 2018

From the gritty streets of Vancouver to the fateful halls of justice, FULL DISCLOSURE is a razor-sharp thriller that pulses with authenticity and intrigue.

When the affluent and enigmatic Vincent Trussardi is accused of his wife's murder, tough-as-nails defense attorney Jilly Truitt agrees to defend him, despite predictions that the case is a sure loser and warnings to stay away from the Trussardi family. With her reputation and Vincent's life on the line, Jilly tries to unravel the web of secrets surrounding the murder. As she digs deeper, she uncovers a startling revelation that will change not only the case, but her life forever.

"FULL DISCLOSURE grew out of my experience as a lawyer and judge, and my lifelong fascination with the criminal justice system," says Beverley McLachlin. "Fascination, first, with the wrongs the criminal justice system seeks to right and the consequences it imposes on those caught in its web. Fascination, second, with the people who labour in the criminal justice system – the police, the prosecutors and the defense lawyers who seek to defend the indefensible. And, finally, with the overarching question of crime and punishment, a subject that engages us all."

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome Beverley McLachlin to our list," says Kevin Hanson, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada. "McLachlin's brilliant legal mind shines through on every page of FULL DISCLOSURE, with its engaging cast of lawyers, private eyes, and informants."

Beverley McLachlin is the former chief justice of Canada, the first woman to hold that position. FULL DISCLOSURE is her first novel.

Simon & Schuster Canada is a division of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world's most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Touchstone, Adams Media, Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information about Simon & Schuster Canada, visit simonandschuster.ca.   



100 Years of Struggle
The History of Women and the Vote in Canada
Joan Sangster

Publication Date: March 8, 2018
UBC Press


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“We have needed this book for a long time—a well-written, lively, and thoughtful account of women’s campaign for political equality. Sangster gives us the complexity of a highly regionalized movement fed by a wide range of ideologies, and she introduces us to a cast of extraordinary women who quietly pushed for radical change. Deep scholarship, no jargon—a book for all of us.” – Charlotte Gray, author, The Promise of Canada: 150 Years—People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country
 
On the eve of celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Canada
comes a remarkable new book from acclaimed historian, Joan Sangster.
The achievement of the vote in 1918 is often presented as a triumphant moment in the onward, upward advancement of Canadian women. In this beautifully illustrated book, acclaimed historian Joan Sangster looks beyond the shiny rhetoric of anniversary celebrations and Heritage Minutes to show that the struggle for equality included gains and losses, inclusions and exclusions, depending on a woman’s race, class, and location in the nation.

Beginning with Mary Shadd Cary’s demands for equal rights for women and blacks in the 1850s and ending with Indigenous women’s achievement of the vote in the 1960s, Sangster travels back in time to tell a more inclusive story for a new generation.

The history of the vote, as Joan Sangster tells it, offers vital insights into our political life, exposing not only the fissures of inequality that cut deep into our country’s past but also their weaknesses in the face of resistance, optimism, and protest.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of most Canadian women obtaining the right to vote in federal elections, UBC Press is proud to announce Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy. Well- written, accessible, and beautifully illustrated, the seven volumes in this series present the nearly forgotten story of women’s long, hard fight for political equality in our country. These feisty books serve as a well-timed reminder never to take political rights for granted.
 
About the Author
Joan Sangster is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of women in Canada including Earning Respect: The Lives of Working Women in Small-Town Ontario, 1920–60, which won the Canadian Confederacy for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Harold Adams Innis Prize. She is Vanier Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. She is also a Fellow of the Royal
Society of Canada.
 
Book Details
100 Years of Struggle
Joan Sangster 
UBC Press 
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
ISBN 978-0-7748-3533-6
$27.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 |  312 pages
Hardcover




A Dangerous Crossing
Ausma Zehanat Khan

Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Minotaur Books 


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“Iran’s stormy history is the atmospheric backdrop for Ausma Zehanat Khan’s Among the Ruins, the third book in her exceptional series featuring Esa Khattak. The story takes on the air of a James Bond movie, including an explosive finale on the Caspian Sea.” —The Washington Post

“Provocative. Deeply political without becoming pedantic, Khan’s crime novel offers a fictionalized yet very real look at a region that is steeped in both beauty and misery.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)

From the critically acclaimed author of The Unquiet Dead, A Dangerous Crossing is a devastatingly powerful new thriller that will stay with you long after the final page.

For Inspector Esa Khattak and Sergeant Rachel Getty, the Syrian refugee crisis is about to become personal. Esa’s childhood friend, Nathan Clare, calls him in distress: his sister, Audrey, has vanished from a Greek island where the siblings run an NGO. Audrey had been working to fast-track refugees to Canada, but now, she is implicated in the double-murder of a French Interpol agent and a young man who had fled the devastation in Syria.

Esa and Rachel arrive in Greece to a shocking scene, witnessing for themselves the massive fallout of the Syrian war in the wretched refugee camps. Tracing Audrey’s last movements, they meet some of the volunteers and refugees—one of whom, Ali, is involved in a search of his own, for a girl whose disappearance may be connected to their investigation. The arrival of Sehr Ghilzai—a former prosecutor who now handles refugee claims for Audrey’s NGO—further complicates the matter
forEsa, as his feelings towards her remain unresolved.

Working against time, with Interpol at their heels, Esa and Rachel follow a trail that takes them from the beaches of Greece, to the Turkish-Syrian border, and across Europe, reaching even the corridors of power in the Netherlands. Had Audrey been on the edge of a dangerous discovery, hidden at the heart of this darkest of crises—one which ultimately put a target on her own back?
 
About the Author
Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She has practiced immigration law and taught human rights law at Northwestern University and York University. She is the former Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. Khan currently lives in Colorado with her husband. She is the author of several acclaimed novels including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and Among the Ruins. A Dangerous Crossing is her fifth book.
 
Book Details
A Dangerous Crossing
Ausma Zehanat Khan
Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 18, 2018
ISBN 9781250096760
$33.99 CAD 6.12 x 9.25  |  352 pages
Hardcover



New Book: "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir" (January 18)
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Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele

Publication Date: January 18, 2018
St. Martin's Press


“It is a story our nation desperately needs to hear, especially right now. Our country has been at war with its own people for decades...This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse’s visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation.” – Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

“This book tells why we all share the responsibility to move those three words from an aspiration into a new reality.” – Jeff Chang

“For those who wish to understand what it takes to change the world, this
story matters.” – Robin D. G. Kelley

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America.

But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.
 
About the Authors
Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker.

asha bandele, author of the best-selling and award-winning memoir, The Prisoner’s Wife, and four other works, has been honoured for her work in journalism, fiction, poetry, and activism. A mother and a former senior editor at Essence magazine, asha serves as a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.
 
Book Details
When They Call You a Terrorist
Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele
St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: January 18, 2018
ISBN 9781250171085
$32.50 CAD 5 x 7.5 | 272pp
Hardcover



The Way Back Home: Profound, Blistering Poems Cut to Core of Hardships & Triumph
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Masterfully crafted from the boundless talent of Elle Smith, ‘The Way Back Home’ draws a fine line between elegant writing and life-changing symbolism, tackling the journey from victim to victor, all told through poems written from one woman’s perspective. Readers are forced to confront everything from anorexia and dementia to interpersonal conflict, in a volume for which critics are writing, "I love this, the thought behind each stanza and each simile and the imagery is brilliant”.

Elle Smith’s life has been a tumultuous gamut of emotions, experiences, defeats and triumphs. It’s no wonder her poetry manages to fuse simplicity and elegance with a punch-packing rawness that could only come from her life experiences.
It’s a powerful and uplifting cocktail that runs free in every line of ‘The Way Back Home’. It’s so much more than a book of poetry, and will leave readers reconsidering every shred of their existence.

Synopsis:
In this collection of riveting poems, poet and artist Elle Smith takes one’s heart, mind and soul on a strong woman’s transformational journey in poetic form. With her rhythmic lines and undeniable literary talent, she invites the reader into a vibrant world of self-reflection, courage and expansion. Ultimately, Elle Smith utilizes profound symbolism and impeccable alliterative language to bridge the gap between one’s inner world and what lies outside of themselves, inspiring them to delve deep to experience life afresh. Through life’s many disappointments and difficult moments, this award-winning poet teaches the reader the importance of facing one’s fears head on as opposed to sitting at the sidelines, for this is the only true way to be freed of that self-made cocoon and become a fearless butterfly.

“My goal was to make my poems as easy to read as possible, while simultaneously delivering something hard, unforgettable and steeped in emotion,” explains the author. “Everything is incredibly close to home, tackling social and life issues most shy away from. We must confront them, become victors and thrive in their wake. There’s no better vehicle for this than poetry.”
Continuing, “Of course my life has influenced this book, but my struggles are universal. Anyone who picks up a copy will be able to adapt my verses to their own lives, and take away positive, transformational lessons.”
Readers are already singing their praises. For example, one reader comments, “This is AMAZING and well-penned. It's Beautifully written and your words and sentiments are burst of sunshine-wrapped perfectly in the form of a poem!"
Another adds, “So beautiful......................written with deep heartiest emotions. I enjoyed & love it!! Really very sweet write!!"

‘The Way Back Home’ is available now: http://amzn.to/2j1aCyU.
Printed copies (ISBN of 978-1-9796-3309-3) are available from the publisher: https://www.wallacepublishing.co.uk


About the Author:  
Elle Smith is a passionate Author, Contemporary Artist, Painter, & Fashionista who currently creates and resides in London, England. Born and raised in the same area , her love of all things creative began early on and that unwavering passion has stayed with her ever since.
Throughout her creative career, Elle has earned a multitude of art awards, including Special Recognition Awards at the All-Woman Art Competition, The CityScapes Art Competition, The "Open" Art Competition, The Seasons Art Competition, and many more. Recently, her poem, '”Angels Do Come to Visit” received Third Place in the 2016 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest.
As an award-winning artist with extensive expertise, Elle dedicates her time to avidly crafting custom-made paintings, celebrity portraits, motivational phrases, and even inspirational personalized poetry.
A mother, sister, friend, partner, career woman and animal lover - Elle connects with her audience through her imagination and expressiveness in modern media. Though new to the art world, already she is having an impact and sparking ripples amongst the community now applauding her work.
To see more of Elle's creativity in action, visit: http://www.inspiredbyelle.com.


An Uncommon Road
How Canadian Sikhs Struggled Out of the Fringes and Into the Mainstream
Gian Singh Sandhu

Publication Date: April 21, 2018
ECHO Storytelling



“An Uncommon Road provides the first credible compilation of facts, evidence, and missed opportunities pertaining to and affecting Canadian Sikhs.”—David Kilgour PC
 
In the mid 1980s, Canada’s Sikhs came to be defined by a string of widely publicized atrocities. First, the 1984 slaughter at the Golden Temple, followed by the massacre of thousands of Sikhs across India, and the bombing of Air India Flight 182. As a result of these tragedies, Sikhs were maligned as a violent and unstable minority, sidelined by both government institutions and the public.

In An Uncommon Road, Gian Singh Sandhu traces the evolution of the Sikh community’s place in Canada since the arrival of the first settler in 1897. Sharing never-before-heard stories of mourning, subterfuge, and international intrigue, Sandhu offers a remarkable view of some of the most complex modern politics Canadian citizens have ever faced.

But struggle can lead to liberation. Sandhu also details the awakening of Sikh legal and political consciousness, outlining his organization’s work on landmark human rights legislation, first to ensure that turbans could be worn by RCMP officers, then campaigning on behalf of religious freedoms for Muslims, Jews, and Christians in various transformative cases.

An Uncommon Road is the celebration of a resilient people who continue to actively shape their role as one of the most visible minorities in Canada. More than this, it is a moving roadmap for how individuals, and a community, can fight for their own social justice and—in doing so—gain justice for all.
 
About the Author
Gian Singh Sandhu is an entrepreneur and social activist. Born in India, he immigrated to Canada in 1970 and spent most of his life working and serving the sawmilling community of Williams Lake, British Columbia. Sandhu is the founding president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada (a leading human rights advocacy group) and currently serves as its senior policy advisor. He has been instrumental in helping the Canadian Sikh community overcome enormous political and social challenges over the last four decades. His visionary leadership won him the EY Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Pacific Region) in 1994 and a nomination for the national award in the same year. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service, and the Order of British Columbia. Former CEO and president of a major forestry company in B.C., he currently works as a management consultant and resides in Surrey, British Columbia, with his wife, Surinder. This is his first book.
 
Book Details
An Uncommon Road
How Canadian Sikhs Struggled Out of the Fringes and Into the Mainstream
ECHO Storytelling
Publication Date: April 21, 2018
ISBN 978-1-987900-16-3
$29.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5
Hardcover
 





New Book for 25th Anniversary of X-Men: The Animated Series Reveals Struggle Which Launched One of TV's Most Successful Saturday Morning Superhero Shows
 X-Men, which ran five seasons on Fox-TV (1992-95), garnered exceptionally high ratings for a Saturday morning cartoon, and earned worldwide critical praise for its dark, serious nature. The new book Previously on X-Men celebrates the 25th anniversary of the show. Co-developer and head writer Eric Lewald provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the struggles to launch the series and maintain both the quality and themes of the comic books.

According to Lewald, X-Men: TAS was "the single most successful animated action-adventure series of the last 25 years," both in America and throughout the world. He adds, "The series has played in syndication nearly non-stop over the 20 years since it finished its network run, and all five [seasons] of its DVDs are Amazon bestsellers."

But it was not an easy sell to television. "Even a modest-budgeted 'kids show' is a multi-million-dollar risk," Lewald explains. "Network executives must believe they can get a large audience to be profitable, or their jobs – or even the existence of a smaller network – could be in jeopardy. From 1966 to 1989, there had been 11 attempts at Marvel TV series; none were hits. On top of that, the networks' recent successes had been young, light, and funny. X-Men: TAS was older, dark, and intense."

Despite this, Fox-TV decided to take a chance with X-Men. The creative staff's biggest challenge was to remain faithful to the comic books. According to Lewald, "For a century, Hollywood told heroic comic-book stories as cheap, short kiddie diversions. As comics evolved in the '70s and '80s into a far more serious storytelling form, Hollywood hadn't noticed. Like Star Trek or Sherlock Holmes, the X-Men had millions of fans, so Mark Edens – who laid out the first 26 stories with me – and I felt a duty to the world of the X-Men to retain its spirit. Luckily, the people with the most say on the project backed us, allowing us to keep the integrity of our vision. Without their support, X-Men could have ended up being X-Babies!

"We showed superheroes as realistic adult characters in serious dramas. This was a risk, but the resulting worldwide success helped expand the audience who appreciated the comic books into the hundreds of millions who watched our show.

"There were no Marvel movies before our series, despite their success as comics. In the 20 years since we finished our network run in 1997, 'Marvel superhero' has become the most successful category of movies in the world – jumpstarted, appropriately, by the first X-Men movie in 2000. Much as westerns, musicals, and crime dramas had been for decades, 'superhero' is now its own movie and TV genre. X-Men: TAS blazed that trail."

The new 450-page hardback, Previously on X-Men, is published by Jacobs/Brown Press.

Vintage Lower East and Upper West Side photos by Jonathan Brand! 
The vibrant street life and people of New York City's Lower East Side and Upper West Side in the 1950s and 1960s are presented in this book of black-and-white photographs by Jonathan Brand.

A census taker and later an advertising copywriter, Brand chronicled life as he encountered it on his walks through the city. The book offers 104 striking images of New Yorkers engaged in everyday pursuits, from the Bowery to Riverside Park, juice stands and barbershops to Theatre in the Streets. With an introduction by Julia Dolan, The Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, this is the first book from a photographer who developed his art alongside many of the best-known in his discipline. Brand's photographs capture the energy, odd juxtapositions, and intimate moments of life in mid-century New York City.

Jonathan Brand has been photographing daily life since 1956. A native New Yorker and Vermonter, he has also lived and worked in Scandinavia and Portland, Oregon. He developed his photography through study with some of the most accomplished photographers of his day: Richard Avedon, Garry Winogrand, David Vestal, and Bruce Davidson. An acute observer of street life as well as everyday family rhythms, Brand has captured public and private moments in arresting images. Brand's work and friendship with Winogrand was the subject of a 2014 exhibition, Two-Way Street: The Photographs of Garry Winogrand and Jonathan Brand, at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. Othe r solo and group exhibitions have been presented from Maine, to Oregon, to Sweden, including at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon; White Gallery at Portland State University, and the Bennington Museum in Vermont. Brand's photographs are in public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Portland Museum of Art (Maine), the Portland Art Museum (Oregon), and the Bennington Museum (Vermont).

Julia Dolan is The Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. She received her Ph D in Art History from Boston University, and has worked at institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. She has curated and co-curated more than twenty-five exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum including Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy, Force of Nature: Emmet Gowin in the American West, and Two-Way Street: The Photographs of Garry Winogrand and Jonathan Brand. Recent publications include The Question of Hope: Robert Adams in Western Oregon.

LES / New York City / Photography
Hardcover, 9 x 10.75 inches, 136 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57687-855-2, $40.00 US/CAN




Simon & Schuster Releases New Book on Famed War Photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie's Capture and Abduction in Syria 
The book "The Shattered Lens" just released and published by Simon & Schuster, is a must read, chilling, gritty, action-packed and unvarnished firsthand account of war, captivity, loss and survival from a war correspondent who lived it.

Authored by prolific and well known war photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie and Stash Luczkiw, with acclaimed Hollywood film, TV producer and casting director Bonnie Timmermann, The Shattered Lens is Alpeyrie's amazing true story of being kidnapped and held for ransom by Syrian rebels for 81 days prior to his nail biting negotiated release. KirKus Reviews calls the book a "gripping account of life in captivity and humankind's ongoing relationship to war."

Alpeyrie's survival during his captivity depended on connecting with the humanity of his captors. Thus began a story of love-hate relationships with each of the men holding him hostage, learning each of their personalities, quirks, hopes and fears, as well as Alpeyrie's endurance of physical and psychological torture during his captivity.

As the Syrian Civil War still rages on and makes daily headlines, Alpeyrie proves to be an authentic voice of knowledge and insight into the conflict in Syria. He provides an in-depth firsthand understanding of the people, factions, forces and cultures igniting this violent ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

Alpeyrie is no stranger to war reporting, traveling to over 30 countries, and covering 13 war zones including East Africa, the South Caucasus, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America and Central Asia. He has recently worked for Polaris Images, Getty Images, Sipa Press, Vanity Fair and Elle Magazine International. His work has been published in the New York Times, Paris Match, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Boston Globe, BBC, and other media. Since his abduction in Syria, Alpeyrie has continued covering countries in conflict, traveling to Iraq, Venezuela and Ukraine.

Stash Luczkiw is an editor at Longitude, a monthly geopolitical Magazine. Bonnie Timmermann is a film producer and casting director who has worked on more than 90 productions. Her credits include Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans, Carlito's Way, Black Hawk Down, and the television series Miami Vice.

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A REVEALING MEMOIR
EMPOWERING MANIFESTO ​​
         
HarperOne is thrilled to present BRAVE by Rose McGowan, on sale January 30, 2018. It is unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck.
“Hello fellow human, pleased to meet you. My name is Rose McGowan and
I am BRAVE. I want you to be too.”

BRAVE is McGowan’s raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto—a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.

“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another, the biggest cult of all: Hollywood. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.”

Rose McGowan is a writer, director, music artist, former actress, entrepreneur, founder of #ROSEARMY and feminist whistle-blowing badass activist who held lead roles in films such as The Doom Generation, Scream, Jawbreaker, and Planet Terror. She starred on the hit series Charmed from 2001 to 2006. Her directorial debut, Dawn, was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her album, skincare line and documentary will all be released in 2018.

About HarperOne
HarperOne and its lines, including HarperElixir, publish books that change lives, influence cultures, build bridges, and withstand the test of time.
Since 1977, HarperOne has striven to be the preeminent publisher of the most important books across the spectrum of religion, spirituality, health, personal growth, work/life balance, and social change literature, adding to the wealth of the world's wisdom by representing many and varied voices. HarperOne publishes primarily prescriptive and narrative non-fiction, and our authors and books are go-to authorities for readers, consumers, media, leaders, and instructors in all our categories. 

About HarperCollins Publishers
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.



The Unfinished Dollhouse a memoir of gender and identity by
Michelle Alfano
 
ISBN 978-1-77086-498-6 • 5.125 x 7.625 • paperback • $22.95 Publication date: October 21, 2017


When your child comes out as transgender, are you able to be the best parent you can be?

For Michelle Alfano, despite being a liberal-minded parent, the realization that the child she’d believed to be a girl now identified as a boy was a blow she would struggle to recover from. Gone was the daughter Alfano thought she had — the dresses she liked to put her in, the beautiful hair she loved to brush, and the future she’d envisioned. Instead, she had a son, and a difficult battle to understand that he’d actually been her son all along.

There is no memoir like The Unfinished Dollhouse in the Canadian cultural landscape — a memoir by the mother of a transgender child. The reader journeys with Alfano with every misstep and every selfishness, but also with every breakthrough and every expression of love. e story of her family and her son is a stirring and informative story that is not only ideal for the parents of a transgender child, but also for anyone looking to understand what it means to have a transgender person in your life.


About the Author:
Michelle Alfano is a Toronto writer whose fiction and non- fiction has been published in Canada and the United States. Her short story “Opera” was a finalist for the Journey Prize; Made Up of Arias, the novella based on that story, won the 2010 Bressani Award for Short Fiction. She is the former Associate Editor-in- Chief (Administration) of the literary quarterly Descant.


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Children's Book Explores the Challenges of Young Life in the Middle Ages​

Castle in Danger by Karen Rita Rautenberg is a richly evocative historical fiction novel set in the time of the Middle Ages in the 14th Century.

 

It tells the story of Emma, a very pretty and kind-hearted girl, who lives in a castle with her rich father, Baron Geoffrey. She meets a handsome, young peasant, Thomas, when he saves her from a frightening accident. They become friends and are thrown into many adventures. Thieves try to steal Emma's and her father Baron Geoffrey's jewels. 

 

There is mystery and adventure with battles and a siege in her uncle's castle and a harrowing journey through the forests and countryside searching for Emma's missing cousin Helen, as well as personal intrigue and friendship involving the main characters.

 

The story weaves jousting tournaments, town fairs, scrumptious feasts, holidays, Christmas and All Hallow’s Eve, and Medieval traditions.

 

Well-crafted and laden with entertainment and learning value, Castle in Danger is for children ages eight to twelve.



List $ 8.99

Trade Paperback 215 pages.

ISBN  978-0-9989234-0-6 (paper book) 

 

Published by Wonderberry Press New York, NY (April 1, 2017)

Age Range: 8 - 12 years Grade Level: 3 - 8

 

For more information visit  www.karenritarautenberg.com

 

About the Author

 

Karen Rita Rautenberg has been a teacher and social worker. She is now a children's author.

 

Her previous children’s titles include Ballerina Detective and the Missing Jeweled Tiara, which was the Winner of the iParenting Media Awards, 2010, Mom’s Choice Awards for 2010, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards First Place 2015, and Purple Dragonfly Book Awards – Honorary Mention Children’s Book Award, Children’s Fiction 2016.

 

Ballerina Detective and the Missing Jeweled Tiara is a suspenseful mystery where Kayla and her friends try to find Amber's prized possession: a jeweled tiara that mysteriously went missing during a ballet class.

New Book Announcement: ​​

Canada 150 Women
Conversations with Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries
Paulina Cameron

Publication Date: November 17, 2017
EVOKE Press
Ambition, diversity, strength: few groups better represent the potential of Canada than women. Canada 150 Women profiles 150 of the country’s most inspiring, groundbreaking and powerful female role models, providing insight into their achievements—and a challenge for all to better support women.
From politicians to spacewalkers, entrepreneurs to scientists, Canada 150 Women offers insight into the work and life journey of women such as Deepa Metha, Elizabeth May, Heather Payne, Julie Payette, Kim Campbell, Lisa Charleyboy, Michele Landsberg, Jeanne Beker, and Hedy Fry. Candidly sharing personal and professional moments of struggle—and success—interviewees also discuss how feminism has changed in their lifetimes, suggest advice to women embarking on their careers, and set forth their bold visions for Canada.

Inspiring and digestible, eye opening and supportive, the interviews demonstrate the remarkable abilities of women to forge change for themselves and their country, even in spite of long-held prejudice. A must-read title for anyone thinking of their place during a crucial moment in history, Canada 150 Women asks for recognition and support of women in all industries but—above all—offers empowerment to shape one’s life.
 
About the Author
Paulina Cameron is Director of the BC + Yukon division of Futurpreneur Canada. The founder of Young Women in Business, she serves on the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Youth Employment. Paulina won an Alliance for Women’s Top 100 International Women Award and the inaugural Wendy McDonald award from the Vancouver Board of Trade.
 
Book Details
Canada 150 Women
Paulina Cameron
EVOKE Press
Publication Date: November 17, 2017
ISBN 978-0-9959591-2-5
$39.95 CAD 8 x 11  |  328 pages
Hardcover


14-Year-Old Teen Social Activist HANNAH ALPER Momentus Book Gets Released October 26​
NELSON, Canada’s leading educational publisher, announced today their role as publisher for the release of Canadian teen blogger, motivational speaker and social activist, Hannah Alper’s first book, Momentus: Small Acts, Big Change. The book’s empowering message supports NELSON’s continual goal of providing quality content for adolescents.

As a writer, activist, public speaker and global citizen, 14-year old Hannah Alper has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. Perhaps best known as a ME to WE motivational speaker and WE ambassador, she is committed to promoting big change through small, everyday actions and believes in the power of young people to shape the world they want to live in. Momentus shares this journey on the global stage and demonstrates her message coming to life.

“This book has been a passion project of mine for years and I am so happy that NELSON saw its potential to make a difference,” said Momentus author Hannah Alper. “I believe that if there are many of us making small actions, it will lead to big change. The title of this book grew out of that idea. When all of our actions are added up, the impact will be momentous and we will change the world. It is about all of us and all of our moments when we are inspired, passionate and moved to act—momentus.”
Comprised of various individual profiles, Momentus explores the lives of the social activists that have inspired Hannah during her lifetime and the significant impacts they are making on our world. Featuring 19 exclusive interviews—conducted by Hannah herself—with activists, celebrities and youth change-makers such as Malala Yousafzai (Nobel Peace Prize Winner), Lilly Singh, AKA ‘Superwoman’ (Youtube Creator and Author), Lily Collins (Actress and model), Michael “Pinball” Clemons (Former Toronto Argonauts player), Marc and Craig Kielburger (Founders of WE), Travis Price (Co-founder of Pink Shirt Day), Blake Mycoskie (Founder of TOMS), and Brad Montague (Creator of Kid President), the book highlights practical examples of the power of positive change in the world, whether large or small. Topics include discussion on acts of change surrounding the environment, education, bullying, equality and inclusivity.

Momentus includes a foreword written by Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of WE that speaks to Hannah’s ability to inspire greatness in others through her belief that every person on earth—no matter what age they may be—has the power to make a world of difference as long as they have the courage to act.

“When we first met Hannah, she was only nine years old, and she completely blew us away,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “In all that she did, she exuded passion, positivity and purpose. After years of dedicating her time and energy to the causes she cares most about, she has since grown as an activist, blogger and impassioned public speaker who uses her voice to remind us that us there is always more work to be done and that we can all play a part in doing something about it.”

NELSON’s support of Momentus is representative of the Canadian publisher’s passion for, and deep understanding of the evolution of child learning. The partnership signals NELSON’s further consumer-centric diversification and overall vision to rethink the role of educational publisher, acting as a leading agent of change within the industry.

“Hearing Hannah speak at an educational conference was an experience I won’t soon forget,” said Steve Brown, NELSON President and CEO. “There was a great opportunity for NELSON to help Hannah spread her message of change and empowerment. We are honoured to be standing alongside her, launching Momentus into the consumer marketplace. Hannah is a true example of how an engaged learner can make an impact and inspire others to do the same.”

Momentus is now available for pre-order online at Amazon.ca and Chapters.Indigo.ca and will be available at select Canadian retail locations in November 2017. Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #Momentus.

About NELSON:
NELSON is Canada’s largest and leading educational publisher. NELSON believes in the evolution of life-long education and dedicates its business efforts to the creation of quality, innovative solutions that support the needs of every student, teacher, and instructor to empower learning success. For more information about NELSON, please visit us at Nelson.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Hannah Alper:
Since 9 years of age, Hannah has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. Hannah has become an engaged global citizen seeking to deepen her understanding and connection to the world. Hannah’s journey comes to life through her blog Call Me Hannah and social media engagement as she explores social action and responsibility. Follow Hannah for more information on her upcoming initiatives on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Price of Loyalty: Sinister Novel, Hailed “Priceless” by Critics, Embroils Readers in Fierce Race to (Illegal) Riches…​
United Kingdom – While ‘The Price of Loyalty’ may be David Deanshaw’s first full-length novel, he is far from a writing novice. As a passionate business consultant and community strategist, his deep exposure to corporate Britain and its politics has seen him write numerous works of fiction, as well as letters published on both politics and business in the UK’s top daily newspapers…
…And every shred of that experience makes its way into his gripping and compelling new thriller. You see, ‘The Price of Loyalty’ isn’t just a work of the imagination, but an intricate plot of riches and greed that is taking place somewhere in the country, at this very moment.
 
Synopsis:
A story of ambition, greed, arrogance and betrayal. Julia is bright, hardworking and brilliant at dissecting company accounts. Will she ever fulfil her dream of being a mother in her new home? Perry, her boss, is determined to make millions before his 40th birthday. Is what he is doing legal? Rupert, a lonely widower, seems to be able to make money for fun. But has he a secret to hide? All three are intensely loyal to each other in their quest to make money—and quickly. But at what price?
 
“Each character is an amalgam of actual people I met during over four decades consulting with some of the country’s biggest organizations. Equally, the fraud that takes place is a close-quarters cocktail of things I saw actually happen,” explains the author, a founding member of the Balsall Common Writers Group and a regular attendee at the Writer’s Hub in Coventry. “Each character in the book is laser-focused on their goals (legal or illegal), which ultimately becomes a corruptible flaw. Who knows, readers may even find parts of themselves in Julia, Perry and Rupert.
Continuing, “The narrative definitely looks at a series of emotions and desires, such as greed and the thrill of operating under the legal radar that many people romanticize. I invite readers in on the ground, in the thick of these activities, so they can see how these fantasies play out in the real world.
Initial feedback has been extremely positive. For example, Charles Bloom comments, “Be prepared to enter the dark world of dishonesty, greed and consummate selfishness, where the only loyalty is to oneself and the pursuit of wealth whatever the cost to others. David Deanshaw writes with authority about sharp practices such as insider trading and short selling which are all too common features of the world of finance. The characters are all unsympathetic and if you are looking for someone to like or with whom to empathise you will be struggling. It is a world which is in need of exposure and Deanshaw does so emphatically and with conviction.”
Harry Writes, “Price of Loyalty is an interesting and well plotted first novel by David Deanshaw. He draws on his considerable experience in business and politics to create realistic characters operating at or beyond the fringes of legality who are driven by personal ambition and greed rather than a desire to behave ethically. Venality is demonstrated by both those seeking to exploit the financial markets and those whose roles are to police the markets and hold those operating within them to public account. The novel ends with its main characters having sailed very close to the wind while managing to avoid overturning their boats but with the expectation that further exploits might not end so fortuitously. A sequel beckons where personal, emotional and business hopes, ambition and behaviour promise to continue to weave a tangled web for all concerned.”
Diane Glenn adds, “One of the best books I have read so far. I’m looking forward to the sequel and as the author states in the back of the book a prequel as well. I will definitely purchase the next two books. I enjoyed the plot so much the book is travelling around my family at present. Well done to Amazon for including this author in your book offering.”
 
‘The Price of Loyalty’ is available now:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Price-Loyalty-Mr-David-Deanshaw/dp/1974080285/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1504283566&sr=1-1&keywords=david+deanshaw
Crossing Limbo By Shane Joseph Brings The Unexpected To Readers​
Toronto-Shane Joseph's latest book Crossing Limbo is a collection of short stories that explore the darker sides of being human with a raw honesty that keeps readers captive. It's rare to find a collection of short stories where each of the tales leave their mark. Joseph has used the world of limbo, being at odds with one's life path, to weave this stories into quick, live alone pieces. Each one completely different and yet hauntingly similar in scope. 

The first story, Waiting for the Train brings the torch of hope to two hopeless people, waiting to make a grand final exit. Joseph is able to bridge generational gaps smoothly, showing that age is not a factor when it comes to despair and wisdom comes to those who are willing to open up in times of sorrow.

Waiting for the Train is the perfect launch for this collection of the truths of modern life that at times get a little sinister. For instance, Chat Line has surprising twists about those chat lines that used to be so popular in the early days of Internet conversations. Who one is in real life often is not reflected in their online profile....and one never knows until it's to late who is the predator and who is the prey.

Shock and Awe proves that dog is man's best friend. Written from the canine vantage point this tale is inspirational in it's simple truths.

The collection as a whole is well worth the read, with many gems that will stick with you.  Many of the stories are Toronto based, with little pieces that resonate with readers from the city, you may even see yourself in a few of the tales.

Shane Joseph is a world traveller and author of four novels and three collections of short stories. His work After the Flood won the best fantasy novel award at Write Canada in 2010. His short fiction has appeared in international literary journals and anthologies.


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Tall Whites: Conspiracies Collide, as Thrilling Novel Explores History, Aliens & 2017 Government Surveillance​
United Kingdom – In 1953, President Eisenhower was supposedly called to Holloman air base to meet none less than two sets of aliens. Accompanied by Government scientists and high-ranking officials, a deal was said to have been struck to construct a 5,000-mile underground base in Nevada, with a secret agenda to play a part in running the United States and the world.

Six decades later, nobody knows how much of that story is true, how much is myth, and what influence these extra-terrestrials ended up having on humanity. In his searing new novel, ‘Tall Whites: Conspiracy’, Michael Ellis expands on this premise with a story that could have been ripped right from today’s headlines.


The writer, Michael Ellis, takes you on a journey through decades of the shadow government's decisions to trade with and work hand in hand with a collective alien race. Who are the Tall Whites? What do they want on our planet? As the story unfolds, we the reader find through the centre of the story the character Mike Rowland with a group of friends on a weekend sports trip in Nevada, a trip which ends in tragic circumstances following a plane crash in which two of the group are thrown from their aircraft over restricted airspace. Will Mike live to tell the tale? The story combines the conspiracy in Roswell from decades past with the Alien crash in 1947 bringing us up to the present day with the most wanted man in America - Edward Snowden. Snowden informed the world s population that Big Brother's surveillance human tracking system is already here and operating as indicated by the address of The American leader at the time, President Obama. Obama had to apologise for his security agency listening in on private conversations the leaders and heads of the whole of Europe s private telecommunications network. Quote by Edward Snowden, who used to work for the NSA. Now Hiding in Russia: 'I don't want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity, or love, or friendship is recorded.' Within this story lies the truth!

“This story is the result of thousands of hours of research into that fateful meeting,” explains the author. “I’m not going to tell you which parts are based on actual events, which I made up, and where the fine line between them exists. That’s up to the reader but, one thing is for sure, they’ll be left questioning everything they have ever been told is true.”

Continuing, “The goal was to tie a number of recent conspiracies and mysteries together with one common thread, while ensuring it was also 100% up-to-date. The bottom line? Anything you read could be playing out in reality.”

Initial reader feedback has been extremely positive. For example, Rizwan Pradhan comments, “Read the book on Kindle first but then had to buy the hard copy especially now that the book is properly credited to the true author. Read the hard copy and got the same buzz again with the horror and fascination of the things that are hidden from the authorities. Highly recommended read, you probably will not be able to put it down and will have to read it in one sitting. Look forward to the film!!”

Josef adds, “The creativeness of the author in writing a fictional story based on facts about this phenomenon is second to none. Its a book I couldn't put down until I had read it cover to cover. Look forward to reading more books from this author. The truth is out there and this writer will guide you where to look. I recommend this book without reservation not just to those interested in the phenomenon but to those who are unable to comprehend what is really being suppressed by the Governments through denial, disinformation and misdirection. The author has put many of the pieces of the puzzle together into an enjoyable read that opens the mind.”
 
‘Tall Whites: Conspiracy’, from Mambi Books, is available now: http://amzn.to/2u9xuTG.
It is also available from all branches of TK Max and other book stores.

The Winds of Heaven: Compelling Sci-Fi Novel, Hailed “Puzzling & Thought-Provoking”, Takes Readers to Centre of Galaxy
United Kingdom – While most authors use their first novel to do nothing but simply test the literary waters, Victor J Phillips is rapidly proving that a debut release also presents an opportunity to rival the bestsellers. In fact, Phillips is bucking all trends with gusto.
‘The Winds of Heaven’ will leave readers both invigorated and scratching their heads, as they return from a journey across the galaxy and reconsider many aspects of their own lives.
 
Synopsis:
It is the 22nd century and the Earth has changed a great deal from the world in which we live today. Borders and geographical alliances have been rearranged due to cyber wars and power struggles. Into this backdrop, we find Lawrence Turner, an up and coming politician, and Catarina Firenza, a beautiful police detective, setting out together on a journey which, with a motley crew of criminals and fortune seekers, becomes an odyssey into the vast emptiness of space. Will the resulting tension tear them apart or could it bind them together until the final mind-bending discovery? A discovery so astounding that it changes mankind’s perception of himself and places him right at the centre of the galaxy!
 
“My goal from the outset was to capitalize on all of the facets of science fiction that readers crave, while also ensuring they get plenty they’ve never encountered before,” explains Phillips. “This isn’t just a story of love, a search for the truth and bold discovery – but a narrative that digs deep to the core of who we really are.”
Continuing, “There’s also a unique, subtle erotic tone to the novel, with multiple steamy encounters. While it isn’t a dominant theme, it strategically hits the buttons for the growing prevalence and acceptance of sex in science fiction. There’s something here for everyone.”
Readers agree, leaving positive reviews. For example, JP comments, “If you love science fiction and enjoy having you're grey matter challenged, you should read this book! Both puzzling and thought provoking, it's always entertaining. This combined with the occasional erotic encounter makes for a fascinating and compelling read. Thoroughly recommended.”
 
‘The Winds of Heaven’, from Elektron Star Publishing, is available now: http://amzn.to/2pGxngr.
 
About the Author:
Victor is a retired engineer who, while not coming from a professional background in writing or publishing, has drawn upon his experience in the world of electronics and mechanical engineering, coupled with a vivid imagination, to come up with this ingenious story. Victor has another novel. "Worlds in Collision" which is available on Amazon Kindle. He lives in Cambridge with his wife Elvira.
 
Away From Home: Heartfelt Book of Poetry Captures Challenges & Rewards of Fostering Teenagers
United Kingdom – Joanne Clairmont is a rare type of maverick; one of the few in society both kind and brave enough to open her doors to children in desperate need of care and a place to call home.
Clairmont spent over a decade welcoming numerous teenage girls into her life; an experience that was as challenging as it was empowering.
In her new book, ‘Away From Home’, Clairmont shares her experiences through bold and emotive poetry. It’s powerful to say the very least.
 
Synopsis:
Away from Home is a collection of short poems inspired by the writer’s experience of fostering teenage girls over a ten year period.
The poems are from real life situations of teenagers in my care.  It is written from the view of the foster child and the writer.
 
“Every poem and its story is a real-world problem or encounter I experienced during my time as a foster carer,” explains Clairmont. “Everyone is aware of the fostering system, but few are familiar with it. My goal with this book was to give a raw depiction of what it’s like, while retaining the confidentiality and dignity of the wonderful and gifted children I welcomed into my home.”
Continuing, “I want people to understand that these children may not communicate verbally at first, but instead communicate through their actions. Then, over time and as the tumultuous nature of their move begins to settle, they make a wonderful transformation and begin to grow and communicate with newfound confidence. It’s ultimately a hugely-rewarding experience.”
With the volume’s demand increasing, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.
 
‘Away From Home’ is available now: http://amzn.to/2rvkeXP.

From Beyond the Grave: Time-Bending Love Story Chronicles Couple Separated by 125 Years
United Kingdom – While time travel has been a staple of literature for the past century, no writer has been as brave as David Spielmann – brave enough to fuse this unique genre with romance, psychological fiction and dark undertones.
But, in ‘From Beyond the Grave’, Spielmann achieves it all with gusto. There’s literally nothing else quite like it on the market.
 
Synopsis:
Dave and Martha are a perfect couple. There’s only one problem though: they are separated by 125 years. It’s the long hot summer of 1976. Dave – single, ex-military, fed up with his life – sets out for a much needed holiday in the West Country.
At the last minute he’s joined by his best friend, Mike, who has managed to lose his job and his girlfriend on the same day. Driving through the night they hit an impenetrable fog bank and when the fog clears the next morning, they find themselves back in 1851. That’s when Dave meets Martha.
This is a time-slip romance of immense charm that takes a darker and more mysterious turn when tragedy strikes and Dave finds himself in 1977, 126 years away from the woman he loves.
 
“There’s something here for everyone,” explains the author. “It will be a blast for die-hard fans of time travel, and will also strike a bold chord with those who thrive on romantic fiction. A dark undertone develops, which throws everything into question and will leave readers afraid to assume anything!”
Continuing, “My goal from the outset has been to retain the hallmarks of fiction that readers crave, while also breaking ground with new an unseen concepts. Judging by feedback from readers, it’s been a big success.”
With the volume’s demand expected to increase, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.
 
‘From Beyond the Grave’, published by Spiderwize, is available now: http://amzn.to/2qTb4F6.
 
About the Author:
David Spielmann, a Ju-Jitsu practioner for over thirty years, was working on his family tree one evening when he had the feeling that it would be interesting if he could venture back into the past to see what life was really like then. The result is his novel 'From Beyond the Grave'.
In the Mirror: Marilyn Monroe - Unique “Reincarnation Memoir” Unravels Marilyn Monroe’s Life, Death & Soul – in the First Person
United Kingdom – From her days as a model, to her troubled personal life and of course her mysterious death, no woman has captivated and confused the world more than Marilyn Monroe. But, in what can only be described as a ground-breaking event in world history, her reincarnation has finally penned a first-person account of the truth.
In a wholly-unique and powerful new book, Monroe comes back to life, to give the final word on her own life and death. ‘In the Mirror: Marilyn Monroe’ is so much more than a biography.
"In the mirror: Marilyn Monroe" is the only book out there written wholly from Marilyn’s point of view.
 It’s extraordinarily unique, because this is the first and only, 100% personal Marilyn memoir. In contrast to any other book ever published on her life, the reader can feel themselves the closest ever to the superstar, they  go through her ups and downs, almost hand in hand with the actress.

Synopsis:
The true story of Marilyn Monroe! As it has never been told before... Exciting. Astounding. Disturbing. Touching. Thought provoking. But above all else: not a traditional biography.
This book is a unique reincarnation memoir which unfolds the character of the real Marilyn Monroe with its astonishing fullness of details and credibility, amazing sensitivity and honesty, and it also reveals her innermost thoughts and feelings, eventful life and mysterious death…The most famous woman of all times tells the story of all the definitive events of her life and intimate, often shocking experiences of hers in a unique way, in the first person tense. In this way, not only the events, but also Marilyn's feelings and thoughts unfold at a palpably personal and unprecedentedly exciting level. As we follow her through her troubled youth, along the rough road to success and into her years as a celebrated star, so we get to know her personality, we recognize what Marilyn Monroe, the person, was really like. Her soul unravels from the tidal wave of events as we move with her deepest thoughts and emotions from chapter to chapter finally showing her real face.
This enthralling book with a unique tone offers not only the fans of Marilyn Monroe but also anyone else an enchanting read.

“Truth be told, I had pondered a lot on whether to or not to write this book, since the events unfolding in it were especially personal, inward and many times disturbing for me.” explains Reinberger  “Yet finally, I decided to write my story.
I have done so due to the reason, I felt I owed Marilyn Monroe's fans the revelation of the real events and the real Marilyn Monroe after so many guesses and rumors.
With much love I hand over my book to all of my dear readers, trusting it will provide an unforgettable experience.”
Early reviews have been extremely positive. For example, one reader comments, “If you fancy Marilyn, you should definitely read this. A marvellous book on her fascinating life. A real page turner! Especially when it describes how naive and good-willed she was despite common belief as many people depicts her as a narcissistic harpy.”
‘In the Mirror: Marilyn Monroe’ is available now.

For more information and to purchase, visit the official website: http://www.mercedesreinberger.com.

About the Author:
Artist, painter, writer, author of the reincarnation memoir ‘In the Mirror: Marilyn Monroe’. She continued her studies in art, literature, philosophy and history.
She gained experiences in the field of various spiritual and reincarnation – including meditation and regressive hypnosis – therapies, and then wrote her book ’In the Mirror: Marilyn Monroe’ based on her experiences gained during her reincarnation journeys. At present, among others, she paints and writes, including poems.

 Global Bestselling Author Exposes Cold, Hard Crimes of the “Wildlife Mafia”
There’s nothing dignified about the illegal rhino horn trade. Shot, surrounded and their horns bloodily hacked off with a machete or chainsaw, the innocent victims have now reached record low numbers and will imminently become extinct.
In his latest novel, ‘Bloodhorn’, Graham Spence exposes the inhumanity behind this most pressing of crimes; from the grassroots work of the mafia that poach to the false medical beliefs of rhino horn powder, all the way to the huge responsibility every reader bares by failing to act.

Synopsis:
If you truly want to grasp the situation facing conservationists, do what a poacher does and look at a rhino and see a three-foot-long scimitar of pure gold on its nose. Yet you don’t have to tunnel into the earth for it. One bullet is all you need. Alaskan fishing guide Chris Stone’s future sister-in-law Josie Gordon, a game ranger, has been kidnapped in South Africa by a murderous gang of rhino poachers. She was investigating the illicit horn trade which is now the most lucrative crime in the world, and got a ‘little too close’ to exposing the international wildlife mafia. With the help of a South African private detective and a former Vietnam vet Green Beret, Chris and his fiancé Debra vow to find her. They follow Josie’s trail, from South African hunting reserves that are little more than drug-fuelled bordellos with big game trophies thrown in, to the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, where ground rhino horn is regarded as a wonder cure for ailments ranging from impotency to cancer. The final showdown is back in Africa, where game rangers armed with bolt-action rifles have to take on sophisticated mercenaries employed by the wildlife mafia. Taken from today’s headlines where smuggled wildlife products are now among the most valuable global commodities, Graham Spence, author of the international bestseller, The Elephant Whisperer, explorers the scourge of rhino horn smuggling in a searing book that blends fast-paced fiction with cold fact. And the most horrifying fact of all is that one of the world’s most iconic species, the rhino, will in likelihood become extinct in our lifetime. Unless there are hard men, such as the characters in this book, who are prepared to fight for its survival.

“Because of poaching there’s only 25,000 white rhino and about 5,000 black rhino left in the world,” explains the author. “Yet, in the Far East, millions continue to believe that their ground horns will save their life, or they’ll pay hundreds of dollars for a dagger fashioned from a horn. This book melds fact and fiction to get to the source and raw ruthlessness of those keeping this lucrative trade alive.”
Continuing, “There’s nothing sterile about the industry. Rhino are brutally murdered, everything exists in a black market and anyone attempting to stop the poachers can expect to pay with their life. We need to do something and, while this is primarily fiction, I wrote it to wake the world up to the problem and empower people to affect bold, positive change.”
Early reviews have been impressive. For example, one reader comments, “In spite of the backdrop of the horrors of the rhino horn trade, this fast-paced and exciting novel leads up to one of the most satisfying endings you will find in the genre. Following the changes of country and the twists and turns of the story you will watch Chris Stone and his team of family and friends outfacing one of the most heartless villains you are likely to come across. Very good read indeed, I couldn't put it down - this is an all-nighter if you are one of the readers who has to know what happens next!”
Beverley Scherberger adds, “Bloodhorn (perfectly titled!) is packed with action. I loved the emotion Josie shows when she sees the rhino slaughtered, its horn removed. Very moving. It certainly helps move the story along, propelled by the strong emotions of people for these majestic animals, as well as for each other. It's an adventure-conservation-love story all rolled into one! I don't want to give anything away, but readers of action/adventure should definitely grab Graham Spence's "Bloodhorn" for a good read!”

‘Bloodhorn’ is available now:
Amazon U.S. - http://amzn.to/2n6kgD9
Amazon U.K. - http://amzn.to/2n41QkK

About the Author:
Born in Africa, Graham Spence was a journalist for more than 20 years reporting on the turbulent apartheid era. He now lives in Berkshire, England with his wife and two sons and is a full time writer. His previous three non-fiction books, The Elephant Whisperer, Babylon’s Ark and The Last Rhino, written with his brother-in-law Lawrence Anthony, are all bestsellers. Lawrence Anthony, who died on 2012, was known as the ‘Indiana Jones of conservation’. Spence has written one other novel, The Apocalypse Chase, a Chris Stone thriller about fishing in the world’s most dangerous places.