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  • Question Tradition and Discover Your Story with A New Noble Fantasy for Middle Grade Readers

    written by Stephanie Parwulski, on sale September 9, 2022

    Precious and refreshing—a timeless parable about the power of choice and the healing rewards of kindness. Beautifully written and aptly named.”
    — E. S. Christison, award-winning author of The Blameless
    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Belle Isle Books of Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new work of fantasy for middle-grade readers, Noble, written by Stephanie Parwulski.

    Enter a kingdom where threads tell tales, men tell lies, and old wrongs fester amid apathy. Against this backdrop of tyranny and tradition, a young boy seeks to learn to weave the threads of stories—while others seek a princess who has escaped the palace walls. In this loving homage to classic folk tales, readers will learn that fear and misunderstanding can be our harshest masters, but a loving family always finds its own—and things aren’t always what they seem.

    It takes more than a title to be noble.

    A tale of conventions both honored and broken, reminiscent of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Noble is scheduled for release on September 9, 2022.

    Every town in the kingdom of Ansel has a storyteller, a man who weaves threads of magic into stories to share with the men of the community—and only the men, for in Ansel, women are forbidden from learning to read.

    Elbon doesn’t know why Storyteller chose him as an apprentice. After all, he has no family, no friends, and not much talent for hearing the words woven into the colorful threads strung on Storyteller’s magic harp. Still, Elbon does his best to make his teacher proud . . . even if he doesn’t feel confident that he can.

    But when Elbon meets a frightened boy named Freddie who claims to be running away from home—and when agents from the royal palace arrive not long after in search of a missing princess—Elbon and his new friend must work together to uncover the secrets that have shaped both their lives . . . and maybe right a few ancient wrongs along the way.

    About the Author

    Stephanie Parwulski is a children’s book author and mental health advocate whose two picture books, Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift and Gloria's Hope Tree, champion messages of kindness, the healing power of love, and the importance of bringing our invisible stories to light. Stephanie is living her dream in creating stories for children and “kids at heart” to enjoy. In addition to her love of writing, she has a passion for reading, singing, enjoying nature, and helping others.

    Stephanie cherishes spending quality time with her family and friends and going on adventures in her beloved hometown of Buffalo, NY, where she currently resides. She is also a preschool teacher, and her work with children brings her immense joy. She looks forward to writing more stories from the heart and sharing them with her readers.

    Interviews available upon request.

    Belle Isle Books, an imprint of Brandylane Publishers, Inc., is an independent press located in Richmond, Virginia that has published books since 1985.
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    Noble (paperback, 112 pages, $14.95 / Kindle e-book, $3.99) is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers.

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  • This Fall, Rise to the Occasion and Unravel the Mystery with The Phoenix of Upperville

    written by Bradford Moore, available September 7, 2022

    A first-class thriller. . . . Moore nails it.”
    — Howard Owen, author of 21 novels
    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, August 18, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Brandylane Publishers, Inc. of Richmond, Virginia, is excited to announce the upcoming release of a new political thriller, The Phoenix of Upperville, written by Bradford Moore.

    America’s capital is rife with history, politics, intrigue, and—death? When a junior senator from Indiana is found unexpectedly deceased, and his death ruled a suicide, his sudden end kicks off a tale of scheming DC politicians, greedy developers, a black-sheep detective, an ambitious lawyer, and a northern Virginia estate in the small town of Upperville, where the past—unlike the senator—is not dead.

    A fast-paced murder mystery filled with daring twists and turns, The Phoenix of Upperville is scheduled for release on September 7, 2022.

    When Senator J.A. Burnside is found dead in his penthouse, the police rule it a suicide. However, Detective Arch Williams isn’t convinced, and decides to dig deeper. Meanwhile, Tradd Mashburn, a young attorney, comes across a seemingly run-of-the-mill historic preservation lawsuit coupled with an amicus brief so passionately written that he must meet its author.

    Burnside’s death and the lawsuit point to a conspiracy so grand and secretive, it appears impossible to unravel. Tradd’s and Arch’s respective investigations bring them together unexpectedly, taking them across Virginia and deep into its culture. Together, they grapple with the reverberations of Southern history that linger in our modern times—and attempt to uncover the truth behind Burnside’s death and the apparently benign lawsuit.

    About the Author
    Bradford Moore is a native of Richmond, Virginia. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from Louisiana State University. The Phoenix of Upperville is his first novel.

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    Brandylane Publishers, Inc. is an independent press located in Richmond, Virginia, that has published books since 1985.
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  • Former NFL Player’s Book Says Inclusive Competitiveness is Key to Future U.S. Economic Prosperity

    This is a photo of The Future Economy book cover.

    Johnathan Holifield’s vision of the future economy is achieving more with the goal of getting “all hands on deck.”

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    Bitwise Industries exec and former Cincinnati Bengals running back Johnathan Holifield

    Johnathan Holifield outlines a path toward improved U.S. competitiveness through diversity, equity and inclusion.

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, August 16, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Some may only know Johnathan Holifield as a former Cincinnati Bengals running back, but since his stint in the NFL, he’s been anything but idle. Now senior vice president for new economies at Bitwise Industries, Holifield has gained important insight into America’s economic engine and why, he says, the country can’t win without strengthening at once inclusion and competitiveness.

    His book, The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness: How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Economic Prosperity for All Americans, provides a way for America to advance in the global economic competitiveness battle. The solution Holifield suggests is inclusive competitiveness: a framework designed to connect underestimated populations to the best opportunities in the U.S. economy, improving their performance and boosting national productivity.

    Holifield’s vision of the future economy is achieving more with the goal of getting “all hands on deck.” According to his model, this will happen only by including disconnected Americans, such as women, African Americans, Latinos and rural populations, in America’s economic competitiveness priorities and no longer relegating their aspirations to less productive areas of the economy.

    The book “offers a clear critique of how we got to such low productivity of underserved humans in the Innovation Economy,” Holifield said. “… and an even clearer, implementable path to achieving genuine economic inclusion and competitiveness.”

    The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness is an important read for anyone who is passionate about community transformation, generational wealth creation and U.S. competitiveness, and interested in a proven framework to make them happen.

    Holifield’s unique background effectively carrying out inclusive competitiveness in the government and private sectors and more, has given him equally unique and actionable ideas. In regard to his early mover position, he says he “may be the first person to explicitly link improved U.S. global competitiveness to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

    About the Author
    Johnathan Holifield has worn many hats and carried many titles during his career. Dubbed the Architect of Inclusive Competitiveness, Holifield is currently the senior vice president for new economies at Bitwise Industries. The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness: How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Economic Prosperity for All Americans is his first book.

    Holifield has over 20 years of diverse experience, effectively translating concepts into presidential policy, federal law, and organizational and local development strategies. He served as executive director of the White House initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). His other previous roles included vice president of inclusive competitiveness at NorTech, founding executive director of CindyTech and vice president of new economy enterprise at the Cincinnati USA Chamber.

    Connect with Holifield on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/johnathan.holifield), LinkedIn (https://www.facebook.com/johnathan.holifield) and Twitter (@TheTrimTabber). To subscribe to his podcast, Moving the Needle, visit https://movingtheneedle.transistor.fm/.

    The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness: How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Economic Prosperity for All Americans
    Publisher: ScaleUp Partners LLC
    ISBN-10: ‎0692877703
    ISBN-13: ‎978-0692877708
    Available from Amazon.com

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  • Debut Virginia novelist sets new fantasy novel in her ancestral hometown of Hampton

    Main character Alora Factor in a dark doorway to another realm, surrounded by supernatural powers and energy.

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    Alora Factor: Invasion of the Realm Jumpers by D.L. Williams now available

    A magnificently inclusive, culturally rich story of three teenagers destined to save the universe.”
    — Andrea Marks-Joseph for Independent Book Review
    WAYNESBORO, VA, USA, August 16, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Waynesboro, Va. — Waynesboro resident Diana Williams releases her first fiction book today. Writing under the pen name “D. L. Williams,” Williams has created a fantasy world steeped in physics-based magic and ancient spiritual practices that’s based in the home of her ancestors, Hampton.

    “I once read that about 81% of people want to write a book and I was certainly one of them,” Williams said. “Well, now I can count myself among those who’ve actually done it. It’s an accomplishment I’m pretty proud of and one I definitely couldn’t have made without a lot of support.”

    “Alora Factor: Invasion of the Realm Jumpers” is a young adult science-fiction/fantasy book that tells the story of a Black teenage girl who is the latest female in her family to take on the mantle of social justice and fight for marginalized people using powers originally granted by Yoruba goddess, Oshun. But unlike those who came before her, Alora will have to fight beings from another dimension and maintain this realm’s balance of negative and positive energy all while being the only Factor female to be born in a generation. Fortunately, she has her two best friends beside her, but even with their help, this latest challenge may be too much for a young girl who has just turned thirteen.

    “When I was a little girl, my father had to make up bedtime stories about young Black girls doing really cool things because those books simply didn’t exist. And I’m definitely a science-fiction fan, so it only made sense that when it was time for me to make up a story about a young Black girl doing something cool, she was going to be a unique type of superhero,” said Williams about her influence in writing book one of the Alora Factor series.

    ”The characters are colorful and immensely likable. If you’re a fan of young adult fantasy fiction, I can’t recommend Alora Factor enough,” said Pikasho Deka in a five-star review for Readers’ Favorite, a website devoted to book reviews and awards that is recognized by renowned publishers like Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins.

    “A magnificently inclusive, culturally rich story of three teenagers destined to save the universe,” said Andrea Marks-Joseph for Independent Book Review, a site that celebrates self-publishers. IBR will feature Alora Factor on its website later this summer.

    Alora Factor is available with additional perks on Indiegogo until September 12. You can also purchase the hardback, paperback and e-book at dianalwilliams.com. Currently, only the paperback is available at other online resellers and in bookstores. The audio version is in production and will be available in October.

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    Diana “D. L.” Williams is an independent author, wife, and mother. She publishes her books through her company, Williams Multimedia, which is dedicated to helping media organizations reach and authentically engage their audiences.

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  • Mom’s Choice Awards® Names Best Products & Services of July 2022

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    Mom’s Choice Awards® is pleased to announce the latest products and services to earn our distinction.

    CHESAPEAKE, VA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, August 4, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Mom’s Choice Awards® is pleased to announce the latest products and services to earn our distinction. The products and services you see here have been rigorously evaluated by consumers and experts around the world and are held to the highest standards of excellence.

    Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families, and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

    “Our aim is to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards®. “We are passionate about helping families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality, great value purchases. The MCA evaluation program is designed to incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”

    This month, Mom’s Choice Awards® has selected winners in the following categories:

    Gear, Accessories & Personal Use
    • Food & Supplements
    • Home / Mobile Audio & Viewing (Music, Storytelling, etc.)
    • Children’s Picture Books
    • Toys, Games & Puzzles
    • Juvenile Level 1 (Ages 5 to 8)
    • Juvenile Level 2 (Ages 9 to 12)
    • Young Adult Books
    • Adult Books

    Gear, Accessories & Personal Use
    - Naturepedic Breathable Organic Crib Mattress (Lightweight, 2-Stage)
    - Ollie Jay Apparel
    - OETEO Easyeo Easy-To-Wear Baby Onesies Rompers
    - McLaren Scooter McS01
    - McLaren Scooter McS02
    - McLaren Scooter McS03
    - Baby by Meadows ComfyDri Nappy - Size 4 (9-14 kg)
    - DFI Retail Group
    - Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash
    - Baby by Meadows ComfyDri Nappy Pant
    - Oil Babies Gift Set (Sooth Teething Oil, Sweet Dreams Massage Oil and Clean Baby Wash)
    - BeeCure Anti-Itch Lotion
    - Ardo Alyssa breast pump
    - Momcozy Breastfeeding Seamless Wireless Nursing Bras

    Food & Supplements
    - iHDoc® Probiotics for Kids Chewable Tablets
    - Clover the Rainbow Smoothies

    Home / Mobile Audio & Viewing (Music, Storytelling, Video Games, etc.)
    - The Gecko Wireless Headphone

    Children’s Picture Books
    - Kaya Finds Her Home
    - Simple to Sign books
    - Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen
    - Dusty's Big Oops!
    - Shrieks and Sounds and Things Abound!: (The Quiet Wants of Julien J.)
    - I Don't Want to go to Preschool, The Fairy Queen calls...
    - The First 12 Days of Preschool: Reading, Singing, and Dancing Can Prepare Kiddos and Parents! *Sing-Along Song and Video Included*
    - Little Lovable Lucy's Big Day
    - Dear Momma...
    - Be You Big

    Toys, Games & Puzzles
    - Lunii My Fabulous Story Teller
    - Glowies – Fireflies
    - Techno Gears - Monster Truck 2.0 (50+ pcs)
    - Trekking the World Trivia
    - Trekking the World

    Juvenile Level 1 (Ages 5 to 8)
    - Dusty and Friends Coloring and Activity Book About Friendship
    - Keep Chasing Your Dreams - and You'll Get Treats!
    - The Elegant Emu

    Juvenile Level 2 (Ages 9 to 12)
    - Love Snaggs: A Little Dog’s Courageous Journey
    - Atlas and the Multiverse: Seeking Courage
    - Am I Weird?: Navigating Friendships Book Series
    - My Anxiety is Messing Things Up: Navigating Friendships Book Series
    - Lost my BFF: Navigating Friendships Book Series
    Young Adult Books
    - Stranded in Snow Shoe: prequel to Summer of Two Worlds

    Adult Books
    - Zen Parenting: Caring for Ourselves and Our Children in an Unpredictable World

    To see the full list of July 2022 award-winning products, please view the full media release

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  • This Summer, Share a Wholehearted Day with Loved Ones

    written and illustrated by Elizabeth Dodson on sale August 30, 2022

    Wholehearted Day had me glued to each page as I reflected upon my childhood. . . . This book resonates with me.”
    — Ramon Shiloh, award-winning illustrator
    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, July 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Belle Isle Books of Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new children’s book, Wholehearted Day, written and illustrated by Elizabeth Dodson.

    The heart of a parent has a powerful depth,
    matching its rhythm to your safe breath.
    And when we release our big, warm hug,
    my love remains, steady and snug.

    It’s time to start our independent days.
    I’m off to work. You’re off to play.
    New skills to develop and discover,
    forming paths alone and with others.

    Exploration, interest, joy, and wonder
    illuminate truths to study and ponder.
    Capture, create, and mold your mind;
    engage the world and humankind.

    Missing family when you’re at school, work, or can be tough—but at the same time, these separate activities give children the opportunity to grow. This sweet, heartfelt book reassures children that their parents’ and guardians’ love remains constant even while they are away, and encourages them to find a balance between loving their family and striking out on their own as they learn to appreciate all life has to offer.

    Told in rhyming verse enhanced with bold, beautiful cut-paper artwork, Wholehearted Day is scheduled for release on August 30, 2022.

    Take a journey through Wholehearted Day, a book that dually comforts guardians and children who face separation. Explore why we work and what it means to be apart. Dive deeper into concepts of curiosity, security, development-of-self, and contribution to society. Observe how small daily actions can create wonder-filled experiences with a person you greatly hold! Let this tool curate a moment in time, a space, in which you can snuggle together to speak beautiful words, investigate intricate papercut illustrations, and be reassured that your efforts are as important as your bond with each other. Discover hearts, symbols, and animals along the way!

    About the Author

    Elizabeth A.P. Dodson is a paper artist and author who grew up in the woods, evolved in cities, and now blooms in a garden, nestled on top of a hill, surrounded by majestic mountains. She holds a bachelor of arts in history and a master’s in library and information science. Elizabeth is raising three wild kiddos in a Virginia valley, with frequent visits from their magnificent family and amazing friends. She hopes her work provides comfort to hardworking guardians and children resting together after long and adventure-filled days.

    Interviews available upon request.

    Belle Isle Books, an imprint of Brandylane Publishers, Inc., is an independent press located in Richmond, Virginia that has published books since 1985.
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  • Life Is Here, and I Have Been Away, the True Story of a Mother’s Struggle to Overcome Depression and Reclaim Her Sons

    written by Dan Bessie on sale August 26, 2022

    I read the book in the space of two weeks, and I found Mary walked with me... She was a living, breathing woman who was working through her life, and I felt her courage influence mine.”
    — Beverly Taylor, coach, counselor, and trainer
    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, July 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Belle Isle Books of Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new memoir/biography, Life Is Here, and I Have Been Away, written by Dan Bessie.

    Most of the people who remember Mary Burnett remember her as a successful and influential woman in her community, and a champion of the youth. But in her thirties and forties, Mary struggled with depression that eventually led her to voluntarily commit herself. Now, through his careful curation of her own journals, her son tells her story of her determined effort to reinvent herself, reclaim her life—and rescue her nine- and six-year-old sons from a harsh all-boys boarding school. Moving and inspiring, this compassionately written book exposes how people fall apart—and how the motivating force of love can nevertheless drive us to overcome our trauma and reunite ourselves and our families.

    A loving portrait of a mother, deftly painted by her son, Life Is Here, and I Have Been Away is scheduled for release on August 26, 2022.

    When Mary Burnett finds herself at the very end of her rope, she musters the courage to repel her suicidal demons and commits herself to psychiatric care. And so, her life-saving journey begins—one she vows to take without self-deception, as if looking into a truth-telling mirror.
    As she rereads decades of her old journals about long-forgotten incidents, the past comes alive—the good times and the bad: growing up with a petulant mother, her hopes for romance dashed when her intended reveals his homosexuality, two failed marriages, the birth of two sons while living in poverty, and finally, a third husband facing the death penalty.

    Resolving her long stream of memories and banishing self-doubt, as she completes therapy, Mary zeroes in on three goals: to retrieve her sons from a Dickensian boarding school where relatives have placed them; secure a home for her little family and see her boys launched into the world as self-assured young men; and to find a way (in her own words) “to be of use, to serve some purpose in this life.”

    In Life Is Here, and I Have Been Away, Mary Burnett’s son Dan Bessie weaves his mother’s narrative with his own perspective, and in so doing explores exactly how one woman was able to reinvent herself and rebuild her life.

    About the Author

    Dan Bessie was born in rural Vermont, where his parents eked out a hardscrabble existence during the Great Depression. His early years were also spent in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and finally, Southern California. Following high school, Dan became a shipboard steward in the merchant marine, a longshoreman, and an automobile assembler. He worked at various factory jobs to support his wife and children until 1956, when he realized his childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist.

    Following an apprenticeship at MGM Studios working on Tom & Jerry, Dan enjoyed a more than forty-year career in the industry, animating TV commercials and Saturday morning children’s programs like The Marvel Superheroes, Spider-Man, and Linus the Lionhearted. When Dan transitioned to live action, he directed a series of patient advice films for doctors’ offices. Between 1970 and 1975, he ran his own studio, producing films (including several award winners) for schools and libraries, and co-produced the feature Executive Action (starring Burt Lancaster), which dramatized the assassination of JFK.

    Dan relocated to Santa Cruz, California, in 1978, and until 1995, he continued to write and direct educational and TV films, including the highly successful Peter and the Wolf, featuring Ray Bolger (Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz). Between 1986 and 1987, Dan wrote and directed Hard Traveling, a feature film that recalled an incident in his mother’s life. By 2006, Dan had authored three published titles and illustrated books written by his then partner, Helen Garvy. The same year, Dan and his wife Jeanne Johnson moved to southwestern France, where they both continue to write and Dan creates cartoons.

    Interviews available upon request.

    Belle Isle Books, an imprint of Brandylane Publishers, Inc., is an independent press located in Richmond, Virginia that has published books since 1985.
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  • This Summer, Grow Along with The Three Little Sprigs

    [An] engaging riff on the story of the three little pigs . . . for the social media generation. At the heart of the story is the question: What values shape your life?”
    — Kathy MacMillan, NIC, MLS, American Sign Language interpreter
    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, July 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Belle Isle Books of Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to announce the release of a new children’s book, The Three Little Sprigs, written by Terry Ann Marsh and illustrated by Lintang Pandu Pratiwi.

    When it’s time to build your own home, who will you pick to help you? The answer might be even more important than you think! Join the Fern sisters as they embark on their new lives, and in the process, discover what can make a house shoddy, showy—or strong.

    A magical story with whimsical illustrations that will leave kids clamoring for more, The Three Little Sprigs released on July 6, 2022.

    In the Woodland Kingdom, it is time for all the young ferns and flowers to strike out on their own and build their grown-up homes. Three sisters, Sassy, Starling, and Serena Fern, can’t wait to build their new homes. But they must be careful—if they don’t build them strong enough, Lonely Wind and Stinging Rain could knock them down!

    To help them in their quest, the sisters may ask Night Wind to send them each a Helper. Sassy and Starling Fern know who to ask for, but Serena is unsure. Will Serena be able to choose the right Helper in time? Or will Lonely Wind and Stinging Rain wash her new home away?

    In this imaginative retelling of “The Three Little Pigs,” children will enjoy entering a world full of surprises and lively characters, and take with them a gentle reminder about the importance of making good choices.

    About the Author

    Terry Ann Marsh has been a singer and entertainer for over three decades. She combined Big Band standards, blues, and showtunes in her Showstoppers & Chartoppers! program. She then went on to write and perform The Music, Movement, & ‘Magination Show!, a preschool/kindergarten-level program full of original stories, songs, and skits, which she performed at schools, libraries, fairs, and festivals. Encouraged by the success and positive feedback from her children’s show, Terry began converting the songs and stories from her live performances into book form. Now, instead of acting or singing her characters into existence, she brings them to life in the pages of her books. Terry has a great love for musical theater and has performed in many shows in theaters around Baltimore, including Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, and many others. Eventually, her love of musical theater led her to become the music teacher at Greater Grace Christian Academy for three years, where she was able to direct their elementary musical productions. Whether it be through her music or her books, Terry is a storyteller at heart. She feels that every song or story has a purpose—to encourage, to educate, and to enlighten.

    About the Illustrator

    Lintang Pandu Pratiwi was born in Indonesia. She has worked for many years as a professional illustrator and created many picture books for various publishers and clients. Through her studio, Taranggana, Lintang has been published throughout America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan. She loves art and nature and is inspired by the nostalgia of childhood innocence and beautiful countryside. Lintang’s parents, Widayati Sri Wulandari and Mudjab Widjaya, are her biggest inspirations in life. Having their everlasting and continuing support has provided her with good examples of how to live her life and be successful in her own way.

    Interviews available upon request.

    Belle Isle Books, an imprint of Brandylane Publishers, Inc., is an independent press located in Richmond, Virginia that has published books since 1985.
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  • Dr. Winifred Bragg Publishes Third Installment in Her Best-Selling Bragg Factor Series

    “How To Create Your Bragg Book For a Competitive Job Market” is designed to help professionals gain the confidence to advocate for themselves

    NORFOLK, VIRGINA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, July 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Dr. Winifred Bragg – the physician and nationally-recognized speaker in corporate leadership and professional development – is proud to announce the publication of “How To Create Your Bragg Book For a Competitive Job Market”, the third installment in her best-selling self-help series, TheBraggFactor®.

    Published on Amazon.com on June 8th, the book applies Bragg’s 5-step framework to help job seekers and professionals achieve success through realizing and communicating their own value. The other volumes in the series are a version of the “Bragg Book” for college students as they enter the job market, and “Dreams Without Goals are Nightmares”, which covers the often-overlooked skill of goal-setting.

    “I see so many professionals, especially women, sell themselves short and lose momentum at pivotal moments in their careers,” commented Dr. Bragg. “TheBraggFactor® system is founded on my belief that nobody can sing your praises better than yourself. Bragg may be my name, but for me the extra ‘G’ in the title stands for gratitude, as learning to include gratitude when “bragging” is a vital part of the framework.”

    Dr. Bragg has created a series of seminars based on the book series that she customizes for a wide range of audiences, including business owners, women’s groups, team leaders, and university students.

    To learn more about Dr. Winifred Bragg and TheBraggFactor® book series, click here.

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  • This Summer, Make a Friend of The Lonely Daffodil

    A great lesson for all, wrapped up in sweet words and beautiful illustrations.”
    — Jordan Chouteau, author of No More Monsters Under Your Bed!
    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, July 20, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Belle Isle Books of Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new children’s book, The Lonely Daffodil, written by Emily Langhorne and illustrated by Heather Heyworth.

    Each night, the lonely daffodil at the edge of the forest hears the other daffodils singing on the nearby hill—and each night, the other daffodils rebuff his wishes to join in. But there are more than daffodils in the forest, and the lonely daffodil soon finds that compassion and generosity can make you friends where you least expect it.

    A touching story of longing, acceptance, and the power of kindness enhanced with soft, rich colored pencil illustrations, The Lonely Daffodil is scheduled for release on August 18, 2022.

    One day, when a farmer is planting daffodils at the top of a hill, one of the bulbs slips from the basket, rolls down the hill, and lands at the forest’s edge. While there, the daffodil befriends many different creatures, but he can’t help feeling lonely each night when he hears the other daffodils singing together at the top of the hill. The daffodil longs to join in, but when the other daffodils refuse to let him, he must find a different way to use his voice.

    About the Author

    Emily Langhorne is a former high school teacher who has worked as a writer for nearly a decade. She has written about a variety of topics, including education policy, Southern literature, blended finance, and international development. Her articles have been featured in the Washington Post, Forbes, The Hill, and elsewhere.

    Emily grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, and she lived for many years in Washington, DC. She now resides outside of Dublin, Ireland, in a seaside town called Bray. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, traveling, learning about nature (especially animals), and spending time with her husband. The Lonely Daffodil is her first picture book.

    About the Illustrator

    Heather Heyworth lives and works in a Suffolk market town in the UK. After graduating from Goldsmiths College, London University, she went on to become creative manager within a busy London design studio, then an art editor at a large greeting card publisher. Her introduction to the world of children’s books started with illustrating, designing, and co-publishing her own licensed character books. She wrote and illustrated her first picture book in 2009.

    Interviews available upon request.

    Belle Isle Books, an imprint of Brandylane Publishers, Inc., is an independent press located in Richmond, Virginia that has published books since 1985.
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    The Lonely Daffodil (hardcover, 32 pages, $23.95 / paperback, 32 pages, $13.95) is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers.

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  • Take a Lyrical Step into The Land of Opposite Attractions

    I found myself wanting to melt into each page. Like clay in her hands, Catherine Carson forms poems with the rich soul of the potter and the delicate refinement of the sculptor.”
    — Anne Poarch, author of The Grit and Joy and other works of poetry
    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, July 19, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Belle Isle Books of Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new book of poetry, The Land of Opposite Attractions, written by Catherine Carson.

    Why
    do my dreams come
    coded in devastation,
    drenched in joy,
    dismantled into destiny?

    A piercing, vibrant collection of crystallized moments of love, heartbreak, and joy, The Land of Opposite Attractions is scheduled for release on August 9, 2022.

    From debut poet Catherine Carson comes an examination of everyday life, as seen through the lens of a mentally ill young woman navigating her twenties. Full of persistent optimism and honesty, this collection celebrates the tragedy and beauty to be found, not only in the world around us, but in the worlds we carry within ourselves.

    About the Author

    Catherine Carson studied poetry at James Madison University, but her love affair with poetry began at the age of fifteen. With heroes like Sylvia Plath, Joy Harjo, and Mary Oliver, Catherine writes in a confessional free-verse style. Her award-winning work—which delves into topics such as mental illness, her experiences as a woman, relationships and friendships, and the trials of youth—has been published in Dreamers Creative Writing magazine. Catherine now pursues poetry as a profession, writing both formally in workshops as well as in her spare time. She regards writing poetry as both a need and a want, and will continue to publish more work.

    Interviews available upon request.

    Belle Isle Books, an imprint of Brandylane Publishers, Inc., is an independent press located in Richmond, Virginia that has published books since 1985.
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    The Land of Opposite Attractions (paperback, 60 pages, $11.95) is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers. Kindle e-book (retail $4.99) forthcoming.

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  • Mogul TV Global Founder Tameka Chapman Reveals How She Turned a Childhood Vision into a 7-Figure Generating Action Plan

    MOGUL TV Global Network partners with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and streams directly on www.theMoguls.tv. The MOGUL TV Global Network is already available to over 100 million viewers!”
    — Tameka Chapman
    FREDERICKSBURG, VA, USA, July 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Tameka Chapman is the Founder of Mogul TV Global, U.S. Navy Veteran, Television Producer, Award-Winning & International Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Global Speaker, former Paralegal Specialist, and 7-Figure Business Growth Strategist—however, this multi-faceted level of success isn’t by accident nor without immense effort and unwavering determination.

    “I remember being at my maternal grandmother’s house, standing on the steps of her shed, and I spoke into the atmosphere and believed every word. I said, ‘When I get older, I’m going to travel the world and encourage girls all over the world to go for their dreams.’ I carried that statement for the rest of my life, and it has truly manifested in a way that I didn’t see back then.” – Chapman

    Perhaps the greatest lesson learned throughout Chapman’s journey was staying true to her core values and pushing past the fear of the unknown. Her unprecedented success in taking ‘the road less traveled’ enabled her a journey now shared throughout the world with a captive audience to her positive programming.

    Take a closer look at the lessons learned throughout her inspiring career and how to tune in for more.



    VISION BOARD TO ATTAINMENT

    After her journey of 6,372 days trying to conceive, Tameka realized that the same level of perseverance she implemented towards her life goal was needed by women globally who want to achieve their own life goals, so she launched her business and coaching services to assist them do just that!

    “As a young girl, I saw so many other girls being bullied or not feeling as if they were worth having friends because of different life circumstances. As a nurturer, I wanted to find ways to make them feel better. I began to speak life to them, encouraging them stand up for themselves. I would tell them to believe in themselves and not look to other people to be OK with their choices and decisions.” – Chapman

    During a vision board party that she hosted in 2020, Tameka included her vision of creating a television network, with a great focus on female empowerment across the globe. Now, as CEO of Mogul Media, LLC (MogulMedia.us) and Creator & Founder of Mogul TV Global Network (www.TheMogulChannel.com), Chapman has attained her vision in offering empowering content that celebrates inclusion, uniqueness, culture, legacy and diversity and life lessons through a variety of shows, live events and interviews that are showcased on the network.


    * MOGUL TV Global Network partners with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and streams directly on www.theMoguls.tv. The MOGUL TV Global Network is already available to over 100 million viewers!



    LESSONS TO LIVE BY

    In her company, as a business growth strategist, Chapman provides tips, tools, and strategies to transform women’s mindsets to achieve their business and life goals by showing them how to create, build and scale their businesses.

    “Many times, we get discouraged when plans don’t fall into place as we’d envisioned and/or for how we planned, but the important “fork in the road” we must reach is whether we will continue stressing and complaining about the journey we’re on or if we’ll switch from complaining to learning why we’re on the journey. I often tell people that our journeys are for one of two reasons: (1) to teach us a lesson or (2) to teach someone else a lesson. The faster we realize the journey, the faster we can begin to enjoy the journey, which helps to overcome the obstacles ahead.” – Chapman

    Using her life as an example of what can be accomplished by dedicating mind, heart and actions to the forefront, Chapman walks women through the process of overcoming self-doubt, fear, and self-limiting beliefs so they can become fully equipped to persevere in pursuing the life they deserve to live.

    “Female empowerment has always been and will always be a major part of who I am. As I became a young lady, there were times when I felt that I didn’t have a voice, even though I was championing for others to use theirs. I really wanted to believe that I had people in my life that made me feel comfortable enough to know that I wouldn’t be judged but loved. It took time to fully embrace my past, but once I did, I became unstoppable with empowering every woman that I met… Since that time, I’ve gone on to becoming a global speaker and having spoken in front of groups of up to 25K women, one thing still rings true—there is never too much women’s empowerment!” – Chapman



    WHAT TO WATCH

    MOGUL TV Global Network is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV, MOGUL TV. Take a closer look at the current lineup with more shows to be added to this dynamic lineup.

    * The Mogul Kid Channel, launching mid-July, hosting four kid shows, as well as, introducing the amazing Wuf Shanti collection of videos of yoga and meditation for kids.

    * The State of My Mental: Mental Health & Wellness Series, introducing the remaining scheduled series, to include "For The Youth" in August 2022, "Women Breaking the Silence" in October 2022, "Facing the Grief" in December 2022, "To Love or Not to Love" in February 2023, and "Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Care, Concern & Conversation" in April 2023

    * Launch! – hosted by Tameka Chapman, this is the ultimate business and entrepreneurial masterclass show on television.
    Live Through Your Sole – a lifestyle show as hosted by Alicia Sylve who speaks to women and men from all walks of life on all things purpose.
    Own Your ‘Ish with Doc April - hosted by Dr. April J. Lisbon, this show was created for individuals who are ready to, authentically and unapologetically, share their story.

    * The GlowUp with Shawneya Ellis - As a speaker, playwright, vision strategist, producer, and media personality, Shawneya Ellis brings us the Glow Up, a launching pad to empower you to glow up in your spirit, mind, business, and body.

    * Survivor Stories with Imani Kaliid takes you on an extraordinary journey in the lives of men and women who have encountered and overcome life challenges that could have taken their lives; however, they are here to speak on their experiences on Survivor Stories with Imani Kaliid.

    * Crockin’ Moms Podcast with Lisa Marie - a phenomenal cooking show hosted by Lisa Marie Kozich that shares amazing easy-to-create family recipes with a crockpot while interviewing remarkable people from across the globe.

    * Two Mics Up Podcast with DameDNYC - Bringing the fourth season to the Mogul TV Global Network, Dame created this platform to educate, empower and positively impact our communities both locally and abroad.

    * 247 Real Talk - hosted by Julian Perry, this show is about making a difference one conversation at a time and provides real talk about social, cultural, and mental health issues related to real-life experiences and challenges.

    * The Floor Is Yours Podcast Network navigates today's issues with a level of care and concern that spurs us towards understanding and resolution and working to strengthen our families & communities with solutions for POC ecosystems.

    * Millennials on the Move – hosted by Brittney Kendle, this show highlights Texas millennial entrepreneurs and more.

    * Curves, Curls and Crowns – the ultimate women’s empowerment talk show hosted by Dana Watson, Katrina Willis and Mylira Green.

    * No Longer Bound: Fertility Freedom – a show hosted by Tameka Chapman and Sanita Mitchell that addresses all things fertility.

    * Voice of the Hour – global speaking stage for leaders, influencers and more to share a riveting message.

    * Millennial Voices…the stage – quarterly event; the global stage for millennial speakers that includes a LIVE panel discussion on a variety of topics related to the millennial generation from dating and relationships, careers, entrepreneurship, money and more.

    * The Dash – an honorary show that highlights and shows appreciation for America’s heroes, our Military Veterans.

    * Future Moguls Pitch Competition. Virtual pitch competition for U.S. military veterans scheduled for August 2022.

    * MOGUL TV Short Film Festival. Virtual film festival scheduled for October 2022.



    TOP READS

    Tameka Chapman is a world-record holder and international bestselling author who loves to find ways to inspire and empower others with encouraging words. After serving in the U.S. military to becoming a military wife and living in different states, she thoroughly understands the true value of family, communication, inclusiveness and diversity, and the power of positive programming for all ages.

    “As authors, we have a duty to entertain our readers through the written word, inviting them into our world. Always be intentional about what you’re feeding your readers. With the opportunity to write and entertain comes responsibility to help our readers embrace something different or unknown. Take the duty seriously and be creative when you write to bring others along for the ride.” – Chapman


    SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS

    * #1 Bestseller Faith of One Mustard Seed: My 18-Year Journey to Motherhood
    * #1 International Bestseller The Power of Perseverance, Volume I


    CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR

    * Women Who Pray
    * The Growth Hacking Book 2
    * Women Inspiring Nations - Volume 2
    * A Stage Of Their Own: More Than A Movement
    * Step Into Leadership Greatness: Leadership Isn’t Just A Title
    * Women of Virtue: Walking in Excellence
    * Women Inspiring Nations


    COMING SOON

    * The Big Book of Bold Affirmations
    * The Pin In The Air: Learning the Art of the Juggle


    DIGITAL MEDIA LINKS

    * Website: www.themogulchannel.com
    * Direct website to watch shows: www.theMoguls.tv
    * Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mogultvglobal
    * Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialmoguldomination/ & https://www.instagram.com/mogultvglobal
    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamekachapman/
    * LinkedIn Business https://www.linkedin.com/company/MogulMediaCo

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