Archive for April, 2012

A Young Woman Who Never Dreams ‘Small’ Is Helping To Transform Lives

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Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – Have you ever set a major goal in life such as becoming an award-winning actress, being signed by a record company or publishing a book? Bridgette Murphy dared to dream big and guess what? She became a successful author and had an opportunity to act with Oscar winner Hillary Swank.

If you don’t dare to pursue a dream then life will pass you by, leaving you to ask: “What if?” In Bridgette Murphy’s Bold, Fierce and Transformed: The Process of Life-Changing Transformation (Xulon Press), she shares how to be bold enough to recognize the barriers but daring enough to move forward in order to accomplish our goals; in other words, how to reach our full capacity in spite of life’s adversities!

“It’s about being fierce, persistent, and passionate enough to break through every obstacle and reach your desired destination,” says Murphy.

Not willing to accept the barriers life delivered, she chose instead to dedicate her life, gifts, and talents to inspiring others and helping them come into their purpose. This is profoundly evident in her book which offers the encouragement to press beyond internal and external barriers, pursue your passion and God-given purpose – and reach your true potential.

Bold, Fierce and Transformed is a life-changing book that invites you to take a transformational journey. It is a practical guide to help readers understand that no matter where they are now, it’s not where they always have to be. Infused with inspirations, Murphy’s book challenges each reader to stretch beyond their comfort zone and venture into a land of personal growth.

Murphy is the President and CEO of Bridgette Murphy Enterprises – a global enterprise that specializes in delivering practical, purpose-driven messages to religious organizations, educational institutions, women, young professionals and adolescents through the art of dancing, writing and speaking.
 
A passionate writer, visionary, innovator, teacher and in-demand corporate speaker, Murphy has helped women and youth come into their purpose as they understand their value, find their passion for life, and reach their true potential. Please visit: www.bridgettemurphy.com for more information.

Bridgette Murphy’s inspiring and motivating book will challenge you to your core to be bold, be fierce, be transformed! 

Available at www.bridgettemurphy.com, online, and at bookstores:
Bold, Fierce and Transformed: The Process of Life-Changing Transformation
By Bridgette Murphy
Xulon Press
ISBN: 978-1-61996-415-0 Paperback/$14.99
ISBN: 978-1-61996-416-7 Hardcover/$22.99
ISBN: 978-1-61996-417-4 e-Book/$7.49
March 2012

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com

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Father Walks His Daughter To School Every Single School Day For 10 Years Straight!

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Delray Beach, FL – On May 16, Frank McKinney will walk his daughter Laura to St. Vincent Ferrer School for the last time – a tradition that started over 1,650 walks ago, and has carried on unbroken since Laura’s first day of Pre-Kindergarten on August 21, 2002.

That’s right; Laura has never been driven to school in the 10 years since she started Pre-Kindergarten. Rain, cold, wind, even hurricane warnings… it didn’t matter! Frank and Laura experienced epic adventures, stories, and wildly imaginative games on their daily odyssey!

What began as special time to spend together, just Dad and Daughter, has grown into an amazing daily ritual that now involves as many as one hundred of Laura’s schoolmates who are eager to join them on the first Friday of every month.

The 7-block walks, through the McKinney’s jungle-like back yard, past an eerie nature preserve, and over a 1949 drawbridge, inspired Frank McKinney’s young reader fantasy novel; Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle (www.Dead-Fred.com).

Perhaps the most inspiring part of the story is it happened in today’s world of too-busy-to-care dads and disconnected parent/children relationships.

Still walking hand-in-hand when most teenagers wouldn’t be caught dead with their dad, Frank and Laura use this time to share their love for each other and all that is good in this world.

A five-time bestselling author in three genres, McKinney’s release, Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes and the Good Luck Circle (www.Dead-Fred.com), captures a fantastical account of this monumental streak.

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com

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Exclusive Details On One of the Most Important Artists of the 20th Century

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Los Angeles, CA – The price Jerome Robbins paid in his personal life for his art was extraordinarily high. Watermill Revisited, the new e-book from Christine Conrad, provides a unique understanding of the controversial ballet Watermill, and weaves her long relationship with this internationally acclaimed director and choreographer into a fascinating story that connects Watermill with the underlying stresses of Robbins’ romantic relationships.

Filled with details never before revealed, Conrad explains how Watermill followed an extremely shattering personal time for this brilliant artist. And as Robbins pointed out in his work notebooks, it was autobiographical and he was ‘healing.’

Created in 1971 for New York City Ballet and influenced by Japanese Noh drama, Watermill has been described as one of the most unusual pieces from this renowned choreographer. Reviewers either loved or hated it and it was decidedly controversial where ballet audiences were concerned. The combination of its slow pacing, unconventional images, and bold sexual dance moves provoked a mixture of stunned silence or enthusiastic applause at the end of performances.

Water Mill is the name of a beach town on Long Island where Jerome Robbins had rented houses. He loved being by the ocean. It was his retreat from the city; a place where he found peace in the solitude and scenery and allowed him time to reflect and regroup.
 
In Watermill Revisited, Conrad makes the link with an earlier ballet, Facsimile, that told of a similar tale of triangulating between lovers – a pattern Robbins was never able to conquer in his lifetime. Filled with details from journals written by this very private man during his lifetime, this absorbing book gives lovers of theater and dance a read not easy to put down.

Watermill Revisited is the author’s second book about Jerome Robbins; the first being her pictorial biography Jerome Robbins: That Broadway Man, That Ballet Man. However, in Watermill Revisited the writer goes into greater detail about her relationship with Robbins and adds new levels of intriguing details about him that have never been revealed until now.
 
Watermill Revisited follows Christine Conrad’s well-reviewed novel Mademoiselle Benoir, written in epistolary form and inspired by a true story. Conrad began working full-time as a writer for film and television in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s, and is well-known for originating the screenplay of Junior which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her short stories have been featured on BBC Radio and she has received rave reviews from The London Times, Daily Telegraph, and others. Raised in NYC, she has worked in theatre, as an editor in book publishing, and as New York City film commissioner.

Christine’s life took an unexpected turn when a serious illness in the mid-1990’s galvanized her to become an advocate for women’s health. This encouraged her to write two best-selling books on natural hormone replacement and launch her non-profit foundation www.naturalwoman.org  that has helped thousands of women get life-changing treatment.

Christine Conrad continues to live and work in Los Angeles and is currently working on several different projects. For more information please visit: www.watermillrevisited.com.

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Trish Stevens

Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com

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Heartbreak, Terror and Joy

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Las Vegas, NV – Two Kinds of Color (Createspace) by Deborah Kennedy may be fiction but its characters and events reflect the author’s real life story: growing up black in a racially divided family who were mostly conceived through prostitution when her mother was pimped out by her father. Kennedy proves herself to be a compelling writer with a deep sense of compassion and an intensity that adds raw emotion to her amazing story. 

It’s not a memoir, but a character-driven mystery thriller with an intriguing plot that deals with the lives of a dysfunctional family made up of a prostitute white mother, a vain and greedy black man, and four children, two white and two black. Two Kinds of Color is both compelling and poignant in its portrayal of a mother’s love and heroic sacrifice for her children. 

In this story, paralleling much of Kennedy’s own life, Freddie Walker is a very beautiful and sensuous woman who begins working as a prostitute at age sixteen for a vain and greedy pimp/businessman. Jimmy Tate is her pimp and his notorious reputation and illegal gaming practices allow him to make all the money he can. Raising children in the brutal world of hustlers  of Chicago’s South Side is tough, but she does her best.

The mesmerizing power of the story keeps readers turning the page. A murder, a prison sentence, foster care and a fortune made on Wall Street are plot twists so incredible they must have come from real life. The reader learns what Freddie Walker didn’t tell her children, and how those children ultimately redeemed their legacy of heartbreak, terror and joy.

Two Kinds of Color is a powerful story with characters that leap off the page, vital and real; the kind of story that creates smash hits at the box office. It sheds light on the underworld of prostitution and focuses on the truth of the pimps that abuse the children caught up in this world. It is a story of best friends, of having faith and belief in God, and of trust and love.

Kennedy’s goal in writing this extraordinary story was to bring hope to women and their children trying to get out of this lifestyle, and to offer encouragement to children of racially divided siblings that no matter what one experiences in life, nothing is more important than family – even if they are two kinds of color…

For more information on this talented writer please visit: http://www.twokindsofcolor.com.

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Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
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Intense True Story of The Eternal Battle of Good and Evil

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San Antonio, TX – People often wonder: What is evil? What is death? What is hell? We Do Not Wrestle with Flesh and Blood: The True Story of a Man’s Death and Resurrection is the incredibly true story of Benjamin Smith – a young man who experienced all three firsthand and lives to unlock the source of evil in the depths of human souls.

This factual story relates the inner personal battles of a young man seeking truth and freedom in central London in the early 2000s. When Benjamin Smith left his small hometown in Texas to attend college in London, he was seeking only one kind of salvation: freedom from the crushing boredom of a safe life lived and its predictable nine-to-five future.

Daring to ask if there was more to existence than a report card and a resume, he sets out to join Alex, the son of a Russian oligarch, at a prestigious English business school. The plan seems simple and foolproof: make powerful friends and make a ton of money! Believing that from effortless power and money, freedom and peace would surely follow. Isn’t that how it goes…?

Set against a fast-paced dialogue between wildly diverse cultures, the story relates how the subtle deceptions of evil can eventually destroy a life. Masterfully written, this story is a witty but profound spiritual testimony of Benjamin’s experience when he encounters evil incarnate in the form of a sycophantic, Rasputin-like Russian, a friend of Alex, whose mysterious powers and dark intent cause Smith’s ambitions to deteriorate into a haze of drugs, deception, and danger.

As Benjamin takes readers on a wild, “stranger than fiction” exploration into the subtle deceptions of evil that lead him to a traumatic death experience—these deceptions nearly cost him his life and will have eternal consequences!

Through Benjamin’s intense death experience and subsequent spiritual awakening, he cracks the code to unmask the nearly irresistible core of evil.

Receiving five-star reviews on Amazon.com, Smith’s book is described as “raw and brutally honest” and “a very deep and true story of one man’s life and fight with the sins and evil of this world.”

To learn more about this young man’s true journey between good and evil, please visit: http://www.brsmithbooks.wordpress.com and www.brsmithbooks.com.

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Jillian M. Sachtleben
Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Office: (281) 333-3507
jillian@ascotmediagroup.com
www.ascotmediagroup.com

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