Debut Story Shares Inspiring Tale Of Baseball’s Impact On Small Iowa Town

Steve Hellman
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Debut Story Shares Inspiring Tale Of Baseball’s Impact On Small Iowa Town

Minneapolis, MN ― In the fictional village of Cottage Park, Iowa, time is best measured not by the hands of a clock but by the innings in a baseball game. In this quiet, northwestern Iowa community where businesses are shuttered and economic stability is scarce, two institutions flourish: the Holy Trinity Church – as spectacular as any Roman cathedral – and the local, dusty baseball diamond.

Set within a single baseball season in 1974, Tommy Murray’s debut novel, Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball, follows 14-year-old T.J., along with a band of misbehaving teens and three cantankerous old coaches, as the high school baseball team makes a concerted push for the championship – a summit never yet reached by the team from Holy Trinity High School.

For the coaches, the elusive championship looms large as they enter their final baseball season before retirement. For the players, the road to the finals is a confirmation by fire – a rite of passage they must navigate before facing the realities of adulthood.

Along this entertaining, coming-of-age journey, young and old alike ultimately learn that you must sacrifice before you can gain and sometimes lose before you can win.

Author Tommy Murray is a retired teacher from the Minneapolis Public Schools. He is also the author of the forthcoming novel, The Empty Set. Murray is married to Mary Ann, and they reside in Shoreview, Minnesota. In Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball, Murray pays homage to his uncle, who led his high school team to its first state championship back in 1943. His uncle went on to enlist in the army and lost his life when his tank unit was ambushed in the Philippines in 1945.

In Murray’s world, where his father, uncles and grandfathers shared their legacies of devotion to church, patriotism and baseball, baseball is life and death. It’s much more than a sport. Baseball is a religion.

Follow this link to hear an interview with the author and the University of St. Thomas: https://tinyurl.com/y8n4hgjg.


Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball
Beaver’s Pond Press
Release date: October 3, 2017
ISBN-10: 1592986293
ISBN-13: 978-1592986293
Available from Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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Proceeds From 5K Pub Run Benefit No-Kill Animal Shelter

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Trish Stevens – Ascot Media Group, Inc.
Direct: 832.334.2733/Main: 281.333.3507
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To contact Friends For Life directly, please call/email:
Megan Carpenter – Communications Coordinator
Friends For Life Animal Shelter and Sanctuary
107 E. 22nd Street, Houston, TX 77008
Main: 713-863-9835/Direct: 832-840-8164
communication@friends4life.org

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Proceeds From 5K Pub Run Benefit No-Kill Animal Shelter

Houston, TX, ― The 2018 Cupid’s Crawl Pub Run is just around the corner, and whether your status is “single,” “in a relationship” or “it’s complicated,” you don’t want to miss this enjoyable jog up and down Washington Avenue.

The annual 5K begins at noon on Saturday, February 10, at Kung Fu Saloon. From there, walkers, runners and beer enthusiasts will venture to NettBar, Underdogs Sports Pub, Porch Swing Pub, Fuego’s Saloon and back to Kung Fu Saloon for the after party.
One beer at each of the five bars on the pub run is included in the registration. Register online for $45 or pay $50 the day of the race.
The Cupid’s Crawl Pub Run is hosted by Kung Fu Running Club and surrounding Houston FFP Running Clubs. All proceeds from the run benefit Friends For Life, the only LEED-certified, No-Kill animal shelter in Houston. Since December 2011, Kung Fu Running Club has raised more than $40,000 in donations for Friends For Life.


Executive Director Salise Shuttlesworth founded Friends For Life in 2002 to offer a No-Kill alternative to traditionally run shelters in the Houston area. Friends For Life’s ongoing efforts provide adoption services, rescue and rehabilitation, and support for frustrated pet owners struggling with behavioral and other concerns.

To find out how you can support the ongoing efforts of Friends For Life in Houston, please visit the website http://www.friends4life.org/, or follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FriendsForLifeHouston/), Instagram (www.instagram.com/friends4lifeorg/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/Friends4Lifeorg).

To register for the run or for more information about the race, please visit https://thedriven.net/event.race_reg/eid/8969012349/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/789002254633616/.

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Love Researcher Explains Neuroscience Behind Valentine’s Day

Men Chase, Women Choose: The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love

Melanie Simpson
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Love Researcher Explains Neuroscience Behind Valentine’s Day

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The legend states that Valentine was arrested and put to death by Emperor Claudius II. Valentine was defying orders and secretly helping soldiers to marry. But why would Claudius II not want his soldiers to marry?

Here’s where the neuroscience comes in. It turns out that when a man marries, his testosterone drops. So, Claudius’ decree against marriage makes biological sense. If you want an aggressive army that will fight your battles, it’s better to have single, highly testosterone-fortified men.

Think that’s crazy? It turns out that lower testosterone is not the only crazy thing that happens to us when we fall in love.

In a dramatic presentation, Love Biologist Dawn Maslar cuts up a brain to show what love does to us. When we fall in love, this is what can happen to our brain:

• We can lose cognitive ability
• We can lose the ability to accurately judge our partner – that’s why they say ‘love is blind’
• We can lose the ability to feel concern if we detect a problem
• We can experience an increase in self-transcendence – being in love makes us feel less selfish and more connected to the world

In addition:

• Our serotonin (hormone of happiness) can fall to the level of someone with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• His testosterone drops but hers goes up – making her sexually charged
• This effect is temporary – lasting between 1 and 3 years

Don’t worry, while the craziness is temporary, the love CAN last a lifetime. In fact, Valentine’s Day helps since the following can also kick-in:

• Red hearts, cards and clothes boost his testosterone which can increase the romance
• Giving chocolate on Valentine’s Day can boost dopamine – an important neurotransmitter of long-term love
• Doing new and novel things with a partner can also boost dopamine
• Spending quality time together increases oxytocin – the bonding hormone

To see Dawn Maslar in action, please visit: https://www.abcactionnews.com/morning-blend/science-of-love-in-time-for-valentines-day

Dawn Maslar, MS, is an award-winning author, expert guest speaker, adjunct biology professor, and researcher in the science of love. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and her talk on ‘How Your Brain Falls in Love’ went viral last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyq2Wo4eUDg

Available at all online outlets
Men Chase, Women Choose: The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind, and Finding True Love
Publisher: HCI Books
ASIN: B01LVYO27A

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The Final Day: When Love Of Country Becomes The Driving Force That Unites All Citizens Against Tyranny

The Final Day: A Novel (A John Matherson Novel) by [Forstchen, William R.]

The Final Day by New York Times best-selling author William R. Forstchen gives a chilling glimpse into an America ripped apart by both an EMP attack and a government hell bent on surrendering parts of the nation to foreign countries.

With our nation still at odds over the result of the presidential election, military historian Bill Forstchen offers something for both sides of the political aisle in a riveting plot that has citizens united in an attempt to preserve a beloved America. While The Final Day is third in the riveting John Matherson series, the first has already been optioned for a movie by Warner Brothers.

Bill Forstchen makes a dynamic guest. Please read the following press release and let me know if I may schedule an interview with him, or forward a copy of the book for a review from you. If you’d like to run this story, I’d be happy to send you .jpgs of the author and the book cover. Thank you.

Trish Stevens
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The Final Day: When Love Of Country Becomes The Driving Force That Unites All Citizens Against Tyranny

“Like its two predecessors in the Matherson series, this new novel entertainingly blends folksy and sophisticated, small-town nostalgia and sharp futurism…a thoughtfully rendered, richly detailed investigation into the ‘What if.'”
—Kirkus Reviews, on The Final Day

Black Mountain, NC – Fans of John Matherson and his fierce brand of patriotism were thrilled when The Final Day, third in the series by New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen, was recently released by Forge Books.

Months before publication, Forstchen’s One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. Film rights to that novel have already been optioned by Warner Bros. The riveting story of our nation’s struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and death was followed closely by the acclaimed One Year After, continuing the Matherson saga.

The Final Day picks up after John Matherson and his community defeat the designs of the alleged federal government. Now they have returned their attention to restoring the technologies and social order existing prior to the EMP attack. When the government announces that it is ceding large portions of the country to China and Mexico, General Bob Scales is sent to confront Matheson. The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what’s left of the U.S. Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states.

General Scales is John’s former commanding officer and closest friend from prewar days. Where do his loyalties fall? Might he be the crucial turning point in the quest for an America that is again united? When news breaks that members of the federal government knew an EMP attack was coming long before it hit, the government might get exactly what it fears: revolution.

William R. Forstchen is the New York Times bestselling author of One Second After. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. Forstchen is currently a faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College, near Asheville, North Carolina.

For more information, please visit http://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765376732

The Final Day
Forge Books
Available at fine booksellers and online outlets
ISBN: 9780765376732
Ebook: 978-0-7653-7673-2
January 2017

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TIP SHEET

Publishers Weekly, on One Second After: “An entertaining apocalyptic thriller.”

Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author, on One Second After:
“Forstchen is the prophet of a new Dark Age. The wise will listen.”

Possible interview questions:

• The frightening specifics about EMP
• An EMP attack: merely a sci-fi story or a reality?
• The societal impact of an EMP attack
• Hour-by-hour, day-by-day, month-by-month details on the effect an EMP attack would have on a community
• What, if anything, can be done to protect ourselves and our country against an EMP attack
• Why Dr. Forstchen decided to write the John Matherson series
• Speaker Newt Gingrich’s influence on One Second After
• The research Dr. Forstchen did to write the John Matherson series, and why he found what he discovered so disturbing
• Why he decided to make One Second After so personal by setting it in his hometown and using characters, including a daughter, based on people he knows
• Why he has been selected to submit a breakdown on the impact of an EMP attack to an agency within the Pentagon
• Will Dr. Forstchen’s research be used to change Congressional policy and other lawmakers?
• How does this affect our national security? Is our government preparing for such a threat? If not, why?
• What American history has to do with the technological threats of today
• Discuss the current political environment and how our president-elect should be preparing to lead our national security
• Climate change (both sides of discussion)
• Anything related to survivalists and preppers
• Why this series is such a huge success; the “making of” (his background and what inspired him to write this)

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