Book Cover & Blurb: Unspeakable!

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Mother’s Touching Journal of Anguish and Despair After Loss Is Shared in New Memoir, Unspeakable! A Mother’s Journey

For a parent, there is no greater fear than the death of a child. Unspeakable! A Mother’s Journey is the frank, heart-wrenching account of one mother’s painful, unfathomable journey after the loss of her daughter.

Columbia, MD – Kay Armstrong Baker, like many proud mamas, looked forward to taking the joyful leap from motherhood to a new role as doting grandmother. On Aug. 27, 2000, all her hopes and dreams suddenly dissolved into a nightmare of unremitting, unimaginable pain. Baker recounts the tragic death of her pregnant daughter and her struggle to make sense of life in the aftermath of loss in the frank, touching new memoir, Unspeakable! A Mother’s Journey, published by Outskirts Press.

A pleasant family dinner was on the agenda that fateful day for Kay, her husband, John, and her daughter, Courtney. Courtney’s first trimester had been plagued with arrhythmia, dehydration, nausea, and migraines and seemed only to worsen with time. When word came from Courtney’s roommate that she was in the ER again, her parents were naturally concerned. But Courtney always landed on her feet. She’d get through this, too. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Silent Impact

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Veteran Broadcaster Joe Schmit’s Search for Untold Stories of Influence

Minneapolis, MN – Veteran broadcaster Joe Schmit has released his first book, Silent Impact: Stories of Influence Through Purpose, Persistence, and Passion. Known for an Emmy-award-winning career spanning over 30 years and a commitment to community service, he has spent his life exploring and promoting the ways in which people can make the world better by “taking stock of who they are and what impact they are having on others.”

In Silent Impact: Stories of Influence Through Purpose, Persistence, and Passion, Schmit uses his own experiences — such as a battle with cancer and involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters — as well as stories from other legends such as Joe Mauer, Bart Starr, and Paul Molitor to teach readers about influences. According to former US Congressman Jim Ramstad, these stories “inspire you to new heights and greater purpose.” Schmit says, “All the stories are about ‘impact players’ — people who made everyone around them better just by being there. Sure I have stories on Hall of Famers and Olympians, but I want people to realize that you don’t need to be world famous to be world class in influence.”

The movement behind this book, known as the Silent Impact, “is all about being intentional about influence, recognizing its source, and realizing its potential,” Schmit says. For those interested in exploring more of what this means for their audience or organization, Joe is available for interviews, speaking engagements, and book signings.

About the book:
Silent Impact by Joe Schmit
ISBN: 978-1940014098
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Date of publish: February 2014
Pages: 144
S.R.P.: $22.95

About the author:
Joe Schmit is an award-winning broadcaster, community leader, and popular keynote speaker. He has won fifteen Emmys from the National Television Academy and a National Headliner Award. He is a past president and board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities and a past president and board member of the Fairway Foundation. Joe is also a member of the PACER Advisory Board and the Minnesota Vikings Advisory Board. He and his wife Laura are currently chairing a $7 million capital campaign for VEAP, the largest food shelf in Minnesota. Joe earned his degree in mass communications from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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Book Cover & Blurb: Small Moments

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A Child Remembers “The Help”: Recollections of the Civil Rights Movement

Nashville, TN — Mary M. Barrow’s white, upper middle-class family was not unusual in the 1960s—she had a father who worked, a mother who stayed at home, brothers and sisters, and a full-time live-in African-American nanny named Amelia. Barrow is now a professional writer and a past board member for the National SEED Project for Inclusive Education (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). This month, Barrow’s collection of stories from her childhood titled Small Moments: A Child’s Memories of the Civil Rights Movement is being released by Wise Ink Creative Publishing, just in time for Black History Month.

Small Moments is a retrospective chronicle of the sometimes-startling and sometimes-subtle ways racism was evident during the era through the eyes of an unknowing child. Barrow says, “Racism stole my innocence and replaced it with a deep sense of sorrow, mistrust, and alienation. Amelia’s life seemed endlessly sad, though I did not understand at the time how much of my pain was caused by racism.” Barrow believes that “confronting racism helps to establish an honest reality” of the world we live in and the past that shaped it.

Fans of Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 The Help will appreciate Barrow’s Small Moments. Containing an interactive Q&A, Book Club Questions, and a Reader’s Guide, Small Moments is a valuable tool to commemorate the steps made to combat racism in the 1960s and to educate readers about the lasting effects of racism, classism, and sexism. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Bevel Down

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POWERFUL MEMOIR OF AN OKIE METH HEAD: BEVEL DOWN

Boise, ID – Author Todd Langley’s debut novel, Bevel Down: the absurd tragic memoir of an Okie meth head, is receiving high praise for its thoughtful insights into the birth of meth culture. Now available through most major outlets, Langley’s narration pops off the page as he drags the reader into the dark folds of society’s underbelly.

What makes Bevel Down different from other drug stories is its refusal to offer any excuses for the behavior of its protagonist. There is no whining or blame in this twisted tale. Langley provides a gripping account of real people dealing with real consequences. He makes us care about people we don’t want to care about by showing us people that are at once familiar yet alien.

Diane Donovan at the Midwest Book Review raves, “The conclusion offers a satisfying blend of hope and despair: something not common in your typical singular novel, and highly recommended for readers seeking accounts of social challenges and community evolution.” Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Recess is my Best Subject

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Debut Author Peggy Mastel Chronicles Her Unexpected Year as a Substitute Teacher in New Memoir, “Recess Is My Best Subject.”

Peggy Mastel’s debut memoir, Recess Is My Best Subject, is available from Fergus Publishing. Arriving in the midst of the ever-evolving debate on public education, the book chronicles her unexpected year as a substitute teacher in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, following the death of her son.

Sioux Falls, SD – Peggy Mastel’s debut memoir, Recess Is My Best Subject, chronicling her unexpected year as a substitute teacher in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is from Fergus Publishing. Mastel, a storyteller whose background varies from corporate training to broadcast news reporting, addresses important education-related topics—from parenting to teaching—while posing the deeper question: What can we do to help our schools thrive? Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: K9 Commando

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New Non-Fiction, K9 Commando, Explores Bond Between Incredible K9s and Their Owners

K9 Commando tells the story of 12 courageous and smart dogs – heroes who, if necessary, would sacrifice their lives in order to save their owners.

Denver, CO – As crime-fighters aiding the police, Special Forces dogs rise to the call of duty with all the courage that their owners and fellow officers have. Author Violetta Kovacs presents 12 true and touching stories of these brave, tough, smart and beautiful animals in her latest book, K9 Commando: Police and Army Dogs from New York to Berlin, published by Outskirts Press.

Man and his four-legged “best friend” have had a special bond, working side by side for thousands of years. As guide dogs for the blind, search-and-rescue dogs for the lost, sheep dogs for shepherds or simply companions for ordinary people, they have always taken their place at their masters’ sides. This bond and loyalty are no more apparent than with the Special Forces K9 officers Kovacs honors with K9 Commando. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Who’s the Slow Learner?

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Who’s the Slow Learner?: New Non-Fiction Illuminates World of Children with Special Educational Needs

Who’s the Slow Learner? offers the parents of special needs children information and tools for ensuring inclusive education..

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Students with disabilities continue to be the only remaining marginalized group for whom segregation is condoned. Twenty-two years after the 1992 amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, that marked the end of wrongful segregation and exclusion of individuals with disabilities, it is still a struggle for students with disabilities to be fully integrated in general education classes. Who’s the Slow Learner? offers parents and educators insight they can use to support students with disabilities for educational success, and to demand the dignity and respect that is their due. The new non-fiction, education book is published by Outskirts Press. Continue reading