Book Promo ~ Premiere: A Romance Writers of America® Collection

 A varied mixture of different genres that all
have something to do with love!

A collection of tales that showcases the breadth and complexity of the world’s most popular genre of fiction, Romance!

New York Times bestselling authors Cindy Gerard and Allison Brennan bring the thrills in their tales of romantic suspense.

New York Times bestselling authors Sabrina Jeffries and Courtney Milan take you on a trip back in time with lush stories of historical romance.

New York Times bestselling authors Vicki Lewis Thompson and Joan Johnston show the wonder of contemporary romance, while New York Times bestselling authors Monica Murphy and Laura Kaye’s New Adult romances delve into the evolving Millennial perspective.

And editor and #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day’s tale of angels and sizzling desire takes readers to the edge with paranormal romance.

From the first love of Young Adult romance to tales of second chances, LGBT romance to the realms of the supernatural, contemporary to historical, suspense to inspirational, the genre of romance has a story for every reader and this blockbuster inaugural collection from Romance Writers of America showcases it all!

Featuring tales from:  Sylvia DayVicki Lewis Thompson, Lila Bell, Courtney Milan, Amber Lin, Monica Murphy, Regina Scott, Joan Johnston, T.L. Costa, Cindy Gerard, Harper St. George, Erica Ridley, Laura Kaye, Katy Regnery, Allison Brennan,
Lex Valentine, Sabrina Jeffries, and Diane Kelly 

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Amazon Reviews

“I LOVED this anthology. Such a crazy diverse group of authors and romance genres. There was something for EVERYONE. You HAVE to check it out!! I also loved that all the stories were connected in the theme of ‘a wrong number’ – everything about this was awesome!”
– All Romance Reviews

“I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. It was a varied mixture of different genres that all had something to do with love. Whether it was about a second chance at love, finding love in the most unexpected places, or rekindling past flames, they were all incredibly great romances that I truly hope are just precursors to more in a series. I want more from each world and each author. I truly enjoyed every single story in this collection and that is no lie.”
– Book Reader Chronicles

“This decadent and assorted collection of tales is the perfect treat for yourself or a friend this Valentine’s Day! A must read and a must own collection!”
– Books I Love a Latte

About the Author

Romance Writers of America: The Voice of Romance Writers: Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. Founded in 1980, RWA has grown to one of the largest writers associations in the world. RWA represents more than 10,000 members who live in 38 countries. RWA provides programs and services to support the efforts of its members to earn a living from their writing endeavors. If you are interested in becoming a part of this diverse and growing community, visit for more information. Like RWA on Facebook:; Follow RWA on Twitter: @romancewriters

Book Promo: The Napoleon Job (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 11)

from the author, “I’ve wanted to write this book from day one.
Before I knew how, I just knew I wanted to. Harvey Bennett, in my mind,
should have always been the character we get in this book.
He’s grown into his character, I guess you could say. I’ve grown as a writer.”

The Napoleon Job

by Nick Thacker


There’s a new threat to Harvey Bennett and the CSO team. A new threat to the entire world.

Terrorist attacks grip the world in fear.

A deep, dark truth has resurfaced — one that’s run through the threads of history.

And one man wants Harvey Bennett dead.

Harvey Bennett is back in the darkest, most twisted, action-packed installation to the series.

When an explosion rocks Ben’s home in Alaska, the CSO team realizes the chilling truth: the explosion wasn’t an accident. And they were specifically targeted.

Ben and his team start putting the pieces together — an ancient code, a modern-day puzzle, a scientific anomaly that seems too unbelievable to be true.

From the time of Napoleon, a secret organization has been vying for power, and they’ll do anything to attain it. They have a plan, and the clock is ticking. They have a weapon, and it’s growing stronger.

Steve Berry (NYT Bestselling Author) had this to say about Nick Thacker’s writing: “Plenty of treachery… some truly unique forms of danger. A riveting imagined world, so real you’ll wonder it was imagined.” —

From USA Bestselling Author Nick Thacker, don’t miss the newest in the series that has maintained a positive 4.5-star review average (over the course of 5,000 reviews).

For fans of Dan Brown, James Rollins, A.G. Riddle, Steve Berry, and Jeremy Robinson. An action-adventure thriller that promises twists, turns, and puzzles so deeply written you’ll be breathless long before the end.

Check out the brand-new Harvey Bennett thriller (#11 in the series!).

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About Nick Thacker

Heroes 2021: U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, RIP

Brian D. Sicknick was a U.S. Capitol Police officer and military veteran who died from injuries suffered during a pro-Trump riot on January 6, 2021.

Officer Brian Sicknick

The following is a statement issued by the U.S Capitol Police Department:

Sicknick, 42, served as an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police since 2008. Before joining the Capitol police, he served with the Air National Guard and was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan. Officer Sicknick shared a passion for the outdoors and became a member of the mountain bike unit with Capitol Police, patrolling the grounds daily. Sicknick served most recently in the First Responder Unit. His fellow officers remember him as someone they could always count on to be there and also could always bring a smile or laugh to them.

Sicknick lived in Springfield, Virginia, according to public records, but his death was felt in his hometown of South River N.J., where he was remembered as someone who had a private persona; rescued dachshunds; prized relaxing at home, watching movies and his favorite comedian, Jim Norton; and loved the New Jersey Devils.

Family members of slain Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick are urging the public not to make his death a political issue and to respect their privacy as they mourn his death in the line of duty.

Book Promo ~ The Big, Bad Coronavirus! And How We Can Beat It

Legendary Actress Writes Uplifting New Book
to Help Kids Cope During Pandemic

When actress Lisa Carroll heard her NYC neighbor’s daughter cry from the fears of COVID-19, she thought there had to be a way to use her well-versed communication and survival skills from her movie, TV and Broadway career in a way to offer comfort in the eyes of her little neighbor—and beyond. That’s why Lisa teamed up with award-winning illustrator G.F. Newland to create The Big, Bad Coronavirus! And How We Can Beat It (Pixel Mouse House, ISBN: 978-1-939322-36-4; November 25, 2020), written by Lisa Carroll; illustrations by G.F. Newland.

The Big, Bad Coronavirus! And How We Can Beat It tells the story of a child named Lisa as she struggles to face the realities of COVID-19. Little Lisa can’t comprehend why she has to wear a facemask, why she has barriers around her school desk or why she’s confined to virtual learning from home. It all doesn’t add up. Because little Lisa longs for the life she once had, she imagines the virus as a giant, scary dragon—fortunately, her mother comes to her side and comforts her—teaching her everything she needs to know to deal with this pandemic from a kid’s perspective. Lisa becomes a stronger and braver girl who inspires her classmates to live without fear.

Author Lisa Carroll’s journey to writing this book is extraordinary. Having appeared early in her film career with stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Rock Hudson—Lisa is no stranger to hitting tremendous highs and overcoming incomprehensible lows to survive. En route from Hollywood to New York City for a Metropolitan Opera audition, Lisa survived a deadly car crash, which killed six. Lisa was told she would never walk or talk again. After six years in rehabilitation, although singing opera was no longer an option, Lisa turned to Broadway instead.

Lisa Carroll is best known from her role starring in “Hello Dolly!” as Dolly Levi, first as Carol Channing’s stand-by and then starring in the National Tour. She later starred in the National Company of “Applause” among others. She was also in numerous episodic TV roles, including “General Hospital.” In addition, Lisa hosted the BBC’s “Night Ride,” had a UK recording contract with CBS Records and starred as a cabaret artist in her own one-woman show at the Savoy in London, the Hilton in Hong Kong, plus stints in California and Las Vegas.

More recently, Lisa learned the art of rapping—paving the way for her mega-hit children’s hip-hop album for Capitol Records, “Rappin’ Up Christmas: Homeys 4 the Holidays.” This inspired her to make her first huggable toy, Hip Hop Randy Bear for Gund, part of a group of 10 plush toys, including Hip Hop Hamilton, inspired by the outstanding statesman Alexander Hamilton. She also appeared on the ABC TV national children’s show “Toybox” where she featured 10 of her toys called “Furry Friends.”

Author Lisa Carroll captures the perspective of this moment that will resonate with children having a difficult time, while emotionally processing the coronavirus. Drawing from Lisa Carroll’s real-life experiences, parents and educators alike can use the book to help children cope with COVID-19.

The Big, Bad Coronavirus! And How We Can Beat It
Publisher: Pixel Mouse House
Written by: Lisa Carroll
Illustrations by: G.F. Newland
ISBN: 978-1-939322-36-4

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Book Promo: Elvis: Destined to Die Young

The Untold Story of Elvis Presley’s
Heartbreaking Health Struggles

The world lost Elvis Presley on August 16, 1977, when he was just 42 years old. News reports painted him as bloated and unconscious on his bathroom floor, leaving devastated fans with a graphic, tarnished final image of their shiny idol from Tupelo. Toxicology reports confirmed that he was overloaded with prescription medications — just another cliché, a rock star who popped one too many pills.

Historian and author Sally Hoedel, however, doesn’t see Elvis as a cautionary tale of self-destruction. Instead, she sees a man who struggled, every day, to survive.

In her compelling, thought-provoking new release, Elvis: Destined to Die Young, Hoedel offers factual and scientific data, plus never-before-published information she gained by interviewing people who personally knew Elvis, to dive deep into his struggles with multiple chronic health conditions.

Hoedel examines Elvis Presley — devoted son, husband, father and friend — while plowing through the negative hype and legendary myths surrounding the man. Elvis’ downward spiral of health struggles is intertwined with his life story, and for the first time, it is revealed that he suffered from disease in nine of eleven bodily systems. Five of those disease processes, Hoedel finds, were present from birth. She expertly puts all of this into historical context, pointing out differences in medical treatments and protocols for the time.

Hoedel’s extensive research provides answers to lingering questions about his death and dispels the long-held theory that abuse of prescription drugs is what killed Elvis. Readers may be surprised to learn that, based on Elvis Presley’s family history and the genes he was dealt, nothing could have saved the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The result is a totally fresh, unique, humanizing approach to Elvis.

“I wrote this book because I genuinely believe this is a story that Elvis would want known,” Hoedel says. “He needed to be a strong American male while he was alive, and he hid his pain and his body’s weaknesses. Yet, he always knew he was just like everyone else: human. I believe he would be OK with everyone now understanding just how human he was. He struggled but he tried. My only hope for this labor of love is that it makes someone stop and think about Elvis just a little bit differently. He deserves it.”

Sally A. Hoedel, a lifelong Elvis fan and historian, has a journalism degree from Michigan State University and is co-owner of Character Development and Leadership, a curriculum business. She lives in Northern Michigan with her husband and their four daughters.

For more information, please visit, or follow the author on Facebook at

Elvis: Destined to Die Young

Publisher: Elvis Author, LLC
Release Date: December 14, 2020
ISBN-10: 1-7336526-1-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-7336526-1-2
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2020 Global Citizen Prize Honors Those Shaping the World We Want


International advocacy organization Global Citizen on Saturday, December 19, honored the winners of the 2020 Global Citizen PrizeBryan Stevenson, Sir Elton John, LifeBank Global CEO Temie Giwa-Tubosun, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Warren Buffett, Sesame Workshop and the Co-Founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement were recognized for their efforts in shaping the world we want and doing pivotal work to help end extreme poverty.

John Legend served as host of the event, which featured presenters John Oliver, Katie Couric, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Scott Evans, and Usher.

The awards also featured musical performances from Alessia Cara, Carrie Underwood, Common, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, JoJo and Tori Kelly.

Bryan Stevenson was awarded the Global Citizen of the Year Prize, which celebrates an individual who has proven exceptional and sustained impact toward the end of extreme poverty and its systemic causes. As Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Stevenson has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

Accepting the award in conversation with UsherStevenson said, “I’m so honored by this award and this recognition on behalf of everybody at the Equal Justice Initiative who have been fighting this fight for a long time…All of us have to find ways to get closer to people who are experiencing inequality and injustice. We will never prevail in changing the world if we only do the things that are comfortable and convenient.”

Sir Elton John was awarded the Global Citizen Artist of the Year Prize, which honors a creative individual or group using their platform and their work to create change not only through conversation but meaningful impact. A singer, songwriter, philanthropist, and composer, John also tirelessly works to end the AIDS epidemic through the Elton John AIDS Foundation and most recently was a leader in raising vital funds for the global COVID-19 response. 

Accepting the award in conversation with Miley CyrusSir Elton John said, “I didn’t really do enough as a gay man – I should have been there with ACT UP, I should have marched, I should have been much more political than I was. So many of my friends died, so many of my friends still have HIV/AIDS, and when I got sober in 1990 I realized I wanted to make a difference, not just for gay people but for everybody… Our motto is nobody gets left behind…I’m extremely grateful for this accolade. I’m so grateful people know about the Elton John AIDS Foundation and consider it a wonderful organization, but it reminds me of all the work left to do.” 

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen was awarded the Global Citizen World Leader Prize, which honors a political figure who advocates for and has implemented policy changes that have improved the lives of those living in poverty. Finalists for this year’s Prize also included Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Chairwoman & Managing Director of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva and Executive Director of UNAIDS Winnie Byanyima. President von der Leyen has shown extraordinary leadership during her first year in office, driving significant and exemplary impact for the global community and contributing to achieving a just and sustainable future for all, in particular through her relentless work for equitable access to tests, treatments and the vaccine against COVID-19. The winner of the Global Citizen Prize was selected by an independent committee of more than 30 judges and included former Heads of States and Governments, other political leaders, and champions in the development community. The committee deliberated and gave careful consideration to all the nominees who embody the spirit of global citizens through their work, identity and community collaborations.

Accepting the award, President von der Leyen said, “There is no doubt this double crisis, the health and economic crisis of unprecedented scale, is definitely the biggest challenge in my life…I’m deeply honored and I’m truly humbled to receive this prize because I know this is a prize for all of us, and you have my word that team Europe stays on the ball, because as much as the Global Citizen award is a moment to celebrate, we cannot stop with our work until we have overcome this pandemic and its impact. Thank you for this Prize, it’s a tremendous motivation to keep going.”

LifeBank Founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun was awarded the Global Citizen Business Leader Prize, which honors an individual in the business community who has combined business goals with positive human impact. Recognized for her work as a health advocate in addressing blood shortages in Nigeria, as well as her innovative use of technology and the partnerships harnessed to expand LifeBank initiatives, Giwa-Tubosun is also recognized for LifeBank’s COVID-19 response, including creating a national register, launching testing centers, and free delivery of medical oxygen to COVID-19 patients in isolation centers.

Accepting the award in conversation with Katie Couric and LifeBank Global CEO Temie Giwa-Tubosun said, “I’m so glad that I work here and that Africa has been honored in this amazing way…The problem we’re solving is not just a Nigerian problem, it’s not just an African problem. It’s a problem that exists in developing countries that need to figure out their infrastructure. For me, the work is to build a scalable, fast-growing business that can expand to all these locations around the world where this problem still exists, saving lives and saving lives at scale. That is the dream and we’re committed to doing the work to get us there.”

Founder and Managing Director of Water Access Rwanda, Christelle Kwizera was awarded the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Awardwhich honors individuals aged 18-30 who have contributed meaningfully toward the goal of ending extreme poverty. The award also includes a $250,000 prize paid to the organization to which the individual contributes. Kwizera established Water Access Rwanda, a social enterprise committed to eradicating water scarcity by providing appropriate technologies for durable access to water, and works to provide simple, durable and affordable water solutions while creating decent employment for the youth. Her company is rehabilitating unsustainable boreholes to supply piped, purified water that people can access either at a public water point or directly in their homes, and to date successfully supplies over 70,000 people with water daily.

Accepting the award in conversation with Nick JonasChristelle Kwizera said, “The work we do, keeping water running for hundreds of thousands, we’re going to scale for millions because we’re tackling a challenge that affects 400 million people across Africa and over two billion worldwide. When we look in 10 years, this Prize will be a huge catalyst. In 10 years, we’ll be servicing 30 million people, and more, and we’re going to create over 13,000 jobs, because when we give water we also create jobs.” 

The Global Citizen Prize: Country Hero Award, which celebrates individuals around the world who have shown exceptional commitment to achieving the Global Goals and championing the most vulnerable awardees include: Burnet Institute Director & CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC (Australia); Founder of Help A Girl Out Yanique Brandford (Canada); Founder of Space2GroW and women’s rights advocate Anab Mohamud (Germany), Co-Founder of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo (Mexico), Executive Director of Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER) Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi (Nigeria), Directors of the WISE Collective Brenda Madumise-Pajibo, Onica N. Makwakwa and Pinky Mgobozi (South Africa) and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Green New Deal Fatima Ibrahim (United Kingdom). The Country Hero Award in Australia, Germany, South Africa, and the United Kingdom is presented by Vodafone and in Mexico by Citibanamex.

In addition, the Global Citizen Prize introduced three awards, selected by Global Citizen and a team of advisors to recognize individuals or organizations who have demonstrated exceptional impact over the preceding year, creating positive change and inspiring others through compassion, innovation and unwavering dedication in their respective fields.

Warren Buffett was awarded the Global Citizen Prize for Philanthropy, honoring a philanthropist, or philanthropic group, who has shown extraordinary leadership, stepping forward to accelerate their giving in support of the world’s biggest challenges and in pursuit of achieving the United Nations Global Goals. Historically the most giving person in the world, Buffett has vowed to gradually give more than 99 percent of his wealth to philanthropic foundations and announced earlier this year that he donated another $2.9 billion worth of stock to nonprofit groups.

Sesame Workshop was awarded the Global Citizen Prize for Culture & Education, honoring an individual or organization who has excelled in creating positive change through an artistic or educational endeavor. The nonprofit Sesame Workshop has a storied history of bringing critical early childhood education to children in over 150 countries through the power of media and the Sesame Street Muppets and tackling the toughest issues facing children, like HIV/AIDS, family homelessness, autism, and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic, in ways that children not only can understand, but that also help them to grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Elmo accepted the award in conversation with John Oliver, and Alessia Cara also joined in song with Sesame Street Muppets from around the world.

The Black Lives Matter movement, represented by Co-Founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, was awarded the Global Citizen Prize for Activism, which honors an organization or individuals whose activism has driven significant and exemplary impact for society, at a local or global level. The Black Lives Matter movement has been awarded with the Prize for Activism, due to the powerful impact that it has had on combating anti-Black racism. The Black Lives Matter movement has also confronted socio-economic challenges that disproportionately impact disenfranchised communities and communities of color. The movement has promoted equity, enlightenment and inclusion, elevated the collective conscience of people, and BLM Co-Founders have excelled in their ability to unite people across the country and around the world.

Accepting the award during a powerful performance of Academy Award-winning song Glory with John Legend and CommonCullors, Garza, and Tometi said, “Hashtags don’t start movements, people do, through awareness, activism, and allyship. What started as three words on social media has become the largest movement in U.S. history, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Together, we are creating a better tomorrow. By continuing the tradition of resistance, standing up for what’s right, loving each other, and demanding change, we can manifest a reality where Black lives are valued, Black lives are respected, and Black Lives Matter.” 

Lastly, Global Citizen’s launch of the #My2020Hero social media campaign, invited everyone to honor the people in their lives who have done something special during this difficult year to support them, their community, or the world, to take a moment together to focus on gratitude and hope.

The 2019 Global Citizen Prize winners included Sting, Founder & CEO of HealthSetGo Priya Prakash, Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed, and filmmaker Richard Curtis. The Global Citizen Prize was launched in 2018 for the categories of World Leader and Youth Leadership and presented live on stage at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa to Prime Minister of Norway, Her Excellency Erna Solberg, and food and nutrition activist Wawira Njiru of Kenya.

The Global Citizen Prize was produced by Audrey MorrisseyIvan Dudnysky, and Jayson Belt for Live Animals and Hugh EvansLiza HenshawLee Rolontz, Katie Hill, and Molly McGuiness for Global Citizen. The Prize also received support from in-kind supporters, including: BandsintownBellaNaija, BOO! Surprising Media Solutions, Central Ontario Broadcasting, Curb Taxi Media, Der Stern, The Economist, Evergreen Trading, Forbes, Grassroots Advertising, Inc., iHeartMedia, Jack Agency, JCDecaux Nigeria, Marketing and Media Ltd., Mass-Media, The Beat 99.9FM, The New York Times, Seen Media Group, Spotify, Superiate, TIDAL, Twitter, UK-Billboards, Vanguard Media and XP Digital

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030. Global Citizens have mobilized $48.5 billion in commitments and policy announcements from leaders that have impacted the lives of 880 million people living in extreme poverty.

For more information about the 2020 Global Citizen Prize, please visit, and follow @GlblCtzn TwitterFacebook and Instagram using #GlobalCitizen.

Book Promo ~ The Dog Lady of Mexico

The Dog Lady of Mexico Gives Hope
to Thousands of Unwanted Animals

by Alison Sawyer Current


Alison Sawyer Current experienced a calling — a powerful pull that she couldn’t ignore — and gave renewed hope to the starving, unwanted cats and dogs roaming Isla Mujeres and set a profound example for others to follow.

The Dog Lady of Mexico shares Alison’s remarkable journey, which began when she and her husband, Jeff, were soaking up the sun on the Mexican island during a much-anticipated month-long honeymoon. The stray animals roaming freely seemed to be woven into the island culture — just another aspect of the backdrop. Until she took a closer look. First, a tiny, pregnant, toothless cat caught Alison’s attention. Then along came a dog with a litter of 12. The animals were suffering, disease-ridden and without any sources of food or clean water.

Alison’s honeymoon became the catalyst to a lifelong pursuit to save as many neglected cats and dogs as humanly possible. Her first rescue took place in 2001, and before she knew it, she was assisting with the creation of the island’s first spay and neuter clinic.

The Dog Lady of Mexico compellingly and accurately depicts Alison’s story through a character named Rose. Her valiant efforts to help stray dogs and cats eventually grew into the nonprofit Isla Animals, which offers free spays and neuters, low-to-no cost veterinary care, arranges adoptions, and runs owner education to help whittle the number of animals destined for the same bleak existence.

The problems Alison encountered were numerous. There are no veterinarians in many areas, so most of the animals are never vaccinated or treated for parasites. The average dog is thin, mangy, and tick and flea infested. Needless to say, they are not welcome inside the home so even dogs that have owners are subject to the same conditions as street dogs. Since most of the people can’t afford a car, and taxi drivers refuse to pick up passengers with dogs, they have no way to get to a veterinarian … and the cycle just goes on and on.

Readers of The Dog Lady of Mexico will experience a world very different from their own, and will see firsthand the blood, sweat, tears and, yes, even laughter, that accompany such massive rescue efforts. They get to share the journey of Rose, whose life takes an uncharted course into unknown territory, and experience the passion that changed a life forever.

Alison is a recipient of The Doris Day Animal Kindred Spirit Award, and in 2007 she was invited to Mexico City for the first Forum on Small Animal Overpopulation in Mexico. To date, Alison has spayed or neutered more than 20,000 animals and promoted adoptions in Mexico, the United States and Canada. Alison resides with her husband in Boulder, Colorado.

To learn more about Isla Animals or to find out how to support their programs, please visit the website or join the over 40,000 followers on Facebook at:


The Dog Lady of Mexico
ISBN-10: 0578413809
ISBN-13: 978-0578413808
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5 stars Fabulous Book!
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HEROES 2020: RIP Flight Paramedic Don Shambo

Don in 2017 teaching a MedEvac Safety Class

A Pennsylvania community is mourning the loss of a flight paramedic who died December 7, shortly after his retirement from a 45-year EMS career.

Lehigh Valley Health Network MedEvac Flight Paramedic Don Shambo, 63, retired in November after 30 years with MedEvac and nearly a half-century of service as a first responder.

Shambo had been diagnosed with cancer prior to his retirement and died after “a short battle with illness” and weeks in intensive care, said MedEvac Director Bryan Evans.

A statement from Suburban EMS reads, “Don has been a pillar of the both MedEvac and the entire EMS Community in the Lehigh Valley for decades. Don started his career in EMS as a teenager 45 years ago when he joined the Whitehall Fire Department, then becoming an EMT at the Whitehall Emergency Squad. Don became a paramedic in 1980 and actively served many communities across the Lehigh Valley. Don worked for LVHN MedEvac for over 30 years as a Flight Paramedic retiring last month. Don is a past president of the Lehigh County Ambulance Association.”

The Antidote ~~ movie available on Prime Video

Made in response to the times we are living in, The Antidote weaves together stories of kindness, decency, and the power of community in America. It’s about everyday people who make the intentional choice to lift others up, despite fundamentally unkind realities in our society that contradict the founding ideals of our country. It’s about who we are and maybe, who we can be.

2020 has shown that it’s never been a more critical time to care and come together and just in time for the holidays, the documentary film The Antidote is available on Amazon Prime Video.   Produced and directed by Academy Award-nominee Kahane Cooperman (Joe’s Violin; Daily Show) and six-time Emmy winner John Hoffman in response to the times we are living in, the documentary, filmed across the country, reveals the power of intentional kindness and encourages a national conversation about the roles that compassion and respect play in a civilized society.

Book Promo: The Home Stretch

Undercurrents of Mortality, Forgiveness
Buoy Compelling Coming of Age Story

by Wayne M Johnston

For Bill Smith, the end has always been in view. And perhaps, in some metaphysical way, his occasional confrontations with the inevitable end that awaits us all made Bill better equipped to emerge intact from each crisis. His life, in fact, has been a series of highly unlikely extensions. This is his story.

The Home Stretch, from award-winning author Wayne M. Johnston, features everyman Bill Smith (loosely based on Johnston himself), who, throughout his life, is confronted with extraordinary circumstances. His is a coming of age story in which the peace that allegedly comes with maturity is often shunted aside to make room for yet another crisis. It is also an uplifting story in its portrait of a man struggling to find personal integrity through challenging conditions.

From an early age, Bill grapples with depression. Raised in a religious cult, he cannot reconcile his own experience with the worldview of his parents, and although he’s bound to them by love and obligation, he rejects their beliefs. His father’s palpable disappointment in Bill leads him to contemplate suicide and to provoke his father into a confrontation with a surprising outcome that would redefine their relationship and alter the course of both of their lives.

Given to a physical, adventurous life, Bill becomes the chief engineer on a seagoing tugboat, and his tales of weathering gale-force winds and violent storms at sea provide metaphorical undercurrents for his fraught relationship with his father, his failed early marriage, his father’s descent into Alzheimer’s and his own battle with leukemia, which he is told will kill him. Just when Bill has come to believe he has put the worst of it to rest, he learns something more about his father that opens everything up again, except this time, Bill’s sister is the victim.

The Home Stretch is a poignant, ultimately inspiring coming of age story that weaves themes of mortality and forgiveness through life-defining moments of reckoning that many adults have to face head-on and learn to overcome.

Wayne M. Johnston taught English, Creative Writing and Publications at La Conner High School for 19 years. Prior to that, for 22 years he worked on tugboats, usually as chief engineer, towing freight barges between Canadian and West Coast American ports. In 2011, he won the Soundings Review First Publication Award for his essay, “Sailing,” and has published other essays locally. For his debut novel, North Fork, he drew from years of experience reading student journals to reproduce the way kids voice serious matters to a trusted adult. The Home Stretch is book two in a planned trilogy. North Fork was released in 2016 as a YA novel. The story is told through the voices of three 17-year-olds as journal entries for their English class. Bill Smith, the protagonist in The Home Stretch, is their English teacher, and The Home Stretch is his back story.

Johnston lives with his wife, Sally, on Fidalgo Island in Washington State where he is working on another book length project.


The Home Stretch
Publisher: Black Heron Press
ISBN-10: 1936364344
ISBN-13: 978-1936364343

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