Ready for your Close Up? by G. Shields

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This book offers a core account of collegiate backgrounds of recognized and influential professionals in the film industry. Film students and aficionados will appreciate the select listing of awards, stage, film, and television biographies of those profiled who act, direct, write and produce for the cinematic screen.

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Distributed by Ingram, ISBN 978-1-941271-63-6.

About the Author:

G. Shields earned her B.A. in Mass Communication from California State University, Hayward. She is a former Post Graduate Recruitment Counselor at University of California, Los Angeles and featured book review columnist and writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Holloway House Publications, Soul Magazine, Nommo: The Power of the Word and African American Heritage Magazine.



Third Edition: Ready For Your Close Up? African Americans And Internationals In Cinema Who Are College Graduates is a reference recommended for both performing arts collections and high school to college ethnic studies readers, and lists the awards and stage, film, and television resumes of selected African American individuals who act, direct, write, and produce for the film industry. It provides a chronological arrangement from cinema’s early pioneers to modern independent filmmakers, is intended for avid film enthusiasts as well as students who intend to make a career in this profession, and lists cinematic occupations in the fields of acting, directing, screenwriting, and cinematography.

From biographical profiles of selected actors, actresses, athletes who transitioned to film and made successful names for themselves to lists of their awards, movies, made-for-television movies, and family details, this compendium of profiles offers inspiration by example. The A-Z listing makes it easy to either locate particular names or browse the list.

Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Playing Faith by P.E. Young-Libby

Mistaken for a thief named Faith…
concert pianist Rad Damiano flees for her life
Shot in the hand, her entire future is literally bleeding out.


In exchange for a secret, experimental procedure to regenerate her hand—and save her career—Rad agrees to impersonate Faith.

But are the side effects making her time travel in her dreams? Or is that just her own crazy coming out?

Rad’s caught in a quantum entanglement of high-tech human traffickers, shadowy Spec-Int operatives, and fugitive-hunting marshals. And the suave, mysterious assassin she’s falling for seems to know her future.

Worse, he may have killed her father.

Can she out-smart and out-fight her enemies? Who can she trust?

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”YoungLibby has crafted a smart, rollicking thriller with the most resourceful, resilient, wisecracking pianist-actress-thief you’re ever gonna meet, and some fascinating glimpses of forefront technologies.”    — Amazon Reviewer

”Playing Faith is a suspense lover’s dream. This book has it all: great writing, unusual plot, surprise twists, a vicious villain, fear and a good dose of humor.”    — Amazon Reviewer

Because of Savannah by Sarah Patt

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Dakota Buchannan believes there can be nothing worse in life than losing her mother until her father suddenly dies, leaving her orphaned at sixteen. As she attempts to muddle her way through the funeral, Dakota is introduced to a man twice her age who looks remarkably like her father. Moments later, it is revealed that Luke is the son her father never knew he had and her brother. Luke invites her to join his family with the option of returning to Fort Worth to live with her bachelor uncle if she is not happy. Despite influence from Luke’s narcissistic wife, it does not take long before their adorable four-year-old daughter, Savannah, captivates Dakota. As things begin looking up for Dakota, she meets a college graduate at a barbeque, setting off fireworks in her love life. But when her uncle falls victim to a near fatal hit-and-run, Dakota is compelled to revisit her old home where the past collides with the present as she comes face to face with a killer and a shocking secret.

In this gripping story, an orphaned teenager is led down an unexpected path through pain, fear, and danger to the eventual realization that everything in life happens for a reason.



About the Author:

Sarah Patt graduated from Wheelock College and went on to earn a master’s degree in Special Education from Simmons College. She currently teaches at Landmark School in Massachusetts, where she never takes for granted the short commute, brisk salt air, and the devoted faculty, staff, and students who help make her work inspirational and rewarding.
Sarah Patt is grateful for all the love & support from her family and friends and thankful her fur baby always keeps her company during the late nights she writes and writes.
This book is dedicated to the memories of Nathan Patt, whose love for her children was as big as the sea; her sister, Melissa Gervais, who will always be her one and only Missy Mouse; Matthew Rutter, one of the most humble mentors she had the good fortune to work with; and to her father, Alan Rice, who instilled the idea, “You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it!”


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Mending a Heart by Lynn Miclea



A young, active woman in the prime of life finds it increasingly difficult to breathe. At first she ignores her symptoms until her condition deteriorates to the extent that it threatens her life. A powerful story of a journey through emergency open-heart surgery, this is an inspirational journey of strength, determination, and self-reflection, as the reader is brought into the author’s private world. This story is empowering and is both a celebration of life and a poignant reminder of what is truly important in our lives.


About the Author:

Lynn Miclea grew up in New York and moved to California while in her twenties. A certified hypnotherapist, Reiki master practitioner, and musician, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she has held many jobs but has always loved reading and writing stories. After retiring, Lynn further pursued her passion for writing, and she is now a successful author with many books published and more on the way.

She has published books of fiction (thrillers, suspense, horror, paranormal, mystery, and romance), nonfiction (memoirs and self-help guided imagery), and children’s stories (fun and silly animal stories about kindness, believing in yourself, helping others, and being more than you ever thought possible). She hopes that through her writing she can help empower others and add more joy and love to the world as well as entertain with powerful and touching stories. She asks everyone to be kind to each other as we all share this journey through life together.

Lynn currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two dogs.

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Trouble the Water by Rebecca Dwight Bruff

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“Before this decisive night, I’d not fully appreciated the subtle line between inspiration and insanity. But now, with all our lives at risk, I found myself navigating that most perilous edge . . . “ 

Based on a true story about risking everything for freedom, Trouble the Water navigates the rich tributaries of courage, family, betrayal, faith, forgiveness, and redemption. Robert Smalls — born enslaved and witness to both great privilege and great suffering–grows up alongside his owner’s daughter and the dangerous son of a firebrand secessionist. At the age of 12, he’s sent to work in Charleston, where he loads ships and learns to pilot a cotton steamer. When the Civil War erupts and the cotton steamer becomes a confederate warship, he seizes a high-risk opportunity to pursue freedom for himself and the woman and children he loves.  After the war ended Smalls was able to purchase the house in which he and his mother had been enslaved, and he became one of America’s first black legislators. His courage, thirst for knowledge, and compassion ultimately changed the lives of untold others, including making SC the first state to legislate public education for all. 


From his illiterate childhood to his thrilling escape to freedom, from his work to make South Carolina the first state to guarantee public education to his final days on the porch of his family home, Trouble the Water will thrill history lovers, biographical fiction fans, and book group members who appreciate exciting fiction based on the lives of real people. If you liked Invention of Wings, My Name is Mary Sutter, and The Kitchen House, you’ll want to read this.



About the Author:


Rebecca Bruff heard the story of Robert Smalls on her first visit to South Carolina. She was so captivated that she left her job and moved across the country to research and write this novel. Bruff earned her Bachelors degree in education (Texas A&M) and Master and Doctorate degrees in theology (Southern Methodist University). In 2017, she was a scholarship recipient for the prestigious Key West Literary Seminar. She volunteers at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, South Carolina. She’s published non-fiction, plays a little tennis, travels when she can, and loves life in the lowcountry with her husband and an exuberant golden retriever.





In her brilliant new novel, Trouble the Water, Rebecca Bruff skillfully uncovers an American odyssey, long lost in the camouflage of history.  It is the unlikely journey of Robert Smalls, born a slave in Beaufort, South Carolina.  While suffering the heartache and horrid indignities of chattel slavery, Smalls dreams of freedom for himself and his family.  In what has to be one of the most daring and nail-biting  escapes ever attempted in the low country, Smalls succeeds in changing the lives of many while becoming a Civil War hero and a paragon of civic leadership.  Bruff gifts her readers a gripping, heartrending and at last, inspirational narrative, a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit, not soon to be forgotten.    


-Jeffrey Blount, award-winning author of two novels,  Almost Snow White, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and Hating Heidi Foster, winner of the 2013 Readers Favorite Book Award for young adult literature, and Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

J.O.Y. Journal by Cathy Hanlin & Kayleigh Hanlin


Cathy Hanlin and Kayleigh Hanlin are a mother/daughter team that aims to address the issues that face children today. They believe there are many people living for the approval of others and not fully embracing what is unique and wonderful about them. Often the concept of self-love and self-acceptance are not promoted so Cathy and Kayleigh are on a mission to change this.

Drawing inspiration from their own experiences in building self-confidence and courage in their lives, the authors release “J.O.Y. Journal” (published by Balboa Press), a book designed for young girls to discover their unique selves, provide a new way to explore their emotions, and build foundations of self-love through engaging and guided activities. The goal is to help them to discover who they are, build confidence and know they are worthy of becoming their best selves.

“We believe this journal will appeal to both parents and young girls alike,” Cathy point out. “‘J.O.Y. Journal’ is a great resource for parents to give their child the ability to discover their unique gifts at their own pace. The journal can open the door for parent-child communication, building a higher sense of self-love and confidence and strength in children. Parents will also appreciate this journal as a legacy piece for their child to look back on fondly as they live life to the fullest.” To purchase and to know more about the book, interested parties may visit

About the Authors:

Cathy Hanlin is a life success strategist and coach. She has a passion for helping people discover their greatness. In her 30-year corporate career, she devoted her gifts to developing winning cultures and high performing teams with individuals who strive to reach their full potential. She held many senior executive roles including senior vice president of operations, vice president of human resources and organization development to senior vice president of international and business development. Cathy has a Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Science in medical technology from the University of Akron and a Master of Science in organizational development from Case Western Reserve University. She is a proud board member of Children’s Hunger Alliance. She considers her greatest privilege — being the mother of three thriving humans.

Kayleigh Hanlin is a purchasing coordinator and project management specialist with a background in marketing.  She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Relations from Otterbein University.  Kayleigh has been working in the publishing and education space for five years.  She is a current volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana and a homework help center volunteer for the Columbus Public Libraries. When she is not exploring the Columbus food scene, she spends her time curled up (with her cat on her lap) reading a good book





Empowered Minds

Reindeer and Reminders by Angela Perkins

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It’s Christmas eve at Rock House and everyone has their part to play in getting things ready for the big day. So why does Brian feel as if he hasn’t the faintest idea of what to do? Join Kit, Brian and their family and friends in a tale of snow, parsnips and festive fun as Brian learns that there’s more than one way to enjoy Christmas.






Kit nodded and just at the moment that he stood up, he had an idea. It wasn’t an idea that would cure cancer or end world poverty. It wasn’t an idea that would stop people from hunting whales or abusing their fellow man. But maybe the very first step towards these things was if everyone made just one person really feel the magic of Christmas. For Kit, of course, that one person was Brian.


It wasn’t a completely logical thought because Brian was already a good person. He did not hunt whales or abuse his fellow man (with the exception of a little light-hearted teasing of Kit and Francis). He gave to charity without making a song and dance about it and Kit was sure that if he’d had medical training, he’d have been well on his way to finding a cure for something. His sense of justice was as strong and unwavering as the lettering running through a stick of seaside rock and his logical brain meant that he was able to put that sense of justice to very good use. In short, Brian did not need to change to benefit the world, but a tiny part of the world needed to change to benefit Brian and Kit thought he knew how to make that happen.

Murder by the Books by HL Carpenter

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Certified public accountant Fae Childers is not an embezzler, despite the belief of the accounting firm that fires her for stealing. But proving her innocence is harder than convincing an IRS agent to allow a deduction. She’s lost her mother, her job, her fiancé, and her self-respect. She’s running out of money and the lease is about to expire on her apartment.


Then the fortune-telling grandmother Fae never knew existed, whose name and psychic abilities she now learns are also hers, issues a challenge from beyond the grave—a challenge that brings Fae face to face with murder, embezzlement, romance, and a hidden family legacy.


When the mystery of Fae’s past collides with the troubles of her present, the situation veers out of control. Her very life is threatened. Who can she trust? The man she’s falling in love with? The former fiancé who has already betrayed her once? Or only herself?


With justice, romance, and her future at stake, Fae must overcome personal and professional obstacles to save herself and those she loves. And she’s going to have to do it fast, before someone else dies.




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Mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter write family-friendly fiction. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.


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The letter arrived on the last Thursday in April, two weeks to the day after I got fired from the accounting firm where I had worked for a decade. August Palmer, my landlord, hand-delivered the letter in person, saying, “The mail carrier stuck this in my box by mistake, Fae.”


I took the envelope without bothering to look at it and glanced past Gus, at the patch of brilliant cloudless blue sky framing his shoulders.


Tampa, Florida on the cusp of summer, full of birdsong and the scent of warming pavement.


“Beautiful morning,” I said, as if I cared.


“Afternoon,” Gus said, his voice a low rumbly growl, the product of too many cigarettes and whiskeys in his happily misspent youth. He stood outside the tiny apartment my mother and I rented from him for the past two years and eyed me. “Still mopin’, girl?”


He had shown up on my doorstep every day since the firing with the same question.


Adhering to our new routine, I answered the same way I always did, except this time I didn’t bother pasting on a fake smile to accompany the words.


“Nope. Not my style.”


“‘Scuse me.” His tone was as dry as the month he was named for. “Forgot you’ve been hidin’ in the apartment, tap dancing with glee.”


I met his gaze. “For hours at a time. Any complaints about the noise?”


He clicked a nicotine pellet against tobacco stained teeth and kept his silence. I regretted my sarcasm. In my forbidden childhood game of describing people in colors, I would have painted Gus early-morning-yellow, the shade of the summer sun before the friendly sheltering coolness of night gave way to the brutal heat of day.


The description would have horrified him.


“How are the treatments going?”


He grunted. “They tell me I ain’t gonna croak this week.”


“Glad to hear it. You might want to keep your distance from me, though. I’m jinxed.”


Gus shook his head. “You gotta get over them fools, girl.”


“That’s no way to talk about my former bosses.” Especially since I looked at the real fool in the mirror each morning. I had believed dedication, loyalty, and hard work were appreciated by the partners of Slezia + Fyne, CPA, PA.


Ha, ha.


“Anyway, I am over them. Way over.”


“Yeah?” He was not convinced. “You over the suit too?”


“Sure am.” Once again, I stuck with our new routine and gave him the same answer I always did. “I have moved on.”


Once again, the lie carried the bitter taste of betrayal. The suit was Scott Piper, former co-worker, fiancé, and man of my dreams. The suit dumped me the day I was fired.


Gus snorted. “Funny how much movin’ on resembles standing around feeling sorry for yourself.”


In my opinion, wallowing in self-pity was marginally more mature than throwing a temper tantrum. Even if it hadn’t been, I didn’t have the energy for a tantrum. I barely had the energy to maintain my half of the daily conversation with Gus.


“Have you been watching that big bald guy on television again?”


He stuck out his chin. “Don’t get smart. You know I’m right. You’re mopin’.”


“Only because I can’t tap dance.”


He was right. In the eight months since my mother’s death, I had slogged through an ever-darkening morass of the malady Gus called moping, and what his favorite celebrity psychologist might consider the early stages of depression. The firing and the accompanying fallout shoved me even closer to the edge of a black abyss.


My moping was self-absorbed, given the burdens others faced, but what could I say? One woman’s detour was another’s stop sign.


“You ought to call your girl pal, that one you worked with. What’s her name? Sarah? Have you heard from her?”


No. And I didn’t want to hear from her, much less call her.


I shook my head.


“Your ma would have been annoyed with you.”


A lump in my throat closed off my voice and I could only nod. He was right about that too. My irrepressible mother believed in taking the positive approach to life. To her, saying negative words or thinking negative thoughts was the same as asking them to come true. She had little patience for pity parties.


Focus on your strengths, Fae, and always keep moving.


My ability to follow her advice vanished with her death. I was slowly turning into the type of recluse the Japanese call hikikomori. Even the simple task of cleaning out Mom’s bedroom was beyond me.


“So? You gonna open the letter?” Gus asked.


I turned over the envelope in my hand.


Heavy, officious, dirty white, and mildly threatening, the envelope shrieked of the intimidation perfected by lawyers and the Internal Revenue Service and jolted me right out of my apathy. My breath hitched in my throat.


Had Gary Slezia and Richard Fyne gone back on their word? Had they decided to forego their distaste for publicity and press charges against me?

My Vision In Words – A poetic journey of life with sight loss by Astrid Middleton

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Have you ever wondered how the world looks to someone with sight loss?

To help her deal with slowly losing her sight and strong independent streak, Astrid Middleton has written 100’s of poems documenting her thoughts, feelings and experiences.

My Vision In Words is a selection of these beautifully crafted poems which allow the reader to get a sense of how a dramatic and uncontrollable deterioration in one of our most fundamental senses affects everyday life.

Draw strength from her inspirational words, share in her despair and smile as she journeys through life with sight loss.


Seven Miles Deep – Chantrea by Valorie Lord

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When Jake visits his dad on a deserted tropical island and finds they have a submarine, all he can think about is taking it down to explore the ocean. But if he does, will he make the discovery of his life, or the biggest mistake ever?
Cori has spent his entire life in the greatest depths of the ocean, but he’s never explored it either, so he’s ecstatic to be sent on a mission into the great Outside. Now he must hide from predators and fight for his life, and he might never find his way home. Even if he can, it may be too late…

     SEVEN MILES DEEP – CHANTREA is a deep-sea adventure that will take you from an obscure pacific island to the depths of the mysterious Mariana Trench. It’s about some remarkably different young teens, and it’s about trust and friendship. And what we might find, if we dare…



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Valorie Lord grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, but after seeing a huge ray washed up on the beach, it was the ocean and its myriad mysterious creatures that ignited her imagination and planted the seeds of Seven Miles Deep – Chantrea. She soon became a scuba diver, which increased her awe and respect for the ocean, and anyone involved in its research and preservation. When asked who her heroes are, she’ll likely mention Sylvia A. Earle and Jacques Cousteau.  She and her husband Pauli enjoyed living in Finland for a dozen years before returning to the U.S., where they now reside with their two cats, Kisu and Misu.


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“A very fun and imaginative read for both children and adults. Would highly recommend this book.”

“This book was so interesting!…. I loved it, and I’m really hoping for a sequel!”

“From the very first chapter to the very end I was greatly intrigued and involved in this amazing adventure.”