Kix Brooks Plans National TV Around First-Ever Cookbook

 

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KIX BROOKS DISHES UP MULTIPLE
NATIONAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES
THIS WEEK FOR RELEASE OF
“CELEBRATION-WORTHY” (AMERICAN PROFILE) COOKIN’ IT WITH KIX: THE ART
OF CELEBRATING AND THE FUN OF
OUTDOOR COOKING OUT TOMORROW
 
Brooks To Help Make “Cooking More of a Social
Event Than a Chore” (Rolling Stone) on Upcoming
Appearances Including TODAY, Fox & Friends and
GAC in Support of First-Ever Cookbook
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Country music superstar Kix Brooks – one-half the best-selling duo in country music history Brooks & Dunn – reveals national television appearances surrounding the release of his first-ever cookbook, Cookin’ It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and The Fun of Outdoor Cooking, available tomorrow, August 30th, through W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. 
 
Showcasing that he is “just as creative behind a grill as a microphone” (American Profile), Brooks will kick off Labor Day weekend in New York City by firing-up some of his signature dishes on TODAY this Thursday (9/1 on NBC) before hosting Travel & Leisure’s (www.facebook.com/travelandleisure) Facebook Live Chat (9/1 @ 1:30P CST).  Brooks will next appear on Fox & Friends (9/2 on FOX) on Friday before returning to Nashville for an autograph book signing on Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame (9/3 @ 3P CST at 222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203). Additionally, Brooks & Dunn will also serve as a highlight during the first-ever CMT Concert Of The Summer: Jason Aldean & Friends Live At LakeShake (9/3 on CMT @ 7P CST). Capping off his television appearances, Brooks will be on hand for GAC Playlist the following Tuesday (9/6).
 
Critics are already praising the multi-faceted entertainer’s Cookin’ It With Kix: The Art of Celebrating and The Fun of Outdoor Cooking as it “weaves tales ranging from his childhood in Louisiana to days on the road with Brooks & Dunn. It also has party planning tips and other advice for making cooking more of a social event than a chore” (Rolling Stone).
 
“Showcases his love of entertaining and his Southern roots. With more than 100 recipes, from gumbo and steak to beignets and cocktails, Cookin’ It with Kix serves up celebration-worthy ideas for any gathering.” – American Profile
 
“Brooks is taking his love of all things culinary to the pages with the release of his first cookbook. With more than 100 recipes featured alongside personal stories, ‘Kix Tips,’ and drink pairings, Brooks has every party, tailgate and holiday meal covered.” – Nashville Lifestyles
 
“His Louisiana heritage shines through in delectable dishes like Smashed Tater Salad, Corn Grit Waffles, Smothered Strip Steak, and more. Enjoy some good ole’ Southern fare that the whole family will applaud.” – QVC
 
“Conveys his Louisiana background through Cajun-inspired dishes and his love of the outdoors with plenty of grilling and backyard barbecue recipes.” – Taste of the South
 
“Many of the recipes are oriented toward outdoor cooking, but many of them can be converted for the stove or oven. In addition to main courses, ‘Cookin’ It with Kix’ has chapters on side dishes, sauces and condiments, desserts and libations. Throughout the book, he encourages readers to experiment.” – The Advocate
 
“The cookbook has more than 100 family recipes, many with the flair of his Louisiana heritage of hot sauces and outdoor meals, plus his favorites of duck gumbo and beignets.” – Las Vegas Review-Journal
 
Written with long-time radio producer and friend Donna Britt, the upcoming book includes over 100 recipes showcasing Brooks’ passion for all types of outdoor cooking, oftentimes with a flare of his Louisiana heritage highlighted, in family recipes alongside personal stories. From side dishes to desserts, cocktails to hot sauces and duck gumbo to beignets, Brooks has created the perfect collection for get-togethers and easy entertaining.
 
In addition to his success as one-half of country music’s must successful duo of all time, Kix Brooks continues to his career as a solo touring/recording artist while simultaneously exploring new paths. The CMA Humanitarian award-winner’s extensive resume includes lead acting and film producer credits, three CMA “National Broadcast Personality of The Year” awards for American Country Countdown, a Cooking Channel series “Steak Out with Kix Brooks” and co-owner of Nashville’s award-winning winery Arrington Vineyards, which was just named the top Tennessee winery of the year for the third time by at the New York International Wine Festival.  This year, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center recognized his diversified spectrum of success as he was inducted into the EC Hall of Fame. Brooks & Dunn will pick up the next leg of Reba, Brooks & Dunn Together In Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in November. For more information, visit www.kixbrooks.com.

Drybar Founder Alli Webb Writes First Book The Drybar Guide to Good Hair For All

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Drybar Founder Alli Webb Writes First Book The Drybar Guide to Good Hair For All

 

The Drybar Guide to Good Hair for All is the ultimate handbook for at-home hairstyling from Drybar founder Alli Webb. A longtime stylist and naturally curly-haired girl, Alli, along with her husband Cam Webb and brother Michael Landau, opened the very first Drybar in 2010 to offer great blowouts in a fun atmosphere so women could look (and feel!) their very best.

 

Now, with 64 shops across the country creating over a million beautiful blowouts a year, Alli shares her tried-and-true tips and tricks in three in-depth sections. Each features more than 100 style inspiration photographs and step-by-step tutorials.

 

Bright, happy and loaded with style and substance (just like you!), this book will give readers everywhere a good hair day at home!

 

“Hair has always been my passion. I am incredibly excited and honored to be able to share all the knowledge I have picked up along my 20+ years in the hair industry with woman everywhere. This book is super easy to follow and the ultimate guide to amazing hair at home!” says Alli Webb.

 

The Drybar Guide to Good Hair For All will be available October 18th, 2016 for $24.95.

 

Preorder your copy today with the following retailers:

Abrams, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound.org, Books-A-Million, and Indigo (Canada Only)

 

 

About Drybar:

Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it: Blowouts. The idea was a natural one for curly haired founder Alli Webb, a longtime professional stylist, who grew tired of overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons. Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas” by Entrepreneur Magazine and one of New York Magazine’s Boom Brands, Drybar is on track to have over 70 retail locations by the end of 2016, and will continue to add to its popular line of hair styling products and tools sold through its own shops and online, as well as at Sephora and Nordstrom locations in the U.S. and Canada. More information about Drybar is available at www.drybar.com.

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WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON comes to Las Vegas March 18-20

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Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Jewel Staite, Michael Rooker Among Top Celebrities Scheduled To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, March 18-20

Eliza Dushku, Mark Pellegrino, Elizabeth Henstridge, Sean Maguire Also Headline Roster; Talented Comics Creators, Variety of Exhibitors, Cosplayers, Robust Programming At Las Vegas Convention Center

 

Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) continues its 2016 schedule with its second trip to the Las Vegas Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, March 18-20. “Doctor Who” stars Matt Smith (“The Crown”) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jewel Staite (“Firefly,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), Eliza Dushku (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”), Mark Pellegrino (“Supernatural,” “Lost”), Elizabeth Henstridge and Brett Dalton (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Sean Maguire (“Once Upon a Time”) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, “The Walking Dead”) headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza, the fourth event on Wizard World’s calendar of Comic Cons in 2016.

Smith, Gillan, Staite, Dushku, Henstridge, Dalton, Maguire and Pellegrino are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday; Rooker is attending all three days.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas guests include Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”), Tara Reid (American Pie, Sharknado), Patricia Quinn (The Rocky Horror Picture), Jason David Frank (“Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”), and Chris 51 (“Epic Ink”).

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley in Las Vegas will feature Pasqual Ferry (“Wolverine,” “X-Men”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”), John McCrea (“Hitman,” “Transmetropolitan”), Jorge Molina (“X-Men,” “Captain America”), Arthur Suydam (“Marvel Zombies,” “Army of Darkness”), Bob Camp (“Ren and Stimpy,” “G.I. Joe”), Tom Cook (“He-Man,” “She-Ra”), Michael Golden (“Spider-Man,” “X-Men”), Des Taylor (“DESPOP,” “Titan Comics”), Peter David (“The Incredible Hulk,” “Wolverine”), J.M. DeMatteis (“Spider-Man,” “Moonshadow”) and many others.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas show hours are Friday, March 18, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event.  Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed –  will roam the convention floor. The famed Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas Costume Contest will take place on Saturday night.

 

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For more on the 2016 Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, visit http://wizd.me/LasVegasPR.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A’s, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched Wizard World Store (www.shopwizardworld.com), CONtv, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com), a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

Audible Studios released AMOK an Audible Original Drama by Sebastian Fitzek

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This week, Audible Studios released AMOK, an Audible Original Drama by Sebastian Fitzek, the internationally renowned author of the bestselling Audible Original Drama The Child.

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Amok: An Audible Original Drama
Written by: Sebastian Fitzek
Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, Peter Firth, Brendan Coyle, Hugh Skinner
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Performance
Release Date:05-07-15
Publisher: Audible Studios

Publisher’s Summary

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.
While the show is on air, he calls people from the phonebook at random. If they pick up the phone with a certain slogan, a hostage is set free. If they don’t, then the hostage is unceremoniously shot. The man threatens to continue playing this game until his fiancée arrives at the studio. The only problem is that his fiancée died several months ago….
AMOK is a gripping audiodrama and tense psychological hostage thriller set in a Berlin Radio Station, from the internationally renowned author of the best-selling Audible Original Drama The Child.
©2007 Sebastian Fitzek (P)2015 Audible Ltd.

Las Vegas Resident Co-Authors New Chicken Soup for the Soul Book

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LAS VEGAS RESIDENT CO-AUTHORS NEW CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL BOOK

 Loren Slocum Lahav and Several Locals Featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive,” in Stores May 5

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Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, has added several Las Vegans to its cherished history. Publisher, editor-in-chief and author Amy Newmark has collaborated with Las Vegas resident, Loren Slocum Lahav, to co-author the newest book in the publisher’s collection, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive,” now available for pre-order on Amazon and in stores May 5.

 

Slocum Lahav – an international personal development speaker, seminar leader, coach and author – worked closely with Newmark to curate 101 empowering stories that will motivate readers to create balance and give more meaning to their lives. The book also features touching pieces from other Las Vegas locals including Jaki Baskow, Founder of Baskow & Associates; and Sam Georges, the former CEO/President of Tony Robbins’ organization.

 

“I am thrilled to represent Las Vegas in such a motivating and transformational book,” said Slocum Lahav. “We have collaborated with some amazing individuals who have conquered their fears, embraced adventure and found the path to a more fulfilling lifestyle.”

 

Bringing the heart of the city into the pages of the book, the following Las Vegas locals shared their souls in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive:”

  • Loren Slocum Lahav; Personal Development Speaker

Along with penning the book, Slocum Lahav also contributed a story to “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive.” In her piece “The Strength of No,” Slocum Lahav dives into a difficult time in her life when she learned that saying no to extra responsibilities can be just as powerful as agreeing to everything life presents.

  • Jaki Baskow; Founder of Baskow & Associates

Named “Queen of Las Vegas” by Discovery Channel, Jaki Baskow’s story, “The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe,” details how she overcame several hardships, including the death of her father, a failed acting career and an unhappy marriage.

  • Linda M. Johnson; Hospital Executive & Business Owner

Linda Johnson’s nephew, Cole, had battled a life-threatening heart disease since he was 15 months old. “An Open Heart” recalls when Johnson overcame stress and anxiety to find a unique way to raise awareness for his condition.

  • Marcia Castro-Rosenburg; Nurse, Teacher and Strategic Intervention Coach

A life-altering experience led Marcia Castro-Rosenburg to reexamine her life, as documented in her piece, “A Life by Design.” She had lost all hope after dealing with bankruptcy and depression, until she saw the terrified look in her son’s eyes after stress-induced idiopathic anaphylactic shock almost killed her.

  • Andrea Hadhazy; Voiceover Actress and Singer

In her story, “Dream Life through Freedom,” Andrea Hadhazy outlines the struggles of breaking through the grief from her mother’s passing by figuring out her true passions and pursuing new life ambitions.

  • Sam Georges; Former CEO/President and General Counsel of the Anthony Robbins Organization

The former entrepreneur considers himself a private person, but pours his heart out in his story, “A Future to Step Into.” Sam Georges recounts the tragic passing of his wife and how he used his grief as an opportunity to rebuild his life.

 

Thriving comes in many forms, and “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive” covers everything from minor adjustments to complete overhauls. Whether a life needs a little tweak or a major change, these stories will show readers how to thrive. This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to bust out of the same old routine and take life in a new direction. It will give readers the confidence to take the first step toward a happier, more meaningful, purposeful life. There are a million ways to thrive, and the trick is discovering which is right for an individual. This book offers readers practical tips and thoughtful advice on how to do just that.

 

Newmark said, “This is the time to take charge of your life, pursue your passion, do something you are enthusiastic about and feel alive. ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive’ is an excellent tool to jumpstart this invigorating journey.”

 

Part of the proceeds from the sale of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive” will be donated to the company’s community partner, Humpty Dumpty Institute. Humpty Dumpty Institute’s program initiatives work to overcome humanitarian and development challenges that affect many people throughout the world. Past programs have succeeded in providing food to the hungry, delivering healthcare to the impoverished, providing literacy and education for women and girls and more. Chicken Soup for the Soul has become a key contributor to these ongoing efforts by donating millions of dollars throughout their years of involvement.

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul fans are invited to a special book launch event on Thursday, May 7 at Vasari at Tivoli Village. Slocum Lahav and the other Las Vegas contributors will be on-hand to meet guests and sign copies of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive.” Part of the proceeds from book sales that evening will go to local non-profits Create a Change Now, an organization dedicated to changing the way families eat by educating and empowering children to make healthier food choices; and Elevate Las Vegas’ S.P.I.N. program, “Supporting People in Need.” The event is free to the public and will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 410 South Rampart Blvd. Suite 150.

 

About Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 22 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, a line of high quality food to bring people together for healthy meals, and a variety of licensed products and digital offerings, all inspired by stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul has recently expanded into visual storytelling through movies and television. Chicken Soup for the Soul is “changing the world one story at a time®.”

Gene Simmons Authorized Parody Book On Sale Today

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Gene Simmons Authorized Parody Book On Sale Today      

Foreword by GENE SIMMONS

 

We are all privileged to share a planet with Gene Simmons.  Not only has he sold more than one hundred million albums with KISS, he has also sold roughly two billion dollars’ worth of merchandise, including his bestselling books, KISS and Make-Up and Me, Inc.  Now, in the spirit of Chuck Norris Facts, with authorization by Gene Simmons, Christina Vitagliano pays homage to rock’s living legend in the lavishly illustrated, GENE SIMMONS IS A POWERFUL AND ATTRACTIVE MAN: AND OTHER IRREFUTABLE FACTS.

As the founder of Monster Mini Golf and Gene’s business venture partner, Christina has rare access to Mr. Simmons allowing her a unique perspective on his awesomeness.  In this parody book, Vitagliano shares more than two-hundred-and-fifty outlandish “facts” about everything from Gene’s stage persona to his legendary sex life, love, his fans, finances, self-promotion, and, of course, that tongue.
Did you know?

  • Gene Simmons can get to the center of a Tootsie Pop in one lick
  • Gene Simmons has never seen a red light
  • Gene Simmons does not need a toaster; bread gladly sets itself on fire for him
  • When Gene Simmons walks into a strip club, the girls pay him
  • Gene Simmons is the reason Mick Jagger “can’t get no satisfaction”

“Gene Simmons planned on being a success the moment he launched himself out of his mother’s womb.”  —Gene Simmons


The book also includes Foreword by Gene Simmons, words of wisdom straight from the Demon’s tongue, hilarious reactions to Gene from kids, reimagined movie posters featuring Gene in the title role, and much more.  This is the book that 12 million KISS fans have been waiting for.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Vitagliano is the founder of Monster Mini Golf.  She created, designed and is responsible for a nationwide franchised chain of indoor, glow-in-the-dark, monster themed mini golf family entertainment centers.  She lives in Las Vegas and has never slept with Gene Simmons.


GENE SIMMONS IS A POWERFUL AND ATTRACTIVE MAN

Christina Vitagliano
Plume / March 31, 2015 / $16.00


ABOUT PLUME
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is a member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group (USA) and boasts many bestselling and prize-winning authors,

Egg Works and The Egg & I Family Restaurants Join Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour as Book Drive Partners

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Hop on Board Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour in Conjunction with Nevada Reading Week 2015

Donate new and gently used children’s books at partnering locations
throughout the valley to receive great offers this February

Book Donations Benefit the Public Education Foundation

Harrah’s Headliner and Comedy-Magician Mac King invites the public to jump on board this February as he embarks on Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading Week 2015, benefiting the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation. Throughout the month of February, King is partnering with the YMCA of Southern Nevada, Egg Works, The Egg & I, The Toy Box and Splash Studios LLC to collect books for elementary school children in local at-risk schools. Donate three or more new or gently used children’s books at any of the locations below to receive a pair of tickets to The Mac King Comedy Magic Show and special offers from the host venue.  King will personally deliver the books to kids in at-risk schools on March 2 – March 6, during Nevada Reading Week 2015.

Book Drop Locations:
YMCA of Southern Nevada Book Drive (www.lasvegasymca.org)
·     Heinrich YMCA
4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107
·     Durango Hills YMCA
3521 N. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129
·     Centennial Hills YMCA
6601 N. Buffalo, Las Vegas, NV 89131
·      SkyView YMCA
3050 E. Centennial Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89081
***Donate three or more new or gently used children’s books during the month of February at any of the four Y locations to receive:
·     A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show (Limit one per person)
·     One-week Y Family Pass to all the facilities including children and adult exercise classes, indoor pools, exercise/weight equipment and rock wall (Limit one per person)

Egg Works/Egg & I Family Restaurants Book Drive (www.theeggworks.com/)
·      Egg Works
2025 Village Center Dr. Las Vegas NV, 89134
·      Egg Works
9355 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV. 89147
·      Egg Works
2490 E. Sunset Rd., Las Vegas, NV, 89120
·      Egg Works
6960 S. Rainbow Blvd, Las VEgas, NV, 89103
·      Egg Works
10839 S. Eastern Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, 89052
·      Egg & I
4533 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV, 89134
***Donate three or more new or gently used children’s books during the month of February at any of the six Egg Works and Egg & I locations to receive:
·     A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show (Limit one per person)
·     Buy one entrée, get the second half off (Limit one per person, up to a $4 value)

The Toy Box Book Drive (www.ToyBoxLasVegas.com/)
·     The Toy Box
Downtown Summerlin
1980 Festival Plaza Dr #175, Las Vegas, NV 89135
***Donate three or more new or gently used children’s books during the month of February at this location to receive:
·     A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show (Limit one per person)
·     15% off any one regularly priced item at The Toy Box (Limit one per person)

Splash Studios, LLC Book Drive (www.Facebook.com/SplashLasVegas)
·     Splash Studios, LLC
9700 W. Tropicana Ave, Suite 105, Las Vegas, NV, 89147
***Donate three or more new or gently used children’s books during the month of February at this location to receive:
·     A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show (Limit one per person)
·     20% off any purchase at Splash Studios, LLC (Limit one per person)

Preferred Public Relations, LLC Book Drive (http://www.preferredpublicrelations.com)
·     Preferred Public Relations, LLC
2630 S. Jones Blvd, Suite 1, Las Vegas, NV, 89146
***Donate three or more new or gently used children’s books at this location to receive:
·     A pair of tickets to the Mac King Comedy Magic Show (Limit one per person)

Nevada Reading Week 2015 March 2 – 6
Donated books will be personally delivered by King to kids in at-risk schools during Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading Week 2015. Each year during Nevada Reading Week, King visits students at local elementary schools to teach the importance of literacy by reading stories and performing tricks from his show. Thanks to book drives held throughout the year, at the end of the assembly, each child is able to take a book home with them. For many kids this is the first book they can call their own. Local businesses and organizations interested in joining forces with Mac King by hosting a book drive to benefit Nevada Reading Week 2015 can email Lauren@preferredpublicrelations.com for more information.

About Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour:
Comedy-Magician Mac King has been a life-long advocate for childhood literacy and since settling down in Las Vegas, has made it his mission to promote literacy in Southern Nevada.

For years King has visited local elementary schools, spreading the importance of literacy to local students. In 2011 King decided to take his philanthropic efforts to the next level and launched Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour, a citywide literacy initiative to foster the love of reading and rally community organizations to raise books for Las Vegas school children.

The tour kicked off during Nevada Reading Week 2011 and since then has collected more than 10,000 books by partnering with several local organizations including: Las Vegas Wranglers, Springs Preserve, Winder Farms, Sky Zone Las Vegas, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Las Vegas 51’s Baseball Team.

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About The Public Education Foundation
The Public Education Foundation, founded in 1991, continues to drive change and improve outcomes through educational programs that support literacy, learning, leadership, the arts and sustainability. For more information about the Foundation, go to thepef.org. “Like” us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ThePublicEducationFoundation. “Follow” us on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/ThePEFOutLoud.

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About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of Southern Nevada, established in 1944, invites community members to stay active at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane; the City of Las Vegas’ Durango Hills Community Center, 3521 N. Durango Drive and Centennial Hills Community Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, both operated by the YMCA; and the City of North Las Vegas SkyView Multi-Generational Center, 3050 E. Centennial Parkway, operated by the YMCA. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay. Visit www.lasvegasymca.org or call (702) 877-9622.
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About Egg Works and The Egg & I
“A Family Tradition of Fine American Food.”
Established in 1988 as The Egg & I, and recently expanded into it’s sister restaurants called The Egg Works in 2005. Egg Works is now the flagship breakfast joint in the Las Vegas area. Egg Works is passionate about serving good food and satisfying the customers all over the valley.
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About The Toy Box
The Toy Box, situated in the heart of Downtown Summerlin, features rare toys, collectibles, unique brands and the latest pop-culture crazes. Located at 1980 Festival Plaza Dr #175, Las Vegas, the store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 702-776-TOY-0 (702-776 8690) or visit The Toy Box online at www.ToyBoxLasVegas.com or on Facebook at ToyBoxLasVegas, Twitter at @ToyBoxLasVegas, Instagram at @ToyBoxLasVegas  and Pinterest at @ToyBoxLasVegas

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About Splash Studios, LLC
Splash is a paint-your-own interactive pottery studio with two party rooms, a plush television lounge, Karaoke stage, game room, and nearly 3,000 square feet of creative fun painting areas. Splash is located at 9700 W. Tropicana Ave, Suite 105, Las Vegas, NV, 89147. Studio hours are open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with additional hours upon request. Call (702) 868-1606 for reservations. “Like” Splash on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SplashLasVegas.

Audible.Com Just Released “Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer” – Written And Narrated By Antonia Murphy

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This month, Audible Studios released the audiobook for DIRTY CHICK: ADVENTURES OF AN UNLIKELY FARMER, a hilarious and shocking memoir both written and narrated by Antonia Murphy. The audiobook chronicles the first year of Antonia’s life as an artisan farmer in New Zealand – having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realizes that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined.

Written by: Antonia Murphy
Narrated by: Antonia Murphy
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:01-22-15
Publisher: Audible Studios

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“One month into our stay, we’d managed to dispatch most of our charges. We executed the chickens. One of the cats disappeared, clearly disgusted with our urban ways. And Lucky [the cow] was escaping almost daily. It seemed we didn’t have much of a talent for farming. And we still had eleven months to go.” Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner. But then she became a mother. And when her eldest son was born with a rare, mysterious genetic condition, she and her husband, Peter, decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community. So the Murphys moved to Purua, New Zealand – a rural area where most residents maintained private farms, complete with chickens, goats, and (this being New Zealand) sheep. The result was a comic disaster, and when one day their son had a medical crisis, it was also a little bit terrifying.

Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia’s first year of life as an artisan farmer. Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realized that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined. Among the things she learned the hard way: Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments, goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine, and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholes. But for all its traumas, Antonia quickly embraced farm life, getting drunk on homemade wine (it doesn’t cause hangovers!), making cheese (except for the cat hair, it’s a tremendously satisfying hobby), and raising a baby lamb (which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep).

Revelations: The Photography of Justice Howard – A Star-Studded Book of Portraiture by a Tattoo Photography Pioneer

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Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Revelations: The Photography of Justice Howard with forewords by The Scary Guy, Sonny Barger, and Freddy Negrete. This stunning collection of portraits captures today’s top tattoo models, tattoo and body art luminaries, and iconic tattooed celebrities.

Tattoo photography pioneer Justice Howard documents the American tattoo community with her highly iconic images. Howard effortlessly captures the essence of her subjects’ triumphs, as well as their frailties. Her images enhance both the male and female physical forms, highlighting their strengths and prowess, and expose hidden elements of the human condition in all its kaleidoscopic beauty. Gracing the pages of this graphic dossier are fifty-two models, including Malice, Xanthia Pink, Dejah Garcia, Christine Fury, Mia Tyler, and Amelia Nightmare. Tattoo artist luminaries, such as Mark Mahoney, Freddy Negrete, Rick Walters, Corey Miller, Kari Barba, and Robert Atkinson also make appearances, as well as rock gods Evan Seinfeld and Dave Navarro, Sons of Anarchy actor Rusty Coones, Black Veil Brides, Diego Verduzco, and UFC champion Kimo Leopoldo. In front of Justice’s lens, these figures appear quite capable of escaping from the pages and conquering the world by storm.

 LINK TO BOOK PURCHASE

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 300+ color photos | 256 pp
ISBN13: 9780764347986 | Binding: hard cover | $45.00

 

Book Release Party

January 16, 2015

9:00PM–12:00AM

House of Blues, Los Angeles

 

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit www.schifferbooks.com to explore our backlist of 5,500+ titles.

Book Review – The Rockstar Remedy – A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life – Available For Purchase

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Dr. Gabrielle Francis and Stacy Baker Masano have created a gem. What an awesome book. Whether you’re a rockstar or not there is something in this book that can inprove your life and lifestyle. Simple solutions to live better, stay young and enjoy life more. You can live a rockstar life and still be healthy. With interesting anecdotes from the notoriety themselves. See what Steven Tyler, Dave Navarro, Tommy Lee, Scott Ian, Joe Satriani, Dave Ellefson, Geoff Tate, Lita Ford and may more have to say about healthy living. An easy read and as you go through you can remove unhealthy elements from your life and add healthy ones. The final results are healthy mind, body and soul. \m/ KUDOS \m/ – Jay Reppart – Vegas24Seven

 

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll can take their toll, but in reality, most rock musicians work at staying healthy and staving off age-it is the only way they can survive their grueling tour schedules. No one knows this best kept secret of the music industry better than Dr. Gabrielle Francis, the “Rock n’ Roll Doctor” who has treated many of today’s most celebrated artists with her holistic strategies for restoring health and balance in your life. Now, in The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life (HarperWave; On Sale December 30, 2014; $25.99), Dr. Francis shares her unique plan for boosting your energy and looking and feeling your best, even when the realities of a busy life seem to stand between you and your health goals.

            “I began to realize that the issues of ‘normal’ people were very much the same as the issues and circumstances faced by my celebrity clients,” Dr. Francis writes. “As I treated more and more patients with crazy work schedules, demanding parental duties, and an array of social obligations, I realized that just about everyone is living extreme lifestyles these days. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of opportunities to improve our health wherever they appear. I found myself using the same ‘harm reduction’ techniques and negotiations with my patients as I had used on tour to keep musicians functioning when they were under the stress of grueling schedules. I learned to teach patients that they could improve the quality of their lives without changing the essence of who they are and what they love to do. This philosophy is the Rock Star Remedy: Improve the quality of your life and health so that you can keep doing what you love to do.”

            Working so closely with rock stars, Dr. Francis knows it is impossible to ask people to forego fun or the occasional bout of over-indulgence. Her solution is a simple 90/10 plan-10 percent of the time you do what you want-which focuses on making small, sustainable changes to your lifestyle and introduces “harm reduction techniques” that make bad habits a little less destructive. “The key is to take steps to manage your health no matter where you are in your life at this very moment,” she says. “My program doesn’t promise ‘perfect health,’ an elusive ideal that is impractical and unattainable for most of us, including celebrities. My plan is simply designed to take your dreams and stretch them a little further. What small, but life-changing, shifts can you make in how you live to move you toward greater vitality, happiness, and longevity?”

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PRESALE LINK TO BOOK ON AMAZON

            There are five stages to what Dr. Francis calls “RxStar Transformation”:

  • Detox: Let go of things that don’t serve you physically, mentally, or emotionally.
  • Food: Learn what foods fuel your performance and how to indulge in balance.
  • Body: Exercise, like diet, can improve beauty, performance and longevity.
  • Mind & Spirit: How your thoughts, beliefs, and emotional affect every cell in your body.
  • Socialize: Balancing indulgence so you can enjoy life without harming your health.

            Dr. Francis leads you through the program with nuts-and-bolts steps, and provides invaluable techniques and information, including lists of foods to aim for and avoid, a simple no-starvation detox, and exercise tips-for both body and spirit-that are easily adaptable to your individual lifestyle. Completely nonjudgmental and sympathetic to our very human weaknesses, she helps you weather the challenges of everyday life while achieving health and balance.

            With dozens of sidebars featuring advice and testimonials drawn from exclusive interviews with such artists as Steven Tyler, Dave Navarro, Tommy Lee, Eve, and members of Megadeth, Def Leppard, Anthrax, and many more, The Rockstar Remedy is a fun, celebrity-laced approach that really works-even for those who like to party like a rock star.

 

About the Authors:

Dr. Gabrielle Francis has been practicing natural medicine for more than 25 years, while touring and working with the most famous rock bands in the world. Her client list includes dozens of artists who are surprisingly dedicated to their health, despite their image or on-stage antics. Gabrielle is a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, licensed acupuncturist and certified massage therapist with a private practice in New York City. Her website is at www.theherbalalchemist.com.

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Stacy Baker Masand is the co-writer of New York Times bestseller Your Best Body Now, and has written and edited for a variety of national women’s magazines including InStyle, Shape, Self, Fitness, Family Circle, Life & Style Weekly, Pilates Style and Prevention.

The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life

By: Dr. Gabrielle Francis and Stacy Baker

Publication date: December 30, 2014

ISBN: 9780062310606

$25.99

PP: 352

Brandon Sanderson’s FIREFIGHT Just Released in Print And On Audible.com Narrated By MacLeod Andrews

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bradsandersonfireflightWritten by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
Series: Reckoners, Book 2
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:01-06-15

Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of Words of Radiance, co-author of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally best-selling Mistborn Trilogy, presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 best seller Steelheart. Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart – invincible, immortal, unconquerable – is dead. And he died by David’s hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.

Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it’s the path that will lead him to what he needs to find. Entering a city oppressed by a High Epic despot is risky, but David’s willing to take the gamble. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic – Firefight. And now he will go on a quest darker and even more dangerous than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

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The Rockstar Remedy – A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life – Available For Pre-Order Now and For Purchase December 31st

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Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll can take their toll, but in reality, most rock musicians work at staying healthy and staving off age-it is the only way they can survive their grueling tour schedules. No one knows this best kept secret of the music industry better than Dr. Gabrielle Francis, the “Rock n’ Roll Doctor” who has treated many of today’s most celebrated artists with her holistic strategies for restoring health and balance in your life. Now, in The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life (HarperWave; On Sale December 30, 2014; $25.99), Dr. Francis shares her unique plan for boosting your energy and looking and feeling your best, even when the realities of a busy life seem to stand between you and your health goals.

            “I began to realize that the issues of ‘normal’ people were very much the same as the issues and circumstances faced by my celebrity clients,” Dr. Francis writes. “As I treated more and more patients with crazy work schedules, demanding parental duties, and an array of social obligations, I realized that just about everyone is living extreme lifestyles these days. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of opportunities to improve our health wherever they appear. I found myself using the same ‘harm reduction’ techniques and negotiations with my patients as I had used on tour to keep musicians functioning when they were under the stress of grueling schedules. I learned to teach patients that they could improve the quality of their lives without changing the essence of who they are and what they love to do. This philosophy is the Rock Star Remedy: Improve the quality of your life and health so that you can keep doing what you love to do.”

            Working so closely with rock stars, Dr. Francis knows it is impossible to ask people to forego fun or the occasional bout of over-indulgence. Her solution is a simple 90/10 plan-10 percent of the time you do what you want-which focuses on making small, sustainable changes to your lifestyle and introduces “harm reduction techniques” that make bad habits a little less destructive. “The key is to take steps to manage your health no matter where you are in your life at this very moment,” she says. “My program doesn’t promise ‘perfect health,’ an elusive ideal that is impractical and unattainable for most of us, including celebrities. My plan is simply designed to take your dreams and stretch them a little further. What small, but life-changing, shifts can you make in how you live to move you toward greater vitality, happiness, and longevity?”

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PRESALE LINK TO BOOK ON AMAZON

            There are five stages to what Dr. Francis calls “RxStar Transformation”:

  • Detox: Let go of things that don’t serve you physically, mentally, or emotionally.
  • Food: Learn what foods fuel your performance and how to indulge in balance.
  • Body: Exercise, like diet, can improve beauty, performance and longevity.
  • Mind & Spirit: How your thoughts, beliefs, and emotional affect every cell in your body.
  • Socialize: Balancing indulgence so you can enjoy life without harming your health.

            Dr. Francis leads you through the program with nuts-and-bolts steps, and provides invaluable techniques and information, including lists of foods to aim for and avoid, a simple no-starvation detox, and exercise tips-for both body and spirit-that are easily adaptable to your individual lifestyle. Completely nonjudgmental and sympathetic to our very human weaknesses, she helps you weather the challenges of everyday life while achieving health and balance.

            With dozens of sidebars featuring advice and testimonials drawn from exclusive interviews with such artists as Steven Tyler, Dave Navarro, Tommy Lee, Eve, and members of Megadeth, Def Leppard, Anthrax, and many more, The Rockstar Remedy is a fun, celebrity-laced approach that really works-even for those who like to party like a rock star.

 

About the Authors:

Dr. Gabrielle Francis has been practicing natural medicine for more than 25 years, while touring and working with the most famous rock bands in the world. Her client list includes dozens of artists who are surprisingly dedicated to their health, despite their image or on-stage antics. Gabrielle is a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, licensed acupuncturist and certified massage therapist with a private practice in New York City. Her website is at www.theherbalalchemist.com.

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Stacy Baker Masand is the co-writer of New York Times bestseller Your Best Body Now, and has written and edited for a variety of national women’s magazines including InStyle, Shape, Self, Fitness, Family Circle, Life & Style Weekly, Pilates Style and Prevention.

The Rockstar Remedy: A Rock & Roll Doctor’s Prescription for Living a Long, Healthy Life

By: Dr. Gabrielle Francis and Stacy Baker

Publication date: December 30, 2014

ISBN: 9780062310606

$25.99

PP: 352

Last Minute Gift ~ This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards

The Academy of Country Music’s newly published book, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards, is perfect for a last minute Holiday Gift!

In celebration of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the ACM Awards in 2015, for the first time ever, the Academy opened their archives to publish never before seen photographs and memorabilia from some of the greatest moments in the history of country music in one retrospective book. This Is Country, written by Lisa Lee with a foreword by Reba, features exclusive contributions and/or interviews from artists ranging from George Strait to Taylor Swift, from Carrie Underwood to Kenny Chesney. It is a commemorative must-have for any country fan, rich in music and celebrity history.

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About the Academy of Country Music Awards:
The Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The 50th ACM Awards celebrating the golden anniversary of Country Music’s Party of the Year® is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 8:00 P.M. live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

About the Author:
Based in Los Angeles after a decade of living in Nashville, Lisa Lee has been covering country music for more than twenty years. She has written, produced, and corresponded for CMT/MTV Networks and The Nashville Network. Her credits include CMT Insider and TV news specials Controversy: Tammy Wynette and the Prism Award–winner Addicted to Addiction. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Lee is currently the Academy’s Senior Vice President of Creative & Content Production and editor of the quarterly magazine, ACM Tempo.

 

About This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards:
From the first informal awards ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in 1966 to today’s star-studded show on CBS, generations of country’s biggest superstars have graced the Academy of Country Music Awards stage. Now, for the first time ever, the ACM is opening its archive to reveal candid, never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia capturing some of the greatest moments in the history of country music.

 

Rich with backstage and performance photographs, compelling behind-the-scenes stories, and firsthand accounts from country legends and contemporary artists, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards (Insight Editions / $50.00 / September 2014) offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the history, trends, and evolutions of the genre.

 

With contributions by Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Marty Stuart, and many more, this book is a trove of history and celebrity, and a must-have for fans of country music. For more information, visit http://www.acmcountry.com/thisiscountry.html.

The Year of Reading Dangerously – An Audiobook For Book Lovers!

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This week, Audible Studios released THE YEAR OF READING DANGEROUSLY, an inspirational and very funny account of the author and narrator’s expedition through literature, classic, cult, and every kind of book in between. This fresh, funny, and enlightening audiobook is an absolute must-have for book lovers everywhere. Andy Miller, the author, narrates this memoir himself, explaining to readers how fifty great books saved his life.

A working father whose life no longer feels like his own discovers the transforming powers of great (and downright terrible) literature in this laugh-out-loud memoir.

Andy Miller had a job he liked, a family he loved and no time at all for reading. Or so he kept telling himself. But, no matter how busy or tired he was, something kept niggling at him. Books. Books he’d always wanted to read. Books he’d said he’d read, when he hadn’t. Books that whispered the promise of escape from the 6:44 am train to work. And so, with the turn of a page, began a year of reading that was to transform Andy’s life completely.

This book is Andy’s inspirational and very funny account of his expedition through literature: classic, cult and everything in-between. Crack the spine of your unread Middlemarch, discover what The Da Vinci Code and Moby-Dick have in common (everything, surprisingly) and knock yourself out with a new-found enthusiasm for Tolstoy, Douglas Adams and The Epic of Gilgamesh.

The Year of Reading Dangerously is a listener’s odyssey and it begins with this audiobook.

GET THE YEAR OF READING DANGEROUSLY ON AUDIBLE.COM

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National Book Award Winner AGE OF AMBITION: CHASING FORTUNE, TRUTH, AND FAITH IN THE NEW CHINA – Now On Audible.Com Narrated By Author Evan Osnos And George Backman

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This year, Audible Studios released the audiobook version of AGE OF AMBITION: CHASING FORTUNE, TRUTH, AND FAITH IN THE NEW CHINA by journalist Evan Osnos, narrated by the author and George Backman. Last month, the masterful print edition won the National Book Award. In audio, the fascinating findings of Osnos, the longtime Beijing correspondent for the New Yorker, become clearer and more understandable as they are read directly to the reader by the author and Backman, an extremely skilled narrator of nonfiction.

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Publisher’s Summary

A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation.

From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy – or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don’t see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes.

As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals – fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture – consider themselves “angry youth”, dedicated to resisting the West’s influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth?

Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.

What the Critics Say

“Evan Osnos, Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker (2005-2010) has written an outstanding book covering the political, economic, and cultural aspects of China. Narrating his own work is a wonderful addition as his command of Mandarin and in-depth knowledge of the country are apparent. Observations and interviews are crisp and timely whether the subject is a billionaire online matchmaker or the dissident Ai Wei Wei, who has many critical and pithy comments. Osnos’s apt delivery of humor–both his own and Chinese–adds authenticity and fun. Most revealing are his observations during a European tour with a Chinese group. (He was the only non-Chinese person.) Osnos excels at getting people to open up; he then adds luster with his spirited delivery of their thoughts.” (AudioFile)

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC. http://www.audible.com/

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content includes more than 150,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

Jimmy Osmond: Where Is He Now? New Kids Book, Still Performing, Successful As Always

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Jimmy is committed to children’s literacy and is doing his part to further the cause. He is also on the Board of the Children’s Miracle Network (https://giveamiracle.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/), an organization started by his mother, which has to date raised more than $5 billion – most of it, one dollar at a time — for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. And, of course, he is a world famous recording artist and performer who touches audiences worldwide.

As the father of four children, he has put his commitment to literacy to work. In his fun new children’s book, “Awesome Possum Family Band” (Regnery Kids; 2014; $16.99), world famous recording artist and performer Jimmy Osmond shares his personal quest of finding his special place in his family’s band, The Osmonds.  Jimmy’s character, Possum Number Nine, sets off to discover his special musical talent when the Awesome Possum Family Band receives an invitation to make their big showbiz break on TV. Possum Number Nine uncovers many talents he doesn’t have before discovering his own. With love and patience, Mother Possum encourages Number Nine to dig deep within himself and “practice, practice practice” to find what he truly loves and make his dream come.

There are some big messages Jimmy hopes readers of all ages take away from his book. He says, “As I looked at my life, I realized that my parents had given me the ability to feel that everyone has a part to play.  In today’s world, you see a lot of kids that are lost and don’t realize how much potential they have, so I hope this book can in some small way encourage kids to go for their dreams.”  You can visit him online at http://jimmyosmond.com/, and you’ll find his publisher at http:///www.regnerykids.com.

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Author Information

Jimmy Osmond is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, who has obtained success both on and off stage. Through his vast experience and knowledge in the entertainment industry, he has produced and promoted record breaking world-wide concert tours, ice extravaganzas, a variety of commercials and coordinated celebrity commercial endorsements.

Before the age of 15, Jimmy had developed and supervised most of the Osmonds’ merchandising business. Soon after, he launched a successful advertising agency that handled production services and campaigns for larger corporations, such as Yamaha and Coca-Cola, as well as an elite portfolio of other high profile clients. Also, during this same time, he starred in his first motion picture entitled “The Great Brain” and went on to star in two award winning episodes of the TV show “Fame”; and, starred in his own show to sell-out crowds in Madison Square Garden. You can read a review of his recent UK Royal Concert Hall show here: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Review-Osmonds-Royal-Concert-Hall/story-23003944-detail/story.html

Book Information:

Awesome Possum Family Band
Regnery Kids
2014
$16.99

Buy The Book On Amazon Here!
http://jimmyosmond.com/

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Driving to Las Vegas This Holiday? Tim Robbins narrates Fahrenheit 451 for Audible – perfect for Thanksgiving Travel! Audiobook Review

 

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Tim Robbins’s Performance of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Now Available as an Audio Download at Audible.com

I just finished listening to the Audible.com classic Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 narrated by Tim Robbins. It’s been about 40 years since I read this book and I don’t think I understood it well at that time. Tim Robbins is one of my favorite actors and the way he presents this book gives it a great dimensional feel and character recognition during the read. With governmental and social restrictions at an all time high this book is more relevant than it has ever been. Audible.com made this easy to download and listen to on my tablet and I easily finished it in a weekend. So if you’re traveling for the holidays get this classic or any of your favorite Ray Bradbury tales from Audible.com and enjoy. Jay Reppart – Vegas24Seven.com 

Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced the release of Tim Robbins’s audio interpretation of Ray Bradbury’s classic work of speculative fiction, Fahrenheit 451. This new performance by Academy Award winner Robbins is one of four definitive recordings of the Bradbury canon produced by Audible Studios in association with the Bradbury Estate. Other Bradbury titles also newly available are Something Wicked This Way Comes, narrated by Christian Rummel, and The Martian Chronicles, narrated by Mark Boyett, as well as a new recording by Jonathan Davis of the Bradbury story “The Playground,” which was part of the original hardcover edition of Fahrenheit 451. To download any of these audiobooks, visit www.audible.com/bradbury.

 

“I love this book. Fahrenheit 451 is such an important book in so many ways and it’s so great to revisit it,” said Robbins. “The whole format of audiobooks is, in a way, making sure that Fahrenheit 451 doesn’t happen. It’s creating another way for literature to survive. If the audiobook is heard, more people will discover what is a great book.”

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“Tim Robbins’s performance of Fahrenheit 451 is further evidence of his status as one of our finest actors,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “The way this quartet of terrific acting talent breathes new life into these important works of literature makes for a multidimensional experience of Bradbury’s language—and incredible listening.”


Among the acclaimed actors who have performed other works of literature for Audible are Bryan Cranston, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon. In 2013, Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and also won the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.

 

Audible invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2013, Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of a year, the equivalent of close to 600 million listening hours.

 

Exclusive audio excerpts of these new Audible Studios Bradbury titles are available at www.soundcloud.com/audible.

 

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content includes more than 150,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store

Book Review – One Of The First Women In Punk – Viv Albertine Memoir Book – CLOTHES, CLOTHES, CLOTHES. MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC. BOYS, BOYS, BOYS

 

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CLOTHES, CLOTHES, CLOTHES. MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC. BOYS, BOYS, BOYS.

A courageous memoir by Viv Albertine (Thomas Dunne, on sale 11/25)
lead guitarist of the seminal punk band, The Slits.

What a great read. Once you start you can’t put it down.
As a music lover and bit of a misfit I can relate with the refreshing candor of this book.
It’s like a “History of Punk” reference book direct from the source. Jay Reppart – Vegas24Seven

A rare female voice during the rise of punk, Albertine was girlfriend to The Clash’s Mick Jones, close friend of Sid Vicious and a style and music icon in her own right. A pioneer of the punk movement that changed music, Albertine inspired a generation of rockers including Sleater-Kinney, Carrie Brownstein and Kurt Cobain.

 

The first time the 70’s punk story has been told from a female perspective, CLOTHES…MUSIC…BOYS poignantly captures the zeitgeist of an era. Daring, authentic and irreverent, Viv’s is a rare coming-of-age story that all can relate to. From her dad walking out on the family, her careers in the male-centric industries of music and film and her various romances to her struggle with conceiving, divorce, cancer, and her later quest to rediscover her passions and herself, Viv fearlessly leaves nothing out. The result is nothing short of inspirational.

Named one of Britain’s best books of the year by MOJO and Rough Trade, CLOTHES…MUSIC…BOYS is getting tons of early praise. Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus calls it “a great autobiography…Not only the best book about punk but one of the best books of any kind I’ve read in five years.” And Nigella Lawson raves that Viv’s “honesty is beautiful”

Purchase on Amazon Here

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