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Catch Juana Mikels Inspiring Interview of Focus On The Family

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A handsome husband, a dream job, and plenty of money- so why wasn’t Juana Mikels happy? In a desperate attempt to find the peace and happiness she craved Mikels left it all behind. In Choosing Him All Over Again:A Story of Romance & Redemption, Mikels offers an intimate account of her search for Mr. Right, a journey that ended up leading her into the arms of Jesus, and ultimately back home to her husband.

Catch Juana’s two part interview with Focus On The Family October 25th & 26th — you can listen HERE

Can’t wait for the interview, Choosing Him All Over Again is available in print, ebook and audio format. You can also enjoy a FREE or $.99 Kindle edition Study Guide.

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5 Things About Author Brett Parks

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “Five Things” series. Author Brett Parks wrote the incredible true life story “Miracle Man: A Bullet that Ignited a Purpose-Filled Life.” Here are Brett’s “five things”:

I was an actor In New York. I don’t like to tell many people this, but, yes, I tried my hand in acting. I even went as far as going to New York and pursue my dream of being the next Marlon Brando (who is my favorite actor). I’d love to say that I made it to Broadway and later starred in a Blockbuster, but, sadly, that wasn’t in the cards for me at that juncture of my journey. But I WAS in a few Off-Broadway shows and Miracle Manlater was cast in a leading role as a “Kung Fu Vampire” in an independent film in Bermuda (The only reason I took the role). The film was left unfinished after “the money” pulled out of the project. I wasn’t upset at all. All the following week, I went fishing and swimming. Not a bad way to make a living.

I hate cutting my fingernails and toenails. I don’t know why, but I’ve always hated cutting my finger and toe nails. It’s not that I’m afraid of cutting my nails; it’s just the tediousness of it. I feel like my nails grow super fast and I’m so busy, that I can’t stand taking 10 minutes out of my day to clip them. I think God heard my complaints though when he took my right foot. Now, it doesn’t take NEARLY as long to clip my nails! Come on, guys, that’s funny.

I’m an International athlete. I was pulled out of a pool in Houston, Texas and thrown onto a volleyball court. I didn’t know it at the time, but that would change my life. I am now onBrett Parks 4 The USA Sitting Volleyball A2 team and looking to compete in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, I competed in the first annual Invictus Games (17 Nations with over 500 wounded/ill athletes) in London and will be competing in this year’s Invictus Games located in Orlando, Florida. I’m excited to bring the Gold home.

My wife and I are expecting our THIRD baby. My wife was seven months pregnant with our little girl (Stella) when I was shot and nearly died. Stella was born while I was still in the hospital and I felt robbed of her birth. For a while after, I wanted to try for a third but didn’t want to push my wife until she was ready. Well, she brought it up and I was ready to go. We prayed to The Lord and asked Him to have His hand in the decision. We set on a six-month timeline tBrett Parks 5o get pregnant. If, after 6 months, Susan wasn’t pregnant, we would take it that The Lord didn’t see fit that we have another. First, second, third and fourth months went by with no result. We were feeling as if another baby wasn’t in the cards for us. At month six, we were taking one last pregnancy test just so we could move on (we figured there wasn’t going to be a baby). I was so surprised when my wife ran out of the bathroom and jumped on me, knocking me onto the bed (don’t be too hard on me, I only have one leg) and yelled that she was pregnant! We didn’t hesitate holding each other and praising God for His perfect timing. We are very excited to announce that we are having a little boy! His name is John Rockefeller Parks (Johnny Rocco for short) and we are expecting him in July. Our kids are SO happy!

I’ve had dreams of being a professional wrestler. As early as I can remember, I have been in love with wrestling. I never really thought it was “Real”. I kind of always knew that it was a form of theater and entertainment. I’ve always appreciated the athleticism and choreography behind the storylines. Upon leaving New York in 2006, I was going to enlist myself in a wrestling school in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time, I was 190 lbs. and I told myself that if I could get myself to 200 lbs., I would register for school. After a few months, I got to 200 Lbs., but I was having knee problems at the time and the extra weight was really wearing my knee down. So, I decided to forgo a wrestling career. As of right now, I am 225 lbs. and my knees feel great! Maybe I still have a shot to get into the squared circle! I’m sure there is a good storyline for an amputee, if you smell what The Rock is cookin! Maybe that could be the follow up to Miracle Man!

Author Lisa Flickinger Shares Her Favorite Scene in “All that Glitters”

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All That Glitters is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for author Lisa Flickinger. She says this is one of her favorite scenes from her new novel. Check back Thursday to find out how you can score Lisa’s new book at an incredible price!

Grabbing their drinks, Willy led Ben toward the window, and they sat down at one of the crude wooden tables. Willy lifted his glass to his lips, and his Adam’s apple dipped several times before he returned the glass to the table and wiped his hand across his mouth.

Ben realized he’d have to try and get some information while Willy could still think clearly. “So, why’d you invest in blankets, Willy, instead of heading out for the gold itself?”

All That Glitters            “Believe me, I would have done so, but my wife said if I did, she’d chase me down and bring me back by the scruff of my neck. And she’d do it, too. No one fools with Esther.” He took another swig. “She went on about how a man with seven kids has no business chasing the end of some stupid rainbow. I guess I agree with her. Besides, I ain’t meant for all that privation stuff. I can’t see going that long without my creature comforts.”

“I know what you mean. I don’t plan on getting into the gold rush myself.”

Willy’s chin snapped up, and his beady eyes focused on Ben. “Whadya talking about? I thought you were needin’ some wool blankets to go up North?” He fidgeted with the empty glass on the table; his eyes darted toward the window.

“How about I get you another drink, Willy. You still thirsty?” Ben hoped it would be enough to settle the fellow down and keep him talking. Willy rotated the glass in his fingers and nodded. “Bartender, could I get another couple of drinks for my friend?”

The two men visited for several minutes talking about the crazy antics of the gold rush. Now that Willy had figured out he wasn’t going to make a sale, he seemed happy enough to get himself some free drinks.

Ben’s mind raced to find a way to bring the conversation around to Willy’s earlier comment about women. His eyes strayed to the window, and he saw Bender driving down the road with an empty wagon.

“Excuse me, Willy,” Ben said as he stood up and then ran to the door. “Bender!” he yelled out into the street.

Bender turned and raised his hand to Ben, and then he pulled the horses to a stop and tied them to a hitching rail across the street. A moment later he stepped through the double doors. Squinting through the thick cigar smoke, he said, “Willy, are you trying to swindle my friend Ben here?”

Willy looked up at Bender and fiddled with his glass again, his hand shaking.

“You know I wouldn’t do that, Bender. We were havin’ a friendly conversation. Besides, he’s the one who pretended to be interested in some blankets. I ain’t swindling nobody.”

“You best not be, or you’ll be answering to me. Is Jacob up to his tricks again? You know what we told him last time. He tries that once more, and we’ll run him out of town on a rail.”

Willy scrambled to his feet. One of the glasses tipped over, and a stream of amber liquid flowed across the table.

Returning his cowboy hat to his head, Ben pushed his chair back and stood. There was no way he’d give Willy the opportunity to bolt.

Bender clenched his teeth and spoke across the table. “You tell us what we want to know, or I’ll make sure you never work in Seattle again. Even worse, I’ll tell your dear, sweet wife how you really make your money.”

“Ah, come on. You wouldn’t do that.” Willy raked his hand back through his hair, and it stood up on end. “Besides, I don’t even know what you wanna know.” . . .

Brett Parks, Miracle Man Shares Story on HIS Radio

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Author Brett Parks shared his miraculous story of how God used a bullet to strengthen his faith on HIS Radio. Brett writes about the medical battle that included a 20-day coma, multiple surgeries, and an unexpected amputation in his book Miracle Man. Brett talked about his athletic career, his service dog Freedom and if he ever wishes he’d minded his own business. You can watch the full interview here:

Quotes from Declutter Now!

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Clear clutter in all areas of life– from closets to careers, finances to feelings– with the help of Lindon and Sherry Gareis. They’re the authors of Declutter Now! Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life, as well as the Declutter Now! Study Guide and the Declutter Now! Devotional. They’ve inspired countless people declutter their hearts, minds, bodies, souls and homes. Now you can pass on some of Lindon and Sherry’s best advice to others by pinning, posting or sharing these quotes with your friends and family. Be sure to include the hashtag #aiAuthors!

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Children’s Book Fights Against Growing Oral Health Crisis

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Book’s Release Coincides with Children’s Dental Health Month

For immediate release: Tooth decay is the most common and most preventable disease in children, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. February is Children’s Dental Health Month. In an effort to promote children’s oral health routines within international households and families, authors Ashley Grisham and Gary Kersey Jr. announce the release of their children’s book Everyone Smiles (Ambassador International; February 2015; $14.99, hardcover).

Using beautiful9781620205105 photography of children from a diverse range of backgrounds and cool- catchy-rhymes, Everyone Smiles is a fun, interactive and educational book. An avid volunteer with organizations providing free dental services to impoverished families, Gary says he has seen firsthand the importance of educating children about the necessity of brushing and flossing. “It can be a frustrating task for parents,” admits Gary, “but we hope this book will be a tool that can make these critical lessons easy for kids to learn.”

One in seven children between the ages of 6-19 has an untreated dental cavity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For children of poverty the statistics are even worse with one in four between the ages of 3-5 and 6-9 having an untreated cavity, according to the CDC. Here are some other interesting dental care statistics:

  • Americans spent $106 billion on dental care in 2010, according to Pew Center study.
  • 108 million children and adults lack dental insurance, according to a Surgeon General’s report.
  • Only 48% of children entering kindergarten have seen a dentist within the past year, says the CDC.
  • Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma.

Everyone Smiles features children from diverse backgrounds, which was key for Ashley, the daughter of a dentist and dental hygienist. “A smile can break through so many cultural and language barriers,” says Ashley. “Being confident of your smile can lead to confidence in other areas of life.” The co-authors’ platform, the Kersey Kids Club, focuses on supporting health educational resources for young children and families and the power of a  smile.

About the Authors: Born and raised in North Carolina, Gary Kersey earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Morehouse College. He continued his education by working towards a Masters degree in Physiology & Biophysics from Georgetown University. Gary is an aspiring dental professional hoping to combine his background in the sciences and modern languages to elevate dental care in underserved areas.

Ashley Grisham, a native of San Diego, CA, grew up as the daughter of both a U.S. Navy Captain dentist and a dental hygienist. A graduate of Spelman College, Grisham earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and holds a minor in Chinese language. Ashley is currently finishing her last year at Georgetown law school and upon graduation will join the law firm of Paul Hastings LLP.

For interview requests or to request a review copy of Everyone Smiles please contact publicist Alison Storm via email at [email protected].

Ambassador Author Juana Mikels Featured in Shattered Mag

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Saying ‘I love you” to your husband everyday and seeking to bring laughter to daily life are two of Juana Mikel’s 11 checkpoints for refreshing your marriage. Mikels included the checkpoints in her new book Choosing Him All Over Again: A Story of Romance and Redemption. She’s also sharing an abbreviated version of the checkpoints, along with the story of how her book came to be with Shattered Magazine. You can read the article by visiting ShatteredMagazine.net.

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Ambassador Authors Featured in Hope For Women

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Christian artist Natalie Grant is on the cover of the latest issue of Hope for Women magazine, but inside you’ll find two Ambassador authors featured. This issue is all about being your best, and the editors and creative and design teams have out done themselves once again. There are two articles you do not want to miss in this beautiful issue:

Hope for women fall 2014Page 41: Sherry Gareis, co-author of Declutter Now!: Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life and Declutter Now! Study Guide: 8 Weeks to Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life writes about the compassion in decluttering people. Sherry provides five steps to shift from decluttering stress to success.

Pages 42-43: Tori Winkelman, author of Faith, Hope, Love and a Whisk, provides Hope for Women readers a reason to not make breakfast so fast. Her article includes three yummy recipes: Mexican Strada Cups, Pineapple Brunch Punch and Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding.

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