New Cookbook Serves Up Generous Helpings of Faith and Food

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Faith, Hope, Love, and a Whisk Offers Family Recipes and Soul-Nourishing Devotions

For immediate release:A new cookbook combines mouth-watering recipes with delicious devotionals to help readers start each day feeling nourished in mind, body and spirit. Lemon blueberry bread pudding, peanut butter French toast sandwiches and pineapple brunch punch are among some of the scrumptious recipes offered in the pages of Faith, Hope, Love, and a Whisk: Breakfast With the Savior (Ambassador International; October 2014; $29.99).

9781620202739In John 21:12, Jesus said to His disciples to “Come and eat breakfast,” and this cookbook devo­tional invites you to do the same, literally and figuratively. “The devotionals I have written are for women who want to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus and live their life for Him,” explains author Tori Winkelman, who earned a degree in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University. “Everything we do, we do for the Lord—even cooking!”

Tori hopes readers will open up Faith, Hope, Love, and a Whisk to find a breakfast recipe, reading a devotional and spending time in prayer as they prepare their meal. The book’s devotionals cover a variety of topics, offering guidelines for prayer, tips for toxic relationships and wisdom for finding contentedness in a materialistic world.

Every recipe in the book is accompanied by beautiful full-color photography. Tori’s family members even make appearances throughout the book. Many of the dishes featured in the book are not only recipes, but family traditions. From waking up on Christmas morning to the scent of caramelized pecan French toast to preparing her unique take on pigs in a blanket for her husband, Tori invites readers into her kitchen and her life by sharing personal reflections.

About the Author: Tori Winkelman lives in Upland, CA with her husband Aaron and their dog Buffy. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Faith, Hope, Love, and a Whisk: Breakfast with the Savior combines her two passions in life: God’s Word and cooking.

 

To connect with the author or receive a review copy of Faith, Hope, Love, and a Whisk mail publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

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Heart-Wrenching Novel Tells Story of Christmastime Kidnapping

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The 20th Christmas Filled with Two Decades of Emotion

For immediate release: “Write this– it’s time.” Awoken after a vivid dream that revealed the plot for author Andrea Rodgers’ latest novel, the voice of God very clearly told her this story needed to be told. In The 20th Christmas (Ambassador International; October 2014; $13.99, paperback) a joyous day spent shopping for gifts on a cold December morning turns tragic as Arianna Tate’s toddler Chase goes missing from a coffee shop.

The 20th ChristmasRodgers takes readers on an emotional, two-decade long journey. Set in Des Moines, Iowa, this fictional kidnapping makes reference to the well-known Johnny Gosch case, a 12-year-old newspaper carrier who disappeared during his route in 1982. The abduction put parents across the state on edge and sparked a fear campaign in the Iowa schools.

Instead of helping her son make his first gingerbread house, Arianna is fielding questions from authorities about his disappearance. Two days before Christmas Chase’s friends, family and complete strangers gather in frigid temperatures for a candlelight vigil outside the coffee shop he was last seen. Living in a fog of guilt and pain, the Tate’s celebrate Christmas after Christmas longing for the return of their precious son. With their marriage on the verge of destruction, the Tate’s must find a way to live with the grief of losing their son.

Meanwhile a drug addicted, mentally unstable woman reconnects with her estranged sister, this time with a child. After her sister’s death, Lydia and her husband adopt the little boy, raising him alongside their own four children. The 20th Christmas begins in 1994 with Chase’s disappearance, and ends in 2014 with an answer to Arianna’s repeated question to God, “why?”

About the Author: Andrea Rodgers knew from a young age that she wanted to be a novelist. Her passion never wavered, even when she put creative writing on hold for “a real job.” Andrea majored in journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University and worked at a Christian music station prior to being a stay-at-home-mom. She’s thrilled to be doing what she feels is her purpose in life. Andrea resides near Des Moines with her husband and two children.

To receive a review copy of The 20th Christmas or to connect with the author please contact publicist Alison Storm by email at media@emeraldhouse.com.

Author Do’s and Dont’s for Enhancing Twitter Presence

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With over 700,000 new books released just this year, the pool of authors is becoming more of an ocean. But, the good news is readers are ready and eager to dive in. This is due largely in part to the impact social media has had on the book industry. Authors are no longer unattainable beings only connected to their readers by words on a page. Social media platforms have not only enabled authors to connect to their established readers, but also expand their readership with practically free PR.  Twitter’s easy to use 140 character platform and massive collection of users has made it one of the most valuable marketing tools for authors available today, if used correctly.

Here are 6 Do’s and Dont’s of Twitter to help you use this platform to your full advantage:

TwitterClockDo: Think about the time of day you send out tweets

Understanding the heavy traffic times for social media can be crucial in getting your tweets maximum exposure. The three best times of day to send out your tweets are relatively easy to remember: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. By that we mean, the majority of people are checking social media on their morning commutes, lunch hour, and around 6pm (as they get home from work). So, click the send button with every meal and share your content with the world.

Don’t: Send automatic direct messages

An automatic “thank you” DM can seem impersonal to a new follower, and be a real turn-off. If you really want to express your gratitude, send a personal DM yourself. It will allow you to connect more with your followers and appear truly engaged.

 

Do: Follow users with similar interests

It is important to build your following around people who share your likes and interests because those are the people most likely to be interested in your book. A large audience is important, but following random users in the hopes of a return follow will not give you the quality audience you want. Plus, you could be labeled as a “follow-spammer” which will decrease your credibility.

 

Don’t: Become solely self promoting

Twitter is a “give and take relationship” with a community (see below). If your tweets are constant promotions of your work, people will get bored and unfollow. Although, they can be great marketing tools, also use your tweets to express your personality and allow readers to get to know you better.

 

Do: Interact consistently

Twitter is about satisfying that need for human interaction and communication. By delving into conversations about other users’ works and projects, you build a rapport encouraging others to contribute to your work. Also, keep this up consistently. If your followers do not see regular tweets weekly, even daily, they may assume your account is inactive.

 

twitter fakersDon’t: Allow your followers to be filled with fake accounts

There is nothing more discouraging then finding out that 75% of your hundreds of followers are not even real users. In fact, more than half of the accounts that follow the President of the United States are fake. Use this Fake Follower Check to find out which accounts are real, and also see who is actively engaged on Twitter. This will give you a better understanding of how to increase your marketability.

 

Need help finding great people to follow on Twitter? Check out our list of @AmbassadorIntl authors on Twitter!

 

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99¢ SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a brand new fiction title for just 99¢! Pick up the author Kathy M. Howard’s’s novel From Dishes to Snow for less than a buck for the Kindle during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price. So don’t wait– pick up From Dishes to Snow right now for just 99¢ on Kindle.

From Dishes to SnowSynopsis: Bayne Harris has lost everything she holds dear in her life. Her husband and children are dead. She was the one who caused the accident—the one behind the wheel. She cannot escape that night as it continuously haunts her thoughts.

A year after they’re gone, nothing has changed. The memories are still unbearable. She can’t breathe. She can’t function. She needs to get away.

View Top Mountain provides the perfect escape. No one will bother her there. No one will want to check on her or talk about what happened. She can live her life alone, away from do-gooders and any chance of happiness. This is her plan, but she soon finds out God has something else in store. BUY NOW!

New Book Offers Biblical Guide for Being a Powerful Last-Day Christian

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Author Provides Practical Tips for Everyday Life

For immediate release: As the final clock ticks down to the end of time, do you shine as a light in a dark world? Wars, natural disasters, and financial ruin terrorize the world as we know it, but author David Garcia believes that Christians can stand firm in these troubled times. But what does standing up for God’s truths look like? Portrait of a Powerful Last-Day Christian: Prophetic Insights for Successful End-Time Living (Ambassador International; June 2014; $13.99, paperback) provides a helpful guide for ChristiansPortrait of a Powerful Last-Day Christian, giving them truths to live by for their everyday lives.

Using David as an example of a man of God who stood up against adversity, Garcia outlines the basic character qualities of a last-day Christian and how Christians can claim victory over today’s struggles. Garcia writes, “In this book, we will explore the Scripture to find that God has intended for you to be victorious as a Last-Day Christian. Yes, God has promised this victory in the Scriptures. It is not just a feel-good, positive-thinking attitude; it is in the word of God!”

Each chapter of Portrait of a Powerful Last-Day Christian discusses a new facet of David’s example—leadership, strength in God, trusting in God’s provision—and applies it to the life of everyday Christians. Through these different lessons, Garcia teaches that in these end-time days, no matter what our news, television and internet proclaim, God has a real provision for you, as a Christian, right now.

About the Author: David Garcia is the Lead Pastor at one of central Florida’s most exciting churches, Grace World Outreach Church, which has been located in Brooksville, Florida, for over one-quarter of a century. Pastor Garcia is a versatile and popular speaker for seminars, crusades, and conferences, and he offers a wealth of Biblical and practical ideas. He is also a gifted author with a unique style of relevant presentation. David and his wife, Nellie, have been married for 44 years and have two happily married children, both serving God in full-time ministry, and four wonderful grandchildren.

To connect with author David Garcia or to receive a review copy of his book Portrait of a Powerful Last-Day Christian please contact publicist Alison Storm by email at media@emeraldhouse.com.

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99¢ SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a brand new fiction title for just 99¢! Pick up the author Teresa Herbic’s latest YA title Dog Tales for less than a buck for the Kindle during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price. During this sale we will also be offering the first in the series Cat Tales for just 99¢ on Kindle.

Dog TalesSynopsis DOG TALES: Let’s emBARK upon a whole new journey with eight real adopted dogs, their friends, and family! As these incredible canines discover the blessings of following God’s plan, we laugh and learn more about life, ourselves and our Creator. Dog Tales is based on the Beatitudes, part of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12). For each Beatitude, a special adopted pet represents and exhibits the important character Jesus calls for His followers. Dog Tales gets pup close and personal with these amazing dogs—adopted by the author and her family—and also features other adoptive pet friends. As you visit each tale, may you be motivated through stories of God’s love, humility, mercy, hope, courage, compassion, peace and joy.

Cat TalesSynopsis CAT TALES: Discover the fruit of the Spirit through nine lives of nine incredible cats!

Cat Tales is a practical and fun way to teach children about the significant fruit of the Spirit, while enjoying the sensational adventures of nine real cats.

Cat Tales shares the stories of nine remarkable cats exploring nine abundant lives. During their experiences, they learn about the importance of God’s plan, while they each exhibit a fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT). Cats tell stories from their own perspective. Each cat, related to one another, was adopted by the author and her family.

Reading this book may very well inspire you to adopt a kitten or cat. Maybe you have already? May God bless you as you seek His good will and the fruit of the Spirit through these extraordinary Cat Tales!

99¢ Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a brand new fiction title for just 99¢! Pick up the informative book Christian Men of Science for less than a buck for the Kindle during our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price.

Christian Men of ScienceSynopsis: In this day of the atheistic or agnostic stereotype that is attached to the man of science, it is refreshing to study the lives of eleven great scientists who professed Christ as their Lord and Savior. In these short biographies, we are presented with a distilled version of each man’s scientific accomplishments and the evidences of his Christian faith. These testimonies demonstrate that true scientists can be genuine Christians, and that faith in God and the authority of the Bible is not a sign of inferior intellect. This includes biographies of Johannes Kepler, Robert Boyle, David Brewster, Michael Faraday, Samuel Morse, Matthew Fontaine Maury, James Clerk Maxwell, Lord Kelvin, Howard Kelley, Henry Morris, and Walt Brown. BUY NOW

99¢ Sale: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a brand new fiction title for just 99¢! Pick up Robert Parlante’s honest and touching novel Patch Town: A Letter From Miss Wingate for less than a buck for the Kindleduring our one-day sale event. After Thursday the price will go up to $2.99 through the weekend and then it will return to regular price.

Patch TownSynopsis: Widower for three years. Frequent periods of unemployment throughout his life. Unresolved anger. A fragmented family that cannot deal with a father spiraling downward. Martin receives a letter from his old 8th grade teacher asking him to forgive her for a painful childhood incident. He is overwhelmed once again by his hatred for Miss Wingate, blaming her for much of what went wrong in his life. His son and daughter eventually help him take reluctant steps to forgive the teacher he wished was long dead. He meets recently divorced Linda who brings a flow of freshness into his life. She encourages Martin to visit the teacher, now dying from dementia in a nursing home. Along his journey to a coal mining community to meet the teacher, strangers enter his life compelling him to confront his past and unsure future—helping him move from failure to forgiveness and spiritual redemption. BUY NOW!

Movie Executive Reveals Remarkable Story in New Memoir

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Hollywood’s Chosen Shares Undocumented Aspect of Film Industry

For immediate release:There are fewer than 100 full-time film buyers in North America, but without them some 40,000 theater screens would be blank. For more than two decades Larry Vaughn served as the liaison between Hollywood studios and the movie theaters he represented. In his new book Hollywood’s Chosen: An Insider Shares His Story(Ambassador International; September 2014; $16.99, paperback) Vaughn is pulling back the curtain on a largely undocumented aspect of the film industry. 

Hollywood's ChosenThrough a cast of characters that includes celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Michael J. Fox and Clint Eastwood, Vaughn describes the drama and delight that accompanies being one of Hollywood’s Chosen. Vaughn began working at a movie theater when he was 15, earning just $.50 an hour. As a child growing up in a poor, single-parent household Vaughn dreamed of a life filled with movie stars and thrilling plots, a fantasy that was fulfilled when he became the vice president and head film buyer of a theater circuit located in one of the top movie markets in the country. Vaughn’s job consisted of meetings with producers, directors and actors; reviewing scripts; and watching yet-to-be released movies from his own private screening room.

After becoming a Christian later in life, Vaughn faced a difficult decision that put his career and faith at odds. At the pinnacle of his career Vaughn made the difficult decision not to show a certain film, a controversial movie that made national headlines. With a foreword from Movie Tavern President and CEO John Hersker along with endorsements from Hollywood icons like Bruce Snyder and Bert Livingston of 20th Century Fox as well as Mark Gaines from Universal Pictures Distribution, Hollywood’s Chosen is set to be a blockbuster hit.

About the Authors: Larry Vaughn was raised in Greenville, South Carolina by a single parent. His humble beginnings didn’t stop him from dreaming about DV_11-15-13_039a career in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Larry started ushering in his neighborhood movie theater and climbed the corporate ladder, where he later became Vice President/Head Film Buyer for a premier theater circuit in one of the top movie markets in the country. Today, Larry lives in South Bend, Indiana with his wife.

Mentora Vaughn Gratrix was born in Miami, Florida, and later lived in Myrtle Beach and Greenville, South Carolina. She and her husband Jeffrey, currently live in South Bend, Indiana with their two daughters.

 

To connect with the author or to request a review copy of Hollywood’s Chosen please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.