New Christian Novel Explores Bond of Brotherhood

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Mississippi NightsAuthor Uses Volunteer Firefighting Experience to Bring Characters to Life

For immediate release: Philosopher Antisthenes once said “When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life.” But what happens when they hate each other? David and Jeremy Boyette were incredibly close until David’s fiancé perishes in a car fire that he believes his brother Jeremy could have prevented. Mississippi Nights, by author DM Webb, tells the story of bitterness, resentment and the power of love. Read what others are already saying about Webb’s debut novel:

I loved this book; I was so impressed with the depth of the characters. I am an avid reader an it is hard to find a book that I am completely absorbed in. It wasn’t the average love story where you knew the ending. I laughed and even got mad at the characters at times. Beautiful work that I recommend to anyone looking for a good read! –Ashley Means

Loved this book! DM’s characters are very real and she deals with the tough subject of alcoholism without shying away from it. I also loved the healing journey this book took you on and the story of forgiveness for not only those around you, but yourself and ultimately God. –Susan Tuttle
The characters in Mississippi Nights are well-drawn, each with his quirks, strengths and flaws– there are no stereotypes here. The secondary cast adds depth and richness. The beautiful Mississippi scenery is lovingly described, with each sense brought to life. It’s obvious the author loves her home state. –Carole Towriss

Webb drew from her experience as a volunteer firefighter and EMR to write with accuracy about the main characters, a firefighter and a police officer. Webb lives, along with her two sons and a variety of pets, in the beautiful state of Mississippi. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). For more information visit the author’s website: www.dmwebb.com. To connect with the author please contact Ambassador International publicist Alison Storm via email at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

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New Christian Novel Explores Importance of Truth and Family

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Crossing ValuesJob-Hopping Main Character Avoiding Tainted Past, Broken Relationships

For immediate release: For years, Amber traipsed around the Northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet by refusing to let anyone get close to her. Her latest stop landed her a job at a logging company with a family unlike any she’s ever known. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the façade. Crossing Values (Ambassador International; January 2012; $11.99/paperback) was written by author Carrie Daws who believes many people will be able to relate to Amber’s history of struggles. “So many of us have events, fears and people from our past that we don’t want exposed,” explains Daws. “I think that’s what makes Amber such an intriguing character.”

Daws hopes readers will also be inspired by the actions of those who take time to notice Amber and show her love. “Sometimes God places hurting people in our path,” says Daws, “but we’re too caught up in our routine or task to notice. Crossing Values is about what can happen when we stop and take time to care.”

Daws spent six years writing regular online devotionals, which is why she created a free 7-day devotional for Crossing Values’ readers, which can be downloaded by visiting CarrieDaws.com/Freebies. It’s a tool to help book clubs, small groups and individual readers delve further into the themes and characters of Crossing Values. Also available through the author’s website is a free Discussion Sheet perfect for book clubs.

This is Carrie Daws debut novel. She and her husband live in central North Carolina with their three children. Besides writing fiction novels, she stays busy with homeschooling, working part time, and volunteering within two military ministries.

For more information or to connect with Carrie Daws please contact Ambassador International publicist Alison Storm via email at media@emeraldhouse.com. You can also learn more at CarrieDaws.com or Twitter.com/CarrieDaws.  

 

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New Book Reveals Christian Testimonies of Major League Baseball Players

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Gods-Lineup Twenty-five players share their faith stories, many for first time

For immediate release: More than two dozen baseball players are opening up in a new book about something other than batting averages and pitching records. They’re sharing intimate details about their Christian faith. Twenty-five current and retired Major League players agreed to tell their faith stories for the new book God’s Lineup: Testimonies of Major League Baseball Players. “Many of these players have never shared their faith in such an open, honest way before,” says co-author Kevin Morrisey. “But when we approached them about the idea they were thrilled to be a part of this book.”

Morrisey says he was struck with the idea for the book while at St. Louis Cardinals game a couple of years ago. “It was Faith Night at the park and several of the players were sharing their testimonies,” Morrisey remembers. “I just thought it would be great if I could interview more players about their testimonies.” Some of the players featured in the book include:

  • Stephen Drew, current shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Trot Nixon, former outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and 2004 World Series Champion.
  • Matt Diaz, current outfielder for the Atlanta Braves.
  • Tim Salmon, former right fielder and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels, known among Angels’ fans as the King Fish.

The book received a rare endorsement from Baseball Chapel, an international ministry responsible for the appointment and oversight of all team chapel leaders. Each chapter focuses on one ball player and tells the story about how their life was before knowing Christ, how they came to know Him and how their life has changed. Morrisey spent more than a year interviewing players and says he was incredibly encouraged by their stories. “The players repeatedly told me that playing ball was a gift from God to place them on a platform for sharing Jesus,” says Morrisey.

Learn more about authors Kevin and Elizabeth Morrisey and their book God’s Lineup by visiting GodsLineup.com. To connect with the authors please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

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Manuscript Submission Guidelines

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Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Prospective Authors

Thank you for your interest in publishing with Ambassador International. The following details will help you organize your work for submission. Scroll down to submit your manuscript through our online form.

Ambassador International needs two items from you:

  • Contact Information
  • Query Letter

Contact Information

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone Number(s)
  • Website/Social Media

Query Letter
The query letter is an introduction to your work and should discuss several specific features. Please be as detailed as possible.

A. Book Overview

  • Summarize the content of your book, its theme, its purpose, and its development.
  • Include an approximate word count or length of the book.
  • Indicate whether the book will include drawings, photographs, summaries, bibliographies, appendices, etc.

B. Audience

  • Who is your target audience for the book?
  • What other books of a similar nature have been written for this audience?

C. Table of Contents

  • The Table of Contents should be as detailed as possible.

D. Reviewers

  • Indicate whether you have any reviewers of your work who are willing to provide an endorsement. (You do not have to have endorsements to submit a manuscript.)

E. Manuscript

  • All final manuscript submissions must be formatted in Times New Roman or Arial, 12 pt. font, 0.5 inch side margins, with a first line indent of 0.5 inches. Files should be .doc or .docx and have a header with title and name.

Publication History
Provide a comprehensive list of previous works you have published, either articles or books. (If you are a first time author, that should not intimidate you from submitting your manuscript.)

Platform
In the world of publishing it is vital that you have a platform. Please provide social media links, website, and blog links. If you have yet to develop out your platform, now is a great time to start and should your work be accepted for publication we will seek to help you develop this.

Publishing Standards for General Trade Books:
Ambassador International is a publisher that has a Christian worldview. We publish a range of titles and genres including children’s books, cookbooks, fashion, history, regional, and memoir. Recent published titles include The Shamrock and Peach by owner of the gourmet food company The Ulster Kitchen Judith McLoughlin; a fashion book, What is Beautiful by Tica Tallent; a regional-history book The Scots-Irish of the Carolinas by Billy Kennedy; He Knows Her Name by Kelly McCorkle Parkison, former Miss South Carolina {2002} and a contestant on the Amazing Race; and a memoir Love Him Anyway by Abby Banks. Ambassador International reserves the right to accept manuscripts based on their literary and marketable merits. The publisher looks for quality of writing that instructs, inspires, and/or entertains the reader. If your proposal appeals to and is suitable for Ambassador International, you will be invited to submit a complete manuscript.

Publishing Standards for Christian Trade Books:
Ambassador International Christian publishing is dedicated to producing theological, devotional, biographical, inspirational, fictional and children’s literature. Ambassador International will not accept works for publication that deny biblical inerrancy, the creation and fall of man, the Trinity, the deity and virgin birth of Christ, Christ’s substitutionary atonement, Christ‘s bodily resurrection, justification of the sinner by faith alone, the personal return of Christ, and biblical miracles.

Ambassador International will assess your work in terms of its adherence to the Bible, its marketability, and its literary merit.

Upon acceptance of your proposal, Ambassador International will discuss a royalty structure with you along with a completed manuscript delivery date. A signed contract between Ambassador International and the author constitutes a binding agreement for publishing the work according to the contractual specifications.

Submissions can be made here.

Resource Helps Grieving Find “New Normal” in 30 Days

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A New NormalPastor Created Journal after Struggling with Sudden loss

For immediate release: He knew Jesus, memorized Scripture and studied theology, but the real life loss of a loved one put Dr. Jim Mann into a tailspin. Years of seminary and ministry left even a seasoned pastor unprepared to handle the sudden death of a family member. “The Lord led me on my own journey through grief,” explains Mann, founder and lead pastor of New Life Church in Denton, Texas. “Every day I read the Bible, prayed, cried and journaled my thoughts.” That process helped him create A New Normal: A Journey From Loss to Joy, available January 2012.

A New Normal helps readers through all kinds of loss, from dreams to jobs. “Using this journal for 30 days will help readers gain a stronger relationship with God and get prepared to get on with life,” says Mann. Americans are dealing with loss in all areas. According to government reports:

  • Retirement savings accounts have lost $2 trillion since 2000.
  • Millions of Americans have experienced job loss in recent years.
  • Every three months 250,000 families enter the process of losing their homes to foreclosure.

By working through A New Normal, Mann says readers will work through their grief in a healthy, healing way. “Not only will you be stronger after the journey, but you will be better prepared to help others who may need you,” says Mann, whose wife Christine wrote the study questions for the book.

Mann pastors New Life Church in Denton, Texas—the town he grew up in. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as Adjunct Professor of New Testament for Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Christine, have two teenage children. Christine Mann serves as the Women’s Minister for New Life Church. Learn more by visiting www.DrJimMann.com.

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Author Puts an End to Generations of Domestic Abuse, Alcoholism

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Pictures in Glass FramesShawn R. Jones Inspires, Revives and Encourages with New Book

For immediate release: Destruction and pain can travel from generation to generation. Just look at the statistics: boys who witnessed their parents’ domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own wives; the child of an alcoholic is 4 to 9 times more likely to develop the same problem, according to the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism. Author Shawn R. Jones knows family trees can carry tragedy in their roots. “I have a lineage that is misshapen by domestic abuse and addiction,” explains Jones, a New Jersey native. “But it stops with me.”

In her new devotional Pictures in Glass Frames Jones reveals situations in which her family has been challenged and restored, guiding readers to move beyond their own tarnished history into a transformation with God. Jones’ was born to a poor 17-year-old who tried unsuccessfully to miscarry. “Over four decades ago, God decided that I should live. He had a plan for me even though I was ‘unplanned,’” explains Jones, “and he definitely has a plan for you.” From the shattered glass of tragedy to restoring the photos of your faith, readers will be revived and inspired by Pictures in Glass Frames.

Shawn R. Jones grew up in New Jersey, where she resides with her husband and two children. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she began her professional writing career. Her work as appeared multiple times Essence magazine and the New Women’s Voices Series. She currently worships at the Resurrection Center in Delaware under the leadership of Dr. S. Todd Townsend and Dr. Cleo V. Townsend.

Published by Ambassador International, Pictures in Glass Frames is will be widely available at retailers in early 2012. Visit www.ShawnRJones.com for more information. To set up an interview with Shawn contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

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New Cookbook Invites Readers on Culinary Journey from Northern Ireland to the American South

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Shamrock and Peach Cover Ireland-Native Judith McLoughlin Creates New Fusion

For immediate release: Judith McLoughlin is looking at southern cuisine through Irish eyes. Her new cookbook, The Shamrock and Peach: A Culinary Journey from the North of Ireland to the American South, (Ambassador International; November 2011; $29.99/hardcover) combines fresh produce of the South with age-old Irish techniques to create a new fusion that melds the best of both worlds: Georgia pecans in a traditionally Irish trout dish; peaches with an Ulster favorite, rhubarb; or whiskey flavors with Georgia-grown chicken.

Judith’s romance with hospitality and food began around the County Down dinner table of her grandmother. It was a time when the dinner table was the heart of a home, the life of the family.  She still maintains a passion for farm-fresh, natural food, a love sparked in Ulster where the roaming hormone-free livestock eat lush green grass, fed by the rain-soaked Irish climate. She’s lived in Georgia for more than a decade, an area just as agriculturally rich as her homeland.

The Shamrock and Peach hits shelves in November, but Judith already shares her fusion regularly through cooking classes and demonstrations in the Atlanta area. She also exclusively imports and sells some of her favorite Irish products through her business, The Ulster Kitchen. Judith loves speaking on topics including:

  • How she developed this unique fusion.
  • The influence of Irish cooking in American kitchens.
  • The culinary history of the Titanic.

One of the desserts served on the Titanic, which was built in Belfast near Judith’s home, is featured in The Shamrock and Peach. April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage.

This fresh take on southern cuisine will impress palates at dinner tables here and across the pond. Learn more at www.shamrockandpeach.com or email Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com to connect with Judith.

 

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Author Jessica Mast Cargiver Story Featured

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Jessica Mast & Her Late Husband Jimmy

Jessica Mast & Her Late Husband Jimmy

Author of the book The Call of a CaregiverJessica Mast is featured in Roll Mobility. She is highlighted as the monthly caregiver story for this popular website. Read the full article here.

Author Tica Tallent Featured in Newspaper

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Tica Tallent, fashion expert and author of the book What is Beautiful is featured in an article by the Anderson Independent Mail. You can read the full article here.