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A Timeless Holiday Classic About the Woman Who Helped Make Thanksgiving a National Holiday

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A delightful children’s book that makes history come alive through rhyme and imagery.

A new holiday classic for the whole family to enjoy about how Thanksgiving came to be. From the historical pen of Jen Tousey comes Sarah Had a Little Plan (Ambassador International; October 19, 2021; $15.99), the story of Sarah Josepha Hale and her decades long mission—that spanned four presidencies—to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.

About the Book: Author Jen Tousey writes, “In the early nineteenth century women did not go to college, there were not many options for a woman who needed a career to survive, and the country was headed toward Civil War. It was a tough time to be a widow with five children.” Sarah Had a Little Plan is equally the tale of a brave woman who used her pen to provide for her children and shape the history and policy of a nation, as it is the story of how a national holiday came to be. For decades, Sarah wrote to four different presidents, trying to convince them that a day of Thanksgiving was worthy of becoming a national holiday. Written in catchy, singsong phrasing, the book teaches children about Sarah’s dedication to the idea of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. With colorful illustrations, historical imagery, and an attention to detail, Jen Tousey creates a holiday classic for families to read and enjoy year and year. Parents and children alike will marvel at Sarah’s decades-long dedication to Thanksgiving and the unity of the United States, and parents might just chuckle at the nineteenth century red-tape that Sarah Josepha Hale faced long ago.

About the Author: Jen Tousey is just as feisty and tenacious as Sarah Josepha Hale. They are both passionate about education for all, American history, patriotic stories, and Thanksgiving! When Jen isn’t researching or writing about something historical, she’s likely touring a somewhat forgotten landmark with her family, parading around a reenactment in a fabulous outfit, or recreating some lost remedy or historic recipe with her daughter.

Illumination Awards Bronze Medalists

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Ambassador International is thrilled to announce that Chris Paxon and Rose Spiller won a bronze medal in Theology at the Illumination Awards for their book, No Half-Truths Allowed: Understanding The Complete Gospel Message.

Well done, ladies. We are so excited by this prestigious accomplishment, and more importantly, grateful for the kingdom-work you are doing through your ministry.

If you haven’t already read No Half-Truths Allowed, now is the time to pick up this elucidating, engaging discussion of the Gospel. 

For fans of the book, this comes as no surprise. With its clear theology and the authors’ understanding of the global implications of the Gospel message, No Half-Truths Allowed gives its readers the gift of going back to Sunday School – this time as adults. Gone are the weak, palatable clippings of Scripture, and present is the solid, true meat of the Word. In a time where truth is subjective and words lose their meaning, this book directs people back to the Gospel and the Bible, teaching them to understand and truly know of the Word of God.

For those who want to dig in more, No Half-Truths Allowed also has a study guide, allowing readers to read and study the Bible with this book as a guide. Buy them in a pair here!

As always, Ambassador International thanks our authors and readers for their support. But today, a round of applause for these hard-working authors!

 

Fire & Life Safety Instructor Releases New Children’s Book in Safety Series

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In the first book in her new children’s series, Fraidy Brady and the First Field Trip, fire and life safety instructor Maria Bostian addresses the fears that many young children might have on their first field trip.

“Most kittens were curious. Most kittens were downright nosey. Most kittens loved to go to new places and do new things. But not Brady! Everything new seemed to make him anxious. He was different. All the kittens knew him as Fraidy Brady,” writes Bostian, focusing on the feelings that many kids have when experiencing the unknown.

Through the eyes of a literal scaredy cat, Bostian walks kids through many possible scenarios that could happen on a field trip. Drawing from her own knowledge as a fire and life safety instructor, Bostian gives tips on how to handle strangers, what to do if you get lost, and how to identify safe adults. She even includes a quick guide at the back of the book to remind children of the “Stranger Safety Tips” she mentions throughout the book.

Parents and children will enjoy reading the light-hearted story together, but it’s also a great opportunity for parents to talk to their children about safety and what to do in scary situations.

NFPA Names Maria Bostian 2020 Educator of the Year!

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Ambassador International congratulates Maria Bostian of the Kannapolis Fire Department who has been selected as the NFPA 2020 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year. Bostian has 21 years of experience delivering fire and life safety to her community through presentations to varied audiences, a robust Fire Prevention Week campaign, and an ongoing social media initiative.

Maria is also the author of Firefighters’ Busy Day! released by Ambassador International in 2016. Fire safety education is essential for children, and Firefighters’ Busy Day! presents a fun, interactive resource book to teach children about the responsibilities of firefighters!

In her upcoming series, the Fraidy Brady series, Maria has written resources to give educators, parents, caregivers, and those working with children an opportunity to start genuine conversations with the young children in their lives. The first book Fraidy Brady and the First Field Trip, set to release August 4, 2020, is an opportunity to introduce stranger safety and awareness in a gentle manner. Book two, Fraidy Brady and the Fire Station, is a resource to  introduce firefighters, true heroes in their community, to young children.

Read the National Fire Protection Association announcement HERE.

Ambassador is now an IBPA proud member

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Independent Book Publishers Association

From IBPA’s website:

IBPA’s organizational culture is made up of four things: Mission, Vision, Core Values, and a membership-wide Code of Ethics. As always, we welcome your feedback on each.

The IBPA Board of Directors has defined an organizational culture for IBPA that aligns the staff, Board, volunteers, and members with not only a shared view of “what is” but also of “why is.” This organizational culture is the story in which people within IBPA are embedded, and the values and rituals that reinforce that narrative.


Mission

A summary of why IBPA exists.

IBPA’s MISSION is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success.


Vision

A summary of what’s possible because IBPA exists.

IBPA’s VISION is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry.


Core Values

The implicitly understood, deeply held convictions that guide the spirit and nature of the IBPA Board, staff, and volunteers.

IBPA’s CORE VALUES are:

  • Service, which expresses IBPA’s commitment to openness and accessibility. IBPA’s desire to be authentically helpful without further agenda reflects an understanding that the essence of leadership is service.
  • Leadership, which is expressed through IBPA’s position as the largest professional publishing association in the United States, as well as in its commitment to providing expert programs and perspectives to aid independent, hybrid, and author publishers in the business of publishing.
  • Independence, which reflects a deep commitment to independent points of view and the belief that enabling access to these points of view is essential to creativity and innovation.
  • Inclusivity, which reflects allegiance to a publishing industry where everyone can tell their story and find themselves in the content they read.

Code of Ethics

A commitment to professionalism, confirming IBPA’s collective belief that the production of content of lasting financial and/or cultural value is just as important as securing open markets for this content.

As part of the independent publishing community, IBPA members pledge to the following CODE OF ETHICS:

  • To uphold the highest standards of our industry, to create works of lasting financial and/or cultural value, and to pursue editorial, design, and production excellence.
  • To respect the rights of authors and other creators and stakeholders, to observe all copyright laws and conventions, and to never knowingly publish plagiarized work.
  • To reward authors and contributors for their work, to be honest in our financial dealings, to write contracts in understandable language, to resolve all disputes promptly and fairly, and to foster equal opportunity in our workplaces.
  • To not mislead readers or buyers with false promises, inflated sales data, or manipulated reviews.

 

To learn more about IBPA, visit their website at www.ibpa-online.org.

Five Things about Michael Gryboski of “A Spiral Into Marvelous Light”

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Learn more about your favorite Ambassador authors with our “Five Things” series. Author Michael Gryboski wrote the thought-provoking A Spiral Into Marvelous Light, a novel in which a liberal reporter writes an in-depth obituary about a controversial conservative pastor. Here are Michael’s Five Things:

Michael GryboskiI ran a half marathon in 2016. I started jogging in my early twenties in my spare time. However, it was not until I turned 30 that I finally did an official race, a half marathon in Richmond, Virginia. That was 13.1 miles, which took me a little over 2 hours. Since then, I have done several smaller races, including multiple 10k’s and 8k’s, and one 5k. Last November, I ran in the VCU Health 8k, averaging 7 minutes, 12 seconds a mile.

I have had other novels published before this one. “A Spiral Into Marvelous Light” is not my first published book. From August 2014 until September 2017, I had seven novels published via Inknbeans Press, a small California-based publication that sadly closed down by the start of 2018. I had a couple of those books re-released last year. BOCH Publishing re-released my science fiction novel “Thoughtreal” last September and Jan-Carol Publishing re-released my suspense novel “Carla” last October.

For work, I have interviewed people including Roma Downey, Andy Garcia, the Rev. Franklin Graham, and Timothy Keller for news stories. When I am not writing novels, I am writing articles for The Christian Post, a Washington, DC-based online news publication. Over the years, I have gotten to interview some notable folks in-person and over-the-phone. Others of worth included former U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, former Congresswoman Karen Handel, radio host Eric Metaxas, and famed evangelist Tony Campolo. If you include times when I was in a group of journalists, then I can add U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the list of notables.A Spiral Into Marvelous Light

I have two famous cousins, one a professional baseball player, the other a professional actor. Fame runs in the family? On my father’s side, I have former Major League Baseball player Kevin Gryboski. He was a relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves; he once struck out Ken Griffey, Jr. On my mother’s side, I have actor Darin Cooper. He was in films like “The Social Network” and “Gone Girl,” as well as episodes of TV shows like the original “Charmed,” “Monk,” the TV series version of “Shooter,” and “The Resident.”

I have contributed hymns and liturgy to worship services. When I am neither writing novels nor news articles, I occasionally write works of a sacred nature. I composed a few hymns, a couple of which have been used by a few churches here and there. My home church has used two of my hymns and also some liturgy that I wrote up. If you are interested in learning more, might want to use my music, feel free to reach out!

Keep up with Michael’s novelist career and learn more about A Spiral Into Marvelous Light by liking and/or following him at https://www.facebook.com/MichaelCGryboski/.

Our book is a Selah Awards finalist!

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Blood Moon Redemption

Ambassador International’s book Blood Moon Redemption by Judy DuCharme, published in October 2018, has finaled in the Selah Award for mystery/suspense fiction. These prestigious awards are given out for a variety of genres by the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference each year.

We’re thrilled to be a part of bringing our readers quality Christian fiction that magnifies Jesus while promoting His gospel through the written word.

Congratulations, Judy!

Three Ambassador Books Announced as Grace Awards Finalists

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The reader-driven literary award, Grace Awards, calls itself “the little engine that could” of Christian fiction awards. The Grace Awards is now in its eighth year. Learn more about the Grace Awards HERE.

We are excited {and honored} to announce that the following three Ambassador’s 2017 releases are finalists in the 2018 Grace Awards:

WOMEN’S FICTION/GENERAL FICTION:

Where the Sky Meets the Sand by Chris Loehmer Kincaid

Where the Sky Meets the Sand

The story of Jenny Neumeyer and Ole, a homeless boy she befriends while she and her husband are on vacation in Kenya. As she comes to terms with a secret in her past, two missionaries to Africa discover discover Ole and are determined to lead him home. Along the way, they realize that the boy is not the only one who is lost.

Learn more about Chris Loehmer Kincaid and Where the Sky Meets the Sand HERE.

ACTION-ADVENTURE/WESTERN/EPIC FICTION

The Reliant by Dr. Patrick Johnston

The Reliant

When the dollar collapses, widespread rioting and looting threaten the peace of a family in Zanesville, Ohio. Eight children tragically lose their parents in the chaos. The oldest, 19-year-old lovesick Sophie, is forced to care for her defenseless and hungry siblings in a stretch of woods surrounded by lawless anarchy. Their father has been killed, and their mother and Adam, Sophie’s fiancé, have gone missing. Running out of food and facing threats from encroaching marauders, they are tempted to doubt God’s love.

Learn more about Dr. Johnston and The Reliant HERE.

YOUNG ADULT:

Mission of a Lifetime by Priscilla J. Krahn

Mission of a Lifetime

A missing airplane . . . Hostile tribes . . . Mysterious kidnappings . . . Responsibility falls upon twenty-one-year-old William Rodriguez when his missionary parents disappear in the hostile jungles of Colombia. Willie knows that he has to go find them, but what will it cost him? When Willie finds himself in the midst of a drug smuggling ring, difficult decisions are thrust upon him. Can he escape his captors before his family is killed? Can he find forgiveness in his heart for the very people who ruined his life or will it only bring back more painful memories? Will he be able to survive the mission of a lifetime?

Learn more about Priscilla J. Krahn and Mission of a Lifetime HERE.

Winners to be announced in June.