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99¢ SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a brand new non-fiction title for just 99¢! Pick up Lindon and Sherry Gareis’ books Declutter Now! Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life as well as the newly released Declutter Now! Study Guide 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 both of these books right now for just 99¢ on Kindle.

DeclutterNow 99 centsDeclutter Now! Synopsis: We all have too much STUFF!  Not just tangible things, but also the harmful clutter we allow to take up residence in our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. Every area of your life must be decluttered for you to live with the joy and freedom God desires!

  • We’ll clean out closets, relationships, and finances.
  • We’ll share ideas on decluttering your children’s lives from the get-go, and how to instill tools they’ll need to keep them that way.
  • We’ll navigate through challenges at work and critical career decisions.
  • Are you burdened by emotional ties that bind or physical problems which keep you in bondage?
  • We’ll tackle those too! Does your spiritual life feel empty or stalled?

We desire to help! Declutter what you don’t need to make room for what really matters. Less can truly be more!

  • Do you long for more peace and harmony in your life?
  • Do you desire more quality time with family?
  • Are you seeking relief from financial burdens?
  • Are you ready to release the grip of guilt and obligation?
  • Do you yearn for an increased ability to serve God?

Declutter Now! is for REAL people dealing with REAL life! Discover the tremendous joy possible when living a decluttered life for Christ.


Declutter Now Study GuideDeclutter Now! Study Guide Synopsis: Do you desire more TIME, SPACE, MONEY, FREEDOM, JOY, ENERGY & PEACE?

The Declutter Now! 8 week study is a comprehensive, practical, step by step guide, designed to coach and motivate you to TAKE ACTION and declutter your:

  • Physical space
  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Career
  • Mental health
  • Children
  • Spiritual life
  • Body & Physical Health

As a companion to the popular book Declutter Now! Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life, the Declutter Now! study guide will help you not only recognize the clutter in your life, but help you get rid of it forever! What can you expect? Release from the bondage of clutter, live the abundant life God desires for you, thought and conversation provoking questions, inspirational and relevant scripture, a guide to ACTION with helpful resources and practical application. For leaders – complete meeting format guide which includes useful tools, tips, and creative ideas to make your group a success.
Designed to be used in conjunction with the Declutter Now! book.

Would You Choose Him All Over Again?

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Author’s Search for Mr. Right Leads Her to Jesus

For immediate release: 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, (Ambassador International; January 2015; $14.99, paperback) 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.

9781620202913Mikels not only includes a candid recount of her own marriage struggles in Choosing Him All Over Again, but she interviewed more than 40 people, all of whom had been separated or divorced at one time. “It is my prayer that you will be encouraged and able to love your husband and to choose him again,” writes Mikels. “It is my delight to share my history with you because my story is a story of God’s grace.”

Choosing Him All Over Again includes strikingly honest accounts of Mikels’ personal experience of separation from her husband and their ultimate reconciliation. Mikels offers wives 11 checkpoints for refreshing any marriage including saying ‘I love you’ daily, not bringing up past failures and praying for your husband every day. The book provides free resources like prayers Mikels prays for her husband, a note to Christian women married to unbelievers or married to Christian men who are not acting as believers should and access to a free downloadable companion study guide.

About the Author:. Juana speaks to women’s groups and churches with her story and seminar on order, home life, and time management for busy Christian mothers. Formerly a National Account Manager with Xerox Corporation, she left the work force to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschooled her children. Juana, her husband, Terry, and their four children live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

For more information about the author visit To connect with the author please contact publicist Alison Storm at



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99¢ SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a brand new title for just 99¢! Pick up Larry Vaughn and Mentora Vaughn Gratrix’s new book Hollywood’s Chosen: An Insider Shares His Story 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 Hollywood’s Chosen right now for just 99¢ on Kindle.

Hollywood's ChosenSynopsis: Larry Vaughn’s fate would be determined by a single, high-stakes moment. Drawing the right card meant success and a cut in millions of dollars. Failure meant Jaws would not play in his theatre, and Vaughn would miss one of the biggest hits of the decade.

For as long as there have been movies there have been film buyers, and yet hardly anyone outside the motion picture industry has heard of the job. They are the hot shots celebrities clamor to meet. These Hollywood gamblers use their skill and sheer instinct to decide what movie they think will be the next box office hit for their theatres. Vaughn’s success with Jaws, Star Wars, Rocky and Forrest Gump marks him as one of the best.

Despite a life full of red carpets and movie premiers, Vaughn’s story begins in a poor, single-parent household as a boy who simply loved spending Saturdays at the movie theatre. His life takes a wild ride through Hollywood, climbing from poverty to riches by pure determination and a passion for film.

Through a cast of characters that includes celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Michael J. Fox, and Clint Eastwood, Vaughn describes the drama and intrigue that accompanies being one of Hollywood’s chosen and shares about films, family, and a crucial decision that put his faith and career at odds. BUY NOW!

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.

If you want to sign up to receive a digital copy of Hope for Women magazine check out the Hope for Women Facebook page.

Free Webinar: 5 Things You Can Do To Gain Favor With The Media

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The following is a guest post from Mary Lu Saylor, a 30 year veteran in television news. On Thursday, November 13 she’s co-hosting a free webinar entitled “5 Things You Can Do To Gain Favor With the Media.”

I was asked by the folks at Ambassador International to provide a little insight for authors to promote their books.   I have a background in journalism and have been on the Mary Lu Saylorreceiving end of all sorts of information from organizations, businesses, and even publishing houses touting their latest offerings. I also am an avid reader.

Quick tips to promote your message:

  • Make connections with your local TV stations and offer to do a live interview (it really isn’t as scary as you think!) They may have a day time talk show or slots open during their morning, noon, or weekend newscasts.
  • See if your local newspaper will do a feature on you.
  • Local radio stations occasionally will feature people who are doing unique things in the community.

In your pitch to these outlets either via telephone, email, or snail mail make sure the information you provide is short and concise.   Give them the who, what, when, where, and why. Most importantly, make sure you tell them you are available.

Insight from authors

I reached out to two authors that I know and they have this advice for you:

Christian author Margaret Feinberg:

“As far as promoting books, we think it’s important for authors to know they are the plan. They are the editing plan. The marketing plan. The design plan. Everything. Authors shouldn’t think that if they sign with a traditional house everything will be taken care of. They need to be intentional about building and maintaining a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and others. They are the marketing plan. Great content is everything.”

Christian author Dwayne Morris:

“My greatest promotional tool was guest-posting on other people’s blogs. I connected with several people who have big platforms and they allowed me to speak into the lives of their audience. They also posted links to my book. (These include Michael Hyatt and Michael Nichols.) The bottom line…make connections with people and serve them and their audience. If you help enough people get what they want, you’ll eventually get what you want.”

I’m one of the presenters for an upcoming webinar “5 Things You Can Do To Gain Favor With The Media” which will give you more ideas about successfully delivering your message. Click here to sign up for the November 13 event.

I’d love to hear from you! Email me ( for a free tip sheet with more detail on some of the items I’ve outlined above.

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Gripping Novel Follows Young Orphan As She Navigates Tragedy

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Despite Devastating Loss, Young Girl Resolves to Let Hope and Love Prevail

The River KeeperFor immediate release: Witnessing her family die in a flood could have been enough to ruin Callie Mae McCauley, but she doesn’t let being orphaned at the age of eight destroy her tender spirit. The River Keeper (Ambassador International; October 2014; $14.99, paperback) follows young Callie as she navigates the stream of life. Through gentle ripples and vengeful rapids, she finds healing living with her grandmother in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Set along the banks of the New River in North Carolina in the 1940s, author Sarah Martin Byrd artfully writes about the rugged hillsides and idyllic meadows with familiarity that can only come from someone who has called this place home. Believed to be one of the oldest rivers in North America, the author has woven its natural history into the story of The River Keeper. “I have probably done more research on this one story than I’ve done on all my others,” explains Sarah, who has fished, swam and paddled through miles of the river. “The New River is so rich in history and folklore.”

Based on actual events, The River Keeper tells the story of the 13-year battle to protect the New River from development. In 1965 Appalachian Power filed an application with the Federal Power Commission for permission to build a two-dam hydroelectric and pumped-storage facility. This project would have flooded over forty thousand acres of rich bottomland, displacing as many as 3,000 people, destroying hundreds of cabins, churches and cemeteries and one of the most important archeological areas in the eastern United States.

The River Keeper is Byrd’s third project with Ambassador International. In 2012 Ambassador International published Byrd’s novel The Color of My Heart, which pushes readers to contemplate whether they believe heart matters more than skin. In 2013 Byrd released The Manger Mouse, a touching children’s book about a tiny mouse’s big role in the Christmas story.

About the Author: Sarah Martin Byrd is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. She is a published novelist, newspaper columnist, blogger, and former Advertising Manager for a regional newspaper. Sarah loves sharing her life story with children of all ages. She speaks at schools, book clubs, libraries and book festivals. Sarah lives at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina with her husband of 38 years. Her only daughter and grandchild live close by. When not creating new stories she loves camping, canoeing, fishing, her daily walks, and spending time with her family.

To receive a review copy of The River Keeper or to connect with the author please contact publicist Alison Storm by email at

99¢ SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a brand new young adult title for just 99¢! Pick up the author Andrea Rodger’s new novel The 20th Christmas 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 The 20th Christmas right now for just 99¢ on Kindle.

The 20th ChristmasSynopsis: Arianna Tate has a simple and fulfilling life—until four days before Christmas when her young son is kidnapped. For two decades, she grieves the loss of Chase and struggles with her marriage to her husband, Alan.

Meanwhile, Lydia Feller mourns the death of her estranged sister, who spent years living on the streets with mental illness and substance abuse. Lydia adopts the boy that she believes was her sister’s son and raises him in a happy, stable home with her husband, Daniel, and their four children. God works in miraculous ways as, twenty years later, both women’s worlds collide . . . BUY NOW

A Donkey’s Little Tale Provides Touching Account of Christ’s Birth

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A few days after Christmas and ten years ago, Ronni Scott spent her devotional time reading Matthew 1 and Luke 2 and wished for more information about Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. She desired more intimate details of the Christmas story and prayerfully asked God questions and was struck with A Donkey's Little Taleinspiration. At the end of three hours she wrote a poem etched with pencil in a spiral notebook that would become the manuscript for A Donkey’s Little Tale (Ambassador International; October 2014; $17.99, hardcover). Now ten years after that December morning Ronni is sharing her prized story with the world.
As she studied, Scott realized there was another figure that accompanied Mary and Joseph on their journey — a donkey! “The child in me took over,” recounts Scott. “I began to imagine what that donkey saw, felt and heard.” A Donkey’s Little Tale begins with Mary and Joseph’s difficult trek to Bethlehem, chronicling their stay at the stable and ending with the glorious arrival of baby Jesus.
In addition to writing A Donkey’s Little Tale, Scott also played an integral part in the illustrations. Using her beloved Georgia Lizella clay, Scott sculpted each scene of the book. The sculptures were then translated into sketches and illustrations by Brittany Huskey.  Scott is still working through a 300 pound supply of clay, mostly crafting pieces for family and friends.
About the Author: R. MITCHELL SCOTT, Ronni, is an Air Force veteran and former school and art teacher. She and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren. She loves to bake and has mastered the art of fudgemaking, assuring her popularity during the holidays. Ronni graduated with honors at both Columbus State University, Georgia and Asbury Theological Seminary, Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Art, and a Master of Biblical Studies respectively. Ronni loves getting her hands dirty in Georgia’s Lizella Clay.
For interview requests or to request a review copy of A Donkey’s Little Tale please contact publicist Alison Storm via email at

99¢ SALE: One Day Only!

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For 24 hours we’re offering a brand new young adult title for just 99¢! Pick up the author Laura Taylor’s new book EE Otter and the Bullfrog Bullies 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 EE Otter right now for just 99¢ on Kindle.

E.E. OtterSynopsis: Everyone has to deal with a bully at some point in life, and it can be really, really hard! Come tag along on an adventure in Laurel Wood and see how a young otter named Elliot Emerson, or E.E. for short, and his gang of friends square off with a group of bullfrog bullies on the basketball court at Dogwood Park.

You’ll meet Random Raccoon, Gracious and Gallant Gosling, and Worrisome Woodchuck as they stay faithfully by E.E. when he stands up to the Bullfrog Bully and his three toadies. And you will listen with the gang as Opaah tells one of his famous Compass Tales to help E.E. learn how Jesus can help him do the very thing that the young otter thinks is impossible! BUY NOW