ULR Feature: Jobless: College In America Does Not Work the Way It Used To

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College in America does not work the way it used to. Only one in four college enrollees will graduate and get a good job in today’s economy. Every May approximately three million teenagers graduate from high school to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Given the mediocre quality of K-12 education in the United States today the vast majority of these kids are lucky if they are prepared for a minimum wage job at McDonalds. Since
flipping burgers doesn’t sound very attractive, all of these young folks are open to suggestion. What sounds better than, “Go to college and earn $1,000,000 more than a high school graduate?” Everyone is doing it, and it is “free.” The government will loan you the money, and you don’t have to pay it back for years.

Sound like a plan? Here is the stark reality:
It is highly unlikely that your student is going to make $1,000,000 more than the average high school graduate. Financing college with student loan debt is not “free.” In fact it is dangerous.
There are many options that don’t require your student to sit in a
classroom for years that can result in her getting a great job. If your
student just graduated from high school, the challenge now is how he or she will become a financially self-sufficient adult in the next few years.

College may be the right answer, or maybe not.

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About the Author

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Thomas B. Walsh was first in his family to attend college. He graduated from The Ohio State University a long, long time ago—before the Beatles came to America. In “the good old days” you could work your way through school. He held a variety of low paying jobs including: clerk in the Student Union bowling alley, city playground supervisor, and campus mailman. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at a cost of $4500 and graduated with no student loan debt. Working for such Fortune 100 companies as IBM and Xerox his career in information technology spanned thirty-five years. Along the way he attained an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Fortunate to be able to retire at a relatively early age he spent his “golden years” fly fishing and hiking in the mountains of Colorado. This is the way college used to work in America.

When his daughter asked him to unravel the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) procedure, he was delighted to help. He did some research and wrote a one page paper to help the three of his six grandchildren who were soon to graduate high school. Subsequently he started researching the worrisome subject of student loans. Along the way he learned that college is no longer the surefire way to middleclass prosperity and that, today, choosing college as a road to financial success is against the odds. Things got completely out of hand and this book was born.

Cleveland author recommends more than 365 movies from the past century

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Create your own adventure in film history with new book

Cleveland author recommends more than 365 movies from the past century

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Cleveland, Ohio –March 10, 2015 – The interactive new book 100+ Years of Movies: Musings of a Flixster Super Reviewer is now available for movie lovers everywhere with discounts through Kindle Direct Publishing Select this week only. New author Byron Brubaker has combined films from every decade of cinema history into a choose-your-own-adventure style book for Kindle and paperback. Jump from page to page using the suggestions following each review, or read it cover to cover either forward or backward. It is up to the reader to choose!

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From Gravity to A Trip to the Moon

Brubaker’s reviews are both personal and educational, which makes clear his love of movies. After college, he began highlighting what he liked and disliked about the numerous films he watched. “It’s taken me about two years to sort through all of my reviews to compile 365 for this book. What I’ve done that I haven’t seen anyone else do with movie reviews is use the create your own adventure style,” says Brubaker. “The book can help people on movie night, when they’re wondering what to watch.” Since moving to Cleveland, he has spent many hours at Cedar Lee Theatre and Capitol Theatre, as well as the Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art, all of which are mentioned in the book. The author encourages readers to be open to the experience of watching movies made before they were born and to not rely too much on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming service algorithms. The book contains highly rated pictures from countless genres and for any mood. Download the ebook for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription through early May.

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“Byron does a great job of making reviews both interesting and relevant. I have been bored to tears by some excellent movies and really loved some awful ones! After reading Byron’s review, I have a pretty good idea if a movie is important or entertaining. Sometimes both, sometimes neither, but I am definitely adding to my “movies to see” list!” –Jeff P.

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About Byron Brubaker

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Byron Brubaker is a freelance theatre professional, library consultant, filmmaker, and writer. Byron has been an active reviewer on Flixster.com since 2007, to recommend good movies and warn people about bad movies. He earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, as well as a B.A. in Communication Arts/Theatre, with a minor in Music from Malone College. To contact the author about 100+ Years of Movies: Musings of a Flixster Super Reviewer, please visit ThespisPerLacus.com or email thespis.per.lacus@gmail.com. It is available in print and e-book on Amazon.

ULR Feature: The Book of Barkley by L.B. Johnson

Amazon Best Seller The Book of Barkley by L.B. Johnson – the book that Kirkus Reviews Magazine exclaimed —“An unusually full-bodied love story that will wrap itself around the heart of anyone who has been fortunate enough to experience life with a dog”.

It’s a warm-hearted memoir of growing up and coming to age with the help of a beloved pet. All sales proceeds donated to animal rescue and search dog foundations.

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It is a story, not one of science, and one that may not be remembered past this one lifetime. It is the story of someone that did not know his destiny, but followed it with unfaltering step, bound to his human companion, not by vows or paper, but in the name of the trust that was the best part of his nature. It is a story of the one that taught her to love, even as he occasionally barfed on the carpet. It is the tale of a black Lab named Barkley. It begins in the 1960’s as the author is growing up—dogs becoming part of the family.  But it is only after many years of living alone following heartbreak; that Barkley finds his way to Ms. Johnson, and she begins to view the world as he does—and learns to love again.

It is a story of family, of friends, dog hair and a small pink ball with feet known as Mr. Squeaky that became her mortal enemy at dawn.  It is the story of rambunctious trespasses and the loving trust that bound a lonely road warrior and a dog together in unspoken understanding.

The Book of Barkley is a memoir and a tribute that will resonate with everyone who has ever loved and lost a a dog.  Honest, transcendent, and beautifully written The Book of Barkley is a love story that will enrich every animal lover’s library.

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Five Stars.  “Stories about great pets abound, yet there is always room for one more.  The Book of Barkley holds its own in this genre.  The give and take between delightful doggy antics retold and the author’s musings, often lyrical and heartbreaking, strikes a satisfying counterbalance.  Like all animal lovers, Johnson realized many life lessons with Barkley as her companion, not the least of which that home is in the heart.” –San Francisco Book Review

“Warmhearted and delightful, The Book of Barkley is a joy to read, highly recommended.” –Midwest Book Review Magazine

About the Author

 

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LB Johnson grew up out West where she received a doctorate in a law enforcement related field, in which she now works (a subject that will have to wait until retirement). She lives in Chicago with her husband and rescue dog Abby. When she’s not writing, she’s usually found in a metal or wood shop at home making something so that people can say “Is it supposed to look like that?”

The Book of Barkley is her first book, a memoir.

 

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ULR FEATURE: Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

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This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!

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” For one brave boy, kindergarten isn’t just a grade—it’s a destination. He gets to school via rocket (one that looks suspiciously like his father’s hatchback), and considers his classmates to be aliens, including two that could be relatives of Cousin It. The boy adjusts to “zero gravity” (“We have to try hard to stay in our seats. And our hands go up a lot”), discovers that he likes space food, and freaks out during naptime: “Is the room running out of oxygen?” Prigmore’s manic digital art gives a nod to Jetsons-era cartoons, while Ganz-Schmitt’s metaphor will ring true with intrepid readers. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Jennifer Unter, the Unter Agency. (May)”

A genius way to ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten.”  – –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 

Nominations and Awards

Kirkus Prize Nominee for 2014
American Bookseller’s Association: Summer 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List
Amazon Kid’s Best of May 2014 (kids 3-5)
Amazon Editor’s Pick for Summer Reading 2014 (kids 3-5)
Apple iTunes Spring’s Biggest Books (for Kids)
Chosen as the theme for San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (Summer 2014)
Artwork chosen by the Society of Illustrators for their Original Art exhibit (2014)
Planetary Society’s Emily Ladakawalla top reviewed choice for space themed books for 2014 : Top of the List
Smithsonian

 

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About the Author

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Children’s book author, mother and philanthropist, Sue Ganz-Schmitt, is passionate about helping children, and families globally. She is co-founder of an AIDS orphanage in Haiti, has traveled to China to help medically challenged orphans, and set up a birthing clinic in rural India. Yet, her writing is inspired by local children with diabetes, severe allergies, leukemia. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Marketing) in 1986, and now lives now lives in a rural mountain community in Los Angeles with her two daughters and husband. She produces children’s musical theater, has sung on Broadway in RENT, and contributes to an L.A. area local paper.

ULR Feature: Mashups for Teens: From Princess Grace to Princess Kate

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For me history got boring . . . fast. However, now, history fascinates me . . especially history learned through the lives of people who have made or are making a difference in the world. After reading this book or any of the books in this series, I hope you will agree.

This is the fourth book in the Mashup series. I wrote this one because I love princesses and these three princesses (Spoiler Alert! there is a third princess showcased in the book) are all women I admire. I share both the unique commonalities and differences between these three ladies. Just like you will find, I found surprises. My goal in writing these unique mashups has and will continue to be—to help you get inspired by their lives as I have.

Oh, the marvelous mashup. Enormously vogue in music and more recently, literature, the premise is simple. Take elemental bits and pieces of popular culture and remix them. The result is one part fresh, one part familiar.

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Author Melissa G. Wilson has created her own style of the art form with her book series Masters Mashups. She takes two unlikely, yet well-known people and dissects the oddly similar ways their lives have unfolded.

These amazing and famous women have actually had lots of challenges in their lives. They also have more in common than you might imagine. It appears they’re the quintessence of happily ever after. But success didn’t come without controversy, without familiar influences, without heartache and disappointment. Included is an entire chapter of juicy facts that may surprise you–facts even your parents probably don’t know!

This is the fourth book in the series of the Masters Mashups series by Melissa G Wilson. She has written numerous books, including a best seller which held a #10 Amazon spot for an entire year. Check out the other Masters Mashups too! There are plenty now and many more to come!

Melissa’s organization, Networlding, provides a comprehensive service for thought leaders who want to create breakthrough books, self-published or published traditionally. But what she loves to do most is help young adults get better starts in their careers. To this end she gifts all of her earnings on this series to mentoring young adults others in publishing and book marketing internships. When she is not helping others she is hanging out with her husband, Craig, writing novels.

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“We are in love with this delightful mashup for teens. This time around author Melissa Wilson has us mashing it up with everything princesses and brings us a treasure trove of riches on the lives and times of three of the world’s most beautiful princesses. The whole family loves the Mashups Series and the author has taken a few new turns with this mashup turning its aim at teens, such as offering an entire chapter on interesting facts that your parents don’t even know. Now, that said, we have a nine-year-old that wants to be a teen and will probably always be in love with all the wonderful things about being a princess and this has been a fantastic way for us to make learning history and current events a fun family night that involves almost all of us, we need zombies to get the boys in the room.” – Amazon Reviewer

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About the Author

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Melissa is the author and/or co-author of 15 books with a number of bestsellers. Her latest book,Networking is Dead: Creating Connections that Matter, was a Wallstreet Journal and Barnes and Noble bestseller and her book, Networlding, that was a #10 book on Amazon for an entire year.

Melissa started Networlding Publishing, a ghostwriting and book marketing organization, because her top value is “making a difference.” She found that she could make the biggest difference by following her “Power-of-Ten” Networlding process.

To this end Melissa assists thought leaders in ghostwriting, publishing and marketing their books. Her clients have included people like the head of diversity for Hewitt, the president of Holland Cruise Lines, the head of a division of Allstate, the head of HR for the NBA, a seven-time Inc. 500 entrepreneur and thought leaders from many small and mid-sized companies around the world.

Melissa’s greatest passion is helping new adults get better starts in their lives and careers. Here, she mentors up to ten college graduates yearly providing them with paid mentorships in book publishing and marketing.

Shakespeare to Steven King 
Marie Antoinette to Madonna 
Sleeping Beauty to Beyonce 
Princess Grace to Princess Kate 
They teach teens and young and new adults history from a unique, creative perspective. My goal was to change history from being boring for many to being engaging and even . . . fun.

All proceeds go to mentoring new adults to help them get better starts in their lives.

Finally, if you have any new ideas for Mashups, please email Melissa directly at melissa@networlding.com. She would love to hear from you!

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From Shakespeare to Steven King 
From Marie Antoinette to Madonna 

Masters Mashups – Teen Mashups
From Princess Grace to Princess Kate 
From Sleeping Beauty to Beyonce  

 

DARE TO LIVE w/ Daryl F. Hayott

Written by: Wesley “Godfather” Hunter

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Life is truly short. When we’re young, we take a lot for granted. We challenge things, take chances with things, and explore things without fear or caution. We call it daring, exciting, adventurous. Yes, so easy it is to ignore and underestimate the value of all that life is, or all that life could be, as we trudge along unaware. But, then, something happens, which awakens us, and suddenly, our entire focus changes. It could be a birth, a death, or just some random life altering moment. Like the fight of a battle in a soldier’s heart, an illness which cripples us or threatens our life. It could be a good job or the love of a mate; addictions, gun shots, travels and whoas, all add substance and importance to who we are and where we go on the journey of life.
The older we get, the faster time goes. . .
In 1996, Daryl F. Hayott’s grandmother died, from complications due to AIDS. After this life changing event, Daryl moved to Alexandria, Va. He would eventually graduate from Virginia Union Univ. in Richmond, Va. And Regent Univ. School of law, in 2013. Also a freelance photographer, Mr. Hayott, the attorney turned first time author, took the self-publishing route, using LuLu publishing to release his debut title, The Brandy Brothers, on 10/8/14.
The Brandy Brothers is a tale which explores the value of life. The story follows a group of under achieving college grad.s on a journey to find themselves and discover a meaningful purpose in life. Input equals output and Daryl shares many of his life’s most meaningful lessons here. To find out why and get a better understanding, I decided to speak with Daryl, and ask those questions directly:

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When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I’m not sure. I was always fascinated with the art of storytelling. I love Rap and Hip Hop. I wrote raps for years and made CD’s with my friends when I was younger. When I was in law school I was bored to death and started writing The Brandy Brothers to pass time.
Being an attorney and freelance photographer, what made you decide to throw your hat into the crowded, and challenging arena of writing?
I just wanted to tell a cool and funny story about some crazy people I know. I never considered how challenging or crowded the field of writing is. I just wrote something that I think people will enjoy and I want to share it.
What or who were your inspirations for the story?
My friends in college. All of the main characters are based on my real life friends. Some parts of the story are actually things that really happened. But I’ll never tell. I plead the fifth.

What is the point/intended message of your story?
There is no point to the story. There’s no deep meaning or hidden message. It probably won’t make you think hard or self reflect. It’s supposed to make you laugh and smile. It won’t cure the world, but I hope it at least takes your mind off of it for awhile.

Who is your intended audience?
The young and not so young adult demographic. I would say anyone 18-40 who likes to laugh and have fun.

Do you plan to do more writing in the future?
Yes. The Brandy Brothers is going to be a four part series. The next volume will drop next winter. And from there I’ll probably write a few more books about a few more funny things and fancy that I’ve seen and met in my crazy life.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Yeah. I just want to thank you for taking time out to interview me. Also, thanks to everyone who has read the book. If you haven’t already, check me out!  The Brandy Brothers is short, easy, crazy and fun. A lot of it actually happened, so if you can figure what’s true or not. Hit me up and I’ll tell you if you’re right or wrong. Don’t forget to eat and live well, exercise, and get rest. You are irreplaceable to someone.

Where can your book be found?
It’s only out in eBook form, currently, but the paperbacks are coming soon. You can find the book on Amazon, the Nook Store, iBooks, and of course Lulu.com.

How can you be reached?
You can find me on facebook/thebrandybrothers, Instagram: cbde_fotos and on twitter: cbdefotos

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About the Author

Daryl ” Dee” Farrad Hayott is a 31 year old first-time author from Queens, NY, USA. He was raised in New York until his grandmother died due complications of AIDS in 1996, and he and his family moved to Alexandria Virginia. He graduate of Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA in 2006 and Regent University School of Law in 2013. In addition to being a newly licensed attorney, he is also a freelance photographer.

ULR Feature: THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO SUICIDE by Andrew Armacost

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Being a prison guard is often stressful and dangerous, so it’s not surprising that the suicide rate among prison guards is nearly 40% higher than the average for all occupations in America; these elements form the terrain of THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO SUICIDE (Moonshine Cove Press), a tragicomic literary novel by Andrew H. Armacost.

THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO SUICIDE is a moving yet comical tale of an embittered prison guard, working at a correctional facility on the outskirts of Indianapolis, who decides the only meaningful thing left for him to do in life is die.

Most prison guards work hard just to survive each day and Wesley Weimer is no exception. As Armacost’s lead character peels back the layers of his life, he doesn’t like what he sees. A twice-divorced father of two, he realizes his life has grown lifeless. With child support payments sucking him dry, and most of his free time spent either taking care of his crippled mother or struggling through painful visits with his children, Wesley can’t help but wonder if there’s any point to carrying on.

With Christmas right around the corner, Wesley persuades a prisoner to strangle him for ten thousand dollars – this way, at least his kids can cash in on the life insurance. There’s just one problem…he doesn’t have ten thousand dollars!

This noir ‘why-done-it’ offers a humanizing look at both inmates and guards as it propels readers into the guts of a bleak yet fascinating subculture, while offering a spiritual life-ring to a drowning demographic: non-custodial fathers. Passionate and persuasive, emotional and humorous, Armacost’s latest book (his third published novel to date) is compelling storytelling at its best and makes for a powerful read, tough to put down.

In fact, THE POOR MAN’S GUIDE TO SUICIDE was short-listed by Library Journal as one of the best “Books for Dudes” in 2014

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About the Author

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Andrew Armacost studied literature and writing in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh after serving in the U.S. Navy, during which time he worked at sea and overseas, with long-term assignments to both Afghanistan and Singapore. Formerly a Corrections Officer for the State of Indiana, Mr. Armacost has also resided in Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Japan, California and, most recently, Virginia, where he currently lives with his family.

 

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IF YOU LOSE YOUR WILL TO LIVE-CAN YOU EVER GET IT BACK? SCOTT PHILLIPS, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF “THE ICE HARVEST” LATER MADE INTO A MOVIE STARRING JOHN CUSAK SAYS, “…a decent man at the end of his rope…Armacost’s writing is wonderfully funny and sad, and I will be reading whatever he writes from now on.” The Poor Man’s Guide to Suicide” is a powerful, slashing, terrifying, hilarious, explosive, sarcastic, misanthropic and lyrical black comedy about losing your will to live-and possibly getting it back. Wesley Weimer, a twice-divorced prison guard and failed father of two, realizes his life has grown lifeless. Child support payments suck him dry and he’ll never finish that degree. Most of his free time is spent tending to his crippled mother or else writhing through painful visits with his children. So with Christmas right around the corner, Wesley persuades a prisoner to strangle him for ten thousand dollars-this way, at least his kids can cash in on the life insurance. The only problem is, he doesn’t have ten thousand dollars… “Funny and well-conceived.”—Dan Fante, author of “Chump Change” and “Mooch.” “

Armacost’s fictional depiction of depression has an alarmingly real feel.”—Library Journal, Douglas Lord, “Books for Dudes.” “…wry humor and a surprising degree of wisdom…seems lifted right off the pages of [a Woody] Allen script…“Kirkus Reviews.”

“…true grit at its best…a powerful read that will satisfy any who like dark, gritty noir writing…”—D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, “MidWest Book Review.” “…delves into the male psyche…feelings of failure and hopelessness…despair and utter lack of hope rang true…”—“Opinionated Reviewer.”

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