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  • MindStir Media Ranked No. 1 Among Los Angeles Book Publishers By Kev’s Best

    I’m beyond thrilled that MindStir Media continues to be recognized as a leader in publishing”
    — J.J. Hebert, Founder, MindStir Media
    LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Kev’s Best, a well-respected review website, recently ranked MindStir Media as the top book publisher in LA. Kev’s Best follows a special 60-point set of guidelines when reviewing companies, focusing on business history, services, social media, customer reviews and more. To be ranked on top of any Kev’s Best list is an honor.

    MindStir Media is one of the nation’s largest book publishers, with offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Portsmouth, NH. MindStir beat out four other prominent LA-based publishing companies on the Kev’s Best list.

    J.J. Hebert is the founder and owner of MindStir Media. He is also a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author. He shared his excitement about Kev’s Best rating of MindStir: “I’m beyond thrilled that MindStir Media continues to be recognized as a leader in publishing,” he said. “We work hard to stand out as an author-friendly, creative book publishing option. I’m glad that Kev’s Best acknowledges that vision through its review…”

    Located on Sunset Boulevard, MindStir Media has set itself apart from other hybrid publishers and self-publishing companies by helping unknown authors get the attention of celebrities. For instance, MindStir can help an author get a foreword written by Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington or Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter, Mariel Hemingway. Attaching a celebrity to a project by a new author can instantly catapult the author and his book to the top.

    MindStir also offers a 3-month publicity campaign that guarantees incredible exposure such as placements on NBC, CBS and FOX affiliate websites and more. Kevin Harrington recommended MindStir Media as a publisher that can help take a book to the next level.

    About MindStir Media:

    Founded in 2009, MindStir Media is an award-winning self-publishing company with locations in Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY and Portsmouth, NH. MindStir offers author services including mentoring from a bestselling author, celebrity endorsements, book design, editing, publishing, distribution, marketing and publicity. Visit mindstirmedia.com to download a free publishing guide.

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  • Winners Announced: 3rd Quarter Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests

    The 3rd Quarter Writers of the Future Contest winners

    The 3rd Quarter Illustrators of the Future Contest winners

    The Winners and Finalists announced for the 3rd Quarter Year 38 of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest.

    A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists.”
    — L. Ron Hubbard
    LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 2, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests are pleased to announce the third quarter winners for its 38th year.

    For the Writers of the Future Contest, the winners for the quarter ending June 30, 2021, are:
    First Place – Mitchel V. Eisenlohr from Washington
    Second Place – Em Dupre from Florida
    Third Place – N.V. Haskell from Kentucky

    And for the Illustrators of the Future Contest, the winners are:
    Nick Jizba from Nebraska
    Brett Stump from Missouri
    Anna Lee Wu from Maryland

    They will be published in 2022 in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 38.

    You can find the complete list of Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and Honorable Mentions at www.writersofthefuture.com/blog.

    In 1985, with the release of the first volume of the series, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as it has imaginative artists....” Contest Director Joni Labaqui said, “We are seeing this objective being achieved with the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, now with submissions sent in from over 175 countries.”

    The award-winning writers and illustrators will be flown out to Hollywood for a week-long workshop with Contest judges, who are some of the biggest names in the field, plus a lavish awards ceremony.

    Writer judges are Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Doug Beason, Dr. Gregory Benford, Orson Scott Card, David Farland, Eric Flint, Brian Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Nancy Kress, Katherine Kurtz, Todd McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Jody Lynn Nye, Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, Tim Powers, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Brandon Sanderson, Dr. Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Dean Wesley Smith, S.M. Stirling, and Dr. Sean Williams.

    Illustrator judges are Echo Chernik, Lazarus Chernik, Ciruelo, Vincent Di Fate, Diane Dillon, Bob Eggleton, Craig Elliott, Larry Elmore, Laura Freas Beraha, Bea Jackson, Val Lakey Lindahn, Stephan Martiniere, Mike Perkins, Sergey Poyarkov, Rob Prior, Dan dos Santos, Shaun Tan, Tom Wood, and Stephen Youll.

    The Contests are both free to enter and can be found at www.writersofthefuture.com.

    L. Ron Hubbard initiated the Writers of the Future writing contest in 1983 to provide “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” Based on its success, its sister contest, Illustrators of the Future was created five years later to provide that same opportunity for the aspiring artist.

    Throughout the Contests’ 38-year history, over 800 writers and illustrators have been recognized as winners.

    The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 440 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories. They have produced 34 New York Times bestsellers, and their works have sold over 60 million copies.

    The 370 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 6,000 illustrations, 360 comic books, graced 624 books and albums with their art, and visually contributed to 68 TV shows and 40 major movies.

    For more information on the Contests, visit www.writersofthefuture.com.

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  • New Anthology on Breaking the Silence for Abuse Survivors Achieves #1 International Bestseller Status on Launch Day

    FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 2, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Our Silent Voice: Break the Silence by Janet Pfeifer and Marie Posthumus became a #1 international bestseller on Amazon this week in the categories of Poetry Anthologies, LGBTQ+ Poetry, Sexual Assault Biographies, and more.

    The book is available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/31NlKsJ

    Our Silent Voice features stories, poems, and micro-essays from survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence.

    “It’s a means to speak out about what many endure in silence,” says Janet and Marie. “Our mission is to break that silence and create something fierce and relevant and in doing so, it became clear that our writers are on a journey to freedom from self-blame and stigma of assault.”

    To celebrate the launch of the book, the Kindle version of the book will be on sale for 99 cents for a limited time.

    Janet Pfeifer is an author and the co-directing editor of Our Silent Voice, which is a movement creating a safe space for victims of assault to share their stories and demolish stigmas surrounding abuse. A former corporate manager, she built her career by working with corporate leaders and client companies. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and visits their children and eight grand-teens as often as they can. The grand-boys voted to call her GranJan.

    Marie Posthumus is a writer as well as a co-editor and contributor to Our Silent Voice. Poet, painter, and entrepreneur, Marie has studied Mental Health First Aid and is a member of NAMI Houston. She has used her writing to foster understanding and compassion for people suffering from the tangled diagnosis of mental illness, trauma, and substance use disorder.

    Visit Amazon at https://amzn.to/31NlKsJ to purchase the book and to learn more.

    Contact Info:
    Janet Pfeifer and Marie Posthumus can also be reached at oursilentvoice.com.

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  • Peter Navarro Guest on the Schaftlein Report Announces Innovative Audiobook -- In Trump Time

    Peter Navarro Announces New Book on The Schaftlein Report Podcast

    Peter Navarro Announces New Book on The Schaftlein Report Podcast

    On The Schaftlein Report Peter Navarro announced the release of his innovative audio-book, In Trump Time -- with a just released "Big Reveal"

    This first of its kind audiobook allows the listener to truly feel like they are experiencing history”
    — Peter Navarro
    IRVINE, CA, UNITED STATES, December 2, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Peter Navarro announced the release of his innovative audiobook, In Trump Time -- with a just released "Big Reveal" audio sample from the first "Red Wedding" chapter of the book.

    Peter Navarro was a guest on the popular podcast The Schaftlein Report where he discussed the release of his new book, In Trump Time, Featuring Voice of President Donald Trump.

    Read by author, Peter Navarro In Trump Time is the definitive insider's account of the Trump White House. This innovative audio presentation and dramatic production features the voices of numerous other people appearing in the book, from Corey Lewandowski, Steve Bannon, and Dr. Steven Hatfill to National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, Anthony Fauci, and President Trump himself.

    "This first of its kind audiobook allows the listener to truly feel like they are experiencing history," said Peter Navarro. "The unique addition of key voices makes this searing account of my time in the White House a must-hear for all Americans."

    Peter Navarro is one of only three White House officials by the President's side from the 2016 campaign to the end of the President's first term. Always moving In Trump Time, as was his signature, Dr. Navarro's new book seeks to get to the bottom of what happened in a Wuhan bioweapons lab and hold Communist China accountable for its deadly role in the pandemic. This compelling audio presentation races along delivering new revelations in every chapter.

    Peter Navarro holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and was a professor emeritus of economics and public policy at the University of California-Irvine for more than 20 years. He served as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy at the White House during the Trump Administration. He is the author of numerous books, including his China Trilogy: The Coming China Wars (2006), Death By China (2011), and Crouching Tiger (2015).

    The Schaftlein Report, is hosted by political commentator Mark Schaftlein and produced in the Market Mover Media studio located in Irvine, California. Dr. Navarro’s interview can be heard on all major podcast platforms.

    In Trump Time is available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Trump-Time-Journal-Americas-Plague/dp/1737478501

    For more information about The Schaftlein Report or to become a guest visit the website at SchaftleinReport.com or contact Liz Martin at Liz@invictaconsulting.agency

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  • Keli Stewart Releases a Book of Poetry Entitled "Small Altars"

    Small Altars Book Cover

    Author, Keli Stewart

    LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, December 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Keli Stewart’s profound, visceral and heady debut poetry collection is simultaneously autobiographical memoir and social commentary in conversation. The narrator of Small Altars is at different times a girl learning from her elders and ancestors; a young woman coming of age; a single mother caring for her child; or a wise woman who conjures the spirits of her past. In the traditions of Gwendolyn Brooks’ A Street in Bronzeville, Lucille Clifton’s Good Woman,
    and Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems, Small Altars renders this self-portrait in spirals and snapshots—sometimes with humor, sometimes with sentiment and memory— about the body, desire, motherhood and place around her identity as a Black woman while awakening keen observations of her ancestors with a griot’s voice. “Black folks are not linear, we dip and dive into our lives, and there is ‘layering’ here,” says Stewart, a writer from Chicago’s West Side, about the structure of Small Altars.

    From the images of a struggling young mother in we accept LINK and Meditation for Poor Mothers to the humorous instances in Missionary Haiku and Self-portrait: Me with Hair Like Frederick Douglass to the reflective portrayal in My Grandfather Would Cry to the raw recall of awakening sexuality in pink things, Stewart’s collection illuminates conversations between the facets of one woman’s experiences to define the shape of her years, and stands as an inspiring exploration of gender, race and class in contemporary American life.

    KELI STEWART's work has appeared in Quiddity, Meridians, Warpland, Hip Mama, Calyx, and Rhino among other noted journals and publications. She has been honored with artist fellowships from Hedgebrook, and the Augusta Savage Gallery Arts International Residency. An alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Callaloo Summer Writing Workshops, Keli’s work was selected for first place in the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award from the Illinois Center of the Book, Emerging Writers Competition. She earned her BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College and her MFA in Poetry from Chicago State University. Her manuscript After Birth was recently named semi-finalist for the Claudia Emerson Chapbook Award.

    Bronzeville Books is an independent publisher focused on elevating voices and stories that have long been underrepresented and need to be told.

    Bronzeville Books breaks down dividers, whether that's in genre, mediums, or representations of characters to be inclusive and disruptive. Publishing books for teens and adults in a variety of formats and genres, Bronzeville Books unites readers and writers through outstanding stories. For more information, visit BronzevilleBooks.com.

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  • New Highly Anticipated Anthology Helps Break the Silence for Abuse Survivors

    FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Our Silent Voice: Break the Silence by Janet Pfeifer and Marie Posthumus is officially launching today.

    The book is available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/31NlKsJ

    Our Silent Voice features stories, poems, and micro-essays from survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence.

    “It’s a means to speak out about what many endure in silence,” says Janet and Marie. “Our mission is to break that silence and create something fierce and relevant and in doing so, it became clear that our writers are on a journey to freedom from self-blame and stigma of assault.”

    To celebrate the launch of the book, the Kindle version of the book will be on sale for 99 cents for a limited time.

    Janet Pfeifer is an author and the co-directing editor of Our Silent Voice, which is a movement creating a safe space for victims of assault to share their stories and demolish stigmas surrounding abuse. A former corporate manager, she built her career by working with corporate leaders and client companies. She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and visits their children and eight grand-teens as often as they can. The grand-boys voted to call her GranJan.

    Marie Posthumus is a writer as well as a co-editor and contributor to Our Silent Voice. Poet, painter, and entrepreneur, Marie has studied Mental Health First Aid and is a member of NAMI Houston. She has used her writing to foster understanding and compassion for people suffering from the tangled diagnosis of mental illness, trauma, and substance use disorder.

    Visit Amazon at https://amzn.to/31NlKsJ to purchase the book and to learn more!

    Contact Info:
    Janet Pfeifer and Marie Posthumus can also be reached at oursilentvoice.com.

    Janet Pfeifer and Marie Posthumus
    Our Silence Voice
    mpjp@oursilentvoice.com

  • FrontGate Media Shares 2022 Social Media Trends to Engage the Christian Audience in the New Year

    FrontGate Media: Your Gateway to the Christian Audience

    ORANGE COUNTY, CA, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- FRONTGATE MEDIA, one of the world’s leading Christian marketing agencies, provides helpful tips and valuable insights for Christian product and cause marketers seeking to expand their reach on social media platforms.

    Most recently, FrontGate Media released an in-depth article highlighting the most popular social media and video sharing platforms and how to use each to its fullest potential. “Social media platforms continue to evolve and enable Christian marketers to reach and engage their target audience in new, exciting ways,” shares Scott A. Shuford, Chief Engagement Officer of FrontGate Media. “While there are multiple platforms available, it’s best for most marketers to focus on one or two and show up excellently than to do more and just be ok at them.”

    In 2022, Lead Gen will be the priority to build your following, then creating an excellent content strategy that will build relationships and lead people to take action through post boosting will be of primary importance. Advertising and marketing through the social platforms will continue their evolution to be more relational than transactional.

    FrontGate Media’s latest article details how to best use the top 7 platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and TikTok.

    Facebook is the largest social media platform with 2.89 billion active monthly users worldwide and though it has a reputation for censorship and discrimination in Christian circles, it still offers an excellent opportunity to engage new audiences using the platform’s ad system for advertisements and promotions. YouTube is the second-largest social media platform with just over 2.1 billion active monthly users worldwide. As video continues to increase in popularity, video-sharing social platforms like YouTube will become even more valuable for faith-based marketers.

    “One of the biggest trends we’ve seen in the social space is platforms rapidly expanding their video capabilities,” Shuford explains. “Video sharing will only continue to grow in importance as videos deeply expand the communication connection between individuals, ministries, organizations and their audiences.”

    Other social media trends to look out for in 2022 include a focus on community building, authenticity, social influencers, short-form video content, and emerging features on various platforms.

    Celebrating 20 years this year, FrontGate Media has specialized in reaching the Faith and Family audience using various marketing strategies, including social marketing. The full-service agency helps faith-based organizations, companies, and individuals increase awareness, engagement, and sales or donations for their brand by creating social content and advertising campaigns. You can read FrontGate Media’s complete guide to social marketing in 2022 at https://www.frontgatemedia.com/2022-social-media-trends-and-tips-to-expand-your-reach.

    About FrontGate Media

    Award-winning FrontGate Media is the leading marketing agency and media group specializing in the faith and family audience. With a 20-year track record of success, the firm serves as “Your Gateway to the Christian Audience.” FrontGate’s full-service agency and media group has been trusted with over 5,000 campaigns, providing Faith-based market Strategy Development, Public Relations, Social Media & Marketing, and Media Buying. FrontGate’s own Digital Network also provides reach to 10 Million UMV, 20 Million Email Subscribers, and Millions more Social Followers each month. Founded in 2001, FrontGate has repeatedly been honored in the Internet Advertising Competition and the WebAwards. The company plays a key role in the success of for-profit and non-profit organizations seeking faith-based and family-friendly audiences. http://FrontGateMedia.com

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  • MillionaireMatch Committed to Providing Excellent Service to Single Lawyers & Doctors Looking for Marriage Relationships

    Elite club ensures successful persons meet their special one

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, US, November 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- MillionaireMatch, the No. 1 millionaire dating site is bringing excellence to the dating scene with its top-notch services. The dating site is also dedicated to providing excellent millionaire dating services to single lawyers and doctors looking for marriage relationships. It is quite common for successful people to find it difficult to meet people who are not after them for their money, or meet their soulmates when they have a huge bank account. MillionaireMatch is set to make the process way easier for these sets of people.

    MillionaireMatch.com currently has 72000+ doctors and 15000+ lawyers looking for marriage relationships. And that doesn't include those millionaires who don't fill in the occupation on this website. Most of those users are in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, with the numbers increasing daily.

    MillionaireMatch involves an elite dating club that is ensuring that successful persons meet their soulmates. It caters to millionaire lawyers and doctors by providing them with high-quality dating services to help them find their possible life partners. "Lawyers and doctors are sacred professions. They fight for justice and patients. They make great contributions to society. We are committed to providing excellent services to these single lawyers and doctors, as well as attractive users who want to date lawyers and doctors. Of course, including all users who joined our website," said a MillionaireMatch spokesperson.

    For over a decade, MillionaireMatch.com has been catering to a very exclusive, elite clientele of rich and attractive men and women, CEOs, pro athletes, doctors, lawyers, investors, entrepreneurs, beauty queens, supermodels and Hollywood celebrities who are all seeking millionaire dating opportunities and a serious, long-term relationship. Most of these have already found their soulmates and have come back with testimonies.

    According to MillionaireMatch user, “We corresponded about one week before the meeting. We clicked right away and exchanged numbers to talk on the phone to hear each other voices and to get an idea of our personalities. She lives 3 hours away from me and we decided to have our first date after talking for one week. Our first date couldn’t have gone any better and we decided to go on mother's date the next day. We spent the whole day together talking and walking around Washington DC and then had an amazing dinner. Our first date turned into 3 dates. I am proud to say we are officially dating exclusively and I know she is the one who I plan to spend the rest of my life with.”

    Furthermore, MillionaireMatch has been voted "Best of the Web" by Forbes and described as a dating site that highlights the 'millionaires' in its listings by Wall Street Journal. All of these are in an attempt by the dating site to celebrate and embrace successful people while helping them find love.

    For more information on MillionaireMatch, visit their website - www.MillionaireMatch.com

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  • ‘The Astrid Experience’ Star and Director, Cal Barnes, Publishes New Peter Pan Fantasy Series to Produce and Star In.

    Son of Neverland, Cover Image

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    Cal (left), and 'The Astrid Experience' producer John That at Hollywood premiere at The Grafton Sunset

    Cal (right), and 'The Astrid Experience' producer John That (left) at Hollywood premiere at The Grafton Sunset

    Cal Barnes and actress Lucia Xypteras in 'The Astrid Experience'

    Cal Barnes and actress Lucia Xypteras in 'The Astrid Experience'

    Hollywood actor Cal Barnes announces how he's going to take the world of Peter Pan to the next level.

    LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, November 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Nineteen Films is delighted to announce the release of the first book in the series titled, Son of Neverland, by Cal R. Barnes. The novel hit the #1 new release in mythology and folklore for November on Amazon.

    The story takes place one hundred years after Peter defeated Captain Hook and was crowned the Savior of Neverland. The world is completely developed and expanded, and the enemies, battles, and action sequences are unlike anything the universe of Neverland has ever been a part of.

    “I’m showing Neverland evolved,” Cal says. “Peter Pan is a great property with limitless potential, but everyone is always trying to retell the same story from 1911. That’s why all these retellings are so boring. They’re outdated. I’m telling a whole new story and taking the world of Neverland to the next level. It’s epic… everything always has to be epic.”


    Son of Neverland is the first installment of a planned series. Cal also has the screenplay written and has ambitions to turn it into a studio film, with himself slated to lead the cast in the iconic role of Peter Pan.

    Cal is currently finishing work on his feature film directorial debut, The Astrid Experience, which he also wrote and stars in. The trailer is available online, and it’s scheduled for release in 2022. He also has a major supporting role in the upcoming sci-fi thriller, Krispr, that is scheduled to be released within the next year.

    For more information about the project or to purchase a copy of the book, please visit SonOfNeverland.com. Direct inquiries can be made to Assistant@NineteenFilms.com.

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  • Documentary “O'Kelley Legends: 2e Behind the Scenes” showcases Jordan O'Kelley a "twice exceptional” young author

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    Documentary “O'Kelley Legends: 2e Behind the Scenes” showcases Jordan O'Kelley a “2e” or "twice exceptional” young author and director

    “O’Kelley Legends 2e Behind the Scenes” provides an authentic and educational look at the creative process of putting on a live theatrical performance told through the eyes of autistic teen director”
    — Erik Linthorst, Director “Autism Goes to College”

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 29, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- “O'Kelley Legends: 2e Behind the Scenes” follows 13-year old Jordan O’Kelley who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 4 and identified as gifted at age 10. Jordan is “twice exceptional” or “2e”— gifted and having a disability or learning difference.

    In the 4th grade, Jordan wrote a book of humorous stories about his family, called “O’Kelley Legendary Legends of Legend, or “How I Got Out of Homework in 4th Grade.”

    As an 8th grader, Jordan adapted his book into a monologue show as a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit organization, SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). SENG empowers families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals.

    The late Dr. James T. Webb founded SENG to offer the gifted community support and guidance through education, research, and connection. Jordan met Dr. Webb at a SENG conference in 2018 shortly before Dr. Webb passed away, and was inspired by his work.

    In an effort to support SENG, Jordan set out to create the monologue show as a fundraiser in Dr. Webb’s honor. Many of the cast in the show are twice exceptional students. The film chronicles the acting process through the eyes of a young, twice exceptional director. The film shows how support can help create a positive theater experience for neurodiverse actors— from casting, through rehearsals, and finally the performance. With a home movie feel, the documentary shows the O’Kelley family collaborating with mentors to create a low stress environment for the twice exceptional cast. The documentary runs 67 minutes, and is intended to screen at film festivals, universities, and at special needs and gifted conferences.

    Upcoming in-person screenings include The Borrego Springs Film Festival (BSFF) on January 14, 2022 at 3:30 PM (www.borregospringsfilmfestival.org). The BSFF is a young and popular Southern California juried film festival in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, latino, and short films. “O’Kelley Legends” will also screen virtually in the upcoming Los Angeles Show Biz Shriners Festival, in January, 2022 (www.sharpo.com/the-harolds/). The “O'Kelley Legends” documentary premiered in October with an in-person screening at the 2021 Awareness Film Festival at the Regal Theaters at LA Live in Los Angeles, where it won “Special Jury Award for Uplifting Film.” The film has also screened at ten virtual festivals thus far and has won several awards.

    The film was produced by The O'Kelley Lab and Three Boots Productions, led by the film’s director, Harri James, who is also Jordan’s mom. Harri James is a former actress, turned script supervisor, turned writer-director. She has written and directed a feature film, four award-winning shorts, and now her first documentary. “O’Kelley Legends” combines Harri’s abilities in filmmaking with her passion for gifted and 2e education. Her approach to parenting is “to embrace your child’s individual differences and support their strengths,” she stated. “I hope this film inspires more families to follow their kid’s lead.”

    The O’Kelley Lab is a Los Angeles-based, grassroots effort by the O’Kelley family to create innovative therapies to empower parents and individuals who are gifted and neurodiverse. The O’Kelley Lab supports ideas and therapies that are geared toward improving the lives of people on the autistic spectrum and with other disabilities as well. The O’Kelley Lab hopes the documentary will be an entertaining way to raise awareness about what it’s like to be 2e.

    In putting together the show, The O’Kelley Lab made use of a variety of supports such as “Mime as Therapy.” They recruited industry mentors in acting, directing, casting, and producing to work with the cast and crew. This helped the students to find their strengths and to feel supported and successful.

    The mentors include actors Daniel Roebuck, Duane Whitaker, Jennifer Collins, Bret Anthony, and Lexi Shoaibi. Casting director Mark Tillman-Briggle mentored Jordan in the casting process, while Daniel Roebuck mentored him in directing. Comedian Billy Riback helped mentor with comedy writing. Rosemary Nadolsky assisted with literary editing. Jolene Adams provided guidance in producing. Gil Zuniga coached on audio production, and Ainsley Emrys mentored in set decoration. Mime and actor Terry Hart led the students in various mime warm ups and exercises that are part of “Mime as Therapy,” which Terry Hart developed in conjunction with The O’Kelley Lab.

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  • BACKPACK COMICS TO ATTEND 2021 L.A. COMIC CON

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    Protan and Neutrina from The Space Between

    The Space Between Graphic Novel

    Minority-Based Graphic Novel The Space Between Will Be Featured in the Company’s Booth

    LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, November 24, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Backpack Comics will be attending L.A. Comic Con at the Los Angeles Convention Center on December 3 - 5, 2021, the publishing company has announced. Featured in the booth will be the publisher’s newest graphic novel, The Space Between (TSB). TSB is a fun, energetic, and empowering story that follows 2 orphaned 12-year-olds, Protan and Neutrina, as they learn to live life as part of the “foster care system” all while discovering they each have their own set of new and powerful abilities. This four-Volume (16 total comic books) graphic novel series sets the stage for “A New Generation Of Heroes” as well as villains and unimaginable allies. TSB will feature artwork and illustrations by professionals from the Marvel and DC comics universe.

    A Kickstarter Campaign was launched to help raise money for the first (of many) new graphic novel series looking to help create and establish a platform for minorities to come together and tell stories that more authentically represent them. From the creative mind of Writer, Director, and Producer Donell Nelson, comes the new Backpack Comics publishing company with its brand-new series, The Space Between (TSB). The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is $65,000 within a 60-day period. Unlike most campaigns however, with each donation, even as little as $10, every person will receive a digital copy of “The Space Between – Origin Story”. For those looking to really get things going and are into collecting limited edition merchandise, there are various tiers that include merchandise such as limited-edition box sets, t-shirts, sweaters, backpacks, and much more.

    About Donell Nelson
    Donell Nelson got his start as an intern for Spike Lee’s Forty Acres & A Mule Film works, while a student at Morehouse College, and worked as a Production Assistant on his Film School Daze. Donell began directing music videos for local artists in Atlanta before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his big screen ambitions. After successfully completing a summer directorial program at USC Film School and Robert McKee’s internationally acclaimed screenwriter’s workshop STORY, Donell proceeded to direct a short film “The Windows Are Closed”. He worked in various production capacities for some of the hottest music video directors on videos for artists Janet Jackson, Pharrell, Snoop Dog, Nelly, Mary J. Blige…etc.

    Through his own production company R-And-D Filmworks he has been developing his own original productions in the areas of Reality TV, Scripted Television, and Motion Pictures. His company has produced a Television pilot titled “While We Work”, a docu-series titled “Dive Club”, multiple music videos for record industry giants Universal Music & Warner Bros as well as viral videos for corporations and nonprofits.

    About Backpack Comics
    Backpack Comics was founded to provide an alternative space for minorities to produce original and authentic stories of fantasy to excite the imagination. The comic book space is very popular in the minority communities, but the representation is wholly out of balance. As the founder, being a storyteller myself, I wanted to have this space for myself as well. I have assembled artists and comic book veterans, previously employed with Marvel & DC comics, with more than 20-years of experience to produce The Space Between. We are excited about the space we have created and look forward to the journey.

    To find out more and to donate to Backpack Comics please visit their Kickstarter Page at TSB by BACKPACK COMICS — Kickstarter

    For Interview or other media requests, please contact LAJ at lajass365@gmail.com or by calling (323) 933-8007

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  • Thousand Acres Releases Tim Rayborn's Lluck

    Cover of LLUCK, the second book in the Qwyrk Tales series, showing Lluck and a mysterious female guide

    Cover of LLUCK, the second book in the Qwyrk Tales series

    Author Tim Rayborn

    Author Tim Rayborn

    The Armin Lear Press logo is a stylized crown.

    Armin Lear Press logo

    Second in Four-Book Qwyrk Tales Series Released by Armin Lear Press’s Fiction Imprint

    Wacky… twisty… the dialogue is a demented fruitcake of British humor, and you won’t be able to stop turning the pages.”
    — Diana Paxson, author of Sword of Avalon
    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 24, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The release of Tim Rayborn’s LLUCK marks the second installment of the adventures of a group of misfits at the edge of reality in modern northern England. In QWYRK TALES, Rayborn has created a world of shadows, Nighttime Nasties, witchy magic, remarkable Indian Fae, would-be superheroes, a lazy Komodo dragon, and elves—and it is filled with Monty Pythonesque humor. Also the author of the popular non-fiction titles BEETHOVEN’S SKULL and SHAKESPEARE’S EAR, Rayborn has created a series that will ultimately include two more novels—CHANTZ and FAYTTE—to be released in 2022 by the Thousand Acres imprint of Armin Lear Press.

    All Qwyrk wanted was a few winter days of rest and relaxation in the small town of Knettles in Yorkshire, but of course, it all goes wrong immediately. She’d like to spend time with her young human friend, Jilly, but Jilly and her not-so-imaginary friend Blip have met a remarkable boy named Lluck, who seems to be able to bend events to his favor.
    Lluck is on the run from two big goblins with unnatural powers. On top of that, Qwyrk meets a mysterious and enchanting woman who’s also looking for the boy. And hiding in the darkness, something else wants Lluck for itself, but why?

    Pre-publication reviews give insights into the magic and mischief that Rayborn has created:

    “Qwyrk and Jilly are back, on a new crusade to save a boy named Lluck who is having some rather bad luck in Leeds. Once more evil forces are on the move, and an unlikely alliance of Otherworldly beings and mortals are the only defense. The worldview is wacky, the plot line is twisty, the dialogue is a demented fruitcake of British humor, and you won’t be able to stop turning the pages.”
    ~ Diana L. Paxson, author of Sword of Avalon

    “Qwyrk is back along with Jilly, Blip (pardon me, Mr. Blippingstone) and friends for another adventure! In this tale, we get a deeper glimpse into Qwyrk’s world, discover a boy of unusual circumstance and talent, learn more about Jilly’s background, and there’s even a fabulous queer love interest, all tied into a race against the clock to save the world from a nefarious being. Tim serves up another fun romp through a well-built world, full of wit, mystery, and magic!”
    ~ Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Anatomy of a Witch

    “Tim Rayborn does an outstanding job of expanding this magical world and the challenges posed by changing friendships and adversity alike. His ability to explore both outer and inner battles and bring to life a realm of magic that overlays reality and involves a number of characters in life-changing events will attract all ages, from advanced elementary children through adults. Tim Rayborn’s series is fun, lively, unexpected, engrossing reading. Lluck is just as highly recommended as its predecessor, adding another series of encounters to an involving fantasy series.”
    ~ Donovan’s Literary Services / Midwest Book

    Tim Rayborn is an internationally acclaimed musician who plays dozens of unusual instruments. He has appeared on over forty recordings, and his musical wanderings and tours have taken him across the US, all over Europe, to Canada and Australia. Rayborn is the author Beethoven’s Skull and Shakespeare’s Ear, among other works, and co-authored Weird Dance with dance instructor/performer Abigail Keyes. He earned his PhD from the University of Leeds and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

    About Armin Lear Press
    Armin Lear was founded in 2019 with the purpose of publishing books connecting people with ideas that make our lives richer, more fulfilling, and happier. Its founders have 27 years of publishing experience. The company headquarters is near Boulder, Colorado with a production office in Arlington, Virginia and a design team based in Boston. Armin Lear is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and distributes its books worldwide in English through Ingram.

    TITLE LLUCK
    SERIES Book 2, Qwyrk Tales
    AUTHOR Tim Rayborn
    ISBN 978-1737276296 (print)
    9781956450002 (eBook)
    RELEASE November 24, 2021

    Judith Bailey
    Armin Lear Press
    +13104977212 ext.
    jbailey@arminlear.com