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  • StoriesAmazing Sci-Fi/Psych-thriller surges: Jacketed Hardcover & “Audio Theater” (multi voice, sound effects) out soon

    Smilodon Skull, Gene segment, Hour Glass

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    AOG Bestseller in multiple Amazon Categories

    AOG Bestseller in multiple Amazon Categories

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    Could genetic warfare trigger the ONLY prophecy in common among religions? Thrill yourself & audience w/the timely, scary, FACT-BASED novel: ANCIENT OF GENES!

    Fact-based bestseller, razor close to: 1. REAL genetics & 2. the only prophecy in common among religions & myth traditions! Great for gifts and news for media!””
    — Laura Haas, Publisher
    NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 10, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A geneticist’s regeneration of Ice Age animals AND humans is stolen and becomes the basis for genetic warfare weapons – and the prophesied Resurrection of the Dead!

    Cloning sheep and chimps was only a beginning. Using Fossil Gene Redemption (FGR), geneticist Kevin G. Harrigan experiments with genes from a frozen "Ice Man". His work prompts Iraqi leader, Ishmail Mon, to provide resources for exciting new research that enables Harrigan's team to regenerate extinct “cryptids” and human sub-species from the Ice Ages. But FGR can be the basis for genetic weapons of mass destruction; United States intelligence and defense leaders must act!

    Radically distinct from Jurassic Park, Ancient of Genes shows new megafauna regeneration methods by which the only prophecy held in common among major religions & myth traditions could manifest: Some form of regeneration of human ancestors and megafauna. Once considered junk DNA, personality genes and other traits archive in lineages. These genes await a virus vector that targets meiosis to re-express them in all subsequent generations. This can start a resurrection cascade enabling Mon to ruin enemy genomes, improve his allies’ genes… and inherit the earth.

    Harrigan's frightening choice can lead to redemption… or the terrifying sunset of humanity!

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    …Spellbinding, well-researched and has intriguing characters. …A page-turner as we get to learn about the growth and development of the characters over the span of 16 years. Feeling a deep, emotional connection with the protagonist and other characters is inevitable. The author... explain[s] complex scientific ideas in a comprehensible manner... real-world scientific research... intriguing storyline, superior storytelling craft, rich world-building.
    -- The Book Commentary (David Reyes, author, reviewer)
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    Ancient of Genes recently slammed on to the bestseller list, no doubt due to its inspired plot and oh so very intriguing characters that draw you deeper into the plot with each and every page. This brilliant author has delivered readers a read that hits all the sweet spots and beyond, making this an epic read....
    -- USAReformer (Tracey Williams, Ph.D., author, reviewer, professor)
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    A phenomenal book... the setting, descriptiveness and raw energy captivate, all coming together to have the reader turning pages effortlessly.
    -- Digital Journal (Markos Papadatos "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment)
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    9 stars out of 10, but we'll round up! Gallagher lays out the underlying science in Chapter One, priming the engines. Then the plot takes off like a rocket. There are plenty of evolving characters, with powerful motivations and inspirations. Even human sub-species stand on their own. Gallagher excels, too, in his action scenes and creature encounters. The plot and intrigue are multilayered. Read Ancient of Genes now!
    -- SubCreated-Worlds (Josh Griffing, author of Pyre & Ice and The Wayward Sun Universe)
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    There are also 26 Prior version reviews by bestselling authors & pro reviewers in AOG's front matter.
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    Author Profiles: Biography at the bottom of AuthorDan.com. Dan Gallagher is a former U.S.
    Army Ranger & retired Financial Advisor; published in fiction & nonfiction since 1992.

    "A Writing Style Shaped by Life Experiences":
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    Video Teaser, Excerpts & More: AncientOfGenes.com
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    Milestones:
    • TV-series Pilot was a Finalist, Page Turner Award (British-based, international, Sep 2021)
    • Amazon Bestseller in five categories of Science Fiction; #1 New Release in two (Oct 2021)
    • Gallagher won the 2019 CWG Seal of Approval; AOG is a candidate (announced Feb 2022)
    • 1997 version was a Writers’ Foundation Best of America Award finalist
    • Highest scores ever when evaluated in "Writers Showcase"
    • Of 150 Nebula Award nominees, the 1997 version was 14th of 29 in 2nd-round voting
    • Exceptionally visual & timely: Recent discoveries enhance plausibility!
    • “Far from predictable” story line; improved prose (vs 1997 version)
    • Novel & short story anthology (constituting in-progress sequel) available!
    • Demand rising for prehistoric-related, genetic & psychological spiritual thrillers:
    Might AOG become a franchise rivaling Jurassic Park’s? TV-series script/bible available!
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    Literary, TV/film rights: Bill Pettit, Agent/Producer, WilliamPettitAgency@gmail.com
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    Permissions, events: Laura Haas, Managing Partner, StoriesAmazing, Pubs@StoriesAmazing.com
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    Media (only) may phone author Dan Gallagher: 704-362-1001.

    VIDEO TEASER for Ancient Beacon Series & BOOK 1, ANCIENT OF GENES, at AncientOfGenes.com

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  • A Los Angeles Judge In A Controversial Decision Named Jesse Banerjee, the Administrator of the Chippendales Empire

    The Dancers That Changed The World

    Chippendales Club

    Redeeming His Father's Name and Legacy

    Steve Banerjee, Chippendales owner, was considered a crown prince of the feminist movement.”
    — Thomas Kennedy

    SANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, January 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Jesse Banerjee, the eldest son of the Chippendales creator, Steve Banerjee, has been on a mission to redeem his father’s name and legacy for over half of his life, which he recounts in his new book, Bowtie Legacy, available on Amazon. The book details the fraudulent scheme the perpetrators employed to takeover Chippendales, and the years of court battles he endured with his stepmother, Irene, and after her death, her sister Helen and her husband, an ex-FBI agent, in a never-ending struggle to gain his rightful inheritance.

    Recently, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge named Jesse Banerjee, the Administrator of the Banerjee Estate, which owns Chippendales. For the first time in more than two decades, the Banerjee Estate is in the hands of a person with Banerjee blood in their veins. But his fight isn’t over yet. Now, he has to find where they have hidden the treasure. Jesse has also regained the Publicity Rights, and is giving notice to all media outlets that he is the person to contact for consent to use Steve Banerjee's name and likeness.

    For anyone that’s not familiar with this story or haven’t watched Curse of the Chippendales or any of the many other stories told about the Chippendales, Steve Banerjee, a Bengali immigrant, would land on the shores of California, to produce the world famous Chippendales, an event that captured the imaginations of women, was found hanged in a prison cell. His body was quickly cremated without an autopsy. Most stories about Chippendales tell of a noble man that committed suicide so his estate wouldn’t be taken from his family by the government. Jesse has uncovered proof that points to a different conclusion than a suicide – explosive information like Steve Banerjee knowing too much about powerful men’s secret affairs with his dancers during a time when the slightest rumor about a man's involvement in homosexuality could ruin their career.

    Local government officials definitely weren’t an advocate of his brand of entertainment during the 80’s, making him a marked man. The Fire Department often shut down his club, citing it was overcrowded. But what the Fire Department and men of those times were really attempting to do, was hose the independence that women were discovering. Women were having too much fun exercising their rights at Steve's club, and the tyrannical mindset of a man that needed to control his woman couldn't allow that happen.

    For many women, Steve Banerjee, was a crown prince of the feminists movement, delivering to women finding their liberation and owning their sexuality, just the right reward, Chippendales’s dancers. He made the idea of men dancing to please women an industry at a time when women were still largely considered second class citizens. Steve’s event became a way for women to decompress, to finally let their hair down – a Girl’s Night Out!

    Jesse had his doubts about the suicide from the outset, and set out to prove that the gentle soul that his father was could never order the murder of his partner, Nick DeNoia. By following the trail of where his stepmother Irene, and her cohorts had hidden the money to evade creditors and to cheat him out of his rightful share, he uncovered a shell corporation in Panama and has come upon piles of evidence that points toward foul play from corrupt government officials and the mob’s involvement in his father’s death, and these same bad actors subsequently owning Chippendales. He shares all that he’s discovered at Bowtielegacy.com and in his book Bowtie Legacy on Amazon.

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  • Fran Briggs Releases Best of Winter Reading

    Fran Briggs, American Journalist

    Fran Briggs, American Journalist

    Ten authors share their talents, capture attention with mystery, humor, spirituality and romance

    NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA, January 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- American journalist, Fran Briggs has announced the Best of Winter Reading this season. The annual promotion puts the spotlight on favorite authors from Los Angeles to New York.

    "It is an honor to help passionate readers make quality decisions as it pertains to their reading choices - especially considering the innumerable talented authors writing today," stated Briggs. "The Best of Winter Reading list is organized using the book's title, author, publisher, a short synopsis of the publication and a link for additional information and purchase. In every case, the pages will turn quickly."

    Briggs' says the rating of each book is not based on generic criteria. Genres include mystery, humor, spirituality and romance.

    "The books showcase the author's literary vision through their subject, creativity, impact, originality, influence, and quality," stated Briggs. "This list is not a 'greatest of', but rather best of winter reading. These authors deserve recognition for being distinguished in their genre," she concluded.

    Below are the ten selections. The numerical order does not coincide with ranking.

    1. "For Such A Time As This" (Thy Word Publishing) by Paulette Harper Real Stories. Real Faith. Real Transformation. https://www.amazon.com/Such-Time-As-This-ebook/dp/B09KZKT1WJ/


    2. "The Husbands and Wives Club" (Touchstone) by Laurie Abraham
    Want to know what really happens in couples' therapy? Be careful what you ask for. https://www.amazon.com/Husbands-Wives-Club-Couples-Therapy/dp/1416585478

    3. "30 Days to Taming Your Finances" (Harvest House) by Deborah Pegues
    Covers the emotional and practical side of putting finances in order. https://www.amazon.com/30-Days-Taming-Your-Finances/dp/0736918361

    4. "Louisiana Taboo" (AuthorHouse) by Paula Murphy A true-life story of triumph, courage, and overcoming obstacles
    http://www.AuthorHouse.com

    5. "Whatever It Takes" (Brandon Bornancin) by Brandon Bornancin
    No matter who you are or where you come from, your education, or your network, you can defy the odds https://www.amazon.com/dp/1952569362

    6. "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" (Random House) by Helen Simonson
    The shy romance between a retired British officer and a Pakistani shopkeeper http://www.amazon.com

    7. "The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian" by Stephen Rosenfield (Kindle) Entertaining and sharply written guide—for both beginners breaking into comedy https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Stand-Up-Stephen-Rosenfield/dp/1613736924

    8. "The Autobiography of an Execution" (Twelve) by David R. Dow
    A riveting memoir by an intelligent and feeling attorney whose clients are on death row. http://www.amazon.com

    9."You Can't Slay Stuck: Second Chance Christian Contemporary Romance (The Sunday Service Book 1)
    " (Kindle) by Danyelle Scroggins It’s been a fight to remember what’s inside while still lingering in the space and place where it happened https://www.amazon.com/You-Cant-Slay-Stuck-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B09MQWZR9H

    10. "The Three Billy Goats" (Barefoot Books) by Roberta Arenson
    An artfully-told children's book that is rich in poetic language featuring the daily lives of clever Billy goats. http://www.amazon.com

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  • Melissa Joan Hart Debuts “What Women Binge" Podcast

    What Women Binge with Melissa Joan Hart

    Melissa Joan Hart and co-host Amanda Lee welcome celebrity guests and tackle pop-culture in fun new weekly new podcast series.

    We’re gonna talk about everything that people are obsessed with.”
    — Melissa Joan Hart
    NASHVILLE, TN, USA, January 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Actress and filmmaker Melissa Joan Hart debuted her new pop-culture podcast What Women Binge earlier today. The podcast is available on all major platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and iHeart, as well as a video version on YouTube.

    What Women Binge with Melissa Joan Hart is a female-centric review show where Hart, her friend and co-host Amanda Lee, and their special guests get to chat about any and all subjects they find #bingeworthy. Featuring casual conversations with well-known celebrities, talking about whatever they’re in to, from guilty pleasures to pet peeves. What Women Binge covers books, charities, workouts, podcasts, food, apps, movies, television shows and more.

    January Episode Schedule:

    January 5 — In the premiere episode, Melissa Joan Hart and co-host Amanda Lee discuss the very first episode of Hart’s iconic ’90’s Nickelodeon series, Clarissa Explains It All. 

    January 12 — Actress Candice King discusses her series, Vampire Diaries, the Real Housewives franchise, and her co-starring role opposite Reba McEntire and John Schneider in this year’s holiday favorite, Christmas In Tune, which Hart produced.

    January 19 — Greg Evigan and his daughter Vanessa Evigan (How I Met Your Mother) talk about music, Greg's classic series BJ and the Bear and My Two Dads, and Vanessa’s starring role opposite Hart in fan-favorite Holiday in Handcuffs. 

    January 26 — NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick and his wife Karly talk about how they met, moving to Nashville, the Kardashians, and Chris reminisces about NSYNC’s appearance on Hart’s series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and being cut out of Star Wars.

    "We’re gonna talk about everything that people are obsessed with,” says Hart. "Guilty pleasures, everything from books, podcasts, TV shows, movies, everything. We’ll have so many guests. We can’t wait for you guys to be there!"

    What Women Binge is produced in partnership with Podcast Heat. 

    For more information, visit www.WhatWomenBinge.com.

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  • I Wish I Had Those Gasoline Pellets

    Who is this homeless man and where does he get these magic pellets?

    RED DEER, ALBERTA, CANADA, January 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- I Wish I Had Those Gasoline Pellets
    Who is this homeless man and where does he get these magic pellets?


    The story will hook the reader from the first few pages and keep them interested until the last. This is a book that you can’t put down after you have started reading.

    In “I Wish I Had Those Gasoline Pellets”, Kegerreis expertly portrays how someone’s life can be turned upside-down in an instant. In this case that of Air Force Captain Oley who is on top of the world one minute but soon finds himself in the bottom of society.

    But when you are at the bottom, there is only one way to go.

    With emphasis on details and drama, Kegerreis tells about how Washington eventually comes into possession of a commodity that becomes the obsession of many. Kegerreis weaves a tale that will take readers from intrigue, mystery, then finally to an ending that will leave them wanting more.


    About the Author

    Carl Kegerreis served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant at a missile base in Ohio before moving on to the CSX Transportation Railroad where he served as a federal officer before retiring.

    Despite his line of work he likes to write and has even penned a children’s book called “Searching for Elock”. He has also been awarded by the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board.

    He lived with his wife, Sandra, in Ohio until her passing in March of 2021 due to Alzheimer’s Disease, after 58 years of marriage and three children. He now plans to donate all the royalties earned by this book to Alzheimer's research.

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  • Angelena Bonet Wins 'Best Female Empowerment Award' at Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival for her film CHANGE THE WORLD

    Australian Filmmaker - Angelena Bonet

    Best Female Empowerment Award Winner - Honorable Mention

    Multi-Award Winning Filmmaker - Angelena Bonet

    Filmmaker - Angelena Bonet

    AACTA Awards  - Sydney, Australia

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    The Australian documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter and humanitarian has won 'Best Female Empowerment Award' (Honorable Mention) for her biopic documentary.

    I'm so grateful and proud to win this important category in Toronto and be a voice not only for myself, but for every woman on our planet who can't speak. This really is a magical note to end 2021 on!”
    — Angelena Bonet
    SYDNEY, NSW, AUSTRALIA, January 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Australian born singer-songwriter and documentary filmmaker, Angelena Bonet, has won ‘Best Female Empowerment Award’ (Honorable Mention) for her documentary “Change The World” at the Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival in Canada, the other city she splits her time between. The announcement came just before the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve while Angelena was in Sydney, Australia. Bonet’s biopic short film, which she produced in its entirety, has won more than 250 film festival awards worldwide. The inspiring film recently screened in Turkey, Brazil and Sweden is resonating all around the world. She has been the recipient of many special awards including the 'Humanitarian Award' at The Jane Austen International Film Festival and the ‘Human Spirit Award' at the DOCS Without Borders International Film Festival in The Bahamas.

    As a global ambassador for women and girls, Angelena is a voice for those who cannot speak, or those struggling to heal. Angelena recently released "Change The World" on YouTube to make it available to everyone for free. She realises that many women and girls who could benefit from her voice and be inspired by her journey may be at a financial disadvantage and wanted to help them and not expect anything in return. Domestic violence has risen exponentially since the Covid-19 global pandemic began and many victims are in lockdown with their abusers. Angelena hopes to reach those women and give them hope and assure them there is light at the end of the tunnel and they are definitely not alone or forgotten. Now empowered by the crime that almost took her life, Angelena is a warrior in the fight to end violence against women. With a fierce commitment to helping victims heal and take back their life, she brings to bear a multitude of talents, wisdom and personal experience. Only from the depths of her despair and darkest days has she truly found her voice and the courage to share about her experiences and to speak out. After surviving the life-changing crime in 2012, Angelena wanted to make a difference in the world and shed light on issues humanity is yet to resolve and generally swept under the carpet. Violence against women has been a hidden disease in every culture since time immemorial and was already a silent global epidemic before our current global pandemic began.

    Before the #MeToo movement had begun, Angelena chose to go public with her story and decided to create her production company, Crystal Heart Productions, in Toronto in 2014. She had the intention of interviewing women and girls all around the world and from all walks of life for an online talk show "Heart Of The Matter", and thus allowing women’s voices to be heard. She then included interviews with women's rights leaders such as President Obama's Women's Equality Advisor Tina Tchen, Tony award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler, CEO of Canadian Women's Foundation, Paulette Senior and Australian Journalist, Tracey Spicer, to name a few in her sequel "Angelena: Heart Of The Matter" in the documentary tetralogy she has released on Vimeo On Demand which has won numerous film festival awards worldwide. Bonet has also served as the Australian Ambassador for World Mental Health Day, an official blogger for OXFAM, a public speaker at V Day One Billion Rising Organization events, a current member of the RAINN Organization Speaker Bureau in Washington D.C. and also raises awareness and funds through her non-profit organization, Crystal Heart Foundation. Her mission is to support charities that are in alignment with ending of violence against women and supporting survivors’ recovery from PTSD and has also created a non-profit web series "The Angelena Bonet Show". She sends a powerful message of self-love and healing through her documentary films as well as her singing, songwriting, public speaking engagements and her non-profit work. Based on her life experiences and connections with people from all walks of life, Angelena tells us “it is crystal clear to me that love and forgiveness really are the keys. They can and do conquer all”.

    Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival exists as a result of the minds of a group of filmmakers, producers, and crew members who are always looking for new experiences in storytelling and finding answers to the all-important questions of our existence. They have tried to find filmmakers who are always in search of something new. Filmmakers who find new topics to explore and new paths to walk on. Looking at the history of cinema, one can see that this art has been built upon new experiences and if they can be a small candle on this path and help the voices of more independent filmmakers to be heard, then it means that they have succeeded in their job. Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival is a place for independent, experimental, innovative, and progressive filmmakers to be seen and to be heard.

    From international model to multi-award winning documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter, actress and humanitarian Angelena's message is one of peace, love and unity.

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  • ‘Pap’s Manifesto’ Short Film Recipient of Multiple Awards from Canadian Film Festival

    David Triacca on the set of 'Pap's Manifesto'

    MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A film steeped in thematic prowess accompanied by a riveting narrative has garnered praise and recognition around the world. ‘Pap’s Manifesto’ was recently selected for the French RED Movie Awards, for Best International Film at the Indie Shorts Awards Cannes (France), and was a finalist at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival. The short film received Best Director and Best Cinematography from the Toronto Indie Shorts.

    “[This film] is strikingly raw and powerful, one that investigates the tumult of grief and its relationship to the powerlessness of rage,” notes Blythe Frank, Executive Director and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. “An arrestingly unique look at an act of extremism, Danuser and Clark masterfully deliver strong performances, haunting images, and challenge the viewer to consider with whom – and what - they sympathize.”

    The film was produced by Jeremiah Bennett (current Chairman of the Producer’s Guild of America, Atlanta Chapter) and directed by Chris Danuser and Casey Clark. It stars American actress, Stephanie Kurtzuba (Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’), David Triacca (‘The Equalizer,’ ‘Law and Order’), and Sofia Salas.

    The deeply moving story of Pap Mayflower explores a grief-stricken father’s commitment to avenge his son’s death. After his son is killed in action by a blast in Afghanistan, Pap abandons his young granddaughter, Ricki, with her estranged aunt and sets out on a secret mission to truck bomb a mosque as evening prayers let out.

    "The film is profound and timely,” explains Danuser. “We investigate the dark side of extreme grief, the side that can bring about rage and vengefulness. Extreme grief wears many masks and Pap [finds himself] in an emotional state that gives him permission to avenge his son's death in the most heinous of acts. Knowing his state of mind, we challenge the viewer to consider if this tormented man deserves damnation or sympathy."

    The film has been screened in over a dozen festivals and has, to date, received multiple awards this year including Best Short Film (Peachtree Village International Film Festival, Best Drama (Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival), and many more. The film won Best Drama Short and Best Male Actor Short for David Triacca’s superb performance in the film at the Jersey Shore Film Festival.

    Currently, ‘Pap’s Manifesto’ is a semi-finalist at the Academy Award, BAFTA, and the Canadian Screen Award Qualifying Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival.

    For more information about the film, visit www.papsmanifestofilm.com.

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  • New store for local writers & readers opens in Ballarat, Victoria

    Paul Rushworth-Brown's Skulduggery goes on sale in Ballarat, Victoria

    Skulduggery goes on sale in Ballarat, Victoria

    The hype around this book has been unquestionable

    "A glorious read!"

    Nominated for Best Indie Book Award

    Nominated for Best Indie Book Award

    Shawline Publishing has opened its first Independent Bookstore for Australian authors in Ballarat, Victoria

    As a commitment to the author and books for readers, we have taken steps to assure that all our books including 'Skulduggery' by Paul Rushworth-Brown will be found in our new bookstore.””
    — Bradley Shaw

    BALLARAT, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, December 28, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- FOR Shawline Publishing Group, the challenge of getting quality books into quality outlets has been a noticeable loss for the business and authors over recent years.

    So the company has decided to do something about it by opening their first Independent Bookstore outlet in Ballarat.

    Australian booksellers are overwhelmed by the big traditional contracts for supplying products and have little budgets or spaces on shelves left to support new Australian authors, let alone to help promote their books for readers.

    “The adage of selling what is successful because it is successful will always take priority in retail businesses,” said Bradley Shaw, managing partner of Shawline Publishing.“

    "Authors on their own do not have the funds to market effectively or even ongoingly for a book to be retail valued, but we can help change this for those who dream of being published.”

    “As part of the commitment to the author and the books we produce for readers, Shawline Publishing Group has taken new steps to assure that all our books including 'Skulduggery' by Paul Rushworth-Brown will be found online and off-line by readers through our new bookstore outlets.”

    The new Independent Bookstore chain will offer authors and readers larger promotional values and book signings and launches and events for the greater success in the market.

    There are also exclusive sales returns to authors, along with guaranteeing them a clear channel of sales across the country to readers looking to discover their next favourite writer.

    “The first The Independent Bookstore was opened in Ballarat on 8 May, with an expected 25 additional outlets being opened around the country within the first 24 months of trading,” Mr Shaw said.

    “These outlets will carry all the Shawline brand of books exclusively, while still promoting the titles to other resellers around the country and globe.”

    The Independent Bookstore will be selling exclusive titles published by small press publishing agencies which most other retail stores have no room or interest in supporting.

    The Bookstore will also have a range of exclusive sustainable products to further support other independent producers who find challenges with distributing their new products to the market.

    "This is an exciting time and given the exclusivity of our books and authors quality of works, we will be able to sell more books to more people who desire truly independent books to succeed in this country and across the globe,” Mr Shaw said.

    You can find The Independent Bookstore on Facebook and the new website is coming soon at indiebookstores.com.au.

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  • PlayTreks named a Key-Player in the Global Music NFT market

    the PlayGrounds by PlayTreks NFT Marketplace

    the PlayGrounds by PlayTreks NFT Marketplace

    NFT minting made easy with the PlayGrounds by PlayTreks

    NFT minting made easy with the PlayGrounds by PlayTreks

    Create Non-Funglible Tokens with the PlayGrounds by PlayTreks

    Create Non-Funglible Tokens with the PlayGrounds by PlayTreks

    PlayTreks named a Key-Player in the Global Music NFT market

    PlayTreks (TREKS:TREKS)

    We believe that the HTF report shows we are on the right strategic path to serve our clients and the industry.””
    — Anjo De Heus
    HASSELT, BE-VLI, BELGIUM, December 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- PlayTreks, the All-In-One platform for the music industry, was named a key player in the Global Music NFT market report researched by HTF Market Intelligence


    The majority of key players are focussing on securing a leading market in the music industry, as PlayTreks is doing with its NFT marketplace, The PlayGrounds. Other key players include OpenSea, Nifty Gateway, and Rarible among a few others.


    PlayTreks, an innovative company applying artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to make artists and record labels meet the growing demand for transparency and new ways of monetizing music, today announced that it has been named a key player in the Global Music NFT market by HTF Market Intelligence.


    PlayTreks NFT PlayGrounds marketplace was recognized because of its readiness, global coverage, and completeness, and was researched based on primary and secondary research, white paper, publications, website, world bank statistics, and HTF market intelligence.


    The music industry has been inextricably linked to technology since the discovery of sound recording in 1877. Technological innovations have influenced how music is made, played, saved, distributed, and enjoyed. This is from the first discs to streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music from the birth of record changing to the rise of modern electronic sound.


    The rise of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, is a developing trend in the music industry. NFT transactions enable audiences to bid on one-of-a-kind content from their favorite artists in auctions. These tokens, as well as the transactions that entail them, currently empower the artists who sell them. Only time will tell if NFTs are here to stay, as they are brand-new breakthroughs. An NFT (Non-Fungible Token) is a one-of-a-kind digital asset held on the blockchain.


    For record labels, publishers, and their lawyers, licensing and transferring ownership of music is now a pretty complex process, and manually clearing samples for usage or transferring rights can even postpone the release of the music. However, with efficient and secure document transfer, NFT makes licensing and transferring music as simple and quick as shopping online.


    “We are honored to be recognized by HTF Market Intelligence as a key player in the global music NFT market,” said Anjo De Heus, CEO of PlayTreks. We’re continuing to build our comprehensive platform for music management and execution to serve as the engine that drives commerce for our clients. Music Data is essential to the blockchain platform for NFTs, and that's what sets us apart. We believe that the HTF report shows we are on the right strategic path to serve our clients and the industry.”


    This is the first time that PlayTreks has been named a key player in the global music NFT market as they only went live with the All-In-One platform in April of 2021 and the market for music NFT's is relatively new.


    The power of the PlayTreks platform is its completeness with services such as music distribution to traditional streaming platforms and blockchain-based NFT marketplaces, radio airplay monitoring, music rights copyright control, and driven by lots of data so artists always have a 360-degree view on music performance.

    HTF Market Intelligence is a registered trademark of HTF Market Intelligence, and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved.


    About PlayTreks and the PlayGrounds NFT Marketplace:

    Playtreks is an ALL-IN-ONE platform, serving artists, record labels, artist managers, composers, songwriters, and all those who wish to stay in control over their creations. With the platform, we collect and correlate metadata, and users can then analyze the data in a powerful dashboard using artificial intelligence. Data being presented is derived from streaming, social media, and content sharing platforms as well as from our global radio airplay monitoring. An intelligently driven marketing SaaS platform for the music industry which allows for distribution to traditional streaming and block-chain based streaming platforms, providing full transparency about the retail performance of content sold on a variety of digital streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, social media, content sharing platforms and includes a powerful feature turning content into NFT aka Non-Fungible Token to establish Digital Proof of Ownership of creation, whether this creation is music, a document or a file. The PlayGrounds blockchain-based marketplace gives an additional outlet to creators, where creatives can monetize exclusive content and earn significantly more.

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  • Brotherhood of Man Members Sing for Beloved Children’s Series The Butterfly Children

    Screenshot from The Butterfly Children Christmas Special

    The Band Behind Eurovision's Highest Selling Song of All-Time Record Music for Revival of Beloved Children's Series

    CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM, December 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- After bringing the world the biggest EUROVISION winning song of all time, Brotherhood of Man perform on the heartfelt and musical Christmas special The Butterfly Children.

    The special is an all-new animated Christmas cartoon aimed at pre-schoolers, entitled ‘What Would Happen if Christmas Never Came?’. The 33-minute special debuted 20/12/21.

    The project gives new life to Pat and Angela Mills’ beloved children’s literature series of the same name. Having sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, the series captured the imagination of children everywhere and is now primed for a stellar comeback with all new stories penned by Martin Lee across books and animation.

    The show is soundtracked by music legends Brotherhood of Man who have recorded 21 all new songs with beautiful new orchestration for the children’s series, with the lead vocals of the title song What Would Happen if Christmas Never Came sung by band member Sandra Stevens.

    The series takes viewers on a journey “deep in the woods where people seldom go” to the home of The Butterfly Children – a host of lovable and charming characters from across the globe who care most about looking after each other and the planet. But also, in the woods lurk The Moth Gang – a dirty, smelly, and scruffy folk led by the nefarious Skullhawk who looks to thwart The Butterfly Children’s good and kind way of life.

    The Butterfly Children Christmas Special is based on the spellbinding visuals by former Disney artist Angela Kincaid and celebrated comic book writer and illustrator Patrick Mills, best known for creating 2000 AD and his heavy involvement in the development of Judge Dredd.

    Brotherhood of Man stunned with their 1976 Eurovision winning single Save Your Kisses for Me which sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide, achieving No. 1 in many countries and becoming the best-selling song of the year in the UK. Martin Lee followed this success by co-writing two further number one singles Angelo and Figaro together with multiple top ten hits and albums.

    Martin teamed up with producer PVK to bring What Would Happen if Christmas Never Came to life. With music and comic book royalty behind the project, delightfully charming sensibilities, and a wonderous story to match, the Christmas special is a celebrated return for the series and a must watch for music fans and children everywhere.

    What Would Happen if Christmas Never Came Trailer
    What Would Happen if Christmas Never Came Full Special

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    Quite Great ltd
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  • Persian Wars: Vol 1 Home and Away – Available on Bookshelves Worldwide

    Persian Wars Vol 1 Book Cover

    Four stories by Bahman Akhavan to bring the world closer together

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, December 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Bahman Akhavan is set to release his anthology called ‘Persian Wars,’ which will focus on showcasing the lifestyle of Persian people and their multi-faceted culture.

    Persian Wars Vol 1 Home and Away contains four stories revolving around the lives of Iranians living either in exile or at home in the traditional society in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The book showcases their struggles adapting to foreign cultures and countries. The book will allow readers to experience the cultural shock faced by the characters and be inspired by the outcomes of the stories. Persian Wars will also empower readers to identify the inherent fallacies in human nature.

    Akhavan explains:
    “The reader will not only gain insight into this complex culture, but also find universality in the way challenges are met, inspirations are drawn from, and prejudices are overcome. They will relate to the fact that, regardless of one’s background, relationships or struggles, overcoming prejudice and accepting kindness from an unexpected person can define one’s Destini, or at least touch your heart in unexpected ways.”

    Akhavan hopes to help the readers understand the intricacies of life and enable them to overcome their daily struggles. He also aims to highlight the various elements that are often hidden yet pivotal in balancing one’s life. Each component plays a vital role, and similarly, inspiration can come from anywhere. Furthermore, individuals need to understand that things can change for the good in an instance; therefore, everyone should be open to accepting change.

    Apart from all of this, the author explains how Persians are very diverse and complex people in and out of Iran. Regardless of that, they are extremely adaptive – without forgetting their roots, culture, and traditions; they blend in well within any society. They appear to have inherited the customs and lifestyles of the community they are living in.

    Even though most of the stories in the book are unique to Persians, the overall takeaway message is that everyone faces struggles in their life one way or another, and it is important to keep an open mind regardless of the circumstances. If the individual fails to do so, it might create even more adversity for him sooner or later.

    There are multiple institutions in one’s life, and each is integrated one way or another, dictating different aspects of an individual’s life. Therefore, one cannot neglect these areas; rather, they should be incorporated into the day-to-day lives to smoothen things out and align the overall life goals.

    Persian Wars is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    About the Author
    Bahman Akhavan is a Persian artist and writer who has lived in the USA for over 50 years. The writer believes in eliminating the differences between cultures. The author states that in order to do this, we must remove ourselves from the prejudices that plague us, opening our minds to new opportunities and better acceptance.

    Bahman Akhavan
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  • Academic Hugosson accuses Harry Potter of Imperialist Attitudes Towards Animals

    Journal of Animal Ethics

    Harry Potter perpetuates imperialist attitudes towards animals claims academic in Journal of Animal Ethics.

    Hagrid’s character latently promotes an anti-liberationist view of animals that masquerades as welfarist and compassionate.”
    — Annika Hugosson

    OXFORD, UK, December 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Harry Potter perpetuates imperialist attitudes towards animals as “collectible, exploitable, and only valuable insofar as they provide something valuable for humans”.

    The criticism is made by academic Annika Hugosson in her article published in the latest Journal of Animal Ethics (JAE).

    Titled “The ‘Care’ of Magical Creatures? A Moral Critique of the Animal Lover Trope in Harry Potter”, she argues that “Though the reader is led to receive Hagrid as compassionate and well-intentioned, he routinely places animals in danger and does not object, even privately, to instances of animal abuse”.

    She continues: “Hagrid’s character latently promotes an anti-liberationist view of animals that masquerades as welfarist and compassionate.

    “Given the enduring reach of the Harry Potter series and the potential for ‘animal lovers’, including children, to relate to Hagrid suggests the need to more closely examine the animal lover trope in other works of fiction to avoid perpetuating unethical standards of animal care.

    “Instead, loving animals should extend to conferring animals with intrinsic moral status which will in turn positively impact animal welfare … [in works of fiction] animal mistreatment has been normalised by its ubiquity.

    Hugosson comments “When I re-read the Harry Potter series as an adult, of course many aspects of the story and characters took on different meanings compared to how I read the books as a child. One theme that particularly stood out was the animal exploitation described at so many levels of the magical universe.

    As a child who grew up both with these books and with appreciation for animals, I remember identifying strongly with Hagrid, the "animal lover" of Hogwarts, from a young age. But when I took an animal ethics lens to these beloved books many years later - I had questions about what it means to "care" for and "love" animals in this fictional world.”

    The JAE is published by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in partnership with the University of Illinois Press.

    “Hugosson’s article is insightful and shows how we need to be careful of how we stereotype animals as well as those who care for them. Harmful attitudes to animals should never be normalised, and our language should be changed to reflect that” said journal co-editor and Director of the Centre, Professor Andrew Linzey.

    Notes for editors

    • Annika Hugosson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    • The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is an independent centre devoted to pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through research, teaching, and publication. See http://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/home/.

    • Details of the JAE can be viewed here: https://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/?id=jane and the article here: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/837049.

    Clair Linzey
    Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics
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