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Visiting Author Stan Crader - 4/24/2013
Here’s a picture of Grael Norton of Wheatmark (left) grabbing a spot next to visiting author Stan Crader and his wife, Debbie. Stan, the author of three novels, two of which—The Bridge and Paperboy—are also Great Expectations winners, flew in to speak at the Tucson Festival of Books and to sign off on the set up of his Simple Marketing System and the design of his new website, www.stancrader.com.
Col. Ralph Puckett addresses several audiences - 4/23/2013
Col. Ralph Puckett (Ret.), author of Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook recently participated in the following events:
New second lieutenants shortly after commissioning attend “Branch School” to qualify in their specific arm of service. All Infantry second lieutenants attend the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (IBOLC) at Fort Benning, GA. On 5 March 2013 they participated in a seminar in which they discussed Leadership, Duty, and Ranger School. The seminar was conducted the second day of the branch course setting the stage for the remainder of the course. There were approximately 150 officers attending. Participation and discussion were lively as the students discussed the meanings of the title words and situations that they most probably will face when they report to their first unit.
Columbus State University has undergraduate and graduate programs in History. One of the courses offered is the Vietnam War. The Tet Offensive, which occurred in February 1968, was a major event that significantly diminished support for the conflict by American citizens. The professor for the course asked Col. Puckett to lead a discussion on this period. Col. Puckett was acting Airborne Brigade Commander at the time of the Offensive. He drew upon that personal experience and added material from numerous authoritative sources to prepare his presentation and participation in the discussion by the students. The class was well received.
Col. Puckett also lead a leadership seminar with the commanders, staff, and senior noncommissioned officers of the 192d Infantry Brigade. This Brigade provides the initial entry training to thousands of new Soldiers each year. The Brigade Commander had selected Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook as the book to be read and discussed by his commanders and staff. At the beginning of the month in which the book was assigned, the commander provided each participant a series of specific questions pertaining to different essays in the book. The four-hour discussion began with a one-hour orientation with the team leaders. Each leader then coordinated the discussion of his group of six participants. Essays selected for discussion included the importance for commanders to “Be There” with their soldiers in times of stress; giving credit to soldiers for good performances, how difficulties exacerbated by dispersion of units may be minimized, the importance of subordinates being honest and forthright with their commanders when discussing decisions by the commander, and many other questions that face commanders at every level of command. Participants commented freely and without reservation as they described situations in their past service and difficulties that would probably arise in the future.
Shafiq Abdussabur in the New York Daily News - 4/23/2013
The New York Daily News reports that Shafiq R. F. Abdussabur, author of A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America participated in a panel of local activists and policymakers discussing gun control at Bronx Community College.
SR Staley, author of the “Path of the Warrior” series for young adults, participated in an online debate on the New York Times website on the role of bystanders witnessing violent crime.
The Journal of Arizona History has reviewed Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012, compiled by the Arizona Press Women. The review concludes, “Many readers will find themselves interested in learning more about these fascinating and significant women in Arizona history!”
Wisconsin Bookwatch Reviews “Get Back Up” - 4/23/2013
The Midwest Book Review’s Wisconsin Bookwatch has reviewed Get Back Up: Trusting God When Life Knocks You Down by Sheryl Giesbrecht. “Encouraging readers to find God’s plan for them when all there seems to be is chaos, “Get Back Up” is a strong addition to general inspirational and spirituality collections.”
Arizona Daily Star Reviews “In Saguaro’s Shadow” - 1/18/2013
The Arizona Daily Star published a review of Ernest Schusky’s In Saguaro’s Shadow: A Historical Novel of the Tohono O’odham in its Southern Arizona Authors section.
NPR Interview with Shafiq R. F. Abdussabur - 1/17/2013
Jack B. Rochester Visiting from Massachusetts - 1/17/2013
We recently had the pleasure of meeting Jack B. Rochester of Business Book Ghostwriters, Wheatmark client and long-time Authors Academy member, in person. Jack flew to Arizona from Massachusetts to attend the January meeting of I Love Marketing Tucson. Pictured are Jack (right) and Grael Norton of Wheatmark.
Col. Ralph Puckett at Leadership Seminar - 1/9/2013
Colonel Ralph Puckett, US Army (Ret), author of Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook, led a two-hour leadership seminar “Taking Command” at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, GA. There were approximately 150 army officers plus a dozen USMC officers.
My Enemy’s Tears Takes First Place - 12/26/2012
Betty Jo Tucker Wins Coveted Book Award - 12/26/2012
The judges of the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in literature, have spoken, and Confessions of a Movie Addict by Betty Jo Tucker won first place in the Memoir, Autobiography category.
Author Phil Baugh at the Mission Hills street fair - 12/18/2012
Phil Baugh, author of The Pavlovas of Butterbrooke Breeze, had a successful book signing at a street fair called “Holidays in the Hills” in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego, CA. A local gift shop is also selling his book and postcards.
Cold war spy novel reviewed - 12/13/2012
The Midwest Book Review’s Wisconsin Bookwatch has reviewed Frank Babb’s spy novel Hot Times in Panama: What Would You Do to Serve Your Country? in its December 2012 issue, calling it “a strong addition to collections focusing on espionage and intrigue fiction.”
SR Staley’s “Renegade” wins 2nd place - 12/12/2012
Renegade, a young adult novel by SR Staley, won second place in the children’s chapter book division of the Seven Hills Literary Competition. This is a national competition sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association.
Lori Chaffin of Hawaii Wellness Magazine interviewed author Julie Wanner about her book Diabetes Can Be Sweet ... Once You Bury It.
The book Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012, compiled by the Arizona Press Women, is the winner of the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in the Centennial-Arizona category. Skirting Traditions was also a finalist in the Biography-AZ category.
The awards are presented by the New Mexico Book Co-op, a not-for-profit organization serving authors and publishers. The awards were announced November 16, 2012, at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Albuquerque at a gala awards banquet to a sold out crowd of 232 people. The contest had a record number of entries this year with over 400 titles entered in 45 categories. The judges for the awards were over 70 book sellers, readers, librarians, teachers in many states and each entry was reviewed at least three judges. Any books by a New Mexico or Arizona author or publisher published between 2010 and 2012 were eligible. Any books on Arizona or New Mexico were also eligible. After the judging process, all books entered were donated to libraries, schools, and literacy programs. The 2013 awards program will be announced at the end of January.
Image: Brenda Warneka, president of the Arizona Press Women, at the Yavitt Book Club meeting.
Man with the Banjo Gets Around - 11/19/2012
Photo: George Robert Peabody visiting with Wheatmark’s Lori Leavitt.
The secret life of legendary banjo superstar Eddie Peabody is the topic of his son George Robert’s novel Man with the Banjo, which touches on Peabody’s secret commission as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve and his reconnaissance mission in World War II Germany.
George Robert Peabody was recently hosted for an event by the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City. He was also featured in an article in the Vermillion Plain Talk about his donation of a collection of instruments belonging to his late father, Eddie Peabody, to the National Music Museum.
The September/October 2012 issue of All Frets also discussed the author and his father in the article, “The Spirit of St. Louis… Peabody Style.”
The Arizona Daily Star published an article featuring Michael and Amy Huether, authors of Ju Ju and the Sunblock, which is a story of a little boy who is not a fan of sunblock lotions.
Visiting with Author Mo Griffin - 11/9/2012
Western novelist Mo Griffin flew in from Kansas to discuss plans for his latest book, Night Riders in the Tallgrass, with Grael Norton, Wheatmark’s acquisitions manager.
Visiting with Author Carolyn Masters - 11/8/2012
Visiting author Carolyn Masters and Grael Norton, Wheatmark’s acquisitions manager, had a great strategy meeting today about Carolyn’s upcoming book, The Heart of Your Move.
Mathias B. Freese’s Essays Get Published Online - 11/5/2012
JoAnn Jumper Interviewed on TV - 10/23/2012
JoAnn Jumper, author of On Your Own: Navigating the Road to Independence, was interviewed on KWTX-TV, Waco, Texas, about her book.
The Reference & Research Book News reviewed Penny C. Sansevieri’s book Get Published Today! An Insider’s Guide to Publishing Success in its October 2012 issue.
Col. Ralph Puckett Speaks on Leadership - 10/10/2012
Col. Ralph Pucket (Ret.), author of Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook, held a leadership seminar for two companies (approximately 150 new armor and cavalry second lieutenants) on October 9, 2012. They discussed the vision for the platoon the leader would like to have, the training objectives to reach that vision, and techniques for developing junior leaders (noncommissioned officers) in the platoon.
Col. Ralph Puckett Speaks on Leadership - 10/2/2012
Col. Ralph Pucket (Ret.) presented to Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, U.S. Representative, Georgia Third District, and 16 members of his staff on the subject of leadership. The presentation and discussion were based on the author’s personal experience in forming, training, and commanding the Eighth Army Ranger Company at the beginning of the Korean War. Col. Puckett also signed copies of his book Words for Warriors: A Professional Soldier’s Notebook at the event.
Portland Tribune Features Allison Clarke - 9/28/2012
The Portland Tribune has published an article featuring the book launch of Allison Clarke’s What Will They Say? 30 Funerals in 60 Days. Read the article “Book about death gives lessons for the living.”
Book Clubs Choose “The Reindeer Keeper” - 9/26/2012
The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward has been chosen by both the Yahoo Christmas Book Club Group and the Riverfront Library Book Club in Yonkers, New York, as their 2012 December Book of the Month.
Winsonsin Bookwatch Reviews Pet Mystery - 9/26/2012
Midwest Book Review’s Wisconsin Bookwatch has reviewed The Nose Knows by Holly L. Lewitas, “a choice mystery for pet lovers [that] will prove a highly recommended read.”
General Aviation News Reviews Cone of Silence - 8/31/2012
The General Aviation News has published a review of Michael Sloan’s novel Cone of Silence.
SPAWN Reviews “Get Published Today!” - 8/24/2012
The Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network (SPAWN) has featured a review of Penny C. Sansevieri’s book, Get Published Today! An Insider’s Guide to Publishing Success. Reviewer Patricia Fry concludes, “If you want a successful publishing experience, I suggest reading this book as a first step.”
Book on Diabetes Reviewed - 8/23/2012
Diabetes Can Be Sweet .. Once You Bury It, by Julie Wanner Rossetti, has been featured in the Hawaii Wellness Magazine‘s Summer/Fall 2012 issue.
KVOA-TV Features Book on Olympic Trampoline - 8/7/2012
KVOA-TV Channel 4 from Tucson, AZ, aired a segment on My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline highlighting the connection between author Dagmar Nissen Munn’s book and the 2012 London Olympic Games. View the article and the featured segment here.
Dagmar Nissen Munn and her book My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline: Life Story of George Nissen, Inventor of the Trampoline were featured in the San Francisco Chronicle on July 30.
Michael Sloan at Lakeville Public Library - 7/27/2012
Wheatmark author Michael Sloan discussed his novel, Cone of Silence, during an event at the Lakeville Public Library in Massachusetts on July 26, 2012. Attendees had the chance to talk with the author about the book, and about their own interests in the creative writing process.
Dagmar Nissen Munn on Network Radio - 7/27/2012
On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Dagmar Nissen Munn was interviewed by Richard Lee with WHO Radio/Iowa Radio Network/Clear Channel News. Topics discussed were: the Olympic trampoline owes its origins to Iowa and, Dagmar’s book My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline; Life Story of George Nissen, Inventor of the Trampoline. The taped interview was repeated several times throughout the day and made available to stations around the state via the Iowa Radio Network.
Dagmar Nissen Munn on WKPT-ABC Radio - 7/24/2012
Dagmar Nissen Munn, author of My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline: Life Story of George Nissen, Inventor of the Trampoline, was interviewed about her book by J.R. Ogden at The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA, on June 9, 2012.
On July 10, My Father’s Dream of an Olympic Trampoline was featured in a live on-air book review by WKPT-ABC, a radio station out of Kingsport, TN, on their “Best Books of Mid-Summer 2012” segment. On July 11 the book received a featured front-page article in the Green Valley (AZ) News & Sun.
A thorough and very favorable review of the book If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize was published in the Spring/Summer edition of Collagen Connection, the newsletter for the University of Pittsburgh & UPMC Scleroderma Center.
The Midwest Book Review’s Wisconsin Bookwatch featured If You Have to Wear an Ugly Dress, Learn to Accessorize: Guidance, Inspiration, and Hope for Women with Lupus, Scleroderma, and Other Autoimmune Illnesses by Linda Crew McNamara and Karen Kemper. Karen Kemper also spoke at the Scleroderma Foundation’s Ohio Chapter on July 11.
Kirkus Reviews Recommends Novel - 7/20/2012
The publication Kirkus Reviews called Zug Island: A Detroit Riot Novel by Gregory A. Fournier “an engaging, dynamic story that grapples intelligently with themes of race, class and morality.”
Freese a Global Ebook Awards Finalist - 7/16/2012
Mathias B. Freese is a finalist in the 2012 Global Ebook Awards with his book This Möbius Strip of Ifs.
Boing Boing Reviews Yoga Book - 7/11/2012
Mel Robin’s A Handbook for Yogasana Teachers: The Incorporation of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Anatomy into the Practice received a positive review on the popular Boing Boing site.
Deborah Knox Holds Mini-Workshop - 6/25/2012
Deborah Knox, career coach and author of Put Your Spirit to Work: Making a Living Being Yourself, held a mini-workshop at Antigone Books, Tucson, AZ, on June 22, 2012.
Helen McGee Presents to Local Children - 6/19/2012
Helen McGee, author of the Ikky Dikky Dak: Magical Adventures with Googler! series for children, had the opportunity to tell Googler stories to some 160 children and their families in June during the University of Arizona Bookstore’s Children’s Hour program, both at the bookstore itself and at Tucson’s Park Place Mall. Before each event the children made George the talking spider out of pipe cleaners (see inset)!
James Vasquez on KTRW Radio - 6/14/2012
Dr. James Vasquez was interviewed on KTRW radio’s (AM 630) “Cut to the Chase” program on May 26 and 27. The interview focused on his publications, Bible-based poetry in classic rhyming, metered verse, including Women of the Bible and Men Who Knew Jesus Well. Dr. Vasquez, an award-winning, bestselling author of six books of poetry on Scripture-based persons, teachings, and accounts, recently held a couple of book signings at Hastings bookstores in the Spokane, Washington, area.
Mathias B. Freese Wins Indie Excellence Award - 6/12/2012
Wheatmark author Mathias B. Freese won the Nonfiction category in the 2012 Indie Excellence Awards with his book This Möbius Strip of Ifs. In 2008 he was the Indie Excellence Award finalist for Short Story Fiction with Down to a Sunless Sea.
Mr. Freese’s upcoming manuscript I Truly Lament is also a finalist with the Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, selected from among 424 contestants worldwide. The finalist is selected in early June 2012. I Truly Lament is a weirdly wonderful short story collection exploring the Holocaust from various literary angles ranging from gothic and romantic to phantasmagoric.
Phil Gottfredson Interviewed on WPFW 89.3 FM - 6/11/2012
Phil Gottfredson was interviewed by radio host Jay Winter Nightwolf on WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2012. The show American Indians Truth, “the most dangerous show on radio” has been on the air for eleven years and has an audience of 1.9 million listeners. Mr. Gottfredson was invited to talk about Peter Gottfredson’s book Indian Depredations in Utah.
The Arizona Daily Star published a review of Frank Babb’s Hot Times in Panama: What Would You Do to Serve Your Country? in its Southern Arizona Authors section.
Warren Hull Interviewed on KNBC Los Angeles - 5/23/2012
Warren Robert Hull, author of Family Secret, was interviewed on KNBC Los Angeles about his book and his research regarding the 1947 murder of mobster Bugsy Siegel. Read the article Cold Case: Long-Kept Family Secret May Finally Explain Infamous Mobster’s Murder.
Mark Fiorito a San Diego Book Awards Finalist - 5/22/2012
Kiss of the Marlin by Mark Fiorito was a finalist for the 2012 San Diego Book Awards.
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