Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) May 13, 2013
One of lifes greatest milestones for a young woman is her graduation. Whether shes graduating from high school or college, it is the perfect time to pass on the kind of advice that will stick with her forever. Hallmark today announces the winners in its recent book-creation contest, Shes Graduating.
Hopefuls were invited to submit an original piece of writing for three individual categories I Wish Id Known (What I Know Now), The Best Advice I Ever Got, and Between Us Girls. Contestants submitted their creations in June 2012.
The 82 winning submissions were compiled into a book, which is now for sale in Hallmark Gold Crown Stores nationwide just in time for the Graduation season. Winners each received $ 50 and two free books.
Hallmark judges looked for submissions with strong writing that would speak to many different female graduates and would inspire countless women. Entrants were also encouraged to check out the Hallmark Contest Facebook page for tips on this contest.
The 76 individual winners are from around the world, including 31 different U.S. states, Canada and Ireland. Four winners won twice and one winner won three times. Here are the winners in Hallmarks Shes Graduating competition:
Linda Amstutz, Columbia, S.C.
Donna Anderson, Frisco, Texas
Rose Atieno, Waterloo, Iowa
Mary Lou Baldwin, Amsterdam, N.Y.
Joelle Beebe, Midland, Mich.
Marie Bennett, Coatesville, Pa.
Ashley Bercier, Bismarck, N.D.
Susan Burns, Dublin, Ireland
Jill Burns, Wardensville, W.V.
Jacquie Buser, Chickasha, Okla.
Larry Carter, Dallas, Texas
Rebecca Chamaa, San Diego, Calif.
Devanee Chapman, Boerne, Texas
Kitty Clements, Milton, Mass.
Judy Cotrone Ramirez, North Port, Fla.
Katherine Covey, Ninilchik, Alaska
Lisa Crisafi, Trinity, N.C.
Jason Cusati, Providence, R.I.
Michele Ivy Davis, Escondido, Calif.
Theresa Drinnon, Maryville, Tenn.
Nancy Dyer, Waltham, Mass.
Jill Eisnaugle, Texas City, Texas
Shani Fassbender, Coopersburg, Pa.
Kelly Fosnow, Tega Cay, S.C.
Ryan Fosnow, Tega Cay, S.C.
Angela Friend, North Las Vegas, Nev.
Peggy Garrett, Independence, Mo.
Kristen Giblin, Aberdeen, N.J.
Andrea Hamm, Springfield, Mo.
Barbara Hansen, Higlands Ranch, Colo.
Cami Hepler, Hickory, N.C.
Diane Hickey Hotaling, Virginia Beach, Va.
Rebecca Hill, Los Angeles, Calif.
Bob Hively, Circleville, Ohio
Georgia Hubley, Henderson, Nev.
Jolene Jennings, Unity, N.H.
Linda Kehler, Ontario, Canada
Denise Keller, Waukesha, Wisc.
Harvey Kivel, Tucson, Ariz.
Mikki Kramer, Aurora, Ill.
Madeleine Kuderick, Palm Harbor, Fla.
Rebecca Kyle, Dripping Springs, Texas
Paige Langley, Kingwood, Texas
Lisa Leshaw, Coram, N.Y.
Donna Lunny, Havertown, Pa.
Coleen McCrea Katz, Havertown, Pa.
Terri McMillan, Laurinburg, N.C.
Rebecca Meinders, Pecatonica, Ill.
Paula Mortimer, Chilton, Wisc.
Katie Mullins, Evansville, Ind.
Kimberly Murray, Livonia, Mich.
Patty Park, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Alina Peck, Fort Mill, S.C.
Annette Perez, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Ruby Pinkham, Sparks, Nev.
Darlene Plummer, Ft. Wright, Ky.
Cindy Ponko, Richfield, Wisc.
Connie Pullen, Eagle Creek, Ore.
Ana Rapin, Saint Louis. Mich.
Sierra Rendon, Cottonwood, Calif
Lindsay Rook, Tallahassee, Fla.
Christine Schultz, Kenosha, Wis.
Lisa Sims, Castro Valley, Calif.
Karen Starks, Barrington, R.I.
Kate Stover, Valencia, Pa.
Cindy Strine, Columbia, Mo.
Deana Taylor, Bath, Ill.
Terri Tiffany, Round Rock, Texas
Wanda Tincker, North Attleboro, Mass.
Michelle Trani, Riverside, N.J.
Rita Vetsch, Monticello, Minn.
Peggy Vincent, East Fallowfield, Pa.
Terra Wallace, Stockbridge, Ga.
Jill Washburn, Jackson, Wisc.
Donna Wondoloski, Old Bridge, N.J.
Chris Zastrow, Waukesha, Wisc.
New Competition Now Open
Hallmark’s latest competition, “My Quirky Valentine,” is currently accepting submissions. Consumers are invited to use original writing and photography to create a Valentine’s Day Card that uses wacky, meme-style humor. For more information or to submit a design, visit Hallmarkcontests.com.
About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what’s in their hearts and spend time together a privilege few other companies in the world enjoy. Hallmark greeting cards and other products are found in more than 39,000 retail outlets in the United States, including the network of flagship Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The brand also reaches people online at Hallmark.com and on television through Hallmark Hall of Fame original movies and cable’s top-rated Hallmark Channel. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. This privately held company is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is led by the third generation of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details.
DALLAS, TEXAS (PRWEB) December 17, 2012
Brown Books Publishing Group presents their 2012 Holiday Reading Roundup!.
TIS THE SEASON:
Behind every successful party is a gracious, confident hostess. Ngoc Nguyen Lay, owner of Skybox Event Productions in Southern California, relays the secrets of her success in her new book Inspired Celebrations: Easy Entertaining Ideas and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Life.
Pam Wenzel brings home a beautiful collection of twenty-two healthy and refreshing spa water recipes in Spa Water: A Guide to Creating World Class Spa Water at Home.
FOR HISTORY BUFFS:
Bestselling author J.D. Davis, invites readers inside the private lives of the Killer, the Preacher, and the Cowboy in his biography Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley. Who knew they were first-cousins?
The Parks of Colorado Springs: Building Community, Preserving a Legacy, by Nancy Lewis, reveals the history behind the Colorado Springs park system.
Former priest S.J. Tagliareni, explores the Vaticans role in the Holocaust in his novel Hitlers Priest, offering readers a rare glimpse into the moral conflicts raised by Nazi Germany and the Roman Catholic Church.
Peter B. Gawenda thrilled readers with his first book The Childrens War: Germany 1939-1949. Now he does it again in Irmas Story: American by Birth, Hispanic by Choice, – a celebration of a once-in-a-lifetime love.
FOR NATURE, MUSIC, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND ART ENTHUSIASTS:
Researcher David Salomon invites readers to meet seventeen penguin species from around the world in Penguin-Pedia.
Music composer Stephen Arnold offers readers a peek inside his rare collection of guitars with short vignettes about each in “A Story of Six Strings.”
“everyday,” by Leonard Volk invites photography enthusiasts (beginners welcome) on an inspiring photographic journey of discovery.
You Can Have It All, Just Not All At Once! by bestselling author Sherri Elliott-Yeary, is an inspirational read for women of all ages, who have ever doubted their abilities to overcome challenges, and become successful women at home, at work, and in their community.
Explore the intrigue of random encounters and how they impact our lives in Is This Seat Taken? Random Encounters That Change Your Life, by former Hewlett-Packard corporate executive Kristin S. Kaufman. Learn the importance of being present in the now!
FOR THE WILD AT HEART:
Discover encounters by L.A. Powell, a series of eighteen sizzling, sexy vignettes. Dare to explore your innermost fantasies
BUSINESS, FINANCE, AND INVESTING:
America Needs Americas Energy: Creating Together the Peoples Energy Plan, by energy expert Mark A. Stansberry, will enlighten readers to a major topic of discussion in America today.
Financial expert Lloyd Lowe Sr.founder of LD Lowe Wealth Advisory, provides readers with the blueprint to building financial security for life in his book Life’s Bridges: Building Your Bridge to Financial Wealth. *All proceeds from these book sales benefit the Vogel Alcove. http://www.VogelAlcove.org
CEO and founder of the Beryl Companies, Paul Spiegelman, invites business leaders to ponder his circle of growth business model in Smile Guide: Employee Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty, and Profit. Query: Do your employees work for you because they have toor because they want to?
Commodities expert, Phil Storer, regularly quoted in the Dow Jones MarketWatch, offers promising day traders the inside secrets to commodities trading in Chalk Talks for Traders: Easy Xs and Os From a Proven Market Pro.
To learn more about other available titles visit: http://www.BrownBooks.com
Books are available at Amazon.com and in bookstores everywhere.
About Brown Books Publishing Group
Brown Books Publishing Group, is a Texas-based independent publisher. For more information about the publisher, please go to http://www.BrownBooks.com.
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(PRWEB) March 19, 2013
Book More Brides, the #1 online marketing resource for the wedding industry, presents a free video training series to celebrate the release of the Automatic Expert System Version 2.0. For wedding professionals struggling to get more leads, this course reveals how to create a 90% pre-done follow up system that takes website visitors from lead to booked wedding quickly and efficiently.
The statistics of follow up are bleak. Sales studies from McGraw Hill show that it typically takes 5-12 contacts with a company before the customer will buy. Most wedding business people do not follow up with leads with the required frequency, and they are losing 80% of their potential sales as a result. Simple changes made to follow up frequency and effectiveness will result in a substantial improvement to bride and groom response, generating more leads and sales.
Wedding professionals who respond to leads via email often unwittingly violate anti-spam regulations and commit other common mistakes which can cause their emails to land in the brides spam folder permanently. Considering the fact that only 11% of email even gets opened and that todays brides prefer to be contacted by email, avoiding these mistakes and mastering the art of getting a response is critical to wedding industry success.
This is the proven system weve used for our own wedding business that allowed us to increase our bookings by 57%, cut our follow up time in half, and raise our price 228%, resulting in an average wedding income that is three times our local average, say Stephanie and Jeff Padovani regarding the system.
Attendees of this free event will learn to avoid the 10 Follow Up Mistakes wedding businesses make that ruin the sale, the specifics of how, when and how often to follow up to maximize leads, as well as three unconventional yet effective strategies for booking more weddings. They will learn techniques to capture more website leads, attract better quality brides and grooms, and demonstrate their expertise without having to explain their value. This event will be of interest to any wedding industry professional, especially those in the wedding photography or wedding planning business.
This online event for wedding professionals reveals valuable information and strategies that can be used by wedding photography businesses to book more weddings at higher prices. To learn how to attend this limited time event available online from March 19th through April 2nd, visit: http://bookmorebrides.com/aes
About Book More Brides
Book More Brides is the #1 online resource for transformational marketing, business and motivational strategies for the wedding industry. The company provides wedding marketing training and consulting. Stephanie and Jeff Padovani are known for entertaining and empowering wedding professionals with low cost, effective marketing strategies and powerful anti-price shopper communication techniques without resorting to sleazy, high-pressure sales tactics or competing on price.
Waterford, CT (PRWEB) March 25, 2013
Tony Northrups DSLR book: How to create Stunning Digital Photography was named one of ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Awards finalists. Entries represented more than 700 publishers, the finalists were selected from 1300 entries in 62 categories. These books are examples of independent publishing at its finest.
Award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup positions Stunning Digital Photography as much more than a book; it’s a hands-on, self-paced photography class with over three hours of online training videos and free help from the author and other readers. The ForeWord review discusses these innovations:
How to Create Stunning Digital Photography is well written and remarkably well organized. A book on photography also demands excellent images, and Northrup goes way beyond the minimum standard in this regard. But he does not stop there. He also includes numerous opportunities for further interactive training in photography. The volume is filled with references to Internet sites where photographers can obtain editing software, receive additional instruction, and even join a private Facebook group page where he or she can get help and criticism of photos. In addition, there are QR codes throughout the text as well as referrals to web sites, where the reader can watch video materials that supplement and expand the instructional material presented in the book. Above all, this is a commitment from the author to stay involved. He even offers his own email and Facebook contact information.
To see ForeWords complete review of Stunning Digital Photography, visit https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/stunning-digital-photography/. Stunning Digital Photography can be purchased from most online bookstores or directly from the publisher at http://www.stunningdigitalphotography.com/book/.
About Tony Northrup
Award-winning author Tony Northrup has published more than 30 educational books for Microsoft Press, OReilly, and Wiley. As a photographer, his photos have been featured on national magazine covers, book covers, CD covers, TV shows, calendars, and much more. As a video instructor, Tony has created dozens of hours of video training courses for LearnKey, InfiniteSkills, and Microsoft Learning.
For more information on Tony Northrup, visit the Northrup Photography Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthrupPhotography, follow him on Twitter at @TonyNorthrup, and view his photography portfolio at http://www.NorthrupPhotography.com.
About ForeWords Book of the Year Awards:
ForeWords Book of the Year Awards program was created to highlight the years most distinguished books from independent publishers. Award winners are chosen by librarians and booksellers who are on the front lines, working everyday with patrons and customers.
Norfolk, VA (PRWEB) March 20, 2013
This new childrens book, titled Leahs Treasure Book, by Cheryl D. James, tells of the situations faced by families in the military and showcases the resilience these families employ in their daily lives. Leah and her family must wait while her father serves a life of duty, and their grace, exhibited by Leahs unabashed curiosity and enthusiasm for life, is an illustration for all.
Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, Leah is excited to go on her class field trip to study Native American landmarks a nearby state park.
But, before she has a chance to explore the park and document her findings through photography, Leah hurts her leg at a skating rink while out with two of her friends! She must now stay home from the school trip. As she recovers, she spends time with her family, as they celebrate the holidays while Leahs dad is away serving in the military at sea.
Leah finds that, even though she had to miss her class adventure, she still has the chance for discovery. She converts her project book that had been meant for the trip, and makes it into a treasure book that showcases all the special blessings in her life.
As Christmas approaches, and Leahs family waits for her father to return, Leahs treasure book quickly fills up with pictures, drawings, and information about the important people in her life. Come Christmas morning, Leah presents the book to her father, as a special gift. The book signifies to the family their strength, love, and bright future together.
Leahs Treasure Book
By: Cheryl D. James
ISBN: 978-1-4624-0422-3 Paperback: $ 16.99
Available at http://www.amazon.com.
About the author
Cheryl D. James has over thirty years of experience as a military wife and mother. She is a graduate of the Institute of Childrens Literature and a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently lives in Virginia.
Montrose, Colo. (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
After 25 successful years as a counselor, I felt the gentle but persistent nudge of God to write down some of my hard-earned lessons, author Steve Warner explains. Especially those that have an impact on our relationships with God and people. With his new book, Milestones: On the Road Home (published by WestBow Press), Warner offers a collection of reflections on living together in grace and truth.
Gleaned from Scripture, counseling experiences and real-life examples, Milestones is biblical, insightful and fiercely practical, offering guidance to challenge and encourage readers on their own road to intimacy with God and others.
The book contains a number of questions for reflection. Suggested prayers and identified milestones for each chapter bring the message home to readers hearts.
An excerpt from Milestones:
Our relationship with God challenges us equally. If we cannot love people whom we can see then we are hard-pressed to love God, whom we cannot see. When life fails to live up to our expectations when we grow weary fighting against the currents of our nature or when human relationships knock the wind out of us we struggle to feel the presence of God.
About the Author
Springing from Midwestern blue-collar roots, Steve Warner is a licensed professional counselor with more than 25 years of experience. He is an internationally-read blogger and article writer and holds graduate degrees in counseling, biblical studies, and biblical counseling. In addition to his private practice, he works as a professional counselor at a large local church. Warner has been happily married to Mary since 1980. They reside in western Colorado, where they serve together on a worship arts team. Warners interests also include fiddling, photography, social media and fly fishing.
WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the worlds largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to inspire the world with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit http://www.westbowpress.com or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.
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