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Folley Beach

Light X Design PPZ Trilogy Children's Book About Money The Lords Prayer Learning to Cope Colonoscopy for Dummies The Obesity Cure

"Folly Beach": A Lowcountry Tale

(NAPSI)—When the heroine of Dorothea Benton Frank's newest book returns to her home in Carolina's Lowcountry, she learns that the pull of family is as powerful as the ocean tides and love can strike faster than lightning in summer.

With its sandy beaches and bohemian charms, surfers and suits alike consider Folly Beach to be one of South Carolina's most historic and romantic spots.

In " Folly Beach" (William Morrow/HarperCollins), it is also the land of heroine Cate Cooper's childhood, the place where all the ghosts of her past roam freely.

Cate never thought she'd wind up in a tiny cottage named the Porgy House on this lovely strip of coast. But circumstances have changed, thanks to her newly dead husband whose financial—and emotional—mendacity has left Cate homeless, broke and unmoored.

Yet Folly Beach holds more than just personal memories for Cate. There, she learns the story of Dorothy Heyward, artist, writer and colleague of composer George Gershwin. Heyward enjoyed the greatest moments of her life at Folly with her beloved husband, DuBose, author of "Porgy" and "Mamba's Daughters."

Frank was inspired to write " Folly Beach" after reading the papers of Dorothy and DuBose Heyward, whose life seemed to often intersect with her own.

"I ran across a birth certificate on which her name is 'Dorothea'—my name—and letterhead that states she lived on Fifth and 12th in Manhattan—my old address—and that she was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club and so am I," said Frank. "I began to wonder if Dorothea/Dorothy wasn't trying to tell me something and if so, what was she trying to say?"

Frank reasoned that there was a story to tell. She decided to write one in which she could tell the world about the love between Dorothy and DuBose Heyward. "Theirs may be the most powerful love story of the Charleston Literary Renaissance," she said.

The result is a book that readers describe as filled with the kind of irresistible charm, saucy wit and lush atmosphere that win Frank the devotion of fans and propel her books to best-sellerdom. It's a tale of loss, acceptance, family and love.

To read an excerpt, go to www.DotFrank.com. To stay up to date with Frank, find her on Facebook.

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Lighting To The Highest Level

(NAPSI)—Light can be a magical medium.

Ask Bentley Meeker, who provided the lighting for celebrity weddings for Chelsea Clinton, Robert De Niro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Joel, Liza Minnelli, Melissa Rivers and Eddie Murphy, as well as thousands of events for corporations, fashion designer runways, television and movie premieres, concerts and philanthropic events.

"Light for me has always been and is, first, a spiritual force," said Meeker, one of the nation's most prominent lighting designers and author of a new book, "Light X Design: 20 Years of Lighting," published by Glitterati, Incorporated. "The book is my attempt to demonstrate the power of light. Once a light gets turned on, it is a different thing entirely."

For the last 20 years, Meeker has served Hollywood's elite, Hamptons' premier socialites and New York City's movers and shakers.

"Creating with Bentley is a brainstorming, synergistic experience," said Preston Bailey, bestselling author and premier event designer, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, on "Oprah" and on the "Today" show. "We build on each other's creative ideas and, usually, we end up with a plan that is unique and distinctive."

"Light is a game changer," said Bentley. "It can transform a room, our mood and an entire environment. I want to implore others to start seeing light in a different way; as not merely a functional medium, but as a force, an energy that can change our world. It plays such an important role in our lives and we don't even realize it."

The settings Meeker creates range from a dreamy wintry wonderland of white and blue for a wedding; a concert stage ablaze in vivid purples and reds; a sunset effect with oversized lanterns glowing amber in a tent; or an enchanted forest created by projecting a pattern of leaves and branches with a slowly rotating spotlight.

"Bentley's work not only makes people feel good, but look good, too," added Bailey. "Not to be underrated is his ability to create a stunning environment that actually showcases the people in their best light. This is no mean feat when attendees can number in the hundreds at some of these parties."

His book illuminates the reader with beautiful photography that mirrors the artistry exhibited in his staging work. The stunning visuals reflect beautiful environments filled with light and mood-setting imagery.

You can learn more online at www.bentleymeeker.com.

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Until Undead Do Us Part

(NAPSI)—"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and its prequel, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls" transformed sharp-witted heroine Elizabeth Bennet into a sword-wielding zombie slayer on a mission to save the English countryside.

These action-packed novels captured the imaginations of readers around the world and introduced Jane Austen's classic characters to a new audience. Now, the PPZ trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After" by Steve Hockensmith.

The Story

Hair-raising and heart-pounding, "Dreadfully Ever After" opens with newly married protagonists Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy defending their village from an army of flesh-eating "unmentionables." Of course, the ever-meddling Mrs. Bennet is anxious for them to settle down and produce an heir—but everything changes when poor Fitzwilliam is nipped by a dreadful.

An apothecary is summoned and his prognosis is unfortunate: Within days, Mr. Darcy is destined to transform into a zombie. Elizabeth is distraught. She knows the appropriate course of action is to promptly behead her husband (and then burn the corpse, just to be safe). When she hears rumors of a miracle antidote being developed in London, however, she realizes there may be one last chance to save the life of her true love—and for everyone to live happily ever after. Complete with 15 dazzling illustrations, this final chapter in the series will delight fans of Jane Austen, horror, and literary mash-ups.

Learn More

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After" by Steve Hockensmith is available where books are sold and as an audiobook and e-book.

For more information, visit www.quirkbooks.com and www.quirkclassics.com.

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A New Children's Book About Money

(NAPSI)—There's good news for parents who want to teach their children about the value of money—and how to manage it.

A new line of educational books has been created to help children learn about financial subjects. The first in the series is "My Money Journal: A Safe Space For Tracking Earning, Spending & Saving" by Karris Golden and Melanie Decker.

The book is designed so children can fill it with personal information, photos and drawings. Adults can use this one-of-a-kind journal to introduce the concepts of earning, spending, saving and goal setting.

Using the prompts in the book, parents can share their personal knowledge, stories and experiences as a way of helping children make wise decisions about their future. Said Golden, "It's never too early to develop financial skills."

To learn more or to save by ordering online, visit www.traderspress.com/naps.

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A Beautiful Tribute To The Lord's Prayer

(NAPSI)—Nationally known Pastor Rick Warren, author of one of the best-selling hardcover books of all time, "The Purpose Driven Life," is reaching out to children everywhere with the new, illustrated "The Lord's Prayer."

Warren, one of the nation's most talked about spiritual leaders, pours his signature heartfelt compassion into this celebration of the beloved Lord's Prayer.

"It is my hope that people will read this book with their children and pray the Lord's Prayer together, making it a meaningful bedtime ritual, a treasured memory and a lasting legacy that bears good fruit for generations to come," Warren said.

Borrowing inspiring words from the original prayer, Warren collaborates with award-winning illustrator Richard Jesse Watson and invites children to feel connected to the prayer they've heard their parents recite so many times.

"Teaching children to trust God through prayer," said Warren, "and praying with them, is not just our responsibility—it is one of life's great privileges. The Lord's Prayer is a testament to that and it's a tool parents can use to adapt their children to prayer and its power."

Warren notes that children have their own unique way of praying.

"The funny thing," he said, "is that children often understand prayer better than adults do, which is why Jesus said, '...unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' We often think we teach children to pray, but actually they have so much to teach us about prayer. Children don't pray to impress others. And they are straightforward and unashamed of their bold requests. Finally, they are simple and sincere. Children pray about what they care about. Authenticity, simplicity and spontaneity are hallmarks of childlike prayer and faith."

Young readers will be inspired by the book's vivid pictures of girls and boys playing, smiling and learning to understand the true meaning of the Lord's Prayer. The book brings the prayer to life with Watson's use of vibrant color and detailed imagery that brilliantly capture the essence of Jesus' words to his disciples and Warren's simple yet insightful commentary. Together, Warren and Watson help make the King James Version of the prayer come alive for children and parents alike.

Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzcupvvEBRM for a beautiful, inspirational video that revolves around both the book and the prayer itself.

The book is published by Zonderkidz and sells for $16.99.

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Overcoming The Odds To Create A New Life

(NAPSI)-Veteran William "Bill" McGee, a well-known retired radio and TV broadcaster in the San Francisco area, felt pretty hopeless when faced with the misfortune of going blind. Fortunately, he had a helpful resource to turn to.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Blind Rehabilitation Service gave him a new life that inspired him, with the help of his wife, Sandra, to write a book about it. Created with her assistance, the book describes what VA blind rehab can do for veterans, both those who lose their sight as a result of combat operations as well as due to age-related factors such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

His book, "Learning to Cope with Sight Loss: Six Weeks at a VA Blind Rehabilitation Center," recounts McGee's loss of sight and his subsequent day-to-day experience at the VA Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC) in Palo Alto, California.

"This is the best-written description of VA's blind rehabilitation program that I've seen and an invaluable tool for veterans considering participation in one of the regional centers," said Patrick J. Caskey, M.D., North Bay Vitreoretinal Consultants.

It outlines how the center works and what is taught there, training that includes Visual Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Living Skills, Manual Skills, Computer Access Program, Recreation Therapy, and Family Training.

The publication, also available online and on audio CD, explains how such instruction and training improved McGee's coping skills. McGee hopes to inspire others.

"If my booklet or audio CD inspires a fellow veteran to 'get up off the couch' and seek help, then my objective will have been accomplished," said McGee.

These VA programs for the blind, visually impaired, and those with low vision exist thanks to the advocacy work of the Blinded Veterans Association.

Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1958, BVA links veterans with the services they've earned. Membership is open to all legally blind veterans who have served in the U.S. military. Membership is not required for veterans to receive assistance, which is always free. For more information, call BVA at (800) 669-7079 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (800) 669-7079      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit the association's Web site at www.bva.org.

For more information about the publication, visit www.bmcpublications.com/sightloss.html or contact Christina Hitchcock at BVA National Headquarters, 202-371-8880 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            202-371-8880      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Ext. 3303, or at chitchcock@bva.org.

A rehab program offers veterans the skills to cope with blindness and invaluable tools for improving their lives.

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Colonoscopy: Clarifying Misperceptions About A Potentially Lifesaving Procedure

(NAPSI)— Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States , behind lung cancer, and 80 to 90 million Americans are considered at risk. The American Cancer Society recommends that people begin receiving colon cancer screenings at age 50, or earlier if they have certain risk factors, yet a recent survey conducted by the Colon Cancer Alliance found that seven out of 10 people age 50 years or older who have been recommended to be screened, still have not had a colonoscopy, primarily due to fears.

"This year alone, colon cancer will be responsible for about 49,380 deaths and about 141,210 Americans will be diagnosed, yet many are reluctant to undergo screening by colonoscopy," said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. " Colon cancer is highly treatable when detected early, and our most significant barrier in having patients screened is to help them overcome their fear of colonoscopy."

For patients, learning that they need a colonoscopy can be scary, and preparing for it may seem like a tough task. To help educate patients and help them better understand the colonoscopy procedure, Salix Pharmaceuticals, in partnership with the Colon Cancer Alliance, has developed an easy-to-read, free resource. "Colonoscopy For DummiesŪ" puts into simple terms what to expect when preparing for and undergoing a colonoscopy. The guide is designed to help patients address misperceptions about the procedure, provide tips on how to discuss colonoscopy with your doctor, and answer the most common and some not-so-common questions including:

• How long will the procedure last?

• Do I have to take a colonoscopy preparation?

• How much does it cost and will my insurance cover it?

• Can I wear makeup when I go for a colonoscopy?

"Many patients experience fear, anxiety or concern when told by their physician that they need a colonoscopy," said Dr. Carol Burke, director of the Center for Colon Polyp and Cancer Prevention, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Cleveland Clinic, and technical editor of "Colonoscopy For DummiesŪ." "The more we can educate patients on the benefits of colonoscopy, the better we can help address common misperceptions, and hopefully more patients will have the procedure as a result."

"Colonoscopy For DummiesŪ" is available for free download at www.ColonoscopyForDummies.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ColonoscopyForDummies. For more information about colon cancer visit the Colon Cancer Alliance at www.ccalliance.org.

 

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The Obesity Cure

(NAPSI)—Good news for people who feel they are losing the Battle of the Bulge: A new book may provide a breakthrough in nutritional science, identifying both the cause of and solution to obesity, America 's No. 1 metabolic disease.

With a lifetime of scientific achievement and clinical insight, Dr. George Scheele, Nobel Associate and author, explains how to use nature's gift, Power Amino AcidsŪ, to avoid "addictive taste disorders" and harness the body's own feedback mechanisms to normalize body weight.

In his book, "The Obesity Cure," Dr. Scheele reveals how to supplement the diet with essential, positive-charged and satiety amino acids (Power Amino AcidsŪ) to tame appetite and rebalance metabolism to burn fat, build muscle and boost energy.

The book is published by NovaLife and available through e-book vendors including Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Atlas Books. Buyers also qualify for a free copy of "Power Amino Acids: The Factor4 Advantage in Weight Loss Success."

Learn more at www.factor4health.com.

 

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