Feeling Alive with Author Steven Manchester

07-26-17 Feeling Alive with Author Steven Manchester

Feeling Alive – How does a young man survive the trauma of The Gulf War and end up writing books that connect people. Steven Manchester has just collected two book awards in Paris, France. What does he have to say? “None of us is ever alone.”

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island as well as the novels Goodnight, Brian and The Changing Season. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He lives with his family in southern Massachusetts. www.stevenmanchester.com

  • Over 100,000+ books sold across my list
    1,700+ Amazon reviews (avg. 4.6 / 5 stars)
    Celebrity endorsements to include Richard Paul Evans, Ed Asner, Carla Neggers, Theresa Rhyne, Christine Feehan, Laura Schroff, Steena Holmes, Meredith Wild, Ann Hillerman, William Kent Krueger, Jon Land, Ruth Harris, Heather Gudenkauf…
  • Four #1 national bestsellers
  • Twelve Months – November 9, 2012 (Amazon; Kindle paid)
    The Rockin’ Chair – April 11, 2014 (B&N; Nook paid)
    Pressed Pennies – February 24, 2015 (B&N; Nook paid)
    Gooseberry Island – May 11, 2015 (B&N; Nook paid)
    The Changing Season – September 26, 2016 (#10 – B&N; Nook paid)

Book Festivals (Top Honor) Winners:
2016 Beach Book Festival
2017 Los Angeles Book Festival
2017 Amsterdam Book Festival
Dozens of Category Winners to include:
2013 New England Book Festival
2013 & 2016 San Francisco Book Festival
2014 Paris Book Festival Award
2014 & 2015 London Book Festival
2014 Hollywood Book Festival
2015 Readers’ Favorite Award
2016 Global E-Book Awards
2017 International Book Awards

Lastly, I host an annual comedy fund raiser, Laughter & Wishes, to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses. After ten years, I’m happy to report that we’ve raised $167K to date.

Dealing with Terminal Illness, Death, Grief and Finding Love Once Again

07-05-17  Dealing with Terminal Illness, Death, Grief and Finding Love Once Again

Lou Pestana is the founder and current owner of True Machine Company in Swansea, MA. True Machine is a tool and die company. Lou has been in business for 33 years and employed in this trade since 1969. Lou is well known for his expertise, fairness, and loyalty to his employees and customers.

Lou was involved in community service; he was an active member of the Swansea Lions Club for 28 years. He received the prestigious Melvin Jones Award in 2001.

Cheryl Albright Soul-stirring Singer, Storyteller

06-05-17  Cheryl Albright Soul-stirring Singer, Storyteller

Cheryl Albright is a soul-stirring singer, storyteller, playwright, performer, and producer on a mission to celebrate and remember the lives and accomplishments of African American female vocalists and their historical journeys. Her two one-woman productions OH FREEDOM OVER ME and ELLA 100! have done just that. Known for the versatility in her vocal performance and intimate, conversational style in her storytelling, Cheryl masterfully reaches a broad and diverse audience in a way that is both entertaining and educational.

OH FREEDOM OVER ME debuted in 2015 in partnership with the University of Rhode Island Urban Culture Arts Program to an audience of 275 attendees. The show earned Cheryl the 2015 Woman of Achievement Award and featured article in She Shines Magazine by the YWCA. Receiving a grant from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts (RISCA) was a special highlight for Cheryl to perform for female inmates at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

ELLA 100! debuted on Super Bowl Sunday 2017 to a standing room only crowd of over 300 theatergoers. It was honored as one of the Top 5 Jazz Events To See by Go Local Providence.

Cheryl is a New England States Touring Artist (NEST). With over thirty-five years of professional singing experience, she has traveled throughout the country singing at various special events featuring and honoring civil rights icons such as Ruby Nell Sales, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Dorothy Cotton, and The New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. The Bristol Community College Reading Program asked Cheryl to produce and perform a celebration show, HALLELUJAH FOR HENRIETTA, based on their reading of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot.
Born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina, Cheryl comes from a family of singers, musicians, and community activists. Her mother, grandmother, and the Southern Baptist Church were instrumental in exposing her to all genres of music including country-western, bluegrass, and classical. Cheryl believes that music and storytelling is a bridge builder that speaks to the matters of the heart and digs deep in the billows of one’s soul.

Contact:
Phone 530.7ARTS4U (530.727.8748)
Email calbr39@gmail.com
Twitter @loventhumusic
Facebook @CherylAnnAlbrightVocalist
YouTube http://bit.ly/caasinger
Website https://www.creativeground.org/prof

Barbara Fontaine on Trauma Related Disorders and PTSD

05-07-17   Barbara Fontaine on Trauma Related Disorders and PTSD

Barbara Fontaine is a licensed mental health clinician (LMHC) and private practitioner in Fall River, MA. She is a 2006 graduate of the clinical psychology program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a member of the Psi Chi honor society. She has a specialized interest in trauma related disorders, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma.  Her certifications include Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Reike, and as a certified trainer for Family Development Credentialing (FDC). In 2007 she was honored by the governor, the Children’s Trust fund, and the FDC for her dedication in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and for her efforts to strengthen children and families in Massachusetts. She is a program coordinator for the Treatment Development Corporation (TDC), a member of Recover Fall River- a coalition working to end stigma related to substance use disorders, a member of The Fall River Opioid Task Force, and Project Reconnect- an outreach service provided to individuals and families who have recently suffered an overdose which provides assistance in gaining access to treatment and support services within Fall River and the surrounding communities. She is a long time resident of Dighton, but continues her work in a private practice in Fall River, MA. Pplmhc2010@yahoo.com