Sunday, August 31, 2014
Press Release - Sept. 1, 2014 — Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing's Fall 2014 — Time-bending Romance, Life-improving Financial Lessons for Kids, A Journey of Spiritual Awakening, and the Exquisiteness of Twinship
DEBUT NOVEL IS TIME-BENDING AND AUTHOR-TREND-MAKING
Wyatt-MacKenzie joins the Romance Fantasy genre with a time-traveling love story, LEMONGRASS HOPE, the debut novel by reformed corporate litigator Amy Impellizzeri. Jacquelyn Mitchard, NYT bestselling author, describes LEMONGRASS HOPE as “...that fine and fresh thing...a truly new story.” Mitchard describes the author, “Amy Impellizzeri is a bold and tender writer, who makes the impossible feel not only real, but strangely familiar." Kirkus Reviews declares LEMONGRASS HOPE is “A layered, bittersweet romance that questions consequences and explores second chances. ForeWord Reviews, in their Fall 2014 Issue writes: “Time itself is a villain in this unusual tale, yet the possibility of a dream come true remains on the horizon. Realistic portrayals mingle with strange phenomena in this heady mix of contemporary romance and psychic twilight.”
Several artisans participated in a trendy launch of LEMONGRASS HOPE. Jill Donovan, founder of Rustic Cuff — known for creating handcrafted cuffs worn by best-selling authors and celebrities including Emily Giffin, Ree Drummond, Jenna Bush Hager, Britney Spears and Miranda Lambert — made a one-of-a-kind "lemongrass hope cuff." Nalana Lillie who founded Book Scents, known for highly scented candles inspired by books and characters, has created a custom hand-poured "lemongrass hope candle" which is a blend of lemongrass, sage and imported African marula oil — straight out of the novel — known for its time-travel properties, to bring the novel's mystical magic into the readers' homes. Book Club members get the recipe for "Lemongrass: Hope in a Glass" to accompany their discussion questions as well. Visit AmyImpellizzeri.com; http://www.amazon.com/dp/1939288533
WYATT-MACKENZIE AUTHORS RELEASE SECOND BOOKS
Danny Kofke released his second book with Wyatt-MacKenzie on money management — A BRIGHT FINANCIAL FUTURE: Teaching your Kids About Money Pre-K Through College for Lifelong Success is Danny’s follow-up to A SIMPLE BOOK OF FINANCIAL WISDOM (2009).
A BRIGHT FINANCIAL FUTURE is what we all want for our children and this easy-to-follow guide delivers its title's promise with Danny's down-to-earth tips and advice — from chore charts to the magic of compound interest — to use with kids as young as age three all the way up to young adults. Twenty healthy values and habits that lead to financial success, plus budgeting, long-term goals, conversations on college, work, and whether money equals happiness and more — this simple financial wisdom will benefit everyone. Ken Coleman, host of The Dave Ramsey Show Video Channel, author of One Question reviews: “Danny’s engaging style makes this practical and hopeful book a valuable resource families who want to instill wise money habits in their children.” Jim Stovall, author The Millionaire Map reviews: “Danny draws on his experience as a classroom teacher to deliver sound financial principles in a way that will enable kids to learn, and parents to build wealth into a legacy and then a dynasty.” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1939288630)
The second Wyatt-MacKenzie book with Annie Burnside, FROM ROLE TO SOUL: 15 Steps on the Awakening Journey is a powerful follow-up to SOUL TO SOUL PARENTING (2009). Annie Burnside was called “the Eckhart Tolle of parenting" by Bill Gladstone, agent to Mr. Tolle. In FROM ROLE TO SOUL the author takes it to the next level with her personal reflections on living consciously as a blended being—both human and soul, simultaneously—in everyday life. Annie exemplifies the notion that, "On the awakening journey, we both come to know who we truly are and come to let go of who we truly are not. There is not much more to it than that." Dr. Shefali Tsabary reviews, “FROM ROLE TO SOUL takes us on a journey into authenticity.” Jill Schroder, author of Becoming: Journeying Toward Authenticity, states FROM ROLE TO SOUL “…cuts through the linguistic maze of religion versus spiritual paths right to the chase.” Visit AnnieBurnside.com. (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1939288576)
BY KIDS, FOR KIDS
Wyatt-MacKenzie has two titles created by kids this fall. THE FINANCIAL ANGEL: What All Kids Should Know About Money was written by 9-year-old Ava Kofke (now 10), who was inspired by watching her dad write his personal finance books. Ava, the Financial Angel, can teach young children about money in simple terms. Kids from ages four to eleven can learn about saving, spending, giving, debit cards and credit cards. Marie-Claire Moreau, author of Suddenly Homeschooling, quickstarthomeschool.com, “What a charming introduction to economics for kids! Ava Kofke’s book literally has the power to begin steering youngsters toward a lifetime of financial literacy. Families, schools and libraries should all be adding this title to the early-childhood section this year!” Jeff Botch, owner of Friday Night Books, fridaynightbooks.com, reviews, “This book gives kids a wonderful introduction to money so they can make wiser decisions throughout their lives. The Financial Angel comes with my highest recommendation.”
THE FINANCIAL ANGEL was illustrated by 15-year-old MacKenzie Cleary who captured the likeness of the author, Ava, in the angel character. MacKenzie is the daughter of the publisher and the namesake of the company along with her brother, Wyatt. (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1939288649)
THE TWIN CONNECTION is a collection of stories by 17-year-old identical twins Hannah and Cailin Loesch, online reporters for Emmy-winning newsmagazine series Teen Kids News and bloggers for Huffington Post Teen. Hannah and Cailin show that twinhood can be thrilling, frustrating, terrifying, and hilarious—all at the same time. Hannah and Cailin hope their stories are inspiring, entertaining and relatable to all who read them. THE TWIN CONNECTION is for twins, tweens, teens, parents of twins . . . and anyone looking for interesting essays written by two very unique teens.
The Loesch twins have covered countless entertainments events including NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice, Vh1’s Do Something Awards, Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars, Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play and NBC's American Comedy Awards, along with movie premieres including The Croods, Epic, Turbo, and Smurfs 2, and were the youngest reporters to cover the entire eighth season of NBC's America’s Got Talent. Their celebrity interviews include Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Heidi Klum, Howard Stern, Amanda Seyfried, Howie Mandel, Al Roker, Colin Farrell, David Copperfield, Mel B, Cody Simpson and Eyewitness News and Teen Kids News creator Al Primo. In addition to covering entertainment news, Hannah and Cailin have reported on topics such as The Battle of Gettysburg, autism, and Earth Day. Visit loeschtwins.com. (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1939288762)
WYATT-MACKENZIE AUTHOR IN PBS’ DOCUMENTARY “MAKERS”
Gina Bennett, author of NATIONAL SECURITY MOM (2008), will be one of the women featured on PBS’ MAKERS: Women in War, narrated by Christiane Amanpour, premiering October 21, 2014 at 9PM EST on PBS. In collaboration with PBS, MAKERS announced six new documentaries building on the 2013 film MAKERS: Women Who Make America which tell the stories of women’s contributions to some of the most important moments in the history of our country and the world.
Gina M. Bennett, deemed “CIA Mom” on Oprah, is the counterterrorism analyst who authored the 1993 report that foreshadowed the danger of Osama bin Laden. Bennett's book NATIONAL SECURITY MOM: LESSONS FOR AMERICA (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1932279792) demystifies the scary underworld of terrorism and examines how the age-old practical lessons we teach our children such as “clean up your mess,” “tell the truth,” and “don’t give in to a bully” apply to the covert intelligence approach to national security. Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, reviewed NATIONAL SECURITY MOM: “…opens the door for all Americans to participate in securing our nation in a more meaningful way.” A mother of five, Bennett’s children's book HOW KIDS CAN BE GOOD CITIZENS (2013) takes her simple lessons for America to future generations. (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1939288045)
LEMONGRASS HOPE: A Novel (Oct. 8, 2014) by Amy Impellizzeri; ISBN 978-1-939288-53-0, 304 pages, $14.95, softcover
A BRIGHT FINANCIAL FUTURE: Teaching your Kids About Money Pre-K Through College for Lifelong Success (Sept. 1, 2014) by Danny Kofke; ISBN 978-1-939288-63-9; 206 pages, $15.00, softcover
FROM ROLE TO SOUL: 15 Shifts on the Awakening Journey (Sept. 17, 2014) by Annie Burnside; ISBN 978-1-939288-57-8; 250 pages, $16.00, softcover
THE FINANCIAL ANGEL (Sept. 1, 2014) by Ava Kofke, illustrated by MacKenzie Cleary; ISBN 978-1-939288-64-6; 32 pages, $10.00 full-color, saddle-stitch
THE TWIN CONNECTION (Oct. 1, 2014) by Hannah and Cailin Loesch; ISBN 978-1-939288-76-9; 164 pages, $17.00 full-color softcover with photos
Seventeen Years in Independent Publishing!
Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. celebrates their 17th year in 2015. Located in Deadwood, Oregon, this award-winning indie and its publisher, Nancy Cleary, have become known for providing an empowered author experience. Wyatt-MacKenzie authors have appeared in TV segments, documentaries, magazine articles, major blogs and newspapers all over the world.