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  • THE FIRM SOARS TO THE TOP OF PODCAST CHARTS IN 13 COUNTRIES AS THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III IS INVESTIGATED IN NEW CHAPTER

    The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession hits top of the Apple Podcast charts in 13 counties making it one of the fastest growing podcast series in the world

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 28, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Audology, a podcast production label and distributor of original audio from Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG), today dropped the third chapter of the hit new non-scripted series, The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession, an audio documentary that has won over history fans around the globe as it explores the controversies, scandals, and cover-ups of the British monarchy.

    Listen to the latest episode HERE.

    From award-winning Executive Producers Dylan Howard (Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, The Killing of Marilyn Monroe, Diana: Case Solved) and Melissa Cronin (Epstein: Devil in the Darkness), and in partnership with the website The Royal Observer™, The Firm has shot into the top 50 on the Apple Podcasts history charts in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, and the United Arab Emirates, marking the true global nature of the production.

    The Firm also clocked the top 100 in Japan, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, Spain, and Germany. Apple's charts are considered the most-watched public-facing measure of podcast success.

    In the latest installment, The Firm revisits the reign of George III—the “misunderstood monarch”who was The King from 1760 until his death in 1820. Chapter Three: The Madness of George III, unveils ​​that the misunderstood monarch was far from being the mad tyrant as portrayed in Hamilton, and was in fact suffering from bipolar disorder, and became the victim of a smear campaign by America’s founding fathers in order to justify the war of independence.

    Throughout his reign, George III was considered one of Britain (and Ireland) most popular and successful kings; putting into place many of the monarchy’s current institutions and traditions, including Buckingham Palace, the Trooping of the Color and the Royal Enclosure at Ascot, defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, which remains Britain’s greatest military victory after the Battle of Britain against Nazi Germany, and becoming publicly known as “The Farmer King” because he was so in tune with ordinary people.

    Despite his success and well-earned fame, royal insiders and historians reveal throughout the newly released podcast episode - The Madness of George III - that in 1789, British parliament passed the Regency Act, which would have given George III’s crown to his son, but he recovered sanity just days before it was to take effect. It is also uncovered that the day after George III’s Golden Jubilee in 1810, he was summoned to spend the last 10 years of his life shut away in Windsor Castle.

    The Firm is written by Dominic Utton, produced by Douglas Montero, and edited by Sean Kravit. The series is hosted by Jonathan Lock.

    Over the next nine weeks, new episodes will be available to download weekly via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and everywhere podcasts are available.

    Audology, EMG’s podcast division, launched earlier this year with podcast productions powered by artificial intelligence for EMG brands Knewz.com, RadarOnline.com, and OKMagazine.com.

    ABOUT THE ROYAL OBSERVER

    The Royal Observer™ takes you behind the high walls, gilded gates and palace façades and into the very heart of the most famous families alive. The website and quarterly print edition explore history and tradition stretching back thousands of years. We celebrate all the pomp and ceremony that drive and define the public lives of royal families around the world, while also venturing behind closed doors into the shadowy areas of the royal palaces the public does not get to see. With the latest coverage of the entire royal families, exclusive news, photos and insider details of events, The Royal Observer™ takes users inside a rarefied world.

    ABOUT AUDOLOGY

    Audology is an audio-first studio and premium podcast network with a mission to make podcasting part of people's everyday lives. As a division of Empire Media Group, Audology develops, create, produces and distributes original audio and launches digital initiatives. With unparalleled access to the world's most innovative creators, Audiology produces unique listening experiences across a wide range of interests and demographics. Audology is a full-service operation, offering financing, production, marketing, and monetization.

    ABOUT EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP, INC

    Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG) is the new media landscape, where bold and authoritative content meets innovative delivery for passionate audiences. An award-winning, global, and next-generation multi-platform media company, EMG encompasses a powerful portfolio of assets that serve highly engaged audiences through a rich assemblage of content delivery mechanisms: from magazines, live events, and digital media, to video, television, audio, book publishing, and more. EMG’s suite of 12 vaunted brands makes it one of the world’s largest and most diversified modern media conglomerates, with market share across entertainment, fashion and beauty, luxury, travel, and specialist consumer titles. At EMG, we do not just serve readers; we serve users. Divisions of EMG include television and movie production company Mystify Studios, podcast studio Audology, literary publisher Harland & Wolff Publishing, marketing firm Elevate Strategic, EMG Ventures, and the non-profit foundation, the Institute for Healthy Media Minds, which is focused on creating a positive culture of mental health across the journalism, media, and public relations industries. With these six distinct business units united under a mandate of preeminence in content quality and innovation, EMG is a 360-degree media business that is poised for the future — broadening the reach of storytelling into virtual and augmented reality, programming, e-commerce, immersive events, branded content, innovative advertising solutions, and beyond.

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  • Red Winter Journey is Here, Will Baird Sits Down with Established Australian Author Paul Rushworth-Brown

    We all know how famous the Bronte sisters are but I am sure Paul Rushworth-Brown – the 21st-century author ­– might soon be joining these literary giants."  A must-read novel too for anyone visiting Haworth.  John Ackroyd, Haworth

    RED WINTER JOURNEY By Paul Rushworth-Brown

    "Throughout the book, I kept thinking that this author has a very uniquely talented writing style."

    A dark and dramatic prose of love, family and war that brings the realism of history to your imagination with little effort…a great read!

    Paul Rushworth-Brown's novel Skulduggery, nominated for the best Indie Book Award

    US National Times

    'Red Winter Journey', is now available. Paul Rushworth-Brown is fast becoming one of the world's established new authors.

    Modern writers usually don't know what it was like to live in the past but Rushworth-Brown has done this with great skill in this accomplished, atmospheric and thoughtful novel”
    — US National Times

    NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Thomas placed a penny on the bar, “Ales, barkeep.” He turned around, shocked by the wrinkled face that was bent over before him, her whispery white hair poking through the sides of her wimple. Deep wrinkles in her face spread like a roadmap, her left eye almost moonlike with its colour and sadness. A reminder of the poor wretches in the world.

    He had felt the pangs of hunger and would not wish it on any other, “Here, take this and be off with you, feed yer bairns or more likely yer ‘usband that has no more work left in him.”

    She lifted her trembling hand, which was wrapped in a dirty, small woollen mitten with the fingers cut at the knuckles. Thomas placed two pennies in her palm.

    “Would I or any man do less for a mother? For it is a wicked man that spurns an old woman.” Then he thought about his own mother, and it saddened him. William, never the brightest of the two brothers, looked puzzled, “Why’d ya’ do that, Thomas?”

    Thomas smiled, “There’s some in the world far worse off than we, brother, and one good turn deserves another.”
    One good turn deserves another.’ Thomas would one day be haunted by those words.

    Beautiful winter backdrops and compelling action will play out before you as you are transported back in time. You will laugh, cry, and be in awe of the twists and turns, saying to yourself, “I didn’t see that coming". The writing is very descriptive, the hooks are very bold, and told in a way that places the reader in the time and place. So, turn the page and step back in time to follow the Rushworths on their journey of love, adventure and survival in this bittersweet historical saga. All is not as it seems!

    RED WINTER JOURNEY is the tale that follows the journey of 16-year-old Tommy Rushworth and his battle for survival after being kidnapped into the Parliamentary Army to fight against King Charles and the Royalist Army. The brutal winter, sickness, the battle against the Cavaliers and his endeavour to escape from their spies all add to Tommy’s misfortunes.

    His father Thomas Rushworth, and his larrikin grandfather, John Hargreaves, race against time to find and save him from a war they wanted no part of. In Bradford, they fear for their lives until a mysterious stranger enlists their help.

    Back in Haworth, William and Lucy, have their love story tested to the limit by the persecution of social class as Lucy’s father tries to prevent their marriage in the corrupt court of the times.

    Set against the backdrop of the English Civil War of 1642 one can immerse themselves within the tale and discover the more colourful, candid details of what it was like to live in this rebellious time. Will Tommy make it home? Will Lucy and William’s love endure? What is the old beggar lady's part in all this? There are no straight lines only twists, turns and intrigue until the very end.

    The bloody hell of war and the saga of family tribulations drive this period drama with exceptional narrative and factual accuracy of the talented author who penned SKULDUGGERY and is becoming one of Australia’s established new authors.

    Will Baird from Shawline Publishing sat down with Author Paul Rushworth-Brown to discuss Red Winter Journey.

    A CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR (Listen here)

    WHY DID YOU WRITE ‘RED WINTER JOURNEY’? WHAT WERE YOUR INSPIRATIONS?

    "The history of these people is rarely thought of and even less rarely written about because there are few records as most would have been illiterate. There is much written about the lords and ladies but what about the common people." Paul Rushworth-Brown - January 2019

    HOW DO YOU CREATE OR MODEL YOUR CHARACTERS TO FIT THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STORY AND THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE READERS?

    I believe my characters in ‘Red Winter Journey’ are well developed. I believe it is easier for readers to empathise with them. Some readers have said they couldn’t wait to find out if Tommy makes it home after all the trials and tribulations he went through. Then for the story to end like it did, well who saw that coming?

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  • SUPERNATURAL THRILLER, THE DESECRATED - DEBUT NOVEL BY JOHN GRAY

    Teaser for The Desecrated cover

    Pre-Order Now, Book Release 7/12/22

    Atmospheric picture of an autopsy room from the floor up

    Cover Reveal - John Gray's Debut Novel

    John Gray with chin on hand

    Photo Credit: Melissa Jo Peltier

    Cover Reveal and Pre-Order Link for THE DESECRATED by John Gray, creator of the Hit TV Series, GHOST WHISPERER

    Surgically precise suspense, breakneck pacing, and a brilliant narrative arc that gets under the reader's skin.”
    — Jay Bonansinga, Author - THE WALKING DEAD: THE RISE OF THE GOVERNOR
    NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES, June 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The eagerly anticipated debut novel, THE DESECRATED by writer, director John Gray will be released on July 12, 2022 by Ellysian Press.

    A sneak peek of the cover is now available as well as a Pre-Order Link for Amazon. The page-turning horror novel, which centers around an ancient curse, a haunted morgue and mysterious murders, has already received advance praise by such acclaimed authors as Jay Bonansinga, James P. Blaylock, Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner. THE DESECRATED will be available in paperback and e-book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, as well as major online booksellers.

    About The Desecrated

    Hauntings. Disappearing corpses. A terrifying curse.

    None of those are in Jennifer Shelby’s job description when she joins the night shift at the NYC Morgue. She just wants a quiet place to regroup after dropping out of college.

    She also hadn’t planned on babysitting a British superstar.

    Trevor Pryce has been sentenced to community service at the morgue. His charm and love for macabre, practical jokes irritate Jennifer equally. And put him at the top of her list of suspects when things turn deadly serious.

    Jennifer doubts her own sanity when she starts to see the impossible. Corpses move. They sit up. They try to speak. The visions plaguing Jennifer begin to manifest outside the morgue as well. She feels like there’s nowhere to hide as the murders and mutilated bodies pile up. But she finds an unlikely ally.

    As the hauntings become more shocking, Jennifer and Trevor join forces to uncover the truth. What they find is dark and malignant. And the trap they fall into threatens to close over them forever.


    Praise for The Desecrated by John Gray

    “John Gray announces himself as a major voice in modern literary horror with his debut novel The Desecrated. Surgically precise suspense, breakneck pacing, and a brilliant narrative arc that gets under the reader's skin are all in full force here. At the heart of this tale, though, is a taboo that spans generations and asks big questions about death, life, good, evil, and all the scary stuff in between. A remarkable debut, and highly recommended.”
    —Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of THE WALKING DEAD: THE RISE of the GOVERNOR

    “John Gray's The Desecrated is a spine tingling page turner.”
    —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author

    “This is a hell of a book. I was dragged in on the first page and couldn’t get out again. The writing is both spare and rich – a character-driven horror/crime thriller, set in a Gothically-authentic New York City.”
    —James P. Blaylock, World Fantasy Award-Winning Author, Co-Founder of the Modern Steampunk Genre

    “Suspense and horror fans will love this deeply atmospheric thriller that twists and turns its way to a shocking end!”
    —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of ONE STEP TOO FAR

    “A realistic look at the darker side of human nature . . . a compelling horror story.”
    —Kirkus Reviews

    About John Gray

    Brooklyn born John Gray is an award-winning writer-director-producer of films and television, and the creator of the long-running TV series, GHOST WHISPERER. He has written and directed many feature films and movies for television, including WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, starring Stephen Lang and Karen Allen, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; MARTIN AND LEWIS, starring Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam; the Emmy® nominated A PLACE FOR ANNIE, with Sissy Spacek; the Emmy® nominated mini-series HAVEN with Natasha Richardson and Anne Bancroft; HELTER SKELTER, and many others.

    Gray has directed dozens of episodes of broadcast and cable series, including multiple episodes of the NBC series GRIMM, and was also the producing director of the CBS series RECKLESS. Gray’s acclaimed short films have played and are currently playing in film festivals all over the world including FRENCH KISS, which has also notched 6.3 million views to date on YouTube.

    He is married to writer-filmmaker Melissa Jo Peltier, and they make their home in New York and Cape Cod MA.

    THE DESECRATED is his debut novel.

    Follow him on Twitter @JThomasGray, or Instagram @bayrdge and visit johngrayofficial.com.

    Maer Wilson
    Ellysian Press
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  • Local Writer Hits Top 50 on Amazon Audible with Debut Romance Novel, The Fairmounts

    The Fairmounts historical romance novel

    The Fairmounts explores true love, heartbreak and deep family secrets.

    You really fall in love with this voice and root for Harry throughout the novel.”
    — Valerie Nifora
    SAYVILLE, NEW YORK, SUFFOLK , June 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Local Greek-America writer, Valerie Nifora hit the Top 50 yesterday on Amazon Audible with her debut romance novel, The Fairmounts during its first five days of release.

    The novel which received a 5-Star review from The Seattle Book Review for a plot that is, “concise and unique, with the perfect balance of an old-fashioned type of love and mystery” is set to be release globally on July 19, 2022, with several book signings scheduled in July and August throughout Long Island.

    The audiobook available now, features fellow Greek-American voice actor, Dimitri Georgiadis whose captivating narration is delighting audiobook purchasers. “Dimitri does such a beautiful job of capturing the vulnerability and strength of the main character, Harry LaCroix. You really fall in love with this voice and root for Harry throughout the novel.” says, Valerie Nifora, the author.

    The Fairmounts takes place during the turn of the 19th century. Harry LaCroix yearns to make up for lost time. After spending several years serving in the war in Africa, the English veteran is delighted to reunite with his last living relative and closest confidant. But his plans take an unexpected detour when he falls for a beautiful heiress with a missing fortune.

    Embarking on his journey to unearth the truth for the young lady, the faithful bachelor unknowingly unleashes a chain of events that could lead to his undoing. But as Harry becomes embroiled in wealthy politics, a vicious rivalry threatens to turn him into a pawn in a jealous game of love.

    The audiobook is currently available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes with a sample recording. The Fairmounts is published by Author Academy Elite.

    Valerie Maslar
    Valerie Nifora Author
    valerie@valerienifora.com

  • Antoine Dante Logan Releasing His First Ever Novel “Stain”

    Stain By A.D. Logan.

    Stain By A.D. Logan.

    An exciting tale of witchcraft, suspense, and thriller that’s making a killing with the readers.

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A.D. Logan makes his debut with 'Stain,' a mystery-thriller novel about the life of Carolyn, an innocent woman who is now a demonic creature. The story of Carolyn is that of an ordinary girl, living a normal life except that she was bullied and wronged by many till she met her soulmate. When they move to a new house, a series of events lead up to the recent story where 12 individuals are trapped inside the house, and Carolyn decides to take vengeance upon them unless they confess their sins. Whether all the gruesome killings are justified to avenge what happened to her is a question worth exploring. The story is thrilling, exciting, and part 1 of an entire series.

    The story isn't just about hacking and slashing or killing blindly. It's about vengeance and revenge, but to what extent is worth exploring. The novel is a great attraction to those who love mystery, thriller, gore, suspense, and supernatural. Stain is not just a book where fantasies are mere words but the realization of dark imaginations.

    Logan is currently working on a sequel which will soon be coming out.

    About The Author

    Born and raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina, A.D has spent most of his life serving in the U.S. Armed forces, where he has experienced many facets of life, something that bleeds in his career as a writer. When he isn’t working, he is writing. And he writes about many things: love, the inner workings of his mind, and the terror and beauty of the world he sees. He draws inspiration from his long and solitary life in the military, from all his energies, from strangers on the road, and his family. His hobbies range from reading to personal growth and from relaxing with his friends to pondering about the paradoxes of life. He writes almost every day on the numerous subjects that interest him, be it personal, political, or the in-betweens. Through the love and support of his family and friends guiding him, he has come to see the shining light at the end of the road that tells him that he is supposed to write. Not for himself but for everyone around him. And he follows.

    https://www.amazon.com/Stain-D-Logan-ebook/dp/B09LGVMLF9/ref=sr_1_1?crid=VVES95WXZ7Y2&keywords=stain+by+ad+logan&qid=1655489981&s=digital-text&sprefix=stain+by+ad+logan%2Cdigital-text%2C1711&sr=1-1

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  • EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE COMMERCE INITIATIVE, SQUEAKY DEALS

    Squeaky Deals has been designed to deliver consumers with trustworthy advice, reviews, and the best deals when buying products and services online

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG), a multi-platform media company with market share across entertainment, fashion and beauty, luxury, travel, and specialized consumer titles has announced the launch of an advanced next-generation commerce initiative, Squeaky Deals (squeaky.deals).

    The start-up brand has been designed on the FABRIK platform and EMG content eco-system to provide the modern, digital-age consumer with trustworthy product reviews, trending sales and deals, savings tips and shopping advice when purchasing goods and services online. The new platform further strengthens EMG’s position as an authoritative, market-leading content hub and diversifies the media conglomerate’s revenue diversification strategy.

    “Squeaky Deals is a natural extension of the content and resources we already provide to millions of online readers daily across all of EMG’s titles. We recognized there was a high demand for in-depth product reviews, deals, and advice from trustworthy sources when consumers are making purchases online, and Squeaky Deals has been established to meet that need,” said Melissa Cronin, President of Empire Media Group. “Far more than a typical coupon site, Squeaky Deals is a comprehensive and dynamic solution for the modern shopper.”

    EMG’s e-commerce business began as a test initiative on the renowned EMG-owned website OKmagazine.com. As a result of its unprecedented success, e-commerce has now become its own department at EMG, spanning six of the company’s owned and operated editorial sites including OK! Magazine, Grazia USA, Morning Honey, Radar Online, Women’s Golf Journal, and Squeaky Deals. With strategic consumer brand partnerships established across 12 major affiliate network platforms, EMG’s affiliate sales have skyrocketed +979% over the past calendar year, with click throughs to view and purchase products rising +309%.

    The new site is powered by advanced technology with curated selections of brand products that have been hand-picked by editors across all of EMG’s titles with the target consumer in mind, to create a more personal maker-to-consumer shopping experience. The extensive list of brand partners already monetizing on the Squeaky Deals platform includes Amazon, Bath & Body Works, Bed Bath & Beyond, Free People, Lululemon, Target, Ulta, Victoria’s Secret, Walmart and more.

    As a newly established division of Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG), Squeaky Deals is managed and overseen by the company’s Director of E-Commerce, Karli Poliziani.

    “In today’s economy and with the skyrocketing prices on consumer goods, it’s more important than ever that shoppers find ways to save money on a variety of items – both big and small,” Poliziani said. Due to the current US inflation rate, 67 percent of respondents agree that they’re looking for bargains now more than ever.

    ABOUT EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP, INC

    Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG) is the new media landscape, where bold and authoritative content meets innovative delivery for passionate audiences. An award-winning, global, and next-generation multi-platform media company, EMG encompasses a powerful portfolio of assets that serve highly engaged audiences through a rich assemblage of content delivery mechanisms: from magazines, live events, and digital media, to video, television, audio, book publishing, and more. EMG’s suite of 12 vaunted brands makes it one of the world’s largest and most diversified modern media conglomerates, with market share across entertainment, fashion and beauty, luxury, travel, and specialist consumer titles. At EMG, we do not just serve readers; we serve users. Divisions of EMG include television and movie production company Mystify Studios, podcast studio Audology, literary publisher Harland & Wolff Publishing, marketing firm Elevate Strategic, EMG Ventures, and the non-profit foundation, the Institute for Healthy Media Minds, which is focused on creating a positive culture of mental health across the journalism, media, and public relations industries. With these six distinct business units united under a mandate of preeminence in content quality and innovation, EMG is a 360-degree media business that is poised for the future — broadening the reach of storytelling into virtual and augmented reality, programming, e-commerce, immersive events, branded content, innovative advertising solutions, and beyond.

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  • EPISODE TWO OF PODCAST THE FIRM: BLOOD, LIES AND ROYAL SUCCESSION EXPLORES THE MYTHMAKING OF “VIRGIN QUEEN” ELIZABETH I

    Queen Elizabeth I had affairs, sexual relationships, pioneered spy networks, and destroyed images where she did not appear virginal to protect her public image

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Audology, a podcast production label and distributor of original audio from Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG), today dropped the second chapter of the hit new non-scripted series, The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession, which chronicles the controversies, scandals, and cover-ups of the British monarchy. Listen to the latest episode here (LINK).

    From award-winning Executive Producers Dylan Howard (Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, The Killing of Marilyn Monroe, Diana: Case Solved) and Melissa Cronin (Epstein: Devil in the Darkness), and in partnership with the website The Royal Observer™, Chapter Two: Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen, reveals how the public image of Queen Elizabeth I, who was known as England’s greatest monarch for many years — rising through the deadly intrigue and plots of court to ascend to the throne, and then defeating the Spanish Armada and saving the kingdom, was in fact, a glorious myth.

    Throughout the episode, historians uncover how the so-called “Virgin Queen” was sexually abused as a 14-year old by her guardian Thomas Seymour, had several affairs, including sexual relationships with the Earl of Leicester and the Earl of Essex and even pioneered spy networks and codebreaking as a tool for control and weapon of war. Never-before-told claims also emerge, detailing how Queen Elizabeth I pioneered her public image as a tool, destroying any images of her where she did not look youthful and virginal.

    “Her firm was her. She was the top of the food chain… she had her council, she had her advisors, but she was the ultimate say. If she didn't like you, she retired you,” said Thomas James Mace-Archer-Mills, an American-born commentator on the British royal family. “She wasn't going to be told how it was going to be. She told others how it was going to be. That's the difference between an absolute monarchy and a constitutional monarchy. She had endless power, Elizabeth I.”

    Richard Aldrich, author of best-selling book The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown, from Victoria to Diana added: “Elizabeth I was not just, if you like, running her own James Bond… She had her own national security agency. She had her own codebreakers. And these were absolutely crucial in kind of defeating her enemies, including Mary, Queen of Scots.”

    Speaking to her mythical public image as the “Virgin Queen,” British author and historian, Alison Weir told The Firm: “A portrait type was settled upon by the early 1570s. And this was called the mask of youth. The queen did not want to be portrayed in shadow. She wanted to look luminous like a goddess, and any portraits that showed her looking old were destroyed. And they're full of symbolism. The symbolism is of virginity.”

    Chapter Two: Elizabeth the Virgin Queen is the second of 12 episodes that form the The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession, a series that explores how the institution has maintained power in the face of scandals over 600 years. Chapter One, titled “The Prince and the Pedophile,” revealed how convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein thrust the House of Windsor into an intense international spotlight that threatens the very bedrock of the monarchy to this day. Listen to it HERE.

    The series serves as both a fascinating insight into 500 years of royal history, and an eye-opening exploration of just how the institution has evolved and adapted, and how it continues to do so in the face of recent unprecedented challenges to its standing.

    The Firm written by Dominic Utton, produced by Douglas Montero, and edited by Sean Kravit. The series is hosted by Jonathan Lock.

    Audology, EMG’s podcast division, launched earlier this year with podcast productions powered by artificial intelligence for EMG brands Knewz.com, RadarOnline.com, and OKMagazine.com.

    ABOUT THE ROYAL OBSERVER

    The Royal Observer™ takes you behind the high walls, gilded gates and palace façades and into the very heart of the most famous families alive. The website and quarterly print edition explore history and tradition stretching back thousands of years. We celebrate all the pomp and ceremony that drive and define the public lives of royal families around the world, while also venturing behind closed doors into the shadowy areas of the royal palaces the public does not get to see. With the latest coverage of the entire royal families, exclusive news, photos and insider details of events, The Royal Observer™ takes users inside a rarefied world.

    ABOUT AUDOLOGY

    Audology is an audio-first studio and premium podcast network with a mission to make podcasting part of people's everyday lives. As a division of Empire Media Group, Audology develops, create, produces and distributes original audio and launches digital initiatives. With unparalleled access to the world's most innovative creators, Audiology produces unique listening experiences across a wide range of interests and demographics. Audology is a full-service operation, offering financing, production, marketing, and monetization.

    ABOUT EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP, INC

    Empire Media Group, Inc. (EMG) is the new media landscape, where bold and authoritative content meets innovative delivery for passionate audiences. An award-winning, global, and next-generation multi-platform media company, EMG encompasses a powerful portfolio of assets that serve highly engaged audiences through a rich assemblage of content delivery mechanisms: from magazines, live events, and digital media, to video, television, audio, book publishing, and more. EMG’s suite of 12 vaunted brands makes it one of the world’s largest and most diversified modern media conglomerates, with market share across entertainment, fashion and beauty, luxury, travel, and specialist consumer titles. At EMG, we do not just serve readers; we serve users. Divisions of EMG include television and movie production company Mystify Studios, podcast studio Audology, literary publisher Harland & Wolff Publishing, marketing firm Elevate Strategic, EMG Ventures, and the non-profit foundation, the Institute for Healthy Media Minds, which is focused on creating a positive culture of mental health across the journalism, media, and public relations industries. With these six distinct business units united under a mandate of preeminence in content quality and innovation, EMG is a 360-degree media business that is poised for the future — broadening the reach of storytelling into virtual and augmented reality, programming, e-commerce, immersive events, branded content, innovative advertising solutions, and beyond.


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  • Ending the War with Parents in Public Education

    Educational REHAB is available for purchase on Amazon.

    Educational REHAB: An Unprecedented Opportunity to Restore K-12 Public Education

    Pictures of Educational REHAB authors.

    13 Educational Authors believe that everybody can do something to restore K-12 public education.

    A bulleted list of key points in the three major sections of Educational REHAB.

    Infographic to share with district leaders to end the war with parents.

    Everyone is Welcome at the Educational REHAB Table

    Parents and community members need to be part of this rehabilitative plan since our system is their system, too.”
    — Rebecca Coda & Dr. Rick Jetter

    TONAWANDA, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES , June 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Parents are not the enemies of our schools and various state-wide school officials and governing boards agree, now more than ever. Currently to date, 25 states have ended their affiliation with the National School Boards Association according to, Breaking Report, in their June 15, 2022 article titled, " 25 States Have Now Left National School Boards Association As Another State Departs". Headlines on Fox News have also featured many news stories citing parents being labeled as “domestic terrorists”. (see sources below) Parents have spoken out at school board meetings expressing their desire to have a say in their children’s education regarding varying crises from school safety, learning loss from the pandemic, controversial curriculum and other topics. The Federal Government has been following this movement and is taking a pro-parent stance as parents will be instrumental in helping schools to be vital centers of academia which all students deserve.

    The June 14, 2022 article in The U.S. News & World Report headline reads, “New Education Department Effort Aims to Elevate the Role of Parents in Schools”. This non-partisan initiative cannot be more timely as Pushing Boundaries Consulting, LLC has released a monumental NEW book entitled, Educational REHAB: An Unprecedented Opportunity to Restore K-12 Public Education. This will assist communities to have a voice at the table for reforming our nation’s schools in critical areas such as evidenced-based instructional practices, mental health supports for children, and curricular implementation that can sometimes become controversial.

    “Parents provide critical perspective and they should always have a seat at the table whenever decisions are made that impact their children.
    -Anna King, President of National Parent Teacher Association

    “We are going to come and have very truthful and very courageous conversations and say the things that need to be said at that table. It's what the department needs to hear, it’s what Secretary Cardona needs to hear and it’s what President Biden needs to hear in this moment.”
    -Keri Rodrigues, President & co-founder of the National Parents Union

    This newly developed parent council being led by the U.S. Department of Education is a BIG step toward restoring K-12 public education. Anything that impeded success, pre-pandemic, or robs children from equitable and sound instructional practices must involve parental and community voices and input. Parents are the solution and must be at the table in their local school communities. Rebecca Coda was recently interviewed on Daily Flash Trending News & Entertainment where she shared, “3 Ways Parents Can Stand Together to Strengthen American Public Schools”. Ending the war in public education requires a forum or process that provides all stakeholders a respectful way to interact through discourse, a common language and understanding of effective academic practices, and a voice based on perception and needs. Educational REHAB provides the framework to facilitate these war ending conversations, and more. There is power in local grassroots movements and Educational REHAB is a response to the frustration that parents have experienced in recent years. Ending the war will happen when everyone responds to Educational REHAB's "Call to Action" . Parents do not have to wait to be invited to the table of discourse at the state or local levels because Educational REHAB equips parents and any community member to initiate this conversation in a local school community. Everybody can do something!

    Educational REHAB can be purchased by schools for use in their communities using American Rescue Plan funding so community involvement can continue to become a partnership, not an unwelcoming battleground for silencing community members. For more information about Educational REHAB or guidance for utilizing ARP funds for this community project, please contact then directly. The Co-Founders of Pushing Boundaries Consulting, LLC and authors of Educational REHAB are accepting interviews at this time.

    First Paragraph Sources: https://www.breakingreports.org/archives/659325?utm_source=diamondsilk ; https://www.foxnews.com/media/nsba-domestic-terrorism-letter-school-boards-wisconsin ; https://thefederalist.com/2022/06/15/nsbas-apology-for-letter-comparing-parents-to-terrorists-hasnt-stopped-the-fbi-from-targeting-free-speech/

    Rebecca Coda & Dr. Rick Jetter
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  • A Guide to Success for Content Designers and Strategists

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    Just Published: From Solo to Scaled: Building a Sustainable Content Strategy Practice

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    Just Published: From Solo to Scaled: Building a Sustainable Content Strategy Practice

    I’ve had to build and scale a content strategy practice from scratch, and I can tell you that it would have been 100% easier if I’d had Dunbar’s book in my hands”
    — David Dylan Thomas, author of Design for Cognitive Bias.
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 17, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- With her new book, From Solo to Scaled: Building a Sustainable Content Strategy Practice, UX-focused content strategist Natalie Marie Dunbar delivers a comprehensive blueprint for building and scaling a content strategy practice.

    Businesses that are struggling to scale their content strategy and design practices missing out on critical opportunities to communicate effectively with customers. The book’s goal is to help content strategists, UX managers, creative leads and others create and grow scalable, sustainable UX content strategy practices that organizations require for communicating effectively and impactfully.

    Kristina Halvorson, author of Content Strategy for the Web, writes in the foreword, “There is no magical, fail-safe formula for scaling up a content strategy practice...However, this book presents a five-part 'blueprint' for change that doesn’t require months of banging your head against the wall trying to get people to get it.”

    "I’ve had to build and scale a content strategy practice from scratch, and I can tell you that it would have been 100% easier if I’d had Dunbar’s book in my hands," said David Dylan Thomas, author of Design for Cognitive Bias.

    At present, From Solo to Scaled is available exclusively from Rosenfeld Media, and will be available through Amazon and other retailers globally beginning July 25.

    About the Author: Natalie Marie Dunbar is a UX-focused content strategist with a unique blend of skills as a journalist, content writer, and user experience researcher. Natalie has worked in various roles as a content writer and strategist for brands that include Anthem, Farmers Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, Walmart, and YP.com. She’s also produced original content for federal agencies that include the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Centers for Tobacco Prevention (CTP), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Veterans Administration (VA). Natalie is also an active member of Women Talk Design and was a founding member of the Content Strategy Los Angeles meetup group.

    Phillip LoFaso
    Rosenfeld Media
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  • Woman Who Captured Global Attention by Living in 90 Square Feet Reveals Secret, Lesbian, Age-Gap Affair 30 Years Later

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    Cover of the new book "Half In: A Coming-of-Age Memoir of Forbidden Love"

    Woman in loft bed that has only 23 inches of space between the top of the mattress and the ceiling

    Felice Cohen in loft bed of 90-square-foot NYC studio apartment from the YouTube video that has over 25 million views

    In time for Pride month comes "Half In," a coming-of-age memoir that Rita Mae Brown, author of "Rubyfruit Jungle," calls "Ever tempting."

    This book began as a therapeutic exercise after the first love of my life had died. I was forced to mourn her exactly as I had loved her: in secret.”
    — Felice Cohen
    NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, June 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Felice Cohen, the woman who captured the world's attention by living in one of the world's tiniest apartments is telling an untold secret she's kept for 30 years—at 23 she was in a secret lesbian, age-gap, love affair with her 57-year-old boss.

    "Half In: A Coming-of-Age Memoir of Forbidden Love" is a unique coming-of-age memoir—as compelling as a novel—about Felice, then 23, who, like other recent college grads, is hesitant about entering the real world, with the added stress of coming out in the early nineties.

    Focused on how to land a full-time position as a writer, falling in love was the last thing on her mind. But fall in love she did.

    Felice and Sarah embarked on a high-stakes, year-long love affair. Addicted to the high of first love, Felice was enthralled by Sarah's attention and content to hide their love in the shadows. Sarah, meanwhile, threw caution to the wind, risking her comfortably established life that included a prestigious job and long-term girlfriend.

    In this candid memoir, Felice chronicles the happiness and heartbreak of an age-gap love affair while struggling to figure out the direction of her future.

    SELECT ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "Half In: A Coming-of-Age Memoir of Forbidden Love"

    - "I could not put this memoir down." —Jodi S. Rosenfeld, Author, Closer to Fine



    - "'Half In' is ever tempting." —Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle



    - "'Half In' is a top recommendation not just for LGBTQ collections, but any library strong in either coming-of-age stories or memoirs about age-disparate love." —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

    - "I couldn't put it down and strongly recommend you pick it up. I'm all in with 'Half In'." Lucy J. Madison, Author, Personal Foul

    - "Filled with sparkling conversations and haunting encounters, this page-turner seeks to enlighten as well as pay tribute to a once in a lifetime love." —Booklife

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Felice Cohen, known nationally and internationally as the woman who lived in one of the world's smallest apartments, is the author of "90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (…or More)" about her experience living for five years in a 90-square-foot NYC studio, and "What Papa Told Me," a memoir about her grandfather, a Holocaust survivor. Her books have sold around the world thanks to a Youtube video of her in her in her tiny studio apartment that has over 25 million views. Felice has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, NPR, Time, Globe & Mail, New York Daily News, the Daily Mail and more.

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  • When New York Real Estate Is a Killer: A Hilarious Tale of Money and Social Class in America

    Please Cooperate

    Jeffrey Harper

    Please Cooperate: A Comedy of Bad Manners by Jeffrey Harper

    An acid-tinged take on the disintegration of civility in a Manhattan co-op. With a steady eye, Harper picks apart the relationships between the tenants until it all unravels.”
    — Jonathan Spencer, Review on Amazon
    NEW YORK, NY, US, June 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- In today’s society, does anyone actually “love thy neighbor?” In Jeffrey Harper’s recently released, sharp, smart comedy, PLEASE COOPERATE: A Comedy of Bad Manners, psychotherapist Derek Guston loves his neighborhood friends almost as much as the middle-class cooperative brownstone apartment they share on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

    The story opens with a spectacular set piece – the Manhattan wedding of Nick Donleavy – a long-time bachelor and Derek’s downstairs neighbor. Thanks to the cooperative, ingenious, DIY spirit of Derek and his brownstone’s neighbors Paul, Stephanie and Danielle, they overcome numerous obstacles and near disasters to create a perfect wedding for Nick and his wife. But soon after the marriage, relations among the neighbors start to fray when a leak in the apartment of owner and entitled trust-fund baby Emil Savić slowly erodes, then destroys, relations in Derek’s once perfect building.

    Like the progression of their building’s leaking roof, demonstrations of money and social class, drip by drip, threaten the integrity of their building and the social connections that once united Derek and his middle-class neighbors.

    As the neighborly bonds and mutual support begin to crumble, the characters are progressively engulfed in self-destructive recriminations, comic confrontations, love affairs and betrayals, lawsuits and rage – culminating in a riot in Central Park that changes their lives forever.

    In exquisite, often hilarious, detail, PLEASE COOPERATE vividly portrays the social mores of New York – the intersecting worlds of the poor, the middle class and the rich – from museums to holiday festivals to prisons to box seats at NFL games, spanning the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and wealthy Connecticut suburbs – and how inequality, envy and antagonism infect every aspect of American life.

    The middle-class pursuit of the “common good” collides with the power of money in this comedic and poignant story about traditional American neighborliness, threatened by the changing values of the new world of money. A microcosm for American life at large, PLEASE COOPERATE shines a light on the fears of the dissolving middle class through an ensemble of deeply connected New Yorkers and will attract fans of Tom Wolfe, Jay McInerney and Nick Hornby.

    PLEASE COOPERATE is available on Amazon and other popular retail outlets where books are sold.

    JEFFREY HARPER is a national prize-winning playwright, novelist, librettist and lyricist, as well as a psychotherapist in practice for thirty-five years. His theatrical works have received productions and staged readings in New York, Los Angeles and London. He is also the winner of the Playwrights First Award for original American play. He is the author of Thy Will Be Done and A Few Thoughts from a Small Life. Born in Montreal, he currently resides in New York City.

    Jeffrey Harper
    JN Harper Publishing
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  • Ewaso Village

    Ewaso Village

    Author Chip Duncan with friend Paul "Maiyo" Lebeneiyo at Ewaso riverbed

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    Poems, Stories, and Photography from Laikipia County, Kenya

    In this thoroughly engaging book, Duncan captures the heart and soul of the Maasai—an African tribal people grappling with the challenges of political strife and climate change.”
    — Kevin McCarey, National Geographic filmmaker and author
    NEW YORK, NY, USA, June 14, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ -- SelectBooks, Inc. is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new title by the acclaimed filmmaker, photojournalist, writer, poet, and humanitarian, Chip Duncan. Mr. Duncan’s Ewaso Village: Poems and Stories from Laikipia County, Kenya (ISBN: 978-1-59079-520-0; $19.95) is scheduled for release on June 14, 2022 and will be available wherever books are sold.

    Ewaso Village is a unique publication incorporating stunning full-color images—the product of Duncan’s experience as a veteran photojournalist—and his poignant literary sensibilities as a poet and memoirist. All of this is focused on a community in southern Kenya, Ewaso Village, which has become an important place of spiritual connection for the author over the years of his travels.

    The Maasai people of East Africa comprise one of the most intriguing and resourceful cultures on Earth. For more than a thousand years, the Maasai and their Samburu neighbors have survived and thrived as pastoralists on the savannah near Mt. Kenya and the Maasai Mara borderlands of Kenya and Tanzania. Chip Duncan exuberantly combines prose, poetry, and photography to celebrate the stories, songs, rituals, and dreams of people who live in this magical place called Ewaso Village.

    Those who speak of Ewaso Village with admiration include Wisconsin Poet Laureate and Rubinger Fellow, Dasha Kelly Hamilton, who described it as “eloquent and frank, braiding culture and commentary, justice and joy, imagery and intimate impact. The collection of these pieces traveled me, not as a vapid tourist, but as a human.”

    National Geographic filmmaker and author Kevin McCarey stated, “Enriched with hauntingly beautiful photographs and poetic stories, Ewaso Village provides a richly detailed portrait of a nomadic society known for their centuries-old rituals and dazzling ornamentation, but a culture mostly hidden from outsiders. In this thoroughly engaging book, Duncan captures the heart and soul of the Maasai—an African tribal people grappling with the challenges of political strife and climate change.”

    A lifelong Midwesterner and native of western Iowa, Chip Duncan has produced more than fifty non-fiction films for international broadcast and distribution. His work as a photographer and filmmaker has taken him to ice fields, war zones, slums, shipyards, museums, palaces, vineyards, beaches, deserts, rainforests, savannahs, and farmlands.

    Duncan’s previous books include the short story collection Half A Reason to Die (SelectBooks, NYC, 2017), photographic collections Inspiring Change (Thunder House Press, Milwaukee, 2019) and Enough to Go Around (SelectBooks, NYC, 2009). Duncan also speaks publicly on the impact of climate change as part of The Three Tenors of Climate Change.

    Ewaso Village is Duncan’s first book featuring his poetry, and the first in a trilogy featuring indigenous cultures from around the world.

    Kenichi Sugihara
    SelectBooks, Inc.
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