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  • Melissa McDaniel Launches Debut Book Release ‘Loved Just As I Am’

    The book is a raw journey that processes her own childhood trauma while helping to alleviate the suffering of others.

    BELMONT, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, June 29, 2022 / -- Melissa McDaniel is pleased to announce the release of her first-ever book, Loved Just As I Am.

    Melissa McDaniel is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, life coach, and speaker who has spent nearly two decades helping people transform their lives. She began her career as a therapist for victims of sexual assault before transitioning to working with individuals who have committed sexual crimes to transform their behavior. Grief, anxiety, and depression are consistent issues she deals with from her private practice.

    In her most recent news, Melissa McDaniel has reached her goal of becoming a published author with, Loved Just As I Am. The book is a debut release for Melissa and is a recount of how her idyllic life in the south was changed forever when she was sexually assaulted at the age of eleven. In Loved Just As I Am, Melissa purposefully and painfully examines her past traumas and shares her realization of how she used denial or avoidance as a means of emotional protection until well into her thirties. She shares her raw journey of not only processing her childhood wounds but her struggles as a young woman dealing with a violent ex-boyfriend, racism within her family and community, motherhood, addiction, and infidelity. With her complete understanding of compassion, Melissa hopes her story will help to alleviate the suffering of others.

    “We don't get to pick the traumatic events that happen in our lives, but we do get to choose how we let them write our story,” Melissa says. “Through my own story, I discovered that through deep faith, love of family, and a firm belief that we are all enough, it was imperative for me to own my "crapola," while laying bare my feelings and actions, both good and bad. I hope that my fresh perspective and vulnerability create a roadmap of healing for others like her to rise above pain, shame, and doubt. I truly believe the result is a life guided by wisdom, freedom, and healing.”

    Loved Just As I Am can now be purchased on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback format at

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    About the Author

    Melissa McDaniel is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor from Belmont, North Carolina. For the past two decades, Melissa has been working in her private practice as a psychotherapist and has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, relationship difficulties, trauma, sexual abuse, and sexual deviancy. In her practice, Melissa offers individual and couples therapy for children, preteens, adolescents, and adults.

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  • Olan Mills II recognized with School Photographers of America 2022 Chairman’s Award

    Presented by Claudia Dencer of Leonard's and Gene Harrell of APS

    SPOA's 2022 Chairman's Award - Olan Mills II

    SPOA's 2022 Chairman's Award Recipient - Olan Mills II

    Olan Mills pioneered many of the marketing practices, like marking photos with a copyright logo and telemarketing, that are taken for granted today.”
    — David Crandall
    GREENSBORO, NC, UNITED STATES, June 23, 2022 / -- Greensboro, NC - The national trade association for school photography and yearbooks, School Photographers of America (SPOA) recognized Olan Mills II with the first Chairman’s Award of Innovation at the International Conference on School Photography & Yearbooks. The SPOA Chairman's Award of Innovation recognizes an inventor or an innovator who has revolutionized the school photography and yearbook industry.

    The son of founder Olan Mills, Olan Mills II went to work for the family business after graduating from Princeton University in 1952. With his younger brother, Charles, they assumed complete control of the business in 1972. At that time, the $20 million company was poised for growth. In the ensuing years, the company began an impressive national expansion and embraced technological innovation that grew the company 20x in 20 years.

    Accepting on behalf of Mills was Gene Harrell, Advanced Photographic Solutions, Cleveland, TN. The award was presented the award Friday, June 10, at during the association’s awards banquet and celebration at the Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas.

    “Olan Mills II is truly a worthwhile recipient of the first Chairman’s Award of Innovation,” said David Crandall, executive director, SPOA. “Olan Mills pioneered many of the marketing practices, like marking photos with a copyright logo and telemarketing, that are taken for granted today. He also spearheaded much of the technology still in use today.”

    School Photographers of America (SPOA) was formed in 2020 on behalf of school portrait studios to advocate for and to protect their copyrights, as well as establish and govern healthy standards and best practices for the school photography industry. This will ensure school photography remains a rich tradition in schools across North America.

    To learn more about SPOA, visit or email David Crandall at

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  • Chris Courtney Martin Critiques Hollywood I.P. Machine in “THE BOOK OF I.P. (Idle Poems)”

    Credit: Chris Courtney Martin

    Poetry Publishing Debut from Writer of “PALE HORSE” Film

    FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, June 17, 2022 / -- Screenwriter Chris Courtney Martin (Gabourey Sidibe’s upcoming feature directorial debut “PALE HORSE”) has released THE BOOK OF I.P. (Idle Poems)—a short hybrid poetry and essay collection.

    THE BOOK OF I.P. is described as “ironic in concept, sincere in content” as it deconstructs prescribed best-practices for getting ideas greenlit as a screenwriter, and what it means to possess a producible story.

    Each work in the collection represents an "ode" to story concepts Martin finds screen-worthy. Most of these concepts are wholly original, while a couple poems hint at some unorthodox reboots on the writer's "wishlist."

    "Here’s verse to echo Dickinson, Brooks, and Blake. And Martin’s spiritual grasp can perhaps match theirs...This is fun, prophetic stuff.”
    -Nicholas Michael Ravnikar for New Pages

    "THE BOOK OF I.P. (IDLE POEMS) by Chris Courtney Martin has an ample tone of sovereignty while indicating the true face of societal vindication, the gap between this generation and the last one. The similes, personifications, and metaphors used in the making of the poems are very assertive, bold, and courageous."

    - Maryam Qureshi, Songs of Cardinal

    "That sensation you feel is the rumbling and thumping, the shouts and shade of Chris Courtney Martin’s The Book of I.P. (Idle Poems), a collection of verse and essays that glories indefatigably in its one-finger salute to all that stands in the way of survival. Read and revel; Martin is a master."

    - Robert Fromberg, author of Friends and Fiends, Pulp Stars and Pop Stars

    The 65-page work, which contains 30 poems and 2 memoir-style essays, is available on Amazon print-on-demand via independent publisher Alien Buddha Press.

    Chris Courtney Martin is a Black Non-Binary/Queer writer-producer originally from Philadelphia, PA. In 2019, Martin co-hosted Best Sellers Production’s “AFRO HORROR” podcast in its inaugural season alongside creator Sade Sellers. Martin’s short Horror work has also appeared on the animated YouTube series “SOMETHING SCARY” created by Sapphire Sandalo and hosted by Markeia McCarty. They have garnered a laundry-list of accolades such as Grand Prize for Best Screenplay at Urbanworld Film Festival, recognition from the Tribeca Film Institute, spots on the Young & Hungry and Bitch Lists, plus the International Screenwriters Association’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019 and Development Slate.

    The book is now available for purchase. To read a selection of poems from THE BOOK OF I.P., visit the publisher’s website.

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  • Heart Tones™ Celebrated 35 Years of Helping People Find Answers, Uncover Purpose and Navigate Real Life Issues

    Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson, Founder of Heart Tones, Author, Educator, Speaker, bio image wearing plum color and big smile

    Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson, Founder of Heart Tones, Author, Educator, Speaker

    A few key events in Heart Tones' 35 years of service to others expressed as a timeline infographic chart

    A timeline of a few key events in Heart Tones' 35 years of service to others

    Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson's Literary Arts Ministry Founded in 1986 Still a Source of Inspiration and Encouragement for Families and Individuals 35 Years Later

    There is so much to be thankful for over the last 35 years. What sticks out most in my work is being able to bring people together.”
    — Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson
    CARY, NC, USA, February 14, 2022 / -- Last year marked the 35th anniversary of Heart Tones™ Inspirational Ministry and Heart Tones™ celebrated the growth and impact it has experienced over the last three decades.

    Founded in 1986, Heart Tones™ began as a business dedicated to creating greeting cards, personalized memorial prints, and spiritual writings to celebrate various events such as the birth of children and marriages and has since grown into a full-fledged organization that now offers several educational workshops and resources with the purpose of helping people navigate real-life issues, such as relationships, spiritual and emotional wellness, health care, and end of life.

    To commemorate 35 years, Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson, Founder, and CEO of Heart Tones™ sat down for a video interview to look back over her fondest memories (view at Dr. Anderson recounts some of the earliest writings she crafted for her friends and family.

    When asked what she is most proud of, Dr. Anderson said, “There is so much to be thankful for over the last 35 years. What sticks out most in my work is being able to bring people together.” Dr. Anderson stated she felt a sense of fulfillment knowing she was working toward the purpose that God had laid before her.

    Though Dr. Anderson has accomplished an abundance of things throughout her 35 years with Heart Tones™, her most memorable achievements should be highlighted. Heart Tones™ quickly became a successful, national business in 1986 with her literary works being placed in Christian bookstores across the country. Her end-of-life planning resource book, The African American Spiritual and Ethical Guide to End-of-Life Care: What Y’all Gon Do With Me (, was first released in 2006 and has reached its 9th edition in 2020 as well as received recommendation by the C.D.C. Heart Talks with Dr. Gloria, a show about love, loss, and life, was created in May of 2020 as a response to the pandemic and continues to be a source of hope entering into 2022. Because of her well-established research, she has been featured by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in 2008 and 2009, the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) and the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS) in 2013, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) in 2017, the Research Association Minority Professors (RAMP) in 2018, and many other conferences. In 2020, Dr. Anderson received a Social Justice Hero Award from Capital Health for her work in addressing disparities in the healthcare ACP field. She also founded the Advance Care Planning for African Americans (ACP for AA™) initiative launched in late 2021 ( to bridge these disparity gaps.

    While the ministry has positively impacted many people's lives, there is much more to do. Dr. Anderson believes within the next five years, Heart Tones™ will offer more personal development courses as well as additional educational services focused on healthcare decision-making. She stated that while progress is being made, many people are still unaware of their ability to shape and plan their own future, in terms of medical care, pursuing their passion, and leaving the legacy they want.

    To learn more about Heart Tones™ and the resources it offers, visit


    About Heart Tones™
    Heart Tones™ is a literary arts ministry founded in 1986 by Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson. Heart Tones™ provides educational workshops, inspirational products, and helpful resources related to all seasons of life common to humanity, such as love, loss, and life itself. For more information about Heart Tones™ or its products, visit

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  • Durham, NC gallery artist wins WORLD WIDE BEST CHAIR award / Holiday Gallery Receptions

    Wellborn chairs by Evan Berding. Winner BEST CHAIR worldwide by WoodReview.

    Eutopia features crystal glassware and other craft wares from Chapel Hill based and Poland American citizen Marta Brassil

    TORN: The Problem of Human Behavior. Mixed media, altered book pages by Margaret Sartor.

    39 year old Durham, NC gallery artist Evan Berding wins WORLD WIDE BEST CHAIR award from prestigious WoodReview. Holiday receptions at both galleries this week.

    Evan Berding’s chair speaks eloquently to the history of chairs. Viewing this chair is like wandering through the history of chairs in the Decorative Arts wing in the Louvre in Paris.”
    — Michael Fortune judge/furniture designer
    DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, December 13, 2021 / -- Horse & Buggy Press and Friends / PS118 Gallery & Event Space Press Release

    Celebrating their 25 year anniversary, H&B and Friends are excited to share one of four chairs gallery artist Evan Berding designed and produced — and for which he just won the exclusive WORLD category/Maker of the Year award from WoodReview. PS118 in downtown features a holiday reception this Friday and expanded hours through Dec. 23

    Wellborn Chair, Evan Berding FIRST PLACE—World category
    WoodReview Maker of the Year 2021 Award

    Contact the gallery to arrange for private viewings with the young (39) craftsperson himself (who is active making a wide range of commissioned fine furniture).

    The gallery is eager to see as much of a spotlight shone on this remarkable achievement and work as the bright lights focusing on area culinary and tech scene endeavors. The visual arts in this area have not received much attention in recent years and this has only gotten worse during covid. Coverage on exhibitions, the craft wares in the two galleries, and the nine books published this year would be appreciated to help spark joy and conversation in in different directions.

    TWO HOLIDAY RECEPTIONS with special guests, one day only sales, and door and raffle prizes.

    PS118 — Friday, December 17, 6–9pm Five exhibits on display, many artists on hand
    The Magic of Patinas by Jackie MacLeod (a former surgeon who became a full time artist in 2008)
    Paperwork — Collaborative works by area musicians Michael Rank, Ron Liberti, and Kevin Dixon
    TORN: A Year That Changed Everything, altered NYTimes mixed media pieces, Margaret Sartor
    Eutopia Showcase featuring craft wares imported by Marta Brassil from her native Poland
    [Trauma] Collaborative portraiture by Timothy Walter and subjects
    Copious exhibits info here.
    PS118 gallery hours have expanded to Weds/Thurs 3–7pm, Fri & Sat 12–8, Sundays Noon–4

    Horse & Buggy Press and Friends (Broad Street venue) — Thursday, December 17, 2–5pm
    TORN: The Problem of Human Behavior, mixed media altered book pages by Margaret Sartor

    An interesting array of curated exhibitions have been slotted for the next year. The gallery is interested to see coverage on exhibits, the 60+ artists and craftspersons on the roster, and theirs series of salon events (readings, artist talks, performances, and quarterly popups) and the nine books we published this year. Gallery visits with artists and writers can be easily arranged for engaging conversations and possible feature stories.

    The work of local artists is not sitting on cargo ships. Let’s celebrate it and promote it.

    Dave Wofford 919 949 4847

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  • History And Mystery VOL 1

    Surely you’ve lain awake at night to ponder life beyond time? Or dreamed restlessly of those multi-honored beast of Revelation?

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University majoring in English and Religion with a minor degree in History followed by a Masters of ...”
    — Bernie L. Calaway

    RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, US, December 1, 2021 / -- Author Bernie L. Calaway has published his book title History and Mystery: The Complete Eschatological Encyclopedia of Prophecy, Apocalypticism, Mythos, and Worldwide Dynamic Theology Volume I. The book composed over 8000 defined words and phrases, 60 exploratory essays, and mini-sections of relational materials. It utilizes Biblical terms and names which pertain to prophecy and eschatology. But also to the studies of history, science, mystery religions, cults, mythology, and so much more. In essence, this is the first of five significant encyclopedias that will help with the study of prophecies, end of world scenarios, mythology, and theology as a whole.

    Bernie L. Calaway is a native Texan man who is currently living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Bernie was a former Navy chaplain, biblical scholar, and former pastor who also authored eight nonfiction books and two collections of entertaining fables, in total of ten books.

    His current encyclopedia and theology book History and Mystery: The Complete Eschatological Encyclopedia of Prophecy, Apocalypticism, Mythos, and Worldwide Dynamic Theology Volume 1 already has five volumes.

    Bernie Calaway is a retired Navy chaplain and biblical scholar from Texas who quickly learned he’d be a happier minister than a cotton farmer on the high plains. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University majoring in English and Religion with a minor degree in History followed by a Masters of Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His supplemental coursework includes Marriage Counseling, Rape Crisis Counseling Certification, and Psychology of Personality and Adjustment.

    He is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and has received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest 73rd annual competition. Let us not neglect to mention his avocations in being a lecturer, teacher, and biblical consultant. His retirement years have left time for writing, sketching cowboy pictures, painting, and having fun.

    Read his full Hollywood Book Review on this LINK.

    History and Mystery: The Complete Eschatological Encyclopedia of Prophecy,
    Apocalypticism, Mythos, and Worldwide Dynamic Theology Volume I
    Written by: Bernie L. Calaway
    Paperback | $16.99
    Book copies are available at Authors Press, and other online book resellers.
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  • Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, The Story Behind the Groundbreaking Indie Label 415 Records

    Bill Kopp - 'Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave' Cover

    Bill Kopp - 'Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave'

    Bill Kopp - 'Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave' Pages

    Bill Kopp - 'Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave'

    Bill Kopp - 'Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave' Pages

    Bill Kopp - 'Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave'

    New Book By Bill Kopp! 362 pages, paperback; featuring nearly 300 images in color and b&w

    ASHEVILLE, NC, USA, November 30, 2021 / -- A new book, Disturbing the Peace tells the story of groundbreaking indie label 415 Records. The label founded by Howie Klein influenced other labels to follow, and it released era-defining singles, EPs and albums.

    In the late ‘70s and early to mid 1980s, San Francisco was a creative incubator, bringing forth all manner of new music acts. Ground zero for the scene was the Mabuhay Gardens, home to huge barrels of popcorn, once-a-week spaghetti nights, colorful emcee Dirk Dirksen, and punk/new wave bands from all over the Bay Area. Concert booker and renegade radio deejay Howie Klein joined with Aquarius Records owner Chris Knab to launch a record label in support of that scene.

    Measured in strictly commercial terms, 415 Records was at best a modest success. But then, for Klein and his founding partner Chris Knab (owner of the city’s Aquarius Records shop), financial gain was never the primary goal. Ask him about his objectives, and he’ll tell you: “F-U-N,” he’ll say. “It was all about fun.”

    But 415 Records would have a lasting impact, one that extended far beyond the minor chart action that a few of the label’s artists achieved. Klein and his cohorts established new ways of doing business in the music industry, and were at the forefront of a resurgence of independent labels.

    Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave is Bill Kopp's chronicle of the groundbreaking independent record label founded by Howie Klein & Chris Knab, featuring the stories of Romeo Void (“Never Say Never,” “A Girl in Trouble”), Red Rockers (“China,” “Shades of 45”), Translator (“Everywhere That I’m Not”), Wire Train (“Chamber of Hellos,” “Skills of Summer”), Roky Erickson (“If You Have Ghosts,” “I Walked with a Zombie”), The Nuns, Pearl Harbor and Explosions and nearly two dozen other bands.

    Featuring a foreword from Joel Selvin (Hollywood Eden) and based on Bill Kopp’s nearly 100 interviews with the artists, industry execs, producers, friends, rivals, onlookers, journalists and hangers-on, Disturbing the Peace also features hundreds of photos and memorabilia from the archives of those who were there.

    Advance praise for Disturbing the Peace:

    “In the late 1970s, indie labels popped up all over America, forming an underground network that altered the course of musical history. Each one had a vision, characters and a story of DIY ingenuity, but those were overlooked as their bands took the spotlight. Trouser Press worked a lot with Howie Klein and San Francisco's pioneering 415 label, but I really didn't know much about the company. Thanks to Bill Kopp's definitive 'Disturbing the Peace,' now I do.” - Ira Robbins, co-founder of Trouser Press magazine

    “The direct line leading from San Francisco’s psychedelic hippie-band era of the ’60s to the city’s punk and new wave movement of the late ’70s-’80s has never been drawn this clearly - or with this much sheer elation - before. Although they might seem to have little in common musically, philosophically or stylistically, 415 Records bands like Romeo Void, The Nuns, Translator and SVT (whose bassist, Jack Casady, had been in the earlier era’s Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna) followed the same guiding DIY principles, rebelliously eschewing a craving for mainstream success in favor of fomenting a true cultural revolution. 'Disturbing the Peace' is more than just another profile of a local rock scene or record label - it’s the story of a seismic shift, and the passions of the people who created it.” - Jeff Tamarkin, author of Got a Revolution! - The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane

    “By sweeping together the minutiae of one particular music scene - San Francisco in the late 70s and early 80s, when 415 Records began and flourished - Bill Kopp manages to remind us of the way punk and alternative music blossomed into cultural forces influencing the 90s and beyond. Yes, it really happened: dozens and dozens of bands, club hoppers, radio hounds and record store geeks built and maintained a scene without the internet. This devourable, fanatically researched document is indispensable for those who were there and will gall into jealousy those who weren’t.” - Karen Schoemer, author of Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair with 50s Pop Music

    From the author’s afterword:

    415 Records was special. Not only did it capture the zeitgeist of the music scene in one of the world’s most creatively vibrant cities, but its launch, development and subsequent success served as an example (and sometimes object lesson) of the potential indie-to-major path charted by other labels to follow in its wake. And along the way, some great music got made.

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    Bill Kopp:
    With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues – more than 30 to date – and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, will be published in December 2021 by HoZac Books.

    Disturbing the Peace will be published in December 2021 by HoZac Books. Bill Kopp is available for interviews, and PDF copies of the book are available for review. For inquiries, please contact

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