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‘Bipolar is NOT an STD’ made it to the Best New Bipolar Disorder Books and Best Bipolar Disorder Books of All Time

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Dr. Lauren Goodall, PsyD, author of "Bipolar is not an STD" (ISBN: 978-1089401507) takes notice of her two "Best Book" achievements for her outstanding self-help book.

Dr Lauren Goodall's book, "Bipolar is NOT an STD: Beyond Bipolar, anxiety, depression, personality problems, and relationship offenses" has proven instrumental as a self-help book covering the range of Bipolar spectrum disorder, all kinds of mood dysregulation, and understanding personality disorders.

In a recent interview, Dr. Lauren Goodall, was extremely pleased to get this type of recognition in the book arena. "What I think really matters, is that my book helps a person to understand what is happening and why. By first and foremost understanding this, you can literally cut years off of getting reckless & inaccurate diagnosis, which is unfortunately out there."

She was thrilled to find that BookAuthority, ranked her book at #11 in Best Bipolar Disorder books of all time, and #6 in 2020's best Bipolar books.

Once Covid19 crisis becomes more stabilized, Dr. Lauren Goodall will proceed with discussion/group meetings/book signings to be announced. In the interim, she hopes that this time becomes an opportunity for people to catch up on relevant self-help, and most importantly, heal.

She added, "BookAuthority collects and ranks the best books in the world, and it is a great honor to get this kind of recognition. Thank you for this honor."

"Bipolar is not an STD," is currently released and available in softcover thru Amazon and all major book and E-book retailers. Dr. Goodall is available for interviews, speaking engagements, and signings by contacting her via her Email:

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Aubade Publishing Achieves Publishing Goal One Year Early: Releases Eight Titles in 2020

ASHBURN, Va. -- Aubade Publishing, a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), is steadily growing, expanding and exceeding its business expectations. It's scheduled to release eight titles in 2020 - four poetry collections, three novels and one memoir:

* "The Law of the Land" (ISBN: 978-0-9845494-8-1), poems by Red Hawk (May 19, 2020)

* "High Tide" (ISBN: 978-1-951547-99-8), poems by Ed Meek (May 26, 2020)

* "Song of the Selkie" (ISBN: 978-1-951547-00-4), poems by Jane Beal (June 2, 2020)

* "The Yellow Sports Bra: A True Story of Love, Faith, and Basketball" (ISBN: 978-1-951547-03-5), a memoir by Jamie Graham Duprey (June 23, 2020)

* "Jerusalem as a Second Language" (ISBN: 978-1-951547-06-6), literary fiction by Rochelle Distelheim (September 29, 2020)

* "Love's Garden" (ISBN: 978-1-951547-08-0), historical fiction by Nandini Bhattacharya (October 27, 2020)

* "The Reluctant Patriot" (ISBN: 978-1-951547-10-3), historical fiction by Susan Lohafer (December 1, 2020)

* "Roadworthy" (ISBN: 978-1-951547-13-4), poems by Dave Mehler (December 15, 2020).

The eight works were selected for publication in response to a call for manuscripts from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in 2019 and a rolling review of manuscripts continuously submitted on Aubade's website.

"We published three titles in 2018 and set a goal at that time to expand to eight titles by 2021; we're one year ahead of schedule," Vonda Puckett, founder and business manager, Aubade Publishing, says. "That's very exciting."

And, Vonda, who is a graduate of Weber State University, has a double major in history and English, and is an especially qualified judge of historical fiction, is not going it alone. Her husband, Joe Puckett, and daughter, Cosette, are also committed to this niche family business.

"Aubade Publishing is really a labor of love," Joe says, who is also the business's chief editor. "We all get to indulge our reading addiction as part of our work."

Cosette, a 2019 English graduate from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, manages acquisition, performs editing, designs covers and layouts, manages the social media sites and illustrates some of the books.

"We were flooded with manuscripts," Cosette says, "but the writers we chose for publication really grabbed us with their style and content - it's quite an eclectic group. We're also very happy to publish Rochelle Distelheim for a second time."

The books that Aubade Publishing publishes are rooted in the family's favorite literature genres: fantasy and science fiction, Gothic, historical and literary fiction, poetry and memoirs.

"I used to read so much as a kid that my parents would ground me from reading if I got in trouble," Cosette says, "but now I get to read as part of my job and be involved in the creative process with these fabulous writers."

Aubade's website theme revolves around an Emily Dickinson poem which opening lines state: "There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away."

"By reading these eight books, I 'traveled' to British India during the two world wars; St Petersburg and Jerusalem after the fall of the Soviet Union; contemporary Cape Cod; Tennessee during the Civil War; the Great Plains when Sitting Bull lived; the Hi-Line of Montana in the 1990s; the Pacific Northwest (with a truck driver); and I got to meet a selkie," Cosette shares.

The books are available for pre-order directly from the publisher's website at:

There are also instructions for writers on how to submit manuscripts for possible future publication. Ingram will distribute all eight titles to the trade.

Advance reading copies (ARCs) for the first five titles are currently available for electronic review on NetGalley ( and paperback ARCs can be requested from the publisher. Electronic and paperback ARCs for the three remaining titles will be available for review closer to their publication dates.

"We're looking forward to possible future expansion," Vonda says, "but we don't want to put a number on that like we did in 2018. We might have to wait until our youngest daughter, Emma (who also loves reading), graduates from college first."

About Aubade Publishing

Founded in 2010, Aubade Publishing is a family business that's quickly gaining notoriety in the publishing world. Aubade's business model is to discover and publish experienced writers who may have been overlooked by larger publishing companies, bringing their works to publication.

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Award Winning Brand Architect and Marketing Mogul Ericka Pittman announces the release of her highly anticipated memoir

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Oracle Group International announces the publication of "WHAT MOMMY NEVER TOLD YOU: A Woman's Guide to the Next Phase of Life" (Scribe Publishing; Paperback; March 2020; $25; ISBN: 978-1734194708) by award-winning, brand architect and entrepreneur Ericka Pittman.

Ericka Pittman has been marketing and developing brands for over 20 years, becoming an expert in brand building with specialization in lifestyle branding and positioning. Her campaigns and initiatives have reached across genres, creating a bridge between influencers, artists, celebrities, brands and most importantly consumers.

"What Mommy Never Told You" provides alternative options in order to create success on your terms once the guidance, direction, and checklists of society expire. This book is meant to be an exploration of a woman's journey beyond the general rules and guidelines of adolescence, opening up a broader lens to the possibilities of the next stage in life.

While there are numerous examples of phenomenal women who have achieved unprecedented success in business, and even greater success in work/life balance, there are limited platforms for women embarking on their "next phase" of life.

"The challenges and successes that I have experienced on this journey have taught me so many things," says Ms. Pittman. "The good, the bad, and the ugly. I want to share that knowledge I've gained in life through the stories and lessons I have included with love in the chapters of this scribe. This book is for every woman who has a dream. This book represents triumph over transition."

Pittman provides readers with her unique business acumen to inspire those who want to learn what it takes to reach prestigious heights professionally. Pittman has held titles at media companies such as Time, Inc., Vibe Media Group and Conde Nast before transitioning to the Blue Flame Agency where she sat as the VP of Marketing.

She adds, "I want all women to experience their greatest truth and realize their potential."

Ms. Pittman will embark on a national tour with The Power of N.O.W (No Other Way to get things done) events in select cities. The Power of N.O.W series, curated by Ericka utilizes the principles outlined in the book in forums that will inspire and educate women how to take back their power in the present and start immediately manifesting the life they want right N.O.W.

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Take Social Risk, Judgment, and Fear Out of The Equation

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Dr. Lauren Goodall, Psychologist, author of "Bipolar is not an STD" (ISBN: 978-1089401507), is pleased by the strong interest, relatability, and response that have been triggered by her book. Goodall attributes sales of the self-help book to her ability to deliver and connect with her audience. She is currently organizing dates/times/locations for discussion series and signings.

Goodall states, "If you follow current economic events, then you become quickly aware that any little bit of information or misinformation can get airtime, and can cause a real knee jerk reaction with investors. With investors and consumers alike, no one appreciates misinformation, intended or unintended. Bad information is always in line first to get exploited. And, not surprisingly, a catastrophic domino effect follows closely behind."

Dr. Goodall explains, "I wrote the book, 'Bipolar IS Not An STD' to help make breakthroughs for better understanding what mood disorders are, where they come from (generally not where people are thinking), and getting rid of useless, exploitive information. Pieces of truth mixed with fiction, that's the birthmother of stigma. Stigma never helped anyone, kind of like that relative that shows up for holiday, they don't bring anything, and they complain that the food is too hot, too cold, or not cooked right. Stigma is the unwelcome visitor that basically just gets in the way."

Goodall further states that stigma becomes the creaky door to the dark tunnel of the underground. In the mental health field, the dark underground becomes the masses who don't get help because they don't want any association with judgment. In Goodall's book, she says, "I take judgment and fear out of the equation, and replace it with usable and understandable information."

"I'm not a fan of misdiagnosis, and mood disorders and Bipolar are often misdiagnosed, which often puts them with less effective medications and treatment options."

Watch for upcoming dates for Dr. Goodall's discussion and upcoming book signings.

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Landscape Design Book Follows Cookbook Format with DIY Garden Recipes

ATLANTA, Ga. -- "Garden Design Recipes: Design Without the Designer" (ISBN: 978-1734260007) by April Harden is a DIY-garden design book that provides easy-to-follow instructions. Set up in a recipe-style format, there are garden design recipes for how to create 75 different gardens in multiple zones across the country.

The book features more than 600 colorful photos, illustrations, designs, detailed instructions and plant information. The first few chapters review the basics of planting and plant care. It also includes professional tips and techniques for homeowners on how they can get the best, most professional results from the designs, reviews annuals versus perennials as well as design do's and don'ts.

"DIYers can now create professional looking garden designs just like the pros," Harden says. "My garden design recipes guide readers from start to finish for perfect results every time."

The step-by-step instructions include information about everything from proper spacing and plant selection to mulch and soil calculation, soil testing, drainage, budget and more.

"I've tried to create a book that's not only educational, but fun to use too," Harden says. "All garden recipes have fun names such as 'Eye Candy,' 'The Bees Knees,' Common Scents' and 'Rock and Roll.'"

For people who don't wish to DIY, the book is a great resource too. It will help them communicate to their landscaper exactly what they're looking for in their ideal garden.

The book is available in Kindle or paperback format and is available through Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble and other national retailers.

About the Author

April Harden is a horticulturalist and landscape designer. For more than 10 years, she's been designing and installing landscapes and gardens in the Atlanta metro area. She owns and runs Harden's Gardens, an independent landscape design firm in metro Atlanta.

She has three children and one grandchild and enjoys writing, gardening, golf, kickboxing and poker. Through her work, she hopes to inspire others to understand and enjoy the overall gardening process so they can reap a new appreciation for not just their personal landscapes, but the world around them.

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Groundbreaking New Book Fills Dire Needs in Unexplained Pediatric Deaths

ROSELAND, N.J. -- The SUDC Foundation recently published a first-of-its kind book, "Unexplained Pediatric Deaths: Investigation, Certification and Family Needs" (ISBN: 978-0998904320) a collaboration between the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which establishes the first ever national consensus guidelines in the U.S. to fill crucial needs to determine why unexplained pediatric deaths happen and how to support families after these tragedies.

Each year in the U.S., over 3,000 infants and children who are otherwise apparently healthy, die suddenly and without explanation. These deaths not only have profound effects on families, but also serious implications for our public health system. Currently, no national standards for investigating these deaths exist, severely handicapping our ability to understand and prevent them in the future.

"The devastating loss of a child is compounded when we cannot explain how that precious life ended," said Elizabeth Bundock, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington, Vermont and one of the editors of the book. "While many of these unexplained deaths expose the limits of our collective medical knowledge, ideally, none should expose shortcomings in our effort to identify the cause of death."

Bundock adds, "The medicolegal investigation of a child death is complex, requiring the meticulous attention of multiple professionals who bring to bear special techniques and resources. Variability in the medicolegal response is inevitable and flexibility is essential. However, the guidance provided in Unexplained Pediatric Deaths can move the U.S. closer to a consistently comprehensive approach."

"Over the last two decades, I have spoken to over 1,000 families who lost seemingly healthy, thriving children suddenly, unexpectedly and most often without answers as to why," said Laura Gould Crandall, Co-founder and President of the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Foundation and one of the authors of the book. "These families deserve better than our current system provides. Without the improvements included in this book, we cannot truly know how many children are dying, we cannot perform the ideal research to understand and prevent them, and we cannot fully support families through their grief. We are so thankful to the authors of this book, especially the lead editors Dr. Elizabeth Bundock and Dr. Tracey Corey, for dedicating their expertise and diligently guiding our collective group of multidisciplinary collaborators to fix a broken system for the betterment of all children."

"This book draws on the experience and insight of dozens of experts from around the country," said Tracey Corey, M.D., Associate Medical Examiner for Florida Districts 5 & 24 and one of the editors of the book. "Each guideline was developed based on extensive research, historical context and sound rationale. Implementing them will advance the way we investigate these deaths, arming us with a system that will help us better determine why these deaths happen and support those we serve."

"This book represents the state-of-the art on our knowledge and assessment of sudden pediatric deaths, representing the cumulative wisdom of leading experts across diverse medical and scientific disciplines," said Orrin Devinsky, M.D., of New York University Langone Health and one of the authors of the book. "The experience of affected parents has greatly strengthened the value and sensitivity of this extraordinary effort."

"Unexplained Pediatric Deaths: Investigation, Certification and Family Needs" establishes the first national consensus guidelines to address the shortfalls in our current death investigation system. It outlines procedural guidance for a comprehensive investigation and autopsy and provides guidance to promote consistent classification of unexplained pediatric deaths, which greatly impacts our ability to understand how often they occur. It also offers recommendations for the care of families after such tragedies. Adoption of these guidelines is critical to achieve a better understanding of these deaths, successful public health prevention strategies and appropriate care of the bereaved.

"Unexplained Pediatric Deaths" began when the SUDC Foundation awarded a grant to NAME to work in collaboration with the AAP to convene an expert panel to identify and discuss these critical issues. The publication is a combined effort of a panel of medical examiners, pediatricians and federal agency representatives who represent the diverse interests of epidemiology, death investigation, autopsy performance, death certification, clinical subspecialties (neurology, cardiology, child abuse, injury prevention, infectious diseases, genetics and metabolic diseases), family needs, prevention and research.

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The SUDC Foundation is the only organization worldwide whose purpose is to promote awareness, advocate for research and support those affected by SUDC. The SUDC Foundation provides all services at no cost to families. SUDC is a category of death in children over the age of 1 year which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation and autopsy.

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‘American Daughter’ Captivates Readers Revealing a Family’s Dark Secrets, Intergenerational Trauma, and a Daughter’s Quest for Redemption

SEATTLE, Wash. -- "AMERICAN DAUGHTER" (ISBN: 978-1632992529) tells an extraordinary story of trauma, healing and transcendence in this powerful memoir by Stephanie Thornton Plymale. As CEO and visionary of the Heritage School of Interior Design - the premier interior design school on the west coast - Stephanie Thornton Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. No one outside her immediate family would ever have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and ongoing sexual abuse.

Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood. American Daughter is at once the deeply moving memoir of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on trauma, resilience, transcendence, and redemption. Stephanie's story is unique but its messages are universal, offering insight into what it means to survive, to rise above, to heal, and to forgive.

"I unveiled secrets that had been hidden for years and these discoveries rocked my world," says Plymale. "I was finally able to integrate my childhood story with the adult person that I am today. This process allowed me to forgive my mom when I never thought I could. I found the bravery to share my story with the hope of helping others who are struggling with trauma and broken relationships; to encourage them to share their story, cease living in secrecy, and to find healing. Everyone has a story to tell and peace to be had."

At age 4, Stephanie Thornton Plymale survived a full throttle, head-on collision in a mail truck stolen by her mother's boyfriend. Again, at age 5, sat in the back of a van going 70 miles per hour, Stephanie survived a drunken rollover crash. She was twice physically unscathed but left mute with trauma, a condition which would come and go for years. She later suffered life-threatening burns due to neglect and became blind in one eye. Homelessness evolved to isolation in the Dependent Unit of the State of California - to placement in several foster homes, one of which was horribly abusive. By age 10, Stephanie's experience was that of criminal neglect, chronic hunger, truancy, homelessness, and ongoing sexual violation. The terror and fear that she experienced as a child she later uncovers are the insidious ripple effects from an appalling crime that occurred in the summer of 1953 in Baltimore, Maryland, and made national news.

Stephanie's mother suffered from severe mental illness; schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder, was in and out of jail and a series of ghastly psych wards throughout her entire life. Meanwhile and despite all odds, Stephanie's lifelong desire for a sense of home led to her passion for interior design and burgeoning career in the industry. However, time seemed to stop when Stephanie received a call from her mother after a period of estrangement that was enforced by a court order. Her mother revealed her terminal illness and Stephanie became her mother's sole guardian.

Timing became critical for Stephanie to address her longing to seek the truth about her devastating childhood and lost heritage. She began a series of "interviews" with her mother in an attempt to find answers and to get her mother to take personal responsibility for the past. In one of these interviews, her mother reveals that she herself was the victim of that horrific crime in 1953 that plagued her as a child and for the rest of her life. This revelation incites the unlikely redemption and reconciliation between mother and daughter. Stephanie's mother also revealed a stunning and illustrious ancestry that she had kept hidden for decades. Stephanie grew up thinking of herself as "white trash" and knew nothing of the aristocratic family heritage from which she came.

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Stephanie Thornton Plymale is the CEO of Heritage School of Interior Design. Stephanie calls Portland, Oregon, home - a word with much meaning as she grew up without one. From living in a car on the beach with her five siblings, to isolation in the Dependent Unit of the State of California, to a horribly abusive foster home, Stephanie never experienced a feeling of family as a child. Married at 19 to her high school sweetheart, her desire for family roots helped her to build a stable marriage and loving home for her three children.

From a young age, Stephanie had an insatiable desire to create a feeling of home. This incited her passion for interior design which led to her successful career working in nearly every facet of the industry, including residential, commercial, retail curation, fabrication and staging. After 18 years of owning her own firm, Stephanie felt ready to pursue her next chapter. It was then that she took over Heritage School of Interior Design. Stephanie's vision was to make education accessible to all who were interested in excelling in the industry. Stephanie has supported hundreds of students in achieving their dream careers. Many alumni have gone on to win prestigious awards and begin wildly successful businesses. Stephanie continues to balance family life with promoting Heritage, the success of its students, staff, continually growing community and philanthropic efforts.

Stephanie's traumatic childhood, family life and career is unique yet she takes heart in knowing that life's lessons are universal and that everyone has a story. Her goal is to inspire others to share their stories, receive support and feel empowered by their ability to survive, forgive, heal, transcend and live the life of their dreams.


Since their start in 1997, Greenleaf has continually evolved to meet the needs of their authors. The core of their business has always been master distribution to major bookstores, airports, and specialty retailers. Over time, Greenleaf recognized their authors' need for top-quality editorial, design, and strategic marketing services, so they built a team of experts to help authors publish and market their books. To date, Greenleaf's projects include multiple New York Times and Wall Street Journal best sellers.

Greenleaf Book Group; Publish Date: February 11, 2020; $18.95; ISBN: 978-1632992529. Also available as an eBook (February 11, 2020) and Audiobook (April 2020). Green Leaf information:

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This Valentine’s, Experience Paris in a ‘Novel’ Way

RALEIGH, N.C. -- With Valentine's Day around the corner, how does a romantic trip to Paris with your lover sound? If the bank account isn't quite up to that dream getaway, offers an armchair escape to the City of Love, where you and your sweetheart become the hero and heroine of your own personalized romance novel.

Lover's Paradise: Paris features three short stories, all set in the City of Lights, so any starring couple can enjoy three distinctly different Parisian experiences:

* New to, author Spontak delivers a sizzling, surreal trip full of daring escapades throughout the city in "Paris Made Me Do It."

* "Destiny in Paris," by fiction writing veteran Marcy Thomas, centers on a plan of passion to ignite the starring couple's desires, letting them fall deeper in love with each other as well as with the city.

* Lori Pepio, grand prize winner in a previous romance-writing contest for, penned "Beyond the City of Lights," which incorporates a masquerade ball and mysterious stranger to explore where love and fantasy meet. founders J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern, who write as Fletcher Newbern, note that part of the fun of their nearly three decades in business has been helping aspiring writers achieve their goal of publication.

This is Spontak's first foray into the romance novel genre. "Working with her has been a dream," said Newbern. "Not only does she write fiction and screenplays, she has her own production company, Spontak Entertainment."

From Raleigh, N.C., originally, Spontak's impressive background includes visiting nearly 30 countries and living in 11 of them, including France. Upon graduating from the University of San Diego, she taught English for two years in South Korea. The opportunity for graduate school at the University of Kent in England lured Spontak away; there she earned an MFA in Creative Writing. She currently teaches English online for DaDaABC for all ages as she continues to travel. Her next adventure is in the Philippines - teaching screenwriting at both Siliman University and Foundation University. Her long-term goal is to become an iconic filmmaker and take a place in history next to Spielberg and Scorsese. And yes, she is a (hopeful) romantic.

The Paris book is one of more than 50 romantic adventure novels personalizable from, in settings like in Rome, Tahiti, England, the Caribbean and even the Wild West. There are also tales that involve vampires, time travel, cruising and more. Ordering is a quick online process: pick a story, answer a questionnaire online, and receive a paperback, hardback or ebook starring any couple.

Among the couple's 26 details supplied in the questionnaire are not only their names, but:
* Hometown,
* Places of work,
* Eye and hair color,
* Best friends' names,
* Favorite perfume and after shave,
* Favorite music and color,
* Affectionate nicknames for one another,
* How long they've been a couple and much more.

These customized capers are offered in both huggy-kissy "mild" or steamy "wild" with the option to add a memorable photo of the couple on the book's cover or to make it the entire cover.

"Over the years," says Fletcher, "our books have been called the 'Ultimate Vanity Valentine,' and we've been called 'Computerized Cupids.' We love that job title."

Details: In the U.S., printed hardback or paperback books usually arrive within a week; ebooks within 24 hours. Call (800) 444-3356 or visit for more information. The company created the genre of personalized romance novels in 1992.

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Arresting Literary Thriller Brings the Paranoid, Go-Go Miami of 1984 to Life

RICHMOND, Va. -- Haywire Books announces the release of its first title this fall, Jon Sealy's "The Edge of America" (ISBN: 978-1950182008). Drugs. Money. The CIA. Miami in the 1980s evokes a high-wire world of money, criminals, espionage, and plenty of glitz, all of which come to life in this arresting South Florida noir.

"I wrote 'The Edge of America' as a result of the 2008 financial crisis," Sealy said. "That fall, fresh out of graduate school, I was adjunct teaching and selling TVs at Circuit City. In the course of a month, my bank failed, the university where I was teaching restructured, and Circuit City filed for bankruptcy. I was out two jobs and a bank and didn't understand any of it."

Sealy's research led him down two paths. His study of the Great Depression yielded his first novel, "The Whiskey Baron" (Hub City Press, 2014), which is about a bootlegger's crumbling whiskey empire in a South Carolina cotton mill town. His study of the 1980s Savings & Loan Crisis gave him "The Edge of America," a South Florida noir in the vein of Graham Greene, Elmore Leonard and Don Winslow.

"The Edge of America" tells the story of Bobby West, the CFO for a Miami holding company and CIA front. After over-leveraging his business in the go-go 1980s financial culture, West turns to a deal-with-the-devil money laundering operation-a deal that quickly goes south when West's daughter makes off with $3 million out of a safe in his house.

With echoes of Iran-Contra and the Orwellian surveillance state, this novel explores greed, power and the limits of the American dream. It was immediately greeted with praise from booksellers and reviewers upon release this fall. The Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) placed it on its quarterly "Okra Picks" list.

"Sealy has created characters so thorough and a plot so vivid and intense that I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction," said Carl Kranz, a bookseller at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Va., adding that "The Edge of America" was "one of the most exciting books I have ever read."

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Jon Sealy is the author of "The Whiskey Baron" (Hub City Press, 2014) and "The Edge of America" (Haywire Books, 2019). Hailed as a "grand new talent" (Bret Lott) and a "significant new voice in Southern fiction" (Ron Rash), Sealy is a native of upstate South Carolina and currently lives in Richmond, Va.

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Haywire Books is a small publishing house based in Richmond, Va. Dedicated to making sense of a chaotic world, the press publishes novels that help us engage with and better understand the rapidly changing world around us-a world gone haywire. To learn more or purchase books, visit

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InstantPublisher Releases Tip Sheet on Reasons to Write and Print Your Own Book Now

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. -- announces the release of a tip sheet covering the reasons why you should write and print your own book now.

There has never been a better time for self-publishing authors to get their books out in the marketplace. Widely available high-speed internet access has made the rise of the independent or "indy" author, as well as the emergence of online passive income businesses, a mainstay of the 21st century economy. Both of these create value through the writing and self-publishing of books.

So, what are some of the other motivations to write and publish your own book today? Consider these:

1. Learn a New Skill

According to a recent report from CollegeBoard, a panel established by the National Commission on Writing, businesses are spending $3.1 billion each year on remedial writing training. Good writing takes practice and what better way to practice writing than writing a book? Developing advanced writing skills through this process can open doors to many career opportunities.

2. There Are More Available Tools Than Ever Before

Anyone with access to an internet capable device can use powerful word processing tools that can create a professional quality manuscript with little time and effort. And tools such as Canva, Jing and (if you are particularly skilled) Photoshop can help create custom book covers that are as good as-or better than-those produced by commercial publishers.

3. Writing Skills Resources Are Readily Available

There are numerous online courses and YouTube videos devoted to teaching writing craft. Online forums connect authors together in communities that offer feedback and help in ways that weren't possible before the rise of the internet.

Also, if you are struggling to bring your stories to life, hire a writing coach or ghostwriter to help organize the thoughts on the page and edit the manuscript for publication and distribution.

4. Selling Books is Easier than Ever
Where great authors of the past got their start from selling books out of the trunks of their cars, the internet allows "indy" authors to sell books globally with a click of the mouse.

5. Make Money

Whether using a book to promote a product-or the book is the product-there is money to be made in books. Earn money from book and product sales, as well as through increased business opportunities that arise from the publication of a book. Books are also great sources of passive income because they do not require a brick-and-mortar store and can be sold 24/7/365.

6. Increases Credibility & Visibility

Writing a book is an excellent way to build credibility for yourself or your company. It establishes thought leadership and is a fantastic means of self-promotion. A book about your business or an emerging trend can actually attract business to your company. Using a high-quality self-published book as a "leave behind" at a business presentation or job interview is almost guaranteed to create buzz about you and your company.

7. Personalized Book Printing is Cost-Effective and Simple

Printing a book has never been easier, or less expensive. With current digital publishing tools and techniques, self-publishing book companies can deliver short-run book printing at a fraction of the cost of printing in previous years.

In short, if you are capable of writing words you are capable of creating a book. And why not take advantage of the tools, knowledge and technology to print your own book today?

About InstantPublisher: is the short run printing and book publishing division of Fundcraft Print Group located in Collierville TN. FCP is a third-generation family owned publishing conglomerate with 7 divisions specializing in all types of print from family history books to long run commercial print jobs. The InstantPublisher division launched in 2004 and since then has helped thousands of authors self-publish and print their own books.

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