Stand Up for Upper Middle Trash: New comedy CD by Comedian John Moses

AUDIO NEWS: (LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Uproar Entertainment is excited to announce the release of John Moses’ second CD ‘Upper Middle Trash,’ recorded in front of a live audience. John Moses has been delightfully offending audiences throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. for more than 10 years.

Comedian John Moses

Uproar Entertainment is excited to announce the release of John Moses’ second CD “Upper Middle Trash,” recorded in front of a live audience. John Moses has been delightfully offending audiences throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. for more than 10 years. John is always a standout at comedy festivals including The Boston Comedy Festival, The Asheville Comedy Festival and the Dark Comedy Festival in Toronto where he roasted Porn Legend Ron Jeremy.

He released his debut album “On The Edge” on Uproar in 2012. It was voted one of Laughspin.com‘s “10 Best Comedy Albums of 2012,” and given their dubious distinction as “The One Album From 2012 You Should Get By A Comedian You Probably Never Heard Of.” It is still in regular rotation on Sirius XM RawDog, The Foxxhole and Canada Laughs. In 2013, John became an immediate favorite on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and was featured in their special “Best of Season One.” In 2015 he made his second appearance on Gotham Comedy Live and received high praise from the show’s host, the iconic Dom Irrera.

In “Upper Middle Trash” John talks about his loving, dysfunctional family; heroic tales of alcoholism; being a married product of divorce; revenge; and debauchery — to name just a few topics. The product of a “nice guy” dad and an alcoholic mother who “when she drinks she can say some of the most hateful things ever uttered,” John says “I take after my mother. I’m a bit of a misogynist. Alcoholism and mental illness run rampant in my family on both sides. I’m part Native, that doesn’t help.”

He continues “I did alright in school up until my third year of college when all I did was drink, smoke weed, pop pills and snort lines. In the last class I attended the chalkboard was waving in and out. I’ve been in a lot of fights, probably around 30.”

As you might imagine, John’s comedy is not for the faint of heart. You either love him or…. He is intelligent; he is controversial; he is off-the-wall funny!

“John Moses’ comedy is definitely on the edge, and the edge is right between evil genius and uncontrollable laughter.” — Monsters and Critics.

About Uproar Entertainment:

Uproar Entertainment is committed to recording and promoting today’s most talented comedians. Under the helm of David Drozen, the man who discovered Richard Pryor in early 1970, signed him to his first recording contract, and produced 12 of his albums for the legendary comedy label Laff Records, Uproar nurtures, supports and develops the best comedic talents of our time.

With an unparalleled ear for comedic talent, Mr. Drozen is responsible for discovering many of today’s comedy greats, producing their very first comedy albums and igniting their comedy careers. Under his leadership Uproar Entertainment is “makin’ comedy happen!”

Uproar Website: http://www.uproarcomedycd.com
Uproar Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UproarComedy/

John Moses Website: http://comedianjohnmoses.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Moses/285988278089821

“Upper Middle Trash” is available on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/upper-middle-trash/id1090961878

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‘The Mighty League, Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug’ released by Geek Club Books – an Autistic Hero Comic Book

BOOK NEWS: (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) Geek Club Books, Inc., an autism nonprofit, today announced the release of their interactive digital comic book, ‘The Mighty League, Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug.’ This is the second in their digital and app autistic hero comic series created to help children understand their autistic peers and end the stigma of autism. The comic is downloadable via the Geek Club Books website.

The Mighty League, Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug

Geek Club Books, Inc., an autism nonprofit, today announced the release of their interactive digital comic book, “The Mighty League, Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug.” This is the second in their digital and app autistic hero comic series created to help children understand their autistic peers and end the stigma of autism. The comic is downloadable via the Geek Club Books website.

The digital comic addresses the fear and anxiety of going to school, making friends and feeling acceptance for being different.

“We turned a story of going to a new school into a space adventure,” said the organization’s spokesperson and President, Jodi Murphy. “On the journey, our autistic star ship captain eventually lowers his shields and engages after learning the welcoming signs of friendship and acceptance.”

The curriculum for “Horrible Hug” helps educators, teachers, students who are not on the autism spectrum and autistic students have a better understanding of the characteristics of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

“It helps to dispel the false assumptions often made by the general education population that ‘different’ means ‘difficult’ or disabled,” said Jayne Clare, “Horrible Hug” curriculum developer and special education consultant.

Both digital comic and curriculum help all children become more aware of their social and emotional health as well as those around them, learn appropriate social skills, and give students a “why they are important” overview.

Access to Geek Club Books’ Autistic Hero Comic can be found at http://geekclubbooks.com/mighty-league-2-ebook/.

About Geek Club Books:

Founded by Jodi Murphy in 2014, Geek Club Books, is a 501c3 autism charity with an autism education and empowerment mission. They produce interactive children’s story apps, enhanced e-books, curriculum, digital media and webisodes to change perceptions and end stigmas surrounding autism. The nonprofit partners with clinical advisors and educational specialists. A team of autistic adults collaborate and contribute their talents to everything the organization produces. Information: http://geekclubbooks.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/GeekClubBooks.

About Jayne Clare Consulting:

Jayne Clare is a a thirty-year veteran teacher in special education, has been a leader in introducing educational technology into the classroom. She is co-founder of Teachers With Apps, an NSBA “20 to Watch” Leader Advancing Education Technology, contributor to George Lucas’ Edutopia, and weekly host of EdAppTalk, an open table Facebook Group. Information: http://www.jayneclareconsulting.com/.

Twitter: @geekclubbooks

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The Elevation Church Kids Release Their Sophomore LP, ‘One In a Million’

MUSIC NEWS: (SAN DIEGO, Calif.) Syntax Creative is pleased to announce a new deal with Elevation Church, which Outreach Magazine named in 2015 the 15th largest church in America. Pastored by Steven Furtick, the multi-site church with 20,000 weekly attendees calls over a dozen locations home, including its base in Matthews, North Carolina. Elevation Church released its second Kids Worship album, ‘One In a Million,’ worldwide on April 29.

Syntax Creative is pleased to announce a new deal with Elevation Church, which Outreach Magazine named in 2015 the 15th largest church in America. Pastored by Steven Furtick, the multi-site church with 20,000 weekly attendees calls over a dozen locations home, including its base in Matthews, North Carolina. Elevation Church released its second Kids Worship album, “One In a Million,” worldwide on April 29, which is available now at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Elevation Church Kids  One in a Million

“I’m really excited about the release of our second Kids album,” Furtick said. “Our teams have done an amazing job putting this project together and I believe ‘One In a Million’ is an album of worship that will have the whole family singing together!”

“We want to leverage digital media as much as we can to share the Gospel,” Elevation Family Pastor Frank Bealer said. “Elevation Church has become known for powerful worship experiences and a kids ministry that ‘Engages Kids & Empowers Family,’ and we will continue to press on to embody those attributes.”

“Elevation Church is organized and innovative,” Syntax CEO Timothy Trudeau said. “It’s rare to see that much vision combined with that much execution. I am looking forward to helping them fulfill their mission.”

Elevation Church’s first Kids album, “Undefeated,” topped iTunes’s top-selling children’s music chart and charted on Billboard. Endorsements of its music have come from NewSpring, Saddleback, NorthPoint and Hillsong Kids.

“I’ve been looking for a way to partner with Syntax Creative,” Bealer said. “I believe that they will help us improve our marketing and distribution.”

“After meeting with the staff in person, I could tell that they were exactly the kind of organization we would want to partner with,” Trudeau said. “I appreciate their work ethic, creativity and desire to create high quality art.”

About Elevation Church:

Elevation Church is a multi-site church based in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was started in Feb. 2006 by eight families under the leadership of Pastor Steven Furtick. Over the past 10 years it has grown to over a dozen locations and 20,000 in weekend attendance, including over 4.000 in the Children’s ministry. To learn more, visit: http://elevationchurch.org/.

About Syntax Creative:

Syntax Creative is one of the top independent digital distributors, design firms and marketing agencies, representing more than 120 record labels. Their impressive list of clientele includes Crossroads Label Group, Central South, Daywind Records, Free Chapel, Frontline Worship, CAJO Records, Crossover Church, Discovery House and Fearless Music, among others. To learn more, visit: http://syntaxcreative.com/.

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Book Publisher Paraphrase LLC Announces Latest Supported Cause: Save The Frogs Day 2016

BOOK NEWS: (LOS ANGELES, Calif.) ‘Little Green’ book publisher, Paraphrase, LLC, pledges support for Save The Frogs Day 2016. Did you know there is a ‘Save The Frogs Day’? You may have read or heard at some point in the last few years about the alarming rate of disappearance of frogs in the world. While you might ask why this is important, frogs are essential to many ecosystems around the world.

California-based “Little Green” book publisher, Paraphrase, LLC, pledges support for Save The Frogs Day 2016. Did you know there is a “Save The Frogs Day”? You may have read or heard at some point in the last few years about the alarming rate of disappearance of frogs in the world. While you might ask why this is important, frogs are essential to many ecosystems around the world. Save The Frogs Day is April 30, 2016.

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Frogs eat mosquitoes; provide us with medical advances; serve as food for birds, fish and monkeys; and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. Plus frogs look and sound cool, and kids love them — so there are lots of reasons to Save The Frogs!

Frogs are an integral part of the food web. They are bioindicators of environmental disturbances. Frogs produce a wide array of skin secretions, many of which have significant potential to improve human health through their use as pharmaceuticals. And so much more!

Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com), the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization, Save The Frogs Day is the biggest day of froggy conservation and education. The organization’s goal for this special day is to encourage the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life.

SAVE THE FROGS! encourages people in countries around the world to organize a Save The Frogs Day event in their own communities, and provides tips for event organizers and educational materials for distribution.

Help Save The Frogs by planning your own event or fundraising efforts, and be creative.

“Isn’t it possible?” is the cornerstone message from one such fundraising effort. All profits from purchases of new print or kindle copies of “LITTLE GREEN” (Paraphrase, LLC 2012) from Amazon.com or via the website http://www.isntitpossible.com/ made on Save The Frogs Day, April 30, 2016, will be donated to SAVE THE FROGS!

“LITTLE GREEN” (ISBN: 978-0981587974) is a picture-book for 0-7 year olds, written by Arnold Rudnick, with illustrations by Marcelo Gorenman, featuring a little green frog on a quest to be special. He hops around from animal to animal asking ‘Isn’t it possible?’ he can be one of them and do the special things they do. While the reader learns animal groups, skills, traits and sounds, Little Green learns almost anything is possible, but he has to start by being himself. “I hope that someday Little Green and ‘Isn’t it possible?’ will be as familiar to children, and empowering, as ‘I Think I Can!’ from THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD,” Rudnick says. “Reading makes things possible. Reading… and frogs.”

“We really appreciate the generous support and inspiring message of ‘LITTLE GREEN,'” says Michael Starkey, Ecologist and Save The Frogs Day Coordinator at SAVE THE FROGS!

“Isn’t it possible,” Little Green would ask, “that we can save the frogs on April 30, 2016?”

SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com) is a worldwide movement dedicated to protecting the world’s rapidly disappearing amphibian species. Visit http://www.savethefrogs.com/day/ for information and history of this ribbiting day, help in organizing you own event and getting it recognized officially in your area, educational materials, and much more. Visit http://www.savethefrogs.com/donations/fundraise.html to learn about other ways you can help.

Paraphrase, LLC, is a boutique publishing company promoting literacy with a mission to create thought-provoking media that educates, entertains and inspires. Their motto is “Read a book, Read a mind.”(R) Visit the website at http://www.paraphrasellc.com/ or the “LITTLE GREEN” website at http://www.isntitpossible.com/.

Arnold Rudnick worked in feature development at Paramount Pictures and Gary Lucchesi Productions and has written for many television shows, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “The New Addams Family.” His first book, “ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense” (www.espete.com) won a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (2009) and Reader’s Favorite Awards (2010) and was a pick in Danny Brassell’s Lazy Readers’ Book Club (September 2012) (www.lazyreaders.com).

Marcelo Gorenman grew up in South America. He taught himself how to draw and was eventually accepted at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City, and later the exclusive 3-D animation program at Sheridan College in Canada. Marcelo has worked in animation and illustration since 2002, in Europe, Canada and the USA.

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In Time for New Lease Accounting Standards, LeaseAccelerator Adds FASB ASC 842 and IFRS 16 Compliance

SOFTWARE NEWS: (GREAT FALLS, Va.) LeaseAccelerator, the leader in Equipment Lease Management software, today announced a new release featuring updated functionality to support the new lease accounting standards introduced by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). With support for FASB ASC 842 and IFRS 16, LeaseAccelerator customers can now confidently comply with the financial reporting requirements of the SEC and other international regulators.

LeaseAccelerator, the leader in Equipment Lease Management software, has announced a new release featuring updated functionality to support the new lease accounting standards introduced by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). With support for FASB ASC 842 and IFRS 16, LeaseAccelerator customers can now confidently comply with the financial reporting requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other international regulators in time for the 2019 implementation deadlines.

LeaseAccelerator

LeaseAccelerator’s accounting capability is designed to handle the unique complexities of equipment leases across a wide variety of categories from material handling and manufacturing equipment to office and IT equipment. The new functionality enables companies to track equipment leases not only at the portfolio and schedule level, but at the asset-level as well. Over 100 data attributes can be tracked for each individual piece of equipment along with all the judgments, calculations, emails and supporting documentation. Activities that might impact the accounting are tracked for each leased asset including upgrades, swaps, partial buyouts, returns, and renewals.

With this comprehensive set of data, the LeaseAccelerator software-as-a-service application can produce all the debits and credits needed for the new lease accounting standards. In a few mouse clicks, users can generate income statements, balance sheet and cash flow statements under the new standards, current standards or both in parallel.

Features of the new release include:
• Lease classification testing to distinguish between finance leases and operating leases.
• Multiple ledgers to support the comparative, historical reporting requirements and local statutory GAAP requirements.
• Journal entries for major lifecycle events throughout the lease including commencement, mid-term, and end-of-term.
• Calculations of monthly expense recognition, payment, principal reduction, short and long term reclassifications.
• Interfaces of all journal entries (debits and credits) to SAP, Oracle and other General Ledger applications.
• Roll Forward, Trial Balance, Future Obligations by Period and Lease Classification Accounting Treatment reports, and As-at reporting.

“Most companies are focused on the 2019 implementation deadline date, but both FASB and IFRS require up to three years of comparative, historical reporting as well. That means many companies need to start capturing the detailed accounting data for their leases starting in 2017, the date of initial adoption,” said Mark Koppersmith, director of product management for LeaseAccelerator.

“With our SaaS application, customers can activate the new accounting capabilities in less than 24 hours and begin to start collecting all the information needed during the transition period — from lease terms and payments to reasonably certain end-of-term options.”

About LeaseAccelerator:

LeaseAccelerator offers the market-leading SaaS solution for Equipment Lease Management (ELM), delivering hard cost savings, compliance, and best practices to large, international lessees. LeaseAccelerator is the only solution that covers the entire enterprise equipment leasing lifecycle, including: Equipment Lease Sourcing, saving 6-8 percent by driving down capital costs; Portfolio and Performance Management, saving 8-12 percent by improving end-of-term return performance; and Lease Accounting, enabling compliance with current and new FASB, IFRS and SOX standards.

Learn more at http://www.leaseaccelerator.com/.

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New Film, ‘The Kamasutra Garden’ is sexy drama about Kama Sutra set in Las Vegas

FILM AND VIDEO NEWS: (RUSKIN, Fla.) Dream Merchants Entertainment LLC announces production of the 140 minute feature film, ‘The Kamasutra Garden,’ which takes viewers on a journey to a brothel in Nevada where the girls earn their money by pleasuring men using the Kamasutra techniques. The feature film is based on the acclaimed novel by Riju R. Sam.

Dream Merchants Entertainment LLC announces production of the 140 minute feature film, “The Kamasutra Garden,” which takes viewers on a journey to a brothel in Nevada where the girls earn their money by pleasuring men using the Kamasutra techniques. The feature film is based on the acclaimed novel “The Kamasutra Garden” by Riju R. Sam.

The Kamasutra Garden

“The film will attract people’s attention and take them into a fantasy world that is every man’s dream,” said Blesson Mannil, the Executive Producer for “The Kamasutra Garden.”

The mythical Kama Sutra is an ancient Hindu text on human sexual behavior and is famous for describing the art of making love. According to historians, the book “Kamasutra” was scripted by the Hindu philosopher, Vatsyayana Mallagna between 400 BCE and 200 CE. The book illustrates sexual positions that satisfies both sexes and has written that the “art of love making” is a dual responsibility. Hinduism teaches that “Kama” or sexual pleasure is one among the four goals of a human’s life. “Sutra” means a manual. Thus combined “Kamasutra” is the manual of love making.

“The Kamasutra Garden” Synopsis:
A successful business man, “Steve Banks,” an exotic madam, “Sheila,” and a scandalous sex guru, “Swami Kamalesh” team up to start an elite brothel called “The Kamasutra Garden” in Nevada. What is so unique about this brothel? It is the only brothel in the world where the girls are trained in “Kamasutra,” the ancient art and science of lovemaking. At Steve’s request, an award winning documentary filmmaker “William” visits “The Kamasutra Garden” to prepare a documentary about the brothel and about the girls who work there.

Before his visit to the “The Kamasutra Garden,” William had never been to a brothel. Tucked away in a remote desert town in Nevada is, “The Kamasutra Garden,” where the girls are young, beautiful and every man’s fantasy. However, William soon discovers the complex lives and secrets of the women who work there.

For location pictures and videos, please visit website: http://www.thekamasutragarden.net/.

About Dream Merchants Entertainment LLC:

Dream Merchants Entertainment ( http://www.oxygenkreative.com/ ) is an independent media company dedicated to the production of high quality, marketable films outside of the bloated Hollywood budget infrastructure. Dream Merchants believes that the Film Business is the “marriage” of Concept, Technology, and Marketing, where innovative concepts and marketing insights are needed to keep up with technology that is changing rapidly.

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Mobile Sports App Innovator, TeamSnap Celebrates 10 Million Customers

SOFTWARE NEWS: (BOULDER, Colo.) TeamSnap, the leading tool for organizing and communicating every aspect of active sports life, today announced that a milestone 10 million coaches, administrators, organizers, parents and players now use its online and mobile apps to streamline group activities.

TeamSnap, the leading tool for organizing and communicating every aspect of active sports life, today announced that a milestone 10 million coaches, administrators, organizers, parents and players now use its online and mobile apps to streamline group activities.

Coaches, administrators, players and parents use TeamSnap to make organizing sports as simple as click, tap and go. The company closed a B-series round of $10 million in 2015, following a period of staggering growth that nearly doubled its customer base over the past 18 months to 10 million users in 196 countries. Since the company was founded in 2009, TeamSnap has been used to schedule 7.2 million games for 800,000 teams across 83 types of sports and groups.

TEAMSNAP  Mobile Sports App

“With our team management market dominance, our rich database of player and parent information and our constant customer engagement, we are rapidly becoming the unifying sports team platform and marketplace for sports-related products and services,” said TeamSnap CEO and Co-Founder Dave DuPont.

The company’s goal of engaging customers before, during and after the game is making TeamSnap the must-have brand they turn to many times a day for every kind of sports team activity. TeamSnap interacts with active users an average of 40 times per month, and its native mobile apps have been a particular hit with almost 2 million downloads. The iOS app has a 4.7 out of 5 customer rating in the App Store and consistently appears in the Top 10 Free Sports Apps category, and the Android app has a 4.1 out of 5 rating, with more than 2,000 five-star ratings.

Here’s what some of TeamSnap’s 10 million customers have to say about the TeamSnap app:
* “Awesome, can’t survive in soccer without it!”
* “Absolutely the best app that I have on my phone! I’ve shared with other coaches who now share my excitement over the ease and value of this tool. Two thumbs up!!!”
* “Can’t get through the weekends without it!!!”
* “This app is great! We have been using it for two years now and don’t think we could function without it.”
* “As a busy mom with kids in multiple sports, this app is a lifesaver!!”
* “This app is an amazing tool for organizing our team and keeping everyone informed easily! I don’t know what I would do without it!”

In addition to its industry-leading product, TeamSnap’s commitment to supporting and fostering the youth sports community has been vital to their customer growth.

“One reason TeamSnap has reached the amazing milestone of 10 million members and leads the team management and communication market is that, like PCA, they are committed to ensuring that all young athletes have a positive, character-building youth sports experience,” said Jason Sacks, Positive Coaching Alliance’s national director of business development. “Their lead sponsorship of PCA’s Double-Goal Coach Awards has accelerated growth of that program and, in turn, recognition of coaches who put life lessons right up there with wins in importance. Their support of our online courses for AAU serves as another example of our friends at TeamSnap working hard and smart to make sure coaches have the resources they need to make a positive impact in the lives of young players.”

About TeamSnap:

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Boulder, Colo., TeamSnap has taken the organization of youth, recreational and competitive sports into the 21st century. Ten million coaches, administrators, players and parents use TeamSnap’s web and smartphone apps to sign up, schedule, communicate and coordinate everything for the team, the club and the season. TeamSnap makes organizing sports as simple as click, tap and go. For more information, please visit https://www.teamsnap.com/.

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New Book, ‘The Reflection of Innocence’ by John Tolliver

BOOK NEWS: (WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y.) ‘The Reflection of Innocence’ (ISBN: 978-0692646526), by John Tolliver, is a story that centers on a Navy misfit with the ability to see inside people’s souls. Gift or curse? The reader will have to decide. Author Tolliver spent six years working on submarines in the Navy. This experience was followed by a 30+ year career in the nuclear chemistry field.

The Reflection of Innocence

“The Reflection of Innocence” (ISBN: 978-0692646526), by John Tolliver, is a story that centers on a Navy misfit with the ability to see inside people’s souls. Gift or curse? The reader will have to decide. “Seeing other people’s memories is not all fun and games,” Tolliver says. “While reliving the memories of a dreamer or a theologian might be a fascinating gift, a peek into the mind of a despot or psychopath can be horrific.”

Told in the first person, the main character, John Calabrace, was never an ordinary child. While he grew up in ordinary circumstances, he possessed this extraordinary ability. A simple brush of the shoulder or light handshake quickly jolts John into a visual frenzy of emotions and memories that are not his own.

In an effort to escape the madness, he joins the Navy. The presence of an old nemesis causes him to seek refuge as a submariner. He quickly adjusts to life on the ocean’s floor and finally begins to feel safe. Just as he settles in, his gift is discovered and he is asked to return to the surface where his gift is used to serve his country.

Set in the 1980s, this pulsing pounding, adventure thriller now takes this hero from undersea to dangerous ground in Egypt, Yugoslavia and El Salvador. The question is, will the spinning moral compass of this brave, but tortured soul get him home alive?

Readers give it positive reviews and descriptions range from “fast-paced and suspenseful” to “interesting and captivating.”

“The Reflection of Innocence” is available at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com and iBooks.

Visit the website: http://www.thereflectionofinnocence.com/.

View the trailer: https://youtu.be/W-NeDXDXKZo.

About the author:

John Tolliver spent six years working on submarines in the Navy. This experience was followed by a 30+ year career in the nuclear chemistry field. Today, he spends his time volunteering as a mediator and arbitrator in the New York courts and works in animal rescue. He is a New York native and lives in the Hudson Valley region of the state. His 20-year hobby of buying and selling gemstones has provided him with the opportunity to travel the globe and meet some of interesting people along the way. “The Reflection of Innocence” is his debut novel.

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New Book ‘Parched’ is a Sci-Fi Thriller with Climate Change as The Central Theme

BOOK NEWS: (JACKSON, Mich.) ‘Parched’ (ISBN: 978-1530519248; Ant Press), a new mainstream fiction novel by award-winning author, Andrew Branham, depicts a dystopian society in a post-apocalyptic world where global warming is the villain.

PARCHED Novel

“Parched” (ISBN: 978-1530519248; Ant Press), a new mainstream fiction novel by award-winning author, Andrew Branham, depicts a dystopian society in a post-apocalyptic world where global warming is the villain. It is set in an inhospitable environment, where the sun has assumed the role of what scientists are calling the “red giant.”

This page-turning thriller follows one family on a harrowing journey from California to Ohio. When their home is abruptly robbed and burned to the ground, they are forced to make the trek in search of safety and water.

Governments have collapsed, cities are burning, lakes are dry and the environment is completely engulfed in extreme heat and practically devoid of water. Death is imminent. Facing ruthless bandits, murderers, and some of the most extreme conditions they have ever encountered, they struggle to survive. At one point, they make their home in an abandoned Ohio salt mine deep under Lake Erie, but challenges continue to face them.

It was while Branham was living in the East Bay of California during the drought that he was first inspired to write this novel. “I began to imagine a world where water was more valuable than gold,” he says. “I visualized what it would be like to live with extreme temperatures and an anarchical society, envisioning how mankind would react to such a scenario and the lengths people would go to survive. Having grown up in a town on Lake Erie, I decided to incorporate the Great Lakes and my hometown of Lorain, Ohio.”

Branham balances beauty with destruction to create a thriller that the reader is not soon to forget. “I hope this novel will bring awareness to people that nature is a powerful force to be embraced and respected,” he says.

Many readers previewed the book and had positive things to say. James Henkle said, “Every so often a new fiction author emerges that shakes up the norm in the literary world. ‘Parched’ does just that and may rival books such as ‘The Road’ by Cormac McCarthy. This is an extremely thrilling story with a great environmental message and prose that can be compared to the best of the best.”

Published by Ant Press, “Parched,” part one of a three-book series, is available in paperback and for the Kindle.

For more information visit: http://www.andrewbranham.com/.

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About the Author:
Andrew Branham is a business executive with a degree in environmental science. He lives in Jackson, Mich. and is married with one daughter. He is an avid writer and has contributed articles and editorials to multiple major newspapers and websites throughout the country. His memoir, “Anything for Amelia,” an Amazon best seller, was published in 2015 and has won numerous awards and honors.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drewanddjadoption.

Twitter: @AuthorAndrewB

Watch a trailer for “Parched” here (YouTube): https://youtu.be/JBdMyrydNOc.

Find the book on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DR16USY.

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Daniele Watts stars in filmmaker Tristan Convert’s ‘SCRATCH’ Horror-Comedy Film

FILM AND VIDEO NEWS: (LOS ANGELES, Calif.) After directing over a dozen short films, French filmmaker Tristan Convert announced he has directed his first feature, ‘SCRATCH,’ an original horror comedy starring Daniele Watts (‘Django Unchained’), for which he has launched an Indiegogo campaign, to reach $10K for finishing funds. Set in Los Angeles’s known-to-be haunted Old Zoo, ‘SCRATCH’ is one of the first, if not the first, found footage films shot entirely on an Apple iPhone 6.

SCRATCH Horror-Comedy Film

After directing over a dozen short films, French filmmaker Tristan Convert announced he has directed his first feature, “SCRATCH,” an original horror comedy starring Daniele Watts (“Django Unchained”), for which he has launched an Indiegogo campaign, to reach $10K for finishing funds. Set in Los Angeles’s known-to-be haunted Old Zoo, “SCRATCH” is one of the first, if not the first, found footage films shot entirely on an Apple iPhone 6.

“SCRATCH” tells the story of two would-be filmmakers who decide to shoot a music video for a local nu metal band on an iPhone at an abandoned zoo. A recipe for disaster. Watts plays Samantha Steel, the “goth rock diva” and lead singer of the band.

“‘SCRATCH’ is meta-theater. It’s also an update on classic found footage films like ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ It’s a ‘found phone’ feature. Cinema verite-style, but not taking itself too seriously,” says Director and Producer Tristan Convert. “The audience will see what the filmmakers’ crew in the movie is shooting from the point-of-view of their iPhones. The handheld, POV-style frame will be intimate, close to the characters, swirling, falling, selfie-ing, complete with texts and IOS updates interrupting the shoot,” he adds.

Convert created “SCRATCH” as a unique take on an American black horror comedy. Throughout the film, one by one, the members of the cast and crew are scratched by an infected person, which causes them to transform into their primal, savage selves succumbing to their basic instincts. “SCRATCH” is a classic contagion story; e.g., the werewolf myth, but the infected persons are not zombies. In fact, the savages are not evil at all. They simply crave sex and food. However, they lack the ability to control their impulses, and therein lies the conflict.

“At its core, ‘SCRATCH’ is about our struggle to contain the beast within,” Convert explains. “SCRATCH” explores key themes like: What differentiates us from animals? And what does it mean to be truly free?

“SCRATCH” is currently in post-production, for which Convert has launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo to raise $10,000 to be used for color correction, sound mixing, and securing music rights.

“SCRATCH”‘s anticipated completion date is fall 2016.

“SCRATCH” is co-written by Tristan Convert and Akilah Green and produced by Tristan Convert, Akilah Green, and Sebastien Bizeul.

About Tristan Convert:

Convert ( http://www.tristanconvert.com/ ) is a French filmmaker. During his studies at The University of Science and Technology in Lille, France, he focused on radical filmmaking. In Paris, he worked on feature films and documentary production. Based on his early projects, Convert received several grants to study cinema at Pictanovo and The European Center for Film Production (CEFPF). His last short film, “Le Chat Noir” (“The Black Cat”), was premiered at the Hollyshorts Film Festival, won Best Short Film at the Black Earth Festival, was a distinguished finalist at the Generation Court Film Festival, and was an official selection at the San Francisco Shorts, New York Chashama Film Festival, Nevada City Film Festival, and Arizona Underground. Subsequently, at Eli Roth’s suggestion, Convert moved to the United States and settled in Los Angeles to prepare “SCRATCH.”

About Akilah Green:

After spending almost a decade practicing as a lawyer-lobbyist on Washington, D.C.’s infamous “K Street,” Akilah moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screen writing. Akilah currently works full-time generating and pitching funny stories, segments, and beats for Chelsea Handler’s upcoming Netflix talk show, “Chelsea.” As well, she consults for “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO and is a weekly columnist for “The Root.” Akilah has a Bachelors from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. In addition to co-writing and producing “SCRATCH,” Akilah has written a number of television pilots for development.

About Sebastien Bizeul:

Sebastien Bizeul has been an actor and co-director in the Frozen Zebras troupe in Delhi, India for several years where he has been involved in plays such as “No Exit” from Jean-Paul Sartre and Art from Yasmina Reza. He directed comedies at the French Embassy School of Delhi where he also taught theater for many years. Before that, he produced short films and computer graphic movies. He also wrote a satirical action novel, “As Soon As,” about an anti-hero discovering a world conspiracy. After traveling the globe, most extensively in Asia and Africa, Bizeul has recently settled in L.A.

Find out more about “SCRATCH” at:

Indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/SCRATCHthemovie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCRATCHfeaturemovie

Twitter: @SCRATCHthemovie – http://twitter.com/SCRATCHthemovie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scratch_the_movie/

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