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Conroe, TX  — How much of your state history can you recall? Were those the lessons you tuned out in elementary school? Maybe if history weren’t so boring, you think to yourself.

With Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas is the “Lone Star State”!, author Amber Manning aims to change things up for today’s grade-school children. Her engaging book uses rhymes, storytelling and fun facts to keep youngsters both engrossed and entertained.

As a native Texan and mother of three, Manning set out to write a children’s book that would help students from kindergarten through grade 5 retain a sense of Texas history, something parents themselves may be hard pressed to do. She’s done just that in a two-part book that first makes use of a rhyming narrative and witty story to engage readers with historical facts and the introduction of state symbols. Then, in part two of the book, she mixes 28 fun facts about the Lone Star State with more of the Texas story and also includes the Texas Pledge and the state song.

Throughout, the book’s illustrations are spot-on in portraying the history the author seeks to convey. “It’s an upbeat, rhythmic Texas history lesson,” says Manning. “It adds some extra excitement for children who bore easily.” A Texas A&M associate stated that she believed “the book would be a useful addition to both English and history curricula.”
Manning, whose full-time job is executive assistant to the CEO of her employer, writes children’s books in her spare time.
For more information about the author, please visit the website:
Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas is the “Lone Star State”!
Bluebonnet Kids
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target, Book People and Texas Authors



How One Man's Lifelong Dream And Perseverance Got Him On Letterman

New York, NY, November 16, 2011 - "Knowing what you're dying to do tells you what you are living for." - Steve Mazan

Background for dying to do Letterman: turning someday into today (HCI Books-- $14.95). A very special book which grew out of his award-winning documentary film by the same name, here is everything you need to know about Steve, the book, and the film:

Steve Mazan was a funny kid with a big dream. From the time he was 12 years old, he wanted to become a comedian for one reason, and one reason only: to perform stand-up comedy on David Letterman's show. Like all eager comics, he hustled for work in small clubs across the country, taking any gig he could earn. The pay was crummy, the progress miniscule, and some of the jobs ridiculous (like performing comedy at a minor league baseball game without a working microphone!) But Steve continued hoping that "someday" his dream might come true.



If Laughter Is The Best Remedy Then Watching ‘Crowd Control’ Will Be Like Taking A Vacation!

Manhattan Beach, CA, December 13, 2012 – For fifteen years Cash Levy has entertained sold-out comedy clubs throughout the country and appeared many times on Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, and CBS’s The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, to name a few. He has performed for our troops around the world to rave reviews, and can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio. Regarded as one of the top improvisers in the industry, when everyone in Hollywood told Cash that improvisation was not something TV would ever broadcast – he set out to prove them wrong. 

Cash’s success story earned him a one-hour comedy special called ‘Crowd Control’ that airs December 20th on at 11:00 pm Eastern. In deciding to shoot his own special, Cash not only took an enormous financial risk by using his own money, but a huge career risk in delivering his stand-up, ‘off the cuff’ routine to a sold-out theater with seven cameras rolling (no pressure there!). Yet against the odds, Cash Levy lived The American Dream and produced his own TV show! 



Don’t Become A Victim Of Medical Error – Instead Get Informed, Entertained, And Inspired

Marina Del Rey, CA, April 9, 2012 – You’re in the hospital and it’s 3:00 a.m. Do you know where your nurse is? It’s a sad fact that every year more than 100,000 people enter American hospitals for one reason and leave on a funeral gurney for a completely different one!

A native New Yorker, Margot Terrence, R.N., has worked at some of the finest hospitals in the country. For thirty years she has held positions ranging from staff nurse and unit manager to Chief Nursing Officer and Director – and she has seen it all! What she witnessed became the inspiration for her book, To Err Is Common (Prisyon Publishing); a novel that is based on actual incidents taking place in hospitals across the United States every day.



Baggage At A Wedding Doesn’t Always Refer To What’s In The Suitcases

Los Angeles, CA, July 30, 2012 - Perfect for anyone planning a summer wedding, Eat Drink and Be Married (iUniverse) by Rebecca Bloom will resonate with every woman who has ever attended a destination wedding of a friend, only to realize that when best friends come together they bring waaaaay more than ugly bridesmaid dresses in their baggage!

Funny, fast-paced and realistic, Eat, Drink and Be Married puts readers in the middle of college girlfriends who are attending their former roommate’s wedding in Lake Tahoe. While these best friends rehash old times, they discover they are each hiding a piece of themselves from one another.

As the flaws in their own relationships surface, it takes a bottle of booze, a mountain of laughs, a bucket of tears, and three days in the company of those who know and love them the most to force each one to step out of their normally-organized lives to come to terms with their past before walking down the aisle. Hilarious, candid and tender, Bloom’s rich dialogue grabs the reader’s attention from the very first page and holds them to the unforgettable end.

A book that seems destined to become a part of new wedding traditions and memories, Eat, Drink and Be Married should be on hand for anyone planning a wedding. With its diverse, easy-to-relate-to characters, readers will laugh and cry as they are reminded of the innermost workings of their closest relationships – but they will never be bored!


Crime Is On The Increase: Learn Simple Steps To Keep Homes And Families Safe Over The Holidays

Nashville, TN, December 10, 2012 – Ask any cop and he will tell you that crime never takes a break – especially during the holidays! Crime has already increased around the country due to our down economy, but now experts tell us it’s on the increase in areas where crime was rare in the past. Add the approaching holidays to this scenario and things could get pretty grim for a lot of people.

Alan Young has made security and keeping people safe his life’s work and his expert tips and recommendations have made him a featured guest on top TV and radio shows because he shows how not to become a victim. Since many people leave town for the holidays it’s crucial they understand the importance of securing their home before they go, so that when they return their home and possessions are intact. This especially applies to people in more ‘upscale’ areas who have become a little complacent where crime is concerned because statistics now show these areas are being specifically targeted by criminals. Alan Young’s expert advice can make the difference between a memorable holiday and a devastating one.

“Police response time to a home alarm system is often over 20 minutes and most thieves can be in and out of a home in less than 5. Not only can they get valuables – but worse still, they could hurt a family member,” says Young. “The key is to keep them out in the first place.”


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