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Dayton Book Expo’s Featured Child Author Promotes Girl Power

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2012

Contact: Valerie J. Lewis Coleman

888.802.1802

Dayton Book Expo’s Featured Child Author Promotes Girl Power

Dayton, Ohio – On Saturday, April 28, 2012, authors from across the world will gather for the third annual Dayton Book Expo (www.DaytonBookExpo.com). In addition to book signings, the one-day expo will feature panel discussions for aspiring authors, spoken word, activities for children in the Kidz Zone and featured child author, Kristina Cardoza. The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Great Hall at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Conference Center, 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Kristina Cardoza penned Pinky Bunny’s First Day of Kindergarten when she was five years old. The whimsical story, also illustrated by Kristina, empowers young readers to overcome fears, forgive bullies and recognize colors.

Kristina says, “I wrote this story because I wanted to express how I felt on my first day of kindergarten: no friends, was shy and wanted to stay home because I missed my old friends.” As a military family—her father is an officer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base—the Cardozas have relocated several times. The transitions were less daunting with the aid of a gift from Kristina’s grandmother: a pink, stuffed rabbit. “I have been reading since I was one which is why I enjoy reading and writing.” Kristina is writing her second book, A Tale of Two Wizards, with her younger brother, Sean.

Daniella Cardoza, the mother of these amazing children, says, “Kristina has a heart to help others. To nurture that gift, instill community service and help her develop a strong bond with other girls, I enrolled her in Girl Scouts of America.” As a troop co-leader, Daniella coordinates field trips and teaches the girls computer technology, graphics design and science. “Kristina is an exceptional child. She has a brown belt in martial arts, excels at organized soccer and is mastering middle school coursework which is two years above her age.” Daniella home schools her children through Ohio Virtual Academy. The self-paced curriculum is individualized to meet each child’s academic needs.

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, expo co-founder says, “What better way to promote youth literacy in our community than to feature a literary wonder as special as Kristina?” Coleman, who is a bestselling author and publisher, travels the country conducting publishing workshops. “We are excited to have our first child author and hope to encourage more children to join the Dayton Book Expo.” As part of the day’s activities, Kristina will talk about her writing experience and read her book to the Kidz Zone kids.

Charlotte Brown, bookseller and expo co-founder, says “Marketing is the most difficult aspect of the book business so we incorporated tools to provide authors with exposure long after the expo.” Brown will be reporting sales to the New York Times Bestsellers List. Top sellers in each genre will be awarded a crystal plaque, book medallions and year-long presence at www.DaytonBookExpo.com. The 2011 bestsellers were as follows:

  • Dorinda Nusum, author of The Back Pew Crew (fiction)
  • Crystal V. Rhodes, author of Grandmothers Incorporated (nonfiction)
  • Jemal Gibson, author of My Drugs, My Curse My Savior (biography)
  • Daisy Peterson, author of The Love of a Faith-Filled Child (inspirational)
  • Marcella Barrett, author of And the Tree Cried Out (children’s)
  • Koery Beavers, contributor to A Kingdom Waiting (Passionate Pens Top Student)
  • Donna Cox, author of No Longer Afraid (virtual bookstore)

Expo co-founder and award-winning author, LaTonya Branham, says, “Our sponsors contribute to the success of the event by creating a platform to introduce new authors to Dayton. Again this year, the Dayton Book Expo serves as a great place to learn about local colleges and universities.” Send inquiries for sponsorships to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call LaTonya Branham at 513.265.9412. Our current list of sponsors includes:

  • Sinclair Community College
  • Antioch University Midwest
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Dayton Metro Library
  • Fed Ex Kinko’s
  • My Mobile Mommies
  • Poetry in Motion
  • Visionary People Arise
  • WDAO 1210 AM Shattered Masks with Lyman Montgomery
  • WWSU 106.9 FM Success Radio with Dexter Bailey
  • DATV The Writer’s Nook with Ruth Ann Peck
  • Jo Magazine
  • Sharing with Writers Newsletter
  • Chocolate Pages Network
  • Universal Africana
  • African Film, Writing and Arts Society of Kampala Uganda AFWAS - Uganda
  • Uganda Women Writers Association Eastern Region
  • Renaissance Forum and African Book Festival - Uganda
  • Baby Star Productions
  • Pen of the Writer, LLC
  • 31 Woman, LLC

Authors have confirmed from the Greater Dayton area, throughout Ohio and as far as Uganda, Africa. Authors interested in autographing at the Dayton Book Expo can register online at DaytonBookExpo.com/Registration/.

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Critically-Acclaimed Actor Omar Gooding Brings Hollywood Stardom to Dayton

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Critically-Acclaimed Actor Omar Gooding Brings Hollywood Stardom to Dayton
 
Dayton, Ohio – On Saturday, August 27, 2011, Omar Gooding will honor JO Magazine (www.JoMagazineOnline.com) for its first year in publication. In addition to a red-carpet entrance, this formal affair includes award presentations, live entertainment and dinner. The event will be held from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Event tickets can be purchased at Wendells’ Bootery, 2823 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45405
Joleen K Norman, CEO and publisher of JO Magazine, says, “After years of working as a booking agent and meeting thousands of talented, entertainment people, I wanted to create something to showcase awesome women of color. As our popularity grew, so did the demand to feature men in JO—the place to get down-to-earth soul on paper.” The inaugural publication launched February 2010. Within a year, the magazine has acquired retail distribution across the United States including select Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble stores. “Omar was featured in the September 2010 issue. We are so excited that he will be hosting the event and bringing Hollywood to Dayton.” Live entertainment for the gala features international jazz saxophonist, Pamela Williams.
Charlotte L. Brown (www.charlottelbrown.com), book seller and writer for JO Magazine, says, “My contribution to this unique publication is facilitation of book reviews—featuring national and local authors—and JO’s Bestsellers List. This year’s award recipients include Victoria Rowell, humanitarian, author and actress and Dayton’s own, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman. Both ladies will be honored for their literary contributions.” Based on sales reports from Amazon, Dayton Book Expo (www.DaytonBookExpo.com) and JO Magazine’s online bookstore, top-selling authors will be recognized at subsequent galas.
About Omar Gooding
Growing up in a household with parents who were successful singers and an Academy-Award winning brother could prove daunting for anyone with show-business ambitions. Still, the tall, affable Omar Gooding has managed to carve a niche as a successful actor. From commercials to sitcoms to movies, Gooding’s child-star credentials include Webster, Blossom, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Smart Guy and Nickelodeon’s Wild & Crazy Kids. Although he made his feature acting debut in the Bill Cosby vehicle Ghost Dad in 1990, Gooding’s critical praise derived from his role in Baby Boy. Tapped by director John Singleton—who first recognized the talents of Cuba Gooding, Jr.—Gooding played a pivotal role as the title character's friend in the 2001 film.
About Pamela Williams (www.pamelawilliamsthesaxtress.com)
Pamela "The Saxtress" Williams is undoubtedly one of the most popular smooth-jazz performers. The multi-talented artist who also plays flute and piano, made her solo debut in 1996. The project peaked as a Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Top 10 and remained on the chart for five months earning Williams the title of Best Female Contemporary Jazz Artist. Williams exhibits a stylish blend of Latin, jazz, R&B, hip-hop and house on each of her nine CDs and continues to top charts.
About Valerie J. Lewis Coleman (www.valeriejlcoleman.com)
The best-selling author of Blended Families An Anthology and The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman has helped thousands of stepfamilies and women find relational fulfillment through her books, speaking engagements and workshops.
This expert has published over twenty books including two Passionate Pens (www.passionatepens.com) anthologies which have launched writing careers for scores of local high school students.
About JO Magazine (www.jomagazineonline.com)
JO Magazine is a national print and online magazine recognized for its chic image and artistic vibe. The bi-monthly publication enhances the lives of women while highlighting the music, entertainment and film industries. For sponsorship and subscription information, or to advertise with JO Magazine, visit www.JoMagazineOnline.com.
 
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Dayton Book Expo Features Six Debut Titles

 

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Dayton Book Expo Features Six Debut Titles
 
Dayton, Ohio – On Saturday, April 30 2011, six new titles will debut at the Dayton Book Expo. The celebration will be held at noon in the Great Hall at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Conference Center–Building 12, 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. In addition to the new-release celebration, more than fifty authors will be signing books from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Dayton Book Expo also boasts panel discussions for aspiring authors and activities for children in the Kidz Zone. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
The following authors will introduce their titles to the book lovers of Dayton:
 
It All Started When I Stopped Using Lotion — One Woman’s Journey
From Chaos to Calm
When was the last time YOU were the priority?
During a long-overdue spa visit, Karen shared with the pedicurist that she had developed a callous down the center of her left foot. He examined it and asked a series of questions.
“Do you do a lot of walking or wear high heels?”
“Yes and yes.”
“When you take baths, do you use a pumice stone to smooth your feet?”
“When I take baths? I don’t take baths anymore. I just don’t have the time.”
Wife, mother and entrepreneur, Karen Townsend invites you to join her on the journey from chaos to calm. After juggling a schedule so hectic that she couldn’t even find time to put on lotion, she stumbled upon a solution that will help you make a commitment to TiME: Time for ME!
In this book, you will learn
  • How to set boundaries so that others will respect your TiME
  • Creative strategies for saying “NO!” to requests that drain your time and energy
  • The importance of saying “YES!” to yourself
  • The true meaning of PMS
  • Fifty-two ways to put more balance into your life
Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D., is the CEO of KTownsend Consulting. A popular conference speaker and seminar leader, she is also the founder of About My Sisters—an organization dedicated to the growth and empowerment of women and girls.
 
A Kingdom Waiting: Loss, Triumph and the Young Spirit
Abandon doubt. Commemorate character. Honor self.
“There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to life. The old are in life’s lumber room. But youth is the lord of life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it.”
~ Oscar Wilde
In A Kingdom Waiting: Loss, Triumph and the Young Spirit, you’ll explore life from a high-school student’s perspective including
·         Coping with grief
·         Forgiving betrayal
·         Moving past heart break
·         Transforming depression
·         Overcoming low self-esteem
·         Shedding fear
·         Realizing possibilities and
·         Achieving potential
Trotwood-Madison City Schools are committed to lifelong learning facilitated by an innovative and dedicated staff, community participation and state-of-the-art resources in a stimulating atmosphere.
 
Drugs, My Curse My Savior
“You say one word, I blow his head off!”
With a gun held to six-month-old Jemal Gibson’s head, two gunmen forced his strung-out father to hand over drugs and drug money. In 1969, when heroin, gangs and major crime devastated Black communities—especially the housing projects of Chicago—a newly married couple reached the height of turmoil. Initiated by his drug-dealing, addicted parents and spun by his environment, the event foreshadowed Jemal’s destiny by creating a cyclical web of gangs, drugs, prison and death. When Jemal realized that the same entangling web created from bad choices can be detangled with good choices, he pursued change. Drugs, My Curse, My Savior is his mecca from the projects to the promise.
Jemal Omar Gibson transformed his destiny. He graduated at the top of his class from the United States Army Infantry Course. After an injury halted that career, Jemal turned back to drugs. Not as a user, but as a sales representative at the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. He quickly climbed the ranks—breaking race and age barriers—to run billion-dollar operations as one of the youngest regional sales managers in the company. As Jemal is featured in the company’s annual report, he humbly accepts victory over his world of drugs.
Pleasing Your Partner: A Spiritual Guide to HAPPINESS
By adhering to the principles of Pleasing Your Partner, marital issues including financial hardship, infidelity and lack of communication can be conquered. Every couple—whether newlywed or celebrating the silver anniversary—can benefit from this spiritual guide to H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S.!
Wife and mother, Toneal Jackson travels the nation presenting her book and rendering motivational seminars that empower married couples to persevere.
 
If She Can Beat Me Rockin', She Can Have My Chair!
Lessons about Life, Love and Taking Care of Business for Young Women
Carla’s grandmother was a compassionate, fun-loving, no-nonsense woman with firm beliefs and values. Her wisdom instructed, encouraged and inspired Carla to become the respectable woman she is today.
The lessons Carla learned at her Granny’s kitchen table will make you laugh and cry as you reminisce about the life lessons your mother, grandmother or other special elder taught you. This fun, quick-read is a great gift for young women who need to be taught some old-school lessons.
Carla Ladd was raised in Dayton, Ohio. She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University and a master’s degree in Computer Science. She resides in Colorado with her husband, Marion.
My Side of the Story
How many times have you felt alone or unappreciated?
Have you ever loved someone who didn’t love you back?
My Side of the Story is a collection of poetry that inspires women to look beyond life’s adversities and focus on their strengths. Charron Monaye sprinkles personal experiences on relationship, heartbreak and parenthood to reveal that she shares feelings of hurt, abuse, appreciation and love with readers.
At eleven-years old, Charron made her poetic debut at the United Negro College Fund's Awards Banquet where she performed her award-winning poem, Alone. Since that time, the Philadelphia native has been recognized for her syncopated meter and rhyme and penned lyrics for several independent music labels.
For more information about the authors and their books, visit DaytonBookExpo.com
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Trotwood-Madison High School Students Debut Anthology at Dayton Book Expo

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           April 13, 2011
 
Contact: Valerie J. Lewis Coleman
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Trotwood-Madison High School Students Debut Anthology at Dayton Book Expo
 
Dayton, Ohio – On Saturday, April 30, 2011, forty students from Trotwood-Madison High School will debut the anthology A Kingdom Waiting: Loss, Triumph and the Young Spirit at the second annual Dayton Book Expo (www.DaytonBookExpo.com). The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Great Hall at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Conference Center, 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Along with A Kingdom Waiting, several debut titles will be celebrated with cake, balloons and author presentations at noon. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, Passionate Pens founder and publisher of the Trotwood anthology, says, “FBI statistics rank Dayton twentieth in the nation for crimes. The students in this book are proof that not all of our young people are involved in gangs or dropping out of school.” Coleman—a bestselling author and Trotwood alumnae—is an expert on relationships and self-publishing. “My sons graduated from Trotwood and I believe in the school system. Giving a voice to youth by publishing this book is my way of honoring my alma mater.”
Renika Williams, a senior at Trotwood-Madison and contributor says, “My experience writing for the anthology was like none other! I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I had never written about myself because I was afraid that something I was ashamed of would surface.” Renika will be attending Wright State University to pursue a degree in acting and communications/broadcasting. “When I wrote my story—You and Me—I realized that I had nothing to fear. They were just my flaws; everyone has them. I got teary as I wrote because I had been holding in the loss of ‘myself’ for years. Afterwards I felt relieved, and now I express myself through writing more than ever before.”
Sarah Acton, English Department Chair, Creative Writing teacher and anthology compiler says, “I have been privileged to have students share their thoughts and experiences with me. I have always known them to be intelligent and gifted; however, reading these stories reinforced their talent and articulation.” The book project was sponsored by the school and Principal Terry Logan. The Dayton Book Expo is sponsoring the booth and awarding a crystal plaque to the top-selling student.
Gerald Cox, Director of Human Resources for Trotwood City Schools, says, “The anthology reflects what can happen when talented people collaborate: a local author, a caring teacher and motivated students. The infusion of writing and other creative arts across the public-school curriculum is critical to the development of our young people. As more classroom teachers and other professionals continue to invest in our students, the ripples will reach generations of children.”
About Dayton Book Expo(www.DaytonBookExpo.com)
The Dayton Book Expo was created in 2010 by three local authors: LaTonya Branham, Charlotte Brown and Valerie J Lewis Coleman. The objective is to promote and encourage literacy in the Dayton area by connecting book lovers.
 
Trotwood-Madison City Schools are committed to lifelong learning facilitated by an innovative and dedicated staff, community participation and state-of-the-art resources in a stimulating atmosphere. The district is hopeful that the next levy will pass so that programs such as Creative Writing and Passionate Pens continue.
About A Kingdom Waiting: Loss, Triumph and the Young Spirit
Abandon doubt. Commemorate character. Honor self.
“There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to life. The old are in life’s lumber room. But youth is the lord of life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it.”
~ Oscar Wilde
In A Kingdom Waiting: Loss, Triumph and the Young Spirit, you’ll explore life from a high-school student’s perspective including
·         Coping with grief
·         Forgiving betrayal
·         Moving past heart break
·         Transforming depression
·         Overcoming low self-esteem
·         Shedding fear
·         Realizing possibilities and
·         Achieving potential
Retail: $9.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9825984-5-0
About Passionate Pens (www.PassionatePens.com)
In 2006, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, took her writing and publishing curriculum to prisons and schools. The following year, the first Passionate Pens bookTainted Mirror An Anthology—debuted. The book is a call to action to stop making excuses, walk in purpose and fulfill destiny.
The program objective is to promote literacy by
·         Exposing students to the book-publishing industry
·         Compiling and publishing writings by the students
·         Providing each contributor with a copy of the anthology
·         Establishing credibility as published authors
·         Debuting the anthology at the Dayton Book Expo
·         Offering this program FREE to participating students
·         Generating revenue for the sponsoring institution
 
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Dayton Book Expo 2011 Showcases Local and National Authors

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        March 28, 2011
 
Contact: Valerie J. Lewis Coleman
               888.802.1802
 
Dayton Book Expo 2011 Showcases Local and National Authors
 
Dayton, Ohio – On Saturday, April 30, 2011, authors from across the nation will gather for the second annual Dayton Book Expo (www.DaytonBookExpo.com). In addition to book signings, the one-day expo will feature panel discussions for aspiring authors, activities for children in the Kidz Zone and featured author, Karen M. R. Townsend, Ph.D. The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Great Hall at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Conference Center, 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Townsend's debut title, It All Started When I Stopped Using Lotion: One Woman's Journey From Chaos to Calm, is an inspirational book that provides proven techniques to help busy women balance life's demands. 
Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, expo co-founder says, “Our inaugural event drew fifty authors, almost five hundred book lovers and coverage on CNN.” Coleman, who is a bestselling author and publisher, travels the country conducting self-publishing workshops. “The Dayton Book Expo is an opportunity to promote and encourage literacy in our community. We’re excited to announce that Trotwood-Madison High School students will debut a Passionate Pens (www.PassionatePens.com) anthology, A Kingdom Waiting: Loss, Triumph and the Young Spirit.” The debut title includes almost forty stories from students of Creative Writing classes taught by Mrs. Sarah Acton. The project is sponsored by the school and Principal Terry Logan.
“We wanted to assist authors with marketing which is the most difficult aspect of the book business,” says Charlotte Brown, bookseller and expo co-founder. Charlotte will be reporting sales to the New York Times Bestsellers List. Top sellers in each genre will be awarded a crystal plaque, book medallions and year-long presence at www.DaytonBookExpo.com. The 2010 bestsellers were as follows:
·         Dorinda Nusum, author of Afflicted (fiction)
·         Sonya Visor, author of Who I’ve Become is Not Who I Am (nonfiction)
·         Marcella Barrett, author of And the Tree Cried Out (children’s)
·         Daisy Peterson, author of Mother Faithfulness (inspirational)
·         Rodney Winters, author of Go Into the House (biography)
·         The 2010-2011 top seller of the Dayton Book Expo Virtual Bookstore will be announced during the April 30, 2011 event.
Expo co-founder and award-winning author, LaTonya Branham, says, “We are so appreciative of our sponsors. They contribute to the success of the event by creating a platform to introduce new authors to Dayton. This year, the Dayton Book Expo serves as a great place to learn about local colleges and universities.” Send inquiries for sponsorships to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call LaTonya Branham at 513.265.9412. Our current list of sponsors includes:
·         Sinclair Community College
·         Antioch University Midwest
·         Indiana Wesleyan University
·         Trotwood-Madison Senior High School
·         Dayton Metro Library
·         Dressing Your Book
·         My Mobile Mommies
·         Baby Star Productions
·         Pen of the Writer
·         1st Fruits Ministries
Authors have confirmed from the Greater Dayton area, throughout Ohio, Chicago, Denver, Detroit and Philadelphia. Authors interested in autographing at the Dayton Book Expo can register online at www.DaytonBookExpo.com/Registration.html.
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