A New Year’s Wish from Earl Ofari Hutchins, Political Analyst and Author

In How Obama Won, Earl Ofari Hutchinson gives a no holds barred assessment of the make and break issues that confront Obama in 2010. These are the issues that will determine whether Obama can really deliver on his lofty promise of hope and change.

Middle Passage Press

December 29, 2009

for Immediate Release

Contact: Earl Ofari Hutchinson

323-383-6145

Unhappy Couples, Unhappy Marriage: A Disturbing Prediction for 2010

Marriage ranks as a very low priority among New Year’s Resolutions in the U.S. even though an alarming number of couples describe their marriage as unhappy and are worried more than ever about divorce, or being stuck in an unhappy marriage for the rest of their lives.

The top New Year’s resolutions for 2010 are entirely focused on self-help. This would not ordinarily be a problem, but because marriages involve another person, leading marriage counselors and educators are shocked that more couples remain so singularly focused; and so dangerously unaware that by not committing to resolve their marital problems in 2010, they put their entire family’s happiness at risk.

According to more than a dozen published surveys, 2010’s top ten popular New Year’s Resolutions include:

1. Lose weight

2. Enjoy life more

3. Quit drinking

4. Stop smoking

5. Get organized

6. Learn something new

7. Get out of debt

8. Spend more time with the family

9. Help others

10. Get more fit

“This is pathetic! Divorce remains at pandemic levels, while husbands and wives are fiddling while their marriage burns,” exclaimed Jeff Ullman, CEO of HappierCouples.com, the world’s first relationship coaching and concierge service for couples. “We have two choices: change the conversation from all about me/me/and ME, to us/we and You and Me; or risk being divorced or married for a very long time…. unhappily. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to make marriage a priority in 2010? This is not about spending more time with ‘the family’. It’s about spending time with your spouse; it’s about doing whatever it takes to make your marriage happy, passionate and thriving! Does anyone wonder why January remains the month with the highest number of divorce filings?”

A survey conducted by HappierCouples at the end of 2008 and again in 2009, suggests an even more dire prediction among married couples in 2010. Of the 300 couples surveyed, 68% admit they are stuck in an unhappy marriage, but have made no resolution to fix their marriage in 2010. “Couples are in denial”, said Cindy Ullman, HappierCouples Co-Chief Happiness Partner. “We will see an increase in addictive behaviors as alternatives to unfulfilled relationships. It won’t just be unhappy couples, it will be a generation of unhappy children raised in unhappy marriages.”

The Ullmans recommend 25 resolutions to make 2010 a couples’ happiest relationship ever. Here are five:

Resolution #1: Make a list of everything that makes your spouse happier and do them no matter what.

Resolution #2: Whenever you leave for extended hours apart, give each other a special loving gesture.

Resolution #3: ABC (Always Be Courting). Remember how you felt when you dated. So, put your date on your calendar and stick to it. Whether it’s night or day, do something fun. Alternate whose choice it is.

Resolution #4: Stop doing something that makes your spouse unhappy. (You know what it is, so cut it out!)

Resolution #5: Create and keep practicing your own unique rituals, whether it’s pet names, expressions, insider jokes, or anything that only the two of you hold precious.

Industry experts predict that unless more New Year’s resolutions and the commitments that follow contain the word “we” instead of “me”, 2010 will likely see more divorces and millions more unhappy spouses in unhappy relationships.

About HappierCouples:

HappierCouples.com is the brainchild of Jeff Ullman, the creator of Great Expectations video dating and television’s longest-running dating show, Love Connections. Jeff and Cindy Ullman are Co-Chief Happiness Partners of HappierCouples.com, the world’s first concierge and relationship coaching website that gives couples the information and tools to live happier ever after.

For more information, visit http://www.happiercouples.com


Author Says Terror War Poses Major Challenge to Obama’s Leadership

Middle Passage Press

December 29, 2009
for Immediate Release
Contact:

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

323-383-6145

Author Interview Availability:

323-383-6145

Author Says Terror War Poses Major Challenge to Obama’s Leadership

The failed airline terror attack poses a new and grave challenge to President Obama. The challenge is not just the threat of terror attacks on U.S. persons and property. The challenge is also to his leadership. In his new book How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge, author and political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson assesses the impact and consequences of the terrorism fight on the Obama administration.

Hutchinson notes that voters gave Obama consistently low ratings on his ability to wage the war against terrorism. The overwhelming majority of Americans said that Obama was too young, inexperienced, and too politically liberal to wage a tough, and relentless fight against terrorists abroad. The challenge to Obama, notes Hutchinson, is and will continue to be how to overcome voter negative view of his perceived weakness in the antiterror battle.

Hutchinson predicted that there would be major tests for Obama such as the failed airline attack that would make it imperative for him to take firm action to combat the threats. The American public will keep a close watch on Obama to see if he can act swiftly and resolutely when to thwart violence.

“How Obama reacts to the terror threats and even possible attacks,” says Hutchinson,” Will be a major deal maker or breaker for the voters in how they view Obama’s leadership.”

In How Obama Won, Hutchinson gives a no holds barred assessment of the make and break issues that confront Obama in 2010. These are the issues that will determine whether Obama can really deliver on his lofty promise of hope and change.

Dr Ava Cadell on Extra – Can Tiger Woods Marriage Be Saved

Dr Ava Cadell – celebrity sexpert – has been contacted by a wide range of media outlets looking for input and comments about the Tiger Woods scanda – we’re calling it Golf Gate. Dr Ava is also posting on her blog – many posts about her thoughts, as a sexpert and a certified loveologist – on cheating, relationships, celebrity relationships and much more. You can check it out at www.dravablog.com. Below you can see her comments to Extra about whether Tiger and Elin’s marriage can be saved.

Meet the Promo 101 Promotional Services Staff

We’re making some changes at Promo 101 Promotional Service – you may have noticed the new banner and that is just a small change. I’m putting together details about some new services that we’re offering — these will be posted soon.


Nikki Leigh – Owner Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours
Award Winning & Best Selling Fiction & Non Fiction Author
& Publicist

Nikki Leigh began as an idea in a teenager’s mind. At about 14, she wanted to be an author and she wanted to write under the name Nikki Leigh. It took over 20 years, before Nikki met the world. She is from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

“I want to convey time, place and character details to my readers. I choose my settings carefully and want people to understand what the setting and history contributes to the story.” Her love of the coast, history and lighthouses is apparent in her stories. On a trip to Cape Ann with her brother, Chris, she found the location for the Misty Cove series. The rugged land, hard working people and rich history were too compelling to ignore. Cape Ann and Gloucester, Massachusetts are featured in Stormy View, Widow’s Walk (Book One), Lady Lightkeeper (Book Two) and Stormy View.

“My first mystery, Lilah and the Locket, is set along the Outer Banks of NC and literally at the base of Cape Hatteras. There is extensive local history and color woven into the story. I did that to help convey the time and place to readers. Other local events will be featured in upcoming books in the Outer Banks series.”

Award winning fiction and non fiction author, Nikki Leigh, provides Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing services. Nikki brings over 17 years of promotional experience and over 9 years of online promotional experience to each project. She works with her clients to help them establish and/or build their online presence and helps them learn to identify and reach the correct target market for their promotion. Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours and Promotional Services are always open to finding new ways to help you learn to promote more effectively. In addition to business books and novels, Nikki Leigh is the author of Book Promo 101 and Book Promo 201. For much more information, visit www.nikkileigh.com and www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com.

Book Promo 101 – Basics of Book Promotion and Book Promo 201 – Use Web 2.0 and the Internet to Promote are Nikki’s latest books. She created these to share her promotional background with authors. Promo 101 includes tips and suggestions to help the beginning book promoter or the more experienced promoter to build a solid foundation for their promotional work. There are review questions at the end of each chapter to help the author to learn more. Promo 201 reveals many details about how to use social networks, social bookmarking, book trailers, podcasting, blogs, branding and much more, including hundreds of free internet resources. For details about the promotional services that Nikki offers, visit her promotional services page – www.nikkileigh.com/promo.htm.

Promo 101 http://www.nikkileigh.com/book_promo_101.htm
Promo 201http://www.nikkileigh.com/book_promo_201.htm

Nikki is the Owner of Promo 101 Promotional Services
Social Media Coordinator for Loveology Universitywww.loveologyuniversity.com
Head of Social Media Marketing for Happier Coupleswww.happiercouples.com



Stephanie Ward – Promo 101 Virtual Tours – Tour Coordinator

Stephanie Marshall Ward was born and raised in Greenville, N.C. She has been an avid reader and aspiring writer since she was very small child. After graduating from the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, she did a brief stint as a reporter and staff writer for a small local newspaper. She became convinced she was meant to play a role in helping people change their lives, rather than just observing and reporting on them. Therefore, she returned to school in her hometown and completed a degree in counseling.

While working her way through graduate school as a departmental research assistant, she was discovered to have editing skills. Her professors frequently used her to edit papers they had written for publication in professional journals. Thus, thanks to the “publish or perish” system, Stephanie discovered a love of editing. She also – much to her own surprise – placed second in a national writing contest sponsored by a professional journal.

Stephanie lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband. She has had what she likes to call eclectic professional experience: raising children, developing prevention programs for “at-risk” kids, counseling youth and families, helping library patrons with literary selections, and running a home-based day care business. She is a tour coordinator for Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours and a writing coach with Write at Home, which offers tutorial writing classes to middle- and high-school students. She is also a home schooling mom to three children, an avid reader, a writer, and a book blogger, and she was a featured writer for the Life Without School E-Zine.


Mitzi Rae – Promo 101 Tour Coordinator and Social Media Publicist

Mitzi is the pen name for an author who has ghostwritten hundreds of articles and she is now spreading her wings and dabbling in erotic fiction. She is the owner of Shed Your Inhibitions Press (http://1romanceebooks.com/shed-your-inhibitions/aff_19.html). At this point she is working on a series of short seduction stories, which are being published as ebooks. And she hopes to release the collection in print when they are complete. Mitzi also has an extensive background in promotional work and she uses that for her work and also for Promo 101 clients. In addition, she is studying at Loveology University to become a master sexpert and eventually a love coach. You can’t imagine the story ideas that come from the lesson. For much more information about Mitzi – visit her blog www.shedyourinhibitions.com and she can be found at – www.twitter.com/shedinhibitions and http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?100000067793560.

Donna Sundblad – Promo 101 Virtual Tours – Tour Coordinator
Donna is an editor for a several sites, is a freelance writer and a published author.

Donna Sundblad enjoys life as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She’s the eldest of seven and the great-great granddaughter of a Native American named Little Beetle. Little Beetle’s people were a blend of Chippewa and Mingo and lived in West Virginia. She decided to leave her culture and took on the name Ida M. Biddle. When she married a white fur trader named Marshall Prickett, their joining was not accepted by either culture, but they forged a new life together.

Donna’s love of family, belief in God, interest in her Native American heritage and her love of fantasy and science fiction all influence her writing. Her fertile background shines through her YA fantasy novel Windwalker which opens hundreds of years in the past when the Stygian race welcomes the pale-skinned, diseased-riddled Jonnick to their shores despite prophetic warnings of future harm to the Land and their culture. Neither side is aware of the concealed powers of darkness that disembark with the refugees. Subsequent generations of conflict draw deep lines of division between the two cultures, neither aware that the spirit of the Mage lives within the Jonnick queen.

“What’s fun for me,” Donna says, “is that both of my fantasy novels came about through following the prompts and exercises found in my creative writing book, Pumping Your Muse.”

Her second novel, Beyond the Fifth Gate, due out in September 2008 and features her first female protagonist who races against time to journey though five mystical gates to return to her homeworld to free her people from the bondage of a conquering race of incectoids.

Donna also writes inspirational non-fiction and is published in several anthologies including Life Savors published by Tyndale. Her articles have also appeared in The Writer Magazine, You and Me – America’s Medical Magazine, and more. Her varied freelance career also includes work as a regular contributor and site editor at LoveToKnow, and responsibilities as the Fantasy Topic Editor at Inspired Author. She serves as a Tour Coordinator for Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours and is the Senior Non-Fiction Editor and a Senior Fantasy Editor at ePress-online. A transplanted Midwesterner, she now lives in rural NW Georgia where she enjoys life with her husband, gardening and learning more about the local wildlife.

Laura Bailey shares details about The Temples of Light by Danielle Rama Hoffman

Laura Bailey shares details about The Temples of Light by Danielle Rama Hoffman – http://samaraskincare.blogspot.com/2009/12/egypt-lovers-rejoice-for-temples-of.html

For one more day you can benefit from a very special offer — Temples of Light by Danielle Rama Hoffman, is being offered, along with $3000 in bonus gifts, beginning on December 8th at 12:01 am. We invite you to visit – www.thetemplesoflight.com/promotion and then click on the “order” link, order the book on Amazon and return to the promotional page. Enter your name and email address to reach the bonus page. The bonuses are not available until December 8th.

Join Jean Adrienne for her interview with Danielle Rama Hoffman, author of The Temples of Light by Danielle Rama Hoffman

Join Jean Adrienne for her interview with Danielle Rama Hoffman, author of The Temples of Light by Danielle Rama Hoffman – http://www.modavox.com/voiceamerica/vepisode.aspx?aid=43052

For one more day you can benefit from a very special offer — Temples of Light by Danielle Rama Hoffman, is being offered, along with $3000 in bonus gifts, beginning on December 8th at 12:01 am. We invite you to visit – www.thetemplesoflight.com/promotion and then click on the “order” link, order the book on Amazon and return to the promotional page. Enter your name and email address to reach the bonus page.

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