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Monday, August 30, 2010

Royal Oak chef


George Vutetakis, former chef and proprietor of the Inn Season Café in Royal Oak, Mich. who now lives in San Diego, returns to metro Detroit Sept. 10-19 for appearances, events and to sign copies of his recently published book, Vegetarian Traditions: Favorite Recipes from My Years at the Legendary Inn Season Café.
Vutetakis will be at the following events; all are free and open to the public:


Friday, Sept. 10
7-9 pm
Book Signing & Talk - "Spice Up Your Life with Chef George: Secrets of Using Spices & Masalas"
The Health Oasis
1120 N. Washington, Royal Oak


Saturday, Sept. 11
8 am-1 pm
Book Signing/Meet & Greet
Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak


2-3 pm
Wellness Training Institute 1st Anniversary/
Vegetarian Dish Cookoff Judging & Talk with Dr. Michael Dangovian - "Food as the Key to Inner Healing" 
Complimentary appetizers provided by Inn Season Café
39242 Dequindre, Suite 104, Sterling Heights
Info and to register: 586-795-3600


Sunday, Sept. 12
9 am-1 pm
Book Signing/Meet & Greet
Birmingham Farmers Market
Parking Lot #6 off Woodward, Birmingham


Thursday, Sept. 16
Book Signing & Talk - "Vegan & Vegetarian: How to Make It Work for You"
Wayne County Community College District, Northwest Campus Welcome Center
8200 W. Outer Dr., Detroit
Info and to register:  313-496-2704


Saturday, Sept. 18
11 am-2 pm
Book Signing/Meet & Greet
Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak


5-7 pm
Book Signing
Inn Season Café
500 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak


Sunday, Sept. 19
9 am-1 pm
Birmingham Farmers Market
Parking Lot #6 off Woodward, Birmingham


Vegetarian Traditions reveals recipes for many of the dishes that established the Inn Season Café as a favorite Midwest destination for natural, vegetarian and vegan dining. During the 20 years that Vutetakis was chef/proprietor (until 2002), he introduced metro Detroiters to creative, fresh and healthy dishes inspired by his travels to Greece and India. 


More than 150 vegan entrees, soups, salads and desserts in an easy-to-follow format are accompanied by color photos. The 200-page hardcover retails for $29.99 and is available on, at select bookstores and at the Inn Season Café, located at 500 E. Fourth St. in Royal Oak. Signed copies can be purchased on the author's website,, where he shares recipes, videos and stories. 



Friday, August 27, 2010

Parenting Difficult Adopted Children

From Fear to Love
Parenting Difficult Adopted Children
By B. Bryan Post



Bryan Post announces his newest parenting book, From Fear to Love. This book provides a radical new understanding and highly effective techniques for dealing with behavioral challenges in children. It is intended for parents, foster parents, caregivers and professionals of at-risk, ADD/ADHD, RAD, ODD, adopted/foster children and children with behavioral and emotional challenges.


Mr. Post speaks to parents about the challenges they face when dealing with behaviors
that are often present for adopted children. He helps parents understand the impact of
early life trauma and the impact of interruptions in the attachment process. In his
compassion for parents and children he offers hope and solutions for the challenges
families face.


Many parents of adopted children express their fear not only for their child's present
behaviors, but for what will become of them in the future. Bryan's straightforward, clear-
cut approach has created peace and healing for hundreds of families; families who once
operated in fear, are now experiencing love.



About the book:
From Fear to Love by B. Bryan Post
ISBN: 978-0984080120
Publisher: Post Publishing
Date of publish: March 30, 2010
Pages: 116
S.R.P.: $14.95
About the author:
B. Bryan Post is one of America's foremost child behavior experts. Founder and CEO of
the Post Institute for Family-Centered Therapy based in Virginia Beach, VA. The Post
Institute specializes in working with adults, children and families who struggle with
issues related to early life trauma and the impact of trauma on the development of the
mind body system. A renowned clinician, lecturer, and author of several books, video,
and audio programs, Bryan has traveled throughout the world providing expert treatment
and consultation to a variety of groups. An internationally recognized specialist in the
treatment of emotional and behavioral, he specializes in a holistic family-based treatment
approach that addresses the underlying interactive dynamics of the entire family, a
neurophysiologic process he refers to as, "The secret life of the family."


He holds three degrees in the field of social work: a Bachelors of Social Work degree
from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma; a Masters of Social Work degree from
the University of Texas at Arlington; and a Doctoral degree in Social Work from
Columbus University School of Public Administration.


Bryan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Virginia and Oklahoma and is
registered to practice within various other states. He lives with his wife Kristi and their 3
daughters in Virginia Beach, VA.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Commerce Twp. author Robert Brown

PublishAmerica is proud to present Hugger – Mugger: A Carlton Winship
Novel by Robert M. Brown of Commerce Township.
Carlton Winship is uncomfortably retired. His former employer went
Chapter 7 and Carlton's pension had been cut drastically. Also, his
retirement portfolio has suffered from the three-year bear market and
his inexpert management of the account. He needs cash.
Lucia Santina works a home-based illegal drug business and is in
trouble with her supplier, MadDog Feldstein. To cover needed money,
she cashes out all her accounts and pulls a stamp collection out of
the safe deposit box. Carlton serendipitously gets between Lucia and
MadDog's collection guys and intercepts the payoff. Money from heaven?
MadDog wants his money, he discovers that it's Carlton who has it and
makes an offer to protect his wife and make money by becoming a
button man.
Who kills who and how Carlton survives to protect his lovely Anna,
takes the reader into a strange world of drugs, dwarfs and the French
Robert M. Brown is in his third career, first as an automotive
engineer and executive, second, an entrepreneur and business owner,
and now a writer. He has written novels, biographies, wedding stories
and some freelance work. He has demonstrated a real talent for
telling stories that engage and entertain.
PublishAmerica is the home of 40,000 talented authors.
PublishAmerica is a traditional publishing company whose primary goal
is to encourage and promote the works of new, previously undiscovered
writers. Like more mainstream publishers, PublishAmerica pays its
authors advances and royalties and makes its books available through
all bookstores. PublishAmerica offers a distinctly personal,
supportive alternative to vanity presses and less accessible publishers.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Royal Oak author

Royal Oak author Marianne Evans contracted for a four-book Christian/Inspirational romance series

Royal Oak, MI – August 9, 2010  – Author Marianne Evans has been contracted to create a four-book Christian/inspirational romance series for White Rose Publishing called The Woodland Series.

The Woodland Series chronicles the lives and loves of parish members at Woodland Church, furthering the development of characters first introduced in her White Rose Publishing debut, and contest winning novel, Hearts Crossing. The second book in the series, Hearts Surrender, releases on September 3rd in both print and electronic formats via and

Hearts Communion and Hearts Key are the titles of books three and four of the series with release dates yet to be determined.

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About Marianne Evans:

Marianne Evans is a multi-published author of contemporary romance novels. Her professional career began when Kensington Publishing purchased her book, Friends & Lovers. Her second novel, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third release from Kensington, Hannah's Heart, won critical acclaim from reviewers in the local media. Her fourth book is her inspirational romance debut at White Rose Publishing – a contest winning novel entitled Hearts Crossing. Hearts Crossing has led to the creation of a four-book Christian romance series: The Woodland Series.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, she calls Royal Oak home. Marianne is an active member of Romance Writers of America. She's a long-time member of Greater Detroit RWA where she served the chapter in a number of capacities, but most notably for two terms as Chapter President. She also belongs to the Faith Hope and Love chapter of RWA, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

For more information, visit her website at: 


Friday, August 13, 2010

"How to Succeed No Matter What!"

The Undaunted Life: How to Succeed No Matter What by motivational speaker and business coach Robert C. David seeks to help readers overcome fear and seize control of their lives.

According to David, many people are feeling fearful and out of control with what they see
happening in the world today. Instead of making bold choices to achieve their dreams, he feels they react to negative circumstances and fall victim to unsatisfying jobs and uncertain futures.

David urges readers to confront and reject the excuses that are holding them back and take control by implementing his strategies for success. He offers instruction on mastering emotions in any economy, building and leveraging personal networks, eliminating financial self-sabotage and much more.

"Don't let the outside world determine your destiny," David says. "I suggest taking control now
with success strategies which aid in becoming richer, smarter, healthier and happier in spite of it all. Here is a fresh bold guide for your ultimate quest: to bravely and freely live your best life on your own terms starting right now."

Intended to entertain and inspire, the book is informed by David's background as a financial
services executive and acclaimed entertainer. In the midst of his success, David explains how he
experienced a midlife reassessment and came to better understand the key to personal and
professional satisfaction.

About the book: The Undaunted Life: How to Succeed No Matter What by Robert C. David
ISBN: 978-0982564608
Publisher: Bob David Live, Inc.
Date of publish: June 8, 2010
Pages: 240
S.R.P.: $19.95

About the author
Robert C. David is a writer, consultant and founder of Bob David Live, Inc. A graduate of Furman
University, David was a member of three Southern Conference champion football teams during his
college years. Following graduation he served as a financial adviser and branch manager for a major
financial services company. David later launched his own company dedicated to business coaching,
motivational speaking and entertainment events. He is also a longtime Bill Clinton impersonator
who has performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Maury Povich Show, America's
Funniest People and more. He resides in Richmond, Va. with his wife and two children.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Strike One

Andrea Prostko’s new novel Strike One! is all about the game of life: What does it truly mean to be a hero? Is a hero the player who wins the game, or the person who stands up for what he believes is right?

Fifth grader Billy Carmichael is a very popular star baseball player. He is looking forward to his last few weeks at school, and the biggest baseball game of the year. But first, Billy must decide what to do about his best friend, Jacob, who is a bully. Jacob has been terrorizing Timmy, the new kid at school.

While Billy talks to his father and decides what he should do about the situation, circumstances lead the bully needing to turn to his victim for help. Strike One! is all about playing fairly in the game of life.

About the Author: Andrea Prostko hopes to encourage young boys to read. She lives with her family in suburban Detroit and is working on her next book.

STRIKE ONE! (ISBN: 978-1-60911-546-3) will be available on Aug. 6, 2010 for $13.95 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:

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