Monday, February 10, 2014

My Publisher Bettie Youngs with some of her Author's, Showing Off Their Books at "The Three Tomatoes" Launch Party

Aura Imbarus, Bettie Youngs, Debbie Zipp, Sharrie Williams, Melissa McCartyclick on names

Bettie Youngs Book Publishers: 

Worldwide Distribution
Foreign Rights
Subsidiary Rights
Motion Picture Rights
Public Relations

"The Royal family of the cosmetic industry." Guest Blogger Jodi Hanson @chaptersandchats reviews The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind it............ 

Growing up in the 70s, the time of discos and over the top makeup, teenage girls, myself included, wanted their lashes as dark and full as possible. We all had the pink and green tube of Great Lash mascara in our makeup bags. I’m middle-aged now and still have Maybelline mascara in my makeup bag. The only difference is I am a little more judicious in my application. So naturally when Sharrie Williams, grand-niece of Tom Lyle Williams; founder of Maybelline, asked if I was interested in reviewing “The Maybelline Story: And the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind it” I readily accepted the offer.

Sharrie Williams takes her readers into the world of the royal family of the cosmetic industry. Picture the Carrington’s from the hit 1980s television series “Dynasty”, change it from oil moguls to cosmetic moguls and you’ll understand what it was like being a Williams. The book is an intimate retelling of triumphs and losses, love and betrayal as Tom Lyle Williams, a teenage boy from small town USA, follows his dream to take the world and make it his oyster on his
quest to being a millionaire.

Maybelline was started when Tom Lyle discovered his sister Mabel’s beauty secret and wanted to share the product with American women. Little did he know that this would begin the journey into a lifelong love story with his little company that turned into a dynasty and the most widely known cosmetic company in the world.

Through the depression and two world wars Maybelline persevered always managing to keep women feeling beautiful through even the toughest times. Mingling with starlets from Hollywood and iconic movie producers the Tom Lyle Williams lived the life only to be dreamed of by millions of people.

Sharrie Williams was born to tell the story of her family. She does it with grace and humility showing not only the successes but the failures of her heritage. I was captivated from the first paragraph greedily pouring over the pages. I highly recommend “The Maybelline Story: And the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind it” is a must read for enthusiasts of memoirs and biographies.

News Girl Don't Cry by Melissa McCarty  on Amazon

Today the host of ORA TV's Newsbreaker, and now calling Larry King her boss, Melissa McCarty worked her way up through the trenches of live television news. But she was also running away from her past, one of growing up in the roughest of neighborhoods, watching so many she knew including her brother succumb to drugs, gangs, and violence. It was a past that forced her to be tough and streetwise, traits that in her career as a popular television newscaster, would end up working against her. Every tragic story she covered were grim reminders of where she'd been. But the practiced and restrained emotion given to the camera became her protective armor even in her private life where she was unable to let her guard down and turned into a weapon that damaged both her personal and professional relationships. In News Girls Don't Cry, McCarty confronts the memory-demons of her past, exploring how they hardened her and how she turned it all around. An inspiring story of overcoming adversity, welcoming second chances, and becoming authentic.

The Aspiring Actor's Handbook by Molly Cheek and Debbie Zipp on Amazon

Simple and concise, The Aspiring Actor’s Handbook is written for those wishing to consider pursuing an acting career. Veteran actresses Debbie Zipp and Molly Cheek have culled the wit and wisdom of a wide array of successful actors from Dee Wallace to Beth Grant, to bring aspiring actors the kind of mentoring perspective so many in the business wish they’d had when they were just starting out.

Readers will learn from personal stories, lessons on getting a career started, managing finances, handling the various “handlers” they’ll encounter, dealing with disappointment, sex in the workplace, and most of all, maintaining integrity in the great unknown of show business.

This is not a book on acting technique or a guide to getting the right headshot or agent, but one that speaks of real-life experiences and how to navigate them with grace and style. It is a collection of real-world advice on what to expect and encouragement on living fully while navigating the rough road of a show business career.

Out of the Transylvania Night by Aura Imbarus on Amazon

'I'd grown up in the land of Transylvania, homeland to Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, and, worse, the Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu-who turned Romania into a land of gray-clad zombies who never dared to show their individuality,' says the author, 'and where neighbors became informants, and the Securitate made people disappear. Daylight empowered the regime to encircle us like starved wolves, and so night had always been the time to steal a bit of freedom. As if bred into our Transylvanian blood, we were like vampires who came to life after sundown!' Dr. Aura Imbarus vividly details Christmas Day 1989, when she, her parents and hundreds of shoppers drew sudden sniper fire as Romania descended into the violence of a revolution that challenged one of the most draconian regimes in the Soviet bloc. Aura recalls a grisly execution that rocked the world and led to five harrowing days of bloody chaos as she and her family struggled to survive. 

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