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Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here . . .  This is why I love my work.

Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy, check out Laurel Anne Hill; see how she builds her magnificent platform!

Dear Teresa,

Sit down.  This news is amazing.  And YOU are part of it.

I just received an email.  Shanghai Steam (the anthology containing my “Moon-Flame Woman” short story) has been nominated for a 2013 Aurora Award.  The Aurora Awards are sponsored by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.  This honor is BIG, and my story — the story you helped me revise – has placement near the front of the anthology.  So let’s do the happy dance together.

The Aurora does not have an award for a short story collection, so Shanghai Steam was nominated in the category of “Best Related Work — English.”  Each category contains only five nominations.  That’s FIVE out of all the related types of science fiction/fantasy works done by Canadians during the year.

Thank you for helping me create an authentic main character.

Love,

Laurel

Laurel also thanks her mentor Charlotte Cook of KOMENAR Publishing. Heroes Arise, Laurel’s debut parable, was released in October 2007.  ForeWord Magazine selected Heroes Arise for a Book of the Year Award for 2007 (bronze, science fiction).

Laurel Anne Hill

Upcoming Events in 2013:

  • May 24-27; BayCon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA; Guest and panelist.
  • June 8, 9, 10 & 15: San Mateo County Fair at San Mateo Fairgrounds, CA; Guest presenter.
  • August 29 – September 2; World Science Fiction Convention, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX; Attending member.
  • October 8-10; OryCon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Lloyd Center Doubletree Inn, Portland, OR; Guest and panelist.
  • October 31 – November 3; World Fantasy Convention, Brighton, England, Attending member.

Cheers to Laurel Anne Hill, Heroes Arise, author of science fiction and fantasy, writing contest sponsor, contributing author for anthologies!

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

author of:

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (the workbook)

Love Made of Heart (the mother-daughter novel used in college composition classes; book is archived at the San Francisco History Center)

Answer Me Now  (the award-winning short play)

and speeches advocating mental health and end violence against women and children

Click here for a list of Coach Teresa’s event.

http://writingcoachTeresa.com  for more resources. Coach Teresa says: “Wear the dual hats of writer and promoter. Reach out, not stress out.”

If you are looking for the live-blog experience on January 5, 2013 , 10:00am – 1:00pm PST, please go to  http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/please-help-me-welcome-author-wendy-d-walter-to-this-live-blog-appearance/  now.  Thanks!

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here, with exciting news!

 Wendy D. Walter uses her new book Ambril’s Tale, Return of the Dullaith to:

help young adults transform grief into courage

*  inspire readers to step into their unique inherent gifts

* show teens how to overcome obstacles, including battling foul-breath monsters (and bullies in any human form), and find their way home

Ambril's Tale, Return of the Dullaith by Wendy D. Walter

 

Please mark your calendars.  Come by my blog  http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog on January 3rd and 5th, 2013.

On January 3, 2013  I will publish my interview with delightful author Wendy D. Walter!

author Wendy D. Walter

Then, on January 5th, 2013, 10:00am – 1:00pm Pacific Standard Time -  Wendy D. Walter will be here, live on my blog!

What does that mean?  That morning, I will publish a post at http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog with instructions for you to submit comments.  Your submitting comments is how you would “show up” to greet my guest-author and ask her questions.  I will be at my computer, publishing your comments (making your comments “live”) . . .  so that you, Wendy, and everyone who submit comments (“showing up” during those hours) will see what everyone else is saying.  Wendy will be at her computer, submitting comments too . . . that’s how she would “show up” to say hello to you and answer your questions.

You might be asking:  “Coach Teresa, what if I cannot be at my computer during those hours on January 5th to greet Wendy?”

Answer:  “You can participate anyway . . . by submitting your comments when you do show up after Jan. 5th 1:00pm PST; I will check my blog within 48 hours after the event, publish your comments, and notify Wendy that there were guests who showed up after the live-event . . . then she will respond by submitting her comments . . . I will publish within 48 hours.”

Reward Number 1 for submitting comments:  Schmooze with Wendy D. Walter!

Another reward for submitting comments:  Wendy’s publisher will give away a prize — a copy of one of Wendy’s books (paperback or e-book).  The giveaway ends five days after my blog post goes live.

Another reward for submitting comments:  Over 6,000 readers visit my blog each month. Introduce yourselves and ask Wendy questions, so that my fans will get to meet you too.

Where to Find the book Ambril’s Tale, Return of the Dullaith :

http://www.amazon.com/Ambrils-Tale-Return-Dullaith-ebook/dp/B008EALE3A/

Ambril’s Tale, Return of the Dullaith at Barnes and Noble

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/174750

What is Kirkus Review saying about Ambril’s Tale, Return of the Dullaith ?

Normal teenagers are thrust into a world of magic in this heartfelt, occasionally hair-raising story for the Harry Potter set…The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers craving the next installment. Bound to satisfy young readers hungry for tales of magic, adventure and friendship.  – Kirkus Review

To see complete schedule of Wendy’s blog tour:  http://ambrils-tale.com

I am very happy for Wendy and so excited that she will be here on January 5th!

See you all then!

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

Teresa LeYung-Ryan at LinkedIn

http://www.facebook.com/Teresa.LeYung.Ryan

http://www.youtube.com/teresaleyung

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to thank Margie Yee Webb for telling me about Laurie Hoirup’s orchestrating the authors’ event at Carvalho Family Winery on Dec. 15 & 16, 2012, 1:00-5:00pm, and Amy Gorman for saying “yes” to going too!  Margie, Amy and I will be there Saturday Dec. 15th only.

authors Margie Yee Webb, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Amy Gorman

 

Click here for updated list of authors.

Click here for directions to the winery.

 Carvalho Family Winery

at Old Sugar Mill
35265 Willow Avenue
Clarksburg, CA 95612

December 15 & 16, 2012, 1:00pm to 5:00pm both days
“Gifts of Wine & Words!”

Come out and enjoy a glass of wine (or two) while buying a new book signed by the author! Over 40 authors–representing a multitude of genres. Pair the perfect wine with your new favorite book.  No charge to attend this event.

  1. Laurie Hoirup - I Can Dance: My Life with a Disability
  2.  A. K. Buckroth - My Diabetic Soul
  3. Cindy SampleDying for a Date
  4.  Theodora GravesThrough Phantom Eyes
  5. Amy RogersPetroplague
  6. Jeannie NishikawaDreaming in English: A Memoir
  7. Margie Yee WebbCat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life
  8. Penny Callmeyer, co-author Villa of  Youth
  9. TE WatsonThe Man Who Spoke With Cats
  10. Shelley BuckFloating Point
  11. Teresa LeYung-RyanLove Made of Heart; Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days
  12. Amy GormanAging Artfully: 12 Profiles of Visual and Performing Women Artists 85-105
  13. Liz AllenbyAppearances Deceive
  14. Cheryl StappDisaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women-Gold Rush through Civil War
  15. Murray StappThose Radio Days
  16. Loraine HoldenDon’t Get Thin, Get Healthy
  17. Norma Thorton - Nonie’s  1st Big Bottom Girls’ Rio Linda Cookbook
  18. Marsha RobinsonRescuing Humphrey
  19. Sheri Cockrell - contributor to Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire
  20. Judith HorstmanScientific American brain books
  21. Phil SilverAndi the Bee
  22. Naida West - California Gold Trilogy
  23. Peggy  DulleSaddle Up
  24. Owen Sullivan - The House’s Money
  25. Nan  MahonBlind Buddies
  26. Linda  Lohman – contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul
  27. Robert M PacholikCrab Louie
  28. Mort  RumbergCodename: Snake
  29. Denise Lee Branco - Horse at the Corner Post
  30. Jen Barton - Fiona Thorn and the Carapacem Spell
  31. Marilyn ReynoldsOver 70 and I Don’t Mean MPH
  32. Anara Guard - Late Peaches
  33. Frank LunaRed Storm
  34. Mary Weins - Bootstrap Your Way to a Successful Business
  35. Lonon Smith - Wise Men
  36. Frank LeekShared Parenting; Beyond the Great Divide
  37. Shirley Parenteau - Bears in Beds
  38. Margaret Murray - Dreamers, A Coming of Age Love Story of the 60s
  39. Elaine MackoArmed
  40. Joyce Mikal-FlynnTurning Tragedy Into Triumph, Metahabilitation; A Contemporary Model of Rehabilitation

Meet authors at “Gifts of Wine & Words” Dec. 15 & 16, 2012 near Sacramento, CA

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Teresa LeYung-Ryan at LinkedIn

http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

http://www.facebook.com/Teresa.LeYung.Ryan

http://www.youtube.com/teresaleyung

 

What Is Happening this Weekend November 16, 17, 18, 2012 for Writers and Readers in northern California?

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Friday, November 16, 2012, 7:00pm
Author / Writing Teacher Lynn Cook Henriksen will be at Books Inc.  1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA

  Lynn Henriksen-Author-TellTale-Souls

The award-winning guidebook TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit

If you could tell just one  small story that would reveal the essence of your mother’s character and keep her spirit alive, what would it be?

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Saturday, November 17, 2012, 9:30 am–1:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Narrator’s Tale: All About Point of View” Workshop at Redwood Writers

Presented by Ana Manwaring

Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa,
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405  

$25 members, $35 non-members

Register: http://redwoodwriters.org/workshops/november-2012-workshop/

A workshop on the intricacies of Point of View. This will be a hands on workshop so come prepared with pen, paper, and a scene from your original writing (double spaced) that includes plenty of narration.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 10:00am Belmont, CA Library

San Francisco Peninsula Branch of California Writers Club presents:
Tanya Egan Gibson: Author, Editor, Writing Coach

Lynn Stegner     *

Learn the various ways you can get the details of places right (even without a travel budget), how to make your world exciting, and and how to use your world to strengthen both plot and characterization. For more: tanyaegangibson.com  Tanya is the author of How To Buy a Love of Reading.

Members $15, Non-Members $18, Students $10 with ID
http://www.cwc-peninsula.org/events_pay.html

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Saturday, November 17th, 2012 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Sacramento Branch of California Writers Club

Luncheon November 2012: Karl Palachuk, publisher

Topic: Publishing Your Own Book: What’s new, what’s important, what’s essential?

Members $12.00,  Non-Members $14.00

Meetings are held at:

Tokyo Buffet restaurant
7217 Greenback Ln., Citrus Heights, CA 95621

http://www.cwcsacramentowriters.org

 

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Nov. 2 – 18, 2012  Fringe of Marin Festival of New Bay Area One-Act Plays and Solos

http://www.fringeofmarin.com/index.html

http://www.fringeofmarin.com/performanceschedule.html

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan and author Lynn Scott will catch a show in Program 2 to cheer for playwrights Carol Sheldon (On With the Wind) and Ollie Mae Trost Welch (Shaw).  Annette Lust, I cheer for you always!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012, 2:00pm

Berkeley Branch of California Writers Club

Speaker — “Scenes for the Novel and the Screen” with James Dalessandro

at the Oakland Main Library, Bradley C. Walters Community Room, also known as the West Auditorium, Oakland, CA

Monthly Speaker Programs (FREE)

http://cwc-berkeley.org/

1:05 p.m. Doors Open, Marketing Group

1:30-2:00 pm Social Time

2:00  to 4:30 pm Announcements, Program & More Social Time

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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! 

 

print edition ISBN: 978-0983010005

 

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

As coach and author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW,  Teresa says: “Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, make your name synonymous with the issues you write about.”

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Please Do Not Give Up On Yourself and Your Writing.”

No writer is an island; no writer is a self-made woman/man.   Our work is influenced by our role models; our work is influenced by our readers/fans.

Thank you to all my friends, colleagues, mentors, advisors, readers/fans, and all dear hearts.

According to the Chase Calendar of Events, the month of October celebrates these causes/issues. For a full list for October or other months, key in the tags [ Chase Calendar of Events ] in your favorite search engine search box.

My mother-daughter love story (Love Made of Heart), published by Kensington Publishing Corp NY, is alive and well because of the issues in the book. Love Made of Heart turns ten years old this month, embracing the issues I’ve highlighted in red.

October is:

  • Antidepressant Death Awareness Month
  • Depression Education and Awareness Month, Natl
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month, Natl
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Natl
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • Emotional Wellness Month
  • Gay and Lesbian History Month
  • German-American Heritage Month
  • Global Diversity Awareness Month
  • Health Literacy Month
  • Medical Librarians Month, Natl
  • Menopause Month, World
  • Month of Freethought
  • Photographer Appreciation Month
  • Polish-American Heritage Month
  • Positive Attitude Month
  • Reading Group Month, Natl
  • Self-Promotion Month
  • Strategic Planning Month, Intl
  • Work and Family Month, Natl
  • Workplace Politics Awareness Month

 

 

 

 

 

Cheering for writers and readers and everyone who has a story in her/his heart!

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

http://www.facebook.com/Teresa.LeYung.Ryan
http://www.youtube.com/teresaleyung

Coach Teresa’s definition of Writer’s Platform:  “Making your name stand for something—to attract targeted consumers—who are likely to buy what you have to sell.”

print edition ISBN: 978-0983010005

Kindle ebook edition ASIN: B005J9ZEIA

Update: Colleagues Leon Veal, Judith Marshall, Chandra Garsson, Sheryl Fairchild, Susan Pace-Koch, Dave LaRoche, and of course Cindy Sample and Jennifer Walker have sent their good wishes to Margie Yee Webb via my facebook posting of this blog post.

Margie Yee Webb, author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life, enjoys promoting her book in person.

Margie says: “I am so excited since I have seen some authors at Apple Hill before and wanted to do an event there. So when Cindy Sample asked me, I said yes!”

10th Annual Art in the Orchard
September 8 & 9, 2012
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Author Appearance and Book Signing
Rainbow Orchards – #10
2569 Larsen Drive
Camino, CA 95709

Local Authors  Margie Yee Webb (Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life), Cindy Sample (Dying for a Dance and Dying for a Date) and Jennifer Walker (Bubba Goes National and Bubba to the Rescue) will be signing their books and talking to fans.

Click here Margie’s calendar of events for details of this fun event.

Click here for Margie Yee Webb’s website to see how this author builds her writer’s platform and fanbase

 

Click here for El Dorado Arts Council

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Then, on Saturday Sept. 22, 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm Margie Yee Webb, Rita Lakin (Gladdy Gold mystery series) and I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) will co-exhibit our books and have fun with our colleagues and fans at the Sonoma County Book Festival in Santa Rosa, CA.  Click here for my webpage of events.

Sincerely,

writers' platform-building coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: "Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!"

As coach and author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW,  she says: “Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, make your name synonymous with the issues you write about.”

Teresa has built her own platform happily. Her first novel Love Made of Heart  is used in college composition classes; available at public libraries; recommended by the CA School Library Association and the CA Reading Association; and archived at the San Francisco History Center. Love Made of Heart and her short play Answer Me Now carry the themes closest to her heart:  mother-daughter relationship; Chinese-American immigrant experience; helping adult-children (of mentally-ill parents) speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their loved ones.
http://WritingCoachTeresa.com  Click on “Coach Teresa’s Blog”

http://www.facebook.com/Teresa.LeYung.Ryan
http://www.youtube.com/teresaleyung

Publishing Syndicate’s Dahlynn McKowen writes about Kathi Kamen Goldmark’s band at American Library Association

Thank you, author Margie Yee Webb, for directing me to the feature story by Dahlynn McKowen in July 2012 edition of e-newsletter The Wow Principles–from Publishing Syndicate:

“Books and Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll” story about attending the American Library Association Show and Kathi Kamen Goldmark (author; musician; founder of the band Rock Bottom Remainders)… Kathi, we miss you so very much :(

To read the story, please click here.

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa

“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”

Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps her clients identify themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story. As coach and author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, she says: “Make your name synonymous with the issues you write about, whether  you’re writing fiction or nonfiction.”
Teresa has built her own platform happily;  her novel  Love Made of Heart and her short play Answer Me Now carry the themes closest to her heart:   mother-daughter relationship, and, speaking openly about stigmas attached to mental illness.

Please visit her website &  blog  http://writingcoachteresa.com

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CA State Fair line-up of authors for July 22-28, 2012

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CA State Fair line-up of authors for July 29, 2012 last day of fair

Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to cheer for author Margie Yee Webb who does so much for colleagues, aspiring writers, and communities to promote literacy and animal welfare.

What’s Margie’s book? Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life

“The playful maxims with equally delightful photographs in Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings inspire readers to fall in love with life.” – Teresa LeYung- Ryan, author of Love Made of Heart; Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days

 

California State Fair - www.bigfun.org

Are you going to the California State Fair July 12-29, 2012 ? If you are . . .  please stop by A/B Building and look for Margie and her beautiful gift book.

Margie will be at the fair these dates: * July 14 * July 16 * July 23 * July 24 * July 29 *

 

Margie Yee Webb, Author-Photographer of Cat Mulan's Mindful Musings--photo by Coach Teresa

 

I see that Naida West, Sandy Baker, Hazuki Kataoka & D. Battino, James Van Eaton, Denise Lee Branco, Margaret Murray will be exhibiting too!  Cheers to Margie Yee Webb and all the authors! For the full list of California authors at the state fair, with Naida West as Author Manager:  http://www.bridgehousebooks.com/events/statefair2012.htm

For state fair general information and directions to the fairgrounds: http://www.bigfun.org

Cat Mulan's Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life

Where else would you find Margie Yee Webb ?
Author/Photographer of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life
http://www.catmulan.com

Got Cat Stories?
Co-Creator, Not Your Mother’s Book . . . On Cats

http://publishingsyndicate.com

She is:
Past President (2007-2011)
California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch

“Serving The Greater Sacramento Region”
http://www.cwcsacramentowriters.org/
Member
Cat Writers’ Association, http://www.catwriters.org/
Northern California Publishers & Authors, http://www.norcalpa.org/
Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter, http://wnba-sfchapter.org/
Bay Area Independent Publishers Association,http://www.baipa.org/
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On Saturday, September 22, 2012 Margie and I will be exhibiting our books at the Sonoma County Book Festival in Santa Rosa, CA.  Please look for updates at my Event Page in September.
I cheer for writers and readers!

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://writingcoachteresa.com

Coach Teresa says: “I love helping writers build their platforms and published authors fortify theirs with individualized coaching.”

As coach and author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW, she advices: “Make your name synonymous with the issues you write about.”

Teresa has built her own platform happily; her novel Love Made of Heart and her short play Answer Me Now carry the theme closest to her heart: mother-daughter relationship.

Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps clients identify themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story in their manuscripts.

Slavery in My City in United States of America Today? What is Human Trafficking?

 

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Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here.  I just received an email from Marily Mondejar

V-DAY FILIPINA WOMEN’S NETWORK 

“WOMEN OF COLOR UNITED AGAINST VIOLENCE” CAMPAIGN 
PRESENTS A ONE-NIGHT-ONLY BENEFIT PERFORMANCE OF 
“THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
May 25, 2012, 7:30 PM
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco
Tickets are available at City Box Office by calling 415.392.4400 or online at www.cityboxoffice.com.  Tickets are $28 for seniors/students, $38 for general admission and $100 for VIP seating.  10% discount for group tickets of 10 or more.
Patrons are encouraged to sponsor tickets for domestic violence agencies and shelter residents so they can attend the show.  To sponsor, go to www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org/events or call 415.935.4FWN.
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SAVE THE DATE – Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 7 pm Pacific Standard Time

My dear colleague Vicki Weiland forwarded this message from film-maker Jonathan Fung:

You are invited to the premiere of Hark and can pick up a signed DVD copy of the film in the lobby after the screening and human trafficking panel discussion with International Justice Mission, Freedom House and the San Jose Police Dept Human Trafficking Task Force.

Thanks again for your generous donation toward the making of Hark.

SAVE THE DATE – Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 7 pm
HARK Film Premiere
Santa Clara University Recital Hall
free admission & reception following

Hark is about a man who is confronted with a moral dilemma to save his own life or risk the life of another. The characters in Hark are ordinary people making choices to survive. The story draws attention to the harsh reality of human trafficking and shines light where there is darkness.

With love and gratitude,
Jonathan

Jonathan Fung
Producer/Director
Hark
Sleepy Toe Pictures, LLC

F  | facebook.com/groups/Harkthemovie
T  | twitter.com/harkthemovie
W| www.harkthemovie.com

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-9

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http://valerieleeworks.wordpress.com Valerie Lee is the author of The Jade Rubies.

Set in 1915, we are introduced to two sisters, Sulan and May. In a whirlwind fashion, the girls are torn away from their mother after being sold to a child broker and then to a wealthy couple who takes them on a life changing journey to the New World. Once settled into Vancouver with their master and mistress, the sisters fall into a routine of abuse at the hands of rich sadists and drug traffickers.

 

Jennifer Harbourn reviews Valerie Lee‘s book The Jade Rubies:

“It s all too common for a reader to find themselves snuggled cozily in their home, under blankets within the safety of their predictable world. It is in such cases that the juxtaposition of a novel such as Valerie Lee‘s The Jade Rubies truly shakes the reader. As I watched a tale of two innocent Chinese girls unfold, I became self-aware; knowing that I would never have to endure the trauma that these girls lived for 251 pages was both a relieving and guilt laden experience. This isn’t the first time that I’ve experienced this particular set of emotions, as I’m often drawn to stories concerning the multicultural plight of women.
Valerie Lee shows us by way of sights and the imagery of scents that a deep mystery is set to unfold by the end of the book. I found myself deeply invested in the kindly characters and equally critical of the villains. I think she found her voice as a writer and used it well.”

Here’s a book review by Robert A. Garfinkle of The Jade Rubies .

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human trafficking--look beneath the surface--report to authorities

Here’s my webpage with links to:

Look Beneath the Surface -- Human Trafficking is Modern-Day Slavery

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

 

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As a writer and writing coach, I feel it is my responsibility and my job to “look beneath the surface” of all stories. I can choose to be aware of what is going on in life, speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves, and help other writers do the same.

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Editor, Story Consultant, Platform-Building Coach

http://writingcoachteresa.com

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan has helped over 1,000 writers.

“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”

 

 

 

 

 

In The Apartment (script by Billy Wilder and  I.A.L. Diamond ), the 2 protagonists are C.C. Baxter, an insurance clerk (whose apartment is much in demand by four executives for their extramarital activities) and Miss Kubelik, an elevator operator in the insurance company (who is described by Baxter as a “perfectly respectable girl”).

Then there’s Miss Olsen. She is secretary to Jeff Sheldrake who is head of Personnel. Miss Olsen appears in only a few scenes, yet, she personifies multiple archetypes—shape-shifter; herald, but also threshold guardian; antagonist, but also ally. Her character fascinates me. Baxter’s and Kubelik’s heroes’ journeys would not have begun if not for the action of this not-so-minor character.

For more information about the movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053604/

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C.C. Baxter -  portrayed by Jack Lemmon

Miss Kubelik – Shirley MacLaine

Jeff Sheldrake – Fred MacMurray

Dr. Dreyfuss-  Jack Kruschen

Miss Olsen – Edie Adams

 

 

 

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May your major and not-so-minor characters be memorable!

I recommend your studying The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler and The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson.

Happy writing and rewriting!

Editor / Manuscript Consultant / Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

http://writingcoachTeresa.com

Teresa is author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Teresa is author of Love Made of Heart

Coach Teresa edits manuscripts (contemporary novels; thrillers; children’s novels; memoirs) for authors who want to attract agents  & publishers  OR  want to be their own publishers.