Darcy Simonson celebrates debut book launch and inaugural Your LIFE Workshop

Personal growth and mediation guide, certified hypnotist, author and artist Darcy Simonson introduces the concepts that inspired To Love Your Life with special workshop.

Darcy Simonson will mark the launch of her debut book To Love Your Life: Release What Was, Embrace What Is, and Become Wildly Wonderful You with a special event on March 5, 2015, from 6:30-8:30p.m. at the Catalyst Medical Center in Fargo. The book and companion Life-Workbook & Journal are based on workshops Simonson produced in 2013 as part of her personal growth business, Insights With Darcy, LLC.

To Love Your Life helps people sift through the life-stories, limiting beliefs and critical messages that keep them from fully appreciating themselves, other people and life. Simonson says her mission is to help people get real about what holds them back from lasting happiness. “It isn’t usually what they think.” she says. “Finding lasting happiness is an inside job, and has little to do with what is happening outside of us.”

Simonson is a personal growth and mediation guide, certified hypnotist, author and artist. The book and workbook will be available at the book launch and celebration, and can be ordered online at Amazon.com and EllechorMedia.com/shop.

At this event, Simonson will officially kickoff the first Your LIFE Workshop, which will be held April 4-5 in Fargo. The workshop will delve deeply into the teachings in the book and guide participants through the process of learning how to “love your life. Class size is limited so immediate registration is encouraged. Additional details are available on Simonson’s website (www.insightswithdarcy.com).

To Love Your Life: Release What Was, Embrace What Is, and Become Wildly Wonderful You is published by EverFaith Press, a division of Ellechor Media LLC, an award-winning publishing company with three imprints, all of which are currently distributed to the trade by Advocate Distribution Solutions, a Division of Send the Light (STL) and one online bookstore. Ellechor is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association. For more information, visit EllechorMedia.com.

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Kachelle Kelly ‘Boss Men & Women Pray’ devotional series to be re-released through Ellechor Publishing House

Kachelle Kelly, founder of Kachelle Kelly International, Inc., a small business & empowerment coaching firm, author and speaker, will be releasing updated versions of her bestselling comprehensive prayer guides for entrepreneurs, Boss Women Pray and Boss Men Pray, through Ellechor Publishing House, an award-winning small Christian press. The revised editions will include a workbook and four new chapters: Faith through Storm, Finding Love, Healthy Living and Reconnecting the Disconnect.

Both books have been incredibly successful, with sales figures in excess of 500 copies per month. Kelly attributes the popularity of her books to the fact that while many books are written to inspire entrepreneurs, few offer a comprehensive guide to nurturing professional and spiritual success.

In conjunction with the re-release of Boss Women Pray and Boss Men Pray, Kelly is launching Dream. Pray. Hustle., a cross-country series of business seminars. Tour dates and locations for 2015 include April 19 – Atlanta, May 2 – Bay Area, CA, June 6 – Chicago, June 27 – Dallas, July 18 – New Orleans, August 1 – Washington DC and August 15 – New York City. Information about the tour is available online: www.dreamprayhustle.com

This partnership reflects the alignment of Christian values of both Kelly and Rochelle Carter, award-winning author/ publisher and CEO of Ellechor Publishing House, which was founded in 2009 to publish “books with a higher purpose.” Since then the company has published more than 45 award-winning Christian publications.

Kelly is founder of the small business empowerment coaching firm, Kachelle Kelly International, Inc. Kelly coaches career-driven women and men to activate their hustle and their faith by providing them with innovative strategies to achieve authentic success and happiness in their business and life. She is the author of the bestselling Boss Women & Men Pray Devotional Series: 31 Prayers to Increase Your Success & Spirit. Boss Women & Men Pray is an international movement seeking to bridge the gap between succeeding in business while nurturing the spirit. Kelly holds a Bachelor in Biblical Counseling from The College of Biblical Studies and a Certification in Christian Counseling. She resides in Pearland, Texas.

Rochelle Carter is the Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, an award-winning publishing company with three imprints and an online bookstore. She is also an international bestselling author whose titles include 2014 USA Best Book Award Winner The 7-Step Guide To Authorpreneurship, Becoming an Author: Your Quick Start Guide to a Successful Book Launch and Write Success: Inspirational Quotes For The Authorpreneur. Her leadership and professional achievements have received national recognition, including the 2014 Stiletto Woman In Business Award (SWIBA) for Entrepreneur of the Year (Creative Arts and Media) and Woman of Outstanding Leadership by The International Women’s Leadership Association. She lives and works in Portland, Ore.

For more information, visit KachelleKelly.com and EllechorMedia.com.

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Ellechor Media Founder/CEO Two-Time 2014 Stiletto Women In Business Award Finalist

Rochelle Carter, author and founder/CEO of Ellechor Media LLC has received national recognition for her leadership and professional achievements as a finalist in both the Entrepreneur Of The Year (Creative Arts & Media) and Business On The Rise categories of the 2014 Stiletto Women In Business Award (SWIBA) competition. The Stiletto Woman Awards program honors “women solopreneurs, micro business owners and independent professionals” and is sponsored by Stiletto Woman Media.

Finalists, selected from hundreds of nominations, were judged by an advisory board on four primary criteria: creative and innovative execution of ideas and brand communication; professional leadership, ethics and character; the candidate’s positive impact on women and community; and degree of professionalism combined with family and work life ideology.

Carter established Ellechor Media in 2009, which has since expanded to include three Christian imprints, as well as two online communities. The company reflects both the traditional publishing model and trends in digital and self-publishing, succeeding by having established a foundation based on innovation, communication and empowerment of authors.

A new release from Carter, The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship (EverFaith Press, May 17, 2014) reflects her commitment to help others succeed. The book is a comprehensive career guide for aspiring and published authors, providing not only the who and what necessary to succeed in the ever-evolving publishing industry but also the how, when and why.

Carter is an active professional in the publishing industry, as well as her local community. She is a board member of both Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon and Portland’s first Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School. She lives in Portland with her husband and two children.

SWIBA winners will be announced at the Stiletto Thrive conference being held on June 7, 2014, in Columbus. Ohio.

For more information about Ellechor Media LLC, visit www.ellechormedia.com Additional information about Rochelle Carter can be found at www.planwritepublish.com

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‘Journal’ Trilogy Debuts from Author Lisa M. Wolfe

Since giving her live to God more than 30 years ago, Lisa M. Wolfe has faithfully obeyed God’s direction for her life. She instills this same virtue in the female characters in her fictional books. Journal of a Lifetime, her debut novel, is the first in Wolfe’s Journal of Love series. Her other publishing credits include several fitness guides and stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Wolfe’s goal is to inspire readers with hope for their future. When not writing, Wolfe homeschools her two children, trains fitness clients, teaches karate and participates in various activities at church.

What inspired you to write your first book?

The inspiration for this book came after my Nana passed. I found her travel journal in the back of her closet. The trip in the book Journal of a Lifetime is based on a trip my Nana took. It helped me maintain a connection and learn more about the places she traveled.

Tell us about your book – who are the main characters, what is the theme, how does it relate to readers?

The strong female character in the book is a role model for women. Lindsey follows God’s direction and trusts Him with all her decisions. She takes care of herself and does not need to depend on anyone, but God.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

When I wrote this book, I felt that God was working through me. He gave me the words, the inspiration and the characters. I followed His lead and hopefully, communicated what He wanted me to say.

Tell us how you merge your faith and the craft of writing.

God has given me many opportunities to merge my faith with my daily life. I teach fitness classes at my church. I was a part of a Christian strength team as a female role model for young women. Writing is another chance to combine two of my favorite things and reach many people with His words of inspiration.

What is your favorite motivational phrase or Scripture?

My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, which I used in the book. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Being a Christian is about trusting that God has good plans—no matter what. In the middle of the worst day, to trust that He is in control. That I am in a traffic jam for a reason, etc., lets me remain relaxed. I trust Him that I am right where I’m supposed to be.

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Michael J. Scott Offers Readers Another Adventure

Michael J. Scott is the author of several series, including the Jonathan Munro books. Meet this talented author and learn what adventures await his readers.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first novel, The Coppersmith, came from a realization of how much St. Paul had suffered as a believer, and what would happen if he went through that today. Of course, today, no Western government would inflict that kind of torment on a man. It made sense that, if I were to describe martyrdom in a modern, western culture, it would occur at the hands of a madman. The story grew from there.

Tell us about your book – who are the main characters, what is the theme, how does it relate to readers?

The Elixir of Life is the second Jonathan Munro Adventure (the first being The Lost Scrolls). It picks up a little more than a year after we last saw Dr. Munro, and he is once more thrust into the same web of intrigue as he last endured. Only this time, the culprit is his ex-fiancé, Isabel Kaufman, who has teamed up with the former Irish terrorist turned mercenary Sean MacNeil. Together, they are in a quest to recover an artifact Izzy believes will give her significance, and she needs Jon’s expertise to help her find it. Jon, meanwhile, only wants to find his friend and colleague, Dr. Harry Bryce, who has been kidnapped by the very people Izzy is chasing.

The theme that runs through the book addresses the issue of demandingness, and how that impedes our ability to receive God’s kindness as a gift.

Once more, we get to explore faraway places that remain out of sight/out of mind for most Christians—especially here in America—but which were once quite significant in the two thousand year history of the Church. I hope readers will enjoy the adventure and the exposure to the larger culture of Christianity, especially in Western Europe.

What was the hardest/easiest part of writing this book?

As always, the hardest part of writing a book like this is getting the details of faraway places accurate. I do a lot of research, but I always feel a little hamstrung by the distance. When writing about Ankara in The Lost Scrolls, for instance, I could get many details about the city, except how it smelled (Yes, details like that matter!). In this book, we spend a lot of time in the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges, Belgium. I’ve never been to Belgium except online, so it was both fascinating and challenging to describe it to readers. As was getting into ancient Ephesus, for that matter.

The easiest part, for this book, was getting back into the relationship between the characters. Sean, Izzy and Jon had all become quite real to me from the first book, and I enjoyed visiting with them again.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I suppose like any writer, I’d love to make a living from my writing. I’ve turned out almost a dozen novels since independently publishing my first in 2010, and I have a ton more I’d like to write. But more importantly, I like the potential that storytelling has to impact the world. It’s exciting to see one of my books on the shelf at the library (even more to not see it, which means someone is reading it), or to get reviews on Amazon where people are asking (demanding, even!) the next installment of a series. But my greatest joy—a humbling experience, too—came when I had a successful “giveaway” of The Coppersmith, where I saw almost 14,000 copies go out in a single week. I realized in that moment that I had just shared the gospel (which is in the story) with more than 14,000 people. That blew me away.

Tell us how you merge your faith and the craft of writing.

For me, writing is an expression of my worldview, which is Christian. I don’t start with any particular message to give, because I think that kind of writing becomes preachy and cheesy. I start and end with the story. But in crafting a story, I’m always conscious of whether or not the story reflects a Biblical worldview. That being said, I don’t shy away from the typical subjects considered taboo in most Christian fiction. I try not to be graphic in a way that leads people into sin (for example, if I’m writing a love scene, I strictly avoid anatomy), but I do try to be honest about the human condition and experience. The Bible itself is an honest, even explicit book—one that would garner an R rating if it were shown on the silver screen (could we really stand to watch Samson’s victory over the Philistines with a jawbone, or Samuel hewing Agog to pieces before king Saul?).

To me, what makes a book Christian is not the absence of sin per se, but rather the presence of Christ. That’s what I aim for. God with us in the midst of the junk of our messed up lives.

What is your favorite motivational phrase or Scripture?

Philippians 3:9 (NASB)” “…and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.” This is the verse that finally broke through the calcifications of religion in my skull and taught me that grace isn’t about how good or bad I am, but about how good Jesus is for me.

That being said, my life verse is Numbers 22:28 (King James):“And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass.” For some reason, I find that very comforting!

Where do you see publishing going in the future? Do you see new or changing trends for Christian writers and publishers and readers?

The walls of the forbidden city of publishing have come down, shattered by a tsunami called the Amazon Kindle. The gates are still standing, and the gate keepers are still in place for those who want to go through them (and some still do), but now writers can connect directly with their readers, and the market now determines who wins and who loses, instead of the publishers or agents. That means a lot of garbage and just bad writing is winding up on the market—but so is a lot of good writing that has been ignored or rejected by the mainstream press. Overall, I think this is very good. The market will decide based on the quality of the work as determined by the readers rather than by cultured elites. It has gotten both harder and easier to make it as an author. It’s far harder to stand out, but once you gain a following, it’s far easier to make a living doing this, because you have to sell far fewer books.

I suspect this will be the same for Christians. What will prove interesting is to what degree Christians will permit themselves to let go of the gatekeepers (i.e.: established publishers who can give the imprimatur of “doctrinal purity” to a book – though this hasn’t proven to be all that reliable) and take a risk on unknown authors.

What are you working on now? When might we see your next book?

I have several projects in the works, as always. I have an alien abduction story that ties into the whole Nephilim motif called Descent that should be coming out soon, as will my sequel to Spilled Milk and the next installment on my fantasy series, The Dragon’s Eye Cycle. And I just released the fourth Jefferson’s Road book, God and Country, about the differences between Christianity and Islam. Next year I have promised to write the second installment of New World Order called Anarchy to complement the first book Turning. And, of course, I’ll start work on a third Janelle Becker book to follow up The Coppersmith and Topheth.

The third Jonathan Munro Adventure is tentatively entitled The Music of the Spheres, and it sees Jon going to Russia. The Russian monk Rasputin figures into the story in a major way. That novel is about a third done, and I hope to have it finished sometime next year.

Anything else you’d like to share with readers?

I have a newsletter readers can sign up for on my website (www.michaeljscottbooks.com), and I love hearing from fans!

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Meet Debut YA Author Anne LeBold Douglas

Ellechor Publishing House is pleased to introduce new author Anne LeBold Douglas. Breaking the Ice is a Young Adult novel and Anne’s first release. Anne LeBold Douglas is obsessed with playing, watching and talking about hockey, but especially playing. She is equally passionate about young people and chose a career as a freelance writer and author because it allows her to work at summer camp with youth and young adults. Breaking the Ice, her first work of fiction, is a young adult book about—no surprise!—hockey-playing teenage girls.

Douglas is a communications consultant, with an English degree from the University of Guelph. Additionally, she has studied theology at Tyndale Seminary and the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she now lives with her husband and three children in California.

For more information, visit www.annelebolddouglas.com. You can also find Douglas on Twitter at @AnneLDouglas, Instagram at Annebld and Facebook at AnneLeBoldDouglasAuthor.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always been a writer, but I’ve mainly written marketing, journalistic and technical copy. I felt the need to get creative so I started a weekly date with myself and my laptop at my favorite coffee shop. The first thing I wrote was a scene with one of the main characters, Carly, and I became really drawn to who she is. I know it sounds strange, but I wanted to find out how her story turned out so I kept writing it.

Tell us about your book – who are the main characters, what is the theme, how does it relate to readers?

The main characters are Carly and Sam, two seniors in high school. They’re both athletes, but that’s the extent of their similarities. Carly is strong and self-assured and knows what she wants out of life, but she doesn’t know how to love. Sam is warm, fun and loving but she doesn’t know who she is. As their friendship plays out, boys are also in the picture, which makes things even more interesting. The themes are friendship, faith, intimacy and identity, topics than anyone—not just teens—can relate to.

What was the hardest/easiest part of writing this book?

The hardest part was connecting the major events. I wrote many of the major events first then I had to string them together and develop the plot. I’m currently writing the sequel and I’m writing it more in chronological order to avoid the challenges I created for myself in Breaking the Ice. The best moments of writing felt like I was actually reading a good book myself, and I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I would love to write books that people love to read, books that make people laugh and cry, and that help them experience personal transformation and growth. Even more than that, I would love if readers could hear the voice of God speaking through the characters into their lives.

Tell us how you merge your faith and the craft of writing.

I write about themes I’m passionate about and I’m passionate about God, so it just flows. Each character in Breaking the Ice represents a different time in my own faith journey and personal struggles that I’ve had so it was easy for me to express their doubts, questions and desires through dialogue.

What is your favorite motivational phrase or Scripture?

I love Isaiah 35. It’s all about flowers blooming in the desert and God redeeming broken things. He loves to take the hurting, shattered, barren places in our lives and bring joy, healing and life instead. It’s just what He does. There are promises for every wounded life in that chapter.

Where do you see publishing going in the future? Do you see new or changing trends for Christian writers and publishers and readers?

I’ve noticed that the fiction sections in Christian bookstores have become bigger than the non-fiction “Christian Living” sections. I think that’s phenomenal, and I hope that more and more Christian fiction makes its way into the marketplace. Stories impact people so powerfully. My dream is that there would be less of a distinction between mainstream and Christian genres, and that Christian novelists would end up on secular bestseller lists by expressing Kingdom ideas in great stories.

What are you working on now? When might we see your next book?

I’m working on the sequel to Breaking the Ice, tentatively called Breaking Free, and it’s about the characters’ first year of college. That freshman year is often full of relational and personal turmoil and growth. Sam and Carly both have a tumultuous adjustment to college life and they mature a lot in the process. Their journeys are really different but they both have to work through what freedom looks like.

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An Interview with Author Michael Braswell

Michael Braswell is the author of Interview with Joab, which was recently released by Ellechor Publishing House.

He has published more than 20 books, including Morality Stories (with Joy Pollock and Scott Braswell), Justice, Crime and Ethics (with Bernard and Belinda McCarthy) and the novel Long Road Home (with Richard Zevitz). His writing explores issues of peacemaking and justice, as well as the spiritual journey.

A former prison psychologist, Braswell also has four degrees in psychology and counseling from Mercer University, the University of Georgia, West Georgia College and a doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has taught criminal justice ethics and human relations for more than 30 years and is currently Professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University.

Married for more than 40 years, he and his wife, Susan, work together as publishing consultants and are active in their Baptist church.

What inspired you to write your first book?

What inspired me to write Interview with Joab was my interest in a kind of “rest of the story” aspect to a number of traditional Bible stories. For example, I could empathize a bit with the sibling rivalry experienced by Joseph’s brothers and how such a theme plays out in today’s families. And of course, Joab was, in some ways, King David’s chief enabler, as well as his chief military commander. He cleaned up after David on a number of occasions and settled more than a few scores of his own while he was at it. I wondered what David’s reign might look like through Joab’s eyes as he awaited his own end. And then, there was the Adulteress. What would she say to her daughter 10 years later, looking back on the day Jesus spared her life and gave her a second chance.

Tell us about your book – who are the main characters, what is the theme, how does it relate to readers?

The characters are taken from well-known Bible stories—Esau, the prodigal son, Peter, Judas, Pilate’s wife, Paul and others. I have tried to make some of the stories’ themes, such as sibling rivalry, marital difficulties, rebellious youth, personal betrayal and so forth, relevant in a fresh way to today’s Christians.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I have been writing and publishing for the last 40 years on themes such as ethics, human relations, peacemaking and the spiritual journey. I am currently working on two short story collections and a book on the spiritual journey. I enjoy writing what I’m interested in. Sometimes I start out writing something and it ends up writing me.

Tell us how you merge your faith and the craft of writing.

As a university teacher and a writer, I was told on occasion that one couldn’t address faith issues in a secular university. I feel like I found a way to do that without proselytizing by teaching faith values through ethics, compassion, social and restorative justice, and peacemaking. Writing allows me to tell stories and explore ideas that both challenge and encourage readers to look deeper within themselves as they travel through their own spiritual journey.

What is your favorite motivational phrase or Scripture?

Lately, I have found myself repeating, “Create in me a clean heart, Oh God. Renew within me a rig ht spirit,” from Psalms. For the present, I feel like the Holy Spirit is letting me know that is the scripture I need to be particularly mindful of.

Where do you see publishing going in the future? Do you see new or changing trends for Christian writers and publishers and readers?

With the changes in publishing technology, I believe there will be more opportunities for writers, publishers, and readers than ever.

What are you working on now? When might we see your next book?

I’m currently putting together a short story collection that deals with suffering and redemption and a non-fiction book on the spiritual journey, as well as several more academic books on ethics and human relations.

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Gangmember-Turned-Activist Shares Secrets of His Success in Autobiography

Beaverton, OR. September 9, 2013 –Many people measure success according to a person’s income or job The Man Behind the Music David William Jacksontitle. They might also look at who you know, where you live or what kind of car you drive. By all accounts, David William Jackson, Jr., is a successful man. Under the alias O.G. One, he is a nationally recognized deejay and music producer. He is CEO of his own company and founder of a non-profit mentoring organization. His website features photos of him with celebrities such as Rihanna and Neyo. Jackson, however, uses a different yardstick to measure his success—one based on his faith in God and helping those in need.

When asked what one thing he is most proud of, Jackson said, “Still having a desire to believe in God.”

Looking at where Jackson is today, it is easy to dismiss his claim. After all, how hard is it to believe in God when the blessings are abundant and plentiful? Definitely not as difficult as it might be for a child raised in a physically and emotionally abusive environment or a young man caught up in gang violence. Yet there is where Jackson found—and held on to—his faith.

Jackson shares his life story in The Man Behind the Music: The Life & Times of David William “O.G.ONE” Jackson (Ellechor eBooks & Co., July 2014). Co-authored with Rochell Hart, Jackson’s autobiography is a candid message meant to inspire.

I would like to believe that my one decision to better my life has inspired others, so I believe there are others like me, male and female, who need to know that they’re not alone,” Jackson said.

The son of a young and misguided single mother and loving but absent father, Jackson’s childhood was one of transient, impoverished chaos. His mother seemingly settled down after joining the Ecclesia Athletic Association, a religious organization founded by Eldridge Broussard, Jr., in the Watts area of Los Angeles. However, the media frenzy that erupted following the beating death of Broussard’s 8-year-old daughter depicted the group as a violent, oppressive cult. This exposé resulted in more than 50 children were removed from the group’s commune. Four members were charged and convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the young girl’s death—one of whom was Jackson’s own mother.

One of the few constants in Jackson’s life was music. Some of his first memories are of watching his musician father rehearse, listening to Motown classics with his grandmother and sitting in church services reverberating with soulful hymns. At Christmas and birthdays, Jackson’s father would gift him with some type of musical instrument, inspiring a deep and lifelong passion which would eventually lead Jackson on to success.

It was several years before Jackson finally severed ties with Ecclesia Athletic Association. Despite the manipulation and violence, the group gave members a sense of belonging and acceptance. When Jackson left the organization, he had few friends and even fewer options. He worked numerous menial jobs to try and make ends meet for himself and his young family. One of the first turning points in Jackson becoming the man he is today occurred when he applied for a job working with gang-affected youth. It was during these program events that Jackson began spinning records. When a local promoter invited him to deejay for a Run DMC and Naughty by Nature concert, he was in. Leveraging his contacts and budding reputation, Jackson sought out opportunities to produce music.

Always with an ear cocked for what God had to say about the direction his life should take, Jackson walked through the doors that opened and didn’t look back on the windows that closed. He simultaneously cultivated his career and continued his involvement with at-risk youth, racking up parallel lists of achievements. He has deejayed events for artists such as Jay-Z, Brian McKnight, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent. His community activism encompasses motivational speaking, mentoring, fund raising, philanthropy and the establishment of his own non-profit organization.

The Man Behind the Music isn’t a “how to get rich quick” tale nor is it the candy-coated story of poor-boy-makes-good. However, Jackson does reveal the secrets of his success—knowledge he gained through his own struggles to believe in his self-worth and to find his purpose in life: “Someone believing in me when I didn’t know how to believe in myself. Surrounding myself will information and people that enhanced the belief that I was worthy of love and success, and lastly, making a very conscious choice of who and what I wanted to be and going after it.”


To request reprint permission, to schedule an interview, public appearance or book signing; to request a review copy; or to obtain promotional materials (digital images, author bio, etc.), please contact Rochelle Carter (rcarter@ellechorpublishing.com; 559-744-3553).

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Melinda Gregory Named 2012 Avant-Garde Manuscript Winner

Beaverton, OR. September 5, 2013 – Melinda Gregory’s “All In” was selected as the winner from Ellechor Publishing Avant-Garde Winner Badgea narrow list of finalists who submitted manuscripts for Ellechor Publishing’s Avant-Garde Writing Contest.

The Avant-Garde Manuscript Contest is for unpublished fiction of a Christian and/or Inspirational nature. Avant-Garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm.

“All In” is a contemporary Christian romance, loosely based on the book of Ruth, which tells the love story of Katie and Nick. Katie’s dreams include the lights and stages of New York City–not being stuck in the snowiest place on the planet, Buffalo, New York. It was only supposed to be a pit stop on her odyssey to Broadway, not a place to meet the nice-guy-with-a-snowplow Nick Sears, and certainly not a place where she’d find herself taking on the role of Ruth in a local church play. Yet Nick pursues her, slow and steady, a genuine nice guy who’s determined not to finish last in the race for her heart. Will Katie move on to the Big Apple…or will she decide to go all in with the man from Buffalo?

This book takes on topics other Christian fiction might shy away from or gloss over. Its different take on the usual boy meets girl story is told through the heroine’s eyes in the first person format. Though the characters are adults, Katie is a heroine that younger women can relate to. It’s a story moms can feel okay sharing with their daughters, which is huge in today’s “50 Shades” market.

“All In” is for the romantics out there, for readers who love to see the good guy finish first and get the girl. It will resonate with young women and with those who’ve been through the loss of someone close to them.

Melinda Gregory, the author of the forthcoming novel, is a Chiefs’ fan who makes her home in the middle of Bills’ territory.  She’s been married to her own nice guy for over a dozen years and is the mother of mischievous twin girls.  When not working at one of her two jobs, you can find her writing, curled up with a great book, or knee-deep in laundry. “All In” is her first novel.

As the Grand Prize winner of Avant-Garde writing contest, Melinda will receive a traditional book publishing contract courtesy of Ellechor Publishing House.

“All In” will be released in November 2014.


About Ellechor Publishing House
Ellechor Publishing House is producer of both Christian fiction and non-fiction literature. We provide our readers with top quality publications by focusing not only on the product, but on the providers as well. Beyond just book publishing, we ensure that our writers have the support they need to develop their career, so that they can continue to provide quality manuscripts. We accomplish this via many unique and effective programs, as well as creative publishing options and extensive distribution.

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2013 Avant-Garde Manuscript Contest Deadline Extended

Beaverton, OR. January 14, 2013 – Ellechor Publishing House, the publishing platform for Christian fiction and non-fiction literature, announces the return of its Avant-Garde Writing Contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive a 2014 traditional book publishing contract courtesy of Ellechor Publishing House. Three runner-up winners will be selected and showcased on Ellechor’s website, with eBook only contract offers with its sister imprint Ellechor eBooks & Company.

The Avant-Garde Manuscript Contest is for unpublished fiction of a Christian and/or Inspirational nature. Avant-Garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm.

“This year we will be looking for the most innovative, thought provoking, and post-modern telling of a story in the Bible.” says Rochelle Carter, CEO of Ellechor. “It can be based on a short parable or a whole book in the Bible, but the challenge is to also remain as true to the story and its message as possible.”

The previous contest winner, Janice Rice, was featured in Oregon at the company’s 2012 local book-signing where she received a plaque and officially launched the release of her winning manuscript, Acsah.

From now until February 28, 2013, writers from the all over the nation can submit their manuscripts online at www.ellechorpublishinghouse.com/contests.cfm and enter for a chance to begin their professional writing career. Entries must be an unpublished work by a single author and only one submission per contestant.

For more information, please visit www.ellechorpublishing.com All media inquiries should be directed to Ellechor Publishing House.

About Ellechor Publishing House

Ellechor Publishing House is producer of both Christian fiction and non-fiction literature. We provide our readers with top quality publications by focusing not only on the product, but on the providers as well. Beyond just book publishing, we ensure that our writers have the support they need to develop, so they can provide quality manuscripts. We accomplish this via many unique and effective programs, as well as creative publishing options and extensive distribution.

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