Monday, August 25, 2014

New picture book "Thorden" offers important messages for readers of all ages!

Written by Martin Allen and featuring original paintings in ink and vibrant colors by Crisanta Baker, this debut children’s picture book with a five-star rating from Amazon tells a thought-provoking tale of trust, friendship, grief, and courage.
Thorden is a gnarled old tree nine twists old. As the story begins, he is comforting a young elf named Gilraen who is afraid of the dark. As she readies herself for sleep and nestles onto Thorden’s great contorted branch, the ancient tree tells her of a time before the terrible desolation, when trees and elves grew and frolicked together.

When Gilraen falls peacefully asleep, Thorden gazes down at her with contentment, comforted by her soft warmth, grateful to have an elf to care for. As he reflects on the many friends he lost in the great fire that ended the life of his friend Maeglin, he realizes that, for the moment at least, life is good and full of meaning.

An excerpt from the story reads as follows:
The soft warmth of the elf on his main arm reminded him of another era. There had been peaceful and perfect times, before the fire, before Maeglin had died. The time before all kindness had succumbed to hopelessness, despair and questions. He was tired now. He closed his eye and the moonlight watched over them.
Allen comments, "Thorden conveys many messages. Among them, I hope readers will understand the importance of having someone to love and care for. I also hope they will appreciate how much courage it takes to go on in the face of great loss. This task is made easier when there is someone to love."

AUTHOR: Martin Allen was born and raised in Germany before emigrating to the United States. He has authored other publications and is internationally known for his contributions to the sciences. Thorden represents the author's debut into the genre of juvenile fiction.

Category: Juvenile Fiction; Soft Cover: 978-1495235900, $19.99; Availability:,

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Animated Feature Film "Henry & Me", a baseball-themed tale of a young cancer-stricken boy

“ H E N R Y   &   M E ”


Henry & Me, inspired by the best-selling children’s books by Ray Negron, was written by David I. Stern, screenwriter of such animated features as Open Season 2 & 3 and the Annie Award-nominated Free BirdsBarrett Esposito, winner of the Best Directorial Debut prize at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival for his 2001 feature Mourning Glory, directs. 

Henry & Me will have its world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater (141 W 54th St.) in New York City on August 18, 2014, as well as a limited theatrical engagement in partnership with Bow Tie Cinemas in New York City prior to its worldwide DVD and digital launch (Video On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, etc.) on September 9, 2014.  In an exclusive deal with the New York Yankees, it will be also sold at Yankee Stadium during all home games following the launch. 

A portion of the proceeds from the DVD and digital sales of Henry & Me will benefit a collection of participating charities including: Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, St. Jude's, Lou Gehrig Society, Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Yankees Foundation, Jason Mraz Foundation, International Campaign for Tibet, Children’s Health Fund, NIMBY, The Max Cure Foundation, CC Sabathia’s Pitcch In Foundation, Joe Girardi’s Catch 25 Foundation, Harlem RBI, Leukemia Society,  Curtis Granderson’s Grand Kids Foundation, Sarah McLachlan’s Sarah School of Music, Pitch for a Cure, American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, and many more.


Henry & Me tells the heart-warming story of Jack, an 11 year-old baseball fan who finds himself magically transported from his hospital bed to an amazing world where he meets Yankee legends old and new (including , Babe Ruth, Lefty Gomez, Thurman Munson, and Mickey Mantle), and learns valuable lessons about baseball and the curveballs that life throws you.

The film stars Richard Gere in the title role of “Henry” with Chazz Palminteri as “Babe Ruth” and Austin Williams as “Jack.”  The film also stars Cyndi Lauper, Danny Aiello, Paul Simon, Lucie Arnaz, Joseph Gian, and Luis GuzmanHank Steinbrenner, the co-chairman of the Yankees organization, voices the role of his father, George Steinbrenner.  Present and former Yankees figures portray themselves in the film:  Hideki Matsui, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Bernie Williams, Goose Gossage, Willie Randolph, John Sterling, Michael Kay, Joe Girardi, and Brian Cashman.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Empowerment Show with Irene Roth - How Important is it to Empower Our Teens?

Join Host Irene Roth Today at 6pm Eastern - 5pm Central - 4pm Mountain - 3pm Pacific for a discussion about families, communication and much more. The discussion is open to callers and comments/questions in the chatroom.

The World of Ink Network brings you shows each week on topics such as books, writing, author interviews, self-help and much more. Today on The Empowerment Show, Host Irene Roth will be discussing the importance of empowering teens and how it is very important for parents to empower teens to be their best. Teens struggle quite a bit nowadays and they have many problems adults didn't have when they were adolescents. The culture demands certain things from adolescent girls and boys. But it is important for them to do more than mimic what their peers and culture is saying and doing. They need to become authentic individuals.

By taking these steps and joining in on today's discussion, parents could help their children become the best they can be. Call in or post comments in the chatroom, along with your questions, because we know as parents, you want help your children be authentic adults as well--individuals who know what they like and dislike, by following their inner voice.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Our One Click Culture

We are always looking for signs that we are acquiescing to the craziness of this one-click culture. When we adhere to the notion that there is something out there to chase, we lose perspective, make choices against our better judgment, and ultimately we get careless.

    This is as true of teens as it is for us. We all want, and seem to need, quick fixes. But are quick fixes always the best way to proceed? I believe that these quick fixes can lead to a lot of difficulties for us and our family. But what’s more by relying on quick fixes, we are teaching our kids that they should expect these fixes to make them happy and fulfilled.

    This mindset can create a lot of difficulties for our kids later on in life too. They will not only rely on quick fixes but they will expect them. Not only that, but there will always be something out there that they will be chasing to find happiness and contentment. And this is where the main difficulty comes in. When we search for things outside of us to make us content and fulfilled, we will constantly be searching and never quite finding what will make us happy. This can set up a malaise and unhappiness that is running rampant in our society today.

    Thus, it is imperative for parents to change this mindset in themselves first. Many times, our kids mimic our behaviours and actions. If we go for quick fixes and count on them, so will our kids. However, if we teach our kids the short-term nature of quick fixes, we will be teaching them to look beyond these quick fixes to something that is much more permanent and long-term.

    Here are a few ways that parents can show their kids how not to rely on the one-click culture of quick fixes.

1.    Show your kids the importance of looking to make their own choices, based on their own values and not on those of the culture that they live in. This can be hard to do at first because the media is everywhere and your kids are constantly plugged in. But it can be done with a bit of persistence and mostly through an example of good action and behaviour by the parents.

2.    Show your kids that quick fixes don’t give long-term happiness. Quick fixes yield quick results, and quick results are not usually permanent and very short lived. These quick fixes can further frustrate your child and make them feel depressed and out of control, leading to a lack of fulfillment and an overall malaise.

3.    Show your kids the importance of turning inward and developing their own perspectives. If they need to make a decision, they should rely on the values that the parents instilled in them to make a wholesome and balanced decision, one that does not depend on anything or anyone outside of them.

4.    Show your children through your actions that there is nothing out there that can make them happy or fulfilled. Instead, fulfillment and contentment can only be developed from the inside. This will give your children a sense of where they have to turn when they want to feel more in control and fulfilled.

By following these tips, we will be showing our kids how to become happier and more fulfilled. But more than that, our kids may not be as careless, depressed and unhappy if we, as parents, can show them the importance of turning inward and not outward.  And who knows, we may turn around one day and see our kids unplugging from that one-click culture that they believed was so meaningful to them in the first place. 

Irene S. Roth
The Empowerment Show Host 


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