#BookReview: Partition of Africa by @oliviadeard Plus #Giveaway

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Have you ever felt like you made the wrong choice or felt as if everyone was against you?

Or

Struggled to understand why one of your parents chose not to know you?

Ard’s characters walk right off the pages and keep you reading from start to finish.

Harriet Greene is a student at Howard Knox University but as any college campus goes, her life is full of scandal.

Harriet or Hattie is relatable, vulnerable, and brave.

You instantly want her to win and the story and Ard’s way with words pulls you in.

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#SmartCookiePR: What are the duties of a publicist?

When I graduated college, I knew without a doubt I wanted to be a publicist.

Not for all the perks but because I wanted to use marketing in a fun way.

As someone who made a career since her teens as a fangirl, I have a gift for encouraging others and highlighting the good that others say and do.

Some within the writing and music community, especially indie artists, are unfamiliar with the term “publicist.”

publicist is a person whose job is to generate and manage publicity for a company, a brand, or public figure or for a work such as a book, film or album. Publicists are public relations specialists who have the role to maintain and represent the images of individuals, rather than representing an entire corporation or business.

Publicists are also hired by public figures who want to maintain or protect their image.

Publicists brand their clients by getting magazine, TV, newspaper, and website coverage. Most top-level publicists work in private practice, handling multiple clients.

  • One of the publicist’s main functions is to generate press coverage on behalf of their clients and serve as the bridge between clients, their public and media outlets. A publicist manages campaigns and performs other public relations functions. It usually takes many years to develop the media contacts, experience and relationships necessary to be an effective publicist.
  • The main role of publicists is to get good press coverage for their clients. One way that publicists can do this is by sending press releases to journalists. A press release is written like a news story; including a headline, and attention grabbing quotes. However, because of the high traffic of e-mails, today, many press releases sent by publicists are lost within the other e-mails that journalists receive. 
  • Publicists tend to have good working relationships with journalists, TV news producers, and producers. In order to have these relationships, publicists usually network with these media professionals.
  • To protect a client’s image, publicists will often ask journalists what questions will be asked during interviews to prevent any surprises and discussion of any unwanted topics.Publicists determine how to manage a person’s or brand’s image by what is being said about them in the media. This pertains to websites and social media. More recently, publicists have the need to network with bloggers and scope out their websites to make sure the content on their client is appropriate.

    A typical day for a publicist consists of being on the phone, networking through e-mails, and can make themselves available at all times of the day for when conflict arises.

  •  Out of the office, publicists go to gatherings to network with media professionals.

The #1 I became a publicist is because I wanted to use my gift for writing from a marketing standpoint. And as someone who published novels before without an ally, I wanted to be that specifically for authors and musicians.

Publicists always do the work with the best interests of the client being served, and most of the times, it is a very thankless job.

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Jennifer Ervig’s When My Mind Winds Up Will Help You Conquer Your Anxiety #EndTheStigma #BookReview

FB_IMG_1575832681128.jpgAs someone who has battled anxiety and depression knowingly since the age of twelve, and who also tried to commit suicide at that age, I can tell you that this book was like a cold blast of a Bahamian breeze, an utter rest for my soul. When My Mind Winds Up is written in short devotional style so it is an easy and quick read and a great companion to your daily bible reading/study.

I liked the quoteable wisdom I found throughout especially when she quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson, who happens to be my go-to guy to quote in times of crisis or distress, but overall, Ervig offers real-time solutions and walking each sufferer through their thoughts and helping them process, heal, and evolve.

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Get A Handle On Your Love For Willie Handler This Valentine’s Day Weekend

If you have a love affair with everything Willie Handler, you enjoy talk of martians and Mars, and you like to laugh, you should listen in. Author Willie Handler will be doing two interviews this Valentine’s Day Weekend.

“Writers for Readers” is Friday, February 14 on CHOP-FM 102.7 10_00 A.m. Local To Canada Only! (2)

The first will be 10 a.m. on 102.7 FM Chop FM. You can listen to it here LIVE at that time.

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The second is for a fun read of an excerpt from Loved Mars, Hated The Food and an interview that airs via The Other Stories February 17, 2020. If you prefer Itunes, it is available there as well. You can download it and listen to it as much or as often as you like. You can play it loud, you can leave it muted, or you can listen to it at a normal volume. Either way, make room for the martians of Mars with this fun podcast appearance.

 

#SmartCookiePR: Albert Took Flight in January and made some new friends along the way…

Our wise  friend Albert The Albatross reached new heights by making new friends and visiting similar locations but at new times. Sometimes the same town can become brand new if you visit it only an hour or so later or earlier than you did the time before.

Albert encourages young and old to keep a positive attitude in order to soar to heights they have yet reached, and to attract new friends to join them in this journey we call life.

This month, Albert visited a Fishing Tournament and a Block Party.

Both were in Sanford, FL.

The fishing tournament reeled in some brand new friends for Albert and Oscar.

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The Block Party was incredibly lit. It was fun and friendly time to get down. 

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#MusicMuses: Pop Music Mix January 2020

I think pop music is a fascinating genre because unlike all the other genres of music it is a mix of them plus constantly evolving. It’s always got a catchy beat, lyrics that grip, and a message based on current issues of the time.

For me, pop music has reminded of certain times with certain people. Or the decade of my birth because 90s pop was pretty dang fun.

Pop music has progressively gotten a lot darker and more deeper, in a genuine reflection of our society and world as a whole.

Yet, it is filled with so many songs that carry you through when nothing else seems to.

Here is a playlist for anyone looking to add something fresh and inviting.

Haunted House:Voice manipulation and Christina’s big band musicality create this dark jazz track about how one’s heart is haunted with past lovers, broken pieces, and twisted walk ways.

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Nice To Meet Ya:  Uptempo pop track with vintage vibes about seeing someone at a club or bar, and feeling a connection but not getting their name.

Adore You:  3rd single from Styles’ Fine Line, features Harry speaking about his love and passion for a significant other, and the extent to which he would do things.

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I’m Fakin’:  An electropop track about two people who have very large energies and disagree often. It’s only an act. The track features a clock ticking in the background on the breakdown.

You Can’t Stop The Girl: A female empowerment track that is from Disney’s second Maleficient movie.

Up All Night:  An uptempo pop track about troubling thoughts that keep you up all night, struggling with anxiety.

Lost My Mind:   The windchimes in the musicality are a perfect touch to a track about feeling winded because someone took your breath away, they left you, and you can’t get them off your mind.  It is a deep exploration of the human heart, and even after you leave someone’s presence they stay with you and you feel like you’ve lost your mind in loving them.

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Keep On: A soft song that shares an encouraging  message for anyone who suffers with any and all symptoms of anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses.

Fall On Me: A cover of Andrea Bocelli’s 2018 song of the same name. The “Say Something” duo is back to create a multilayered piece of music about falling in love or falling on anyone when you can’t carry your burdens alone.

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Fired Up by Grace Carter: A fun pop track about being in love and it fuels your overall passion for life.

This Is On You:  An almight emo girl bop about not feeling responsible for someone else’s happiness.

Poser:  A song about struggling in self-worth and trying not to mess up what you share with someone

Anyone: An emotionally charged piano ballad about needing help as she wants someone to be there through the tough times with her. It was written and recorded four days before her near-fatal overdose in July 2018.

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Underdog: An Uptempo R&B song about people working for a better life, co-written with Ed Sheeran.

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#Grammys Young Creative Billie Eillish Sweeps Four Major Awards For Album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Album Review)

Before 18 year old Billie Eillish was humbly accepted yet confused that her album was 2020 Grammy Winner for Album of The Year she was just a different being altogether. Her vocals are ethereal, haunting, yet heart wrenching. Her lyrics are multidimensional. People wonder who is Billie Eillish. Well, rumors circle and white noise ensues. She’s certainly not a satanist, atheist, or a  psycho who escaped the ward.

In 2016, she burst onto the pop charts with music she wrote and produced with her older brother Finneas. Her first single Ocean Eyes was released via Soundcloud and was written by Finneas for his band but he gave it to Billie since she was looking for a song she could choreograph a dance to.

The rest is her story…

Billie Eillish’s musicality is a mix of pop, alternative, electropop, trap, and EDM.

Her soprano vocals steal the show and grab hold of your insides. They are ethereal, husky, almost whisper-like, a slurring voice that can be thinned out to reedy.

Most people have compared her to Lana Del Ray which she welcomes with a big bright smile saying that one of her biggest musical influences is Del Ray.

When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 on March 29, 2019.

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Took home 4 Grammys last night for:

  • Record of the Year: Bad Guy
  • Song of the Year: Bad Guy
  • Best New Artist
  • Best Pop Vocal Album: When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

FINNEAS also won a Grammy for Best Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.

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Song by Song Review
As always, click the title to be linked to audio of each track.
!!!: A 14 second track that showcases the artist’s sense of humor while simultaneously introducing the album.
Bad Guy:  A pop & trap song which uses a bass, a kick drum, and amplified finger snaps. When I first heard it, I instantly thought it sounded somewhat familiar and recently it has been revealed that this song was based off the theme song for Disney Channel original series Wizards of Waverly Place. Eilish uses anything to create a song as seen throughout this album. The lyrics showcase the meaning of being the “bad guy”: not fitting in, feeling out of place, being more masculine than your male counterparts but both Eillish and her brother have said that this song is about someone who always has to say what they are, aren’t truly bad, etc.
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Who someone is comes off in the way they present themselves and not in what they constantly have to convince themselves they are.
This song was introduced to me by my younger sister and then played often at work by a coworker. It was my first intro into this artist’s music but instantly made me want to uncover all the layers of Billie Eillish as an artist and open every crevice of her musical Pandora’s box.
My favorite thing about this song is the spoken word “Duh” heard throughout the track.
It even inspired me to get this T-shirt which I proudly wore last night while watching the Grammys.
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Xanny: The song’s minimal instrumentation includes sparse bits of bass guitar, piano, and dirty bass synth, along with an heavy 808 bass on the bridge, while Eillish’s vocals are slow-paced and slightly off-beat. It explores irresponsible recreational drug use.
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You Should See Me In A Crown: My favorite song on the entire album because it instantly has that “SHIT IS ABOUT TO GO DOWN” feel. A hip-hop & trap song featuring Billie singing over blaring synths and rapid fire hi-hats. The lyrics were inspired by the show Sherlock.
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All The Good Girls Go To Hell: punchy piano number exploring the idea of God & the Devil observing human beings and wondering what they are truly trying to achieve. When asked for a deeper meaning underneath the symbolism, this track discusses the epidemic of climate change.
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Wish You Were Gay: A goofy song about being rejected by a guy she liked and wanting an explanation.
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After the song came out, she found out the muse behind the track came out to his family and friends because of the song.
When The Party’s Over:Before I heard this full track, I saw it visually on the show So You Think You Can Dance
A heart-wrenching track about the distance between you and another person. A piano ballad with choral influences, it is entirely hauntingly beautiful.
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8: A ukelele-based lullaby in which her vocals are manipulated to sound like a small child. It is written from the perspective of someone she hurt. The lyrics discuss someone not seeing you for you while you would have given them the world just to get them to smile.
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My Strange Addiction: A bass heavy pop song inspired by the American sitcom “The Office.” It contains samples from the episode “Threat Level Midnight,” which the entire cast gave personal permission for Eillish to use.
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Bury A Friend: Minimalist Electronica and Industrial Track written from the perspective of a monster under the bed. It details a confusing relationship.
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Ilomilo: Electropop cut named after a 2010 video game.
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Listen Before I Go: A hard to listen to song based on the idea of Billie committing suicide and what she would say to all her family, friends, and fans. It features a gentle piano accompaniment and jazz influences, containing faint street noises & sirens for ambiance.
Billie recently struggled with the thought of ending her life while struggling with the overwhelming pressures of fame. She talked herself out of it after crying and thinking of her mom.
As someone who also has struggled with, and continues to struggle with mental illness including suicidal thoughts, this song hits home for me because it makes the idea almost real in a sense.
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I Love You: An acoustic ballad that explores the struggles and feelings when you realize you are in love with someone, someone you shouldn’t be.
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Goodbye: It features lyrics from each song on the album reversing as if rewinding a cassette tape to start it over.
Although only included on the Japanese version of the album, my favorite Billie Eillish song is Come out and Play
It’s soft, and the lyrics are timely, almost autobiographical in a sense.
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Overall, we can see now who Billie Eillish is. She’s brillant, an enigma, creative, artistic, and someone who is self-aware of her feelings and how they affect those around her.
She wears loud colors in her hair and is just a young talented female who wants to share her art with the world.
Don’t ever discount or minimize someone’s abilities because they are different than you.
If this year’s Grammy Awards could be summed up in a single sentence, it would be that.

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To the unicorns, the stationary nerds, the writers, the wordsmiths, the poets, the musically inclined, the prestigious pipes, the dashbord drummers, the ballet slipper wearing dance to your own beat bookish souls, thanks for 4 years of support and love. Means everything to a girl who wears colorful hair and refuses to let anything get her down.

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#SmartCookiePR: Block Party? That Must Mean the Whole Block will be there

For Immediate Release

January 14, 2020

Chelsea DeVries

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Albert The Albatross Taking Flight In Sanford, FL

Debut Children’s Author Appearing at Hometown Block Party for Book Signing

Oscar will be signing copies of his debut children’s book for children, parents, and grandparents alike at the Sanford Block Party on January 25, 2020 from 5 p.m.-10p.m.. Come out and let Albert teach your children the heights they can reach with a good and positive attitude, the power of kindness, and the great gift of friendship. The festival is open to all members of the community on Sanford Ave in Sanford, FL 32771.
About Albert The Albatross:
Albert the Albatross is on a journey sharing wisdom and Knowledge while traveling around the world.On the way he will meet and greet lots of his friends and we will learn what they do, and why they do it ( and what Albert thinks about it all )A rhyming story for the young and old !

About the Author:

Oscar Redden IV is the author of “Albert the Albatross: Attitude Equal Altitude”- a book developed to serve as a blueprint to teach and inspire the youth about the values of integrity and respect.  Oscar grew up in Sanford, Florida- a close-knit community where everyone knows each other, and family is monumental. Oscar has a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and has spent over 6 years in Logistics with Walmart Supply Chain. Oscar believes that a positive attitude, which is just as important as skill set, is the X-factor to achieving your dreams. He currently lives in Ocala, Florida with his fiancé and exotic plants. Please visit his website at https://www.amazon.com/Albert-Albatross-Attitude-equals-Altitude/dp/1095670603/ref=sr_1_1?crid=90QVZ1FXMNN0&keywords=albert+the+albatross&qid=1559749178&s=gateway&sprefix=albert+the+alb%2Caps%2C148&sr=8-1

To schedule an interview with the author or to schedule him for a public appearance, please contact his publicist Chelsea DeVries at smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

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#SmartCookiePR: Cast a Line or Get in Line for an Autograph at the Get Hooked Sanford Fishing Tournament

For Immediate Release

January 09, 2020

Chelsea DeVries 

Publicist

 

Albert The Albatross Taking Flight In Sanford, FL

 

Debut Children’s Author Appearing at Hometown Fishing Tournament for First Book Signing in 2020

     Oscar will be signing copies of his debut children’s book for children, parents, and grandparents alike at the  Get Hooked on Lake Monroe Fishing Tournament on January 11, 2020 from 12 p.m.-6p.m.. Come out and let Albert teach your children the heights they can reach with a good and positive attitude, the power of kindness, and the great gift of friendship. The festival is open to all members of the community at 307 E 2nd St, Sanford, FL 32771.

About Albert The Albatross:

Albert the Albatross is on a journey sharing wisdom and Knowledge while traveling around the world.On the way he will meet and greet lots of his friends and we will learn what they do, and why they do it ( and what Albert thinks about it all )A rhyming story for the young and old !

 

About the Author:

Oscar Redden IV is the author of “Albert the Albatross: Attitude Equal Altitude”, a book developed to serve as a blueprint to teach and inspire the youth about the values of integrity and respect.  Oscar grew up in Sanford, Florida; A place where your last Name meant something like a reputation. Oscar has a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and has spent over 6 years in Logistics with Walmart Supply Chain. Just as important as skill is, a positive Attitude is the X-factor to achieving your dreams. He Currently lives Oscar in Ocala, Florida with his fiance and exotic plants. Please visit his website at Albert The Albatross Amazon Page.

 

To schedule an interview with the author or to schedule him for a public appearance, please contact his publicist Chelsea DeVries at smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

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#SmartCookiePR: Albert The Albatross Makes A Trek Across Florida

Released on April 23, 2019 Albert The Albatross is a bird with quite as much if not more wisdom than an owl. His words are short, they rhyme, and he speaks truth about life to both the young and old.

The author Oscar Redden IV returned to his hometown of Sanford, FL to do his first book signing at the Sanford Jingle Jam and saw a turnout of 5000 people. Following this, he and his pal Albert ventured over to Brooksville, FL to march in a Christmas parade which had a turnout of 3000 people. His final stop in Florida in 2019 was back in Sanford for the Food Truck Fiesta which saw around 2500 people.

Young and old were ecstatic to meet Albert and his pal Oscar especially being a hometown hero. Below you will see the author pictured before each event began ready to introduce the young and old to Albert The Albatross.

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And here are some lovely new friends that Albert and Oscar made at each event. On behalf of the author, we are overjoyed and extremely grateful for the support of the message behind Albert The Albatross.

Look for new chances to meet both Albert and Oscar in 2020.

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Aren’t in Florida or even the USA? Great news Albert can fly just about anywhere because he knows the heights you reach with a positive attitude. Get your copy available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Below you can see Albert even flew to a family in the UK. There is no distance too far for Albert because his attitude carries him very far.

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Here is a comment that was shared by a new friend after meeting the author at the Food Truck Fiesta on December 21, 2019.

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Albert The Albatross was recently recommended by Little Tykes and Tots Book Club.

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