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Author Spotlight: Leonard Renier

Posted by Sara Matz on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Author Biography:

Leonard Renier has 30 years of experience as a business owner and self published author. He founded Wealth & Wisdom Planning and Wealth & Wisdom Seminars. He is an accomplished speaker, both entertaining and knowledgeable. A member of the Advisory Committee for the Department of Finance at Wayne State University School of Business, he also lectures for the Department of Finance. He served as president of various civic organizations and foundations. He authors weekly newspaper articles and his Lessons of Efficiency are being printed for publication. He has served on Finance committees for major corporations, and is the President of Renier & Associates. He is an award winning member of GAMA, General Agents and Management Association, and has trained financial professionals across the country.

Learning to Avoid Unintended Consequences

If something you thought to be true, wasn’t true, when would you want to know about it? In your financial world, that defining moment occurs by understanding the Efficiency of Money. Learning to avoid the unintended consequences of transferring your wealth to others unknowingly and unnecessarily, should be everyone’s goal. This book will show you how to recognize and overcome these transfers. It will identify those who create the transfers and how they do it. They are destroying our personal wealth by creating situations, controlling the outcomes, and profiting from it. Truth and knowledge will reduce or eliminate these transfers. 

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Author Spotlight: Carol Warner Burdick

Posted by Sara Matz on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Author Biography:

Carol Warner Burdick is a former Realtor who relocated from Upstate New York to North Carolina with her husband Jeff and her sons Dan and Michael in the mid-nineties. Her growing family enjoys spending time at their vacation home in Mount Airy (think Mayberry.) She has always loved books and writing, and spent years as a customer service representative for a book manufacturer working with numerous different publishers. After surviving breast cancer she decided it was finally time to write something other than song lyrics and eulogies and became a self published author. This is her first novel. She hopes you enjoy it.

The One Constant

Diane, Debbie, and Christy are three friends growing up in the 1960s in Upstate New York. Their idyllic childhoods end when war and assassinations begin filling the news. Vietnam, college, and adulthood affect them in ways they never could have foreseen. Each is faced with her own personal trauma and is living with a secret she doesn't want revealed. Together they learn how one small decision can affect a life for years to come. Secrets must be revealed before personal peace can be found. This is a story of heartbreak and betrayal but also of love and friendship.


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Author Spotlight: Bryan Bloom

Posted by Sara Matz on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Author Biography:

Bryan began his financial career immediately following earning his CPA credentials and Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois. Later he earned his MBA from the University of Illinois Executive MBA program. His career started as a staff accountant for the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois where he eventual became the Chief Financial Officer. After these 19 years of experience in public retirement matters, he worked 5 years in an accounting firm specializing in private retirement plans, before beginning his current tenure at Chesser Financial, an independent financial consulting firm.
Bryan earned Million Dollar Round Table membership within four months at Chesser Financial.

Confessions of a CPA: Why What I Was Taught To Be True Has Turned Out Not To Be

If what you thought to be true turned out not to be, when would you want to know? Obviously right away! This book is a compilation of eight commonly held financial “truths” that are generally accepted as hallmarks of a sound financial plan. What if they aren’t true? What impact does relying on something that isn’t true have on your financial future?
For example, we have all accepted the miracle of compound interest. If the exponential growth potential were the only factor in play – anyone nearing retirement would be wealthy. .


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Author Spotlight: Kathy Gruver

Posted by Sara Matz on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Author Biography:

Kathy Gruveris an award-winning self published author and the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet. She has earned her PhD in Natural Health and has authored two books on stress: Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and, just published, Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques (Finalist for the USA Best Books Award). Gruver has been featured as an expert in numerous publicationsincluding Glamour, Prevention, Men’s Health, Huffington Post,, Ladies Home Journal, Massage and Bodyworks Magazine, and Massage Magazine. Dr. Gruver has appeared as a guest expert on over 100 radio and TV shows including NPR, SkyNews London, CBS Radio, and Lifetime Television.

Journey of Healing

Kathy Gruver shares her journey from frustrated schoolgirl whose mother died young from cancer to finding freedom to let her spirit as well as her body soar! Her personal quest led her from acting to the healing arts, testing out multiple modalities, which she explains in detail for the reader or practitioner. Always learning and growing, Gruver blends the practical with the spiritual, liberally dosed with anecdotes from her personal experiences and work as a gifted massage therapist. While the reader learns how to live a healthier life, Gruver continues to soar: she flies trapeze. Her motto: Go for it.


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Author Spotlight: William C. Grayson

Posted by Sara Matz on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Author Biography:

Trained in intelligence and counterintelligence, Grayson authored three military histories. Leading USAF units in the US, Europe, and Vietnam, he was NSA’s Transmission Security Chief at the time of his retirement. He provided security support to the White House, AF-1, joint commands, defense and intelligence agencies, and NATO. After NSA, Bill was a Commerce Department Telecommunications Specialist, securing networked computers of whole federal civil agencies, accomplishing missions in Latin America and aboard Customs Service AWACS aircraft, and then joined Northrop Grumman. Currently at a Washington think tank, Bill is a self published author, lives in Maryland and is a frequent visitor to the Delaware shore.

Delaware's Ghost Towers

Right after Japan’s Pearl Harbor sneak attack and Germany’s declaration of war, America had no effective naval or air defenses against enemy warships and submarines closely prowling her shorelines. As Japan shelled California and Germany sunk ships off Atlantic beaches, invasion by bloodthirsty savages was anxiously feared. During those frightening days, the Coast Artillery manned the front lines. Focusing on the defense of Delaware Bay, Delaware’s Ghost Towers describes the big guns, spotting towers, targeting processes, and service of soldiers responsible for protecting citizens and the American homeland. Profusely illustrated with photos, diagrams, and maps expressly drawn for the book.


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Author Spotlight: Martha Santos

Posted by Sara Matz on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 @ 11:42 AM

Author Biography:

Martha Santos was born in California and attended College, majoring in journalism. She is married with two children. Martha has been a self published author in newspapers and magazines and in books, for many years. Her writing has brought a great deal of joy to herself and others. She is fascinated by the art of forming quality work. As a painter friend once said to her, “You paint with words.” What a compliment!

The Littlest Fairy Goes to Town

“Grandma, tell us another fairy story.” The children gathered around her. Their faces shown with eagerness.
“Okay, but remember, fairies are only make believe. They are made up to prove a point.” Grandma leaned forward in her soft, cozy chair.
The Littlest Fairy and her even littler sisters were in their bedroom combing their hair when The Littlest Fairy, stopped, and stared out the window. “Let’s go to town.”
While Mother Fairy stood in the kitchen washing dishes, the three sisters softly tip toed down the back stairs. When Mother Fairy turned her back to put dishes in the cupboard, the three fairy sisters snuck out the back door.


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Author Spotlight: Bill Sunkel

Posted by Sara Matz on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 11:38 AM

Author Biography:

Bill Sunkel has lived and worked in New York City and its surrounds his whole life. He has written, recorded and performed music professionally for five decades, including with Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere. In 1988, Bill became a practicing attorney, and has been with the same law firm for 26 years. Now age 58, Bill continues to make music and practice law. He loves his family, his music and his cars (especially his bright orange Porsche, the infamous “Flying Pumpkin”), and is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when (if) he grows up.

Monsters Among Us

Monsters Among Us is a new book and album by New York City singer-songwriter-self published author Bill Sunkel. The CD album (included) features thirteen new original songs, while the book contains full lyrics, detailed musician credits, deep (and frequently revealing and provocative) backstory about the meaning behind and creation of each song via the author’s fascinating and informative Decoder© notes, and original full-color photographic illustrations of each track, as well as performance photos and other snapshots from Bill’s personal collection. In a world of digital downloads and virtual everything, think of it as the ultimate album cover.


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Author Spotlight: Annie Cole

Posted by Sara Matz on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 04:16 PM

Author Biography:

Known for her colorful characters and distinctively Southern locales, Annie Cole has a true passion for storytelling. She credits her ability for weaving an imaginative tale to her Creator and every story about this Southern life finds a way to point back to Him. Descending from a long line of storytellers, Annie is indebted to her grandmother whose captivating stories of life growing up on a Louisiana plantation instilled in her a love of legends and folklore which she artfully intertwines with the deeper truths of her faith.

She and her husband make their home in the Muscle Shoals area near the banks of the “Singing River” where they enjoy the art, music, literature, and faith of their community. To date, Annie has written four novels with a fifth book in the works. When she is not writing, she loves spending time with her family, speaking to community groups, and enjoying the outdoors.

Murmuring Cove

Perilous secrets push Bay Rutherford to seek employment and a quiet life for her family at her ancestral home, Briarleigh. It becomes evident that, even there, determined enemies threaten her peace of mind. But, once she hears the murmurs on the wind, will she follow their promptings? 

After an altercation, Flight Medic, Mack Blackwell, is given a leave of absence. He returns to his hometown of Sugar Land to help his uncle restore and open the town’s first Inn, Briarleigh. Yet, building a new life out of the mistakes of the old he soon finds out is anything but easy.


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Author Spotlight: Tom Cirignano

Posted by Sara Matz on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Author Biography:

Thomas M. Cirignano was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1952. As a young man Tom moved to South Boston taking over the father's auto repair business. While living and working in "Southie" he experienced, first-hand, an era of unbridled crime and violence during mobster Whitey Bulger's reign of terror. Based on those experiences, Cirignano authored two books, The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic, and 67 Cents: Creation of a Killer. 

Tom is a certified scuba diver, ultralight aircraft pilot, has owned several motorcycles, self published author,  and loves boating. Tom has been a contributing writer to The New Bedford Standard-Times Newspaper and also served as an advisory member on The Standard-Times Editorial Board. 

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67 Cents: Creation of a South boston Killer

During the 1970s & 80s, South Boston was an environment of extreme crime and violence. Seemingly innocent circumstances could turn an ordinary man into a brutal killer. Within 67 Cents: Creation of a Killer, you will meet Nick; a young man who thirsts for respect and acceptance, and thus he can't seem to say No to mob requests. At his South Boston auto-repair-shop, he is slowly drawn into the underworld, accepting increasingly risky assignments.

His large, secure garage is the perfect place to store hijacked trucks, hold covert meetings, and much more.  In the midst of his dangerous and complicated environment, Nick finds rare moments of peace and comfort under the strangest of circumstances, but trouble lurks around every corner. During an existence that is spiraling out of control, dishonesty sows the seeds of deception. The resulting violence calls for the ultimate revenge; Murder. Not only does Nick find that he's good at killing, when push comes to shove, he actually enjoys it!

The twists and turns will leave you wondering, "Does it truly end this way?"

People who aren’t familiar with the name “James Whitey Bulger” can become acquainted with that him by seeing the movie “Black Mass”. “Whitey” was the most notorious and vicious gangster in Boston’s long history. In South Boston, he was both feared and respected. His trial began in March 2013 here in Boston. The charges against him include nineteen murders. (that they know of) Whitey was finally captured in California after sixteen years on The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.

     During the height of his reign of terror I was operating an auto repair shop in the heart of “Southie.” On a daily basis, I was dealing with every sort of gangster and mobster that there is. To them it was just their job, and I became a friend and confidant to many of them. They loved to hang around my shop and have a few beers. Thus, I had to walk a fine line between coexistence and full cooperation just to survive within that lawless and extremely violent environment. Needless to say, my experiences were not typical or ordinary. In fact, they were surreal by most people’s standards.  


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Author Spotlight:Terry Harris

Posted by Sara Matz on Wed, Mar 09, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Author Biography:

Terry Harris has had extensive experience in Theatre, Literature, and Television. Mr. Harris holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Villanova University. He did extensive graduate work in Drama at Florida State University, and intensive graduate work in Gifted Education at Nova University.

Terry Harris is the host, co-writer, and co-producer of the Chinese Acupressure Facelift video– a nationally distributed video. He is the host, writer, and producer of the Renaissance Series, a video series on the Arts. Mr. Harris has acted in a rich variety of television commercials, corporate videos, plays, and modeled extensively in national print advertisements, and is a self published author.

The Loneliest Leprechaun

The Loneliest Leprechaun is a fantasy adventure allegory about Sean O’Shaughnesy, a leprechaun from the heart of Ireland. It is an adventure that takes the reader from a leprechaun’s treasure cave, to the wings of a white wave eagle, and the visionary undersea realm of Tir Na Nog, the land of eternal youth in Celtic/Irish mythology. From the Ice Kingdom of the sinister Tuatha to the magnificent rainbow ride, The Loneliest Leprechaun sparkles with vivid imagery and fantastic adventures for young adults and the young at heart.

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