Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Q&A With Marcel Gomes Balla, Author of "The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context"

Author Marcel Gomes Balla has written an extraordinary book on the history, culture and people of Cabo Verde, a country consisting of 10 islands in the central Atlantic Ocean located off the coast of West Africa.  The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context  provides information that has long been ignored by traditional historians. In a Q&A with MANA, Mr. Balla gives us background information on his book. 

Q. How long did it take for you to do research on the subject of Cabo Verde?
A. 3 years.

Q. What prompted you to write this book?
A. decided to write this book because as a Cape Verdean American, I found it impossible to learn about this history in school, therefore it was virtually impossible to find my true identity as a human being. I received a Euro-centric education and had no idea about the contributions of Cape Verdeans or others to the development of American society. This problem has plagued Cape Verdeans throughout history and has caused a lot of insecurity because Cape Verdeans are unable to properly identify themselves. A major problem was the fact that Cape Verdeans evolved as a new ethnic and culture group that did not exist before 1460 and now there is a strong need to properly identify ourselves so that we can maintain our historical uniqueness and bring dignity to our worldwide community.

Q. Why is Cabo Verde also called Cape Verde?
A. Cabo Verde was discovered in 1460 by Portugal and thus, it has a Portuguese name given by the Portuguese.  Cape Verde is the English translation; however, the government of Cabo Verde has recently requested all nations to respect the name as being Cabo Verde because the English spelling has created a lot of confusion. On 24 October 2013, it was announced at the United Nations that the official name should no longer be translated into other languages. Instead of "Cape Verde," the designation "Republic of Cabo Verde" is to be used (or simply Cabo Verde).*  In a diplomatic note sent on November 27, 2013, the Embassy of Cape Verde requested that the United States Government change the name of the country from "Cape Verde" to "Cabo Verde." The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved the change on December 9, 2013. *Ref: http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/cv/

Q. Is this your first book?
A. No. I have completed about a dozen books about Cabo Verde and they will be promoted once a good marketing plan is ready.

Q. Are you working on another book? If so, what is it about?
A. Yes. It is a book about Columbus that I believe is the most detailed book ever written about him in Portugal and Cabo Verde before he departs Portugal for Spain with his discovery project. Based on my analysis of historical documents and events, I am convinced that Cape Verdeans could have sailed on the discovery voyage of 1492 and strongly believe that at least one Cape Verdean made that voyage. The book is about 400 pages and will have many documents and references to explain the history of Columbus in Cabo Verde and Africa that should be essential to anyone who truly wants to learn the truth about Columbus before he discovered the New World.  I believe that this phase of history is the most important as regards to the Discovery Age, but it is has been extremely difficult to research this history. I have had to travel to several countries and consult with several key historians in order to develop my conclusions.

Q. What do you want readers to learn after reading your book, The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context?
A. I want people to fully understand the role that Cabo Verde played in the discovery and subsequent development of America and the Western Hemisphere, especially the contributions that made a major impact on the emergence of the United States as the most powerful nation on earth. It is essential to understand that the Americas were developed by a multi-ethnic society that developed a new culture and civilization that is linked directly to Cabo Verde. This story must be told if we expect to bring dignity and respect to millions of Americans who have become marginalized due to lack of information about their past contributions to American society. One of the key issues is the direct connection between Hispanics and Afro-Americans that definitely represents the missing pages of history for both groups. However, this story also represents the missing pages of history for the Portuguese, the Italians and virtually all Americans including Native Americans and anyone who arrived after 1492 in the Americas.

For more information about The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context, click HERE.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Author Makes Learning Homonyms and Homophones Fun In New Book, "Keira & Me"

Many students find it hard to remember the difference between homophones and homonyms. To help with this difficulty, Flint-based educator and entrepreneur, Marsay Wells-Strozier has released a fun and educational book entitled, Keira & Me: Homonyms and Homophones.

For K-6 students and adult learners in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, the Language Arts Mechanics in this book are designed to help them understand how homonyms and homophones are used in our daily language and how to use them in a written sentence.  

The book involves the adventures of Keira, a nine-year-old girl, who travels around the world singing with the Sally Court Club Band whose members are animals that are endangered species. Keira and the band are managed by her Aunt Marsay, a private primary school teacher. Keira and her band learn how to spell and use homophones and homonyms, which can be confusing to students, as shown in a conversation between Keira and her Aunt Marsay:

Keira: "Home-on-thems and Home-on-the-phone?"

Aunt Marsay: "No, Keira, homonyms and homophones."

Keira: "Boy, do they sound funny! What are they?"

Aunt Marsay: "A homonym is a single word that has different meanings, but the word sounds the same each time you use it. Homophones are words that sound alike, but they are spelled differently and have different meanings."

Keira: "That sounds confusing!"

Aunt Marsay: "No, Keira, homonyms and homophones can both be a lot of fun when you understand them."

The book also introduces Geography, endangered species animals, Spanish, and a team approach to learning. In large scale print and vivid color, even adult learners will find humor in Keira and her friends as they give numerous examples to teach homonyms and homophones. 

To preview the book, visit the MarketingNewAuthors.com website by clicking HERE .

Saturday, November 14, 2015

MANA Author Places Cabo Verde Islands In The Global Spotlight

In most history textbooks, particularly those used in schools in the United States, little is written – if anything at all – about the Cabo Verde Islands. 

The Cape Verdeans who hailed from this democratic country have made significant contributions to world history, yet the feats of Cape Verdeans, who are of European and African heritage, have seldom been told. Author Marcel Gomes Balla is rectifying this oversight in his new book, The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context.  

Mr. Balla is a Cape Verdean who has spent much of his adult life researching and spreading the word about the people of Cabo Verde. The Importance of Cabo Verde in a Global Context provides information that has long been ignored by traditional historians. The author said he wrote the book especially for people who want to learn more about the important role of Cabo Verde in world history but have no idea where to find it. 

To start, Cabo Verde is a group of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean located off the coast of West Africa. The archipelago (group of islands), discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century, was heavily involved in the Atlantic slave trade. The country gained independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975.

In his book, Mr. Balla reveals many facts about the Cape Verdeans and their impact on North America, including:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We're Going To The NCTE!

MarketingNewAuthors.com (MANA) plans to attend the National Council of Teachers of English Convention from November 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

MANA is the marketing company and distributor for various publications, including those of its parent company, Robbie Dean Press LLC (RDP), a traditional publishing company. RDP focuses on college texts and/or manuscripts with unique subject matter.  

Dr. Gregory R. Shafer, an author of three RDP textbooks, will receive a 2015 NCTE Honorable Mention for the Edward M. Hopkins Award. 

MANA exhibits books for educators from K-college—V is for Vegetables (for children) to adult works like Propaganda—American Style: A Textbook for Critical Thinkers.

Some of the books that will be exhibited at Booth 205 include: 

All About Jane by Carrie Mattern—this narrative is set in a midwestern city which dramatically chronicles the pain, pathos, and results of bullying. Discussion questions are at the end of the book that should get pre-teens and teens talking and really thinking of the consequences of this act and how they may be change agents. For ages 12+.

A Soldier’s Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life by Captain Adrian D. Massey—this poetry collec- tion by this soldier of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars covers more than issues of the war; they il- lustrate this soldier’s reflections before, during, and after his tours of duty. For ages 16+.

Bare Essentials: A Handbook for Beginner Writers, 15th ed. by Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, Ph.D.—this extremely comprehensive handbook, covering the very basics of parts of speech to the more so- phisticated instructions of writing research papers, is the result of years of continuous input by Dr. Fairy’s college English students. For ages 14+.

Becoming Me Again: A Workbook for Sexually-Abused Kids and Teens by Sharon Ridella-Mehlos,Ph.D.—this workbook provides practical healing exercises and points for discussion that can aid in the healing of the abused and aid teachers and parents who work and live with these young people. For ages 10+.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Q&A With Russ Grimes, Author of "The Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero"

Editor's Note: Click HERE To listen to an interview with Russ Grimes on "The Author Inside You Podcast" 

Move over Superman and Captain America, The Middle-Aged Man Superhero is back! 

MANA Author Russ Grimes'  has released his second book, Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero, which is a continuation of his first book, The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man, published in 2012. 

His first book tells the story of Randy Grames, a 41-year-old electrical design engineer who has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 17 years. The couple have two children, 10-year-old Alexandria, and 7-year-old Bradley. Although he loves his family, Randy desperately wants more excitement in his life. One Friday, after a long week of work, Randy comes home depressed, due in part, to his mundane life. With prompting from his wife, Randy went outside to plant a flower garden. While digging in the soil, Randy unearths a silver box with ancient-look designs and language. He opens the box and saw a silver coin, which he later would discover contained magic from Grigard the Wise.  Through this magic, he gains his super powers. From there, he goes on adventures saving others. 

In a Q&A with MANA, Russ Grimes explains what's in store for readers in his second book, Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero

Q. What type of adventures does Randy Grames, embark upon in this book? 
A. Multiple secret agent-style action adventures.

Q. Why the subtitle: Unsung Hero? What does it mean? 
A. The main character, Randy, goes on adventures to protect the country and his friends and wants nothing in return, no fame or recognition for the great things he does, just the satisfaction that he helped other people.

Q. Why do the other characters in the book need to believe in this hero? 
A. Randy would do anything for his family and friends. He always tries to take the high road and do the right thing. He doesn’t use his powers in a bad way, whatsoever, so everyone that works with him always knows they can count on him and trust him.

Q. How did you originally come up with the character, Randy Grames? 
A. As funny as it sounds it started as a dream I had one night and I started thinking about it more and worked it into a book.

Q. How much of Randy Grames is a part of Russ Grimes? 
A. Randy is an alter ego of me. He is what I wish I could become and not just having his special powers but to be a totally honest and trustworthy person.

Q. What are you working on now? Another book in the series or a manuscript with new characters? 
A. I am currently mulling around the scope for the third book of the trilogy, but basically a continuation of Book 2 with a few new twists.

Q. Who are your writing influences (writers, books, teachers, family, friends)? 
A. I enjoy reading and watching all types of action adventure books and movies. I enjoy watching the vast quantity of superhero movies and TV shows that are currently out now. My favorite author to read is R.A. Salvatore and his character series featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, the dark elf.

Q. What do you want readers to get out of your new book after they read it? 
A. I want readers to be able to take a break from reality and enjoy a good fantasy. I want them to be able to use their imagination to picture Randy in his adventures.

For more on Continuing Adventures of a Middle Aged Man: Unsung Hero, click HERE to go to MarketingNewAuthors.com.  Click HERE to find out more about The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man.