FanXT Invites 5 Brands to Run Their Own Fantasy Premier League For Free

LIGHTNING RELEASES (7/29/2014) – FanXT Ltd, a fantasy sport company is opening its doors to brands and companies that wish to engage with football fans to use their revolutionary DIY (do it yourself) Fantasy Premier League Commissioner platform to run fantasy football games for the Premier League for free throughout the season.

With over 3 million people over 200 countries playing Fantasy Premier League each season, this is indeed a rare opportunity for marketers to tap on this highly lucrative sport segment.

This offer is limited to only 5 companies and each of the lucky company will get a fully customised fantasy football website that is worth more than USD10,000 per season. They are able to design the look and feel of their game with their own colour theme, logo, advertisement banners and even run the game using their own domain name. Injury report and player transfer news are also available and fantasy points are automatically updated during Premier League matches together with livescores, fixtures, results and standings. In short, a highly customisable and “fire-and-forget” platform, so that brands could focus their effort in engaging with their fantasy league users.

Statistics from Alexa shows that fantasy football websites are 3 times more engaging (more pageviews per user and time on site) than popular sites like Yahoo, CNN or ESPN while Entrepreneur.com reported that the average fantasy sport player is mainly male, between the ages of 18 and 49 and boasts above average income and education levels – in other words, a marketer’s dream.

In the past, many premium brands had utilised fantasy football in their marketing campaign. Some notable brands are McDonald’s, Guinness, Sky Sports, EA Sports, Nokia, MSN and more.

Interested brands could test drive this exceptional fantasy sport platform by accessing the demo account at http://fantasy.epl.fanxt.com

About FanXT
FanXT aims to provide fantasy sport games for sport leagues across the world. They are currently the official fantasy football provider for Finland Veikkausliiga football league, Hong Kong Premier League, India I-League, Philippines United Football League (UFL) and Singapore S.League.

Contact: Melvin Wong
Company: FanXT Ltd
Address: 483, Green Lanes, London, N13 4BS UNITED KINGDOM
Email: info@fanxt.com

Teeming Vacation Rentals Sees Tremendous Growth in its First Year as They Bring St. Pete/Clearwater’s Property Management into a New Era

LIGHTNING RELEASES 07/29/14 — (Clearwater Beach, FL) – Teeming Vacation Rentals (TeemingVR.com) just celebrated its first year in business and already has more than 100 properties under management in the St. Pete/Clearwater area. Additionally, the Company has expanded to the Panama City Beach market as well as to St. Augustine/Flagler Beaches. To date, they have had over $2.6 million in bookings and with over 40,000 guest inquiries, it is clear they are filling a niche in the market, not only for visitors, but for vacation rental property owners as well. Additionally, they have just signed a two-year deal leasing 22 units at The Palm at Treasure Island to Global Connections, a travel club supplier.

“We switched to St.PeteClearwaterVacationRentals.com and as a result have seen a significant investment return on our unit,” commented Peter O’Flynn, an owner and client of TeemingVR. “As overseas owners, we were keen to have an agent that would look after our unit in a way that would offer a complete service with as little hassle as possible. TeemingVR took us under their wing, refurbished our unit in record time, and brought in, even in low season, an impressive number of new clients. Their website offers constantly updated and a fully transparent view of bookings and cash flow from renters, and they set us up quickly on sites such as VRBO, etc. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for Jeff and his courtesy and efficiency is outstanding. Our bottom line reflects their efforts.”

Jeff and Gina Paglialonga founded TeemingVR as condo owners and avid travelers themselves. TeemingVR’s motto as vacation rental managers is “By Owners for Owners.” They knew first hand that there needed to be a better way to increase rental revenue, while also providing great service to owners and guests. Jeff’s background as the top salesman for one of the largest publicly traded insurance companies, combined with his experience having launched real estate and renovation companies and numerous marketing efforts, all came together in one package in the founding of TeemingVR. By combining those skills, as well as his natural tendency to think boldly and break through barriers, Jeff and Gina charted a new course in the property management industry and are providing innovative solutions for owners.  

With a record-breaking year for Florida tourism and with a large part of that growth coming from overseas travelers, capitalizing on potential rentals through the internet is crucial for owners’ success. The average annual number of inquiries for most online ads is around 350. Being a part of the TeemingVR network has given individual owners the exposure of over 40,000 inquiries since their start. The company’s approach to managing vacation properties was to drive more revenue to owners by tapping into the collective advertising power of their network and gaining a market-busting visibility that would attract an astronomical amount of potential guests. The 5 Property Approach they implemented consists of Property Care, Account Services, Availability, Technology and Marketing.  
                                

Statistics show that guests are 22 times more likely to book if they get a response within 5 minutes of when they inquire. TeemingVR utilizes an automated intuitive response system to help achieve that aggressive response time. Some of their specialties include 24-hour online booking and owner access, expert advice in affordable updates to your property, turnkey services (they handle everything), and capitalizing on the massive exposure of their network marketing which includes all leads from major sites such as VRBO, FlipKey, HomeAway, etc. and their customized Automated Inquiry Reply Software. (See their 5 Property Approach in detail at their List Your Unit tab on www.TeemingVR.com )

“It has been so encouraging as we continue to hear from owners that we have brought something to the rental market which had been greatly needed,” commented Gina Paglialonga. “Often, we found that traditional vacation rental companies had not grown and changed as the market had developed. Our difference is that we understand today’s renters, how to reach them, and how to keep them happy from our initial contact with them until the time they return the keys. Having been owners of multiple condos ourselves, we understand things that concern property owners and operate from that perspective. We also know how busy owners are with their own day-to-day lives, and therefore our goal has always been to make renting their property as worry free as possible while maximizing rental income. Most property owners are not wanting their 2nd home to become a 2nd job!”


About Teeming Vacation Rentals:

Teeming Vacation Rentals was founded in the spring of 2013 by Jeff and Gina Paglialonga. Prior to that, Jeff had co-founded a successful management company on the East Coast of Florida. After almost 5 years of ownership, Jeff grew the company from scratch to over 125 properties accommodating over 2000 guest reservations in 2012 (the largest vacation rental management company in the market area). Jeff and Gina set their sites on the St.Pete Beach Clearwater area, realizing the market had the same need for sophisticated, technologically based management, and decided to launch what is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing companies in the sector. They have since expanded to Panama City Beach and to the St Augustine/Flagler Beach areas. Their company was founded with the goal of building long-term relationships with both quests and property owners by being committed to excellence, and by continually assessing their processes and strategies. Jeff is currently an Executive Board Member of the Florida Vacation Rental Management Association (FVRMA) and concentrates on protecting owner’s property rights. He is heavily involved in communication with the state legislature and their governing authorities. Additionally, they have just released an eBook titled, “Revive Your Property, Recharge Your Revenue”.

Teeming Vacation Rentals                                                                   

Corporate Office                                       

1331 Hibiscus Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789

www.TeemingVR.com

(727) 565-4686

HomeAid America Celebrates Partnership with ProBuild

LIGHTNING RELEASES — Denver, Colo., July 29, 2014—HomeAid America, a leading non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, announced today that it has received a generous donation from ProBuild.  Strengthening its relationship with the industry-leading building supply company, HomeAid has appointed Paul Vaughn of ProBuild to its Board of Directors. ProBuild, along with its supply partners donated $135,000 to the HomeAid organization, furthering its commitment to the homeless families of America. 

“HomeAid was blown away by ProBuild’s generosity at their annual event this year,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America, who was in attendance to accept the donation and talk about HomeAid. “They have partnered with HomeAid over the years, but this donation is unprecedented and incredibly appreciated. This year is our 25th anniversary and it will be a great help as we continue on our mission to build new lives for America’s homeless through housing and community outreach.” 

As part of ProBuild’s ongoing partnership with HomeAid, Paul Vaughn, SVP of Regional Operations for ProBuild, has joined HomeAid America’s Board of Directors. Paul is a 15-year veteran of ProBuild and brings a wealth of building industry knowledge and experience to help HomeAid in its national efforts. 

“I am pleased to join HomeAid’s Board in this milestone year,” said Vaughn. “I believe the work that HomeAid does for homeless families is very important and impactful. I hope my work on the board will help HomeAid to continue to thrive in the communities it serves.”  

In addition to the large monetary donation to HomeAid America, ProBuild has provided in-kind donation of building materials to various projects built by HomeAid’s 15 chapters around the country.  

“Thanks to product donations by ProBuild and other industry partners, HomeAid has been able to provide over 200 million dollars’ worth of housing and other facilities to charities helping the homeless for only about $100 million,” said Simons. “This is a $100 million donation on behalf of the building industry to help with this critical issue.” 

 

ABOUT HOMEAID AMERICA 

HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, founded in Southern California in 1989 and celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014.  Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed nearly 400 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $200 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 45 additional projects in development across the country. HomeAid has added over 7,500 beds in facilities helping the homeless through HomeAid’s network of 15 active chapters in 10 states across the country. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org

ABOUT PROBUILD

ProBuild is one of the nation’s largest diversified suppliers of lumber and building materials to professional builders and contractors. ProBuild currently operates nearly 400 lumber and building product distribution, manufacturing and assembly centers serving 42 U.S. states. ProBuild sells a broad selection of building materials including lumber and plywood, engineered wood, gypsum wallboard and other drywall products, millwork, trusses, roofing, siding products, tools, insulation materials, and metal and hardware specialties. The Company’s manufacturing activities include trusses, wall panels, millwork, and pre-hung door and window fabrication. ProBuild’s construction services include the installation of framing, millwork, insulation and other products. To learn more about ProBuild, visit their website at www.probuild.com.

Board Certified Hypnotist Paul Ramsay Launches BestHypnosisTraining.com

Multi-media instruction on an online platform breaks the mold of traditional hypnotism instruction.

LIGHTNING RELEASES — Somersworth, NH, July 29, 2014 Board Certified Hypnotist Paul Ramsay has launched BestHypnosisTraining.com. Using multi-media instruction on an online platform, Ramsay is bringing exceptional instruction in hypnosis to anyone in the world who has internet access.   Online training makes hypnosis training more accessible while increasing the quality of the training.

“As hypnotism has become more accepted in the medical community, the need for quality training has increased,” said cognitive neuroscientist Manuel Saint-Victor, M.D. He further stated, “Medical hypnosis is now being used main-stream.   Doctors in medical school are being trained to use hypnosis. I am very excited about Paul’s online training because he is an expert at hypnosis, has years of experience in his private practice, and he also has a strong teaching background. This makes Paul a powerful source for those wishing to learn hypnosis.”

Paul Ramsay said, “I was formally educated to be a teacher.   Before my career in hypnotism, I was a high school English teacher. I have a Bachelor’s in English-Teaching and a Master’s in Secondary Education. As a certified hypnotism instructor, I bring the rare combination of formal training as an educator with a decade of experience as a practicing hypnotist.”

In the old model of hypnotism training, it was, and still is, common for students to have live, in-person training but no follow-up after that training. A student would bring the course materials home to refresh the learning but those materials are most often a manual or workbook. At BestHypnosisTraining.com, students have continued access to instructional videos, so they can re-take the entire class, or segments of the class, anytime they desire. Also, the use of Google Hangouts as a live instructional platform gives students the opportunity to drop in on live video conferencing for “office hours” and Q & A sessions on an ongoing basis.  

Paul Ramsay said, “What I am most excited about is the potential for partnerships and long-term growth at BestHypnosisTraining.com as a learning community. We’re beginning with basic hypnotism instructional programs that will help people get started. If you’re serious about becoming a great hypnotist, you have to commit to lifelong professional development and that is really where we shine. The online platform gives us a chance to bring in guest speakers and guest trainers who have special knowledge in a particular niche of the hypnotism profession.   Graduates of the beginning programs will get their practices started and identify areas they want to specialize in and we will be able to give them that extra training. They will be able to dive deep into specialties like athletic enhancement, hypnotic childbirth, pain management, and more.”

The ultimate goal of BestHypnosisTraining.com is to create a space online that supports the growth of the hypnotism community.   “Exceptional training, support for continued professional growth and development, and higher standards for the hypnotism practice are strong benefits of my program,” said Paul Ramsay.

To learn more or to enroll in classes, go to www.BestHypnosisTraining.com

About Manuel Saint-Victor, M.D.

Dr. Saint-Victor is Chief Neuroscientist at Mindful360, which he co-founded. Dr. Saint-Victor is focused on using a non-pathological approach to helping people get better by becoming more self-aware of their strengths and resources.     Dr. Saint-Victor trained under Dr. Eva Ritvo, M.D. and Dr. Ray Ownby, M.D., MBA, Ph.D. as a Psychiatry Resident at Jackson Memorial Hospital; attended Medical School at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine; and conducted cognitive neuroscience research under the supervision of Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ph.D. as an undergraduate at Harvard University. Dr. Saint-Victor’s white paper about Core Value Alignment will be released in July 2014.

About Paul Ramsay Paul Ramsay is a board certified hypnotist in private practice, hypnotizes over 1500 people per year, and tours as a stage hypnotist. He is the founder of BestHypnosisTraining.com. For over 10 years, Paul Ramsay has been entertaining college and high school students as a stage hypnotist. In 2011, Paul introduced his exclusive interactive show called Mind Games. Paul’s video series Hypnotic shows a day in the life of a traveling stage hypnotist. Paul’s private practice is dedicated to helping individuals stop negative habits such as smoking, fingernail biting, and overeating.     Ramsay’s private practice also offers customized, individual personal coaching programs to help his clients achieve their goals and maximize their potential. www.PaulRamsay.com For show booking, contact Neon Entertainment, 716-836-6366

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Frazier Public Relations

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Board Certified Hypnotist Paul Ramsay Launches BestHypnosisTraining.com

Headwaters MB Advised GSI Group of its sale of Continuum to Amplitude Group

LIGHTNING RELEASES – Denver, CO – July 28, 2014 – Headwaters announced today that it advised GSI Group, Inc., a Bedford, MA-based global supplier of precision photonic components and subsystems, on the sale of its San Jose, CA-based subsidiary Continuum Electro Optics, Inc. to Amplitude Group, an Evry, France-based designer and manufacturer of high performance laser systems (Amplitude Technologies and Amplitude Systems).
 
Grant Garbers, Managing Director in Headwaters MB’s Industrial Technology practice, stated, “For over 35 years, Continuum has been a global leader in high energy laser systems primarily for the scientific and research markets. Their strong brand and deep domain expertise were desirable to Amplitude.”
 
Industrial Technology Managing Director Peter Nam continued, “Continuum will provide Amplitude a strategic and complementary suite of products while offering access to new markets and technology.”
 
Continuum was founded in 1975 and offers high-energy, solid-state lasers and ultrafast lasers used in scientific, industrial and commercial applications such as spectroscopy, materials analysis and diagnostics.
 
About Headwaters MB
Headwaters MB is an independent, middle-market investment banking firm providing strategic merger and acquisitions, corporate finance services and merchant banking through proprietary sources of capital. Headwaters is headquartered in Denver, CO, with 6 regional offices across the United States and partnerships with 16 firms covering 25 countries.  For more information, visit http://www.headwatersmb.com/ and keep up with us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/brendanburke.
 
About GSI Group
GSI Group Inc. is a leading supplier of precision photonic and motion control components and sub-systems to Original Equipment Manufacturers that produce systems and products for medical and advanced industrial applications. GSI Group Inc.’s common shares are listed on NASDAQ (GSIG). For more information, please visit http://www.gsig.com/.
 
About Amplitude Group
Amplitude Group’s (Amplitude Technologies & Amplitude Systemes) mission is to produce robust and reliable ultra-intense femtosecond systems with the best performances, from the point of view of pulse duration, temporal contrast, and spatial beam quality. Our engagement in performances continues after the delivery and our collaboration with the customer guarantees laser specification over the whole life-span of the laser. For more information, please visit http://www.amplitude-technologies.com.

Contact:

Brendan Burke

Director of Business Development

Headwaters MB

Seventeenth Street Plaza

1225 17th Street Suite 1725

Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-531-4603

bburke@headwatersmb.com

headwatersmb.com

 

Eco Friendly Laundry Detergent A True Made In The USA Product

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Lithonia, Ga (7/28/2014) –  HI Natures is a new Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent proving itself on store shelves around Georgia and the online community.  It is being touted as a new eco-friendly natural liquid detergents created to address sensitive skin. The company hopes to create hundreds of new jobs with the launch of their new product, and extend their reach to other retail outlets and natural distributors across the country and around the world.

New Eco-Friendly Product

A true “Made in the USA” product, HI Natures™ is the initial product offering from parent company Hinson International, Inc. of Lithonia, Georgia. Charlie Hinson, the inventor and founder of HI Natures, believes he has been guided by an inherent belief that quality and comfort laundry detergent should be an intrinsic characteristic in American homes and households all over the world.  He believes HI Natures will quickly become a consumer must have because of its eco-friendly and natural laundry detergent appeal.

While talking with Mr. Hinson at his home he stated his natural liquid laundry detergent is compatible for use in high efficiency and heavy duty commercial washers. He was also proud to point out his eco-friendly detergent is free of dyes, harsh chemicals and phosphates. His plant-based detergent is strong – a single ounce of the Hi Natures can clean a tough load of laundry. It has been tested and is safe to use with bleach for cleaning bed linens, bath towels, and clothing. Mr. Hinson has worked hard to make HI Natures™ Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent available for the consumer in clear bottles of 32 Oz and 8Oz. and in easy pour white bottles 32 Oz, 64 Oz.

 Commercial and Industrial Use

Mr. Hinson has also said that HI Natures has been formulated for commercial and industrial. Laundered items emerge clean, bright, and smelling fresh wash after wash. HI NATURES is also for companies that have linens, towels, uniforms and other washable items that need to be well maintained for customers.  HI Natures™ Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent is low in suds so there is no reason to worry about walking into the laundry room and finding it full of soap bubbles. 

Linens will maintain the soft and cuddly feel that patron’s desire and smells naturally fresh.  HI Natures™ is available for commercial and industrial customers who wash a high volume of laundry on a regular basis in a 5 gallon, 55 gallon and 275 gallon Tote.

HI Natures™ is currently available in 15 retail locations throughout the state of Georgia. To learn more about the product visit www.hinatures.com and staff can be reached at 770-323-1722.

Senate Committee Requests Increased Regulations on Cruise Industry

CruiseNewsCritic.com News…Cruisenewscritic.com Questions Necessity of Costly Federal Regulations
                                       
LIGHTNING RELEASES 07/28/14 — Dallas, TX—Contrary to statistics and expert opinion, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and longtime critic of the cruise industry continues to push the Cruise Passenger Protection Act. 

Renowned criminologist, Dr. James Fox of Northeastern University, has testified before the U.S. Congress that crime is not an issue on cruise ships and has been quoted as saying that the only place he knows of that is statistically safer to vacation is in one’s backyard.

The allegations of crimes on cruise ships are significantly less when compared to the rates of crime on land. Please see attached comparison: Alleged crime rates at sea and on shore. .

Four witnesses spoke before the committee on July 23, 2014. No representative from the cruise industry was invited to testify.

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) stated the hearing “presented a distorted picture of an industry that has an exceptional guest care and safety record.” and called Rockefeller’s bill “a solution in search of a problem.” Statistics cited by the trade group show 70% of passengers are repeat cruisers and more than 90% are satisfied with their experience.

The statement went on to say, “The allegations made at the hearing do not represent the experiences of more than 22 million people every year that enjoy exceptional vacation value and a lifetime of positive memories.” and that “By any measure, cruising is very safe.” Please see the complete CLIA statement.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has twenty six members that include Carnival Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

 For information:  Chuck Sharp, 214-872-9053 (chuck@cruisenewscritic.com)

CruiseNewsCritic.com is a travel research and news practice that provides insights into the cruise industry. We provide helpful information to the individual consumer and small business traveler.
 

Hormone Replacement Therapy in Miami is Now More Affordable

Elite Health Center, a leader in hormone replacement therapy in Miami, is now offering their services for as little as $149 per month.

LIGHTNING RELEASES 07/28/14 — Want to feel young? Energized? Full of life and vigor? Of course you do! However, you don’t want to spend a fortune trying to make it happen. Thankfully Elite Health Center in Miami is now offering their certified hormone replacement therapy starting at only $149 per month. You won’t find a better deal on hormone replacement therapy in Miami than that so call or stop by Elite Health Center today.

Hormone replacement therapy has grown in popularity, especially in Miami where people like to look and feel their best at all times. When we age, the naturally occurring hormones in our bodies become increasingly scarce. Fortunately testosterone, human growth hormone and bioidentical hormones can be replaced by the specialists at Elite Health Center so you can feel years younger and take back your freedom to do what you love.

The certified experts at Elite Health Center practice the safest and most effective methods of hormone replacement therapy in Miami to ensure all patients regain and maintain their healthy, active lifestyles. Anyone can feel the rejuvenation and drive in just a matter of days so call (786) 629-3600 now for more information or to take advantage of hormone replacement therapy in Miami for as little as $149 per month. 

About Elite Health Center:

Elite Health Center is for men who refuse to settle for mediocrity when it comes to their health.  Call today at (786) 629-3600 and get started on the path to healthy living with hormone replacement therapy. You can also visit their website at www.elitehealthcenter.com for more information about how hormone replacement therapy in Miami can help rejuvenate you!

21 Yr Old CEO Composer Empowers Ygen & Composer John Williams Inspiration

21-Yr-Old American Business Guru, Award-Winning Novelist, International Charity Founder, Lyricist & Composer, RJ Tolson, Leads By Example For Millennials and Cites Legendary Composer, Conductor & Pianist John Williams As Inspiration

LIGHTNING RELEASES –  07/24/14 –  “I hear young people of all ages saying they never really thought they could make any of their dreams come true” says 21-year-old CEO, international charity founder, award-winning novelist, RJ Tolson, a college English and Political Science double major….”But I’m here to tell you, where there is inspiration there’s a way.”

At only 17 years of age and while still attending high school at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, CT, RJ Tolson began posting chapters to his Chaos Chronicles Book 1: Zephyr The West Wind, an action & adventure filled extravaganza of superheroes, mysteries, mythology, magical realism, fairy tales & folklore, alien beings, paranormal power & creatures of epic proportions, myths & legends and love & romance, to Wattpad.com, a youtube equivalent for writers. Tolson’s Wattpad fan base grew rapidly to many thousands and unbeknownst to Tolson, London’s Universal Kingdom Print Publishing Group was amongst his loyal followers. In fact, so much so that in less than a year Universal Kingdom Print signed the 18-year-old Whittier College freshman to a five book Chaos Chronicles Series with Zephyr The West Wind the first in the installment.

Within a year of signing with Universal Kingdom Print, Zephyr The West Wind garnered RJ Tolson a Finalist Award in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Book Awards. At that same time and only 19-years-old, Tolson launched a National Literacy Campaign. Traveling from New England to Florida and across the USA, he urged middle and high schoolers to forge new paths and excel chiefly through the skills of reading and writing. Shortly thereafter, this movement became the impetus for Tolson’s recently released nonfiction self-help book, Project Limitless Volume I: The Success Initiative, and part and parcel of Tolson’s The Success Initiative are the interconnectedness of success & innovation, motivation & improvement, consciousness & thought, philosophy, epistemology, entrepreneurship, business, money, investing and time & stress management.

While RJ Tolson is committed to encouraging all young Americans to excel to their full potential, he has a special interest in ensuring his message reaches Latino and African-American youth in low income areas. During an interview on NBC Telemundo Emmy Award-winning national and international television morning show, “Un Nuevo Dia”, Tolson shared his efforts to get more youths reading and remarked, “Imagination is the main key….by reading and using their imagination they can be successful.”

RJ Tolson shared similar sentiments last May with the predominantly Latino student body at Whittier High School in Whittier, CA and African-American middle and high school student body at Oscar Nominee & Emmy Award-Winning Actress Cicely Tyson’s Community School of Performing & Fine Arts in East Orange, NJ. “What you guys have to recognize is you have global competition out there” Tolson emphasized “…when you have that competition you have to achieve, strive to be great. If you don’t you’re really going to lose the opportunities like jobs, achieving your dreams.” Given he at just 18 years of age founded a multi-divisional corporation and international charity, Forever Trust, which supports 58 U.S. based international relief and development organizations, hearing such a message from him resonated with the students.

Tolson’s creative talents don’t stop with literary works or business. He is a musician, lyricist and composer and cites legendary composer, conductor and pianist, John Williams, and Williams’ award-winning compositions to such films as the Star Wars series, Superman and the first three Harry Potter films, as an inspiration for his newly released Zephyr The West Wind Original Book Soundtrack. “I recall visits each summer as a little boy to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA with my grandparents to see John Williams conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra” comments Tolson. “My grandmother was originally from Gt. Barrington, which is near Lenox, so whenever we visited one of her favorite things was to see John Williams and the Boston Symphony perform. Those performances and amazing compositions, particularly the Star Wars series, left a lasting impression and inspired me to compose.”

Compose RJ Tolson did and directly after his first semester at Whittier College he interviewed with the Boston Symphony for a composers summer internship. The interviewing process entailed not only Tolson’s composing a piece but a solo guitar performance of his composition before John Williams and other judges. Much to Tolson’s delight he received a score of 10 from Williams, with 10 being the highest possible score.

The impact of such classical music geniuses as John Williams is certainly evident in RJ Tolson’s newly released Zephyr The West Wind Soundtrack. Tolson’s touching and award-winning coming of age, metaphysical & visionary children’s and teen & young adult science fiction & fantasy book, Zephyr The West Wind, gave him a splendid canvas for original music and a chance to display his mastery of virtual orchestra composition, while the wonderful instrumental textures illuminate the classical music influence. The soundtrack opens with the vibrant melody of “Zephyr’s Letter” and from the outset Tolson’s unique ability to convey the fantasy, fairy tale & folklore filled world of myths, legends, paranormal creatures and magical realism resonates. Whether it be a plaintive and haunting passage like “The Trial of Adulthood: Barghest’s Theme” or a remarkably beautiful, heartfelt piece such as “Zephyr’s Travels (Tyring Theme)” and “Leon’s Theme” or a light and playful exuberant composition like “Autumn’s Theme” and “Awakening”, Tolson captures the mood wonderfully. The darker, threatening moments within the metaphysical & visionary novel are masterfully presented in the tracks, “Deadly Encounters” and “Chaos”. In essence, the subtlety of the compositions and Tolson’s ability to conjure complex emotions are evident throughout this extraordinary original book soundtrack.

Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century by Senator Wayne James Available in Stores and Online, November 2014.

LIGHTNING RELEASES (07/28/2014) - Should a glass of red wine be held one way, and a glass of white, another? How should a gentleman suggest an enema prior to engaging in anal sex? Should a man precede or follow a lady up a flight of stairs? Does the rule change when descending stairs? How does a young man identify his genius—the thing that he was born to do and  is genetically predisposed to being better at than anyone else on the face of the Earth?  What are the new and emerging guidelines for planning a same-sex wedding?  How should the husband of a baron or count be addressed? (Certainly not as “baroness” or “countess”!) Is the husband of a president or governor a “First-Gentleman”?  Which is better for eating caviar:  a silver spoon or a plastic one?  What is the difference between vin santo and amarone? What should a young man do if he gets an erection during a professional massage? Roll over and play dead?  ManyWestern men use forks and wear pants, but how many of them know the Byzantine origins of the fork, or that trousers originated in the horse-riding cultures of the East? And what distinguishes a bespoke suit from a made-to-measure one? Such topics—and many more, some more mundane, others much more arcane—are addressed in the 20 chapters and over 800 pages of Manly Manners. The book is divided into two parts, Part I devoted to the cultivation of the inner, spiritual man; and Part II‘s focus is on the outer, social man. The author’s premise is that ethics should precede etiquette in a gentleman’s journey towards refinement. To that end, this book on manners delves into matters such as whether divinity—which, incidentally, makes for good manners—is unique to Jesus Christ or is the birthright of all human beings, as well as provides guidance on the intricacies of conducting oneself correctly at the formal dinner table.

“My goal was to write a page-turner:  a reference book which reads like a suspense novel, or like the script of a Discovery Channel documentary,” former senator Wayne James said. “Manly Manners provides practical guidance:  like how to write a proper break-up or beg-back letter; or how to deal with bullying; or how to conduct oneself when detained by a law enforcement officer; or how to responsibly use social media; or what to expect when invited to dinner in Ethiopia or a funeral in China.”  

Published by i-Universe, a subsidiary of Pearson, the parent company of Penguin Books, Manly Manners will be available in hardcover and paperback at Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com  or www.bn.com ) and  Amazon.com from November 2014.  The book will also be offered in e-book format.  And in order to provide real-time guidance to young men across the world who may have inquiries on matters pertaining to men’s lifestyle and etiquette, James has established a blog at manlymanners.wordpress.com 

St. Croix-born Wayne James is no stranger to the worlds of style, diplomacy, and courtesy.  In March of 1987, while in his last semester at Georgetown University’s school of law, James presented his first collection of fashion at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York’s SoHo. One week later, Bergdorf Goodman, arguably the world’s most discerning retailer of fashion, bought exclusive rights to the collection; James went on to earn his law degree in May; and his garments were being sold on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue by July of that year.  And one year later, in 1988, James was touted by Washington Post fashion editor Nina Hyde as “one of the rising stars among young New York designers.” In 1999, James established the Homeward Bound Foundation, the organization which lowered the Middle Passage Monument onto the floor the Atlantic Ocean to serve as a gravestone for the estimated millions of African people who perished en route to the New World on board slaving vessels between the 15th and 19th centuries. He would go to be awarded the International Humanitarian Medal in Paris that year for his efforts with the foundation.  In 2008, James was elected senator of the United States Virgin Islands and served as Senate Liaison to the White House.  Since January of 2011, Wayne James has lived on three continents, devoting his full time to the writing of Manly Manners:  Lifestyle & Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century.

Contact:  Wayne James (wagj91461@hotmail.com)