Sunday, June 27, 2021

Unplugged Play: What's In Ned's Head With Teens

Summer means lots of fun! Picnics, Outings, Beach, Park, Pools, etc. But there is still a lot of downtime and kids can get sucked up into the TV, Computer and Gaming which is why I love Unplugged fun. Playing games with my kids was and still is one of my favorite things to do and we had a blast with What's In Ned's Head we have  we have played many times now adding our own things to Ned!
Given the amount of time I’ve tried to plug something in without looking and failed by jabbing the metal prongs into seemingly everywhere other than the outlet itself, I probably should have just moved furniture and looked. Perhaps I’m in need of some tactile training, and what better way than with Ned’s Head?

Are you ready to find out What’s In Ned’s Head? This hilarious gross-out game has players reaching in through Ned’s ears and nostrils to try and find the object matching on the cards. Is that a lollipop? A sock? It’s up to you to use your sense of touch to figure it out before revealing it to the eye!

What's in Ned's Head?

What's in Ned's Head? Reach inside his ears and nostrils, and find out! Each player is dealt a card with a picture of an object that is in Ned's Head. Ready, Set, GO! Reach in Ned's head and feel around for the object on your card. Who knows what you will find! A rat? A loose screw? Ned's pet spider? Be the first player to find the correct object to win! For 2-4 players, ages 4 and up.

 Reach inside Ned's ears and nostrils to find out what's in Ned's head!

  • Can you find the object on the card you were dealt?
  • Be the first player to find the correct object to win!
  • Quick to learn, easy to play

This was so much fun! I cannot wait to bring it to my preschool class so they can try to guess but for now my kids are not ready to give it up! One day!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered. 

Playing Gator Golf With Teens

Summer has started for many areas and keeping kids offline and engaged is a struggle for many especially when you have your own work to get done or chores around the house to do. I know how hard it is when you have young ones who are so into being on a game system or You Tube watching others play games but we as parents need to make a conscious effort to keep our kids engaged, focused and excited about this non virtual reality we live in! Gaming is great, You Tube is great but there needs to be a balance and unplugged games are so much fun! Gator Golf is a fun game. You get to stand, swing a club and omg retrieve the ball which is what I spent most of my time doing but hey exercise is important too right?!

We had something like this game when my kids were younger but it has changed a little. Now there are buttons on the gator so you can keep tabs on your points. 

If you love miniature golf  but omg the prices of playing with families these days has gone up try it at home or at least practice your moves so before you get to the course, you are ready to sink some balls.  While there may not be a windmill with this you can create your own mini gold course and make it as easy or as difficult as you want. 

The girls didn't do anything fancy but they did enjoy our cat joining the game. Jinxy did try to steal their balls every once in a while which was somewhat of a challenge but what kind of fun is had by an easy game of golf anyway? 


Gator Golf

A hole-in-one is a lot more fun with Gator Golf! Grab your flamingo golf club, and aim to feed this hungry little Gator. Sink your putt by hitting your ball through the Gator’s mouth into his tail to score, but watch out – he’ll flick your ball with his tail for more putting action. The first player to score 3 points wins! Fun, active gameplay gets kids up and moving while developing large motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Cute birds on the Gator’s back serve as built-in score keepers. Gator Golf plays best indoors on low-pile carpet. 

Bullet Points

  • A hole-in-one is a lot more fun with Gator Golf!
  • Putt the ball into the Gator's mouth to score, and he'll toss your ball back with his tail for more golfing fun
  • Be the first player to score three points to win
  • Active gameplay helps develop large motor skills and gets kids moving
  • For 2-4 players, ages 3 and up
The girls had a great time and have taken the game out a few times every time Goddess friend is over.  I love that these teens love playing unplugged and I love that they still want to play games with me. . Makes my heart happy!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Useful Marketing Techniques for Your Business


Regardless of whether you have an already established business or are just starting out, you must have an effective marketing strategy in place. Marketing is essentially what gets your brand name out there and helps potential customers find you. While you may be on a strict budget, the good news is that there are plenty of effective marketing strategies which wont break the bank but will allow you to get the recognition you desire to ensure you achieve long-term success. In this guide, were going to take a look at just a few of the useful marketing techniques for your business:

1. Create a website

The foundation of any marketing campaign is to create a website. This will ultimately act as a technological business card, which contains all of the information a new consumer needs to know about your corporation, drives visitors to your social media pages and establishes yourself as a leader in the industry. There are some key differences between a good and bad website, so it would be highly advised to hire a professional web designer to ensure your website has a good user experience, SEO functions and a relevant domain name to name some of the key basics. 

2. Email marketing 

Small business can truly make use of email marketing to build brand recognition and customer loyalty. When consumers visit your website, asking them to sign up to an email newsletter (with the small return token of a discount code or freebie) will allow them to stay up to date with new-in stock, sales and offers. People are much more likely to engage with a business that displays a sense of humanity and addresses them personally, which is what email marketing can achieve. There is an array of platforms online to find templates and tools for constructing a professional and polished message to send out to your customers.

3. Traditional marketing is not dead 

Many believe that traditional marketing is well and truly a thing of the past; however, it can be extremely effective for small businesses – especially those which rely on local trade or regularly attend trade events and shows. Eco friendly expo banners, t-shirts and mugs from Redbows imprinted with your companys logo are perfect for instilling brand recognition. In addition, smaller items such as pens, mouse mats and coasters are ideal promotional items to hand out to customers as a tool to keep your brand name top of mind when they arrive home.

4. Share knowledge with your customers 

Do you have a wealth of knowledge in your industry? Dont be afraid to hide it. Consumers are always on the lookout for businesses with significant experience and expertise within their trade, as it builds customer trust, leading to a potential increase in sales. You could consider filming a YouTube tutorial on the use of your products or write regular blog posts on subject matters in your field to express your expertise and stand you in a better position against competitors. 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

#GlobalRickAndMortyDay - THIS SUNDAY 6/20 - Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 is NOW AVAILABLE


An Out-Of-This-World Celebration


 Global Rick And Morty Day


Blasting Off Sunday, June 20th 



For the first time ever, Adult Swim will premiere the first episode of Season 5 of Rick and Morty from space by launching Rick’s Space Cruiser 150,000 feet into the atmosphere. Fans from around the world can Go Rick Yourself (#GoRickYourself) and become part of the series by creating a personalized Rick and Morty avatar, and then create custom t-shirts (US and Mexico only) to commemorate the new season.

 Check out the promo here: Global Rick and Morty Day Promo


From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), fans can catch up before the big day and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 on Digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD. This outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes, past animatic sketches, and more. Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-4 is priced to own at $79.99 SRP for the DVD ($89.99 in Canada) and $89.99 SRP for the Blu-ray ($99.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Rick and Morty is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. 


Wubba Lubba Grub Grub! In honor of Global Rick And Morty Day, Wendy’s® and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty have teamed up to include two new show-themed mixes in more than 5,000 Coca-Cola Freestyle machines in Wendy’s locations across the country through August 22. To sweeten the deal, fans can also score free delivery from Wendy’s in-app though July 1 with no minimum purchase necessary. Fans in the Los Angeles area can also visit Morty’s, a weekend-long restaurant pop-up at Wendy’s Panorama City location from June 18-20. Morty’s will feature a show-inspired menu, like the Jerry’s Single, paired with an out-of-this-world experience. Navigate your spaceship or car through a custom LED drive-thru experience, receive a Rick and Morty-themed menu and be one of the lucky few to enjoy the limited-edition Pickle Rick Pickle Frosty®, a pickle twist on the iconic Vanilla Frosty®, only available at Morty’s. 

Fans can also catch up on all things Rick and Morty prior to the event by checking out HBO Max’s curated Rick and Morty fan viewing experience featuring previous seasons, extras, and creator-selected episodes.


Rick and Morty is the multi-Emmy® Award winning half-hour comedy series that airs on Adult Swim, the #1 destination for young adults for over a decade. Rick and Morty was the #1 comedy across all of television in 2017 and 2019 and has become a multi-platform sensation not just on television, but across digital, gaming, live streaming, retail, and fan experiences.


Be Creative This Summer With This Crafty Family Idea Book by Kristin Gambaccini (The Affordable Martha Stewart

For parents wanting the Pinterest look with their house, families, recipes, activities, and trips—without breaking the bank.  Crafty Family Ideas: Projects to Make, Things to Bake, and Lots of Homemade(ish) Fun have been calling her the affordable or the relatable Martha Stewart.

And it's easy to see why—she's a multi-talented DIY-er who aims to help you make amazing crafts with your kids, do really cool projects with your family, and cook easy recipes that your kids will actually eat. She'll also help you make the most of your space in your house with useful tips and hacks. I know your readers will love to learn some of Kristin's tips to keeping kids engaged this summer. Her book has a year's worth of projects that range from fun-filled DIY projects, to kid-friendly recipes, to charming anecdotes from Kristin herself. Altogether, there are 55 fresh ideas that are easy, affordable, and fun. 

I cannot wait to try some of these crafts with my preschool class and my own kids!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Inspiring Girls Through Enterpreneurship - THE START UP SQUAD SERIES PRIZE PACK #GIVEAWAY

The StartUp Squad Prize Pack Contains a Startup Squad tote bag, earrings, bookmark, sticker, and temporary tattoo, and a $20 gift card to Earrings by Emma -- a small business started by girlpreneur Emma when she was just 8 years old!

Published in May, Party Problems (The Startup Squad #3, Macmillan, ages 8-12) continues the story of a diverse group of young friends who learn to work together to overcome the unique challenges of running their own business. Along with compelling stories, each book delivers information, inspiration and aspiration for the next generation of female CEOs, with tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, and a profile of a real-life girl CEO.

The Startup Squad was founded on the belief that even a simple lemonade stand can help girls develop a growth mindset, learn to approach challenges with grit, and get comfortable with risk failure—and learning to start again. These are lessons that will serve them well in life regardless of the path they choose. In 2021, Brian will be working with influential organizations, such as Girls Inc of NYC, Entre-Ed: The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, and girls scout troops across the nation to continue donating books to underprivileged kids so cost will not be a barrier to accessing this valuable resource. To date, more than 10,000 copies have been donated.

Author: Brian Weisfeld & Nicole C. Kear

Pub. Date: 
FACE THE MUSIC 5/5/2020 

Publisher: Imprint

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 176

About The Startup Squad

Brian Weisfeld, the Founder and Chief Squad Officer of The Startup Squad, an initiative dedicated to helping girls reach their potential, teams up with Fix-It Friends author Nicole C. Kear to present this middle-grade series about friendship and entrepreneurship.

Operating a lemonade stand is just the beginning for Resa, Harriet, Didi, and Amelia, as these savvy, business-minded schoolgirls learn that good business isn’t just about making a profit, but about making friends. Each book features tips from the Startup Squad and an inspirational profile of a girl entrepreneur.

Visit for more information, inspiring profiles of savvy girls, and advice on launching your own small business!

About The Startup Squad (The Startup Squad #1)

THE STARTUP SQUAD | Imprint | On sale 5/7/2019 | Ages 8-12 | 176 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180414 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180407 | $16.99


Girls mean business in a brand-new series about friendship and entrepreneurship that Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, calls “A great read!”

All the great leaders had to start somewhere. And Teresa (“Resa” for short) is starting with the lemonade stand competition her teacher assigned to the class―but making it a success is going to be a lot harder than Resa thinks.

The prize: line-skipping tickets to Adventure Central. The competition: Val, Resa's middle school nemesis. And the biggest obstacle to success: Resa's own teammates. Harriet is the class clown, Amelia is the new girl who thinks she knows best, and Didi is Resa's steadfast friend―who doesn't know the first thing about making or selling lemonade. The four of them quickly realize that the recipe for success is tough to perfect―but listening to each other is the first step. And making new friends might be the most important one...

The back of each book in this middle-grade series features tips from the Startup Squad and an inspirational profile of a girl entrepreneur!


About The Startup Squad: Face the Music (#2)

FACE THE MUSIC | Imprint | On sale 5/5/2020 | Ages 8-12 | 192 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180469 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180452| $16.99


Girls mean business in The Startup Squad: Face the Music, the second novel in the series, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an enjoyable and diverse story highlighting friendship, entrepreneurship, and perseverance.”

Harriet’s brothers are hoping to enter a local battle of the bands. Winning could get them on a reality TV show! But low funds have left them without even a working guitar. The Startup Squad jumps into action―and quickly pulls together a plan to sell T-shirts to raise money.

The girls have a lot of great ideas―until everything starts to go wrong. When all the problems start turning disappointed fans into an angry mob, the girls realize they have to get back into the groove before the band members―and the Startup Squad―break up for good!

Each book in this middle-grade series by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear also features tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, plus a profile of a real-life tween girl CEO.


About The Startup Squad: Party Problems (#3)

PARTY PROBLEMS | Imprint | On sale 5/4/2021 | Ages 8-12 | 176 pages |

Paperback | ISBN: 9781250180520 | $7.99 Hardcover | ISBN: 9781250180513| $16.99


Girls mean business in the third novel of this series about friendship and entrepreneurship that Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, calls “A great read!”

All four friends in the Startup Squad want to raise money―but when they can’t agree on what business to start next, they strike off on their own. Didi’s idea seems perfect: making place cards for a wedding.

But after the wedding planner gets sick, Didi finds herself in charge of everything―and then the caterer cancels and the band goes missing! Didi’s business is turning from a dream to a disaster. Will the Startup Squad come together in time to save the wedding?

Each book in this middle-grade series by Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear also features tips for kids starting or running their first businesses, plus a profile of a real-life tween girl CEO.

 Girls ages 6 to 16 who run their own business can sign up at The Startup Squad website to be featured in the Girls Mean Business Gallery, plus check out resources such as The Ultimate Business Plan for Kids and the Entrepreneurship Activity Kit!

Praise for The Startup Squad

“The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed–and reminds all of us that girls mean business!” –Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

“An inspiring story about entrepreneurial girls.” —Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby-Sitters Club series

” The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed—and reminds all of us that girls mean business!” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

“A great read that is fast-paced, fun, and empowering. The Startup Squad comes complete with a treasure trove of tips for starting a business.” —Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

“An enjoyable and diverse story highlighting friendship, entrepreneurship, and perseverance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Teamwork and friendship are at the fore of this business-savvy series, which will hold particular appeal for girls struggling to find ways for their ideas to bloom.” —Booklist

The Giveaway:

  • One (1) winner will receive a boxed paperback set of all 3 books in the series, an exclusive Startup Squad tote bag, earrings, bookmark, stickers, and temporary tattoos, and a $20 gift card to Earrings by Emma -- a small business started by girlpreneur Emma when she was just 8 years old

Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was offered to host this giveaway. I received nothing. All prizes will be sent from the sponsor.

The Count Down Has Begun For A Cinderella Story: Starstuck #CinderellaStarstruck


In just 2 weeks, the highly anticipated release of A CINDERELLA STORY: STARSTRUCK, will be coming to Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. And you can’t have A CINDERELLA STORY movie without the notorious stepfamily! For the first time in the franchise’s history, there are step siblings! Meet Kale (Richard Harmon) the demanding stepbrother, along with his vain stepsister Saffron (Lillian Doucet-Roche), and their cruel stepmother, Valerian (April Telek). 

Check out this never-before-seen clip from the original movie. Finley (Bailee Madison) has prepared lunch for her stepfamily, Kale (Richard Harmon, Saffron (Lillian Doucet-Roche and Valerian (April Telek), but the meal isn’t what Kale was expecting.


Finley Tremaine, a small-town farm girl, longs to spread her wings and soar as an aspiring performer. When a Hollywood film crew arrives in her sleepy town, she is determined to land a role in the production and capture the attention of handsome lead actor Jackson Stone. Unfortunately, a botched audition forces her to change course. Now, disguised as cowboy “Huck,” Finley finally gets her big break. But can she keep the charade a secret from everyone, including her evil stepmother and devious step-siblings? 

This is the sixth installment in the A Cinderella Story movie series. Other titles include A Cinderella Story (Hilary Duff), Another Cinderella Story (Selena Gomez), A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song (Lucy Hale) A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (Sofia Carson), and A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (Laura Marano). 

A CINDERELLA STORY: STARSTRUCK will be available on Digital June 29th, and on DVD July 13th.




Looking For Something Different! Finding Ophelia Is A Must See!


''Not only one of the most visually stunning films of 2021, but also one of the most original. Allegorical and experimental, evocative and ingenious"


Stephen Rutterford's new supernatural thriller FINDING OPHELIA will screen theatrically in Los Angeles June 19-24 and release digitally in North America June 23


Theatrical Season Begins June 19


Experience a quixotic new nightmare when writer/director Stephen Rutterford’s horror-mystery Finding Ophelia premieres on digital this June.

 New York Advertising Executive William Edgar (Jimmy Levar) is mesmerized by a series of hypnotic dreams that blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

His life is thrown into disarray when forced to choose between his career, his relationships and his romantic obsession with a mysterious woman.(Christina Chu)

Doing whatever it takes to find her, leads down a bizarre, dark path of signs and wonders, William soon discovers that finding the girl of your dreams can be a nightmare.

The 411:

This is a movie I might have shut off quickly if not a review. In front of a stellar soundtrack Finding Ophelia is a different kind of wonderful. It didn't feel like a horror movie but by the end it totally is!  The imagery was an acid trip as our main character walks through the city, in a constant apparent daze or drug induced haze. 

William seems disconnected from everything except a trippy vision that he keeps dreaming about. Is it a dream? A Memory? ,Someone trying to connect with him on another level? We don't know but there was a moment when I thought perhaps he was a murdered who was remembering something he had blocked. NOPE! That wasn't it but the ending was even better than I had thought. 


Cannes World International Film Festival. Best Mystery Feature Film. March 2021

London Independent Film Awards, Winner Best Feature Film, March 2021

Los Angeles Film Awards, Winner best Mystery Film, March 2021

New York International Film Awards, Winner March 2021

ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival, Official selection 2021

Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift. Winner best 1st time filmmaker

Hong Kong National Film Festival. Official selection 2021

New York City International film festival :Nomination for Best Director, Best lead Actress, Best


Venice Film Awards, Best original screenplay,original story, Actor,Cinematography, original

score, make up,

Rome independent Film Awards PRISMA, Semi- Finalist

New Filmmakers New York, Finalist

Montreal Independent Film festival, Official selection

European Cinematography Awards, Winner, Best Drama

Canadian Cinematography Awards, Winner Best Director, Best Editing, Best Drama.

L’age D’or International Arthouse Film Festival _Winner February 2021

New York Cinematography Awards- Winner, Best Director

LA independent film Awards- Finalist.

International independent film festival Hollywood - Winner Best Horror/ Sci-fi.

Winner Best Feature Film, The Scene Festival USA

Winner Best Actor, The Scene Festival USA

Winner Best Director, The Scene Festival USA

L.A. Sci-Fi & Horror Festival:Official selection.

London International Monthly Film Festival: Best VFX

)||( - ISAFF winner best Experimental film

RED MOVIE AWARDS - Finalist Best Feature.

Independent Film Awards, London Nomination Best Thriller

Family Friendly Countries to Bring Your Kids

Traveling and visiting different countries around the world is massively beneficial for everyone. It offers you the opportunity to meet new people, discover different cultures, and try new cuisine. Visiting different parts of the world can help you learn more about yourself, as well as lead to many life-changing moments.

Not only will you benefit massively from traveling, but your kids will too. Exposing children to all of these unique experiences and places can really help open their minds. Showing them how different parts of the world live and function can really help them to understand other people. Not to mention that their tasting experience, being around a new language, and seeing different landscapes can really help them to learn more about themselves. If you want your sons or daughters to be adventurous and curious, traveling is probably the best way to achieve that. With that being said, there are some countries that might be more beneficial for your child than others. This could be down to the people, location, or what the country has to offer. If your child really enjoys traveling and exploring other cultures, there are some great boarding schools there where your child could spend the summer.


Thailand offers tourists an extremely unique and unforgettable experience. For your children it will also do this. With wonderful wildlife, beautiful beaches and scenery, and unique temples and historic sites, there is a slice of everything.


Spain's phenomenal weather makes it a viable option to visit all year round. Whether it is Barcelona, Madrid, or Seville, the amount of family friendly places to visit are endless. Museums, amusement parks, football stadiums, Spain really has plenty of memory making opportunities.


When it comes to iconic museums and monuments, you will be spoiled for choice in France. The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe are just some of the popular tourist attractions for you and your kids. The city's natural beauty alone will be enough to open-up your child's mind.


The beauty of Germany's natural cities will have you questioning its authenticity. The city streets alone will be enough to capture the imagination of any child. Not to mention the country’s rich history will have the kids learning new facts every day. They also have a truly unique set of cuisine, with plenty of beer options for mom and dad to try.


Although heavily associated with alcohol, there is much more to Ireland than Temple bar. One of the richest history’s in all of Europe, extremely friendly locals, and breathtaking landscapes are just some of the reasons it makes for a great family trip away. You will also find family friendly activities in nearly every major town in Ireland.


From its unique wildlife to the stunning landscapes, Australia’s natural beauty will have you and your kids immersed in the outside world. Visiting Australia will give your children an experience they may never get again. They will see animals beyond their imagination, beaches that are breathtaking, and get to meet friendly locals.



Friday, June 11, 2021

Why you shouldn’t teach your child to be happy


Press Release


NEW BOOK: What we can do to create a world where we can ALL flourish

Why this book matters:

·        The global pandemic has brought added urgency and a unique opportunity for the world to make the World Economic Forum's ‘great reset’ a reality

·        How do we make sure this ‘great reset’ happens in the best possible way and results in a world where everyone can live well and thrive?

·        Creating the World We Want to Live In provides a holistic blueprint for everything.  From the way we live and work – raise and educate our children through to our political, environmental and economic structures. This is a great moment for change.

·        The work of eminent, international researchers and experienced practitioners this timely and important book offers evidence based, real world solutions that show how possible Creating the World We Want to Live In could be.

The timing of this book could not be more perfect. It’s a book about hope and a call to action to make the world the kind of place we want to live in.

Creating the World We Want to Live In challenges long-held beliefs and ideologies about the way the world works and the people in that world. Weaving together the latest well-being science with accessible stories of hope, it offers a blueprint of what works to create flourishing lives and communities.

The unique collective of authors are experts and practitioners in positive psychology and leaders in their respective fields. Together they have created an optimistic vision for a world that would work for everyone.

The book is in three parts.

1. What makes for a good life?

With chapters on childhood, education, work and ageing, topics include: how we raise children to not only be happy and healthy but also care for the planet and each other, the need for a radical overhaul of education in what children are taught and how, workplaces that motivate people to give of their best, and factors that contribute to wellbeing in our later years.

2. The foundations of everyday flourishing

From our relationships to our health, community and leisure the authors take a look at the key ingredients for a life worth living. They provide insights on creating positive relationships, improving health and wellbeing for all and building resilient communities, as well as exploring the value of leisure to our wellbeing and examples from other countries of what is working well.

3. The world around us

It is easy to feel powerless and overwhelmed, by the information coming at us 24/7, by political processes over which we have little control, or by an economy that encourages increasing inequality as the world’s richest get richer and most scrape by day to day.

Creating the World We Want to Live In shows how it doesn’t have to be like this. The pandemic has shown us that at an individual and community level we can work together, help each other, and take action to promote change.

The authors explore different political models and the powerful potential of ‘positive politics’ built around honest information sharing and effective public consultation and involvement in key decision making.

Creating the World We Want to Live In is both ambitious and aspirational. It is an essential read for anyone involved in public policy and politics or who would simply like to help create positive change in the world, their institutions or communities.

Creating the World We Want to Live In, by Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Dóra Guðmundsdóttir, Felicia Huppert, Vanessa King, David Roffey, Sue Roffey, Marten de Vries, is published by Routledge, £19.99

Fear Premiers on DVD and Digital June 15th + The Trailer

 This June that hunters get hunted.


Hunt the Hunters. FEAR premieres on DVD and Digital June 15 from New Era Entertainment.

 FEAR, directed by Geoff Resiner, is set in the desolate regions of Pacific Northwest where a young family faces a group of bandits who steal the last of their supplies; with time running out, they must form an alliance with the outlaws to protect their children.


  Marci Miller (Sinister Savior, Children of the Corn: Runaway) Jason Tobias (Downrange, The Competition, The Unravelling, Ocean’s Rising, Most Likely to Die, David and Goliath),Justin Dray (Boost, Ad Astra), Danny Druiz (Mighty Oak), and Cece Kelly (Big Freaking Rat, Through the Glass Darkly, Nation’s Fire) star in the film.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Shutter by Melissa Larsen On Sale June 15th


Shutter by Melissa Larson available on Amazon

Suspense, horror, power, control, voyeurism, and sexual politics all blend together in a tale that’s deliciously creepy with what Publishers Weekly has called a “knockout punch of a surprise ending.”  

Already named by Bustle and Barnes & Noble’s blog as one of their most anticipated debuts of 2021, Melissa Larsen proves to be a compelling new voice in suspense fiction. 

In the wake of her father's death, Betty doesn't allow herself to mourn. Instead, she pushes away her mother, breaks up with her boyfriend, and leaves everything behind to move to New York City crashing on her old friend Sophia and Sophia’s boyfriend Ben’s, couch. Sophia and Ben introduce Betty to their friend and indie filmmaker darling Anthony Marino, whose previous movie is a favorite of Betty’s. She starstruck by Anthony and, while slightly afraid of him, completely captivated by him as well. When he offers her the chance to play the leading role in his latest project, a loose re-make of Cape Fear, she jumps at the opportunity.

The four of them head to Anthony’s family’s cabin off the coast of Maine for several weeks to shoot the film. Betty starts to get more apprehensive about what she’s gotten herself into. She continuously finds herself pulled under Anthony’s alluring spell, but there’s no real script, or at least one that Betty’s not privy to. Anthony gives her a new identity, Lola, and a radical makeover to fit the part. But Betty tells herself that this is exactly what she's been looking for: the chance to reinvent herself. That is, until she meets Sammy, the island’s caretaker, and Betty realizes just how little she knows about the movie and its director and is certainly in over her head.