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Least Among Saints Shines

This weekend “Least Among Saints” Premiered at the G.I. Film Festival. 

“Least Among Saints” is the portrayal of the touching and twisting journey of Anthony, a returning combat veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD (played by Martin Papazian), who finds redemption through an unlikely bonding with Wade, a 10-year-old orphan boy (Tristan Lake Leabu) who has never known peace in his home life.   Together they embark on a life-changing journey as they become friends and one another’s best hope for the future.  This is one solider’s journey to find his purpose after returning home from war. 

Former NBA All-Star Gives Back to Md.

Former NBA All-Star Gives Back to Md.

Want to shoot hoops with a former NBA All-Star? Here's your chance.

Takoma Park native, and former NBA All-Star, Steve Francis, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and community celebration for the newly renovated Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park on Sunday, June 3rd at 1 p.m.

The Steve Francis Foundation donated $70,000 for improvements to the park including a renovated basketball court featuring a color-coated surface and six new basketball hoops, two new playgrounds, a new skateboard park, and a new picnic pavilion.

Montgomery Parks Director, Mary Bradford, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and the City of Takoma Park’s Mayor, Bruce Williams will be in attendance.

Kid Friendly Event At National Harbor

Kid Friendly Event At National Harbor

 

Looking for something fun and creative with your kids? Look no further than the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor. From May 25 to Sept. 1st, you and your family can have sticky fun decorating your very own Princess Fiona sugar cookie castle with candy and royal icing. For more information, call (301) 965-4000 or book online here.

5 Ways to Market Self-Published Books on a Shoestring Budget

5 Ways to Market Self-Published Books on a Shoestring Budget

Self-publishing books is on the rise, as even celebrity and well-known authors opt for that route to publication. In fact, Lulu.com reports that the number of print titles they produced in 2011 was approximately 50,000, which represented a 9 percent increase over the prior year. In addition to their print sales, they also published over 115,000 new e-book titles last year, which was a 22 percent increase. Self-publishing has been made easy, but authors can increase their chances of sales success by making marketing a priority.

“Authors don’t need to spend a lot of money to market their books,” explains Sarah Gilbert, director of sales at Lulu.com (www.lulu.com), a self-publishing company. “There are plenty of marketing options that are either free or quite affordable, all of which can help authors to reach their target market and sell more books.”

Here are 5 ways that authors can help to market their self-published books on a shoestring budget: