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Aug
25

We’re Up and Running Again! Look Out America–We Are Back and Better!

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Just a note for all of our very dear fans and friends to let you know why we have been out of touch for the past several months with articles and interviews. Due to family health issues, Darlene Mattas who was one of the editing assistants had a stroke in July of 2011 and still resides in a Nursing home about an hour away from us now. Also, during that same time frame a group of magazine stalkers “haters” decided to literally rob us blind at Rock Band events we were covering, and also try to steal our identity, make threats, etc. After the mind blowing events that took place the next few years, we had to back off a bit for financial reasons. We really can handle the stress of seeing scum–however, the wise choice is to be above that and avoid it whenever possible.

You see Afresh Entertainment Magazine has always been established with honesty, integrity, and professionalism! Unfortunately since we were never established as a profitable organization at first and we did everything for free to help the industry, competitors who are deceitful individuals thought by stealing, harassing, stalking, cyber-bullying, and slandering us they would weed out the weak. But once record labels, clients, musicians, artists, and society in general found out the real truth from their own terrible judgement and ridiculous actions, well then you can eventually put one step forward a little at a time and relax again.

Due to these chaotic nightmares we have had to do a little housecleaning, pulling out some of the weeds, and planting new flowers so to speak. Some of the volunteer staff members have moved to other states thus covering other stories of interest now too. We are in the process of writing different types of articles of entertainment–still focusing on music but venturing out more into all of the arts; thus we will still be covering events from time to time in different areas of the world as well as doing written, video and podcast interviews, photo montages, etc. while we are finishing up the perfect novel too!

{We will be charging a small fee for ads and written materials now and then to help pay for programming and expenses, but overall we will still try to give something wonderful back to those who bring entertainment to the world.}

So happily we’re up and running again, and look out because we are back, and better than ever before! We have a few bugs to work through with the updates on the program side of the site so bear with us while we get things tweaked! We hope those of you who support Afresh Entertainment Magazine will keep on reading and spreading the word as we are celebrating our 7th year as an entertainment resource for all ages. We love you all! From the heart!

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Aug
25

Adult Coloring Books “Therapy, Relaxation, and Inner Child” All In One

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Adult Coloring Books “Therapy, Relaxation, and Inner Child” All In One

Adult Coloring Books are the newest form of therapy and relaxation that is rapidly sweeping the nation. Men and women are finding their artistic side and releasing their inner child by coloring. The art of coloring for adults is rapidly becoming part of the daily routine to relax, decompress, and unleash the freedom to express yourself in an array of colors. With everything from easy stress relieving patterns to difficult drawings you can think outside the box to create something beautiful.

For some, the adult coloring book is similar to searching for the right tattoo art, extravagant bold art deco designs, Venetian Masks, Floral Patterns, Aerial Cities from around the world, Birds, Animals, and so much more to fulfill an artistic desire or fantasy world. The chance to release the imaginary mind, express yourself, and then share a masterpiece on a social site encourages the growth of this remarkable form of stress relief.

The new Mandalas found in many of the books take us back to the time of the spirograph and the popularity of the Etch-a-Sketch. Many hospitals and doctors offices are finding these books are a calming aid for their patients as well.

So if you haven’t joined the Adult Coloring Craze, what are you waiting for? Check out some of the Adult Coloring Books on-line or at a book store near you. Happy Coloring.

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Aug
24

Kansas Author’s Club Convention to be held in Topeka Kansas October 2015

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The 2015 Kansas Author’s Club Convention will be held in Topeka, Kansas this year on October 2-4 2015 at the Ramada Inn.  The guest speaker for the banquet Elle Lothlorien author of “Kissing Frogs and Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole: The Topsy-Turvy State of Publishing” will share some of her own insight to the Convention Guests.  Elle’s first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in December 2010, and peaked at #1 on Amazon’s Top 100 List for Humor in 2012. She was one of the first self-published authors to take advantage of Amazon’s“ free promo days,” and gave away 45,000 copies of her books on Valentine’s Day, 2012 —catapulting her second novel,  Sleeping Beauty, to Amazon’s bestseller list.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear or see this wonderful woman!

The KAC convention features a Youth Contest night on Friday evening for the youth members and non-members who have entered the yearly contest.  The youth have the opportunity to read their work to the adults that evening.  It is a wonderful way for youth and adults to interact.  Even if you haven’t entered the contest for 2015 but have written a piece of poetry or prose, youth guests are highly encouraged to read to the public audience and share their work.

The Book Room featuring books written by Kansas Author’s Club members is also open to the General Public so it is a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet author’s and have your book signed. Interesting and educational workshops scheduled for this year’s convention are:

2015 Convention Speakers and Topics:
  Know What You’re Doing: Craft, structure, genre, story in fiction writing

Mark Bouton

  Tips for Writing a Novel

Elle Lothlorien

  Dating Your Book: Understanding the Amazon Algorithm Through Online Dating

Esther Luttrell

  Creating Dynamic Dialogue and Believable Characters
  Writing and Publishing an Autobiography That’s More Than A Memoir

Max McCoy

  The Three Keys of Effective Research

Kevin Rabas

  Writing Mediatative Poetry

Kevin Rabas

  Using Decription and Imagery in Poetry and Prose

T. Dawn Richard

  Using Screenwriting Techniques to Plot Your Novel

T. Dawn Richard

  The Butler Did It! Tackling the unique challenges of writing a mystery

Dennis Smirl

  A Century of Science Fiction

Kansas Author’s Club was established in 1904.  You don’t have to be from Kansas to belong to one of the oldest organizations for writers in the world today!  People from other parts of the USA have joined the organization especially for the fantastic encouragement and growth in youth writing, and the KAC Outreach Project called “Writer’s in the Community”.

There is more information about the convention on the Kansas Author’s Club website, but if you want to learn more or join KAC, then here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions?

What is a super benefit of joining the Kansas Author’s Club?  You have the wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with real people just like yourself who have loved to read or write but just needed a little encouragement to keep moving forward.  KAC is a great way to learn new techniques in writing, share ideas and stories, get input from some of the experts in the field, find amazing resources for writers you won’t find anywhere else, learn about self-publishing or going through a Publisher, marketing tips from people who have already been through book tours, signings, etc.  The members of KAC are more than just club members.  They are willing to help each other and it is more like belonging to a family of writers and great friends.  KAC is also on the social site–facebook now so you can go to Kansas Author’s Club and simply like the page to keep updated.  Kansas Author’s Club also has a connection with the Spencer Library and Museum as a part of Kansas History so if you have published a book, you can have your own book placed into the Spencer library too.

Who qualifies for membership? Anyone who is interested in writing. Kansans and any writers with a connection to the state are welcome to join.  So if you lived in Kansas before, or have family ties in Kansas then this may be an organization for you.  If you haven’t ever lived in Kansas but have a Connection to the state in some manner, then join us!  Many photographers and media hosts have also become writers or written blogs before and joined.  People who frequently travel through Kansas and feel a connection should think about the rare opportunity to be a part of a family of writers who love to share and encourage others.

When may new members join? The Kansas Authors Club accepts new members throughout the year. Those who join after October 1 will be credited as paying for the coming year’s membership. Current members must renew their membership by March 31 of each year in order to remain an active member in good standing. Those who allow their membership to lapse may apply to the Financial Secretary for reinstatement before December 31 of the year in which membership has lapsed. Membership year is from Jan 1 to Dec. 31.

ANNUAL DUES Adult: $25.00* Junior (Student through 12th grade): $10.00 —25% of the state dues are returned to the Districts for local expenses

*Members may now pay dues for more than one year, up to a maximum of five years. The dues scale is as follows: One Year: $ 25.00 Two years: $ 47.00 (Savings of $ 3.00) Three years: $ 67.00 (Savings of $ 8.00) Four years $ 85.00 (Savings of $15.00) Five years $101.00 (Savings of $ 24.00)

The best and easiest part is you can now join on-line with payment through Paypal for your convenience so what are you waiting for?  It also makes a wonderful gift too!  As a parent, if you have a writer in your home–then encourage them to join and buy a membership for your child, niece, or young relative today.

 

For more information, please visit our website at www.kansasauthors.org  Kansas Author’s Club is a public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3).  Read about the History of KAC, a downloadable PDF file book.  See you at the convention!!!!!

 

Anne Shiever–KAC Publicity Chair

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