CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Chadwick! Sarah was recently awarded the Gold Medal in the category of Women's Issues at the IPPY Awards for THE SWEETNESS OF VENUS. This well-researched book, full of information and humor, is Sarah's debut work and the first book published under Armin Lear's Wild Pansy imprint.
In recommending THE SWEETNESS OF VENUS: A HISTORY OF THE CLITORIS for health and women’s history holdings, Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review, notes, “This lively, engaging tone is unexpected and welcome, allowing non-history readers and those with little background in the subject to engage on a more personal and passionate level.”
Foreword Review’s Ashley Holstrom writes, “A fun, straight talking history of the clitoris, The Sweetness of Venus is a win for feminism.”
What a breath of fresh air—finally, a book prioritizing the importance of the clitoris and sexual pleasure, backed up by science, thorough historical research, and so much humor!”
Dr. Tanaya Narendra, Sexual Health Influencer of the Year, 2020
“Chadwick tackles this complex and vital topic with a lightness of touch and great intelligence.”
Sara Sloan, creator of Twelve4pleasure podcast
“This book eloquently answers all the questions we’ve wondered about. Chadwick tells the story of the clitoris in an enlightening, amusing, and knowledgeable way.”
Dr. Sunny Rodgers, doctor of human sexuality and clinical sexologist
Borne of a unique collaboration of Karen S. Barbera and Randall Keith Horton, this book was part of a major event: the world premiere of Ellington's only full-length orchestration of Black, Brown and Beige and Sacred Music at Dr. Phillips Center, Steinmetz Hall on January 26, 2022--the book's publication date.
One of the most prolific and iconic composers of all time, Duke Ellington created Black, Brown and Beige to provide a more accurate accounting of African American history written for the first time by a member of his race. It was, according to Ellington, “a parallel to the history of the Negro in America,” with black, brown and beige representing red, white and blue.
The Ellington-Horton Black, Brown and Beige premiered at Steinmetz Hall was commissioned by G. Schirmer, Inc. through Ellington’s son Mercer in 1987 and arranged and orchestrated by music scholar and former Ellington bandmate Randall Keith Horton.
Emmy-, Grammy-, and Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center, musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln Center and Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale came together for this powerful performance, part of the two-week Grand Opening Celebration marking the completion of Steinmetz Hall—the third theater in Orlando’s $615 million performing arts center.
The performance came nearly 80 years after the first performance by Ellington’s band in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 1943.
The Corporate Livewire Prestige Awards recognize small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months. For 2022, The Research Institute for Risk Intelligence, founded by THE POWER OF RISK author Jim McCormick, won for Marketplace Risk Consultancy of the Year.
All shortlisted companies put forward in the Prestige Awards are asked to support their nomination with evidence of their work, positive feedback from their clients, information on previous accreditation and recognition as well as highlighting the most outstanding parts of their businesses.
The judging panel base their decisions upon areas such as service excellence, quality of the product/ service provided, innovative practices, value, ethical or sustainable methods of working, as well as consistency in performance.
Jim McCormick has been a full-time advisor to organizations and an executive coach since 1996. He previously held various executive level positions in the real estate, construction, and architecture industries, is a former corporate Chief Operating Officer and served in Washington, D.C. in a Presidential administration. His other books are Business Lessons from the Edge (McGraw-Hill) and The First-Time Manager (HarperCollins), which is available in English, French, Polish, Spanish, Modern Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Arabic and Russian.
Praise for Tim Rayborn's Qwyrk
“I liked this book a great deal! Charming and funny, the characters are delightful, and it’s scary exactly where it should be. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.”
~ Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn
“Qwyrk, by Tim Rayborn, is, for starters, delightfully… quirky. Rayborn’s ear for culture is as good as his ear for music, and his fantasy romp through a small British town has some of the same wacky flavor we find in the mythic send-ups written by Tom Holt/K.J. Parker. Rayborn’s elves may be updated, but human nature remains the same. As Qwyrk herself tells Jilly, her kind visit our world ‘To give children a little nudge when they need it… and sometimes remind adults of what they’ve been missing.’ In times when we all need distraction, here is a tale to take your mind off your troubles for a while.”
~ Diana L. Paxson, author of Sword of Avalon
“It’s a quest, it’s a lark that romps through human and magical worlds alike, and it’s a whimsical and delightful story set in Northern England. Qwyrk is engaging, endearing, and unpredictable in its human and magical relationships and conundrums. Fans of fantasy who enjoy magical realism injected into the everyday milieu of Britain will relish the nature of Qwyrk, first in a projected series of stories about misfits and the sometimes-hilarious mishaps that evolve from seemingly good intentions.”
~ Donovan’s Literary Services/Midwest Book Review
“Bringing the familiar modern world together with the fantastic and mythical in a smart and witty way, Qwyrk is a delightful foray into magical realism. Fans of Pratchett, Gaiman, Beagle, and de Lint will absolutely feel at home in this story! Rayborn takes figures from traditional folklore and gives them a wonderfully fresh and believable update. You’ll be hooked right away on both the human and magical characters – they’re engaging and familiar in such a way that you simply must know what happens next. Strong and capable female characters, the challenges of negotiating magic in a world that’s largely forgotten it, effective world-building, and a good dose of sarcasm all make this book such a fun read. I can’t wait to read more about the further adventures of Qwyrk!
~ Laura Tempest Zakroff, author of Sigil Witchery and Weave the Liminal
“You will never look at a rose bush the same way again! A fun romp through a modern English fairy encounter, written with a light heart, a clever mind, and a wicked sense of humour. Enjoy!”
~ Elizabeth Kerner Ewing, author of Song in the Silence, The Lesser Kindred, and Redeeming the Lost
CONGRATULATIONS to Nabil Khouri!
Nabil was recently awarded gold by The Eric Hoffer Book Award committee for his memoir The Young Terrorist: Journey from Arab Militant to Proud American.
The award letter states, "Each winner was determined to be unique, worthy, and well produced in all aspects of writing and publishing."
This is a big win for Nabil, and for the entire Armin Lear Press team, including our designers at Albatross and Nabil's editor, Vincent dePaul Lupiano, who is also one of Armin Lear's distinguished novelists.
The book is a gripping memoir: Nabil Khouri’s journey from Arab militant to proud American.
As a young boy growing up in Jordan in the 1960s, there were only two things he believed in: the power of his automatic rifle and the certainty that Western culture was evil. THE YOUNG TERRORIST recounts his transformation from a proud member of a Palestinian militia group to an even prouder American citizen.
JERRY’S LAST MISSION, originally published as Of WAR AND WEDDINGS in 1995, has been re-released by Armin Lear Press to coincide with the release of a documentary film. The film will have an exclusive release through Utopia Distribution’s ALTAVOD on November 11, 2021 and will be available December 4 on Apple TV and Apple iTunes.
JERRY’S LAST MISSION captures the emotional turmoil of World War II enemy combatants whose lives are forever changed when their youngest children marry each other. Jerry Yellin was a World War II P-51 fighter pilot who returned to the United States from the Battle of Iwo Jima and 19 missions over Japan with a deep loathing of the Japanese. Taro Yamakawa enlisted in the Japanese military hoping to fly fighter planes against the hated Americans and, if necessary, die for his country and Emperor.
Their feelings of distrust and animosity toward each other’s nation lingered for years until their world was turned upside down when Jerry’s youngest son moved to Japan and fell in love with Taro’s daughter. Through deep agonizing soul-searching reflection, the two fathers eventually open their hearts and their arms to each other.
Jerry Yellin’s book is a mesmerizing account of his life and war experiences, his evolution from warrior to peace advocate. Its message is universal: All humanity shares a connection. And Jerry and Taro came to realize that connection should never be severed by war.
NEUTERING THE CIA Spotlights Threats to US Democracy Posed by Politicization of Intelligence Agencies
Insider Account Tells Well-Documented Story of CIA Becoming a Pawn of Politics
July 24, 2023 – Washington, DC –The July 26, 2023 release of John A. Gentry’s Neutering the CIA is the most controversial of Armin Lear Press’ titles focused on threats to democracy worldwide. Jonathan Schanzer’s highly acclaimed Gaza Conflict 2021, published in conjunction with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, set the pace, with two others coming out during this calendar year.
Neutering the CIA describes and explains a remarkable change in the organizational culture of the CIA, which previously had emphasized apolitical public service. Policies of Obama Administration officials were the most important causes of the change, which led current and former intelligence officers to publicly oppose what they perceived to be potential threats to those policies when Donald J. Trump became a serious presidential candidate in 2016, and then president. Hence, the CIA’s effectiveness during the Trump years was undermined by political agendas.
The book is a vivid, yet scholarly, attempt to understand the causes and implications of a startling new political phenomenon. It does not assess or defend the Trump presidency, yet the evidence points to a harsh reality: The CIA President Trump inherited was set up to function with a conflicting agenda.
“The Biden administration has made no effort to address the politicization because it has benefitted from it,” according to Dr. Gentry. Although they have been quiet since 2021, Gentry expects overt political activism by intelligence officers to re-emerge in 2024.
Dr. Gentry’s work has earned bi-partisan accolades and respect for its scholarly integrity. Neutering the CIA has been nominated for a National Book Award.
Neutering the CIA is an important examination of linguistics, ideology, and purpose of intelligence operations. It holds the ability to reach a wide audience with its insights on how modern America really works, both up front and behind the scenes, and is very highly recommended for its special in-depth examination.
D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
About the Author
John A. Gentry is an adjunct professor with the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He was for twelve years an intelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and was for four years on the faculty of National Intelligence University. He is a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer. He is co-author of Strategic Warning Intelligence: History, Challenges, and Prospects (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2019) and about thirty articles on intelligence topics. He received a Ph.D. in political science from The George Washington University.
As an intelligence analyst at the CIA, Dr. Gentry worked mainly on economic issues concerning the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He also was senior analyst at the National Intelligence Officer for Warning in 1987-1989. In 1986 he experienced politicization from the political Right—efforts by CIA managers to make the Soviet Union and its allies look even worse than they clearly were. He approached the Senate intelligence committee about his concerns in 1991 during the confirmation hearings of Robert Gates to be director of central intelligence, recommending that Gates not be confirmed. Gates was head of CIA’s analysis directorate in 1982-1986 and was, many CIA personnel believed, responsible for the notable, then rare, wave of politicization, which did far less than that done during the Trump Administration.
FIRST, EAT YOUR FROG Delivers Practical Guidance for Professional Working Mothers
Eight Lessons and Memorable Stories from a Successful Doctor-Mom on How to Get Past Overwhelm
March 8, 2023 – New York, New York –The March 8, 2023 release of Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo’s FIRST, EAT YOUR FROG deepens Armin Lear Press’ commitment to serving readers who want advice they can immediately apply to improve their quality of life.
FIRST, EAT YOUR FROG is a meticulously referenced book presenting eight lessons (“pearls”) learned by a successful woman in medicine -- Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, mother of three and radiologist subspecializing in women’s imaging.
With ample credit to the authors and mentors who inspired the lessons and providing specific guidance -- and highly entertaining stories – Dr. Arleo helps readers move toward less overwhelm and improved work-life integration; more easeful relationships at work with colleagues and at home with family; better time management in both spheres; and core tenets for thriving as a professional working mother.
Dr. Arleo helps readers forge a straight path toward the elusive work-life balance so often addressed in obtuse advice from “experts.” The value of her research, application of basic principles, and stories has earned her significant advance praise:
A more thought-provoking, studious manner than the usual discussions of work and parenting.
--Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
The practical guide that everyone needs to make their lives feel manageable…for anyone who is trying to tame the chaos that is day-to-day life.
--Emily Tisch Sussman, family policy advocate, founder and host of “She Pivots,” a podcast in partnership with Marie Claire
Weaving together expert tips and relatable perspectives, Elizabeth Arleo offers valuable insights to help navigate the tension between work and motherhood.
–Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code, and bestselling author of Brave, Not Perfect
Arleo [has] created the secret sauce of “doing it all,'” or at least the closest thing we've got.
--Lauren Smith Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester and co-founder of the Chamber of Mothers
This strong, slim volume is a treasure chest of sage advice, backed by research and experience, delivered in a way that is immediately actionable.
--Samantha Razook, Founder and CEO, Curious Jane Magazine
About the Author
Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo is a Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is past President of the American Association for Women in Radiology and current Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Imaging. She lives with her husband and three girls in Manhattan.
Heart of a Stuntman Features Humanitarian Drama
Kevin Ball Delivers Inside View of Meeting Urgent Human Needs; Foreword by Cindy McCain
Orlando, FL — December 16, 2022 — Kevin Ball enjoyed a highly successful career as a Hollywood stuntman--and then discovered that the action he really craved was where human beings struggled to survive. HEART OF A STUNTMAN brings his adventures as a humanitarian with NGOs to life. The release, with a Foreword by Cindy McCain, is the latest from Armin Lear Press.
Here is a taste of what Ball found in the field:
Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined locations on the planet. Clean water wells, medical facilities, and schools are often accessible only by a small foot path leading directly through a live landmine field. Deviation from these paths can lead to maiming or death.
A snowy runway in Kosovo, still pockmarked by war, accepted us onto its frozen tarmac. Littering the country, unexploded cluster bombs still threatened the citizens daily. The HALO Trust was in a desperate battle with the elements and with international governing voices to clear this deadly refuge of war.
The hidden village of K’ekchi’ Indians, deep in the jungles of Guatemala was desperate for dental care. International Health Emissaries invited us to help reach these people, spotlighting a frightening reality: When you can’t eat due to decaying teeth, you suffer a slow death of malnutrition. The dentists of IHE saved them.
Facial deformities and cleft palates afflict millions annually across the globe, but in rural areas of India, these abnormalities can be deemed a curse by the gods, bringing shame to a family and leaving children locked away for life. Operation Smile chose Guwahati, India, a place seldom visited international medical teams, to be a hub for free facial surgeries.
“Kevin has spent decades in front of and behind the camera on many Hollywood movies and TV shows, it has gifted him with an eye to tell the stories of those he comes across, and a voice to get his message heard. His goal is not only to introduce people to the true definition of the word humanity but also to invite them to step through the doors that life opens and to bravely see the world through others’ eyes.”
--from the Foreword by Cindy McCain, humanitarian, businesswoman, diplomat
About the Author
Kevin Ball’s career as a professional stuntman spanned over thirty years and it helped to prepare
his mind and body for the hurdles of filming NGOs in developing nations, as well as giving him years of experience both in front of and behind the camera. Kevin decided to take his skills and advocate for those doing great things in the name of humanity. Since his first trip in 2007 to the K-5 minebelt in Cambodia with Freedom Fields USA and the international humanitarian demining group, The HALO Trust, he hasn’t looked back. As of 2022, Kevin has had boots on the ground supporting NGOs in over thirty-five countries and has worked with the World Food Program, Operation Smile, The HALO Trust, International Health Emissaries, GUA Africa, Global Action for Children, and more. Acting as the personal film crew for Cindy McCain on her humanitarian missions, Kevin, with the assistance of his stunt buddy, John Evanko, accompanied her to Southeast Asia to document segments to be used during John McCain’s run for Presidency of the United States in 2008. They then continued to travel with her, documenting her benevolent actions.
Moro Warrior Released on 80th Anniversary of Surrender of Philippines
The story of remarkable WWII resistance fighters comes to life in Thomas McKenna book
Boulder, CO — May 6, 2022 — Anthropologist Thomas McKenna brings a dramatic story of Philippine guerilla fighters to life in Moro Warrior, the newest release from Armin Lear Press.
Moro Warrior tells the remarkable true story of the Philippine Muslim (Moro) resistance fighters of World War II—the most successful and least-known guerrillas of the Pacific Theater. It is the story of Mohammad Adil, a sword-wielding warrior chieftain commissioned as a junior officer in Douglas MacArthur’s guerrilla army while still a teenager. Confident in his secret protective powers learned from a Sufi master, Adil roamed the highland rainforests with a price on his head, attacking Japanese outposts, surviving ambushes, and gaining a reputation as a man who could not be killed.
It is also the story of the colonial official Edward Kuder, foster father to Mohammad Adil and a rare American friend to the Moros, who sheltered him during the Japanese occupation. Kuder was the sole chronicler of the early Moro resistance—an armed opposition so vigorous that the soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army found themselves outfought time and again by Moro irregulars.
When the soldiers of the Empire of Japan invaded their homeland, the Moros, sometimes with swords as their only weapons, bravely fought on alone after the rapid American surrender of the Philippines. At the urging of Edward Kuder, they later joined the American-led guerrilla movement that emerged in 1943 and served with distinction, but their exceptional contribution to the defeat of the Japanese occupiers and the liberation of the Philippines has never been properly acknowledged. Here, based on the vivid recollections of Mohammad Adil and the wartime writings of Edward Kuder, the extraordinary achievements and sacrifices of the Moro freedom fighters of Mindanao finally receive their full due.
Moro Warrior is the most extensive and authoritative rendering I have seen in describing the misunderstood and strategically crucial role of the Moro fighters of Mindanao during World War II. Thomas McKenna employs decades of research and unmatched familiarity with the people of Mindanao, offering a riveting history of the underreported and underappreciated role of the Moros in fighting the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. So doing, he tells the compelling story of Mohammad Adil, a tireless fighter and noble recruit to the battle for justice and freedom in the Philippines. As we follow Adil from young man to veteran fighter, Moro Warrior becomes an intense saga of survival, McKenna's work is all the more remarkable because he has assembled a history never before fully told.
--Peter Eisner, author of MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II
With Moro Warrior, Thomas McKenna has uncovered a jewel of a story of a friendship that bridges continents and cultures set against the backdrop and tragedy of war. The product of years of research, Moro Warrior is equal parts thriller, war story, and human interest narrative that will leave readers all the richer for taking this powerful journey.
--James M. Scott, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Target Tokyo and Rampage
About the Author
Thomas McKenna is an anthropologist who has lived and worked for years in Moro communities in the Philippines and has spent decades writing and conducting research on their culture and history. As an academic, he has won writing and teaching awards and has been invited to present his work on the Moros at Oxford University, the U.S. State Department, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of Muslim Rulers and Rebels and a number of other published works. He lives with his wife in San Francisco.
The #PACE Process for Early Career Success Delivers the Formula for Career Launch and Development
CoreAxis CEO Mark Zides describes proven strategy for job hunting and hitting career goals
Boston, MA — April 8, 2022 — In The #PACE Process for Early Career Success, entrepreneur, businessman, and CEO, Mark Zides teaches young adults the skills they need to get their feet in the door, climb the ladder, and not stop achieving until they find success. It is the newest release from Armin Lear Press.
The #PACE Process for Early Career Success is designed to help job seekers unlock the mindset, traits, and techniques needed to Plan, Apply for, Commit to, and Evaluate an ideal career path. Whether entering the corporate world, joining a startup, or starting a business, readers will learn how to build a network, master interviewing skills, leverage a personal brand, and even how and when to move on to the next opportunity.
“This is a book of monumental importance for any millennial or Gen-Zer looking to kick-off their career or take it to the next level. Mark’s tough-love approach gives insight into how to be successful--working for it! A must read for anyone looking for direct career coaching and honest advice on professional introspection.”
Stephanie Cutter, co-founder of and partner at Precision, former co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Barack Obama
“Navigating the job market and then distinguishing yourself once you’re in the door has never been more difficult. The PACE Process for Early Career Success is the playbook that every emerging talent needs. This book answers the questions on everyone’s minds and does so through an insider’s lens. If you choose to read this book, know that you are at an immediate advantage against those that have not read it. Buy, read, and follow the guidance in The PACE Process. Doing so will be the first, best decision of your long career ahead.”
Mike Glass, Vice President Global Talent, Thermo Fisher Scientific
About the Author
Mark Zides is the founder and CEO of CoreAxis Consulting, an award-winning learning and development, and talent management firm. He has a passion for helping companies mold their future, drive growth, and create things that matter, and for helping individuals find the success they've always desired. He lives in Boston with his wife, three kids, and two labradoodles.
Duke Ellington Book Launches As World Premiere of His Most Controversial Work Hits the Stage
Armin Lear Press and Orlando's Steinmetz Hall Bring Groundbreaking Ellington Story and Music to Audiences
A moving celebration of Duke Ellington’s boldness, sophistication, and pioneering genius.”
Orlando, FL – January 26, 2022 – Duke Ellington: The Notes the World Was Not Ready to Hear shatters and elevates perceptions of who Duke Ellington was in terms of musical and cultural significance. Borne of a unique collaboration of Karen S. Barbera and Randall Keith Horton, this book is part of a major event: the world premiere of Ellington’s only full-length orchestration of Black, Brown and Beige and Sacred Music at Dr. Philliips Center, Steinmetz Hall on January 26, 2022.
Karen Barbera and Randall Keith Horton were strangers who met on a train. A cordial conversation led to an eight-year collaboration to tell new and enlightening stories about Duke Ellington and to bring his forgotten masterpieces back to life. The results are concerts and this book—a biography of both Ellington and Horton centered on their unique relationship and the musical and cultural importance of Black, Brown and Beige and Sacred Concerts.
The book illuminates the historical significance of the compositions that helped create a paradigm shift in American music, race relations and culture. It is an engrossing story of “mysterious callings” that led Ellington to choose Randall Keith Horton as his assistant composer, conductor, and pianist in 1973, and the author’s serendipitous connection to Horton.
Known as the king of swinging Jazz, throughout his 50-year career Duke Ellington also shattered racial barriers and stereotypes, bridged cultural divides, helped audiences feel their shared humanity, and dared people to imagine--if even for just one evening--a world without categories. Along the way he believed it possible and imperative to elevate Jazz and American composers on par with their European counterparts.
Like a true pioneer, Duke Ellington took risks to provide music that audiences needed to hear, and in doing so, set lofty expectations for a country that was ill prepared to live up to them during his lifetime.
“This fascinating, page-turning, nearly unbelievable story shines a light on one fellow Ellingtonian’s struggle to bring to life the music the world needs to hear.” --Mark McCoy, PhD, Princeton Entertainment Group
“In telling the story of Randall Keith Horton’s ongoing odyssey to repay a musical debt to Maestro Duke Ellington, Karen Barbera has written her own Strangers on A Train, but with a genuine meeting of minds, an optimistic finish, and a twist in the ghostly presence of Ellington, whose spell is ever present. Horton, a conductor-composer-arranger-pianist, worked for Ellington for little more than two weeks nearly half a century ago (superbly rendered here in detail at once hilarious, inspiring, and heartbreaking), and it put him on a lifelong mission to present four neglected Ellington masterpieces: Black, Brown and Beige in a Concerto Grosso adaptation and concert performances of the three Sacred Concerts. Barbera alternates biographies of Ellington, Horton, and each of those four works, adding something genuinely new and enlightening to the buckling shelves of literary Ellingtonia.”
--Gary Giddins, Jazz critic and author of Visions of Jazz and Bing Crosby: Swinging on Star
“Duke Ellington: The Notes the World Was Not Ready to Hear is a heavily footnoted, well-researched foray into the world of musical composition, interpretation, and choice that considers not only Ellington’s opus productions, but [Duke’s former composer, conductor and pianist Randall Keith] Horton’s process of lending them new life and relevance. As Horton interprets these works, conducts orchestras, and refines his vision for translating Ellington's most unique pieces, it's evident that this is as much about Horton's life and professional challenges in the musical world as it is about Ellington's musical legacy. Barbera does justice to both, entwining lives, music, and social challenges and capturing each for audiences who may have relatively little technical musical background, but who will appreciate the many insights on how compositions are interpreted and brought to life. While jazz music fans will be the obvious target audience for DUKE ELLINGTON: NOTES THE WORLD WAS NOT READY TO HEAR, it should prove just as inviting and educational for collections strong in musical biography and American civil rights history.” --Diane Donovan, Midwest Review, January 2022
Wild Pansy Releases ORGASM MATTERS
Second Title of New Imprint for Sex and Human Sexuality
Boulder, CO— March 4, 2021— ORGASM MATTERS, by well-known sexual researcher and facilitator Dr. Steve Bodansky, has been released by Wild Pansy, a new imprint of Armin Lear Press.
Steve Bodansky, PhD is known for the groundbreaking work in extended massive orgasm that he has done with his wife of several decades, Dr. Vera Bodansky. In this book, he guides the reader to healthy, satisfying sexual pleasure through explicit instruction¾and humor.
Endorsements tell the story of why Orgasm Matters belongs in every intimate relationship:
Steve and Vera Bodansky’s work on orgasm is the most accurate, helpful, practical, and insightful work on this subject that one is likely to find anywhere. I highly recommend this book.
Christiane Northrup, MD
The New York Times bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
Another outstanding book by Steve Bodansky on the benefits of pleasure, how to create orgasm with a partner, self-pleasuring and more.
Francoise Devresse, Welcomed Consensus
The book goes beyond the moment of bliss and into how orgasm is part of our vital life force.
Betsy Blankenbaker, Author, Autobiography of an Orgasm
A joy to read. This book is not only insightful, but it is also an incredibly practical approach to expanding our collective perception of pleasure!
Gia Lynne, Author, On Blossoming: Frank and Practical Advice on Our Bodies, Sexual Health, Sensuality, Pleasure, Orgasm and More
What I learned from Steve and Vera changed my life and improved my marriage tremendously. The ideas and practices in this book will transform your sex and your relationship.
Dave Ellis, Author, Becoming a Master Student
Wild Pansy Releases The Sweetness of Venus on Valentine’s Day
New Imprint of Armin Lear Debuts with A History of the Clitoris
Boulder, CO — February 14, 2021 — The Sweetness of Venus: A History of the Clitoris by Sarah Chadwick has been released by Wild Pansy, a new imprint of Armin Lear Press.
The book is the product of years of research by first-time author Chadwick who interviewed, and was reviewed by, some of the leading authorities in the field of human sexuality.
The author takes readers on a romp through history, spotlighting misconceptions, fabrications, and discoveries about the clitoris. Relying on sound science, and offering fascinating stories throughout history, Chadwick entertains as vividly as she informs.
In recommending the book for health and women’s history holdings, Diane Donovan, Senior Review, Midwest Book Review, notes, “This lively, engaging tone is unexpected and welcome, allowing non-history readers and those with little background in the subject to engage on a more personal and passionate level.”
Foreword Review’s Ashley Holstrom writes, “A fun, straight talking history of the clitoris, The Sweetness of Venus is a win for feminism.”
Dr. Sunny Rodgers, doctor of human sexuality and clinical sexologist, states, “This book eloquently answers all the questions we’ve wondered about. Chadwick tells the story of the clitoris in an enlightening, amusing, and knowledgeable way.”
Armin Lear To Debut Thousand Acres Imprint with ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT
Action Adventure Novel by Vincent dePaul Lupiano Is First Book for Fiction Imprint
Boulder, CO —December 1, 2020 — Armin Lear Press is announcing the December 8, 2020 launch of its new imprint, Thousand Acres, with the publication of One Minute to Midnight by Vincent dePaul Lupiano.
Rayne Foster is on a covert mission to surveil the estate of Florida mafia boss, Donato “Cheese” Chesario. Photographing from a tree in a violent thunderstorm, she spots a camo-clad intruder sneaking into the mobster’s estate using a grappling hook. His intent: steal a box stamped with a Nazi swastika containing an enigmatic object Chesario brought back from Germany after WWII. Fatal complications slam Rayne with blistering surprise when a rogue FBI agent and his nefarious cohort known as the “Magician,” kill their way into the estate to also steal the box. But the object of everyone’s intent has disappeared—an item that, in the wrong hands, will have severe international consequences. Rayne senses her CIA field director has duped her. And as he intended, Rayne is now the bait. And she has no idea what is inside the box.
Lupiano is the author of two novels under the pseudonym Christopher Sloan, In Search of Eagles, and The Wings of Death. Writing under his own name, he has written three nonfiction books, the latest of which is Operation Tidal Wave: The Bloodiest Air Battle in the History of War (Lyons Press, December 2020). He spent years as program director, writer, and host of his radio program at WFAS in White Plain, NY. In New York City, he worked at WOR-TV and WOR-AM as a promotional writer and producer. At WABC and WPLJ, he was a writer, producer, and editorial director. He also worked at IBM for ten years as a speechwriter to senior executives, editor of a management publication, producer, and director of corporate films and videos. He was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, and currently resides in Franklin Lakes, NJ.
Armin Lear Imprint Releases Debut Novel by Popular Blogger
Action Adventure Novel by David Sherer MD Features a Good Doctor Gone Bad
Boulder, CO — February 6, 2021 — Into the Ether, the debut novel of popular blogger Dr. David Sherer, has been released by Thousand Acres, the fiction imprint of Armin Lear Press. It features a crooked anesthesiologist at the center of a financial thriller full of action and adventure.
Adrian Wren MD is a man on the cusp of middle age, burnt out on medical practice, bitter about his alimony payments and resentful of his pig of a boss. A chance doctor/patient encounter with a powerful government official enables him to glean valuable, privileged information, which he uses to turn his leveraged savings into a fortune. In the process, he falls for his financial advisor, settles an old score with an attorney nemesis, and skips the country under a new identity. Once on his new dream yacht, with the help of two Irish sailors, he sails to the Mediterranean where he enjoys life as a newly rich man-until he is betrayed, hunted down, and returned to the United States. To his surprise, he is offered an alternative to prosecution, a deal involving the President of the United States and connected to a crime committed decades before in the slums of Boston.
David Sherer, MD earned his BA in Music from Emory University, his MD from Boston University and trained in Anesthesiology at the University of Miami. He writes the popular blog “What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You” for Bottom Line Publications and is the author of four non-fiction books.
Armin Lear Releases THE COHERENCE EFFECT
Author Team of Experts in Ayurveda, Vedic Health Practices, Meditation; Foreword by Dr. Tony Nader
Boulder, CO — November 2, 2020 — The Coherence Effect, publishing November 4, describes how to tap into the laws of nature to improve health, higher brain functioning and well-being.
The book is the product of years of research and practice by a powerhouse team of authors:
· Dr. Robert Keith Wallace's postgraduate research at Harvard continued his pioneering research published in Science and Scientific American on the physiological effects of meditation. He is the author of several books on meditation and Ayurveda.
· Dr. Christopher Clark followed his residency at Yale’s Department of Psychiatry by pioneering the integration of Ayurvedic medicine into the practice of medicine and psychiatry; he is the author of Ayurvedic Healing—Contemporary Maharishi AyurVeda Medicine and Science.
· Jay B. Marcus has been a teacher of meditation for 45 years and has lectured extensively on drug abuse, prison reform, and meditation. He is the author of four prior books on Transcendental Meditation.
The authors begin by taking readers on a health and healing journey with an understanding of nature’s Second Law of Thermodynamics. It says that anything that is not alive increases in entropy(disorder or decay) over time. Cars and houses fall apart, computers break down, food not growing becomes rotten. The same natural tendency towards entropy affects the human body, but living organisms, alone, have the ability to generate inner order or coherence and thereby grow and evolve, stalling the decaying and disordering effect of the Second Law and producing good health.
According to Dr. Clark, “Modern medicine uses pharmaceuticals and treatments to create order and remedy particular disorders,” but he says, “133 million Americans have chronic diseases, so something is missing in what we do for health.” The authors demonstrate that the pursuit of lasting health involves applying this principle of generating coherence to what keeps people healthy on a daily basis—to what and how people eat, to meditation, exercise, and strategies for good sleep.
The book shows the meditation programs that increase brain wave coherence (and practical benefits), and Ayurveda’s programs for diet, exercise, Yoga, and better sleep, which also work by creating coherence in the brain and body.
The coherence effect is the healing effect in the body of generating coherence. An interview with author Marcus is at: https://enjoytmnews.org/tm-talks/the-coherence-effect/.
Armin Lear Releases MUSIC VS THE MAN by Acclaimed Filmmaker Peter Rowe
90-Second Video Gives Potential Readers a Taste of the Action
Boulder, CO — October 1, 2020 —In Music vs The Man, released today, Canadian author, filmmaker, and painter Peter Rowe explores stories of musicians in the crosshairs of the authorities—police, border guards, mayors, city councils, the FBI, the Kremlin. A 90-second video gives potential readers a taste of the action.
Rowe notes: “Music wields the type of revolutionary power that politicians and authorities only dream of. Music has the power to open hearts, change minds, and get people to stand up for what they believe in. That’s why, for years authorities have been trying to censor it, throwing musicians in prison, raiding their homes, and sometimes even killing them.”
Rowe features stories of racial oppression, censorship, political extremism, extravagant behavior, self-destructive obsessions, and more as he deftly moves through music history.
Involved with music since the 1960s, Peter Rowe has made over 190 films as a director, writer, or producer. Among the musicians he has filmed are John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell, at events like the Isle of Wight Festival and the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival, and concerts by the Jefferson Airplane and the Mothers of Invention.
Rowe’s credits include documentary profiles of both the psychedelic soul band The Chambers Brothers and famed New York DJ Cousin Brucie, as well as features including Treasure Island, and The Best Bad Thing. His 49-part television series Angry Planet took him to 30 countries on all seven continents, and aired in 35 countries around the world. He’s won and been nominated for many awards, including Geminis, Genies and film-festival prizes.Tales of his film career are described in his 2013 book, Adventures in Filmmaking.
Chronicled in Music vs The Man are the stories of the FBI’s battle against John Lennon, Donald Trump’s unauthorized use of the music of the Rolling Stones, the US Drug Administration’s harassment of Billie Holiday that led to her death, the Chilean military assassination of folksinger Victor Yara, the role of The Beatles in bringing down the Soviet Union, the fight throughout the 50s against rock and roll, the violent world of Narcocorrido music in the drug wars of Mexico, and many others.
Finally, a realistic approach to today’s modern business challenges
without all the often-antiquated techniques taught to us in the past decades.
James M. Bond, Chief Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Armin Lear Releases A GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR BUSINESS
New Book for Entrepreneurs
Needing to Grow Revenues Today
Boulder, CO—September 18, 2020—In A GUIDE TO GROWING YOUR BUSINESS,, William D. Hughes delivers practical, immediately useful how-to information for entrepreneurs with aggressive growth plans and serious sales goals in the face of pressing time constraints.
Unlike books written for yesterday’s business climate, Hughes’ book shows how to leverage today’s technologies into finding new customers. Readers will learn how to crack new markets, sidestep competitors’ tactics, and shorten sales cycles. Key sections focus on how to protect intellectual property and work with and around multiple online venues like Google, Amazon, and Alibaba.
“Much of what we were taught and believed in for generations doesn’t work today,” said Hughes. “Behavioral Economics has debunked the conventional wisdom that assumes man is rational and makes logical decisions. Instead, real people regularly make bad decisions using all sorts of irrational, self-serving, self-sabotaging behaviors. Which is why the most carefully planned business strategies are regularly foiled by customer decisions that are puzzling, nonsensical and simply wrong.”
Armin Lear Releases SIMPLICITY
Book on How to Always Get into The Zone Available;
Launch Event August 29—15 Minutes of Sports History
Boulder, CO—August 5, 2020—In SIMPLICITY, Steven Yellin, gives up the secrets he has shared with the champions who endorse him. Based on neurophysiology, the science of how the brain physiology produces fluid motion in all sports, he describes what has to occur to get into “the Zone”—the Holy Grail for athletes in any sport. It is a practical, how-to book with the underpinning of science and the corroboration of #1 performances directly linked to “the Fluid Motion Factor golf program.” Scott McCarron, winner of the 2019 Schwab Cup and the number one senior golfer in the world, has used Steven’s program for the past four years.
On the publication date, the author will conduct a 15-minute launch on Zoom, with the window being a Muhurta, considered ideal for a successful launch of a new project. Participants have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—literally—to share the celebration and connect with the author for future conversations and coaching opportunities. Contact email@example.com to request a slot or for additional information.
“Golfers live in a world of continual experimentation,” says Yellin. “Every week, and sometimes every day, they are trying new things to improve their game. What are they searching for? Timing. Timing is the Holy Grail, for producing fluid, consistent motion. And timing is the most difficult thing to teach golfers. Until now.”
In this revolutionary book that is sure to change how coaches teach and players play, Yellin teaches a simple and powerful program that allows athletes to enter the Zone. Focused on golfers, Yellin uses every opportunity—drive to putt—to illustrate how the Fluid Motion Factor program works for everybody.
“There is one process in the mind that, when accessed, produces career rounds and major championship victories,” says Yellin. “The only problem has been that athletes never know when it will show up, how long it will last and when it does leave, how to get it back.” SIMPLICITY teaches golfers how to access that process by design.
Steven Yellin is the founder of the Fluid Motion Factor program, a mental sports training program. He has worked with professional golfers that have won over $80 million dollars in prize money. His program is endorsed by some of the leading golf professionals around the world, including legendary teaching pro David Leadbetter, who wrote the Foreword for SIMPLICITY.