Nov 11

Coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the Hudson River landing of US Airways Flight 1549, Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life , written by Kevin Quirk and Dorothy Firman, is the only book written in the words of 25 survivors detailing the impact their close encounter with death has had on them and their lives—both good and bad—over the past year. Each of the stories, as told to the authors, are compelling and thematically arranged, and includes life lessons readers will find helpful and inspirational in their own struggles for resilience.

The story of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s miraculous landing, the heroic acts of first responders, and the images of 150 grateful souls stepping off those water-coated wings to safety with nothing worse than soggy clothes and minor injuries has touched the world. There have been hundreds of high-profile media accounts and recent documentaries recounting the ins and outs of this stunning tale of survival against all odds and this “Miracle on the Hudson”, but Brace for Impact focuses primarily on an entirely different dimension to this captivating story: life after the crash.

This is the different, more meaningful, and more timely story that has yet to be told. What happened to these passengers when they went home to their families, their homes, their jobs, and everything else familiar but somehow not the same? What has been the real impact? Not of a disastrous crash, but instead the gift of a “new” life? What can we learn from the honest and open sharing of ordinary people who came back from the brink of death? Brace for Impact answers those questions and more by taking readers inside the hearts, minds and souls of 25 passengers. This inspirational book is designed to stir, encourage, and uplift anyone already moved by this stunning near-death experience and anyone seeking meaning during today’s troubled times.

Co-author Dorothy Firman is the New York Times best-selling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul, and two other books in the Chicken Soup series. Co-author Kevin Quirk is the author of Not Now, Honey, I’m Watching the Game, which was featured on 20/20, CBS, NPR, Redbook, the Washington Post, and more than 100 other media and Internet forums.

For More Information visit the Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Blog where you will be able to read more stories, watch videos and correspond with the passengers.

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Aug 10

Three newly published authors, who wrote their books while they were still teenagers, will be the featured speakers in a series of web conferences that are being made available to an international audience this week.

The authors, Marni Bates, Emily Smucker, and Chelsey Shannon were each faced with a life-changing crisis when they were in their teens. Marni, developed trichotillomania (a hair pullng compulsion), Emily was stricken with a chronic and life-threatening illness (West Nile virus), an Chelsey was orphaned after her mother died of cancer and her father was murdered during a robbery. Each of the girls used their writing as a way to move through and get beyond their crisis. What they wrote was so poignant and powerful that it has now been published as part of a series of books called, “Louder Than Words.”

During the live web conferences, each of the girls will talk about their crisis, how they coped, what other teens can learn from their trauma, and how they came to be published at such a young age. Audience members watching the conference from their own computers around the world will be able to interact with the authors in real-time by submitting questions to them through the WebTV chat tool.

A different live conference event is scheduled each night from August 10 – 14 at 8:00 p.m. EST, and is freely available to all internet users. Details about and access to the web conferences are available at the publisher’s website.

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