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May 15-31, 2005

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May 15-31, 2005 Edition BOOK DEALS Pearlsong Press

to Publish Ballard’s

Romantic Suspense

Nashville, TN/05/10/05—Pearlsong Press will publish Abigail’s Revenge, a romantic suspense novel by Pat Ballard, in fall 2005.

“We’re excited to add another novel by Pat to our catalog of entertaining and empowering books,” publisher Peggy Elam, Ph.D. said in announcing the deal. “We hope to have the book available for sale at our booth at the Southern Festival of Books October 7-9.”

Ballard has been dubbed the “Queen of Rubenesque Romances” due to her featuring plus-sized or “big beautiful” heroines in all of her works. Her previous novels (Wanted: One Groom, Nobody’s Perfect, His Brother’s Child, and A Worthy Heir) and short story collection, Dangerous Curves Ahead, have also been published by Pearlsong Press.

Ballard began writing motivational romance novels after dieting and starving herself from age 11 to 33, nearly destroying her health in the process. She decided to eat healthily, exercise moderately, and accept the body that followed. As her self-acceptance grew, she realized she wasn’t alone in her previous body hatred.

“These books aren’t just for larger women,” Ballard says. “They’re for women of all sizes to learn to accept themselves for the wonderful one-of-a-kind creation they are, and stop trying to look like or be someone they were never genetically programmed to be.”

Her fan base is growing, with readers regularly commenting on her books’ fresh attitude of self-acceptance and recognition of the natural diversity of body sizes.

Ballard’s books can be purchased from online booksellers including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as the retail store at the Pearlsong Press website ( www.pearlsong.com), Buck Off Babes ( www.buckoffbabes.com), and Borders bookstores. Other “brick and mortar” bookstores can order Ballard’s books for any customer if the books are not already on their shelves.

Pearlsong Press books are available to retailers and libraries through Ingram Book Group, Baker and Taylor, Broadart Company, and Lightning Source Inc., as well as directly from the publisher (P.O. Box 58065, Nashville, TN 37205, 1-866-4-A-PEARL, email protected from spam bots).

The Nashville, TN-based publishing company was founded by Elam, a psychologist and former journalist, to promote holistic and empowering fiction and nonfiction and the “Health at Every Size” approach to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

More information about Pearlsong Press is available at www.pearlsong.com.

Scribner Acquires

Insider Story

of Mafia Cops

NEW YORK, NY/05/02/05—Susan Moldow, Executive V.P. and Publisher of Scribner, announced today a major acquisition by senior editor Colin Harrison of The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two NYPD Detectives Who Murdered for the Mafia, the definitive insider account of the investigation and capture of two former New York City detectives, Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, who were arraigned April 21st on federal charges that they conspired to murder eight people on behalf of the Mafia. The book will be co-authored by William Oldham, the investigator for the United States Attorney’s Office whose tireless seven-year pursuit of the case resulted in the March arrest of the two former cops in Las Vegas. Guy Lawson, an award-winning journalist, will co-author the book. Scribner acquired world and audio rights to the book.

To be published in 2006, The Brotherhoods follows the paths of Caracappa and Eppolito as they traveled from New York City’s police academy to positions in the NYPD’s Brooklyn Robbery Squad, the Major Case Squad, and the Organized Crime Homicide Unit—and as they allegedly fell under the influence of Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso, a capo in one of the five New York Mafia families, who, working through a middleman, paid the detectives to commit murders and compromise major police investigations and informants. The case, one of the most spectacular police corruption/Mafia investigations in the history of New York City, went unanswered for years; now it promises to provide one of the most sensational trials in recent memory, featuring high-profile, celebrity defense attorneys Edward Hayes and Bruce Cutler. Oldham and Lawson show why the case took so long to solve and why the men who betrayed their oath of service were in the end themselves betrayed.

“This dramatic account has all the elements of a terrific publishing opportunity,” said Moldow of the project. “It combines the NYPD, the Mafia, Las Vegas, and even Hollywood. At the same time it’s a story with real characters, painstaking detective work, and genuine human interest. We are confident that we are bringing a tremendous story to book readers.”

Oldham, 51, is one of the top criminal investigators in the country, and has served as a policeman, detective, and investigator for thirty years. His career includes eleven years on the elite Major Case Squad of the NYPD, where he worked side by side with Caracappa in the early nineties. Piecing together old files, clues from murder scenes, and new information, Oldham built the case against Caracappa and Eppolito.

Co-writer Guy Lawson, 41, is an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered conflict in the Balkans and the Middle East, as well as crime, politics, and religion around the world. A long-time New York City resident and admitted to practice law in New York state, Lawson currently writes for Gentleman’s Quarterly. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and other national publications. Lawson was represented by agent Gay Salisbury of The Salisbury Literary Agency and Oldham was represented by Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss and Associates.

Simon & Schuster, part of the entertainment operation of Viacom Inc., is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and multimedia formats. Its divisions include the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at http://www.simonsays.com