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Halloween Spooktacular

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Halloween Spooktacular

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The season of screams and scares is officially here! Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to embrace your inner ghoul. For a skelton’s spooktacular holiday inspiration, Express Yourself!™ gets you into the spirit of Halloween faster than you can say BOO! We celebrate Halloween traditions from around the world with hosts Henna Hundal and Katelyn Darrow as they pepper our trick or treat show with tips on how to enjoy haunted attractions, create gory decorations, carve peculiar pumpkins, cook monster mash, and don unique costumes. Rising star on Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger”, hilarious and fun loving Sean Ryan Fox, talks about his love of superheroes, superpowers, and his similarities to his crazy character, Jasper. Debuting reporter of Hope Heals, Zahra Hasanain, delves into the history of Halloween while offering the best places and ways to trick or treat. As the chairperson of Be the Star You Are!®’s Trick or Treat for Literacy Campaign, Zahra as well as hosts Henna and Katelyn encourage donations to http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm to give books instead of candy. No matter what your age, as the skies darken and jack-o-lanterns glow, get your goosebumps on for a walking dead scary Halloween!


Catch “Henry Danger” Saturdays at 8pm on Nickelodeon, Official Henry Danger Website

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Listen at Voice America Kids Radio and Click here for photos, descriptions, links, and listen in. Also Listen to all broadcasts at ITUNES

Congrats to everyone who volunteers and supports Be the Star You Are!®. BTSYA has been named a 2014 TOP NON PROFIT for the 6th straight year and is one of the first to be awarded this honor by Guidestar and Great Non Profits.

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences. Thanks for supporting teens!

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It’s the Season of Giving Make a donation today. Buy books and shirts. 

Trick or Treat for Literacy: 

Give to Trick or Treat for Literacy. Instead of collecting candy, collect donations to give a child a book treat. 


The Business of Books, Forever and Always By Cynthia Brian

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The Business of Books, Forever and Always By Cynthia Brian
cynthia on airAfter nine blissful months of pregnancy and thirty-three excruciating hours of labor, my beautiful baby boy was born. After ten years of searching for land two years of construction mishaps, our custom home was erected.  Both experiences were only the beginning of a lifetime of commitment and dedication.

Birthing a book is equivalent to building a house or having a child. The real work begins and continues after the grand entrance.

When I was a newly published author, I was erroneously under the impression that the five years I had spent toiling to make every sentence sing signaled the end of my arduous journey. Now, I presumed, since I had built it, “they” would come while I embarked on my next writing adventure. Wrong, oh, so very wrong!

Publishing is a business, not a hobby. To grow a business, marketing and promoting are essential. When it comes to the book business, publicity and platform are the key elements to success. Whether traditionally or self-published, every author must be the writer, producer, director, and public relations firm of her own production. Publicity is 24/7, ongoing, and perpetual. Creating buzz around a book costs money, energy, time, and an Olympian spirit to win.

The most important thing any author needs to know about the book business is that being a laudable author is a marathon, not a sprint. As cliché as it is, if you want to become a star, you have to be the star you are. Be prompt, be persistent, be passionate, be everywhere!

As a mom, I am and always will be a doctor, lawyer, cook, teacher, housekeeper, police officer, playmate, entcynthia-booksertainer, and head cheerleader to my children. As a homeowner, it’s up to me to be the decorator, landscaper, window washer, pipe cleaner, fence fixer, maintenance provider, bill payer, pooper scooper, and good neighbor. And as an author, I am the Chief Enthusiasm Officer of my books, championing my cause, walking my talk, and exciting others to read my words by constantly promoting, publicizing, and producing while being the consummate mother and contractor of my artistic empire…today, tomorrow, and forever.

Cynthia Brian is a New York Times best selling author, radio personality, media coach, and Founder of the literacy and positive message charity, Be the Star You Are!® When she’s not writing and coaching, you’ll find her with her menagerie of adopted animals mucking her barn. Cynthia@CynthiaBrian.com.

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