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Action Alert! is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient

Mom's Choice Award seal

Mom’s Choice Award seal

The Mom’s Choice Awards® Names the novel Thunderbirds™: Action Alert! by Joan Marie Verba Among Best In Family-Friendly Products

The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named the Thunderbirds™ novel, Action Alert!, among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

Parents, educators, librarians and retailers rely on MCA evaluations when selecting quality materials for children and families. The Mom’s Choice Awards® seal helps families and educators navigate the vast array of products and services and make informed decisions.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of our panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples of a product. Entries are matched to judges in the MCA database. Judges perform a thorough analysis and submit a detailed assessment. Results are compiled and submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final approval. The end result is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products and services that parents and educators can feel confident in using.

Mom’s Choice Awards: www.MomsChoiceAwards.com

Thunderbirds ™ & © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2010. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Posted by Publisher at 2/1/2010 3:10 PM

 

Weight Loss Success! First Review

I was pleased to find a a very favorable review of Weight Loss Success! today. “Highly recommended for all weight and health conscious people or their friends who want to gift the book.”  Full review at: http://weightlosssuccess.ws/

Posted by Publisher at 1/13/2010 8:26 PM

Midwest Book Review on Deadly Danger!

A highly favorable review from the Midwest Book Review:

Midwest Book Review, http://www.midwestbookreview.com
January 2010 Small Press Bookwatch

Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger!
Joan Marie Verba
FTL Publications
PO Box 1363, Minnetonka, MN 55345-0363
9780965357593, $15.95, 
www.ftlpublications.com

International Rescue can best be served by stopping the cause
instead of the source. “Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger” is another
novel of science fiction based on the famous television series as the
Tracy family is again faced off with evil as a mad rocket scientist
threatens the world to prove he is the most skilled at his trade the
world has ever known. Jeff Tracy must stop this madman before he
threatens lives even further, making International Rescue’s job ever
more difficult. “Thunderbirds: Deadly Danger” is a choice pick for
fans of the series or simply young science fiction fans.

Posted by Publisher at 1/6/2010 9:15 PM

Weight Loss Success! on sale now

Weight Loss Success! (Subtitle: How I Lost Weight and Kept It Off for Over 30 Years and How You Can Do It, Too!) came from the printer today and is now on sale. This is a change of pace for FTL Publications, as it is not in a genre category. It is also different from previous titles in that it is mass-market paperback size, and brief (32 pages). The smaller size and relatively few number of pages may make it more accessible and readable than if it were larger and thicker. It’s a quick, easy read, in other words.

Posted by Publisher at 1/6/2010 9:06 PM 

Publisher’s note: this was replaced by the second edition later.

Deadly Danger article in IAMTW newsletter

The latest IAMTW (I Am a Media Tie-In Writer) newsletter has an article about the latest Thunderbirds novel, Deadly Danger!

http://www.iamtw.org/newsletter.html

The newsletter is in .pdf format. Click on the link, then click on November/December 2009 to read the latest newsletter.

Posted by Publisher at 1/5/2010 1:25 PM

Deadly Danger, chapter 1 posted, preorders being taken

Chapter 1 of Deadly Danger has been posted to the FTL Publications website. Go to:

http://www.ftlpublications.com/deadlydanger.htm

and click on “read chapter 1.”

Preorders are being taken for Deadly Danger.

Posted by Publisher at 10/2/2009 4:03 PM 

FTL Publications titles in various eBook formats on Smashwords

FTL Publications titles are now available in the following eBook formats on Smashwords: ePub, Sony Reader, Kindle (.mobi, .mobipocket), and Palm Doc. Smashwords also makes these titles available with Stanza, an e-reading app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. For more information, go to:

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ftlpublications

Posted by Publisher at 8/24/2009 8:22 PM

FTL Publications titles on the Kindle

The following FTL Publications titles are now available on Amazon.com’s Kindle eBook format: Autumn World, Boldly Writing, Cat’s Paw, and Murder at the War.

Posted by Publisher at 6/30/2009 3:26 PM 

More on the Mom’s Choice Awards® recognition of Countdown to Action!

Mom’s Choice Awards® blog:
http://momschoiceawards.blogspot.com

Mom's Choice Award seal

Mom’s Choice Award seal


HONORING EXCELLENCE The Mom’s Choice Awards® is an annual awards competition that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.


Countdown to Action is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom’s Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book has been honored by this distinguished award. —Mom’s Choice Awards

Posted by Publisher at 5/3/2009 7:43 PM

Countdown to Action! is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient

Mom's Choice Award seal

Mom’s Choice Award seal

FTL Publications is delighted to announce that Thunderbirds: Countdown to Action! by Joan Marie Verba, is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in the Young Adult: Fantasy, Myths & Legends category.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Countdown to Action! was named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services for 2009. Joan Marie Verba, author of Countdown to Action!, says, “I’m proud to have received this award. It is my goal to write family-friendly stories which can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. I’m so pleased that the Mom’s Choice Awards® committee has recognized these efforts.” A complete list of recipients can be found at:www.momschoiceawards.com/celebrate09.php.

Thunderbirds TM & © 1964, 1999 and 2008 ITC Entertainment Group Limited. ‘Thunderbirds’ is a Gerry Anderson Production. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Posted by Publisher at 1/31/2009 9:11 PM 

Thunderbirds novels mentioned in FAB 61

FAB is the newsletter of The Official Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society (Fanderson). Issue 61 included a very nice interview with me about the Thunderbirds books, especially Countdown to Action!, and displayed the covers for both Countdown to Action! and Action Alert!

Posted by Publisher at 12/6/2008 7:57 PM 

Other places to order Action Alert

Action Alert is being carried by the following places in addition to FTL Publications:

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore has copies for sale now.

Amazon.com has copies now: Order Action Alert! from Amazon.com

FAB Gear USA has copies: http://fabgearusa.com/

Posted by Publisher at 11/30/2008 8:59 AM

Action Alert is here!

Action Alert came back from the printer today and it looks great! The preorders are all packed and will be mailed tomorrow.

Posted by Publisher at 11/20/2008 9:19 PM

Action Alert, chapters 1 and 2 posted

I have posted chapters 1 and 2 of Action Alert! To read chapters 1 and 2, go to the FTL Publications site and click on the Action Alert! cover or directly to the Action Alert! page and click on “read chapter 1.”

Posted by Publisher at 11/10/2008 2:44 PM

Countdown to Action! receives award

NBBA-Award
FTL Publications Thunderbirds™ Novel “Countdown to Action!” Scores Finalist Honor in the 5th Annual National “Best Books” Awards

Minnetonka, MN – USABookNews.com, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE NATIONAL “BEST BOOKS” 2008 AWARDS (NBBA) on October 20, 2008. Among the finalists in the Fiction and Literature: Young Adult Fiction category is Countdown to Action! a Thunderbirds™ novel, based on the 1960s television series, published by FTL Publications.

Joan Marie Verba, FTL’s Publisher, and author of Countdown to Action!, says of the award, “I’m thrilled to have received this recognition for my first Thunderbirds™ novel. It’s a tribute to the beloved characters of the show that the novel did so well.”

Jeff Keen, President and CEO of USABookNews.com, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries. Keen says of the awards, now in their fifth year, “The 2008 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperCollins, Hyperion, St. Martin’s Press, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons and hundreds of independent titles contributed to this year’s outstanding NBBA competition. Keen adds, “NBBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the USABookNews.com National “Best Books” 2008 Awards are available online at www.USABookNews.com.

FTL Publications is a multiple award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and mystery publishing house founded in 1993. This independent publisher obtained the only license ever issued in the U.S., and the only current license in the world, to create original novels based on the series, issued by Granada Ventures in London.

Countdown to Action! is the latest release from FTL Publications. Action Alert!, the next novel in the Thunderbirds™ series, has a scheduled release date of November 2008.

Thunderbirds TM & © 1964, 1999 and 2008 ITC Entertainment Group Limited. ‘Thunderbirds’ is a Gerry Anderson Production. Licensed by Granada Ventures Ltd. All rights reserved.

Posted by Publisher at 10/20/2008 2:07 PM