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Last week saw the release of The Great Mormon Conspiracy, a non-fiction book that reads almost like a fictional tome, by mother-son writing team Alta and Monte Lyon.
In the publishing world, timing is close to the most important part of the whole scenario. Thus it was with great glee that the co-authors learned this, as released by PBS TV.
"The Mormons" (working title)
AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - FRONTLINE Special Presentation (two 90-minute episodes, April 2007)
"The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest growing religions, and its influence circles the globe. The church has 11 million members today and over half of them live outside the U.S. Yet the birth of Mormonism and its history is one of America's great neglected narratives. This three-hour documentary brings together FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in their first co-production to provide a searching portrait of this fascinating but often misunderstood religion. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney ("Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero," "John Paul II: The Millennial Pope"), the film will explore the richness, the complexities, and the controversies of the Mormons' story as told through interviews with leaders and members of the church, with leading writers and historians, and with supporters and critics of the Mormon faith."
Also, strong news of the Mormon bigamist who was captured in Nevada last fall is projected to go to trial in the spring, at the latest reportings. If that happens, will the media attention be that of the O.J. Simpson trial? If so, Monte and Alta have another built-in sales pitch for their book.
So what exactly is the premise of The Great Mormon Conspiracy?  
Presented as a dialogue between Grandmother and Granddaughter, Mormon history and its beliefs unfold as never before. Grandmother, convinced of the legitimacy of Joseph Smith, discloses to an inquisitive teen the betrayal and deceit she has uncovered in a forty-year quest for the truth. What unfolds is a complex drama that transformed Joseph Smith’s focus on the eternal into a gospel fixated on the flesh. A transformation paved on a trail of blood that would necessitate the eventual murdering of Joseph Smith and other family members at the hands of his own followers disguised as a mob. A trail that would climax thousands of miles away in a desert where the leader of this deceit, Brigham Young, would bring the United States Government down upon the church by orchestrating the slaughter of a wagon train. Unimaginable brutality for the four thousand dollars in gold they carried that was desperately needed to finance Brigham Young’s obsessions. The story concluded with the self-appointed leader taking his own life rather than facing justice at the hands of a nation who waited patiently with canons aimed at his estate.
This is the second Star* book by Monte Lyon. His first book, Emotion: Master or Servant? (self-help inspirational) is one of Star's top-selling books.
In addition, Monte and his wife Tanya welcomed a brand new bouncing baby boy last week. Monte, it looks like your time has come!
Is it from hard work, his charming personality, karma, or all of them? Or is it that sometimes you just get lucky?  

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Every time you turn on the TV, pick up a magazine or newspaper, or talk to a friend, the two top topics of conversation seem to be the weather and the health situation in our country. You can't escape the ads for one medicine after another, often leaving you to wonder if you were perhaps better off with the original problem than you are if you are hit with any or all of the side effects you are warned about.
But it is not all bad news. The following comes to us from our resident Star* Author, Epstein LaRue, RN, author of just released Highway Hypodermics: Travel Nursing 2007.
Got this email that I just had to share with y'all...  This is related to my Top Ten list of Travel Nursing Companies that I publish every year... 
Just thought that I would give you an update since we last talked a year ago.  We are now in San Diego.....Jeri's still travel nursing with Cross Country, but we actually just started our own travel nurse staffing company and are just super excited about it!
We are 'Apex Healthcare Staffing Solutions, Inc.' - our website is in the final design stages now and should be up by the end of this month.  Jeri will probably work a couple assignments under Apex before moving in to a more full time position with me to take care of our nurses.
We've met lots of nurses, talked with lots of nurses and also by using your top ten criteria - think we're putting together a stellar program for our nurses.
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello, find out how things are going for you, let you know how things were going with us and also to start talking with you about competing for a spot on your top ten for next year! 
Oh, I just ordered a copy of your new book the other day too....looking forward to reading it!
And then Epi adds:
Y'ALL ARE REALLY MISSING OUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A TOP TEN OR SOMETHING SIMILAR!  I have companies that are forming around my Top Ten criteria...  which is the 21 things that nurses want the most in a travel company!
This week, since I introduced my top ten I have had over 2,100 visitors viewing over 9,000 pages and over 1000 people have downloaded my Top Ten Travel Nursing companies...  and this just happened to be at the same time that my new book was released.
What are your Top Ten Reasons for Writing???



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