Clients: Public Relations

Christopher R. Phillip

LOVE is the most important thing in the Universe on

Love is the Most Important Thing in the Universe is a beautiful and heart-warming story that teaches children in a contemporary way that love is a great thing. Jesus shares the story of love, happiness, fun, and beauty in this inspirational children’s book. Four lessons are designed to teach children about the universe they live in and how love defines their interactions with the new people they meet every day.  

Dracul Hardcover – October 2018

by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker

The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller of riveting suspense that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s — and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. “It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here …”

“J.D. Barker is a one-of-a-kind writer and that’s a rare and special thing. Stephen King comes to mind and Lee Child, John Sandford. All one-of-a-kinds. Don’t miss anything J.D. writes.” `~~James Patterson, #1 International Bestselling Author


The Fifth To Die by J.D. Barker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) available July 2018!


J.D. Barker’s second novel The Fifth to Die (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was released this Summer to critical acclaim even before hitting the market for consumer consumption!  Internationally re-known author James Patterson was so impressed after reading an advance of Barker’s book that he not only wrote a five-star review but suggested a collaboration in the near future.  This much-anticipated work was  Barker’s second thriller in a three-book series, following The Fourth Monkey.  Barker’s  newest release continues to garner notable attention as it, like the first novel, sky-rockets to international acclaim and sales!


The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker picked up by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


“Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel.  A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.” ~ Jeffrey Deaver, Internationally-selling #1 Book Author.  “For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.  As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.”

Praise for The Fourth Monkey:
***“Not since Hannibal Lecter had a friend for dinner has a serial killer been so skillfully rendered on the page.” ~Taylor Elmore, Writer/Producer of Justified and Limitless
***“Creepy, scary . . . and impossible to put down! The Fourth Monkey is everything a thriller should be—a must read!” ~Heather Graham, NY Times Bestselling Author
***“In the tradition of SE7EN and THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE FOURTH MONKEY combines breakneck speed with a baffling puzzle. It has pace to die for.” ~David Morrell, NY Times  Bestselling Author
***“A chillingly delicious page-turner.” ~Kelley Armstrong, NY Times Bestselling Author
***“Make no mistake, this is a suspense novel through and through, and it’s in no way shy about it.” ~Jack Ketchum, Award Winning Author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door
*“This book is seriously brilliant: the best serial killer thriller I’ve ever read.” —Lisa Milton, Executive Editor HarperCollins
***“Absolutely freaking brilliant! I didn’t want this book to end but what a fantastic finish! This is going to be THE crime thriller of 2017.” —Maxine Groves, Top Amazon and GoodReads Reviewer

Author JD Barker releases debut thriller novel Forsaken

jdbarkerWhen horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination. It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft. But was it really fiction? He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family. She wants to come back. At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive. Secretly wondering if she caused it all…a deal she made long ago. A deal with the Forsaken.
2014 Bram Stoker Award’s winners “Superior Achievement in a First Novel Winners:  Forsaken, J.D.Barker (Hampton Creek)
2015 New Apple E-books Awards/Horror Winner /1
2015 New Apple E-book Awards /2

Meet Author JD Barker

Jonathan Dylan Barker is the internationally bestselling author of Forsaken (Hampton Creek Press, 2014) – a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Debut Novel, the expertly crafted tale twists both past and present into a fast-paced, suspenseful ride which has earned him comparisons to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul. His latest novel, The Fourth Monkey, is heading to editors early in 2016. In addition, he has been asked to co-author a prequel to Dracula by the Stoker family. Barker splits his time between Englewood, FL, and Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife, Dayna.
Wikipedia: J.D. Barker…  Stephen King read portions of Forsaken prior to publication and granted Barker permission to utilize the character of Leland Gaunt of King’s Needful Things in the novel.[10] …Indie-published in late 2014, the book went on to hit some major milestones – #2 on Audible (Harper Lee with Go Set a Watchman held #1), #44 on Amazon U.S., #2 on Amazon Canada, and #22 on Amazon UK. …Forsaken was also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award (Best Debut Novel) and won a handful of others including a New Apple Medalist Award.[5] After reading Forsaken, Bram Stoker’s family reached out to Barker and asked him to co-author a prequel to Dracula utilizing Bram’s original notes and journals, much of which has never been made public.[11] …Barker’s indie success drew the attention of traditional agents and publishers and in early 2016 his debut thriller, The Fourth Monkey sold in a series of pre-empts and auctions worldwide.  Barker is published Internationally by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US); HarperCollins HQ (UK); Recorded Books (Audio)

Media includes but is not limited to…

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  “J.D. Barker’s second novel is a terrifying romp”
Pittsburgh City Paper “Forsaken author J. D. Barker, now a Pittsburgher, anticipates his next novel”  
Pittsburgh Magazine  Book Reviews:  Forsaken... “Forsaken is the story of horror writer Thad McAlister…
Pittsburgh Trib Total Media “Carnegie horror author finds instand success with 1st novel”
Littsburgh:  Celebrating Literary Pittsburgh:  “Forsaken… From the Witch Trials of Centuries Past, an Evil Awakens… Inspired by Real Events”
Palm Beach Post “Horror Writer from Lake Worth Shares the 5 Books that Scare Him”
Palm Beach Post “Penning a Prequel to Dracula
Lansing State Journal (Lansing, MI) “Chilling Fourth Monkey will Keep You Up All Night… Reading”
Press Republican (Plattsburgh, NY)  “The Fourth Monkey
ThePassiveVoice “The Indie Author Behind the Dracula Prequel”
“The Indie Author Behind the Official Dracula Prequel”
Authors of the Pacific Northwest Podcast



authors of the pacific northwest
For Immediate Release…  Vikki J. Carter launches Authors of the Pacific Northwest
Vikki J. Carter is the proud producer of Authors of the Pacific Northwest, a weekly podcast aimed directly at authors who are interested in learning some of the techniques to be successful in the publishing industry! Her company, Squishpen Productions, focuses specifically on helping area (and even national!) writers learn from published authors the tips of the trade so they too can succeed in such a competitive field…  
Bend Bulletin, Bend OR /1  
Bend Bulletin, Bend OR/2
For Immediate Release…. Podcast Producer Vikki J. Carter launches Authors of the Pacific Northwest
Vikki J. Carter recently launched her newest project, Authors of the Pacific Northwest, under the umbrella of her company SquishPen Productions.  This weekly podcast, running 35-45 minutes, gives writers ample time to share their journeys in the publishing world.  The series features a wide range of published Pacific Northwest authors of all genres, from those who are independent, self-published, and traditionally published.  It also features some of the finest and sometimes unknown authors from the area for the listening pleasure of writers and readers across the nation. The mission of Authors of the Pacific Northwest is so local writers can branch out into the new media of podcasting while gaining readers and inspiring new writers!  Listeners will not only hear insider views of the publication world, but they will also listen to authors read from their latest works and upcoming projects. In other words, Carter’s catchphrase is for everyone to “enjoy the journey.”
Vikki J. Carter, Podcast Producer & Author  SquishPen Productions:  360-261-9879                                                   

Romarin Demitri

The Frost Bloom Garden

frosrbloomcoverAs if the supernatural London Underground couldn’t open up any further, Romarin is immersed in different cultures, struggles, factions—and the revelation of her first dangerous foe—that make the hidden world what it is: treacherous. As a detective in pursuit of a Jack The Ripper type killer, Romarin’s sole purpose is to destroy evidence of their secret world, reminding her of how blurred all of their roles are, and that the price for that could very well be one’s life. With rumors of a safe haven, an island where people like her can be free and understood, perhaps she won’t need the cure she vehemently seeks. A cure for a broken heart however, that’s another story. And a cure for a burning heart? That’s just impossible.

A Mirror Among Shattered Glass 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00014]Unenthusiastic about relocating to her birth city of London, a charming paranormal investigator with claim to the throne could change her mind, as he leads her to the only living and distant relative she has: a raven-haired recluse named Talia, who has taken refuge in an old castle in the heart of the city, and doesn’t seem to have a heart of her own.Unable to contain the deadly nature of her family secret and powers, nine-teen year old Romarin Demetri hails from California, to unearth her heritage as a descendant of serial-killer, Countess Bathory, the woman that lent Dracula his legend, and cursed Romarin with an appetite for blood.  

Introducing Romarin Demetri

Romarin Demetri, author and creative force, is a story crafter who loves black coffee and traveling abroad. When her characters come home in some sort of trouble, Demetri swears she didn’t invent it. Pulling from her Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, her debut series, The Supernatural London Underground, is a blend of fantasy ground in reality and a world readers can truly escape to. As an eccentric and reader, she still enjoys creating the alternate reality in her urban fantasy series (more than anything!), and her interactive world waits for you at
Twitter: @Romarindemetri 

Melanie Rongone, aesthetician extraordinaire opens Cleveland’s Immortal Allure Spa Studio 

The organic, anti-aging skin studio in North Royalton, Ohio. Esthetic services, microdermabrasion, and peels. Cruelty-free and natural skincare, and handmade palm-free soaps.
Violet Szilvas, UltraViolet Communications
Public Relations and Communications expert having served as publicist, writer, editor, proofreader, and instructor in 30+ years as practitioner. Experience in communications encompasses a wide range of products and services. Currently represents book, business, and beauty clients, and has represented clients in the music, arts, leisure, restaurant, and sporting industries among others. Most notable client at the moment is author J.D. Barker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and his thriller novels “The Fifth to Die,” “The Fourth Monkey,” and “Forsaken.” Works in conjunction with HMH’s Marketing Department to achieve the most expansive coverage possible for Barker.
Previously served as a magazine writer for such international publications as Ocean Drive, and national magazines including Elegant Bride and Fashion Spectrum. Also contributed to newspapers, news magazines, catalogs, trades, and in-house publications. Most recent piece is a blog (November, 2016) for Zildjian Cymbals: “From the Street to Social: Tips for Self Promotion from an 80s Sunset Strip Rock’n’Roll Publicist,” at
Adjunct professor and lecturer for over 25 years. Taught a variety of writing and communication courses for numerous public and private institutions of higher education – both four year universities and two year colleges, starting out at UCLA, then to Florida Atlantic, and currently Cuyahoga Community and Ursuline Colleges with many other schools in between. Additionally taught executive seminars on communications, writing, and professional skills to business clientele including national, regional, and local companies, governmental agencies, and private individuals.
Szilvas is a two-time graduate of Kent State University, earning a Master of Arts in Journalism, specializing in Public Relations, and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing and Management concentrations. She has also pursued many hours in PhD level courses in Comparative Studies.



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