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The world’s largest celebration of agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage drew a record-breaking 2,611,176 visitors in total attendance to the 85th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 7 – 26, 2017.

“Powered by more than 33,000 volunteers, the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo successfully provided a record number of visitors with a world-class entertainment experience,” said Joel Cowley, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO.

“During the 2017 Show, fans were immersed in one-of-a-kind educational and agricultural exhibits, larger-than-life entertainment, and nightly celebrations of Western heritage during RODEOHOUSTON®.”



The total 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attendance was more than the population of any Texas city.

  • Total attendance for all activities on the grounds was a record 2,611,176. o In three days, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest entertained 226,369 guests, and on Thursday, March 2, attendance reached an opening-day record of 47,883.

o Another record was broken on Saturday, March 18, with a single-day attendance of 185,667, when the Show had more people on the grounds than Texas’ 16th most populated city.

  • Paid Rodeo/concert attendance reached 1,370,263. o Two of the RODEOHOUSTON® performances landed on the list of the Show’s top 20 paid rodeo/concert attendance records. § First: Sunday, March 19, 2017 – Go Tejano Day – Banda El Recodo and Siggno – 75,557
  • 17th: Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Luke Bryan – 75,033


  • RODEOHOUSTON committed $2.17 million to its contestants in 2017.
  • The 2017 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series invited the world’s top rodeo athletes to compete in seven traditional rodeo events, March 7 – 25. o With the entire purse provided by RODEOHOUSTON, Super Series athletes competed for a share of $1,748,000 in prize money. Each event champion rode out of NRG Stadium with $50,000, plus winnings from the preliminary rounds.

o 2017 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Champions, with total money earned, are: § Tie-Down Roping: Caleb Smidt: Belleville, Texas – $58,500

  • Bareback Riding: Jake Vold: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada – $56,000
  • Team Roping: Zac Small: Welch, Oklahoma; and Levi Lord: Sturgis, South Dakota – $110,000
  • Saddle Bronc Riding: Cody DeMoss: Heflin, Louisiana – $56,438 • 2003 RODEOHOUSTON Champion
  • Steer Wrestling: Tyler Waguespack: Gonzales, Louisiana – $56,500
  • Barrel Racing: Kassie Mowry: Dublin, Texas – $60,000
  • Bull Riding: Garrett Smith: Rexburg, Idaho – $53,375
  • The RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout®: North America’s Champions, presented by Crown Royal, was held Sunday, March 26, 2017. o This one-day event featured champion athletes from eight of the best rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.

o Contestants competed as individuals, and as part of a team consisting of event champions from each of the eight rodeos.

o The Super Shootout features five fan-favorite events: bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling.

o With a total purse of $250,000, the Super Shootout is among the richest one-day rodeo events in the world. Each event champion earned $25,000, and team members earned an additional $2,500 each for their share of $12,500 for the winning team.

o 2017 champions, with the rodeos they represented, are:

  • Bareback Riding: Tim, O’Connell, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • Barrel Racing: Ivy Conrado, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • Bull Riding: Riker Carter, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • Saddle Bronc Riding: Taos Muncy, Reno Rodeo
  • Steer Wrestling: Sterling Lambert, Rodeo Austin
  • Super Shootout Team Award: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
  • each team member took home an additional $2,500


  • Livestock and horse show competitions drew 32,793 entries.
  • There were more than 19,000 Houston Livestock Show junior entries for the 10 breeding, market and dairy livestock shows, and 21 judging competitions and contests.
  • Junior auction sales totaled $15,239,356
  • Six junior auction Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion lots set world or Show records. The prices for the top winners in the junior market and school art auctions were:

o Junior Market Barrow

  • Grand Champion Barrow: $212,000 (world record)
  • Reserve Grand Champion Barrow: $133,000 (world record)

o Junior Market Pen of Broilers § Grand Champion Pen of Broilers: $150,000

  • Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers: $75,000

o Junior Market Goat § Grand Champion Goat: $180,000 (world record)

  • Reserve Grand Champion Goat: $115,000

o Junior Market Lamb § Grand Champion Lamb: $270,000 (world record)

  • Reserve Grand Champion Lamb: $125,000

o Junior Market Steer § Grand Champion Steer: $345,000

  • Reserve Grand Champion Steer: $330,000

o Junior Market Turkey § Grand Champion Turkey: $110,000

  • Reserve Grand Champion Turkey: $68,000

o School Art § Grand Champion Work of Art: $235,000 (Show record)

  • Reserve Grand Champion Work of Art: $221,000 (Show record)
  • Auction totals (unaudited preliminary totals that do not include cash contributions and some purchase commitment amounts) were:

o Barrow: $2,773,280

o Lamb and Goat: $3,101,479

o Poultry: $1,615,334

o School Art: $2,285,233

o Steer: $4,354,700

  • The Junior Commercial Steer Auction totals were $628,539 (live auction of choice steers).
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Champion Wine Auction brought in $1,844,208.
  • The Ranching & Wildlife Auction totaled $551,116.
  • Calf scramble and judging contest winners received 370 certificates, each worth $2,000, to apply toward the purchase of a registered beef heifer, steer or dairy calf to exhibit at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show. Certificate premiums totaled $740,000.
  • Calf scramble exhibitors from 2016 who returned with their heifer, steer and dairy projects to compete at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show received more than $100,000 total in premiums and awards.


  • The Show committed $26,065,510 to the youth of Texas in 2017:

o $14,272,000 in scholarships to be awarded this summer ($18,000 scholarships were increased to $20,000);

o $7,653,750 to junior show exhibitors and calf scramble participants;

o $3,614,360 in educational program grants; and

o $525,400 in graduate assistantships.



  • Three RODEOHOUSTON entertainers drew 75,000 or more fans to NRG Stadium.
  • Show officials announced on Thursday, March 16, that country music icon Garth Brooks would open and close 2018 RODEOHOUSTON.
  • The new Mare and Foal presentation became a fan-favorite during the nightly 2017 performances, highlighting animal welfare and breeding programs. A new foal was born during RODEOHOUSTON, and fans voted to name the new addition Houston’s Honey.

AGVENTURE, presented by Occidental Petroleum

  • More than 61,000 people participated in a scheduled school tour or field trip.
  • More than 20,000 little cowboys and cowgirls rode the pony rides.
  • More than 425 eggs hatched in the Poultry Exhibit.
  • Fifty-eight piglets, 20 calves and 14 lambs and were born at the Birthing Center.
  • More than 65,000 sunflower seeds were planted in the Soil Exhibit.

The Junction

  • More than 109,500 little farmers visited TDECU Fun on the Farm.
  • More than 16,000 people rode camels.
  • More than 3,500 children participated in Mutton Bustin’ in The Junction.


  • Visitors consumed o 47,480 tamales;

o 38,000 cinnamon rolls;

o 29,196 potatoes;

o 18,915 barbecue sandwiches;

o 10,819 sausages on-a-stick;

o 8,000 funnel cakes;

o 3,400 corn dogs;

o and 122 slices of bug pizza.


  • Live television broadcasts were available on FOX Sports Southwest throughout the U.S. and Canada, March 22 – 26.
  • Live streaming of RODEOHOUSTON action each night was available at and
  • The Show produced four live streams of various Show activities and live rodeo competition each day.

Show Merchandise

  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and entertainer merchandise sales reached more than $4 million.
  • More than 80,000 items with the Show’s logo went home with fans, including 25,000 T-shirts, 10,000 lapel pins, and 10,000 cups and mugs.

Social Media

  • Since March 1, 2017,

o more than 357,000 public mentions online were recorded;

o 281,259,000 fans were reached online;

o and more than 287,683,000 additional fans were reached due to shares of the Show’s online content.


  • More than 830,000 visitors utilized the Rodeo Express and METRO Park & Ride locations, including more than 380,000 riding METRORail.


  • It took 350 truckloads of equipment to build the carnival.
  • The carnival hosted more than 2.4 million riders during the 20-day run of the Show.
  • Eighty semitrailers full of teddy bears found new homes.
  • Forty-one miles of turkey legs, if lined up end to end, were eaten.
  • The equivalent of two fields of corn were roasted.
  • The top five rides were Skyride, La Grande XL, Windstorm, RaveWave and G Force.
  • The top five games were Bank a Ball #1, One Ball, Mini Basketball, Bank a Ball #2 and Tubs.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 18.

Buyers invested in Texas youth, and set two world records at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Barrow Auction, Friday, March 24.

The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow sold for a world record of $212,000 to buyers Mickie and Jim Clark, Terri and Greg Courtney, Jackie and Jon Hodges, and Linda and David Johnson

David Johnson said there are many charities he could donate to, but the mission of the Show directly aligns with his and his fellow buyers’ values.

“We are privileged and blessed to support the Show,” Johnson said. “We are glad to support people who help themselves.”

The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow was exhibited by Allie James, 17, from Stratford, Texas, who in addition to showing livestock, plays basketball and is a National Honor Society member.

Johnson said that showing livestock teaches exhibitors, like Allie, the important life lessons of responsibility and dedication, as well as develops their work ethic.

“Allie is pretty successful in her own right and knows how to work hard.” Johnson said. “We are glad to reward that success.”

The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow, exhibited by Sadie Hardison, 13, of Fredericksburg, Texas, sold for $133,000 — another world record.

Jennifer and Paxton Crew contributed to the record-breaking bid, along with buyers Tori and Ed DeCora, Mary and Ken Hucherson, and Sheila and Emmett Story. Paxton Crew, a supporter of the Show for 15 years, said his own experiences in showing livestock led him to want to support exhibitors year after year.

“I’m here today because of the education I received in agriculture,” Crew said. “I know the dedication it takes and the responsibility these kids develop. You learn a lot about yourself, and I want to help support that.”

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.

Champions from the top rodeos in the U.S. and Canada gathered in NRG Stadium, Sunday, March 26, to compete in the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: North America’s Champions for their chance to win $25,000 and bragging rights as the best of the best.

With a total purse of $250,000, the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout is one of the richest one-day rodeo events in the world. Each rodeo athlete competed as an individual as well as with a team. Each champion received a $25,000 payout, and the winning team received a $12,500 payout. The teams consisted of the champion athletes from the following eight rodeos: Calgary Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, National Western Stock Show, Reno Rodeo, Rodeo Austin, RODEOHOUSTON, and San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Tonight’s high point team was Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. The winning team consisted of bareback rider Tim O’Connell, steer wrestler Matt Reeves, saddle bronc rider Jake Wright, barrel racer Ivey Conrado and bull rider Riker Carter.


Tim O’Connell of Zwingle, Iowa, claimed the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout Bareback Riding Championship title with a 90-point ride. O’Connell said the competition in the Shootout is of high caliber, so he knew he needed to ride well coming into tonight’s contest.

“We compete against eight standouts in each event and ride the best bucking broncs in the sport,” O’Connell said. “With the best-of-the-best here, you have to step up your game. It makes for a special day.”

Top Four

Tim O’Connell: Zwingle, Iowa — $25,000

Jake Brown: Cleveland, Texas — $10,000

Orin Larsen: Inglis, Manitoba, Canada— $5,500

Clayton Biglow: Clements, California — $3,500


Sterling Lambert of Fallon, Nevada, wrestled his steer in 5 seconds flat to win the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout Steer Wrestling Championship. He left the arena with the Champion title and $25,000 — the most he said he has ever won at one rodeo.

“The atmosphere at RODEOHOUSTON is amazing and we are treated so well,” Lambert said. “I competed against the best bulldoggers out there, so winning feels amazing.”

Top Four

Sterling Lambert: Fallon, Nevada — $25,000

Dakota Eldridge: Elko, Nevada — $10,000

Matt Reeves: Cross Plains, Texas — $5,500

Baylor Roche: Tremonton, Utah — $3,500


A 90-point ride in the Super Shootout Saddle Bronc Riding secured the win for Taos Muncy of Corona, New Mexico. Muncy said he battled an injury for the last six months, so this championship is more than just another win. It is his way of restarting his rodeo career.

“I have been hurt, so to get this win is a relief,” Muncy said. “Since this is such a prestigious rodeo, the win means so much more. I’m excited to be back.”

Top Four

Taos Muncy: Corona, New Mexico — $25,000

Zeke Thurston: Big Valley, Alberta, Canada — $10,000

Clay Elliott: Nanton, Alberta, Canada – $5,500

Jacobs Crawley: Boerne, Texas – $3,500


Ivy Conrado of Hudson, Colorado, won the Super Shootout Barrel Racing Championship with a 14.27 second run, even though her stirrup fell off going into the first barrel. Conrado said that when she looks at her Championship belt buckle, she will always remember that moment.

“The Super Shootout is a prestigious rodeo because you get to compete against other champions,” Conrado said. “I love that because I don’t ever want a handout. I want to compete against the best.”

Top Four

Ivy Conrado: Hudson, Colorado — $25,000

Pamela Capper: Cheney, Washington — $10,000

Abby Penson: Blossom, Texas — $5,500

Stevi Hillman: Weatherford, Texas — $3,500


A first-time rider at RODEOHOUSTON, Riker Carter of Stone, Idaho, captured the Bull Riding Super Shootout Championship. Carter said the crowd motivated him and this win is the biggest win of his career.

“This place is better than any place I’ve ever been before,” Carter said. “When the people here are cheering as loud as they are, I can barely here the buzzer. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Top Four

Riker Carter: Stone, Idaho — $25,000

Sage Steel Kimzey: Strong City, Oklahoma — $6,333

Markus Mariluch: Daingerfield, Texas — $6,333

Neil Holmes: Cleveland, Texas — $6,333

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news.

After Surviving The RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Wild Card, the final 16 contestants advance to the Championship, Saturday, March 25.


Hunter Herrin of Apache, Oklahoma, won the Wild Card Tie-Down Roping event to advance to the Championship Round. Herrin said that he is confident in his preparation going into the Championship Round, but that the draw has a big influence on performance.

“Doing well in the Championship comes down to the draw,” Herrin said. “You have to draw well, and rope even better.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Hunter Herrin: Apache, Oklahoma — $6,000

Cory Solomon: Prairie View, Texas — $6,000 


Orin Larson of Inglis, Manitoba, Canada, was the last to ride in the Wild Card Bareback event where he secured his spot in the Championship. Larson said he is thankful for the many chances he received to qualify for the final.

“The way RODEOHOUSTON is set up is very forgiving and we get many chances to qualify,” Inglis said. “I am thankful and fortunate to have another chance to ride.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Orin Larsen: Inglis, Manitoba, Canada — $6,375

Clayton Biglow: Clements, California — $5,750


Team ropers Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Montana, and Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, Oregon, had the fastest run in the Wild Card with a time of 4.5 seconds. Cardoza said that he is thankful for the chance to compete in the Championship and has confidence in his partner.

“The win tonight in the Wild Card gave us a chance to compete for the $50,000,” Cardoza said. “I’m glad to have Bird heading for me going into the Championship, he’s pretty fast.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Dustin Bird: Cut Bank, Montana; and Russell Cardoza: Terrebonne, Oregon — $14,000

Jake Cooper: Monument, New Mexico; and Dustin Davis: Terrell, Texas — $9,000 

SADDLE BRONC Clay Elliot’s 85-point ride earned him the Wild Card win and a spot in the Championship. Elliot said consistency is key to success in the Championship Round.

“Every rodeo has different circumstances,” Elliot said. “I just try to do the same thing each time and find consistency in each ride.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Clay Elliott: Nanton, Alberta, Canada — $6,375

Cody Demoss: Heflin, Louisiana — $6,438 


Steer wrestler Tyler Pearson won the Wild Card and is one ride closer to the $50,000. Pearson said his family is his inspiration to do well in the Championship Round.

“A win for me in the Championship is a win for our family,” Pearson said.

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Tyler Pearson: Louisville, Mississippi — $7,000

Ty Erickson: Helena, Montana — $7,500


Jana Bean snagged a spot in the Championship lineup with her Wild Card win in Barrel Racing. Bean said the crowd tonight had a big impact on her success.

“The crowd here at RODEOHOUSTON is very supportive,” Bean said. “Everybody from committee members to fans make the experience great.” 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Jana Bean: Ft. Hancock, Texas— $6,750

Kathy Grimes: Medical Lake, Washington — $8,000


The last to ride in the Wild Card, Ty Wallace, earned the final spot in the Championship in Bull Riding. Wallace said everyone has a great shot at winning and that he is thankful for the support from his fellow competitors.

“It’s anybody’s ball game,” Wallace said. “All these guys are like family and we always cheer for each other.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Ty Wallace: Collbran, Colorado — $6,375

Scottie Knapp: Albuquerque, New Mexico — $3,875

The top two from each event in the Wild Card advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 25. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2017 Show runs through March 26.


Calf Scramble

One of the wildest, most spirited and extremely heartwarming RodeoHouston® events is the Calf Scramble. With the drop of a cowboy hat, the calves are signaled to be released onto the dirt arena for 30 Texas 4-H and FFA members to chase and catch using only a rope halter.  The number of students is always greater than the number of calves. With teenagers and calves darting in every direction across the NRG Stadium floor, the calf scramble is one of the most chaotic, unscripted and beloved events of the Rodeo.

Each student who catches a calf is awarded a $1,750 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at the Houston Livestock Show™ the following year. Returning as an exhibitor, the student shows in a special competition with other calf scramble winners. The student receives a $250 bonus if program requirements are fulfilled throughout the year.

A donation of a calf in the calf scramble is $2,000, individuals, companies, organizations can donate this much or less. The donations go towards the certificates for the calf scramble winners.

Calf Scramble Results

When reviewing the calf scramble results, the categories are Mystery Calf, Glazier (First) Catch and Hard Luck. The Mystery Calf is selected by the Calf Scramble Committee prior to the event and remains a secret from the participants. The student who catches the Mystery Calf receives an additional prize along with the calf scramble certificate. The person to catch the first calf receives a belt buckle and $150 in addition to the certificate. Hard Luck is an award given by the Calf Scramble Committee to a participant who did not catch a calf, but showed an exceptional effort. The Hard Luck winner also receives a certificate to purchase a heifer.

The following students were Calf Scramble winners.  Please follow the link for results: March 20th

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Jeffrey L. Gross unravels one of humanity’s greatest migrations

Book teaches Polynesian culture, beliefs, influences while chronicling journey of Polynesians from Eden to Eden

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Author Jeffrey L. Gross’ “Waipi’o Valley: A Polynesian Journey from Eden to Eden” (published by Xlibris) is a groundbreaking book that is packed with information and knowledge. It describes the amazing journey of the Polynesians, the “nomads of the sea”, across a third of the circumference of the earth. Many voyages covering thousands of miles across the world’s largest ocean in double-hull canoes constructed from hollowed-out logs and built with Stone Age technology—tools of stone, bone and shell and navigating by the stars of the night sky.

“Waipi’o Valley” will embark readers on an amazing journey from Kalana i Hau’ola, the biblical “Garden of Eden” located in Sumer, Mesopotamia, along the shore of the Persian Gulf, to the Indus River Valley of ancient Vedic India, to Egypt where some of the ancestors of the Polynesians were on the Israelite Exodus, through Island Southeast Asia and across the vast Pacific Ocean where the Polynesians resided on numerous tropical island paradises such as Ra’iatea Island, Tahiti, home of the Taputapuatea Marae, the most holy temple in Polynesia before reaching Hawai’i Island and Waipi’o Valley; the last Polynesian “Garden of Eden”.

Due to their isolation on the islands of the Pacific Ocean, Polynesian religious and cultural beliefs preserved elements from mankind’s past nearer the beginning of human history. Polynesian mythology includes genealogical records of their divine ancestors extending back to Kahiki, the land of their origin; epic tales of gods and heroes preserving records of their ancient voyages, oral chants such as the Kumulipo containing evolutionary creation theories reflecting modern scientific thought, and the belief in a Supreme Creator God.

“Waipi’o Valley” is a clear historical account that follows the story of the Polynesians on their amazing journey through time and space from their ancient origins to their “discovery” by western civilization. Those interested in mankind’s ancient past and in Polynesian history will find this book a source of valuable information as it provides enlightenment about these significant voyages, where they can learn more about the Polynesian way of life, beliefs and influence to the modern world.

“Waipi’o Valley: A Polynesian Journey from Eden to Eden”

By Jeffrey L. Gross

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798452

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798445

E-Book | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798469

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Jeffrey L. Gross is an architect living in the State of Hawaii. Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and first lived in the Hawaiian Islands during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he became interested in Polynesian history and traditional culture that led to the research for this book.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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‘The Spoken Word’ guides readers toward walking ‘closer to Christ’

Cynthia E. Davis announces release of new devotional

ROUND ROCK, Texas – “The Spoken Word: Changing Your Life Through the Word” (published by WestBow Press) is a compilation of personal devotions designed to elevate the readers’ thinking and life. Author Cynthia E. Davis hopes the book will uplift spirits and bring readers closer to God.

“Everyone has a ‘God-void’ in their soul,” Davis says. “Jesus will fill that void and through Him each of us have access to God. The Holy Spirit is our comforter and guide to help us as we journey through life.”

The book speaks to common people, facing everyday life issues, and offers topical devotionals to help readers set their path toward an enriching personal relationship with Christ. Davis encourages readers, saying that they will find peace through cultivating an understanding of God’s love.

An excerpt from “The Spoken Word”:

Seek out God’s goodness every day. Seek and you will find. God is right where you are. He looks for hearts that long for Him. His goodness is waiting on you. Thank God for His goodness and mercy.

Say what the Word of God says about you, and it will happen. Believe only the best. Be confident that you are living in your purpose. Experience the Lord in a new way each day—let Him “wow” you with His goodness. Be blessed!

“The Spoken Word”

By Cynthia E. Davis

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512768077

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512768060

E-Book | 116 pages | ISBN 9781512768053

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Author Cynthia E. Davis is a wife, mom, military veteran, entrepreneur and a Christian. She is passionate about people and helping them achieve their dreams. Her mission is to eradicate poverty of the mind and illuminate the path to eternal life. More information is available at:

WestBow Press is a strategic supported self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins Christian Publishing and Author Solutions, LLC — the world leader in supported self-publishing. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan.  For more information, visit or call (866)-928-1240. For WestBow Press news, click “Like” at and follow @westbowpress on Twitter.

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‘The Final Word’ challenges Christians to think about God and their relationship to him

Jim Edwards announces the publication of his new book

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jim Edwards examines questions of God, the purpose of humans and the afterlife in his new book, “The Final Word” (published by iUniverse).

The book invites readers to think about who God is, who people are, why people are on Earth and where people go when they leave Earth. Edwards shares simulated dialogues between himself and God to both challenge Christians to reflect on their relationship with God and provide a clearer understanding of God’s word.

Edwards hopes that his book will encourage everyone to take it upon themselves to seek the truth within the Word of God.

An excerpt from “The Final Word”:

Jim: I just want to see You in person.

God: You know I won’t allow that right now.

Jim: Why?

God: My first response is similar to what your mother used to say, “Just because I said so, I am your mother. That’s why.” Of course, I am not your fleshly mother, but I always have the FINAL WORD.

“The Final Word”

By Jim Edwards

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 240 pages | ISBN 9781532010965

E-Book | 240 pages | ISBN 9781532010958

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Jim Edwards has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Program, as a deacon and an elder in local congregations, and as a volunteer minister to university students and soldiers in basic training. Currently, Edwards is focused on writing about the issues most important to his life. He is a distinguished professor emeritus of accounting in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edwards has published more than 100 articles in professional publications, receiving eight national awards for his writings. He is the author or co-author of three books and served as assistant editor of Managerial Planning magazine for five years.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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New book delights young children, cultivates creativity

Author Christine Curry Taylor releases ‘Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume II’

PRATTVILLE, Ala. – For author Christine Curry Taylor, making doll clothes and playing with dolls never loses its appeal regardless of one’s age or gender. She continues guiding young readers in cultivating their creativity and craft with the release of her new book, “Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume II” (published by Trafford Publishing), a sequel to the her award-winning craft book “Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume I” which won the 2013 Living Now Book Award and Bronze Medal in the category of crafts.

This volume is a fashion book of patterns with colored photos and full size, simple-to-make patterns for children’s favorite dolls size 10 to 12 inches in height including princesses, fairies and many others. The patterns were designed to be made using felt glue instead of sewing. Included in the collection are wedding dress, veil, tiara, bride’s maid dress, faux fur coat, stole, neck scarf, cape, bed jacket, pajamas, bath robe, night gown, lounging pajamas with cape, surfing suit, tote bag for carrying doll clothes, backpack, beach bag, purses and knit wear made from gloves.

“My granddaughter, Taylor, when she was four and half years old wanted to make doll clothes for her favorite dolls but was too  young to use a sewing machine, needles or pins,”  Taylor  says. “I decided to make patterns so that she could make doll clothes for her princess and fairy dolls without sewing.” Now it is not only her granddaughter who enjoys her innovation. It is also a welcome treat for other young children all over the world.

“Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume II”

By Christine Curry Taylor

Softcover | 8.5×11 in | 72 pages | ISBN 9781490775555

E-Book | 72 pages | ISBN 9781490775548

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Christine Curry Taylor is the author and creator of the award-winning craft book entitled “Taylor’s No-Sew Doll Clothes Patterns Volume I.” She is a retired social worker and lives in Prattville.

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New memoir details life experiences of man with bipolar disorder

Finn Dualmann announces the publication of debut title

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. – “Secrets in the Open: The Undisclosed Life of a Bipolar Man” (published by Archway Publishing) is about the life of author Finn Dualmann and his “bipolar persona” Bart. The book is a collection of hypomanic episodes that make up the story of Dualmann’s life.

“I want readers to come away with an empathetic view of bipolar people and the struggles they endure or the harm they cause without meaning to,” Dualmann says.

Ever since childhood, Dualmann realized he was different from others, but wasn’t aware of the reason why. His moods would rapidly change from happy to sad as well as from compassionate to aggressive. In Dualmann’s mid-50s, he was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder with rapid cycling, but he says, by that time he was alone. “Secrets in the Open” illustrates what life has been like for him as a bipolar man and how Bart, his bipolar persona, has affected his relationships. It also contains poetry he wrote while “in the throes of bipolar hypomania.”

An excerpt from “Secrets in the Open”:

Between Bart’s aggressive and risk taking side, my loving, tender and compassionate side, and the paralyzing effects of the depressing side, I often feel like a marionette being pulled without warning from one mood to the other.

“Secrets in the Open”

By Finn Dualmann

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781480826199

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781480826205

E-Book | 238 pages | ISBN 9781480826212

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Finn Dualmann was born in Germany in December of 1955 and raised in a military environment throughout Germany and parts of the United States. Finn currently lives in Minnesota.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.