Highlight: “Unwavering Valor” by William T. Garner

Unwavering-Valor_9781462116034When Clarence Bramley arrived in the Philippines in 1941, he had no way of knowing that he would eventually spend nearly the entire duration of World War II as a prisoner of war. Clarence, or Rosie, as his military friends called him, was one of 12,000 American and 66,000 Filipino troops taken prisoner on the Bataan Peninsula at the outbreak of the war.  It is estimated that more than half of them died during their subsequent imprisonment that included a deadly 85-mile march that resulted in thousands of prisoners being bayoneted, shot or beheaded when they couldn’t keep up the brutal pace. Nearly every one was beaten or starved; many were buried alive, particularly if they fell victim to lack of water, malaria, or other diseases during the march.

Clarence managed to march on, despite an attack of malaria, thanks to the bravery and kindness of other soldiers who intervened, helping him along in his state of semi-consciousness. Eventually, a Japanese soldier determined to kill Bramley, who was having difficulty walking, but another officer intervened, preserving his life. Next, loaded on boxcars that were packed so tightly there was no room for the dead men to fall, Clarence and other prisoners were transported by rail to the town of Capas where they remained for months as prisoners. Eventually, survivors were loaded into the cargo holds of ships and sent to Japan. Thousands more perished due to starvation, exposure, disease, and friendly fire. Once in Japan, Bramley was assigned to a forced prison labor camp where he spent the remainder of the war.

William T. Garner, author of Unwavering Valor writes, “From the time Pearl Harbor was attacked, Clarence was confident that Japan would be defeated. Early in his confinement, he believed the prisoners would be liberated in a matter of months. As the months grew into years, he remained convinced of a coming liberation…’I have faith in God and in our country and I know our boys will be here to get us soon,’ he would say.”

Photo of the flag Bramley and his fellow POWs sewed using pieces of parachutes that dropped supplies to them at the close of WWII.
Photo of the flag Bramley and his fellow POWs sewed using pieces of parachutes that dropped supplies to them at the close of WWII.

In September, 1945, when it became apparent that the war was finally ending, Bramley and several of his companions stayed up all night long to stitch together an American flag using pieces of parachute fabric. They flew the flag over their barracks following the signing of the armistice on September 2, 1945, and Bramley kept the flag until his death. He passed away from natural causes in February, 2015, the day before the book about his experiences was released in bookstores.

During a time of year when we celebrate our veterans during Memorial Day ceremonies, small-town parades and 4th of July celebrations, it is a fitting time to pause and reflect on what these men and women have sacrificed in our behalf. Unwavering Valor: A POW’s Account of the Bataan Death March is a compelling historical account that will leave you with a new sense of understanding and appreciation for the men and women who sacrificed so much to defend our country.

June nonfiction releases to brighten your home

plain-sight-june-releases-bannerOur national nonfiction titles this month feature how-to’s of home decor and comprehensive advice on how to improve your budget. Each of these books will be available in bookstores and from online retailers on June 9, 2015, and they are also available for preorder from the links provided below.

Natural-Accents_9781462116409_full1200“Natural Accents: Outdoor-Inspired Interior Design and Decor”
by Stacy Risenmay

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Bring the outdoors in with this fresh look at home design and decorating. Whether you want to evoke the bright colors of a day at the beach, the soothing textures of a woodland walk, or the familiar comfort of your own backyard, these DIY projects and tips will turn your home into the nature-inspired oasis you’ve always wanted it to be.

Living-a-Beautiful-Life-on-Less-9781462116072_FULL1200“Living a Beautiful Life on Less: The Blissful and Domestic Guide to Food, Fun, and Finances”
by Danielle Wagasky

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Learn the secrets to living a rich and fulfilling life with less money, less stuff, and a lot less stress. Popular blogger Danielle Wagasky knows how to simplify your life so you can actually enjoy the abundance all around you. From finances to green cleaning, you will discover your own blissfully simple life within the pages of this must-read book!

Blog tour: ‘The Caregiver’s Journey’

Todd F. Cope and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “The Caregiver’s Journey” blog tour, which will run from August 3-15, 2015.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

Find peace, and even joy, in the journey to a loved one’s final days. This reassuring book will help you cope with all of the decisions, challenges, and emotions that come with a terminal diagnosis or old age. Learn how to bring your family together, how to minimize and alleviate pain, and how to care for yourself so you can provide better care for those you love.

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About the author:

Todd F. Cope has been a registered nurse for more than twenty years, and while he has worked in a variety of settings, the majority of his career has involved caring for the elderly. He often speaks to nursing students and faculty on a variety of eldercare subjects, and his professional qualifications include four years of service as Director of Medicare Home Health, and as a supervisor of nursing at Courtyard at Jamestown, Utah’s largest assisted living facility. His experience also includes end-of-life care for both of his own parents. In his spare time, he enjoys running, gardening and spending time with his family.

Cope is the author of four published novels, including The Shift, a work that inspired the CBS television movie The Last Dance, starring Maureen O’Hara.

“The Caregiver’s Journey” blog tour schedule:

August 3:
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August 5: Robyn Echols Books
August 6: End of Life Stories
August 7:
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August 9: The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
August 10:
August 11: BYU Nursing
August 12: storyweaver 
August 13:
August 14: The Phantom Paragrapher
August 15: Taffy’s Writings

Blog tour: ‘A Splash of Kindness’

Blog tour: ‘A Splash of Kindness’

John Starley Allen and Cedar Fort Publishing & Media are pleased to announce the “A Splash of Kindness” blog tour, which will run from July 6-19, 2015.

If you’re interested in participating in this blog tour, please email us or leave a comment below.

About the book:

Great things begin with the smallest acts of goodness. These incredible, true stories began with a simple thought or action from another and became so much more. Be inspired by dedicated teachers, encouraging friends, and random acts of kindness. You don’t need a high-powered title to make a profound impact. This book is guaranteed to remind you how your own compassion, courage, and character can change the world!

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About the author:

John Starley Allen is the author of the holiday classic, “Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices.” Besides writing inspirational books and stories, he is also a gold record award-winning songwriter. He has performed his music at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Café and the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has lived in Sweden, Nashville, and Moab, Utah. He currently resides in Holladay, Utah. He and his wife, JoAnn, are the parents of four beautiful daughters.

“A Splash of Kindness” blog tour schedule:

July 6: Reidhead Random-ness
July 7: ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼ 
July 8:
July 9: Mel’s Shelves
July 10:
July 11: More Than Scribbles
July 12:
July 13:
July 14: Literary Time Out | Literary Wonders!
July 15: SolaFide Publishing 
July 16:
July 17: Themself
July 18: Ashley Frederickson
July 19: Readalot

Cedar Fort Publishing & Media joins others in encouraging Day of Digital Silence to honor survivors and victims of school violence

SPRINGVILLE, UT (May 15, 2015) — Cedar Fort Publishing & Media would like to join Deseret Book and Excel Entertainment in encouraging a Day of Digital Silence on May 16, 2015 to honor survivors and victims of school violence.

The day of digital silence is inspired by the 29th anniversary of the Cokeville Elementary School hostage crisis on May 16, 1986. On that day, two adults held 136 children and 18 adults hostage under the threat of a bomb. The bomb detonated accidentally killing the two adult perpetrators but sparing the lives of all the children and teachers. Cokeville MiracleSurvivor Jeromy Jamison said, “I know that this was not just crazy luck that we were saved that day. It was a modern day miracle! I believe there were angels sent that day to secure our safety so that this world could have a little more hope and see that there were many prayers answered that day.”

On the day of digital silence, all are encouraged to to turn off their smartphones, computers, tablets, and televisions to spend time with their family members and friends.

Cedar Fort Publishing & Media’s “The Cokeville Miracle” by Hartt and Judene Wixom, parents of one of the children in the school during the incident, is set for a special edition re-release next month. You can preorder it here.