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.

Winner of ‘Cupcake Wars’ Announces New Cookbook

One-Sweet-Cupcake_Janelle_Brown_cover_w2x3Sept. 18, 2013 – Provo, UT – Janell Brown, owner of One Sweet Slice bakery and winner of Food Network’s ‘Cupcake Wars,’ is releasing her new cookbook, ‘One Sweet Cupcake,’ which gives expert advice on all aspects of cupcake baking, including ingredients, techniques, and equipment. Discover Janell’s sweet secrets for making your cupcakes look professional and taste great. You can join Janell on her culinary adventures at www.onesweetslice.com.

Christena Huntsman Durham of the Huntsman Foundation Board said, “As a mother of five daughters, we are always in the kitchen. We have tried just about every cupcake from Los Angeles to New York City, and nothing beats One Sweet Slice. We can’t wait to experience the fun of creating our own sweet slices at home!”

One Sweet Cupcake is available for pre-order on BooksandThings.com, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com and will be in local bookstores on October 8th.

Janelle_Brown_author_One_Sweet_SliceAbout Janell Brown

Janell Brown began decorating cakes and cupcakes as a hobby. This natural talent was contained until she made the decision to open her first storefront. She has seen nonstop growth ever since. Winning the national TV program ‘Cupcake Wars’ has increased her brand awareness throughout Utah and the United States. She has also won multiple awards, including BEST Cupcakes and BEST Wedding Cakes in Salt Lake County.

Media Contact:

Rodney Fife, Publicist

Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
(801) 489-4084


Live On! What It Means To Be a Survivor

Melanie Young (breast cancer survivor, and author.)

Sunday, June 2, is National Cancer Survivors Day. I’ve given lot of thought about the word “survivor” and to what it means to survive cancer in the years since I was diagnosed in 2009. Melanie small

Once you are diagnosed with cancer you ask yourself “When exactly do I become a cancer survivor?” I looked the question up online at several sites and found varying answers:

Some say you are survivor from the moment you are diagnosed

Some say you become a survivor five years after diagnosis

Some say you are a survivor after five years of being cancer free

Some say a survivor is one who remains alive

The Merriam-WebsterDictionary definition of “survivor” is “to remain alive”

Wikipedia states “A cancer survivor is an individual with cancer of any type, current or past, who is still living”

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) defines survivor as “any person diagnosed with cancer from the time of initial diagnosis throughout his or her life.”

SEPT 2009 I contacted the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS does not have an official definition of “cancer survivor.” The woman I spoke with on the ACS hotline said the definition of being a cancer survivor is subjective and can mean something to different to each person. Some people call themselves a “survivor” from day one of diagnosis, and others never consider themselves a survivor. Others shy away from the word entirely.

It took over two years for me to be able to say the words “I Had Cancer’ out loud and publicly without choking up. I considered myself a cancer survivor after I completed the onslaught of surgeries and treatment to eradicate the cancer from my body. I continue to take the breast cancer fighting aromatese inhibitor drug, Arimidex, daily. I consider it preventative strike to fight a recurrence.

As a breast cancer survivor who also tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation I live with a tiny voice in my head reminding me that I am still at risk.

But I risk my life daily walking down the streets of New York, so I try to live without fear of recurrence. Yet, recently when a rare sunburn appeared on my left arm (the one at risk for lymphedema) I panicked as I applied topical creams to sooth my skin. “Will my arm swell? Will this lead directly to melanoma?” When I recently over indulged after a party and felt a queasy sensation in my bloated stomach I thought “My pancreas! Is it working properly?” The little voice was jingling.

I view my breast cancer survivorship and the scars and tattoos from my mastectomy as neither “scarlet letter” or a “badge of courage” on my body. They mark the physical and emotional battle wounds from my fight with cancer, and I know that scars, though permanent, are healing over time.

Some people view cancer survivorship as a calling to live life with more purpose and to pay it forward. Some see it as a sign to move onward and make changes. Others view survivorship as a way to return to and embrace the life they have with more appreciation.

What I learned from having cancer is to take charge about making choices on how I want to live my life and care for myself. Fighting cancer is about making important choices on treatment and care and how you want define your life with cancer. Whether you refer to yourself as a cancer fighter, cancer survivor or “a person who had cancer” is your choice.

Breast cancer survivor Melanie Young is author of Getting Things Off My Chest:A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer(Cedar Fort Inc./September 10, 2013/ $14.99) Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1462113230

You can follow her at www.gettingthingsoffmychest.com/feed at Twitter@mightymelanie

Betsy Schow on the Today Show

Betsy Schow on the Today Show

Betsy Schow will appear on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2013, where she will talk about her book, “Finished Being Fat,” and the philosophy of finishing. Schow was also featured in theWall Street Journalon Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Not everyone can win the race, but everyone can finish it.In her quest to wish away an extra 75 pounds, Betsy changed her life for good. Using her Philosophy of Finishing, she snowballed her efforts from weight loss into a bucket list of seemingly impossible dreams. This inspiring account of one woman’s journey will help you find the strength to conquer your most daunting goalsand unfinished projects.

You can buy Betsy’s book atBooks and Things,Barnes and Noble,Amazonand other fine bookstores.

Lightning Tree Press Release

Sarah Dunster’s new book will be released: Lightning Tree

3/14/12″”Rexburg, Idaho & Provo, Utah””Sarah Dunster, award-winning poet and fiction writer, blogger and mother of seven announces the release of her historical fiction story Lightning Tree, available April 10th at selected bookstores and online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Lightning Tree is a historical fiction and psychological drama set in the year 1858 in the small pioneer town of Provo, Utah. It follows fifteen-year-old Italian immigrant, Magdalena Chabert, who is orphaned and taken in by an American LDS family. “I began my journey in writing this story with Magdalena’s journey””the idea of an Italian immigrant girl, isolated from all she knew once, thrust into a culture that is not only completely alien to her but is very new””brand new: a brand new place, a brand new town, where everyone is trying to figure out who they are and how to band together in times of danger and trouble,” explains Dunster.

As the story progresses, Magdalena discovers terrible secrets about her foster family and then has to cope with the repercussions””including the struggle to figure out what is true and what are just figments of her own disturbed imagination. “Magdalena’s journey is a difficult one,” says Dunster. “She pursues forgotten memories, delves into potentially dangerous inquiries, and finally figures out how to accept help when she most needs it in the effort to find her family.”

Because the novel includes controversial events such as the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the Utah War as backstory, Dunster has done a lot of painstaking historical research to gain an idea of the people, places, and events that she depicts in her story.

Dunster finishes with what she hopes is the purpose of her book. “Community was absolutely essential on the Utah plains. I believe it is still essential, but we have lost it””our sense of community. This might be the root of many of the problems we struggle with today. I hope that people who read my story will come away with some ideas about how to incorporate the idea of community, and family as community, into their own lives.”

For more information about Sarah and to pre-order her book visit lightningtreebook.com.


About Sarah Dunster:

Sarah graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in sychology and music, and whole lot of unnecessary creative writing classes under her belt. She has worked in many different situations, including a few residential treatment facilities, where she gained a knowledge and appreciation for people in all situations and walks of life. She has seven children, two adopted from Ethiopia. Her fiction and poetry have been published in several periodicals including Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and Segullah Magazine. Several of her poems were, also included in the groundbreaking anthology Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets.