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Jo Ann Vickers Wilburn
"Winds Of Change"
May 28, 2005
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RELEASE -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Woman's Heart is not
destroyed by the Winds of Change
JoAnn Vickers Wilburn explores life in Story and Song
Sonora, CA, April 11,
2005 - In Winds of Change (LadybugPress, 2005, $21.95), JoAnn Vickers
Wilburn uses the wind as a metaphor and follows its capricious thread that
runs through the fabric of a life and shapes it in unexpected ways. With vivid
images, JoAnn draws us through life, from gentle breeze to violent storm,
always capturing the changeability and diversity of human experience. To accent
the immediacy of this story, she ends each chapter with a song which powerfully
expresses the feelings she has described. The whole provides a stunning example
of the power of the human voice in word and song. Entertainer and producer
Brent Aitchison describes his reaction: "The entirety of Winds Of
Change leaves you in the end feeling you have just been absorbed into
someone's life. I found myself in the solitude of my den wanting to applaud
out loud as if it were a live theatrical performance."
Winds of Change
follows the story of Julie as she moves through a difficult childhood into
a romantic marriage with her sweetheart, Bobby. A boy and a girl are born
to complete the family, but soon problems develop as Bobby becomes alcoholic
and violent. In her struggles to keep the marriage on an even keel Julie loses
herself completely. Finally she gets a divorce, and, in spite of experiences
of rejection and self-doubt, ends her story with the ringing affirmation:
"Who's gonna love me? I am the one
.I am the one!"
The story can have a lasting
impact on anyone listening, especially those struggling with the effects of
alcoholism and abuse. Monica Schmelter, Pastor at "Gateway of Hope"
Church and Station Manager at WHTN in Nashville, says: "I've heard it
said that change is inevitable but growth is optional. This book will bring
about both change and growth in the most positive ways."
About JoAnn Vickers Wilburn:
JoAnn Vickers Wilburn is a writer and actor. She has recently moved to Branson,
Missouri from Nashville, Tennessee. There she performed on stage, in commercials,
music videos, industrials and films. She was an on-air personality and event
emcee at WAMB radio.. Besides being spokesmodel for John Casablancas Modeling
Studio, she has done public speaking, motivational seminars, voice-overs,
historical character improvisation and storytelling.
JoAnn's fiction, non-fiction
and poetry have appeared in San Juan City Magazine, Journal of Systems Management,
Contact Magazine, the Little Peoples Press, Collinsville
News and several poetry anthologies. Check http://www.joannvickers.com
to learn more about this talented writer and performer.
LadybugPress donates a
portion of sales to the charity of the author's choice. Joann has chosen The
Rape and Sexual Abuse Center in Nashville,TN (http://www.rasac.org).
For more information visit
http://www.ladybugbooks.com/ or call 1-888-892-5000.
For interviews or review copies of this book
My name is JoAnn Vickers
Wilburn and I am an author, actor and singer/songwriter who lived in the Collinsville
area during most of my school years. I completed Middle School there, graduated
from Collinsville High, and continued to live there for many years afterward.
I wrote for the Collinsville News when I was in high school, when the paper
was run by your family.
During the last ten years,
in Nashville, I have made my living as an actor, a singer, a radio announcer/emcee,
an acting teacher, and also as a public speaker, giving workshop style presentations
in the public schools for improving self-image.
Now, I am living in Branson
Missouri, and have recently written and recorded a dramatic audio book, which
has just been released by Ladybug Press. "Winds of Change" is an
interweaving of stories and songs, which deal with a relationship as it moves
through changes -- from a fairy tale beginning through the nightmare of abuse
and betrayal to a new understanding and a new beginning. Each story is followed
by a song, which adds to and reinforces its main idea. These original songs
were recorded in Nashville, produced by Dan Wilburn, a producer with gold
and platinum record credits. Ladybug Press donates a portion of sales to a
charity of the authors choice. I have chosen the Rape and Sexual
This book deals with a
real situation that clearly shows the how and why behind the main characters
wrong decisions, and could possibly provide the listener with the insight
needed to make a better life choice.
JoAnn Vickers Wilburn firstname.lastname@example.org