SAFFT Announces Partnership with Families First

SAFFT Announces Partnership with Families First

This partnership will create dedicated foster homes for Hall County youth

(Gainesville, GA) March 1, 2018 –Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together, Inc. (SAFFT) announced they are partnering with Families First to provide comprehensive services and dedicated foster homes for Hall County’s foster youth.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with SAFFT for this important endeavor,” said Terry Tucker, CEO of Families First. “We like this model of service because it will keep Hall County kids in Hall County. This creates less disruption for the kids and allows for family reunification when possible.”

SAFFT and Families First will provide a wrap-around service model covering prevention, intervention and aftercare for Georgia’s families in crisis and youth in foster care. This model will place a Families First recruiter and case manager at the SAFFT Family Restoration Center in Gainesville to recruit, train and approve foster families.

Once these foster homes are established, they will serve Hall County youth exclusively, which will ensure these children receive services in their home county with limited disruptions. Children who are served by SAFFT spend an average of 90 fewer days in foster care. Less than 5% of reunified children will return to foster care after completing the program.

“We are excited to partner with Families First,” said Brian Anderson, CEO of SAFFT. “We can’t do this mission alone. It truly takes a village to make an impact on caring for our most broken families and most vulnerable children. This partnership will deliver the solutions to children and families in crisis beginning in a community that is close to our hearts – Hall County.”

Following a successful launch in Hall, SAFFT plans to launch services in other parts of Georgia in collaboration with Families First.

SAFFT (Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together) is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect children, rebuild families and empower caregivers. SAFFT’s leadership strongly believes change begins with the entire community including the families in crisis, the children in foster and adoptive care, caregivers supporting the children and organizations charged with protecting and serving the children and families. SAFFT operates two Georgia-based family crisis centers located in the cities of Cumming, Gainesville and Rome.

Families First: Families First is dedicated to helping foster youth, those who age out of foster care and youth living in poverty find Success @ 25 through four impact areas – Housing, Optimal Wellness, Mentoring, Education/Experience (H.O.M.E.). Established in 1890, Families First has been Georgia’s leading nonprofit, family service agency having a significant impact on individuals, families, children and youth primarily within the metro-Atlanta area. Families First is licensed by the State of Georgia as a Child Placing Agency (CPA) and a Child Care Institution (CCI). The organization is both CARF and COA accredited and partners with a number of other non-profits as well as state agencies, corporations, local businesses, schools and churches, all to ensure the long-term connectivity, strengthening and sustainability of families and communities.

Address: 219 Castleberry Rd. Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770-886-9505

Clifford The Big Red Dog Helps Families Kick Off Reading Resolutions

Clifford The Big Red Dog Helps Families Kick Off Reading Resolutions

It’s that time of year when nearly everyone is thinking about making a new year’s resolution. For parents and families resolving to spend more quality time with their young children, Forsyth County Public Library has a bit of advice: read.

“Not only is reading aloud with children a wonderful way to snuggle up and share a good story, but it’s also one of the best ways to prepare a young child for learning to read when they enter kindergarten,” says Outreach and Program Manager Tracy Walker.

In addition to encouraging families to make a resolution to read in 2018, the library will host a series of three early literacy events featuring beloved children’s book character Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Clifford will visit special 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytimes on Tuesday, January 2 at 11:15 a.m. at the Post Road Library, on Wednesday, January 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cumming Library, and Thursday, January 4 at 11:15 a.m. at the Hampton Park Library.

All three events are free and are designed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age five, with a caregiver.

“Each of these 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytimes will feature Clifford stories, songs, and crafts, as well as a chance for the children to meet Clifford. We believe that learning begins at home, so we’ll also be sharing practical reading tips that families can incorporate into everyday activities they’re already doing,” explains Walker.

Mrs. Claus To Visit Early Literacy Storytime At Medical Center

Mrs. Claus To Visit Early Literacy Storytime At Medical Center

Local children are invited to celebrate the holidays with a special early literacy program hosted by Forsyth County Public Library (FCPL), Georgia Highlands Medical Services (GHMS), Literacy Forsyth, and Forsyth County Schools.

‘Tis the Season for Stories will be held in the Training Room at Highlands Medical Plaza, 475 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, on Tuesday, December 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The program will include stories and songs in English and Spanish, as well as a puppet show and crafts. Children can also meet Mrs. Claus and receive free children’s books. Admission is free and, while the program is designed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, children of all ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver.

The purpose of the event is to help families understand the importance of encouraging early literacy skills starting in infancy.

“We feel strongly that literacy skills are an important part of a child’s cognitive development and our physicians tell parents that it’s never too early to start reading to their children,” says Yolanda Nabors, Chief Operations Officer of GHMS.

Several simple early literacy practices will be demonstrated for caregivers during the program to show how easy it can be to incorporate reading and language learning into everyday activities at home.

“For example, families love to tell stories and share their memories around the holidays,” says Julie Boyd, Youth Services Supervisor at FCPL’s Cumming Library.

“Including young children in these walks down memory lane not only helps them learn about the family’s culture and traditions, it also expands their vocabulary and helps them learn the give-and-take of participating in a conversation,” explains Boyd.

Repetition also helps young children learn new words, adds Pamela Burlingame Miller, Executive Director of Literacy Forsyth.

“Holiday songs are full of repetitive phrases – and the songs themselves are repeated on the radio, on television, and in stores – so children can use all that repetition to practice coordinating their lips, tongue, and teeth to pronounce new words,” says Miller.

Speaking frequently to a young child about their activities and surroundings, or including them in family conversations, are among the early literacy tips that event organizers will share with parents and caregivers during ‘Tis the Season for Stories.

“When we tell traditional stories or sing traditional songs at the holidays, we’re often using words that aren’t as common in our speech at other times of the year,” says Amy Chang, Title I Director of Forsyth County Schools.

“Learning these less common words increases a child’s vocabulary, and that becomes a predictor of reading readiness and success for children as they enter elementary school.”

Following the stories, songs, and puppet show, participants can make reindeer crafts to take home as they wait to meet Mrs. Claus and receive a holiday treat bag of children’s books from Barnes & Noble at The Collection at Forsyth.

“The staff at Georgia Highlands Medical Services is looking forward to hosting ‘Tis the Season for Stories for our youngest patients, their families, and for the whole community. We wish everyone a very joyful holiday season!” add Nabors.

More information about ‘Tis the Season for Stories is available at

New Christmas Trends Report

More Than 85% Of Families Will Leave Someone Alone On A Ladder This Christmas, According To A New Christmas Trends Report

Christmas is a time for friends and family to get together – except when it comes to decorating, apparently. More than 1,900 people participated in a nationwide survey conducted by Christmas Lights, Etc on Christmas decorating trends during the holidays. While the majority of people say that the most enjoyable thing about decorating is sharing Christmas spirit, they are quick to point out that the act of decorating is surprisingly solitary.

Only 13% of people say they decorate the outside of their home as a family. Inside the home, only 25% say they decorate as a family. According to the report, this is likely because one person in a household may champion certain parts of the home’s decorating and it is largely split along gender lines.

About 82% of men indicate they do most of the decorating outside the home, whereas only 44% of women make that claim. But, inside the home the roles reverse. 79% of women say they do most of the decorating inside, but only 31% of men make that claim. When asked about specific areas people decorate, the report found that women own the living room, men own the roof and they come together to share responsibility on the porch.

“We always assumed that Christmas decorating was a highly shared event,” says David Smola, market research analyst for Christmas Lights, Etc. “In some areas of the home that’s still the case, but it looks like help from the family conspicuously vanishes.”

The report “Christmas Trends: Consumer Views of Christmas Lights, Trees & Decorating” discovered many other interesting trends, including:

  • 66% of people now prefer LED Christmas lights over incandescent.
  • More than a quarter of Americans actually decorate their bathrooms for Christmas.
  • 78% of women say they choose the Christmas décor but 56% of men say the same thing.
  • Women like ornaments more than men, but men like big light bulbs more.
  • More than half of Americans prefer artificial Christmas trees, but it varies widely by age.
  • 63% of Americans say the hardest part of Christmas decorating is taking it all back down.
  • However, 62% say the most fun part of decorating is sharing Christmas spirit.
  • 3% of Americans indicated they don’t find decorating fun at all. Bah Humbug!

Christmas Lights, Etc is the most shopped online Christmas lights store in America and routinely engages in nationwide customer research on Christmas lights, trees and decor. Highlight findings from the Christmas trends report are available for free at:

About Christmas Lights, Etc

Christmas Lights, Etc was founded in 2000 and is the most shopped online Christmas lights store in America featuring thousands of quality lights, trees, greenery and decor. Christmas Lights, Etc is a three-time INC. 5000 company, an ENERGY STAR partner and a supplier of residential and commercial Christmas lighting, Christmas decor and Christmas trees.

Grand Opening of New Multi-Brand Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Restaurant

Excitement Brewing in Cumming with Opening of New Multi-Brand Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Restaurant

Grand Opening Celebration to include Free Coffee for a Year for First 50 Guests on Saturday, November 11; Dunkin’ Donuts to Salute Veterans and Active Duty Military with a free donut no purchase necessary on Veterans Day

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, along with Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, will celebrate the grand opening of its new multi-brand restaurant in Cumming at 5470 Bethelview Road on Saturday, November 11 from 10AM to 2PM.

To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will host with a ribbon cutting ceremony and will reward the first 50 customers with free coffee for a year beginning at 10AM. Additionally, the event will feature a 99-cent medium hot or iced coffee offer, 99-cent kid’s ice cream scoop offer, coupons for discounted Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins menu offerings and more. With the grand opening scheduled on Veterans Day, the location will also participate in Dunkin’ Donuts’ nationwide salute to veterans and active duty military by offering them a free donut, no purchase necessary.

The new 2,400 square foot location will be open from 5AM to 10PM seven of days a week and employ approximately 20 crew members. The restaurant can accommodate seating for 28 guests indoors and eight guests outdoors. It also features a drive-thru window for even greater convenience for busy people on the go, soft comfortable seating, flat-screen television and free Wi-Fi.

The new Dunkin’ Donuts in Cumming will keep people energized with the brand’s beverage offerings including high-quality, freshly-brewed Hot and Iced Coffees, Cold Brew and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast, along with a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ espresso lineup featuring Americano, Cappuccino, Espresso, and Hot and Iced Lattes and Macchiato. Dunkin’ Donuts will also serve a full menu of Premium Hot Teas, Coolatta® frozen beverages, delicious donuts, bakery goods and sandwiches that pair perfectly with the brand’s coffee beverages.

Baskin-Robbins will offer its wide selection of delicious ice cream flavors, including classics like Mint Chocolate Chip, Pralines ‘n Cream and Jamoca® Almond Fudge, as well as a new Flavor of the Month every month. Baskin-Robbins will also feature custom ice cream cakes, ice cream sundaes and flavorful frozen beverages, including Milkshakes, Smoothies and Cappuccino Blast® frozen drinks. Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream cakes can be customized with a guest’s favorite ice cream and cake flavor combination and can be ordered in-store or online at Baskin-Robbins custom ice cream cake orders are available for pick-up within 24 hours of ordering.

With Dunkin’ Donuts’ On-the-Go Ordering, members of the DD Perks® Rewards Program can place their Dunkin’ Donuts order in advance using their mobile phone, speed past the line and go straight to pick up when they get inside the store. Guests can also pick up their mobile order at the drive-thru. Guests can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, then simply confirm via the Dunkin’ Mobile app when they are at the restaurant and ready to pick up their order.

Amin Premjee, of Cuppa Coffee Inc., is the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee for the new restaurant in Cumming and currently operates three total restaurants throughout the Macon DMA.

“We are proud to serve the people who live and work here in Cumming, and look forward to becoming a popular destination and an everyday routine for guests looking for high quality coffee, snacks, and ice cream treats delivered fast in a friendly environment and at an affordable price,” said Premjee.

Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, selling more than 1.9 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and espresso-based beverages per year and approximately 2.8 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats combined globally per year. Today, there are more than 12,200 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants worldwide in 45 countries, including more than 8,800 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the U.S. and more than 3,400 international restaurants.

In 1945, Baskin-Robbins was founded in Glendale, Calif., by two ice cream enthusiasts who shared a dream to create an innovative ice cream shop that would be a neighborhood gathering place for families. Today, guests at more than 7,800 Baskin-Robbins shops in more than 50 countries visit to sample from the more than 1,300 flavor creations available in its ice cream flavor library. Baskin-Robbins offers guests its wide range of hard scoop ice cream flavors, along with custom ice cream cakes, delicious frozen beverages, ice cream sundaes and take-home frozen treats.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

About Baskin-Robbins
Named a top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500(r) ranking in 2017, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream, a full range of beverages, and a delicious lineup of desserts including custom ice cream cakes, the Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat and take-home ice cream quarts and pints, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,800 retail shops in 52 countries worldwide. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

Music Authority is Recognized as Commercial Entrepreneur of the Year by ACE Capital

ACE Celebrates Entrepreneurs and Supporters at Annual Awards

Atlanta, Ga. (October 26, 2017) – Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Inc. (ACE), an organization that helps underserved small-business owners expand through capital, coaching and connections, held its annual awards celebration on Oct. 25 to honor business owners who have excelled in entrepreneurial leadership as well as its exemplary supporters.

“These awards reflect a strong commitment to entrepreneurship, community and service by our clients and business associates, and we are delighted to celebrate their many successes from this past year,” said Grace Fricks, president and CEO of ACE.

The awards and award winners announced and honored at the luncheon event included:

  • J. Alton Wingate Economic Partnership Award (aka the “Wingate Workhorse Award”) to Commissioner Christopher Nunn of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (this award honors an organization that has furthered ACE’s mission in a substantial way through contributions or investments)
  • Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Freddy Marquez of Crown Bottle Shop
  • Commercial Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Melissa and Andrew Loggins of Music Authority
  • Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award to Aysha Cooper of SarahCare of Snellville
  • Women’s Business Center Client of the Year Award to Eva Jane Bunkley of Eva Jane Beauty LLC
  • Women’s Business Center Partner of the Year Award to Carolina Ramón of University of Georgia, Office of Minority Business Development
  • Outstanding Service and Commitment Award to Courtney I. Smith of PNC Bank, ACE Board Chair
  • Outstanding Service and Commitment Award to Mitchelle Johnson, CPA, MBA, retired CFO from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Georgia, ACE Board Treasurer

About Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Inc. (ACE)
ACE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides loans and business consulting services to help borrowers throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia create and grow stable, sustainable businesses that generate jobs. Founded in 1999, ACE has loaned more than $45 million to about 765 entrepreneurs, which has created or saved more than 6,700 jobs in Georgia. ACE is supported by grants and other forms of funding from banks, foundations, government entities and corporations to assist in its mission to help underserved business owners. ACE has offices in downtown Atlanta and Cleveland, Ga., an ACE Women’s Business Center in Norcross, Ga., and a satellite office in the Turner Redevelopment Area of Atlanta. For more information, visit

For more information about Music Authority, visit

Tickets On Sale Now For The Wonderful World Of Disney On Ice In Atlanta And Duluth

Celebrate magic, spirit and family fun as an extraordinary lineup of Disney stories come to life right before your eyes in The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice! This skating spectacular visits Atlanta from Wednesday, February 14, through Monday, February 19, at Philips Arena, followed by performances in Duluth fromThursday, February 22, through Sunday, February 25, at Infinite Energy Arena – nearly two weeks to enjoy the Disney magic in the Atlanta area!

Tickets for The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice start at $15 and are on sale now. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available for Philips Arena by calling 800.745.3000 or visiting Tickets are available for Duluth’s Infinite Energy Arena by calling 770.626.2464 or visiting For group rates and information, contact Group Tickets Plus at or 678-578-5125. *Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand.

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as they walk down memory lane and reawaken Disney moments that span generations. Dive deep into the East Australian Current with your favorite school of fish from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory when Dory, Nemo and Marlin set off on an adventure to discover the true meaning of family. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn how powerful a love between sisters can be. Reach for your dreams with Rapunzel, as her determination illuminates her inner strength. Experience the beauty of Walt Disney’s first animated feature film, as Snow White creates her own happily ever after with the help of seven, new friends. Buzz and Woody will have you jumping out of your seat in a foot-stomping hoedown; Simba, Timon and Pumbaa prowl the Pride Lands of Africa; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie show how friendship is fearless; and your favorite Disney Princesses take to the ice to showcase the courage and determination that led them to achieve their dreams.

Make family memories to last a lifetime when The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice comes to Atlanta and Duluth!

Date and Time of Performances at Philips Arena:

  • Thursday, February 15 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, February 16 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 17 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18 – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18 – 5 p.m.
  • Monday, February 19 – 11 a.m.
  • Monday, February 19 – 3 p.m.

Date and Time of Performances at Infinite Energy Arena:

  • Thursday, February 22 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 23 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, February 23 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24 – 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 25 – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 25 – 5 p.m.

Stay current on the latest developments through social media:


About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit for more information.

Christmas Arts And Crafts Festival At Lanier Tech

Christmas Arts And Crafts Festival At Lanier Tech

Join us as Sawnee Association of the Arts (SAA) hosts the 14th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech. This grand event is being held on Nov. 11th & 12th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, located at 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming GA. Free admission!

The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 100+ vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for Relay for Life -Forsyth; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop where only kids can shop! Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family; gift wrapping included. Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus using their own cameras for a small donation. Food trucks, and food vendors will be available outside, along with numerous non-profit organizations that SAA is hosting as part of our community outreach program.

Please visit our website at for complete festival information. We look forward to seeing you!

This juried Festival will feature original, handcrafted works by professional artisans & craftsmen in the following mediums: painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, pottery, wood working, glass, fiber and food.

The SAA wishes to thank the Forsyth County Arts Alliance and our sponsors, including PeachSkin Sheets, for their generous sponsorship and support of the 2017 Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech.

About Sawnee Association of the Arts:
Founded in 1974, the SAA has served the Forsyth County community as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization for more than 40 years. The organization is dedicated to providing a rich, visual arts experience for Cumming and Forsyth County residents by organizing shows and exhibits throughout the year. Its many members include painters in oil, water color, acrylic, and other media; potters, wood turners, 3D artists, photographers, fiber arts as well as community art advocates. Membership is open to anyone regardless of experience and ability.

To learn more about SAA, please visit

Monster Jam® and Monster Energy Supercross Will Race into Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the First Time

Monster Jam® and Monster Energy Supercross Will Race into Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the First Time on February 24 – 25 and March 3, 2018

Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader in live family entertainment, announced today two events that will transform Mercedes-Benz stadium into a dirt-filled destination over two consecutive weekends. Monster Jam®, the most family-friendly, action-packed motorsport in the world, will perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time on February 24 – 25, 2018 and Monster Energy Supercross, the most competitive off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world, will take place on March 3, 2018. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, December 1.

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic and impressive venues like Mercedes-Benz Stadium, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit. The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family.

 As the most competitive and highest-profile motorcycle racing championship in the world, Monster Energy Supercross has entertained millions of fans for 43 years inside the most recognizable and prestigious stadiums in North America. Without a past champion potentially on the gate in 2018, the international field is wide open for the world’s most elite athletes to become a first-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion.

Monster Jam will perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on:

  • Saturday, February 24, at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 25 at 3 p.m.

 Monster Energy Supercross will perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on:

  • Saturday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. 

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit for more information.

Local Author Publishes First Novel


Local Author Publishes First Novel

Todays post is written by Melissa Loggins. Melissa owns Music Authority.

You already know me as Melissa Loggins, owner of Music Authority. However, I have an alter ego, Anne Schlea. (Taken from my middle and maiden name.) Below follows a press release from my publisher involving a novel that I have just published.

Vampire discovers inner strength after being forced to grow up in ‘Retribution’ Anne Schlea announces publication of new Southern paranormal fantasy

Beginning as a collection of short stories, “Retribution” (published by Archway Publishing) by Anne Schlea grew to a full length novel over a number of years. In the novel, Antonia Paige has been ripped out of vampire retirement, and she’s not happy about it.

Everyone in her life agrees Antonia was given control of her family’s clan when she was far too young. Wanting to escape from the responsibility after a couple hundred years of trying to lead the family, Antonia vanishes. Intent on curing herself of the vampire virus, Antonia studies at a small Georgia college to work toward her goal.

Wanting to lead the clan himself, her brother Richard tracks her down determined to murder her. However, an old lover is waiting for an opportunity to rescue her – but Antonia doesn’t want to be saved, she wants to prove herself.

“This book has a strong female protagonist when many books in this genre are male-centric. Antonia is strong, she has flaws, and she is on a journey of self-discovery; something I feel many of my readers will be able to connect with,” Schlea says.

By Anne Schlea
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 250 pages | ISBN 9781480848467
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 250 pages | ISBN 9781480848481
E-Book | 250 pages | ISBN 9781480848474

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Anne Schlea is an avid reader with a deep love of paranormal fiction, history, and mythology, and a personal collection of more than three thousand titles. Her writing buddy is a Siamese cat mix named for the Toto song “Rosanna.” She lives in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, a short drive from the Appalachian Mountains.

Paranormal Fantasy | Atlanta | Anne Schlea