Monday, June 22, 2009

Award-winning writer Jon Batson releases first of Summer Reading Series: Murder at Thompson Bog and Other Short Stories

Raleigh author Jon Batson’s collection of short fiction fills three volumes – each it’s own genre. His descriptive narrative style is engaging and makes for an entertaining read.

Raleigh, NC, June 22, 2009 – The diverse nature of Jon Batson’s short fiction writing has won him awards for sci-fi to historical fiction.

“I ascribe to the adage ‘writers write’. I began and still am a songwriter, but felt a creative pull to write more than songs and musical theatre to tell a story. One morning I woke up with a dream running through my head based on an article I read about identity theft. I ran to the computer to get it down. The result was the action/adventure novella The Rands Conspiracy. That’s how it all began for me.” said Batson.

Batson’s writings range from micro, flash fiction, and short fiction to novels – Deadly Research written in 18 days for the annual NaNoWriMo Contest and a sci-fi saga currently titles The Trasaron Chronicles.

The tales of the Summer Series are organized by type of story and released monthly. “From a relentless summer night in New York City to the chilly mist over Thompson Bog, five stories of dark and sinister intent. If you can't sleep, this won't help” describes the June release of the 134 page read Murder at Thompson Bog and Other Short Stories. July will bring Encounter at a Small Café -- 12 light fiction stories and in August be ready for the six sci-fi shorts that make up Doll Bodies.

You can follow “Luna Nightmares” the serialized first story of Murder at Thompson Bog at http://midnightwhistler.blogspot.com/ or purchase the hard copy and eBook at lulu.com or the Kindle version at Amazon.

About Jon Batson:

A storyteller at heart Jon has been writing songs and performing since his teens. Upon his move “back home” to North Carolina in 2005, he began his career as an author in earnest. His historical fiction tales have won him first place twice in the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society’s Short Fiction Contest and Honorable Mention for his sci-fi tales in Writers of the Future. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife Eileen. Contact Jon through Midnight Whistler Publisher at info@MidnightWhistler.com



Media Contact For Interviews and Appearances:
Eileen Batson – Batson Group Marketing and PR 919.327.5021 http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/EileenBatson
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Women’s Center of Wake County Receives $2,000 Donation from Coffee and Contacts


Raleigh, NC, June 20, 2009, -- Coffee and Contacts: Power Networking for Women celebrated the success of the Women Helping Women Business Expo at their awards luncheon Friday with a $2000 check to The Women's Center of Wake County.

On hand to receive the check for The Women’s Center was Mary Lou Parsons, director of ABBEYGAIL’S Re-chic Boutique on Hillsborough Street, the Center’s up-scale women’s resale shop.

“This is fabulous. Thank you all for your hard work and generous donation. These funds will help us to assist the community through our programs and services that provide homeless women and children with support, basic needs and affordable housing.”

The Expo held earlier this month hosted over 70 professional women who showcased their products and services in a 3-hour event. Over $4,000 in gifts were raffled off with a grand prize of a 3-day cruise to Nassau on Carnival Cruise Lines compliments of Diane Bean of CruiseOne. Raleigh publications Women’s Edge and Skirt Magazine!,Costco Wholesale, The Wake County Shrine Club, Total Wine and a host of businesses lent their support as sponsors.

Sallie Matlack, head of the Expo steering committee made up of Cyndi Bulka, Dotty Bryn and Eileen Batson said, “We knew in our hearts we would accomplish our goal because our team of women worked tirelessly together to make it happen. Kudos go to our incredible organizers Shannon Saharski, Ingrid Beckman, Laurice Hewitt, Monique Wooley, Michele Little, Allison Auerbach, Denise Whitley, Yvonne Hanks, Jenna Boyd, Dawn Gupton, Claudia Acosta, and Monique Ruvido. A special thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, attendees, and the extraordinary women of the Women’s Center. It would not have been the success it was without your support, dedication, time and effort.”


About Coffee and Contacts, LLC: Coffee and Contacts was co-founded by Jean Hedges and Jeanne Moyer in the spring of 2007. The women's networking group has grown from one chapter in N. Raleigh to 12 chapters throughout the Triangle and beyond. The primary aims of Coffee and Contacts are to help women grow personally and professionally and provide a base to network within to further the success of their business through referrals while creating durable friendships. Visit www.CoffeeandContacts.biz

About The Women’s Center of Wake County: The Women's Center of Wake County started over 20 years ago. Over the last 12 years, the Center has shifted focus in response to the most critical needs of women, addressing the growing issue of homelessness for single women with children. The board, staff and direct service volunteers have become strong advocates and service providers for those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. For more information, visit www.wcwc.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
For Coffee and Contacts: Eileen Batson Batson Group Marketing and PR 919.327.5021
For Women’s Center: Jean Williams 919.829.3711
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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Coffee and Contacts' Women Helping Women Business Expo a huge success


Came upon a great magnet I'd like to share... "those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it."

Thanks to the team of determined women who pulled off this incredible event

Jean Hedges for the idea for a "vendor blender" that took on a life of it's own after the Executive Committee, Sallie Matlack, Dotty Bryn, Cyndi Bulka and myself, Eileen Batson got our hands on it.

The Raffle Coordinator Claudia Acosta and Director Monique Ruvido
Room Set-up Coordinator Monique Woolley and her Team - Jenna Boyd, Denise Whitley, Yvonne Hanks

Volunteer Coordinator Dawn Gupton and her Team - Letha Costin, Diane Moore, Phran Gatcher, Fay Sanders, Tonya Palmer, Chanda Tunstall, and so many others selling raffle and wine tickets and jumping in wherever they were needed.

Everyone who worked on getting sponsors especially Allison Auerbach, Michele Little, Sallie Matlack, Dotty Bryn.

Bless Laurice Hewitt for handling the financial end of this extravaganza and making sure the bags made it to the event.

Ingrid Beckman for the beautiful eye-catching postcards and poster designs.

Shannon Saharski for keeping track of the vendor signups

Jeanne Moyer for putting info up on the Coffee and Contacts website and taking photos with Alice Osborn at the event.

The Women's Center of Wake County for all the great work they do and especially Jean Williams, Jane Tobia and Holly Gray.

Our sponsors Costco, Skirt Magazine, Women's Edge magazine, Total Wine, Diane Bean of CruiseOne, and The Wake County Shrine Club

And to all the vendors and attendees who without their support nothing would have happened at all!!!
www.WCWC.org

Love, health, prosperity and wisdom to you,
Eileen Batson
Batson Group Marketing and PR
Raleigh, NC
"Promotion Resistance Equals Non-Existence"

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gift Card Tips for Business and Personal Gifting


Gift cards are the most desired gift among women, and third-most desired gift among men, according to a survey by Needham, Mass.–based Tower Group. They are attractive to both givers and receivers for their ease of use.

Rich Killian, a past president of the Incentive Gift Card Council (IGCC), says...

* The best way to give a gift card is as an unannounced spot reward;

* Do it in person and in front of peers;

* Communicate the gift so that other workers see some reward;

* Personalize the gift card, put a letter with it;

* There's some trophy value with a gift card. You can share it with family or a friend, and say, 'I earned this for doing a good job.' You don't share with a friend that you got a cash bonus or how much that was. There's more lasting value if you can share it with more people."

Other tips
* For an alternative to the on-the-spot gift card presentation, post gift card on the company bulletin board and declare that the first employee to close a major deal would receive the prize.

* One of the reasons for corporate executives to hire an incentive professional is that they can and should monitor issues like a card-issuer's financial health.

* When an employer can tailor their incentives to the specific preferences of each employee, they increase their ability to attract and retain great staff. Of course, the employer also has to be doing all the other things right as well, in terms of providing an environment where an employee wants to work, to ensure the employee remains motivated.

* Gift cards create a memorable experience associated with the company.

To wrap up -- A gift card is best used as an incentive, And of course, the gift should be presented in person with an explanation of what the employee did to deserve it.

Eileen Batson
Order My Gift
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OrderMyGift@yahoo.com

Monday, June 1, 2009

Fun, Friends, Food & Fundraiser for Women's Center of Wake County



Coffee and Contacts: Women’s Networking is hosting a fundraising event for the Women's Center of Wake County June 4th at the Shrine Club on Lead Mine in Raleigh. Over 70 professional women are showcasing products, services and providing valuable raffle items including a 3-day Cruise to Nassau.

Raleigh, NC -- The women’s networking group Coffee and Contacts, LLC announced that proceeds from the organization’s first “Women Helping Women Business Expo” will benefit the Women's Center of Wake County. The expo will be held at The Wake County Shrine Club 6015 Lead Mine in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 4, 2009 from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

The Women’s Center of Wake County assists the community through programs and services that provide homeless women and children with support, basic needs and affordable housing.

“We are pleased to have the support of Coffee and Contacts,” said Jean Williams, executive director of the Women’s Center of Wake County. “The hard work by the women of Coffee and Contacts in planning, promoting and holding this expo is appreciated as it helps the Women’s Center to service our clients and expand our visibility in the community.”

Over 70 professional women will be showcasing their products and services in the 3-hour event. Over $3,000 of gift items valued at more than $50 each will be raffled off with a grand prize of a 3-day cruise to Nassau on Carnival Cruise Lines compliments of Diane Bean of CruiseOne.


International award-winning Raleigh author
Diane Chamberlain, will be available to sign
her latest book Secrets She Left Behind from 5-7pm.




Raleigh publications Women’s Edge and Skirt Magazine!, Costco Wholesale, The Wake County Shrine Club, The Design Mill, and Batson Group Marketing and PR have lent their support as major sponsors of the event.

Donations of gently used upscale clothing and accessories for women and children are being accepted at the event for sale in the Women's Center resale shop Abbeygail’s.

“What started out as a simple ‘Vendor Blender’ for Coffee and Contacts’ 130+ chapter members has grown into a major fundraising event in the Triangle. Steering committee members Sallie Matlack, Dotty Bryn, Cyndi Bulka and Eileen Batson have done an exceptional job pulling all the elements together with the help of member volunteers.” stated Jean Hedges, co-founder of Coffee and Contacts.

Co-founder Jeanne Moyer went on to say, “Without the teamwork of the women of Coffee and Contacts an event of this size could not be pulled off in three months. It is a daunting task and our women are committed and making it happen.”

Everyone – men and women - are invited to attend the Expo and join the community in support of local women entrepreneurs and the important work done by the Women's Center.

Purchase tickets to the event online and at the door for $10 which include a beverage (wine/beer) and light hors d'oeuvres. Raffle tickets to the win the grand prize cruise are online as well. Go to http://CoffeeandContactsExpo.eventbrite.com/

About The Women’s Center of Wake County: The Women's Center of Wake County started over 20 years ago as a grass roots movement. The Center has responds to the changing needs of women, expanding and providing services as indicated by the women in our community. Over the last 12 years, the board, staff and direct service volunteers have become strong advocates and service providers for women and children homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. For more information, please call 919.829.3711 or visit online at www.wcwc.org.

About Coffee and Contacts Coffee and Contacts, LLC was established in March of 2007, by Jean Hedges, a Senior Loan Officers with Prime Lending, and Jeanne Moyer, a realtor specializing in Green homes with CityGate Real Estate Services. The women’s networking group is built on women who invest their time and efforts to get to know each other and help each other grow personally and professionally. For more information go to www.CoffeeandContacts.biz email info@CoffeeandContacts.com

MEDIA CONTACTS:
For Coffee and Contacts: Eileen Batson | Batson Group Marketing and PR | 919.327.5021
For Women’s Center: Jean Williams | 919.829.3711

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