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New Novel Offers Hope in an Inspiring Sports Story PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author House   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:58

Author Theo Tate delivers a gratifying, touching story about girls youth basketball

O'FALLON, Ill. – In the spirit of such heartwarming and inspiring sports films as The Bad News Bears, A League of Their Own, The Blind Side, Hoosiers and Rudy comes Theo Tate’s new book, Ladies' Night (published by AuthorHouse).


Ladies' Night follows former NBA player Scottie Rogers on his journey to lead and inspire a group of girls. After his playing career, Scottie sets his sights on a new goal. He gathers his resources – including a large inheritance from his mother – and starts a 16-city basketball league for 12-year-old girls. He calls this new league the American Little Ladies Basketball League (ALLBL).


The girls in the league don’t play for huge salaries. The league offers more than that. It gives them a chance to travel the country, meet new people and play the sport they love. It also gives them hope by offering the champion of the league a chance to meet the University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt.


“It’s about all dreams,” says Tate, about his book. “(Ladies' Night will) teach people that they can do whatever they want to do and not let anyone stop them.”


Tate believes the book offers readers respite from the pressures of their everyday lives. “With the problems going on in this country, like the bad economy and rising unemployment, people want to read something that’s entertaining and unique,” he says. “I hope this book will help people continue to dream big and never let go of their dreams.”


About the Author

Theo Tate is a longtime sports journalist who became an avid women's basketball fan in 1993 when he was co-manager of the Belleville East High School (Ill.) girls basketball team. In addition, he covered – and attended – numerous NCAA women's basketball games and is currently a blogger covering on women's college basketball. He lives in O'Fallon, Illinois.


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A special edition of The Cities with Jim Mertens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:34
The Cities, WQPT's public affairs program, goes on location with host Jim Mertens interviewing Vice President Joe Biden during his visit to Davenport on Wednesday and Bishop Gene Robinson, who is in town to discuss religion and sexual identity at Augustana. It's all tonight on The Cities with Jim Mertens at 6:30 pm., with an encore presentation on Sunday at 5:30 pm.

The Power of Love Portrayed in New Book PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author House   
Friday, 23 March 2012 14:25
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – America’s sweetheart, Julia Roberts, once said about love, “I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together.” Love is a powerful emotion. True love even more so. Set in New Mexico – the romantic Land of Enchantment – Amber’s Ambitions (published by AuthorHouse) is a new esoteric love story by author Janice I. Meissner.

In Amber’s Ambitions, Amber meets a kind gentleman named Armand from Albuquerque – the two instantly become enamored with one another and their love for one another quickly blossoms.

An excerpt from Amber’s Ambitions:

“My dearest love, there are no words in any language which could express my love for you because of all the work you do in the business and in our home. Your energy gives me help when I need it. I appreciate your unconditional love. It goes without saying how much my male character is admired when we find our bliss. My love, your touch is so special for me. It could only be found with you, Amber. I love you as completely as I know how. I admire you, I adore you, and realize you were meant for me to love, which I certainly do.”

“Many men look at women only as sex objects,” says Meissner. “Women are not held in high esteem, whereas Armand loves, adores and totally respects Amber. He reflects the love she has for him.”

About the Author
Janice I. Meissner is a native Iowan who spent 35 years in Minnesota. After retiring she and her husband moved to New Mexico, where she works as a floral designer and instructor.  Meissner is also author of Oh! Rachel.

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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:01

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – Tune in Fridays at 7 pm when WQPT brings you “Artists in Profile,” a new production that takes a look at the creative process in the words of visual and performance artists.

“Last year the Illinois Arts Council contacted us to offer production assistance for a program that highlighted the accomplishments of our areas artists.  After talking with our producer, Lora Adams, we began pre-production on ‘Artists in Profile’ and taped three hour long performances in late October 2011,” said Rick Best, General Manager for WQPT.  “Being able to showcase the creativity of both visual and performance artists has been a wonderful addition to our local programming.”

Michael Romkey and The Bucktown Revue are featured in the first half hour episode that airs March 23 at 7 pm. Upcoming episodes feature Jason Platt (cartoonist), Erin Freund (harpist) and Susan Holgersson (set designer) on March 30th; Tristan Tapscott (actor/producer), Ellis Kell (musician), and Kate Askegaard (visual artist) on April 6; The Westbrook Singers on April 13; Catie Osborn (smash poetry), Bill Gustafson (muralist) and Kelly and Tammy Rundle (filmmakers) on April 20th.  “Pages from a Young Girls Life” a ballet from Ballet Quad Cities portrays the life of Anne Frank and was choreographed in 2005 by Johanna Jakhelln. The special hour long program will air on April 27.

The series is funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Three one hour music specials have also been taped and aired on WQPT as a result of the grant. The first was a Christmas concert performed by The Westbrook Singers in December of 2011 and in March 2012 The Westbrook Singers also appeared in an hour long gospel music special along with an hour featuring The Bucktown Revue.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

Author David W. Dorris Book Signing Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Miller   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:53

WHEN: 3-31-12

TIME: 1 - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 320 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport, Iowa 52806

WHAT: Dorris, a resident of Davenport, IA, will be available to sign copies of his book, Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It.

Fear not, for in Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It, author David Dorris shows you how to approach life's problems and that making the right choices is easier than you think. Life is like a baseball game where the pitcher is constantly throwing you curveballs. As this is the case, do you want to simply be a spectator, or do you want to get in the game and face life head-on? Although it may sound simple sometimes, life is not an easy game to play. There are many challenges to overcome and many choices you have to make. None of you have a choice as to how you come into the world; however, you do have a choice as to the kind of life you live. Follow David in Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It, and find out for yourself how you too can knock life's curveballs out of the park.

For more information, contact Jim Miller at 888-361-9473 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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