Sunday, August 17, 2008


Noel Richardson is perfect, but degrees, wealth, and good genes don’t define a man. The CEO of a St. Louis non-profit organization, Noel doesn’t respond when women whisper compliments behind his back. It’s only God’s voice Noel hears.
His life has been anything, but easy since surviving a fireworks explosion that kills his best friend and shatters his hearing. That’s in his past. He’s learned to co-exist between two worlds—hearing and Deaf. One example is Noel tolerances ridicule from his friends when he’s slow to interject into their lively sports debate despite mastering lip reading. Living in the Deaf community isn’t any easier. There are constant reminders that Noel is a distinct outsider.
For years, his Sunday morning worship consisted of tele-evangelists. Spiritually, he was dying from the lack of fellowship. What could he do? Very few churches had what he needed.
Then Noel stumbles across an invitation flashing on a portable sign: Thanksgiving service. All are welcome. Deaf ministry provided.
Once inside God’s Grace Church, he’s captivated by Interpreter Mackenzie Norton’s graceful hands.
To Noel, Mackenzie’s exquisite, a steadfast believer, and head strong. With her, Noel can hear the impossible.

Pat Simmons is a Jesus baptized Believer. She has been a television news writer and assignment editor for the past eight years. Prior to that position, she worked as a talk show host, board operation, and news reporter for various radio stations for ten years.

She is the co-publicist at Midwest Publicity a two-man public relations company that handles all media publicity for the yearly Romantic Times BOOKlovers conventions, and author interviews for such national bestselling authors like L.A. Banks, Bobbi Smith, Christina Skye, and Heather Graham to name a few.

Pat Simmons holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She is married and has a daughter and son attending college. Her hobbies/interests include getting carried away with dead people whether it is her own genealogy or other families. Pat prides herself on dressing in the latest fashions created with her twenty-plus year-old Kenmore sewing machine. She is known for making friends wherever she goes, being the life of any party under four guests, and serious board game player. Her novels include Guilty of Love (September 2007) and Talk To Me (November 2008).
Drop by her site at to stay abreast of her many activities.

1 comment:

Jeanette Hill said...

Thank you for this valuable information. I have been struggling with how to create an effective media/press kit. I am a playwright with local success and looking to broaden my horizons. I do have newspaper articles, radio interview, my website, DVDs and a demo tape of several of my productions. Recently, I have had inquiries and requests from organizations and promoters in other cities about my work.

What do you suggest I include in my press kits and what information to give out to those I meet during the course of the day?