Gaby Natale featured in NBC-Telemundo 2021 Unstoppable Women List

Gaby Natale was featured in NBC-Telemundo 2021 Unstoppable Women List. Courtesy photo, used with permission.

Just in time for Women’s History Month and anticipating International Women’s Day, Gaby Natale was featured in the opening episode of the the 2021 Unstoppable Women List, a yearly campaign by NBCUniversal’s Telemundo network highlighting extraordinary women in business, entertainment, and sports. The triple EMMY-winning TV host, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur shared her 2-decade journey in the show “En Casa con Telemundo,” going back from the launch of her TV show from a carpet warehouse in West Texas in 2007 to becoming the first Latina author published by HarperCollins Leadership with the release of her book The Virtuous Circle in 2021. (AGANARmedia, 2021)

Gaby’s inspirational story was included in NBC-Telemundo’s Unstoppable Women digital properties and featured in the hit show “En Casa con Telemundo”, kicking off the network’s Women’s History Month Celebrations. Past Unstoppable Women honorees include vice president Kamala Harris, designer Carolina Herrera, singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan, actress Lupita Nyong’o and activist Monica Ramirez. Unstoppable Women’s comprehensive approach includes public service announcements, on-air and digital campaigns with inspiring messages and speaker series.

Gaby Natale is a triple Daytime EMMY® winner, TV personality, bestselling author, and motivational speaker. She is the executive producer and host of the nationally-syndicated TV show SuperLatina on PBS’ Vme network. People magazine named Natale one of 2018’s “25 Most Powerful Latinas,” highlighting the inspirational story of how she went from a local TV show that started out of a carpet warehouse to becoming the only Latina in US history to win triple back-to-back Daytime EMMYs. Natale is also the founder of AGANARmedia, a marketing company with a focus on Hispanic audiences that serves Fortune 500 companies such as Hilton Worldwide, Sprint, AT&T, eBay, and Amazon. Natale holds a bachelor’s in International Relations and a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of San Andres and Columbia University.

“As challenging as 2020 and 2021 have been for most of us, I’ve always believed in the resilient spirit of my community. I want to remind people in these difficult times that there is no shame in starting over. I had to do it myself many times. I went from being an unemployed college graduate in Argentina to becoming an entrepreneur in the United States, winning 3 Daytime Emmys, publishing a bestselling book, and launching my line of beauty hair products. There were many false starts and setbacks along the way. I know what it feels like to start from zero.”- Gaby Natale


New book release: ‘Remote Control’ by Nnedi Okorafor

‘Remote Control’ by Nnedi Okorafor will be released on January 19, 2021. Photo: amazon

Nnedi Okorafor is an author of fantasy and science fiction for both adults and younger readers and an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo. Her children’s book “Long Juju Man” won the 2007-08 Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa, and her adult novel “Who Fears Death” was a Tiptree Honor Book. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus and Lodestar Awards and her debut novel “Zahrah the Windseeker” won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature. In her new novel “Remote Control,” an alien artifact turns a young girl into Death’s adopted daughter; it will be released on Tuesday January 19, 2021. (amazon, 2021)

“Remote Control” is a thrilling sci-fi tale of community and female empowerment. The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From here on, in she would be known as Sankofa­­―a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past. Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks alone, except for her fox companion, searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers. But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa now that Death is her constant companion?

Upcoming release: ‘The Retirement Mirage’ by Nancy Hite

‘The Retirement Mirage’ by Nancy Hite will be out February 16, 2021. Photo: amazon

Nancy Hite is a certified financial planner, trustee, and author. She is also founder of The Strategic Wealth Advisor ® LLC, located in Boca Raton, Florida. She offers financial advice and workable options to help her clients prepare for and enjoy the current and future chapters of their lives by focusing on their personal goals. In her upcoming book, “The Retirement Mirage: Time to Think Differently,” which will be released on February 16, 2021, she reveals what experts do not tell people about their financial planning. It is available for pre-order on Amazon. (Black Château, 2021)

“The Retirement Mirage: Time to Think Differently” combines Nancy’s years of financial experience with real-life examples to help readers assess their financial situation and give them the tools to plan for the realities of their financial future. Because people are living longer, technology is advancing quickly, and the world is changing due to climate change, COVID-19, and other factors, ideas about retirement savings are becoming antiquated. The book is an optimistic and practical look at the future and how people can prepare.

Driven by her fiduciary duty towards her clients and a desire to help others, Nancy Hite gives actionable advice in her book. She explores education and how children should have a strong financial foundation. She delves into unsteady markets and how they can impact investments. Plus, readers will discover why her mott: Spend it now, spend it later, or spend it never® makes sense today more than ever.

“So many people are still buying into the retirement mirage, the idea that once they stop working, they will have a perfect life. I’m here to show them that the world is changing, and they need to shatter those old ideas in order to adapt. There is so much hope and opportunity if we are willing to think differently, and that’s what people will find in my book.” – Nancy Hite

New release: ‘City of Angels’ by Kenneth Bromberg

‘City of Angels’ is the new novel by Kenneth Bromberg. Photo: amazon

Kenneth Bromberg has an MBA from UCLA and worked as a certified public accountant. During retirement, he started his writing career in earnest, utilizing the knowledge gained from his life experiences, a passion for history, and an ear for narrative. Born in Queen of Angels Hospital in downtown Los Angeles, he has had a lifelong fascination with the city’s corrupt and colorful history. This fascination is woven into his first book, “American Dreams,” a multi-generational saga about three immigrants from Europe who flee to New York City before arriving to the glitz and glamour of a very different corner of Los Angeles: Hollywood, as well as his second novel, “City of Angels,” a noir tale set in the back alleys of 1920s Los Angeles. (amazon, 2021)

“City of Angels” is set in 1924 and Sam Lacy, a tough-as-nails homicide detective, follows his own code of conduct within the racist and corrupt Los Angeles Police Department. Sam’s beautiful ex-girlfriend has been murdered and a sadistic predator is assaulting young Chinese women. Are the crimes connected and can Sam stop the killers before powerful forces stop him? Sometimes, a good detective cannot let the law get in his way. Sam navigates L.A.’s seedy underbelly with the help from an unlikely trio: Sam’s partner, Lonnie, a handsome detective whose cavalier attitude conceals a troubled past outside of the law; Sam’s friend, Edward Bixby, a brilliant man whose crucial forensic work is performed off the books since the LAPD would never hire a Black man for a murder investigation; and Susan, Sam’s sister and moral compass, a war widow and mother who pursues leads of her own. The story takes place in the movie capital of the world, a city that attracts wide-eyed innocents and cold-hearted killers – a City of Angels.

Book review: ‘Primal Calling’ by Barry Eisenberg

‘Primal Calling’ is Barry Eisenberg’s debut novel about a young man searching for his father. Photo: google

Barry Eisenberg is an associate professor of health care management in the School for Graduate Studies at the State University of New York Empire State College, a health care management consultant, and a former hospital administrator. During the years he has spent in health care, he has met a wide variety of people who have inspired him and helped him to understand how caring and courageous some can be.  Most of his writing has been fiction, with a focus on the future of health care and higher education. “Primal Calling” is his first novel and centers around Jack, a twenty-year old whose search for his father becomes an all-consuming mission.

“Primal Calling” begins as Jack is finishing another day of college. As he drives out of the parking lot, a mysterious car follows him out and the man and woman force him into their car. When Jack questions their motive they tell him that they are taking him to meet his father. From there, the action goes back in time to Jack’s life with his mother Linda. He discovers the truth about his father one day when he is home sick from school and, because he is feeling better but bored, he is rummaging through the attic and finds his birth certificate. Curiosity gets the better of him and he uncovers his father’s name. This goes against what his mother always told him, that his father was an anonymous donor because she claims she was artificially inseminated. Rather than tell his mother and risk her stopping him from digging deeper, he continues on his own. All his probing triggers an FBI alert and it turns out his father, whose real name is Stewart Jacobson, works for the government and has different identities to protect his work and life. Jack persists in his search even though he runs into one obstacle after another. In the end, he gets to know his father and Linda reconnects with Stewart since he never knew he has a son. To protect Stewart, his employer fakes his death and he is given a new identity, but Jack and Linda remain a part of his life.

It is hard to pin down what genre of book “Primal Calling” is because it has touches of everything: a coming-of-age story because in the process of finding his father, Jack finds himself; a love story because of the budding romance between Jack and Cathy, the young lady who is helping him in his search; and an international spy thriller when Stewart’s job is the focus, including a suicide bomber plot twist. In all cases, it is an intriguing debut novel by Barry Eisenberg that has potential for becoming a series. The character development is extensive, so they become familiar and relatable without an obvious villain standing out. In an interesting plot development, before Abdel, Rafiq’s son, who is Stewart’s ally, blows himself up along with others, the reader gets to know the victims. Their description begins with “He never looked at the faces of the people near him.” This is important because it reinforces the fact that actions have consequences, affecting other people who have their own lives and that they are not just objects: “The cafeteria became a cathedral to blood, smoke, death, and chaos. Body parts were strewn about in a catastrophic human mauling.” The language level begins as intermediate: “There was no shortage of pursuits to which his interest could be applied, and, in the meantime, he vowed to savor this indoctrination into the next stage of his life” but becomes easier halfway through, which helps the pacing of the story. It also has its poetic moments: “Trees were frosted with ice, its weight tugging at the branches, creating a vastness of luminescent archways.” A one-of-a-kind novel, “Primal Calling” is recommended for fans of mysteries that are wrapped up in family drama with a touch of international spy intrigue.

*The author received a copy of this book for an honest review. The views and opinions expressed here belong solely to her.

San Antonio Magazine announces new leadership

Kathie Anderson is San Antonio Magazine’s new publisher. Photo: San Antonio Magazine, used with permission.

San Antonio Magazine (SAM), the 15-year-old city and lifestyle monthly, announces Kathie Anderson as publisher and Kathleen Petty as editor-in-chief. Rebecca Fontenot Cord, former publisher and editor-in-chief remains involved as editorial director of the magazine’s parent company, Open Sky Media. (San Antonio Magazine, 2020)

Kathie Anderson and her family recently returned to San Antonio after living in Tampa, Florida, for four years. While in Florida, Kathie worked in media and as a Realtor. Before moving to Tampa, she resided in San Antonio, where she worked at KENS-5 before joining San Antonio Magazine as associate publisher. Both outlets gave her the opportunity to assist businesses, clients and organizations in elevating their impact within the market via media exposure. Her expertise and passion are customizing marketing approaches utilizing multiple channels, such as digital, print and events. She also keeps keen watch on ever-changing market trends and quickly adapts strategy to optimize results.  

Kathleen Petty joined the San Antonio Magazine staff as associate editor in 2012, progressing through department ranks to executive editor. She seeks out stories and reports on everything from arts and culture to major city issues. She also manages freelance writers and has contributed to the direction and execution of each issue. Prior to moving to San Antonio, Petty worked as a general assignment reporter and then as a government writer for the Midland Reporter-Telegram. She also has freelanced for publications in Texas and Colorado. Petty earned a news-editorial journalism degree from Texas Christian University’s Schieffer College of Communication. She is originally from Colorado but has called Texas home since 2004.

San Antonio Magazine examines a city at the intersection of old and new, celebrating its dynamic culture, rich heritage and collaborative spirit of a community building toward the future. Since it began publishing in 2005, San Antonio Magazine has been connecting readers with the best of the city and inspiring locals to engage with the city in new ways. It is part of Open Sky Media, which also publishes Austin Monthly, Austin Home and Texas Music.