Tag: Self-Published Books

Steve Curto Has Put Us All To Shame

When someone we love goes through something tragic, we often don’t know what to do. This doesn’t stop one man from writing a book to help his wife to remember.

 

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About seven years ago, while Camre Curto was pregnant, she suffered a serious brain injury. Steve Curto, her husband, took her to the hospital where she, unfortunately, “went into eclampsia, suffered a grand mal seizure and also had a stroke” (Fox Now). Camre had to have an emergency C-section. However, only a few days after, she had no memory of doing so.

Steve and their son, Gavin, had to spend a few days without having Camre in the home, as her parents took over the responsibility for taking care of her. When Camre came home, Steve realized that “she doesn’t remember the first day we met, or even our own wedding, or our engagement, or the birth of our son or what happened to her” (Fox Now).

 

 

Reading this, I couldn’t help but think about the movie 50 First Dates, which a movie starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, with Barrymore’s character suffering short-term memory loss as a result of a head injury in a traffic accident. As this is not the same story line as Camre Curto’s life, but both Adam Sandler’s character and Steve will do anything to make sure that the women they love can love them all over again.

Dealing with a newborn and Camre’s memory loss, took a toll on Steve. What kept him going was knowing that even though Camre couldn’t remember him, she knew that she loved him. For this reason, he decided to title his book But I Know I Love You.

 

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Thanks to technology and the improvements in science, Camre’s memory is getting better. Although very small, this grand gesture is more than any of us could imagine ourselves doing. Let this be an inspiration for others to strive to the best we can every day.

 

 


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Throw The Book at Her: Ex-Baltimore Mayor Indicted!

Well this is one for the books: The former mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on wire fraud and tax evasion over her self-published books.

 

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The 11-count federal indictments were made public Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland. The indictment describes a years-long scheme dating to 2011, when she was a state senator.

 

 

Pugh is accused of using her company, Healthy Holly, to publish her books and sell them “directly to nonprofit organizations and foundations, many of whom did business or attempted to do business with Maryland state government and Baltimore City.” Essentially, she’s accused of operating a sham business where she accepted payments for thousands of books she never intended to deliver. Many of the businesses were nonprofit.

The funds she received were used, according to court papers, to fund straw donations to her mayoral election campaign. This means she would purposely evade financial contribution limits by disguising the origin of a donation. She also used the funds to purchase and renovate a house in Baltimore.

This fraud allowed Pugh to make thousands of dollars from the book sales.

 

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BBC News notes that she is also accused of evading taxes, claiming a taxable income in 2016 of $31,020 (£24,000) when prosecutors say it was actually $322,365.

Pugh was the second Baltimore mayor to leave office in the past decade while facing corruption allegations.  Her resignation came after FBI and IRS agents raided her offices, homes and other locations in late April and seized several items, including money transfer receipts, a laptop, compact discs and a $100,000 check from the University of Maryland Medical System to Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” company.

 

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She resigned as mayor in May, apologizing for the harm she had caused to “the credibility of the office.” Now she’s expected to appear in court on Thursday.

You can buy her book here.

 

 

 

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