DNA Results of the Former Dictator’s Body Expected to Crack Open a Long-Held Secret, Says Dr. Aura Imbarus, Author of the Just Released Out of the Transylvania Night

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 3, 2010

Such is the historical sweep and intimate detail in this Pulitzer-Prize entry: In Out of the Transylvania Night, Dr. Aura Imbarus vividly details Christmas Day 1989, when she, her parents and hundreds of shoppers drew sudden sniper fire as Romania descended into the violence of a revolution that challenged one of the most draconian regimes in the Soviet bloc. Aura recalls a grisly execution that rocked the world and led to five harrowing days of bloody chaos as she and her family struggled to survive. The next day, Communist-controlled television released photos showing that Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife had been assassinated–though many Romanians, the author included, believed the executions had been staged since Ceausescu was known for using five stand-ins to pose for him.

Nevertheless, Aura tries to convince herself that life post-revolution will be different, but little changes. On May 7, 1997, with two pieces of luggage and a powerful dream, Aura and her new husband flee to America. Through sacrifice and hard work, the couple acquires a home, cars, and travel–but trying to be American is much more complicated than they expect. More difficulties set in: the stock market crash takes their savings, house, and cars; thieves steal three centuries’ worth of heirloom jewels; and Aura’s beloved mother dies.

Aura’s marriage crumbles under the stress. Devastated, she asks herself, “How much of one’s life is owed to others?” and “Is it possible to straddle two cultures and not lose one’s identity?” Tested even further by the vagaries of fate, Aura realizes that to resurrect herself, she must reconstruct her life. She becomes involved with the Romanian-American Professionals Network (RAPN), whose mission is to help Romanian immigrants adjust to American life without sacrificing their heritage. Aura discovers a startling truth about striking a balance between one’s dreams and the sacrifices and compromises that allow for serenity, selfhood, and a sense of “home.” With this new depth of insight, her life begins to resurrect. She reunites with Michael, and establishes herself as an award-wining educator and a leader in RAPN. From the days in Romania when she would stand outside Olympic champion Nadia Comaneci’s fence trying to get a glimpse of this international superstar, she is now asked to help Nadia–who herself is now a “Romanian-American”–raise funds for her children’s clinic in Bucharest. Aura now sees her life from a more worldly perspective.

“I had to reclaim where I came from,” she explains. “I had been so set on blocking out my past and conquering the American dream that I lost sight of me and all that I’d worked for. In reconnecting with my community, I’m energized again, and focused on what is real and lasting in life.”

About Aura Imabrus

Aura Imbarus, PhD, is a former popular journalist in Europe, university professor, speaker, and award-winning educator. She is co-founder and ambassador of the Romanian-American Professional Network (RAPN) and the president of its Los Angeles chapter. She is also president of EuroCircle’s Los Angeles chapter.

Born in Sibiu, Romania, she earned her PhD in Romance Languages-Philology under the tutelage of Professor Dumitru Cicio-Pop, PhD, who writes the Foreword for her book. (Dr. Ciocoi-Pop is the former president of Lucian Blaga University. A popular activist for human rights, he was imprisoned for two years for speaking out against the Communist regime.) Aura is currently an educator in the Los Angeles school system and a professor in the California College system. She lives in Los Angeles. For more information visit: http://www.AuraImbarus.com /

About Out of the Transylvania Night

Bettie Youngs Books

Released September 29, 2010

302 pages/ $ 14.95/ ISBN: 978-0-9843081-2-5


About Bettie Youngs Books

Bettie Youngs Books Publishers specializes in memoirsbooks that celebrate fascinating people and remarkable journeys.

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Mount Vernon, New York, Author Publishes New Book

Mount Vernon, NY (Vocus) October 5, 2010

Fundamentals of European Union Direct Tax, a new book by Dr. Felix Lessambo, has been released by RoseDog Books.

Dr. Felix Lessambo is an adjunct associate professor at St. Johns University (The Peter J. Tobin School of Business), where he teaches International Taxation, Individual Tax Planning, and Financial Reporting: Evaluation and Analysis. He also teaches International Finance, Financial Markets & Institutions, and Corporate of Mergers & Acquisitions at the King Graduate School of Business (Monroe College). Prior to his St. Johns appointment, Dr. Lessambo taught International Tax, European Union Tax, and Corporate Tax at the University of Kinshasa (DRC).

He specializes in the taxation of international transactions, transfer pricing, E.U. laws, and international finance. He is the author of Taxation of International Business Transactions and several leading articles in international tax law reviews. It is particularly in this area of E.U. direct taxation regime that Dr. Lessambo has been the most challenging. He foresaw what others were not willing to see, to hear, or to acknowledge.

Dr. Lessambo is the first scholar to argue against the incompatibility of the French Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC), the French transfer pricing provision (Article 57), the French thin-capitalization rules (Article 212), the French taxation regime of artists (Article 155A), and the Luxembourg Securitization Law, with respect to both the E.U. laws and the OECD treaty.

Ten years earlier, in 1999, ahead of his time, Dr. Lessambo came out, for the first time, according to Professor Bernard Castagnede, with the opinion that the sole way to crack down the use of preferred tax regimes is to broaden the scope of the exchange of information among tax and financial authorities. The G-20 Summit in London has adopted the opinion in the midst of the world financial crisis (2009).

He lectured with the European American Tax Institute (EATI) and other business organizations.

He lives in New York and serves on the boards of various Christian organizations.

Fundamentals of European Union Direct Tax is a 232-page paperback with a retail price of $ 21.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-9951-1. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information or to request a review copy, please visit our virtual pressroom at http://www.rosedog.com/pressroom or our online bookstore at http://www.rosedogbookstore.com.


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