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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ZOM and Northwestern Mutual Crack Ground on Luxurious Multifamily Units in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) August sixteen, 2012

Hamptons PBG, L.P., a joint venture of ZOM Florida and Northwestern Mutual, recently commenced construction on a 224-device luxurious apartment rental local community in Palm Seaside County Florida. Recent Builders has been chosen as the standard contractor. Supplying the most expansive and reducing edge amenity bundle in the industry, The Hamptons at Palm Seashore Gardens is predicted to be finished by December 2013, with leasing starting up in Spring 2013. Positioned just minutes from the new Scripps Study Institute and the Jupiter campus of Florida Atlantic University, this new advancement is preferably located to just take advantage of the increasing multifamily rental industry in Palm Seashore County.


The 22.7 acre site offers an best minimal density setting for twenty five two-story structures and two a few-tale buildings in a community placing. The project is modeled soon after ZOMs profitable Hamptons and Arbors fashion merchandise. With a customized mix of each, the Hamptons will be housed in the two-tale structure, with only six apartment houses for every constructing, and will seem and purpose comparable to a one-household residence, with focused ground floor entryways and direct accessibility garages. The Arbors models are designed in a 3-tale structure, with breezeway accessibility garages. The a lot more traditionally sized one particular- and two-bed room Arbors units will have superior view orientations of the lake. The undertaking will also attribute a lavish clubhouse with resort design pool, health and fitness heart, e-lounge, and pet salon. All highlighted by a central 2.five acre lake with going for walks trail, as effectively as a perimeter character protect. ZRS Management, LLC has been retained to provide house administration solutions for the project.


We imagine this new task, our twenty-third multifamily task in Florida, has the right mix of attributes to offer dependable project income flow for the duration of operations and above regular complete expenditure returns, stated Kyle Clayton, ZOM Floridas Development Vice President. Coupled with favorable work development for Palm Seashore County, and emerging work hubs in close proximity to the website, housing demand from customers in the location carries on to strengthen.”


We think this exclusive, higher-complete merchandise will be in higher demand from customers in the north Palm Seaside market place, and that Northwestern Mutuals policyowners will gain from the long-phrase value we are creating in our undertaking with the ZOM team, stated Felix Figueroa, Director for Northwestern Mutual True Estate Investments.


ZOM is a single of the most highly regarded luxury multifamily developers in the United States, and has joint ventured or straight designed in excess of eleven,000 condominium models nationwide, with an mixture value in surplus of $ one.five billion. All through its thirty calendar year background, ZOM has garnered a lot more than a hundred sector awards which includes recognition for project design and improvement expertise. ZOM was awarded the extremely coveted Pillars of the Market award by the National Affiliation of Homebuilders for building the Ideal Garden Apartment Group in 2010. ZOM is headquartered in Orlando and has regional improvement places of work in Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, and Washington D.C. For a lot more info on ZOMs multifamily portfolio, pay a visit to http://www.zomusa.com.


Northwestern Mutual has served clients achieve monetary security for more than 150 years. As a mutual business with above $ 1 trillion of daily life insurance coverage protection in pressure, Northwestern Mutual seeks to share its gains with policyowners and deliver constant and trusted benefit to clientele in excess of time. Northwestern Mutual is one particular of the largest true estate buyers in the country, with investments in commercial mortgages, equities and securitized investments throughout all significant property kinds, and with real estate pros offering origination, underwriting, and services in regional offices throughout the country. Remember to pay a visit to http://www.northwesternmutualrealestate.com for more information about Northwestern Mutuals true estate investing.


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