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ImaginePublicity on Air: K.J. Howe Author and Director of THRILLERFEST

For the last six years, K.J. Howe has immersed herself in the world of kidnapping to bring authenticity to the page. Her first novel, The Freedom Broker, won a Thriller Award for Best First Novel. Her second book, Skyjack, received a Boxed and Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and a Starred Review from Library Journal. Not only does Howe write with enthusiasm for her character, she meticulously does  research to bring real issues to the storyline. Thea Paris appears in the series as a kidnapping negotiator with a love for adventure and the ability to overcome her personal obstacles to get the job done. There are 25 elite professionals who travel undercover to the deadliest spots in the world to bring hostages home safely by any means necessary. Only one of those 25 elite response consultants is a woman.  She brings everything a man does to the job as well as her intuition. She is the inspiration behind professional kidnap negotiator Thea Paris. Although the Freedom Broker series is fiction, Howe brings personal knowledge of …

The Opioid Crisis: ImaginePublicity on Air 3 Part Series

ImaginePublicity, Jillian Maas Backman, and the FBI Columbia, SC Citizens Academy Alumni Association have collaborated on the following 3-Part Podcast about Opioid Addiction and its human trafficking intersect. The opioid epidemic has complicated and exacerbated the sex trafficking crisis in a number of profound ways: it has increasingly given traffickers a powerful tool to recruit and control victims, it compounds the recovery struggle for survivors, and it taxes the resources of the justice system. At the national level, the Department of Health and Human Services has recognized both human trafficking and opioid addiction as major public health issues; earlier this year, the department’s Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) held a seminar to discuss the intersection between the two crises. The more we know, the more likely we will we able to put an end to addiction and its horrendous impacts: death by overdose, and human trafficking trade in drugs. Guest host, Jillian Maas Backman (JillianMaasBackman.Com) moderates the three-part discussion about the opioid crisis and the serious toll it’s taking on our society. The series presents the …

ImaginePublicity On Air: Is Obamacare Really Affordable?

Debbie Hodges explains her decision to opt out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and pay the penalty even though she has a rare chronic illness, is prescribed several expensive medications, and has ongoing issues related to her health situation. Listen here:   Recently featured in a front page story at the Virginian-Pilot, she, along with others discuss the continuing burden of health care insurance. Hodges is just a few years short of being eligible for Medicare and has amassed debt to pay for health insurance under the ACA. She is prescribed 11 different medications to deal with the effects of her chronic illness, but has to order from Canada, or other countries outside the US, to be able to afford them. Hodges is not someone who takes her situation lightly since being diagnosed in 1997. She planned well for her future knowing her medical costs would continue for the rest of her life. However, what she didn’t plan for was the rising cost of care, along with the rising cost of insurance premiums and …