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Ten thousand dollars and a dozen red roses made ValentineÂ?s Day at the Nutcracker Publishing Company extra sweet this year, even without the traditional box of chocolates.

“I’m on a diet anyway,” quipped owner and confessed chocoholic Amelia Frahm.

     If her sweet tooth prevails, Frahm can buy her own chocolates. Thanks in part to a generous donation by Barr Laboratories Incorporated.

     The New York based specialty pharmaceutical applauded Frahm’s, self-publishing efforts and awarded her company $10,000 in support of its first title Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy.

     The book’s candor and comic reality captured Barr’s attention while still a manuscript and even before what Today’s Librarian called “eye popping gloriously colored illustrations.”

     Barr said the book which focuses on the many issues faced by families dealing with cancer was, “humorous and practical and we are proud to be associated with it.”

     The pharmaceutical also thanked Frahm for agreeing to appear in its 2001 Corporate Stockholders Report Magazine. The magazine pictured photos of Frahm with her children and with her book taken by Rhode Island photojournalist Bill Gallery, at the Nutcracker Publishing Company’s home office in Minnesota.

    Barr called the photos “wonderful” and admitted using Frahm who has succeeded as author, publisher, mother and cancer survivor sent a “powerful message.”

    Barr’s not the only one impressed by Frahm and her company. Medical, literary and entertainment critics alike have recommended her first book. Talk show host Rosie O Donnell introduced it on national television the same month it was published, October 2001. More recently Frahm was selected to the 2002 National Cancer Survivor’s Day Speakers Bureau right along side a few more recognizable names such a Ted Kennedy Jr., and Cokie Roberts. Not bad for a publishing company staffed by one determined woman.

     Frahm said she plans to use the money donated in an upcoming marketing campaign and besides pharmaceuticals her company is also looking for other tie-ins, to promote the book, such as a banana split pie depicted in the book she hopes will attract food corporations who are advocates for cancer awareness and know to use premium books for company promotions.

    Tickles Tabitha's Cancer-tankerous Mommy is available on-line at Amazon

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