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A Book to Bridge the Generations
August  31, 2018 

Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital Worldis a must-read for everyone—regardless of your age. It's an important read that will lift your spirits and renew your faith in the future of humankind.” Diana S. Zimmerman, Author, Entertainer, Entrepreneur, World’s Foremost Lady Magician

“Cynthia Brian continues to shine the spotlight on the great work of other people. In this beautiful compilation, she not only gives a voice to Millennials, she champions their sense of purpose, commitment, and contribution. I can’t think of a better role model than Cynthia to demonstrate how to be a servant leader. I highly recommend this book!” Libby Gill, Executive Coach, Leadership Expert, Bestselling Author

This book dispels the myth that Millennials are entitled. They are empowered and the insights and wisdom they share from their personal experiences will inspire you.”Devon HarrisAuthor, Speaker, Three-time Jamaican bobsled Olympian

“In my long career as a voice actor I've met thousands of people around the world who feel insignificant. Every single person is full of great potential and worthy of love. That's why I believe this book to be such a valuable resource.” Vic Mignogna, Anime Voice Actor

“Cynthia Brian encourages the development of young people and affirms the valuable contributions they make to their families, communities, and the world.  Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World celebrates the voices of those who have become today’s new adults. I applaud their insights and use of their individual gifts to create this book with Ms. Brian that will further encourage their generation and the next.” Cynthia T. Toney, Author of novels for teens: The Other Side of Freedom and the Bird Face series

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Kim Carlson
Courtney Cheng
Cynthia Cheong
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Katelyn Darrow
Malika Demings
Rachel Glass
Asya Gonzalez
Zahra Hasanian
Henna Hundal
Joven Hundal
Brigitte Jia
Karen Kitchel
Jelina Liu
Katie Lyons
Ellen Mongan
Kimberly Morgan
Jack Pawlakos
Afsana Rahman
Kaden Stover
Jena Vallina
Victoria White
Maria Wong
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"When reading this book, I was captivated by how well it explains topics that need to be addressed for millennials specifically. Being one myself, it was so cool to read people my age talking about real issues, and stories that are happening now. You won't regret picking up this book!” Chelsea Crockett, Author, Beauty Guru, and YouTube Sensation

"Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital Worldis a wonderful celebration of the amazing millennial generation and the unique digital world that they are creating. It is a voice of positivity and hope that will inspire millennials seeking to find their unique contribution in this amazing time of possibility." 

Steve Omohundro, Ph.D.; Innovative Technology for a Better World

"I am a huge fan of Cynthia Brian and her powerhouse team of true superstar Millennials. The questions they ask, visions they cast, and actions they take...this group is very impressive. Need a little push out of your own comfort zone? Take a look and see what these empowering Stars are doing...and writing." Shawn Anderson, #1 ranked "Motivational" author, speaker and unlimited thinker, Founder, Extra Mile America

Several years ago, at the age of 18, I had absolutely no idea what was in store for me. Perhaps more importantly, I had no idea where to go to find the input, support, guidance, and help to pursue my goals and dreams…Well, look no further. That input, support, guidance, and help is here.  A must read for any boomer or millennial…What a gift that you, the reader, have your whole life ahead of you. What a gift Cynthia and company have provided with this book!” Dr. Don Martin, Ph.D.CEO, Grad School Road Map

Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World is a unique collection of stories that celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and literacy. As a diverse author, voices like these are important. Everyone needs to be heard and everyone needs to be seen.” Amalie Howard, award-winning author of Alpha Goddess

"Be the Star You Are does invaluable and professional work with young people!  I was blown away by the level of skill and enthusiasm from everyone I encountered." Chuck Huber, Actor, Filmmaker

Contributors to the book and Cynthia Brian are available for media interviews, readings, and book signings. Please email to schedule. 



"To be a leader, you must be a reader! Read, lead, succeed!" Cynthia Brian 


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"We are made of STAR stuff!" Carl Sagan
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Millennials to Boomers is HERE!

Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers

Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World

by Cynthia Brian and 31 Stellar Contributors


In this eye-opening third installment in the Be the Star You Are!® series, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices in a Changing Digital World, you will discover 55 true stories about life’s greatest gifts as told by 31 incredible individuals. Each chapter ends with an inspirational quote and a simple, fun exercise to help you embrace your inner star qualities to live a fuller, meaningful life. No matter which generation you were born into, you will gain a better understanding to bridge the gap between Boomers and Millennials while being empowered to join their ranks of greatness.


Contributors to this book herald from many races, religions, regions, and political viewpoints yet each share a common value–­–a deep desire to help readers understand that every challenge can be an opportunity for growth and change. 


Each short, poignant chapter titled The Gift of…offers a true personal story, a lesson learned, a simple exercise to help implement the ideas of the story for application in life, and an uplifting quote. Each contributor (the youngest is thirteen) agreed to abide by a stringent set of guidelines with the hope that their personal insights will propel readers to live fully and tell their own stories.


Cynthia Brian’s purpose in creating the Be the Star You Are!® series is to illuminate a simple fact––we were not created equal. We are far better. We are unique. We are individuals. We each have the ability and the responsibility to use our talents, genius, and strengths to sparkle, shine, and make a positive impact in this small galaxy we call Earth. We must strive to be the stars we were born to be. 


This is an opportunity to get inside the heads of Millennials and Boomers to discover the faith, joy, loss, fear, and countless other emotions that living in a digital world has hurled onto our horizon. What may surprise readers of any age is how similar perspectives have transpired throughout history. While much has changed, much remains the same. We are humans in training. Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices is a book with a perennial view into the diversity, differences, and determination that comprise the indomitable spirit of our leaders of today and tomorrow.


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ISBN: 978-1-947637-91-7 print book

ISBN: 978-1-939116-05-5 ebook

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BTSYA 3 book seriesBuy all three first edition books in the series and receive a discount. With every book sold directly from our website, you will receive extra freebies.
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“Pursue your dreams regardless of the criticism or backlash from the perceived absurdity of that dream. Our dreams are as unique as we are and belong to us only. Be The Star You Are!!!” IronE Singleton, Actor, The Walking Dead, The Blindside

8th Book Launched at Summer Garden Party

Cynthia Garden Party book Signingasid 1Cynthia Brian launched Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers Celebrating Gifts of Positive Voices at the Summer Garden Party sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers and hosted by Janus et Cie at the San Francisco Design Center where she was doing a presentation about her other 2018 book, Growing with the Goddess Gardener.  "I must be crazy to publish two books in one year!" laughed Cynthia. "This new book will change your viewpoints on how you relate to the different generations."  100% of the proceeds benefit Be the Star You Are!®. Buy it today!
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A Star Shines Brightly by Danielle M. Wong

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I have had the privilege of working with Be the Star You Are!® charity since high school. Volunteering with this organization has been instrumental in both my academic and professional lives. I have witnessed firsthand the powerful influence that informational media can have on women, children, and families. As an author and voracious reader, I truly appreciate the impact that Cynthia Brian makes on communities big and small. Let’s continue to inspire, uplift, and empower!

About the Author:

Danielle M. Wong (The Gift of Writing) is the author of Swearing off Stars. Writer by day and reader by night, she loves creating and consuming all forms of media. Wong is an avid traveler and has explored more than 25 different countries. She began volunteering with Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity when she was a young teen and was published in the book, Be the Star You Are!® for TeensHer writing has been published in The Huffington Post, USA Today, and Her Campus.



A Chapter in My Life by Karen Kitchel

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I was honored when asked to write a couple of chapters to include in this wonderful book celebrating the gifts of positive voices.  My hope in contributing my stories was to inspire others to think about two of my favorite topics -- adoption and mentoring.  It was the first time I publicly shared my struggles to adopt my daughter, and also an opportunity to introduce the idea of mentoring to someone who may have never considered it.

 I am now the proud owner of the very first book published since I couldn't wait to see what everyone else had written.  While waiting for my supply of more books, I loaned my copy to my 93-year-old Mother who loves to read.  She said she not only enjoyed the many interesting topics, but she especially liked the suggestions at the end of each chapter which makes you think about how you can apply what you just read to your own life.  One of her favorite chapters, written by Cynthia Brian, is the Gift of Longevity, and Mom says if you follow Cynthia's 20 rules, you just might become an antique -- and that's a good thing! 

I had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia Brian several years ago when we both were managing nonprofits. I was quickly impressed with her values, strong work ethic and the myriad of abilities. It didn't matter that Cynthia lives in California and I am in Minnesota. We found exchanging ideas quickly grew into a wonderful friendship, which is another gift we just might have to write about!

About the Author:

Karen Kitchel (The Gift of Adoption and The Gift of Mentoring)is passionate about scattering kindness. As President of the Cheerful Givers nonprofit organization, she helped to bring birthday gifts to more than one million less fortunate children. Prior to that, she created a corporate university at BI Worldwide.  Currently, she serves meals to the homeless, is a job coach, teacher, writer and mentor. She can be reached at


My Favorite Books by Kimberly Morgan

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I had the privilege of writing the Gift of Literacy chapter, which represents one of the core values of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3­­­­-––that literacy is essential to our success. I enjoyed contributing to this collection of amazing stories told by gifted individuals. 

Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers is proudly displayed in my collection of antique and current editions of my favorite books, pictured behind me in this photo. Cynthia Brian has put together another wonderful book designed to help us realize our full potential, thereby inspiring us to better the world. What a feeling it is to hold a copy of the book in my hand! Everyone needs a copy of this book... and then, if you haven't done so already, complete the trilogy in the Be the Star You Are! book series.  (Get autographed copies at with 100% of proceeds benefiting the literacy charity)


About the Author:

Kimberly Morgan (The Gift of Literacy) is editor of two sister magazines in Southern California and has written over 200 articles for print and online publications. Her stories include event coverage and exclusive interviews with celebrities and inspirational figures. Kimberly is a CSULB graduate with a B.A. degree in Journalism and strongly advocates education. At Be the Star You Are!® she volunteers as a researcher, copy editor and proofreader. Kimberly enjoys reading, traveling, binge-watching Netflix shows, and listening to ’80s songs.


For more information about Cynthia Brian and her books visit Waterside PressHometown Reads, Goodreads, or The AuthorsGuild

“I wish I had a book like this when I was growing up! It truly celebrates this amazing generation that's coming into their own­­––and changing the world as they do so. From inspirational stories to personal essays to tips, it's a feel-good resource for us all to be the star we are.” Jennipher Walters, founder



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