"Entertainment Tonight" Co-Host Mark Steines Launches New Book: "See the Light – A Passage to Sierra Leone"

Published via the Blurb® publishing platform, book will raise funds for Lighthouse Medical Missions

San Francisco, Calif.—October 14, 2009— In a first-time collaboration, Blurb®, the creative publishing and marketing platform, and Entertainment Tonight co-host Mark Steines, today announced the launch of a new book, See the Light – A Passage to Sierra Leone. The 120-page book, a photographic journey by Mark Steines, is available for purchase in the Blurb Bookstore as a 10x8Standard Landscape book for $64.95 or as an 11x13 Large Landscape book for $99.95. All profits from sales of the book will go directly to Lighthouse Medical Missions.

See the Light – A Passage to Sierra Leone features dramatic photography and descriptions from Steines’ journey to Sierra Leone in April 2009. Steines traveled with a group of doctors, nurses and volunteers through Lighthouse Medical Missions to photograph the needs of the people in Sierra Leone, and the hope this team provided. The team saw unbelievable poverty, heartbreaking sickness, and desperation. They also saw inexplicable joy and sincere gratitude. More information about the trip can be found at Mark Steines’ website.

“My life changed forever when I landed on African soil in the country of Sierra Leone this past April,” said Mark Steines, co-host, Entertainment Tonight. “The level of need and the amount of suffering we found in the country was overwhelming. In just over a week, I took nearly 10,000 pictures – capturing not only our team’s journey, but the spirit of a nation. It was essential that I had the creative control over this project to choose the most telling images for the book. The Blurb platform enabled me to do this, and to sell the book and pass all the profits directly to Lighthouse Medical Missions. This book is a way for me to share powerful stories while helping to raise funds for future medical mission trips to Sierra Leone, building projects, and much-needed medical supplies.”

Steines, Entertainment Tonight, and Lighthouse Medical Missions are hosting an event on Entertainment Tonight’s Soundstage on Thursday, October 22, 2009 to raise awareness and funds for the need in Sierra Leone, and to celebrate the work already being done there. Guests will experience the heartbreak and hope in Sierra Leone through a photography exhibition showcasing Steines’ work. All guests will receive a copy of See the Light – A Passage to Sierra Leone. To purchase tickets, please visit www.seethelight.com.

See the Light – A Passage to Sierra Leone features photography and writing by Mark Steines. BlurbNation designer Samira Kordestani collaborated with Steines to design the book. The team published the book using Blurb’s creative publishing and marketing platform. Using Blurb’s PDF to Book workflow, they had complete creative control over the layout and design of the book. By selling the book in the Blurb Bookstore, Steines was able to set the price of his book, donating the entire mark-up to Lighthouse Medical Missions rather than distributing a large percentage of the profits among middlemen.

To create and publish a Blurb book, start by downloading Blurb BookSmart®, Blurb’s free bookmaking software, or use Blurb’s PDF to Book workflow and create your book using the design tool of your choice. Blurb BookSmart and PDF to Book elevate the bookmaking experience and offer extended flexibility for advanced users and consumers alike. Find more details on the Blurbwebsite.

This year, Emmy Award-winning journalist Mark Steines begins his 15th season with ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the No. 1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. It also marks his sixth season as co-anchor alongside anchor Mary Hart.

About Lighthouse Medical Missions
The vision of Lighthouse Medical Missions is to bring the love of God to the sick and dying in the poorer nations of the world. Our teams consist of volunteers who freely give of their time and finances to reach the forgotten and neglected with the truth of the Gospel through medicine. In 1998 the first Lighthouse team went to The Gambia, Western Africa. The needs of the people were clear immediately, but their warmth and appreciation were evident as well. This made an impact on our hearts and our relationships with the African people has kept us coming back.

Since then, Lighthouse Medical Missions, working with the Door Christian Fellowship in Africa, has organized medical missions to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burundi, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and The Gambia. We have also built churches, schools, constructed water projects and dug wells. For more information, visit http://www.lighthousemedicalmissions.com.

About Blurb®
Blurb® is a self-publishing platform and creative community that enables individuals to design, publish, share, sell, and distribute photo books, trade books, and magazines in both print and digital formats across the globe using its free, innovative book creation and layout tools. Founded in 2005 by Executive Chairman, Eileen Gittins, Blurb has nearly 2 million independent book authors worldwide, resulting in 3.9 million unique book titles, with more than 14 million units shipped to 80 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.blurb.com.