January 2015 Newsletter
 
 

 

Forward March

A New Year has arrived and with the blessing comes the responsibility to live life to the fullest.

To all the dreamers and the people on the voyage to fulfilling your dreams, make no mistake about it: it’s a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life…and a new chance to get it right. We’ve been given the blessing; now it’s time to put purposeful action behind the resolutions.

Every journey begins with a line drawn in the sand; a starting point along a road to a better place; but coupled with that starting point has to be the courage to put one foot in front of the other toward a goal of victorious accomplishment. Whatever your destination – big or small – it all starts with one step forward, and then another, and then another. It’s a new year, Dreamers…and a new chance for a FORWARD MARCH.

Although I am nowhere near where I want to be in my literary career, the starting line is far behind me. It is in the shadows of my progress of marching forward. Forward progress can be hard sometimes. I understand the difficulty that comes when you try to pursue your passion and purpose while the world is telling you No and expecting you to fall and fail. When the world trips you, consider it a speed bump instead of a stop sign; don’t give up; instead, FORWARD MARCH.

It is a beautiful thing to HONOR how far you’ve come in the first place. Our lives were magnificently designed to be testimonies of encouragement to others. For that reason, I have been sharing photos of my personal journey. I may never know who may benefit from viewing my voyage, but I know someone needs to see and understand that impossible circumstances can result in possible miracles. What seems impossible in life can bring about outstanding possibilities. Through the word IMPOSSIBLE we should grab hold on to the truth that I AM POSSIBLE.

If you can give thanks for the little things, you will always find that you have enough. And if you’re blessed enough to surpass that, you’ll always be grateful. But you can’t give up.

My Dreamers, don’t give up; even when you’re tired, don’t give up. The world is full of abundance and there is a place for you at the table of victory. All you have to do is take a step forward, then another; never giving up in the process. It’s a new year and a new chance to get it right. Forward march.

I love you to life.

Always and in All Ways,

I remain,
Elissa Gabrielle



All things Sharel E. Gordon-Love

Monday, Jan 19th, 12 pm to 4 pm, Harvest Radio's 12th Anniversary & ML King Day Celebration at the YWCA of Central Jersey, 232 East Front St, Plainfield, NJ

Radio interview on The African American Profile on Tues, Jan 29th at 6 pm EST. Call in number is 856-863-9457 WGLS-FM

Sharel E. Gordon-Love is being honored by Sifu Jockey Anderson on Wed, Jan 28th during the official launch of his new release, "Just Let Your Heart Flow" 6 - 8:30 pm. Visit www.SharelLove.com for more information.






THE RUBY RING by S.D. Denny
Coming 2015


"We’ve all got battle scars, you know. Some not as bad as others, but scars nonetheless. Mine you’d never know I had unless I’d told you about them. Some scars you can’t see with the naked eye; they just exist and you learn to live with them. Like mine, acquired over time from a mundane, disappointing existence here in Serenity. Funny how you can be surrounded by so much beauty, yet still find yourself searching for the beauty in life. I thought becoming a nurse would change things for me. But it didn’t. Not at first, anyway. Not until I met Francesca. She was so beautiful and surprisingly uncomplicated…the kind of woman you’d think had it all figured out, whatever that means. But you never know what people have gone through or where they’ve been in their lives…in their hearts. I’d soon learn, though. And I’d come to understand the purpose of our encounter. Some things are just meant to be, you know; some paths…they’re meant to cross. Crossing paths with Francesca changed my life. And The Ruby Ring, well, let’s just say that it opened my eyes to life’s true beauty and gave me the strength to go on."   
~Kellie McGirt, RN


In the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York lies a small town called Serenity, where Kellie McGirt lives and works as a home duty nurse. Kellie’s humdrum life takes a turn when the agency she works for places her on a case to care for Francesca Ralston, a terminally ill, middle-aged woman and accomplished photographer. While tending to Francesca’s needs at her bedside, Kellie stumbles upon an old manuscript, The Ruby Ring, that opens her eyes to a promise made long ago, and she finds herself in a race against time to see to it that the promise is kept.


Elissa Gabrielle graces the cover of Modern Flavor Magazine

An Inside Look into Elissa Gabrielle’s Spirit,
Soul and Body Journey


On any given day, it’s hard not to become immersed in all that is Elissa Gabrielle. She is love, compassion, disruption, challenge, redemption and healing on fire. She is a national best-selling author and publisher, poet and visionary. She makes the dreams of others come true on a daily basis, and though she never set her sights on inspiring others, that’s just what she does daily, weekly, monthly on social media just by her presence. If you’re blessed enough to be in her good graces, and have a personal connection with Elissa Gabrielle, then you know whether it’s four o’clock in the morning or three o’clock in the afternoon, she is always there with a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on; a soldier who will fight with you and for you.

If you have been paying attention, there’s no denying that the ray of sunshine has a more lean appearance and she’s finally opening up first to Modern Flavor Magazine with an exclusive interview and one-on-one conversation about her life’s transformation.

Full interview here: http://modernflavormagazine.com/an-inside-look-into-elissa-gabrielle

 

Get to know Lorraine Elzia


Driven by determination of imaginative expression, Lorraine Elzia brings a creative and unique sculpting skill to the written word. She is an award-winning author; an editor; and a consummate literary artist. With stories in nine anthologies, two novels, several co-authored/ghost written books, andthe owner of aVeeda Literary Services, Lorraine is consistently proving herself to be a breath of fresh air in the literary field. Her debut novel, Mistress Memoirs, allowed her to be the recipient of the 2009 AALA for Break Out Author of the year and her sophomore novel, Ask Nicely and I Might, was the 2011 AALA winner for Mystery of the year. Lorraine is also a contributing author in The Heat of the Night Anthology which was nominated for the AALA 2012 Erotic Anthology of the year and Pillow Talk in The Heat of the Night which is the 2014 AALA winner for Erotic Anthology of the year.

Always stretching the limits of her imagination, this author prides herself on the power of her pen in crossing various genres. In keeping with her fresh approach toward the craft of writing, her upcoming third novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil promises to take the reader on an epic journey of both the mind and the senses. Adopting the motto of “Don’t blend in when you’re born to stand out” Lorraine is always striving to absorb and digest all that life has to offer while finding new ways to connect with the world through good story telling. Visit Lorraine at www.lorraineelzia.com.

 
Peace In The Storm Publishing
Presents
When We Were One by zaji
   

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When We Were One
by zaji

A race of women have lived in relative peace for centuries. But strange forces have come through the ages to finish what was started.

The opposing forces have their eyes on these special sisters who are unaware of what is on the horizon. These visitors will do anything to acquire the secrets of this ancient culture.

These women are unique in many respects, but none of their abilities can outweigh their ancient methods of reproduction. This, and the very thing that makes them strong, are what the visitors seek.

The sisters must go back through the annals of cycles gone to learn what they’d forgotten. It is in the past that they might be able to save their future.

When We Were One takes readers on a tour through memories of days gone. It is a journey that uncovers the soul of women and the spiritual miles they’ve trod. When We Were One honors nature and the vastness of the many universes that speckle the darkness.

This story honors women and their relationships. And it honors men and their connection to women.


"A searingly imaginative and inventive work...Zaji's feat of infusing a richly-depictive speculative world with historical roots is brilliant. Bravo! "When We Were One" introduces one of America's most brilliant writers to a reading public hungry to return to reading storytellers who have taken their craft to the next level. Zaji is one, and we can only speculate on what she will hit us with next."

- Kalisha Buckhanon, author of Upstate and Conception, winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award, the Terry McMillan Young Author Award and Friends of American Writers 2009 Literary Award in Fiction

 

"When We Were One is speculative fiction that takes the reader into a place and 'moment' outside of [the] element of time that feels intensely familiar to the reader's spirit. What is most profound about this book is that if you are a 'brown' sister, you may feel at home in 'Gaia' --where the story takes place--with the inhabitants, a race of women called 'Parthonites'.

This book provides life-lessons, and it will leave the reader questioning our world with all of its history of deep dark secrets, and how those secrets lead to the condition of a particular race of people. The reader is left to examine him/herself and his/her purpose for this world."  

- Martha Kimbrough, IN5 (Go On Girl! Book Club)

 

"When We Were One is an eclectic blend of uniquely crafted social commentary with the oral tradition of our ancestors.  The story, told in the vein of Ursula Le Guin's The Gift and Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, is rife with parables and truths, questions and thoughts of a future that could be."

- Naleighna Kai, author of Every Woman Needs a Wife

 


The Waiting Room by Jacqueline D. Moore

Coming 2015


Everybody has a story to tell in life...... and in death.

Life is full of choices and as with all choices there are consequences. Those choices are not only reflected in how we live but those same choices have a bearing on our lives even in death. Everyone has aspirations and expectations for their lives. However, very few actually live up to them.

If given the opportunity to hear the real stories of our loved ones lives, would we see them in a different light? The Waiting Room gives several women the opportunity to do just that, tell us their stories. You will be intrigued as Denise, Abigail, Jasmine and others share with you their deepest thoughts, decision, disappointments and victories in this poignant and moving tell of life and death.

The Waiting Room, where souls go to wait until they say their final goodbyes.

 
WOMEN MOST WANTED




2015
Elissa Gabrielle
and
Angelia Vernon Menchan
return with
“Women Most Wanted.”

www.GabrielleandMenchan.com

 
From H. M. Trey
Window to the Soul of a Man

 

The things men don’t talk about…the matters of the heart. Being able to truly see into the soul of a man and understand the deep-rooted emotions that he hides from the rest of the world can be an impossible feat to accomplish. It takes a very special eye to see through the shadowed window to a man’s soul. This is no different as it pertained to Trevor Alexander. He enjoys the life of a smooth talking bachelor who could come and go as he pleases…or so he thinks. Circumstances, and an unfortunate life-changing experience in his past, made him the man that he is today. Once a one-woman man until the travesty of a relationship, he vowed never to be that gullible again for his soul had been forever changed. He tucked away the hurtful skeletons of his past into a dark, deep corner and was hell bent on keeping them from escaping out of the locked closet in his heart.

The window to Trevor’s soul was shut off to the world, never to be opened again; at least that was the game plan. That is, until a woman with a very unique name – Deisyre Moore – came along, breathing life back into his soul. Her ability to see beyond his pain and show him how to love again starts a process that allows Trevor to open up his emotional window again; something that he never thought possible or saw coming. What he also didn’t see coming was the ghost from his past clawing for an opportunity to enter his world again to reopen old wounds.

Trish Parker, Trevor’s first true love and the mother of his deceased son, reappears and brings a cloud of trouble back over Trevor’s life; which leads to potential deadly situations that Trevor is left to encounter. Her reemergence brings chaos into Trevor’s life, forcing him to face the pain that he buried away with his son…the very pain that led Trevor to create a character for himself to live by which is the polar opposite of who he was prior to a life-altering tragedy. As Trevor’s life gets flipped upside down, he has to make a decision to re-enter his past and make amends on what he should have done in the first place. One woman causes a crack, the other threatens to shatter it…will Trevor’s decision to reopen the window to his soul and face his past be the ultimate death of him?

 



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