Marvin D. Wilson has had many rich life experiences, from Hippie Rock, Roll musician, to nightclub entertainer, to Zen student, and then ordained Buddhist minister. He was a carpenter, a small business owner, a network marketer, a sales trainer, a skilled trade’s instructor and adult education teacher, a public speaker and motivational coach, and now in his chosen “golden years” career, a writer and multi-published author with the self-proclaimed, “audacity to write novels.” He is also a professional editor, on staff with All Things That Matter Press and taking freelance projects as well.
Wilson describes his spiritual path as one who is a non-religious, dogma-free, maverick spiritualist Christian, with a strong bent toward Zen, Taoism, and the Law of Attraction, and who believes in the Oneness of all creation and all paths leading to re-awakening to the One. He is the proud father of three grown children and seven (and counting) grandchildren, and enjoys organic gardening as well as listening to, writing, performing and recording music—when not writing, travelling, and marketing his books.
Marvin writes primarily in the spiritual/inspirational genre, but likes to pen “cross-over” novels that appeal to a wide audience. His books are uplifting, sometimes weighty, oftentimes humorous, abidingly thought provoking, meant to instil and create passion and emotion, more than occasionally provocative to the point of controversial, and always “tell it like it is”, real world, no punches pulled writing. He likes to deliver spiritual messages in a non-preachy, often irreverent, sometimes sexy and ribald way, through the medium of an entertaining story.
Often asked for advice about love and relationships, family, raising children, dealing with life challenges and making tough decisions, Tamara has long since been the go-to person for family, friends, employees and coworkers. Never one to shy away from sharing her own experiences, Tamara uses her personal testimonies and experiences to impart wisdom and help others.
Tamara isn’t your average advice columnist; her words of wisdom come from a plethora of life experiences. From being a teenage mother, who took her child with her to Howard University; to being a single parent raising two children and going back to school to complete a graduate degree; and now as a married mother of four and an entrepreneur; Tamara give REAL advice from REAL experience.
Tamara does not claim to be a psychology expert, but she uses her education, experiences and natural discernment to look at a situation from all sides and offer quality advice. In addition to her advice column, Tamara is the editor-in-chief of Sisterz On The Move, an online magazine designed to inspire, encourage and empower women who are striving to balance their lives, make moves toward their goals, and live their dreams. She is also the creator and one of four hosts of Your Sisterfriends, a weekly online radio show focusing on the real-life issues of women and their families. Additionally, Tamara owns and operates her own consulting firm Kreativ Intervention that specializes in branding, marketing and public relations.
In 101 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOUR HOUSE: A Premier Designer Takes You on a Room-by-Room Tour to Transform Your Home from Faux to Fabulous (Health Communications, Inc. March 2011), nationally renowned interior designer, James Swan shows readers how they can feel right at home in their house. After twenty years of working at the highest echelons of the design industry, Swan has seen it all and has observed virtually every mistake homeowners make. Throughout his career he’s learned this: We all make design mistakes and every house is a growing, evolving entity that asks for attention, care, and consistent nourishment. Our living space provides a rich tapestry of opportunities, experiences, and memories in the making. 101 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOUR HOUSE teaches readers (and their houseguests) to truly enjoy the place they call home. Swan provides readers with the basic principles they need to create a beautiful and gracious living space. Regardless of the state of their estate—be it massive or minuscule—or a person’s Style IQ, the principles of gracious living outlined in 101 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOUR HOUSE delivers a framework for a more beautiful and gracious home. This book is for all readers, regardless of whether their house is inspired by an English cottage, a French farmhouse, an Italian palazzo, or last month’s Design Within Reach catalogue — or if they have a lot of money to spend or very little. What does matter is that readers genuinely want to experience their home in a more beautiful way and that they are prepared to make easy, low-cost fixes to common mistakes. 101 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOUR HOUSE starts at the street, moves through the front door, and doesn’t stop until it has taken a peek into every room of the house. Swan numbers the “101 Things” that make up this book so readers can easily reference items they find helpful, painful, or just too funny to forget, including the following:
#1. Dreary Little Mess: Nothing screams “dreary little mess” quite like
a front door masquerading as last winter’s snow tires. Clean it up. Wipe
it down. Patch it, paint it, stain it, wax it, but just get the door to
your home speaking a civilized language that is perfectly synchronized
with the impression you want to make.
#71. Age-Appropriate Design: Mom and Dad, it’s time to get over your
heels dragging on the subject of the kids growing up before your very
eyes. They will grow whether you want them to or not, so make the best of
a maturing problem and match their chronological age with the furnishings
in their rooms. A teenager (13 and older) should be sleeping in a double
bed, not in a childish twin. The progression from twin to double is a rite
of passage. Make it memorable for your young lady or gentleman.
#25. A Room without a Soul: If the gods of decorating are to be found
lurking in the details of your home, what do your details say? Take a
critical look at the small things that fill your table tops and shelves.
Do they tell a beautiful story, the story you want told? If not, then it’s
time to edit and rewrite your story.
#83. A Closet Case: Follow these three easy steps and win big in the
game of small closets. One: edit out things you’ve not touched in more
than nine months. Two: divide and win. Divide your wardrobe by season and,
three: high and low. Extra storage can be found high on shelves and
#15. Soap Soup: Toss the gooey, goopy bar of soap and the dish too.
Upgrade your powder room with this simple A-list trick; nothing says
luxury like a beautiful bottle of spa-style hand soap and a small tray
displaying its matching wrapped bar soap. You’ve just elevated a mundane
moment and made it memorable.
#8. Smelling a rat: Beside the look of the house, a homeowner should
consider another layer of impression with which to astonish and astound
unwitting guests…take a deep breath and try not to choke on the aroma of
musty wet dogs, acrid cat boxes, marinating gym clothes, and damp, moldy
laundry. To put it succinctly: Buy a candle.
Swan also offers top ideas to make the living room ready for company — today; quick, practical projects to add pizzazz to anyone’s dining; valuable tips to make small spaces multifunctional, secrets to creating a bedroom sanctuary (tip: lose the TV!), and much more. Swan has partnered with veteran journalist Carol Beggy and award-winning set designer Stanley A. Meyer in 101 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOUR HOUSE to create a dazzlingly illustrated road map for navigating the subjective world of home design
Swan’s “take-no-prisoners” approach to home design offers fresh, upbeat and spot-on observations. Swan says, “Here it is, the ‘Cliffs Notes’ for a more beautiful home. Quibble if you must about your own personal style and artistic vision; or sit quietly by, knowing that you’ve single-handedly raised the bar for the stylishly impaired. It matters not.
There is room for all.” When the goal is to elevate our living experience from the ordinary to the exceptional, when we’ve taken steps to educate ourselves away from the faux pas and toward the fabulous, then we are well on our way to a more beautiful, gracious way of life. The plan that 101 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOUR HOUSE offers is simple: for readers to laugh, learn, and, most important, come to love their home as they’ve never loved it before. Now that’s beautiful.
101 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOUR HOUSE: A Premier Designer Takes You on a
Room-by-Room Tour to Transform Your Home from Faux to Fabulous
James Swan; Carol Beggy (contributor); Stanley A. Meyer (illustrator)
Health Communications, Inc.; March 2011
Author Patricia V. Davis posted that piece of advice along with 15 others on her popular blog in the hopes that they’d help one of her 20-something readers save the precious time she was wasting by torturing herself needlessly, something too many young women do.
That first simple post hit a nerve; within a week it turned into an internet phenomenon – reposted by hundreds of other blogs and read by thousands. That massive response led to the creation of Patricia’s inspirational, yet hilarious and down-to-earth book. The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know is the antidote to youth being “wasted on the young”, and makes a great stocking stuffer, Mother’s Day gift, or graduation gift.
“Patricia V. Davis is the ultimate diva! Wise and witty, she enlightens the rest of us on how to remain true to ourselves and how to shine in a world that needs her beacons of hope like never before. Every young woman should have a copy of THE DIVA DOCTRINE.”
~ New York Times Bestselling Author, Brenda Novak
Patricia V. Davis’s aim is to leave her spot of the world just a little bit better than it was before she got there. She focuses on that through her writing, teaching, philanthropic work, and the promoting of other people who she believes have that same goal.
Patricia is the author of the award-winning Harlot’s Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece, and The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know. She has been called a “Renaissance Woman” by Carine Nadel in The Orange County Register for her writing. As founder and editor-in-chief of the non-partisan HS Radio e-magazine and podcast, Patricia loves encouraging new writers and interviewing other “Renaissance people”, such as Neal deGrasse Tyson, James Redford, Jane Friedman, and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and Education, and has taught, spoken, read, and conducted seminars extensively in various venues and schools throughout the US and overseas. Patricia was named one of Top 25 Mentors for Young Women and Girls 2010, by the Hot Mommas Project. Her latest work, The Diva Doctrine, is an extension of the guidance and support she hopes to give to women.
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MACKMAMA is a new phenomenon in the Music Industry. She is the first female to start her own label, Starstatus Entertainment before signing with a Major Label. As an independent artist she has the freedom to control her creativity and showcase her many styles. Mack is truly “O.B.G” an Original Bad Girl she did thirteen years behind bars for being a hustler, what ever she could do to make money she did with the exception of selling her body. She grew up hard and still managed to overcome the ghetto mentality of her hood. She never settled for less and worked hard at obtaining the best out of life. She exudes super star quality and exemplifies the dignity of a Queen. That of which she is known as the Queen of the underground, because she has released 6 mix cd’s and over a hundred freestyle’s since 2003. This is only her underground music catalog. Not to mention she has recorded thirty songs for her album.
Her highly anticipated album is scheduled for release April of 2010 and will be sold on iTunes, rhapsody, Napster, amazon.com. She has a hot single slated to be a street anthem recorded with D BLOCK‘s rap sensation STYLES P. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the MACK, her music speaks truth and the streets respect her because her Rap skills are undeniable. She is a female 50 cent without the bullets but far more jail time under her belt. So that certifies her as an official gangstress.
MackMama is also a self published Author with her first book slated for release April 2011. Her autobiography is called “Tales of an Original Bad Girl” and tells the riveting story of her life. She tells her story with such raw honesty that you relive the pain she felt when her mom died of AIDS when she was only sixteen. She shares what made her run to the streets with such vengeance and all the fury she felt when she shot four people. She also diagnosis the insanity that she lived through and talks about the change she has undergone to become the woman she is today. She is a Public Speaker and shares her testimony with the troubled teens in schools around the country. Her autobiography includes 116 pictures 52 of which are in color and a Soundtrack. What better way to get to know MackMama. Read about her, enjoy the visuals, and hear her music all at once.
MACKMAMA is unique in which she can spit hardcore, provocative, or give it to you inspirational. Like the first single to be released called “We’re Gonna Blow” that features a 14 year old singer and a background chorus of children singing there little hearts out while MAMA tells the world don’t give up on our dreams, because she knows we’re gonna blow, and guess what? So is MACKMAMA.
Check out her new digital release self titled “MACKMAMA” and see why she is truly what the industry and the world needs. She has the total package the look, talent to stand on her own lyrically, the business savvy to make her label successful and the credibility to make her stories believable.
You probably heard it before but this lady is the “truth” if you don’t believe it hear for yourself! Her newest mixtape is called MACK N MINAJ and is a collection of songs from the baddest chick in the game NICKI MINAJ and MACKMAMA the baddest chick underground after listening to this mixtape you will know why MACKMAMA is with out a doubt the next to blow.
What makes MACKMAMA a rarity is her love for female mc’s and her realness you will never hear her hating or not giving props to the females that have made it mainstream. “I salute NICKI MINAJ because she is talented and she writes her own rhymes, plus she is sexy can’t hate on that, she is paving the lane for me and plus we have different styles and the fans want versatility”.
MACKMAMA holds her own on, every track she graces you will never confuse her sound for anyone else she is indeed an ORIGINAL BAD GIRL…MACKMAMA the self titled album is what you need to hear so you can get to know Mack, her life…the pain…the struggle…the hustle…the love you can also check her out on youtube.com/mackmama1 and follow her on twitter.com/mackmama.
Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org also tune in to hear her online radio show on www.blogtalkradio.com/mackmama her show is entertaining as she dishes her unique opinion on relevant beauty shop topics that every day folks can relate to and as always Mack does it with her own MACKY style.
“I wrote my autobiography in hopes of reaching some wild teen that may be going through what I went through….
I tell my story not to glorify my transgressions but to discourage the youth of today that may identify with my situation not to go down the same road I took to my destruction…
…If my story can help save a life then I am willing to bare my soul….. I tell my story through music that’s why it was important to include the soundtrack with my book…
I want my memoirs to be used as a case study to hopefully fix and understand the social problems that plague many youths growing up in urban cities around the world.
My music and my story is my testimony listen to me and read with an open mind and heart. This is the story of the person behind Mack Mama the entertainer this is the story of Natoka Dora Williams.” – Mack Mama
The eBook download includes the full Autobiography and 16 additional pages of color photos.
After doing 13 years in prison she decided to share her life story in hopes of reaching the youth that may be pursuing the wrong paths in life. She lost her mother when she was sixteen at the early age of thirty six from the Aids Virus. This caused her to run to the streets with a vengeance.
She turned into a very bad girl shooting four people and committing every crime imaginable. She suffered from domestic abuse from her spouse who was nine years her senior and inevitable became the abuser in her relationships with women.
She discovered her musical talents while serving time on her first bid and pursued her career although she created her own road blocks by not giving up her hustling lifestyle. Her last prison stint changed her life and started her on her road to redemption. Her autobiography is indeed a page turner and a revelation about the entertainer’s tumultuous life.
Knowing who Boaz is will free you from looking for love in all the wrong places. You will be encouraged, remembering the priority is not you finding him, but him finding you focused and determined.
Found, but not Chosen?
Based on the Biblical account of Boaz and Ruth, The Boaz Factor…When You Are Ready For the Right One! will take you on a journey of self-discovery, highlighting why we hurt from past relationships and why we continue in a cycle of false relationships that we desire to be real.
With this revolutionary new book, Elder Brenda Bradley uses The Boaz Factor to breaks through the barriers of how and why we end up in the relationships that break our hearts. Grounded in scripture, truth and past experiences, The Boaz Factor will first help you to see truths that shift the paradigm of your relationships. Then, through practical, hands on application, Elder Brenda Bradley gives you a new plan to oblate-rate the cycle!
The Boaz Factor…When You Are Ready For the Right One!
Elder Brenda Bradley, a wearer of all hats, lives by the motto, “I never meet a stranger.” As a Relationship/Marriage Counselor, Choir Director, Pastor, Writer and Entrepreneur, she has over 20 years of experience. Her approach to relationship counseling is grounded by the Word. Quickly establishing herself in the industry through her wit and down to earth teaching style, Brenda makes the subject matter so simple “a baby could understand it!” She has spoken at various events, including Singles and Marriage Retreats, and has been published in several magazines.
Her message is simple: You don’t have to invest your heart in something that will never give you back what you put in!
For more information visit the author page at www.elderbradley.com
The Boaz Factor..When You Are Ready for the Right One! By: Brenda Bradley
Pages: 115 Paperback
Release: March 21, 2011
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WHEN RADIO AND POLYGAMY COLLIDE . . . For radio shock jock Nancy Neptune, life is just one big promotion. But when she’s sent to work at a radio station near a polygamist compound in Utah, trouble comes in triplicate. In a land where one good wife deserves another, Nancy Neptune hooks up with a drag queen and a one-armed reporter to rescue a mentally challenged polygamist who is being abused by one of his nine mommies and neglected by the other eight.
Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book is narrated through a series of news reports with the characters reacting to the events of the day. Jitters features a cast of 15 actors who tell their stories in first person narratives. Don’t miss this wacky ride through polygamist country, where the local radio station becomes a part of every news story they broadcast!
To learn more about Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book or to listen to a free nine-minute extended trailer, please visit http://www.jittersaudiobook.com. Check out the funny YouTube for Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book at
Adele Park spent more than 20 years of her career working in television and radio as a reporter, news anchor and on-air personality. During that time, Park earned several top journalism awards from The Associated Press, Colorado Broadcasters Association and Utah Broadcasters Association. Park has also worked in the print media; her articles and photos have been published in a variety of magazines. In 2008, Park formed Straight to Audio Productions L.L.C. And opened a recording studio in St. George, Utah.
To learn more about Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book, please visit the website at: www.jittersaudiobook.com
Also Featuring Information from Tony Marren the co-founder of Operation Just One Can.
In 2010 over 50 million Americans needed assistance from soup kitchens or food banks. Operation Just One Can was set up to give people ideas on how to support these two entities at a reasonable or realistic support level. They are not using this to raise money. It’s to educate people on grass roots ideas to get support within their area for continual resupplying factors.
Most of us are in full effect in our quest to change our prior circumstances and have already started working on becoming the new person we have resolute to be. However, some of us are still struggling with our relationship obstacles and the constant stress we experience on a daily basis. Well, GaptoothDiva has asked licensed psychologist in New York, Dr. Karen Sherman to talk to our listeners about possible ways to change our relationships and how to live life positively and possibly stress-free. Call in tonight with questions or comments, or even share your experiences about your attempts to alter your life.
Dr. Karen Sherman, a licensed psychologist in New York, has been in private practice for over 20 years. Her focus is relationships/marriage and helping people achieve their greatest potential. Karen is the author of “Mindfulness and The Art of Choice: Transform Your Life” which enables people to let go of conditioned responses and empower them to make their own choices; the co-author of “Marriage Magic! Find It, Keep It, and Make It Last,” and a contributor to “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Vol. 2,” writing a chapter about overcoming stress and “The Power of Persistence.” She’s a featured writer on Yahoo Personals, a relationship blogger for ThirdAge.com, and writes the “Disputes” column for Hitchedmag.com. Karen also conducts workshops, teleseminars and speaking engagements. She’s a frequent guest on national radio and her expert opinion has appeared in numerous publications. Additionally, she was a former relationships expert on the “Bo Griffin Morning Show,” and a marriage expert on ClubMom.com. Her memberships include American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, Nassau County Psychological Association. She’s certified as a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and a National Family Life Educator and belongs to The National Registry for Marriage Friendly Therapists. She serves on the undergraduate Psychology Dept. at CW Post University. Her web sites, http://www.drkarensherman.com or http://www.ChoiceRelationships.com, offer free newsletters and programs. She and her husband have enjoyed over 30 years of marriage and have two daughters, a son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren.
Summary of Expertise:
Relationships: Premarital relationships, couples in ongoing marriages/relationships,
Education: Ph.D., Fordham University, 1989
American Psychological Association
American Counseling Association
Nassau County Psychologists Association
Nationally Board Certified Counselor
National Family Life Educator
Internet Presence: Blog for ThirdAge.com, “Disputes” columnist for Hitchedmag.com, featured writer for Yahoo Personals, Relationship expert on Selfgrowth.com
Media Experience: Extensive radio (including XM and sirius) and cited as expert in newspapers and journals (e.g. Men’s Health, Self, Family Circle, Crain’s NY, Women’s World, Glamour, L.I. Newsday)
Workshop Presentations: Including Learning Annex
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Whether or not you believe that there are more black men in prison than in college, depends on who is doing the counting. The truth is, regardless of the amount of men in jail vs. an institution of higher learning, the country could definitely use more mentors who are willing to dedicate their time to change. Often times we are so preoccupied by our busy schedules and our own ambitions that we fail to realize how many young people out there who are lost, socially, mentally and emotionally. How do we take steps to promote positive ambitions and assist in guiding our future generations to purposeful living. GaptoothDiva speaks to the Authors of Brother to Brother: Motivation for Young African- American Men, to learn how they plan to create change and make a difference in their community and beyond.
Brother to Brother: Motivation for Young African- American Men, in conjunction with Xlibris Publishing, is pleased to announce the release of their new and highly-anticipated book. Authored by Lloyd Young, Jr. and his three sons, Lloyd A. Young, Keon Young and Sean Young, Brother to Brother: Motivation for Young African-American Men is the family’s first major release that is already garnering top-tier support. The unique partnership is quickly setting a new standard for inspirational and motivational products geared toward ethnic communities that have been traditionally underrepresented.
About the Authors:
Lloyd Young, Jr. has extensive experience in developing, coordinating, and managing behavioral health and criminal justice intervention strategies. He coordinated an offender drug treatment summit for L. Douglas Wilder (1992) and a crime forum for George Allen (1996), both former governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2003, Mr. Young coordinated a regional DUI summit on behalf of State Senators Ken Stolle (Virginia Beach) and Nick Rerras (Norfolk). Lloyd Young developed and implemented a funding strategy for the Indian Creek Correctional Center substance abuse treatment program. This one-thousand-bed correctional facility, solely dedicated for offender substance abuse treatment, is the largest of its kind in the United States of America. Mr. Young administered a regional Alcohol Safety Action Program (A.S.A.P.), which provides probation and substance abuse intervention services for individuals arrested and/or convicted of alcohol and drug-related offenses. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Young acquired a master’s of science degree in Management from Lesley College.
Currently serving as president of Young Minds Youth and Family Development, Lloyd A. Young has been instrumental in helping his organization build national relationships. Through a partnership with CNN, Young Minds was able to bring the advance screening of Black in America 2 to Virginia. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Technology from Virginia State University. He is director of Young Academy, a STEM enrichment program. He is also a man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Keon Young is among the next generation of entertainment industry moguls. Known for his keen marketing and branding skills, he is widely recognized as an authority in the field of music publishing–working with clients that are noted as tastemakers and global influencers. Keon is a graduate of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sean T. Young has been called to bring motivation to African-American men and boys to live up to their God-given potential. As a graduate of Morehouse College, he is currently earning dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Divinity from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University, respectively. He serves as a youth minister for Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church of New Kent, Virginia. He is also the Co-Founder of Young Minds Youth and Family Development Inc., where he serves as director of Brother 2 Brother, a program designed to mentor young men of color and give them the needed tools to transition into manhood.
To learn more about Brother to Brother: Motivation for Young African-American Men and for product information, visit www.brothertobrothermotivation.com. The Young family is available for speaking engagements and media interviews. Hear interviews about the book through these links
Sean Young and Lloyd Young
Young Minds Youth and Family Development, Inc.
P.O. Box 611
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
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Who hasn’t been faced with the challenges of wanting to help your family member who always seems to have a hold on life’s drama. How far will you go to see that person free from the enemies hold; or will the drama be so thick, it’ll force you to let go. GaptoothDiva talks candidly with Author Jennifer Luckett about the inspiration behind the riveting book, Caught In The Middle.
“Drama, drama and more drama! Caught in the middle is action packed, heartfelt and sure to pull the readers within the pages!” —Endy, Author of In My Hood I, II & III
“A deep in the Dirty South tale that grips you like the Jaws of Life and holds you until the very end.” —Cash, Author of the street certified classic Trust No Man 1 & 2
Meet Lakeeysha Jackson, an attractive, young, hair salon owner whose mother, Michelle Williams, is released from prison after an eight-year prison sentence. Michelle reunites with her ex-boyfriend, Antonio “Tony” Dixon, and realizes that Tony’s addictive lifestyle is no longer the life she wants to live and gets involved with Officer John Shelby. Will Michelle allow her demons to interfere with her newfound love and happiness?
Lakeeysha meets and falls in love with Antwaine Greene, a notorious drug dealer whose mind is set on two things: money and women. Lakeeysha tries to find her place in Antwaine’s life, but her quest for his heart is cut short when he is mysteriously killed, leaving Keeysha in suspense and anxious to find his murderer. As she pieces together this deadly puzzle, she is confronted with a bare truth that explodes her world into a million tiny pieces.
Keeysha’s search for truth endangers her life and those she cherishes the most. As the body count rises it is only a matter of time before death comes knocking at Keeysha’s front door. With Antwaine dead, who will rescue her from this deadly and cruel world?
Enliven your senses and awaken a new thirst for adventure as Jennifer Luckett tells a no-hold bars tale of the gritty side of Jackson, Mississippi, and gives new meaning to the City with Soul.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Sharon, Mississippi, Jennifer Luckett was inspired to begin her writing prowess at age fourteen. After an abusive relationship with a drug dealer she decided to put her experiences on paper. With a vivid imagination and an understanding of the everyday struggles that many of her family members and friends experienced, she was able to pen down her debut novel Caught in the Middle. She now resides in Jackson, Mississippi, with her daughter.
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GaptoothDiva talks about the art of deception in relationships, careers, and life with Author Jackie White. Far too many people deal with lies, cheating, hustles and fraud everyday, but how they handle it determines the outcome overall. Is it worth it to show someone that your not “the one to mess with” by seeking revenge? Or will forgiving them too soon cause them to believe that hurting you isn’t much of a consequence. Deception is a common place all over the world and honesty is a rare but much desired trait. People are not fully aware of the steps to take to avoid and protect themselves from it’s often painful and uncomfortable hold on unsuspecting lives.
David McKay loves his wife Asia, but he finds himself caught up in infidelity, trouble, and a whirlwind of dramatic, shocking events. It takes him to the edge, but will he go off the deep end? Asia McKay is young, beautiful, successful, and happily married to David. She soon finds out that her happy marriage isn’t so happy after all. She loses her husband and gains the man of her dreams, but deception finds its way into her life and turns it upside down. Will she ever love or trust again? Gina Garris is a promiscuous, vindictive, carefree woman. Deception is her middle name and a game that she plays all too well. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She soon finds out that her wants will supply her with more than she can handle. Will she win at the game she plays, or will her conniving plan fail?
Jackie White works in the medical field and has received a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. She has always had a passion for writing. That very passion has led her to write her debut novel, Deception. She currently lives in Union, New Jersey, with her three sons and daughter.
Here is another snippet from the much anticipated GaptoothDiva book dropping next year. This book is probably going to be the most revealing project I’ve ever done, which is why it’s taking me so long. It’s not enough to claim to be all knowledgeable about certain aspects of life, then show no proof of how you concocted your theories. I don’t believe in teaching without providing a visual message that people can apply to their own lives. What you read is straight up real talk, I’m the same person on and off the internet. I mean what I say and I’m struggling everyday to not only motivate others but also myself. I’m not perfect, anybody can attest to saying that at one time or another. However I don’t pretend to be ever. This book that is expected to come out, is an open admission to my many imperfections and how I’m learning from them, adapting to them, and always inspired by them. My main goal for this book is for everyone to see how easy it is to do the same. Life may be full of trials and struggles, but it’s your job to make everyday look so damn easy.
Excerpt from the NEW GaptoothDiva book, expected release 2011
“ I could sit here and write about all my life experiences and then tell my readers don’t do what I’ve done, but what’s the fun in that? It’s not enough to list general issues that I’ve encountered and add poems to them. It’s not enough to put poems into a book and pray that the person reading this can figure it all out. I have to release those proverbial demons that used to lurk in the back of my mind in order to progress in my life and at the same time explain what I’ve gained from each experience. Some feelings might be hurt from this. Some people may stop speaking to me altogether and secretly pray I don’t succeed based off what you are about to read. However, that’s the point of this entire project. They say “Those that matter don’t mind, and those that mind don’t matter”, and I’m about to put that to the test.
All my life, I’ve been concerned about what people thought about me. I was scared to be too gentle and too kind, for fear of being taken advantage of. I was scared of being too aggressive and demanding for fear of being considered a bitch or arrogant. I dressed and behaved a certain way depending on who I was around, because I wanted to be liked. Every idea and every thought was calculated in order to avoid anyone’s disapproval, whether I respected them or not. I never did anything I wanted to do, because of other people’s reactions…until now.
My hope is that when people read this, they somehow develop the confidence that I lacked a few years ago, to embark on the things that bring happiness into their lives, regardless of what people think. I want people to learn that even the hardest people had some soft spots in life, or even the nicest people went through hard times. I’m happier now in my life, but a few years ago it was insanity. Everyone from my family, my friends, to complete strangers could feed off my desire to be liked. I had no God, people were my God, and that is no way to live. I had no faith that I was put here for a reason, or that I even served a purpose at all. If a close friend of mine told me they didn’t like my hair, I would change it. If my mother told me she didn’t like my job, I would quit. It took one person to not appreciate any aspect of me, and I would crumble into less than nothing. Did I say it was insanity?
When I found God, I was saved. Before I even raised my hand in that church service to give up all my old ways and profess my love for the Lord in front of everyone, I felt I was saved. I was saved because I decided right then and there that the only one I should live for was God, not man. I decided that the only conversation that should make me change anything about myself, is the conversation I have with God. Some seriously church going worshippers may disagree, but when someone pointed out God and told me how to talk to him, I was hooked. I didn’t need to register or sign up for any committees, I didn’t need to put my name on a list of new members, or anything. I felt like a changed person when I prayed for the first time and felt a presence on my shoulder pulling me up. It was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I could finally breathe.
I’ve been through some stuff in my life. Period. The type of life I led, it’s amazing that I’m not dead, in jail, or strung-out on drugs. It wasn’t me that got me through it, it was all God. What I take from those experiences differ from case to case, but the one thing that remains constant is that every single time I was saved God was the cause. I was saved from physical abuse, mental abuse, I was saved from self-mutilation and self-destruction, I was saved from drugs and sex, I was saved from death. With all the saving, I figured there had to be something I am supposed to do. There is a reason why God spared me and put me in arenas where I could possibly do something for another lost person. I don’t take that lightly at all. I am not perfect in any shape or form, and I still make mistakes just like any human being with a pulse, but what and how I feel about myself has changed. The value I put on my life back then compared to now, has quadrupled and multiplied. My standards have changed, my goals have changed, everything has been geared and forwarded to a much more positive place. I look back at how I used be and sometimes regret all that wasted time and effort on trying to be what I wasn’t destined to be. Now that I’ve found my purpose and that confidence that was buried so deep, I’m a better version of myself.
If you are reading this, I want you to gain something. I want you to gain a better understanding of me, of life and love, but most importantly of yourself and what you are doing with your time on earth. I almost died a total of six times, yes six times, and the last time was enough to wake me up. I guess I’m hard-headed (laugh), but even if it was once, you never know if you’ll get those three extra chances that I had. Life is too short to not be yourself, to not love yourself, and to not strive for your dreams, not matter how big or how small. I came up with the name GaptoothDiva, because that is what I am. I am a diva who struts every time she walks, who loves to get dolled up and fly, and demands attention everywhere. I just happen to have a very noticeable gap in my teeth, which I learned to accept and use to benefit me. You’ll never forget my face and now you’ll never forget my story.”
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Susanna is the 23rd child of 46 children, the quintessential middle child. Growing up in a fundamentalist religious home shaped her life, her values, and her views on literally everything. Although she is no longer affiliated with any polygamous group on a religious level she is surrounded by family and friends who are practicing polygamists.
She is currently working on her second memoir detailing her marriage within the polygamous culture and what motivated her to leave. Another important theme in the second book is the impact of abuse on relationships and the ability to parent.
Susanna lives in Bluffdale Utah with her husband, six children and their dog.
“I was born to write this book. It is as if all the events of my life culminated to the moment I began writing it. From that point my life has sprung forward in directions I could never have anticipated and has brought me blessings I could only appreciate from this vantage point of my life. While it seems from the viewpoint of the past that my life was filled with heartache and tragedy from where I stand today I see it for the gift that it was. It was a moment in my life, it isn’t my life. I needed to write the book in order to see it differently. I became different by writing it.
That is not to say it wasn’t a difficult task to write the book. I traveled deep into the emotional pain of my past and turned over every rock and looked at every violation as if it were happening all over again. It was like creating an earthquake in a major metropolis. Buildings crashed, bridges collapsed and when I was finished my life was in crumbles. It was out of these crumbles that I reconstructed a new life. The life I was meant to create, just as I was meant to be the one that dismantled the old. In the end, I lived the life I was given so that I could write about it and in some way serve the world. In writing the book, I let the rotting parts of myself die and I asked the book to carry the emotional truth that my body could no longer hold.
I will write many books but this one will always be the threshold that I had to cross in order to write anything at all. It opened my mouth. It freed me. “
Susanna has been a keynote speaker for an abuse recovery group in Portland Oregon and most recently spoke at The Successful Mothering Convention. Ms. Barlow has been contacted by local polygamy groups one of them” Holding Out Help” and was asked to be in their DVD which is going out to churches and schools. In addition Susanna Barlow has been interviewed on Good Things Utah, across the nation on radio as well as Canada. Her book is getting into libraries in different states and also seen in Publishers Weekly.
We are aware her book is in other countries, South Africa, Pakistan, Turkey and Australia…those are ones we know of. National Geographic’s cover story for February “Polygamy in America” and also aired a documentary “Inside Polygamy: Life in Bountiful.” Susanna has family members in both areas featured in the article Colorado City and the documentary filmed in Bountiful Canada.
Susanna Barlow’s Memoir “What Peace There May Be”… Finalist in the Prestigious 2010 Indie Excellence Awards in the Memoir Category.
Young Susanna didn’t know anything other than the family environment that was created for her; a system without regard for society or man’s laws. Raised in a sequestered home in a busy city neighborhood, everything beyond the front gate was off-limits.
The isolation proved to be a breeding ground for abuse and Susanna struggled to reconcile her desire to escape and her need to belong. The book recounts six critical years of Susanna’s youth during which she struggled to come to terms with the conditions of her life.
This coming of age story is as much a testament to survival as it is to surrender. Pushed to the limits of her coping abilities, Susanna tried everything she could think of to bring about the peace that always seemed out of reach.
In an impulsive moment and an act of daring, she contacted a newspaper journalist and found herself in a predicament that she never before considered. That decision became the impetus that propelled her to where she wanted to be and to finally find personal peace.
Although Ms. Barlow is no longer affiliated with any polygamous group on a religious level, she is surrounded by family and friends who are practicing polygamists. She says, “Although I suffered abuse at the hands of one of “the mothers”, I currently know many decent people who are living this lifestyle.”
Susanna Barlow is currently working on her second book. Ms. Barlow has been interviewed across the United States and Canada on radio, Good Things Utah, Keynote Speaker in Portland Oregon for an abuse recovery group, book clubs, approached by different polygamy groups helping transition those who have left. Susanna is married and the mother of six children, writer, author, painter, teacher and also has written plays. Her book is available at The King’s English, Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You can order her book or contact Susanna on her website for speaking or asking questions. You also may join as a fan on her face book author site.
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1. The condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time. Also called plural marriage.
2. Zoology A mating pattern in which a single individual mates with more than one individual of the opposite sex.
Here is a poem from my upcoming book, expected to drop next year. I’m excited and can’t wait for you all to read it. I think it will be not only inspirational but may provide a candid insight of some of the things that I have experienced that I chose to learn and gain from, not dwell on and allow to be obstacles. Shout out to all of you who inspired me to go farther in my career and supported me, even when I didn’t quite support myself.
This poem is the epitome of that breakthrough moment when you say, I’m not trying to be like anyone else anymore. I want to get to my top, to my limitless sky. This was my breakthrough moment. I actually said these words to myself.
Failure is an option that I won’t accept
I only get one life to live, so I live with no regrets
Go hard or go home has always been my model
Life’s not a scratch ticket and this is not the lotto
You can’t play a number just because you think you got it
Running off of luck instead of using logic
Pain and the struggle your body just absorbs it
Signs of a breakthrough but you’ll can just ignore it
Content and satisfied, what you living is just boring
Until you’re sick of living and you sick so you nausaus
Chances continue coming, but your minds keep on pausing
Confusing fear of success as you way being cautious
I will not be average
I will not be average
My hustle is so savage
I’m going after everything, what I touch turns to magic
My hugs turn to love and I make money out of cabbage
It’s a habit, I refuse to be plastic
A Barbie and I am hardly
Bruised up with scarred knees
Even in a dark scene, I dream and I am godly
I’m anointed in the belief that what I believe
I will achieve
With no sight I will see, with no air I will breathe
My faith takes over when life gets a hold of me
I don’t just rebuke my enemies, I actually force them to leave
With an abuse, I’m profuse
It’s the truth I can’t mask it
I throw up the deuces
Cause I refuse to be average
Hating on the next person for what I ain’t got
Their progress reminding me that I ain’t hot
I gotta get mine
Trying to go places that I can’t find
Beating my own obstacles to the race line
Got so much to do that I hate time
Smiling through every tear when I ain’t fine
And even when I’m forces to, I ain’t lying
I’m speeding in my own lane with no brake signs
And my goal is to rattle brains and to shake spines
I’m laughing in the dark, when you hear that they crying
No mo excuses, your just surviving while they trying
The truth is the battles yours today and it ain’t mine
Cause I have lived the life of a savage
Filled with less blessings, just drastic
And instead of playing the card of the tragic
I will not be average
Hatred – are We Instilling Hatred in Our Children’s Lives? (socyberty.com)
A Life in a Poetry Collection (prweb.com)
The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us by Tanya Lee Stone (yabookscentral.blogspot.com)
The Fight for Modesty (dakotavoice.com)
Lady Gaga: The Barbie Slayer (thefrisky.com)
In Truth – #1 (apolylife.wordpress.com)
Winners Announced for Ninth Annual War Poetry Contest (prweb.com)
Costa Book Awards: reformed heroin addict heads poetry shortlist (telegraph.co.uk)
Poetry and Consciousness (slog.thestranger.com)
How many of us remember our first sexual experience, whether good or bad, and think about specific moments we would either change or do again if we could? A first time sexual experience is a momentous occasions in life, but should be taken seriously due to risk of disease and/or pregnancy. If provided the opportunity to counsel a person who is considering losing their virginity, what would you say? People of all ages are interested in how others tackled their first time and how it made them feel physically and emotionally. Many people don’t realize that whether your first time was beautiful, awkward, horrible, or sad, you can mentor someone, and help them avoid some of the mistakes made by so many others. GaptoothDiva talks with the Authors of The Virgin Diaries, discussing how this book could be utilized as a tool to bring some comfort to anyone’s first time.
Hundreds of years of collective experience answer the questions every virgin has. THE VIRGIN DIARIES is a book about sex that really isn’t about sex at all. Rather, it’s about the feelings associated with that first time: wondering about it, worrying about it, the expectations, the surprises and the disappointments. Within these pages are the recollections of seventy-two people, young and old, gay and straight, who responded to the call for answers. This candid collection of stories provides a unique opportunity to be a fly on the wall. There is no commentary. The stories stand on their own, allowing the reader to form his or her own conclusions. Whether you are a virgin and desire to make an informed decision, a parent faced with “the talk” or are interested in reading detailed accounts of one of life’s most personal experiences, THE VIRGIN DIARIES offers confidential insights and illustrates the commonalities we all share: our hopes, dreams, fears and insecurities. It shows that we are all human and therefore, all connected.
Kimberley A. Johnson and Ann Werner are a mother/daughter writing team. Both women worked on the popular daytime drama Days of Our Lives for over seven years. In 2004, Kimberley came up with the idea for The Virgin Diaries and over a period of time, Ann came on board.
Ann writes fiction and has book out titled The People Next Door.
Both women started the company Ark Stories to continue making books written by John and Jane Q. Public, exploring the human experience. The Virgin Diaries was created originally for virgins to make informed decisions about sex as well as for parents who want to help educate their kids. The pair have been pleasantly surprised to find that men and women forty-five and up are really connecting to the stories.
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Dangerous Lee is a certified Community Health Advocate and HIV Testing Counselor at Wellness AIDS Services, Inc. of Flint, Michigan. She lives in Burton, Michigan with her daughter.
African Americans have the highest HIV infection rates in the United States. African Americans only make up 12% of the population, but almost half of the new HIV cases are African Americans. These numbers are very disproportionate and because HIV is such a taboo subject in the African American community many people are not getting the message.
International AIDS Activist, Hydeia Broadbent, shared her thoughts after reading “The Safe Sex Kit”; “I think it will help more people think about HIV/AIDS and STDs in their sexual relationships and also think about practicing safer sexual activities.”
HIV education and prevention is not only Dangerous Lee’s job, it is also her passion. Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down combines her passion for HIV prevention with her passion for the written word. Dangerous Lee is also an actress, internet radio personality, painter, and an activist for child sex abuse.
Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down was released March 15, 2010 and can be purchased through Create Space.
“Working in HIV prevention I have learned a lot and I have had the pleasure of sharing my knowledge with thousands of people. With this book I want to reach millions more, not simply for fame and fortune but because millions of people lack the need-to-know information contained in the pages of this book.
People aged 13-24 have the highest new HIV infection rates and African Americans and Latinos have the highest infection rates in the United States. I equate a huge chunk of this problem with the lack of prevention education and proper sex education in our schools.
Abstinence only programs do us no good. Abstinence is fine, but we must also educate ourselves and our babies with the proper information so that when they’re ready to get busy they can do it safely.
We must keep it real when we discuss sex and inside the pages of “Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down” I get real nasty, real sexy, real deep, and speak the real truth about HIV.”
- Dangerous Lee
Contact Dangerous Lee by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or at Wellness AIDS Services , 810-232-0888 ext 204.
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