Georgie Eat Your Peas

Introducing Georgie Eat Your Peas. Georgie was a jubilant soul, who didn’t like to eat his peas. He prayed to God almost every night, when he got on his knees.

Georgie Eat Your Peas is a social, poetic, interactive, innovative Children’s Book Duo. It is called a Children’s Book Duo because it is a one-of-a-kind book that is also paired with another book. The book is paired with Gracie Eat Your Peas. These books allow children to experience a book with a different main characters who is female or male.

Pre-order a copy here

Buy in Bulk

Are you a teacher at a pre-school or headstart program, administrator at a daycare center, or do teach reading skills to children between the ages of 0 – 5 years old? Then this is just for you.

Order bulk copies of 1 or 2 children’s books to supply various classrooms or send a copy home with each child to help increase literacy at home. Literacy is just as important at home, as it is at school.

Each year, The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases information about the average hours per day spent in selected leisure and sports activities by age. In reviewing the table for 2021, what I want you to consider is the ages between 15 – 54 reading for personal interest. Generally, this is the age range of most parents. Below is a photo from bls.gov. Click here for results.

After reviewing the information above by comparing the time spent reading, watching T.V., and socializing, do you know why literacy is very important? Help become a change agent by working with your local community advocates in increasing literacy amongst youth and families. You can start by buying in bulk and gifting these books to a school, children in your classroom, or a reading program. These books can also be gifted for the holidays and special occasions, such as birthday parties, school reading programs, Juneteenth, and much more.

Book Reading for Children and Presentation for College Students

As stated in my last post, Friday was very eventful. I started by day by reading books to my daughter’s class. These little darlings were amazing; they listened, asked questions, and sang the All in Together Girls song. The center director messaged me a couple hours after I left and stated the kids were still singing the song. This truly touched my heart.

Next, I visited my undergraduate alma mater; Otterbein University. I met with a class to discuss my work with individuals with various disabilities, writing, and my books. I discussed career counseling, assistive technology, sheltered employment, supported employment, competitive employment, transition services, and more. A couple of students stayed to talk with me after class. I truly enjoyed speaking with the students about my work and passion. I also enjoyed giving them pointers I wish I knew when I was a student.

Collect Your Coins!

This past Thursday, I wrote a blog post titled, “‘Hobby Of Kings’ Or ‘King’ of All Hobbies.” It was my first post about coin collecting. Since then, I have learned quite a bit of information about coin collecting, such as Proof Sets, current mints, previous mints, and more.

The book, Coin Collecting for Beginners 2023: The New Updated Guide to Easily Start Your Coin Collection and Learn How to Identify, Value, Preserve and Profit From Your Hobby, by Lincoln Ford is helping me identify what questions I need to ask and start researching those questions. In my research, I found out there were numerous mints that had opened due to the gold rush and has since then closed. I also found out that the one letter on the right side of the coin identifies which mint made it. I am sure this is basic information for some; however I find it fascinating. When I read information about dates, such as 1792 and 1982, my mind began to create a timeline of events and all that has taken place before, during, and after these mints were established. I think about Independence Day (U.S.), Emancipation Proclamation, World War I, The Harlem Renaissance, The Negritude Movement, Plessy vs Ferguson, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, March of Dimes eradicating Polio, World War II, Board of Education vs. Topeka Kansas, Roe vs. Wade, Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disability Act, Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and much more.

My research led me to Proof Sets, which seem like a must have for a coin collector. If not all sets, maybe just one or two. Feel free to check them out for yourself. Let me know what you think or if you have experience in this already.

Feel free to check out my initial article below.

PUSH AND GRIND BEYOND WHAT’S EXPECTED

Pushing beyond expectations is for you and for them. I know you’re wondering who I am referring to when I say them. These are the people who speak negatively about you or towards you, expects less, and are so quick to judge. These individuals can be family members, friends, and those who just do not understand your vision, but believe me, they will.

The first person you have to consider when pushing yourself is yourself. You are your own worst enemy when it comes to your words, actions, and thoughts. You are even your worst enemy when it comes to negative self-talk. We often speak negativity into existence, while trying to push ourselves beyond our own expectations. I want you to do yourself a favor. Push that negativity out of your mind and replace it with I can and I will. I also want you to push yourself beyond your expectations, but not over the limit. You have to push yourself just enough to where you are doing new and exciting things without becoming bored and redundant. You, as well as I know that once things become bored or redundant, the frequency of doing it decreases and we become less interested in that activity.

Now let’s talk about “Them.” You know, the one’s we’ve been taught to ignore, but how can we ignore someone who’s right in our faces? I want you to do the direct opposite than ignore. I want you to hear what others are saying, validate your feelings about what you hear, and then move positively in a silent or loud manner. I say this because some of us have been taught to move silently, while others have been taught to move loudly. Whichever way you choose, just know you got this. You are going to push yourself beyond your and their expectations.”

I am going to leave you with this… Push, Grind, and Sunshine. I want you to push and grind toward living in your passion, while creating sunshine no one can recreate nor destroy. Remember you hold the key to your happiness and the ability to live beyond your expectations.

Creating A Reading/Learning Nook at Home

For about a month, I have been creating a reading/learning nook for my daughter. she’s only three years old; however she is a human sponge. She is soaking in everything and also talking more. I want to reinforce learning with her at home to make sure she understands information and doesn’t get left behind.

I have always started her off early to do things. Even she was one years old, we practiced her ABC’s

Parts of Speech Decorations and Good Morning Amira Book can be found at Target.

Out with the Old, In with the New

Father Time

The title of this blog post can mean so many things. This is probably the reason I chose this title. I wanted people to wander about the content of the article and naturally think about what this means to them. The interesting thing about the title, is that I interviewed someone in the past and this is what the person referenced when discussing Affirmative Action. The reference was regarding out with the old language of hiring minorities and in with the new language and law protecting these individuals. And when I think about affirmative action, it protected so many individuals besides the intended population.

My reference to old and new is regarding the end of October and the beginning of November. Out with the old month and sales goal and in with the new month and sales goal.

Check out this TikTok video for Good Morning Amira as I prepare for November and selling 15 books next month.

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTR99cKEb/

Learn How to Create a Children’s Book Workshop for Kids

Ready to help your child become a Children’s Book Author? Well, you have came to the right place. I will discuss publishing, marketing, and selling books with your child for only $25 per person. I have 10 spots available.

Register here

The Woman King / G.I. Jane of Children’s Books

Pictures from theblackwallstreettimes and IMDb

When I think about Football Fumblina, I think about being different, being enough, and going against the grain. I have yet to see The Woman King; however that is exactly how I imagine her to be.

My daughter’s father is from Cotonou, Benin. When we were in a relationship together, he was ecstatic about his country’s history. One story he told me was of the all-female warriors who protected his country. They were fierce, skillful, and courageous. For generations, their stories were and are still being passed down to people of his country. Definitely stories worth listening to. Fast forward to today, The Woman King is based on the all-female warriors he told me about many years ago. As stated from the Smithsonian Magazine “At its height in the 1840s, the West African kingdom of Dahomey boasted an army so fierce that its enemies spoke of its ‘prodigious bravery.’ This 6,000-strong force, known as the Agojie, raided villages under cover of darkness, took captives and slashed off resisters’ heads to return to their king as trophies of war. Through these actions, the Agoije established Dahomey’s preeminence over neighboring kingdoms and became known by European visitors as “Amazons” due to their similarities to the warrior women of Greek myth.”

In thinking about the movie G.I. Jane, Demi Moore’s character represented women being different, enough, and going against the grain. She was challenged, made to feel inadequate, and tormented. Most of which, can be found in the Children’s Book, Football Fumblina.

In Football Fumblina, she could have been a ballerina, but she chose an alternative; football. From ballet shoes to fumbles and tumbles, Fumblina shows the world why she loves being herself and playing a game she does not always win. This game is just like life, sometimes you have to fall to learn how to stand up on your own and go after your dreams. She knows all about falling and working hard so she will be able to change her outcome. Do you have a little Football Fumblina, Woman King, or G.I. Jane in you?

Football Fumblina is a poetry book that is similar to a nursey rhyme, which allows listeners to hear the words and join in on all the fun.

We all need some encouragement and positivity every now and then. Football Fumblina provides just that. She helps people understand that obtaining a goal is a process. The first step in the process is to attempt to achieve a specific goal. Whenever we do this, there are usually two outcomes; you either achieve it or you don’t. However, she wants you to know that not achieving a goal does not mean you lost, it just means you have to try a little harder and perhaps try a different approach.

Football Fumblina wants you to know that you are special, kind, smart, loving, joyful, caring, beautiful, helpful, and funny. You are all the things you imagined yourself to be and more. Claim your positive affirmation for the day and how you will look at life. It not only helps you with interacting with other people, but it is also always a great self-esteem builder 

Football Fumblina makes a choice

 

Making a decision can be tough sometimes 

In life, sometimes decisions have to be made; will I work on my skills of becoming a ballerina or will I try to compete in a sport that test my skills, agility, and ability to think fast? For children, this information of “what I want to do or become in the future” may be challenging to comprehend at an early age. This book aims at opening the line of communication with children to identify those jobs such as coding, engineering, or other specific jobs may not be so far out of their reach.

Why should you purchase this book? Because you may know someone or you may be just like Fumblina. It may not be regarding football, but maybe wrestling, day trading, or some type of field that is recognized as a male dominated field. Grab your copy here

Goal Achieved

This month, I had the pleasure of selling 18 books, which exceeds my monthly goal by three books. This is 19 days before the deadline. I am beyond ecstatic. I am also hopeful, thankful, and grateful. Feel free to purchase a book for yourself, kids, friend, or loved one.

Books are sold here: Target, Amazon.com, Apple, The Book Loft, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, BAM, Gramercy Books, Indie BookStore, Hudson Booksellers, Powell’s and more. Click links to visit pages.

GMA

Good Morning Amira

When you think of GMA, what comes to mind? Do you think about Good Morning America? Great Morning Attitude? Or Goals, Motivation, and Affirmations?

I think about Good Morning Amira (GMA) the Children’s Book. GMA helps toddlers become familiar with the morning routine of waking up, brushing their teeth, washing their face, washing their hands, and completing other daily activities to get them up and going. Just as Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart for it.”

Routines are good to have, especially when you are teaching toddlers how to wash their hands, face, brush their teeth, and helping them become contributing parts of society. Lol, you have some time before for that last part, but it will be here before you know it. For those currently raising a toddler, you know that routines often have to be changed or adjusted based on your little one and his or her needs.

Make sure you grab a copy of GMA at your local Target store.

Ready! Set! Goals!

October Goal: Sell 15 books. 6 books down and nine to go. Have you focused on your goals lately? This independent goal has helped me to market my brand and get my stories out into the community. What’s my story you ask? Well, I’m a health conscious, thought-provoking, moral based storyteller who writes about domestic violence, friendships, exploring the world, traveling, life, resources for individuals with various diagnoses, working together, and turning hurt into fortune.

Good Morning Amira Now Sold at Target

I am excited to announce that Good Morning Amira is now sold at Target. I am truly over the moon right now. I absolutely love Target and spend quite a bit of money with them each week. I’ve bought furniture, household applications, hair products, and more with them. Now, I have the ability to sell my books there as well. It’s a win-win situation.

Good Morning Amira is a book for children between the ages of 0-5 years of age. Amira starts her day each morning completing her morning routine with some help from her mother. This toddler is full of life as she wakes up in the morning to start her routine of washing her face, brushing her teeth, and washing her hands.

Make sure you grab your copy today!

Welcome October

It’s a new month! Welcome October. I’m looking forward to this month and continuing with my monthly sales goal. Last month, I tasked myself with selling 15 books a month until the end of December. I only sold 11 books last month. Not quite 15, but I still feel like I have accomplished something. This month, I would like to sell 15 books. So tell your friends and family they still have time to support this effort. I would love it if 15 of my friends purchase a book and gift it to yourself or someone who could benefit from reading more.

Ask me how you can help!

4 More Books Left

On September 20th, I started a challenge to sell 15 books a month, until December. This means that my goal is to sell 60 books by the end of December. I have almost reached my September goal. I just need to sell four more books.

Feel free to help me by reposting, sharing, liking, and buying a book.

Looking for Reviewers

This may be for you or someone you know. We are looking for 2- 4 reviewers to give honest reviews. Reviewers must enjoy Children’s books, poetry, journals, or suspense books. Reviewers will be given free books and an opportunity to post their reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords.

Message me for details

Poem: I Am

Many moons ago, I published my first book of poetry called Poetic Outlets. I put my heart and soul in this book. Check out one of my favorite poems.

I Am

I am versatile
When I talk
I don’t have to talk really loud
I can talk softly
However, my voice can be heard for many miles
I don’t have to put on a show
Like the girls on Girls Gone Wild
Like Luther Vandross
I only have to worry about
The Here and Now

I am calm
My personality soothes the raging heart
As calm as the Red Sea
That many centuries ago
Moses parted

So tranquil that
I have people amazed before I even start

I am powerful
The knowledge that I withhold is deadly
Some of my words
Are capable of beheading me

I embrace my heritage
For many are unable to see
The past, the pain
Which lead them to be

I am woman
I am versatile, calm, powerful and sweet
I bring the unity
For which you seek
I am a great listener
For I know you have a story to tell

I am courteous
And I mediate well
I know you know me
For there is one in every family
However this is the only time
You really took a look at me

Dead Wrong

Dead Wrong is about a young woman named Tasha Marie Smith. Tasha is a smart, goal-oriented woman looking for fun, excitement, and a little money on the side. She is dedicated to making a few extra dollars on the side, while working as a Community Prevention Specialist and going to school for her Master’s. Life couldn’t get any better than this. Well, that’s until her life takes 180 degree turn down the wrong direction. She only has one person to blame and that’s herself. How did success lead her here? The price of success comes with a high price, which often can be everlasting. Is Tasha willing to pay the price of success? Whatever she decides, the decision will leave her body limp with frustration, shock, betrayal, and deceit. Tasha Marie Smith is dead Wrong. She will admit her wrongness or feel the burdens of it.

Sell 15 Books a Month

My goal from now until the end of December is to sell 15 books a month. This means for the next 4 months, I plan to sell 60 books total.

How can you help? Tell your momma, daddy, brother, sister, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles I have the book just for them. Buy a book or two; keep one, while donating the other one to a friend or local charity. Buy a book a month through my subscription service and get a new book shipped to you each month. Purchase 2 Children’s Book Box sets for your local elementary school. Gift one of my books to your alma mater. Message me for details.

And the Winners Are…

Meet the winners of the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival Scavenger hunt. This past Saturday, attendees were given a chance to win prizes for a scavenger. This family of five (Three pictured here) were the first and only attendees to complete the scavenger hunt successfully. It was only right for them to win the prizes.

They won six items, which were:

  • Kindle Fire Tablet
  • Kindle Fire Tablet Cover
  • Trader Joe’s Gift Card
  • Cash
  • Target Gift Card
  • Starbucks Gift Card

Not to mention this family also was gifted a book from Tyler Porter at the event on Saturday. If you know them personally, please wish them congratulations.

Recap: Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

This past Saturday, I hosted the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. The book festival was geared towards helping individuals with making reading and writing a part of their daily activities. The event also spotlighted authors in Ohio and an author from Indiana.

Authors were given the opportunity to read their books in front of other people. The readings were amazing. We were presented with stories about unwrapping your gifts, God, overcoming harmful situations, suspense, 80’s Rock, and much more. We even had a book reading that included rhythmic drums and a host of other organized production techniques to tell a love story “that’s not a romance novel.”

This was the first book festival for some authors, while others had already attended 2 or more. The energy in the building was astounding. A reporter from the T&C spoke with me about the event and interviewed a few authors.

If you happened to miss the event, check out pics and videos here.

Video from Festival #VistaCreate
Book Readings #VistaCreate

Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival Today

Today is the day! The Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival will be at The Point at Otterbein University from 1 pm to 4 pm. Come meet the authors, grab a book, enter to win a prize, and enjoy all the fun. Hope to see you there. #bookfestival #westerville #ohio #readtolead #writetoenlight

Creating 7 Different Streams of Income

This morning before work, I created this flyer, not realizing how this whole concept would come into fruition. As the day went on, I had the opportunity to speak with a passionate soul who is just as dedicated as I am in having and using multiple gifts. Sometimes, people with multiple gifts and purposes are told that they have too many gifts or are doing too much. Which is not true. This pleasant soul touched on creating multiple streams of income. This was definitely a sign that I was on the right path. We were meant to speak and share our ideas of generational wealth, streams of income, our passion, and being multi-gifted.

I am using my gift of writing to provide details on creating multiple streams of income. The goal is for individuals to identify current streams of income, identify future streams, and to work towards having at least 7 streams. This is a work at your own pace, income generating plan.

Feel free to subscribe to my monthly subscription page to get information on writing, publishing, and creating different streams of income.

Have you considered creating different streams of income? Creating different streaming not only provides you with increased income if needed, it also allows you to create passive and active income.

Count Down – 5 Days Away

We are officially in count down mode until the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. Every day, until the festival, I will provide 5 things I am grateful for regarding the festival. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the gratitude.

Music from VistaCreate

5 days away- I am grateful for the organization, Black Children’s Books and Authors (BCBA). Because of them, I am able to support there efforts. In the next few days, I will make a donation to the organization on behalf of the festival. Each year, a new literary organization will be chosen to support and uplift.

Find out more about the organization here: https://bcbooksandauthors.com and make a donation here:
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Cash App: $BCBooksA
Venmo: BCBooksA

Welcome Abby L. Vandiver to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Abby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette and Cade Bentley, is a hybrid author who has penned more than thirty books and short stories. She is both a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. Her latest books are A Killer Sundae as Abby Collette, published by Penguin Berkley and Where Wild Peaches Grow writing as Cade Bentley, published by Lake Union. Abby spends her time writing cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, as well as facilitating and teaching writing workshops at local libraries and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

Where the Wild Peaches Grow Synopsis: In a deeply emotional novel of family, cultural heritage, and forgiveness, estranged sisters wrestle with the choices they’ve made and confront circumstances beyond their control.

Nona “Peaches” Davenport, abandoned by the man she loved and betrayed by family, left her Natchez, Mississippi, home fifteen years ago and never looked back. She’s forged a promising future in Chicago as a professor of African American Studies. Nona even finds her once-closed heart persuaded by a new love. But that’s all shaken when her father’s death forces her to return to everything she’s tried to forget.

Julia Curtis hasn’t forgiven her sister for deserting the family. Just like their mother, Nona walked away from Julia when she needed her most. And Julia doesn’t feel guilty for turning to Nona’s old flame, Marcus, for comfort. He helped Julia build a new life. She has a child, a career, and a determination to move on from old family wounds.

Upon Nona’s return to Natchez, a cautious reunion unfolds, and everything Nona and Julia thought they knew―about themselves, each other, and those they loved―will be tested. Unpacking the truth about why Nona left may finally heal their frayed bond―or tear it apart again, forever.

Follow her on: Twitter, Instagram,Facebook, Website, and Amazon

Welcome James A. Wright to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Welcome James A. Wright Sr. (Jaws) to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. He was born in Lima Ohio. Raised in a military family, he traveled a lot throughout his childhood. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he works in various engineering fields, such as electrical and Information Technology (I.T). He has received 8 film festival awards, named a finalist 7 times, and received an honorable mention.

Quote from Jaws “My audience of my books will like the up and downs, twist and turns. There is a positive message in all the stories. I hope the readers can find it, through all the insanity and emotion of the book. Ultimately, having readers that like my creativity and the twisted style of the writing, is enough one could ask for.”

Pharafaneelya Thriller Book Series Synopsis: The most recent series takes place in an asylum. An asylum that exits in a world of cursed pages of a cursed book. An asylum that consumes tricked souls as its victims. Victims that are specifically chosen by the spirits that cursed the book, which lands in the town of Pharafaneelya . The first book was released on Amazon in April 2018. The book is packed with action and suspense that is guaranteed to keep reader’s interest from the beginning to the end.

Follow him on Pharafaneelya.com and Twitter: @Jaws1275Wright/@Pharafaneelya

Welcome Ron Cunningham to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Welcome Ron “Buster” Cunningham to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. He is a newcomer to the title published author. Although Unwrapped Gifts is his first book publication, his writings span 37 years, beginning with poetry. His haikus and sonnets won middle school writing contests, and his talent would eventually progress him into a lyricist, writing both R&B and Hip-Hop. Ron, or Buster to some of us, would rekindle his youthful passion for poetry, engaging in community readings and developing a passion for the spoken word. His desire to write expanded further into script writing for the NuTalkNow podcast. From here, his writing creativity would further grow into ideas like the NuLeague for Freedom, which was his rendition of our freedom fighters as superheroes with superpowers fighting for freedom in both modern and historical contexts.

Buster, or Ron to some of us, has been grooming his various artistic gifts for years. Musically he was a member of Greenhouse Effect, PipeDown, and the Prophetionals. He also partnered to create Weightless Recordings and would eventually create GyeNyame/God Only Recordings, where he was either a featured lyricist on albums or collaborated with others to bring musical art to its fruition.

“I no longer fear the responsibility of my purpose. I love helping others, which allows me to live in my optimum self. So, when I wrote Unwrapped Gifts, I found my freedom. I found confidence in my authentic self, which is a sense of liberation that is euphoric – borderline indescribable. More importantly, I now know that this euphoria is something that belongs to you also. Therefore, I encourage you to Unwrap your own Giftsand LIVE!”

Synopsis of Unwrapped Gifts: Have you ever asked yourself, “What can I give to make this world a better place?” Your answer may lie within the talent or gift you possess. You may not know what that talent is yet, or maybe you do. If your goal is to leave a legacy by sharing your talent or gift then you should read Unwrapped Gifts to help guide you through the journey while overcoming pitfalls such as fear, self-doubt, procrastination, and distractions. We all need a boost to remind us of our capabilities of doing great things in life. A wake-up call is necessary to cue our urgency in this lifetime. It is critical to know how we impact others and ourselves when we share our gifts and when we do not. You are not too young or old. You can conquer your fears, excuses, and unforeseen challenges. You are good enough to share the gifts inside you; read why!

Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Meet the authors of the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

We are less than a month away from the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. This is the first literary festival that will be held at Otterbein University with hopes of making it an annual event. We will have the following genres: Love, Self-Help, Christian, Movie Musicals, Suspense, 80’s rock, Poetry, and Children’s Books

Join us on Saturday, September 17th for book readings, raffles, and more. Can’t wait to meet you.

One Down, Many More To Go

This was one of many events to come. Yesterday, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Mid-Ohio Indie Author Book Expo. This was my second year attending. I met some amazing people, made connections, and sold some books. Ah, the wonders of being published and selling books.

Being pushed and attending book festivals has it’s ups and downs. Sometimes I attend a festival and sell 10-15 books and other times I sell 1 or 2. There’s no method to the madness. One thing is for sure, if you can provide a business card or flyer, please do. Don’t let a potential partner, sponsor, supporter, or just a great person in general leave your table empty handed. This is funny I say this because that’s exactly what happened yesterday. Yesterday, I brought business cards to hand out to the guests. Within 1-2 hours, I ran out. Oh no 🙈, what was I going to do? I still networked, made connections, and interacted with people. I am saying this to say, plans change. No matter what you want to do, sometimes life shows you another way of doing things.

If you ever have an opportunity to visit a book festival, please do. There are some amazing authors, stories, an opportunities awaiting you. Hope to see you there.

Welcome Jamilah Ewing to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Welcome Author Jamilah Ewing to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. Jamilah is a native of Mansfield, Ohio. She started her career as a professional hair stylist. Her journey led her to Columbus, where she opened her own salon, Mahogany Design Studio. In between clients, Jamilah penned The Prototype: A Story of True Love. Jamilah enjoys spending time with her family, perusing record stores, and enjoying a good latte.

The Prototype: A Story of True Love

The Prototype: A Story of True Love tells the story of Jadirah, a woman in search of the perfect love. Throughout her journey, Jadirah is striving to maintain her mental, physical, and spiritual health after public shame and loss. As she embarks on a journey toward the unconditional love that she deserves, she is faced with a choice that will radically transform her family and her future.

Make sure you grab a copy of this book and follow Jamilah and her team on Instagram at Author Jamilah Ewing , EH Publishing, and Charles Ewing.

Welcome Siarre Lashelle Massey to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Welcome Siarre Lashelle Massey to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. Siarre is an Ohio born and based writer, storyteller and artist.

Her Solar Return

Her first collection, Her Solar Return, was published in June 2022. Prior to this, she shared solely via blogging. She is here, first and foremost, to share her experiences as a multi-ethnic woman, as a mother, as a person with neurodivergence—-as a human being living and learning and trying to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Follow on Instagram and website.

Special Book Festival Discount

In August and September, I will be attending a couple of book festivals. If you happen to attend one of those events, ask me how to get 20% 10 or more books. I am also willing to offer this discount for a variation of kids lit, poetry, and other books as well. We can call this a special mix and match book festival discount.

Feel free to tweet, message, or leave a message on my IG page about this discount and how to get it.

Writing and Publishing

As I reflect on being an author, I reflect on my 12 years of published authorship. From starting out and knowing very little to becoming a literary publisher with years of experience behind me. The time as an author and publisher has not been easy, but definitely enjoyable. Writing and publishing has the ability to enrich your soul, help you develop ways to market yourself, and give you an opportunity to build a legacy.

Writing has enriched writers souls by allowing them to meet and network with others. From meeting numerous authors, entertainers, and readers who love attending book festivals and planning programs together. Some authors have had the pleasure of working with other authors to plan book festivals, book bag and book drives, and other literary activities to get the community engaged in reading and writing. Networking provides a great opportunity for authors to share ideas with each other and help each other uncover things about the field. Authors also tell each other about different events, festivals, and collaborations.

Marketing is about utilizing various methods to help increase your exposure, sales, competitiveness, ranking, and whatever else you deem necessary for your area of interest. Marketing can be word of mouth, printed materials, paid and non-paid advertisements, social media, blogging, online, and offline. The great thing about marketing now is that it can be relatively cheap. Some social media applications and publishing sites allow you to take out an ad for as low as $5 a day for as many days or months you would like.

Building a legacy is a great way to build generational wealth and a foundation for your loved ones. In writing, legacies are built by creating a body of work that people love, read multiple times, and tell others about. Authors who have built a writing legacy are Maya Angelou, Sista Souljah, Robert Greene, and Viola Davis.

Writing and publishing can be a very long process, as well as marketing, and building a legacy. However, if you create plans like marketing plans and work with individuals who know the industry, it can reduce the amount of time you spend on mistakes and correcting mistakes.

Brand New Outlook

Brand new feel. Brand new pics. Brand new story. It’s an old title with a brand new outlook and a whole lot of traveling going on. Meet the #Wanderlusts. The Wanderlusts love to travel. They also love meeting new people, art, taking pictures, helping others, reading, and exploring the world. Come travel with them in the re-release of The Wanderlusts. Illustrated by Viviana Moyano, Organized by Zora Nelson and edited by Monae Jones.

Books the Family Can Enjoy Each Month

Are you looking for books you and the family can enjoy each month? Check out some of my works for you and the family. This selection includes Children’s, Self-Help, Poetry, Thiller, Journal, and Romance/Thriller.

January- All in Together Girl (World Peace)

All in Together Girls is a children’s book that displays and discusses two cousins who play a childhood jump rope game. The cousins take you on a journey to family, friends, and fun. This books allows children to learn the names of each month and experience the activities and weather associated with those months. Shay and Jaye will have you ready to take out your Double Dutch rope and sing with them in their journey down memory lane.

February- Good Morning Amira (Black History Month)

Start the day with Amira as she completes her morning routine with some help from her mother. This toddler is full of life as she wakes up in the morning to start her routine of washing her face, brushing her teeth, and washing her hands.

March- The New Face of Disabilities (National Disabilities Month)

The face of those with a disability is ever changing, making it more and more challenging to determine who has a disability and who does not. Wouldn’t it be a perfect world if everyone was equipped with the right tools to assist those with a disability? Well, why not try to make it an almost perfect world? Melica Niccole provides you with helpful tools to assist you work with this population.

April- Poetic Outlets (Poetry Month)

When it comes to writing books, Melica Niccole knows how to take you on an emotional roller-coaster by poetically entering your spirit and releasing emotions that have longed to be set free. She knows the consequences of holding onto things for so long that a choice has to be made. Her choice was to liberate her feelings with an objective of becoming one with herself. She has been through so much in life that she wants to share her world because it’s all about the lessons you learn and the opportunities you take. Just know that with great success comes great failure and you must continuously push toward a dream and keep your Eyes on the Prize. Melica is a dream big, reach for the stars type of person. She gives special thanks to her mother and father for encouraging her throughout life and always believing in her. In reading Poetic Outlets, you will witness her transition as a writer, which is astounding. The shift will be seen when she discusses depression, society, love, and attributes of a woman. It can honestly be said that this book has a bit of everything in it that draws you deeper and deeper into the author’s thought process.

May- Renaissance of the Psyche (Memorial Day)

Melica Niccole’s fourth book of poetry. In this work, she returns to what she loves about writing and producing poetic flows with passion, love, and dreamy-realism. She pays homage to poets of the past and present in “Respect” and “Long Live the Poet”, takes you on a journey to “Love’s Utopia” and keeps you on edge with “Omen”. You will feel the passion in her heart with every word that you read and every page that you turn. This book is about releasing your soul into the universe by doing what you love and giving life your all. Are you doing what you love?

June- PJ’s World (Juneteenth)

PJ’s World is a children’s book about family, adventure, and fun. Join PJ as he talks Hip-Hop with his cousin, drives a train as a conductor, and becomes a dancer at the dance studio of a world renowned Choreographer. Come and explore with him and be a part of his adventures.

July- Jacob: In the Mind of a Mad Man (Disability Independence Day)

The sequel to Dead Wrong. This book is about the thought process of a mentally unstable individual who could snap at any given moment and he only has one thing to blame; love. How will his love interest respond to his unwarranted advances? What happened in Dead Wrong to make Jacob flip the script? The only way to understand him is to think like him. Now, let’s go deep inside the mind of a mad man.

August- The Wanderlusts (Women’s Equality Day)

The Wanderlusts love to travel. They also love meeting new people, art, taking pictures, helping others, reading, and exploring the world.

September- Football Fumblina (Football Season)

Football Fumblina could have been a ballerina. From ballet shoes to fumbles and tumbles, Fumblina shows the world why she loves being herself and playing a game she does not always win. This game is just like life, sometimes you have to fall to learn how to stand up on your own and go after your dreams. She knows all about falling and working hard so she will be able to change her outcome. Do you have a little Football Fumblina in you?

This poetry book is similar to a nursey rhyme, which allows listeners to hear the words and join in on all the fun.

October- Dead Wrong (Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

Tasha Marie Smith is a smart, goal-oriented woman looking for fun, excitement, and a little money on the side. She is dedicated in making a few extra dollars, while working as a Community Health Prevention Specialist and going to school for her Master’s. Life couldn’t get any better than this. Well, that is until her life takes a 180 degree turn down the wrong direction. She only has one person to blame for the decision that’s herself. How did success lead her here? The price of success comes with a high price, which often times can be everlasting. Is Tasha willing to pay the price of success? Whatever she decides, the decision will leave her body limp with frustration, shock, betrayal, and deceit. Tasha Marie Smith is dead wrong. She will admit her wrongness or feel the burdens of it.

November- My Poetic Soul Unleashed (World Kindness Day)

My Poetic Soul Unleashed is Melica Niccole’s second book of poetry. Melica felt that it was time that she unleashed her soul in the form of poetic words and allow people to witness her talented aura on paper. So many times in life, people tend to see the things that are on the surface without digging beneath the exterior and revealing a diamond in the rough. It’s time to stop recovering items from the surface and start digging for more than the obvious.

December- Event Planning and Task (Universal Human Rights Month)

This Event Planning and Task Management Journal was created for the sole purpose of helping students, innovators, event planners, and new individuals to the field with creating a plan to assist them with developing programs/events. These programs can be developed for the community, higher education environments, financial institutions, and other areas as needed or wanted.

This is just a few of my works to help you make reading a part of your daily activities. Reading is just as important as eating health and exercising. You are actually exercising your brain by reading new, fun, and challenging material. So join the movement and Read to Lead and Write to Enlight

Welcome Brieanna Wilkoff to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Welcome Brieanna Wilkoff to the Read to Lead/ Write to Enlight Book Festival. She is a debut author who lives in Westerville, Ohio with her husband, daughter, and dog. As described in her novel, she believes wholeheartedly in the power of kindness, the importance of theatre, and the awesomeness of ’80s rock. In fact, she married her husband on stage of the oldest surviving theatre in central Ohio and their first dance was to Bon Jovi. Kudos to Brieanna for completing 100 random acts of kindness in a single day.

I’ll Be There For You

I’ll Be There For You synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Rae Ballester loves watching movie musicals and, thanks to her dad, listening to ‘80s rock. This has been the only way of feeling close to him since he died a year ago. Still struggling to move past his death, she keeps her head down and her earbuds in, while still trying to deal with it all. Shunning the world has cost her friendships, while leaving her the “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” When she meets a boy named Mac, she cautiously welcomes their easy banter. Mac slowly worms his way into her heart with his humor, enthusiasm, and well-curated Broadway playlists. After he proves “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Rae’s instinct is to withdraw to the comfort of hair metal and the silver screen. Rae must decide whether to retreat and jeopardize what she and others have started performing or put herself out there to hold onto her new friends, take a second chance on love, and honor her father’s memory.

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Book Festival Books

Here are a few of the books that will be in attendance on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival. Books will consist of the following genres: Suspense, Thriller, Romantic-Thriller, Children’s, Self-Help, Poetry, Non-fiction, and more. Check out my home page here to get details about the attending authors, their books, and sponsors.

We hope to see you there.

Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Literacy and giving goes hand-in-hand, especially if you are giving the gift of literacy. There are so many ways that you can give the gift of literacy, such as: giving books or a kindle as gifts, having book readings, teaching others how to read, and developing a book festival with the goal of increasing individuals daily reading activities. Ways in which a book festival can do this is by spotlighting new and upcoming authors, supporting literary programs, and giving away books and other items for the encouragement of reading and writing.

The Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival does just that. The festival was developed with the intention of connecting readers and potential readers with authors and the books they write. The festival is also intended to connect writers/bloggers with the literary community to encourage them to continue to write and possibly become an author in the future.

If this sounds like a festival just for you, feel free to message me or contact me with the information listed on the flyer. We only have two more spots available.

22 Books and Counting

This year I released book number 22. My first book was published in 2010. You could say I published about 2 books a year. Of course there was a year or two that I went without publishing a book; however, I made up for it.

I am grateful that I have been able to continue to write and publish these literary works. Reading and writing has been a part of my life as far as I can remember. When I was around 8 years old, my aunt kept my sister and her children involved in reading and writing programs. We participated in Columbus Metropolitan Library’s reading program each year. We also often participated in another program, which we could read off our fines. Let me tell you, that’s one of the most powerful tools ever when it comes to literacy and helping kids to love reading. I absolutely love reading and writing.

Feel free to check out my 22 titles below:

  1. Dead Wrong- Romance/Thriller
  2. Poetic Outlets- Poetry
  3. All in Together Girl- Children’s
  4. My Poetic Soul Unleashed- Poetry
  5. Jacob: In the Mind of a Mad Man- Thriller
  6. The New Face of Disabilities- Self-help
  7. Journey to the Truth- Poetry
  8. The Book of Quotes- Quotes
  9. Sisters of the Shield- Fiction
  10. Mount Vernon Avenue- Creative Nonfiction
  11. PJ’s World- Children’s
  12. Naturals: The Paper People- Children’s
  13. Diversify Is Us- Young Adult
  14. Intimate Lies- Creative Non-fiction
  15. The Alphabet Monster- Children’s
  16. Renaissance of the Psyche- Poetry
  17. From 500 to Well Over 700: How to Save Big and Increase Your- Self-Help
  18. The Wanderlusts- Children’s
  19. Good Morning Amira- Children’s
  20. Tested- Dystopian
  21. Football Fumblina- Children’s
  22. Event Planning and Task Management Journal – Journal

Visit my shop to identify where to grab a copy.

Book Reviews

Hey good people,

I hope you are doing well and living your best lives, as Lil Duval and Snoop sings/rap in Smile. We all deserve to smile and live our best lives.

Speaking of smiling and living my best life, I have to give a shout out to anyone who has read and reviewed my books. You are appreciated. Reviews to authors is like a rapper finding a great beat to spit 16 bars on. We all know that a good beat only embellishes that, which is already outstanding.

The same can be said about a good review. A good review only embellishes that, which is already outstanding. The thing about a book is that there are a lot of amazing books not getting the reviews they deserve. This just means that people are reading these exceptional works, but not writing reviews or giving the book a global rating.

In supporting authors and their drive to create additional works or sign with a traditional publisher, I ask you to consider writing a review about a book you have read. Reviews give authors the support they need to gain support, funding, and resources they need to continue building their brand.

How to Turn Passion into Profit Part 2

Transitioning or setting yourself on a pathway to success can be very challenging. You have to give endless time and money into making your dream come true. Once that dream comes true, many people never see all the sacrifices you have made, the rejections you have heard, or the feeling of maxing out your credit cards to the point of no return. Well, there’s always a point of return and that’s called success or return on investment.

If you treated your life and your business like an investment, how much would you be willing to invest in yourself? I have been in the publishing industry for about 12 years now and you wouldn’t believe the amount of people who expect free things. From attending book festivals for free, wanting free publicity, to wanting free books. Now don’t get me wrong, free things are nice, but you often get what you pay for. It often makes me wonder how much are these individuals willing to invest in themselves. How much are these individuals willing to help build a community in which we reinvest in each other.

Years ago around 1920, during the times of Black Wall Street, it was said that the black dollar circulated within the community at least 36 times. Do you know how much we could build as a community if we reinvested in our own neighborhoods just by turning our passions into profit?

Well, I’m here to tell you investing and re-investing in yourself and your community can help you turn your passion into profit. Turning your passion into profit is about doing what you love and getting paid to do it. This could be in terms of public speaking, investing, writing books, or other ways in which people will pay you for your expertise.

What I want you to do is assess what you love to do and ask the following questions: Is this something I love? Can I make money from doing this? Have I been making money from this passion? What is holding me back from doing this full-time or part-time? Am I being realistic with myself?

Now I would never tell you to quit your job to pursue your passion. How else would you help fund your passion? I will say where there’s a will, there’s a way. You have to evaluate your goals, objectives, and determine what’s best for you.

Check out my latest book release coming soon. This book can assist you with organizing your passion and working toward bringing it to fruition.

Career and Writing Discussion at Otterbein University

As I prepare to present to a group of 1st year students, at Otterbein next week, I always ask myself, who am I? For a while I was stuck on this statement. Only thinking about who I actually am and not what I represent. The truth of the matter is what I represent is also a part of who I am. So when I think about this statement now…Who am I? Well, I’m a mother, author, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Artist, Event Planner, and Owner. And I love 💕 it! I am something and at the same time I am nothing. I am wise and at the same time I am foolish. I am certain and at the same time I am ambivalent. I am curious and at the same time I am uninterested. I am who I am, where I am, and when I need it most.

So next week, I have the pleasure of presenting career and #writing information to a group of collegiate students who are first year students at Otterbein. I love things like this because I am able to provide guidance to these individuals with the hope of helping them pursue their dreams and go after what they really want in life. No one said it would be easy; however, with hard work and determination, anything can happen. You just have to be willing to make it happen.

Welcome New Author Sarah Johnson to the Read to Lead/Write to Enlight Book Festival

Sarah Johnson is a new author from Indianapolis who has written a multi-genre book about finding strength in difficult times. She is a Christian author with a passion for sharing the Word of Christ. In her memoir “The Devil Inside Me: Finding Jesus in a Life of Struggle” she describes in detail her grueling 24-year battle with a medical condition called Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS), which she believes could’ve claimed her life had it not been for her relationship with God.

Sarah, who oversees accounts payable at an engineering firm, has a master’s degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and received her undergraduate degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University. She and her husband Jeff reside in the Indianapolis area with their three sons, Nathan, Charlie, and Will, and beloved dog Lucy. In addition to writing, Sarah volunteers as a seamstress for a local nonprofit and she enjoys gardening, hiking, baking and raising butterflies. Her interest in weather has led to becoming a professional storm chaser and photographer for Extreme Weather Videos (EWV) and SVL Media, LLC. Her video footage has earned recognition from the ABC television show Good Morning America (2017).

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