Friday, September 22, 2017

The Last Portrait



It was a week and a-half before Christmas. My daughter, Monique Nelson, had just finished having her annual holiday portrait taken with her two year old son, Jayden at a one-hour photo shop on Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento. After the photo-shoot, they stopped in at Fly Cuts & Styles barbershop next door, where Jayden often got his hair cut, to get gum from the 25¢ gumball machine and to say hi to the barbers before heading home. Just as Monique was buckling little Jayden into his car seat, what police described as “a massive firefight” broke out between two rival gangs who happened to also be at the barbershop. Monique instinctively draped her body over her baby to protect him. One bullet smashed through the window of her Chevy Tahoe and into her body.  

Six other people were injured in that maelstrom. Jayden survived. But Monique did not. She died in her baby’s lap. Six people were subsequently arrested and charged in Monique’s murder.  

I had recently taken a health-related, early retirement from a successful career as an elementary school principal. My three children had grown to be wonderful, independent young people with gifts and talents of their own. But immediately after Monique’s violent death, I found myself spiraling into the Black Hole of grief—an unimaginable place that too many American mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents and other family members, friends, and a lovers all too often find themselves. I thought I had a way out when I focused my energies on the task of raising the child of my child, which was Monique’s wish as expressed in her will. But that carpet of comfort was pulled out from under me when Jayden’s father appeared to reclaim the son he had not previously known—and won the custody court battle. The spiral into unabated heartache only deepened. And then my faith left me.

What do you do when the faith that you were brought up in does not hold up against the grief that is thrust upon you? When you feel abandoned by the very deity you’ve spent a lifetime worshiping? And you can no longer see your way to forgiveness, reconciliation, or even living? 

The Last Portrait: A Psalm for Monique is my answer to that question. It is my memoir, a story of life and love, love lost, and a mother’s desperate struggle to fight her way out of the Black Hole of grief and heartache. It is also a memorial to my daughter, Monique.






Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Holy Grail of Book Publishing


The Holy Grail of Book Launching (paperback)

also known as

The Holy Grail of Book Publishing (for Kindle)

by Mimi Emmanuel


100+ Five star reviews, nice LARGE size book (9.5 x 11 inches) and LARGE easy to read font, 362 pages.

5.0 out of 5 starsIf you buy just one book on self publishing (and Amazon Bestselling) I recommend you this one.
ByVassia Sarrion May 1, 2017
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

I am a book coach, and I have read all that there is on Amazon when it comes to book publishing. This is the only book that gives ALL this detailed information, step by step process, as well as a huge amount of resources that you could never find alone even if you tried for ages - and to be honest - not many other authors accept to share (or they don't know about). In addition to this, the author is very modest, she admits that if she had not all this help from her daughter and her launching team, she would not succeed an Amazon bestseller status. If you bought just one book on book publishing and promoting, I would strongly recommend this one. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bent Ink



Atlanta is hot and wet and it isn't the humidity. Come and play in Little Five Points Georgia as the tribe of friends and family witness changes that challenge everything they've protected and worked toward. 
Bentley (ATL Midtown series by Nichole Harris) was content. Right? Sure, he was a principle at an advancing tech company. The creator was his mentor and the culture of the company fit him perfectly. His predilection for ink and piercings meant nothing there. It allowed him to be back in Atlanta, close to his sister and not too damn close to his Mother in Augusta. His other family was dormant at the moment. Just like he liked it. Just as they should be. He had a great gym where he could train and spar. 

Hell he even had somewhat of a social life because of an embarrassing attempt to reconnect with an old girlfriend. He had made several friends in the city. Everything was settling out nicely. He went to a holiday party and just as quickly as a thunderstorm could darken the sky in June, Amy Brody turned his way. It was a beginning. If he managed not to be strung up by her brother and friends, it could be a beginning. He should run. He new he should, but he wouldn't, he couldn't. She already had a part of him he swore was dead.  

Amy-I had been damn near dead for over two years and out of nowhere this man appeared. I had no reason or right to trust him, but I did. I not only trusted him, I was mesmerized by him. He was a blond leopard with ice blue eyes that pierced me. William Bentley Carter III came to my tattoo shop and took me to coffee. Then he gave me my first sexual kiss in over two years. It was delivered with aggression and hunger. Given my past, how could I allow it? I drank it in like a starving inmate.




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Broken Branches



During Gran’s funeral, Megan is informed that her grandmothers’ death might not have been an accident. Are there ghosts moving things in the house? Her Gran thought maybe or it could be just old age. Do ghosts kill people?

In her grandmother’s will, Megan receives a valuable Irish Claddagh ring and her grandmother’s house. Megan starts to have visions of past events. Did she live in another time? 

Rescued by a stranger from a speeding car, Megan feels a timeless connection to her rescuer she can’t explain. Together, they try to solve the mysteries that surround her Gran’s death. Gran’s friend, Clarissa, is also murdered. Did she have answers someone didn’t want Megan to find out? Who can she trust?

Working with curious riddles left by Megan’s ancestors over one hundred and fifty years before, they follow clues leading to the discovery of a lost family treasure and a future they never dreamed of.






Monday, September 18, 2017

Angry Granny: Where's My Beaches



Angry Granny is back again, and in this adventure, her family takes her along on a vacation to the Emerald Beaches in Florida. Six months before, Granny had to move in with them because she couldn’t live alone any longer, but Granny, her son and daughter-in-law, and grandkids soon learned that the transition -and Granny’s hilarious behavior- would be a little challenging. 

In this second book, Granny’s sister, Fanny, invited them down to visit her on the beach. It was an exciting trip in a number of ways including Granny’s moving walkway mishap, her sitting on a “monster” sea turtle, and, of course, her continual inability to think before she speaks. Granny is known for enthusiastically calling almost anyone an a**hole. But, when her grandson thinks she might not live with them any longer, he realizes just how much he might miss her farting and snoring, and even her potty mouth.

This is the second book in the laugh-out-loud Angry Granny series. School age readers and their parents won’t want to miss joining the family on this comical beach get-a-way that has a powerful and deeper message about accepting change and embracing the love of family embedded within.





Sunday, September 17, 2017

The History Makers



By the time Spanish explorers reached the Americas, the Aztec Empire was one of the greatest in the world. The ancient priests would slaughter sacrifices, sometimes by the thousands, all under the claim that their gods needed blood to make the sun rise every day. What would have happened had this empire prevailed over the Spanish and survived to this day? How would its bloodthirsty theocracy fit in with our world? 

Myla is an upper-class teenager in modern-day Azteca, partying her days away with her friends and the man who has claimed her as his wife. On her seventeenth birthday, she is finally “enlightened” and told the truth: that the Priesthood is lying to everyone. Then, in an intriguing twist of fate, she finds herself in the hands of Azteca’s rebels and their leader, Tezca. 

Myla must now sort through all the lies she has been told her whole life and confront old secrets buried deep. Can she trust these people? Are they terrorists or revolutionaries? And will she join them to dismantle the theocracy and its lies?







Saturday, September 16, 2017

Warren's Finest



It's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets The Wolf of Wall Street with an amazing purpose. Danny Range’s dark and comical memoir tells the tale of how one teenage scholar became a thug addicted to multiple drugs and alcohol; how he defeated that addiction to become an author, businessman, motivational speaker, and his family’s first college graduate who used his comeback story to inspire the world.
From blood leaking from his face after an overdose to sharing tips on how to master a job interview. From hallucinating demons from his nightmares standing in front of him to screaming that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. The motivational speaking at the end of “Warren’s Finest” can lift you from your seat and leave you NO CHOICE but to chase your dreams...