Monthly Archives: June 2020

Mind Your Business: Crown Holders Master Class

Mind Your Business: Crown Holders Master Classes. Listen to the Crown Holders Conversation:

Featured Authors and Coaches

  • Connecting the Dots Life Coaching with Terri Martinez
  • Victoria Christopher Murray, Author, Editor and Co-founder of Brown Girls Books
  • Joylynn M. Ross, Literary Consultant & Publishing Coach at Path To Publishing

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Crown Holders Master Classes – EDC Creations has more than 15 years of golden content and I’m going to re-purpose it to bring some light and love to your newsfeed! Look for the Black and Gold to be inspired, educated and entertained.

We were always royalty and it’s time that people wake up, recognize and acknowledge the greatest we represent!


BAN Radio Show Sisterhood Showcase with Ella D. Curry

BAN Radio Show Sisterhood Showcase with Ella D. Curry

Listen the this amazing showcase of women leaders:

“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.” –Brené Brown.

Featured Authors and Expert Speakers:

  • Mary Honey B Morrison
  • Nina Foxx
  • Chalet Jean-Baptiste
  • Cheryl Lacey Donovan
  • Therez Fleetwood

BAN Radio Show offers a diverse group of international authors a chance to showcase their books to thousands readers weekly.

Hosted by Ella D. Curry of EDC Creations: More information in my comments on the speakers and their books/business.

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Authors You Should Know on Pinterest

Authors You Should Know on Pinterest

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Crown Holders Unplugged Series – Part 1

Catch up on the Crown Holders Unplugged Series on BAN Radio Show!

If you missed any of our latest BAN Radio Show interviews, you can listen to the replays today. Listed below are the featured authors from our online literary program.

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Join us on the Black Authors Network Radio Show (BAN Radio) in June and July with host Ella D. Curry to discuss your new business, books and any other adventures you want the world to know about.

The Black Authors Network Radio Show (BAN Radio) is a weekly online radio show that features authors, entrepreneurs, influencers and literary leaders twice per week to give the listeners a blast of knowledge, wisdom, and empowerment.

We are dedicated to promoting the advancement of multicultural, diverse genres of books in all aspects of business and social networking.

We welcome all new authors, community leasers and business owners to our radio show to showcase quality products, provide insightful information and to share in the power of our collective voice.


Meet LoLo Smith, Children’s Book Author

 LoLo Smith is a children’s book author on a mission to positively reshape the way children of color see themselves. As an elementary school teacher, she was dismayed with the lack of children’s books with characters of color on the market.

So she established Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT), with two other like-minded individuals. This 501(c)(3) tax exempt not-for-profit publishes books by, about and for African Americans to address the lack of diversity in books.  “I’m filling diversity gaps in children’s literature and doing my part to normalize the appearance of African American and Hispanic girls and boys in books,” she says.   

LoLo has written 10 books for children. Her books feature anime characters, American Girl dolls, superheroes and even dogs! She writes on topics such as kindness, bullying, community workers, and the COIVD-19 pandemic.  She has taken her commitment a step further by developing a literacy program, Living Storybook, through which she re-issues her original books with photos of African American and Hispanic children that participate in DTWT’s after-school and summer programs.

“When children see photos of themselves in a book, it becomes a powerful incentive for them to read,” she says. LoLo Smith is pleased to announce the release of the following books which are available for purchase at

I Know My Community Workers by LoLo Smith   

This picture book exposes young children to 17 different occupations, some of which they may not have considered for themselves such as being a chef, astronaut, or politician. Many are playing important roles during the COVID-19 pandemic such as the doctor, nurse, teacher, grocer, chef, construction worker, fire fighter, police officer, train engineers and the mayor.  

The 4 pages of JUST FOR FUN facts are a very creative way for parents to determine if their child understands the information in the book. Beautifully produced books like this will get the children off the internet. 

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VIDEO:  I Know My Community Workers by LoLo Smith 

For children age 4-7.  Teaches young children the titles, tools and workplaces of community workers and encourages them to set career goals. Four pages of activity sheets are available to delight and excite the children. Watch the Living Storybook Program:

Community Workers & COVID-19 by LoLo Smith
(A Children’s Book About Coronavirus)   

Looking for an engaging book to teach children about the coronavirus and explain what community workers do? This is it! In Community Workers & COVID-19, kids are introduced to a special town called Share-A-Lot where a doctor, nurse, teacher, construction worker, grocer, chef, emergency medical technician (EMT), police officer, and a mayor all work together to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Throughout this engaging story, children will learn about the role each community worker plays in the town while learning the virtue of sharing. From the teacher who reminds students to wash their hands, to the research doctor working on a vaccine for COVID-19, to the grocer and chef providing nutritious fresh food and vegetables to keep the body healthy, each worker plays an essential role in the town and they are all happy to do their jobs to help the community get through a difficult time. But what happens when the mayor decides to offer a special prize to the most essential worker in town?

How will they ever decide who plays the most essential role? You’ll have to read to find out. By the end of the book, children will have a greater understanding of how each community worker helps combat coronavirus pandemic and a newfound appreciation for the community workers keeping them safe in their own community. 

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Max & Bo: Two Dogs On The Go by LoLo Smith   

Meet Max and Bo, two fun-loving dogs that like to celebrate the holidays including New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Young children will enjoy seeing the illustrations of the dogs in their different hats, ties and costumes.

This is a delightful book with rhymes on every page to engage young kids. JUST FOR FUN facts help parents determine if their child remembers the information in the book. But it is not all fun and games for Max and Bo.

At the end of the book, they are shown in face masks. This illustration can be used as a springboard for parents to discuss COVID-19 with young children. Max and Bo are in face masks since it’s not too much to ask, to help prevent COVID-19, and avoid being in quarantine!  

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Island Mindfulness by Janet Autherine

Island Mindfulness: How to Use the Transformational Power of Mindfulness to Live an Abundant Life by Janet Autherine


Island Mindfulness creates a path for transformation through self-empowerment, meaningful relationships, spiritual fulfillment and the creation of a purposeful life. Who you become and how you experience the world is a result of how you see everything that exists around you. When mindfulness is practiced, the mind has the ability to ride the waves of life and find calm in the midst of all the sun, wind, and rain that we encounter on our unpredictable journey.

Janet invites you to slow your pace, and in the spirit of the islands, mindfully and intentionally embark on a journey to nourish your mind, body and soul. Her “island mindfulness” journey is filled with heartfelt stories of navigating love, marriage and divorce, adjusting your sail in the face of financial and career challenges, and having an Irie time raising children.

EXCERPT – Honoring our Roots: The Strength of a Woman

I was raised by strong Jamaican women, strong because of the circumstance of their birth. They carried water on their heads, farmed the land, raised their babies and the children of others in the community; they worked as many jobs as they could get to make ends meet; they kneeled down to dig yam and climbed trees to pick mango and breadfruit. They didn’t have time to be vulnerable. If they cried, the tears were quickly dried because there was work to do.

Children had to be resilient and disciplined because there was no time to coddle anyone, no time to give time-outs or talk through “feelings.” Their men were often undisciplined; they could be relied on to work and fix things but they laid their hats at several homes. Point being, you were raised to be tough, to rely on yourself and to solve problems, instead of crying over them. Reflecting on their journey, I wrote this poem.

Strong. Black. Woman

Hold on to a shred of dignity.
Scream inside.
Let the tears fall behind closed doors.
You are your mama’s child
and she is a proud black woman.

She would be disappointed
if she knew that your heart breaks so easily.
That you blow in the wind
when she raised you to be strong.

Strong. Black. Woman.
Each word is non-negotiable,
so swallow hard,
steady yourself,
and carry on.

I have never enjoyed being referred to as “strong” because it felt like that praise just took away my ability to show any signs of weakness or vulnerability. Many women are strong because they have had to gird their waists and sharpen their edges to survive. Sometimes, the person praising them for being strong was the one causing the challenges. Vulnerability should be a right because it is an intricate part of our humanity, but for many, it was and is a privilege.

Many of us have mothers and grandmothers who have had to sacrifice so that we can be vulnerable, so that we can have a voice in this world. These women are our roots. Speak their names often. Learn their stories even though they may appear to be secretive. That generation believed that what happened in the house stays in the house, and that their lives may not be significant enough to write about.

Don’t make a fuss but stay close and listen and absorb the bits of wisdom that you will receive. For those that have passed, remember their names and speak their names to children and grandchildren. Mention their names with gratitude in your daily prayer or meditation.

Most importantly, gift yourself with the vulnerability and self-care that many of our ancestors could not. I recognize that my ancestors of Caribbean and African descent have already paved the way for me to live an abundant life. The same holds true for you. Remember their stories as you embark on a mindful journey to an abundant life.

( Continued… )

All rights reserved. Copyright ©2020. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Janet Autherine. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

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About the Author
Janet Autherine
has a heart for storytelling and youth and women’s empowerment. She uses her extraordinary journey from a struggling Jamaican immigrant to a respected attorney, author and administrative law judge to inspire others to embrace their unique journey.

Janet is the author of Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters (youth), and Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul (poetry).

In her latest book, Island Mindfulness: How to Use the Transformational Power of Mindfulness to Live an Abundant Life, Janet invites you to slow your pace, and in the spirit of the islands, mindfully and intentionally embark on a journey to nourish your mind, body and soul.

Her “island mindfulness” journey is filled with heartfelt stories of navigating love, marriage and divorce, adjusting your sail in the face of financial and career challenges, and having an “Irie” time raising children. Her books are available on Amazon.

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Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us by D. Michele Jackson

Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us by D. Michele Jackson, Book One of The Travels to the Promise Trilogy

How do you trust God will never fail you?

Lyrical and poetically-charged, “Amazing Grace” is a memoir of love, loss, and rebirth. As a farewell of sorts,

D. Michele Jackson, an only child, writes about how her life is forever changed after her mother’s death. A woman of great faith, D. Michele knew firsthand the power of prayer to overcome trials and tribulations. D. Michele always turned to God; she would pray, and God would answer. Nearly every prayer was responded to until one prayer—a prayer that wasn’t answered—led her to have a deeper, more meaningful take on things. With this new relationship, one with more give and less take, one where prayers aren’t answered, D. Michele discovers that the Lord has a plan and a path for her.

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Book Reviews: Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us

Midwest Book Review
Faith is simply a powerful thing. “Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us” presents Donna’s story of how her faith carried her through a dark time in her life and allowed her to move on after the devastating loss of her mother. Hoping to inspire faith and bringing light to Jesus’ greatest gift, “Amazing Grace” is worth the read for those going through a rough time themselves.

Praise from Grateful Readers

Carol Franklin says, “I received your book on Saturday and could not put it down…I just want to say thank you, and GOD has done great work through you.”

Carol Jones says, “We all have a gift given from God, and sometimes life has to take unforeseen turns before we realize our true talents…Donna, a registered nurse by trade, has, through an unforeseen turn, came across her GIFT. She has written and published a story that only she could.”

Val Parker says, “I can’t put this book down. It is so good with so many memories; it made me cry…excellent job…”

Retha Mae Farley says, “Wow. What a great book. I’m at a loss for words. You did a really good job. I know this is the beginning for you.”

Alberta Herde, RN, says, “I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book…I never experienced someone so in love with their mom and able to put it in writing. I never read anything like it before. It’s just beautiful… God bless.”

Zach Myers says, “This book is an inspiring story of a girl growing up in Philadelphia, PA, with her mother, who was her Rock and foundation in finding a strong bond with Christ. This book shows how in keeping Christ first, all things are possible. It takes you through how people can live with little and believe in Jesus and have so much; how if you put God first, He will make a change in your life. Mommie was a living angel who guided this young lady through the path of life, showing her the way to Jesus without pushing her.

If you love Jesus, this book will show you the faith you seldom see. It will inspire you to want to know Jesus more and want to become closer to Him. If you don’t know Jesus, this book will show you the love of Christ and how He can impact and change your life. This book reminded me or the relationship I had with my mother and how I coped with her passing and reiterated Jesus can and will see you through anything and everything, it shows Jesus is the light and the way to life and living.

Thanks for this production Donna, the book was an enjoyable read, and I am looking for more literature from you (the Writer) in the future! Highly recommended!”

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Rhythm Bay Love by Patricia A. Bridewell

Rhythm Bay Love by Patricia A. Bridewell

Antoine Bailey AKA DJ Ant is one of the wealthy heirs to his father’s prominent real estate business. He enjoys his wealth, but life is not perfect. Antoine is ready to move past the drama of his family issues, and ex-girlfriend’s infidelity. Relocation from the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles for a new position is a godsend. Within a year, DJ Ant’s ratings are over the top, and he’s one of the most popular DJs on the West Coast. Disputes with Jada Carson, a co-worker, becomes a challenge. Even more challenging is their conflict transitions into an attraction that he can’t resist.

Jada Carson’s life has not been easy. Thrust into the parenting role of teenage sisters, at age twenty-two she’s the head of household. Ten years later, she is the Traffic Director at a radio station where she did her college internship. After her love-life dives, so does her trust in men. Then along comes Antoine, who becomes the nail in her side. But he’s oh, so gorgeous. Although she’s attracted to him, she dismisses the notion of a relationship because she doesn’t want any part of that arrogant man. When Cupid steps in, a romance between Antoine and Jada ignites.

Will Jada and Antoine survive the turmoil that hovers over their blossoming love? Only God knows the answer.

Listen to a reading from Rhythm Bay Love:

Rhythm Bay Love Excerpt

Chapter 2

JADA — Friday

TWENTY MINUTES LATER – Rapping on the radio station’s main studio window with a pen, Jada squinted. “Open the door,” she said in a tone one notch below a scream.

A cocky grin swiped Antoine Bailey’s mouth. He flat-out annoyed Jada, which was irritating. He lifted one hand with a scribbled note. FIVE MINUTES. Jada quickly jotted a note and pushed it against the window. NO!! NOW! He shook his head and swiveled the chair around to the microphone. Who does he think he is?

She shot the back of his head a daggered stare and watched him rock back and forth to the music, flinging both arms in the air like he was having muscle spasms. He just didn’t know. If she could do anything except go inside the studio and deal with his stuck-up egotistical attitude, she would. She huffed a long sigh. “Go ahead. Just keep ignoring me,” Jada said as if he could hear through thick glass windows and blaring music.

The door to Studio Two opened, and DJ Rocky Lopez exited. “Hey, how you doin’?”

“Oh, I’m okay. Trying to get in there.”

“You can’t get in?” he twisted the doorknob. “It’s locked. Looks like he’s busy.”

“I guess I’ll wait a while longer.”

“Yo’, hit him up on the red line. If it’s work-related, he shoulda let you in to see what you wanted.” DJ Rocky attempted to twist the knob again. Antoine wasn’t giving either of them a first or second thought. “Good luck.”

“I’m not worried, but thanks a lot.” She appreciated DJ Rocky’s advice, but she would not be the cause of any commotion. DJ Rocky already had a beef with Antoine and management about switching Antoine from nights to his dayshift.

Perched against the studio wall that was encased with glass windows, Jada tapped one foot, watched Antoine from the back, and waited for what seemed like forever to get his attention again. “Five Minutes? That’s what he said fifteen minutes ago,” she mumbled under her breath.

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Basketball & Ballet (California Love Book 2) by Suzette D. Harrison

Basketball & Ballet (California Love Book 2) by Suzette D. Harrison
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When the dance and the game are done, is there room for love?

Yazmeen Williams is a busy woman. The former professional dancer is a Church Administrative Assistant by day and the mother of three-year old twin boys, always. What she isn’t, is interested in love thanks to a monster of an ex-husband who’s a danger to the well-being of her children. When retired NBA player Tavares Alvarez enters her life looking “utterly orgasmic,” that disinterest is severely challenged as is her hold on celibacy. But he’ll need to gain her trust, or her phone number first. With Yazmeen, neither will come easily.

Tavares has had zero relationships, but more than his share of women. Now that he’s born-again, he’s no longer focused on the opposite sex. His attention is devoted to his five-year old daughter and being a venture capitalist. Meeting Yazmeen proves a delicious disruption. The attraction is instant, but clearly she’s disinterested. Tavares will need to work to secure her affection despite the drama caused by his unhinged “Baby Mama.”

Dive into this faith-filled, but sexy romance that will leave you rooting for Yazmeen and Tavares, laughing at their antics, and gasping at the actions of their questionably sane exes.

Basketball & Ballet (California Love Book 2) by Suzette Harrison
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About the Author
Suzette D. Harrison
, a native Californian and the middle of three daughters, grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Her literary “career” began in junior high school with the publishing of her poetry. While Mrs. Harrison pays homage to Alex Haley, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Toni Morrison as literary legends who inspired her creativity, it was Dr. Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings that unleashed her writing. Literally.

Not only is Harrison a multi-award-winning author, but she is an avid reader as well. “I’ve strayed away from the practice, but years ago I made a concerted effort to always read a book from the Harlem Renaissance writers every time I read a contemporary piece of fiction. It was my way of reaching back and balancing my literary indulgences.”

Indulging her literary sweet tooth with works from her favorite authors Dianne McKinney Whetstone, Bernice McFadden, J.D. Mason, and Guy Johnson to name a few, Harrison is quick to proclaim McFadden’s Sugar as her all-time, absolute favorite novel.

In addition to writing, Suzette’s career has afforded her opportunities to share her gifts through public speaking, as well as author-mentoring. A wife and mother who holds a culinary degree in Pastry & Baking, Suzette is currently cooking up her next novel…in between batches of cookies.

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King, Duke, and Prince by Sheryl Grace

King, Duke, and Prince by Sheryl Grace
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Three Brothers, Three Mothers, One Father and whole lot of drama!
“Charge it to the game cause everybody’s trying to score.”

Ten years ago, James Miller walked out of prison vowing to leave the past behind. That past included his sons and their mothers and though he told himself that he would return, he never did. Now, he has a new name, a new family, a new career and a best-selling memoir. Meanwhile, the sons he left behind navigated their way to manhood while dealing with the questionable choices of their mothers.

King relies on his looks, charm, and sexual prowess as he methodically plans to find the next successful woman to support his lavish lifestyle. Simply because he works only when he feels like it. When he finds the one, it is not business as usual. But will he reexamine his trifling ways when it nearly causes him to lose those he loves the most?

Darius has a penchant for pursuing the wrong women. However, his mind for business manages to keep him afloat despite his challenges to keep his emotions intact. Working for a stepfather he despises only builds resentment between he and his mother. What happens when the worlds of the two men collide unexpectedly, causing all to question their love and loyalty to one another?

Prince is awkward and highly intelligent. His hard-working mother is thrilled beyond measure upon receiving the news that her son has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. But Prince’s world is shattered by someone he and his mother trusted dearly. The secret is killing him. What will happen when the secret is exposed?

The sons do not know they are brothers but when they find out, they are determined to make James pay the price for leaving them behind.

Excerpt from Chapter 6 of King, Duke, and Prince

“Well King, what about that blonde chick at the end of the bar?” Darius asked.

“She keeps looking this way,” King looked briefly without appearing impressed. Her sequined, tank top and black, faux-leather, mini skirt was nice without being over the top. She continuously stroked and shifted her super- straight hair which fell just inches above her waistline. She flashed several, bright, alluring smiles from her crimson painted lips in King and Darius’s direction.

“Man, she looking for an athlete and we are not…I could pretend but I’m not in the mood” King said as Darius laughed. Again, Darius always got a chuckled out of King’s reasoning.

“Besides, I have decided that contestant number three is the winner.” King said with a mischievous smile as he shifted his glance back to the professional, well-coifed lady in the booth to signal Darius to look her way as well.

“Watch this brother work!” King said as he took a final swig from his beer and headed in that direction. He suddenly stopped short of heading that way when he noticed her waitress was now at the end of the bar. King beckoned for the young lady and proceeded to ask what contestant number three had ordered to drink.

“Oh, a Long Island Ice Tea,” she responded.

“Cool. Look. Put it on my tab, and let her know that I am paying” King directed.

“No problem, Sir. Will do,” the young lady said as she sauntered back to the booth.

“Imma wait a fewww minutes before heading that way.” King said in his signature cool and self- assured tone. Darius only laughed.

“Man, you need to be taking notes, so you can get that damn Porsha off your mind and in your bed,” King snapped back as he flashed a mischievous grin.

King and Darius watched in anticipation as the waitress delivered the Long Island ice tea and conveyed the message. The woman looked in King’s direction and nodded her head gracefully to indicate her gratitude as she placed her drink on the table. She took a few sips and looked down at her computer.

King strategically waited about 15 minutes before he casually strolled in her direction. By this time, the young woman was immersed in her computer, but she was suddenly consumed upon raising her eyes by an intoxicating cologne, and the pace of her heart suddenly increased as she took in this tall, broad-chest, dark-bronzed figure in front of her. Of course, she recognized him as the one who bought her drink, and she planned to make her way over to the bar, eventually; nevertheless, seeing him up close rendered her speechless, temporarily.

“Hi, I just came over to introduce myself. My name is King,” He said as he held out his tone, muscular arm in her direction to shake her hand. Still under his allure, she did manage to reach out her hand to shake his.

“Nice to meet you. I’m Lauren” she stated.

“Thank you again for the drink,” she said politely while looking intensely at his eyes.

“You are welcomed, Beautiful” He said with a deep voice resounding in her soul and making her tingle inside although she tried all she could not to show it. He followed up with the sexiest smile she had ever seen. This is one tall glass of chocolate milk better yet Kahlua.

“Do you mind if I sit for a few minutes?” he asked. “No. No. Not at all,” she responded while trying to contain her lust.

“I see that you are busy, and I promise not to take up a lot of your time. I just wanted to meet you,” King said with every bit of his voice dripping with honey and chocolate. Darius could not hear the conversation, but he was well aware of King’s methods.

Meanwhile, the blonde chick decided to place herself in the seat left vacant by King. Darius did not pay her any attention. His thoughts shifted between watching King score, thinking about the possibility of Porsha, and thinking about getting together with Shandreka after she gets off the pole. Truthfully, he was trying to get his thoughts together. He may not like the stuff King does, but he always seemed to have more confidence in Darius than he had in himself. Then again, Darius had more confidence in King than King had in himself when it came to taking on responsibilities.

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Sheryl Grace is a contemporary fiction author and award-winning radio host of the internet radio show, The Authors Lounge. Her two novels, He Calls her Blue and King, Duke, and Prince are currently available at and Amazon. As a radio host, she has interviewed over 200 authors representing all genres. With the launch of SURA Literary Life Magazine, more authors and creatives will have the opportunity to shine.


SURA Literary Life Magazine

SURA (Savvy. Uniquely. Relevant. Authors.)
Swahili word for chapter, feature, or expression.

SURA Literary Life Magazine is the premier magazine for promoting literary artists and other creatives. Although our primary focus is authors, we also highlight others in the creative community including but not limited to filmmakers, poets, artists, and screenwriters.

In addition to feature stories on authors of all genres, SURA also features book reviews, book excerpts, and poetry. SURA is is a resource for writing tips and advertising literary events.

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About the Publisher
Sheryl Grace
is a contemporary fiction author and award-winning radio host of the internet radio show, “The Authors Lounge”. As a radio host, she has interviewed over 200 authors representing all genres. With the launch of SURA Literary Life Magazine, more authors and creatives will have the opportunity to shine.


Anthony: Unshackled by Joan Vassar

Anthony: Unshackled by Joan Vassar

Anthony: Unshackled is a gripping tale of redemption, love and liberty. Join Joan Vassar, Black and the men on yet another nail biting, heart-pounding journey.

Joan Vassar’s captivating Black series picks up on the gritty streets of New York City during the height of the Civil War. Anthony, mired in pain and still reeling from the death of his best friend, travels to Manhattan on an errand for the legendary Black. Once the task is complete, he finds himself at a brothel specializing in dark women.

When circumstances lead Anthony to steal a young woman from the infamous Hen House, he forever changes the course of his life and the lives of the people of Fort Independence. Fresh out of options, Anthony is forced to seek assistance to right the wrongs his actions have caused. Black comes to his aid and the men ride out to keep peril away from the fort.

Intimate Conversation with Joan Vassar

Joan graduated from the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in NYC, which heightened interest in journalism. She has always had the in-depth ability to astutely relate, interpret and bring words to life. Joan works as a software analyst by day, but her true passion is storytelling. She enjoys writing narratives that bring to life the African American experience both past and present.

Joan is the author of Introduction to Love and Self and the Black Series, which are her latest publications.

“I love to hear from my readers. When a man tells me that my character made him feel a heightened sense of pride, or a woman shares with me that she enjoyed the romance rarely seen among African Americans in literature, I know I’ve done my characters justice.”

Joan currently resides in Georgia and is happily weaving great tales.

BPM: Please share something our readers wouldn’t know about you.
I love Gangsta Rap–it’s me.

BPM: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Writing is ME.

BPM: Is writing your full-time career? How much time do you spend writing?
I am a software analyst and writer–I do both jobs full time. I devote 4 hours daily to writing and all day on the weekends. I never write at night.

BPM: Tell us about your first time being a featured author at the National Book Club Conference.
I was featured at the National Book Club Conference July 2019. It was a wonderful experience connecting with readers. Seeing black artists being celebrated was music to my soul.

BPM: Tell us about your historical novels and the main characters. Available on Nook and Kindle?
The Black Series is a historical fiction/romance piece that takes place just before the American Civil War. The main character in book one is the fictional son of Nat Turner. The novels Black, Elbert: The Uncaged Mind, Emancipating James and newly releases, Anthony: Unshackled, are available on Kindle and in paperback.

BPM: What topics are discussed?
In the Black Series I attempt to personalize the stories of black folks living during the 1860’s. I unapologetically love black men and try to show it in my work. I explore black family, black love and black orgasm with no shame.

BPM: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author?
I don’t want to write a story that belittles or tears Black people down.

BPM: Introduce us to your most recent work in the 4-book BLACK series.
Anthony Unshackled is book 4 in the Black Series. It is a story that showcases black thought, black family, black love, and black strength. All of my books are available on Amazon.

The Black Series is filled with Sexy Black Men in Love with Sexy Black Women

Black shares the appealing tale of a passionate love between a man and a woman bound together to change their destiny.

Elbert: The Uncaged Mind is a passionate story of love and healing despite the ugly backdrop of slavery.

Emancipating James reveals the complicated facets of the human soul exposed against the backdrops of Civil War, slavery, and romance.

Anthony: Unshackled is a gripping tale of redemption, love and liberty. Join Joan Vassar, Black and the men on yet another nail biting, heart-pounding journey.

BPM: Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
I considered ending the series with Book 3–I’m glad I listened to my readers.

BPM: Give us some insight into your main characters or speakers. What makes each one so special?
This series offers a look at black people that is rarely shown in books, TV or movies.

BPM: Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart?
Black holds a special place in my heart because he makes all the other characters come to life.

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Explore Books by Karen Sloan-Brown

Short Cut by Karen Sloan-Brown

Ernest was the owner and head barber at the King Cut Barber Shop. He could cut out the likeness of Barack Obama, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X with the words ‘By Any Means Necessary’ onto a client’s scalp with his straight-razor that would rival any accomplished artist. He’d done all right for himself and his family with a successful business on a rough corner in the hood, except he wanted more.

All he needed was a loan to make his dream of In Ernest Gentlemen’s Spa come true. When the bank said no, Eva, the attractive wife of Pinnacle Financial president, said yes. Giving Ernest more than he bargained for, his dream turned to a nightmare. When the volatile cocktail of passion, jealousy, and money are mixed together somebody is bound to end up dead.

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Daniel, Luke, and John by Karen Sloan-Brown

The only thing Luke was sure of was that he didn’t want to be like his father, John. Raised on a one-way ghetto street in North Philly the odds weren’t in his favor. Nothing special had ever happened to him until he met Ruthie on the day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. When Ruthie got pregnant, he finally had something to live for. Even being drafted into Vietnam wasn’t about to take that away from him.

Back home Ruthie did hair to help make ends meet and developed a cream that made kinky hair curly. Together she and Luke built a successful cosmetic company. Luke’s dream was to pass it on to his son, Daniel. Except Daniel doesn’t want it, he wants to box and be the next Mike Tyson. This is a story of love, loss, success, disappointment, redemption, and acceptance.

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About the Author
Dr. Karen Sloan-Brown
grew up in Philadelphia, the daughter of a Civil Rights Activist. A scientist with a love of history, she earned her Bachelor of Chemistry, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees at Tennessee State University. She is currently employed at Meharry Medical College.

She is the author of Reflection: What a Difference a Day Makes, What About 100 Years? She has authored The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings, A New Season, Searching for Everland, Daniel Luke, and John, and four other novels. She lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Deceitful Secrets by Letrise Carter

Deceitful Secrets by Letrise Carter

Meet Devin. He’s handsome, successful and has a beautiful wife, who is equally accomplished. Devin’s lifestyle is one any man would dream of but he’s not content. He has an appetite for women that his wife alone cannot curb. But soon, his playboy antics has him buried deep in a blackmail scandal and the only person who can fix it, is the one person who can destroy his life.

Taylor couldn’t ask for anything more. She has a wonderful life. From the outside, all seems perfect but Taylor is harboring a secret that could end her marriage… and his name is Kelly.

Kelly works for the family business with his brother Devin. As the older brother, Kelly has become accustomed to cleaning up Devin’s messes. But Devin’s latest scandal has Kelly torn between his love for Taylor and his loyalty for his brother.

Deceitful Secrets takes you on an emotional journey as you enter the minds and hearts of Devin, Taylor and Kelly.

Book Excerpt from Deceitful Secrets by Letrise Carter

The alarm goes off at 6 a.m. I hit snooze for ten more minutes. I see my husband Devin does not move. I know he heard that alarm clock going off because he just rolls over and pulls the comforter over his head. I lie here, thinking of messing with him, but change my mind. We had a gorgeous night last night of passionate lovemaking.

Besides, I cannot be late for work this morning. I have way too much to do at the office. I roll over and look at the clock; it seems like time is just standing still, for its only 6:05 a.m. So, I guess I will just get up. I reach over to turn the snooze off and get out of bed. I could leave it on. Maybe then Devin will be forced to get his tail out of bed.

I walk into our huge master bathroom, which any woman could live in for days, with a separate Jacuzzi tub equipped with the best vibrating, relaxing, high power turbo jets one could dream of. Let us not forget the shower with not one but two shower heads facing opposite walls. You can just stand there and let the hot water hit your body in all the right spots. I look back towards the bed, no movement from my husband. I gave it to him so good last night that I knocked him right out. I pat myself on the back with big smile for a job well done. I am going to have to tell him about this powerful knock-out sex when he wakes up. I wash my hands before I get into my morning routine of brushing my teeth and washing my caramel face.

Afterwards, I reach over to turn the shower on, still no Devin. He does not even moan with the shower going. Usually when I turn the water on, he comes right in to join me in the shower. This man cannot still be that sound asleep. So, I shower and take my time, hoping that Devin will wake up to the running water and join me. Hell, I have been in here for fifteen minutes and my husband does not make his way out of that bed. I reach over to turn the shower off and wrap myself in towel. I walk out of the master bathroom only to see Devin still asleep.

This man is so sexy while he sleeps that it makes you want to run over and mount him like the sexy stallion he is. I mean, he is light-skinned, with goatee and six-pack abs, standing 6’4 with that fine baby hair every woman desire. He is built right in all the right places. I think to myself, Damn, I did good. But I got to stop before I make myself late and him too. Lord have mercy on my mind this morning but thank you for my husband. I do feel blessed to have him and will do everything to keep him.

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The Trilogy – Contempt, Reasons & Sabotage by Becky DeWitt

The Contempt Series
 including sequels Reasons and Sabotage, is a  maze of mystery with twists and turns that will keep the readers on the edge. The character connections involve murder, suicide, deception, deliverance and salvation. The series is filled with the questions who, what, when, where and how. All three are available on Kindle.  

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Contempt: Lies Deceit and the Miracles by Becky DeWitt 

Contempt is the riveting journey through deceit, death, and betrayal which was a way of life. It is the journey of the twists and turns of life, taking toil, leaving one in devastation. Only the arrival of a miracle just in time changes everything. Nothing just happens. Becky DeWitt leads the readers through a maze of mystery and intrigue capturing ones’ fascination.   

Reason by Becky DeWitt 

Who is that girl? The intrigue continues the lives of Tristan, Arianna and Takeshi are exposed in the web of many secrets from their past through their children. Reasons answers the many questions of who, what, when, where and why that were left unanswered at the ending of Contempt. The truth is embedded in every page as the reader attempts to find the conclusion of this story. Contempt lured and captivated readers into a world of a thought-provoking drama. Becky DeWitt has responded to the unanswered questions of the destiny of many lives from Contempt with the sequel, Reasons. Is this really the end?   

Sabotage: The Final Chapter by Becky DeWitt

SABOTAGE, The Final Chapter pieces together the dark side of Tristan, Arianna and Takeshi’s lifestyle of murder, intrigue, contempt and lies, while experiencing God’s mercy, grace, eye-opening revelation and truth. The readers who have followed the drama in the previous books, Contempt and Reasons, will experience the conclusion in the maze of mystery that captured their attention. The story ends with answers to the many questions about the life of each character and their unfolding destinies. Your heart will skip a beat as you discover the answers to the truth.   

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Book Reviews for Contempt, Reasons and Sabotage  

Becky DeWitt is a prolific writer. Hear stories are riveting, challenging and written with depth. You cannot help but to scream, shout and venture to read the complete book in a day. “Contempt” takes you on the journey of a complicated relationship of love, lies and miracles. You really have to keep up with the main characters, because you will not BELEIVE the family dynamics! And, OMG…the “underworld” scenes that Becky takes you on is unbelievable. Who is this Author is my question? #getthebook —  Dr. Cheryl Hill  

I wanted to take the opportunity to share that the book Contempt is an amazing book. It is well written by the author Becky DeWitt as she bought the characters to life and kept us on a journey of so many different emotions.  I am excited for the author and this amazing book and I can’t wait to read more from this author. Amazing job with this     book! 
—  Suzette Salandy  

As a Christian Author, Becky Dewitt displays in this series a spell binding way to remember that Jesus is still on the throne. The twist and turns that each character  displays, takes you on each journey with them. When you think you have figured out what may happen next, you are mistaken, because you are taken in a new direction that enthralls your sense of suspense, and you are left saying “Nooo!! it did not go the way I was thinking.” When I finished each book, I was ready for more intrigue and suspense. Even with the last book, I am ready for another journey into the lives of each of the  characters. Becky Dewitt is an awesome writer who leaves you wanting more of the Intrigue and mystery of her books. 
—  Elder Christine Mayers, “AKA” The Professor”  

Each part of the “CONTEMPT” series is more riveting than the last!! Phenomenal Exciting! Edge of your seat SUSPENSE and GRIPPING anticipation of the NEXT unveiling of the family power struggle! Romance! Intriguing plot twists! Shocking family secrets! Such an exciting element of surprises in the story line. Each character peaks your interest in their role   behind the deceptions, lies and dangerous, risk-taking schemes. I could NOT put these books down!!! —  Melinda Grayson  

From the first page of Contempt straight through until the final chapter of Sabotage, the author Becky DeWitt takes the reader on a suspense filled international thrill ride.    Through the lives of Arianna, Tristan, and Takeshi, thi well crafted narrative tke the reader through a myriad of secrets, lie, murders and intrigue that grows into a  multigenerational enigma that is saturated in evidence of God’s grace and mercy. Can the truth be found and will it be welcomed despite Contempt, Reasons, and Sabotage all within a family? You’ve got to read this series to the very end. —  Viola D. Lawrence Carr 

Chapter Excerpt from CONTEMPT 

Just like years before, the limo was running late. She kept pacing and looked at her watch. She knew that she had to make it to the airport on time. This was one time that she could not afford to be late for a flight. Her life depended on it. She stood at the door with her eyes closed and pleading on the inside, ‘please God let them be on time, I can’t be late for this one.’ She heard the car in the driveway and immediately opened the door to run out.

For one instance, she turned to look back and continued to run. This time she was leaving it all. The money, the wealth, the position and the husband, all of it she just had to have. It was over. Arianna knew that if she did not make this move to step through the open door. She would be left behind to a life that would spiral out of control and take her to places that she could never imagine or even wanted to think about. The driver opened the door to help her with the luggage, she held up her hand to stop him. She opened the door for herself and threw the luggage on the back seat. “LAX and quickly,” said Arianna frantically. 

“I’m sorry that I am late Ma’am,” replied the driver. “I have never been in this neighborhood before.” 

“It’s ok,” said Arianna. “Just get me there at least an hour before the flight takes off. Tell you what; if you can get me there I’ll throw in an extra $250 tip.” 

“Yes Ma’am,” said the driver. He was going to make that money today he thought to himself. Speeding down the freeway, she looked out of the window at the skyline of the city. This was it she was never coming back or even thinking about it. She had made a mistake and she just needed to admit it to herself. What was she thinking? She did it, and he was not the right one. She never even did her homework. She took the shortcut. Fast, fly, and easy.

Her mother warned her about that. She would always say, “Honey do the research, do the homework and that will tell you what is hidden.” She just looked on the outside, what he had and how good he looked. Never even imagined what his life was all about. Some days she could not even breathe because of the fear. As soon as she thought about it, that night would enter into her mind. She would relive it over and over. She did not even know how she got there or what happened to cause his anger to explode to that extent.

She began to question herself about herself. Sitting in the back seat, she was shaking her head. Not today. Not today. Today is my day of freedom from the past. When the driver opened the door, and she put her feet on the ground, she felt something on the inside. She did not understand, but she felt something and it was not fear.

Entering into the terminal, passing through the security checkpoint and arriving at the gate seemed like a whirlwind. It all happened so fast. As soon as she walked to the gate, they were calling for seating. She continued walking down the walkway. It all seemed like a stroll into the future. He would never see her again, ever.    

Chapter Excerpt from REASONS 

It had been a couple of years since Takeshi received Tarou’s letter informing him that the child that he had with Arianna was alive. Tarou’s cruel intention had taken its toll on Takeshi and his ability to function in the business. He thought that Tristan and Mahmood should run everything even though they were not well informed on the west coast operations.

Noburu was well aware of everything and was proactive by sending reinforcement to surround Takeshi. He was still functioning but not at his optimum. Takeshi needed and wanted to see his daughter, but he was fearful. His imagination ran all over the place. But basically, he wondered how she was alive all these years and kept hidden. There was only one person who could answer everything that he wanted to know truthfully and that was Noburu. He knew that his trust level would be limited because of the recent shock. He wanted to go home and see for himself, but when he found out it was too much too soon.

Now, he was ready to face whatever came. It was time to move. The first thing would be to call Noburu and set up a meeting. Suddenly, his phone was ringing. Looking at the caller ID, it was Noburu. Was fate already moving?    

Chapter Excerpt from SABOTAGE 

Tristan sat in his office looking out over the skyline taking time to ponder about some things that he had on his mind. Looking out over the skyline was one of his favorite things to do because it gave him a chance to think about things from an elevated perspective. He always needed to think big and higher than where he was. The skyline was his canvas to paint his thoughts. 

He had been watching the family for the past seven years and saw that there was a possibility that he could let go. It had not been easy to establish the businesses turning them into a conglomerate. Years of profit from Kazukasai Technology had allowed him to make many moves in different markets and form the company, KJC Inc. 

KJC was in real estate, mineral mining, publishing, the airline industry and even venture capital. All of their enterprises were global. Tristan had stretched and legitimized the technology company from their humble beginnings. It was time to get out and rest so that their heirs, Taiji, Tai and Sera could take over. He decided to call everyone in for a family discussion to outline the next decade of the business.    

Meet Author Becky DeWitt 

She is an inspiring author who captures ones’ attention as she writes from experiences and encounters of daily living. For over twenty years she has written about trials and tribulations from the ordinary everyday perspective. 

A children’s short story, “Destiny’s Closet,” developed into a book, which teaches children the importance of developing a personal relationship with God.  “Destiny’s Closet” inspired Becky to follow-up with sequels, “Circle of Friends,” and “The Wonder School.”   

In 2017, Becky released her first novel, “Stolen Property,” which is an adventure into the supernatural from the Christian perspective, with breath taking experiences. Her vision will captivate the reader’s imagination into the mysterious. 

The novel “Contempt”, book one in the series, was released in 2019, is the riveting journey through deceit, death, and betrayal, which was a way of life. Only the arrival of a miracle just in time changes everything. Entering into a maze of mystery, readers are left in wonder. “Reasons” and “Sabotage” complete the trilogy. A library of her writings are stored on the AuthorsDen website,

The vision of her company, Blood Drop Inheritance Group, is to pen those words of inspiration and revelation from the throne room for all generations.  Author’s website:


Kiss & Tell: A Novel by Shana Burton

Kiss & Tell: A Novel by Shana Burton

Closed doors don’t always keep secrets.

Alexis Woodford fled Charlotte, NC, stripping herself of mistakes and regrets holding her captive from the drama-free life she longed for. With her skeletons tucked discreetly in the confines of her new home on Bald Head Island, Alexis forges on, guilt free…and smitten with her neighbor – scrumptious actor Roan Carter.

Impossibly addicted to the benefits of bachelor life on Bald Head’s beachfront community, Roan Carter finds himself caught up in monogamy with feisty Alexis, quickly romancing and pledging forever to his stunning bride in a seaside wedding. When his past crashes the honeymoon, will Roan lose the love of his life forever…or will it be Alexis’s own indiscretions which pull them apart?

Excerpt from Kiss & Tell: A Novel by Shana Burton

The days and hours seemed to run together. Alexis now measured time by a new standard. If she cried to the point of having a headache, it generally meant that she’d been crying for at least an hour. Her clothes emitted a stench after three days of consecutive wear, which was her cue that she needed to bathe. Alexis knew that Lola could not go more than two days without hearing from her. Once the phone started lighting up with Lola’s name, it meant at least forty-eight hours must’ve passed.

Days were hard, but nights were nothing short of agony. She had yet to break the habit of reaching for the spot in bed where Roan usually slept in. Every time her hand was met with a smooth, empty surface in the place of where Roan’s warm body would be, the crying started over again.

“How can you call yourself my friend? Why didn’t you tell me? How could you let me marry Roan knowing the truth?” Alexis demanded to know after summoning Terrence to her house. She knew that lashing out at Terrence wasn’t going to change anything, but it certainly would make her feel better.

He trailed behind her into the kitchen. “You’re kidding me, right? I’ve been telling you since day one that you have no idea who Roan really is. I stood right in this very spot before you ran off and got married and begged you not to marry this dude, remember?”

Terrence wasn’t saying anything that Lola hadn’t said, nor was it anything Alexis hadn’t told herself. Her propensity for ignoring the obvious when in love kept her from listening.

“I may have had suspicions, but you knew, Terrence. You knew! You let him make a fool out of me. Your whole family did.”

“I’m not the enemy here, and neither are my folks. It wasn’t our place to tell you. It was Roan’s. I didn’t betray you. Roan did. Don’t forget that.”

She plunked down on the ottoman and sulked. She didn’t need Terrence rubbing salt in her wounds.

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Fire in the Water by Pat G’Orge-Walker

Fire in the Water by Pat G’Orge-Walker

Smooth-talking talking Musician, Sanjay Thomas’ “hit it and quit it” past has caught up to him. Like a Mack truck, it will flip him and leave him waffling, wondering if Jesus was only kidding about forgiving him.

Falling in love with best selling author, Celeste Francois, was unplanned. That romance placed him in a situation where a ‘lie’ will force him to make another life-altering decision; if he leaves her, he will save Celeste’s fragile self-esteem and her amazing literary career from being destroyed, staying is no longer an option. Sanjay Thomas makes the sacrifice to abandon her …but for how long?

Celeste Francois, a single mother with a pair of ten year-old high-spirited twin girls, Jonnay and Jeannette, is on a mission. Celeste is seeking revenge on the man who told her he didn’t care if she thought she was overweight. He didn’t care if she was more successful in her writing career than he was as a struggling musician. He said he just wanted her for her. She knew he lied when he suddenly disappeared without a word.

Nothing has prepared her for the shock of learning the object of her hatred will return from the shadows fifteen years later until the church hires him to be the musical director for the Masterpiece she works hard to put in production. Now she’s mad and conflicted enough to think she can persuade Jesus to let her have revenge on the man who’s turned her world upside down, after that they can go their separate ways. Celeste brings her own brand of hell to Sanjay. Heaven help him, he’s going to need it.

Excerpt from Fire in the Water by Pat G’Orge-Walker

Sanjay was elated that Celeste had reached out to him after the Church paired them for the production of a fundraiser. No one in Landmark Assembly knew that twelve years ago, the two of them had been more than joined at more than just the hip. The love they shared was epic—until he was forced to disappear to protect her from an enemy neither of them saw coming.

Sanjay had suggested they meet at Pathos, an open-air Greek restaurant in Midtown New York. The place’s set-up gave ample opportunity to run, should either of them choose, or need to do so. The tension spread between them so thick it could’ve been cut with a butcher knife.

He’d arrived dressed to impress sporting expensive Armani attire from head to toe. His dark curly hair had just a few strands of early gray that made him look more distinguished than old. All of this had helped propel him to super stardom. All of it paled in comparison to the woman sitting across from him.

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Journaling for Self-Care for Young Adults by Terri Martinez

Journaling for Self-Care for Young Adults by Terri Martinez

Journaling for Self-Care for Young Adults is a interactive how to book for those interested in learning how to journal. It offers guidelines used in journaling and several interactive exercises to practice. Included are guided journal pages with prompts to get you started and dozens of blank pages to be used as your first journal.

This book is for all the young women who want a safe personal place to express their inner most thoughts and feelings. Being a young woman is a very exciting and emotional time. You have your entire life in front of you, but that’s both exciting and terrifying. So many decisions to make which will shape your future.

Many people live out loud via social media, but the person portrayed in public isn’t the whole person. Journaling is one way to connect with your inner self on the most personal level because it’s your thoughts for your eyes only unless you choose to share them.

Book Excerpt: Journaling for Self-Care for Young Adults

I’ve journaled or kept a diary since I was a young girl.

I have always enjoyed writing about my thoughts and feelings.

The good stuff and the not so good stuff.

I learned early on that expressing myself in this manner was good for my soul.

It’s easier and safer to share your inner most thoughts with yourself.

Writing things down helps me to process my emotions.

Having a record also allows me to come back to it later and reflect.

Sometimes it’s easy to get into the habit of journaling only when you’re feeling happy or when you’re feeling sad.

It’s best to try to have a healthy discussion with yourself on a regular basis no matter what your mood is.

Remember what works for one person doesn’t work for everyone. The key is to find what works best for you and stick to it.

In the pages that follow I hope to share with you some of the things I’ve learned about journaling and how doing so has helped me to stay on top of my emotions and it’s a regular part of my self-care regimen.

Benefits of journaling
Helps organize your thoughts
Improve writing
Set & Achieve Goals
Record Ideas
Relieve Stress
Boost memory
Inspire creativity

Types of Journals
There are many types of journaling. People keep journals for a variety of reasons. It’s up to you what type of journal you keep and it’s completely acceptable to have multiple journals or use one for multiple purposes.

Here’s a brief list of some of the most common types of journals:

Event journals
Idea journal
Feelings journal
Memory journal
Dream journals
Travel journals
Daily journals
Reflective journals
Gratitude journals
Bible journal

It’s not necessary to decide which type of journal you want to keep; in fact, my suggestion is just to start writing whatever comes to your mind. Once you get into the flow of it you can decide what the theme or purpose of your journal will be. You may also find that you start one way and then end up with something completely different. Your journal should be fluid and flexible, remember it’s all about you. This isn’t to be shared with anyone else unless you choose to.

The journaling process is therapeutic as you’re writing your thoughts, but it is also good to periodically go back and read things you’ve written. Some things will make you laugh, and others might make you cry. The point is to process your thoughts and feelings outside of the moment to process it. What did you learn from it?

Dating your journal is a good way to keep track of when you recorded your thoughts and feelings. This is especially helpful if you’re planning to keep a journal for goals.

( Continued… )

© 2020 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Terri Martinez. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

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Dr. Severine C. Bryan, Bryan Financial Empowerment LLC

Dr. Severine C. Bryan, Financial Empowerment Educator at Bryan Financial Empowerment LLC was on BAN Radio Show with host Ella D. Curry!

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About Dr. Severine Bryan, Bryan Financial Empowerment 

Dr. Severine Bryan is a Financial Empowerment Educator who is passionate about financial literacy and has spent the last 17 years sharing her knowledge and educating her audience via presentations, newsletters, Zoom, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other media.

Her goal is to help individuals and small businesses with the day to day of their financial lives by offering financial education/coaching on debt management, credit, and basic money management. Dr. Bryan has always been a teacher at heart. As she tells it, she can remember at about age 8 lining up stones on her veranda and “teaching” them their ABCs.

After going through a divorce, walking away from the home she owned for 13 years, and rebuilding her finances, (including paying off $24k in student loans in 16 months) Dr. Bryan is determined to help as many people as possible. Another trigger for her wanting to share her financial knowledge is seeing predatory lenders taking advantage of those who are financially uneducated.

Her earnest desire is to help those who find themselves in a financial quandary become good stewards of their money. She is adamant that anyone can learn to manage their money. Her own financial journey has shown her that managing money, whether it is a small or large amount, is achievable. 

Dr. Bryan earned a doctorate with an accounting focus from Walden University and tutored English, Algebra, Accounting, and Calculus throughout her college years; which speaks to her love of teaching/knowledge-sharing!  She also has over 24 years of accounting and leadership experience; having worked in accounting and leadership positions with several major Fortune 500 companies. 

Dr. Bryan has one daughter who attends Georgia State University. In her spare time Dr. Bryan loves to bake. She relaxes by dancing and listening to Jazz and Praise & Worship music. She is a voracious reader who is never without a book in hand or on her Kindle. 

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About Bryan Financial Empowerment, LLC DBA 

Bryan Financial Empowerment (#SevTalksMoney) is a financial coaching business helping individuals and small businesses with their day to day financial affairs such as budgeting and cash flow management. Striving for debt-freeness comes with many challenges. We are here to be your partner on this journey to financial freedom!  

We aim to educate by sharing tips to increase our clients knowledge of financial topics so they can improve and strengthen their financial lives; on the road to financial freedom. Our goal is to challenge, expand, and increase our reader’s knowledge by sharing realistic strategies and workable solutions. Dr. Severine Bryan is available for speaking engagements and workshops.

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Duplicity: The Mince Family Saga Continues by Nanette M. Buchanan

Duplicity: The Mince Family Saga Continues by Nanette M. Buchanan

D.Q.Enterprises has become a Fortune 500 Company. Darrell (‘Rell) Mince has managed to follow his father’s blueprint in building a family empire. The Mince men- Darryl, ‘Rell, and Derek are set in the wealth D.Q. Mince envisioned before his death. Life-changing events have caused them to become cautious.

Darryl and Derek have partnered to manage Quintech Designs, while ‘Rell continues to be the President of D.Q. Enterprises. Just as it seems that all the family secrets have been revealed and the lies have been dispelled, revenge finds them as targets.

There are those who have been watching as D.Q.’s true heir builds the Mince family empire. An empire that they felt should in part, be theirs. The question is who else feels the way Tonya Mince feels?

Tonya finds she is not alone in her quest to conquer, destroy, and finally take it all. A phone call and a visit have Tonya convinced she may need help. If she has help, she’ll have to share…and that’s not in her plans.

Excerpt from Chapter 1: Duplicity: The Mince Family Saga Continues

“Good morning, I didn’t expect to hear from you this soon.”

“As I told you, I would look at your assets and what you acquired from your ex-husband. I do see you have stocks that were sold….”

“Yes, without my knowledge!” Tonya firmly interjected.

“Ms. Mince, stay calm, please. Those stocks are doing very well. It may be an advantage.”

“It is no advantage to me if it is not connected to D.Q. Enterprises.”

“Ms. Mince. You have no claims to D.Q. Enterprises. Your agreement before the separation clearly stated you would not receive any other payments or be connected financially to D.Q. Enterprises after your husband’s death.”

“And was that told to me by you, or did you simply say it would be best if I signed the papers? Let’s not play games. You talked me into giving up what could have been mine today.”

Disgusted, Tonya threw back the covers on her bed. The clock read ten thirty. There was enough time to get dressed and meet the lawyer for lunch if necessary.

“Mr. Monroe, I’ll need to understand fully what I have. I also need to know what I gave to that bastard son and his mother.”

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Four Seasons of Love: Anthology of Poetry by Patricia A. Saunders

Four Seasons of Love: Anthology of Poetry by Patricia A. Saunders

From Award Winning Author of There Is Sunshine After The Rain, the author has written her latest book of poetry that is organized into four chapters that compare to the four seasons.

The poetry spans all the emotions that both men and women go through from being smitten, falling in and out of love, and grief of losing the love.

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Four Seasons of Love made the Amazon Top 100 in (#78) in African-American Poetry, order here:


Four Seasons of Love is an anthology of poetry that separates the emotions of love into four chapters that covers the seasons. Both men and women can relate to their first kiss, being smitten, wondering if its real and the heartbreak of loss. The author writes each poem to have the reader visualize, feel, and remember those feelings.

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