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Saving Her Shadow by Lutishia Lovely

Saving Her Shadow by Lutishia Lovely | Publish Date: March 31, 2020

“Vibrant characters, artful storytelling, and an original voice make Lutishia Lovely worth every moment.” —Donna Hill

Lutishia Lovely returns with a compelling and provocative new novel where the clash between personal freedoms and religious convictions become a matter of life and death.

When eighteen-year-old Raina Reed is given an ultimatum—her family or her first love—she chooses the latter, leaves the rigid cult community she’s grown up in and finds herself shunned, ex-communicated . . . ghosted. Not seeing her parents is tolerable. Raina is happy for more time with her sweet, talented boyfriend Bryce, and enjoys the freedom found in living with him, his free-spirited cousin, Jackie, and Jackie’s mom Valerie, a struggling attorney. But her heart breaks at the thought of not seeing her baby sister. Abby is ten years younger and they’ve never spent one day apart—until now.

While Raina embraces her new life, she can’t shake her concern about Abby, especially when a lingering illness worsens and her parents refuse to seek medical help. Raina is determined to break through the religious rules that stand in the way of her sister’s well-being. Drawing on her new family and support system, including chanting, angel-card reading Jackie, justice-seeking Valerie, loving Bryce, and his eccentric grandmother, Raina finds her own kind of faith, one built on a love strong enough to move mountains . . .

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Available at B&N, Hudson Booksellers, Amazon, Target, BAM, IndieBound and Walmart.

About the Author
Lutishia Lovely
is in love with words. Her diverse career path has embraced almost every form of use imaginable: executive assistant, radio personality, actress, and that which she presently enjoys the most—writer.

She also loves to travel, having visited more than a dozen countries and forty states. After unpacking her bags, she unwinds by attending a great show, chilling at the beach, reading a good book, or cooking vegetarian masterpieces for family and friends at home.

To see her 2020 travel schedule and stay current on all things lovely, visit http://www.lutishialovely.com

 

Her Passionate Promise: Women Of Park Manor by Sheryl Lister

Her Passionate Promise: Women Of Park Manor by Sheryl Lister

You met Kathi Norris in Giving My All To You as Faith Alexander’s best friend. Now, it’s her turn.

After kissing one frog too many, Kathi Norris is content to remain unattached. But her well-ordered plans are turned upside down the moment she meets Eric Dawson. The skillful attorney by day and soulful musician by night, fires her up in more ways than one. The closer she gets to him, the more she realizes he’s her prince charming …if he can let go of his past.

Eric risked his heart, only to see his world shattered by tragedy and betrayal. He’s spent years running from relationships, but with Kathi’s tender embrace and sultry kisses, Eric finds her hard to resist. He’ll have to come to terms with his deepest hurts to win her trust and claim a love that promises forever.

Her Passionate Promise: Women Of Park Manor by Sheryl Lister

After kissing one frog too many, Kathi Norris is content to remain unattached. But her well-ordered plans are turned upside down the moment she meets Eric Dawson. The skillful attorney by day and soulful musician by night, fires her up in more ways than one. The closer she gets to him, the more she realizes he’s her prince charming …if he can let go of his past.

Eric risked his heart, only to see his world shattered by tragedy and betrayal. He’s spent years running from relationships, but with Kathi’s tender embrace and sultry kisses, Eric finds her hard to resist. He’ll have to come to terms with his deepest hurts to win her trust and claim a love that promises forever.

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Love’s Sweet Kiss (Sassy Seasoned Sisters Book 1) by Sheryl Lister

Love’s Sweet Kiss (Sassy Seasoned Sisters Book 1) by Sheryl Lister

Nzinga Carlyle has finally gotten her life together after her divorce and is happily single. However, the moment she sees her teen crush at her high school reunion, old feelings start to rise. Nzinga isn’t sure she’s ready to move forward, although she can’t deny the attraction between them. And after one sweet kiss, she has to decide how far she wants the relationship to go.

Byron Walker can’t believe his good fortune when he runs into the woman who stole his teenage heart. Once he realizes their chemistry is still explosive, he vows not to let Nzinga get away a second time. Circumstances forced them apart over thirty years ago, but Byron intends to show her they were always meant to be.

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Love’s Sweet Kiss Excerpt:

They went to the bar and ordered glasses of wine. As they sipped, she watched the people still dancing. A few of them seemed to have no idea what rhythm meant, but they were having fun and that’s all that mattered. She turned and found Byron staring at her intently. “What is it?”

For a moment, he said nothing. “I was just thinking about my prom and how I had been looking forward to dancing with you. When your parents wouldn’t let you go with me…” His voice trailed off.

Nzinga understood. She later found out he’d gone alone and that hurt her, as well. They’d both missed out on that special moment in time. Without thinking, she reached up and touched his cheek. “I know. We can’t go back, so let’s enjoy ourselves tonight.”

The music changed to a ballad. Byron took their glasses, set them on the table behind them and escorted her to the dance floor once again. “You’re right, and I am enjoying myself.”

When he slid an arm around her waist, pulled her close and moved in time with the sultry beat, she almost melted.

“I always wondered what it would feel like to hold you in my arms and it’s even better than I imagined.”

( Continued… )

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Greed: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel (The Seven Deadly Sins Book 3) by Victoria Christopher Murray

Greed: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel (The Seven Deadly Sins Book 3) by Victoria Christopher Murray

Passion, money, and a deliciously devious twist: Greed is the newest novel in award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray’s Seven Deadly Sins series—“the drama of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (Booklist)—and soon to be a Lifetime movie.

You can’t put a price on love…

Zuri Maxwell isn’t happy. Her job is a grind, and money is always tight. Her boyfriend Stephon is the best part of life, but between his income as an artist and her commission-based paycheck, they are barely scraping by.

When Zuri meets a sleek entrepreneur eager to pick her brain, she jumps at the chance to talk business with someone who has everything she wants. As he wines and dines her, Zuri starts moving in elite circles, and she faces a crossroads: Will she give up the stable, loving life she knows for one that glitters, but may not be gold?

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BOOK REVIEW

PatriciaW gives Greed: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel 5 stars

How far will you go to live out your dreams?

When her life is unfulfilling, what’s a woman to do? That is the question facing Zuri as she grapples with living the affordable life she has versus grabbing the high roller life dangled before her. What’s so wrong with wanting and experiencing the finer things in life?

Murray does it again with this third book in her Seven Deadly Sins series, this installment the strongest, most intriguing of the series so far, at least for this reader. That’s the beauty of this series. As each storyline wrestles with one of the deadly sins, readers are forced to do the same. I would never go down the path that Zuri takes in Greed, but I understand wanting more out of life than one’s current position and I’m sure many of Murray’s readers will too.

As I read this book, I was reminded that we are to be content with where we find ourselves (Phil 4:11-13), a lesson Zuri certainly could have benefitted from.

I can only imagine what Murray has in store for her fans with the remainder of the series, but if Greed is any indicator, each book will provide great entertainment mixed with a bit of soul-searching. Can’t wait for book 4!

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Intimate Conversation with Massocki Ma Massocki

Massocki Ma Massocki is a columnist, activist and pan-Africanist. He has written columns for newspapers around the world as well as articles for regional and international organisations. Massocki has also given talks and conferences in Africa, Asia and Europe on Pan-Africanism and global issues. Massocki was born in Cameroon, West Africa.

BPM: Please, share something our readers wouldn’t know about you.

I have always been fascinated by my birth. Thanks to the mystical intervention of my great grandfather Djami Som, I was born. Before my mother had me, she gave birth to two dead babies, so when I was conceived, she thought she would also lose me.

However, one morning, at around 3:00, when my mother was 3 three months pregnant with me, my great grandfather—who passed away 15 years before I was born—appeared to my mother and told her, “I came so that the baby you carry will live. I left medicine outside the house in a snail shell. At 6:00 a.m., you shall collect the medicine and place it under your bed during your whole pregnancy so that the child will live.” This is how I was born—a premature child.

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

As we cannot see our own faces, we need a mirror to do so. Likewise, society is a reflection of ourselves. Some have described me as “lionheart” and “fearless lion”; and others, as “king.”

BPM: Is writing your full-time career? How much time do you spend writing?

Right now, writing is not my source of income. However, I was born to write. It is my destiny, and I cannot run away from it, just like how a fish cannot run away from water. Let me tell you a story.

When my father was in secondary school, Candide—a novel by Voltaire, a French philosopher—was part of his curriculum. Candide was also the main character in Voltaire’s novel. My father liked Candide so much that the first name he gave me was Candide. However, I decided to get rid of my first and middle names, which are European, to affirm my African identity. Moreover, Voltaire made racist remarks towards Africans.

BPM: Tell us about your first published book. What was the journey like?

So far, I have written 10 unpublished books, and The Pride of an African Migrant is the first to be published among them.

The Pride of an African Migrant’s first draft was written in 2010 while I was in England, and it is getting published 10 years later, in 2020. It is needless to say that the journey of getting this book published proved to be challenging.

Since 2010, I have received more than 5000 rejection letters from publishers. Most of those letters praised my writing skills, and yet I ended up with rejections.

Africa and its diaspora are at the center of all my works, considering that the publishing industry is overwhelmingly white at 89%, while black people are only 1% of the same industry. This also explains all those rejections. However, those rejection letters immensely helped in improving my manuscript’s quality.

I want to take this opportunity to remind aspiring writers that the pyramids of Egypt were not built in a day or two. They should not be discouraged by publishers’ rejections because these are opportunities for improvement. Do not just look for publishers; find the right one. There is always one publisher who can’t wait to receive your manuscript.

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A Deep Dive into The Pride of an African Migrant

The Pride of an African Migrant: In Remembrance of Jimmy Mubenga, a Martyr of Globalisation, Murdered by the UK Border Regime on a British Airways Flight to Angola by Massocki Ma Massocki is available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/PRIDE-AFRICAN-MIGRANT-Remembrance-Globalisation-ebook/dp/B0847CVDLV

Pierced Rock Press is proud to announce that, The Pride of an African Migrant, due for publication on May 4, 2020, is now available for order on Amazon.com as in paperback or hardcover.

However, bookstores, librarians and wholesalers will be able to pre-order on Ingramspark at 55% discount with a return policy starting on April 1, 2020

The Pride of an African Migrant is a contemporary mental, physical, and political odyssey. It is a personal and graphic account of an extended period spent by a migrant experiencing former Prime Minister Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ in all its finery.

A young man, Massocki Ma Massocki sets out from Cameroon, West Africa, to the paradise that awaits in Europe. But instead in the United Kingdom, he encounters racism, state violence, insecure jobs, and imprisonment in three different detention centres, destitution and begging on the streets, entrapment by drug dealers, and an arson attack.

He journeys from London, to Southend and Liverpool. He meets and tells the stories of other migrants. He meets Sarah Jane, a white Rasta woman who astonishes him by singing Burning Spear’s ’Slavery Days’. Sarah has her own problems but she is a lifeline to him.

At some point, Massocki encounters a new understanding of life, and this is at the core of the book. As well as Zen masters, Massocki also refers to and quotes among others Marcus Garvey, Mfumu Kimbangu, Sékou Touré, Patrice Lumumba, Frantz Fanon, historian Cheik Anta Diop, Ethiopian poet Lemn Cissay, the Cameroonian philosopher Ebénézer Njoh-Mouellé, and singers such as Bob Marley, Youssou N’Dour, and Fela Kuti.

Massocki documents his struggle for his own and other’s freedom and dignity: speeches about migration to students in Liverpool John Moore University, to his first class of meditation students, an open letter challenging Cameroonian dictator Paul Biya, his lone protests against the murder of Jimmy Mubenga by the UK Border Regime on a plane at Heathrow Airport, demanding freedom of speech inside Campsfield detention centre (for that he was ‘knocked down by 10 guards’), and
against his own deportation at Heathrow Airport (which provoked another violent reaction by guards).

The Pride of an African Migrant is subtitled ‘In Remembrance of Jimmy Mubenga, a Martyr of Globalization, Murdered by the UK Border Regime on a British Airways Flight to Angola ’. The book starts with a letter of condolence and consolation to Jimmy Mubenga’s family. The letter is titled ‘Our Hearts Are With You’.

There is a very productive tension between the teachings of Zen lightly touched on in this book, the calm of meditation, and the implication of the realization that for Africans the answer is not to chase a dream in Europe, but to stay and challenge and overturn the neo-colonialism of corrupt African leaders and Western financial institutions, military and governments.

There are some superb passages such as that comparing the spending on average of $7000 to get from Cameroon to the UK, with better results obtained from investing the same amount in an African
stock exchange, or like the young worker Aisya, staying in the country and with a fraction of that amount of money and building up a successful business.

Massocki writes: ‘The book’s goal is to inform Africans aspiring to migrate to the European Union or the US of the issues related to their plans so that they can be better prepared.’ But I believe its more serious and intended aim is spelled out in this passage:

‘My stay in the UK not only allowed me to demystify and destroy the
European myth; most importantly, it allowed me to understand that for
the young African, fighting for social justice should be imperative.
It is the only way to prevent the young African from dying in the
desert or drowning in the Mediterranean Sea, experiencing the same
humiliation and torture suffered by African migrants in Europe. Either
through protest movements for social change, we brave the dangerous
streets of our dictatorial and terrorist states, or as cowards, we
abdicate and accept death in the Mediterranean Sea or suffer the
humiliations and tortures reserved to African migrants in Europe.

Migration as a ‘revolt against misery’ is a theme developed from ‘The song of the traveler’s sung by Africans in Ceuta, Spain, who have crossed the Sahara. Such people are described as economic migrants. But as Massocki says:

‘The sea is dreadful, and for people to embark on such a journey,
there must be terror in the land. Yet, nobody acknowledges the
terror—at least the economic terror those ‘economic migrants’ are
running away from. African despots voluntarily keep systemic poverty
flowing in the land to control their citizens and stay in power.
Through so-called international institutions and multinationals,
Western powers financially terrorize African nations, causing deaths
to millions of Africans.’

The Pride of an African Migrant is a powerful book. The more I go back to it, the more I see its potential to change minds, those of migrants those of people not forced to migrate. I think its publication is very significant.

Massocki Ma Massocki is a columnist, activist and pan-Africanist. He has written columns for newspapers around the world as well as articles for regional and international organisations. Massocki has also given talks and conferences in Africa, Asia and Europe on Pan-Africanism and global issues. Massocki was born in Cameroon, West Africa.

The Pride of an African Migrant: In Remembrance of Jimmy Mubenga, a Martyr of Globalisation, Murdered by the UK Border Regime on a British Airways Flight to Angola by Massocki Ma Massocki | May 4, 2020

 

Intimate Conversation with Dr. R. Wayne Swan

With nearly 20 years’ experience as a minister and motivational speaker, Dr. R. Wayne Swan has dedicated his life and work to the service to others. He is the founder of Crossroads Ministries, an organization focused on helping men connect and develop spiritually and the Chairman of Prison Fellowship Bermuda, an outreach program for inmates and their families. Addressing universal human issues, in Mind Over Mountain Dr. Swan shares a message of courage, hope and faith that will inspire anyone to overcome their obstacles.

Visit his website today: http://drwayneswan.com

BPM: Please share something our readers wouldn’t know about you.

Although I am a new author, I am also a lover of art and paint as a hobby.

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

Optimist, Believer, and Dependable.

BPM: Is writing your full-time career? How much time do you spend writing?

Writing is not my full time career but when inspired, I usually spend 1 to 2 hours writing a day. I am a Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Life Coach, Entrepreneur & Certified Divorce Coach.

BPM: Tell us about your first published book. What was the journey like?

The Mountain We Climb, is my first book. In 2014, I successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and I journaled my entire experience.

It was not my aim then to write a book about it. But I learned so many life lessons and discovered many things about the human spirit that I thought that my experiences could help someone else. The entire journey from finally deciding to write a book and finding a coach to help me write, to then finding a publisher was for me like “ climbing a mountain.”

The Mountain We Climb is available on Amazon, Kindle and all major bookstores.

BPM: Did you learn anything personal about yourself from writing your book?

I learned that our experiences are not for us alone. Writing my book stretched me and allowed me to be creative in a way which I never dreamed.

BPM: Is writing easy for you? Do you feel lonely being a writer during the creative process?

Writing comes very easy for me when writing my sermons. But writing my book was a challenge. The writing process was not lonely due to the help of my coach Robert Nahas, but there many hours spent in solitude.

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