Friday, September 22, 2017

On Conversations: USA Today #bestselling #author Donna Fasano

Please join me in welcoming USA Today bestselling author Donna Fasano to Conversations today! Donna is here to let you know that book 6 in her Ocean City Boardwalk series, The Wedding Planner's Son, is on sale for only 99¢ for a limited time! So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below! And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Donna Fasano.

Lisa ~
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THE WEDDING PLANNER'S SON

Tawny McNealy is a driven, high-achiever who fully expects to someday take over and run the family accounting firm. But when an attempt is made to use her as a pawn, Tawny flees to the only place she’s ever felt truly free and happy—the beach.

Jack Barclay spends his summer days creating romantic seaside weddings for lovers. His laid-back attitude has served him well over the years. He feels stressing out about work only causes a person to miss the best parts of life.

Jack and Tawny are as different as sea and sky, but the fascination they find in each other’s company can’t be denied. Can they withstand the crazy twists that fate tosses their way?



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USA Today bestselling author DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her novels have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #1.

 

What others are saying about Donna's books:

"...complex, funny, and realistic..." ~Wilmington News Journal

"Excellent!" ~Bookreview.com

"Could not help myself from reading excerpts to my husband and friends. This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author." ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon

"...a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!" ~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On Conversations: #AAMBC #author Patrick Burton

Please join me in welcoming author Patrick Burton to Conversations today! Patrick is here to talk about his novel, Father Figure: Healing Child Abandonment! So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below! And don't forget to check out his interview too and get to know Patrick Burton.

Lisa ~

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Father Figure: Healing Child Abandonment

Ronnie Whelms has taken a great pride in the fact that his education in Child Psychology has allotted him the luxury of giving back to his community.  His current case, sixteen year old David Jones has the not so rare situation of being raised by his mother and step-father. While David can appreciate the fullness of family with them, he can’t help but desire the closure he needs from a relationship with his biological father. Knowing that David’s biological father has no more interest in him other than the final child support check, Ronnie has every intention of championing the mending of their relationship by getting them back to what a biological father and son is truly supposed to be. There’s only one problem…..Ronnie has his own new found abandonment. While on her death bed, his mother lets him know that the man he has called father all of his life is not his real father. With his world now up-side down, he finds himself outside of his textbook resolve to dysfunctional families.  It will take the navigation of David’s case in conjunction with a deep, dark family secret held by a long distance relative in order for Ronnie to truly come to grips with his abandonment issues.

 



Interview with Patrick Burton

How did you get started in the writing field? 

While at ECPI Tech I had a ten page paper due with only a couple of hours in which to turn it in. I finished it within 45 minutes, turned it in and thought to myself, “I will be lucky if I get a 50% on this paper.” Not only did I get 100%, my instructor told me that this was one of the best papers that he had read of the ones turned in. I couldn’t help but laugh as I confessed to him that I rushed putting the paper together. It was then that he told me that he thought that I had a real talent for writing and that I should consider doing it professionally. I was going through a separation at the time so I had already written some of my emotions down. The process had already begun but it was my instructor who made me take it seriously.

How did you come up with the storyline for Father Figure: Healing Child Abandonment?


Father Figure Healing Child Abandonment is the result of watching my step-children coming in and out of the home with the many disappointments of broken promises from their biological father’s. For a small portion of my life as a child, I also experienced these disappointments. As I have conversations with men in my age group or younger, there is a common trend of fathers not being present in the home. I wanted to create a platform in order to allow men who would normally be introverted on the subject, to have a way to open up dialog.

Where does your creativity comes from?


I view everything that I encounter in life as having the potential to be some type of story. I find myself always saying, “That would make a good book.” I am always interested in the process of translating emotions like happiness, hurt, anger and tears rolling down someone’s face into the written form.  It’s very unique form of transformation of energy. Life in itself is a huge book waiting to be written.

What are your writing techniques like?


My first two books are narratives as will be my third book.  They all consist of backstory and flashback techniques. My mindset around my fourth book is to write it in first person. Each book, in my opinion deserves its own consideration for either a single technique or a combination of multiple techniques.

How many books have you written so far and when can we expect your next book to be published? 


I have written two books, Mrs. Limbsy? and Father Figure: healing Child Abandonment. I am currently working on my third book, titled Why We Sleep with Married Men. This should be out in 2017.

How important do you think authors supporting other authors is?


I feel that author support is very important. A good network of likeminded people can only enhance the potential of the individual author. Some things are necessary to go through by yourself for single evolution but you can’t supplement the value of a good support system.

Who is your favorite author (s) and why? 


Herbert Harris (Twelve Universal Laws of Success) I had the pleasure of meeting him while at the Maserati Dealership in Raleigh, NC and in addition to his very inspirational, well written book he was very liberal with information and reaching back to give me a wealth of his life experiences that he knew I would embark upon as a young author. His life is worth writing and he has contributed to the reasons that I write.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors wanting to write a book?


My advice to anyone who wants to write is to write exactly what’s in their heart. Don’t be deterred by people who do not understand the gift that God has placed inside of you.  Invest in yourself, because if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. Align yourself with people who share your goals so you can learn from each other. Study your craft so you can contribute and inspire people who will read your art. Have fun when you are writing and enjoy the process of creating and this way you will never regret the finished product.

What do you enjoy doing on your spare time when you aren’t writing? 


In my spare time I like to work out in the gym and spend time with my family.



Patrick Burton was born in Raleigh, NC and raised in Enterprise, AL.  He is the author of two books, titled Mrs. Limbsy? and Father Figure Healing Child Abandonment. He has also written a screenplay for an independent filmmaker. His third book, Why we sleep With Married Men, is due to come out in late 2017 and he promises many more great intriguing subjects in the future. He attributes his passion for writing to his mother, who taught English during his childhood days. His cultural diversity is a result of his time spent in the United States Marines, traveling abroad and gaining an appreciation for life outside of his immediate circle of life. He enjoys time spent working out in the gym, time with his beautiful family and of course, writing books, movies , poems and any other form of written communication that stands to be a voice for anyone who would not otherwise be able to speak to a genre.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

On Conversations: USA Today #bestselling #author Dale Mayer

Please join me in welcoming USA Today bestselling author Dale Mayer to Conversations today! Dale is here to reveal an excerpt from her upcoming Sleeper Seals romantic suspense novel, MICHAEL'S MERCY, set to release on October 3rd. So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below! She's also offering readers a chance to win one of five advance reader copies. You'll find the Rafflecopter contest entry form below the excerpt. And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Dale Mayer.

Lisa ~
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MICHAEL'S MERCY

When things go bad, in Michael’s world things go horribly, terrifyingly bad.

It’s been a year since hardened Navy SEAL Michael Stanton walked away from his career. He never thought to go back, but then his former commander calls with the news that an old friend was murdered while undercover – and he needs Michael’s help.

Knowing the next dead body might be his, Michael takes his friend’s place at the home of a terrorist. His official mission is to find all he can to bring the man’s operation down. His personal mission is to find out who murdered his friend.

Mercy got the job as a maid that her sister had last held – just before she disappeared. With the police lacking leads and interest, Mercy decides it’s up to her to find out what happened. Inside the huge home, she meets Michael and becomes immediately suspicious ... and immediately attracted.

When they collide in the worst way possible, she realizes he's not who he seems either.

Can they each find the truth about their objectives and about themselves? Or will the terrorist get wind of the traitors in his midst and take care of them before they can take care of him?

Each story in this multi-author branded series is a standalone novel and the series can be read in any order.

Welcome to Michael’s Mercy, book 10 in Heroes for Hire (and Sleeper SEALs #3) reconnecting readers with the unforgettable men from SEALs of Honor in a new series of action packed, page turning romantic suspense that fans have come to expect from USA TODAY Bestselling author Dale Mayer. This book is part of the continuity series SLEEPER SEALS.


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Excerpt from MICHAEL'S MERCY

She pulled back from Michael’s embrace, hating that lassitude overcoming her, wanting to stay nestled close to him. “What about the rest of the night? Do you think I should return to my place?”

He shook his head. “Hell no.”

She frowned. “I left my toiletry bag in the bathroom.”

“Is it that important?” he added quietly, “It’s past 10:00 p.m. curfew.”

The two stared at each other as if across an impasse. Then she shook her head. “It’s not, but I don’t want to leave anything of me behind. I know that doesn’t sound right, but it feels right to say it. There is something so very wrong about this place that I want to make sure I take away everything that’s me.” He raised an eyebrow at that, but he didn’t mock her, for which she was grateful.

“In the morning I’ll walk over with you, and we’ll get it.”

“And what is your excuse?”

“I wasn’t planning on using an excuse,” he said. “If I have a lady stay for the night, I always make sure she gets home safe.”

She frowned at him.

He raised a hand when she went to argue and said, “No arguments. We need sleep.”

“Ha, like I could sleep now.” She walked back into the bedroom, the sheet falling slightly. When she’d dashed from the bed, she’d pulled the straps of her bra off her shoulders. She quickly pulled them back up. In her panties and bra, she tossed the sheet back on the bed and remade it. “We’ve already destroyed your bed tonight.”

“So no reason we can’t destroy it again, is there?” he asked with a devilish note in his voice.

She shot him a smirk. “You should be so lucky.”

He pointed to her shirt, still over the camera.

She nodded.

He quickly divested himself of his jeans while she watched, her heart speeding up at the bulge in his underwear. She deliberately closed her eyes and pulled the blankets up against her shoulders. Because the truth was, she did want to roll over and welcome him into her arms and rip up the sheets. But that was hardly the best idea right now.

And she’d never want an audience.

She lay there pondering the ins and outs of relationships as he got into bed behind her. She held her breath as the bed swayed as it took his weight. Finally, she rolled over and whispered, “I don’t think the bed can take any more shenanigans as it is.”

He gave her a startled look, then a shocked laugh. “I’m not that heavy,” he whispered in protest.

She chuckled but hopped out and stood, looking at the bed frame. She motioned him out of the bed. “Get up and help me lift this mattress,” she murmured.

Obediently he got out of bed and checked out the footboard and underneath the mattress frame. Cracked, he mouthed.

He held up a finger and then pointed at an odd crack in the frame. He bent over the footboard. She scrambled around the side of the mattress where she could take a look. Something was jammed in there. Michael pulled out his tools.

“It must be from the way you sat down,” she whispered, her tone flirty.

Michael muttered, “Like hell.”

She grinned, but her eyes were sharp as she watched him pull out dog tags.

Pain whispered across his face.

She knew instinctively they were Sammy’s dog tags. And there was nothing she could do to help him through this moment.

He dug in again with his tools for anything else, and, sure enough, a slim USB key fell out.

He snagged it and put it with the dog tags, checked to make sure the little hiding space was completely empty, then as quietly as possible, they replaced the mattress and remade the bed. When they were back in bed, he plugged in the USB to his laptop and took a good look at what Sammy had stored there.

Photos.

Photos of the cave that Michael had been in tonight and of the men unloading crates of weapons and crates of C-4 explosives. A man stood off to the side, holding a semiautomatic machine gun, dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt. The second photo was of Freeman, the owner of the estate, standing beside one of the open trucks and speaking to somebody else Michael didn’t recognize. It looked like packets of money were handed over, but the photo was too far away to make that distinction. He studied the photo.

She squeezed his hand, knowing Michael was also dealing with the loss of his friend.

With a smoldering look in his eyes, he leaned over and kissed her. But not just a kiss of Hey, how are you? or a kiss of Hey, we’ll get through this. This was a kiss of Holy shit, I can’t wait to hold you in my arms and devastate your self-control. Most definitely it was a promise. For later. The trouble was, she wanted that promise now. She didn’t want to wait.

What if something happened to her, like to her sister? Life was too damn short for waiting until she knew somebody better. What a fraud she was. She wanted this man any way she could get him. But what she didn’t want was to have him while somebody else was listening in. Decision made.








Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her - and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

On Conversations: #AAMBC #author C.A. Wittman

Please join me in welcoming author C.A. Wittman to Conversations today! C.A. is here to talk about her memoir, Synanon Kid! So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below! And don't forget to check out her interview too and get to know C.A. Wittman.

Lisa ~

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SYNANON KID: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Synanon Cult

"I told you mothers do not matter here. We are all your mothers. Isn't that better than just having one?"

An ordinary weekend becomes surreal when Celena's mother, whom she has not seen for years, returns to claim her. Told that she is going to visit a place called Synanon, six-year-old Celena leaves her native Los Angeles on a bus for a secluded ranch setting in Northern California where the residents are strangely bald and dressed uniformly in overalls.

Coming to realize this eerie institution is to be her new home, Celena is ultimately forced to develop a new strength of being to protect herself against the abusive school demonstrators, the troubled children, and the chilling thought that she and her mother might never leave.

C.A. Wittman's daring memoir is a coming-of-age story about growing up in a cult, the unconditional love between a mother and daughter, and how that love helped a young girl to grow and flourish against the odds of her distorted childhood.

 




Excerpt from Synanon Kid


“When will I see Theresa?” I hoped that using my mother’s name would produce the desired effect of getting some information from Linda. Instead, the pleased smile left her lips, her mouth tightened with disapproval.

“The sooner you are used to being apart from Theresa, the better. I told you, mothers do not matter here. We are all your mothers. Isn’t that better than just having one?”

I did not want a group of mothers I didn’t know. My mom, Theresa, loved me. It showed in her eyes and body language. But after our reunion, she was gone again, replaced like a pair of shoes. I did not know what to say to Linda, who coldly demanded that she, in a sense, was now my new mom. A feeling of terror came over me. I clenched my fingers into my palms to fight back the tears that filled my eyes.

“When we have another game, you can talk about it,” Linda said. “That’s when you get out your feelings.”

I took a deep breath, not daring to move.

“Tell Sophie ‘Thank you,’” Linda said.

I couldn’t speak. Afraid that instead of words there would be just an uncontrollable wail, I held myself very still.

Linda gave me a minute. “It is important when someone shows you how to do something properly that you thank them.”

“Thank you,” I whispered.



Interview with C.A. Wittman


What is Synanon?

Initially a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, Synanon was founded by a man named Chuck Dederich in Santa Monica California in 1958. Over time Synanon evolved into an experimental lifestyle community. During the cult’s development, helping people recover from drug and alcohol addiction became just one of Synanon’s many objectives as it expanded into environmental consciousness, clean living, philosophical studies, racial integration and experimental childrearing. This “new” paradigm of collectivist and socialist structure attracted more than just dope fiends; college graduates, white-collar professionals, celebrities and wealthy donors also flocked to Synanon. These new members, called lifestylers, looked to Synanon as a kind of utopia. Synanon properties would grow to expand beyond Santa Monica, to Marin County, San Francisco, Oakland, and Visalia, California. There would also be property in Lake Havasu, Arizona, New York, and Berlin, Germany.

Over time the organization grew corrupt and violent. Chuck, once a maverick for positive change, devolved into an egomaniac, wreaking havoc on his members’ lives through unyielding commands often issued from his selfish whims. These dogmatic orders would have detrimental effects on Synanonites. Ultimately, the community would return full circle, residents succumbing to the abuse of alcohol and drugs that earlier members had once fought so doggedly to overcome. Synanon fell to its demise in 1991.

How do people get involved in cults?

There are myriad reasons people become involved in cults. Often the attraction to a particular peripheral movement has to do with an individual's growing discontentment regarding either the social norms and status quo of the greater society as a whole or rebellion against change within the society that the person deems threatening, immoral, or evil. Other times, an individual is not looking to join any particular group per se but becomes curious and enticed by a cult through attending a lecture, weekend seminar or sermon put on by the organization. Many people who have dedicated years of their life to cult living fall under the latter group.

The late Margaret Singer, who was a clinical psychologist, and professor at the University of Berkeley, studied cults and coercive persuasion. In the literature she produced on her theory of thought reform, she outlined six conditions:

  1. Control over a person's time
  2. Creating a sense of powerlessness
  3. Keeping a person unaware of what is going on and how he or she is being changed one step at a time
  4. Creating a closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval and executive order
  5. Manipulation of rewards, punishments, and experiences in such a way as to inhibit behavior that reflects a person's former identity
  6. Manipulation of rewards, punishments, and experiences to promote learning the group's ideology and belief system and group approved behavior

There have been other psychologists who have studied this subject extensively outlining their own...

How do you feel toward your parents for bringing you into Synanon?

My father was never involved with Synanon, other than attending some of the free parties open to the public at their Santa Monica head quarters, The Casa Del Mar Hotel. Although my father introduced my mother to the Synanon club scene, which the community created to recruit new members; he was not a good candidate for their recruitment efforts. Content with his religion, family and American society in general, he was firmly rooted in mainstream life and tended to distrust counter-culture type movements and ideology. My mother, on the other hand, was very open to new ideas and exploring alternative lifestyle experiences and spirituality. Because my mom suffered from bouts of depression, feeling isolated, and had very little help from her family or my father as a single mom, Synanon appeared as a bright beacon of hope for her.

Considering my mother’s circumstances and the fact that she made sure I knew she loved me in the corrosive environment of the anti-parent-child rhetoric, which the Synanon school adhered to, I, fortunately, did not develop any ill will or bitterness toward her.

What was it like to grow up in Synanon?

As a girl, when people asked me where I grew up, I would say a ranch in Marin, not knowing how to explain my past. The first time I told someone that I came from Synanon and tried to describe the commune, I was eleven. The question had been, "why is your hair so short?" The child who'd planted herself in front of me demanding to know what I was all about, found my story so preposterous she'd called me a liar. Many years later when I was eighteen, I wrote a short story about an incident I had experienced in Synanon for a creative writing course. The assignment had been to write about a memorable time in your life. When my teacher read my paper aloud to the class, several students were confused thinking it was a science fiction piece rather than autobiographical.

I still find it difficult to describe what it was like to grow up in Synanon. When I reminisce, there is a dreamlike quality to my memories, a feeling of having slipped into another world for a time that no longer exists today and is no longer relevant. My Synanon childhood was a rigidly scheduled, militaristic up bringing during the week while on weekends and vacation we children enjoyed a vast amount of freedom and autonomy to roam and do what we liked on the ranch where we lived.

What happened to you and your mom after you left Synanon?


We left the commune with my mother's husband and his daughter and settled in Santa Cruz where we joined another commune for one year. I have written a second book about our experiences detailing the challenges and triumphs of re-integrating back into mainstream society.

When did you decide to become a writer?

From the time I can remember I have loved to read. As a child, I enjoyed telling stories to my friends. I was probably eight years old when I began to write. A few years later, I wrote my first hundred-page novel, a love story between a teen-couple named Sandy and Joey. I wrote throughout my young adult years regularly, however, when I became a mom, my writing dwindled down to the occasional few pages here and there.  I have been lucky in the sense that I've known from a young age what my passions were, and have followed through on my interests. Becoming a published author has been a goal of mine from the time I was nine and sent off one of my short stories to a publishing house. Now that I have reached that goal, I am working on creating more books and building my writing business into a financially sustainable career.

What do you like to read?

I am an eclectic reader. For most of my childhood and younger adult years, I read fiction predominantly stories about day-to-day trials and tribulations in life, supernatural stories, horror, and thriller suspense. In my mid-twenties, I ran a family owned bookstore/postal center and gravitated toward non-fiction, small business books, and memoirs, and still later, sociology, science, economics and travel writing, interspersed with regional romance novels and Mary Higgens Clark's mystery novels. Lately, I have enjoyed reading all of Liane Moriarty's books, Emma Straub’s, The Vacationers, Elena Ferente's novels, Han Kang's The Vegetarian, The Stranger, by Albert Camus and re-reading Sophie Kinsella's older works, Remember Me and The Undomestic Goddess.




C.A. Wittman grew up in Northern California. In 1993 she moved to Maui Hawaii where she raised her children. Synanon Kid is her second book. Currently, she resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Frank.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

On Conversations: #AAMBC #author Terri M. Bolds

Please join me in welcoming author Terri M. Bolds to Conversations today! Terri is here to talk about her book, Bold Love: A Letter to My Young Sisters! So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below! And don't forget to check out her interview too and get to know Terri M. Bolds.

Lisa ~

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BOLD LOVE: A Letter to My Young Sisters

Bold Love: A Letter to My Young Sisters is a love letter full of personal experiences, science and deliberate encouragement to help one move through the challenges related to self-esteem, absent relationships and racial challenges. This body of work is written through the eyes of the writer as if she were her younger self. Bold Love speaks to young ladies and women that may not understand the pathology of their behaviors. Bold Love uses poetry and anonymous testimony to normalize any reader that may feel like their problem is one that only they have faced. Bold Love creates a platform to encourage self-reflection and makes a plea for one to accept their reality and not live in fantasy by holding on to what one believes should have been. The love letter is to encourage a young generation to learn who they are and where they come from and to not allow unfavorable circumstances stunt the promise that was put on their lives.

 




Excerpt from Bold Love


Dear Black Girl,

My journey is worth journaling and one that I believe can help someone else. Learning to love myself is a continuous process, and I humbly welcome the growth that has taken place. Humbled because there was a time when I thought that to look at me was to see a fat, unhappy, girl with two birth defects on her face, also known as dimples. Humbled because I did not let the taunts about my weight or the fullness of my lips tear me down to the point of no return. Humbled that despite what seemed to be a life story chronicling dejection and self-hatred, I am a survivor of my own mind. I made the choice to release the negative thoughts that had plagued the mind and soul of a young woman who was yearning to feel normal. My journey is one that I was too shy and embarrassed to discuss: I have come from the absence of a parent, sexual abuse, being talked about, wondering why the boys did not like me, and hopelessly gazing at my friends and others that I felt had better lives than mine.



Interview with Terri M. Bolds


Who you are and what are you about?

I am Terri M. Bolds, Licensed Therapist, Author and Public Speaker. I am the founder/owner of Bold Visions Consulting, which was created to educate the community on mental health with an emphasis on self-esteem and self-empowerment.

Tell me why you decided on your career.Why not something else?

I made up my mind in high school that I wanted to be someone that helps guide others. I would describe what I wanted to be as a professional mentor. There were so many that helped me through tough years and I understood that if it had not been for them I could have been on the negative end of statics.


What projects are you looking to do in the future?


I’m looking forward to traveling as a speaker/author educating people about mental health with an emphasis on self-esteem and self-empowerment. I hope to get my books in schools, colleges and such where the books would suitable for their respective audiences.

How did you start writing/teaching? Or what led you to that profession?

I wrote a lot as a kid. I was timid, shy and had no other way that I felt safe to discuss my feelings. I used to journal, write stories and poems.  When I was 23 I was diagnosed with epilepsy and almost dropped out of school because my cognitive functioning was so damaged. I never thought after I completed my degree , that I would ever  be doing much more writing. I developed my passion for teaching while I was in my practicum in my graduate program. It was also there that I knew,  I would not be doing individual therapy for the rest of my life.

Your influences and goals?

I have had many influences. Bold Visions Consulting, is me addressing the needs of my younger self. Answering the questions, writing the books, facilitating the workshops I needed as a young person. I had many teachers, mentors and just kind people to help guide me. My mom was a hard worker and did more at my current age than I ever had. She had a house, three children and maintained her family since she was 20. My mom struggled, but never quit, I have a lot of her in me. My uncle is the other influence. He was that positive male role model that pushed me and had unspoken expectations for me. He is ultimately the one that coached me into being an entrepreneur. He even named the business. My goal is to be known for my passion about mental health and self-esteem/self-empowerment.  I love watching people’s stories on television, family, friends, randoms, PEOPLE INSPIRE ME.

What projects are you looking to do in the future?


I’m looking forward to traveling as a speaker/author educating people about mental health with an emphasis on self-esteem and self-empowerment. I hope to get my books in schools, colleges and such where the books would be suitable for their respective audiences.

What are you currently doing now, in terms or other projects?

Currently I am contracted with Cincinnati public schools implementing my bullying program, and soon to release my second book.




Terri Bolds is a Licensed Therapist, Author, Public Speaker and the Creator of Bold Visions Consulting; a business created to educate the community on mental health, emphasizing on self-esteem and self -empowerment.

Receiving a BA in Psychology and Masters in 2006 from Wright State University; she worked as a therapist for a short period of time before taking positions as an Associate Professor, Mental Health Specialist and substitute teacher over the years.

In 2015, Terri founded her business Bold Visions Consulting focusing on esteem, and empowerment as if she were addressing her younger self. With Bold Visions, Terri has been able to conduct and facilitate workshops, speak and educate on mental health in schools and churches with youth participants; and have been featured in printed publications. Having a passion for writing, Terri released her first self-published booked “Bold Love- A Letter To My Young Sister in 2016, and Bold Choices- They Say I’m Bad to follow summer of 2017.

In partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, she is helping implement the importance of mental wellness and practices of anti- bullying, not only by teaching and literature but also using visuals, interactive activities and experiences.

With more to come, Terri will continue to empower and encourage by traveling and speaking to the masses about the importance of mental health and wellness.


www.boldvisionsconsulting.net

 



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On Conversations: #AAMBC #author Raquel M. R. Thomas

Please join me in welcoming author Raquel M. R. Thomas to Conversations today! Raquel is here to talk about her novel, What Becomes of a Broken Soul! So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below! And don't forget to check out her interview too and get to know Raquel M. R. Thomas.

Lisa ~

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WHAT BECOMES OF A BROKEN SOUL

Rachel has been through a lot in her young life. When she was a child, her parents used and sold drugs, her mother beat her, and she had to fend for herself much of the time. But while her life was miserable, her dreams were bright. She wanted to become a businesswoman and start her own company, and basketball gave her an outlet for her feelings and her ambition.

But growing up isn’t easy—and love still isn’t simple. Rachel finds herself drawn to both John, the boyfriend who says he loves her, and Shanae, her longtime best friend who supports her through thick and thin. Although Rachel cares deeply for both of them, she isn’t yet ready for love—not after everything she has been through.

And then Richard enters her life. Rachel is now a young woman enjoying professional success and making her own decisions, but she often still lives in a past haunted by abuse. In her relationship with this new man that she can see a future with, Rachel must confront her demons and decide how she will live—and love—moving forward.

 




Interview with Raquel M. R. Thomas

Who is Raquel M. R. Thomas?
 

I am a God-fearing woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a student! I am always learning and evolving. I am a woman who strives every day to walk in my purpose and to do the work God has set out for me to do. I am the protector of my energy. I am a believer that all things are possible and I am a dreamer that has set out to catch my dreams. I am a dream catcher!
 

What inspired the book?
 

As earlier as the 2ndgrade I wanted to be a writer. I would write short stories and poems as a small child. I never wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer, I wanted to a writer. The book is inspired by my life and what I have seen over the course of my life. The book was also inspired by triumph, the ability to overcome. I wanted to inspire others and even awaken something in someone that has been asleep far too long. I wanted to reach my audience and give something they could relate to.
 

Who is your favorite character?
 

That’s an easy question “Rachel”. Rachel is a character that has been through so much yet she finds a way to stand despite her circumstance. Rachel is also very human meaning she hurts, she cries, she has happy moments, she makes mistakes, and she isn’t perfect.
 

Tell us the most difficult portion of the book to write?
 

The book pulls many different emotions from the reader and there are many moments that are defining moments throughout the book. If I had to select a portion of the book that was difficult I would say the abuse that Rachel endured as a child.
 

Tell us the most exciting portion of the book to write?
 

The excitement really was throughout the entire book. Even with all the emotions that were running high being able to put it all on paper was an exciting process. When I would go to my writing chair despite what part of the book I was on I felt excitement!
 

What was your writing process?
 

My writing process was simple while writing “What Becomes of a Broken Soul”. I have a writing chair in my bedroom that I sit in and write. I play old R&B music mostly from the 90s and my fingers do the rest. I make sure I am in a very relaxed environment and that it is quiet.
 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years as an author?
 

In 5 years, I would like to have 3 more books published and becoming a New York Times Best Seller! I can see a film or play coming from “What Becomes of a Broken Soul” for sure. Overall, I see more writing and more books!



MBA, CEO, LLC!  Those are not acronyms many usually associate with a girl from the “wrong” side of the tracks!  Still those challenges are exactly why Raquel Michelle Richardson Thomas is the CEO/Owner of six thriving businesses, all before her 35th birthday!

The Columbia SC native decided while just a child that despite her circumstances, she would achieve her goals and change lives in the process. After receiving her BA in Business Administration and Marketing from Virginia State University and Graduating from the University of Maryland with an MBA, she quickly began crafting her action plan to make her entrepreneurial goals realities. Before her 28th birthday this visionary was owner and CEO of two thriving companies, at 31 she notched two more successes on her business belt and today Raquel sits at the helm of several lucrative companies that include Children of Tomorrow Learning Center and Child Care, The Museum Shop; a High End Men’s Apparel Store in the nation’s capital, plus a Health Care Business and Cleaning Company.

Her current business venture combines fashion with a positive message and movement. Definitive.Movement.Rebellion. (DMR) Fashion is more than a brand it’s a declaration of self-expression which encourages and promotes the freedom of being your truest self. Raquel moved the on-line business into a brick and mortar retail outlet in the Columbia Place Mall, Columbia, SC in less than a year and has established it not only as a retail outlet, but also an artist showcase. Each weekend the store hosts DMR Live featuring singers, spoken word artists, musicians and other live performances. Visual artists are also showcased with striking artwork on the walls of the store and in an innovative move; Raquel gave select on-line outlets the incredible opportunity to carry their line(s) at the Columbia SC location. Raquel says the goal for DMR Fashion is to create a welcoming space that melds commerce and community!

Raquel is continuing that sentiment with her non-profit organization Dream Catchers which will utilize programs, workshops and mentoring sessions to help youth from impoverished neighborhoods and broken households, gain the skills and self-confidence needed to achieve their goals.

Continuing her desire to encourage and motivate, Raquel recently turned a childhood passion for writing into her first book set to release in the summer of 2017. “What becomes of a Broken Soul” is a fictional story loosely based on the many challenges she faced, atrocities she witnessed and how perseverance, love and incredible drive can overcome even the most dysfunctional upbringing.

This mother of two frequently advises young entrepreneurs to stay committed to their dreams and goals in spite of the often tedious and difficult work. She encourages enterprising men and women, reminding them that “Challenges will come, but it is those obstacles that make you stronger, wiser and confident that greater is coming”! Raquel counsels those perusing business ventures to become familiar with every aspect of their company and never get too big to roll up your sleeves and lend your employees a helping hand!

Raquel clearly recognizes that everything she has been blessed to accomplish in her life is due to God’s love and favor.  Even in the worst times her faith has allowed her to experience the Lord’s Presence in her personal and professional life! Raquel says “God has built a fence around me and proven countless times that Matthew 19:26 is true; With God All Things Are Possible”


Find the author:
Website: www.raquelrt3.com
Facebook: Raquel RT3
Instagram: RaquelRT3
Twitter: @RaquelRT3Author
Snapchat: RaquelRT3
 



Thursday, August 3, 2017

On Conversations: #AAMBC #author Mariah James

Please join me in welcoming author Mariah James to Conversations today! Mariah is here to talk about her romance novel, Planez! So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below! And don't forget to check out her interview too and get to know Mariah James.

Lisa ~

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PLANEZ

Essence Brown is a beautiful fashion magazine editor-in-chief living in New York City. Malcolm Hill is a handsome real estate agent from Chicago. When they meet on a business trip, things began to heat up. They say you shouldn't mix business with pleasure, but what happens when you do?

Planez will take you on a ride of your life; full of sex, thrill and betrayal. This isn't your ordinary flight...fasten your seat belt and prepare for take off.

 




Excerpt from Planez

Chapter 1: Check-In

As told by Essence…

I watched him walk down the aisle with such confidence. He was the epitome of fine, standing at least 6’5 with dark brown skin and a low caesar cut. Even through his charcoal grey Armani suit you could see the definition of his masculine frame. As he walked closer to me, my heart began to beat out of my chest. I squirmed in my seat, unable to sit still. My body flushed with warmth as chills went up my spine at the same time. He was moving closer, and with each step I began to melt in my seat. A stranger with such a big effect on me. How was this even possible? I just knew he’d walk right past me and I’d go unnoticed, but he suddenly stopped at my row and lifted his carry-on bag up into the overhead compartment. I could smell the Acqua Di Gio cologne seeping from his pores like a whiff of fresh air. I closed my eyes in bliss.

“Excuse me, Miss? Miss?” A deep baritone interrupted my thoughts, causing me to nearly jump out of my seat. “Whoa, I didn’t mean to alarm you, but I’m in seat D.” He laughed, showing off his dimples, as he showed me his ticket. As his hand extended forward, I checked out an empty ring finger.

“Oh, um…excuse me.” I fumbled over my words as I straightened my hair and stood up to let him over. I could see him lick his lips as he looked me up and down. I waited for him to take his seat, and I shimmied my way back into the row. I arched my back and sat down as slowly as I could. I knew he was looking at me. I could see his dimples from the corner of my eye.

“My name is Malcolm.” He reached his hand out to shake. I looked up from his neatly manicured nails to his face. His goatee was full and neatly trimmed.

I took his hand. “Essence.” I grinned.

“Ahh…indispensable,” he whispered.

“Excuse me?” I asked.

Laughing, he stated, “indispensable is the denotation of essence.”

My grin faded as I shied away, turning my face from him.

“Please don’t stop smiling.” He whispered to me as his soft hands touched my chin and gently turned my face to match his.

My breathing picked up, trying to compensate for the breath he stole away from me.

“You’re beautiful, Essence.” His big brown eyes stared deeply into mine. I went to speak, but no words would form. He detached his hand from my chin and looked forward, leaving me to stare at the side of his face in awe.



Interview with Mariah James

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I realized I wanted to be a writer when I couldn’t think of anything else better to do. As a kid my favorite pastime was reading and writing. I’d get lost in a book. I would try to guess what would happen next, I would twist the plot around, and so I started writing my own stories, poems, or even two lined paragraphs.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

My interest writing quirk would be music! I get a lot of inspirations from my favorite songs, even songs that are not my favorite. There may be a lyric in the song that will spark an entire plot.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

When I am not writing, I like to watch movies with my son.  I also spend time with family and friends. I do a lot of reading when I am not writing as well, it keeps my mind busy!

What advice do you have for writers?

I would tell writers to write! That story you have buried inside of you needs to come out. There is someone dying to hear it. Don’t worry about the critics, don’t worry about making mistakes, don’t think about failure! Just write!

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

I considered a pen name at first due to fear. I write urban romance novels, so the content can get a little juicy. I was worried about how I would be viewed by the people who know me. I decided to go with my birth name because once I completed my first novel, I was too proud of myself to hide behind a pseudonym.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I would tell young Mariah to not give up on her dreams. For a long time I gave up writing, as hard as it was to fight the urge, I gave it all up. I made excuses for why I couldn’t be a writer, why I couldn’t get published, why, why, why. It wasn’t until I came to terms that, I am a Writer; my soul bleeds through words and I needed to release what was inside of me.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

I do not believe in writer’s block. Writer’s break? YES! It is important as a writer, to take the necessary “breaks” we need. It may seem as if ideas are hard to come by, but they are never too far away. We are so critical on ourselves, so we tend to shoot down ideas we have and interpret that as writer’s block. The truth is, we need to write out those ideas, in order to get to a better one!



Mariah James, born and raised in Rochester, New York. She is the owner of Press Three Seventeen Publishing. Her first novel, Planez was released in August 2016. Shortly after its release, Mariah was nominated for Best Author at the 2017 Roc Awards. Mariah discovered her passion for writing at a very young age. As a child she spent much time reading and writing. She uses writing as an outlet; you can feel the passion in her words as you read. 

For more examples of her literacy works be sure to follow her blog at www.mjayscorner.com.

Find the author:
www.facebook.com/pressthreeseventeen 

www.instagram.com/pressthreeseventeen
Email: pressthreeseventeen@gmail.com
 



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