Imani Wisdom's brainchild -- Pink Noire Publications -- has been known for her unpredictable style of storytelling. Now its founder is expanding the "pink and black" brand to shine on prolific artists. From the inspirationalist, Danica Worthy to bestselling author, Stacy Deanne, Pink Noire understand these talented individuals know how to express their craft through words, song, dance, and stroke of a brush.

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We Want A Different Story, By Terence June Gray

Having only limited experiences with black men, many Americans draw their conclusions of what they believe from news media, pop culture, and urban legends. Even black men draw their own conclusions about what it means to be black from these limited representations. As a whole, we Americans tend to make large generalizations from minimal information. We know far too little about the people that we make generalizations about. In the case of black men, most of the minimal information that is shared about them is negative. Therefore, a negative stereotype case is built. This creates a narrative. The narrative then begins to permeate black communities and drives itself deep into the hearts of black boys. The story is bought and recycled through generations. Older black men teach younger black men what it means to be a “real black man or real n**ga.” Whites and blacks alike buy into the mythology of black inferiority, hyper-masculinity, and lack of intelligence. Before a black boy is able to develop any concept of self, he is already given a mask to wear. He is told by his older siblings, his uncles, and even his father to be “hard.” He is told that he has to be hard in order to make it where he is from. The music that he listens to and the images that he sees in the media begin to enforce this mythology. To break out of this mythology will require much effort. He is already labeled and expected to play a certain role in society. As a result of this mythology, the value of black lives has been questioned. Black lives are left undefended by the law. In many cases, they are the unprotected ones because they are viewed as the ones to be protected from.
The Pressure
In various areas of life, black men are told to “put their hands up.” They are constantly putting their hands up as they interview for jobs, meet with families, hand police officers their I.D.s, enter crowded elevators, walk down streets at night, move into neighborhoods, and apply for schools. Even the most educated and sophisticated of black men bend to the pressure of this narrative. It drains them of their dignity as they have to
constantly convince others that they are not a threat. They have to convince people that they are not a threat to their bloodlines when trying to marry their daughters. They have to convince people that they are not a threat to their company cultures, as they interview for jobs. They have to convince people that they are not threats to their neighborhood as they unload the U-Haul. Black men feel the pressure to prove that they are not threats to people’s religion as they visit their churches. As they sit at Starbucks waiting for a friend, they are watched with caution. Imagine that. Quite often, they feel as if they are on a visitor’s pass in America. Constantly having to prove your innocence can be overwhelming. I am tired just writing about it. It makes you want to retreat and just live amongst your own. This narrative puts unnecessary pressure on situations that should be normal. Interacting with police, cashing a check, applying for a loan or driving through a “nice” neighborhood, become high-stress activities....”
Terence June Gray, M.Div, is a Pastor and Writer from Memphis, TN. He is currently a Church Planter at Downtown Church which serves the evolving community of Downtown Memphis. He has served the youth of inner-city Memphis and Dallas as an artist, pastor, case manager, and mentor.  He is the Author of the Book “We Want A Different Story.”

The book is about identity formation among African American men and how historical, political, and theological narratives shape identity. Terence is married to the love of his life Ashley Gray.

Stories influence both individuals and entire people, groups. Since 1619, we have all been told a distorted story about black men in America. Yet, many black men have chosen to take back the pen and write a better story for themselves and their descendants.
The value of an African American male’s life has become a mainstream conversation in the 21st century. We Want A Different Story engages this critical conversation with hopes of cultivating healing and empathy in our society.The stories, facts, and solutions will assist readers from all backgrounds in deconstructing a false narrative of black inferiority.

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“...The narrative about black men evolved over time. Black men in America went from being portrayed as foolish to being portrayed as dangerous. Black men went from being viewed as pets to being viewed as threats. The image was then mass-distributed by the majority culture that had the power to control the narrative. Since then, the narrative has morphed and reinvented itself over time. The man who was once called a savage or brute is now called a “thug” in the 21st century. The language has shifted, yet the concept remains the same. The thug label is profane yet appropriate enough to be used in television interviews, dinner table conversations, and classrooms. The label is usually given to individuals who for whatever reason are unable to live up to mainstream standards of decency. The term thug is dangerous because it takes away a person’s humanity. Thugs must be dealt with. Laws are written for thugs. Guns are bought to protect us against thugs. When the thug has been identified within a community, resources are directed toward containing him. The media then does the work of broadcasting the thug’s image over its various channels of influence. America begins to make a correlation between skin color and criminal activity. The thug has a face now. This is heartbreaking and constricting to a generation of boys who had no choice. The young men with whom I have had the privilege of mentoring in Memphis were born into a story. They didn’t choose this story, though they do have the opportunity to rewrite it.

Get to Know the Author:
What inspired you to write “We Want A Different Story”?
I feel like if I didn't write this book my head was going to explode. I didn’t have a choice but to write it. The proverbial need of the hour in our country is empathy and understanding. We don’t get each other. I’m just telling my part of the story with hopes of helping someone better understand the black experience. Too often the story of African American men in this country has been distorted leading to a lack of empathy from our fellow Americans. I wanted to write something that would help us unlock the story of black men in America and ultimately lead to people breaking free from false ideologies and myths.
What would you say to someone who says that talking about race only further divides us?
I would assume that the person answering that question does not understand the repercussions and implications of history. I would also add that maybe they have benefited from certain aspects of American history that lead to them enjoying the privilege. That, of course, is just my assumption. It is a privilege to not have to talk about race. But, a teenage girl who gets the N-Word written on her locker at school has to talk about race. She has no choice. The mother of an unarmed black boy gunned down by police has to talk about race. This issue has made its way into our living rooms and dinner tables because of modern technology. We have to talk about it.
Was there any particular incident that made you say, “hey I have to write this book now”?
Yes. I was in Downtown Dallas when the 12 police officers were shot in 2016 at the Black Lives Matter rally. It happened about two blocks from my apartment, and I watched it all play out right in front of my eyes. My heart was broken for the officers and their families. The reactions to that event created even deeper polarization and tribalism in our country. It made me realize that people were giving up on one another. The Dallas shooting showed me that we were a long way away from understanding each other’s pain.
Some would argue that African Americans are victimizing themselves by talking about racial trauma and critical race theory. How would you respond to that?
I think that the term “victim” is often misapplied to people who have the courage to speak up about their racial trauma. I often hear people say, “don’t be a victim” or “stop making excuses” or “get over it, you had the same opportunities as me”? Unfortunately, I believe that such people are arguing from the perspective that all things are fair. You don’t have to look back too far to see that we didn’t all begin at the same starting point in America. There are obvious inequalities in pretty much every sector of society that stem from the past. We didn’t write this story we are simply telling it with hopes of changing it.
You are a pastor. How does your faith influence your writing?
I believe that the teachings of Jesus can very much be applied to many of the issues that we face in society today. We must not forget that Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor and it was his faith that allowed him to stand so boldly against evil. It was his understanding of the Biblical concept of love that allowed him to have empathy for those who would spit in his face. My faith informs my writing. I believe that blacks lives matter because God says so.
What is your hope for African American men and boys who read your book?
My hope is that they would love themselves for who they are and strive for their highest potential. My hope is that they would be able to discern their real selves from false identities created by people who don’t know or love them. We are brilliant. We are powerful. We are world changers, Many of us have just never been told that. Instead of being blessed, we have been cursed. I pray that this book blesses black men.
What advice would give someone who aspires to write a book someday?
You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Take your time. You don’t have to write it all at once. In the beginning, stages do not edit anything. Just write. Express yourself. Let everything come out raw. Then, hire the best editor that you can afford. Invest in your dream.
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(the  twitter handle is different from the IG because the IG has my middle name. Sometimes people miss it.)
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I Will Not Be a Pawn, by Joseph Spicer, Sr.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan worked for twenty- nine years for the Michigan Department of Corrections and was named regional corrections officer of the year in 1995 and retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections in April of 2015. I attended Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan and received a full scholarship to college and played basketball at Lake Superior State University. A stand-out high school basketball player from Detroit, Michigan, who won an award at the legendary “Five Star Basketball Camp”. Where a host of known NBA ballplayers started their fundamental skills at a young age. Spicer was just twenty-two years old when he became a corrections officer, twenty-nine years later he hopes his memoirs will act as a teaching tool for parents, athletes, mentors, and others who face difficulties dealing with and discussing every day social issues that impact their lives for better or worse.

Prison is like chess. The prisoners and officers are simply pieces on the board, waiting to be manipulated. But one corrections officer refuses to be anyone's pawn.

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I Will Not Be a Pawn, a prison corrections officer provides a unique perspective on the complex relationships and hierarchies of the prison system and how life behind bars has both changed and stayed the same.

Joseph S. Spicer Sr. details his life both within the Department of Corrections and outside. His memoirs

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What inspired you to write a book?
I was inspired to write this book after working 29 years in the Department of Corrections and seeing countless number of young men and women coming through the criminal justice system as if it was a rite of passage, not truly understanding the consequences that come with the bad decision made, due to not taking the time to stop and think.
How would you describe your book to the reader?
I would describe my book as a teaching tool for parents, educators, mentors, youth organizations, the judicial system and a host of community programs that are set out to reinforce the importance of” life’s journey’s that will take one through some ups and downs but it’s how you navigate through those struggles that will determine your overall success or downfall, simply put checks and balances.         
 Why did the word “pawn” become a focal point throughout your book?
The word “pawn” became  a focal point just because of the situations that individuals put themselves in, a lot of times unnecessarily and then becoming sacrificial property to the Counties, State’s and Federal judicial system, I strived to emphasize (importance), how a person must stop and think, am I making the right decision for myself and those who love me .                                             
  What made you use the analogy(comparison) of chess pieces for your storyline?   
 I went about using the game of chess, as a comparison to the game of checkers, as my storyline due to the connections with my journey through the Department of Corrections where I used administrative leaders within the dept. of Corrections as pieces of chess on a chessboard, I wanted the young reader to think about situations in their lives and make a comparison to my story. One example is where I state to the young me and women reader “stop playing checkers with your life and start playing chess” with checkers your bouncing around the board until you land up in jail and or other serious complications, whereas in chess your strategizing, thinking more of about consequences and goals you want to achieve.        
 What would be some lesson you would like to be learned and highlighted in the book?      
I would want the lesson of having integrity (honest principles) moral values do the right thing when no one is watching you, hold on to your true beliefs of right and wrong and to not let anyone family or friend cross those lines. To many individuals fall short an accept negative behavior as the norm it’s not.                                                                        
What challenges did you come across writing this complex book about the relationships and hierarchies within the prison system?
For one just opening up about the problems I encountered towards the end of my Corrections career working in the Dept. of Corrections was tough, I’m really not one to openly speak out about my time working within the prison system , but I was inspired and called upon by a higher power  to tell my life’s story takes the reader on a journey, in order to help those families, youth’s, Pastors/minister’s, educator’s, Juvenile justice system and others who are struggling with what directions to travel? and have healthy discussions amongst one another by using this book as a tool.
Why do you want to emphasize the messages within the body of the book, as opposed to the corruptions you encountered while working in the prison system?
And what did you find to be the value of writing a book of this very interesting subject (Hierarchies of the Prison System) by giving the reader an inside perspective of the complexities of the Prison system?                                                
I wanted to emphasize that after writing this book I have had the pleasure of young men and young women, fathers, mothers, and people of different ethnicities, letting me know how much they enjoyed this book, I’ve been told by these different nationalities that, ”they can relate to the problems and struggles within the family structure and how it has made them take a different look at how to deal with their own loved ones returning to the communities. When it comes to the corruption within the prison system itself and writer not emphasizing it more, I’ll let the reader decide and understand that within the prison system itself, everyone can become a pawn if you do not have any integrity and morale to do the right thing.

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Twitter link: Joseph Spicer Sr.@Jpicer497sr.                                            
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A Contemporary Romance: Reminiscing, by Tierra Cox

Tierra Cox is a poet and a writer who has been writing for public audiences for the past three years on her blog on Tumblr. She crafts tales with elements of fantasy and the paranormal and mixes in multicultural love. Tierra is fueled by the idea of blending the two, specifically for black women and POCs. With an educational background in creative writing, she will be graduating this fall with a Bachelors in English Literature. When she isn't writing, and that isn't often, she can be found in her Texas home catching up on new Sci-fi movies.

In this raw, emotional, and beautiful debut, Tierra Cox brings readers a quaint bwam, contemporary romance about love and fame, and how at the base of it all, we're simply humans looking for a special connection with another soul.

KyuBeom Yoon is known as the ice prince of the renowned K-pop group, C4. All he wanted was to get away from it all—the lights, the cameras, and the fame that comes with being an idol. And all he wants is Maya Campoy. With Maya, he gets the chance to feel normal, to be loved, to be happy... 

Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. Years later, he finds himself on a radio show reliving a tale of love and heartbreak, wondering if, at the end of it all, she’ll give him another chance.

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KyuBeom listened to the host talk nonchalantly after that. The show was winding up for the night, and he let the thoughts of her drift in and out of his head as he listened to callers and took questions. He’d known this would pop up, some women telling him of their love and asking if he could fall in love again. Others complained he had gone to America and found love. “What was wrong with Korea?”

At the end, he stood up and thanked the MC for his time. 

The older man smiled at him. “I’m really interested in hearing this. My whole show is based around lost love, love newly found, and missed connections. Your story sounds like all three! Same time tomorrow? Should I call your manager?”

KyuBeom shook his head. “I mostly do my own thing now. I’ll be here.” 

He exited the building, pulling his coat once more around his neck. The car was here this time, and he walked the short distance to the door as ice crystals stung his cheeks. She would have loved this. She liked snow. 

He placed his hand on the door handle and heard her soft laugh in his ear.

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When did you start writing? 
I wrote my first story when I was eleven years old. It was about a girl who was sent to her people’s goddess in an attempt to save their village. The story ends with the goddess becoming her mother and the destruction of her town. I was quite proud of it and have since revamped it from my eleven-year-old storytelling self. 

What inspires you to write?
A need to tell a story I have not heard before. There’s nothing more difficult. I read and watch a lot of fantasy and paranormal fiction, and there’s a plethora of characters and themes to work with. I want to tell a great story that immerses someone in a different world. I would say that and because my grandfather told me writing was my gift. “Not everyone can weave a great tale,” he would say to me.

What inspired you to write, Reminiscing?
You always hear stories about a man falling in love with a woman, and it's his family who never accepts her because she’s poor or uneducated. Sometimes, it’s simply because she’s black!  I thought, “Okay, but what if she’s black and it’s her family who doesn’t want him around?” Now let’s make this interesting and add a K-pop twist!

Who are your favorite writers/poets?
Authors: Anne Rice, Barbara Kingsolver, Beatrix Potter, Octavia Butler, and Toni Morrison. My favorite poets are Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Robert Frost.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
My grandfather and my sisters. My Pop-pop died about five years ago, but his influence is still heavily around me. I write because he believed in me. He sealed my love of literature, and I know that from where he is, he’s very proud of me. 
My sisters are my best friends—I have three younger sisters who are a constant source of inspiration. I can have an idea, pitch it to them, and they’ll hype me up, give me advice and keep me on it until it’s done. My sister, TaBryn, was heavily involved with Reminiscing

Why do you write, or prefer to write, paranormal/fantasy literature?
I hardly ever see black women as protagonists and love interests in this genre. They have been sidekicks and antagonists, but hardly ever the one running the show. On a personal level, I love everything that has to do with the metaphysical. I’m heavily involved in that arena. There are so many things to talk about—energy levels, moon phases, candle magick. Many of these aspects are actually integral parts of African-American culture. If you look back at our history, no matter where you stand with religion, you know someone who is a root worker, who does a little hoodoo. I think the fun aspect is combining all these truths with just a little, What if?

Where do you see yourself going with your writing? What upcoming works should we be looking forward to?
A Netflix special (lol). Really, that’s all I want. I don’t care if I never get a huge following and my name isn’t known in households. I would be just as happy to have a small, cult following. I can be a Donnie Darko type of writer instead of Twilight massive. As long as there are people who are excited to have my latest thing, I’ll be happy to pump out my many, many ideas. What I’m most excited about is this Faustian pact, Christian mythology novel I’m working with. It’s called He Calls Himself Veles and sometimes it gives me Anne Rice vibes, so I hope it’s as good as I think it is.

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Queen of Beasts: Breaking Mika, By Phoenix Williams

Phoenix Williams, as seen in Sheen Magazine, is a CEO, screenwriter, bestselling, award-nominated author, and a public speaker, she credits her success to standing in her truth, obsessing over anime, owning who she is, and giving her fears the bird. In her own words, "I write books and talk shit." From her erotic romance series, Sex, Lies, and Friendship, to her paranormal series, Queens of Beasts, this self-proclaimed smutty, smutty princess has captured the attention of readers and industry leaders alike.   

Plagued by secrets, haunted by memories, and tortured by inner demons, Mika Mashall is a woman not to be trifled with. Returning to Hell Fire Valley after thirteen years, she is put in charge of finding who wanted her beloved grandmother murdered. Add on the fact that she was Turned into a shifter against her will and it's no wonder she's having a hard time controlling her bloodlust.
Suffering from Hell Fire Valley's Alpha curse, Andrew Bayer is more animal than man. With the weight of one of the few Bear clans on his shoulders and a past that has him seeing ghosts around every corner, Drew finally finds his salvation in the form of one woman: Mika Mashall.
With danger lurking in the shadows and secrets brewing just beneath the surface, Mika and Andrew learn that love and destiny cannot solve everything but death can. What else would you expect when Drew The Destroyer and Mika The Berserker team up?

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Eight Years Ago...
The old Jeep bounced and rocked on the unpaved road. The scent of soil, plants, and sleeping predators filled my senses. The sun peeked through the canopy of trees, warming my skin.
This was paradise.
This was sanctuary.
This was home.
Five years in the Amazon and I was starting to feel like I kinda belonged. That was all thanks to Mikael and Amande. In their own way, they loved me like the child they never had. When I was eleven years old, they finally set me down and told me everything. From why I was brought here to what my parents really did for the government, nothing was off-limits. Including, the fact that I was now expected to continue in the line of business Mikael and Amande were in. From the wars in wilds of Africa to assassinations on Mafia bosses, the three of us were who you called.
Human weapons.
Angels of the underground.
And I was the star.
For as far back as I could remember, I was always physically stronger than everyone else around me. With Mikael and Amande’s training, I was able to harness that strength and make more money than most people saw in a lifetime.
Even with their love and companionship, I felt like a piece of me was missing.
Four pieces to be exact. My sisters. I needed them like I needed the air in my lungs. We had an unshakable bond, and I missed them terribly. The loneliness slowly turning into a rage that bubbled inside of me. Good thing my job was killing otherwise I’d go crazy.
Even in the soft nosiness of the Amazon, a tiny voice in the back of my head kept urging me to fight everything.
No wonder they call me a beast.
“You’re quiet, kostbaar,” Amande said, making a sharp turn. “Thinking about your sisters?”
Smiling as I leaned back against the worn leather seat, I turned my head in her direction. I loved it when she called me her love or sweetheart. It made me feel more like a real member of her and Mikael’s family instead of an assassin-in-training.
Truth be told, I wished that Amande and Mikael were my real parents. This woman knew me better than my own mother. According to her, I may not have been the daughter of her body, but I was the daughter of her heart.
“Yeah,” I sighed. “I wonder when we’ll hear something.”
“No worries, dochter. Mikael and his friends are the best trackers, they’ll find them for you.”
She said it with such conviction that I had no choice but to believe her as the Jeep bounced on the unpaved road. Fifteen minutes later, we were pulling up to the base of our home in the trees. Amande parked in front of the garage that Mikael had built for her a few years back.
Stepping out of the car, I stopped dead in my tracks. Breathing deeply, my stomach roiled as my lungs filled with the scents I was now intimately familiar with: malice, deceit, and blood. A quick glance to Amande told me that she smelled it too. As much as I wanted to rush up the stairs to see what the fuck was going on, the training that had been ingrained in me wouldn’t allow it.
With silent steps, we quickly made our way up the long set of stairs that led to our front porch. This was the one time that I hated living in an actual treehouse. Drops of blood coated the glossy wood, and I sent up a prayer to whoever lived in the sky that Mikael was alive. Following closely behind Amande, it was her scream that let me know my prayer hadn’t been answered. Shoving her out the way, I collapsed at the sight before me. Mikael.
Father of my heart.
Lying in a puddle of his own blood.
His chest rattling with each breath.
Looking around frantically, my eyes landed on the front door. Amande’s screams of horror were quiet compared to the thundering of my own heart. Something deep inside of me was clawing to get out. The tiny voice in my head became a bit louder as I read the note written on our door in Mikael’s own blood, his eyeballs hanging from our doorknob.
Stop looking for the Mashall sisters ~ MarcelloMikael’s own best friend, the man I called uncle, had done this to him and he wanted me to know. Wanted me to come find him. Wanted me to end his fucking life. That was the only reason he would leave his name. He was challenging me. Well, challenge fucking accepted.
Amande was on the satellite phone speaking rapid Dutch. The sound of engines was drawing closer. Her family would be here soon. They would save Mikael. I, on the other hand, had shit to do. Racing down the stairs, I ran through the jungle, daring any predator to fuck with me right now.
Two miles later, I was running up to Marcello’s treehouse. He waited for me on the porch, eyes filled with pain and resignation. There would be no victors in this battle.
One of us would die, and the other would live, the blood of a loved one on their hands.
With a roar that I didn’t know I could produce, I lunged for him, and the world went dark.
When I came to, I was standing in a pool of blood and body parts. Marcello’s wife weeping as she held what was left of his crushed skull between her hands.
Later, they would tell me that I tore Marcello’s body limb from limb. Later, they would tell me that I wouldn’t stop until my bloodlust was sated. Later, they would tell me that I behaved like the beast everyone accused me of being. Later, that battle would become one of legend.
All I knew for sure was that night changed me.
That night I learned my parents were more powerful than I could have ever
That night I learned my sisters and I were worth more than two men’s lives.
That night I learned to trust no one.
That night I learned that asking for help resulted in death.
That night something inside of me broke.
That night I became Mika The Berserker.

Get to Know the Author:
  • How did you get started?
    • In my last year of college, right before I went to law school, I decided to drop out. Of course, my parents were pissed but I had I had to take that leap of faith and I follow my dreams. So, I decided to believe in myself and start writing. I've been blessed to find success in something I love to do.
  • You've written in the genres of Street Lit, Erotic Romance, and Paranormal. Which is your favorite?
    • I love them each for different reasons. Street Lit has that gritty feel. Erotic Romance allows me to showcase my inner smutty, smutty princess. Paranormal lets me create fantastical worlds. I can't pick just one. It would be like picking your favorite child.
  • Now, your readers of your erotic romances have dubbed you the smutty, smutty, princess. What does that mean and can we all be one?
    • A smutty, smutty princess is a woman that is unashamed of who she is and what she wants. She owns everything about herself from her flaws to her sexuality. We can all be a smutty, smutty princess. All you have to do is let go of your inhibitions and the perceptions of society.
  • Queens of Beasts is your paranormal series that is taking readers by storm. What was the inspiration behind this epic tale?
    • Honestly, it was my love/obsession with anime and manga lol. I wanted to create the worlds that I've grown up with in that medium. I also wanted to make sure that the main characters were badass females.
  • What can readers expect from the third installment? The first book, Queens of Beasts: The Life, Love, and Death of Adara Mashall, had us all going crazy. Queens of Beasts: Breaking Mika has been hyped up for a year. So, you know we are expecting great things.
    • With Breaking Mika, you can expect a deep dive into the lore and mystery of Hell Fire Valley. In book two, Taming Revy, there were decisions made that have a direct effect on situations in Breaking Mika. I'm giving you lore, fantasy, mystery, thriller, and, of course, a love story.
  • What advice would you give to up and coming authors?
    • Stay humble and understand your position. You are new, not known. You can't expect to start on Monday and be a star by Friday. You have to put in the work. You have to pay your dues.
  • What's up next for you?
    • Several series lol. We have the Club Sugar series, the rest of the Queens of Beasts series, and the anniversary special of Sex, Love, and Other Drugs.

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All 4 Love, by Sharain Hemingway

Sharain Hemingway always had a passion for the written word. As a young girl, she discovered writing as a form of therapy and self-expression and believes it fuels her ability to shift thinking, behavior, and culture in both her personal and professional life. Through poetry, novels, and short-stories, Sharain aims to bridge generational gaps and create lasting ties that bind. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, she is an advocate for empowering women, shaping young minds, and encouraging individuals to be the very best version of themselves. As Sharain continues to set the pace, she hopes her imagination and writing style will be sure to Activate Your Inner Desires. Sharain is a native of Myrtle Beach, SC, and a graduate of Winthrop University.

All 4 Love” details the individual and combined journey of four lifelong girlfriends. Whether it’s finding a soulmate or finding herself, all four women are seeking to experience their very own version of "Happily Ever After.”

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What happens when four friends discover that life after college isn't the fairytale they once dreamed it would be?
Brooklyn James, the wild card, desires fine dining, seducing men, and an unwavering appetite for adventure. When she falls for an unexpected suitor, it forces her to take a hard look in the mirror as she suffers the consequences of her reckless way of living.
Riley Harper, the cautious one, swore off men after giving birth to her daughter as a teenager. With her daughter preparing to leave for college, Riley is finally allowing her heart to heal and is opening up to the idea of allowing love back into her life.
Michele Peterson, the moral compass of the group, has to balance her career, being a full-time mother of twins, and a devoted wife. While doing all of this, she is determined to continue being a supportive and loyal friend.
Candice Montgomery, the focus driven friend, has only wanted two things her entire life--a successful marriage and a family to call her own. When both are put to the test, she has to fight not to lose herself and everything she stands for.
Transitioning from being best friends in college to successful women, All 4 Love depicts the story of lifelong friends committed to maintaining their sisterhood despite the unexpected obstacles that come. Whether it's finding your soulmate or finding yourself, all four women are seeking to experience their very own version of "Happily Ever After."

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What made you think of the plot for this book?
      • All 4 Love takes you on a journey through the eyes of 4 amazing women as they embark on this quest to find their versions of “Happily Ever After”. For some that means finding love again, finding their purpose or passion, and for others “Happily Ever After” simply means finding themselves. I wanted to write the kind of book that I would enjoy reading and challenged myself to write a story that I haven’t read before, making it unique and digging deeper into emotions and experiences. Eventually, I had developed this strong, phenomenal, perfectly imperfect group of women and intentionally wrote this book in a way that puts you right alongside them in situations where you begin to see a little piece of yourself in them as you journey through All 4 Love. 

Do you see yourself in any of these women?
      • I think there is a little piece of Sharain in each and every one of the characters. I developed them in a way that illustrates who I was, who I am, and who I am aspiring to be in my journey of growth. I think currently, I relate more to Brooklyn James. She is career driven, fearless, and has traveled to more places than most people have ever dreamed. As you connect with her in the book, you’ll see how she has to relive a major crossroad from her past and question if she made the right decision back then. If she had chosen differently would she be living in her “Happily Ever After” instead of still searching for someone to build a future with her? I think that is where I am today. I have so many amazing things going in my life with this new project that I would love to have someone by my side to share this with.

In your book summary you mention all four women are seeking to experience their very own version of "Happily Ever After." What does your happily ever after look like for you?
      • To me, “Happily Ever After” is a combination of things. It’s falling in love and starting a family but it’s also continuing to live in my truth and protecting my peace. To Never again remove jewels out of my crown so that someone else can shine in my life, to water friendships that are healthy and to remove any and all toxic relationships that present themselves, and ultimately to just keep being the very best version of myself. 

Can you tell us about the characters in your book?
      • All 4 Love navigates life, love, and womanhood through the eyes of 4 amazing women as they embark on this quest to find their versions of “Happily Ever After.” Candice, Brooklyn, Riley, and Michele all meet in college and form a pure and beautiful friendship that blossoms into this amazing sisterhood. I really wanted to capture the essence of childhood and younger friendships that have the ability to grow and continuously pour into you if you are willing to put the work in. It’s something that I have learned first-hand in my journey of growth. I believe friendships are a lot like dating. If you meet someone 10 years ago and the relationship hasn’t matured, that’s not someone you want the spend the rest of your life with. I don’t think we hold friendships to the same standard. If your relationship or friendship never matures past partying, then it’s not a friendship that you can sustain when the music stops, and you enter into a storm. This is a hard lesson that what we learn from the women in All 4 Love.
Is there anything you want readers to learn from reading All 4 Love?
      • The book shines light on 2 subjects that we all live and battle with on a daily basis. The first one: Falling victim to allowing likes on social media posts to replace calling and checking on a friend. One of the realizations that this group of ladies shine light on is the fact that some of them went months without speaking or physically seeing each other even though they constantly liked a picture or sent the occasional funny meme. Not knowing that one of them was hurting. This book really does speak to the importance of “checking on your friends” 
      • The second one: We live in the world of the now. You see everything you desire NOW! Even if you haven’t yet attained it. If you desire to get married, have a family, or a career, you begin to see everyone doing all the things you desire except for you. You want to be happy for these people, but you can’t help but pose the question “When it is my turn?” This book speaks to trying your hardest to not compare your life to someone else’s and know that in due time you will get your “Happily Ever After.” 

Can you tell the viewers a little bit more about yourself and how you became interested in writing?
      • In additional to being a published author and poet, I am a software engineer, proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and I come from large family in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In a way I guess I have always been interested in writing. I was an astute child who always had a book in my hand. I didn’t travel a lot growing up, so books were my escape to experience the world through the eyes of some of my favorite characters. I started writing poetry as a form of therapy to express myself and that has transformed into writing novels to continue expressing my desires. My debut novel is a result of me challenging myself and pouring my heart out on 300 pages. I made the decision to invest in yourself by working with Mynd Matters Publishing in Atlanta, GA and published my first book that I get to share with the world.

Do you write any other genres?
      • Yes. I still actively write and publish poems. I recently launched “Activate Your Inner Desires” Blog on Which gives you an up-close and personal experience with my poetry as well as my travel journey. Over the last year, I’ve sort of continent hopped and I created this blog as a cool journal to capture my journeys.

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Bold Self-Reflection Know Thyself, by Terri M. Bolds

Terri Bolds is a Licensed Therapist, Author, member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, 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 and Bold Me I AM Worthy in 2018

In partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools, businesses, churches, etc, 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.

Bold Self-Reflection; Know Thyself will take the reader on a journey down a path of uncovering hard truths. The pages are filled with creative and realistic ways to help the reader uncover the deceptions they subconsciously and consciously live with and learn how they have affected their lives. Through the journey of self-exploration, the reader will also begin to lay down a foundation of truth-telling that will begin to shift their path on a direction of freedom from of unwanted baggage.

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Many times, people walk around, living their lives, not knowing why or how they ended up the way they are. Have you ever met someone whose complaining is endless, whose unhappiness for others is never-ending, who’s in constant failed relationships, or just can’t seem to get it right? There is a reason behind that person’s behaviors and attitudes. When we see a person, we see the physical shell, but don’t consider that we are also meeting their past, hurts, trauma, ups, downs, joys, and pains. As a therapist, I look beyond the shell. My focus is from a cognitive-behavioral approach. I want people to understand how their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and outcomes are all connected.

Get to Know the Author:

What inspires you?
Life. I am inspired by life and everything it encompasses.
Where did the idea come from for this book?
My life experiences and just over time I wanted to expand my brand and after releasing my children's books, and felt it was time to speak to a different audience.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was a child.
How do you use your books with your business?
My books are an extension or bonus to what I speak about.
Do you plan on writing more books?
Yes, definitely.
What will be your next literary release?
My goal is to release a fiction book for middle school.
How do you want to be remembered?
A child of God living a life to serve and assist others.
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