DWED would like to introduce Kush Designs, a fashion company that is focused on showcasing the inner beauty of both men and women through creatively developing clothing that tastefully highlights the person’s inner spirit.
The company is re-launching this coming fall and is looking to flourish within its prevalent field.
Helping others fulfill their dream through visual support is a goal here at DWED. So please feel free to check out the Facebook page for Kush designs as well as help the company as it begins a new journey to prosperity. Kush Designs has its own page on Indiegogo.com for viewers to show their support. Indiegogo-http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kush-design-llc?c=gallery ---Message from the Owner----
What We Need & What You Get
I will need 8,000.00 to start running my business and day to operations, this will be broken into , expensis for fabric, machines/sourcing factories , advertising and building the brand.
I plan to offer t-shirts as a quick sell items, in order to build capital for the growing brand. I am offering free items as well as discounts on custom-ed pieces. The greater the donation the greater the discount.
If my goal is not met I will donate the funds to several charities i am affiliated with.
Brotherhood Sister Sol organization
Pancreatic Cancer FoundationThe Impact
Your contribution will make a difference in that it will enable me to share a lifestyle brand that will give my customers a voice in how they want to be seen and represented thru the inner beauty within. healing inside to show on the outside. Giving a sense of love to self personified to others in the community of love.
I have already built a strong fan base around the brand and have become very inspirational in my love and support of others. Many see me as an inspiration for their own self growth.Other Ways You Can Help
Getting the word out about KUSH and lyfestyle brand is so important and is an extention of the loving support you can share. As i hope to continue to be a surce of strength and healing to others
follow me on indigogo as I build a strong lyfestyle brand!! KUSH design LLC
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/KUSH-design/138606732911908 About
RE-LAUNCHING IN SEPT 2013 AURA energy clothing custom made for men & women Mission
Working directly with my clientele in character assessment through getting to know “YOU” consultations, energy healing practices and meditation sessions to enable my customer to better understand the type of garments they are energetically connected to in style and color complimentary to their personal energy and aura, I will tailor my inventory to meet the specific needs of my clientele to promote healing and love of self. Company Overview
Monique Siders (Nubia Sunshine) of Brooklyn NY; Fashion Designer, Stylist and Owner of KUSH Design. In designing I love creating garments that are uniquely designed to fit the customer’s personality and inner essence. Like taking the inner being and wearing their true self on the outside to share with the world. In my Reiki Healing practices, I learn and understand how to use universal love energy to heal the bodies mind. Loving who the YOU, we BE Description
KUSH design LLC established in Creating garments spirit essence. Teaching/providing energy healing soul styling the body to illuminate the aura… Lyfestyle Brand General Information
KUSH Design is a design company established to basically make over the body, spirit and body. Teaching and providing energy healing and making over the soul styling the body to illuminate the soul… Spiritual body makeovers!! I am certified Level 1 Reiki healer, well versed in Yoni breathing and a student of crystal healing, and chakra meditation classes, also adding my experience as a stylist and ...a designer to provide my clientele with spirit energy healing w/crystals and complete with a body makeover in providing garments that bring out the inner aura. In designing will be creating garments that are uniquely designed to fit the customer’s personality and inner essence, similar to taking the inner being and wearing their true self on the outside to share with the world. With the Reiki Healing practices, I love to learn and understand how to use the universal love energy to heal the bodies and minds of those who are suffering, whether it be mental or physical. I’d love to incorporate the two in a feel good look good as my true self. Promoting loving the who the YOU, you be
DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Tremayne Johnson. I’m 34 years young and I’m a National Bestselling Author / co-owner of TBRS Publications. I was born in New Rochelle, New York and raised by my mother. I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I started writing when I was old enough to hold the pen steady and ever since I’ve been creating. I started out with short stories and rhymes and it eventually evolved into novel writing. It wasn’t until 2006 when I became incarcerated that I had time to think about what I was going to do. I knew if I went back to the street life things would only get worse, so I wrote a story called A Drug Dealer’s Dream and let my friend take a look at it. She was amazed and suggested I get the title published. At the time I knew nothing about the publishing industry; I just knew how to write. Since I had nothing but time on my hands, I researched everything I wanted to know and with her help I decided to self-publish. A Drug Dealer’s Dream was released in 2008.
DWED: What is something that you would credit as an inspiration for your writing?
First and foremost, the Most High is the creditor to all things in existence. I also credit my mother who raised me with morals, values and principals. Beyond those two, the streets get all the remaining credit. My inspiration comes from not wanting to live in the projects for the rest of my life. As far as other works or authors, I have none to credit for my inspiration. Although I did read a lot of urban/street fiction while I was incarcerated, but I also read science fiction, historical fiction and a few other genres.
DWED: Tell us a little about My America, how was the concept for this book formed?
My America is a unique book. I developed the concept from real life issues. At the time of me writing it, I was in the middle of writing another book, but a close friend of my father, who is deceased, started sending me all this info on the Black Panther movement and that whole 70’s era with the Black Power and the Civil Rights movement. I was intrigued, very intrigued; so intrigued that I began doing my own research on that time period. The actual story just came to me; out of nowhere. I birthed the character Martin Jones from listening to Malcolm X speeches, Fred Hampton speeches, Huey Newton speeches, Martin Luther King speeches, etc… I wanted to do something different in urban fiction; something unexpected, something out of the norm. I say the shit nobody else is going to say, or put in a book. But that’s me. My America is some serious shit; for real.
DWED: What is your favorite Genre and Why?
My favorite genre to read is social science. I love information and knowledge. You can never get enough. My favorite genre to write in is street fiction, but I’m really digging this historical fiction genre. My America may have sparked something in me that I had no clue of.
DWED: Is there any reference to your life in your books?
There’s always reference to my life in my books. I know no other way. It comes out even when I don’t know it, it’s there. DWED: You have done a few collaborations with David Weaver, How has it been working with him?
As far as books go David and I wrote Blood Bitches together. It’s a short story series. It’s been amazing working with him. That’s my brother. Our relationship goes further than books and this publishing industry. All we got is our word, when you live up to your word, I can do nothing but respect it. DWED: What would you say is the most difficult aspect of collaboration with another Author?
Well, Blood Bitches is my only collaboration and working with David was as easy as it can get. I think we have similar processes when we write. DWED: Will you be working with him on more publications?
Definitely.DWED: Have you always aspired to be a published Author?
Not at all, I aspired to be a football player as a kid, a rap star as an early teen and then a drug kingpin in my late teens. Writing books was the furthest from my mind, but like I said… I was writing. Writing was always a release for me; an escape.DWED: Would you say you are at the place you wanted in terms of promoting yourself and your work?
I’m blessed, and I’m thankful for that, but I’m my hardest critic. I haven’t done anything yet. This is just the beginning.DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you in 2013-2014?
My next release is The Union 3 - The Finale (SBR Publications). That is being released on August 27th 2013. Three days after that I’m releasing a story called POP August 30th 2013 (BME Publications) which is a hip hop fiction novel. Thanksgiving Day I’m releasing King 3 (BME Publications) and before the year end maybe A Drug Dealer’s Dream 2 (BME Publications).DWED: What would you say to any aspiring Authors who are struggling with taking that leap into publication?
If this is what you want, go for it. Go for it and don’t let ANYBOY tell you that you can’t do it. Do your research and write your ass off. You can never write enough.DWED: Is there anything you would like our viewers to know that we haven’t covered?
If you’ve never read any of my books, I encourage you to go out and read one. My website is: www.tremaynej.com
and all of my books are on Amazon.com available in paperback and Kindle. Thank you… Love… #KING Check our Review of Tremayne Johnson’s My America- http://krystalmilton.weebly.com/1/post/2013/05/dwed-reviews-my-america-by-tremayne-johnson.html
**** 4 starsMy thoughts:
This book is packed with a punch. I found myself absorbed in it from the first sentence. Why it has its raw moments, its funny and interesting moments, it did have a good pacing that kept me focused on the storyline, characters and scenes.
A. T. Hicks has a very descriptive style that not only gave me a vivid picture of each event in the book, but allowed my own imagination to follow and conjure the picture she was weaving.
I loved following Peaches an ordinary mother who found herself in an impossible situation of finding the killer of an old dear friend who found himself in an equally impossible situation that cost him his life.
Peaches & the Gambler is definitely a book I enjoyed from start to finish, and even in-between. The story flowed perfectly, allowing me as the reader to follow it effortlessly, all the while having a satisfying experience.
I must admit I read it twice, as I do most of my favorite books and I found it hard to put down each time. Thank you A. T. Hicks for allowing me this opportunity and bringing this work to my attention. Synopsis:
What does a strip club, a dead man and a Dove ice cream bar all have in common? Peaches Donnelly. Peaches Donnelly has a major problem: she's just been fired. Unaccustomed to filling her days with nothingness, she embroils herself in the murder of a childhood friend. However, standing between her and the solving of this heinous crime are two pesky daughters, a selfish opera singer sister, the diet from hell and two sexy men she can't resist. Add to this bubbling pot a hasty decision to go undercover as a stripper and you have a story rife with drama, laughs and a little dash of danger. Follow Peaches and the always funny cast of characters in this first installment of a rollicking series of cozy mysteries.Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Peaches-Gambler-T-Hicks/dp/0615725716/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377181789&sr=1-1&keywords=peaches+and+the+gamblerAuthor Links: https://www.facebook.com/at.hicks.9/posts/224228434393958#!/at.hicks.9http://www.saltygurl.com
One of the many issues in this country besides Violence is the rising number of teen pregnancies. After hearing in the news that our government is pushing to have the morning after pill ready and available for use by girls as young as fifteen, I decided to give my own thoughts on this epidemic.
While I understand everyone’s frustration and anxiety in regards to a Teen’s sexuality and pregnancy, I think the general idea that is being construed amongst adults is: Our teens are sexually inactive…until they turn up pregnant.
Yes, you may have the talk with your teen in hopes to scare the bejesus out of them or give them an iota of common sense and decency, the reality of the matter is, they will still be curious, they will still feel pressure, and they will still act.
I think in order for us to control this epidemic, we must first come to terms with the fact that teens have more on their minds than academics and make-up.
For instance, I grew up in Brentwood New York, where teen pregnancy, even ten + years ago was an issue and more of a normal way of life. I am not condoning it by any means, but I did work for my high school in the counselor’s office setting up meetings, writing passes, and making up reading packets for the pregnant teens at my school.
Some of the young girls, mostly the Hispanic girls, were married young and were starting their family with their husbands. They were finishing school and would soon go on to living their lives as is natural for their culture. The Black pregnant teens were either conned by some Casanova roaming the halls looking for his next victim, abused and/or raped and forced into their pregnancy, or suffered from lack of a father figure and searched for love in the wrong places. While the groups were always of mixed nationalities, there was always a unique story behind their predicament and it helped to serve as a mental birth control for myself.
Around that time I had been going through my own inner battle. I was blossoming and my nerves were on edge. I was becoming aware of my body and a new craving to me known as desire.
Every teen goes through this but at different times based on their body’s schedule. I experienced it from the age of fifteen, but due to my own personal demons I mostly ignored it until I was about seventeen and my body was persistently telling me what it wanted.
It was a blessing to me to be able to work with the pregnant teens in my school because as they say (and I can attest to how true it is) mind over matter. And my psychological recognition of what was going on around me empowered me to abstain.
However, that can’t be said for all teens. What we as parents and all other adults need to realize is not all teens can control their urges. More often these urges mixed with peer pressure, lack of self esteem and motivation can have a disastrous outcome. And parents aren’t always to blame.
I hate it when people say “it’s a lack of home training” or “what are their parents teaching them?” or “where were their parents? Why can’t they control their kid?”
We as parents, can give our children the “talk” the “tools” and the knowledge. But as the saying goes- You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. There are countless parents who do give the talk, who give their children promise rings, take the pledge and try motivational tools to help them abstain. But you can’t control or influence every aspect of the child’s life, especially when they are not within your care 24/7.
Teens go to school, they have friends, and they may or may not partake in after school activities. And if they misbehave what options of punishment do they have? Take away the x-box, take away the cell phones, ground them, take them to counseling….that’s all well and good if you have a child that will react positively to these punishments and actually listen. But what if they don’t? What happens? They end up humiliated, regretful, pregnant or with an STD.
This is life. And what we have to understand is sometimes you can give your child the best of everything- education, love, materialistic items, care…but ultimately it is their life and they will live it regardless of their parents beliefs, rules or thoughts. And we HAVE to let them make mistakes. If you have given them every bit of knowledge you possess, what else can you do?
You can’t lock them up, that’s child abuse, and endangerment and lord knows what else. You can’t slap the crap out of them or they will run away and call CPS. You can take away everything that you worked so hard to give them, but ultimately what is that solving? What will that do but give the hormonal adolescent more ammunition to go out there and do horrible things to themselves and their lives to spite you as a parent?
So instead of focusing on what is out of our control, let’s focus on arming ourselves with the proper knowledge, advice and ways to give them one thing we can do- Make them aware by being aware ourselves.
We have already come to terms with the fact that with their body’s changes they will experience different thoughts and desires. What we need to do now is familiarize ourselves with these desires, their world and come up with the best informative tool to give them a better perspective. What I see this as, is giving them “Life Priority Goals” something like a life schematic to help them find reason and rationality when faced with their teen life obstacles.
Important obstacles they face in regards to sex are listed below in priority that I feel is important. The last obstacle will feature the “Life Priority Goals”
1) Hormones, cravings and desires- give a detailed explanation for what this is, what it may feel like and how to determine if it needs to be satisfied. As parents we know what this feels like, our bodies are used to it but it may be frightening to them. And if not properly explained the minds curiosity may get the best of them and they could act.
2) Peer Pressure- Let them know that they don’t have to do exactly what their BFF is doing. Set rules and goals. Example- Cary may be able to wear make-up at 16 because her parents allow it, but we had a talk and our household decided that seventeen is the best age for us. If you stick to that stipulation and aren’t doing it behind my back but being honest, withholding and listening to our households guidelines, not only will you be able to wear the make-up we allow, but we can also add a trip to the mall for a make-up lesson at Macy’s and I will allow your curfew to be amended with an extra half hour.
In other words give incentive for positive milestones and obedience.
3) Predator awareness- Now I don’t mean the predators we worried about when they were young children, although they should still be weary of them. I am talking about that over hormonal boy or girl in their school that bounces from victim to victim, telling them what they want to hear, buying them things and then ultimately professing their love or hate when they are ready for the consolation prize. This goes a long way with arming your teen with positive body image, self esteem and verbal/visual cues to look for in this type of predator. Teens are naturally unsure of themselves, especially in this day and age where looks are a deciding factor in friendships and courtships. Unhealthy relationships flourish when one is in self doubt or hatred and we must recognize any signs of this in our teens in order to prevent it.
4) Mental/Emotional/Physical priority- I waited until my early twenties when I was in college to finally allow myself to wallow in my urges. By making teens aware of their mental state, emotional state, and physical state in that exact order, they will be able to make a better judgment call for when they are ready. Explain that while their body may be ready, they need to be absolutely sure they can mentally and emotionally handle it. If they have any type of doubt then they are not ready. They especially need to be aware that once they open themselves to sexual activity at such a young age they are setting themselves up for disappointment, heart ache, lack of commitment, and ridicule. This would be a great time to include cyber bullying, reputation and rumors, and the mental affects serious relationships, attachments and remorse will have on their psyche. Also explain the pressure one is putting on their body’s expectations for more and how the lack of a committed partner can adversely affect them. Relationships come and go but dealing with lack of fidelity or frequent partners will ultimately hurt them more mentally and emotionally than they are ready to acknowledge.
They may even try to argue that they have had “boyfriends” or “girlfriends” and can handle it. But adding sex to an already emotional mixture is not healthy for them or their frail egos. Hey, even adults can’t handle break ups mixed where they had an intimate relationship. How can they expect to handle it? I am not downing their intelligence or maturity in no way, but they have enough time in their life to experience this part of adulthood. Express the need for time and exploration. Enjoy the milestones of being a teenager without adding more stress to it.
5) Birth control/STD/Pregnancy- I believe after you have the most important talks as listed above, you can then broach the subject of Birth control, protection against STD’s and pregnancy. I believe this should be saved for last because ultimately we have to consider that sometimes when broaching this subject teens might take it as a “hall pass” to perform the act- go out and just do it. By tackling everything else first, we have led the way to a more open minded, thought provoking stimulant that may very well make them think twice and give them the tools needed to make an adult-like conscious decision to abstain.
6) Sex on Life’s Priority Goal List- Once the talk has finished, have them write down goals for their life. And once they have thought and focused on the path they want to be on, ask them to write where on that priority list they see themselves fitting in sex. You may have asked yourself why would they do this or will they answer honestly. They may or may not, but I will tell you this, they will have thought it through enough by writing this list to see what means the most to them and if ultimately sex can wait.
With me, I waited until I was out of high school, away from friends who were active, away from pressures of being a teen and focused on new pressures like college, work, and finding myself before I thought about doing the deed.
When you have your life in perspective you will have a better idea of what milestones are important to you and where everything will fit in its own time. By sharing this tool with our teens and loved ones, we are giving them a moment to sit back and see their life the way they want it. We aren’t forcing our views on them, demanding anything of them, or pressuring them to do anything other than look at the bigger picture.
By giving them an in-depth talk, we are also opening communication on topics that they may feel scared or worried to approach. We don’t want them going to friends; unless they have their path all together and prioritized they won’t be able to give solemn advice.
Also remember as a parent we experienced these same feelings ourselves, we made our own mistakes, but it is a way of life and showing our teens how to manage is the best tool we can give them. They don’t need criticism or harsh words. If they have already had sex, say you just want to make sure everything is alright, mentally and emotionally, because who knows, they may have met their first predator and need a shoulder, not a wagging finger of judgment.
The major thing we have to tackle with our teens is lack of communication because of misunderstandings. Teens have so much pressure, judgment and insecurities from their peers, they don’t need someone who is supposed to love them to kick them when they are down. They need love, support and guidance.
Some of the things I didn’t cover in this article is Religious aspects and reports on teen pregnancy. While I feel they are important, I wanted to give an authentic and genuine article of a different perspective. Not another read filled with ratios, statistics and garble nobody is really interested in. However, if you would like to know what we are up against, take a look at the CDC website for information on the epidemic- http://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/
Some other good articles and sites on the topic:
Sex education: Talking to your teen about sex
Books for having the talk with your teen:
The Teen Code: How to Talk to Them about Sex, Drugs, and Everything Else Product Description: In the first book to ever take us inside the teen mind to help us understand these topics their point of view, parents will discover how to establish an environment of honesty and open dialogue in their homes so they can better guide their kids through the rocky road of adolescence.
How to Talk to Teens About Really Important Things Product Description: Advice for adults hoping to talk with teenagers on such sometimes difficult subjects as depression, ethics, prejudice, sexuality, and violence.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk Product Description: There is a way to bridge the generation gap, say child experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, and the methods they describe in this book have been used by many parents. They teach communication and discipline without alienating kids and aggravating the problem.
Xtreme Talk: Real Answers to the Issues Teens Face Straight talk can be found in this book for parents.
Talking with Your Kids about Sex
Getting Your Teen to Listen Without Eye Rolls, Sighs, and Tmi
How to Talk with Teens about Love, Relationships, and S-E-X : A Guide for Parents - 02 edition by Amy Miron and Charles Miron http://www.textbooks.com/BooksDescription.php?BKN=561671&kpid=9781575421025M&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=9781575421025M&utm_source=googleshopping&kenshu=687e30c0-db87-5068-a23b-00001400a7da&gclid=CMWUo_2cjLkCFRGg4Aod2QgAZg
I Want to Talk with My Teen About Love, Sex and Dating By: Dr. Karl Wendt, Shannon Wendt
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Take the pledge as a parent taking an active role in making your teen aware. We can give them they tools, show them how to fly, but it’s up to them to make the effort and succeed in their life.
In Dapper Carter’s 8 Rules of Dating, we met Dapper Carter, the philandering fool, on his fall from grace following his abrupt divorce from Kennedy Craig. Dapper develops eight authentic rules that help him navigate through the rigors of the dating world and eventually lead him to the girl of his dreams.
In the first book he was trying to find love. In the risqué Dapper Carter’s 5 Fatale` Flaws, he’s just looking for a good time, but he ends up finding himself. Dapper’s alchemistic odyssey intertwines with a revolving door of femmes fatales`. Through a multitude of meaningless encounters, Dapper realizes that he is the only person holding himself back and is urged to take an introspective look to identify five reasons why he can’t seem to get out of his own way. Witness the rise and fall…and rise and fall… and rise of Dapper as he learns the five things every man should know about himself.
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Riddick, Rule the Dark
Released: September 2013
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Eleven-year-old Madison Mae and her younger brother, Albert, want to help save the family farm during troubled times.
When a mysterious Magical Hat Shop appears by their grandpa's red tractor mailbox, the children meet Tilda Pinkerton who presents them with one-of-a-kind hats, causing new ideas and talents to suddenly burst forth.
As a flood of harm comes rushing towards the farm, Tilda Pinkerton teaches the children how they can accomplish much more than anyone ever imagined. Rating: **** 4 stars My Thoughts:
I adored this book. Not only was it a bonding tool for me and my children, but it was entertaining, had great values that can easily be instilled in children in terminology that is not hard for them to understand. It was also easy to follow, funny, engaging and very much an enjoyable read.
Although this was my children’s and my first introduction to Tilda Pinkerton, we loved her from the start. She could be quirky and cute, intelligent, and wholesome.
Add to the mix two children who desperately wanted to save the farm they loved, you have the perfect combination for a lovely entertaining story.
Purchase link-- http://www.amazon.com/Tilda-Pinkertons-Magical-Angela-Shelton/dp/0985944374/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1376312957&sr=8-2&keywords=tilda+pinkerton
DWED Interviews Angela Shelton, Author of “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats” DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I am a writer, actor and public speaker. I left the city to live in the country and write. I collect hats, married my first love, have a German shorthaired pointer named Emma, and plan to some day get pygmy goats. DWED: Have you always aspired to publish a novel?
Yes! I have been a writer since I was eight. I entered and won a lot of writing contests as a kid. I knew I wanted to write, wasn’t sure if it was a book, movie, or memoirs… Yes, I thought about writing memoirs as a kid. I had a lot to say about life! DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?
Publishing was not that difficult, rejection was. (Ha!) I had been with a big publisher for my first book and had gotten them through a random set of circumstances – they heard me speak at a church and approached me.
With Tilda, I went to another big publisher and was rejected. They said Tilda was too educational for them, too geared towards smarter children. That’s what sold me to keep it as it was!
I wrote a larger and smaller book series with Tilda as a vocabulary builder for kids so they more you learn the more you get to know about Tilda. The smaller chapter books are Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats
for beginner readers with a very large glossary. Those books show how Tilda gifts hats to kids on Earth so they can be their own heroes. The larger books are The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton
for more advanced readers (50+ women are the biggest buyers actually). They show where Tilda came from (the Sombrero Galaxy) and how she gets to Earth.
The bigger publishing house said writing for different age groups was clever but they wouldn’t know which one to start with first so they were passing.
I went the smaller indie publishing route with Quiet Owl because I had more control, kept a larger percentage once the art was paid for, and had a smaller group of people to work with. With the big house there were so many people that it got a bit like too many cooks. DWED: Who or what would you say inspired “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats”?
Meditation. Yes, I was in a prayer/meditation asking for the muses to give me another book idea that was fun, nothing to do with trauma and recovery, and good for kids. I got “Tilda Pinkerton collects hats” and I was hooked. I thought, tell me more… and so Tilda began.
Most of my ideas have come through dreams or meditation and prayer. DWED: How does “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats” stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?
The smaller books stand out because the kids are the heroes. I turned the hero/heroine on its head (with a great hat) and instead of making the hero change everyone - she gives the children, and many adults in the story, a hat that inspires them to change their own lives.
Within the pages is a glossary of bigger words to learn as you read. There are also coloring pages at the beginning of each chapter that you can color, if the book belongs to you. DWED: At length how would you describe the feedback for “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats”?
So far what I wanted to happen has – smart kids and clever parents LOVE and “get” Tilda. Teachers really like the chapter books too. I’ve been contacted by a group of them who are using the book in their classrooms. That makes me do a happy dance.
I’ve heard from three people so far that it was too educational for them and too focused on teaching kids better vocabulary, but that’s what I wanted to do!
Plus, I have no interest in dumbing down writing to appeal to everyone. That’s what is dumbing down our nation. I’m perfectly fine with precocious kids loving Tilda.
I’ve also heard from quite a few parents and kids that they are now inspired to make hats – which makes me giddy! If I inspire families to bring more creativity into their homes as well as teach their kids larger words to combat the LOLs of the world, then I have done my job. DWED: Would you say you have a unique style of writing?
Writing Tilda books (big and small), I definitely have a style. It is very Suessian. Tilda’s voice is almost written to be sung, even though I am not a singer, that’s how I see and hear her. DWED: what kind of messages do you try to instill in your writing?
I prefer clean ones (in the children’s books anyway). The Tilda books, large and small, have many lessons in them. The first book focuses on paying off your debts, learning a new trade, inventing new products and respecting the old as you incorporate the new.
The main morals are that you have the power to change your life and be a better citizen of the world. DWED: Who is your favorite character in “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats” and why?
That would have to be Tilda Pinkerton herself because she speaks in rhyme. She inspires children to be their own heroes, and makes people think outside the box. DWED: Who is your least favorite character in “Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats” and why?
I really don’t have a least favourite character. They all make me giggle, even Mr. Seedy. DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?
By day I help service providers (therapists, social workers, nurses, teachers, preachers etc. ) who are helping survivors of abuse heal. Throughout 2013, I have been setting up HealingSpeakers.com for those healing from abuse and trauma and those helping them heal and move on.
By night I write books, scripts and TV shows. I have one that may be on TV in 2014 – crossing fingers and toes.
Of course, there are more Tilda books to come for beginning and advanced readers while my hat collection grows. DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?
Love your rejection letters and keep writing! The publishing world is changing so drastically by the minute, so don’t let what one publisher says about your book sway your own intuition about it. Go find readers. DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?
Folkmanis puppets sponsored Tilda’s chapter books and there are puppet videos for the large glossary of words on MagicHatShop.com.
Author Links: http://angelashelton.com/
Miss Perfect: Shaw Family Saga, Book 3 Their desire for perfection will be… shattered
Charlene Shaw embodies perfection as a highly-acclaimed actress. Within her gilded walls of beauty, she is scrambling to save her daughter, Raven, from sins she can’t even fathom. This is her self-imposed curse for abandoning Raven as a child.
Raven Shaw is captivatingly gorgeous but burdened by a closet of skeletons. After a rough childhood, she is finally living life. Jon, her best friend and the only man she’s ever loved, has returned. Yet, a stalker looms just out of reach, blackmailing her for Jon’s fortune. She’d do anything
to keep this man–even if it means turning to another… Mysterious, handsome Tyriq may have the key to erase her deepest, darkest secrets forever. Yet, this savior might threaten her mind’s rationale of “happily ever after” with Jon.
In this intense third installment of the Shaw Family Saga there will be blood, murder, and a beloved …will be shattered. About the author
Nicole Dunlap holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Child Development, and a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling from Azusa Pacific University–mantra Jesus first. She counsels in the inner city of San Bernardino; motivating teens dealing with depression, pregnancy, gang membership and abuse. She has been self dubbed the “gumbo genre” novelist, because books shouldn’t be lightly seasoned… Her stories revolve around family and relationships, women’s issues, drizzled with drama, peppered with suspense, and finished off with aromatic notes of romance. The Shaw Family Saga pays homage to dysfunctional mother-daughter relationships, with well developed characters that readers can root for; love them, hate them, cry for, and most of all, yearn to flip through the pages to the end of that character’s journey.
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Let’s support those in need!
Sharing Love and Inspiration can lead the way to finding a cure.
J & Trey Productions presents “Inspirational Open Mic Night” at Love Jones Café
1920 Grand Ave, Baldwin NY on Wednesday August 28, 2013.
Door Opens at 8 pm- Admission $10
Bring a friend and send a message to those suffering from Lupus that there is hope and they have a strong community backing that believes they can overcome.
DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.
I wrote my first story when I was in high school—seventeen hand-written pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel I read. I earned a degree in accounting, giving me some nice skills to earn a little money, but my passion has always been writing. I have written numerous short stories and more than a few full-length novels. My favorite pastimes when I’m not writing are spending time with my family, traveling, reading, and scrapbooking. I live in Louisiana with my husband and two children. DWED: Have you always aspired to publish a novel?
No. When I first started writing, it was for my own amusement. I didn’t begin to seriously write for publication until about ten years ago. DWED: Would you say the journey to publishing was easy or hard? Why?
Well, kind of a mix. It was difficult to get my first publishing contract because I didn’t know what I was doing. Most of what I’ve learned about the art and craft of writing has come through trial and error and a lot of critical feedback, some of it from publisher’s who rejected my first submissions. Once I signed my first contract, things got a bit easier. My skills have steadily improved over time, and now that I’ve been published, I know what publishers are looking for in a manuscript. DWED: Who or what would you say inspired “Crisis of Identity”?
I was watching the coverage for Hurricane Ike that made landfall near Galveston, Texas. The news reporter said that Texas authorities had advised those who intended to ride the storm out to write their social security numbers on their arm just in case they needed to be identified after the storm. The premise jumped out of the news report at me. What if a fugitive used a hurricane as an excuse to highjack someone else’s identity? DWED: How does “Crisis of Identity” stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?
Although Crisis of Identity is suspense with a romantic element, the book is also about forgiveness, personal responsibility, and redemption. The main character develops more than just a romantic relationship with a man, does more than escape her past. In the act of rescuing her niece from a horrible life, she transforms from a selfish live-for-the-moment individual into a selfless woman who wants to nurture and protect another person. She grows and realizes that not everything is always about her. DWED: At length how would you describe the feedback for “Crisis of Identity”?
I’ve received mixed reviews. Some people love the book and some people absolutely hate it.
Most people who like the book, adore Tess. The reviewers mention the fast pace of the book, the moments of humor, and the impulse to smack Tess for her stubbornness. Obviously some readers identify with the heroine. But… The book doesn’t give the reader a nice mushy happy ever after. Tess and Trevor leave the scene with a happy for now moment. The book ends with questions unanswered. This wasn’t sloppy writing or an oversight. The open ended feel of the book was intentional. The pivotal moment in the book isn’t when Tess finds “true” love or the mystery of the murder is resolved. Those elements are intentionally left without complete and tidy resolution. Life is messy. Tess’ life was really messed up before she rescued her niece. The final scene of this book was only the beginning of her journey into a new life. Her growth comes not from finding a man or solving a murder, but from evolving as a human being. DWED: Would you say you have a unique style of writing?
Yes. It’s taken many years to develop my own style. Each of my characters has to jump from the pages of my books with their own voice. Otherwise, all my characters would read alike. Not only is that redundant, but boring. I believe I’ve developed a narrative style than resonates in my books no matter the voice I’ve written for my characters. I hope that my faithful readers would recognize my style no matter which of my books they chose to read. DWED: what kind of messages do you try to instill in your writing?
Forgiveness. I try to instill this message into everything I write. Life is too short and fragile to carry unforgiveness in one’s heart. Hatred, bitterness, anger. These things are the poison one sometimes swallows in an attempt to harm someone else. I want the positive effects of letting all that toxic emotion go come through by the end of the book. DWED: Who is your favorite character in “Crisis of Identity” and why?
This is Tess’s story. She is one of my favorite characters that I’ve written. She’s smart, sassy, and strong. I wish I were as fearless as she is. She doesn’t shrink from a difficult situation, but uses her available resources to get herself out of jam. When confronted with her flaws, she resolves to change. She is no damsel in distress. She can handle just about anything.DWED: Who is your least favorite character in “Crisis of Identity” and why?
Oh, no doubt, my least favorite character is Mark Padget. If there is anything worthwhile about this character, I failed to write it into him. What he tries to do to Tess is heinous. He is the ultimate in selfishness and greed. I wrote him with as ugly a heart as I possibly could. DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?
The Wild Rose Press just rereleased two of my books, Deceptions of the Heart
and An Impostor in Town
. Deceptions of the Heart
is about a woman who wakes up in someone else’s body. An Impostor in Town
is the first book in the Colorado series. It’s about a woman who is hiding from her past by using her dead sister’s identity.
5 Prince Publishing will release my next book entitled The End
in September 2013. The End
is Ellie’s story. She discovers her husband’s nearly finished manuscript on his computer after his death. The suspense builds as she realizes his final manuscript was a true crime story.
I also have an upcoming release with The Wild Rose Press entitled Purgatory,
the second book in the Colorado series. This book is a man who discovers his missing wife after five years. Unfortunately, the woman can’t remember him.
I just finished a manuscript entitled The Memory Catcher
about a woman who can see other people’s guilty memories and I’m in the process of submitting this to publishers for consideration. My current work in progress is a ghost story set in south Louisiana with the working title The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias
. Yeah, this will be a busy summer and fall for me. DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?
Don’t give up. Every rejection is one step closer to that first publishing contract. The first publisher who rejected my work gave me some solid advice. He suggested I attend a writer’s conference to sharpen my writing skills. Study the craft of writing. Read writing blogs and books. Attend seminars. One of the things that helped me was joining a writer’s critique site. Some of the reviewers on those sites can be vicious, but the feedback helps sharpen writing skills. You develop a base of knowledge about what readers don’t like. When you’re through with your manuscript, first hire an editor to polish it until it shines, then ask other writers to read it with both the eye of a writer and reader. DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?
I’ve only just begun to write. Over the last ten years, my writing has developed and evolved. I truly believe my best work is yet to come. Synopsis:
Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good a con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman’s life, but Shelby Coleman’s was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He’s a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she’s on the run from ghosts of misdeeds past—both hers and Shelby’s.
Enter Trevor Smith, a pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn’t have to faint at his feet—she’s capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?Links: http://www.denisemoncrief.com/http://www.amazon.com/Crisis-of-Identity-ebook/dp/B00B5L0I7Shttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crisis-of-identity-denise-moncrief/1114223396Excerpt:
I dropped onto the cot at the far end of the locker room, struggling to remove the stained smock the state so generously provided. Forget about sleep; it wouldn’t come. I had too many memories that begged to become nightmares. I closed my eyes anyway.
The springs in the cot next to mine creaked. “I’m Jake.” Why had it taken him so long to introduce himself?
I released an internal sigh. “Tess.” I told the truth, because I had to say something and I was out of lies.
“Yeah.” I wanted him to shut up and leave me alone.
“Why would someone like you
volunteer for this?”
I opened one eye and glared at him. “I didn’t volunteer. I was strongly encouraged to help. Why are you here?”
He hesitated. “I’m a U.S. Marshal. It’s my job. Part of the oath and all that.”
I opened the other eye and assessed him. “Why would you move here—” He smiled, cutting off my question. “I can tell from your accent you’re not from Texas.”
“I followed a fugitive here from Illinois.” He leaned forward, his knees not quite brushing mine. “She’s accused of murder.”
“Stabbed her boyfriend…in the back…in cold blood.”
My reaction gushed from my mouth. “How can you be sure it was cold blood?” I sucked back a gasp at my gaffe. My question probably seemed strangely timed and oddly constructed. “I mean…it could have been self defense.”
He offered me a cold, hard stare with unblinking eyes. “I just know.”
“I guess I followed my lead at the wrong time. I got trapped riding out the storm…just like you.”
“What makes you think I got trapped?”
“If you’d had any choice, you would have left.”
My brother Tony forced me to stay, but he left me. A storm surge so strong it pulled the house out from under us knocked him into the sea. The Gulf of Mexico spit me back onto the beach as if the ocean didn’t like the way I tasted.
I survived, but I had no time to grieve. The realization impaled my heart.
Jake stretched out on his cot. “There’s a boat out of here tomorrow. It’s taking volunteers back to the mainland.” Galveston was in ruins. The thin strips of concrete that once connected the island to civilization lay scattered on the beach looking somewhat like a child's building blocks.
“There is?” I tried not to appear too interested.
“You didn’t know?” A different question danced in his eyes—a challenge of sorts. “So how long have you lived in Galveston?”
“Not long. My brother found a job. So I moved here a few months ago to be with him.”
“Where’s your brother now?”
I blinked at him. “He’s gone.”
His stern countenance wavered, but before I could embrace his presumed compassion, his expression settled into severity once again. “Now you’ll have to start your life over…again.” His eyes captured mine. A shiver of dread slithered down my spine. It was as if he knew
me, even though he didn’t seem to know
me. “Are you going to sleep?” He nodded toward my pillow as if he didn’t think my conscience would allow rest.
“I never sleep.”
Within minutes, he emitted soft puffs of breath, in and out, obviously lacking any guilt to keep him awake.
The shadows lengthened and receded over the locker room, drifting in and out of the grimy, shattered windows as if the world was still revolving around its axis on schedule. But I was sure it had stopped turning. I was the fugitive he sought.
The unrepentant sunshine streamed through the cracks, jubilant in its victory over the storm. Only five days since the devastation of Hurricane Irving and the sun acted as if nothing had ever happened. I turned away from the brightness with an ill-tempered snort.
Jake caught up with me on the gym floor. “Did you get any sleep?” His question hit me as a trifle vindictive.
“No. But you did.”
“I snore.” He grinned. Then his smile faded. “I thought you’d be gone this morning.”
“Why? I have to finish the job.”
The thought that pestered me all night erupted from my mouth. “What happens to that woman when you catch her?”
“She’ll go back to jail.” He stopped by the double doors and folded his arms over his chest, blocking my path. “Then she’ll go to trial.”
“What if she did what she had to do?”
“There was no evidence it was self defense.”
I stared hard at his implacable façade. How could the man be alternately warm and cold, compassionate and hard, flexible and unyielding? I stepped around him and entered the gym. There were already bodies lined up waiting for our initial inspection, so I began the task of collecting information from my column of the dead. The hours passed as I searched pockets and noted identifying characteristics on those with no papers or markings. I glanced toward the open door as two men begin loading the last group onto a waiting truck.
One more victim to notate. I squatted next to her. Even in partial decay, her features were enough like mine it pushed me back on my heels. I lifted her arm. My breath hitched. Her Social Security number was so nearly like mine. I scanned the gym. Jake, the one man who might care if she became me or I became her, was absent. With a few strokes of the pen, I could die and live again.
My heart pounded with the possibility I might get a chance to start over without the baggage of my past dragging me down. I changed her identity with a few swipes of a permanent marker. The number went onto my log with an unshaken hand, and I was free to escape the woman I used to be…the woman I didn’t want to be any longer.