Lipgloss Chronicles: Confessions of a Celebrity Make-Up Artist
Lipgloss Chronicles: Confessions of a Celebrity Make-Up Artist
By Mayvis Payne
Have you ever wondered what happens backstage at award shows, on the set of television sitcoms, and live screenings?
Do you love hearing stories about some of your favorite celebrities?
Star-studded award shows, television networks, and personal outings with some of the industry’s biggest stars.
Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? Or is it?
Mayvis Payne offers a sensational account of what life is like behind the scenes as a celebrity make-up artist to the stars.
Often asked about famous figures, how to break into the business or more importantly how did SHE get in, Mayvis shares her whirlwind account of thriving (and surviving) in the beauty industry.
It’s not all glitz and glamour; the beauty business isn’t always pretty! There are occasional “not-so-pretty” experiences behind the scenes – or shall we say, in the chair.
Mayvis has more than fifteen years of experience working with industry stars, and it all comes together in her novel, Lipgloss Chronicles: Confessions of a Celebrity Make-Up Artist.
In it, she hopes to inspire others with her exciting memoir of being successful in the business of beauty.
From the country roads of Mississippi to the city lights of New York, this book will take you on a journey.
As a bonus, Mayvis includes artist tips in each chapter to encourage aspiring make-up artists seeking advice.
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Surviving the Badge
Surviving the Badge

By Irene Reyes-Smith

 

The life of an inner-city police officer is an exhilarating and challenging task. It’s even more daunting when you’re a female and black. Irene Reyes-Smith has one thing on her mind when working the streets: to make it back home to her family.

Unfortunately, Officer Reyes-Smith has been put in the position of fighting the system from both sides. In her novel, Surviving the Badge, she writes about defending her right to serve and protecting her son from a system that is ready and willing to make him a statistic. As you take this walk with the author, you will feel the heartbreak of a mother’s challenge to help the world see her son through her eyes.

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Lessons in Legacy
Lessons in Legacy

By Kendra Newman

 

Music, laughter, coordinating t-shirts, tons of barbecue…and a whole lot of love.

Welcome to the black family reunion!

Tailored to join the branches of the family tree together for unforgettable, jam-packed, annual weekend celebrations, while family reunions are fun, they often miss a vital ingredient in keeping the family stitched together: a record of the family history.

Lessons in Legacy is a practical guide teaching families how to document their rich history to pass down for generations. Following the blueprint set forth by the Johnson, McQueen and McFarland clan of Chesterfield County South Carolina, Lessons in Legacy paints an intimate portrait of the family’s legacy of love while providing readers with proven methods to research their own family history, as well as checklists for planning and hosting stellar legacy building events.

Families deserve to have the stories of how their blood and bond came to be shared for generations; Lessons in Legacy is the perfect tool to teach families how to preserve their treasured stories with dignity and grace.

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Pearl and her Gee’s Bend Quilt
Pearl and her Gee’s Bend Quilt

By Tangular Irby

 

When Pearl schedules a playdate with her friends Sallie and Ella, they have no idea they’re about to travel back in time to Gee’s Bend, Alabama to discover the origin of the beautiful quilts in Grandma’s house. It doesn’t take long for the girls to learn Grandma’s quilts are more than pretty pieces of fabric stitched together to keep them warm; the history behind the family treasures is rich, and bursting with love.

Pearl and her Gee’s Bend Quilt is a journey through art and adventure, stitched together through the eyes of young Pearl, who dreams of creating a quilt of her own one day. Will her friends support Pearl’s dreams of making a quilt? Has she learned enough to do it? And what surprise does Grandma have for the girls that will change everything?

Find out what happens in the heart-warming tale, Pearl and her Gee’s Bend Quilt.

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Michelle And Her Magical Pen
Michelle And Her Magical Pen

By Charron Monaye

 

Michelle is an amazing girl who aspires to be a great writer. She finds much delight in writing day in and day out. However, when her English teacher gives the class an assignment to write a story for a book anthology, Michelle draws a blank. Will Michelle overcome her writer’s block and create a compelling tale, or will she lose her passion to write?

Through playful and vivid fantastical illustrations, Michelle & Her Magical Pen inspires young readers to embrace their love of writing, while allowing their imagination and pen to be their best friend.

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I Respect Difference
I Respect Difference

By Dr. Art Fields

 

Something’s different about third-grade teacher Mrs. Brookings when she returns to school from summer break. Their parents have already been informed, but now Mrs. Brookings’ students are about to discover the difference in their teacher, too.

“I Respect Difference” celebrates our differences and how they make us uniquely powerful. Getting an understanding breeds awareness, with celebration and advocacy tagging along for the ride. Jump between the pages with Mrs. Brookings’ class to find what happens when they learn to love and respect DIFFERENCE.

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Put A Nail, End It
Put A Nail, End It

Compiled By Kiawana Leaf

 

In this all-powerful and heartening anthology, Put a Nail, End It introduces survivors and authors who stepped outside themselves to share their deepest lessons. This anthology is chock-full of knowledge from spirituality, finances, and mental health awareness, to healing, finding your purpose, and overcoming life’s obstacles.

Put a Nail, End It, compiled by Kiawana Leaf, offers you the opportunity to learn to move out of your comfort zone and see that there is a life beyond your wildest dreams if you have the faith to believe. The lessons in this anthology show you how commitment, dedication, and determination can put you on the path to your destiny. For these authors, healing wasn’t easy. They had to make the necessary adjustments through trials and tribulations to be able to speak their truth and bring you a powerful testimonial about the lessons they have learned. Join these exceptional authors in their quest to put you on the road to your final destination.

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The Six Figure Goal GetHER: A Woman’s Guide to Passive Income From Their Passion
The Six Figure Goal GetHER: A Woman’s Guide to Passive Income From Their Passion

By Annette Morris

“One stream of income can’t sustain an individual indefinitely. Neither can it sustain a business forever. The owner must diversify the revenue of the business in order to make it through all seasons.” Author Annette Morris pushes for new entrepreneurs to understand and appreciate this mantra.

In her novel, The Six Figure Goal GetHER: A Woman’s Guide to Passive Income From Their Passion, Mrs. Morris desires to break the trend of struggling entrepreneurship and change the statistics that reflect why many small businesses go out of business within their first three to five years.

This novel teaches entrepreneurs how to generate consistent revenue to sustain for a lifetime. The author describes how she took a non-profit organization and grew it to generating 400K annually after only four years in existence, utilizing the principles she applied from the tips in this book. These strategies to implement various revenue streams are for non-profit and for-profit entities, helping business owners to work smarter and not harder.

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Conquering Co-Parenting: Overcoming Chaos and Stress While Sharing Custody
Conquering Co-Parenting: Overcoming Chaos and Stress While Sharing Custody

By Aleka Melson

 

Some parents find themselves in situations that they more than likely never envisioned for their lives. Children find themselves feeling as though they have to choose between their parents. Co-parenting can be difficult and chaotic for everyone involved, but author Aleka Melson offers solutions for parents entering the co-parenting world.

In her new novel, Conquering Co-Parenting: Overcoming Chaos and Stress While Sharing Custody, the author offers tips and strategies for parents to reflect on their personal turmoil and work on ways to conquer the unwanted chaos. This book can serve as a tool and positive reinforcement for any parent looking to escape the adverse effects of co-parenting. Ms. Melson offers parents an alternative to toxic co-parenting and presents an opportunity to learn how to conquer the unhealthy statistics of unsuccessful parenting. Also, she advises how to build up confidence and self-esteem, giving your children every advantage for being raised in healthy environments.

“The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.” ~ Jane Blaustone

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Survivor’s Remorse: The Healing Power of Faith
Survivor’s Remorse: The Healing Power of Faith

Dr. Arthur Vaughn

 

Survivor’s Remorse: The Healing Power of Faith provides a courageous and inspiring account of the author’s journey through the intersection of faith and mental health after his 2019 heart transplant. It was his faith that helped Dr. Arthur D. Vaughn face the obstacles in his path and his journey through major depressive disorder.  Dr. Vaughn chronicles the complicated heart transplant process while discussing the role his faith played in his recovery. Although, for him, mental illness was more of a formidable opponent than the actual transplant.

Navigating the pitfalls of mental illness was difficult, but through it all, Dr. Vaughn was able to find his purpose in life. During the recovery process, Dr. Vaughn strengthened his relationship with God, found compassion for the people around him, and developed a deeper understanding for who he is as a person.

Dr. Arthur D. Vaughn is a native New Yorker who currently resides in metro-Atlanta, Georgia. He’s a mental health advocate, educator, and a Georgia Transplant Foundation mentor. During his free time, this golf enthusiast enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Pick Up Your Crown
Pick Up Your Crown

By Jessica Simington

 

Imagine being at war with yourself over what should come so easily to a person––love, trust, and understanding. Jessica Simington’s novel, Pick Up Your Crown, allows Jessica to tell her story about ten years of chaotic relationships, searching for love in all the wrong faces. Jessica decided it was time to make changes in her life, and she did so by being accountable and learning to rely on God to heal her. What Jessica learned in her search for the truth was that her choices were not about her. They were about her absentee father. Jessica began to love herself, ending years of domestic abuse, rejection, and mental abuse. Jessica looks to inspire others to pick up their crown to self-care and encourage them to find their true identity.

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A Leap Of Faith
A Leap Of Faith

By Tam Yvonne

 

Leilani Jordan is young, gifted, and blessed. Prophetess of a successful ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina, Leilani is still reeling from the death of her husband, who passed away early in their marriage from prostate cancer.

The emotional scars from that event have quelled Leilani’s desire to love or be loved. That is until she meets Floyd Hamilton, who has been hired as the new keyboardist for the church. Mr. Hamilton’s presence has ignited feelings in Leilani that she thought were long dead and buried with her husband.

Leilani questions if this man is God sent, or is he trouble on the horizon? Leilani is conflicted over her faith and the flesh. She prays that God will guide her path to His will. Is she willing to listen to God and take a leap of faith?

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