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#MotownWriters Angelique Clemens Author of “Can I Borrow Your Skin?” In-depth Book Interview #bookpromo #michlit #michiganwriters #blackgirlmagic #CanIBorrowYourSkin

About book:

The much anticipated debut novel of Angelique Clemens combines the storyteller of fictional novel with the step-by-step benefit of self-help books. The gripping story of a young professional woman moving through the obstacles of losing a sibling, establishing a career, and trying to find romance all while struggling with self-identification. Can I Borrow Your Skin outlines self-affirmation techniques and demonstrates their benefit for self-esteem building and self-conceptualization. The author, Angelique Clemens, walks the reader through the struggle of self experienced by the protagonist and helps them emphasize with her plight.

The novel is a unique combination of three genres and is written in the tradition of The Self-Love Workbook by Shainna Ali, 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James, and The Dollmaker by Harriet Arnow. The author paints such a vivid story that the reader will feel immersed in the sights, sounds, and feelings as if they were walking alongside the protagonist or perhaps under her thumb.

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From the author: 
I wrote a guide book to help persons who read Can I Borrow Your Skin. The guide has three parts, the pre-read which explains some of the alternative relationships that are noted in the novel. The post-read which helps walk the reader through the mirror technique used by the protagonist in the novel. The book club aid which has some discussion topics for book clubs who read the novel. For the guide:
Barnes & Nobel paperback https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-guide-to-the-mirror-angelique-clemens/1136501059?ean=9781078781749
Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-guide-to-the-mirror-angelique-clemens/1136501059?ean=2940162771906
on Amazon: paperback https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085DRTD8C or Kindle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085C428WW

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Book Interview:

· What inspired you to write this book?

I was moved by significant events in my life and the life of those around me. Writing about those experiences and working through different outcomes is what inspires my writings. The protagonist experiences a serious loss and struggles with self identification and starts to define herself by the relationships that she maintains. As a woman who has struggled with self-concept herself, I wanted to write something that spoke to others in this situation. I used the protagonist to first show how easily self-doubt and lack of self-knowledge can manifest.

· Can you tell us about the book?

Can I Borrow Your Skin is a romance novel about a woman’s unrequited love with the reflection she saw in the mirror. The protagonist, Nicolette Guyere, experiences loss and as she mourns she spirals down a rabbit-hole of self-doubt. While working through the loss, Nicolette notes that her lack of self-knowledge was being populated based on the relationships she maintained. The resulting self was not Nicolette; in fact, she learned through working on herself using the mirror technique and self-affirmations that she was not able to be her true self with over 90% of the people in her life.

· What did you learn about yourself when writing the book?

I learned more about myself. I was already enamored with myself, but this book gave me a much deeper appreciation for who I truly am. I can honestly say that I love the woman I have become and grow deeper in love with her every day.

· What will readers walk with after reading this book?

How to love themselves. There are so many techniques on how to start the process of loving one’s self and one great example. Persons reading my book will hopefully walk away from the book thinking to themselves that it is ok to not be perfect and that trying to be what everyone expects of you will have you in a situation where you are never who you know yourself to be.

· What advice about writing, publishing and marketing would you give to other writers and authors. 

1) Enjoy the process. It is long, sometimes very difficult but it is like planning a wedding or for the arrival of a child. Cherish the ups and downs. It will be over before you know it.

2) Have a plan. Outline. Set deadlines. Be organized and stick to your deadlines.

3) Your book begins and ends with your editor. Make sure you pick one that understand you, your vision, and will make the experience easier

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#MotownWriters #FridayFeature Author, Angela Berent (@a_berent)

Another #MotownWriters Member feature is Angela Berent. Please check out her interview and support. Don’t forget to share this post with other readers and writers!

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Where are you from?  Michigan! Grew up in mid-Michigan (St. Charles), and now reside in Chelsea, near Ann Arbor.

Tell us your latest news?  The beginning of the year celebrates my book birthdays!  List Your Life: A Modern-Day Memoir was published on January 1, 2018, and Trace Your Travels:  An Adventure Journal came out on February 22, 2019.

When and why did you begin writing?  I have years of stops and starts, but I heard the right advice at the right time:  Write what matters to you! I had been caught up in what I should write, and somehow these words gave me the freedom to think inside myself about what I would most enjoy.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?  Always drawn to lovely journals and the idea of writing, I tried lots and lots of different ideas.  A shift in my thinking came when I was a fellow in the Eastern Michigan Writing Project. Although I had been teaching writing for a couple of years already at that point in the summer of 2004, it was when we experienced the ‘teacher as writer’ concept, placing ourselves in the seat of our students, that I fully grasped my role – not simply as facilitator but as participant.  It forced me to take my writing all the way through the writing process, and that was the beginning of perceiving myself as a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book?  Once I became a tiny bit more comfortable with viewing myself as a writer, I took the wisdom that fell upon me to ponder what truly did matter to me…what would bring me joy to write, and the idea that came to me was writing to celebrate the people in my life who inspire me, who teach me what’s important, who make me want to be a better person, and for whom I am deeply indebted for lifting me up.  With that, I arrived at the idea of writing my memoirs in a love letter of sorts, in the form of short lists.

Do you have a specific writing style?  It all comes from my heart! Memories make me so happy, and I want to record it all.  To show my sons, to let others know just how profoundly they are a part of me – I feel that gratitude is an impetus, in some way, in all my writing.

How did you come up with the title?  Seeing myself as a writer is a continuously evolving awareness.  Because I have the greatest admiration for writers who so eloquently impart their ideas, it is a tremendous process to accept myself in that camp.  I’m still working at it, even with two books published!  After easing the concept into conversations with my mom – my ultimate cheerleader – I forced myself to start talking through my journal/memoir concept with my cousins, my oldest best friends.  They are an amazing group of women who are doubly valuable to me because of their varied knowledge of the business world and they know the ins and outs of my heart.  As I’d hoped, they questioned and contemplated my writing endeavor with me, and in a little cabin in the seclusion of the Upper Peninsula one dark July night, I scribbled ideas on a napkin as we brainstormed together.  The next morning, I woke up knowing that they’d steered me forward and I landed at the combination of all kinds of words and phrases to arrive at List Your Life: A Modern-Day Memoir.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  Remember! Celebrate! Pass it on! First, I am glad that I put pen to paper to show just how sincerely I appreciate the people in my life.  As I gathered the various stories and history of my years, I was rather surprised to see that I’d compiled a considerable volume of accomplishments for which I am very proud.  In writing the lists of my memories, I realized that I have done quite a lot, and I realized that others might feel empowered, too, if they had a vehicle to guide them in taking stock of the life they’ve lived.  If anything, I hope readers will gain a definitive sense of all they’ve done for themselves.

How much of the book is realistic?  100%! List Your Life and Trace Your Travels are all my own personal memories.  Big and dynamic to small and simple, they are all mine.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  My journals are events from my own life. I began these writing projects in long form, but I eventually found that short, quick lists of memories was more of where I wanted to go.  I had a meaningful critique early on, and, from that, I examined my purpose. While the lengthy stories are special to me, I felt that the basic form that called to me – quick lists of 3 – was something that is missing in the writing world.  Writers brainstorms and have their own techniques, but, for those who find writing intimidating, a brief list is a more approachable way to write. We all have stories to write – it is a matter of finding the format that works.

What books have most influenced your life most?  Ruta Sepetys, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Kwame Alexander are just a few authors who have an ability to reach my students and matter to them and, therefore, matter to me.  I bring their books to my students and we all gobble them up.  The writing is engaging, their topics are meaningful, and the writing is of a quality that transcends an age group.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  Tina Fey’s Bossypants was eye-opening for me. She is funny, and she doesn’t follow rules – and I genuinely liked reading how she views life.  As a woman, as a mom, as a working person trying to do as much as I can, I enjoyed that she was genuine, and it felt like she wrote from within rather than to please others.  That moxie has been helpful as I find my voice as a writer.

What book are you reading now?  Veronica Roth’s The End and Other Beginnings.  I am always reading young adult to bring new books to my middle-school students, and they are going to love the blend of seemingly realistic with fantasy in this one.  Up next on my reading shelf is Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. I try to take time for adult reading on occasion, too!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Jarrett K. Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo was an impressive publication for so many reasons – not only is the artwork in the graphic novel interesting to take in as I read, the content was surprisingly deep.  His life is a testament to overcoming hardships, while his way of storytelling drew me in as well as my teenage students.

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What are your current projects?  I’m currently exploring companion pieces to the List of 3 series.  When I was a new mom with twin baby boys, I wanted so badly to write, but I couldn’t squeeze in more than a tiny blurb splashed on a calendar that hung in their room.  It was messy, but I love looking back at the early days and seeing the highs and the lows, and those quick notes are plenty to set a whole memory in motion. Something tells me I am not the only mom who couldn’t find time to write.  I’d like to help them write their memories.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.  Independent bookstore owners. I was so nervous to ask them to offer my books to their customers – so hesitant to declare myself an author, but I have been met with the most positive responses.  The book world is a wonderful place to dwell. Book people have been encouraging in many ways – whether saying yes to selling my book or offering a kind word to keep me going, I feel lucky to have arrived in this place.

Do you see writing as a career?  In that writing is so entirely all-encompassing, yes, it is a career. However, I have found over the last three years that allowing writing, for me, to be a hobby, keeps it fresh and not an obligation – which is significantly less daunting.  In my official capacity as a teacher, as with any career, I have certain requirements. I like that writing is all mine, without any mandates, and I hope to keep it that way.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?  This reminds me of a conversation with my mother-in-law when we were once reminiscing about my wedding day.  She asked what I would change.  I thought about it and realized there was not one thing I would change – it wasn’t perfect, but the imperfections made the memories as special as all of the carefully planned moments.  Trace Your Travels is a lot the same. Publishing Trace Your Travels was a lengthy process, even though it was in the exact style of my first book, List Your Life. Graphic designer Lisa Michele Carpenter created the artwork and designed both books, and she and I discovered the determination it takes to see a book through to the end.  We learned a lot together. And she stuck with me through both books!  So I’d say we each found the process worthwhile, educational, and enjoyable.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  I’ve always liked the physical act of creating words on a page, and writing feels like an achievement, so I think it was always there.  That moment when I heard the message ‘write what’s in your heart, write what makes you happy’ I knew where I wanted to chase my writing dreams. Having a writing destination in mind gave me the desire to put in the time to get the sentiments on the page.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?  Nothing quite ready to share yet!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  Without a writing goal, nothing happens. Lengthier writing, for me, happens in the summer when I am not teaching.  I have to be disciplined about daily and weekly goals, otherwise, it just won’t happen.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?  Tahereh Mafi is exceptional in her writing. Her language is exquisite, and I aspire to find such beauty in my use of language.  In reading her stories, I see the power of placing the most accurate word to convey an image or feeling for the reader. I strive to put the exact word just where it is to be, as she does.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?  Everywhere I travel is likely to end up somewhere in my writing – whether it is unofficial for my personal journaling, or if it finds a home in a future book.  While I don’t need to travel, I certainly take, as well as occasionally make up, any reason to get up and go.

Who designed the covers?  Lisa Michele Carpenter is magic.  I swear she can see into my inartistic mind so clearly that she finds the visions that I can’t even articulate and brings them to my writing.  With absolute certainty, I know that my books would never be what they are today if I had not serendipitously made her acquaintance three years ago.  I am forever thankful that she shares her creative talents with me.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?  Writing. The seemingly simple act of sitting in a chair and working until it’s done.  I can outline for days, but it is a determined effort with concrete goals that ever takes my writing to where it needs to go.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?  The sense of accomplishment was more meaningful than I’d imagined.  Similar to when I finished my master’s thesis – I couldn’t have imagined that I had it in me.  I surprised myself, and I learned that I really ought to give myself more credit than I think I usually do.  It has been empowering to know that I can grow an idea, educate myself on the process, implement learnings that I had no prior knowledge of, and take a monumental project all the way through to the end.  Now, the ongoing marketing side of things…also a continuous education!

Do you have any advice for other writers?  Believe in yourself. Believe in your book.  Ask questions. Keep at it – it takes longer than you suspect it will.  But it is worth it!  Your conviction will grow, and you will find the fire that you need to keep advancing.  It is the best gift to yourself!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  Everyone has something worthwhile to write.  Short, quick lists might be the trick … just get started!

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Writer Spotlight!

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It’s time for another Writer Spotlight on this edition of The Mitten!|
Today I’m happy to welcome one of my friends (and critique partners), Wendy BooydeGraaff. Wendy was born and raised in Canada, on a fruit farm in Southern Ontario (which, she says, is almost a full degree latitude south of Grand Rapids where she lives now). She’s been in Michigan for over twenty years and is still shocked by all the snow.
Wendy writes, “Where I grew up, close to Lake Ontario, the lake effect kept us in a little warm bubble and the other side of the lake (Buffalo) got all the snow. Here in Grand Rapids, lake effect means SNOW, and lots of it. I looked it up because I thought maybe my childhood memory was wrong, but guess what? Grand Rapids receives an average of 20 more inches of snow per year than my hometown.”
Let’s dive right in, Wendy!
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Featured Vendor @ #MotownWriters Women’s Literary Brunch: Casheena Parker @IndianAngelLuv

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Motown Literary Women Event 2016

March 19, 2016 11am

Location: Skillman Detroit Public Library, 121 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Born and raised in Michigan I have been writing since I was a child. Having the honor of being Published with the Westland Library Writers Collection three years in a row. I have taken the opportunity to self publish Ruthless my first novel in the Ruthless Series. I look forward to continuing to share my talent with the world.
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Eva Rodriguez is a fifteen year old girl who was sold into the escort business by her mother Anna. Though she prides herself on hard work and great moral ethics and would prefer to be known for her brain than her body her mother had other plans forcing her to adapt to her situation.
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Featured Vendor @ #MotownWriters Women’s Literary Brunch: Tenita Johnson

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Motown Literary Women Event 2016

March 19, 2016 11am

Location: Skillman Detroit Public Library, 121 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Bio:

Tenita JohnsonIf she’s driving down the street at 70 miles per hour, a spelling error on a highway billboard is sure catch her eye. Although she may not pull the car over, she may contact the advertiser as a courtesy to let them know, in case they want to fix it of course.

What may not matter to most has become an obsession and passion for Tenita Johnson, editor extraordinaire and writer.

Through So It Is Written, she is committed to helping authors nationwide perfect their manuscripts and successfully complete the publishing process. She helps authors bury their boring bios and shines the brightest light on even the beginning author. Her press releases have drawn attention from various forms of media, creating distinct brand images for authors long before their books hit the shelves.

Together with her education and literary industry experience, she seeks to form relationships, not build a database of clientele. Once you’ve experienced her work, you won’t settle for anything less.

For more information, please visit soitiswritten.net.

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MWN Spotlight ~ Nancy Barr

Nancy BarrWhere are you from?

I was born in Illinois, lived in Southern California for several years as a child, and have lived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1981.
Tell us your latest news?

I switched careers from journalism to higher education about seven years ago and since then have earned a master’s degree in rhetoric and technical communication and started teaching communication to engineering students at Michigan Technological University.  I’m now working on a PhD, but I’ve started a new fiction project as well.  I have no idea when it will be ready for publication, but it’s great to be writing fiction again.
When and why did you begin writing?

I discovered I loved writing when I was still in elementary school.  I started keeping a journal of sorts to help me deal with life.  I never thought of being a professional writer until college and then an internship led me to a job at the local newspaper.  I began my first novel in 2000 because I felt I had a story to tell.  The characters had been developing for a few years and it just seemed time to put them on paper.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first felt like a “real” writer when my second book, “Page One: Vanished,” was released, even though I had been a “professional” for many years by then.  The first book felt like a fluke, a dream, but the second book made me feel like a legitimate author.
What inspired you to write your first book?

There was no single thing that inspired me.  The “Page One” trilogy’s protagonist, Robin Hamilton, was VERY loosely based on my experience as a small-town newspaper reporter.  She’s just prettier, smarter, and scrappier.  None of the other characters have any association with anything real and neither does the plot, except the opening scene in Ludington Park, where the first murder takes place.  I used to walk through the park quite regularly and that’s what started the creative process for that book.
Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes, my journalism experience taught me the value of concise writing.  I love words, I just use them strategically.
How did you come up with the title?

The publisher, Susan Bays of Arbutus Press, wanted to develop a brand for the books, thus the “Page One” tag, indicating a news story worthy of page one.  Then each book has a teaser about the plot.  The first one revolves around a hit and a run death, the second book deals with the disappearance of several young women, and the third one deals with the drug trade (the U.P.’s notorious winter is also a character).
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Resilience.  Life deals my characters a lot of heartbreak but they come through it stronger.

 

 

How much of the book is realistic?

These situations certainly could happen, but they are pure fiction.  Unfortunately, “Page One: Whiteout” is the most true-to-life as U.P. communities struggle to deal with the influx of drugs like heroin and home-grown crystal meth.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Robin’s mother died when she was 10, while mine died when I was 9.  I wanted to explore a strong father-daughter relationship, like the one I had with my own father.
What books have most influenced your life most?

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books and Judy Blume’s books about adolescence got me hooked on reading as a child.  By the time I was 10, I was reading everything mystery or paranormal-related in the school library.  When I read my first Stephen King book, though, I remember thinking, “I could do this, I could see myself writing someday.”  Of course, it was another 15 years before my first book was published, but that’s where it started.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Stephen King.  I must have read his book “On Writing” at least a half dozen times now.  I use his advice about eliminating clutter from your writing when I teach my engineering students.  It’s true regardless of genre.
What book are you reading now?

I’m never reading just one book at a time.  I’m reading a history of the Vikings, a scholarly work by Nancy Hartsock called “Money, Sex, and Power”, and the fifth book in the Harry Potter series (I never had time to read them when they were released!). Next will be “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts:  A Memoir” by Neil White.  It’s Michigan Tech’s Summer Reading Program for our incoming first-year students.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I’m sure there are lots of great ones out there, but I’ve been so focused on my graduate work that I don’t get much time to explore new fiction authors.
What are your current projects?

I’m working on something very different from my first three books.  It’s a mystery of sorts that takes place in the Copper Country in the early 1970s (a period which has really captured my imagination), just after the last copper mine shut down.  It will be darker, edgier, and more along the lines of an early Stephen King work than the “Page One” trilogy.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Teachers!  I was lucky to have some great teachers along the way who pushed me to do my best and challenge myself, never allowing me to settle for “good enough.”
Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! I write novels for entertainment, academic articles for my day job, and I teach writing.  It’s the only thing I know how to do to pay the bills!

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not at all.  What finally made it into print is the third complete rewrite.  My writing has matured over the years so I’m not as enamored with the first one, but many reviewers thought it was a good first effort so I don’t beat myself up about it too much.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My mother was an avid reader and I caught the bug from her.  From there, it was just a natural progression to writing.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?

It has a strong female protagonist (naturally), a newcomer to the Keweenaw who is a product of the Sixties, unafraid to challenge the status quo.  I haven’t quite figured out the trajectory of the plot because it’s early in the creative process, but I’ve sketched out some unique characters.  I’m very big on strong characters in my novels!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Plotting is always the toughest for me.  There’s a balance between simplicity and complexity.  I want the story arc to be simple enough to connect with readers, but to have enough complexity to keep them engaged to the last word.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Other than Stephen King, I have favorite books of certain authors.  I’ve read Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” countless times (Mrs. Danvers is one of my favorite characters ever!). I love Anne Rice’s first two books in her vampire series.  William Kent Krueger’s mystery series set in and around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is beautifully written. And I could go on and on.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not so much now since it’s been a while since I’ve released a new book, but I still periodically give library talks, which I love!
Who designed the covers?

The publisher, Susan Bays, designed each cover.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Again, it’s always the plotting.  I have the most fun with characterizations.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

With each books I become a better writer and I have learned to appreciate a great editor!
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Focus on developing your craft any way you can.  Write blogs, be a columnist for the local newspaper.  Put together a family history.  Enter short story contests.   Just keep writing and putting your work out there.  Develop a thick skin.  No matter how great your writing, someone will always find fault with it so develop and nurture your own writing style.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I appreciate your loyalty.  I know many people would like to see another “Page One” book, but it’s time we all moved on. I like to think Robin is enjoying her new life.  I look forward to

meeting more of you when the next book is released!

  • Name of Author– Nancy Barr
  • Name of Book(s)– “Page One: Hit and Run” “Page One: Vanished” “Page One: Whiteout”

Excerpt: Page One Vanished excerpt

Page One VanishedPage One WhiteOutPage One Hit & Run

 

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Beverly Jenkins’s New Book: A Wish and a Prayer, Releasing April 10th #motownlit #michlit #mwn

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Beverly Jenkins’s New Book
Releasing on April 10, 2012
A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel
A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel
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Anyone worried that living in a small town could be boring certainly hasn’t lived in Henry Adams, Kansas. From the wealthy divorcÉe who saved this historic town founded by freed slaves to the romantic entanglements that have set tongues wagging and hearts fluttering (and everything in between), … Read More
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Eblast: Bradley Fowler, Author of 3 Books to help his plight to ban inequality

Equality Belongs To All Regardless of Religious Beliefs

A detailed look at religious lore

 

         A riveting novel 

   An LGBT Empowerment Guide            

 

 

(Accord, Hernandez-Montiel v. I.N.S. (9th Cir. 2000) 225 F. 3d 1084, 1093 [“Sexual orientation and sexual identity…are so fundamental to one’s identity that a person should not be required to abandon them.”];Egan v. Canada, supra, 2 S.C.R. 513, 528 [“whether or not sexual orientation is based on biological or physiological factors, which may be a matter of some controversy, it is a deeply personal characteristic that is either unchangeable or changeable only at unacceptable personal costs”].)

     Even more, many religious followers neglect to understand the power the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches have over their individual religious beliefs; and because of this, America continues to grow divided on such issues as equality for same-sex couples. However, 2 Corinthians 8:14 instructs: ...but by equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want; that there may be equality… 

     As a result, author B.L. Fowler has not only compiled some thought-provoking evidence that deserves analyzing. But this Universal Life Church Monastery ordained minister  and certified paralegal has spent the last five years, feverishly developing an astounding journey, which proves the Scriptures still have purpose in today’s society.

After all, Matthew 22:29 instructs: Ye err not knowing the Scriptures or the power of God. 

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Also, author B. L. Fowler has written Why Homosexuals Deserve Equality Rights-An Empowerment Guide. This enthralling guide is packed with case law from the Supreme Court, Constitutional law, Christian scripture that supports equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation; and, personal testimony from “Survivor” Series winner- Richard Hatch,and Penn State College Professor Mel See Sholtz.        

We Err Not Knowing Or Studying The Scriptures Matthew 22:29 by B.L. Fowler (Kindle Edition – Nov 16, 2011) – Kindle eBook
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Michigan Author, Cheryl Robinson new book, by @aalbc.com Recomends Read

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A fateful encounter with a savvy young producer lands aspiring writer Olena Day the role of America’s bachelorette on the new reality show The One. There are just two problems: Olena despises reality TV, and technically she’s not single. What could she possibly hope to gain? A book deal? But Olena’s made it clear; she won’t resort to the stereotypical antics often portrayed by women on reality TV. But ratings rule and the producers have plans of their own to assure the show’s success—even if it means exposing some of Olena’s long-held and most embarrassing secrets.

Step behind the scenes of the highly competitive and unique world of reality dating shows, in this relationship-driven page-turner that keeps delivering surprises.  To learn more and to enter the 14 Days of Valentines Contest, visit the author’s website: www.cherylrobinson.com

 

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MIND ON MONEY: Who Moved My Cheese? via @holla_KGreene #mwn

        Greetings Readers!  My name is Kelly Greene.  I am a former autoworker from Detroit Michigan.  Why former? I look too young to retire.  Did I hit the Lottery?  Did I find the key to financial bliss?  The answer to both questions is no.  The truth is I lost my job due the economy as well as thousands of others in America.  The funny thing about it, I should have been prepared.  Had I took one book seriously, I just might have been.

      About 12 years ago, I was given a book by my girlfriend.  The book was called “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson.  I read it and cast it to the side as a decent read.  I couldn’t take it seriously.  I was working at American Axle and making good money or “Getting that Cheese” as we say in the hood.  “Cheese” was plentiful then.  I worked 50-60 hrs a week for an automobile company and automobiles are  one of the top 5 inventions of all time.  The world was not going to replace the automobile anytime soon. I was certain that I would have a job for life or at least 30 yrs. I was wrong.  I didn’t factor in that where they made the parts or the automobiles themselves were subject to change.  American Axle moved my Cheese to Mexico 10 yrs after I read that book!  Spencer Johnson was right!  We have to be ready and expect change in both our professional and private lives. Continue reading

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