Guest Post: A Story Exists In All That Exists by Harsha Sheelam

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Everyone has a story. People from different walks of life have a journey and experience to share. My odyssey in the writing world was something that I never expected.
When I was 9, my mother read the essays I wrote in my answer sheet of the English exam. She was taken aback with all the crap I wrote. The piece had every grammatical error that the English language could list out. She was left so shocked that the next day she bought piles of books for me to read which ranged from stories to creative writing. I found it funny because I felt she took it too seriously, though I didn’t want to read them because every child is stubborn and has a natural tendency of not obeying their parent, yet I did at the constant nagging of my mother. And I’m so glad for it today.
A year later my grandfather read an essay which I wrote about him and he was thrilled with the way I put it down. He found it to be too perfect to be true. Since that day, he always encouraged me to write. Had it not been for him and my mother, I wouldn’t have been an author today.
Years later, in 2016, I began to write professionally for magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Luckily I wasn’t restricted to a particular genre and wrote about politics, social causes, fashion, entertainment, and travel. At that time, I felt independent and was glad to be hustling at the side which pursuing my graduate degree.
Writing gave me the peace of mind. It delivered me into a parallel universe where I was surrounded by good people living in a saintly world. It had a much needed positive impact on an idle brain, surrounded by negativity from people.
Back then I never thought that I could write books. That my imagination could be so large and I would be able to write for the most imaginative and creative minds - the children. When an opportunity came knocking I didn’t have second thoughts about it and took it up immediately.
The publishing process for my debut book, ‘Beautiful Inside and Out’, wasn’t easy after all. I had a tough time finding an illustrator and getting the work done before the termination of the contract with the publisher. Apart from minor obstacles in the publishing process, I have no qualms about how the book turned out to be. I wanted the stories to be contemporary which focus on modern day issues of bullying, body positivity, loving beyond color, race or religion, and others themes, simultaneously adding traditional morals from Aesop’s times.
My debut book gave me the tag of an author and embraced my love for creative expression. The goal in all my books is to make children believe that they are beautiful the way they are, and no one can make them think otherwise. With children being exposed to different forms of media, it becomes very relevant in the 21st century.
As I wrote more I understood that my writing style doesn’t involve a plot or brainstorming. The stories are where and how my imagination takes me while writing. Though I love this way of writing as there is no plan I have to stick to, there are minor challenges. When I was writing my novel, I’d go utmost of 2 days waiting for the next line in the story. A twist, tragedy or just a continuation of the story depended on how my mind explored my thoughts in the waiting period until I sat again to write.
Today, I am three books old with Beautiful Inside and Out, Good Exists in all that Exists, and The House of Terry Atterberry solely responsible for writing, financing, and marketing. I had never known better of the things I could do had it not been for these three babies a.k.a books.
Marketing is not easy and I understand the struggle of other writers and poets. Therefore, I decided to help aspiring poets and writers by providing a platform for them on my website
I used to pine over marketing the books, but not anymore. I have tried to build avenues to reach a global audience through reviews, guest posts, and blogging. In this process, I was fortunate to be interviewed by authors and book bloggers.

Albert Camus rightfully said, "The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."

Special thanks to Harsha Sheelam for this awesome guest post! Harsha Sheelam is a writer that concentrates on the issues of today that young teenagers face, and tries to motivate young people towards positivity. You can learn more about Harsha on her website, or you can keep up with her on Facebook and Instagram!

Author Spotlight: Thomas McRae

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

It's rare, but precious when you are able to randomly meet someone who becomes such a great friend.

I met Thomas via email when sent an email to another book blog that I manage, asking for a review of his book, Pimp in the Pulpit. I wound up taking on the review and got to know Thomas quite well through corresponding with him about his book. Who knew that we would become instant friends! Thomas is such a sweetheart and keeps me laughing, but he also means business. I truly admire his dedication to his art and how bold and brave he's been in promoting and pushing his book out there to the masses. I do hope to have his same tenacity when I publish my book (coming soon!).

I was so honored to have gotten the chance to sit down and chat with Thomas about his books and his writing.

1. How did you get your start in the writing world? 
I originally started to write poetry for several online poetry clubs such as International Poetry Competition, Poetry Nation, Cosmofunnel Poetry website, G.S Poetry website, and several other poetry competitions that I found through the literary magazine Poets and Writers.

2. Tell us your inspiration behind Pimp in the Pulpit.

Pimp in the Pulpit was inspired and semi-based on my life with my family and some old friends. It's a short fiction novel about a dysfunctional family that doesn't know how to love one another and yet swears up and down that blood is thicker than water. Some of these stories in the book are very humorous especially now that I'm older but when some people read it they may consider it sad. But in my honest opinion, every dark cloud has a silver lining; no matter the outcome of life you should always find humor in anything and everything because, without humor, you are more than likely to shrivel up and die.

3. Who are some of your favorite authors? 
That is quite an interesting question because I have several favorite authors that I'm quite fond of. For starters W E B Dubois, Nikki Giovanni,  Alex Haley, Langston Hughes and of course you, my dear sweet beautiful friend Jessica Starks AKA "The Mississippi Angel."

4. When did you know that you wanted to become a writer?  
I always knew I had a real gift when it came to storytelling and poetry. But it wasn't until I got older I wanted to be a writer, but it took me a while to build my confidence and really try pursuing my path as an author. Despite some of my failures, I have achieved a great deal of success, but in the end whether or not I sell a hundred copies or a hundred thousand I just want my work to be remembered and touch as many lives as possible here in the United States and across the world.

5. What gets you in the mood to write? What inspires you? 

These are two relatively easy questions because what inspires me to write is what I see and what I have experienced over the years. Also, the people I know and the lives they have lived has some influence in my writing, especially in the short fiction novels. Now when it comes to my poetry I must say it depends on what music I hear, or what kind of emotional state I am in at that moment. But sometimes I just write things down that first pop into my head and if it doesn't sound right or semi-catchy I'll continue to work on it until I like the flow.

6. Do you have any regrets about your book? 

To be perfectly honest no and not just about the book, but about my life in general. Now sometimes I'll admit I wish I did things differently or handle them in a different manner. But I don't regret anything because I spent a good portion of my life trying to make others happy at my expense and now I'm just doing what makes me happy, striving for success, and looking forward to each and every one of my blessings.

7. How often do you write? 
I write as often as I can because writing to me is therapeutic in the purest sense of the word. I do a lot of writing on my job when it's slow or no work at all. But even when I'm home I'm writing something down as a reminder or potential idea. I mean, what can I say? It's the author in me.

8. What advice do you have for other writers? 
Well first off I would say be optimistic but at the same time be truly passionate and committed. Being a writer is a difficult task but very well worth the effort. Stay focused and determined to achieve what you want and do your research whether you're trying to be a self-publishing author or traditional. Make sure you reach out two any and every local business store you have done business with in the past for support and even reach out to friends plus family you know will support you. But most importantly make sure you stay humble and grateful for any and every blessing you receive.

9. What can we expect from you next? 
Well, let's see I'm currently working on publishing my next book, Fatal Impact and I plan to re-release my book, Street Trash.  I also have several other short fiction novels that will soon be released and their titles are The Funeral, Ghetto Superstar, 6 Winters and 7  Summers and Whores Two Men. Plus several other poetry books and my political memoir.

10. Where can we find your books? 
Pimp in the pulpit 1 & 2 You can find both books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books, to name a few. You can also reach out to me personally on my email address which is

Now on a more personal note I want to take the time to thank Jessica Starks for finally giving me the interview that I so desperately wanted with her. You  ar,e an angel and an inspiration to so many myself included. I would also like to acknowledge and thank our Lord and Saviour for blessing me with such a beautiful talent and gift. I also want to take the time to acknowledge my mother Mrs. Sylvia A McRae for being so supportive and loving all through my life. Last but not least I want to thank everyone and anyone from bloggers, to coworkers and to all my true friends who have  supported me during this very long and gruesome process. I want to send a special shout-out to my dear friend Mrs Virginia Bell who I lost some time ago. She was an angel and a loving kind soul who will never be forgotten. I miss you always and pray you're in heaven resting peacefully and free at last.

Product Review: LeWonde Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Foot Compression Braces

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

If any of you out there have flat feet, you understand what I mean when I say that sometimes it can be a major struggle to walk around certain days or find shoes that will properly comfort your feet. I was in marching band through high school into college and I am really starting to feel the toll that those years of marching took on my feet.

That's why I am so excited to tell you about the Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Foot Compression Braces from  LeWonde! I've worked with LeWonde in the past and tried out other products from them that I've come to love so I couldn't wait to see what this product was all about!

As you can see from the picture above, the product comes in a set of 2: the arch supports and heel supports. A lot of times for me it's usually one of the other hurting, so this was really exciting. We all know what the heel supports feel like, but I do appreciate that these are gel. I've encountered some heel supports that are a harder plastic and they did absolutely NOTHING for my feet. So A+ for heel supports.

Now for the arch supports. The arch supports I've used in the past honestly made my feet hurt worse so I was kind of nervous about how these would work. But I can say that I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable these are! They attach around your foot with velcro so you don't have to worry about them slipping and sliding, which I liked. The only thing is that you have to have the right kind of shoe on, because it may look kind of awkward, depending on what you wear, Lol. But outside of that, I had 0 problems.

So how would I rate the LeWonde Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Foot Compression Braces?

The LeWonde Plantar Fasciitis Arch Support Foot Compression Braces get 5 stars from me! They were comfortable, convenient, and really made a difference!

Do you struggle with flat feet too? What products have you tried? Let's discuss in the comments below!

*I received this product at a discount in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

What is the Meaning of Easter?

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Good morning and Happy Easter!

Today I wanted to show you a video I found on YouTube where Jesse Watters went around and quizzed people about Easter. You'll be surprised at what people said:

Can you believe it?? I was honestly not surprised.

In this day and time, a lot of people have lost the significance of Easter and don't really understand the story.

First of all, let's address what people were getting terribly wrong:

1. Good Friday commemorates the day that Jesus was crucified.
2. Easter commemorates the day Jesus rose.
3. The Bible says Jesus was a regular-looking guy, he wasn't super special or anything(Isaiah 53:2). Revelation 1:14 says that Jesus had hair like wool. Being that Jesus was Jewish, I do believe that he had darker skin.

And lastly, Easter is NOT about the Easter Bunny, eggs, candy, or any of the other additional stuff you see on TV. Easter is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ making the ULTIMATE sacrifice for the ENTIRE world, past, present, and future.

Jesus died for the sins of the world, disease, and everything else that is not of God. He gave up his life and temporarily separated himself from God FOR US. That's not something that we should forget or take for granted.

So take time to meditate on Jesus' sacrifice and its significance today. Don't forget to praise God for giving His son for us.

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Write Now Literary Fiction Author Book Blast - March 29th, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for fiction authors Lisa Watson, Nicole Hampton, J.L. Campbell and Perry Busby. This tour will run March 29, 2018.  Follow the tour here.   Book your own tour here.

About the Author

J.L. Campbell is fascinated with Jamaican flora and has hundreds of photos to prove it. She writes contemporary and sweet romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, as well as new and young adult novels.
Campbell, who features Jamaican culture in her stories, has written twenty-seven books and two short story collections. She is also a certified editor.

About the Book

Aside from a brief stint of madness during their teen years, Vance James and Ayisha Glenn are not each other's idea of relationship material. Vance, a financial analyst and avid golfer, is preoccupied with getting his fill of women, and finding that special someone doesn't factor into his plans. Yet all it takes to turn his world upside down is one remark from Ayisha about his lifestyle. Suddenly, his focus shifts and he's spending his days trying to prove he can be the man she needs.

Ayisha is a go-getter who knows what she's about—a successful business, a lifetime with the man of her dreams, and children to complete the picture. Vance is an expert at romance, but with Ayisha it's all or nothing. She's waited years for Vance to stop chasing the wind in pursuit of what's already in front of him. Now that he's set his heart on having her, will she accept his love?

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About the Author

 National bestselling author, Lisa Watson, is a native of Washington D.C., and writes in the Multicultural & Interracial, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, and Sweet Romance genres. Having her debut novel nominated for Best Contemporary Fiction, sparked Lisa’s desire to continue creating engaging storylines, strong characters with universal appeal, and a keen sense of humor. They are drawn together by love, respect, and a strong family ties.
Lisa loves traveling, so weaving beautiful destinations into the pages of her novels as lush backdrops, or the heritage of her characters is not uncommon.

About the Book

Danger doesn’t make an appointment…it just shows up.
When Sasha Lambert’s debut novel, The Passport Diaries, hits the bookstores it quickly becomes a bestseller. Her ex-boyfriend, and Greek tycoon, Milo Georgopoulos, believes one of the characters in the book sheds a not-so-positive light on his own extracurricular activities. He gives Sasha an ultimatum: Ditch the book or else.
Retired football player, Pierce Deveraux thinks he too has been placed between the pages of The Passport Diaries. Determined to make Sasha pay for putting a ding in his knight-in-shining-armor image, Pierce contemplates how best to even the score.
Suddenly strange things start happening wherever Sasha goes. Even her twin sister, Dr. Sienna Lambert-Deveraux worries for her safety. With an adoring assistant, an ambitious publicist, and jealous ex-lover vying for her attention, Sasha soon finds herself at the center of dangerous tug-of-war.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

About the Author

Nicole Hampton is a compassionate woman, who loves to create stories readers can relate to in a way that validates situations that occur daily the lives of many. Her love for reading developed at an early age. She often spent hours becoming lost in the worlds of characters of her favorite books. Born in the South Suburbs of Chicago, IL, reading offered an opportunity for Nicole to dream about life outside of her community and fed her desire to want to explore the world beyond her modest surroundings.
Nicole earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and utilizes the skills and knowledge learned to address the issues presented in her debut novel Glimmer in the Darkness in a manner that allows people to connect and understand the struggles of her characters. Nicole lives in North Carolina, is a dedicated wife and mother of six, who spends any time she can snatch, developing characters and story lines to share with her readers. Her second novel, Tears of the Storm, will release in summer of 2018.

About the Book

For Shannon Johnson, full-time wife, mom and freelance writer, life as she knew it changed one spring afternoon with the ringing of her doorbell. On the other side stood Vaneetra James, former mistress of Shannon’s husband, Daniel. With two sons, Shannon resisted the urge to leave Daniel in order to keep her family intact. However, she refused to deal with the issues resulting from Daniel’s extramarital affair.
When Shannon thought her life couldn’t get any worse, a tragic turn of events in Vaneetra’s life turned Shannon’s already fractured world upside down, sending her marriage into an even deeper peril.

Feeling desperate and trapped, Shannon made a series of rash decisions that landed her in the arms of another man, bringing her already fragile world crashing downward. Having to come to grips with the reality that the man she once thought was extraordinary was just ordinary, she had to trudge the road of forgiveness, while learning to love again and accept what she never imagined could ever exist.

Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

                              About the Author

Perry Busby is an author and founder of Buzz Word Publishing. In addition to writing, he is a freelance programmer and data analyst. His client list includes both government and private organizations; from NASA, to the Federal Reserve Bank, and political campaigns; from Fortune 100 companies to non-profit organizations and local business. After 30 years of designing and analyzing software and data, Perry now turns his creative energies and keyboard to write about a journey that has been just as adventuresome as it has been nerdy. When he isn’t writing, Perry dedicates time to engage and counsel minority youth and college students on the obstacles and opportunities of working within the IT sector.  


About the Book

Phil Jacobson, a young African-American computer enthusiast and hacker, lands a prized position as a programmer with Intellect Technology Incorporated, a leading technology company. While coping with being one of a select few minority programmers the company has recently hired, Phil discovers a fellow hacker has uncovered evidence that points to his hiring as being part of a more egregious cover up.
On the brink of closing their doors for good, and faced with competition from a growing personal computer industry, Jack Sherman, the CEO of ITI, hedges his bets on his young chief financial officer, Vincent Martello, and a new technology called the Internet. ITI is set to acquire the first Internet browser from WorldNet Labs, a small startup company founded by Phil’s longtime friend, Malcolm Graves. The deal between ITI and WorldNet Labs could potentially be the smartest and most lucrative corporate deal of the century. But, ITI’s questionable employment practices, a reported EEOC complaint, and Jack Sherman’s sordid family alliances, could kill the deal in its tracks. Relying on the skills he learned while assisting his father and information he’s gathered from the Underground (a virtual network of computers on a Bulletin Board System), Phil rushes to uncover ITI’s secret past and put an end to what may be the worst deal ever for his friend.
With Charlotte, North Carolina, as the backdrop Perry Busby weaves a suspense tale about a family confronting life’s changes as society prepares for its next disruptive invention, the Internet.

Genre: Mystery

Write Now Literary Fiction Author Book Blast

Thursday, March 22, 2018

WriteNow Literary Book Tours is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for fiction authors AngeliaVernon Menchan, Michelle D. Rayford, Naleighna Kai and Pat Simmons. This book blast will run March 22, 2018.  Follow the tour here.   Book your own tour here.

                                                          About the Author

Naleighna Kai is a national bestselling and award-winning author of several controversial novels, contributor to a New York Times bestseller, and the E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction. She has penned Every Woman Needs a Wife, Loving Me for Me, Was it Good For You Too?, Open Door Marriage, She Touched My Soul, Rich Woman’s Fetish and other contemporary fiction novels that plumb the depth of unique love triangles and women’s issues.

In addition to successfully cracking the code of getting published and landing a deal with a major publishing house, she continues to “pay it forward” by organizing the annual Cavalcade of Authors which gives readers intimate access to the most accomplished writing talent today. She also serves as CEO of Macro Marketing & Promotions Group which offers aspiring authors help with editing, publishing, marketing, and other services to jump-start their writing ambition. Additionally, she is Editor-in-Chief for Naleighna Kai’s Literary CafĂ© Magazine and Acquisitions editor for NK Recommends—a mail order book service that caters to a select audience. She was born and raised on the Southeast side of Chicago, the setting for most of her novels and where she is currently working on her next books: Slaves of Heaven and Mercury Sunrise.


About the Book 

Michael “Magic” Arrington’s sudden fame and startling climb up the music charts skyrocketed him into the world of Hollywood glitz and glamour. While all was exciting and wonderful at the beginning, the shady undertakings of the music business caused his life to take a downward spiral, ultimately separating him from his family and his hold on reality. Then he met Maya.

Maya Gervais has completely distanced herself from her past, even going as far as changing her identity to protect her from the one man who wants her dead. She is a civic-minded lawyer who champions for clients who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. So trusting someone enough to fall in love was never a consideration, especially since it could cost her much more than she was willing to give.

After the two have a chance meeting at a concert, a daring escape leads to an exploration of pain and pleasure that sets them both on the path to healing and an into an unlikely romance. However, the path to blissful happiness is never an easy one, as they both have their own demons to confront, including Michael’s jealous manager and Maya’s reluctance to deal with things she would rather forget.

She Touched My Soul is a gripping, engaging novel of loss, love, and everything in between.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

           About the Author

Angelia Vernon Menchan is wife, mother, nana and mentor. Since January 2006, she has published 34 printed books and an additional 124 ebooks through her small publishing company, MAMM Productions. She is also the Co-founder of Honorable MENCHAN Media, through which she has published books for 15 authors to date. Her personal motto is, ‘There is abundance through God for all of us; we simply have to be open for our blessings.'

In 2017 she decided to add her hallmark phrase “Just LOVE” to coffee mugs and tee-shirts. This phrase has taken on a life of its own! In addition, Angelia is a prolific public speaker and mentor to women of all ages. 

She resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and cover designer, Maurice Menchan.


                       About the Book 

Kent and Cina Markham are returning home to start their own business with the thirteen year old son, Kente. Kent has decided that though Kente is a good kid with great grades he is too soft. To correct that he tells Cina ‘hands off’ he’s taking over from there. Cina is miffed but concedes. The thing is who is really schooling whom? Not only that who assists Cina when Kent is mostly focused on his son? Schooling His Son deals with complex father and son and husband and wife issues, realistically.

Genre:  Fiction

            About the Author

Michelle D. Rayford knew she wanted to write books the moment she won a literacy contest in the fifth grade. The writing seed was planted. It only took a couple of decades for that seed to bear fruit. Michelle was never good at gardening.

Even while pursuing a degree in Business Administration, working a government job, getting married and having two daughters, the stories didn’t stop churning in her head. Some even made their way into print in the form of poems, short stories and blog posts.

Michelle lives in a Southern city where she spends any free time reading, writing, listening to 80’s music and playing NBA2K.  She can be contacted at or through her website

                  About the Book 

Adrienne always wanted a child. Too bad her husband, Logan, doesn’t.

When Adrienne decides to have the baby, her marriage is tested in new ways. Her husband’s reluctant acceptance of their son comes at a price Adrienne doesn’t know she is paying. She has the life she always wanted. So, why isn’t she happy?

Logan’s focus has always been on taking over the family law firm. Having a beautiful woman as his wife completes the picture. When a wealthy client comes to town, Logan seizes the opportunity to surpass his father and put the law firm on the map. If only he can keep his wife in line and his own secrets from coming out. When the past makes its way into the present, will the truth finally set Adrienne free?

 Genre: Fiction

                                                        About the Author

Pat Simmons has penned more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.


                                                              About the Book

Three sisters living in three different cities (Baltimore, St. Louis, and Nashville) make a pact to share responsibilities for their aging relative after authorities find Aunt Tweet across state lines. Her destination had been a neighborhood grocery store. The siblings soon learn the definition of caregiver includes a cup full of patience, a slight sense of humor, and when to cry out for help. Women juggle between career and family all the time, but Tabitha Knicely (St. Louis) is struggling to find a balance. Romance is the last thing she is trying to add to her list. The Aunt Tweet she knew all her life is not the same one who is residing in her home when she accepts the role as a caregiver for six months. Overwhelmed can’t begin to describe her emotions. Marcus Whittington is an opinionated, successful business owner, but he has a soft side when it comes to the elderly. They remind him of good memories of his grandparents. When Aunt Tweet is the mystery woman who stakes out his porch, he becomes concerned that she is not being taken care of properly. He sheds his misconceptions about what Tabitha isn’t doing right when he discovers that every caregiver needs a caregiver. Marcus knows in order to win Tabitha's heart; he has to charm Aunt Tweet's too.

Genre: Christian Romance
Releasing:  April 3, 2018. For information about this book visit the author’s website:

Book tour hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours 

This is What It Looks Like When You Ignore God (Video)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Good morning, loves!

I don't have much for you guys today, but I wanted to show you this hilarious video I found on YouTube!

Winston Mayo from The Blessing Report gave us a hilarious, yet accurate depiction of what we look like when we don't listen to God talking to us, even when He is plainly speaking! Check it out!

Can you relate? Ever found yourself in this situation? I know I have! Tell me about a time when you blatantly ignored God's voice and the outcome in the comments below!

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