Indie Shine – Mercedes Wilson

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Welcome to another edition of Indie Shine, a place for Rebirthoflisa to shine the spotlight on indie artists. Today we welcome author Mercedes Wilson.

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Bio 

Mercedes Wilson, a wife, mother of four, breast cancer survivor, and proud Western New York native, is no doubt on a mission to help young women across the region. Mercedes founded For Our Daughters Incorporated with the mission of educating young women on how to advocate for their own health and wellness. Mercedes is also an author with first book titled “Hope” coming out June 15th, 2018. She hosts a bi-weekly podcast called “The Mercedes Wilson Show” that addresses the topics of today’s church from all angles. Mercedes is a board member of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, a volunteer in the Buffalo Community, and a very proud student of 2018 Leadership Buffalo Class! “18 Great Team”!

 

Q&A:

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I am a new author. I do it because if I don’t, I can’t sleep! It doesn’t give me rest!
Tell us about your most recent work. HOPE Mercedes Wilson

“Hope: How Faith Carried Me Through My Darkest Hours” -This book gives you a glimpse into some of the hardest points of my life while allowing you to see Gods magnificent hand at work. We serve a triumphant God, and he can work in situations where we think there is no way out.

Who inspires you?
My family
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time? 
My new book and my 4 children
What is your motto in life? 
Do it!
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
workshops worldwide
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“A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument” 
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
My giving to those in need and my crazy laugh
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public? 
The Healing Power of Faith Workshop on June 22nd in Williamsville, NY – $33 adv $39 at the door.  For tickets call: (716)930-5011 or email grandie26@yahoo.com
Where can fans purchase your work? 
amazon, westbowpress.com, local bookstores, Barnes and Noble on line, Ingram

Social Media

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Amazon Author Page:  Mercedes E. Wilson

Instagram: @mercedesewilson

Facebook: @mercedesewilson

Twitter: @mercedesewilson

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Indie Shine – Lorenzo Dozier

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Welcome to another edition of Indie Shine, a place for Rebirthoflisa to shine the spotlight on indie artists. Today we welcome author Lorenzo Dozier.

 

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Bio

Lorenzo Dozier is an upcoming novelist who focuses on stories about growth. As a Brooklyn native, growing up in New York, he persevered through obstacles and managed to live life to the best of his ability.
His passion for writing speaks volumes and continues to evolve through time. His journey as a writer started in 2004. Where he dedicated his time to creating a world circling around growth and character development. Lorenzo is a graduate from St. Francis College. He holds a Bachelors in English and Mass Communication. Class of 2013.
Outside of writing, Lorenzo helps the youth in their Education. He has worked with Elementary and Middle school students as an After school teacher and Literacy Tutor. Before working with children, Lorenzo started as a computer specialist called T4. T4 stands for Today’s Teens Tomorrow Techies. His duties in the Brooklyn Public Library were to assist patrons by troubleshooting more advanced technology problems, applying skills learned in training workshops. His ability giving back to the Brooklyn community opened doors for him in literature. Lorenzo shows positive vibes, gives advice and helps those in need of support. He has mentored many people over the years and continues to spread positive vibes wherever he goes.
On April 18, 2011. Lorenzo took his skills of graphic designing from High school to create a page called Team Awesome. From 2011-2013, Team Awesome focused on professional wrestling and Sports Entertainment. His platforms provided news, media, coverage, videos and photos related to WWE, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling and several other independent promotions.
After 10 years of creating a novel, a book called “31 Days to Live” was published November 11, 2015. Lorenzo decided to take a path on self promoting Mystery & Suspense. Which started as a notebook in High school, now available in paperback & kindle.
On February 6, 2018. Apollo Communications republished 31 Days to Live. Remastered for the public.

Q & A

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I originally worked in the educational system for seven years. Helping many people from elementary school to Middle school. Today I work with the intellectual disability community and raising awareness in mental health. I write for a living because it is a talent I have. To be able to create a fictional world with scenarios and challenges is amazing. I do it because it is a passion i have.
Tell us about your most recent work. 
In 2015, I released book one of a trilogy. The story focuses on a teenager named Kamel Lorenzo DozierJohnson. He receives a phone call from an unidentified number who is revealed to being a serial Killer. The two characters cross paths and thus begins the epic story of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong and doing whatever it takes to save the day, plus solve a mystery. This is my most recent work because I’ve invested over 10 years working on this story. And till this day, it remains one of my focuses along with a future sequel and trilogy.
Who inspires you? 
My mother and God inspired me every day. In the writing world, I look to Stephen King, James Patterson and Maya Angelou. My late English teacher, Richard Notice plays a huge role in my path as a writer.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
The poems I have written and the prequel/sequel to the 31 Days to Live series.Faith
What is your motto in life? 
Live by faith, not by sight.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
Hoping someone picks up my story and says to themselves, “Let’s turn this into a movie or show on Netflix.”
What is your favorite quote?
Don’t be the problem, be the solution.
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
I would like to be remembered for being an optimistic person. I have tried to put smiles on faces and make the best of life. Despite my flaws and setbacks. I have done some extraordinary things and it has brightened up my day. Hopefully others too.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public? 
The Kill All Project is the prequel of 31 Days to Live taking three to four years before the events of the current book that has recently been revamped. Date to be announced. Would love to do a summer release.
Where can fans purchase your work? 
You can visit Amazon, Barnes and noble websites or several other platforms where books are sold. Just type in 31 Days to Live or Lorenzo Dozier. Be on the look out for a updated version for 2018. Stay tuned for the sequel coming soon.
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Twitter: @teamawesome418

Facebook: @31daystolive

Book Review – Revolution: Book 2 in The Nora White Story by Yecheilyah Ysrayl 

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Today is the Release Day for Yecheilyah Ysrayl’s latest creation! I have been looking forward to this one since I read Book 1 – Renaissance: The Nora White Story back in June of last year. Ren

The story of Nora White continues where it left off from book 1 in the series. As expected it was a whirlwind of excitement.
The story once again toggles between New York, Nora’s new haven and Mississippi, her roots.

I found myself enthralled with this story. The way the author blends the actual events Revolutionof the past with her fictitious interpretation is compelling. The visual depictions of the surrounding had me inside the room when Nora was waking from one of her spells. I could smell the open air of the South and feel the breeze on my face at the lake. I had the feeling that if I took a step, I would enter into the realm of Nora and her friends as they prepared for the huge Marcus Garvey event at The Garden.

The lesson in this book is something that is needed so much in today’s society. It also shows, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

My one disappointment was that we never hear from Lisa and what happened to her. I was very much looking forward to seeing how karma was going to deal with her. The author did leave a tiny bit of hope at the end so maybe we’ll see a third book about Lisa and her shenanigans. Here’s hoping. Overall I gave this story 4.5 stars, which in my world rounds up to a 5 star rating!

To purchase Renaissance, Revolution and the rest of Yecheilyah’s body of work Click Here.

 

 

AAA Book Fest 2018

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Hi Lovies,
It’s confirmed! I will be a featured author at the Atlanta Adrican American Book Fest. I am so excited as this will be my first book signing event. I am a little bit of an introvert so this is a big deal for me. I am learning and growing and expanding.🤗

So if you will be in Atlanta on July 14, 2018 please pop over to Georgia State University’s Student Center between 10AM and 5PM. Be sure to say visit my table, say hi and grab a copy of my books. 

I am working my finger off trying to get a surprise release to be debuted at this event! You don’t want to miss it.

Indie Shine Memorial Weekend Edition- DD Wright

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Welcome to another edition of Indie Shine, a place for Rebirthoflisa to shine the spotlight on indie artists. Today we welcome poet and author, DD. Wright.

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Bio: 

D.D. Wright was born in Harlem NY but raised in the Bronx. She graduated from Sacred Heart as well Cardinal Spellman HS. She later received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology as well as her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, from Lehman College. She has been teaching since 2002 but writing since childhood.

Currently, D.D. is a successful author. She self-published her first book of poetry, Poetry 2Life in October of 2012. Followed by her second ebook of poetry, Embracing: A Poetic Perspective in April of 2013. In June of 2014, D.D. started an online talk show entitled, “Poetic Soul”.

Q &A:

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I write books of poetry, short stories and literary letters. I enjoy universal ideas almost as much as I enjoy sharing them. Writing is therapeutic. I hope to encourage and inspire those who need it the most. Connecting/networking with other indie authors inspires me to keep the pen close.
DD WrightTell us about your most recent work. 
“For the Sake of Romance: A Chapbook For Those Who Love” is my 6th publication. It focuses on romance and loving. It is a short collection of short and slightly longer than short poems meant to revive the concept of romance. In the world we live in, its difficult for some of us to keep in mind that romance does still exist. This chapbook serves as a reminder – for all ages, that it does.
Who inspires you? 
My daughter inspires me. She is so hilarious and energetic. There are quite a few icons as well as indie authors that also inspire me. Those who are determined to overcome and grow through challenges inspire me the most.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
At this time, my masterpiece is the novel I am working on. I am combining the two short stories I wrote, “Coincidental Fate” and “Samson’s Story” with an additional pages to complete my first novel. It will serve as tangible proof that anything is possible. Plus the story line is one most have and will be able to relate to.
What is your motto in life? 
My motto in life is, the only person that can get in your way is you. Not only have I overcome this but have seen others be held back by themselves. Once determined, nothing nor anyone can block a soul from obtaining/accomplishing what they want.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
My wildest dream would be receiving the Pulitzer Prize or Newberry Metal for a book I wrote. It isn’t the award as much as knowing that my words graced that many readers. I would love that.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one by Tupac Shakur, “Reality is wrong, dreams are for real”. tupac quoteAnything is possible if you believe, yes, even dreams!
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
I would like to be remembered as a caring mother, educator and writer who gave the best of herself to those she cared for. One who also stood up for the underdogs and advocated for those whose voice wasn’t courageous enough.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public? 
I am currently organizing an anthology, “While Waiting”. It will be a free ebook advising single men and women about the waiting period between where they are now as they head towards a relationship. Several indie authors will be writing poems, letters and short stories offering their wisdom on this way of life.
Where can fans purchase your work?
My books are available in both soft cover and e-books at AuthorHouse.com, Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com and Smashwords.com For autographed copies, please email me authorddwright@gmail.com. PayPal payments will be accepted.
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Instagram: @authorddwright

Facebook: @Poetry2Life

Indie Shine – Tamyara Brown

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome author Tamyara Brown.

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Bio:

Tamyara is the author of six novels Blue’s Treasure,Fat Girl Vigilante, I’m Still here, Gatekeeper of Secrets, Love Has No Waist size and Cash & Money. She has been published in three anthologies, a blogger, website designer, and a publishing consultant. She is a member of the Board of Our Curls, Inc a non-profit organization tailored to providing free wigs and beauty services to women of color. She loves writing novels and in her spare time designing book covers, logos, media kit, and websites.

Q & A:

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I am an suspense and romance novel writer. I love to write because my whole mission is to use my novels to encourage my readers that we can change our mess and turn our lives into a masterpiece.
Tell us about your most recent work. 
Cash and Money is a twisted tale about a set of Twins. One of the twins has fallen in love Tamyara3with his father’s wife, Onika. She is the master puppeteer tugging at one of the son’s heart and the father. When the revelation of truth is found out all hell will break loose.
Who inspires you?
My children is inspire me especially my son Ruben who has battled a tough kidney disease, received a kidney transplant in 2015 and continues to overcome his battles with his health.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time? 
Right now my masterpiece to me is my first novel, Blue’s Treasure. It was written in love and open the doors for me to continue writing.
What is your motto in life?
To work hard, stay humble and be a blessing to others always.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
My wildest dreams would be to see all of my books become a movie and at least one wins an Oscar.
What is your favorite quote? 
If God’s will is in your little stones, they will surely bring down giant Goliaths… but you have to make the throw!”
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
Being an amazing writer and a woman who dared to dream big and do the work no matter what.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public? 
B.L.A.H Diaries in September 2018 and A missing Girl Named Reshonda in 2019
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Social Media:

Website: tamluvstowrite.com

Instagram: @Tamluvstowrite39

Twitter: @Tamluvstowrite

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Email: tamluvstowrite@gmail.com

Invisible Fat Lady Presents – Montgomery, AL

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Hi Lovies,

It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you without a dope place to travel to. Okay, so I am no Rakim, but it has been a while since I wrote a travel blog. Well, the Invisible Fat Lady is back with a historical trip to Montgomery, Alabama. Yaaaaas!

As some of you that follow my blog know, my husband and I recently moved to Birmingham, AL. Never, ever ever in my big thighed life did I expect to live in Alabama! However, when the opportunity knocks, you have to jump in. Since I can write from anywhere, it was only fair to support my hubby in following his career goals. So what do I think so far? Not too shabby! Who knew Alabama, specifically Bham was poppin?

Well, you didn’t stop what you’re doing to read about my likes or dislikes of the Magic City. We are supposed to be chatting about my trip to Montgomery. Don’t get too excited, we took a day trip which meant we had to drive down and back(two hours each way) on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I read about the new Legacy Museum and the corresponding National Memorial For Peace and Justice that just opened and I had to see them for myself.

For a total of $10 per person, we purchased a combo pack of tickets that allowed us access to

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both attractions. Of course we tried to be all tech savvy and purchase our tickets in the car, thinking we could just show the bar code on the phone to gain access. WRONG! There we were, looking at each other, neither armed with a portable printer. Well, damn! Luckily, the lady at the box office/gift shop was nice enough to print out our tickets for us. It only took navigating through a long corridor to find the box office. It was actually a little area that used to be used as a gateway to moves slaves from one holding area to another. It has been renovated and gentrified to house several shops and restaurants in this era.

Once we got our tickets, we walked back over to the museum, which is less than a block away, only to have water poured on my head. I don’t mean literally, but that’s what it felt like. The night before we left, I charged up my Canon SLR and was ready for a day of great picture taking. Well, The Legacy Museum had other plans. You could certainly take your camera inside, because they didn’t want to inconvenience you and make you walk back to your car. However, you were not about to use said camera inside the museum. I had 3 pictures that I needed to get, one of the entry wall, one of the jars of sand collected at the lynching sites all over the south, and one of the sculpture on the way out. Just three measly pictures would have satisfied me, but I was denied.

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Sorry Guys, no pics of the inside of the museum and since I had my petty boots on, I didn’t take any of the outside either. That will show them. Anyway, the tour was self-guided and it didn’t take that long. Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour depending on how busy it is. The displays were ok, but I prefer the ones in the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham. They were totally different so it is not a comparison in that manner, just the overall feel of the place was different.

The theme of the museum is ‘From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration’. The most intense part for me was seeing the jars of soil that were meticulously collected from each documented site of a lynching in the South. The most astonishing thing was seeing so many jars with Unknown listed as the name of the person lynched. It amazes me the amount of hate displayed there. On a positive note, I saw a lot of families touring the museum. People of all races, many from other countries, learning about our country’s shameful past and present. (Remember the Mass Incarceration part?)

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When we left there, we loaded back into the truck, after a brief walk around the area to see what we could see. I found it amusing to find the Hank Williams Museum just steps away. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you the historical significance of the location of the museum. It is housed in a restored building that once served as a warehouse/holding cell for slaves between the time they disembarked from ships and were sold at the market, which is only a few blocks away.

Once we left that area, we traveled over to what I deemed one of the greatest memorials I have ever experienced. I say experienced, because that is exactly what you do there. The National Memorial For Peace and Justice is a sight to behold. Thankfully, the guards allowed pictures there. Starting out along the entry of the walkway, you are greeted by a beautiful quote from one of today’s most important writers, Toni Morrison. Continuing up the slight incline you reach a breathtaking sculpture representing the enslaved ancestors. I was speechless as I viewed the art installation created by West African artist, Kwame Akoto-Bamfo. The attention to detail is evident as you view each representative down to the braids of one woman’s hair. Just beautiful and sad at the same time.

As you continue to walk up the pathway, the wall on the right continues to get taller and taller, with inscriptions leading you along the way. Then you get to a stopping point where you can look over the wall to inspect the lawn down below. The view is stunning, but you continue because you must. The first sight of the monuments is at eye level. You’ll notice the pattern throughout the monument of the name of the county and state where the lynching took place, followed by the names of the people who were brutally murdered, and the dates of the lynching.

Some are individual instances, while others appear to have been a massacre. We counted on one structure at least 17 people all killed on the same day in the same county, but the most unnerving thing was they were all listed as Unknown! I can’t tell you the amount of pain this brought to my soul. Imagine families being dragged out and murdered in the streets for no reason. They didn’t even know the people’s names, just their race.

 The memorial is well structured throughout. As the incline increases, so do the structures. They move from eye level to rising overhead at a slow steady pace. You will be entranced at this level, but I will warn you to watch your step. On the structures that are hanging above you, the name of the county and state are etched into the bottom, causing you to look up. Although the designers have installed frames directly underneath the structures, you will be distracted looking up and may run into one. I witnessed a lady doing just that.   You have been warned.

The next corridor has more structures, but also a display along a wall that tells the stories of several families and individuals and why they were lynched. There is a peaceful water wall placed there to honor the dead. From there it continues. It goes on and on and on. The path leads you around to what I call the garden, where the structures are now laying to rest on the earth, in the same fashion as a coffin. It truly resembled a graveyard. Once you reach the end of this path, you are greeted by a tranquility park, set there to honor civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells. It is a place for peaceful reflection.

Just on the other side of the peaceful little corner, there is a pathway that takes you back around to the start of the tour. Here you will find more sculptures that depict racial violence from both the past and present. On your way out don’t forget to read the poem Invocation by Elizabeth Alexander that reflects on the past, but gives hope for the future.

I couldn’t believe how many people were killed in this horrific fashion, not to mention their murders going unpunished. I want you all to stop and think about this. How can this country ever heal if we can’t get justice for the blood that has spilled? This memorial is a good step in the right direction and I applaud EJI for sanctioning a memorial worthy of the mall in DC.

I encourage every man, woman, and child who is drawing breath in their bodies to take the trip to Montgomery and see this memorial. We must start the healing process in order for things to get better for ALL of us. That’s all for now.  And remember… meme53

 

 

 

 

 

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