November 2014 Newsletter

Thanksgiving is a Way of Life

Dear Readers,

Colossians 2: 6-7 (Msg.) My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is more than a holiday it is a way of life. Being thankful is more than saying grace hurriedly over the Thanksgiving meal. It is a heartfelt spirit of gratefulness coupled with a true understanding of how blessed we really are. 

Being thankful has less to do with what we have and more to do with our spiritual understanding of the source from which our spiritual riches flow. 

Matthew 25:23 (KJV) His lord said unto him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.'

No, we may not have the home, car, or job we desire, but we do have a roof over our heads, can get from point A to point B, and have a job to pay the bills even if it's only partially.

Sometimes we just have to be thankful for what we have instead of complaining about what we don't. After all we may want a Mercedes Benz but if we don't take the Chevy in for an oil change or tire rotation; you do the math. 

Reflection on the love of Christ and it's evidence in our lives is all that is required to lead us to an attitude of gratitude. What would your life look like if not for the grace, mercy, and love of God?

Everyday should be a day of Thanksgiving when you know the source of your supply. Thanksgiving, a way of life. 



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Elissa Gabrielle wins big at the
10th Annual African American Literary Awards

Female Author of the Year for “Eye of the Beholder”
Fiction Book of the Year for “Eye of the Beholder”
Erotica Book of the Year for “Pillow Talk in the Heat of the Night”



Another first for my literary career and I have to take a moment to thank everyone who has read "Eye of the Beholder" endorsed it, shared it, discussed it. Never in my life would I have imagined winning "Female Author of the Year," and "Fiction Book of the Year" for "Eye of the Beholder." Never. Especially not from such a prestigious awards show African American Literary Awards Show. My fellow literary colleagues who supported my efforts, I sincerely appreciate all of you. My Peace in the Storm Publishing crew who were there through the process, I'll never forget your efforts on my behalf. To Michelle Monkou for making it a USA TODAY recommended read, I know I've thanked you a million times but I need for you to understand the magnitude of you giving me a chance. I am humbled by that and sincerely grateful.

With this book, I wrote from my heart and soul and offered it to my readers and they accepted it and me and that means the world to me.

Another year of incredible highs and heartbreaking lows, and today, I thank God for the Victory!

To my Dreamers, I've told you once and I'll keep telling you, pursue your passion, follow your dreams, unapologetically, and never cease, regardless of who approves.

Always and in All Ways,

I Remain,
Elissa Gabrielle

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Jerusalem "Jay" Jones has experienced the uglier side of life. As an Iraq war Veteran, he is a hero for bravely putting his life on the line to serve his country. But that unselfish act resulted in him lying in a Veteran’s hospital with injuries he sustained from the war. His present circumstance should be a cakewalk for Jerusalem considering what he has wit- nessed both as a child and while in the heat of battle. The pleasantries of love, laughter and life have always seemed to elude him. From his early days as a child growing up abused and terrorized on the tough streets of Newark, to being all that he could be in the military, Jerusalem’s life has been anything but pleasant and attractive when viewed from the surface. Now, vulnerable and reclusive, he must face the world he joined the military to escape, armed with only dark secrets from his past, a bruised and burdened psyche and limits to him physically.

Jill Lopes longs to fix the wounded and broken, but before she can heal the sick, she must first mend her own battle scars of unhappiness and resistance, and find a way to push past the experiences that haunt her. When fate boldly steps in and introduces itself into Jerusalem's and Jill's lives, they realize that the challenges we meet in life hold the power to open us to a higher, more meaningful existence. Will they both be able to view the world for what it really is under the clear truth of who they are and what they are capable of becoming together? Does beauty really lie in the eye of the beholder?

Experience the power of love on this redemptive journey where the purpose of the tribulations in one's life, will be empowered to reveal the gifts they bring.

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When We Were One by zaji

When We Were One
by zaji

A race of women have lived in relative peace for centuries. But strange forces have come through the ages to finish what was started.

The opposing forces have their eyes on these special sisters who are unaware of what is on the horizon. These visitors will do anything to acquire the secrets of this ancient culture.

These women are unique in many respects, but none of their abilities can outweigh their ancient methods of reproduction. This, and the very thing that makes them strong, are what the visitors seek.

The sisters must go back through the annals of cycles gone to learn what they’d forgotten. It is in the past that they might be able to save their future.

When We Were One takes readers on a tour through memories of days gone. It is a journey that uncovers the soul of women and the spiritual miles they’ve trod. When We Were One honors nature and the vastness of the many universes that speckle the darkness.

This story honors women and their relationships. And it honors men and their connection to women.

"A searingly imaginative and inventive work...Zaji's feat of infusing a richly-depictive speculative world with historical roots is brilliant. Bravo! "When We Were One" introduces one of America's most brilliant writers to a reading public hungry to return to reading storytellers who have taken their craft to the next level. Zaji is one, and we can only speculate on what she will hit us with next."

- Kalisha Buckhanon, author of Upstate and Conception, winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award, the Terry McMillan Young Author Award and Friends of American Writers 2009 Literary Award in Fiction


"When We Were One is speculative fiction that takes the reader into a place and 'moment' outside of [the] element of time that feels intensely familiar to the reader's spirit. What is most profound about this book is that if you are a 'brown' sister, you may feel at home in 'Gaia' --where the story takes place--with the inhabitants, a race of women called 'Parthonites'.

This book provides life-lessons, and it will leave the reader questioning our world with all of its history of deep dark secrets, and how those secrets lead to the condition of a particular race of people. The reader is left to examine him/herself and his/her purpose for this world."  

- Martha Kimbrough, IN5 (Go On Girl! Book Club)


"When We Were One is an eclectic blend of uniquely crafted social commentary with the oral tradition of our ancestors.  The story, told in the vein of Ursula Le Guin's The Gift and Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, is rife with parables and truths, questions and thoughts of a future that could be."

- Naleighna Kai, author of Every Woman Needs a Wife

Asheville Literary Reunion


The Peace in the Storm Publishing authors at the Asheville Literary Reunion!

Jessica A. Robinson
Sharel E. Gordon-Love
Lorraine Elzia
H.M. Trey


Elissa Gabrielle
Angelia Vernon Menchan
return with
“Women Most Wanted.”

From H. M. Trey
Window to the Soul of a Man


The things men don’t talk about…the matters of the heart. Being able to truly see into the soul of a man and understand the deep-rooted emotions that he hides from the rest of the world can be an impossible feat to accomplish. It takes a very special eye to see through the shadowed window to a man’s soul. This is no different as it pertained to Trevor Alexander. He enjoys the life of a smooth talking bachelor who could come and go as he pleases…or so he thinks. Circumstances, and an unfortunate life-changing experience in his past, made him the man that he is today. Once a one-woman man until the travesty of a relationship, he vowed never to be that gullible again for his soul had been forever changed. He tucked away the hurtful skeletons of his past into a dark, deep corner and was hell bent on keeping them from escaping out of the locked closet in his heart.

The window to Trevor’s soul was shut off to the world, never to be opened again; at least that was the game plan. That is, until a woman with a very unique name – Deisyre Moore – came along, breathing life back into his soul. Her ability to see beyond his pain and show him how to love again starts a process that allows Trevor to open up his emotional window again; something that he never thought possible or saw coming. What he also didn’t see coming was the ghost from his past clawing for an opportunity to enter his world again to reopen old wounds.

Trish Parker, Trevor’s first true love and the mother of his deceased son, reappears and brings a cloud of trouble back over Trevor’s life; which leads to potential deadly situations that Trevor is left to encounter. Her reemergence brings chaos into Trevor’s life, forcing him to face the pain that he buried away with his son…the very pain that led Trevor to create a character for himself to live by which is the polar opposite of who he was prior to a life-altering tragedy. As Trevor’s life gets flipped upside down, he has to make a decision to re-enter his past and make amends on what he should have done in the first place. One woman causes a crack, the other threatens to shatter it…will Trevor’s decision to reopen the window to his soul and face his past be the ultimate death of him?



Change Me For My Season presents life-changing events that shake Tonya, Denise and Lisa to the core of their beings. The three friends have gone through seasons of life together since childhood, and now that they are older, understanding of how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken or given is sobering. Divorce, pregnancy and death are the things the ladies have to come to terms with while raising their own children to adulthood...but will they be able to wrap their hearts and minds around the life-altering events of their lives?

There are natural seasons in life that may remain intact for predictable and expected periods of time, but we cannot expect the same of God’s seasons in our lives.


The woman you love to hate is back once again with even more drama than ever before.

In a quest to start a new life Denise makes the decision to move to Florida and while in route she meets world renowned televangelist Donovan Rodgers and her life changes forever. Finally she feels like she has found the man of her dreams. But not everyone seems to be on board with their whirlwind romance especially not Donovan’s assistant Malcolm. After Denise says “I do” she realizes the person she thought she married and the person she is actually married to are two different people.

Randy has finally decided to move on with his life and date his ex-girlfriend from the past Alexis. For once in his life he feels like he is in absolute paradise. Things start to get a little sticky however when Alexis ex-boyfriend Teddy emerges out of the middle of nowhere.

Terri and Carlos are enjoying their lives as newlyweds but the honeymoon soon ends when Carlos daughter Lily comes to stay with them for the summer.

Secrets, lies, and double lives all collide in this explosive tale. You think you really know someone but you have no idea...


Glowing Embers in a Dying Fire
By Elissa Gabrielle and Angelia Vernon Menchan


Two Literary Powerhouses unite on a soul-stirring journey that will challenge your conventional thinking; an incredible piece of literature guaranteed to ignite your senses, and fill your spirit. Elissa Gabrielle and Angelia Vernon Menchan, two storytellers who will conquer universal themes of the power of forgiveness, overcoming adversity and standing tall even after the fire dies.

Angelia Vernon Menchan

Elissa Gabrielle

Write and Grow Rich
by Deondriea Cantrice
with Foreword by Elissa Gabrielle

You wrote a book now what? With tens of thousands of books being published every day, authors have to find creative ways for their books to be visible, entice readers to purchase their books and tell others to buy them as well.

Reading Write and Grow Rich, you will learn:

· What it takes to effectively market your book?
· Why social media presence is important?
· How to build a loyal fan base?
· And much, much more!!!

Write and Grow Rich is a roadmap, not a blueprint that will assist you in moving your book from the shelf into the hands of readers. You have already invested your time by writing a book, now it’s time to get a return on your investment!