December 2014 Newsletter

Dear Readers,

If I had to give one word that describes how I feel at this time, I would say that word is driven. When used to describe a person, driven means propelled or motivated by something. And in that sense, I can certainly attest to being driven at this time of year. As I reflect on the year 2014, a few experiences in my personal life come to mind that have contributed to this feeling. My year began, like many others I’m sure, with lingering issues that could easily have led me to have a dismal outlook for 2014. Experience, however, has taught me that life is ten percent of what happens to you and ninety percent of how you react to it. I had to challenge myself to apply the ninety percent portion to my situations and circumstances, and use them to propel and motivate me toward change. When you do this, you see things with more clarity and can better determine what needs to happen to bring about the changes you’re seeking.

Along with attitude and perception, it helps to have a support system that encourages and motivates you along the way. In my weakest moments, I managed to stay encouraged and motivated through writing. Although having no particular objective at the time, I knew I couldn’t put down my pen. It is my lifeline after all, my purpose if you will. And then one day my publisher whispered the words that ruffled my feathers and motivated me to get back on my path. “Honor your gift,” she said. Those words resonated in my soul and I reached into my vault and pulled out a project that I’ve wanted to share with the world for quite some time. Years ago I proclaimed that I would write the greatest love story I’d ever read, and I’m elated to be releasing The Ruby Ring in 2015. It’s a story like no other that will take you places in your heart you never imagined.

This is my purpose, our purpose – changing the world through words. And that’s what the authors of Peace in the Storm Publishing have continued to do in 2014. From short stories to full length novels to non-fiction works, we are driven to entertain, inspire and heal with our words. And as the year comes to an end, I’m reminded of these words often spoken by Elissa Gabrielle: “Forward march.” Let’s allow ourselves to be propelled and motivated to achieve greater things going forward. May each and every one of you experience comforting peace this holiday season - a comforting peace that you'll carry forward with you into the New Year!

Many Blessings,
SD Denny

Coming 2015

"We’ve all got battle scars, you know. Some not as bad as others, but scars nonetheless. Mine you’d never know I had unless I’d told you about them. Some scars you can’t see with the naked eye; they just exist and you learn to live with them. Like mine, acquired over time from a mundane, disappointing existence here in Serenity. Funny how you can be surrounded by so much beauty, yet still find yourself searching for the beauty in life. I thought becoming a nurse would change things for me. But it didn’t. Not at first, anyway. Not until I met Francesca. She was so beautiful and surprisingly uncomplicated…the kind of woman you’d think had it all figured out, whatever that means. But you never know what people have gone through or where they’ve been in their lives…in their hearts. I’d soon learn, though. And I’d come to understand the purpose of our encounter. Some things are just meant to be, you know; some paths…they’re meant to cross. Crossing paths with Francesca changed my life. And The Ruby Ring, well, let’s just say that it opened my eyes to life’s true beauty and gave me the strength to go on."    ~Kellie McGirt, RN

In the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York lies a small town called Serenity, where Kellie McGirt lives and works as a home duty nurse. Kellie’s humdrum life takes a turn when the agency she works for places her on a case to care for Francesca Ralston, a terminally ill, middle-aged woman and accomplished photographer. While tending to Francesca’s needs at her bedside, Kellie stumbles upon an old manuscript, The Ruby Ring, that opens her eyes to a promise made long ago, and she finds herself in a race against time to see to it that the promise is kept.

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The Waiting Room by Jacqueline D. Moore

Coming 2015

Everybody has a story to tell in life...... and in death.

Life is full of choices and as with all choices there are consequences. Those choices are not only reflected in how we live but those same choices have a bearing on our lives even in death. Everyone has aspirations and expectations for their lives. However, very few actually live up to them.

If given the opportunity to hear the real stories of our loved ones lives, would we see them in a different light? The Waiting Room gives several women the opportunity to do just that, tell us their stories. You will be intrigued as Denise, Abigail, Jasmine and others share with you their deepest thoughts, decision, disappointments and victories in this poignant and moving tell of life and death.

The Waiting Room, where souls go to wait until they say their final goodbyes.

Our Legacy is What Matters Most
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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