April 2014 Newsletter


“My vision and goal for Eye of the Beholder was so large that I was unable to achieve it until I grew into the woman who could. I became that woman.” ~Elissa Gabrielle


To be able to release another novel and present my work to the public is an exciting feeling and although I’ve been down this road before, it truly feels like the very first time. Something happened along the way with the storytelling of my new release, Eye of the Beholder. The concept and idea and the goal and my dream and vision for this novel was epic and while the story itself is beautifully-simple, the themes I wanted to cover and the subject matter I wanted to address were not.

I wasn’t evolved enough as a writer to pen this book until now. I had to challenge myself and the person I was to become the person I am now. You see the glory but you don’t know my story. It is one hell of a story. Because of my life’s journey to date, I am stronger, wiser, better and exceedingly blessed and I thank God for everything He has made me and for the gifts He has bestowed upon me. I don’t take these gifts for granted.

I could have taken the easy road and I’m sure my readers would have loved the work, but because I am a student of the game; a writer who honors the written word and respects the craft of writing, I had to give you a beautiful love story – the ultimate love story that heals, that triumphs, that soars; one that is unwavering and blessed beyond measure.

The main character Jerusalem Jones was faced with all types of adversity and the obstacles laid before him on his life’s path would make the average man throw in the towel. I know about that kind of adversity and I’m here to tell you that there is victory on the other side of through.

I remember when I started Peace In The Storm Publishing and for that matter, when I began my literary career, there were so many obstacles in the way, and as time progressed, the obstacles grew bigger and self-doubt tried to creep in. The keyword here is “tried.” 

So glad I didn’t give up. He speaks through trials. I was reminded, through the trials, “Who” I am, and “Whose,” I am. Made all of the difference in the world. And, whatever you’re going through in life, no matter how big your problem may seem, I’m here to tell you that there is a God that is bigger than anything you’re going through. So the next time obstacles confront you, you don’t allow your problems to scream to you how big they are, you look them in the face and shout how big your God is! 

Life is filled with speed bumps, roadblocks and stop signs. Our normal tendency is to listen to the world as it tells us to slow down or even stop, behind a belief that some things in life are out of our reach and beyond our attainment and control. The world wants to cushion our expectations and to ultimately limit our goals. But thankfully, there is a God. And with faith in Him and His mercies, He gives us pedals upon which to accelerate and a path of green lights upon which to proceed when others tell us to we can’t possibly move forward. My life’s journey has been an ongoing saga of having faith and believing that even though others can give me molehills of why I can’t, My God gives me mountains of why I can.

Eye of the Beholder is an eclectic ensemble of jazz and poetry. It is both spiritual and sensual. It is redeeming and healing. It is triumph over adversity. It is love because I am love.

Literary royalty have endorsed Eye of the Beholder and the support has been nothing short of amazing. I will share some of the love and encouragement with you.

This work of art debuts April 29, 2014 and I cannot wait for you to experience the power of love on this phenomenal journey.

Always and in All Ways,
I will forever remain,

Elissa Gabrielle


The true measure of our existence begins with the way we view the world.

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 witnessed 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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Literary Kings and Queens endorse Eye of the Beholder

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"Every now and then, God gives a talented artist a gift within their gift, a destiny-creating piece that illuminates so brightly it defies average definition. Elissa Gabrielle has brilliantly weaved a tale that is, simply put, for your eyes and heart to behold."

~William Fredrick Cooper
Award-Winning/Best-Selling Author of Unbreakable

“Eye of the Beholder is a love story crafted in a way that only Elissa Gabrielle can. In what is sure to be considered her greatest craftsmanship to date, Gabrielle effortlessly gives her readers an explosive experience of emotions through words and sounds that dance on paper. Think colors … vibrant colors that come alive in your mind as you experience
the poetic prowess of her writing style.
You don’t want to miss this one.”

 ~SD Denny, Author & Freelance Editor

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“Smooth like jazz, this work of art, Eye of the Beholder, has a poetical feel that wraps around your senses leading you into a captivating trance trying to inhale all the words written on the pages. Very vividly written with imagery so strong that you are able to feel every emotion of the characters within as if you are one with them, this page turner is a must read. This instant classic is enthralled with love and pain, desire and passion, perseverance and encouragement, and a true pathway as to how the hardest of test and the biggest of doubts can be overcome with real love and strong faith. Elissa Gabrielle has managed to intertwine poetry and jazz together to bring forth a riveting tale that all walks can relate and feel down to the souls of their own being making them a part of the lead characters, Jerusalem and Jill.”

~H. M. Trey, Author & Poet

"If the moon and the stars align Elissa Gabrielle will be a literary rock star. Eye of the Beholder marks in stunning fashion the return to readers the craft of writing that book lovers eyes should be awarded. A heartrending endorsement of losing trust, crossing lines and seeking forgiveness, Eye of the Beholder is a story of emotional deprivation beyond one's control, and searching for inner soul sustenance. Elissa Gabrielle has penned word by word and line by line from the beginning to the end poetic justice poetically in this novel. Eye of the Beholder is comparable in scope, texture, and depictions with the classics because of the strong wit and passionate intelligence."

~Alvin L. A. Horn, author of Perfect Circle

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“Elissa Gabrielle delivers a story of intimacy, love and hope with a healthy amount of romance crafting the ultimate love story in Eye of the Beholder. While it is not uncommon for Elissa to create relatable characters in every book she pens the characters in this novel are not only relatable but memorable.  Being familiar with the author’s work, just when I think she is incapable of penning a novel better than the one preceding, she does just that in Eye of the Beholder; it is indeed her best work to date and she is to be commended.”

~LaLaina Knowles
Award-winning contributor to The Heat of the Night

“Eye of the Beholder articulately captures the anxious longing that paralyzes our hearts and minds when we recognize the seeds of true love, and envision the wonderful harvest of happiness they produce.
A modern day twist on Beauty and the Beast.”

~ Rickey Teems II – Author of The Healing of Love and Laughter, Regression, Unshakeable Faith, and great children’s books.

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"Elissa Gabrielle’s Eye of the Beholder takes you to another place and time. Vulnerability and hope are the backdrop of this riveting novel. Gabrielle’s words are like cool water for a thirsty soul, each one dripping with lyricism and purpose. Eye of the Beholder will cause you to experience firsthand the transformative power of love."

~J’son M. Lee, Author/Editor

“Sensual, spiritual and thought-provoking, Elissa Gabrielle craftily brings relevant subjects to life in the
exceptionally- written Eye of the Beholder.”

~ Loretta R. Walls, Author of The Majestic Dynasty

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

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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.

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Angelia Vernon Menchan

Elissa Gabrielle




The Other Side of Midnight
by Elissa Gabrielle

“The other side of midnight is where we go into a dangerous place. That place where neither of us needs to be, yet we belong here.” ~Tre

Two spirits who are married in eternity, throughout galaxies, and former lifetimes meet for their anniversary to celebrate another year of love. Tia is Tre’s soul mate – his heart’s other half and the bane of his existence. For Tia, Tre makes her feel entirely whole, completely intact and that her world is secure because of his presence. Find out what happens when two forbidden souls commune on The Other Side of Midnight, an Elissa Gabrielle original.


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