August 2014 Newsletter

Let Your Faith Have More Power than Your Fear

Dear Readers,

We all have fears.

Regardless of who you are, where you come from, what you have in your bank account and who you know, fear is a real and daily battle that we all fight. Standing at 5’10” barefoot, one of my biggest fears has always been of heights. Ironic, right? It’s something about being up really high that has always set off my fearful side. Some people have a fear of flying, animals, the dark or failure. Think about what you’re most fearful of and imagine allowing that fear to control your life- the people you’d miss out on meeting, the experiences you’d never experience and the destiny you’d never be able to walk into. The goal in life is not to act as though you’re fearless; because that’s not reality- what’s real is having fear but being able to place more power in your faith than your fear.

You see, faith and fear are like twins.  Fear, on one hand is the child that always keeps you up wondering, worrying and stressing.  Faith, on the other hand, is the child that lives to be and do everything you need as long as you nurture and believe that they will.  As you wrestle with your fears, understand that they are there to strengthen and grow you and NOT to control you, you have faith for that. It is vital that you don’t let your faith take a back-seat while your fear drives.

Believe and have peace in the knowledge that your FAITH always has the capability to house more power than your FEAR does. So which one will you fill up? Which one will propel you forward?

This month, make it a goal to figure out what your fears are and, in the same breath, what areas of your faith you can lean on to trump those fears. This isn’t to say fear will ever disappear, but it is to say that faith is more powerful than any fear your mind can ever drum up.

Be Great!

Ebonee Monique


Elissa Gabrielle named Associate Publisher of
Modern Flavor Magazine!
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Elissa Gabrielle’s EYE OF THE BEHOLDER named USA TODAY’S
“Must-Read Romance!”

"The beauty of Gabrielle's voice is the deep emotional cadence as we enter each character's point of view. In those special worlds, she writes with the talent to keep you immersed so that you can understand and empathize with their motivations and the conflicts that may overwhelm. Skillful and full of artistry, Gabrielle shares a powerful romance worthy of its resolution." 

~Michelle Monkou for USA TODAY

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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.

Peace In The Storm Publishing
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


Meet Lorraine Elzia

R.O.S.E.S. 3rd Annual

Meet the Author Extravaganza

Saturday, August 23, 2014

10:00 am - 3:00 PM

Austin Community College Eastview Campus

3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX



The Sensational Lorraine Elzia

Driven by determination of imaginative expression, Lorraine Elzia brings a creative and unique sculpting skill to the written word. She is an award-winning author; an editor; and a consummate literary artist. With stories in nine anthologies, two novels, several co-authored/ghost written books, andthe owner of aVeeda Literary Services, Lorraine is consistently proving herself to be a breath of fresh air in the literary field. Her debut novel, Mistress Memoirs, allowed her to be the recipient of the 2009 AALA for Break Out Author of the year and her sophomore novel, Ask Nicely and I Might, was the 2011 AALA winner for Mystery of the year. Lorraine is also a contributing author in The Heat of the Night Anthology which was nominated for the AALA 2012 Erotic Anthology of the year and Pillow Talk in The Heat of the Night which has been nominated for both the AALA 2014 Anthology of the year and Erotic Anthology of the year.

Always stretching the limits of her imagination, this author prides herself on the power of her pen in crossing various genres. In keeping with her fresh approach toward the craft of writing, her upcoming third novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil promises to take the reader on an epic journey of both the mind and the senses.Adopting themotto of “Don’t blend in when you’re born to stand out” Lorraine is always striving to absorb and digest all that life has to offer while finding new ways to connect with the world through good story telling. Visit Lorraine at

Coming Soon 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?


Killing Religion is an insightful look into where the church is now and where it needs to be in the end times. It examines the fruits that Jesus said should identify the church as well as the fruits borne by those who preach and follow the gospel of self. It is a wake up call for those who profess to be believers. In the face of the current condition of the church and religions place in it, we can expect that many will vilify, even denounce, those who speak against some of its modern day trappings. Killing Religion admonishes us not to succumb to the social persecution that will inevitably come as we diligently seek to follow Christ. Even as evil men and impostors grow worse and worse, Killing Religion encourages us to seek to live lives reflective of the God that dwells inside us. Killing Religion cautions us to turn away from our dead religion and to repent from our dead works because God is not moved by the performance of religious deeds if our heart isn’t right, if we are not engaged with the Spirit.

Killing Religion will help you focus on identifying your assignment rather than your position because when we operate in the spirit of assignment we understand the purpose God has for our life and we don’t worry about trying to sound like or act like someone else. Operating in what God has called us to, makes us keenly aware His grace is sufficient. However, when we get out of our lane we open ourselves up to the attack of the enemy and we become discouraged when things are not going smoothly for us like they are for someone else. Therefore, envy, strife, and malice grab hold of our minds because we’re out of grace. Allow Killing Religion to help you unlock the kingdom of God in your life. Discover how to tap into the power of the kingdom that’s within you so that you no longer just do church you become the church.

Order your copy today!


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!


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