April 2015 Newsletter


Dear Readers:

If you take bold steps to eliminate toxic people, places and things from your life, you’ll leave room for beautiful and better and blessed things to enter your universe.

Toxic people will drain the life out of you, but only if you allow it. Sometimes it’s hard to identify toxic people. I would encourage you to pay attention to the following characteristics and you may be surprised to find that you have a considerable amount of toxic people in your life.

People who bring up your past in an effort to hurt you. These people want to judge you on your past but want to be judged in the present. People who lift themselves up by putting others down. People who gossip and belittle the character of others. People who fail to realize the beautiful gifts they’ve been blessed with. These are all traits and habits of negative, toxic people and you must avoid them at all costs.

Toxic thoughts are just as dangerous as toxic people. Toxic thinking begins internally and will manifest itself externally. Putting yourself down and speaking negatively about yourself is toxic. There is nothing more beautiful than knowing your worth and once you learn to see the perfection in your imperfections, you disable toxicity from holding you hostage.

Toxic things such as eating poorly, mishandling money, partaking in drugs, over excess of alcohol and being in the wrong situations and environments where growth is inhibited are examples of toxic things.

We’ve all been in toxic situations knowingly or unknowingly. We must practice forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and those around us in order to move forward and grow. Most importantly, we must learn to love ourselves and that love includes not being afraid to shine bright like diamonds nor dim our shine because others cannot handle it.

I changed my thinking and it changed my life and here are some of my thoughts on forgiveness and how to stop playing our lives small.

Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you because you hurt me. I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I’m strong.

For me, forgiving doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten. I’ve learned to forgive those who’ve offended me, not for them, but for me; my forgiveness doesn’t change the past, but it will my future.

Ask yourself this question: “Do I love myself?” If the answer is “Yes,” then you owe it yourself to forgive because you will once again find a peace that will surpass all understanding when you release the burden.

In traveling light, I simply have no energy to carry how a person wronged me any further.

Love yourself enough to find the courage to forgive and experience the victory that comes with extending to others what God gives us freely, even when we don’t deserve it.

Stop playing your life small. Playing down your own strengths. You can’t hide in your own shadows so others will feel better about their own lives. We all know that everyone has a story, and if you’re shining, somewhere along the way, there may have been a dark and gloomy place that you resided in, where your heart took residence.

When you dim your light, you’re really dishonoring how far you’ve come in life. Your job is not to worry if others will feel dark in your shadow.

Don’t step away from your own greatness just to fit in. When you step into your greatness, allow your light to shine, you finally feel the lightness of flight, the freedom of liberation, the exhilaration of victory, rather than the burden of the weight of diminishing your brilliance.

Within your vulnerability lies your greatness strength and sometimes it is in your failures, stumbles and falls where the greatness lies.

The light comes from the divine and that is ultimately what’s shining through. Humble accept it, walk in it, bask in the glory…it’s yours and you can’t dim that for anyone.

Elissa Gabrielle

Coming soon from Jessica A. Robinson
The Pastor’s Ex’s


Elise has been perfectly content with being the consummate wife and mother that she always felt she’d been destined to be. That is until one conversation out of the blue completely changes everything and challenges everything that Elise had believed to be true. Now she is faced with having to live life by her own rules and operate under a new normal.

Raegan far from contentment in her life with her husband Demetrius, feels like she is literally trapped until the love of her life shows up out of nowhere and interrupts her entire game plan. Raegan must now choose between following her head or following her heart.

Brooke prides herself in having the best of everything even if that meant stepping all over her husband Mark in order to do so. Her deceiving ways leaves her in a world of trouble that even Tom Ford or Christian Louboutin can’t get her out of and she is left with having to deal with the aftermath of her decisions.

The Pastor’s Ex’s explored the lives of three friends who all coincidentally find themselves on the flipside of marriage and the trials and tribulations they face as they navigate through this unfamiliar season in their lives.

Elissa Gabrielle’s New E-Series!
Senator Hunter Series

Available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U7W2O5U


Love, lust, murder and politics ultimately collide in part one of the Senator Hunter Series. Famed politician, Senator Keith Hunter has been accused of the murder of his intern. The leak of an illicit affair shines a bright light on the powerful, iconoclastic senator and he must place his life in the hands of famed defense attorney Alana Carrington. Full of twists and turns, things aren’t always as they seem in the world of politics and romance can even be found while trying to balance the scales of justice.

Sharel E. Gordon-Love’s New E-Series! Saved to Serve Series

Available at www.Amazon.com


Grin and bear it was usually how First Lady Catrice Greene was able to make it through considering she never wanted to be a First Lady to begin with. Growing up a PK (preacher’s kid) she knew firsthand the types of issues and drama that can plague a church, and the pastor’s family in particular. Besides, why suffer through what it seemed her mother did?

Unfortunately this time tolerance is not the key and not one thing was funny when a serious accusation about Pastor Carlton Greene touched up close and personal. Instead of starting and ending where it began, it had a rippling effect throughout the congregation. But what should be done about the very thing that God says in His Word that He hates? Sweep it under the rug, pretend it did not happen, or act like it is the norm? 

“Messy” will not just bring you church drama, but will address it and find a resolve that will bring healing and love.

The April Issue of Real Life, Real Faith Magazine is Live!

This issue is full of inspiration, encouragement, enlightenment and entertainment. Our Entertainment Contributor Ron Jones offers keen insight on the hit show "Empire." Lorraine Elzia, Social Commentator has poignant words about healing our life's wounds. Angelia Vernon Menchan delivers power in "Conversations with Angelia." Lindsay May Juranek, our Fitness Expert gets personal with her story of triumph over adversity with "Fitness Professionals are Human Too." Brian Ganges, Political Contributor keeps it very real and informative in his no holds barred piece "An Illusion that is Hurting America." Are you about your business? Business Contributor, Paulette Harper schools us on business and marketing. Michelle Cuttino, offers healthy advice on love and relationships with "Heartbreak Hotel," and LaLaina Knowles, delivers a profound piece on "Forgiveness" that you won't want to miss.


Coming Soon from Elissa Gabrielle

Guess Who’s Back? Coming December 2015
Elissa Gabrielle at her absolute best.


Like Water for Chocolate…

Indigo Jones had a love affair with words and sounds. The eccentric, yet broken beauty understood the power of the written and spoken word. She often embraced the healing powers of water – the ocean breeze against her face. She was mesmerized by sound, most notably; jazz. While studying the history of jazz in New Orleans, fate rears its beautiful head.

Isaiah Underwood, a community organizer and history enthusiast, who was convicted of murder during Hurricane Katrina, is in the midst of the fight for his life, sanity and freedom. New Orleans has the power and magic to bring unknowing lovers together with the pulse and vibrancy the city beholds. The breath of new life revives yearning spirits and resuscitates weary souls. Life can change in an instant and Indigo is faced with immeasurable odds, while Isaiah maintains his innocence. In this poignant tale of triumph over adversity, both are awakened by the light of the sun and the sound of the living waters running deep.

“Like Water for Chocolate” An Elissa Gabrielle Original debuts Christmas 2015

Forging Chains The Series Part I: The First Link
A New E-Series by Award-Winning Author
Jacqueline D. Moore

As little children, we all believed in miracles. We believed that anything could happen and it usually did. We saw them all the time. We could experience the perfect day, the joy of playing with friends and the thrill of being all grown up and staying up late and playing under the streetlights. We experienced the rush of trying to eat an ice cream cone before it had a chance to melt and run down your arm and what if felt like to know the comfort and love that comes from being around those we loved. And when we said our prayers at night and chased the boogeyman away, we never expected him to return. But then one night, he did. What secrets will be revealed when Renee learns that boogeymen really do exist?

Every chain has a beginning and an end. We know where it begins. How can we know where it will end?

H. M. Trey's Corner


Hello readers and booklovers!

It’s an exciting time for me as a writer due to the fact that I am working with a full head of steam and a dream to be the best writer I can be. I am just months away from the release of my third novel, She Will Be Loved. She Will Be Loved is slated to be released by late spring. Along with She Will Be Loved, I am also a contributing writer in the anthology The Soul of a Man II, which is slated to be released on Father’s Day this year. Currently I am working on my fourth novel, Reflections Lost, and a short story as well. Readers continue to enjoy my novels The Wedding Man and Window to the Soul of a Man. Window to the Soul of a Man is my most recent release and debut title under Peace in the Storm Publishing.  Speaking of Window to the Soul of a Man, I have the pleasure of it being the featured book of the Month for Mbs Bookclub, which is an honor for me. I continue to strive to write novels that people can relate to and almost can build a personal relationship with the characters of the book because of the realness of which I write. Please check out my work and feel free to reach out to me…I would love to hear from you!

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Peace In The Storm Publishing
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.



Sharel E. Gordon-Love will tape a television interview on “The Place to Soar” with hosts Anita and Gail in partnership with Princeton Community TV on Monday, April 13, 2015. The interview will air on Channel 30 on Comcast and Channel 45 on Verizon FIOS. Air dates to be announced.

Website www.theplacetosoar.com

Meet Lorraine Elzia at the 7th Annual Great Midwest Book Fest, held on
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at Celebrations Banquet
(4740 W. Bradley Road, Milwaukee, WI)


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Vanessa Davis Griggs, the author of 18 novels. Most recent releases are
"Countless Blessings," "Steely Gray," and "The Other Side of Divine."