Before the President’s State of the Union Address, join Ryan Mack free teleconference tonight @8pm ET and learn how you can FIND YOUR PURPOSE http://ht.ly/3JTAn
About the Author
About the Book
In addition to being a novelist, Tia is a motivational speaker and instructor for writing workshops. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers organization, and serves as the vice president of Visions In Print. Tia was voted as the Breakout Author of the Year by the Open Book Awards of the African American Literary Awards Show.
But it’s on the back pew of the church where a new relationship begins for Shelia. She can’t explain the touch she received from God on that day, but she’s determined to be a better woman-a woman of faith. Since high school, Shelia has been chasing her definition of the good life – it’s left her with no home, no man, and no money. But now that’s she’s living life for God, things should get better, right? Shelia learns that living a faith-filled life isn’t always easy.
With faith, tough love, and some tough decisions, Shelia realizes that the life she’d been praying for she could have for herself is actually attainable. Being wrapped in God’s arms, she decided, was by far the safest place she’d ever been.
The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy
Sheila Franklin has lived three separate lives. Now a conservative pastor’s wife in Chicago, she is skilled at hiding secrets—a talent birthed during childhood romps through the music-filled streets of New Orleans. But when the son she bore at the age of eighteen comes back looking for answers and desperate for help, her greatest secret—and greatest regret—is revealed.
Eager to right past wrongs, Sheila’s heart floods with memories of lyrical jazz music and a worn-out Bible. But when her husband learns of her shady history, Sheila is suddenly faced with an impossible decision: embrace the dream—and son—she abandoned against her will or give in to the demands of her safe but stifled life. As she struggles to reclaim both her son and her identity, Sheila soon realizes that God’s grace spans both seas and secrets and that He is all she really needs. With dynamic writing that makes the reader feel the heartache of a teenage mother, struggle with the disillusionment of an abandoned boy, and revel in the idea of grace despite flaws, rising star Patti Lacy takes her fans on a journey they won’t want to end—and won’t soon forget.
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About the Author
Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a BS in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children. Visit Patti’s Web site at www.pattilacy.com.
Virtual Book Club Meeting™ with Special Guest, Tionna Smalls- Author and Relationship Expert on VH1’s What Chili Wants
Hosted by: Joy Farrington, the Book Club Expert
Guest Author: Tionna Tee Smalls
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 26th @8- 8:30pm ET
Location: Via Telephone and our Online ChatRoom
RSVP: To register for the call, visit http://ht.ly/3GVTW
Our next Virtual Book Club Meeting™ will feature Tionna Smalls’s and her new book Girl Get Your Mind Right! Tionna is the scene stealing relationship expert on the VH1 hit series What Chilli Wants- currently in its second season. During the call, Tionna will be giving away free copies of her new book, Girl Get Your Mind Right!
During the meeting we will:
- Hold a book club discussion on Girl Get Your Mind Right! and why it should be your next Book of the Month
- Share book club games and tips
- Listeners will get to ask Tionna relationship advice
- Giving away free copies of Girl Get Your Mind Right! by Tionna Smalls
There’s Two Ways to Join the Call on Jan 26th…
1. Enter the call as a “guest” by dialing 1 (530) 216-4363 and enter the pin number: 676924 when prompted.
2. Register and receive your own personalize pin and call-in number, email reminders, a link to the recording of the call and a chance to win a copy of Girl Get Your Mind Right!
Registration for the Virtual Book Club Meeting™ is Easy
- Visit http://ht.ly/3GVTW
- Enter your name and email address. You will then receive your own personalized pin for the call.
- Call the number provided in your confirmation email at 8pm ET during the night of the call and enter your pin number.
- A reminder email will be sent to you prior to the call.
Please note: A pin number is necessary in order to access the call. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the call in number and also a link to our online chat room where you can chat online with other listeners during the call.
About the Book
After losing herself too many times to the wrong man—after watching too many friends suffer from the lies and games of “mind wrecking” males—Tionna Tee Smalls started the “Girl, Get Your Mind Right” movement. Her goal is to help every woman find the right man—no more settling and no more nights alone. Tionna says it’s time for you to stop blaming yourselves for your toxic love lives and take a deep, hard look at why you’re attracting the wrong men in the first place.
Gathering together all the good advice that made her a star on VH1’s What Chilli Wants, Tionna Tee Smalls sugar-coats nothing, pulls no punches, and tells women how it really is. Girl, Get Your Mind Right will show you the correct ways to deal with every man who worms his way into your heart—from the broke cheater all the way up to Mr. Right.
About the Author
Tionna Smalls calls herself a relationship expert today, but it did not come easily. After ending a six-year relationship, Tionna began her career by re-evaluating her past mistakes and triumphs. She used the closure that came with her relationship as inspiration in writing the book titled, “Girl, Get Your Mind Right!” It was from here that her career unexpectedly took an upward turn.
Tionna began simply with a letter written in the third person to the editors of Gawker.com, a popular New York City-based blog, in hopes of them promoting her book. After a few postings, a letter from one of the editors asking for advice changed her relationship with the site from fan to columnist.
Her column, Ask Tionna received over 20,000 unique views daily during its run on Gawker.com With her tell-it-like-it-is attitude, and catchphrases such as “catbag,” Ask Tionna became one of the sites most visited sections, receiving over 100 comments a day. Reaching Internet celebrity status, Tionna’s book saw a rapid increase in sales and her blog maintained a steady fan base of daily viewers. Tionna then went on to pursue developmental opportunities with television networks, host her own Internet Radio Show “Talk Dat Ish” on BlogTalkRadio and was quoted in various publications including The New York Post. Her pursuit also led to freelance writing opportunities with other websites such as Global Grind and Radar Magazine Online.
In April of 2009, VH1 approached Tionna with an opportunity to turn years of hard work and past heartache into a position as relationship expert to Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. In Chilli’s new series, “What Chilli Wants,” Tionna will guide Chilli on her journey to find true love in her life post-girl band TLC. With Tionna’s no-nonsense attitude and experience giving relationship advice to tens of thousands, she is sure to help Chilli find a man. The series premieres on VH1 Sunday, April 11 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Tionna is also venturing into producing and creating reality show series, opening an accessories boutique, and will continue to serve as an advocate for at-risk youth.
Join Twitter Chat with #PauletteHarper TUESDAY – JANUARY 11, 2011 at 9 pm EST
About the Book
Life’s daily struggles can often leave us perplexed and bewildered on how to cope with hard issues. In COMPLETELY WHOLE, Paulette Harper offers keys to help those who are searching for answers that can lead to a life of complete wholeness: Spirit, Soul and Body. COMPLETELY WHOLE focuses on how to overcome suffering caused by alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, and other obstacles blocking the path to a life of wholeness.”
- Available Now on Amazon Kindle
- Available on BooksaMillion.com
- Available on Powells.com
- Available on BarnesandNoble.com
- Available at The Burning Bush Bookstore
Meet the Author
A sought after speaker, certified life coach, minister and author. As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Paulette’s desire is to motive women to reach their God given potential through conferences, workshops and seminars. Combining enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, audiences describe Paulette’s presentation as inspiriting, enriching and encouraging. She is committed to speaking a message that is always uplifting and edifying. Paulette has authored such books as That Was Then, This Is Now which achieved national recognition by being awarded a finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award and her newest release Completely Whole was published under her own publishing company Thy Word Publishing. She is the co-author of Victorious Living for Women. Her next book For Such a Time as This will be released in 2011 in addition to Victorious Living for Moms.
Visit the author online at http://www.pauletteharper.com
Radio Tour Schedule
January 6, 2011
The Black Empowered Men Radio Show with James Price and Walt Laurel
8:00 pm EST
February 1, 2011
Wanda After Dark Radio
9:00 EST / 8:00 CST / 6:00 PST
February 8, 2011
9:00 pm EST/ 8:00 pm CST
March 26, 2011
Off The Shelf Radio
Saturdays at 11:00 am EST
Join Ryan Mack, author of the upcoming Living in the Village and his colleagues as they discuss core financial, business, and family principles that affects you and the community. Each call in the teleseries is geared to empower and enlighten you on how to take control of your financial circumstance and dreams in 2011. Ryan, along with other experts in the field of business, finance, and family relationship will share powerful tips and insights on topics from Entrepreneurship to Family Values. Throughout the series, Ryan Mack will discuss different topics featured in his book Living in the Village and will have an exciting group of guest speakers on the call.
This free teleseries well be held on January 11th, 13th, 25th, 27th at 8pm ET. To register for the call visit: http://ht.ly/3x42p
Teleseries Upcoming Schedule:
January 11th @8pm ET: Living in the Village Book Discussion
During tonight call, Joy Farrington, The Book Club Expert sits down and chats with Ryan Mack about his new book Living in the Village. They will discuss the story behind the story during the call and the many “villagers” it took to bring Ryan’s dream to life.
January 13th @8pm ET: Starting a Small Business
Tonight’s topic is all about tapping into the entrepreneur in you and features guest speaker, Andrew Morrison.
Andrew Morrison is the President of Small Business Camp. The company provides high-impact marketing strategies for entrepreneurs, executives and non-profit leaders. Andrew has as trained thousands of entrepreneurs from Hawaii to Nigeria and appeared on Oprah.
January 25th @ 8pm ET: What’s Your Purpose
Tonight Ryan Mack interviews Jullien Gordon, The PurposeFinder. Ever wondered how to find your purpose and tapped into the power within? Then this is the call for you.
About Our Guest
Jullien Gordon, The PurposeFinder, is a motivation teacher and the country’s leading voice on purpose, passion, and professional development for the millennial generation. At the age of 28, he already has 10 years of experience working with millennials as a CEO, coach, and counselor. He believes that his purpose is to help as many people as possible find their purpose and reach their full potential by helping them make a living doing what they love. He is currently CEO of the Department of Motivated Vehicles, a personal and professional development company designed to help people D.R.E.A.M. awake by helping them make money and meaning int he world doing what they love through his ecourse, speaking, coaching, and consulting.
February 1st @8pm ET: It’s a Family Affair
Get ready to Meet The Macks. Ryan is bringing his dynamic family to the call to discuss their contributor to his book Living in the Village, their impact in the community and the importance of family. Prepare to be inspired!
About Tonight’s Guests
Carol Mack-Wells, Mother of the author Ryan Mack taught her sons everything they know about financial literacy. Although bringing up her children with modest means, she was able to instill within them a sense of contentment to be happy where you are today, but ecstatic about the bright future of you will achieve tomorrow through hard work. Her section is placed after the budget section because she was able to stretch the dollar in the household to not only continue to put food on the table, but was able to move up the ladder of success to become the first African-American Director of Admissions for the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Today, as she prepares for her retirement, she currently serves as the Vice Chancellor of Student Services for Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Michigan. A product of education herself, she continues to advocate for education for those throughout the inner city of Detroit, Michigan as a means of economic empowerment.
Richard Mack’s life began modestly in Lexington, Kentucky as the second oldest of nine children. His family moved to Detroit, as did many other southern families to pursue opportunities in the auto industry. He acquired a good work ethic from his parents very early in life, and struggled financially through college with his mother holding strong as his inspiration. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Central State University, in spite of the many challenges. He went on to obtain a Master of Education degree from Wayne State University, and an Education Specialist degree from the same.
During this time, he served the children of Detroit Public Schools for 38 years before he retired in 2004. He touched hundreds of young lives first as a science and math teacher, then as a guidance counselor. His career culminated with serving as a principal who positively transformed the school as well as the neighborhood that he worked in. He continues to be driven by his love for children and the community. He is the proud father of three sons who continue this tradition of excellence.
Richard Mack is married to Pamela Mack. Both are successful attorneys. They live in the city of Detroit, which is suffering from a severe depression while the rest of the country feels like it is in a recession; however, Richard and Pam seem to be impervious to the hardships of the economy. It is like they are living in their own economic bubble. They own their home, have an investment property, invest regularly into their retirement accounts, just adopted a child, can travel whenever they please, and because they are very diligent about their estate plans. I think that much of their success starts in the home because they are such a strong team. This dynamic team is so strong that they were even interviewed by Money Magazine because of their ability to navigate successfully through this volatile economy.
Registration for the Call is Easy
- Visit http://ht.ly/3x42p
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- Call the number provided at 8pm ET during the night of the call and enter your pin
- You can join either one or all of the calls each night using the same pin number.
- A reminder email will be sent to you prior to each event.
About the Hosts:
President of Optimum Capital Management, Ryan Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond.
As a renowned public speaker he has provided keynote presentations to organizations across the country such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, NAACP, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Housing Preservation and Development, National Urban League, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Black MBA Association and many others, Microsoft Corporation, HSBC, KPMG, Johnson and Johnson, Six Flags, and Deutsche Bank. With a strong sense of philanthropy he flew to South Africa to teach economic empowerment principles to those in need and has partnered with the local District Attorney’s office to teach financial literacy to previously incarcerated community residents with the aim of lowering recidivism rates.
He can be regularly viewed on television networks such as GMTV, CNBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters, and BET discussing economic/social issues that impact American citizens. Ryan has also authored his book Living in the Village; has been profiled in Tavis Smiley’s Covenant and Action (a New York Times Bestseller); co-authored a book with Kevin Powell entitled The Black Male Handbook; featured in Black Enterprise, African-American Family, The Source & NV Magazine; contributes regularly to Huffingtonpost.com, The Network Journal, Fortune, and Black Enterprise; received the Top 40 Ander 40 Achievement Award from The Network Journal; was inducted by Medgar Evers College (where he currently serves as a board member) into its national honor society PI ETA KAPPA as an honorary member; and received Tom Joyner’s “Hardest Working Financial Advisor Award” because of his efforts to empower the community with the crucial life skills of financial literacy.
Whether he is counseling a group of doctors at a convention or in Rikers Island providing a free course Ryan Mack’s comprehensive, exciting approach to teaching economic empowerment to all income levels has generated a level of much needed interest in a volatile economy.
Joy Farrington, the Book Club Expert, is founder of Lit Diva, Inc. – a company which offers online marketing and literary services for authors.
Joy Farrington has been nominated for various awards including the Marguerite Press Awards for Best Promoter and Best Website, Best Reviewer/Interviewer in the 4th Annual Marguerite Press Award and featured in the April, 2005 issue of “Urban American Newspaper” as one of the “Women in South Florida who … making moves in the Urban Community!!!”
Ms. Farrington is also the author of the A Literary Diva’s Guide…book series for book clubs and literary professionals. She lives in Miami, Fl.
About the Book
A clear, personal, step-by-step plan to achieve financial freedom–for yourself and your community
Financial planning isn’t easy – especially when you’re trying to overcome destructive spending habits, accumulating debt, and ever-increasing household budgets. Ryan Mack, Wall Streeter-come-financial advisor, has written LIVING IN THE VILLAGE for those who need a clear, accessible and tangible plan for getting personal finances in order once and for all. In a frank, accessible voice, Ryan C. Mack provides simple, easy-to-understand financial advice that you can implement right away.
He developed a seven-step plan, featuring critical advice for:
– Eliminating debt
– Improving credit
– Creating an emergency fund
– Maximizing the company retirement plan and IRA
– Avoiding financial predators
– Diversifying your investments
– Establishing a financial legacy for future generations
Each step of the way, LIVING IN THE VILLAGE not only educates you about financial planning tricks and pitfalls, but also, through numerous personal testimonies from ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities, shows you how to give back and contribute to the economic advancement to your community.
“In LIVING IN THE VILLAGE, Ryan Mack offers the common sense road map that Americans need today in order to get their finances in order. This is not about ourselves, but being in position to create and pass on wealth to our children, or help others philanthropically. If we don’t heed Ryan’s advice now, then we will have no future.”
Roland Martin, Host of Washington Watch with Roland Martin CNN Political Analyst, The Tom Joyner Morning Show Senior Analyst
Purchase Your Copy of Living in the Village on Amazon Today!
or for more information visit http://livinginthevillage.com
Growing up in Jamaica, Jonathan ‘John’ Burkett feels loved by his grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins and, most of all, by his
grandfather. Little did Johnny know that this little childhood bliss is to end soon when a visitor from America takes him to live with his
In the land of the free, the young boy finds himself trapped in a world that’s been turned upside down.
He finally meets his ‘real’ mother, but instead of joy at seeing his son, from whom she’s been separated when he was just a baby, she stares at him as if seeing someone else and cringes at the sight of
him. Instead of showering him with love and kisses, as a loving mother should, she showers him with beatings and death threats. Instead of cooking meals for her son, she serves him a plateful of insults. Instead of tucking him to bed at night, she continually kicks him out of her house so he ends up sleeping in friends’ houses, at the park, or on the streets.
One heartbreaking moment in the author’s life was when, after several plots to get him arrested, he straightforwardly asks his mother if she loves him. She looks him in the eye and simply answers, “No.”
This autobiography will grip at your heart as the author pours out his very soul, flooding each page with painful echoes of the past that will not die down while kept bottled up. In time, he realizes that his own grief has been passed on to him by his mother, who experienced incredible anguish at the hands of his biological father.
Meet the Author
Jonathan Anthony Burkett was born February 1, 1987. He is a bright outstanding writer inspired by many, as he continues to struggle in life.
Devoted for achievement in his lifetime, he is willing to take any test. He told himself, that he would never give up no matter the trials and tribulations. He decided to write to help him move towards a bright future for himself; and because he knows that’s what his Grandparents want for him.
|Reviews for Neglected but UndefeatedOfficial Apex Reviews Rating: 4 stars
She beat him…she neglected him…she kicked him out of the house time and again…she even went so far as to try to set him up to be arrested…but perhaps the one thing that devastated Jonathan the most was when he asked her if she loved him, and she looked him in the eye and said, “No”…
Throughout the pages of Neglected But Undefeated, author Jonathan Anthony Burkett recounts the traumatic upbringing that he experienced at the hands of his mother. One would think that, out of all the people in the world, we can count on our mothers to
Reviewed By Dominique Sessons
You might expect Jonathan Anthony Burkett’ Neglected but Undefeated to be just another memoir, about life gone wrong for another black child. But this story is much more than pain and lost it’s surprisingly about reconciliation of a boy with his real Father.
The first day I started “Neglected but Undefeated” I had to put it down for
Young Jonathan was shuffled from the states to Jamaica, and then made to live only a few steps from his mother’s house with a woman named
It is not my intent to review the darkness in this book but to show you the
I enjoyed reading this tough story, Neglected but Undefeated is not for
3 book marks
Book Review Divas
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Neglected but Undefeated is a tear-jerking story about abuse, neglect, and healing
A young child wakes up one morning on the laundry room floor in his home. He’s completely bruise from head to toe and can’t remember how he ended up sleeping there. Awaken by the smell of breakfast cooking in the kitchen, he eagerly stands up and walks into the other room and greets his mother who’s in the middle of cooking his favorite breakfast. Soon what starts out as a simple “Good morning mom” quickly escalates into a verbal tug-of-war. Suddenly the child’s mother begins to beat him with the hot frying pan she was previously using to cook the eggs in. After beating him with the pan, she then grabs a high heel shoe to finish the job she already started on his defenseless little body. Afterwards, she unplugs all the phone and walks out of the house, leaving him curdle up in pain on the kitchen floor.
This is just one of the many tragic stories of Jonathan Burkett’s childhood growing up with a mother who didn’t love him, a step-father who turned a blind eye, and the sexual molestation by the adult females in his life who he thought he could trust.
As a child, all young Jonathan wanted was his mother’s love and attention. But in return, all he received was beatings and death threats. Around the age of fourteen, his mother threw him out of the house and with no place to go, he became homeless. One day, he sat his mother down and asked her if she loved him. His mother replied only sent him further down a spiraling hole of depression and uncontrollable rage. However, as Jonathan tries to piece his young adult life together, he encounter people who attempts to uplift and support him through his troubling times. But will the pain from his childhood destroy any chance for a happy future?
About the Reviewer
Joy Farrington is the author of A Literary Diva’s Guide… book series and owner of Lit Diva, Inc., which offers book marketing services for African-American authors. She is the creator and head reviewer for the Book Review Divas, editor of the online e-zine Nubian Lit, and president of Nubian Sistas Book Club. She lives in Miami, Fl.