Butterfly in a Jar is the true story of how "Mz. Hollywood" lost herself within the cracks of life and how taking control through life altering transformations allowed her to fly. We can all relate and reflect at some point in our lives feeling stagnated and losing ourselves in the process. Your start to have those agitating feelings of not being in control of your life, so you look for ways to pass the time, cover the hurt and hide the scars.
Kimberly "Mz. Hollywood" Raven is an actress and lives in the Atlanta area. She has two sons.
April Lewis is a rebellious teenager who is constantly getting into trouble. Her life has been in a downward spiral ever since her father abandoned her family and left her mother with a broken heart. Her grandmother, Mary Lewis is a widow who spends most of her time volunteering at Mt Zion Baptist Church. Keeping busy at church helped her survive the death of her husband and her daughter shutting her out of their lives.
Two years later, when April's mother gets arrested, Mary is relieved to finally be reunited with her three grandbabies. The problem is that April is no longer the sweet little girl she remembered. Desperate to save her, Mary turns to Pastor Zachariah Williams for help. Just when Mary thinks that God has answered her prayers for second chances, April makes an accusation and everyone's world gets turned upside down.
The Best in Me is an emotional story of faith and redemption. It asks the question; does it really matter that everyone only sees what's bad about you if God sees the best in you?
~Praise for The Best in Me~
"The Best in Me is a timely expose on the beauty of extended family. Nicole Scott's heroine April must navigate being a teen, parental abandonment, and the unwavering guidance of her strict but loving grandmother. Readers' hearts will melt as April faces challenges head on and learns lessons that will sustain her for a lifetime." - Stacy Campbell, Author of Dream girl Awakened, Forgive Me, Wouldn't Change a Thing, and Mattie's Call.
“My great aunt Ora Inga Ray was killed by my great-grandfather on October 1, 1900 just shy of her 8th birthday. Ora was the second child of four children born into a biracial family living in Duluth, Minnesota. William Henry Ray, born in North Carolina in 1858 and Inga Nordquist Ray, born in Sweden in 1870 were her parents.
October, 1900 has been recorded as the wettest month of the year in weather history. I would like to think that Ora dying on the 1st of the month resulted in the state of Minnesota forever weeping her avoidable loss. Ora is resurrected, one hundred and twenty one years later by all those who read her story.” - Karen Felecia Nance
Mother Lucille D. Shazier's life epitomizes, exemplifies, and summarizes this profound truth. For 107 years, life has taken her in crevices and places where "there ain't been no light." Through smiles and tears, she says, "Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it and splinters and boards torn up." Langston Hughes.
Through it all, she NEVER allowed bitterness, hate, and defeat to define her. She never knew her birth mother and never knew what happened to her oldest sister. Pandemics are not new to her; she remembers the Spanish Flu, cited as the most devastating pandemic in the world's history. She was seven years old when the U.S. Government legalized the women's suffrage movement. African American women were not invited or included. To combat societal ills, injustices, poverty, racism, and death, Mother Shazier developed a deep and abiding relationship with God. Her relationship with the Lord has been her thermometer and guiding light for 107 years. Her final declaration..."I WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.
"Life is a breath soon to be gone, exhaling is the pass of time that can't be replaced. Moments in the present should be embraced with a gentle touch of care, for the eternal hands grip life pulling it out of time into the eternal jaws of death. Embrace those in time who you have a chance to share love with".
Author: A Life Destined is Anthony "Tony" Wallace's life journey through poetry. Tony is a compassionate, caring, man with a heart of gold who loves and renders thanks to God above for bringing him through some dark times. Tony was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and resides in Jonesboro, Georgia.
My body felt as heavy as lead and my vision doubled. I felt out of control. I shoved my fingers down my throat to try and throw up the pills, but nothing happened. I started to feel scared and regretted the choices I made. In that moment, I realized I didn't want to die. I wanted to keep on living, no matter what that would bring. ~Learning From My Attempted Suicide
It's hard to see how they all fit,
But they do.
We will turn them this way and that,
look and polish and repair
And you'll see
How all these pieces make the perfect you. ~Therapy Puzzle
Mama closed her eyes and sighed. "I gotta know you in a safe place, whoever they put you with."
"They white people, Mama!"
She laugh a little then. She knows me too well.
"There's decent white folk in the world, baby. Someday you learn to stop judging people by they skin color. If they treat you decent, feed you, give you a bed, and get you to school, maybe that be enough for a little time. They can't love you like me, I know that, an' you know that. But if you fight every little thing, they gonna fight back, an' that just be miserable. That's why I said stop fightin'. But only jus' till you figure out your dream. Then you fight like hell and never stop. Make every fight one step closer to reaching that dream." ~Why?
Because I'm Black!
Jacqueline Young-Landi is the CEO & Chief Creative Designer at JYL Image & Lifestyle. She is a Seamstress, Fashion Stylist, and a Designer. As a transformational coach, Jacqueline desires for you what she desires for herself, and that is to be the best version of yourself in the areas of your image, your wellness and your finances. Jacqueline lives in Stuart, Florida with her husband Warren
"There are always opportunities to find a new ways to change and improve your life. Thinking about changing is the easy part, actually implementing that change is where you have to do the work. Depending on who you ask, change has a different perspective for everyone. One person might look at change as a simple walk in the park while someone else may view change as climbing Mt. Everest. No matter how you look at change, the one thing that change requires is commitment."
"Everything happens for a reason...good, bad, or indifferent, it's for a reason. Purposefully Scarred says that whatever trials you face, that's meant to tear you apart (like my scar) are put there in order for you to grow and heal. You have to learn the lessons that the Lord wants you to learn in order to put you back together (like the stitches). Sometimes people go through the same things over and over again, and never understand why. People often use the phrase "I take three steps forward and ten steps back". One misstep while climbing a mountain, could cause you to take a few steps back or end up at the bottom where you started from. Purposefully Scarred is my true story of how I chose to forgive and not be the victim. God was and is still the glue that held me, and he can hold you too."
"They Gave Him Life is a story of the redemption of Willie C. Harrison Jr. It is the raw and real truth of the circumstances that lead to Willie being sentenced to life plus twenty years in prison for murder. This story also offers a firsthand journey on the trails that followed once Willie was released."
Little Free wanted to fly but he was too afraid to try. With a little faith and motivation from his friends, Free finds out that just like all the other "A Right to a Rainbow!'
"What would happen if all the contributions that "we" made, never existed? What would the world be like if "I" were not in it? A World Without Me gives a small glimpse of what life would be like without a certain race of people".
Author: Masiya Bomoni is a mother of hour beautiful biological children and a mommy to many that the Creator gifted her to encourage. She is an educator and inspirational speaker. She chose this journey to educate and inspire in order to be the change and make a difference in the lives of others. Masaya's ultimate goal has always been young minds to the truth of who they really are and to never allow their circumstances to dictate the directions they choose for their future. "Along my journey, I have come to the realization that I didn't choose this path. This path chose me!"
"Milan has always had a vivid imagination. She often played dress up and loved to go to fun faraway places. But this day is special, it is unlike any day before. Today there is no pretending. Oh no! For today, Milan is planning to meet the Queen at the Grand Ball! But there is one problem... Milan does not know how to take a bow"!
Author: Michelle T. Allen is a Professor of Criminal Justice, and Milan Takes a Bow is her first children's book. Michelle has written, presented, and published scholarly works in higher education but she is excited to share her fictional books aimed at bringing happiness to all children. Michelle is motivated by her husband and children to give you the absolute best of her inner thoughts. Michelle captures the personality that she envisioned for Milan in the books as the daughter she longed to know.
"The only experiences that Nate, Robert and Timothy had ever had with the police was seeing their family and friends from the neighborhood being mistreated. Imagine their fear within they saw the police patrolling their school campus. From Fears to Friend tells the story of how a little boy quickly learns that all police are not bad and they can be our friends"!
Author: Anthony Wallace is the author of "A Life Destined to Shine Through the Eyes of a Struggling Soul" and "My Neighbors Don't Look Like Me!" Anthony is a compassionate, caring man with a heart of gold and a soft for the betterment of people of all races.