Title: Better Believe

Author: Ruby Lee Tuesday

Publisher: Trafford

Pages: 132

Genre: Biography

Format: Ebook

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Ruby Lee Tuesday was born to be her father’s property. Trapped in an abusive home where only perfect was good enough for the devil, Ruby attempted to distract herself from his ways through her music, poetry, art, and most importantly, her faith in God. Tuesday shares a heartbreaking story of childhood trauma as she bravely pursued her dreams, despite living with parents who seemed determined to destroy her, both physically and emotionally. While providing a riveting look into the ways of an abuser, Tuesday details how her mistreatment eventually caused her to lose her faith, embark on a path of self-destruction, and succumb to panic attacks and depression. But through it all, Tuesday somehow managed to find solace and an escape in her music, ultimately leaving everything behind and bravely following her dream all the way from Norway to Nashville, Tennessee, where she would find faith once again. Better Believe is a story of determination, passion, betrayal, friendship, and hope as one woman journeys from the darkness of abuse into the light of healing where she learns to believe in herself for the first time.


Ruby Lee Tuesday has spent years on healing both physically and spiritually. She is a poet, singer, and songwriter who plays a variety of instruments. Ruby left Norway in 2013 to pursue her dreams in Nashville, Tennessee. This is her first book.

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Title: Angel Hair

Author: Margot Griffiths

Publisher: Xlibris

Pages: 280

Genre: General Fiction

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Victoria BC 1958: A haunting first novel of a privileged, tight-knit neighborhood—an insular world of stifling traditional values; a world where the eccentric and gifted Morgan family doesn’t fit. Eleanor and Hugh have settled into the rhythms of a long rift, bound by history and remnants of love. Their ten year old daughter Myfanwy escapes into the world of her imagination, but as conflicts escalate, her older brother Owen seeks a more desperate escape and the family begins its descent in earnest. The neighborhood watches, hiding secrets of its own, for beneath a veil of civility, all is not as it seems. Rich with period detail, finely drawn characters and withering humor.


Margot Griffiths was born in Victoria BC where her story is set. She has a masters degree in psychology and has worked at universities and libraries in the US, Canada and Tanzania. She now lives in the seaside town of Point Roberts Washington.

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Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?

Realist Dr. Carla Harris believes that people create their own fate through hard work and careful planning. She believes in playing things safe. But, while preparing for her upcoming nuptials, she’s forced to confront the most reckless thing she’s ever done…her estranged husband, Jacob.

Idealist Jacob Moreau believes in soul mates as much as he believes in saving endangered companies. When his long lost wife reenters his life seeking a divorce, he is convinced more than ever they are meant to be together. And he will do—and lose—anything to have her again.

She thought she had her life planned to perfection. He thought they made perfect sense together.

Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?


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Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her

grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn’t read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.

The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn’t take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract in 2013.
When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn’t unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.


edited picture of meIt’s my pleasure to have here today my Blogcritics colleague and talented award-winning author Nicole Weaver. Though primarily an author of children’s books, she’s just released a new nonfiction book titled, Not All Americans Are Racist. 

In Not All Americans Are Racist, Weaver recounts her experiences with racial discrimination and the non-racist white individuals who made it possible for her to attend and finish college. As an immigrant from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she is thankful for the opportunities America has offered her.

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It’s great to have you here, Nicole. What compelled you to write this essay?

The killings of Trayvon Martin and the two other unarmed black males really bothered me. I started having flashbacks about my personal experiences. I have two black sons and felt a tremendous amount of compassion for the relatives of those black males that were killed.

Who is your target reader?

I wrote the essay for anyone who has been a victim of discrimination and especially for America’s youth. I am a high school foreign language teacher, and I have the joy of seeing firsthand how the young people of today could care less about the color of one’s skin. I believe the youth of today will carry us into a less racially prejudiced society.

What was the most challenging aspect about writing this essay?

It was difficult to relive all the racial situations I endured in years past.

On the other hand, what has been the best part about writing this essay?

Writing is very therapeutic for me.  I had these bad experiences buried deep inside of me, now they are on paper and I feel so much better.

Do you think some people will take your essay the wrong way? What would you say to these people?

american (4)Absolutely! You will always have people that are set in their ways.  Some may see me as a race baiter, and accuse me of adding fuel to the fire.  I would say to these individuals: these are my experiences and I have the right to share them.

Tell us a bit about your writing process?

All of my ideas for writing come from me living life.  Once I get inspired I first jot down the idea that comes to mind, and next I start writing until I have a completed manuscript.  Not All Americans Are Racist is my first nonfiction book. The words just flowed from my mind, and I was able to write all of it down until I was completely done. Aside from the emotional release, I found it much easier to write nonfiction. I did not have the burden of creating the perfect scene since these events occurred in real life.

Writing children’s trilingual books is a lot different.  It is more challenging because you have to have a certain word count and must find ways for the story to be engaging for the intended age group.

Amazon has made it very easy for writers to publish short books like this. What was the self-publishing process like?

Self-publishing can be a daunting task. The burden falls on the shoulders of the writer to get the manuscript professionally edited, find a graphic designer to create a book cover and someone to format the book for both print and Ebook versions. There are many scammers out there, and one must be very careful.  It is always a good idea to get recommendations from friends before trusting a total stranger to handle your manuscript.

You’re also a children’s author. What type of children’s books do you write?

I have written three trilingual children’s picture books.  I believe in exposing young children to a foreign language early on. Growing up speaking four languages inspired me to write my children’s books in English, French, and Spanish with all three texts on each page. The books are designed to encourage a parent to pick up three books in one   as opposed to buying three separate books.

Do you have more essays or short books like these coming in the near future?

Yes, I do.  I am currently working on two manuscripts. `

What do you hope readers will take from your book?

I hope readers will walk away thinking that the United States is the greatest country in the world, but it still has some racial issues that must be addressed. I also hope people who read my book will make a concerted effort to invest in today’s youth, as they are the ones who will change America for the better.

In what way are interracial marriages having an impact on racial issues?

Interracial marriage can’t on its own end racism, but having a more diverse social circle or a person of a different race in your immediate family can be an antidote to prejudice and stereotyping. I think the blending of more multiracial families is helping erode the notion of racial superiority distinctions that certain group of people tends to claim as their birthrights.  My husband is German, and as a mixed couple, we focus on our unique qualities as individuals, rather than on our ethnicity.  Lastly, I believe cross-racial connections are a powerful tool that is making a dent in the racial boundaries that have kept people separated.

How can young people help reshape the landscape of racism in America?

Millenials — those born from about the mid-1980s to the early 2000s — will be the generation that finally casts aside pernicious racism in the United States. They can, and they will because they have more sensible views on race and racism than the older generation. I have observed this trend in my high school classroom. It is fascinating to see how these young people treat each other with so much respect and dignity.  I think more and more families are opting to have their children attend a diverse school, and that is helping eradicate misconceptions about certain group of people.

Is there anything else you would like to say to readers?

I would like to invite the readers to check out my website at: www.nicoleweaverbooks.com
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of all my books goes to Mercy & Sharing an organization that helps abandoned Haitian children. Feel free to read an article I  wrote about a gala sponsored by  Mercy & Sharing.

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“I think nonfiction is easier to write,” says Nicole Weaver, author of Not All Americans Are Racist. “Listen to your  intuition, as this is where most good ideas come from. Be  sure you read a ton of books on the genre that interest  you.  Attend conferences. Join a professional writers club. I have written fiction for children, but to me it is much more difficult. You have to adhere to certain word count and make sure the manuscript is tailored to a specific age group. I think I will continue to write many more nonfiction books because the ideas keep coming to me, and I can’t ignore them!”

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“Writing is fun.  I have learned the best way to get better at writing is for you to read a ton of books, and to write every day.  As for ideas, I live life and the ideas come to me. I usually write the thoughts that come my way in the note section of my phone.  I know it is a good idea, if the words flow easily from my mind.  When I sit down to write a manuscript I can usually tell right away if  I have enough to actually write an entire book, for instance, when I started writing Not All Americans Are Racist, I was able to write 1,500 words in one hour. The thoughts kept coming and I continued to write until I was done. The same is true for my next book.  I have already written 10,000 words. I got the idea while driving to work and that night I sat down and wrote a couple chapters.”

About the book:

In Not All Americans Are Racist, Nicole Weaver recounts her experiences with racial discrimination and the non-racist white individuals who made it possible for her to attend and finish college. As an immigrant from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she is thankful for the opportunities America has offered her.

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About the author:

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing and has won numerous awards.

My Brother Is My Best Friend, published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014, earned the 2014 Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and the 2014 Children’s Literary Classics Gold Award. The book also earned a bronze medal in 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.

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D.L. AndersonD.L. Anderson is a speaker and life trainer whose goals are centered on helping others live a life of purpose, excellence, and balance. Drawing on 15+ years of experience in various fields including information technology, consulting, and business management, D. L. Anderson is very excited to be able to effectively teach others the same principles which have made his life both fulfilling and successful.

His latest book is the self-help book, Unlocking the Mystery of You: The Pinnacle of Purpose.

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Unlocking the Mystery of YouDo you know who the most important person in your life is? Just look in the mirror and you will see – it’s you. Whether you’re a college student, a housewife, a salesman, or the president of the United States of America, the most important person in your life is and will always be you.

That being said, your primary objective in life should be to know who you are so that you can position yourself to succeed in offices aligned with your purpose. After all, your purpose is the collective reasoning behind your existence. As one philosopher puts it, “Purpose is the only real reason you are here, for you exist because your purpose exists. Thus apart from purpose, you have no authentic motivation for living. You may very well exist, but when you’re gone, very few will ever know that you were here.”

Now for some of us discovering our purpose is simple. We understood it long before we ever became adults. For others it is not so easy, and for more reasons than I can gather. This is why the process of personal discovery is so critical; for not only does it allow you to discover your purpose. It also positions you to persistently follow the evolution of your purpose.

This is important because we are all changing every day. Consequently, our purpose will also change contingent to the season of life we are in. Still, in spite of this inevitable change and all the complexities which make understanding your purpose difficult, you will always be able to detect your purpose simply because it is the source of your fulfillment. So if you’re in a job, relationship, or any office which is persistently unfulfilling, odds are it is not aligned with your purpose – and unless you are willing to concede the awesome measures of fulfillment you would experience otherwise, you need to start thinking about making a change so that you can both enhance your life and have profound impacts in the various groups and societies you are in.

“Unlocking the Mystery of You” champions this cause focusing first and foremost on purpose and the crucial role it plays in achieving personal fulfillment and setting the stage for the individual to be a catalyst for group fulfillment. It accomplishes this goal by utilizing a purposeful roadmap designated as the Pinnacle of Purpose. The Pinnacle of Purpose is a progressive path illustrated by 7 ascending levels which, if followed sequentially, not only have the power to transform your life. It will provide you with the greatest measures of fulfillment and success life can offer. All you have to do is follow the crucial, yet simple order of purpose, beginning with confidence and concluding with peace.

So if you’re ready for a change; if you’re ready to stop sleeping on your dreams and your truest passions; if you’re tired of the status quo and living a life which feels incomplete; if you’re tired of wishing your life was better and are now prepared to do something about it; if you’re finally ready to take that ever-difficult leap of faith, then this is a book you must read. Because in this book I show you how to take that leap of faith without falling, for when you leap towards your purpose, you will always land squarely on your feet.

This is true first and foremost because your purpose is what makes you unique to every other individual in the world today, a premise which thoroughly validates the existence of every man and women on the earth. The problem is that many don’t understand their purpose. Once upon a time I didn’t either. That is until I got serious about life. It was then that I realized what purpose is.

It is the collection of all your authentic desires; it is your passion. It is your North Star and your direction; it is your life-long teacher – and above all else, it is that which causes you to press through any form or measure of adversity until you unleash your maximum potential, for it gives you the strength to hold on when you have no strength left within you to hold on.

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

A: Yes. You could say that I was born to write. Ever since I was a small child, writing has been my favourite thing to do.

What was your inspiration for “Unlocking the Mystery of You?”

A: I wrote this book because I once was leading a very unfulfilling and unexceptional life. That was in spite of my socioeconomic status. That’s when I began to search for a clear path to turn my life around so that I could experience continued fulfillment while understanding the true meaning of success – and I did. I discovered such a path and have verified its effectiveness and value in my own life. From now I want to share the lessons I have learned with others who, like me, are tired of the persisting states of unhappiness and discontentment, and will stop at nothing to find the fulfillment they are seeking.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

A: I like to explore themes that I am either interested in or an expert at. The topics which I am an expert at are the ones which I look to publish because they can have an impact in the lives of everyone who reads them. As for the themes which I am interested in, I generally collect notes on them and either write blogs on those topics or save my writings for a future book.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

A: This book took about 6 months to write and 6 months to publish.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

A: I am disciplined and always write at the same time every day; namely in the early hours of the morning. I am also a consultant and career/life coach. So at times I will have appointments which will eat into my writing time. However, I am a creature of habit and rely heavily on my established routine.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

A: The most challenging aspect of writing this book was finding the time to do so with other commitments. I am also an IT consultant and a career/life coach. So maintaining the proper balance to keep each life office moving forward is a persistent challenge.

What do you love most about being an author?

A: I love the fact that my writings have the potential to help others and improve their lives. That is my nature as a teacher and why the majority of my writings are of the self-help/personal development genre. It allows me to combine both my passions for writing and teaching in one activity.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

A: I went with small press. I am happy because it was exactly what I needed at the time, and because I got exactly what I wanted; that is a quality product and a low-hassle process.

Where can we find you on the web?

A: You can find me at www.lifepinnacles.com.


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