#RockYourBrand 5 Biz Lessons Learned by LáTanyha Boyd

lesson-learned-early-on-in-business-was-to-work-smarter-not-harderWhat is your #1 Life/Biz Lesson Learned? One of my greatest lessons learned early on in Business/Life is to “Work Smarter-Not Harder!”We all need a system in place to stream line our daily activities and/or work.-Listed below are some of my suggestions, that I find to be very helpful:

Social Media Automation

Social media Automation is ‘KEY’- This free’s up your time, yet allows you to be consistent in giving your Brand a Voice.

  • Automation Software and Apps: The easiest way to automate social media is by using automation software and apps. These include HootsuiteBufferSproutSocialHubSpotSocial Oomph and Social Flow. Each tool may have unique features of their own, but essentially they all allow you to schedule social media posts in advance and monitor your accounts when someone mentions your brand or leaves a comment. Tools like Zapier and IFTTT. Basically, these resources make it possible for apps, systems and websites to talk to each other. For example, you can create a “zap” that automatically posts new WordPress posts into your Facebook page.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: As a Marketing Book Coach, I find myself answering the same questions constantly from clients. What I started to do was, create a PDF  File list of frequently asked questions to refer my clients to. This will save time for you to be productive in other ways in your business.

By way of a recommendation I would select one tool and see if it’s a good fit for your business needs. Bonus if you’re on the go like myself most of these tools have apps allowing you to stay up-to-date with your community.

Taking Mini Breaks

  • Break-Free & Take-Time-For-Self: Give yourself a break every once in awhile throughout the day to restore your natural state of harmony/calm and to rekindle your creativity. Structure your day to take advantage of your peak performance times.
  • Healthy Meals & Exercise and Fresh Air: Eat healthy meals, drink plenty of water, even go for a walk. You may even take 5-10 minutes during lunch time and get some fresh air. With a bit of exercise during the work day, you can help you actually focus longer during the day.

Guard Your Time

  • The Power in Saying No: You are the only one who can guard your time. There are only a certain number of hours in a day, and you can’t fill them up with things that don’t benefit your business. It’s hard for some people to ‘Say No.’ Instead, you might find it easier to say no, because you’re saying “yes” to something else more important. You have to guard your daily calendar like a guard dog, or you won’t be very efficient.
  • Learn To Delegate:Outsourcing is a great in working smarter not harder- Try a virtual assistant or hire a freelance writer to do some of your tasks to free yourself up for revenue-enhancing work. Delegate tasks to interns are applauded as the driving force behind a successful company. They learned that working smarter not harder is essential in business.

Daily Task Rituals

  • Peace Be Still:  Allow time for self care by practicing daily journaling, meditation, prayer, exercise or some other form of quiet time just for you where you can go to reflect, plan, relax and envision your day ahead.
  • Daily Task Manager: Arrive early to the office this will allow you to relax from morning travel-getting the kids off to school-etc. Before starting your work, begin your day with a ritual that will help ease your mind. I do a breathing exercise (Breathe In-Breathe Out this helps to clear the morning clutter of stinkin-thinking) This could also be a time that you enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, read the paper or just relax outside for a few minutes. At the end of the day, you should have a closing ritual too. Make a list for the next day, straighten your desk or back up the computer.

Good Night’s Sleep

  • A Restful Evening: Small breaks and power naps can never replace a good night’s sleep. A suggested six to seven hours of sleep at night is deemed best in order to work at peak productivity. A tired body and mind may not get work accomplished, as well as a rested body and mind can. While there might be times you need to get up early, you may want to counter that with an early bedtime to protect your sleep.

 

lt-hs-nw-bwjewelsEmpowerment Coach | Missionary |Founder of #RockYourBook |4x’s International Bestselling Author | International Talk-Radio Host | Social Media Specialist | Marketing Branding Book Coach |Publicist

LàTanyha Boyd, has over 20 years of outstanding expertise in Strategic Online and Social Media Marketing, Leadership, Branding and Self-Publishing. As the President/Founder of #RockYourBook/FAB Virtual Tours Branding/Promotions/Marketing Co.; she has initiated creative marketing, branding and communication solutions for non-profit organizations, small businesses, indie/self-publish authors and corporations. Visit: http://www.latboyd.com

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#RockYourBook ‘Unborn,’ & ‘She Speaks by Bestselling Author Safiyah Givens

safyah-givensABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author | Artist | Leader | Poet | Youth Ministry | Media

Safiyah Givens is a passionate young lady who loves the Lord. At the age of 27 when she decided to follow Christ, God made her aware of a writing gift she didn’t know she had. Soon after she accepted her calling she started writing her first book of poetry which was release in 2014 called “She Speaks.” Since writing her first book she has released a spoken word CD “The Key” in 2014 and her newest release which is a novella called “Unborn.” Safiyah has also hosted open mic events, volunteered for Interfaith hospitality Network, received a certification for volunteering at Hospice Compassionate Care, and received certificates for recognition of authorship. She has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Analysis of Psychology, serves in the youth and media ministry, and  “She Speaks” book has been featured in iMatter magazine. She is currently raising two beautiful children and looking forward to putting out future projects.

Safiya, tell us about your books?

She Speaks is a book of poetry on bits and pieces of my life. She Speaks also have poems of encouragement and speaking on matters others are afraid to say. Unborn is a book based on a true story about the time I went through an abortion.

Because She Speaks was my first book I really didn’t know what direction I was going with it until I conversed with my publisher at the time. As we talk, she helped me bring some clarity with the direction I was headed with the book. When I looked over all I have written, the title She Speaks came to mind.

How did you come up with ideas for these books?

The title represents me finally speaking up for things that mattered to me. I’m no longer this quiet girl who has nothing to say. My voice matters. It was like I finally came out and spoke up. The book overall was God inspired. He wanted me to write and there came a desire to give hope to others.

Unborn was God inspired as well. With this book came the idea of a spoken word piece at first but then I turned the idea to telling the story in more detail. I wanted to let others know through this book that with the act of abortion you can be forgiven and hopefully turn the hearts of those who are thinking about committing the act.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?

For both books the hardest aspect of writing them was the nagging voice inside my head saying to quit, the fear of thinking no one will care about what I have written, and the worry of hurting someone close to me because I decided to tell my side of the story. As you can see I overcame them all.

Why do you write?

The reason I write is because if I don’t I will be doing an injustice of my calling and losing souls who may come to Christ through me.

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

The valuable lessons I would want readers to take away from my books is that they matter as individuals, their story matter, and that they can overcome any given situation. Ultimately I want them to know Christ is the way to go.

Who are your favorite authors?

I am an avid reader so choosing my favorite author is kind of hard, but if I was to choose I would say T.D. Jakes, C.S. Lewis, and Joyce Meyers. The writers of spokenword and poetry would be Jackie Hill Perry, Preston Perry, Maya Angelou, Ezekiel Azonwu, and Janette…Ikz.

What book(s) are you reading now?

Because I am an avid reader I read a variety of books sometimes at the same time, but one book that I am currently reading for bible study at church though is Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer.

What books have most influenced your life?

The books that most influenced my life would be of course the bible, most of T.D. Jakes books, and the latest book Purpose Awakening by Toure’ Roberts. There’s more but too many to name. Some of these books inspire me to write my own book similar to what I have read which is something I’m currently working on. I’m hoping once my third book is done that it will put a fire in the reader’s hearts to never give up and to keep on pressing.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

If I had to choose a writer or writers as a mentor I would say all four of the poets I have mentioned above and T.D. Jakes.

Any advice to give to aspiring writers?

The advice I would give to aspiring writers is to never give up. There will be distractions, doubt, and fear but that should not keep you from blessing others; those things should be an indication to push yourself to write even more. I had said recently in a blog post that it’s not about us. Someone needs to hear our stories and you never know, we may be able to save a life in the process.

she-speaksABOUT THE BOOK

Labor pains have increased tremendously with unforgiveness, shame, insecurities, and so forth. Time and time again wondering when the time comes to deliver the miracle of release. The release has come. Her truth has set her free. Testimonies no longer live in the dark. Being a voice to those whose pain is on mute. Lighting a fire to your soul. These are the pieces of poetry that this book holds. May you capture every emotion that leaps off the page and let it sink deep into the longing of speaking your truth as her longing increased into She Speaks.

Get your copy today:  She Speaks by Safiyah Givens Link: https://amzn.com/0972860193

Here’s What Other’s Are Saying!

 She Speaks really spoke to me!,

This book is deep, heart touching and it really lets you know that you are not alone! God bless Safiyah Givens. If you haven’t got this book, GO GET IT!

Five Stars,

This a good book can’t wait for next book of poetry, full of inspiration, touching, heartfelt.

Book Review: If you have read the book, we encourage posting book reviews on Amazon.com and other online bookstores.

unborn2ABOUT THE BOOK

Unborn tells a story of a young girl who’s way was lost. Decisions were made out of immaturity and not enough wise counsel had been received. Going through the motions of life was all it was. To disregard life haphazardly not only affected her life but others as well. There was always a feeling of “there has to be something more”. Unfortunately, seeking for more was done the wrong way. Amazingly, somewhere in the midst of the storms (outward and inward), strength and a drive to want better arose. The only way she was able to find it was from the one who gave it to her, Jesus.

Get your copy today: Unborn by Safiyah Givens Link: http://a.co/cclbrHb

Here’s What Other’s Are Saying!

Finished “Unborn” I must say it was a very good read. I enjoyed it very much it allowed me to see your pain, your struggles and your emotions thru every word. I’m proud of you Safiyah. May God continue to bless you and I’m waiting for the next book. True Inspiration to young women all over ~Jose Cruz

Book Review: If you have read the book, we encourage posting book reviews on Amazon.com and other online bookstores.

safiyah-givens-cs-fab-book-banner-nwLet’s Get Social! Connect with Bestselling Author SAFIYAH GIVENS

AUTHOR. ARTIST. LEADER. Poet

Follow me on Facebook: SAFIYAH GIVENS

Bestselling Author |ARTIST|LEADER|Poet

Website: www.missgivens.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorsafiyahgivens/  (fan page)

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/safiyah_givens @safiyah_givens

Hash-Tag: #SheSpeaks #Unborn

Email: safgivens@aol.com

Get your Kindle Copy Autograph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/safiyah_givens

Safiyah Givens (Author)› Visit Amazon’s Safiyah Givens Page

For Bookings/Press Please Contact:

LáTanyha Boyd,
Rock Your Book Publicist-PR
Rock Your Book Marketing/Branding
faithinorder@yahoo.com @RockYourBook1 @LaTBoyd1

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‪#‎RockYourBrand 3 Tips using ‘Hashtags’ To Establish Your Brand Voice!

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Biz Lesson Learned Early in Establishing my Brand Voice!

I really wanted to stop in before wrapping it up for the evening and share this testimony- I had the pleasure of doing a free consultation of Rock Your Book and as always I asked the client how did she hear about us? Her response was thru her news-feed/social media – “I kept seeing ‪#‎RockYourbook‬ all over the place- At one point I had ignored it but that hashtag kept circulating all over social media Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – I had to click on the link that was provided in your description and reach out to you.” Well needless to say the light bulb went on…

Biz Lesson Learned Early in Establishing my Brand Voice! Here are 3 Branding tips with the use of a hashtags:

(1) Helps you build brand awareness-Brand awareness is a measure of how well your brand is known within its target markets. Hashtags have the power to not only connect different audiences but to drive engagement and brand awareness to a whole new level. 

(2) Brand Consistency-Stay consistent by using the same hashtag to identify your brand across all platforms

(3) Brand Knowledge-Create a unique hashtag to identify your brand and add it to your bio. Creating a unique hashtag allows your fans and followers to use your hashtag when discussing your brand

LTB PICKING UP

*Are You Picking Up What I’m Putting Down?

Rock Your Brand Secret Sauce Brand Engagement

Keep this in mind when crafting hashtags for your own biz and or event etc.,

  1. Keep your tags simple and direct.
  2. Try not to over-saturate your postings with hashtags.
  3. Rule of thumb would be try to use 1-2 hashtags per post/tweet.
  4. Make hashtag relatable.
  5. Be strategic and use SEO keyword friendly hashtags
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#RockYourBook ‘Deputy for Christ: A Working Journal & Guide for Spiritual Warfare,’ by Andrea M. Davis

Andrea Monie DavisABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bestselling Author | Minister | Empowerment Coach | Social Worker |

Certified Life Coach | Psyd Candidate | Clinical Therapist

Andrea Monie Davis CEO and Founder of Life Movement Empowering Ministries, L.L.C. which serves to empower women, men, children, and families. LMEM was developed out of Andrea’s desire to serve individuals that desire to do better and progress through life, but seem to remain stagnant. LMEM teaches people to progressively move through life, set and accomplish goals, and live life with an empowered mindset. She will be receiving her Doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Administration in 2016. Her first book now available on amazon ‘Deputy for Christ: A Working Journal & Guide for Spiritual Warfare by Andrea M. Davis Link: https://amzn.com/B01IUECUJ6

Andrea, tell us about your book?

Deputy for Christ is a compilation of insight that was given to me from God and just knowledge that I received over time through education, training, and life experiences. It is a book designed to help facilitate balance to a person’s life with insightful feedback. After each section I provide a prayer of activation to help the reader pray in the spirit against the works of the enemy to denounce and disallow any plan of the enemy to destroy the plans and will of God. There is a journal section in which the reader is asked thought provoking questions to do the work towards their healing or growth. Finally the element of poetry is simply to provide a colorful voice to different situations.

How did you come up with idea for this book?

I wanted to provide readers with different situations and show them that there is life beyond what they have life which has causes headaches and heartache. The journal portion speaks to my extensive mental health background in which as a mental health therapist I help people tap into their own ability to be healed.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?

The most difficult part was simply ensuring that every portion of writing was directed by God and not me. You can get into flesh when you yourself are not focused and not seeking God on everything.

Why do you write?

Because we are overcome by the word of our testimony. My testimony is great and I have overcome so much that writing gives me a place and voice to give back to others that face the same struggles I did. Peace comes out of my writing and that is what I want my readers to experience.

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

I want to readers to learn their worth to the world and to God. I want readers to realize their own ability to conquer their past move towards their goals and live life beyond existing.

What’s next for you?

Finish my PsyD. Grow my agency Life Movement Empowering Ministries to have solid community and mental health programs and transitional living. Finish my second book that focuses on single parenting. Finally grow as an empowerment speaker offering more workshops focusing on mental health and well being in the community and ministry.

Who are your favorite authors?

Iyanla Vanzant and John C. Maxwell

What book(s) are you reading now?

25 Laws of Doing the impossible

Successful Women Think Differently

Everyone communicates few people connect

The leader in Me

& It’s not you it’s what happened to you.. Complex trauma and treatment

What books have most influenced your life?

The influencer

Change or Die

Five levels of leadership

The books mentioned in the previous question.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

John C. Maxwell. His ability to discuss leadership from a natural and spiritual level has really helped me.

Any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Write daily. Carry a tablet with you because you never know when God will speak to you.

Deptuy For ChristABOUT THE BOOK

Deputy for Christ is a daily devotional and working journal that provides the reader with support to get through tough situations. The book provides a number of circumstances, with helpful scriptures, followed by an area to journal. The purpose of the journal pages is to provoke the reader to think about each circumstance and how they can empower themselves to work through it. The prayers of activation help the reader seek God specifically for that specific situation and begin to practice the power that God has given us as ambassadors. This book will help the individual reader work towards healing and speak life to situations they feel hopeless. The book provides hope for the hopeless, joy for the joyless, and strength for those that need encouragement. It empowers the reader to progressively make changes in their personal life and begin living a God balanced life.

Get your copy today:  Deputy for Christ: A Working Journal & Guide for Spiritual Warfare by Andrea M. Davis Link: https://amzn.com/B01IUECUJ6

5 Star Amazon Review 5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, ” Deputy For Christ”,
This review is from: Deputy for Christ: A Working Journal & Guide for Spiritual Warfare & Awareness (Paperback)
Absolutely loved it. A must read!! It will give you joy in your heart. It’s powerful, inspirational and motivational. You will not want to put it down. If you are not sure how to pray this journal will guide you on how to pray in different situations. If you are not sure on why you should pray this journal will validate the reasons why you should. Don’t wait another minute. Make your purchase today. I promise you will not regret it. Begin your healing process now…..

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Andrea M Davis CS FAB Book Banner NWLet’s Get Social! Connect with Bestselling Author Andrea M. Davis, MSW, PsyD (abd) online at:

Follow me on Facebook: Andrea M. Davis, MSW, PsyD (abd)

Bestselling Author | Minister | Empowerment Coach | Social Worker |

Certified Life Coach | Psyd Candidate | Clinical Therapist

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Monie32  (fan page)

Hash-Tag: #DeputyForChrist

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monie75/?hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-davis-msw-psyd-c-6778aa8a

Email: LMEM-LLC@outlook.com

Book Launch: http://bit.ly/andreadavis

Get your Kindle Copy Autograph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/AndreaMDavis3

For Bookings/Press Please Contact:

LáTanyha Boyd, Rock Your Book-Faith Abeliever Publicist-PR FAB Marketing/Branding-faithinorder@yahoo.com @RockYourBook1-@LaTBoyd1

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#RockYourBook Pick On National Book Lovers Day! New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby

kimberla lawson roby nwOn National Book Lovers Day, wanted to share with our ‪#‎RockYourBook‬ community one of my favorite Authors Kimberla Lawson Roby, who I had the pleasure of interviewing in 2013. New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby 2013 Winner NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction has published 24 novels!

Kimberla Lawson Roby, has inspired me to stay true to your passion and dream as a writer. Stepping out in Faith “You have to believe in God believe in yourself, believe in whatever it is that you’re trying to accomplish”  

Listen to the interview with Kimberla Lawson Roby

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Kimberla’s Latest Novel!

Two years ago, to everyone’s surprise, Dillon Whitfield Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room. Today he’s pastor of a 1000-plus-member congregation, and new members are joining weekly. Sadly, behind closed doors, Dillon is far from being a saint. Dillon has become more like the man his father was thirty years ago–consumed with money, power and lots of women. His family may have forgiven him, but they continue to keep their distance.

Not Alicia, though. This daughter of Curtis Black joins Dillon’s congregation, leaving her father’s church behind. The family has forgiven Alicia for marrying Levi Cunningham, the former drug dealer she had an affair with, however, once Alicia realizes they will never fully accept Levi, she decides to see her family less and less.

But when Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don’t see coming. In the end, no one will be able to trust anyone…and for very good reason.

ORDER KIMBERLA’S NEXT NOVEL TODAY!

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


6402749_origMissionary| Empowerment Coach| Inspirational Speaker| International Radio Host| Blogger| Book Marketing Branding Expert| Founder of Rock Your Book| Bestselling Author Lá Tanyha Boyd, is living her dream and walking in her calling to empower, and inspire others in“Living in the Now;” the abundant life. Author Lá Tanyha, has traveled around the world via the airwaves as an Inspirational Speaker delivering messages to jump-start your day and vision, all the while infused with Faith, Hope, & Determination leaving you with a mindset of I CAN DO THIS! Challenging others to Take Action to go higher in their careers, fulfill their goals and walk in their purpose. Là Tanyha Boyd, Author of Spiritual Food for Thought: 31 Inspirational Quotes to Jump-Start Your Day and effective audio teaching shares powerful tools and strategies to Jump Start Your Day in lighten that “Mental Load-of Stinkin-Thinking” that has kept you bound.–Visit her Jump Start Your Day Inspirational messages at: www.latboyd.com

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The Woman Behind The Biz!

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I’m that woman behind the Biz of Rock Your Book

Book Marketing/Branding Expert Founder of #RockYourBook-Lá Tanyha Boyd is that business woman who is always on the go – and finds that having a few simple yet stylish pieces in her wardrobe is essential.

I coach my clients on the importance of Brand image and how people do eat with their eyes.

Head Wrap Scarf   (similar)

Jewelry (similar)

Casual Tee

So what do you think, ladies can you Rock This?

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#NailGlam Color of the week Nail Polish- Emerald Empowered 

Healthy strong nails -Homemade Nail Recipes

Ingredients:

3-5 drops Lavender essential oils

1 tablespoon hemp seed oil

Mix ingredients in a small bowl-soak nails for 10-15 minutes rinse well

Not only will your hands and nails feel good but its such an amazing aroma therapy.

 

Jump-Start Your Day Message: 

#JSYD Letting you in on my personal Jump Start Your Day message of Self-Affirmation: I’m Empowered to Make a Difference | My beauty comes from within and shines outwardly | I am fearfully and wonderfully made-Embrace the skin your in; | Continue to walk in your greatness for their is greatness within you | Love who you are and who’s you are Smile for it is infectious

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


6402749_origMissionary| Empowerment Coach| Inspirational Speaker| International Radio Host| Blogger| Book Marketing Branding Expert| Founder of Rock Your Book| Bestselling Author Lá Tanyha Boyd, is living her dream and walking in her calling to empower, and inspire others in“Living in the Now;” the abundant life. Author Lá Tanyha, has traveled around the world via the airwaves as an Inspirational Speaker delivering messages to jump-start your day and vision, all the while infused with Faith, Hope, & Determination leaving you with a mindset of I CAN DO THIS! Challenging others to Take Action to go higher in their careers, fulfill their goals and walk in their purpose. Là Tanyha Boyd, Author of Spiritual Food for Thought: 31 Inspirational Quotes to Jump-Start Your Day and effective audio teaching shares powerful tools and strategies to Jump Start Your Day in lighten that “Mental Load-of Stinkin-Thinking” that has kept you bound.–Visit her Jump Start Your Day Inspirational messages at: www.latboyd.com

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#RockYourBook New Release ‘Silhouette of Her: Naked & Unashamed: A Poetic Journey of Faith’ by Bestselling Author Richale R. Reed

Richale R Reed HS PRESSABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bestselling Author | Motivational Speaker| Trainer | Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor | Addiction Counselor

Richale, is a motivational speaker who happens to also be both a Board Certified licensed professional counselor and addictions counselor. Richale currently serves as the therapist for Monarch’s residential FBC/NMHD facility in Lumberton, NC where she loves what she “gets to do” every day to change lives.

It was partially due to her own past traumas that she became a therapist with a genuine love for people and crisis work. Her specialty is moving people from a place of stagnation to change! Her ability to relate amplifies her ability to “hold a room” as one of her corporate clients testified, regardless of the reason that she was given the mic. She has trained mental health and substance abuse professionals for agencies such as Addictions Professionals of North Carolina. She also has a passion for working with churches to understand the benefits of having counselors work with their congregations. Richale can be found giving motivational and inspirational information in the form of blogs and videos on her website, http://www.RichaleReed.com , on YouTube, and on Facebook search “Richale Reed Motivational Speaker” to connect. She is available for professional and motivational speaking services to businesses and churches, trainings for professionals and laypersons, and she specializes in customizing events and topics to make your event special. A poet and author, she is available to “spit” at your next poetry slam too!

In her spare time she loves spending time with God through spiritual practices, loves her time with family traveling, has always loved the experience of good food, and as an avid music lover, she has a special affinity for outdoor concerts.

Richale, tell us about your book?

Silhouette of Her: Naked and Unashamed is a poetic memoir of parts of my life that was actually written in the early 2000’s and compiled in 2005 but not released. It speaks of my journey and is relatable because it is also the journey of many women who have struggled to live in this world full of harsh judgments, criticisms, and expectations. These are women who still have the capacity for self-love and love for others.  I believe my book is unique in how it goes about telling my story, our stories.  It’s a must read whether you hate, like, or love poetry because it is more than poetry. It’s an opportunity for each reader to move from a place of stagnation to transformation and eventually have the powerful experience of witnessing their very own transformation.

How did you come up with idea for this book?

It was organic. I was a student at a predominantly Caucasian college and my professor would constantly insist that my interpretation of poetry was incorrect. Life was happening at the same time and I was inspired to process my life through poetry as a way of coping. I found it to be very helpful and because I love to help others, the idea to share what had helped me was a natural one.

What makes your book different from other poetry books?

My book is different from other poetry book because each poem is offset by a life’s lesson which is essentially an inside look at what was going on in my life at the time the poem was written and what I learned from it. I believe, there is no other book on the market like it!! So even if you don’t like poetry, you will love the experience you’ll have in my book. And yet there is a NEXT LEVEL. Think about it, how many poets are also therapists, who can help uncover themes found in the poems first then in the lives of the readers?  That is how I extend myself outside of the book. As a part of my BOOK TOUR, I am launching the Silhouette of Her: Naked and Unashamed BOOK CLUB all over to take the discussion to a deeper level and bring about transformation.  It’s going to be a wonderful experience that your organization can host.  I will make a personal appearance, sign books and tee shirts, and lead the book club experience.  How does that work?  Your institution (business, college, school, sorority, and other women’s group) or faith based organization (women’s fellowships, workshops, conferences etc.) orders a minimum bulk order of the book or the book and tees by contacting me on my website www.richalereed.com . Your newly formed SOH book club creates your meeting schedule (weekly [recommended], bi-weekly, or monthly). Then you contact me on www.richalereed.com to book me for a one or 2 day book club experience. It’s that easy.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?

Overall it was an easy process because its origin wasn’t to write a book. It was my process for coping with my thoughts and feelings about life at the time. Interestingly enough, the most challenging aspect of the book is getting the word out through social media. I have resurrected Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to make sure I get the word out. My husband has worked tirelessly on my website to make sure my followers have a pleasant experience so be sure to stop by RichaleReed.com, sign up for updates and inspirational messages and videos and you can connect to me from there on all my social media sites.

Why do you write?

I write as a form of therapy many times and other times to learn, to plan, and to remember where God has brought me from. I also write to encourage others.

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

Interesting question because this book is full of valuable lessons that I learned.  What’s unique is how I share them; a juxtaposition of poetry and life’s lessons. First you have a poem and next you have the lesson along with some encouragement for your journey. I want them to learn their responsibility in the process of transformation so that they can achieve it.

What’s next for you?

Well after the book tour is the book club which is geared towards women but I am open to a men’s group or mixed group. My husband and father didn’t read the book until the proof was delivered. They both can attest to the idea that this book is for everyone, including men because we are all relational. I will facilitate the first one at a church in Fayetteville in September. That is going to be so much fun because I love connecting with people. I am even more excited about the next phase of the writing process. I plan to follow this book up with a journal and another surprise that will help take this experience to the next level for each reader.

Who are your favorite authors?

I don’t have a favorite but I do have an appreciation for Maya Angelou and not just because I celebrated my gradation from Salem College at her house. It was mind boggling. Oprah was our commencement speaker and I was excited about going to Maya’s house to celebrate with my friend and her niece Rosa. I was too excited to meet Oprah. I believed that I was going to have a television show just like her and I did! I am naturally blessed with the gift of gab but when I met Oprah and Gail at the bar serving drinks, I could not talk. I “fanned out” as Wendy Williams would say.

What book(s) are you reading now?

The Spirit of Python by Jentenzen Franklin and The Shadow Effect: Illuminating The Hidden Power by Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford, and Deepa Chopra, Conquering an Enemy Called Average by John Mason, and Let Nothing Disturb You by Teresa of Avila.

What books have most influenced your life?

Wheat Belly Total Health by Dr. Davis. (Weight loss/nutrition)…Body Image is a topic mentioned in the book as being a food addict has had a major impact on my life as food addiction is another part of my story.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

That would have to be William Blake as I was inspired by his poetry and the idea that we should write not for eloquence of speech but to get a message to all people!

Any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Just write, write and write some more!  Write about what inspires you and do it in LOVE because anything outside of LOVE is outside of God. Regardless of your faith, we all need and want to be loved. LOVE will draw people to you and your message. Lastly, realize that a great responsibility comes with the gift use it to uplift and bring people together and it will serve you well.

silhoute of herABOUT THE BOOK

A revealing and inspirational journey of a young Christian woman’s struggle through a life filled with setbacks and set-ups through negative societal messages and traumatic experiences and how she overcame through her faith. Her story unfolds using a juxtaposition of poetry followed by deeply personal messages to her readers. Richale shares it all, from the degradation of being dismissed with the words, “You can go now,” after an uneventful “bootie call” to the liberation of discovering her voice through it all. Carefully crafted, she hopes each page will inspire you to embrace who you are through faith; in essence, joining her in becoming that Silhouette of Her: Naked and Unashamed.

Get your copy today:  Silhouette of Her: Naked & Unashamed: A Poetic Journey of Faith by Richale R. Reed  Link: https://amzn.com/B01J8RBPPO

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Since  May 2016, I’ve been working on a series of watercolor portraits. They are nine 22.5 x 30 inch works on watercolor paper. In Phase 1 I created preliminary drawings of people I know. For Phase 2  the drawings were brought to…

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#RockYourBook ‘Turned Upside Down: My Testimony of Transformation,’ by Bertha St. John

Bertha St John useABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author | Licensed Minister | Educator | Consultant | Entrepreneur

Bertha L. St. John is an educator, consultant, and business owner. She is also a licensed minister, intercessor, and kindergarten teacher at Word of Restoration International Church under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Charles Perry, Jr. and First Lady Charlotte Perry. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Houston.

Bertha, tell us about your book? 

The book, “Turned Upside Down”, My Testimony of Transformation, reveals how a painful incident caused a little girl in a segregated rural Texas town to become angry, fearful and defeated.  These feelings remained hidden within her heart and accompanied her into young adult life.  Something happened in her life that caused a change.    She began to see herself differently.  She went from being a victim to victorious, fearful to faithful, ugly to beautiful and from defeated to victorious.  Her life was transformed.

How did you come up with idea for this book?

The title “Turned Upside Down”, My Testimony of Transformation was derived from an experience that occurred at a prayer conference in 1990 given by Bishop Dorothy Washington at the Hilton Hotel in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Jean Perez, the guest speaker, ministered on the theme: A Transformed Life.   After speaking, she began prophesying to people in the room.  While looking at me, she pointed her finger at me while stating, “God is going to turn your life upside down and it will never be the same again.  He has called you into the ministry” .

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?

The most difficult aspect of writing this book was to re-write it.  My editor, Sherena Ward had me to read, Maya Angelou’s book: “I know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.  After reading the story, we discussed the book at length.  I had to go back to the drawing board and write to a specific audience of people while being as descriptive as possible.

Why do you write?

I write because, I feel more confident when putting words on paper.  The words tend to flow easily.

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

Seven valuable lessons that I want readers to learn from the book, “ Turned Upside Down”, My Testimony of Transformation are as follows:

  1. God has a plan for your life
  2. Promotions comes from God
  3. Begin each day with prayer
  4. Have faith in God
  5. The gateway to freedom is forgiveness
  6. Don’t quit
  7. Salvation has benefits

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are:

  1. (late) Dr. Myles Monroe-“Pursuit of Purpose”
  2. Stormie O Martian- “The Power of a Praying Wife
  3. Sarah Morgan- “You Shall Decree A Thing”
  4. Cindy Trimm- “Commanding Your Morning”
  5. Joel Osteen- “ Become a Better You”

What book(s) are you reading now?

Presently, I am reading, “How to Relate to Your Pastor”.  I am a member of   the Word of Restoration International Church, located in Rosharon, Texas, under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Charles Perry, Jr. and First Lady Charlotte Perry.  As members, my husband and I have submitted ourselves to our pastor as our shepherd.  Our desire is to serve help our pastor by serving the members.

What books have most influenced your life?

The books that most impacted my life are:

  • The Pursuit of Purpose- Dr. Myles Monroe
  • The Power of a Praying Wife-Stormie O Martin
  • You Shall Decree A Thing- Dr. Sarah Morgan
  • Commanding Your Morning- Dr. Cindy Trimm
  • Lord Change Me- Evelyn Christenson
  • Become A Better You- Joel Osteen

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

If I had to choose a writer as a mentor I would choose Dr. Cindy Trimm.  The reason why I selected her is because she knows how to challenge a person to speak the word.  In addition, her life is built on prayer.

Any advice to give to aspiring writers?

The advice that I would give an aspiring writer is the advice my Pastor Dr. Charles Perry Jr. gave us in one of the Lessons related to the Enemies of Faithful Expectancy:

“We come into the world looking like our parents but we leave here looking like our decisions.“

Where you are now is based on decisions that you have made in the past.  Change begins the minute you decide to launch out using your writing abilities to enhance others along the journey of life.  Begin now to speak words of life into your readers.  According to Isaiah 55:11 in the God’s Word Translation,  “ My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow.  It will not come back to me without results.  It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do.”

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Have you ever wanted your life to change?

Turned Upside Down reveals how a painful incident caused a little girl in segregated rural Texas to feel angry, fearful, ugly, and defeated. As a young woman, these hidden feelings still haunted her and would have kept her in bondage. But, by encountering God like never before, she moved from victim to victorious, from fearful to faithful, from ugly to beautiful, and from defeated to triumphant. Her life was completely transformed and would never be the same again.

In her first book, Bertha St. John shares her journey to encourage others to break though the physical and emotional bondage of poverty, prejudice, poor self-esteem, and molestation. Walk with her as she reveals how God transformed her life and wants to do the same for you.

Get your copy today:  Turned Upside Down: My Testimony of Transformation
by Bertha L. St. John Link: https://amzn.com/B01F6FOPX6

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#NailGlam 3 Tips for Beautiful Nails

7#NailGlam Color of the week ‘Ultra Violet Femme’

 

Did you know that your nails need special care

NAIL TIP #1 Limit your use of nail polish remover.

When using nail polish remover, opt for an acetone-free formula.

NAIL TIP #2 Don’t cut or manipulate cuticles.

Whether you have your nails professionally groomed or do them yourself, the No. 1 recommendation is leave your cuticles alone, says Dana Stern, MD, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

NAIL TIP #3 Apply a protective layer.

Applying a nail hardener might help strengthen nails.

 

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6402749_origMissionary| Empowerment Coach| Inspirational Speaker| International Radio Host| Bestselling Author Lá Tanyha Boyd, is living her dream and walking in her calling to empower, and inspire others in“Living in the Now;” the abundant life. Author Lá Tanyha, has traveled around the world via the airwaves as an Inspirational Speaker delivering messages to jump-start your day and vision, all the while infused with Faith, Hope, & Determination leaving you with a mindset of I CAN DO THIS! Challenging others to Take Action to go higher in their careers, fulfill their goals and walk in their purpose. Là Tanyha Boyd, Author of Spiritual Food for Thought: 31 Inspirational Quotes to Jump-Start Your Day and effective audio teaching shares powerful tools and strategies to Jump Start Your Day in lighten that “Mental Load-of Stinkin-Thinking” that has kept you bound.–Visit her Jump Start Your Day Inspirational messages at: www.latboyd.com

 

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