Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Read an Excerpt of I Am Not Brad Pitt and Other Stories by Ross Dreiblatt

  

I AM NOT BRAD PITT is the first of three riotously absurd tales in Ross Dreiblatt’s debut short-story collection sending up America’s sometimes-fatal celebrity obsessions..



By Ross Dreiblatt

I Am Not Brad Pitt and Other Stories, Literary Fiction/Humor/Satire, Stone Tiger Books, 391 pp.





I AM NOT BRAD PITT is the first of three riotously absurd tales in Ross Dreiblatt’s debut short-story collection sending up America’s sometimes-fatal celebrity obsessions.

“I Am Not Brad Pitt” opens in a prison cell in which Mr. Pitt’s clone-like doppelganger, Tobey Crawford, remorsefully recounts the sequence of unlikely events that resulted in his wrongful conviction for murder.

The second story, “Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself,” considers the possibility that Keith Richards (along with, for good measure, Dolly Parton) is, indeed, a vampire. Nobel-Prize laureate Bob Dylan, the story’s vampire-killer, is equipped with more than just a harmonica and tambourine.

The final work in the collection, “Keeping Compliant With The Kardashians,” examines whether Kardashian family members are, in fact, aliens from another galaxy and what precisely is their interest on Earth.

Each of the stories are told with engaging humor, and each pokes fun more at American culture than they do, generally, of the celebrities themselves.

“Ross’s stories stay with you long after you’ve read them. The main characters have a relatable humanity that pull the reader in as they face an array of absurd situations. Every story is a guaranteed good time.” – Pat Griffith, author of THE DPA TRILOGY

Book Information

Release Date: November 14, 2021

Publisher:  Stone Tiger Books

Soft Cover: ISBN:  978-1735667683; 391 pages; $11.00; E-Book, $2.99; Kindle Unlimited, FREE

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59610948-i-am-not-brad-pitt-and-other-stories

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mBsxgF

You can also purchase book at the author’s website at www.RossDreiblatt.com.





Even though I was not actually guilty, I know many of you think that I got what I deserved. You probably think people like me get by on their looks and coast through life without breaking a sweat. Well, in my case, coast through someone else’s life. I know for a fact, from the “fan mail” I get here, that there are lots of you out there who think I’m just a crazy man spinning a conspiracy theory. I’m used to that kind of judgment; it doesn’t bother me. I don’t need to defend myself from that. I will tell you all right now, I am not,nor have I ever been, a religious man, but I will confess my sins today. I am guilty of many, many sins.

But none of those sins is murder. That one belongs to my lookalike buddy, Brad Pitt.

To set the record straight, it took me a while to see my resemblance to Brad. I mean, I never thought I was that good-looking. I was a geeky kid—glasses, acne, bad haircuts, debate club, math nerd. And the fatal blow? I was a big kid. About eighty pounds overweight, just five pounds shy of being officially obese. I was ground zero for awkward. Deathblows for any teenager trying to make friends and learn social skills, so I retreated inward. Friends? I had a few loyal friends who were fellow dorks, but mostly TV and movies were my friends. I was also fascinated by data, by numbers.

I’m not telling you all this to get sympathy. Yes, I was a sad case growing up, but this is who I am. I am not a monster; I evolved into Brad. There was no plastic surgery involved, either. This is all me.










Ross Dreiblatt
 is an author who was born and grew up in New York. His father was a truck driver and his mom was a retail manager. He attended Hofstra University and moved to Los Angeles where he attended Cal State Northridge. While in Los Angeles, he studied under John Rechy’s master writing workshop at UCLA.

He has worked in the corporate offices of major retailers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Florida toiling on spreadsheets by day, and the imaginary lives of celebrity monsters by night.

He loves to travel and will get on a plane going anywhere, as long as it eventually lands safely. Despite the dour photo, he is kind of a happy guy.

He currently lives in South Florida.

His latest book is the literary fiction / humor / satire novel, I AM NOT BRAD PITT AND OTHER STORIES.

You can visit his website at www.RossDreiblatt.com or connect with him on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.







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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

đź“–Authors To Watch: Robert Charles Lee Author of Through Dangerous Doors #authorstowatch #interview #PUYB

 



Robert Charles Lee
 is a retired risk scientist with over twenty-five years of academic and applied risk analysis, decision analysis, and risk management experience in a wide variety of contexts. He has authored over one hundred peer-reviewed scientific works, as well as over one hundred technical reports for industry and government agencies. Prior to the professional risk work he worked in laboratories a bit, but otherwise was a manual laborer until he reckoned that he could use his brain for a living.

Robert has a BS in Botany, a BS in Science Education, an MS in Environmental Health, and a Certificate in Integrated Business Administration. He is ABD (all but dissertation) in a Toxicology PhD program. He is an ordained Minister and has an honorary Doctorate of Metaphysics from the Universal Life Church and is a Member of the Nova Scotia L’Ordre du Bon Temps, or Order of the Good Time.

He was born in North Carolina and lived there for over twenty years, but has since lived in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Alberta. He was also homeless for a time while a laborer in the Western United States. He currently resides in Colorado.

Robert and his wife Linda have climbed hundreds of technical and non-technical mountain, rock, ice, and canyon routes, hiked thousands of miles in several countries, and skied many miles of vertical feet at resorts and in the backcountry.

Robert is an avid amateur photographer, largely of outdoor subjects. He is a musician who plays hand, stick, and mallet percussion, and who can sing, but rarely does for unclear reasons. He is an amateur sound engineer and producer and has recorded more than a thousand written and improvisational instrumental pieces with other musicians to date. He was trying to learn to relax in retirement, but then he discovered non-technical writing. He has written a memoir and a poetry collection and is working on short stories.

Through Dangerous Doors is his latest book.

Visit his website at https://robertcharleslee.com or follow him on Goodreads.





In a life defined by risk, Robert Charles Lee experiences a poor and free-ranging childhood in the racist South of the 1960s. After his father dies, the family grows dysfunctional. As a result, teen-age Robert seeks sanity and solace by rock climbing solo and driving cars fast. He wins a scholarship and graduates from university, but still seeks to escape the South.

Moving to Alaska and the Western US, Robert works in a series of dangerous and brutal jobs. He meets and marries Linda, who enjoys climbing and skiing difficult mountains as much as he does. Simultaneously, Robert trains in the science of risk to become a respected professional risk scientist.

Robert shares his remarkable story as he guides the reader through a series of dangerous but rewarding doors, culminating in a vivid journey of adventure and risk.


Welcome to My Bookish Pleasures. We would love to get to know you and your book! When did you begin writing?

Assuming early school essays and such don’t count, I started writing scientific articles and reports in graduate school. After I started technical mountain climbing in my 30s, I wrote a few trip accounts for friends and family, but I didn’t put a lot of effort into this, and never sought to publish them. An exception was an article about a climbing trip my wife and I made to Scotland. It was a particularly entertaining story because the conditions were absolutely miserable, but we made the best of it. A climbing magazine published it, but unfortunately the editor snipped out much of the humor, which was disappointing. My memoir Through Dangerous Doors is my first major popular publication.

Describe your writing process. When and where do you write?

I’m retired from work, so I can write pretty much any time I feel like it. However, I’d say my most productive writing is in the morning. I have a home office, so I write there. I share this with my wife, who often works from home given the COVID-19 pandemic. I bought some noise cancelling headphones for times when she’s Zooming or on the phone.

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

Through Dangerous Doors is a memoir covering six decades of a life full of both involuntary and voluntary risks.

I experienced a poor and free-ranging childhood in the racist South of the early 1960s. My father died when I was eight, and my family grew dysfunctional. As a result, I sought sanity and solace through activities such as rock climbing solo and driving muscle cars. I graduated from university, but I sought to escape the South

Moving to Alaska and the Western US, I worked in a series of dangerous and brutal jobs. I discovered mountaineering. I then met and married my wife Linda, who became my main partner in climbing and skiing difficult mountains. Simultaneously, I trained in the science of risk, and became a respected professional risk scientist.

The memoir is structured as a series of dangerous but rewarding doors, all leading to a lifetime journey of adventure and risk.

 

How did you get the idea for the book?

I happened to read a couple of memoirs in succession, shortly before I retired from my career. I don’t read much nonfiction aside from articles on the Web, so this was unusual. One was Westover’s excellent memoir “Educated.” Although her childhood was weirder than mine in several ways, it made me ponder the risks associated with a poor and suboptimal upbringing, as well as the positive effect of education. I won’t name the other memoir (you never know who might review your book), because I thought it was way too long, dreadfully boring, and unworthy of the acclaim and prizes it received. It did, however, make me consider that perhaps I could do better. This book also emphasized the value of good editors, which apparently the author lacked. If nothing else, my book is tight, in large part due to a good editor.

Another influence was associated with retirement. I was asked to give a short talk on risk and how it has affected my life during my final corporate meeting. As I considered what I would say, I realized I’m one of the few risk scientists I know who has experienced a personally risky life. So, I thought a memoir focused on risk, from the perspective of somebody who has both studied and ‘lived’ risk, would be interesting to readers. It’s probably been a shock to some of my work and academic colleagues, and I would have been reluctant to publish it while I was still working (I wouldn’t have had the time to write it, regardless). Although most of my colleagues knew I was a mountain climber, they didn’t know about my risky early years. However, I’ve received positive feedback from many.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?

I didn’t anticipate the large amount of work involved with editing. I wrote the first rough draft in in a couple of weeks. It took a year to edit it, with an excellent lead editor guiding me. Part of this challenge involved the pandemic (talk about risk!), which slowed and continues to slow many aspects of life.

By the way, I mention the COVID-19 pandemic in the book’s Coda as an example of the large-scale risks our society faces, and the need to think rationally about risk. The editor questioned this, as in the early days it was unclear how bad the pandemic would get, how long it would last, and so on. It turned out to be much more severe than I and most scientists anticipated, partially due to behavioral and societal reasons. It’s one of the greatest failures of risk management in recent history. I’m glad I retained the statement in my book.

Do you find it easier to write nonfiction?

I found it easy to write a memoir, because it’s all about me! I had previously written a large number of scientific articles and reports during my career, which was great training for relating ideas in a clear and concise fashion. This wasn’t what most people would consider to be “popular” literature, however. I was unaccustomed to popular prose, but my editors helped with this. I think writing a popular nonfiction book about science, or history, or any other subject would involve a huge amount of research. I’m therefore unlikely to do this, as it’s too much like work. In contrast, see below.

Do you have plans to write fiction?

I’ve written a poetry collection and a short story collection. I self-published the poetry collection, because as far as I can tell there are no rational rules or processes for getting poetry published, or for that matter what even constitutes good poetry at a particular time in our history. It’s almost worse than music in this respect. I think my poems are good, but I have no idea whether anybody else thinks so. I just wanted to get them in a permanent format.

I’m exploring different publication avenues for the short stories. I hired a couple of different editors to critique the stories, and they gave me completely different feedback, so this was of limited value. However, one editor mentioned that one story in particular could easily be expanded into a series or novel. I’m thinking about it.

Getting back to the previous question, I found it quite easy to write the poems and stories. They just sort of popped in my head, and I wrote them down. In fiction, the writer can create their own worlds. Whether their stories are good or not is a different question.

What projects are you currently working on?

I recently moved from New Mexico to Colorado, during a pandemic and a crazy housing market, so this has taken up a lot of my time. I also want to get back to playing music, which has been on hold due to the move and the pandemic. However, I would like to publish any or all of the short stories, so I need to start investigating this. I would also like to record an audio version of the memoir, but this is a long and arduous process.

What advice would you offer to new or aspiring nonfiction authors?

Write what you know, or can reasonably research, and expect a final manuscript draft to take a lot longer than you would think. I highly suggest hiring at least one editor to critique the manuscript before trying to submit it. Your friends and family can review it, but they are less likely to critique it thoroughly and fairly, compared to a paid professional. 

Publication is a lot of work. Traditional publishing is difficult to break into these days. It’s easy to self-publish, but it’s expensive if you hire good editors, proofreaders, and so on (and if you aren’t willing to spend this money, you will have problems). You will also have to market yourself. Some publishers are moving toward a hybrid model in which the author pays an upfront fee and has access to professional editorial and marketing staff. This is the model I chose, and it has worked out well for me.





Monday, February 14, 2022

đź“–Authors To Watch: Nicholas Garnett Author of In the Pink @writestuffnick #authorstowatch #interview #PUYB

 

 



Nicholas Garnett
 received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. He has taught creative writing at FIU, the Miami Book Fair, and Writing Class Radio. Garnett is also a freelance editor and co-producer of the Miami-based live storytelling series, Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud. He is a recipient of residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and fellowships to the Norman Mailer Art Colony and Writers in Paradise. His writing has appeared, among other places, in Salon.comTruehumor.com, Sundress Publication’s “Best of the Net” and Cleis Press’s Best Sex Writing.

His memoir, In the Pink, is forthcoming from MidTown Publishing in January 2022.

You can visit his website at www.nicholasgarnett.com or connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.




Washed out of another corporate job, scraping by playing drums in a wedding band, delivering roses in a tuxedo. This was Nicholas Garnett’s version of the go-go 90s. Then, beautiful, worldly, Rachael turns his


world upside down, introducing him to her gay friends who occupy the upper crust of the burgeoning gay circuit party scene. Nick and Rachael marry. They become known as the hot straight couple that party hardy with the boys in all he right places—until their friends self-destruct, Rachael burrows into addiction, the marriage implodes, and Nick is out on the street again. Follow his harrowing journey as he struggles to find his way in a life that’s been buried beneath a lifestyle.

“In the Pink is a the story of a singular life, told coolly and cleanly, with admirable introspection. If I felt, at times, that Nicholas Garnett occupied an alternative universe — well, he did and I am glad that he decided to chronicle it with a refreshing lack of judgment for his fellow travelers — and himself.“—Laura Lippmanauthor of DREAM GIRL, LADY IN THE LAKE, and the Tess Monaghan series.

“By turns outrageous, hilarious, and truly moving, this unflinching chronicle of a profoundly mismatched straight couple’s foray into the gay party and power circuit sets a new standard for the tale of wretched excess, and provides much-needed perspective along the way.  Nicholas Garnett has–no lie–produced a book like none other.”Les StandifordNew York Times bestselling author of LAST TRAIN TO PARADISE and BRINGING ADAM HOME.

“I’ve just finished reading Nicholas Garnett’s electrifying memoir In the Pink, and now I need to catch my breath and recover. And then I’m going to read it again. Here is a gritty and lyrical portrait of what it’s like living life way out there on the edge, spinning out of control, and staring into the abyss. Astonishing and slightly terrifying.”John Dufresneauthor of LOUISIANA POWER & LIGHT and REQUIEM, MASS.

“Fasten your seat belts and take this ride through the A-list, drug-fueled, sex-centric circuit party scene of the 1990’s with Nicholas Garnett. Like Bill Clegg’s memoir PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN and David Carr’s NIGHT OF THE GUN, In the Pink will terrify, startle, and ultimately make you sigh with relief over Garnett’s unflinching look at this world and his place in it.”Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author of COMFORT: A JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF and THE KNITTING CIRCLE.

“In the Pink might read like one man’s heady quest to become the gayest straight man in America. But look deeper and it’s your story, what you’ve done to hang on to love, to live beyond labels while searching for your own, to find yourself after decades of getting so lost. Do yourself a favor: buy this book. Read it now.”Anjanette Delgadoauthor of THE CLAIRVOYANT OF CALLE OCHO.

Book Information

Release Date: October 18, 2021

Publisher:  MidTown Publishing

Soft Cover: ISBN:  978-1626770331; 276 pages; $22.99

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3zxQhYb 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3q0YDV0




Q: What was it about the world of In the Pink that attracted you?

Many of my mother’s closest friends were gay men, so I was used to being in their company. But there was more to it than that. The writer Robert Olen Butler, who’s been teaching creative writing at Florida State University for forever, claims that the fundamental element of good storytelling depends on what he calls the Unified Theory of Yearning. By yearning, he means the kind of desire that goes way beyond wanting. I can want money, sex, or a prestigious job, but yearning is what drives that desire. Butler claims, and I agree, that the most universal yearning is to find our place in the world, a place where we belong and feel accepted—where we can finally answer the question: WHO AM I? It’s what’s behind all kinds of “identity” movements of race, and gender, and religion. I think that yearning was what created and drove the circuit scene. I believe it was Butler’s kind of yearning, to find my place in the world, that attracted me to Rachael and her friends and her world.

Q: Did you ever question your sexuality?

If by question, you mean did I ever wonder if I was gay, the answer is no. I am what I call “hard-wired straight,” which is why I don’t buy the notion that homosexuality is a choice. If it were, I probably would have made it. I suffered from a serious case of what I call g’envy—gay envy. Our friends were so successful and confident, I admired them, wanted what they had. Oddly enough, if I had been conflicted about my sexual preference, I don’t think I could ever have become so immersed or accepted in that scene. Of course, being married to Rachael was a big part of it. People got it—I was the married straight guy that fit in with the boys. It was a totally different story after she and I split. The few times I tried going out with my gay friends I would get hit on by men who assumed I was gay, or wouldn’t believe I was straight, or thought I was in the process of coming out. It was messy and no fun at all.

Q: What was the most difficult part of writing In the Pink?

I began writing the story many years ago as a chronicle of what I always knew was an unusual situation, a straight guy immersed in a gay world. I was pretty good at writing vivid description. I could take a reader to the moment, the sights, and sounds. What I couldn’t do is convert an unusual situation into a story. What I mean by that is I didn’t know how to answer the question: so, what? What did that experience show me, teach me? There was only one way to answer that question. Give it time. Only with time and distance could I begin to make sense of the story, which I came to see as a search for acceptance and belonging. Gradually, I began to add more reflection to the writing as I whittled away at the parts of the story that, as entertaining as they were, didn’t contribute to what I was trying to convey. The story became my MFA thesis and had a couple of literary agents interested enough to shop it around. It turns out that what was unique about the story—straight guy/gay world—made it difficult to place in a niche. After many rejections, I moved on, wrote a novel, and came to terms with the fact that In the Pink was never going to see the light of day. Then, a faculty member at my alma mater took an interest, made some suggestions, and placed the manuscript in the hands of someone who got it and published it.  I’ve just compressed more than 15 years of some ups and many downs into a paragraph. If there’s a message, I suppose it’s you just never know—which may be the stupidest message ever. 

Q: What do you want people will take from In the Pink?

One thing I’ve learned is that this story doesn’t lend itself to an elevator pitch. Tell someone that you’ve written a story about a straight guy immersed in the gay party scene, and they’ll assume that In the Pink is a coming-out story, or an addiction/recovery tale. The fact that it’s neither probably has something to do with how long it took to get published. I hope that readers will look past the spectacle and excess to see that, at its heart, In the Pink is a story about a guy trying to find out where he belongs. Of course, the ironic revelation is that the place he’s found is one in which he can’t ever belong. And that’s not because he’s sexually attracted to women. It’s because he wants membership to a club without paying his dues. All I saw were these fabulous people having the times of their lives. What I missed was the shame and guilt and anguish many of them had endured to get where they were. And then, stack AIDS on top of that. Looking back, it’s remarkable to me that people were so accepting.  If the situation were reversed, I’m not sure I would have been quite so welcoming.

Q: Do you miss being In the Pink? If so, what?

I suppose we all get nostalgic about certain times in our lives, when we were younger--and hotter!  In the book, I point out that it’s possible to mistake intensity for meaningfulness. Some of that life was chasing after bliss, which can be pretty damn elusive and transitory. But there is real meaning in friendship, and laughter, and celebration. There were times I would prefer to forget, but many others I will cherish. The silly and the sublime. Like the Sinatra songs says—"That’s Life.”






Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Read an Excerpt of Connecting With Christ: 52 Weekly Devotionals to Nurture Spiritual Growth by Yolonda Tonette Sanders

 


An encouraging and refreshing collection of weekly devotionals that readers will enjoy for many years to come…  



By Yolonda Tonette Sanders

CONNECTING WITH CHRIST: 52 WEEKLY DEVOTIONALS TO NURTURE SPIRITUAL GROWTH, Nonfiction/Spiritual, Yo Productions, 212 pp.



Self-care is a buzzword often mentioned when people seek to optimize their health. Suggested self-care practices tend to include activities such as exercising, getting a massage, or eating a healthy diet. While all of these actions have their place, none of them are sufficient enough to provide the soul-care we need to maximize our self-care. Self-care without soul-care equates to temporary solutions that leave us searching for the next new thing. However, when Christ becomes the center of our holistic health journey, we not only find fulfillment in Him but also a dependency on and trust in Him to truly live our best lives-emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

“If ever there has been a time in history when we need to connect with and cling to Christ, it is now. Loud divisive voices vie for our attention. World events distract. Personal challenges overwhelm. Staying connected to Christ takes effort, even for the most devoted believer. Connecting with Christ aids in fostering that connection. Yolonda Sanders chose contributors well, those who provide thoughtful, encouraging, helpful guidance in making connection to Christ a priority.”– Candy Arrington, author, Life on Pause: Learning to Wait Well

“Inspiration can wane when the winds of discouragement blow through our lives. Connecting with Christ offers 52 weeks of easy encouragement everyone can benefit from. Easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to apply to our wind-blown lives. Receiving inspiration from a variety of authors makes you feel like you’re family. Coming together to talk about life and how God’s truth plays an active part for all of us is priceless.”– Linda Goldfarb, Speaker-Trainer-Coach, Award-winning author of the LINKED Personality Series, helping you take your next best step- Relationally-Spiritually-Professionally (www.LivePowerfullyNow.org)

“Connecting with Christ is a unique, faith-filled, inspiring devotional designed to cultivate a thirst for the Word as you grow in your spiritual journey. You will feel the love of God and experience His goodness, grace, and faithfulness, which are woven throughout this work.”– La Verne Tolbert, Ph.D., author of How to Study and Understand the Bible (www.etaworld.org); Founder & CEO of Teaching Like Jesus Ministries, Inc. (http: //teachinglikejesus.org/); and host of Sunday School Made Simple (https: //www.youtube.com/c/SundaySchoolMadeSimple)

“Eternal, intrinsic, and unique, your soul is a touchpoint between you and God. A healthy soul is protection against agnosticism, hatred, prejudice, and superficial materialism. Yolonda Tonette Sanders and others provide a resource for the vital care and feeding of your soul and help you connect with the God who loves you.”– PeggySue Wells is the bestselling author of 29 books, including The Ten Best Decisions A Single Mom Can Make, and the founder of SingleMomCircle.com

Book Information

Release Date: November 30, 2021

Publisher:  Yo Productions

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1732850842; 212 pages; $14.99

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3FoBsZh

Barnes & Noblehttps://bit.ly/3I3410c

Walmart: https://bit.ly/3nk80xu





If you conduct an internet search for devotionals, I’m sure that you won’t find a shortage of materials. The challenge when constructing this project was creating something different  enough to draw others’ attention without requiring an enormous amount of time. The goal is not for anyone to spend an exorbitant amount of time with this devotional. As wonderful as this project is, nothing should replace the written Word of God contained in the Holy Bible. My prayer is that this work leads you to the Word and enhances your understanding of

Scripture.

Enclosed you will find 52 devotionals broken into 12 themes to correlate with the 12 months of the year. Although the devotionals are ordered, feel free to go through the themes in a manner that best suits your needs. There is only one devotional per week. Ideally, the hope is that you will read the devotional at the beginning of the week and meditate on the Scripture and overall message for the rest of the week. You are encouraged to read the entire passages of the Scriptures listed to see what the Lord may reveal to you outside of what is written in this book. There is a place for you to jot down your thoughts each week if you choose.

You will notice that this work contains no dates, only generic weekly references (e.g., week 1). This is so you can use the entire collection of devotionals for many years to come. You do not have to follow the order of the weeks or themes. Go through this book as the Lord best leads you. May you hear His voice loud and clear as you journey on this road called life.

Love and Blessings,

Yolonda Tonette Sanders







Yolonda Tonette Sanders
 is the CEO of Yo Productions, LLC and co-founder of the Faith & Fellowship Book Festival. Her writing portfolio includes academic papers, novels, short stories, poems, and other creative works. She is an editor for a national publication, a professor, and serves on several boards and associations. Yolonda holds two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in organizational leadership. She treasures her relationships with family and close friends. Yolonda is blessed to be the wife of David; mother of two adults, Tre and Tia; “Nini” to her grandchildren, Khari and Khia; daughter of Eddie; sister to Milton; and dog mom to Paco.

Her latest book is the nonfiction/inspirational Connecting with Christ: 52 Weekly Devotionals to Nurture Spiritual Growth (Yo Productions).

Visit her website at www.yoproductions.net or connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.










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