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Hustle and Soul Recap: I’m Back Bishes!!!

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“Can somebody please turn off the heat, because it’s flamming in this kitchen! If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!”  

Whew! The new season of Hustle and Soul is Flamming sky high and has officially broke the thermometer!  The Pink Tea Cup located in Brooklyn, New York is ran by Lawrence which is the Owner and CEO and it’s lovely staff, Ana, Thandi, the twins Dominic and Stefen, Sana and now the new bartender, Cola.  Besides the great food and hospitality, the drama is very public at the popular restaurant and everyone can feel the heat front and center.  It’s like sitting in the audience at the Jerry Springer show because you never know when a fight is about to break out.  But the drama has still rolled over to the new season and Lawrence has gotten himself into a bit of a love triangle I should say.  Okay so Ana is the “baby mama” of their son and has been together for about seven years.  Seven long years of staying together and not married. That’s the question I would like to know, “Why didn’t Lawrence pop the question since they already acting like husband and wife?”  The ladies must really love Lawrence because the now floor manager and once general manager has a thing for him and it’s more besides business.  Ana took her in when Thandi didn’t have anywhere else to stay and she was actually the one that brought her to the Pink Tea Cup to work!  Sounds like pure betrayal to me and now she’s after Lawrence for good.  I want to know why Lawrence couldn’t committ to Ana long enough so none of the nonsense didn’t have to happen.  

Like the saying goes, you can’t mix business and pleasure and that is exactly what Lawrence is doing.  He got these ladies all sprunged, especially Thandi.  I mean that’s Ana’s ex, but she is still the baby mama with more power.  Ana and Thandi never really got along for some reason at the Pink Tea cup because Thandi felt some type of way.  Maybe she wanted what Ana has, even Lawrence.  Last season when Candice (former bartender) was working there, her and Lawrence got into a huge arguement and Candice broke a lot of the glasses at the bar.  That was a very hard time for Lawrence and Thandi hung around claiming she would always be there for Lawrence.  He was crying and all and laid on Thandi’s chest for comfort.  I guess Thandi used that moment and ran with it because now she already done told Ana that her and Lawrence are a couple who apparently is sleeping together. Yes, he admitted that to Ana when he moved out of their place.  He really is in the dog house for sure and has dug a deeper hole for his grave.  Of course Ana did leave the Pink Tea Cup last season, but guess what?  She gave it some thought and is now back there and yes she took Thandi’s position as the General Manager; she took it back right from under her nose.  So now Thandi is back to being floor manager.  The expression on her face was PRICELESS! You sleeping with Ana’s ex knowing that they have a son together and you still don’t care?  I don’t feel sorry for Thandi at all from this point on!  She has no respect for Ana whatsoever.  

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Lawrence did admitted to Ana that he wants his family back.  What do yall think? Should Ana take him back and try to work things out after all?  I’m just not sure if Thandi’s heart and soul can take it if they ever got back together, but it’s really not her decision to make that call.  A girl got to learn how to stay in her lane for real.  But when Ana holds her first staff meeting after coming back and regaining her position as GM, I could feel that Thandi felt threatned and insulted.  Now Candice on the other hand did get fired from the Pink Tea Cup because of the incident last season and was working at another bar.  Sana and Candice were extremely close while working together and decides to pay Candice a little visit to see if she would consider coming back to the restaurant.  The twins has something up their sleeves trying to get Candice and Lawrence to sit down and talk one-on-one by telling both Candice and Lawrence that they wanted to apologize.  Although it was a big set-up, they eventually talked it out and both of them apologized. Now as far as Candice coming back to the restaurant, that’s going to add more drama on top of the old drama because Ana doesn’t like her. 

 

All-White Affair: The Big Surprise

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If you watched the first season of Hustle and Soul, then you know Lawrence is big for surprises.  He always has something up his sleeve.  But this surprise will blow everyone away!  The big surprise everyone at The Pink Teacup has been waiting for is…….*drum roll please*……..The new Pink Teacup in MIAMI!!!! That’s right, there will be a second restaurant on the beach!  And guess who will be the owner of it? It’s ANA!  That was always her dream to own her own restaurant in Miami.  Way to go Lawrence making boss moves!  And that means Thandi will be running the one in Brooklyn.  So if Ana is in Miami, that means no more drama…for now.  But I’m curious though, will this be a good idea since Lawrence is in love with both Thandi and Ana?  Or should he just choose which restaurant to stick with? Honestly I thought it was a proposal all-white affair.  Oh well, Ana was very happy and I haven’t seen her that happy all last season long.  She deserves it!  But why is the new bartender Coca saying that Lawrence will be having different hoes in different area codes? Lol, lawd she’s a mess already.  

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So Lawrence thought it would be a good idea for both Ana and Candice to meet up to hash things out since they both had a lot of drama.  I’m not sure about the social media beef they had going on about Ana’s son, but Ana was really heated by that.  They didn’t have much of a conversation, because next thing you know, Ana done ran up on Candice and popped her on the face..the end!  OMG! Ana done put them paws on Candice.  Until next Thursday catch a new recap on what happened with Ana and Candice and will Candice be considering working at the Pink Teacup after all?  

 

Tune in every Thursdays on WE TV at 10 PM for new episodes of Hustle and Soul and read new and juicy recaps only on That Riverz Gurl Media Entertainment News.  

 

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I love that Monster!: Cookie doesn’t play around!

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Chile get a cup of hot tea or better yet some Mascoto cause you gonna need it for the first episode of the new season! If you didn’t already seen the season finale last, then let me spill the tea and catch you up. 

Luscious Lyon was visiting his son Andre in the hospital because of a mental break down he had due to some medications.  Luscious was already suffering amnesia from a plotted death by his son Andre.  Luckily he survived, but his memory didn’t. The family hires a nurse whose name is Claudia to work with Luscious to gaining his memory back.  But let’s just fast forward to the new season.  He is drugged by Claudia who portrays to be a nurse working at the hospital.  So this psycho patch kidnaps him and takes him back to her place which looks like a place to kill people to be honest. Looks like a scene from a lifetime movie on the real.  Claudia has been known to take “her methods” a little bit too far.  Well heck yea!  What nurse kidnaps their patients and chains them to a piano?! Lawddd! This is too much tea yall!  But keep sipping.  She likes it better when he is Dwight (Luscious’s real name) because Dwight is that kind and sweet-hearted person and not that hard-core thug who kills people. When he lost his memory, Luscious had a hard time coping with his identity so his family tried to help him remember a lot of music he wrote and recorded hoping it will trigger some of his memories.  But nawww! Claudia wasn’t about to have that.  So now she is trying to win his love by kidnapping a man everyone knows and Cookie loves.  

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Claudia wants Dwight who is kind and has a creative soul so to speak.  She tries to brainwash Luscious to thinking he is Dwight. Like really? Luscious will never be no doggone Dwight!  Do you know what he is capable of? Somebody lock this honey boo-boo psycho up for real!  Let’s pause and switch over to how Cookie’s sons are doing.

 

Jamal is dealing with another rough patch in his life, the first one was getting shot at an event for Empire and the second one was shooting and killing someone while protecting someone else.  As you all may or may not know Taye Diggs played on the last couple of episodes last season as this bad-ass politician named Angelo who fell for Cookie hard.  But things got pretty dirty and messy when Angelo’s mother played by Phylicia Rashad sets up the family by giving Andre the wrong medicine making him hallucinate, turning the Lyon brothers against each other, having Bella taken away from Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) It was just too much drama last season.  So Angelo go pays Jamal’s boo-thang a visit and things just gets out of hand and luckily Jamal (Jussie Smollet) comes to the rescue and they end up fighting and Angelo pulls out a gun.  After all the fighting, Jamal pulls the trigger and now Angelo is dead.  That’s something hard to deal with, but he was only protecting someone.  

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Becky who is Empire’s assistant and played by Gabby Sidibe has had a great season on the show since the first season of Empire.  But last season we could see that Becky was dabbling around with a secret boo.  But now she ends up pregnant.  It’s really bothering her because she didn’t see being a mother in her career life.  I mean Becky was always on top of everything for the company, hands down!  She had a whole bag full of pregnancy tests in her purse that read all positive.  Girl you pregnant! You will be alright Ms. Becky!  Now let’s get back to Luscious who is still chained up and has to find a way to get loose from the psycho.  He tricks Claudia to thinking he still needs her therapy and when she gives her a hug, he tries to kill her by choking her.  Too bad she doesn’t die.  They get into a brawl on the floor and she attacks him with a gun (not with bullets) but with one that had a tranquilizer in it.  She has some type of device that puts out a red bright light to give him a migraine and all of his music plays on top of each other.  Now that’s a nut on the low!  Of course when Cookie gets word on where Luscious could possibly be, she goes off to find him and indeed she does.  Of course Claudia let’s her in after Luscious promises her that he won’t do anything stupid after Claudia threatens to kill Cookie. He turns back into Dwight and plays that role pretending that he still needs more therapy so that he can save Cookie.  Smart, but crazy move.  So of course Cookie leaves the house confused and hurt.  A quarter of a mile down the road, she realizes Luscious is lying and that he wasn’t working on any new music when she has flashbacks to the song he was playing at Claudia’s house. 

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When Luscious reveals his love for Cookie to Claudia, she becomes irritated and upset and ol’ girl wasn’t having that!  Cookie returns and Claudia hits her upside the head hard.  Down goes Fraser! When she wakes up, both of her hands are tied up with rope to a table and so is Luscious’s .  Cookie and Luscious has a deep understanding and connection that no one would ever understand not even Claudia who didn’t understand their life from the get go.  Of course she tries to play a therapist again and telling both Luscious and Cookie that their love isn’t real.  Luscious revealed that the game and the streets brought them together, not love.  But trust me, if you have been keeping up with the show, they both show their love in such a crazy way that nobody will every understand.  I believe they don’t understand it themselves.  Claudia is only playing with Luscious mind to help him realize it.  Cookie is claiming Luscious to be a real monster, but she confesses to Claudia that “that monster” is hers and she is willing to fight for what is hers!  Ok now! Claudia you better watch out!  Cookie escapes somehow and Claudia and her both go toe to toe.  Claudia tasers Cookie and Luscious tries to free himself and when he is, he punches Claudia in the face.  That’s what you get psycho!  Cookie wanted her dead, but Luscious or Dwight doesn’t do it just to prove to Claudia that he isn’t a killer.   She ends up going to jail or a nut house I should say.  Now that’s a lot of tea to spill in just one episode!  Tune in every Wednesday at 8 PM EST on Fox for new episodes of Empire.  

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Album Review: The Kids are Alright

 

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The Bailey Sisters, Chloe and Halle performing at the BET 2016 Hip Hop Awards 

 

The Bailey Sisters; Chloe x Halle are blowing up the music stream when their debut album “The Kids are Alright” was released March 23rd.  These young sisters has always been musically inspired way before the 2016 BET performance.  Back in 2013, Beyoncé Knowles was the ones who discovered the musically talented sisters after seeing the Pretty Hurts cover on the Bailey sister’s You Tube page that went viral.  What a great way to get Queen Bey’s attention.  2014 was a great year as the good news that they were signed to Bey’s Parkwood Entertainment Record Label made everything the sisters worked hard for stick to solid concrete.  Way to go Chloe and Halle!

““We literally were flipping out, because as young girls, of course everyone looks up to Beyoncé,” Halle, 17, says.  (source from http://www.ew.com)

The Kids are Alright and You can now download the entire album on Itunes Music today!

 

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After listening to the entire album two days in a row, there was definitely a connection with each song as it told a story about life in it’s very own way.  Check out some of That Riverz Gurl Media’s favorite songs on the album:

~Hello Friend (Intro) This is the very first song and I could feel the warmth of the introduction that talks about embracing the self-love of you.  We all talk to ourselves sometimes and embrace life of our own.

~The Kids are Alright– This is the second song on the album.  The beat and vocals on this track is so amazing.  It’s just refreshing to hear the positivity energy of Chloe x Halle letting the world know that they are alright and they are here to stay for the long run.  You can’t allow the world to steal your joy, so doing you and what makes you happy is the best meditation ever! Awesome sauce!

~Grown- Okay so we all should know that this is the theme song to Freeform’s new show “Grown-ish” starring Yara Shahidi (this show is off the charts!)  It just basically tells the story of how they are at the point of life that they are mature and grown.  We all have reached that point in our life when we start feeling ourselves and think we can do what we want to do. Lol.

~Everywhere- The fifth song on the album! “I got money everywhere falling off the trees….I got money everywhere as far as you can seeee….”  Let’s make it rain yall because we got money everywhere we walk! Money cometh to me NOW!  The beat to this track is Lit!  And their vocals fits every beat and instrumental tune.

~Fake( featuring Kari Faux)- Very self-explanatory.  This world is filled with them and you just have to walk in life being humble.  Sometimes the fake ones are the ones who are always in our space without even knowing it.  “Why you even speak my name…..I guess you feel some type of way.”

~Cool People- This song has that sweet medley in the beginning; soft-spoken and easy.  This song is just a reminder that there are still cool and decent people in the world.

~Baby on the Plane- The opening to this song is sooo cute.  A baby voice crying on a plane.  I’m not sure what the inspiration was behind this particular track, but I love it indeed!  My interpretation of this song is crying out all of your pain and worries.

Overall the entire album is awesome!  This is the type of music that should be on major radio stations all over the world! Music like this with a solid meaning on each of the track gives life to us all!  That Riverz Gurl Media definitely rate the album a 10!  Great job ladies!

 

The Kids are Alright Musical Score with That Riverz Gurl Media Entertainment Website is a 10  ladies and gentlemen!

 

 

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What’s on Your Playlist?: That Riverz Gurl Media’s Playlist for the Week

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Music is always going to be the talk of the town with new artists releasing music for the first time or on-going artists releasing new singles.  Check out the Playlist for this week:

1. I Wanna Be Down- Brandy

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2) Lemon– N.E.R.D. and Rihanna ft. Drake (Remix)

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3) Finesse (Remix) Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B. 

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4) Hail Mary- Tupac

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5) Bartier- Cardi B. ft. 21 Savage

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6) Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)- Remy Ma ft. Chris Brown

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7) Tab Reloaded- Mariahlynn ft. Remy Ma

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8) Freaky Friday-Lil’ Dicky ft. Chris Brown

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9) Insecure- Amara La Negra

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10) Ayy- Amara La Negra ft. Fuego, Jowell y Randy, Negro 5 Estrellas, Los Pepes and Ricky Lindo

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When Preparation Meets Opportunity

When life takes a sudden turn; an unexpected loss of a love one, loss of job, divorce/relationship problems, health issues, and the list goes on…. We are quick to ask, why God, and why me? What am I going to do? We panic! We get scared. We suddenly feel alone,  like our world has ended.

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It’s not always easy, nor is it our first thought.  But, I challenge you, when unwanted circumstances arise, pause… and see what God is saying?  Trust me, it’s not easy, I know! When I am faced with adversity, the first thing I always hear is the Holy spirit saying is: “Just trust me!”

You have to remind yourself of His faithfulness. Hebrews 11:1, now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Reactivate your faith and begin to speak the goodness of God into your life, give him glory during the storm. It’s not easy, but you’ve got to fight your way to victory! Put on the full armor of God; the helmet of Salvation, the breastplate of Righteousness, the belt of Truth, walk in the sandals of Peace, and shield yourself with the sword of faith.

Well, how do I do that, you might be asking?

You have to declare His promises daily, speak it, cover yourself in His Word. After you have declared it, begin to see it coming to pass. Ask God to renew your heart and mind daily, well what does that mean? Ask Him to give you a clear mind and heart, to take away all of the negativity, to silence the tongue of the enemy so that you can hear His voice and His voice alone.

Think about all that could come from losing your job, yes it seems as if things are not going to be taken care of, but God is a faithful God. He’s not going to leave you nor forsake you. You have to know, that God did not bring you this far, to only bring you this far…. There’s an opportunity brewing with your name on it, it took losing the job for God to prepare you in this season for what He has that’s greater. It aligns with the desires of your heart and the plans He has for you. Think about it, it’s what you’ve been praying for. (smile)

Had it not been for your marriage/relationship being tested, your strength and faith would not have been challenged and you would not be discovering a new you or growing with your mate and falling in love daily reaching new heights together as one. It brought you closer together, it made you/them see your faults and amid all of that drama, you fell in love again, you discovered that you never knew a love like this. The silence, the distance, the argument was preparing you for what’s yet to come. Strengthening you to build a business together, showing you how to build a home and not just have a house, preparing you for the love of a new addition to your family, teaching you how to handle one another in love and respect. It was part of the plan for the next level in your life, the new beginnings…

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When things suddenly happen, sometimes we just have to accept it and force ourselves to see the good over the bad. When the enemy comes in like a flood, trust that God will raise a standard against it. However, everything is not always the enemy, it may just be part of the plan to grow you, to push you, to make you better, to allow you to see yourself, or to allow you to see God and give Him the opportunity to move.

You have to have faith in the middle of failure TD Jakes

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During adversity, look at it as God preparing you for what’s next. He has you in solitaire so that you can hear His voice and this time, move as He says to move. Allow His word to be a lamp onto your feet and to direct your path. Psalm 119:105

The next time you find your back up against the wall, I encourage you to embrace the bad and know that it is for your good. Take a deep breath and follow the steps below so that you can hear God’s voice, not your own, nor the enemies, as you are being prepared for your next opportunity.

When Preparation meets Opportunity

Five Days of Preparation

(New Job, Promotion, Relationship, Marriage, Kids, Finances, Strength, Health, Friends, etc.…)

  • Day 1: Stop! Breath in, exhale…. What is God saying? Tune everything out, get into your quiet place and listen for His voice. Don’t request anything, don’t complain about anything, just listen…. Don’t move, until you have heard the voice of God! Not your own voice, not the enemies, but the voice of God!

Psalms 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God

  • Day 2: Now apply what the Lord has given you on Day 1. For me, He just kept saying to trust Him, whenever fear or doubt set in, I softly repeated, Lord I trust you! I made it a part of my day to continuously say, as I walked, as I sat at my home desk, as I worked on my plan, driving home, in my room, while praying…. Lord, I trust you!
  • Day 3: What are your desires/vision/dreams? What do you want?? Ask yourself, is it really what you need…Write them out… I specifically wrote out everything in a job that I wanted. I was very detailed and specific, I didn’t just express my desires about the type of work I wanted to do, but also the co-workers, Boss, atmosphere, office space, pay…. EVERYTHING! After my request where made known, I still said now God, not my will, but yours!

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD replied: “Write the vision and make it plain!

  • Day 4: PRAY!  You must believe in His promises! Go over your desires/wants/dreams/vision…find scriptures and pray over what you have written, speak it, believe in your heart, and trust God, knowing that if it’s part of His Will and plan for your life, nothing is impossible, it will come to pass! Consider it done, In Jesus Name! Faith walk…

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  • Day 5: Claim it, envision it…start seeing yourself doing it, and just begin to thank Him daily! What you speak has power! Speak life into everything that you are preparing for! Eventually, your preparation will meet the opportunity!

Mark 11:23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will.

1 Thessalonians 5: 18 that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.

As you patiently wait on God, begin to thank Him! Start preparing for what’s next to come. May your prayers be answered, and the desires of your heart come to pass according to His plan, His Will, His purpose for your life.

Rejoice! The new job is coming, the marriage/relationship will be restored, your children will rise above and find order, your finances will increase, your heart will be healed, your body will be healed, your mind will be healed, you will be the next TESTIMONY!

 

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SMILE…

He’s preparing you for the next opportunity.

 

Be Nspired!

Author Amara L. Russell
 
“Be The Light”

Amara L.Russell is a Motivation/Inspiration contributing blogger for Elevate Ur F.U.S.E.  She is also an author of Nspired and A Rare Diamond.  You can purchase her books on Amazon.  Follow her on Instagram at @arare_diamond1

Author Spotlight: Philandis Stovall

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 How long have you been writing?

I started writing at a very young. I would say, it was around the age of 5. I used to write in a daily journal about anything. I would create short stories, poems and writings about expressing my thoughts and experiences.

What motivated you to become an author?

My personal journey as while as the people around me motivated me to want to get my story out there. In that case, I would become an author. I would go through obstacles and, of course, some of them I didn’t understand until I kept maturing with each level of my spirituality. And I remember stating on several occasions I wanted to write a book . I was going to write a book. My goal has always been, “Lord, if I touch just one, I have done my job. If I touch more than one, the calling & purpose has just begun.

When will your book be published? Is this your first book?

Yes, this is my debut novel. Currently, it is set to be released on March 5, 2018.

Do you plan to write anymore books in the near future?

Yes, I do plan to write more books. I don’t want to go too much into details of what kind yet. I will give more insight when it’s time.

Are you planning to have a book signing for your book release?

I do plan on having a book signing among other amazing events. I am currently having meetings to work out all of the details at this moment. I will be sure to update you all when we have finalized date(s) set in stone. Be sure to follow my author’s page for upcoming events & other information.

Even through the storm is a great title! Can you elaborate on what the book is about? Is there a main message you want your readers to take from this?

Thank you. 🙏🏽

Even Through the Storm is memoir about my family’s cancer journey. My son who was born a completely healthy baby boy received a cancer diagnosis at the age of 4. And we faced obstacles along the way. But, God never left our side!

No matter what you go through in life hold onto your faith & trust God’s unchanging hands.

Know that storms run out of rain…

Know the sun comes out from behind the clouds…

Know that there will be clearer skies…

Know that the grass will grow again…

You have to go through to get to.

How do you plan to promote/market your book? 

Yes, I do plan to promote/ market my book and I personally have been doing so. To name a few ways: Networking, branding myself, posting on social media outlets, making phone calls and shooting emails & more. Also, I have media kits & a press release.

It takes a lot of your own leg work+.

Do you have a particular place you like to write at?

No. I don’t necessarily have a particular place I like to write at. I write wherever the inspiration hits me. But, I do like to write while relaxing in a bubble bath tub.

What are some of your writing strategies?

A few of my writing strategies are:

Create an idea and/or getting inspiration for an idea & write it down

Decide in what direction is best to go in with the idea when putting the whole idea in perspective

Make a outline of significant points you want to discuss/target

Knowing your audience

Be authentic

Be creative

Use invention strategies (freestyle write)

How can readers connect with you on social media?

My readers can connect with me on my author’s page:

https://www.facebook.com/Even-Through-The-Storm-Philandis-Stovall-1578259265591406/

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