Saturday, December 9, 2023

Love Our Hair, Love Our Crown by Eva-Tatiana Siakam

 Love Our Hair, Love Our Crown [Print Replica] Kindle Edition


Enter a world where diversity shines through the textures of hair, teaching children the importance of self-confidence.

In Love Our Hair, Love Our Crowns, readers are introduced to a spirited 6-year-old mixed-race girl who embraces her unique heritage. Raised by interracial parents, the young girl receives verbal affirmations from her father, reinforcing her love for herself and her mother's hair. As she learns to love and embrace her own hair, she imparts a valuable message of self-confidence and pride to readers of all ages.

An inspiring children's book that celebrates the beauty of embracing who we are.

Join us in celebrating diversity and self-love. Get your copy of 
Love Our Hair, Love Our Crowns today and share this empowering story with the children in your life.


Let's instill the values of acceptance, pride, and the beauty of our unique crowns. It's a lesson they'll carry with them for a lifetime. Don't miss out on this enchanting tale!


I am my wonderful mother’s daughter and one day hope to become a wonderful mother to a daughter of my own, and as such, one of my dreams has always been to empower little girls who will one day grow into powerful women. In my early formative years as a non-English speaking immigrant child from western Cameroon, books were my bridge to the English-speaking world, a world virtually unknown to me and one In which I desperately wanted to assimilate into. My beautiful and diligent mother made certain that I had all the necessary tools in place to nurture my imagination. At the onset of each school week, my immigrant mother would have me pick out various books at random, all of which was expected of me to read and have a written daily report ready for the purposes of correction, It was in that process I fell in love with reading/ writing. And thanks to the never-ending support of my diligent and prayerful mother, conceptualizing an identity as an educated American seemed closer to my reach than ever. I have chosen to embark on the journey of authorship, not only because it is one of my great passions, but also because I’m acutely aware that I’m privileged to have been given the opportunity to have an education at all, a privilege which most girls aren’t globally afforded, and in my own way, I have chosen to utilize that privilege and pay it forward. From the vast terrains of western Cameroon, to the congested city of metropolitan D.C, to the open airy suburbs of northern Virginia and beyond, women and girls are at the center of all my works, I write about them, I write for them. I write in hopes that one day, the tool with which I was easily able to satiate my desire for knowledge will also be easily accessible to all women and little girls.

Stefan Jacob -- Author Interview with Dr. Mel




Stikine Wild - The Wilderness Years - Second Edition: Raising Our Family In The Canadian/Alaskan Wilderness

 by Stefan Jacob


Can you share a bit about your background and how it has influenced your writing?

I have written a journal most of my life, and spent many years homesteading in the wilderness of Northwest BC, Canada, near the Alaskan ‘panhandle’ SE of Juneau. After many years of living and raising a family in the wilderness, we returned to civilization, and I wanted to preserve that experience for others with my writing and photography. The following is a short overview:

The Place at the End of All Roads was called Glenora, Beside the Stikine River. The dirt road simply ended on the rocky shore of the river. Past that point, for hundreds of miles to the south, west, and north, there were no roads and no people until the river finally reached Alaska, 150 miles away. It was there and beyond where we lived and raised our family for many years.

In late winter, we drove into the village of Telegraph Creek, BC, the most remote community in British Columbia, Canada, near Alaska. The town had no electricity, telephone, or television and was 400 miles (700 km) by dirt and gravel road from the nearest town with a supermarket – a twelve-hour drive each way.


At the end of the road in Glenora, twelve miles beyond Telegraph Creek, we left our van by the frozen river and went 17 miles (25 km) further down the river on the ice, to live in a tiny 8X10 foot abandoned log cabin homestead. This is the story of our life in the Stikine wilderness, raising a family of three children, creating our own electricity, growing vegetables for the town and eventually helping develop a salmon fishery in the Stikine River wilderness – 150 road-less miles down the Stikine River to Wrangell Alaska.

The in-river commercial fishery created an international conflict between Canada and Alaska, since Alaska didn't want to share the salmon. I represented the Canadian Stikine River fishermen along with a representative from the Tahltan Tribal Council (the local first nation people of the Stikine region) at the salmon treaty talks. Together they helped find a compromise based on co- managing the salmon stocks with Alaska, eventually creating more salmon for both countries. This formed the basis for the Trans-boundary Salmon Treaty.

This book chronicles our personal adventure in the Canadian wilderness, and also tells the largely unwritten history of the conflict between Alaska and Canada over the fishing rights to the salmon spawned in the river, and the future role of the Tahltan First Nation people controlling their own salmon resources. Later I co-managed the commercial in-river fishery with the Tahltan First Nation, which led to many other adventures and an unexpected conclusion.

The story is both a personal memoir of our family’s adventure, and a snapshot of that time and place in the history of this remote region of the country.


What inspired you to become an author?

The desire to document the extraordinary experiences. Whenever I told people about that life and many events, people were fascinated and asked me to write about it.

What is your latest book about, and what inspired its story?

This is the only full-length book that I have written and published. I have written many shorter works, but have yet to publish them.


Can you walk us through your research process for this book?

I kept copious notes and photographs, chronicling the many years we lived there, and I represented the Stikine River fishermen at the International Salmon Treaty negotiations between Canada and the USA.

Could you describe your typical writing routine?

I write best and most productively in long, uninterrupted times. Often late at night.

How do you approach character development and world-building in your writing?

Many of the people in my stories were in themselves ‘larger than life.’ I often find real life more interesting than fiction. Many people who have read my book tell me that it was one of the most interesting books that they have ever read, including writers. I have had over 300 reviews on Amazon with a 4.2 average rating.

Do you experience writer’s block, and if so, how do you overcome it?

Mostly not. I wait till I am called to write, then it just flows out of me, nonstop.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your writing career?

Learning how to interface with Kindle by myself, and publishing. When I found out that most publishers wanted exclusive access to my book for 6-12 months, and then only accepted only 2-4% of submissions, I chose to go with Kindle self-publish.

What do you consider your greatest achievement as an author?

Conveying the feeling of being there with me. Many have told me that they came with me.

How has reader feedback influenced your writing, if at all?

I added a powerful lead in, cut back on words and forced myself to be more succinct.



What do you hope readers take away from your book?

To feel the experience we had, and to feel the vast beauty of the wilderness.

Which authors or books have had a significant impact on you and your writing?

Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, many books of true life Alaskan and Canadian wilderness adventures, The Call of the Wild and many stories by Jack London, and numerous other adventure classics.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Inhabit your story! Put 110% of yourself into the experience and become part of your story.

What are some common misconceptions about being an author?

I can only speak for myself.

Are you currently working on any new projects? Can you give us a sneak peek?

Chronicling seven days riding the rails across the USA in the mid 60’s, gathering other short stories that I have written into a collection, and possibly getting Stikine Wild made into a movie (filmed on site with some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in North America that most people have never seen. Oh, also traveling overland from Europe to India and Nepal filled with many deep and meaningful events and some near death experiences

What has writing taught you about yourself?

That I have had a rich, wonderful life which people love having me share with them.


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Stikine Wild - The Wilderness Years: Raising a Family in the Canadian Wilderness Kindle Edition

Support Kelly Caudle's Road to Recovery and Adaptation




On a fateful day, November 12, 2023, a single moment shattered the world as Kelly and her family knew it. Kelly, a beacon of strength and love in our lives, was suddenly gripped by a life-threatening seizure, swiftly followed by a heart-stopping cardiac arrest. For six harrowing minutes, the world stood still - no pulse, no breath. Her fiancée, in a desperate battle against time, began CPR, fighting to bring her back from the brink. She lay there, lifeless, her color fading to a haunting blue, her heart silent.

Amidst the chaos, medical saviors stepped in, reviving her on the spot and employing a ventilator, a technique known as 'bagging,' to breathe life into her still body. The urgency was palpable as she was rushed to ICU, her life hanging by a thread on life support.

The night was far from over; at 3:27 a.m., Kelly's heart faltered again, succumbing to another cardiac arrest. This time, her mother, Melissa Caudle, bore witness to this heart-wrenching ordeal, oddly, she was on the phone with her best friend. Through the phone, her best friend Tina's voice was a beacon of calm in the storm, as Melissa watched, engulfed in agony and despair, the medical team's relentless efforts to revive her daughter.


Each time the chilling question, "Does she have a pulse?" was met with a devastating "No pulse," Melissa's world crumbled a little more. Time seemed to stand still, each minute stretching into an eternity of fear and prayer. By some miracle, the medical team managed to restart Kelly’s heart, but her battle was far from over. Her body was on the brink, with failing organs, which now included being put on dialysis, a collapsed lung, a cracked rib, and a fever climbing dangerously high.


As dawn approached, her parents were summoned for the most heart-wrenching conversation. The doctor painted a grim picture - total organ failure, the need for dialysis, life support barely keeping her tethered to this world, and she would most likely pass within hours. The family was called to gather, preparing for the worst. A global prayer chain ignited, holding onto hope against hope. Her children, her siblings, one rushing from California, converged in a solemn vigil, offering prayers and tearful goodbyes.


In those moments, the fragility of life and the unyielding strength of love were profoundly felt, as Kelly, our beloved, fought a battle that seemed insurmountable, if not impossible, surrounded by the prayers and heartache of all who cherished her.

Turning Point

In the shadow of despair, where hope seemed like a distant memory, something extraordinary happened. Kelly, whose life hung by a thread, began to defy every odd stacked against her. Each day, we witnessed a testament to the human spirit's resilience as prayers were answered. She transitioned from a state of grave danger to one of critical stability, a beacon of hope in the darkest hour.

Seventy-two hours into this journey of uncertainty, the medical team faced a pivotal moment – testing Kelly for complete brain function. The moment she was removed from the mechanical breaths that had sustained her, she drew her first unaided breath in what felt like an eternity. However, the path ahead remained shrouded in uncertainty – the potential brain damage, the loss of motor functions, the unanswered questions that haunted our every thought.

In a heart-wrenching turn, Kelly's fight intensified. She ceased breathing again, necessitating her return to life support. In the days that followed, she endured two more cardiac arrests, each a terrifying dance with mortality, yet each time, her pulse returned, as if guided by the relentless prayers enveloping her.



Then, in what can only be described as a series of small miracles, Kelly began to show remarkable signs of recovery. One by one, the machines that had been her lifeline were removed – the breathing apparatus, the dialysis machine, and finally, the medications that kept her in a deep sleep. With each passing day, she started to exhibit purposeful movements – a tangible sign of her fighting spirit.

The true measure of her progress came in the form of simple, yet profound responses. She began to track movements, respond to pain, hold up a peace sign with her fingers, and most heartbreakingly, a smile would grace her face at the sight of her family's pictures and videos. Initially, recognition eluded her for her mother, father, and sisters – a poignant reminder of the journey still ahead. But, in an instant filled with pure, tearful joy, she recognized her children, ages 8 and 13, from their pictures and videos of their summer swim meets.


In those moments, we were reminded of the incredible power of love and family – a bond not even the deepest trials could sever. Kelly's journey, marked by struggle, resilience, and an unyielding will to survive, became a testament to the miracles that faith, hope, and relentless love can bring.

Current Situation

On a chilly November morning, the 22nd of 2023, Kelly embarked on a new chapter in her arduous journey toward recovery. She was transferred to a skilled nursing rehabilitation facility, a place where she would face a challenging yet hopeful path of occupational, speech, and physical therapy, coupled with counseling in a multi-disciplinary approach. The aftermath of her cardiac arrests had left indelible marks – struggles with short-term memory, an inability to walk without support, and challenges in speech. Her road to recovery, as outlined by her doctor, seemed a long one, estimated to take at least a year to regain the semblance of her former independence. The word 'miracle' scarcely does justice to her resilience.

But now, we stand at a crossroads where the harsh realities of life intersect with our unwavering hope. Kelly faces not just the physical hurdles of rehabilitation but also the monumental task of adapting her home to her new needs. Wheelchair accessibility, a walk-in shower, kitchen modifications – these are just the tip of the iceberg. Compounding these challenges, her home bears the scars of Hurricane Ida, with a damaged roof, gutters in disrepair, and sheetrock damage, all left unattended as her insurance company collapsed into bankruptcy.


In this moment of profound need, we reach out to you with a plea for help. We have initiated a GoFundMe campaign, not just a fundraiser, but a lifeline, to aid Kelly in adapting to this drastically altered life. Your support will directly contribute to covering the daunting costs of her rehabilitation and the essential modifications to her home, creating an environment where she can thrive as the amazing mother to her two children and a cherished member of our community.

Every penny, every share of Kelly's story, brings her a step closer to a life brimming with hope and newfound independence. The funds raised will be meticulously managed in an interest-bearing account by her mother, Melissa Caudle, ensuring that every contribution directly supports Kelly's journey back to life.

In this moment of solidarity, we ask you to extend your kindness, generosity, and support. Share her story, contribute what you can, and join us in weaving a network of love and assistance. Together, we can be the pillars upon which Kelly rebuilds her life, a testament to the power of community and the strength of the human spirit.

Thank you, from the depths of our hearts, for being a part of this miracle.

                                                     DONATE NOW


Friday, December 8, 2023

Special Announcement: "In the Face of Adversity" eBook Free on Dec 8-10!



Dear Readers,

I'm thrilled to share some wonderful news that's perfect for the young and young-at-heart readers among us! For a short time only, the captivating children's book "In the Face of Adversity" by Grace Akinpetide will be available as a free eBook from December 8th to 10th. This is a fantastic opportunity to add an inspiring and heartwarming story to your collection.

"In the Face of Adversity" is a compelling narrative that touches on themes of determination, unity, and chasing dreams. The story revolves around Ayomikun, a bright high school student with dreams of becoming a scientist. Despite facing relentless bullying from her classmate, Lucas, Ayomikun's journey is one of resilience and transformation, supported by her loyal friends Eniola and Marvelous, and her inspiring science teacher, Miss Vee.

This book isn't just a story; it's a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit. It teaches valuable lessons about:

  1. Standing Up Against Bullying: Ayomikun's courage in confronting her bully is a powerful example for young readers, showing them the importance of speaking up.

  2. The Power of Friendship and Support: The story highlights how friends and mentors can make a significant difference in our lives, especially during challenging times.

  3. Pursuing Dreams Despite Obstacles: Ayomikun's journey is a wonderful reminder that no dream is too big and no obstacle too great when you have determination and support.

"In the Face of Adversity" is more than just a children's book; it's a story that resonates with all ages, teaching us about the triumph over adversity and the importance of standing up against discrimination and stereotypes.

As a special request, after you and your little ones have enjoyed this delightful tale, we would love if you could share your thoughts with an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads. Your feedback is not only valuable to us but also helps other readers discover and enjoy this wonderful story.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to download "In the Face of Adversity" for free on December 8, 9, and 10. Let's embark on this inspiring journey together and learn valuable lessons that will last a lifetime.

Happy Reading!

Don't Miss Out: Get "Financing The Unbankable Deal" eBook for Free on Dec 8-10!



Dear Readers,

I have some exciting news that I can't wait to share with you! For a limited time, the insightful and transformative eBook, "Financing The Unbankable Deal: How to Buy Commercial Real Estate with the Bridge Loan Investor Success Strategy" by Malcolm Turner, will be available absolutely free! Mark your calendars for December 8, 9, and 10 to grab your copy of this must-have guide.

As someone passionate about Commercial Real Estate (CRE), you understand the challenges of finding financing for those seemingly 'unbankable' deals. Malcolm Turner's book is a game-changer in this realm. It introduces you to BLISS - the Bridge Loan Investor Success Strategy - a revolutionary approach that empowers CRE investors to finance challenging deals quickly and efficiently.

Why is this book a must-read?

  1. Speed and Efficiency: BLISS enables the closure of deals in less than 30 days, a pace unheard of in traditional banking channels.
  2. Minimal Qualifying Hurdles: The strategy outlined in the book cuts through the red tape often associated with commercial real estate financing.
  3. Equity Preservation: Unlike other financing methods, BLISS does not require giving up a portion of your equity.

Moreover, the book dives deep into:

  • Overcoming the Top 4 Deal Killers.
  • Navigating the 6 C’s that banks use to derail your mortgage loan application.
  • Strategies for securing mortgages on challenging properties.
  • Avoiding common mistakes that sabotage deals.
  • Exploring Six Goldmines of Profit using BLISS.

You'll also find real-world case studies demonstrating how investors have successfully implemented the BLISS strategy, turning challenging situations into profitable ventures.

This is more than just a book; it's a ticket to understanding and leveraging a generational opportunity in real estate. With the Baby Boomers retiring rapidly, a massive amount of real estate is up for grabs. "Financing The Unbankable Deal" provides the knowledge and tools to take advantage of this shift.

Here's How You Can Help:

After you've downloaded and read the book, we would greatly appreciate it if you could leave an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads. Your feedback is invaluable and helps others discover the power of this strategy.

Are you ready to elevate your real estate investment game?

Grab your free copy of "Financing The Unbankable Deal" on December 8, 9, and 10, and embark on a journey to financial freedom and real estate mastery.

Happy Reading and Investing!

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