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Our mission is to incite change in the lives of individuals through literacy. Our overall aim is to inspire, encourage, build up, and motivate people through various genres of creative literary expression.

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BIZ KIDZ
City Adventure
Authors: Clarence and Deneen Matthews
Category: Children, Family, Education
Released: September 2016

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Join Big Brother, Jacob, Elsie and Dabney on another adventure. These courageous siblings are moving to the city where they will embark upon new challenges in an unfamiliar place. They will adjust to life in the city, a new school, new friends and, of course, new Biz Kidz opportunities. What will these ingenious siblings do?

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BIZ KIDZ
Country Adventure
Authors: Clarence and Deneen Matthews
Category: Children, Family, Education
Released: September 2015

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Join the Manor children, Big Brother, Jacob, Elsie and Dabney as they embark upon a brand new adventure. These siblings join forces and go into business for themselves. Their goal was to earn enough money to buy a brand new bicycle! Early on, they had a small set back and learned a very valuable lesson, but the greatest achievement was what they accomplished by working together.

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SCHOOL DAYS
The Country School and the City School
Authors: Clarence and Deneen Matthews
Category: Children, Family
Released: September 2013

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Can you imagine a time without TV, cell phones, heat, running water and electricity? Take a trip with Jacob to a real place in time and experience School Days. Great FAMILY reading. A MUST HAVE for every child's library.

School Days narrates the life of young Jacob, an enthusiastic four-year old, who couldn't wait to turn six and attend school with his older brother and sisters. The story illustrates Jacob's school days both in the country and in the city.

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jacob1JACOB'S RITE OF PASSAGE, Vol. 1
Sub title: Young Jacob
Author: Clarence Matthews
Category: Fiction, Family, Based on True Story
Released: February 2010

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During the Great Depression, in the south, in the rural area of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Jacob Pete Manor was born into a family of sharecroppers.

The Manor family consisted of the head of the household, bread-winner and provider, the father, Gary Manor; the mother, Betsey and their four children. There was a two-year difference between each child. The eldest daughter, firstborn child was Elsie, then came Big Brother (Gary, Jr.); next was Dabney, the youngest girl, and last but not least the youngest boy, Jacob Pete.

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JACOB'S RITE OF PASSAGE, Vol. 2
Sub title: Teen Jacob
Author: Clarence Matthews
Category: Fiction, Family, Based on True Story

Released: March 2011

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The second volume of Jacobs’s Rite of Passage opens with our main character and narrator, Jacob Pete Manor, entering into adolescence. He has just celebrated his 13th birthday and has now officially acquired “teenager” status.

Jacob is still under the guidance and rearing of his mentor and brother, Gary, affectionately known as “Big Brother.” Though Jacob had knowledge of the things in the world that exceeded other boys his age, he still lacked the maturity required to navigate through the experiences that he will now face, as he embarks upon this next life segment.

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JACOB'S RITE OF PASSAGE, Vol. 3
Sub title: The Man Jacob
Author: Clarence Matthews
Category: Fiction, Family, Based on True Story
Released: March 2012

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Jacob's Rite of Passage, vol. 3 – The Man Jacob is the finale to the trilogy and concludes with our main character, Jacob Pete Manor, in his final stage of transition – manhood. Manhood no longer dictated or determined by the “misconceptions.” Manhood not defined by external influences, validations or sexual encounters, but manhood accompanied by an honest and mature assessment of the inward parts and a thorough review of the past and present, in search of purpose for the future.

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MY HUSBAND'S PRAYER
Author: Joanne M. Cissell
Category: Faith, Spirituality, Marriage
Released: March 2012

While working on another project, I retrieved these prayers written more than a year ago. I was surprised when I heard the Lord say, "It’s a book!" At that moment, the cover and the format of the book appeared to me. This experience was almost identical to the origination of my first published project entitled, "My Husband’s Prayer," just three years prior. God spoke and I wrote.

This book is divine inspiration, spoken from the word of God; now tangibly manifested in the form of prayers; penned by the hand of His servant, Joanne M. Cissell.

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MY TRIALS... Tribulation & Testimony
Author: Owen Cowherd, III
Category: Non-fiction, Autobiography, Spirituality
Released: August 2013

From an early age, Owen Cowherd, professionally known as “Mr. Testimony,” was destined to live his life in front of an audience. Few would have imagined that his performance would be a new brand of gospel hip-hop and his audience… anyone who would be saved.

Now Owen has become an author and penned the details of his life in “My Trials,” the first of a series of short stories outlining his trials, tribulations and testimony. The novels, partnered with the man and his music, leverage the details behind his process, his journey.

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PAIN thumb72P.A.I.N. Progess After Its Nemesis
Author: Thomas Ray
Released: July 2016

P.A.I.N., Progress After Its Nemesis, provides a look into the life of Thomas Ray, Jr. P.A.I.N. is the sequel to his first poetry novel, “Thoughts of Ray – From My Heart to Yours,” and outlines a progressive journey that explores the details and insights for his poetic inspirations. P.A.I.N. is a mixture of autobiographical content with timely poetic interludes and expressions that colorfully paint the canvas with his personal portrait.

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PURPOSE DIVAS GUIDE TO DATING
Sub title: 7 Things Every Girl Should Know
Author: Leslie Denman
Category: Teen Self-help, Relationships, Girl Power
Released: December 2011

All teens think about dating. But most teens date with no idea how to do it. Without proper instruction, many youth risk “on the job training” with their hearts and bodies—expending a lot of emotion, time and energy and putting themselves at risk for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Author and Purpose Diva, Leslie B. Denman, gives seven points to help teen and tween girls navigate through the emotions, temptations and pressures that are a normal part of dating.  Dating can be a fun part of a girl’s life if she is empowered with the right information and tools to do it in a healthy, confident and respectful way.

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THE ADVENTURES OF CHELSEA B
Author: Danita E. Matthews
Category: Children, Education, Pre-school, Juvenile, Family
Release Date: Fall 2016


CHELSEA B. is a bright, precocious 5-year-old who loves to have fun. Summer comes to an end, and Chelsea prepares to go to school for the first time in the fall. Before she can attend school, she has to go to the doctor to get a check-up and to the dentist to have her teeth cleaned!

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Author: Dorothy Hughes
Released: 2010

Dorothy Hughes, the daughter of sharecroppers – knows about tough times. Hughes grew up on a farm absent of electricity and running water. As in so many cases of sharecropping, there was never enough money for food, clothing or most of the essential items needed to properly sustain a household.

In the midst of challenges, adverse times, circumstances and great loss, Dorothy learned how to overcome; a lesson she hopes to share with her readers. The Journey Was Not Easy is an autobiography chronicling her life journey and the exceptional endurance of a woman named Dorothy Hughes who knows you can fall on hard times, but believes you can make a difference.

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Author: Thomas Ray
Released: 2012

Tom Ray — writer and a poet — born and raised in Yonkers NY to parents Portia Ray and Thomas Ray Sr.

Tom Ray was born on April 18, 1985 and since that day has been on a road to success. He attended school in The Yonkers Public School System and graduated from Westchester Community College with a degree in Communication and Media Arts in 2007.

During his college studies, he discovered his gift of being a socially relevant poet. From that moment, he picked up a pen and has not stopped writing.

Tom is also a spoken word artist and has performed at various New York City venues, such as the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe, The Bowery, Iguana Lounge, The RedRoom, The Woodlawn Lounge, Urban Juke Joint, Mercy College, Lehman College, Bella Havana as well as other special events and venues.

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WhatSocietyThinksBoutUs FINALWHAT SOCIETY REALLY THINKS 'BOUT US
Author: Maria Langston
Released: 2015

What Society Really Thinks 'Bout Us will inspire and motivate you. MO Lang allows for mindfulness and social consciousness. It is said “a blank page can speak louder than any written word.”

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WORDS
Author: Felecia Fluellen
Category: Poetry, Inspiration
Released: February, 2016


Words is a compilation of poems and short stories. The author penned “WORDS” as the response to her quest to find the answer to life’s age old question — WHY? — and the reasons behind the orchestration of events in this journey called life.

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