My First Compilation: Storealities
How was she able to recognize the gifts in everyone else but not acknowledge her own? Why did she give compliments and encourage others but could not affirm herself? This woman was a real contradiction. This woman was me. –
Jae Henderson “Happy, Beautiful, Blessed”
Storealities: A Collection of Stories by Empowering Women to Empower Women
Saturday, August 25th, 2.p.m.
387 Perkins Extd.
Memphis, TN 38117
This Saturday in Memphis, TN I will be a part of the official book launch for the book “Storealities” by Roquita Coleman-Williams. It features stories by 22 women, myself included. Roquita, one of the few black female executives in the railroad industry (She actually has her conductor’s license!!) is no stranger to hard work and breaking glass ceilings. She created this book to give a voice to everyday woman. We each tell a story about a moment in our lives that helped define us. I have read the book and I must say that I truly enjoyed each testimony by these amazing women from all walks of life. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful endeavor. It’s not easy taking off the mask and allowing others to see our flaws but if it helps someone, it’s more than worth it.
Please attend the book signing if you can. It’s currently only available in paperback. Unfortunately, it is SOLD OUT on Amazon for the time being.
This past weekend, several of the featured authors did a podcast to discuss the book. Take a look. The interview starts around the 8:33 mark.
I pray that you accomplish all your dreams. Be blessed!
Me showcasing Literary Jewels at a local vending event
Summer is almost here and Literary Jewels has several stops. My goal is to schedule a vending opportunity every weekend unless I am on vacation. For those who don’t know, Literary Jewels is a subset of my company I created back in October of 2017 when I became a Paparazzi Jewelry consultant. It’s the place were books and jewelry meet and allows me to showcase my books along with some lovely pieces of jewelry. I must say that so for the endeavor is going quite well.
Here’s a video I did this week to showcase some pieces and books I will be selling during the Splashtastic Pool Party this weekend at Dean of Fashion Glamtique. It is at 5963 Summer Ave. from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Proceeds from the jewelry sales are used to fund the scholarship I created in memory of my mother, Lillie Marshall. Each year, I want to use it to assist a young man or woman who is pursuing a college scholarship in spight of challenging circumstances. We are actually accepting applications now! Feel free to visit my memorial site to learn about the scholarship and the qualifications for acquiring the scholarship, www.lilliesdaughter.com.
If you’re in the Memphis area, come see me. If not, check out my schedule to see if I’m coming to a city near you. I hope to add several more dates. So, if there’s an event you believe I should be a part of, feel free to invite me.
Also, if you would like to buy some jewelry, visit my online store at https://paparazziaccessories.com/121940/ and get whatever tickles your fancy.
Have a fantastic weekend!!!
It’s almost time for The Little Writers Workshop. Saturday, June 24th myself along with author Angela Kay Austin will be instructing children ages 7 -12 on the art of writing. Students will also learn the basics of writing a good story and participate in a writing project. It is suggested that students who attend have moderate to strong writing skills to get the most out of this workshop. We still have some slots left and just because I think you’re special we are offering a 20% discount. All you have to do is register your little writer and put in the code littlewriter10.
Check-In begins at 9:00 a.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Students must register in advance. The workshop is $20.00 per child.
Here’s a link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/little-writers-workshop-tickets-33972418418
BTW….I recently linked up with my writing partner, Mario D. King in Atlanta to present our books during the AAMBC Urban Book Bash. This was our first official event together. We had a blast. If you haven’t had a chance to check out “Where Do We Go From Here I & II” I highly recommend you do and if you have, please leave us a review.
Click here to purchase I for $1.99
Click here to purchase II .99
Earlier this year, I started doing something called Good Woman Gatherings. I became bored with traditional book signings and decided to make them more fun! It’s an afternoon or evening of fun and games centered around my latest book Husband Wanted. We have food, great games, some wine and lots of laughs. I’ve done three of them now in Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, TN; and Nashville, TN. I’m proud to say that each one had been a hit. I’ve gotten great feedback and the ladies seem to have a good time. If you would like to bring a Good Woman Gathering to your book store, organization or home please contact me. I’d be happy to come. You can reach me at email@example.com or 901.286.JAE1.
I truly have enjoyed fellowshipping with great women and sharing my efforts with them. Here are a few pictures from previous ones. I’d like to saying thank you to the Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. for always showing up and showing out!
There were fun times in Little Rock!
Kiss the Bachelor. Where wouuld you put your kiss while blindfolded?
Do you have your copy?
We had a small but very engaged group in Nashville.
I had a great times with my ladies in Memphis.
Chef Chris made strawberry fajitas on the spot yum!
The dessert bar in Memphis received rave reviews!
Some of you may know that I have been working on a novella with fellow author Mario D. King. Well, “Where Do We Go From Here” is now available on Amazon.com for only .99.
Last year, a startling statistic was released that 72% of African American babies were born to unwed mothers. Mario and I wondered what would become of those babies? What type of environment were they conceived in and what type of environment would they be raised in? How can we tell their story? What evolved was a lustfully exciting tale that examines what can happen when two people intertwine their lives and their bodies with no intention of creating a future together. This novella is entertaining encouragement to make wise decisions in our relationships/interactions because sometimes our actions have life-altering consequences. I must warn you that this is not one of my usual Christian offerings but it still has an inspirational message we felt must be told. Read more about it here.
Within 24 hours of the book being released, we received out first review from fellow author Derrick L. Randall.
I could not and desired not stop reading until I finished. An absolutely rich and engaging read, Where Do We Go From Here, is dynamically relatable. It is a profound tale of the importance of individual, relationship, and cultural choices. It embodies twists and turns right out of the reader’s personal and unspoken experiences.
As a writer, I am inspired to write. As a reader, I am excitedly awaiting the story to continue. As a self-proclaimed 2k15 “Hippie”, I am sho’nuff groovy now. It was exactly what I needed.
Salute…Jae Henderson and Mario D. King
We’d love for you to read it and tell us what you think. Download the book here. Be sure to like our Facebook page. We are going to do some great giveaways there in the near future.
BONUS: Read the first three chapters!
Where Do We Go From Here-Excerpt
For Small Business Saturday I marked all my ebooks down to .99 or $1.99. It went very well and I have decided to extend it throughout the rest of the weekend. So if you’re interested, mosey on over to Amazon.com and shop ’til you drop.
Here’s a direct link to my author page where you can find all of my books in one place.
When I first started writing a man asked me what genre were my novels and when I replied inspirational romance he replied, “Isn’t that an oxymoron?” This was the first of many such encounters where I found myself explaining what exactly inspirational romance is. The simplest definition I can give is that inspirational romance is the edgier side of Christian romance. I often push the envelope of Christian fiction and romance with the actions of my characters. However, it never ceases to amaze me that most people assume that romance ALWAYS includes sex and if I’m writing about romance/sex it must be immoral. It is times such as these that I take the opportunity to enlighten others.
1.God created sex. Sex itself is neither dirty nor immoral. It is a beautiful physical expression of love and/or desire two people have for one another and a necessary process for procreation that was intended between a man and his wife. It is the context in which people choose to have sex which leads to immorality and chaos. All we have to do is look at all the calamity that has come into play from sex being used outside of God’s will to know this is true. There is tons of data about the astronomical number of children being born out of wedlock and the also astronomical number of STDs being passed around the globe. We can even go deeper and cite sources about the emotional and developmental challenges that children who do not have both parents in the home often face. This is not to say that we would not have illegitimate children being born or STDs if everyone having sex were married. People have been having sex outside of their marriages for eons but I’m willing to gamble that the numbers would be far less than they are now.
2. Romance is not synonymous with sex. Although I recognize that within the literary industry when you say romance novel it is a given that it will contain sex and probably lots of it. However, when you add the word Christian or inspirational it becomes more about faith and less about sex. This is actually getting back to the truer sense of the word romance. Just as you can have sex without romance you can have romance without sex. When I looked up the definition of romance this is what I found:
ro·mance—(rōˈmans,ˈrōˌmans/) noun— a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.
By definition romance has to do with love not sex and God in His purest form is LOVE. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that I am able to write an inspirational or edgy Christian romance novel and explore all the facets of love and the emotions associated with it.
In each of my novels I display the love that God has for us and because of His infinite wisdom we are able to give this love to others in many ways–from acts of kindness to intimacy. I hope you’ll read my novels and allow me to spread a little love and God in your lives.