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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
I am a firm believer that you should celebrate the accomplishments and special moments in your life. You only live once and you don’t get those moments back. That is why I am hosting THE BOOK LAUNCH to celebrate the paperback release of “Things Every Good Woman Should Know Volume 1”. It is also to say thank you to my amazing readers who have helped to make my dream of becoming a published author come true. It is free and open to the public. So, if you are in the Memphis, TN area please feel free to come by.
I have been nominated for the Tri-State Defender Newspaper’s Best In Black Award for Best Author. This is quite an honor. Please take the time to vote for me. The Best Author Category is #28. You can vote once a day from now until September 22nd. http://www.bestinblackawards.com/vote.php.
Thank you in advance.
September Nail Salon Sip and Chat
Thursday, September 19th 2101 Merchants Row, Germantown, Tennessee 38138
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join me and fellow author Megan Mottley for a chat about our books over a hot cup of coffee.
Black Writers and Book Clubs Literary Festival
September 20th – 21st
939 Ridge Lake Boulevard
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
For more details visit http://www.bwabcliteracyfestival.com/
It’s not everyday that a respected nonprofit like MIFA adds your book to the list of suggested reading for one of their major fundraisers. I am proud to announce that MIFA has listed my first novel “Someday” in their 26th Annual No-Go Gala Book Club. This “stay at home, read a good book, and make a donation fundraiser” brings in thousands of dollars each year for their many charitable programs such a meals on wheels for seniors, home improvement projects for seniors, emergency services for families in need, college preparation for high school students, and more. MIFA has been supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs in the Memphis community since 1968. They serve over 55,000 people each year, and I am happy that I can do a small part to help.
I have fond memories of MIFA. At the age of 15, they gave me my first job! I worked as a page at the Main Library, in Memphis, when it was located on Peabody Ave. During that wonderful summer, I eagerly caught the bus to my job and I loved it! I remember shelving books and clipping articles for the archives in the Memphis Room. On designated Fridays, we met for life skills training and they would give us our checks. You should have seen us teenagers running to the bank to cash it when we were dismissed. LOL Who knew that the young lady who got paid to put books on shelves would one day have her own books housed on those very shelves. Now instead of clipping articles about others, I’m clipping articles about myself! I’ll never forget that experience. It taught me responsibility and the pride that comes from earning your own money. I came from a low-income single parent home so the money definitely came in handy. THANKS MIFA for supporting our community, supporting literature, and supporting one of your very own local writers. The seed you helped water way back then is still thriving today.
Can you believe that I still have my bus pass! PRICELESS!
Visit the No-Go Gala page and see my book recommendation and others. Yes, I know I suggested it but they didn’t have to select it. You can also suggest your own recommended reading and PLEASE make a donation. Every little bit helps and you’re giving more than money. You are giving HELP and HOPE to people in our community when they need it the most.