All posts by Joey D. Pinkney

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… LaDonna Marie, author of “Larry the Alligator: Makes Friends”

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LaDonna Marie, author of Larry the Alligator: Makes Friends
(LaDonna Marie Books)

For some, making friends children can be difficult. Friendship building is an important part of connecting with others. Join Larry the Alligator as he learns assertiveness, persistence and confidence while making new friends.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Larry the Alligator: Makes Friends?

LaDonna Marie: I was inspired by my youngest son and his quest to makes friends. I always want to make an impact on others. I observed some of the difficulties other younger kids were going through and wanted to shed light on how they can persevere and be encouraged not to give up with Larry the Alligator: Makes Friends. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… LaDonna Marie, author of “Larry the Alligator: Makes Friends”

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Christine Pauls, author of “Belinda’s Song”

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Christine Pauls, author of Belinda’s Song
(Silver Pen Publications)

Belinda lived a troubled life. A mother who sold her body and used heroin was murdered at the youthful age of twenty-seven, leaving her six-year-old daughter a ward of the state of Louisiana.

After being tossed to and fro from one foster home to the next, Belinda is placed with John and Victoria Brittingham. These people are who any child would be overjoyed to live with and have as parents. A beautiful home, a room of their own, new clothes and toys would be a dream come true. But what lies behind the walls of this house is hardly what little Belinda dreamed of, and she will find out in the worse way, the secrets it harbors.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Belinda’s Song?

Christine Pauls: I wanted to challenge myself to write something that I wouldn’t normally. Belinda came to me, and I didn’t know why in the beginning. There are children in the foster care system who are forgotten, uncared for, unloved and abused. Belinda’s Song symbolizes the downside of the cycle. What looked marvelous on the outside, was hardly what was going on behind the doors of the beautiful home she lived in. The inspiration was to tell her story in its rawness, looking beyond the abuse and to see what she grows up to be. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Christine Pauls, author of “Belinda’s Song”

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Odessa Rose, author of “Water In A Broken Glass”

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Odessa Rose, author of Water In A Broken Glass
(La Callie Nous Publishing, Inc.)

Meet Tonya Mimms, a talented sculpter who puts her artwork above and before everything including her thirst for love. One drizzly morning, she bumps into Malcolm Holland – a handsome accountant with a gap between his teeth. Later, Tonya meets Satin Pierce, a beautiful bookstore owner who has one of Tonya’s sculptures in her bedroom.

Soon Tonya becomes the centerpiece of a love triangle, in which she finds herself satisfied by a glass of love that she gulps freely and a glass from which she sips fearfully.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Water In A Broken Glass?

Odessa Rose: I was inspired to write Water In A Broken Glass because of a friend who was afraid to tell me that she was gay for fear I would no longer want to be her friend. In questioning what I did or said that would make her think this would be the case, the story’s main character Tonya Mimms popped in my head. Continue reading 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Odessa Rose, author of “Water In A Broken Glass”