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OSCAR DREAMS COME TO LIFE WITH PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF VISUALIZATION!

by ELIZABETH

I always dreamed about being on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  I would visualize the experience in great detail, imagining the feeling of sitting in the big yellow chairs on her set, and pressing my fingers to the cool leather.

In June of 2002, I was sitting on the set of Harpo Studios in Chicago, pressing my trembling palms to the cool yellow leather of Oprah’s armchairs.

Because I was living my visualization as a guest on her show!

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SOLAR ECLIPSE TRIGGERS SEISMIC SHIFT FOR SPIRITUALITY, CREATIVITY, AND PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION

By ELIZABETH

ECLIPSE: a loss of significance, power, or prominence in relation to another person or thing.

Today, anything that has held me back in the past is undergoing a radical loss of significance, power, or prominence in relation to the beautiful, badass butterfly who is bursting out of the chrysalis whose confining darkness prepares it to soar to immeasurable heights.

I have been evaluating my strengths and weaknesses, and writing out a new version of how I’d rather be.  I am using the PowerJournal techniques that I devised and will soon begin teaching with Catherine.  I have been looking in the proverbial mirror to critique what’s working and what’s not in the way I spend the precious moments of this lifetime.  And the revelations reflecting back at me, in addition to deep meditation, are helping me strategize my infinite potential on every level.

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MAGIC MOMENTS MAKE LIFE SPARKLE

“…the sun sparkled on the light chop of waves as if God had sprinkled a million diamonds over Lake St. Clair.”

—   Husbands, Incorporated by Elizabeth Ann Atkins

By ELIZABETH 

This morning, that image reflected back at me when I stopped during a bike ride to meditate and pray beside the lake.

For long, amazing moments, I marveled at the sun sparkling on the water, which danced to the tune of a gentle breeze and caressed the jagged rocks.  My gaze followed the trail of sparkles all the way to the edge of the world, where the sun was making a silvery puddle on the horizon.

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INTERRACIAL YOUNG ADULT BOOKS COMING SOON!

By CATHERINE

Veronica, I Heard Your Mom's Black

Now that people are making a big deal about her black mother and white father, Veronica’s world is changed forever. But how does she find herself in everybody else’s confusion? In all the chaos?

Veronica’s hair is wild, and no one will shut up about it. Her mother wants to know if her friends “know.” She’s always been mixed, but now suddenly she’s questioning herself.

Her so-called friends are talking about her behind her back—and other people are saying obnoxious things to her face. How will she figure out where she fits in?

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BEST SELF JOURNAL #1

By CATHERINE

I burned most of my journals years ago. They mainly chronicled stream of consciousness complaints made semi-permanent as I tried to make sense of feelings and emotions. The stuff I wrote about was mostly negative––because why interrupt happy, joyful occasions to write how great life is? Generally, when life is good, I'm in the present moment enjoying it! 

About 10 years ago I made a concerted attempt to write in my journal when I was happy, but that just meant journaling less.  

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DANCING TO THE TUNE OF SUMMER SUNSHINE BLISS

By ELIZABETH

A baby bunny... a male and female cardinal... a big white cat... a chipmunk... a blue jay.  

All these friendly critters fluttered and scampered around me while doing yoga in the warm summer sunshine.

Mother Nature provided the soundtrack of chirping birds, and the soft breeze rustling in the treetops, along with my favorite Bill Withers song, Steppin' Right Along.  It’s the most soul-stirring rendition of The Lord’s Prayer — and it made me twirl in a joyful dance all by my damn self.

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DARK SECRET IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Sexy, sophisticated, scandalous!

Everything you need for a hot summer book… you’ve got it in Dark Secret, my bestselling novel about a woman who’s living a lie – to live the glamorous life.

You’ll find issues of race, sex, class, personal identity all wrapped into a fun, fast-paced story that will keep you turning the pages.

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CELEBRATE YOURSELF WITH DINNER FOR ONE

By ELIZABETH 

I’m working really hard on my soon-to-be-published spiritual book:  God’s Answer Is Know.   

The basic message is that we all have God’s power within us, and with that power, we are capable of anything.

This message is really important because we live in a world that teaches us to seek everything outside of ourselves.  That can lead to feelings of inadequacy and lack.  Society also programs us to believe that we’re not complete or truly happy without the company of others, especially in the romantic sense.

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IMPROVISE WHEN YOU GRAB THE WRONG SPICE!

By CATHERINE

I am a spice nut, and yes my spices are arranged alphabetically on a prominent shelf in my kitchen.

I keep the cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg on a separate shelf -- away from the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

This morning, however, the cumin, having made its way to the wrong spot on the wrong shelf, landed in my hand and performed a sprinkling dance over my oatmeal.

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DON'T QUIT YOUR DAYDREAM!

By ELIZABETH

These words, written in gold glitter, sparkle on my office wall as I work on books all day and into the night.  

For Catherine and me, our writing life began with a daydream. Daydreams are most delicious when they seem far off. But when you do the work, you can make them happen, and they become REAL!  

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WE DO JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!

 

“Your book cover does not reflect the story.  This story is edgy, sexy, sophisticated, scandalous.  You need an image to convey that.”

These words from one of my biggest fans provided some of the most pointed analysis I’ve heard about my second novel. 

So I pulled out all previous versions of Dark Secret...

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RACE, SEX, & SECRETS SPARK DEADLY DRAMA

 

COMING SOON! The re-release of Dark Secret!

Two beautiful sisters spark a scandal of race, sex, politics, and money so big – it could kill them both.

Camille is living the glamorous life in New York City – by passing for white.

Meanwhile, Karen is proudly serving their interracial family and Detroit community.

But their black mother is dying.

Camille can save her.  But will she?  And will the national scandal that her Dark Secret sparks, cause both sisters to lose their lives?

 

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THIS YOUNG ADULT NOVEL'S TUGGING AT MY HEART

By CATHERINE

Yes, you can judge a book by its cover. The evolution of the little gray T-shirt from rigid and boxy to something a little more comfortable-looking to something downright pretty grabbed my attention. The magnetic effect of this cover put my hands on autopilot, and I pulled the book off the shelf. 

The back cover sold me!  Again, the same three gray T's, but this time with the tiniest hint of the story inside...

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