Pen2Pad Ink has the privilege of working with some exceptional authors. Working with each of them to either write and/or publish their project has been an incredible experience. We wish you much success and look forward to watching each of you blossom on your literary journey. Be sure to check out their latest releases. 

Loving The Me I See

Positive Affirmations are needed in today’s society especially since our children live in a social media world. Affirmations are very simple and short phrases that offer encouragement towards self and others.

 

Some children have gotten so used to the world telling them who they are not, but this book is to remind every child who they are. It’s an honor to Encourage, Empower and Educate them on who they are.

 

These affirmations will motivate children to believe what they’re saying and hearing about themselves as well as others! Now it’s time to go Conquer the world!

Mel Mel’s Story Rhymes

While Identifying Sight Words

Mel Mel’s Story Rhymes While Identifying Sight Words wants reading this story to be fun all while being excited to learn and recognize our sight words. I want to encourage children across the world to strive towards being their very best in school and with everything we do! Whether reading or riding a bike we have to pay attention. In order for us to learn, we must first listen! Enjoy learning sight words with me, my friends.

Pretty Brown Girl

In today’s day and age there have been so many labels placed on women of color. These labels have a tendency to bring down a person’s confidence in themselves. The age range of those affected is getting younger and younger every year.

Pretty Brown Girl is a book we all can relate to. It is designed to build up young girls’ self-esteem, strengthen their confidence in themselves and their identity. As well as teach them to be comfortable in the skin their in.

Black Boy Joy

In today’s day and age there have been so many labels placed on men of color. These labels have a tendency to bring down a ones confidence and force them to hide their authentic selves. The age range of those affected are getting younger and younger every year. Black Boy Joy is a book everyone can relate to. It is designed to build up young boys by encouraging, empowering, and strengthening their confidence in themselves. As well as teaching them to be comfortable in the skin their in.

Kaidyn's Enchanted

Animal Adventures

Kaidyn, Kailee, and Ace goes on an assortment of magical and educational animal adventures across Africa, Antarctica and many more amazing places. Join them on their journey as they combine fun facts and great expeditions to create an exploration you won’t forget.  

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ABC Animals Make A Friend

ABC Animals Make A Friend takes children on a journey of establishing friendships while learning their ABC’s, letter recognition and ultimately how to read independently. If your little one loves animals and visiting family and friends, then join us on a fun filled adventure as these characters dine together, play together and enjoy each other’s company.

ABC Animals Travel The World

ABC Animals Travel the World takes children on a journey traveling to different countries, cities, and continents while learning their ABC’s, letter recognition and ultimately how to read independently. If your little one loves animals and visiting family and friends then join us on an adventure through Atlantis, Dallas, Egypt and a host of other places on a fun filled adventure as your child journey to new places and meet new friends.

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ABC Animals Food Adventures

ABC Animals Food Adventures takes children on a journey of food, family, and fellowship all while learning their ABC’s, letter recognition and ultimately how to read independently. If you have an inquisitive little one who loves trying new things join them on this amazing adventure discovering new places to try different foods.

30 Days of Forgiveness

There were days I felt like I would die because I hurt so badly. All I really wanted was to be loved, but what I received was heartache. I did my best to treat other people how I wanted to be treated. What I got in return was rejection. Resentment and unforgiveness started to build a wall around my emotions until I didn’t even know who I was anymore. I blamed God for not avenging me and bringing down wrath on those who hurt me. What He told me was that in order to get them He would have to get me too! Instead, He told me to forgive them so that I would be forgiven. Forgiveness is the first step to your freedom. It’s not for the other person. It’s for you. When you’re ready to be free, walk through 30 Days of Forgiveness with me.

The Bald Truth

Angela Chatman has compiled more than a compilation of mere words. The Bald Truth screams victory and hope over life's many adversities. Angela who embodies a vibrant and carefree persona shares the trauma that disrupted her spirit man, then eventually manifested itself in her physical man. The Bald Truth is a powerful tell all that takes the reader on a journey through childhood sexual abuse, rape, divorce, domestic violence, the onset of sickness for her and her son, to the power of trusting in a higher being. Angela is very transparent in sharing her testimony that has transformed her life from many years of victimization to now being a strong survivor.

From Pieces to Peace (Updated Edition)

 

For many years Dr. Spellmon wore the crown of thorns after being raped three times by three different men she trusted. But now she no longer wears the crown of thorns, but the crown of a queen. After reading this book everyone should gain the strength to persevere no matter what is going on in their life.

Layers Unleashed

Layers Unleashed is a motivational guide compiled of real-life experiences paired with guided tools. These tools will help you deal with a number of issues while moving towards a life of fulfillment without holding on to bondage. There are exploratory questions that will help you dig deeper into various topics, such as childhood trauma and grief, health, family, marriage, finances, and friendships. This book can be modified for all ages and small groups.

Seasoned Salt 

~Heirloom Edition~

If you’re ready to live a life for Christ then this is the book for you! We have all been tempted at one point or another to do what makes us feel good. To do whatever we want regardless of the consequences. But, there will come a time when you want to know your purpose in this life and there is not one self-help book on Earth that will tell you that. The answer is already within you but only God can bring it out. Then, the work is up to you. This writer shows you how. Knowing your purpose and walking in it are two very different things. God will not force your hand. Free will gives you the right to make the decision. You can live a life for Christ or you can live it for yourself. You decide. After all…It’s Your Life!

Kingdom Madness

March Madness brings joy to thousands of basketball fans as teams face off for the ultimate glory of the NCAA championship. The same happens when attempting to live your best life with Christ. Join Anthony Tucker in his guide on how to handle the valleys and mountaintops of a life with Jesus Christ. Using basketball and biblical references, Tucker wants you to be prepared to be victorious in life like college teams are in the tournament.

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Red Flag!

There are people in this world who mean to do us harm. Some of them play on our emotions and some of them just flat out take what they want no matter how it makes us feel. Have you ever looked back on a situation and wondered how you missed the warning signs? You say to yourself “I got played!” Did you get played by a person or were you played by your own mind? How did that happen?  Hindsight is 20/20, but what if you could see it coming. What if you could keep a loved one from walking into a living nightmare? Would you do it?

           

This book helps you break down real-life examples of manipulation and abuse that people fall prey to. Then it goes even deeper into the triggers that can be experienced after the trauma has taken place. Most importantly, it gives you options of how to recognize, avoid and/or deal with the circumstances.

These Are Not The Same Tears

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” ~Psalm 30:5

            Complete transparency is what you’ll get from me in this book because it’s also what will be required of you. You can and will be healed but you must deal with the pain first. Night comes for most of us and it can bring depression, disappointments and dysfunction. Morning will only come if we work through the issues that brought the darkness. It will not be easy, but with God all things are possible. He will restore you from rejection, abuse, low self-esteem and shame, but you must do your part.

 

            Prayer, counseling and my support system were all a part of my process. Yours may not be the same as mine, but I pray you’ll do whatever it takes. There is life after brokenness. There were many days and nights that I cried through my pain and my process. But, now that I see my morning coming, the liquid praise that falls from my eyes represents joy! These are the not the same tears.

The McQueen Foundation

Beginner’s Guide

for Helping the Homeless

Have you ever looked at a homeless person and thought to yourself, “That could easily be me?” The reality is many of us are one paycheck away from being in that very position. For Dishambra McQueen, that was her story before rising above her circumstances and founding The McQueen Foundation. Now, she trains other individuals with the same dream and passion to make a difference in the lives of the homeless in their own communities. The McQueen Foundation’s Beginner’s Guide for Helping the Homeless has been created for those wanting to develop an organization geared towards helping the homeless, with the goal of assisting in making your vision of working with the homeless community a reality!

 

Within this guide, you’ll find valuable resources on how to develop and run your organization, strategies for assisting with the basic need of the homeless population such as food, water, and clothing, and a step-by-step outline on how to do it -  allowing you to develop a simple and easy system for your organization. Whether you’re feeding the homeless with family & friends or running an outreach for the homeless you’ll find this to be the “go-to” resource as you begin your journey of service to the homeless population in your community.

Unconditional Love:

Caring When No One Cares

As I battled with whether or not caregiving was a blessing or a curse, I realized it’s a gift! Not everyone has the grace to do it, but from the time I was a young girl I have been a caregiver. From my daddy to my children, on to my mama, my husband and my auntie…I have been there. Never wanting to let anyone down, I worked tirelessly. My faith has carried me, but my body and my mind have been screaming out for my attention. You see…in all the love I showered on others I forgot about me.

 

            As you walk with me through the ups, downs, ins, outs, joys and sorrows or caregiving, I want you to hear me well. You are to love others as you love yourself. Don’t leave you out! It’s not ok to give it all away to others and only love you when it’s convenient. If you love you first, you can love those assigned to you so much greater. You can love unconditionally. You can give them that Unconditional Love.

Working Through Mommy Issues

Loving Yourself Even Though

She Didn’t Like You

This book is designed to help you deal with a mother who makes it difficult for you to care for and/or care about her. If you have ever asked yourself "why does my mother treat me the way she does" this book is for you. If you have found yourself wanting to scream out "Help! My mom doesn't like me" this book is for you. If you spent the majority of your life trying to make your mother proud of you or just trying to survive being raised by her and you still have not succeeded, this book is for you. You will learn how to love yourself even though she didn't like you. You will learn to stop compromising your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health to get someone to love you who does not acknowledge your effort. Take your power out of her hands and live!

Compassionate Children

Cultivating True Forgiveness of a Flawed Parent

This book is designed to help you deal with a parent who makes it difficult for you to care for and/or care about them. If you have ever asked yourself “why does my mother treat me the way she does” this book is for you. If you have found yourself wanting to scream out “Help! My dad doesn’t like me” this book is for you. If you spent the majority of your life trying to make your parents proud of you or just trying to survive being raised by them and you still have not succeeded…this book is for you. You will learn how to love yourself even though they didn’t like you. You will learn to stop compromising your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health to get someone to love you who does not acknowledge your effort. Take your power out of their hands and live!

A Time to Heal

Arlene Cameron never wanted kids, yet she gave birth to four. Who does that? The government handing out checks per child must have made those labor pains a little easier. She was a Christian woman who treated her children like the enemy. Could attempted murder, abuse, neglect, and mental illness all happen in one family? Why, yes . . . yes, it could. Because in Arlene’s family, that’s exactly what happened! However, when she found Jesus for real, she decided she needed to make things right with them.

But it was too late. They hated her! Well, not Jesus, just the kids. She wanted a family reunion with children who didn’t feel they had a family. She would have to create one in order to reunite it. Her youngest ran away at seventeen never to return. Her only son just wants to know who he is. Her oldest wants answers, and her prized child has a secret that everyone knows but her!

Pain caused by jealousy, deceit, and betrayal had torn them apart, and the one person who could bring them back together is missing. It is known that there is a time for everything. Arlene had already used up her time to tear down and to kill when she destroyed her family. Now, however delusional it might be, she’s hoping it will be a time to build up and “a time to heal.”

Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For is an impactful page-turner from the memoirs of Adele Bijour as she depicts her battle with life and lupus while still trying to make sure her family stays intact. She takes you on an emotional journey, giving you a glimpse of her daily struggles physically, mentally, emotionally, professionally, and financially. Adele shares her life story with admirable strength and courage. She takes you through many of the most private moments of her life until the very end.

A Sinner's Circle

They told her that God was the one who had her mother. She understood that in order to see her again, she would have to make his acquaintance. So she went to the first place she expected he would bechurch. However, what she found there was anything but God. Lies poured out to her from the pulpit that sounded so much like scripture the preachers even fooled themselves. Souls were being ministered to by fueling their bloodstreams with the kind of faith that took them so high they needed detox to come down. The choir director and the musicians asked her to sing songs in A minor while their hands were around her throat, choking the notes from her. It was said that her body was a temple not to be defiled while they used it for their own personal trash receptacles. She was told she was loved as they watched tears fall from her eyes because of the pain they were inflicting. All the while, the pastor lay in wait, preying on whomever he chose to devour. No . . . church was not where Karen found God. Church was where she learned to sin professionally. Round and round, she went spiraling into darkness. The God represented in church could not be the one she was in search of. He had to be bigger and better than this.

Sojourn with Karen as she relives her story. But know Gods voice and his Word for yourself so that you are never found caught up in A Sinners Circle.

Writing is Life

There’s nothing like having someone to talk to who will not judge or tell your secrets. Hopefully you have a friend who can be that for you. If not, there’s always therapy. But, there will be those times when you cannot reach either of them. When that happens you can reach for your journal! Writing out your thoughts and feelings can be a useful tool to ease symptoms of stress, tension, anxiety and depression. It can also aid in helping with effective communication with your therapist, friends and family. However, if you’re unsure of what to say or how to begin, journaling can be difficult. So, here’s your journal helpmate!

This book includes 200 prompts to choose from. Some days will be easier than others for you to get what’s in your head onto your paper. On those days, just jump right in and start writing. In those moments where you get stuck, just crack open your book and pick-a-prompt! This is in no way a replacement for talking things out, but it is an excellent positive coping mechanism to adopt. If reading is fundamental then Writing is Life!

The Awakening:

Entertaining Writing Exercises to

Revive Your Creativity

There’s nothing like a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing! Find your muse within the pages of this workbook. Write directly in the book or start your very own creative prompt journal! If you’re serious about writing then you should be putting something on paper every day. It doesn’t matter what you write about just as long as you’re writing. These prompts will be just what you need to get going!

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Encouraging Affirmations For Writers

Got writer’s block or writer’s not? Get your encouragement here! No matter where you are in your creative process, you can always use a cheerleader. In this short but sweet book the author provides you with daily affirmations to get you writing and keep you writing. Set your goal, make your plan and complete your project. On your mark, get set, write! 

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God's Unchanging Hands

Feel Alone? Unloved? Unheard?  Quell the voices with God’s soothing words of affirmation in love.  Unchanging Hands is a reminder through poetic thoughts and words of just how much HE truly sees you as a gift.  While everything and everyone might alter many facets of themselves, author Catalina Woodson wants to remind you that HIS adoration never changes or falters.

A Hidden Heart

Have you ever been in a situation where expressing your thoughts, feelings, hopes, and desires put you in harm's way? Hopefully you haven't. But for the author, that was the case for much of her life. Imagine having to hide who you are in order to keep yourself safe. Not knowing who to talk to or trust, her journals became her confidants. God was the only other who knew the truth. Until now. Travel with her as she allows you into her internal race to freedom between mind and heart. Watch her battles unfold as she vacillates from poet to journalist. Listen as she dares to break her silence and encourages other young women to do the same. Cheer her on as she puts the pieces of her life back together. Keep her company as she gains the strength to begin 

The Slip Under My Church Dress

A little black girl has much to deal with growing up in a family dominated by religion and keeping up appearances in a small town.  J. W. Bella takes you through the ups and downs of those experiences through the eyes of a piece of clothing that is never seen: a dress slip.  From horrible mother moments to facing silence to recognizing her own strength, Bella reveals her loves, hates, and pain in words congregated into stanzas to reveal and expose her truth.

No More Midnight Tears

No More Midnight Tears is a book of poetry written by a young woman determined to make it through life. Pain and struggle are a normal part of the journey to adulthood, but for this young woman, the journey was tougher than most. Each poem will take you on its own leg of the trip. While there is no promise that each trip will be pleasant, there is a lesson in them all. You will have a front-row seat to the writer's innermost thoughts and feelings, as well as the outward workings of her community. When she could not speak, she wrote. She stopped crying and started writing. When she was finished, she had created something that she could share with the world. This book is now the prequel to her next project called A Hidden Heart. She had found her voice and vowed that she would have no more midnight tears.

Through The Eyes Of A Broken Soul

Through the eyes of a broken soul is a book of love, hurt, pain, and perseverance. It’s filled with fascinating poetic stories based on personal life experiences, allowing you to know the author on a deeper more intimate level. The words within these pages are perfectly crafted to act as a telescope giving you a glimpse into a life of heartache, pain, and triumphant after the tragedy. Walk with this author as she takes you through the pain and persevered to heal, grow, and find the sunshine after rain. Since she’s found her voice she now strives to bring that same joy, happiness, and inspiration to her readers. So, come take a look through the eyes of a broken soul. 

Fists of Rage

Coauthors Arketa Williams and Ti'Ara "Ti" Walpool want to shine a light on abuse that is often overlooked and very seldomly discussed. With this controversial project, they are breaking their own silences. Having fallen prey to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, these two young women are ready to stop just existing and start living. They no longer want to think of themselves as just another number. Rightfully considering themselves victors, they want to give their readers the strength, power, and knowledge to join them. Given the staggering statistics, if you are reading this publication, you have likely been a victim of abuse, or you know someone who has. Throughout this book, you may struggle, cry, laugh, fear, and be angry with them. Its purpose is to call attention to the fact that the pain is real, and it happens more than it is reported. But it's time out for "what goes on at home stays at home." By gaining the courage to speak out against violence of all kinds, Ms. Williams and Ms. Walpool are taking back the power over their lives. Now, using voices of truth, they are taking a stand against Fists of Rage..

Suppressed Sins of the Heart

Our hearts often feel what our mouths may never speak. In this poetic creation the author decides to no longer be silent. She stands firm in her truth by exposing her internal battle between faith and reality. The tug of war that occurs when you are attempting to move forward by faith while you're faced with the reality of your problems that are ever so present. All while showcasing the importance of weathering the storm and pressing your way through by any means necessary. 

Sex Love Lies & Deceit

Some people say money is the root of all evil, but I think jealousy is. Jealousy can cause you to do and say things you might regret. It can hurt people you may truly love and break friendships and relationships that were built to weather a storm. Sex is enjoyable, but it can also be an addiction far worse than any drug. It can control you physically, mentally and emotionally. Sex, Love, Lies, and Deceit will take you on an adventure into the life of a young transsexual woman named Candy. Expect the unexpected as this novel is going to give an inside look at a lifestyle you probably know nothing about. Join us on this incredible ride where dreams become nightmares, friends become enemies, secrets become regrets, and fantasies become realities. This book is a ravishing page-turner filled with chilling tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat as it leaves you wanting more. 

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Sex Love Lies & Revenge

It’s been a year since the horrific death of his fiancée. For the past year, Jamal Cane has battled depression and addiction in a desperate attempt to escape his past. Just as Cane begins to reclaim the pieces of his life; his world is brought to a screeching halt. Haunting memories and regret forces Cane to deal with issues of the past head on and he learns that REVENGE is a dish best served cold. Follow Cane on his volatile journey towards peace and redemption. Will he ever find it? Join us on this thrilling page turner that will leave you eager for more.

Gangsta By Circumstance

Shyla Brown is content living the life she has, as the wife of Goodsman’s most ruthless Drug Kingpin, Big D. She lives a lavish lifestyle. One that most in her hood envy, Being the wife of the HNIC. Shyla is respected in the community and she loves it. She feels on top of the world in her designer clothes, purses, and luxury cars. Life seems good until one day Big D doesn’t come home. This one event turns her life upside down. Shyla has a decision to make. Does she crumble under the pressure or Does she rise up and take over the reign of the family business and deliver retribution to those who dared to violate her husband’s name and reputation?

 

Shyla decides to find out what happened to the love of her life and make those responsible pay. In the mist of seeking revenge, Shyla finds that things may not be as they seem and sometimes your temporary circumstances can lead to a lifetime of changes.    

Betrayed

Three sisters with mommy issues and dreams of making their memories of the hood a thing of the past, are struggling hard to function. Murderville, the one man who can put an end to the struggle, is also the same man who is causing the chaos. He has hired one sister to defend him in court. And why wouldn’t she? After all, she is his childhood sweetheart and she’s still in love with him. He already has another sister working for him. She now makes her money dancing in Club Body. Apparently, being turned out by this man runs in the family.  However, the other sister is threatening to throw a wrench in the whole operation. As a law enforcement officer, she has gone undercover.  Her mission is to make sure that he pays for what he has done to their mother and the family. The only way for these women to survive is to ban together. But, can they put their differences aside long enough to put him away and save themselves? Or will the hold he has on them take them all to early graves? Only time will tell if it will be Murderville or one of these women. But, in the end someone will be Betrayed.

Betrayed II

Black finds herself again in the mist of family drama. While she sits at the bedside of one sister, who is in a coma fighting to survive, the other sister (CoCo) is off apparently living her best life. She wonders why she’s always the one that has to be strong and try putting the pieces of this dysfunctional family back together. Everyone else seems so unbothered and comfortable in the drama and chaos.

CoCo is on the run. She had left Millville so fast her dust barely had time to settle. She believes that she is running from Murderville, her past and the po-po. She hopes no one is on her trail or that anyone will find out her secret. Coco is the one that shot her bourgeois, disloyal sister Mikeela. The real deal is that she has no regrets about the decision to deliver her version of street justice to her own sister. In her mind betrayal is unforgivable, but what will everyone else think when and if they find out that she is the reason why her sister and nephew are fighting for their lives?

Murderville is free, again. He is torn with the idea of being a father.  Emotional ties are something that you can’t afford to have in the game.  However, a son means that his legacy will live on.  He vows to right the wrong with whoever dared to threaten the life of his seed. Retribution is the only way; his reputation will not allow for anything less.

When the dust finally does settle and the facade fades away to reveal the mountain of family secrets will the Rye family make amends and let bygones be bygones, or will they throw caution to the wind and disregard family loyalty yet again? Two wrongs don’t make a right but it sure can settle the soul and make it even.

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