Winds of Gold by Jessa Lee Scott (pseudonym) synopsis: Kyndra Bailey inherits Faircliffe Plantation and is caught in an intricate web of secrets and deception when her brother disappears and her uncle spends her inheritance. With the loss of Faircliffe looming, Kyndra is forced to ask for help from handsome and mysterious Tyler Andrews. From antebellum Richmond to the Santa Fe Trail, Kyndra and Tyler are entangled in danger, adventure, and passion as they search for Kyndra’s brother and a fortune in gold, silver, and jewels. Knowing that Tyler must return to Texas and Kyndra will return to her beloved Faircliffe, their love seems doomed from the start. Yet as the clues draw them ever deeper into the mystery of Beale’s Treasure, their passion cannot be denied. The treasure may be lost forever but will Kyndra and Tyler be lost to each other forever or is their love strong enough to keep them together? According to legend, Thomas Jefferson Beale and twenty-nine Virginians left Lynchburg, VA, in 1817 to hunt on the Western plains. They found gold and silver north of Santa Fe, and two loads were taken back to Virginia to be buried in Bedford County. Each shipment was to be hidden until all of the treasure was transported and could be divided among the men in the party. During his second trip to Lynchburg in 1822, Beale left a letter and three coded messages with Robert Morris, an innkeeper in Lynchburg, with instructions that Morris should read the papers and act accordingly if Beale didn’t return within ten years. When Beale failed to reappear, Morris and others subsequently attempted to break the codes. One message has been deciphered and it lists the contents of the buried treasure, which would be worth millions of dollars in today’s market. The second and third messages supposedly give the names of those in Beale’s party, and the precise location of the treasure in Bedford County, Virginia. These unbroken messages have stumped both experts and amateurs; even the most sophisticated computers have failed to produce the key. Much has been written about Beale’s Treasure. For more than a hundred years people from far and wide have descended upon Bedford County to search for a lost fortune of gold, silver and jewels. Believers can find ample evidence to support the story while skeptics can find discrepancies that convince them it is a hoax. There is a national organization of people who are working on those two coded messages.
Self Defense for Survival: The Road to Empowerment by Leslie Bowman Synopsis Women have all sorts of excuses for not learning to defend themselves. Among them are not having enough time, not being in good shape physically, having various medical conditions, not wanting to learn martial arts, and the worst of all-IT CAN’T HAPPEN TO ME. This book includes statistics that show how easily violence can and does happen and it also teaches awareness in order to prevent violence. Sometimes people become victims of violent acts no matter how careful or aware of potential danger they may be. In cases like this, self-defense survival strategies can save a life. The prevention strategies and self-defense survival techniques in this book are suitable for women and children of all ages. With education and awareness, you can increase your self-confidence and learn to prevent and avoid potential violence attacks.
41 songs and 10 lyrics by jazz and blues singer and composer Joan Cartwright, one of the only women in the world with a jazz and blues song book. In a 30-year span, jazz vocalist and composer Joan Cartwright has become a Diva in her own right. She’s toured in 15 countries and has written over 60 songs.
40 amazing women in jazz and blues
Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was born in Columbus, Georgia (September, 1882 – December 22, 1939). Known as “The Mother of the Blues”, she was the composer who popularized the blues. She was a spokesperson for black people and a hero to them. Her style of moaning captured the audience. She recorded hundreds of songs on Paramount and put that recording company on the map. She recorded with Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson. She could grab a crowd and make them love her. The most popular blues singers had this quality. They could establish a rapport and rhetoric with the crowd.
“Ma” Rainey took Bessie Smith under her wing. This was how the blues tradition developed. One followed another or they were contemporaries of each other.
A manual for aspiring Divas, musicians and composers
Music is a profession that many people would love to embrace but few really have the talent or fortitude to endure. Simply being able to sing is not enough to last in the music business.
- Know music theory
- Know the importance of having your own voice rather than just covering the musical style of another artist
- Work hard to hold the attention of an audience
- Understand the business and what it takes to get bookings and royalties
Four songs dedicated to my granddaughters, god daughter and great grandson
©2006 Joan Cartwright
Lighting on a tree
In my eyes, Butterfly
You and I are free
That’s the thing with Spring
Makes you wanna sing
Butterfly, all day
Butterfly, all night
From the coast of West Africa captured people brought a new music to the shores of North America. That music became blues and then jazz and was the voice of freedom. But the commercialization of this music throughout the twentieth century has not benefitted the innovators as much as the imitators, publishers and producers of recordings, concerts and festivals, worldwide.
The three essays in this book examines the cultural politics involved in the production, promotion and critique of African-American Jazz and Blues in America and abroad. It is available at http://stores.lulu.com/divajc
Born on December 7, in Kew Gardens, New York, Joan Cartwright is the consummate musician. She composes, performs, lectures, researches and documents jazz and blues musicians and performers. She is the founder of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC., a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting women musicians locally, nationally and globally, through contacts, articles, interviews, newsletters, events, courses, clinics, workshops, lectures, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, concerts, performances and recognition. During her 30-year career, Joan Cartwright has performed with Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Dorothy Donegan, Philly Joe Jones, Shirley Scott and hundreds of musicians in the U.S., Europe and Asia! Diva Joan Cartwright has toured 5 continents and 15 countries including the U.S.A., 8 European countries, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, China and Japan, with her swinging brand of jazz and blues. A composer and author of 7 books, her title, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY contains 40 songs and lyrics to standard songs: “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham, “Tune Up” by Miles Davis and “Bessie’s Blues” by John Coltrane. (LYRICS) The book contains two lectures that she’s given to over 7,000 children, college students and adults, in U.S., Switzerland, Sicily, China and Japan: WOMEN IN JAZZ and SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER? Her workshops are dynamic and educational, highlighting the pitfalls and benefits of the music business. She contends that, “Knowing music theory is a step in the right direction for any singer who truly wants to excel in the world of music!”Diva JC names any ensemble of musicians she works with “Jazz Hotline”. Why? Because the music swings and it’s always HOT! Her most famous Blues are “Nobody’s Husband”, “OH, Baby!” and “Treat Me Right and You Don’t Have To Marry Me”.
Known as the “Hip Hop Mom of Atlanta”, Joan performed Jazz Meets Hip Hop with her daughter’s hip hop/soul group – Caustic Dames, in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Italy, France and England. Hear Joan on “Atlanta Has Spoken“, a compilation of spoken word artists at www.cdbaby.com/cd/causticcomp. Be sure to hear her track “Talkin’ That Jazz” and also visit www.causticdames.com. Joan Cartwright is available for bookings around the world. Her knowledge of music and her professional attitude enables Joan to travel alone and work with professional jazz and blues musicians, wherever she is contracted to perform.
In 1998, Ms. Cartwright produced Gaiafest, A Celbration of Mother Earth with Women in Jazz. From 1997 to 2001, she was the recipient of several grants from Broward Schools, where she presented Women in Jazz at K-12 schools. In 2007, she presented at York College, in Jamaica, New York on March 28, 2008; and she was a featured artist of the Women in Jazz Festival on April 5, 2008, in New York City. In Fort Lauderdale, FL, she presented her program with an 8-member ensemble at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center on October 30, 2008, funded by a grant from the Friends of AARLCC, to be completed on March 7, 2009. She is scheduled to do her presentation at Miami-Dade Community College on February 3, 2009.
Joan has taught on a university level at Florida International University, Broward Community College, LaSalle University and K-12 level at Eagle Charter Academy. She is certified in the State of Florida to teach Music. Presently, she is researching doctoral programs in Music, Communications and Education. She is a frequent contributor to the South Florida Times, In Focus Magazine and Global Woman Magazine. Her website www.fyicomminc.com is a plethora of information about business, entrepreneurialship, culture, jazz, blues, music, art, spirit, women, humanity, videos, mp3s, history, politics, religion, community and more.
For 20 years, Joan worked in the legal field as a secretary, word process, legal assistant and file archivist. She owned a legal secretarial service in 1990, before going on tour for eight years in Europe, where she recorded her first CD, Feelin’ Good distributed by Tireno Records in Milan, Italy; and by her own lable, I AM Records in the U.S.A. Her second CD, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY is distributed solely by I AM Records. Presently, Joan hosts a weekly online radio show, MUSICWOMAN LIVE! at www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman featuring women who compose and perform their own music and men who support them. Archived shows are linked at: www.wijsf.com/radio.htm.Joan Cartwright, M.A.Founder and Executive Director of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC.CEO of FYI Communications, Inc.2801 S. Oakland Forest Drive, #103Oakland Park, FL email@example.com WORKS BY JOAN CARTWRIGHTBooks:
- Amazing Musicwomen (lulu.com 2008)
- So, You Want To Be A Singer? (lulu.com 2008)
- Songs For My Children (lulu.com 2008)
- The Moon, Sun Showers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds (lulu.com 2008)
- Rhythms of the Heart (lulu.com 2008)
- Entries on Women in Jazz in the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (ABC Clio 2008)
- In Pursuit of a Melody (Trafford: 2006) 40 songs, 35 poems, memoirs, photos and lectures:
- Amazing Women in Jazz and Blues
- So, You Want To Be A Singer? A Manual for Up and Coming Divas
- A History of African-American Jazz and Blues (FYICOMMINC: 1994) includes essays:
California Author Ameerah Alisande Shows Women How to Empower their Lives with “No One is Coming to the Rescue”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ameerah Alisande, author of “No One Is Coming to The Rescue
While pursuing degrees in psychology and business she also enjoyed the exciting world of fashion and modeling. Down deep she always knew that she would someday be able to affect the lives of others in a meaningful manner. Her desire was to be able to be a positive role model for young women; To be able to inspire, mentor and motivate others as she had been mentored by some very powerful women through the years.
After college, she began her teaching career in the public school system as well as the community at large. She took a sabbatical to write a book and entered the world of business. She rejoined her parents in their family’s virtual college bookstore,
Most recently, her strong desire to see change in the world, and to be an instrument of that change, propelled her to begin preparations. She began to accept speaking and teaching engagements where she gives a message of hope, encouragement, self-worth and empowerment through personal development, growth and courage. She has proved to be an excellent communicator. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology. She is also V.P. of content and culture for FreedomMovement.Net, a social network, where she writes the blog, “Powerful Women,” through which she continues to impact the lives of girls and women throughout the world.
Ameerah comes to us with a message to “take control of and take responsibility for your own lives, to shape your own futures, to realize your self worth and to become what you were meant to be;
“No One Is Coming To The Rescue”, hails from the Bay Area of California. She has become a consummate observer of human behavior. Her love of writing began at the age of three. She kept little journals wherein she would scribble pages and pages of indecipherable writing (to the untrained eye that is) and she would read them to her family with great passion and drama. Her creativity was apparent even at that early age. At the age of eleven, her 5th grade teacher, Mr. Abadie took notice of her writing skills. He submitted one of her children’s stories to a Writer’s Guild contest which she won. She had written her first award winning African Folktale. Ameerah was now officially an author. This opportunity also afforded her to serve as background vocals on a children’s album, “Everyone Can Be In the Band”, by Alan Spector. Palermo Books.Com, where she heads a division of the website. She writes a column that spotlights inspirational books and materials. Her entrepreneurial spirit emerged and she launched her own business, which enabled her to impact the lives of many people. She contributed to the book “What To Do With A $1: Kingdom Economics Are More Than Tithes and Offerings” by Maximillion Williams and was featured on the audio version of the book as well. Powerful Women.” For more about the author, or to purchase copies of, ”
The De Marco Empire Revenge is sweet and murder is even sweeter. Women who are scorned can be powerful enemies and will often go to any lengths to take out their hostilities on those who have wronged them. How far will a woman go to keep what she feels is hers, or in this who she thinks is hers, you will not believe it? Women are shrewd, clever, devious and wicked, as you will learn in this novel by J Lou Mc Cartney, the De Marco Empire. The De Marco Empire is strong: Antonio and Gianni run it with the help of many other players; Stevo, Eddie, Vince, Veronica, Tania, Kyle and Nicholas and more who help run their businesses and clean up after them. But, as all empires, sometimes the structure becomes too old and cracks and soft spots form and the entire foundation falls. The De Marco Empire is about to find out just how the Roman’s felt thousands of years ago when their Empire fell. Corporate takeovers are mild and tame compared to what happens in this novel. Katie Saunders and Lucy Carmichael walk into Antonio De Marco’s club pretending to want a job but really trying to check it out and see what it was like. Although he is with his demanding and conniving fiancé’ Sasha, he becomes mesmerized by Katie and nothing will ever be the same for either one of them. Getting a job as a waitress in the bar, she and her friend Lucy soon become embroiled in a life they will soon regret. But, there is no turning back. Enter Tania and Veronica the head girl and manager of the club who resent Katie and Lucy from the start. But, a natural with the customers, they can’t help but realize that Katie has an innocent and warm quality when dealing with the customers and soon rely on her to handle special clients, including the boss and his girlfriend. But, this is the beginning of the end of his relationship with Sasha, but the beginning of a reign of terror that will follow in her wake. What appears to be the right thing at first for Katie will become a nightmare of tragedies and for everyone. The story opens with Katie Saunders De Marco entering a courtroom on shackles for the cold-blooded murder of her husband Antonio on their wedding night. Cold-blooded, premeditated- or was she framed? So many enemies, so many players, so many who wanted him dead. Sasha, the scorned lover, the Calvi family who had his sister and parents killed for a previous vendetta and Tania, Veronica his head girl at his club and many more. “How did I ever get involved with this family? Why did I decide to become part of a dangerous family? What am I going to do to get out of this mess? I hope that Matt can help me and create a good defense for me or: Katie Saunders De Marco will spend the rest of her life in jail for a murder she did not commit. Antonio De Marco a successful businessman who owns his own clubs and gambling casinos. He is into drug trafficking, gambling, territorial wars, vice, police corruption, and murder. Strong-arming people no matter whether they worked for him or are on the outside does not phase him as long as the means leads to his desired end. Gianni De Marco, his brother, has a dark side and would resort to anything in order to protect his brother and his lucrative businesses and interests. Tania the manager of their club La Pregheira, had a side business of her own with another worker in the club and never thought one of the brothers would find out. Gianni, a lady’s man was engaged to a beautiful woman named Felicia who adored him and looked away from his indiscretions. Greed and the desire to have a piece of Tania’s action, unfortunately caught Felicia the crossfire and she paid dearly. But, that was not the end of the woes of the De Marco family. The worst has yet to come and it would. Making sure that no one would interfere with his plans for him and Katie, Antonio’s brother makes sure that Matt, her first love, and Lucy’s brother, bows out of the picture. Lucy becomes embroiled in this life when she meets Stevo working at the club but is more clearheaded than Katie and takes their relationship slowly. But, Katie falls head over heels and does takes a blind eye to the truth behind Antonio’s business dealings, the murders that occur and are covered up and pushes both Matt and anyone else away who tries to convince her to stay away from Antonio, including his enemies. Scorned and angered by being dumped by Antonio, Sasha goes on her own campaign to enlist others to help her get even with Katie and she soon ensconces herself with Gianni and proves to be a deadly weapon in this war of love, hate, murder and survival. Engaged to Felicia Carmine, Gianni hopes to marry her and become a family man. But that was not to be. Gianni is a greedy man and soon learns that one of his employees has a side business in prostitution and he wants a piece of the action. One of his trusted employees finds out that he is shaking down his partner in this business and Felicia pays the price dearly in order to teach Gianni a lesson. But, does he learn it? Does he stop and think about what might happen next? Revenge is all he knows. I won’t say more except that he has to withstand Sasha because of her father and how he helped him and his brother in the past. Vendetta’s stemming from years before with the Calvi brothers, and the De Marco family resulting in the deaths of their parents and sister. Added to that the Driscoll brothers who deal in drugs and drug trafficking the reading learns that these men are not safe from anyone, as you will learn. From framing a dear friend, Robert Valetti, a business partner for drug trafficking and smuggling drugs in a furniture shipment causing him to commit suicide rather than rot in jail, these brothers form a deadly combination that no one wants the numbers too open. Katie and Robert’s wife form a partnership with several others to expand the business along with an art gallery owner whose business if burnt to the ground and more. With the help of Henry the owner of the gallery and Ralph who designed buildings they would expand their business and hope for success. But, the best laid plans do not always work out and what happens next will not only terrify you but will keep you on the edge of your seat. J Lou McCartney is the master of intrigue, fear and suspense in this groundbreaking novel that gives the reader an inside look at a mafia family and what it means to become one of them. Skeletons in the closet come out to haunt Antonio and his brother Gianni. Murders are covered up so cleverly that they are never solved and bodies are buried so deep you can’t find them. After so many tragedies and so many murders and deaths, Katie and Antonio are married. While preparing a bath for them both on their wedding night someone comes into their suite and murders Antonio. With blood on her clothes and her hands the police come and arrest Katie assuming that she is the murderer and killed him for the insurance money. Matt, now a prestigious attorney and working in his own firm, handles murder cases and he is her only hope. In a loveless marriage and hoping to still find his way back to Katie he agrees to help her. But, can he when the evidence points to her. What happens at the end will stupefy you. What this brilliant author has planned for the characters and what their final fates will be will only be revealed when you read this novel. With twists and turns you will not see coming this author creates an ending that leaves the reader wanting more. I know that this is not the end of the De Marco family nor is it the last you will see of Gianni, Katie, Stevo and more. Will there be De Marco heir that will take over where the brothers left off? I give this book five brand new Italian Made Hand Silk Scarves and Five Expensive Wines Fran Lewis Reviewer
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