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March 2020 Literary Newsletter 

11th Edition


It's Pisces Season! Welcome to the month of March authors, readers and astrology geeks! The wait is over!  

Compelled To Murder the full length novel, along with Compelled To Murder II – Steven's Lineage are available. Click the links and dive in. 

Don't forget to leave a review. It's the bookish thing to do... 

Compelled To Murder - Full Length 

SYNOPSIS - Compelled to Murder is a cinematically woven mystery/suspense novel which tells a story of abhorrent misdeeds which take place in the small town of Crimson County. Although Crimson County has just recently become introduced to the crime of murder, it has always however been plagued with other misfortunes such as deceit, bullying, adultery, and rape. When tragedy strikes on what began as a beautiful evening for a middle aged couple, John and Megan Slater, it shifts the balance in their seemingly perfect lives forever. With their marriage on the rocks, John becomes compelled to take on the role of the avenger, presenting him the burden of eradicating the evil plaguing his small town. The residents in Crimson become increasingly terror-stricken, while the body count rises one after another, baffling the local sheriff's department. Not even the curfew put into place by Sheriff Laskey stops the bludgeoning and mayhem wreaking havoc under the cover of darkness. Unbeknownst to John, there is a particular evil lurking much closer than he realizes. Searching for the person responsible for his affliction, eventually culminates into a battle that will compromise everything he has left to live for. By the end you'll find most anyone can be… Compelled to Murder. 

Compelled To Murder II Steven's Lineage 

Special Sneak Peek - 

The little boy crawled out of a vacant chamber into a room where some of the bodies were stored. He stood, still dressed in his Peter Rabbit pajamas from the night before. A small, toy, army man dropped to the cement from his left hand, when he saw something that peaked his interest. The single corpse covered by a white, cloth, sheet laid atop a gurney in the center of the room. The aroma of formaldehyde, methanol, glutaraldehyde and other solvents permeated the brisk air.  Steven shuttered partly because of the cold, the other being due to the eerie feeling that washed over him, once he’d decided he wanted to see the body. He wondered what the body looked like, how the person died, how their skin felt – so many unanswered questions he was determined to solve, all on his own. When he’d watch his mother work, it was always from across the room, or he’d be sitting on the floor pushing toy cars to and fro. Never had he ever been this close. Steven inched over to the gurney, lifting the sheet. Heart pounding, his pupils expanded as he peeked underneath at her naked body. The nipples on her breast were stiffened and purple. How beautiful, he thought. Should I touch them? I wonder what they feel like. The tiny fingers on his hand, moved underneath the sheet across her skin, to the silky mound with the purple tip. He liked how her breast felt in the palm of his hand. He wanted to taste her nipple. I wonder if it has milk like mommy’s used to, he pondered the thought. He could still remember its sweet taste. It was just two years prior she’d stopped breastfeeding. Steven’s mouth etched open…

My new psychological thriller, Rural Route 8 is up next along with it’s sequel below…  


Middle aged, African American - Jackson Pierce, a discharged military corporal, is the new RCA at Clarkston post office after a disheartening discovery ends his career with the United States Marine Corp. He quickly moves up within the ranks at the U.S. Postal Service, making a name for himself as the friendly neighborhood mail carrier. Delighted by the many gifts, and thanks he receives,Jackson is determined to continue to please the residents of Clarkston, MI. But when lack of medication threatens his already waning sanity, Jackson's rewarding of good deeds quickly transforms into the punishing of evil. How far will he go to right the wrongs he’s witnessed?  The line between right and wrong becomes blurred when a traumatic memory is unearthed by the actions of an adulterous husband, making this nefarious carrier's brand of retribution law around Clarkston.  Jackson Pierce becomes judge and jury over the townsfolk in Clarkston, Michigan. Watch as they atone for their sins in this riveting suspense thriller.  

Rural Route 8 Part II  UNREQUITED – The Aftermath 


The dust had finally settled on the tragic events that took place just months prior in the city of Clarkston. As a collective, the residents of the small yuppie town pressed forward, carrying on their mundane lives, as if the puzzling string of murders hadn't taken place. Still, there was one unable to go back to the way things were. How could she? Evelyn Todd had woken up not knowing her true identity, nor how she'd wound up in that hospital bed - wires attached to every extremity of her body as if she were some sort of lab experiment.The one thing she was convinced of was her love for Colin Ravish – no matter how much her family and friends regaled her with stories of her loving marriage to her doting husband, Erick. 

Over time, Evelyn's obsession with the part-time paramedic would only grow stronger threatening the beautiful union she'd built up until that fateful night she was attacked, and her memory washed away. Now reborn, she tries to build a new life while nursing an irascible temper – a side effect of the blow to her frontal lobe. Erick refuses to give up hope on the love of his life and mother of his children. But, how far is he willing to go to pull his wife back from the brink of disaster? Well, that all depends on how far Evelyn is willing to go to win the object of her affections.In this tantalizing suspense thriller of jealousy, lust, envy, murder and mayhem you'll see that nothing stands between unrequited love. Not even spouses...

 Writing Tips & Resources!

In this month’s issue we highlight resources that assist you in branding your company. Branding can help to define your craft, polish your image, target specific areas of marketing for growth in sales, as well as set your company apart from others, clarifying what it is you bring to the table. Here are several highly recommended resources in our literary network with a vase experience in the area of branding. 

Please by all means, utilize them!  

Clarendon House Books 

Teresa M Browning 

Fiona Jayde 

Allison Arnett 

Sophie Lynn Productions 

Tamera Kelly

Poised Pen Productions 

DeShai Cole 

Jai Stone

Marketing With Mary 

1. Wondering how long your manuscript should be? Check it out 

2. Are your books available on Ingram? Make it convenient for libraries, bookstores and other various establishments to order your titles in bulk, along with other authors. 

3. Grammarly Software is an effective tool for editing your manuscript. 

4. Do you know the difference between a dirty link and a clean one? This is the link for Compelled To Murder. This is a dirty link. 

I can get the same results with this link 

Delete all the mess once you get to the (ref) portion. You don’t need it. 

5. Allow readers to get to know you. Participate in book club reads, look for take over opportunities, or even start your newsletter/blog. 

GoDaddy is great for building websites, then head on over to Zoho Campaigns to start your newsletter.

6. Use the “Read Aloud” function in Microsoft word to assist you in checking over your manuscript before submitting it. You many not have afresh pair of eyes at your disposal, so use your ears! 

7. Are you using your Facebook profile page to your maximum benefit? Can we go to your profile page to find a link to your work without the hassle of scrolling through multiple posts? Attach links to your books and websites, on your Facebook profile page. Use the social media tools you have at your disposal. 
#MakeItEasy #PromoteUProudly 

8. Aspiring Authors should check out You Can Write A Novel by James V. Smith Jr for the do's and don'ts.  

9. Were you aware that you can obtain a federal EIN for your small business at no cost? Just go to to apply. The process takes only five minutes to complete. 

The State fee normally ranges around $50 to obtain your state EIN. You’ll need an EIN number to operate your small business in your state. Stay up to date when it comes to filing your taxes. It’s simply good business. Keep you’re business and personal affairs separate.





Pisces Season is here from (February 19th thru March 20th) 

The mutable water sign of Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune making them not only intuitive but creative as well. Neptune rules dreams, illusions,delusion, fantasy as well as inspiration, among other things. This Pisces season can stir up emotions caused by not only current events but also past occurrences, due to the Mercury retrograde lasting until the 10th of March. Let us all pay special attention to our reactions and impulses. Think before speaking. Do not allow yourself to be disillusioned by false promises. Communication becomes much clearer after Pisces season. Go with the flow as water can be powerful, pulling you into murky places. The more you fight the tide, the harder it is on you.   

Good news! Your creative juices should be flowing. Use this time to dream up something that will add stability to your life. Let your craft be your crown this go round! While you’re hard at work, don’t forget to take time to show your loved ones how much you care.  

That being said, let's see where some of our major planets will be transiting.

Uranus ended its retrograde in Taurus on January 11th, ushering in progress in those areas of your chart affected by this transit since August 12th of 2019. Uranus in Taurus reigns over our values, money and resources, which are all now free to progress thanks to the end of the retrograde. It’s currently toggling between 2 and 6 degrees of Taurus. In May it moves past the 6 degree mark. If you have any planets in Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn and Libra that are within that 2 to 6 degree mark you’ll be affected even more so by this transit. (Cancer, Capricorn and Libra in opposition)  

The Sun is in Pisces February 19th until it enters Aries on March 19th. 

Mercury (planet of communication and skills) is retrograde in Pisces at 12 degrees from February 17th thru March 10th.This can stir up communication brought about by insecurities. So be honest with yourself and try not to project that onto others, as well as not allowing it to be projected onto you. Try to avoid signing contracts during the retrograde. If you must, be sure to read the fine print. 

- On March 16th Mercury enters Pisces at 0 degrees. Here Mercury is in its detriment, being that Pisces is emotional, murky, and dreamy as opposed to analytical and intellectual. You may struggle to express yourself clearly. Communication can be vague even misleading when Mercury is in Pisces. Listen up, and take your time when responding. Tap into your compassion during this transit. Communicate with others as you wish to be communicated with. 

Venus (planet of love and pleasure) is in the cardinal fire sign of Aries until March 4th. Love can ignite in this fiery competitive sign, ushering in a renewed sense of passion. During the new moon on February 23rd it squares Jupiter in Capricorn, so be on the lookout for temporary changes in your relationships. Keep a cool head and think things through, but be honest with yourself and others.  

-On March 4th Venus enters Taurus at 0 degrees.You’ll be craving physical contact. Taurus likes sensuality as well as the material pleasures in life. Enjoy it, but resist the impulse to be jealous or possessive in love, and be mindful of the urge to spurge. (*Venus also deals with finances) 

Mars (planet of challenges and energy) leaves Sagittarius entering the earth sign of Capricorn at O degrees on February 16th until the end of March. You’ll strive to accomplish lofty goals during this time because you’re feeling up for the challenge. Having a strategy and practicing patience will assist in accomplishing your goals with less opposition. You’re motivated to make strides, which is a good thing, because now’s the time to go for what you want – just remember to play nice.   

Jupiter is quintile Chiron aspecting Capricorn and Aries on March 23 (the day before the new moon) Karma is at play, and fated events can take place during this time. Chiron, the wounded healer, aspects our all around health – mental, physical, emotional, even spiritual.  

Saturn moves into Aquarius and out of Capricorn on March 21st until the beginning of July. This creates challenges for some of the signs. Don’t panic. Challenges can be overcome. As you know Saturn is the planet of restrictions, responsibility, even Karma(good or bad). Those with better aspects are Aries, Gemini, Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, and Capricorn.  

For those who read my monthly newsletter, you'll see that the horoscope portion has gotten much more expansive. I'll now be discussing major transits and their influence on the collective. I think you guys are ready to learn more... Go a bit deeper, ya know?   

The Full Worm Moon on March 9th, 2020 is in the mutable earth sign of Virgo! The spotlight not only shines on Virgo but also any houses or planets you have in the sign. It’s a time of illumination. What are you planning to unveil?   

The New Moon on March 24th, 2020 is in the cardinal fire sign of Aries! It’s the time for new beginnings. The new moon calls for you to start new projects. A new season is upon us. Spring cleaning applies to life and home. Where does Aries aspect your chart?     

It's time to cut out the things that no longer serve you. The cosmos are making drastic changes, one's we haven't seen since the 1930's. Anew cycle is beginning, and the train has been boarded. Have you dropped that old baggage, yet? I sure hope so. Uranus is in Taurus until 2026. Women rise up! It's our time! 

Now for our MONTHLY Astrological HOROSCOPES! 

ARIES (March 20th– April 19th) – During the Mercury retrograde, which lasts until March 10th, you’ll be mulling over the past while taking time for self-care. Could you use a bit of healing? The retrograde is a great time for self reflection. Venus(planet of romance, finance, pleasure) along with Uranus(planet of science, revolution, originality, progress) will be transiting your area of finance and resources at the end of winter. At the same time Uranus in Taurus is trine the true node and Cancer. Money will be looking better. If you’re searching for a bargain or some extra cash flow, it should be coming your way. The Sun enters your sign on March 19th where it is exalted. This is wonderful for Aries! Spring arrives, and your ruler Mars(planet of energy and challenges) is lighting up your career sector, being that it’s in Capricorn and will be there until the end of March. What new challenges are you ready to tackle? Saturn enters Aquarius on March 21st this is good news for you! The New moon in your sign on March 24th reveals new beginnings and opportunities. Enjoy! You deserve it Aries.

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)

The Mercury(planet of communication and skills) retrograde on February 17th thru March 10th, revisits matters. In fact, your 12th house of privacy and solitude, along with your 11th house of friendships and goals are a focus.. Don’t panic. Have confidence in yourself and believe that you’ve done the work required. Continue to develop your craft, read up and research. March you’ll be ready to blast off. Assert your independence, Aries!

TAURUS (April 20th – May 20th) – Your 10th house of fame and achievement as well as your 11th house of friends, goals and high hopes is being influenced by the Mercury(planet of communication, sales, skills) retrograde. Make sure communication is clear when dealing with friends and coworkers. It’s easy for things to go left with the planet of communication not moving forward. You’ll feel and look good when Venus(planet of romance, pleasure) enters Taurus on March 4th. In fact, being seen in a better light could be just what the Universe ordered. Mars(planet of energy and challenges) will be helping out to give you a boost of energy, being that it’s in your fellow earth sign of Capricorn. Saturn enters Aquarius on March 21st in area of your image, reputation and identity in the world. Who do you want to be? How do you wish to be seen? Realize your destiny, and get things done. Just don’t forget to have the confidence that you do indeed have the skills to accomplish said goals. The mind matters.

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)

The Mercury(planet of skills and communication) retrograde on February 17th has you second guessing and revisiting plans. This retrograde ends on March 10th but energies can be felt up to two weeks after it goes direct. It’s called a shadow period. This retrograde for you is a time relationships can be tested. Also you can come into contact with old friends.

GEMINI (May 21st– June 20th) – Your ruling planet Mercury is moving into Pisces(your career sector) on March 16th. If you need to review communications whether they be contracts or emails, read them in their entirety. Your analytical brain doesn’t mesh well with emotional Pisces so you’ll really have to tap into your natural talents this time around. On March 21st Vesta(dwarf planet)enters Gemini. Your communication and networking skills get a boost. With you logic is definitely preferred. Be that as it may, communication doesn’t always have to be so serious or over intellectualized. It’s okay to feel, Gemini. Saturn also goes into Aquarius on March 21st these next several months bode well for you in many areas of your life.

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply) 

Be sure to listen up! Don’t make any sudden decisions.Remember, patience is key. If the deal is good it’ll still be good after the Mercury retrograde ends next month on March 10th. You’re worth the wait. Mercury, planet of skills and communication, is also your ruling planet. It retrogrades on February 17th in Pisces, revisiting issues in your career sector. Rework or revise what needs to be. Remain balanced and fair in communication. Pisces rules your career sector and there is a New moon in Pisces on February 23rd. New insights are illuminated.

CANCER (June 21st– July 22nd) – Venus(planet of pleasure and romance) is transiting Aries going over your 10th house of fame, mastery, even career until March 4th. You may not be seeing eye to eye with coworkers during this time. Passionate conversation can stir emotions. Detach in order to stay calm. Jupiter(planet of luck and expansion), Pluto(planet of resources and rebirth), as well as Mars(planet of energy and challenges) oppose your Sun near winter’s end causing you to be seen less favorably. Remember communication is a two way street. Listening will bode better for you at this time. The universe is just not giving you much room in this area. Everyone has an opinion. Consider them while maintaining your principles. The great news for you this month is Saturn moving into Aquarius for the next several months starting on March 21st! You’ll no longer be feeling the opposition created by Saturn in Capricorn. You’re entire well being gets a boost. You can finally say…. Yes! 

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)Mercury(planet of communication and skills) retrograde on February 17th affects your 8th house of passion, death, rebirth and finances. On the 18th it moves to the 9th house of travel, education and philosophy. Major life shifts can happen during this time for some. These areas will be revisited until the Mercury retrograde energies dissipate after March 10th.

LEO (July 23rd– August 22nd) – The Mercury(planet of skills, communication even sales) retrograde is still causing your credibility to be challenged or questioned. People are quick to correct, pointing out flaws. After the retrograde concludes on March 10th things will ease up but you’re still under watchful eyes so don’t give anyone reason to stir the pot. Your Sun is squared by Venus(planet of romance, pleasure and finance) and Uranus(planet of progress and originality). People around you can be unpredictable. That applies to loved ones, people you deal with in finances, even coworkers, being that the transit crosses your midhaven(career, mastery). Be the humble, compassionate, reasonable voice in the room. You attract more bees with honey. They can’t hold you down, Leo! You were born to shine. It’s time to nourish your true aspirations!

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)

Remain on the right side of legalities. You’re under a microscope near the end of February thanks to the Mercury(planet of communication and skills) retrograde which begins on the 17th affecting your 7th house of partnerships and your 8th house of finances, passion, death and rebirth. These areas will be revisited. Expect change! If you have receipts, keep them handy. Maintain your integrity. Your reputation needs to be rock solid because you’ve got opportunities coming. 

VIRGO (August 23rd – September 22nd) – The Virgo full moon on March 9th illuminates things that are to your benefit. Keep up with correspondence and don’t let the Mercury retrograde energies muck up business affairs. Practicing accountability then moving forward is a must this month.  Your 5th house of romance, creativity and children is getting a boost as spring begins with Mars(planet of energy and challenges) aspecting. Have fun with family or create a masterpiece. The third week in March Venus(planet of romance and pleasure) joins Uranus(progress, originality) in your 9th house of travel and education you could suddenly feel the urge to overindulge in the finer things in life. You’ll enjoy learning as you explore. It just gives you more to add to your repertoire. The last week or so in March you’ll be busy working on projects whether by yourself or with family. 

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)

Once Mercury(your ruling planet) the planet of skills and communication goes retrograde on February 17th you’ll be revisiting topics surrounding the 6th house of work, health and daily habits and your 7th house of partnerships, marriage and unions. Maintain the integrity in your relationships throughout this season. Contracts are on the mind during the retrograde. Be honest with yourself about the things you need to let go of, and know that you can’t please everyone. Remember not to overload your plate.

LIBRA (September 23rd- October 23rd) – Venus(planet of romance and pleasure) is at an opposition to your Sun until March 4th. Everyone has an opinion, and it just may conflict with yours. Be compromising when dealing with others. Remain positive. Thoughts manifest, and you are in a period of transformation. When Neptune(planet of dreams, inspiration, illusions) joins Venus in your 6th house of health, work, and daily habits your intuition is sharp. You can experience deep dreams and have a keen sense of things lying under the surface. This transit lasts until March 19th. Your 8th house of passion, death and rebirth is accented by the full moon in Virgo on March 9th. Finances start to look much better. Are you expecting a payout? The Saturn in Aquarius transit that begins on March 21st bodes well for your career because of aspects to Jupiter. Have confidence in yourself! 

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)  

Your 5th house of creativity, romance, and children is being impacted by Mercury retrograde from February 17th until March 10th. This area will be revisited. Rework what needs to be tweeked. 

SCORPIO (October 24th– November 21st) – Mercury the planet of skills, communication, even sales is retrograde until March 10th. Say what you mean, and mean what you say Scorpio. Relationships are a big focus for you this month, in addition to updates. Both are on the mind from your home to your career, so while you’re working on becoming a power house by welcoming new endeavors, lend a little energy to your actual abode. It’s the perfect time to repair or even redecorate. Could your home surroundings use some attention? Get to it! Also your 5th house of children, romance and creativity are a focus. You’re certainly the cat’s meow when it comes to love during this retrograde. Enjoy it! Creativity should be thriving especially with the harmonious energies of Pisces season helping you out. Use the empathetic side of Pisces to relate to others around you. Forgiveness moves you forward. If you are going to usher in new opportunities you need to be open. Remember negative energy creates blocks. Also, set aside time to create something brilliant. It’s the perfect time for creatives right now. When Saturn moves into Aquarius on March 21st tread lightly or should I say just take it one day at a time. Don’t overload your plate. Many opportunities arise and you need to be able to discern as to which are beneficial to you.  

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)

Around the time of the New Moon on February 23rd important information can be revealed. Just be sure not to rush any important decisions or sign any contracts during the Mercury(planet of communication and skills) retrograde on February 17th through March 10th. If you have no other choice, read up before signing on the dotted line.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22nd – December 21st) –Good news! Spring brings Jupiter(planet of luck and expansion), Mars(planet of  energy and challenges), Saturn (planet of restrictions and responsibilities)and Pluto(planet of rebirth and renewel) to your money sector. It’s time to show Sagittarius the money!!! Be thankful for the blessings bestowed you. It brings in further abundance.  And don’t forget to spend your money wisely. Saturn says so… But rest assured the planet will be providing for you being that it moves into Aquarius on March 21st creating a beautiful sextile for you. Time to recover! You’ll need this recovery so that you can fulfill in yourself what you’re lacking. Finding it in yourself as opposed to looking to others for said fulfillment will be monumental for your confidence. It’s time to become aligned with the change you wish to manifest. Don’t just speak about it, be about it.    

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)The retrograde of Mercury(planet of communication and skills) from February 17th until March 10th could cause a stir in your family sector. In fact, your 3rd house of communication and siblings, along with your 4th house of home and family is impacted this month. Do NOT allow fear, insecurities and doubt to cloud your judgment. Don’t be strayed from your path. This includes people that push these negative traits onto you. Exercise patience if you find yourself revisiting touchy subjects. Be honest with yourself about the people and things you need to let go of, which includes toxic habits and or vices. And please, don’t keep your emotions bottled up. Talk to someone you can trust if need be(someone qualified).

CAPRICORN (December 22nd – January 19th) – Spring begins with Mars(planet of energy and challenges) in your sign! This gives you the extra boost you need to get things done. Just try not to be too aggressive. No need. You’re already one to be reckoned with. The full moon on March 9th being in your fellow earth sign of Virgo makes the energies harmonious for you. Deep reflection has you focused on self. When dealing with self reflection be honest with yourself about who you are, and how you go about handling things.If you need to make amends for past faults do that, then move forward. It allows others to move forward as well, clearing the negative energy between you. You are a leader Capricorn… Lead by example. With Saturn moving out of your sign on March 21st your money is free to increase for the next several months!

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply) 

Mercury(planet of communication and skills) retrograde on February 17th thru March 10th impacts your 2nd house of money, possessions and resources, along with your 3rd house of communication and siblings, even sales. These areas will be a revisited.Focus on things that need to be revised or rehashed to bring clarity, and allow you to move forward with less stress.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18th) – Uranus(planet of progress, shocks, sudden occurrences, even originality) is affecting your home environment. Look for company to show up unexpectedly. Your 2nd house of finances is graced by Mercury(planet of communication, sales, even skills) at the start of Spring. This puts the focus on monetary matters. Your earning ability becomes priority. There’s nothing wrong with saving for a rainy day. In fact, I encourage it because on March 21st Saturn enters your sign. Try not to take on too much. Restrictions return. In July when Saturn heads on his way the karma(good or bad) and restrictions lift.   

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)

New information will be revealed around the time of the New Moon on February 23rd bringing clarity. Venus (planet of romance and pleasure) comes in to grace your 3rd house of communication, siblings, even sales during the last week in February. The more you put yourself out there, the more you learn. Open yourself up to new avenues. Feel free to chat and visit with friends. Sometimes it’s the simple things that bring you pleasure. During the Mercury retrograde on February 17th thru March 10th it’s time to rethink your finances.

PISCES (February 19th – March 20th) – March begins with Mercury(planet of communication, skills, even sales) retrograde in your 1st house of image and identity until March 10th. Keep up with the status quo but try not to overload your plate. You’re not in competition with anyone. You are in your own lane traveling your own avenue, so no comparing yourself to others. Just be you, using your unique, creative talents to attract others into your atmosphere. Mid month Venus(planet of romance, pleasure also finances) graces your 3rd house of siblings and communication. Talks with family are a source of happiness. Mercury enters your sign on March 16th just in time for Spring, when Neptune(planet of dreams, illusions and inspiration) joins the fun. Again, your 1st house of image and identity is highlighted. Your words can be magic to our ears. Try putting it on paper… That’s even better.  

(Tidbits from February’s newsletter which still apply)

February 17th until March 10th.People are looking at you. Be confident! You’re granted visibility this month. Keep up the status quo. Communication from the past comes in to provide clarity during this time. Your New Moon on the 23rd of February brings in new opportunities. 

Finally, let's get into this month's features!!! 

Selections of the Month For the month of February we highlight two very talented authors/writers. Take a gander of a sample of their work. 

ENJOY – (listed in alphabetical order)

Author Bio – Author De’ Kari

De'Kari, author of the newly released Gorillaz In the Bay, is a promising author whose work is nothing short of amazing. Though it’s his first book, De’Kari’s work provides readers with an authentic glimpse into street life. He currently writes urban fiction but plans to cross over to other genres.The author was born and raised in Northern California, where he experienced a challenging childhood. Riddled with abuse, neglect and witnessing violence first-hand, De’Kari’s early years were dark and pained. Due to the dysfunction that surrounded him, he was often uprooted and moved from place to place. After various placements with relatives, he found himself in foster care. He eventually turned to the streets which consequently led to a lot of bad choices. In turn those bad choices led to youth authority, jail & prison.

There is more to this author than the street-life. He always had a love for writing. In school he excelled in creative writing. He would always live-out the story as he was writing. Through his most difficult times, he used writing as a way to escape from his surroundings. In additional to writing, he creates poetry, writes songs and does artwork. He loves spending time with family, fishing, sports and helping youth. 

He is happy that he is finally able to share his writing with others, putting his passion to work! De'Kari, author of the newly released Gorillaz In the Bay, is a promising author whose work is nothing short of amazing. Though it’s his first book, De’Kari’s work provides readers with an authentic glimpse into street life. He currently writes urban fiction but plans to cross over to other genres. 

TTTLE – Gorillaz in the Bay Series Book 1 

Back on the streets after serving a three-year prison bid, T'RIDA is faced with mad drama and huge obstacles, including a baby mama whose troubles become an added weight on his back.The future doesn't look promising until he takes to the streets to do what he does best, lay suckaz down! But at what price will his criminal prosperity come? When a man chooses to dance with the Devil, he must pay for his sins. Can T'Rida escape the inevitable downfall as he and his crew climb to the top in the game and prove that they are the real GORILLAZ IN THE BAY? Or will he meet a fatal demise? T'Rida's homies, TOMMY GUNZ and VOORHEEZE, are about that gun smoke too, as they clique up to form the Neva Die Dragon Gang, the Bayarea's most feared and respected organization. But on the road to riches, a man can become his own worst enemy. When that happens, the heavens will cry blood and the game will become downright unscrupulous.

Book 2 

War is brewing in the hood. VOORHEEZE is raging after the death of his big homie, T’RIDA, and with blood in his eyes and pain in his heart, it’s time to paint the streets blood red! CLARKOLA is called to step up to a position of leadership that he eagerly has awaited. Now, he's primed to take control of East Palo Alto. 

Meanwhile, a new team of young beasts, Y.N.M, is emerging and they're as lethal as death. SUTTON, their leader, has decided to take NEVA DIE to war. He and his team of young hyenas will test Neva Die like never before. When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?

While the street drama builds to a crescendo,Voorheeze has a new agenda. He’s declared war on the Milpitas Police Department for the death of T’Rida. In this bloody and all-out battle for vengeance and supremacy, who will emerge as the unchallenged GORILLAZ IN THE BAY? Whose lives will get snuffed out? How many families will shed tears before the final bullet is fired.

Book 3 

The war with Y.N.M. (Young Ni**a Mafia) nearly destroys the Neva Die Dragon Gang. VOORHEEZE is in a medically induced coma, and the rank and file of his organization is falling apart from within. A new leader, DOK HOLLIDAY, who has come home after serving 20 years in prison, is given the reigns of the gang. But when CLARKOLA resurfaces, an internal war pits friends against friends, and brothers against brothers. Will Dok's GORILLAZ IN THE BAY prove triumphant? Or will Clarkola and his Smack Mobb retire the old Legend for good? Meanwhile, BATMAN is on a quest to prove Black Lives Matter by killing one cop at a time.S.A.C. ANDREATTA and her FBI team has been called in to lead the manhunt for the nation's most dangerous fugitive. The race is on! Will the Feds be able to stop the cop slayings before others join the cause? Or will Batman teach them that Revenge Is Promised (R.I.P.)  

Book 4 

VOORHEEZE recovers from a coma and returns to the streets in full beast mode! Now, he's on an all-out mission to prove that he's as gangsta as ever. After stripping DOK HOLLIDAY of his authority, and committing a shocking murder, Voorheeze strongly backs up his belief that Black Lives Really Matter, especially to GORILLAZ IN THE BAY.To make the world pay attention to their protest of injustice, Voorheeze and BATMAN go from killing the police to killing someone higher in authority. Standing in his way is S.A.C. Andreatta and her government team of elite agents who will stop at no cost to bring the cop killing duo to justice. Has Voorheeze contradicted their message of Black Lives Matter by falling in love with the white police chief, whose job is to bring him down? Or is she simply a means to an end, another pawn in this real life game of chess.Will Dok Holliday take Voorheeze to war in order to regain his authority? Or will he see the bigger picture of peace and unity? At stake is the legacy of the Neva Die Dragon Gang.  

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E. Raye Turonek is a forty year old married,mother of five charismatic children. The native of Detroit, Michigan now resides with her husband and family in a small rural town in Mid Michigan. Since releasing her debut literary work, Compelled To Murder, in 2016 the author hasn't skipped a beat. She's gone on to release two addition full length novels, Compelled To Murder - Full Length and Compelled To Murder II - Steven's Lineage, under her company Mental Chatter Musings LLC. As well as two anthologies previously published under Conglomerate Ink - Bah Humbug and Off With His Head. E. Raye's craftmanship doesn't stop there. 

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TITLE – Rural Route 8 Sneak Peak –  

After a few alcoholic beverages Marcus's inhibitions were at an all-time low. He waited outside of the bar, slumped over his steering wheel, hoping to catch a glimpse of the woman he'd been spying on most of his time there. She was busty with a petite frame. The woman's silk, peach blouse matched the blush about her cheeks, and her black business skirt told him that she was a woman worth approaching. Marcus assumed she was clean – fit for his needs. He'd watched the unsuspecting woman order her last drink, pushing it away before it'd been finished – signaling the bartender she'd had enough. It was only a matter of time, before she'd be exiting the bar. His suspicions were correct. Fifteen minutes later, she emerged. The music echoed through the opened door out into the parking lot. Tobacco smoke escaped into the fresh air, as she held the door open, eyes searching the parking lot for her vehicle. 

“Where the hell did I park?” she muttered, forcing herself to recollect her previous actions. 

As paranoia washed over him, Marcus sat back in the driver's seat using the shroud of darkness in his vehicle as cover. He worried she'd notice him there spying, before he'd have the opportunity to speak to her.  

“There it is,” she breathed a sigh of relief. For a moment she worried someone may have taken off with it, but at the sight of her pearl white Mercedes Benz she released her grip on the door handle to head toward her vehicle. Pushing her shoulder length blonde curls behind her ears, she kept her eyes to the ground, her footing wobbling across the graveled parking lot. 

Marcus wanted more than anything to approach her then and there, but was unable to muster up the courage before she'd already gotten into her sedan. At which point, he saw no other option than to follow the woman. Marcus's Volkswagen pulled out of the parking lot just after the Mercedes. He hoped she lived alone – that no one was waiting for her to arrive at her next destination. When she stopped at a red light on Dixie Highway, the woman lowered her visor. She stared at her reflection, searching for signs of inebriation. The last thing she wanted was to go home drunk. If her husband found out she was at the bar, there would surely be hell to pay. The white around her warm, hazel pupils was bloodshot. She popped open the middle console, pulling out a bottle of Visine. After squeezing out one drop into her right eye, she moved to the left. The woman pinched the sides of the miniature bottle as hard as she could. Still, nothing. 

“Shit. Of course,” she huffed, figuring it was just her luck she'd be out. 

Honk! Honk! The person in the vehicle waiting behind she and Marcus's laid in on their horn, alerting her of the green traffic signal. Startled, she pushed up the visor then slammed her foot down on the gas pedal. I can't go home like this, she thought. My husband will kill me. The woman was supposed to be working late, not hanging out at the bar. But she needed the release, and knowing her husband wouldn't approve she chose to keep secret, night's like those. The gas station on the corner, she saw as her only refuge. They had to sell Visine there, she assumed. 

Marcus followed closely as the woman pulled into the gas station, parking alongside her Benz. He pushed the button to lower his passenger side window. That's when she noticed him. Marcus pointed his finger downward – a silent plea for her to lower hers, as well. She complied wondering what he could possibly want. 

“Excuse me. I was wondering, if you’re not attached...”

“I am,” she quickly interrupted, holding up her hand to flash a two carrot diamond wedding ring. 

“Now please, leave me be. I really don't have time for this.” She ended the rejection, pushing the button to raise her window back up, before hopping out of her vehicle to go inside the gas station. She paid Marcus no mind, having been approached by men quite often. Turning them down had become a regular occurrence, especially when she'd be hanging out as opposed to working. 

Marcus felt slighted – upset by the woman's rejection. Who does she think she is dismissing me like that, he festered in a dark corner of his mind. I'll show her who's boss. 

The woman headed straight for the register where the gas station attendant sat, nodding out in his cushy chair behind the Plexiglass encased area. “Hey. Hey.” She smacked her hand against the counter top, waking the young man. 

He had to be in his early twenties, she surmised. Another thing she'd noticed was the fact that he was as high as a kite. It was his squinted eyes, coupled with the beanie atop his dreaded head that clued her in. If nothing else the tie-dyed shirt was a dead give away.  

“Do you guys sell eye drops?” 

“Sorry, lady...We're all out. Do you need any gas?” he yawned, stretching his restless limbs. 

“No... I need eye drops,” she explained emphatically. 

“Looks like, it's not your lucky night.” He closed his eyes, drifting back off to sleep. 

“Of course... I'm sure you've used them all,” she complained, heading back to the restroom, figuring she could wash her face and maybe rinse her eyes out. She'd done so before. At the very least she'd smell refreshed. The redness of her eyes could be explained away as a side effect of working all night. As she pushed open the door to the single restroom, a dim flickering light above the sink illuminated.The room reeked of urine, even worse the toilet was packed with tissue along with the remainder of the last person's waste. She tiptoed in, trying to avoid pieces of tissue stuck to the dingy linoleum flooring. 

Catching her off guard Marcus shoved her inside the rest of the way. 

“What the fuck are you doing?!” 

“Shut up, or I'll snap your neck,” he demanded, shutting then locking the door behind him.  

“Don't you dare touch me,” she hollered out, hoping to wake the napping cashier.  

Visibility hindered by the flickering light, she was barely able to get a good look at his face. Marcus snatched the frightened woman up by the arm, pulling her toward him, before he'd spun her round masking her screams. His hands felt like blocks of ice, yet when he pulled her close she could feel how profuse sweating had dampened his t-shirt. She thought for sure someone would hear her scream, if she could just get closer to the door. But first she had to free herself from his clutches. She bit down hard on Marcus's finger, prompting him to immediately snatch his hand way from her mouth, wrapping it around her throat. His grip was tight –too tight for her to scream. 

“I said, I'll snap your neck,” he threatened, holding his lips alongside her face. She smelled like cherries. Marcus liked it– breathing in deep her essence. 

She, on the other hand, was on the verge of vomiting from the smell of garlic and alcohol escaping his breath. Her body trembled – knees nearly buckling when she felt his lips brush against her cheek. The terrified woman didn't have much of a choice, yet refused to give up without a fight. She stomped down on the tip of his shoe, digging her heel into his toe. 

“Oww... You stupid tramp.” Marcus shoved the woman away with as much force as he could muster. Her body slammed against the concrete wall knocking the wind from her, almost causing her to lose consciousness. 

He dropped to his knees beside her – erect penis protruding through the open zipper of his shorts. Marcus slid his hands up her skirt, pulling her lace panties to the side. Her crotch wasn't shaved, but still it felt nice enough for him to explode when the time would come. She whimpered upon feeling his manhood brush against her vagina, bracing herself for the penetration that was to ensue. He spit on his hand, moistening her lips. His member stroked against hers, sliding back and forth until it finally happened. Marcus pulled away, stood to his feet, then released his fluids into the toilet. He used his foot, kicking the metal lever to flush it down the drain, along with the rest of the waste. “Maybe next time you'll be a little nicer. Let this be a lesson to you,” he scolded, before exiting the restroom in a hurry, leaving the woman scared and confused. 

Unable to grasp what had really happened to her. She contemplated reporting it. If she said something about what happened though, she'd have to tell her husband the truth– an act she was hesitant to carry out. Mrs. Trionfi decided in that moment, she'd keep her attack a secret. Besides, she hadn't even been penetrated. Her husband would never know.

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