Adoption and Books


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lifeunexpectedI’ve been binge-watching a 2010-11 TV show called ‘Life Unexpected.’ It is about a teenager who has bounced around the foster system for fifteen years. When she decides to file for emancipation from the state of Oregon, she needs the signatures of her birth parents. Her search, and the ensuing drama of their new and old relationships, formulates the entire show. Issues of teen pregnancy, parenting, trust, adoption, friendships, abandonment and responsibility are thoroughly portrayed through the characters’ perspectives. The series is amusing, light-hearted and completely unrealistic. As described by the CW, it is Juno meets Gilmore Girls.

togetheragainAdoption, as dramatically depicted in Hollywood’s ‘Life Unexpected,’ is very realistically shared in “Together Again” by Laurie Stephens. It is a book that shows the love and support adoption provides for children and the parents as well. This book is written from the child’s perspective and shares the author’s spiritual journey to becoming a whole family.

About the Book:

Have you ever felt as though you have known someone forever when you actually just met? Or felt a connection with your child or spouse that has an effortless, timeless quality? Together Again: A Spiritual Adoption Story is the true story of such a soul connection between mother and daughter. Their story spans heaven and earth and thousands of miles as the two souls are reunited through the miracle of adoption. Their journey is spiritual as well as physical.

The beautiful illustrations in the book bring the journey from China to the US alive for little minds and large imaginations, and help to visually tell the story of adoption.


About the Author:

Laurie Stephens was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and then spent some time in Florida before settling

into the Atlanta, Georgia, area in 1994. Laurie majored in communications at the University of Toledo where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.


She is the mother of two incredible daughters, Lily and Avery, who were both adopted from China. Laurie has made a career in nonprofit fundraising and marketing. She also writes about adoption, spiritual issues, and life as a single mom in her 40s. Laurie’s work has been published in Adoption Today magazine. She also writes a blog.

Laurie’s interests include adoption support and global women and children’s issues. Hobbies include reading, baking, cooking, and walking/jogging.

The book is illustrated by Sharon Grey.

Read a review here!

All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available from Amazon, B&N and or can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore.

Honoring Black Authors during Black History Month


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February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada and BQB and WriteLife Publishing would like to recognize the significant words these authors have committed to paper. From memoirs to illustrated books for children and thrillers to romance, these books are worth reading, sharing and recommending to friends:

Author: Lori Beard-Daily

About the Book
A broken promise from their school days at Spelman College takes three successful friends in Atlanta to an unexpected destination of discord, duplicity, and denial. Their personal demons drastically alter their friendship and their life’s destiny.

working on your now

About the Book
Working on Your Now (WOYN) is a guide to help you plan your life’s course, no matter what stage you are in on your journey. Within its pages you will discover how to take ownership of what WOYN means to you, what WOYN looks like to you, and how you will embrace your WOYN. It provides a solution for how to get started when you are not sure where to begin. It is a wake-up call to your senses. It does not have all your answers, but it does give insight into many of your questions. This book is not intended to be a quick fix that will inspire you for a moment and then have you go back to your same routine after you’ve finished reading it. This book is a thinking book. It is a doing book. In other words, you think about what you want in life, and then you go out and do it! YOU make it happen. So, are you ready? It’s time to start WOYN!

Author: Tamika Christy

About the Book
Frenzied. Overburdened. Stressed. Overwhelmed. These are just a few ways to describe college senior Anaya Goode’s life. Add to this no career prospects following a looming graduation, and Anaya quickly finds herself drowning in the chaos of her own life. Her family and friends demand much of Anaya, and she’s struggling to balance herself in the mire. Facing an onslaught of grief, complex relationships, and a life that is full of deafening noise, Anaya must find herself, and maybe even true love and redemption, amid old traditions and new beginnings.

Author: Vanessa Fortenberry

About the Book
Do I look like God? Where can I see Him? Wanting to connect more with God, a child asks his mother these questions and more in this rhyming verse book. In answer, Mother’s tender and patient responses model God’s love.

Author: Dr. Anissa Freeman (co-author with Michelle Burns)

About the Book
Stanley the Stinkbug is upset: he isn’t invited to the Ugly Bug Ball because of his stench! Garden meanie Prissy Pray refuses to let Stanley attend the party, and that makes Stanley feel really bad about himself. Will his friends help him see how important every part of him is? Will he let Prissy Pray bully him into not going to the ball? Or will he gather his courage and overcome his fears?

Authors: Tunette Powell and Tulane Holder

About the Book
These are just some of the negative, stereotypical things said about Daddyless Daughters and Sons—those millions of young American women and men who grow up in homes with no father figure. Whether their fathers are jailed, deceased, addicted to drugs or just absent from their everyday lives, these women and men often deal with issues others know little about—everything from low self-esteem to unplanned pregnancies to their own drug abuse.

Tunette Powell could have been one of those statistics, growing up with a father addicted to drugs. Instead she used his weakness to discover her destiny. Tunette beat the odds, went to college and became an award-winning public speaker and nationally-known author.

Now, Tunette, with the help of her mother and co-founder of The Truth Heals, Tulane Holder, are helping Daddyless Daughters and Sons, and the mothers who love them, beat the statistics by empowering them to rewrite their stories in order to go from Daddyless to Destiny!

Author: Tunette Powell

About the Book
The Other Woman is a bold and emotional memoir based on a sixteen-line rap written by the daughter of an addict. In this honest portrayal of addiction, Nette loses herself in the stories of her father’s struggles. She vividly recounts his memories of the crack houses and prison cells he once frequented, and openly recalls how that other world stole so many years from Bruce Callis and his family.

Bruce, who began selling drugs when he was fourteen years old, first smoked crack cocaine while selling the drug to an attractive woman in a crack house. In the decades that followed, he traded everything – household goods, the money meant to feed his children – to finance his habit. While Bruce wasn’t watching, Nette grew up. She faced challenges of her own – being molested as a young child and searching for her father’s love in every man she met. But in the process, Nette searches for a way to not only forgive her father, but to understand him.

Author: Ferial Pearson

About the Book
Sometimes the small things make all the difference. Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial Pearson wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered, what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school? Could a modest act of compassion really change the course of a life? She posed the question to her students. They didn’t have the answers but they were willing to find out.

And so they became the Secret Kindness Agents. They not only changed the lives of those they met, they changed their own. Their hope, their hearts, and their hunger for happiness will inspire you to change your small corner of the world, in your own way, for the better. Let them show you how they did it, and how you can do the same.

Author: Maria Watson

About the Book
The Kin live in a peaceful covering, far from the evil of plotting elves. That all changes when a fireball streaks across the sky and slams into the forest. Somewhere in the burnt trees, between Kin territory and the enemy stronghold, lies a broken and distressed ship. The Kin need to decide – is this an elf trick, staged to lure them out for capture, or is someone really in need of help? What they find changes everything.

Author: Nina Norstrom

About the Book
Author Nina Norstrom lost her child to a disease, but that wasn’t the only toxic relationship she endured. In this book, she explores the effects that her relationships with grief, pain, trauma, and forgiveness have had on her life.

This tale exposes a mother’s struggle to escape her world of toxicity, her journey out of the clutches of diseased relationships, and the shoe prints the experiences have left on her family’s history. This story in its raw form projects a remarkable voice to the heroic fight, courage, and bravery gained when striking back to wipe out toxic relationships. Its message reveals that life brings many challenges and that each challenge provides lessons to be learned.

This book is not intended to be a blueprint for dealing with diseased relationships. It’s about the shoe prints: those symbols of life’s journey that are left by our experiences. Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter is an insightful and inspiring personal story of one family’s journey through toxic relationships.

Author Chase J. Jackson

About the Book
Adrian Ramirez has finally landed his first job, and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime: teaching at the elite Finley Academy in his hometown of Newnan, Georgia. Life is on the upswing, and Adrian returns home with girlfriend Lea and high hopes—but the Academy is not the idyll he imagined. Along with the new pressures of adulthood, and a rising anxiety disorder he’s having trouble hiding, Adrian discovers there’s been a string of unexplained dropouts at the school.

He suspects something is amiss with two of his students, identical twins Raven and Robin. One outgoing, one withdrawn, both keeping a secret. When Adrian is accused of being at the center of a student’s breakdown, he is forced to dig deeper to unravel the mystery, finding influences of the paranormal along the way. Will Adrian be able to unlock the dark secrets of Finley Academy—and his own past—in time?

All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available on Amazon, B&N or can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore.

Feel’n the Love in Books


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Romance is different for everyone. Some like flowers and chocolate. Some like date nights and massages. Some like a man who changes the oil in their car and cleans out the clogged vents of their vacuum cleaner. Yup, so romantic. But so necessary.

I’ve made a list of various romance novels for you. Each with their own style of love. Some include mystery and intrigue while others include family drama and unpredictable endings. Pick one of these and your Valentine’s Day will surely be fulfilled, even if you have clean out that clogged vacuum yourself!

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All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available on Amazon, B&N, or can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore.