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  January 2014-Issue I

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A Lesson Learned 

Erika Jones has always been independent and able to provide for herself and her six-year-old daughter.  When she loses her job, she is faced with the reality of how she will maintain her household without financial means.  She surprisingly runs into an old boyfriend, Ricky Johnson, who gives her the opportunity to make money, but unfortunately, not the honest American way.

In her decision to get involved with Ricky, she quickly discovers that everything that glitters is certainly not gold.  Erika begins to make easy money, but learns along the way that there is a price to pay when you play the “game.”  She encounters many uncomfortable situations that make her contemplate her newfound lifestyle. 

Unlike most young females caught up in the fast life, Erika Jones has goals to achieve.  She and her cousin, Robin Davis, are involved in a legitimate joint business venture that will support her the honest way.  The dilemma for Erika is if she can endure the tribulations and emotional hardships of the game just long enough to raise money to open her business.

Life takes a turn for the worse as turmoil erupts, really forcing Erika to get her priorities straight.  Erika takes a long, hard look at her life and accepts her flaws for what they are worth.  Her ambition and inner strength allow her to put her pride aside and move her life in the right direction.  Her ultimate decisions encourage any woman to turn a negative situation into A Lesson Learned.


Choices is the window into Kellandra Neeson's life; Successes and Failures, her Happiness and Struggles.  Family, jealousy, envy, infidelity and the challenges of relationships.  How will she overcome her struggles?  How  will she overcome the challenges she is faced with?

Take a sneak peek into Choices:

Theodore had been calling all day leaving messages.  He had gone to my school but couldn't understand why I hadn't been there.  It was about 8pm before I picked up my phone to talk to him. 

     "Where you been Princess?  I been callin' you all day.  How are my babies?"

     "Babies?  There is no more baby."

     "What did you say?"  He asked as if he didn't understand what I had said.

     "There was a short pause before he said anything.  "Bitch you did what?"  You killed my fuckin' baby, my fuckin' seed!"

     "Yo baby!  Our baby!"

     "Thanks to yo selfish ass there is no more baby."

     "This is my body.  I was going to be the one sittin' at home like a damn soccer mom not you."

     "I don't give a fuck if it was yo momma's body.  You killed my baby.  Know this bitch, you can get ya daddy, uncle, the goddamn police, I'm a kill yo fuckin' ass."

IN HIS BOOK The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success, Brian Tracy drew on his thirty years of experience and knowledge to present a set of principles or "universal laws" that lie behind the success of business people everywhere, in every kind of enterprise, large and small. This latest volume, The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires, is made up of entirely new material that shows how anyone, no matter where they are in life at this moment, can become a millionaire.

The advice in this book is based on Brian Tracy's twenty-five years of research, teaching, and personal experience on the subject of self-made millionaires. Tracy himself used these ideas to rise from humble beginnings to become a millionaire. And Tracy has discovered that all successful people practice these 21 success secrets, whether they're consciously aware of it or not. In The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires Tracy not only identifies and defines each success secret, but also reveals its source and foundation, illustrates how it functions in the world, and shows how to apply it in life and work through specific steps and practical exercises that everyone can use.

Easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to apply, The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires shows how anyone can cultivate the habits and behaviors that will enable them to achieve not just financial independence, but success in any area of life. Because, as Tracy writes, "The most important part of achieving great success is not the money. It is the kind of person you have to become to earn that money and hold onto it."