I am so excited for this book to come out, I don’t know what to do with myself. Since I’m the impatient person that I am, with only three weeks before the release, I’ve decided to leak some of my favorite passages from the book. Of course, this is exclusive to my website, so make sure you come back every Saturday until July 2nd for more.
“Terran crawled in the bed. August turned over and wrapped his arms around her belly, then laid his head on her breast. She didn’t even care that they were swollen and tender, she loved when he did this. She kissed him on his forehead and rubbed her hand across his back. He snuggled up closer to her and woke up out of his sleep long enough to whisper, I love you, in her ear. Then he fell sound asleep while she stayed awake enjoying every second of this intimate moment with the man she loved, and periodically thinking about the pink elephant in the room – Casey, the other woman he loved.”
I have a testimony. In 2009 I started writing a book. It started as a joke. My aunt and I were talking about relationships we’d been in, in our lives and I started to tell her about one of mine that almost killed me. We’d gotten pretty emotional during our talk, but by the end we’d found a way to laugh at ourselves. In our laughter I said to her, “I should write a book about it.” She said, “Girl, please write that book because I want to read it.” Later that night, I went in my room, logged on to my computer, and started typing.
Seven years later, that book is coming out. It took seven years because God had to do so much work on me first. I had to relive a lot of horrible memories and I had to truly be delivered from all of that pain before I subjected myself to the world. Not only had I had to forgive myself and all the parties involved I had to find God in the story. I had to really see His work through my suffering – and I finally did. After three re-writes, three drafts, three editors and a final review, God finally got the glory out of my story.
Now, of course, I had to also fictionalize the story. Although I must admit the first draft was raw and almost identical to the real life version, but after a lot of work it is finally a work of fiction, however, it is based off of real life heartache and struggle that many people face everyday. I pray that someone who reads it will find their own deliverance. That’s my prayer, that someone can be saved and heal from my testimony, my story. I know that it is possible, I’ve lived it. Now all I can do is give God the glory and thank Him for rescuing me out of my darkest moments.
The New Release from By Renee Visions: Bare Naked is available for pre-order now.
This special offer is available through Brighter Than Before Ent. it is only available for a limit of time. You can purchase the Book and the CD for a discounted combo price of only $15 until Friday May 11, 2012 at 6pm.
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On Saturday May 12, 2012 my company By Renee Visions Publishing House (BRV), will be releasing its second book titled “Bare Naked” by author Tracy “Mind.Evolution.” Caldwell. “Bare Naked” is a collection of poems that are raw and derived from real life experiences. This book is fearless with it’s honesty regarding relationships, world views and self-acceptance. Tracy says, “I was able to open up and accomplish my dreams without compromising who I am. I am on mission to move and motivate people with this book.”
As a poet myself I have so much respect for this woman. She immediately captivated me from the first time I saw her perform. I thought to myself, “who is this chick”. She was so passionate in her delivery and had me hanging on to her every word. Every time I saw her I was drawn into her story and wanted to know more.
Almost 2 years ago she called me to discuss publishing her book. We spoke briefly about it but at the time I was in the middle of co-writing, “A Pretty Girl’s Bullsh*t” (APGBS) – another novel to be released through BRV in the near future. As a small, independent publishing house I try to focus on one project at a time to be fair to each author while balancing my own personal projects as an artist.
Soon after this conversation Tracy and I became very good friends when we both got cast for the Ma Peach production of “For Colored Girls…”. During this time the author of (APGBS) had some family issues come up so we had to delay the release of her novel. Today, we are still in production of this book. To make a long story short 2 years later “Bare Naked” got moved to the forefront and here we are on the brink of history about to release Tracy’s book. This journey has taught me a lot about patience, persistence, determination and timing.
It has also taught me a lot about business and the publishing industry. I feel more confident in what I do and I am excited to put more books out. This feeling of accomplishment is not something I can explain easily in words. But to be a part of making someone else’s dream come true is priceless. I know I was destined to do this!
This book release event is exclusive and is hosted by Brighter Than Before, Ent. another company to which I am one of the co-founders. You must be on the guest list to attend. Come celebrate with us downtown at Hartford 21. You can RSVP by adding your name to the guest list no later then Friday May 11, 2012 @ 6pm. To add your name to the list you can either email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call (860) 578-2050 visit www.brighterthanbefore.com for more details.
My life has taken me on a roller coaster ride of a journey; and I am loving every minute of it. I am not saying my life has been perfect and furthermore I am definitely not saying I am perfect…but I am my own perfection. At an early age I found a way to channel my imperfections into acting and writing. I used writing as a tool to create many of my own little worlds and fantasies. And I thank God for it because it has helped me keep my sanity in times when I didn’t think it was possible.
My determination and dedication to my passion pushed me further when a dear friend of mine Carlton D. Bembry encouraged me to start my own publishing company so that I could share my visions with the world. And today through the love of God, my family, true friends and steady believers I find myself in a state of success. I have accomplished something that I have been working my whole life for…and now I want more. It’s the most satisfying thing I have ever experienced. MY BOOK IS OUT!
I once told myself “the definition of success for me is when I hear my words and they are not coming out of mouth”. In the last week that has happened to me more than I can keep count. I still can’t believe it. It has changed my life, when something is not going as planned in my day, I just think…I published my book. Then everything is better. “I published my book”. “I published my book. I did it”. I feel like a child and everyday is Christmas. Funny thing is I got the best Christmas gift yesterday that I have ever gotten in my life. I sold my first book off of my website. I saw the email come through and it stopped me in my tracks. Instantly I was filled with joy. I wish I could give just a little bit of how that made me feel to everyone so they can experience it. It was nice. I still feel high from it.
On December 13th I had an incredible book launch party. Some amazing performers came out to support me. My favorite poets, Mind Evolution, Influence, Peaches, Baub, Tabu, and Constantly. CT’s hottest performers, Ru Williams, Laree Salmon, Life Star, Paso, and Kyle “KayWhy” Young. My girl E-Boogie one of my newest friends did a beautiful job at hosting the event along with the multi-talented Paso, lots of love to Joe Young for taking his time out to do my introduction. DJ Wydow who kept us going through the after party and Kerson and Vanessa for letting me use the magnificent Cloud 9 as the venue. I really felt the love from all of you.
I have to thank my family for always being there to support me my Mom and Aunt Shireat for making a huge investment in my dream, for believing in my vision and never losing faith in me. For my father who always supports me and encourages me to keep going just by looking at the pride in his eyes. For my Uncle Robert who treats me like a daughter and was the first to invest in my dream. My Aunt Sonia who continues to take care of me. Calton D. Bembry for always knowing just what to say and for contributing the cover designs and layouts. Mrs. Crystal for always having my back and getting BRV the Pocket Wireless sponsorship. Street Connfinement Magazine for being supportive and helping me get to the level I am, for being one of the first outlets to let me express myself and trusting in me to take the publication to another level. And to all my good friends who were in attendance and came out in the rain to make sure the event was a success. To you all I am forever grateful.
So now the book is out and the next step…Number 1 best seller! This book is truly a must read! I am not just saying that because I wrote it…lol. It is available for sale on my website By Renee Visions.com and right now you can pick up a copy at Tru Books 3155 Main Street Hartford. Also check out my website for updates on the progress of the book. My signing tour with Pocket Wireless and the “Wide Open” book tour. Sign up for the newsletter to be the first to know of all BRV updates, signings, tours, authors and publications.
Never give up on your dreams, anything you believe you can achieve I am a living testament of this. Lot and lots of love Shireal Renee.
And Yes, like I said the wait for the website is over too so don’t forget to check it out. www.byreneevisions.com