AUTHORS BONDING THROUGH BOOKS
Monica Michelle (moderator): Raised in White Plains, New York, Monica is an award winning Realtor in Westchester County, New York whose passion for writing turned into the self-publishing hit novel, Lucky No. 5. The book is an unconventional story of love and relationships that takes you through the life of Dr. Blase Morgan and the five men who, at different times in her life, stole her heart. Monica, has mastered the art of self-publishing, is working on the sequel,Lucky 2 Have You. She is the founder the Brown Eyed Beauties, a philanthropic and social networking group, and Stixx and Stilettos, a professional networking group for professional women who enjoy cigars.
Angie Ransome Jones: The late, great Elie Wiesel once said, “Whoever survives a test, whatever it may be, must tell the story. That is his duty.” A servant leader, Author, Editor and Ghostwriter and visionary Angie Ransome-Jones has made this her mantra in terms of how she lives and how she inspires others. Angie is best known for her bestselling book, “Path to Peace, A Guide to Managing Life After Losing a Loved One,” which she published in 2015. The bestselling book chronicles her journey of finding peace after the sudden and devastating loss of her father and also serves as and a tool in educating readers on the importance of preparing their families for “the inevitable.”
Angie’s strong belief that “everyone has a book inside of them,” led her to launch her Ghostwriting & Consulting business (Cover-to-Cover, LLC), which allows her to write and edit for, as well as coach and mentor new, up-and-coming authors. Since that time, she has penned five books and is currently working on four more – a few of which are featured in her 2019 Behind the Ghost book tour. Asante McGee: Asante McGee was born into abuse. In an abusive marriage for 11 years, Ms. McGee thought abuse equaled love. She had to grow and learn to love; learn how to love herself, her children, and how to show love to others.
Ms. McGee is the author of “No Longer Trapped in the Closet,” which she published in January 2019 to chronicle her tumultuous 2-year relationship with embattled R&B Singer R. Kelly.
Her powerful story of overcoming abuse, learning how to love herself, and how she navigates the pitfalls of life will inspire young women while giving them hope and the roadmap to avoids some of the same traps of life that Asante endured. Ms. McGee lives in Atlanta with her three loving children and grandson. Lisa Renee Johnson:Lisa Renee is a bestselling fiction author, sought-after speaker, and certified professional coach. She captured the country’s attention with the hashtag #laughingwhileblack that ignited a media firestorm and prompted global conversations about power, privilege and racial bias. Through workshops and training programs, she inspires individuals to shed their excuses, tell the right story, and to define success and happiness on their own terms. www.lisareneejohnson.comDebbie Reynolds author of the young adult novel entitled Shadows which addresses many challenges that face teens today. She enjoys helping families bring new life into the world, writing, and volunteering with at risk teens. www.debbierreynolds.comDr. Stacia’ Alexander is a Clinical Psychologist who has owned and operated Positive Influences for twenty years providing psychological, counseling, and psychoeducational services in the Dallas and Ft. Worth metroplex. Under her direction, the agency has helped over 10,000 people. Dr. Alexander facilitates an annual project called August Accountability which provides virtual instruction to hundreds of women on the tenets of effective goal setting that uses her experiences of 20 years of helping people achieve peace and progress in their lives. She has a heart for families, as well, and is set to release her first book written with her husband and children called “Alexanders: The Balancing Act.”