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Amazon’s Top 20 Hot New Releases

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, “Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation: Breakdown to Breakthrough” successfully launched on October 29th and has reached the Top 20 (#12) among Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Self-Help Self-Esteem Category! In this powerful Anthology, eight women courageously share our stories of triumph over some of life’s most debilitating circumstances. Yes, miracles still happen for those who believe!


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“Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation” Launches October 29, 2014


My second co-authored book launches on Tuesday, October 29th, and here’s a quick summary:  Depression can cripple us; miracles will save us! Brave, courageous women are stepping out to create a ripple effect! In “Momentum, Miracles and Manifestation,” they are determined to show a different pathway for a world where, quite frankly, life happens… their message is: YOU can happen to life! In an empowering anthology, co-authors share their super successful Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation concepts… as dynamic and transformational experts – all leading to a better place in what we call an intentional LIFE! The stories here fill their mission and message, which is paramount to other women, leaders, professionals and other entrepreneurs during this time.

Advance Praise: ~ TR Stearns — This empowering writer shares with you exactly what miracles, momentum and manifestation mean to her… those improbable events that defy the laws of science and nature, which surpass all human logic because they occur through Divine intervention. She in a beautiful example of gaining momentum in a life challenge… the strength and forward movement that compels and propels her to higher ground. There is no doubt of her manifesting a life shift… showing physical evidence of the seeds she planted and the things she desired for her life. Vulnerability and transparency are evident throughout her story; it is a public display of Merrill’s testimony – a signaling that she arrived in a new and different place.

I deeply appreciate your continuous support, and please share with those individuals whom you believe could use a miracle in their lives.



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“The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet” is Now Live!

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that our anthology, “The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet” is now live! After Monday, April 7, 2014, you can order a copy of the book for yourself or as a gift for someone special (Mother’s Day is just around the corner) directly from the publisher at — ISBN: 978-1-4918-7085-3 (SC). The cost is $23.95, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. A special thanks to Author, Mirthell Bayliss-Bazemore for inviting me to participate as a co-author in this wonderful book collaboration!

“The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet” is Live!

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that our anthology, “The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet” is now live (you can view the promotional video below)! After Monday, April 7, 2014, you can order a copy of the book for yourself or as a gift for someone special (Mother’s Day is just around the corner) directly from the publisher at — ISBN: 978-1-4918-7085-3 (SC). The cost is $23.95, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. A special thanks to Author, Mirthell Bayliss-Bazemore for inviting me to participate as a co-author in this wonderful book collaboration!

Blog Tour: My Writing Process

Dear Friends,

I was invited to join this blog tour by Elizabeth Cassidy ( I am to answer four questions about my writing process and introduce you to three new bloggers, who will do the same next week and on it goes.

1.  What am I working on?

I have written blogs and published newsletters and articles for several years, and I am excited to now be achieving a long-time aspiration of becoming a published book author.  I have just submitted two literary pieces for my first book in which I am a co-author. The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet, an anthology of accomplished women and men nationwide who are honored for their roles as entrepreneurs or for service in their organizations and communities, all in memory of the late Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandela and Thomas Garrett. The book is scheduled to launch on April 1, 2014.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, California.

I am in the process of working on a second collaborative book project, Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation: Unleash the Secret Powers to Having the Life You Desire.  Along with eight passionate, focused, high-consciousness and high-vibrational women, we share our stories and how-to’s on the secrets of manifesting the life you desire and deserve.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My writing is a reflection of my voice, personality, feelings and attitude about a particular subject.  My style remains the same, but is tailored in terms of context, purpose, audience and setting.  Other factors that contribute to my distinctive voice are my experiences, cultural perspective, world view and my message.  All are a reflection of my thinking and speaking habits and are aligned with my delivery technique.  Finally, I’m very meticulous about clarity, accuracy and precision.

3.  Why do I write what I do?

I have always enjoyed learning, growing, creating and writing, which make me come alive, draw me into the moment and extract meaning from ordinary experiences.  Writing provides me the opportunity to get still, sit with my thoughts and reflect. I was created to inspire transformation and serve as a catalyst for change.  Writing is one of the platforms that I enjoy using to honor my purpose and creativity and share my story while inspiring others to share theirs.

4.   How does my writing process work?

I believe that writing is a craft that needs to be continuously nurtured, so am always seeking new ways to improve my style and process.  I read and write – a LOT – and am acutely aware of inspiration and ideas.  My ideas mostly emerge from observation, personal experiences, reading, and problem solving.  I also engage in self-reflection by asking myself key questions, such as “Why am I writing this?” “Who am I writing this for?”  What do I want the reader to know, learn or do?”  “Where would I publish this, and in what form?”

My writing process varies, depending upon the context.  Sometimes I create and follow an outline.  Other times, I don’t because it stifles my thoughts and creativity.  Either way, I generally follow a five-step process : (1) Plan – choose a topic, brainstorm ideas, collect necessary information and organize my thoughts; (2) Compose – begin writing a first draft without focusing on perfection; (3) Evaluate & Revise – evaluate the initial draft, solicit feedback, rework organization and details, and make style changes and improvements, as needed; (4) Edit – review for grammar, spelling and punctuation; and (5) Publish – determine how I am going to present my work to an audience.

Well, that’s enough about my writing process!  Please allow me to introduce the next writers on our blog tour:

Image    Kerry Connelly

Kerry Connelly is a Certified Christian Life Coach, writer, and speaker.  She’s also the founder of She*s ELEVATED, a company whose mission is to elevate women to their higher purpose through visionary coaching.  As a coach, Kerry works with busy visionaries who struggle to fulfill their dreams.  She helps them to focus and prioritize so they can go out and live the life God dreams for them!  As a writer, Kerry works out her messy faith in her blog,, where she might also occasionally write about the exploits of her two children and her long-suffering husband. She lives in New Jersey and has the attitude to prove it.  Also, she has no idea how to pump her own gas.  You can learn about Kerry’s coaching at and her blog at

Image   Leslie Lane Peabody

Leslie Lane Peabody is a single Mom with three teenage boys and a growing ‘family’ business.  She is the author of the forthcoming book “Lead Like a Muther – or is it Mother?” which shares practical advice on parenting —  in your business!   Leslie’s business is called Ninjas in High Heels and she coaches people just like us to make our business work – even when we aren’t!  Visit Leslie’s web page at, or her blog at  See you there!

Image Antoinette Sykes

Antoinette Sykes, MBA, Transformation Life & Success Coach, Author and Speaker. With her wit, passion and infectious personality, Antoinette is leading the way for women leaders to break barriers in life through claiming their voice and experiencing paradigm shifts in thinking for massive transformation in life and developing heart-centered business for purposeful profits. Antoinette coaches and consults under her flagship program and system entitled Leadership is H.O.T™ created for Corporate America, leaders and entrepreneurs. Additionally, Antoinette is spearheading a new coaching movement entitled #IDoLife for women who are ready to boldly live at a higher level of performance and consciousness.

Antoinette is also Dean & Founder of the Abundantly You! Life Coaching Academy™. A fan of positive psychology, self-empowerment and business marketing with a knack for living by faith for maximum success, Antoinette gives 100% of herself to you in each conversation and interaction. You can always find her offering a warm smile and even chuckling at her own jokes. Her high energy level can be attributed to her sheer love of life, fitness regimen, spiritual practice and always looking to serve someone else. Learn more at

Until Next Time,


The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to be participating in my first collaborative book project, The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet, an anthology honoring the contributions of men and women around the country for their selfless service and notable contributions to humanity.

The book, in memory of the late Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandela and Thomas Garrett, is scheduled to launch on April 3, 2014. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland.  Stay tuned!

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Career Development Facilitator Training & Certification Program

Dear Friends,

Merrill Consulting Associates, LLC is pleased to announce our Summer 2014 Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Training & Certification Program.

CDF training can enhance the skills and knowledge of individuals who work in any type of career development setting.  As a CDF participant, you will receive training in each of 12 career development competencies.  The training includes hands-on and interactive teaching methods and opportunities to interact with colleagues from a variety of work settings.  Since the course content covers 12 important competencies, there is plenty of opportunity to build skills and knowledge in areas that are new to you, as well as enhance and develop those that you use every day in your work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Career resources and labor market information
  • Career planning processes
  • Basic helping and facilitation skills
  • Career development models and theories
  • Informal and formal assessment approaches
  • Diversity and specific population needs
  • Development and maintenance of an effective career resource center
  • Training others and program promotion
  • Case management and referral skills
  • Ethical and scope-of-practice issues
  • Professional and resource portfolios
  • Cutting-edge job searching and more!

Please click on the following link for additional information:  Thanks for sharing with your network associates who have an interest in career services.


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