Taking Charge of Life – April 28, 2021

Please join us with authors Milda M. DeVoe, Sydnie Beaupre, and Ali Skylar.

Milda M. DeVoe, author of “Book & Baby: The Complete Guide to Managing Chaos & Becoming a Wildly Successful Writer-Parent” – Partly a fascinating memoir tracing the development of the nonprofit Pen Parentis, partly an encouraging how-to manual, and lastly a valuable collection of helpful tricks, tips, and resources for parents who write, Book & Baby, The Complete Guide to Managing Chaos & Becoming A Wildly Successful Writer-Parent is an inspiring writing craft book that showcases the experiences of more than 300 authors including such powerhouses as Patty Dann, Daphne Uviller, Mira Jacob, and Min Jin Lee, to address the various stages of parenthood and how a writing career could be affected at every stage from infancy to grown-and-flown. Drawing on experiences gleaned from ten years of running the literary nonprofit that helps writers stay on creative track after starting a family, Milda M. DeVoe, founder of Pen Parentis, puts her Columbia MFA to good use in creating this fun, readable, helpful, and inspiring reference book for parents, caregivers and others who feel they need time, money, or energy to get back to their writing careers.



Sydnie Beaupré, author of “Dark One” – Readers of books written by Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate will love this take on Fallen Angels… When Khiara Banning was born, her soul— the purest of all souls— was inextricably intertwined with the outcome of the final battle between good and evil. However, due to her parents’ foolishness, she was cursed, cursed to be truly alone; no Guardian, no Soul Mate. But yet, when the fallen angel—Cael—heard the whisper of this and from the exact moment he first saw her, he knew with the core of his being that he above all others needed to protect her. Cael begged and pleaded with God to be appointed as her guardian and because He is fair, it was permitted. However, He ruled that if any mistakes were to be made, Cael would instantly be stripped of his title. Years later, the curse evolves in a terrifying new manner that not even God could have predicted. The only entity who knows the key to reversing the effects of her life, no… world-changing curse is none other than the Goddess, Morrigan, whose curse tainted Khiara in infancy. She alone has knowledge that could change Khiara’s fate forevermore. Can Cael’s perseverance, love, and angelic power surmount the poisonous evil influences that rise up as the final battle draws nearer? Will Khiara be able to endure the relentless onslaught? Her survival is crucial, as the fate of the world depends on it.


Ali Skylar, author of “Transforming “Ahh Crap” into a “Wholy Shift!” Created to inspire people with authentic, humorous, insightful, and gutsy explorations of everyday topics to help all of us move from sucky to soulful in our everyday lives.  Personal growth at the speed of life! The book was written in conjunction with a “workshop-on-the-go” for busy people seeking practical and powerful personal growth.



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