If you have already placed your order, thank you so much! The printed book copies will be delivered later this week and we will begin completing all orders this weekend. I refrained from uploading the book to any other platforms until we finalized the proofs of the physical copies so you will have several new links to purchase from this weekend – to be announced on Saturday’s Prosey Corner episode. The Journey to Mara Prose (A Book of Poetry) will be released in May 2018!
*Keeping this brief until the movie has been out a little longer.*
I was fortunate to be able to see the “Black Panther” movie the very first opening night. This movie is so captivating from beginning to end. It is so much more than simply a superhero movie, it delivers so many messages, ideals and traditions. It is not only shattering movie records, it is shattering negative stereotypes. I will not go into a lot of detail about the movie’s premise because I feel everyone needs to see the movie for themselves and form their own opinion. However, I will discuss the messages I derived from the movie.
First, let me state how proud this movie has made me. It was refreshing to see our black community depicted in such an elegant and regal manner. The movie managed to entertain while educating without preaching; and that is a rare achievement. The overall message to me is about Unity – unity in our community , unity between our black men and women and unity among different races.
There was honestly so much I wanted to say but with the movie being so newly released, I did not know how to say it all without giving spoilers (enough reviews have already done that). So let me just pay homage by sending a clear message to Hollywood – “All you have to do is look at the opening weekend numbers, and you will clearly see we are starved for my diversity in our movies.”
I will follow up with an additional blog to really dive into this movie after a couple of weeks have passed.
~ Author Mara Prose
Dedicated to my best friend and touchstone, Nicky W., in celebration of not only our friendship but her birthday month. Thank you for all you do and your willingness to go where I go.
It started with a little girl in tears and it’s been thirty years
A bond was formed that day and remained despite some strays
No matter where we are in life, you are always willing to sacrifice
To go where I go, help when I need and encourage when my heart bleeds
You are the wind beneath my wings
You encourage me to flourish and grow
You keep me grounded and on my flow
You accept all that is me, and help to make life more carefree
You have nursed me through some hard times and celebrated the best of times
Thank you for being you
Thank you for being true
Thank you for being not only my friend
Thank you for being a Godsend
You are truly my sister from another mister
We will be best friends no matter the distance
And our bond will carry on even after our existence
To the woman who has dried many tears, squelched many fears and always sends cheers
Never change, God bless you, thank you and much love to you…my Touchstone!
~Author Mara Prose
There is a current mixed emotional disucssion taking place on social media, concerning the musicial artist Ciara’s recent instagram post about women learning their true value and not settling. Her post was based off of a John Gray sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFpHCBubf_E.
I have included the article below for more details.
Here is what Ciara posted and I am not sure how it can be misinterpreted as her trying to shame single women.
If this message causes a woman to become offended and assume they are being belittled by a married woman, they obviously have some soul searching to do. There is nothing wrong with encouraging women not to settle, focus on their relationship with God and become secure in themselves as a person before becoming a “WE”. Too many of us rush into relationships without thinking it all the way through; this only leads to regrets. You do have men preying on the loneliness of women and that is not male bashing, that is a simple fact. Therefore, we as women have to use our discernment, go with our gut and pay attention to the red flags.
Who has not made the wrong decision at one time or another in their love lives? Who is without regret for past relationships that are seen as failures? The point Ciara was making in my opinion, is that women need to learn from their past mistakes, learn to love themselves more and make better choices for their life. Besides, why attack her for supporting a sermon she agreed with that was delivered by Pastor John Gray – why not attack him?
Once again, if that encouragement causes you to feel bad about your life, then I believe it has simply hit a nerve you have been trying to ignore for some time. I find it exhausting the way people get offended over every little issue. No one wants to take accountability and accept the hard truths. We have to do better, ladies! We need to stop bashing each other and support one another more. #LevelUp
Source: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Getty Black Twitter is pretty upset with Ciara. So…what exactly did she do? Apparently, the mother of two posted a clip co-signing with pastor John Gray, who insinuates that too many women act like a girlfriend instead of wife. The “Goodies” singer captioned it, “#LevelUp. Don’t settle.” Take a look: Interesting, depending…
~ Author Mara Prose
Happy New Year Prosers!!! I am so excited about 2018, you have no idea how anxious I am to see how this year pans out. As per my usual tradition, it is time to reflect on the past year.
I have to say that 2017 saw a whole new Mara. My confidence came back, my determination returned and my peace of mind finally came into play. Mara Prose Publishing grew by leaps and bounds, and it went places I never even imagined. But we shall talk about that in a moment, back to the new me. What has changed aside from what I already stated? I healed and I think that is the most important aspect of 2017, is that I healed, let go and forgave. 2017 was the official year of my divorce. In 2016, I truly believe I was trying to hold onto something that I had outgrown, that no longer existed and was terrified of the major changes taking place in my life. I can honestly admit that I truly believed we would repair our marriage, but this past year I realized and accepted that those two people who fell in love so very long ago no longer existed and that love was gone – but that it was all ok and just part of life. In 2017, I let it all go, accepted what was to be and started focusing on the path that God was laying before me. Words cannot express how happy I am at this point in my life. I also stopped doubting the God-given talent of writing and started to embrace it, develop it and hone my craft. Lastly, I rekindled relationships with estranged family, friends and co-workers and built a network of support that was so loving, nurturing and empowering, I had no choice but to grow and flourish. Life is good Prosers and I pray that 2018 is an even better year. I have to give thanks to God, my Mom, My Sister and My Best Friend Nicky W. , for bringing me back to life and encouraging all that is Mara Prose.
2017 was the beginning of my very own radio show! I have to admit that a radio show was never a part of the Mara Prose vision, but I cannot imagine life without it now. Once again, my best friend has joined me in this new endeavor. Bless her heart she was just kind of thrown into it with me and went along willing without question, lol. Everyone should be so fortunate to have such a best friend like mine.
But let me tell you about Prosey’s Corner and the premise of my show. It is the same premise as my blog, my brand and my image: Inspiring, Motivating and Empowering people to FIND THEIR VOICE – just as I have found my voice over the past several years. My guests range from authors, CEOs, musicians, fashion designers and relationship specialist just to name a few. I have to give a shout out to Valerie Denise Jones, Phelo the Great and the entire 4E Media group, and thank them for providing me with this platform. Valerie immediately saw something in me from our first meeting and I will be eternally grateful for all the support, guidance and encouragement she has provided the past few months. I have made a lifelong friend in her and that friendship came with the birth of Prosey’s Corner. So be sure to tune in every Saturday 9am CST/10am EST on 4ERadio.com or you can call the studio line 323-642-1391 and be a part of the show.
2017 was an emphasis on LOVE for me. As I healed, I started to believe in it again. Love comes in so many forms and I have so much love in my life, it would be a shame not to embrace it. As I stated before, I have an enormous support group filled with nothing but love, encouragement and happiness for me. I tear up as I write this because it feels so good to be so loved and to be able to return that love to all my friends, family, and Prosers. I started this year being open to all that Love can bring me this year, and everyday my cup runneth over with LOVE, LOVE, and more Love.
2017 brought me peace of mind. I had been searching for it for so long and to finally have it, feels simply amazing. I pray that everyone finds this type of peace in their life. What does it feel like? It feels like heaven, like walking on cloud nine, and feels like I am constantly embraced by a positive energy so strong, I simply radiate with it. So many want to know what I changed in my life to get to this point.
You simply have to let go and let God. Whatever your spirtuality is, embrace it. You cannot have a victim mentality. You have to own your flaws, your mistakes, people you have hurt and acknowledge the fact that you need to constantly work on being the best YOU that YOU CAN BE. I cannot stress enough to OWN your mistakes and move past them. Let them go, accept the learning experience and grow from it. Life is beautiful and ugly all at the same time. Just always remember that everything is temporary and nothing lasts forever. Enjoy the good, remain strong through the bad and do your best to enjoy this thing we call Life.
The Davenports: A Battle of Wills: Pre-sales start February 3rd, 2018. Official release is March 2nd, 2018!
The Journey to Mara Prose (An Anthology of Poetry): Officially releases May 17, 2018!
Look out for Mara Prose new material to be submitted to several contests this year! It is time to be award winning!
Mara Prose Publishing Clients:
Southern Belles Cook book: Coming 2018
You don’t know me (A Memoir): Coming 2018
Musicianaire Biography: Coming Soon!
I’m SHINING! Thank you to all my Prosers for your continued support. I pray you will continue with me on this beautiful journey and that you have a wonderfully, blessed and proseperous 2018!
Until next time,
Author Mara Prose
The theme for the upcoming year is all about my journey thus far. Mara Prose has come a long way since the inception of my brand. What initially started as a hobby, a past time, a simple way of voicing my opinion; has now grown into an international movement to consistently inspire, empower, encourage and motivate. I am proudly boasting over 6 thousand followers worldwide and steadily growing every day.
It is that time of year where I need to enlighten all my followers on the future of Mara Prose.
New! Prosey’s Corner – weekly broadcast
My new radio show on 4ERadio.com is only getting better and better each week. As we continue to flourish and gain more sponsors, the time that we broadcast will expand. We are also planning to add comedic relief to our show in the very near future. Our show will continue to have special guests who bring a wide variety of topics for discussion. Please be sure to tune in every Saturday morning 9am CST/10am EST on 4ERadio.com or call the studio line at 323-642-1391.
The Davenports Trilogy
Due to unforseen circumstances, we had to push the release date for the first installment to Pre-Sales on February 3, 2018 and official release March 2, 2018. I picked these two dates in honor of my best friend and baby sister who both have offered a tremendous amount of support and encouragement to the Mara Prose brand over the years. Book II of the Davenports is tentatively scheduled to be released December 16, 2018. Stay tuned!
New! The Journey to Mara Prose (An Anthology of Poetry)
I have decided to chronicle my journey to Mara Prose by means of my poetry. There is nothing I write that is more raw, personal and honest as my poetry. As I was reading through my poems, I discovered it accurately narrated my struggle towards self awareness, acceptance and my awakening; but most of all the poems encompass the birth of Mara Prose. You can expect this anthology to be released on May 17th, 2018.
New! Mara Prose Publishing Projects
There is a story in all of us, and I am so proud to announce that more and more people are contacting me to help them find their voice and write their stories. “Finding Your Voice” has become our new business motto and while we cannot take on all the projects we would like to, we look forward to producing the ones we can. We have several exciting projects coming up in the new year, so be sure to support our aspiring writers!
New! The Mara Prose Virtual Book Club
Beginning January 2018, I will be holding live chats to discuss our book selections. These chats will be available on Facebook Live and Instagram Live. I will definitely have to get used to being in front of the camera a lot more, but I feel it will better engage my book club members.
The Mara Prose You Tube Channel
Is currently in development and not being utilized as a Mara Prose platform. However, that will change in 2018 and we will release more details on the direction we plan to take with our You Tube videos at a later date.
As always, I want to thank all my Prosers for your support. I have nothing but love for you and I hope you will continue to follow me on this Journey to Mara Prose. It is a constant evolution and I promise my brand will always entertain, inspire, empower and motivate!
Until next time,
Author Mara Prose