The Vendor Blueprint: The Home-Based Entrepreneur’s Guide to Representing in the Marketplace -NEW BOOK ALERT!!!

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Last Friday, I introduced you to a fiction book, and I hoped you enjoyed that post.  Today, I wanted to share a nonfiction book with you that I hope you enjoy as well —  The Vendor Blueprint: The Home-Based Entrepreneur’s Guide to Representing in the Marketplace by Dr. Anissa Short. As the coronavirus crisis continues, many people are working from home now more than ever. The Vendor Blueprint is a guide designed to help home-based workers and companies. Below is a summary of Dr. Short’s book followed by a few tips from Dr. Short.

Now that you’ve made the decision to begin your home-based business or made plans to take your business to another level, it’s time to share yourself with the world. Are you ready? Are you fully prepared to move ahead? Could you use a little reassurance that what you’ve been doing is productive, or maybe a little direction on how to improve upon things?The content in this book provides a step-by-step guide on best practices for representing in the marketplace.

Tips for Thriving in a Home-Based Business

  1. Protect Your Space — As much as within your power, eliminate all negativity. Turn off the television, limit interaction on social media, and distance yourself from drama. Nothing good can be birthed within an atmosphere filled with negative vibes.
  2. Read, Learn, Grow – Use this time to learn a new skill. Read books that feed your mind. Take a few refresher courses. If an activity serves to foster your growth spiritually, mentally, socially or emotionally, go for it.
  3. Support Others – The law of reciprocity is always at work; therefore, be intentional in your support of others. What you make happen for someone else, God will make happen for you.
  4. Get Your Systems in Place – What have you been putting off? Now is the time to get it together whether it is the hall closet, your inventory, your prospect list, or your office. Get it done.

Dr. Anissa Short, #TheWorkFromHomeCEO, is an advocate for the home-based entrepreneur as a business owner, workshop presenter, a podcaster, contributing writer, and best selling author.

As a leader in a top direct sales company, Dr. Short has been extremely involved in the E3 process of – encouraging, educating, and empowering. Her passion is to assist female entrepreneurs, and she has done so diligently for over a decade. Additionally, she has built an organization with coast-to-coast clientele and features other female entrepreneurs in multiple states. As an independent contractor, she has partnered with several entities. They include, but are not limited to the following: community colleges, publishing companies, and marketing corporations. She has also spearheaded trainings and think tanks to organize, facilitate, and awaken the aspiring entrepreneur. Her events are geared towards success and nothing less! Dr. Shorts hosts a weekly podcast, #TheWorkFromHomeCEO.

Prior to dedicating her life’s work to entrepreneurship, she was employed for 20 years in varied business-related industries, including employment with the federal government. In 1998, Dr. Short married her biggest supporter, Alphonso Short. They reside in North Carolina.

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It’s Fiction Friday Featuring…Vanessa Riley, Author of ‘A Duke, the Lady and a Baby’

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I’m back with a “Fiction Friday” blog post! I know that many of you come to After the Altar Call for my Greenleaf recaps, and I’m so appreciative of that! But I hope you enjoy my other content as well. Since I became a debut novelist back in December, I’m aiming to feature other novelists on After the Altar Call  in a more systematic way since I have historically favored nonfiction. Actually, in 2018, I featured Vanessa Riley because I was intrigued by the fact that she is a software developer by day and a novelist by night. Click HERE if you want to read that feature. And I wanted to feature her again today because she is back with a new book A Duke, the Lady and a Baby

When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband’s mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune—and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child—until The Widow’s Grace gets her hired as her own son’s nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor—and unexpected passion . . .
A wounded military hero, Busick is determined to resolve his dead cousin’s dangerous financial dealings for Lionel’s sake. But his investigation is a minor skirmish compared to dealing with the forthright, courageous, and alluring Patience. Somehow, she’s breaking his rules, and sweeping past his defenses. Soon, between formidable enemies and obstacles, they form a fragile trust—but will it be enough to save the future they long to dare together?

Check out my interview with her below!

1.What inspired you to write A Duke, the Lady and a Baby and create this Rogues and Remarkable Women series?
Normally, I find a history fact that catches my attention and a story generates. This time I was watching First Wives Club and watching the antics of these women who bound together to right wrongs, and thought how would that look in the Regency? That spun the idea of the Widow’s Grace, a band of women trying to restore women deprived of their rightful positions. Throw in a little, Three Men and A Baby, and you have a romantic action-packed series.
2. My family is Jamaican, and Patience Jordan is West Indian. What inspired you to create a West Indian heroine? And how did you research her heritage?
My family is Trinidadian and American South (Irish), and I’ve been fascinated by the history of trade and colonization in the West Indies during the 18th and 19th Centuries. I do a great deal of research in this time period, so it was a pleasure to dig deeper into my roots and use this as a canvas for this series.
3. After her husband’s cousin Duke of Repington Busick Strathmore takes guardianship of Patience’s baby Lionel following her husband’s suicide and Patience was banished to a mental asylum, she gets employed as her son’s nanny following her escape from the institution. In the Bible, the mother of Moses worked as his nanny. Did that story from the Bible inspire you at all?
As a baby who is set to change the world, you can definitely look as Lionel as a Moses type character. Then you surely loved the breadbasket carrying of Lionel by the duke. Throughout the story you see touches of my faith. My hope is to always create stories that encourage as much as entertain.
4. I understand that racism and sexism are addressed in your book. Can you tell me more about that?
I write about happy-ever-afters, but I also show the times as they were. The Regency even though it is diverse battles with the effects of slavery, the prejudice against people of other faiths and other races, and the limitations of women’s rights. What I hope is that everyone gleans from my stories are that love survives. People always found ways to navigate between racial and gender lines. My stories show this strength and the perseverance to win.
5. The cover of this book is a departure from your other book covers as it features more of an artistic approach rather than a rendering of real people.
Why the change? Kensington wanted to do something different. They wanted to cross over pre-conceived notions and showcase an inclusive historical in the Regency which at times has not been portrayed as inclusive. This cover is different and bold. I think it has attracted all types of readers.
6. How has the coronavirus pandemic altered how you promote A Duke, the Lady and a Baby?
The pandemic cancelled all of my in-person events from March forward for 2020. I miss hugging readers. I’ve done a lot of virtual events. That has been a good way to see people, but it is different. Nonetheless, I want my readers safe.
7. Since this book is the first in a new series, what can you tell us about what is coming next and when? And how long do you think it will take you to write each book in the Rogues and Remarkable Women series?
The next book in the series, An Earl, The Girl, and A Toddler (Kensington) is being edited as we speak, but it is slated for release 2021. In Spring of 2021, do look for Island Queen (HarperCollins William Morrow). This is a historical fiction based on the life of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a formerly enslaved woman who builds businesses and becomes one of the wealthiest women in the Caribbean. Her life is extraordinary, from purchasing her own freedom as well as that of her family, to her affair with a prince of England, to rebelling against colonial taxation targeting women of color. Dorothy Kirwan Thomas is a story that needs to be told.

Vanessa Riley writes Regency Romances and Historical Fiction of dazzling multi-culture communities with powerful persons of color. Vanessa writes for historical romance readers who admire and acquire books that showcase women who find joy in sweeping kisses and strong sisterhoods. Even in the darkness, she promises to give you laughs and to show you how light always prevails and how love always, always wins.

Vanessa juggles mothering a teen, cooking for her military-man husband, and speaking at women’s and STEM events. She loves baking her Trinidadian grandma’s cake recipes and collecting Irish crochet lace. She’s known for her sweeping romances and humorous delivery of poignant truths. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

For more information about Vanessa, please go to 

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Sarah Jakes Roberts, Bishop T. D. Jakes’ Daughter, Buys Calabasas Mansion..

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Since social distancing efforts have left many of us without much to do on a Saturday afternoon, I drove around my county and took a look at some of the lovely homes nearby where I live. They were fabulous, but I don’t know if any of them were as fabulous as Sarah Jakes Roberts’ new $4 million mansion, which includes 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, in Calabasas, California, according to! Here’s an excerpt of an article about her latest 9,473- square foot acquisition.

Televangelist and bishop T.D. Jakes reaches a devout audience of millions on any given week through his vast empire of books, films, and televised sermons, all broadcast from his home base at the Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas. More than 30,000 members strong, the organization employs 400 and has made Jakes one of the most recognizable faces of modern Christianity.

At least one of Jakes’ five children has already followed in his supersized ministry’s footsteps. Sarah Jakes Roberts, now in her early 30s, has quietly assembled an upstart empire of her own with a podcast, multiple book deals, millions of social media followers and sold-out nationwide preaching tours. The still youthful but gifted speaker frequently appears on TV — everywhere from “The Dr. Phil Show” to “The Today Show” — where she’s been candid about her rocky adolescence and young adult life, from having her first child at age 14, a subsequent failed marriage to former NFL linebacker Robert Henson and suicidal thoughts.

Click HERE for the rest of the article and to see all of the pics of the lovely home!

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