Sharon’s Monthly News for July 2024

Good Morning and Happy Monday! Welcome to Sharon’s Monthly News.

One of my goals is to bring my two brands, Selma P. Verde, Author of Young Adult Fiction and Mentoring A Dream (MAD), Helping the adults reach the teens in their lives together and become a cohesive unit. Why? I believe that both brands provide tools for parents and caring adults to understand the issues teens are facing and then create a safe place to talk to their teens about those issues. As we move through 2024, you will see the brands working together more.

Half way through the year

We just hit the halfway point of 2024. And a lot has taken place…

The Street’s Way is published

In May, we published The Street’s Way, the third book of The Way Series. The journey to get this book published wasn’t an easy one, but the best things come to those who wait.

Josh’s Story is now published on Amazon

In June, around the one year anniversary of first publishing Josh’s Story, we published itin an ebook format and a paperback format on Amazon. So, for those of you who aren’t on the email list to get a free electronic copy, here is your chance to purchase a hard copy of the story. I will also have copies available at the craft shows and book fairs I have coming up this fall.

My Writing Process

The writing process is always a journey with its own twists and turns. When you are an indie author and publisher, the process is more affected by things that happen in your own everyday life. As I reflect on being halfway through 2024 and the word of the year being Explore, what have I done to Explore?

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As I am working on my to do list and summer planning, I am thinking about how I can invest in myself and my mental health. The act of investing oneself is often neglected.

By investing in ourselves, we are saying that we are important and that we believe in our value and potential. One way that we invest in ourselves is self care. Taking time out in our day for quiet time to reflect or even nap if that is what is needed.

Another way we invest in ourselves is spending time doing the things we love and give us energy. My passion is writing, but I find what gives me energy is helping others become better versions of themselves. I am hoping that through Selma and MAD that I am helping you, parents and caring adults, help teens through challenges to become the best versions of themselves. Or, that some of the information I am sharing is helping you to learn a little more about yourself and how you feel about these issues.

MAD and Selma Brand updates

So, for our monthly news posts, I will provide you with some updates on each brand and some thoughts that I have about the monthly theme we are presenting on Mentoring A Dream. MAD is the abbreviation that I use for Mentoring A Dream.

Monthly News for Mentoring A Dream

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After a quarter of book birthdays and publishing with Selma, we are back to MAD talking about teen challenges and how to help them through. Looking at history helps us to see where we came from and where we are currently with the subject of diversity and inclusion. With the 4th of July holiday starting off the month, we are going to talk a little bit about its history and its effect on diversity. Here is what we are going to cover this month.

  • 7/15/2024 – What is Diversity and Inclusion? It isn’t just cultural.
  • 7/22/2024 – Stories about women who contributed to the American Revolution
  • 7/29/2024 – Positive Youth Development – teaching teens about diversity

We are also trying out a new type of post on social media this week. It is called Let’s Talk About It. The first post will be a writing prompt that will ask you to think about what we are talking about this month and write down your thoughts about it. I hope that this will help you to think about how you feel about things you can talk to your teens about. Check out Instagram and Facebook on Thursday for the first prompt.

Are you looking for any resources to gain a better understanding of the challenges your teen is facing? Be sure to check out the resources page on the MAD website.

Monthly News for Selma P. Verde

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This month, Selma is taking a well deserved break from the work of being a self-published author. However, she has been talking with her cover designer, Jennifer Givner, and generating ideas for book #4 of The Way Series. More details and a cover reveal will be coming your way.

And, for a little more news…

There will be some opportunities coming up in September and October to meet me in person and pick up copies of Selma’s books. Be sure to check back to the monthly news next month and on social media (Facebook and Instagram) for more information coming soon.

Novels focusing on teen challenges – The Way Series

Are you looking for a couple of coming-of-age reads for you or your teen about challenges they face? One great series which fits the bill in The Way Series. It is the series I have written under my pen name, Selma P. Verde.

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Book #1The Hard Way – is the story of Paul Jones and his starting his freshman year of high school and how he must navigate dealing with pressure from his peers to do things to fit in.

Book #2Shawn’s Way – although it is a continuation of Paul’s journey from The Hard Way, we meet freshman, Shawn Townson. He becomes the target of a bully when an upperclassman decides to take out his frustration on him.

Book #3The Street’s Way – is a continuation of The Way Series story which introduces Mikala Kalani as a runaway and homeless teen. She comes to Manor City looking to escape from her abusive stepdad. She arrives with no place to go and must find a way to navigate being homeless in a new city.

So, click on link below to my books page to learn more about the series!

Did you know they can read books on their smartphones? Just have them download the Kindle app and they can download copies of these books.

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Have a good week!

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