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It’s About to be Birthed!

It's About to be Birthed!

Pearl, The Little Light that Shines

“Inspirational book for the young readers, as well as, appealing cross-generational readers.”

Even as we grow older, our memories keep drawing us back to the past. Some memories bring smiles, and some overwhelm us with sadness. Despite some of the sad memories, P. J. “Pearl” Richardson, at age 60, decides to write about both the good and bad memories to illustrate how one does not have to be victim of their past.

In her first book, “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines”, she tells of her various relationships and adventures, and how she allows the light of Jesus to shine through the hurt, pain and disappointments in life. Her light inspires others to gain a positive outlook on their lives. Her stories bridge across all age groups as she begins telling her story at age 10. Each of her stories has a message each age group can learn a little more about living a fulfilling life by rejecting the negative memories.

Visit Pearl J. Richardson’s blog – http://thepearlineoyster.com as she reveals some of the stories behind the stories and the characters.

Pre-Order Today! Save $2.00 – Shipping Begins May 1st.

Joy Comes Through Mentoring

Hadana-and-the-Skating-ClubVery excited! Received the notice from the printers the book layout meets their specifications. I ordered a softcover proof of the book. I see a couple of minor changes. I always like seeing the manuscript in book format before signing off on it. I will be working on the webpage in the meantime. It should be done tomorrow, and you can order the book directly from the site.

I have heard there are a number of people anticipating the launch. I am pleased with the response. This is a small project. It is a starting point for these two young ladies’ careers. Hadana is eleven and Joy is sixteen. They will share in the commissions and royalties. There will be an “easy reader” version coming out in the near future. Joy will be out of school and have more time to produce the illustrations during her summer break. I am also going to see if Hadana would like to do a second book. There is nothing like “striking while the iron is hot” when mentoring young folk. Pray for us and pray for our future projects.

Mentoring adults also brings me joy. “Hadana and the Skating Club” is personally my second book. I published “Joy Comes Through the Mourning” in 2011.  I am putting the finishing touches on P. J. Richardson’s story, “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” and it will be ready for release within the next few days.  P. J. has a blog http://thepearlineoyster.com.

Hadana and the Skating Club will begin shipping May 1st. Order your copy today.

No matter where you are in your life, believe this one thing; God makes room for your gifts. He also brings people into your life to help you grow your gift. Do not be afraid to step out and follow your dream.


Writing Brings Joy

In March, I decided to give up my hours reading posts on my personal Facebook page for Lent. I know what most would say, “That is not a sacrifice.” For me it is. I work on manuscripts, blogs and websites in the privacy of my home. Facebook offers me a chance to socialize with the outside world. In bible study, my Pastor taught us about the true meaning of the Lenten season, and how it was not just to give up something to eat, but to really sacrifice something that is pleasurable and replace it with something that is holy or meaningful.

I have many client projects that are keeping me busy, but I wanted to do something for myself that would be dedicated to the Lord and my family.  Finances are always an issue and I wantHadana-FCed to focus on bringing a steady sustaining income into the household, not just money from projects as I complete them.  So in addition to spending a great deal of my time studying “The Lord’s Prayer” for which I am writing a reflection paper; I also decided to publish a couple of my own manuscripts. Of course the big one is my collaboration with P. J. Richardson on “The String of Pearl” series, but I also had a gem that I collaborated with my young niece, Hadana Trinity Smart. At the time, Hadana was seven years old. She is now eleven and still just as gifted and wise as can be.  “Hadana and the Skating Club” will be released in the next couple of weeks. I am putting the finishing touches on it.

I was also blessed to work with a young teenager, a senior in high school, Joy R. Brooks who did a wonderful job designing and illustrating the book cover. I gave her a photo of Hadana and described a scene from the story. What you see is exactly how I described it to her.

I pray that the Lord will bless these two young ladies with a life that will allow them to grow with their gifts.

I pray that you will support us when the book is published and share it with your friends and family. The book is written with young folk from ages 8-10 in mine, but can be enjoyed by all.

“Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” will soon follow.


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