The Priceless Pact
Author: Ericka English
Illustrator: Chelsea Manak
Rockwall, TX USA
Summary: The Priceless Pact is the story of a young girl who is tormented by bullies. While Michelle doesn’t own the most fashionable clothes or quite understand how to tame her curly hair, her outlook changes when a new student, Elyse, enters her class. Elyse with her unique style and unmistakeable self confidence offers a nonviolent approach to handling bullies. By making a pact with Elyse, to think more highly of herself, Michelle gains confidence and a real friend.
What is the inspiration behind then book?
My inspiration for the book stemmed from my own experience being bullied as a child. That experience changed the way I view friendship which affects a lot of my relationships to this day. Standing up for yourself is merely one-third of of the battle, the other part is instilling confidence in our children and empowering them. The last part is setting the tone of accountability. You see, by law if someone witnesses a crime and does nothing to stop it or doesn’t report it, that person is also held responsible. We should treat bullying the same way. We need to stand up for others. If we don’t, bullies on the playground could very well become bullies in the board room, or the court room.
Where can The Priceless Pact be purchased?
Who was your most influential teacher?
My most influential teacher was Mrs. Patty Calhoun. She was my second grade teacher and the reason I write today. In second grade we learned how to draft letters and she encouraged us to write and mail letters to her over the summer. I wrote her almost every summer until I graduated college. She inspired me to communicate and express myself by writing and I’ve turned it into a very lucrative and rewarding career.
The Adventures of the J.E.T.S – Mug of War
Author: LaDreka D. Vaughn
The Adventures of the J.E.T.s is one in a series of stories about how exciting it is to actually get outside and enjoy childhood. Trissy, Frankie, Todante, Juspin, and Emily will take you on an adventure in the neighborhood where they all call home. In the Adventures of the J.E.T.s, author LaDreka D. Vaughn will expose children to the escapades that lie within their imagination and the possibility of making them a reality. Inspiration behind the book: the inspiration behind my book is my two boys; Tryston and Emory and my nephew, Jaspin. They always seem to find themselves in the midst of an adventure so I thought I’d turn it into a book to hopefully encourage other kids to get outside and have adventures of their own!
Do you have any other children’s books available for purchase?
Not yet; however, the Adventures of the J.E.T.S will be a series!
Where can your book be purchased? You may purchase the Adventures of the J.E.T.S on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or directly from the publisher’s website at the link below:
What is your biggest fear? Why?
My biggest fear is failing as a mother. I work very hard to expose my boys to opportunities that I didn’t have or knew was available to me. I try to teach them life lessons that turns them into thinkers and doers vs followers and watchers. My hope is that it is not all done in vain! When they become adults, I want them to reflect back on their childhood and say that I prepared them for life!