The Sisterhood

About the author

Nichol Bradford has over a decade of experience within the $60B global games industry. Her roles have spanned global marketing, licensing, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, operations, and joint ventures, touching North America, Asia, and Europe. Today, she is the Director of Operations China for Blizzard Entertainment, an award-winning global video game developer and a division of Activision-Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI). Based in Shanghai, she oversees China operations for World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and other key titles. Prior to joining Blizzard, Bradford focused on global corporate strategy as the Senior Global Director of Strategic Growth for Vivendi Games, reporting to the CEO. Previous roles include Global Brand Management at Vivendi Games and Brand Manager at Disney Interactive, the video game arm of The Walt Disney Company.

Today, Bradford is one of the highest-ranking African-American women in the games industry. She is passionate about mentoring diverse talent, women, and young people of all backgrounds and has demonstrated her overall commitment to the growth and development of the games industry. In 2007, she delivered a widely reported “Rant” at the Game Developers Conference, calling on the industry to use its influence to stimulate student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STEM) which went on to inspire a speakers bureau program at the International Game Developers Association. In 2004, she co-founded Into the Pixel, the first major collaboration between video games and fine art, to recognize and celebrate video game artists. In 2003, she founded Diverse People in Gaming (DPG), whose initial base transferred after three years to Blacks in Gaming (BIG), to support diversity in the industry.

She received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business in 2001. In 2010, after seeking a new and innovative way to coach and engage women through storytelling, she published The Sisterhood. The Sisterhood is the first ever novel that sets a standalone empowerment workshop into narrative form. Today, Bradford continues to seek projects that help others on both an individual and community level. At the cornerstone of her life of public service is her dedication to organizations that support women, especially in the areas of empowerment, technology, and business.

Last year, Bradford competed as an amateur boxer in Brawl on the Bund to benefit Leo’s Foundation, which provides care for underprivileged newborns in Shanghai, and took up polo.

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The Sisterhood is an epic action-thriller set in the context of a vast business empire. Deeper, the book is about friendships between women as they fight to protect a dream larger than the individual.

The Sisterhood tells the story of what becomes possible when intelligence, rage and hope are channeled into an outrageous mission. Founded by Vivian Delacroix – The Sisterhood is a non-government organization and a massive multinational, built over decades by a band of black women.

The women invest billions into technology, pooling their profits into communities, schools, and treatment centers in the battle against Cocanol, a new and addictive drug. The group is overwhelmingly successful until their progress is noticed by the Raptor, a ruthless enemy with pawns in the US government and ties to the Trusts – the cocanol manufacturers and international powerhouses intent on controlling the world.

As a first step in a war on The Sisterhood, Vivian is assassinated, triggering a Homeland Security Bureau investigation, a Senate inquiry and a series of increasingly dangerous events. To survive, the women, led by Chief Security Officer Tonia Rawlings, must fight against unseen forces.

Battling across a public stage of media coverage and Wall Street financial theater, the women rush against all odds to outwit their foes – even as they execute the final stage of Vivian’s secret plan. As their enemies draw near, the women risk everything, testing the bonds of faith, marriage and friendship.

Along the way, they discover awful truths, make strange alliances and learn why they are the most dangerous women the world has ever seen.

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About the author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Francis Ray is a native Texan and lives in Dallas. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. Her literary fiction series- Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends have consistently made bestseller's lists, and are enjoyed by readers world-wide. She has written forty-five books to date. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, Atlantic Choice, Borders 2008 Romance Award for bestselling Multicultural Romance for NOBODY BUT YOU. IF YOU WERE MY MAN was selected as Written 2010 Book of the Year.

Ms. Ray had four books published or re-released in 2011, and six scheduled thus far for 2012.She enjoys writing fiction, where intelligent women through hard work and perseverance triumph over adversity, just as they do in real life.

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Bestselling author Francis Ray will have fans cheering for the Grayson family’s friends—when two perfectly-matched opponents go one-on-one…

Sexy, single sports consultant Payton “Sin” Sinclair has tackled the world’s most valuable players—and most eligible women. But ever since his two best friends found love, despite his dangerous secret, he’s tempted to take a chance himself. And that temptation is a woman named Summer…

A self-made restaurant owner with a painful past, Summer has always counted on Sin. Beneath his smooth charm—and hard body—lies a tender-hearted friend who always keeps her going when the going gets tough. But now, swept up in her cousin’s wedding plans, she’s trying not to let the champagne—or Sin’s innocent passes—go to her head. Because one dangerous kiss will only lead to another…

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The Execumama’s Survival Guide

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Stop presenting. Start being present!

That’s the life chant™ at The Life Design Agency,brainchild of Akilah S. Richards, entrepreneur,author, and advocate of all things Empowered Woman. Akilah‘s Work-Life mantra—Define, Design and Live your Fullest Version of Woman—has landed her in the role of trusted lifestyle management resource for women who crave less stressful, more fulfilled lives.

Akilah continues to be called upon to share her effective Life Design strategies that explore lifestyle topics such as entrepreneurship, marriage, parenting, and partnerships. She speaks at women’s conferences, health and wellness-based events in the United States and the Caribbean, and at her self-produced events that provide lifestyle guidance to women, mothers, and entrepreneurs.

Coverage in national publications both online and in print help Akilah connect and serve a diverse group of women.The Jamaican-born lover of good books and meaningful music resides in metro Atlanta with her husband and their two daughters.

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When a woman is fully expressed, she can consistently step outward, further into the world, with clarity, confidence, and courage as her allies. She can define her ideal lifestyle based on her real needs, not the forced ones; she can design a lifestyle, decision by small decision, that serves her, not imprisons her and isolates her from her true self; and she can live in a space of un-muted expression, constant exploration, self-fulfillment, and enough love and joy to spread to her family and friends.

I wrote about rejecting the myth of work-life balance, and other lifestyle survival techniques in my latest book, The Execumama’s Survival Guide: Strategies and Soulwork for surviving the daily challenges of our work-life flow. The book is divided into seven survival categories—Fear, Relationships, Authenticity, Balance, Money, Excellence, and Growth—and is sold in conjunction with Lifestyle Design worksheets and an audio version of the book, as part of the full Execumama’s Survival Kit.

If you’re up for considering that life isn’t always going to feel like a perfected yoga pose, and that you get to be present and unapologetically you in all aspects of that life, then The Kit is the ideal place to start.

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…And This Too Shall Pass ~ A Poetic Gallery

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A native of Savannah, Ga., Jeri L.M.S. Guyette has been writing since childhood. She has read and performed her poetry at notable open mics such as Nokturnal Escape's Soul Release, Jacksonville, Fl. and Spitfire Poetry Group, Savannah, Ga. She has also expounded her works at Barnes and Noble bookstores in Georgia and Florida and Borders Books, Southern California. Jeri has graced numerous coffee houses, jazz clubs, educational and charitable events throughout the Southeast.

She has completed three previous chapbooks, A Taste of Rain - A Love Poem Collection © 2003, Southern Peaches and Mediterranean Olives- Poetry from the Vine © 2005 and Mosaic-The Multifaceted Evolution of a Woman © 2008 all published under her literary company, Casa Zia Productions, Ga. She has also completed a collection of short stories revolved around the rich experience of growing up in the South. Jeri's work has been featured and published in Seaswells-The Art and Literary Magazine of College of Coastal Georgia since 2005, earning Honorable Mentions and winning second place in the Austin / Garner Prose Award of 2007. A world traveler, she currently resides with her two daughters in Georgia.

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…And This Too Shall Pass ~ A Poetic Gallery ~ Book Description
... And This Too Shall Pass ~ A Poetic Gallery ~ encompasses poetry that speaks from the heart. It takes its readers on a lyrical journey chronicling the emotional and physical power of destructive love to the uplifting confidence and empowerment of love of one's self and finally embracing the restorative beauty of being loved by others. Written in free verse, peppered with haikus and tankas and seasoned with poetic compositions inspired by such artists as Nicci Gilbert, Anthony David and Kem, this contemporary collection brings a new voice to the genre of poetry: the voice of Jeri L.M.S. Guyette.

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Secret Affair

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Melissa Love is an up and coming author from Detroit, Michigan. Her first urban fiction novel "Sinful Traits" was published in2010. Since then she uses her creative story-telling to creat more jaw dropping stories with a unique twist.She is a member of the Motown Literary Network and Motown Writers Network. She was first feature on an urban radio show in Florida called "Hype Media Global in 2010. She is working on more novel and enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

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Carter Perry’s world has turned upside down when he finds out that his wife of four years had being keeping a secret behind his back. Carter suspects Keisha of sleeping around with his younger brother, Donte. In order to have the proof he needs to catch them in the act, he put a plan in motion. He tells his wife that he has to go out of town for a business meeting, but what she doesn’t know is that Carter never left the city. He stays around to spy on her. He finally catches them together, but to his surprise Keisha’s secret was too unbearable to forgive! Follow Carter as his rage leaves him to commit a double murder.