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Hello all!

Today I had my second book signing and it was awesome!  But that’s another post…Lol.  I would like to let everyone know that I am giving away free copies of my e-book for two days straight!  This is for tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15th – Wednesday, May 16th!  This special event will start tonight at midnight and will end on Wednesday at 11:59 PM.

Please take advantage of this special offer to get a copy of MENTALITY LISTENS HERE!!!  All I ask is that after reading the book, you leave a review on the Amazon site.  I would really appreciate your time to do this for me.

I hope you enjoy MENTALITY LISTENS!  Feel free to leave a comment below as well.  😉

 

– Venus Angelica Perez

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RESULTS, RESULTS, RESULTS!

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My Beautiful Sister, Sarah Rose Greene

As you may already know, at the end of February I had to rush down to Florida to be with my sister during her surgery.  She had 88 degree scoliosis, which is extremely bad because one side of her rib cage was sitting on her hip and the other side was close to pressing up against her heart, lungs and other internal organs.  She had no choice but to undergo corrective spine surgery in order to attempt to straighten her spine as best they could.

They ended up using two very long rods and over thirty screws to put her spine as straight as they were able to.  It is not perfectly straight, but if I had to guess, It is probably as straight as mine, if not, better than mine.  In other words, they did a fantastic job!

I must say that my sister had no clue what she was walking into.  I explained to her how major the surgery is.  Even now, she is just understanding what comes with a major back surgery…depression, anxiety, immobility, loneliness…that empty feeling that nobody understands what you are going through.  But I thank God that He put me through years of suffering so that I could be there for my little sister.  She actually had someone there who really knew what she was going through, who understood her pain and frustration.  Even now, she calls me, telling me she wishes I was there with her.  But it’s not about me.

How do you get someone who is going through such a hard time in their life to focus on God?  How do you get that person to look to Jesus instead of looking to family members, doctors, medication, teachers…friends?  The only thing that we can do is pray for them.  And be there for them.  I published my first book specifically for my sister.  It is not the first book I wrote, nor was I planning on publishing my poetry.  But when I heard what she was about to go through, I knew this was something I had to do.  The last time I talked to her, she said she was reading one of my poems to her friend.  To hear that she is still reading it over and over, that God is using this book to help someone cope with their pain just like He helps me cope with my pain…knowing that God can use me for that purpose brings joy to my heart.  I wish that everyone can know and feel the difference between happiness and joy.  Just having this feeling makes me want to give my book away for FREE!  But unfortunately, mission trips cost money if you’re going overseas.

I thank God for my Sister, Sarah Rose, because she opened my eyes to God’s purpose for my life.  I love you so much Sarah.  Please remember to put God first in your life.  NEVER let your friends, your wants, or your plans take HIS place in your life.

If you would like a copy of the book I dedicated to my little sister, CLICK HERE where I will get the most royalties, or CLICK HERE for convenience of purchase.

Here is a before picture of her x-ray:

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My Very First Book Signing!

I am here to tell anyone who is thinking about publishing their own book that it is possible to do it all by yourself!  If I can do it…anyone can do it!

Last year was the first time I heard about the National Novel Writing Month, or to many, NaNoWriMo.  I entered and wrote 50,000 words in one month and, let me tell you, as a disabled veteran, it wasn’t easy.  Everything imaginable went wrong; I got real sick twice that month, I went to the emergency room, and I was behind on all my doctor’s visits.  I was in horrible pain.  I had missed church for months because of my pain prior to November, so I was feeling depressed as well.  But, through prayer and encouragement, I refused to quit.  I remember one of the days when I was at my worst, I sat in front of the TV all day with the laptop on my lap and typed one word in those twenty-four hours.  It wasn’t because I didn’t know what to write.  It was because I was literally so sick, I couldn’t even type or focus or do anything but sleep and wake up and sleep again.  But I forced myself to try.  Instead of staying in bed for the ten days I was sick that month, I forced myself to sit up with my laptop.  And because of that, I finished a Novel that I was thinking about writing for years!

A few days later, I found out that my sister had to have major back surgery.  She had 88 degree scoliosis.  A straight, normal, healthy spine is at zero degrees.  Immediately, I dropped what I was working on and started working on something especially for her.  I wanted to do something special, something meaningful.  I had back surgery before and knew what she’d be going through.  So, I got a bunch of poems, specific poems that I wrote while I was in my highest level of pain throughout the years, and started to put them together.  I didn’t even realize that I was going to write another book!  This was just something for my sister.  But, through NanoWrimo, I learned about CreateSpace.  I checked it out and it took me a few days to read all the fine print (once you’ve joined the Marine corps, you learn to read fine print for the rest of your life).  I decided to roll with them and try it out.

I must say that it was an extremely easy process!  The only thing that I can say gave me a headache working on the book was the formatting because it is a poetry book.  But other than that, CreateSpace makes everything extremely easy to understand and they walk you through each step.  You can make as many changes as you wish and you can proof your book online for free!  So, long story short, I published my book!

I remember seeing the look on my family’s face when they saw the book.  It was so touching, my eyes got watery because their eyes were watery and all of us were watery eyed…Lol.  It was awesome.  And to hear my little sister read it as soon as she opened the book, to hear her read the words I put together just for her…That meant everything in the world to me.  I thought to myself, “My work here is done.”

Little did I know, It was nowhere near done!  My mom started talking about getting copies to sell to her friends and how God is using me to touch the lives of others…boy, was I wrong!  I thought this was a one time deal.  But, I went forward with it.  When I got back home, I started to work on this site.  I also started to open up my channels as far as selling the book through amazon and third-party vendors.  Then, I made the big step.

I was at the Washington, D.C. Veterans Hospital and decided to talk to someone about selling my book at the canteen store, which is just a store in the hospital that is like a convenience store.  I asked the lady at the register this: “How would I go about selling my book here?”  I felt so silly.  She said to go to the back door and knock on it and someone will help me.  I did and a nice lady asked me a few questions and referred me to the side door…Lol.  I knocked there and talked to another nice lady that gave me the number to the person I had to speak to.  he was busy at the moment, so I left him a copy of my book and my telephone number.  I also took down his name and number.  I called him the next day and he referred me to another party, which, when I called, ended up being a salon.  Yep, story of my life.  So, I had to call him back.  This was a big decision-making moment.  Do I call him or don’t I?  Am I being silly about all this?  Is it even possible?

So, I finally make the call and get bad news.  He explained to me that ever since the VA hospitals allowed people from the library to come in and offer the Veterans free books to check out, book sales at the Canteen have been extremely low.  He said it is so sad because the books that were being sold were from disabled veterans like myself.  So, he gave me the option of calling back the guy I talked to earlier and asking him if I can do a book signing.  It was my only option.  I had to make another phone call.

I called the Canteen manager back and told him what happened.  He agreed that it was very unfortunate and gave me more bad news.  He said that they weren’t allowed to do book signings in the lobby at this time (I think because they are having construction done right now) and the atrium was booked up until next year.  It was exactly what I expected to hear.  So, I’m sure right now you are saying to yourself, “But your title says you got a book signing!”  Why…yes, yes it does! Lol.  So, he says the only thing he can offer me is a long table in the cafeteria for a book signing at this time.  Of course, I, on the other line, almost jumped up and down, but my voice said, Okay, that’s fine…LOL.

He transferred me to one of the ladies I talked to earlier and she got everything set up.  She said I can come as many times as I want to do this as long as I schedule it in advance.  She also told me to call in July to set up an appointment to hold the atrium next year.  She was very nice 🙂 and made me feel very happy about the whole situation.  So, I am now in the process of getting two small poster boards to put on the table just to bring some attention my way so people don’t think I’m having lunch…LOL.

If you would like to meet me during this time, I will be at the Washington, D.C., Veterans hospital on Friday, April 27, 2012, in the Cafeteria between the hours of 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, depending on my back.  I hope to see you there!

To purchase MENTALITY LISTENS, CLICK HERE!

 

 

New York Times #1 Best Seller…For Poetry?

IN A WORLD WHERE ART SCREAMS…

Imagine going into a bookstore, choosing a book, opening it up, and discovering that YOU are the main character!  Truth-filled words will take ou to a whole different level of poetry.  Written by a former Marine and a current disabled veteran, Mentality Listens is truly one of a kind.  You will never find a book like this one.

Venus Angelica Perez grew up in Bensonhurst, New York.  to cope with her disabilities, she expresses her pain through different forms of artwork including photography, painting, and drawing.  Book one of her upcoming release, a Christian Mafia Trilogy series, will be available in 2012.  For more information on the author, please visit her main website at blessedbklynite.com.

You can purchase this book by CLICKING HERE to order it from CreateSpace where she will receive the majority of royalties from your purchase, or, for a more convenient route, purchase by CLICKING HERE to order it from Amazon.com.  The First Edition is still available at this time.  The Second Edition, to include a new poem added due to her sister’s surgery, will be available on Amazon.com shortly.

It is NOT a New York Times #1 Best Seller, but purchase the book and see if it should be!

The poems below are excerpts.  Please enjoy the preview.

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