"You ain't nothing and you'll never be nothing!" But at least Destiny had to try.
Born into a life of chaos, from the beginning of her life, Destiny Graham never had a chance. Abused by her father and abandoned by her mother, Destiny searches for the love that she has never known always managing to find herself in lonely bedrooms and staring at the bottom of empty bottles. In her quest to find herself, she must face the person that she has become. A person that she hardly recognizes that bears the bruises from the pain that she has endured all her life. She spends her life running from her demons until she realizes that no matter how far or fast she runs, she cannot outrun herself.
Fragile Destiny is a tale of heartache and sorrow and one woman's triumphant effort to put back together the pieces of her broken life. It is a heart wrenching tale of what happens to a life when it is horribly shattered and the power it takes to put it back together.
Every life has a story. This story is Destiny's.
Views from the Back Pew
Views from the Back Pew is taking the church by storm!!! An honest, shocking look into the lives of three women whose lives are forever changed behind the stained glass windows and pristine white walls of Abundant Life Baptist Church. Views from the Back Pew is an exciting tale of three women all with devastating pasts and crippling secrets. Charmayne, Alexandra, and Victoria are all bound by their past and held together by the possibilities of the future.
Meet Victoria Richardson a modern day church diva determined that no man will ever take anything away from her that she is not willing to give. Of course everything she gives comes with a price. Hey, a woman has bills to pay and her mother always taught her to use what she's got to get what she wants.
Meet Alexandra Mitchell the daughter of a prominent business man, carrying secrets of his sins while her mother looks in the other direction. She is determined to face life on her own terms and never be such a weak example of a woman like her mother falling in love even if that means having secret affairs.
Meet Charmayne Green church administrator, fed up with church, church folks, fried chicken and Sunday morning shouts. Church certainly has changed since she was a little girl and now she is unsure if she fits in especially once her skeletons come falling out of the closet.
Each woman learns the freedom in unveiling childhood secrets, shocking lies, scandalous affairs, and adulterous relationships. Can they move from the spectator role on the back pew to a participant in their own destiny? A moving story of triumph and victory that shows nothing is impossible to overcome with God!
Hannah's Plea-Poetry for the Soul is a poetic song for those in need of encouragement, motivation and inspiration. Poetry written so deeply that it touches your core and serves as a tool to stimulate your mind and touch your heart. Hannah's Plea is honest and raw, however Hannah knows that poetry, true poetry, can leave the writer exposed but that writing can be used as a catalyst for the reader to be set free. From the stirring poem of At Last I Can Sing, the freedom found in Ride, Girl, Ride, or the epic tale of Mercy, Mercy Me giving a portrayal into the state of the world today, Hannah's Plea will resonate with all readers. "Writing this book has allowed some shackles to be released and for those that still bind me, they are a constant reminder that I am still free in spite of my chains and at last I can truly sing." My prayer is that this poetic journey will allow you to join in on the melody of freedom, strength and power.
Life Lived In Color is a collection of poetry that make up pieces of my life that projects a rainbow of inspiration, love, lust, motherhood, struggles of being a Black woman and my faith. Excluding parts of who I truly am in order to please the masses only left me disfigured, so I have decided to share with you all aspects of my work, hoping that you understand that life is lived in many colors and to deny them only left me with a gray void. There are many aspects of my life that are encompassed in one person. I tried to group them together so for those of you that would like to skip over the "juicy parts" you can. But to deny that there are many facets to me being who I am would be to not only lie to myself but also lie to my loyal readers who expect to read the uncompromising truth when they read my work. I am asking that you take a journey with me as we travel a road of a life lived in color. There are inspiration poems, love poems and poems that are just down right gritty. This is me. This is poetry and very reason that I have been chosen. I chose to live my life in color! Please join me!
In Spite of My Chains Take a mixture of heartache, stir in a cup of redemption and a heaping scoop of poetic essence and what do you have? A collection of poetry that is bound to stir your soul and set you along the course to your personal journey of true liberation. Hannah Drake has set aside her standard poetic prose and has opted to show just how far the range of her poetry can go. From stirring self-awareness pieces such as, 'I Love Me', to sensual pieces such as 'Naked', In Spite of My Chains offers readers an eclectic mixture of poetry that is sure to satisfy your literary appetite and at the end of this read, you will certainly feel refreshed, rejuvenated and empowered to walk into your divine destiny.
Anticipation Sex, love and poetry - the perfect ménage à trois! This collection of poetry is erotic, passionate, daring, sexy, intimate and sensual! Enjoy as you peek through the pages that promises to warm even the coldest nights as you anticipate passionate moments, with that someone special, filled with love, lust, intimacy and erotica! Poetry... I met her some time back, but she and I are just now taking time to know each other. At time she is the best lover, caressing you at night, rocking you gently, invading your minds with nouns and verbs and similes...Other times she is a beast, withholding her affection, keeping her words close, leaving you staring at lifeless paper...but when you are true to her, she is true to you... Sometimes all you have are words. And when words are not enough sometimes she allows you to see visions of sunsets dipped in vibrant colors or spring rainbows or eclipses and you know that is poetry- just from what your eyes see and your heart races, pulse rushes, goosebumps form over your body as you let poetry caress your thoughts, renewing your mind, waking old dreams and reminding you that true love, intimate love, passionate love is making love to your poetry...
For Such a Time as This is a powerful collection of poetry that focuses on social justice and awareness. With poems ranging from police brutality, slanted journalism, homelessness and feminism, just to name a few, Hannah Drake seeks to be a voice for those that have been silenced.For Such a Time as This was birthed due to injustice, too many lives taken, too many rest in peace shirts, too many mothers weeping, too many communities destroyed, and far too many hashtags. For every individual that has become a hashtag, a face on a t-shirt, a social media topic of debate, Hannah Drake pauses to say that she hears you and this collection of poetry seeks to be the shout for voices silenced too soon, for women that are still fighting for equality, the light that shines awareness on mass incarceration and a multitude of other topics that continue to be a stumbling block to equality to everyone.We are in this fight together.Justice for one is not enough. Justice for all is what is required. And perhaps you are reading this book today because you have been picked for such a time as this.
Dear White Women, It’s Not You. It’s Me. I’m Breaking Up With You! offers commentary on Race, White Feminism, Allyship, and Intersectionality. “I realized that Black women were just your plaything, something to entertain you on Twitter and Facebook. We were your live and in color resistance rom-com Black best friend. We were your “hey, girl,” “yaassssssss,” and high fives. We were your sassy finger snap, neck roll, and “Auntie.” We were the face of your resistance memes as we “reclaimed our time.” Black women made the days pass faster until you could get your next Resistance fix. Until the next march, the next hashtag, the next knitted hat, Black women were your entertainment.Black women were your hidden lover. Someone you cherished online, cloaked in the anonymity of social media with no real commitment. God forbid your racist boyfriend or husband knew you were cheating on him with Black women telling the truth. We were your 2 am social justice booty call. After you got what you wanted from us, you would find your way back home to White patriarchy and supremacy, hoping that you didn’t smell of your online Black woman resistance lover. Black women were just the trendy thing, and just like Louboutins or bedazzled fanny packs, White women love to possess what is trendy.” Black Women are tired. The arc of justice is carved into the backs of Black Women. Today is the day for you to take a stand. When you hear the bells of injustice ringing, do not ask for whom the bell tolls? The bell is tolling for you!
Love, Revolution, & Lemonade is a collection of poetry, prose, and musings all wrapped in passion. Passion for Love, passion for Revolution, and passion for taking the bitterness of life and making Lemonade. It is a book that I have been waiting to write, and I couldn’t finish this book until I felt that I was finally free to say everything that I wanted to say. Love, Revolution, & Lemonade speaks candidly about Love, heartache, sex, and romance. I have written openly about being a Black woman, fighting for Revolution and liberation and balancing my passion and desires all while screaming, "No Justice. No Peace." Love, Revolution, & Lemonade covers the bitterness of mistakes and failures and how to take defeat and use it to propel you towards your destiny.This is the book that I have wanted to write my entire life. Love, Revolution, & Lemonade is a book for all people that refuse to color inside the lines and who are brave to step out and see what they can become."I am a woman that lives her life in shades of gray, but when I speak, I speak in color. My tongue is like a loom, and it weaves words of indigo, crimson, bronze, and gold. When I write, I write marvelous shades of magenta and marigold and periwinkle and rose. Everything is bursting in color. I use these words to light my path in the darkness, using the words to illuminate my soul.I am a woman that is trying, that is striving, that is living...that is becoming.All I did was take the lemons that life handed me and made Lemonade.So, I dare you to make Lemonade."
LOVE, REVOLUTION & LEMONADE!
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DEAR AMERICA I'M STILL ROOTING FOR YOU
~Commentaries on Race, Politics and Feminism~
''Controversial.” “Witty.” “ Provocative." “ Raw.”
Dear America, I’m Still Rooting For You is a thought-provoking collection of commentaries on race, politics, and feminism that holds up a mirror to America making it face many of the harsh realities that continue to plague our nation. Dear America, I’m Still Rooting For You challenges it readers not to look away but to face and deal with the truth. “Will this be an easy read?” I can promise you that at times it will be difficult but who told you that it would be easy? Who told you that you would always feel good? Who told you that you would not have to challenge your way of thinking? Who told you that fighting for justice meant you wouldn’t have to face some hard truths? Who told you that you would not have to take a long hard look in the mirror? Who told you that you would not have to have difficult conversations with your family and friends about race? Who told you that it would not require sacrifice? If someone has told you any of those things, then they lied to you.
If you have picked up Dear America I'm Still Rooting For You, expecting to cuddle up with a steamy cup of hot cocoa and “Please-give-me-a-reward-for-doing-the-right-thing” cookies, I don’t bake so I suggest you put this book back down. However, if you have picked up this book with the knowledge and understanding that you will be challenged to think and then act differently when it comes to race relations, politics and feminism in this nation, you have chosen an excellent book for your journey. Dear America, I’m Still Rooting For You may not feel good, but it is good for the betterment of you, me, and for this country.
So Many Things I Want To Tell You is a small collection of life lessons that I penned for my daughter as she was stepping out into the world on her own as a college student. Even after 18 years I found that there were still so many things that I wanted to tell her, life lessons I wanted her to remember, teachings that would help her along her journey. It is my hope that she will look back on this book and remember the things I have told her and carry them close to her heart. From money, to love, dating, to faith, it is all contained in these few pages. In writing this book, I found these were not just lessons for her, but lessons for all women and reminders that as a woman you possess the power within you to live free, to live happy, to live with peace, to embrace your sexiness, to cherish everything about yourself that makes you uniquely special and wonderful.
DEAR WHITE WOMEN, IT'S NOT YOU. IT'S ME. I'M BREAKING UP WITH YOU!
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"Hannah's words never cease to amaze me, to move me, to inspire me to lift up my pen and rejoice in the joy that I AM A WRITER & even more so, I AM A POET...Hannah's pen is like catching a glimpse of God out of the corner of your eye, or the wonder of seeing a full rainbow after a storm has cleared the sky, or the sigh you let out at the end of a fairy tale because you think, for that brief moment you believe, that anything is possible after all." ~Sharon Morgan, Author, Poet
"The Picasso Lady of Words." ~Gordon Carmichael
"As is clear in history, something I have taught for twenty years, voices come along, and they mingle in our midst till someone hears and recognizes it as prophetic and important." - Michele Hemenway
"Even when she whispers, people listen. She has the uncanny ability to speak in a language that everyone, no matter their background, income, or race, can comprehend. She speaks the language of humanity” – Robin G.