Ashley Terrell – The Black Sheep Shadow – Virtual Book Tour

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Non Fiction / Self-Help / Memoir

Date Published: April 19, 2016



The city lights blind your amazement. The sound of the traffic challenges you to be alive. Families ask bystanders to make magic and capture the moment with photographs. Newly engaged couples seal their union by kissing under shooting stars while loving by crossing their hearts.


But if your heart was under arrest, wouldn’t you want to embrace something to feel like others?


Go insider the world of one courageous sheep as she discovers that her heart was under attack by darkness. As she travels on a spiritual journey to understanding her purpose, overcoming the undertones of low confidence, self-acceptance, and the importance of inspiration, she rose against the odds with forgiveness and strengthening her faith.




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An Opening in a Dark Sky

The “White in Black Places” Breaking Barriers


Greensboro, NC: The evolution of time presents itself in trends and rhythms of skinny jeans, colored lipsticks and natural afro puffs. Within the understanding of identity, men and women are becoming comfortable with uncovering their potential.

Chairmen and executives find advantageous marketing positions to heighten their importance of their influential products. As various products fly off shelves in nearby stores, businesses are escaping the secret to what encourages high gross sales and supply in demand.

“Example of intentional change,” author, Ashley Terrell, explained. “Instead of trying to change it to go away, we need to begin to accept why our flaws are here. It is to influence self-acceptance.

Terrell, author of the nonfiction book, The Black Sheep Shadow, reflects on days that she felt were intentional to endure to be able to become a true disciple for self-betterment and resilience.

“We decide if we want an unconditional relationship with ourselves. We have to decide if it will be a choice or decision.  The rhythm of your journey will be based on your thinking of what you choose (reactive behavior) or decide (proactive behavior),” she explains.

Terrell’s The Black Sheep Shadow has received raved reviews from the cast of Bounce TV’s Saints and Sinners cast, and USA Today. The potent yet vivid descriptions of each turning point has gained its own hashtag trend [as #TheBlackSheepShadow] on social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“The most successful person has to lose [unexpected] ones along the way to find strength. Successful people have to skip and ration meals to see how far they will go to eat. Successful people have to lose money to learn how to keep it the second time. Sometimes successful people have their world burned entirely to see their purpose is to influence far bigger [than their own],” Terrell expressed deeply. “Successful people are the ‘white in black places’. I am tired of hoping someone sees we need to do better. I’m GOING to break the barrier(s).

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Ashley Terrell is the founder of Stella Bistro Foods and Black Sheep Inc. Terrell is the host and co-director of Cooking with Stella (2016).  She resides on the East Coast where she enjoys Author Info Card Updated black sheep.jpgblissful sunsets and sounds of ocean waves.


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My TESStimony by Contessa T. Walker-Jackson — Book Blitz


Each of us has a journey to go through in life. For some, that path seems easy, and everything in the lives of these blessed ones seems to fall into place effortlessly. For others, the path to a happy, successful life is paved with struggle and hardship.

I am one of those who have had to struggle. I wrote this book not simply to gain your sympathy or to draw attention to my pain, but to encourage others who’ve had to walk the same difficult roads in their lives. God, our Creator, did not design us to suffer through lives of pain and hurt, but has a much more joyful and important purpose for each of us. Discovering this fact helped me turn the path of my life around 180 degrees!

With this book, I intend to motivate and inspire those who look like me. I want to help my readers realize that no matter what life throws at you, you can overcome with your personal TESStimony! Use this book as a therapeutic tool to help you restore your life, heal your spirit, and redeem your soul.

Through reading along with my personal journey, I want others to discover the pursuit of hope. We can all use hope in our lives.


Our incompetence to be satisfied with what we have stems from living in marketing societies that insist we need to keep purchasing more in order to be fulfilled. Trying to keep up with the “Joneses” by acquiring more money, bigger houses, better cars, and lovelier spouses will leave you unhappy and dissatisfied. Instead of wanting what we don’t have, it can be a pure revelation to turn around and want what we already have. Everything we do nowadays has been inspired from television.


8Contessa Jackson lives by the mantras “can’t give up now” and “there’s nothing too hard for God.” The CEO & owner of Huntsville, Alabama-based Exclusively By Tess, LLC, which provides event planning on every level, Jackson is also an entrepreneur, team builder, civic leader, mentor, product specialist, and educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision, and a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education.

In 2008, she founded Teacher’s P.E.T.S. Academy, a non-profit organization that provides guidance and encouragement to children and teens. Her dream is to open a tuition-free school that houses a 1,500-seat theater for the performing arts and community events.

Tess continues to fuel her passions and ambition as the published author of My TESStimony, through which she portrays her journey as a business-woman, wife, mother, and lover of life.

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With New Eyes by Heidi Siefkas: Author Interview


Title: With New Eyes: The Power of Perspective

Author: Heidi Siefkas

Genre: Memoir / Inspiration

Heidi Siefkas lost her health, her career, and her marriage after she was struck by a one thousand-pound tree branch. While she made great strides in her physical and emotional recovery in the months that followed—an arduous process that she chronicled in When All Balls Drop—Heidi wasn’t content to merely survive her setbacks. The time was right to build a new life. One she could live on her own terms.

But what would a redesigned life look like? In her quest for answers, Heidi returned to her childhood home in Wisconsin, dove into the South Florida dating scene, revisited old flames in New England, sold her first home, jumped out of a plane, and traveled alone to South America. Every leg of her journey provided a healthy dose of perspective.

 With New Eyes is full of mishaps and bold decisions, all seasoned with sassy humor. Through her signature down-to-earth vignettes, Heidi inspires you to conquer your fears, head for adventure, and be the captain of your own ship.

What inspired your latest work?

With New Eyes was inspired by real-life events and the details of architecting a new life, Life 2.0. I wrote With New Eyes for anyone who is at a crossroads in his/her life. Just like software, people occasionally need life updates, whether to improve features, fix bugs, correct course, or even a complete life overhaul. With New Eyes inspires readers to conquer their fears, head for adventure, and embark on your own Life 2.0.
What living person do you most admire?

I admire Madonna. She paved the way for so many female artists. Madonna is not afraid to make bold decisions, nor be herself. Madonna is a role model of courage and creating your own life path.
What is your most prized possession?

My most prized possession is my charm bracelet. My mother gave it to me. A few of the charms were hers, but many have been gifts I have purchased for milestones in my life. My charm bracelet is like my totem pole. It tells the story of my life throw charms of cheese from my home state, a tree from the accident in New York that sparked my life change, and a boomerang from my recent trip to Australia. The bracelet is getting rather heavy; so, I have created a necklace that serves a similar purpose to continue with more milestones and travels.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

I believe happiness is perspective. Just like perspective, happiness changes. With that said, my basis of happiness is a combination of good health, strong relationships with my clan (friends/family/peers), and freedom.
Why do you write?

I wanted to inspire others. In a former life, I was a classroom teacher. I felt that the classroom and the high school audience wasn’t a good fit long-term. However, through writing and speaking, I have found a way to teach, inspire, and entertain readers without walls.
Where would you most like to live?

I currently live part-time in Kauai and part-time in South Florida. Both are tropical with many pluses. However, I’m still with much wanderlust. I’ll have to get back to you.
What is your motto?

I believe that every occasion in life can either be categorized as a good time or a good story. There is a lot of truth behind this. The moments full of mishaps and unexpected occurrences maybe weren’t the most fun, but they certainly are the stories that are shares with your friends or with your family around the holiday table. Good stories come from some of the most uncomfortable, if not almost disastrous events.
Who’s your favorite writer?

I typically say the author of the last good book I read, which would be Steinbeck and his Travels with Charley. With that said, the writing that continues to resonate with me most is Robert Frost’s poetry. His poem Road Not Taken sums up my author and adventurer life.

Author Bio

Heidi Siefkas is an author and adventurer. Originally from small-town Wisconsin, she lives in Kauai and also calls the Midwest and South Florida home. Heidi is currently writing her third book, Cubicle to Cuba, which features a humorous collection of stories about her travels to Cuba, Peru, New Zealand, Italy, and other far-flung places.

Heidi invites you to share photos on social media that show where you are enjoying With New Eyes (#withneweyes). You can connect with Heidi at, Facebook, and Twitter.