Sharon’s Monthly News for March 2024

Good Morning and Happy Monday! Welcome to Sharon’s Monthly News.

One of my goals is to bring my two brands, Selma P. Verde, Author of Young Adult Fiction and Mentoring A Dream (MAD), Helping the adults reach the teens in their lives together and become a cohesive unit. Why? I believe that both brands provide tools for parents and caring adults to understand the issues teens are facing and then create a safe place to talk to their teens about those issues. As we move through 2024, you will see the brands working together more.

Thoughts from the writing desk

Facing Writing Challenges

In my writing process, I face many challenges to get things done. As a self-published author, I can be more flexible with deadlines, so when challenges come up in day to day life, I can put off the deadlines to accommodate. Sometimes I struggle with that. Prioritizing writing over everything else that is happening.

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There have been some life challenges that have been delaying the release of The Street’s Way. I’m currently on my final read through before it goes back to my editor, Michelle. I have found this book to be the hardest one for me to write to date. Part of it may be the theme of homelessness, but I also think it is affected by what season of life you are in. As I think more about the journey The Way Series has taken me on, I also took a delay in publishing Shawn’s Way. It was due to having to care for my dad while he dealt with dementia.

Things are going to happen in life that may hold you back from working towards your passions. My advice, get a little bit done each day. Forward progress is better than no progress. But, also give yourself the grace to get it done when it can be done. When it seems like it is hard for me to get things done, I have to remember that I can be flexible in my deadlines to accommodate the curve balls in life. I am grateful for that.

MAD and Selma Brand updates

So, for our monthly news posts, I will provide you with some updates on each brand and some thoughts that I have about the monthly theme we are presenting on Mentoring A Dream. MAD is the abbreviation that I use for Mentoring A Dream.

Monthly News for Mentoring A Dream

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For 1Q2024, our theme is Teen Homelessness and Addiction. In March, our focus will be on addiction. This month we will take a look at how addiction plays a role and affects mental health. The following list is the topics we are talking about on the blog this month

  • 3/11/2024 – What is Addiction? We will take a look at what addiction is and how it can evolve from dealing with the challenges that teens face.
  • 3/18/2024 – Book of the Month – Clean by Amy Read is a YA novel we will discuss this month. It tells the story of teens in rehab and shows us that each of the characters came to addiction in a different way.
  • 3/25/2024 – Our featured resource for this month is the The Recovery Village. They are a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center who helps people on their lifelong journey to recovery. We will take a look at how they are a great resource to look to for information and help.

Are you looking for any resources to gain a better understanding of the challenges your teen is facing? Be sure to check out the resources page on the MAD website.

Monthly News for Selma P. Verde

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On the writing side of the brand, Selma is working with her editor to get The Street’s Way ready to publish. We are in the final read through before sending it back to my editor. Ready for another The Way Series book? I know I am getting really excited to share it with you soon.

This month I will putting on my author’s hat and taking part in the Rosemount Writers’ Festival and Book Fair. I will be at the Book Fair selling books and getting the message out about the mission of Mentoring A Dream. If you are around Rosemount, Minnesota on March 16th between 9:30 and 4, stop on by and say hello. I will be available to personally sign your book too. Here is a link for more information Rosemount Writers’ Festival.

I am looking forward to getting out to book fairs more this year. Not only to sell books, but to get out there to meet other authors, meet potential readers and make some connections to continue to spread the word that we need to support teens and help them confront and overcome the challenges they face growing up.

Novels focusing on teen challenges – The Way Series

Are you looking for a couple of coming-of-age reads for you or your teen about challenges they face? One great series which fits the bill in The Way Series. It is the series I have written under my pen name, Selma P. Verde.

The Way Series

Book #1The Hard Way – is the story of Paul Jones and his starting his freshman year of high school and how he must navigate dealing with pressure from his peers to do things to fit in.

Book #2Shawn’s Way – although it is a continuation of Paul’s journey from The Hard Way, we meet freshman, Shawn Townson. He becomes the target of a bully when an upperclassman decides to take out his frustration on him.

Book #3The Street’s Way – is a continuation of The Way Series which introduces Mikala Kalani to the storyline as a runaway and homeless teen. Coming your way in 2024.

So, click on link below to my books page to learn more about the series! And, pick up your copies before the release of The Street’s Way.

Selma’s Books

Have a good week!

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