PUBLISHING COMPANY'S BOOKS
DONE BY DESIRES by Dionne B.- (a cook book)
Done by Desires! What’s behind the name? Every time I step foot in a kitchen, I cook with the intent of people taking a great delight or a desire in my style of cooking. With much confidence in my cooking, when I am done, the quest I so desire is done! Hence came forth the name Done! by Desires because your desire is my pleasure.
To appreciate food, you have to know what it is all about. As a southern girl growing up in Louisiana, I learned to start cooking at the age of 5. I still have the burn marks from the boiling water that scalded the heck out of my 5-year-old skin. I still remember the hog head my grandpa threw up on the counter to turn into the best hog head cheese ever. Oh! Let me not forget about Granny frying up the best chicken in Crisco in the black skillet, or my mama Dorothy who had the best Chayote, or what we called militon, dressing in the south. Oh, but my mom’s peach cobbler with the perfect crust and the right amount of sweet buttery peach liquor. Do you see where I’m going with this? These are all fine memories; the beginnings of my food journey.
My dishes come from experiences. You can’t have a good dish if you do not have a story behind it. Of course, all of the recipes in this book have a little story about them.
Let's start with the Gumbeaux! It took me some years to really get the perfect pot of gumbo. My first pot of gumbo was made with my uncle. He taught me about the roux. The darker the roux, the deeper the flavor. You would preferably want a dark roux, like the color of dark chocolate. It takes practice to make a roux this color without burning it, and a lot of patience!
Here in Louisiana, we have a lot of Cajun in us. That’s why I put the -eaux (pronounced like the letter O) on gumbeaux.
Ever eaten leftover grits the next morning? Once they cool, you can cut them with a knife and fry them in bacon grease in the skillet for a new meal. The Fried Grit Cakes recipe is deep fried grits with a good spice. It can be eaten alone or as the base to the Creole Mustard Shrimp Sauce or the shrimp sauce from the Shrimp & Grits recipe.
As I get into my signature recipe for the Crawfish Boil Soup, you must understand that crawfish, or what some of us folks may call mudbugs, are to Louisiana what gravy is to rice. And we love our crawfish boils with all the fixins, Sha (Darling). The Crawfish Boil Soup gives you the taste of everything found at the crawfish boil, but in one big pot. Good eating is the desire of one’s heart, and that is the purpose of this cookbook.
There are multiple drinks in this book that are signature drinks made to heighten the flavors of the dishes they are paired with. My drinks are just as southern as my soul. This cookbook is for those who share my Louisiana heritage, ones who like a gourmet twist on a classic dish, and for the ones who find a joy in entertaining guests and would like to show off a little in the kitchen. My desire has always been to see happy plates after I have been in the kitchen. And then, I’m Done!
It's not my Fault my Father has no Sons by Sharelyn Huddleston-(Christian adult fiction novel)
There are seven Roosevelt sisters, and they all have been trained to carry out each of their roles in and out of their father’s company. You see, their dad Mr. Roosevelt never had any sons, so he poured his heart and soul into his daughters. He instilled into his girls the value of hard work, leadership, and authority.
The Roosevelt sisters are strong and have more virility than most females. They know who they are and what they want. Whenever the three older sisters walk into a room, the atmosphere changes. They are the CEOs of an all-male real estate developing company that their father started before any of them were born. Sometimes, the men have a problem receiving and listening to them. Some of the male employees are intimidated by their power.
Sometimes, these ladies do not use techniques that the average woman uses. They are sharp around the edges because they are always having to fight for their spots and prove themselves in a male dominated field. Their femininity is always in question due to their rough hands, hair that is always in a ponytail under a hard hat, getting home late every night, and barely any time to play or date.
These women are beautiful and would love to get dolled up; they pray to get home before sunset. But it rarely happens because they have to keep the business afloat. This is not the dream job, but somebody has to do it. It's not their fault their father has no sons.
I've Never Seen a Broke Millionaire: Motivation for the Soul by Brutus Pouncy- (an inspirational book)
God has given everyone the potential to become a millionaire. When we discover our gifts, talents, and abilities, we discover our wealthy places.
MY PAIN, GOD'S PURPOSE, HIS PLAN by Tiswanna L. Spencer- (a memoir)
De'Andre Cortez Brown was a well-known local rapper in Louisiana. He was a great father, an awesome friend, a superb grandson, and incomparable brother. But for Tiswanna L. Spencer, he was her son. Her oldest son and only child for years. Tiswanna and De'Andre had an unbreakable and unshakeable bond...until someone decided to take his life in their own hands.
Tiswanna had to learn how to live, breathe, and be without her oldest son. Something that felt impossible at times, but she did it. By the grace of God, she was not consumed with grief, but filled with power that only God can give. She now uses her voice to help others heal from sorrow, depression, and the death of a loved one. God gave her beauty for ashes, and He turned her mourning into rejoicing. Her test is now her testimony; the mess is now her message.
God took her pieces and gave her peace.
Designed to be Broken by Q. Sims- (a biography)
Q. Sims has overcome every obstacle thrown her way. From an abused childhood to domestic violence, she has risen above them all. Determined to give her children a better environment than she experienced, Q. stopped at nothing to change her narrative. From battered and abused to educated and victorious, Q. Sims has proven that she was designed to be broken into God's masterpiece.
Come Play With Me! by Charity Grace- (a children's book)
Come Play With Me! is a book that encourages children to play with children who don't look like them. This book teaches children that there are a lot of differences in the world, and they don't have to be afraid of who looks different than them. Most children have one thing in common, no matter how they look: they love to play! Go ahead! Play together! It's okay!
A Guide for a Successful Relationship: Better Together by Demetra Jones Lewis- (inspirational manual for marriages and a workbook)
*FOR THE E-BOOK, LONG PRESS THE LINES IN EACH CHAPTER, AND CHOOSE THE OPTION TO ADD NOTES WHEN IT IS TIME TO JOT DOWN YOUR THOUGHTS.*
During these thirty-four years of marriage, this journey has not been easy. But with the help of God and our love for one another, we decided as we forgave each other, we could do more together than apart.
As a pastor's wife of thirteen years, I have observed couples give up too easily on their relationships. If they would have known that to have a strong relationship they must learn to forgive, communicate, and respect each other's views, they would have weathered the storm.
Because I wanted to see young and old couples stay together, God gave me the grace to start a class for couples and to create this book as a guide to inform and encourage couples to recognize their duties to each other, to seek God first, receive positive advice, look within themselves, and be accountable for their own actions. This book also helps couples understand that they will have struggles, but it is how they deal with them that determines the longevity of their relationship.
What do I do Next? by Myra- (adult fiction novel)
Who is Denise Love? She has many lovers, but only one love...so she says. Can this "one love" capture her true identity before it's too late? Or will he be the only one left behind entwined in the loose ends, asking himself, "What do I do next?"
A Secret Love Affair by Chenoa Lata'- (adult fiction novel)
Everyone wants a fairytale relationship until they realize that happily ever after comes after the lies. After the pain. After the betrayal. After the deceit. Kyla believes that her fairytale marriage has it all until she discovers her husband Patrick has given his heart to “her”- the other woman. This jolts Kyla into a whirlwind of emotions that she can’t seem to get under control. Kyla is trying to mend the broken pieces of her heart, but can’t seem to until she reconnects with someone from her past. This someone has a piece of Kyla’s heart that resurfaces and makes her forget about the damage her husband has caused her. Will Kyla get even, making her husband feel all the pain of infidelity he’s caused her? Will that someone be her escape to exhale the love they once shared? Or will Kyla be the faithful, dutiful wife she's always been? Sometimes, the best way to get over someone is by getting underneath someone else… or is it?
Dear Black Nursing Student by LaTonja C. Davis - (self-help/ memoir)
I wrote this book because my journey of becoming a registered nurse was just that— a journey. As a single parent, I feel other women and men in my position need to understand that sometimes in life you have to fight for what you want. For those who desire to become something more than who they are, please understand that not everyone’s journey to obtaining a college degree is traditional.
If you are persistent and dedicated to your dream, you can achieve it. For some of us, there is no easy way; for some of us, there is no one to pave the way down our path, but you can do it! You may fail a test, you may fail a class, you may fail and be dropped from a program all together, but keep God first, and you will prevail.
After reading this book, I want people to understand that obtaining a college degree is not always a straight forward journey. Graduating from high school and obtaining a bachelor’s degree four years later is not everyone’s blueprint. I want people to think about their goals and understand that they may hit some speed bumps, road blocks, stop signs, and detours, but just like me, you WILL reach your destination! Whether it’s nursing school, CDL school, welding school, med school, cosmetology school, business administrative school, etcetera, it can be done, and you are the one to do it.
May God bless you!
Be Real With God, and He Will be Real to You by Debra Spencer (inspirational thoughts and notes)
It is my hope that this book of brief messages and poems will inspire you and encourage you to seek God every hour of every day. God and His son are relevant in our everyday life and our day-to-day activities. God is not the average person. He is our Creator. He is not to be casually handled, but praised and worshipped regularly. Prayerfully, these short messages and poems will enhance or maintain your relationship with our Father.
Can't Let Go: The Diary of a Woman who Didn't Leave in Time (short fictional journal)
“Can't let go” are the most famous words women tend to say when they do not want to leave the man they love or desire to be with. But sometimes not being able to let go makes you sweep situations under the rug that need to be exposed for what and who they are. Ignoring the signs becomes a cycle; one we sometimes cannot get out of until it is too late.
Take a journey with LeShae through her diary: the good, the bad, the shocking, the disgusting, the obvious. Learn from her story how not letting go in time can cause more damage than good. Learn from LeShae that having a piece of a man is not better than having no man at all. Learn from LeShae that having a piece of mind is the exact opposite as having a peace of mind.
EXPECTING WITH AN EMPTY WOMB by Mattox Foster O'Bannon (a memoir)