March 18: Food for Thought Book Club

March 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.

This month’s Food for Thought Book Club will featuring Monica Marie Jones, author of MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATION. Meet the author, discuss the book and then enjoy a book signing. Event is free and open to the public.

10710712_10154656852190788_4876718367080904929_n About MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATION
Monday morning is a new beginning…a fresh start! It’s a time to start over and get it right this time. Sadly, for many it is a time of dread and despair at the mere thought of having to embark upon another week in a situation where they don’t want to be. Monday mornings are an amazing opportunity to re-energize, refresh and refocus so it’s time to change the way that we think about them.

Just like a good cup of coffee or a warm ray of sunshine, the motivational messages in this book give you that boost that you need to start your week off right. Each chapter will leave you encouraged, inspired and excited about the new week that lies ahead.

About the Author
10668936_10154732369900788_8988452805336591525_oMONICA MARIE JONES is an author, motivator and entrepreneur. Her published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-help), Taste My Soul (Poetry), Floss (Urban Fiction), Swag (Fiction) and Sweet Soliloquy (Poetry), Monday Morning Motivation (Inspiration) and Momentum (Financial Inspiration). She has contributed to Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, 44th and Souls of My Young Sisters. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Currently she resides in Detroit, Michigan where she operates her motivational speaking, training and consulting company, Inspiration Incorporated; her publishing company, The Literary Loft host the Monica Marie Jones Show (Podcast available on iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher Radio). Visit her website at

Sept. 12 @ 7 p.m. ~ Leslie McGraw Poetry Reading

JJB will be hosting a poetry reading and book signing featuring Leslie McGraw, author of Emergencies of the Heart, on Friday, September 12, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Emergencies of the Heart, McGraw’s debut release, includes poetry and personal interviews, all reflective of 9/11.

Just 23 years old when the terrorist attack occurred, McGraw says, “It was my Kennedy moment.” Although she did not know anyone who died in the attacks, she’d never experienced the national grieving that followed. She suffered nightmares and shared in the shock and vulnerability that swept across the U.S.  She began journaling about the events of 9/11, capturing the emotional aftermath, changes in relationships with friends and family, and how these events influenced her coming of age. “It seemed we were looking for Super Man,” McGraw says.

The poetry and narratives in Emergencies of the Heart were inspired by 9/11, but McGraw says they are bigger and broader than this single moment in time. Her words encompass memories of people no longer in her life and offer inspiration for living in the moment.

“There will never be another twin towers,” McGraw says, “but as we think about plans for a new life, we have to start with new hope and positive expectations.”

Leslie McGraw is a reporter and writer. For more information, visit Copies of the book are available on Amazon.

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