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November 1, 2015

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The more you heal yourself mind, body, and soul the more you can offer this world. The world needs every ounce of your happiness. When you’re happy, everyone you encounter is left with the sweet fragrance you imbue. The alternative is unhappiness, stagnation, and a feeling of defeat. There is more to life than spending the best parts of ourselves in a cubicle under fluorescent lighting. In this book, we are reminded to find happiness in simple things. Bates reminds us of the power found in service oriented living such as volunteering and feeding the hungry. One can find happiness in simple things like learning to play a new instrument, teaching yourself to paint with water colors and acrylic, riding an elephant, sky-diving, getting outside yourself and getting outside your zip code. Creativity and inspiration must be found through being around new people, refreshing experiences, and recreating what’s normal for you. In these pages you will learn how to find strength from within, grow in the midst of life’s most turbulent storms, tap your highest self, tune in to real genuine health, and open your spirituality. This is an homage to the broken women and men in search of light at the end of the tunnel. Use this book as your literary lighthouse when you feel weather-worn and brow beaten by life; when the weight of the world is bearing down upon your shoulders.


With Gratitude,

Brandi L. Bates
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"A larger than life philosopher-poet and International author of bestselling books" —The New York Times Book Review
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July 18, 2015

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Hustlin’ might look easy but it’s hard to work a hustle if you lack strategy. If you ever had the desire to be an entrepreneur but were not quite sure which way to go, then The Art of Grind will guide you to your starting point or ignite the fire where you left off. This quick-witted raw with truth manual will help you get aligned with your hustle by practicing the art of not wasting your time, connecting with the right people, meditation and building your dreams with intention and purpose.

Everyone has desires but at times they need that extra push to keep their grind going. Don’t get caught up in Hustle Myths like “team no sleep” and end up losing focus. This manual will coach you from killing fears to achieving victory with bluntness and comedy. The Art of Grind, is focused on being grounded with your grind, stop living a lazy lifestyle and start being hands-on with your hustle.
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September 22, 2014

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I promise this book will be one of the most interesting page turners you've experienced! It’s like a really fascinating movie between pages. Has it all...love, lust, sex, betrayal, suspense, mystery, murder, and a great big heaping of knowledge of self. Snag it right now on your Kindle or eReader from Amazon or go get it from your local bookstore TODAY!
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December 27, 2012

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"Leads readers across a metaphorical high wire over shark infested waters with chum tied around their ankles."

"BREAKNECK PACING...a fast-paced, electric story that is utterly believable. Her most exciting and terrifying." -New York Times
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May 10, 2012

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You won't be able to put it down...the best psychological drama of 2012, this story has never been told.
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April 11, 2012

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THE NEXT DAY WAS RAIN-SOAKED and smelled of thick sweet caramel, warm coconut and ginger. A nearby bakery fanned its daily offerings. A lapis lazuli sky was blanketed by gunmetal gray clouds as it wept crocodile tears across the parched Los Angeles landscape.

When Ivy was a child and she overheard adults talking about their break-ups, in her young feeble-formed mind, she imagined it in the most literal of essences. She once heard her mother speaking of her break up with an emotionally unavailable man.

She said they broke up on 69th Street. Ivy visualized her mother and that man breaking into countless fragments, like a spilled box of jigsaw pieces. And she imagined them shattered in broken shards, being blown down the pavement of 69th Street.

For some reason, on the drive home from Marcel’s apartment that next morning, all Ivy could think about was her mother and that faceless man in broken pieces, perhaps some aspects of them still stuck in cracks and crevices of the sidewalk, mistaken as grit.

She couldn’t get the image of Marcel having his seizure out of her mind. It left a burning sensation in the center of her chest. An incessant flame torched her lungs, chest, and even the back door of her tongue.

Witnessing someone you cared about experiencing a seizure was one of those things that scribed itself indelibly on the canvas of your mind. It was gut-wrenching. Graphic and out-of-body, it was the stuff that post traumatic stress syndrome was made of.
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Published on April 11, 2012 18:29 • 245 views • Tags: allison-hobbs, andre-3000, angela-davis, anna-j, ashley-and-jaquavis, ashley-antoinette, baratunde-thurston, bebe-moore-campbell, bernice-l-mcfadden, beverly-jenkins, birdman, boston-george, brandy, brandy-echols, brenda-hampton, brittani-williams, cairo, carl-webber, carla-pennington, cash, chunichi, clifford-spud-johnson, connie-briscoe, curtis-bunn, daniel-black, de-nesha-diamond, deja-king, drake, e-lynn-harris, electa-rome-parks, eric-jerome-dickey, erica-hilton, erick-s-gray, ervin-magic-johnson, erykah-badu, francis-ray, gina-west, harlen-coben, intelligent-allah, isabel-allende, j-k-rowling, jackie-d, james-patterson, jay-z, jill-scott, jimmie-dasaint, jonathan-kellerman, joy-king, june, k-wan, kanye-west, karen-williams, keisha-ervin, kendall-banks, kiki-swinson, kim-kardashian, kimberla-lawson-roby, larenz-tate, lil-wayne, los-angeles, lutishia-lovely, malcolm-x, manning-marable, marcus-garvey, marlon-james, mary-b-morrison, mary-monroe, meesha-mink, michelle-alexander, michelle-monay, miss-kp, nene-capri, nene-leaks, ni-chelle-genovese, nia-long, nikki-minaj, nikki-turner, nisa-santiago, noire, pearl-cleage, reshonda-tate-billingsley, rhonda-mcknight, sa-rese-thompson, sapphire, sereniti-hall, silk-white, sister-souljah, spike-lee, stephen-king, t-d-jakes, t-styles, takerra-allen, tayari-jones, teri-woods, terri-woods, terry-mcmillan, timothy-m-carson, tip-t-i-harris, tom-burrell, toni-morrison, traci-bee, treasure-e-blue, tu-shonda-whitaker, tyler-perry, urban-fiction, vickie-stringer, victoria-christopher-murray, wahida-clark, walter-mosley, yoshe, young-jeezy, zane, zoe-woods

April 6, 2012

Start off by reading my first novel Amid the Cacophony of Cries, then The Head Mistress, then Quirk, and then SOLEDAD. For all of you poetry lovers, sink your teeth into "MOOD SWINGS". All GREAT reads. Period.
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Bestselling Author Brandi L. Bates has something for everyone...
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Published on April 06, 2012 16:47 • 215 views • Tags: allison-hobbs, andre-3000, angela-davis, anna-j, ashley-and-jaquavis, ashley-antoinette, baratunde-thurston, bebe-moore-campbell, bernice-l-mcfadden, beverly-jenkins, birdman, boston-george, brandy, brandy-echols, brenda-hampton, brittani-williams, cairo, carl-webber, carla-pennington, cash, chunichi, clifford-spud-johnson, connie-briscoe, curtis-bunn, daniel-black, de-nesha-diamond, deja-king, drake, e-lynn-harris, electa-rome-parks, eric-jerome-dickey, erica-hilton, erick-s-gray, ervin-magic-johnson, erykah-badu, francis-ray, gina-west, harlen-coben, intelligent-allah, isabel-allende, j-k-rowling, jackie-d, james-patterson, jay-z, jill-scott, jimmie-dasaint, jonathan-kellerman, joy-king, june, k-wan, kanye-west, karen-williams, keisha-ervin, kendall-banks, kiki-swinson, kim-kardashian, kimberla-lawson-roby, larenz-tate, lil-wayne, los-angeles, lutishia-lovely, malcolm-x, manning-marable, marcus-garvey, marlon-james, mary-b-morrison, mary-monroe, meesha-mink, michelle-alexander, michelle-monay, miss-kp, nene-capri, nene-leaks, ni-chelle-genovese, nia-long, nikki-minaj, nikki-turner, nisa-santiago, noire, pearl-cleage, reshonda-tate-billingsley, rhonda-mcknight, sa-rese-thompson, sapphire, sereniti-hall, silk-white, sister-souljah, spike-lee, stephen-king, t-d-jakes, t-styles, takerra-allen, tayari-jones, teri-woods, terri-woods, terry-mcmillan, timothy-m-carson, tip-t-i-harris, tom-burrell, toni-morrison, traci-bee, treasure-e-blue, tu-shonda-whitaker, tyler-perry, urban-fiction, vickie-stringer, victoria-christopher-murray, wahida-clark, walter-mosley, yoshe, young-jeezy, zane, zoe-woods

March 1, 2012

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Published on March 01, 2012 08:25 • 133 views • Tags: atlanta, brandi-bates-book-signing

August 6, 2011

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SOLEDAD is a novel about love, betrayal, heartbreak, and the aftermath of an extramarital affair. Set in contemporary Metro Atlanta, SOLEDAD sheds light on taboo and often controversial issues among educated, uppity, bourgeois black folk, like Soledad Francis.

Soledad gets entangled in the crosshair of a smooth, fast talking man with more secrets than Deep Throat:

David’s mouth dripped open slowly. He stood with his heels dug into my carpet, a dashed hope, a broken dream. No amount of money could top the priceless look that gathered on his face like an unmade bed. His eyebrows crumpled and furrowed like disheveled sheets. His lips curled into an acidic smirk. Confusion and shock collided in the cornea of his dilated pupils. He was a B.B. King Song, personified. His entire body sang the blues.

Through near death experiences, trauma, sadistic stalkers, loss, and friends with their own baggage and issues, Soledad finds her authentic self, and learns valuable life lessons about trust and timeless wisdom; the type of wisdom that can only be garnered through pain and loneliness.
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Published on August 06, 2011 16:28 • 609 views • Tags: 2011-urban-literature, atlanta, brandi-bates, eric-jerome-dickey, push, sapphire, sista-souljah, zhane

December 8, 2010

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COMING SOON; BUY IT...READ IT: Meet Gilbert Applejack, an ordinary Joe with an extraordinary camera. His camera opens the floodgates to an entire new reality after he discovers a dead body. Quirk takes place in Boise, Idaho a place known for its beautiful ...rustic great outdoors. Boise, Idaho: where the sky is purple and melodramatic, the color of tranquility. Boise, Idaho: where a preponderance of ducks descend amethyst incandescent skies. But underneath the thin façade of jade rhododendrons and singing larks lies a few unsettling occurrences. Quirk takes a look into the worlds of five people whose lives are indirectly connected through a labyrinth of strange and coincidental dealings. When Gilbert Applejack finds a woman’s milky body lying limp and lifeless, overcome by galaxies of bacteria, a series of events unfurl. Only because Gilbert Applejack’s special camera has the mysterious ability to peer into a man’s soul is he able to piece together the intriguing death. Make no mistake; this is not science fiction by any stretch of the imagination. Based on a true story, Quirk is an unusually dark account which has never been told.
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Published on December 08, 2010 08:09 • 442 views • Tags: dean-koontz, gilbert-applejack, james-patterson, must-read, mystery, octavia-butler, stephen-king