Buy One, Get One Free! Take Advantage of MANA's Book Sale

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has posed many challenges. However, there are some good things that can occur even in the worst of times. One of those good things is MANA's book sale.

The books listed below entertain, inform, and function as works that adults and children will find valuable; 
all you have to do is purchase the ebook of BARE ESSENTIALS, 19th ed. at full price and choose any of the books below for FREE!

BARE ESSENTIALS is an excellent handbook for those needing help with their grammar or writing skills. This is a supplementary resource that students, instructors, writers, and parents can use. 

Get one of the following books for free:

1) AUTISM-POETIC PRIDE by "Queen" Anya Rutz. This book shows what an individual with autism can share through poetry.

2) GRANDDADDY by Cavis Adams.  This book shows the influence a Black grandfather has on his family.

3) THE MEDICI HEIRS by Rita Gitik. This book shows the strength of a woman with Italian blood against a mother who is behind the imprisonment of her daughter in a mental institution.

4) SELLING MEMORIES by Rita Gitik. This book combines poetry and short stories that share literature that serves as guidance for generations to come.


MANA's BLACK LIT ALIVE! is a special segment of MANA, which will have podcasts on literature produced by African American writers in the 18th century and beyond. 

In this podcast, MANA’s DR C presents the works of Lucy Terry Prince and Phillis Wheatley.  

Lucy Terry Prince (c.1730-1821) was taken from Africa and became a slave in Rhode Island. Prince composed the poem, “Bars Fight,” believed to be the first poem written by an African American woman. “Bars Fight” is a ballad about an attack by American Indians on two white families on August 25, 1746. The attack occurred in an area of Deerfield called, “The Bars,” which was a term, at that time, for a meadow.

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) was the first African American author of a book of poetry. Wheatley was born in West Africa, sent to North America,  and sold into slavery when she was either 7 years old or 8 years old. She was bought by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her how to read and write. 

Listen to DR C’s podcast where she reads the works of Lucy Terry Prince and Phillis Wheatley. 

Follow along with DR C as she recites the poems below:

MANA Short Story Series: "More Than She Bargained For" by Sumer Williams

Editor's Note: This 5-part installment is part of MANA's Short Story Series on the MANA Sunriser Blog. MANA's Short Story Series is a “throwback” to the days when print newspapers and magazines published short stories that appeared as a series. MANA has brought serials back to public life! We hope you enjoy this five-part series. 

Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay 

Part 1 

Thrift shopping was Claire's favorite pastime.  She considered herself quite the fashionista and always loved to always search for statement pieces for her wardrobe.

On a cold, Sunday afternoon, she tried on her newest find, a lovely tweed jacket with glitter in the tweed. She only imagined the interesting life of the independent businesswomen who owned it before her. 

While she looked in the mirror, she slid her hand in the left pocket. Feeling paper in the pocket, her face turns to a look of disgust assuming someone left a Kleenex in the pocket.

She pulled out the paper and noticed it was a bright, yellow sticky note with a simple note that said “Call me, 810-555-9823” This was the most interesting item she ever found in a thrift store purchase. 

Occasionally she would find kleenex, lint, or a bobby pin but never anything of any meaning. She walked over to the trash can to throw away the note, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. 

So many questions filled her head: who wrote the note; who was it for; and why was the note abandoned in such a cute jacket?

Part 2 

Claire picked up her phone and dialed the number. After several rings, an old woman answered the phone. The woman said, “Hello, this is Bette. Whom am I speaking with?” 

MANA Short Story Series: "Sam and Jake" by Marc Brooks

Editor's Note: This 5-part installment is part of MANA's Short Story Series on the MANA Sunriser Blog. MANA's Short Story Series is a “throwback” to the days when print newspapers and magazines published short stories that appeared as a series. MANA has brought serials back to public life! We hope you enjoy this five-part series. 

Image by William Hayes from Pixabay 

                                                                      Part 1 

Sam is 11 years old. He lives alone with his father Jake. Their home is a small cottage made of fieldstone along the Northern Maine coast. The Great Depression has just entered its second year.  

Sam’s life is highly regimented. His father is a cold, hard man who demands obedience. Sam is homeschooled daily by his father and their routine is the same every day. Jake has a small lobster boat that he and Sam set out each morning before the sun breaks over the horizon.   

Sam has no other human contact aside from his father. He is neither happy nor sad; neither motivated nor melancholy; neither bright nor dismal. The best word to describe Sam, and Jake for that matter, is morbid.  

There is an old stone lighthouse about three-quarters of a mile south of their cottage.  The keeper never seems to leave the lighthouse, and Sam has never visited.  Aside from the cottage, that lighthouse and the lonely old boat are the only other signs of civilization in Sam’s life.  

Sam knows no other existence than the one he lives. He knows he must have a mother. The subject is never addressed with him.  He is not inclined to ask.

Part 2

Sam wakes one hour before the sunrise. He quietly gets out of bed, dresses himself, walks into the main room of the cottage, and waits for his father. Within minutes, they are down at the old boat. The boat looks like it should be condemned. Jake and Sam head directly East toward the rising sun.  

DR C Offers Consultant Services for Online Teachers, College Level and Secondary Educators

Dr. Fairy C. Hayes-Scott, Ph.D. has taught for 45 years of English Composition and Literature and, within those years, also, American Sign Language and other lecture courses in Deafness. 

Dr. Hayes-Scott, also known as DR C for those receiving her consultant services, has written articles, and several books, including Community College English Composition Online Students: Keeping Them Plugged In and Bare Essentials: An English Handbook for Beginner Writers, 19th Ed.

DR C has developed podcasts to instruct students with key grammatical skills. Teaching online is a challenge. And for any person teaching online, there is much DR C can share for a new or seasoned online teacher.

DR C offers these services for free for one month. Services: One-on-One consultation for a month (5 hours per month), any questions and support offered via appointment by telephone or FaceTime or podcast.

Affordable Consultancy Services 

If you decide to continue the services after the first month, then, you can charge the cost via a credit card (Amex, Discover, VISA). Give your credit card information before making your first call. The following are costs for services: 

• 1 month of service: $50 

• 6 months of service:  $100

• 12 months of service:  $250

DR C has the teaching experience, time, and patience to help you help your students.

Find out how DR C Consultant Services can help you by calling 734-531-6684 or 734-975-0028 or email: To learn more, go HERE to DR C's webpage on the MANA website.

Are You Ready to Publish? MANA and RDP Can Help!

You've spent months writing, re-writing, and editing your manuscript. Now, it's time to publish. 

Do you want to self-publish your work? Turn to (MANA). 

Do you want a traditional publisher for your book? Then, let Robbie Dean Press take care of the process, from start to finish. 

MANA and RDP, the parent company of MANA, provide a variety of publishing services ranging from editing, to book cover design, to marketing. Check out  MANA's website to view our publishing plans.

MANA and RDP can tailor a plan to fit every budget. 

Want to turn your manuscript into an audiobook? MANA and Marktree Productions work together to make an author's work come alive. Read our post about the advantages of audiobooks. 

If you are not ready for a full publishing plan, then MANA can provide professional layout at an affordable cost. Then you can choose:

  • MANA to publish your work
  • Any other company to publish your work
  • Publish the work yourself

his plan is perfect for writers who want to have their manuscript prepared to go to the next level—only later. 

If you do not want hard copies of your manuscript, MANA can create an e-book for you. MANA can publish your e-book or have your e-file ready so that you can print or publish your work with any company that you wish. 

Whether you want to self-publish your book or traditionally publish your work, MANA and RDP are here to help you. 

Questions? Contact MANA at or go HERE to visit our website.

POETRY FOR PEACE, PURPOSE, AND JUSTICE (MANA) is a company committed to encouraging every person who has something to write to do so regarding these challenging times. Thus, here is an opportunity to share one's poetic skill. 

For every poem posted, MANA will donate $5 per poem up to $500 to My Brother's Keeper Alliance.

We will post your poems on this page and promote them on MANA's social media pages.

Hopeful Me


Marc Brooks

My eyes are wide open and filled with the light

This new day begins, and the sun is mightily bright

Hope fills my mind and spills over from my heart

Hope spawned of love is both the end and the start

Upon my hopeful spirit there shall never be a night

The Bigger Picture 


Raea Miller

Momma, why are there people in the street?

Momma, why do they look angry?

Momma, why do these people show defeat?

Momma, could that happen to me?

Momma said that black people are not treated fair.

So why is it that everyone is now starting to care?


Contribute to MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story and Help Forgotten Harvest During the COVID-19 Economic Crisis


The impact of the coronavirus disease has jeopardized the health, safety, and employment of many people who now find themselves in need of food. 

Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit food rescue organization, has been working with government, nonprofit, and community organizations to deliver food to people in need. Forgotten Harvest delivers 138,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities six days a week. (MANA) and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press (RDP), have supported charitable projects over the years through posts on "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story."  Through this latest short story project, MANA plans to donate to Forgotten Harvest, BUT AT NO COST to those who contribute to the short story. 


This is how "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story" works: