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A Heartwarming Book Launch and Moments of Gratitude

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Gratitude fills my heart as I look back on the incredible book launch for "Joy Comes: A Story of Fatherhood," hosted by Next Chapter Bookstore and Ben's Boyz! Their warm welcome made me feel like I was coming home. The event was a beautiful mix of reconnections and new connections, where I had the joy of reuniting with old friends and making new ones too. The room was filled with laughter, smiles, and heartfelt hugs, bringing immense joy as I signed books for all the attendees. But the magic didn't end there; during the launch, I had the chance to inspire and promise support to a lady with dreams of sharing her own story. Together, we're on a mission to spread the magic of storytelling!

During this special day, I had the pleasure of meeting Katrina Williamson, the ELA Instructional Coach and Reading Specialist at Next Generation Academy (NGA). Their mission to inspire students and nurture their unique strengths truly touched my heart. In fact, Katrina invited Haelee and me to serve as guest speakers and readers at NGA's Literacy Day. It's an opportunity that we wholeheartedly embrace. We hope to inspire a love for reading and writing in young minds, opening their world to diverse perspectives and experiences through the power of literature.

One of the most touching moments was when a little girl and her family approached me with a copy of "Dear Daughter: A Love Story." Nautica, from the bookstore, guided her to where I was, and with her radiant smile and a mix of shyness and boldness, she asked me to sign her book. Her genuine excitement and joy were truly contagious, making the whole day even more heartwarming.

A heartfelt shoutout goes to Sherricka, Catina, Nautica, and the entire staff at Ben's Boyz for going above and beyond to make this event truly special. Their kindness will forever be cherished. 🙏 Having my wife and daughter by my side made the day even more meaningful and unforgettable.

For those who missed the book launch but are interested in getting a copy of "Joy Comes: A Story of Fatherhood," you can find unsigned copies by going here. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook formats. And if you'd like an autographed copy, you can purchase one by going here.

To all the book lovers out there, thank you from the bottom of my heart for embracing "Joy Comes: A Story of Fatherhood" and being a part of this transformative journey. Let's continue supporting local authors and spreading the joy of storytelling together. Your support means the world!


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