GIVING BACK – THE UPCOMING S.A.F.E. HOUSE EVENTS

 mother and child

EVENTS TO BENEFIT S.A.F.E. HOUSE have evolved to several days of fundraising for the S.A.F.E. House shelter in Las Vegas NV.

 

Many things are still in the works for these events, but it will extend from April 23-27. Here are the basics and now it’s time for to begin getting media releases out and making contacts about it. This is the beginning of making the dream Bella Capo had when she came out of hiding to write LA BELLA MAFIA come true – reaching as many abuse victims as possible with advice and messages of hope.

APRIL 23 – Bella Capo will visit S.A.F.E. House to give a motivational chat to the residents. She has been in their shoes both as an abused child and abused spouse. Copies of LA BELLA MAFIA will be donated to the shelter.

APRIL 26 – Barnes & Noble Bookfair to benefit S.A.F.E. House featuring Bella and LA BELLA MAFIA, the book I co-authored with Dennis N. Griffin. There will be a B&N code to identify purchases eligible for donations their donations to the shelter which I will be posting when I have it. Every book purchase that has the code entered at the Barnes & Noble in Henderson NV will qualify for a donation. I’m waiting to see if it will also apply to online purchases. Meet and Greet with Bella, unvarnished chat about her life and book signing. 12:-00-3:00

APRIL 27 – Private event for the “Ladies Making a Difference” group in Las Vegas. Meet Bella Capo and book signing. Donation to S.A.F.E. House for all purchases that day. The “Ladies” are also doing a toy and clothing drive for the women and kids at the shelter.

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH. IF YOU ARE IN LAS VEGAS ON APRIL 26, PLEASE SUPPORT THE BARNES & NOBLE BOOKFAIR TO BENEFIT S.A.F.E. HOUSE SHELTER. AWARENESS IS NOT JUST ONE MONTH IN THE YEAR. IT MUST BE YEAR-ROUND.

LIVES LOST THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY EVERY DAY

LIVES LOST THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY EVERY DAY

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Now it’s November but that doesn’t mean we put it on the back burner for another year.

Ask Bella Capo and the scores of women and some men who have come forward as abuse or violence victims after reading LA BELLA MAFIA the book, reading this blog or visiting the La Bella Mafia Facebook page.

After reading the book, please post an Amazon review to help boost awareness. Get your copy today. http://amzn.to/16eKggz

I MADE IT PAST SOME ROUGH SPOTS THESE PAST FEW MONTHS – THANKS TO EVERYONE

RED ROSE FOR BLOG LBMI have to say that God worked in a BIG way. This last couple of months haven’t been easy for me by any means. I have been personally attacked, and my close friends, family and writers have been told lies that were nothing but pure evil and intended to cause me pain.

I’d been warned this could happen. And although I knew people who really knew me wouldn’t believe the lies, a few people did fall for them. I was hurt but not worried, because the truth was on my side.

I fought back with prayer and faith. But as the attacks continued and became increasingly harsher, my faith was truly put to the test. To make matters worse, a lawyer I’d sought advice from gave me bad information. I wish lawyers would admit when they don’t know the answer to something rather than wing it.

With a few close prayer warriors by my side, I never let go of God and He didn’t let go of me. I will never allow myself to be made fun of for using God as my refuge, no matter what. He has helped me survive things no one should ever experience.

During this painful learning process, I’ve found the truth about many of the things that had me stressed. And that knowledge has set me free, much like the old saying, “The truth shall set you free.” So today is a new beginning for me and I am reclaiming myself and preparing for the release of my true life story. Although it will shock some, I will use it as a means to help as many of the silent ones as I can reach—those who are hurting because they think they are alone. The release date is October 15th and I’m ready!

The people who shunned me because of the lies and deceit without even talking to me about it—some of whom I thought were close friends—I will not trust again. And for every one that walked out of my life, fifteen walked in.

So Salute! Here’s to new beginnings, love, friends and God. I love all of you who already know me, and look forward to helping those I’ve yet to meet. From the depths of my heart I say, God Bless you all. XO

Chapter 1 of the upcoming LA BELLA MAFIA book

Posted by Morgan St. James, co-author of La Bella Mafia  

Chapter 1 of La Bella Mafia has been added to the blog to give you a flavor of this book. Bella tells her story in a way that is not for the faint-of-heart. The memories were not easy for her to face, but it was a story that had to be told — unvarnished — as it happened. Too many others suffer silently. Bella’s online movement La Bella Mafia, is there to help those.

Please be aware that Chapter 1 does contain references that are for adult readers, although this was Bella’s life from the time she was only four.

The book will be available for presale on August 15 from Houdini Publishing, Amazon and other online booksellers. The official release date is October 15. Credit cards will not be billed for books ordered during the presale period until the book is released, so reserve your copy. All presale copies will be autographed.

DESPITE HIS VIOLENT STREAK, MY FATHER WAS MY HERO

POST FROM MORGAN ST. JAMES, CO-AUTHOR OF LA BELLA MAFIA

On Father’s Day it is normal to think about and remember our fathers, whether we loved them or hated them. Sometimes, it is both as in this excerpt BY Bella Capo from the upcoming book  LA BELLA MAFIA. Presale is anticipated around August with release by Houdini Publishing targeted for October.

Despite my father’s violent streak, he was my hero and I saw him as someone who could do anything and knew everyone. Back then I didn’t question the “how” and “why” of it. I had no reason to. That’s just the way it was.

Looking back, though, there were signs of how my father operated that I didn’t pick up on. As a little child he took me into bars with him and I hid under the tables while he had meetings. I heard things, but at the time I was too young to understand. As I got older I’d hear him call people I knew he didn’t like and have the friendliest conversations with them. It didn’t seem important to me then, but now I realize he was gathering information about people that he could later use to coerce or intimidate them, and he also talked about tapping people’s telephones. I guess the reason it didn’t seem odd to me at the time was because I thought that’s how things were done —to me it was normal.