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.
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
Post from Morgan St. James, co-author of La Bella Mafia
According to Houdini Publishing, the release date will be October 15 despite threats they received
I learned that our publisher received a threatening phone call warning them not to publish La Bella Mafia, and alluded to the fact that there would be consequences because the story isn’t true. The caller, who refused to give more than a first name that was most likely fake, even suggested that he was doing a “private investigation” into the book.
Unfortunately, people like this caller do “come out of the woodwork” in the publishing business. But our publisher is not one to be rattled or intimidated by anonymous threats. “I won’t be told what I can and can’t publish by people who lack the courage to identify themselves and make their case. I’m comfortable that the book accurately reflects Bella Capo’s life story and it will be released on October 15th as scheduled.”
The threatening call has been reported to the police as being tied to ongoing harassment of Bella Capo that has persisted for the past few months on other forums. The publisher said, “If this type of activity continues, appropriate legal action will be taken.”
I 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
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.