Black Butterfly Books speak to the silence of loss, fight for families, and love for foster children. As a former foster child, I can remember wondering where to turn or who I could talk to for help and emotional support. Of course, those closest to me came to mind. Yet, when my voice fell on deaf ears, I became lost and emotionally detached. Today, I understand more than ever, that my plight was not uncommon; there are children in foster care who suffer in silence every day. With the numerous agencies and organizations that exist to support foster care, there may be an assumption that foster children are afforded every opportunity that their biological parents were unable to provide. Yet, this may be far from true. In fact, foster children may not know that there are supports that benefit them directly. Therefore, resources are provided on this website solely for that purpose. Click on the Resources & Affiliates tab for more information.
Of course, I am only one individual with this great burden that Father God has placed upon my heart. But, I will not stop! I will not give up, and I will always care about the foster child and their access to resources or services that positively influence their social and emotional development. Together, we can make a difference!
To that end, there are a number of facilities and organizations in the State of Michigan that provide emotional and/or physical support to youth. Black Butterfly Books LLC lists the Ennis Center as one such organization. The Ennis Center operates weekdays, Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM. However, days of operation vary as follows:
Port Huron – Monday and Wednesday
Detroit – Monday and Wednesday
Flint – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Monroe – Tuesday and Thursday
Pontiac – Tuesday and Friday
Howell – Wednesday and Thursday
When calling the Ennis Center after hours, please refer to the following emergency numbers:
“I really wanted to read this and I’m so glad I did — Cliques! Are you kidding? Churches have cliques! Oh, my dear, do sit down, and let’s talk about it! Yes, what church member hasn’t suffered through the web of church members and their groups all snatching for power and attention? Hey, even the apostles scrambled for preference. Yet this well-written story with spot-on characters captures that all-too-human scene and is both touching and riveting!” — Mary Sheeran, an Amazon Five-Star Reviewer
During these trying times, many parents are unsure as to the future of education and what many are calling the new norm. Does the new norm mean students will forever require protective masks? Does it mean students will no longer be able to embrace their family or friends with something as simple as a hug? Will a social distance of six feet remain indefinitely and what will happen to students’ ability to learn in a traditional school setting? Many students need that one-on-one contact with teachers and other students. Moreover, what measures are being put in place to ensure students remain connected to what matters most, i.e., the human touch? Maybe it’s time for the community to come together and provide valuable resources to one another. While many families are self-quarantining, students should be exposed to opportunities for safe learning, fun activities, and physical interaction. Some school districts have taken measures to install (cubicle-style) portable plexiguard shields in every classroom, similar to the way they have in many casinos. However, this is probably very expensive. Yet, it provides a higher measure of prevention. On the other hand, online learning is an option. However, even the online environment could incorporate resources that allow parents, school districts, and communities to collaborate and pool together resources to ensure that students feel connected. For example, when a teacher is reviewing a book online, the student should have a physical copy of the same book; they need to touch it! Also, parents could actively engage in student learning in a manner that allows a personal touch, especially with siblings. Of course, this is just one example. I’m sure there are many others. Needless to say, our collective ideas could create a treasure trove of literary activities that are fun and engaging, especially now! To that end, Black Butterfly Books LLC has children’s books for ages 5-12. Penny Candy the Hopscotch Trails is for students in Grades K-5 and That’s My Car is for students in Grades 4-7. Both books are available in paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores.
On February 23, 2020, Detroit Book City hosted its 4th Annual African-American Family Book Expo. Over sixty independent authors were in attendance and I was honored to be one of them. While at my table, a father and his son approached my table and asked if I had any children’s books for elementary or middle school-aged boys of color. Unfortunately, I did not. Needless to say, that was incentive enough for me to start writing again. So, the title of my next book is, THAT’S MY CAR – Subtitle: I DESIGNED IT! Now available on Amazon for Pre-Order.
The synopsis follows: Kevin is a nine-year-old boy who loves cars. He and his best friend, Michael, often play with Hot Wheels. Yet, when Kevin isn’t playing, he is in school or drawing designs of cars. His father is an automotive design engineer and Kevin desires to be just like him when he grows up. This is the story of a father’s influence over his son’s life choices. It emphasizes the importance of role models and is presented as a fun-filled adventure that is colorful, entertaining, and educational.
New Release: Kingdom Cliques is a novel that embodies the climate and culture of Calvary Way Ministries as it relates to raising a standard, dispelling cliques, and cultivating healthy relationships!
Calvary Way Ministries (CWM) is working toward achieving ministerial goals. From teaching Christian principles to humanitarian efforts that reach the masses, CWM is growing and moving in the right direction. With an exceptional team of leaders, focused on advancing the mission of the ministry, strategic efforts are regularly deployed to ensure membership growth, biblical maturation, and financial stewardship. However, somewhere along the lines, church cliques have developed, conflicts exist, and operations can border on unethical. Kingdom Cliques speaks to the climate and culture of CWM as it relates to raising a standard, dispelling cliques, and cultivating healthy relationships.
As a former foster child, I began to journal at sixteen years of age. Initially, my writings began as poetry. ‘Black Butterfly: The Journey, the Victory,’ is that collection of poetry. Although, the poetry in this book is primarily a representation of life experiences pre and post foster care, it became important to share the foster care journey in novels, based on true stories. Babygirl, Prequel to the Search for Catherine, is Book One in the Black Butterfly Series. Book Two is ‘The Search for Catherine,’ and the series ends with the poetry book, ‘Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory,’ Book Three.
Oftentimes, foster children, whether currently in foster care or aging out, have stories that need to be told; stories that are not only beneficial to the foster child, but beneficial to other foster children who may find it difficult to articulate their experiences. The ‘Black Butterfly Series,’ speaks to a family in foster care and the search for their mother/sister during and after foster care. This series is currently available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online bookstores in both paperback and eBook formats. While names, locales, and events have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals represented, this series is based on true stories!
Babygirl: Prequel to the Search for Catherine was released on September 10, 2018. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7S6MBD?
Synopsis: In 1977, siblings Tina, Michelle, and Leon Hilton live with their mother, Catherine, in Detroit. Although times are tough, Catherine does the best she can with the support of her mother, and in spite of the abuse she receives from her boyfriend, Victor. When eleven-year-old Michelle is accidentally injured, a caseworker from Child Protective Services (CPS) visits the family. Later, Victor’s drug stash is found in their house, and soon the three siblings are taken from their mother, and placed into separate foster homes. Over the next several months, Michelle experiences a number of foster homes that lead her to question and challenge the lifestyle and sense of identity that she has experienced so far, significantly affecting her self-esteem, purpose, and well-being. Meanwhile, Catherine works to put her life back together and win back custody of her children. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds.
Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of loss, the fight for families, and the love for foster children. It is written from the perspective of a youth in crisis and is a reflection of a survivor’s foster care journey. Children, parents, social workers, teachers, and all those who find connection, will find Black Butterfly, a tumultuous journey of faith and hope!
Babygirl: Prequel to the Search for Catherine (Vol.1)
In 1977, siblings Tina, Michelle, and Leon Hilton live with their mother, Catherine, in Detroit. Although times are tough, Catherine does the best she can with the support of her mother-and in spite of the abuse she receives from her boyfriend, Victor. When eleven-year-old Michelle is accidentally injured, a caseworker from Child Protective Services visits the family. Later, Victor’s drug stash is found in their house, and soon the three siblings are taken from their mother and placed into separate foster homes. Over the next several months, Michelle experiences a number of foster homes that lead her to question and challenge the lifestyle and sense of identity that she has experienced thus far, significantly affecting her self-esteem, purpose, and well-being. Meanwhile, Catherine works to put her life back together and win back custody of her children. This is the story of a family dealing with physical and emotional abuse, substance addiction, and the foster care system as one girl grows to young adulthood in the face of unusual odds.
The Search for Catherine (Vol. 2)
This is the story of Catherine Hilton, a mother struggling with substance addiction and domestic violence at the hands of her boyfriend, Victor Sinclair. When Catherine’s home is investigated, Child Protective Services (CPS) intervenes, Victor is sent to prison, and she loses her children to the foster care system. Determined to turn her life around and regain custody, Catherine seeks rehabilitation. For a while, everything seems to be moving in a positive direction until Victor returns from prison. To Catherine’s dismay, her long journey with rehabilitation seems to come to a close and she finds herself in the same situation, once again. To ensure the safety of her children, she must remove herself from the lives of all those she holds dear; there’s no other choice! Of course, the children are devastated; they long to see their mother again. Catherine has every intention of returning for them, once she can be certain, Victor no longer poses a threat to their safety or the normalcy that they deserve. Yet, will Victor allow this? Will Catherine stay clean? Will she ever have a normal life with her children again and what will happen to the children during her absence? Catherine’s brothers launch a full-scale search for her and will stop at nothing to find her. The Search for Catherine begins!
Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory (Vol. 3)
Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of loss, the fight for families, and love for foster children. With consideration to the daily realities that foster children or youth may experience, Black Butterfly embodies real-life issues through faith-based reflections. This is a young girl’s journey, pre and post, foster care. This compilation is dedicated to the foster child, the youth in crisis, and individuals striving to achieve positive change. Black Butterfly proclaims wholeness to the fatherless, healing to the broken, and hope when faith and determination are all that remain! THIS IS THE JOURNEY – THE VICTORY!
Have you ever taken a close look at the business world with consideration of the games people play to get ahead in the workplace? Game Changers explore the offices of Dynamic Digital Marketing (DDM), an organization that is highly competitive and often cut-throat. This character-driven story spotlights office romance, marketing campaigns, and the relationships that are forged to get the jobs done! So, hold onto your seats and get ready to encounter a dramatic novel of multifaceted entanglements!
Have you ever taken a closer look at the business world with consideration of the games people play to get ahead in the workplace? Game Changers: Power – Control – Deception takes readers inside the offices of Dynamic Digital Marketing (DDM), an organization that is highly competitive. This character-driven novel spotlights Carmen Fenton, a waitress at Greyton’s Grill. Carmen is also a student studying to earn a college degree in Marketing. With the laborious hours she spends as a waitress, she’s eager to graduate and start her career. Meanwhile, Ray Collins, an architect and lover of the arts finds Carmen quite beautiful. While there is mutual attraction, she wonders if she can handle the demands of school, work, and a new relationship. Upon graduation, she receives an internship with DDM. As she strives to learn the business, she is ill-prepared for what lies ahead.