Author Rodeo: Regina Gale, Hank McGovern, Devin Nishea & Leonard Poppe

Author Rodeo: Regina Gale, Hank McGovern, Devin Nishea & Leonard Poppe

Sunday, May 14, 3pm

Regina Gale, Sometimes He Buys Me Grapes: The day I realized that I had become accustomed to receiving grapes as a way to ease the loss of who I used to be, was a “come to Jesus” moment for me. I had to ask myself “What happened to that humorous person who loved to sing and dance, and always made time for play with friends and relatives? Where was that person, who smiled with delight when walking in the rain on a warm summer day?” That woman had super powers. That day I decided that I no longer would settle for grapes. That day my super powers began to return. Today, I am happier than I have been in a long time. With every page, I dare to share the candid experiences in the journey of my heart and my life. Even the ones that made me face why or how I could settle for a grape as an acceptable exchange for love. I can now smile as I tell you that my giving up grapes was extremely expensive…ask my lawyer. Enjoy.


Hank McGovern"In A Suicide Note of Hope, I document an adventurous and traumatic memoir characterized by empowerment, inspiration, transformation, and humor. In "Goodbye", I begin the note and describe the precipitator, a bogus charge of sexual harassment made against me that was published in the Washington Post. In "Early Years: Chaos, Trauma, and Adventure", I describe a childhood fraught with pain, beginning at age 3 when my mother "fell" down the steps, broke her neck and died. Subsequently, I had repeated rejections, being moved around so often that I lived in 10 different homes with that many sets of parental figures. A soft humor can be felt in my embrace of these younger years. In "Death Kisses and Transformations", I reflect on numerous times when I came close to death and quote William Blake, "When one kisses death, life becomes infinitely sweet." I ultimately conclude poetically, "Death is my best friend. It reminds me to enjoy life more each day." The reader can learn about a number of self-help skills from meditation and assertive behavior to cognitive skills and self-hypnosis that I have used to struggle through an adult life with a flimsy childhood foundation. My accomplishments in marathon running and triathlons and one about my evolution in religion and spirituality top off efforts to empower and transform myself in order to transcend the vestiges from childhood. The reader can learn useful skills and receive inspirational ideas for transformations.... A salient feature of this work includes the potentially lifesaving reframe of suicidal thoughts as a good thing and not a bad thing; they are signals that something in one's life does need to die." 

Devin Nishea, Straight No Chaser: The Beginning (Volume 1)

Who said bumping into the same person several times wasn't fate? Xenia is about to find out the hard way, everything that glitters isn't always gold. From her break up with her ex, Jake, to meeting a new male interest, Isaiah; Xenia learns over the course of a year some hard life lessons, all while trying to keep her sanity intact.

Leonard Poppe, Ramone's Tale

Travelers moving toward their future, leaving their past, with a dull shining object to lead them into the unknown they ventured. A group of needing life, needing excitement, so they could forget, banded against the world. Then as they traveled life’s road, the world decided to strike as it provides an enemy in the wilderness. A cougar comes across their trail wishing to make them his next meal. Stabbing at the cougar repeatedly trying to subdue it, while missing the cat’s lunging swipes at them. Maris’s thrust with his spear and the others whacks at the cougar’s head kept it at bay, but the cat’s movements were quick and powerful, almost catching them twice. They could not run or move as the cat clawed at them, but move with their weapons they did, hard thrusts to keep the cat at bay, from death.


Sometimes He Buys Me Grapes: A Memoir Song and Dance of Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997649505
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Published: RG Publishing - June 18th, 2016

A Suicide Note of Hope: More Than a Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517529642
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - July 22nd, 2016

Ramone's Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683487388
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Published: Page Publishing, Inc. - July 25th, 2016

Straight No Chaser: The Beginning Cover Image
By Brian Hamilton (Illustrator), Shekina Moore (Editor), Devin Nishea
ISBN: 9781539897255
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 17th, 2017

Event date: 
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
304 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401