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Spotlight on HIV: As I Die Slowly Virtual Book Tour

Hey Rockstars!

For the past few days I have been touring the Internet talking about HIV and AIDS – a subject that doesn’t get much air time, but still needs to be addressed. The initial reason for this virtual book tour was to promote my new novel As I Die Slowly. That is still the premise behind the tour, but during my stops I’ve come to realize one eerily similar connection.

No one wants to talk about HIV or AIDS.

And my question is: Why not?

How many people will have to become infected before we say something? How many people will have to die before we educate ourselves? How many children will have to lose their mothers or their fathers – or their own lives – before we start a revolt against the disease!?

HOW MANY?!?!

It’s like everyone has this attitude of, “Well it doesn’t affect me so why should I care?” Well, newsflash buddy…IT DOES AFFECT YOU!!! Why? Because your last partner’s last partner had a secret fling with their partner who also sleeps with someone else that may or may not have contracted it from their partner who shoots drugs with their partner!

You see where I’m going with this?!

HIV is not just a “gay man’s disease” and it never was. Here’s what I want you to do. Take this quiz and see how many answers you get right:

1) How many types of HIV are in existence?

2) When was HIV first discovered in the United States? Where did it originate from and how is it believed to have come to the states?

3) How many ways has it been PROVEN to contract HIV? What are they?

4) In what ways can you NOT contract HIV?

5) At what T-cell count are you officially diagnosed with AIDS?

Bonus) Does HIV/AIDS kill you?

I’m going to answer the bonus question first. NO! HIV/AIDS does NOT kill you! What kills you is your lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS! If you knew better you would know that people who succumb to the disease die from other illnesses/diseases that were COMPLICATED by HIV/AIDS…not the HIV/AIDS itself! It kills your immune system which makes it harder to fight off foreign bacteria and viruses. A common cold can claim your life if you’re infected with HIV or AIDS. But you wouldn’t know that unless you EDUCATED yourself!

Yes, I’m yelling because I’m PISSED OFF that so many beautiful, talented, young people had to die because we fuckin’ refuse to educate ourselves! Take the blinders off people! You can’t fight something that you refuse to acknowledge is there! It’s 2012 – 31 years since the first HIV case surfaced – and we’re still holding our breath and afraid to touch people like it was 1981 all over again! We’ve got to do better. I’m doing my part. Are you doing yours?

To find the answers to the rest of the questions please visit www.cdc.gov/hiv. Get yourself educated. Then after that, find your nearest testing center. Get yourself TESTED…know your status…and buy the book!

www.diamondcartelnovels.com/purchase.aspx

~Rockstarr~

The motivation continues October 3rd!

Hey Rockstars!

When I started this blog earlier this year I didn’t know it was going to motivate so many people. Although that was my goal, I tried to be realistic in my expectations and wasn’t looking for a high “following” of people. Well, apparently God had another planned – and quite honestly, I like God’s better than mine.

Initially this blog was created for writers. It was supposed to be a platform to motivate others to keep writing. Well, not only has it done that, but it’s also helped others in their own paths. I have truly loved the feedback I get from others and I’m grateful and appreciative that I have been able to help you along your own journey.

With that being said, the motivation continues October 3rd. The daily motivational blogs, along with Project: 365, will be posted here! So be on the lookout for The Motivational Rockstarr as I make my return to keep you growing and keep you going!

~Rockstarr~ Over & Out

Project 365: Day 55 – The Journey Just Took A Turn…For The BETTER!

So, here we are on day 55 of this project. I don’t know if I’m in the eye of the storm or if it’s finally over, but whatever it is I’m liking the fact that things are finally headed in a positive direction. It’s been a while since I followed my formula for updating. I think I’ll stick to the rules…this time!

Professionally – I started a new business venture! Running a publishing company takes more than organization, talent, and a plan…it also takes CASH! So, since I’m not a 9-5er I’ve decided to add a positive income stream that can start flowing IMMEDIATELY! That’s where Remotely Yours, V.A. comes in. My business partner Kelly and I officially started our operation this week. Feel free to visit our site at www.remotelyyoursva.webs.com for more information.

I also got the final copy of my book covers so the pre-sale for Diamond’s Reign will launch soon. The official release date will be Sept. 27th, 2011. Be on the lookout for pre-sale information at www.diamondcartelnovels.com.

I also have some other professional writing ventures in the works, but they are in the R&D stages. I’ll keep you posted on those as they develop! 🙂

Intellectually – I’m behind on my reading, but only by a few chapters. I’m currently reading Heal Thyself by Queen Afua and Laws of Success by Napoleon Hill simultaneously! Yes…that takes a lot of skill, but I’m a G!

Personally – I have made the executive decision to make decisions solely based on me! Slightly selfish, I know, but it is what it is. I’ve also incorporated the lifestyle of OWNING what I do. No matter if it’s positive or negative, I’m going to OWN it…good or bad, right or wrong, cool or lame! I’m also going to OWN what I decide NOT to do. Basically, every aspect of my life is just that…aspects of MY LIFE! All advice, opinions, and suggestions will be considered. That does NOT mean they will be acted upon. Listening to others got me….no, I got me where I am and I will get me out! So that eliminates any unneeded stress!

Mentally – I am diligently working on my thoughts and speech. Despite my situation, I’m determined to remain positive, focused, and motivated! I think that’s what caused the positive curve on this journey. It’s not that the situation itself changed; it’s the fact that my outlook on the situation changed. That, in itself, has worked in my favor and I’m utilizing it for the greater good of all those involved!

That’s pretty much where I’m at as of right now. I have all the faith in God that my situation will change because I believe I’m here because God has all the faith in the world in me! That’s an AMAZING feeling, to know that God has faith in me!

Go, Rockstarr! Go!

The journey continues…

Motivational Monday: Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day Rockstars!

Today – even though it’s almost over – I want you to honor those that have served in our armed forces. Whether they’re still alive, died on the battlefield, or have passed on in other ways they deserve recognition.

Enjoy your Memorial Day and thank a soldier, for they are the reason why you have the FREEDOM to CELEBRATE!

Rockstarr ~ Over & Out

Thankful Thursday: Thank You For Allowing Me To Help!

No, not me! Well, yes, I do thank you, but this is how you should feel in regards to serving others. Being open to serving others is only half of the picture. They have to be just as open to receiving what you have to give. They also have to need what you have to give. When these elements come together you are fully living within your purpose. For that you need to thank those that allow you to do so and you need to thank your Higher Power.

From the greatest level of assistance to the smallest kindess of gesture, they’re all opportunities to give to and serve others. You’ll never know when the opportunity will present itself so take it whenever you get the chance. It’s good for the soul when you express your gratitude by serving others. It also shows your gratitude for life. When you can give to others – selflessly, of course – you don’t feel as much “lack” in your life. It increases your energy, raises your vibrational frequency and puts a glow around you that no cosmetic product can produce!

Go out there and give a dose or two of whatever you have to give. Someone somewhere needs it, wants it and will appreciate you for it. And of course, I thank you all for allowing me to give my time, energy and random acts of kindness to you!

Rockstarr ~ Over & Out

Welcome!

Hello!

Welcome to the world of The Motivational Rockstarr! I am here to help you actualize your literary dreams! Whether its writing your own novel, creating another marketing platform for your product or service, or simply being able to intricately put words together to express your thoughts I’m here to help. I’ve already explained a little about myself in the last post. Now I would like to discuss what I am here to offer you.

First, I will have daily postings Monday thru Friday and a Weekend Write-Up on Saturday. The daily postings will consist of various motivational and industry specific topics while the weekend posts will assist you with developing your writing skills or industry knowledge.

Second, I will be available for individual and group coaching sessions. During these sessions, we will assess your current writing style, what works well versus what needs improvement, and ways we can improve your writing skills. For more information on how to improve your writing skills, you can contact me at tmr@diamondcartelnovels.com.

Frequently, I will post monthly motivational videos elaborating on specific writing styles, industry news, and ways to keep your literary juices flowing. I will also address any questions you may have via video so that others with the same concerns will receive clarity as well.

There are many other things in store, such as counseling sessions, writing exercises, products and such, but for now I’d like to simply sit back, relax, and get to know one another. Feel free to subscribe to this blog by clicking the “Motivate Me Rockstarr” button on the upper right hand side of the screen. For more information about myself you can visit my website. You can also learn about my publishing company, Isys Publications, by visiting the website.

I am so excited to embark on this literary journey with you. I know sometimes writing can be a pain, but with a little knowledge, a lot of determination, and an endless supply of coffee, tea, or my personal favorite, “blissfully bubbling green tea antioxidant goodness from Canad(ia)n Dry” you can create masterpieces that will even surpass your own expectations. Today is the day! Now is the time!

So tell me about yourself and what you are in need of.

Rockstarr~ Over & Out

Writers, are you ready to rock?!

Hello, and welcome to my blog! My purpose for this space in cyber-world is to keep you motivated to finish that book, story, manuscript, or journal that you’ve started! I’m also here to give industry insight, guidance, encouragement, and even a laugh or three! No matter if you are striving to be an author, deciding your publishing path, or simply looking for another avenue to promote your products or services, writing is an essential part of everyone’s life. Yet, not everyone embraces this skill or knows how to keep it flowing smoothly.

That’s where I come in!

I am Diamond Cartel – a novelist like no other – also known as The Motivational Rockstarr! My mission is to help others “write their ticket to success”! You determine the path, I cheer you on along the way! Currently, I am still developing my platform to find the BEST ways to keep you motivated during your literary journey. Starting February 1st, 2011 you will be able to find daily posts full of motivation, tips, and information you can use to your benefit. I’m also available for specific questions, coaching sessions, and publishing industry insight. Simply contact me at tmr@diamondcartelnovels.com and I will reply as soon as I can.

Thank you once again for stopping by, and I hope you will revisit frequently!

Rockstarr~Over~&~Out