Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Impact of Joining a Support Group for Authors ~ by Fumi Hancock

Hello Everyone:

This morning, one of my pals at Wanda Hartzenberg - Wanda's Amazing Reviewers - "i was just looking at Teen Fantasy on amazon, Jason Ellis is #9 ! Ella James is #10 , Alivia Anders is #11 and Fumi Hancock is #14!" posted by Kim Culbertson.
I quickly dashed off to Amazon to take a look... Low and behold, there stands The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest at #14!

Today, I am so grateful for having online friends who are totally selfless...caring... compassionate, dedicated and committed to each others' success! If Kim had not checked , I probably wouldn't have known... I hereby dub Wanda's Amazing Reviewers.. Wanda's Magic Wonder Group... --)) Lol.

Thank you friends for caring enough. Here, you go:

Again, thank you all for your support. And if you have not gotten the chance to pick up your copy of my book, please do so...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CASTING CALL for A REAL WOMAN & MAN with an Inspiring Story!

RE-LAUNCHING FROM SCRATCH TV - An Online Inspirational TV Programming ------ DEC, 2012

 Hello Everyone,

 My name is Fumi Hancock, some know me as Dr. Fumi Stephanie Hancock. I am the founder and President of Adassa Adumori Foundation, Inc; a US based 501(c) 3 Organization based in Tennessee, USA and currently doing work in Africa. I am also a columnist for Mental Health Issues and Inspirational Nuggets for "The New American Times", a Newspaper serving African Immigrants in Middle Tennessee.

Just recently, I published my first Young Adult Novel, The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest.
On November 16 & 17, 2012, it ranked #4 on Amazon's Best seller List: Teens- Horror category. In addition, I will be your host for this programming. Whew! Just a busy life.

What is From Scratch TV?
"The greatest gift you can give yourself is to change your life by unleashing your inner passion. You can transform your life of struggle into success." - Fumi

2008 marked an incredible year of transformation for me. Prior to that, while I had been successful as a Social Worker and a Registered Nurse; I was not content. I had a driving force inside of me constantly reminding me that I was meant for something greater; though brutal life occurrences always reminded me that I would probably not change my status in life.

When 2008 came around, I was ready. I was desperate! I was eager and certainly determined to make a change. Only I just didn't know how.  So when the opportunity to return back home for the coronation of a dear cousin (BY GOD'S GRACE MY SECOND FATHER) as the king in my community (Emure Kingdom, Ekiti State) became tangible; I was filled with mixed emotions. Prior to that, i had not been home in over 25 years; I was no longer sure how I was going to be received by those I'd left behind. I was scared of the unknown. However, my desperation was push enough to pack my bags and off I went to Africa.

Ladies and gentlemen, my life changed! I came back to the United States with a clear vision, mission and goal of what I needed to be doing. I became totally committed to the transformation process and just let things take their course.

My trip reminded me of who I was... I was an AFRICAN PRINCESS! More so, I was meant to be great! I was not meant to live a life of mediocrity which had become my MO in the US. I WAS CREATED TO BE A SOLUTION AND NOT A PROBLEM!

My trip to AFRICA changed my life in such a way that I became convinced that I could no longer do business as usual in the US.

My passion to serve my people in Africa has not quenched since then. In fact, it has become more insatiable. Today, my life is fulfilled when one of my children in AFRICA is able to attend school because of the scholarship the Adassa Adumori Foundation (AAF) provides; I am elated when a small business owner is able to fend for his or her family because of AAF provision of small business loans to further his or her entrepreneurial venture; I am excited when our African children are able to sit in a state of the art library and are able to study to compete with other kids in other parts of the world, this 21st century; I am excited when a Medical Center can say thank you for helping to decrease the child mortality rate amongst preemies delivered due to AAF reaching out to provide medical equipments & supplies.

It is with this excitement that I share this concept: FROM SCRATCH TV to our audience. This is an online inspirational programming , featuring Ordinary Heroes achieving Extraordinary Purpose, regardless of adversities.  These are powerful stories of people triumphing over adversities and transforming oneself FROM SCRATCH, (be it in the world of business, personal growth or health wise). IT CELEBRATES ALL OF HUMAN EXISTENCE AS SUCCESSFUL VENTURES even when failure steers directly at one.

FROM SCRATCH TV will inspire, motive, empower our audience to greatness that they already are. It will cause her audience to explore Their given talents and gifts, pick up the pieces (where applicable) and do it all over again.Because our audience are from different backgrounds, we encourage ALL to send in their 2-3 mins video featuring how they have transformed their lives, in particular how they have changed someone's life.  Selected videos will be featured on our website and facebook.


Send information to:  or

We await all of your mailings.

Thank you.

Fumi Hancock
HOST, From Scratch TV

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Congratulations... You the the Winner!

Congratulations to 1) Allen and 2) Lynda Dickson at Books Direct for winning copies of The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest. A Big thanks to Rebecca Sweeney Graf of of A Book Lover’s Library for hosting this giveaway.

PS: Gift cards have been emailed to all of our WINNERS. Thanks for participating.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Another rave review just came in ~

Another rave review from "Andrii".
Thanks for your review.. It warms my heart that your family loved the book. I am tickled by my wife and daughter's response to JEWEL.

When I woke up this morning...~ In the throes of varied reviews....

                 In the Throes of Reviews for The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell:Hydra's Nest


When I woke up this morning, I read two reviews on The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's. A reader rated it 2.5 /5 (the very first I have had thus far) while a second reader rated it 5/5.

The interesting thing is to see how different both readers' reactions is to my main character: JEWEL CARDWELL is. While a reader who rated it 2.5/5 did not take a liking to JEWEL because of her behavior etc, the other loved JEWEL exactly for who she was in that book.

The truth be told... JEWEL CARDWELL, the main character was written to elicit different reactions in readers. As an author, I expected these reactions.... some will fall in love with her while few will just well... just be annoyed.... MY WORK IS DONE. --)

Both readers intrigued me in that at the end of the ratings, they both agreed that THE BOOK: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's was worth the read. More importantly, they expressed their interest in wanting to read the next in the series: THE SORCERER'S DAUGHTER which is soon to be released.

As writers, it is essential that we take the good and the bad; learn from them so we can grow in insurmountable ways.

As we move through the thanksgiving holidays this week; I am so grateful for my readers and fellow authors for inspiring more to be the best I can be as a writer. I cherish both the great reviews and the "ones which challenges me to be great"

Having said all these, please take a look at another great review of THE ADVENTURES OF JEWEL CARDWELL and keep the reviews coming.....

5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel on Your YA Fiction Shelf, November 22, 2012
This review is from: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest-AUTHOR'S VERY LIMITED EDITION (Grimmlyn Series) (Kindle Edition)
I haven't had a chance to read some good old YA fiction in quite a while, let alone YA fiction of this particular variety. The cover art was intriguing (and entrancing!) and the synopsis really piqued my interest. South Africa isn't a common setting for young adult fiction, as it's a territory many are afraid to tread in with a younger audience - the climate is not currently what westerns would consider "stable", and much of every day life is a little too "advanced" for the normal YA reader. The author here, however, has done a remarkably beautiful job of blending reality with fantasy, all while drawing the reader into a dark but wonderful story.

I do want to remark on the really exquisite use of language. Right from the first page, you can tell that each sentence is crafted with care. As a writer, I can see evidence of edit after edit to get the perfect word or punctuation, and it really shows in the even flow and ebb. Kudos to the author for putting such dedicated work into this piece - we readers appreciate the gesture!

Another bit I really enjoyed was that we always got just enough info. The intro to the book itself, the Prologue, was maybe a paragraph or two at most... but it was intriguing enough, exciting enough, to keep me reading eagerly. Even more interesting was that we went from explosions and gun fire in the prologue, to school and the suburbs. Immediately I asked myself, "How did this become that?" A great idea from the writer to keep people interested, it worked really effectively.

Jewel is a character and a half - I loved her evaluations of herself, from a time long after she starts the story. She seems to look at herself with a weathered eye - a nice approach, and it works well with the storyline and the character. Her brash and bold self headed for prep school couldn't know what's to come, but the older, weathered Jewel knows... and seems to tell the story with some "patting-on-the-head" of her younger, less experienced self. She doesn't do it blatantly - very subtly, actually, and it was a great trait in the writing.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this book. Once in a while, books from the YA fiction section will really surprise me and steal my heart. This happened with a book called Terry and the Pirates some years ago, and this book has followed suite. It'll be one of those books I mention when I say, "Yes, doesn't matter what age you are... it's still worthwhile to read some young adult books. Especially the fiction!"


Featured on Melissa Stevens' Blog ~ Happy Holidays!

Hello Everyone, 

For those who reside in the US, I trust you are enjoying your thanksgiving break. Just wanted to share this with you all. I got featured here today. 

Thanks to Melissa and Bewitching Tours :

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Titillating Holiday Treat from ~ South Africa!

Care for a Holiday Treat?

Pick Up The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest
Nov 16, 2012: #4 on Amazon Best Seller List (Free Downloads):
Teens-Horror Genre
~ Jewel Knows all about it

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Lessons Learn't This Week: Candid Discourse.... Straight from my Heart

 First, I want to thank you all for your support this past week; in particular during my 2 DAYS FREE DOWNLOAD of the Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest. It is
my heartfelt desire that YOUR UTMOST DREAMS WILL COME TRUE.

I spent this morning thinking a great deal about what happened regarding my newly released book. The lesson I learnt is in the area of RECIPROCITY.

It is important that regardless of what or where we find ourselves; we must do our best to always invest in others....a GREAT LESSON I LEARNT FROM NEW FRIENDS THIS WEEK!

It is very easy to just focus on oneself but if there is one huge lesson I learnt this week is that, the more we make other peoples' dreams come true... the more others will reach out and make ours come true... the more we show are joy over others' success, you better believe it, OURS WILL MANIFEST.

This past week, I made a choice to assist in whatever ways I could with my fellow authors... those I met in my various online groups...This week, I made up my mind to reach out and just truly answer the call... it didn't matter if we did the same thing... This week, I rejoiced with others as I saw them succeed in what they were doing.... this week, I was simply content, knowing that as I reciprocate and help build others up, MY DAY WILL COME and it did!

I don't know what the future holds for The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest and myself, though it is my hope that I will continue to gain your support for my work. This much I know to be true... When we reciprocate in kind gestures (and we beckon to other peoples' needs with urgency as we would do our own matters)... IT WILL COME BACK.

TODAY, if you are truly seeking success... then join others in their quest for success.. not by "lip service" but truly move outside of your comfort zone and help. Don't just be a taker but a generous giver.

Please forward to others...Perhaps, it will change a perspective today.

Thank you for reading. All my Love... Fumi Hancock


Amazon Best Seller Teens-Horror Genre List:
The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest is available at:

Friday, November 16, 2012

Review From Here Features Author

Review From Here Features The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell:

Great News & Inspiration for Others to Follow their Dream- eBook ranks HIgh as Downloaded on Amazon Today!

Hello Everyone:

GREAT NEWS & INSPIRATION FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAM: Update on my FREE DOWNLOAD: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest.

I checked my ranking today in my category: Teen Horror eBooks: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest ranked #4 in the first 100 Top Free Books! It is neck to neck with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight- Eclipse (The Twilight Saga Book 3) which ranked #4. 

It was indeed serile to see my book posted right next to Twilight:

In the overall book downloaded in Kindle Store, it moved from 587,000 to 297! Few more downloads, and it will move into the top 100 list!

My heart is so full of joy today that people are taking action to download my book. I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart. No words can describe my emotions right now. Especially from a gal who has parked up writing for years and just recently came back to it… a gal whose been told several times that writing was not for her…. I thank you.

As I wrap up my last two days offer (Ends at 12 Midnight Nov 16, 2012- TODAY), I urge you to please pass this on to others… help me push The book further into the Top 100. I know it is possible; if what just happened occurred in just one night. I am on a mission to make what was deemed impossible totally possible! I need you to make this happen for me.
Click here:

Thank you all so much. I look forward to hearing from many of you.

From a Grateful Heart,

Fumi Hancock
Author, The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest

Immortality & Beyond Featured The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell Today-Nov 16, 2012

Fumi Hancock, Author of The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest Featured by Immortality & Beyond.

FREE DOWNLOAD OF The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell Ends TODAY-Nov 16 on Amazon!

Hello Everyone: 

First I want to thank you all so much for making yesterday (Nov 15, 2012) a great success for The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra's Nest. The number of downloads were great. THANK YOU.

I also want to remind you that today (Nov 16, 2012) is the last day of the 2 DAYS FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon.

If by chance you have not downloaded your copy, please do so before 12 Midnight Eastern Time TODAY.

While you are there, would you please like and tag the eBook too? I also ask that you please pass this link on to as many as possible.

I look forward to reading all of your reviews for the book. I humbly thank you again for your generosity and show of kindness: 

ENDS TODAY - Nov. 16th, 2012 (12 Midnight Eastern Time): 

All My Love,