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Journaling through the Land Mines (July 2009), the companion journal to the novel, Land Mines, is now available at bookstores and on-line booksellers everywhere.  See more information below.

"...Journaling through the LAND MINES" would make for an excellent journal for those that are going through a divorce. It would serve as a way to balance out the emotions and hurt that some may be experiencing. This could prove to be very therapeutic!"--4 Stars, OOSA OnLine Book Club, www.oosaonlinebookclub.com

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  • Land Mines by Sheilah Vance was a finalist in two categories--1)  Fiction:  Chick Lit/Women's Lit and 2)  Fiction:  African American.  Journaling through the Land Mines by Sheilah Vance, the companion journal to Land Mines, was a finalist in the category Self-Help:  Journals and Quotes.
  • Land Mines was named a finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for 1) Multicultural Fiction, and 2) Best Cover Design Fiction (design by Stephanie Vance-Patience)!  Congratulations Sheilah and Stephanie!

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    The reviews are in! 

    From the Library Journal:

    "Vance, Sheilah. Land Mines. Elevator Group. Jan. 2009. c.188p. ISBN 978-0-9786854-1-6. pap. $15.99. Cf

    Presented as a series of engrossing journal entries, this is the story of Carolyn James, a wife and mother whose husband leaves her for another woman. Carolyn’s raw, honest entries chronicle her experiences in dealing with the loss of her marriage and the stable life she had known before. Sentences like “I’m carrying two children in my arms, and my arms ache with the effort of keeping them above water. I, on the other hand, am sinking” will ring true for anyone who has ever been in similar circumstances. The protagonist’s struggles and reliance on God will appeal to most female readers and those who have had to reinvent themselves after life-altering situations. Recommended for women’s fiction and African American fiction collections. Vance’s first novel, Chasing the 400, was the first selection of the African American Museum of Philadelphia Book Club."

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    "Any woman who’s been through a separation and divorce, and managed to come out on the other side with her wits—and heart—intact, will appreciate this Paoli-based writer’s inventive take on one of life’s most painful experiences. Part divorce survival guide, part self-help book, this fictional novel is written journal style. In the end, Land Mines proves that fairy tales are just that. But happiness and peace are there for the taking."  Main Line Today magazine "Things We Like", May 2009.  http://www.mainlinetoday.com/Main-Line-Today/May-2009/Things-We-Like/

    "I started reading this book at 12:30 on a sleepless night.  What comfort, insight, and gentle guidance I received from Sheilah's vulnerable, wise words.  A unique and healing read that divorced women around the world will benefit from."

    --Jennifer Louden, The Woman's Comfort Book and The Life Organizer, www.comfortqueen.com

    “A splendidly real and candid peak into the human psyche through the heart of a woman.  Sheilah Vance demonstrates an extraordinary talent for rare honesty, a genuine understanding of life's struggles, and compelling writing bound to get you up on your feet and off the couch.  Oprah--I recommend this one to you.”

                  -----Marlene F. Watson, Ph.D., LMFT, Chair of Drexel University's Couple & Family Therapy Department; former Good Loving Columnist for Heart & Soul Magazine 

    "...Even those not going through this particular struggle can identify with [the main character's] financial worries, concerns about her children's emotions and her fears about the future....a quick and entertaining read."--News Herald, Ohio, 2/4/09.  See link to full review in Media Room.

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    "For wom[e]n struggling with separation and/or divorce, this book is a breath of fresh air....Many women will find this book comforting."  See full review  at  http://reviews.armchairinterviews.com/reviews/landmines and in the Media Room.

    "Land Mines by Sheilah Vance is a book of therapeutic fiction. Written in journal format it provides the reader a realistic look at divorce and the unexpected encounters (land mines) that can and often times do occur....Land Mines shows us how therapeutic it is to journal through personal life challenges."--TCM Reviews.  See link to full review in Media Room.

    Separation.  Divorce.  Dating again.  Rebuilding your life.

    Carolyn James’ life looked great—new job teaching writing at a law school, 11 year marriage to a doctor, mother of a preteen son and daughter, living in a McMansion in suburban Boston.  But she is thrown onto the mine fields of separation and divorce when her husband leaves her for his yoga instructor, taking most of their money, stability, and what’s left of her self-esteem.  Always a writer, for the next three years, Carolyn keeps a “divorce journal” to cope and rebuild.   From optimism to fear, and humor to sadness, Carolyn writes about her experiences with separation, divorce and, eventually, dating again.  Come inside her journal as she turns to self-reflection, self-help books, and the grace of God to navigate the ever-exploding land mines and get herself and her children safely through to the other side.   Ushering in a new genre called "therapeutic fiction", the novel includes questions that readers can use to help them write their way through their own land mines.


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    Journaling through the Land Mines by Sheilah Vance (July 2009) 

    ISBN 978-0978685423; 215 pp.; $15.95 

    Journaling Through the Land Mines is the companion journal to the novel, Land Mines. The journal includes 77 writing prompts that cover situations the reader may likely encounter and questions to help the reader address the issues that are floating around in her soul. The prompts are in the form of unfinished sentences that the reader can finish to begin her journaling: "When I realized my marriage was ending...”, and, "When I told the children we were separating...", and, "My self esteem...". The rest of the journal includes some 200 pages with inspirational quotes and space for the reader to record her reflections, thoughts and feelings as she works through the land mines of separation, divorce and dating again.

    "Readers can use "Journaling through the LAND MINES" as a way to work through their own separation or divorce. The journal includes 77 questions and prompts to write about and many inspirational quotes. For example, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."-Dr. Seuss.  I believe that "Journaling through the LAND MINES" would make for an excellent journal for those that are going through a divorce. It would serve as a way to balance out the emotions and hurt that some may be experiencing. This could prove to be very therapeutic!"--4 Stars, OOSA OnLine Book Club, www.oosaonlinebookclub.com

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        About the author:  Sheilah Vance is the author of three books published by The Elevator Group:  the novel Land Mines (Jan. 2009), its companion journal, Journaling through the Land Mines (July 2009), and the novel, Chasing the 400 (Feb. 2006).  Land Mines was recently named as a finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Multicultural Fiction and Best Cover Design Fiction.  Chasing the 400 was the first selection of the African American Museum of Philadelphia Book Club.

          She has been interviewed in numerous media outlets and has several published articles on topics related to separation, divorce, dating again and rebuilding your life.  They include:  Top 10 Land Mines of Divorce, 10 Things Every Married Woman Should Know, Divorce from the Client's Perspective, How to Chase Your Dreams and Make them Come True, and Reinventing Yourself. Vance also gives presentations and workshops on these topics.

         Vance also has been interviewed in numerous media outlets about Chasing the 400, and has given many talks about topics mentioned in the novel, such as the Black Bourgeoisie, African American social organizations, The Talented Tenth, and the history of the African American community in the Main Line area of Philadelphia. 

         She has also given numerous presentations, workshops and speeches on writing and publishing.

         Vance lives on Philadelphia's Main Line and still maintains a law practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She has a B.A. in Communications from Howard University, where she majored in journalism, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  She also works as Executive Director of the Institute for Educational Equity and Opportunity in Washington, DC, a nonprofit that focuses on public school finance research, education and training issues.  Vance teaches Education Law at Villanova University Law School, where she previously was Assistant Dean for Academic Support and a legal writing professor.  She had a successful career as a journalist and editor before graduating from law school.    Vance received the 2006 Woman of Distinction Award from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, a National Bar Association Chapter, for outstanding contributions to the legal profession, legal education and community service. 

    Presentations

    Sheilah Vance is available for workshops, motivational speaking, continuing legal education, and book signings on issues related to separation, divorce, dating agin, reinventing yourself, and living your dreams.  Popular presentations include:

    • The Top 10 Land Mines of Divorce
    • 10 Things Every Married Woman Should Know
    • Divorce from the Client's Perspective
    • Reinventing Yourself
    • How to Chase Your Dreams and Make Them Come True
    • How to Write and Publish Your Book

    For more information, contact info@TheElevatorGroup.com or 610-296-4966.

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    Sheilah Vance, author of Land Mines, at Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion, 9/22, with Ariwaya, from the Go On Girl Book Club.

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    Sheilah Vance, author of Land Mines, with Mocha Ochoa, Coordinator of the NAACP Convention "100 Years, 100 Authors" Author Pavilion, after signing the 100 Authors Commemorative Poster on July 14 at the New York Hilton, New York City.

    At the NAACP Convention Authors Pavilion 7/14/09
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    Sheilah Vance with Diahann Carroll, author, "The Legs Are the Last to Go"
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    Sheilah Vance, Esq., Pres. & CEO of The Elevator Group, with Adolpho Birch, VP of Law & Labor Policy, National Football League; Elliot Adams, Louisiana Film Office; Will Packer, Rainforest Productions, Producer of the movies "Obsessed" and "Stomp the Yard"; and Rodney Moore, President of the National Bar Association; before they spoke at the "Sports and Entertainment Legal Roundtable:  A Discussion of the Industry and Its Nuances", July 3, sponsored by the National Bar Association-Region V, at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA.

    Sheilah Vance's broadcast media interviews (print articles are on the Media Room page):

    • KAMX-FM, Austin, TX, "Your Time with Kim Iverson", 5/13/09, 8 - 9 p.m. EST, Lifeline segment, taking listener questions on topics related to divorce.  Syndicated to KRSK Portland-OR, KALC Denver-CO, KFBZ Wichita-KS, KKSN Kansas City, WMC Memphis-TN, WZPL Indianapolis, WTSS Buffalo, WPTE Norfolk.

    •  WFIN, Findlay, OH, Chris Oaks Morning Show, 4/22 (link to audio of interview and website description below)

    In the midst of all the news these days about how everything is down (the economy, job opportunities, the stock market), we have seen one thing go up – divorce.  According to a new survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as the recession continues to deepen and job cuts accelerate, work for divorce litigators is booming.  Sheilah Vance, attorney and author of the new book “Land Mines,” says there are five critical things a couple needs to know before calling it quits in a bad economy.  Click on link below for audio.

    Audio of interview with Chris Oaks, Morning Show, WFIN-AM, Findley, OH, April 22. Once you click on the link below, click on April 22, Segment 5. The interview starts on the link at 1:58 and runs until around 11:00.

    • WNMA, Miami, FL, 4/15, The Eli Bravo Show; Five Things Every Couple Should Know About Divorcing in a Bad Economy 
    • WRVA, Richmond, VA, Richmond Morning News with Jimmy Barrett, 4/10/09; Five Things Every Couple Should Know About Divorcing in a Bad Economy 
    • CNN Radio, News, 4/5/09; Five Things Every Couple Should Know About Divorcing in a Bad Economy 
    • WSRT, Traverse City, MI, Mary In the Morning, 2/18/09; Keys to Rebuilding With Confidence, Humor, and Optimism After Divorce
    • KCAA, San Bernardino,CA, Baxter In the Morning, 2/13/09; Be Your Own Valentine:  Keys to Rebuilding With Confidence, Humor, and Optimism After Divorce
    • CHUM, Hamilton, ON, Midday Show, 2/13/09; Be Your Own Valentine:  Keys to Rebuilding With Confidence, Humor, and Optimism After Divorce 
    • WNOR, Norfolk, VA, Morning Show, 2/10/09; Be Your Own Valentine:  Keys to Rebuilding With Confidence, Humor, and Optimism After Divorce

    Available to libraries and the book trade through AtlasBooks Distribution/Bookmasters, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram.

    To book Sheilah for an event, email info@TheElevatorGroup.com.

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