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Nicole Yvette Quarles-Martinez has been writing poetry since the early age of 11. Martinez is a graduate of Hollins University, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in the field of Clinical Psychology. Her educational background has given her a broad base from which to approach many topics that she includes in her book. Martinez is currently a Clinical Therapist. She is also a model, accomplished classical pianist, guitarist, and a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer. She is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her outstanding accomplishments. Martinez has received the Key to the City for her participation and successful achievements in pageants, as well as her success in modeling throughout the years. The week of July 25-31 has been proclaimed “Nicole Yvette Quarles Week” in honor of her gifts, talents, and abilities. Martinez is a native of Roanoke, Virginia.
A sparkling compilation of insightful, breathtaking, thought provoking, sensational and inspiring poetry that adopts psychological mechanisms of healing through creative expression and spoken word. Nicole Martinez chooses to penetrate issues relating to love, relationships, faith, betrayal, self-esteem, infidelity, humor, hope, denial, loss, adventure, addiction, passion, success, illness, family, salvation, entertainment, birth, culture, depression, eliminating ineffective behaviors from your daily diet, and commitment. Martinez illuminates a delicious charm with the experience of life, love, acceptance, and the pursuit of happiness. As the Heart Blooms is a rich and intimate portrait of love that takes a telescopic snapshot of the heart’s core and where it chooses to survive. It provokes self-examination, laughter, joy, and tears as the Author examines the gifts, miracles, reality, and obstacles of everyday situations, as well as the pleasures of life when it is infused with love. The read easily becomes a sit-down breakthrough intervention without having to pay for a scheduled therapy session. Whether you are a preacher or teacher, a homemaker or a maid, a doctor or a lawyer, a model or an artist, a billionaire or a blue-collar worker, young or old, woman or man, each can easily relate to and identify with more than one voice that is captured so eloquently in this sensational absorbing page-turner of poetry. Martinez’s writing is stylish, graceful, intelligent, and comical. It becomes an elegant bouquet of beauty and wonder, a garden of delightful expressions that promotes strength, growth, and an awakening of the spirit. Get ready to fall in love all over again, or for the very first time as your heart blooms!
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket, 210 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 24, 2013)
Genre: POETRY / General
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In this colorful, hilarious, inviting, and charming novel, Martinez exposes some of the ugly truths and experiences of many individuals who battle the dating world of today. The main character of the book is Grace Raquela Flora, who is a representation of most individuals who are attempting to successfully conquer the war on dating. Grace has embarked on an expedition to find, or be found by the man of her dreams. One disappointment after another, Grace refuses to give in to becoming a slave of the dating life; or even risk being crowned another runaway bride! Despite the poor caliber of men that continue to invade her positive yet lonely space, Grace does not submit to the idea that one day she will become an old woman who lived in the shoe (excluding the mini-daycare center of kids that is). Grace has faith that she will soon be able to claim her soul-mate. Cleverly designed to leave you guessing, laughing, and eagerly turning pages, the audience is led to follow Grace on her mission to find everlasting love. Join Grace on her adventure in discovering the true meaning of love. Jump on the boat! Don’t forget your life jacket!
Format: 7 x 10 casebound glossy, 279 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 15, 2015)
Genre: FICTION / Romance / General
Martinez has enchanted her audience once again with her diverse, evocative, eclectic, soul- piercing, heart warming, stimulating, and classy expressions of poetry. The author has successfully exhibited a clever way of strategically positioning her readers inside her poetic world, while giving her audience the green light to examine themselves from many different perspectives. The basis of her stylish and unique writing is derived from love; its action, its beauty, its truth, and its promise. This fascinating and enthralling book of expressions brilliantly captures an evolution of the spirit and mind. The author focuses on human relationships, connections and chemistry, spirituality, passion, truth, faith, and most importantly love. Martinez gathers the information that she utilizes in her writing solely from human observation, and interaction. Allow the author to speak to you, while you experience love in a therapeutic and meditative state. It is the ideal page-turning light read with a tremendous payoff! Enjoy your privileged stay at the five-star Private Suite!
Format: 6 x 9 hardback w/ jacket, 221 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 08, 2015)
Genre: POETRY / General
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