Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Of Sentimental Value" by Princess Fumi Hancock: SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT, GUEST POST & Film Information!

Of Sentimental Value
By Princess Fumi Hancock

Genre: Mystery / Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Princess in Suburbia

Date of Publication: July 17, 2014

ISBN-10: 0990584801
ISBN-13: 978-0990584803

Number of pages: 328
Word Count: 68, 183

Cover Artist: Phatpuppy Arts Studios

Book Description:

One event Elects Who You Are
One event Molds Your Values and Beliefs;
One event Charts the Course of Your Journey… Good, Bad or Indifferent;
One event Determines Your Destiny… For Life
One event Will Change Your Life… Forever

Bestselling Author, Indiefest and African Oscar Award Winning Filmmaker, Host of an African Oscar nominated TV Talk show, An African Heritage Leadership Award recipient and a globally sought after transformation interventionist, Princess Fumi Hancock delivers an inspirational and intriguing romantic suspense story, yet laced in mystery and comedy. Of Sentimental Value, a titillating and jaw dropping adventure set between the deep rich forest of Africa and the southern flat plains of Nashville, Tennessee.

A Twenty-one year old, Young African Immigrant, SIBERIA TONKA has all the ingredients of a successful writer: Commitment, dedication, and drive to become famous. Until her dream of becoming the next bestselling media sensation in America is threatened by an inexplicable cosmic force! Buried and spiraling in unsurmountable debt and a string of misfortune hovering over her, she is forced to pawn her most valuable possession. But when told her sister’s life in Africa hangs in the balance and that would die if artifact is not returned back to the rightful owners, Siberia in desperation sets out to retrieve the artifact at any means necessary. A Mystery enigma is released and the stakes are high! The harder Siberia tries… the closer she seems yet the farther she was from solving the turmoil.

Alas, in the midst of this chaos evolves an undeniably love triangle between Siberia, a wealthy rugged-looking African, but Nashville-based, art collector (Alan) and a simple American consignment store owner (Jake).

Will Siberia retrieve the artifact in time to save her dying sister, Naiya? Who / what wins her heart? Money or True Love?

Book Available at Amazon

Book Trailer Produced by Cambium Break Pictures

Of Sentimental Value Motion Picture Release 2015

Starring Malik Yoba, New York Undercover and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? and Tommy Tiny Lister, Deebo on Friday, 5th Element with Bruce Willis.

VIP Screenings and Private Book Launches in Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee


Award Winning Filmmaker Princess Fumi Hancock shares clip of SOLD OUT " Live" Nashville TN Red Carpet Event: http://youtu.be/s0LlaKZyI7Y

Video Reviews

Miss Haiti International, RĂ©gine Pierre Shares Her Review of, Of Sentimental Value: http://youtu.be/21hlsgE81lQ

Los Angeles
Of Sentimental Value VIP Movie Screening and Book Launch Raving Reviews Bring Producer to Tears! http://youtu.be/4VwnYXNAoHI

LA welcomes Red Carpet Screening of Award Winner, Of Sentimental Value

The Video Reviews

Award Winning Filmmaker, Princess Fumi Hancock Shares a “Kairos Moment” with Host, Lola Ogunleye Reviewing Of Sentimental Value http://youtu.be/417hPzsQ4C4

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Excerpt: Murky Haze

Spiraling through the murky haze is a stream of white smoke; Africa’s humid and gloomy weather punctuated the striking of an African “bata” drum; a sign of impending doom in this Never-never land called Oyo, set majestically in the flat plain fields of West Africa.
Wrapped in ruffled white sheets and face painted with pungent white chalk, distinct tribal marks from Oyo; she chuckles and giggles out loud, sometimes overpowering the African “bata” beats rippling the air. This enigma of a mystery woman’s deep tones carries with it an air of danger and magic. Her fiendish chuckles are exaggerated by her threatening mannerisms. She adds to the mystery in the air by thrusting out her spectacularly painted arms, holding a uniquely designed African clay pot filled with bubbling steaming water. The steam spiraling out of the magical pot is hypnotic. She begins to laugh again as the rhythmic African beat gently fades, instantly replaced by an urgent tick-tock sound, intensifying the anxiety. Seeing my clandestine woman’s animated and daunting striking face, Yemoji becomes boisterous as she squints her overpowering eyes; eyeballs fiercely protruding, eliciting intense fear in those who behold the strange sight.

As the tick-tock sound gets louder, Yemoji abruptly clutches her magical pot to her bosom. Her arms stretch out with purpose, displaying her remarkably long claw-like nails. She beckons me closer. Yemoji welcomes hushes me into undeniably captivating presence, placing one finger to her sultry lips.

“Sshh! Sshh!”

Suddenly, the tick-tock sound intensifies yet again as Yemoji’s thunderous and wickedly cold laughter reverberates into the atmosphere.
“Did you hear me? I said.... Sshh! Sshh! Siberia! Si-be-ria!”

Wisdom Nugget from Siberia Tonka:

A person who sows love reaps a harvest of good friends and family. It doesn’t really matter where we come from; we all have something of sentimental value. And this crazy chain of events has led me to my destiny….it has led me to fight for the people I love” ~Siberia

About the Author
Princess Fumi
Stephanie Hancock Ph.D.:

Bestselling Author, NAFCA African Oscar People’s Choice Winner, Indiefest Films Merit Award Filmmaker, TV Host, Transformation Interventionist and Philanthropist are just a few accolades to describe this dynamic woman.

Born in the heart of Nigeria, Lagos State; Princess Fumi Hancock was raised to appreciate her royal roots from the South Western region of Nigeria, Emure Kingdom, where her family, the Adumori Nigeria Royal Household have ruled since the 1800s’.

After acquiring her first degree in English from one of the most prestigious colleges in Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo University; she stormed the United States of America with a pen, a script and the dream to change the world. Little did she know that it would take her over thirty years to finally fulfill her dream of becoming a prolific writer and most importantly, one who would have the ability to translate her literary works into movies.

As an author, she has written several inspirational books for women, Beyond Idol Worship: A Diary of an African Warrior Princess; Starting Right Now to name a few! After writing these inspirational books and her return back to African after over 25 years absentia; she reaches out to help her community through her US based nonprofit organization, Adassa Adumori Foundation, Inc. (www.adassafoundation.org); she also decided to venture into the world of young adult fantasy. To her surprise, her very first young adult fantasy, The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest became an amazon bestseller! There has been no stopping her since then.

Her new novel, Of Sentimental Value, a mystery and suspense drama is yet another landmark for her. The book was made into a feature film which is scheduled for release soon (www.ofsentimentalvaluemovie.com ). In the advent of its release, it has garnered multiple award interest. It was nominated in the NAFCA African Oscar Peoples’ Choice category for Favorite Trailer and Original Score while the Princess took home the winning trophy as Favorite Screenwriter. Since then, the movie itself has been nominated in the following categories: Best Diaspora Drama and Best Make-up. One of our supporting actors, Malik Yoba was also nominated as Actor in Foreign Film category.

Princess Fumi is one who truly believes that dreams do come true if we keep plugging away at it and never give up! Her very first crack at writing, she will never forget her professor at a college in New York telling her, “you need to quit! You are a horrible writer!” “I was devastated,” she said. But did not allow that to keep her down. With time, even the professor finally announced to the post graduate class that she was the best student he’d ever had. That screenplay, “The Royal Bird” ended up winning Best Screenplay of the year in 1988 in a New York festival. It was later auctioned to one of the largest television stations in Africa, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). The rest of her time today is spent presenting her new empowerment program, Your Vision Torch, an Innovator’s Prescription to Igniting Your Dreams and Harnessing Your Vision to leaders, business owners and women across Africa and the United States of America. More details on how to bring her to your event: www.worldoffumihancock.com

Tour giveaway

10 Electronic autographed posters of the movie

10 E-Book copies via Amazon

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A special Guest spot from the author:

Cocoon to Butterfly™ Series: From RN Boardroom to Hollywood – How an African Princess in Diaspora Turned Her Writing Passion into Reality & Wealth (Part 1) & Steps to Make It Happen For You Too!

This blog post is dedicated to the dreamers’ out there. Those who have a passion for one thing, yet they find themselves in a frustrated path, doing what they would love to quit and hating what they would love to do without. Have you ever found yourself desperately seeking something? There is a passion inside of you that just won’t let go of your heart. Yet, you have to do other things to put food on the table. What is worse is the age factor which keeps gnawing at you, reminding you that you do not have much time. So if you are going to pursue your dream, this is the time. Suddenly, you set out to pursue that dream and FEAR, the mother of all DISTRACTION stops you on your track. Well, you don’t want to miss this post. My name is Princess Fumi Stephanie Hancock and today, I am more than a bestselling author, an African Oscar winning Screenwriter a speaker, transformation catalyst… My friends call me the “Dreamweaver.”

The road to a successful writing career or any career for that matter is never easy. Particularly when you have worked so hard in one career path; been successful or somewhat comfortable in that career yet you know time is pushing fast and your true calling is beating down your heart. Growing up, I have always known I would become a writer. If you asked my parents, they would gladly tell you my writing career started at two when I decided to start penning down my thoughts on any document I would lay my hands on! Never mind if what I was penning was somewhat “gibberish.” Fact is, I was making up stories at 2, and then pretending to be writing them down.

After my graduation from college, I was so excited to be done. I quickly persuaded my father, Prince T.A Ogunleye, the prince of Emure Kingdom in the Southwestern region of Nigeria, to allow me come to the US to further my graduate studies in Communication Arts, writing for the Visual Media. After much deliberation, we reached a consensus ~ That I would come here and complete my studies in 18 months then return home to Africa. Well, I concluded the studies in 12 months but did not return home to Nigeria. Life took its course and before I knew it, I was married at a very young age… found myself in a tumultuous relationship… alone, completed depleted and finally divorced; left with a broken heart, an empty bank account, a foreclosed home and a lost mind! After 6 months of being in a state of shock, I came out of my madness, and then decided to become a Social Worker. With the years of struggling to care for my two boys as a single mother, my broken pride of not wanting my family back home to know I had failed, I decided I was no longer satisfied with what Social Work had to offer. So, I went back to college. This time, I became a Nurse. How many know that no matter what you use to fill the void, until you do what you are destined for, you will continue to feel the desperation and frustration. I was no different. I had worked my way up the ladder in the nursing field, and now worked for a prestigious healthcare global giant, I was now in the big leagues and I still wasn’t satisfied.

I had vowed I was not going back to writing after my very first movie was stolen and made into a block buster movie! Even as a princess, the trail of failure was enough to send me packing and just leaving for good. But my sons were my strengths and my Creator my anchor.

The Change of Events~ One Event Can Change Your Life Forever and mine did after 30 years! Few years back, I decided to give writing another chance. I was now making good money, yet completely unsatisfied! I decided to write a genre I was not familiar with ~ The Young Adult Fantasy & Romance: The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydras Nest. It was the best move I ever made. It freed my little self and allowed me to visit places in my childhood I wouldn’t dare to go in real life. It is 2015, and I am happy to say that the Young Adult Novel is still on Amazon’s Bestseller list as #28 in its’ category.

I needed validation from my readers and I got it in October 2012 when the novel hit Amazon’s Bestseller as #4! It was all I needed to know that I wanted more of that. So I took to writing again and penned, Of Sentimental Value, which I am happy to report remains # 1Bestselling Romantic Suspense in its category as of today (12/2/2014).

Dreams do come through if we have the courage to make them happen. Dreams do not have legs of their own. As such, we are architect of our dreams and our life destination.

Today, I am so happy to say that my nursing career has indeed paid off. As a writer and a filmmaker, I get to nurse my characters to life. I have a platform where I am able to allow my characters to tell their own stories, stories which my readers often relate to. It is my hope that as a writer, I am able to provide opportunities or arenas where my readers can dream, relief their life tensions, laugh, cry, and ultimately get a clearer perspective on their own lives. Above all, I want to entertain my readers and hopefully I get to do that for the rest of my life.

My Wisdom Nuggets for the Day:
Your Success Starts With Your Mindset:

(1). If your mindset is not handled, you will never achieve what you set out to achieve as a writer
(2). Never allow fear or anyone to dictate how high you can jump where your dreams are concerned;
(3). The only thing standing in your way is YOU. Move out of the way and allow the Innovative Star Writer™ be unleased.
(4). You can do it. Just believe it, take massive action to make it happen.
(5). Do not go into writing because you think it is glamorous. Start writing because it is what you love and you have something to say.
(6). Above all, regardless of your age, it is never too late. So if you are a reader and dream of one day penning your own novel… GO AHEAD, DO IT NOW. Starting Right Here, Declare that you are a writer and begin to walk in that understanding.
Next part to the series a (12/15/2014)t: https://fumihancock.blogspot.com

Update on the Movement, Of Sentimental Value

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A sentimental tale of family and the traditions that make us who we are, Of Sentimental Value will thrill and entertain you with its colorful mix of characters and intriguing story line. Bringing this story to life is an eclectic mix of actors and actresses that are well known to the big to the acting community. Of Sentimental Value is a must see and can be thoroughly enjoyed by the entire family. LACHELLE REED, Author of When Angels Fall….

I absolutely loved the story and its’ compelling trailer. I loved how it began and ended. The mystery woman certainly evokes a great deal of curiosity and then there is the Silleri stone... I really want to know more about that. It has the fantasy mystery about it. I showed it to my son and he loved it as well. The background music in the trailer is just awesome and adds to the mysterious effect. Congratulations.
CLARRISA CARTHARN, Author of Red Collar, Winter's End, Scents of Roses 

Industry Review:
“Of Sentimental Value” does a super job demonstrating the worth of every individual who lives on this planet. The film is unique in that it opens with actors in the movie sharing painful moments of their past, including abuse and health issues, and how they moved forward to find their “worth” as people of value. One actress tells of her manic depression and suicidal thoughts, but how she pushed through after hearing the voice of God speaking to her spirit, telling her she had a purpose and a reason to live. The themes of perseverance and faith are to be commended. We are awarding our Dove Family-Approved Seal for ages twelve plus to “Of Sentimental Value.” This film has many inspiring moments!”

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Nashville TN Audience Reviews of, Of Sentimental Value Movie:http://youtu.be/4VwnYXNAoHI
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