Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Guest Blog: Of Sentimental Value by Princess Fumi

Of Sentimental Value
Princess Fumi Hancock

Genre: Mystery / Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Princess in Suburbia
Date of Publication: July 17, 2014
Number of pages: 328
Cover Artist: Phatpuppy Arts Studios

Book Description:

One event Elects Who You Are
One event  Molds Your Values & 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 & African Oscar Award Winning Filmmaker, Host of an African Oscar nominated TV Talk show, An African Heritage Leadership Award recipient & a globally sought after transformation interventionist, Princess  Fumi Hancock  delivers an inspirational and intriguing romantic suspense story, yet laced in mystery & comedy. Of Sentimental Value, a titillating & 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 Trailer Produced by Cambium Break Pictures

Of Sentimental Value Motion Picture Scheduled to Release 2015

MRP would like to extend a very warm welcome to Princess Fumi, author of Of Sentimental Value. 

Building African Kingdoms, One Community at a Time with The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest Author, Fumi Hancock, her American Friends and her colorful characters in Africa.

                        “As I share my humble and sincere heart with my readers, I
                        continue to envision a world free of challenges, drama as we
                        would often call them and desire a peaceful place where everyone
                        can live in peace and harmony.”
Princess Fumi S. Hancock, RN. Ph.D.

                        “I yearn for a place where children can move freely, live freely, eat
                        freely and of course, never go hungry.”

                                                            ~Princess Fumi S. Hancock, RN, Ph.D.


Come, let me take you to a Land;
                        A Land of Deep Rich Forest;
                                    A Land where Knowledge is our Clothing and
                                                Unconditional Love Our Way of Life;
                                    There is a river which flows in the Heart of this Land;
                        Come drink from the river of wisdom,

                        Our destination is Africa…..
(Fumi Hancock, 1996)

Some of you readers may have read about my very first crack at Fiction Novel, The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest. I an so grateful for all of the support I have garnered through the years This week, as the holiday season kicks up in full gear all over the world and as I journey on with the virtual publicity tour for my newly released Romantic Suspense/Thriller Book, Of Sentimental Value; I can’t help but reminisce over my experiences celebrating holidays in Africa.  These great adventures found in both my fiction books, The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell and Of Sentimental Value beautifully brought back to my memory the wonderful times I’d shared with friends and family members, growing up in Africa. Armed with the desire to share this piece of me with my readers, I garnered up the courage, the enthusiasm and the commitment needed to tell the world how Africa can also be a beautiful place, even in its throes of poverty and difficulties.

As I share my humble and sincere heart with my readers, I continue to envision a world free of challenges, drama as we would often call them and desire a peaceful place where everyone can live in peace and harmony. I yearn for a place where children can move freely, live freely, eat freely and of course, never go hungry. It is my hope and desire that as I share my experiences with you; you will be moved to be a difference maker… reach out and touch someone in the most unusual and / or unexpected way.

To this effect, let me quickly share with you where my passion for writing these fiction books emanated from…

My name is Fumi “Stephanie” Hancock.  I was born in Africa but have lived in the United States of America for over 30 years. A little over eight years ago, my father, Prince T.A Ogunleye called me up and told me it was time to return home. I’d literally grown up in the US and this was now home to me. My father felt it was time to give back to Africa.
This was an important trip for me as I’d not been back to my community in over 23 years!  The trip was equally important because one of my cousins, His Royal Majesty, King Emmanuel Adebayo, reigning King of Emure Ekiti Kingdom, a place tugged away in the Western region of Africa was being crowned and my father felt it was a great opportunity to reconnect with my roots.                
The journey was exhilarating yet filled with anxiety as I did not know what I was going to encounter.  I trusted my father, packed my bags and went back to West Africa with my family. It was the most incredible journey of my life… to witness a King’s coronation… no words could describe the feelings.

What was more important was the surprise which awaited me when I arrived in the community with my Tennessean friends! The community people rallied around me and reminded me of who I was… their princess who had been gone for long and was now back! I took the time to revisit my childhood boarding school and low and behold, all of my experiences at the school came rushing back.

With all of this jubilation came social responsibility… to come back to the United States, let the world know of this region in Africa and help to make a difference in whatever little way I could.

The King and his cabinet had a huge task on their hands and they knew it would require reaching out to all for assistance. It is amazing how when we reach out to give someone something that we may be lacking ourselves, how it turns around and blesses us back a thousand fold.  Because of my children in Africa, my life and that of my volunteers have forever changed.

We came back home, reached out to whoever would listen to our stories and began plugging away at the needs in Africa.  We hosted the King and some of his 63 cabinet members to a gala in Tennessee.
To date, we currently sponsor 40 children who would ordinarily not have been able to attend school. We opened the very first state of the art library in that region ever.

With the help of some Song writers & artists in Tennessee,
Friend to an Angel a song honoring our African children was debuted and used in raising funds for our programs in Africa.  (Available at:

Today, I celebrate all of my
African angels with the characters my readers will encounter in the Adventures of Jewel Cardwell: Hydra’s Nest and Of Sentimental Value. These vibrant and most times feisty characters are a culmination of my childhood friends as well as “those conjured in my head.” These characters as well as my African babies have consistently plagued my dream and haunted my mind into bringing them alive.

Every other year I would return to Africa serving the children in these communities through my non-profit organization the
Adassa Foundation, I am reminded of the colorful ambiance and the need to share this part of the world with book lovers.

There is more work that to be done. I am constantly in need of assistance to help move our programs forward.  Our next vision for this region is to build a Youth Center for Excellence where children can converge and learn rather than be in the streets roaming aimlessly. As we celebrate our holidays here in the US and all over the world, I urge you to consider joining me in putting a smile on yet another African angel’s face at or support by picking up the song: Friend to an Angel.

                        “Somewhere between romance, suspense, mystery and fantasy lies the cultural and nuanced Of Sentimental Value, which despite all this insight remains fun and entertaining. A bit whimsical, Hancock's style is not at all snobby but reveals her writing savvy through phrases like "tugging away at my gelatin heart". Sam~Amazon

                        “I enjoyed the story of Jewel, it was fresh and in a setting that was new to me. The descriptions made me feel as if I was there. I experienced the place right along with our Jewel.  Every page was beautifully written and I was engrossed from start to finish
.” Review by Sara Bree High, (The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell).

Well, mission accomplished Sara. I wanted my readers to be transported to a place where they’d never been before. I wanted them to see how other people live in other parts of the world as well as live here in the US…. Their struggles to fit in and live their passion… I wanted them to also see how people like them, who have travelled to live in Africa… how they adjust to the culture and setting.  The characters though reside in Africa come from various parts of the world especially Europe.

Portions of the proceeds made this holiday season will be funding scholarships and the Proposed Youth Center.

Discovery Quizzes:
1) What is the Mission, the Vision and the Goal of Adassa Adumori Foundation?
Clue: (a statement written in purple color)
2) Can you mention two ways you can help to create awareness and be a difference maker with the foundation?
Clues: “
Friend to an Angel”, The Adventures of Jewel Cardwell, Of Sentimental Value and

“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!”

The Wonderful Reviews for Of Sentimental Value are In!
Los Angeles Audience Reviews Of Sentimental Value Movie:

Nashville TN Audience Reviews of, Of Sentimental Value Movie:

 Thank you so much for joining us today, Fumi. We really enjoyed the visit. Good luck and great sales with Of Sentimental Value
Note to readers: There was a great deal more information, including pictures, in this article that this format was not able to post. Be sure to visit Princess Fumi's various websites to find out more.

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