SHINE!, is a multi-media book that contains the inspirational poems by Tonya Marie that you've grown to love along with a companion CD that embodies a unique blend of music and poetry. Each poem, performed with neosoul and tribal influences, is an inspirational invocation guaranteed to awaken your spirit. SHINE! Encourages you to find that spark of greatness within you to SHINE! In life, to SHINE! In love, to SHINE! In adversity, and to SHINE! In celebration of your greatness! Tonya Marie has been blessed with many talents and her repayment to the Creator is the full development of each and every one. By day, Tonya Marie is an attorney who practices in the areas of intellectual property, intellectual property, literary law, and estate planning through her law firm TME Law, LLC. At night, Tonya Marie delivers a unique brand of spoken word and neosoul with her melodic voice. She also pens poetry, novels, articles and short stories. Tonya Marie has mass appeal because her writing touches upon universal themes and emotions. She has performed at venues, conferences and schools throughout the country and has appeared on local and national radio and television programs. She is the author of two books: Seasons of Her and SHINE! Tonya Marie's latest releases include Literary Law Guide for Authors: Copyright, Trademark and Contracts in Plain Language (March 2003), FYOS Literary Law Primer (Sept. 2003), and PROVERBS FOR THE PEOPLE, an short story anthology published by Dafina Books (Kensington). Future releases includes And Then One Day She Knew (fiction), Desire True (poetry), An Old Soul Reborn (poetry) and The Blues (fiction). She has contributed articles to Black Issues Book Review and The CLEO Edge, and reviews to QBR The Black Book Review. Her poetry has been published in the Caribbean Writer, Health Quest Magazine, and AIM. Tonya Marie is an accomplished spoken word recording artist. She participated in the Second Annual NARAS Pitchathon and Industry Showcase. She also performed before over 16,000 fans at SISTAHS 2001, sponsored by Power 99 FM in Philadelphia, and opened for Platinum recording artist MUSIQ SOULCHILD (Summer 2001). In December 2000, Tonya Marie was first runner-up in the Philadelphia-area Def Poetry Jam auditions. Her recordings are featured at MP3.com and her song, I Will Tell Myself, was selected for various corporate promotional campaigns. In addition, in June the remix version reached #7 on the MP3.com R&B Chart and #4 on the MP3.com Soul Chart. Tonya Marie's musical influences include Meshell Ndegeocello, India Arie, Nina Simone, Jill Scott and Lauryn Hill. Her poetic mentors include Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez.