“The Gift of a Getaway” – written for AAA Southern Traveler Magazine by Leslie E. Royal, Global Travel Journalist & Author

Hey Beautiful Family and Friends!

For Christmas, give your loved one the gift of a personalized getaway! For the Bibliophile, what about the Square Books Experience in Oxford, MS? For the Fashionista, what about the gift of Ragtrade Atlanta Fashion Week in Atlanta, GA? For the Foodie, what about the gift of a Restaurant-Centered Week in Birmingham, AL? And for the Sports Fan, what about the gift of a New Orleans Saints Weekend Game with the team of your choice? How cool is that?






An excerpt from the media Kit of AAA Southern Traveler —

“Southern Traveler inspires members to experience and explore their region and beyond. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 57 million members with travel, insurance, financial, and automotive-related services. AAA remains dedicated to serving members since our founding in 1902. Today, AAA continues to be a trusted authority to our members and one of today’s strongest and most recognized brands. Southern Traveler is the magazine exclusively for AAA members in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Southern Traveler offers impactful advertising opportunities to connect your brand with an educated and affluent audience. “

AAA Southern Traveler’s CIRCULATION: 340,700 | AUDIENCE: 953,960


AAA Network of Publications Link – http://www.aaaadvertisingnetwork.com/

An Excerpt from the AAA Network of Publications of Which AAA Southern Traveler is a member.

The AAA Advertising Network consists of 14 titles (13 magazines and 1 tabloid) with a total audience of more than 36 million readers. Together, these AAA publications deliver reach and coverage that rival the biggest consumer magazines in the United States, including AARP. Who reads publications of AAA? The answer is millions of Americans with active lifestyles – Americans who enjoy traveling, cooking, entertaining, dining out, attending concerts, visiting museums and theaters, and participating in a wide range of outdoor activities. These affluent consumers dominate spending in categories such as travel, automotive, food and pharmaceuticals, just to name a few.”

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Royal Releases Updated Manuscript Just in Time for the Holidays! How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE With Amazon’s KDP Will Make a Great Christmas Gift for the Aspiring Author!

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Restructured, Simplified Book Is Ideal Guide to Help New Authors Pen a Book in a Matter of Weeks! Order This Great Gift for a Friend! Also, Invite Leslie E. Royal to Present a Workshop at Your Church, Office, Seminar, Conference, or Special Event!

ATLANTA (December 4, 2018) – Leslie E. Royal, an international freelance journalist of more than 23 years, has released her third manuscript. It is entitled: How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP: An Easy Way to Complete Your Manuscript in Seven Stress-FREE Steps. The book is a short, simplistic, how-to guide that gives step-by-step instructions on how to write and self-publish your book in a matter of weeks. The manuscript is also available on Kindle. Distributed by Amazon in more than 15 countries, the book can be purchased for $9.95 by going to this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1732919100/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i.

“There is an author in all of us. Each of us has a story to tell and no two stories are the same. Over my 23-year writing career, I have had countless individuals share that they want to write their first book”, says Royal.  “Their primary dilemma is they just don’t know where to start. Many people feel like they don’t have the time to stop and pen the book they’ve always dreamed of writing.”

You no longer have to wait to write your first book. This brief, all-in-one book features resources, an opportunity to journal and a fill-in-the-blank workbook that will inspire you to get started today. Beginning on page one, new authors can immediately start writing in this interactive manuscript. This latest book is an updated version of her previous manuscript entitled How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s CreateSpace.  The title has changed slightly as a result of chapter seven being replaced. It now includes the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform.

“I’ve always had a love of reading. Because of my hectic schedule, I can’t read exhaustive books that have a few hundred pages. And when I’m doing research, just give me the essentials. The shorter the better,” says Royal.  “I considered this as I wrote this paperback.  I figured that no one wants to read a 200-page book on HOW to write a book! Therefore, while being comprehensive, I focused on making it as short, simple and stress-free as possible. Think CliffsNotes for the super busy, too-much-on-my-plate, first-time author! You will find that writing a book never got easier!”

This book shares how to get started, stay focused, meet your deadlines, and upload the book directly to Amazon’s KDP for FREE! This presents a great opportunity for media. Consider:

  • Interview Leslie for an article on how to write your first book for FREE!
  • Include the manuscript in your Book Section, Roundup, Club, Den or Shelf
  • Holding an undergrad degree in Journalism, Leslie’s articles have appeared in ESSENCE, FORTUNE, Upscale, Black Enterprise, Upscale Living, The Ashro Blog, Chron.com, and other international outlets. Ask her to write articles regarding consumer finance, travel, careers, lifestyle, discounts, etc.
  • If you are having upcoming festivals, empowerment seminars, conferences and other sessions, it will be her pleasure to join you as an expert, moderator, facilitator, or presenter.

Order Leslie’s First Book Too!

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Presenting… The 2018 Leslie’s Lane Travel & Holiday Gift Guide Trilogy EXCLUSIVE!

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Greetings Beautiful Family and Friends! 😊

How are you?  I trust that you are having a wonderful day! As a product review expert, I compile guides and roundups quarterly. This year, I am pleased to share that I have written an EXCLUSIVE trilogy of holiday gift guides. My Leslie’s Lane brand has partnered with two extraordinary, global digital publications having their fingertips on the pulse of contemporary society. The first two EXCLUSIVES appeared in Upscale Living Magazine. The Travel Bags with Annita Blog featured an EXCLUSIVE holiday travel guide in the third instalment of my Trilogy. Click on the links below to view them all. Plus, I have added a few cool sidebars from experts as well as past links to my product reviews over the last year or so! Please enjoy! Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!



 Links to The 2018 Leslie’s Lane Holiday Gift Guide Trilogy EXCLUSIVE

 Volume I – Upscale Living Magazine
12 Luxury Christmas Presents You’ll Adore: An EXCLUSIVE Holiday Gift Guide

Volume II – Upscale Living Magazine
An EXCLUSIVE: 12 Ways to Express Your Holiday Love
with DIY Luxury Gift Baskets, Delicious Delivery Edibles and Specialty Sets

Volume III – Travel Bags with Annita Blog
50 Uniquely Awesome Holiday Gifts for The Special Traveler https://www.travelbagswithannita.com/50-uniquely-awesome-holiday-gifts-for-the-special-traveler-in-your-life/


Q & A with Over & B’yond Events on Selecting The Perfect Holiday Gifts

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Courtesy of  Bernadette Birch of Over & B’yond Events

Throughout my research for the Holiday Gift Guide Trilogy, I queried Bernadette Birch, owner of a boutique company called Over & B’yond Events, on her thoughts on how to select the perfect budget-friendly gift as well as splurging options for this holiday season. Birch’s company specializes in creating unforgettable memories and from-dream-to-reality experiences for individuals and corporations. For more tips and info, Follow her on Instagram at @overandbyondevents. Visit her website:   https://www.overandbyondevents.com/.

Question: Why is it important to select budget-friendly items that are unique?

Answer: You can find valuable items that are different for less.  I always recommend finding a few budget-friendly items to mix in with higher priced items to make your gift special and diverse.

Question: Why is it okay to splurge this one time of year on two or three hundred-dollar gifts?

Answer: It is okay to splurge because the holidays are about celebrating with family and friends. Expressing your love for others with gifts show your appreciation. But on the other hand, if you can shop early to find better deals it will be a win-win for everyone.

Question: Why is it important to get gifts that your loved one will like and enjoy?

Answer: It is important to select gifts that they will enjoy because it shows your loved ones that you care and you know exactly what they like.  You want them to be happy, appreciative and to utilize the items versus re-gifting for another occasion .

Question: Are there more tips you would like to share?

Answer: I am an off-season shopper. I try to look for good finds for less money.  If there are specific items that are popular during the holiday season, I would advise doing research to make sure the item is still in stock or on sale before making your final purchase.


Three Costly Mistakes Travelers Make During the Holiday Season


Photo by and Compliments of Erik Odiin on Unsplash

By Calvin Iverson

  1. Over packing – it can lead to checking your bags which is time consuming and expensive.
  2. Not planning ahead – Avoid paying airport prices by bringing your own snacks, empty water bottle and a pre-loaded iPad.
  3. Not Considering Effect Weather Has on Flights  – Fly direct to avoid being stranded during a layover due to weather.

Calvin Iverson is a travel expert at TravelPirates. Follow the company on Instagram @travelpirates. Get valuable information from their Facebook page too. Facebook page

Fischer and Wieser Christmas

Jellies and Sauces from Fischer & Wieser make great gifts! Check out http://www.jelly.com.


8 Links to Even More Gifts to Consider from Leslie’s Past Product Reviews











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My Luxury Vacation Article on Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Appears on Trendy Travel Bags with Annita Blog! How Cool is That Guys?

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Greetings Beautiful Family and Friends! 😊
How are you? I trust that you are having a great day! I’m so very excited!  My travel article entitled “Your Magnificent Vacay at Grand Fiesta Americana’s Coral Beach Cancun has appeared in the trendy, popular Travel Bags with Annita blog!  Please click on the link below to check out the article.
By way of background, my editor, Annita Stokes Thomas, is also the on-air host of WDUN’s radio station show called Travel Bags with Annita! This very popular, very cool, very informative show shares great insight on taking AWESOME vacations at AMAZING prices! Because she is so IMPRESSIVE, she is an O, The Oprah Magazine Insider/Ambassador and podcast host for Quarter Miles. Follow her on social media! She’ll show you how to take the ride of your life – whether here or abroad! www.travelbagswithannita.com – “We’re packed and ready to go!”, Like her on Facebook – facebook.com/travelbagswithannita – Instagram.com/annitaNfriends – Twitter.com/annitaNfriends – Pinterest.com/annitast
Annually, as an O Magazine Insider, Annita is invited to the COVETED Oprah’s Favorite Things Big Reveal! She was there in NYC last week! Check out her photos below with a Backdrop with Oprah, an actual pose with Gayle, and great decorations from the event!
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Please follow me on social media @LesliesLane!  It continues to be my commitment to empower, inspire and educate others through my writing! Moreover, I feel like everyone should take a vacation at least once a year! Why don’t you end this year or start the next by visiting the BEAUTIFUL Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun! Thanks so much and enjoy your week!
P.S. Check out a recent interview with Annita on The Travel Bags With Annita Radio Show as well as an article that I wrote for The Travel Bags with Annita Blog. The segment and piece are on the subject of Budgeting for Your Vacation with Friends!


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My Take on Making Your Budget for Your Friends Getaway with Annita Thomas of Travel Bags with Annita! Check out my WDUN Radio Interview and Article Written EXCLUSIVELY for Her Blog!

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Greetings Beautiful Family and Friends! 😊

How are you? I trust that you are having a great day! As you plan your vacation for the holidays, please check out my article and interview! My dear friend and fellow journalist Annita Stokes Thomas, host of the popular radio show, Travel Bags with Annita, invited me to come and speak about how to budget for your next vacay! She also allowed me to write an article on the same subject for her trendy blog! Please click on the first link!

On the day before the radio interview, she and I went to The Atlanta Botanical Garden to do a Facebook Live segment.  It was so much fun! Please click on the second link to see the video.  Meanwhile, my daughter Antasha, of The Nomadic Flight Attendant, was snapping photos of our segment. Please click on the third link to view the video. Next, please listen to the actual WDUN Radio interview on link four. An O, The Oprah Magazine Insider/Ambassador, she partnered with Holland America Cruise Lines on the segment in which I appeared. I always have a great time on The Travel Bags with Annita Radio Show. Follow her @AnnitaNfriends and Follow me @LesliesLane. We provide insightful info on vacation savings and more on a regular basis! Thanks so much everyone and have a great week!


  1. Take a Great Friends Getaway Article Written by Leslie E. Royal


  1. Facetime Live Video Featuring Leslie E. Royal and Oprah Magazine Insider and On-Air Host Annita Thomas


  1. Facetime Live Promo Video Background Photos Featuring Leslie E. Royal and Oprah Magazine Insider Annita Thomas


  1. Radio Interview Featuring Leslie E. Royal and Oprah Magazine Insider and On-Air Host Annita Thomas


  1. My Blog Post Promoting the Appearance of Leslie E. Royal of Leslie’s Lane


Atlanta Botanical Garden Collage

Annita, my daughter Antasha, Annita’s sister and me at Atlanta Botanical Garden for Facebook Live Segment!

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Download The “VoteWithMe” Mobile App to Connect with Your Personal Network and Help Get Out The Vote on Nov. 6!


Hi Beautiful Family and Friends!

How are you? I trust that you are having a great day! Well… we are down to the wire! We have our final opportunity to get out and vote tomorrow! Also, please be sure to connect with family and friends to see if they have voted! There’s this cool new mobile app that will help you connect with your personal network! Then, you can all get out and vote! Just click on this link to find out the details! —  https://votewithme.us/about.html

Please check out my blog post from yesterday too! — https://leslieslane.wordpress.com/2018/11/04/take-two-on-tuesday-grab-a-friend-or-family-member-and-take-them-to-vote-on-tuesday-november-6-your-vote-is-your-voice-you-can-make-a-difference/.

Thanks so much and have a wonderful week!


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Take Two on Tuesday! Grab a Friend or Family Member and Take Them to Vote on Tuesday, November 6! Your Vote is Your Voice! You Can Make a Difference!

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Hi  Beautiful Family and Friends! 😊

How are you? I trust that you are having a wonderful day! Voting on this Tuesday, November 6 is vitally important!  I personally feel that this is the most important election of my life! Remember… Your vote is your voice and you can make a difference! Today, call up a friend or family member in your district that has not voted! Schedule a time for the two of you to go together!

I asked my dear friend, sorority sister, and fellow journalist Janet L. Montgomery of From My Big Eyes to join me in wearing our VOTE t-shirts! I shared that I would be blogging about the importance of voting  by utilizing the “Take Two” theme!  Special thanks to The Beautiful One – my daughter Antasha – for taking the photos for us!

On yesterday, I noticed that songstress Ashanti was promoting the same concept! Partnering with MTV, she encourages everyone to take a “plus 1” to the polls on Tuesday.  Click on this link: https://plus1thevote.com/. But you don’t have to leave it there.  Use all of these “Take Two” concepts below!

  • Take two family members to vote.
  • Take two hours off work to go and vote.
  • Take two hours to phone bank or volunteer for the candidate of your choice.
  • Take two minutes to share this blog post on your social media pages.
  • Take two friends to vote.
  • Take two sorority sisters or fraternity brothers to vote.
  • Take two seniors to vote.
  • Take two church members to vote.

You get the idea! If you have any questions or need assistance with anything at all, contact some of these great organizations!  Thanks, and have a wonderful week!


Leslie E. Royal












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