About the Authors

At Capital Gaines LLC we offer products bolstered by a wealth of real-world experience and we are committed to giving coordinated help to our incarcerated AUTHORS seeking legitimate sources of income. 

Many of todays incarcerated citizens have written books without the means to bring them to print. These authors are able to articulate creatively having experienced life behind prison walls. They are excited to have the opportunity to help others and tell stories that transcend beyond the penitentiary.

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Richard Gaines

Richard Gaines has spoken of writing books for quite some time, and it was no surprise when he revealed that he had actually completed a first edition booklet, Ideas More Powerful Than Force.

Richard has dedicated his life’s work to advancing human potential and promoting equality through his actions and literacy. 

A must read for those serious about Criminal Justice Reform. Authentic and inspirational stories from one of todays previously incarcerated citizens, who is determined to overcome adversity through education,
faith and entrepreneurship. A dynamic tool to help propel you forward.

Jr's Alphabet & Numbers Trace Book (Uppercase A-Z, Lowercase a-z) & Numbers (1-20) for your little Champion! Purchase this Guided Fun Learning book to set up your kid for penmanship skills that will boost their success in school. This Letters & Numbers Workbook progressively builds confidence in learning to write starting with Step 1 : Writing the alphabet (A-Z, a-z) Step 2 : Writing Numbers & Number Words

In Self-Publishing: A Blueprint to Building your Brand and Making Money in the Process, author and entrepreneur Richard Gaines shows you that self-publishing successfully is possible. This handy reference will guide you through the stages of the self-publishing process, from the conception of your book to the PDF conversion to publishing print. With this convenient reference as a guide, you can self-publish a quality manuscript with ease! Get this book now!

52 Weekly Christian Principles to Live by: A Year’s Supply of Spiritual Sustenance is the ultimate guide to helping you rediscover your true path in life through the power and connection of faith. Written for everyone with an open heart and passion for enriching the world around them, this guide has picked up many who have been down, counted out by society, and elevated them in unimaginable ways. Discover how to reconnect with God, build your confidence in the truth of the scripture and understand the complex nuances of the Bible today. Following in God’s path is not easy, nor is it meant to be, yet it is the only walk we must take if we are to reestablish ourselves in His image. If you are tired of being stuck, of being trapped in place, this is all the book you will need to see. Get your copy today.

The poetry produced by Richard Gaines for Returning Citizens Association is a powerful and moving collection of verses that celebrates the strength, resilience, and determination of those who have returned to society after serving time in prison. The poems explore the struggles and triumphs of these returning citizens, and offer a message of hope and support to those who are working to rebuild their lives. The collection is a powerful reminder of the importance of second chances, and the positive impact that returning citizens can have on their communities and society as a whole. The imagery and language used in the poetry is evocative, painting vivid pictures of the emotions of the returning citizens. Overall, this collection is a powerful and uplifting tribute to the human spirit, and a call to action to support the successful reintegration of returning citizens into society.


Leadership opportunities, By Richard Gaines. This was his first magazine, which was created from San Quentin State Prison. This publication includes quotes on Leadership from seasoned Vets behind the walls of SQ.

A publication relating to leaders' initiative, skill, and influence. The articles are intended to inform, educate, and inspire by illustrating leaders' ability to create opportunities for themselves and for others... a must read.

Returning Citizens Association is a quarterly, digital/print publication that prints and distributes information relating to citizens who have been impacted by the carceral system.

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Eric "Turk" Curtis


Sandy Jordan has come up with a master plan, a plan of a lifetime. She knows the DEA has been collecting seized money and drugs since before she was born. She knows it’s out there, now all she has to do is convince her best friend Toni, to use her amazing hacking skills to find the information she needs. But will Sandy’s twin sister Candy let her fear and love stand in the way of their one big chance? Sandy also has to worry about losing control of the whole operation. Can she keep it together with the man she thinks she wants more than the money she’s after when her sister suggests bringing in help? Can she hold out long enough to get them all paid? Or will something go terribly wrong? Come take a ride with the Queens of Compton.

A.C. Bellard

From a plush high-rise penthouse in the financial district of downtown San Jose, Roxanne Blackwell, alias Candy Cane, works executive clientele with cunning foreplay and devilish charm. She's worked her way up and has established a sense of financial stability. Everything is all biscuits and gravy until one day one of her girlfriends lures her with an invitation that’s too irresistible to refuse. Along the way she finds unexpected love, friendships, and sorrow. So much possibility awaits her... if she can survive.


Fifty-two intersecting poems written by Ah’Khemu in five categories: Black Male Urban Life...1-10 Black Feminine Greatness…11-20 Black Social Thought…21-30 Critiques on Black Culture…31-40 Black Intellectual Poems…41-51



TRIUMPH... Classified Homo Sapiens Solar. He is called a Human Sun. A sun made in human form. It falls on his shoulders to ensure safety in the violent galaxy. He can use the energy gathered from the suns to protect, and provide power to the powerless. Unfortunately, he is imperfect, and one of his flaws is his fiery temper, a wrath that destroys planets. Provided with a choice between life and death... what will be the fate of the galaxy and Triumph..

Tammy Appling

Benefits of Writing Regularly

Writing is so much more than what one would think. In most cases, writing is a useful tool for thinking, expression, and creativity.

Here are 7 Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly

1. Writing makes you happier

Much of the research on writing and happiness deals with expressive writing or jotting down what you think and how you feel.  

Expressive writing has also been linked to improved mood, well-being, and reduced stress levels for those who do it regularly, says Adam Grant:

“Research by Laura King shows that writing about achieving future goals and dreams can make people happier and healthier… And Jane Dutton and I found that when people doing stressful fundraising jobs kept a journal for a few days about how their work made a difference, they increased their hourly effort by 29% over the next two weeks.”

2. Writing helps clarify your thinking

Laziness with words creates difficulty in describing feelings, sharing experiences, and communicating with others. 

In Richard Langham’s book Revising Prose, he shares that one of the most important benefits of clear writing is making sure you’re actually saying something. The cost of confusing someone else with unclear prose is high, but what about the cost of confusing yourself?

3. Writing can help you handle hard times

In one study that followed recently fired engineers, the researchers found that those engineers who consistently engaged with expressive writing were able to find another job faster. According to Adam Grant: “The engineers who wrote down their thoughts and feelings about losing their jobs reported feeling less anger and hostility toward their former employer. They also reported drinking less. Eight months later, less than 19% of the engineers in the control groups were reemployed full-time, compared with more than 52% of the engineers in the expressive writing group.”

Older research also shows that writing about traumatic events actually made the participants more depressed until about six months later, when the emotional benefits started to stick. 

4. Writing makes you feel more grateful

As the authors of one study noted, subjects who reflected on the good things in their life once a week by writing them down were more positive and motivated about their current situations and their futures.

The catch was that the benefits were minimal when they wrote about them every day. This makes sense; any activity can feel disingenuous and just plain boring if done too often. It seems like the key is to reflect and write about gratitude regularly, but not because you have to.

5. Writing helps close out your “mental tabs”

Have you ever had too many Internet tabs open at once? It is a distraction. When I feel like my brain has too many tabs open at once, it’s often the result of trying to mentally do too much at the same time.

Writing gives form to your ideas and gets them out of your head, freeing up bandwidth and preventing you from crashing your browser. Getting important ideas down alleviates the stress of losing your thoughts to time or an overcrowded mind.

6. Writing is a proven way to learn

Information often sticks better when it’s learned as though it needs to be taught or re-written in your own words. This concept of having a “writer’s ear” never fully clicked with me until I seen my husband writing regularly.

There’s a certain discipline required to create interesting written work that demands the individual be receptive and focused on finding new sources of information, inspiration, and insight. Personally, I’ve read books, listened to podcasts, and watched videos I would normally have put off in order to learn something new so that I might write about it later.

Writing around a certain topic for some time will allow you to build off of older thoughts, utilizing what you’ve already written to develop ideas on a grander scale. I’m sure many writers have written a paragraph that leads to an essay, which leads to a series of articles, which leads to a book. That was certainly the case for my husband. 

7. Writing is leadership at scale

There are sincerely interesting opportunities that an “anyone can publish” world brings about.

The ability to leave an impact at scale through your words alone is an astounding concept. There’s a bit of a creative shock the first time someone emails you, thanking you for the work you’ve put out and sharing how it has helped or influenced them.

The positive feedback for this “leadership at scale” leads to gratitude and further motivation for the writer. 


Andrea Gaines


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