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Friday, September 12, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Marvelous Are Thy Works by Meiah Shaun



Fatima Williams is the owner of All Natural Hair Salon in Washington, D.C.  Her best friend Lauryn and her cousin Sheba are her business partners.  Fatima had an epiphany. She desires to empower black women by motivational speaking and traveling across the country.
As Fatima moves further into her destiny, her inner circle has dwindled. Frustrated that she is an eternal girlfriend, her boyfriend Ephraim of five years is too busy climbing the corporate ladder.  To make matters worse, Lauryn and Sheba will not commit to the cause.   The best season of her life is turning into a lonely one.
Marvelous Are Thy Works is an inspirational story about natural hair empowerment, self love and relationships.

Excerpt
“Ladies, I want to hold a quick meeting,” Fatima said, calling for their attention. “We need to discuss the future plans for the salon.”
Lauryn and Sheba sat across from her in the waiting area.
“I want to build our brand and take things to the next level.”
Sheba and Lauryn gawked at each other, then looked back at Fatima.
“Go on. Tell us more,” Lauryn responded.
“I’ve been planning a speaking tour to educate black women across the country about natural hair care. I want to educate on the transitional stage to wearing natural hair.” Fatima opened her binder, reached over Sheba, and handed the presentation to Lauryn.
“Sounds interesting,” said Lauryn. She elbowed Sheba, who bit down on her lip without uttering a word.
Fatima beamed. “Lauryn, open the business plan!” she urged. Then Fatima stood to her feet and started pacing before them with conviction in her eyes. “Black women need to be enlightened about the benefits of natural hair. Right, y’all? We were just talking about this a little while ago.”
IMG_5445_pp-3226876211-O (427x640)Meiah Shaun is an inspirational author and freelance writer.  She is a graduate of LeTourneau University.  She is a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in Plano, Texas.  She started writing poetry at age eight.
Meiah Shaun is the author of Marvelous Are Thy Works, a Novella (VC Publishing, 2014).  Meiah Shaun has a special interest in empowering African American women to self love and to embrace their natural hair.  She and her twin sister rock Sisterlocks.  Her fraternal twin sister is thirteen minutes older than her.
Meiah Shaun is featured on Ezinearticles.com as a platinum level author penning articles on numerous topics such as inspirational, spirituality, goal setting to shopping and product reviews.
Meiah Shaun enjoys writing, reading, cooking, jazz music and making scrapbooks.

Get to know the author: 
What was your inspiration for writing Marvelous Are Thy Works?
I am passionate about the natural hair movement.  I love empowering black women to accept and wear their natural hair.
Have you had any experiences or life events that are related to your book?
Yes, I decided in 2007 to stop chemically relaxing my hair.  I discovered during my journey that my natural hair is very beautiful.  I embraced my 4b/4c hair texture with all of it kinks and coils.  I received compliments from people of all races on my natural hair when I wore an afro, braids and two strand twists.  I currently wear Sisterlocks.  Black men constantly shower me with compliments on my Sisterlocks.
Wearing my natural hair renewed my self esteem and gave me more confidence as a black woman.  There is nothing to fear about going natural.
Can you identify with the protagonist in your book?
I identify with my protagonist, Fatima Williams, in that black natural hair is unique and beautiful.  It is God’s perfect craftsmanship and black women should be enlightened about the benefits of wearing their natural hair.
What author(s) have inspired you as a writer?
For Marvelous Are Thy Works, authors Lori Tharps and Ayana Byrd were inspirations to me.  They wrote the book titled: Hair Story, Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America.  Their book inspired me to go natural when I was seeking answers for my hair loss, breakage and low self esteem.
Also, author and innovator Dr. JoAnne Cornwell is an inspiration to me as I proudly wear Sisterlocks.  Dr. Cornwell’s book titled: That Hair Thing is a must read for black women to educate themselves about natural hair and sisterlocks.
How has your faith influence you as an inspirational author?
Writing is spiritual to me as I pray before I sit down to write.  I ask God for direction and for him to use me as a vessel to bless and inspire others.
How have you developed as an author?
I write and journal regularly.  I work on multiple projects such as articles, devotionals and on my second manuscript.  I believe that working on several projects can prevent writer’s block.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
The title is taken from Psalms 139:14 (KJV).  It’s one of my favorite bible verses for self love and self esteem.  God makes us for a purpose and we are perfect in his image.
What type of environment do you prefer to write?
I like to write at home.  Sometimes I prefer quietness and other times I put on my headphones and listen to jazz music and write.
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I want to go to London.  It is one of the top cities in the world for vegetarians.  I am no longer a vegetarian but I still desire to sample London’s vegetarian cuisine along with some fish and chips.
Find the author:
Twitter:  @MeiahShaun
Amazon.com Book Direct Purchase Link:
Business Address For Sales Inquiries:
Meiah Shaun
VC Publishing,
P.O. Box 1344
Frisco, Texas 75034




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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

SORMAG Introduces Dr. Moe Anderson and (Your) New Year Now



SORMAG is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Dr. Monica (Moe) Anderson that promises to inspire and motivate us all to begin our new year now. We don’t have to wait until after the holidays to plot and plan our change, we can smooth sail right into 2015 with the assistance of Dr. Moe and her prompting.

Beginning today through January 1, 2015, SORMAG and Dr. Moe will be providing you with excerpts from her latest book, Success is a Side Effect: Leadership, Relationships, and Selective Amnesia (2014 TyMAC), 5 opportunities to receive a signed copy of Success is a Side Effect, and some goodies during the month of October, which is both her birth month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (more on that later). Every week, you will have something good to look forward to, engaging and interactive activities brought to you by Dr. Moe and SORMAG. Look for the hashtag #NEWYEARNOW on both Facebook and Twitter. In fact, use it to let us know you’re following along and participating.


Your first free excerpt is the introduction to Success is a Side Effect and it also contains your first homework assignment. Leave SORMAG and Dr. Moe an Amen or two in the comment section below, or on our Facebook pages or via Twitter (@drmoeanderson). We’re not waiting for January 1 to be ready.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Love Lifted Me Blog Tour



The Guardian

Detective Eric Miller was convinced true love was not for him, his failed relationships, led him to believe so. Being a man of stability and control, Eric stoically shunned love; it was too messy—too unstable. This was why he vowed to put as much space as possible, between him and the beautifully intelligent Rayna Peterson. Now, if only his heart would listen. Unexpectedly, fate would force them together, when Rayna is threatened by a hidden evil. He lurks in the darkness, an elusive being. He boldly strikes at the most unusual moments. Eric promised himself that nothing would harm, Rayna, but to keep her safe he would have to spend time around her. Was he willing to risk both his life and heart for her?

The Promise Woman

Attorney Rayna Peterson always knew she a woman promised for greatness. Her faith was something she took great pride in, but of late the strange and evil occurrences had her doubting, everything familiar to her -- and for the first time, she realizes that her faith alone isn't enough to lift her from the pit of doubt. Feeling lost, Rayna unites with Eric. Together they would fight the forces seeking to destroy her and everyone she loved. Would Eric's love be the lift she needed, to restore her shaken faith?


  
About The Author
Vanessa Richardson is an author, poet, and playwright. Vanessa has written several stage productions and have been blessed to perform them at various venues. Her stage productions includes: Someone to Love Me, Why Do Bad Things Happens To Good People? Lord, I Don't Understand, and The Fullness of Time.

Vanessa wrote her freshman Nonfiction inspirational novel titled, The Certain Ones. A spiritual impacting novel that inspires her readers to know that not everyone are called into greatness. Fact: Many cannot handle the process that goes along with becoming great. Only the certain ones, who endures; can obtain destined greatness. She is currently working on “Love’s Redemption.” The Stage Production.

Connect with Vanessa Richardson at
www.BlogTalkRadio.com/TheCertainOnes


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Living in Fear by Keyanna Ford Blog Tour


Tia Green came from Kalamazoo, a small town in Michigan. From the time she was a child, Tia had known exactly what she wanted out of life and had already dreamed about how to get it a thousand times over. Tia had always planned on attending the University of Michigan with her childhood friend where they both wanted to become nurses. She worked hard in high school and made sure she got good grades. Eventually, That hard work paid off, She was admitted early to U of M with a full scholarship. After going on the college tour, life changed for her in ways she would have never believed… Ace was the guy that everybody dreamed they had. He was smart, sexy, and athletic, not to mention, the star of University of Michigan s football team. See, Ace turned heads wherever he went, and people were always striving for his attention, but Ace could care less. He was a player who didn t believe in giving his heart away to any female due to his childhood, but that all changed when he met Tia. She was everything he had ever wanted, and most importantly, she reminded him of his late mother whom he lost at a young age. Ace thought Tia was perfect for him. He thought he would finally get the family he had always wanted. He never imagined she’d betray him, especially not with the only other person he loved… Tia and Ace started with a fairytale romance, truly in love. As true colors bleed out from the cracks of their exteriors, the couple discovered that their fairytale romance was turning into a painful nightmare and the dream filled partnership was on its way to ruins.
Excerpt:
            “Bitch, do you think I’m stupid? I fucking heard you say, ‘That was fast’ when I was knocking on the door just a minute ago, so who the fuck were you talking about? And why are you in a room anyways?” he questioned, chocking me harder. I started clawing at his hand, trying to pry it off my neck, but his grip was too tight, and it was getting harder for me to breathe. He wasn’t letting go until I told him who was in the room, but I’ll be damned if I admit to anything.
“Please…let me go,” I whimpered, still trying to pry his hand off.
“Please, what?” he screamed. I can’t hear you, Tia!” He looked me in my eyes choking me harder with every word. “If I find out you’re here with somebody, I’m going to kill you and him. Do you hear me?”
I started kicking my legs and trying to push him off me, but Ace wouldn’t move. Then everything went dark, and the next thing I knew, I was waking up to him standing over me, slapping my in the face and yelling my name.
“What happened?” I asked, looking around the room, out of it. His hands slid to his sides as he towered over me.
“You passed out,” Ace said, peering down at me. He stopped slapping me and stood over me.
“That’s because you wouldn’t stop choking me,” I snapped, rubbing my sore neck.
Just as I finished my sentence there was a knock at the door. I already knew who it was, but I was praying Ace didn’t hear it and he would just go away.
“What was that?” Ace said looking around then turning towards the door.
“Nothing,” trying to act like I didn’t just hear anything, but then it happened again, and it was no was no mistaking the knock this time.
“Somebody’s at the door,” Ace said, his voice menacing, “Let’s go see who it is.” He walked to the door.
I already knew I was in deep shit. I know when this door opens, its over for me, I thought as I sat on the bed, rubbing my stomach. I haven’t even told him I’m pregnant yet, but at this point, it’s really too late. He’s not going to believe it’s his, and when this door opens, I’m dead. As I looked at the door and saw that Ace was already turning the knob, my heart sunk in my stomach and I started shaking. Wanting to run and hide, but I knew there was no use. Whatever was coming my way, I had to prepare for it. The door opened, and the two men in my life stood face- to- face. I could see the pure fear and shock wash over my lovers face.
Ace stood there for a minute in silence, and then calmly closed the door, leaving him in the hallway. He turned towards me with nothing but hate in his eyes. He started walking my way. I just sat there hanging my head and wondering how I got into this situation. I was supposed to be at college, living the young, fun, and party life, but instead I was here, fighting for mines. Tears formed in my eyes as I thought about that tour that changed my life forever.

imageKeyanna was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI, she has always been into school but never knew exactly what she wanted to do. She graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 2005 with high honor and went to college where she studied Criminal Justice at Kalamazoo Valley Community College first then went on to get her bachelors at Western Michigan University where she doubled major and graduated with two majors in Criminal Justice and Social Psychology. After going through a bad situation Keyanna decided to write about it where she discovered her love for writing and that’s how her debut novel “Living in Fear’ came to life.
Questions:
What made you start writing?
I started writing for therapy. I was going through a bad relationship and didn’t have anyone to talk to about it, I would have usually read a book in this situation but I decided to put it in a book instead. No that does not mean my book is an autobiography, it means it fiction based on a little fact.
Give us an insight into your main character, why is he/she so special?
Tia Green is a high school senior, she na├»ve and a little innocent. She gets good grades, never had a boyfriend or even kissed a guy until Ace comes along. Tia fell head over heels for Ace as most of us did for our first love, it’s just too bad things changed in a blink of an eye and dreams started to become nightmares.
Tia is special because she’s relatable. How many females have lost themselves in what we thought was love? I know too many and Tia is no exception. Tia is an example of how quick things can change and one wrong decision can change your life forever.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from real life events, I’ll take something that happened and expand on it. Not necessarily, something that happened to me but maybe something that happened to one of my friends.
Do you read often, if so who’s your favorite authors?
Yes, I love to read. Reading has been my passion since about middle school, the first book I ever read was dope fiend by Donald Goines. It was so descriptive it was like watching a movie in my head and that’s when I fell in love with books.
I love to read Wahida Clark books, she’s my favorite author along with Deja King. I also love Nikki Turner, Ashley & JaQuavis. That’s just to name a few, there’s so many other authors I read and I discover new ones every day.
Do you write every day, if not how often?
No I don’t write every day, sometimes I go weeks without writing. I binge write as I call it meaning I write nonstop for a few weeks straight, leave for a few week then come back and finish.
What’s the hardest thing about writing?
The hardest thing about writing to me is incorporating more than just your main characters. For me I could have wrote about Ace and Tia all day but they had to have friends and a family. Making sure everything flowed and the timeline was right was also a challenge.
What are you working on at this moment?
I’m current working on the sequel to “Living in Fear” which should be out next year, along with my third novel not related to this series that I haven’t titled yet.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

FEATURED AUTHOR: Sylvie Fox



Sylvie Fox a Brooklyn native lives in Los Angeles California with her husband, son, and a handful of pet rescues. She's the author of The Good Enough Husband, a multicultural romance, and books in the L.A. Nights Series. When she’s not in LA, she’s eating her way through Budapest.


What happens when the wedding isn’t the end of the fairy tale, but the beginning of the story? Some women marry one man, wondering about the others they’ve forsaken. The heroine in The Good Enough Husband never thinks about it until the perfect man walks into her life. Whether to forsake her vows or chase her dreams is a dilemma she’d never imagined.

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Online Book Club - Black Romance and Women’s Fiction book club



Tell us about your book club?

I started the Black Romance and Women’s Fiction book club in August 2007 after I moved from Chicago to Phoenix Arizona. I’d missed my book club and couldn’t find one in my area with members who read the type of books I like, so I started an online bookclub on Shelfari. Though we mainly read Black romance and women’s fiction, many of us read across genres.


Deatri King-Bey began in the publishing industry in 2001 as an editor for Third World Press Inc., the oldest African-American owned publishing company in the country. Though she supported the non-fiction and literary mission of Third World Press Inc., she found commercial fiction more to her liking. On the fiction side of developmental editing, she freelanced for several publishing houses over the years and has edited for authors such as L. A. Banks, Beverly Jenkins and a host of others. Deatri is also multi-award winning author of Black romance and women’s fiction. Her latest honor was for the 201 4 Emma Award for Heroine of the Year. She also writes dangerously-sexy suspense with Curtis L. Alcutt under the pseudonym L. L Reaper.

Visit Deatri online at http://deatrikingbey.com


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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

BOOK OF THE DAY: Just to Be with You by Sheryl Lister





Love is the sweetest song of all… 

Gentle and compassionate teacher Janae Simms isn't looking for love—her heart has been broken one too many times, and she doesn't intend to relive that kind of pain. So when her best friend convinces her to let loose and attend a concert featuring R & B sensation Monte, all Janae expects is an evening of music and fun. But as soon as she hears his smooth, honeyed voice and they share a moment together backstage, Janae fears her heart is in danger once again. 

Terrence "Monte" Campbell has been hurt by women seeking his wealth and celebrity instead of the man he truly is. So music is his only passion, until he meets Janae. He struggles to maintain emotional distance, but her tender sensuality and caring ways tempt Terrence as no other before. And one sizzling night, they both give in to their desires and explore all of the erotic promises between them. Is Janae really the one for Terrence, or just another disappointment waiting to happen? Can he finally let go of the past and embrace the idea of their loving future?

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