Saturday, August 29, 2009
PROMOTION PANEL MEMBERS
Lyn Cote's journey to becoming a published author was a long one - she started her first book when her daughter was 13 months old and her first novel was published when her daughter was about to enter high school. But Lyn was writing for a market that hadn't taken shape yet - the inspirational fiction market.
In 1996, Lyn Cote's first inspirational historical manuscript was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest. This became her first historical novel, Whispers Of Love, in her BLESSED ASSURANCE series.
Most recently, Chloe, the first novel in Lyn's "Women of Ivy Manor" historical series was a 2006 RWA Rita Award finalist for Best Inspirational, as well as a finalist for the Holt Medallion and the National REaders Choice Contest.
Lyn also writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives in the lovely northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband and three cats. Aside from writing, she also likes to knit, crochet, read, and do lunch with friends.
Her Inheritance Forever
In 1836 Texas, Alandra Sandoval is the lady of Rancho Sandoval, determined to prove to a doubting world that a woman alone can run a ranch as well as any man. But when Comanches attack her ranch and kidnap her, Alandra must admit she needs protection. A top hand at a nearby ranch, Scully Falconer, is chosen for the task and though Alandra tries to pretend she doesn't need his help, he quietly stays by her side.
Though they believe their paths to be worlds apart, the rugged American cowboy with a troubled past and the proud lady of Mexican descent are united when Alandra's greedy relatives burst into their lives. And when General Santa Anna's army crosses the Rio Grande—marching toward a rendezvous with destiny at the Alamo—Alandra and Scully are swept up together in the tide of history...and their world will never be the same.
LaShaunda C. Hoffman is the publisher of Shades Of Romance Magazine. http://www.sormag.com An award winning online magazine for readers and writers of multi-cultural literature. She is a contributor for the anthology, How I Met My Sweetheart.
Born and raised in St. Louis Missouri, LaShaunda started her adventure in life by joining the United States Navy. She served her country for six years and returned to her home town to work for the U.S. government. At her 10 year class reunion she reconnected with the man who would become her husband. They are blessed with three children.
She is currently on the path to publication, working on a Christian romance and hunting for a literary agent. Her mission in life is to help promote writers by introducing them to readers.
You can visit her online at:
SORMAG - http://sormag.blogspot.com/
See Ya On The Net, her personal blog - http://lashaunda.blogspot.com/
Tinisha Nicole Johnson is an Author/Writer/Poet residing in Denver, Colorado with her family. She's also a freelance writer for the Denver Examiner, a national news source and has her own column: "Empowering Women of Color" on Sisters Space. Besides writing, Tinisha hosts political and sports teleconference. You can learn more about the author at her website.
Website address: http://www.tinishanicolejohnson.com/
Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself As A Black Woman emphasizes ten life lessons that addresses a Black woman’s most intimate, personal, and professional life. This non-fiction book was specifically catered to Black women in the self-healing process while laying out techniques on how to gain more self-confidence and strengthen your self-worth and your overall life
Debra Owsley turned her love for reading and her hobby to support her book habit, into the reading accessory and consulting business, www.Simply-Said.net Debra works with several major best selling authors, and book stores creating unique gift-marks, book thongs, creative displays and promoting literary. She also coaches authors on how to promote and market their book on a budget.
Debra never dreamed her two loves would turn into a marketing and promotional business, allowing her to meet authors she has read and admired, working book events and book festivals, and meeting other readers and book clubs. “Passion leaves “marks” and I am so glad I found mine!”
Debra loves to travel, read, dance, and discussing books with friends over great food.
Known as the “connector,” Pam Perry knows how to pull the right people together for the right project at the right time. Her public relations and advertising career spans over two decades. A graduate from Wayne State University with a B.A. in journalism, Perry has worked in media and the nonprofit sector.
She’s had sales positions at the Detroit Free Press, WNIC FM, WXYT/WMXD, agencies like Campau Advertising and Hermanoff & Associates. She’s worked in fund raising and development – selling the vision and mission of Joy of Jesus and then The Salvation Army.
Perry was the founder of BART (Blacks in Advertising, Radio & Television), a nonprofit networking organization for African Americans in the media. Over a ten-year period, the organization hosted career conferences, award programs honoring African American heroes in the industry and held regular professional development meetings. She is also a past winner of the “One to Watch” Award from the American Women in Radio and TV – Detroit Chapter and jointly won an Emmy for her work as a producer for “The Edge with Jeffrey Miller” television show. Currently she does public relations for the publishing industry.
Her best training and experience came when she spent five years working in her husband’s marketing communications firm, Perry Marketing Group. Now she uses those skills to give back to local ministries through Ministry Marketing Solutions which is a public relations/marketing consulting firm. The website address is www.ministrymarketingsolutions.com. A consummate communicator, Perry has even taught journalism at Renaissance High School in Detroit. She also pens weekly columns in the Michigan Chronicle and Michigan Front Page. Her work has also appeared in Gospel Today magazine, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, CBA Marketplace Magazine, Precious Times Magazine, Christian Covenant News and The Christian Communicator.
Her passion is Christian books and assisting writers through the American Christian Writers Association (http://www.acwriters.com/) where she is president/founder of the Detroit Chapter. She and her family attend Life Changers Christian Center in Lansing under Drs. James and Stacia Pierce. She and her husband, Marc have a daughter and live in the metro Detroit area. Perry can be reached at 248.426.2300 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dana Pittman, JD, founder of Nia Promotions, is an entrepreneur and self-proclaimed visionary with 15+ years’ experience in marketing and business development. She started Nia Promotions after running a family-owned website development company since 2001.
Pittman has developed and overseen marketing initiatives for small business owners, publishing companies, authors and a magazine. Nia Promotions specializes in envisioning and developing comprehensive business development and marketing solutions aimed at initiating and nurturing customer relations and profitability.
She, and her team, utilizes many services including, but not limited to: individual and group coaching, consulting, graphics design, creation of marketing collateral, developing business plans, developing marketing plans, market research, online promotions, website development, search engine optimization, online workshops, public speaking, teleseminars, and webinars.
Some of our publishing clients include: TL James, Jean Holloway, DeiIra Smith-Collard, Arlether Wilson, Lily L. Ratliff, Pastor Danyelle Scroggins, PHE Ink, Donneil Jackson, C. M. Jones, and Faith Based Christian Writers of Atlanta. Nia Promotions also hosts Nia Virtual Book Tours and Books, Beauty & Banter.
For more information about Dana Pittman contact her office at (832) 632-4451.
(Tiffany) Amber Stockton is an author and freelance web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart, in beautiful Colorado. They celebrated the birth of their daughter in April and have a vivacious puppy named Roxie, a Border Collie/Flat-Haired Retriever mix. Amber has sold six books so far to Barbour Publishing with more on the horizon. Other credits include writing articles for various publications, five short stories with Romancing the Christian Heart, and contributions to the books: 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage and Grit for the Oyster. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.
Copper and Candles
A young lady of means discovers that keeping secrets, no matter how noble the intent, demands a price that she and a refinery worker, with all their resources, might not be able to pay.
LaConnie Taylor-Jones, a native Memphian, is a health educator consultant and holds advanced degrees in community public health and business administration.
Ms. Taylor-Jones has authored several community public health publications as well as two romance novels under the Indigo Imprint for Genesis Press: When I’m With You and When A Man Loves A Woman.
The mother of four and resides with her family in Northern California and is an active member of the Contra Costa Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the African American Community Health Advisory Committee, Black Women Organized for Political Action, and the San Francisco Area and Black Diamond chapters of Romance Writers of America.
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