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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

READERS PANEL


Angela Benson’s numerous novels include the Christy Award-nominated Awakening Mercy, the Essence-bestselling The Amen Sisters, and Up Pops The Devil. She's also the author of nonfiction writing book, Telling the Tale: The African-American Fiction Writer's Guide. Currently an associate professor at the University of Alabama, she lives in Tuscaloosa.


Sins of the Father

Successful media mogul Abraham Martin has great wealth, an elegant wife, Saralyn, and a rebellious son, Isaac. He also has a secret: a second family that no one knows about. Now, after thirty years—driven by the urging of his long dormant conscience—Abraham is determined to do the right thing by finally bringing his illegitimate children into the light…and into the family fold.

Sins of the Father is a powerful story of a house bitterly divided—a rich, multilayered family saga of betrayal and redemption, rage and compassion, faith, forgiveness, and ultimately, of love.

http://www.angelabenson.com/

Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009 working with Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries, the American Heart Association, the Jadyn Fred Foundation and drawing awareness to Fair Trade practices. She serves as the American Christian Fiction Writer's Publicity Officer and is a multi-award winning inspirational author and speaker. Angela’s calling is as a purposeful life coach and educator. She’s also certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and Assisting Minister. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom's brain, but she is also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. She is married, has a combined family of six grown children, one grandson.

Personal growth = Powerful living!
Purposeful Living Educator & Coach.
Helping people battle inner pirates and uncover gems of wisdom to live a rich life.
Come uncover your gems of wisdom at www.MyGemofWisdom.com

You can interact or learn more about Angela Breidenbach at these sites:
http://www.mygemofwisdom.com/
http://www.angelabreidenbach.com/
http://godusesbrokenvessels.blogspot.com/
http://twitter.com/AngBreidenbach
http://www.facebook.com/AngelaBreidenbach
http://writingbyfaith.blogspot.com/


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/

Unika Howell-Molden

I am an avid reader and freelance reviewer. I am also a freelance editor and blogger. You can check out my blogs at:
http://www.createauniquexperience.blogspot.com/

http://www.theuniquereviewer.blogspot.com/

Beverly Jenkins

The historical romance novels written by Ms Jenkins highlight African/American life in the 19th century. She has 21 published novels to date.

She has received numerous awards for her works, including: six Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club.

She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Vibe Magazine. She has lectured at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history.

In 2004 Ms. Jenkins branched out into romantic suspense with the publication of Edge of Midnight. Her first, faith based, women’s fiction, Bring on the Blessings was published in Jan 09. Her newest historical, Captured is set during the American Revolution and will be available in Oct. 09.

http://www.beverlyjenkins.net/



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


Shawneda Marks is known as the activist author. She loves to sound the trumpet about important issues. In addition to being a tree hugger and running her charitable organization she loves to weave stories. Her heart and passion surround helping people who desire to live natural do so in an affordable way. Marks novels address issues in the faith based community while bringing laughter, conversation, revelation and hope. The nonfiction books are written at this time explicitly for women to be encouraged, empowered, beautiful from the inside out and most important whole!

Website address: http://www.shawneda.com/


It's In My Blood

Rosalyn Bell is HIV positive and pregnant. Alone and facing unemployment she returns to her childhood home for support and guidance from her father. What she finds is much more than she bargains for as she attempts to maintain the unhealthy distance emotionally from her mother. Bitter, resentful and afraid she wants more than anything to be a good mother to her child.Will faith heal this broken home?

Bestselling author Tia McCollors entices the taste buds of her readers with a sweet blend of faith and fiction in her inspirational novels. After leaving a career in public relations professional, Tia has emerged as a steadfast author of faith-based books. Her latest novel, The Last Woman Standing, was released on August 1. Her other novels include: A Heart of Devotion, Zora's Cry, and The Truth About Love. Tia lives with her family in the Atlanta, GA area.


The Last Woman Standing

The man. His woman. His ex-wife. After being married to their careers instead of each other for ten years, “Ace” and Lynette Bowers ended their marriage. But four years later, it seems their love never ended – to both of their surprises and denial. Sheila Rushmore is Ace’s current girlfriend and a woman who is used to getting what she wants – except Ace’s commitment to marriage. When Sheila realizes Lynette may be the cause, she launches a plan to play the hand of God, instead of allowing Him to bring the love all three of them desire.

Website:
http://www.tiamccollors.com/


Francis Ray is a native Texan and lives in Dallas. Ms. Ray's titles consistently make bestseller's lists such as Blackboard and Essence Magazine. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. She has written forty titles to date. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, The Atlantic Choice, and Borders 2008 Bestselling Multicultural Romance Award.

NOBODY BUT YOU, hit stored March 2009 and promptly made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller's list. ONE NIGHT WITH YOU, Book #3 is scheduled for November 03, 2009.

Her current release is AND MISTRESS MAKES THREE, Book #5 in the Invincible Women Series. Coming February 2010 is IF YOU WERE MY MAN, Book #6 of the series. Ms. Ray is hard at work on her next book.

AND MISTRESS MAKES THREE

Gina Rawlins is dealing with a cheating husband, a messy divorce, two unhappy children, and a floundering travel business when the very handsome new owner of the local B&B, Max Chaneau, enters her life. Not only does he make her heart pound, but it soon becomes clear that they need each other. Max needs to turn the B&B around and the first thing it needs is a woman's touch. And not just any woman. He offers to redesign her website for a bit of interior design help. As they work closely together, Gina realizes that her ex-husband wasn’t her only chance at love, even if Max has some scars of his own. However, when her ex (and all his baggage) abruptly reenters the picture, Gina’s love life is turned upside down, while her daughter and son are ecstatic to have their father home again. However Gina is left wondering what she should do? Be with the man she loves or take back the father of her children for the sake of her family?

Website address
http://www.francisray.com/

Tee C. Royal is a freelance reader, reviewer, and editor, but known most as the founder of RAWSISTAZ Literary Group (www.rawsistaz.com) which supports and promotes African-American authors and their work. Tee is a literary enthusiast approaching a decade of service to the African-American literary community. In addition to RAWSISTAZ, she's written columns, served as a board member of several literary organizations, acts as the webdiva for various literary and author sites. She's also listed in Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African-American Women in Literature by Heather Covington. Most recently, she became a literary agent, representing the works of authors who write across the genres.

RAWSISTAZ has been devoted to celebrating African-American literature and promoting authors since 2000, reaching readers and writers all over the globe. They are one of the first organized book review teams who specialize in giving voice to African-American authors of all genres, blazing a literary trail that continues to garner increased awareness, exposure, and recognition for new and seasoned authors alike. In 2006 and again in 2008, Writer’s Digest ranked RAWSISTAZ among its Top 101 Websites, acknowledging what readers and writers around the world have known for nearly a decade: RAWSISTAZ will KEEP YOU IN THE KNOW regarding Black books, authors, reviews, events & more.

Visit the websites at
http://www.rawsistaz.com/ and http://www.blackbookreviews.net/.



Idrissa Uqdah, a writer from New Jersey grew up in Philadelphia. Her early fiction and poetry were published in the 1970s. Idrissa spent some time working in Black media in print and radio in Philadelphia and New Jersey before settling in Government Communications for more than 25 years. She started writing on line book reviews for A Nu Twist a Flavah in 2001 and has also been featured on the The Romer Review; Black Literature.com; and Blackexpression2005. An avid reader for as long as she can remember she says; "Writing book reviews is the result of my book addiction and the reviews are my attempt at rehab."

Idrissa was also is a staff writer for BAHIYAH Woman Magazine where she wrote a monthly book review column. Her fiction was most recently included in the anthology; The Heart of Our Community published by Timeless Avatar Press and the recently released, Blended Families: An Anthology edited by Valerie Coleman and published by Pen of the Writer, LLC.

She currently provides communications services for churches and ministry groups from her home office. Idrissa is working on her debut novel; as well as a collection of short stories. She also writes book reviews for African American Literary Book Club where her reviews can be found at
http://www.aalbc.com/

Personal website: http://www.idrissaonline.com/



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