Friday, October 30, 2009

COMING SOON IN NOV: Secrets and Lies


Secrets and Lies
by Rhonda McKnight

Urban Christian/Kensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-13: 9781601629401
ISBN: 1601629400
Published November 24, 2009

Faith Morgan is struggling with her faith. Years of poor communication and neglect leave her doubting that God will ever fix her marriage. When a coworker accuses her husband, Jonah, of the unthinkable, Faith begins to wonder if she really knows him at all, and if it's truly in God's will for them to stay married.

Pediatric cardiologist Jonah Morgan is obsessed with one thing: his work. A childhood incident cemented his desire to heal children at any cost, even his family, but now he finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Will he continue to allow the past to haunt him, or find healing and peace in a God he shut out long ago?

In her debut novel, Secrets and Lies, Rhonda McKnight delivers unforgettable characters and page-turning drama about a couple whose troubled marriage is pushed to its limits amidst secrets, lies, and an enemy set on revenge.

http://www.rhondamcknight.net/

Thursday, October 29, 2009

BOOK INTRO: One Night With You


New York Times bestselling author Francis Ray continues her captivating series about the Grayson family and their circle of friends with One Night With You, as two people with no plans for romance find themselves blindsided by desire…


THE THRILL OF THE CHASE


Cougars, brush fires, snow storms—rancher Duncan McBride tackles it all without a flinch. But the archeologist who’s come to authenticate cave drawings found on his property is the kind of trouble he’d sworn to avoid. Far from the aging academic he was expecting, Raven La Blanc is a stunning woman…and definitely not sticking around this small Montana town once her job is done.


THE PASSION OF A LIFETIME…


The primitive drawings at Duncan’s ranch are Raven’s ticket to the tenured position she’s worked so hard for back in Santa Fe. But there’s no denying the attraction between her and Duncan. Maybe, just this once, she can put her work aside and explore the depths of her own heart and soul? One night may be all it takes for Raven to really find what she’s looking for…


Bestselling author FRANCIS RAY is a native Texan who lives in Dallas with her husband and daughter. Currently she has more than forty books in print. Please visit her on the Web at http://www.francisray.com/.



Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Business Of Writing

The business part of writing can make or break your career. It’s something you HAVE to do to stay on top of your writing. Here are a few links to help you on your journey.


Website Designers


EDC Creations -
http://www.edc-creations.com/
1721 Media - http://1721media.com/

Virtual Assistants

Pamela S. King -
http://www.cmbvirtualassistants.com/
Sharon C. Cooper - http://www.amarissolutions.com/


Life Coaches


Tiffany Amber Stockton -
http://www.amberstockton.com/
Angela Breidenbach – http://www.mygemofwisdom.com/

Literary Agents


Directory of Literary Agents - http://www.writers.net/agents.html
Guide to Literary Agents -
http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/

Promotional Help

Fresh Fiction: http://freshfiction.com/

Mosaic Books: http://www.mosaicbooks.com/
Simply Said: http://www.simply-said.net
Nia Promotions: http://www.niapromotions.com/

Please share your links that help you with your writing business.

BLOG TOUR: Ingredients for Prayer



Ingredients for Prayer
by Eric Lambert

In times of economic turmoil in the lives of so many, people are turning to whatever financial bailout that comes their way. These stimulus packages include reduced costs for services, rebates, two for one deals, and even prayer. The Rev. Eric A. Lambert Jr. believes prayer is the stimulus to improving people’s lives not as a gimmick but by, for one, giving them peace even though they have a bleak financial outlook.

“Through prayer we find a place that guarantees peace,” Rev. Lambert says. “God wants to solve our problems and give us peace.” In his latest book, Ingredients for Prayer: A Practical Approach for Maximizing Your Time with God, Rev. Lambert, pastor of Bethel Deliverance International Church north of Philadelphia, details what he believes is the true purpose of prayer in contrast to the ‘give me syndrome’ of prayer that so many with financial woes seem to have.

“We are often challenged by the worldly view of prayer, and we fall into the trap that makes us think that we are able to use prayer to bully the Lord into doing what we want. Yet I believe prayer is a time for intimacy and connection with God,” Rev. Lambert says. “Prayer by definition is worshipful oratory. By hyper-definition, prayer is an act of intercourse with your soul and God’s spirit. It is you connecting with God until your desires have been replaced by His heart.”

By using “The Lord’s Prayer” as a framework, he examines pieces of this prayer model to show ways to connect with God, like understanding the mind and will of God and becoming dependent upon and receiving the peace of God. Rev. Lambert says having a God-centered and not self-centered focus on prayer helps you to know that “[p]rayer is not about you. It is about the will of the Lord being done through you. To make supplication means that you should bring your request to the Lord; however, you must be sure that your request does not go against the will of the Lord.”

Rev. Eric A. Lambert Jr. responded to God’s call to Jesus Christ in 1971. From that time he was active in Christian ministry, serving in a variety of capacities at Deliverance Evangelistic Church, under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Smith Sr. In 1987, after God’s leading, Rev. Lambert established Bethel Deliverance International Church in 1987 with seven committed believers, just north of his hometown of Philadelphia. In addition to pastoring, Rev. Lambert is fulfilling his apostolic calling, having planted a number of churches and developed pastoral relationships with both new and seasoned pastors. He remains committed to spreading the love of God to those who do not know Him while stabilizing and fortifying believers. This is evident not only in his church but in the messages of his books.

LISTEN TO A SERMON ONLINE FROM PASTOR LAMBERT

Renewing The Mind
Getting Your Fire Back
Walking In Your Season

Monday, October 26, 2009

FEATURED AUTHOR: April Alisa Marquette



A native New Yorker, now residing in Georgia, April Alisa Marquette was delighted with the Creative Writing and Literature electives offered in college.

Having penned more than a dozen novels, she is committed to the creation of beautifully detailed sagas depicting sexy, savvy, multi-cultural women.

It is her endeavor to continue to create endearing tales that readers will never want to end.



Exodus:

Sultry Aqua wants to get married. Supper Club owner Dyson does not. He proposes however—that she should fill in for his club’s absentee hostess. Aqua does, and meets dashing business owner Noel, who invites her to accompany him to several coastal isles.

Despite dire warnings not to go the sexy pair make the island-hopping trek. Strange things begin to happen. On the little known Miraunga Isle, Aqua begins to sleepwalk. At night she glides through the bayou, and alligator filled swamps. During the day, she drifts down hallways dusty with disuse, and floats along on forbidden floors. She also takes refuge in a centuries-old cemetery, because she’s become privy to disturbing things. Believing she’s witnessed a murder, she desperately needs answers. However, her inquiries have caused all hell to break loose. Someone or something desires to take Aqua’s life.

Bewildered and out of options, dashing Noel summons the High Priestess from a neighboring isle. As he and Aqua nervously wait, they can only wonder. Will the priestess arrive...before it’s too late?

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

I'd like readers to take away a sense of excitement. I want them to eagerly turn pages because, like one woman told me, a reader gets so engrossed that they just have to know what will happen next!

Why did you choose to write this book?

Actually, I did not choose to write this particular type of book. It started out as something altogether different. However, it kept winding its way around to being a thrilling mystery. After a while I just had to let the characters lead. I had to simply write what they were imparting.

What did you learn while writing this book?

I learned a host of things, some Latin, and a bit about the origins of photography. I learned extensively about the American Golden Isles, and about paranormal and spiritual energy. Although I'd previously thought I knew African-American history, I learned more, and about the U.S. low country Gullah people who have preserved an enormous amount of African history.

What was your favorite scene/chapter from the book?

My favorite scene in the book happens when Noel, the luscious love interest happens to be racing through the abyssmal murky swamp. His clothing is being torn, he's being scratched, clawed and clutched at. I have been told that when his heart is furiously pumping, and his lungs feel on fire, it is almost as if the reader experiences it as well.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

I would like non-writers to understand that writing is a solitary activity. It requires a good amount of time. A serious writer does not like trivial interruptions, to perhaps 'come out & play.'

What is the best lesson you have learned from another writer?

The best thing I have learned from another writer is to be brutally honest. I was told that a reader cannot emotionally connect with a writer who withholds emotion. Therefore I attempt to feel, to dig deep, and convey that feeling to my readers.

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?

The toughest test I faced as a young writer, was disappointment. When I began, I received a lot of 'no we're not looking for that right now' from agents and publishing houses. They would also ask if I could write like whatever author was hot right then. Because I was unwilling to compromise, in that regard, I left many a meeting empty-handed.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

Readers may be surprised to find that I roller skate, not rollerblade. I'm not that good, not that advanced, yet. I can admit it. I'm not the best, but at least I can stand up. I don't hit the floor as often as I used to. :)

How do you reach new readers?

I reach new readers through networking, different websites, book signings, interviews, like this one, thank you by the way-- However I also like good old fashioned word of mouth too, one reader telling another how much they loved my book(s)!

If you could have dinner with 3 authors to talk with about their writing (living or deceased) who would you invite and why?

The three authors I would love to dine with, and why, are: Maya Angelou, she has lived through many a tumultuous thing. These things she's candidly written about, and despite adversity, yet she possesses grace and dignity. Over a long lunch I'd love to speak with Nora Roberts. She writes like a house on fire. Her prose is quick and snappy, and in addition to giving great story, she gives great imagery. I'd also love to dine with Rosamunde Pilcher, because she takes her readers to whatever place and space she wants them to be in. Reading her, to me, is like sitting comfortably with a longtime friend.

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

One 'do' and 'don't' for aspiring writers, do hone your craft--take classes, get critiqued by someone reputable if possible, study successful authors that you like. Don't take no for an answer.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

I have a contact page on my website: www.aprilalisamarquette.com
. I love to get feedback from readers. Sometimes they really make me laugh. Other times they make me think. I love the interaction.

Our theme for this month is The Business Of Writing. What are three things you wished you’d known earlier that might have saved you some time/frustration in this business?

Three things I wish I'd known earlier about the business of writing is that a reputable editor is a must. Also, many times writing involves much more than writing alone, i.e. often a writer will need to publicize their own work. Last but not least, it takes many re-writes, for some, to get a story right.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

A sneak peak - I'm working on Affinity, which happens to be the sequel to Exodus. Its gives readers an in-depth look at the Priestess who is seen in Exodus. View her loves and life on a fictional isle, after she has disappeared. Find out if she drowned, was kidnapped, or was supernaturally 'taken.' See how her disappearance affects the men who loved her. And for the traditionally romantic, I am wrapping up an exhilarating as well as frustrating love story called Turnabout. In it, watch sexy business woman Abigail go round and round with a superfine, tall, rich, pop music producer. Then fall in lust all over again with the sexy, lovable, Beau. Meet up with him once more in Iniquities, the third book in the Cohort Trilogy. Become a voyeur, a fly on the wall. Look into the actor's escapades with men, and women. Understand, if it was done in the dark...it'll surely come to the light!

Leave a comment for April for a chance to win a copy of Exodus

Friday, October 23, 2009

BLOG TOUR: Kiss Me Again


Do you ever wonder why marriage can seem like the end of intimacy and sexual desire instead of the beginning?

Ever wonder why it was so hard to resist sex before marriage—and so easy to resist it now? If so, you’re not alone! Many married women genuinely want to feel more desire toward their husbands…and can’t figure out what went wrong. But there’s good news. In Kiss Me Again, Barbara Wilson shows how powerful “invisible bonds” from past relationships can cause heartache, disappointment, and distance for couples in the present. Then—with sensitivity, honesty, and hope—Barbara walks you step by step toward healing…and a rekindling of the closeness and passion with your husband that you really want.

You don’t have to live any longer with confusion, disappointment, resentment, or shame. You can rediscover desire. You can say Wow! again.

Many married women genuinely want to feel more desire toward their husbands. But while sex before marriage was hard to resist, now resisting seems like all they do. In her new book, Barbara Wilson shows how couples can suffer for years from the “invisible bonds” of previous relationships without even knowing it. Hidden emotions of distrust, shame, and resentment can sabotage even the most loving marriage.

In Kiss Me Again, Wilson :


• Shares her own story of healing and renewed desire

• Helps women forgive themselves and their husbands for past choices

• Shows readers how to break free from “invisible bonds”

• Explains God’s plan for helping a husband and wife to re-bond

• Includes conversation helps for both wives and their husbands

• Helps couples reignite the passion that they thought was lost

With assessment tools, write-in exercises, and gentle guidance, Kiss Me Again offers a biblical plan for rekindling the closeness and passion women long for in marriage. Because no past is beyond the reach of God’s healing touch.

Barbara Wilson is the author of The Invisible Bond and former director of sexual health education for the Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center in Sacramento . She speaks nationwide to youth and adults with her message of sexual healing, and she teaches frequently in the women’s ministry at the multi-campus Bayside Church in Northern California . Barbara and her husband, Eric, have been married for twenty-eight years.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

BLOG TOUR: The Kids at Latimar High


Have you gotten a taste of that East Coast flavor?—Well, maybe that’s because you haven’t met the teens from the Boogie Down Bronx yet!

Meet Lauren, Rosalyn, Kevin, Trinny, and the rest of the teens at Latimar High.

The Boogie Down Clique Series
The Kids at Latimar High


Going to Lewis Latimar High used to be easy for Lauren O’ Neil. As long as she stayed on the honor roll, got the juiciest stories for the school paper, and made sure her silky thick flip reigned amongst all the other girls at Latimar High, things stayed as smooth as a White Castle’s vanilla shake until the day she got the assignment of a lifetime: to interview Kevin Johnson, Latimar’s star quarterback, the finest boy in the Bronx, who was up for grabs by every girl in the school, including her best friend Rosalyn, who makes a move for Kevin. And in doing so, violates just about all of Lauren and her “Girlfriends’ do’s and don’t codes to live by.” In fact, as the competition heats up, Lauren breaks a few friendship codes herself. With a sudden bitter twist, life at Latimar High isn’t as easy as it used to be...

Read an excerpt: http://latimarhigh.com/navigationframe.htm



About the author: Deborah J. Copeland is a native New Yorker from the Boogie Down Bronx. She captures her memories and experiences coming of age in her North Bronx neighborhood in her YA books, The Kids at Latimar High and Spring Fever, Pink Snowballs, and a Splash of Haterade. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science from UMA and a MFA in Creative Writing from UCLA.

When Debbie was a child, she started writing plays. She took it so far that she hand-picked her childhood friends to play the actors. They rehearsed on the stoops and in their backyards, taking turns with the meeting spots. One summer they performed a play that she had written, “Little Miss Broadway,” in her parent’s backyard. They made tickets: $.50 cents for the adults and $.25 cents for the kids. Parents donated chairs and before they knew it, neighbors filled Debbie’s backyard, and they had a show going on!

Debbie and her childhood friends made about $45 dollars that summer. She recalled what a great feeling it was! She remembers her friends’ parents shaking her hand and calling her Miss writer/producer. After that, Debbie fell in love with writing. Not to mention that every summer she and her friends put a show on and made money every time! They performed everything from variety shows, beauty pageants, puppet shows, and original plays. By the time Debbie graduated from high school, she knew she wanted to be a writer.

Debbie also has her own radio show on Blog Talk Radio called The Teen Zone where she interviews and spotlights Indie and self published books. She believes there are a lot of self-published gems that are flying under the radar and readers don’t know anything about the author or their books. In addition to promoting self-published books, she looks for multi-culutral books written by Latino authors and authors of color that need more exposure to the market.

Debbie currently resides in Southern, California, where she is happily anticipating an animated film of The Kids at Latimar High, optioned by an independent film company in New York. Currently she is busy writing the third book in the Latimar High series, “4ever and 4always, 4real,” and a YA fantasy novel. (yet to be titled). She is also a foster-mother of three tenacious teens, and has worked as a social worker and a library technican.

www.http://www.latimarhigh.com

Monday, October 19, 2009

FEATURED AUTHOR: Trisha R. Thomas


TRISHA R. THOMAS is the author of Nappily Faithful, Nappily Married, Roadrunner, Would I Lie To You and the top selling Nappily Ever After, which was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Her debut novel was optioned by Halle Berry and Universal Pictures for adaptation to film. Trisha lives in Riverside , California .







Nappily in Bloom

Airic and his famous televangelist wife Trevelle Doval, make the evening news when Airic is accused of battery and his life is suddenly turned upside down. But when Venus and Jake try to suspend Airic’s visitation rights, they discover that Airic isn’t willing to go down without a fight.

Meanwhile, Jake’s best friend, Legend, turns up on his doorstep with trouble not far behind. The past is back with a vengeance and it includes blackmail, murder and enemies who are looking for some payback. But everything takes a dangerous new turn when Venus goes missing. For Jake it’s now a race against time to save the woman he loves.

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

Nappily in Bloom is the fifth book in the Nappily Series. Venus has grown as a character and I have grown as a writer. I hope readers enjoy the new growth.

Why did you choose to write this book?

The emotional response from Nappily Faithful was too important not to revisit these characters. There was such an out pour of reactions that I had no choice but to bring Trevelle and Delma back. Venus is the central point but she's basically trying to keep everyone else level headed, including Jake.

What did you learn while writing this book?

Having a series makes it difficult to just tell a regular story. You have to reintroduce characters so their fresh and exciting as if you've never met them before. Delma is the judge from Nappily Faithful but in this one, she's vulnerable. Knowing that the man her daughter is about to marry is bad news, but unable to prove it to protect her is the worst fear a mother can have. I had to live through each character's voice and some of it was truly frightening. What would you do if your daughter or son was going to marry someone who you knew was rotten to the core?

What was your favorite scene/chapter from the book?

The ending. I wasn't sure while I was writing Nappily In Bloom who would be the one locked in the storage box. So it was exciting even for me as the writing who would end up there, and how. It worked out perfectly because all the feedback is great. I love a great ending to a book that makes you satisfied.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

It takes me a year to write a book, plotting, hashing out emotions and characters. It only takes a few days to read. That's what the hard work is about, making it fun and easy to read. Sometimes, people interpret easy reads as not worth the time or money, but it's the opposite. A good fast read comes from the author putting in a lot of time making it make sense.

Did you ever think your book would be turned into a movie?

I always wanted to make movies when I was a kid. I wrote out stories using pictures and voices on tape. I think it was one of those divine promises made by the universe then forgotten about. Thirty years later it's all coming to fruition.

What is the best lesson you have learned from another writer?

"Stay with it. Don't give up. Stay positive." These are words from Kimberla Lawson Roby. Over the last ten years we've kind of been each other's ear and shoulder to lean on. It certainly helps to have someone know what you're going through. Writing is very isolating. You need a lot of optimism to keep yourself motivated. You're sitting in a room alone, just you and your blank screen, it helps to play those positive messages from a friend.

How do you reach new readers?

Go out and talk, do signings and wow them with my great personality. If that doesn't work, I beg. Please, please, buy my book.

If you could have dinner with 3 authors to talk with about their writing (living or deceased) who would you invite and why?

I'd have dinner with Zora Neal Hurston.Her writing and novels were so ahead of her time. She wasn't appreciated then, but now she's celebrated and honored. I just think it's ashamed how we don't appreciate or give recognition to some artists until they've passed away. Also at the table would be Terry McMillan and Jennifer Weiner. Two authors who write about their own cultures so distinctly. I'd want to interview them, ask if they ever wanted to move beyond black characters or Jewish characters and if they think the publishing industry limits who and what we can write about based on who we are as authors.

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

Just write. Don't be afraid to put your thoughts out there and don't be afraid to show others your work or it will never be seen.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

http://Nappilyeverafter.blogspot.com

Our theme for this month is The Business Of Writing.

What are three things you wished you’d known earlier that might have saved you some time/frustration in this business?


Everything I've learned was necessary. Nothing would have saved me time. I'm on my sixth book released by St. Martins, and it still feels like my first. You have to write, then get out there and sell, end of story. There's no resting on your laurels.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

YES! I'm excited about Un-Nappily In Love. Venus still owns her In Bloom floral shop. I had a ball writing this one because there were no murders, kidnappings, or extortion. Well, there is a girlfriend running down her married lover, but it's still light and happy in the end.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

FEATURED AUTHOR: Sherryle K. Jackson


Sherryle Kiser Jackson is a graduate of Salisbury State University. She is a Reading/English teacher in the middle schools. Soon and Very Soon was her first novel published by Urban Christian/Kensington in 2007. She resides in Maryland with her husband and two kids.


THE MANUAL

Deidre Collins can’t help but compare her fourteen year old son, DeAndre, to his father and her estranged ex-boyfriend who walked out of their lives eight years previous. Even after rededicating herself to the Lord, she’s having a hard time forgiving and forgetting. Lately she can’t understand where the child she has raised has gone, and who is this disobedient and disrespectful person that has replaced him.

After the sudden loss of his own absentee father, Andre Hicks resurfaces in Deidre and DeAndre’s life with a determination to compensate for the time lost with his son. A follower of revolutionary gym owner and former Olympian, Bo Donavan, Andre has changed more than his physique. Reluctant to see him as the answer to her prayers, Deidre finally must yield her reservations about their troubled relationship to let DeAndre stay with his father during his suspension from school.

DeAndre Hicks keeps on foot in church and the other foot in trouble. In his last year of middle school he finds himself divided between following the lead of his two best friends, the Dempsey twins, experiencing the novelty of first love , and toting the line at home with his mother. With pressure from every side, DeAndre finds a satisfying escape between the pages of his sketchbook where he harbors a talent yet discovered.

Father and son forge a bond that puts Deidre in constant contact with Andre. Old feelings are brought to the surface. Can they leave behind the disappointments of the past in order to do what is right for their son’s future? What ideology will they adopt to raise their son? Can they submit their will to the possibilities of what God has in store for all of them?

Who said there isn’t a manual for life, relationships and raising kids?


What would you like readers to take away from your book?

There is a message that we are not here alone. We need each other and that people are placed in our lives for a reason. The ultimate message is that there are basics to our faith, ones of love, forgiveness and sharing our beliefs with others. Deidre, one of my main characters has to learn to do all three.

Why did you choose to write this book?

I am a teacher in the Middle schools, and I see our teens everyday. Some of our young men are man-ish and get themselves in all kinds of predicaments because of immaturity or a sense of immortality. They are patterning their lives behind what they see. In the case of the book my third man character, the son; DeAndre is destined to make the same mistakes his parents had in the past. His parents are too stubborn to even be cordial to one another that they almost miss the potential train wreck in their off springs life.

What was your favorite scene/chapter from the book?

Almost every scene with the teenaged son was a favorite. Hiss voice was very strong to me because I worked alongside these teens everyday. Most are not bad to the core just precocious. I also loved weaving the intricate dance of the parents, Andre and Deidre. Each one of their interactions was swayed by the emotions caused by disappointment, passion and expectations.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

Writing is a solitary act unless you collaborate or co-write like DeBerry/Grant. It is bravery to tussle with word so that you can evoke the right emotion in your readers. Most non-writers don't realize that writers are always working because it takes place as thoughts before it is down on paper. Some of those thoughts are so powerful it wakes you up out of your sleep.

What is the best lesson you have learned from another writer?

I learned about pacing from several writers at the 2009 Faith and Fiction Retreat. They explained how writers are no longer writing those long novels. Some even start another chapter when they start another scene. Scene/set-up is a formula for chapter development that I'm using when writing my third novel.

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?

The toughest test is the balancing act of having the full time job, being the full-time mom and carving out time to write. Other than that getting that first deal was a task. I wrote my first book back in 1997. At that time I had a shell of the book that is now Soon and Very Soon. I flushed it out with a writer's group that I am still apart of. It got picked up by a major publishing house in 2003 that held it up of two years before dropping it from their roster. It didn't get published until 2007.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

I am a self-taught quilter. I just don't have time to hone that craft, but I love the myriad of designs that go along with the story and history of this lost art form.

How do you reach new readers?

I reach readers through face to face encounters (store signings and book festivals) and through social media (facebook, myspace, ning sites, twitter, and blogtalkradio. I maintain a website at www.sherrylejackson.com

If you could have dinner with 3 authors to talk with about their writing (living or deceased) who would you invite and why?

Earnest Gaines I think he makes the most complicated themes assemble on the page. He is a classic storyteller.

Pearl Cleage Her writing is so intelligent.

Terry McMillian I think Terri is the master at dialogue. The voice of her stories are undeniable.

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

Do- Continue to be a student of the craft.

Don't- Rely on your publishing company to care more about your novel than you do. Edit your work or hire someone. Similarly, hire professionals to help market and promote your work for you.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

email- Sherrylek@aol.com
website- http://www.sherrylejackson.com/

http://www.makingthemanual.blogspot.com/
Search Facebook.com for my reader's group called, Sherryle Kiser Jackson readers for contest and updates.

Our theme for this month is The Business Of Writing. What are three things you wished you’d known earlier that might have saved you some time/frustration in this business?

Make connections-I've learned that no matter what you do in life, you are in some way in the business of interacting with people. The most unlikely people can result in 5-10 book sales. I believe in six degrees of separation. You are only six people away from an answer to your question or even going on Oprah! Now there are many variables in that chain link of people, but if you make positive interaction, be ready to promote yourself with a 2 minute pitch and have a top-grade product (your book), you can be successful

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

Soon After is the sequel to Soon and Very Soon. It picks up where my debut novel leaves off. Investigations are underway for the Harvest Baptist church fire. Everyone is a suspect as an overzealous reporter latches on to Willie Green to find the person responsible before the fire official.

Would you like to win a copy of The Manual? Leave a comment for Sherryle.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Purposely Said - Dr. Linda Beed


Going On Tour
Dr. Linda F. Beed



I have often said that once you place the last punctuation on the page it is time to don your business hat.

Marketing is key to every business person. As authors an ideal sales goal is set by the publisher as to the expected amount of books to be sold. Goals are admirable, but there must be a plan in place to assist achievement of that goal. One such marketing tool that has proven effective has been the Blog Tour.

What is a Blog Tour?

In order to answer that question one must understand what a blog is. In non technical terms, a blog is an online outlet used by individuals or groups as a platform to promote their cause, support the cause of another, share their thoughts and bring attention to past, present and future enterprises.

Many serve as a place of knowledge for their chosen profession and reach a wide range of audiences. Individuals can sign up as a follower and receive alerts of new postings in real time. The option to leave comments makes the interaction all the more personal for participants. What is viewed as a bonus to this effective promotional campaign has been the advent of Blog Talk Radio. Combining the power of the two is as they say, “a match made in heaven.”

So how does the tour work?

You the author have the option of setting up own tour or securing one through your public relations liaison. The tour can be free of cost or require a fee.

You or your representative will contact hosts who are felt to be a fit for this particular tour. The tour can be at brief as one day or extend a full month.

As simple as this may seem there are key elements to consider in this process.

Consider this:

*Blogs and blog radio programs are plentiful, but they must fit your need.
Consider those with a following who: a) Read the genre you write in; b) Have a definite interest in the platform inside of your book and c) May have a possible interest in your subject matter.

*Compile a list. Possible sites can be found through online searches and word of mouth.

*Visit each site that appeals to you and read what has been presented. Note what you do and don’t like about them. Find out if you can make suggestions for your particular stop.

*Listen to a few live shows to get a feel for the host, their expectations and how they interact with guests.
NOTE: Avoid programs where there are extensive musical intros followed by a ten to fifteen minute monologue. More often than not the delay loses the audience before you come on.

*Hone your public speaking skills and make notes in order to be as sharp as possible.

*Make a list of points you want the audience to know about you, your work, how to contact you and where they can purchase your product or services. Insert at the appropriate time.

*Update your electronic media kit and have a set aside of your book to be forwarded for reading.

*Update your website if necessary.

*Do not be afraid to ask questions and be honest about your own expectations.

*Once the tour is set, you must be prompt, courteous and well-versed on your subject matter.

Equally as important as setting up a tour is advertising the event.

*Create a message and/or eye appealing promo to send to your most current list of contacts. Include pertinent information such as dates, site link, appropriate time zones (7P/PST – 9P/CST – 10P/EST) and call in number for listeners.

*Ask dependable contacts in your data base to forward the enouncement to others they believe may be interested in the tour.

*Post the tour on your website, Facebook, MySpace and other social networks.

*Set a reminder to alert you no less than thirty minutes prior to the show. Nothing is more unprofessional than not showing up for your event or arriving late. Also use a landline whenever possible in order to eliminate disruptions in transmission.

*Above all things visit the site hosting you. Respond to the questions or remarks left there. Be mindful to send a thank you to each blog host.

The above points are presented for your consideration. Only you can determine what is best for you.

Before I leave I would like to impress on you that the blog tour is not the be all for increasing sells. It will help, but its major function is create a buzz, talk about your upcoming release.

I pray that this will be of help to you and I look forward to visiting you during an upcoming tour.


Until next time, remember—Purposely Said words can destroy or create a life. Linda!

Dr. Linda Beed is an educator, speaker, children’s minister and author of Business Unusual and co-moderator of BWChristianLit an online writing and mentor group. She is also review editor for KDgospel Media Magazine.

You can find her on the web at:

http://www.lindabeed.com/ / MySpace / On Assignment Reviews / BWChristianLit

Monday, October 12, 2009

FEATURED AUTHOR: Kiara Denee



My Husband's Fiancee

Kimberly Rose is a career-driven reality television producer whose career has recently taken a slump. But when she witnesses a mistress confronting her lover and his wife in a crowded shopping mall, she immediately realizes she has the next reality show hit on her hands. Her show, My Husband's Fiancee, is born. Kimberly's personal life isn't as successful as her career. Her past is filled with damaging secrets that still haunt her dreams.When her father's health begins to decline, Kimberly's mother can't understand why she's unaffected by the tragedy. Her mother doesn't know it but Kimberly and her father also share a wicked secret. Luckily, Kimberly's love life is just as she wants it; lust-filled rendezvous with her famous, wealthy "boy toy." When he starts pressuring her for a deeper commitment, she's faced with telling him about her past or hiding it from him and hoping she's never exposed. "My Husband's Fiancee" is the best reality show you will ever read! Tune in to see whether the husband chooses to stay with his wife or marry his mistress and whether Kimberly resolves her past demons and lets love into her life.

Kaira Denee was born in Boston, MA. Both her parents were enlisted in the U.S. Army so she was raised in Germany, Texas, Louisiana, and Virginia before settling in Connecticut where she has lived for the past 14 years.

With great passion and ambition, she self-published her debut novel Take It There in 2005. In 2007 she reached a second major milestone when she signed to Urban Soul Publishing. Her second novel, Sugar's Daddy, was released in January of 2009. Kaira Denee was also a contributing author to the book Bedtime Stories 2, which will be released in December of 2009.

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

My Husband's Fiancee will challenge the thought that you can only truly love one person at a time and that love prevails through age, race, distance and even shady pasts.

Why did you choose to write this book?

My last novel, Sugar's Daddy, dealt with some serious issues including bi-polar disorder. So this time around I wanted to go back to a more lighthearted relationship novel. Love triangles happen more often than we'd like to admit and I thought that would be a relatable topic to cover. So I went to Twitter and tweeted "Is it possible to be in love with two people at once?" I got so many responses that were vehemently "no." So I wanted to challenge that because I don't feel that an emotion like love can be so black and white.

What did you learn while writing this book?

Writing this book I learned more about the psyche of a man by asking my own husband questions about fidelity. I learned that we differed on lots of topics!

What was your favorite scene/chapter from the book?

My favorite scene in the book is when Mikelah (the wife) and Tangie (the fiancee) are put in a predicament where they are forced to lean on one another for survival. This scene is where they finally both see one another as a human being with feelings.

What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

I can't turn my creativity on and off when I want to. Friends and family will tell me "I'll take the kids so you can get some writing done." And while I take advantage of the babysitting offer, sometimes the juices just don't flow. Some of my most inspirational moments happen at 1:00am when I want nothing more than to just get some sleep!!

What is the best lesson you have learned from another writer?

From Karen E. Quinones Miller I learned that there's always room for more writers because reading a good book just makes a reader want to read another good book.

What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?

It definitely would be having the discipline to finish a novel while balancing work, kids, maintaining a household and a husband. I've learned to prioritize and be as organized as possible.

What is something readers would be surprised you do?

I think everyone would be surprised to know that I was in the National Guard. I'm such a soft spoken, girlie-girl type that no one can imagine me going through basic training with drill seargeants yelling in my face and everything. But I did and it was one of the best times of my life.

How do you reach new readers?

I utilize social networking a lot! Twitter, Facebook and Myspace have helped me reach a lot of new readers.

If you could have dinner with 3 authors to talk with about their writing (living or deceased) who would you invite and why?

Anais Nin, Sapphire and Terry McMillan because they inspire me to hone my craft to achieve their level of literary accomplishments.

Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

Do finish your manuscript before soliciting agents, publishers or advice from professionals.

Don't be afraid to ask advice of more established authors. It's been my experience that most people are empahtetic to the struggle of going from unknown to being a published author and are happy to share tips and resources.

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)

Email: kairadenee@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.kairadenee.com/


Blog: http://www.idontliketheway.com/

www.myspace.com/kairadenee

Facebook: Kaira Denee

Our theme for this month is The Business Of Writing. What are three things you wished you’d known earlier that might have saved you some time/frustration in this business?

I think if I'd done research and not been so afraid to ask more advice of fellow others that I wouldn't have self published to get in the door. Although its hard to get into the publishing industry, if you have a good product and know the right people you can get through the door.

Secondly, I learned that you have to keep writing. If you do become well known your fans are going to want to read more from you so you need to be prepared.

Lastly, I don't think you need to be concerned with expensive advertising and marketing materials. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to promote a book so more than anything just keep people talking about you.

Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

In December 2009 I'll be featured in the erotic anthology Bedtime Stories 2. My story is called "Purple Kisses." I'm currently writing the sequel to my first novel, "Take it There." For now, it's untitled.

Answer one of these three questions for a chance to win a copy of My Husband's Fiancee.

1. What kind of show is My Husband's Fiancee?
2. Which military service was Kaira in?
3. Name one of the authors Kaira would like to have dinner with.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Someone To Love Me Blog Tour


Meet Nicole Rouse:


Thank you so much for joining us today. Tell us about you outside of being a writer. Who closely surrounds you? Who is your support system?


Outside of being a writer, I enjoy spending time with family and close friends. They have and continue to support and encourage me as I strive to achieve my dreams.

How did you get into writing?

Although I’ve been writing since I was in elementary school, I don’t think I realized that I was a writer until college. Friends and family would ask me to help them write papers, letters, and other written documents. Then one day I read Disappearing Acts by Terri McMillan. I think I read that book in one day. The characters felt like people I knew and they dealt with issues that were real to me. I felt like I could write a story about “real” people, too. So, I went home and started writing my first novel.




Who or what inspires you to write?

Life. There are so many facets of life that can be explored and written about from different points of view. I am intrigued by relationships; what makes some successful and others fail. For this reason, I create realistic stories that explore why people react the way they do in various situations. For many of us, life is complicated. But, it is my hope that readers will not only be blessed and entertained by my stories, but that they’ll challenge themselves and open a platform for conversations to take place that will heal and/or bless others.

Tell us about your book. How did it come about? What is the concept behind it?

Someone to Love Me is a story about two people who made several bad decisions and have to deal with the consequences of their actions. Jerome Thomas and Taylor Belle were involved in a long-term affair, hurting their spouses and close friends. As readers will see through the lives of the characters, there are consequences to everything we do, good and not so good. The main characters discover that the repercussions of their decision to have an affair, not only affects them and their spouses, but it also affects everything around them– their children, family, friends, jobs, and health.

As a result of Jerome and Taylor’s affair, a child was produced. Sixteen years later, Jerome has to deal with the headstrong and defiant daughter he decided to alienate. There are several questions he has to answer and he discovers that establishing a father-daughter relationship does not come easy.

Taylor, on the other hand, finds it hard to bond with her firstborn because of guilt. She looses control of her daughter and quickly learns that she must release her burden and admit her mistakes in order to maintain a happy and healthy home.

When was this book released?

June 2009

How many books have you published? Is this your first book? If so, what was the experience like?

Someone to Love Me is my second novel and the sequel to Happily Ever Now (released in 2007). Having the opportunity to touch so many people is extremely rewarding. When I decided to write Christian fiction, it was because I wanted to create stories that would promote healthy conversations, and in some way inspire others. Many readers have shared how my first novel touched their lives, either because they shared a similar experience, or because it encouraged them to communicate better or reflect on how their lives changed as a result. The fellowship that occurred at the numerous book clubs I’ve visited have truly been a blessing. Together, the members of the book clubs and I have laughed, cried, and shared experiences that left us inspired and encouraged. It feels great to be a part of such a wonderful ministry.

What's next for you?

I am in the finishing stages of my third novel, Be Careful What You Pray For (tentatively scheduled to release in November 2010). I am also working on a play for my first novel, Happily Ever Now.

Last but certainly not least, what advice would you give an up and coming author?




Never give up! No many how many query letters you send without a favorable reply, or how many doors seem to close, continue to write and stay connected with the literary community. Being a part of a writing community very beneficial. You become exposed to so many events and opportunities that might otherwise go unnoticed. You also meet different people who may be able to help you along the way. On one of my websites, I list ten great tips for new and aspiring writers in a little more detail. You can visit: http://book.nicolerouse.com/literary-matters/ for more information.

When I decided I wanted to write books, I did a lot of research. I looked for all the publishing companies that published books in my genre. I volunteered at various nonprofit organizations and local newspapers to strengthen my writing skills and gain experience. I participated in writing workshops and organizations. I also took a few college-level writing courses. All of these things have helped me during my journey. The experience and the people I interacted with along the way have all deposited something into my writing and helped to open doors that had previously been closed.

Thanks for doing the interview. We wish you much success with your book!


Someone to Love Me (June 2009, Urban Christian) shows the complexities of dealing with the after effects of an affair. The book follows the lives of Jerome Thomas and Taylor Belle, two characters introduced in Happily Ever Now (Urban Christian, 2007). Jerome Thomas has made many mistakes, but the one mistake he has the most trouble coping with is cheating on his wife. Taylor Belle has asked for God's forgiveness for her part in the affair, her marriage to a wonderful man and having four beautiful children doesn’t keep Taylor from contacting Jerome to bring closure to their past transgressions.

Someone to Love Me
Available in the Black Expressions Book Club
http://www.blackexpressions.com/

http://www.amazon.com/



ISBN: 1601629923





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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The Ideal Wife Blog Tour


Meet Jacquelin Thomas, author of The Ideal Wife

Jacquelin Thomas is an award winning, bestselling author with twenty-nine titles in print. Her books have garnered several awards, including two EMMA awards, the Romance In Color Reviewers Award, Readers Choice Award and the Atlanta Choice Award in the Religious & Spiritual category. Jacquelin was a 2005 honoree at the Houston Black Film Festival for the movie adaptation of her novel, Hidden Blessings. She was the first recipient to receive the Writers Achievement Award at the North Carolina Book Festival in Winston-Salem.

Although Jacquelin initially published in the romance genre, she decided to follow the call on her heart to write Christian fiction because she seeks to write books that will touch your heart and uplift your spirits with tales of characters who yearn to have an intimate relationship with God. Committed to writing books that glorify God and her growing teen audience, Jacquelin published the first of her Young Adult Inspirational Fiction series titled Simply Divine in October 2006. Her second book in the series, Divine Confidential was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award. She has since gone on to publish two more books in the series. When asked why she is so passionate about writing teen novels, Thomas shares that teens are confronted with so much—sex, drugs, violence and abuse, physically and mentally. They need to not only listen to what the world says about these things but also to what the Bible says.

Jacquelin is a member of the National Writers Union, Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is happily married to her best friend and is the proud mother of three children. Jacquelin and her family live in North Carolina.

Jacquelin, tell us about The Ideal Wife.

Marrying a handsome, wealthy lawyer and living in a Hollywood Hills mansion...it's a dream come true for twenty-four-year-old Jana, from the moment Lawrence Collins swept her off her feet and into his luxurious world. True, she put her studies at a local Bible college on hold in order to wed after a six-month whirlwind romance. Beautiful and vivacious, with a stunning body, Jana knows men like Lawrence don't come along every day, and she vows to be a perfect companion -- the ideal wife -- to this sexy, powerful man. But at what price? From her wardrobe and hairstyle to her friends and her choice of church, Lawrence seems to want to change Jana into someone she's not...and soon, the man Jana thought she knew will test her values and her faith with a shocking revelation that goes against everything she believes. How far will Jana be willing to go to keep the man she loves?

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I was reading about Esther and Queen Vashti in the Bible. I was very familiar with Esther’s story, but found myself wanting to know more about Queen Vashti. The King became furious when she refused his request to show off her beauty to the men in his court and basically divorced her. Some theologians believe she was not being a submissive wife, while others believe she was a woman of high moral character and her refusal was because she felt her beauty should be reserved for only one man—her husband. Then later that day, I was in my car taking my son to football practice and heard Michael Baisden talking about swingers on the radio. During his show, a woman called in, and said that she was married to a pastor and they were into the swinging lifestyle. The Ideal Wife was birthed out of my curiosity about the queen and how a Christian could justify being a swinger. How could something like that honor God’s plan for marriage?

Who are your main character(s)?

Jana and Lawrence Collins

Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?

Jana was my favorite. I love her courage and her strength.

Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this novel?

Yes. I knew nothing about wife-swapping or the swinging lifestyle.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading The Ideal Wife?

The Ideal Wife was written to spark open conversation about sex as it relates to a Christian marriage. There are debates on whether or not swinging or wife-swapping is considered adultery—In The Ideal Wife, I attempt to guide readers into the right direction for answers.

Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?

I don't read my reviews.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Jana Collins loves her husband with all her heart. But what if love isn’t enough?
Marrying a handsome, wealthy lawyer and living in a Hollywood Hills mansion . . . it’s a dream come true for twenty-four-year-old Jana, from the moment Lawrence Collins swept her off her feet and into his luxurious world. True, she put her studies at a local Bible college on hold in order to wed after a six-month whirlwind romance. Beautiful and vivacious, with a stunning body, Jana knows men like Lawrence don’t come along every day, and she vows to be a perfect companion—the ideal wife—to this sexy, powerful man. But at what price?

From her wardrobe and hairstyle to her friends and her choice of church, Lawrence seems to want to change Jana into someone she’s not . . . and soon, the man Jana thought she knew will test her values and her faith with a shocking revelation that goes against everything she believes—how far will Jana be willing to go to keep the man she loves? With her “ideal” marriage falling apart, Jana—the real, modest, smart, and strong girl who knows what she stands for—must put her trust in God, and follow His guiding light out of the darkness of a broken relationship.

Drawing from a moving scripture tale with an insightful message for women today, Jacquelin Thomas delivers a provocative and enlightening new novel.

Follow the blog tour at http://bit.ly/TheIdealWife


Read an excerpt at http://www.docstoc.com/docs/9653509/The-Ideal-Wife-by-Jacquelin-Thomas-(excerpt)

For more information about Jacquelin, visit her at http://www.jacquelinthomas.com


Thursday, October 01, 2009

In Memory of Kate Duffy


Our deepest sympathy goes out to Kate Duffy's family and friends.

When you hear of legends in the romance industry, Kate Duffy's name always pops up. She was the editor everyone wanted to work with.

I didn't know her personally but she was a friend of SORMAG. She would send me emails about new authors. I was sadden to hear of her passing.

The romance world will never be the same. She will be missed.


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