DAY FOUR - JUNE 25TH - ONLINE BOOK FAIR
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MEET THE AUTHORS PANEL - The Paths To Publication
Rose Jackson-Beavers is a veteran social services administrator, and publisher. An advocate for children, teens and families, she spends her time working with various age groups to encourage their literary interests. She believes reading increases comprehension, which increases the reader's ability to do better in school and in the workplace.
To ensure aspiring writers have the information they need to understand the book business, this social-worker-turned-publisher hosts at least two free workshop each year to teach her often-requested seminar on self-publishing. She has written six books and published the works of 27 authors, with 4 winning awards for their work.
To encourage readers, her company has donated thousands of dollars in books to schools, churches, and afterschool programs. In addition, she founded a St. Louis nonprofit, The Family Enhancement Center. For the past two years, the center has donated school supplies, computer items and cash to high school graduates who receive The McKinley and Sylvester Jackson Scholarship. The scholarship is named for Jackson-Beavers’ late brothers, who succumbed to cancer before their 40th and 43rd birthdays. The scholarship reflects the brothers’ desire for their siblings to complete school and pursue further educational pursuits, while calling attention to the many African Americans who die from cancer each year.
DR. LINDA BEED
Dr. Linda Beed is an author, educator, speaker and youth minister. She earned her Master of Theology (Magna Cum Laude) and Doctorate of Religious Education from A. L. Hardy Academy of Theology where she is now faculty emeritus.
As a conference coordinator and facilitator she has shared in the success of local and national conferences that include literary and social organizations. Her blogs, Let Us Bear Fruit and Reading Our Stories are places where you can find the best in book reviews, author dialogues, industry information and online workshops.
Dr. Linda is the founder of The Damascus Road Authors a collective of Christian authors with the common goal of ministering through the arts. She is also the founder and president of The Write Plan a course for those seeking to become writers and to learn the business side of the craft.
In support for others she has shared her articles at Shades of Romance Online Magazine and Blogging In Black.
Dr. Linda is a member of the Seattle chapter of the Professional Women of Color Network and the Black Dollar Days Task Force.
Adora Bennett is the pen name for an international business executive whose career encompasses experience as a copywriter at a world-renown New York advertising agency, fashion writing for a major department store, global marketing for a Fortune 500 company and a masthead position at a major metropolitan newspaper.
She has travelled around the world extensively, lived in several cities across Europe, and divides her time between homes in Boston, MA and the South of France.
Desiree Day has worked in the banking, telecommunication,and information technologies industries, as well as in academia.
Her fiction has appeared in Woman's Word magazine and on the Internet.
She is presently working on her next novel.
She lives in Georgia.
Ja'Nese Dixon is an Oklahoma native living in Houston, Texas. As a child, she spent most of her days reading anything she could grab. Her love for writing gave birth to a large collection of poetry and short stories. She continued to nurture her love of reading and writing until entering graduate school. As a wife and mother of two small children, she found little time to write but her reading continued.
In late 2004, she decided to quietly pursue her writing career by entering contests and ghost writing articles. After ranking in several contests, she began writing her first novel, Black Diamond.
Ja'Nese Dixon is still an avid reader, she loves to write, run, cook, crochet, watch romantic comedy movies, attend live concerts, volunteer in several ministries in her church, and most importantly spend time with her family.
Ja'Nese Dixon spends her days marketing small businesses and her nights writing African Emerald (Fall 2011), the much anticipated spinoff from Black Diamond. To learn more visit http://www.janesedixon.com.
As an Award-winning author, Bible teacher, Ordained Minister and Evangelist, Cheryl’s books, CD’s, and devotionals are not meant to only entertain, but to also minister to and encourage others.
Cheryl Donovan has developed a unique voice that manifests itself through her literary endeavors. Her newest contribution, “Women What in Hell are You Thinking Now: Transform Your Thinking to Transform Your Life arrives in bookstores March 2011. It compels women to look at themselves and their lives and take inventory. If they don’t like what they see then it’s time to clean the clutter.Welcome to the world of Cheryl Donovan.
ELAINE FLOWERS - 2-4 PM
A retired salon owner and hair stylist of more than 25 years, Elaine Flowers always dreamed becoming a published author, creating stories with interesting characters, and in 2004 it was realized when she released her first novel, Black Beauty.
In 2007, this bestselling author signed with Hollygrove Publishing joining the literary team headed by national bestselling author, Brian W. Smith releasing It’s Morning: Torn Lovers and Their Stories (2008) is her second book, comprised of two novellas and one short story The long-awaited Broken Appointments, and sequel to Black Beauty, is Ms. Flowers’ third work of fiction and was released in February 2011.
In the interim, this eager writer is having great success with her non fiction title. I Wouldn’t Mind Having a Husband, I Just Don’t Want to Be Somebody’s Wife: The Single Woman’s Guide to Self-fulfillment is a self help e-book designed for single-never-been-married women who are egregiously seeking a husband.
Elaine Flowers is a divorcee of 20 years with 2 adult children. She is a full time writer and discussion leader It is her desire to create a dense body of work for those who enjoy her writings.
After having 10 contemporary romances and 6 works of women's fiction published the traditional way, Bettye Griffin is now doing her own thing and telling the stories she wants to tell, bound only by the limits of her imagination and not publisher guidelines. In 2009 she formed Bunderful Books and to date has published two contemporary romances, Save The Best For Last in 2009 and The Heat of Heat in 2010. This year will see the eBook release of a revised, updated version of her classic, long-out-of-print Arabesque romance, A Love of Her Own, as well as her first interracial romance title. Bettye is also hard at work on her first women's fiction offering through Bunderful Books.
Bunderful Books...because good writing is always in fashion.
Trice Hickman’s love affair with books began at a very early age, setting the backdrop for her writing career. As a student, Trice excelled in literature and creative writing classes.
After graduating from college, Trice worked in a variety of industries and management positions, all the while continuing her love of books and her dream to write one of her own. Her literary window opened with the release of her self-published debut novel, Unexpected Interruptions, in November 2007. The book received high praise from reviewers, won two literary awards, and was selected as a Black Expressions Editor’s Pick for Dynamic Debut Feature. Trice’s much anticipated sequel, Keeping Secrets &; Telling Lies, quickly became a hit with book clubs and readers. Her third novel, Playing the Hand You’re Dealt, made the AOL Black Voices list of “The Top 15 Books That Mattered In 2010.”
Trice recently signed a three-book deal with Kensington Publishing Corp. for the publication rights of her self-published novels. Kensington re-released, Unexpected Interruptions, April 2011, and it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
Trice holds a BA degree from Winston-Salem State University and an MA degree from Wake Forest University . She is currently working on her next book.
TL James graduated with an MBA from LeTourneau University . At LETU, James cultivated an interest in biblical studies and research. Little did James know, but her love for research would become an integral thread in her writing style.
After many sleepless nights, James began writing her first speculative fictional book, with her newly born son tucked comfortably at her side. She developed the family drama storyline that showcases her love of research, biblical studies and literary classics (i.e., Chaucer, Shakespeare and Mythology). The MPire Trilogy was born.
In 2008, TL James revived PHE Ink, a Writing Solutions Firm, after discovering a number of gaps in the publishing industry. She later established The Quill Lab for all authors. James works with aspiring writers, one-on-one, to develop their literary voice. PHE Ink and The Quill Lab, also, assist entrepreneurs with transforming their literary business dreams into defined objectives and business plans.
Tina Martin is a fiction, romance novelist. In 2007, she published a collection of poetry entitled Love Like Yours. She is the author of the romantic suspense novel, Secrets On Lake Drive and Another Man’s Treasure. Her newest novel, The Baby Daddy Interviews is due to be released December 2011. Read more about Tina at her website: www.tinamartinbooks.com
LISA G. RILEY
Lisa G. Riley’s work has been called “character and issue driven; exciting, passionate and thought provoking.” Ms. Riley writes in several genres including romantic suspense, erotica and paranormal. Her next novel, After the Morning After, a contemporary, comedic sexual romp comes out August 9th, 2011 from Loose Id. Her last stand-alone novel, Give Yourself to Me, is a paranormal contemporary suspense, and came out in August 2010. Stolen, her second foray into historic paranormals was written with Roslyn Hardy Holcomb and has been available since November, 2010. The first in the series, Given, came out in February 2010. A romantic suspense novel, Do Me Right, was released in April 2010. All are available at Loose Id. Other books by Ms. Riley include:
• Simply Wicked
• At Last
• Caught Up in the Rapture
• Big Spankable A**es (anthology)
• Bound to Ecstasy (anthology)
Ms. Riley resides in Chicago where she is hard at work on her next project. Please visit her at www.lisagriley.wordpress.com or at www.lisagriley.com
for more information about her work.
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