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Friday, September 21, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Shana Burton - Flawless Virtual Book Tour


Tell us about Flaw Less:

Flaw Less is the story of five best friends (Lawson, Sullivan, Reginell, Angel and Kina) who always have each other’s backs, though sometimes they’ve got their claws out. Sullivan’s a First Lady who strayed once—but she has to cope every day with the sex tape that’s plastered all over the internet. Unhappily married Lawson’s insecurity causes her to drive away the people she loves…including Reginell, her younger sister, who’s trying to better herself but feels trapped by her job as an exotic dancer. Meanwhile, Angel feels she’s competing with her husband’s late first wife for his affections, and Kina fears that following her heart will lead her into sin. Facing crisis after crisis, the women must rely on God’s help and their own bonds of friendship to get them through.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

Since it's a sequel, it wasn't that hard in that I didn't have to develop new characters; I just had to think of new drama and situations for them to get themselves into. During the prequel, Flaws and All, I felt like the characters were more or less victims of circumstance. This time, I wanted their actions to drive the story, so that's what I had in mind for framing the novel.

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

I did a little. Someone has a stroke in the story, so I had to research the correct terminology to go along with that. I had to do the same with the infertility storyline that takes place. It definitely helped that it's set in Georgia and is a sequel because I didn't have to do as much as I normally would have.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading Flaw Less?

I would like for people to learn that our actions do have far-reaching consequences and when act selfishlessly, a lot of innocent people can get hurt. I want people to grasp the power of forgiveness-- be it of self or others. I would like people to know that we can bring life or death to a situation through our words as much as we can through our actions.

Do you have upcoming events for readers? Please tell us.

Yes, I'll be at the Black Writers and Readers Festival Sept. 15, The Crossroad Writing Conference in Oct. I'll also be at the Women's Fall Retreat with Words of Inspiration Book Club in October. I'll be at the GA Literary Festival in November. That's all I can tell you without looking at my calendar!

What's next for you?

I'm working on the third, and possibly last, book in the Flaws series, which will be Flawfully Wedded Wives. I say it's the last, but I've come to love these characters, so it might not be!

Where can readers find you online?

If readers want to contact me directly, they can always email me at jatice@hotmail.com. I'm also on Facebook under www.facebook.com/shanajohnsonburton or Twitter www.twitter.com/shanajburton. Be sure to check out shanajburton.blogspot.com as well.

About the Book

The ladies of Mount Zion Ministries are back, and “Flaw Less” picks up where all of the drama of “Flaws and All” left off! While the bonds of their friendship couldn’t be tighter, life around the ladies is slowly unraveling.

Newlywed Lawson Kerry Banks has the man she loves, Garrett, and the man she has a love-child with, Mark. When a new woman enters Mark’s life, Lawson’s jealousy not only threatens her walk with God but may cost her marriage as well. First Lady Sullivan Webb has struggled to get her life and her marriage back on track after her affair is exposed on the Internet. Doing the right thing proves to be harder than Sullivan expected when she finds herself led into temptation once again. Kina Battle thought her troubles were over once her abusive husband was dead and buried, but her troubles take on a new face when she finds herself drawn to the last person she ever thought she’d be attracted to. After years of heartbreak and disappointment, Angel King has finally met the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, she is engaged to someone else. When an injured soldier enters her life, Angel can’t help giving him all her attention and medical expertise, but will he capture her heart too?

The ladies have all overcome their share of obstacles, but nothing like the challenges facing them now. Friendship, love, and laughs won’t be enough this time. Only God can save them now.

About the Author

Shana Johnson Burton is a two-time Georgia of the Author of the Year nominee and is the author of Suddenly Single, First Comes Love, Flaws and All, Catt Chasin’, and Flaw Less. She lives in Georgia with her two sons. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, dancing, and traveling. She is currently working on the third book in the “Flaws” series, Flawfully Wedded Wives.

www.facebook.com/ShanaBurtonAuthor

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Book Trailer:




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Thursday, September 13, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Married to Him? by Senica Evans

One woman’s story of overcoming a marriage filled with deceit, infidelity, and abuse to living a life filled with joy, peace, and deliverance.

From Senica Evans, comes a riveting, heartbreaking, drama filled autobiographical tale of her tumultuous marriage to Spank. He is verbally and mentally abusive and can’t seem to control his incessant cheating. But it didn’t start that way! They met and became the best of friends. Almost inseparable from the start. As Spank’s true self was slowly being revealed the relationship picked up speed and eventually began to spin out of control. She saw the signs but her desire to keep her family intact was far greater. Despite the craziness, her love for him fueled the drama fire and his selfishness was the wind that kept it ablaze. There was a lesson to be learned from all of this and she was determined to figure it out.

Excerpt:

“The butterflies were swarming and I was warming up on the inside. He sat back on the couch and began to swirl his finger around the curls in my hair. He pulled me back to him and his lips touched mine. The kiss was so passionate it sent jolts through my body. Then all of a sudden he abruptly pulled away from me. “Go ahead and finish eating. I have more planned” he said with great confidence.”

“On one of the rare occasions he would actually open up and talk to me, he told me, “sometimes you have to put things on the back burner to get what you want. Once I got you, I moved everything from the back to the front.” This explained it all! I was just something to be conquered. He didn’t love me, not one bit. It was all a game. “

“You’re so silly! Why aren’t you taking pictures? What woman doesn’t take pictures on vacation? You’re just walking around looking like you’re a man or something. What was the point of you bringing the camera?

I didn’t know picture taking was gender specific! If you aren’t happy with the amount of pictures I’m taking or the lack thereof you are more than welcome to take them yourself.

I’m not doing anything. You’re the woman so you are supposed to do it. I don’t know why you want to be a man so bad. Senica you aren’t a man. You can’t be the man.

Huh?!? Ok whatever Spank!”

Senica Evans as author, relationship coach, radio host, and speaker is passionate about helping women overcome the destruction in their life to reveal their true beauty and greatness. As a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, and destructive relationships, Senica founded SennySen to be a guiding light to women and teen girls. Senica is the author of Married to Him, an autobiography of the destruction she faced in her abusive destructive marriage. Senica is preparing to release her second book later this year; Woman Free Yourself: A Guide to Healing from Divorce or a Heart Wrenching Breakup by Starting Over, Rediscovering You, & Crushing Bitterness, Anger, and Resentment. Visit her at http://www.sennysen.com.

Get To Know Senica:

What is Married to Him?

Married to Him is my story and debut book. It allows readers to journey with me through my destructive marriage which was filled with abuse, infidelity, and disrespect to peace, joy, and happiness. It also details how previous events in my life resurfaced in my marriage which caused me to accept things I was undeserving of. It will make you laugh, piss you off, and get a bird’s eye view of what’s it like to be in destruction.

Why did you decide to write Married to Him?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of women who get stuck in destructive relationships and it’s usually swept under the rug. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. When I started my blog, this was a way for me to get out and get over this relationship. As the blog grew, I saw there were many women who were stuck in similar situations and they found solace and comfort in my escape. Married to Him is not just my story but my journey of overcoming such a destructive relationship to come out on the other side stronger better and without regret or malice.

You mentioned you used writing as a therapeutic tool. When did you start writing?

I’ve always had a passion for writing. As a child, I wrote songs and poetry. I was that girl that would send you love letters. My college English professors would often encourage me to pursue writing as a career. But, I chased the career that offered the most money and quickly found myself unhappy. I never put the pen down. I kept journals on almost every part of my life. Finally, I had had enough and decided to step out on faith and pursue my true passion; writing.

Do you still talk to “him”?

Yes, I do. We have two children together so I’m forced too. We are definitely not friends but not enemies either. We do what’s necessary for our children.

What was the turning point for you in the relationship?

Well, without giving the book away. I simply had enough. It’s just like the old saying goes, “a person will leave when they’ve had enough” But I was finally able to walk away knowing I gave my marriage my all. I left without any remorse or what if’s. I left with a clear conscience that I made every attempt to make my marriage work.

Do you have any advice for women in similar situations?

Plan, grieve, and take time for you. It sounds so cliché but it’s true; know your worth. Once you are firmly rooted in who you are and what you are deserving of, you will realize what situations or relationships are detracting from your greatness. When the relationship is over grieve that relationship. By that I mean, take the necessary time to cry, scream, or whatever it takes to get the emotions out. Don’t suppress them. It’s also important to take time for you. A wounded heart is too needy and delicate to enter another relationship quickly. Date yourself for a little while and have fun doing you. It will foster that sexy feminine confidence.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I am currently working on my second book, Woman Free Yourself: A Guide to Healing from Divorce or a Heart Wrenching Breakup by Starting Over, Rediscovering You, & Crushing Bitterness, Anger, and Resentment. Woman Free Yourself is a practical guide to assist women in overcoming a relationship’s demise and how to get back out there successfully. I also host a weekly internet radio show, Let’s Chat Radio Show, discussing all things relationships and women. In addition to writing and radio show hosting, I am also a speaker, relationship and life coach for women, and mentor. You can find out more information about me and my services by visiting www.sennysen.com

Book Trailer:

http://youtu.be/unu-MN_OQng



Web-Links:

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Writing Resource Link - Synopsis Wizard

Shawntelle Madison created a wizard to help you write a synopsis for your book.

She offers this tool for free. If you enjoy paranormal romances, pick up a copy of Shawntelle’s latest book - Covent.

http://www.shawntellemadison.com/synopsis-wizard/

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Monday, September 10, 2012

FEATURED AUTHOR: Iris Bolling



Iris Bolling lives in Richmond, Virginia and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management. She is currently a Workforce Development Trainer with the Commonwealth of Virginia.

She penned her first manuscript, Once You’ve Touched the Heart, in March 2008 and completed a six book collection of novels called, The Heart Series. In May of 2011, Iris introduced her new novel, Night of Seduction/Heaven’s Gate and in 2012 she released Teach Me, the first book in the new series, Gems & Gents.

In April of 2010 Iris was named Debut Author the Year, at the Romance Slam Jam conference. Her novel, Once You’ve Touched the Heart was voted the Readers Choice Award with Shades of Romance Magazine for, Romance Book of the Year. Iris was voted Romance Author of the Year and Author of the Year. Her novel A Lost Heart was nominated Romantic Suspense Novel of the Year, at the 2011 Romance Slam Jam. In 2012, her novel The Heart was awarded the Hero of the Year award. In 2012 she was also name Author of the Year by the Building Relationships Around Books Bookclub.

For more information please visit; www.irisbolling.net, www.sirient.com or email at irisb@sirient.com.

How did you start out your writing career?

The lack of quality entertainment on television is what prompted me to begin writing. I was on vacation for a week. It was one that I planned to work on cleaning my house. During the entire week, there was absolutely nothing on television worth watching. I mentioned to my son that there was no creativity or imagination in programs on television any more. His response was, we should write a story and submit it to someone for airing. Of course, we both laughed it off. But the next few days brought the same unimaginative, meaningless programs. So I turned the television off, went to my computer and began telling a story that was mauling around in my head. The first night I churned out three scenes to a story. I read it and was so excited that I wrote three more before I went to bed that morning. The next day I called a trusted friend and asked her to come by to critic it. I nervously worked in my kitchen while she sat in my office reading. When she finished, we sat in the living room and discussed the storyline. She enjoyed what she read, but had a few questions. Her questions made me wonder what motivated the characters in the story to react in the manners they did. She stated as a reader, you want to love and hate characters. I went back to the computer and tried again. This time I spent more time on developing the characters. When I looked up to take a breath, the first novel was complete and several others had taken shape.

What did you learn while writing this book?

While writing Teach Me, I discovered that I love writing about family dynamics. Developing different personalities for each of the characters was a challenge, especially with the Blanchard. For some, family is at the heart of everything. It doesn’t matter if the family is dysfunctional as the Davenports, as crazy as the Blanchard’s, or as cohesive as the Lassister, family and their drama impacts our life.

What came first with this story, the characters or the plot? Why?

The characters came first in this story. The Heroine, Diamond Lassiter was introduced in book three of The Heart Series, Look Into My Heart. At least seventy-five percent of Teach Me was written during the same time as Look Into My Heart. Each of the characters were developed during that time.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?

The most surprising aspect of being an author is the love you received from readers for doing something that come so naturally. The emails and letters I received from readers are so humbling and encouraging. I can only hope that readers enjoy the stories as much as I enjoy writing them.

What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?

Creating stories that are intrigue and enjoyable. Thinking of the possible events, that can take place in each story and then sorting out which stay and which doesn’t to finalize the plot. I could sit and do plot stories for hours. As for my least favorite aspect of writing, that’s easy—editing. That is why I have spent years finding the right combination of editors. Yes, I said combination of editors, because it takes a village to create a good story.

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

1. I wish I had known the importance of editing. If I had I would not be in the process of re-editing The Heart Series.

2. Someone should have told me long again about this thing called marketing. I’m still learning to promote and market my novels.

3. I wish I knew long ago that this gift of writing had been granted to me. If I had, I would have been writing sooner.

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

The do is easy, just write, research, then write some more. It doesn’t matter what you write, just keep writing. Believe it or not the story will fall into place, even if you end up piecing it together. Don’t ever allow anyone to step on your dream to become an author.

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

It would be great if there were more than 24 hours in a day. However, we authors do have families, jobs and other responsibilities that takes us away from writing 24 hours a day. There is the business of writing and other things that determine when the next book will be released. It’s not always up to the author.

Tell us something few know about you?

Here’s a little secret, during college, one of my roommates and I would play basketball or shoot pool to make extra cash. The guys would always bet against us, because we were girls and they didn’t think we could play. Never underestimate the skills of a woman, even if it’s a man’s game….

When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

This is almost funny. I am an avid reader. I have taken vacations off from work to read series or every book of a particular author. One Christmas my family gave me a selection of Beverly Jenkins’ historical and a set of Julie Garwood historical and I never moved off of my living room sofa. If anyone came into the room making too much noise, I would look up from my book and they simply turned and walked out of the room. That must have been a mean look. LOL! I’m a huge sports fan, so if I’m not reading, you’ll find me watching, baseball, football or basketball games in person or on television.

What do you do to interact with your readers?

Usually book clubs meetings, book conferences, and book signings. As most authors do, I have a website, Facebook page and blogs that keep me in touch with readers. Emails are the most important for me, because I love to hear from readers. Their feedback is priceless to me.

Our theme for this month is BUSINESS OF WRITING. What were you surprised by about the business side of writing?

Wow, that’s a loaded question. I’ll answer it this way. Learn all you can about this business before you enter into the publishing or writing field. Take the time to learn about contracts, marketing, copy rights, intellectual property and branding before you jump in. Taking the time to learn about the business of writing up front will save you a lot of time, disappointment and cash in the long run.

Who was the first author you ever met?

Victoria Wells was the first author I met in person. To this day I still call her my friend.

Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?

I know for sure that we as African Americans have been underestimated as an economical force in the publishing industry in this country. I also know for sure if we ever really can together in the manner that other nationality and support each other, the publishing industry will have a impenetrable force to deal with.

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

The next book, tentatively titled, Rumors, introduces Xavier Davenport, the brother to Zackary Davenport in Teach Me, to Nicole Brooks, the sister to James Brooks from The Heart of Him. The plot of the story is centered on rumors and how they can leave questions and doubts to eat away at young love. Oh, and please remember I do enjoy integrating humor into my stories. Here’s a short excerpt:

Somewhere along the line, Nicole was sure her friend Alicia Robinson had truly lost her mind. She listened intently as Alicia attempted to convince her to, not only purchase a ticket, but to participate in the charity event. The more details Alicia shared the more Nicole was certain participation was not in the cards for her.

“I will be more than happy to purchase a ticket. I will donate to the cause. However, I draw the line at purchasing a man, even for charity.” Nicole smiled at her friend, “Not even you can believe I’m that desperate.”

“Frankly, I do believe you are in need of a man and I do mean a real man. Not a, ‘I’m just too fine to work man,’ whom you have a way of attracting. I am talking about a man’s man. However, this is not about being desperate or needing a man. This is about raising money to build a Recreation Center for Highland Park. The city has closed every center there is for kids to go in the afternoon or during the summer. It behooves me why the politicians have the nerve to wonder why kids are hanging on the corners or stuck in front of an electronic babysitter. It is going to take a lot of money to get that center built and then furnished with equipment and computers to keep the kids occupied. Nikki, you know what it is like. The kids need a place to go to stay out of trouble. How can you turn your back on that?” Nicole knew Alicia was right. She knew the area of Richmond the center would service, was in need of some revitalization. Her brother James and his wife Ashley lived in the metropolitan Richmond area. James is the Campaign Manager for the current Attorney General, JD Harrison, who is Ashley’s brother. JD was not running for the Governor’s seat. One of his platforms for his campaign is improving education and services for the children in Virginia. Highland Park was one of the areas he mentioned that was in desperate need of assistance. They wanted to find ways to reduce gang activity in that area. He believes to eliminate the gangs we must find an alternative for the kids, or the gangs will just resurrect themselves.

What Nicole was not clear on was why she had to be the savior. “I’m sure Richmond has plenty of people that will attend the event and be very generous. The function will not fail if I’m not there. Besides, you know your sorority sisters aren’t particularly fond of me. And if I remember correctly, some of them aren’t too thrilled with you either.”

“Well, maybe you should not have called them a group of wannabes, when we were in college,” Alicia smirked.

“Well, maybe they should not have shunned me because my skin was a little darker than theirs.” “Maybe, you should not have told them you was going to have your daddy kidnap them and have all of their ass shipped back to Africa, to learn about their real roots.”

They both laughed. “That did kind of piss them off, didn’t it?” Nicole smiled. “I don’t mine supporting your function, but I’m not too crazy about being around your sisters. Can’t I just give a donation and be done with it?”

“Any other time I would say yes. However, as you said, some of my sores aren’t very loving towards me these days. You know I’ve been on shaky grounds with them since I walked out doing pledge week, because they voted you out.” Taking a moment to push the “you owe me” button to get her way, Alicia continued. “If I remember correctly, Shirley Ann wasn’t too happy either.”

Nicole exhaled, “Yeah, your mom was pretty pissed at you for that.”

Pissed wasn’t the adjective Alicia would have used, ballistic was more like it. Alicia’s mother expressed her displeasure in very direct language. ‘Nicole’s father had enough money to buy her a sorority if she wanted one, your father and I do not. You will go back to school young lady and apologize, beg, gravel and anything else you have to do to cross the line. It is a legacy in our family and you will not break it.’ Alicia was sure her mother would have broken every bone in her body if she had not become a sorer. “To this day, seven years later, she will not let me forget it. I’m not trying to make you feel guilty or anything, but you do owe me.”

“Cut the crap, Alicia, that’s exactly what you are doing.”

Alicia stood from the seat in front of Nicole’s desk and walked over to the window that overlooked Central Park. “You know there are thousands of people in New York City alone. At least one fourth of them are men. You have been here for two years, sitting behind that desk trying to impress a group of old men that run the Real Estate world. What you and I both know is they will never accept you or I into their inner circle no matter how good we are at what we do.” She turned and looked down beside her friend, who was seated at her desk. “You, my friend, have three things against you. One-you are Black.”

“No, say it ain’t so. Say it ain’t so,” Nicole looked at her friend astonished.

Alicia smirked, “two, you are a female and you know females have no place in this male dominated career. Then last but certainly not least, you are young. There is no way the men that run the Real Estate business in New York is going to accept you. They don’t care that you daddy is one of the richest African-Americans in this Country. Your sitting around working twelve hour days and not having a social life is not going to change their minds.” She sighed. “I just want you to have some fun, at least for one weekend, with a man that does not feel it’s a crime to have a job. I’m not asking you to fall head over hills in love or anything close to that. Just have fun, get your little grove on, and then come back home.”

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

Readers may reach me by email at: irisb@sirient.com , Readers can keep up with all the happenings with my novels at: www.irisbolling.com or they may sign up for my quarterly newsletter. You may also contact me at www.sirient.com

SORMAG celebrates 12 years this year, Can you tell us what SORMAG has meant to you as a reader and writer?

SORMAG gave me a platform when no one else would. They continue to support my needs as a writer and as a reader. I look to SORMAG to keep me up on the releases of my favorite authors.

Congratulations to SORMAG and LaShaunda Hoffman for continuing to provide a platform for readers and writers alike.

The Lassiter family consists of six precious gems and six true gentlemen. They are all blessed with good looks, charm, and a wonderful sense of self-worth. They know who they are and who they want.

Child number five, sexy, confident and fiercely loyal, Diamond Lassiter made her choice. She did not save herself for anyone less than a real man to teach her how to make love. When she met Zackary Davenport, there was no question in her mind, he was the one.

With arson connected to his last project, the only mission on Zackary Davenport’s mind was ensuring the new home development progressed without a hitch. Working against him was an unknown force that was out to destroy his name. The last thing on his mind was any woman that was after his heart. To that end Diamond Lassiter was trouble, and he knew it.

Revenge, family secrets and love will keep you engrossed as you wonder whose willpower will prevail.  


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Friday, September 07, 2012

FEATURED AUTHOR: Judy Lynn Hubbard

Judy Lynn Hubbard is a native of Dallas, Texas and has always been an avid reader—particularly of romance. Judy’s first book, THESE ARMS OF MINE, hit the shelves in January 2012. Her second book, OUR FIRST DANCE, was released on June 19, 2012. Judy loves well-written, engaging stories with characters she can identify with, empathize with and root for. When writing, she honestly can't wait to see what happens next; she knows if she feels that way, she’s created characters and a story that readers will thoroughly enjoy, and that’s her ultimate goal.

How did you start out your writing career?

I have always loved to read and write. I started out writing journals, then poetry, then really short “books” and then I decided to see if I had what it took to write an entire novel.

What did you learn while writing this book?

I learned more than I wanted to know about re-writing and editing, lol! It was fun researching the ballet industry. I feel all of my hard work was worth it, though, because I’m thrilled with the final result and I hope everyone else will be too.

What did you hope to accomplish with this book?

I wanted to introduce my readers to something new that’s not written about a lot, especially in AA romance, and that’s the world of ballet—the fierce drive you have to possess and a little insight into what it takes to succeed in such a competitive field. I hope readers will take to heart one of the main messages of OUR FIRST DANCE and that is to never give up on your dreams because they can come true.

What came first with this story, the characters or the plot?

Why? The story came first, then the plot and finally the characters. I always dream up the story first before anything else. I was sitting around thinking about my next book and the idea hit me to write about a ballerina waiting for her big break. From there, more of the plot began to unfold and lastly my characters took shape.

What has surprised you most about becoming a published author?

How long it takes to go from my completing a book to publication. I foolishly thought I’d write the book, turn it into my editor (who would love it, of course) and then I’d start writing my next book—not! I found out there’s a LOT of work that happens between writing the book and getting it published.

What aspect of writing do you love the best, and which do you hate the most?

I love forming the idea for a book and then fleshing out the entire story and characters before finally rolling up my sleeves and starting to write—that’s the absolute best part. The thing I hate is waiting for editorial feedback—that’s a time of angst and biting of fingernails that wipes me out!

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

1) How much hard work goes into taking the book from an idea in my head to an actual print/bound book, 2) How much time is required for good promotion and 3) I wish I had created an on-line presence before being published so that I my name would be familiar to readers.

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

Do always believe in yourself and keep writing. Don’t ever give up on your dreams and don’t take criticism personally.

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

How hard it is to take a single idea and transform it into an entire book.

Tell us something few know about you?

Well, I love to crochet and I have a killer DVD collection.

When you're not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time, what’s that, lol? Honestly, when I do get a break, I enjoy quiet time with my family, listening to music or watching movies (I’m a horror movie fanatic) and backyard barbecues (if the weather’s not too hot). I’m also a sucker for going to casinos and playing the slot machines.

What do you do to interact with your readers?

I love interacting with my readers. I’m very active on Facebook and Twitter. I have a blog and website and encourage readers to email me.

Our theme for this month is BUSINESS OF WRITING. What were you surprised by about the business side of writing?

Everything! To name a few things, contracts, deadlines, editorial feedback, promotion, whether or not to self-publish or go with one of the big houses—whew!

Who was the first author you ever met?

Sandra Brown at a signing and I love her work.

Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure? 

I know for sure that I will spend a part of each day writing something, because it’s in my blood.

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

My next book will be the sequel to OUR FIRST DANCE. The title is preliminary now, so I can’t share it yet (sigh). It’s about Marcy (Damien’s sister) and Nathan (Natasha’s brother). Both met towards the end of OUR FIRST DANCE and sparks were definitely flying. Nathan has secrets and Marcy’s determined to find out what they are!

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

Email: judylynnhubbard@gmail.com.

Website: www.judylynnhubbard.com.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Daisy Jones by Mama Mack


Daisy Jones is a bad ‘lil Mama. Her mother raised her to manipulate men for their power and money. She let her heart in the game and fell victim to hip hop mogul Young Chio. The journey starts in Atlanta, Georgia and ends up in the fast paced New York City. Daisy and her girls, the O.B.G’s will make your head spin and your jaw drop at the treachery and backstabbing that occurs throughout the ride. The ending will surely teach all gold diggers that getting their “Daisy Jones” on may not turn out like they think.

Behind the story:

Daisy Jones is a bad ‘lil Mama. Her mother raised her to manipulate men for their power and money. She let her heart in the game and fell victim to hip hop mogul Young Chio. The journey starts in Atlanta, Georgia and ends up in the fast paced New York City. Daisy and her girls, the O.B.G’s will make your head spin and your jaw drop at the treachery and backstabbing that occurs throughout the ride. The ending will surely teach all gold diggers that getting their “Daisy Jones” on may not turn out like they think.

I was incarcerated and read many urban lit novels, and wanted to pen a story that was unique. I have strong female characters that show that women can get gangster too.

It is also a strong moral message, that subliminally hits you at the end, about the danger of manipulation and drug use.

My writing style is raw, and in your face. I give great character back stories so that you see their growth right before your eyes. I always have a message at the end of the twist, turns and debauchery.

It took me two years to write Daisy Jones, only because some one stole the first 15 chapters. I was so excited about my book that I told everyone on my tier. I was in prison around a lot of jealous women. It really hurt and discouraged me. So, I had to regroup and when I began writing the story actually came out even better. I have my autobiography “Tales of an Original Bad Girl” and the sequel to Daisy Jones “Mistress” is coming soon. “Lessons of an Original Bad Girl” which is the sister to my autobiography will be up next. I speak to at-risk teens about my life and the adversities that I have overcome. Lessons will include a built in curriculum, and will address issues of self esteem, peer pressure, anger management etc. I am also working on a short about a man who is being physically abused by his woman.

Girl is just not ready for the mind screwing (manipulation) that an older man can do to her.


Mack Mama is a self published Author with two titles released under her publishing house Star Status Publishing. Her autobiography is called “Tales of an Original Bad Girl” and tells the riveting story of her life. She tells her story with such raw honesty that you relive the pain she felt when her mom died of AIDS when she was only sixteen. She shares what made her run to the streets with such vengeance and all the fury she felt when she shot four people. She also diagnosis the insanity that she lived through and talks about the change she has undergone to become the woman she is today. She is a motivational speaker and shares her testimony with the troubled teens in schools around the country. Her autobiography includes 116 pictures and a Soundtrack. What better way to get to know Mack Mama. Read about her, enjoy the visuals, and hear her music all at once. “Daisy Jones” is the follow up novel and an incredible fiction sure to certify Mack as a genuine author.

Check out the soundtrack for her autobiography the self-titled cd “MACK MAMA” and see why she is truly what the Music Industry and the world needs. She has the total package, the look, talent to stand on her own lyrically, the business savvy to make her publishing company successful and the credibility to make her stories believable.

Get to Know Mack Mama:

What made you decide to start writing novels?

I was incarcerated and had read numerous books. I decided I had a story inside of me that would be unique.

I was tired of the same old urban fiction. I lived the lifestyle that was often depicted in the novels I loved, so I am an authority on an authentic street story.

I wrote Daisy Jones and an author was born. I didn’t release Daisy Jones until after I wrote and released Tales of an Original Bad Girl. I wanted people to read my memoir and get a sense of who I am opposed to popping out the blue as another street lit author.

Why did you feel that your life story would be interesting?

I have lived a life few people could imagine. I have experienced drugs, sex and alcohol and wasn’t a rock star. My mom died when I was sixteen years old from the AIDS Virus and it rocked my world. I turned into a very bitter, disgruntled wild teen and ran to the streets with a vengeance.

I knew that my story could possibly save a life or deter a person that can identify with my situation from choosing the path that I ran down. I was mentally, emotionally and physically abused by my ex-husband who was nine years my senior.

I had a bout with post partum depression that I discuss candidly. These issues affect millions of women. My story needed to be told so I wrote it and poured my heart and soul onto the pages. I purged and shared my life with such honesty and raw emotion that people that have read it love me!

How much time did you do in prison?

Thirteen years in total. I went from being the valedictorian in Junior High school to earning a degree from the school of Hard knocks. I ran in and out of prison like it was a time-share. I destroyed my record and let my family down time and time again.

What happened to your music career?

It never went anywhere because I did so much time. My music is my first love, I rap and sing and I put out a soundtrack with every book I have released. Tales of an Original Bad Girl has a soundtrack that sells on itunes called “Mack Mama”. The chapters in the book are the song titles on the cd. You read “Don’t turn out like me” and then pop in the song. It gives you the entire Mack Mama experience.

My books are like my husband that I love, they pay my bills and music is my lover, who makes me feel sooo good, but has no money. There was simply no money in it for me, although I am extremely talented. It is notoriously hard for females to make it in the music industry. I love books because even independently, as a self-published author you can make a living off of your writing.

What motivates you to write?

My daughter. She is so proud of me and I want to continue to keep her beaming and bragging that her mom is an author.

What do you do to give back to the community?

I have developed an online mentoring program to provide after care with the girls that I speak to during my speaking engagements. I felt like after I talk to the at-risk youth where do they go from there. If I had a mentor that I respected and believed that, they knew what I was going through, perhaps I would have listened. It sure would have saved me years of turmoil.

What would you like the readers to know?

Take a shot on my books. I may be a new author but I won’t be going anywhere soon. I am a reliable brand. I have two new books on the way and I’m determined to make Star Status Publishing a household name.

I also want them to tune in to my radio show on Mack Mama’s World Radio on blogtalk, you would absolutely love my show. I have interviewed the best in the business. My shows are incredibly untamed and lively. Check me out. I also blog for Corner Store Magazine my blogs are interesting and gives you my spin on life issues and gossip.

Also, go to my mentoring site and donate to a wonderful cause. I love the children and am dedicated to doing my part in saving the at-risk youth from their ruins. It takes time, and finances to get them into positive activities, workshops and outings. I need help!

Thank you AAMBC for allowing me to use your platform to introduce myself to the masses.

Thanks to all my supporters and “fam” that purchase, follow, listen and spread the word about MACK MAMA. I love you all from the bottom of my heart.

Blessings, Mack Mama

Find Mack Mama:

http://www.starstatuspublishing.com

http://www.mackmamamentor.com

http://www.mackmamaworld.com

www.facebook.com/starstatuspublishing

www.twitter.com/mackmama

my radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mackmama

mackmama1@gmail.com

I have an online mentorship program called mackmamamentor.com. I am taking donations for my program to assist me in taking the kids off the streets for the summer. Visit the site and learn more about the program.

Thanks for the interview and I love all my readers, supporters for loving me. Check out my radio show it is off the chain Mack Mama’s World Radio.



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