Friday, November 01, 2013
DAY 1 - TODAY's PANELS
Dr. A'ndrea J. Wilson is the author of over a dozen fiction and nonfiction titles, including the bestselling Wife 101 Series. A lover of education and learning, A'ndrea has earned a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology; Marriage and Family Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and a Ph.D. in Global Leadership; Educational Leadership from Lynn University. She currently divides her time between writing, conducting relationship and professional development workshops, and teaching college courses. In addition, A'ndrea is the President of Divine Garden Press, an independent publishing company which promotes books addressing marriage and family issues. A native of Rochester, New York, Dr. Wilson resides in Georgia. For more information please visit her websites: www.andreawilsononline.com or www.wife101.com
Angel de`Amor is a Chicago native. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. As a Senior Accountant for real-estate companies for the past eleven years, in her day job she focuses on budgets, reports, and financial statements, and in her free time she continued to be an avid reader.
Angel’s love of reading began in her early teens, she started with magazines and short stories, and soon moved into romance novels. A hopeless romantic, Angel reads at least thirty books a year and when she finally started to write her own stories, Angel stayed true to her passion.
Filled with temptation and forbidden love affairs, His Betrayal Her Lies chronicles the journey of a young woman trying to live up to everyone’s expectations--her family, friends and companion—but neglecting to follow her own heart.
Angel prides herself on writing about everyday issues that face real people. She is currently hard at work on Kept Secrets, the sequel to His Betrayal Her Lies.
Ann Fields began her writing career in 1996 with the publication of her first romance novel, After Hours. Since then, she has published three additional romance novels, Second Time Around, Love Everlasting, and Give and Take, which earned a nomination for Best Multi-Cultural Romance from Romance Writers of America. Fuller's Curse is her most recent released novel, and it marks her debut in the psychological horror genre. Fields also has published in non-fiction, authoring the book, Stop Stalling and Write as well as numerous articles, which have appeared in Teen Graffiti, Basic, and other magazines. Her short stories have appeared in A Legacy of African American Literature, Black Confessions, and Bouquet: A Delightful Collection of Mother's Day Romances. Fields has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from SMU (Dallas) and is an experienced communications professional in the areas of public relations, marketing, and publishing. She can be reached online at www.AnnFields.com
Barbara Joe Williams is currently a freelance writer, independent publisher, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008.
She has published books for over twenty authors and nine for herself including: The 21 Lives of Lisette Donavan (Anthology, 2012), A Man of My Own (2012), A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing (2010), Moving the Furniture: 52 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Fresh (2009), Courtney’s Collage (with Sherille Fisher, 2007), How I Met My Sweetheart (Anthology, 2007), Falling for Lies (2006), Dancing with Temptation (2005) and Forgive Us This Day (2004).
All her books are available now at Amazon.com, Amen-Ra’s Bookshop, BN.com, Booksamillion.com, FAMU bookstore, and all other retail bookstores upon request.
Gwen Hayes, Editorial Director of Entangled Scandalous Gwen Hayes began her publishing career editing for a small publisher in 2007. She went on to write and publish kissing books for adult and young adult readers while continuing to freelance as a content editor before joining the Entangled team in 2013.
Gwen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their almost grown children, and the pets that own them. In her spare time, Gwen likes to pretend she actually has spare time. She firmly believes she is saving the world one love story at a time and she loves to talk romance and shenanigans on Twitter @gwenhayes.
Gwen loves all historical eras, but has a special passion for Gothic romance and books set in the early 1900s through WWII (hint hint.) She also believes that the modern historical romance reader is ready for more multi-cultural protagonists and unusual settings–but that Dukes are still totally hot. She’s looking for submissions with a strong voice and new twists on favorite tropes.
At Entangled Publishing, we believe authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits. We also believe authors interested in the lucrative indie publishing model shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality editing, commercial covers, or the power of a New York-style marketing machine. That’s where we come in. Founded by industry-savvy authors, Entangled Publishing utilizes a bold new business model to bridge the gap between traditional and indie publishing, giving our authors the best of both worlds. We implement the agency model across all departments at Entangled, which means everyone from the copy editor to the marketing director has a financial stake in your book.
In other words, we don’t make money unless you make money.
Leslie J. Sherrod, the recipient of the SORMAG Readers Choice Award for Christian Author of the Year (2012), has a Masters in Social Work and has worked as a therapist, just like her current protagonist, Sienna St. James. Her novels, including Without Faith, Losing Hope, Secret Place, and Like Sheep Gone Astray have been featured in Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library Writer’s LIVE! Series, as well as local CBS and NBC affiliates, and on AOL’s Black Voices. She has received a starred review from Booklist and is a contributor to the bestselling A Cup of Comfort devotional series. Her fifth novel, Sacrifices of Joy: Book 3 of the Sienna St. James Series, will be released Spring 2014. Leslie lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband and three children.
Dr. Linda F. Beed's works are those that seek to inform and remind the reader that their past does not change the plans that God has for their lives.
A life-long reader and storyteller, Dr. Linda took a step of faith and entered a short story contest. Encouraged by family to continue, she extended the story into a full novel—Business Unusual. That book was released by her publishing company, On Assignment Publications. The sequel Through The Fire will release in 2014. She is a contributor to Home Again: Stories of Restored Relationships. That work was nominated in the best anthology of the year category at the African American Literary Awards show.
As a conference coordinator and facilitator, Dr. Linda has shared in the success of local and national literary events. She currently serves on the faculty of the Black Writers and Reunion Conference. Her column on literary tips and the business side of writing can be found in the bi-monthly issues of SORMAG DIGITAL MAGAZINE.
A children’s minister with thirty plus years of experience Dr. Linda is a living example of using words to bear good fruit.
In her quest to continue telling the stories of African Americans she has developed the 'Life Enrichment' series. These spoken word performances showcase known and little known persons and events of the African American people. Tell Them, that depicts the last day of Denise McNair and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing is the first in this ongoing production.
Dr. Linda is a member of the Seattle Chapter of Professional Women of Color and the National Council of Negro Women. She is also a Board member for the T&T Foundation.
I am Lyn Cote. My first book came out in 1998, Never Alone, #36 in the first year of the Love Inspired line of romances. I always wanted to be a writer and a teacher--and guess what I was a teacher and then a writer and a mom of a son and daughter.
I am a happy person. I am grateful to God for all his blessings. And I try to share my joy with others.
I write both contemporary and historical romance, some with a bit of suspense. And I host a blog, titled: “Strong Women, Brave Stories.” I invite authors and readers to submit stories about women they have known and admired. If you’d like to drop by and join in, its on my homepage http://www.BooksbyLynCote.com And that’s Lyn Cote!
Nathasha Brooks-Harris lives and works in New York City, where she successfully juggles a government career with the demands of being a romance author. Her latest book is Can A Sistah Get Some Love, an anthology in which she has a novella. Prior to that, was her book, Sins Of The Past a tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption. Can I Get An Amen Again, (an anthology with co-authors Kim Louise, Janice Sims, and Natalie Dunbar), is the follow-up to the Emma Award-nominated Can I Get An Amen. Her debut romance novel, Panache, was released to her worldwide fans in 2001, earning her the prestigious Emma Award for Best New Author. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Black Romance, Bronze Thrills, and True Confessions magazines. In addition, she freelances as a Contributing Editor at Having Church For Women magazine. She is a former contributing editor at Today's Black Woman magazine, where she wrote the popular monthly departments "Career and Money News," "Career Savvy" and a women's general information column called "FYI." Brooks-Harris has also been a book reviewer for QBR magazine, SORMAG, Romance In Color, and The Romer Review websites. She’s a contributor for the Gumbo For The Soul website, where she writes about breaking into writing and getting successfully published. She is the co-founder of the romance writing website devoted to women romance authors of color, The Wonderful Women of Romance—a part of The Belles & Beaux of Romance, where she was formerly a reviewer. Brooks-Harris is proud to have an essay about literacy in the recently-released Gumbo For the Soul anthology—endorsed by the well-respected author and TV personality, Tavis Smiley. When she’s not writing, she teaches the craft of writing at the prestigious Frederick Douglas Center For Creative Arts. In her spare time, Brooks-Harris is a cloth doll artist and quilter—whose work has appeared in several museum exhibitions and fiber art magazines. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Parker J. Cole spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and their beloved dog, Sarah. Every Tuesday at 7 PM Eastern, she hosts the Write Stuff radio show. It is a show geared toward Christian/inspirational authors for them to showcase their work as well as provide tips, tools, techniques, and resources for aspiring writers to hone their craft.
Pat Simmons is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth and author of nine novels and several eBook novellas. She is passionate about digging up the dirt on her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She has been a genealogy enthusiast since her great-grandmother died at the young age of ninety-seven years old.
She has won numerous awards for her previous novels, including the Best Inspirational Romance for 2010 (Still Guilty) and 2011 (Crowning Glory). She was also a nominee for the African-American Literary Award’s best Christian fiction award. Pat is best known for her Guilty series followed by the Jamieson Family Legacy trilogy: Guilty by Association, Guilt Trip and Free From Guilt. She expects to release her newest spin-off, the Guilty parties, in 2013: The Acquittal, The Appeal, and The Confession.
Pat and her husband live in Missouri and have two children.
Rose Jackson-Beavers, Chief Executive Officer of Prioritybooks Publications grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois and received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Illinois State and Southern Illinois Universities. Rose is a motivational speaker who is frequently asked to talk to youths and young adults about life issues. She has worked with many youths throughout her community and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in youth empowerment and publishing. She has worked as a freelance writer for A-Magazine, a St. Louis Publication, The Spanish Lake Word Newspaper and as an Opinion Shaper for the North County Journal Newspaper. Married for twenty-nine years to Cedric, they have one daughter, Adeesha. Rose is the author of seven books. Her 2012 book, A Sinner's Cry was a finalist in the Religious Fiction category in, The Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012. Her newest release through Urban Books is Full Figured 5 with Brenda Hampton. In 2013, she released Inhibitions; an anthology which included her story, Can’t Get Enough of Your Love. Rose’s books can be purchased directly from her website at http://www.prioritybooks.com/ or from http://www.amazon.com/ or http://www.barnesandnoble.com/. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 314-306-2972.
Sherelle Green is a Chicago native with a dynamic imagination and a passion for reading and writing. Although she loves to read all genres, romance holds a special place in her heart.
Her love for romance developed in high school after stumbling across a hot and steamy Harlequin novel. She instantly became an avid romance reader and despite her desire to create a great romance novel, she put her dream on hold to write for newspapers and magazines while in high school and college. Upon receiving her BA in English from Northern Illinois University, Sherelle decided to test her skills at storytelling by composing a fifty-page romance. The short, but sweet, story only teased her creative mind, but it gave her the motivation she needed to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
Sherelle’s first novel is entitled A Tempting Proposal. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and she loves connecting with readers and other literary enthusiasts. Nothing satisfies her more than writing stories filled with compelling love affairs, multifaceted characters, and intriguing relationships. A true romantic, she believes in predestined romances, love at first sight, and fairytale endings.
Suzanne Hartmann is the author of the Fast Track Thrillers series, Christian suspense novels with a twist of NASCAR. The first in the series, Peril, is currently available, and the second, Conspiracy, will be available soon. On the editorial side, Suzanne has recently joined with Phyllis Wheeler to create Castle Gate Press, which will begin accepting submissions of Christian fiction with a touch of the fantastic in January. She is also a freelance editor and the author of Write This Way: Take Your Writing to a New Level, a book that explains writing rules and techniques in an easy to understand way. When not writing, editing, or homeschooling, Suzanne enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and Bible study. You can connect with her on Facebook or find out more about her and her books at these websites:
Blog: Write This Way (www.suzanne-hartmann2.blogspot.com)
Website: Fast Track Thrillers (www.fasttrackthrillers.blogspot.com)
Website: Castle Gate Press (www.castlegatepress.com)
Terri J. Haynes holds a certificate in Creative Writing, an Associate's Degree in Religious Studies and a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Theology. She is a columnist for UrbanFaith.com and has been published in Cup of Comfort for Military Families and Crosswalk.com. She is a ACFW 2010 Genesis Finalist and a 2012 Genesis Semi-Finalist. Terri's novel, Love Simplified, was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Terri is a graphic designer and avid knitter. She lives in Maryland with her husband (Army RET) and her three children.
TL James graduated with an MBA from LeTourneau University. At LETU, she cultivated an interest in biblical studies, which became the integral thread in her writing style. Given birth her first speculative fictional trilogy. As she developed the family drama storyline, her newly born son was constantly tucked around her waist. After eight months of sleepless nights, The MPire trilogy was completed.
During her publishing experience, James discovered a numbers of gaps in the system. The primary gap was there were many publishing houses and promotions companies but not one company that provided both services and was affordable. Furthermore, the author often times was shutout of the important decisions because both companies possessed different agendas.
2009, TL James established PHE Ink - Writing Solutions Firm, an indie Publishing house, after working with aspiring writers and entrepreneurs one-on-one to create their literary voice and penned their goals in to objective for business plans. Her unique writing style for organization help these writing formulate their ideas while keeping the creative process flowing. At PHE, Ink, the author receives a literary success project plan, which interweaves marketing, publishing and promotions throughout the literary process.
James currently resides in Houston TX with her son.
Tremayne Moore is the founder of Mayntre Manuscripts, LLC, a publishing company with a vision of writing to right the broken soul. Tremayne is committed to educate youth, parents, pastors, and community members concerning child sexual abuse/ teenage suicide through social media and community involvement. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Florida State University. His book “Deaf, Dumb, Blind & Stupid: Michael Anderson’s Fight for Life” was listed on OOSA Bookclub’s The Best of 2012.
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