Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: Maybe by Joy Avery

Maybe (Lassiter Sisters Book 2)Maybe by Joy Avery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another awesome read by the amazing Joy Avery. I could not put this book down and read it in one day. Joy touched on some very sensitive issue that you do not hear many people talk bout mental illness and cancer. I applaud Joy for stepping out of her normal writing and talking about them. Rana and Dallas are relationship goals, they had their test and trials and came out victorious. When Dallas pushed Rana away I was upset but could understand what made him do it. Who doesn't love a man in uniform? I am excited about the next Lassiter sisters story!

LaToya Murchison Author of Anika's Story

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: That Church Life by Teresa B. Howell

That Church LifeThat Church Life by Teresa B. Howell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book from beginning to end. It is a true page turner and I found it hard to put it down. Author Teresa B. Howell did a great job in revealing some of the issues that happen within the church that no one like to talk about. That Church Life was centered around Missy who is the main character in the book. Missy lived the lived for the church except for when her crazy boyfriend Tommy was added to the equation. Tommy cared about no one and was out to get whatever he could no matter who he hurt. He Father Pastor Jones lived to have the proper image for the church and had a closet full of secrets that were slowing revealed in this book. One of my favorite parts in the book happened when she went to Jamaica with her friends and found love. I am looking forward to reading book 2.
LaToya Murchison Author of Anika's Story (Novelette)

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Book Review: Step-by-Step Author Website Guide by Tyora Moody

Step-by-Step Author Website Guide (The Literary Entrepreneur Series Book 2)Step-by-Step Author Website Guide by Tyora Moody
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A short read but is packed with valuable information for every author new and seasoned. I loved that it was broken down into small chapters that had various actions for you to complete to help reinforce what you learned. Through reading this book I was able to go back review my website and make changes to it. This is definitely a book that I will keep on hand as a reference.
LaToya Murchison Author of Anika's Story (Novelette)


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Author Interview with Tracee Lydia Garner




Have you always wanted to be an author?  
I had no idea stories were in me at all. The start of my journey starts with depression, flunking out of school, specifically community college math for liberal arts and an awful English teacher I did not like at all. In my college days, I just wasn't convinced I was going to make it and I remember one late night surfing on the computer, feeling down and I asked God for "something else". I wasn’t very specific but I was crying and just calling out to him to help me improve my grades or give me a good job without a degree. He delivered as He always does. I saw a contest hosted by a large publishing house and my dramatic crying and tears actually dried up as I tried to read the details about entering it. I would enter and later win the grand prize and that launched my writing career and changed my life. Everything in life improved, my grades, my outlook and I had a true passion and calling and I wrote that story (Family Affairs) faster than I wrote anything so I could meet the deadline and submit it. It was an awesome time. Before that, writing NEVER really occurred to me as something I would do. I had wonderful High School English teachers that said I wrote good essays but publication and multiple stories, no idea.
Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?  
I think the biggest influences on my writing are my parents, in a very (later discovered) kind of way. My Mom left Georgia recruited by the government when she was 17, and moved to Virginia. My dad left college and came up here to be with her and while I didn't realize the love story I had right here, I now am in awe of the love they shared. My father died in 2011 but they had forty long years together and were high school sweethearts. As a child, you see your parents show affection and all you think is “Ewe, gross. Don't embarrass me.” But till this day, my BFF still gushes and reminds me about my parents kissing and showing affection in front of us and mentions how this impacted her because she didn’t have it in her own home life. I recall how I used to feel about those PDA's prior to growing up. With actual writing and reading, Debbie Macomber was the first to really turn me on to romance. I LOVED her stories and later of course, popular authors like Sandra Brown, Barbara Delinsky and Brenda Jackson. Currently some of my favorites include Irene Hannon, Julie Lessman and Donna Hill but I read MANY new authors all the time some I've never heard about or read before.
Can you tell us what a typical writing day for you is like. 
I actually work in health and human service full time - so my writing life really only happens on the evenings and weekends. Writing my stories is almost a part of my mental health regimen and escape. As a Peer Counselor in my day job, the tragedies and atrocities people I see face are so real and even hurtful. I need escape. But I do try to get some writing in on my lunch break and sneak in a little time here and there. I do just about everything myself including arranging my own interviews and doing my own PR. I thank goodness for e-mail because it lets me get a lot done including when it's time to upload my book and get all the production stuff done. I try to write as much as I can because time is so short, and I have my own self-imposed deadlines that I try to meet and I try to arrange an event, signing, book event, or attend/teach at a writing conference workshop about 3 Saturdays out of the month so I have at least one Saturday to rest/write/plan and sleep in. But I go to a lot of conferences. I also teach at the community college 3 times a year - each time is an 8- week Write the Novel class and 3 times a year, on one Saturday, from 9 - 1:00 I do a Self Publishing Boot Camp, also at the community college. My writing has launched my platform for speaking and teaching and I wouldn't have those other outlets or streams of income if not for the books.
Let’s talk about your new book.  Can you tell us a little about it?
Deadly Affections as the second book in the Parker Family Trilogy - a story about five adopted brothers and I’m only exploring three of those five. The trilogy began with Cole and Allontis’s story in (2015) Anchored Hearts. Deadly Affections visits Dexter Parker, a single father and a doctor. Years prior in his initial foster care family, he was a part of a family that was everything except good, respectable people. Dexter was also in love with another young person there in the foster home, Leedra Henderson. Leedra is all grown up, returns to Virginia and rekindles her romance with Dexter. Leedra is searching for her missing sister and that is her singular goal. Some of the themes throughout the story include forgiveness and a theme I didn’t realize was there that became clearer toward the end, is how we as human beings often lump people together thinking they are one way and they turn out not to be that way. Dexter often thought his father was one way, and such thinking caused him to miss out on the time he could have spent getting to know his biological father and permitting his father to know him and his family. By the time we realize the truth, it’s often too late. It’s easier to reach for negativity and falsehoods, than it is to ask and seek the truth and forgive. That is a painful lesson to learn and even harder when you’re running out of time. Dexter and Leedra learn many painful lessons and we get to watch and see if they can overcome their past or will their own internal struggles and outside threats keep them apart?
What is the best piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
The best piece of advice is two fold - If you write a book -really take time to sit down and plan (and I'm not talking about planning or plotting the book (because I'm a “Pantser”), but I'm talking about planning your writer life). Those that write one book never think that they have books 2 nor 5 more books in them. Believe me when I say you will have another book in you. So with that said, you should WAIT until 2 and 3 are done before you release number one.
This is advice I wish I would have gotten and the advice to gain clarity, let go of things and to write faster, AND to wait to release - I couldn't wait with the contest, obviously but I could have really focused and done more to keep the books coming. You'll fizzle out, life will happen, family will throw a monkey wrench, but sitting down and planning things out will first give you peace of mind and free your brain of clutter but also help you gain clarity sooner. I didn’t plan anything when I started and I didn’t seek any real counsel. Now I’m a planning fool. My plans have plans. So at the end of each year, I either revamp my plan, tweak it and I note what did and did not work or what excites me so I can keep doing something or cut something out and it simply makes me feel so good and at peace. Stopping for a minute and just breathing to really think out what it all means is key. I will also say that I give myself a pass. I’ve been in publishing a VERY LONG time and I won the contest at 23 and the book came out when I was 24. I’m now 40 so I realize that some of the planning I’ve learned has come with age.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Guest Post: Book Reviews & Author Spotlights



Book Reviews & Author Spotlights: I offer book reviews to authors seeking reviews and Author Spotlights to authors seeking more exposure.



Kisha Green is a published author, virtual assistant, literary consultant, promoter and book reviewer. She's the owner of DivaBooksInc. It's motto, “Turning literary dreams into published realities.” She has a strong passion for assisting authors in their writing and making their dreams come true. 

Aside from having a passion for supporting authors, Kisha is a well-established author. She's been writing professionally since she was twenty-one. Her most popular novel is, ‘And Even If I Did’, released in 2006. Kisha Green is also the host of the award winning online radio show, Writer's Life Chats, an online radio show where she interviews aspiring and seasoned authors.

As an avid reader and book reviewer, her reviews have appeared on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, Urban Book Source and other notable sites.  In 2016, she was nominated for Literary Activist by AAMBC and is the recipient of the 2014,2016 & 2017 Literary Excellence Award presented by Black Pearls Magazine.

Currently, Kisha resides in New Jersey and is a contributing writer for Urban Tymes, LitIsh, and Literary Jewels. A firm believer in "each one, teach one," Kisha Green launched Literary Jewels, an online resource for aspiring writers interested in self-publishing. She has also participated in numerous panel discussions and workshops on the topic. She can be found on many social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Guest Post: Literary Consulting & Management



Literary Consulting & Management: I offer the following services to authors Indie Book Store Liaison, online Media exposure, Press Release, Social Media, Email Blast, Book Reviews,Radio  & Magazine Interviews and virtual assistance.
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Kisha Green is a published author, virtual assistant, literary consultant, promoter and book reviewer. She's the owner of DivaBooksInc. It's motto, “Turning literary dreams into published realities.” She has a strong passion for assisting authors in their writing and making their dreams come true. 

Aside from having a passion for supporting authors, Kisha is a well-established author. She's been writing professionally since she was twenty-one. Her most popular novel is, ‘And Even If I Did’, released in 2006. Kisha Green is also the host of the award winning online radio show, Writer's Life Chats, an online radio show where she interviews aspiring and seasoned authors.

As an avid reader and book reviewer, her reviews have appeared on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, Urban Book Source and other notable sites.  In 2016, she was nominated for Literary Activist by AAMBC and is the recipient of the 2014,2016 & 2017 Literary Excellence Award presented by Black Pearls Magazine.

Currently, Kisha resides in New Jersey and is a contributing writer for Urban Tymes, LitIsh, and Literary Jewels. A firm believer in "each one, teach one," Kisha Green launched Literary Jewels, an online resource for aspiring writers interested in self-publishing. She has also participated in numerous panel discussions and workshops on the topic. She can be found on many social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.