Monday, October 30, 2017

Book #MarketingMonday - Curated Links

Hello, all. Been a while since I've done a #marketingmonday blog post, and I ran across a few good marketing articles so thought I'd share. 
Check out the links below!!

Book Marketing for New Authors (Part 9) 

Successful Book Marketing Using Facebook Ads With Adam Croft

Book Marketing Shots in the Dark

5 Book Marketing Strategies Indie Authors Need to Drop Right Now

Marketing Your Book

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Sonia Johnston

Today's interview is with Author Sonia Johnston. Let's see what she has to share with us!!

AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
SJ: I live in Richmond, Virginia. I believe we’re known for having a lot of restaurants and grocery stores.

AT: Nothing wrong with being known for that! What genre do you write?
SJ: Fiction. Women’s fiction to be exact. 

AT: One of my favorite genres! Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
SJ: I have two short stories published in two Brown Girls Books anthologies. My first shorty story, Hundred Dollar Money is featured in Single Mama Dating Drama. The other short story is Home for Christmas featured in All I Want for Christmas. I am currently working on a full length novel.

AT: Loving your story titles! What inspires you to write?
SJ: My imagination. Mostly anything. I don’t need a reason. I can’t help it. 

AT: A born writer, eh? Name one book you wish you’d written.
SJ: There are so many, but I’ll go with something epic like, The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor.

AT: Excellent choice! What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
SJ: The last book that I’ve read and finished is Lust by Victoria Christopher Murray. Loved it. I’m currently reading And Then There Was Me by Sadeqa Johnson and I’m loving it as well. 

AT: I've heard good things about both books! Who is your favorite author? Why?
SJ: There are so many, but I’d have to say Terry McMillan just for initial inspiration. I’d been an avid reader and writer all of my life, but I went through a phase where I wasn’t reading as much. Then a friend gave me Mama and Disappearing Acts for a birthday gift. Those two books reignited a spark and I was back in action with both reading and writing ever since. 

AT: Yes! I'm a huge fan of hers! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
SJ: A shimmery fuchsia combination that I’d call Fairy Dust. Because fuchsia is my favorite color and I live and breathe for a good sparkle.

AT: Love it! What would your autobiography be called?
SJ: Almost There

AT: Nice! Do you believe in love at first sight?
SJ: Absolutely!

AT: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
SJ: Health, happiness, and a billion dollars. Please and thanks. 

AT: Great wishes! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
SJ: I wish I was something seductive like summer or fall, but I am definitely perky spring.

AT: Tea or coffee?
SJ: Coffee!

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
SJ: While I’m deep in the throes of revising my first novel, please check out one or both of my short stories in Single Mama Dating Drama or All I Want for Christmas. 

Praise for Hundred Dollar Money: “Hundred Dollar Money had me in stitches with her main character’s self talk alone.” 

Praise for Home for Christmas: “Home for Christmas had me at the very first sentence.”

AT: How can readers connect with you?
SJ: My website is and I’m on Facebook and Instagram as sonialovestowrite. Twitter: sonias_pov

AT: Any final words?
SJ: Thank you so much for the opportunity! Loved the interview, especially the fun questions. To the readers, please connect with me on social media and be on the lookout for my novel coming soon! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Little Girl Inside #Book Tour

This is one of my stops during the two month tour for The Little Girl Inside: Owning My Role in My Own Pain by Tonya Barbee. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs October & November. Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL

ISBN-10: 0692564802
ISBN-13: 978-0692564806
Genre: Non-Fiction

The Little Girl Inside is a prolific story of triumph and discovery of inner peace. With each page, the reader will be captivated while the author uses the writing pen as a sowing tool-seaming a garment of praise, banner of victory and fabric of joy. With imaginative color, the book is a perfectly designed combination of patterns expressing the maturation of a woman.

A uniquely designed transparent jewel every woman should own in her jewelry box. The Little Girl Inside is a ministry resource tool for women in search for transparency in the human heart. The author shows us how to overcome the inner battle of doing the right thing the wrong way, going from finding love in the wrong places to allowing love to be revealed in the right time and in the right place.

I made room for Sir Intellectual to bring what I thought were the remainder of hi things. I also made room on my health insurance policy just in case he didn't have any. Too bad it didn't occur to me to ask him. My ability to confront was non-existent. I decided not to wait until I returned to work to handle it. I contacted my carrier and updated my policy to include my new husband. 

The whole time I felt sad that he wasn't contacting his carrier to include me. I had a husband, though what caliber of husband, I wasn't sure. Sometimes I wanted to slap myself for being so needy that I overlooked important things and ignored flags, bells, and whistles.

TONYA BARBEE is a novelist and aspiring playwright. Her most recent published work is titled, The Little Girl Inside Owning My Role in My Own Pain. She is currently working on another project that complements this book. Tonya grew up in Durham, NC, a family of four daughters and one son. Her father, Woodrow served his country for twenty years as an Army officer, retired then taught ROTC for another twenty years and her mother, Doris, a college administrator. She is a proud 1980 graduate of Frank W. Ballou High School in Washington, DC. She worked in operations and management for Department of Agriculture for twenty years. For the past ten years, she’s worked as a project manager for Department of Defense in Washington, DC. She studied at National-Louis University where she earned her Masters in Business Administration in 2009.

Although she’s worked her way up the ladder in the federal government, she had no idea she would end up writing professionally however she has always enjoyed sharing her personal life through story telling with those she thought she could help. Then something clicked. As she writes, she is in hopes that her work reaches her readers that have been through something and have contemplated giving up. Her goal is to enable her readers to become empowered to keep moving forward to accomplish their dreams no matter what challenges they have been faced with.

Tonya resides in Bowie, MD with two of her youngest children, Christian and Zachary. Her eldest two, Andrew and Jessica left the nest years ago and have blessed her with seven beautiful grandkids.

10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before – 

It takes lots of dedication.
I wish I knew about publishing.
I wish I had more experience.
I wish I had more support from extended family.
I wish I knew the ins-and-outs of the writing business altogether.
I wish I knew how to market.
I wish I had known more about social media. 
I wish I had known about all of the sites to get connected to.
I wish I could discern between a good publisher and a bad publisher.
I wish I had more writing and editing skills.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author YM Sheree

Today's #WriterWednesday interview is with Author YM Sheree. Let's get to know her!

AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
YMS: I currently reside in Portsmouth, Virginia. The city is part of seven cities in the Hampton Roads area known for their shipyards that work on Naval vessels. 

AT: Interesting! What genre do you write?
YMS: I currently write Interracial, Romance, African American, and Erotica but plan on writing in a few others.

AT: Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
YMS: I am a self-published author with four books out currently.

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AT: Since I love romance, I'm definitely going to grab one of your books! What inspires you to write?
YMS: Sometimes movies or television shows inspire ideas that I compose my stories from. Also my supporters and readers inspire me to continue to write.

AT: Name one book you wish you’d written.
YMS: Any book written by Brenda Jackson, I wish I had written because I feel she is an amazing author. I love reading her stories.

AT: I agree! What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
YMS: Xyla Turner wrote the last book I read and it is called Undertones. I enjoyed reading the book because she is an amazing author. I also had a little insight on her book while she was writing it because I was writing a my book at the time about an island as well.

AT: Adding it to my list! Who is your favorite author? Why?
YMS: One of my all time favorites is Brenda Jackson because I love the way she writes and her family series.

AT: Good choice! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
YMS: If I was a new addition to a crayon box the color I would be is a mixture of purple and royal blue because they are my favorite colors. I guess I would call it royalty.

AT: Love it! What would your autobiography be called?
YMS: Now this is a hard question because I have never thought about it. Off the top of my head, I would say the tears of my soul.

AT: Beautiful. Do you believe in love at first sight?
YMS: When I was younger I believed in love at first sight but as I grew older I changed my mind. I would call it more of infatuation more than anything. I need to earn a person before I fall in love with them. It may work for others.

AT: I can understand that. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
YMS: If I was granted three wishes from a genie I would choose success for my books, a better world that we live in, and great health.

AT: Great wishes. Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
YMS: I will say winter because I am born in December and I have always loved the cold months. Also I love football and wearing high heeled boots.

AT: Love me some local football! Tea or coffee?
YMS: I can't choose between the both because I like them both.  I drink the cold coffee and hot and cold tea.

AT: Nothing wrong with that! Tell us about your most recent/current project.
YMS: The book I am working on now is called One Night to Forever. 
Here is the blurb:

You can’t change everything in one night, but one night can change everything. – Unknown 

In the blink of an eye or one night your whole life could change. Two individuals on two separate paths in life all leading to the same goal of forever, or does it? Blake Reynolds has dedicated her career to being an OB/GYN with little focus on becoming a parent in the traditional way. With pressure to have a family, Blake considers alternative methods to not disrupt her goals. Could all of this change after a tipsy encounter a charity event? Trust issues have plagued Xavier Alexander's life. Love is not on the table nor up for negotiations with his heart. One night with no names exchanged is all he could handle, or is it? Could this one night prove to be the biggest case and fight of his life? One night leads to discovering if there really is One Night to Forever!

AT: Sounds good! How can readers connect with you?
YMS: Visit my website at
Facebook  Pages:

AT: Any final words?
YMS: I want to thank you for featuring me on your blog. I also want to thank all of my readers and supporters for rocking with me. To any inspiring authors do your research before you decide to sign to a publisher. Also don't  become discouraged when you receive your first bad review because not everyone is going to like your stories. 

AT: Great advice!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Virtual #Book Tour - Project Whores

A project whore is a person who has worked on a government project overseas for a long period of time or has worked on several different ones (i.e. Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq).

About the Book: Some people choose to work very far from where they
live. There can be many reasons one would make such a choice.

In the case of Kyle Brewster, he has worked overseas most of his adult life and would not trade it for the world. Kyle discovered early on that the pros to being thousands of miles away from home for months at a time far outweigh the cons and this way of life definitely has its advantages; The work is good, the money is unbelievable, and the women are plenteous.

Currently, he is employed as a civilian contractor on Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. His mission here is to make his money and enjoy his freedom. Kyle is married with children but working on a project like this allows him to easily play the whore, a role that suits him well.

One day, he meets Rejoice Battle in the PX and decides she will be his new conquest. Kyle’s first tryst with her goes horribly right and in the days that follow, he finds himself entangled with Rejoice in a way that traps him in his affair with her. The consequences of this supposed one night stand follow him home and Kyle discovers that the distance he always relied on for safety, was vanity and that nothing can protect your heart from love.

Project Whores is A E Thomas’ new novella series which takes readers on a spiritual journey that explores the love, mercy, and judgment of God in the lives of people who do not know Him and people who know Him well.

Rejoice Battle – Character Bio Rejoice Battle – unfortunately because Project Whores Book 1 is the first in a series, I cannot elaborate too much on Rejoice. Many things about her will come to light in Book II: Revelation, but I can tell you she is very different and often misunderstood because of the odd way she acts and speaks. She hails from Spring, Texas which is north of Houston and she has two daughters from her one and only marriage to Derek Carmichael. The marriage ended in divorce, but it is worth noting that she is still very connected to her ex-husband, and vice-versa.
Rejoice is an average looking woman in her early forties, but unwittingly exudes the confidence of a runway model. One can only guess that her aloofness and seeming disinterest in her surroundings is part of her charm. She works on Bagram Airforce Base in Afghanistan and has worked overseas on government projects for several years, although no one is sure why at this point in the story. Her high-end style of living and total lack of enthusiasm in her work, suggest that there is more to her than meets the eye. It is on this project that she meets stunner, Kyle Brewster. Her union with him reveals that she is somewhat socially inept but there is a depth and sensuality to her that he cannot resist.
Rejoice is obviously flawed because the main story line in Project Whores Book 1, is that she falls in love with a married man. But she is also pious, and often reads her bible and listens to gospel music. These attributes add another layer to the mystery that is Rejoice Battle. More of her character will be revealed in Book II, but in fairness to my readers, this is all I can safely say about this intriguing woman at this time.

Kyle Brewster – Character Bio Kyle Brewster is a married man in his early thirties. He and his wife have two boys and reside in Houston, Texas. However, his lifestyle is one of being unfaithful to his wife. When we meet him in Project Whores Book I, he is working on a government contract (also referred to as a project) on Bagram Airforce Base in Afghanistan. Kyle has been doing overseas contract work for many years because the money is great and it allows him to roam freely amongst the women on the base.
To say that he is fine would be a gross understatement. Kyle turns heads wherever he goes, but is surprisingly modest about his captivating good looks. This, along with his ability to minimize and strategize his way out of almost anything, adds a complexity to him that is uncommon for someone with his charisma. But his carefree attitude regarding the bond of his marriage changes, when he meets Rejoice Battle in the PX. Kyle is instantly enamored and cannot readily see his way out of their affair, which started as a one-night stand. He has never gone this far with any of the women he bedded, and his tryst with Rejoice forces him to reevaluate everything he always viewed as normal and comfortable in his life: first and foremost his relationship with his wife, Candy.
Kyle is a man who has made an art out of messing around. His attitude regarding the women who have fallen for him over the years is carefree and unrepentant. His callousness, however, dissolves when he hooks up with Rejoice and now he must utilize something he almost forgot he owned, to help him resolve this situation: his heart.

I am AE Thomas, author, and writer amongst other things. I am a native of Amityville, New York and have always loved to read and write. I currently reside in Texas and Project Whores is my first published work, but certainly not my first book or writing. I worked in Afghanistan on a military base as a civilian contractor for 8 years and that stint was the inspiration for the series.
My on-going, ever-growing relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ is my inspiration for life. I would love to say that I’ve never strayed and that I’ve always done or even tried to do things according to His Word, but you already know that is not the truth. Hence the on-going and ever-growing part of the relationship is by His grace and mercy, without which I, perhaps more than you all, would be consumed.
I am elated to be able to say that at this juncture, my goal is to live a lifestyle that is pleasing to Him and to magnify Him with the gifts he has given me. For many of you, my writings will be a trek through familiar and maybe some unfamiliar territory with an old friend that sticks closer than any brother when we allow Him to. For others, it may be an introduction to the God of the whole earth. But either way, I have no doubt you will enjoy the ride immensely and be stronger when you get to your destination.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

#MondayMotivation #Quote

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. ~ Anatole France

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Michelle Mitchell

For today's #WriterWednesday interview, let's get to know Author Michelle Mitchell!!

AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
MM: I’m from Kennesaw, Georgia, but I live in Marietta. One of the things Marietta is known for is the “Original Big Chicken”. The KFC still has the big, red chicken on top of its building. Kennesaw is probably best known for Kennestone Mountain and now Kennesaw State University.

AT: Okay, cool! What genre do you write?
MM: Contemporary fiction. I’m interested in writing mystery as well. I hope to dabble in that soon.

AT: I love a good mystery! Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
MM: I currently have 3 books total. Two of those published books are anthologies that I contributed to alongside some amazing authors, you being one of them :). Those anthologies are The Ex Chronicles and Single Mama Dating Drama, both were released by Brown Girls Books. Then I have my debut novel, Truth Is… which I self-published. I’m currently working on my second novel and a Christmas novella.

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AT: Yes, I so enjoyed working on the Ex Chronicles with you and the other ladies who contributed to it! What inspires you to write?
MM: I get inspired from real life situations that I hear on the news, and especially the people that call into the radio stations. There’s always a story line there. I’ve always had an over-the-top imagination as well, so things come to me based on phrases I hear in conversation or just anything that comes to mind.

AT: Sounds familiar, lol. Name one book you wish you’d written.
MM: That’s a good question. The first thing that came to mind was characters more so than the story. I loved the stories, but it was those characters that really brought it to life and made me LOVE IT.  I would love to have crafted Curtis Black (Curtis Black Series - Kimberla Lawson Roby), Jessie Belle (Jezebel – Jacquelin Thomas), or Winter (Coldest Winter Ever – Sistah Souljah). Those characters were so real, and you knew those people…they were memorable.

AT: Yes, "real" characters make for an excellent read! What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
MM: All that Glitters by Sherron Elise and it was very good. She brought the reader into the story. I could visualize every scene and every character. Each character was unique and had a voice. 

AT: Who is your favorite author? Why?
MM: Kimberla Lawson Roby because the stories stay with you and while I haven’t gotten to meet her personally, to see the love her fans have for her and the way she spreads that love back—I admire her. 

AT: Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
MM: Peach Lemon Drop Martini. I’m a sweet Georgia Peach, and like I’m a martini—I can be super chill and I can make you giggle.

AT: Man, that color sounds delicious! I mean, pretty, lol. What would your autobiography be called?
MM: Laughing through the Fall

AT: Love it! Do you believe in love at first sight?
MM: I think it’s possible. I fall in love with every brownie that I see at first sight, and first bite.

AT: Lol!!! If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
MM: (1) A cure for cancer. I’ve lost family and friends to it, and the number of cases with friends/family showing signs increases. (2) Flights are always less than $100 roundtrip. I want to travel more. (3) To have colleges be free. I hate paying on this loan. They need to implement that opportunity everywhere ASAP.

AT: Wonderful wishes! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
MM: I’m a March baby, so I enjoy heading into spring and seeing the flowers bloom.

AT: Nice! Tea or coffee?
MM: Coffee, but the way I fix it its chocolate milk. But I do like a chai tea latte. 

AT: Yum! How can readers connect with you (share website and any social media links)
a. Facebook: 
b. Instagram: @AuthorMichelleMitchell
c. Twitter: @expbutterflies
d. Website: 
e. Goodreads: 

AT: Any final words?
MM: Thank you and happy reading to everyone!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Eartha Watts Hicks

Today's #WriterWednesday interview is with the lovely Eartha Watts Hicks. Let's get to know her!!

AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
EWH: I claim the Bronx, Harlem, and New York equally. Their claims to fame would be Yankee Stadium, The Apollo Theater, and Broadway/Times Square respectively.

AT: Okay, city girl, huh? What genre do you write?
EWH: I write women’s literary fiction, set in the inner-city, based on true-to-life everyday, urban professional characters.

AT: I love it!! Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
EWH: I independently publish myself and others (as a subcontractor). I have a stand-alone novel that has been serialized and Graffiti Mural, a collection of poetry and short fiction. I have edited several titles, participated in an anthology, and have fostered the process of several writers aspiring to self-publish.

AT: I love that you've helped others see their literary dreams become reality!! What inspires you to write?
EWH: Writing is my gift. I can write about anything, as that is the way I express my thoughts, dreams, wishes, concerns, and frustrations.  It is my hope that the information and stories I share can shed light, ease someone else’s discomfort, or provide them a little bit of joy for that while.

AT: We have similar goals :) Name one book you wish you’d written.
EWH: Joy by Marsha Hunt. This was the first women’s fiction drama that introduced an element of surprise. I read it decades ago but it is still among my favorites to this day.

AT: Oh, I've definitely got to check that on out! What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
EWH: I am currently reading I Can’t make this Up by Kevin Hart. It’s hilarious. The last book I completed was The Thirty Year Diet - The Journey of Me, Fat Girl and My FOPA by Robin Nutter, which is a memoir but more about the inner weight conversations we all have with ourselves. I enjoyed it.

AT: Sounds interesting! Who is your favorite author? Why?
EWH: To choose one, I would have to say Chris Abani, because his books are ingenious and completely out of the box.

AT: Oh, my! I've got to check him out for sure! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? 
EWH: Earthy. Friends say I’m earthy. And besides, Crayola brown was never exactly right.

AT: Love it! What would your autobiography be called?
EWH: How Many Miracles in Your Life Do You Need To See Before You Realize You’re Not Lucky.

AT: I'm feeling that title for sure! Do you believe in love at first sight?
EWH: Yes, but I also believe that trust must be earned…and does take time.

AT: I agree. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
EWH: That would be perfect health, a beautiful and paid-for home, financial stability. As long as I have those three, am usually off running to champion a cause or two.

AT: Nice! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
EWH: Summer. I love warmer weather. I seriously injured my left hand in a kitchen accident a few years back. Colder weather makes me very uncomfortable.

AT: Tea or coffee?
EWH: Coffee.

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
EWH: My latest project is Graffiti Mural. Graffiti Mural is a collection of poetry, personal essays, and flash fiction available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. To purchase, visit

One late night, my cousin and I got dressed up and went to a night club that was known to be a celebrity hot spot. While we were there, all night, we were dancing and mingling with the famous and familiar. A well-known actor took a serious liking to my beautiful cousin. As a result, we were invited to the red-carpet movie premier and after party for, get this, THE BEST MAN.
We could not attend the movie premier, because she had to work, so we went straight to the after party. Very few had arrived early. So we sat on a sofa positioned behind a coffee table. On the other side of the table, was another sofa. Two young, chic, beautiful black women, much like ourselves approached and sat on that sofa. The way we looked, we could’ve all been part of the same girlfriend crew or even related.

I leaned over and said, “Hi!”

One of the young women looked at me and said, “Hi! Are you in the business?”

I smiled and said, “No.”

She grimaced, turned her whole body to the side, put up “the hand,” and ignored me, by engaging her friend in conversation, “Anyway! Blah, blah, blah, blah....”

My cousin and I looked at each other and shook our heads. When her actor friend entered the club, he found us. And, all night long and as if we were royalty, he graciously introduced us both (by name) to the entire cast of the movie and the who’s who of Black Hollywood.

After her gracious friend, stepped away to bring us drinks, the young woman I had spoken to NOW humbly asked, “Y’all know them?”

Now, as if on cue, my cousin and I both said, “Yeah! Anyway....” And those words were punctuated by the very same body language she had given us earlier. Rolling neck, pursed lips, talk-to-the-hand gesture and all.

We never saw that actor or his friends again, except for on television, but for me, that moment was as priceless as a MasterCard.

AT: How can readers connect with you?
EWH: I am all across social media.
Facebook Author Page: 
Twitter: @earthatone
Instagram: @earthatone
Amazon Author Page: 

AT: Any final words?
EWH: Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my work with your audience.

AT: You are most welcome!!