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

ASIN: B00VJFVN5Q
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 https://authorymsheree.wordpress.com/
Email: ymsheree@gmail.com
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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)
MM:
a. Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleMitchell 
b. Instagram: @AuthorMichelleMitchell
c. Twitter: @expbutterflies
d. Website: www.authormichellemitchell.com 
e. Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/AuthorMichelleMitchell 





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 www.tinyurl.com/GraffitiMuralBook.






EXCERPT:
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.
Website: www.earthatone.com
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/earthawattshicks.lovechanges 
Twitter: @earthatone
Instagram: @earthatone
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/89454648-love-changes 
Blogspot: www.earthatone.blogspot.com 
Google+: https://plus.google.com/110909539549863459733 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7183249.Eartha_Watts_Hicks 
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Eartha-Watts-Hicks/e/B00HZV7ODS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 

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

AT: You are most welcome!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author LaTonya Richardson

Today I'm chatting with children's author, LaTonya Richardson. Read her interview and get to know this ray of sunshine!



Photo by Deborah Horn


AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
LR: I live in Pine Bluff. My town's claim to fame is the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff... The Golden Lions.

AT: Okay, homegirl! Love me some Golden Lions!! What genre do you write?
LR: I write children's books.

AT: Nice! Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
LR: I am a published author of three books, only one being available mainstream. My first book, which I'm currently working on reproducing is 'Mama's Got Eyes In The Back of Her Head,' 'Lirocatchamella,' and my recent project 'Going On A Bear Hunt.' 

AT: You've been busy! What inspires you to write?
LR: My surroundings, and children inspire me to write. My grandson is my latest muse. He's curious, and very funny. Children see things differently, and their view of the world provides loads of fun ideas for telling stories. 

AT: That's so true! Name one book you wish you’d written.
LR: One book I wish I'd written... Ummm ... That's a difficult question, and I cannot come up with a really cool, or profound answer.

AT: Lol, no problem. What was the last book you read?
LR: The last book I read is 'Ante Up' by Christina C. Jones.

AT: Oh, I love her! Who is your favorite author? Why?
LR: My favorite author is J. California Cooper. She paints vivid pictures and is super funny.

AT: I'm a fan of her work, too. Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
LR: If I were a new edition to the crayon box I'd be tangerine bliss. I'm vibrant, energetic, and just the right amount of POP!

AT: I hear you! Keep popping, lol. What would your autobiography be called?
LR: My autobiography would be called Don't Worry, Be Happy.

AT: Sounds like it would be a wonderful read! Do you believe in love at first sight?
LR: Of course I believe in love at first sight! I'm a hopeless romantic.

AT: Me too...me too (sigh). If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
LR: Three wishes... 1. I'd like to win the Coretta Scott King Award (I'm actually submitting this year), 2. Win the lottery, for sure! 3. Perfect vision. I have an eye disease that causes my sight to deteriorate.  I've had one cornea transplant, and will soon have another. You don't realize how precious your vision/sight is until it's jeopardized.

AT: Amen! So glad to see you persevering despite it all! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
LR: I'm Spring for sure! Spring is refreshing, alive, and bright, just like moi.

AT: Love it! Tea or coffee?
LR: Tea... Southern and syrupy sweet tea.

AT: Yesssss. Tell us about your most recent/current project.
LR: My latest project, 'Going On A Bear Hunt', is children's picture book about an adventure of two young city boys who are bored with county living. They hunt for bear with unconventional means. Amazon 


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EXCERPT: 

"Hey buds. Why such long faces?" Uncle Eddie Ray asked the boys.

"We're bored," Austin said.

"I've kicked the ball all over the yard," Aiden fussed. "And Austin has chased all the squirrels up the trees."

"We've both tried to count the ants marching up the hill in the backyard. Days ago we picked all the flowers off the bush right outside of the kitchen window.”

"I see your problem," Uncle Eddie Ray said. "You guys have done all there is to do in this neck of the woods. Except hunt for bear."


AT: How can readers connect with you?
LR: Readers can connect me www.larichmedia.com; Twitter, & Facebook: @LaRichMedia; Instagram: @LaRichMediaGroup; email latonya@larichmedia.com

AT: Any final words?
LR: I enjoy reading, and losing myself in a great story. And even more than reading, I enjoy writing a great story. For me writing is as necessary as eating and breathing.

AT: I feel you. I truly do.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Mary McClurkin

Please welcome Mary McClurkin to my blog and get to know this wonderful woman who became an author at 80!






AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
MM: I live in Chester, SC. Although Chester is a very small town, many celebrities have their roots here; My nephew, Donnie McClurkin, Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen, and Tom Joyner to name a few. Also, Chester County Schools was one of the districts used to document the inequalities in the education of black and white students which led to the landmark Supreme Court Case, Brown versus The Board of Education.

AT: Wow! What genre do you write?
MM: African American Fiction

AT: 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 self-published my first book this year. At 80 years old, it was the fulfillment of a life-long dream. 

AT: Wow! Congratulations!! What inspires you to write?
MM: Different things, mainly my life experiences inspire me. I have always written raps before rapping became popular in today’s form, poetry, and short stories. I will experience something or hear about an event or person and an idea will pop in my head and I will start writing. I have so many things written on napkins, paper bags or any form of paper that was around me. I had to put my ideas down on paper. Now, I’m looking through those notes for stories for my next book. 

AT: Yep, you sound like a storyteller to me, lol. Name one book you wish you’d written.
MM: T D Jakes, God’s Leading Lady. 

AT: Putting that one on my list! What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
MM: Lady Preacher by K.T. Richey.  Yes, I loved it. Growing up in the church, I could relate to everything in the book.

AT: Oh, I'll have to check that one out! Who is your favorite author? Why?
MM: I like several authors, Toni Morrison, Terry McMillan, Maya Angelou and K.T. Richey.

AT: Awesome choices! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
MM: I would be brown because I love my skin color and I love colorful people.

AT: Yes, it's wonderful to love the skin you're in! What would your autobiography be called?
MM: Not so country: The life and times of a preacher’s daughter.

AT: Love it! you believe in love at first sight?
MM: No. I feel people should be friends first and allow their relationship to grow to a more intimate one. 

AT: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
MM: I would ask for wisdom, knowledge and discernment. So, I can know when people are real with me and to help make the right decisions.

AT: Smart wishes! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
MM: Spring. Everything is blooming and the weather is just right. Everything is alive and beautiful in the spring. Flowers blooming, birds chirping and everything is vibrant.

AT: I agree! Tea or coffee?
MM: Coffee. I grew up drinking coffee. I love the smell of the aroma and the strong taste.

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
MM: The Aftermath of Love and War is about a young woman, Ella Mae Williams, who marries a man she has known all her life. Their fantasy life is changed when he enlisted in the military and went to war. He returns home suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and their fairy-tale lifestyle is destroyed. Ella Mae spins a poignant tale of victory and defeat that leads her to becoming aware of what really matters, faith, family and self-preservation.




Blurb:

Bill Anderson was far more important than earrings or makeup or even singing and basketball. He smiled all the time. He was very mature and respectful to his elders. He liked to wear a shirt with a lay back collar so it could be laid outside his sport jacket. His shirt was always very white with no wrinkles. He would unbutton three buttons down from the collar so the hair on his chest would show. He was very hairy. He wore his hair parted on the right side. He kept his hands in his pockets at all times except when he would smoke a cigar or cigarette. One day when he and my brothers were picking peaches, he told my brothers that he was going to marry me. My brother came home and told my mama and I got a whipping because Mama thought that I had to have been seeing him behind her back. She was right. But, it wasn’t the way she thought; the truth didn’t matter. And I was so thrilled when I heard what he said, the beating didn’t matter. I would take a beating for him any day. 

AT: How can readers connect with you?
MM: www.MaryMcClurkin.com
www.facebook.com/marymcclurkin
Twitter: @readmarymac

AT: Any final words?
MM: Follow your heart and dreams. Pray for guidance and understanding. Never give up. Don’t let no one tell you what you can and can’t do.

AT: Yes!!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sons of Ishmael Reintroduction #Blog Tour


Hello. I’m Excited. This is one of my stops during the one month tour for Sons of Ishmael Reintroduction Tour: The Danjuma Brothers by  Unoma Nwankwor.  

This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs September 11 – October 5, 2017.  Follow the tour here.  

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Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance


About the book
A SCOOP OF LOVE~ SONS OF ISHMAEL BOOK I 

The oldest of the Danjuma brothers, Rasheed was a self-made man. He’d learned at an early age that love and commitment brought with it complications he didn’t want to deal with. His single-minded focus had paid off. He was able to step into the shoes of his absentee father by taking care of his mother and twin brothers. But just when he thought he could stop carrying the weight of his family on his shoulders, he gets a call that could change the trajectory of Rasheed’s life. Ibiso Jaja, a professional caterer, had gambled on the love of a man and lost. Through the redeeming love of God, she had picked herself up and was now living her dream as the owner of Bisso Bites, a bistro in the heart of Abuja. However circumstances conspire to threaten the bistro and bring her face to face with the type of man she has vowed to avoid. The attraction is instant. Once again, Rasheed is forced to do something he has done all his life – put the needs of his family ahead of his own. This time however, he crosses path with the sassy, independent, Jesus-loving caterer who is bent on making him see the power of forgiveness and God’s love. Just when Rasheed lets his guard down, a deadly sabotage causes old demons to rise. Will Rasheed continue to pursue power and success or surrender to the light of God’s love?


Rasheed Danjuma sighed aloud at the sight of another unwanted email from the law
offices of Ezekiel and Stanley. These lawyers were beginning to work his last nerve. He placed his finger over the touchpad of his laptop, directed the cursor to the delete icon and pressed it.It had been six months since Zayd Danjuma, the man that contributed to his genetic makeup had passed away. And his lawyers were still hounding him. Rasheed had thought his non-attendance of the funeral service was a clear indication of his disinterest in anything they had to say about his so-called father.

Determined not to let the email ruin his day, he picked up the receiver and dialed his
assistant’s extension. She picked up at the first ring.

“Yes, Rasheed?”

“Have you heard anything back from those clients in the United States?”

“No, I didn’t,” she said. “But while you were on your conference call, your mother
called.”

Rasheed felt a strange rise in his stomach. His mother almost never called him on his office phone unless she wanted to reach him in a hurry. “Did she leave a message?”

“No, she just said to let you know she called.”

“Okay, thank you.” He disconnected the call.

Rasheed walked over to his jacket and pulled out his cell phone. Looking out of the large window of his Hyde Park office, his sense of unease grew. He checked, and there were three missed called from his mother. His voice mail was empty. What was going on? He dialed his mother. She answered on the third ring.

“Mama, you tried to reach me. Is everything okay?”

“Nna, I really don’t know how to answer that.”

His mother used her term of endearment, Nna, for her sons when she wanted to ask for something she knew they didn’t want to give.“What is it?”

“Those lawyers from your father’s estate came to see me today,” she said. “Rasheed, I don’t want those men in my shop or house. I’m asking you again to come home and see what they want.”
Rasheed’s jaw set. How dare those lawyers hound his mother? Why was it so important that he and his brothers attend the stupid will reading? Even though it had been twenty-five years since their father had walked out of their lives, the memory of that morning was still vivid. Their father didn’t care about them in life, so why was he so concerned about their well-being in death? Squaring up against those lawyers himself was one thing, but when they involved his mother, it was totally different. He wouldn’t have it.

“You mean they came to your shop?” Rasheed asked as though he didn’t hear her the first time. Anger shot through his feet as he began to pace the length of his office.

“Yes.” His mother’s voice sounded shaky. “It’s one thing for them to call but to show up,I don’t appreciate it. They almost scared my customers away.”

After his mother had retired as a school administrator, she had decided she couldn’t sit idle. Her love of fashion led to the opening of a boutique in the heart of Abuja’s business district. Within months, the business had flourished. Rasheed had supported her because whatever made his mother happy made him happy, too. After many years of living in pain, she deserved to live her life in peace. They all did.

Rasheed’s mind went back to the email he’d received earlier in the day. Since these
lawyers were playing hardball, it was clear he had no choice but to travel to Nigeria. “If those lawyers call you again, tell them I’ll be there soon.”

His mother’s sigh expressed her relief. “God bless you, my son.”

“It’s okay, Mama. They better make it worth my while. If not, I won’t be held responsible for my actions.”


 ANCHORED BY LOVE~ SONS OF ISHMAEL SERIES BOOK II



When cardiac surgeon, Jabir Danjuma met Damisi Odinga at the University of Michigan seven years ago, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. With love comes commitment and he knows that’s not a promise he could keep, after all he is his father’s son. However, their attraction can’t be denied. Their ensuing one year romance is passionate and intense, and he begins to feel the forbidden emotion—love. Just as he starts to let his guard down, Damisi breaks up with him and moves half way around the world to Lagos, Nigeria. He knows immediately that the demise of their relationship has something to do with that church she joined. She becomes unrecognizable and wants to change him into something he is not. His studies are the most important thing to him, so he did what any sane man would do, let her go. Popular television personality Damisi Odinga, needs to end the fourth season of her show Becoming Ruth, with a bang. The trending topic in the country is the fairy-tale wedding of the heir to the Danjuma empire. The family has been shrouded in secrecy ever since the unknown sons resurfaced in the country last year. Coverage of the wedding weekend will give her show the boost it needs and seal its number one rating. No one can get an interview with the couple but she had a way in, her ex man, Jabir Danjuma. So what if he broke her heart and she hasn’t been able to get over him? This was kingdom business, right? Years ago, Damisi left him without an explanation and now Jabir has her just where he wants her. Their encounter sets off a series of events that leave them both with fresh pain and hurt. Angry, they leave Abuja to their destinations. If they didn’t set eyes on each other again it would be too soon. But little did they know that fate has another thing planned. Will they stick it out long enough for the Potter to perfect their scars and pain for His purpose or will distance and time steal the day.


Thirty minutes later, Jabir was in the KTN lobby waiting for Damisi. He got curious stares from the receptionist and guard. He didn’t know whether it was because he looked like Kamal—someone they’d recognize—or because Damisi never received male visitors. He hoped it was the latter.
The space was decorated in light colors, and the walls were decorated with paintings or pictures of guests of their shows. He walked to the one the one that had Damisi in it. She was on the set of her show and looked beautiful. She had a microphone in her hand and was smiling. From the picture, he could see she loved what she did. His eyes saddened at what the scandal would do to her career. If they acted fast, she might have a chance of salvaging it, but she was too stubborn, and his approach wasn’t helping either. He had to get her to see reason.

“What are you doing here?” she whispered behind him.

Jabir turned around and marveled at how gorgeous she looked. He smiled inwardly.

“I figured you could use breakfast.” He handed her the smoothie and the box of pastries.

She took it from him slowly, her eyes softening with gratitude. “Thank you, but you shouldn’t be here.”

Jabir frowned. “Why? Expecting someone?”

She grabbed his wrist and tried to pull him to the corner. He resisted at first, but caved when he saw the plea in her eyes. “I really appreciate the breakfast, but I thought you were supposed to be on your way to Badagry. I really don’t need any rumors started.”

He lifted his brow. “Rumors? I’m not doing anything but making sure you’re fed. The baby needs to eat.”

She looked around in shocked horror. “Shhhh. Do you want to say it a little louder?” She rolled her eyes at him and he chuckled. “Jabir, please you can’t be here. In case you forgot, you look like one of the most recognizable Nigerian soccer players. I can’t do the rumor mill now.”

He wanted to dismiss her argument, but he was running late, and she was right. But then he had another idea. “Okay, I’ll leave on one condition.”

“Really?”

“Really.” He smirked.

Some people walked past them and did a double take. Damisi panicked. “What is it?”

“Have dinner with me when I get back.”

Damisi hesitated, then someone she knew walked over to say hello to them. By now, he could see the fury in her eyes. The daggers in them were aimed at him. He raised his eyebrow.

“I can’t believe you. Okay. Go,” she said hurriedly and turned away. He watched her go, but smiled when she walked back his way. “Thank you, and please drive safe.”

Yep. This new approach just might work. There was hope.


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Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents, Unoma Nwankwor is a multi-published author and 2015 winner of the Nigerian Writers’ Award for Best Faith Based Fiction. Her readers are in love with her unique story telling that fuses faith, romance and African spice, capturing the essence of her present home base; Atlanta and her Nigerian culture. She is also the COO ofKevStel Group LLC and resides in Atlanta with her husband and two kids.


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