Friday, December 19, 2008
I pray that your Holidays will be all that you desire. Enjoy family and good friends that will make memories that will last a lifetime. We are just a few days away from a new year. I'm so glad that everyday brings new mercies from God. Happy Holidays once again.
Luther Vandross - Every Year, Every Christmas
This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
River - Peter White with Kenny Lattimore
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Okay, here is my second installment for Old School Friday.
Let's get some dance music going on here.
Tom Brown - Funkin for Jamaica.
Johnny Kemp - Just Got Paid
Enjoy them both.
Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy yourself this holiday season. Surround yourself with family, good friends and positive people.
Keep praying and I'll keep writing.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I've always bought books for people for Christmas and birthdays. If you have just started to read romance or introducing a reader to romantic fiction, here are my suggestions. I've started many people off on these authors. If they read these, I'm sure they'll be hooked.
1. Rochelle Alers - Hideaway Series - I believe she's up to book 14.
2. Brenda Jackson - Madaris Family (I loved the first 8 books and the novellas in Cupid's Heart and Trask and Felicia's Story)
3. Francis Ray - Heart of the Falcon is my favorite story.
4. Jacquelin Thomas - Her Ransom Family Series. She is also a wonderful Christian Ficiton Author.
5. Gwyneth Bolton - Hightower Family Series
These are just a few with series books as well as single titles. But there is a long list of AA authors that have wonderful books. You can check out my list on the links page of my website.
On Another Note...
I came across an interesting National Buy a Book by A Black Author and Give it to Somebody not black. The idea was posted on this blog by Careen Brice White Readers Meet Black Authors
Monday, December 08, 2008
It runs from December 8-13. The agenda is below. http://www.rawsistaz-affair.com
Meet & Greet
Book Discussion - What Readers Want
Panel - Self-Publishing vs Mainstream vs POD Renee Flagler, Shelia Goss, Earl Sewell, Tina McKinney, Nakea Murray
Panel - On Writing: From Romance to Christian Fiction to Non-Fiction Michelle Larks, Gwyneth Bolton, Bettye Griffin, Marilyn Griffith, LaConnie Taylor-Jones
Workshop - Creating a Publishing Business Barbara Joe Williams
Workshop - The Road to Getting Published Gwynne Forster
Spotlight - Authors Ana’Gia Wright, Pynk, Trice Hickman, Terra Little, Dyanne Davis
Book Discussion - A Different Kind of Blues by Gwynne Forster
Panel - Books, Book Clubs & Book Reviews aNN Brown/RAWSISTAZ, Renee Williams/All the Buzz, Dee Dee Dalton/Sexy Ebony BBWS, J’me Adams/Passion for Reading, Eraina Tinnin/Piedmont Triad RAWSISTAZ
Panel - Guiding Young Readers Through the Literary Jungle Paula Chase, Varian Johnson, Kelly Starling-Lyons, Carla Sarratt and Don Tate
Panel - Depicting the Black Family in Literature Angela Winters, Swaggie Coleman, Evelyn Palfrey, Carleen Brice, Toschia
Workshop - Focus on the Story Dwight Fryer
Workshop - Blogging for Fun Sheila Goss
Workshop - Fast Books Victor McGlothin
Spotlight - Poetry & Non-Fiction RJ Poet, a. Kai, Ms. T, Vanessa Johnson
Book Discussion Unexpected Interruptions by Trice Hickman
Panel - On Writing: Why We Write What We Write Allison Hobbs, Rodney Hurst, Rose Beavers, Nikki Rashan, Angeline Bandon-Bibum
Panel - Book Promotion & Publicity Dana Pittman/Nia Promotions, Lissa Woodson/Macro Marketing & Promotions Group , Nakea Murray/Literary Consultants Group
Workshop - Mistakes First Time Authors Make Barbara Joe Williams
Workshop - Structuring Your Novel Dr. Fredrick Williams
Workshop - How to Be Your Own Publicist Ella D. Curry
Spotlight - Authors Robert Greer, Byron Harmon, Nicole Bailey-Williams, T.L. James, M. LaVora Perry
Book Discussion - Our Favorite Books of All Time
Panel - Industry Insider Roundtable Candace K - Web Designer/CanDann.com, Melissa Forbes - Freelance Editor/Carbon Copy Editing, Doug Siebold - Publisher/Agate Publishing, Misherald Brown - Literary Agent/ML Brown & Associates, Chanel Smith/Web Design Presence
Workshop - What You Need to Know Before You Sign on the Dotted Line Pamela Samuels-Young
Workshop - The Inner Self/The Outer Self Dr. Ni
Spotlight - Literary Professionals Marlive Harris - TheGRITS.com Literary Services, Pam Perry - Ministry Marketing Solutions, Ella Curry-EDC Creations, Sylvia Hubbard - Motown Writers Network, LaShaunda Hoffman - SORMAG, 3 Chicks on Lit
Workshop - So You Want to Write Renee Flagler
Author Spotlights - TBA
Friday, December 05, 2008
have music at every gathering. You can hear a song and it will take you back to a fond and sometimes even a painful memory. I think music can be healing and fun at the same time.
When I'm writing my stories, I use music to inspire me and the mood of my characters. For example in my WIP FROM THIS MOMENT, I chose the title
from the song FROM THIS MOMENT by Shania Twain. The words are so beautiful
and I felt it was a good fit for Ivy and Jonathan. Now, will the publisher(when
I find one) change the title? We'll see.
Anyway, I've decided to post each Friday some of my favorite songs. Now, that's alot
of music, but I hope you all enjoy them. And, please don't hesitate to post the titles of your favorites.
Several of my friends: Authors Bettye Griffin and Gwyneth Bolton
feature music on their blogs as well so don't forget to check
Here are my entries for today:
Atlantic Starr: One of my favorite groups.
Send For Me (I love, love, love this song)
Champaign - How 'Bout Us
My Uncle Jesse loved this group. He used to play this song all the time.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend. The holiday season is definitely underway. Take care.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
We always have a good time during the holidays. Eventhough as the years have come and go, we've lost loved ones and it seems each time it's different. But we keep moving forward.
I went to the movies twice this holiday season. I took my youngest son and my two nephews to see BOLT. It was a cute little movie. The kids thought it was good, but didn't comment on it too much. Which meant the movie was just okay to them.
I also went to see THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. I don't ever have to see this movie again in this lifetime. Now, don't get me wrong, the acting was great, I just don't like films that have racial violence in them. There were many other things in the movie I didn't like, but won't post them here for fear of spoiling the movie.
All that got me to thinking about what the readers expect when they pick up a book by a certain author. I wonder what people expect when they pick up one of my books. I would hope they would expect to get a funny story that would also touch their heart. But I also realized that we are not going to be able to please everyone all of the time.
Creativity is subjective. I have been saying this for the last couple of months. Each person comes to the movie or the book with their own thoughts on what they are about to see or read. Once they've had the experience, sometimes they will feel that the actor, author, writer etc got it right. Then sometimes they might feel they missed it all together. The same way I did with this particular movie.
As for movies, I like romance, some suspense, family drama and comedy in movies. I do have favorites because I'm an avid movie watcher. Just to name a few: THE FIVE HEARTBEATS, THE PRINCESS DIARIES 1&2, LOVE JONES, BAPS, CLAUDINE, POETIC JUSTICE, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, WHAT A GIRL WANTS, LEAN ON ME, BOOMERANG, COMING TO AMERICA, SEX IN THE CITY, THE FAMILY STONE, BABY BOY, TALK TO ME, DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS, and many, many more.
Do you have a favorite movie?