Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Spotlight Jordan's Confessions by Charmaine Galloway


Losing a best friend can be a very traumatic experience, especially when you’re only fifteen and you blame yourself for their death. Jordan Colbert was carrying a lot of grief and sorrow in her heart and all she wanted was someone to comfort her and tell her that everything would be okay.

That’s why she thought she could trust Darnell, her mother’s boyfriend. He seemed to care, to understand, to really get her. And he was going out of his way to make her life easier as he helped her to cope with the loss of her friend.
That is until his care and concern turned into deception and betrayal of the most horrific kind. See how he pulls Jordan into his web of deceit, leaving her hurt, broken and confused. Can Jordan build the courage to confess to her mother the secret that she was holding on to because of fear that no one would believe her?

Author Bio

Charmaine Galloway was born and currently resides in Toledo, Ohio with her two children. Writing has been her passion and a positive emotional outlet since middle school. As a teen, writing in her journal allowed her to escape from the negativity of her world. Around that time she also began writing her debut poetry book. 

Charmaine has a Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Titles by Charmaine includes: My World, Through My Eyes, Girlfriends Secrets, The Secrets They Kept, Tyree’s Love Triangle, Golden, Heaven’s Cry, Girl Talk, Find The Princess Within, Mommy’s Little Superhero and I love Myself As I Am.
Ms. Galloway is passionate about writing reality based stories about imperfect people. She hopes to enlighten, inspire and touch the hearts of her readers. She is currently working on new projects, so keep a look out for her upcoming releases.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Author Interview - Imani Wisdom

Today I have the honor of interviewing the amazing Author, Blogger, and Entrepreneur Imani Wisdom. She has a beautiful spirit and I hope you'll enjoy learning about her and her book!!

LaToya: When did you begin your writing career?
Imani: I began my writing career at the tender age of eight. I had an active imagination, but didn’t quite understand how to transfer my imaginative prowess to paper. Years later, I dabbled into short stories and poetry, but it wasn’t until my late thirties I took writing seriously. Hence, I began a three-day journey of writing Zion’s Road. And the rest is history.

LaToya: What’s your inspiration for writing?
Imani: As long as it’s living and breathing, it’s inspiration. Society is a perfect example. It’s a melting pot for the development of characters and plots. Most of my stories are based from hard issues; such as, sexual abuse and domestic violence, mental illness, and racism. These controversial topics have endless opportunities. 

LaToya: What kind of legacy do you expect your writing to leave?
Imani: I want my legacy to be remembered as the writer who writes beyond “stepping-out-of-the-box” but rather sees no boxes. Limitations on any craft hurt the creative process. And I want that to come through my writing, conveying the fearlessness of an honest perception of reality.

LaToya: What are you currently working on?
Imani: I’m currently working on several projects, including a new manuscript from the Zion’s Road series. I can’t say too much on the storyline, but I will say the main character is full of surprises. He transforms from a life of hustling and running the streets to opening the hearts and minds of hurt souls. Also, one of the characters is screaming at me to write their story. And this person is the epitome of “monster are not born, they’re made”.

LaToya: Name one book that you would categorize as a life changing read.
Imani: The Color Purple because Alice Walker had proven strong women could evolve from any background and at any time.

LaToya: Tell us about your latest book.
Imani: Zion’s Road: A Love Story about Love and Redemption tells about a former Klansman, Harold Smith’s unique encounter with a strange boy, as the two delve in his past to discover many hidden truths and a sixty-five year old secret he’d kept in his heart. Now, though, it’s a fifty page novelette, this suspenseful love story packs a punch with a surprise ending.

LaToya: Name a book you wish you’d written.
Imani: Honestly, I never looked at anyone’s creative works and wished I’d written it. I respect the author’s hard work and imaginative skill to be inspired, but never wished for their work to be mine.

LaToya: Give readers 3 reasons to buy your book.
Imani: The character is the perfect, non-perfect character of hope and transformation, something as we, humans, live with everyday. Also, we asked ourselves the question about where racism comes from. Harold Smith’s point-of view could shed some light on the subject. And finally, it’s a love story – a good old-fashioned love story with differing families. So, when a person or a group of people keep you from the one you love, what would you do?

LaToya: Who is your favorite author?
Imani: I have many, but Alice Walker is favorite author because her book, The Color Purple transformed my life.

LaToya: Is your book based on real life events?
Imani: Of course, racism is alive and well and Charleston, South Carolina only proves it. It’s sad we have to still endure the same society ills as our forefathers and mothers; it shouldn’t be way. Generational struggles are supposed to get better, not worse.

LaToya: Will you consider being a mentor to a young up and coming author?
Imani: Absolutely! I’m already mentoring up and coming authors, which is truly an honor. Their interest in the industry keeps me motivated with my dream.

LaToya: Are you currently working on anything you want to share with us?
Imani: Besides what I’d mentioned above with the Zion’s Road series, I’m also the host of the Urban Ebook Fair and Twitter Affair. Both gives light to new and seasoned authors alike. The road to our dreams should be a collective effort, because success is not driven alone.

LaToya: How can readers connect with you: (Please include social media, website link, and link to your amazon author age, etc.
Imani: I love hearing from readers! Connect with me via any of the channels below.

LaToya: What advice would you give to an inspiring authors?
Imani: Research, research, research!!!! You will have many authors advising you on how to be a better writer, publisher, or marketer. But the number one person you should rely on is YOU! Listen to your instinct, because nine times out of ten is never wrong. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Spotlight ~A-Z Series with Author Barbara Joe Williams

A-Z Writing Tips: A Motivational Guide for Authors
Filled with lots of no nonsense advice, Barbara Joe Williams steers writers in a direction that will have them not only finishing their first manuscripts but anxious to start the next one. Even seasoned writers can benefit from the tips listed in the book. Every potential author should own and make use of this book! Cathy Jo, author of No More Expectations.

A-Z Marketing Tips: A Motivational Guide to Selling Your Products
A-Z Marketing Tips is packed with many marketing tips to help you motivate your marketing. You can take each letter and create a marketing plan that will take your book to the next level in promotion. Barbara shares what works and what doesn’t saving you the time, energy and money. If you buy one book on marketing this year, this is the book you should add to your library. Read it, make a plan, then execute your plan, and see how many new readers you add to your readership. LaShaunda C. Hoffman, Publisher, Shades Of Romance Magazine (SORMAG)

A-Z Basic Editing Tips: A Motivational Guide for Writers
Overall, very helpful tips and hints on the writing process. The length is perfect for the writer who needs information, but doesn’t have time to invest hours digging for it in reference books or online. Maybe not a catchall writing reference, but definitely a catch-plenty! Well done . . . Alfred Haynes, aspiring author and beta reader.

Author Bio:

Barbara Joe Williams is an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Spotlight ~Love Never Felt So Good by Barbara Joe Williams

Book Blurb

Mack and Natalie Burney have been married for seven years. Mack suspects that Natalie is cheating on him with a younger man, who happens to be her boss. When Mack hires a friend to go undercover, what will he discover about Natalie and himself?


“My wife is cheating on me,” Mack Burney stated, shoving photographs across his wooden desk. His heart was about to explode from the tension in the room. Mack leaned back in his leather seat as he eyed the handicapped friend he’d hired to spy on his wife, Natalie.

“Well, it definitely looks that way,” Bobby Jackson replied. He shifted in his wheelchair like maybe he was a little uncomfortable with the situation. Bobby was paralyzed from the waist down, but it didn’t prevent him from getting around town in his specially-equipped van. Playing detective for his friend had given Bobby a real reason to get out of his house and enjoy some different scenery.

“I’ve been following her all over Tallahassee for over a month now. She’s been to the lingerie stores, the adult toy store downtown, and disappeared into an apartment complex for several hours while you were out of town this weekend.”

“You mean this past Saturday! She told me she was going to a birthday party with a friend. Now I find out she’s creeping with some young looking dude. I just can’t believe my Natalie would do something like this to me. Not after seven years of marriage. I just can’t accept this!”

“If it’s been seven years, maybe she’s got that itch. You know, you’re not as young as you used to be, my friend.” Bobby snickered.

“Oh, so you think this is funny? We’ve been friends for how long now?” Mack stood up and sneered down at his seated friend. He made a fist and said, “Don’t think I won’t knock you out of that wheelchair.” Every blood vessel in his dark-skinned faced seemed about to pop.

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Barbara Joe Williams is an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Spotlight ~Summertime by Adrienne Thompson

Book Blurb
An unlikely journey… an unlikely love.
J'Nay Walker is a talented singer, driven toward success by a promise she made to her late mother. One gloomy day, on the tail of some disappointing news, tragedy strikes, threatening not only to derail her plans, but to end her life. As a result, she soon finds herself on an unlikely journey, but is she ready for an unlikely love?blurb –

Book Excerpt:
“Would it be too forward of me to ask if you already have a beau, lovely songbird?”

I looked up at him, willed myself not to stare at his lips. “No—I mean, no, I don’t.”

His eyes widened in surprise. “The men around here must be dumb as rocks. Letting a fine-looking woman like you walk around here alone like this? I might just have to do something to fix that.”

I placed my hand on my chest. “Something like what?”

“Something like making you my woman.”

I shook my head. “Can’t do that. You’re just passing through.”

He nodded slightly as he reached up and touched my cheek. “Well, if you’re my girl,” he whispered, “I guess you’ll have to come with me… or I’ll have to stay.”

Then he leaned in and softly kissed me on the lips. Every nerve, muscle, and blood vessel in my body vibrated, and my knees buckled ever so slightly. “Dizzy…” I said softly.

He backed away from me with an intoxicated look in his eyes. “Call me John. I like the way you say it.”


He smiled. “Yeah, I like that.”

“Dizzy, you holding up the game, man!” a voice shouted from upstairs.

He leaned in close to me again and smiled. “Damn, girl… you smell good.”

“I’m not wearing any perfume.”

“I didn’t think you were.”

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Author Bio:

Adrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of two young adults and one teenager currently resides in Arkansas with her daughter where she writes and publishes her stories full time.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Author Spotlight: Perfectly Loved


Perfectly Loved Author: Rhana a. Gittens
 Paperback: 212 pages 
Publisher: NyreePress Publishing (October 22, 2014)
 ISBN-10: 0990666239 
ISBN-13: 978-0990666233 
Genre: Inspirational/Christian Living


 Rhana A. Gittens has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida. She has a minor certificate in African-American studies and is an accomplished writing tutor. She was born in Queens, NY, raised in Lauderdale Lakes, FL and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.


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Love is one of the most consumed terms in the human language. It’s probably the most wrongly used word, but the word that is most necessary when used correctly. With an inaccurate definition of love we find ourselves searching for something to fulfill us, but in all of our searching we miss it. We miss it because unfortunately we don’t recognize that we are already perfectly loved. The problem is not the overuse of the word love. If it were up to God, we would use it at all times. The problem is, we say the word but don’t do any of the actions that come with its meaning. The problem is that we don’t know what God wanted it to mean, because we don’t give God the credit for the most amazing thing He ever created—LOVE!

Perfectly Loved will bring us back to the understanding of love from the creator and embodiment of love Himself. Each chapter includes “Think About It” questions and a study verse that are perfect for individual study, Bible Study, and small group lessons. As you explore how God loves you, you will also build love in your relationships with other people, and God. When you discover “perfect love” you will be able to relinquish your fears, push through your adversity, and serve others with love.

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