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A Review of The Pastor’s Wife by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

In this novel, Pastor Terrance Ellis is pressured by the elders of the church to find a wife in time for the 100th anniversary Christmas celebration. Why? Because they were concerned that folks may start talking about the handsome and charismatic pastor who in his thirties and has never been in a serious relationship.But the only problem with Pastor Ellis is that he keeps running into a bunch of crazy women who often times mistake his kindness (e.g. going for coffee) for being in a full blown relationship. 
Of course, the main person chasing the handsome pastor is Savannah who is well-known both in church and around town as a “floozy.” She would stop at nothing to get her man but she also mush past the test of Pastor Ellis’ three overprotective and meddlesome aunties.Needless to say these three church ladies call it like they see it. They raised Pastor Ellis and were proud to see him turn from a troublesome teen into the man who leads their church.
This was a great premise. However, I f…

Interview with Glenora Wells-Sanders, Author of To Quierra, On Life and Trinny Bear and Dallas

Author’s Bio:Glenora Wells-Sanders is the author of To Quierra, On Life and Trinny Bear and Dallas. She is the director of Social Services and a Certified Dementia Practitioner for LifeBridge Health. She is also an adjunct professor at Coppin State University in Baltimore.

What inspired you to write your book?  I was inspired to write my latest children’s book Trinny Bear and Dallas in memory of my grandchildren's grandmother who passed away in 2011 from Ovarian Cancer. I wanted to keep the memory of their grandmother in their hearts and minds, and I also wanted to bring awareness to the disease of Ovarian Cancer - also known as the silent killer in the area of the woman's reproductive system.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? I've always enjoyed and been greatly influenced by those authors and books that helped me become more introspective and want to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Some of …

Book Divas On Tour - One More Page Books

On Saturday, Marcy 26, 2016, the Book Divas On Tour (B. Swangin Webster, K.R. Raye, Puja Guha and I) made an appearance at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA. It was great to catch up with the divas because it's been a while since we saw each other. But you would never have guessed because we never missed a beat in presenting who we are, what we write and sharing nuggets about the publishing and marketing arenas.

The audience was great and the hostess was quite gracious in serving us tea and then later pouring us cute little glasses of wine. Let's just say that some of the divas left with several purchases of wine - they do have a nice selection there!

Well, here are a few photos from that lovely event! Enjoy!

An Afternoon with the Authors

On Sunday, March 30, 2016 I spent an afternoon with a group of authors in celebration of Women's Month. This intimate gathering took place at an art studio called Art and Frame in Falls Church, Virginia. The food was catered and was very delicious (sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, a variety of cheeses, strawberries and Sangria) - now who could ask for anything more.

Anyway, while jazz music was playing in the background (courtesy of one of the authors husband and her sons - one of whom played a few pieces for the audience during the event), the guests milled around looking at our display of books. After they got their refreshments, they settled in for a treat of each of us introducing ourselves and then reading a snippet from our books.

At the end of our readings, one of the guests commented that we were so diverse that they were very intrigued. Our genres ranged included children's books, christian fiction, contemporary women's fiction and romantic suspense - so, yes they hit…

Interview with Cherrie Woods, Author of Where Do I Start? 10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self-Published Authors

Author’s Bio:Cherrie Woods is a 15-year public relations (PR) veteran who has a client list that includes self-published and traditionally published authors, visual artists and cultural and non-profit organizations. She has held staff and senior management positions in public relations at a variety of organizations including Baltimore City Dept. of Public Works, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Toronto Social Services and Public Health and Harbourfront Centre. Woods currently serves as the membership chair on the board of the Baltimore Public Relations Council and was the president of the National Black PR Society-Detroit Chapter (2005 to 2007). Woods is also a member of the Black Writers Guild of MD. Her latest venture is a PR workshop for authors called, “Promoting Your Own Book.”
What inspired you to write your book? When I shared that I was a PR professional with other authors, I was inundated with many questions. Most self-published authors had little to no …

Bay To Ocean Writers Conference (19th Annual)

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, I along with a member of my writers' critique group attended the 19th Annual Bay To Ocean Writers Conference at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. This year's session offerings were hard to select from. Why? Because they were all great. Anyway, here are the 5 sessions, I finally settled on.

Session 1: How to Construct Story Lines that Don't Collapse, Evaporate, or Bore

Barbara Esstman as always gives a great presentation. In this session, she shared tips that work for a short story, novel or memoir.
Takeaway - Always start with a precipitating event that will drive your story!Session 2: Your Manuscript: Build It  Right

Melanie Rigney's presentation pointed out similarities between building your novel and building a house. Basically, you need the foundation (plot, structure, etc.) to make your story stand strong.
Takeaway - Just like a house would have covenants so too do readers (e.g. a good story driven by a good plot with conflict).Session…