Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Suggestion: Date Cute, Marry Rich

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About The Book

As a fashion designer for a growing clothing line, Skye is living the life she always wanted, except for on thing-she has no man. She gets almost more than she can handle when she becomes involved with two men. Noah is an artist who beings her passion and romance. Trent is a wealthy businessman who wines and dines her. Which man will ultimately bring what she needs to feel complete?

Moving to New York was the best decision Devin ever made. Whe he's not busy running the hottest new salon in the city, he's soaking up the single nightlife. The last thing he wants to do is fall in love, but now that it's happened, he's too infatuated to realize that his lover is keeping dangerous secrets.

Chyanne has been dating her boss at the law firm for over a year, and she can't wait to tell him that she's pregnant. Things don't go as planned, though, shen she discovers that her boss has a wife. Is she willing to let her relationship drama affect her career?

Faced with some major decisions, these three best friends will need each other more than ever if they're going to avoid the pitfalls and make their dreams come true in New York City.


About the Author

Alexis Nicole is known for her contribution to Carl Weber's Full Figured 2: Plus Size Divas. Alexis is pursuing a degree in Communications to accompany her love for writing, singing and acting. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she is working on her next book. Learn more about Alexis Nicole at www.alexisnicole.net

Friday, October 28, 2011

FYI Friday: To Be Read List

A To Be Read List is a tool that can be used to organize and plan for books a person wants to read. Authors & Readers Book Corner keeps a TBR list that helps organize the books we plan to read for each month.

Microsoft Excel is a handy tool for developing and organizing spreadsheets. To make a To Be Read List you will need:
  • Excel spreadsheet or Microsoft Word
  • Create column titles such as Author Name, Title of Book, Start Date, Finish Date, and Rating
  • Create a section for each month (optional)
Your list will look different according to how it is set up so have fun designing it. Remember by using a list you can stay organize as well as evaluate the quantity of books and genres read each month. This has helped Authors & Readers Book Corner very much and we will continue to use them.

Book Review: Say Amen, Again

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Say Amen, Again
Reshonda Tate Billingsley

4.5 Stars

A person can only take so much and in Say Amen, Again by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, Rachel Jackson Adams has had enough. Rachel knows that she is not innocent and has done her fair share of dirt. She has changed her ways and now she will have to fight to keep her marriage intact.

Rachel Jackson Adams is the First Lady of Zion Hill helping her husband Lester save souls. Rachel is still being consists with her godly duties even at eight months pregnant. However, outside of her First Lady role, Rachel is dealing with her husband’s pregnant ex-mistress. Will Rachel be able to rid her family of this nuisance?

Mary Richardson has an agenda and that is to make sure that Lester Adams takes care of his responsibility. In the meantime, she wants to make his wife Rachel’s life a living hell. They say every dog has its day and Mary will soon learn that she will have to answer for all her tricks eventually.
Say Amen, Again is about dealing with your past, forgiveness, and keeping love alive. This is a page-turning book of anticipation and frustration. The author does a wonderful job keeping readers interested until the very end. I recommend this book to others who love Christian Fiction.

Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guest Blog Thursdays

Writing Tips with Minolta
by Minolta C. White

There you are writing your heart out. The story is flowing and you have the feeling of accomplishment. Then suddenly you run into a wall. You want to overcome it, but you can't and suddenly you're faced with the dreaded writers block. Writer's block is pretty for alot of writers, however getting over the hump is an obstacle in it self. Here are a few of my favorite tips for beating writers block.

1. Get out of the house- writers are often confined to a desk, chair, computer, and a quiet space in there home. The life of a writer is one mostly spent in solitary. Get out of the house and enjoy yourself for a couple of hours. Take your mind away from work and do something you love. It never hurts to get a mani/pedi for an hour.

2. Play music- Nothing takes me away like the smooth sounds of Kem or the upbeat tempo of Beyonce. Music  is a spiritual journey that causes a reaction mentally and physically. Play your favorite song and watch what happens.

3. Take a mini- vacay from your project- Odds are you've spent hours on your computer trying to finish your novel. Good for you. Your mind needs to relax. Take a mini vacay around your block and allow your mind to escape reality. Doing so will get your creative juices flowing.

4.Have sex- At the end of the day we all need human contact. What's more special than sex with the one you love? You'll feel more relaxed and rejuvenated to finish that steamy sex scene.

5. Eat some chocolate- Chocolate makes me happy all the time. Whether you're happy or sad eat just a small piece and take your mouth on a ride of a lifetime. When you smile on the inside you feel confident enough to tackle any challenge.

6. Start over- When all else fails it never hurts to start over. When you take a step back and realize the story is not going where you want too, no one's going to fault you. You want to put your best foot forward and starting over just might give you your best work. 

At the end of the day, you're a writer not a scientist. You're allowed to make a mistake. Many people can't sit still long enough to start a book or finish it., so you've accomplished a goal already. This is your journey enjoy it and allow the experience to allow you to grow.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Giveaway: Fannin' Ol Flamez

Hello Readers,

Win a copy of Tracy L. Cooper's Fannin Ol' Flamez!

Whomever answers the six questions below correctly will win an autographed copy of Fannin' Ol Flamez by Tracy L. Cooper. Two copies are available so there can only be two winners. Good Luck!!!



About The Book
Troy-a retired pro football player celebrates his 40th birthday with a reunion party that brings his old college friends together after going their separate ways almost twenty years ago.

Lyndsay and Austen-are married but becoming bored with one another after years of routine and rearing twins. Their marriage and love is put to the test when the two of them run into old flames at the party.

Eric-is married to Nicole who has an illness which leaves her not feeling romantic and in the mood and that puts a strain on Eric's will to stay faithful. But does Nicole have a secret of her own?

Shay-her on and off relationship with Troy since college rekindles but her boyfriend and a secret she's been hiding for years will test that friendship and love.

In Fannin' Old Flamez, Tracy L. Cooper brings to life emotion-filled human drama that a lot of men and women deal with when it comes to connecting with old flames, people we consider ourselves to be comfortable with. In this novel you will see the dangers of not letting the past be the past.

About The Author

Tracy L. Cooper is a native of Gary, Indiana. Tracy received a degree in Journalism from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. She now a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana where she lives with her daughter. Tracy is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and is working on her next novel.

Contest Questions

1. Name the four main characters in Fannin' Ol Flamez

2. What profession did Troy retire from?
     A. Basketball
     B. Soccer
     C. Football

3. What is Tracy L. Cooper's first degree in?

4. Who is Nicole's husband?
    A. Troy
    B. Austen
    C. Eric

5. Tracy lives with her son. True or False

6. Who is having a 40th birthday party?
     A. Eric
     B. Austen
     C. Bob
     D. None of the above

Send answers to tabeasley36@yahoo.com.
Winners will be announced on November 4, 2011.

Book Spotlight: The Available Wife Part 2

Available Nov 29, 2011 at Amazon.com
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About The Book
Six months after her husband, Germaine ran off with her two boys, Niquole Wright has a sweet tooth for revenge. Even more selfish and devious than before, Niquole will stop at nothing to get her kids back and make her husband suffer. In the meantime, someone new as reentered Niquole s life...her daughter Cierra who is just one of the many obstacles slowing down Niquole s plans. Fasten your seat belt as Niquole takes you on a get back ride that you ll never forget.
About The Author
Carla Pennington penned her first novel The Available Wife which was released earlier this year. She is available via Facebook and Twitter so follow her to learn about this talented writer. Look for more from Carla she is currently writing her next masterpiece.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Author of the Week: Carla Pennington


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A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
Carla: When I’m asked that question, I get tickled because of the answer I will give. My mom says I was born with a pen and pad in hand. Although we all know that’s impossible, I feel there is some truth to it. I was always the kid in the house with my nose and eyes inside of a book or scribbling on paper. I missed out on a lot of childhood games because of my fascination with words.


A&RBC: Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
Carla: I get my inspiration for my characters from myself, friends, family and even people that I meet on the street. I’m a people watcher. People are funny and interesting. I’ll sit at restaurants, clubs, park, stop light, etc and watch the actions of people around me. It’s amazing how my imagination can take off from something so simple.

A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book?
Carla: I hope readers take from the book that it’s not a good idea to be an “available wife.” LOL! Seriously, I want readers to realize that whatever is done in the dark always bursts through the light. Secrets hurt and destroy.

A&RBC:  If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
Carla: Adultery. I’d like to get into the minds of adulterers and try to understand why they do what they do. It would be fun to hear the different stories.

A&RBC: Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
Carla: I really don’t have a process. I just do what feels right and excites me.

A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
Carla: I grew up reading Harlequin novels. If I had to choose a genre that I enjoy, it would be romance. I love “love” and “romance.” 

A&RBC:  Are you an avid or occasional reader?
Carla: When I was younger, I used to be an avid reader. From dusk ‘til dawn, I was in a book. Now, I read occasionally. Writing as well as other things, mainly my children, requires most of my attention.  

A&RBC: What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
Carla: There’s one thing that I would like readers to know about me. When I was 19-years-old, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It’s a battle having this illness living with me, but I always come out on top. I love life too much to let it get in my way. 

A&RBC:  If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
Carla: Danielle Steele! I love her books turned movies and would love to ask her how in the world has she kept it fresh and going after all these years.

A&RBC: What is or was your dream job?
Carla: This is a tricky question because I don’t have a dream job. Being an author is not a job to me. It’s a gift that comes with a lot of great perks. LOL!

A&RBC: What new projects are you working on?
Carla: I just completed “The Available Wife part 2.” Now, I’m sprucing up a few more novels that I had to set to the side to finish TAW2. It’s fun working on 2, 3, or 4 things at one time. 

A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
Carla: I’m currently working on a web page but in the mean time readers can find me on Facebook: CarlaPennington. I’m under the same name on Twitter but I’m a dunce to that social network so Facebook me!


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Guest Blog Thursdays: Publishing and Writing Tips from the Mind of Omegia

Is My Book Priced Too High?
From the message board forums to meeting authors face to face I have heard it all when it comes to book prices. In most cases the author really does not have a legitimate complaint and others, as with the case with my first release, should be screaming at the top of their lungs. There are many contributing factors when determining book pricing. Authors should know what they are prior to seeking publishing. Don’t find out the hard way like I did my first go round. Now on my 6th book and from being a Publishing Consultant I know the ins and outs.
Prices should be set to allow room for distribution discounts (normally 40%-55%), print cost (determined by the page count), handling fee (yes unfortunately you must pay this too) royalties, and the publishers cut. If you are self-publishing you can eliminate the publishers cut. I will use one of my books as an example. Can You Keep a Secret? is priced at $15.00. Well the online booksellers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) get a 40%-55% discount. I will go with the low end of 40% which means they get the book for $9. Print charge can be between $4-$6, calculated by the length of the book. Toss in $1 for the handling fee and this is what I am left with getting 15% of about $3.50. On the other hand if I want to purchase my book to sell at events I normally get a 40% discount (which is standard from publishers) unless I buy large quantities. I get my book for $9 and sell it for $15 at events and pocket $6 per book.
Now some of you may shake your head and say no way you want a publisher, right. Well hey I could have paid about $1500-$3000 to have a quality self-published book. By quality I mean ISBN, Editing, Formatting, Cover Design, ect. All I would be eliminating is the publisher’s cut when it pertains to online sales or brick and mortar sales. After a year of pushing the books myself I would be lucky if I made my money back to even think about profiting. I will take my $6 per books I purchase as well as my 15% of $3.50, thank you. Last check I have sold almost 2500 copies of this novel since its release.
I will take it a step further and apply the same equation to my first book, Passionate Playmates published by Publish America. The book was barely 100 pages and was set to $16.95. I can’t tell you what I got off my meager 8% royalties with them because with the high price the book never sold from bookstores. When I purchased my books to sell from them I barely received a 30% discount from them and I always order around 30 books or more, and they were very crafty to charge a shipping charge per book. Basically when I sold all 30 books I was still in the hole. On first look I thought I would have gotten more because of the higher price of the book but no one will buy it if it is that high.
On the other hand I have heard people who assume there books should be extremely low. $7-$8 bucks for a book over 300 pages or $15 for a 600 pager. Well unless you are doing over 1000 books print run it is simply not going to happen. Matter of fact I have one of friend’s, who is published under Simon and Schuster, book sitting in front of me. Her book is only 2 pages longer than my Can You Keep a Secret, And guess what? It’s set at the same price of $15 just like mine. So even though I am with a smaller publisher the numbers are still the same. So before you jump the gun and say your publisher has your book price set too high make sure you do your research on books in the same genre and length. It may not be the price hindering your sales.

Until Next Time,
Omegia Keeys

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Author of the Week: Valley Brown


A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
Valley: I've always written, but it took me most of my life to finally call myself a writer. I wrote and illustrated stories as a child, and in high school I took a lot of journalism, but my first love was visual art, so that took precedence over writing for college and beyond. Even so, I would have these obsessive urges to write, so I started lots of stories that were never fleshed out B mainly attempts at sci-fi and fantasy, and wrote a lot of free verse poetry. It wasn't until my late forties that the mother lode of urges struck me, and I began writing what would become a novel. I realized I could write professionally and not give up my art career. Based on an earlier successful submission to a trade journal, I developed an opportunity to write a quarterly column for it. That lasted about a year. The magazine made some significant changes to its content, so I moved on, but during that time I also had a full-length article published in an aviation magazine, and won 12th place in a national poetry contest (Writers Digest, 2007/8). All of those things helped galvanize my determination to be an author.

A&RBC: Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
Valley: Everywhere I've been. Everyone I've ever met. Each of us has tiny quirks and traits, or distinctive physical features, or unusual attitudes or hobbies B the list is endless. My brain constantly gleans trivia for future use. I'm fascinated by the inner challenges and strengths that every single person has within them, and those aren't always visible. An ordinary Aregular@ person has the ability to do amazing and courageous things when life seems to give them no choice. Overall, my characters tend to be blends of personalities. No one character is modeled directly on any one person, but I do borrow aspects of people I know or have known fairly well to build characters who I believe are credible, easy to relate to.

A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book?
Valley: Wow. I guess a number of things, but mostly that love for another person is the strongest thing out there. Even people who have enormous burdens on their souls can live with those burdens if they are loved unconditionally by someone else, and love unconditionally in return. We're all in some kind of pain at any given point in time, but it doesn't have to destroy us.

A&RBC: If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
Valley: Now that is a loaded question. Our society has developed so many skewed attitudes, I'm not sure where I would begin. We seem to have slipped back into the medieval era in some ways. I often try to deal with my feelings on stuff I see on the news by writing short stories or personal essays about it, but those are not something I share readily, at least not yet.

A&RBC: Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
Valley: I normally start with a Awhat if@ scenario, then work through whatever tangents arise until I have enough for a really rough outline. Sometimes that takes the form of a synopsis, sometimes an actual outline. From that point on, I write in scenes or conversations, then go back and work to see how it all ties in together. All the while I'm building the characters, letting them evolve, learning what kind of behavior to expect from each one.

A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
Valley: Fantasy, especially if it involves complete other worlds. It's the ultimate imaginary trip.

A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader?
Valley: I consider myself an avid reader, but much of what I read nowadays isn't always books. I enjoy learning about the world, the past, the present, the future. I'm trying desperately to keep up with what's going on in today's writing world, too. With all the online newsletters, plus the magazines I subscribe to, it's a big chunk of my so-called free time. Getting to read any kind of book is a reward, either that or I'm playing hooky from something to make the time to read!

A&RBC: What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
Valley: Hm. First, that I am passionate about my writing. My goal is to create stories that fit with people, that they can relate to and enjoy, maybe even discover something about themselves in the reading. And second, that I am at heart, and always will be, a small-town girl who still believes that one person can dream big and make a difference.

A&RBC: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
Valley: Ray Bradbury. From the first time I started reading his work, I was blown away by the depth of his intuition on what it means to be human, and the way he can take simple words or phrases and create whole new contexts. AThe Illustrated Man@ is a perfect example.

A&RBC: What is or was your dream job?
Valley: In some ways, I'm living my dream job. I'm an author and artist, all at the same time! I like to think that these two facets of my life are interdependent. They enhance and feed each other.

A&RBC: What new projects are you working on?
Valley: Well, I'm finishing up the next book in The Rocky Road Series. That one should come out in Spring of 2012 B I don't want to give anything out on that yet, since Speeding Tickets only just launched. I'll be hot and heavy into number three shortly thereafter. In between these, I'm working on something totally different B a book based on the life of a dear friend who passed away last winter. He gifted me with a lifetime of unique anecdotes and images from his growing up on the prairie during the early 1900's, through his coming of age during WWII, and his ongoing love affair with aviation.

A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
Valley: Readers can reach me via my website, http://www.valleybrown.com/, or my blog, http://valleybrown.wordpress.com, or on Facebook by just doing a search there, or connect from the website. Speeding Tickets is available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and many other  booksellers, or through my publisher, http://brokenglasspublishing.com .


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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Saturday Suggestion: Second Chance At Love Series

Book One: Yesterday's Promise


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Melinda Johnson has always felt called to ministry. So, when her father, Bishop Langston Johnson, decides to step down after thirty years of leadership at Omega Christian Center, it seems only natural for her to take his place. But Bishop Johnson feels led by a God who has other things in mind, and to succeed him, he appoints Steven Marks-a man who is opposed to female pastors, not to mention the fact that he is Melinda’s ex-fiancĂ©.


Feeling defeated, Melinda nevertheless maintains her position as the church’s Missions and Community Outreach Director. Frequent interaction with the new bishop incites bitter sparring-and rekindles long-suppressed attraction, which grows only stronger when Melinda develops a relationship with Steven’s precious daughter, Brianna, who’s still struggling with the death of her mother.


Can Steven and Melinda set aside past pains, forgive each other, and learn to love again? Or will their opposing positions regarding women preachers keep them forever at odds?

Book Two: A Love for Tomorrow


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When Christian talk show host Serenity Williams's fiance calls off their wedding because he can't deal with her popularity, she determines that she will never fall in love with another pride-filled, ego-driven pastor.

Then, Serenity's producer asks her to interview the charismatic Pastor Phillip McKnight, who has recently gone through a divorce. Serenity feels that this is her chance to expose the arrogance of ego-filled pastors to the world. But Pastor Phillip is broken and humbled from his experiences, and the surprising humility of this man causes Serenity to want to un-break his heart.

However, Serenity will need the Lord to fix her heart and change her mind about male preachers before she and Phillip can become all they were meant to be to each other.

Friday, October 7, 2011

FYI Friday: Book Celebration

Did you know about the OOSA Pajama Jam?

It is going to be a celebration of authors and readers along with activities for all to enjoy. Come join us and meet some of our favorite authors such as Terra Little, Brenda Hampton, Kesha Ervin, and Rose Jackson Beavers. We have our ticket, do you?

OOSA Book Club Pajama Jam
October 29-30, 2011
6:oopm-12:00pm
Holiday Inn 0n Woodson Rd
St. Louis Airport
http://bookclubpajamajam.homestead.com/


 Don't forget your camera!

Book Spotlight: Fannin' Old Flamez

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About The Book

Troy-a retired pro football player celebrates his 40th birthday with a reunion party that brings his old college friends together after going their separate ways almost twenty years ago.

Lyndsay and Austen-are married but becoming bored with one another after years of routine and rearing twins. Their marriage and love is put to the test when the two of them run into old flames at the party.

Eric-is married to Nicole who has an illness which leaves her not feeling romantic and in the mood and that puts a strain on Eric's will to stay faithful. But does Nicole have a secret of her own?

Shay-her on and off relationship with Troy since college rekindles but her boyfriend and a secret she's been hiding for years will test that friendship and love.

In Fannin' Old Flamez, Tracy L. Cooper brings to life emotion-filled human drama that a lot of men and women deal with when it comes to connecting with old flames, people we consider ourselves to be comfortable with. In this novel you will see the dangers of not letting the past be the past.

Review

In Fannin’ Old Flamez by Tracy L. Cooper, readers are introduced to five friends preparing to attend a birthday and reunion party. Troy has retired from playing football and ready to celebrate his 40th birthday with old friends. It has been twenty years and he cannot wait to catch up on old times especially with one particular classmate.
Shay has been use to an on and off again relationship with old classmate Troy. Shay has not gotten over some of the issues that she and Troy had in the past and the secret she has been keeping could change everything. On the other hand, Shay’s boyfriend Drew is starting to see a change in her behavior and Shay will have to make some hard decisions.
Eric has been trying to be patient with his wife Nicole, who has an illness that leaves her not feeling desirable. Eric is starting to get to a breaking point and it is becoming harder to stay faithful. Unbeknownst to Eric his wife has something up her sleeve and once revealed will change their lives forever.
Lyndsay and Austen is a married couple with children who have no desire to be together. Both realizes their problems while attending their friends party and reuniting with individuals from their past. These old flames have an agenda and it will be up to Lindsay and Austen if they want to jump in the flames.
Fannin’ Old Flamez is about past relationships that need to stay in the past. This book provides readers with drama that happens every day in many relationships. The author does a wonderful job of bringing relatable characters to life in this exciting and entertaining book.  This book does have some grammatical errors but they do not take away from the book. I recommend this book to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews
3.5 Stars

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday Suggestion

Hello Readers,

It is the first edition of Saturday Suggestion. We at Authors & Readers Book Corner want to provide readers with book selections that must be on your "To Be Read" lists. On Saturdays we will feature a different synopsis of a book that may be on our reading list for the month or may be a book from our previous monthly reading list. Please feel free to leave comments if you are reading, have read, or planning to read the chosen selections. We appreciate feedback and if there is a book you would like featured please feel free to email us at tabeasley36@yahoo.com.

Today's feature is Faking Reality by Zaria Garrison 

Julian Washington, owner of The Washington Broadcasting Network, is making an obscene amount of money—but he wants more. Anderson Carter, his hot-shot producer, convinces him that reality TV shows are quickly becoming one of America’s favorite pastimes, and if Julian produces Revelations, a new reality show based on the lives of four prominent Atlanta pastors and their families, it will catapult his new network to major success.

Reverend Brandon Kitts, Evangelist Danita Hyatt, Apostle Zack (Bo) Morton, and Bishop Jimmy Snow sign on to allow the cameras to follow them inside the pulpit and in their private lives as the stars of this exciting, new show. As the cameras roll, the ministers each face individual struggles with secrets, expectations, and their own personal revelations. Each one discovers that they must seek diligently to find God’s truth in the midst of the lies of reality television.

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