Friday, April 27, 2012

FYI Friday: Did You Know?


It Is Here!
Dayton Book Expo

April 28, 2012
11:00am-4:00pm
Sinclair Community College
David H. Pointz Sinclair Center
Great Hall-Building 12
444 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Cost: FREE
Parking Pass available for $2.00

The Expo will be featuring a new selection of upcoming authors, hosting workshops, and activities for the kids.

 Authors & Readers Book Corner hopes to see you there!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Spotlight: The Family Business

About The Book

By day, the Duncans are an upstanding family who run a thriving car dealership in Queens. By night, they live a dangerous secret life! Carl Weber and Eric Pete deliver a thrilling underworld drama in The Family Business L.C. Duncan, patriarch of the family, is at the age when he’s starting to think about retirement in sunny Florida. But the recession is taking a bite out of the business and, worrying more, he has to decide which of his children should take over. When his workaholic son Orlando gets the nod, Orlando’s siblings—including the favorite son Vegas, conniving daughter London, glamorous party girl Paris and flamboyant nightclub owner Rio—are up in arms. But so are the Zunigas, a rival family whose fragile business alliance with the Duncans may explode at any moment. When Vegas suddenly breaks away from the family, London’s lawyer husband, Harris, makes a play for the company and all hell breaks loose. Selling cars, it turns out, is only a small part of the Duncans’ family business. Each member of the family has a secret expertise to reveal. And now, under siege from the Mafia, Mexican drug cartels and the Zunigas, the Duncans will have to stick together—or die separately!
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About The Authors

Carl Weber is the best selling author of over a dozen novels and short stories. He is an avid and longtime reader, Weber wanted to write stories about ordinary people who have crazy things happening in their lives. When he is not connecting with readers through his books and his two bookstores. Weber is finding new talent for his own publishing company, Urban Books. Readers can visit Carl's website at www.carlweber.net
and email him at urbanbooks@hotmail.com

Eric Pete is an Essence bestselling novelist. He has written over 8 novels and contributed to three anthologies. He currently reside in Texas, where he is working on his next novel. Readers can visit Eric's website at www.ericpete.com

Friday, April 20, 2012

FYI Friday: Did You Know?

Did you know, today is the last day to RSVP?

Cocktails & Chocolate Chat with Ni'Cola & Tamika

"He's My Favorite Mistake"
Saturday April 21, 2012 4:00pm-7:00pm
Studio 101 Chicago
1932 S. Halsted Suite 101

Admission is Free (must RSVP)



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Spotlight: The Reverend's Wife

About The Book
It's been months since Reverend Curtis learned that his wife, Charlotte, had affairs with two different men, and for now, he continues to be cordial and respectful to her. But he's also made it clear that once their son, Matthew, graduates high school, he will be filing for divorce. Charlotte, on the other hand, continues to do everything possible to make amends in hopes of saving their marriage.
Unfortunately, Curtis is ready to move on and is being propositioned by a woman who desperately wants to become the next Mrs. Curtis Black. When the situation heads down a path that is frighteningly shocking, could it be the final blow to this once blessed union?

About The Author
Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black Series. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.
For more information about Kimberla, please visit http://www.kimroby.com/

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Purchase at Kimroby.com

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Book Review: Couples Therapy

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Couples Therapy
Michelle Larks
4 Stars

At Christian Fellowship Church couples are struggling with issues beyond their control in Couples Therapy by Michelle Larks. Four couples agree to attend couples therapy, a new program at the church. While attending therapy these couples find out their strengths and weaknesses.
Meesha Morrison has a hidden agenda and it is getting her husband, Edward, to join in the therapy she has already committed them to. Meesha is determine to save her marriage but Edward has other plans.
Kenneth and Beverly Howard are at odds over their son Amir. Beverly’s constant condoling of Amir has caused a rift in her marriage. When Amir is arrested after a major event, Beverly has no choice but to open her eyes and see her situation for what it truly is.
Julia is having trouble accepting her new Caucasian daughter-in-law. Douglas is trying his best to help his wife through this time as well as being there for his son, Brandon, and daughter-in-law Erin. Julia and Douglas agree to join the couples therapy at their church to help them adjust to the new changes in their life.
Brandon and Erin Freeman is a young newlywed couple expecting their first child. It has been hard for the couple to adjust to being married while living in Brandon’s parent’s basement. Erin is trying her best to get her mother-in-law to like her to no avail. Erin becomes ill and has to be rushed to the hospital. The birth of this child will change the Freeman’s life forever.
Couples therapy is about family, forgiveness, and faith. We can do all things through Christ and these four couples faith will be tested. The author does a wonderful job including issues and problems married couples are dealing with every day. This will help readers relate to the characters and will have them feeling every emotion these couples go through. After reading Couples Therapy, I am so glad my husband and I attending therapy before we got married to prevent ending in therapy after being married. Once again, Michelle Larks has written a compelling book that many can appreciate. I recommend this book to others.
Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews

Friday, April 13, 2012

FYI Friday: April Events

FYI Fridays are for providing information that will be helpful and exciting for any author or reader. We at Authors & Readers Book Corner wanted to let you in on some fun filled events that are happening in the month of April. We hope to see you there!

Authors & Readers Book Corner
"Going Green" Gift Bag Giveaway
April 2, 2012 to April 30, 2012
www.arbookcorner.com

*To win a gift bag, readers must answer two questions pertaining to "Going Green". Readers will then post their answers as a comment. The four winners will be announced May 2, 2012.


Strings of Color Virtual Book Tour
Author Marian L. Thomas
April 6, 2012
All Day Virtual Tour

The RT Booklovers Convention 2012
April 11th-April 15th, 2012.
The Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel

9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, Illinois, 60018
(847) 696-1234


Dayton Book Expo
April 28, 2012
11:00am
Sinclair Community College
David H. Pointz Sinclair Center
Great Hall-Building 12
444 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402
www.daytonbookexpo.com
Cost: FREE
Parking Pass available for $2.00

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Review: And You Call Yourself A Christian


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And You Call Yourself A Christian
E. N. Joy
4.5 Stars
Unique is still a noticeable diva in, And You Call Yourself A Christian, book on in the new Still Divas series by E. N. Joy. Unique is trying to live on the straight and narrow but struggling is trying her patience. When Unique decides to confront one of her baby’s fathers for help she is unaware that she will become part of an unsuspected chain of events.
Lorain is settling into being a new mother to her twin daughters. Lorain is also debating on pursuing her relationship with Nicholas. When she decides to give him an answer to his wedding proposal, Lorain finds out her eldest daughter is in jail and in major trouble. And if God was not testing Lorain further, she has to work with Unique’s adoptive mother to get Unique out of her current situation. Will Lorain make it through?
And You Call Yourself A Christian is about family and having faith that anything can be accomplished through Jesus Christ. E. N. Joy does a wonderful job allowing readers into the dynamics of Unique and Lorain’s relationship. The main characters were well-developed, full of energy and shared their true emotions in this entertaining and suspenseful book. I believe And You Call Yourself A Christian was a great way to start the new series. I look forward to the next installment in the series. I definitely recommend this book to others.  


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Book Spotlight: The Gold Digger's Club

About The Book
As they begin to realize their dreams, three dynamic women walk a thin line between right and wrong only to learn that one wrong decision can cause everything to fall apart.
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The Golddigger’s Club follows three friends—Monica Hatcher, the wife of a popular NFL player; Deidre (Dee) Wright, the outspoken fashion stylist; and Stephanie Robinson, the unmotivated video girl. They want success, money, and status, and they get it the best way they know how: through the men in their lives.
In the beginning, all their sneaking, lying, and manipulating pays off: Monica, who wants her own public relations firm, secures her first client; Dee finds funding to start her own fashion magazine; and Stephanie sinks her claws into the man of her dreams—a suave R&B singer. But after dirty lies and old secrets come to light, the women’s newfound happiness comes close to falling apart.

About The Author
Jaye Cherie is editor and publisher of Entertainment Wire, an online entertainment medium devoted to news, reviews, and interviews. She has photographed, interviewed, and written articles on entertainers and personalities, such as TLC member and reality show star Chilli, singer Eric Benet, and CSI: New York actor Hill Harper. Jaye resides in Jacksonville, Florida. Visit her at http://www.etwireonline.com/, twitter.com/etwire or www.etwireonline.com/undertheredcarpet

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Saturday Suggestions: Deranged & Deranged 2



About the Book

Hell bent on upping her body count,  Nikki takes Nicole on a psychotic rampage against her will. After a life full of  devastation, crazy thoughts invade Nicole's head and she can no longer save  Jeremy or herself from what she's about to endure.
Burning flesh, cracking skulls, and the smell of Jeremy's cum are the only things that excite her.
About the Book

In Deranged, Nikki achieved her goal of capturing Jeremy for Nicole, but fell short as Cowboy spoiled their plans. One year later, Nikki refuses to fail and no longer needs Nicole or her assistance. In Deranged 2, Nicole s face was sweet but Nikki s revenge was unstoppable as she moved heaven & earth to be with her man and live the dream life that they planned together. Once free, AND she  sees he's cheating and living their dream life with someone else, Jeremy and his  family have nowhere to hide.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Strings of Color Book Tour with Marian L.. Thomas

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About The Book

Simone
Is immensely talented, yet everything she has ever known will be ripped apart. Her love will be tested. Her heart will call out for a strength that could only exist in moments like this, and her tears will carry her through the storm. Will she be able to give her heart to the love of her life while fighting to open her heart to a mother she has never known?
Naya
While facing her greatest loss, will she be able to find the key to strength, the will to continue on, and the endurance to make it through one of the darkest moments in her life?
MonĂ 
Within her heart is a secret so deep that it could shake the very foundations of two lives. Will she be able to finally look into the eyes of a daughter she has only known from a distance?
Misty
Two paths are set before her; one could lead her back to the life of fame and prominence, which she so desperately wants; and the other could give her the love she so desperately needs. Will she choose the path that is best for her future, or for her heart?

About The Author

Ms. Thomas is a dynamic story-teller with three romantic and dramatic novels to her credit, she distinguishes herself from the genre popular among women by refusing to lace her work with profanity and sexually-explicit themes for the sake of notoriety and book sales.

Nevertheless, her first two novels "Color Me Jazzmyne" (2010) and "My Father's Colors" (2011), both reached the Top 100 on Amazon.com's Rhythm and Blues and Soul best-sellers list. "My Father's Colors" was a finalist pick during the 2011 USA Best Book Awards.

Ms. Thomas's books probe the ever-intriguing themes of race, family strife, love, teen pregnancy, friendship and abuse. And yet, her tales which seem to pre-sage current tabloid headlines are spelled out in ways that suit delicate moral tastes.As a motivational and inspirational speaker, Marian delivers an engaging seminar and workshop titled: Publish Yourself First: Become a “Plan A” Author.

In March 2011, she taught this workshop to the Destiny's Daughters of Promise. Here is what they had to say: "We are honored that you took time to do a presentation for Destiny's Daughters of Promise. The information you presented was timely and relevant and it will help us prepare these teens for a successful future. Thank you for helping us in our endeavor to bring about a positive change in the lives of these girls."


Representatives for Marian L. Thomas:
Contact: Rikki Sandress, Rikkisandress@lbpublishingco.com
Contact: Scott Walton, waltonascott@yahoo.com

*Note information provided for this Virtual Book Tour is courtesy of www.marianlthomas.com. The authors website.


What A&RBC Reviews is saying about Strings of Color....

Strings of Color by Marian L. Thomas reintroduces readers to four women linked by the lies, betrayal and secrets of their past. Simone is a talented woman struggling to give her heart to the man of her dreams. Simone also struggles with building a relationship with a mother who has never been in her life. Misty is trying to reclaim the life she let her ego destroy. When Misty discovers some unsuspected information about her past she will have to make a decision that will change her life.

Naya is grieving the loss of her husband while trying to stay strong enough to keep living. Naya receives an uninvited visitor and suddenly has to confront her past head on. Mona knows she is far from being a saint but needs to make amends. Mona finds a unique way to clean out the skeletons in her closet because she realizes the decisions she made in the past would soon come back to bite. Will Mona be prepared for responses?

Strings of Color is a book that reveals family secrets. From the first page until the last readers will be struck with overwhelming emotions. This book has well-developed characters that complement the storyline. It is consistent with the previous books in the series giving readers different views of this family's life. I was thrilled with this book as well as the previous two books in this series. This author has a unique writing style that makes her a wonderful storyteller. I cannot wait until the next book is available. I recommend this book to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley

FYI Fridays: Guess What's New

Hello Readers,


Be aware of the explosive new releases for April 2012. These authors are truly providing entertainment, drama and suspense among other things.  The following titles should be on your To Be Read List:

4/1/12 Strings of Color-Marian L. Thomas

4/17/12 An Accidental Affair-Eric Jerome Dickey

4/20/12 Finding Your Virtue-Rodney B. James

4/20/12 Husbands, Listen to Your Wives-Cedric Harmon


4/24/12 Natural Born Liar-Noire
4/24/12 Reckless-Niobia Bryant, Grace Octavia, & Cydney Rax
4/24/12 Payback Ain’t Enough-Wahida Clark
4/24/12 Alibi II: Nard’s Revenge-Teri Woods

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Talk About It Thursdays: Helpful Books for Writers

Writing Essentials: Helpful Books for Writers

I have been researching books and materials every writer should have on their shelves. Having books you can use as a reference is important in a writers journey. Many of the authors I read today and some new authors my have used these titles as helful tools to hone their craft. I would like to share:

1. The Maeve Binchy Writer's Club-Maeve Binchy

2. Writing the Breakout Novel-Donald Mass

3. Techniques of a Selling Writer-Dwight Swain

4. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers-Rennie Brown & Dave King

5. Stein on Writing-Sol Stein

6. The First Five Pages-Noah Lukeman

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Spotlight: Grand Hustle

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About the Book

Jessica N. Watkins takes us on a passion-filled ride as she returns with the sixth volume of the infamous Femistry novels, Grand Hustle- I shall not want. In this raunchy romantic soap opera–style tale of promiscuity and corruption, Jessica continues the saga of the leading ladies of Femistry with the usual humor, drama, and romance- Yet with an ending that will leave you breathless. The only thing on nineteen-year-old Star Anderson’s mind is taking care of her son by any means necessary. However, by means of breaking her back at a minimum wage nine-to-five is not an option. Therefore, she follows in the footsteps of her good friend, Roxie, down a path of scams, escorting, and set ups. Though this path seems to be paved with fast and easy money, tragedy strikes when plans become messy.
Star’s big sister, Tricey, attempts to clean up Star’s mess while fighting with her new beau. He suddenly wants her to skip town with him with no explanation. Though she is deeply concerned about her boyfriend wanting to abruptly leave, Tricey is so focused on rescuing Star that being a love sick puppy and following him out of state is not an option.
However, Lyric doesn’t mind being love sick. She and her boyfriend, James, are knee-deep in love and in the “lifestyle”. As members of Black Swinger’s Club, James and Lyric’s relationship is full of excitement, raunchiness, and spontaneity. Yet, once James settles into the lifestyle and presents Lyric with an ultimatum, she is forced to decide how knee-deep in love and the lifestyle she is willing to be. While Lyric contemplates allowing her heart to make her decision instead of her mind, Tricey’s anger and bitterness drives her to secretly stalk her boyfriend, leading to a revelation of hidden deception and the biggest shock of the Femistry series.
About the Author

Jessica N. Watkins has been an author of fiction literature since the young age of nine. She used writing as an outlet during her freshmen year of high school as a single parent: “In the third grade I entered a short story contest with a fiction tale of an apple tree that refused to grow despite the efforts of the darling main character. My writing evolved from apple trees to my seventh and eighth grade classmates paying me to read novels I wrote about kids our age living the lives our parents wouldn’t dare let us”. At the age of twenty-nine, Watkins’ chronicles have matured into steamy, humorous, and realistic tales of women’s fiction. She hopes that the Femistry series will successfully emulate ideal femininity while tackling stereotypes, familiar heartache, and relatable distress in a humorous and sophisticated fashion.
 Jessica N. Watkins is available for talks, workshops, and book signings. Email her for more information at jessica@femistrypress.net. Additional information can be found at www.jessica-watkins.com. Join Jessica and Femistry Press on Facebook at www.facebook.com/femistry.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Book Review: Fear, Faith & Patience

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Fear, Faith & Patience

Felecia Killings

4 Stars

When a person is passionate about their purpose in life it is hard for anyone or anything to keep them from achieving it. This is the case in Fear, Faith & Patience by Felecia Killings. It is rare to find a teacher who takes pride in her work and believes in taking a stand for her students. Fear, Faith & Patience introduces readers to one such teacher, Felecia Killings a woman who will go over and beyond for the well-being of her students.
Felecia fought a school system that ignored racial behavior and demeaning acts and disciplined certain students unfairly. Felecia, with the help of God, spoke out to the highest level to fulfill the purpose set out for her. This book provides readers with a glimpse into the struggle one woman takes in order to have all students treated equally.
Fear, Faith & Patience is an eye opening book and a testimony to fighting for what is right. It is about education and making sure no one person is above another. Everyone deserves to receive their education in an environment that is not racial and violent. This book has me looking at school systems in a different manner. I applaud the author for sharing her story and being a spokesperson for students.  I look forward to the next installment in this three book series. I recommend this book to others.
Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews



Monday, April 2, 2012

Business of the Week: Mama, I Want to Write!



A&RBC: Who is Mama, I Want to Write!?

Ghostwriter Monique: Mama I Want to Write is a boutique ghostwriting, book content development, editing and writing resource firm. We are, in essence, your personal ghostwriters. You have a story to tell but lack the passion, patience or (most importantly) the time needed for the research and development of that story and this is where Mama I Want to Write comes in. Let us write your story, while you wait.

A&RBC: What services do you provide?

Ghostwriter Monique: We offer ghostwriting, re-writes, editing, "fleshing out" (or book development), query letter-writing, book proposals drafts and in-person and webinar-based seminars. In short, we are your writing one-stop shop!

A&RBC: What sets you apart from your competition?

Ghostwriter Monique: Honestly, I think it's because we at Mama I Want to Write understand the complexities of being an author AND being a ghostwriter/editor/book developer. We've seen and experienced both sides of the coins so we know how to listen to a vision and enhance it without taking away from it. Also, we make the process pain free and fun.
A&RBC: What advice (relative to your area of business) can you give to aspiring authors?
Ghostwriter Monique:  Never think that your story isn't grand/bold/dynamic enough to be told. IT IS! Some of my favorite books are about simple, everyday life; it took courage for those authors to tell those stories. So, if I had one piece of advice it'd be "Don't take your story to the grave, write it!"
A&RBC:  What is your contact and location information?
Ghostwriter Monique: Our website is: www.MamaIWantToWrite.com we are also on Twitter (@MamaIWant2Write) and Facebook (Mama I Want To Write). We are based in the Southeastern region of the U.S. but deal with clients nationwide!
A&RBC: Who is your direct contact representative?
Ghostwriter Monique: Ghostwriter Monique is what we'll call her! ;) She can be reached at MamaIWant2write@gmail.com

"Going Green" Book Giveaway

 
Authors & Readers Book Corner wants to invite you to join in the efforts to make our environment better by "Going Green." Answer the following questions to show how much you know about this effort.

Take a chance at winning a free "Going Green" gift bag.


1. Name six items that can be recycled.



2. What are three ways you can start your 'going green' efforts?
     A. Receed, Reduce, Remake
     B. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
     C. Recycle, Remix, Reuse




Note: Please provide your answers in the comment section. The winners will be announced May 2, 2012.