Monday, December 31, 2012


Last Day for End of the Year Book Giveaway!

December End of the Year Book Giveaway!
December 10-31, 2012
Authors & Readers Book Corner is hosting its First Annual End of the Year Book Giveaway. We are giving away 4 bundles of books to 4 lucky readers that send a response to this announcement and "Like" our Facebook page. To leave a comment  click here.  To "Like" our Facebook page click here. The winners will be randomly pulled from the responses received.

*Winners will be announced on our site January 3, 2013.

Author of the Week: India Norfleet

Q & A with India Norfleet

A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
India: I became a writer when I wrote my first poem at fourteen when my high school boyfriend passed away. At the time though, I didn’t know that I wanted to become a published author until I began writing poetry to channel my feelings. After that I began writing poetry and reading to escape reality. During one of my many voyages to find peace, I discovered that I loved getting lost in between the pages of poetry and fiction. Horror became my genre of choice until I came across my very first romance novel. I knew I wanted to become a romance writer from that point on.
A&RBC: Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
India: Names, I spend a lot of time with names as a way of getting to know my characters, especially when I write erotica. How well a name rolls off my tongue, or how well two names mesh is what drives my story.
A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book?
India: That real love and happy endings do exists in reality. Though relationships aren’t by any means a piece of cake, never stop believing that a real life fairytale is out of your reach. The possibility is always there, all you have to do once you find the person is be willing to work just as hard to keep the them as you did trying to get them.
A&RBC: If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
India: Well, I write erotica and even though it’s becoming more widely accepted, it’s still a pretty controversial topic. But I would also like to write a book where the plot centers around abortion. Talk about controversy. 
A&RBC: Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
India: Whenever inspiration hits, is where I set up camp and began writing. On days that inspiration gives sleeps in; I tend to follow a ritual of sorts. After finding the perfect names, I like to people watch and research story ideas, all with my favorite pen and notepad at hand. Once I’ve gathered enough sources to begin a story, I like to visit a local library or just some place quiet to dwell on my idea and outline my story. Finally, I grab my laptop and I write.
A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
India: Romance and erotica will always sit at the top of my list of favorite genres and in that order. And boy, don’t let me find a book with both, I’m like a kind in a candy store. Lol.
A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader?
India: I have always been a very avid reader. Though lately, since I’ve been writing my own books, I’ve temporarily sunk to the occasional end. But you better believe that I don’t miss a beat, when my favorite author’s books debut. I am at the store, first in line, trying not to open the darn thing before I get home.
A&RBC: What are two things that you want your readers to know about you?
India: I am a hopeless romantic and I will always only write happy ends, no matter the genre.
A&RBC: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
India: Wow, you’re really going to make me choose huh? Lol. Okay, then it absolutely would have to be Beverly Jenkins because the way she weaves the most beautiful love story, all while educating me on my culture, I just find that so captivating. I mean to write of a time of the whole village raising a child, and real courting is just amazing, I am just totally in love with her work. And I’ve learned more about my culture reading Beverly Jenkins books, then I did in elementary, middle, and high school combined. Now, that’s one hell of a writer.
A&RBC: What is or was your dream job?
India: To be able to one day write full time would be my dream career.
A&RBC: What new projects are you working on?
India: Currently, I have three short erotic books that I am working on for kindle only, that is scheduled to be released in December. One of course will be a very yummy holiday treat. My first novel, Playing For Keeps, will finally be done with the editing process and released in mid December. I am also working on my second novel in what will be book two in a four book series.

A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
India: Readers can find me on my fan page and my blog I am also on twitter @msinnocentndya and can always be reached by email: and on my website at:
About The Book

Playing For Keeps is a love story set in Detroit Michigan about two people who have always wanted to get together, but becoming a couple was never on the cards for them. That is, until life throws them the wild card that changed their fate and finally brought them together. When the couple decides to make it official and begins to pursue a journey that they hope will lead to ultimate happiness, librarian Tiana Richmond and Master Barber De’Andre Willis hold fast to their dreams of securing an everlasting future as one.

But as unforeseen obstacles threaten to consume them and the stakes become higher than they’d ever imagined, De’Andre and Tiana roll the dice and pray for a big win in the gamble of a lifetime.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Author of the Week: S. J. Blenman

Q & A with S. J. Blenman

A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
S. J.: Last year I just decided that I love to read and had all these ideas floating around my head so one night I started tapping away into my mobile phone. That was the first chapter of The Face Within.
A&RBC: Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?
S. J.: I believe my imagination, although family and friends who have read it, think they can see similarities of people we know in one or two of the characters.
A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book?
S. J.: Oh so much, love, laughter, a thrilling journey, some soul searching but lots of excitement.
A&RBC: Most writers have a process or method for writing their books, what is yours?
S. J.: No process, just write and enjoy where the characters take me.
A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
S. J.: Crime/romance
A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader?
S. J.: Avid, until I started writing. Now not as much as I don't want to be too influenced.
A&RBC: What are two things you want your readers to know about you?
S. J.: That I'm genuine and want the reader to enjoy my work, as much as I do.

A&RBC:  If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?

S. J.: It would have to be looking at real life cases of people being killed at the hands of Police or dying within custody.
A&RBC: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
S. J.: Martina Cole as although her books are quite, at times dark and sad, there is always an underlining message which she is able to get across.
A&RBC: What is or was your dream job?
S. J.: To become a writer full time, that would be just beautiful.
A&RBC: What new projects are you working on?
S. J.: I've just finished, Tell Me In The Morning. A young British semi pro dancer meets a charismatic American who quickly sweeps her off her feet, but is he all that he seems?
A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
S. J.: On Twitter @SJBlenman or Facebook, SJ Blenman or email me direct,

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About The Book
An explosive encounter between Dean Richards and Clarissa Morgan begins late one Friday night, when the pair embark on a racy and steamy relationship. Under different circumstances, neither would be their first choice.
Dean has recently been demoted from CID and is unclear what the future holds. Clarissa is successful, with a bright future ahead of her and is thrown into turmoil when her long term boyfriend cheats on her. The timing for them both is perfect and takes them on a rebellious voyage of discovery.
Dean has a stunning blonde beauty that is desperate to be a permanent fixture in his life. Aided by his racist work colleague, the pair are determined to see an end to his relationship.
Lurking in the background is Lewis Franklin, Clarissa's ex. He is successful, handsome and completely corrupt. A serial player, who has little or no regard for women, needs Clarissa back in his life.
Dean is unaware what Clarissa does for a living and unbeknown to either of them, their lives are inexplicably intertwined. This becomes increasingly apparent when a young black male is murdered and life becomes very complicated.

A fast-paced, racy, crime novel.

Friday, December 21, 2012


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Our Snowman is making Apple Cranberry-Pistachio Bread

Authors & Readers Book Corner
We look forward to serving you in 2013!

FYI Friday: Did You Know?

Did You Know?

V.E.R.G.E presents

Lyrical Expressionz

December 27, 2012

Where: Retro Lounge & Grill
10 Brooklyn Ave
              Freeport, New York 11520

$5 admission before 9pm
$10 admission after 9pm

Open mic for a good cause!

*Donations of canned goods for Hurricane Sandy victims are appreciated

If you would like to be a presenter, sign up at the door between 8:00-9:00pm

For more information:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Spotlight: Another Man Will

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About The Book
Dana Turner is tired of watching her co-workers get married and wondering what she's missing... Single mother Crystal Turner works triple-overtime to give her three children a good life... And Yvette Turner's marriage just imploded, taking all her hard-earned money with it. These sisters can't wait any longer for some good black men to sweep them off their feet. It's time to try something new.
With her new attitude, Dana can't resist a sizzling connection with a handsome white accountant--even though the perfect brother just walked into her life. Meanwhile, Crystal is gambling big-time that her struggling ex-classmate will be the answer to her prayers. And with a dashing older man unexpectedly courting her, Yvette must choose between stability and playing the field. Soon, all three will learn that real love comes in different forms--and what one man won't provide, another man will...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Book Review: Montana's Way

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4 Stars for Montana's Way

The Blake sisters are taken on a new adventure in Montana’s Way by Shelia Goss. After dealing with the tragic events of their father’s death, Savannah finds love while Montana and Asia came along on the ride. Montana and Asia are extremely happy for their sister and cannot wait to help with planning a wedding. The sisters are getting their lives back on track until Troy and Savannah disappear. Montana and Asia’s emotions are running high and both know they need to stay calm in order to find their sister and her man.
Sean Patterson is Troy’s business partner and friend. Sean offers to help the sisters find Savannah and Troy. As the group investigates the couple’s mysterious disappearance, they realize there is more to it and they will have to pull out all the stops. Sean finds out the hard way that the Blake sisters are stubborn and hardheaded creatures that won’t stay still until they have Savannah and Troy back. While working with Montana and Asia, Sean is attracted to Montana’s feisty behavior and sense that she is attracted to him as well. Will there be another love connection for one of the Blake sisters?
Montana’s Way was suspenseful, action-packed and had its drama. The well-developed characters show more of their strength and their ability to stand by family. The interactions between Montana and Sean were thrilling. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series and hope the spotlight will be on Asia this time. I recommend Montana’s Way to others.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews

Monday, December 17, 2012

Publisher of the Week: FourShadough Publishing

A&RBC: Who is FourShadough Publishing?

FourShadough: FourShadough Publishing is a company whose sole purpose is to promote literacy throughout communities through the production and distribution of written literature. FourShadough Publishing provides a diverse variety of written work from various genres to its customers to ensure well rounded and versatile reading material. We also plan on providing educational materials/services to the public that will contribute to the continued growth and creativity in this industry. 

A&RBC: What services do you provide?

FourShadough: FourShadough Publishing, LLC is a Book Publishing Company that develops written work to be published professionally through the stages of acquisition, copyediting, graphic design, production, printing, marketing, and distribution.

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

FourShadough: FourShadough Publishing prides itself on releasing diverse reading material. Our primary genre is urban fiction however, we look for stories with original plots as well as strong vivid writing. We pride ourselves on finding writing that produces "outside the box" thinking that deals with issues that are not talked about publicly.

A&RBC: What advice (relative to your area of business) can you give to aspiring authors?

FourShadough: The single most important advice for an aspiring author is do your research. Many authors have a misconception of what happens when they write a book and are literally accosted by predatory publishing companies that take advantage of their dreams. Aspiring authors should exercise a lot of restraint first of all then they should put the their story up and research the publishing industry from the business side so they will understand the verbiage and how the industry functions. They should reach out to other authors and ask questions and make conscious decisions. Finally, they should never, under any circumstances, ever sign a contract without having a lawyer look over it first.

A&RBC: What is your contact and location information?

FourShadough: FourShadough Publishing
                                 65 Willoughby Avenue, Suite F1
                                 Brooklyn, NY 11205

A&RBC: Who is your direct contact representative?

FourShadough: For direct contact Mr. L. Miller 
                        Twitter: @Jun4Shadough

Friday, December 14, 2012

Book Review: The Blood Done Signed My Name

5 Stars for The Blood Done Signed My Name

In The Blood Done Signed My Name by M. Ann Ricks, readers are introduced to Honey, a woman trying to run away from her past. Honey has a new life with husband, Mason and everything seems fine until, Honey takes matters into her own hands. Honey’s decision has a huge effect on her marriage, which causes Honey to realize her past is starting to interfere with her future.
Mrs. Sadie is Honey’s neighbor and acts like her second mother. Mrs. Sadie makes a habit of checking on Honey because she has her best interest at heart. Honey enjoys Mrs. Sadie’s company and the spiritual guidance she provides. When Mrs. Sadie asks Honey to accompany her own a trip to their hometown of Lyonville, Honey is unaware of the shock awaiting her. Mrs. Sadie is on a mission and once it is revealed, will Honey be able to understand her reasoning?
Honey knows going back to her hometown will warrant her to face everything she has tried to forget. Honey also knows that confronting her problem will help her save herself as well as her marriage.
The Blood Done Signed My Name was an intriguing book to read. The emotional anguish of the main character had me glued to this story. I could not wait to find out if Honey would overcome her pain. In addition, I was anxious to know how Mason and Honey’s marriage was going to play out. This book had family secrets, drama and a little mystery. I look forward to reading more of this authors work.
This book was provided by the author for review purposes.
Teresa Beasley
A&RBC Reviews

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

End of the Year Book Giveaway

End of the Year Book Giveaway!
December 10-31, 2012

Authors & Readers Book Corner is hosting its First Annual End of the Year Book Giveaway. We are giving away 4 bundles of books to 4 lucky readers that send a response to this announcement. The winners will be randomly pulled from the responses received. Winners will be announced on our site January 3, 2013.

Book Spotlight: NYPD Red

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About The Book

It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert-and they can't afford to make a single mistake.
Then a world-renowned producer fatally collapses at his power breakfast, and top NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan is the first one on the scene. Zach works with his beautiful new partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald-who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend-to discover who the murderer might be. But this is only the beginning: the most brutal, public, and horrifyingly spectacular crimes they've ever encountered are about to send all of New York into chaos, putting NYPD Red on the ropes.
Zach and Kylie know there's no way of telling what a killer this deranged will do next. With the whole world watching, they have to find a way to stop a psychopath who has scripted his finale down to the last explosive detail. With larger-than-life action, relentless speed, and white-knuckle twists, NYPD Red is the next mega-blockbuster from "The Man Who Can't Miss." (TIME)

About The Author
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family. Visit Mr. Patterson's website at

Monday, December 10, 2012

Publisher of the Week: Webster Publishing LLC

A&RBC: Who is Webster Publishing LLC?
Webster : Webster Publishing, LLC is a book publishing company that is dedicated to publishing quality material for the satisfaction and entertainment of its customers.
A&RBC: What services do you provide?
Webster: At Webster Publishing, we provide book publishing options for selected authors, which include both paperback or ebook formats. We also offer editing services for all individuals or companies.
A&RBC: What is your mission and vision?
Webster: It is our mission to continue to make quality books by quality authors available to readers by means of paperback or electronic solutions. Our vision at Webster Publishing is to become the number one resource for authors to distribute their works in electronic form.
A&RBC: Why should authors submit manuscripts to Webster Publishing LLC?
Webster: Webster Publishing is dedicated to making sure that authors still have a place in the market, even with the recent and continued decline of the "Big Box" book stores. We do our part in marketing our authors, as well as making sure that their work is available and easy to find for customers.
A&RBC: What is your location and contact information?
Webster: We can be contacted at:

Friday, December 7, 2012

FYI Friday: Did You Know?

African American on the Move Book Club and Write on Promotions will be collecting used books and distributing pajamas, along with signing copies of their novels at the Boys and Girls Club Cobb County, 785 Fontaine Rd. Austell, GA .30126 to benefit their reading program. The focus of the reading program is to gain involvement from the community of Marietta, Georiga. This Reading Club is striving to promote stability, dignity, and self-reliance for these children. Collection of books has begun and will last until the duration of the drive.

What: Collecting Children Books, Pajamas and Signing Books

When: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Where: Boys and Girls Club, 785 Fontaine Rd. Austell, GA 30126.

Why: To provide reading material for the Boys and Girls Club Cobb County and provide the homeless children with clean and comfortable bedtime clothing.

This event is sponsored by: African American on the Move Book Club, Write on Promotions, Charm Kommunications, Urbania Magazine, To find out how to become a sponsor email or

We will be there taking photos and conducting live author interviews during the duration of the drive. Come out and support this great and worthy cause!

If you would like to send books and or pajamas, please send to: Holiday Book Drive C/O AAMBC and Write on Promotions Po Box 80883 Atlanta, GA 30366.

For more information regarding this press release, please contact Kolonda Scott, Publicist 702-541-5642or email at

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Blood Done Signed My Name Virtual Blog Tour with Ann Ricks

About the Author

M. Ann Ricks, (Melissa Ann), is a Christian Fiction novelist residing in Bear, Delaware with her excellent husband and two awesome sons. She is a graduate of Rider University and formerly a national accounts insurance executive. M. Ann is also what one may consider a motivational/inspirational speaker but she prefers the term, “Godspirational” as one may only be truly inspired, transformed and receive true revelation when hearing the uncompromised word of God. M. Ann also continues to utilize her group insurance knowledge as a Benefits and Network Consultant. Lastly, M. Ann is a Group Fitness instructor as she is determined to keep her natural “temple” fit and ready for the Master’s use! M. Ann is the author of Awesome Wonder: The Gift of Remembrance ,The Son. the much acclaimed, third novel, THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME.

Q & A with M. Ann Ricks

A&RBC: How did you become a writer?  
ANN: I have always enjoyed and had an interest in the art of writing. It was a “hidden love” for many years. Not until the pregnancy of my eldest son did I feel a need to unearth my hidden love and write. I began to simply write about the way I felt about the child growing inside of me and the love that I felt for my husband.  But thank God, only, when I resolved to reconnect with the Master and sought to draw nigh to Him, did the desire to write become stronger and strangely, to my surprise, an urgent need. I realized that this could be my way of bringing souls into the Kingdom of God. Writing is a way to reach and impact the reader while leaving a lasting impression.  I love the way words transported you from the confines of your bedroom or living room into another place.  I Writing and inserting the word of God can in many cases transport you into the presence of God and that’s what I would love to share with all who read my stories.
A&RBC:  Where does your inspiration for your characters come from? 
ANN: With my other novels, I was very familiar with the characters… with THE BLOOD; I did more digging and listening than I ever had. I had to listen and be sensitive to what God wanted me to share. I had to do some real soul searching to reach Honey and meet her where she was. Her growth and transformation was important to the story and I had to allow God to show how make it evident and more importantly relatable to the reader.  This novel was challenge and a blessing!
A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book? 
ANN: The message that I would love for all to receive from THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME is …regardless of who you are, what your lineage looks like, whatever you’ve done, whatever has been done to you, the blood of Jesus can make you a new creature because of its power. God loves us so much and because He loves us, He sacrificed His only son Jesus. Jesus became the sacrifice for us. We are absolved and even justified. We can walk in freedom and liberty because of what Jesus did. A new life is available for those who believe!
A&RBC: If you were to write a book about a controversial topic, what would it be?
ANN:  I have to say that THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME does have controversial themes so I think I have accomplished that task. Many are writing about generational curses, the importance of forgiveness and the wonderful love of Jesus but no author has fictionally penned a novel that clearly identifies what Jesus did when he died for us. This novel makes the significance of His blood truly comprehensible to even the lay person.  THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME shares a story but it provides the liberating truth scripturally. This novel communicates and confirms that no longer does one need to label themselves as a “recovering” alcoholic, drug addict or even an inevitable beneficiary of the many generational tendencies and sickness one can be set free from anything and everything, (shame of sexual abuse and molestation, promiscuity, homosexuality), and live guilt free. God has already forgiven and freed us. We must simply believe that we are free in Him.
A&RBC: What is your favorite genre of books?
ANN: My favorite genre of books are bible-based Christian Fiction novels.
A&RBC: Are you an avid or occasional reader?
ANN: Admittedly, I have become an junkie so essentially people are reading to me! I listen to a book a month. I have been able to sit down and read a book now and then but I love audio!
A&RBC: If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?
ANN: I know that he was inspired by God but and God is the true author but I would love to sit down and speak with Paul. He, with aid of the Holy Spirit wrote most of the New Testament, endured mental and physical persecution and still managed to mentor his brothers and sisters in the gospel. I would bombard Him with questions. I would love to know if he was apprehensive like many of us, when we want to share the love of God and truth of who God is in word. Did he really have the seemingly unwavering faith that his letters (writings) would reach their destination, empower the churches and change the world?    I’d ask how he received God’s direction. What words resounded in Him that allowed him to consistently stand and believe, and as a result, write and write and write. I truly believe that we all are inspired by God to do what we do… write about the awesome Savior, Jesus Christ and to bring others to Christ while bringing God glory. What an awesome conversation that would be…
A&RBC:  If you could make a movie out of one of your books, which one would it be?
ANN:  I honestly can’t choose! J
A&RBC: What new projects are you working on?
ANN:  It is my hope to assist other Christian writers as with my literary workshop for aspiring Christian writers called, “Conversations…. Writing to Reconcile”. I had the wonderful opportunity to share it regionally but would love to be afforded a venue that could allow me to do so nationally. As believers in Christ it is our mandate to reconcile others to God. Using our literary gifts is certainly one way we can accomplish that awesome task. Additionally, for all who are interested, I distribute electronically, (on-line), a monthly newsletter, M. Ann’s Literary Communiqué and prayerfully it will continue to increase in circulation. Lastly, I’ve begun my 4th novel, The SHIFT!
A&RBC: Where can readers find you?
ANN: Please feel free to visit my website and, You may find my novels on all online literary establishments. (i.e.: /  For speaking engagement, Literary Dialogues and book club gatherings, please feel free to contact me directly using: I have an Author’s Page on Facebook:  M. Ricks Literary Creations.
I consider it an honor and privilege Author Readers Book Corner would decide to spotlight me and my novel, THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME. This is truly a God-send. Thank You!   GOD BLESS YOU!

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About The Book:

Are the sins of the father and mother visited upon their sons and daughters?

Undoubtedly damaged, Honey Lamb, like many, is a descendant of an unfortunate legacy of molestation, addiction, murder and bad decisions. For as long as she could remember, she believed the unhappiness she experienced was somehow bequeathed to her. The blood that surged through her veins seemed to be tainted and she often wondered about the DNA she possessed. Experiencing more than her share of misery at the hands of her mother, an alcoholic; the source of all her woes, Honey believed she’d overcome her seemingly checkered path all by herself when she met and married, Mason; a man she loves beyond her own understanding.

Unfortunately, unsettling memories emerge to crack the veneer of her seemingly happy existence. Feeling unable to escape what she believed to be her destiny, Honey makes a decision that may have ruined her life. Not realizing God places people in our lives for His purpose, she reluctantly embarks upon a journey that will open her heart to a divine inheritance. Will she accept what God has already given to her or will she shun the invitation of salvation and allow her familial carnal legacy to continue to the next generation? Will she come to understand that Jesus’ blood redeemed us from a self-defeating existence because He became the sinful inheritance for us while at the same time eradicating it forever, giving us a spiritual blood transfusion that would change us all?