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Author La Connie Taylor-Jones

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“LaConnie Taylor-Jones shows us what true love is when it is in its purest form. She is definitely an author everyone should be on the look-out for.”
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Award-winning author, LaConnie Taylor-Jones, a native Memphian, is a health educator consultant and holds advanced degrees in community public health and business administration. Married, she is the mother of four and resides with her family in Northern California.

For over twenty-five years, Ms. Taylor-Jones has been an avid romance reader. In the summer of 2003 a challenge from her husband made her seize the opportunity to blend her enthusiasm for teaching health, social responsibility and social justice with her love for reading the genre. Her experience as a health educator sparked a multitude of storylines and her romance, which she defines as the spirit of adventure, played a pivotal part in her road to publication. In a little over four years, she’s authored three full-length novels. In 2008, Ms. Taylor-Jones was the recipient of the 2008 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award for Debut Author of the Year for When I’m With You.

Ms. Taylor-Jones is an active member of the Contra Costa Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the African American Community Health Advisory Committee, Black Women Organized for Political Action, and the San Francisco Area and Black Diamond chapters of Romance Writers of America.

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Q.: What inspired you to write romance?

A.: Becoming a writer was never something I was particularly interested in or even considered doing. Honestly, I was content being an avid romance reader. It was the challenge from my husband in the spring of 2003 that made me seriously consider penning my first romance novel and it was quite funny how it happened…

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Jacqueline Moore author

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Jackie Moore is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in religion and offers spiritual words of encouragement daily on her website http://www.virtuousliving.com. and her myspace page http://www.myspace.com/mamajacq. She and her two sons, James and Joseph reside in Detroit, Michigan.

She is also a contributing author to several anthologies including 2008 releases, Triumph of my Soul, Stories of Hope, Triumph  and Inspiration, Journeys of Love, Voices of the Heart, and Gumbo for the Soul, Here’s our Child Where is the Village.

Her contributions to online magazines or ezines are many. They include; Bahiyah Magazine, Precious Stones, Divine Afro European Sisters Network, Rise Up Magazine, The Blessed Room Magazine, and most recently, More Beautiful Woman Magazine.

Jackie has served as a Deaconess, as well as served on various boards and committees. She has taught a basic computer skills class in an after school program at her church and she has also worked as a consultant for an after-school motivational program that teaches students how to write books.

She has been a parent Advocate with the Detroit School Board. Jackie has also served as a consultant to a non-profit organization incorporated to address the problems of domestic violence in a pro-active way.

http://www.JacquelineDMoore.com

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Coming soon ‘Lidia’ by A.N.DeBerry

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September 13
Lidia, a novel by Akil N. DeBerry. (Opening lines v.002) “They were a feat of arrogance, of pride, of hope; and yet it was only after the world had died around them that they had truly took hold. Fire would barely scorch them and poisons only killed few, and seemed, with each of their dying breaths, they whispered somehow to the other, the secrets of servival. They were the Goliaths, trees engineered from countless others to save a world that no longer was, or ever would be again. And here, where once long ago a city unparalleled stood, they now conquered.”

Diane Story -author Romance novels

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I grew up in a small mountain community in the beautiful California Sierras. I have eight sisters and one brother. My love of romance novels started early on and I often times found myself lost in the authors version of life and love. It was then that I knew I would one day write romance. Thirty three years, one husband and four grand-babies later I finally sat down to my lap top and started writing.
My fist manuscript still sits in a drawer and one day I might submit it. My next three manuscripts were soon published. My current projects are well under way and I can hardly wait to share them with my readers.
After attending college in the 80’s I began a long career working with medical insurance, and now after what seems like a lifetime, I am able to work on my goals as a romance and horror/fantasy novelist.
Feel free to runaround in my site for news and updates. Stay a while and visit.Take a look at my books, and feel free to e-mail me if you have a question.  

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Tiana Laveen author. Cross Climax

Tiana Laveen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and now resides in the southern midwest with her husband, two children, and feline companion. She enjoys a fulfilling and enriching life that includes writing books, drawing, painting, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Tiana Laveen is a uniquely creative and innovative author whose romance fiction is geared towards those who not only want to temporarily escape from the daily routines of life, but also delve into social taboo as it pertains to interracial relationships. Tiana creates a painting with words as she guides her reader into the lives of each and every main character.

Her first book series entitled “Cross Climax” tackles interracial dating, marriage, and sexual relationships head on without any false bravado. “Cross Climax I” and “Cross Climax II” allow the reader to dive headfirst into short stories that are packed with seduction, romance, and heart-pounding punch. The two novels in conjunction lead to a surprising, but fulfilling conclusion.

Her third novel, “The Slave Master’s Son,” transports readers back to a time and place where interracial relationships were not accepted by the dominant society. The novel delivers a scintillating, historical account of one family’s struggles to deal with love, lust, and consequences.

If you wish to contact Tiana Laveen, please send an email message to tianalaveen@yahoo.com or contact her at http://www.facebook.com/tianalaveen.

If you are able to handle the heat, then put on your seat belt and get ready for the erotic ride of a lifetime.

Jean Holloway -author

Jean Holloway Goodreads author profile
url http://www.goodreads.com/JeanHolloway
born Flushing, NY, The United States
genderfemale
websitehttp://www.deckofcardz.com
twitter usernamejeanholloway
genreMystery & Thrillers, Romance, Literature & Fiction
influencesStephen King, Dean Koontz, Tananarive Due, Jean Auel, V.C. Andrews
member sinceMarch 2008

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I was born October 10, 19** in good ole Queens, New York. I had a difficult childhood because I developed severe eczema and most of my schoolmates shunned me until high school. Books became my friend.
Early in life, I found myself fascinated by the macabre. I would actually set my alarm if one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling or One Step Beyond episodes was coming on late at night. These kept me up til the wee hours of the morning.
Being raised in Amityville was the icing on the cake. I went to see the actual “Amityville Horror” house and swear it literally took my breath away.
My biological mother died when I was 13, the age when puberty reared its ugly head. Needless to say, I was a wife and mother by the time I was 17, divorc…more

THE FIRST PERSON by PERON LONG

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The First Person
by Peron Long
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Well-known gospel artist T’Shobi Wells’ biggest desire is to erase a tumultuous past filled with molestation. When he moves to Charlotte, North Carolina, it isn’t long before he finds himself involved in not one but two affairs, causing the skeletons in his closet to rattle loudly.
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Published May 1st 2010 by Kensington Publishing Corp. (first published 2010)
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Author Gail McFarland interviewed by LaShaunda Hoffman

~ Author of the Month – Gail McFarland ~
 

 

The 20 Questions Interview By LaShaunda C. Hoffman)

I had the pleasure of interviewing via e-mail, Ms. Gail McFarland. She the
author of SUMMER WIND, THE BEST FOR LAST and this month release, WHEN LOVE CALLS. I told Gail after reading her interview it was as if I were sitting
right across from her, sharing a cup a coffee.  I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did, and if you haven’t read WHEN LOVE CALLS, what are you waiting for?  A special thank you to Ms. McFarland to taking time out of her schedule to do this interview.

1. What inspired you to write WHEN LOVE CALLS?

I live in an older part of the city (Atlanta) and when I first moved here every time it rained for almost a year, my telephone lines got crossed with someone else’s.  It made me think, “what if.” and one thing sort of led to another.

As for Destiny and her Sickle Cell Anemia, I am a fitness trainer and an almost obscenely healthy person.  In my line of work, I’ve had occasion to become very friendly with several “obviously” healthy people who have the disease – both the trait and several different forms of the disease.  Initially, the affects of the disease (especially when you never saw it coming) are stunning:  a perfectly healthy person can dissolve in paroxysms of pain right before your eyes.  I began to wonder what it would take emotionally and physically to raise a child with the disease, or to grow to adulthood facing the challenges of SCD and more.  I also wondered what it would be like to
have a “normal” life as a single parent while raising a child with this disease.  And, the more I wondered, the more I wrote.

2. Why did you choose the city it’s set in?

I spent several years in St. Louis, affectionately known as, “the city of homes”, and have a very deep affection for it.  And lovely Atlanta, GA is my current home.  What better places could there be to set a family oriented romance than these two cities where I’ve learned to be an adult, and where I’ve also learned the differences between like, love, and lust.

3. What message would you like to send to your readers?

That first last and always we are human, and as humans, we don’t always get it right – the fun and interest are in the trying.

4. What should a reader expect from a GM romance?

I like to think you’ll always expect to get a good story with a well thought out plot.  I also want to believe that your mind as well as your heart will be challenged by the characters and situations presented. Research and words have always pleased me – I’m a reader at heart.  I try to be thorough so that I give my readers the kind of story I would also enjoy.  Additionally, I tend toward character and dialog driven stories, so maybe you’ll get more than a touch of humor and a few memorable lines as well.

5. How would you encourage readers who have never read a GM book to try
one?

Usually, I beg a lot.  Actually, I would give them a brief synopsis of the story, in the belief that the premise of the story is strong enough to convince the reader to give it a try.  Ideally, I have written a story that will stand on its own merits.

6. Do you have a full-time career outside your writing?

Yes, I do.  Though my degree is in psychology with a minor in Special Education, I’ve opted to change fields.  I am a nationally certified fitness trainer and aerobics instructor (and living proof that they’re NOT all skinny).  My areas of specialization include strength training and special populations.  I currently teach aerobics, personal train, and manage a federal fitness facility in Atlanta, where I work with some of the nicest folks around.

7. How do you feel about those who don’t take romance writing serious?

First, I smile.  Then, I have to ask if they’ve ever REALLY read a romance.  My personal experience is that those who cut romance short shrift have never bothered to read it.  I guess this is where I have to ‘fess up.  Back in my younger, less informed years, I assumed romance was a frivolous past time for bon bon eating dilettantes.  I had given my heart to techno-thrillers,
suspense, and contemporary horror. But, this is where my public school education came into play.  I had a much adored Civics teacher who once said that, “if you ignore a segment of the population, you can never be a full participant in your civilization”.  The older I got, the wiser he got, and now that I have a few hundred romances under my belt, I have to admit he was right.  My opinion now is that readers who ignore genre fiction are cheating
themselves.  You may have to find a writer whose style appeals to you, but the skill of crafting the story is no less diminished by genre.

8. Did you read romance before you began writing it?

Yes.  I had a cousin who would read only if threatened with death, when she discovered Romance, she was suddenly a voracious reader.  You know I had to find out why!  The first one I read was WICKED LOVING LIES, and I hated it.  It was too frilly and full of frou-frou for me.  There were also a couple of near rape scenes that ticked me off big time. But, my nutty cousin was still reading romance, so I tried another.  I don’t recall the title, but it was by Danielle Steele.  A little better, then I discovered Krantz, “and it was off to the races”! To put it mildly, I was thrilled to discover African-American romance, and I devoured Eboni Snow, Angela Benson, Shirley Hailstock, and all the classic ladies of color.

9. What do you like about African-American Romance Novels?

I like that the bright and articulate characters are a lot like my friends and me.  I enjoy being able to identify with their habits, backgrounds, educations, and challenges.  I especially like the fact that these romances are well plotted on both the national and international scene.

10. What was the last good romance you’ve read?

OUT OF THE BLUE by Janice Sims.  She did a wonderful job of blending genres and weaving a haunting tale of romantic possibilities.

11. Do you see yourself ever writing a historical romance?

I’ve given it some thought, but I can more easily foresee myself working on a time-travel romance – one that blends the similarities and disparities of two eras.  My dad was in the Air Force, and I’ve always had a fascination with the Tuskegee Airmen and World War II. and, now that I’m thinking of it, there is a story I’d like to tell.

12. What about mainstream fiction?

Ultimately, I would like to try some of what is traditionally thought of as “mainstream” fiction, but so far, my heart is truly locked into the world of romance.

13. Is being a romance writer what you thought it would be like?

Yes, in that it is a thrill to see my words in print – much as I though it would be.  In many ways, though, writing is so much more exciting and fulfilling than I’d ever dreamed.  Remember when you were growing up, and your parents and grandparents and teachers kept telling you, “someday you’re going to use this”, as they drilled and rehearsed your lessons?  Well, with publication, I’ve begun to feel that THIS is the day they were talking about.  Being published feels like the fulfillment of all my educational endeavors. I feel tremendously humbled by the people I’ve met and the letters and emails I’ve received.  I can’t begin to express the pleasure and excitement I feel just seeing someone reading something I wrote.

14. What was your becoming a published writer journey like?

An Act of God!

15. If you could pick one of your books for a movie which one would you
choose, and who would you cast in it?

Wow, you DO ask the hard ones, don’t you?  (Big Sigh.)  If you ask me that today, I would have to say my choice would be WHEN LOVE CALLS. Casting?  Hmmm.  I gave it some thought, then talked it over with some of the members in my fitness center – most of them have already read the book. We agreed that Lynn Whitfield or Jennifer Lewis would be good as Davida (though there was a splinter vote for Dawnn Lewis – Jalisa from “A Different World”).  Hands down, we agreed that Cuba Gooding, Jr. was right as Marc.  When it comes to Quita, I can see Viveca A. Fox, along with Mykelti Williams as Glenn (though Eriq LaSalle was a close second).  Patti LaBelle, Pam Grier, and Whoopi Goldberg (all aged a few years through the magic of cosmetics) would be wonderful as Davida’s mother, mother-in-law, and aunt.  There is a little girl (whose name I don’t know) who has appeared on “The Smart Guy”, and I think she’d be wonderful as Destiny. I’m on a roll now, can you tell?  I’m thinking Malcolm Jamal Warner would be fun as Milt, and Nike Clark (a local Atlanta artist) would make a wonderful Deb – though she’s a touch small for the part.  How about LL Cool J as MC Feng Shui (’cause he’s so cute)?

16. What are your favorite sites on the web to visit?

You mean after “Aspiring African American Romance Writers” and “Romance
In Color”?  I enjoy the “Color of Love”, MSBET, Blackwriters.Com,

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