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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.”
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.
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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Elissa Malcohn’s novelette “Lazuli” (Asimov’s, Nov. 1984) made her a 1985 John W. Campbell Award finalist for best new science fiction writer of the year. Her short story “Moments of Clarity” (Full Spectrum, Bantam, 1988) reached preliminary ballot for the 1989 Nebula Awards. Commenting on “Moments of Clarity” in his review of Full Spectrum in the November, 1988, Out of This World Tribune, Bruce D. Arthurs wrote, “This one story is worth the price of the entire book.”
Elissa’s work also appears in publications that won awards in 2009. IPPY Silver Medalist Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (Scriblerus Press) contains her story “Arachne” (originally published in Aboriginal Science Fiction, Dec. 1988). Bram Stoker Award winner Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press) contains her story “Memento Mori.” Her story “Hermit Crabs” in Hugo Award winner Electric Velocipede (#14) and her novelette “Flotsam” in Asimov’s (Oct./Nov. 2009) made the recommended reading list in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 26th and 27th Annual Collections, respectively.
Elissa’s work has appeared in dozens of publications since the 1970s. Covenant, the first volume of her Deviations series, was originally published by the now-defunct Aisling Press in 2007.
Elissa edited Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, from 1986-88 and was a four-time Rhysling Award nominee for best speculative poetry of the year.
Outside the genre, Elissa won first prize in the Woodview Coffee House 2010 song-writing contest.
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Jean Holloway Goodreads author profile
born Flushing, NY, The United States
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
Gail McFarland Goodreads author profile
born Cleveland, Ohio, The United States
genreRomance, Mystery & Thrillers
influencesYou name it, I’ve learned from it!
member sinceMay 2008
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Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I have a long history of reading and writing. Got my first library card at age 3 and have lived in literary lust ever since.
I began writing for publication based on a dare from a high school classmate, and have written and published more than 100 romantic short stories, and seven full-length novels. DREAM KEEPER (Genesis Press/Indigo) is my eighth and most recent novel. I am looking forward to its December, 2009 release, currently hard at work on WAYWARD DREAMS, the third book in the series. WAYWARD DREAMS is slated for a June, 2010 release.
I’ve also taken a turn back to my romantic roots with a short story and novella for Lady Leo Press. Readers can look forward to “The Twentieth Century Fox” — a novel…more
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Wealthy, Famous, Sexy, Successful, The “Boyz” Got It Going On … Or So It Would Seem.
There are no siblings more charmed than the Wilson brothers of Ladera Heights, California. Fine and famous pro golfer Mason has money, respect, a beautiful, loving wife and two wonderful teenage children. Claude’s the most successful realtor in the “Black Beverly Hills.” And handsome, carefree “baby boy” Torino, who runs big brother Mason’s club, Foreplay, can pick and choose the honeys he wants to share his time and his bed with. But beneath the surface of ideal lives are secrets that could shatter three perfect dreams and shake a family to its core. Legacies of loss and obligation, of tragedy and madness, threaten everything the Wilsons have worked so hard to achieve, exposing deep, raw, and devastating wounds that an outside world cannot see — wounds that can be healed only through honesty and love. From the phenomenal author of “The Chocolate Ship” comes a gripping and powerful novel of passion, commitment, intrigue, and family that will not be easily forgotten by anyone who gets lost in its pages.
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Published April 27th 2004 by Avon Books
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Miranda Parker is the author of A Good Excuse to Be Bad, book 1 and Someone Bad and Something Blue, book 2 in the Angel Crawford Series. She has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, RT Book Reviews Magazine and Publishers Weekly. She has also made featured author appearances at the 2012 SC Book Festival, the 2011 (NBCC) National Book Club Convention, Black Pearl Magazine’s Chocolate Social, 2011 The Decatur Book Festival, and the 2011 Atlanta Press Club Holiday Author Party. She is also the Social Media/Marketing Head for the ITW Debut Authors Program and a contributing editor to The Big Thrill. Bestselling Author Reshonda Tate Billingsley states that “Angel is a good girl in a fast paced, kick butt, bad boy chase, sexy thrill-ride. Can’t wait for the next man hunt.” She resides with her family in Georgia near a horse ranch and her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. On a perfect day she can be found curled up with a good book or in a movie theater with a bucket of popcorn. Visit her blog at http://www.mirandaparker.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mirandaparkerbooks
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Miranda Parker is the author of the Angel Crawford Bounty Hunter Series. After graduating from college, she began working as a features editor for various magazines and spent many years as a publicist for national recording artists, actors, ministers, and authors. However, writing fun, fiesty, redemptive bad girl gone good stories is her passion. She resides with her family in Georgia near a horse ranch and her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. On a perfect day she can be found curled up with a good book or in a movie theater with a bucket of popcorn. Visit her blog here
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~ 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
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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Welcome to the Werelove Universe
This dark PN romance series involves Weres (shapeshifters) and their lives.
The first book, Dusk Conspiracy, is available now. I’m proud to say that
Dusk Conspiracy was my 2008 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) novel.
Won a 2010 Top Pick award from Night Owl Reviews. [Read the review here]
Received a 4-star rating from Bitten By Books [Read the review here]
2011: made its debut in an Amazon top 100 bestseller list. Dusk Conspiracy held steady at the #95 position in the German Kindle eBooks Foreign Language/English/Science Fiction & Fantasy category during the last two weeks of September 2011.
Werelove Dusk Conspiracy and Midnight Revelations have been picked up for Turkish translation by Artemis Yayinlari Publishing. To hear more about this amazing dealing, visit my Kishaz Talks vlog channel.
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