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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: D.K. Gaston, Suspense/Mystery of Darkest Hours

Darkest Hours

ISBN: 9781451542691

Author Name: D K Gaston

Author’s Website

http://www.dkgaston.blogspot.com
100 word Synopsis about book, Darkest Hour

PI Joe Hooks takes what he thinks is an easy job. He’s to pick up a package from billionaire Montgomery Webb. But Joe finds more than he bargains for when he discovers Webb moments away from taking his last breath. Webb’s bizarre final words are, “Little doll lost.”

Joe enlists Kool-Aid, his best friend to aid him. The two are thrust into a situation that quickly spirals out of control. Pursuing them are cold-blooded killers and a mysterious attorney named Shaw.

Joe becomes aware that what he holds could literally change the world, but has this discovery come too late?
Genre of book:

Mystery thriller
How do you come up with story ideas and characters? (if fiction)

I honestly can’t say where my story ideas come from. Sometimes I’m driving along in my car when an idea strikes me, or I’m home playing with the kids. As far as characters, I pull them from my personal past and from people I meet. Any one can become a potential character in my stories if something about them stands out to me.
• When and how do you write?

Whenever I have a break I sit down and write, but mostly it’s in the wee-hours of the night. I sit in front of the computer with my coffee or tea and let the words flow.
• What other authors inspire you?

There are so many, but to name a few, Walter Mosley, Dean Koontz, Stephen L. Carter, Steve Berry, and James Patterson
• How did you find your publisher?

Through online searches mostly, but also word of mouth from other authors.
• How long does it take you to write a novel?

It differs, for my first drafts it spans from three months to a little more than a year. It depends on the complicity of the book I’m writing; The Friday House, definitely fit into the latter category.
• How do you overcome writers block?

I don’t really have writers block. If there’s a period where my mind drifts, I temporarily move on to another story, or I start editing a first draft, until my full concentration returns to the project I’m supposed to be working on.

 

The key is to never stop writing.
• What’s your next project?

I’m currently working on a fantasy adventure called, Taurus Moon: Relic Hunter. I have a first draft of a mystery completed called, The Promise. After I finish the draft to Taurus Moon, I will begin my second draft of The Promise.

 

I also have some sequels I have to work on for XIII, The Friday House and the Joe Hooks series. I’m going to be pretty busy for a while.
• How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

I have been writing since I was a kid. I started with drawing/writing comic books with my friends. I began professionally in 2005 and had my first book published in 2007.
• How does your background influence your books?

I used to be a soldier, served in the US Army full time for five years and also a number of years in the Reserves and National Guard, so a few of my characters have military backgrounds.

 

I’m in the computer field. And you’ll often find my characters using technology to their advantage throughout my novels.

 

I’m also a movie and history buff and as I told you I wrote comic books as a kid, so don’t be surprise to read a lot of references pertaining to those influences as well.

Author’s Website

http://www.dkgaston.blogspot.com

My email contact information is: author_dkgaston@yahoo.com, or dkgaston.author@gmail.com
Mailing address:
D K Gaston
P O Box 654
Wayne, MI 48184
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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Deborah K. Frontiera, author of Living on Sisu

Book Title and ISBN:

Living on Sisu: The 1913 Union Copper Strike Tragedy 978-0-9820278-5-1

Author Name: Deborah K. Frontiera

Author’s Website www.authorsden.com/deborahkfrontiera

100 word Synopsis

To twelve-year-old Emma Niemi, life may be hard, but it is basically good. She has finished sixth grade and is nearly a young lady. Her father pushes tram cars full of copper ore in a Calumet and Hecla Mine and has saved almost enough money to buy land for a farm. In the summer of 1913, Emma’s life, and the lives of everyone in the region, will be changed forever by a violent strike against the mining companies in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A friend whose father is not on strike will be forbidden to talk to her. Another will die in the terrible Italian Hall Tragedy on Christmas Eve. Only the character trait the Finnish people call “sisu” will help her and others in the region live through this terrible tragedy.

Genre of book: historical fiction for grades 4-8 and up

How do you come up with story ideas and characters?

I grew up in The Copper Country hearing the “myths” of the Italian Hall Tragedy. My father taught at MTU and ran a bottle gas business. My grandfather, who grew up in the area and received a degree from The Michigan College of Mines (one of MTU’s former names) was a mining engineer who, although not involved in any side of the strike, returned to the area a year or so later. I had friends of Finnish descent whose families farmed the Trap Rock Valley. The idea of doing a story of “The Strike” from a young person’s point of view came to me the summer I attended the premier of the opera, Children of the Keweenaw, at the restored Calumet Theater. Discovering that, while there are many non-fiction books for adults on this subject, there was little to nothing still in print for young people on this important part of Michigan history took the project from “idea” to reality. “Emma” is a compilation of several real people’s experiences. Three years of research, two years of writing, several years of rejection later, I finally found a publisher willing to take a chance on it. Its “partner”, Copper Country Chronicler: The Best of J. W. Nara (coffee table book of historical photographs) grew out of discovering that most of the photos I wanted to use in Living on Sisu were Nara photos. MTU archives and the photographer’s grandson, Dr. Robert Nara, worked with me to complete that project.

When and how do you write?

Before I “retired” from full time teaching in public schools in Houston, TX, my writing was wedged into one week-day evening per week, some Sunday afternoons, Christmas break, Spring Break, and summers. Now, it’s my first priority–although I still occasionally substitute teach and work a few hours a week for Writers In The Schools–and I usually write in the mornings. I have to feel some personal connection to every project or it doesn’t “work” and usually ends up in the trash can.

What other authors inspire you?

  • E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web
  • L. Frank Baum, The Oz books
  • C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia, Screw Tape Letters
  • Tolkein (sp?) Lord of the Rings
  • Cokie Roberts, Founding Mothers
  • James Michener–any/all of his

How did you find your publisher?

Lots of queries, lots of submissions, persistence, sisu, success with a small press.

How long does it take you to write a novel?

Three to five years.

How do you overcome writers block?

I set aside the project for a while and work on something else, go for a walk, soak in the bathtub and sleep on it, or in the summer I take my paddle boat out into the marsh near our cottage.

What’s your next project?

I am currently working on a picture  book (under contract) on the Bill of Rights. This project came to me as a result of a referral. An elderly poet in my SCBWI-Houston chapter is a friend of the two people financing this book. He gave them my name, they contacted me, I met with them, provided samples of my writing and a couple possible ways to handle it and got the contract.

I also have some adult non-fiction (my  family’s ordeal proving innocence to Children’s Protective Services after our daughter and son-in-law were accused of abusing their son). The publisher for Living on Sisu would love to do it, but (as a small press) doesn’t have enough funds at the present time.

How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

I started writing poetry in college. Then didn’t write for several years as babies, etc. filled my time. I wrote (and had a small press publish) a non-fiction book on teaching swimming in 1985. That book was the result of teaching a lot of fearful kids how to swim and finding there was “nothing” out there to help.  Then family life dominated again for several years. My first fiction, The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier, a future fantasy, began to evolve in the mid 1990’s. It was one of those ideas that wouldn’t go away. It kept yelling, “Write me!” The first edition came off the press in 2000 and a second edition in 2004.  My picture book series, Eric and the Enchanted Leaf, came out of my experiences teaching kindergarten. I wanted a fun way to get some science into their heads. Eric Carle’s books weren’t quite enough and The Magic School Bus was too much. So I decided I could do something just right for primary grades.

How does your background influence your books?

I grew up watching little to no TV because we lived in a small town where the only TV station was 100 miles away and reception was lousy. My parents read to me every night. They read much more than picture books of the 1950’s. I listened to classics, Greek and Roman mythology, lots of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, Charlotte’s Web the year it was originally published. By high school I was reading things like The Count of Monte Cristo and A Man for All Seasons, while my friends couldn’t see past things like To Sir with Love.  I had an intuitive sense of how to develop plot and character long before Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces or The Writer’s Journey were written. I also played outdoors in the woods and hills around Lake Linden and Bootjack, MI, so nature and ecology themes run through a lot of my work.

Author’s Contact information

Deborah K. Frontiera

11807 S. Fairhollow Ln.

Houston, TX 77043

713-416-0109–cell

Summer months:

34317 Pine Hollow Rd.

Lake Linden, MI

40045

906-296-0258

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Author Spotlight~ Jossie Marie Solheim

This week’s spotlight is on author Jossie Marie Solheim. Join us as we talk with her about her first novel Insane Reno and more.

Where are you from?
Well, originally I am from Kent; but I have lived most of my life in
Cornwall. I love Cornwall and have been so lucky to grow up here and,
although Kent is lovely, too and I enjoyed my time living there in my
teens, Cornwall will always be the place I love best.

Tell us your latest news?

Ha-ha! Well, that would be my first novel, Insane Reno, being
published. It is truly some of the best news I have ever had and a
dream come true.

When and why did you begin writing?

Oh, I started writing when I was around nine years old. My childhood
wasn’t the best, you see, and it was my way of escaping reality. I
would write myself into happy stories with happy endings and pray that
they would come true. Well, they didn’t, when I was young, but the
last few years, more and more of them are coming true; perhaps, not
quite how I imagined them, but I am enjoying the discovery process, so
I don’t mind, too much.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Well, I have called myself a writer for a long time; but honestly, it
wasn’t until I got my publishing deal for my novel that I really felt
I had made it as a writer. For me the short stories and articles I had
published just weren’t enough, it had to be a novel.

What inspired you to write your first book?

So many things. Bodmin moor was one of my biggest inspirations. It
just held a fascination for me that just had to be explored and
understood. I read everything I could get my hands on, regarding the
moors and its myths and grew, ever more fascinated. If you spend a lot
of time there, you’ll understand what I mean. I guess they just spoke
to me, because they felt isolated, lost, and alone; things I had felt
a lot in my own life.
People also were a big inspiration. I had observed different types of
people for so long and examined human nature and I just longed to play
around with that, especially secrets and lies. I guess I experienced a
lot of secrets and lies growing up and longed for the truth to come
out. Well, I never achieved that with my own mysteries, so I wanted
Tizzy to succeed, where I had failed. That goes back to my childhood
days of writing a better outcome, I suppose; however, Tizzy is nothing
like me, she’s a far tougher cookie than I am.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think so. I tend to adapt and change and like to try different
approaches. For me, writing is an exploration. I want to play around
and dabble with different styles, because I feel that, what works for
one book, may not work so well for another.

How did you come up with the title?

Well, I think the title, more likely, came up with me; just, one day,
I got Insane Reno in my head and it would not go away and I just knew
I had to write a book with that title. I had no idea what or how it
would work at the time, but it all came together, in the end. I think
it was made to be. Perhaps, it was God giving me a helping hand and
setting the wheels in motion. Whatever the case, it’s a title I have
loved from the start and I’m sure I’ll always love.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, kids are smarter than you give them credit for. No matter what
you try to hide from them, they see things; notice subtle signs that
something is wrong. All you do, when you hide the bad news is make
them search for it. Honesty is always the best policy, because bad
news, broken gently, in a well thought out way, is better than bad
news discovered alone or from an uncaring source.

How much of the book is realistic?

Well, the settings are real. Bodmin moor and Bude are both real life
places and Charlotte Dymond was a girl who really was murdered on the
moors and yes, people really do visit her memorial on the anniversary
of her death, in hopes of seeing her ghost. My husband and I try to
go, most years. It’s great fun and a little bit spooky, too.
Smuggling, too was common in the area. The Jamaica Inn, on the moors,
itself, is testament to that. So, I guess you could say it’s fiction
surrounded by a few snippets of reality.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Well, there are a lot of my own feelings and experiences fictionalised
in the book, but I think that is true of most books; however, the
story itself comes from my vivid imagination and my characters
occasional shoves, when I am being a bit blind.

What books have most influenced your life?

I guess books that were filled with tragedy, heartache, fear,
struggle, and hope; because that was something I related to and, in
the case of hope, longed for.
Flowers in the Attic, by Virginia Andrews really spoke to me; because,
like those children, I felt abandoned, lost, and alone, and Junk, by
Melvin Burgess, too, for similar reasons. I also devoured anything
about animals, because I longed to work with animals, at that time.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Virginia Andrews and Daphne De Maurier, because their characters are
so vivid, they’re not afraid to be blunt, and they deal with topics
that some people would have shyed away from. I think it’s important to
deal with difficult subjects; to let other people know that they are
not alone, to give them a sense that there are other people facing
similar situations or feeling the same way as they are. That’s what
books did for me, when I was younger, and they also gave me hope that
things could get better.

What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading a couple of good books; the first is The day I
died, by Polly Courtney, which is a really intriguing read that isn’t
what you’d expect, and the second is Patrick Patterson, by James
Fryer, which is very interesting and is keeping me very absorbed. It
also happens to be published by Raven Crest Books, the very publisher,
who has made my own dream come true by publishing Insane Reno.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Absolutely, I love discovering new authors; that’s part of why I love
my Kindle, so much. Someone who has really got me hooked is Karen
Amanda Hooper. Her book, Tangled tides, made me feel like a child
again, taking me into a magical world that I longed to be a part of
and leaving me giddy for more.

What are your current projects?

My writing very much depends on what is speaking to me at the time. I
would like to say Annie, which is the prequel to Insane Reno is my
sole focus, right now; but, I actually have three books that I am
working on and with regards to which is published first, well, it
really depends on which one calls to me the most.
Annie is on its way, though and looks at Tizzy’s mum’s story; giving
us even more insight into the farm’s past and helping us to see that
life and its many twist and turns have played a huge part on how Annie
has become. I hope that it will give people a little more
understanding of Annie’s actions and also help them to understand that
we are all human and as such, capable of making mistakes.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My editor, Chuck Jolly; he pushed me, guided me, and encouraged me to
keep going, every step of the way and also helped me to have more
faith in myself. I can’t thank him enough for all of his help.

Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely, it might not make me millions and it may be very hard;
but, it is the only career for me. I couldn’t live without it.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your
latest book?

There are always things I would change. Even if I did a thousand
re-edits, there would be something I would change. I’m a worrier and
so I would always worry it wasn’t good enough and, thus, always make
changes; it’s just my nature. It took a lot for me to pluck up the
courage to let it head out into the big wide world, but I am glad I
did.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

As I said before, it grew out of personal need. It was an escape from
an, at times, less than pleasant reality. I read books and I just
thought; maybe, if I write my own, I can, at least, imagine a better
life. It helped me get through things I probably couldn’t have,
without it.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Of course. I’m gonna choose something with both Jem and Tizzy in it,
as Jem is such a loveable rogue and is proving very popular with the
ladies:

I could sense Jem’s eyes on me, as I laid the table, so I added a
little extra swing to my hips and bent over a little further than was
necessary, as I set each dish in place.
“Your thong’s showing,” My dad said, making me jump out of my skin, as
he strolled into the kitchen, sniffing the air.
“Something smells good,” he added, dropping into his seat at the far
end of the table and gazing at me, with a wry smile.
“Did I interrupt something?” He asked.
“I dunno, did he?”  Jem said, directing his question at me, as he
beamed like a Cheshire cat.
“No!”  I snapped, mortified.
“Guess not then,” he replied, “must have just been my imagination,
playing tricks on me.”  He added.
“What are you on about?”  I growled.
“Oh nothing, it’s just I could have sworn you were doing your best
model swagger and making and extra point of flashing me you’re…” he
paused, mid-sentence, and looked to my father.
“Thong?”  My father replied, with a laugh.
“Well, I was gonna say cute little butt, but thong works.” He added,
and joined in with my father’s laughter.
“Oh, very funny,” I snarled.  “Anyway, what gave you the right to look?”
“If you wiggle it at me, I’m gonna look.”
“I didn’t frigging wiggle it.” I hissed.
“No, but you wanted to and that counts.”  He replied, the smug smile,
still firmly in place.
“Dad,” I cried, “are you gonna let him get away with that?”  I said,
knowing instantly what his reply would be.
“Hey, you were flashing him your thong, so you can fight your own battles.”
“So, if I flashed my thong at a stranger and he grabbed my butt,
you’d be ok with that?”  I asked.
“I dunno,” he replied, then leaning back to look at Jem he added.
“Hey Jem, why don’t you try it and see.”
“Dad!”  I cried, quickly dropping onto one of the bench seats as Jem
turned, eyes full of mischief.
“Don’t worry, I’ll get ya later.” He said, rubbing his hand together,
then turned back to the cooker, switched the hob off and scuttled
towards the table, frying pan in hand.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Staying focused. I always have so many ideas, that I often jump from
one novel to the next and back again, trying to accommodate all the
characters and ideas that are screaming for release.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you
about their work?

Oh, I couldn’t possibly choose just one. There are just so many great
authors out there; however, the one I am really watching at the moment
is Karen Amanda Hooper.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not at present. I tend to stick with my local area for settings, that
or other places I have lived; although, there is a book planned for
the future that might require a bit of a road trip, something to
look forward to.

Who designed the covers?

Well, with Insane Reno, it was actually me; I just had such a vivid
idea of what I wanted that it just seemed easier that way, but that
might not always be the case.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Knowing when to let go. As I said before, I’m a worrier and letting
Insane Reno go out into the world was like waving my son off, for his
first day at school, a very emotional and nerve racking experience.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I think every book is a learning experience and, as an author, you are
always learning new things; but a big lesson I learned from writing
Insane Reno is to try not to over think things, as it just leads to
unnecessary worry and stress.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just enjoy what you do and don’t worry, if someone doesn’t like what
you write, because everyone is different. What some people love,
others will hate.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for taking the time to read my book. Taking the step to
publish is such a scary one and knowing that people are reading and
enjoying it is a great blessing; so, thank you from the bottom of my
heart for taking a chance on Insane Reno. It truly means a lot.

By author Jossie Marie Solheim

Author Website http://jossiesolheim.ravencrestbooks.com/
Amazon Link http://amzn.to/T1kfsB
Facebook Link https://www.facebook.com/jossie.marie
Twitter Link @Jossiemarie84

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Author Spotlight ~Kimmie Thomas

Kimmie ThomasWhere are you from? 

Detroit, Michigan
Tell us your latest news?

New book release, Nursing Dr. Miller
When and why did you begin writing?

I have been a writer all of my life, but began writing to publish to the public in 2008. I had a story in my head I wanted to tell and decided to try and put it on paper.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Once I actually held my printed book in my hand.
What inspired you to write your first book?

I was encouraged by personal experiences as a mental health nurse.
Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t believe that I do. My genre leans toward romance and erotica.
How did you come up with the title?

My character sketches pushed me toward the title, “This Side of Crazy.” My main character’s life was just a mess.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

My hope is that the reader will see that no matter what your going through you have to believe in yourself and do what is best for you even when everyone is against you.
How much of the book is realistic?

Well, the characters in This Side of Crazy are all loosely based on me and several of my girlfriends.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes, all of my stories are based on my observations in life or experiences.
What books have most influenced your life most?

I loved the book Whoreson by Donald Goines, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and Invisible Life by E. Lynn Harris.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Zane, I love that she wrote what was in her heart even when it may not always be the most popular genre.
What book are you reading now?

I just finished Adonis by Daniel Harshaw.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Daniel Harshaw. I like his writing style and his stories are gritty.


What are your current projects?

I am working on the second and third installments of Nursing Dr. Miller and The sequel to This Side of Crazy.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My bowling league. They came in mass for my first book signing and they also purchased my books. I love Local 600 Mixed League.
Do you see writing as a career?

Yes. Every decision I make is an effort to create success so that I can write to pay the bills.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I am very happy with this one. I feel I am growing as an author and getting better and Nursing Dr. Miller is an example of that growth.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It began in elementary school with writing short stories.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

My biggest challenge is making time to write and then stopping once I start.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

This is hard to answer. I love several authors, but if I had to decided I would say Donald Goines.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

In the beginning no, but lately I have been blessed with various opportunities  that have required me to travel to get the word out about my work.
Who designed the covers?

Nursing Dr. Miller was designed by Dynasty’s Cover Me at www.dynastyscoverme.com
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing any book for me is editing.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I realized that writing is therapeutic for me. When I need to escape, writing is the way for me.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just start writing and keep on writing.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you all for reading my books and keep the feedback coming, it can only make my future books better.

Nursing Dr. Miller

 

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Push Nevahda Examines Du Boisian “Double Consciousness” Theory in New Drama “Presumed Incompetent”

Krishawn Peace as "Denicio Barbier" & Randolph Corian Johnson as "Philip" in Presumed Incompetent

Krishawn Peace as “Denicio Barbier” & Randolph Corian Johnson as “Philip” in Presumed Incompetent
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Push Nevahda’s Controversial Drama “Presumed Incompetent” Comes to The Detroit International Centre Theatre October 5-6

Alpena actress Raychel Roxy, writer & director Push Nevahda and Detroit actress Rachel Smith rehearsing scene in upcoming production of Presumed Incompetent

Alpena actress Raychel Roxy, writer & director Push Nevahda and Detroit actress Rachel Smith rehearsing scene in upcoming production of Presumed Incompetent

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July #MotownLit #BlogTour: Kai Mann @kaiology, author of Abandoned Property #mwn #michlit

Welcome Readers to our Featured Author Blog tour for:

 Kai Mann

 Author of her second release:  Abandoned Property.

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Abandoned Property

Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: June 09, 2013
Words: 92,516 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9780984828135

 Short Bio

 Kai Mann is the author of 30 Day Notice and her newly published book Abandoned Property. She is an independent contract writer for Examiner.com as Detroit’s Best Friend Examiner, a member of the Motown Writers Network, and a contributor to the online poetry community.  Kai’s purpose is to inspire thoughts pertaining to the themes of love, friendship, self-love, and self-progression.

Author’s Website

http://kai-mann.com

About Abandoned Property

These characters all have something in common; they’ve been abandoned.

Even though their issues of abandonment stem from some of the same situations, how they play out is different in nature.

Will they go to the extreme opposite to ensure that the cycle ends with them? Or will they realize the blessings in being abandoned by people who never knew how to care for them in the first place?

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Abandoned Property: First Chapter Friday w/Kai Mann @kaiology #motownlit #mwn

Kai, a prolific writer that has the keen ability to provoke thought. Two words that best describe her are positive and purposeful. Clear, colorful and insightful are Kai’s writings about the nature of love, human relationships and the human condition. Her words deepen one’s understanding every time they are read. Whether her words are in the form of articles, blogs, poetry, Tweets, or FB posts, they are talked about during the week and are usually great conversation starters. Come and enjoy the world of Kai Kaiology Mann.

Kai Mann

Click the link below to read an excerpt from Abandoned Property by Kai Mann.

MWN 1st Chapter Friday

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Beverly Jenkins, Nat’l Award Winner w/new book: Destiny’s Embrace [PODCAST] #interview

Ms. Jenkins is the nation’s premier writer of African-American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She has 30 published novels to date.

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Author bio: Beverly Jenkins has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club.

She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Vibe Magazine. She has lectured and given talks at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history.

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In 2004 Ms. Jenkins branched out into romantic suspense with the publication of Edge of Midnight.Bring on the Blessings, her first faith based, women’s fiction work, was published in Jan 09.

Her newest historical, Night Hawk has been released in October 2011.

In 2012, look for the fourth book in the Blessings series: A Wish and A Prayer, plus a new book series to come that she reveals exclusively in our podcast!

Listen to the #MichLit Network Radio Show w/Beverly Jenkins at http://tobtr.com/s/4098439. #BlogTalkRadio

Product Details

Destiny’s Embrace by Beverly Jenkins (Jan 29, 2013)

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On Jan 19th, Join Beverly Jenkins & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard for Writing 101, Publishing and Marketing in the 21st Century at the Belleville Public Library. Click here to download your form and find out more information.

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Detroit Poet, Leigh A. Mosley reading at Musing Poetry & Music Gathering #michlit

Leigh A. Mosley reading at Musings a poetry series by Ann Holdreith
Place:
Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit 48202
(Just behind the DIA, east of John R.)
Date: January 20th, 2013
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Website: http://annholdreith.com/poetry.html

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Check out Detroit Author, J-Real #urban #books #read #amreading #motownlit #mwn #michlit @realinkbooks

www.realinkpublishing.com

Experience the REAL in Literary Art

Experience the REAL in Literary Art

 

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Meet @CharlieCurve, #MotownLit’s Keynote Lunch Speaker! Get yr tickets now!

Note from Essence of Motown Literary Conference Chairperson, Sylvia Hubbard:

You ever get to a point in life where you think you’ve reached the ceiling and can’t go any farther. You think that you’ve accomplished enough and those other things you want to accomplish you aren’t as passionate about anymore because you feel you’ve used up enough energy trying to get to your other goals.

I think when I first met “Charlie Curve” I was at that point in my life. I was a good author, I had a great fan base and MWN was just going. Everything was chugging along a little at a time and I was becoming … complacent.

I got invited to an event by a friend about four years ago and I wasn’t really interested in going, but for some reason I was like Jonah and the whale. No matter how far I ran, that whale kept coming to drag me back where I needed to be.

At this event was this guy and he turned on a light switch inside of me.

The first time I heard Charlie Wollborg aka @CharlieCurve, I couldn’t help but smile and know that things can get better. Not just for myself, but my world around me. I’ve never wanted to really make an effort to introduce myself to someone. I’m a writer and I’m shy, but for some reason I just told myself Charlie had to know my name.

Since meeting him, he’s truly made an impact in my life and has helped me target myself, re-energize my work and organization and made me grow in the direction I need to go.

He’s one of those people placed on Earth that you just have to meet!

Meet Charlie Wollborg

Charlie is a purveyor of attention. He helps growing brands stand out from the clutter.

He opened the doors at Curve Detroit Marketing Strategy & Creative Design after being thrown out of several well respected ad agencies. As a marketing strategist and creative director, he has delivered blue sky ideas and bottom line results for blue chip national clients and budding local brands.

When he’s not building brands, you’ll find Charlie inspiring, educating and entertaining business audiences with his lively keynote presentations on social media, branding, marketing and motivation. He helps smart companies stay on top of what’s new, what’s now and what’s next in the world of marketing and technology. He’s earned applause and laughter at several Ignite events and recently took the second place prize at the PowerPoint Karaoke World Finals.

Along with a few cool friends, Charlie helped bring the acclaimed TED conference to Michigan in the form of TEDxDetroit. He also carves out a little time for Motor City Connect, a Detroit-based social network and professional development organization he helped create.

Connect with Charlie :

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READ MORE ABOUT CHARLIE BY VISITING HIS WEBSITE.

On November 10th, “Charlie Curve” will be joining the Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference as the lunch keynote speaker at 12:30pm at the Northwest Activity Center.

We’re excited and deeply honored to to have him be apart of our event.

Register now and use the share buttons below to invite other readers and writers in Metro Detroit!

click here to see the back of the flyer.

I hope you join us all weekend long and help strengthen the Metro Detroit’s Literary and Literacy Community!

REGISTER NOW!

 

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Celebrate Nat’l Author’s Day w/#MWN’s featured Author, Melissa Love (@lisasecrets29) #mwn #motownlit #michlit

For the second year in a row, Motown Writers Network celebrates National Author’s Day “Detroit Style” by featuring a local author who’s working hard to make Detroit Literary Community Better.

This year is Ms. Melissa Love whose new book out is called Holy Suspicion.

Her book was featured earlier this year as a Wednesday book candy, but today we celebrate Melissa as an author, who’s doing wonderful things and creating wonderful literary for generations to come.

Who Is Melissa Love?

A blogger, reader and candle and soap creator. A writer working on many up and coming mainstream novels.

Melissa Love published her first debut novel “Sinful Traits” in 2001. Three years later, she decided to get back into writing and published two more books; “Secret Affair” released in February 2012 and the re-edit version in September 2012. Also in that same month, Holy Suspicion was released.​

She is very active in the Motown Writer Network, and Mocha Sister Book clubs.

She continues to write stories filled with secrets and drama.

She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan working on her fourth novel.

Visit her website by clicking here.

THE BOOKS

Secret Affair is the first book in the Scandalous Secrets series. Each book has their own secrets, twist and turns along the way. Pick up a book and reach each story as you uncover their scandalous secrets.

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Victoria Winter has her own selfish scheme and that is becoming the Second Mother of One True Worship, the third largest multi-billion church in Detroit. In order for this to happen, she convince her daughter to get the pastor to fall in love and married the famous and wealthy Pastor Kyle Smith. God-fearing Naomi does everything a Christian woman is suppose to do in her strict Christian’s household. She attends all the church services, events and groups meeting.

But Naomi has a secret that could ruin her mother plans of becoming Second Mother and her family’s reputation.

Product Details

​love On Death Row

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Love on Death row is the story of De’Nesha Cole who was raised into the good life. She never knew hard times or living below ones needs. It took everything she had to hide her abuse she suffer from Terence Jones, her husband and co-partner at one of the top publishing company in Florida. Instead of reporting her abuse at the advice of her two best friends, she takes matters into her own hands and find herself on death row…. Coming Soon

Connect with Melissa Love

Amazon Page | Website | Google +

Look for more of this author to come and please subscribe to our updates to receive more news about Michigan’s Literary Community!

In case you’re unfamiliar with National Author’s Day, here’s a detail description:

Nov 1. This observance was adopted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1929 and in 1949 was given a place on the list of special days, weeks and months prepared by the US Department of Commerce. The resolution states in part: “By celebrating an Authors’ Day as a nation, we would not only show patriotism, loyalty, and appreciation of the men and women who have made American literature possible, but would also encourage and inspire others to give of themselves in making a better America.” It was also resolved “that we commemorate an Authors’ Day to be observed on November First each year.”

Read more:

http://www.answers.com/topic/national-authors-day#ixzz1cQtC1mPE

See our last year’s selection, Author, Monica Marie Jones! Click Here!

Author’s are you interested in being featured? Click here
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MWN’s 1st Blog Tour w/author,Chris Lee @LifePathLLC!! From Frustration to Fulfillment #FF2F‬ #michlit #blogtour #mwn

Yes! Starting from July, Motown Writers Network is hosting authors for book tours.  Detroiter, Chris Lee is our first author to join us and support our Michigan Literary Network endeavor!

Each Day until the end of the tour, Chris Lee will be featured on one of our blogs, posted in our facebook group, facebook pages and facebook book club, along with being tweeted by founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard on his blog journey.

Now this is no small feat because we have specific blogs as you can see below and Chris had to write around the criteria’s of each blog and be able to showcase his book and story around those criteria’s at the same time!

It was wonderful to read each post and I  hope you enjoy them! At the end of the blog tour, join us back here after you’ve commented on each blog to enter a chance to win an amazon kindle copy of From Frustration to Fulfillment. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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Beverly Jenkins’s New Book: A Wish and a Prayer, Releasing April 10th #motownlit #michlit #mwn

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Beverly Jenkins’s New Book
Releasing on April 10, 2012
A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel
A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel
Beverly Jenkins
Kindle Edition: $9.99     Paperback: $10.98
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Anyone worried that living in a small town could be boring certainly hasn’t lived in Henry Adams, Kansas. From the wealthy divorcÉe who saved this historic town founded by freed slaves to the romantic entanglements that have set tongues wagging and hearts fluttering (and everything in between), … Read More
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