PNR Review of Cheri Paris Edwards’ novel ‘Something About April’

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Save the Date: Love, Romance & Intrigue…BOOK LAUNCH in #Detroit June 21, 2014 #book #event #networking #motownlit

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On June 21, 2014, Detroit Author, Sylvia Hubbard, invites the literary community (readers, writers, authors and poets) to a Litertainment Event.

12-1 – Meet & Greet
1:15-1:30 – Intro & Welcome – Sylvia
1:30-1:50 – Omari poetry
1:50-2:45 – Relationship Panel discussion: Everything You Wanted to Know About Relationships but Were Afraid to Ask – Panelists: Leslie Griffin & Jesse Cole
2:45-4 – Mix & Mingle; Book Talk/Book Signing; Q & A with audience (questions around book “My Substitute Wife, My Sister,” and publishing, writing, and marketing

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Entertainment, Book Soiree, Networking and More

More details to come including VIP tickets with a limit of 40 coming soon.

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Support @Boys2Books, Metro #Detroit Afterschool Literacy Initiative #michlit #mwn #MotownLit

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The program focuses on improving the lives of young males through literacy, leadership, and life skills. The program has been receiving local and national attention via BET, PBS, and other media sources.  Boys2Books1

For more info. about Boys 2 Books visit: http://www.eddieconnor.com/boys2books or call 313.469.1947

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How can the National Writers Union Help You? #Detroit Chapter #Writers #mwn #nwu

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#MotownWriters w/@MonicaMJones Topic:Momentum for your Muse 5/10 WSU B&N #Detroit

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 

  • Barnes and Noble

    Warren & Cass in Detroit, MI 48202, Detroit, MI (edit map)

  • @ the cafe
  • This is the Detroit Motown Writers Meetup where special guest speakers talk about their literary journey, we share our challenges and struggles and we help each other.

    Want to announce an event? Want to share your book struggles?

    Want to announce your book’s birth?

     

    Workshop Description: Tips, methods and systems that will inspire writers to keep the momentum going throughout the year.

    Monica Marie Jones, MSW

    Bio

    Monica Marie Jones is an author whose published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-Help), Taste My Soul (Poetry), FLOSS (Fiction), Swag (Urban Fiction), Sweet Soliloquy (Poetry), Monday Morning Motivation (Inspiration) and Momentum (Financial Inspiration). She is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, 44th (A full color coffee table book about President Barack Obama) and Souls of Our Young Sisters: The Next Generation of Women Tell Their Stories, Overcome Their Challenges, and Heal Their Spirits. She has also contributed to several publications and youth development training materials for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

    She has worked as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications and websites including the Michigan Front Page Newspaper and is an active member of the Motown Writer’s Network where she hosted her own radio show, “Marketing and Motivation Mondays with Monica Marie Jones” on the Michigan Literary Network Radio.

    Monica received her Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She also received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.

    She is the owner of the publishing and literary consulting company, The Literary Loft; and the motivational speaking, training and consulting company, Inspiration Incorporated.

    For more information visit her website at www.monicamariejones.com
    Monica Marie Jones, MSW
    Author ~ Motivator ~ Investor
    www.monicamariejones.com
    www.twitter.com/monicamjones
    Donations are asked, but donation of your time means a lot as well.

    If you would like to RSVP, please go to http://detroitliterarynetwork.com orHttp://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork
    Got a question! Come in! Join us!

    Donations are asked, but donation of your time means a lot as well.

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#LitService Feature: So It Is Written Copy/Editing Service frm @TenitaJEditor

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Does Encouragement equal Support for #IndiePub Authors?

Does Encouragement equal Support for #IndiePub Authors?.

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MWN Author Spotlight ~ Mary Anne McMahon

 

Mary Anne McMahon

 

This week’s Motown Writers Network spotlight is being shined on Mary Anne McMahon. Mary Anne no longer lives in Detroit; but she regards the Motor City as the place she will ever call home. She is the author of The Motor City and Me: Our Story, a story that tells the remarkable history of Detroit and offers inspiration to the once great American metropolis during its most trying time. Let’s listen in on Mary Anne’s interview so we get to know her better and learn more about her book.

 

Where were you born?

I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I now live in Houston, Texas.

Tell us your latest news?

I have published a book, The Motor City and Me: Our Story, which highlights the rich history of Detroit and how the Motor City has left a lasting impact on my family and me.

When and why did you begin writing?

I have been writing most of my life and have taught writing skills to students for 28 years. After my retirement from education I wrote puppet skits for my puppet performing business, Sassy Celebrations. I then decided to write a book about my beloved hometown.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have always considered myself a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My book evolved from the acquisition of my ancestral history, my happy Detroit childhood and continual connection to my hometown.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I do not have one specific writing style. In my book I utilize both the expository style and the persuasive style.

How did you come up with the title?

The Motor City and Me: Our Story parallels the rise and fall of Detroit with ups and down in my own life. The title reflects our connection.

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

I overcame major obstacles in my life. I want to inspire Detroiters to overcome the obstacles facing their city today.

How much of the book is realistic?

My book is non-fiction. The events are real.

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

The experiences are based on my own life.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Mans Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel had a powerful impact on my life. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela inspired me as well.

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

I would choose John Grogan. His heartwarming book, The Longest Trip Home, about an Irish boy from Detroit resonated with me.  His story inspired me to publish my Detroit memoir.

What book are you reading now?

I am reading I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell’s writing and especially liked his book, David and Goliath.  The insightful novel, The Invention of Wings, drew me to Sue Monk Kidd.

What are your current projects?

I have begun a second book.

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

Both professional and non-professional reviewers have given me significant support and encouragement.

Do you see writing as a career?

I want to continue as a writer.

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

I made many changes as I wrote the book. So, I am quite satisfied now.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My mother influenced me with her love of literature and writing.

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

Paralleling the rise and fall of Detroit with the ups and downs of my own life, I show readers how Detroit values strengthened and reassured her throughout the difficult times. From the rise and fall of the automotive industry to the city’s recent financial woes, The Motor City and Me strives to take readers on a personal journey through an extraordinary American city. Tracing my family’s Detroit lineage through four generations, my memoirs aims to give readers a thorough look at the city’s history and the indelible mark it has left on me.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

When I wrote my book there were times when thoughts flowed for hours. Other times I had difficulty putting two words together. There was a certain amount of frustration that I had to leave my computer at the “two word” moments.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about his/her work?

I like Ross King. He writes fascinating detailed accounts of engineering marvels and the history that goes with those marvels. I loved his books, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling and Brunelleschi’s  Dome. 

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

I did considerable traveling while writing my book. I traveled to my European roots and ancestral homelands.

Who designed the covers?

My publisher designed my cover. I provided the photo.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The most difficult part was writing about the challenging times in my life.

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

While I struggled with revealing challenges, I learned afterward that I am not alone. Everyone has challenges.  My book has inspired others to come forward and share the dark moments in their lives.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Writing is a gift that you give yourself and hopefully to others including future generations.

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

The conviction, that we can overcome adversity and that failure is not an option, may be a good beginning for renewal.

MaryAnne Motor City and Me

For more information about the author and her book go to:  http://marymcmahonauthor.com/

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#MotownWriters w/@MonicaMJones Topic:Momentum for your Muse May10th 10am B&N #Detroit #motownlit

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  • Saturday, January 11, 2014

    10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

  • Barnes and Noble

    Warren & Cass in Detroit, MI 48202, Detroit, MI (edit map)

    @ The cafe
  • This is the Detroit Motown Writers Meetup where special guest speakers talk about their literary journey, we share our challenges and struggles and we help each other.

    January special guest: Monica M Jones

    Momentum for your Muse

    Workshop Description: Tips, methods and systems that will inspire writers to keep the momentum going throughout the year.

    Monica Marie Jones, MSW

    Bio

    Monica Marie Jones is an author whose published works include The Ups and Downs of Being Round (Fiction/Self-Help), Taste My Soul (Poetry), FLOSS (Fiction), Swag (Urban Fiction), Sweet Soliloquy (Poetry), Monday Morning Motivation (Inspiration) and Momentum (Financial Inspiration). She is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Girls Soul, New Directions for Youth Development, 44th (A full color coffee table book about President Barack Obama) and Souls of Our Young Sisters: The Next Generation of Women Tell Their Stories, Overcome Their Challenges, and Heal Their Spirits. She has also contributed to several publications and youth development training materials for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

    She has worked as a columnist and freelance writer for various publications and websites including the Michigan Front Page Newspaper and is an active member of the Motown Writer’s Network where she hosted her own radio show, “Marketing and Motivation Mondays with Monica Marie Jones” on the Michigan Literary Network Radio.

    Monica received her Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certificate in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She also received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.

    She is the owner of the publishing and literary consulting company, The Literary Loft; and the motivational speaking, training and consulting company, Inspiration Incorporated.

    For more information visit her website at www.monicamariejones.com
    Monica Marie Jones, MSW
    Author ~ Motivator ~ Investor
    www.monicamariejones.com
    (734) 945-8129
    Twitter: @monicamjones www.twitter.com/monicamjones
    Donations are asked, but donation of your time means a lot as well.

    If you would like to RSVP, please go to http://detroitliterarynetwork.com or Http://meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork

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How to get files frm #Smashwords on Your #Kindle – #amreading #mobi #pdf

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Everyone with an Amazon Kindle has the dilemma of “Do I just buy from Amazon? should I miss those awesome freebies by authors on #Smashwords?

Well you don’t have to.

There is a way to get the files from #Smashwords to your Kindle in less than five seconds. (Although that does depend on your download time.)

mrblackFirst, choose a book from #Smashwords. Let’s take an example of my book The Mysterious Mr. Black (shameless promotion), which readers can only get from #Smashwords.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/266151

NEWBIE TIP: (If you’ve never tried this before) Get the pdf instead of the mobi. For some reason it sends better and takes up less room in your cloud account. (That could be a matter of MY opinion though, but files are different and tricky, so I know the pdf works 100% of the time opening on the Kindle than the mobi files I’ve gotten from Smashwords.)

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SOUTHERN WRITERS MAGAZINE SHORT STORY CONTEST

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$15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline May 1, 2014. Grand prize $250, publication in short story bonus issue, photo on cover, year’s subscription, five free online subscription to friends/family, guest appearance on radio show and full access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV. Second place $100 plus publication, photo, online subscription, three guest online subscriptions, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV. Third place $50 plus publication, photo, online subscription, a guest online subscription, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV. Ten runners-up receive publication, online subscription, access to promos Mic Nite, Take Five and Must Read TV. Manuscript must be 1500 words or less.

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Author Fair in Plainwell, MI, TOMORROW!

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Tomorrow I am participating in an author fair at Ransom District Library in Plainwell, Michigan! Come visit me and many other authors–there will be books for sale, and you can ask us any questions you may have about writing and publishing. Local restaurant Nancy’s Kitchen is providing snacks. The fair lasts from 6-8 p.m. See you there! :)

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COMING SOON TO PNR: Kristin Dawn-Dumas talks about new play, Walk Tall

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