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Book Review: Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House

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!COMING SOON! Book Review: ‘The Turner House’ by Angela Flournoy

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PR:Hear Why This Author Wrote a Book Called “Crazy Hot!”

SHS_80881.jpg?width=750Do you know what it’s like to be "crazy hot" and live on the edge? Shirley Slaughter does . . . and she will give you a dose of it @ 5pm, Sunday, May 24, 2015on eamtradio.com as she shares her new book Crazy Hot: And Living on the Edge. Don’t miss it!

Hear her on "Talk to the Author" with Dr. Mamie Smith thiscoming Sunday!

She will also share news ideas about her first book Our Lady of Victory.

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The E Project: Where did it start?

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Great piece by #motownlit publisher and upcoming poet author E. Ethelbert Miller (Coming spring 2016)

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A “pregame” chat with Kirsten Porter, editor of the upcoming The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

When Ethelbert Miller asks you to help him with a project, you don’t need to stop and think about it before you respond. You don’t pull out your calendar to see if you can pencil him in. You don’t demand details and time frames. You just say without hesitation, emphatically—sign me up!

So when I received an email from Ethelbert last October asking if I would be interested in editing a book of his collected poetry, my answer was an immediate yes. It was after I hit “send” that I sat back and let sink in what I had just agreed to.

Editing Ethelbert’s Collected Poems (or what I like to call the E Project) would not be a small undertaking. Ethelbert’s writing career began in the early 70’s; 1974 marked the publication…

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Author Feature ~Ericka Stafford

Where are you from?

I was born and raised right here  in Detroit Michigan and still glad to call Detroit my home.
ericka Stafford II
Tell us your latest news?
My latest news would be my second novel which is part of trilogy which just dropped on amazon last week of February it’s available on ebook and the title is Looks Like Love Feels Like Hate.
 
When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing about ten years ago but have been published since September of last year. To be truthfully honest I started writing on a whim I mean I have always been in love with the written word even at a very young age so I guess writing was the next natural step one day instead of reading I just decided I  was going to write a book.
 
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
This is still all new to me I am just soaking in the fact that I am a writer but I guess it really hit me when I seen that my book with my name on it and the royalty check helped a lot too. (lol)  
 
 What inspired you to write your first book?
Drama! It seemed like me and everyone I knew was going through it so I just added a little more excitement to it and turned it into a story.
 
Do you have a specific writing style?
I would say my style is raw and uncut I don’t sugarcoat my writing.
 
How did you come up with the title?
Actually I didn’t when I first submitted my story to my publisher I was told that they loved the story and didn’t like the title  my original title for the book was Betty-B who is the main character of the book but they said when they just hear that name they think gangsta which the character was not. We threw a couple of names  around he came up with that one and I loved it.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, the message would be that even though you grow up in bad circumstances you don’t have to become a victim to it unless you want there’s also the message of kids really watch there parents and can sometimes pick up on there bad habits so it’s up to parents to set good examples.
 
How much of the book is realistic?
I would say about 40%
 
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say about 40% I really do have a friend whose mother was addicted drugs and she really did have to raise her sibling but in her case it was her brother.
 
What books have most influenced your life most?
Wow that’s a tough one because I read so many different types of books so I would have to say that I walk away with something from every book I read.
 
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
If I had to choose a mentor I would have to say my publisher Raymond Francis who is not only a publisher but also a writer and I say that because during this writing process he has totally taken me under his wind he has taught me a lot about writing he takes time to answer all my questions and he’s not stingy with his knowledge and he’s humble.
 
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Kwan’s book Road Dawgz.
 
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
LOL ! That sounds so funny because i still consider myself a new author but i would like to give shouts to D.L Collins, Larry Ellison, Kenya Rivers to name a few. Actually D.L Collins and Kenya Rivers are both authors from Detroit.
 
What are your current projects?
Right now I am back and fourth with writing three books but I am focusing more on pt. 3 of Looks Like Love Feels Like Hate which I hope to have done by April.
 
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
At the time i was writing this book the person I was with was a total motivation to he helped me visualize my dreams and step out on faith although we are not together anymore I would still like to thank him for that.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I could see that.
 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think I would I am very satisfied with the outcome.
 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I would say about ten years ago.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes! writing a three book series is very challenging because you don’t want the story to get stale and with each book the readers expect the book to get better and better and being a writer you have to deliver that every time or risk losing a reader.
 
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I wouldn’t really say I have a favorite writer because I read so many books and all of them are great.
 
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I haven’t yet put I plan too.
 
Who designed the covers?
Brittani Williams who I might say did a awesome job.
 
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
All of it ! No just kidding the hardest was the ending because I had to set it up in a way that would lure my readers into reading pt.2 so the set-up at the end had to be perfect.
 
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that not everyone will like your book which I knew anyway but you can’t let it get to you all you can do is try to go extra harder the next time.
 
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes do your research on these publishing companies the first publisher I was with (I won’t say any names) really did a hack job on me and it was hard to get out of that is why I am so glad that I found an honest family with Pleasure Principle Publications.
 
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To my readers I just want to thank each and every last one of you for giving this new author a chance keep reading my books and I promise to bring you more in the future. Without you there is know me.
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Book Feature ~ @sonyavisor

 

Love For Who I Am

 

Available on B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, GooglePlay, Lulu

Synopsis 1:

Today, I want to know…

 

Have you ever wanted someone to simply love you for WHO you are? Have you ever made a mistake that the “church folks” trampled you under the pew for? Have you ever loved the wrong person for the right reasons? If so, I invite you to take a short ride in the pages of, Love Me for Who I Am, my new novella.

Synopsis:

Her sins traveled well beyond the sheets. Rainey Thomas wasn’t looking for a soul mate to avoid triggering her “sexual appetite” as she walked before the Lord. She is what one would call a good, hardworking church girl who always did the right thing. Rainey and her two sisters live life drowning in the desires and practices of their strict mother, commonly known as “Mother Thomas”, a recognized walking Bible—even from the grave. That was until she found herself caught up in the web triangle of Malik Johnson, a high ranking, hands-off trafficking drug dealer. He not only pushed Rainey’s sex button, he enraptured her mind and soul. Malik made her come alive where she then was able to see herself for who she really was well beyond the bed. For Rainey, will finding herself cause her to lose her God as she fans another flame?

Always Be Your TruU!

Sonya Visor

Author of Who I’ve Become  

Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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New Release!  Love Me for Who I Am 

Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Drama ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ is at The Ringwald Theatre

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#wordOfTheDay: Caim #wordporn #motownwriters #motownlit #michlit

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Career 101 Tip #1: So You Think You Need a Mentor?

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If you’ve ever wished you had a mentor, here are some tips to get you started in your search.

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imageOne valuable stop on the road to professional development is being coached by a good mentor.

If you’re sitting at work and the thing that’s looming in the back of your mind is “I wish I could get better at  ______, this is the perfect time to look for a mentor.

If you just finished your annual review with your manager (these can be stressful) and she/he advises you to improve or develop your ______ skills to get ready for promotion (or because that skill has slipped), it’s also a good time to consider mentoring. Your job may depend on it.

Many years ago in a former life, I was a Human Resources Rep and I still enjoy mentoring/coaching, consulting on professional development, and career planning so I thought I’d share a little info on the topic.

HOW TO IDENTIFY A POTENTIAL MENTOR:

Choose your mentor wisely.

Traits to look…

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Soul Writers Retreat #michlit Feb 15 @6pm

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#MichLit Radio w/book industry expert @Porter_Anderson

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Guest summary: Porter Anderson is a journalist, critic, writer, and speaker in publishing.

Porter Anderson bio:

Porter Ander­son, BA, MA, MFA, is a Fel­low with the National Crit­ics Insti­tute and has done spe­cial read­ings in the psy­chol­ogy of the arts at the Uni­ver­sity of Bath, UK. As a jour­nal­ist, he has worked with three net­works of CNN (CNN USA, CNN Inter­na­tional, CNN.com) and was on the lead devel­op­ment team for CNN.com Live. He also has worked on The Vil­lage Voice, Dal­las Times Her­ald, D Mag­a­zine, Sara­sota Herald-Tribune and other out­lets. He writes the weekly (Thurs­days) WRITING ON THE ETHER col­umn at JaneFriedman.com and (Mon­days) ETHER FOR AUTHORS col­umn at PublishingPerspectives.com. Ander­son also is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to WriterUnboxed.com and to Dig­i­tal Book World’s (DigiBookWorld.com) Expert Pub­lish­ing Blog. He has been posted by the United Nations to Rome (P-5, laissez-passer) for the World Food Pro­gramme, and served as Exec­u­tive Pro­ducer to INDEX: Design to Improve Life in Copen­hagen. He is based in Tampa and his pri­mary medium is Twit­ter.www.PorterAnderson.com Fol­low him @Porter_Anderson

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Motown Writers Network Local Author Debuts Story Collection That Reveals the Human Spirit

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Local Author Debuts Story Collection That Reveals the Human Spirit

Open Boxes- the gifts of living a full and connected life by

Christine Organ

January 2015, Chicago, IL Blogger, freelance writer, and author Christine Organ releases a debut story collection that reveals the sacred through everyday living. Like a skilled weaver, Organ laces personal insights, anecdotes, and observations into a skilled tapestry of the human spirit.

Book Description

Through stories about everything from spirituality and parenting, self-acceptance and friendship, shopping at Old Navy and bowling with preschoolers, readers will be inspired to gently lift the lids off of their compartmentalized lives and tie together the torn and tattered pieces that lie inside in order to live more fully and connect more deeply with the people and world around them. Open Boxes is filled with stories of comfort, struggle, heartache, joy, insight, compassion, resilience, and redemption. Like a cup of coffee with a good friend, the stories will soothe and inspire, uplift and motivate, entertain and encourage.

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About the Author

Christine Organ lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two sons, a fish, a gecko, and a couple of naughty-but-lovable dogs. A pragmatic believer and hopeful optimist, Christine writes about faith, love, and the human condition. She writes at http://www.christineorgan.com and has appeared on Headline News (a division of CNN). Her work also appears on Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Patheos, Mamalode, and RELEVANT.

Open Boxes- the gifts of living a full and connected life

by Christine Organ

ISBN-13: 978-1634523660

ISBN-10: 1634523660

Price: $15.28 USD Trade Paper

Pages: 254, 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

Published by 220 Publishing

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Motown Writers Network 220 Communications Inc. Press Announcement

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Author Helps Readers Remember the “Little Girl” They Left Behind

Jaime A. Gill Releases “Lessons For The Little Girl”

Chicago, IL – Jan 16th: Life Coach and Radio Show Co Host Jaime A. Gill has created a book that she hopes awakens the “little girl” in many adult age women. Lessons For the Little Girl (220 Publishing) was written a celebration of Gill’s childhood and an opportunity for other females to embrace their lives at every stage of development. Ultimately she dreams that this book will serve as a tool to create conversation between the generations. The book has been featured locally on Chicago television and Ms. Gill has made a number of appearances and signings in support of the release. 757.jpg

Jaime A. Gill has served as a certified life coach and radio show co-host of the L.O.V.E. PERSPECTIVE (LIVES OF VISION AND EMPOWERMENT) she is able to combine her passions and experience to deliver a message that will inspire, educate, and enlighten. She is a sought after speaker who travels throughout the US leading workshops on sexual violence, women’s issues, and empowerment. Jaime serves on the board of Awaken-Inc., Faith Ambassador for P.A.V.E (Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment), and she also supports GEMS (Girls Educational Mentoring Services). These organizations are dedicated to providing awareness and prevention against sexual assault, domestic violence, and the exploitation and trafficking of women and girls. Jaime’s name in French literally translates “to love” which is what she hopes to reflect to the world through her life’s works.

Lessons For the Little Girl is available wherever books are sold.

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The Motown Literary Network has been live on blogtalkradio.com since fall of 2009, with nearly 10,000 downloads. Our 30 minute, weekly show airs Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. EST with a focus on everything related to the literary world, from the writing process to author highlights to the nuts and bolts of publishing. Although the show can be heard by listeners all over the world, and our guests may come from all over the country, our target audience is readers and writers in Michigan with an interest in the Michigan literary community. Established in 2000, Motown Writers Network and The Michigan Literary Network were created to strengthen Michigan’s Literary Community. Drawing readers, writers, authors, poets and more together, the networks’ mission is to connect readers to Michigan literary works, educate and connect writers and poets to resources, provide events and venues for authors to showcase their work and a lot more. To sign up for updates on The Michigan Literary Network, click here. Visit our website and help strengthen the Michigan Literary Network, by sending our information to other readers and writers!

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