#MotownWriters September Author of the month @ETLizCrowe Book Excerpt of new release Lady Balls #michiganauthors #michiganwriters #michlit

About the Book

Thanks to a soccer-career-ending accident, Kayla Franklin has given up on everything she ever worked for or wanted from life. She’s been avoiding her family, living in a crappy apartment with her best friend, and slinging overpriced drinks ever since. When TV executive J.D. Baxter crashes into the bar and her life, she’s already determined that rock bottom is her destiny.

Retired NFL quarterback and semi-pro bachelor J.D. used his millions to found a unique sports station in Detroit—one run entirely by women. When he decides that retired player Makayla Franklin will make the perfect subject for a new documentary, he pays a visit to the dive bar where she works, only to have his world knocked way off its axis.

Kayla agrees to his documentary proposal and attempts not to fall for the playboy athlete who’s populated his TV station with plenty of women from his past. When he asks her to pose as his fiancée, things get hilarious, then interesting … and then smoking hot.

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The bar was swamped by five o’clock, which was no surprise. Kayla worked as fast as she could, slinging the beer and disgusting bar food with what she thought was a fair bit of rapidity and the proper amount of attitude. She was the opposite of in the mood, which really helped her cope with annoyances like her manager, Brad, who seemed to spend the better part of her every shift staring at her tits. 

But now, here she was, pausing with four huge pints of beer in one hand and a plate of disgusting, orange-cheese-like-substance-covered nachos in the other. Her. A former soccer superstar. The one who was going to take the women’s national team to … oh hell. It didn’t pay to dwell.

Nope, this was her shiny new reality, in her redneck Daisy Dukes and black halter top, customer eyeballs crawling all over her. When her face burned in its familiar self-pity-party pre-teary-ness, she set her jaw, plunked the beers down in front a group of random dudes, all the while leaning over just enough to provide a good view, then headed back to the bar, clearing tables on the way.

And then … it happened. 

Or rather he happened.

Some douchebag with a smart phone stuck to his ear rounded a blind corner and plowed straight into her, sending the contents of all those not-quite-empty glasses of random booze all down the front of her halter top. He’d hit her weak side, the one that had ruined her future as a soccer super star. She sensed herself falling, watched it from a distance in horrifying slow motion. She knew she was about to break the damn glassware too, because landing on her bad knee always made her crumple like a Victorian hysteric.

Resigned, drippy, and clutching the glasses for dear life, she heard the razzing of a group of assholes all the while preparing to hit the deck. Until a strong hand gripped her upper arm, keeping her upright.

“Hey, sorry, whoa…” A gravelly voice hit her ear, sending an inappropriate shockwave to her brain.

She stepped forward with her other foot, which forced her to lunge into him while still hanging onto the empties.

He smelled like sun and outdoors with a hint of soapy cologne. Why she even noticed this, she had no idea. But damn. He smelled really great. She heard his rumbly laugh as she leaned a second too long to be considered polite.

“Yo, Baxter!” She heard some other male voice nearby. “Nice catch. Reel her in and bring her over here.”

The man, whose warm hand still gripped her elbow, raised one eyebrow at her. She blinked, acknowledging that he was, in a word, a perfect specimen. Tall, broad-shouldered and slim, with a model-worthy face boasting a trace of stubble. And, of course, he was wearing a damn suit. Her fantasy weakness—men in suits. This felt a tad contrived, even to her own overheated brain. But she decided to go with it, at least for now.

She’d gone so long without a man’s direct attention she sometimes thought she might declare herself re-virginized. Or maybe that would be re-virgined. Whatever it was, she was feeling it now, with Mr. Man’s deep blue eyes boring into her like a couple of laser beams.

She pulled her arm away and tried to resume a semblance of dignity, even as she got a whiff of the sour beer soaking her halter top. As if reading her mind, Sexy Hero Man’s gaze dropped to her exposed stomach, then lower. She sucked in her gut, then stopped, furious with herself for even thinking she had to do such a thing. 

Yeah. Okay. Fuck this guy.

“Excuse me,” she said, making her way past him and brushing his suit-coated shoulder in the process. The shock of the contact almost sent her tumbling once again. Which only served to ramp up her anger at herself, and at him … at his stupid, sexy, awesome perfection. And her own wimpy, girly reaction to him.

“Wait,” he said.

She turned, still clutching the glassware to her chest like a shield, nearly deafened from the sound of her heartbeat pounding in her ears.

“I’m sorry. Can I … make it up to you?” He stuck his hands into his trouser pockets, his expression no longer predatory, more like embarrassed little kid.

“Stop it,” she said, her voice croaky. She cleared her throat and started backing away from him.

“Stop what?” He advanced toward her, keeping about half a foot of air between them. “I mean, I’m not … shit.” He ran a hand around the back of his neck, his nervousness making her want to giggle. What man who dared to walk on this earth looking like that had any reason to be nervous around her? 

“Yo! Kayla!” The sound of Brad’s sharp voice made her flinch. She tried to relax as they maintained a weird locked-eyes thing while the busy restaurant traffic flowed around them. Her sense of unreality ramped up a thousand-fold when he moved into her personal space bubble and leaned toward her ear.

“I’m sorry. Can I buy you a drink later? When you’re done working?”

“Baxter! Dude! I told you to snag that hottie and bring her here,” his friend called from what she assumed was their table.

Kayla used the momentary distraction to take two full steps away from him. He was way too tempting. She was way too needy. But she had no time for or interest in some kind of a hookup. Although her body was sending her clear, opposing signals. Ones that urged her onward, made her want to flirt, to drink, to drag him home with her. She shook her head, and by the time he’d addressed his loud-mouthed table-mate, she’d managed to escape into the crowd. 

End of Excerpt 

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Check out #MotownWriters Member, Glenn R. Murray @Glenn220 new book out called You Wrote it; Now Go Sell It #michiganwriters

Image result for glenn r murrayGlenn Murray is the founder of 220 Communications, parent company to 220 Publishing and Food Wine and Spirits Ventures. He has held strategic positions in the top U.S. companies including General Electric, Leo Burnett, and Discover started as an events company 220 Communications expanded to include divisions publishing, experiential marketing, consulting and music distribution.  220 Publishing has produced over 50 titles under the 220 Publishing imprint in its 9 years of existence as well as several titles under its private label publishing program.

Mr. Murray has created promotional campaigns for the arts, film, music, and culinary events. He led viral social media campaigns that have generated over 1 Million impressions. Over the years, 220 Communications’ marketing has expanded to include promotions and partnerships in Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Dallas, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. The company supports a number of charities including Surge For Water, One Hope United, South Central Community Services, Gilda’s Club and a host of others through fundraising events and in-kind donations. He created the popular Food and Wine Crawl Chicago event and has expanded that to include 5 cities.

He has blogged for the NBC Chicago Street Team and is has contributed articles to 360 Magazine, and currently writes a blog titled “Stop, Look, Listen” for Chicagonow.com. An author, he was a contributor to “The Entrepreneur Within You” Book Series and wrote the book marketing guide “You Wrote It, Now Go Sell It”. He spent a year as an on-air personality at WBCP in Champaign IL.  He was a contributor to the screenplay Love Miscarriage and has written a documentary titled “Praise and Worship”.  He is overseeing the adaptation of 3 of the titles he’s published to a screenplay. “You Wrote It Now Go Sell It” is his debut solo title.  He is contributing to several anthologies scheduled for 2020 release including “Perspectives Father and Son”, co-written with his father and “Lessons for the Little Girl”.

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With his debut book, he’s planning a workshop JULY 20 called Free Publishing Information Workshop


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Sat, July 20, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT

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Woodson Regional Library, Chicago Public Library

9525 South Halsted Street

Chicago, IL 60628


Workshop for new and existing authors providing advice and answering your questions about publishing your first (or your next) book.

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220 Publishing is an independent publisher based in Chicago, IL. With over 20 titles in the market across all genres including fiction, self-help, inspirational and instructional. We are actively seeking talented storytellers and game-changers. Let us help you tell your story.



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The First Two Chapters of Cold Dark Lies via #MichLit Author, @donald_levin #crimewriter #thriller #bookpromo #excerpt #motownwriters #michiganmurderandmayhem

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This week’s blog post is a teaser: the first two chapters of the latest Martin Preuss mystery, Cold Dark Lies.

The ideas for the book go back a long way. As in all the novels, the final version braids together several strands that come from “real” life. The main plot thread comes from an article I read in a Detroit newspaper many years ago about an auto executive from Bloomfield Hills who was found dead in one of the no-tell motels in Ferndale. It was a minor blip in the news day, but it stuck with me all this time. I was intrigued by the dissonance between his privileged, upper-middle class existence and his desire (or need) to take a walk on the wild side at the skeevy motel, with tragic results for himself and the family he must have left behind.

The idea for one of the subplots in the book comes from a student who came to talk to me once about a research study she was undertaking to find out if she was really related to a criminal gang in Detroit in the 1920s, as family lore had insisted.

As always, by the time both of these threads made it to the final version, I had changed much—characters, situations, names, details, circumstances, motivations, and so on. Then I set it all in an imaginary context consistent with a mystery story—so I made up lots of bad actors, bad actions, and events that didn’t happen . . . but that could have. 

At first, I imagined the motel guy as a character in a poem called “The Secret Life,” but I knew there was more to the story than the poem could explore. When I started thinking about the next book in the series after An Uncertain Accomplice, I took the story out of my back pocket where I had kept it all these years and started thinking about using it in a Preuss mystery.

This is pretty typical of how I’ve been working with these books. Only in the first book, Crimes of Love, did I make up the inciting episode; in all the rest, I started out with a situation I knew about either because somebody told me the story or I read about it somewhere. (Henry James’s advice to writers: “Try to be one of those on whom nothing is lost.”) After that, it was a matter of imaginatively transforming the original real inciting situations to make them fit with my own purposes and the demands of the plots.

So here’s the beginning of how that process turned out in Cold Dark Lies. Enjoy!

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#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup with author, Dennis Collins | Topic: Bringing the old to the new cc @DennisCollins2 TODAY @DetroitLibrary-Main 10am-Noon

How one author adjust to growing old while learning new things 

Short Bio:
Dennis Collins Author of the McCoy mysteries… The Unreal McCoy, Turn Left at September, The First Domino., Nightmare, Fool’s Gold, Charity Island
Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2MC6c2V 

More about this author: 
My name is Dennis and I’m a product of Detroit. Born in mid-town and raised on the west side
of this east/west city. I went to school in Detroit and spent my summers at my grandparents
beachfront home on Lake Huron.
My vocation was in automotive engineering but my life was nothing but an adventure that
included flying, scuba diving, sky diving, motorcycle racing, and a thirty-year career driving
automotive powered hydroplanes that eventually placed me in the Detroit River Racing Hall of
Legends. It’s been fun but aside from still being an avid motorcyclist those thrill-filled days are
largely behind me.
I have six published mysteries at this point with serious Detroit ties that feature two Detroit
Police Detectives and a private eye. My first two books, The Unreal McCoy and Turn left at
September are currently out of print but available for your kindle. The First Domino is set in both
Detroit and Florence Italy with a strong historic connection to the Tuskegee Airmen. Nightmare
and Charity Island take the reader to Michigan’s thumb. Fool’s Gold features the same characters
as they chase golden treasure in northern Michigan. King’s Blade is complete and is undergoing
some editorial housekeeping.

Turn Left at September

Turn Left at September

by Dennis Collins



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The First Domino

The First Domino

by Dennis Collins

Charity Island

Charity Island

by Dennis Collins
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MAY AUTHOR FEATURE: Queashar L. Halliburton | 10 Steps to SkyRocket Your Success via @qdpublishing #michiganreaders #michlit #motownbookclub #motownwriters

author Queashar L. Halliburton

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Bio of the speaker:

While many neglect to follow their dreams due to setbacks like procrastination, fear and a lack of resources, she uses those very things as stepping stones to her success. For Queashar L. Halliburton, CEO and founder of Queashar Detroit Publishing, LLC, her greatest success to date has come from living outside the box and operating in her God-given gifts and purpose—and she encourages others to do the same. In addition to producing her fair share of personal literary works, she works diligently to provide tools, resources, and motivation for new authors nationwide—positioning them to tell their stories in excellence and excel in the marketplace.

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About book:

Skyrocket Your Success will help professional women identify and acknowledge self-sabotaging behaviors standing in the way of achieving optimal success. This book provides 10 tips to increase your success factor and start living your best life today!
You will learn:
How to unapologetically create your own personal definition of success

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#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup wsg @TenitaJEditor #michiganwriters

#MotownWriters Monthly @Meetup wsg @TenitaJEditor

Saturday, Apr 13, 2019, 10:00 AM

Location details are available to members only.

9 Writers Attending

(Please forward this to a friend and bring several friends with you.) See ya Sat and please bring a donation to help us out. Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements. Authors worldwide write better thanks to editorial guru and authorpreneur, Tenita C. Johnson. Perfecting manuscripts for hundreds of best-selling a…

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About speaker

Authors worldwide write better thanks to editorial guru and authorpreneur, Tenita C. Johnson. Perfecting manuscripts for hundreds of best-selling authors, she’s on a mission to end the prominent everyday abuse of the English language and rectify punctuation pet peeves. As the founder and CEO of So It Is Written, LLC, Tenita collaborates with industry professionals to take manuscripts to the marketplace, positioning authors for success in the literary world. Well known by many as a human spell check, noun nerd and grammar police, she proudly wears the badge of honor to correct and serve.

Dubbed the editor’s editor, Tenita hosts the annual Red Ink Conference to empower aspiring authors to write from the editor’s point of view to save time and money in the self-publishing process. She positions writers as experts in the industry, empowering them to create their own writing/editorial business and thus, develop multiple streams of income.

To connect with Tenita, visit SoItIsWritten.net or email info@soitiswritten.net

Support in advance and purchase this author’s books now

Marriage Uncut II: Straight Talk, No Chaser by [Johnson, Tenita, Crawford, Natasha, Green, Angie, Crawford, Orlando, Hookfin, Coni]




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New anthology shares personal Michigan-centric tales #michlit


As a child, I recall visiting my uncle’s cottage near Whitefish Point nestled along the shores of Lake Superior. While my relatives played cards, I watched Canadian crime shows on a small black and white television set. Nothing like that was on TV back home.

As a Michigander, it is in our nature to piece together childhood memories when looking at a state map. Countless trips to lakes, historical sites and passing by vast crop fields. However, it is not often that one reflects on how these experiences connect us to the land. It takes a writer to break these rituals down to their atomic level in efforts to show the connection.

Elemental” is an anthology about Michigan composed by 23 well-known local storytellers. Editor Anne-Marie Oomen, is a creative writing instructor at Interlochen College of Creative Arts and the Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College, Massachusetts.

read more https://lansingcitypulse.com/article-17071-New-anthology-shares-personal-Michigan-centric-tales.html


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Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
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#MotownWriters New Book Release: Your Turn To Die by Mark Love

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It was supposed to be a friendly round of paintball. But blood, not paint, covers Kyle Morrissey’s body. Though admired by the public for his charity, the businessman was no choirboy. Could it be that more than one person want him dead? Sergeant Jefferson Chene and his detective squad catch the case. With two new faces on the team, he finds himself in the unfamiliar role as mentor. He is also cautiously beginning a relationship with Simone Bettencourt, the beautiful woman he met while pursuing a serial murderer. Complicating the case are two retired gangsters, a fortune in jewels, and Detroit’s history of organized crime. But the squad must utilize every resource available to catch a killer.

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Detroit Veteran Finds His Voice in Prolific Anthology of Poems Read more: via @digitaljournal @DeanZPoetry


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DETROIT, MI –  Not many are aware of the emotional turmoil many veterans go through but one Detroit Veteran, Dean Zeviar Aka Earnest Navar Williams, has found his voice in his debut anthology, A Poet’s Diary 1.

Zeviar’s book is a diverse collection of thought-provoking poems that focuses on human experiences of all kinds- from love and war to racism and religion. His style of poetry is emotional and thought provoking but it is perfectly balanced with a sublime mix of humor and unique imageries that show all of life’s realities. And as if the powerful imagery were not enough, each poem is accompanied by a picture which helps with the interpretation.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4090894#ixzz5c62NROhD


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Michigan Author, Hooyenga releases third novel in series @ghtribune cc @MelanieHoo

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Local author Melanie Hooyenga recently released her latest book, “The Edge Rules.” She’ll hold a book release party today (Saturday, Nov. 3) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bookman in Grand Haven.

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Synopsis of the book:

Sixteen-year-old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom — as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the chain gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.

Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending — including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive — Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier — someone her parents would never approve of — motivates her to keep trying. Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.

Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free — until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.

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"The Edge Rules"

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Keep Calm and Read Cydney Rax’s Newest Novel: A Sister’s Survival @NeeCee48204 #3ChicksAndSomeBooks

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About the book A Sister’s Survival (Book #2 – The Reeves Sisters Series) To keep their family ties strong, the five Reeves sisters meet regularly to give each other a reality check. But explosive family secrets begin to pour out like molten lava, and forever change all they treasure most . . . After a shattering revelation, youngest sister Elyse struggles to overcome the sexual abuse that nearly destroyed her. Between her tough eldest sister, Alita, and a promising fresh start with a new man, she’s finding the strength to make the most of her fierce intelligence. But Elyse still has a score to settle with the perfect sister she feels betrayed by—and she’s going after everything Burgundy can’t afford to lose . . . Coco thinks her useless baby daddy is finally about to commit—until she catches him with a woman who’s everything she’s not. As she tries to move on with her life, she can’t resist carrying out the ultimate revenge. But when she inadvertently gets caught up in Elyse’s plan, she must confront an unforgivable truth that could crush any chance these sisters have to make things right.


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About Author: Cydney Rax became obsessed with becoming a writer after reading Terry McMillan’s Disappearing Acts. Her author dreams were realized through her eyebrow-raising debut novel, My Daughter’s Boyfriend. Her five novels include My Husband’s Girlfriend, Brothers and Wives, My Best Friend and My Man, and My Sister’s Ex (cited by ® as one of 2009’s best reads). She has also contributed to the anthologies Crush and Reckless.
Born and raised in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and earned an undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University. She resides in Houston. Visit her online via Facebook, www.cydneyrax.com, or email her at booksbycyd@aol.com




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Pamela Hilliard Owens newest book, “It Takes Ten Years to Become an Overnight Success” is now available in print and Kindle versions on Amazon! cc @YB2C_System

I received this message from an author and honored by being the inspiration for authors, writers and even podcasters to keep it going!… Please support Pamela in her new publishing endeavor!


Hi Sylvia,

As a former or future guest on the YB2C Live! Podcast for Entrepreneurs, I wanted to let you know that my newest book, “It Takes Ten Years to Become an Overnight Success” is now available in print and Kindle versions on Amazon!

Here is the Amazon link.

The book tells the story of my ten-year journey in entrepreneurship from Year 1, 2008-2009, through our 10th anniversary in July of 2018.
I started with one business and grew to three businesses PLUS the podcast over that ten-year span!
I didn’t start out thinking I would have all that I have now, but just like we discuss on the podcast, everyone has a story to tell about their entrepreneurial journey.
If you’d like to read my story, including the ups and downs and successes and challenges, just like we do on the podcast. I would be honored if you would invest in the book AND leave a review on Amazon.
I LOVE doing the weekly podcast, and YOU are the reason. Please enjoy the book.
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Novel set in Michigan, by Michigan raised author – HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE by Leland de la Durantaye (McSweeney’s, Nov 2018)

A novel of stark beauty and even starker consequence.” —Kirkus Reviews 

Unlike anything I have ever read —thriller, myth, dream, and poem combined … Written in an immaculate, lyrically charged, uncannily autonomous prose, this lovely novel is at once a modern story about money and politics and sexual violence, and an ancient fable of grievance and justice. —James Wood, staff writer and book critic, The New Yorker

Betrayal and vengeance have rarely been so elegantly rendered … The beautiful prose exposes and illumines the cost of underestimating an extraordinary girl.” —Amy Hempel


Hannah Versus the Tree coverHannah Versus the Tree

By Leland de la Durantaye

Published by McSweeney’s Books

US/Can publication date: November 20th 2018 (embargoed)

ISBN-13: 978-1-944211-50-9 / $18 / 176 pages

Contact: Jon Maunder | jonmpublicity@gmail.com | 203.837.7630


How do you take revenge against someone protected by firewalls of wealth and power?

A radical departure from contemporary storytelling, HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE enthralls the reader immediately and unfolds as an unerringly beautiful fable of lifelong love and a terrific act of vengeance. It presents nothing less than a new literary genre, the mythopoetic thriller.

At the centre of the story is Hannah, a fiercely intelligent young women, and heiress to her powerful family’s fortune. A devastating wrong is done to her when she opposes a family business scheme and her response is a battle cry of astounding violence and beauty. HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE is a gripping fable for our times which burns brightly on every page. There is sex and drugs, punk rock and anarchism, social media scandal and hacking. Rooted in the ancient, it nevertheless captures the wonder, strangeness, and fear of living in the early 21st century.

Although drawing on ancient myths, it is the perfect book for anyone today raging against the regime, impacted by the #metoo movement, and for all those looking for an escape. It is an exquisitely rendered celebration of the art of revenge – in particular against forces which seem too powerful to ever face the consequences of their actions.



Leland de la Durantaye is a critic, translator, and professor. He taught at the École Normale Supérieure and at Harvard for many years and now lives in Los Angeles, where he is a professor of comparative literature at the Claremont Colleges. His journalism and criticism have appeared in The New York TimesThe London Review of BooksBookforumArtforumThe BelieverCabinet, and others. He is also a translator from French and Italian; his translation of the Jacques Jouet novel UPSTAGED (2011) was a finalist for the PEN Best Translated Book of the Year. HANNAH VERSUS THE TREE is his first novel.



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.@DetroitPublicLibrary Author Series: Dennis Archer #michiganwriters #motownwriters Sunday December 16, 2018

DPL Author Series: Dennis Archer

Sunday December 16th, 2018


Detroit Public Library Main: Stanton Friends Auditorium (underground)

A celebrated attorney, Michigan Supreme Court Justice, two-term Mayor of Detroit, President of the American Bar Association, will discuss his autobiography, Let the Future Begin.

Interview with Dennis Archer:


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Let the Future Begin by [Archer, Dennis W., Atkins, Elizabeth Ann]

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#MotownWriters Weekly Featured Author, Keith Julius #michiganwriters #mittenlit #writerslife

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Name of Author – Keith Julius

Name of Book – “The Robber Of Youth”

Author Website – www.keithjulius.com

Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/2NXE6uU

Facebook Link – https://www.facebook.com/keith.julius.3

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Where are you from? – I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, but I have lived in Temperance MI for over 30 years now.

Tell us your latest news? – I am a self-published author with 4 books currently available.  I am just starting book #5

When and why did you begin writing? – I can remember in 1972, at the age of 16, I wrote a detective novel that I asked my English teacher to review, so I have been writing for at least 46 years now.  I have always enjoyed reading and I love the idea of manipulating characters and events to make a cohesive story.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? – I have always considered myself a writer for as long as I can remember.  Though I didn’t consider myself an “author” until I self-published my first book – “Remorse By Degree” – in December 2015.

What inspired you to write your first book? – I suppose the urge to tell a convincing story is what inspired my first book.

Do you have a specific writing style? – I try to be realistic and accurate in my portrayal of people and situations.  At one time I was heavy into mystery and suspense, but lately I have been more interested in examining people and the things they go through in life.

How did you come up with the title? – I love descriptive, evocative titles of books, and I try to follow through with that for my own writing.  I try to make the title accurate, as in indication of what the story is about, yet hopefully I can grab people to make them want to learn more.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? – There’s a lot of hurt out there, especially with children in our society.  Kids shouldn’t have to grow up suffering for their parents’ mistakes and shortcomings.  Children are a precious commodity and they should be one of society’s most important considerations.

How much of the book is realistic? – I believe all of “The Robber Of Youth” is realistic, when you consider similar things are happening all the time and everything in the book has been experienced somewhere by somebody.  The situations involved are all too real, but it is entirely a work of fiction.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life? – Four years ago I became a CASA volunteer.  CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, and we represent and look out for children involved in cases of abuse and neglect.  I have seen families torn apart through hard times and things like addiction and alcoholism, and I have gone through training that has exposed me to a lot of harsh realities of what children sometimes have to go through.  Though there are no particular incidents that led me to this book, it can be considered an amalgam of many of the things I have seen and experienced in my work through CASA.

What books have most influenced your life most? – As a writer I have drawn inspiration from John Steinbeck for his characterizations and realism, Michael Crichton for his pacing, and the Doc Savage series because it got me interested in reading in the first place.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? – I met Michigan author Monica Sholar at a library function almost 4 years ago.  Hearing her talk about self-publishing inspired me to take the plunge myself.  Thank you, Monica.

What book are you reading now? – Lately I have been re-reading the collected short stories of Sherlock Holmes.  I still enjoy a good mystery.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? – I don’t read nearly as much as I would like to, and I hate to admit I am not familiar enough with any new authors to have read any of their works.

What are your current projects? – I am just starting book number five now.  I am working on some things to promote myself online, but I have a long way to go – and a lot yet to learn – concerning selling myself and my books.

Do you see writing as a career? – I would love writing to become a career for me one of these days, but at the rate, I am going that looks doubtful.  I hope to retire from my day job in a couple of years.  Maybe then I can devote more time and effort to my writing and see it become a career for me.

 If you had it to do over again, would you change anything in your latest book? – You can change and rearrange and revise forever.  At some point, you have to say this is the story I want to tell and I have told it to the best of my ability.  I see no reason to change anything that I have already published.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? – My interest in writing has always been there for as long as I can remember.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? – I have just started Book 4 of “The CASA Chronicles”.  Like the others in the series, it begins with an incident in a child’s life that causes concern about their well-being.  The CASA volunteer then follows the case, attempting to discover what happened and why it happened.  They also monitor the progress of the children and families to verify if there is an improvement in the situation.  Like my second book in the series – “Born For Adversity” – this one will be a bit more of a mystery.  An 8-year-old girl receives a gunshot wound at home under mysterious circumstances.  An investigation follows and slowly the secrets behind the incident come to light.  I don’t work from an outline, but rather from an idea of where I am starting and where the story needs to end up.  All I need to do then is fill in the pieces in-between.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? – I find marketing – selling and promoting – to be the most difficult part of writing.  These are things I don’t have a handle on and wish I knew more about.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? – John Steinbeck has long been my favorite author.  His people seem believable to me, with a gritty realism.  When the characters talk they sound like actual people, not someone made up.  You can’t rely on them to be good – or bad – all the time. Human nature doesn’t work like that.  I feel Steinbeck captured the way people truly are.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? – My CASA work occurs in Toledo Ohio, and it has taken me to parts of the city and allowed me to see things I never knew existed before.  This has certainly influenced the way I portray people and places in my writing.

Who designed the covers? – I designed the first additions of my books, then quickly realized I needed something better.  An author I met pointed me to Fivver.com for cover design work.  I was able to get new covers designed, but I was extremely dissatisfied with the response and service I received through the site.  I ended up re-vamping a lot of what the designer came up with.  I guess you get what you pay for.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? – The hardest part of writing a book, as far as I am concerned, is finding the time to do it.

Did you learn anything about writing your book and what was it? – “The Robber Of Youth” revolves around a young girl who gets involved in a human trafficking ring.  This was a difficult subject to approach, and I struggled over how descriptive I should be.  While researching the topic I was amazed at how prevalent this problem is and – even more startling – how young some of the children are who are forced into this lifestyle.  I’m hoping my book will raise awareness of this horrendous issue.

Do you have any advice for other writers? – Don’t expect to become a best seller and become rich.  Chances are it will never happen.  Write because you enjoy the process, not because you think it’s your ticket to riches.

Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers? – My books are not light reading.  Don’t expect a happy ending all the time.  That doesn’t mean you want find glimmers of hope along the way.  I am dealing with subjects I feel are important for people to be aware of.  Though fiction, they are based firmly on reality.  It’s a tough world out there for a lot of people.  Ignoring bad things won’t make them go away.

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