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#WritersWednesday #MotownWriters Author Feature S.L Jackson via @TCOHHdotORG #michiganwriters #michlit

Name of Author: S.L Jackson

Name of Book:Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle

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About this author:

S.L Jackson is an debut urban fantasy author from Inkster Michigan who chose to put his creativity to the test by writing an novella about animals in a jungle underworld.

 

Where are you from?

SL: Inkster, Mi

Tell us your latest news?

SL: Recently released my debut novella “Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle

When and why did you begin writing?

SL: I began writing early in my life about 4 th grade for a creative writing assignment.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

SL: Since 4 th grade

What inspired you to write your first book?

SL: I was inspired to write my book due to the facts I couldn’t get the character’s out of my head for

decades.

Do you have a specific writing style?

SL: I don’t think I’ve discovered my writing style yet, but this novella is a “urban fantasy.

How did you come up with the title?

SL: I came up with the title based on the story being about animals in their natural habitat.

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

SL: Yes, loyalty, family, honor and respect.

How much of the book is realistic?

SL: It’s an urban fantasy, however the realness in the love all the character’s share with each other.

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

SL: Some experiences are based on the way my family came together.

What books have most influenced your life most?

SL: The autobiography of Malcom X, and anything written by Donald Goines.

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

SL: I’d say Donald Goines

What book are you reading now?

SL: The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by Robert Payne.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

SL: Too many to name and I don’t want to forget anyone.

What are your current projects?

SL: Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle.

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

SL: So far everyone I’ve came across.

Do you see writing as a career?

SL: Yes, I see writing as a career.

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

SL: I wouldn’t change anything about my current book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

SL: I’ve always had an interest in writing.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

SL: I don’t find anything challenging about writing I just like to let it flow.

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

SL: Donald Goines is my favorite; he paints a vivid picture with all his writings.

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

SL: Not as of now.

Who designed the covers?

SL: Michael Corvin

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

SL: Learning the actual business of publishing books.

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

SL: I learned that there is no set way to ensure book sales.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

SL: Write and never stop.

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

SL: RESPECT URBAN AUTHORS (#respecturbanauthors)

Connect with this author

Author Website: www.linktr.ee/sljackson

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Facebook Link: www.facebook.com/sljackson0522

Twitter Link: @tcohhdotorg

IG: @sljackson3

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#MotownWriters #FridayFeature Author, Angela Berent (@a_berent)

Another #MotownWriters Member feature is Angela Berent. Please check out her interview and support. Don’t forget to share this post with other readers and writers!

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Where are you from?  Michigan! Grew up in mid-Michigan (St. Charles), and now reside in Chelsea, near Ann Arbor.

Tell us your latest news?  The beginning of the year celebrates my book birthdays!  List Your Life: A Modern-Day Memoir was published on January 1, 2018, and Trace Your Travels:  An Adventure Journal came out on February 22, 2019.

When and why did you begin writing?  I have years of stops and starts, but I heard the right advice at the right time:  Write what matters to you! I had been caught up in what I should write, and somehow these words gave me the freedom to think inside myself about what I would most enjoy.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?  Always drawn to lovely journals and the idea of writing, I tried lots and lots of different ideas.  A shift in my thinking came when I was a fellow in the Eastern Michigan Writing Project. Although I had been teaching writing for a couple of years already at that point in the summer of 2004, it was when we experienced the ‘teacher as writer’ concept, placing ourselves in the seat of our students, that I fully grasped my role – not simply as facilitator but as participant.  It forced me to take my writing all the way through the writing process, and that was the beginning of perceiving myself as a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book?  Once I became a tiny bit more comfortable with viewing myself as a writer, I took the wisdom that fell upon me to ponder what truly did matter to me…what would bring me joy to write, and the idea that came to me was writing to celebrate the people in my life who inspire me, who teach me what’s important, who make me want to be a better person, and for whom I am deeply indebted for lifting me up.  With that, I arrived at the idea of writing my memoirs in a love letter of sorts, in the form of short lists.

Do you have a specific writing style?  It all comes from my heart! Memories make me so happy, and I want to record it all.  To show my sons, to let others know just how profoundly they are a part of me – I feel that gratitude is an impetus, in some way, in all my writing.

How did you come up with the title?  Seeing myself as a writer is a continuously evolving awareness.  Because I have the greatest admiration for writers who so eloquently impart their ideas, it is a tremendous process to accept myself in that camp.  I’m still working at it, even with two books published!  After easing the concept into conversations with my mom – my ultimate cheerleader – I forced myself to start talking through my journal/memoir concept with my cousins, my oldest best friends.  They are an amazing group of women who are doubly valuable to me because of their varied knowledge of the business world and they know the ins and outs of my heart.  As I’d hoped, they questioned and contemplated my writing endeavor with me, and in a little cabin in the seclusion of the Upper Peninsula one dark July night, I scribbled ideas on a napkin as we brainstormed together.  The next morning, I woke up knowing that they’d steered me forward and I landed at the combination of all kinds of words and phrases to arrive at List Your Life: A Modern-Day Memoir.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  Remember! Celebrate! Pass it on! First, I am glad that I put pen to paper to show just how sincerely I appreciate the people in my life.  As I gathered the various stories and history of my years, I was rather surprised to see that I’d compiled a considerable volume of accomplishments for which I am very proud.  In writing the lists of my memories, I realized that I have done quite a lot, and I realized that others might feel empowered, too, if they had a vehicle to guide them in taking stock of the life they’ve lived.  If anything, I hope readers will gain a definitive sense of all they’ve done for themselves.

How much of the book is realistic?  100%! List Your Life and Trace Your Travels are all my own personal memories.  Big and dynamic to small and simple, they are all mine.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  My journals are events from my own life. I began these writing projects in long form, but I eventually found that short, quick lists of memories was more of where I wanted to go.  I had a meaningful critique early on, and, from that, I examined my purpose. While the lengthy stories are special to me, I felt that the basic form that called to me – quick lists of 3 – was something that is missing in the writing world.  Writers brainstorms and have their own techniques, but, for those who find writing intimidating, a brief list is a more approachable way to write. We all have stories to write – it is a matter of finding the format that works.

What books have most influenced your life most?  Ruta Sepetys, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Kwame Alexander are just a few authors who have an ability to reach my students and matter to them and, therefore, matter to me.  I bring their books to my students and we all gobble them up.  The writing is engaging, their topics are meaningful, and the writing is of a quality that transcends an age group.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  Tina Fey’s Bossypants was eye-opening for me. She is funny, and she doesn’t follow rules – and I genuinely liked reading how she views life.  As a woman, as a mom, as a working person trying to do as much as I can, I enjoyed that she was genuine, and it felt like she wrote from within rather than to please others.  That moxie has been helpful as I find my voice as a writer.

What book are you reading now?  Veronica Roth’s The End and Other Beginnings.  I am always reading young adult to bring new books to my middle-school students, and they are going to love the blend of seemingly realistic with fantasy in this one.  Up next on my reading shelf is Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. I try to take time for adult reading on occasion, too!

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Jarrett K. Krosoczka’s Hey, Kiddo was an impressive publication for so many reasons – not only is the artwork in the graphic novel interesting to take in as I read, the content was surprisingly deep.  His life is a testament to overcoming hardships, while his way of storytelling drew me in as well as my teenage students.

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What are your current projects?  I’m currently exploring companion pieces to the List of 3 series.  When I was a new mom with twin baby boys, I wanted so badly to write, but I couldn’t squeeze in more than a tiny blurb splashed on a calendar that hung in their room.  It was messy, but I love looking back at the early days and seeing the highs and the lows, and those quick notes are plenty to set a whole memory in motion. Something tells me I am not the only mom who couldn’t find time to write.  I’d like to help them write their memories.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.  Independent bookstore owners. I was so nervous to ask them to offer my books to their customers – so hesitant to declare myself an author, but I have been met with the most positive responses.  The book world is a wonderful place to dwell. Book people have been encouraging in many ways – whether saying yes to selling my book or offering a kind word to keep me going, I feel lucky to have arrived in this place.

Do you see writing as a career?  In that writing is so entirely all-encompassing, yes, it is a career. However, I have found over the last three years that allowing writing, for me, to be a hobby, keeps it fresh and not an obligation – which is significantly less daunting.  In my official capacity as a teacher, as with any career, I have certain requirements. I like that writing is all mine, without any mandates, and I hope to keep it that way.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?  This reminds me of a conversation with my mother-in-law when we were once reminiscing about my wedding day.  She asked what I would change.  I thought about it and realized there was not one thing I would change – it wasn’t perfect, but the imperfections made the memories as special as all of the carefully planned moments.  Trace Your Travels is a lot the same. Publishing Trace Your Travels was a lengthy process, even though it was in the exact style of my first book, List Your Life. Graphic designer Lisa Michele Carpenter created the artwork and designed both books, and she and I discovered the determination it takes to see a book through to the end.  We learned a lot together. And she stuck with me through both books!  So I’d say we each found the process worthwhile, educational, and enjoyable.

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  I’ve always liked the physical act of creating words on a page, and writing feels like an achievement, so I think it was always there.  That moment when I heard the message ‘write what’s in your heart, write what makes you happy’ I knew where I wanted to chase my writing dreams. Having a writing destination in mind gave me the desire to put in the time to get the sentiments on the page.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?  Nothing quite ready to share yet!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  Without a writing goal, nothing happens. Lengthier writing, for me, happens in the summer when I am not teaching.  I have to be disciplined about daily and weekly goals, otherwise, it just won’t happen.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?  Tahereh Mafi is exceptional in her writing. Her language is exquisite, and I aspire to find such beauty in my use of language.  In reading her stories, I see the power of placing the most accurate word to convey an image or feeling for the reader. I strive to put the exact word just where it is to be, as she does.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?  Everywhere I travel is likely to end up somewhere in my writing – whether it is unofficial for my personal journaling, or if it finds a home in a future book.  While I don’t need to travel, I certainly take, as well as occasionally make up, any reason to get up and go.

Who designed the covers?  Lisa Michele Carpenter is magic.  I swear she can see into my inartistic mind so clearly that she finds the visions that I can’t even articulate and brings them to my writing.  With absolute certainty, I know that my books would never be what they are today if I had not serendipitously made her acquaintance three years ago.  I am forever thankful that she shares her creative talents with me.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?  Writing. The seemingly simple act of sitting in a chair and working until it’s done.  I can outline for days, but it is a determined effort with concrete goals that ever takes my writing to where it needs to go.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?  The sense of accomplishment was more meaningful than I’d imagined.  Similar to when I finished my master’s thesis – I couldn’t have imagined that I had it in me.  I surprised myself, and I learned that I really ought to give myself more credit than I think I usually do.  It has been empowering to know that I can grow an idea, educate myself on the process, implement learnings that I had no prior knowledge of, and take a monumental project all the way through to the end.  Now, the ongoing marketing side of things…also a continuous education!

Do you have any advice for other writers?  Believe in yourself. Believe in your book.  Ask questions. Keep at it – it takes longer than you suspect it will.  But it is worth it!  Your conviction will grow, and you will find the fire that you need to keep advancing.  It is the best gift to yourself!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  Everyone has something worthwhile to write.  Short, quick lists might be the trick … just get started!

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#MotownWriters Book Reviews of Trac Brothers by Author, @RandyDPearson | ” An Original Story Filled With Fun Characters” 5 Stars

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Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Original Story Filled With Fun Characters

One of the best things about reading anything by Randy D. Pearson is that you’re going to read about fun characters that are well fleshed out. Not only that, the reader goes on an adventure that they’ve never expected or even pondered! I love originality, and this book has it in spades!

For me, I need characters I can identify with, and Randy has a way of doing that. There is always a believability in his characters that make them so endearing. Plus, he has a way of taking an absurd situation and making it not only plausible but funny too.

The Trac Brothers is a well-written page-turner that paints a vivid picture of northern Michigan while igniting your imagination about riding the rails of a handrail car and encountering pirates! Halfway through the book I just couldn’t put it down. The pacing is good through the whole book, but man, when the action kicks in, there’s no way you can just walk away!

Mick McArt
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#MotownWriters #FirstChapterFriday #AuthorFeature: Tracie Christian @TeeElice

Author FEATURE QUESTIONS  – Tracie E. Christian Book Title: The Comfort Zone

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  1. Where are you from?

Answer: Detroit (northeast side)

Tell Us your latest news?

Answer: I have a new release coming out October 5,2019 – The Comfort Zone which is the follow-up to my last novel, If I Had No Loot in my Motor City Survival series. I also am happy to announce the debut of my first book, The Black College Sabbatical – FALL Quarter on Audible, ITunes and Amazon.

When and why did you begin writing?

Answer: I began writing seriously in 2003. I had a story on my heart I needed to tell. I had been writing secretly as a child, teen and young adult so overcoming the fear of rejection was huge for me. I published my first novel in 2007.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Answer: I don’t think I fully considered myself to be a writer until I started my second book. That’s when I became a lot more confident in what I could do in my writing. With the first book , I was trying to create every image for the reader. By the second book, I was more strategic in the way I told the story so the reader could create their own image. 

 What inspired you to write your first book?

Answer: My experiences attending a historically black college in the 1990’s, was the direct motivation for my first book. I wanted to tell an H.B.C.U. that demonstrated the vitality and necessity for these institutions of higher learning through a dramatic fiction story with characters everyone could relate to.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Answer: I’ve been told my books read like screen plays but I just aim to tell an honest, enjoyable and relatable story every time I put pen to paper.

How did you come up with the title?

Answer: In an effort to gel my writing with my love for retro R&B music, I decided to title all my books after the Black College Sabbatical trilogy, after song titles of yester-year according to their subject matter. That’s how we got Toast to the Fool (a song by the Dramatics), If I Had No Loot (A song from Tony, Toni, Tone), my 2 non-fiction titles, (This One’s For Me and You 1 & 2 – Menatal Meal Interpretations form the Motor City Sis (a song title by Johnny Gill ft. New Edition) and now The Comfort Zone (a song title by Vanessa Williams)

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

Answer: Yes. In the Motor City Survival series books, If I Had No Loot & The Comfort Zone, I want people to read a story of hardworking, creative, honest people building businesses in a major city that suffered a lot of corruption, financial woes, and urban decay. Even in the wake of destruction people living in cities like Detroit, MI are still working and building their success stories and not all of them consist of illegal activity. I hope people see the struggles of men working together to help each other make it to their next level. 

How much of the book is realistic?

Answer: All of it 100%

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

Answer: A little of both

What books have most influenced your life most?

Answer: Married Men by Carl Weber, The Coldest Winter Ever by Sistah Soldier & Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillian

If you had to choose? Which writer would you consider a mentor?

Answer: I’d have to say Carl Weber and Terry McMillian. They both made me want to write stories that talked to readers like their stories spoke to me.

What book are you reading now?

Answer: I am reading, From the Projects to the Promised Land by Tonya Latney

Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?

Answer: Yes, Tonya Latney & Janay Balderas

What are your current projects?

Answer: Currently I am working on editing the audio files for my second novel’s, The Black College Sabbatical – WINTER Quarter Audible debut. I am also voicing the novel, He wasn’t Good Enough For Me by Janay Balderas and releasing my eight novel, The Comfort Zone

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

Answer: My alma mater, Central State University (HBCU in Wilberforce, OH) provides me with Speaker and Vendor opportunities and has archived the entire Black College Sabbatical trilogy series in their Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library and also Motown Writers Network always offers helpful resources and information that always comes in handy for new and seasoned authors.

Do you see writing as a career?

Answer: Yes absolutely

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

Answer: No. I think my mission was accomplished in this book, to Entertain, Inform and Incite thought and conversation.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Answer: As an avid reader as I child, I always wanted to write stories after reading a good one.

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

Answer: Chapter 1 – The Morning After

Chris Grainger

Broken glass everywhere, torn drapery, smashed up instruments; spilled wine spots all over Xavier’s once beautiful, flawless mural and a giant size hole in the middle of the living room’s picture window are the images that surround Chris when he turns the lights on in his business establishment/home. It is deathly quiet now which is a large improvement from last night’s may lay at the soft grand opening gone terribly wrong.  He may not have gone to jail last night but, his happiness was straight up arrested against his will by the woman of his dreams. And as much as he hates to admit it, he knows deep down while there is plenty of blame to go around, this dream turned nightmare is mostly his fault. It’s a helluva hard pill to swallow, but he knows it’s true as he breaks more glass with every step he takes around the room, surveying the damage up close, because its personal. 

Snapping out of the fog of the mess before him, Chris rushes to the kitchen just knowing Max is in there. He’s sure Max will know what to say to help him arrange his thoughts about this business and his woman. Only when Chris bursts through the door leading into the kitchen he does find Max, but he’s not alone when Chris comes in. The sight of Angel sitting at the island on a stool, chillin’ back with Max, sipping tea like everything good in both their lives didn’t just fall the fuck apart just a few short hours ago sickens him. It sends a sharp pain straight to the center of his ass and instantly his anger returns at the sight of them. When he first woke up, Chris’ feelings were jumbled up and disappointment won the top spot in his thoughts. Yet, seeing Angel before he has a chance to sort out all his other feelings send anger and rage forging ahead at warped speed to the forefront of his mind, right past his mere disappointment. He storms right back out the door and Angel jumps up, storming out right behind him.

“Chris wait!” Angel shouts as Chris keeps walking down the hallway and the set of stairs that lead to the basement.

“Go away Angel!” He demands without even looking back, keeping up his fast pace to make it hard for her to catch up to him.

“No! I’m not going anywhere until we work through this!” She shouts right back. Once he makes his way to the workout room, he tries to close the door to block her from getting in, but she pushes it back open before the latch connects. Chris just slumps down on the weight bench. 

“What the fuck is there for us to talk about?” Chris spits back at her as he stares her up and down like she has lost her mind.

“Are you serious right now?” She replies visibly confused. 

“Yeah I am! We don’t have anything to talk about because we both know what you did! You ruined my business and busted up my dreams and hard work in about 20 minutes flat! I know we’re both clear on that shit!”

“Oh so that’s what you’re doing now? You’re acting like the shit you did didn’t set this entire ball of fire in motion! You took money from me Chris! Then, when I tried to see what was going on here with you I got nothing! What the fuck was I supposed to think?” Angel shouts at the top of her lungs before Chris promptly interrupts her.

“Anything, other than I stole from you! That money I took was in our joint account! It was OUR money Angel, not just yours!”

“Chris it was majority mines, and if it did belong to us then I deserved to know what you were doing with the money before you did it, not after!”

“It was supposed to be a surprise Angel! I wanted to wow you with what I knew I could do. The plan was to hand you the money I spent back, and to show you how much I had done while you were gone! I wanted you to see the proof that I could take good care of us!”

“I know that now, thanks to Max, but I should have heard all that from you! You left last night while I was held up by the police so I waited around so we could talk.” Angel says with less anger and more sincerity as she calms the tone of her voice all the way down. She walks over to him, lifting his head to look up at her as she continues. “On the way here all I wanted to do was kiss you! I missed you so much and I really was hoping that you’d have a valid reason for me not being able to contact you and for the money being gone. But when I got here I…”

“You saw shit and immediately jumped to fucked-up conclusions and went house quake first!” He yells turning his head away from her before standing to put space between them. He walks over to the punching bag standing with his back to her. There is deafening silence in the room as Angel finally walks up to Chris. She speaks no words as she stands so close behind him that her breasts press up against his back. She then begins to slowly rub her fingers through his soft, wavy hair as she plants soft, sensual kisses to his neck and shoulders. He stands as still as his arousal will let him as she attempts to break down his defenses. When she whispers in his ears, she can feel the rate of his breathing change. 

“Baby I am so sorry for what happened. I just want to get back to loving you. I need you Chris and you need me.” She hisses as she continues kissing his shoulders. 

“Stop Angel,” he says with staggered breath as he refuses to turn and face her.

“Stop what Chris? Stop loving you? You want me to stop wanting you?” She whispers seductively as she works her hands around his waist to the front of his jogging pants. As she caresses his manhood from behind she continues. “I missed you so much Chris please let’s just end this.”

Angel is making it her business to tear down Chris’ anger with the passion that always erupts like a volcano between them and Chris is getting closer to losing this battle with every stroke, kiss and caress. Not able to fight her off any longer, Chris turns around and snatches Angel up into his arms and plants a super sensual, hard kiss on her. She’s caught totally off guard as he takes all her breath away. Her inner cave was craving him already so when he kissed her, she didn’t hesitate to wrap one leg around his.

Passionately kissing, Chis picks Angel up and makes his way over to the nearest wall. Planting her back against it after putting her back on her feet, he grabs the sides of her fitted maxi dress and raises it over her head to reveal her naked body underneath. Kissing her bare breasts first, he flicks his tongue furiously over her hard nipples and now she’s the one with the staggered breathing as she enjoys every second of his surrender

Wrapping both legs around him after he picks her up again, Angel doesn’t resist as Chris reaches down, pulls out his rod and eases himself into her warm, wet womanhood. She holds on for dear life as he slams into her, pleasing her with a constant, strong stoke. He makes her legs shake as he rolls, and pumps with no mercy. When his grip on her ass intensifies, she motions her body up and down on him faster until they both explode in sheer ecstasy at the same time.

For a moment the pair are frozen in the euphoria of what just happened. Once they catch their breath, Angel looks for the forgiveness in Chris’ eyes that the sex between them just now solidified. As Chris puts Angel back down to her feet, He doesn’t say a word, but never breaks their stare. Angel is the first to speak.

“I missed you so much baby. That was amazing.” She confesses as she picks her dress up off the floor and puts it back on.

“Yes it was, but it doesn’t change anything Angel.” He replies emotionless as he readjusts himself in those jogging pants.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” Angel asks in obvious confusion.

“It means that after last night, you proved to me that no matter how much I’ve done for you, and with you, you still don’t trust me. So you’re right Angel. This thing between us has to end. I’m sorry. You can let yourself out.” He says to her sadly before turning around and leaving her in the basement with her mouth dropped open all alone. 

Angel actually thought he was joking until she heard the side door open and close. Then a car door open and close before an engine revved up. It’s at that moment when she hears a car drive away that she realizes her issues with Chris go far beyond just what happened last night, or that money being gone. She had fucked up royally and lost her man in the process.

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

Answer: For me it has to be Car Weber. I just love how he tells stories for a realistic point of view and how his books and characters all connect somehow. I think that’s cool.

Do you have to travel much concerning your books?

Answer: More than I did when I first started. Having readers in Cleveland and Atlanta makes me move outside of the city more often. I say the more the merrier.

Who designed your cover?

Answer: The Comfort Zone = Selfpubbookcovers/LaLimaDesign 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Answer: Having Patience is the hardest part because once I feel like I’ve got a good story I am on fire until it is released. Then, I calm down a bit. I have come to learn over the years that I’ve got to keep the fire burning 24-7 before, during, and after a book is released.

Do you have any advice for other authors?

Answer: I encourage authors to trust themselves and their ideas that lie within because that is the only way they will reach their true level as a writer. We are not all supposed to sound alike, so it’s okay to allow yourself to be your-kind-of different in your writing. Also it is okay to acknowledge yourself as a writer/artist. No matter how tardy you think you are to the party, once your book comes out, it’s on.

Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers!

Answer: Yes. First, thank you for supporting my writing efforts up to this point. If you like any of my books, or those of other authors, please READ, REVIEW & SHARE their links, pages, websites, etc. The word of mouth from a reader is really the BEST form of Promotion and Inspiration for all writers indeed.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature for @RandyDPearson #bookpromo #michiganwriters #michlit

Author Bio for Randy D Pearson
A lifelong mid-Michigan resident, Randy D Pearson has been creating stories for 40 years, usually in his head but occasionally on paper.
Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.
When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing his stories, winning several contests in the process.
In addition to his three novelsDriving Crazy, Tell Me a Story, and Trac BrothersRandy has been featured in several publications. These include all four of the Writing at the Ledges anthologies, The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, and Retrocade Magazine.
When not writing, Randy spends his time watching British sitcoms with his wife and stepdaughter, or sci-fi and anime with his two brothers. He lives in a small Michigan town with a ridiculous number of cats.
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Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?

 

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Ray Walsh (Lansing State Journal), in his review of Trac Brothers, called Pearson an, “experienced, clever storyteller” – and called Tell Me a Story, “a highly entertaining collection of wonderfully quirky short stories.”

 

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#MotownWriters Poet Feature: @DeonteOsayande with his new book release: Civilian #AuthorsSupportingAuthors #michiganwriters #michlit #detroit

Poet Feature: Deonte Osayande

Deonte Osayande is a writer from Detroit, MI. His books include Class (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017) and Circus (Brick Mantle Books, 2018).His nonfiction and poetry have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, and the Pushcart Prize. He has represented Detroit at four National Poetry Slam competitions. He’s currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College. He also managed the Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam and Festival for 2014 and 2018.

Current Book: Civilain https://amzn.to/2Tmd1r6

Let’s get to know him… and then support his literary endeavors. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment.

Where are you from? Detroit, Mi

Tell us your latest news? Civilian (my latest project) was nominated for a Digital Book Award

When and why did you begin writing? Originally in 2008/09 I started writing for a class but I thought it was a dead art form.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? Soon after when I witnessed my first open mic and started contributing to it I thought of myself as a writer

What inspired you to write your first book? There was a situation that went on in the classroom I was teaching in and I had thought of my own experiences in the classroom as well as my struggles with classism.

Do you have a specific writing style? I’m ever learning, changing, evolving so no I won’t say that I think I do.

How did you come up with the title? I had considered that what I went through in the past, I wasn’t the only one going through such situations, that and my inspiration was Claudia Rankine’s Citizen so I named it Civilian to embody that

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Just that through determination you can accomplish anything

How much of the book is realistic? Considering that it all actually happened to me, I consider myself a confessional poet so all of it

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

What books have most influenced your life most? Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Autobiography of Malcolm X those immediately come to mind

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I’d say Aurora Harris and Jessica Care Moore definitely

What book are you reading now? I’ll never tell, lol

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? None come to mind? Not really, I’m taking a year away from the community so I don’t know anyone

What are your current projects? I’m working on a collection of poetry about diseases called Invisible and another collection of poetry. Aside from that, I’m always working on nonfiction to be published at a later date.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. The crew around the Broadside Lotus Press and more recently the Urban Farmhouse Press

Do you see writing as a career? Yep, can’t stop doing it so I won’t

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Nope, I mean I’d change the circumstances that happened to me but also it was a good snapshot into my life

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was always good at it as a student in high school but I didn’t consider that it was a future in it, originally I wrote fiction and now I’m a whole poet but that’s how life works I suppose.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Hehehe, no, all I can say is it’s about how my wife and I came together as two people with chronic illnesses and formed a life changing bond.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Now, as I’m getting older, I want to write more succinctly, I used to write these long poems but now as my life is settling down I’m writing shorter stuff

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Oh man, I can’t just have one, lol. If I had to choose two I’d say Rumi and Hafez for they both wrote incredible short stories in there poems and that’s what I aspire to do.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I used to, but considering I have my own little family now and a growing list of ailments I don’t anymore

Who designed the covers? For Civilian I took a picture of the house my ex-fiancee and I lived in and sent it to the publisher cuz I was leaving that life behind me. The other two books the publisher picked them.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Definitely editing, there will always be poems that just don’t fit the structure of the narrative I’m trying to craft.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I always learn something but I don’t remember what it was lol

Do you have any advice for other writers? No amount of money can by a lick of time, that’s from the Avengers, Endgame but it holds true. You don’t write to become rich, you write because you love to.

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

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

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Recommendations/endorsements:

“If you want a story that will grip your heart and bring all your emotions into play, then do not miss a Liz Crowe story.”

—International and U.S.A. Today Bestselling Author Desiree Holt

 

“Liz Crowe is my drug of choice for unconventional romance that pushes the envelope of my comfort zone.” 

–Bestselling Author of the Enigma Series, Ditter Kellan

 

Liz Crowe writes intense true-to-life stories that make you feel. Whether it’s anxiety, love, fear, hate, bliss, or loss woven into her plot lines, you will feel it deep down to your very soul. 

–Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author 

 

“I’ve learned to expect the unexpected with any Liz Crowe novel—along with 3-dimensional characters and well-written, realistic plots.”

–USA Today Bestselling author AM Hargrove

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 Evernight link https://www.evernightpublishing.com/lady-balls-by-liz-crowe 

The Smashwords link is: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/953824?ref=hubbooks 

 

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#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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Amazon: https://amzn.to/2km9g5R

The Evernight link https://www.evernightpublishing.com/lady-balls-by-liz-crowe 

The Smashwords link is: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/953824?ref=hubbooks 

 

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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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Date And Time

Sat, July 20, 2019

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM CDT

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Chicago, IL 60628

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

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“Bringing You The World, One Page At A Time”

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.

WE WELCOME ALL AUTHORS FROM FIRST-TIME TO EXPERIENCED.

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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
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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
 
 

Nightmare

Nightmare

by Dennis Collins | Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC | Apr 15, 2012
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

Queashar L. Halliburton

www.sharhalliburton.com

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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

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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

BY BILL CASTANIER

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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