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A Christmas Evening With Beverly


Calling out around the globe, are you ready for a brand new treat? Come join us for an exiciting Christmas evening with famed romance writer, Beverly Jenkins, also known as BJ. This is an invitation to all of her readers, a chance for fans to meet. There’ll be laughing, book signing, reading,  music playing, modeling, dining and characters swaying .  Now, it does matter what you wear, so let us see you there. So come on fans, grab your books and reserve your seat, and meet us at:

The Henry, Autograph Collection Hotel

300 Town Center Drive

 Dearborn, MI 48126

Friday, December 19, 2014

from 8:30 pm to 1:00 am.

A Christmas Evening with Beverly

 About Beverly

Beverly Jenkins is a bestselling Blackboard author.  She has written over thirty books to date. Beverly writes some of the best Historical Romance novels for any savvy reader.

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

The fourth book in the Blessings series: A Wish and A Prayer was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award.

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MWN Spotlight ~ Nancy Barr

Nancy BarrWhere are you from?

I was born in Illinois, lived in Southern California for several years as a child, and have lived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1981.
Tell us your latest news?

I switched careers from journalism to higher education about seven years ago and since then have earned a master’s degree in rhetoric and technical communication and started teaching communication to engineering students at Michigan Technological University.  I’m now working on a PhD, but I’ve started a new fiction project as well.  I have no idea when it will be ready for publication, but it’s great to be writing fiction again.
When and why did you begin writing?

I discovered I loved writing when I was still in elementary school.  I started keeping a journal of sorts to help me deal with life.  I never thought of being a professional writer until college and then an internship led me to a job at the local newspaper.  I began my first novel in 2000 because I felt I had a story to tell.  The characters had been developing for a few years and it just seemed time to put them on paper.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I first felt like a “real” writer when my second book, “Page One: Vanished,” was released, even though I had been a “professional” for many years by then.  The first book felt like a fluke, a dream, but the second book made me feel like a legitimate author.
What inspired you to write your first book?

There was no single thing that inspired me.  The “Page One” trilogy’s protagonist, Robin Hamilton, was VERY loosely based on my experience as a small-town newspaper reporter.  She’s just prettier, smarter, and scrappier.  None of the other characters have any association with anything real and neither does the plot, except the opening scene in Ludington Park, where the first murder takes place.  I used to walk through the park quite regularly and that’s what started the creative process for that book.
Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes, my journalism experience taught me the value of concise writing.  I love words, I just use them strategically.
How did you come up with the title?

The publisher, Susan Bays of Arbutus Press, wanted to develop a brand for the books, thus the “Page One” tag, indicating a news story worthy of page one.  Then each book has a teaser about the plot.  The first one revolves around a hit and a run death, the second book deals with the disappearance of several young women, and the third one deals with the drug trade (the U.P.’s notorious winter is also a character).
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Resilience.  Life deals my characters a lot of heartbreak but they come through it stronger.



How much of the book is realistic?

These situations certainly could happen, but they are pure fiction.  Unfortunately, “Page One: Whiteout” is the most true-to-life as U.P. communities struggle to deal with the influx of drugs like heroin and home-grown crystal meth.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Robin’s mother died when she was 10, while mine died when I was 9.  I wanted to explore a strong father-daughter relationship, like the one I had with my own father.
What books have most influenced your life most?

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books and Judy Blume’s books about adolescence got me hooked on reading as a child.  By the time I was 10, I was reading everything mystery or paranormal-related in the school library.  When I read my first Stephen King book, though, I remember thinking, “I could do this, I could see myself writing someday.”  Of course, it was another 15 years before my first book was published, but that’s where it started.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Stephen King.  I must have read his book “On Writing” at least a half dozen times now.  I use his advice about eliminating clutter from your writing when I teach my engineering students.  It’s true regardless of genre.
What book are you reading now?

I’m never reading just one book at a time.  I’m reading a history of the Vikings, a scholarly work by Nancy Hartsock called “Money, Sex, and Power”, and the fifth book in the Harry Potter series (I never had time to read them when they were released!). Next will be “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts:  A Memoir” by Neil White.  It’s Michigan Tech’s Summer Reading Program for our incoming first-year students.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I’m sure there are lots of great ones out there, but I’ve been so focused on my graduate work that I don’t get much time to explore new fiction authors.
What are your current projects?

I’m working on something very different from my first three books.  It’s a mystery of sorts that takes place in the Copper Country in the early 1970s (a period which has really captured my imagination), just after the last copper mine shut down.  It will be darker, edgier, and more along the lines of an early Stephen King work than the “Page One” trilogy.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Teachers!  I was lucky to have some great teachers along the way who pushed me to do my best and challenge myself, never allowing me to settle for “good enough.”
Do you see writing as a career?

Absolutely! I write novels for entertainment, academic articles for my day job, and I teach writing.  It’s the only thing I know how to do to pay the bills!


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

Not at all.  What finally made it into print is the third complete rewrite.  My writing has matured over the years so I’m not as enamored with the first one, but many reviewers thought it was a good first effort so I don’t beat myself up about it too much.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My mother was an avid reader and I caught the bug from her.  From there, it was just a natural progression to writing.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?

It has a strong female protagonist (naturally), a newcomer to the Keweenaw who is a product of the Sixties, unafraid to challenge the status quo.  I haven’t quite figured out the trajectory of the plot because it’s early in the creative process, but I’ve sketched out some unique characters.  I’m very big on strong characters in my novels!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Plotting is always the toughest for me.  There’s a balance between simplicity and complexity.  I want the story arc to be simple enough to connect with readers, but to have enough complexity to keep them engaged to the last word.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Other than Stephen King, I have favorite books of certain authors.  I’ve read Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” countless times (Mrs. Danvers is one of my favorite characters ever!). I love Anne Rice’s first two books in her vampire series.  William Kent Krueger’s mystery series set in and around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is beautifully written. And I could go on and on.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not so much now since it’s been a while since I’ve released a new book, but I still periodically give library talks, which I love!
Who designed the covers?

The publisher, Susan Bays, designed each cover.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Again, it’s always the plotting.  I have the most fun with characterizations.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

With each books I become a better writer and I have learned to appreciate a great editor!
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Focus on developing your craft any way you can.  Write blogs, be a columnist for the local newspaper.  Put together a family history.  Enter short story contests.   Just keep writing and putting your work out there.  Develop a thick skin.  No matter how great your writing, someone will always find fault with it so develop and nurture your own writing style.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I appreciate your loyalty.  I know many people would like to see another “Page One” book, but it’s time we all moved on. I like to think Robin is enjoying her new life.  I look forward to

meeting more of you when the next book is released!

  • Name of Author– Nancy Barr
  • Name of Book(s)– “Page One: Hit and Run” “Page One: Vanished” “Page One: Whiteout”

Excerpt: Page One Vanished excerpt

Page One VanishedPage One WhiteOutPage One Hit & Run


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Unusual Writing Tips

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#MotownWriters Member New Book Release: Rose & the Enchanted Seven by @batchelordavis #children #fantasy #motownlit #michlit

 Rose and the Enchanted Seven    A young girl must battle an ancient evil for the survival of her kingdom, her family and possibly her very own life

By Kimberly Batchelor Davis
$1.99 Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Nov. 23, 2013
Words: 12,590 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781310097362

Extended description

A young girl named Rose, foretold by an ancient prophecy must battle an ancient evil, which has reawakened and taken hold over her beloved kingdom. Adrift in sadness over the death of her mother Rose must decide to remain strong or fall prey to evil to save those that she loves.


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Kimberly Batchelor Davis


Kimberly Batchelor Davis is an author and screenwriter of tales of fiction, which include current events featuring high drama and suspense. Her debut short story Rose and the Enchanted Seven will be released online as an e-book.
Kimberly is also an event planner and fundraising consultant. She is a life-long resident of Detroit, Michigan who is married with two sons. Kimberly is a precinct delegate, community organizer who is very active in her community. She sits on o several non-profit boards and supports her husband’s passion of working with kids through sports.
In her spare time she loves watching movies, reading a good book, experiencing new cultures, travelling and writing. She is also a contributing writer for MiEstilo, an online magazine for the Latino and Hispanic community under the pen name Nicole Davis and as a featured writer who discusses writing, depression and motherhood. You can learn more about Kimberly at
She will launch her very own website soon .

Where to find Kimberly Batchelor Davis online

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This week’s MWN Author Feature~JReal

JRealThis week the Motown Writers Networks features the author of the Draw series, JReal. Read below to find out about JReal and the Draw series.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from New York but I been in Detroit for 6 years now.

Tell us your latest news?

Well the latest and greatest news about J-REAL is I’m back on the scene with my newest release DRAW Part 3 and I have a new motivated energy to take my writing to the next level  with a great line up of projects and more on the road book signings in different states.

When and why did you begin writing?

My journey as a writer began through reading I’ve read hundreds of different books, pamphlets, newspapers and magazines. I love the way words have that unique power to tap into the human mind. That’s what made me want to write and use my imagination to tell story’s.

 What inspired you to write your first book?

Most of my inspiration for writing comes from just everyday life what people do and what they go through and how they overcome the many adversities that face all walks of life.

How did you come up with the title?

When I think of a title for a project I try to come up with the catchiest metaphors that tie in with the characters and story line. Something that can catch a reader’s attention

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

Always I try to put a little nugget of information in every novel dealing with the story and what genre I’m writing from if its Street lit I try to show the consequences of living the fast life and not just the glorification aspect. Real life stuff I always try to use current events

What book are you reading now?

Write now I’m reading a book called TROUBLE, by Ju-Ju Bishop.

What are your current projects?

My next Project that I will be releasing is Bred From Treason and a Hard Price To Pay

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

I would have to say I get a lot of support from my Facebook community in fact a lot of my eBooks sales derive from social media

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

I wouldn’t change anything about the way things are going in my writing career I do wish that in the beginning I got out to more events.

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

Yes here is an excerpt from A Hard Price To Pay

.    The property was flooded with police and ambulances.  The mini mansion was belted in police tape and there was all movement throughout and around Cedric’s home.  Ced turned the Montero onto his lawn and slid to a stop while simultaneously jumping from the driver’s side and racing towards the front door.  After a few steps he was subdued by a couple of uniformed cops followed by a blank face detective.  “Are you Cedric Carter?  Are you the boy’s father?  We got that name from the boy.”

“Where is he, where is my son?” Hearing about Bugga made Ced start to struggle.  “Now hold on one minute, you still have not confirmed who you are,” The detectives face remained expressionless.  “What mother fucker, where is my kid?”  The Officer wrestled Ced to the ground after almost losing control of him.  Then with the order given from the detective one of the officers dug in Ced’s back pocket, retrieving his wallet and tossing it to the detective.  Ced kept struggling and cursed, “Man what the fuck is wrong with you pigs?”

Once the detective confirmed Ced’s identity he motioned for the officer to let him up, “Okay, now that we know who you are we can start asking you some questions.

Ced looked at the detective, he was tall, overweight, balding white man who towered over him.  Disapproval dripped from the detectives glare.  Ced snatched from the officers grip and turned his head towards his porch where he saw his son sitting and being comforted by a strange woman and questioned by who Ced figured to be the detectives partner.  Ced began in that direction but again was stopped, this time by the detective himself.  He tried to snatch away but the detective’s grip held firm.  Ced turned, “Get the fuck off me,  I want to get my boy!”

“Your boy is being questioned and with you with him that will only confuse things.”

“What are you questioning him for, where is Grace?”

“You mean the mother?”  The detective face softened a touch, “She was in your son’s arms, Mr. Carter, when she died.”  She was naked with multiple stab wounds and two gunshot wounds in her lower torso.  She also had a gun in her hand, the one we believe killed those two thugs in there.  Now the women’s in a bag and the only we can find out anything is from the kid. So until were done with him you are going to stand right here where I can see you.  Are you clear?”

Ced tore up his face at the gesture of Grace being in a bag.  Who the fuck was this pig to be talking like that about Grace?”  “You talking about my wife! What’s your name mother fucker!“ “Don’t you mean your baby mama? And its detective Milhourn,” Milhourn narrowed his eyes, “A better question was why were these thugs looking for you?”   Milhourn pauses a second to let the question sink in before he waved it off seeing how calm the man became all of a sudden, how all the tension seemed to relax in his face.    The detective hardened, he decided to cut the bullshit.  “You fucking drug running scumbags are all the same.”

“Now hold on,” Ced interrupted but felt silent when the detectives finger shot out to within an inch of his face.

“Shut the hell up!”  Do you see this neighborhood?  How many fucking blacks live on this side?”  After a pause you don’t even know….ok the rest you’ll have to but the book

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes mostly when I get a case of writers block that makes everything so difficult because I can’t get any projects that I already started finished.

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

Yes part of being a successful author is getting on the road and traveling to do book signings or just attend events to promote your work.

Who designed the covers?

I come up with the concept for the books and I work with Oddball designs to create the cover. And I also work with Brand Concepts Southeast

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing any of the novels I got is creating the character development and what each character role will be in the book.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

The best advice I can give to writers new and old is to study your craft because the book industry evolves constantly with the new technology that’s out. Be professional about your business and stay true to who you are as an individual.

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

I just want thank all the readers for their support in my work and welcome and thank all the new readers that take the time to read my books and interviews




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Michigan Literary Network Blogtalk Radio Feature~Kimmie Thomas

Join us today as we feature author Kimmie Thomas on the Michigan Literary Network Blogtalk radio show. She will be talking about her new book Nursing Dr. Miller. Check out her bio below.

Kimmie Thomas

Kimmie Thomas is a native Detroiter. She is a writer, teacher, mother, and wife. Her first love has always been reading and writing. She has been motivated by writers such as Donald Goines, Maya Angelou, Zane and E. Lynn Harris. Kimmie has worked as a psychiatric nurse for more than 10 years. She uses her vast knowledge of mental health to make her characters real for her readers.

This Side of Crazy is her debute novel. She is also featured in an Anthology, Rough and Raw. Check out her latest book, Nursing Dr. Miller. Her current writing project is called House of Assignation.


Nursing Dr. MillerBook Description: Do you know what goes on in a hospital? Would you believe that sex, lies and deceit are ever present even while you lay ill in you hospital bed? You may be surprised to find out that the soap operas you watch are not as far fetched as you may think. This story may not be Gray’s Anatomy but it will curl your toes just as much. Gregory Miller, MD is tall dark and handsome. He single and looking for love and the nurses at Kingdom Hospital just want to love him back. Is sex and a good time enough for Dr. Miller? Follow him and his fellow doctors and nurses as they try to find love and a good time while saving lives


This side of crazy

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Book Editing: The difference between professional & amateur


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