Give the Gift of Knowledge Spring 2009 Literary Tour

Give the Gift of Knowledge Spring 2009 Literary Tour

Main book tour site:
Ella Curry, Event Organizer:

View full details about the author on tour and the events taking place Feb. 14-April 1, 2009. By visiting this link often:

Online Presskits for Tour Hosts; Chat room available for group discussions.
Be sure to check out all the pages for interviews, articles and promotional material.

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Authors on Tour:

Patricia A. Bridewell-Electronic Press-kit for the Virtual Book Tour
Book: Reflections of a Quiet Storm
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Lynne Forde-Electronic Press-kit for the Virtual Book Tour
Book: Lies of Blue
Saffyre Entertainment Inc.
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Lies of Blue on Sale March 1, 2009

John R. Williams- The Author Electronic Press-kit for the Virtual Book Tour
Book: The Reunion
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Michael Taylor Electronic Press-kit for the Virtual Book Tour
Book: A New Conversation with Men
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Patricia Bridewell, Reflections of a Quiet Storm

Patricia A. Bridewell author of Reflections of a Quiet Storm

ISBN 10-0977939863
ISBN 13-9780977939862

Patricia A. Bridewell is a native of Los Angeles, California. Reading has always had a certain magnetism in her life since childhood. Journaling life experiences as therapy led to her passion for writing. Her notes transcended into the novel, Reflections of a Quiet Storm, to be released by Xpress Yourself Publishing, LLC on March 10, 2009.

Patricia has multi-faceted careers as a registered nurse, adjunct college professor, and CEO of her own company, Bri-John Nursing Services, Inc. She is currently working on her second novel and is a guest writer for two new online magazines-Step Up Sista and

Introduction to Reflections of a Quiet Storm, released March 10, 2009
As CEO and owner of a new nursing registry, Pauline Bridges is striving to reach the height of success, and then unexpectedly tragedy strikes. After a near fatal automobile accident, she climbs from the wreckage unscathed, but shortly thereafter, God begins to reveal her past. Pain, once buried deep within, rises to the surface through memories that are revived as dreams and flashbacks. Chronicled in a series of stories, her life unfolds through a long journey; a pathway that unveils many secrets that not even her children had been told.

Visions of the past invade her days and nights as constant reminders of events from childhood through her adult life replay in her mind. Memories of her mother’s abuse at the hands of her stepfather, a rape during adolescence, her brother’s stormy lifestyle, and the agony of a marriage that was destroyed by her ex-husband, Naman’s infidelity and substance abuse, all drift through her mind. And then there is the shattering memory of the unsolved murder of her former boss, a vice president for a major recording company. All memories that Pauline had chose to forget, but now they’re back.

Pauline’s faith is challenged with not only ravaging dreams and flashbacks, but also with supporting her two adult children through their hardships. The ditch grows much deeper when she learns her friend, Vangie, is having an affair with her best friend, Bethany’s husband, Darryl. Pauline temporarily escapes from revolving chaos by wallowing in her corporate world, with the aim of building a high caliber business, and helping friends and family get through their crises.

Her prayers are answered when Keith Maris steps into her life and opens her heart to feelings and emotions that she didn’t know still existed. As their relationship flourishes, he becomes a main support system through the turmoil, and her dreams and flashbacks begin to diminish. When her friend, Bethany, has a mental breakdown after learning of Darryl’s affair; she sets out with the intent to confront them. While brandishing a gun, it accidentally fires, striking Darryl’s shoulder. Pauline intervenes to prevent what could have become a tragedy. Bethany and Darryl stay married after he ends his relationship with Vangie, Pauline supports her son through his father’s terminal illness and subsequent death, and also finally discovers the reasons for her daughter’s turbulent past relationship with her father.

“A novel that is based on a true life story.”Visit for book chapter reading and preorder information.

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Meet new author Lynne Forde

Meet author Lynne Forde

What is the true price for fulfilling your dreams? Is it going against your own standard beliefs, becoming something you’re not? Or putting yourself in a position to be “eaten alive” by your enemy or better yet your supposed to be friends and people you thought were on your side. Lynne Forde examines that question in her new novel, Lies of Blue.

Set in New York’s grit and grime, this epic full-length novel tells the story of an aspiring music executive who gets caught up in the world of men, money and drugs. In her attempt to escape the poisonous world of entertainment, Lynne launches a new “career” as a correctional officer in a men’s prison. The trials and tribulations that follow send her spiraling into an even more disastrous world from which she came, eventually putting the young woman up against games that can kill. Join Lynne on her journey as she comes full circle with her mistakes and choices in efforts to finally realize her dream.

As Lynne Forde’s first full-length novel, which is accompanied by a straight to DVD movie version of the work, this multimedia project looks to set a milestone in urban fiction by introducing a new element for the reader. As a phenomenal writer with the ability to fully capture her own experiences in words, Lynne is also writer for the people. Women and those who go against all odds to progress, in particular will be able to explore real life situations in lyric and sound as they journey with Lynne Ford into the Lies of Blue.

The premier author of Saffyre Entertainment, Lynne Ford is making quite a statement. Personifying strength, success, and ambition, the CUNY graduate and New York resident has effectively introduced a new hit to the urban literary market. “Lies of Blue,” which addresses the question, “What is the true price of fulfilling your dreams,” deals with the decisions and consequences of a young woman driven to make something of herself and life. Drawn from personal experiences and occurrences, “Lies of Blue” is a true depiction of the real world and its realms of “good vs. evil”.

An ambitious woman and trailblazer with several other written screenplays, including “Living the Dream” and “Best Kept Secret”, Forde lives with no regrets of the sacrifices she has made to become the woman she is today. Hoping to aid other individuals who are put in between the hard decisions of life, “Lies of Blue” is a compelling novel that will make a difference in many lives. A firm believer in the word ‘sacrifice,’ Forde knows she has more to make, but if she can help others through those sacrifices she has already made, than it all will have been well worth the struggle.

Coming from origins that span into music, production and management, Forde has had the privilege of working with 45 King, the NBA, and some of New York City’s hottest underground artists. Joining forces with Saffyre Entertainment in 1998 has successfully propelled both of the entities to the forefront of the entertainment industry. In addition to staking her place in the world of entertainment Forde is also currently working on a number of community based projects that include the H.O.P.E. Foundation, which will enable men of color to make an easier transition back into the community. This is first of many ways Forde intends to reach out and uplift the community.

With the Ability to combine her street knowledge with business savvy, which allows her to speak to both “the hood” and the boardroom with ease, her life experiences have just begun to show the industry how bright her light can shine. The sky is truly the limit for Forde as she has created a critically acclaimed trailer for her book “Lies of Blue” totally changing the face of urban literature.
Besides steadily gaining fan momentum, Forde has also impressed a number of industry heavyweights including, Warrington Hudlin of BET who is quoted as saying, “The room was electrified and swept away by your story.” Susan Taylor of Essence Magazine quoted the story as “Compelling”, while Oprah’s Oxygen Channel has considered making the story a TV Series. To date Lynne has been successful in promoting “Lies of Blue” on a number of circuits that include the American Black Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival Cinemas, Radio, Mass and Urban Publications, Black owned bookstores and HBCU’s across the country.

Lynne Forde, author
Saffyre Entertainment Inc.

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The Reunion by author John R. Williams

The Reunion by author John R. Williams

ISBN 13: 978-0-9818094- 4-1
ISBN 10: 0-9818094-4- 8

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John R. Williams was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of three sons. As a product of a
single parent home, John discovered a deep appreciation for the arts at an early age through music, poetry and writing. As a child he was exposed to bittersweet life growing up in the inner city. In 2003, John began writing informally. He wrote in a journal daily trying to perfect his writing style. His goal was to master both comedic and dramatic writing. John received no formal training in literature other than reading urban classics and masses of poetry that he usually found at book fairs and in local libraries.
He studied the works of urban novelists and allowed his ability to be influenced heavily by these cutting edge authors. Over time John developed his own unique style. John used his shortcomings as a child and experiences as a young adult to shape his edgy writing style. The stimulus for his literary aggression is oftentimes revealed in his works. If asked, John would tell you that the goal of his writing is to entertain, educate and assist with the human spirit's progression. While pursuing a writing career he also maintained a prominent position at a large Telecommunications company. His hard work brought him success as a Sales Executive. John soon learned how to sell ideas. Over time his profession afforded him the means to truly make a go at professional writing.

Message from Author John R. Williams
This is John R Williams-THE AUTHOR and my new novel entitled THE REUNION is finally complete. I am so excited about this book. It brings me great joy to have my publishing company XPRESS YOURSELF PUBLISHING. Although I have written
books in the past, THE REUNION is the 1st one to be released under a major publishing house. XPRESS YOURSELF PUBLISHING is the winner of the 2008 African American Literary award for Independent Publishing House of the Year!

The reunion is focuses on Sean Jiles. He was a popular guy at Kensor High School on Chicago’s Southside. His gifted writing ability, common sense and loyalty gained him lifelong friendships, and a suitable following during his years there. After graduation,Sean moved to Dallas, Texas to attend college and pursue his dream of writing manuscripts and directing stage plays.

While in college, Sean meets Eva Jones, a sassy graduate student working as a junior attorney at a major law firm. They hit it off immediately and start dating. Things start out fine but after a few months, Sean realizes that Eva is a hot mess! She’s insecure, controlling, possessive and insanely jealous. In comparison, she is a far cry from the one true love he had back in high school, almost a decade ago. Jade Brown was his one true love. Not a day passes when Sean does not recollect the past when life was much simpler.

Now Sean is a college graduate and has received a $100,000 advance to produce his first major stage play. Between his career and his problems with Eva, things in his life are absolutely crazy! At the height of his dilemma, Sean receives an invitation in the mail to attend his 10-Year High School Class Reunion. This is great news! Although things are hectic, Sean will attend. The Reunion is sure to be the highlight of his summer. As exciting as it seems, Sean understands that the reunion will rehash tons of mixed emotions and force him to confront his failed love. Sean’s leaving town will also send Eva on one of the most frenzied fits of jealousy ever captured on paper! This book will not disappoint!

Books can be ordered by visiting or via my personal
website which is . At you can find book and event info, photos, audio, and news about my endeavors. This website is the best way to keep up with THE Author! I sincerely appreciate all of the support from my readers.

Thank you dearly for believing in me!

Please support my literary efforts by purchasing books and meeting me in person at signings. Also, please shoot me a line from time to time. I actually do take the time to respond. Thank you again and until the next time we speak…take care

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A New Conversation with Men Movement

Michael Taylor author of A New Conversation with Men

ISBN-10: 1605635804
ISBN-13: 978-1605635804

Michael Taylor is a self educated entrepreneur, author, personal coach and radio show host. He is President & CEO of Creation Publishing Group, a company that publishes and promotes books and seminars that empower men to reach their full potential. He has been facilitating workshops and seminars for over fifteen years and he has inspired thousands through his books, seminars and radio program. He is a proud father of three grown children, is happily married and resides in Houston, Texas.

“Men hate each other because they fear each other, and they fear each because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they are often separated from each other.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Is it possible to: Teach men to become great fathers? Encourage men to become better husbands? Teach men to live with passion and purpose? Get men involved in improving their communities?

Join entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and radio-show host Michael Taylor as he shares how creating a new paradigm of masculinity can help heal America. This book is written to inspire men of all ethnicities, ages, socio-economic levels, and religions to come together to redefine manhood and to eradicate the multiplicity of challenges facing America today. Its intention is to remove the separation among men and remove the hatred, fear, and distrust that too many men feel about each other. It is a powerful, inspirational document written to educate, motivate, and inspire all men to reach their full potential. Join the conversation, and become a part of the revolution!

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Author Spotlight: Claudia Brown Mosley

Intimate Conversation with author Claudia Brown Mosley and Ella Curry of EDC Creations

Ella: Tell us about your passion for writing.
I never had a passion for writing my passion was reading and reading. But one day I sat at the computer and the stories just spilled out unto the pages.

Ella: Finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I am Powerful because... God has the power and my power comes from Him.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I'm original from Los Angeles and I currently resides here with my family. My writing journey started out for me as a outlet. At the time I was taking care of my ill mother, God rest her soul. I was totally stressed out and I just sat down at the computer and started to write a story and when I finish that story I wrote another one and I haven't stop since.

Please view the book video trailer for an insider view of Hiding in the Shadows.

Ella: Introduce us to Hiding In The Shadows.
Tracy is an entrepreneur in the computer industry who didn’t know her new love interest had a deceptive past which would force her to answer that question. When Edmund, a charismatic and prominent attorney swept her off her feet, Tracy was ecstatic about the relationship and a chance to ride love’s train, but she didn’t realize that sometimes, all that glitters is not gold.

Soon scandal and skeletons come creeping out of Edmund’s closet. As he frantically tries to stay one step ahead of the dirty little secrets that haunt his past, Tracey finds herself pondering the reality of whether she really knows the man she loves. She is forced to decide whether Edmund’s past will tear them apart or bring them closer together. As the relationship struggles to blossom against the odds, Tracy prays that love will be enough to conquer all, including what’s Hiding in the Shadows.

In a tantalizing and perplexing mystery, Claudia Brown Mosley lures readers along a path of unraveling the enigma of truth. Hiding in the Shadows is an intriguing and thrilling suspense of obsessive pursuit, destructive lies and the reality that’s buried in between.

Ella: Who are your two main characters and what do you like most about them?
Tracy and Edmund is my two main characters that is from two different worlds. What I like about Tracy is her own women with her own business. She came from nothing but made her way up the ladder. She is classy and have great taste in men's but when it comes to judgment, that goes out the window. Edmund is a powerful attorney that has no limitation to get what he wants and will go to the limit to protect what's his. I like his scandalous ways that will bring the readers to their knees.

Ella: What makes your book, Hiding in the Shadows, stand out and would entice a reader pick it up?
The cover along will make a person pick it up and just the synopsis on the back will make a person look inside to check out the drama. Love’s journey is sometimes traveled with baggage. Is devotion enough to carry the load when it gets heavy or even deadly?

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
I would like the readers to gain enjoyment, romance and laughter. I want the readers to be able to walk away and be able have a discussion on all of that. Also look forward to the next installment of anything that my heart spill out.

Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating books?

The most surprising thing that happen to me as I create my stories the characters actual become so real it become scary. They take on their own lives and help create a great story.

Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
Dedication, promoting your book to the fullness and have a sense of humor.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, events or upcoming book releases.
Hiding In the Shadows is available anywhere books are sold. It's very first review, by The African-American Literature Review

"Playful by design, Hiding in the Shadows is an upbeat thriller, set in beautiful, sunny Los Angeles that manages to keep things light as the pages turn. In charge of her life and future, a successful entrepreneur named Tracey has her life in order until things begin to strangely begin to unravel due to the company she unknowingly keeps. Full of heartbreak, massive egos and lies as well as deception, this novel is one to read if your looking for an entertaining, easy read."

Claudia Brown-Mosley CEO, Publisher, Author and Radio Host

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Book: Raising Him Alone

Raising Him Alone Book
- Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to be Men

by David Miller and Matthew P. Stevens

Raising Him Alone is a proud provider of valuable resources that support
single mothers raising boys. Please revisit our site soon as we will be offering some
beneficial products for online purchase.

Raising Him Alone is more than just a book. It is a source of inspiration for
the millions of single mothers who struggle daily with the challenges of raising healthy
and productive boys to become responsible men.

The book is based on hundreds of interviews, focus groups and discussions with
single mothers who are raising boys.

Additionally, many fathers were interviewed who desperately want to be
in their sons lives, but are excluded from the process for a myriad of reasons.

Raising Him Alone (book) honors the struggles of single mothers raising boys
through providing daily lessons that range from talking to boys about sex to assisting
mothers with the process of dating.

Many of the statistics on Black men and boys are painful and are often daunting.
For example, the most recent report on graduation rates among African American
males published by the Schott Foundation indicates that in many US cities
African American males are dropping out at rates that exceed 65%. The cities
include but are not limited to Indianapolis, Detroit and Baltimore. With the
lowest graduation rates in the nation among African American males, Indianapolis
and Detroit’s graduation rates can only be viewed as a public health concern.

We rarely hear about the countless numbers of mothers who are successfully
raising boys alone. The book underscores the need for mothers to be more willing
than ever to sacrifice to support positive Black male development. This sacrifice
includes developing a greater understanding of contemporary issues that effect
Black males as well as getting mothers and fathers to be willing to reconcile old wounds.

The book serves as a voice of reason that tells us how important it is to rescue our
boys from failing communities and failing schools.

Finally, we hope that Raising Him Alone (book) compels mothers to band
together to address the challenges of being a single mother. After reading
Raising Him Alone please make sure you pass this book along to other mothers
who can benefit from the lessons and the wisdom of others who have successfully
navigated the world of being a single parent.

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Poem: Learning Time

Learning Time

If you're not learning
How to be a leader
You are in training
To be a follower

If you're not learning
How to be a success
You are training
To be a failure

If you’re not learning
How to get ahead
You are training
To sit in the rear

by John D. Evans

The Evans Poetry Collection

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Poem: A Long and Mighty Walk

A Long and Mighty Walk

From the birthplace of humanity
A time when men were free
With nature growing and creatures roaming
A mighty walk I see
The first made by a woman,
First Mother of the Mother Land,
80,000 to 200,000 years ago
In Africa’s Sub-Saharan
I can hear the washing of the shores
And the Kings still roaring
Animals with fancy names
Help me to tell this story

Primitive, yet civil, was the first society
Following Mother’s lead
Mother-Right, this age, did see
From the Great Lakes region
Around 200,000 years ago
Our ancestors, known as the Twa,
Paved the way for others to grow
Up and down the Nile ruled black masters of lands
Creating, trading, and delegating working hands

Ageless is this epic of human migration
Women and men of might and will populated new nations
The journey from Africa to Eurasia
Pre-dates recorded time
As they ventured, every mountain was new
And each forest was a find
I see a rush of Ethiopians darting in my mind
From the Sudan, Egypt, Arabia
Asia, India, and Palestine
Successfully, they sailed the Nile River to Crete
Sustaining old and creating new
Cultures as they deemed be

The Nile Valley was, indeed, the Cradle of Civilization
The ancient Egyptians of Ethiopia thrived
And built a mighty nation
Around 6,000 years ago, the Egyptians ruled
Studied astronomy, music, medicine,
And chemistry in Mystery Schools
In addition to rhetoric, calculus, art, and geometry
All of the world’s religions
Were borne in this spiritual community
From about 6,000 BC until 300 BC,
The Egyptians saw 27 dynasties
Later, overrun by the Persians
This great people were rarely free
The most inquisitive of all creatures

Are we, mortal beings
Ever-seeking the origin of life
And the creator of all things
Over 40,000 years ago, the case was the same
Our forefathers embraced beliefs
Though they were later destroyed or changed
Pyramids reached for the sky
Way before Pythagoras was born
Warriors exercised powers, but
From their prowess, most were torn
Now in this day of special wants and needs
We must stay on our feet until we are free

From the birthplace of humanity
To a time when all are free
With nature growing and creatures roaming
This is the walk I see

by John D. Evans

Inspired by the teachings of Dr. John Henrik Clarke
Courtesy: The John Henrik Clarke Virtual Museum of the DuBois
Learning Center (November, 2005)

The Evans Poetry Collection
P.O. Box 2177
Oak Park, IL 60303877-4

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Intimate Conversation with poet LadyVee DaPoet

Intimate Conversation with poet and author LadyVee DaPoet and Ella Curry of EDC Creations

LadyVee DaPoet is a spoken word artist and published poet originally from Augusta, GA. She is known as "the poet with her own theme music" and her poetry performances include props, music, and the visual expansion of language. Her debut poetry collection is a 50 poem, 5 chapter celebration of out-the-box, unpredictable thought titled ‘Imagination Overload’. ‘Clenched Teeth Smiling’, her second book, is a collaborative poetry collection that includes poems from a male and female perspective. It also includes artwork from Florida and Atlanta sketch artists. Both books are available for purchase via PayPal on

As an advocate for quality, creative expression she is the Co-Organizer of the Quality Poets Society ( group encourages over 170 writers, artists, and musicians in the metro Atlanta area to expand their artistic talents through workshops and exclusive ‘Open Mic’ events. LadyVee is available for spoken word performances, booksignings, copyediting services, and consulting.

Ella: LadyVee, please tell us about your passion for writing and your books.

'Imagination Overload: The Life Inspired Poetic Verse of LadyVee DaPoet' is a literary celebration of life, love, heartache, art, and observations and reflections. This book is a 50 poem, 5 chapter collection that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride adventure that explores all facets of the human experience. I offer the reader an opportunity to relate and examine their emotions through artistic language.

Ella: Finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I am powerful because I empower others by helping them realize their creative potential and abilities.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
My hometown is Augusta, GA. I currently reside in north Atlanta (Sandy Springs). I started my writing journey through spoken word poetry. In middle school, poetry was a way for me to express my deepest emotions. I started writing and sharing my work with my peers who encouraged me to perform. By high school, I was writing 'performance poetry pieces' and the positive response from my audiences led me to write my books. My books are my gifts to the people that relate to and are enlightened by my poetry.

Ella: What makes your book stand out and would entice a reader pick it up?
My book stands out because of its mystery. LadyVee DaPoet's front cover picture with her smokey eyes and a teasing finger pointing to the first page entices the reader to walk in footsteps that were previously safeguarded and hidden from view. The format of 'Imagination Overload' is highly organized and each poem is of a different style. The reader is lured into the poems thinking they are about LadyVee's personal world. He/she finds out, however, that these poems reflect the image of the lives we are ALL living.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your books?
I would like readers to gain the knowledge that all human beings are united by the same feelings and emotions. No matter if you are male or female, old or young, and no matter what color your skin is, we all travel through the chapters of this book. In 'Life' we have to create our own unique identity. Eventually, we fall in 'Love' with something or someone who (hopefully) appreciates the unique individual we've created. Everyone experiences 'Heartache' and is left to evaluate and improve themselves if necessary. Over time, we are touched by 'Art' and it educates and changes us in a negative or positive way. Finally, we are left with our 'Observations and Reflections' of the world around us and those lessons guide us to our destiny. The five chapters of my book give the reader the affirmation that, although different, through our emotions we are all human and thus the same.

Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer?
My most significant achievement as a writer was having my debut poetry collection 'Imagination Overload' published in April 2007 and selling over 150 copies by November of the same year. I did it by taking the initiative to market my work at book fairs, Open Mic showcases, through family and friends, and through my internet networking groups. I always have my eyes open for out-the-box opportunity and it's a joy to me to be able to use my poetry to uplift others in any way possible.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?

I would tell a new writer to write from their own unique experience. Everyone has a voice. Use your imagination to take me to where you've been and open my eyes to your world. When you write only what you think people will buy or you write for any other reason than to express your heart, it shows.

I believe my journey is a path that God has placed me on. I wouldn't change a thing. He's allowed me to touch people positively with my words. He's guiding me towards a gift he's placed within me and I give him all the glory and all the praise.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, events or upcoming book releases.
The Quality Poets Society ( hosts poetry workshops and poetry showcases monthly at SIP Coffeehouse in Atlanta (Buckhead). My second poetry collection, 'Clenched Teeth Smiling' is available via PayPal on I have plans for a 3rd collection of short stories and poems titled 'Eve of Utopia' which will include sketch artwork and my debut spoken word CD.

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direct email:

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Meet Radio Host Marc Medley

Intimate Conversation with community leader Marc A. Medley and Ella Curry president of EDC Creations Media Group

Ella: Welcome Marc! Give us the radio show details.
WP88.7 FM

Ella: Please finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I am Powerful because I trust God; give thanks in all things; and remain grateful through the good and the bad.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I am from Paterson, New Jersey the oldest industrial city in the United States and the third largest city in the state of New Jersey. I started writing when I was a child, always responding to ads on the back of cereal boxes; Bazooka bubblegum inserts; writing letters to Santa Claus in my local newspaper; letters to the editor; television shows such as Zoom and writing letters to my cousins in Virginia. I took Creative Writing in high school and won several competitions. As I look back I find that I was always reading, writing and public speaking as a child and so it doesn't surprise me that those three areas are my areas of strength now.

Ella: What makes The Reading Circle/w Marc Medley standout and would entice a listener to tune in?
The Reading Circle w/Marc Medley is a one-of-a-kind radio show on independent radio. It is broadcast live out of William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ and listeners are treated to hearing authors tell about their work including the trials, tribulations and joy of becoming a published author. Listeners have an opportunity to call in and ask the author questions to learn more about the writing process or about the book itself. I believe my very down to earth approach during the interview process is also very inviting to both the guest and the listener.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want listeners to gain from listening to The Reading Circle w/Marc Medley?
The overall purpose of the show is to promote the benefits of being an avid reader. I strive for my listeners to be educated, entertained, inspired, motivated and informed about the literary world.

Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned since hosting The Reading Circle w/Marc Medley?
The most surprising thing to me is that many of my authors never considered themselves to be writers. Some even with published work will still say they are not a writer. The other surprising thing is the willingness to help each other out in the industry and how down to earth many authors are.

Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a talk show host?
In my mind, my most significant achievement as a talk show host is my ability to bring people together. The ability to help others manifest their inspired dreams. The ability to have a listening audience hear authors talk about their work and ultimately increase the time spent on reading by the listeners and the number of books sold for the authors.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
The best advice I would give a new writer is to keep writing and to never ever give up. Opportunity favors those who are prepared to take advantage of it.

Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author/ talk show host, in your opinion?
Unwavering faith
Willingness to keep learning and honing your craft

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
My ultimate goal is to one day take The Reading Circle w/Marc Medley beyond the independent college radio network onto a major network and become syndicated around the world. The addition of web casting at WP88.7 FM is very encouraging and wonderful experience, so I look to one day be on a major network to reach an even wider audience. I also look to write my own book at some point in time.

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Black Inventors, Crafting Over Two Hundred Years of Success

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Black Inventors, Crafting Over Two Hundred Years of Success

Brooklyn, NY. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2009 - Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 years of Success, clearly highlights the work of Black inventors from over seventy countries. The author, Keith C. Holmes, has spent more than twenty years researching information on inventions by Black people from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, France, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, to name a few. One cannot build any civilization without innovations, inventions, plans, financial resources, labor saving devices, materials and muscle.

This book documents a number of the inventions, patents and labor saving devices conceived by Black Inventors. Africans, before the period of their enslavement, developed: agricultural tools, building materials, medicinal herbs, cloth, and weapons, among many other inventions. Though many black people were brought to Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the United States in chains and under the yoke of slavery, it is relatively unknown that thousands of them engineered labor saving devices and inventions that spawned companies which generated money and jobs, worldwide.

The focus of this book is to introduce the readers to the facts that inventions by black people both past and present were developed and patented on a global scale. This also means that there are inventors in every culture people whose ideas have been turned into inventions. In the past the focus has been on American and European inventors. The new giants in the patenting process are Brazil, China, India, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa and South Korea.

Black inventors, from the very beginning of their involvement in the invention and patenting process, have had an important and earth shattering impact on the world. This book highlights the work of early Black inventors from almost all fifty states in the U.S. It gives details about the first Black inventor who obtained a patent in both the Caribbean and the United States. In the United States, to date, sixteen African American men have been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Two of these inventors, Jan E, Matzeliger, (Suriname) and Elijah McCoy, (Colchester, Canada) were born outside the United States. Recently, Dr. Patricia Bath was nominated to the National Inventors Hall of Fame; yet, an African American woman has not been inducted into this prestigious organization. Mr. Holmes documents the creativity of Black women inventors from Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the United States, and provides readers with a comprehensive view of the ground-breaking achievements of Black inventors – both male and female.

This is one of the first books that addresses the diversity of Black inventors and their inventions from a global perspective. The material available in this book is an introduction to the world of Black inventors. It gives the reader, researcher, librarian, student and teacher the materials needed to effectively understand that the Black inventor is not only a national phenomenon, but also a global giant.

This book identifies Black inventors from five continents, over seventy countries, including almost all fifty states in the United States. This book cites a number of Black inventors from 1769 - 2007. It is one of the most comprehensive books on Black Inventors since Henry E. Baker's research on Black inventors in the early 20th century. We are now listed with

Mr. Holmes is available for lectures and book signings. The book sells for $15.00 US dollars. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

To all of our supporters, we would like to take this time to thank everyone for their interest, support and patience in this monumental project. The book is now available you can place your orders directly through our website.

We can now accept Canadian and International orders.

We will soon offer a service where we can research information on inventors to the public for a fee, if you are interested please contact us by email. Mr. Holmes specializes in research on black and indigenous inventors.

The ISBN number: 978-0-9799573-0-7 and the retail cost is $15.00. Purchase here.

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Can I Get A Witness by author Lutishia Lovely

Anybody who asked this question Tuesday, November 4th, 2009, regarding Barack Hussein Obama, our nation’s 44th president, already knows the answer. Not only could he get one witness, he got about fifty million of them, and that’s just stateside. Forty million by television, five million by other electronic means such as internet or Ipod, and in the United States capitol of Washington, D.C., about five million more. The streets fairly teemed with united masses, singular in purpose, fulfillment and pride. Everyone was there to participate in history, to bear witness to the truth, that times…they indeed are a’changin’. And I was in the middle of this melodious madness…as a witness.

Even now, I grapple with words adequate enough to express the experience. And then this writer of more than ten novels accepts reality: there are none. No words, adjectives or superlatives that can accurately convey the measure of the moment: the energy, the feeling of Oneness that blanketed our country, and the world. Where for a span of time: whether by choice or accident: all colors, cultures, religions and ethnicities came together, gave a collective amen…and bore witness.

Finally, I realize I don’t have to describe it. Because you were there too. Whether you were on the mall, or on a side street, or in your home, or at a community center’s viewing party, restaurant, church or bar, or even at work, you know how it felt when you witnessed history, when you bore witness to the truth of a page turning to a new chapter in America’s history. We probably felt the same way. Amazed and elated, trying to juxtapose the reality with the surreal…watching the staid, rigid, one-dimensional regime of old make way for the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-dimensional new leadership. Finally, a man leading our country who truly reflects its diversity…on so many levels! Even as we watched our nation’s first Black president saunter up to the podium and spoke of a new day and a new way in America, this “change we can believe in” was hard to believe! But it is here.

My inauguration experience officially began on Monday, when I traveled into the city to pick up my coveted viewing ticket. From the time I stepped out of Union Station, I was enveloped in the magic. Street vendors sold any and everything that boasted either Barack or Michelle’s name or face. Tourists from every part of the globe mingled with the natives, the residents of “Chocolate City,” and we did it with grace, and ease. The first remark I heard upon reaching the street was from a conversation between two Caucasian twenty-somethings who I later learned were from Portland, Oregon. “Wow, it sure is different here.” I turned and smiled. Not only because of their rich, new experience of being the minority in a world of color, but of their awe and joy, instead of fear, at this fact.

That night I attended an inaugural ball where we hoped the Prez and his wife would pay a visit. The closest he got was across the street, where Joe Biden was being honored. But still we were the beautiful people, standing on the shoulders of our ancestors, having arrived in DC by way of lynchings and riots, peaceful protests and affirmative action. Listening to Afro Blue, Howard University’s a cappella chorus, we were joined by the spirits of those who’d witnessed the emancipation proclamation, the underground railroad, the civil rights movement; who’d endured sits ins and shout outs and “no ways tired.” We stood in the shadows of a grandmother’s toil and a father’s sacrifice. And I’m sure I felt their energy and their joy as we kept it real with an exuberant rendition of the electric slide!

The next morning I boarded a chartered bus for D.C., a city that was virtually shut down, inaccessible. There was no transportation from Baltimore, where I was staying, to the Capitol. The Marc train had been sold out for at least a week. Improbable neons signs, with messages like “no parking in D.C.” flashed as our driver barreled down the highway. We joined dozens, if not hundreds of other buses at the RFK stadium, and were herded (a very appropriate description for the thousands in line) on to a very efficient shuttle system, and dropped off near 7th and Frontage Road, about a thirty minute walk to the action, to the coveted Capitol Hill.

We arrived early, seven-thirty, and I was glad. Later I would learn that my arrival to the mall an hour later was just in time. Around nine-thirty, the mall was shut down completely, unable to accommodate the ever-growing mass of people wanting to take their place in history. The official count for attendance at President Obama’s swearing in is 1.8 million, but that is only the number that could get on the mall! I would guess that a million more lined the streets, both outside the initial ceremony and along the parade route. It was a controlled chaos, and patience abounded. We laughed, joked and plodded through the streets in a millions-strong throng, and then waited for more than five hours, our closely assembled bodies providing much needed heat, until the moment when we heard it become official: “I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear…”

I am bursting with memories, could fill a book with them: the seventy-something church mother who abandoned her wheelchair to stand as the oath was administered, the forty-something bishop from Florida who had brought her there, along with thirty other church members, children of all races on the shoulders of their fathers, mothers and daughters holding hands, friends high-fiving, strangers hugging, calls from friends and family wanting a long-distance, real time “play by play”, a plethora of accents and dialects amidst a bouquet of nationalities and genders, spectators breaking through barriers for a closer view, policemen letting us do it, teenagers skating on the frozen pond, tears mingling with laughter as we heard from our president, the human grid that locked retreating pedestrians for moments, even hours, after the ceremony was over.

But the best part, for me, was “the moment”. After the pomp and circumstance of introducing our government, Aretha’s homage to our country, Rick’s inclusive prayer and the roll call of presidents who had served before him…then they came, Mr. & Mrs. Obama, to take their unique and special place inside a selective history. To break from the past and embrace a new present, leading to a more positive future. We are blessed to have been alive in this time, to experience firsthand what others will read about in history books. We were there. When “yes we can” became “yes we did” and is now “yes we will”. Because Tuesday, November 4th, 2009 wasn’t just the end of an era, but the beginning of another one; a more positive America, an expectant, hopeful world. And with the power of our vote, it’s a world we helped create. Can I get a witness?

Lutishia Lovely is a freelance writer, and author of the Hallelujah Love series which features the just released trade paperback, A Preacher’s Passion. Visit her website today at:

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President Obama's Dream Team

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Intimate Conversation with Sheshena Pledger

Intimate Conversation with author Sheshena Pledger and Ella Curry of EDC Creations Media Group

Sheshena Pledger considers herself to be a military brat, having spent the first seventeen years of her life traveling around the United States and abroad with her active duty parents. Although she attended three different high schools in two different countries, she was still able to graduate from High School in the Top Ten percentile of her graduating class. She went on to obtain both a B.A. in Media Arts and a M.B.A. in Business Administration with academic distinction.

After obtaining her Master's Degree in 2007 and working as a Revenue Officer for the U.S. Treasury for her first full year, Labor Day rolled around and it was the first September since before preschool that she didn't have to start new classes for a new school year, so she pursued her lifetime goal: writing a novel. Ms. Pledger started writing Secrets Unveiled that day, which she cites as her greatest achievement. She currently resides on Long Island, New York, where she is actively working on her second novel.

Ella: Hello Sheshena! Introduce us to your book, Secrets Unveiled.
Secrets Unveiled is a thrilling crime noir about a notorious crime family's ongoing fued with their biggest rival. The story unfolds to reveal how one family's deepest secrets can become another family's bait, used to hook their enemy and reel them in for the kill. The novel contemplates the role that family plays in self-discovery, weighing a gained sense of belonging against an individual's loss of control. Is there always guilt by association? Is our destiny pre-determined? The plot goes on to reveal that it is a slippery slope on which we travel, when one family's secrets can be another family's bait.

Ella: Finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I am Powerful because... I have a voice.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I’m a military-brat. Both of my parents were in the Army during the first seventeen years of my life, and I did a lot of traveling. So, I guess you could say I’m from a little of everywhere. I was born in El Paso, TX. I spent a few years in other parts of Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Germany, Louisiana, and a year in Kansas. But I’ve been living in New York for the past five years.

I started writing when I was in elementary school. But it was music. Songs. One of my friends and I use to write songs together. And then I eventually began writing on my own. Which led to other interests, such as poetry when I was a teenager. When I got to college, I realized how easy writing was for me after writing paper after paper and being able to go on and on about any given topic with minimal effort. But I didn’t really realize my interests in writing until the first September that rolled around after I’d finished Grad. School, and for the first time since I could remember…I didn’t have to go to school. I had all this free time on my hand, and I needed something to fill it. So on Labor Day, I sat in front of the computer and just started typing. And by the end of the first page, I felt like I had finally found what my life had been missing. So I continued writing. Day after day. Until I finished my first novel, Secrets Unveiled.

Ella: Who are your two main characters and what do you like most about them?
The main character of Secrets Unveiled is Nicholas Miller. Nick, as he’s most commonly referred to as, is what could be considered the protagonist of the story. He’s the guy everyone likes. But what I like about him is his laid back nature and personality, his hustle, and the way he analyzes things. He’s the type of guy that almost everyone can identify with in some way. And he has a unique sense of humor that is both relieving and surprising at times. But most of all, I like his heart. He’s not afraid to do whatever needs to be done in any given situation, no matter what the cost.

On the other side of the story is the Harris Family, who may be considered the antagonist of the story. They’re a family that consists of criminal-minded individuals who have a very personal vendetta against Nicholas Miller and his family. A beef that comes to the forefront on the day that Secrets Unveiled takes place. What I like most about the Harris Family is their criminal savvy, ruthless nature, and how they operate. They have certain principles that they abide by, yet they’re also notorious for committing crimes of an extremely offensive nature. But they’re very organized in their operations and keen on how they conduct their business.

Ella: What makes your book stand out and would entice a reader to pick it up?
Secrets Unveiled stands out because it is one story that’s really told two completely different ways, in a sense. From two very distinct voices that basically oppose each other. It’s a novel that takes the reader through both sides of a very unique story. It’s told both in present day and past tense. But the story unfolds within one suspenseful, action-packed, thrilling day. A day that’s filled with events that turn out to be completely surprising, unexpected, and unnerving for everyone involved, including those who set the events into motion to begin with.

Secrets Unveiled is a story that will appeal to readers from sixteen to sixty. There’s a character in there for everyone. And the voices of the characters are unique to each character, so the language of the story is upbeat, vibrant, urban, and explicit enough for young readers while remaining to be compelling and non-offensive to older readers. I think that the thing that would most entice a reader to pick up Secrets Unveiled is it’s unpredictable, suspenseful, roller coaster plot. You never know what you’re going to get or when you’re going to get it. Key parts of the story are scattered throughout the book, so the reader never knows what to expect as they’re reading. And additionally, the chapter titles of Secrets Unveiled are a mixture of titles from movies, shows and songs to quotes from various sources from Nikki Giovanni to Jay-Z, adding an added element of suspense to readers.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
More than anything, I just want readers to enjoy a good story. I want them to read Secrets Unveiled and enjoy it the entire way through. And I want them to feel something from the story. Anything. Whether it be a tickle in the stomach from Nick’s sense of humor or unsettled by the Harris Family’s brutal nature. I just want them to be able to read the story and have some kind of reaction from it.

Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating books?
The most surprising thing I’ve learned from creating books is how many books are out there. There’s a book on everything, and the book industry is swamped with hardbacks and paperbacks on every topic known to man. Thus, it’s a hard industry to really break through.

Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer? I’m not sure that I’ve achieved my most significant achievement just yet. So, I’ll have to get back to you.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer? Would you change anything?
I’d tell anyone who’s taking their first steps into the book industry to do it because they like to write or because they like the topic they’re writing about. Don’t do it solely for financial gain or any other reason other than it’s something you enjoy doing. And do adequate research on the book industry, publishing process and the challenges for newcomers and veterans in the industry. And to start this research early on and well before they finish writing their book. Also, read what’s already out there in your genre. Reading good examples of how stories could and should be told is a priceless education on how to write a story yourself.

If I could change anything about my journey as a writer, it would probably be the extent of my research on the industry and the services that are available to authors. Having a better idea of what was available to me early on in the publishing process could've saved me a lot of time in the long run. And researching the reputation and qualityof a lot of the services that are readily available could've saved me a lot of unnecessary distress.

Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
In my opinion, three things it takes to make a successful author are a passion for writing or the subject matter the book is based on, the ability to take all criticism and feedback to one’s advantage, and never-ending persistence.

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect more novels from me in the future. I have a lot of stories in me that are aching to get out, but more so a passion for writing that I cannot ignore.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, events or upcoming book releases.
Secrets Unveiled II: The True Miss Harris is the next installment of Secrets Unveiled, and it should be out by this Fall. I will also be starting my own blog coming February, which will consist of short stories, poetry, and general blogging about topics of various natures that are of particular interest to me.

Ella: Can we get your contact info?

Author: Sheshena Pledger
Book: Secrerts Unveiled
ISBN: 978-1-4357-1918-7

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Intimate Conversation with Kimberly Armstrong-Hughes

Intimate Conversation with author and community leader Kimberly Armstrong-Hughes

Kimberly serves as President at Diamond Development and is located in Baltimore, MD. Additionally, Kimberly serves as Executive Director-Founder at Eric R. Villines Advocacy Institute and Chief Officer at Diamond Development Inc.

At present, Kimberly is a member of National Association of Female Executives and Governors Office of Children Appointed Parent Advocate. She serves on the boards of Professional Woman's Network, Maryland Juvenile Council and Baltimore City DMC Advisory Board. Kimberly's core expertise includes Workshops and Trainings in Personal & Professional Development, Stress and Anger Management and Juvenile Justice & Violence Issue's and Youth Development.

Mrs. Armstrong-Hughes is also the co-author of 3 all around self empowering books and has become a sought after dynamic inspirational speaker. She has delivered Inspirational messages with several well known speakers such as Susan Taylor of Essence Magazine and Michael Eric Dyson and Stedman Graham.

In her personal time, Kimberly enjoys hanging out with family & best friend, her Husband, and beautiful daughter, wonderful son and his family. Some of her other hobbies include decorating, arts and craft, dining out and learning new things.

Ella: Welcome Kim! Finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I am Powerful because...I am truly blessed and highly favored I have managed to turn tragedies into triumph and along the way god has allowed my stories be a testimony to empower and encourage others.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I live in Baltimore Maryland. I started my journey in 2005 after a tragic loss, my 16 year old son was murdered in 2004 and I was given the opportunity to co-author in The Christians Woman's Guide for Personal Success and I wrote a chapter on Dealing with Death and Grief. This was the beginning of my journey to healing.

I have since co-authored 2 more books Woman as Leader-Leadership Skills for Youth, and Raising African American Boys-Enough is Enough Creating Boundaries for our Sons. This book is an anthology and it is a self empowerment book it has 25-co authors. It has several self empowerment chapters with 25 co-authors.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
Good information that can be helpful to them and passed on to others. These books have a wealth of information to enhance lives.

Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating books?
You have to be patient.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
Be patient and diligent.

Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
Research, Esteem and energy!!

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
To see me on OPRAH or to have a TV show that be on the juvenile and criminal justice system.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, events or upcoming book releases.
In April 2009 Raising African American Males will be released and my chapter is entitled "Enough Is Enough: Creating Boundaries for Our Sons" I am currently on an local book tour Christian Authors On Tour.

In May I will began the Professional Woman's National Book Tour and Conference I will be one of the Guest Speaker and Presenters in Washington D.C. on July 11, 2009 information and registration will be on my website and blog. I am releasing my own 2 personal books Later this year.

Kimberly Armstrong-Hughes
President of Diamond Development Inc.
Executive Director-Founder of Eric R. Villines Advocacy Institute
Phone: 1-800-485-8214

"Brilliance In Helping Other Help Themselves"
Social-Entrepreneur Consultant, Speaker, and Author

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He Loves Me He Loves Me Not!

Intimate Conversation Interview author Tracy L. Darity with Ella Curry of EDC Creations

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not! is a fresh new story that chronicles the life of Khadejah Johnson, from a teenager preparing for college, to a grown woman in her 30’s, and single mom of two. The story takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. It heightens our senses to just how quickly a life well planned can be detoured by one decision. But not every detour leads to a dead-end and sometimes the back roads provide the best landscape. With determination and a strong supporting cast, Khadejah overcomes the obstacles placed before her and blossoms before the readers’ eyes into a strong, secure woman who does not let her past define her future.

Ella: Tracy, finish this sentence: I am Powerful because...
I recognize that God has instilled in me many gifts and talents that can be used to uplift and empower those whose lives I touch and once I acknowledged his omnipotent power I immediately transposed into a radiant force.

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I am a native and lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, Florida. As a teenager I began journaling as a way to release frustration and from there I started writing short stories as a means of releasing frustration or dealing with disappointment.

Ella: Who are your two main characters and what do you like most about them?
Khadejah is the main character and there are several other characters I could easily give the same title. I will go with Vanisa, her best friend. What I like most about these two characters is that they meet at a transitional time in their lives and form a close friendship. Although their lives go in different directions and Vanisa easily obtains the things they both desire, they maintain a strong and supportive bond that many female relationships lack today.

Ella: What makes your book stand out and would entice a reader pick it up?
My book stand-outs because the situations presented could be any of us. One thing I hear from readers is that they become so connected to the characters and felt vested in the outcome of Khadejah’s story. I believe I present a fresh voice because I am not trying to recreate the hot book released last week but take the readers on a journey that keeps them engaged.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
I want readers to take from my book a sense of hope that there is no obstacle in life that can’t be overcome. And I want to reinforce the value of a strong support system whether it is family, friends, co-workers, etc. Every person that comes into your life has something to teach you but it is up to you to determine if you need to be present for the lesson.

Ella: What is the most surprising thing you have learned in creating books?
I have learned that I have a far-reaching, over-active, but vivid imagination, more so, than I ever imagined.

Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer?
My most significant achievement has been actually publishing my book. I had to let go of the disappointment that came with the numerous rejection letters and realize that the people stuffing form letters into an envelop addressed to me, were not the authors of my future.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
Write a believable story, develop characters that readers can relate to, write your story and not what’s selling for someone else, know who your intended audience is.

Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
My brother sent me an email recently that read, “I can pray for your success but only you can define what it (success) means to you,” The three things that makes me a successful author is 1) releasing a book that I am proud to have my name on; 2) receiving an acknowledgment from a reader that they truly enjoyed my book; 3) having readers say they can’t wait until my next book is released.

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
I have several manuscripts I am currently working on. I have a very creative imagination and never want my next novel to any way resemble the one(s) before it. So you can expect diverse and intriguing books in my future.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, events or upcoming book releases.
Currently, I am still working on the roll-out of “He Loves Me He Loves Me Not!” Readers can keep up with my events, and signings by joining me at It is a social networking page I created for my supporters to share their thoughts and discuss my books. I will also blog from this site. Readers can expect my next release later this year. It is titled “Love…Like Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day.”

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Community Leader Roxanne Johnson-Pugh

Meet Community Leader Roxanne Johnson-Pugh

Roxanne Johnson-Pugh, a native of Washington D.C., is the Assistant Pastor of Disciples International Training and Worship Center, located in Clinton Maryland. She is the CEO of Bawrar Generation, V.O.T.E.Ministries and Destiny Awaken Publications. In addition to her being an entrepreneur she is an author and well sought after motivational speaker. She is no stranger to the media outlets as she has done numerous television and radio interviews.

You will find her to be a very passionate, sincere, genuine, honest, real, "cutting edge" fiery personality representing the Kingdom of God and His people. Roxanne resides in Maryland with her husband and children.

Message from Roxanne Johnson-Pugh
As I travel throughout various places for speaking engagements it amazes me how many people turn their noses up at a person who may be in a physically abusive relationship.

Ironically, the first thing I hear is “the person enduring the abuse is stupid or crazy; why do they stay; well it wouldn't be me! However, I have learned that more than likely these same people are in abusive relationships themselves.

In my book I discuss mental, verbal, emotional, spiritual/financial (pimps and prostitutes in the church), physical and sexual abuse. I have come to realize that we as people endure far more abuse then we realize. So in my book I open of these areas of “silent abuse” that are rarely talked about. I offer a way of escape, hope, freedom, the power of forgiveness and healing to move forward in life.

Ella: Finish this sentence for me- I am powerful because...
I am powerful because the spirit of Jesus Christ resides on the inside of me. Due to the fact that His spirit lives inside of me, He equips and empowers me to be powerful. This power is what allows me to accomplish and fulfill all of my dreams, purpose and destiny here on earth! There is nothing that I can do by my own strength, might, or ability to be powerful, my power lies in the strength of the Almighty God

Ella: Where are you from? How did you start your writing journey?
I am a native of WashingtonD.C. I find this question very amusing. Growing up I hated reading because I thought it was the most boring thing in the world to do and I hated writing because my fingers would hurt me so bad. I never saw myself as a writer and could never imagine becoming an author. In fact, if I had to read a book when I was growing up the first thing I wanted to know was how long the book was. Subsequently, as a young adult I was the same way when I was in stores and saw books that caught my attention the first thing I would do was look to see how many pages the book had, and that would determine if I purchased the book or not. Needless to say my experience as an author was truly a journey.

As a public speaker and being in position to interact with lots of people through ministry, on the job, family members or friends, I have the privilege to witness a lot of things; unfortunately some things are not so pleasant. Through the things I experienced in life I have developed a heart for injustice, especially in the area of abuse. I hate to see people used, abused and hurting, especially at the hands of another person. I would see the hurt people would be enduring, which would often trigger the memories of the hurts and pain I had endured in my own life, but also the joy of the triumph of victory I have experienced in overcoming the abuse I have endured in my life.

This developed a burning desire in me to share the message of "you can be victorious no matter what you have endured in life". So, I would often times get to speak out against the things I had witnessed and shine light to areas of abuse and share my message with hundreds of people. However, it still wasn't enough so I started looking into joining different organizations to partner with to share my message in the area of abuse; I had made some progress but not enough.

One day I was working on a business plan and I kept hearing a title of a book, well I didn't know if it was an actual book or what, so I ignored what I was hearing and kept working on the business plan. About two days later I went to a prayer meeting at my church and I was on my way home and here comes this title again and then I realized that I was suppose to write a book. I thought I was dreaming, I immediately started crying as if I had just received the worst news possible. I turned my car around went back to the church and shared my experience with my pastor and asked for prayer, and this is how my writing journey started!

Ella: What makes your book stand out? What would entice a reader to pick it up?
I believe the key has been the detailed exposure of abuse that is revealed in my book, especially areas that are considered to be taboo. Also, I was not afraid to speak the truth concerning the issues of abuse. I don't sugarcoat the issue. I open up every area of abuse to the best of my ability. I help the readers to understand that abuse is more than just physical and sexual. There is also emotional, mental, verbal, governmental, financial and spiritual abuse. Most often the people who claimed to have never been abused before often find out they have indeed been abused, are being abused, or have done the abusing themselves after having read my book. It is an eye opener to the readers that abuse has many faces and it knows no age, race, color or gender.

The most crucial aspect of the book is that I was not afraid to share myself in the book. I told the ugly, embarrassing truths about the things I endured. I shared the realities of my own challenges and insecurities that caused me to stay in unhealthy situations, and then I offered a way of escape out of that environment. I showed the readers how it is possible to move past your hurts and pains through the powers of forgiveness and healing. I believe the combination of all these aspects are what entices the readers to pick up my book and actually read it.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want your readers to gain from your book?
Ultimately, I want the readers to gain insight on the warning signs of a possibly abusive situation, no matter what the relationship with the other person may be. I want the readers to gain insight into the fact that we were not created just to exist in the earth, but that our lives have meaning and there is a purpose for our having been born and in order to live out that destiny we must be free from the affects of pain to be able to move forward in life and gaining all that was designed for us to have. I want the readers to be able to understand there is hope, and no matter how much despair there seems to be, they can come out of any situation and walk in victory, and not as the victim.

Ella: What would you say has been the most significant achievement as a writer?
The most significant achievement I have experienced as a writer has been the testimonies of how the lives of the readers were changed as a result of reading my book. The decision to come out the abusive situations is ultimately up to the reader, because people have to decide to be free. So, when I know that the right decision has been made and that action has taken place in the life of the reader, I know that the purpose of this book is not if vain!

How was this achievement gain? I accredit the achievement of this project to the Lord Jesus Christ who made it all possible for man to live free from the bondages of abuse!

Ella: Name three things it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion?
In my opinion to be successful in the writing industry it takes the following three things:

Creativity- You must be creative in the processing of your thoughts as you prepare to convey your message or story to your audience. You want to capture their attention by drawing them into your world. Don't be afraid to explore your imagination! You want your reader to walk with you from the beginning of your book to the end.

Patience - Take your time in writing your book. The worst thing you can do is rush your process because of the excitement to complete your project by a targeted date. It is important that your work is well thought out, planned, and your story offers substance for its readers.

Audience - Know your audience! I can not express this statement enough. As you carefully plan your writing project choose your audience. Your audience is determined by your experience and the substance of your writings.

Ella: Share with us your latest news, events or upcoming book releases.
I have recently started my own publishing company, "Destiny Awaken Publications" Please check us out at . I am currently working on my second book entitled "Daddy's Desperate Little Girl's", which is planned to be released by the fall of this year 2009.

Roxanne Johnson-Pugh

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