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Christian Author Showcase for Book Clubs

Black Authors Network Radio Show Hosts Christian Authors Reading Session
Listen below to today's most inspiring authors read live from their newly
released books. Some of the books aren't on the shelves yet!

Browse the EDC Creations Bookstore for the books showcased:

Authors Reading Schedule

Presentation: Sister Girl It's Not That Serious, Min. Celeste Kelley

Music: Russel Blake from the Quiet Strength CD
Music: A Better Place by June Rochelle

8-8:30pm EST (Fiction)--Victoria Christopher Murray
-- Marilynn Griffith
-- Pat G'Orge Walker
-- Pat Simmons
-- Kia Stokes

8:30-9:00pm EST (Fiction)
Music: God is Good by June Rochelle
-- Toyi Ward
-- Roishina C. Henderson
-- Monique Miller
-- Angela Benson

9:30-10:00pm EST (Non-Fiction)
Music: Beauty Designed by God by Stanice Anderson
-- Poetry by Russel Blake
-- Stanice Anderson
-- Paulette Harper
-- Cheryl L. Donovan
-- Tyora "Ty" Moody; upcoming blog tours

10:00-10:30 EST (Non-Fiction)
Sister Girl Serie…

HONOR THY FATHER by Mozell Fleming

Father's Day Salute

by author and poet Mozell Fleming

These words are meant to honor you because I understand, all the lessons you taught to me. To help me to become a man.

Often look back into our past and I marvel at the years gone by. How time has had so little effect of the vision of me in your eyes.

You’ve often had to navigate treacherous waves left in my wake. You’ve manned the bilge and held the line in hopes…I’d get it right this time.

You taught me all I needed to know. You believed in work, you let it show. You’ve done your part at every turn. Now Dad I say I’ve finally learned…

Life’s to short to throw away.

With time and love and money too you’ve done your part to see me, through. The best things I’ve learned, I’ve learned from you.

To you….I owe my existence my dreams. Like all great men you’ve overcame great things. As your blood and genes do flow in me I promise to make myself happy. And should my glow reflect on you…….I hope to make you happy too.

Thank yo…

Meet Jonathan Z Queen, Author-Motivational Speaker

Meet Jonathan Z Queen, Author/Motivational Speaker

Jonathan Z. Queen, the oldest of five children, was raised in an impoverished neighborhood in Harrisburg, PA by a struggling, single mother. He began using and selling drugs at the age of 14. At the age of 23 he was arrested for the third time, labeled a Career-Criminal and sentenced to 10 years in a Federal Prison.

During the last four years of his 9-year prison sentence, Jonathan completed over 18 months of criminal behavior and drug education programs. He subsequently volunteered for the 500-hour Residential Drug-Abuse Program, where he became a Peer Counselor, Sponsor and Board Member on the Education/Tutoring Committee. Jonathan graduated first in his RDAP class and has become well-versed in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), ABC’s of Rational Self Analysis, Criminal Thinking Errors, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Victim Impact and Assertive Communication.

Today, Jonathan Z. Queen is an author, motivational speaker, p…

May Article Pearls: Did you miss...


News: What lies in the souls of men?


Peace In The Storm Publishing, LLC
Contact: Shayla Simone, Author & Public Relations
Post Office Box 1152
Pocono Summit, Pennsylvania 18346,
(862) 215-2980, Fax: (570) 643-6424

The Soul of a Man: A Triumph of My Soul Anthology debuts Father's Day 2009

What lies in the souls of men? author and publisher, elissa gabrielle posed the question and powerful, prolific and passionate men exposed their souls.

(Poconos, May 1, 2009) Passionate, Powerful and Prolific. The second book in the Triumph of My Soul series, The Soul of a Man takes a look into the hearts, minds and souls of men. From Elissa Gabrielle’s The Triumph of My Soul series, comes the second book in the series, titled, The Soul of A Man which promises to deliver powerful testimonies from some of today’s brightest male stars.

About the Book
The Soul of a Man: A Triumph of My Soul Anthology

What lies in the soul…

Business Spotlight: Akwaaba BB in DC

Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast in DC Website: Enjoy your stay at Akwaaba, Washington’s literary themed Bed and Breakfast at the heart of Washington’s treasured Dupont Circle. This 1890's historic townhouse mansion is located within walking distance of the White House, and the many fine restaurants, and shops of Dupont Circle. Enjoy the exceptional location, and Victorian charm of the Washington DC location of the Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast family of Bed and Breakfast's.

Located in the heart of one of Washington's best neighborhoods, Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast DC offers a choice of 8 guest-rooms; each uniquely decorated and tailored around African American authors and classic genres. Dupont Circle, offers visitors more than 80 restaurant choices, exquisite, boutique shopping, several excellent bookstores, movie theaters, hip night-clubs and the Improv comedy theater. From a romantic weekend, sightseeing tour of the Smithsonian's, or the professional busi…

How to Write a Tip Sheet By Sandra Beckwith

How to Write a Tip Sheet
By Sandra Beckwith

A tip sheet is a news release that offers advice or tips in a bulleted or numbered format. It’s one of the hardest working and most useful tactics available for generating publicity. Use a tip sheet to generate short column notes in a newspaper or magazine or to interest a reporter, editor or producer in a feature article or talk show interview on the tip sheet topic.

Here’s how to create an effective tip sheet:

Use a press release format. The biggest difference between a tip sheet and a traditional press release is that the body of the tip sheet will include your tips or advice in a numbered or bulleted format.

Start with a headline that mimics those on magazine covers – “5 ways to lose weight before June” or “Top 7 mistakes shoppers make.” Here’s an example from a tip sheet promoting a women’s health and nutrition book to newspaper living sections:
Expert offers 10 nutrition tips for New Year’s resolutions

Write your first paragraph so it explain…

Book Spotlight: When Lightning Strikes by Keya

When Lightning Strikes by Keya
How can you have it all – education, personality, and beauty - yet your life is flooded with a sea of troubles?

Imminent, new author Keya answers this question and more in When Lightning Strikes, a novel about Ms. Taylor Devereaux, her three best friends, and her spiraling-out-of-control life. Taylor is on the road to happiness and success. She is a gorgeous and classy woman with a thriving career and a wonderful fiancée. One day, Taylor’s near perfect world is turned upside down when she discovers her future husband is cheating.

To make matters worse, while trying to put the pieces of her life back together, she finds out someone at her job has filed a sexual harassment complaint against her. She realizes someone is out to ruin her life. With Taylor’s personal life, profession, and overall reputation at stake, can she overcome it all? Or, will the stress of it all bring out another side of Taylor?

See how Taylor reacts “When Lightning Strikes.”




The three divas glimpsed in The Last Prejudice find support in one another during the ups and downs of their juicy romances and chaotic lives. Noreen Klein is more than comfortable with smooth curves a size 24 frame enables. She never allows anyone to be her priority if she is only their option. Dahlia Hunt was married to a man with a fetish for abuse.

The gilded lenses she viewed him through are shattered, along with her self-esteem. She is left with a raging thirst for dominance. Kat Davis wrestles with releasing herself from a self-imposed emotional prison to embrace the love she deserves. Follow these three women as they fulfill their insatiable sexual appetites. They learn to be content with life, and most importantly content with themselves; to get in where they fit in – wherever that happens to be. He is also the author of Harlem’s Dragon, The Street Sweeper and Playing in the Dark.

View the author's website for excerpts and …

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum located in Baltimore, Maryland is currently seeking authors for booksignings and to host your book release party or social event, writers conference, bookclub meeting and more in our available space. If you have a book (fiction/nonfiction) about Black History etc. then we want to hear from you.

Please submit your book, along with marketing packet and contact information to us at the following address:

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
ATTN: J. Williamson - Gift Shop Manager
1601-03 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21213

We are also available to bookclubs for meeting space etc.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US! Once your book is received you will be contacted.

Please join in the discussion by leaving comments or congrats below.
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Black Book Clubs Rock Awards June 20, 2009

It's about to go down at the first annual Black Book Clubs Rock Awards June 20, 2009 in Largo, MD, just minutes away from D.C. With over 100 confirmed guests, this literary event promises to be one you don't want to miss.

Featured presenters and special guests include Trice Hickman, Nikkea Smithers, Angel Mechelle, Linda Pate, Kayona Ebony Brown, Marita Teague, Ella Curry, Tee C. Royal , Go On Girl Book Club, and many more...

Haven't gotten your ticket yet? No problem!
We've secured the entire venue. Registration ends May 15th so get your tickets today.
Visit or contact

Just can't make it to the event?
Are you an author that can't make the event, but want to let us know why Black Book Clubs Rock? It's easy. Call 641-715-3900 ext. 76644# and leave a message and it could be featured at the award show.

Follow these instructions:

1. Call the number 641- 715-3900 ext. 76644#

2. Introduce yourself and title of mo…

Black Pearl Spotlight: Marilynn Griffith

Intimate Conversation with the author of
Mom's the Word, Marilynn Griffith

Marilynn Griffith is an author, speaker, and founder of the SistahFaith Network. Her credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman's Soul and more. Her novels have been featured in Charisma and Upscale magazines. She was named a 2007 Author on the Rise by Christian Retailing. She has served as Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Ella:Tell us about your passion for writing. Why do you write? What drives you?
I write because it's part of who I am, the way I'm made. I write tounderstand, to be understood and make myself and others see things we'd rather not see. Jesus drives me because He keeps telling mestories.

Ella: Introduce us to your new book, Mom's the Word. Mom's the Word is a book about friendships, motherhood and secrets. Two women who seem very different at first become neighbors. Each thinks she has something to teach the other. In the end, God has somethi…

Mom’s the Word Book Tour - May 10-16, 2009

Mom’s the Word Book Blog Tour - May 10-16, 2009
Marilynn Griffith is the author of eight novels, mother to seven children, wife to a deacon and proof of God’s enduring mercy. One of her novels, If the Shoe Fits, served as a prop in Tyler Perry’s box office hit Why Did I Get Married?
She has served as national Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers and has served on faculty at several national writers conferences. When she’s not writing about friendship, family and faith, Marilynn blogs and speaks to women and writers.

About the book When her tall, dark, delicious husband joins their three kids in calling her "Mom," Karol Simons has an identity crisis. Sure she loves the pint-size trio, but what’s happened to her dreams of writing a novel? Determined to have it all, she turns to her neighbor for help.
Dyanne Thornton is thrilled to stand in as Mom for three weeks so Karol can write. Bursting with baby fever, the career-woman trades her glamorous clothes and four-inch…

Victorious Magazine Launch Celebration!

Victorious Magazine Launch Celebration!

Celebrate at Black Pearls Blog

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ella Curry, Black Pearls Magazine


To empower Christian women to walk in their purpose and be all that God has called them to be as well as provide them with resources, motivation, encouragement, and knowledge to help them follow their dreams!

“Where EVERY woman is Victorious!” Being victorious is more than just winning… It is conquering! It is triumphing over obstacles and defeating what you are up against. In keeping with the total picture of living a victorious existence, the Victorious brand was born. Victorious Enterprise is more than just a company. It is a counterpart… an extension of the woman we represent. From vision to vineyard, Victorious Enterprise was developed inclusively for women of all nationalities, cultures, ethnicities, and socioeconomical backgrounds.

The company has expanded into brand extensions such as Victori…

Par for the Curse Blog Tour – May 25-29, 2009

May 25 - Black Author Network (8-10 pm EST)

Join the Celebration!
by calling into the radio show and telling us your reviews of the book: 646-200-0402

Literary Leaders Spotlight for May 2009

Vist the Black Pearls Magazine to read all the interviews and to meet great authors and poets too! Enter here for those rare and elegant Black Pearls.

Please join in the discussion by leaving comments or congrats below.
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Poetry Spotlight: Resilience By Dana Rettig

Resilience By Dana Rettig

I am resilient.
I am more of a child than a woman.

I am seen, not heard.

I am resilient.
In my love's hindsight, I am not allowed to have the last word.

I am resilient.
If you cut me, I won't scream because my pain is laughter in his ears.

I am resilient.
My weakness is his strength but my knowledge is his main fear.

I am resilient.
I can't spend time with my loved ones because his jealousy over clouds his thinking.

I am resilient.
It seems as if I am flying high on cloud nine, but internally; I am truly sinking.

I am resilient.
He uses me as a ragdoll for his entertainment.

I am resilient.
I am not certain when I will ever find peace again.

Yes, my love is full of smoke.
He can get away with murder just by flashing his sweet smile.

My love is full of smoke.
He knows that for him; I'll walk a mile.

Again, I am resilient.
My life does not matter because it no longer applies.
I do not have a voice, because he does not care about my lonely cries.