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Intimate Conversation with Shelia E. Lipsey

Shelia E. Lipsey is a multi-award winning author. Her novels are available at most bookstores nationwide as well as online. Lipsey’s books have been called gripping, life-altering, memorable and realistic. Lipsey was recently awarded the 2009 Top Shelf Award for Beautiful Ugly by Black Pearls Magazine.

She also won 2009 Shades of Romance Readers’ Choice Awards for My Son’s Wife in the following categories: Author of the Year, Christian fiction Book of the Year, Christian Romance of the Year, Best Book Cover of the Year, Best Fiction Book of the Year, among several other awards for her novels, Into Each Life and Sinsatiable.

Lipsey is the proud mother of two sons and the grandmother of three blessed young men. She is president of, founder of Living Your Dreams Now a non-profit organization and MAAW (Memphis African American Writers). Read an excerpt and check the tour schedule at    For more information, visit http://www.shelialipsey.…

Poem: In Due Season by Doris Washington

President Barack Obama gave a inspiring speech for his first State of the Union Address last night about keeping the hope, and going forward that through these most challenging times in our country and the world we can and will restore our economy. Hold on to 'hope" even though things may be difficult right now, that today does not have to be your tomorrow. And as we go forward to putting our dreams in action the economy will get better. I have a poem I hope will inspire you that is titled In Due Season. This poem is also from my book Faith, Hope & Love. May you be inspired. And please share this poem with others.

In Due Season
(Excerpt From Faith, Hope & Love Poems of Inspiration by Doris Washington)

When I think about all the blessings
He brings.
When I think about His Grace- His Love,
I can only stay where he wants me to be.
I cannot doubt him,

No matter what,
No matter the challenges.
And when the storms come,
And it seems as though they will n…

Pamela Samuels Young-First Lady of Legal Thrillers


Contact: Edna or Damian Bruce
ESP Public Relations
310.827.9727 or

Author Pamela Samuels Young Discusses Her New Book "Buying Time" L.A.'s First Lady of Legal Thrillers Joins "Sisters in Crime" Panel at Marina Del Rey Library, Saturday, February 20 at 1 PM PST

Lawyer and author Pamela Samuels Young continues to receive accolades for her page turning legal thrillers that present the legal detail and mouthwatering suspense of John Grisham, combined with the understanding of urban love, explosive language and humor of Terry McMillan. As Pamela Samuels Young builds on the success of her previous three novels, the last being, "Murder on the Down Low," she is now promoting her fourth novel, "Buying Time." Ms. Young will be discussing "Buying Time" and other topics as she joins a panel at the Marina Del Rey Library on Saturday, February 20, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The library is located at 4533 Admiral…

Speakers for 2010 Women’s Media Forum

American Women in Radio and Television Announces

Keynote Speakers for 2010 Women’s Media Forum

Best-selling Author Robert Rosen and National Public Radio President & CEO Vivian Schiller

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2010
Contact: Edna/Damian Bruce, ESP Public Relations
Tel: 310.827.9727 ~

American Women in Radio and Television is pleased to announce keynote speakers Dr. Robert Rosen and Vivian Schiller for the Women’s Media Forum to be held March 5-6, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Washington, DC Hotel at 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Dr. Robert Rosen, Author of Just Enough Anxiety: The Hidden Driver of Business Success, is an internationally recognized psychologist, best-selling author, researcher, and business advisor to world-class companies. Dr. Rosen will deliver the opening keynote address during this year’s AWRT Women’s Media Forum at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010.

Vivian Schiller joined National Public Radio as President and CEO on January 5, 2009…

Pearl Interview: Bernard Boulton

Black Pearls Magazine Intimate Conversations
hosted by Ella Curry of EDC Creations

Ella:  Greetings Mr. Boulton, tell us a little about youself.
My name is Bernard Boulton and I am a man who is in pursuit of his destiny and purpose. I believe that God placed me in the earth to communicate hope through the medium of communication. For twenty five years I have communicated His word through preaching and now I have enlarged that ministry through writing.

Ella: Tell us about your passion for writing.
My passion for writing is ignited by my reading. I love to read and I love to read fiction. Reading fictional accounts about people who have been challenged by life always lights a spark in me to write. When I'm reading others stories those authors become voices in my spirit that pull out of me the narratives that I hear in my head. What God has set in my heart is a desire to write and the many novels that I've read has been the source of motivation for me.

Ella:  What legacy would you say…

Featured Author Theresa Dawn Royal

“Bankruptcy Ain’t Broke”
(Putting the Pieces Back Together Through Life Lessons)

Interview Scheduled for BAN Radio with Ella D. Curry
Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 at 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST

This straight talk book about bankruptcy and the lessons learned was a God ordered process. Theresa, an entrepreneur specializing in event planning, was forced to file bankruptcy in 2006 due to her putting her trust in one client, and not putting her trust in God. She had good credit all of her life but due to the unethical practices of this client, her finances spun out of control. After many phone calls for help from so-called friends and family, the last option was to file bankruptcy to save her home.

Theresa D. Royal, who holds a degree in Small Business Management from Central Pennsylvania College, dispels the myths that everyone who files for bankruptcy has bad credit or is just trying to get out of paying their debts. Bankruptcy “Ain’t” Broke will give a true account about the struggles of bankruptcy an…

Have the Faith of Children by LindarInsights

I have a toddler who loves Monster Trucks. I mean truly loves Monster Trucks. At three he could name his favorite trucks, Grave Digger, Blue Thunder, Maxium Destruction. I even know that Dennis Anderson drives Grave Digger. It was crazy because I had no clue what a Monster Truck was. My father was flipping through the channels one day and on the Speed Channel was a Monster Truck Show. Well needless to say at Grandpa's House that is what my son watches.

When I would go to Walmart I would pick him up two and thought I was doing good. At $3.97 a piece I could handle a couple of trucks every now and then. Recently I sat down with Ty and asked him what he wanted for Christmas. His response was simply more Monster Trucks. He named the ones he wanted most, Taz and El Toro Loco. So in my mind I was set. If I bought him his favorite 10 Ty would be good for Christmas, of course along with my favorite pajamas from Target.

My co-workers and I are pretty close. We talk about our children and of…

Redemption Lake by Monique Miller

Redemption Lakeby Monique Miller

During an exclusive seven day marriage retreat, secluded in the mountains of North Carolina, three couples gather in last ditch attempts to save their troubled marriages. Can these couples pick up the pieces and move on? Will all be forgiven and forgotten? See what happens when marital secrets are exposed and all hits the fan. Check your favorite bookseller for purchase information! Book clubs - contact Monique Miller: or

Author Stalked by Greatest Fan!

Excerpt from Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks

A best-selling male author gets more than he bargained for when he meets a fanatical female fan. What starts out as a one-night stand quickly spirals out of control and into a dangerous game of obsession and pain.

Never judge a book by its cover. . .

Xavier Preston is tall, dark, and handsome, and the problem is that he knows it. He's a bestselling author who is accustomed to adoring female fans, both young and old, flirting with him, throwing themselves shamelessly at him, and trying to get between more than the covers of his novels. He has always been more than willing to accommodate their needs and desires; however, his womanizing days have finally ended. He's engaged to a beautiful woman, Kendall, and he's decided to walk the straight and narrow. Or has he?

From outside appearances, the very stunning Pilar has it all: a great career, a beautiful home, and a trust fund that keeps her financially secure; however, look…

Pearl Interview: Keleti Sanon

Book spotlight: Another Chance, Maybe the Last
by Keleti Sanon

About author and community leader Keleti Sanon
For Keleti Sanon, home is Africa but he has resided in the United States for over 20 years. As an immigrant, he faced many hardships. He needed a place to live and a way to survive. Unable to read, write, speak or comprehend the English language he understood the need of education if he was to make it in the United States.

In the early days of his arrival in Harlem, New York, Keleti worked as a cab driver, car washer and security guard all while dreaming of going to college and making something of his life. It was not only a dedication to himself that fueled his desire to better himself, but becoming an educated and successful man would help greatly when his brothers and sisters followed him from Africa.

Working full-time, attending classes, studying and helping his family, he was many times exhausted and overwhelmed. Still, Keleti never thought of quitting. Most days began with o…

2010 Literary Events for Writers

The Black Book Coalition Network Mixer

Ulah Bistro, 1214  U. Street NW
Washington, DC 20009 (Across from Ben's Chili Bowl)

Join us as we kick off the new year and hit the literary ground running in 2010! We'll meet at the swanky Ulah Bistro where you'll have the chance to meet a host of diverse literary players from around the Washington DC metro area including: authors, publicists, publishers, graphic artists and more! Be apart of the movement to unify the DC Black Book Community. READERS are welcome!

Don't forget to sign up on our new Facebook Fan Page at Black Book Coalition and stay abreast of events, publishing news, and connect with other book professionals attending the event.

The Black Book Coalition was founded by MahoganyBooks in conjunction with The Renaissance Group, LLC, and The Hurston/Wright Foundation. Our mission is "to achieve success and value for our literary community through the combined talents and expertise of area b…

RWA Bookclub Authors Pavilion 2010

Readers With Attitude Bookclub is VA's largest sophisticated bookclub hosting fifteen members and growing. Take a look at our calendar which is already booked for 2009 with books for each month. Our goal is dual, we want to support the authors and help them to make an impact while supporting the bookstore in our community as well. We purchase all of our books through Precious Memories Bookstore (pictured below) which is an Essence Magazine and New York Times Reporting Bookstore. This is an impact for the author because we are helping to get their sells reported to Essence Magazine and New York Times by buying from this bookstore. While we make our Book of the Month authors aware that we do not garauntee that their book will be the next Essence Bestseller, our purchases do help to make an impact.

If you are a book lover take a moment to review the author spotlight section for great books! Also read our reviews as they are constantly updated with inew reviews from well known and new …

Event: You are not alone Feb. 2010

"You are Not Alone."

Speak Purpose, Speak Power & Speak Freedom
An event created to educate, encourage & empower

I hope that your new year is off to a good start...

My name is Diane Martin, I need your help. I am writing you because we are putting together a free event to help encourage and uplift individuals who have been affected by unemployment, poverty, a recent loss of a love one, etc. Everyone is going through something and people are feeling lost and helpless. The name of the event is, "You are not alone (Speak Purpose, Speak Power, & Speak Freedom )."   We just want to bring together everyone to celebrate life and let them see that there are others who are going through the same thing and that it's going to be okay.

The event/workshop(s) is going to held on Feb. 20, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010  at  9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Carter G. Woodson Library
9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL.

We need donations of school supplies, children's books,…

Pearl Pick: Never What it Seems

Never What it Seems II: A Mother’s Love

by Diane Martin

Never What it Seems II: A Mother’s Love is a story of sacrifice, dedication, and unconditional love. Dee and AJ, best friends, thrown together by circumstances beyond their control are up against their biggest challenge ever – motherhood. Dee, mother of two adopted daughters, grew-up in a household void of love. She struggles each day to juggle a career and a family that desperately requires twenty-four hour attention, but she can’t assume a role foreign to her.

Raised in a household with an alcoholic father and an absentee mother, Dee has no idea how to handle these girls who were placed into her life by God to eliminate the loneliness created by a husband, her first love, who betrayed her by living a life on the “down-low.”

AJ, her best friend and mother of one, is married to the man of her dreams. A union that birthed a beautiful little boy struggles to survive. Born to a father who thought she was put on earth to be his surroga…

Spotlight: Go On Girl! Book Club

Go On Girl! Book Club is one of the largest national reading organizations in the U.S. for black women. It was founded in 1991 by Monique Greenwood, Lynda Johnson and Tracy Mitchell in New York City. Today, Go On Girl! Book Club has 28 chapters in 13 states including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Illinois, Virginia, Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina and the nation's capital, Washingon, DC.   Check out their reading list for 2010 here.

In 2010, the organization will host its Annual Author Awards weekend, June 10th to June 13th, at the Winfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2011, The organization will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC.  For more information about Go On Girl! Book Club log onto

Go on Girl! Book Club

Celebrating the Legacy of Black Literature

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Economist Cedric Muhammad

Economist Cedric Muhammad
Launches Official Website

For ‘The Entrepreneurial Secret’ Book Series

Today marks the official website launch for the newly released three volume book series, The Entrepreneurial Secret To Starting A Business Without A Bank Collateral or Revenue.

The website includes interactive video and audio content; a detailed Author Q & A; book excerpts/descriptions for each volume as well as book content sheets for media and website visitors.

A centerpiece of the website is its entertaining and informative viral book commercial, which is currently accumulating views on YouTube:

“I’m pleased to unveil the official website for The Entrepreneurial Secret book series, which will allow all entrepreneurs to touch and feel the content in the series and understand the motivation for it. Whether someone is an experienced CEO, college student majoring in business, a laid off corporate professional, a single Mother…

Capital BookFest 2010 Dates

Capital BookFest 2010 Dates Announced

Capital BookFest will be held in three cities this year, for triple the literary fun:

September 18, 2010:  Harrisburg, PA (State Museum of PA)

October 2, 2010:  Largo, MD

October 16, 2010:  Charleston, SC (Marion Square, Charleston County Public Library)

In February 2010,  we will have author and exhibitor details, sponsor and partner details, and updated information at

Please join in the discussion by leaving comments or congrats below.
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Victorious Living for Women Tour Spotlight

This tour is for the Victorious Living For Women anthology. During this five-day tour, meet the publisher and receive encouragement from many of the contributing writers.

Victorious Living for Women

Victorious Living for Women is filled with the inspiration, wisdom and pathways to victory of 42 incredible women who share stories of their life experiences, from their heart to yours. They have endured personal pain and have come through empowered, encouraged and victorious.

As they take you on their personal journeys you will find inspiration, encouragement and blueprints for victory embedded in each chapter. You will discover principles for transforming your life. You can learn how to overcome fear, find you purpose, define your destiny, recover from divorce, heal your heart, physical healing, dealing with the loss of loved ones and so much more.

This stellar assembly of women with inspiring true-life stories will captivate you throughout each page as you read how their lives were transf…