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Sharon Lucas Once Upon a Holiday

Once Upon a Holiday Spotlight
Reading Divas Book Club of the DMV
Sharon Lucas, the President of the Reading Divas Book Club of the DMV, is a lifelong reader and a dedicated supporter of African American authors and literature. Like most people, Sharon procrastinated about joining or starting a book club – but the club she founded, the Reading Divas, just celebrated their 14th year.  For the last five years the Divas, have introduced a variety of established and new authors to a growing group of avid readers as they host their annual literary event.

Q:  Give us the history of your organization. How many members do you have?
 In August 1998, Sharon Lucas – a wife and mother who worked fulltime - founded The Reading Divas Book Club. Sharon loved to read but she was felt that she had no time for herself. So she invited several women to start a book club – their motto “a little time for me”.  We currently have 14 members. We’ve never elected officers but Sharon serves as President and Brenda H…

Carmela Hicks Gordon Once Upon a Holiday

Once Upon a Holiday Spotlight
The SistahFriend Book Club

Carmela Hicks Gordon is the site leader for the Virtual Branch of Sistahfriend Book Club.  She also is a contributing writer for the BookClub University Magazine started by TaNisha Webb and a reviewer for the Book Referees started by Orsayor Simmons.  She enjoys reading and volunteers in her community as a tutor to help children to read and write and firmly believes if you can read, you go anywhere and do any and everything! 
BPM:  How was The SistahFriend Book Club created?   Give us your history. 
The SistahFriend Book Club was founded by Tasha Martin in 2004 in Columbia, SC. It was decided a little over a year ago to branch out and form a virtual branch where I am the site leader.  The SistahFriend Book Club is a live and online reading and networking group for women that focuses on reading and discussing books by or about African-Americans and promoting unity through women empowerment and fellowship.

BPM:   Carmela, what do you …

EDC Creations Featured Holiday Books

Click the image to explore the books.  Here are our featured books for the 2012 Holiday Season.  Please give books as gifts to your friends, family and co-workers.  We appreciate all that you do to Give the Gift of Knowledge!  Happy Holidays from Ella D. Curry,  EDC Creations Media

Orsayor L. Simmons Once Upon a Holiday

Once Upon a Holiday Spotlight Blogger: Orsayor L. Simmons
Orsayor has always wanted her voice to be heard when it came to books. Being a book reviewer has strengthened her love for books, and now she makes it her duty to share her love of books with the masses.
Orsayor is a mom, wife, judgment worker, cake stylist and owner of Simmons Sweets. She is a book reviewer for OOSA Online Book Club, Urban Reviews, Book Sneeze, Tyndale Publishing, Astraea Press, and NetGalley.  She also runs her own book review blog, The Book Referees. Website:
BPM:  How did you form your lit blog? Give us your history. Book Referees was formed by me (Orsayor L. Simmons).  It was formed to get me and my book loving friends to read/review/and to spread the word out about our favorite books.  Now it seems to have taken on a life of its own. I'm now spreading the word through my blog - interviewing authors - and getting books in the hands of celebrities.
BPM:  What do you love most about read…

Electa Rome Parks Once Upon a Holiday

Once Upon a Holiday Interview with Electa Rome Parks
Electa Rome Parks currently resides outside Atlanta, Georgia. After successfully self-publishing her debut novel, The Ties That Bind, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, bought the rights. Electa signed a three-book deal with New American Library. All three books were immediately chosen as Black Expressions Book Club main selections and embraced as Books of the Month by book clubs across the country. Dubbed a "book club favorite," avid readers have embraced Electa's true to life characters that tackle prevalent and heavy hitting issues.

Since then Electa has become an award-winning, national bestselling author of several other mainstream (Loose Ends and Almost Doesn't Count) and erotic (These Are My Confessions, Ladies' Night Out, Diary of a Stalker, True Confessions and The Stalker Chronicles) novels with Penguin Group, HarperCollins and Kensington. Electa was highlighted in Literar…

Meet Donna Hill Once Upon a Holiday

Once Upon a Holiday Interview with Donna Hill
From Donna Hill: I write to weave the threads that connect us all!

Donna Hill began her career in 1987 writing short stories for the confession magazines. Since that time she has more than fifty published titles to her credit since her first novel was released in 1990, and is considered one of the early pioneers of the African American romance genre.  Three of her novels have been adapted for television. She has been featured in Essence, the New York Daily News, USA Today, Today’s Black Woman, and Black Enterprise among many others. She has appeared on numerous radio and television stations across the country and her work has appeared on several bestseller lists, including Essence, Emerge and The Dallas Morning News among others.
Donna Hill has received numerous awards for her body of work—which cross several genres--  including The Career Achievement Award, the first recipient of The Trailblazer Award, The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award,…