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NEW Christian Fiction: I Ain't Me No More

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Helen wasn't just born the devious vixen of New Day Temple of Faith. There had to be something rooted deep within her to make her inflict and feed off of other people's pain.  Perhaps it was her own pain that she had suppressed for so many years-an unimaginable pain-that created an internal prison of which her mind was the only captive.  But once the demons within her break free, those around her better beware, as Helen surely becomes the epitome of the saying, "Hurt people, hurt people."

In I Ain't Me No More, Helen has no shame displaying that she hasn't been saved all her life.  Will the divas of New Day Temple of Faith think Helen's worth saving? But more importantly, can God save Helen from not only her evil past; can He save her from herself?


I Ain't Me No More: Book One of the Always Diva Series 


First Chapter Excerpt



Man, I hate the cleaning guy!  Why does he have to do his job so well?  Can’t he ever leave just one spot, smear or…

Ch. 2 Excerpt: A Good Dose Of Pleasure by Zuri Day

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A Good Dose Of Pleasure by Zuri Day


One sexy Morgan man may have finally met his match in a talented and beautiful young widow. But will their ambitions come between them?


When artist Anise Cartier leaves Nebraska for L.A., she's finally ready to put the past and its losses behind her. And she soon finds a welcoming committee in the form of one very handsome doctor, Gregory Morgan. Their attraction is instant. So is their animosity.

Gregory is in a fierce competition for a multimillion-dollar medical research grant. The grant will make a new research center possible. . .once the beloved artist community where Anise plans to set up shop is demolished. Soon, it's a battle between art and science—one that neither Anise nor Gregory intend to lose. Can their red hot love survive this heated war of wills?


CHAPTER 2

On the other side of the country, 1,542 miles from Omaha to be exact, Dr. Gregory Morgan looked at his caller ID and thought WTH? Last week it had been Venita blowing up hi…

Kiera Finds Peace and a Family by Kiera J. Northington

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Kiera Finds Peace and a Family  by Kiera J. Northington

~ Don't GO through life, GROW through life! ~
As an adoptee, I’m often asked questions like:  “Why are you searching for your birth family? At your age, why even bother?  How do your adopted parents feel about that? Why did your mother give you away?”  My response is always, “Everyone has a right to know who they are, and where they come from.  It doesn’t matter how they feel; it’s my choice.  Mommy didn’t give me away, she died.”  My circumstances are different from lots of other adoptees in the fact that I knew my birth mother and maternal grandparents; my life was perfect, I had all the love a child could possibly want and need. I never knew my birth father, not even his name.  But, I never thought much about it; I had so many people loving me, that I really didn’t notice the gap. 

I will never forget the day the phone call came, to let us know that my mother had a massive heart attack, and was admitted to the hospital.  Ba…

Intimate Conversation with Debra Owsley

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Intimate Conversation with Debra Owsley
In 2005, Debra Owsley turned her love for reading and her hobby to support her book habit, into the reading accessory and consulting business, www.Simply-Said.net.   Debra works with several major bestselling authors, and independent book stores creating unique gift-marks, book thongs, creative displays and promoting literacy. She also coaches authors on how to promote and market their book on a budget.

Debra never dreamed her two loves would turn into a marketing and promotional business, allowing her to meet authors she has read and admired, working at book events and book festivals selling her treasures. She enjoys meeting other avid readers and book club members. Debra is quoted as saying, “These are my passion marks!”


BPM:  How did you get your start in this business/industry?  Did you have any formal business training? 
Honestly I started this business quite by accident! I am a hair stylist and every year I give my clients a gift as appreci…

Sneak Peek: A Good Dose of Pleasure (The Morgan Men) by Zuri Day

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A Good Dose of Pleasure
(The Morgan Men)
by Zuri Day


One sexy Morgan man may have finally met his match in a talented and beautiful young widow. But will their ambitions come between them?

When artist Anise Cartier leaves Nebraska for L.A., she's finally ready to put the past and its losses behind her. And she soon finds a welcoming committee in the form of one very handsome doctor, Gregory Morgan. Their attraction is instant. So is their animosity.

Gregory is in a fierce competition for a multimillion-dollar medical research grant. The grant will make a new research center possible. . .once the beloved artist community where Anise plans to set up shop is demolished. Soon, it's a battle between art and science—one that neither Anise nor Gregory intend to lose. Can their red hot love survive this heated war of wills?



CHAPTER 1


She couldn't do it. After waiting two months, three weeks, four days, six hours, and a few nervous minutes, Anise Anna Cartier couldn't find the coura…

Writing: How To Get Started by Trice Hickman

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Writing: How To Get Started
by Trice Hickman

A lot of people say they don't know where to begin when it comes to writing a book. "How do I get started?" is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from aspiring writers. I'll be honest, writing a book is no easy feat. Many new writers obsess about how their story will unfold, the pacing of their plot, and the likability/believability of their characters. And they wonder how their beginning, middle, and end will all come together to form a good book. All those concerns are valid ones. But I think the most important aspect of "getting started" involves discipline.

Books are not written overnight, they are written over time. It is a process, and that process involves making a huge time commitment for the endeavor. Sure, there are some writers who can complete a book in record time and can churn out 10,000 words in one day. I once did 9,000 words, but the next day I felt as though I'd suffered a mild …

Powder by BlaQue - Intimate Conversation

G Street Chronicles - Powder by BlaQue

BlaQue
, nicknamed the BlaQue Angel because of the twisted and dark stories she weaves, was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area where she currently resides with her son.

BlaQue began writing after reading several Donald Goines books and decided she would love to pen stories in the same gritty, fast-paced manner. After writing her first novel Dirty DNA and allowing several of her peers to read and critique her work, she decided to submit it to G Street Chronicles where she joined the ranks of some of the heaviest hitting authors in Urban Literature.


BPM: When did you get your first inkling to write, and how did you advance the call for writing?
I first began to write after reading several Donald Goines novels and thinking to myself, I can do that! I wanted to bring that realness back to the Urban Fiction genre. I did not want to write the stereotypical hustler's tale.


BPM: Do you have anyone in your life that was heavily influential in yo…

A Good Dose of Pleasure by Zuri Day

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A Good Dose of Pleasure
(The Morgan Men) by Zuri Day

COMING SOON:  OCTOBER 1, 2013


When artist Anise Cartier leaves Nebraska for L.A., she's finally ready to put the past and its losses behind her. She’s even taken a new name to match her new future. And she soon finds a welcoming committee in the form of one very handsome doctor, Gregory  Morgan. Their attraction is instant. So is their animosity.

Anise's goal is to start an art gallery, while Gregory is in a fierce competition for a multimillion-dollar medical research grant.  His opponent for the coveted funding is not Gregory’s only problem. The beloved artist community where Anise plans to set up shop is the same location slated to be demolished to make way for the new research center.

Soon, it’s a battle between art and science—one that neither Anise nor Gregory intend to lose. Their passion is intense, but can this heated war of wills lead to a lifetime of red hot love? 


New Book Review
"People pursuing their dreams…

Author E.N. Joy Admits to Having a Ghost Writer

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Author E.N. Joy Admits to Having a Ghost Writer

There are Christian fiction writers and then there are Christians who write fiction.  There is Christian fiction, then there is what some consider to be church fiction or church drama.  You have some authors who didn’t necessarily set out to write Christian fiction, but they were placed in that category by either their publisher or the book stores simply shelve them that way.

And of course you have the writers whose work is categorized as Christian fiction but they do not write for a Christian fiction imprint, which means they are not necessarily writing with any type of guidelines.  I can’t speak for any other Christian fiction author or author who either chose or by default was placed in the Christian fiction category, but I am a Christian fiction writer who writes for a Christian fiction imprint.  That is my choice on purpose.

I’ll be the first to admit that yes, I have a ghost writer; the Holy Ghost! I take dictation from the Holy S…

Pre-orders: Why They're Important by Trice Hickman

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Pre-orders: Why They're Important
by Trice Hickman


In the publishing business, as with most other industries, it’s all about the numbers.  Publishers look at them closely, reporting stores submit them, Nielson BookScan calculates them, and authors work hard to increase them. The quantity of units sold can mean the difference between being able to publish another book, or the beginning and end of a literary journey.

Pre-orders are an important component in book sales. Essentially, pre-orders serve as the launching pad for a book’s success, giving it wings to fly off the shelves—or in today’s marketplace, clicks to digital download heaven.

When I self-published my first novel, Unexpected Interruptions, in November 2007, I started my campaign for pre-orders five months before my pub date. Although 2007, wasn’t so terribly long ago, it feels like eons now, when I reflect back on it. Technology has changed so many things, and social media combined with e-readers have provided a more effic…

Intimate Conversation with Trice Hickman

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Intimate Conversation with Trice Hickman
Hosted by Ella Curry, founder Black Pearls Magazine


Trice Hickman is an award winning, bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Her love of reading and words led her to become a writer. Determined to have her voice heard, Trice self-published three novels before signing a book deal with Kensington (Dafina Books), who will re-release her original works. Trice is currently writing her next novel, and in her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, home improvement projects, and traveling.


BPM: Tell us about your passion for writing. What drives you?
My passion for writing stems from my love of the written word. I love how words, when thoughtfully constructed, can have a profound impact on its reader. I write because it gives me joy! Writing is something you have to love because even when you're good at it, it doesn't always come easy. If you love it, you will continue to do it. Writing is a practice in patience, and writing is re-writing. …

My Target Audience is Black…There I Said It! By E.N. Joy

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Looking over the past years in literature, I've observed more African American authors wanting to-practically insisting on-being removed from the African American section in book stores and dumped into the....what's it even called? The Caucasian section?  Come on already!

If the same chick (let's say white chick) who reads John Grisham wants to read an African American author’s book, she'd read it no matter where it was placed in the book store.  African American readers know exactly where to go to find James Patterson's books, and with the huge "African American Section" sign hanging up in the stores, that white chick will know exactly where to go to find a book by an African American author.

I feel like some of these black authors want to force folks to read their books instead of first catering to those more willing to read it-their target audience…which is typically African American.  I think it’s because some authors never even pinpoint their target…

GET YOUR AUDIENCE FIRST BY E. N. JOY

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As an author who has written under many names and many genres, I am often asked advice from both aspiring authors and seasoned authors as well.  Even as a seasoned author, there is still always so much more to learn and it's always a blessing to be able to engage in the quality of sharing among other authors.  With that being said, I'd like to share what I think is the most valuable advice an author could ever receive:  "KNOW AND GET YOUR AUDIENCE BEFORE YOU EVEN FINISH THE BOOK!"

I know; sounds like hustling backwards, right?  Sounds like creating a hype for something that doesn't even exist, right?  Sounds like fraud-a scam, right?  WRONG!

The most valuable thing an author can ever do is to generate a fan base-have tons of people sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for a book to come out.  Think about it; doesn't Hollywood do it all the time when it comes to movies?  Doesn't the Lifetime Movie Network have the ladies setting their DVR months in adv…

I Ain't Me No More by E. N. Joy

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Helen wasn't just born the devious vixen of New Day Temple of Faith. There had to be something rooted deep within her to make her inflict and feed off of other people's pain.  Perhaps it was her own pain that she had suppressed for so many years-an unimaginable pain-that created an internal prison of which her mind was the only captive.  But once the demons within her break free, those around her better beware, as Helen surely becomes the epitome of the saying, "Hurt people, hurt people."

In I Ain't Me No More, Helen has no shame displaying that she hasn't been saved all her life.  Will the divas of New Day Temple of Faith think Helen's worth saving? But more importantly, can God save Helen from not only her evil past; can He save her from herself?


I Ain't Me No More by E. N. Joy

First Chapter Excerpt



Man, I hate the cleaning guy!  Why does he have to do his job so well?  Can’t he ever leave just one spot, smear or smudge on this dang stripper pole? S…