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  • 00:55

    Getting to know author Samantha Chase, Delaney Diamond, Laura Browning

    in Writing

    New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well. With twenty-three titles currently to her name, she has no plans to slow down.


    Laura Browning after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism,she worked for more than two decades in television news, both on camera and behind the scenes. It's a fascinating, exciting business. However, she always loved making up my own stories rather than reporting the stories of others. So, she changed gears and began teaching English. The altered pace allowed me to ramp up my love of writing fiction.


    Delaney was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember,  She readher first romance novel at the age of 11. Back then, they weren’t nearly as racy as they are now.


    She  wrote my first romance novel at the age of 14 and received rave reviews from my friends. She tapped out 89 pages on a typewriter and called it Captured Heart. Eighty-nine pages on a typewriter with no revisions. She couldn’t do that today. Thank goodness for Microsoft Word. In 2008 I started freelance writing, and in 2009 she gave fiction writing a try again, which resulted in my debut novel, The Arrangement.


     

  • 01:00

    Getting To Know Romantic Times Book Reviews Founder Kathryn Falk

    in Romance

    Kathryn Falk is a woman who knows how to engage and educate readers, reviewers, authors, and publishers. Her Magazine, Romantic Times Book Reviews, is a much sought after publication. The magazine provides intriguing articles and a wealth of information. The Romantic Times Book Reviews is one of the go to magazines in the publishing industry.  
    Kathryn is also the founder of the highly regarded and extremely successful Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. The RT Convention is a power packed extravaganza. Those in attendance are treated to literary delights, workshops, swag bags, panel discussions and lots of literary dropping fun!  
    Kathryn is also an advocate for integrity within the publishing industry. Therefore, she pulls no punches when she encounters ills that place blight on publishing.  She wants the industry to continue to flourish and cultivate the next generation of writers, publishers, event planners, and editors. 


     

  • 00:50

    Getting to Know Authors Marcia King-Gamble and Lacha Scott Mitchell

    in Books

     Gamble fell in love with romance after reading my first Mills and Boon book at age six. She has degrees in psychology and theater were obtained in the United States which she has lived  for most of her life. she  made a comfortable living as a travel industry executive.Since 1998  Gamble has been published by Kensington, BET and St. Martin’s Press and Harlequin. She now self publishes. 


    Lacha' self-published her memoir, Cancer The Silent Storm, Destiny's Child book series Volumes One and Two. As of February 2014, she was signed to the Urban Christian Imprint of Urban Books, owned by Best Selling author Carl Weber. Lacha' finds solace in her writing and had even started a blog to share some of her writing a few years back. Lacha' is married with four beautiful daughters and one grandson.

  • 00:42

    Getting To Know Authors Farrah Rochon and Jennifer Lohmann

    in Books

     native of south Louisiana, Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine's Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers' Choice Awards.


    When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading her favorite romance novels. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.


    Jennifer Lohmann is a Rocky Mountain girl at heart, having grown up in southern Idaho and Salt Lake City. She's always been a reader--of romance novels, mysteries, nonfiction, cereal boxes, etc. If it had words, she tried to read it.


    Jennifer had been writing, on and off, for many years when she won the Romance Writers of America Librarian of the Year award in 2010. Being at the RWA conference reminded her how much she loved writing and she became more serious about it. As part of Harlequin's "So You Think You Can Write" Contest, she was offered a contract on her first book in 2012. She spends her days surrounded by people, talking about books, and creating community. Her nights (and early mornings) are spent imagining the loves of other people and writing their stories.


    She lives in the Southeast with a dog, five chickens, and four cats.

  • 00:43

    Getting to Know NAACP 2015 Image Award Nominee and Entrepreneur Gwen Richardson

    in Entrepreneur

    Gwen Richardson is an author, publicist and entrepreneur.  As an author, she has five published books, four non-fiction and one fiction.  101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education was nominated for a 2015 NAACP Image Award.


    As an entrepreneur, Gwen is co-founder of Cushcity.com, the world’s largest African-American Internet retailer with over 20,000 products online.  Gwen and her husband, Willie, established Cushcity.com in 1998. The web site receives more than 1 million hits per month and has thousands of customers in all 50 states and internationally.  She has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years.


    Prior to establishing Cushcity, she and Willie published a national public affairs magazine, Headway, and she served as the publication’s editor. She was a monthly columnist for USA Today from 1996 to 1999, and her commentaries have also been published in the above-referenced daily newspapers, as well as the Detroit Free Press, Dallas Morning News and the Amarillo Globe-Times.  She has also been published in Editor & Publisher, Investor's Business Daily and Emergemagazine (which published in the 1990s).


    In addition, Gwen is co-founder and national coordinator of the National Black Book Festival.  This annual event, held in Houston, Texas, attracts over 100 African-American authors from across the U.S. and is the largest indoor gathering of Black authors in the world

  • 00:38

    Getting To Know Author, Producer and Publisher Zane

    in Entertainment

    New York Times Bestsellling Author Zane, has a new movie, Addicted coming to a theater near you on October 10th. The movie is based on her bestselling book, Addicted .  Addicted displays an extremaly talanted and sexy all star cast. The buzz around this movie is astonishing! This is a movie that you do not want to miss!


    Her latest book, The Other Side Of The Pillow is receiving rave reviews. Zane is a one stop entertainment shop,.She is a force to to reckon with.


    Zane is the New York Times Bestselling Author of ten titles: Dear G Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love, Afterburn, Skyscraper, Nervous, The Sisters of APF, Gettin’ Buck Wild: The Sex Chronicles 2, The Heat Seekers, Shame on it All, Addicted and The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth. She is also an editor or a contributor to several other titles including: Love is Never Painless, Caramel Flava, Chocolate Flava, Breaking the Cycle, , Best American Erotica 2004, Best Black Women’s Erotica, Brown Sugar 2, Twilight Moods, Dark Dreams, and the essay collection Becoming Myself: Reflections of Growing Up Female edited by Willa Shalit, the producer of the famous Vagina Monologues.


    In addition to writing, Zane is the Publisher of Strebor Books International, an imprint of ATRIA/Simon and Schuster. Under Strebor, Zane is responsible for acquiring dozens of titles per year and currently has nearly fifty authors under her imprint. In December 2005, Strebor Books became the first major publishing house to implement an independent sales representative program. 


     

  • 00:30

    Getting to Know Authors JL KIng, Anna Black and Shemeka Mitchell

    in Books

    J.L. King is a New York Times best selling author, publisher, and HIV/STD activist. Subjects of his work include the nature of human behavior, effects of health issues on minorities, and sexual orientation and its impact on schools. King’s first book, On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of Straight Black Men Who Sleep with Men appeared on The New York Times best seller list for more than 30 consecutive weeks.In 2006 King produced, “The DL Exposed”, an award winning documentary that was broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET). The documentary was the number one watched program on BET that year.


    Anna Black is a native of Chicago and the bestselling author of the Now You Wanna Come Back series. Her desire to become a published author didn't develop until her late twenties, and she didn't take her writing seriously until several close friends and family members encouraged her to go for it. After signing with Delphine Publications in November 2009, Anna became a bestselling author for her debut release, Now You Wanna Come Back, within a matter of weeks. 


    Shemeka Mitchell has always had stories playing themselves out in her head. As a child, she wouldn't go anywhere without a pen and a notebook to write it all down. As much as she loved writing; she loved reading more. Books were her best friend in growing up and continued being that in adulthood. She is the mother of two and an advocate for Lupus Awareness. 

  • 01:00

    Getting to know Motivational Coaches Carol Mackey and MarQue Munday

    in Self Help

    Carol Hill Mackey has been instrumental in getting authors of color in front of readers!


    Carol Hill Mackey is the former  editor-in-chief of Black Expressions Book Club,author and motivator speaker.   She was named among the "50 Most Powerful African Americans in Publishing" by Black Issues Book Review, Carol's career has included work at Newsday, as well as for The New York Times and Essence Communications. Carol has appeared on the CBS-TV Morning Show and is frequently interviewed by Publishers Weekly on the state of African American publishing.


    MarQue is a native of Staten Island, NY and has performed professionally as well as internationally as a Worship Facilitator/Singer/Dancer/Actress/ & Model. Performing professionally for the past 25 years.  MarQue earned a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre from The United States International University in San Diego, CA. Her credits include: Live performances, Studio Sessions, CDs, Commercials(National, International & Regional), Film, Television(National & International), Cable, Radio, Print, Runway, Conventions, Piano Bar, Wedding Bands, Theatre (Regional & Off-Broadway), National & International Tours.
    Her heart is focused on woman & children ministries and the development of a womans first love relationship being with God.  The release of her debut Contemporary Christian CD, "Partner in Life," walks you through the process of focusing first on God and then keeping that focus while navigating daily life. MarQue has a series of Pilates exercise DVD's featured in Pilates Style magazine.  She recently shared her "Christinexercise" program at Worship, Inc Christian dance conference, Aug 2011. P

  • 00:25

    Getting to Know Author Kai Storm

    in Books

    uthor Kai Storm is a new face in the Urban Literary world, has brought us shining jewels called Alani's Bigger Hustle & Alani's Hustle Gets Bigger. Kai was born in Panama in 1972 and came to New York in 1981 with her mother. She discovered her writing gift as a junior at Boys & Girls High School when an English teacher gave her an assignment to develop a story from just one paragraph and since then, her pen was hot. Thru the years, Kai continued to write any and everything not only to keep her gift alive but also for therapeutic reasons, either way her pen and paper kept her sane. In December 2007, Kai was working at a hospital as a temp and even though the assignment was over the first week of December the hospital kept her on for two more weeks just so that she would have money for Christmas presents but there was nothing for her to do during those two weeks so she decided to pen the first three chapters of Alani's Bigger Hustle. 

  • 00:42

    Getting to Know Authors Sheryl Lister and Rebekah L. Pierece

    in Books

    Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. After putting writing on the back burner for several years, she became serious about her craft in 2009. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three and pediatric occupational therapist. She is a member of RWA, CIMRWA and is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.


    Rebekah L. Pierce is an avid playwright and author with her works focusing on contemporary women and their search for purpose and identity. She received her MA in English with a concentration in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002, which is where she wrote her first play,The Myth. In 2006, Mrs. Pierce placed as an alternate in the 2006 Virginia Commission of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship for her works, Perfect and The Myth, which were produced and staged in local theaters in Richmond, VA in 2004 & 2005. In 2007, she wrote and produced her third play, Bell Blu, the story of a young woman determined to fight poverty, marital rape, and domestic violence for the chance to live her own life. This play placed 3rd in the Venus Theatre Festival 2013 in New York.

  • 01:49

    Don't Count Me Out Virtual Workshop 2015

    in Goals

     


    Colette Harrell is the author of the debut novel The Devil Made Me Do It.  A motivational speaker, she specializes in customer and human service workshops on state and national levels. She is cofounder of COJACK Productions, a Christian entertainment company.


    "God's Cheerleader," Vanessa Davis Griggs is an author and motivational speaker.  She is the recipient of many honors; including the 2010 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition presented by Congressman Sanford D. Bishop.


    Carol Mackey is former  editor-in-chief of Black Expressions Book Club.. Named among the "50 Most Powerful African Americans in Publishing" by Black Issues Book Review, Carol's career has included work at Newsday, as well as for The New York Times and Essence Communications. Carol has appeared on the CBS-TV Morning Show.


    DiShan Washington was married at the age of 16, she became one of the youngest known First Ladies at the age of 17, and with this feat came incredible challenges that led to bouts of low self-esteem, depression and  two suicide attempts She survives to share of God's Glory.


    Cassandra is a new author, minister and advocate. She is known as a mighty prayer warrior and guest speaker. She is also an advocate for people with aids.


    Selena Thornton is a minister and guest peaker. She is passsionate about women issues and struggles.