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Special Guests: JL King And Robert Helm
JL King And Robert Helm will talk abouyt their National Writing Contest
Author Nah'Sun was born in Lilbourn, Missouri, Nah’Sun would later move around the Midwest before temporarily settling in Chicago. An aspiring cartoonist, Nah’Sun never gave writing a thought until him and his mother relocated to the Cabrini Green Housing Projects in the early 1990’s.Finding the gift for writing while living in the most notorious housing development in Chicago proved that anyone can prosper no matter the trials they face. His writing would lead to him majoring in Journalism with a minor in English at a 4 year university in New York. He graduated with of cultivating his literary talent led him to publish his first novel in 2009.Nah’Sun struck fast in his first year in publishing by winning the 2009 Best New Male Writer Award at the 18th Annual UBUS Black Book Awards for a novel written under another nom de plume. Traveling throughout the Eastern Seaboard and Midwest built up his fan base. Taking a break from the industry during the first half of 2010 blazed the eternal fire he possessed since childhood. Regrouped with a new state of mind, Nah’Sun decided to write under his current name which means “the shine through negativity.” His muse appeared in the form of the curvy and sexy as Nah’Sun’s attraction to full figured women inspired him to pen the drama/erotic novel Thick When the Chances are Slim which was released in 2011..
Guest Authors Nika Michelle and Kenni York
Topic:"Shattered Hearts...Stolen Voices.."
Author Nika Michelle her love for books started at a very young age and inspired her passion for writing. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she would share her short stories with her classmates in middle and high school. Her first novel "Forbidden Fruit", an urban tale that spins a web of love, lust and greed. Her other titles include Forbidden Fruit II: A New Seed, Forbidden Fruit 3: The Juice, Forbidden Fruit 4: The Last Drop, Black Butterfly, Black Onyx: The Sequel to Black Butterfly, Black Magic: Book 3 of the Black Butterfly Series, Black Lace: Book 4 of the Black Butterfly Series, Zero Degrees 1, 2 and 3(collaboration with Leo Sullivan), The Nookie Ain't Free, The Nookie Still Ain't Free, The Empress and Bout That Life: Diablo's Story
Author Kenni is a sexual assault awareness advocate, and entrepreneur. Her literary works include Ask No Questions (murder mystery), A Girl's Perspective (poetry), Merrilittle: Murder in a Small Town (young adult murder mystery, 1st in a series), Striving for Happily Ever After (marriage self-help), The Girls (Urban Fiction), My Dad is an Army Man (children’s book) and the Karma series (Contemporary Women’s Fiction). Passionate about her chosen field, Kenni created her own company in 2012, Kenni Enterprises LLC, which specializes in teaching creative writing classes for youth and adults throughout the metro Atlanta area.Additionally, Kenni organizes and hosts an annual benefit event during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April entitled Let Your Voice Be Heard. Kenni feels it is important to get the word out about this growing epidemic in order to encourage men and women to raise their voices against this common and life-impacting crime.
Topics: "We The People...."
Special Guests Authors: Author David Duchesneau and Author Fredrick A.O, Schwartz, Jr
Author David G. Duchesneau is a former Marine and New Hampshire State Police Officer turned Private Detective. After being honorably discharged from the US Marine Corps in 1970,he became a NH State Police Officer and earned his degree in criminology. After his law enforcement career, Duchesneau opened a private investigative/security agency and consulting Firm. he is certified as an international investigator and fraud consultant. After his law enforcement career, Duchesneau opened a private investigative/security agency and consulting Firm. he is certified as an international investigator and fraud consultant. He is qualified as an expert witness and has written numerous articles on how to conduct investigations in the private sector. He has curently written a book “Uniforms”.
Author Fredrick A.O, Schwartz, Jr is the great-grandson of Frederick August Otto Schwarz, the founder the Fifth Avenue toy store. A Harvard Law School Graduate and former Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Intelligence, (or as it was formally known, the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Activities with Respect to Intelligence Activities), Chief Counsel of the Brennan Center and the winner of the 2014 Ridenhour Courage Prize, which is an award given to individuals to recognize their lifelong courageous work defending the public interest. He is currently Senior Counsel at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Law Firm and the author of two books. Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror and Nigeria: The Tribes, the Nation, or the Race--The Politics of Independence . He has also written numerous articles.
Topic: "From Boys To Men...."
Guest Authors: Itchie- Mu and Byron Carey
Author Byron Carey is a reformed drug distributer that served a ten year federal prison sentence was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He has transformed his way back into society as a truck driver and author. He was an outstanding basketball player that worked his way into the USBL basketball league in 2002. He attended Alvin Community College where he holds an Associates in Business Administration. He is the author of Nowhere 2 Turn with several more to come in the future.
Author Mohammed “Itchie-Mu” Anwo is an urban fiction author and the co-founder of Street Dedication Publishing which he started with his co-partner Hakeem Fleming. The first of six siblings, he quickly became involved with the streets at the age of 14, when his father, Mohammed Sr. was deported back to Africa due to a narcotic conviction. Author Itchie-Mu served 22 yrs of his life in prison, while sitting in his cell the last time he took a close and deep look into himself and he hated what he saw. Mohammad began reading novels to pass time, and then he came across a book called “How to Write Novels and Screenplays” and was instantly inspired. He began writing novels to both escape his reality and became good at it, at the same time, he vowed that once released he would never return. Author Mohammad “Itchie-Mu” Anwo is currently working on a host of novels and screenplays and looking forward to working with other authors with the hope of turning their novels into screenplays as well.
Guest Authors:Author Slynn and Jen Raygoza
Author Slynn (Stephanie Stevenson-Covington) lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband. She attended Columbia College majoring in accounting but took a break to pursue her passion for writing. For the past seventeen years she has worked as a Lead Collector in the medical industry. Slynn loves to sing, read and write poetry. Once a vocal leader of her own small local gospel group, she moved towards another gift from God, writing. She believes that music will always be in her soul but writing is another way she has been able to express herself more freely.Currently she is writing a collaboration for Darkberry, in the process of releasing the sequel to My Husband’s Cousin. With a full schedule and no plans to slow down just yet she is also a freelance editor.
Author Jennifer Raygoza lives in Corona, California , she developed a love for writing poetry at the young age of twelve, but did not want to become a writer when she was young.She had dreams of becoming a Marriage Counselor and majored in Psychology when she was older. Although that dream did not work out she still councils relationship advice to friends and family.In 2013 she published her first book called The Guardians. Originally it was a story written for fun, and out of curiosity was self published.Little did she know that it would be a hit with vampire lovers. Fans encouraged her to write part two in the series.
Donisha Derice is an up and coming author bringing her creativity to life by penning tales of fiction. Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Donisha had only dreamed of being two things: a lawyer and a writer. Receiving degrees in Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, and Public Management, she worked as criminal defense paralegal for over four years. After realizing she no longer desired to become an attorney, Donisha decided to follow her other dream. Her first novel, The Hustle, was completed while Donisha’s plate was full with motherhood, college, and her full-time job. Writing a book and receiving a publishing deal all within a year, Donisha knows she has found her true passion and calling—and it is in writing.
Jai Darlene is an army brat who traveled all over the world with her family before settling down in Fort Wayne, IN. She later moved to Indianapolis and obtained a juris doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, where she discovered an aptitude for writing, earning herself a spot on her school’s Law Review. After practicing law for five years, Jai discovered her artistic talent through using her creative skills to litigate countless jury and bench trials. This inspired her to pursue her passion by harnessing her imagination to make fictional characters come to life.
Special Guests: Ruth N. West
The synopsis of the Films:
A short film that proves sometimes going crazy is the best way to find yourself. A young woman who is slowly losing her Mom to illness decides she absolutely can not deal with the on-coming loss, so she abandons her family. Her conscience starts to drive her crazy when it literally starts inscribing the abandonment mistakes in her skin. Like so many people who have experienced this, instead of acknowledging the change and adapting, she buries her head in the sand, ignores and avoids. 'Stay' starts when Cam is forced to acknowledge what she has been avoiding. This is a story about a tragic life changing experience with a twist.
When a woman sells her Soul for Love; the love she gains may not only cost her a scorned heart but can leave her with an empty soul.
Young, Beautiful, Classy, Intelligent -- describes Mya Evans --the Survivor !
Mya a divorced college professor in Petersburg, Virginia struggles with finding the balance between Love, Trust and Faith. When one fails her --- the other is sure to find a way to make life worth fighting for.
Its when life takes an unexpected turn, her heart will detect the Lies - but The Hair Between Her Legs will reveal the awful Truth!
Topic:"Instincts and Desires..."
Why do we feel the need to live in the shadows of others success?
Special Guests: Actress and Author Dutchess Rhoda Pruitt and Author and Publisher Reggie Wells
Author Reggie Wells, born and raised in Harlem New York. CEO & President of Power Rich Media and No Smiles Allowed Entertainment, is a author, screenplay writer and motivational speaker . After serving 21 years in the federal system, since being release. He self published his first novel titled Instinct & Desires, which is followed by his second novel titled "A Prince Amongst Men". He has written several novels and scripts, and have more interesting stories to come in this 21 century.
Topic: "No Strings Attached.."
Guest Authors: Taquila Thompson and KS Oliver
Author K.S. Oliver is a author, poet, public speaker, model and business owner who was born in New York and raised in Georgia.She is the author of two poetry books: Still Standing and Affectionately 360. She decided to take leap and let the world read her rhymes of reason after several people read her poetry and suggested that she share it. And she is glad that she did. In 2012, she won the Best Poets and Poems award for her poetry.In 2010 following the birth of her youngest child, she was diagnosed with SLE, also known as Lupus. Subsequently, she was also diagnosed with Discoid Lupus (Skin Lupus), Fibromyalgia, Fibrosis, Hypotension, Hypothyroids, Cricoarytenoiditis (Lupus in her voice box), and Severe depression. Her psychiatrist suggested writing in a diary to get her feelings and thoughts out of her mind and down on paper, but Ms. Oliver quickly learned that poetry came a lot easier. After the success of publishing her own stories, Ms. Oliver decided to go into business with a close friend. Together they launched the publishing company Black Destiny Publications.When Ms. Oliver is not writing, she is running her business Events by Ebonee’, co-running Black Destiny Publications. Ebonee Oliver has a mission in life to raise awareness to this debilitating disease.
Author Taquila Thompson has been writing for a while she wrote her first
book when she was sixteen and pregnant but didn’t release her first story until a few
years later. Was was signed to TBRS as well as G Street but when her contract was up with G Street she decided to become a free agent. Since the releasing of her latest book, she has had some negative backlash but she knew that she wasn’t going to please everybody.
Topic: "When A Woman's Feed Up......"
Guest Authors: Tiana Nicole and Monique Chanae
Author Tiana Nicole was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she quickly discovered writing was something she could do, and she could do it well. Being given the gift of creating and molding characters for the imagination, she began to shape and mold a writing career of her own. Tiana released her freshman debut novel Deceitful Temptations June 2014 under Dark Berry Publications. Her sophomore novel titled Deceitful Revenge is set to release late 2014, along-side a Dark Berry Publications company Anthology titled The Industry..
Author Monique Chanae is a Newark, New Jersey native, mother of two and a natural born storyteller. She has had a passion for writing ever since she learned to put pen to pad, beginning her first full length novel the summer of her 8th grade year.
Her journey into the publishing industry started when she contributed the short story "Heiress" to the When it Rains it Pours anthology alongside authors Shan, YungLit and Dama Cargle in July 2012. Her debut novel "Lighter to My Cigarette" was released in September of the same year. Her next release was a novella entitled "Motives: Everybody's Got One" released in January 2013.Monique is currently working on several different novels, each belonging to an array of genres to entice readers of every kind.
Please Don’t Kill Me: An Anthology against Domestic Violence is a compilation of short stories, written to advocate against and raise awareness for domestic violence. Some of the stories depicted in this anthology are based upon true stories while others are fiction. Domestic Violence affects thousands of women, men, and children across the country each year. In an effort to give back, using our unique talents, the proceeds for Please Don’t Kill Me: An Anthology against Domestic Violence,will be donated to domestic violence organizations around the country.
Author Crystal Alexis is the Authoress who penned The Social Deception series, she has also joined forces with other amazingly talented authors while writing the anthologies Tasteful Vengeance and Special Delivery. Ms.Alexis just recently signed to K.Ellis Publications where she is looking to produce many 5 star bangers!
Yara Kaleemah was born in Newark, NJ, as a child she would spend hours writing stories. When her friends were outside, playing, she was in the house writing. Being that she was an only child she had a lot of time on her hands. Naturally, when people asked what she wanted to be when she grew up she would say “an author.” In 2013, Yara published her first novella, Too Much to Chew. It was the greatest accomplishment. Soon after came three more outstanding urban fiction novels. Then, she started S.W.A.G Productions. Wanted to establish something creative, they decided that the acronym stands for Strong Women Achieving Greatness. SWAG Productions is a platform for self-published authors. The company offers services such as editing, proofreading, and typing. She is also signed to Dub Life Publications with Rio Terrell and is host of SWAG Radio.
Authors: Keyanna Ford and Kharisma Kashmere
Bio: Keyanna was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI, she has always been into school but never knew exactly what she wanted to do. She graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 2005 with high honor and went to college where she studied Criminal Justice at Kalamazoo Valley Community College first then went on to get her bachelors at Western Michigan University where she doubled major and graduated with two majors in Criminal Justice and Social Psychology. After going through a bad situation Keyanna decided to write about it where she discovered her love for writing and that's how her debut novel "Living in Fear' came to life.
Author Kharisma Kashmere is a poet, urban fiction blog radio talk show personality, and an author of a bestselling E-book series Sex. Lies. Betrayal: The Façade. Author Kharisma Kashmere grew up in Maywood, IL, one of Chicago's most violent suburbs, Kharisma adapted to reading and writing in adolescence. Spending more time inside than out, she became enthralled with urban fiction and suspense at fourteen through the eyes of greats like Wahida Clark. Kharisma decided to start writing about what she thought maybe going on outside her home. The eldest of eleven children, she remembers sharing her stories with siblings who praised her maturing craft. Her first novel i.e. Sex. Lies. Betrayal: The Façade, which she penned in Georgia is only the tip of the iceberg.
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