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Spiritual Food for Thought Global Radio The Power of the Pen Her handle is “That Literary Lady,” and Yolanda M. Johnson-Bryant wears many hats. She is an author of women’s fiction and women’s non-fiction, freelance writer, columnist, editor and ghostwriter. In addition, she is a literary, social media, marketing and branding consultant. Visit: http://yolandamjohnson.com/
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Shelia M. Goss is a screenwriter, national best-selling author and a 2014 Emma Award Finalist. Her book, Montana’s Way, was nominated in the mystery category for a 2013 African American Literary Award. She has over eighteen novels in print and numerous ebooks. She writes in multiple genres: romance, women’s fiction, suspense, Christian fiction, and young adult. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…”
Shelia has recently signed with Samhain Publishing to write three romance novels for one of their imprints. She will continue to write books in other genres, but she’s excited about getting back to her first love – romance.
DiShan Washington is a native of Valley, Alabama. Married at the age of 16, she became one of the youngest known First Ladies (Pastor’s wife) at the age of 17.
She is the National and Essence best-selling author of, “Diary of a Mad First Lady” (Urban Books-March 2010) and “The Preacher’s Wifey” (February 2013); author of “Delilah: The Man (A Single Woman’s Guide to Not Choosing The Wrong Man), and the nationally recognized playwright for plays such as: “Everything That Look Good Ain’t Good For You”, “Is Love Supposed To Hurt?”, and “I Can If I Want To”. Her theatrical and literary work has gotten the attention of prominent filmmakers, radio hosts, journalists, magazines, production companies, and even pastors across the nation.
Washington, DC author, Candy Jackson is a cosmetology teacher who loves to create poetry and short stories. Her reading rose to a brand new height with the discovery of many black writers whose work exploded in the '80's. An avid reader, she began to tap into her own creative side and decided to write stories of her own. Candy is the mother of three young adult children and one grandson. She can be reached email@example.com.
Roni Teson’s dream to become an author was realized after she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She spent the better part of her treatment developing and ? ne-tuning her ?rst novel, Heaven or Hell, which received an award at the 2013 Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards and the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Book Festival.
A consummate believer in the declaration that all things happen for a reason, when Roni went into complete remission her passion to write intensi?ed along with her imagination. Her writing that was once a part of her cancer recovery became an integral part of her daily life.
Twist, her most recent novel is the birth child of Roni’s wicked imagination and is a suspense driven love story that is delivered through a cast of characters who leap off the pages and ?nd themselves living in the readers heart long after the last page has been turned.
Today, Roni lives in Southern California where she writes, reads, enjoys living by the ocean and gives back by raising money for cancer research and prevention.
Rebrodcast. Norwood Holland is a freelance writer, lawyer, and author of the Drew Smith legal thriller series based on the capers of an urban trial attorney. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Law with a bachelor’s degree in English from Fisk University where he studied under the renowned Harlem Renaissance author Arna Bontemps. Holland favors D.C.’s local color in his fiction He has served in several government agencies including the National Labor Relations Board and a number of Washington’s top national law firms. In the mid 90s Holland began freelancing for the local media. Some of his credits include The Writer Magazine, the Examiner, and Black Literature Magazine.
10 years in the making the 4 volume Drew Smith series launched with the publication of Sleepless Nights, where the practicing attorney/bon vivant Drew Smith keeps it real both at work and play. Minus One is the series prequel. The 3rd volume Snakehead to issuue in 2014.
He blogs at editorialindependence.com promoting independent authors among other things, and currently sits of the Board serving as Treasurer for the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association.
Naleighna Kai is the national bestselling author of Was it Good For You Too?, Open Door Marriage and Every Woman Needs a Wife, with a spin-off titled, The Pleasure’s All Mine. She started writing in December of 1999, independently publishing her first two novels before acquiring a book deal with an imprint of Simon & Schuster and most recently a book deal with an independent publishing house. She is a contributing author to a New York Times Bestseller, an award-winning author, and The E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction.
Naleighna is the CEO of Macro Marketing & Promotions Group, the Director of Marketing & Promotions for Brown Girls Publishing, as well as the marketing consultant to several national bestselling and aspiring writers. She is also the brainchild behind the annual Cavalcade of Authors events which takes place in her hometown of Chicago. Naleighna pens contemporary fiction, erotica, and speculative fiction and is currently working on her next novels: Rich Woman's Fetish and Slaves of Heaven.
Find her on the web at www.naleighnakai.com, www.thecavalcadeofauthors.com and on Facebook under Naleighna Kai.
L.A. Lewis, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the author of Dirty Little Secrets and Dirty Little Secrets II: Expect the Unexpected. She’s a member of an author support group called M-LAS (Macro Literary All-Stars). Together the group published two books: Baring it All: The Ins and Outs of Publishing, a nonfiction book most authors wished they had before they took a bite of the publishing apple. They’ve also published a romance anthology, Signed, Sealed, Delivered…I’m Yours. These are nine stories that are a little bit naughty and a little bit nice, but every bit of enjoyable.
She’s currently working on her 3rd novel Wife Swap and expanding her romance from the M-LAS anthology, which is currently under consideration from a major publishing house. L.A. Lewis recently took on a new venture and became a publishing consultant. This way she’s able to help guide other authors into seeing their dreams of being published become a reality. L.A. Lewis is also a motivational speaker where she speaks from her inspirational book, Why Not Me? A Guide to Your Success. Visit www.lalewisexpressions.com to learn more about L.A. Lewis and her upcoming novels and events.
Victoria Christopher Murray, a native of Queens, attended New York University where she received her MBA.
Victoria originally self-published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Temptation made numerous best sellers list and remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months. In 2001, Temptation was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature. February 2014, Victoria received another nomination for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature for her novel, Never Say Never.
Victoria has written fifteen adult novels. In 2012, Victoria joined ReShonda Tate Billingsley in the collaboration of Jasmine character against Rachel Adams, a first lady created by ReShonda. In her latest novel, it has been quoted by USA Today as “a book club recommendation.”
Victoria has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African American Fiction. Since 2007, Victoria has won six African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year - Female. Her 2013 NAACP Image Award nomination for Destiny's Divas was her second Image Award nomination.
On February 3, 2014, Victoria and her writing twin, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, launch their very own boutique publishing co, Brown Girls Publishing. (www.browngirlspublishing.com)
Victoria splits her time between Los Angeles and Washington D.C. In Los Angeles, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
A former television and radio news reporter, ReShonda is an editor for the Houston Defender Newspaper, as well as a professional editor, ghost writer and literary consultant. She has worked as a reporter for The National Enquirer and as an anchor and reporter for NBC, ABC and FOX television stations in Beaumont, TX, Oklahoma City, OK and Houston, TX. She left her job at FOX 26 News in Houston in 2007 to write full-time.
ReShonda is the national bestselling author of 30 books. Her sophomore novel, Let the Church Say Amen, has been made into a movie, directed by actress Regina King and produced by Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit Productions. The movie is slated to be released in Spring 2014. (ReShonda, who served as a consultant, makes a cameo in the movie). Her entire Amen series, as well as the novel I Know I’ve Been Changed has been optioned by BET. ReShonda also makes her on-screen acting debut in the movie, which will air in 2013 as part of BET’s new original programming lineup. Several of her faith-based books have become a sought-after property in Hollywood.
A much sought-after public speaker, ReShonda recently won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature for her book Say Amen, Again and was nominated again in 2013 for her book The Secret She Kept.
On February 3, 2014, ReShonda Tate Billingsley along with National Best Selling author, Victoria Christopher Murray launched Brown Girls Publishing, their new boutique publishing company. Visit www.browngirlspublishing.com.
This is a rebroadcast from 5/23/14.
John Kremer is an expert on book publishing and marketing. The owner of Open Horizons Publishing in Taos, New Mexico, he is the editor of the Book Marketing Tip of the Week newsletter.
John is the author of a number of books on publishing and marketing, including 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers and Celebrate Today. He has also designed the Book Marketing Magic program and the Blog Tour Palooza program.
His web sites include www.bookmarket.com, www.bookmarketingbestsellers.com, www.infographicaday.com, www.askjohnkremer.com, www.johnkremer.com (consulting page), www.johnkremer.org (speaker page), www.myincrediblewebsite.com, and www.hottimescoolplaces.com.
He is also founder of The Book Marketing Network at www.thebookmarketingnetwork.com.
As a writer, editor, educator and entrepreneur, Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts offers those who hear her speak and read her work an authentic experience; an opportunity to explore the intersection of identity, faith, and purpose at the deepest level. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Kentucky, an M.B.A. degree in Marketing from Montclair State University in New Jersey, and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh-Dickinson University. She is an adjunct professor at Rosemont College, Philadelphia University and the Community College of Philadelphia.
As a writer, Tracey has published two award-winning poetry collections and is the author of four additional books, including The Integrated Church: Strategies for Multicultural Ministry (Beacon Hill) and her most recent novel, The Next Thing is Joy: The Gospel According to Vivian Grace. Additionally, Lewis’ writing has been published in local, regional, and national publications as well as online at theRoot.com, MyBrownBaby.com, xoJane.com, and more. This Louisville, KY native most recently served as the Managing Editor at CLC Publications, where she was involved in shaping the work of wonderful writers like Fred Hartley, Matt Mitchell, and others.A dynamic and compelling communicator, Lewis has spoken in national venues across the country on a number of important topics and platforms. In 2007, she served as a break-out speaker at the MINISTRYCOM conference in Nashville, TN and her dynamic presentation on Marketing to a Multi-cultural Audience still garners positive reviews today. She conducts workshops across the country and has provided keynote addresses for several non-profit organizations.
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