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Thursday, June 27, 2013

BOOK OF THE DAY: How To Attract the Right Man into Your Life: No More Settling


How To Attract the Right Man into Your Life: No More Settling is full of secrets every women should know. If you’re tired of asking yourself these questions : When will I find Mr. Right? Why do I keep attracting all the wrong men? Where are all the good men? Why am I still single? This book offers a refreshing approach on love, relationships and attracting the ideal mate.

In this book you'll learn valuable lessons on how to:
· Discover powerful secrets to transform your life and manifest your desires
· Get what you what from the man in your life
· Prepare yourself for a loving and healthy romance
· Gain a deeper understanding of men and how they think
· Apply simply concepts to make you happy in your life and relationships
· Identify negative habits and behavior patterns from your past

Georgia Woodbine Bio

Sparking an inspirational phenomenon wherever she goes, national bestselling author/motivational speaker/life coach Georgia Woodbine shares her secrets, experiences and strategies to success. She is one of the world’s leading authorities in personal and professional development.

She is widely known as a dynamic and entertaining speaker and a highly sought after trainer, who has helped to motivate and inspire an entire generation. She created and developed a curriculum based of her book How To Choose Your Career Path: Charting Your Success which she taught in many school districts. She worked with thousands of high school and college students preparing them with employment tools and life skills needed to succeed in the competitive workplace.

She has authored several books including How To Attract the Right Man into Your Life: No More Settling :How To Make Big Bucks Without Selling Your Soul, Jewels of Inspiration and Reflections: The Journey of Life, How To Choose Your Career Path: Charting Your Success, Minute of Motivation and has produced life changing audio programs Make it Happen, Live By Your Design and Fight For Your Life: How To Stimulate Your Own Personal Economy as well as other cutting-edge motivational/informational products. She has been invited as a guest speaker at The Learning Annex in New York City, Time Warner, Georgian Court University, Columbia University, Stony Brook University, Rutgers University, Howard University, Medgar Evers College, as well as a long list of other network organizations.

Her credentials include 15 years of entrepreneurial business success as well as an extensive marketing background. She worked in the entertainment industry with over ten years of experience working for a variety of companies such as; PepsiCo, Def Jam, PolyGram, WNYU Radio, WQHT-Hot 97, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Apollo Theatre, where she honed her management, promotions, and marketing skills. Ms. Woodbine has appeared on 98.7 Kiss FM Wake Up Club, Conversations With Mayor Ernest D. Davis, Daily News, The Journal News, Air America Radio, 93.5FM. She has also been featured in Amsterdam News, Epoch Times, Mt. Vernon Inquirer, Star Ledger Newspaper, Hempstead Times, Black Star News, Harlem Business Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, New York Trend Magazine, and many others.

To celebrate her achievements, Mayor Ernest D. Davis and City of Mount Vernon (City that Believes) presented the proclamation to Ms. Woodbine, which established October 8, 2007 as the official day for Georgia Woodbine Day in the City of Mount Vernon, New York. Ms. Woodbine has represented the 70,000citizens of Mount Vernon across the United States.

She is recognized as an individual that has unlocked her dreams and helps others unlock their dreams. She has helped thousands of people around the world by showing them how to creatively tap into their inner strengths, access their power and manifest their destiny. She continues to capture her audiences with her message of hope, happiness and expanding their horizons. She has an amazing desire to continue to touch the lives of millions through empowerment and inspiration.

Website address

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BOOK OF THE DAY: Otherwise Engaged by Nicole Green


Playboy Rain Foster is nowhere near ready to settle down, but if there's one woman he would make that sacrifice for, it's Carolina Perez. When Carolina tells Rain she's getting married, he decides he must find a way to stop that wedding.

Overly cautious Daphne Moore has had a thing for Rain Foster since she first saw him at college freshman orientation. However, she's learned to be careful with her heart when it comes to guys--especially guys like Rain. Besides, Rain has always had his eye--and more--on their other friend, Carolina. When Rain asks to be Daphne's date to Carolina's wedding, Daphne knows saying yes will lead to big trouble. Still, she's never been good at saying no to Rain.

After Daphne makes a huge mistake with Rain, she avoids him for the sake of her own sanity. She shouldn't have done what she did because she knows Rain is and always will be a womanizer. Rain can't get Daphne out of his system. For the first time in his life, Rain is turning into an absolute mess because of a woman. Then comes another first for Rain: he finds himself chasing a woman.

Author bio

Nicole Green is the author of five romance novels and one novella. In chronological order, they are: Love Out of Order (Genesis Press, February 2010), The Davis Years (Genesis Press, February 2011), Holding Her Breath (Genesis Press, July 2011), Pink Champagne (February 2012), His Melody (July 2012), and Love Locked (February 2013). Otherwise Engaged is her sixth novel. She is always at work on her next novel and constantly seeking out people who love to read her novels as much as she loves to write them.

You can learn more about Nicole at http://www.nicolegreen.webs.com. You can also get in touch with her through email at niki.g82@gmail.com. She would love to hear from you.

Website address:

http://www.nicolegreen.webs.com

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BOOK OF THE DAY: Click: An Online Love Story


Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds entirely through emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical “B”celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee wades into the shallowend of the dating (cess)pool and endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. And ultimately, they will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.




Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends. Author Bio: Lisa Becker had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story and Double Click. She is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for you!

 Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Click-An-Online-Love-Story/187909591250641?ref=hl


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Friday, June 21, 2013

BOOK OF THE DAY: Scared of Lonely by Jana Nicole Pauldo



When nineteen year old Sharise Watkins becomes involved in a relationship with her brother, she finds herself being tormented by a mortal sin mentally, sexually, and emotionally. She is left with life-long damaging effects that destroy her inner soul causing her to reflect on her perception of reality, the loneliness she feels without love, and learning who to love. Scared of Lonely tells the story of a girl who is succumbed to temptation by incest, when her secrets are revealed, her quest for happiness is put at a screeching halt. Sharise becomes obsessed with being involved with her brother and by giving into the allure of temptation, she soon finds that she may be in too deep to be pulled up. Show more Show less

Author bio:

Jana Nicole Pauldo who is also nicknamed, The Princess of Literature has been writing since she was in the third grade where she first fell in love with her pen. An avid reader she is in school to become an English Professor and plans to transfer to NYU to continue her education and attain a Bachelor s degree in Journalism. At only 24 years old, Ms. Jana is also branching out to other avenues where she can make the world a better place. Currently Jana interviews other talented and inspirational people that she features on her blog. She plans to continue writing books and is also at work on her first television show. She has so much in store and is prepared for her career path and where it is heading. The sky is the limit and you can have whatever you dream.

Website address


www.janapauldo.weebly.com

www.twitter.com/nicoleafterjana


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

SORMAG ONLINE CONFERENCE - Would you like to be on a panel?

SORMAG will be hosting it's online conference this year and would like to invite you to be a member on one of our panels.

The panels will be hosted online on SORMAG's blog and over the phone. Each require participation from presenters to reply to questions or comments.

SORMAG ONLINE CONFERENCE - 2013

When: November 1-3, 2013

Where: Online - SORMAG's blog - http://sormag.blogspot.com

Time: All Day

REGISTRATON WILL OPEN AUG 1st

Below is the tentative schedule:

Pick six panels and send to: 1sormag@gmail.com

By June 30th.


DAY 1 - New Writers

Online Panels - These panels will be hosted on the blog.

1. Editing
2. Turning an Idea into a Book
3. Ask The Author - Share your writing knowledge
4. Creating An Ebook - 6 slots

Live Panels - These panels will be hosted live on the phone.

1. How to Start a Street Team - 7pm central time
2. How To Start a Writer's Group - 8 pm central time
3. The Business Side Of Writing - 9 pm central time

DAY 2 - Readers

Online Panels - These panels will be hosted on the blog.

1. Meet The Christian Author
2. Meet The Romance Author
3. Meet The Mainstream Author
4. Meet The Urban Author

Live Panels - These panels will be hosted live on the phone.

1. How to Review A Book - 4pm central time
2. How To Keep A Book Club Going - 5 pm central time
3. Social Media and Readers - 6 pm central time

DAY 3 - Published Authors

Online Panel - These panels will be hosted on the blog.

1. Using Kindle Author Platform
2. Writing Sequels
3. Blog Tour Providers
4. Networking

Live Panels - These panels will be hosted live on the phone.

1. How To Work With a Book Club - 4 pm central time
2. Indie Publishing Panel - 5 pm central time
3. Marketing - 6 pm central time


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

BOOK OF THE DAY: Delicious Destiny by Yahrah St. John



Delicious Destiny
by Yahrah St. John

Sweet Secrets

It has been almost five years since Shari Drayson graduated college-almost five years since she had her heart broken. Now the only man in her life is her cherished son, Andre. But her life is full, and her family's bakery is about to appear in a baking competition on national TV. Who needs love when you've got pastries?

Sweetest Seduction

When Grant Robinson finally tracks Shari down in Chicago, he expects she will still be beautiful. He expects she will still be smart. What he doesn't expect is her four-year-old son-who looks exactly like him. The wealthy restaurateur is stunned, and his anger wars with passion for the woman he has never truly forgotten. Determined to claim what is his, Grant insists they marry at once. But his bride soon realizes she's at risk for another heartbreak. Can Grant's skillful form of persuasion change her mind and convince her that his love is all she really needs?

http://yahrahstjohn.net


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Monday, June 17, 2013

FEATURED AUTHOR: Cedric Mixon


Cedric Mixon, born in St. Louis, MO now residing in Philadelphia, PA is the executive producer of two feature films, one short film and a web series. He is the Writer, Director and Executive Producer of "Under the Cherry Tree", feature film and web series, which is available in Walmart stores nationwide and online.

Mixon is the author of "Under the Cherry Tree", "Lost Letters", "Boldly Walking Naked", and "Soul Mates". Poetry from "Lost Letters" has been featured in Essence Magazine. Mixon published an anthology book of poetry called, "The Univer-Soul Language vol. I", which was awarded Mahogany's Spoken-Word Book of the Year, for 2005, and "The Outspoken Word". He also published a line of Spiritual Journals and has published his debut novel, "Under the Cherry Tree".

“Under the Cherry Tree” is a Christian fictional story that follows the book of Job. In the book, Kevin must demonstrate faith but more importantly, forgiveness. He and his wife, Tonya, run a successful apartment building and share a wonderful life together. Tonya fights with ghosts of the past while Kevin’s brother, Redd, fights internal demons. Redd single-handedly destroys their future and their happiness when he accidentally sets the building on fire. Kevin races to find another source of income as the stress builds and ultimately causes him to turn away from the church. After losing it all, his job, his marriage and the only family that he knows, Kevin, finds himself in a lonely place where love can not be found and silence replaces God’s voice. His restoration is dependent upon his ability to pray for everyone around him when he is the one who has hit rock bottom.


Click To Read Cedric Mixon's interview in the MAY/JUNE issue of SORMAG Digital.


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Friday, June 14, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Madeline’s Protector Virtual Book Tour



Tell us about Madeline’s Protector.

Madeline's Protector is a Christian Regency. The romantic novel is set in 1800's England and tells the story of two strangers, a reforming rake and sheltered but devout duke's daughter, who is forced to marry to save their families' honor. They must learn to trust each other in order to stop the evil, which threatens all they hold dear. The book is filled with danger, suspicion, and romance.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

It was a dream I had in high school that I wrote as a short story in a diary. I think I had just overdosed on Pride and Prejudice's movies and a reading assignment for Jane Austen's Emma. A few years ago, I found that diary and started plotting and developing the tale into a full-length story.

Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this book?

Lots and lots of research. My website, http://www.christianregency.com showcases a portion of my notes. I had to research fashions, etiquette, and prevalent beliefs of the time. One fatal flaw for a historical writer is to assume present day motivations existed back then. For the most part, they did not. It would be wrong to dress ladies up in corsets and walking gowns and expect them to grouse about not having the right to vote or not having a career. You have to immerse yourself in the period and its conventions. For me learning about the Regency, is a labor of love.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading fill-in your book title?

I hope readers will see in Madeline's and Justain's journey, that despite the circumstances God has a plan for their lives. He will work all things for the good, who love and trust Him. Reader should also be reminded approval should not come from man but the God who made them.

Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?

Speaking of approvals…. Reviews are important because these comments are written by motivated readers who took the time to express an opinion. A writer can see what things made an impression, what folks liked, and even what annoyed the readers.

Nonetheless, not all reviews are created equally. Some of my writer friends go into therapy to recover from hit pieces written by people who hate Christian books, loathe the writer's style, or for some reason wish for plagues to consume the writer. Ok, I'm exaggerating, but a bad review can make a writer feel as if someone just called her baby ugly. In this business, one has to grow a thick skin.

The most helpful reviews point out specifics, good or bad. Trust me, a writer will remember all fair critiques when he starts his next book.

Thank you for hosting me.

About the Book

If all the young men of England leapt off a cliff, Madeline St. James wouldn't care. Then she'd have peace. Her nightmares of courtship would end, and she'd cozy up with a Psalm in her aunt's quiet sculpture garden.

Yet, a chance meeting and a bullet wound change everything, and Madeline must trust the Good Shepherd has led her to the altar to marry a dashing stranger, Lord Devonshire.

Death and pain are no strangers to Justain Delveaux, Lord Devonshire, and he vows his dutiful bride will be kept safe and in her place. Though this compromised marriage is in-name-only, his wife and her unwavering faith both intrigue and allure him. Perchance when he thwarts his brother's killer, Justain will tempt the unpredictable Madeline with the comfort of his arms.

But can Madeline and the stubborn earl forge a true bond before the next disaster strikes?



About the Author

The Regency and Victorian eras have always been a magnetizing draw for Vanessa Riley. Even as she worked to complete her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, she made time for renaissance fairs and any novel or cinematographic work depicting these genteel societies of old. Perhaps, the attraction arises from the kinship she feels with the period being brought up in the restrictive Southern Bible Belt with its stringent definitions of decent behavior and life expectations. Perhaps the common dominator to this appeal is her own thirty day Christian courtship or even the arranged marriages of her uncles; each is emblematic of the nuptials of those earlier times.

A technology muse like Dr. Vanessa Riley is probably not the immediate choice to write about haute ton English society set in the 1800's. With her most recent published work being "Reducing Deformation by Phase Manipulation," the common visceral reaction is that Providence has given another mule a voice to tell His story. Nevertheless, this mule uses her determined spirit and dogmatic tenacity to master the subject and to discover the hidden nuances of a character making him believable, her human and both ready to be used of God.

Vanessa holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a masters in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. She also earned BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. She has been a radio anchorwoman and church announcer. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.

Today, Vanessa juggles mothering an eight year old, her seventeenth wedding anniversary, engineering, writing and speaking at women's events. She is known for her humorous delivery of poignant truths. Vanessa is currently, editor in chief of an online social network, www.busymama.net.

Madeline's Protector can be purchased at:

BN: http://tinyurl.com/bworjjr


Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/c24a55p


The CBD: http://tinyurl.com/cxsdron


Visit the author online at:

http://www.christianregency.com

Twitter: @VanessaRiley

Like my facebook: http://facebook.com/ChristianRegency


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

BOOK OF THE DAY: Delicious Destiny by Yahrah St. John



Sweet secrets…

It has been almost five years since Shari Drayson graduated college-almost five years since she had her heart broken. Now the only man in her life is her cherished son, Andre. But her life is full, and her family’s bakery is about to appear in a baking competition on national TV. Who needs love when you’ve got pastries?

Sweetest seduction…

When Grant Robinson finally tracks Shari down in Chicago, he expects she will still be beautiful. He expects she will still be smart. What he doesn’t expect is her four-year-old son-who looks exactly like him. The wealthy restaurateur is stunned, and his anger wars with passion for the woman he has never truly forgotten. Determined to claim what is his, Grant insists they marry at once. But his bride soon realizes she’s at risk for another heartbreak. Can Grant’s skillful form of persuasion change her mind and convince her that his love is all she really needs?

Website address: www.yahrahstjohn.net


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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

LOVING DAY BLOG HOP


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Today SORMAG is hosting a blog hop in honor of Loving Day. This blog hop is in celebration to mark the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Loving vs.Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws in the United States.

Read more about Richard and Mildred Loving who marriage changed the world.

http://life.time.com/history/richard-and-mildred-loving-grey-villet-photos-1966/?iid=lb-gal-viewagn#1



SORMAG promotes books so in that tradition. We would like to introduce you to three interracial romances.

Rendezvous with Danger
Sharon C. Cooper

Alandra Pargas, ex-CIA counter-intelligence officer, plans to wreak vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. A little rendezvous with danger is not what scares her, though. It’s seeing the tall, dark, and dangerously sexy man she vowed to love forever that has her running for cover.

Former U.S. Special Operative, Quinn Hamilton, left the world of covert operations after the love of his life died in his arms during a black op. Three years later, he still loses sleep wondering if maybe he could have done something more to save her – until Alandra shows up on his doorstep. With her lies and betrayal, he wants nothing to do with her, yet, his heart won’t cooperate. It’s not until unknown enemies come after her that he must decide if he can leave the past behind and protect the woman he’ll always love. Will they survive this last mission and rekindle the love and passion they once shared?

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Worth Waiting 
Delaney Diamond

Julia Newman doesn’t have time for love. Been there, done that, and she’s got the scars to prove it. Instead, she’s focused on her career. For the past few years, she has been living the life she wants. She drives a silver Mercedes, just purchased a four bedroom house in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, and she’s on her way to becoming the youngest female partner in the history of the venture capitalist firm where she works. Life couldn’t be better. Or so she thought.

Frederico “Freddie” Mendoza is the owner of Mendoza Construction. He hasn’t given up on love, but he is fed up with women who are fascinated by the fantasy of being with a blue collar man and then relegate him to a certain part of their lives. His newest customer, Julia Newman, is the kind of woman he’s decided he’ll avoid from now on. He needs to work on expanding his business. Besides, she’s not his type. Or so he thought.

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Voice of Abandon or, The Princess and the Violinist 
Rae Lori 

 His music inspired her to live again. His heart inspired her to love again.

After losing her husband to a fatal heart condition, Her Serene Highness Julianna DeWinters falls into a depression. She lives her life on auto pilot, making preparations and setting things in order for her country but not for herself. On one particular evening night out to a classical concert assisted by her in-laws, Julianna hears the most beautiful sound that awakens her to life once again. The violinist’s passion through his music not only livens her will but also her heart as she finds the ability to love. If she allows herself the possibility...

Andrew Graham never settled down and loved again after losing the love of his life. Throwing himself into his music, he fuels his passion through the strings of his violin. Once he stops in Welshire to play for the royal family, a beautiful princess captures his interest and his heart. Soon he finds himself on the edge of a romance that will test his ability to trust and love once again. Voice of Abandon or, The Princess and the Violinist is a sweet, classical novella that proves life and love can begin after loss. Especially when you least expect it.



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Note from LaShaunda - One of my favorite romantic movies is Something New. The perfect interracial love story.  Check it out if you haven't seen it before.



Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) thought she had it all: a successful career, good friends and family. There was just one thing she didn't have under control: her love life. All that changes when she meets sexy, free-spirited Brian Kelly (Simon Baker). But when her ideal man (Blair Underwood) arrives on the scene, Kenya must decide between the relationship everyone expects and the romance no one expected.

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CONTEST:  Tell us about your favorite interracial romance novel for a chance to win a printed copy of SORMAG Digital.

Next on the Hop is - Laverne Thompson


STOP BY THE OTHER SITES ON THE THE LOVING DAY BLOG HOP.


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

BOOK OF THE DAY: Will Work For Food by Ruthie Robinson


A decade can be a long time in the life of a person -- more than enough time to recover from the loss of someone you loved. Lucas Quinn sure hoped so. He’d loved Sirena — crazy loved her — in that my-soul-mate-forever-after kind of love way, and it failed. Big-time failed. No worries, though, he moved on and out to California, restarted his life, started his company, and now he’s hugely successful, engaged to be married, and back in Austin, Texas. Finally, it’s time to make amends, to put his past behind him, to right a wrong, so that his future can be his own. Sirena Wilson is the co- founder for Will Work For Food, a non-profit that supports the homeless population in and around Austin. It’s her life, and she’s proud of it. It’s safe and comfortable, complete with girlfriends — so what if they are all over the age of seventy? It’s where she belongs—on the shelf—right along with them. She has her career, her little old lady friends to take care of, and they in turn take care of her. It’s enough, right? She’s been there and done that with the love thing, travelled that path before, and all it did was leave her alone and hurt. No way was she ever going back to that period in her life. But now Lucas is back in town, bringing with him all those old, not-so-buried hurts, along with her not-so-buried, long ago love for him, making her question everything. Again.

Ruthie Robinson resides in Austin, TX with her husband and two teenage children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Clark College and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Texas in Austin (Hook ‘em horns!). She worked for more than a decade in the banking industry before turning her love of stories into a second career.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

FEATURED AUTHOR: Kathi Macias

 

 Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.

 

Welcome to Bloomfield, where life is simple, love is real, and stories are shared.

Lynn Myers is still reeling from losing her husband of thirty-five years when word comes that her only sibling, an older brother, has also died. With no one else to settle the estate, she must return to her small hometown of Bloomfield, however briefly, to settle his affairs.

Lynn’s daughter, Rachel, has just graduated from Bible college and with no other commitments comes along to sort through her uncle’s huge old home, right next to the local cemetery.

It isn't long before Rachel has two men -- a handsome CPA and the youth pastor -- seriously vying for her attention. At the same time, Lynn's attention is drawn to a set of journals her brother has left behind detailing a long-standing Bloomfield mystery.


Click To Read Kathi Macias's interview in the MAY/JUNE issue of SORMAG Digital.


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FEATURED AUTHOR: Daryl Mckeever


Author Daryl Mckeever wrote "Sick and Tired” in hopes to challenge the reader and invite introspection.

Known as a Motivator, his social conscious propelled him to author this short work ("Sick & Tired") in an attempt to “Make a Change" in the African American Community.

With a back ground in Psychology, matriculating at Rutgers University, he came back to his home town of Philadelphia and put his hands to the plow as an educator, administrator and counselor. Daryl served as Principal of the Lutheran High School before working in Foster Care and Suicide Prevention through social service agencies as well as Temple University.

Daryl is launching the “Greater” project in 2013 in an attempt to empower and encourage Black Women to reach higher and go further.

Women are able to seek counsel and guidance as they maneuver through the obstacles of relationships, raising children, and the challenges of being a Black Female in today's America.


“Sick and Tired of Sick and Tired”: preparing Black women for Change!

An inspiring and riveting short work designed to evoke and convince today’s Black Woman that she is a “True Value” with limitless potential. “Sick and Tired” gives a realistic and at times “in your face” account to the downfalls of the black community in America. Black women are forced to ask themselves, “Can I be Greater”, as they are tested and probed in every chapter. Black men of all ages will find themselves challenged as they either find that they are part of the problem or need to be part of the solution, in a Black American Culture that is driven by historical negativity and urban street culture madness. “In this game called life, are Black men injured on the sideline while Black women attempt to lead the team to victory? And if so, is it by design or by default”?

Author Daryl Mckeever (Motivational Speaker and Counselor) challenges the reader in an attempt to provoke introspection and inward debate. No bars are held as he brings the challenge straight, simplistic and sometimes raw.




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Friday, June 07, 2013

FEATURED AUTHOR: Monica McKayhan

 

 Monica McKayhan writes adult and young adult fiction. She currently has 10 titles in print. Four are adult novels, and 6 are a part of an on-going young adult series, Indigo Summer, and one young adult title, Ambitious. The first book in the series, Indigo Summer was the launch title for Harlequin’s young adult imprint, Kimani TRU which made its debut in January of 2007. That same year in May, Indigo Summer snagged the #7 position on the Essence bestsellers list, another first for Kimani Press. It also appeared on the bestsellers list in the May 2007 issue of Black Issues Book Review (BIBR). Indigo Summer appeared on the American Library Association (ALA)’s list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers for three consecutive years (2009, 2010 and 2011). Monica's young adult title, Ambitious most recently appeared on the American Library Association's 2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. Monica most recently placed a romance title, Tropical Fantasy, with Kimani Romance.

She is a Certified Toastmaster (CTM) with Toastmasters International, a worldwide organi¬zation which helps its members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Monica is also a member of the Black Women’s Film Society. She lives in the Dallas area with her family.

 

 Can passion in paradise become a forever love?

Sasha Winters has it all planned. She'll spend two days—exactly forty-eight hours—in the Bahamas for her sister's wedding. Then it's back to her hectic life as a lawyer on the fast track to partner. But when a storm strands her on an exotic island, Sasha's suddenly giving in to her sensual side and making moonlit magic with Vince Sullivan, a man she barely knows.

The groom's best man, Vince, hasn't given up on finding that special someone. It could be Sasha—if she'd allow herself to feel the full force of their chemistry. Determined to liberate the passionate woman behind the workaholic Atlanta attorney, Vince storms every last one of Sasha's defenses. Yet can their growing love survive, even as a crisis forces Sasha to choose between her lifelong ambitions and a lifetime of love.


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Thursday, June 06, 2013

BLOG TOUR: When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG by Tori Turner



As an aspiring teen actress, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist, at only 14 years old Tori Turner has learned that getting to the top and reaching stardom is a marathon, not a sprint. Through personal accounts, triumphs, and pitfalls as a young aspiring artist, Tori shares with her reader how to overcome by keeping God first and not only dreaming but dreaming big on purpose! When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big is organized into a series of steps one should take in order to strategically go after your goals and dreams, while also offering insightful lessons learned, Biblical inspiration and inspirations from other big dreamers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama and Walt Disney, to name a few! In When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big, Tori takes the reader through the beginning stages of her journey and all of the priceless inspirations that she has picked up along the way. Her journey is far from over and in fact it is only the beginning, but this teen has decided to give back along the way and share everything that she is learning in hopes that other teens will have the courage to go after their dreams!

Excerpt:

As an aspiring teen actress, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist, at only 14 years old Tori Turner has learned that getting to the top and reaching stardom is a marathon, not a sprint. Through personal accounts, triumphs, and pitfalls as a young aspiring artist, Tori shares with her reader how to overcome by keeping God first and not only dreaming but dreaming big on purpose! When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big is organized into a series of steps one should take in order to strategically go after your goals and dreams, while also offering insightful lessons learned, Biblical inspiration and inspirations from other big dreamers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama and Walt Disney, to name a few! In When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big, Tori takes the reader through the beginning stages of her journey and all of the priceless inspirations that she has picked up along the way. Her journey is far from over and in fact it is only the beginning, but this teen has decided to give back along the way and share everything that she is learning in hopes that other teens will have the courage to go after their dreams!

14 year old Victoria Jonquil Turner, affectionately known by most as “Tori Turner” is a native of New Orleans, LA. Tori is an author, entrepreneur, teen queen, motivational speaker, model, and aspiring actress. As an author with Atlanta based Delphine Publications, Tori released her first inspirational book, “When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG” along with the “D.R.E.A.M. Journal.” As an entrepreneur, Tori started her company, T Star Entertainment, Inc. at 13 years old and founded the Tori Turner’s D.R.E.A.M. BIG Foundation at 12 years old. Tori has modeled for several companies and is currently the teen spokesmodel for Diva Couture Cosmetics (California) and Bella Dame Bijoux (New Orleans, LA). Tori reigned as the 2012 Miss Black Louisiana USA Talented Teen. As a motivational speaker with Young Black Minds, LLC (Las Vegas, Nevada) Tori travels the US encouraging other teen’s to pursue their dreams on purpose and with purpose. Tori’s message to others is to always D.R.E.A.M. BIG, believe in God and yourself and you can do anything you set your heart and mind to.


Get to know Tori:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well I’m 14 years old, a current freshman in high school. I’m an aspiring actress, an author, a pageant girl, entrepreneur and motivational speaker with Young Black Minds. I have my own foundation, Tori Turner’s D.R.E.A.M. BIG Foundation and I also started my own company last year, T Star Entertainment which is a full service entertainment and promotion company. I like to promote and host safe, clean, fun events for tweens and teens in New Orleans. Currently I am promoting my 1st book with Delphine Publications along with getting prepared for my upcoming book tour. I am also working on my second book, which will be the first installment of my first book series.

Your new book “When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG” releases May 7th, how exciting!

Tell us what sparked this book and what it is about.

“I am super excited!” The book coming out is extremely exciting because I never thought that I would actually write my own book AND have it published, especially at my age. Now I’m hooked and can’t wait to finish my next one! I have always read a lot and thought about writing a book, but that was as far as I got, until now! What made me want to write this very inspirational book is during my reign I did motivational speaking all over my state at different places got some great feedback on the information I was sharing. The young girls really seemed to connect with me and they would email me questions and ask when I was coming back. One of the mothers said “you should put this in a book!” I talked to my Mom about it but at the time she didn’t know how to help me. “Now this gets interesting….” My next booking was to speak at a youth empowerment event for the Bayou Soul Writers & Readers conference which is held every year the day before Essence Festival begins in New Orleans, LA. Not only did I get to speak, but I also met lots of authors and publishers and began to ask questions. I picked up a business card from on of the authors; who is now my publisher, Ms. Tamika Newhouse of Delphine Publications, and the rest is history in the making. When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG is about dreaming big of course, thinking positive, speaking positive on you life, and keeping God first while doing it.

You are such an inspiration and quite successful at such a young age, you must have a great support system! Who inspires you daily?

Thank you for the compliment! I have an awesome support system. My parents work very hard to help my little sister Lexi and I reach our dreams. I am really blessed. Of course God is my ultimate daily inspiration, but I am also really inspired by my little sister. When I look at her, I see all of the little girls that will potentially look up to me and it makes me want to be a good person. I don’t always make the best choices, but I am trying to be the best role model I can be. How do your balance highschool along with your road appearances?

It’s not easy I can tell you that, but for the most part I usually do most of my appearances on weekends when I can and during the summer. The summer is when I am the busiest because I have no school. During the school year the main focus is my grades; my Mom doesn’t play when it comes to my grades. I may have a few appearances here and there but nothing major.

You apply emphasis on DREAM. Tell us what that means and how it developed?

D.R.E.A.M. is an acronym and it stands for Divinely, Revealed, Enterprises, through Anointing, to Manifestation. Let’s break it down: “Divinely Revealed” – staying in submission to God’s will and in constant prayer, he will reveal things to you; “Enterprises” – business opportunities; “through Anointing” – revealed during prayer time, from dream or vision to….; “to Manifestation” – to…..REALITY! What that means is that you should always keep God first in everything that you do and whenever you dream, dream bigger than big and he will direct your path. This acronym was revealed to my Mom during a church revival and she wrote it down in her note pad. God gave her the vision that he would reveal different business enterprises to our family in due season. The first was the creation of my non-profit foundation, Tori Turner’s D.R.E.A.M BIG Foundation. For me D.R.E.A.M. merges dreaming with spirituality and acts as a reminder that it all comes from God.

What advice do you have for teen girls passionate or even anxious about achieving their dreams?

My first advice is to always keep God first. I learned this when I was little, but I had to learn it again recently. It is very easy to get caught up in pursuing what you want and leave God out, but I have learned that doesn’t work! Also I would tell teen girls to go for whatever it is they want to achieve, but don’t be anxious because most things are a marathon and not a sprint. (That’s something my Mom tells me when I get anxious) Always D.R.E.A.M. BIG no matter what!

~The journey of one thousand miles starts with one single step~ Make sure you are doing something toward your goal everyday!

Find the author:

Website: www.toriturner.biz
Instagram: @OfficialToriTurner
Facebook: toriturner.biz
Twitter: TORI_TURNER
Tumblr: http://teenauthortoriturner.tumblr.com
Media Kit: http://issuu.com/toriturner/docs/toriturnerpresskit?mode=window

Purchase the book: Delphine Publications:
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Amazon & Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Decided-D-R-E-A-M-Delphine-Publications-Presents/dp/0989090604/ref=tmm_pap_title_0z,br> 

Barnes & Noble & NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-i-decided-to-dream-big-tori-turner/1115200880

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/309995

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=UXPaACG8r6gC


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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Delicious Destiny Virtual Tour with Yahrah St. John



At Last

This song is more personal in nature because of I think of myself. You see, I had been single for some time. I had gone out on so many bad dates over the years, none of which amounted to a real committed relationship. There was plenty of fun, but not a lot of substance. I’d tried meeting someone in person, through friends, clubs, online and nothing worked. I was beginning to feel like I would be single forever. So I decided to turn my negative into a positive. I wrote a book about my failed dating and relationships titled: Dirty Laundry. The book was women’s fiction and a stray from contemporary romances, but it was cathartic to write about my dating woes with a humorous twist so I could let go of the past and focus on the future. When I gave up on finding love in 2011 is when I met and fell in love with my boyfriend of almost two years. I decided to try online dating one more time and one week into trying again, I met the man would later turn out to the be the one for me. Our first date was great from the start. We had a lot in common and he was easy on the eyes. It didn’t take long for one date-to-turn to two and so on. October will mark our 2 year anniversary, but long before then I’d heaved a sigh and said…At Last….

Answer the trivia question below and be entered to win a $20 gift card to Victoria’s Secret courtesy of Yahrah!

Where did Shari and Grant meet? (name the location)

Send your answers via email to Yahrah - yahrah@yahrahstjohn.com.


About the Author

Yahrah St. John is the author of thirteen published romances with Harlequin’s Kimani Romance line and a 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee. A member of Romance Writers of America, St. John enjoys the arts, cooking, traveling and adventure sports, but her true passion remains writing. St. John lives in sunny Orlando, the City Beautiful and is working on her fifteenth book Entangled Hearts.


About the Book

Sweet secrets…

It has been almost five years since Shari Drayson graduated college—almost five years since she had her heart broken. Now the only man in her life is her cherished son, Andre. But her life is full, and her family's bakery is about to appear in a baking competition on national TV. Who needs love when you've got pastries?

Sweetest seduction…

When Grant Robinson finally tracks Shari down in Chicago, he expects she will still be beautiful. He expects she will still be smart. What he doesn't expect is her four-year-old son—who looks exactly like him. The wealthy restaurateur is stunned, and his anger wars with passion for the woman he has never truly forgotten. Determined to claim what is his, Grant insists they marry at once. But his bride soon realizes she's at risk for another heartbreak. Can Grant's skillful form of persuasion change her mind and convince her that his love is all she really needs?

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Monday, June 03, 2013

FEATURED AUTHOR: Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones! Hailing from Baton Rouge, LA and now residing in Houston, TX, the 27-year old phenom is set to take the literary industry by storm. With her passion for writing set on fire, one of her goals is “to build a bigger and stronger fan base to entertain through each book."

Mrs. Jones familiarized herself with the world of writing at a young age, expressing herself through stories and scripts that she performed for her family. She acted as each character and determined that entertaining people was her destiny. She set out on a misguided musical path, but soon realized that that the world of literature was where she belonged.

Passion Street Publications was born with Jamie Jones as Founder and CEO. Jamie is keeping all publishing doors open, but she’s ready to set Houston, and subsequently the world, ablaze with her beautiful, printed creations. This is one author you must pay attention or you will miss the action.

Jamie Jones is a wife, mother, author, and publisher. Make sure you keep up with this multi-faceted, multi- talented woman.

 

Myla Pickins is back! Having a new love in her life seemed to be all it took for her to help her to become numb to her past and smile again. But her gradual climb to finding happiness is interrupted. She tries to put her past behind her but she’s realizes that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Just when she thought she would be able to move forward in her life from her past that weighed her down-more problems surface, one after another. Then she’s faced with having to accept a twenty year old secret that literally knocks her off her feet.

She starts to feel as if happiness isn’t meant for her. But out of all her problems, none hit her harder than what she finds out during a family meeting. It is deeper and way more painful than anything she has ever experienced. Read along and see for yourself how her journey to find peace continues.


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