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Thursday, March 31, 2016

FEATURED AUTHORS: Eva Jordan - Johnson and Sam Johnson









HELLO, WE ARE EVA JORDAN-JOHNSON AND SAM JOHNSON

OUR PASSION IS TO DESIGN SEAMLESS AND MEMORABLE GROUP TRAVEL EXPERIENCES WHERE YOUR CLIENTS FEEL MORE PAMPERED AND CARED FOR THAN EVER BEFORE IN THEIR LIFE.

HELPING TRAINERS, COACHES AND BUSINESS LEADERS AVOID BEING OVERWHELMED WITH LOGISTICS, SCHEDULING AND PLANNING THEIR GROUP TRAVEL EVENTS. WE HAVE THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES TO CREATE EXOTIC GROUP TRAVEL EVENTS THAT MAKE THEIR CLIENTS OR EMPLOYEES SAY, “WOW I LOVE WORKING WITH THIS COMPANY. THEY SURE KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF US, AS AN INTEGRAL PART OF BUSINESS BENEFITS.”
I LOVE HELPING BUSINESSES INCREASE CLIENT AND CUSTOMER LOYALTY.

WE ARE ACCREDITED CRUISE COUNSELORS WITH CRUISE LINE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION, CERTIFIED GROUP EVENT TRAVEL SPECIALIST AUTHORS OF THE NEW BOOK, “HOSTING GROUP EVENTS IN PARADISE - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR TRAINERS COACHES AND BUSINESS LEADERS.” (AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM)  AND WE'RE AN IATAN REGISTERED TRAVEL AGENCY.


WHEN WE'RE NOT ASSISTING CLIENTS TO EMBARK ON AMAZING TRAVEL ADVENTURES WE CAN BE FOUND BIKING, CATCHING THE LATEST ACTION OR ADVENTURE MOVIE OR BOWLING. ANOTHER TOP PRIORITY IS ENJOYING FAMILY TIME WITH OUR TWO GROWNUP SONS AND LOVELY GRANDDAUGHTER.

WE LOVE TO TRAVEL, AND A FEW NEW PLACES ON OUR BUCKET LIST ARE ITALY, SCOTLAND, FIJI AND BRAZIL.

WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT SERVING ON MISSION PROJECTS TO AFRICA, HAVING LED TEAMS ON HALF DOZEN TRIPS TO BOTH ETHIOPIA AND SOUTH AFRICA.

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HERE ARE A FEW MORE INTERESTING THINGS YOU MAY LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT US…

- EVA IS 4’10” AND LOVES WHEN PEOPLE THINK SHE IS A LOT YOUNGER THAN SHE REALLY IS.

- SAM IS A TECHIE AND AN INVENTOR AT HEART 

- WE LIVED IN 7 DIFFERENT STATES AND HAVE ENJOYED EACH ONE

- WE MET IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK  (“BROOKLYN IN DA HOUSE”)

WORK WITH US, PLAY WITH US - RIGHT THIS SECOND BY REQUESTING OUR FREE GIFT:
THE PRE-TRAVEL CHECKLIST - DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT.


                                http://Pinterest.com/Travelwitheva
                                http://Instagram.com/TravelwithEva
                                http://Linkedin.com/EvaJordanJohnson
                                http://Periscope.com/travelwitheva
                                http://Twitter.com/TravelwithEva
                                http://youtube.com/TravelwithEva

Group Leader application link:
                                http://allinclusivespecialevents.com/

How can readers get in contact with me:

Jordan Travel Enterprise, P.O. box 37, Oakland, Florida 34760
http://jordantravelenterprise.com
Eva@jordantravelenterprise.com


Interview:

What inspired your book?

We were inspired to share little known group travel tips and industry secrets to help travelers realize its ease and benefits.

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

I want them to realize that they can travel stress free as a group and the many benefits that come from Group Travel. It is possible and profitable!

What did you learn while writing this book?

It was a lesson in persistence. Actually writing a book and going through the editing process is more than I expected. 

What are three things you wished known before you reached where you are now?

I wished I knew the importance of pre-launch activities for the book. I would have liked to be more proficient in Canva for book marketing graphics. I wish I connected with authors to network learn from those who have gone before. For example connecting sooner with “See Ya On The Net Promotion Group” in Facebook.

What advise would you offer to someone whose first book is about to be released?

Have a To Do List and or Action list and have a marketing plan in place. Don’t wait for the book to be released to begin marketing. Begin Pre-Launch activities now!

What’s the most interesting change in your life as a result of being a published author?

I would say it has given me increased confidence.

What are your three favorite social media platforms and how are you using them for promotion?

Facebook, Twitter and Periscope are favorites of mine. When I scope my goal is to increase my list with a free offer. I post a graphic of my book with the book info link. I need to be more consistent on social media and increase my offline promotions.

Oprah always asks what do you know for sure?

I know what a blessing my heavenly Father and Lord and savior, Jesus Christ has been in my life.

If someone told my younger self that I would be a published author one day, I would not have believed them.

To God be the glory great things He has done!

Anything you would like to say to the readers of SORMAG?

No matter where you are in your book writing journey, don’t give up. Be persistent. Take one-step and one day at a time, to move toward your goal and your purpose.



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Monday, March 28, 2016

FEATURED AUTHOR: Michelle Mitchell





Michelle Mitchell has always been creative; the builder of play forts, and the writer of numerous songs that she hoped to hear on the radio. She always enjoyed singing, dancing, reading and writing. One of her dreams was to be a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, but when that didn’t happen, she continued to focus on songwriting. She knew she could shine brightest if she could work in a field where she could create, but she had an awkward start in finding her voice. 

A Georgia native, Michelle attended Georgia Southern University where she majored in Communication Arts and minored in Journalism. After graduating, she had a short stint as a feature writing before returning to school and entering corporate America. Needing a creative outlet in between courses, Michelle got inspired and began working on her first novel, Truth Is.... After sending out several queries, she was humbled to receive an offer to write for Jacquelin Thomas Presents, an imprint under Brown Girls Publishing.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, and reading. Michelle is a diehard fanatic of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Hawks. She still resides in Georgia, where she is a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Marietta. You can write her at 



New relationships are exciting—until they aren’t. What happens when all the things left unsaid in a new relationship, come to the forefront? Can a lack of disclosure close the door on love or will the truth lead to a second chance? 

These are the thoughts swimming through Ansley Wright’s head as she explores her heart when Davis Montclair enters her life. Burned by hasty decisions in the past, she’s reluctant to give him a chance, but the heart wants what it wants. 

Davis Montclair, a man burdened with a troubled past, was not looking for love, but when he laid eyes on Ansley he would stop at nothing to have her as his woman.  It seems the weight of the world is on his shoulders, as he tries to balance the drama that follows him at every turn as he fights for a chance at love and redemption with Ansley.

As they try to battle through the barriers thrown at them, they will have to question if the truth will really set them free. 

What inspired your book?

I was in grad school when I first started working on this manuscript. During that time, the reoccurring theme in the news revolved around men and women who were mislead or misinformed about the person that were dating. From the pastor who spread HIV to unsuspecting women, the emergence of the dating website Don't Date Him Girl.com, which allows women to post details about their terrible dating experiences....there was a common theme. These men and women built relationships with people who they thought they could trust. Which led me to think about, the mask we where when we are dating someone. Not everyone does this, but for those who do, what's the truth behind the dating facade people wear when they are first meeting someone and what consequences come with rushing into relationships. Everyone is so eager to have love, that they often ignore the warning signs that are right in front of them.

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

I hope readers will be encouraged and realize the importance of self-awareness, self-respect, and second chances.

Which character did you have the most fun writing about?

I enjoyed writing about Simeon. She's beautiful, smart, and goes after what she wants, but behind her power, there's a vulnerability. I can't wait to see if readers will root for her or tear her apart. From the few that have gotten a chance to read the first three chapters, it does not look like she will win any popularity contest.

What did you learn while writing this book?

I learned that I write "so" a lot. I still have some developing to do, but I'm realizing I like a bit of mystery and drama. In real life, I like to laugh, but I created some characters who lead drama-filled lives. Self-inflicted, drama. I also learned that I didn't want to sacrifice any characters, meaning if they behaved badly, I didn't want one character to be so mischievous but I learned you can't get too attached.

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now? 

Three things that I wish I would have known before getting this opportunity are:

    How to tell the story without being too wordy. I want to give the reader everything, but I'm learning you can still give them a great story without being excessively wordy.

    How to write enticing back cover copy. I think this may be due to my being too wordy, because the back cover is short and should draw the reader in quickly. 

    How to set a writing regiment and stick to that routine daily. I haven't figured out a routine just yet.


What advice would you offer to someone whose first book is about to be released?

Jacquelin, Reshonda, and Victoria are always encouraging us to continue to learn and build our craft. My advice would be what I've taken from them, which is to read style books, take courses, read the works of other authors, and don't take critique too personal, it can help you grow as a writer.

What’s the most interesting change in your life as a result of being a published author?

I'm a shy person and creating has always been a outlet from singing to writing songs...drawing, etc. But I've never been placed in a situation where my words had to stand on their own. It's like exposing yourself to the world. I've written for a publication but I wouldn't compare the two. As my release date approaches I feel excited and very naked.

What are your three favorite social media platforms and how are you using them for promotion?

I enjoy exploring on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I'm addicted to Pinterest, but have not learned how to best use it as a promotional tool. With Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I'm able to promote my book and respond to queries. It's also great in that you can see who is following and what their interest are once your follow them back. With Instagram and Twitter, you can find trending topics and use those hashtags to further extend your reach.

Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?

I know that pain is temporary, and that I have to push ahead through the hurt to see the rewards.

Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG?

My debut novel, Truth Is... under the Jacquelin Thomas Presents imprint, with Brown Girls Books, will be available April 26. You can also read my story, Plot to Take Over Washington in The Ex-Chronicles anthology being released on March 8, from Brown Girls Publishing. I truly hope you will enjoy those stories. Thank you.


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Friday, March 18, 2016

FEATURED AUTHOR: Dwon Johnson






Dwon Johnson is a Marine Corps Veteran, Author, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker.  She has Co-authored the Anthology, "The Ex-Chronicles", published by Brown Girls Books. She launched her Soy Bath and Beauty line, SassiSoul Soy, in the mid 2000's. In addition to SassiSoul Soy, she has her own Greeting card line, SassiSentiments.

She is a firm believer in the quote "You can't go through life with catcher mitts on both hands. You have to be able to throw something back." She gives back by mentoring and speaking to Women of all ages about the importance of self-love and using the negative experiences in life as A stepping stone toward pursuing dreams instead of allowing them to hold you hostage. While Motivating, she also shares her story of struggling and overcoming Depression, Domestic Abuseand Sexual Assault.

How Readers can get in contact with me:

Facebook-Dwon D. Moss
Twitter-@DwonMoss
E-mail-Dwondjohnson@yahoo.com

Tangie's life is set to Music. So is her love for Khalid. What started out as a High School puppy love, evolved into a full blown "growing" up love for these soulmates. Until REAL situations infiltrated their REAL love. Will their REAL decisions lead to an Amazing love or leave them All Cried Out?



What inspired your book?

The inspiration, for me, was the opportunity to write stories about Ex relationships with nineteen talented Women. I loved that this Anthology was not about male bashing and that it told stories of Ex-lovers, families and friends. 

What would you like for readers to take away from your book?

That love is inevitable. It can make you, break you and blind you, but you will love and you will survive the outcome of that love. 

Which Character did you have the most fun writing about?

I had the most fun writing Tangie. I could relate to her. She wanted to shed her “old” life in an effort to chase after a life she thought she wanted. She had fun in the process. She learned lessons but she ends up realizing that her “old” life was “home” and it’s where she was loved the most.

What did you learn while writing this book?

I learned that telling a story is definitely emotional. I had to actually become Tangie and feel everything that she felt, in order for me to tell the story the way it needed to be told. 

What are the three things you wish you’d known before you reached where are now?

1.       Always finish what I start.
2.       God’s delay is not a denial.
3.       What and who God has for me will me mines. All he requires of me is to do my part and have faith that he has the rest. 

What advice would you give someone whose first book is about to be released?

Be wise with Marketing. It can be expensive. Don’t be fooled into outsourcing things that you can do yourself.   

What’s the most interesting change in your life, as a result of being a published Author?

I have more confidence in my writing. I’m also more critical of what I write.

What’s your three favorite Social Media platforms and how are you using them for promotion?

Facebook, Twitter and Linked in. Nothing works better than word of mouth. I constantly advertise and hold contests to bring people in. 

Oprah always asks what do you know for sure?

I can Dream big and make them a reality, because I can do ALL things through Christ.

Anything you’d like to say to the readers of SORMAG?

Please go out and purchase, The Ex-Chronicles. Buy one for your friend. This is a fantastic read for Book Clubs. #BrownGirlsRock #TheExChronicles #BrownGirlsBooks

Thank you so much for this interview. It was fun.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

FEATURED AUTHOR: Synithia Williams


Synithia Williams has been an avid romance novel lover since picking up her first one at the age of thirteen. It was only natural that she would begin penning her own romances soon after. She's a native of South Carolina and now writes romances as hot as their southern settings. Her first novel, You Can't Plan Love, was published by Crimson Romance in the summer of 2012. She's written and published eight, novels since including her popular Southern Love and Henderson Family Series. Her seventh book, Making it Real, was listed as one of the Must Read Romances of 2015 in USA Today. Her first release with Harlequin Kimani, A New York Kind of Love, released in January 2016. She's married to her own personal hero and they have two sons who've convinced her that professional wrestling and superheroes are supreme entertainment. You can learn more about Synithia by visiting her website, www.synithiawilliams.com, where she blogs about writing, life and relationships.

Social Media:

Website: www.synithiawilliams.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/synithiarwilliams
Twitter: www.twitter.com/@SynithiaW
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/synithiaw/



A New York Kind of Love

Winning an all-expenses-paid weekend in New York with Hollywood's sexiest heartthrob makes Faith Logan the envy of women everywhere. This small-town nurse has too many responsibilities, including caring for her aging parents, to be interested in fame or status. But as the sensual celebrity escorts her to exclusive Manhattan nightclubs and glitzy movie premieres, Faith is falling fast for the genuine, charismatic man behind the slick media image.

More used to fanatics and groupies, Irvin Freeman is surprised and intrigued by Faith's down-to-earth personality. One impulsive kiss turns their private flirtation into public news. But paparazzi and crazed admirers are making her doubt their potential as a couple. Will the pressures of fame cause their love to fade before he can convince her they've found their own real-life happy ending?

What inspired your book?

A New York Kind of Love was completely inspired by a random thought. What would it be like to win a weekend in Hollywood with a handsome movie star? Finding the inspiration for the Hollywood star wasn’t hard to do. Irvin Freeman, the hero, is a sexy British actor who makes women melt with a smile. Three guesses who that is. Faith Logan, my heroine, is a nurse from a small southern town that works hard to take care of her sick parents.

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

I hope readers end each of my books with a smile on their face. I also hope readers find my characters to be relatable in some way. I strive to make my characters realistic. You may not always like them, but I hope you understand why they do what they do.

Which character did you have the most fun writing about?

I had a lot of fun writing Irvin and Faith, but heroes are usually easier for me to write. Maybe it’s because I live in a house full of guys, and my husband’s friends treat me like “one of the guys” when they visit. (Hint: Good way to eavesdrop on the thoughts of men, lol.)  Faith was fun because I enjoyed writing about a woman who’d lost all of her belief in fate and good luck realize she was truly getting an unbelievable happily ever after with a movie star.

What did you learn while writing this book?

I learned the benefit of taking lots of pictures and videos when you travel. I have a good memory of my visits to New York, but going back to the pictures and videos I took with my cell phone at the tourist locations I visited helped me recreate those settings.

What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

1.         I wish I’d known how useful plotting can be. Since becoming a plotter I write faster, and have a clearer idea of the story.
2.         How useful it is to attend writer’s conferences. You make great friends and learn so much about the business and craft of writing.
3.         I’m responsible for my own career. As a newbie, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to get approval from agents, editors, and publishers. At the end of the day I have to do what’s right for me. If a situation doesn’t feel right, or an editor or agent doesn’t jive with you, it’s okay to move on. There will be other opportunities.

What advice would you offer to someone whose first book is about to be released?

Send out a press release to your local media. After my first book is sent a press release to local television and radio stations, newspapers, and magazines. Several of them picked up the story. More recently I did the same for an event and got a TV interview and a feature in my areas largest newspaper. It’s easy to get caught up in only promoting yourself on line, but the people in your hometown want to know about your success just as much as the people you meet online.

What’s the most interesting change in your life as a result of being a published author?

Writing has become a job for me. Yes, I still feel the creativity and enjoy making a story come to life, but I also have to treat it like a business. Deadlines are important, coming up with daily, weekly and monthly goals, and even a budget are all things I didn’t think about before starting this journey.

What’s are your three favorite social media platforms and how are you using them for promotion?

Facebook is good to connect with readers and interact with book clubs. Twitter is a great place to find out what’s happening in the romance community and keep up with editors and agents. Pinterest is great for developing story boards to help visualize my characters and settings.

Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?

I know for sure that as long as the stories keep coming, I will keep writing them.

Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG?


If you’ve read my books, thank you! It’s the readers that push me daily to write a few words, draft a few chapters, or do a little research. If you haven’t read my books, I hope you give them a try. I write spicy southern romances with realistic characters and just a dash of drama. I also love hearing from readers, so definitely reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter.

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