Black History Month: The Best of Black …#2

Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read a month long blogging event which focuses on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.

For the last week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask?  At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop.  This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.

Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop
2nd – 4th Around Town
    5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
   12th – 18th  Black Love
    19th – 25th  Black Books
26th – 29th  The Best of…

We had a lot of giveaways during the month of February.  And today is the Best of Black History Month…Winners!  During this month long hop several blogs join in to introduce and talk about a total of

61 Black Authors & Books

17 Black History Month Events and held a total of 46 Giveaways celebrating Black History Month.

I am so amazed that so many people participated and I am so happy to announce the winners cause I know you are dying to know.  So with no further adieu..

And the winners are

Alice Walker’s Birthday Giveaway – Winner Lisa M.

John Garrett’s “How to Deal With Stupid Clowns” Comic Book – Winner Malika R.

Shelia Goss’s “The Bad Twin” – Winner Shavonne P.

Anna Black’s “Who Do I Run To?” – Winner Sidne W.

Terri D’s “Yesterday’s Lies” – Winner Glenda M.

Beverly Jenkins Giveaway – Winners Dinah S. (Wins a copy of Indigo) & Sheneice S. (Wins a copy of Night Hawks)

Delaney Diamond’s “The Temptation of a Good Man” Giveaway -Winner Shannon S.

Monda Webb’s Giveaway – Winner Philip H.

Reene Jacob’s Giveaway – Winners Ollie M. (Brandon’s Story) & Shaunda E. (Regina’s Story)

Stephanie Norris’s “Trouble In Paradise” Giveaway – Winner LaTanya T.

Earnessa T Carter’s “32 Candles” Giveaway – Winner Davina B.

Last but not least the Mystery Box of 13 Books by Black Authors – Winner Tanya P. What’s in the box you ask? 

Push by Sapphire, Yesterday’s Lies by Terri D.,The Amen Sisters by Angela Benson, Worth the Wait by Katherine D. Jones, One Woman Short by Nelson George, Right On Winky Blue by Pamela Jane, A Man Most Worthy by Marcus Major, Flawless by Carolyn Neal, Love on the Run by Angela Winters, Friends and Loves by Eric Jerome Dickey, Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life by Tyler Perry, Temptation by Victoria Christopher Murray and a signed copy of Modelland by Tyra Banks.

Now for the bloggers for their participation in this years Black History Month Hop:

Week One Winner Joy @ www.joyweesemoll.com ($10.00 Amazon Gift Card from Mocha Girls Read)

Week Two Winner Doret @ www.thehappynappybookseller.blogspot.com ($10.00 Amazon Gift Card Mocha Girls Read)

Week Three Winner Myne Whitman @ www.mynewhitmanwrites.com ($10.00 Amazon Gift Card from Reflections of a Bookaholic)

Week Four Winner Jade @ www.sortofbeautiful.com ($10.00 Amazon Gift Card from Reflections of a Bookaholic)

 Week Five Winner LaToya @ www.littlelibrarymuse.blogspot.com ($10.00 Amazon Gift Card from Mocha Girls Read)

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to each and every one of you for entering, stopping by and commenting on this blog.  If you didn’t win don’t worry, there is another great giveaway coming soon!

Thank you all for making the first annual Black History Month hop a complete success.

Black History Month: The Best of Black …

Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read a month long blogging event which focuses on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.

For the last week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask?  At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop.  This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.

Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop
2nd – 4th Around Town
    5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
   12th – 18th  Black Love
    19th – 25th  Black Books
26th – 29th  The Best of…

We have a lot of giveaways going on right now from great Black authors.  All winners will be announced on 2/29/2012.

Stephanie Norris’ “Trouble in Paradise” (End 2/28)

Earnessa T Carter’s “32 Candles” (Ends 2/28)

This is the week we will talk about the best of books by Black authors or with Black character.

The Best of Black Children Books

(a little something for our little Mocha Girls)

2012 Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients

Author Award Winner

Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers). “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans” is an extensive volume focusing on American history as it intertwines with the lives of African Americans. The story is told from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who shares her life story while highlighting pivotal historical events including abolition, the Great Migration, World War II, and the Civil Rights movement.

Illustrator Award Winner

Shane W. Evans, illustrator of “Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom” (A Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership). Effective interplay of dark and light—dark blues and greens that represent fear and oppression; bright golds that signal the joy of freedom—characterizes this portrayal of a band of slaves’ nighttime escape. They run, rest, get help from others, and finally celebrate their hard-won liberation.

Author Honor

Eloise Greenfield, “The Great Migration: Journey to the North,” illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist and published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Patricia C. McKissack, “Never Forgotten,” illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Illustrator Honor

Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans,” published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement

Ashley Bryan, storyteller, artist, author, poet, and musician whose numerous awards include the Coretta Scott King Book Award for “Let it Shine” and “Beautiful Blackbird.”  Bryan was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. His father worked as a printer of greeting cards. He loved birds. Bryan once counted a hundred caged birds in his childhood home.  Bryan grew up with six brothers and sisters and three cousins. Bryan recalled his childhood in New York the 1930s as an idyllic time, full of art and music.  He excelled in school, graduating from high school at the age sixteen.

Bryan attended the Cooper Union Art School, one of the few African-American students at that time to be awarded a scholarship. He had applied to other schools who had rejected him on the basis of race,but Cooper Union administered its scholarships in a blind test: “You put your work in a tray, sculpture, drawing, painting, and it was judged. They never saw you. If you met the requirements, tuition was free, and it still is to this day,” explained Bryan.

At the age of nineteen, World War II interrupted his studies. He was drafted and assigned to serve as a porter in Europe.  He was so ill-suited to this work that his fellow soldiers often encouraged him to step aside and draw.  He always kept a sketch pad in his gas mask.

When he returned to New York, he exhibited the drawings he’d made as a soldier.  He then went on to Columbia University to study philosophy. He wanted to understand war.  After the war, Bryan received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Europe.

Bryan taught art at Queen’s College, Lafayette College, and Dartmouth College. He retired as emeritus professor of art at Dartmouth in the 1980s.

He was not published until he was forty years old.  In 1962, he was the first African American to publish a children’s book as an author and illustrator.  “I never gave up. Many were more gifted than I but they gave up. They dropped out. What they faced out there in the world–they gave up.”

Honors

His books have won several awards in children’s literature, including the Coretta Scott King Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award from the Pennsylvania State University, and the Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association. Bryan himself also received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for achievement in children’s literature and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion from the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

  • 1981 Coretta Scott King Award Winner for outstanding illustration in Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum
  • 1983 Coretta Scott King Award Honor for outstanding illustration in I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals
  • 1987 Coretta Scott King Award Honor for outstanding author in Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales
  • 1987 Coretta Scott King Award Honor for outstanding illustration in Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales
  • 1988 Coretta Scott King Award Honor for outstanding illustration in What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals
  • 1992 Coretta Scott King Award Honor for outstanding illustration in All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African American Spirituals
  • 1998 Coretta Scott King Award Honor for outstanding illustration in Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry
  • 2004Coretta Scott King Award Winner for outstanding illustration in Beautiful Blackbird
  • 2005 The Atlanta literary festival was named for him.
  • 2008 Coretta Scott King Award Winner for outstanding illustration in Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals
  • 2009 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for substantial and lasting contributions to children’s literature
  • 2010 Golden Kite Award for nonfiction for Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song
  • 2012 Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement presented to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution.

Congratulations to all of this years winners!  All the information on this blog post came from Wikipedia.  If you would like to read more about the Coretta Scott King Book Award go to the site here. 

CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK AWARD OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Check out the other blogs and the books they are talking about. Bloggers add your link to the linky as well. One lucky blogger will win a great prize for joining this week.



Black History Month: Black Books #8

Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read a month long blogging event which focuses on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.

For the fourth week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask?  At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop.  This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.

Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop
2nd – 4th Around Town
    5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
   12th – 18th  Black Love
    19th – 25th  Black Books
26th – 29th  The Best of…

We have a lot of giveaways going on right now from great Black authors.  All winners will be announced on 2/29/2012.

Stephanie Norris’ “Trouble in Paradise” (Ends 2/28)

Earnessa T. Carter’s “32 Candles” (Ends 2/28)

This is the week we introduce you to books by Black authors or with Black character.

Rewrite Your Story: An Autobiography

MGR:  Welcome to Mocha Girls Read Shivawn.  Thanks so much for taking time to chit chat with us.  Can you tell us about your book?

SM:  Rewrite Your Story is based upon my life experiences. I’m very transparent with my life failures, heartbreaks and repeated poor choices. I cover loving someone more than yourself, trying to keep up with the Joneses’, loneliness, redefining who you are and defining your purpose. Its like you have the privilege of sitting in on my counseling session with me and you learn by my journey. In the book I am very vulnerable in revealing my hurt but I also shine light on how to rewrite your story.  It’s my open journal to get women to stop hiding and masking there issues but instead to deal with them head on and to keep getting up everyday to live the best life possible.

MGR:  That is very brave of you.  What was the inspiration for this book?

SM:  Other women that I encountered that were going through the same things I had been through. I really got tired of seeing women pretending that everything was okay but deep down inside they were hurting and didn’t know how they could recover to have the life they desired. I couldn’t see myself learning from my mistakes and not sharing it with other women. I wanted to be that support they needed without feeling ashamed to ask for help. I wanted to show women that you mess could turn into your message.

MGR:  What were some of the obstacles you encountered with this book?

SM:  Whew! I had a lot of learning experience with this book since my book is through my own company “Signature Publishing”. However, the biggest obstacle came recently when one of my family members finally finished reading my book. The family member wasn’t that pleased with the book. They felt like I shared too much of my “business” and was worried about how people would perceive me. I’ve always been pretty confident in my decisions but after hearing that it was a blow to my momentum. It’s a hard pill to swallow when someone you care about isn’t “feeling” what you are doing. But, I know my book is needed so I decided to keep it moving and remember everyone won’t understand what my purpose is!

MGR:  What are you working on now? Can we get a sneak peak?

SM:  I’m in the process of working on publishing another book for one our new authors. Hopefully her book will be out by the end of 2012! No sneak peak…sorry!!! In addition I am working on my second book which will deal solely with relationships.

MGR:  What are you reading now?

SM:  The Five Love Languages (single edition) Gary Chapman; Marriage Talk Kim W. Brown; The Pocket Stylist Kendall Farr; The 4-Hour Workweek Timothy Ferriss

MGR:  Who are some of your favorite authors?

SM:  E. Lynn Harris; Robert Kiyosaki; Sister Soulijah; KiKi Swinson; John C. Maxwell

MGR:  As February comes to a close, what does Black History Month Mean to you?

SM:  Its means that I get to live the dreams I desire because of what people did before me. They lived their purpose so we could have freedom today. Black History Month is more than February it is the legacy that I will leave behind for my family, friends and associates to be motivated by. Black History Month allows me to be reminded that we have so much to be thankful for but so much more that we could be doing everyday.

MGR:  Amen! What do I do for fun?

SM:  I am a social butterfly. So I love meeting new people and going to different places. I’m also a foodie and enjoy trying new restaurants. Of course shopping is a must!!!

MGR:  You and I are so on the same way length.  LOL!!  What is your guilty pleasure?

SM:  Krispy Kreme doughnuts are my best friend!!

MGR:  Ohhhhh!!  and when they are hot!!  ok ok ok ….When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

SM:  A model during the summer and a teacher during the fall. I had a plan (smiles).

MGR:  You were a girl on a mission.  :)  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

SM:  I plan on having multiple authors who are published by my company Signature Publishing and to have written at least two more books myself. To have opened at least two more boutiques with my business partner (The Beauty Boudoir). In addition to have more women that I am working with at my company L.O.V.E. Inc. (living out visions eternally). Finally to be married with children.

MGR:  Wow!! I love it.  What is your favorite holiday and why?

SM:  Valentines Day. I am a hopeful romantic! I love to give love and to receive it as well. It’s the ultimate day to go all out in addition to what you should already be doing for your significant loved one.

MGR:  What are 2 things on your bucket list, Shivawn?

SM:  To go to Australia and to sky dive!

MGR:  Thank you so much for hanging out with us.  Would you like to give a Shout Out?

SM:  To everyone who has a dream and is too afraid to take the next step. Just do it! Step in fear….don’t allow yourself to stop you from living your dreams LOUD!

MGR:  I usually like to give authors the last word but that deserves an.. AMEN!!

Author Shivawn Mitchell’s Bio

Shivawn Mitchell is a Counselor, Author, Purpose Motivator, Speaker and Entrepreneur. Born and raised in Chesterfield County, VA, Shivawn’s parents always pushed her to pursue owning a business and taught her to make a difference while doing so. This is something she took to heart and quickly applied to her life.

Shivawn fell in love with the written word as a child when she received her first journal, and she’s been writing ever since.

After high school, Shivawn attended Norfolk State University and graduated with a degree in counseling and a minor in sociology. Though she began the Master’s program at Liberty University, after a semester and a half, she discovered her heart wasn’t in it, and she decided to move on.

She soon realized she wanted to provide woman with support on how to pursue their purpose and passion, and in December 2010, Shivawn launched L.O.V.E., an organization focused on empowering women’s total life and developing change agents for the world. As a result L.O.V.E. Academy has become L.O.V.E.’s first extension. L.O.V.E. Academy is specifically designed to help women take that next step in starting a business, redefining their personal life or pursuing their purpose.

Shivawn then struck interest in publishing upon realizing its influence on people and discovering that words can affect change or create chaos. As a result, Shivawn established Signature Publishing & Media (a division of L.O.V.E. Inc) in March 2011. She decided to pursue her first love even further and self-publish her first book, “Rewrite Your Story” with additional titles on the way.

In addition, Shivawn is the part owner of The Beauty Boudoir. The Boudoir’s charge is to inspire and encourage every woman, everywhere to build confidence in her distinct uniqueness, knowing that she is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Our goal at the Boudoir is to ignite inner and outer beauty in all women.

Shivawn’s sole desire is to empower women to live the life they dream of while also inspiring young ladies along the way to do the same. She recognizes that every time she is given a chance to speak it is her way of living her visions eternally and paying it forward. She believes that its time for women to step up and create a higher standard for the lives they are living.

“Don’t Just Have a Vision But Live it Loud”

Author’s Links

www.we-r-love.com

www.twitter.com/ladyshiv

www.facebook.com/#!LOVEWEARE

Check out the other blogs and the books they are talking about. Bloggers add your link to the linky as well. One lucky blogger will win a great prize for joining this week.

Black History Month: Black Books #7

 

Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read a month long blogging event which focuses on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.

For the fourth week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask?  At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop.  This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.

Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop
2nd – 4th Around Town
    5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
   12th – 18th  Black Love
    19th – 25th  Black Books
26th – 29th  The Best of…

We have a lot of giveaways going on right now from great Black authors.  All winners will be announced on 2/29/2012.

Reene Jacob’s “Regina’ Story” & “Brandon’s Story” (Ends 2/24)

Monda Webb’s “7:33am” (Ends 2/25)

Stephanie Norris’ “Trouble in Paradise” (Ends 2/28)

Earnessa T. Carter’s “32 Candles” (Ends 2/28)

This is the week we introduce you to books by Black authors or with Black character.

Love & Wrath: The Beginning

This first novella of a three part series pulls back the curtain on the lives of three best friends to reveal love, friendship, and budding romance. Their stories are woven together against the backdrop of the mid-western art world, but pretty pictures are the last thing that photographer Lily and her business partner Sheila are worried about after their mutual friend reveals an explosive secret that ends up threatening all of their lives. Readers will hang out with these divas and enjoy the joy & laughter of their posh lives. Beware though… before you know it you will be pulled into a roller coaster ride of suspense, intrigue, and a shocking finale as the friends execute justice their way!

MGR:  Welcome to Mocha Girls Read and thank you for stopping by.  G.E. tell us what was the inspiration for this book?

GJ:  The storyline for “Love & Wrath: The Beginning” was one that I completely made up, but I was inspired to go ahead and write the first book by a co-worker who worked with me back in 2008. She had already finished a manuscript and was sharing it with me. I told her that I had a story in mind and when I shared it with her, she encouraged me to go ahead and get started developing it and writing it out.

MGR:  What were some of the obstacles that you encountered with this book?

GJ:  The writing process actually went pretty smoothly. I am a very organic writer and I advance the story as I “feel” the story. However, the editing almost drove me insane! I am a chronic perfectionist and it takes quite a while for me to release a project as correct and complete.

MGR:  Are there things in this book from your life?

GJ:  The only things in the book that come directly from my life are the physical locations in the book. The setting of the story is Kansas City, MO, and I have lived there off and on for a total of six years over the past decade, in the neighborhood where my main characters live in the story. Also, some of the restaurants, businesses, and brand names in the story are ones that I have visited or used at one point or another in my life.

MGR:  Can you tell us what are you working on now?

GJ:  I recently released book two of the series, “Love & Wrath II: Confessions”. I’m excited about spreading the word about this particular book because it includes a free download of an audio series that I produced to go along with the book. It features four very talented voiceover artists who bring the Love & Wrath characters to life and I even voiced a character myself!

MGR:  Wow!  I have to take a listen to it now.  What are you reading now?

GJ:  I currently have over 60 titles in my TBR (To Be Read) pile! They include a mixture of African-American fiction, Contemporary Women’s fiction, Literary fiction and even a few Paranormal Romance novels.

MGR:  Girl I know what you mean.  I just added a few and I am at 80+.  Who are some of your favorite authors?

GJ:  Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston are definite classic favorites of mine. I spent many days of my youth getting lost in the worlds that they created through their writing. A contemporary favorite of mine is Eric Jerome Dickey. I absolutely love and am inspired in my own writing by how he creates universes, particularly in his early books, where characters are intricately connected and can show up at any time, in any story.

MGR:  How did your family react to your title of published author?

GJ:  They were very supportive and congratulatory. One of my aunts was absolutely ecstatic, but I think the funniest reaction was from my teenaged daughter. She read the proof copy of the book twice and was in awe for about two weeks. After that, I went back to just being “mommy”, the source for skinny jeans and eyeliner!

MGR:  LOL!!!  That is too funny.  What advice would you give black indie authors?

GJ:  Understand that your journey is going to probably be more difficult in getting your name out there, especially if you write in a “niche” genre such as street fiction or hardcore urban fiction. Know your demographic, but also don’t box yourself in because readers have versatile tastes in books and you might find fans of your work in areas where you least expect them. Finally, cross-promote with other authors. They are not your competition!  There are enough readers to go around and other authors who understand the obstacles that you are facing make powerful allies.

MGR:  That is great advice.  Finish this sentence for me…”If I had to do this all over again, I would…”

GJ:  Redesign the book cover for “Love & Wrath: The Beginning”. At the time, I felt it was perfect because it encompassed the themes of the story with simplicity, a perfect reflection of the story itself. However, now that I have looked at it for so many months, I believe it could have been done with more artistic beauty. Then again, that could be the perfectionist in me talking again.

MGR:  What’s your guilty pleasure?

GJ:  Pork bacon and recently, strawberry moon pies. They’re guilty pleasures for me because I’m trying to eat better food and I have actually lost almost 40 lbs. over the past 6 months. Moderation is the key, though, because I don’t see me giving up my bacon. The moon pies can go.

MGR:  Congrats chica on losing 40 lbs.  *whisper* I need to start that process too.  When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

GJ:  A doctor. I’ve mentioned in previous interviews that I actually did a semester of Pre-Med at Vanderbilt University and, after sleeping my way through the biology class, I realized that clearly medicine was not my calling.

MGR:  You mean sleeping as in “Zzz” right?  LOL!!  I had a steamy romance novel in mind for a minute.  oops!  Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

GJ:  I want to have touched as many art forms as possible. I get great fulfillment from creative projects and want to try my hand at several things, especially film and photography. I also want to be fully engaged in community service and making a difference for people who are in desperate need.

MGR:  That is the a great answer and I hope it happens for you.  What are some of your Pet Peeves?

GJ:  People who make decisions on anything other than sound logic, even if it’s emotional logic, really upset me. I am very likely to become irritated with anyone who cannot provide a sound line of reasoning for their actions or beliefs. “I don’t know” as a reason is unacceptable.

MGR:  What are two things on your bucket list?

GJ:  I definitely want to visit Israel and travel to some of the places where Jesus walked, taught, and dwelled. I am a Christian and I feel it would be a beautiful enhancement of my spiritual life. I would also like to visit some of the architectural splendors around the world, beginning with the W Hotel located in Barcelona, Spain.

MGR:  Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us.  Would you like to give a Shout Out?

GJ:  I would like to give a shout out to the awesome cast of the “Love & Wrath II: Confessions” audio series: Kim Crawley-Norris, Barbara Owens, Antoine Beane, and M. Roc Perine. They are all truly wonderful and talented people so keep an eye out for them!

 Author Bio for G.E. Johnson

G.E. Johnson is the author of the Love & Wrath fiction series, including her debut novella “Love & Wrath: The Beginning” and the newly released “Love & Wrath II: Confessions” with complimentary audio series. She was also previously published as a contributing writer to the non-fiction, inspirational anthology “Super Singles Activate! Testimonies to Inspire and Uplift the Single Woman”. She is the content provider for the “L.O.V.E. – Lyricism, Oration, Verse, Expression” blog featuring articles about writing, publishing, and other great writers and the “90 Days in the Machine” blog that details her journey through the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Select program.

G.E. is also a member and volunteer of the WoMen’s Literary Café, an online community that brings together readers, authors, reviewers, and bloggers in an effort to promote great literature. Her interests include reading, writing, photography, spiritual outreach, and helping others develop their entrepreneurial ideas. She currently resides outside of Atlanta, GA.

Author’s Links

Website: http://www.gejohnsonmedia.com

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/gejohnsonfans

Reader Blog: http://gejohnson.blogspot.com

Love & Wrath: The Beginning (Amazon):  http://www.amazon.com/Love-Wrath-The-Beginning-ebook/dp/B005F4FNE4

Love & Wrath II: Confessions (Amazon): http://www.amazon.com/Love-Wrath-II-Confessions-ebook/dp/B006XJMJAQ

Check out the other blogs and the books they are talking about. Bloggers add your link to the linky as well. One lucky blogger will win a great prize for joining this week.

 

Black History Month: Black Books #5

Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read a month long blogging event which focuses on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.

For the fourth week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask?  At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop.  This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.

Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop
2nd – 4th Around Town
    5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
   12th – 18th  Black Love
    19th – 25th  Black Books
26th – 29th  The Best of…

We have a lot of giveaways going on right now from great Black authors.  All winners will be announced on 2/29/2012.

Reene Jacob’s “Regina’ Story” & “Brandon’s Story” (Ends 2/24)

Monda Webb’s “7:33am” (Ends 2/25)

Stephanie Norris’ Trouble in Paradise (End 2/29)

This is the week we introduce you to books by Black authors or with Black character.

Peaces of Me

Peer into the life of Olivia Caruthers via a collection of short stories, each one detailing a particular circumstance of her life and the priceless lessons she took away with her. Olivia is just like most of us. She has good days and bad days, friends and enemies, triumphs and heartbreaks. Follow along as she learns the true meaning of friendship, real love, and most importantly, about loving and respecting herself. Everyone who reads even one chapter of her story will see a reflection of themselves in Olivia’s experiences.

MJ Forbes

A Chicago native, MJ Forbes began writing short stories at the age of five. She and a kindergarten friend would write stories and read them to one another over the telephone. MJ continued writing throughout her school days, and won several literary awards. Though it was once only a childhood hobby, MJ later realized the true power of the plume, and began to use writing to give a voice to words which might otherwise have been left unsaid. Her writing brings attention to common issues from a different perspective, allowing the reader to experience a variety of emotions vicariously through her characters. MJ believes that writing is a healing both to the writer and the reader.
“Reading your own feelings from off of a page feels like finally sharing a secret with someone other than yourself. A book won’t judge you if you cry when you shouldn’t or if you laugh when nothing is really funny. Reading provides freedom to acknowledge your emotions, whatever they may be. Writing forces you to do the same.” – MJ Forbes
MJ Forbes is also the president of FreeStoneVirtual Solutions. www.freestonevirtual.com

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