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CLG Interviews Strebor Author Marsha Jenkins-Sanders July 28, 2008

Today, over at ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING, I’m interviewing Marsha Jenkins-Sanders, author of JEALOUSY.

Check out an excerpt of the interview!


CLG: What themes, topics will readers find between the pages of JEALOUSY?
MJS: Jealousy is a volatile and destructive emotion, if left unchecked. It has been the driving force behind many homicides, abusive relationships, etc. The book can help shine a light on several topics: domestic abuse, child abuse, relationship issues, and insecurity.

CLG: Marsha Jenkins-Sanders: THE SOUNDTRACK! What TWO tracks would make it onto a soundtrack of your life, and why?
MJS: Never would have made it…Marvin Sapp, The Battle is not yours…Yolanda Adams! My life has been a roller coaster ride and my faith has been tested. God has seen me through many battles and brought me out of the “fiery furnace” unscathed. I am a better person because of these challenges, but never would have made it without HIS guidance, mercy, grace and love.

CLG: Who is ONE of your favorite writers, and how does he/she inspire you as a writer?
MJS: I really enjoy Terry McMillan. Her “voice” is so familiar and my life’s circumstances can relate.

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Do YOU Twitter? July 24, 2008

Filed under: publicity,Uncategorized — Shon @ 10:53 pm

It’s blogging/chatting for the Attention Deficit Disorder crowd, LOL

I’ve been a member for over a year; however, I just started using it really over the last two months or so.

If you’re a member, add me: here’s the link –



BEYOND GIDDY, and I can’t wait until the day when writing becomes my full-time profession. These last two weeks have been KICK ASS for me. Since I’ve created my calendar and have adhered to it, I have kept myself actually almost a week ahead of schedule. Today, here it is, a little before seven, and I’ve done my writing for today – 3,000 words. I have two more chapters to write of EMPTY SWINGS! My goal was to have it done by NEXT Saturday….yeah, It’ll be done by MONDAY for sure. 🙂

Then it’s on to working on the synopsis (thank God I wrote an outline so that can help there) and put together my query letter (which I’ve been making notes on), and revise the first three chapters…then the novel before I put it out there.

Something tells me this is one of the novel – it’ll be one that somebody will finally say, This is good, and I want to publish it. Not to knock my other stuff because I LOVE everything I’ve written, and in regards to literature, many of those pieces are much stronger, but this one…*nodding*…it’s writing itself…scratch that, God’s writing it, and He don’t make no junk! LOL


CLG Interviews Urban Christian Author Brittney Holmes

Today, over at ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING, I’m interviewing Brittney Holmes, author of TESTING RELATIONSHIPS.

I am VERY pleased to be interviewing Brittney. In a world where there are so many youth who are not going down the right paths, Brittney Holmes is a walking testament to good parenting, good teaching, and good walk in faith.

Check out an excerpt of the interview!


CLG: You wrote LIVING CONSEQUENCES at the age of 16; what propelled you at this young age to write a novel?
BH: Actually, I wrote Living Consequences when I was 14 and a freshman in high school. The book was actually published when I was 16. I was divinely inspired to write the book because before I physically sat down before my computer and began typing, I had no preconceived idea to write a book. I had planned on writing a journal for my own personal use and the story turned into something I had no intentions of creating. It was apparent that God had placed the story of Living Consequences in me so that I can share it and its message with the world.

CLG: Brittney Holmes: THE SOUNDTRACK! What three tracks would make it onto a soundtrack of your life, and why?
BH: Never Would Have Made It by Marvin Sapp would definitely make it onto the soundtrack because without God, I wouldn’t be here nor would I be able to get through any of life’s obstacles. Fantasia’s I Believe would also make the cut because it talks about reaching your highest potential and believing in what you can become. And finally, just because it’s my favorite song in the whole world, Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder would probably be on the soundtrack to illustrate my relationship with whatever man God has created for me.

CLG: Who are some of your favorite writers, and how do they inspire you as a writer?
BH: Of course, Kendra Norman-Bellamy, my mother, is one of my favorite writers. She inspires me the most because she took her lifelong passion and favorite pastime and made it into a career that has been more successful than most because she decided to put her faith in God and do what He has called her to do. Victoria Christopher Murray is also a favorite of mine because she is a phenomenal writer and doesn’t mind taking risks in creating her stories and she has taught me that there’s nothing wrong with me doing the same. Jacqueline Thomas and Tia McCollors are also authors who create realistic stories that inspire me to tap deeper into my own creativity when writing.

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August 1st Marks Premiere of All the Blog’s a Page! July 22, 2008

Filed under: chicklitgurrl,life,publicity,the writing life — Shon @ 12:37 am

For our first month of writer discussions on AtBaP, we are looking at FAITH and how writers connect their faith to writing.

Participating authors are

Friday, August 1, 2008 — Beth Fehlbaum: MySpace

Friday, August 8, 2008 — Niambi Davis: MySpace

Monday, August 11, 2008 — Pamela S. Thibodeaux: MySpace

Friday, August 15, 2008 — Faith Inspired Books: MySpace

Friday, August 22, 2008 — James A. Jimason: MySpace

Friday, August 29, 2008 — Cynthia Polansky: MySpace

Just from reading the early submissions from the authors, I can tell you that they are ALL taking it seriously, and you’ll be in for some great responses, so head over to AtBaP TODAY and subscribe to the blog!


CLG interviews Urban Christian author Sharon Oliver today! July 21, 2008

Today, over at ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING, I’m interviewing Sharon Oliver, author of KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER.

Check out an excerpt of the interview!


CLG: What have you done or what do you plan to do – as author – to promote KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER?

SO: I’ve scheduled book signings, advertised in magazines, mailed and passed out brochures, sent email blasts and participated in online interviews.

CLG: Why do you feel compelled to write fiction that integrates Christian values?

SO: A fellow Urban Christian author summed up Christian fiction and there is one key point I’d like to borrow from her to answer that question. That is, it is a ministry I feel God has given me a heart for. I don’t have a desire to write erotica, horror, etc. So far, I’ve not been given any ideas for writing romance either and romance novels are the norm these days. I’ve always enjoyed mystery/suspense books as well as humorous novels. With that said, I’d like to reach that like-minded audience and add Jesus to the mix. Nothing too heavy, but enlightening, creating and/or keeping a thirst for God.

CLG: Sharon Oliver: THE SOUNDTRACK! What three tracks would make it onto a soundtrack of your life, and why?

SO: FENCEWALK, by a 70’s group named Mandrill just for the old school jam; Richard Smallwood’s, ANTHEM OF PRAISE for the uplifting and setting the tone and Marvin Sapp’s, NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT because…I mean, come on.

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Summer Issues of TNC & SD are LIVE! July 20, 2008

And they are great, if I do say so myself, LOL

TNC is full of great stories, essays, interviews, and much, MUCH poetry! Check it out (here)!

SD has great interviews and articles and essays on relationships, self-love, empowering women, and ways to spend summer money and save – among other things! Check it out (here)!