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What’s Up with ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING? October 20, 2008

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Shon Bacon, aka ChickLitGurrl, started the blog CHICKLITGURRL:  high on LATTES & WRITING in 2005 to showcase the talents of women writers; she wanted to know what inspired them to write, she wanted to know the trials they faced to get published, and she wanted to know what they were doing to promote their published works.  She also wanted to know the “other” side – how they managed writing in their busy lives, what they did outside of writing.

In those four years, Shon has interviewed over 60 writers, and in 2008 alone, she’s interviewed nearly 30, to include Abiola Abrams, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, Jennifer Banash, Liane Bonin, Lisa Mondello, Lutishia Lovely, Marissa Monteilh, Niambi Davis, Paula Chase-Hyman, Shannon McKelden, Shelley Halima, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, and Yasmin Coleman!

It’s never to late to check out the interviews; in the right hand column, the interviews are located by YEAR.

For 2009, Shon plans to spotlight TWELVE AUTHORS, one every month.  HOWEVER, she’s only spotlighting indie authors – those who are self-publishing or those who are published through small, indie presses.  Books have to be published AFTER July 1, 2008.

If you fit into those two categories, send her an e-mail at sdb6812@hotmail.com and provide her with the following info:

Book title:
Book genre:
Book description:
Publishing house (and url):
Publication date:

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ChickLitGurrl Talks with YA Author Diana Rodriguez Wallach

ChickLitGurrl Talks to young adult author Diana Rodriguez Wallach about her debut novel, AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS!

INTERVIEW EXCERPT

CLG: YA is huge – there are so many books on the market that feature girls having to spend what’s to be their best summer away from home in a different place. There are a slew of books about best friends, new friends, and love – how do you make your series UNIQUE? How does it stand out from the pack?

DRW: I didn’t set out to write a “fish out of water” story. My goal for Amor and Summer Secrets was to offer a modern-day look at the reality facing many American teenagers who are torn between two ethnic groups. It doesn’t matter whether your half Polish and half Puerto Rican, or half Filipino and half Russian, people can relate to what Mariana is feeling.

But in terms of uniqueness, the novel also brings to light many secrets that would have stayed hidden in Puerto Rico had Mariana not taken that trip. It opens Mariana’s eyes to a side of her family she didn’t know existed, and I think many teens can relate to being kept in the dark about unpleasant family histories. Trust me, I know. I was the youngest. I practically lived in a bubble.

CLG: Do you think the multiculturalism is an aspect that helps to illustrate the series uniqueness?

DRW: Absolutely. I think it’s becoming rare to find many American kids who are 100% affiliated with just one ethnic group. And I find that many people, including myself, connect more to the culture that they “physically” resemble.

For much of my life, I had a hard time connecting to my Puerto Rican roots because I didn’t fit the stereotype. My picture’s posted here, take a look. Would you look at me and think “Puerto Rican”? But as I grew older, I chose to seek out those connections. I studied Spanish in school, took a semester abroad in Madrid, and visited my family in Utuado.

So I purposely sent Mariana on a journey that it took me much longer to take. After all, Mariana’s a smart cookie, I knew she could handle it.

Check out the rest of Diana Rodriguez Wallach’s interview @ ChickLitGurrl:  high on LATTES & WRITING!

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Fall 2008 Issue of SisterDivas Magazine is LIVE! October 19, 2008


SisterDivas Magazine – Where REAL Women Congregate

http://www.sisterdivasmagazine.net

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

FALL 2008 (October – January)

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO SD Quarterly Newsletter/Magazine and discussion,

send an e-mail to sisterdivas-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Copyright 1999 – 2008

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CONTENTS

**Check out the new SD BOUTIQUE!**

1) MEDIA

2) TOTAL BODY

3) FEATURE

4) LIFE

5) RELATIONSHIPS

6) BUZZWORTHY

7) CONTACT INFORMATION!

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**Check out the new SD BOUTIQUE!**

SD now has a spot on the net where we are showcasing products that you, the ultimate SISTERDIVA, might be interested in! Check out our SD Boutique today!

SD Boutique @ http://astore.amazon.com/sistemagaz-20!

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1) MEDIA

@ MEDIA, we have WONDERFUL, ECLECTIC interviews with dynamic women:

Cave Canem fellow and documentary filmmaker Anastacia Tolbert,

photographer Christy Marie Edwards,

and Italian songstress Romina Johnson!

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2) TOTAL BODY

This issue of TOTAL BODY – Dr. Cherry explains to us why it’s important to have a PERSONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS in our lives!

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3) FEATURE

In Episode Five, Destiny anticipated her date with Devon and got much-needed love, support, and advice from her mom.

NOW, in EPISODE SIX, Destiny goes on her date with Devon and finds herself surprised with the outcome; on the flip side, Sharay decides that one fine man that caught her eye is worthy of more attention!

::Excerpt::

Devon took silent steps toward Destiny’s door, peering through the small opening.

“Good,” Devon said, his voice lowered. “After that, we can do whatever you want.”

Wow, Devon thought as Destiny slid her skirt and stockings off before stripping from her blouse. Devon’s breath caught in his throat as he inwardly oohed and aahed over the curvy frame of Destiny, the way her gold lace bra brought her ample breasts up and out and her matching panties clung to the full roundness of her hips and backside.

“You’re awfully quiet,” Destiny hollered, moving to her closet to remove a pair of black slacks and a gold silk blouse.

“Uh…well, just letting you take your time getting ready.”

“Aren’t you just the gentleman?” Destiny chuckled. Devon felt a tightening in his groin as he watched a scantily clad Destiny dress and slip on a pair of trouser socks before pulling on her black leather ankle boots. Softly groaning, Devon stepped away from the door and made his way over to the loveseat, sitting with a frustrated plop.

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4) LIFE

Over @ LIFE this issue, we have plenty to dish out – beauty tips for the holiday season with All That Glitters columnist Melody Shore and her guest Debora Routhe, modeling with Sharon Quinn, job searches for working mothers with expert Roxanne Ravenel, and wines for the fall/winter seasons with The Sipping Sommelier, L. Denise Jackson!

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5) RELATIONSHIPS

@ Relationships, we’re focusing on the relationship with self by featuring author Monica Marie Jones and her novel, The Ups and Downs of Being Round, a coming of age story about a girl who struggles throughout her life with issues of weight.

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6) BUZZWORTHY

Every issue of SD, we give you our BUZZWORTHY picks in books, movies, TV, and music! Come see what WE think is HOT for FALL 2008!

Do you have a book, CD, TV show, DVD, anything media worthy that you would like us to consider for BUZZWORTHINESS?

If so, e-mail us at info@sisterdivasmagazine.net and tell us about your product!

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7) CONTACT INFORMATION

To contact SisterDivas regarding submissions or other inquiries, please e-mail us at info@sisterdivasmagazine.net .

We work hard to answer ANY and ALL e-mails as quickly as possible.

SisterDivas: Where ALL Women Congregate!

http://www.sisterdivasmagazine.net

 

Fall 2008 Issue of TNC Magazine is LIVE!


THE NUBIAN CHRONICLES – Writings of The Black Experience
http://www.tnc-magazine.net
ISSN: 1530-7328

Quarterly Newsletter
FALL 2008 (October – January)

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO TNC Quarterly Newsletter and Discussion Channel,

send an e-mail to TNCnewsletter-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Copyright 1999 – 2008

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CONTENTS

1. NUBIAN BELLES-LETTRES

2. STRAIGHT FROM DA PEN

3. DA CYBER CHRONICLES

4. THE POETRY CORNER

5. IN DA CLUB

6. THE WRITE LIFE

7. THE LIVING ROOM

8. MATTHEW’S MUSINGS

9. ASK DEDAN

10. CONTACT US!

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1. NUBIAN BELLES-LETTRES

Erotica, revenge, horror, family, and relationship are @ NUBIAN belles-lettres this issue! Check out the short stories and novel excerpts:

J.C. MartinLay In It – (short story) – On his ten-year wedding anniversary, Byron rushes home to create a night of romance and love for his wife, but little does he know that she’s on to him and all his ways; story’s motto should be – Be careful WHAT you do…

Anthony AndersonThey Ain’t All Like That Down South – (short story) – What starts out as a normal family road trip to begin a vacation ends in a horrific display of “Southern Hospitality”.

T. L. DavisWoman2Woman: What We Do Wrong in Dating – (book excerpt) – Author T. L. Davis brings us chapter one of her book, WOMAN2WOMAN as she discusses the importance of RESPECT when dating!

Robert MorganSchool Clothes – (short story) – a stirring story about a seemingly simple family trip to buy school clothes that reveals so much more about the family.

Ayanna PierceIN SESSION: Tales of Dr. Gwendolyn Kast – (excerpt) – Warning – explicit language – Dr. Gwendolyn Kast is a therapist with kinky ways. Sometimes, her libido finds her spread eagle on her desk; sometimes, it finds her lightly spanking a client to break him from his dominant position – see what she does in this first episode!

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2. STRAIGHT FROM DA PEN

With our reader-favorite column this issue, we are talking to:

Stacy-Deanne – LATEST: Melody

Deaubrey Devine – DEBUT NOVEL: Destiny Hope Faith Divine

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3. DA CYBER CHRONICLES

In episode #14 of Everything’s Going to Be Alright: Cassie was determined to have one of her famous “bonding breakfasts” with Caduceus and Clemson so that she could see what was going on with her girls. The morning was made all the more interesting when Caduceus’ boyfriend from Miami, Jay, made a surprise visit.

NOW, in episode #15: What starts as a fun family atmosphere with take out and talk ends with Clemson attacked and left bleeding, bruised, and crushed – cradled in her mother’s arms.

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“Is that a problem?” Dru asked. “That we’re just friends. Do you want to be more?”

Randi had no clue what she wanted to do. She knew that she loved Dru, and in her own way, she also loved Maxwell.

He had given her so many things, been there for her in ways Dru hadn’t, couldn’t.

It wasn’t easy to break a heart, let alone three, because in some small way, her decision would hurt all three of them. The wrong thing was to tell Dru she wanted something more with him. She needed time to think through this.

“I can’t answer that right now,” Randi said. “I have to think about everything that’s going on and make the right decision for me.”

“I agree. But I do have one piece of advice.”

“And that is?”

“When you’re sitting down, thinking about what you want,” Dru said, “don’t base your decision on what you can materially get from somebody, but by how you feel inside with that somebody.”

Randi shot up from her chair. “What do you mean by that, Dru? Are you calling me a gold digger or something?”

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4. THE POETRY CORNER

@ The Poetry Corner, help us welcome talented poet, Tracy Grenville who shares his poetry and his thoughts about writing!

When asked, What inspires you to write, Grenville replied, “It depends on the moment. Many times it is a word or phrase that sticks in my head that I have to write about. I always write in the early morning for three hours. Sometimes, something good comes out of it and more times than not it’s crap. But it becomes a discipline and it’s a discipline that helps the writing.”

Check out more of TRACY GRENVILLE interview and poetry at The Poetry Corner!

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5. IN DA CLUB

Come join us @ IN DA CLUB, where we’re talking with Jennifer Coissiere, an aspiring author and a “tough critic” reviewer for APOOO Book Club!

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6. THE WRITE LIFE

In her latest THE WRITE LIFE article, Shon Bacon spotlights five writing-related sites you should add to your BOOKMARKS!!

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7. THE LIVING ROOM

In this issue of THE LIVING ROOM, columnist Anastacia Tolbert offers the provocative article – “Let’s Talk about Breasts” – that analyzes the societal thought and media-frenzy of one of women’s most viewed assets.

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8. MATTHEW’S MUSINGS

In “Anti-Intellectualism: A Cultural Virus,” Matthew Lynch argues that anti-intellectualism affects all levels of the black experience, and that in order to overcome it, we must see the value in education and not the value of societal and cultural beliefs.

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9. ASK DEDAN

In the latest column, award-winning author Dedan Tolbert offers advice to a woman who wants to know is it okay to want to date a man who has NO children…

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10. CONTACT INFORMATION

To contact The Nubian Chronicles regarding submissions or other
inquiries,
please e-mail us at info@tnc-magazine.net.

We work hard to answer ANY and
ALL e-mails as quickly as possible!

The Nubian Chronicles – http://www.tnc-magazine.net!

 

Check out my QUICKIE EDITING TIPS @ Blogging in Black October 17, 2008

Come check me out at BLOGGING IN BLACK [LINK] today where I’m sharing QUICKIE EDITING TIPS!

If you have some of your own, share them with the other readers.

See you there!

Shon

Blogging in Black

[http://www.blogginginblack.com]

 

Developing Scenes October 11, 2008

Today, I talk about DEVELOPING SCENES @ The Blood-Red Pencil: http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/.

Come check out the piece and leave comments!

 

Author Torrance Stephens, Ph.D., talks about being a male writer October 10, 2008

For the month of OCTOBER, All the Blog’s a Page (AtBaP) is featuring MALE WRITERS!

We kick off the month with Torrance Stephens, Ph.D., a man of many words and much intellect and thought.  His ability to “keep it real” is something I admire and something that keeps me checking him out.

For the month of October, AtBaP authors are talking about BEING MALE; here’s the question that was posed:  Reflect on the stories you have written – the stories waiting to be written.  What themes, topics do you find your writerly mind pushing you to write?  How do these themes, topics portray themselves through you as a male writer?

Torrance begins his response:  Well I normally write about what I live and experience.  I have been told I write intellectual fiction. I have been compared to Hemingway, Iceberg Slim and Richard Wright, but my idols are Pablo Neruda, Albert Camus and Voltaire among a few others.  It is easy for me; since I write erotica, sci-fi, horror, and psychological and philosophical realism, with my understanding of the sciences, history and the world; they just roll off my brain.

What ELSE does Torrance have to say about “writing as male”?  Head over to ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE today to read the rest of his response and to learn more about Dirt Behind My Ears and Butter Brown!

ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE (AtBaP) – Where everything relates to writing:  [http://alltheblogsapage.blogspot.com]