Chaos In The Coffee House by Jenny Zimmerman-Coffee

August 29th, 2014

Chaos In The Coffee House is a look into the life of this Godly mom, who is slightly obsessed with Donnie Wahlberg and Dr. Phil, just trying to hold down the fort and keep her sanity at the same time, while keeping her children alive! It’s a hard job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

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You may read a an excerpt of Chaos In The Coffee House at www.chaoticcoffees.blogspot.com.

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Interview with Jenny Zimmerman-Coffee

When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?
Being a mother of five rowdy kids, I was constantly writing a funny story on fb about something they had said or done. I had several people telling me that I should start a blog. So I did. Then after getting close to 3,000 views on my blog and very positive feedback, friends starting encouraging me to write a book. So….I did!Jenny

Why is the theme of this project important?
Although the majority of my book is hilarious and entertaining. Another portion of it is just me, being a real life mom, letting other moms know that you don’t have to be perfect for your kids to know that you love them.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
I learned that it’s okay to screw up. I learned that our kids are only little for a little while so it’s easier to laugh at the small things than to get my panties in a wad.

How do you find time to write?
That was the tricky part. I wrote a line or two here and there. Sometimes I stayed up waaaay past my bedtime and got up waaay before the kids did. I made it work.

If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
Oh…My…Goodness! That’s a hard one. If I had to choose only one, it would probably be Nicholas Sparks. But I liken myself to Erma Bombeck, so that would also be a dream come true!

About Jenny Zimmerman-Coffee

I am a 34 year old wife/stay-at-home mom/homeschooler/God girl/Dr. Phil fanatic/blogger…The list goes on and on! My favorite things to do are bake, read, and make people laugh!

His Until Sunrise by Joy Avery

August 28th, 2014

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Author: Joy Avery

Publication Date: 8-2-2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group For Your Book 18+

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After learning her boss has scheduled a mandatory team-building excursion, financial planner Nona Rogers panics. What does she know about camping? Nada. Zilch. Heck, she doesn’t even like picnics. And the thought of sleeping amid bugs and wild animals knots her stomach. No way can she risk looking like an idiot in front of her colleagues. Taking proactive measures, she acquires the services of a guide to give her a crash-course in camping. Seven days living off the land. How hard could it be? Nona swallows those words when she meets the sexy titan tasked with leading her into the wild. Getting mauled by a bear quickly becomes the least of her worries. Mason Tinsdale’s first love has always been oil rigging. But a horrible accident has him doubting the job—more importantly, himself. Seven days in the Indigo Falls wilderness is just what he needs to sort out his thoughts. Then he meets Nona Rogers. He’s convinced the gorgeous woman is going to be far more trouble than she’s worth. And he’s right. However, there’s something about the feisty vixen that makes her irresistible. Two guarded hearts. Seven days alone. An attraction that can’t be denied.

About the Author

j.avery Joy Avery is a North Carolina native with a passion for penning contemporary romances. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her sixteen-pound peek-a-poo and hundred-pound Rottweiler. There’s plenty of emotion in a Joy Avery romance. Sometimes there are obstacles and hurdles in love, and she enjoys showing this in her novels. Her stories guide readers along the rutted roads of love, delivering them to a gratifying happily ever after. Romance is Joy’s genre of choice, because she enjoys the experience of characters overcoming the barriers that have held them back from finding true love. Plus, she loves happily ever afters. HIS UNTIL SUNRISE is Joy’s second novel. Her first novel, SMOKE IN THE CITI, garnered attention for having well-developed and believable characters, as well as refreshing humor. She is currently working on Book 2 of her Indigo Falls series. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers

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The Tale of Two Americas by Anthony L. Hubbard

August 22nd, 2014

Providing an educational environment that will work extremely well for Boys of Color can be a great challenge especially when they enter the transition to high school/college and career. This book was written to discuss promising practices and evaluate existing models that specialize in the education of these young men.

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Interview with Anthony Hubbard

When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?

When people kept telling me to write a book. I actually have a blog that speaks to engaging young men in crisis. In addition, I conduct professional development sessions for teachers working in urban school districts, where this issue of black male achievement is on a raise.

The next natural step was to begin to write a series of books around the issue. This is my inaugural book which is a philosophical look at the issues. The next book in the series is geared more towards providing step by step how to guide to new urban teachers.

Why is the theme of this project important?
The book is dealing with the social-emotional development of young boys and men of color and how it affects their academic achievement.

The book is written to give educators, school leaders and practitioners strategies in meeting these young men where their at and raise the bar of expectation while providing equal amount of support and guidance.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?
This might sound preachy but that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I consistently doubt myself and what I can actually accomplish. I set a goal to have this book completed by my Birthday and with perseverance and determination I met the deadline three week early.

How do you find time to write?
When I decided to write this book, I actually book my writing time on my schedule as if it was one of the many meetings or presentations that I’m required to do while performing my job.

If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?
Alfred W. Tatum. Since the first time I heard Dr. Tatum speak at a conference about engaging young boys and men of color through literacy activities I was sold and have used his methodology in engaging my students. I have since read everything he has written and have realized great achievements in my young men. Such an empowering man!

About Anthony Hubbard

A life-long advocate for the success of boys and young men of color, ANTHONY L. SONY DSCHUBBARD is the Director of YouthBuild Providence. He is deeply invested in the efforts to promote a “multiple pathways” agenda in which urban youth have greater access to higher education and careers. He has an established track record of helping out-of-school youth achieve improved educational outcomes through social and emotional development strategies and practices. He is also the co-founder of The New Beginnings Academy middle school initiative, a grassroots movement to assist students in pre-secondary schooling completion and transition through college and careers successfully through engaging critical literacy curriculum, tutoring, mentoring and character building through Rites of Passage.

You can learn more about Anthony Hubbard at http://menofcolorunited.blogspot.com/.

A Walk in the Woods | New Story Posted over at #Snaps1000Words

August 19th, 2014

My very first memory of my father is a trip to McDonald’s and then a walk on Bluff Lake, a 900-acre lake that is part of one the the US Government’s wildlife refuges. When I went home earlier this summer, I took my dad and my two boys there. It made my dad happy to spend time with his grandsons in one of his favorite places.

I’ve been working on characters for a fictional series about the area. But, I had no idea that the first short story would be inspired by something so distant but so very close to Mississippi: race relations. As a mom of Black boys, my heart breaks for the parents of Mike Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer. It seems that it is ok for our children not to get a chance at a fair trial or even life. But, my story raises the question:

What if Mike Brown was a child you knew personally?

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

After his Saturday evening walk, Wilson Cox napped in the plaid recliner in his mother’s living room. He was awakened by the ten o’clock news and the story of a shooting that occurred the previous night, causing the local minority community to protest in outrage. His mouth gaped in horror as the reporter detailed the shooting of seventeen-year-old Andrew Smith, Jr., his best friend’s son.

He couldn’t make out why the newscaster kept using words like the “minority community” and “disadvantaged youth” as she described the mob of protesters. On the screen, a crowd of White youth stood against an army of Black officers. Wilson picked up the remote to make sure he hadn’t inadvertently turned to Saturday Night Live; their parodies often seemed so real. Unfortunately, he was watching Fox News. Read more …

Souls Stirring on Display

July 17th, 2014

Good morning. I’m in a pretty good mood. Today is opening night for the 8th Annual Sensory Overload Art Show, and I have a piece on display at City Arts Factory. This is my first art show in more than 20 years.

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The 8th Annual Sensory Overload Art Show is a multi-media art show featuring all female artists.

OPENING NIGHT • JULY 17TH 2014
6:00pm – 9:00pm – Art will hang until August 16TH 2014
City Arts Factory
29 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
Free Admission • Over 200 Works of Art
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Makasha Dorsey’s Entry

Title: Souls Stirring | Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Board | Price: $650

What’s My Writing Process?

June 26th, 2014

I was honored and slightly petrified when Shonell Bacon, my favorite editor and awesome-writer-friend, asked me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. She challenges me each month over at www.snaps100words.com so I acquiesced and accepted this challenge, too.

So, here goes…

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What are you working on?

Before I retreat into the Data Den of All that is Awesome—my writing cave that lies somewhere between my right and left ear while I’m sitting in my home office—I spend most of my day writing public relations plans, media pitches and various copy for my clients.

Right now I’m working with Kamica Hampton, a Houston-based luxury real estate agent, to compile an ebook that walks women through the process of home-buying. It’s jam packed with useful information and, best of all, she is giving the book away for free!

Creatively, I have several irons in the fire …

  • First Family Secrets (The Church House Series, Book 1) – after much procrastination I decided to re-release my first book. I uploaded it to CreateSpace earlier today.
  • Good, Before & After He Finds You: A Lesson in Perpetual Personal Branding – 3 years ago I facilitated a workshop for women who eventually wanted to become wives. My perspective is that all women are wives—just waiting to be found by the right husband. If you don’t believe me see Proverbs 18:22. Anyway, I’m in the process of finalizing a self-help book based on the workshop. You can get the gist of the contents here.
  • The Boy in the Chicken Coop – It’s not a children’s story. I guess it is somewhere between a short psychological thriller and a twisted romance. Kinda creepy, huh? 

How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I’m not sure that I fit neatly into any genre. While all of my work is inspired by my relationship with God, personal experiences and day-to-day observations, I don’t hold some of the constraints adhered to by many Christian authors.

Life is messy. My work is my perspective and solution to life’s messiness.

Why do you write what you do?

There is no other choice for me. If I didn’t write I’d have to live with all of the voices in my head.

I write because words have helped me get through so many of life’s challenges. Writing started as a way for me to face the sexual abuse I suffered from the time I was 3 years old until I was seven. Then it progressed into a platform where I could encourage, educate and uplift others.

Now, writing is like breathing for me. No matter what I write I experience a sort of nirvana.

How does your writing process work?

When I’m inspired I write. Believe it or not, I write daily for work and for my sanity.

I keep a journal with me to jot down ideas as they come. When the journal is full, I file it. On the days where I lack inspiration, I revisit those journals to help me write.

As far as the actual process of writing, I usually writing a 3-5 pages synopsis first. Then, I use that synopsis to do an 8 point story arc. From there, I write each chapter. Typically, my first draft of a full length novel is about 45-55k words. By the time I re-write, I’m at 100k words. During my self-edit I get rid of information until I hit about 85k words. Of course, I send it out to an editor then.

Up Next …

I’m excited about the women participating on next week. Keleigh and Jamesina  are contributors to The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books). The other one is LaShaunda Hoffman, the creator of Shades of Romance Magazine (SORMAG).

Keleigh Crigler Hadley loves making things up and calling it fiction. [website] [Twitter][Pinterest][Instagram]

Jamesina Greene is a Published Author; Minister; Mother and Writer who is dedicating her life to positively impacting and empowering the lives of others. [Facebook][Twitter]

LaShaunda Hoffman is a booklover who shows it by promoting books via SORMAG. [website][Twitter][Facebook]

Beauty Queen | New Story Posted over at #Snaps1000Words #Inspiredby Maya Angelou

June 9th, 2014

It’s that time of the month again. My 1000-word short Beauty Queen is now live over at Snaps1000Words.com.

I had originally intended to write a sweet love short for June. However, when Dr. Maya Angelou, one of the most precious literary voices of our time, passed, our editor challenged us to write something inspired by her.

This piece is largely autobiographical. I hope you enjoy it.

Beauty Queen

Beauty Queen

She didn’t feel beautiful.

Standing in the massive dressing room among the crowd of babbling teenage girls, their catty mothers, and overbearing pageant coaches, Ruby felt like a fraud. No. She felt as fake as the silver plated, three-karat cubic zirconium earrings dangling from her lobes. She appraised her reflection in the portable, lighted vanity mirror. A stunning, regal lady, who emanated poise, grace, and confidence glared haughtily back at her. Pam, her best friend and makeup artist, had made plain Ruby look just as good as, if not better than, the long, lean, blond goddesses surrounding her.

Chagrined, she watched the lips of her mirror image curl into a smug, knowing grin. Underneath all of the makeup, straight hair, false eyelashes, and designer gown, Ruby hid her secrets well. Read more…

Seeking Test Readers for First Family Secrets by Makasha Dorsey

May 22nd, 2014

I’m finally taking my own advice and re-releasing my first book, The Church House. Because the book was initially intended to be a part of a series, I changed the name to First Family Secrets.

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Right now I’m looking for test readers, twenty of them as a matter of fact. If you complete the form, I’ll send over a Kindle version directly to the email address you provide.

10 Ways to Be a Better Father & Husband

May 22nd, 2014

This guest post is courtesy of Dr. Tredell Dorsey, my husband.10 Ways

Today I was sitting at work thinking of how I can be a better father and husband.
I have to find the balance of being a great father and husband, but how? It seems that when you give more to one you lack with the other. So how do you manage this situation so that everyone is happy including yourself? Well after days of thinking about how to change for the better; how to be effective and successful at both, I came up with the following suggestions:

  1. Pray for your family alone and together.
  2. Tell your kids and your wife that you love them every day.
  3. Make time to do activities with both your kids and wife together as a family.
  4. Take time to tell your wife how much  you appreciate the things she does on a daily basis.
  5. Sit down and talk to your kids about their day and ask questions.
  6. Listen with your eyes, ears and hands. Let her know she’s the focus.
  7. Send her flowers or a card just because.
  8. Plan a date with your wife and make the night all about her. You can do the same with the kids.
  9. Be honest and transparent when engaging in conversation with respect.
  10. Call in the middle of the day and tell her you can’t stop thinking about how lucky you are to have her in your life.

Now, these are 10 things that I’m in the process of doing in my quest in being a better husband and father.  Remember your family is important so like you work hard at your job work even harder on your family.

What ways can you become a better husband and father?

Longing After You | New Story Posted over at #Snaps1000Words

May 12th, 2014

It is that time of the month again. And, I decided to write about love and longing from a man’s perspective. You know, how a woman can drive a man CRAZY. Yeah, I wrote that in all caps.

Alright, here’s part of it but you’ve gotta go on over the Snaps1000Words to read the rest. [Psst, by the way, a few people told me that I was wrong for this one. Please share your opinion about it.]

Longing After You

Longing After You 

Samantha left.

She didn’t say she was leaving. She just did. There was no note, no explanation, only an empty sleeping bag disheveled on the floor next to Ricardo’s. Her scent, a mixture of a spicy perfume and her natural aroma, pervaded the air in the tent, tormenting his every inhalation.

As much as Ricardo wanted, needed some fresh air, he couldn’t pull himself away from the small space saturated with her smell. It would be there when he returned. But, he hesitated, not willing to take himself into the world outside.

Finally, he rolled over to his back from the fetal position he balled into after finding Samantha absent. He had done everything she asked, respected her space, her need to simply be. Like the countless times before, Ricardo found himself thoroughly rejected, forsaken, even. Samantha chose to rob him of her presence when he more than tried to appease her every want.

Read more at http://snaps1000words.com/snaps-longingafteryou.