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New Release: Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One) by Yecheilyah Ysrayl…

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Yes, it’s Yecheilyah again. (Don’t everyone wave at the same time ). I borrowed the house keys from your favorite Ape to give you a last-minute reminder that Book One in The Nora White Story is available in just two days. It has been an amazing journey, filled with learning curves, ups, downs, delays, and revelations for sure. I hope this book is as fun and enlightening to you reading it as it was for me to write it.

Here’s what readers have to say:

“The author really did her research, touching on the feud between Zora and Langston over a play written by both, but only Zora was given credit. The way she wove Nora into the middle of the feud was genius. It was reminiscent of Forrest Gump a bit. (That, in my world is a HUGE compliment – I love Forrest Gump).” – Lisa W. Tetting

“When…

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Author Interview and Promo with Lynette Davis: Even Rain Is Just Water

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I have known Lynette for about two years now. Though it’s hard to pinpoint any exact moments in the blogosphere, I believe we met when she commented on my blog post, Why Memoirs are Special. From there we have gone on to follow each other’s blogs, email lists, social media, and she even bought one of my paperbacks.

Today, I am honored to help to promote her memoir, Even Rain is Just Water. Eck!

OK. I am calm. But, you all know that I would like to write a memoir one day. It is my honor to witness how it is done from those who’ve been where I am trying to go. Lynette’s book released in ebook on May 30, 2017. Today, she is releasing the paperback!

I love paperbacks!

AND I’ve  already read the book. Yup. I beat you.

Before getting into the book, let’s learn more about…

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40 Things You Might Find Yourself Doing After Reading A Good Book #SundayBlogShare #AmReading

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I have read a few good books lately. As a bookworm I adore that wonderful feeling you get from reading a great book.

I love this quote from William Styron:

‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading’.

After finishing a great book I have been known to do some strange things.

Here are 40 things you might find yourself doing after reading a fab book:

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Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of “Hidden Figures,” Has a New Book In the Works

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A new book proposal from Margot Lee Shetterly is making the rounds at New York publishing houses. According to insiders, the sales tag for the work is quickly mounting.

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Nine Strategies to Promote your Writing Locally

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By Jessica Mcneil

Do you ever wonder what happens once an author has their first ever title created and presses the ‘Publish’ button? You may not be a New York Times best-selling author, you may not become famous immediately, and your Amazon numbers may be awful, but does this mean that you should quit writing books? Absolutely Not!

No matter what kind of book you compile, success in self-publishing is all about discoverability, especially if you want to reach your target audience. Listed below are a couple of low-cost strategies that you could put into use to ensure that you achieve the kind of visibility and popularity your writing deserves.

Nine ideas may seem a bit overwhelming, but keep in mind that you only have to put them into practice one at a time. When the expected results come to pass, you will have secured a direct connection to a vast…

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What I’m Reading for Black History Month

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It’s here again, that somber, dark, short month where the world outside is dismal. As usual, I plan to use this month’s reading to keep the fires burning in my mind and heart by focusing exclusively on works by black Americans.  Here is what is on the queue for this month’s reads and reviews. What are you reading?

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday# October 13th

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly feature hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks . Please click on this link to get more details about the feature.

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To take part all you need to do is answer the following questions:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

A Book I Have Read

sue monk kiddThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh…

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A Conversation with Natalie Baszile, Author of ‘Queen Sugar’

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PHOTO BY ANDREW DOSUNMU, 2016 WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. COURTESY OF OWN L-R: Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner PHOTO BY ANDREW DOSUNMU, 2016 WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT INC. COURTESY OF OWN
L-R: Kofi Siriboe, Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner

Two and a half years after Queen Sugar was published, everyone is talking about Natalie Baszile’s debut novel.

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