Review: Emma Jean Reborn

by Dr. Cupid Poe and Kathi Macias
Publisher: Authorhouse
Genre: Fiction
Reviewed by D.S. White of Book Zone Reviews
"She paused again, then plunged ahead. "I guess what I'm trying to say is that, no matter what's happened in our lives, there's nothing so bad that God can't carry us through to the other side. The Bible says that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Sooner or later, God's good plan for our lives will become clear to us, Emma Jean, if we'll just let it.
Emma Jean was fighting tears now, wishing on the one hand that she'd declined Millie's invitation and gone on back to her apartment where she'd be safe from such emotional revelations, while wishing on the other that she had the courage to open her mouth and tell this dear woman everything that was on her heart. In the end she said nothing, except a silent thank you to God, as the unspoken question echoed in her heart: How many people would He send to her to give her the same message before she finally got it?" - Pg 74.

I approach the writing of this review with unwanted credentials: that of a survivor of abuse. However, it is those very credentials that give me the authority to wholeheartedly recommend this book for those who’d like to:
  • understand the face of abuse, or
  • move forward from the road called Abuse.
It goes without saying; it was not an easy read for me, not because of poor workmanship, irrelevant content or shoddy grammar. No, it was excellent in all those aspects. Being a bit of an ostrich I delayed and stalled reading the book because I was simply unwilling to “go there” again.
I can now say that it’s the best book I never-wanted-to-read because at the end of the day I applauded Emma Jean’s courage and unfailing spirit, even as I cried when she cried and triumphed when she did and was encouraged to give moving forward a chance, as she also did.
She overcame so much to reach a state of peace: that of her family’s financial situation, their bigoted beliefs, their dysfunction, their rejection of who she was as a person, her life threatening situations…
Even though the book encompasses subject matter that is uncomfortable reading for most, the authors pull it off with a mix of sensitivity, spirituality and practicality that:
  • Empathizes
  • Motivates
  • Moves
  • Advocates


  • Justifies
  • Encourages
  • Authenticates
  • Nullifies

  • Resuscitates
  • Educates
  • Believes
  • Opposes
  • Rejuvenates
  • Nurtures

But most of all it is a clear-cut roadmap directing abuse survivors towards the healing road called Forgiveness. I have heard it said that “forgiveness is a gift you give yourself,” and I wholeheartedly agree.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Recommendation: I recommend this title for:
  • those wrapped so tightly in their anger they’re blinded by it to all the goodness around them,
  • those so mired in memory of the hurt, they can’t live in the here and now,
  • those so walled into a pattern of behavior that they’re afraid to come out of their comfort zone because although painful, it’s all they know,
  • those who blame God for allowing their situation; and
  • those who desire the encouragement needed to transition from victim to victor
Signed,
D.S. White Reborn

Meet COS Productions

I just discovered this gem on myspace.com (yes I'm turning into a myspace junkie, but hey if a girl's gonna market, promote and publicize herself as well as others -- what better place to do it?) I'm a big believer that there's more than one way to do things and that includes getting the word out about your book.

That being said, here are a few words from Sheila of COS Productions

COS Productions are the original creators of the concept of Book Trailers. If you see book videos out there, we may not have created it, but we're to blame for the trend. LOL

Our purpose here on MySpace isn't just to show our video, though we do that. What he hoped to do here is create a true cyber-community for people who love books, write books or are somehow involved with books. And then, to help everyone network!

We have a booksellers list put together and we're working on an authors list. We never charge for lists and we never charge for Book Blurbs. The objective for us is to help people network. Authors and Publishers/Authors and Booksellers/ Booksellers and Publishers/ Readers and Authors/ Readers and Bookstores...there are so many synergistic opportunities!

We don't go out an arbitrarily seek "friends". We do, however, target people who read, write, publish or sell books. We're hoping to have a unique community where the book industry and readers can meet and be a little more personal.

We hope to see our community grow. We are using our blog to do "themes" like the lists, and like highlighting genres each month. In October we're highlighting horror/thrillers because of Halloween! This gives people an opportunity to see specialized lists of a particular genre.

All in all, this is a social networking site. It is our cyber-home. The welcome mat is out. Come on it. Take your shoes off. Relax and have fun. lol

Thanks Dee!

Sheila

Media Advisory: International Best-Selling Authors Coming To Dayton, Ohio

MEDIA ADVISORY September 5, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


International Best-Selling Authors Featured At Daytona's Pen To Paper Literary Symposium


( Dayton ) - Dan Poynter and Vickie Stringer will visit Dayton for the third annual Pen To Paper Literary Symposium. Hosted by Pen Of The Writer, this event occurs on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2006 at the Crowne Plaza , 33 East Fifth Street .

"The Pen To Paper Literary Symposium, which has grown to a two-day event, provides a wealth of information on the art of writing and the business of managing an independent press," says Valerie Coleman, symposium coordinator. "Attendees gain insight from mainstream and self-published authors, editors, agents and an attorney."

Dan Poynter is noted as the leading authority on self-publishing. Having authored over 100 books and 600 magazine articles, he travels the world teaching authors how to sell more books. Vickie Stringer, founder of Triple Crown Publications, used her literary savvy to create the urban-fiction genre. She now has titles printed in several languages including Spanish and Japanese.

The Author Showcase will be held on Friday, October 6, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to this portion of the event is free. Aspiring writers, book clubs, avid readers and the public are invited to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, an on-site bookstore, a licensed massage therapist, desserts by My Sweet Cakes and music by Tonya Baker. Meet and greet local and national best-selling authors including Kendra Norman-Bellamy, and Dayton's own Vanessa Miller.

Pen Of The Writer is a publishing company founded by Dayton native, Valerie L. Coleman, to assist aspiring writers and authors through the process of publishing. For complete agenda and conference registration information, contact Valerie Coleman at 937.307.0760, info@penofthewriter.com or visit www.penofthewriter.com/pentopaper.

(A media kit, pictures and other support materials are available upon request and at www.penofthewriter.com/media).

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Q & A with Dee S. White

Q: Why do you write?

A: As a child I wrote to keep an account of the good things I’d never want to forget;
As a teen I wrote as a silent cry for help;
As a young adult I wrote the things I hoped one day to forget;
As a thirty-something woman I wrote for clarity, catharsis and peace;
Now I write for the pure joy of expression with the hope that with every word I share I might prevent someone from going where I’ve been.

Q: What led you to write Age is Just a Number?

A: I believe the following excerpt answers that question quite nicely:

Meet Divine: female, thirty-seven, slaphappy, young at heart, self-employed; an online newbie, living in New York. She is fresh out of a long-term relationship and has completed the two-year mandatory wound-licking I-hate-men mourning period. Unfortunately for Divine, someone neglected to inform her that dating has been upgraded to new millennium level. But maybe she shouldn’t worry … hemlines aren’t the only things that have gone up.

Thirty-somethings are premium dating material now … at least for the twenty-year-olds … Divine’s experiences are the basis for the serial memoir I call
Age Is Just a Number, a lens through which to view the world of online dating.

Since the year 2003, I’ve logged much time online—chatting, emailing and IMing. In that time, I’ve probably spoken with over three hundred people, male and female, and I’ve realized something:

I’ve realized that there are many Divines in the world. They come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and financial brackets, drawn together by a commonality, a deep-seated loneliness or hunger for something—and by the generally accepted idea that the solution is in finding a mate.

This recounting, although entertaining, is intended to acknowledge that such a need exists, affirm the validity of that need, share the pain, caution the naïve, and pose the question that maybe … just maybe … the accepted solution ought to be an ongoing relationship with God.
This blook is the first volume of the serial memoir: Age is Just a Number: Adventures in Online Dating.

Welcome to my world!

Peace,
Dee

Q: There are many online dating books out there, what makes Age is Just a Number different?

A: Age is Just a Number entertains, affirms, unifies and makes one think. It also acknowledges the fact that not only is there a huge population online of lonely folks, a lot of them deal with abuse, obesity, mental illness and many other ailments which are largely unaddressed or untreated. Included in the back portion of AIJAN is not only the usual book related resource section, but also an additional section with numbers, addresses and URL’s to hotlines and organizations that can assist abuse, rape, incest sufferers/survivors and those with mental illnesses.

Interview: A Good Book Bookstore

Hi Julie,

Thanks for taking the time to share news from "A Good Book."



About A Good Book:

RZBR: I know the address of your store is quite prominent on your site (great new design btw), however in your own words--give us a feel of your store location?

AGB: Well, the store is located at the corner of a busy 4-way intersection in a quaint downtown-like shopping area of a small community called Woodlawn Village. The store sits between an old fashioned bakery and pharmacy that have both been her for over 20 years.

RZBR: What prompted your choice of location and how long have you been in that location?

AGB: I grew up in this community and the building which had been vacant for over 3 years was perfect. The owner said she was waiting for the right type of business that complimented the community. I opened my doors on March 18, 2006.

RZBR: Of all the occupations available--what would you say was the primary factor in your choice to be the proprietor of a bookstore?

AGB: I have been a loan officer for over 4 years and the ingnorance I often faced by individuals wanting to purchase a home made me want to help people educate themselves about finances and personal growth.

RZBR: I've learned from experience that anything worthwhile I wanted to accomplish was accompanied by trials and tribulations before I arrived at the
triumphs. What would you say was your most trying moment and how did you
overcome it?

AGB: My most trying moment was obtaining the funds to open my bookstore. Being in the mortgage field, learning to invest in real estate and knowing how to have and maintain good credit which I learned through READING helped me overcome this obstacle. I own several rental properties and was able to refinance and use equity from one of my properties to personally fund the business. I never took out any loans from the bank and I don't have any debts under my store.

RZBR: On the other hand--what was your most triumphant moment?

AGB: I got the idea to open my store in November 2005 and in a matter of 4 months I opened my store on march 18, 2006. I knew nothing about the bookselling industry. One day I will write a book ... "How I Opened a Book store in 4 Months".

About Your Customers:

RZBR: What is your store's target audience?

AGB: Anyone who wishes to improve themselves spiritually, financially and personally through the power of reading.

RZBR: In your experience what seems to best attract your customers?

  • Book cover?
  • Content?
  • Price?
  • Book placement?

AGB: The appearance of the store. Patrons always compliment on how good the store smells (I burn incense and oils), how nice and clean and how serene it is. (I always try to play some type of smoothing music-jazz, etc).

RZBR: Do you note a hesitance in your customers to purchase self-published books?

A: Rarely. I have a section specifically for local self-published authors who have actually walked into my store and asked me to carry their books. People shop this section just like any other section.

RZBR: Where do you note more growth? With your customers in person? or via your Web site?

A: I am in the process of tweeking my website so that I can produce more sales with it. It is a challenge that I will hopefully soon overcome.

A Word to Authors:

RZBR: What do you look for in choosing a title to be carried in your store or Web
site?


AGB: Well, I am not very picky on what type of literature I carry. I believe that every person has a story and that you can learn something from reading any book.

RZBR: Are you more conservative in your choices for your store vs your Web site? Why or why not?

AGB: No, the same titles I carry in-store will be available on the website.

RZBR: What pleases or displeases you most about the growth of urban fiction?

AGB: What pleases me is that more people--more importantly, our people are beginning to read which is a long way from before. What displeases me is that sometimes our urban fiction titles can make it seem ok to be called a bitch, be a drug dealer, stripper, sex fiend, etc.

RZBR: From the viewpoint of the storeowner, if there was one piece of advice you'd give a prospective author, what would it be?

AGB: Write from your heart, believe in your book and treat it like a sure enough business venture. I had one author tell me, "my book is the new drug and I gotta get this product on the streets".

AGB: Thanks for having me.

RZBR: Thanks for consenting to share.

A Star is Born! - Part 2

Hi Folks,

I've just received an email from the director of the library. She will be placing an order for a copy of AIJAN tonight! Yeeee hawwwww!

In addition, the bottom of this post states that upon joining the mailing list your newsletter will contain the "secret site's" URL. That information has changed. Your finding the site has now become part of a three-day CONTEST:

See the latest newsletter and don't forget to subscribe! You gotta be in it to win it!

Yeah, I know ... I borrowed.

Peace,
Dee

A Star is Born!

Or something like that... LOL.

Hey people,

I'm iz back and have I got updates for you!

Well... updates and a little begging. The juice is loose! Not really, I
just had an all nighter so I'm loopy.

Now, now... think nice thoughts--I was typing and quite vertical, thank you verree much! LOL.

Anyways, the pic above is the final cover of AIJAN and as of last Thursday, I gave the printer the okay on my finalized proof and copies are being printed as we speak. The book is also available on Amazon, although my release date is not till September 15th ... grrrrr... but I'm too tired to fight with anyone right now.

Btw... I finally figured out what I wanna be when I grow up! A preaching author who does social work to pay her bills! Whaddaya think? LOL.

Seriously though, I'm doing a Temp gig at a children's agency and I'd say the timing was God's way of pointing me in the right direction. (Pardon me, if I'm rambling.)

Now to play catch-up, here are some links to posts written in the past month--If you're on one of my numerous mailing lists you will have seen one or two of the posts, but if not--grab a cup of coffee or your poison of choice and settle down for a bit of a read:

So there you have it ... all caught up now.

It's been a slow couple of months writing wise for me. What with bipolar overload, spates of connectivity loss and the finalizing of project AIJAN. Guess what? The work has only just begun!

Btw... did I mention that the Borders in my town will be carrying the book?

Yup, yup--I called them up and once I said the word local author it was on!

The library will also be ordering a couple of copies. I went by and I must shamefacedly admit that I was biased--I assumed that because the staff was 100% Caucasian I'd have to do a hard sell. I forgot where I was--in a library with folks who love books ... period.

Once I said the word author, you would have thought I said Jesus! They ran off to get the director of the library and the next thing I knew I was promising to speak at a possible upcoming do and I'm just so tickled pink!

So yeah... maybe I would do it all over again, just to experience that moment--maybe.

Thanks so much for all your patience and support. Oh, and I almost forgot: if y'all would start calling up your neighborhood bookstores and requesting AIJAN and acting REAL surprised when they don't have it. I'd love it a lot!

Now for the information I know y'all have been waiting for: where you can get AIJAN and how much of a discount you're going to get after waiting so patiently?

Well I've a standard 15% discount running for the general public; but for members of my lists I've created a secret site (as secret as a site can be on the Internet ... LOL) with special discounts and FREE reads and downloads. If you'd like to save an additional 5% and be privy to excerpts of my works in progress, join any one of my lists and you'll receive your copy of the newsletter within twenty-four (24) hours with the URL to the "secret site".

Yeah, yeah ... I know ... much drama, but cut me some slack I'm feeling mighty special right now--and that's special without the quotation marks ... LOL.

Peace and blessings,
Dee