Introducing: Jezebel's Wings

Title: Jezebel's Wings
Author: Joan Crossing
Publisher: Publish America
Release Date: August 20, 2007
ISBN-10: 1424188466
ISBN-13: 978-1424188468
Paperback: 56 pages
List Price: $12.95

Description:

Jezebel's Wings is about a 10-year old going to bed only to awake to a different mom same face-but different soul. From this point on her life changes; her mother has gone completely mad. This day marks the change and challenges from child to woman. She embarks on desperate journey to be something other than what the street has in store.

Introducing: 99

Title: 99
Author: Reed Houston
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Release Date: February 7, 2005
ISBN-10: 1420819240
ISBN-13: 978-1420819243
Paperback: 140 pages
List Price: $15.50

Description:

This book is just a reflection of my thoughts, feelings, and experiences as I walk through the complexity of life. Addressing everything from love to frustration, spirituality to sexuality, friendship and family to loneliness, this is an attempt to make a connection between myself and my readers. Through verses and metaphors, I create a voice for hidden emotions, frustrating circumstances or just simple unspoken thoughts. Although, all the poems in this book are not my personal experiences, most were inspired by some event, emotion, or thought and in some cases my imagination. So, I challenge you, take a moment, open the pages of this book, and open the pages to your own self conscious.

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Backlist Presents: Get Your Book Published!

A Note from Felicia at Backlist.com

Get Your Book Published! I'm Hosting Another Seminar

For DC-area folks, I'm hosting another book publishing seminar for Mediabistro. Details below.

To sign up visit, http://www.mediabistro.com/courses/cache/crs2744.asp.

Get Your Book Published
How to navigate the publishing industry

WHEN: Thursday, June 28, 6:30-9:30 pm

WHERE: The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Avenue, N.W., Park Level, Washington, D.C. 20005, 212-929-2588

PRICE: $65 ($50 for )more info

Course Details:

If you are a writer, you are not only in the business of writing, you are in the business of publishing. The most successful writers understand how the book publishing industry works and know how to navigate the complex waters of the industry. Knowledge is power. By understanding the realities of publishing (not everyone receives a six-figure advance) you'll be able to find ways to maintain a successful writing career.

In this seminar, you will learn:

* Publishing basics- how the industry works
* The structure of publishing houses
* How to get to know the major players - literary agents, editors, and publishers
* The realities of advances and book sales
* What really goes on in an editorial meeting and how decisions are made about what books are published
* What happens once your book is published
* How to develop a marketing plan for yourself and your book

Introducing: The Dark River

Title: The Dark River
Author: John Twelve Hawks
Publisher: Doubleday
Release Date: July 10, 2007
ISBN-10: 0385514298
ISBN-13: 978-0385514293
Hardcover: 384 pages
List Price: $24.95

Description:

A frantic race to save a long-lost Traveler.
An epic battle for freedom.
Two brothers whose power puts them on a collision course . . .with each other.


In The Traveler, John Twelve Hawks introduced readers to a dangerous world inspired by the modern technology that monitors our lives. Under constant surveillance of the ‘Vast Machine,’ a sophisticated computer network run by a ruthless group, society is mostly unaware of its own imprisonment. Gabriel and Michael Corrigan, brothers who were raised “off the grid,” have recently learned they are Travelers like their long-lost father— part of a centuries-old line of prophets able to journey to different realms of consciousness and enlighten the world to resist being controlled. But power affects the brothers differently. As The Traveler ends, Gabriel hesitates under the weight of responsibility. Michael seizes the opportunity—and joins the enemy.

Introducing: Monogamous Intentions

Title: Monogamous Intentions
Author: Shannon N. Davis
Publisher: DeLoach-Davis Publishing
Release Date: May 24, 2006
ISBN-10: 0976981319
ISBN-13: 978-0976981312
Paperback: 240 pages
List Price: $15.00

Description:

Monogamous Intentions is a work of fiction. Each character in this story deals with issues confronting our society today. Issues of adultery, jealousy, envy, violence, incarceration, AIDS, attempted murder and yes, Love. The main character is Sedonia Lacey. She goes to hell and back before she finally finds out who she really is. Her early childhood starts out as a normal middle class little Black girl ... blissfully happy with her parents, but then she over hears her parents many fights --and life for her becomes uncertain.

She learns that something is not quite right, but is just too young to absorb it all. Her mother then meets with a violent attack and is almost killed! But who really did it? Sedonia ends up living with her Aunt Grace after her mothers violent attack-- that left her in a coma. As Sedonia becomes a young lady, she escapes home by marrying her ideal man. It was a whirlwind romance at first ... but it lost its fizzle after a while and she becomes lonely in her marriage.

Out of nowhere, one day the most handsome man unsuspectingly enters her world. She begins a steamy love affair. Caught up in a love triangle--she becomes pregnant and finds herself asking "Who's the Dad? Now, she also has to be tested for HIV--which one tested positive?

About the Author:

Shannon Davis is one of the Hottest New Authors on the Horizon! Shannon won her readers over from her first release last year (2005) with "Nothing Like friends." And they applauded….More! More! More! And she does just that with "Monogamous Intentions." Before becoming an author, she worked as a Registered Nurse in New Jersey. Since as early as Shannon can remember, she has enjoyed writing. She invites her readers and fans to share their responses from her books with her.

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Upcoming Release: Straight to the Heart

Title: Straight to the HeartAuthor: Michelle Monkou
Publisher: Kimani
Release Date: September 1, 2007
ISBN-10: 037386034X
ISBN-13: 978-0373860340
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
List Price: $5.99

Description:

Meet Omar Masterson, the youngest in the family, who takes some bold steps toward independence. As a TV Video and Talk Host, his first assignment lands him in the spotlight of Stacy Watts, hip-hop singer/actress. Together the two must battle and make amends with their past or be destroyed, canceling any hope of a life together. Their fierce love for each other is swift and direct, like an arrow – straight to the heart.

About the Author:

Michelle Monkou
Michelle Monkou enjoys reading! Reading books of all genres developed an imagination powerful enough to set lofty goals, like being a published writer. Writing romances proved to be the natural choice after devouring well-crafted stories with historical backdrops from the genre greats like Barbara Cartland, Kathleen Woodiweiss, and Edith Layton, and the contemporary romantic suspense tales from Nora Roberts.

However, representation from the African-American community as romance writers or as main characters in romances was rare. With the pioneering launch of several multi-cultural romance lines and their continued success, there is now an outlet for diversity. Michelle’s dream came true in January, 2002 when she received a two-book contract from BET Books. OPEN YOUR HEART debuted in November 2002, for which she earned the prestigious Emma Award nomination for Favorite New Author of Multicultural Romance. FINDERS KEEPERS hit bookshelves in June 2003 and received an advance review from Romantic Times Book Club with a Top Pick and 4 1/2 stars. GIVE LOVE, a holiday anthology with Linda Hudson-Smith and Francine Craft, was released October 2003. MAKING PROMISES arrived in bookstores October 2004 and was featured in The Baltimore Sun.

Born in England and growing up in Guyana, Michelle enjoyed the rich history and culture of the Caribbean experience. Now living in the United States, she blends all of her influences with her American experience to spin romantic stories about real people with real conflicts who fall in love.

Michelle earned a Bachelor’s in English to hone her skills as a writer and a Master’s in International Business to earn a living while pursuing her dream. She is a member of several chapters of the Romance Writers of America. Michelle resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two children.

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Introducing: Love Changes

Title: Love Changes
Author: Michael J. Burt
Publisher: Xpress Yourself Publishing, LLC
Release Date: February 5, 2007
ISBN-10: 0972299068
ISBN-13: 978-0972299060
Paperback: 84 pages
List Price: $10.95

Description:

Love Changes, Michael J. Burt’s sophomore release, is a compilation of his most personal works. Burt describes this compilation as being a diary revealing his most personal thoughts. This poetry collection takes you on a journey through love, which is subject to change.

About the Author:

ESSENCE Magazine featured Poet and author Michael J. Burt was born July 1, 1985 in Washington , DC . He was raised in Prince George 's County, Maryland , where he currently resides. Burt studies psychology at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland. Marsha Ambrosius of the Grammy-nominated group Floetry said that Burt's poetry has "...the ability to reach the Soul with honest words of emotional optimism...Lovely."
In 2005, Burt’s first volume of poetry entitled “Experience Is Impossible Without a Chance: A Collection of Poems” was published. Lovers of the written and spoken word have seen Burt perform at Christopher Newport University, Frostburg State University, Johns Hopkins University, and heard his poetry on Howard University’s historic WHUR-FM 96.3 radio station.

Burt fulfilled a dream by opening for poet Nikki Giovanni and also had the privilege of being booked to open for Def Poet J. Ivy. He is a contributor to multiple thought provoking African American-experience books including "Journey into My Brother's Soul" and “Not In My Family: AIDS in the African American Community” which features writings from Patti LaBelle, Mo’Nique, Hill Harper, Al Sharpton, and many more. Burt’s poem “The Legacy” was featured in the March 2007 issue of ESSENCE Magazine. He has also been featured in the literary magazine "The Nubian Chronicles."

“Love Changes: Poems,” Michael J. Burt’s sophomore effort was released officially February 5, 2007 by Xpress Yourself Publishing.
Burt is the Managining Editor of Poetic Press (Coming April 2007) an imprint of XYP.
Upon the completion of college, Michael J. Burt plans to continue writing and pursue a career in therapy. Burt is currently an online columnist for NewsBlaze.com and a contributing writer for J.T.'s Book Corner at Black Men In America.com doing celebrity and author interviews!
For more info please visit him online at http://www.mjburtpoetry.com/ or www.myspace.com/poetmjb!

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Introducing: Black People: For Entertainment Purposes Only

Title: Black People: For Entertainment Purposes Only
Author: W. Ivan Wright
Publisher: Able Journey Press
Release Date: April 1, 2007
ISBN-10: 1934249467
ISBN-13: 978-1934249468
Paperback: 210 pages
List Price: $15.95

Description:

Black People: For Entertainment Purposes Only, is a suspenseful fiction thriller that introduces seasoned characters and humorous dialogues to the reader. The main character, Jurney Swiftwood, has written a book whose title infers that the purpose of black people, is for America's entertainment. Jurney's book has placed him in the cross hairs of community dissension, media scrutiny and family angst. The outcry from an offended public has also placed an unsuspecting Jurney on the hit list of a politically controlled assassin. In the midst of his troubles, Jurney discovers that he is the father of a precious, yet abused nine-year-old girl! Situations and conversations present an entertaining vehicle that serves to remind all communities of the importance, and awesome power of perception.

About the Author:

W. Ivan Wright was born and raised in Trenton, NJ where he attended Trenton’s public school system. His affinity for the sciences led him to Indiana University of PA where he received his Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy. Writing began for Ivan while in college and continued as a “serious hobby” for many years. His formalized literary work and fiction novel development began several years ago and has resulted in two novels: Black People: For Entertainment Purposes Only (publication release April 2007) and Indentured Scholars: The Inner City Scandal (publication release September 2007).

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Introducing: The Passion Runs Through It

Title: The Passion Runs Through It
Author: Deb Dietz
Publisher: PublishAmerica.com
Release Date: May 22, 2006
ISBN-10: 1424136210
ISBN-13: 978-1424136216
Paperback: 81 pages
List Price: $14.95

Description:
“The Passion Runs Through It” is a collection of freestyle, contemporary poetry spoken from the heart ... a creative outpouring of the ordinary moments seen and felt, breathed in and out, by an author who learned the hard way what it means to truly live.

Come experience “The Passion…”

About the Author:
Deb Dietz is originally from Peoria, IL but has lived most of her life in the Rockford, IL area. She has two terrific sons, a loving family and a terrific guy in her life.

In 1996/97, Deb went through a very difficult time in her life that forced her to confront the fact that she had sacrificed all the parts of her life that were "Deb." It was then that she began to rebuild who she was and what she was all about, literally starting from scratch. This is when Deb discovered her love for writing.

After writing some 700+ poems, Deb decided to pursue a publishing contract and was fortunate enough to realize that dream. “The Passion Runs Through It” was released in May, 2006, and Deb hopes to publish a second collection soon.

One thing Deb says she learned (the hard way) and what she hopes readers will gain from reading "The Passion Runs Through It" is that life is too short to let those ever-present moments of passion pass by…not just love’s passion but the passion of life and all it entails. Anything that speaks strongly from your heart and soul can be your passion. Recognize it, believe in it, and give it room to grow! Seek your passion…

Introducing: Who I’ve become is Not who I Am

Title: Who I’ve become is Not who I Am
Author: Sonya Visor
Publisher: Covenant House Press
Release Date: 2006
List Price: $11.00

Description:

How does someone reach the conclusion of taking their own life?

We focus too much effort trying to be someone that God never intended only to find ourselves overwhelmed, defeated and depressed. Sonya teetered on the threshold of death after she tried to construct a person that she was not commissioned to be.

Who I’ve Become, Is Not Who I Am explains how our actions and reactions to situations create the illusion of fulfilled life. No longer will you wrestle with the hopelessness of bad decisions, but you’ll walk away renewed, refreshed and restored.


Introducing: WHATEVER!

Title: WHATEVER! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age
Author: Beverly Mahone
Publisher: Benoham Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2006
ISBN-10: 0977887693
ISBN-13: 978-0977887699
Paperback: 112 pages
List Price: $12.95

Description:

WHATEVER! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age is an inspirational and humorous look at growing older through the eys of self-proclaimed diva Beverly Mahone. Discover how the author copes with "the change" and the challenges that come with it.

Beverly keeps her story real as she addresses issues including weight gain, menopause, and middle-age dating. You'll laugh as you reflect on your own experiences, and it's sure to stimulate conversation among your girlfriends.

About the Author:

Beverly Mahone is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience in radio and television. As a motivational speaker, she has uplifted thousands with her powerful messages. Although WHATEVER! A Baby Boomer's Journey Into Middle Age is her first solo project, she is also a published writer in How We Got Over: Testimonies of Faith, Hope and Courage and The Women of Color Devotional Bible. Beverly currently resides in North carolina with her teenage daughter.

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Introducing: Here and Now

Here and NowTitle: Here and Now
Author: Michelle Monkou
Publisher: Kimani
Release Date: January 1, 2007
ISBN-10: 0373860021
ISBN-13: 978-0373860029
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
List Price: $5.99

Description:

Laura Masterson is determined not to let her handsome boss, Chase Dillard, distract her from attaining her personal best as a physical therapist. Especially because her new employer is the same world-class athlete who broke her heart back in the day. He put their relationship on hold to fulfill his Olympic potential, but soon realized that his victories were hollow without the woman he loved by his side. Chase definitely has some ground to make up if he wants to win Laura back.

About the Author:

Michelle Monkou
Michelle Monkou enjoys reading! Reading books of all genres developed an imagination powerful enough to set lofty goals, like being a published writer. Writing romances proved to be the natural choice after devouring well-crafted stories with historical backdrops from the genre greats like Barbara Cartland, Kathleen Woodiweiss, and Edith Layton, and the contemporary romantic suspense tales from Nora Roberts.

However, representation from the African-American community as romance writers or as main characters in romances was rare. With the pioneering launch of several multi-cultural romance lines and their continued success, there is now an outlet for diversity. Michelle’s dream came true in January, 2002 when she received a two-book contract from BET Books. OPEN YOUR HEART debuted in November 2002, for which she earned the prestigious Emma Award nomination for Favorite New Author of Multicultural Romance. FINDERS KEEPERS hit bookshelves in June 2003 and received an advance review from Romantic Times Book Club with a Top Pick and 4 1/2 stars. GIVE LOVE, a holiday anthology with Linda Hudson-Smith and Francine Craft, was released October 2003. MAKING PROMISES arrived in bookstores October 2004 and was featured in The Baltimore Sun.

Born in England and growing up in Guyana, Michelle enjoyed the rich history and culture of the Caribbean experience. Now living in the United States, she blends all of her influences with her American experience to spin romantic stories about real people with real conflicts who fall in love.

Michelle earned a Bachelor’s in English to hone her skills as a writer and a Master’s in International Business to earn a living while pursuing her dream. She is a member of several chapters of the Romance Writers of America. Michelle resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two children.

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Introducing: Sweet Surrender

Title: Sweet Surrender
Author: Michelle Monkou
Publisher: Kimani
Release Date: September 1, 2006
ISBN-10: 1583147802
ISBN-13: 978-1583147801
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
List Price: $5.99

Description:

After her marriage ended in bitter divorce, Haley Sanders was carving out a new life in a new town with her thirteen-year-old daughter. Dr. Pierce Masterson was not part of the single mother's blueprint for the future--even if her new landlord was much too attractive for anyone's good.

With his three younger siblings looking to him for guidance, Pierce was a man who took family seriously.

He knew he could help Haley and her daughter adjust to life here--if only his alluring tenant would let down her guard. But once she did, was this Masterson male ready to take a chance on love and share with Haley the joy of a promise fulfilled?

About the Author:

Michelle Monkou enjoys reading! Reading books of all genres developed an imagination powerful enough to set lofty goals, like being a published writer. Writing romances proved to be the natural choice after devouring well-crafted stories with historical backdrops from the genre greats like Barbara Cartland, Kathleen Woodiweiss, and Edith Layton, and the contemporary romantic suspense tales from Nora Roberts.

However, representation from the African-American community as romance writers or as main characters in romances was rare. With the pioneering launch of several multi-cultural romance lines and their continued success, there is now an outlet for diversity. Michelle’s dream came true in January, 2002 when she received a two-book contract from BET Books. OPEN YOUR HEART debuted in November 2002, for which she earned the prestigious Emma Award nomination for Favorite New Author of Multicultural Romance. FINDERS KEEPERS hit bookshelves in June 2003 and received an advance review from Romantic Times Book Club with a Top Pick and 4 1/2 stars. GIVE LOVE, a holiday anthology with Linda Hudson-Smith and Francine Craft, was released October 2003. MAKING PROMISES arrived in bookstores October 2004 and was featured in The Baltimore Sun.

Born in England and growing up in Guyana, Michelle enjoyed the rich history and culture of the Caribbean experience. Now living in the United States, she blends all of her influences with her American experience to spin romantic stories about real people with real conflicts who fall in love.

Michelle earned a Bachelor’s in English to hone her skills as a writer and a Master’s in International Business to earn a living while pursuing her dream. She is a member of several chapters of the Romance Writers of America. Michelle resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two children.

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Introducing: One Love

Title: One Love
Author: Bill Holmes
Publisher: XPress Yourself Publishing, LLC
Release Date: April 1, 2006
Genre: Fiction
ISBN-10: 0972299041
ISBN-13: 978-0972299046
Paperback: 272 pages
List Price: $15.00

Description:

Chris, a handsome and talented poet, is struggling to find inspiration to write while wrestling with corporate politics and the drama of an unfulfilling relationship. Regina, a beautiful accountant, feels frustrated with her career and the dating scene and secretly yearns to re-embrace her heart's desire: singing. A chance encounter between these thirty-something commuters one summer morning reveals this is a small world where poetry, family, friendship and love unite in Philadelphia.

About the Author:

Bill Holmes is an artist who has dared to dream in the face of adversity while recognizing the divine nature of life and its infinite possibilities. As a respected poet, writer and author on the Philadelphia spoken word scene, Bill has touched many souls through his creative endeavors by striving towards excellence in everything he does. His performances have captivated many audiences through his unique style of humor, insight, spirituality, pride, and most importantly, love and appreciation of a woman. By no means is Bill afraid "to keep it real when expressing the importance of self-love."

Bill is the founder, the publisher and the CEO of Universal Expressions, LLC, a publishing company that allows artists the opportunity to achieve their aesthetic dreams. He is also the author of the chapbook Illuminations, the spoken word EP Asphyxiation, the full-length poetry book Straight From My Heart, and the spoken word CD, The Air I Breathe, and the fiction novel One Love.

Bill has been featured and has performed at various poetry venues in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and surrounding areas. Bill was the co-host of the monthly poetry series Poetic Ventures Writers Collective and has opened for artists such as the Last Poets and award-winning jazz musician Roy Ayers. His work has been published and featured in the Philadelphia Tribune, ESSENCE, and the anthology Journey Into My Brother's Soul.

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Introducing: The Familiar

Title: The Familiar
Author: H.J. Courtright
Publisher: Literary Art Publishers
Release Date: May 28, 2006
ISBN-10: 0974486620
ISBN-13: 978-0974486628
Paperback: 87 pages
List Price: $8.95

Description:

Frederick, an artist, attempts to escape the memory of his wife's tragic death by moving to the mountain village of Halo. There he transforms a century old barn into a gallery and studio. He resumes painting, only now, all of the female images he creates are in the likeness of his departed wife. One rendering having an overwhelming resemblance to her is of a half-human lioness.

He pays little attention to stories of slaughtered animals and livestock, until on a hot summer night, while sleeping outside on the front stoop, he awakens to find himself face to face with the beast of his painting, and he soon discovers the tie binding them together is far stronger than mere paint and canvas.

The Familiar, a variation of the beauty and the beast theme, is also an experiment in role reversal, for in this story, beauty is the beast.

About the Author:

Harold was raised as far into the country as one could get in New Jersey in the 1950’s. Some of his favorite memories involve walking or fishing by himself or with his father at a nearby brook. Even though Harold’s father passed away when he was eleven, he never felt alone during his continued explorations, and the woods remained his closest friend. His experiences in nature soon led to an affinity with earth-based pagan religions.

Harold met his wife Rita in 1978 during the course of a previous field service job. Rita introduced Harold to the earth-based Celtic ceremonial religions of Wicca. Harold found that Wicca validated his deeply felt spiritual beliefs. After studying Wicca, Harold felt that there was something missing. He felt the need to reach back further than the early Celtic era and identify with something from our most ancient history. As he searched further, he came across Native American Shamanism. Harold believes, “…shamanic practices are the reason we believe in an after-life at all.”

After years of study, Harold now performs shamanic healings and divinations for individuals. He has also led souls who have passed on to the brink of heaven to be received by the Great Mother. He believes a critical aspect of shamanism, before and during his journeys, is self-study. During the course of a journey, a shaman can see him or her self as no one else can, thus gaining important self-knowledge and confidence. Harold explains, “Shamanic practices require courage to accept what you see.”

The style of Harold’s writing is what separates Soaring Eagle from other books on Shamanism. The lyrical and rhythmic prose of the novel allows the reader to be an intrinsic part of the unfolding story. In contrast to Harold’s left-brain day job as a maintenance supervisor scheduling technicians who repair trains, he delivers ecstatic and poetic prose that soars like an eagle.

His current novel is titled The Familiar and is a recasting of the timeless beauty and the beast theme. Once more his vivid imagery draws the reader into the character's world of loneliness and emotional pain, and once more his unique view of the human experience bonds with his ability to weave a stunning tale in which love lasts forever, and beauty is the beast.

Harold’s wife Rita fully supports his writing and publishing career. Today Harold enjoys his solitude while doing woodworking and taking long walks and country drives with his wife. Harold’s next novel will be released in the spring of 2007 and is titled The Horn of Unyk.

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Introducing: Soaring Eagle, Spirit of the Wind

Title: Soaring Eagle, Spirit of the Wind
Author: H.J. Courtright
Publisher: Literary Art Publishers
Release Date: December 2003
ISBN-10: 0974486612
ISBN-13: 978-0974486611
Paperback: 78 pages
List Price: $8.95

Description:

Shamanism, for those unfamiliar, is the method developed by early humans to communicate with the spirit world to further understand the link between themselves and their creator. It is the basis upon which religions are formed and is as valid now as in ancient times. We are descendants of those who first set foot upon the path of discovery, a seemingly endless quest in determining who we are, where we have come from, and why we are here.

Soaring Eagle, Spirit of the Wind is the telling of two quests.

Rosalie, a self-destructive woman, is summoned into the spirit world and persuaded to embark upon her own quest of discovery. Along the way she must develop the will to battle the greatest of all foes; herself, a battle she is destined to lose if not for the aid of the shaman, Soaring Eagle.

Soaring Eagle, engaged in an endless quest to serve his people, sees Rosalie’s plight in a vision, and propels himself into the spirit world to retrieve her soul.

The plot is designed around three shamanic journeys that have been adapted from the author's personal experiences. Written in a style devised to keep pace with the shaman’s drum, the story is composed at a conceptual level difficult to achieve and is destined to become a cult classic.

About the Author:

Harold was raised as far into the country as one could get in New Jersey in the 1950’s. Some of his favorite memories involve walking or fishing by himself or with his father at a nearby brook. Even though Harold’s father passed away when he was eleven, he never felt alone during his continued explorations, and the woods remained his closest friend. His experiences in nature soon led to an affinity with earth-based pagan religions.

Harold met his wife Rita in 1978 during the course of a previous field service job. Rita introduced Harold to the earth-based Celtic ceremonial religions of Wicca. Harold found that Wicca validated his deeply felt spiritual beliefs. After studying Wicca, Harold felt that there was something missing. He felt the need to reach back further than the early Celtic era and identify with something from our most ancient history. As he searched further, he came across Native American Shamanism. Harold believes, “…shamanic practices are the reason we believe in an after-life at all.”

After years of study, Harold now performs shamanic healings and divinations for individuals. He has also led souls who have passed on to the brink of heaven to be received by the Great Mother. He believes a critical aspect of shamanism, before and during his journeys, is self-study. During the course of a journey, a shaman can see him or her self as no one else can, thus gaining important self-knowledge and confidence. Harold explains, “Shamanic practices require courage to accept what you see.”

The style of Harold’s writing is what separates Soaring Eagle from other books on Shamanism. The lyrical and rhythmic prose of the novel allows the reader to be an intrinsic part of the unfolding story. In contrast to Harold’s left-brain day job as a maintenance supervisor scheduling technicians who repair trains, he delivers ecstatic and poetic prose that soars like an eagle.

His current novel is titled The Familiar and is a recasting of the timeless beauty and the beast theme. Once more his vivid imagery draws the reader into the character's world of loneliness and emotional pain, and once more his unique view of the human experience bonds with his ability to weave a stunning tale in which love lasts forever, and beauty is the beast.

Harold’s wife Rita fully supports his writing and publishing career. Today Harold enjoys his solitude while doing woodworking and taking long walks and country drives with his wife. Harold’s next novel will be released in the spring of 2007 and is titled The Horn of Unyk.

Purchase a copy of Soaring Eagle, Spirit of the Wind

Love Quest's Cover Quest

Hi Folks,


In true do-it-herselfer mode, I stumbled upon ways and means to create my own book covers two days ago and have been madly designing ever since. Love Quest is due for release as of June 21st (right in time to get your summer love jones on).

Naturally I think they’re all fab! So I could really use your help. Please read the description below and/or excerpt of Love Quest then tell me which cover matches, why, why not and/or if I should go back to the drawing board.


Thanks in advance for your assistance.


Peace,
Dee




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Description:

Can Love Really Be Found in Cyber Space?

A look at cyber dating from the viewpoint of a 30-something,
West Indian, Christian female.


D.S. White introduces a world outside the parameters of day-to-day life that exists unbeknownst to most. It has its own language, rules and atmosphere. It offers a freedom that can be addictive, exhilarating or dangerous for the uninitiated. Packed with information in the author’s humorous style, it:

  • Introduces Internet lingo

  • Points out common and not-so-common pitfalls

  • Reviews several sites

  • Provides a comprehensive list of current dating sites

  • Includes interviews from real cyber daters

  • Offers bonus introductory chapters of Age is Just a Number: Adventures in Online Dating - Volume I

  • Contains a resource section for sufferers of abuse, rape and mental disorders. (They, too, inhabit the cyber world).

Introducing: 28 Days of Poetry

Title: 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History
Author: Latorial Faison
Publisher: Cross Keys Press
Release Date: October 2006
Reprinted and released: February 7, 2007
ISBN-10: 1598727737
ISBN-13: 978-1598727739
Paperback: 60 pages
List Price: $8.99

Description:

28 Days of Poetry is an eclectic collection of poems celebrating the history and legacy of African-Americans. The book reflects on slavery, the civil rights movement and paints poetic pictures of the south during a time when America was a divided nation. Young readers will enjoy biographical poems that tell the history of black inventors and other civil rights leaders in history.

About the Author:

Latorial Faison is a poet, author and publisher from Virginia. Faison's work has been published both nationally and internationally in various literary journals and magazines. She has also been published in the NAACP Image Award Winning essay collection by Tavis Smiley, Keeping the Faith. Faison teaches college English, is married, and has two sons. Latorial Faison is also the author of Secrets of My Soul (2001) and Immaculate Perceptions (2003)

http://latorial.faithweb.com/28DaysPressRelease2006.pdf

Upcoming Release: Help Wanted

Title: Help Wanted: A Woman's Guide To Strategically Position Men In Her Life
Author: Alethea Pascascio
Publisher: Queen Publications
Release Date: April 17, 2007
ISBN-10: 097783770X
ISBN-13: 978-0977837700
Paperback: 116 pages
List Price: $12.95

Description:

Alethea Pascascio's practical no-nonsense guide, Help Wanted, is full of eye-opening revelations. You will come to understand how women can benefit from structuring their relationships like a major corporation. Delivering a new perspective on relationships, Help Wanted, reveals why women will improve their odds of finding the right man/men with preparation and having self-confidence.

This book places women behind the hiring desk with the right to add to and/or eliminate from her outer, inner, and innermost circles as they deem necessary. An early exercise suggests that women make detailed lists of the qualities they're looking for in a relationship. This will help them determine if they are seeking to hire a friend (Entry level), boyfriend (Mid level), or husband (Executive level/CEO).

There are also lists of interview questions to help pre-qualify and position candidates correctly because some friends should not become boyfriends and some boyfriends should not become husbands. If a successful company does not allow just anyone sitting at their helm... why should not you have the same, if not higher, standard for your most valuable empire... your life? Relate to men on a whole new level!

About the Author:

Alethea Pascascio is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Bag Lady, which has been made required reading at some major universities. She spends her spare time giving inspirational talks at women's correctional facilities. Write her at: P.O. Box 496 Antioch, IL 60002

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Introducing: If God is My Lover ... Why is My Bed So Cold?

Title: If God is My Lover ... Why is My Bed So Cold?
Author: Olivia Stith
Publisher: TriManna Publishing House
Release Date: December 22, 2006
ISBN-10: 0979060303
ISBN-13: 978-0979060304
Paperback: 163 pages
List Price: $10.95

Description:

You’re single. You’re saved… but you’re not satisfied. Lying in your queen-size bed, you wonder why God hasn’t sent your mate. Takeout dinner for one is starting to get old. You are doing your work in ministry as the Lord has directed – so what’s the hold up? Is God ever going to release you to marry? Do you really want to know my sister? Ask yourself truthfully, are you really prepared for that special man?

Perhaps you are already married, but the fire seems to be dwindling. You pray together and then turn to sleep, each on your own side of the bed. What is going on? Is this how a Christian
relationship is supposed to be?

It’s time for the truth to be told! It’s time for you to set aside old church ideas, beliefs and
doctrines that don’t fully teach you what it will take to have a strong relationship with your mate and with Christ. You will soon read some things that the church mothers just didn’t tell you.

Whether you are single or married, knowing these truths will help you to better your relationships overall. No longer will you have to ask yourself, “If God is my lover...why is my bed so cold?”

The truth is ready to set you free!

Read an excerpt

About the Author:

Olivia gave her life to Christ in 1992 and has been on fire for Him since through all the trials and tribulations. Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, she has served as Youth Director, Outreach Director, Administrative Secretary and many other gifts as needed. She has been the Biblical studies at Bethphage Outreach Center where Carolyn S. Davis is Pastor. She was licensed as an evangelist in 2002 and then she was ordained as an Elder in 2004. She is an active member in community and women issues online and offline, working with organizations as far as Africa to build up the spiritual well being of her fellow sisters in Christ.

In February of 2006, God laid on her heart to start a ministry that empowers the spirits of women and their relationship with Christ. It was to be a network of sisters throughout the world who uplifted one another with the philosophy of being "my sister's keeper" Thus her ministry, Women on The Road of Deliverance, was birthed. (http://www.ladiesofword.com)

Olivia has been blessed to spread the message of her ministries nationwide as well as internationally in the continent of Africa on a recent visit. In November she combined her ministries and formed her company Trimanna Productions at http://www.trimanna.com that is an umbrella for her ministry work and publishing company, Trimanna Publishing House.

She also is a motivational speaker and spiritual counselor that ministers to all God sends on her path through her books, speaking engagements and spiritual counseling. Presently she is booked to start touring and speaking to women concerning relationships and courtship in her much anticipated and talked about book, "If God is My Lover...Why is My Bed So Cold?"

During her spare time when she is not busy doing interviews or speaking engagements, Olivia writes a monthly editorial column: FRUITFUL THINKING at www.mahoganybutterfly.com as well as numerous other sites as the Spirit leds. She constantly strives to be all God has her to be and encourages all those around her to pursue the gifts of Christ in their lives to live life to the fullest.

For more information...readers can enjoy the antics of her everyday life and blogs at http://www.myspace.com/oliviastith

Introducing: Miss-Guided

Title: Miss-Guided
Author: Renee Daniel Flagler
Publisher: Aspicomm Books
Release Date: May 10, 2006
ISBN-10: 097604661X
ISBN-13: 978-0976046615
Paperback: 278 pages
List Price: $14.95

Description:

What happens when you mix a beautiful, money-hungry diva, a jealous best friend, and one soon-to-be wealthy man who is blinded by love?

Meet Kennedy Divine, the diva, when she finds out that her ex-boyfriend’s wealthy father is on his death bed, she decides it’s a good time to get back together with him. To Kennedy's advantage, setting her trap to lure Troy Alexander back into her cunning arms, takes little to no effort since he has never stopped loving her. As the father of Kennedy's young son, Troy always knew he'd get his woman back somehow.

Dina Jacobs is Kennedy's close, yet jealous friend. Although she's beset with many issues of her own, Dina agrees to assist Kennedy in her conniving scheme. Everything is going according to plan until a shocking twist of fate causes Dina to expose Kennedy's deceitful intentions.

Will Kennedy come out on top, or will her Miss-Guided intentions leave her out in the cold?

About the Author:

Renee Daniel Flagler is a marketing professional and freelance writer currently residing in Long Island, NY. She has written several articles for business and consumer magazines. Renee is also the author of Mountain High, Valley Low and is at work on her third novel, the highly anticipated sequel to Mountain High, Valley Low, entitled, In Her Mind.

Introducing: Carmello: A Family Affair

Title: Carmello: A Family Affair
Author: Rahsaan Ali
Publisher: Running Rivers Publication
Release Date: November 30, 2006
ISBN-10: 0979070007
ISBN-13: 978-0979070006
Paperback: 300 pages
List Price: $14.95

Description:

Bestselling Author, Rahsaan Ali, steps into the literary scene with another guaranteed bestseller! When you're in the game, nothing is ever sacred. Ever! "My word is bond" is the phrase most commonly stated amongst the hustlers. The cutthroat styling of the haters is masqueraded by hugs, pounds and love. Loyalty ain't nothing but a word some dick made up to protect his head from the diseased, poverty-filled world of karma. And the only back niggaz got is the line they stand on before being sent back up North.

This is the game where anybody can be a winner and everybody's always a sore loser. The doe is fast and women come in abundance like ripened green bushels of plantains at the West Indian day parade. It can be all good when everybody getting it together. But if you start making even just a dollar more than the next man? Just prepare yourself to spend either time in jail or in the cemetery. Because niggaz is snitching. Keep your friends at a distance because it's not always your enemies you need to be keeping close. The block is a microscope and you're always under it.

About the Author:

Rahsaan Ali began writing poetry when he was twelve years old. After receiving A's in all his classes for poetry assignments that were given for homework he graduated to writing short stories for fun.

At seventeen Rahsaan saw Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and fell in love with the idea of bringing written characters to life. What an influence Spike had on his aspirations! Now, after making the Essence Bestseller List four times consecutively for 2006 with a hip hop romance bestseller called "Nasty" he's since parted ways with his former publisher and is moving on to bigger and better things.

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Introducing: How to Get Out of Debt

Title: How to Get Out of Debt: Get an "A" Credit Rating For Free Using The System I've Used Successfully With Thousands of Clients
Author: Harrine Freeman
Publisher: Adept Publishers
Release Date: December 15, 2006
ISBN-10: 1933949430
ISBN-13: 978-1933949437
Paperback: 240 pages
List Price: $19.95

Book Description:

Imagine life without debt? Less stress, not worrying about bill collectors calling you at home or at work, and putting an end to your fights with your partner, spouse or children that are caused by not having any money. You would be able to buy things that you needed or wanted, and get a good interest rate for a home or car loan. These are just some of the many benefits of having good credit and using this book can help you get that good credit.

This self help book explains my own personal story of how I was $19,000 in debt and got out of debt without having to go to a credit counseling agency or file for bankruptcy. The book provides step by step details on how to repair your credit and how to get out of debt. The book also provides information on how to create your own flexible spending plan and how to maintain your good credit, resource information, sample letters and spending plan worksheets.

About the Author:


Harrine Freeman is a member of the American Association of Daily Money Managers, the National Association of Women Writers, IEEE and Women In Technology. She has provided credit repair counseling for issues such as bankruptcies, judgments, student loans, delinquent debts, repossessions, and much more. Her clients include doctors, lawyers, actors, nurses, and IT professionals. She has been a guest speaker at local churches, schools and radio shows.


Her experience began by repairing her own credit. She was $19,000 in debt and was making only $21,000 a year. She has been debt free for the past 10 years. In 2000, she began providing credit repair services to family and friends. In 2002, she began a credit repair and personal finance business and has helped thousands of clients of all ages and economic backgrounds go on to purchases homes, cars, start businesses and purchase investment property. She has a B.S. degree in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Information Technology. She has been an IT professional for the past 13 years providing quality assurance, testing, and software development services to government and commercial businesses.

She writes frequently and has written technical documentation for the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine, as well as written several ezine on personal finance. Her first book How to Get Out of Debt: Get an "A" Credit Rating For Free Using The System I've Used Successfully With Thousands of Clients was published by Adept Publishers and will be available in bookstores in December 15, 2006. She currently lives in Washington DC .

Announcement: One Love Book of the Month and 25% Off Sale

Time is slowly winding down and you have only 11 days left until you can get your hands on One Love for $11.25 (25% off the original cover price)at Xpress Yourself Publishing until Saturday, 20 January 2007!

Don't miss out on picking up the novel that folks can't stop reading at this special price. Once it's gone, you'll be sorry you missed out on this opportunity!

Also, please check out all the available and forthcoming titles by the Xpress Yourself authors:

Jessica Tilles - Unfinished Business
Makenzi - That's How I Like It
Michael J Burt - Love Changes
Kenda Bell - For Every Love There Is A Reason
Nyah Storm - Confessions of a Sex Therapist

For more information, please visit
www.XpressYourselfPublishing.org
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Be on the lookout for a special announcement coming soon from yours truly. If you are familiar with my previous creative endeavors, then you know you won't be disappointed. ;-)

Take care and be blessed.

Bill Holmes
Author, Poet, Writer
www.BillHolmes.com


"Every word I write is an extension of my breath, my heart, and my soul that I want the world to share and to remember long after my life has come to an end."

Introducing: Let's Get It On

Title: Let's Get It On
Author: Dyanne Davis
Publisher: Genesis Press (Love Spectrum)
Release Date: December 1, 2006
ISBN-10: 1585712108
ISBN-13: 978-1585712106
Paperback: 292 pages
List Price: $9.95

Description:

When Heaven, a registered nurse falls in love with Hamid despite religious and cultural differences she knows there will be problems. When her business takes off, fulfilling her dreams of financial independence she's not so ready to give it up.

Hamid has given a vow to his family that he will not do as so many have done. He has come to America to become a doctor but his pledge to return to Pakistan and give back was not taken lightly. Falling in love with Heaven has brought its own set of problems.

In spite of the problems the couple marries and set about to compromise. Hamid returns to Pakistan to begin work in the clinic and Heaven remains in America to manage her business. After a year of this the constant separation isn’t working. When it looks as if their fighting will eventually tear away at the seam of their love they realize something drastic must be done.

Hamid is tied to his vow to his father. Heaven is tied to a vow to herself. Will they find a way to bridge the continental divide and save their love or will they allow vows to keep them apart?

About the Author:

Dyanne was born in a small town in Alabama. She moved to Chicago when she was eleven, with her mother and sister, where she remained. She's happily married to William Davis, her newest critique partner. They live in a nearby Chicago Suburb with their only child, William Davis Jr.

A love of the written word began at the age of four when she began reading. Her passion for reading carried over into a desire to write. Dyanne retired from nursing three years ago with her husband's encouragement to pursue her dreams of writing full time.

Read an excerpt

Introducing: The Train-of-Thought Writing Method

Title: THE TRAIN-OF-THOUGHT WRITING METHOD: Practical, User-Friendly Help for Beginning Writers
Author: Kathi Macias
Publisher: AUTHORHOUSE
Release Date: FEBRUARY 28, 2005
ISBN-10: 142083259X
ISBN-13: 978-1420832594
Paperback: 96 pages
List Price: $15.50

Description:

Train-of-Thought: If you want to know how best to put your thoughts and dreams into a clear, compelling, readable manuscript, this is the must-have book for you! Sample chapters available at: www.authorhouse.com and www.christianauthorsnetwork.com.

About the Author:

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a former pastor, as well as a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

Introducing: Tangerine

TangerineTitle: TANGERINE
Author: Marilyn Griffith
Publisher: REVELL
Release Date: JANUARY 1, 2007
ISBN-10: 0800730429
ISBN-13: 978-0800730420
Paperback: 304 pages
List Price: $12.99

Description:

Fans of Pink and Jade will eat up Tangerine, the third book in the cutting-edge Shades of Style series. Jean Guerra, a designer at Garments of Praise design firm, doesn't like surprises. These days though, the unexpected meets her everywhere. Since Jean's return to the church a year ago, her God-encounters occur with increasing frequency, along with thoughts of her husband-the one she vowed to divorce and gave up on long ago. The one nobody at work knows about, not even her best friend, Lily, or her boss, Chenille. But when the designer assigned to work with Jean on a line of men's suits shows up, her heart flips. It's her husband, Nigel Salvador. Jean is finally rendered speechless. Can her bruised heart become whole enough to love again? Or will she remain in the trenches of loneliness forever?

About the Author:

marilyn griffithMarilynn Griffith is a freelance writer and conference speaker whose online columns and blogs reach thousands of women each year. She is the author of Pink and Jade, and has contributed to Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman's Soul, Proverbs for the People, and For Better or for Worse. Marilynn lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and seven children.