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.

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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).