Tag Archives: new book

What’s On Your Bookshelf?

 

 

Author K.C. Mills 

 

 

I’m baccckk!!!!!!!

I have so many wonderful things to blog on and I feel like I’m very behind which I am! But I will be blogging sometimes twice a day if I have to to catch all of you wonderful followers and readers on what’s been going on in my life and outside of my life!

Today’s blog post is very exciting for me because I am back into reading books.  It’s been off and on for this year, but every time I order a new book and get the paperback copy in the mail, I get very excited! Even though I am an author of seven books, I love to read books.  When I was younger, I read a lot of great series such as the Babysitters Club books! How many of you guys remember that? OMG! I loved watching the TV Show series on TV as well!  Another series I enjoyed reading was Sweet Valley High.  I’m getting very excited just thinking about those good old times reading my favorite books by Ann M. Martin.  They also had the Sweet Valley High TV series which came on the weekend as well and I would watch it.  I wished they would bring those shows back on so I can binge watch them; maybe on Netflix since everything is coming to Netflix now.  But anyways I don’t want to get too carried away with my blog post.  So I received three books yesterday by this new author I am reading named K.C. Mills.  I had the wonderful opportunity to interview her for a magazine I write for.  I read some of her material on Amazon as well as the synopsis and I was very impressed by it.  My first real novel I plan to start writing at the beginning of 2020 is going to be a lot of hard work and focus, but I have great plans to push out a lot of great book projects for the new year. 

 

The title of the book I am currently reading is called “That Crazy Dope Hood Kinda Love” which is the first book in the sequel.  I was already hooked when I read the first couple of pages.  This book will get finished today and I will be writing a book review of this and on the author.  This is an Urban Fantasy book which I have just starting reading.  Lately I have been reading Urban Christian Fiction, but because my first real standalone novel will be Urban based, I wanted to read books by authors who have great books as well as being Best-Selling Authors in the industry.  

 

Stay tuned for my book review on K.C. Mills “That Crazy Dope Hood Kinda Love” 

 

Connect with That Riverz Gurl!

Instagram: @thatriverzgurlbrand

Twitter: @theriverzreport

You Tube: That Riverz Gurl Brand

Face Book: Married To Journalism, Author P. Fierce and That Riverz Gurl

Author, Singer, Songwriter Talks about Upcoming New Book ‘Guide Me Home’

 

Ana Gibson is a Professional singer, songwriter and the 2018 Award- Winning Fiction Author.  She has published already two books and is about to release her third book “Guide Me Home,” that will be published in October.  

 

“As I learn myself more, I’m also being intentional about bringing others along with me to begin to understand what it means to recognize ourselves—flaws and all—and to grasp a hold of the version we desire to be.”

 

Tell us about your journey as an author

AG: I started writing fiction at the age of 14. I didn’t get serious about self-publishing until I turned twenty-five. That’s when I released both books, My Brother’s Secret 1 & 2. Writing has always been a creative outlet for me since I could remember. I believe one of the first books I’ve ever read was “The Skin I’m In,” by Sharon Flake. And from there, I was fascinated with story-telling. Over time, I challenged myself to learn how to write and write better—the formatting, plots, character arcs, scenery, deep point of views, etc, which gives me all the confidence today to put out Guide Me Home. This is my BEST work to date, and it’s completely different from any other story I’ve written. It’s an Inspirational Romance—borderline, Christian Fiction (Got too much cursing in it to be officially qualified as that LOL) Looking back on all of the stories I’ve done, reminds me of how much I’ve grown as a writer and the evolution shows, even from my previous two books that I have out.

My journey is still writing itself, but I can say that right now, where I am, I couldn’t be happier. I’m definitely not where I used to be and I’m certainly looking forward to where I’m going.

 

So, you have written other books in the past. What genre are they?

AG: The other two novels are considered Urban Dramas.

The title is really catchy. How did you come up with the title?

AG: Guide Me Home came about when I was watching Tyler Perry’s, “Temptation: Confession of a Marriage Counselor.” The end credits were scrolling by and for once, I was actually paying attention to them. One of the songs listed was called “Guide Me Home” and that’s when it hit me. I was like, ‘that’s the name of the book.’ It makes all the sense in the world.

3D Mockup-front.png

When writing this book, what were your inspirations behind it?

AG: The book started off with me just wanting to write something similar to what Tyler Perry did when he released Good Deeds. So, it was originally going to be talking about homelessness and helping those in need, but after three years of revisiting the manuscript and the need to feel connected to it, it shifted into something more than just homelessness. Its theme is on the topic of Childhood Emotional Trauma and its effects of it into adulthood. I think many of us, on some level, will and can find ourselves in the storyline. When I did my research on what Childhood Emotional Trauma was, it blew my mind away. The things I found, had me nodding in agreement because I could see myself or someone else. This helped me to also write my character’s, Devin and Faith, better because they suffered greatly behind this particular issue. It’s a subject that’s rarely discussed and if you were to ask someone if they knew what it was, 9 times out of 10, they would not know unless you went down the list of symptoms.

 

It’s a great mental health piece, especially advocating for emotional health in African-American men. So that’s where the biggest inspiration came from—just learning about what that looks like amongst many other things and being able to put it into story form.

 

As a published author, what challenges do you find? (If any)

AG: In the beginning, when I first considered publishing my stories, I didn’t understand how much work I needed to put behind it, like focusing on your target market, making necessary edits, saving money to be able to take care of the small stuff, marketing and promotion etc. So, the first two novels didn’t work out so well, but with Guide Me Home, I’m revisiting those lessons and applying them to this particular project which seems to be helping. A lot of preparation has gone into making this book a potential bestseller. With God, all things are possible. I’m claiming it.

 

Let’s talk about your Book Launch event for next month. How long did it take for you to plan the event?

AG: I started planning for the book launch sometime in December of 2017. Everything I do has to make sense and be done with quality and with order. So far, it has been a solid nine months of planning for the big day. I have quite a few things happening that I don’t think has really ever been done for a book launch party. I’m excited about it.

 

What makes this event stand out than any other book launch events?

AG: I think the biggest thing that stands out for this event is the fact that I’m including a one act play; where I have a few people acting out a scene from a chapter from the book to give people a visual of what they’re about to read. I have not heard or seen that done before. Also, most authors are not singers. I am. I have written a song for the book, (soundtrack single) which I will be performing on that day as well. It’s called ‘Thankful.’ It’ll be available when the pre-order drops.

 

Promo 4

I find it amazing that you are having the event on your birthday! How amazing!

AG: Yes! My birthday is actually the 26th of October but it falls on a Friday, so I chose the 27th because you know most people are available on weekends. LOL But I’m including my birthday because this is a major thing for me. I’ll be turning 31. When I turned 30, I told myself that I have to make this decade count, and doing this book and launch is a part of that declaration. So yes, I get a two for one deal.

 

What do you want readers to take away when reading your book?

AG: This is kind of a loaded question. Hmm. I want people to take away that no matter the adversities, the situations or circumstances standing against you, that there is a power within that is ready and willing to help you overcome. I want people to know that in life, it’s important to have the right people around you, especially when facing difficult and dark times and to understand how important Faith, Grace, and Forgiveness is to one’s healing.

 

I was looking on your website and I see that you have a book launch team for your new book. Tell us more about that.

AG: My Launch team is pretty cool. It’s about fifteen of us total. I decided to create a launch team for this book because I understand that I cannot do all of this by myself. It can get pretty stressful. It takes a village to really make something successful. Ooo that rhymed. But anyway, I can post and shout to the mountains all day long about the book, however, people get tired of hearing it from just one person, right? So why not include others who equally believe in what I’m doing to help push the product to the masses? And that’s what the team is all about. They’re helping me to succeed because they believe in the story just as much as I do.

Do you have any goals for the book? Media appearances? Interviews? Book tours?

AG: Yes. I definitely have plans to market and promote to local news stations, do podcasts interviews, blog interviews and hopefully reach two national TV shows like The Real and Sister Circle. Book tour is definitely in the works all along the east coast. And if things go right, maybe a stage a play or movie deal.

 

Being an author can have its ups and downs. What do you believe is the best way to remain humble as an author when things can be challenging?

AG: Best way to stay humble is to always know you have more growing and learning to do. You’re never done evolving or expanding in your writing. Something or someone new always comes along and can easily take your spot. In the words of Kendrick Lamar “Sit down, be Humble.” Reality is, things can go either way.

 

Where do you see yourself five years from now? Ten years from now?

AG: Five years from now, I see myself growing and being able to build an empire from this book alone. Ten years, maybe be on the same caliber of Oprah or somebody.

 

Who are some of your favorite authors?

AG: I don’t have many, but I would say Eric Jerome Dickey and Devon Franklin. That could change later, though.

 

How can readers connect with you? How can they pre-order your new book?

AG: Readers can connect with me by visiting my website at www.officialanagibson.com. All of my social media buttons are available on there. Guide Me Home pre-orders will be available September 12, 2018 wherever books are sold. Official release date is October 22, 2018.

 

trgm

Author Interview: Jessica Lee Ann Releases New Book that Empowers Black Teen Girls

Women Empowerment runs warm in her veins!  Jessica Lee Ann is an author with a message behind every book she has written.  That message is to “To inspire young teen girls to embrace their uniqueness and to dream BIG!”  In her newest release, “Melanie the Melanin Queen” which was released July 27th encourages black teen girls to embrace how they look. 

Congratulations on your newest book, “Melanie the Melanin Queen” What motivated/inspired you to write the book?

Thank you! I was inspired to write this book because I’m tired of seeing negative images and content about black women, so I wanted to write something to empower young black girls to embrace their unique identity.

 

  • What is the theme of it?

 The theme of the book is to encourage black girls to understand why we’re different shades of brown; to not be ashamed if your shade is darker than others, but rather to embrace it.

 

  • Are there any book events lined up in the near future?

 

 Yes! I’ll be hosting teen empowerment summits called You Are Royalty in the Dallas area this fall. Super excited about that!

 

  • What genre do your books cater to?

This book is for girls ages 12-17; but I encourage all black girls, teens, and young women to check it out.

 

  • I see that you are all about writing books to empower teen black girls and I think that is such a great thing you are doing. Are there any speaking engagements you do to talk about your books?

Yes, I love it! I love our baby girls. And yes, I have done a few in the past. I will be focusing on doing more in the future for sure.

 

  • How did you come up with the title for the book?

 Honestly God just dropped it in my spirit! I was scrolling on Instagram and seeing the hashtag melanin and I thought, “it would be cute to write about a young lady who embraces being a melanin queen” and next thing I know I was writing a synopsis.

 

  • Let’s talk about your self-publishing company Chocolate Readings. How long have you had this company?

Yes, I started it back in 2017 and did a re-launch in April of 2018.

 

  • What services does it provide?

We offer editing, publishing, branding, and marketing services for authors, bloggers, and service-based professionals.

  • How did you come up with the name?

 I used to create greeting cards about ten years ago and that was the name of the company.

 

  • Besides writing books, what other projects are you working on?

I’m creating a digital course to go along with the Melanie the Melanin Queen book as well as the empowerment summit. I also coach other authors, so that’s what I’m focused on these days.

  • Are you planning on writing another teen book this year or will you start in the near future?

 

  • Absolutely! I created a fictious high school and all of the books will include it. The next book I’m writing will focus on teen girls dealing with being extra curvy at such a young age. I plan to release it next spring.

 

  • What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

I would day create a writing outline, a daily word count, set a tentative release day and stick to it. Also, don’t be afraid to get a coach or mentor if you need some accountability.

  • How can readers connect with you and learn more about your books and services?

For books they can check out www.jessicaleeann.com and for editing or publishing services they can check out www.chocolatereadings.com.

Author Spotlight: Philandis Stovall

philandis

 How long have you been writing?

I started writing at a very young. I would say, it was around the age of 5. I used to write in a daily journal about anything. I would create short stories, poems and writings about expressing my thoughts and experiences.

What motivated you to become an author?

My personal journey as while as the people around me motivated me to want to get my story out there. In that case, I would become an author. I would go through obstacles and, of course, some of them I didn’t understand until I kept maturing with each level of my spirituality. And I remember stating on several occasions I wanted to write a book . I was going to write a book. My goal has always been, “Lord, if I touch just one, I have done my job. If I touch more than one, the calling & purpose has just begun.

When will your book be published? Is this your first book?

Yes, this is my debut novel. Currently, it is set to be released on March 5, 2018.

Do you plan to write anymore books in the near future?

Yes, I do plan to write more books. I don’t want to go too much into details of what kind yet. I will give more insight when it’s time.

Are you planning to have a book signing for your book release?

I do plan on having a book signing among other amazing events. I am currently having meetings to work out all of the details at this moment. I will be sure to update you all when we have finalized date(s) set in stone. Be sure to follow my author’s page for upcoming events & other information.

Even through the storm is a great title! Can you elaborate on what the book is about? Is there a main message you want your readers to take from this?

Thank you. 🙏🏽

Even Through the Storm is memoir about my family’s cancer journey. My son who was born a completely healthy baby boy received a cancer diagnosis at the age of 4. And we faced obstacles along the way. But, God never left our side!

No matter what you go through in life hold onto your faith & trust God’s unchanging hands.

Know that storms run out of rain…

Know the sun comes out from behind the clouds…

Know that there will be clearer skies…

Know that the grass will grow again…

You have to go through to get to.

How do you plan to promote/market your book? 

Yes, I do plan to promote/ market my book and I personally have been doing so. To name a few ways: Networking, branding myself, posting on social media outlets, making phone calls and shooting emails & more. Also, I have media kits & a press release.

It takes a lot of your own leg work+.

Do you have a particular place you like to write at?

No. I don’t necessarily have a particular place I like to write at. I write wherever the inspiration hits me. But, I do like to write while relaxing in a bubble bath tub.

What are some of your writing strategies?

A few of my writing strategies are:

Create an idea and/or getting inspiration for an idea & write it down

Decide in what direction is best to go in with the idea when putting the whole idea in perspective

Make a outline of significant points you want to discuss/target

Knowing your audience

Be authentic

Be creative

Use invention strategies (freestyle write)

How can readers connect with you on social media?

My readers can connect with me on my author’s page:

https://www.facebook.com/Even-Through-The-Storm-Philandis-Stovall-1578259265591406/

philandis pic

This interview is brought to you by That Riverz Gurl Media, LLC

thumbnail_that riverz gurl