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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Author Dolapo Babalola | Author of "My God: Even in the Last Minute."


V.Richardson: Hello Dolapo! I am happy to chat with you.

Dolapo Babalola:I’m delighted to chat with you. Thanks for this opportunity to reach your readers.

V.Richardson: It's indeed my pleasure! When did you first consider yourself a writer? And Why the impress to write this particular story?

Dolapo Babalola:I guess “a writer is one who writes” in which case I considered myself a writer when I realized that my writing was making a difference first and foremost in my life, and subsequently in the lives of others. I recall way back in my formative years, I enjoyed writing in my diary, most importantly while I was in a foreign country studying medicine. It was always comforting to express my thoughts down on paper; such clarity I experienced while doing so.

To answer the second question, I originally wrote my book to keep my mind focused on other activities in spite of my current challenges. I gradually matured through the process and had a keen appreciation of the omnipotence of God. Life is a journey; my experiences have shown me that it is a continuous learning curve. How we react to the situation is what makes the difference; this is when I decided to share my story with the world.

V. Richardson: My God: Even in the Last Minute is your new release. What is it about and how did the title come about?

Dolapo Babalola:My God: Even in the Last Minute (MyGelm) is an inspirational book that narrates my journey as a young aspiring physician who, in the pursuit of a permanent residency in the United States, faced multiple obstacles and challenges. Each day through this ongoing ordeal, I experienced God in a way that I never would have imagined. God showed up in the most unexpected places, in the last minute, and always with a life-changing lesson. It speaks on how the greatest lesson in our darkest hours of uncertainty is that God is close by, quietly working behind the scenes, bolstering our faith for a miracle.

The title of my book came about as I experienced my “Ah-Ha moment.” While writing my text, it dawned on me that every bit of my journey was like a road race, some situation was always approaching its deadline or I was hitting rock bottom. I would try to figure out how and when a problem would be solved, and in the process I would doubt God’s ability to handle the problem. God kept showing up in the most unexpected places to make a way for me, even when it seemed naturally impossible, even if it was in the last minute.

V. Richardson: What do you want readers to take away from your book?

Dolapo Babalola: I am excited to say that the kind of influence I was hoping for with my book started with me. While writing, I realized I can have peace of mind in my current position or any storm. I am assured that God can show up in the most unexpected place. This is the same influence, I hope to achieve with my readers through my book. The propagation of my message is to serve as a reminder that God’s plans, purposes, and pursuits can be expressed through our lives if we lay down our plans, purposes, and pursuits to Him. I learnt various life-changing lessons, which I discussed in each chapter, with the hope it would make a positive impact on someone’s life.

V. Richardson: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Dolapo Babalola:You know, I haven’t thought about what I would like to change in my book at its current state. Though, I did think of changes on multiple occasions, even after the release of “MyGelm” to the market world, which led to me withdrawing my book to make further corrections. I must confess; it was exhausting! But I trusted God to guide me and He did. So, at this point, I can now say “To God be the Glory, I am pleased.”

V. Richardson: Who are/were your literary influences? And what books have most influenced your life most?

Dolapo Babalola:So many but to mention a few; Rev Tai Ikomi has influenced my life especially in her book titled “The Art of Inspirational writing. It is an amazing book! It teaches readers to release themselves and deliver the message indoctrinated. I can say that my life never remained the same after I read Mike Murdock’s book “The Uncommon Leader.” I could read it over and over again. I just love the part that says we should focus on possibilities instead of problems. And lastly; Gifted Hands by Dr. Ben Carson. I remember reading this book in college with tears in my eyes, knowing that I can overcome any obstacle if I can only believe in myself. The message is clearly that “Champions keep playing until they get it right” words from Billie Jean King.

V. Richardson: What have you discovered about yourself on your journey to publication?

Dolapo Babalola: So much, it’s unbelievable. I love the fact that I have discovered myself to be more God-fearing, Adventurous, Seizing every opportunity and a Constant learner.

V. Richardson: What advice would you offer to aspiring authors?

Dolapo Babalola: I would like to leave these words with aspiring authors. First and foremost, please at this junction, tell yourself you can do it, you have what it takes to achieve you goals, and by the grace and wisdom of God, you will attain your goals. In addition to this, I recently heard of the key for success in an acronym called “REFS,” which stands for Respect, Effort, Focus, and Self-control.” Making it in life and scaling through challenges is by trusting God and seeking his guidance, but also having respect for self and others, making an effort, staying focused on the ultimate goal and maintaining self-control. So get to it; don’t waste the talents and gifts, because someone out there needs to hear and read about it.

V. Richardson: Are there any up coming and/or future projects readers should be made aware of?

Dolapo Babalola: My husband and I recently started MyGelm blog; we love to aspire to our maximum potential by using the talents that God has blessed us with. The goal is to inspire others positively by having monthly inspirational poems on my blog, which would be opened for discussion. We invite your readers to join us and contribute to these inspirational nuggets.
Readers can stay abreast of my ongoing efforts by visiting my website and blog; http://www.mygelm.com/ and http://www.mygelm.wordpress.com/. I welcome your comments, discussion or your 2 cents on different topics.

V. Richardson: Sounds delicious! How can readers contact you?

Dolapo Babalola: I would love to hear from your readers. The best way to contact me will be via email; mygelm@gmail.com or facebook; www.facebook.com/584879119




Bonus Question

From The Heart:

V. Richardson: When life can get a little hectic and you are feeling a little dismayed. How do you find peace in the storm?

Dolapo Babalola: Wow, when my life gets hectic, I simply go on a “self-retreat.” This is a retreat away from everyone, including my husband, children, family, etc. I spend this time re-evaluating my steps, watching movies, DANCING, just being quiet in my own world. When I am confident that I have grabbed my peace again, I come out ready to cope with life.

V. Richardson: Dolapo, thank you for an awesome chat! Thank you for sharing yourself and your works with our viewing audience. Much success to you! As always in closing, continue to inspire as you aspire!

Dolapo Babalola:Thank you! The pleasure is mine. I love the remarkable mission on “The Certain One,” which is “To Inspire as you Aspire.” Keep up the great work!

Video for My God: Even in the Last Minute.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

COMING SOON! Love Found Me Stage Production



LOVE FOUND ME
The Stage Production

Mark your calendars! Saturday, January 8th, 2011|6:00pm. The Stage Production of Love Found Me comes to life! Our special guest artist is the sensational Mr. Tony Grant from Tyler Perry's stage productions "Why Did I Get Married?", and The Marriage Counselor." You don't want to miss this one showing only performance. Purchase tickets today! Hurry as tickets are going fast!






About Tony Grant
Tony Grant, a native of North Carolina, is an American R&B singer, writer, producer and stage play actor. Grant replaced Marc Nelson as lead singer for R&B group Az Yet following Marc's departure in 1997 to pursue his solo career. Included in Grant's brief tenure with Az Yet is the popular remake of "You're The Inspiration" with Chicago's Peter Cetera.

Grant had star billing in the stage play and DVDs Tell Hell I Ain't Comin', Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married and Love Ain't Supposed To Hurt. In the earlier part his entertainment career, Tony was cast for the lead role in the stage play "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in 1991. From there he has become one of the most popular leading men in the stage play industry. In January 2008, Grant began touring with the Tyler Perry stage production The Marriage Counselor.



Tony Grant in Love Ain't Supposed To Hurt


Friday, November 12, 2010

Folake Taylor chats The Only Way is Up!

Dr. Folake Taylor was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian–born parents in the early 70s and was raised in both countries before settling in the United States to live the American dream.

Taylor obtained her medical degree (MB ChB–Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) in 1998 from the Obafemi Awolowo University College of Health Sciences in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. After medical school, she underwent a year of rotational internship in Nigeria after which she relocated to the United States. She is a 2006 graduate of the Internal Medicine Residency Program of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.



V.Richardson
: Hi Folake! I am delighted to chat with you!

FT: I am honored you picked "The Only Way is Up" for the The Write Vision book club.

V. Richardson: It's truly my delight, as I absolutely adored, "The Only Way is Up." Please share with readers the synopsis?

FT: This book features my experiences and views on pertinent life issues as an immigrant to the United States of America. The objective is to empower women. However, the greater part of the message is of relevance to a general audience. Some of the issues that are the focus of this book are:

* Identity
* Health & Preventive medicine
* Finding a mate
* Relationships & Family
* Single parenthood
* Teenage pregnancies
* Gender roles
* Diet & Nutrition
* Global exposure
* Positivity & Loving yourself
* Spirituality
* Life outside the United States
* And much more…


V. Richardson: I am an advocate for healthy living, especially female health issues. You offer wonder information on living healthier lifestyles. What do you want readers to take away from "The Only Way is Up?"

FT: I want readers to feel empowered. I want them to have a better understanding of family values and the dynamics of relationships. I want people to be energized to do better and improve on themselves. And I want them to go after their dream and live it.

V. Richardson: Who are/were your literary influences?

FT
: This is a weird choice but the first person that always comes to mind when I get asked this question is Barack Obama. I absolutely loved "Dreams From My Father" and it gave me a whole new outlook on life and what I make of it; what I can achieve.

V. Richardson: What have you discovered about yourself on your journey to publication?

FT: I have discovered that I am unstoppable!

V. Richardson: "Unstoppable", I love that! There is always a story behind the author’s works. How do/did you handle rejection (s)?

FT: Like everyone else, I have the momentary "Oh no she didn't" (note I used a she because it's mostly women...funny). But then I talk to myself, I encourage myself, I look for a learning point or ways I can improve based on the criticism and I move on to the next rainbow. It's always right around the corner. Just a few days ago, my days started off with one of the most explosive mixed reviews so far and even an act I found insulting from the blogger in question.

But I talked myself out of it, responded to her like a lady and that same evening, had a blast on the radio with an interviewer. Even true valleys do not have to last forever unless we decide to stay there. Just head to the next mountain top!

V. Richardson: The mountain top, The only way there is up! Folake, what advice would you offer to aspiring authors?

FT: Read a lot. Read what you want to sound like. Write a lot. Write daily. Research the industry. Make contacts and connections in the industry. Read books about the craft. Put it in God's hands and ask for his blessings. If you don't start to write, your dream will never be realized.

V. Richardson: Sound advice, indeed! Are there any up coming and/or future projects readers should be made aware of?

FT: I am working on my first work of fiction, "Anonymous Gift Giver," and it is tending towards Ethnic Chick Lit. The protagonist will be an immigrant like me and she will have a lot of dating woes she will subsequently learn to rise above; and so much more. Look out for it.

V. Richardson: Sounds delicious, can't wait for its release. How can readers contact you?

FT: My email address is ft@theonlywayisup.net
Website http://www.theonlywayisup.net
F. Taylor on facebook
@folaketaylor on twitter
Blogs are http://theonlywayisupblog.blogpot.com and http://folaketaylor@blogspot.com


Bonus Question

From The Heart:

V. Richardson: When life can get a little hectic and you are feeling a little dismayed. How do you find peace in the storm?

FT: I stop and shut out all the noise, both from outside and within my head and I talk to God. I ask him for help. If my schedule is too hectic, I cut out some things. I started to have some health problems earlier this year which I felt were not unrelated to the stress of the book tour in addition to my professional and domestic duties. I scaled back on the marketing and touring. I find peace in my heart with God. If I have to spend a whole weekend in the house and not see the outside world, that's what I do.

V. Richardson: Thank you Folake for sharing both your work and a part of who you are! As always in closing, continue to inspire as you aspire!

FT: Thank you so much for having me Vanessa. It is such an honor to be recognized by someone like you. Blessings.

Inspirational Poetry by Dee Artis


You Were There

You were there through all of the ridicule.
You were there when I told you about him.
You were there when I lost my love ones.
And I am so thankful, and blessed to know that you are still there
.

I Feel Blessed
I feel blessed to have had you in my life.
I feel blessed to know your family, you will always hold a special place in my heart. I feel blessed.


Author Bio:
Dee Artis is an English lover who loves writing and reading. Dee wrote first poem in 9th/10th grade. She wrote her first story titled, "Where is mine?".

Contact Dee Artis:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=514303948#!/profile.php?id=100000356496028


Disclaimer

Art Work by Fred Mathews

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mystery Author Stacy-Deanne

V.Richardson: Greetings Stacy! I am happy to finally chat with you.

SD: Thanks for having me.

V. Richardson: It's my delight. Stacy, let’s talk “Melody”, it is your mystery series. What is the synopsis about?

SD: Actually Melody is a standalone but the detectives in it are the stars of my new mystery/crime and interracial romance series. Melody is about a young woman who fights to prove that her sister’s new boyfriend is dangerous while protecting her best friend from becoming the victim of a serial rapist.

V. Richardson: What do you want readers to take away from “Melody?”

SD: I just wanted them to be entertained. Whatever else they got was a bonus. As long as it was enjoyable to them, that’s all that matters.

V. Richardson: Share with readers who are/were your literary influences?

SD: Because I like dark suspense and thrillers, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde and Robert Louis-Stevenson are my biggest literary influences. Hitchcock is my largest influence for mysteries and suspense altogether. I find all of these legends to be geniuses in their own right.

V. Richardson: What have you discovered about yourself on your journey to publication?

SD: That I am stronger than I thought I was and very determined when it comes to something I want to achieve. I also realized how much I loved a challenge and that’s probably why I’ve come so far. I don’t give up and always keep fighting.

V. Richardson: There is always a story behind the author’s works. How do/did you handle rejection (s)?

SD: I just let it roll off my back. Of course it’s always disappointing to be rejected but you can’t let it stop you. You gotta also realize it’s a part of the industry. If you give up then you’ll never know what you can accomplish. Gotta take the good with the bad and believe that the rewards will come one day.

V. Richardson: What advice would you offer to aspiring authors?

SD: Research the industry and be realistic. They should make sure they are writing for the right reasons or it’s never gonna make you happy. Write because you love it, not just hoping for publication because the truth is a lot of writers do not get published.

V. Richardson: Are there any up coming and/or future projects readers should be made aware of?

SD: The debut installment of my mystery/crime and interracial romance series, “Giving up the Ghost” will be released April 2011 by Peace in the Storm Publishing. The second installment will be released in 2012 and I have a lot of other things going on. I invite everyone to check out my site to keep in touch with me: http://www.stacy-deanne.net

V. Richardson: How can readers contact you?

SD: At my site they can send me a message on my contact page or send me an invite on many of the social networks I am on like Facebook, Twitter, etc. I’m all over the net.

Bonus Question

From The Heart:

V. Richardson: When life can get a little hectic and you are feeling a little dismayed. How do you find peace in the storm?

SD: Good question. All I can say is I keep going. Life can be hard and it can be draining but if you stay focus on your goals and what you want out of life, you can conquer anything thrown at you. So I look within myself to find peace and satisfaction. I also do all I can to always be a positive person and keep a positive outlook. That makes all the difference. How we think is a powerful thing.

V. Richardson: Stacy it was delightful to chat Melody amongst other things with you. As always in closing, continue to inspire as you aspire!

SD: Thank you, Vanessa. I appreciate the support and I hope everyone checks out the series! They can get a sneak peak of “Giving up the Ghost” at my site.

Best Wishes!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jazz. Java, and Jesus Author Aleysha R. Proctor



About the Book

Twenty-four Christian devotions and puzzles about jazz, java and Jesus. The perfect book to take to a coffee or tea house, or anywhere, and meditate on the promises of God.

Jazz, Java & Jesus:
Christian Devotions to Soothe Your Soul
Author: Aleysha R. Proctor
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 9781441574350
Genre: Christian, nonfiction, devotional, studies

About the Author:

Aleysha Proctor is an award winning Christian inspirational author & entrepreneur. She’s the author of three books; “With Style & Amazing Grace”, “He’s the Keeper of My Soul” and “Jazz, Java & Jesus”. Her passion in life is helping to inspire people to use their potential now. To learn more about Aleysha, you can visit her online at http://www.aleyshaproctor.com/.

Purchase the Book Online at:

• Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Jazz-Java-Jesus-Aleysha-Proctor/dp/1441574352/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1281223302&sr=8-2

• BarnesandNoble – http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Jazz-Java-Jesus/Aleysha-R-Proctor/e/9781441574350/?itm=2&USRI=aleysha+proctor

• Books A Million – http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9781441574350?id=4715246323067

For More Information

View the blog tour schedule at http://bit.ly/JazzJavaandJesusTour

Book Trailer for Jazz Java and Jesus Tour






Vanessa Richardson’s review of Jazz, Java, and Jesus

Jazz, Java, Jesus:Christian Devotions to Soothe Your Soul
Author: Aleysha R. Proctor has certainly made my sharing is caring list. It is a wonderful read, which makes you want to do as the title claims. Listen to some comfy (for my soothing Christian jazz) as I sip my cappuccino; as I read this devotional. Ahh, my soul is soothed. Jazz, Java, and Jesus is an inspirational read; reminding of God’s promises to YOU, ME, and US….God’s people. I was truly impressed and delighted by the cross word puzzles that Aleysha added in the back of the book. 4 stars read for me! Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Only Way Up Blog Tour with Folake Taylor, MD




Folake Taylor will be giving away autographed copies of her book, The Only Way is Up – 3 winners will be chosen on Friday. Leave a comment below.

This book features the author’s experiences and views on pertinent life issues as an immigrant to the United States of America. The objective is to empower women. However, the greater part of the message is of relevance to a general audience. Some of the issues that are the focus of this book are:

* Identity
* Health & Preventive medicine
* Finding a mate
* Relationships & Family
* Single parenthood
* Teenage pregnancies
* Gender roles
* Diet & Nutrition
* Global exposure
* Positivity & Loving yourself
* Spirituality
* Life outside the United States

And much more…

About the Book

This book features the author’s experiences and views on pertinent life issues as an immigrant to the United States of America. The objective is to empower women. However, the greater part of the message is of relevance to a general audience.

Some of the issues that are the focus of this book are:

* Identity
* Health & Preventive medicine
* Finding a mate
* Relationships & Family
* Single parenthood
* Teenage pregnancies
* Gender roles
* Diet & Nutrition
* Global exposure
* Positivity & Loving yourself
* Spirituality
* Life outside the United States
And much more…

Purchase this Book Online:
* Amazon
* Barnes and Noble
* Books A Million
* Indiebound

About the Author

Folake Taylor is an outpatient Internal Medicine Physician in the suburbs of Atlanta Georgia. She is married with a little girl. She obtained her residency training at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta after her initial medical education in Nigeria. She was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian born parents.


Where can visitors find you online?

FT@theonlywayisup.net

http://www.theonlywayisup.net

http://theonlywayisupblog.blogspot.com

http://folaketaylor.blogspot.com

F. Taylor of facebook

@folaketaylor on twitter

I write for Afrikan Goddess online.



Book trailer of The Only Way is Up




Vanessa Richardson's Review of "The Only Way is Up" by Folake Taylor

I was utterly delighted with this book. It was written as I thought it would be. Author Folake Taylor, also an Internal Medical Doctor; takes readers on a private journey, hailing her experiences as a Nigerian/English transplant. Folake expounds on controversial social, racial, and economical differences, in a diplomatic and informative matter.

Never let it be said that only pain can bring forth wonderful inspirational writings. Happiness is just as powerful, if not motivational!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Myne Whitman | Author of A Heart To Mend


V.Richardson: Greetings Myne! I am happy to chat with you.

Myne: Thank you for the opportunity Vanessa.

V.Richardson: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Myne: I started writing as a child but only began to save my manuscripts when I was like 20 or so. A Heart to Mend is my first novel. The narrative of AHTM is very instinctive, from my heart and from my head too. I am practically a novice at writing. I entered this writing business, really, from outside. My entire background has been in sciences; I studied biological science for my first degree, then public health research for my masters. I’ve never had any formal training in writing. So what I write is from my own personal makeup, and less from what I have picked up in writing books and online courses, which go more toward the craft of being a writer.

V. Richardson: “A Heart to Mend” is your latest release. What is the synopsis about and how did you come up with the title?

Myne: A Heart to Mend narrates a love story and a journey of self-discovery and the title comes from the main characters who are very cynical about love. Gladys Eborah moves to Lagos from a deprived single-parent home in Enugu, to seek a job. She lives with a formerly estranged aunt who wants to be forgiven and so has the uneasy role of the bridge between both families. A new job and good friends gradually transition Gladys into an independent young woman and then she meets and begins to fall for Edward Bestman.

Edward is handsome, very wealthy, and believes money can buy everything. Though physically attracted to Gladys, he is not ready to give his heart. To make matters worse, Gladys is implicated in a plot to take over his company. Who are these people that want to betray him and destroy their happiness and will Edward trust Gladys enough to give love a chance?

V. Richardson: What do you want readers to take away from “A Heart to Mend?”.

Myne: The novel details how we can be affected by events from our past and how it may limit our opportunities in the present, especially in the area of love and relationships. Gladys obsesses over the divide between her and Edward, while he had barricaded his heart and was not letting anyone in, man or woman. The message is that none of us is perfect but we should be able to keep our heart open for that (sometimes one) person who has enough masking tape to cover our imperfections.

V. Richardson: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Myne: Well I’m not sure about that. But a few of my readers have mentioned that they would have preferred if the business setting of the novel was not so detailed.

V. Richardson: Who are your literary influences? And what books have most influenced your life most?

Myne: I read a lot and have so many authors that I love. They include several Mills and Boons writers, Barbara Cartland, Francine Rivers, Sidney Sheldon, Robert Ludlum, Leon Uris, John Grisham, and Micheal Critchton. And in Africa: the Pacestters writers, African Writers Series, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, Cyprian Ekwensi, Chinua Achebe, and more recently Chimamanda Adichie and Jude Dibia.

V. Richardson: What have you discovered about yourself on your journey to publication?

Myne: I have discovered a strength and dedication I did not previously know I possessed. I thought, when I became a full time writer that I would lack motivation to finish a novel but I have managed to finish the first and I’m now working on the second. There are also other ideas I am toying with.

V. Richardson: There is always a story behind the author’s works. How do/did you handle rejection (s)?

Myne: It hurts and I may feel discouraged for a while but then I look at the rejection letters again, take a deep breath, and say to myself, "So what do I do next." There may or may not be another step in there, which would be to analyse the work I submitted, to see if it can be improved in any way. It usually can. And then there may be other markets to send them out to.

V. Richardson: What advice would you offer to aspiring authors?

Myne: To the aspiring writers, I will say that they should keep at it. A lot of upcoming writers are actually very talented and just have to continue polishing their craft till opportunity knocks. I wish everyone the best. To my fans and readers, I love you all and say a great big THANK YOU!

V. Richardson: Are there any up coming and/or future projects readers should be made aware of?

Myne: I am working on my next novel, titled Ghost of the Past. The novel will be released in February 2011 to be followed by more contemporary African romances.

V. Richardson: How can readers contact you?

Myne: For more info, readers can visit my website at www.mynewhitman.com; Join me at http://www.facebook.com/Myne.Whitman or Follow me at http://www.twitter.com/Myne_Whitman.



Bonus Question
From The Heart:

V. Richardson: When life can get a little hectic and you are feeling a little dismayed. How do you find peace in the storm?

Myne: I believe in the power of God to heal our pain and doubt. I usually pray at such times. I also listen to some gospel or soft music and maybe write a little, if there is a manuscript I’m already working on.

V. Richardson: Myne, I truly count it an honor getting to know you and your work. Thank you for sharing yourself and your works with our viewing audience. Greater success to you! As always in closing, continue to inspire as you aspire!

Myne: Thank you so much once again. It has been a pleasure getting to know you too. You’re also an inspiration. God bless you


A Heart to Mend Book Trailer


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Soon After Blog Tour Sherryle Kiser Jackson

Multi-published author, teacher, wife and mother, Sherryle seeks to be a fresh voice in Christian Fiction. Her triumphant debut novel, Soon and Very Soon (2007) was followed up by her sophomore release, The Manual (2009).

Soon After marks the return of her franchise characters, Pastors WIllie and Vanessa Green and the Harvest Baptist church saga. Sherrryle is currently working on her fourth novel for Urban Christian (Urban/Kensington) titled Taylor-Made. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.


Sherryle, tell us about Soon After.


Soon After picks up where my debut novel, Soon and Very Soon left off. In the first installment two pastors marry and decide to combine their churches. In this second installment the ministry birthed by one over at Harvest Baptist church is likely to be exploited by the minister left to run the church. With more than one who had an interest in the deed in the property and even more with an emotional investment in the church itself, it’s up to reporter, Alexis Montgomery and Chief Herbert Rich to solve the crime.

About the Book


The Ministry birthed by one will be exploited by another. Can Willie Green stand idly by and let that happen?

When Pastors Willie Green and Vanessa Morton got married and moved to merge their churches, they never expected so much resistance. Now it seems someone is sending a strong message by setting fire to the Harvest Baptist Church building.


The newly unified Pleasant Harvest Baptist Church is no more than four months into business as usual before Co-Pastor Willie Green is drawn into the middle of an arson investigation. Alexis Montgomery, an overzealous reporter, sees the experienced pastor as a great source to latch onto as she tries to unearth the stories that might solve the crime. Instead of being bothered by the presence of this woman, Co-Pastor Vanessa uses it as a distraction to help conceal her own secrets.


Orchestrating the unification rift makes Deacon Charley Thompson a prime suspect. His unexpected silence only fuels the accusations of guilt, and his meek wife becomes his unlikely spokesperson. Meanwhile, his nephew, Abe Townsend, couldn’t care less about family allegiances. Led by an anonymous publicist, Abe and the remaining displaced members of Harvest Baptist Church gain notoriety when news reports garner an outcry of sympathy and support.


What should have been a simple unification of two churches has turned into something much more complicated, and it will take plenty of faith to hold it all.

Purchase the Book Online at:


• Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Soon-After-Sherryle-Kiser-Jackson/dp/1601628676/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1281221062&sr=8-1



• BarnesandNoble – http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Soon-After/Sherryle-Kiser-Jackson/e/9781601628671/?itm=1&USRI=soon+after



• Borders – http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=1601628676



• Books A Million – http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9781601628671?id=4715246323067

• Indiebound - http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781601628671


For More Information


• Visit the author online at http://www.sherrylejackson.com/

• View the blog tour schedule at http://bit.ly/SoonAfterTour.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Who wants to be weak?

Catamenial pneumothorax is an extremely rare condition that affects women. Pneumothorax is the medical term for a collapsed lung, a condition in which air or gas is trapped in the space surrounding the lungs causing the lungs to collapse. Women with catamenial pneumothorax have recurrent episodes of pneumothorax that occur within 72 hours before or after the start of menstruation.

The exact cause of catamenial pneumothorax is unknown and several theories have been proposed. Some cases are associated with the abnormal develop of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus (endometriosis), although the exact nature of this relationship in these cases is unknown.

I am happy to know that this health issue is no longer as silent as it once was. Doctors and women who have or have suffered from these ailments are speaking out and I am glad about it! To date, I have had a total of seven chest tubes. Chest insertion procedure-- or procedures in my case are memorable experiences. Indeed it shall forever be embedded in my mind, as it is quite painful. Er,did I mention quite PAINFUL. I have added a clip below to prove my point. It is funny. I was quite embarrassed to admit that I suffered from this ailment. Why? I thought it was a sign of weakness…and I don’t do weakness well. Lol.

Don’t get upset with me over my proclamation. Who wants to be weak? Sure we all have our Achilles' heels; it’s what makes us human. Never the less…it was an awkward feeling for me. Until I needed answers. I thought of the biblical passage “For when I am weak, then am I strong." I like that…that is a voluptuous expression. I hope this blog post be of help to someone. Who may not be struggling with a health issue; maybe it's financial, emotional, and possibly spiritual struggles. In spite of life contending forces, there is still a choice. YES! you still have a choice to be and live a happy life. Trust me you do. Smile. Go ahead smile…it looks good on you! It’s going to be alright. Go for your goals. Aim high and don’t look low. The world is your oyster, you can have it steamed, boiled, and fried--any way you want it. Just do it! YOU must decide.


Chest tube insertion procedure: WARNING VIEWING DISCRETION ADVISED.





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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Success Mentor Barbara Hofmeister


Join author and success mentor Barbara Hofmeister on The Certain Ones Blog
Talk Show. Saturday, August 21st, 2010|6:00pm. Call-in Number:
(917) 932-1607. Click on Icon below to listen in! Aspiring to inspire!


Barbara Hofmeister is an internationally renowned speaker, author and expert on the topic of human growth. In the last 2 years alone she spoke to over 15.000 people helping them to get their dreams back and the courage to make them come true.She became interested in her own personal growth in 1978 when a friend gave her the book “Your erroneous zones” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Since then she has not stopped studying the topic until she felt she had to write down all her learnings and share them with the public. Her book is called “To be or not to be – the choice is YOURS!” and uses a practical step by step approach to get you from where you are today to where you want to go in your life.


Barbara considers it her mission to help as many people as possible to rediscover their dreams and to gain the confidence and belief in themselves to actually make them come true.Barbara is a passionate advocate of constant learning and reinventing oneself. No matter whether you are in one of her coaching groups or go to her workshops, you will always get drawn in by her never ending enthusiasm and passion for helping you succeed.


Do you still have dreams?






And do you want to make them come true?

I am sure you do. Why else would you be here? Therefore I ask you to please read this page carefully: It can get you some major insights.
In my live workshops and trainings as well as in the Success Cycle Coaching Program I notice that the majority of people still have a big dream lurking in the background BUT most have given up on it. In many cases it has become so vague that it totally faded into the background… soon to be forgotten altogether. I find that really scary because it means that they are not living their life, they are living their environment’s (family, friends, society etc.) idea of what their life should be like.

I invite you to take a close look at your life to make sure this is not happening to you! I can see it in over 90% of the people I work with and it is one of the main reasons why they strive for happiness but can not achieve it. Over 90%!!!

If you don’t want to be one of them, I urge you to get my book “To be or not to be – the choice is YOURS!” Not only because it’s MY book and I am mighty proud of it. I want you to get it because it takes you by the hand and walks you through a step by step process of re-defining your destiny and purpose in order to live your own dream life. My book is not theory. It is full of practical techniques that have helped me and thousands of my clients to move towards their dream life. And you will see that the “To Be” book is not just a reading book, it is actually a full manual, a full program that walks you through the processes of

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defining your purpose
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creating a clear vision of your dream life
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becoming aware of your values and beliefs
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facing your challenges and overcoming them
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setting clear anchors and achievable goals
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using a step by step process to achieve those goals
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stregthening your belief in yourself and your abilities
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being motivated to taking the right action steps to truly live your dream!

Contact Barbara Hofmeister at:
http://barbarahofmeister.com

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Successful Women Speak














"I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up nor awake my love, until he please."Song of Songs 8:4.

Often the focus is more on the wedding plans, than the actual marriage. Join me this Saturday for an intimate conversation with Author LaNicia Deanne Williams: All My Single Ladies! LaNicia is a spiritua...l life coach and founder of Changed Living, LLC. This one will be explosive!


About Lanicia
LaNicia Williams ran from her calling until she ran to her calling. As a third generation “preacher’s kid,” LaNicia decided at an early age that she would not follow in the footsteps of her mother, aunt, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents. One day, LaNicia realized that running from God was only making her life miserable, so she decided to run to God. Since then, LaNicia has embraced her call from God to encourage and uplift others.


LaNicia is a spiritual life coach and founder of Changed Living, LLC. The mission of Changed Living is to help every individual reach a more evolved inner perspective
through divine (God) power. Changed Living desires to assist people believe they have the power by looking within and finding peace and contentment that can only come
from God who lives in us. Using a combination of personal experience, scripture, and Godly wisdom, LaNicia constantly seeks to help others understand that not only will God lead you to the promise land; He will also lead you through the wilderness.


Changed Living, LLC hosts “Growing in God” weekly prayer line for women on Monday
mornings 6am to 7am PST, in addition to “Growing in God” women’s bible study that
conducts bi-weekly bible studies every other Thursday 6:30pm to 7:30pm PST via
teleconference. The call in number is (712) 775-7400 access code 558046.


In 2011, Changed Living, LLC will host both physical and virtual retreats for women aswe begin to embrace the “Eve” inside of us.
LaNicia is currently writing her first book for publication. To contact LaNicia for a
consultation or speaking engagements, please contact her at info@changedliving.com.


National Association Women on the Rise Successful Women Speak
ON SPIRITUALITY

I Am Eve ©LaNicia Williams
“Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he
brought her to the man. Then man said, ‘This is now my bone of my bones and flesh of
my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.’” Genesis 2:22-23
NIV

God created Eve (you and I) to give Adam companionship and to help Adam rule
over God’s creation. A woman is special not only to God, but to the man she is created
to give life to. Eve’s primary job is to give life and to protect life (the heart).

How does Eve do it?
Eve knows who she is – “I praise God because I am fearfully and wonderfully made,
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 NIV. Affirmation: I have to
have confidence in who God has called me to be, i.e. Eve.
Eve knows whose she is – “‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as
you have said.’ Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:38 NIV. Affirmation: God created me
and He knows His plan for my life.

Eve loves who she is – “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no
shame.” Genesis 2:25 NIV. Affirmation: To honor God is to not be ashamed of whom
God made me to be.

Eve knows her place – “…And who knows but that you have come to royal position for
such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NIV. Affirmation: When we know where we belong, it is
easier to fit in.

Eve worships God – “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
John 4:24 NIV. Affirmation: Worship prevents me from worrying.
National Association Women on the Rise Successful Women Speak.


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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Maya Angelou Rocks!




I have been inspired to share this poem all week...I can remember the first time I'd read Dr. Maya Angelou's poem, Phenomenal Woman.

I was awed by the words I read- now some odd years later, the poem's affect is still same today, if not more intense for me!

Can you feel this one? Inspirational, motivational, strong, survivors, achievers. Salute! And to the strong men by their sides. Salute!







PHENOMENAL WOMAN
by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Black Diamond by Ja'Nese Dixon




About Ja'Nese Dixon


Ja'Nese Dixon writes fiction novels for readers yearning to escape and disappear into a good book. Ja'Nese's debut novel, Black Diamond is scheduled for release in June 2010. She resides in Houston, Texas, with her husband and their two children. For more information visit http://www.janesedixon.com.




About Black Diamond

Camille Blackwell, an undercover FBI agent, poses as a jewelry purchaser in an international diamond trading company in hopes of identifying the domestic players in a vicious rebel group suspected of trafficking conflict diamonds. The Bureau requests CIA renegade Marc Fulton's assistance with sweeping international intelligence to identify the major rebel organizations with the finances and stateside connections strong enough to evade criminal prosecution, despite Camille's objections.

Their attraction is instant and tense; both resolve to focus on the case. But when Camille receives an encrypted memory stick from a murdered co-worker Marc may be the only person she can trust.Black Diamond is the eagerly anticipated debut novel by Ja'Nese Dixon. True love, like black diamonds, is rare and precious but when murder and a persistent criminal threaten a frail relationship, will love triumph?



Black Diamond by Ja'Nese Dixon Virtual Book Tour is organized by Nia Promotions, a marketing company that assists authors and publishers with using web-marketing strategy to market and promote books on the internet. Follow Ja'Nese's tour at http://bit.ly/blackdiamondvbt.

Author Interview:

V. Richardson: Hello Ja’Nese. It is a delight to be chatting with you.


J. Dixon: Thank you. I appreciate you extending the offer.


V.Richardson: When did you first consider yourself a writer?


J. Dixon: I considered myself a writer as a child. I loved writing poetry and lyrics. I’m still coming to terms with being a novelist. I claim it now that I’m holding Black Diamond in my hands and once I look back at the hours and hours of work it required to bring this project to life. However, it still stutters off my tongue when asked.


V. Richardson: Black Diamond is your latest book. What is the synopsis about and how did you come up with the title?


J. Dixon: Camille Blackwell, an undercover FBI agent, poses as a jewelry purchaser in an international diamond trading company in hopes of identifying the domestic players in a vicious rebel group suspected of trafficking conflict diamonds. The Bureau requests CIA renegade Marc Fulton’s assistance with sweeping international intelligence to identify the major rebel organizations with the finances and stateside connections strong enough to evade criminal prosecution, despite Camille’s objections. Their attraction is instant and tense; both resolve to focus on the case. But when Camille receives an encrypted memory stick from a murdered co-worker Marc may be the only person she can trust.


Black Diamond is the eagerly anticipated debut novel by Ja’Nese Dixon. True love, like black diamonds, is rare and precious but when murder and a persistent criminal threaten a frail relationship, will love triumph?

As for the title, I found myself fascinated with a black diamond jewelry set. At that time, I didn’t know that black diamonds existed. After conducting my research I decided to focus my story on the diamond industry, but I kept the title. Readers will find that it plays a significant role in Camille’s life.


V. Richardson: What do you want readers to take away from Black Diamond?


J. Dixon: I want readers to close the book knowing more about the plight of people affected by conflict diamonds and how our personal choices can adversely involve people around us.


V. Richardson: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?


J. Dixon: No. I trust that every lesson was needed or due to my stubbornness. It also provides more experience for the next project.


V. Richardson: Who are your literary influences? And what books have most influenced your life most?


J. Dixon: My list of literary influences is too long to share here. However, I can name a few. Beverly Jenkins, Anita Bunkley, Karen Wiesner. I’m an avid readers so selecting a few is like asking to pick a favorite child. The books that most influenced my life are the Bible and “Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun?” Both have been instrumental in my life.


V. Richardson: What have you discovered about yourself on your journey to publication?


J. Dixon: That I am extremely resourceful and I excel under pressure.


V. Richardson: There is always a story behind the author’s works. How do/did you handle rejection (s)?


J. Dixon: I believe it’s their loss. I always find a way to move ahead. I know that what is meant for me will be mine. Thus, I accept that those moments and/or opportunities are meant for another.


V. Richardson: What advice would you offer to aspiring authors?


J. Dixon: “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) You will experience highs, lows, disappointments, rejection, and so much more on this journey. It’s not easy. But hold on to what God has placed in you and you’ll be fine.


V. Richardson: Are there any up coming and/or future projects readers should be made aware of?


J. Dixon: I am currently on the virtual book tour for Black Diamond. You can read about prior stops on my website. I am also a contributing author in Coffee Confessions. Please visit my blog for my appearances, events, and books. So, I’m promoting like a mad woman and writing my next book, Intoxicated.


V. Richardson: How can readers contact you?


J. Dixon: Website and Blog: www.janesedixon.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/janesedixon

Book Page: www.facebook.com/authorjanesedixon

Twitter: www.twitter.com/janesedixon

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/janese_dixon


Bonus Question

From The Heart:


V. Richardson: When life can get a little hectic and you are feeling a little dismayed. How do you find peace in the storm?


J. Dixon: I have a book of my favorite bible verses that I pull out and read. Many I have committed to memory. And I’d love to share two verses that ensure me of God’s love for me through any storm.


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5


“The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6


These verses are real to me because they remind me of two things: He’s in control and I have to trust His process. It sounds easy, but our daily walk speaks otherwise. Which is why we’re charged with placing His words in our heart. Most of our sorrow, heartache, pain is at the hands of another person. Thus, in those moments I remind myself that it’s not about me, but is has everything to do with Him and I allow His words and spirit to comfort me.


V. Richardson: Ja’Nese, it was awesome to chat with you. Thank you for sharing yourself and your works with our reading audience. Much success to you! As always in closing, continue to inspire as you aspire!