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Christian Fiction Authors Angela Breidenbach Kathi Macias Cedric Mixon

Giving The Reader What They Want Fiction Author Jamie Jones

Romance Author Cheris Hodges Monica McKayhan

Young Adult Author Stone Erickson Mims

Christian Non Fiction Author Daryl Mckeever

7 Tips To Building Relationships With Book Clubs

Putting Your Book Club Literary Group On The Map READERS MAY/JUN 2013


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Contributors Dr. Linda F. Beed is an author, educator, speaker and performing artist.

Visit her online at: www.lindabeed.com and www.thewriteplan.net Tee C. Royal is the founder of RAWSISTAZ Literary Group (http://www.rawsistaz.com) and its subsidiaries. She is an avid reader, freelance reviewer, editor, and literary agent residing in the suburbs of Atlanta. TaNisha Webb is a well known book club consultant and author of The Ultimate Book Club Experience: How to Create & Maintain a Successful Book Club. She is the Publisher and Editor in Chief for Book Club 101 Magazine and the founder of Book Club 101 University, The Black Book Club Experience, and The Ultimate Book Club Experience. Happy-young-african-american-female-reading-a-book-relaxing-at-home by Logos - 123RF Stock Photo - Cover Happy-young-african-american-female-reading-a-book-relaxing-at-home by Logos - 123RF Stock Photo - pg 16 Group-of-african-american-college-students-in-library – by Michael Jung - 123RF Stock Photo pg 26 http://sormag.com

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In This Issue: Memorial Linda Hudson Smith - 6 Christian Fiction Author Angela Breidenbach - 9 Young Adult Fiction Author Stone Erickson Mims - 13 Article - 16 Giiving The Reader What They Want by Dr. Linda Beed Romance Author Cheris Hodges -19 Fiction Author Jamie Jones - 23 Article - 26 Putting Your Bookclub Literary Group On The Map by Tee C. Royal Christian Author Kathi Macias - 29 Romance Author Monica McKayhan - 33 Christian Non Fiction Author Daryl McKeever - 37 Christian Fiction Author Cedric Mixon - 41 Article - 44 7 Tips To Building Relationships With Book Clubs by Tanisha Webb SORMAG Author Tyora Moody – 50

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C O N T E N T IN EVERY ISSUE Note From The Editor - 7 5 Things To Do This Month -8 5 Things To Motivate Your Writing - 12 Simple Promotions - 22 Businesses Helping Writers - 47

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In Memory OfLinda Hudson Smith

This month we lost another writer friend, Linda Hudson Smith. I met Linda when I started a writer’s group called Aspiring African American Romance Writers on Delphi groups. She was one of the first writers to join. At that time she’d just sold her first book and we all were so excited for her because she’d sold to the new Arabesque line. Over the years it was great to watch Linda blossom into a wonderful writer. She chose to write for multiple genres when it wasn’t popular. She encouraged me to write what was in my heart and not to worry about what was hot in the market. She shared with me that she had Lupus, something my mother had been fighting for years. We shared stories and she showed me that you can’t let a disease stop you for following your dreams. She was a loyal supporter of SORMAG. Our last conversation was last year when she called to buy an eblast ad. Linda was amazing woman and I know her legacy will live on in her books and family. She will be truly missed. http://sormag.com

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If you’re like me, you’re waiting patiently for the summer to come. Your book pile by the bed is in dire need of you taking vacation days to catch up. I’m looking forward to my summer vacation because I’m going to enjoy reading for pleasure, something I haven’t done in a while.

Note From The Editor

Books LaShaunda Is Reading

This issue is dedicated to all the readers. As a writer or magazine publisher, I’ve learned over the years that it takes to two to survive in this business, the writer and the reader. They go hand in hand. You can write as much content as you want, but if no one reads your book or magazine. You’re basically writing for yourself. Whenever I hear a writer complaining about not making a lot of sales, I remind them there are many aspiring writers who would like to be in their shoes. They would love to have a reader enjoying their book because all you need is one reader to make you a published writer. I appreciate every reader SORMAG has had over the years. They stopped by the website when we were a web magazine. They purchased the print copy when we went print, they visited the blog and left comments when we moved to the blog and when we went digital, they downloaded their copies. Thank you for continuing to support SORMAG. I will never take you for granted and I hope no other writer does either. We need you. Thank you for taking time to check out this issue of SORMAG Digital. I’d like to hear what you thought of this issue. Drop me a line 1sormag@gmail.com. See ya on the net, LaShaunda C. Hoffman Editor/Publisher of SORMAG http://sormag.com

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5 Things To Do This Month Listen To A Book On CD

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Angela Breidenbach Angela Breidenbach’s book, A Healing Heart, is based on the family tradition of giving unique quilts of memorable moments spanning birth to graduation to their graduating seniors. Mrs. Montana International 2009, an inspirational speaker and author, Angela also coaches writers, weight loss/fitness, and pageant contestants in Missoula, MT. Other works by Angela include: Gems ofWisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life (women's Bible study), Creative Cooking for Colitis, and Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance. She's also an accomplished freelance writer with years of articles, compilations, and devotionals. A Healing Heart released April 1st, 2013 as Angela's debut novel. www.AngelaBreidenbach.com www.QuiltsOfLoveBooks.com What inspired your book?

What would you like readers to take away from your book?

Denzel Washington's movie, Deja Vu! Well, after watching it with my hubby, we had a really interesting conversation that revealed a story question I felt passionate about: What if a workaholic woman had a heart attack and had to trust the one man who tried to destroy the business she'd built? He's the only man who understands how to run her business. How would that play out in a Christian romance?

I'd love to hear from readers that this book inspired them to return to their true purpose, the thing that brings them the most joy. I'd also love to hear A Healing Heart helps them to learn about their own heart health.

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What is your favorite scene from your book? I can't tell you too much because the scene I love is a little later, too close to the climax. But it involves snowmobiles and the Montana mountains, specifically the Bridgers near Bozeman. My characters go to quite a few real tourist spots, but this one has a definite surprise in store for my readers.

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Which character did you have the most fun writing about? Cadence, the main character's daughter. She's coming back in another story. I also loved writing Louie, the dog! He's just full of antics. He's drawn from our family dog who passed away during the writing of A Healing Heart. I added his character into the story to symbolize courage. It was both cathartic and delightful to write about this funny creature that stole our hearts and the hearts of friends, neighbors, and strangers. What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book? I gained confidence in my ability to write and touch lives. I also learned God makes it all possible since there's no way I could have made the deadline after a car accident and pneumonia. But somehow God kept sending me encouragement to type one more line. I learned even my injuries had a purpose, not that God wanted me to experience shoulder surgery, but that He'd bring it all together to help me fully understand the pain and recovery my main character, Mara Keegan experiences in A Healing Heart. I understood a lengthy recovery and the limitations someone going through a heart surgery would experience. God still used my weakness to show His strength. How do you use the social media to reach your readers? I tweet, facebook, and blog. I've recently started Pinterest too. I do my very best to respond to fan friends as soon as I see a comment (unless I'm coaching) and if I see someone else's cool comment, I'll retweet or leave a note for them. What would you do if the one man who can help is the one man you can’t trust? A heart attack has stopped Mara Keegan in her tracks, leaving her daughter’s unfinished photo memory quilt hanging by a thread. Little does Mara know, this quilt—and the memories it bolsters—are the key to her rehabilitation. But Mara’s heart needs to be healed in more ways than one. And Joel Ryan is fraying her last nerve. With her daughter’s graduation fast approaching, even Mara starts to wonder if she—and her faith—can mend in time. Will Joel’s photo find a place on the quilt… and in Mara’s heart? “As beautifully woven as a keepsake quilt, A Healing Heart wraps itself around you, offering a cozy, heart-tugging story. This is definitely my kind of tale—one that pulls you in from the first page and keeps your emotions engaged throughout. Highly recommended.”—Janice Thompson, author of Queen of the Waves http://sormag.com

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What advice would you offer to someone whose book is about to be released? Really draw on the non-fiction topics in your fiction to write articles and add to the interesting tidbits of your interviews. You give readers a look behind-the-scenes and enrich the story world. Five questions about books: One book that made you cry. This might be a little odd, but writing chapter 15 in, A Healing Heart, I sobbed. Then when my edits came back and I had to read it after months away, I sobbed again. It's a scene taken from real life (fictionalized a bit). It was hard to bleed it out onto the page and to relive it in the edits. One book that made you laugh. Cooking the Books by Bonnie Calhoun One book that you have read more than once. House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson One book you loved as a child.

I love to interact with readers. My website is http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com and has an email form built into it. I'm also on twitter and facebook a lot. Twitter: @AngBreidenbach and FB: http://www.facebook.com/AngelaBreidenbachInspir ationalSpeakerAuthor (I know, I know. It's super long. It's one of my marketing snafus so you can learn from my mistakes.) Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure? I know any talent or trait can be used for the beauty of God's plan or twisted and used inappropriately. We have to be vigilant to keep our purpose focused on God's path and not get off track. It's so easy to stray one degree at a time. As a workaholic, I get a lot done. People praise me for my production level. I have to constantly give my gifting of a driven/achiever personality to God because I'd just keep going and thrive on people's praise instead of God's intention for my drive. But God doesn't want me to work 100 hour work weeks. That's twisted. He wants me to devote my work time, but to take rests. The human side of me wants to distort that and ignore signals my body needs rest and refreshment. Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG Digital?

Island of the Blue Dolphin One book you wish you'd written. Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar Who was the first author you ever met? Sunni Jeffers. She is still a friend and someone I admire greatly. Sunni inspired me to take time with other authors like she did for me.

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How can readers get in contact with you?

Thank you for reading this interview. I'm always grateful when people spend quality time with me. I hope you enjoy A Healing Heart and that you find your own heart health, inside and out. Do contact me on twitter and facebook. I'll enjoy a great conversation with you.

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Stone Erickson Mims My name is Stone Erickson Mims and I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 24, 1997. I’m a 15 (and a half, and don’t let anyone tell you different) year old freshman and I’ve been in gifted classes since Middle school. I’ve played soccer since I was age 4 and have held an addiction to reading for an even longer time. Early in my youth, I noticed that I could read faster and comprehend more than adults who were several times my age . This talent for reading eventually manifested itself as writing around my 3rd grade year as comic books and that eventually grew into short stories and novellas. My dream (for a long time now) has been to become an author (and or millionaire) and I am very excited to get started! What inspired your book? Even in my youth I haven’t lead the easiest life but I may have lead the one with the most fulfillment. I’ve seen people suffered. And I’ve suffered. I know what it feels like to live and go on and now really want to live that much anymore. But every time I wanted to give up I always had a friend or family member like my Mom or sister, my grandparents (all 3), father (even though he can be annoying) and even my friends Omari, Bryceson, Rayden, and Tyler have been there to help. I could go on to thank my friends Regina,KC Alex,Tymia and Julie, but they know I’m thankful to them already. They've all been there when I’ve needed them and I want Solomon’s long hard journey to be to someone else what they’ve been to me. I feel I owe that to the world What would you like readers to take away from your book? Life ain’t always easy. You can go through hell for what feels like hours or days or even years on end with no relief. But at the end of the tunnel there is always a light full of happiness and joy and friends and family. Whether you’re able to pursue that journey which we call the pursuit of happiness to the ends of the earth is what determines how strong you are in the end. of course, having people by your side makes it that much easier.

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What is your favorite scene from your book? The scenes that take place in the interim are some of my favorites. The metaphysics and psychology behind them really interest me. The bounds of which man should and shouldn’t interfere have always interested me. It’s human curiosity to want to know things, but how much is too much? Things like this have piqued my interest for as long as I can remember. Which character did you have the most fun writing about? Solomon of course. I’ve bonded with him for a while now. We share many traits but even I sometimes wanna kick him for decisions he makes. The reader will inevitably get to know this character well as book 1 embodies the loneliness, strife, and pure isolation in his life which is why most other characters don’t get nearly as much development. The second book will inevitably concentrate on the foundation characters who set the pieces for this up. What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book? I learned that I am very creative and have very good ideas but I still lack the patience to execute them correctly. At least I felt that way when I wrote it. I learned that sometimes its good to slow down and make a plan or outline for the story and discern where you want to go with the storyline. How do you use the social media to reach your readers? I’ll be open to Facebook, Twitter, email. I intend to try and contact many people who have written to tell me what they like and what they didn’t. I’m still growing and learning and need the criticism.

Black Angel is the tale of a young teen who struggles in everyday life due to bullies, school work and the occasional beating from his abusive stepfather. Losing his birth father only seems to add to his grief. One day, on his way home Solomon is hit by a car while saving another. He dies. But that isn’t the end of this malevolent tale. Solomon finds himself face to face with a being that offers him a second chance at life and the powers to protect others. Solomon accepts....but every contract has its deal. What are the terms in this lethal legislative law? You'll have to read to find out.

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What advice would you offer to someone whose book is about to be released? I’d tell them relax and get ready for the hard part. Five questions about books: One book that made you cry. I’ve never cried but I can tell you that I screamed like a little girl when Jason died in the Dragon Heir and Brom died in Eragon....and I punched a wall when Percy and Annabeth fell down that huge crater in the Mark ofAthena... One book that made you laugh. Every Diary ofA Wimpy Kid Book and All Rick Riordan Books kill me One book that you have read more than once.

Who was the first author you ever met? Technically, my Mom. Hard not to meet her. (Christal Jordan) How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website) I honestly want to meet every reader who enjoys my book . And even the ones who don’t. I have facebook and Twitter and my email “stonemims@yahoo.com” is always open and I’ll check for any messages. But don’t stalk me. I have weapons in this piece. Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure? All I know for sure, is that I don’t know what’s ahead but its my journey. Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG Digital?

The Lightning Thief. I have the whole Percy Jackson I’d like to thank everyone who at least has an series memorized interest in reading the book. Please contact me if you have anything to comment on about “Black One book you loved as a child. Angel” I should be coming out with book 2 and a new series shortly. Thank you and feliz navidad Definitely The Magic Tree House. I can’t even name which one they all taught me a lot about history . You’d be surprised how much information in them pops up in the Ninth grade. One book you wish you'd written. I don’t wish I’d written any books. I don’t want to steal those writers genius I want to make my own. Now if I had to name authors who I hope I can write as well as I could list; James patterson, Obert Skye, Rick Riordan, James Dashner, Brandon Mull, Cinda Williams Chima (waiting for the Sorcerer’s heir btw Chima), Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Chris Wooding. (there are more but this could go on forever..and Christopher Paolini...now I’m done) h ttp : //so rm a g. co m

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Giving The Reader What They Want

I’ve spent a bit of time interviewing and surveying readers regarding their reading preference. It would take more pages than this magazine allows me to present a fraction of the varied answers I received. The answers I received from my unofficial survey are varied. Of the 96 returned forms 73 preferred reading fiction, therefore this article will focus on that demographic. Below are some of their responses to a very simple question -- What do you expect from the fiction author?

Realism -- Readers, regardless the sub-genre they choose, expect a measure of realism to be

entwined with the fictitious tale. Among the reasons stated, 60% turn to reading to escape the real world. Even with this being heir form of escapism, they expect that detour to somewhat resemble a world they’d like to visit.

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Memorable Characters -- 80% of respondents stated that well-developed characters helped to give realism to stories. The numbers reached 75% when asked about characteristics. The day of the beautiful, rich and famous seems to have reached it plateau as 73% stated that they preferred characters they could better identify with. The percentages for those wanting to see more of an international flavor among AA (African American) characters reached 34%. There was no preference when it came to male or female protagonists.

Romance -- Romance is by far the top selling sub-genre within the fiction category. A majority of

the respondents (83%) stated that romance gave them the opportunity to escape from the real world. But, while a smaller number (30%) expected the bigger than life hero, a larger percentage (63%) wanted the hero, but in a more realistic form. One respondent candidly admitted that she often picked up pointers from the books to use with her mate. In terms of sexual scenes the scales balanced out at 50/50.

Inspiration -- Clear narrative and memorable dialogue that provokes the senses and spurs to action

was the desire of 60% of respondents. “I like dialogue that makes sense coming out of the character’s mouth,” one respondent wrote. In terms of storyline, 53% relayed their preference for stories that fit their mood of the moment. This list could go on and on, but I’ll stop here. I hope that this view from the minds of readers is helpful to writers. Remember that these responses are from a small demographic and you won’t be able to please everyone. However, it will be up to you to write what’s within your heart and then find the audience looking for it. Dr. Linda F. Beed is an author, educator, speaker and performing artist. Visit her online at: www.lindabeed.com and www.thewriteplan.net

Through The Fire Dr. Linda F. Beed

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Cheris Hodges What would you like readers to take away from your book? We may not be able to control the past, but love can help us reshape the future. What is your favorite scene from your book? When Douglas and Crystal meet for the first time and she's hand cuffed and speechless. Which character did you have the most fun writing about? Cheris Hodges was bitten by the writing bug at an early age and always knew she wanted to be a writer. When she was in high school, Hodges was captivated by journalism because she could ask grown-ups questions and actually get answers. She is a 1999 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and a freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina. A native of Bennettsville, South Carolina, Cheris loves hearing from her readers.

What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book? I had to learn to believe in my story. I won't lie, I was worried about the readers connecting with a 21st century farmer. How do you use the social media to reach your readers?

What inspired your book? Forces of Nature was inspired by a thought I had about my parents' relationship. What if there had been another man who'd loved my mama and his son fell in love with my sister? Yes, my sister.

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Dena was one of my favorite characters. Crystal is feisty, Dena is a forest fire.

I use social media to connect with readers and run contests. I also post links that spark conversation on my Facebook page. And I share my love of Starbucks coffee with the world.

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Crystal Hughes is mad as hell…

Five questions about books:

No one is going to tear down the farmland that’s been in her family since the turn of the century—certainly not multimillion dollar Welco Industries. And until Welco's president meets with her, Crystal will wage a fiery onewoman protest to prove it! But when he finally appears, Douglas Wellington III is far from the elderly curmudgeon she expected...

One book that made you cry.

Tall, lean, and fabulous, Douglas is in for a surprise of his own. Crystal's cafe au lait beauty takes his breath away. Still, if she had any sense, she'd realize his project will save the impoverished community. With battle lines drawn, Crystal issues Douglas a challenge: spend one week on the land he wants to destroy. He agrees, if only to be alone with her. But when nature takes over amid North Carolina’s lush countryside, these two warriors just may discover what happens to even the best laid plans...

Possessing the Secret Of Joy One book that made you laugh. Texas Wild One book that you have read more than once. Their Eyes Were Watching God One book you loved as a child. The Boxcar Children One book you wish you'd written. The Deal, The Dance and The Devil What advice would you offer to someone whose book is about to be released? Promote! Promote! Promote! Who was the first author you ever met? Victoria Christopher Murray. And she inspired me in ways that she will never know. She was the first author I ever interviewed in my journalist days.

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How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website) Email: cheris87@bellsouth.net Twitter: @cherishodges Facebook: facebook.com/cherishodges Blog: www.cherishodges.blogspot.com Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure? I would be nothing without the love and support of my family. Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG Digital? I am so appreciative of the support that I have received from the readers of SORMAG Digital and from you, LaShaunda!

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Simple Promotions Tips to Promote Online

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Jamie Jones! Hailing from Baton Rouge, LA and now residing in Houston, TX, the 27-year old phenom is set to take the literary industry by storm. With her passion for writing set on fire, one of her goals is “to build a bigger and stronger fan base to entertain through each book." Mrs. Jones familiarized herself with the world of writing at a young age, expressing herself through stories and scripts that she performed for her family. She acted as each character and determined that entertaining people was her destiny. She set out on a misguided musical path, but soon realized that that the world of literature was where she belonged. Passion Street Publications was born with Jamie Jones as Founder and CEO. Jamie is keeping all publishing doors open, but she’s ready to set Houston, and subsequently the world, ablaze with her beautiful, printed creations. This is one author you must pay attention or you will miss the action. Jamie Jones is a wife, mother, author, and publisher. Make sure you keep up with this multi-faceted, multi-talented woman.

Jamie Jones

What inspired your book? Entertainment is always the first thing I have in mind when writing a book, but what I realize also is that many of my readers can relate to Myla (main character). Myla decided to forgive those who hurt her without receiving an apology. I think my readers were able to reflect on their own situations. What would you like readers to take away from your book? I would like for them to enjoy it and feel the passion I have for writing through my story telling. What is your favorite scene from the book? My favorite scene from Echo of Her Cry II is when her boyfriend takes her to Piedmont Park in Atlanta with a very special surprise in mind. It was totally unexpected. She had no idea but she was very happy. What character did you have the most fun writing about? Myla’s Grandma Girtchew was a lot of fun to write about. http://sormag.com

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What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book? l don’t just type anything. If I’m not 100% satisfied with how a scene is in my books I write, I log off of the computer. It has to be absolutely entertaining from beginning to the end to ME for me to feel that others will think it’s entertaining as well. Five questions about books: One book that made you cry. A book that I’m working on outside of the Echo of Her Cry series. It’s a fiction novel but I want it to feel real to my readers. One book that made you laugh. Some things I read in Friends & Foe by Reshonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray made me smile. One book that you have read more than once. I would like to read, The Secret She Kept by Reshonda Tate Billingsley again. It was good. One book you loved as a child. I read a lot of Dr. Seuss’ books as a child. One book you wish you'd written. Let me think about that. Lol

Myla Pickins is back! Having a new love in her life seemed to be all it took for her to help her to become numb to her past and smile again. But her gradual climb to finding happiness is interrupted. She tries to put her past behind her but she’s realizes that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Just when she thought she would be able to move forward in her life from her past that weighed her down-more problems surface, one after another. Then she’s faced with having to accept a twenty year old secret that literally knocks her off her feet. She starts to feel as if happiness isn’t meant for her. But out of all her problems, none hit her harder than what she finds out during a family meeting. It is deeper and way more painful than anything she has ever experienced. Read along and see for yourself how her journey to find peace continues.

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How do you use the social media to reach your readers? I try to post as much as I can but I’m working on posting more. What advice would you offer to someone whose book is about to be released? My advice would be to be confident about the book. If you’re not confident about your work, how will others who are looking for a book to read take a chance and choose your book. What many don’t know is that after I released, Echo of Her Cry I; I wanted to take it down and release one of my other books. In part I, Myla became pregnant via rape so I was nervous that people would think that my book was graphic and inappropriate for some to read. I don’t use profanity or have inappropriate conversations in real life so I wouldn’t dare put it in my books. I want my books to be entertaining and family friendly. My family reassured me that my book was good and not inappropriate and I’ve had people that I haven’t met a day in my life tell me that they want to get it for their daughters or it should be available in school libraries. I started to feel a lot better. What I want people to know is that although Myla was raped in part I-I don’t describe anything in graphic details. In fact, the attack scene takes less than ten seconds to read through. I’m confident again. Especially after the reviews I received. But the point I’m trying to make is throughout my uncertainty, I still made it known that I had just released a book and for everyone to get it. Who was the first author you ever met? Victoria Rowell, former actress on Young & The Restless. I even had the chance to sing two songs on stage for her book signing years ago. She really enjoyed it. How cool is that?

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How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website) Twitter: itsjamiej; Facebook: authorjamiejones; website: www.iamjamiejones.com Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure? In life we have choices. The choices that are chosen will result in the life we’ll have. Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG Digital? Follow what I’m doing. Echo of Her Cry III is scheduled for release in Spring of 2014. I also have other books that I absolutely CAN NOT wait for people to read. I think that’s when people will know exactly what lane I’m in as a writer.

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PUTTING YOUR BOOK CLUB LITERARY GROUP ON THE MAP THE BASICS There are quite a few resources online for starting book clubs or you can definitely reach out to a book club president for questions. Today I'd like to share with you all some of the things you can do to get your book club or literary group started and then a few tips on how to get noticed onlline and off. I'm going to briefly run through some of the basics for those new to book clubs.

Membership: Find a group of like-minded individuals who are also interested in

books. You want avid readers who will not only read the selection, but who will also discuss it past the "I liked the book" stage of things. Also consider how large you want your group to be. Most book clubs start off with 3 to 4 people and some max out at 10-15 members, but it depends on the group.

When, Where & How: Determine when and where you'll meet, how often, and the

type of books you'll read. You'll also want to select moderators and or hosts, so everyone can actively participate in the club. This gives folks a feeling of ownership and makes them more likely to feel welcome and to contribute freely.

Goals: Also determine what your initial goals of are for the group, expectations, and any

major rules or guidelines. While it's important not ot be too strict, you have to set guidelines or the group will never get off to a good start.

Book Selection: Establish how you'll select your books. Will members nominate them and then the group via a poll or will each member be required to select a book and host for that month? Also, ensure you stress that members MUST read the book. You can't have a discussion if no one reads the book.

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The Two F's: Food & Fun! Don't spend more time on planning the menu than actually reading the book, but don't forget the food. If there's a way to relate the menu to the theme of the book, by all means do it. Have fun with your book club buddies, respect everyone and share your opinion without forcing it on anyone. Book clubs are wonderful places to establish life-long friendships, so go for it!

GETTING PAST THE BASICS

Now that you've set the foundation of your book club, it's a lot easier to decide on what additional things you'd like to do with the group and how you want to get the word out.

Branding Yourself: First come up with a logo and then set up your email address

and website to represent your book club. You can also order t-shirts, book bags, journals, etc., to use when you're out and about so people notice you as a group. (I've set up a shot at Cafepress.com.) Online, you can join social media outlets to network with authors & other book clubs. Use a brief signature block at the end of your messages to make it easier for people to recognize you and your group's name.

Community Involvement: Decide if you want to become involved in the local

community and do some research on activities you can particpate in. The newspaper and libraries are great resources for finding information.

Finding Authors: There are thousands of authors releasing books yearly, so do a bit

of research so you can find local authors or those who would be of interest to your members and reach out to them. You can also contact various publicists via the publisher's website to schedule author visits or request review copies. (One note here: If you request a book, follow-through with the review or interview.)

Author Visits, Services & Events: Decide if you want to invite authors to your meetings, provide book reviews or host literary events. While this can be more than some book clubs want to do, when you do them well, you can definitely get the word out about your group, while offering a much-needed service to authors and literary enthusiasts. If you do reviews, be sure to post them in visible places like Amazon.com and other online bookstores, also consider doing a newsletter and posting your reviews to your site and places like Facebook, Shelfari, Black Expressions--basically places where readers reside. (One note here: Don't use another person's group as your own personal mailing list. Be respectful of the group they've established. It's wonderful to share information, but don't make it all about you and what you're doing.)

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Be Professional: Always remain professional. You may encounter difficult members, but don't

let it disrupt the meeting. Same thing with authors--remember to always be constructive, even when you don't like their book.

Stay committed: Book clubs are a lot of work, but stay the course and you'll find them very

rewarding. If you run into problems, regroup, take some time off and also look for new members. You will run through a group of people sometimes before you find a set group of those who are committed as you are. Bottom line: people will attend meetings and participate if they enjoy the group. Tee C. Royal is the founder of RAWSISTAZ Literary Group (http://www.rawsistaz.com) and its subsidiaries. She is an avid reader, freelance reviewer, editor, and literary agent residing in the suburbs ofAtlanta . This article was previously published on SORMAG's Blog - http://sormag.blogspot.com

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Kathi Macias What inspired your book? It may seem a bit macabre (maybe more than “a bit”?) but I’ve always been fascinated about what stories might lie beneath the headstones in a graveyard. That fascination sparked my initial idea for the story, but I hadn’t yet pinned down any specifics when my agent asked if I’d like to submit an idea for a book in a multi-author series, to be set in the small town of Bloomfield, USA. I thought, what better place to have a graveyard full of mysteries and stories but in a little town where everyone knows everything about everyone else—until someone “digs up” some unknown mystery from the past. What would you like readers to take away from your book? Though the setting of a large, somewhat “creepy house” next door to a cemetery is eerie, the smalltown setting gives the book/series a humorous touch. But the two main characters, a mother who returns to Bloomfield after a long absence and her just-graduated-from-Bible-college daughter who accompanies her and sets the hearts of Bloomfield’s eligible bachelors to thumping in overtime, there is a deep message running through the story of “coming home,” of resolving past issues, and of following through on commitments. That’s what I would hope my readers would take away from Last Chance for Justice.

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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 40 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 popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. She won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) and was the 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net. Her novel set in China, Red Ink, was named Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and was also a Carol Award Finalist; her October 2012 release, Unexpected Christmas Hero, was named 2012 Book of the Year by BookandAuthors.net. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband.

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Welcome to Bloomfield, where life is simple, love is real, and stories are shared. Lynn Myers is still reeling from losing her husband of thirty-five years when word comes that her only sibling, an older brother, has also died. With no one else to settle the estate, she must return to her small hometown of Bloomfield, however briefly, to settle his affairs. Lynn’s daughter, Rachel, has just graduated from Bible college and with no other commitments comes along to sort through her uncle’s huge old home, right next to the local cemetery. It isn't long before Rachel has two men -- a handsome CPA and the youth pastor -- seriously vying for her attention. At the same time, Lynn's attention is drawn to a set of journals her brother has left behind detailing a long-standing Bloomfield mystery.

What is your favorite scene from your book? I have several, but I think it would have to be when nearly the entire town of Bloomfield has gathered together toward the end of the book to see if our two heroines have indeed solved the long-standing Bloomfield mystery of what happened to some missing money. Which character did you have the most fun writing about? My favorites are Jolene Trump, Homer Tatum, and Miss Pearl, all up there in years, to say the least, and feisty enough to say exactly what they mean. What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book? As in all my books, I learned something about myself. In this one I found that I still wrestle with peer pressure (even at my age!), much as my main character, Lynn, does after decades of trying to talk herself out of it. That would be the weak point, I suppose. The strong point would be that I am also like Lynn in that I really do love small towns and the slower pace you find there. How do you use the social media to reach your readers? I am extremely active on Facebook, less so on Twitter and Pinterest, though I maintain an active presence on both. http://sormag.com

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What advice would you offer to someone whose How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website) book is about to be released? Get your publicity/promotion in place right away, www.kathimacias.com if you haven’t already, because the REAL work is ezyrtr@ca.rr.com about to begin! The writing part is tough but Oprah always asks, what do you know for enjoyable; the marketing is grueling! sure? Five questions about books: That E.V. Hill was right when he said, “This ain’t it!” At 65, I’m closing in on going home—and One book that made you cry. looking forward to it with tears of joy in my eyes. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. It Anything you'd like to say to the readers of changed my life. SORMAG Digital? One book that made you laugh. Whatever your God-given dream may be, pursue it with passion. Never give up! God will equip you Anything by Martha Bolton or Rhonda Rhea! to fulfill what He calls you to do. One book that you have read more than once. Besides the Bible, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. One book you loved as a child. Little Women by Louise May Alcott. One book you wish you'd written. American Phoenix by Jane Hampton Cook—but the research would be far too intense for me. That’s why she wrote it and I didn’t. And that’s a good thing. Who was the first author you ever met? So very long ago, but I believe it was John Perkins, just after he wrote Let Justice Roll Down.

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One Last Cry: Revisited Why can’t love be easy? Vanessa is married and has it all: rich husband, house, cars, but she is missing something. She is missing the thrill of passion. The chemical and physical romance that two people share can lead to many twists and turns. When you encounter that person, how do you know when not to cross the proverbial line? Could you avoid the pitfall of love, lies, and lust? Follow Vanessa and Ron Williams as their lives are invaded by a stranger named Pete. Watch as the road less traveled can sometimes lead to hurt, then lust, and finally love. The only question is-can they steer clear of the dangers of such a curvy road and get their lives back on track? Or, will they be lost forever in their one last cry?

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Monica McKayhan Monica McKayhan writes adult and young adult fiction. She currently has 10 titles in print. Four are adult novels, and 6 are a part of an on-going young adult series, Indigo Summer, and one young adult title, Ambitious. The first book in the series, Indigo Summer was the launch title for Harlequin’s young adult imprint, Kimani TRU which made its debut in January of 2007. That same year in May, Indigo Summer snagged the #7 position on the Essence bestsellers list, another first for Kimani Press. It also appeared on the bestsellers list in the May 2007 issue of Black Issues Book Review (BIBR). Indigo Summer appeared on the American Library Association (ALA)’s list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers for three consecutive years (2009, 2010 and 2011). Monica's young adult title, Ambitious most recently appeared on the American Library Association's 2013 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. Monica most recently placed a romance title, Tropical Fantasy, with Kimani Romance. She is a Certified Toastmaster (CTM) with Toastmasters International, a worldwide organi¬zation which helps its members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Monica is also a member of the Black Women’s Film Society. She lives in the Dallas area with her family.

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What inspired your book? My book was inspired by the desire to explore my sensual side. I had written YA for several years and was ready to get back to the adult market. What would you like readers to take away from your book? I hope that readers are able to relate to the characters. Sometimes we have strong ideas about how our lives should go, and then love finds us unexpectedly and flips the script on us. We have to be open to new challenges and desires.

ROMANCE

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What is your favorite scene from your book? My favorite scene in the book is when Sasha finds herself in bed with Vince and can’t remember how she got there. Which character did you have the most fun writing about? I enjoyed writing about Vince. He’s sexy and charismatic, yet very gentle and patient. He’s a man’s man. What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book? Can passion in paradise become a forever love? Sasha Winters has it all planned. She'll spend two days—exactly forty-eight hours—in the Bahamas for her sister's wedding. Then it's back to her hectic life as a lawyer on the fast track to partner. But when a storm strands her on an exotic island, Sasha's suddenly giving in to her sensual side and making moonlit magic with Vince Sullivan, a man she barely knows. The groom's best man, Vince, hasn't given up on finding that special someone. It could be Sasha—if she'd allow herself to feel the full force of their chemistry. Determined to liberate the passionate woman behind the workaholic Atlanta attorney, Vince storms every last one of Sasha's defenses. Yet can their growing love survive, even as a crisis forces Sasha to choose between her lifelong ambitions and a lifetime of love.

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In my previous adult books, I would always hold back on the sexual parts. What I’ve learned about myself while writing this book is that I’m good at finishing those sexual scenes, and letting go of my inhibitions. My challenge has been staying within the confines of romance guidelines – which is a little different than other genres. That has been my weak point. How do you use the social media to reach your readers? Facebook, Twitter, iContact for newsletters, and planning to use Tumblr in the near future. What advice would you offer to someone whose book is about to be released? Promote it as much as you can. Social media provides us with free publicity! Connect with your readers as much as possible, particularly book clubs. Attend as many literary events as you possibly can, and connect with your local bookstores.

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Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure?

Five questions about books:

I know for sure that time heals things. I know that consistency is key. I know that wisdom is only Can’t remember ever crying, but a book that made gained by experience. me sad was Margaret Johnson Hodge’s “Some Anything you'd like to say to the readers of Sunday.” SORMAG Digital? One book that made you laugh. To those of you who have ever read a Monica McKayhan book, I thank you! And for those of you Eric Jerome Dickey’s “Genevieve.” who haven’t, I’m excited for you. I’ve embarked on One book that you have read more than once. a new journey of writing romance, and hope that you will follow me there. I’m very excited about my new endeavor and I promise to give you all that I’ve got – Terri McMillan’s “Disappearing Acts.” memorable characters and a great plot consistently! One book you loved as a child. One book that made you cry.

Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” One book you wish you'd written. Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” Who was the first author you ever met? The first author I ever met was Margaret Johnson Hodge, who became my mentor. How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website): MonicaMcKayhan@aol.com; www.monicamckayhan.com ; Facebook Page: Monica McKayhan’s Romance Readers

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Author Daryl Mckeever wrote "Sick and Tired” in hopes to challenge the reader and invite introspection. Known as a Motivator, his social conscious propelled him to author this short work ("Sick & Tired") in an attempt to “Make a Change" in the African American Community. With a back ground in Psychology, matriculating at Rutgers University, he came back to his home town of Philadelphia and put his hands to the plow as an educator, administrator and counselor. Daryl served as Principal of the Lutheran High School before working in Foster Care and Suicide Prevention through social service agencies as well as Temple University. Daryl is launching the “Greater” project in 2013 in an attempt to empower and encourage Black Women to reach higher and go further. Women are able to seek counsel and guidance as they maneuver through the obstacles of relationships, raising children, and the challenges of being a Black Female in today's America.

Why did you choose to write this book? As a Black male living in an urban community I can’t help but see the spiraling down fall of our African American people. For a long time, I felt helpless. I felt as if I could not make a change or a difference; especially not a significant difference. Finally it came to me. Regardless of the odds, I could be a difference maker; at least for someone. The difference may be small but if it changes the lives of one Black woman, helps hold together one Black Family or opens the eyes of one Black Male, the effort was worth it.

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“Sick and Tired of Sick and Tired”: preparing Black women for Change! An inspiring and riveting short work designed to evoke and convince today’s Black Woman that she is a “True Value” with limitless potential. “Sick and Tired” gives a realistic and at times “in your face” account to the downfalls of the black community in America. Black women are forced to ask themselves, “Can I be Greater”, as they are tested and probed in every chapter. Black men of all ages will find themselves challenged as they either find that they are part of the problem or need to be part of the solution, in a Black American Culture that is driven by historical negativity and urban street culture madness. “In this game called life, are Black men injured on the sideline while Black women attempt to lead the team to victory? And if so, is it by design or by default”? Author Daryl Mckeever (Motivational Speaker and Counselor) challenges the reader in an attempt to provoke introspection and inward debate. No bars are held as he brings the challenge straight, simplistic and sometimes raw.

Christian Non Fiction What would you like readers to take away from your book? That “Change” is what’s needed amongst our people and “Change” is what’s needed amongst our women. “You can be Greater”, is the phrase that each woman should prophess to one another. And the hope within that phrase is what every woman should take away from this book. Success is there; ready to be in your grasp. You just have to reach out and take it. What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book? I learned that it’s important to “Go Back” “Go Back” after you have written a page or a paragraph. It’s important to understand the tone that you are writing to your readers. You can become angry at times and emotional, or fed up. You don’t always want http://sormag.com

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to fuss at readers or reprimand them while hitting them over the head with your own point of view. “Go back and use judgment to temper your words so that the message rings louder for every reader that may encounter your book. I learned that about myself and had to slow down at times. Nothing is more important than reaching the people.

You have to tap into an audience, so choose the audience you are going to tap into. After that; go get em! With no marketing plan or structure, no one knows of your wonderful thoughts or ideas you are ready to share.

What advice would you offer to someone interested in writing a non fiction book?

Yes. People are asking are wanting a part two to “Sick and Tired”.

Clarity is key. Be clear in what you want to say and what you want to express. It’s not about showing how “Deep” or “Heavy” you are. Be clear in sharing information. There is nothing wrong with simplicity. Do some research of your subject matter and remember that there are very few “Absolutes” in life. It’s easier to reach people with a clear simple message that is based on some solid evidence.

With the interest being so high, I definitely want to continue the conversation Its been great!

How do you use the social media to reach your readers? Social media is important. Its key. It’s the way that this generation communicates and if you can’t accept that or learn to maneuver with that you are going to be left behind. I use Face book and Linkedin. Face book allows you to communicate in real time in many instances. You can reach people all over the country and in whatever demographic you choose. You have to be bold enough to reach out. But the most important thing is to create a scheme or plan. Stick to it and give it time. What advice would you offer to someone whose book is about to be released?

Do you plan to write any more books?

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website) www.tiredblackfemale.com is the website. darylmckeever@yahoo.com is the email Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure? The only thing That I know for sure is, “That I don’t know anything” That’s what keeps me humble and learning and ready to ask more questions. Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG? Yes. I truly appreciate all the readers. Anyone that will take the time to read something I wrote or willing to listen to something I said is a blessing. I'm always willing to communicate, so feel free to friend me on Face book or send a message.

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Ticket prices are $45.00, but in honor of Mother’s Day, the sale has been reduced to $35.00 until May 31st. Buy your ticket today! For more information about the event, advertisement, or vendor space, visit the B.R.A.B. Event page, or contact the event coordinator at http://brabonline.com/event.html Authors scheduled to attend include: Author SK S.w. Frank Iris Bolling Deatri King-Bey and Curtis Swagnificent Alcutt aka L.L. REAPER Michelle Monkou Pamela Samuels Young Marcia King-Gamble http://sormag.com

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Cedric Mixon What inspired your book? I used to have a cherry tree in my backyard that I never nurtured or maintained. I just showed up every June to eat the fruit. Unbeknownst to me, the tree was dying a little bit with each passing year. The last season that the tree had fruit to bear, the only cherries on the tree either hung over into my neighbor’s yard or were at the very top of the tree. The roots were in my yard, but the cherries were out of reach. Then I thought about all of my hopes and dreams, then my mind drifted to family. I can see the fruit but my arms are too short to reach them by themselves. Without help, I’ll never experience the sweet taste of the very fruit that grows in my yard, but the branches hang over into my neighbor’s, for them to enjoy. What is this fruit that is so hard to reach, within the family? When family hurts you, it’s much harder to forgive than it is when the world hurts you. This fruit that’s out of reach is forgiveness and without the proper nurturing, just like the cherry tree, eventually the family dies. What would you like readers to take away from your book? The faith perspective is often neglected in entertainment and in every inner city there’s a major family structure that is broken. With everything from divorce to lack of opportunity, the family is being attacked at the very root. This family tree that’s being attacked bears fruit that has lost its taste. Not only is a cherry tree expected to bear cherries, but they are expected to be sweet. It’s not enough to just have family, but the bond of the family must be as strong as a healthy tree that bears fruit in its season. http://sormag.com

Cedric Mixon, born in St. Louis, MO now residing in Philadelphia, PA is the executive producer of two feature films, one short film and a web series. He is the Writer, Director and Executive Producer of "Under the Cherry Tree", feature film and web series, which is available in Walmart stores nationwide and online. Mixon is the author of "Under the Cherry Tree", "Lost Letters", "Boldly Walking Naked", and "Soul Mates". Poetry from "Lost Letters" has been featured in Essence Magazine. Mixon published an anthology book of poetry called, "The Univer-Soul Language vol. I", which was awarded Mahogany's Spoken-Word Book of the Year, for 2005, and "The Outspoken Word". He also published a line of Spiritual Journals and has published his debut novel, "Under the Cherry Tree".

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What is your favorite scene from your book? My favorite scene in the book is when the character Redd misses Kevin’s track-meet and ends up getting in trouble with the law. I also enjoyed Redd sitting in the rain after he got his report card from school, while Kevin sits in a church. The two contrasting characters were the best part about this book. Which character did you have the most fun writing about? Redd was the most fun character to write because with him, I got to write about a guy with so much potential, but always manages to get in his own way. I think a lot of people can relate to him more than the other characters in the book. What did you learn about yourself in terms of your strong points and weak points while writing this book? Well, “Under the Cherry Tree” is also a movie. This is my first novel, so I learned that a novel takes a lot more time to write, compared to a screenplay. I learned about the discipline that writing a novel requires. The strong point that I learned about myself is once I start a project, I find a way to finish it without feeling completely defeated and drained. What advice would you offer to someone whose book is about to be released? Thick skin is a virtue in this business.

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“Under the Cherry Tree” is a Christian fictional story that follows the book of Job. In the book, Kevin must demonstrate faith but more importantly, forgiveness. He and his wife, Tonya, run a successful apartment building and share a wonderful life together. Tonya fights with ghosts of the past while Kevin’s brother, Redd, fights internal demons. Redd single-handedly destroys their future and their happiness when he accidentally sets the building on fire. Kevin races to find another source of income as the stress builds and ultimately causes him to turn away from the church. After losing it all, his job, his marriage and the only family that he knows, Kevin, finds himself in a lonely place where love can not be found and silence replaces God’s voice. His restoration is dependent upon his ability to pray for everyone around him when he is the one who has hit rock bottom.

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How do you use the social media to reach your readers?

Five questions about books: One book that made you cry. “The Hoodlum Preacher” – Upon reading it, I knew that I was a part of something greater than myself. I knew that once certain individuals got their hands on a copy, their lives would never be the same. One book that made you laugh. “Slow Burn” by Ebony Farashuu – Ebony is extremely clever and witty when it comes to writing dialogue between a woman and a man. It somehow pulls you in and forces you into the conversation as a third party. One book that you have read more than once. “To Kill A Mockingbird” – This is probably my favorite book of all times. As a child, I always wanted to have that calm demeanor like Atticus Finch. I wanted a job that allowed me to use my talents for the good of the people, like Atticus. One book you loved as a child. “To Kill A Mockingbird” – I own the book as well as the movie, that I’ve seen so many times that I’ve memorized the words.

I mostly interact with my readers on Facebook and through Youtube. When people comment on our content, I always reply to them and let them know that I actually read everything that’s written about us. Who was the first author you ever met? I’m not sure who was the first, but the most memorable was when I ran into Brenda Hampton at a small bookstore in St. Louis, MO called First World. How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website) They can contact me by email at cedric.mixon@kobaltbooks.com, “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UnderTheCherryTreeTheMovie, check out our videos on www.youtube.com/kobaltbooks or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/KobaltBooksEnt Oprah always asks, what do you know for sure? I know for sure that faith without works is dead. I know that if you don’t believe in the idea, no one else will. I know that as hard as we work, we have to pray ten times as hard. Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power. No prayer, no power.

One book you wish you'd written.

Anything you'd like to say to the readers of SORMAG Digital?

“The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren – I think more people felt like they were able to get at least one step closer to finding their purpose by reading this book. I know that Rick Warren’s book forced me to look at purpose under a new light. For that reason, I wish I were the author.

I’d like to thank you all for taking the time to read my interview. Check out our book and movie, “Under the Cherry Tree”, then contact me and let me know what you think. Also, I’m working on the sequel that will also be released as a book and movie as well. Keep checking back at www.KobaltBooks.com

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Tips To Building Relationships With Book Clubs

I always tell authors that they have to stop trying to sell their books to book clubs and instead build a relationship that will last throughout their careers. In order to do this authors should go where book clubs will be present. Authors should start in they own backyard first. Local book clubs like supporting local authors and its a great way to get the word out about your book locally by word of mouth. Engaging book clubs in a face to face conversation at literary events can not only help you to get noticed but if they are impressed book clubs will purchase your book as well. This is a great opportunity to inquire about discussing your book at an upcoming book club meeting in person, during a conference call or Skype. If a book club loves to run their mouths about great books, then that book club can be a great and FREE marketing tool for you as well because they will tell others and also begin pre-ordering your books as well. If you're unable to attend many events, social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads are great to interact with book clubs on a daily basis. Do a search for book clubs and friend or follow them. http://sormag.com

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Also, look for any opportunities to place your book information in souvenir or advertisement programs at various literary events as this will help you to expose your books without you actually being there. What I would advice authors NOT to do is send several eblasts out close together. Probably after the 2nd one, the emails will be ignored or the book club will unsubscribe to your newsletter.

TaNisha Webb is a well known book club consultant and author of the The Ultimate Book Club Experience: How to Create & Maintain a Successful Book Club. She is the Publisher and Editor in Chief for Book Club 101 Magazine and the founder of Book Club 101 University, The Black Book Club Experience, and The Ultimate Book Club Experience. TaNisha is also a literary events consultant. She is the founder and coordinator of Fall Into Books Literary Conference and Book Club University Online Conference. She is the owner of Literary-ly Speaking Events & Services and Bookmark It! Handcrafted Bookmarks. TaNisha Webb is the president of the award-winning KC Girlfriends Book Club and moderator for the “Maximizing Your Book Club Experience” panel discussion for the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta, GA. In 2002, TaNisha earned an Associates of Health Science in Respiratory Care at Newman University in Wichita, KS. TaNisha lives in Kansas City, MO and works as an Environmental Health Coordinator for a children’s hospital. Please visit TaNisha Webb online at: http://www.tanishawebbonline.com/, http://www.bookclub101mag.com/ or http://www.bookclubuniversity101.net/ This article was previously published on SORMAG's Blog http://sormag.blogspot.com

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Tyora Moody is an author and entrepreneur. Her debut novel, When Rain Falls, was released March 2012 (Urban Christian). This is the first book in the Victory Gospel series. The second book in the Victory Gospel Series, When Memories Fade, will be released in April 2013 (Urban Christian). Deep Fried Trouble, the first book in the Eugeena Patterson Mystery series will be released June 2013. Tyora has coined her books as Soul-Searching Suspense. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and American Christian Fiction Writers. She served as a judge for the Christy Awards for three years. She owns and operates TywebbinCreations.com, a design and marketing company. For over twelve years, she has worked with authors, small business owners and non-profit organizations to develop their online presence. For free tips, how-to guides and ecourses, visit DIYwithTy.com. When Tyora isn't working for a client or doing something literary, she enjoys spending time with family, catching a movie on the big screen, traveling and when the mood hits her, baking cookies. http://www.tyoramoody.com

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