Monday, July 31, 2006

Ask me Faqqly

Have a question to ask me about writing, christian publishing, the gospel recording industry or ATL? Click here and I will answer you in a flash. Faqqly is an open end interface, widget driven beta site, so it always you to interact with your favorite gospel diva or favorite author in real time.  Isn't that cool. So you don't have to run to your email, to await an answer just check in at Faqqly.
I'm looking for authors to feature on Faqqly for interactive interviews with your readers, contact me here if you're interested.
This week Essence Bestselling author and one of my ride-or-die chicks, Tia McCollors will answer my questions and yours. Want to know about her newest novel, Zora's Cry, how's new motherhood treating her, or how crazy I really am, hit the link and she'll answer you, faqqly. :)
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TMA: My Daily Fruitful Checklist

Most days I document and share new projects that today's rising Gospel ministers and artists are involved in. From the Megafest to a small Lake Park, GA churche's prison ministry to Pastor Della Reese to an eleven year old Holy Hip Hop Artist my email and phone fight for my attention. Most days I try to accomodate both, while trying to read and review books, parent my daughter, Selah and write my own novel. And then there's the real story...

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Monday, July 24, 2006

TMA: Amen Corner Eblasts

Amen Corner Eblasts

Last week I asked y'all for a Gospel Push. Well, you people delivered. I got pushed around, prayed on and told off all week. Sherri and Tia called me and made ultimatums. Shoot, one of my alumni buddies from Chucky P's writing workshop sent me a line asking me about my writing and that crazy story I workshopped. Made new friends and got my old ones sending me Amen Corner Eblasts. My Ace BC, Claudia Mair Burney shoved me so hard she knocked me out my comfort zone. Had me up until 3 am churning out a plot, character sketch and a first chapter Saturday night when I should have been at the MegaFest. She's feening for another excerpt of said short story that I am now fleshing into a novel and hot dog I'm gon' deliver. So I'm passing on her letter to you. If it could light a fire under my belly, it'll probably knock you out of your desk chair.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Summer Fun Reading Cont'd

Saved Folk in the House

Went on vacation. Every Weekend I will highlight a book and/or movie that are on my must have list.
If you've read them or saw them, hit me up. You can post your review here or in my new forum.
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Monday, July 17, 2006

TMA: A Gospel Push write-or-die chick, Sherri just received a publishing deal for a novel we critiqued in our writing group two years ago. Two months before she received the good news she wanted to pack it all in and give up on the writing thing. Rejections for her other manuscript cut her deeper than the sand between my sandaled toes in summer. Of course, we prayed her through her dissappointment, and we sighed relief when our prayers were answered.

Yet, I must confess. Her blessing has become a thorn in my side. See. Tia, our ringleader, got her book deal two years back. Now, Sherri has hers. So by default I'm next. Problem is I'm in a shame spiral, a horrible rut. Lord, help me. I need a gospel push.

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Judging Christy

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This year I judged the Romance Category for the 2006 Christy Awards. We had thirteen books to read, rate and review. I received my shipment around the February 1st and had until the first week in April to rate them. Because I also review for Romantic Times, Anointed, Rejoice and Gospel Fiction I had to create a plan to keep track of all these books as well as read them on time. Thankfully, I had such a system. My good friend and former editor, Jackie Miller of Real Reviewers gave me Waterlane's The Reader's Journal. as a Christmas gift.
I love this book. It has great quotes from notable authors as well as plenty of writing pages to record what you read. One of my best quotes in the book comes from Ernest Hemingway:

All good books have one thing in common- they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you've read one of them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and that it belongs to you forever...

This month we will discuss such books and how those books relate to this quote, and how why I think they were chosen for Christy selections.

But before we do. I want to know how you keep up with the books you read?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

First Lines

I am a big fan of Poets & Writers magazine. One of my favorite sections in the magazine is the Page One section. When I'm hiding in the library or hanging out the Potter's House bookstore or Barnes & Noble I peruse books by reading the first chapter. Sometimes I make my selections from how I feel about the story after that first paragraph. So I decided today to start a new category for Gospel Fiction- First Lines. I will post the first line of the books that I am currently reviewing.
Click here to see the first set of 1st Lines. Stay tuned for the full reviews this summer and fall.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Judging Christy Part I

This year I judged the 2006 Christy Awards Romance Category. For the next couple of days I will talk about my process, my picks, and concern over some missed selections.

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If you could have selected the best christian romance novels for 2005, what would you have picked? Updated
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Monday, July 10, 2006

Soul-Stirring Spark Plug Storytelling past week my Ford Explorer, Blue Thunder and I burnt up I-75 South , the Florida Turnpike, and Osceola Parkway transporting two bright-eyed gals to see Cinderella's coronation in Kissimmee St. Cloud. Of course, I was more tired than the four whitewalls cartwheeling to the Magic Kingsom. The only fuel that I knew would keep my eyes on the prize was the sounds of gospel recording artist, Pastor Shirley Caesar. There's something about a Shirley Caesar song that rejuvenates the mind and forces me to not fall asleep at the wheel. On my drive back to Atlanta I thought about Caesar's power over my will. And my spirit whispered the truth behind her power. In fact, she shared that we all have that power. Read more.
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Monday, July 03, 2006

I'm Lois Lane

This weekend I watched Superman Returns and marveled at God. Although I had read commentaries that suggested that Superman was an American metaphor for Christ, not until I saw this movie did the truth jump out and kiss me square on my lips. Superman isn't Christ. Doesn't pale in comparison to him. But this movie does open up a lot of questions for me about the God who woos us, and the son that was born and adopted into this world to save it. Click here to learn more.


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