Friday, June 22, 2012

Legal Thriller Author Pamela Samuels Young Appears at 2012 ALA Annual Conference

American Attorney and Bestselling Author Pamela Samuels Young signs June 23, 2012 in the Sisters in Crime Booth at the ALA Annual Conference


Noted American attorney and Essence Magazine Bestselling author Pamela Samuels Young will appear at the 2012 (ALA) American Library Association Annual Conference in the Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim, California on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from noon-1 PM CT. Please visit for the full schedule.

Scheduled for June 21-26, 2012 in Anaheim, the Annual Conference is the world’s largest event for the library community. Bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, publishers, literacy experts, illustrators and the leading suppliers to the market, the Annual Conference gives you a once-a-year opportunity to advance your career and improve your library. Follow any of the links above to find out more about the Annual Conference and reasons for you to attend.  Authors appearing alongside Samuels Young include: Glee’s Chris Colfer, Acclaimed author John Irving, and Sapphire.


Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and the author of Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, Murder on the Down Low, BUYING TIME and ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE(July 2012.) She has been featured on BET’s “The Monique Show” and is a member of the board of directors of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Los Angeles. Samuels Young will share BUYING IME and her 2012 summer release ATTORNEY CLIENT-PRIVILEGE between 12 and 1 PM Central Standard Time. Visit her at

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thriller Thursday: Children's Suspense F.T. Bradley

[FB%2520Double%2520Vision%2520front%2520cover%255B2%255D.jpg]Happy Thriller Thursday! Harper Collins Children's Suspense Author F.T. Bradley shares the lessons she has learned from her brilliant editors in her post "Where is Linc's Backpack?" She is also live all day answering your questions about how to work with publishing house editors.

Miranda Parker Author Tea Independence Day Weekend

Cost: Free

Miranda Parker, SOMEONE BAD and SOMETHING BLUE. 2 p.m. July 7. "Meet the Author", signing and tea. Free. Main Branch located at 300 Woodrow Wilson Dr, Valdosta, GA 31602. Contact: Harriet Messcher. 229-333-0086.

In the bestselling tradition of Janet Evanovich, Miranda Parker's debut novel, A Good Excuse To Be Bad, brilliantly blended mystery and humor, and introduced a beautiful, brainy, and tough-as-nails, single mom and bail recovery agent turned sleuth. In Parker’s second novel, SOMEONE BAD and SOMETHING BLUE Angel Crawford has a lot on her plate—but between crime-solving and kindergarten carpool, it’s all in a day’s work…

Miranda Parker, a native of Valdosta, Georgia is the author of the Angel Crawford Series. This journalist, and book awards judge has written over fifty magazine features since graduating from Agnes Scott College and Valdosta High School. She began writing fiction in 2005 after taking a writing workshop taught by Chuck Palanuik(Fight Club.) Now Parker writes suspense novels for Kensington Publishing Corp. She has appeared at the 2012 SC Book Festival, The 2011 National Book Club Convention, and the 2011 Decatur Book Festival. Visit her at

Author event includes: food, refreshments, writing workshop and giveaways.

For more information, contact Eric Mathis at South Georgia Regional Library. (229) 333-0086

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thriller Thursday: What to Expect your 1st Year as a Published Author


by Miranda Parker

This month marks my first full year as a published author. My debut novel A GOOD EXCUSE TO BE BAD released this time last year, the sequel SOMEONE BAD and SOMETHING BLUE releases in two weeks, and book three sits on my editor’s desk being edited as I write this post to you. In honor of my small anniversary I wanted to share some helpful truths about this first year to you.

Click here to read more.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Free Writing workshop with Kensington Books Miranda Parker


Here's your chance to sit down with me and let me help you write your book. It's free to you, because Atlanta Fulton County Library is bringing me in. So check out the details and register. I will bring enough packets for those who register. Thanks!





DATE: Monday, June 18, 2012, 6:00 PM-7:30 pm

WHERE: Adamsville-Collier Heights Branch Library Meeting Room, 3424 Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Atlanta, GA 30331

COST: Free & Open to the Public

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult, Elders

PHONE: 404-699-4206

DETAILS: Renowned author Miranda Parker will be conducting a writer's workshop at the Adamsville-Collier Heights Library.

TOOLS TO BRING: Notebook, Paper, Manuscript

Best­selling Author Reshonda Tate Billings­ley states that “Angel is a good girl in a fast paced, kick butt, bad boy chase, sexy thrill-ride.” Miranda Parker is the author of the Angel Craw­ford Bounty Hunter Series (A GOOD EXCUSE TO BE BAD and SOMEONE BAD and SOMETHING BLUE). She has been fea­tured in the Atlanta Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion, RT Book Reviews Mag­a­zine and Pub­lish­ers Weekly. She has also made fea­tured author appear­ances for the 2012 SC Book Festival in Columbia, South Carolina, the 2012 Chick Lit Festival in Decatur, Georgia, 2011 (NBCC) National Book Club Con­ven­tion, Black Pearl Magazine’s Choco­late Social, The Decatur Book Fes­ti­val, and the 2011 Atlanta Press Club Holiday Author Party. She is also the Social Media/Marketing Head for the ITW Debut Authors Pro­gram and a con­tribut­ing edi­tor to THE BIG THRILL Magazine.  Visit her at or on FACEBOOK at

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Three Things to Know about Zondervan First

Zondervan has announced Zondervan First, a new direct-to-digital publishing imprint. The new imprint launches today with the acquisition of the first fiction title, Love in Three-Quarter Time by Dina Sleiman.  I checked out the site. It’s interesting and can be a solution to traditional publishing transition into the new publishing age.  Here are three things you should know about Zondervan First if you plan to submit a manuscript to them.

Why now?

Two reasons. First, traditional channels for retail are shrinking. Fewer grocery stores, drug stores, mall stores, and superstores are carrying a broad selection of titles. While there is a strong consumer market for Zondervan titles, the channels that we have always depended on to grow new voices and publish broadly are under pressure. Second, the growth of eReaders and e-books has created a new opportunity that allows us to increase the number and diversity of our list for the first time in 10 years.

Do Zondervan First authors get an advance? What is the royalty rate?

Zondervan First will not pay an advance, but authors receive a 25% royalty from the first book sold. After an e-book sells 10,000 net copies, the author's royalty rate rises to 50%. (Contracts will provide royalties for both e-book and print-to-order copies.)

Will Zondervan create covers for Zondervan First titles?

… Each Zondervan First e-book will receive a distinctive cover treatment with the Zondervan First logo, and during the publication cycle, the books will receive support from Zondervan's marketing and publicity professionals.

To learn more about Zondervan First and submit a manuscript for consideration visit the site at

Friday, June 01, 2012

Summer Movie: Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection

Happy June. I was suspicious until I saw this trailer. My family loves Made so this may be our family movie. You can take your grandmom and your children and they all will laugh.

The Official Theatrical Trailer for Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection

Cast: Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, Romeo, Tom Arnold, Doris Roberts, John Amos, Marla Gibbs, Danielle Campbell, Devan Leos

For years, George Needleman (Levy), the gentle CFO of a Wall Street investment bank, has been living with his head in the clouds. His frustrated second wife, Kate (Richards), has reached her limit taking care of his senile mother, Barbara (Roberts). His teenage daughter, Cindy (Danielle Campbell), is spoiled beyond hope and his seven-year-old son, Howie (Devan Leos), wishes his father were around more. But George is finally forced to wake up when he learns that his firm, Lockwise Industries, has been operating a mob-backed Ponzi scheme -- and that he's been set up as the fall guy.
Facing criminal charges and death threats from the mob, George and his entire family are put under witness protection in the safest place that Brian (Perry), a federal prosecutor from Atlanta, can think of...
His Aunt Madea's house down South.
As a result, Madea and her live-in brother, Uncle Joe (Perry), find themselves managing a completely dysfunctional family from Connecticut. But as George tries to solve the mystery behind Lockwise's finances, Madea whips the Needlemans into shape using her hilarious brand of tough love. And together, they realize they just might have what it takes to unite George's family, outsmart the mob and change everyone's lives for the better.

Summer Inspired Book Fun

Victoria Christopher MurrayThe best way to kick off adult summer reading is to get inspired. What better way to do that than chatting with best-selling inspirational drama author Victoria Christopher Murray. She is the author of nine Essence best-selling novels, including The Ex Files; Too Little, Too Late; and Lady Jasmine. She is also the author of the DIVA teen series, winner of the African American Literary Award for Fiction, and Author of the Year. Her newest novel, Destiny Divas(Touchstone), releases this month.

Destiny Divas

Sierra, Raine, and Liza are Destiny’s Divas, a fresh, new gospel group whose unique blend of singing and testifying has gained them fans across the country. They tell the world about how good God has been to them, but off stage, each member is living a life totally opposite to what she preaches—and each is harboring a secret that could ruin them all.

Twenty-something Sierra Dixon speaks about the joy of being single and celibate, though she is anything but, drifting from one relationship to another. Although she stresses the importance of unconditional love within the family, Raine Omari has hit her breaking point with her mother-in-law and is ready to take drastic steps. And when Liza Washington discovers that her pastor-husband is in the middle of a scandal that could bring down more than just their ministry, she knows she must do something to stop him. One fateful evening their secrets are exposed, and one diva commits an act that could land her in prison for the rest of her life. Each has motive—who will crack?

Read the full article here.

African American Christian Fiction


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