Friday, April 29, 2011

Fan Page Friday

Do-It- Yourself Publicity - A publicist for 17 years, Phyllis Caddell-M hosts public relations workshops and seminars. browse the company web site and reserve your copy of the new DIY Publicity book now at

SORMAG's Fan Page - SORMAG - An online guide for readers and writers of multi-cultural literature.  We love to promote writers and their books. Shades Of Romance Magazine - an online guide for readers and writers of multi-cultural literature.
Introducing readers to writers of multi-cultural literature and helping the writer on their writing journey. SORMAG Promotion - We have something for every budget. Let us introduce you to our readers.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Twitteriffic Thursday!

@UnikaHM - Motivational Speaker- Inspirational Speaker- Freelance Book Reviewer- Freelance Editor- Literary Consultant- Ghostwriter

@BookLending - is the Kindle book lending and borrowing community serving 19,000+ members. Free, fair and friendly - join us and borrow a book today!

@AuthorKiexiza - Mother/Fiancee/Author-Writer/Poet/Chef/Clothing-Designer/Head of Advertising & Promotions for Diamond Star Entertainment/ WAKO-TU Board Member

@ElissaGabrielle - The sky is the limit for this author. Elissa Gabrielle has broken the ceiling of literary excellence with her gift in the skill of multi-genre writing.

@PoemsAPlenty - My name is Rob. I'm the webmaster of Poems A Plenty is a collection of classic and user-submitted poetry. I hope you visit and enjoy. :)

@tanyamag1 - Speaker and Author passionate about training Bible Study Leaders. Become the teacher you were meant to be. Jesus wants to give you more. He made you to soar!

@WriteOnOnline - Bringing Community to Writers Throughout the World; led by Writing Coach Debra Eckerling

@Authorlink - Online news site for writers, agents, and publishers. Doris Booth, editor

@WritersEdu - Writers Education provides on-demand access to lots of writing courses. Connect, learn to write, grow, and share with top publishing professionals and peers.

@Wecoachwriting - Write-Choice Services helps you produce writing that's ready to publish. Find Tim's book, Writing Secrets: Essential Steps to Discover How to Start, @ Amazon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Return of the Poet

The Return of the Poet

By Gregory Bryant

A Haiku is formed from the ashes. 
The sun forms familiar shadows. 
Words are jettisoned from deep beneath the earth to the surface. 
We are attempting to define the shadows from the sun. 
Rhyme has been pushed out like the birth of a newborn. 
The iambic pentameter, meter, stanza and turn have reappeared from the darkness. 
I can smell the metaphors and my mouth receives the familiar taste of a simile. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Living in the Pink Blog Tour with Sharon Tubbs


SHARON TUBBS is a Christian who loves to write. She has worked professionally as a journalist since 1995 and has reported and written about various news topics, from local government issues to race relations to national religious events. Currently, she is a community news editor for a major newspaper in Florida.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Do You Have Any Idea?

Do You Have Any Idea?
Do you have any idea,
How you boil my frenzied blood,
break my damns to release the flood,
Rip my bones and pin me to this flakey wall?

Now hush your sweet mouth,
I have better plans for your lips,
Working magic with your fingertips,
I am greedy, excited, and hungry for this free-for-all.

Do you have any idea,
Why I pull you off your perch,
Arouse you to writhe and lurch,
To yell 'I love you' so the whole damned world can hear?

Let us loose all control,
I chrome double dare you
But I never will share you,
So step on into my male bedroom snare!

Do you have any idea,
How long I have waited,
Left bursting and frustrated?
I want to use you and use you and use you and use you more.

I get insanely jealous,
So when you're howling with passion,
I'll keep you dangling on rations,
Till you swear it's only me that you will adore.

Do you have any idea,
How I planned to entrap you,
As I tease and unwrap you,
By taking explicit and betraying photographs?

No you have no idea,
How I would trick you with lust,
As you respond to my thrusts,
So you never dream of returning to my rival.

So embrace my chains,
I'll hold a party just for one,
And watch you plead to let you come,
When you hook me up to your saddle and bridle.

Really, you have no idea!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fan Page Friday

United California African American Bookclubs (UCAAB) - The United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB) was founded in 2003 as a way for African-American book clubs in California to network, support, and promote our reading groups and the authors we love to read.
Fort Worth Poetry Slams -

Established in 2001 by Mike Guinn, Janean Livingston, Stacy Williamson-Bledsoe and Anthony Douglas, the Fort Worth Slam Team is an accredited member of POETRY SLAM INC. Its purpose is to fuse poetry and spoken word together to create a hybrid style of performance art that expresses the heart as well as the art of the presenter. Having competed in 6 national slam championships, 2 International Championships and countless other competitions,
the Fort Worth Slam Team has produced 4 semi-final teams, 3 individual finalist, one team Finalist (3rd), 4 team semi-finalists and the only Individual Slam Champion in Texas History, Ms. Janean Livingston. Fort Worth Slams is one of the most successful spoken word organizations in the country.

The Fort Worth Poetry Slam Team continues to build a long standing local, regional and national track record for producing and promoting some the country's finest spoken word poets and events and featuring some of the world's top national artists.

Faithful FWPS members/supporters have dedicated their heart and soul to becoming some of the best performance poets in the WORLD!

Rhonda McKnight Readers -  I'm a women's fiction author who writes Inspirational Fiction. My Aug 2010 release is An Inconvenient Friend and my debut novel, Secrets and Lies became available on Dec 2009 Both are available wherever books are sold.

Sister-Hooding Book Club - This club is filled with good spirited people, with great book ideas that enhance the human spirit. Women and men interested in reading books that will enhance an uplift the inner spirit of man. We focus on reading books of substance in order to enhance our lives

READERS' LANE BOOK CLUB - Readers' Lane is where book lovers meet and greet. Our FREE reading group’s goal is to bring enjoyment back to reading with the added bonuses of great conversations and meeting new friends.

The Ultimate Book Club Experience -
The Ultimate Book Club Experience is the premiere website for individuals and book clubs to stay informed about book club topics in an all exclusive book club setting! Get all the info you need to help you create & maintain a healthy book club!
Visit the newly developed website The Ultimate Book Club Experience at and get tips on how to create and maintain a successful book club. 

The Ultimate Book Club Experience is a social and informational website created by TaNisha Webb, president of the KC Girlfriends Book Club in Kansas City, MO. TaNisha is all for networking and love to socialize with sister book clubs along with supporting people wanting to create their own book clubs. Due to the overwhelming emails from individuals wanting to know how to create a book club or ideas on how to maintain a book club, TaNisha found it necessary to create a website to help support both interest. This is a public website that you don't need to join in order get the information you need. 

Interested people can go to the website and get the following information:

* Learn how to create a successful book club.
* Learn how to maintain a successful book club.
* Join literary forums on various topics about book clubs or relative topics
* Place your book club's info on the Book Club Connections page
* Find book discussion guides and other literary reference website & accessories
* Join workshops via conference calls or at various locations (more workshops coming up soon)

Authors: This website should be of interest to you as well. How many times have the book clubs you've visited, just a year ago, did not exist the next time you released your book?! You can help by referring book clubs or anyone that you come into contact with that need help creating or maintaining a book club. This will only help create more book clubs and keep some of these book clubs going so you will have more book clubs to visit and share your wonderful books with.

Bookmark It! Handcrafted Bookmarks -
Bookmark It! Handcrafted Bookmarks are stylish but yet affordable book jewelry that will truly mark your books with style!

Bookmark It! are handmade with care and with the avid readers at mind. We offer many attractive designs and allow the reader to complete the look of their Bookmark It! by allowing them to customize their bookmark with the different colored ribbon choices.

We also have a Customize It! options for bulk orders on ribbon and paper bookmarks. Need a unique way to say you appreciate your guest during a special event? Let us design a paper bookmark to commemorate your event or product! Want to give a gift that will have a lasting impression? Place a Customize It! bulk order of ribbon Bookmark Its!

Bookmark It! Handcrafted Bookmarks are the perfect gift for:

Book Release Parties
Book Giveaways
Book Club Members/ Author Appreciation Gifts
Book Club Anniversaries
Literary Events/Conferences
Wedding Party Gifts
Everyday Gift

Fall into Books Literary Conference -
Fall into Books Literary Conference is the first literary gathering based in the Midwest to help connect readers in the midwest region with some of the best literary talents along with giving back to our community at the same time. Join us in 2011 in St. Louis at the 2nd Annual Fall Into Books Literary Conference!

Fall into Books Literary Conference is owned by Literary-ly Speaking Events & Services. Coordinators for Fall into Books Literary Conference are TaNisha Webb and Barbara Anne Washington.

Literary-ly Speaking Events & Services is owned by TaNisha Webb.

KC Girlfriends Book Club - KC Girlfriends Book Club was established in 2002 and is becoming one of the most recognizable book clubs around the country. We are making a literary impact in our community and help to support new and underexposed authors and sister book clubs.

Southern Festival of Books - Don't miss the 23rd annual Southern Festival of Books: October 14-16, 2011 at War Memorial Plaza, downtown Nashville!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Twitteriffic Thursday!

@LondonReview - “The London Review of Books is the liveliest, the most serious and also the most radical literary magazine we have.” · Alan Bennett

@KimberlaRoby - New York Times Bestselling Author of 15 novels; Lives in Illinois with her husband, Will.

@marybmorrison - NYTimes Bestselling Author, Playwright, Entertainer, Executive Producer & Film Producer

@CarlWeber_UB - Carl Weber Is The New York Times Best selling Author

@tayari - Author of two novels, third one, SILVER SPARROW, is coming out in May.

@booksonboard - The World's Largest Independent Ebookstore

@amazon - The Official Twitter Feed

@CFOnlineMag - Informative and entertaining articles on reading and writing Christian fiction, written by the best and brightest authors in the CBA and ECPA industries.

@DanteLee - Marketing Guru. PR Maven. Award-Winning Business Coach. Prolific Blogger. Best-Selling Author of 'Black Business Secrets'.

@TLCBookTours - Providing virtual book tours to authors and publishers

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Death of the Poet

The Death of the Poet

By Gregory Bryant

A haunting stillness caresses the earth
Time loses track of itself and reality
A baby is born empty and with no brightness
The teachers teach the end of an era
The paper withers and crumbles into dust
While the pen and pencil no longer writes
The existence of rhyme, meter, stanza and turn are lost in the darkness
A silhouette of the past is singed into the fabric of our souls
Where are the Sonnets we once knew
Have we lost the metaphors and similes
Mankind has lost its iambic pentameter
We have lost the truest form of expression
with the death of the poet

Monday, April 18, 2011

I Have Waited for This Dance

I Have Waited for This Dance
I have waited for this dance,
To begin with you again,
Never knowing quite how or when,
An elusive second chance?

This life can feel so cruel,
With rare moments filled with joy,
But when you find the real McCoy,
Your heart is bound to rule.

You may never know,
What I have been prepared to give,
To discover where you live,
Not caring who you were with.
You may never realise,
How I prayed with all my heart,
With a love right off the charts,
Now I never want us to part.

I have waited for this dance,
From sunrise till sundown,
The day that you left town,
You set sail without a glance.

That ship sailed by too fast,
Like rivers to the sea,
Our tide was not to be,
But that's all in the past.

I may never confess,
How I have placed my life on hold,
Not caring, growing old,
Standing still in the freezing cold.
When you said hello today,
The sun rose in the sky,
My tears began to dry,
Oh how I desire to make you mine.

I have waited for this dance,
May I stumble through your door,
I love you even more,
So forgive my strong advance.

Can we find a place to start,
We could talk till half past ten?
Then if you invite me back again,
I could offer you my heart.

I want to treat you like,
The Beauty that you are,
I have travelled blind so far,
Through every town and side-street bar.
And now I am here,
Will you ride back home with me,
Be mine eternally,
I'm so in love can you not see?

I have waited for this dance,
To kiss and hold you tight,
And lay with you all night,
Until the early morning light.

It's far more than romance,
With more meaning than the before,
I desire and adore,
Yes I have waited for this dance.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fan Page Friday

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Writing and Illustrating Kids Books - If you enjoy writing and illustrating childrens books, please tell the world about it here. 

- What do you enjoy most?
- What challenges do you face?
- What solutions have you found?
- What pitfalls have you uncovered?

Share your thoughts, ideas, resources and feedback with the rest of the children's book community.

Other fun FB Fan Pages

Cute Stuff Kids Do -

Magicblox Kids Book Library -

Ascot Park Raceway -

Awesome Movie Quotes -

Magicblox Digital Children's Library - Our vision is to create and grow a digital library full of wonderful books to enrich the lives of children around the world and give parents affordable access for less than the cost of just a couple of paper books. 

We also give authors and publishers the ability to add their kids books for free, enabling a new distribution channel for them to make money and get recognized.

RAWSISTAZ - The Reading and Writing SISTAZ (RAWSISTAZ) Literary Group was founded by Tee C. Royal in September 2000 and focuses on reading, writing, and discussing books primarily by African American Authors. 

We now have the main group, RAWSISTAZ Online Book Club, RAW4ALL, our literary hang-out, and chapters in cities across the U.S. The main group consists of approximately 50 women who are spread across the globe reaching as far as Japan & England. RAW4ALL has the same goal as the main group, but with fewer rules. Since the group is online, it offers more than the normal meeting once a month to discuss books. We have active email dialogue about books we’ve read, upcoming books, literary events, and we even cross over into the writing arena. Some of the members are published authors while others are aspiring to be authors and are encouraged to share their writing tips and works for critique. 

We also have our own team of reviewers, The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers, and are featured on many sites, in magazines, and have our own extensive database of 5000+ reviews. With our reviewers, you’re guaranteed to get an honest assessment of a book in a constructive way that we hope assists not only the author, but also the reader as they make their reading selections. 

We offer our services and our site to promote literacy amongst the African-American Community, to encourage our authors to continue following their dreams and to facilitate the open exchange of literary information.

 NetworkedBlogs - We offer:
- Easy news search based on blogs popularity.
- 3000 blog categories to explore.
- Add your own blog. Be part of the largest blog reader community. 
- Vote and share the latest news.
- See what blogs your friends follow and write.
- Syndicate your own blog with your Facebook profile, fan pages, groups, applications or Twitter.
- Add a blog tab to fan pages and applications.

*** Questions & Support ***

JacketFlap - JacketFlap connects you to the work of more than 200,000 authors, illustrators and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults

Become a fan to stay current on all sorts of book news!

Readers Against WhiteWashing - Readers Against White Washing was founded as a direct result of the recent whitewashing controversy involving Bloomsbury's Under The Magic Glass. This publisher is not alone. Whitewashing is a prevalent practice in the industry and we have decided to take a stand against it.

She Writes - SHE WRITES is a social network where women writers working in every genre—in every part of the world and of all ages and backgrounds—come together in a space of mutual support. Join us!

Bookstack - A place to for readers and writers to gather and share their thoughts about all things bookish

Poets & Writers - We are the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Our national office is located in New York City. Our California branch office is based in Los Angeles.

Poets & Writers Magazine is our organization's flagship publication and the leading journal of its kind. Along with essays on the literary life and interviews with writers, the magazine publishes articles with practical applications for both emerging and established authors. In addition, it provides the most comprehensive listing of literary grants and awards, deadlines, and prize winners available in print.

Poets & Writers' web site,, includes a searchable database of writers; advice on topics such as copyright, publishing, and finding a writers conference; along with links to other web sites of interest to writers. Another popular feature is the Speakeasy Message Forum, which serves as a central meeting place and community center for writers. Visit us at!

Each year, through our Readings/Workshops Program, we sponsor more than 2,000 literary events throughout New York and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington, D.C. We make matching grants to a variety of organizations—from grassroots to nationally acclaimed presenters and distributes more than $200,000 annually to more than 800 writers.

Our Information Services department offers publishing advice to writers and maintains a directory of writers, an online database of more than 8,000 authors, including contact information and publication credits. The directory makes it easier for writers to stay in touch with one another and for reading series coordinators, editors, and agents to find writers.

The Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award introduces emerging writers from a different state each year to the New York City literary community. Each year two writers from one state are selected to receive the award, which includes an all-expenses-paid, week-long trip to New York City to meet with literary agents, editors, publishers and writers. 

The Jackson Poetry Prize honors an American poet of exceptional talent who has published at least one book of recognized literary merit but has not yet received major national acclaim. After the Lannan Foundation's Literary Fellowships, the Jackson Poetry Prize of $50,000 will be the largest award for an early to mid-career poet.

As a co-founder of the Literary Network, we continue to champion the cause of freedom of expression and advocates on behalf of writers for public funding of literature and the arts.

The Friends of Poets & Writers is a generous group of donors who provide financial support for our programs. The Friends are writers, readers, and others who wish to support contemporary writers and literature. To thank them for their support, Friends receive special benefits. For more information, visit the Friends online.

Writers for the Red Cross - Writers share a commitment to community by bringing people together through their stories. This is our chance to support other organizations with a similar mission of community, like THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Twitteriffic Thursday!

@projectdomino - A new publishing venture from Seth Godin, powered by Amazon.

@mainreads - Maine Reads, presenters of the Maine Festival of the Book each April in Portland, celebrates literature and strives for a more literate Maine.

@EventListing - Hottest events on Twitter and Fullseat

@Vpype - Vpype is a social video company that offers real-time, interactive video on Facebook.

@amanda_hocking - Obsessive tweeter. John Hughes mourner. Unicorn enthusiast. Fraggin Aarvarks guitarist. Muppet activist. Author of the Trylle Trilogy & My Blood Approves series

@PWreviews - PW is the industry's leading news & reviews magazine & covers 7,000 books a year. Who's tweeting? Reviews editors Parul Sehgal, Jonny Segura, Mike Harvkey.

@PWKidsBookshelf -  free weekly e-newsletter from Publishers Weekly that reports on all aspects of the children's and teen book business.

@PWxyz - This is the twitter account of PWxyz, the news blog of Publishers Weekly.

@nationalbook - National Book Foundation, Presenter of the National Book Awards

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Unknown Poet

The Unknown Poet

By Gregory Bryant

Speaking without an image being seen
Emphatically expressing the woes of a
troubled world
Hiding behind a wall of emotions without
peeking over, under or around
Deciphering what is etched in the heart
Touching souls with verbal penetration
Exposing love, lust or lies like a phonograph going
Round and round on the ole Victrola
Determining the true meaning of time and space
To boldly travel and explore the recesses of your
To never allow anyone to know your true identity
This is the life and the characteristics of the
unknown poet

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Father's Colors Blog Tour w/Marian L. Thomas

About the Author

Marian L. Thomas graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving her Bachelor degree in Business Communication. She began her writing debut as a Sports Editor and as a News Editor for a local Atlanta college paper.

It took over twenty-years for Marian to see her first piece of published fiction in Print─Color Me Jazzmyne, in early 2009. Color Me Jazzmyne went on to become a Amazon Best-selling novel for Marian, reaching #1 in the Rhythm & Blue category, #2 in Inner-Child and #7 in Performance/Voice for her character Naya MonĂ¡’s, amazing melodious tones that are developed throughout the book.

Color Me Jazzmyne was awarded as one of the “Top 100 Books” for 2010 by the Sankofa Literary Society Review.

While Marian’s books are a work of fiction, they touch on the struggles of women, abuse, relationships and friendships, giving each one a hint of reality that readers are looking for in a good, clean and emotional story.

Visit the author online at

About the Book
Four people will travel on a journey that will lead to one destination.

How do you find a daughter you never knew you gave birth to? That is the question that Naya must answer as she once again finds herself on a journey filled with betrayal, lies and shocking secrets of her past.

How far would one go for love? That is the question that Chris wastes no time answering. He will do whatever it takes to remove his wife’s pain, even if it means being the one to cause her the most.

Fame and Fortune have been the determining factor for Misty ever since her father passed away. How far will she go, this time to achieve it?

Carl Thompson has found the love of his life, only she doesn’t know it. Green eyes and hazel brown hair fill his dreams for the future. Does he have enough love for the both of them?

Join best-selling author Marian L. Thomas as she takes you through the pages of My Father’s Colors. This book is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and get caught in the drama-filled story of a woman’s journey to find her voice, again!

 Purchase the Book Online at:

PODCAST 1 – About the Book

PODCAST 2 – What Marian Wants Readers to Learn

For More Information

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