Saturday, January 29, 2011

REVIEW: How to Write a Business Plan by Mike Mckeever


Date:                         January 29, 2011
Title:                          How to Write a Business Plan 10th Edition
Author:                     Mike McKeever
ISBN 10:                   1-4133-1280-2
ISBN 13:                   978-1-4133-1280-5
Pages:                       288
Publisher:                Nolo
Cover:                       Electronic Advance Reading Copy
Reviewer:                Yolanda M, Johnson-BryantLiterary Wonders! (www.literarywonders.com)
Rating:                      5 Stars


How to Write a Business plan by Mike McKeever is another valuable tool from Nolo, one of the leading online legal resources.

Mr. McKeever provides a simple no-hassle guide to understanding why it is important for a business to have a business plan in place. This title goes beyond the essentials of business plans and challenges current and future business owners to ask themselves if starting a business is something they really want to do.

This guide gives its readers suggestions and sources to fund their business and raise money.

How to Write a Business Plan also gives readers tips on how to compile a marketing plan as well as a personnel plan. Included in the book are valuable resources, both online and offline, as well as an accompanying CD-ROM to help the process come together.

Nolo has published yet another tool that anyone who is thinking of starting a business should add to their toolkit. 

REVIEW: Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference by Attorney Richard Stim


Date:                         January 29, 2011
Title:                          Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference
Author:                     Attorney Richard Stim
ISBN 10:                   1-4133-1281-0
ISBN 13:                   978-1-4133-1281-2
Pages:                       400
Publisher:                Nolo
Cover:                       Electronic Advance Reading Copy
Reviewer:                Yolanda M, Johnson-BryantLiterary Wonders! (www.literarywonders.com)
Rating:                      Stars

Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference by Attorney Richard Stim is published by Nolo, a leader in legal resources. This book is an easy to use reference tool to help business owners compile, understand and enforce contracts.

It’s glossary of terms makes even the most complicated legal terms and jargon easier to understand. The book backs up contract samples with examples in which a user may use a certain contract and the law behind those contracts.

The reader will find sample contracts from Bills of Sales to Breach of Contract notices; from construction agreements to royalty payments.

Each section is tabbed and listed in alphabetical order making it easy to quick reference a particular section without having to search the entire book.

I recommend that any business, especially small businesses, purchase this valuable business tool to add to their business resources. I believe it will help businesses run more smoothly and avoid confusion that is often associated with contracts and legalities.  


             

REVIEW: Sunday Christians by Jodaea

Date:             1/25/11                   
Title:              SUNDAY CHRISTIANS                                         
Author:         JODAEA                                           
ISBN 10:       978-0-615-40836-1         
ISBN 13:                              
Pages:           281                
Publisher:    JIMINISIS PUBLISHING                                      
Cover:           Paperback               
Reviewer:  Tamarra Bryant – Literary Wonders!
Rating:          4

SUNDAY CHRISTIANS is a contemporary collaboration that begins with a promising prologue that peaks the reader’s interest in following the story’s development.  Given the novel’s title, the reader expects a tantalizing tale with deep and dark secrets.    

The author’s first novel shows promise and JODAEA’S style of writing progresses quite well throughout the story. She portrays the main character, Xavier Wilson, as positive throughout the novel, but more background on what makes Xavier react as he does would enhance the reality of the character.  The other characters are presented as expected, based on the information provided for each.

The title, SUNDAY CHRISTIANS gives the perception that the novel is based primarily in the church arena, but JODAEA has used more of a secular storyline with the church being the anchor.  The novel is a good read and the author shows great promise for any future writing endeavor.      

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Steppin’ Into the Good Life Blog Tour


About the Author

TIA MCCOLLORS is a national bestselling author who secured her spot in the publishing industry with the release of her debut novel, Zora’s Cry. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina. After ten years as a public relations professional, Tia emerged as an inspirational speaker and author of faith-based novels. Her other titles include The Truth About Love and A Heart of Devotion. She continues to pen inspirational works and is currently writing a series of children’s early reader chapter books targeted towards girls, ages 7-9.
In addition to being a novelist, Tia is a motivational speaker and instructor for writing workshops. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers organization, and serves as the vice president of Visions In Print. Tia was voted as the Breakout Author of the Year by the Open Book Awards of the African American Literary Awards Show.
Tia lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and son. For more information, visit her online at www.TiaMcCollors.com.

About the Book

Steppin' Into the Good Life
Shelia Rushmore thought she’d be the last woman standing when it was time to fight for her man. Instead Ace, her boyfriend of two years, chose to reunite with his ex-wife, leaving Shelia emotionally devastated. It’s a year later when Sheila is convinced that sneaking into their wedding ceremony will put closure on the gaping hole in her heart.
But it’s on the back pew of the church where a new relationship begins for Shelia. She can’t explain the touch she received from God on that day, but she’s determined to be a better woman-a woman of faith. Since high school, Shelia has been chasing her definition of the good life – it’s left her with no home, no man, and no money. But now that’s she’s living life for God, things should get better, right? Shelia learns that living a faith-filled life isn’t always easy.
With faith, tough love, and some tough decisions, Shelia realizes that the life she’d been praying for she could have for herself is actually attainable. Being wrapped in God’s arms, she decided, was by far the safest place she’d ever been.

 

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Podcasts

PODCAST 1 - About the Book





PODCAST 2 - For Readers





PODCAST 3 - Excerpt





For More Information

Visit the author online at http://www.tiamccollors.com
View the blog tour schedule at http://bit.ly/SteppinIntotheGoodLife 




Saturday, January 22, 2011

REVIEW: The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy


Date:                         January 21, 2011
Title:                          The Rhythm of Secrets
Author:                     Patti Lacy
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:                   978-0-8254-2674-2
Pages:                       336
Publisher:                Kregel Publications
Cover:                       Paperback
Reviewer:                Yolanda  M. Johnson-Bryant– Literary Wonders! (www.literarywonders.com)
Rating:                      5

In The Rhythm of Secrets by author Patti Lacy, is the story of Sheila Franklin. Sheila has years of regrets and is eventually reunited with a son she had to give up long ago; a bi-racial son. Sheila has shielded her current life and her husband, from the secrets of her past, but they come home to roost when her son, tracks her down. It is then that Sheila slowly begins to reveal the secrets from her former complicated and controversial life.

This is Literary Wonders! first review of a title from Patti Lacy. I have to say that although we review a variety of genres, historical fiction has not been one that I particularly enjoy. However, after reading The Rhythm of Secrets, I look forward to reading, “What the Bayou Saw: A Novel” and “An Irish Woman’s Tale”, also by Patti Lacy. I have fallen in love with Patti’s writing style, which challenges the reader to take in and savor every word.

**Literary Wonders! provides vid-views (video reviews) for all its 5 Star reviews. Vid-view to follow.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Rhythm of Secrets Blog Tour




About the Author

Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a BS in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children. Visit Patti’s Web site at www.pattilacy.com.


About the Book

Sheila Franklin has lived three separate lives. Now a conservative pastor’s wife in Chicago, she is skilled at hiding secrets—a talent birthed during childhood romps through the music-filled streets of New Orleans. But when the son she bore at the age of eighteen comes back looking for answers and desperate for help, her greatest secret—and greatest regret—is revealed.


Eager to right past wrongs, Sheila’s heart floods with memories of lyrical jazz music and a worn-out Bible. But when her husband learns of her shady history, Sheila is suddenly faced with an impossible decision: embrace the dream—and son—she abandoned against her will or give in to the demands of her safe but stifled life. As she struggles to reclaim both her son and her identity, Sheila soon realizes that God’s grace spans both seas and secrets and that He is all she really needs. With dynamic writing that makes the reader feel the heartache of a teenage mother, struggle with the disillusionment of an abandoned boy, and revel in the idea of grace despite flaws, rising star Patti Lacy takes her fans on a journey they won’t want to end—and won’t soon forget.

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Podcasts


PODCAST 1 - About the Book







PODCAST 2 - For Readers










Book Review


Book review will be released soon!



For More Information

 Visit the author online at http://www.pattilacy.com.
View the blog tour schedule at http://bit.ly/TheRhythmofSecrets 

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

REVIEW: Scattered Lies II by Madison

Date:                        1/10/11
Title:                        Scattered Lies II
Author:                     Madison
ISBN 10:                    0982526016
ISBN 13:                    978-0-9825260-1-9
Pages:                       393
Publisher:                 Influential Writers Publishing
Cover:                      Paperback
Reviewer:                Yolanda M, Johnson-BryantLiterary Wonders!  (www.literarywonders.com)
Rating:                         3.5 Stars

Scattered Lies II is the follow up to Madison’s Scattered Lies (2009).  In Scattered Lies II, the key players are Denise Taylor, Tony Flowers, Gabrielle Brightman, Morgan Marciano and Christina Carrington.

Denise is facing charges, when she is pulled over for having a gun in her car that doesn’t belong to her. She realizes that she has been set up and sets out to find out who and why. Denise soon finds out that her haunts have come back to pay homage as she finds herself repeating history.

Tony Flowers isn’t the best looking man in the music business, but he has money and power and women galore. Although he is only with Christina for publicity reasons, his heart and soul belongs to Morgan Marciano, the fifteen-year-old nieces. Even though Tony does not love Christina, he plans sweet revenge when he finds that she is secretly seeing one of his “boys”.

Gabrielle is a successful attorney on a mission to find out who framed her husband and sent him to prison for twenty-five to life. Gabrielle soon finds out that no one can be trusted, especially those called friend.

Morgan is fifteen-years-old and has a bright future ahead of her. She has been selected for the Harvard Summer program and is a great dancer. Her future becomes bleak as she is repeatedly pursued by Tony, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Christina is a hot new singer who has it all; beauty brains and power. She loves Tony but doesn’t understand why she allows him to treat her like a groupie. Christina falls in love with one of Tony’s friends and employee and finds out that there are some lines that one must never cross.

In this book of intrigued, mystery and whodunit, Secret Lies II has the making for a 5 novel with professional editing. At some point in the book you forget who is talking as the names changed, surely by accident. However, this is a very good book that is easy to read. After reading the book, and not satisfied that everyone got what they deserved in the end, it leaves me asking Madison, is there a Scattered Lies III on the horizon. If not, please consider it!

I rated Madison’s Scattered Lies II a 3.5, but with editing it could easily be a 4.5 or a 5. I would recommend this title to anyone who likes urban fiction or a good whodunit mystery. A former Literary Wonders! reviewer reviewed the first Scattered Lies, but after reading Scattered Lies II, I am wanting to read the first one myself.
             

Monday, January 10, 2011

Delilah - When Love Deceives Tour with Author Shelia M. Goss



5 Questions with Author Shelia M Goss
Shelia Goss has stopped here on my blog for her Delilah When Love Deceives tour. She's celebrating the release of her tenth novel. Delilah is her first Christian fiction novel and is in stores now.  
Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
Inspiration comes from life. I can be dreaming, on the phone, watching TV, at the store...etc. Ideas will pop into my head at odd times. I wrote Delilah because I kept hearing people trying to blame others for their transgressions instead of taking responsibilities for their own actions. I decided to take a tragic love story from the Bible and give it a modern day twist.
What is Delilah about?
Delilah is an entertaining novel with a Christian message that is not preachy but allows the readers to see how our choices can affect our lives. The characters face many temptations but there is room for redemption. I think even if you don't normally read Christian fiction, you will be able to enjoy Delilah.

Are any of your characters based on real people?
The characters in my book are only figments of my imagination. I may take personality traits from a variety of people (whether it be someone I know or a stranger) but for the most part, if a character resembles someone you know, it's strictly coincidental (smile).

What would you like readers to learn from your novels?
Each one of my stories have at least one message. The messages vary. I hope  readers of my books are able to not only be entertained, but think and learn something from the characters.
No one is perfect and we all fall short, but even with our imperfections, God gives us grace and shows us mercy. 

What advice would you give aspiring writers?
If you feel that you have a God given talent, then practice your craft and be the best you can be. Despite the rejections you may get, do not give up. Believe in yourself. Take a chance on yourself and do not accept no. Also, it is very important if you want to be a writer to WRITE. Get at least the first draft done and you'll have something to work with.

DELILAH is Shelia Goss' tenth book. It's available in hardcover and paperback.
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1601628854?tag=officiwebsi03-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1601628854&adid=19YJPN9NQBAAXDJN59CQ&

Barnes and Noble http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Delilah/Shelia-M-Goss/e/9781601628855/?itm=1&USRI=delilah+shelia+goss

Borders

BlackExpressions.com (HARD COVER ONLY)

About Delilah:
Behind every successful man is a good woman. The downfall of a good man is a woman up to no good.

Thirty and fine, Samson Judges is preacher of the Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church . He’s beloved by his congregation, but temptation is about to strike in the form of divalicious beauty Delilah, and only the Good Lord knows if Samson will be able to keep his head on straight with her. Especially considering he’s about to be married to Julia Rivers. Julia helped shape Samson into the man he is, but Delilah wants to knock him down. He doesn’t know she’s been hired to distract him by real estate developer William Trusts, who wants to acquire the land where Samson’s church stands.... Samson feels like his relationship with God puts him above it all, but his weakness for Delilah may just cause him to lose everything. ~ Black Expressions Book Club

About Shelia M Goss: 
Shelia M. Goss is the Essence Magazine & Black Expressions Book Club Best-Selling author of My Invisible Husband, Roses are Thorns, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum, His Invisible Wife, Hollywood Deception and the teen series The Lip Gloss Chronicles. Delilah is her tenth novel and first Christian fiction novel.  To learn more, visit her website: www.sheliagoss.com, www.twitter.com/sheliamgoss or www.facebook.com/sheliagoss.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Completely Whole Tour with author Paulette Harper


Join Twitter Chat with #PauletteHarper  TUESDAY - JANUARY 11, 2011 at 9 pm ESTStay tuned for details! Follow us on Twitter @pauletteharper AND @tcblogtours


About the Author

A sought after speaker, certified life coach, minister and author. As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Paulette’s desire is to motive women to reach their God given potential through conferences, workshops and seminars. Combining enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, audiences describe Paulette’s presentation as inspiriting, enriching and encouraging. She is committed to speaking a message that is always uplifting and edifying. Paulette has authored such books as That Was Then, This Is Now which achieved national recognition by being awarded a finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award and her newest release Completely Whole was published under her own publishing company Thy Word Publishing. She is the co-author of Victorious Living for Women. Her next book For Such a Time as This will be released in 2011 in addition to Victorious Living for Moms.

About the Book

Life’s daily struggles can often leave us perplexed and bewildered on how to cope with hard issues. In COMPLETELY WHOLE, Paulette Harper offers keys to help those who are searching for answers that can lead to a life of complete wholeness: Spirit, Soul and Body. COMPLETELY WHOLE focuses on how to overcome suffering caused by alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, and other obstacles blocking the path to a life of wholeness.”

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Book Trailer




Podcast 1 - About the book




Podcast 2 - For Readers



Podcast 3 - Excerpt




Book Review

Date:                         February 7, 2010
Title:                         Completely Whole
Author:                     Paulette Harper
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:                   978-061533101-0
Pages:                      103
Publisher:                Thy Word Publishing
Cover:                      Paperback
Reviewer:                Tamarra Bryant – Literary Wonders! (www.literarywonders)
Rating:                     5 Stars



COMPLETELY WHOLE is an uplifting inspirational guide that will motivate its reader with the practical use of biblical comparisons.  Ms. Harper uses easy to understand language to guide the reader to search inwardly and rely on God for renewal.

Ms. Harper uses her personal experiences to guide the reader to use specific bible verses and themes that will enhance the reader’s spiritual journey towards becoming, COMPLETELY WHOLE.  Contemporary situations that are sure to be recognizable & personal to each reader on some level are covered with simplicity. The reader is given practical explanations and uplifting solutions.

Each section ends with a prayer that provides the reader with a specific thought process, which if said with sincerity, from the heart, will definitely reach God’s ears. The use of bible verses from the Amplified Bible provide clear proof that our God is with us throughout our journeys & provides the answers if we are willing to listen.

“COMPLETELY WHOLE” is a guide one can refer to over and over again during times of need. Ms. Harper’s grasp of real life and her method of dealing with these situations truly make this guide a learning tool that can be used over and over again.




For More Information

Visit the author online at http://www.pauletteharper.com
View the blog tour schedule at http://bit.ly/CompletelyWhole       

Monday, January 3, 2011

This Week on The Book Tree

Multi-talented Phenom, Janks Morton on the Book Tree Wednesday, January 5th @ 8:30pm


VID-Review: Delilah by Shelia M. Goss

REVIEW: Delilah by Shelia M. Goss

Date:                   1/1/2011 
Title:                    Delilah     
Author:                Shelia M. Goss           
ISBN 10:             1601628854
ISBN 13:            
Pages:                318  
Publisher:           Urban Christian
Cover:                 E-book ARC       
Reviewer:          Yolanda M, Johnson-Bryant– Literary Wonders! (www.literarywonders.com)
Rating:             5 Stars


Essence Bestselling and Dallas Morning News Bestselling author Shelia M. Goss returns with Delilah.  Generalized as Christian Fiction, Delilah does not disappoint.

Reverend Sampson Judges is the pastor of Peaceful Rest Missionary Baptist Church. Even as a man of the cloth, the story line shows us that even though his mission is to please God, Pastor Judges is tempted and tried like any other men.  However, Samson’s temptation is no ordinary temptation, for his temptation goes by the name of Delilah.

Delilah is very aware and comfortable with her feminine prowess. She is on a mission and her mission is to snag Pastor Judges—despite the fact the good pastor has a fiancĂ©.

Delilah is an easy read and will keep you turning the pages as Samson falls prey to Delilah time and time again. In the midst of all the backsliding and repenting, secrets are revealed exposing holier than thou church goers.

Readers will find characters of Delilah relatable, tacky and downright funny. What readers will not expect is the ending.

Shelia M. Goss has a way with weaving a relatable, easy to read story that draws its readers in and leaves a lasting impression.

Kudos to Ms. Goss on Delilah, another magnificent read!