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Upcoming South Florida Book Club Workshop

“Spice up Your Book Club Meeting” Workshop

Moderated by Joy Farrington, author of A Literary Diva’s Guide to Hosting a Fab Book Club Meeting

with special guest, Freddie Simmons, author of Ghetto Resume I and 2

Join fellow book clubs in an engaging book reading by author, Freddie Simmons and an informative workshop moderated by Joy Farrington, “the book club expert”

Workshop topics includes:

  • Selecting a great Book of the Month
  • How to engage your members to participate in the book discussion
  • How to add fun games to your book club meeting
  • Inviting an author to your meeting
  • Adding a theme to your meeting
  • Using Technology to better connect with your members

Date: Saturday, September, 4th, 2010

Time: 1-3pm

Location: Golden Corral

 9045 Pines Boulevard

 Pembroke Pines, Fl 33027

Cost:  $25 in advance and $40 at the door

Purchase Online at:

“Spice up your Book Club” Ticket includes:

  • A Lunch Buffet
  • Free Copy of “Ghetto Resume” by Freddie Simmons
  • Free Copy of “A Literary Diva’s Guide to Hosting a Fab Book Club Meeting” by Joy Farrington
  • Free 1 year membership to the Lit Diva Network: An online networking group for book club members which includes a monthly subscription to our Book Club Survival Guide, as well as book giveaways and more.

Contact Information:

Lit Diva Inc.

18520 NW 67th Ave, Suite 241

Miami, Fl 33015

305-400-0178 ext 101

Good News from Publishers Weekly by Pat G’orge Walker

Good News…

In this week’s blog, I wanted to discuss the Best Seller writing techniques and other myths. However, due to the sudden hospitalization of my husband, time would not allow it. Therefore, I have decided to take the opportunity, use some of my “grace” capital from, and toot my horn!  Even when the enemy tries to snatch away your joy, he fails when God shows favor. Check out my Publisher’s Weekly Review for my upcoming novel Don’t Blame the Devil. It is the sequel to Somebody’s Sinning in my Bed. Make sure you pass it around and please preorder the book.

Don’t Blame the Devil
Pat G’Orge-Walker, Kensington/Dafina, $15 paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-7582-3542-8
Walker’s (Somebody’s Sinning in My Bed) latest hilarious faith-based romp spotlights a devilish diva who finally realizes that, although she might look like Lena Horne, she “ain’t Lena Horne.” But in Walker’s world, second chances at happiness are not only possible but probable, even at 63. Almost 40 years have passed since Delilah Dupree Jewel left her husband, Deacon Thurgood (aka “Thur-no-good”) and put their two-year-old son, Jessie, in foster care in order to pursue a career in showbiz that took her all the way to California. Back in New York, running out of money (but not out of smarts) and licking the wounds of her failed shot at stardom, she asks Jehovah for help. Ask and ye shall receive: she runs right into Thurgood at Harlem’s New Hope Assembly Church. Now 70, but still sporting the same hairstyle he wore in his youth, Deacon is mortified; he doesn’t want Delilah to know that he’s befriended Jessie, now a widower, but he’s never told Jessie that he’s his real father. But the truth finally, and humorously, comes out. Walker shines a little light on a wacky family reunion with her usual inspirational, knee-slapping style. (Sept.)

Meet our Blogger

Pat G'orge Walker

Pat G’Orge (pronounced Gee-or-jay) – Walker is in a league of her own. This accomplished Christian author and comedienne has an amazing mind and talent for turning her observations of church and black church life, in particular, into gems of sidesplitting humor. It is her own special gift from God that enables G’Orge-Walker to depict the often ridiculous antics of church folk. She does it without subverting the Good News or watering down the potency of its message.

Pat G’Orge-Walker has led a colorful life professionally, to say the least. She  is a former record industry veteran who has worked for several major labels including Epic, Def Jam, and Columbia. She also performed with the legendary 60′s girl group, Arlene Smith and the Chantels (“Maybe”) as well as with gospel groups.In between writing books and spending time with her husband Rob in their Long Island, New York, home, Pat is busy touring the country performing her sold-out one-woman Sister Betty comedy

Facebook Presence by Carla Thorpe

Social Media is the biggest technique that all industries are using to reach their potential clients.  It is a location to post info, create a conversation, and invite strangers to learn about your product.  Being a writer, it is important to create the publicity that you want.  This is especially true for writers that do not have a publicist. 

Having a profile on Facebook is a plus because current, past, and future lovers of your work can be in contact with you.  The most professional feature is creating a fan page. 

By creating a fan page you can:

  • Highlight key items about your work
  • Have contest
  • Create an ad to be shared to your potential market on Facebook
  • Post events
  • Post photos
  • Share the experiences of being a writer

This is just another way to enhance your career and marketing. 

You might think it is difficult to create, but luckily with the staff at Facebook you can easily get all the assistance you need with creating your fan page.  Also, on a weekly basis, you can search out courses about Facebook and the benefits of it to you. 

Don’t let the opportunity to create more of a customer base pass you by.


Meet the Blogger

Carla Thorpe

Ms. Carla Thorpe has a passion for using her literary talent to motivate and help others. She has taken English and Creative Writing courses at Norfolk State University. Her talent for writing has gotten her works in renowned publications such as Stylistic News, Brown Gurl Magazine, The Examiner (online) & The Review Magazine. Taking this talent to another level she designed “Persevere Newsletter” to Inspire and Motivate The Masses.

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Getting Noticed:Book Clubs by Carla Thorpe

With so many book clubs across the U.S. a lot of aspiring artist want to get connected.  They want to have them support their work and the career they are developing.  Not everyone can be endorsed by a major entity to be noticed by the masses.
What does the artist do?
Research: All book clubs do not focus on every genre of writing so an artist has to find out what book clubs would be interested in their story
Proposal: Send a letter to the head of the book club inviting them to learn more about you and your book.  After seeing what you have to offer to have the club read the book and then you would come do a Q&A.
Accountability: Once the book club has scheduled to read the work the artist must confirm the live meeting and be on time.  They want to meet a professional that keeps their word and follows through.
Follow-up: Get blurbs about how they felt about the work, would they recommend it to someone else and what they thought about meeting the artist.
Not each club will be interested in the book but some will.  No matter what always give 110% because no one knows what other opportunities can come from the support of a book club.

Meet our Blogger:

Carla Thorpe

Ms. Carla Thorpe has a passion for using her literary talent to motivate and help others. She has taken English and Creative Writing courses at Norfolk State University. Her talent for writing has gotten her works in renowned publications such as Stylistic News, Brown Gurl Magazine, The Examiner (online) & The Review Magazine. Taking this talent to another level she designed “Persevere Newsletter” to Inspire and Motivate The Masses.

Author’s Blog:

Latin is Alive and Kicking by Jurena Burgess

While having a conversation with an associate regarding languages, I made mention that I loved Latin and had taken two years of it while in high school.  His reply was, “Latin is a dead language.  Who speaks it anyway and why would anyone want to learn it?”  I explained that when I was younger I aspired to be a doctor or lawyer and most legal and medical terms come from Latin.  Besides, it’s proven that students who study Latin score higher on SAT and PSAT scores.
Although most consider Latin a “dead” language, many  languages have derived from it.  Many of us look at the language and don’t realize it.  E pluribus unum, annuit coeptis, novus ordo seclorum are phrases we see every day.  Where, you may ask?  They’re all printed on the U.S. dollar.  In the same order their meanings are; one from many, Fortune (God, if you must) has favored (or smiled upon) our undertakings, and a new order of ages.
Many of our judicial systems carry insignia adorning Latin.   A doctor may make a statement to a pregnant woman about her baby which is in utero thus meaning in the uterus.  Doing work for charity or free of charge many use the term pro bono which means for the good.  When graduating from college terms such as cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum lauda are used.  With praise (or honors), great praise and highest praise are their translations in Latin.
This is to say, anyone who does not understand the Latin language should take the time to learn about it.  Doing so will give one a greater appreciation for language as a whole.  Adeo voluntas parumper mortuus lingua.  In other words, So much meaning for a dead language.


Meet our Blogger: Jurena Burgess

Jurena Burgess

Jurena Burgess is a native of Virginia.  Born in Newport News and raised in Hampton. At an early age she developed a love for reading, knowledge, and poetry.  Some of her favorite authors are Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Terri McMillan, and E. Lynn Harris.

She’s in the process of finishing a memoir based on her life in the foster care system.  Through her writing she hopes to inspire others who have gone through or are going through some the same issues or may feel that going on is not an option.   It is!  It is the only option.  Motivating others about life itself is a main goal of hers especially victims of abuse.  She’s a member of the Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA), is on the Board of Directors for Striving to Achieve Real Success  (S.T.A.R.S.), Charlotte African-American Writers Group and Mahogany Writer’s Group of Raleigh, NC.

Ms. Burgess is also the founder of Literally Speaking Book Club located in Charlotte, NC which is where she now resides.  Through her love of literary arts she has written several poems which are to be published late 2010.

Jurena Burgess is a contributing writer in  “From Foster Care to ANYWHERE”. Visit the website for more information about the book.

How Gardening is Like Writing by Carleen Brice

Both are about creating something where before there was nothing. Bare ground, blank page. With both, the best stuff comes when we dig deep. With both, we strive for beauty and for contributing something to the world around us.
My husband and I started out with a plan for our yard, which we mostly followed. We had the rock company put the boulders where we wanted them, and we planted evergreen shrubs and trees where we wanted. We (when I’m referring to hard physical labor and say “we,” I mean “he”) dug up the lawn with a sod cutter. Then we (this one includes me too) laid down long sheets of brown paper to cover the weedy soil, which we topped with a few tons (literally) of recycled wood mulch. We let this sit for a winter and then the next spring we started planting perennials — blue flax, yarrow, California poppies, black-eyed Susans, moonbeam coreopsis, fire witch dianthus (how could a writer resist these names?). And we (well, ok, I) strayed a bit from the plan.
We started with a list of half a dozen or so low-water, low-maintenance plants, but something happened as I started to work in the yard. The plan didn’t go out the window so much as the garden transcended the plan. Friends offered me Shasta daisies, irises, four o’clocks and hens and chicks from their gardens. I fell in love with cosmos, snow-in-summer, wine cups, Elijah blue fescue, sunset hyssop (a late bloomer with purple and orange flowers that smell like root beer barrel candy) and orange carpet hummingbird trumpet (which brings hummingbirds to our city yard). A vacant lot nearby sprouted blue salvia and a virtually indestructible plant that is either feverfew or chamomile, and I dug them up and brought them home. And, of course, I had to plant some orange mint.
What we ended up with isn’t nearly as easy or as orderly as we envisioned, but the combinations of colors, scents and shapes of the blooms, the different views between rocks and over seas of flowers are much better than I could have imagined when we first started. It was good that we had the plan and laid a foundation of the rocks and evergreens to anchor everything. But it was also good to go a little crazy with the flowers.
This is also how gardening is like writing: have a plan, but don’t be afraid to ignore it when your own work leads you to something better.
Meet Our Blogger:
Carleen Brice is author of the novels Orange Mint and Honey and Children of the Waters. Orange Mint and Honey appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network as Sins of the Mother, starring Jill Scott. It was LMN’s second-highest rated original movie ever. Carleen is currently at work on her third novel.

What Kind of Book Are you? by Enrique Paschal


What kind of book are you? Are you a best seller, or a book no one wants to read? We’re writing our story daily and the world has access to it. The way we act, treat others, and present ourselves is an open book and the world is reading it all.

What kind of feeling do you give to people when you’re around them? Are you a bright light in a dark room or are you a dark cloud on a sunny day? Displaying negative energy labels you “a book on the shelf” and we know what happens to books that are on the shelf; they collect dust. Are you the dust that cause people to cough and eyes to tear or do you give off an attitude of “I just don’t care?” I’m just asking!

Are you the kind of book that requires a blanket, fire place and a cup of hot chocolate? If so, you’re a best seller.  You’re the kind of book many people read! I once read a very good book, and I brought fifteen copies of it. I gave it to people that I know and some I didn’t know, because I wanted to share the empowering feeling I felt. Thanks Pastor Rick Warren for “The Purpose Driven Life.”

It’s never too late to write a new chapter in your book. The fact that you’re breathing means the writing continues and only you know what’s next, because of your actions. To be truthful with you, I once was a book nobody wanted to read.  But, I made the decision in the middle of my writing to write a different story and now “I Am a Best Seller, With a Joyful Ending, Thank God!” I believe you’re a best seller. What do you believe? Be the reason for the blanket, fire place, and cup of hot chocolate!

Have a victorious week. God bless you all.

Enrique Pascal, the Life Coach.

Meet our Blogger:

Enrique Paschal

Enrique Pascal was born in Panama and left his native land at the age of 5, to arrive in Brooklyn NY, where he was raised by his mother. He learned to speak English fluently, while attending the public schools in New York. “As long as I can remember, I always wanted more out of life. I can remember growing up in New York, wanting more than what the environment displayed to me.”Enrique started his quest for wisdom, at a very young age. Wisdom has and will always be the premiere thing he seeks. He states, “What you don’t know will hurt you, and what you know will save your life.” For this reason, he approaches all things as a student and not a teacher. Enrique loves learning something new daily. He believes there is a lesson in everything, the question is: are you willing to learn? Enrique loves sharing life changing principles with others. “Each one of us was created, to have a positive impact on the world.” As the life coach, it is his job, to get to the core of a person, and expose the gifts and talents that are within.In 1993, he began a successful promotion company called, “All or Nothing Productions.” The promotion company became one of the most sought after companies, in the entertainment business. He did promotional parties, for many in the world of Hip-Hop, such as: Ja Rule, Lil Kim, Ludacris, 50 Cent, R Kelly, etc. On a more regular basis, Enrique was a dedicated member, of the Roc a Fella family, a company started by Jay-Z and Damon Dash. Enrique was there at the conception of the company; he grew with the company, and became very famous around the world, as “Tone Capone” aka the “Party Promoter.” He was featured in several music videos on BET, MTV, and the movie, “Backstage.” In February of 1999, Enrique toured the entire country, with the history making tour, “The Hard Knock Life,” and he visited 55 cities in 10 weeks. “I have experienced and done a lot in my life, but nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing a person transformed, into the champion God created them to be.”Enrique is known as “Mr. Time Out.” He has taught these principles, to many with great success. “The time out principles are effective, because I live it. I apply these principles, to my life daily. My life was a total mess, until I sat down and faced the wall. Everyone should take a time out daily, because it helps us make sound decisions. The results are instantaneous, when these principles are applied. I look at it this way: My son is who I once was, and I am who he will become, therefore, if time out is good for him time out is good for me.”Enrique is a motivational speaker, inspirational speaker, but just call him Mr. Time Out, “The transformational speaker.” His focus is to tap into your heart and mind, because he believes, the true essence of a person will be found, in their heart and mind. True change occurs internally. When a person is transformed they will have a different look and do things differently – like a caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly.

Enrique is available for speaking engagements, if you are interested in having him speak, at your business, school, church, or organization contact him for more information at