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Michelle Stimpson, Last Temptation Blog Tour

Book Giveaway Alert: During her blog tour, Michelle Stimpson is giving away copies of her book Last Temptation to 5 lucky readers.

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment in the “Leave a Reply” section of this web page

2. Thats it! 5 winners will be randomly selected throughout her blog tour and notifed by email. Good Luck

Michelle Stimpson

Michelle Stimpson is an author, a speaker, and an educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College in 1994. She earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. She has had the pleasure of teaching elementary, middle, and high school as well as training adults.

In addition to her work in the field of education, Michelle ministers through writing and public speaking. Her works include Boaz Brown, Breaking Bondage to Biscuits, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), The Good Stuff, Trouble In My Way, and the upcoming release, Last Temptation. She has written and published over 40 short stories through her educational publishing company at www.WeGottaRead.com. She also ministers to women through her online newsletter: www.womengrowinginchrist.com.

Michelle lives near Dallas with her husband and their two teenage children. She is active in the Creative Tyme Ministry at her home church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Visit Michelle online at www.michellestimpson.com.

About the Book

Patricia “Peaches” Miller finally has the man and the ring she always wanted, but she’s not quite ready to turn in her Independent-Woman-Card to follow her follow her future husband’s dreams. When her ex suddenly becomes re-interested in her, Peaches wonders if she owes it to her son to give his father one more chance. But this last temptation hurls Peaches down a dangerous road that tests her relationships, her faith, and even her sanity. Can sin ever have a silver lining?

You’ll love revisiting the main characters from Michelle’s highly acclaimed debut novel, Boaz Brown, in this long-awaited story of rebellion and redemption.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Author? by Dotsie Bregel

Life has been good to me as a stay-at-home mom, but in three years my children will all be away at school and I will be out of a job. I know it is time for me to embark on a new career path. I returned to school, took a couple classes, and did some career testing. Interpreting the test results, along with my brewing book idea, soul searching, and journaling, made it clear to me that a livelihood in writing suited me. For close to a year I have read, researched, camped out in book stores, and chatted with other writers trying to figure out what it takes to be an author. What I came up with is that successful writers must be:  Visionaries. Every author needs to have a vision for precisely what our writing project is to accomplish. A vision should describe who you want to write for and how best to reach them. To make that vision clear, we need to read everything we can get our hands on about our topic; run our idea by other people in the profession; give ourselves time to think it over; and write and rewrite until that vision is like a neon sign in our minds.

Passionate. We should fall in love with our writing topics. The words seem to flow and it feels like second nature when we write about what we’re interested in. We have the burning desire to research, read, interview, and learn more because we just can’t help ourselves. When we look at our watches and see that it is two hours later than we expected, we know we are passionate about our topics.

Self-motivated. A strong will to succeed and type A work ethic are the keys to self motivation. Many of us work on our own so we have to be motivated to stick to the task.  Daily, weekly, and monthly goals must be set. To-do lists, writing schedules, and deadlines must be adhered to.  Sometimes we have to say no to the temptations that call us.

Avid Readers and Researchers. So many books, not enough time must be our motto. We must always try to learn one more fact either through the web, the paper, magazines, or whatever we can get our hands on.  Equally important is keeping good records of our findings. Whether on our desktops, in journals, folders, binders, or all of the above, we must have a way to keep track of all our new information so it is at our fingertips when needed.

Confident. This is different than just being a nice, friendly woman. We have to be nice AND we must believe in ourselves, speak and write with enthusiasm about our projects, and act like we have the world by the horns! When we do this people can’t help but catch the fever for our writing projects. We must also remain optimistic, saying no to the inner voices that tell us we can’t write and listening intently when we hear those voices telling us to push on.

Curious. You are curious if you enjoy asking questions of everyone to find out more. Curiosity is what it takes to get answers. There is always something else to be discovered about the topics we write about.

Courageous. There is no room for cowards in this profession. It takes a lot of nerve to ask people who are more accomplished writers than you to write for your book. It takes guts to send query letters to the best agent in the field.  

Thick-skinned. Everyone knows about the rejection and criticism, but it’s what we do with it that matters. Remember that people who edit and proofread are only doing their job and trying to help. Rejection is tough, especially when we think we have the perfect publisher for our book
and they aren’t interested. Always believe that everything happens for a reason and maintain that confidence and optimism we talked about earlier.  Don’t listen to the negative inner voices.

Patient. Writing can be a slow process.  It takes patience to do something constructive while waiting to hear from agents, publishers, and editors. Maybe we should try writing, rewriting, and editing some more, starting another project by reading and researching, or taking a
much-needed break while waiting. Let the creative juices flow while doing something else we enjoy.

Market Savvy. Whenever dealing with people, whether it is to learn more about what we are writing or to solicit our books, we must be friendly, tactful, and professional. There must also be a salesperson in us if we want to get our books published. This requires us to analyze data on
readers, agents, book sales, etc. and to develop a plan on how to present our work for publication.

Clear. Clarity should be a given for anyone who writes. If you are one who can get your point across when speaking, just do the same when you write. We can still be creative and express our ideas clearly. Just go for it and put honesty on the paper.

So there are my thoughts on the writing profession. While some of us may be better writers or organizers and others may be better marketers or researchers, being an author certainly takes more than a little writing talent. With this list of skills we can all be on our way to greater

Dotsie Bregel is writing her first anthology to give baby boomer women a voice. She is passionate about women connecting through the telling and reading of their stories and believes that love and connections heal people. If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you are invited to write. To learn more about her project, please visit her web site at

You Could be in Zane’s Next Anthology!

Attn: Writers

Whether you’re a published author looking to earn name recognition or a newbie writer looking to break into the publishing world, here’s a great opportunity to be in the next Eroticanoir.com Anthology.

-Joy Farrington, The Book Club Expert

CHOCOLATE FLAVA 3: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology Edited by Zane
Zane is seeking submissions for Chocolate Flava 3: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology to be published by ATRIA/Simon and Schuster. Stories must prominently feature African-Americans in one or more of the key roles. Stories should be between 2,500-3,500 in length (no longer). Stories must not just be strictly sex-filled but must actually have a storyline and character development. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2011. Please allow 4-5 months for a response to your submissions as the submissions process will be very competitive.

Contributors will be paid a one-time fee of $300 and receive 5 complimentary copies of the finished book. Emailed submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be double-spaced with 1″ margins and in 12-pt. Times New Roman font or will not be considered. Poorly edited submissions will automatically be rejected. This is a great opportunity for those seeking exposure for their writing. Succulent: Chocolate Flava 2 spent six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List; something unheard of for an anthology in any genre.

Please send your submissions to: Strebor Books/Simon and Schuster, ATTN: Chocolate Flava 2, PO Box 6505, Largo, MD 20792.

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: http://spiceupyourbookclub.eventbrite.com/

“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



Celebrating Mother’s Day: Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice

We wrap up our Mother’s Day Celebration with the mother of all mother-dauther relationships book. Thank you for following us this week,

-Joy Farrington, The Book Club Expert

In Brice’s accomplished debut, African-American Shay Dixon, a burnt-out grad student, has a visitation/fantasy/fever dream featuring Nina Simone, the high priestess of soul, who counsels Shay to go home. To do that, she must face Nona, the drunken failure of a mother she’s not spoken to in seven years and blames for a harrowing childhood that left her emotionally scarred. Still, she takes Nina’s advice, heads home to Denver and discovers that Nona’s now an A.A. member with a good job, a lovely home and an adorable three-year-old girl, Sunny, Shay’s half-sister. Their reconciliation is complicated by Shay’s stubborn anger, Nona’s A.A. sponsorship of a troubled young woman and Shay’s sexual awakening. Brice’s straightforward prose is dead-on in describing the challenges Shay and her mother face as they reconnect.
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Celebrating Mother’s Day: Coroporate Mom Dropout by Lucinda Cross

NLN has another great book pick for mom looking to fire their boss.

Today’s Pick: Corporate Mom Dropout by Lucinda Cross

Corporate Mom Dropouts is designed for any Mom who wants to work from home and raise their children, any Mom who wants to have the time and money to contribute to the support, of their children’s future and create a legacy. Those of you who like to read books that empower you to think and take action will enjoy these uncensored, true stories of other highly operating moms in business; plus personal advice from highly successful Corporate Mom Dropouts like Fabienne Fredrickson, Nancy Marmolejo, Mary E. Banks, Sophfronia Scott and more.