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Upcoming Book Club Event featuring Tionna Smalls- Author and Relationship Expert on VH1’s What Chilli Wants

Virtual Book Club Meeting™ with Special Guest, Tionna Smalls- Author and Relationship Expert on VH1’s What Chili Wants

Hosted by: Joy Farrington, the Book Club Expert

Guest Author: Tionna Tee Smalls

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 26th @8- 8:30pm ET

Location: Via Telephone and our Online ChatRoom

RSVP: To register for the call, visit http://ht.ly/3GVTW

Our next Virtual Book Club Meeting™ will feature Tionna Smalls’s and her new book Girl Get Your Mind Right!  Tionna is the scene stealing relationship expert on the VH1 hit series What Chilli Wants- currently in its second season.  During the call, Tionna will be giving away free copies of her new book, Girl Get Your Mind Right!

During the meeting we will:

  • Hold a book club discussion on Girl Get Your Mind Right! and why it should be your next Book of the Month
  • Share book club games and tips
  • Listeners will get to ask Tionna relationship advice
  • Giving away free copies of Girl Get Your Mind Right! by Tionna Smalls

There’s Two Ways to Join the Call on Jan 26th…

1. Enter the call as a “guest” by dialing 1 (530) 216-4363 and enter the pin number: 676924 when prompted.


2. Register and receive your own personalize pin and call-in number, email reminders, a link to the recording of the call and a chance to win a copy of Girl Get Your Mind Right!

Registration for the Virtual Book Club Meeting™ is Easy

  1. Visit http://ht.ly/3GVTW
  2. Enter your name and email address. You will then receive your own personalized pin for the call. 
  3. Call the number provided in your confirmation email at 8pm ET during the night of the call and enter your pin number.
  4. A reminder email will be sent to you prior to the call.

Please note: A pin number is necessary in order to access the call. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the call in number  and also a link to our online chat room where you can chat online with other listeners during the call.

About the Book

After losing herself too many times to the wrong man—after watching too many friends suffer from the lies and games of “mind wrecking” males—Tionna Tee Smalls started the “Girl, Get Your Mind Right” movement. Her goal is to help every woman find the right man—no more settling and no more nights alone. Tionna says it’s time for you to stop blaming yourselves for your toxic love lives and take a deep, hard look at why you’re attracting the wrong men in the first place.

Gathering together all the good advice that made her a star on VH1’s What Chilli Wants, Tionna Tee Smalls sugar-coats nothing, pulls no punches, and tells women how it really is. Girl, Get Your Mind Right will show you the correct ways to deal with every man who worms his way into your heart—from the broke cheater all the way up to Mr. Right.

About the Author

Tionna Smalls calls herself a relationship expert today, but it did not come easily. After ending a six-year relationship, Tionna began her career by re-evaluating her past mistakes and triumphs. She used the closure that came with her relationship as inspiration in writing the book titled, “Girl, Get Your Mind Right!” It was from here that her career unexpectedly took an upward turn.

Tionna began simply with a letter written in the third person to the editors of Gawker.com, a popular New York City-based blog, in hopes of them promoting her book. After a few postings, a letter from one of the editors asking for advice changed her relationship with the site from fan to columnist.

Her column, Ask Tionna received over 20,000 unique views daily during its run on Gawker.com With her tell-it-like-it-is attitude, and catchphrases such as “catbag,” Ask Tionna became one of the sites most visited sections, receiving over 100 comments a day. Reaching Internet celebrity status, Tionna’s book saw a rapid increase in sales and her blog maintained a steady fan base of daily viewers. Tionna then went on to pursue developmental opportunities with television networks, host her own Internet Radio Show “Talk Dat Ish” on BlogTalkRadio and was quoted in various publications including The New York Post. Her pursuit also led to freelance writing opportunities with other websites such as Global Grind and Radar Magazine Online.

In April of 2009, VH1 approached Tionna with an opportunity to turn years of hard work and past heartache into a position as relationship expert to Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. In Chilli’s new series, “What Chilli Wants,” Tionna will guide Chilli on her journey to find true love in her life post-girl band TLC. With Tionna’s no-nonsense attitude and experience giving relationship advice to tens of thousands, she is sure to help Chilli find a man. The series premieres on VH1 Sunday, April 11 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Tionna is also venturing into producing and creating reality show series, opening an accessories boutique, and will continue to  serve as an advocate for at-risk youth.

Book Giveaway Alert: Necessary Measures by Linda Y. Watson

Attention Book Clubs:

Looking for your next book of the month?

Well here’s an opportunity to have an one-on-one with author, Linda Y. Watson who not only will be discussing her book but will also be giving away free copies of Necessary Measures to 4 lucky listeners. What better way to test drive a BOTM for your club then a free book and a discussion with the author!

To enter, all you have to do is join us on Tuesday, November 30th @ 8:30pm ET. To get the exclusive call in number and your personalized pin, click here.

And congratulations to Jocelyn L., who won a copy of Michelle’s Stimpson’s Last Temptation during our latest book giveaway contest. You could be next! 🙂

-Joy Farrington, “The Book Club Expert”

Virtual Book Club Meeting and Book Giveaway

Date: Tues Nov 30th, 2010

Time: 8:30pm-9:00pm ET

Location: Your Home

Book to Be Discussed: Necessary Measures by Linda Y. Watson

Book Giveaway Rule: All participants must register and attend the call in order to be eligible for the book giveaway. Books will be given away during the call.

To register: Registration is simple. Once you visit http://ht.ly/3gtHX  simply enter your name and email address and you will receive the call-in number and your personalized pin number.

Karyn Johnson barely survived a life of domestic violence and prostitution until her girlfriends put a plan together to give her the ultimate freedom.   Now eleven years later, she’s married to a wonderful man, has a wonderful life and suddenly one of her friends demands that she returns that deadly favor or else.
Sherry Lakeside has always struck out in the man department and her current affair with one of her best friends husband is no exception. The moment her lover threatens to expose their secret, her life takes a downward spiral into hell of which there is almost no return.
Yvette Glover believes that with a successful career and doing anything and everything to finally land the man of her dreams, the world and everyone else revolves around her.  When her husband learns of her deception, he threatens to leave her penniless and shes forced to come up with a plan that will keep her in the lifestyle she deserves-even if he has to die for it to happen.
Veronica Smith, has always kept her love life a secret, and has in turn, sacrificed her happiness by putting everyone else first.  Now fate has decided to be kind and she finally lands the perfect mate, but fate adds a dark twist that will test her love for her friends and threaten to destroy everything shes worked so hard to build.
In Necessary Measures, the bonds of love, friendship and sisterhood are tested beyond
a reasonable doubt.

Author’s Website: http://lindaywatson.com  

Borders Joins the E-Pub Rat Race by Joy Farrington

On Thursday, November 4th, Borders officially threw their hat in the E-Book Publishing game.  Powered by BookBrewer, Borders Get Published ( http://borders.bookbrewer.com) is yet another example of online book retailers adapting to the times and expanding their services to help bring in more revenue. Most recently Barnes and Noble launched Pubit!  (http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com) and Amazon’s Create Space (http://createspace.com) has been around along enough to no longer be considered the newbie on the block.  

Each format is centered around an easy 1-2-3 step process and emphasizes how easy it is to turn any file into an e-book. Authors are first required to create an account and are then asked to download their file, attached a copy of their e-book cover, include a book description, and add an ISBN number (ISBNs are not a requirement) Authors can set their own price for their e-book and once the process is completed, the normal turnaround time for an e-book to become available online is between 24-48 hours.

Below is the notification sent by Borders Get Published. 

“We’re excited to tell you that Borders Get Published is now live! Click here to register for an account that lets you create a FREE sample eBook with your own content:


As an early adopter, you can also look forward to exclusive discounts which we will send directly to members of this newsletter.

What is Borders Get Published?
Borders Get Published lets you quickly turn word documents, PDFs, or even content from your blog into an eBook. You don’t need to be tech-savvy with our easy drag and drop tools. Just write or copy and paste, click a button and congratulations — you’re published!

If you’re an aspiring author, you can get your eBook published on Borders.com and other major eBook retailers for as low as $89.99. Let us submit you book to retailers for you so you can spend more time on your content. Participating retailers include Borders.com, KoboBooks.com and Amazon.com, with more to come.

Don’t want to give up royalties? For a flat $199.99 fee, we’ll send you a full ePub file that you can submit to retailers yourself, sell from your own website or send directly to family and friends.”

About the Blogger:

Joy Farrington

Joy Farrington is CEO of Lit Diva, Inc. (http://litdiva.com) a non-profit organization that supports, promotes, and empowers African-American book clubs and authors. In 2010, Joy Farrington published A Literary Diva’s Guide to Hosting a Fab Book Club Meeting which is being hailed as the blueprint for book clubs.  She is the host of Between the Sheets, a weekly teleconference which features top name African-American authors and give readers the opportunity to ask them a variety of questions.  Her most noted interview to date was with acclaimed author, poet and activist, Nikki Giovanni.

Currently, Joy Farrington is working on several local workshops and teleseminars to help guide book clubs in hosting meetings, literary events, inviting authors to their meeting and how to turn your book club into a business. She lives in Miami, Fl.

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



2010 National Black Book Club Conference: From an Author POV by Joy Farrington

Joy Farrington and the W.O.W Book Club

Last weekend (July 30-Aug 1st), I attended the 8th Annual National Black Book Club Conference for the very first time. An event, I should mention, that is circled months in advance on many book club presidents’ calendar. The NBCC is organized by author, Curtis Bunn and was created as a means for book clubs to connect with each other and meet with their favorite AA authors at the same time. 

Although I am president of Nubian Sistas Book Club, and knew about the event for years, I’ve never attended the NBCC before. But since I had a book published earlier this year which just so happened to be written for book clubs, I thought this would be the perfect venue to showcase my baby. 

So in early February, I emailed Curtis and asked him if he had any vending space available. He replied back with a “no, but I’ll see what I can do.” Within an hour, Curtis e-mailed me back letting me know he had a table for me and I was elated. So I purchased the table on the spot and started to make plans for my trip.
Fast Forward to Months Later….
I arrived at the event on Saturday, a day late due to my schedule and flight delay (SIDE NOTE: Spirit Air is a hot mess). Although I was tired, I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta excited to meet so many book clubbers. So after navigating around the hotel, I found the registration desk and proudly announced to the volunteer that I was a registering author.
“You’re name?”

“Joy Farrington.”

Curtis, who was also sitting behind the table, replied “Joy? We were expected you yesterday. I thought you weren’t coming so I gave your table to another author.”
Now for you authors out there you can just imagine the combination of dread mixed in with a hint of “oh hell naw” that I experience at that very moment. But being the Lit Diva that I am, I remained calmed (or at least what I hope was the appearance of calm) and proceeded to followed Curtis as he soon requested.

Me with Troy Johndon of AALBC and a book clubber

We walked toward the back of the conference area where there was a room set up to be filled with other authors pushing their wares. He scanned the room and noticing there was no place to squeeze in a table for me, said he would return and walked off to who-knows-where. So I stayed behind and waited but tired as all hell, I sat down in someone’s empty chair, not really caring who it belong to at that moment. Across from me sat Tina Brook-McKinney, an author I knew by name but never met before. We began chatting about the NBCC and other author gossip while I waited for Curtis to return. A few minutes later he came back and told me he found something for me. Now I was imagining being place in a corner off in the wayside where I would need carriers pigeons to relay messages to and from the other authors. But lo and behold, Curtis hooked me up with some prime real estate near the front entrance where the majority of the breakout sessions were being held.


So I began setting up shop and barely starting placing up my signage when I heard something that every new author dreams about hearing “Oh I was looking for you yesterday… I wanted to purchase your book.” (SIDE NOTE: Shouts out to Tracy B. – you really made my day when you said that.) So with a big grin I sold my first copy within minutes of setting up my display and I didn’t stop selling till around 4pm when things started to die down.

As the day progress, I met and reconnected with some really great people including Troy Johnson from AALBC, Travis Hunter, Reshonda Tate Billingsley, J. Thurman, Tee C. Royal from RAW Sistaz, TaNisha Webb of KC Girlfriends Book Club and the list goes on and on and on…

That evening was the Red Carpet author affair followed by the banquet dinner. I heard it was really nice and everyone enjoyed themselves. I can’t speak any further about this however, because while everyone was mingling and having a great time, I was laid up in my hotel room pass out on my bed from complete exhaustion. Lying next to me was a really cute black and gold dress that I had attended to wear that evening. And although no one saw me in it, my dress was so cute, I wanted to mention it here.

Author, Curtis Bunn

The following day I had the pleasure of being part of  the book club panel  about “Maximizing your Book Club Experience” which was moderated by TaNisha Webb. This was followed by the “NBCC Wrap-Up” moderated by Curtis Bunn. It was during the wrap up that I really saw the love everyone had for each other in the room. And although at this point in the event, only some of us were still wearing our name tags, I noticed that Curtis seemed to know everyone by name regardless of the fact.

My experience at the NBCC was amazing. The book clubs there gave so much love to the authors and it’s such a pleasure to be among so many book lovers. For authors, I would recommend attending the NBCC since it’s a great place to meet and network with book clubs. Book clubs have been the grass root of many AA authors and without their support is would be very difficult to succeed in the book game.

The event was well-organized, especially when you considered the fact that Curtis wore the majority of the hats (SIDE NOTE: I’ve been to some literary events that put the F in WTF so believe me when I say it was well-organized) and the book clubs were getting a kick out of meeting their favorite authors who were in attendance by the drove.

I will definitely be attending the NBCC next year but this time, I’m bringing my book club with me. If I knew how much fun this event was I would have made plans for us to attend years ago.