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Friday, March 17, 2017

Don't Rock Fear


Thanks for following the Don’t ROCK Fear Blog Tour.

Welcome to day five of the tour. I would like to thank Rose for letting me share with you today.

Today’s Promotion Fear - I’m Promoting Too Much
I hear this a lot from authors, they think they are promoting too much.  I ask them what makes you think you are promoting too much?  Most times they don’t have a response.  I ask has anyone complained to them about over promoting.  The answer is always no.

Yes there are times when you are promoting too much.  For instance if every post you share on social media is about buy my book, you might be promoting too much.

Experts say you should be promoting 80% and writing 20%.  Most writers are promoting 20% and writing 80% and not getting the results they want.
I recommend 40% promoting and 60% writing.  If you schedule 30% and use 10% for engagement, you can enjoy your 60% for writing.

You have to find a balance that works for you and that you see the results you want from your promotion.

I tell my clients until someone says they are tired of seeing your promotions, keep on promoting.  The more people see your promotions, the more they recognize you and your books.  One day they will click buy and become a loyal reader.

That’s what promotion is about trying to convert the person seeing your promotion into a new reader.

Now you don’t have to ROCK this fear anymore.  Figure out your promotion/writing balance and promote as much as you want.

I would like to invite you to register for the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset 7 Day challenge and kick fear in the butt.

This challenge is for writers, business owners and anyone who is dealing with fear.  Don’t let fear ROCK You.

You are also welcome to join the See Ya On The Promotion Training Group, where we teach you how to be a social butterfly.

Are you dealing with promotion fears?  Leave one of your fears in the comments for a chance to win registration to the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset 7 Day challenge.

LaShaunda C. Hoffman took her love for books and turned it into an award winning online magazine, Shades of Romance Magazine.  Her mission in life is to introduce as many books as she can to readers. She’s happily married mother of three who believes in dreams and working hard to achieve them.  She has a promotion strategy program – Virtual Tea With LaShaunda where writers and business owners learn how to create promotion strategies for their online promotions.

In 2015 she published her first book, Building Online Relationships – One Reader At A Time. A book to help writers stay consistent with their promotion by building relationships with their readers.
Catch her online: SORMAG -, See Ya On The Net, her personal site - , Facebook or Twitter – sormag, Instagram – lashaundahoffman

Don’t ROCK Fear Blog Stops
Learn more about Promotion Fears on the blog tour. 

The person who visits all the stops and leave a comments will be entered for a chance to win registration for the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset  7 Day Challenge

March 20. Nothing But Books -
March 21 -  The Literary Entrepreneur -
March 22 – Tracee Garner-
March 23 - Sylvia Hubbard -
March 24 - Rose Jackson-Beavers -
March 28  – SORMAG’s Blog –
March 29 – Michelle Stephens -
March 30 - Read You Later -
March 31 – Patricia Saunders –

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Debate 2016-Trump and Hillary

After watching the debates last night, I couldn't imagine a minority person voting for Trump, although I know many will do so.  For those individuals who have daughters and sons, you would have to be clean out of your mind to vote for a candidate who told you he was going to implement Stop and Frisk in your communities because you black people are living so poorly and commit so many crimes.

This election is bigger than any I have lived to talk about, because whoever is selected will have the honor of naming supreme court judges who will serve a lifetime.  Evidently, if Trump wins, the judges he nominates will have on invisible hoods.  This election is not a joke.  Trump doesn't like people who don't fit his mold of wealthy and white.  You can vote for him if you like, but when he turns his back on the low and middle-income white folks that loves him for hating us, they too will feel the wrath.

But for us, those who will fare well under any president, we must stand for those who will suffer.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I Feared for My LIfe

"I feared for my life," is the tired phrase some of these rogue and out of control racist cops use to justify killing black boys and men.  In Chicago, a young guy was shot down over a year ago because he was carrying a three-inch knife.  A police car pulled up in within 6 seconds of the officer stepping out of his cruiser; he shot the teenager sixteen times.  Two of those bullets in his back.  Tomorrow the video is being released as the result of a reporter.

The boys parents received 5 million dollars although the state/police department admitted no wrong.  The parents didn't want the video released.  Chicago is already in dire trouble with crime and murders and releasing this graphic video of a white man clearly murdering a teen will probably cause riots.  If they had not planned to release the video, the cop would still be out of jail and not charged with a crime.  But because it will be released, he was arrested with no bail today.  I'm so tired of our men being shot down like animals.  Rioting and burning down cities haven't stopped one thing.  We must figure out how to stop this mess.  I recommend:

  • Training officers how to de-escalate the situation.
  • Training officers to handle people with mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Arrest the officer for murder if his cameras are not on.
  • If an officer, does not have his camera on, fine him a large fine.
  • If he shoots an unarmed person, make him reimburse the city, and pay the hospital bill of the person he harmed without cause.

Nothing is going to change these racist cops from thinking they can continue to get away with murder, but hitting them in the pockets and taking their badges.

I realize these strategies are not enough, but we have to start somewhere.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Barbara Joe Williams, Author

Tell us about yourself?
I'm an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and a motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, FL. I opened Amani Publishing, LLC, in November 2004 to publish my first novel titled, Forgive Us This Day. I'm also the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since 2008.
How long have you been writing? I started writing my first novel in November 2003. Before then, I just wrote poetry and educational newsletters.
What drove you to pick up that pen for the first time? I was on a break and wanted to read a romance novel about a married AA couple that was going through some struggles. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the story that I wanted and decided to write it.
Talk about your books. What is the latest one about? I have published over twenty fiction and nonfiction titles. All all my fictional novels are romance stories and the nonfiction books are self-help and reference manuals for writers and aspiring authors. My latest book is nonfiction titled, A-Z Basic Editing Tips, which I co-wrote with Felicia S.W.Thomas.
Outside of writing, what else are you doing? Outside of writing and publishing for myself and a few other selected authors, I'm a mother and a wife. So my life is quite busy from day-to-day.
Tell us a little about your next book? My next book is coming on Friday, May 22 (which also happens to be my 54th birthday). It's a short love story titled, Love Never Felt So Good! Mack Burney believes that his younger wife, Natalie, is cheating on him with a younger man, but what is she really up to?
What are you reading now? Who are your favorite authors? Right now, I'm in-between books. But the last book that I read was a romance novelette titled, Love's Culture 3, by Angelia Vernon Menchan. Some of my favorite authors are: Terry McMillan, Adrienne Thompson, and Kimberla Lawson Roby just to name a few. 
How can readers get in contact with you?  Do you have a website? Readers can reach me via email at: or join my website at:
What is the one thing you would like all of your readers to know about you? I would like all of my readers to know that I appreciate them very much. I don't take it for granted that they are going to buy or review my books, but I sincerely appreciate it when that happens. I'm a sociable person, so they should feel comfortable contacting me on social media and getting to know me on a personal level.

If you could tell one thing to every aspiring writer what would it be? I tell aspiring authors all the time to remember this one thing: writing is a hobby, but publishing is a business. If you want to become a successful author, you need to learn the publishing business.

Love Never Felt So Good!
Mack and Natalie Burney have been married for seven years. Mack suspects that Natalie is cheating on him with a younger man, who happens to be her boss. When Mack hires a friend to go undercover, what will he discover about Natalie and himself?

Barbara Joe Williams is an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008.
She has published books for over forty authors and the following for herself:  
A-Z Basic Editing Tips (2015), A-Z Writing Tips (2015), Holiday Hotel 2: A Valentine’s Day Story (2015), A-Z Marketing Tips (2015), A Cup of Barbara Joe (2015), Holiday Hotel: A sexy short story (2014)Forgive Us This Day (Anniversary Edition, 2014)First Class Love (2014); You Don’t Even Know My Name (2014)A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing (Volume 2, 2013); Double Proposal (2013); Losing My Soul (2013); The 21 Lives of Lisette Donavan (Anthology, 2012)A Man of My Own (2012), A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing (2010), Moving the Furniture: 52 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Fresh (2009), Courtney’s Collage (with Sherille Fisher, 2007), How I Met My Sweetheart (Anthology, 2007), Falling for Lies (2006), Dancing with Temptation (2005)and Forgive Us This Day (2004).
Her novel, Forgive Us This Day (Anniversary Edition), was recently reviewed in USA Today by Michelle Monkou. It was a recommended “must-read” romance.
All of her books are available on Kindle and Nook.

Twitter:  @Barbarajoe22

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Friday, June 26, 2015

On June 7th, 2015, Prioritybooks Publications and New Jerusalem Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted a Christian Literary Brunch in East St. Louis, Illinois.  The featured author and speaker was Pat Simmons, a national best-selling and award-winning author from Florissant, MO.  

We had a great time as Pat discussed her journey in writing, gave valuable information to aspiring writers and a testimony about this journey.  The late lunch was great, the people were happy and Pat sold her books.  There were about 40 people there.  The PathFinders, a Christian Stepping youth group performed.  We enjoyed Pat and her husband. It was a nice evening.

We are looking forward to repeating this brunch next year and presenting other literary activities.  Literacy and being a good reader is so important to our community, and our goal is to encourage more people to read and support authors.

Pat's Books

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Meet Author Chizellé T. Archie

His Grace, His Blood, His Mercy! 

 by Chizellé T. Archie 


About the Book

Victoria Diamond Bouviér is back!
Now living in Atlanta, Georgia, as CEO of Diamond Investments, wife to husband, Marcel, and mother; this time she gets way more than she bargains for. Life for Victoria has become a never-ending cycle, and on top of it all she has the arduous task of being the mother to Gabrielle Grace Cartiér, a thirteen-year-old trapped in the body of a twenty-one-year-old, who just happens to be a child prodigy! Can you say thermodynamics by age 5? OMG...

In this modern day epic, Gabrielle deals with the daily woes of teenage-hood, but like most girls her age, her mind isn't all focused on the books. Hers is set on other things like being the flyest girl at Benetton Prep Academy, along with getting her one true love, Andrew Harrison, 23-year old owner of Club Etcetera. 

When Gabrielle gets a Facebook "friend request" from Rishard "Big Pimpin'" McCants, her life takes a new direction. Following the "Rule Book" her best friend, Quinn, authors, Gabrielle grows up faster than she can imagine. Once she discovers love, sex, drugs, and money doesn't equal to three, she suddenly has help remembering what does, but is it too late?

As Victoria tries to balance life, love, and health, she once again gets caught in a web of past treachery and deceit. It's said, what's done in the dark, comes to light, so be careful who you sleep with. Generational curses can be lethal! With her ride or die bestie, Lucy, by her side, will Victoria learn that even in motherhood with God anything is possible? IJS...

About the Author

Chizellé T. Archie hails from Atlanta, Georgia by way of the sunny Gulf Coast of Mobile, Alabama. She is a Registered Nurse for the Infectious Disease Program with Grady Health Systems.

Several years ago, after noticing the alarming statistics of the HIV rate of African American women, Chizellé became fed up with the way her African American brothers and sisters (young alike), were beginning to settle for any and everything, in that having safe sex was not an option anymore. Lastly, what disturbed her most was there are so many people sitting in the church pews each Sunday masking their hurt, because of the stigma associated with this epidemic, and yet the one place they feel most comfortable is the one place that leaves them feeling so alone.

In 2010, Chizellé landed on the literary scene with authority, and it was with great fortitude that she penned her debut novel, The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Diamond, in which her life experiences have allowed her to grab hold and take nothing less, realizing she is a Diamond! She continues the story in the sequel, His Grace, His Blood, His Mercy!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oven Baked Secrets by Tyora Moody

There are some authors who just pull me in with their colorful words and interesting storylines.  It is normally hard for me to get into mystery books but when I read the first Tyora Moody book, I was hooked.  Her book, Oven Baked Secrets is about Eugeena Patterson, a retired school teacher who with her friend Louise Hopkins were like the neighborhood watch team.  Whatever happened in their little corner called Sugar Creek did not easily get past them.  Unfortunately, Louise son decided to put her in a nursing home, and that doesn't sit well with Eugeena.

 There is a lot of drama in Sugar Creek, people disappearing, a blossoming romance, an unknown visitor, and a murder. In addition, Eugeena haven't been allowed to visit her dear friend.  There is no way Eugeena is going to ignore what's happening, plus she misses her friend.  When your friend is down, who's the best person to find out what is going on? In this case, it's the nosey neighborhood watch keeper Eugeena Patterson.

I enjoyed this story and found the book hard to put down. Tyora Moody has written a witty and interesting read.  You'll be intrigued with Eugeena and the host of characters who are working to solve this mystery.  I enjoyed reading Oven Baked Secrets, the second book in the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Buy the book, Oven Baked Secrets

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