She Speaks Saturday (The First One)

I’m talking to you this Saturday via video. She Speaks Saturday is a new feature I’d like to start. I’m just going to rap to you about a few things. I’ll also use this as a way to respond to your questions and comments. 

So start thinking about what you want to ask the Neophyte Author–we can talk about the books, Born at Dawn, Seasoned with Grace, Tempted to Touch, Children with God (not yet released), faith, publishing, writing, motherhood, and anything else that’s within the legal limits. 

Sit back and check out the first She Speaks Saturday. Share and drop your questions in the comments for the next She Speaks Saturday. 

 

Writer Wednesday: Events

Contrary to popular belief the internet isn’t the only way to sell books.

Live Events are another way to sell books and network. 

Sales

A live event can be hit or miss. I’ve attended events where I’ve sold lots of books at full price and I once attended an event where I only sold four books. 

Here’s the deal though–you may sell out you may not, but one sale can translate into life long sales. For example after attending the BWABC in Tennessee I released Tempted to Touch and someone for Tennessee contacted me directly to order the book. 

Networking

This is your opportunity to meet other authors. You can soldify relationships formed over the internet or you can just learn and grow through some real life interactions.

Those interactions can lead to collaborations and you can gain insight about what other authors are doing to promote their businesses, establish their brand, and sell some books. 

After attending the National Black Book Festival a year ago an author from the MidWest told me about in-home books signings. I asked a few friends if they would host and praise be to God at least one person said yes. It gave me the chance to connect with real readers. 

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Challenge

For 2016 The Neophyte Authors wants you to attend a couple events. If you’re strapped for cash stick to local events in your city or create your own. Call up a coffee shop or the library and ask them to host you. 

And you’re going to say, I don’t know about any events or it’s too late for me to book now. No way. Obviously, it might be hard to get into an event going on in January, but there are events in the middle of the year that are still accepting vendors or taking participants.

Check out these sites to get started:

AALBC.com

Writer’s Digest

Poets and Writers 

What’s your dream event that you’d like to attend? Do have questions about attending events or preparing for an event? Do know any events that authors must attend? 

To Keep Up with the Neophyte Author sign up for my newsletter because I’ll be on the go. I already have two events booked for January. 

 

 

 

#FinditFriday: Book Blast–Anchored by Love

I’m definitely biased about this Friday Find. Please check out my #soulsis Unoma Nwankwor’s newest release. When you support her you’re supporting me.

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Publisher: KevStel Group LLC (December 4, 2015)

Author: Unoma Nwankwor

Publication Date: December 4, 2015

ASIN: B0175FT2EC

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About The Book

When Jabir Danjuma met Damisi Odinga years ago, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. However, their attraction can’t be denied. Just as he begins to feel the forbidden emotion, Damisi breaks up with him and moves half way across the world.

Now, Damisi has a request that only Jabir could fulfill. Their encounter sets off a series of events that leave them both with fresh pain and hurt. They vow never to see each other again, but fate has a different idea. Will they stick it out long enough for the Potter to perfect their scars and pain for His purpose or will distance and time steal the day.

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About The Author

Unoma Nwankwor is a romantic at heart. Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. She spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She is the COO of KevStel Group LLC, a faith based Entertainment Company aimed at providing uplifting and life changing entertainment through its movies and books.

Unoma is also the published author of An Unexpected Blessing (2013) , The Christmas Ultimatum(2013), When You Let Go (May,2014), A Scoop of Love (Jan,2015) and Anchored By Love (Dec, 2015). She has numerous published flash fiction and short stories. Her work has appeared in Africa Book Club, USA Today HEA blog and the Kenyan Ezine ;Wamathai and well as numerous radio shows and blogs. She is currently working on her next novel The Final Ultimatum.

Her readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture. Her stories which center on forgiveness, faith and hope have been described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice.

After all, “and now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~1 Corinthians 13:13

Unoma resides in Atlanta Georgia with her husband and two kids.

Excerpt

“So I guess you’re my knight in shining armor coming to rescue the damsel in distress…”

The tone of her voice was not lost on him. There was an edge in it he didn’t like.

She continued, “How many of us have there been over the years?”

“What?” He stared down at her.

She sat up straight and scooted away from him. She stared at him. “How many of us have there been? Six years…let’s see…yeah, I remember the three-month rule, so what is that, twenty-four?”

“You want to do this? Now?” His forehead creased in confusion. What had he said? How could she go from sweet one minute to this the next?

“We might as well. All this pretending we’re all good is making my stomach sick.”

He sighed. He wasn’t going to take the bait. Besides, she really didn’t want the answer. She just wanted to find a way to not let him into her heart.

“Answer me. How many?”

“No.”

“No?”

“N-O. No.”

Social Links:

Website: http://www.unomanwankwor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNwankworAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/unwankwor

Purchase Links:

Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B0175FT2EC

Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/anchored-by-love

 

Tour Hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours www.wnlbooktours.com

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A Lot Can Happen in 365 Days: Three Things I Learned After A Year in Publishing

Faith Simone was kind of enough to let me stop by her blog today! Check out some of the lessons I learned after only a year in publishing and the rest of the great content Faith has on All Things Written…to Encourage and Inspire.

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I’m happy to celebrate with my girl Nigeria as she launches the release of her third novel! Today, she’s stopping by to offer some inspiration to fellow writers and to share an excerpt from her latest book, Tempted to Touch. Enjoy!


Every writer has experienced a day or two (or a month) where all you do is look up at the sky, sigh, and ask the Lord, “When is this thing going to happen for me?”

If you get a publishing deal you start doing the happy dance only to find out that your release date is almost ten months to one year after the date you’ve submitted the book. So, you spend another month with a crick in your neck because you’re constantly looking up asking the same question.

I know this because a year ago this was me. I was anxiously waiting for the release of my…

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#FridayFinds: What You Won’t Do For Love

This #FridayFind comes from Keleigh Crigler Hadley. 

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Synopsis

Eden Price, an unlucky-in-love nurse finds herself in the midst of a heated love triangle. Globe-trotting missionary, Gabe Clark ignites her soul. Who doesn’t want a man with a connection to God? Hard-working, Nemo Gates speaks to her heart. His past has caused a rift between him and God and Eden wants to help him heal. She ultimately chooses the man that makes her passions come alive but did she make the right choice? Eden’s marriage is blissful and the newlyweds are happy, when her husband stuns her with a desperate plea; to prove her love for him in the most unthinkable way – to help him die with dignity. What would you do for the love of your life? “The freshest voice in Christian Fiction.” – Delores Garland, Ladies of Light Bookclub “Like an artist with a paintbrush, Keleigh is talented at creating stark visual images through words. Her unique wit and uses of metaphors promises to make What You Won’t Do For Love an enjoyable read.”- Michelle Lindo-Rice “A touching story with language that makes you want to savor every word. Keleigh’s work always makes you ask questions that don’t have easy answers—starting with this title alone!” – Michelle Stimpson Chapter 1 “A hard head makes a soft behind.” That was the second to the last thing, Edward Price said to his only child, Eden. “So make wise choices using your heart, soul and mind.” The last thing he said, as his lungs rattled and he struggled to breathe was, “Take care of people, especially your mother.” Back then, those were two difficult tasks to place on Eden’s fifteen year old shoulders, and eighteen years later, she was still struggling to comply. Now, Eden stood, dressed in her favorite green scrubs in front of the vending machine, next to the triage station at New Mercies Hospital and contemplated her father’s dying advice. She tapped her chipped fingernails against the glass. She had achieved part of her father’s dying wish – she had become a nurse and lived to help people. But she seemed to fail in the second part, since she was behind in her payments to the run-down convalescent home her mother was living in. As for the second to the last thing… Should she get the Kit Kat or the Mars Bar? Tough choice. They both would give her a softer, bigger, behind which she didn’t need. God had already given bountifully in that area. It’s the reason Eden wore a medium scrub top and a large scrub bottom. Her blessing and her curse. Eden sighed, blew a stray strand of curly auburn hair out of her face and slid a dollar into the machine. She keyed in E6 – the granola bar. Happy daddy? But before the proper choice could fall, the emergency room doors glided open with a hiss and a young woman stumbled in with a semi-conscious older woman. “Help me!” Before the young woman collapsed onto the yellow tile floor, she locked eyes with Eden and conveyed such a look of unknowable fear, Eden’s palms began to sweat. Eden’s body became a cauldron of tension. Her heart revved into overdrive, adrenaline flowed and her hunger forgotten as she scrambled to get a gurney. “The Pit is hopping tonight!” Another nurse exclaimed in response to the unusual number of critical cases, they had seen that night. My thanks to authors who have gone before and influenced me: Victoria Christopher Murray Reshonda Tate Billingsley Kimberla Lawson Roby Eric Jerome Dickey Terry McMillan Michelle Stimpson Rhonda McKnight Shana Johnson Burton Lacha Mitchell Cherlisa Starks Richardson Cassandra Durham Colette Harrell Leslie Sherrod Vivian Kay Pricilla C Johnson Nicole Scott-Tate Stacy Hawkins-Adams Keshia Dawn Ivy Simone Denora Boone Jenica Johnson Wanda B Campbell Jacqueline Thomas Pat Simmons Sherri Lewis Christian Fiction Interracial Romance BW/WM Mama’s Boy Stand Your Ground Ultimate Betrayal Mary Monroe Reverend Curtis Black T.D. Jakes Joel Osteen Mary B Morrison Lutisha Lovely Curtis Bunn Keysha Brown Girls Books Brown Girls Faith

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Eden’s heart felt betrayed. She had just said, “…for better or worse, in sickness or in health..” to the man lying in his hospital bed. She could not have imagined that sickness would have come so quickly into their blissful lives. How was this fair? He had worked so hard to win her heart. Now, as he writhed in pain, all she could do to repay him was stroke his hand. In a brief pain-free moment, he locked eyes with Eden, and whispered four heart-stopping words. “Eden, please kill me.”

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Why I write…Christian Fiction

Because I write from what is within me. I don’t set out to teach a message or a sermon. I set out to tell an entertaining story. Because the gospel is infused in my mind, soul, heart and spirit, it comes out in the stories I write.

Who is Keleigh Crigler Hadley?

Keleigh Crigler Hadley is an author, speaker, and teacher who is thankful God can use her messes for His glory.

She has always loved stories, and she believes the story of the Bible contains the biggest, the most redemptive dose of grace humankind has ever, and will ever, experience.

 20150705_135832-1   She is the  author of the Preacher’s Kids series, Revenge Inc., and coming Aug. 18th, What You Won’t Do for Love. She has also had the great fortune to contribute to the award-winning anthology, The Motherhood Diaries, and the best-selling Brown Girls anthology, The Dating Game.

    If she were to define herself in one sentence, she would say, “I’m a girl who loves to see God working.” Keleigh writes soul-stirring fiction, with real characters that stay with readers long after they have closed the book, (or turned the e-reader off.) The only thing she loves more than writing is reading, so contact her on social media and let her know what you’re reading!

Connect with Keleigh

FB-https://www.facebook.com/authorkeleigh?ref=bookmarks
Twitter : @khadley11

#WriterWednesday I Know It’s Only Monday

I’m trying to get my life together, as many you of you know the writer’s life will have you all over the place. 

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I’m currently planning my #WriterWednesday posts and I’d like to know what you want to know or have questions about. Of course, I might not have the answer, but I may know someone who does and as The Neophyte Author I know how important it is to receive a healthy blend of inspiration, motivation, and practical information. 

In the comments tell me what writing issues would like to see address for the remainder of August and  the month of September. 

New YA RELEASE: Kendall’s Secret by Nora Bellow

So, I’m not the only author with a book beng released today and I’m spreading the love. Please check out another new book in stores and on shelves today.

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Kendall’s Secret – A New YA Release by Nora Ballew

The town of Waterville, Pennsylvania is home to Kendall Ross and her friends, Justin, Hannah, Alex, Megan and Owen. Together, they are JOY, the first youth praise band their church has ever had. “Kendall’s Secret,” the first in The Praise Band Series, is available now on Amazon.com.

From the back cover:

Kendall’s world revolves around her family, the church youth band, and an endless stream of text messages with her friends… until a tragic accident claims her sister’s life and leaves Kendall carrying a painful secret. Her mother, her friends, even the police don’t know what really happened that fateful night on Crooked Hill Road.

Shattered by grief and tortured by her memories, Kendall knows if she tells the truth, she may never be forgiven. But if she doesn’t, someone else will face certain persecution. Will she ever find the courage to reveal how one choice, one word, changed everything?

From the author:

Everybody does it. That’s the battle cry of the teenager, and sometimes it is all too true. Kendall didn’t do anything that her friends and even her mom and other adults weren’t doing. That’s why Kendall didn’t seriously worry about texting while driving. It wasn’t really that big of deal, was it? Perhaps not. Until that last one, that last message that changed Kendall’s life forever and ended Hayley’s. Read her story for just 99 cents until July 31, 2015!

http://www.amazon.com/Kendalls-Secret-Praise-Band-Book-ebook/dp/B011SMMKX8

#LaunchParty: You’re Invited

If you’ve been following The Neophyte Author for awhile now then you know how much I like to party and celebrate each book. Now there was no way I could not throw a party for Seasoned with Grace even though I considered not doing it. However, once my sister convinced me to have a party the Lord allowed everything to come together. Two great things about this party is, one it’s going to be at Grace King’s favorite coffee shop in Seasoned with Grace and there will be a stylist on hand to give some personal styling tips to us all. There will also be plenty of games and gifts.

If you’re in the NYC area and want to celebrate with me you’re invited to attend the Seasoned with Grace Launch Party and Style Session, lead by the Visual Stylist Shanette Valle. We’ll also be collecting donations of gently used women’s office wear for the organization Dress for Success.  To get your tickets click the image:

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For all of supporters who are outside of the city stay tuned for details on the virtual launch party.

BLOG TOUR | Seasoned with Grace by Nigeria Lockley @NewNigeria

Grace and I have been blog hopping this week. Check out this post for an exclusive excerpt from Seasoned with Grace and some thoughts on dealing with anger.

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Today, I’m delighted to be a host on the Seasoned with Grace Blog Tour for Christian Fiction author, Nigeria Lockley.

Are you ready for a dose of Grace? She’s a beauty and the beast, which one will prevail in her life?

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Sentenced to probation, thirty-year-old, supermodel Grace King must put her plans of transitioning into acting to extend the longevity of her career on hold. Desperate to keep a close eye on Grace and his job Grace’s ambitious lawyer, Ethan Summerville has her complete community service in the last place Grace wants to be. His church.

Instead of God, Grace finds a “chocolate drop” of a man—Brother Horace Green. However, Horace isn’t looking for a supermodel. He wants his woman saved and sanctified, but Grace has never met a man who has been able to resist her. Will Horace compromise his faith for a taste of…

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