And the Winner Is…Wheatley Awards Recap

Ladies and gentleman it has been a wild weekend for me that started with the Phillis Wheatley award ceremony on Friday. 

For those of you who regularly follow The Neophyte Author, you know that I was nominated for a 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award for First Fiction for my debut novel Born at Dawn. In June I became one of three finalists and I am pleased to announce that my God is faithful and as His word says He has blessed the work of my hands. Born at Dawn took home the 2015 Wheatley Award for First Fiction. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! 

There are not enough words to describe the level of emotions that washed over me when Omar Tyree (yes, the Omar Tyree, author of Flyy Girl) called my name. It was a wonderful night and I have some pictures of the other winners and I would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners. 

Categories and Finalist (Winners in Bold)

YOUNG READERS

Granny’s Helper by Selma Jackson

Midnight and the Man Who Had No Tears by Tiffany Golden

Tate and His Historic Dream by Bernard C. Turner

YOUNG ADULT

Dear Diary, The Bullying Won’t Stop by Delicia B. Davis

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

FIRST NON-FICTION

Daffodil: A Mother’s Journey by Demetria Hayes

No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Regina Anderson, Harlem Renaissance Librarian by Ethelene Whitmire

NONFICTION

A Light Shines in Harlem: New York’s First Charter School by Mary C. Bounds

Breaking Grounds: My Life in Medicine by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan

Businessman First, Remembering Henry G. Parks, Jr… by Maurice W. Dorsey

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POETRY

Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the Life of Anna Murray Douglass by M. Nzadi Keita

City of Eternal Spring by Afaa Micheal Weaver

Tears for My Ancestors by Malik Canty

FIRST FICTION

Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet by Jeffrey A. Faulkerson (Check him out, please :)) 

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Shifting Allegiances: A Nigerian’s Story of Nigeria, America & Culture by Amaka Lily

FICTION

Every Day is for the Theif by Teju Cole

Glorious Sunset by Ava Bleu

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique

BIG, BIG, BOOK NEWS!!

This is late breaking news and I would have gotten this to you sooner, but it’s been crazy since I came home. The news I have to share with you is so awesome that a regular ol’ blog post just wouldn’t do. 

Join Me at the Black Book Festival, April 19, 2015

The Neophyte Author is taking it to the streets. If you’re in the New York City Area please be sure to join me at the Black Book Festival hosted by the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Come and purchase a copy of Born at Dawn.

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 2pm-6pm

Where: Medgar Evers College, The Academic Complex Science Building, Main Dining Hall 2nd Floor

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Things to Make You Go Hmmm….

This post is solely for those who have read Born at Dawn. If you haven’t then you better read it so that you share your two cents or at least be prepared for the May discussion of the book. I encountered this post today on Facebook courtesy of Micheal Baisden Live and I could not help but think of Cynthia and Cheo. 

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Now, I have a question for you: is this why Cynthia was so intrigued with Cheo or was she genuinely in love with the brother? What do you think? 

If you want to weigh in one the discussion one-click today! 

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Born at Dawn Launch Party Recap

I’m a wee bit late in sharing (I’m sorry), but I went from Launch Party Mode to traveling to the National Black Book Festival (recap coming soon).

Listen, God showed up and showed out. Everyone who said they’d make didn’t, but everyone who did make it supported Born at Dawn 100%. A midst traffic delays in the sprawling city everything came together, praise the good Lord! Check out some photos and video from the event below.

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We also had some scenes from the book acted out. Here’s one clip:

 

Did you enjoy this clip? If you’ve read Born at Dawn please let me know what you think of Esdras’ portrayl of Marvin? If you haven’t read Born at Dawn please get your copy today.

 

Born at Dawn #Book #Brunch and #Launch #Party

It’s almost time for the release of my debut novel and of course that means it’s almost time to TURN UP and celebrate. The Neophyte Author, Nigeria Lockley would like to extend an invitation to the Born at Dawn Book Brunch and Launch Party.

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At the party you’ll have the opportunity to:

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For tickets to the live party at Pearl Studios click here: Born at Dawn Book Brunch and Launch Party 

For tickets to the virtual party on Facebook click here: Born at Dawn Virtual Book Launch Party

Sponsors Include:

Tyora Moody

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Colette Harrell

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Unoma Nwankwor

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Please be sure to check out and support the work of these wonderful Christian authors and I can’t wait to see at the party on, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

I’m Going on Tour: Born at Dawn Virtual Blog Tour 8/25-9/5

 

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From 8/25-9/5 I’ll be visiting numerous blogs to introduce myself to readers. Please join me as I travel to read special notes, excerpts and find out fun facts about me. 

Tour Schedule

8/25 A Book Lover’s Retreat

8/25 Inspired Books Guide

8/27 Michelle’s Book Stop

8/28 Faith Simone: All Things Written to Inspire and Encourage

9/1 Memaws Stuff

9/2 Fiction Zeal.com

9/3 Diva’s Literary World 6pm

9/4 Writer M. C. Walker 

Be sure to visit these sites and leave your questions and comments over the next two weeks. 

Born at Dawn Soundtrack: Cynthia’s Anthem “Pause” by Lisa McClendon

While tuning in to my Christian Fiction shero, Michelle Stimpson conduct an interview tonight I heard the song “Pause” by Lisa McClendon and it was like a double scoop of blessings. After having Michelle not only minister to my personal life and minister to my professional career as an author I then heard a song that not only captures the frustration that many women feel, but gives Cynthia, the protagonist of Born at Dawn a voice. I shared this song with a friend on Facebook and she said “Pause” will be on the Born at Dawn soundtrack “when it is optioned for a movie” or the stage play should I chose to do that. Music is one of the minor characters in the novel and I can’t wait to share other songs with you, but for now please enjoy Cynthia’s anthem, “Pause” by Lisa McClendon and don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Born at Dawn 

 

Chat with the Neophyte Author

DSCN0144This week I’ll be doing a few interviews. Have a question for me about writing, Born at Dawn, faith, or anything else tune in and/ call in to chat with the Neophyte Author.

 

Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 5 PM EST/4 PM CST:  The Author Chat Show with Lynda D. Brown Call In: (424) 675-8262

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12 PM EST/ 11 AM CST:   Divas Literary World Call In: (914)  338-1494

 

Please LIKE, SHARE, and TUNE IN!

 

I Need You (Help Me Win Book Cover Contest)

Hello friends, family, and supporters!

I need your help! It only takes a second. One-click. No Fee. No Time. No Hassle.

I have just entered my book into UBAWA’S Best Book Cover Contest. Please help me take home the prize by “liking” my book cover after clicking on the following link:

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