Friday, August 21, 2009

Meet the author, J.Love

RL meets J. Love, author of the novel, “Heavy in the Game.”

Bio: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I was voted most likely to succeed while in the 9th grade when I attended Audubon Jr. High school. By the time I reached the 12th grade at Dorsey High, my life took a turn in the direction of obtaining a degree in street knowledge instead of keeping my once 3.6 grade point average up and attending college. I dropped out of school to pursue the American teenager's dream of owning a car. I started with a $50 dollar double-up pack and from there built my little empire. Fatherhood soon followed the start of my illegal career and so I took on the single parent role while grinding it out in the streets. It was only when all had been lost and after serving three years in prison that I realized that my 11th grade English teacher was right suggesting to me back then that I should become a writer. After 13 years of hustling, I have now taken my life experiences and put them into the novel, “Heavy in the game” and is presently working on the sequel, “The game don’t wait.”

What do you want readers to take away from your book?
I want readers to feel as though they have just walked away from watching a movie and have just finished a journey that they have learned from and can pass along to others. I want the youth that read my book to see first hand through my main character, the domino effect that he has on others around him and how you do not realize what you are actually doing to them while doing what you do in the streets.

Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?
I am a spontaneously writer. I may get up in the middle of the night and write a scene that came to me in my sleep.

What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?
I think that the reality of the characters and the situations that they are faced with, readers are not only captivated by, but they can either relate to or feel they actually know one or more characters in the story. My book is written in a way so that the reader will feel as though they are not only reading but watching the story unfold.

How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?
My website is and my e-mail address is

Find out more about J. Love...

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Who is Brooklynn Darkchild?

Author: Brooklyn Darkchild
Book Title: This Ain't No Hearts and Flowers Love Story Pt 1
Bio: Brooklyn Darkchild is a 47 years old mother of nine with a life long passion for writing. A New York transplant born and raised in the borough of Brooklyn, Ms. Darkchild has called Cincinnati, Ohio her home for the past twelve years. Her debut novel, This Ain't No Hearts and Flowers Love Story Pt 1, won the 2008 Reader Views Book of the Year Award in the Great Lakes/Regional category and placed third in the Spiritual/Religion category. A day care administrator, Ms. Darkchild is scheduled to publish This Ain't No.... Pt 2 in July 2009.

What do you want readers to take away from your book? >>>>That God has a purpose for everyone; and no matter what you've done, no matter how bad you think it is; God still loves you and He has the power to turn lives around. Obie and Princess were heavy into drugs and their sex lives were out of control, especially Obie's. The things they went through: abandonment, rape, stalkings, losing loved ones...all seemed like the worst things in the world while they were going through it, but in the end you can see how God used those "tragedies" to bring Obie and Princess closer to Him and each other.

Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously? >>>>I believe a story writes itself. Once Upon a Time I actually thought I was the only one who heard Voices and ran to capture them on paper, but I've heard too many other writers say the same thing for me to feel Unique. I usually start with a beginning and an ending and build a story around that, but my stories have changed course way too often for me to even THINK about an "outline."

What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?
>>>>People want a story line that doesn't insult their intelligence. They want Real Issues, but they don't wanna be Beat Over The Head with them.They want characters they not only Care About but can Relate to. And This Ain't them all of that in a way that will have them crying one minute and rolling on the floor the next. This book is 300 pages of Non Stop Action. And I'm FUNNY.
How can readers learn more and get in contact with you? >>>> Visit my website:, or MySpace: for book excerpts and blog posts or visit my author's page on Goodreads for more about my books:

Like Jay-Z, I'm:
So Brooklyn!

Brooklyn Darkchild
Reader Views Award Winning Author of
This Ain't No Hearts and Flowers Love Story Pt 1
ISBN# 978-0-6151-6916-3
Read me at

I have to say, you have one of the most creative pen names in writing...keep doing your thing!
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Introducing Cassandra Daniels

Interview with author, Cassandra Daniels-

1. What do you want readers to take away from your book?
I want my readers to take away emotion and understanding of someone they might talk about on the street. Everyone, no matter how high and mighty or lowdown, has a story to tell and I ironically choose to tell their stories.

2. Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?
I do both. I will start writing spontaneously just to get some ideas and thoughts out on paper and then eventually make up an outline and go from there.

3. What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?
My characters and their unpredictable behaviors keeps the readers' attention. Once you get comfortable with i.e. Karma (Karma Has a Name), she will do something and throw you off. 4.

How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?
Readers can go to my websites or and reach me. I look forward to meet other readers and writers!

Best wishes Cassandra!

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Meet Nikki Nicole

Nikki Nicole is a published freelance journalist and author living in San Diego, California, with her family. She is currently working on the sequel to A Little Bit of Sin.

Her writing resume includes staff writer at two local newspapers, publication in magazines such as American Cheerleader, Jr., Fire Magazine, Indie Street Entertainment and the poem My Grandma Would…featured in the second anthology from Gumbo For the Soul The Recipe for Literacy in the Black Community series: Here’s Our Child-Where’s the Village?
Contact Nikki Nicole via her website at or You may also contact her through, and/or her blog:
Books currently available by Nikki Nicole:
A Little Bit of Sin, published 03/2008. Buy It Now!:

What do you want readers to take away from your book?

I want readers to read A Little Bit of Sin and know that no matter what the situation is that they are in they are in the driver's seat.

Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?

I have used outlines but for the most part I write spontaneously. Sometimes I may go back and outline the progression of the storyline to keep everything in check.

What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?

I think the relevancy of the topics in A Little Bit of Sin as well as the fact that these topics, such as infidelity, parenting, un-planned pregnancy, love and marriage, are presented in scenarios that are easy to relate to by characters that will remind readers of themselves or people they know or are related to make my book an easy read and a good read.

How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?

Readers can learn more about A Little Bit of Sin and Nikki Nicole by visiting my website at or my blog at or visiting my page at various social networking sites like and/or
Thank you for your time Nikki...
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Say Hello to Carol McPhee

RL meets Author Carol McPhee-

Bio: Carol lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with Karl, her husband of forty-seven years. With their four children grown and flown, there is time to enjoy researching locations that will give authenticity to her stories. As soon as she finishes one story, another is burning in the back of her mind, its characters prodding her to let them out.

1. What do you want readers to take away from your book?
Primarily I would like the reader to take away a sense of time well spent reading my work and the knowledge of having learned new things, whether from settings that transported the reader into the scenes or in facts previously unknown.

2. Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?
None So Blind and Be Still, My Heart! were written from sketchy outlines, but Undercover Trouble practically wrote itself. Each morning I had no idea what I would write until I sat down at the keyboard. It was such fun to let my mind run rampant that I’ve followed that course ever since.

3. What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?
I hope my characterization appeals enough to make the readers care what happens to each character involved, to become so wound up in the conflict that each reader is driven to keep reading.

4. How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?
They may visit my website at: and leave their contact information in my guestbook.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Meet Tinisha Nicole Johnson (author/writer/poet)

Tinisha Nicole Johnson is an author, writer, and poet, and resides in Denver, Colorado. Tinisha is a versatile author and has written various books in different genres. Her newest non-fiction book, Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself As A Black Woman releases January 2010. Besides writing, Tinisha hosts political and sports teleconferences as a profession. Visit the author at her website:

What do you want readers to take away from your book? I want them to be entertained first and foremost. I also want to leave readers thinking about my book days after putting it down. It’s important for me to connect with readers on a deeper level. I want them to get to know me through my writing and characters.

Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?

I used to not believe in outlines, but I am now a believer. I’ve come to learn that my writing is more organized and that I’m able to finish my book quicker if I have some sort of outline.

What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?

I make sure there is constant action throughout my book. I also write in different genres, and I know readers find this interesting. I’ve written mystery, romance, inspirational, mainstream, poetry, and self-help.

How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?

Readers can contact me at my website:

Thank you Tinisha for taking time out of your schedule to let us know more about you. Readers: Leave a comment and enter a weekly drawing to win a free copy of my debut novel, The Last Ms. Understanding

Thanks again Tinisha... -RL Taylor

Say Hello to Ni'cola Mitchell

Ni'cola Mitchell, author of Over and Over Again:

What do you want readers to take away from your book?

I want readers to be entertained with the story, but at the same time relate. The topics that I choose to write about are struggles that women of any nationality and or age has gone through. I want to display that even through the trials and tribulations that life may bring, that we can be independent and successful.

Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?

I believe in both writing with outlines and spontaneously. Using the outlines allow you to have a template of how you want the book to go, but I am not a traditional writer that starts from beginning to the end. I jump around between the subjects, and may add an additional chapter or two.

What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?

The drama and the descriptiveness of the story. I tried to explain the story to the reader so much in detail, that if you close your eyes, you can actually visualize everything that is taking place.

How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?

My websites are as follows:

"Stimulating Your Mind, One Word at a Time"

Thank you Ni'Cola for introducing yourself to all the readers out there. Much success to you in the future! Another great new author....As always, leave a comment in response and enter a free drawing for my debut,

The Last Ms. Understanding

-RL Taylor

Introducing Nikki Coe

RL Meets Nikki Coe-

2 readers will win a free copy of Nikki Coe’s book, Postal Blues if you leave a comment!

Thank you for your generosity Nikki…

Bailey Jenkins thinks she knows everything there is to know about men. She has no time for love, the lies they tell and drama that comes with them, unless...they are willing to finance her hearts desires. Lisa is a single mother who gives her all to the only man in her life, her son. While she doesn’t enjoy her job, she reluctantly goes to work, even if late, so that she can provide for him. When her boss puts her in between a rock and a hard place she has to choose between her son and the job that makes it possible for her to take care of him. Tonya loves her husband and is wholesome as pie. But when her husband's indescresion walks boldly into her housewarming party, she is forced to take steps that she normally wouldn’t take. Jackson is the glue that holds all the ladies together but what happens when he starts to unravel?

Reviewed by: Nikkea Smithers, RWA President

1. What do you want readers to take away from your book?

I want readers to remember that true friendship still exist between women. A lot of women are leery about forming true friendships with other women, this saddens me because there have been times in my life when I needed my girls more than I needed my mother, my husband. It saddens me to think that today that type of friendship is an exception to the rules instead of the rule with women. We, by nature are nurturers; we give and give and give and sometimes we need that nurturing returned to us and that's what true girlfriends do for each other.

2. Are you a believer in outlines or do you write spontaneously?

Both. I can run on. Usually, there is a main idea floating around in my head that could become a book; the longer it floats the bigger it becomes for me. Once I'm sure that that idea is large enough to center a book around, I set pen to paper and write down the main ideas; where I want to take the reader and essential things that must happen to move the story on, and last but not least, I write down where I want the reader to end up. I'm not tied to a outline per say because at any given time I can write a single sentence that can take the entire story in a difference direction, and I'm okay with following where the words lead. That, in my opinion keeps a book fluid and makes it a good read. But I need a outline to keep my characters at least going somewhere near the direction I originally intended them to go in.

3. What will keep readers turning the pages?

I've tried to create everyday characters; my characters are not rich, they don't run or own corporations, they are not traffic stopping beauties, their love is not all encompassing nor does it solve every problem in the world. My character’s, are you and me, everyday women facing everyday problems. Some readers might not want to read about the very problems that they're facing in their leisure time, but reading about women that are going through the same things that you might be facing, is empowering, it's lets you know that you are not alone and there is strength in numbers. I want my readers to feel empowered when they finish reading Postal Blues. It's interesting to see how so-and-so will handle those same problems that you had and it's fun to elaborate on how you solved it, and if her way, or your way was better. It puts the characters in your life and you in theirs and that’s what keeps the pages turning. That’s, what will make you wake up the next morning wondering what Bailey is doing today or how Lisa and her son are doing after you've finished the book.

4. How can a reader get in touch with you?

Readers can visit my website at or email me at It makes my day to hear from readers, so email me and let me know what you thought about Postal Blues and the soon to be released sequel Rain, Snow, Sleet or Hail. I will answer all emails.

Thanks and keep reading,

Nikki Coe

Thank you Nikki. Readers; watch out for this up-and-coming great new author! As a special bonus: If you leave a comment for Nikki, I will also give away a copy of my debut novel as well.

-RL Taylor

Meet Shelia Goss, Best-Selling Author

Get to know Best-Selling Author Shelia M Goss -

Current book: His Invisible Wife

Bio: Shelia M. Goss is the Essence Magazine Best-Selling author of My Invisible Husband, Roses are thorns, Paige’s Web, Double Platinum and the new teen series The Lip Gloss Chronicles. His Invisible Wife is her fifth women’s fiction novel. Besides writing fiction, she is a freelance writer. She’s also the recipient of three Shades of Romance Magazine Readers Choice Multi-Cultural Awards and honored as a Literary Diva: The Top 100 Most Admired African American Women in Literature. Her website is or

What do you want readers to take away from your book?

Besides it being entertaining, I want readers to know that holding on to grudges is unhealthy. I show how revenge can wreck havoc on one's life in His Invisible Wife. I also tap into how greed can cause you to do things you wouldn't normally do.

Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?

I do a little bit of both. I usually do a character chart on all my main characters. I think through my story. I make sure whatever I write supports my theme and ending. If I'm out somewhere and ideas hit me, I will write out chapter titles and then use that when I'm sitting back in front of my computer. Even if I write a synopsis for a story, it is subject to change when I write.

What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?

The main characters Jake and Brianna are three dimensional. They are not perfect. They do things that will have readers laughing, cheering and may even get them a little upset at some of the decisions the characters make. It's drama packed and will hold the reader's attention.

How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?

I am a click away. Readers can learn more about me or all of my books at or My email is I usually respond to emails within 24-48 hours.

Thank you so much Shelia for taking the time toinform us about your wonderful new novel.

By leaving a comment for or about Shelia Goss or her latest work you will be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of my debut novel, The Last Ms. Understanding

Meet Teryl Cartwright

My name is Teryl Cartwright and my book is called A Sensible Match which is a Regency romance about a matchmaking parents, less than grateful kids and the ultimate twist when the couple decides their parents might be right at the very moment the match is forbidden. What makes this book special is that I actually know how it feels to have someone in your family play matchmaker and I ended up marrying the man “chosen” for me!

Some bio info about me—I have a teaching degree, but write more than teach, I was born in Texas but live in PA, (so I’m not sure if that makes me a Yankee Rebel or vice versa) and I love all kinds of fiction so I have included a slightly “western genre” touch to my English novel.

What do you want readers to take away from your book?

I would hope readers take away laughter and the feeling of wonder and joy in a good romance. I want readers to love my characters as much as I do and have my novel adventures bring both a smile to the soul and hope to the heart. After all, I believe that there is some comedy in falling in love. Falling in love HAS to be funny—the act of falling is far from graceful or deliberate. Falling makes me think of banana peels and America’s Funniest Home Videos and the weird thing that happens to your sanity when you discover that special someone. Falling in love is sharing awkward moments, silly misunderstandings and unexplainable, unexpected behavior. How else do you explain some of the crazy things that happen in romance which you can only shake your head about later? Even as we laugh at the painful parts, we all still recognize and root for “happily ever after”. Falling in love to me is a funny, exhilarating journey into what we choose to have faith in as the best part of life and ourselves.

Are you a believer in outlines, or do you write spontaneously?

I believe in general outlines with some flexibility for those moments in which the characters hijack the story to make it their own. I don’t think it would be much fun to map out an entire book before writing it, but I do need a little direction of where the story is going. I am a firm believer in great endings to books (more than beginnings) so often I’ll know how a book ends and then have the wonderfully unpredictable journey of writing it to see how to get there.

What do you think it is about your book that will keep readers turning the pages?

I really believe that a combination of factors will keep readers turning the pages, though a story is only as good as the meaning behind the words. I took a simple idea, “Can you choose whom to love?” and went from there. Abby is a part time Good Samaritan, caring for the people she chooses until her suitor Edwin challenges her to do more. Page turning then occurs with their witty, cozy romance matched with an exciting attempt on one of the character’s lives to keep the couple apart and finally, the delicious ironic twist that occurs when Abby tries to lose a guy in ten days and actually “gets” him instead.

How can readers learn more and get in contact with you?

I have several writing samples at my website to help readers learn more about me and to get in touch with me. The blogs I’ve included (Myspace, Bebo and Facebook) are designed as follows Myspace—commentary on current events, Bebo--writing advice and Redroom--writing reflections.

My homepage:


Other links ---


Barnes and Noble:


Thank you Cheryl for taking the time to introduce yourself. If anyone leaves a comment for or about Cheryl I will enter your name in a drawing to receive a free copy of my debut novel, The Last Ms. Understanding. Best wishes Cheryl!

-RL Taylor

Monday, August 3, 2009

Who will you meet? The Interview List...

Author Interview Schedule:

August 10 Teryl Cartwright

August 14 Shelia Goss

August 17 Nikki Coe

August 21 Nicola Mitchell and Tinisha Johnson

August 24 Carol McPhee and Nikki Nicole G.C.

August 28 Cassandra Daniels

August 31 Brooklyn Darkchild and J.Love

September 4 Gordon Freerickson and Bill Voedisch

September 7 Marchel Alverson

September 11 Katie Hines and Caramel Vixen

September 14 Venita Louise and Mary Jo Kelso

September 18 Nicole Bradley and Jasmine Aherne

September21 Diane Martin and Marta Stephens

September 25 Sophia Simmons and Fran Lewis

September 28 Mark Turnbull and Gail McPharland

October 2 K.Lynn Brown and Timothy Stelly

October 5 Michelle Larks and Anthony Miner

October 9 Madison Taylor and Chevetta Burton

October 12 C.M. Albrecht

October 16 Doris A. Johnson and Carol Ann Culbert Johnson

October 19 Cynthia Tolliver

October 23 Deondriea and Marilyn Meredith

October 26 Nannette Buchanan

October 30 Aliyah Burke

Want to meet a new author...or 40?

RL will be interviewing close to 40 great authors over the next few months. There will be between 2-3 interviews posted per week on this blog. Please take the time to get to know these interesting authors.

Why is he doing this? To create free marketing opportunities for other authors. Wow, he must be a nice guy.

He is! Please tell your fellow readers and/or authors about this innovative way to meet perhaps your next favorite author.

To learn more about RL's books check out his website at

RL believes in authors helping each other and increasing literary awareness by any means neccesary.
If that means organizing a one man interview session with authors from every genre be it.
Hopefully readers fall in love with a new, established, or up and coming author. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ed It

There's a lot you can do to edit your own book. Your objective is to make the material that's already there, more readable, more appealing, more understandable and more inviting to the reader. That's it. That's the big goal that every editor chases when they sit before a manuscript.

Omit Needless Words. In short, if there's a word in the sentence that can be removed without damaging the thought, it should be removed. That alone can dramatically improve your writing.

Most people think of editing right on the hard copy, paper and ink, with pen in hand. Okay, feel free to do that. Personally, I like to use the computer screen. Remember, if you make the changes on the screen, they're made. No one has to re-enter the material you've just edited.

Search the document for the word 'that.' Almost 75% of the time this word can be eliminated without changing the thought of the sentence. Next comes the word 'then.' Get rid of it if you can.

Search for the two letters 'ly' and you'll find most of the adverbs in your work. An adverb modifies a verb. He didn't just run, he ran quickly. Remove the adverbs. Remove them and use a better verb. Get rid of the adverbs. Don't forget to do a search for 'ly.' as well. Adverbs can turn up at the end of a sentence, frequently.

Try and eliminate; usually, nearly, barely. Also, be wary of 'often' and 'seems.' If words, phrases or entire sentences can be removed without affecting the work, then remove them. Do a quick word count before you begin. Your goal is to have 10 percent fewer words than when you started... and watch your writing get better and better.

Variety in Reading...

Fiction books actually form a wide genre as various sub genres. One can find romantic fiction novels which depict love story of imaginative people. Then there are science fiction novels which depict the combats of the evil and the good in an extravagant manner. These books also have mesmerizing characters to capture the imaginations of the readers.

However, the fiction books at times also deal with real life incidents. But, those real life situations are described in an awe inspiring manner as they contain certain fantasy elements and astounding plots too. However, certain books of this genre also have good social messages which can be appropriately used to teach the right values of life to the readers.

Many times we can get stuck in a rut of reading the same old thing. Starting this month I will be interviewing on this blog a wide array of authors with different backgrounds. I hope you will take the time to get to know someone new. Maybe even a new genre….

Do you find yourself reading the same types of books over and over again? What genres do you enjoy? Can an author blend two genres into a great story?

How do you select a book?

When browsing through the stacks of novels at the local bookstore, how does a customer choose a new author? Marketing research firms spend thousands of dollars trying to determine consumer behavior and ways to manipulate that behavior.

Have you ever watched customers meandering through the aisles, picking up one book, perusing the cover, then selecting another? Why do they select any one particular book?

Word of mouth, or recommended by a friend was the factor most often mentioned as the number one factor. Some books are simply so memorable that readers become anxious to tell their friends about them. Publishers spend millions of dollars on advertising, book tours, etc., but one of the most powerful forces driving a book’s success is basic grass roots, one-on-one word of mouth.

The cover either entices or detracts. Don’t judge a book by its cover doesn’t ring true with most readers.

The infamous back cover blurb is the key deciding factor for many readers. Perusing a sample chapter either clinched the sale or resulted in the reader deciding not to buy.

Reviews increase the visibility of an author and their books, but it isn’t the deciding factor of whether to read that particular book.

What is the determining factor when selecting a book from a new author for you? What was the last “new author” book that you read? How was the book?

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New Reader Reviews - The Last Ms. Understanding

5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Ms. Understanding, July 23, 2009
By ALittle "POOH927" (Irvington, NJ USA) - See all my reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading RL's book. It kept me interested from beginning to end. I hated to see it end and hoped a sequel is in the works (HINT HINT). Each secret that was revealed definately pushed me to get to the next one.

4.0 out of 5 stars Everything Is Not Always What It Seems, July 22, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Ms. Understanding. Rita, whom, I've come to call Ms. Thang is a trip. She thinks she has it all together and because she has more cash than her man, Lee, she can control him. When Lee, stops kissing her behind and stands up for himself, she wants him even more. Rita waits too late to decide what she wants. When she finally decides she wants Lee, it's too late and he's moved on.
When tragedy strikes, the true Lee evolves. R.L. Taylor has put together a book that captivates the reader's attention. You'll want to put this book down to complete all of the things that require your attention, but you won't be able to do so.

4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!!, July 22, 2009
I really enjoyed R.L Taylors'was a very good read!The characters are so real and we all know someone just like them,the strong career woman and the hard-working blue-collar man.If you love a story that transports you to a place that you can relate to,this book is a must read.If R.L's debut is this great,I can't wait to see what's next.To me,this story could have a great sequel,so I'm going to stay tuned to see what R.L gives us next.

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