Indie Shine – Mercedes Wilson

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Welcome to another edition of Indie Shine, a place for Rebirthoflisa to shine the spotlight on indie artists. Today we welcome author Mercedes Wilson.

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Bio 

Mercedes Wilson, a wife, mother of four, breast cancer survivor, and proud Western New York native, is no doubt on a mission to help young women across the region. Mercedes founded For Our Daughters Incorporated with the mission of educating young women on how to advocate for their own health and wellness. Mercedes is also an author with first book titled “Hope” coming out June 15th, 2018. She hosts a bi-weekly podcast called “The Mercedes Wilson Show” that addresses the topics of today’s church from all angles. Mercedes is a board member of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, a volunteer in the Buffalo Community, and a very proud student of 2018 Leadership Buffalo Class! “18 Great Team”!

 

Q&A:

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I am a new author. I do it because if I don’t, I can’t sleep! It doesn’t give me rest!
Tell us about your most recent work. HOPE Mercedes Wilson

“Hope: How Faith Carried Me Through My Darkest Hours” -This book gives you a glimpse into some of the hardest points of my life while allowing you to see Gods magnificent hand at work. We serve a triumphant God, and he can work in situations where we think there is no way out.

Who inspires you?
My family
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time? 
My new book and my 4 children
What is your motto in life? 
Do it!
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
workshops worldwide
Mercedes QuoteWhat is your favorite quote? 
“A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument” 
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
My giving to those in need and my crazy laugh
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public? 
The Healing Power of Faith Workshop on June 22nd in Williamsville, NY – $33 adv $39 at the door.  For tickets call: (716)930-5011 or email grandie26@yahoo.com
Where can fans purchase your work? 
amazon, westbowpress.com, local bookstores, Barnes and Noble on line, Ingram

Social Media

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Author Website: mercedesewilson.com

Amazon Author Page:  Mercedes E. Wilson

Instagram: @mercedesewilson

Facebook: @mercedesewilson

Twitter: @mercedesewilson

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Book Review – Revolution: Book 2 in The Nora White Story by Yecheilyah Ysrayl 

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Today is the Release Day for Yecheilyah Ysrayl’s latest creation! I have been looking forward to this one since I read Book 1 – Renaissance: The Nora White Story back in June of last year. Ren

The story of Nora White continues where it left off from book 1 in the series. As expected it was a whirlwind of excitement.
The story once again toggles between New York, Nora’s new haven and Mississippi, her roots.

I found myself enthralled with this story. The way the author blends the actual events Revolutionof the past with her fictitious interpretation is compelling. The visual depictions of the surrounding had me inside the room when Nora was waking from one of her spells. I could smell the open air of the South and feel the breeze on my face at the lake. I had the feeling that if I took a step, I would enter into the realm of Nora and her friends as they prepared for the huge Marcus Garvey event at The Garden.

The lesson in this book is something that is needed so much in today’s society. It also shows, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

My one disappointment was that we never hear from Lisa and what happened to her. I was very much looking forward to seeing how karma was going to deal with her. The author did leave a tiny bit of hope at the end so maybe we’ll see a third book about Lisa and her shenanigans. Here’s hoping. Overall I gave this story 4.5 stars, which in my world rounds up to a 5 star rating!

To purchase Renaissance, Revolution and the rest of Yecheilyah’s body of work Click Here.

 

 

Indie Shine Memorial Weekend Edition- DD Wright

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Welcome to another edition of Indie Shine, a place for Rebirthoflisa to shine the spotlight on indie artists. Today we welcome poet and author, DD. Wright.

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Bio: 

D.D. Wright was born in Harlem NY but raised in the Bronx. She graduated from Sacred Heart as well Cardinal Spellman HS. She later received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology as well as her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, from Lehman College. She has been teaching since 2002 but writing since childhood.

Currently, D.D. is a successful author. She self-published her first book of poetry, Poetry 2Life in October of 2012. Followed by her second ebook of poetry, Embracing: A Poetic Perspective in April of 2013. In June of 2014, D.D. started an online talk show entitled, “Poetic Soul”.

Q &A:

What do you do and Why do you do it? 
I write books of poetry, short stories and literary letters. I enjoy universal ideas almost as much as I enjoy sharing them. Writing is therapeutic. I hope to encourage and inspire those who need it the most. Connecting/networking with other indie authors inspires me to keep the pen close.
DD WrightTell us about your most recent work. 
“For the Sake of Romance: A Chapbook For Those Who Love” is my 6th publication. It focuses on romance and loving. It is a short collection of short and slightly longer than short poems meant to revive the concept of romance. In the world we live in, its difficult for some of us to keep in mind that romance does still exist. This chapbook serves as a reminder – for all ages, that it does.
Who inspires you? 
My daughter inspires me. She is so hilarious and energetic. There are quite a few icons as well as indie authors that also inspire me. Those who are determined to overcome and grow through challenges inspire me the most.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
At this time, my masterpiece is the novel I am working on. I am combining the two short stories I wrote, “Coincidental Fate” and “Samson’s Story” with an additional pages to complete my first novel. It will serve as tangible proof that anything is possible. Plus the story line is one most have and will be able to relate to.
What is your motto in life? 
My motto in life is, the only person that can get in your way is you. Not only have I overcome this but have seen others be held back by themselves. Once determined, nothing nor anyone can block a soul from obtaining/accomplishing what they want.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
My wildest dream would be receiving the Pulitzer Prize or Newberry Metal for a book I wrote. It isn’t the award as much as knowing that my words graced that many readers. I would love that.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one by Tupac Shakur, “Reality is wrong, dreams are for real”. tupac quoteAnything is possible if you believe, yes, even dreams!
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
I would like to be remembered as a caring mother, educator and writer who gave the best of herself to those she cared for. One who also stood up for the underdogs and advocated for those whose voice wasn’t courageous enough.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public? 
I am currently organizing an anthology, “While Waiting”. It will be a free ebook advising single men and women about the waiting period between where they are now as they head towards a relationship. Several indie authors will be writing poems, letters and short stories offering their wisdom on this way of life.
Where can fans purchase your work?
My books are available in both soft cover and e-books at AuthorHouse.com, Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com and Smashwords.com For autographed copies, please email me authorddwright@gmail.com. PayPal payments will be accepted.
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Instagram: @authorddwright

Facebook: @Poetry2Life

Indie Shine – Wenda Bien-Aime

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In this edition of Indie Shine, a place for rebirthoflisa to ‘Shine’ the spotlight on indie artists, we welcome author Wenda Bein-Aime.

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Bio:

Wenda Bien-Aime was born on September 9th, 1982 in Miami, FL to Haitian immigrants. She is the eldest of 3 girls and has one daughter. Wenda began her writing journey at the age of 11. She writes under pen name, Bien-Aime Wenda to honor her late father who had no sons to carry on his last name.Her erotic work can be found under pen name, Candy B. Vixen. Wenda enjoys dabbling in different genres including science fiction, fantasy, contemporary fiction, poetry, children’s literature, and erotica.

Q & A:

What do you do and Why do you do it?
I am independent author of fiction literature and interactive self-help journals. Like many authors, I can remember writing from as early as 11. I can even remember using on of those old typewriters (I’m telling my age LOL) to write a short story about best friends on a shopping adventure at the mall.
I write because it is my calling and there is no way I can escape it. My purpose on this journey is to help others heal and to enlighten through story-telling or journaling. Even when I have tried to walk away from writing, I am led right back to it. For example, I remember working at a call center as a customer service representative. Somehow, I ended up as a recurring contributing writer for the company’s monthly newsletter.
Tell us about your most recent work. 
My most recent novel is Koko: A Novel. Koko is loosely based on a few friends of mine.Bein-Aime3 The main character is twenty-seven-year-old Koreen Wilson, a reality star and video vixen who loves her fiancé but can’t stop cheating on him because she’s into spontaneity and kinky sex and he isn’t. She claims to love him but continuously cheats on him with both men and women.
The book also featured her 2 of her best friends: Ivonka Roux and Desiree Loren (No relation to L. Loren! LOL) Ivonka is a 38-year-old woman who feels as if time is running out for her to get married and have children. She continuously bypass red flags in relationships just to get to the altar. Desiree Loren is the baby of the trio at 24-year-old. Being married to a wealthy man nearly three times her age isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, as she deal with infidelity, depression, and raising six children.
Who inspires you? 
Other writers and authors inspire me. As a matter of fact, in 2011, I had a chance to sign with a publishing company and passed on it due to a very dark and challenging time in my life. I had written a short sci-fi for my English professor and she liked it so much, she encouraged me to find a publisher. I did but the timing was wrong. I was going through so much at during that time, I stopped writing. I never thought I would write again until I joined a Facebook group for Black writers in 2016 (Shout out to W.B.A.C.). A lot of those writers in that group are undiscovered gems.They inspired me to pick up my pen and start writing again. As far as well-known writers, Eric Jerome Dickey (my mentor in my head LOL), Terri McMillan, and Daaimah S. Poole are my inspirations.
What do you consider your “Masterpiece” at this time?
My masterpiece has yet to be written. With every book I write, I put in effort to be better than the last. I study the work of vets in the industry to try to perfect imagery and dialogue.
What is your motto in life? 
Nothing happens overnight, you have to put in that work. Think of it as planting seeds. Eventually, it’ll be time to harvest and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Name your wildest dream. The one you can not imagine achieving, but would love for it to come true. 
My wildest dream would be to collaborate with Eric Jerome Dickey or even be mentored by him 🙂
Bein quoteWhat is your favorite quote?
“Be careful how you treat people. What you do to others has a funny way of coming back on you.” Not sure who said it first.
When it is all said and done, what would you like to be remembered for? 
I would love to be remembered for creating a classic novel with a life changing message.
Tell us about your next project and when will it be available to the public? 
I am currently working on Pick Me Blues, which will be book 5 of the Koko series. That should be available, hopefully, by the end of this month.
Where can fans purchase your work? 
My work is available on Amazon, Audible, iTunes, and on my website at www.myindiebooks.com.

Social Media:

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 Instagram: @myindiebooks

Christmas Kisses

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Hi Lovies, 

I just wanted to let you all know about a great anthology that is now available for pre-order. I wrote a short story called Nona’s Bleu under my pen name, L. Loren. Please support as the proceeds go to charity:


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A collection of sexy, short and sweet stories for the holidays. Our stories are written by women, for women whose lives have been impacted upon by slavery and trafficking. All profits will go to the Dressember charity campaign. This Christmas give the gift of hope and empowerment.
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Couch Convos w/ Lisa W. Tetting – LAS

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Welcome to the November episode of Couch Convos! Today we welcome new author LAS to talk about her book Chocolate Solstice. Let’s get started.

 

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LWT: Welcome to Couch Convos! Let’s get started. How did you get the idea to write
“Chocolate Solstice”?

ChocSolBookcoverLAS: The idea for Chocolate Solstice came from the concept of how we sometimes get in our own way of finding love, especially when dealing with issues from our past.

LWT: That is certainly what happened with this couple. In this book Daniel is such a complicated, but relatable guy. Can you take us through the process you went through to develop his character?

LAS: I wanted Daniel to be almost too good to be true. An attractive, educated, business minded, young man with commitment to family and his community. But I also wanted his secret to always be just under the surface, gnawing at him periodically. I wanted him to be attractive, someone that readers could visualize, smell and feel. After his aesthetic, I began to work on his love for his family (his mom and grandmother). I also wanted to show ways in which these women coddled him to some degree. Lastly, I focused on how his secret, which ties into his expectation of women, caused a conflict in his pursuit of Asha.

LWT: You certainly did a nice job of relaying your message. When I read the book, I felt as if each Asha struggled with intimacy issues. Why was this such an important element in the story line? 

LAS: I thought Asha’s struggle was important to expose, because as black women I think we yearn for intimacy at our core level. I feel like we need it. When you’re trying to be a strong, independent and fearless woman, sometimes intimacy doesn’t have a place there. Asha avoided vulnerability and intimacy, as many of us do. In doing that, she risked her opportunity at a meaningful relationship.

LWT: When I write I have a picture in my head of who I want my characters to lookInspiration for Daniel and Asha like. Who were the muses for Daniel and Asha?

LAS: For Daniel, a muse that comes to mind is model/actor Travis Cure. My visualization for Asha was a curly haired Elle Varner. I just added light eyes for Asha.

LWT: I absolutely loved Daniel! What is your favorite thing about him? 

LAS: My favorite thing about Daniel was his sweet relationship with his grandmother.

LWT: Do you identify with one character more than the others in the book?

LAS: I identified mostly with Maw, the grandmother. She did not play when it came to her Daniel. I see myself, my mom and aunts in her in terms of how we handle our sons.

LWT: Why was it important for Daniel to be so close to the women in his life?

LAS: Daniel had difficulty with issues of abandonment, though he tried his hardest to keep it under wraps. Because of this, he needed the women in his life to belong to him. He never really pursued this feeling outside of his mother and grandmother until he met Asha.

LWT: The book focuses on a couple, who in my opinion, ride hard for each other. They may have a tiff or two, but in the end they know they can depend on each other. Why do you feel it is important, especially for black women to read about these types of relationships?

LAS: I feel its important because women can become hopeless when looking for or waiting on a good man. It may seem unrealistic at times. Even though they were both flawed, as we all are, it is possible to have a loving and supportive relationship. The road may be a little bumpy getting there, but it is possible.

LWT: I love that. Now, tell me who are some of your favorite writers and why?

LAS: Some of my favorite writers include Margaret Johnson Hodge, Bernice McFadden, Carl Weber and RM Johnson.

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LWT: How do you choose your book covers and who does them?

LAS: This was my first novel and I was stuck for some time when trying to decide on a book cover. Once I got the colors and idea into my head, I sent some mock-ups to a photographer friend who agreed to shoot the cover. Then I bribed another friend with free lunch to pose for the cover. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to create the cover which I still get compliments on.

LWT: Well kudos to both. They did an amazing job.  Do you use social media and does it help with sales?

LAS: I don’t know how I would have gotten over 10 books sold without social media. It has helped me immensely with sales and marketing. Social media has also helped me to network with other authors and readers such as yourself. I think social media is a
Godsend for indie authors.

LWT: Tell us about your writing process. Do you need complete silence or do you listen to music? Do you have a drink or write sober? Etc. Inquiring minds want to know.

LAS: I enjoy writing to music it helps the flow of the story. Many times when I’m stuck I like to play music that I feel reflects the scene. Sometimes I’ll even take a dance break to clear my head and then sit back down to write. I’ve written while sipping and also while sober. But there’s always a drink involved whether its water, coffee, wine or liquor. I remember writing confrontational scenes while sipping on some wine, when I went back to read through, I had a good laugh.

LWT: What challenges have you faced as a new indie writer?

LAS: As a new indie author, I’m often hesitant about promoting my work. I want people to know about it, read and enjoy it, review it, tell a friend – all that good stuff. But, I never want to shove my work down someone’s throat. So, I’m trying to not to cross that fine line.

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LWT: Have you or do you plan to attend any book fairs, conventions or signings? If so, which ones?

LAS: I attended Well Read Black Girl Fest in September and it was such a fulfilling experience. The energy of the brilliant beautiful women there and the gems they shared were incredible.

LWT: How did you choose your pen name?

LAS: My initials make up my pen name and is pronounced L. A. S. Some people have referred to me as LAS, I don’t mind.

LWT: Please give other indie writers 3 tips that you learned that help you to be successful?

LAS: 1)Push through that first draft. It will not be perfect but don’t give up.
2) Write anywhere and any time you can. Its hard to set aside time with life, family, etc. Keep a small notebook with you, write on your phone, tablet, whatever.
3) Invest in an editor. An editor is necessary, period. It will be the best money you spend in your journey to becoming published.

LWT: Those are all good tips. Share one unique thing you’ve done to market your

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LAS: I’ve invested in promo items such as t-shirts, hats, tote bags, etc. to market the book. I wear them and I’ve given them to friends and family to wear and it sparks interest. When someone asks “What is Chocolate Solstice?” it opens up opportunity to promote the book.

LWT: Tell the readers the one resource you can’t live without as a writer?

LAS: Google Docs. Poor docs, its overloaded with drafts, rewrites, fallen plot twists, every and any thing pertaining to the story line. I wrote most of my first draft on my phone using Google Docs. It was easy to have my work saved and accessible to me once I had the time to actually sit at a computer and write.

LWT: What does success look like for you?

LAS: Success to me is someone saying to me (in reviewing, commenting, inboxing, DMing, texting, etc.) “Oh my God, this book!”

LWT: Well, please consider this book a success! What’s up next for you?

LAS: A prequel or sequel but its still brewing.

Well, I for one can’t wait! That brings us to the close of another episode of Couch Convos. Be sure to check out Chocolate Solstice. For more information about LAS hit her up on her social media accounts.

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Instagram: @author.las

Twitter: @theauthorlas

Southern Horror Stories – New Release!

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HORRORJust in time for Halloween, I decided to release a short story collection of Southern Horror Stories!

Here’s what it’s about:

The mistreatment of slaves has caused the captives to fight back. Tired of the mistreatment, the slaves want revenge and blood. Follow six separate stories of betrayal, violence, bloodshed and revenge. These short stories show what can happen when people have been pushed to their limits. In Barren Plantation find out why we use the word barren for people who cannot have children.  Caleb’s Stitches shows how to turn the tables on a mad scientist. Climb inside the Mind of Hope if you think you can survive the insanity. Read about a spooky way station for escaped slaves in The Underground Hell Road. Pirates of Slavery is a bloody story of revolt, while Slave Island will lure you to a dangerous island that you can never leave.

Disclaimer: Not suitable for young children. Contains violence, sexual content and paranormal activity.

 

My Southern Horror Short Stories Collection is now available as an e-book on Amazon for $0.99. Click Here to get your copy. It is a 6 story collection of fictitious slave stories. You can read excerpts of Barren Plantation and Mind of Hope by clicking on the highlighted titles below:

Story 1: Barren Plantation

Story 2: Caleb’s Stitches

Story 3: Mind of Hope

Story 4: Underground HellRoad

Story 5: Pirates of Slavery

Story 6: Slave Island