Saturday, August 24, 2013

Chatting it up with Child Author, Sumayyah

Sumayyah Muhammad is an eight year old straight A student who loves to write and read when she is not riding horses or playing with monster trucks. She is originally from Pennsylvania. She now lives in Virginia with her parents. She is the youngest of five siblings. She has an Italian Mastiff named Sharif who is her guard dog.

Can you please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Sumayyah. I'm 8 years old, I ride horses, and I have a book called Little Wisdom.

What inspired you to write your first book?
What inspired me to write my first book was to make people feel good.

How did you come up with your title?
I thought of the title because I wanted the titles to show happiness and family to make children happy .

Who are your favorite authors?
I'm afraid I don't have any favorite authors.

Do you have book signings coming up where readers can meet you?
Yes I do. My mom who is my publisher is trying to get me into Chuckie Cheese and a library.

Can you tell us about your upcoming project(s)?
Yes, my projects are to make the fairy on the cover of the book into a doll, make a coloring book from my pictures, make T-shirts, and make pinwheels.

What advice would you have for kids your age that want to write a book?
I will tell them to write something that make kids feel good like my book and come up with a good title that fits the book.

Who do you like to do for fun.
For fun I like to play with monster trucks, ride horses, read, and play with my friends.

Favorite color? 
My favorite color is purple.

Favorite food?
My favorite food is pancakes.
SYNOPSIS: Little Wisdom is an inspirational book of poems from the mind of an eight year old girl. Some will inspire you and some will make you laugh. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Purchase an autographed copy by clicking here.
It can also be purchased at Amazon.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: His Betrayal Her Lies

His Betrayal Her Lies
His Betrayal Her Lies by Angel de'Amor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Taylor Briggs comes from a very influential family so when she finds out a week before her wedding that her fiancĂ©e, Ari Gallagher has been harboring a secret all of this time, she is baffled at what she should do. She doesn’t want her family to be part of a scandal so against her best judgment, she goes along with the wedding and decides not to mention to Ari that she knows about his secret.

Armed with her husband’s infidelity, Taylor decided to dive into the arms of one of the city’s most eligible bachelors, Kalon Knight who becomes her rebound love. Kalon broke his rule of “one time and gone” as he develops feelings for Taylor. Meanwhile, Ari is trying to keep his secret safe but little does he know, his world is about to be turned upside down when his mistress goes after his wife.

Maci (the mistress) is crazy times ten and I am not sure if I could have sat back and let her do the things to me that she had done to Taylor. Every woman has a breaking point. Taylor put up with a lot of nonsense from her husband and Maci.

I applaud the author on her debut novel. She told a very realistic story with great character development. Her writing was raw and edgy. This book kept me on the edge of my seat with all of the twists and turns. There was a dose of scandal, infidelity, betrayal and just the right amount of hot sex.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

GUEST POST: How Important is Branding to an Unpublished Author or Published Author? by MJ Kane

Good morning!

Today I have the opportunity to share a few branding tips with you. Some of you may have visited my blog and read the post I wrote where I shared a few of the things I’ve done to build my brand. One thing I can honestly say is that it is not a process that can be done in a matter of a few hours. Brand building takes time. For starters, you have to know what your brand is. Let’s get started!

1) Creating your brand as is an investment in you. It is a way to define yourself as a writer and distinguish you and your writing voice from other authors.
2) Your brand is more than just a picture used on a book cover or as the image on your FB or Twitter accounts. It is your public image. What is a public image? It is how readers perceive you. How do they do this? By formulating opinions about you based on what content you put online. You can ‘steer them in the right direction’ by monitoring that content. Your interactions with other authors and fans, opinions you share, as well as your accessibility are key. Think twice about commenting on political, religious, racial, or any other hot topics. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to their opinions and have the right to share them. But, is it possible that your personal opinions may offend a fan? The last thing any author wants to do after spending countless hours of writing, marketing, and promoting to build your fan base is to say the wrong thing in the heat of the moment and run fans away. I’ve seen one too many comments made by readers who vow to never support an author again because of a comment posted online. Another great example…Paula Dean…enough said.

3) Once you have decided how you want the public to view you, be that way at all times. If being easy to talk to is what you want, then be that way! Don’t ignore emails, Facebook PM’s, Twitter responses, etc. from fans who wish to connect with you. Once you decided to publish your book, you pretty much opened up a part of your life to your readers. If quiet and mysterious is the persona you wish to have, then again, be that way. But beware…readers these days prefer interaction with their favorite authors. Failure to do so can slow the growth of your fan base. You’d be surprised to find out just how much a few minutes of interaction with a fan can build a lifetime of support.

So, those are my Branding tips for today. Stop by next Friday morning when I will share a few more. If you haven’t read my blog, I am attaching the link. Until next time, have a great weekend and HAPPY BRANDING!!!