Monday, September 14, 2015

Barbara Joe Williams, Author

Tell us about yourself?
I'm an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and a motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, FL. I opened Amani Publishing, LLC, in November 2004 to publish my first novel titled, Forgive Us This Day. I'm also the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since 2008.
How long have you been writing? I started writing my first novel in November 2003. Before then, I just wrote poetry and educational newsletters.
What drove you to pick up that pen for the first time? I was on a break and wanted to read a romance novel about a married AA couple that was going through some struggles. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the story that I wanted and decided to write it.
Talk about your books. What is the latest one about? I have published over twenty fiction and nonfiction titles. All all my fictional novels are romance stories and the nonfiction books are self-help and reference manuals for writers and aspiring authors. My latest book is nonfiction titled, A-Z Basic Editing Tips, which I co-wrote with Felicia S.W.Thomas.
Outside of writing, what else are you doing? Outside of writing and publishing for myself and a few other selected authors, I'm a mother and a wife. So my life is quite busy from day-to-day.
Tell us a little about your next book? My next book is coming on Friday, May 22 (which also happens to be my 54th birthday). It's a short love story titled, Love Never Felt So Good! Mack Burney believes that his younger wife, Natalie, is cheating on him with a younger man, but what is she really up to?
What are you reading now? Who are your favorite authors? Right now, I'm in-between books. But the last book that I read was a romance novelette titled, Love's Culture 3, by Angelia Vernon Menchan. Some of my favorite authors are: Terry McMillan, Adrienne Thompson, and Kimberla Lawson Roby just to name a few. 
How can readers get in contact with you?  Do you have a website? Readers can reach me via email at: or join my website at:
What is the one thing you would like all of your readers to know about you? I would like all of my readers to know that I appreciate them very much. I don't take it for granted that they are going to buy or review my books, but I sincerely appreciate it when that happens. I'm a sociable person, so they should feel comfortable contacting me on social media and getting to know me on a personal level.

If you could tell one thing to every aspiring writer what would it be? I tell aspiring authors all the time to remember this one thing: writing is a hobby, but publishing is a business. If you want to become a successful author, you need to learn the publishing business.

Love Never Felt So Good!
Mack and Natalie Burney have been married for seven years. Mack suspects that Natalie is cheating on him with a younger man, who happens to be her boss. When Mack hires a friend to go undercover, what will he discover about Natalie and himself?

Barbara Joe Williams is an Amazon bestselling author, indie publisher, and motivational speaker living in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a Navy veteran, a graduate of Tallahassee Community College, and Florida A & M University. Barbara is also the founder of Amani Publishing, LLC (2004), and the co-founder of the Tallahassee Authors Network since September 2008.
She has published books for over forty authors and the following for herself:  
A-Z Basic Editing Tips (2015), A-Z Writing Tips (2015), Holiday Hotel 2: A Valentine’s Day Story (2015), A-Z Marketing Tips (2015), A Cup of Barbara Joe (2015), Holiday Hotel: A sexy short story (2014)Forgive Us This Day (Anniversary Edition, 2014)First Class Love (2014); You Don’t Even Know My Name (2014)A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing (Volume 2, 2013); Double Proposal (2013); Losing My Soul (2013); The 21 Lives of Lisette Donavan (Anthology, 2012)A Man of My Own (2012), A Writer’s Guide to Publishing & Marketing (2010), Moving the Furniture: 52 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Fresh (2009), Courtney’s Collage (with Sherille Fisher, 2007), How I Met My Sweetheart (Anthology, 2007), Falling for Lies (2006), Dancing with Temptation (2005)and Forgive Us This Day (2004).
Her novel, Forgive Us This Day (Anniversary Edition), was recently reviewed in USA Today by Michelle Monkou. It was a recommended “must-read” romance.
All of her books are available on Kindle and Nook.

Twitter:  @Barbarajoe22

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Christian Literary Brunch

On June 7th, 2015, Prioritybooks Publications and New Jerusalem Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted a Christian Literary Brunch in East St. Louis, Illinois.  The featured author and speaker was Pat Simmons, a national best-selling and award-winning author from Florissant, MO.  

We had a great time as Pat discussed her journey in writing, gave valuable information to aspiring writers and a testimony about this journey.  The late lunch was great, the people were happy and Pat sold her books.  There were about 40 people there.  The PathFinders, a Christian Stepping youth group performed.  We enjoyed Pat and her husband. It was a nice evening.

We are looking forward to repeating this brunch next year and presenting other literary activities.  Literacy and being a good reader is so important to our community, and our goal is to encourage more people to read and support authors.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Meet Author Chizellé T. Archie

NEW RELEASE | His Grace, His Blood, His Mercy!  by Chizellé T. Archie #hisgracebloodmercy

About the Book

Victoria Diamond Bouviér is back!
Now living in Atlanta, Georgia, as CEO of Diamond Investments, wife to husband, Marcel, and mother; this time she gets way more than she bargains for. Life for Victoria has become a never-ending cycle, and on top of it all she has the arduous task of being the mother to Gabrielle Grace Cartiér, a thirteen-year-old trapped in the body of a twenty-one-year-old, who just happens to be a child prodigy! Can you say thermodynamics by age 5? OMG...

In this modern day epic, Gabrielle deals with the daily woes of teenage-hood, but like most girls her age, her mind isn't all focused on the books. Hers is set on other things like being the flyest girl at Benetton Prep Academy, along with getting her one true love, Andrew Harrison, 23-year old owner of Club Etcetera.

When Gabrielle gets a Facebook "friend request" from Rishard "Big Pimpin'" McCants, her life takes a new direction. Following the "Rule Book" her best friend, Quinn, authors, Gabrielle grows up faster than she can imagine. Once she discovers love, sex, drugs, and money doesn't equal to three, she suddenly has help remembering what does, but is it too late?

As Victoria tries to balance life, love, and health, she once again gets caught in a web of past treachery and deceit. It's said, what's done in the dark, comes to light, so be careful who you sleep with. Generational curses can be lethal! With her ride or die bestie, Lucy, by her side, will Victoria learn that even in motherhood with God anything is possible? IJS...

About the Author

Chizellé T. Archie hails from Atlanta, Georgia by way of the sunny Gulf Coast of Mobile, Alabama. She is a Registered Nurse for the Infectious Disease Program with Grady Health Systems.

Several years ago, after noticing the alarming statistics of the HIV rate of African American women, Chizellé became fed up with the way her African American brothers and sisters (young alike), were beginning to settle for any and everything, in that having safe sex was not an option anymore. Lastly, what disturbed her most was there are so many people sitting in the church pews each Sunday masking their hurt, because of the stigma associated with this epidemic, and yet the one place they feel most comfortable is the one place that leaves them feeling so alone.

In 2010, Chizellé landed on the literary scene with authority, and it was with great fortitude that she penned her debut novel, The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Diamond, in which her life experiences have allowed her to grab hold and take nothing less, realizing she is a Diamond! She continues the story in the sequel, His Grace, His Blood, His Mercy!

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

I'm coming back blogging in a big way!  Dream big! Achieve at your greatest heights and just do this thing. What are you waiting for anyway?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

RIP Ms. Sharon Tucker

It's a sad situation when you lose a parent to death.  We all have grown to know Kandis new husband, Todd Tucker's mom from The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Todd announced earlier tonight his mom died on his Instagram account.  Just a few minutes ago, Kandis did the same on Instagram with this statement, "Today has been a tough day. Our family has suffered a terrible loss. Sharon was the best mother in-law! She was fun, energetic, loving, & caring. I loved how she liked to get up & go all the time. She would get you in check one minute & give you a hug the next minute. She still had a young spirit. It's unbelievable that she's gone. I'm so sad for @todd167 because they were so close... He talked to her every morning & all thru out the day, every day. It's hard losing people that you love but when it's out of the blue with no warning it just makes it that much harder.... I'm still in shock."

Rest in peace Ms. Sharon.  May God Bless you!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

I watched The Real Housewives of Atlanta tonight and pretty much enjoyed the show.  I don't know why but I like Nene.  I think it is wonderfully how she has grown-up on the show and were showing herself in a better way.  She is not cussing and acting a fool.  She is just trying to take all the advantages and opportunities she is getting.  I don't blame her.  Just a few updates:

Nene:  Nene is preparing to perform or to host in Las Vegas  at Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity.  She is discussing that she doesn't want to be nude or show her skin.  She discusses the fact that she will work and do whatever it takes, but she is easy to work with, and she said people would attest to that fact.

Kenya: Still does not understand why or how she provoked  Porsha. She said it was just fun for her. Is bullying people really fun for the person who is, doing the bullying? It's sure not fun for the person who is being bullied.  I guess if she didn't go for Nene, there would be no need for her. She thinks everyone came after her and did not like her.  She doesn't think she is the problem.

Cynthia is the type of pretty girl without a brain.  Does she have a mind of her own?  I always taught my daughter to be a leader and not a follower.  When the wind shifts, Cynthia does too.  That's bad to see a grown woman who will not think on her own.  Does she really thinks Kenya is her friend?  She was all on Kenya side and did not think she was wrong for bullying Porsha. The next show will show how she ran and spilled the beans by blabbing her mouth.  Cynthia did this after Apollo told Peter something she couldn't wait to tell her new best friend who couldn't wait to cut Phaedra with it. It's about the man name Chocolate who Apollo accused Phaedra of dating while being married to him.

Porshe looked great at her modeling shoot.  She seems more confident than she was before. She will not apologize to Kenya for beating her butt because Kenya came for her.

Kandi will continue to be a cool person who is charming with everyone.  She won't side with any one person, except her mamma. She is busy preparing for Todd's eighteen-year-old daughter's arrival. The newlyweds have a discussion about giving kids too much, and Kandi thinks children should be happy so why not give them what they want as a reward.  Todd doesn't want his daughter getting everything and wants her to work for what she gets.

Tonight the show centered around  Nene.  It wasn't ghetto fabulous, but we know it is coming.  The show didn't introduce the two new girls tonight. You can believe when they show up they are going for the Queen.  After all, if they don't knock her off the throne, they will be back in the unemployment line.  I give this show a B+.  Nene is still running everything, and that's alright by me.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Putting Your Best Foot Forward While Interviewing

I received a phone call from an author who had blown a television interview. Apparently after 30 plus takes they told her that they would contact her later. She knew that they wouldn't. Not only could she not answer questions about her life, she froze and forgot what her book was about. She was so upset because she realized that she lost a great opportunity to be seen by thousands of people. Plus, she felt that the host would never call her back and so far she was right.

I immediately contacted my publicist and asked her to take this author and two others through media training. The training we received was from  Media  by Sistrunk. The owner of the company Deborah gave us some valuable information. I have used some of the information from participating in the training, in this article.  Often when you are being interviewed you plan what you are going to say, but what is just as important is what you don’t say. Not only is it important to have good talking points and good verbal skills but you must also have great non-verbal skills. The ability to communicate both verbally and non-verbally is essential. Nonverbal communication is often referred to as body language and includes gestures, expressions and postures.

Here are some do’s and don’t to help you navigate through the interview.

· Maintain eye contact with the person who is interviewing you. Keeping eye contact is a sure sign to the interviewer that you are focused on what they are saying.
· Sit up straight and lean forward to show that you are interested in what the person is saying.
· Keep your hands folded on your lap or the arm of the chair when listening to the interviewer.
· Smile when appropriate.

Don’t pick your hands.
Don’t slouch or slide down in your chair.
Don’t tap your fingers nervously.
Don’t fiddle with objects on the desk or near you.
Don’t ignore the interviewer by looking away from them.

Finally, know your subject matter. It is easy to forget information, but you can lessen your chance of this happening by practicing in front of a mirror. Maybe practice does not make perfect all the time, as said, but at least it will make the interview better. Practice these tips and you’ll appear as a confident and assured person while putting your best foot forward.

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