Jedah Mayberry

SONY DSCHe began writing as a diversion on those late nights after his eldest daughter was born. He’s had his head down ever since, writing anytime he found a spare moment, steadily progressing.

Jedah explains his struggles as a writer and how he feels about feedback, “I find operating in a vacuum completely miserable. So few opportunities exist for critical feedback. It’s difficult to know whether you’re on the right track. Eventually, a rejection letter will include a bit of encouragement, some mention of something that resonated with the reviewer. An acquisition editor returned an early copy of a manuscript I submitted completely marked in red. It showed that she thought enough of my work to take the time to give the piece a thorough read. Ultimately, she passed on the project. But that encouragement lit a fire under me to work in greater earnest on improving my writing.”

His latest book is a story about brothers. “I have an older sister. Growing up, we pursued individual interests, maintained separate groups of friends. I was interested to see how boys relate, how they come to depend on one another, what might happen to one if he were left without the other. I read “I Know this Much is True” by Wally Lamb. The book is set in southeastern CT, near to where I grew up. It also tells a story of brothers. Lamb introduces “a person of color”, uses his circumstance to establish bounds across which his main characters would be best served to not venture. My story picks up where his left off, my protagonists falling in age some years behind this ancillary character of Lamb’s. I visit some of the same places that appeared in his book, explore similar themes only told from the perspective of the person of color, the persons left on the fringe in his story taking center stage in The King of PPM.”

With publishing and writing being new to the writer, I asked how he got into publishing this book. “The book is based on my second completed manuscript. After years shopping another piece I’d been working, I took an extended writing workshop, again in the interest of continuous improvement. I had the kernel of an idea for a new story in my head, but wasn’t sure where it might lead. The first couple chapters of the book grew out of weekly workshop exercises. Shortly after completing the workshop, I attended a local book festival. I sat in on a panel discussion on pitching to prospective agents and editors. One of the panel members seemed to take an individualized approach to each person’s query. Soon after, I submitted my newly completed manuscript to the book group he represented (along with the flood of other places to which I had been submitting) and things took hold from there.

Jedah explains his writing method, “I’m constantly writing. I keep a folder of potential titles, story fragments, passing thoughts. The folder is linked to my phone, tablet, computer. Whatever’s close at hand. Once a story reaches critical mass, I transfer it to a more structured document. As far as content goes, I use place to a large degree to frame a piece I’m developing. Like a main character, I believe the region in which a story takes place sets the tone for the direction the narrative can take. I set out to create a world in this place, fill it with people then dig into the intricacies of their lives. I generally have some idea where I want to take the story. I create little story islands working a scene at a time to propel the storyline, quite often surprised myself by the twists and turns that work themselves in. From there, I go back and fill in the gaps between islands, layering in detail. I repeat this process several times before I deem the story ready to share, with an editor or beta reader, even a close friend.”

With the literary field being so wide and the goals endless, I asked Jedah about his personal goals for his literary career. “To establish a literary voice grounded in the world I know. I include elements, hip hop, jazz, blues, fishing, baseball, martial arts to anchor the story to a place I find relatable while staying mindful of literary intent, of quality storytelling.”

Jedah was a top ten finalist for Best New Author by the National Book Festival. I asked him about this accomplishment. “Though I didn’t win, the experience gave me a tremendous boost of confidence. Awarded based on something I’d written, it meant somebody dug my work, that my voice connected with someone.” He went on to say, “It prompted me to write more, to focus on refining my technique. Even with a published book in hand, the feeling of operating in a vacuum persists. This validated that an audience exists for my work. Those little boosts fuel the tank, give me energy to press on, to keep going.”

Jedah explains his plans for his next book and what his readers can expect in 2014. “I used the experience of getting a book through the editing process to resume work on the manuscript I started with originally. It’s also a coming of age story. Set in the south, it has a different vibe than KoPPM, but holds promise to be relatable in a similar way. It has undergone significant revision. I’m currently proofreading before resubmitting. I’ve begun pursuing online publishing opportunities (EtherBooks, The Snippet App) to raise visibility for my work. I’ve used them to give things I’d shelved new life as well as a venue to work out new content. I recently released a two part series, Would Be Twins and Iron Bones (http://www.thesnippetapp.com/writers/jedahmayberry/ ), taken from what promises to be the next book.”

PEN’Ashe Magazine wishes Jedah much success with his literary career.

About the Author

JEDAH MAYBERRY is an emerging fiction writer, born in New York, raised in southeastern CT, the backdrop for his fiction debut. He was a top ten finalist for the 2013 Best New Author Award sponsored by the National Black Book Festival. He also garnered honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s April 2012 Family Matters Short Story Contest. He currently resides with his wife and teenage daughters in Austin, TX.

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Author Paulette Harper in the Spotlight

“I believe my struggle as a writer is being able to stay focused because of so many distractions in life. I know I need to write, but life tends to pull me away for what I really want to do,” Paulette says when I asked about her struggles as a writer. She’s written two Christian non-fiction, inspirational books, a Christian fiction novel, one novella, an author’s manual, and two anthologies.

With Paulette’s hectic schedule, she’s also a business owner and wears many hats. “Because I have a desire to see other aspiring writer’s dreams come to reality, I’ve created Write Now Literary workshops. These workshops are designed to coach aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development, and publication of Christian books. God has given me a desire for writers, especially those who want to write for the Lord. Through these workshops, I provide tools, resources, and opportunities to help writers succeed in the industry. I am also the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours, a company that organizes book tours for authors of Christian genre, authors of children’s book, and authors of clean books.”

Each writer that I’ve come in contact with has a different way of writing and producing quality work. I asked Paulette what her method of writing was. This is what she had to say, “Before doing anything, I make sure I’m in a quiet area, free from distractions. When I’m ready to write, I sit at my laptop and begin writing. Depending on the chapter I’m working on, that determines the direction I’ll go. I am able to write as long as there is a constant flow. I find that writing in the morning is the best time for me.  I live a very productive life with family, church, and juggling my businesses. Therefore, if I don’t start my day off in this fashion, everything else will pull from my time and attention.”

Being in the genre of Christian Fiction, Paulette says as an inspirational and fiction writer, she writes to inspire and empower readers. “I write because I feel I have a message to share with readers, not only to entertain readers but to help them grow spiritually. I love to mix real-life stories into my fiction. Although each story is unique, we experience some of the same feelings, situations, and challenges in life in which the reader can identity. With the ability to craft fiction books, it gives me the opportunity to live through each character. When it comes to non-fiction, true stories, I always want to stir the heart of men.”

The literary business has changed a lot. One question I like to ask authors, writers and professionals who have been a part of this business for a while what their thoughts are on today’s industry. “As it relates to Indie Authors, the publishing industry has taken notice to some great Wordsmiths. At one time, the industry frowned upon Indie authors and did not take them seriously; but with the advancement of social media, Indie authors have risen to the platform and have made a name for themselves. I believe e-books have also helped Indie authors reach a wider audience of readers.”

“When it relates to writing fiction, I believe I must improve on developing my characters so that the readers can identify more with them.” Paulette give her advice and tips from her experience. “I would highly recommend to those who are aspiring to become authors to be patient with the process of becoming well-known. Connecting with your audience and branding yourself will take time. Especially for new writers, the market is flooded with books for readers to choose from; so by keeping this in mind, you must be able to patiently wait for your time to shine.”

With 2014 being a year of success, readers can expect growth and development as from Paulette. She’s also working on the sequel to Living Separate Lives.”

More about Paulette

Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

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Hot New Release; Consequences and Repercussions

Consequences and Repercussions CoverTwo pregnancies may prove to be too much for one relationship…

Kyle and Avail have finally managed to become an exclusive couple while minding the important stipulation of reserving sex for a possible marriage and overcoming the distractions of an ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, and others who have a vested interest in the both of them, but there are some things that are hard to ignore, like desire and babies.

Intensely attracted to one another, Kyle and Avail find themselves with the perfect opportunity to break their vow and experience one another in a more intimate way when fate steps in and changes their world forever.  Celeste, Kyle’s ex-girlfriend, promised that she would get Avail back for taking Kyle away from her, and Grey’s simmering affections prove to be the perfect place for Avail to seek refuge.  Between counseling sessions, an unexpected opportunity, a charm on a necklace, and diminishing communication, Kyle accepts the inevitable and makes decisions that help him further grow into the man he seeks to be.  Even so, Camden disregards the circumstances and continues to pursue Kyle more aggressively than before.  Raine and Shea continue to be the rock Avail needs to be stable, but Grey seeks to add a level of comfort to her stability by sharing a personal view they both have in common. A shared Intersession class and summer opportunities draw Avail and Grey closer than ever, but Kyle runs just enough interference to make his presence known.  Former distractions become major obstacles as each character deals with their own set of costs and penalties.

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AAMBC Blog Tours with Thomas C. Ross

Cracks in My Palms by Thomas C. Ross 

photoCracks in My Palms was written simply because I grew tired of waiting on someone else to write it!

The topic you you’ve been hoping your favorite rapper would address. I’ve taken the liberty to address.
The war within yourself, the battle raging in your mind, trying to maintain sanity in a insane world. I’ve put that in words so you don’t have to feel alone anymore.
The many twist and turns of an relationship that leaves us asking “what exactly is love?” I like to think I’ve answered that question perfectly.
You’ll see life through the eyes of the down trodden.
For once you read words uplifting women, vice degrading them!
You’ll experience the uncertainty of a father who knows he can’t be here among the living forever, and just wants the best for his princess.
You will experience life RAW, uncut, absent of the Hollywood filter.
You’ll laugh, cry, smile become angry, and love it.
This book was not written simply to entertain you.
It was written to awakened the dead in spirit, to cause the bitter to love once more, to empathize with the bereaved, to cause debate, to force those who always feel to think, to question the black and white lines of world that divide us.
This book was written for you, you just don’t know it yet!

Excerpt: 

Love is understanding , love is prayer, love is forgiveness

love is taken for granted, love is rare, love is relentless

love hurts,love lives, love gives,love is fierce

loves a bitch,your pride love is guranteed  to pierce,

love dilligently works

love pushes, love strains, love strives,

love weathered under pressure sometmes  bursts

a  love deprived cries because its dying of  thirst,

love can be exciting or mellow and mild

love can drive a young man wild

love hears, love see’s, love learns , love teaches

love expects, love delivers, when love is lost, love seeks it

love believes, love dreams , love tries, love fails

love is pure, love endures, love fights, love prevails

love is heaven , love is  hell,love is freedom, love is a cell

love is a blessing, love is a curse,love is a lesson loves is..

The most Perfect Imperfection

love is ridicule,love is pivotal,love is a very difficult wish for two

love is loyal,love is honest,love is Principle

love is progress,love is mystical, love is a promise, love is invincible

love is God’s hands, God’s earth, God’s breath of life,the creation, God’s Man

Love is a Man’s life, his rib,his Wife, God’s Plan

Love is the unconquerable emotion that superceedes all

love is everything created shaken together

love is beyond boundaries without measure

love is here, love is now, love is forever..yeah Love is Forever.

 

poetGet to know the author:

1. How long have you been writing?
I started off writing at the age of six. I entered my very first story in the Young Authors contest. I did not win due to the graphic nature of my story. (I wrote a horror story) However, I got a honorable mention and kudos from various teaching saying that my story was great, but it was just too gory. Lol
2. Who is your greatest influence when regarding writing?
My greatest influence is the great Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Langston Hughes and Gill-Scott Herring as far as poetry is concerned.
Now regarding novels I love, Stephen King, Alex Haley, Claude Brown, Dick Gregory and I have a guilty pleasure; I enjoy Zane.
3. What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is the bible. I have yet to find a book more controversial, more historically accurate, and more globally misunderstood then the bible. It us beyond intriguing. It’s like only a select group of people were set apart to truly grasp the books overall objective. It’s a classic.
5. How far do you want to take your writings?
My personal goal is to one day be able to write for a living.
My ultimate goal is to change the world one reader at a time.
6. Will any of your personal trials or tribulations be addressed in your writing ?
In every book I will be revealing a piece of me that no one knows, writing is therapeutic and I owe my fans all of me!
7. What is your motivation behind writing?
First and foremost my daughter. Outside of serving proudly in the Navy, I want my daughter to be proud of who the man her father is by continuing to earn a respectable living
Secondly a past lover whom I still care for deeply once told me that I could do anything I wanted to, but writing she said “you were born to write and your just wasting your talent”. So I want to make her proud as well wherever she may be.
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Hot New Release; Inevitable Act I

03ebb98c2c60fc796422ab8367bbc773ec0115d4Angel McCloud is done with love after experiencing a broken heart by her deadbeat boyfriend. Vowing to take a break from relationships, now its all about her. Angel wants to have a little fun and cater to her sexual beast without commitment and drama and with the handsome, star wide receiver from the Detroit Lions, her delectable-bodied personal trainer from the past visiting town, and a coworker that’s been sniffing up behind her for a while now, it seems like she will get that chance. That is, if the sexy mystery man that keeps invading her life, thoughts and dreams, stops making her feel a craving that she never has before. Future Crowne used to be Mr. Nice guy and the hopeless romantic but it only seemed to get him overlooked and misused. What a difference 5 years can make. Future is now the epitome of a player and a ladies man and to protect his heart he has no problem giving women a dose of their own medicine. Now they get only sex and great sex at that. Unfortunately he may have met his match with the sultry sexy Kandi. The one thing that he didn’t plan for was what felt like fate in the form of an unknown woman, rearing its head into his plans. Follow these two seemingly different people through exciting and tantalizing paths, drama filled nights and sexual triangles as they find out their inevitable truth.

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Book Trailer Promotion; My Life, My Rules

During the happiest time of her life, Selene’s past returns to haunt her.  She made some mistakes in her youth, but paid the price and spent seven years toeing the line and working hard to accomplish her goals when others would have given up.  Finally, she has everything she had ever wanted, a magical life with the perfect husband, adorable daughter, and successful career. All achieved by consciously developing her higher self and following the laws of the Universe.

Then one day an unexpected letter arrives–one that jeopardizes everything she has worked so hard to achieve, and which has the power to destroy it all.

Deportation. The United States plans to forcibly remove her from her family, her friends and her way of life.  Numb with shock and grief, she struggles to apply the principles of faith that have stood her in good stead over the years. Even though this problem seems implacable and insurmountable, she finds she is not alone.

Follow Selene’s gut-wrenching ordeal as she faces the heartache and devastation that millions of immigrants and their families suffer every year.

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The POV Lounge Reviews: Malicious

Malicious frontcover 450 x 685They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But a bitch like me, Latoya Collins, prefers to throw it in your face like hot grits!

If these scandalous ho’s Jasmine and Nikki think they can get away with screwing my baby daddy Malachi Turner, and taking all his money for themselves, den them ho’s got the wrong bitch!

I’m coming back for what I rightfully deserve; everything! And I’ma make sure these tricks lose it all. What, you mad?

 

Review: 

Malicious, although named a stand alone novel is part of the “Pink Palace” series featuring characters from both “The Pink Palace” & “The Pink Palace: Money, Power and Sex”

From the beginning of the book, it was a page turner. I could not put it down and I knew with McCaulsky’s previous work, he would not fail me. We meet Toy the baby mama of Malachi Turner and she is set on revenge. Situations are set in place to make Nikki and Jasmine pay for their past.

McCaulsky did an extraordinary job in taking me right into the city of Atlanta. Throughout the book I felt like I walked right along side the characters in each scene. He also did an amazing job with the twists and turns that were set in the book. Simply put, he did not disappoint.

I will say that the book could have had a better editng job. There were mistakes in the book that took away from the story at times.

The book ended with a cliffhanger and I am expecting a part four. When he decides to write it and release it, I will be eager to read that book as well. Great job on a phenominal storyline!

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