Wednesday, June 26, 2013

On Conversations: #Interview with #AAMBookclub #Author Tori Turner

It is my pleasure to welcome AAMBookclub Author Tori Turner to Conversations today.  She's here to talk about her new release, When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big. Be sure and check out her interview and get to know Tori.

Lisa ~ 
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WHEN I DECIDED TO D.R.E.A.M. BIG

As an aspiring teen actress, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist, at only 14 years old Tori Turner has learned that getting to the top and reaching stardom is a marathon, not a sprint. Through personal accounts, triumphs, and pitfalls as a young aspiring artist, Tori shares with her reader how to overcome by keeping God first and not only dreaming but dreaming big on purpose! When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big is organized into a series of steps one should take in order to strategically go after your goals and dreams, while also offering insightful lessons learned, Biblical inspiration and inspirations from other big dreamers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama and Walt Disney, to name a few! In When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. Big, Tori takes the reader through the beginning stages of her journey and all of the priceless inspirations that she has picked up along the way. Her journey is far from over and in fact it is only the beginning, but this teen has decided to give back along the way and share everything that she is learning in hopes that other teens will have the courage to go after their dreams!

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Get to know Tori:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Well I’m 14 years old, a current freshman in high school.  I’m an aspiring actress, an author, a pageant girl, entrepreneur and motivational speaker with Young Black Minds.  I have my own foundation, Tori Turner’s D.R.E.A.M. BIG Foundation and I also started my own company last year, T Star Entertainment which is a full service entertainment and promotion company.  I like to promote and host safe, clean, fun events for tweens and teens in New Orleans.  Currently I am promoting my 1st book with Delphine Publications along with getting prepared for my upcoming book tour.  I am also working on my second book, which will be the first installment of my first book series.

Your new book “When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG” releases May 7th, how exciting! Tell us what sparked this book and what it is about.

“I am super excited!”  The book coming out is extremely exciting because I never thought that I would actually write my own book AND have it published, especially at my age.  Now I’m hooked and can’t wait to finish my next one!  I have always read a lot and thought about writing a book, but that was as far as I got, until now! What made me want to write this very inspirational book is during my reign I did motivational speaking all over my state at different places got some great feedback on the information I was sharing.  The young girls really seemed to connect with me and they would email me questions and ask when I was coming back.  One of the mothers said “you should put this in a book!”  I talked to my Mom about it but at the time she didn’t know how to help me.  “Now this gets interesting….”  My next booking was to speak at a youth empowerment event for the Bayou Soul Writers & Readers conference which is held every year the day before Essence Festival begins in New Orleans, LA.  Not only did I get to speak, but I also met lots of authors and publishers and began to ask questions.  I picked up a business card from on of the authors; who is now my publisher, Ms. Tamika Newhouse of Delphine Publications, and the rest is history in the making.    When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG is about dreaming big of course, thinking positive, speaking positive on you life, and keeping God first while doing it.

You are such an inspiration and quite successful at such a young age, you must have a great support system! Who inspires you daily?

Thank you for the compliment!  I have an awesome support system.  My parents work very hard to help my little sister Lexi and I reach our dreams. I am really blessed.  Of course God is my ultimate daily inspiration, but I am also really inspired by my little sister.  When I look at her, I see all of the little girls that will potentially look up to me and it makes me want to be a good person.  I don’t always make the best choices, but I am trying to be the best role model I can be.

How do your balance high school along with your road appearances?

It’s not easy I can tell you that, but for the most part I usually do most of my appearances on weekends when I can and during the summer. The summer is when I am the busiest because I have no school. During the school year the main focus is my grades; my Mom doesn’t play when it comes to my grades.  I may have a few appearances here and there but nothing major.

You apply emphasis on DREAM. Tell us what that means and how it developed?

D.R.E.A.M. is an acronym and it stands for Divinely, Revealed, Enterprises, through Anointing, to Manifestation. Let’s break it down:  “Divinely Revealed” – staying in submission to God’s will and in constant prayer, he will reveal things to you; “Enterprises” – business opportunities; “through Anointing” – revealed during prayer time, from dream or vision to….; “to Manifestation” – to…..REALITY!  What that means is that you should always keep God first in everything that you do and whenever you dream, dream bigger than big and he will direct your path. This acronym was revealed to my Mom during a church revival and she wrote it down in her note pad.  God gave her the vision that he would reveal different business enterprises to our family in due season.  The first was the creation of my non-profit foundation, Tori Turner’s D.R.E.A.M BIG Foundation. For me D.R.E.A.M. merges dreaming with spirituality and acts as a reminder that it all comes from God.

What advice do you have for teen girls passionate or even anxious about achieving their dreams?

My first advice is to always keep God first.  I learned this when I was little, but I had to learn it again recently.  It is very easy to get caught up in pursuing what you want and leave God out, but I have learned that doesn’t work!  Also I would tell teen girls to go for whatever it is they want to achieve, but don’t be anxious because most things are a marathon and not a sprint.   (That’s something my Mom tells me when I get anxious)  Always D.R.E.A.M. BIG no matter what!
~ The journey of one thousand miles starts with one single step ~ Make sure you are doing something toward your goal everyday!


14 year old Victoria Jonquil Turner, affectionately known by most as “Tori Turner” is a native of New Orleans, LA. Tori is an author, entrepreneur, teen queen, motivational speaker, model, and aspiring actress.  As an author with Atlanta based Delphine Publications, Tori released her first inspirational book, “When I Decided to D.R.E.A.M. BIG” along with the “D.R.E.A.M. Journal.” As an entrepreneur, Tori started her company, T Star Entertainment, Inc. at 13 years old and founded the Tori Turner’s D.R.E.A.M. BIG Foundation at 12 years old.  Tori has modeled for several companies and is currently the teen spokesmodel for Diva Couture Cosmetics (California) and Bella Dame Bijoux (New Orleans, LA). Tori reigned as the 2012 Miss Black Louisiana USA Talented Teen. As a motivational speaker with Young Black Minds, LLC (Las Vegas, Nevada) Tori travels the US encouraging other teen’s to pursue their dreams on purpose and with purpose.  Tori’s message to others is to always D.R.E.A.M. BIG, believe in God and yourself and you can do anything you set your heart and mind to.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

On Conversations: #Interview with #AAMBookclub #Author Saundra Jones

It is my pleasure to welcome AAMBookclub Author Saundra Jones to Conversations today.  She's here to talk about her new release, Pieces of Justice. Be sure and check out the excerpt and her interview and get to know Saundra.

Lisa ~ 
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 Pieces of Justice 

Making partner at Garrett & Rhem law firm and being engaged to the man she loves has Justice riding on a natural high. But when she opens the newspaper and discovers her fiancé Keith has been living a lie she closes her heart to love. Becoming a Judge becomes the only piece of pie she intends to taste. Against her better judgment she takes on a low profile custody battle for Austin Crews a local detective who is desperately seeking custody of his abandoned twelve year old daughter. Instantly attracted to her, Austin fights his urges as Justice makes it clear she does not get involved with her clients. But Justice has a moment of weakness that ends in a passionate filled night that causes Austin to spill his true feeling to her. Shocked at his confession Justice reveals to him that she is moving away. Overwhelmed with the news Austin pulls out all the stops to win Pieces of Justice heart. However, Justice firm vow to always put her career before love threatens it all. Will Justice ever open her eyes to True Love or will she allow past betrayals continue to block her from it?
 
Chapter Four Excerpt:


    Justice pulled her car into the parking lot of Shady Groves Park she absolutely loved to run at this park. It had a nice trail full of trees, it was peaceful and, she could run freely without being stopped by cars.  Shady Grover ran a full circle around the downtown area it was the biggest park in Gulf Port many people visited the park everyday to run, walk, or just have a seat on the many benches scattered throughout the park. She always meet up with Kiki on Saturday and Sunday mornings to do a six mile run.
    Kiki pulled in just as Justice climbed out of her car. Kiki quickly parked and got out.
    “Good morning, Justice. You beat me here this morning I’m shocked. Normally I run around the whole park before you decide to even show up.” Kiki jokes.
    “Well I am proud to announce that I got a good night sleep. I actually went to bed without a migraine. Can you believe it?” Justice beamed feeling refreshed. She started to do her pre stretches before the run.
    “Ummm, no headache that’s odd, but good.  Wait a minute is there some guy you ain’t tellin’ me about?” Kiki threw her hand on her right hip. ‘Cause you know I don’t like being in the dark.”
    “There is no guy.” Justice let out a slight laugh. “Kiki you are so weird. You always think it’s a guy. Can’t a girl just feel good sometimes?”
    “Umph.” Kiki sighed giving her the benefit of the doubt. “I hope one day it is about a guy. You don’t need to be alone. Some male company could do you, good.”
    “No, running these six miles can do me good. Now let’s go.” Justice took off and Kiki followed.
    “Hey slow down. I am not trying to hurt none of this size six I have to take very good care of it. And running at this speed I could easily break a limb.” Kiki babbled for fun.
    “Alright I guess I could slow down to our usual speed.” Justice chirped while falling into step of their normal running speed.
    “So what have you been up to this week? I haven’t heard much from you. You’ve called my phone all of twice this week.” Justice asked.
    “I thought I would give you a break.” Kiki smiled. “But actually I have been working a lot of extra hours for Deloris.”
    “She is still out?”
    “Yep. Turns out she going to have that flu for seven more months.”
    “Wait a minute. She is pregnant.”


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Get to know Saundra: 

Where are you from?

Cleveland, Mississippi is my hometown.

Tell us your latest news?

This summer my first Predictable Romance titled “Pieces of Justice is being released.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing at the age twelve because creating characters intrigued me. For me there was nothing more exciting than taking an idea and bringing it to life.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I considered myself a writer after the feedback of readers wanting more from the release of my first self published novel.

How much of the book is realistic?


I would say 80% of the book is realistic.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?


No the book is completely fiction.

After Pieces of Justice do you plan on taking a break from writing?


Absolutely not. In the fall of 2013 “Her Sweetest Revenge 2” will be released.  And from there is more to come. It will be a while before I take a break. I am full of stories lol.



Saundra Jones grew up in Cleveland Mississippi and as an adult now resides in Indiana. Saundra works for a government assisted agency as Assistant Property Manager in the Public Housing Sector. She is married with two daughters ages 12 and 6 years old. Originally she started writing screen plays at the age of twelve and as an adult the need to create intensified. This intensity produced her first self published novella titled “Owning Up” now renamed “Trick or Treat.” In December of 2011 Saundra was signed to Delphine Publications and by summer 2012 her debut novel “Her Sweetest Revenge” was released and reached Amazon Bestseller list at #2. Delphine Publications will release her first romance novel titled “Pieces of Justice” in the summer  of 2013. According to Saundra, “writing is my passion and simply my destiny there is so much more to come.” Currently she is at work on the sequel to “Her Sweetest Revenge.”

Find Saundra:
Blog: www.authorsaundra.com
Twitter: @authorsaundra
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Author-Saundra-Jones
Website: www.authorsaundra.wix.com/authorsaundrajones
www.delphinepublications.com/home/authors/author-saundra

Saturday, June 1, 2013

5 Sexy Cowboys...5 thrilling romances in 1 book for 99 cents! LOVE ME SOME COWBOY! #Amreading #iBooks


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Who can resist a tough, rugged cowboy? Not these feisty, determined women!

In Nothing But Trouble by USAToday Bestselling Author Lisa Mondello, city girl Melanie Summers must spend an entire month alone in the Wyoming wilderness with sexy rodeo cowboy, Stoney Buxton, without getting into trouble. Possible? Not a chance in the world!

USAToday Bestselling Author Jean Brashear adds Lone Star flavor with Texas Secrets. Boone Gallagher returns to the only home he's ever known only to find it's been willed to a sexy stranger who's intent on leaving. He must keep her there for thirty days or it will be lost to them both.


Love romantic reunion stories? Then much-loved Harlequin author Barbara McMahon has the perfect book for you! Crazy About a Cowboy brings you Sam and Lisa Haller, who divorced for all the wrong reasons. Now Sam wants his ex-wife back for all the right ones.

Once Upon a Cowboy by Day Leclaire, author of the wildly popular Dante's Legacy series, introduces Cami, a lovable, greenhorn spitfire determined to become a cowboy, despite the objections of her sexy rancher boss.

And last, but far from least, beloved Dell and Harlequin author Ginger Chambers offers a heartwarming treat with Love, Texas, in which Cassie Edwards returns to the hometown she'd forsaken to negotiate the sale of land belonging to the Taylor family. Hard-working rancher Will Taylor, once her girlhood crush, is all man now and fighting hard to save his heritage. When attraction flares, will true love triumph?


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