Author of the Week: Brenda Johnson Padgitt

 Brenda Padgitt

 Meet Brenda Johnson Padgitt

Brenda Johnson Padgitt is a mother, author, publisher, educator, entrepreneur, radio host, speaker and above all a humble servant of God. Ms. Padgitt enjoys spending time with her two beautiful girls, Diamond and Kamille. Ms. Padgitt has a B. A. Degree in Broadcast News Communications. She is an experienced educator and has taught and tutored students Pre-K through college.

Ms. Padgitt is also the CEO/Founder of The Young Scholar’s Book Club, The ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild, ASWIFTT Jr. Writer’s Guild, ASWIFTT Publishing, LLC which is the parent company of ASWIFTT Radio, The ASWIFTT Journal & ASWIFTT Television.

 
Q & A with Brenda

1. How did you become a writer?

My writing background began at the age of 7. I was a little girl who kept a diary with the lock and key. I kept a record of my private thoughts and experiences as a child. When I went to high school I started keeping a journal. Once I filled up one journal I would buy another one to record short stories and my experiences. When I went to college I started writing a manuscript for my first book “How Did I Get Into This Mess?, You Compromised, Saith the Lord.”

In “How Did I Get Into This Mess?, You Compromised Saith the Lord” you will read how and why we compromise the word of God. The book provides encouragement and walks you through steps to get back on track with your Destiny. My first book was published in 2005 and a second edition was published by ASWIFTT PUBLISHING, LLC in 2012.

2. What are you hoping readers take away from your book?

My desire is always to leave the reader with knowledge & insight on any subject I write about in my books. My goal is always to educate because I am a teacher. I want to help people improve their lives for the better.

3. If you were to write a book about a controversial topic what would it be?

The controversial topic I am writing about now is Adultery. I guess that would be considered controversial because perpetrators don’t think anything is wrong with this issue.

4. Are you an avid or occasional reader? If so, what is your favorite genre of books?

I am an avid reader and researcher. My favorite genre is non-fiction and I like historical fiction stories.

5. If you could interview one of your favorite authors, who would it be? Why?

Charles Perrault who wrote Cinderella. He died in his home on May 15, 1702. The famous story of Cinderella is still being read today. It has also been re-written by other authors. I would like to ask him about his author’s purpose for the story of Cinderella. I truly believe there is a message concerning child abuse in this story at the hands of a wicked step-mother.

6. If you could make a movie out of one of your books, which one would it be?

For now it would be “My Baby Sister.” It would be a children’s movie which teaches children how to interact with their siblings in a positive manner and how to resolve sibling rivalry issues throughout the movie.

7. Which marketing/promotions or publicity strategy has worked best in your favor?

Word of mouth, Social Media Networks, Networking

8. Which do you like better traditional or self-publishing? Why?

I like self-publishing. You have more control of the outcome of the book from beginning to end.

9. What new projects are you working on?

I am working on 2 new books. They are scheduled to be released in 2014.

10. Where can readers find you?

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Readers can keep up with my newly released books, events, book signings, products and services at:

http://www.brendapadgitt.wordpress.com

http://www.brendapadgitt.com

https://www.goodreads.com/brendapadgitt

About The Book

My Baby Sister

My Baby Sister is a children’s fiction book about Danielle who learns that being a big sister can be really cool. When she was 5 years old her mother announced that a baby sister or brother was on the way. Danielle’s mother was pregnant with her baby sister. Danielle was excited at first until all the attention went on Kayla. As Kayla began to crawl and then walk Danielle did not like the hitting, biting, and kicking that Kayla did to her. Danielle finally learned how to turn the sibling rivalry around.

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Book Release Blast: The Guardians Crown by Wendy Owens

The guardians crown

Gabe is finally forced to answer the ultimate question, will he give his life to save the world? What about just to save the one he loves the most? The Guardians struggle to find another way–ideas that don’t involve Gabe’s death–to defeat Baal.

Time is running out. What will Gabe choose? What price will he pay for that choice?

About The Author

Wendy Owens is a 34 year old author, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. For several years she created and sold her own artwork. In 2011 she gave her true love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time, as though it had been fighting to get out. That moment was when she knew she had found her calling. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, will be concluded with the fifth and final book in 2013.

When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups, lovingly nicknamed stinks and chubbs. She also loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

For more info on Wendy’s young adult fiction visit http://wendy-owens.com

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Book Review: Crimson Masquerade by Loretta Jackson &Vicki Britton

The Crimson Masquerade

The Crimson Masquerade

Loretta Jackson

Vicki Britton

Publication Date: February 8, 2013

4 Stars= Great Page Turner

Ardis Cole is back in her third mystery, Crimson Masquerade by Loretta Jackson and Vicki Britton. In this new installment, Ardis is sent to China to work with Dr. Yong Po on the site of a Han Dynasty tomb. Ardis learns that Dr. Po is being followed by a person w earing a crimson mask. Ardis assembles a crew to help Dr. Po as well as trying to solve the mystery behind the masked character.

Ardis is hit with many obstacles from members being attacked, murder and surprising twists. The more Ardis digs for answers the more secrets she reveals related to the Han Dynasty tomb. Ardis’ trip to China turns out to be more than she bargained for. Readers will be in for a shock when Ardis pulls all the clues together.

The Crimson Masquerade is about betrayal, secrets and greed. This book started off slow but picked up and kept my attention especially when unexplained activities started to occur. This book had a shocking ending which had me guessing until the end. The main character is consistent with the previous books in this series and the supporting characters were unique. I recommend Crimson Masquerade to others.

This book was provided by the authors for review purposes.

Complete Library of Entrepreneurial Wisdom Book Tour with Ginger Marks

complete library

The Complete Library of Entrepreneurial Wisdom with over 150, power-packed, articles to choose from, the busy entrepreneur has at their fingertips, bite-sized training lessons to help them on their success journey. It covers business basics, including how to and how not to start your business; marketing; marketing design, which is a topic rarely covered; writing, which covers technical, practical, as well as, marketing aspects to writing; and life reflections, such as planning for emergencies and disasters—both natural and man-made.

There is so much information packed into this book that it could well be the only book on core business issues that you will ever need.

Purchase at Amazon.com

About Ginger Marks

GingerMarks

In 2005, Ginger completed her first business book, Presentational Skills for the Next Generation. Soon after which, she established her publishing company, DocUmeant Publishing. She is an award winning publisher and internationally known designer. Ginger is the CEO and Founder of CALOMAR, LLC which is the parent company to three successful businesses, DocUmeant.net, DocUmeant Designs, and DocUmeant Publishing. In 2013 she was named by Covington Who’s Who as Entrepreneur of the Year and her design firm is among the Highest Rated firms at DesignFirms.org which lists over 20,000 designers, developers &amp; marketing professionals.

DocUmeant.net offers editing and writing services; DocUmeantDesigns.com, as you would guess, focuses on designs ranging from websites to book covers & layouts to buttons and business stationary needs; while DocUmeantPublishing.com’s focus was begun with the self-published author in mind.

During her entrepreneurial career she has owned and operated a surgical clinic, a bar-b-que restaurant, and held several sales positions including that as a License Financial Advisor. This experience is what enables her to speak on various aspects of business ownership.

Ginger is a member of DesignFirms, AAPS (Association of Authors and Publishers), IBPA (International Book Publishers Association), DBW (Digital Book World), and FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Association). In 2012 she was awarded VIP membership to Covington Who’s Who and her publishing company, DocUmeant Publishing, was awarded the 2012 New York Award in the Publishing Consultants & Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

Currently she resides in Clearwater, Florida with her husband Philip who works beside her as her copy editor.

You can visit her website at Ginger Marks’ Books

 

Why Book Covers Are Important

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GInger Marks

As a publisher and designer let me answer this question with a question. When was the last time you purchased a book without first looking at the title and then the cover? I dare to say we all go through this process in our selection for purchase of reading material.

If you are so influenced by books cover design, what makes you think your potential reader won’t be? As human beings, we all tend to gravitate to beauty. However, beauty in book cover design should not be for overall appearance only.

Whether you design your own cover or hire a professional designer to do so, your end result must be a cover that not only exudes the storyline but further appeals to your reader and their preferences. For example, if you prefer orange but your prospective reader or expects or prefers green would you not do better to use some green on your cover?

You will find some very helpful tips to assist you further in Complete Library of Entrepreneurial Wisdom in the section on design. Besides being filled with excellent advice in my book you will also find an article that you won’t want to miss titled, “22 Design Tips for the Non-Designer”.