Talk About It Thursday: March TBR

Genre Theme for March is Mystery

I have an array of books this month and have finished some of them but these are my tentative books for my “To be Read” list for March. I will read at least one book in the genre theme I have picked for the month. Some books meet my reading challenges and others that do are not listed but will be in a different post. My reading pattern is always subject to change but feel free to check out my March TBR video here.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve read any of these books. I would love to read your thoughts on them. Feel free to Like, Subscribe and Hit the bell on my YouTube channel to receive notification of any new videos I release. Look forwarding to talking to you soon.

Until next time,

Teresa Beasley

 

My First Launch: A Special Mother’s Day Weekend

A Tribute to My Mother Reverend Betty L. Saunders

I was inspired to write my books because of my mother who had passed from Alzheimer’s so when I decided to have my first book signing for Through The Fire it seemed only right to have it Mother’s Day Weekend. It would be my tribute to my late mother Reverend Betty L. Saunders.

Working closely with the publishing company on the final galley, planning when it would go to the printer I ordered 100 copies of my book, a book signing kit, and marketing kit so that I could plan, promote, and market to my audience in enough time to have a successful event.

The event was held it at an art gallery called Linen Life in San Leandro, California the Saturday before Mother’s Day in 2012. I sent out invitations via Facebook, Evite, Meetup, and mail. There were press releases sent to the local newspapers. Friends, Family, Church Members, Co-workers, the general public were in attendance. I asked my local hair salon if I could put a poster in her window for support.

Being creative I used the book cover as my theme, which had daisies so I had vases with daisies in each table, bookmarks, and small postcards that had synopsis of what the book was about as well as the ISBN number for those who might purchase at a later date.

Park of the package at the venue included wine, iced tea beverages and I provided cheeses and crackers for the guests to enjoy while listening to my readings.

I hired a close friend to sit at a separate table and collect payment using my IPad and Square for credit card payments. All I had to do during intermission was sit, autograph books, and take pictures with those attending.

Also what I did was go to a local drug store and get a journal for those attending to sign in and that was the beginning of my first mailing list.

When the clock stroke one o’clock I was positioned at the microphone, a stand to hold my book and I became as one with the audience their energy helped it to be a successful event. I read from the book, answered questions, and even shed some tears when reading a piece called “Clear” which was about losing my mother. The nerves that were bundled up before stepping on the stage had ceased. I knew at that moment that this was my purpose. I was a writer, a poet, and a self published author.

That book signing I sold the most books than I ever have since. People were calling me afterwards asking to order books for friends and family members. The book had taken a life of its own and I was just a vessel. It was bittersweet because afterwards my siblings who came to support me had gone home and read the book. They were very angry with me because though the book was therapeutic for myself it shed light on a sensitive subject domestic violence and that was supposed to be a secret not to be shared outside of the immediate family. They had invited their friends to the book signing who now were reading the book and knew what they had hidden in the back of their memories. They misunderstood why I wrote the book it wasn’t to bring shame but to celebrate the triumphs of the woman we called our mother and the challenges that she faced.

It was my first book signing and I felt accomplished yet a piece of me was left on that stage!

Patricia Saunders was born and raised in Connecticut before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area. She recently received her Master’s in Management from the University of Phoenix. After the passing of her mother who had Alzheimer’s, Patricia decided that all the words that she kept to herself were to be released. Situations, circumstances, and life lessons have influenced her. She works as a supervisor for a corporate organization. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys writing poetry, traveling, and wine tasting. Visit Patricia on the web www.patriciaAsaunders.com

 

A Letter to My Readers : The Real MVP’s

THE REAL MVPS

A Letter to My Readers by Stacy Campbell

Where would an author be without readers? Alone and stuck with manuscripts and ideas, that’s where. Before putting pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, I was an avid reader. There is something about an author’s ability to tell a story, transport the reader to a new world, or give pause about taboo or foreign topics that still blows my mind. With social media interaction and more stories being turned into movies, readers are able to reach out to their favorite authors and tell them how they feel about their literary offerings, sprinkle them with words of encouragement, or sneak in story ideas on the low.

Alex Haley encouraged me to write years ago. Mr. Haley, the guest speaker at an Arts lecture at Albany State College, mesmerized the crowd of students as he shared how he’d “scrunch down” on the front porch of his family’s Henning, Tennessee, home and listen to his elders spin yarns about the past and his lineage. He shared how long it took to write Roots. As he named his elders one by one, I felt a kinship with him; I recalled my elders telling their tales of triumphs and woes. After receiving his autograph, I told him how much I enjoyed his writing and that I hoped to write a book someday. After scribbling his autograph in one of my composition notebooks, he said, “Keep at it and don’t give up. You’ll write that book someday.” I heard him, but I didn’t believe him. After all, the discipline it took to write seemed as distant to me as riding to the moon on a Harley. Wasn’t gonna happen.

Over time, I’d write ideas on napkins, handwrite a few chapters, formulate a plot or two, but fear and negative self-talk convinced me I didn’t have the stamina to write books. I told myself being a reader was good enough and I could support authors who were doing their thing.

Fast forward to 2002. I set sail on a ship with other avid readers for the Summit At Sea. Terry McMillan’s Waiting To Exhale had broken publishing records, received numerous awards and ushered in a magnificent wave of African-American authors who garnered contracts, movie deals, and represented a new platform that chronicled our stories. I buzzed around the ship with the likes of Trisha R. Thomas, Timmothy McCann, Travis Hunter, Tracy Price-Thompson, and Valerie Rose to name a few. Notably, Trisha R. Thomas had gotten word that Halle Berry optioned the rights to her novel, Nappily Ever After. Every writer I met thanked me for reading their work and encouraged me to tell the stories inside me. When I made it back to land in Florida, I decided I’d write or die trying.

It took eleven years after the cruise for my first book, Dream Girl Awakened, to be published, and I can say hands down my readers keep me going. They are the real MVPs. Whether it’s someone reaching out to me to say they could identify with a character or that they saw relatives or friends in my work, or that they flat-out hated what they read, my readers prop me up when I’m stuck, when my characters don’t want to talk, or negative self-talk rears its vicious tongue in my head. There are millions of books on the planet! Readers have unlimited options to entertain themselves. I swell with gratitude and appreciation each time someone tells me they’ve read my work. I do the Snoopy dance when someone tells me they spread the word about one of my books. I’m still growing on this journey, but it didn’t take long to recognize if no one reads your work, you’re in for a lonely ride. To the MVPs, I salute, value, and treasure you!

Love,

Stacy Campbell

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Talk About It Thursday: Let’s Talk Book Gifts and Review Copies Part 1 and 2

It’s Talk About It Thursday time and today I want to share my Book Gifts and Reviews Copies. I had to do this in two parts because I received a lot of books for my birthday as well as review copies from authors and publishers.

So let’s talk about these book gifts and reviews:

I’ll be reading these books throughout the year and using some for my reading challenges. I will share more in my wrap up videos.

If you would like your book reviewed feel free to view my review policy here.