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Posted by Teresa B at Saturday, November 26, Saturday Suggestion: As children, Camille had the grades, the friends, and their parents' love, while Paige was left with hand-me-downs and criticism. No matter how hard she tried, she could never measure up to her sister's standard. Now as adults, Camille lives an idyllic life with her husband, Pierce, and her two perfect children in a beautiful home, while Paige is stuck in a small condo with bills she can't afford to pay. It is time for Paige to take what she is owed-starting with Pierce. With seeds of doubt planted in both Camille's and Pierce's minds, Paige's plan to steal her brother-in law starts to work.

But when a twist of fate takes things wildly off course, a desperate Paige moves from envy to madness. What results from her dangerous scheme is something no one could have imagined. Buying Time by Pamela Samuels Young. When a straight-laced L. Disbarred attorney Waverly Sloan is unwittingly drawn into a financial scheme targeting the terminally ill.

I literally could not put this book down. Shoot-outs, murder for hire and accusations keep this story moving forward with everyone pointing the finger trying to lay blame. Waverly pulled his battered BMW into the parking stall outside his Culver City town house and turned off the engine. He dreaded going inside. He closed his eyes and rehearsed the spiel in his head. Waverly exited the car and climbed the short flight of stairs to their unit.

He was a large, solidly built man with skin the color of honey. Borderline handsome, his lopsided smile was the primary source of his appeal. It compelled people to like him. Waverly found her in the kitchen, poised over a cutting board chopping carrots and bell peppers. He dumped his keys on the counter, walked up behind her and swallowed her up in a bear hug.

Resting against the center island, Waverly folded his arms and stared at his wife.

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At thirty-seven—five years his junior—Deidra had the tight, voluptuous body of a highly compensated stripper. She had creamy brown skin and long, auburn hair that fell past her shoulders. After two years of marriage, Waverly still had no idea what her real hair looked like underneath the five-hundred dollar weave. His wife had good instincts, at least about him. Waverly eyed the knife in her hand. He had a mental image of Deidra accidentally chopping off a finger when she heard what he had to say. Waverly had wanted Deidra from the moment he spotted her walking out of a store on Rodeo Drive loaded with shopping bags.

Instinct told him there was little chance that a woman like her would give a guy like him a second glance. He was only in Beverly Hills for a meeting with an opposing counsel. Risk-taker that he was, Waverly turned on his charm and it worked. He took a bottle of Chardonnay from the refrigerator and poured a glass for each of them. Can you make any real money from that? Waverly had no idea what a viatical was, only that it had something to do with insurance. He had an appointment to talk with the guy after his appearance before the State Bar. Now, Waverly worked hard to do the same, often placating her with promises of better things to come.

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Waverly had promised that she could start house shopping as soon as his next case settled. She was about to complain, but apparently noticed the angst on his face and retreated. Waverly took a sip of wine and debated delaying his planned conversation with Deidra until he was absolutely certain about his situation. There was a slim chance that he might be hit with a suspension rather than disbarment.

If anybody could save the day, it was Kitty. If she had, he would have faked a migraine. He waited about three beats, then started boasting about his new sixty-inch flat screen. Leon spotted Waverly sitting in the den and made a beeline in his direction. Waverly wondered what he would criticize first. Instead of answering, Waverly reached for his wineglass and took another sip. Too bad his own father was dead and gone. The evening plodded painfully along as it always did. She was a fashion editor for Vogue.

Having Deidra out of town for a few weeks would give him time to get a game plan in place. No one was more dazed than his blowhard father-in-law. Leon Barrett frequently offered to share his money, but never actually parted with any. Waverly thought the man might swallow his toothpick. Deidra shot him a look hot enough to scorch his eyeballs, but he pretended not to notice. Pleased with what he had just pulled off, Waverly got up and retrieved another bottle of wine from the wine rack. Are we having money problems? Because if we are, I need to know.

He wanted to laugh. Just give me some time. Their town house was more than two thousand square feet. Waverly opened the cabinet over the bar, grabbed a fifth of brandy and took a swig straight from the bottle. But what the hell? He had never expected to keep a woman like Deidra happy forever. After divorcing his third wife, Henry Sloan swore off pretty women. Waverly chuckled to himself. Right now, he could use a woman who could hang, because the ride was about to get rocky. Intimate Conversation with Pamela Samuels Young. Lawyer and author Pamela Samuels Young continues to receive accolades for her page turning legal thrillers that present the legal detail and mouthwatering suspense of John Grisham, combined with the understanding of urban love, explosive language and humor of Terry McMillan.

The Awards Committee described "Buying Time" as a "captivating, suspenseful thriller. Pamela tell us about your passion for writing. Why do you write? What impact do you want your book to make on the readers? I definitely have a passion for writing. Nothing else could explain my willingness to sit in front of my computer for ten hours a day or my eagerness to rise at four in the morning to write before going to work. I enjoy creating characters and putting them in precarious situations. How did you feel when you saw your first book in bookstores? I still have a very vivid memory of seeing Every Reasonable Doubt on the shelf at the Barnes and Noble near my home in February I went to the store on the book's scheduled release date, not really expecting to find it.

My stepson and I searched the shelves but couldn't find it. I was about to leave, but decided to, ask for it at the reception desk. To my delight, the clerk found it and led us to the book. I just stood there staring at it. So much blood, sweat and tears led me to this point. My stepson took out his cell phone and snapped a picture of me holding the book.

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And just as I started to started to tear up, he promptly warned me not to embarrass him by crying in the store. Recently disbarred attorney Waverly Sloan is unwittingly drawn into a financial scheme targeting people who are terminally ill. What inspired you to begin writing mysteries after careers in journalism and law? I've always loved reading mysteries, particularly those that involve fascinating legal cases.

It bothered me, however, that the legal thrillers I read never depicted women and African-American attorneys. I decided to fill the void. I knew pretty early that I wanted to be a writer, having worked on school newspapers in junior high, high school and college. When I decided to major in journalism at the University of Southern California, I didn't give much thought to creative writing. At the age of 18, I didn't have the guts to even consider a career as a novelist.

I knew I didn't have that kind of poetic writing talent. So I pursued a career in journalism and later, earned a law degree. Flash forward several years and I somehow gathered the courage to give creative writing a try. What is your process for creating a novel? Do you plot out the story or do the characters speak to you?

I will spend any where from a few weeks to as long as three months outlining a book before I sit down to write. I also mull over my story a lot. I'm thinking about it in the shower, while I'm standing in line at the grocery story, during my minute commute to work. I can almost see each chapter as if it were a scene in a movie. Only after I have a completed outline do I start writing. And when I write, I go from page one to the last page without doing much editing.

For me, it's psychologically motivating to complete that first draft, even if it's so bad I'd never dare show it to anyone. Once I have a finished first draft, then the real writing starts. I revise, and revise and revise some more. That process can last six months or more. What are your sources of creativity? Imagining thousands of readers enjoying my books inspires me. I'm a morning person.

My creative juices really flow around five a. Finish this sentence- My writing offers the following legacy to future readers People who love mysteries want a compelling story. My primary goal is to write entertaining thrillers with diverse characters and a storyline that keeps readers turning the page. Do you have any difficulty balancing your writing career with your day job and your personal life? I'm fortunate to be working part-time as an in-house attorney.

But it's still a struggle balancing my legal career, promoting my current books, and writing my next novel, on top of being a wife and step-mother. I'm just thankful that I have a supportive job and family. Staying afloat requires organization and a lot of physical stamina. Your life is extremely busy! What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers that are also juggling full-time careers? Learn to say "no" and don't feel guilty about it.

Right now, I'm practicing law, promoting my books nearly every weekend, working on my next novel, and teaching a business law course at the University of Redlands School of Business. I love teaching, but I recently decided that I just don't have the time or energy to teach another course this year. I also turned down a request to join the board of directors of a local non-profit group.

I wish I could do it all, but there simply aren't enough hours in the day. For now, my primary focus is on finishing my next book and making sure I spend some quality time with my husband, who rarely sees me because I'm gone so much promoting my books. How do you spend your free time? Writing is how I spend my free time and I love every minute of it. I still work part-time as a lawyer and when I'm not at work, I'm usually someplace writing — be it at home, the library or the nearest Starbucks.

Sometimes I write early in the morning before work, other times I'm up until one or two in the morning typing away on my laptop. My most productive writing time is when I can get away from home and lock myself in my timeshare in Palm Desert for a weekend. When I'm in that environment, the writing is non-stop. When I'm writing, I'm happy. What is your most valuable lesson about the publishing industry? You need to have faith in your talent to survive in this business. Even the mega-successful writers—e. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer and John Grisham, just to name a few—were rejected by multiple publishers.

The writers who survive are those who ignore the rejection and just keep writing. I learned that it's a very tough business. As a result, you have to have faith in your talent and keep going despite the rejection. I've worked in both television news and law and I never faced any where near the rejection and difficulties in those careers that I faced trying to become a novelist. In fact, both law school and the California Bar exam were way easier. I also learned that you have to think like a businessperson, not a writer. My books are products. I have to be inventive and unrelenting about getting my product to readers.

In addition to bookstore signings, I've done email blasts, online advertising, giveaways, speaking engagements, and of course book club meetings. During a recent trip to the D. It was a long day, but I reached a lot of people. Book clubs are social networks and they are great sources for word-of-mouth promotion. If the book club members enjoyed reading one of my books, it's likely that they're going to mention it to their friends, family and co-workers, and go back to the store to pick up my next book.

Have you gotten any sound advice from fellow authors? Christian fiction author Victoria Christopher Murray told me that the writers who survive in this business are the persistent ones. She said that producing a book a year has been one of the keys to her success.

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Her fan base has followed her with each book and continues to grow. It's definitely my plan to produce a new book every year. What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Find the writing process that works best for you. When I wrote my first book, I struggled a lot with the writing. I didn't prepare an outline or even have the storyline worked out in my head. I had an idea for the characters and the setting and I just sat down and started writing. I would spend weeks on a single chapter, rewriting what I had written during the previous session.

Later, I ended up tossing out several chapters that I spent weeks working on. Now, I have a completed outline before I begin writing a single word. It can take me a couple of months to complete an outline. Then, I sit down and write my story from beginning to end without doing any major revising. My goal at the start of a new novel is to produce a decent first draft with a solid, engaging plot. Once I'm satisfied with the plot, then I go back and spend as much time as it takes to polish the writing—anywhere from three to six months.

This process helped me cut my writing time tremendously. It took me three years to write In Firm Pursuit written, first but sold second and only one year to finish Every Reasonable Doubt. What is your favorite self-marketing idea? Book clubs, book clubs, book clubs! I've met with close to Book club members are avid readers.

If a book club member loves you, she will recommend your book to others. I've gained speaking events, other book club meetings, great friends and, of course, lots of fans from my book club appearances. What are the biggest surprises you've encountered as a writer? That readers view authors as celebrities. Also, publishers do very little to help promote your book. Getting unsolicited praise for my novels. More than a few friends have met others who raved to them about my books, not knowing that they knew me.

For example, a friend was talking to someone she'd just met at a bar and the subject of good books came up.

My friend was about to tell the woman about my book, but the woman beat her to it. What's the best advice you were given about writing? During my pre-published days, a writing instructor told me to outline a novel like mine and study the story structure. That significantly improved my writing. I outlined John Grisham's novel, The Firm.

I immediately understood how the story came together and could see the work that my novel needed in terms of story structure. What business challenges have you faced as a writer? I spent way too much money on printed promotional materials for my first book. All you really need are a great website, some nice bookmarks and, if you can afford it, some posters for bookstores. I would love to do more travel to meet with more book clubs and readers.

But unfortunately, I only have so many frequent flyer miles. To contact Pamela or to read an excerpt of her books, visit www. The book that had the greatest impact on me as a kid was Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised Land. I can still remember stumbling across a copy of the book at my aunt's house when I was about twelve.

It was the first book I remember reading that had African-American characters and I was thrilled to be reading about people who looked like me. It was also a very gritty and graphic coming of age story. A Man from Another Land: Speaking of Words… Ever received an original poem from someone? April is National Poetry Month. This month serves as the Mecca for poets to sling their tongue-tools called words with pride and privilege like no other time during the year. During this month, coffee houses, community centers, dinner spots, theater stages, bar lounges, street corners, and many other social spots are where wordsmiths lay it down for their public.

Pregnant with thought and full of creativity, poets, spoken-word artists, or griots, whatever they choose to label themselves as, grab the power of words and spin their unique webs to spill out their thoughts, vision, and mission about various topics and life in general. And while words reek with power and direction, some poems are just to be read and heard for the purity of pleasure. There are many different types of poetry as well as artists. Perception can take on many different meanings with the different ways of ideas displayed and presented by people who entertain through words.

Words are used to provoke thought, change, and present opinions; incite knowledge; and excite emotions on all levels. These mental conditions change lives and the world. With just the addition of music, words take on new form and life. Singing in different notes and styles bring words into a different atmosphere and can set the listener in the intended mood of the entertainer.

How many times have the words to a song or poem stretched you from within and tears flowed? How many times have you watched a favorite movie where a particular passage always makes you smile or laugh out loud? Our expressions and reactions are stimulated by the things we not only see but also hear. As we read the thoughts and words from ancient times, the language is more likened to poetry than everyday language.

But the dramatic mind-set and purpose of the writer made you envision the time, situation, and subject while you read.


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The tone made you ponder on the words in order to grasp the intended meaning. Therefore, the technique of words also project power.

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Speaking of techniques, here are just a few that apply to poetry and substantially create their own unique formula of word play. Perception Poems — Written in different voices Concrete Poems — Use space; how the words are arranged on the page adds meaning to the poem Acrostic Poems — The first letter of each line reads downward and creates a word, phrase, or sentence. A Double Acrostic is when both the first and last letters in each line creates words, phrases, and sentences.

Alphabet Poems — The letters of the alphabet are used to create a pattern for words or lines in a poem. Important Poems — Tell the significance of an object or feeling. Both the first and last line of the poem read the same. He made a fist and the boys all did a fist bump. Filed under Christian fiction , Urban Christian. Tagged as betrayal , broken , christian fiction , forgiveness , Michelle Lindo-Rice.

Just as he begins to feel the forbidden emotion, Damisi breaks up with him and moves half way across the world. Now, Damisi has a request that only Jabir could fulfill. Their encounter sets off a series of events that leave them both with fresh pain and hurt. They vow never to see each other again, but fate has a different idea. Will they stick it out long enough for the Potter to perfect their scars and pain for His purpose or will distance and time steal the day.

Unoma Nwankwor is a romantic at heart. Born in Akron, Ohio to Nigerian parents. She spent her childhood and early adulthood years in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She has numerous published flash fiction and short stories. She is currently working on her next novel The Final Ultimatum. Her readers are in love with her unique way of telling stories that capture the essence of her present home base; Atlanta Georgia and her Nigerian culture.

Her stories which center on forgiveness, faith and hope have been described as a fusion of faith, romance and African spice. She sat up straight and scooted away from him. She stared at him. What had he said? How could she go from sweet one minute to this the next? She just wanted to find a way to not let him into her heart. Filed under Christian fiction. With a firm offer from Quincy to help Kira cut a demo and possibly revive the love they let die, Kira has some choices to make.

When Kira finds herself tempted to touch will she remain faithful to her husband or yield to the desires of her flesh? When I rounded the corner Meena, my secretary, was standing in front of her desk smiling and waving at me. Her attentiveness and bright smile cut right into my investigation into why my marriage was beginning to fail. Did you miss me? I turned the knob and my stomach dropped to my heels.

On the other side of the door a tall medley of flowers and fruit curled into a G clef awaited me. A smile spread across my face as I approached this massive fruit salad structure. I fingered the petals of the black orchids and inspected the assortment of fruits—pineapple chunks, mangoes, and strawberries covered in white chocolate.

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All of my favorite things were neatly assembled on my desk. Mason must have thought there was another dog sniffing around his backyard. He probably thought this massive floral arrangement would get me to join the choir and keep my affections at home. I would have preferred some new shoes. Do you think that a little gallant gesture and some white chocolate will get me to work on the record with your choir?

Half listening to his spiel, I dug my hand into the center of the arrangement and removed the card. I read the message again and flashes of heat coursed through my fingers. His vulnerability was sexy. Quincy McAdams had gone from a chemistry major to a music mogul and his life was still missing something.

The words on the card spoke louder to me than Mason until he shouted into the receiver,. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.

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Filed under Christian fiction , romance novel , Urban Christian. Tagged as christian fiction , Nigeria Lockley , tempt temptation , the Spirit. He is personally responsible for teaching some of the most renowned artisans of contemporary music. Some of his former students have been in the employ of Dr. In addition to his writing, his most recent projects include his role as Rev. He is probably best known for his world-renowned video instruction series Learn to Play Gospel Piano — Present. He has been featured in three editions of Jet magazine and BET television.

Jeremiah, an anointed Gospel musician, receives an invitation from Rev. Daniel Trantham, the pastor of Ezekiel Baptist Church, to become their minister of music. Renard resents being overlooked for the music minister position, and enters into a spree of revenge against Jeremiah through botched choir rehearsals and petty squabbles with individual singers. Renard concentrates the majority of his activities, however, in the spiritual realm. Unbeknownst to Jeremiah, Renard is a member of the Society of Tyrus; a secretive, demonic cult of musicians with chapters The Pentagrammatory that span across the country.

Equipped with the new information, Renard heightens his damnable acts — the planting of arcane devices in Bibles, morbid musical arrangements, and secular compositions that call for the eradication of the people of God. A battle ensues as the two musicians take up arms; Jeremiah embraces the Lord while Renard clutches the Ras el-Ain.

The result is a musical showdown amidst a worship service where human and instrumental voices unite to summon the ear of God and mobilize an angelic host. The Heavens are telling! Filed under Christian fiction , Christian fiction Mystery. Tagged as choir , choirstand , christian fiction , hell , mystery , Titus Pollard. Also, as a something woman with familial dreams of my own, I have experienced moments of desiring a mate myself, which is truly natural since Scripture says God will give the desires of your heart Psalm In her quest to find a husband, her friends Jackie, Pippa, Danielle and RayShawn all have their own problems to deal with as well and by the end of the novel the reader discovers whether or not Shenita finds all she seeks.

My favorite chapter from the book is Chapter 56 near the end when all is forgiven from the three friends as Shenita and Jackie support Danielle in her future endeavor. Thankfully, with the help of my publicist, Pam Perry, we were able to spread the word about the book to the point where it did become a bestseller with Black Expresssions Bookclub shortly after its release.

I know for sure that I was born to write.