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No Conditions by Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress (Book Blast)

Posted by allysonmdeese on February 7, 2014 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (2)

No Conditions Book Blast & Book Giveaway

Feb 7, 2014 by Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress

Genre: Inspirational Fiction,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosted by: Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule: http://wnlbooktours.com/vivi-monroe-congress

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About The Book

O.C. Byrd is hard-working, handsome and newly married to the woman of his prayers. With his sights firmly set on becoming a Gospel recording artist, his determination is beginning to pay off, earning him a windstorm of recognition at the local level. 

But will both his widespread notoriety and his marriage be jeopardized through the accidental discovery of his wife’s former lifestyle?


About The Author

Dr. Congress is a Best-Selling, Award-Winning Wordsmith, Literary Advisor, Publisher and creator of C.H.O.C. Lit™ Flavored Books (Christians Having Ordinary Challenges).
She holds a BA in Human Relations, Masters in Theology, Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Counseling and is a Certified Christian Life Coach.

Buy Links:

Amazon link:   http://www.amazon.com/Conditions-Dr-Vivi-Monroe-Congress/dp/0974802034/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1391037221&sr=8-6&keywords=vivi+monroe+congress

Amazon Author Profile: http://www.amazon.com/Vivi-Monroe-Congress/e/B006RXHOPI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Social Links:

Facebook.com/DocVMC

Twitter.com/DocVMC

Email: [email protected]

Website www.DrViviMonroeCongress.com

Sneak Peak

Chapter Ten  

“Okay, let’s hit that once more from the top,” directed one very perfection-driven recording engineer. Enoch “Z-man” Zimmerman is, by far, the most on-point dude I know; nothing gets by him—musically speaking—and if his name is attached to it, so is excellence. If I hadn’t known this about him beforehand, I would’ve ended this session an hour ago. Old dude is dipping into my pockets—deep. But, it’s all good. There’s no price tag on quality or knowing that your creative vision is being birthed and we did cover a lot of ground in these last two days. However, I was trying to come in under a budget since I still have to get updated headshots and that, alone, can cost a mint. Needless to say, the budget needs a budget.

From within the encapsulated sound booth, I quickly prepare myself for a retake by clearing my throat and rolling my head to work out neck and shoulder tension. This is the last track we’re recording, also my favorite, and I can’t risk anything getting in the way of my sound. I’ve reworked the lyrics and rearranged the music to Will Downing’s All About You and in a play on words, I decided to use the working title, All About Him, for my CD. Z-man, who was previously in a zone setting the levels on the control panel, gives me his ‘look,’ the one that says, any minute nowwaiting on you.

Closing my eyes, I ease into the moment by thinking of the unending blessings God has poured into my life, most recently the love and devotion of a woman who loves Him as much as I do. I give Z-man a thumbs up, our non-verbal cue that I’m ready to record. Through my headphones, I hear the music intro and seconds later, Z-man‘s voice comes through in a word, “Rolling.”

Swaying side to side, I’m feeling it and without forethought, I take ownership of the musical moment and sing, “I’m not a perfect man, I do the best I can…”

Inside of four minutes, Z-man shouts, “Perfect!” and just like that we’re done. Demo complete, mission accomplished. Talk about feeling good … man!

Collecting my sheet music from the copy stand, I give the booth the once-over and scan the small space for other belongings I might have overlooked. As if handling a Ming vase, I carefully place the headphones on the overhead hang. Lord knows the last thing I need now is to have Z-man add something else to my currently swollen studio tab.

“You know, O.C., I believe your voice has gotten much stronger. Not at all like when I first recorded you a few years back. You’ve got a more mature sound.”

Beaming with pride, “Man, a lot has gotten stronger and better with me.” I strike an impressive bodybuilder crab pose, careful not to flash the shiny new article of jewelry that now resides on the ring finger of my left land. We both laugh and post up a high-five on it.

“Oh, I know that look. Had it once upon a time myself,” Z-man reflects. “That’s the look of a man who’s found his better half. Congrats again, man. I wish you the best.” His voice fades as though he’s been a casualty of love. And while his wound may still be fresh, he is no love reject; he’s recovering from the death of his wife earlier this year.

“Thanks, Z,” I respond. Placing a sympathetic hand on his shoulder which serves as a point of contact as well, I whisper a brief prayer for his healing. “That means a lot, man.”

“I miss her, O.C.” his voice slightly cracking, “I miss her a lot.” Z-man’s body slowly slumps in his chair, his eyes misting despite his best efforts to blink back the tears.

Identifying with his pain in the presence of my own joy is a real challenge, but I do my best to console him anyway.

“You and Maggie…watching the two of you was…was…well, inspiring. Y’all were so in sync. I’ve never seen anything like it except for my Mom and Pops, of course.” Although I did my best to encourage Z-man, Goddess is the pro at this kind of thing since she deals with death and sorrow every day for a living.

I watch as a nostalgic smile sweeps across Z-man’s face. I must’ve said something right. Unfolding his grief-tormented body, he sits straight up and releases a fraction of his pain through a loud exhale, “Remember this…if this were your last day on earth, what would you look at more closely, more intensely? What would you appreciate? What would you want to savor? What would really be important to you?” He pauses and appears to be thinking about his next words.

 

 


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Radio Show: GeeQue Palace with KL & Tiffany Belvin

Posted by allysonmdeese on January 10, 2014 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Last night's radio show (January 9, 2014) was truly just the start of great things to come. Now available: Soldiers Of The Cross by KL Belvin, Isaiah David Paul and Maurice M. Gray, Jr.

(Cover designed by yours truly) :-)

www.solomonwaterwine.com/soldiers-of-the-cross


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/geeque-palace/2014/01/10/geeque-palace-radio-reality-relationship-with-kl-tiffany-belvin 

Listen to the show here:

Popular Entertainment Internet Radio with RICH MONEY on BlogTalkRadio

Blog Tour: No One Cared by Chemistry

Posted by allysonmdeese on October 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

No One Cared by Chemistry is moving novella about the affects of bullying and child abuse.



I had my company read this book and review it on Smashwords earlier this week. I will share my review later but first I get to have the fun of sharing 10 Random things about Ms. Chemistry.

Chemistry resides in Alabama with her two daughters. This is her first published novella. She also has a online magazine publication, Go Getta Magazine as well as a blog called I'ma Say It Anyway.


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Review by: Bountifully Blessed Publishing on Oct. 14, 2013 : 5 Stars

This book moved me to tears, because I could relate to how the main character, Zaria was treated by her peers at school and how the teachers didn't help. God bless this author.

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10 Random Things About Chemistry:

 

1. I do not wear pants or jewelry.

2. I do not drink.

3. I do not like summertime.

4. I love fall and spring.

5. I love whacky clothes and dress up.

6. I drink milk with my pizza or spaghetti.

7. I want to go into acting.

8. I am a survivor of abuse.

9. I dance in the shower! Yes, I sure do...lol

10. I am a big cry baby....lol

Lee Daniel's The Butler

Posted by allysonmdeese on September 7, 2013 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

What can I say about this phenomenal movie! 

I believe this is the best movie I have ever seen. 

I learned, I laughed, and I cried. I felt and truly enjoyed.

On a budget and all, I definitely plan on seeing it again!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1327773/ ;


Value of the Backlist ? An Older Author?s Re-Entry Into the Publishing World

Posted by allysonmdeese on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (1)

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Value of the Backlist – An Older Author’s Re-Entry Into the Publishing World


Written by Isaiah David Paul

 

I can remember in 1998 when my first novel, A Walk in My Shoes (later renamed Never Too Much) first hit publication fifteen years ago in print and in eBook. As a sixteen year old straight honor roll student who read books faster than water flowed through a socket, I was ecstatic. I didn’t care that the first version was offered for free on my own Angelfire website or that there were only seven copies of the spiral and three-ring bound books in print. I knew two things—I sold quite a few of those spiral bound and three ring binders, and when the Class of 2000 has their twentieth reunion, I’d like for at least one of those copies to make reappearance.

 

Never Too Much has only sold eleven thousand copies in its five re-incarnations under the names Jaeyel Imes and Jarold Imes. I know eleven thousand copies in fifteen years is nothing to brag about—hardly worthy of a bestseller. But for me, I’m more interested in the fact that after fifteen years I’ve been able to see some of the characters grow. In fact, Rahliem “Ace” Victor is a common character who characters appear in many of the Isaiah David Paul novels. When the Isaiah David Paul version hits the shelves in September in commemoration of the novel’s fifteen anniversary, maybe I’ll be able to sell eleven thousand units by the end of 2014.

 

What I love about this book and the eight other titles I’ve published under a variety of names is that with the emergence of print on demand as a means to print books (not to be confused with the vanity and subsidy publishers who’ve given the format a bad name) and eBooks, I can breathe new life into the novel. I can do what the majors do and have been doing for years—revise an older book, make any necessary revisions and corrections that are necessary. Not only will the clean version fit into the secular line I have under my latest pseudonym, but it also gives some background on some of my readers favorite characters. Not to mention I get a chance to give it a modern cover.

 

At first, I was weary about republishing the book again after I lost my last business a year and some change ago. It was one of my bestselling titles and done well as a teen book. The book allowed me to address major teen issues that are just as important to talk about in 2013 as they were in 1998. But my concern was that the book was dated. The slang was older and for a book set in the late nineties, I feared that a new audience wouldn’t enjoy or appreciate the time period. Then I thought about the number of street lit books that hit the stores and book stands and were pushed the trunks of cars. Many of those books started in the 70s and quite a few of them stayed there. The books that paid homage to Donald Goines, Iceberg Slim and Chester Himes were important in setting the foundation for street lit and urban fiction that still sells today.

 

I also thought of some of the romance authors who I’d come to admire like Adrianne Byrd, Beverly Jenkins, Niobia Bryant and Jacquelin Thomas. Many of these authors first novels were published either in the late 90’s or early 2000’s right in the middle of the resurgence of African American literature. Some hit bestseller’s lists right away—some didn’t. But what they all have in common is that as they gain a new reader—they gain a reader who will search for their backlist to gain background knowledge of their new favorite characters. Everyone in my immediate circle knows I love Beverly Jenkin’s books in particular not just for the covers, but for the historical content that I learn and am able to share with fellow history buffs.

 

Some authors who’ve been around since that time period find themselves in a unique situation. Whether they are bestselling, award winning or just hanging around, they all have books that stand to gain them new fans and new sales opportunities. Some books may speak on certain situations and can be promoted during certain times of the year. Some books are classics that will always attract readers’ hearts. Whatever the case may be, I want to encourage all authors to value your backlist.

 

If you are one of those authors (and I’m going to raise my hand first before I call anyone else out) who knows for a fact that your first effort wasn’t edited well, didn’t have a beautiful cover or otherwise didn’t meet expectations, I want to encourage you to try again. Polish the book and reissue it. If that means you spend a year fact-checking your information, rewriting certain scenes and revising the synopsis and even changing the name of your book, do it. I’m keeping the name Never Too Much because it’s uplifting title fits the theme of some of my other Isaiah David Paul novels. But I’m changing the name of one of my upcoming secular reissues to Lifted because it better fits the story and the title also fits a theme I’m going for with these particular sets of books.

 

I’m not saying your backlist will hit the bestseller’s list when it’s reissued. What I am saying is that if you don’t love or respect your body of work, no one else will. Put for the time, effort and value into your backlist and you will reap the reward. Lord willing, all of my books older books will be revised and reissued in a year’s time. I promise if it’s in His will, I’ll come back and let you know how they did.

 www.isaiahdavidpaul.com

So you didn't like my book...an author's response.

Posted by allysonmdeese on May 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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So You Didn’t Like My Book: An Author’s Response

 

Written by Isaiah David Paul

 

Usually, once I publish a novel, I only check the reviews about once a month or so—unless one of my readers or editors bring a review to my attention that I need to check out.

 

Since the publication of the bestselling Isaiah David Paul novel, Broken But I’m Healed, I’ve released three other projects and I’m currently scheduled to release three more by the end of this year. I’ve gone on to edit other books, ghostwrite a book that has received critical acclaim and I also serve as a business manager of Victor L. Martin, whom is finishing the last five years of his sentence and writing new books. In short, I’m doing everything possible to keep Victor busy with new titles and myself busy with new titles so that I can continue to build IDP’s unique brand.

 

I also stay busy reading commentary about publishing and studying the industry. As a self-published author, I rely on the continuing education opportunities to increase the opportunities to expose my novels and the critiques on authors in general to make me a better writer. For example, I like many people say the word “towards” and easily incorporate the word into my novels. Editor after editor have expressed the desire about wringing my neck for continuing to add the “s” after toward. And backward. And forward. I’ve stopped after a while, but every now and then one of those bad habits slip through the cracks.

 

But as I revisited the reviews on Amazon.com, I noticed that the ranking of the novel slipped from a four to a three. While I’ve been told by many that they loved the story—I’ve read the complaints about the way the story was told. I chose to do two separate timelines and weave them together because that’s not seen commonly in faith fiction. Well at least not in the books I’ve read. Also, I wanted to show Maria’s past as well as hint at her future. Calvin’s story, which first appeared in Elissa Gabrielle’s award winning anthology, The Soul of a Man, had already been told and hinted at the dissolution of their marriage. When I wrote the story from the beginning of the time period and then went to the end—the story did not seem that exciting to me. I felt that starting with the present day—going back to where the marriage first had problems—and then coming to the end was much better and the test readers agreed with this story plot.

 

The other complaint I’ve received is in the number of typos and errors that slipped through the cracks. For that I apologize and ultimately take full responsibility for. Those are easy to fix when I do the second printing of the book in June. I know the damage is already done for the past readers—but I can change it for the new readers going forward. Many times, most authors that are confronted with books with typos blame everyone but themselves—or worse yet, deny that they are there. When I reprint books, I always skim through the novel to catch anything glaring that was missed. It has always been my belief that a second printing or a third printing should not have as many errors or most of the same glaring errors that appeared in the first edition. I never understood how a book can get multiple printings and the only changes that are made are the number of printings credited on the copyright page. Authors whom I’ve published can attest that when I let them know that their book is being reprinted, I typically give four to six weeks for them to review a book and to change anything they feel needs to be changed before I do new printings. So in conclusion, I apologize for my short comings and I will fix them going forward. For the readers who sent me pages and passages to reconsider, you will be credited and of course, get copies of the second printing.

 

The other major complaint is that many of the readers would have rather had more of Maria’s back story. How did she become the woman that she was and what happened once she was kidnapped? How did she escape her captors? I touched on some things throughout the book but I apparently did not do enough to satisfy your appetite for this story. The original premise of the book was to talk about their marriage being in shambles. For this I have a remedy. I’m going to respond to this constructive criticism and give you exactly what you want in her story. The novel, Maria Maria, will come out in December and answer many of those questions. I originally did not want to do a full novel on Maria because I felt there were a lot of stories that were female driven and I didn’t want her story to come off as a street-lit novel. However, I’ve found a way to do that AND keep it secular enough to publish under the Isaiah David Paul name and not sacrifice or compromise my beliefs as a Christian.

 

Which brings me to my final point and one that I respectfully disagree with many of the readers with. Please allow me the opportunity to respectfully disagree and to agree to disagree with you. I’ve been accused of passing off a secular and according to one reader “a highly erotic story” as a Christian book. First, for those of you who are reading me for the first time, let me say that I don’t write traditional Christian fiction or faith-filled stories. I’m one of the grittiest faith-fiction writers on the market. My brand of Christian Suspense and Christian Romantic Suspense novels in an urban (and dare I say “hood”) setting is not going to sit well with everyone. My books are mainly geared toward readers who aren’t saved and those who want to read about Christians in their desires to live for Christ outside of the church.  My books do have an element of urban fiction and may touch on sex because I spent many years ghostwriting in those two genres for many clients. My books have characters that are not perfect—weren’t born or raised in the church. I don’t write church dramas—nor am I an author who profits on writing about a faith that I don’t believe in. I’m not going to point fingers and start a witch hunt among the authors. I am going to say that I acknowledge that I’m held to a level of accountability for any book that I present under this name. I’ve admitted that Worth Fighting 4 is not a faith fiction novel, but I am upfront about that in the Isaiah David Paul versions of the books. My characters are not perfect—they sin, they repent and most importantly, they try to live for Jesus again. Some short comings are not going to be solved over night, but I feel that my characters always have room to grow. From the former adult video stars to the prostitutes to the murderers, they all come to not only love Christ but to spread his Word. And there are many passages (without ruining the book for those who haven’t read it) in which the gospel is spread, a soul (or two) are saved and most importantly, I express the importance of having a relationship with Christ. And for the sins that do appear in the book, my characters repent.

 

I didn’t write this article to bash anyone who gave Broken But I’m Healed a one or two star review. For those who gave constructive criticism, know that I am going to take them to heart and use them to fix the book before I go to second print. For those who gave Broken But I’m Healed three, four or five stars, I appreciate your love and understanding for what I thought I had done.

 

I love interacting with readers and doing group discussions. And I even love to hear about what you like and don’t like about my books. I want the constructive criticisms, not the degrading notes and threats on my life that some readers post under guises of a book review. And I don’t want you to feel like I’m one of those authors whom if you hate my book, I’m going to bash you publicly or defame your name. As an author with a slew of titles under a variety of names, I’m past that stage. I accept that I am not the writer for every reader and as I insist on writing more about the black male experience, my books will not be read by every reader. As a reader, I know what it’s like to get a book in my hands and want to throw it out of the window while I’m driving or tossing it in the trash. I know what it’s like to try to have a conversation with an author and to be utterly disrespected.

 

I don’t want to be that author. I want to be the author you can converse with, discuss books with and most importantly, one that you can read and learn from. My goal with my Isaiah David Paul books is not to promote sin, but to encourage any and every one to come to know the love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To look beyond where they are in their lives and give Him a chance. Regardless of your sins, I believe you can accept Jesus and He will meet you where you are. In my first faith-fiction novel, Love Him Like I Do, I talk about a former adult video star who gives up that life and not only learns to spread the Word of Jesus and help a friend; he also has to deal with the fact that everyone with internet access can download his videos. He learns to live with Christ in spite of.

 

So in closing, I’m sorry you didn’t like my book(s). And I hope that I haven’t ruined it all for you. There are five other books that I’ve written under this name and I pray that you’ll enjoy those and my upcoming ones as well. Keep reading and keep encouraging those of us who want to be better authors get better.

 

www.isaiahdavidpaul.com

Supporting new author Rio Terrell

Posted by allysonmdeese on February 28, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I really enjoyed working with this young man on this project. The more I learned about him, the more I understood each character and their madness.

No matter Mr. Terrell's circumstances, he has found a way to not only lift himself up, but others as well, including me.

 

 

He's a young man, who's working to do positive things. So be sure and cop The Cocaine Princess by Rio

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cocaine-Princess-ebook/dp/B00BLC49VM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1362045420&sr=8-2&keywords=the+cocaine+princess

Only, $0.99 but it's worth so... much more!

5 STARS


 

 

 

Get Tested and Wrap it up!!!

Posted by allysonmdeese on September 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The other day, a facebook friend of mine stated, "Thank God, I'm STD free, get tested!" A very good and true statement, my only addage to that is: If you aren't going to practice abstenance, then wrap it up!


Sadly, single people are not the only ones who have to deal with practicing safe sex. Some married people have to deal with this as well. A lot of our elders who have suddenly become single again, figure, "Oh, I can't get pregnant, so I don't need a condom", not true! 

Please read: Consequences by Linda R Herman. www.lindarherman.org 


Below is a poem that I wrote a few years ago, about AIDS Awareness

 

Life Support

I know she's tired of taking all those pills a day.

Everyday. But She's on life support.

Yeah, you gave her life, but, you also took life from her.

You gave this beautiful sista HIV, at the same time you gave her a beautiful babygirl.

She said, "Boo, I'm pregnant"

Your arrogant self had the nerve to tell her "congratulations, when is you & your man's baby due."

Knowing good & well, that she was a young virgin when you met her.

She looks up at you, tears running down her face, she says, "I'm also HIV positive, carrying your baby. You promised me that my first time would be special, but, I never thought that my first time would also be my death sentence.

But thanks to you, I'm on Life support!"

by Allyson M. Deese ©2009

 


Domestic Violence Awareness Event!

Posted by allysonmdeese on September 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (2)

 

 

The No Excuse for Abuse Annual Luncheon: Honoring Survivors Of Domestic Violence

DOVE Ministries Inc

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Houston, TX


http://doveministriesinc-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1 

We are victorious!

Posted by allysonmdeese on July 19, 2012 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

We are NOT victims… We are VICTORIOUS!

We have marvelous testimonies, because we’ve been through tremendous test.

We’ve been beaten mentally and or physically, but we’re still here.

We have stories to tell, lives to live and love to give.

It was through writing to heal my own soul, that I was given the opportunity to live out a dream.

To be able to impact others with the words I’ve written, is amazing to me!

Not only am I now a author who’s gotten to work with other authors, and I now have a solo career.

BUT, that’s not the best thing that’s happened to me, (point to Jay). The greatest thing that has happened to me is that I met my loving husband, through writing!

My dreams came true, all because I was trying to mend my broken heart.

I tell you these things, not to brag on myself or to toot my own horn, but to say that good things CAN come from our pain, and like me, you too, can DISCOVER THE JOY WITHIN!

 

 

 


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