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Friday, March 27, 2015

Tell your gifted girl story. . .Gumbo Soup for the Soul: Stories to Inspire Gifted Girls and Women of Color

If you grew up young, gifted, black and female, your story is needed.

Gumbo Soup for the Soul: Stories to Inspire Gifted Girls and Women of Color 
DUE May 15, 2015
Co-Editors: Donna Y. Ford, Joy Lawson Davis, Michelle Trotman Scott, and Yolande Sealey-Ruiz
We have at least 20 chapters... looking for me... we encourage you to submit.. ONLY 5 pages !!! 
The stories we are seeking are from professional women who had to overcome a difficult challenge in their teen years to become successful. Stories from successful Black and Latino females/women who overcame great odds/obstacles like peer pressures, poverty, low teacher expectations, teen pregnancy, early high school dropout, drug use, homelessness, etc., are solicited. FOCUS ON 1-2 CHALLENGES (does not have to be tragic). Authors should be between the ages of 25-65. So, if you or anyone you know is interested please have them contact one of us asap via inbox message here or our emails: and The story should only about 5 pages long, double spaced. This book will be like a 'chicken soup' for the Gifted and/or high achieving female from challenging circumstances and wish to share words of advice!
This is probably one of the most important projects I've seen in a long time and I implore you to take the time and share your story.
Too many young girls of color don't have real role models. The media stuffs reality shows down our collective throats and there are a number of people who believe those images. But the reality of life is there are a number of brilliant black women our girls can look up to.

Are you one of the gifted girls who became a brilliant woman? Tell your story!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's way after midnight and I'm screaming

Remember your first time?

Not that first time. . .but the first time you got really excited about someone else's opinion of your work?

As much as we authors (some of us anyway) try to take reviews with a grain of salt and then pretend we don't cry in our wine when someone says our book was trash. Oh, that's just me?

Well, today, I saw that Rumor Has It, received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly.

Here's the review:

 Rumor Has It

Cheris Hodges, Author
Hodges (Love After War) infuses this contemporary with complex and vivid love, friendship, and loyalty. Public-relations professional Liza Palmer is never off duty, so she ditches a wedding planning session with her best friend, Chante, and heads to the office of Chante’s fiancĂ©, Robert, to discuss an idea for his North Carolina senatorial campaign. When Liza interrupts Robert having sex with a woman on his desk, she is outraged by his behavior, and then hurt by Chante’s refusal to believe her. Determined to expose Robert, Liza takes the juicy gossip to his competitor, Jackson Franklin, a handsome man who leaves her tingling and weak in the knees. Jackson refuses to play dirty politics, but he does want to get inside sassy Liza’s “mind, heart, and soul.” As rumors fly, damaging Liza’s reputation, Jackson’s hot and tender lovemaking claims her heart. With Jackson and Robert neck and neck, Liza has to make some difficult choices. The nonstop intrigue, romance, and smart dialogue will keep readers enthralled. (May)

Here's my face! 
Now, let me get back to work. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Are you ready for a beach party?!

Hey Beach Buddy.. Our Guest Author and Birthday Girl, Cheris Hodges, took a few minutes from her Celebration to talk with Angel Deborah ....
Tells us about yourself and what inspired your career in writing?
I'm Cheris Hodges, I've worked in journalism for more than a decade. But when the economy tanked around 2011, I actually had to switch industries and my day job is in sales at a place I not so affectionally called Wonderland. (I even blog about it). Writing is something that I always knew I'd do. It was an escape, it was a chance to be creative and I could make up stuff without getting in trouble! And I wanted to tell stories about people who looked like me. 
What percentage of your writing is based on personal experiences?
I would say about 20 percent of my writing is based on personal experiences. If I wrote about my life, the readers would be bored to tears. 
Tell us a little about your current or any upcoming novels? 
Coming April 28 is the first in the Rumor series: Rumor Has It. 
Liza Palmer couldn't be happier when her best friend and sorority sister, Chante Britt, and her closest guy friend, Robert Montgomery, hit it off. And she's beyond thrilled when they announce their engagement. Robert is an up-and-comer running for the North Carolina senate. Chante is a partner at a prestigious law firm. They're a power couple made in heaven--until Liza discovers Robert in a compromising position--with another woman. . .Liza can't possibly continue to support Robert's campaign, much less let him marry Chante. But when she tries to reveal the truth, Robert pulls out every corrupt trick in the book--including turning Chante against her. Her only choice is to seek out his opponent, Jackson Franklin, and help him take Robert down. But to Liza's great surprise, Jackson won't play dirty--and Liza finds him irresistible. As sparks fly, personally and politically, Liza and Jackson may become a winning team in more ways than one. . . Then my first Kimani Romance collaboration comes out in July. Blissful Summer. Supermodel Jansen Douglas is living her dream. Now a wedding in Paris is about to reunite her with the high school sweetheart she left behind. But Atlanta CEO Bradley Stephens won't allow their stormy past to stand in the way of reclaiming his first and only love. Then the final installment of the Rumor series, I Heard A Rumor, will be released this winter. Chante Britt is nobody’s fool—and she’s definitely not standing by her cheating ex-fiancĂ© and current mayoral candidate, Robert Montgomery. Too bad he chose to tell the media otherwise. To escape an onslaught of prying reporters, Chante flees to her grandmother’s South Carolina beach house. But when she meets Zach Harrington, she may be out of the frying pan and into the fire. The man is arrogant, way too forward—and way too sexy. Newly divorced and dealing with a scandal of his own, Zach should stay clear of all women. Yet something about Chante draws him in—maybe it’s the drink she throws in his face after his too-hot-to-handle surprise kiss. Still, Zach firmly believes they can help each other take the edge off. And once he gets her to agree, what could have been a fling promises to be much more—until their personal and public dramas catch up with them. Will past wrongs keep them from finally having the love that’s right?
While walking on the beach at sunset, you encounter this sexy hot alpha male walking toward you, what would you want to happen next?
Since it's sunset on the beach, I'm hoping he's shirtless with a six pack and when he takes his aviator sunglasses off and smiles —I'm praying he's single and wants to share a glass of wine on the boardwalk. And because he's an alpha male, at some point he'd better kiss me senseless because I'm what his heart desires. 
Thanks Cheris.. Can't wait to see you on the Beach 
Be sure to check out Cheris's website

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