Today’s Featured Author – Taylor M. Fletcher

Please welcome Taylor M. Fletcher to my blog. His book, Our Marriage Contract, a self-help book, was released last month.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

First and foremost, I’m happily married! And I’m not just saying that to be saying that. I’m a guy who feels incredibly blessed for all the little and wonderful things God has offered me in my lifetime.  By trade I’m a Corporate Attorney who again has been blessed with the ability to help my clients prosper and stay out of trouble. I’m a dog parent to a Boxer Beagle mix, named Gemma and married to my best friend. I enjoy a good movie on the couch with my BFF (my wife) or jumping on the motorcycle and grabbing a bite to eat with my wife. My favorite thing besides flea marketing hopping is to get a pedicure alongside my wife, those chairs are Great! Other than that, if you strip away the titles, the degrees, the material possession, I’m just your average everyday guy except I found happiness through dealing with my expectations upfront.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Flint, Michigan, and adopted at the age of 6 weeks old by an older white couple and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan; now my wife , and our Boxer-Beagle live and play in the wonderful city of Philadelphia.

What or who inspired you to start writing?

I think what really inspired me to write the book was first and foremost having a marriage contract in my own relationship work and is still working to this very day. So, thinking” I Finally Cracked the Code”, on what I refer to as the Miss”Education” of Romance and I coming to grips that as crude as it may sound; relationships are just like any other of life’s fragile unions and in order to be successful there needs to be rules both people must follow to make it work. I put my hypothesis or what I called “cracking the code” to the test, not only did I test and try it out on my then fiancée’ and now wife but I tested it on many of my friends who are in relationships or at the early stages of one. To my surprise it worked! Years later, Our Marriage Contract “the book” was born.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I really don’t consider myself a writer, I do think I have one more book in me but I consider myself to be an average guy who has a really great message told and narrated in a short book. An average guy with a message who’s trying to get that really message to the public in hope that it’ll help, save and even rescue people and their relationships. At best, if it message is received to late, it could at the very minimum help people have better romance in future relationships.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

A lot! My mannerisms and southern speak and weird ways of talking or looking at life and how I view women wants and need based on my experiences, yeap, it’s all in there. My first time reading the manuscript once it was proofed and formatted, made me smile because, I finally saw why people always ask me “Where are you from” when they speak with me, the little speaking habits I picked up from the South when I was in school down there, readily spilled over in my writings. In fact in the introduction of the book I stated the word “Hitched” instead of saying getting married. And as far as my experiences, the book is full of them especially since I wrote the book from an what I call the average guy’s standpoint” me , who after years of darting and trying to figure why during most of my relationships I was either a hero at times or a big fat zero; even when I tried to do the right thing.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?

The next project is going to be a book I’m affectionately titling the next book “Grand Opening, Grand Closing” The art of keeping the business lights on.  Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1 “American Dream”

“GRAND OPENING – GRAND CLOSING” So you’re ready to start a new small business. You’ve looked around and looked around, and decided there was nothing close to what you need, so hey. Why not start a business, right? Sounds logical. People start a small business for several different reasons, of course. One of the most popular reasons, I believe, is financial freedom; they want to gain wealth. The second one is to fill a need. The third is that most small businesses happened to fall into the business itself purely by accident. Before we get ahead of ourselves about starting a business, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. If you are planning on starting a business, be prepared to do something you love while not getting paid for it for at least a year or more. Yes, you read correctly: I said expect not to get paid for a least a year! Be ready for that to last even longer, because most small businesses don’t make money or break even in the first 3-5 years of operations. If that’s going to be a problem, starting a business may be a huge issue for you. So let’s make sure that your new business hobby is going to be fruitful for you. Before we even think about organizing the business, make sure you have the following in order.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

No, by trade I’m a Corporate Attorney, so I consider myself an “A Book Writer/Author”, meaning if there is an existing need and it’s a topic or issue I feel can help people with then I’m more likely to through my two cents in to see if I can make a difference, like my current book and my next project.

What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Best advice, Book marketing is a marathon and not a sprint, came in an email from one of my many emails from my Publisher’s marketing team. Worst advice, someone told me “you don’t need a Publisher, you can publish your book on your own”. While that was true, the Publisher I used even though I went through the self-publishing platform was invaluable AND did all the things I just didn’t have time nor did I want to do, particularly like listing my book with several of the major retail chains (Barns and Noble and Amazon).

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

Since this is my first book, I can’t say but for me when I was writing the book, I’ll admit there was a little uncertainty on how the message in the book would be received beyond my friends and family. My personal experiences varied when I told people about my own marriage contract it was either the person were shocked to “oh yeah, you’re a lawyer big whop”. I figured the message in the book would be overlooked if people couldn’t or can’t got past the title. Honestly, at times I almost gave up, rationalizing to myself “normal people don’t want to use a contract for a better relationship” and when I say normal people I mean non-wealthy people. But, I thought…..I’m normal and I wanted something, heck anything that made sense and was going to help keep me happily married, so I continued to write on.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

In hope that my messages in the book(s) will be of some help to the readers and that ultimately it will make a difference in their lives.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I outlined the book as I wrote, it was tough organizing my many thoughts into an outline that made since to the message and the book intended purpose but finally it came together and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product, I hope the readers enjoy it.

If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, that guy rocks!

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

I found myself eating grapes and drinking milk, not sure why but it was the food of choice.

Do you have an all time favorite book?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

What book are you reading right now?

We Got Fired! By Harvey Mackay.

If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?

Robert T. Kiyosaki, I love his book and his message of encouragement within it. And there’s Jessica Dorfman Jones, Oh, she is so interesting, and has such a unique way of telling her story in her books. I’m in love with her most controversial books.

Tell us a random fact about you that we never would have guessed.

I’m addicted to pedicures!

Book Blurb

mc_book_coverNO JUDGES, NO LAWYERS, JUST GREAT COMMUNICATIONS…… Although titled Our Marriage Contract and written by a lawyer; I’m happy to say the book has absolutely nothing to do with the court or U.S. legal system. Instead the book actually explains and shows people how their relationship Expectations…Leads to Disappointment….Disappointments Leads to Resentment and Resentment Leads to Failure.

Author Bio

tmf1Taylor M. Fletcher is the Managing Partner at The Law Offices of Kawalski, Fletcher & Kirkpatrick, P.C. Mr. Fletcher has more than ten years’ experience as a corporate law attorney, an attorney consultant, and an expert legal volunteer for various public and private non-profit organizations throughout the Tri-State area.

You can find out more about Taylor and his book on his website or on Facebook.

You can purchase Our Marriage Contract on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Today’s Featured Author: Diane Williams

Today, I welcome author Diane Williams to my blog to discuss her latest release, Angels in Action.

Interview

What or who inspired you to start writing?

My mother inspired me to start writing. She told me that I talk a lot, so I should write. She used to say, “You talk too much, no one wants to hear all that talking. So write it down, and those who want to read it will read it!” Then she brought me a pencil and a pad of paper, and told me to start writing.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

Yes, I do write full time. I write all day, for seven to eight hours per day. I also do marketing, promotions, and public relations for probably an hour or so a day.

What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?

The best thing about being a writer is the freedom. The worst thing is the rewriting, rewriting, and rewriting.

Please tell us about your current release.

Angels in Action is my personal account of learning to access and utilize my inner power to overcome adversity.

What inspired you to write this book?

When I saw the miracles in my life I wanted to share them with others, because I know problems are universal. I wanted them to know that the power and the answers are there within them—there’s always an answer, you just have to access it!

How did you come up with the title?

I called the book Angels in Action because for each situation, someone came out of the unexpected, something miraculous happened, and I knew it had to be an angel. Although that happened on earth, I knew that it was an angel in action, because the actions of angels produced miracles.

What was the most difficult thing/scene to write in this story?

The most difficult story for me to write was “Touched With Caution.” I felt like that situation, although I learned a lot from it, didn’t turn out to be completed for the best, and didn’t go in a positive direction. I learned the lesson too late.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?

My next project is The Invisible Child, which is about my daughters’ struggles between being my caregivers and having their own identities. It is an account of the first ten years after my diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, which caused my use of a wheelchair.

If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?

I think it would be The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama. I would love to live the life he led before the presidency, because he was so positive, he was so driven, he was so self-motivated and passionate about his work. He knew what he wanted and what his purpose was, and I liked the fact that he was real with himself. He knew he wasn’t the privilege-born child… that’s why it’s called The Audacity of Hope. Because of his personality, he was able to attract people of all walks of life to him. He would go that extra mile, and he never gave up. I would love to have those qualities and the opportunity to use them for something great. But I do NOT want to be the president… that goal, I do not have!

Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?

I love to write in my backyard! I like the beauty, and the serenity, and the sounds of the birds… it’s so peaceful.

What book are you reading right now?

I am reading The President’s Devotionals, by Joshua Dubois.

If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?

I would definitely want to meet Maya Angelou, she’s my favorite author. I think the other would have to be Shel Silverstein… he has such an imagination!

Book Blurb

Angels in ActionAngels in Action is an inspirational book full of spiritual lessons and devotional reflections. It contains seventeen incidents of divine intervention, or “angel moments,” that took place in my life. Each narrative demonstrates how a woman learns to live with the knowledge and strength afforded by a relationship with a power greater than herself and how she is transformed into a self-actualized individual by communing with her inner spirit.

About the Author

Diane Williams is a full-time freelance writer of books, book reviews, profiles, and journalistic feature articles. A graduate of the Masters of Communication program at the University of La Verne and lifetime student at the university, Williams’ works have been published in When God Makes Lemonade, Guideposts, Angels on Earth, PLUS, Pray! magazine, and the San Dimas Writer’s Workshop’s Tales from the Authors: Stories, Essays, and Poetry Vol. 1. She is currently working on her second, soon-to-be-released book: The Invisible Child: A Memoir.

Check out Diane’s blog or find her on Facebook.

You can purchase Angels in Action on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Today’s Featured Author: Adrienne Thompson

Today I welcome author Adrienne Thompson to my blog. Her latest book, Your Love is King, will be released November 12th.

I am thrilled to be able to share an excerpt from my forthcoming novel, Your Love Is King, today. I truly hope it piques your interest and leaves you anticipating the novel’s release this November. Happy Reading!! – Adrienne 

Excerpt

Another twenty minutes passed and I could barely keep my eyes open as I fumbled through my purse for my phone, having decided to try and call Carla again. I’d finally fished my phone out of my purse when I was startled by a voice coming from the driveway in front of the ER.

“Well, if it isn’t Ms. Marli,” a man said. I raised my head to see that it was Chris King.

He was speaking to me from the driver’s side of a shiny, black Mercedes Benz, complete with some very expensive-looking chrome rims. Trumpet-playing must have been a lucrative career for him.

“Hi,” I said unenthusiastically.

“You work here?”

Well that was stating the obvious. I was sitting outside a hospital wearing scrubs.

“Uh, yeah. Just got off,” I said rather curtly.

“Oh, okay, well, have a good day.”  I’m sure he sensed that I wasn’t in the best of moods.

“Yeah, it’s been lovely so far,” I replied under my breath.

He drove away, and I dialed Carla’s number again. This time it went straight to voicemail. A voice inside told me that I should’ve asked Mr. Chris King for a ride, but I didn’t really know him. What if he was some kind of psycho?

After another ten minutes of waiting, I looked up and noticed a familiar black Mercedes pull back around the driveway.

“Do you just like hanging around hospitals or something, or are you a stalker?” I asked sarcastically as he pulled his car to a stop in front of me.

Chris smiled and shook his head. “No and no. I was here dropping off my sister for her shift. She’s a nurse, her name’s Ava King. You know her?”

I shook my head. “No, but I’m new here.”

“Oh, okay. Well, anyway, after I drove off earlier, I thought to myself that you looked like you needed a ride home. Do you?”

“I’m okay. I’m sure my friend will be here any minute,” I said and glanced at my watch. Now, of course I was lying, because at that point, I wasn’t sure if Carla was ever going to show up.

“You sure? How long you been out here waiting?”

I cleared my throat. “About an hour.”

“Man, that’s a long time, and you look tired. Come on, I’ll give you a ride.”

I frowned. “I don’t know, I—”

“Come on, Ms. Marli. Why you gotta be so mean? I’m trying to help you, here. You got something against riding in cars with white men, too?”

I sighed, grabbed my bag, and walked over to his car. At that point I was so tired, I couldn’t even argue anymore.

Chris jumped out of the car and opened the passenger’s door for me. He was wearing faded jeans and a colorful t-shirt. Around his neck hung a huge silver crucifix on a silver chain. His short, spiky hair was covered with a red baseball cap.

Once I climbed inside, he closed the door behind me and returned to the driver’s seat. His car was immaculate inside, and the scent from a vanilla-scented air freshener filled my nose. His radio was tuned to an R&B station, and an Alicia Keys song was pouring softly from the speakers. As we exited the lot, I looked over at him and smiled.

“Thanks,” I said drowsily.

He glanced at me with a grin. “No problem, Ms. Marli. Where to?”

I gave him my address and said, “Can I ask you a question?”

“Yeah, what’s up?”

“Why do you talk like that?”

He gave me a confused look. “Like what?”

“You know, like you’re black.”

His eyes widened. “Oh, well this is how I’ve always talked.”

“Really?”

“Yeah, really. Why?”

I shrugged. “I was just wondering.”

Chris shook his head. “Wow, you are prejudiced. Where are you from, anyway? Selma circa 1954?”

I rolled my eyes. “I’m not prejudiced. I was just curious. And I’m from Arkansas.”

“Oh damn, no wonder. They probably still got segregated schools and ‘whites only’ restaurants down there,” he said with an exaggerated Southern drawl.

I bugged my eyes. “No, they don’t!”

Book Description

your love is king

Marli Meadows was tired of the monotonous rhythm of her life, so she decided to leave it behind and embark on a search for change. Instead, she found a love.

 

 

 

 

About the Author

adrienneMarried at sixteen, a mother twice by seventeen, and thrice a mother and divorced by twenty-four, Adrienne Thompson is no stranger to adversity. Not your typical teenage mother, she went on to complete her college degree and to earn her nursing license. She attributes God’s faithfulness as the catalyst for her success in life. Now, having raised two children as a single mother, with a third fast-approaching adulthood, she is sharing a long hidden talent and passion with the world. Using the lessons that life has so expertly taught her as a guideline (betrayal, abusive relationships, self-esteem issues, witnessing the deteriorating effects of drug abuse), she has created stories that will both entertain and inspire the reader.

Adrienne currently resides in Arkansas with her daughter. Formerly an RN, she now writes and publishes her stories full time.

You can find out more about Adrienne on her website. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Your Love is King will be out November 12, 2013. You can purchase Adrienne’s books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Kobo Store.

Today’s Featured Author: Annie Brown

Author Annie Brown stops by my blog today as part of her Who I Be Virtual Book Tour. Please enjoy this excerpt from Who I Be.

Excerpt

We did not choose our parents, so we have no control over our DNA makeup. But I do know and trust God’s Word that we all were wonderfully and fearfully made. Is not that a blessing that no matter what our beginning features were like, God made us good and very good? It is that innate (inborn) desire within us to be accepted by the world standards that keeps us from accepting who we really are. Contributing factors are the lies the devil has us believing that there is always something wrong with us. We are never satisfied. If we are short, we want to be taller.

If we have a dark complexion, we want to be lighter. If we are white, we want a tan. If we are slender, we want to put on weight, and if we are obese, we want to lose weight. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to make some adjustments to our physical bodies, it becomes almost an obsession when the images that society and the devil paint as acceptable are what we yearn to be.

So what do we need to do as we feed into this deception and believe things are what the devil tells us they are? We should cry out to God as King David did on so many occasions for help. If we want to step from low self-esteem to confi dence, we must take heed of the Word of God and believe what God says about us. Since the fall in the Garden of Eden, the adversary (the devil) has been deceiving people to believe that he knows better than God. St John referred to the devil as a liar and the father of lies.

Book Description

who I beHave you looked in the mirror recently? Was the person looking back at you the person you used to be or are you not sure who is starring back at you? Sometimes during the course of life we allow ourselves to become what society says we ought to be. Society and its norms should not be how we define ourselves. God has made each one of us to be uniquely different and special in our own right. When we take the time to examine ourselves we may be surprised how much of the real us is gone. Physically we disfigured ourselves or made ourselves sick trying to measure up to how society says we ought to look or be. Who I Be is personal. It is time that we focus on who and how God intended for us to be. We were fearfully and wonderfully made and we should find satisfaction in being made in God’s image and not who or what society says we should be. Our physical, emotional, mental, and financial status does not make us. Who I Be is about the person who can be themselves and not be stressed or anxious about becoming another product of circumstances or norms to be wholly.

About the Author

annie brownAnnie Brown was born to the parents of Lonza and Daisy Duckett in Alexander City, Alabama. She was the third of four children. Annie is the proud parent of four adult children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She is a licensed minister and attends Joyful Noise AOH Church of God in Sylacauga, Alabama where she serves as the church secretary. Annie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Montevallo and  a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama. She currently works at Lakeside Hospice, Inc. in Pell City, Alabama as a hospice social worker.  As a social worker, Annie works with the terminally ill, providing emotional support at the most critical time in an individual’s life.

Annie’s heart desire is that people will learn to love themselves. In order to love themselves a person cannot conform to society’s norms as to what is acceptable but rather believe what God’s Word says.

You can find out more about Annie on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

You can purchase Who I Be on Amazon.