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NBCC Founder Curtis Bunn to Be Featured at 2020 Literary Bliss #3chicksandsomebooks

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2020 Bliss
Curtis Bunn, NBCC Founder, Takes His Turn As A Featured Author At 2020 Literary Bliss Weekend
Book Lover:
Your voices have been heard. Many–and likely most–readers who have attended the National Book Club Conference came to Atlanta unaware that I wrote books.
I started the NBCC in 2003 because I felt joyous after each book club meeting, uplifted. The conversation with serious readers, the laughter, the learning benefitted both sides. It only made sense to me to bring readers and authors together in an intimate setting to have a succession of those fulfilling experiences.
And that’s we have done over 18 years–and I have mostly stayed in the background. I did not create the NBCC as a self-promotion too.
Over the years, so many readers and book clubs have implored me to have a “book club meeting” at the NBCC, that I’m doing a disservice to readers and myself to not.
Finally, I’m listening. And so, I am proud to announce that I will be a Featured Author at the 2020 NBCC. (That’s so funny.)
My 11th novel, That Was Then, This Is Now, releases this month. This, if I say so myself, is  an entertaining book that brings to light that being transformed does not make one impervious to more challenges that test loyalty, patience and stamina.
This stand alone sequel to my Essence No. 1 best-selling book, Baggage Check, is an ode to the first main characters I ever created–Julian, Greg and Larry–several years later and faced with new sets of drama that challenges their faith, commitment and love life. Seeking refuge, they take a trip to Ghana, West Africa, where the breathtaking experience of the Motherland lead them on a journey that alters the trajectory of their lives.
Indeed, all of my books touch on multiple adult, authentic themes that places you in the book, connects you to the characters and entertains as it informs. I look forward to talking about it–and my next book, The Last Bachelor, which I hope to release next summer.
Please learn more about me by visiting www.curtisbunn.com.
Book lovers, please secure your position ASAP with a $100 deposit to join us July 31-August 2 in Atlanta by clicking here. It is imperative to lock in your spot, as we are running significantly ahead in registrations from previous years at this point. Don’t be left out.
Any questions, please email curtisbunn@yahoo.com. And please make your reservation at the Marriott Buckhead and ask for our $117 rate at 404-261-9250. Or you can do so online by clicking here.
If you are excited about next year, please let me know.
Remember to look out for another wonderful Featured Author announcement tomorrow in Day 4 of five days in a row of Featured Author additions this week.
Peace and blessings,
CURTIS
Curtis Bunn, NBCC founder
National Book Club Conference, Inc., 245 Highland Avenue, Suite 230-171, Atlanta, GA 30307

#3chicksAndSomeBooks Interview with @RandyDPearson, Author of Trac Brothers and many more! #michiganwriters #michlit

Author Bio for Randy D Pearson
A lifelong mid-Michigan resident, Randy D Pearson has been creating stories for 40 years, usually in his head but occasionally on paper.
Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.
When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing his stories, winning several contests in the process.
In addition to his three novelsDriving Crazy, Tell Me a Story, and Trac BrothersRandy has been featured in several publications. These include all four of the Writing at the Ledges anthologies, The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, and Retrocade Magazine.
When not writing, Randy spends his time watching British sitcoms with his wife and stepdaughter, or sci-fi and anime with his two brothers. He lives in a small Michigan town with a ridiculous number of cats.
Interview Questions


What inspired you to write this book?
One day, many years ago, I was sitting at a railroad crossing. The gates had just come down, but the train hadn’t made an appearance yet. For some reason, my mind flashed on an image of two guys pumping one of those old-timey handcars slowly by, waving at me as they rolled past. I have no idea why that picture popped in my head, but I sat there in my car, mentally writing this story until long after the train had come and gone. Years later, I finally got around to putting that story onto paper.


Did you have a difficult time balancing your life and getting your book published?
Not the publishing part so much. The balancing act is trying to write while working a day job, being a husband.step-father, having friends who I actually do things with occasionally, and my seemingly constant need to goof off. After all, Cookie Jam won’t play itself!


Did you self published or is this traditional published?How was the experience? What advice would you offer?
Trac Brothers was set to be published by an indie publisher in 2017, but that publisher went dark at a crucial time (the owner went through numerous personal and professional issues, and pretty much vanished, not returning calls or emails). So I had to cancel the contract and self-publish it, which delayed release by several months.
Overall, the self-publishing experience was good. I used Amazon’s Createspace/KDP, and there was a learning curve, but not anything that I ultimately couldn’t handle. For my first novel, Driving Crazy, I originally self-published through a hybrid of a printing company called Color House Graphics in Grand Rapids for paperbacks, and Smashwords for eBooks. Amazon, while far too dominant in the market, is really the easiest and most convenient way to get my books distributed to the world.
In terms of self-publishing advice, I would say to make sure the book is as perfect as possible before releasing it to the world. Self-publishing will (probably) always have that stigma of being filled with amateurs. So before you press “send” on that manuscript, make sure it has been heavily edited, proof read (by both readers AND writers, as both will give you unique valuable perspectives), and polished to a glossy sheen.


What literary challenges and successes you would like to share with our audience? 
In terms of challenges, a big one (other than finding/making time to write) is locating an audience. I’ve been getting booths and tables at fairs, festivals, craft shows, and even comic book conventions. It’s been a case of throwing a lot of spaghetti at any wall I can find, to see what sticks.
As for successes, after being in the indie author biz since 2006, I am finding some level of recognition. In the last couple years, I’ve been invited to sit in on three author panels, and now I get calls from bookstores or other authors to be part of this gig or that show.
Let me share with you a favorite story. In July 2018, I was sitting at my table on a hot Saturday afternoon in Midland, Michigan. The River Days festival seemed to be dragging, but still I sat there with a smile on my face when a young man (perhaps 18 or 19) came bounding up, his mother close behind. With the biggest smile, he said, “I know you won’t believe this, but I was walking with my mom and she asked me what I was reading. I told her I’d just finished Tell Me a Story by Randy D Pearson. She pointed to your sign and said, “You mean that guy?” So I had to run over here and tell you how much I enjoyed your book!”
It’s encounters like this that make it all worthwhile.


What’s next for your literary life?
I am currently working on the sequel to Trac Brothers, hopefully for a 2020 release. I am also plotting out the first book of a new series based on my much-beloved character Psychic Phil, who graced the last three short stories in Tell Me a Story. Readers have been telling me they want more of my reluctant psychic, and I’m here to oblige.

Upcoming Events
2020 is already shaping up to be a banner year!
I am a panelist at this year’s Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum – Sat February 8, 12:30pm

I also have been scheduled for two separate events at the Charlotte Community Library (Charlotte, MI)

On Saturday March 14, I will be leading a presentation on the long lost town of Walton Junction (learned from my research on Trac Brothers), and on Wednesday March 25, my novel Driving Crazy will be featured in a Book Talk.
Name of Book
About Book
Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?
Recent Review of book link

 

Author’s Website | More Books By This Author 

Testimonial
Ray Walsh (Lansing State Journal), in his review of Trac Brothers, called Pearson an, “experienced, clever storyteller” – and called Tell Me a Story, “a highly entertaining collection of wonderfully quirky short stories.”

 

Author’s Website
Link to buy book 

 

Social Media links
Please support and visit this author’s links | Check out his books | And write reviews if you have read his work
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If you’re looking to shake your book discussions up a bit, check out the fun game #LitVersations created by Debra Owsley @odebsimplysaid ·#bookclubs #authors #booklovers

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#3chicksandsomebooks Featured Book: Trac Brothers by Author, @RandyDPearson #michiganwriters #michlit #motownwriters

About Book
Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?

 

Recent Review of book link

 

Testimonial
Ray Walsh (Lansing State Journal), in his review of Trac Brothers, called Pearson an, “experienced, clever storyteller” – and called Tell Me a Story, “a highly entertaining collection of wonderfully quirky short stories.”

 

Author’s Website
Link to buy book 

 

Social Media links
Author Bio for Randy D Pearson
A lifelong mid-Michigan resident, Randy D Pearson has been creating stories for 40 years, usually in his head but occasionally on paper.
Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.
When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing his stories, winning several contests in the process.
In addition to his three novelsDriving Crazy, Tell Me a Story, and Trac BrothersRandy has been featured in several publications. These include all four of the Writing at the Ledges anthologies, The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, and Retrocade Magazine.
When not writing, Randy spends his time watching British sitcoms with his wife and stepdaughter, or sci-fi and anime with his two brothers. He lives in a small Michigan town with a ridiculous number of cats.
Upcoming Events.
2020 is already shaping up to be a banner year!
I am a panelist at this year’s Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum – Sat February 8, 12:30pm

I also have been scheduled for two separate events at the Charlotte Community Library (Charlotte, MI)

On Saturday March 14, I will be leading a presentation on the long lost town of Walton Junction (learned from my research on Trac Brothers), and on Wednesday March 25, my novel Driving Crazy will be featured in a Book Talk.

Multi-Dimensional Talent Denene Millner Coming To 2020 NBCC #3chicksandsomebooks

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2020 Bliss
Award-Winning Celebrity Biographer and Children’s Book Paragon Denene Millner Set For 2020 NBCC
Book Lover:
Denene Millner has done just about everything in the writing world, and done it brilliantly. She’s an esteemed, award-winning journalist. She’s co-written books that were turned into films. She’s written enlightening self-help. She developed one of the leading parenting websites, www.mybrownbaby.com.
She’s a celebrated author of New York Times best-selling pop culture and celebrity biographies. She’s written empowering children’s book and created an award-winning children’s book publishing company, Denene Millner Books.
We are proud that Denene will bring that depth of talent and experience–and more–to the 2020 National Book Club Conference.
The former Parenting magazine columnist has penned 30 books, including with Steve Harvey, Taraji P. Henson, and Will Smith (photo below), and has had several of her works adapted for film. Denene Millner Books won a Newbery and Caldecott honor in its debut year–the most prestigious awards in that genre.
Not done yet. Denene also is a co-host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s A Seat at the Table, a show that highlights issues affecting black women. Her podcast, Speakeasy with Denene, can be heard on Atlanta’s NPR affiliate and on all major podcast platforms. She frequently contributes as an entertainment writer and essayist for various national publications and her extensive broadcast experience includes appearances on The Today Show, HLN, MSNBC and NPR.
This is how we roll, bringing you the best of the literary universe. And we are not done. More announcements coming soon.
In the meantime, if you consider yourself a serious reader, you do not want to miss the 18th-Annual NBCC. It is important to secure your position now with a $100 deposit to join us July 31-August 2 in Atlanta by clicking here. We are running significantly ahead in registrations from previous years at this point. You do not want to be left out.
Any questions, please email curtisbunn@yahoo.com. And please make your room reservation at the Marriott Buckhead and ask for our amazing $117 rate at 404-261-9250. Or you can do so online by clicking here.
If you are excited about next year, please let me know.
Peace and blessings,
CURTIS
Curtis Bunn, NBCC founder
Will and Denene
Denene with actor Will Smith discussing her book, The Fresh Princess.
National Book Club Conference, Inc., 245 Highland Avenue, Suite 230-171, Atlanta, GA 30307

#3chicksandsomebooks Author Feature for @RandyDPearson #bookpromo #michiganwriters #michlit

Author Bio for Randy D Pearson
A lifelong mid-Michigan resident, Randy D Pearson has been creating stories for 40 years, usually in his head but occasionally on paper.
Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.
When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing his stories, winning several contests in the process.
In addition to his three novelsDriving Crazy, Tell Me a Story, and Trac BrothersRandy has been featured in several publications. These include all four of the Writing at the Ledges anthologies, The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, and Retrocade Magazine.
When not writing, Randy spends his time watching British sitcoms with his wife and stepdaughter, or sci-fi and anime with his two brothers. He lives in a small Michigan town with a ridiculous number of cats.
Author’s Website | More Books By This Author 
Name of Book
About Book
Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?

 

Recent Review of book link

 

Testimonial
Ray Walsh (Lansing State Journal), in his review of Trac Brothers, called Pearson an, “experienced, clever storyteller” – and called Tell Me a Story, “a highly entertaining collection of wonderfully quirky short stories.”

 

Author’s Website
Link to buy book 

 

Social Media links
Please support and visit this author’s links | Check out his books | And write reviews if you have read his work
Share this post with others | Got questions for the author, ask below in the comments
Would you like to be featured? motownwriters.com/advertise or motownwriters.com/sla

ANOTHER Award-Winning Author Added to 2020 NBCC #3chicksandsomebooks

Where Readers And Authors Come Together…And Depart Friends.
2020 Bliss
Lauren Francis-Sharma Is Back With Her 2nd Book And It’s Another Page-Turner Featured at 2020 NBCC
Book Lover:
In 2015, Lauren Francis-Sharma burst upon the literary scene with the highly praised debut novel, ‘Till The Well Runs Dry, called a “lush, elegant epic” by Essence magazine. 
 
Her second literary offering promises to be just as dramatic and engaging, and we are proud she will again join us at the National Book Club Conference.
 
This time, she will discuss The Book of the Little Axe, which releases next May, a novel set in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries about migration and the intertwined destinies of black and Native Americans in shaping the West.
 
In 1796 Trinidad, young Rosa Rendón quietly but purposefully rebels against the life others expect her to lead. Bright, competitive, and opinionated, Rosa sees no reason she should learn to cook and keep house, for it is obvious her talents lie in running the farm she, alone, views as her birthright.
 
But when her homeland changes from Spanish to British rule, it becomes increasingly unclear whether its free black property owners–Rosa’s family among them–will be allowed to keep their assets, their land, and ultimately, their freedom.
 
By 1830, Rosa is living among the Crow Nation in Bighorn, Montana with her children and her husband, Edward Rose, a Crow chief. Her son Victor is of the age where he must seek his vision and become a man. But his path forward is blocked by secrets Rosa has kept from him. So Rosa must take him to where his story began and, in turn, retrace her own roots, acknowledging along the way, the painful events that forced her from the middle of an ocean to the rugged terrain of a far-away land.
 
Lauren brings talent and a rich culturally diverse story that makes our weekend what it is: Literary Bliss.
And guess what: Yep, you guessed it: ANOTHER wonderful storyteller who will join us next year, July 31-August 2, will be announced on Friday. This is how we roll.
In the meantime, if you consider yourself a serious reader, you do not want to miss the 18th-Annual NBCC. It is important to secure your position now with a $100 deposit to join us July 31-August 2 in Atlanta by clicking here. We are running significantly ahead in registrations from previous years at this point. You do not want to be left out.
Any questions, please email curtisbunn@yahoo.com. And please make your room reservation at the Marriott Buckhead and ask for our amazing $117 rate at 404-261-9250. Or you can do so online by clicking here.
If you are excited about next year, please let me know. And scan below for important information.
Peace and blessings,
CURTIS
Curtis Bunn, NBCC founder
Remember book lovers, Tina Lifford‘s must-read book, The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey Into Inner Fitness, is available for pre-order. It is one of the three NBCC selections for World’s Largest Book Club Meeting. Let’s support this work now. It releases November 19th. Click on the photo above to order.
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Cupcake Brown, Author of NY Times Best-Seller ‘A Piece of Cake,’ Will Be Featured at 2020 NBCC

Where Readers And Authors Come Together…And Depart Friends.
2020 Bliss
Cupcake Brown, Author of NY Times Best-Seller ‘A Piece of Cake,’ Will Be Featured at 2020 NBCC
Book Lover:
I know what you’re saying: “The 2020 National Book Club Conference is going to be fire.”

You’re right!!1

It’s going to be sweet, too, with the exciting addition of Cupcake Brown, the author of the sensational memoir A Piece of of Cake, which has received numerous awards. She adds to a lineup that is the strongest collection of authors you can/will find anywhere. (Please visit www.nationalbookclubconference.com.)

We are registering readers at a record place, so please do not miss out by hesitating to secure your position now with a $100 deposit. Make it your Christmas gift to yourself.

But back to Ms. Brown. As an author, attorney and advocate, Cupcake has spoken all over America and Europe, using her years of negative experiences, coupled with positives, to share with others how the hopes and dreams of anyone really could come true, no matter how impossible it may seem.

She has received the University of San Francisco School of Law’s Judge Harold J. Haley Award for Exceptional Distinction in Scholarship, Character and Activities; San Diego State’s Donal Leiffer Outstanding Alumni Award for Distinguished Service; Suze Orman’s Books for a Better Life Award; and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Literary Award for Nonfiction.

A former lecturer at San Diego State, where she taught classes on youth and gangs, she is working on a sequel to A Piece of Cake and writing the script for the film version of her story. Additionally, she is co-authoring the memoir of Stevie J. Stevenson, father of rapper Tyga, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 27 years. Click on her photo to learn more about Cupcake.

This is how we roll. Please share with your book club members and contact me about securing your positions today.

Peace and blessings,
CURTIS
Curtis Bunn, NBCC founder

2020 National Book Club Conference | July 31-Aug. 2 | Marriott Buckhead ATL
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New Release Promo: Emperor’s Heart Part II – Grab your pre-order now #3chicksandsomebooks

 

Hi Sneakreaders,

Emperor Heart’s story is Book 6 in the Heart of Detroit Series.
If you’re an avid reader of Sylvia Hubbard’s books, then you’re all caught up once you get this book.
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About the book:
Family or Lust? Living or Dying? Loving or Leaving?.. Book Two explores decisions that must be made in the life of the notorious Emperor Heart.As much as he’s tried to keep a distance from his family, his addiction he was unable to control leads in deep in the Heart of Chicago to come face to face with one one person he never wanted to lay eyes on again…

King Heart.

On top of that, he’s still battling his powerful attraction to his daughter’s friend, while the danger to the lives of anyone he cares about could be in serious danger.

Emperor has to choose before it’s too late, but the blood of his father runs through his veins and until he faces his bond to the one woman he should never have touched in the first place, peace from the pain in his heart, his loins or his body will never be obtained.

Part II is the end of Emperor’s story, but the war is coming. Will you be #TeamKing or #TeamLethal?

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TOMORROW STARTS #7DaysAfterChristmas with Author, @SylviaHubbard1 Literary fun with Free Books, discounted series, a new release and a test! Are you ready?

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