Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In the words of a down-low brother, Andre Peters.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This Day Never Forgotten

Who won’t remember this day in history, especially if you reside in the United States? Who won’t be moved with emotions regardless of who you are, regardless of what you’re religion is?

When you offer a new kind of hope to people, they begin to believe. When you offer a new kind of change to people who are suffering, they begin to believe. When a better life for you and your family is offered, you begin to believe. When solutions and a sense of sincerity is brought to the forefront, you start to believe. When Obama got elected for President of the United States, that change took place, and when Obama got sworn in on January 20, 2009 at noon, that hope and abundance of change grew alive and grew strong.

More than ever people believe that anything is possible. People believe just maybe their hopes and dreams can come true; that just maybe they can have a better life despite what struggles lay on the surface of their life.

God is good and He will always come to our rescue, not when we want Him to, but when He think it is necessary. The change has only just begun.

May God bless Obama, Biden and their families. May God bless us all and show us the way to the change we need. And may we never forget where we came from and where we are going. Obama has taught and showed us there is nothing wrong with dreaming big, because it just may come true if you believe and follow through.

Be grateful, stay humble, and become involved in the change! Inauguration 2009

Tinisha Nicole Johnson
Author of Somebody Prayed For Me, AVAILABLE NOW!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Author Events Near You

The following is a list of author events in Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Maryland during the next two weeks.

If your town is not listed, there are no appearances slated within this period. See you next time!
Dates and times are subject to change. Please contact venue to confirm details.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saturday, January 17, 2009 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Victoria Wells, will be promoting A Special Summer
1320 Somerville Ave (2 blocks South of Broad & Olney)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Free gift with purchase of book (while supply last). Plus automatic entry into drawing for Spa Basket, Movie Tickets for Lovers, Ralph Lauren Handbag with mystery gift inside!Also enjoy the following activities: Group fitness class demo, discount membership packages, chair massages, complimentary refreshment, plus more!

Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, January 18, 2009 — 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rekaya Gibson, will be promoting The Food Temptress
4602 Crimson Rock North Las Vegas, NV
Hosted by Debra Lewis and Janise Holmes

Monday, January 19, 2009 — 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Rekaya Gibson, will be promoting The Food Temptress
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard, South Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, January 24, 2009 — 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Rekaya Gibson, will be promoting The Food Temptress
3300 E. Flamingo Road, #23, Las Vegas, NV

Camp Springs, Maryland
Saturday, January 30–31, 2009 — 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Jessica Tilles, will be promoting All Titles
With the Sweet Soul Sisters Book Club
Allentown Road, Camp Springs, Maryland


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Ants Are Coming!

With three years warning, could we defend ourselves from an invasion by a horrific alien race?

The Hive
By Chris Berman

Suppose for a minute that the Aztecs or the Incas knew that Cortez or Pizzaro was on his way with the Conquistadors. They knew it weeks in advance and instead of welcoming them as gods, they met them with every weapon they had at their disposal. Don’t you think history would have been different?

The Hive is hard science fiction set in the near future of 2019. The effort to defend the Earth uses actual technology tested in the US and Russia up until the 1970s but never put into production and proposed weapons programs currently under development. There is Political intrigue involving a duplicitous People’s Republic of China, a self serving reporter and a horrific unstoppable enemy whose only goal is extermination of the “soft-life” (human beings) that inhabit the third planet of the sun. The Hive is the story of humanity at last finding common ground and unification in our struggle to defeat a technologically superior enemy. It is also a story about the triumph of the human spirit as seen through the eyes of American aerospace engineer, Colin Hewette, who had lost his fiancée six years earlier and Russian/Ukrainian radio astronomer, Marina Asamova, who find love against a countdown to invasion.

Meet Chris Berman...

Dear Reader:

THE HIVE is a science fiction novel with a little bit of a twist. When I wrote it, I wanted to combine an edge of your seat science fiction action story with a love story between my two main characters, one Russian and the other American. I am one of a group of men who found wives in the former Soviet Union. I am inspired by my wife every day. I'm not the type of man who drifts in serial marriages until they run out of domestic women who are wise to their ways, then go trolling off-shore, rather, I came from a strong, long term marriage of over 19 years. My first wife died of breast cancer. My second wife, Lareesa, from Ukraine was not opportunistic in any way as she had lost her husband to a medical error during a minor surgical procedure. She is also a brilliant woman who graduated Summa Cum Laude, first in her class here in America with a BA in psychology. I was not looking for a house servant or eye candy but someone with high intelligence as well as both inner and outer beauty and I found her. I felt there was a real story to tell here, set within an epic struggle of survival for the human race, showing that despite our many differences, we can come together. Somehow, I feel I successfully combined these two divergent genres (science fiction and romance) into an interesting book.
Here is my web site. Please visit and drop me a note. I would love to hear from you.

Warm regards,

Chris Berman

Chris Berman resides in Saint Augustine, Florida with his wife, Lareesa Polyakova and daughters Marina and Sabrina. Chris has an extensive background in astronomy and is a spaceflight enthusiast; familiar with the space programs both here in America and in Russia.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hurricane Katrina Transplant Turns Her Love for Food into a Novel

Upper Marlboro, Maryland, January 14, 2009 – For Rekaya Gibson, hurricane Katrina transplant, her love of food is evident throughout her new fiction release, THE FOOD TEMPTRESS (Xpress Yourself Publishing; January 15, 2008). Who knows how to convert a gay man into a straight lover using a pineapple upside-down cake? Only Ambrosia Bourgeois, THE FOOD TEMPTRESS, can accomplish such a task. The New Orleans Goddess of Gastronomy uses food to seduce men in hopes of creating Mister Right. Paralleling southern cuisine, each short story captures the hearts and minds of different men.

In the “Power of the Pudding” chapter, Ambrosia realizes that her bread pudding cannot withstand the demands of an associate minister’s plans to make her a dutiful wife. When she decides to forget about him and travels to Atlanta to visit her friend, she ends up in the bathroom with Black Thunder, a local stripper. It is not her fault; the peach cobbler was intended for the birthday girl.

Ambrosia perfects her craft by using traditional recipes from her deceased grandmother and occasionally consulting her mysterious aunt. When she discovers that her meals fall short of converting the man to her specifications, she moves on to the next one—a total of 16 ranging from the local police chief to a Bourbon Street musician. Will she reach her goal before the monstrous hurricane hits her city?
THE FOOD TEMPTRESS serves a delectable treat connected by Ambrosia’s continuing quest for both romantic and culinary perfection.

Praise for The Food Temptress

"Jammed pack with unforgettable characters, The Food Temptress is filled with delicious crafty twists and delectable turns that left me completely filled and satisfied. A novel with best-seller written all over it."
— Erotic Expressions

“A tempting read that is sure to satisfy any palette.”


REKAYA GIBSON is a consultant and freelance writer. As a writer, she is not limited to writing about only one genre. Her love for food is evident throughout her fiction work, The Food Temptress, and her children's book, Are There French Fries in Heaven? Her nonfiction articles have appeared in the “Lake of the Ozarks Second Home Living Magazine,” “Relocating in Saint Louis Magazine,” and the “Times Picayune” newspaper. In 2006, she self-published an e-Book, Wow Them With Your Grant Proposal, and other grant-related e-Special Reports under her own e-publishing company, Gibson Girl Publishing Company.

Recently, the federal government selected her to review and score grant applications on underage drinking. Rekaya has spent ten years working in the violence/drug prevention fields and several semesters teaching a communication course at a community college. In addition, she has taught employees at a local casino how to write in English. This encouraged her to start her own nonprofit agency that focuses on language skills and literacy.

In the near future, Rekaya plans to dabble in politics - or at least write about it - as she completes her doctoral degree in political science. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. Although a transplant to Nevada because of Hurricane Katrina, she now calls Las Vegas her home. She was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can reach Rekaya by going to her websites at,,, and

Title Specifications:

The Food Temptress
By Rekaya Gibson

ISBN: 978-0-9779398-3-1
Publication Date: January 15, 2009
Trade Paperback; 244 pages
Qty/Case: 32
Retail: $14.95
Distributed by: Ingram Books and Baker & Taylor

This title is available wherever books are sold, as well as all online retailers.

For more information on this title, and other Xpress Yourself Publishing titles, visit

We look forward to speaking with you regarding Rekaya Gibson's The Food Temptress! Please contact Erica Hart at the contact information below.

Xpress Yourself Publishing, LLC
Erica Hart, Public Relations
P.O. Box 1615
Upper Marlboro, MD 20773
Phone: 301.390.3645 Fax: 202.478.3447
Email: Web site:

Friday, January 9, 2009

Novel adpated to film!

Happy New Year!

It is with great pleasure and so much joy, and just plain old excitement, that I share some fantastic news with you! 2009 is starting off with a bang for Xpress Yourself Publishing author, Linda R. Herman. Linda's debut title, Consequences: When Love Is Blind, published February 15, 2008 by Xpress Yourself Publishing, is a winner in the Novels to Films Feature Length Competition!

As this great news progresses, we will keep you informed! To learn more about the title, read below. To visit Linda online, go to or

Also, stop by to view Consequences, the full length novel, to be released February 10, 2009!
CONGRATULATIONS, LINDA R. HERMAN. I am so very proud of you!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

The Power of Words that Heal

Family, I'm in tears as I type these few lines.
My co-worker recently lost her mother who was only 54 years old. She died of cancer in October 2008. My co-worker and friend is currently reading Somebody Prayed for Me, and she just called me in tears after reading the story "One Moment With You" and the poem "Always In My Heart." These are pieces dedicated to the memory of my maternal grandmother who raised me, nurtured me, loved me, and taught me about being a strong woman. She died at the age of 64 in January 2006 and my life was forever changed that day because she was my grandmother, mother, and best friend.

I wrote those pieces for my own self-healing and today I learned that my words are helping someone else who is going through the same experience of losing a loved one.

I've been tired along this journey. There have been times when I wanted to throw in the towel and give up on writing. But God always finds a way to show me how my gift of writing can be a gift to others. Family, be inspired....never give up.

Linda R. Herman, Founder of ASA