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OnikaPascal’s last login was Saturday, March 8, 2008.
Dee here from your Black Romance Book Club.
One of our very own has a new book out.
Let's Read When Love Comes Around by Victoria Wells!
We'll start discussion on April 3,2009.
You are cordially invited to attend the 15 year anniversary of the Romance Slam Jam conference. This is the only conference that celebrates readers and authors of Black romance. For full details, view the website at: http://www.romanceslamjam.org/Conference/Newsletter/Articles/RSJCruise2010.htm
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Sorry I’ve been away so long. I’ve been entirely toooooo busy.
Anywhooo, in your Black Romance group, we’ll be reading Protect and Serve by Gwyneth Bolton next and start discussing it on 10 Oct. Now go ahead and purchase Gwen’s book now, even if you plan on reading it late, because it is a Harlequin book and you know they can be difficult to find.
Have you heard about all the fun we had at the 2008 Romance Slam Jam? Well that’s NOTHING compared to what’s coming in 2010.
It’s Romance Slam Jam’s Crystal Anniversary! Our theme is Back to the Future with Rochelle Alers as our keynote speaker! Everyone is Welcome To Join the Romance Slam Jam Crystal Anniversary Celebration Cruise departing from Miami, Florida, Sunday April 10th, 2010. We will be embarking on the five day Carnival Cruise to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands on the “Destiny” Fun Ship.
For full details go to: http://www.romanceslamjam.org/conference/Newsletter/Articles/RSJCruise2010.htm
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Here's what's happening in your Black Romance Group. Please join us in discussion.
Romance Slam Jam 2008
Happy New Year,
I hope everyone is enjoying our book club selection "When I'm with you" by LaConnie Taylor Jones. We'll start discussing it on 5 February.
Let's talk about the Romance Slam Jam. For those of you who are like what? It's THE event for readers and authors of Black Romance. Check out the website at http://www.romanceslamjamconference.com
It's the one place readers and authors of Black romance are celebrated. I hope to see all of you there!
So those of you who have gone, tell the others about it. Those of you who have never attended. Shoot your questions on for the rest of us to answer.
Happy 2K8 Onika!
I am announcing to my shelfari friends the release of my new novel, OWEN FIDDLER. If ya got 2-3 minutes, check out the trailor at:
Best wishes to you and your writing this year!
I pray you had a fantastic holiday. Whew, I’m still fat and fluffy.
In the Black Romance group, we discussed Topaz by Beverly Jenkins and had a BALL. Beverly came in and hung out with us. ‘Cilla lead the discussion and did an awesome job.
Now it’s time to select our next Black romance read. We take two months to read, then discuss the book. So drop on by and participate. We’re looking for a debut author of Black romance.
Don’t miss out on the discussion we’ll be having on Topaz by Beverly Jenkins in the Black Romance group. Beverly will be there to answer questions about Topaz. The discussion starts 15 Nov (Thursday) but will probably last a few days.
Come on and join us!
I know it’s been a while since I said HI, so I thought I’d drop on by. There is a new discussion topic in your Black Romance group: Real Live Romance
Come on over and give us some real life examples of something romantic, of love at first site (notice I said love, not lust SMILE).
Don't be scurrrrrrd. Romance isn't dead. Tell us what you've seen/experienced out there.
And don’t forget that 15 November we start discussing Topaz by Beverly Jenkins. I’m working on a treat for the participants.
For over three years now I’ve been pushing the Relentless brand in the streets of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Orleans, Chicago and even down in Houston. Me and my team have riddled the Internet with details of my history, and even hired three and four publicists to push my story to mainstream America. I’ve stood in the rain and snow, on Times Square, on the streets of Baltimore and Washington DC. I’ve done trains, buses, airports, hotels and beauty salons. There have been numerous book fairs, expos, festivals and family gatherings. In New York alone, for the past 3 years, I’ve made my presence known before more than 250,000 people each day, for more than 3 years now, regardless of their age, nationality, or preference in reading material. I've "dragged" sponsors into the mix to help make my climb that much easier, to the degree that they've given me tens of thousands of dollars to help drive my effort. I say that to say, I’ve literally “done this to death,” to the point that I have been able to reach the right people in record time. “Record time” merely means, moving more than enough books to pay the bills, and before that next dreaded 1st of the month series of bills hits your mailbox. But, "record time" also means that I’ve surpassed so many others who have struggled to do what I’ve done in twice the time. Some authors may never reach the heights that I’ve reached, especially now that the marketplace is “flooded” with titles and concepts that are so redundant and so revisited. Are there any original works of literature available??? OF COURSE THERE ARE!
I know there are. And I’m willing to show you just what I mean. I’ve conquered just about every imaginable goal I’ve had, from the writing to the sales, and now I’ve set another goal. Call this the “second wave” if you will, but I’m now sharing my marketing savvy with you, the next independent author (or the next new book) to BLOW! See, for me it’s easy to brand and market and strategize. For me, it’s easy to focus on my market, to hunt them down, and to give them what they want. How so? Because I’ve spent SO much QUALITY TIME studying this! I studied the writing, the publishing, and the marketing by reading over 1,000 books. There were the important branding books I had to read back and forth, such as “Radical Marketing“, by Sam Hill & Glen Rifkin. I had to eat, chew and swallow books like “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell, and “How To Win Customers & Keep Them For Life” by Michael LeBoeuf, Ph.D. And of course, of course, of course, of course! I cannot forget Dr. Dennis Kembro’s Think & Grow Rich (A Black Choice), and David Schwartz’ “The Magic of Thinking Big“. Actually, I’m cheating, because I’ve been reading “Big” for decades. However, there were the dozens of books ABOUT writing, including “Spider, Spin Me A Web, & "Telling Lies For Fun & Profit" “ both by Lawrence Block. There was “On Writing” by Steve King, and so MANY other books about the craft of storytelling; essentials for anyone who would want to master the craft of “Suspending the reader’s belief systems” and jamming open certain pleasure centers that will keep them reading the books.
And so, since there’s nobody quite like me; someone who was and is as passionate as I have been about publishing, then that makes me blessed and highly favored as it relates to all things-publishing. SHAMELESS! ME! But, it's a fact. I know it all, from the conception of the idea, to the maturing process of building it into a book, and then the softwares, etc that help to make that initial idea into a great book. Blindfolded, I've mastered Photoshop, and so I've created those captivating covers. In fact, one such cover I've created was SO captivating and important for the author/publisher who came to me, that they used it AGAIN for a SEQUEL! No kidding.
When a publishing company (no matter how big) is not doing “the right thing,” I can see it blindfolded, especially when it comes to urban lit. Especially when it comes to marketing to the appropriate audience. Case & Point: I have a total of 14 book contracts with St. Martin’s Press, a behemoth in the publishing industry. And despite all of their experience and all of their talented employees, they have not been able to accomplish A HALF PERCENT of the publicity and notoriety that I have accomplished on my own. WHY IS THAT? That doesn’t say that anything’s wrong with St. Martin’s Press, respectively. However, what it does say is that I’m champion in my own quest to succeed, more so than any other employee or department of employees.
All of that knowledge and foresight is now for sale (or rent) in my consultations and fee-based services that I provide in the way of Ghostwriting, market strategy and publishing. I am also connected enough in the movie business that I can walk your book or screenplay into certain Hollywood offices for possible acquisition. Did you NOT see the clip I wrote (complete with pics) on my HBO visit with the head of acquisitions??? 9check the BLOG! It's there)
So, You have a book that is already published and hasn’t been selling. It may or may not have a buzz; it may or may not have an audience. Either way, you are not happy with the results. Fortunately, I am ALL about results. And that’s why you, your company, and most importantly, your books need me as an advocate.
For a limited time, I am producing VIDEO SHORTS; features that will profile your book, or publishing effort. And, I'm doing so for EXTREMELY DISCOUNTED prices. In some cases, I even accept books in place of hard money. (Of course, this is a limited time offer, since the time in my life gets tighter and tighter.) However, the offering is on the table. And, as I like to say...
My name is Relentless Aaron. Fly me.
Cast Your Favorite Black Romance!
Because of your vast knowledge and love of Black Romance, a top Hollywood producer has come to you and asked you to choose the movie cast for the on screen production of your favorite Black Romance novel. Oh yes. Your word is FINAL.
Soooooo, tell us. What is the name of the Black Romance novel. Who will you have playing the hero and who will play the heroine. (and since you are the casting director, yes you can put yourself in a role. LOL).
Now come on over to your Black Romance Group and have some fun with us.