Get To Know Trae Ferguson!

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Tracey Delisa also known as Trae Ferguson is a native of Baltimore, Maryland who found her love for reading at an early age. She started writing poems and stories as a teen, but always dreamed of one day writing a novel. In 2011, Trae made her dream a reality with the release of her jaw dropping debut novel, Sweet 16 that will open your eyes to sexual and physical abuse. She took a softer yet straight forward approach in 2012 with her book of short stories, which was written for teens, about teens titled Run, Tell That! In 2014 she continued to address real life issues in her most controversial book thus far, Two Face, Things Aren’t Always What They Seem, which takes you on a journey through the eyes of a 5 year boy who is diagnosed with gender identity disorder and In 2016 created her first teen magazine also titled Run,Tell That! Which was designed to encourage and inspire other teens. Trae invites you all to join her in her efforts to bring awareness and break the silence of abuse.

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1. When did you decide to become a writer?
Becoming a writer was never a decision I made, it was something I was born to do. I have been writing since I was a child. It started off as poetry and short stories, but  always knew one day I would write a book and in 2009 I did just that. I just started writing this story one day and six months later I had finished my first novel, Sweet 16.
2. Why do you write?
I write a lot of stories about abuse to be a voice for those to afraid to speak for themselves. I want victims of abuse to know they are not alone, it is not their fault. I want to bring awareness, encourage and inspire through the written word.
3. Which writers inspire you and why?
The three authors that have inspired me the most is Nisha Pettiford with her willingness to help and inspire others. She is such a beautiful person inside and out and then there’s Loretta Walls and Nikkea Sharee’ , they inspire me with they drive, dedication and determination and I am so proud of them both and a fan of their work.
4. What is your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. This book grabbed my attention and didn’t let me go from start to finish. I feel as if I was apart of the story and it was very well written with a great storyline.
5. Of all of the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite character to date is Jovon Taylor of my debut novel Sweet 16, I see myself in this charactor as we share the keep it real attitude and the ability to accept the conquences of our actions. We don’t play the victim but revengeance will be ours.
6. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Yes I read my reviews and I admit I didn’t handle it well in the beginning but then I realized it was helping become a better writer. My advice is DON’T TAKE IT PERSONAL!!
7. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I think I have evolved creatively because of the fearlessness I have in my subject matter. I like writing outside the lines and I won’t to be different. I don’t want to be like everyone else in the industry.
8. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
This is a hard one, I gotta think about this some more.
9. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
My advice to aspiring authors would be to do your research, make make Google your best friend. Build your library with books on editing, publishing,promoting and marketing. LEARN YOUR CRAFT AND INVEST IN IT.
10. Why do you think so many well-written books don’t sell?
.I think a lot of well written books don’t sell due to poor promotion and marketing, which I myself am guilty of. The easy part was writing the book, the hard work begins once it’s finished.
11. Where do you see publishing going in the future? How do you think we can promote and increase diversity within the literary industry?
I have no idea where publishing will be in the future because it changes every day.
12. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
My future ambitions for my writing career would be to transform my debut novel Sweet 16 into a movie, that has been my dream from day one.
13. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Facebook: Author Tracey Delisa
Instagram: trae_mac69
Twitter: @TraeFerguson or @TraeyDelisa
14. Are there any final words for the readers of Reading in Black & White?
I would like to thank Reading in Black & White to introduce myself to our readers and I hope you will join me on my mission to promote positivity, uplift and encourage our youth to make this world a better place.
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Diane and Kristopher Michaels had been happily married for over five years when they were blessed with their first born son, Kristopher Jr. They thought this day would never come after two devastating miscarriages. Kristopher Jr. was a dream come true for the proud father, but his dream would soon turn into a nightmare. At the age of five Kristopher Jr. is diagnosed with gender identity disorder which leaves him feeling trapped in the wrong body. Kristopher Jr. faces heartache and constant rejection from his family and friends as he transforms into the beautiful Krisette. Krisette finally finds happiness and true love when she marries her high school sweetheart Derek McQueen, but what should be a happily ever after turns into a situation of deadly consequences once her secret is revealed.
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“Because I am a girl on the inside, but I look like a boy on the outside,” K.J. explained.
Yes, this book went there!! Two Face is the story of a boy who at a very young age knew he was in the wrong body and was supposed to be a girl. It not only explores his journey but that of his parents and how they dealt with it.
“I thought God didn’t make mistakes; well what in the hell do you call this? All I ever wanted was a son to carry on the Michaels name and now that I have one, he wants to be my daughter.”
It was quite interesting to read K.J.’s transformation from being a little boy into a young woman. I haven’t personally known anyone that has went through this so it was hard for me to have a connection with the main character. But, his parents were another story. One parent was accepting and the other couldn’t handle it. The parent’s reactions were mixed and I found that to be quite believable. I think the dad went to the extreme, but some folks do that and you will have to read the book to see what I am talking about. This book makes you ponder when you say you love someone unconditionally, do you really mean it or only when they fit into your image of them.

Two Face is a one of a kind book! It is unique in the subject matter and quite risky. This served as a wake up call to me because while I am friends with several homosexuals I have never met anyone that has surgically changed their gender. The experiences and events throughout the book were eye-opening.

I was fully into the book until K.J. received the actual surgery. From here, it seemed rushed and not as well-developed as the book up to this point. For this reason I dropped my rating from a four to a three. In conclusion, I applaud Trae Ferguson for being bold enough to write this book!!!

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Interview: Mike Faricy

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1. When did you fall in love with books?

I was exposed to books and writing from my earliest days. As a little boy my mom and dad read me Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel and George the Pig. Growing up I was one of those kids that always had a book going. In grade school we would go to the school library for thirty minutes and I loved it. My folks would take us to our local public library every week and I would read and reread favorite books, they have just always been a large part of my life.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

I think at a pretty young age. Even as a kid in grade school I was coming up with my own newspaper. Amazingly all the articles were about the fantastic things I was doing. I would attempt to type the story on a manual typewriter, (yeah I know) then draw pictures of me stopping a bank robbery or saving the neighbor girl who was tied to the railroad tracks. You know real newsworthy stuff. I loved reading adventures like the Hardy Boys and even Nancy Drew although I had to sort of sneak those around because they were labeled as‘girl books’ by my pals. I’ve always enjoyed telling stories and writing just seemed a natural extension of that process.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I’m originally from St. Paul, Minnesota. My wife is Irish and lives in Dublin so we go back and forth between the two towns and have a long distance relationship. I essentially spend about six months in Minnesota and six months in Dublin, not all at once. Anywhere from a week to three or four months at a time somewhere, my wife does the same so it allows me the opportunity to honestly state that I’m the dullest guy in two towns. We have a blended family with my three and my wife’s daughter, they all get along well. I write everyday. I’m usually tapping keys on the computer every day before sunrise. I play bagpipes in the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band in Minnesota. That has given me the opportunity to have multi-generational friends. I don’t watch a lot of TV, I’m usually working at night, editing or doing the dreaded promotional things books require.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

I have a number of them and they seem to fall into two categories. The first would be crime/fiction/suspense writers like John Sandford, Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin, and William Kent Krueger. The second category would be historical writers, Stephen Ambrose, Jeff Shaara, William Manchester, David McCullough, Burke Davis are some favorites.

 5. What are your favorite books?

I like books that keep me interested, where I can’t wait to turn the page and see what’s going to happen. I love the idea of putting the coffee on so I can stay up and read. By the way, that never seems to work for me and I just end up having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. If you’re talking specific titles that I enjoy the list is constantly changing. I just finished N.M. Kelby’s White Truffles and enjoyed that although it was different from my usual reads and I read Vince Flynn’s Last Man, another great read.

6. What would you like for readers to get out of Bombshell?

Well, quite honestly I make it a point not to have a message in any of my books. I always say my books are of no redeeming social value. What I would like is for the reader to have an enjoyable time, god forbid a break from kids, work, bills, life in general, whatever and just relax. Have a laugh, be entertained and maybe thank God your life isn’t like some of my characters. Oh yeah, the other thing is I’d like the reader to say I’m going to get all of Mike Faricy’s books.

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

One of the things I vowed not to do is to have the sort of protagonist who is some computer genius just out of Seal Team Six and wants to be left alone with his girlfriend who happens to be Prince William’s cousin. Of course the protagonist gets pushed too far and now he’s coming back with a vengeance or he’s flying onto the roof of the White House attached to a kite ready to save the Western World. Frankly that sort of thing drives me crazy. My stories are about the sort of people we all may know but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. They won’t be saving the world from terrorists, international banking conspiracies or government coups. The situations they find themselves in are due to their own bad decisions, but then bad decisions can make for interesting tales. I write crime fiction with a sense of humor and even some romance in the hopes my readers can enjoy themselves.

 8. What is your writing process?

I usually begin every morning before the sun comes up reading out loud what I wrote the day before. I do some modest editing. By the time I’ve finished I’m more or less back on a roll and I write until about noon then take maybe a thirty minute break for lunch. I write through the afternoon until maybe four-thirty or five. I don’t run errands. I usually don’t go on line or answer emails. All that sort of activity, errands, social networks, phone calls are left for the evening. I take very few phone calls during the day. I’m supposed to be writing and that’s what I do. I don’t work off an outline so at the end of the day no one is more surprised than me at what has happened plot wise to my work. I have a rough idea of a general direction, but there are all sorts of twists and turns that just seem to pop up along the way.

9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I just had a new release come out that is something different for me. I was asked to write a novella for the Fight Card series under the pseudonym Jack Tunney. My title is Irish Dukes and I think I’m the tenth or eleventh author to contribute a story. The parameters are the story has to be set in the 1950’s and the protagonist was raised at St. Vincent’s Home for Boys in Chicago where he learned life’s lessons through boxing. Because I’m in Dublin half of every year my protagonist, Kevin Crowley, is on a military leave from Berlin and he goes to Dublin to find his long lost family. It takes off from there including Kevin falling in love. It was completely different from my usual genre and a lot of fun to do. As I said Irish Dukes was just released. I’m currently working on another Dev Haskell novel, this will be the fifth in the series, it’s entitled Tutti Frutti. I got an email a while ago from a fan who commented that Dev always ends up with a well endowed gorgeous young woman and although she wasn’t anything like that she thought she could show him a thing or two. That got me thinking and so in Tutti Frutti he’s involved with a slightly older woman, maybe a little heavy and she’s too much for him to handle. That’s been an awful lot of fun and is due out around the first of the year.

10. How can readers connect with you?

I’m on facebook, please feel free to friend me.

My email address is mikefaricyauthor@gmail.com

You can check out all my books on Amazon at http://amzn.to/X7SNd2

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me, please have me back again I’ve really enjoyed it. Don’t forget to remind all your readers to tell 2-300 of their friends about my books. All the best.

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Be Still & Know by Cassietta Jefferson

Be Still & Know by Cassietta Jefferson

Be Still & Know by Cassietta Jefferson

About The Book

Bitterness and deception always manage to find their way to the surface. Be Still & Know is a novel about finding love after devastating heartbreak and the challenges of learning to trust again.

Kai Bennett never believed that she was worthy of love. Too many years of being mistreated left her bitter and uncertain of her own self-worth. Finding validation in men, money, and trinkets, she has little use for a man becoming a permanent fixture in her life. That was until she met Alvin. What starts as a game of cat and mouse quickly develops into something Kai is unsure she is ready to handle.

Alvin Reigns discovered long ago that in love, there were no happy endings. He had fallen in love once, and vowed to never again allow any woman that much control over his heart. Kai Bennett was an unexpected surprise who made him want to believe in the possibility of a happy ending. After many years of self-preservation, Alvin is unsure if he should trust Kai with his heart.  How will Alvin and Kai learn to trust and create their own happy ending?

Cassietta Jefferson

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About The Author

Cassietta Jefferson is a contemporary Christian author, publisher, and blogger. She is the newest Editor in Chief for Journey, the For My Sister Friends newsletter, and the founder of Virtuous Ink Publishing. She has a passion for reading and writing, and seeks to provide her readers with the best in contemporary Christian literature. Cassietta is currently preparing for the release of a collection of short stories as well as the much anticipated follow up to her first novel.

Author Interview

1.   When did you fall in love with books?

I’m not sure of the exact moment that I fell in love with books; I’ve loved them as far back as I can remember. My earliest memory associated with my love affair with books is when I was about three and I would “read” picture books aloud to the older children while they were washing up or eating dinner to entertain them.

2.   When did you realize you wanted to write?

I’ve always had an active imagination, but I think I came to the realization that I wanted to write when I began to rewrite the ends of the books I would read. At the same time, I was looking for a genre that just wasn’t out there so I began to write what I wanted to read.

3.   Tell us about yourself.

I’m a pretty open book, so to speak. I’m married with three grown children. My husband is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, so we’ve moved around quite a bit. It’s given me a lot of time to write and some stories to tell. More than anything, I’m a woman who loves the Lord and loves to talk, sing, and write about Him.

4.   Who are your favorite authors? 

My bookshelf is kind of eclectic. I love Francis Ray, Brenda Jackson, Jodi Picoult, Neta Jackson, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston. I also enjoy James Patterson, Walter Mosley, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

5.   What are your favorite books?

Wow, there are a few. I can’t get enough of “There Eyes were watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. Also on the short list are “A Lesson Before Dying” by Earnest Gains, “The Yada Yada Prayer Group” series by Neta Jackson, and “Heart of the Falcon” by Francis Ray.

6.   What would you like for readers to get out of your book?

I would like readers to be entertained and thoroughly enjoy what they’ve just read, but more than that, I want readers to get the message of hope that I try to end each novel with.

7.   What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

I love a good love story and I don’t think that has to be diminished because I write from a Christian point of view. My characters are human, if you will. They make mistakes but like me, they are saved by grace.

8.   What is your writing process?

My process is a little different. I typically have a book written in my head prior to writing anything on paper. I usually start with the characters I’m writing about and develop the story around them; I find it easier to tell their story if I know who they are.

9.   Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I’m currently working on the follow up to Be Still & Know. Hidden is the next book in the Reigns Family Series is called Hidden.This book asks, what would you do if the love you thought you lost came back?

Marvin Reigns has loved only one woman in his life, and for him, no one could ever hold a candle to Lyvia. Just as Marvin is ready to move on with his life, the love of his life returns with incredible tales of being hidden from people who wanted to assassinate her.

10.     How can readers connect with you?

They can follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Readers can also check out my website and sign up for email updates.

https://www.facebook.com/VirtuousInkPublishing

https://twitter.com/VirtuousInk

http://www.virtuousinkpublishing.com/author-cassietta-jefferson.html

My Review

Be Still & Know by Cassietta Johnson is definitely a book that will uplift your spirits. Kai is a woman that has had a rough life with a very unfortunate past that has led to a less than ideal present. She meets and falls for Alvin but is nervous that her past and current rumors will destroy their relationship. Jefferson uses realistic characters with flaws in realistic situations that may remind you of people in your life or even of yourself and that is a great accomplishment. Be Still & Know proves that with faith, love, and prayer that we can overcome any situation and mindset.

4 star rating

Author Website

http://www.virtuousinkpublishing.com/author-cassietta-jefferson.html

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MsSetta

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Links to purchase the book

E-Book: http://www.amazon.com/Be-Still-Know-Novel-ebook/dp/B0071GXATY/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354406526&sr=1-3&keywords=cassietta+jefferson

Paper back:  http://www.amazon.com/Be-Still-Know-A-Novel/dp/1478206403/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1354406526&sr=1-3

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