Banned Books Week: Censorship By The Numbers Infographic

The celebration of the freedom to read marches on as Banned Books Week continues. This year’s theme focuses on the fight against censorship. With that in mind here’s an infographic via ALA.org all about censorship. Read on to learn more:

 

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Banned Books Week: Top Challenged Books of 2017

Banned Books Week is underway and here’s an infographic of the top challenged books of 2017  via ALA.org

To learn more information on why these books were challenged visit the Banned Books Week website.  Curious about where challenges come from? Take a gander at this infographic below to learn more.

Next Week Is Banned Books Week

It’s that time of the year again! Banned Books Week arrives next week on September 23rd to the 29th. The annual event celebrating the freedom to read highlights the value of free and open access to information. This year’s theme ““Banning Books Silences Stories,” focuses on speaking out against censorship.

Around the country libraries, groups, and individuals in the community will host events so check out your local library to learn more. You can visit the Banned Books Week website to access more resources.

Cover Reveal: Cooper Whitelaw, Conman Extraordinaire A Crime/Mystery Novella

Today I’m pleased to present to you the cover of my first mystery/crime novella, Cooper Whitelaw, Conman Extraordinaire

What follows are the cover and synopsis below.

Synopsis:

After years of being haunted by what he calls ‘the chase’ Cooper Whitelaw, conman extraordinaire hatches one final con in Venice Beach, CA.  A con so big it’ll bring his life in the underworld to an end and grant him a new beginning.  No more lies, no more deception, and no more sorrow.

With his scheme well underway, things start to go awry when unexpected twists that Cooper didn’t plan for muddy the waters.  Determined to see his scheme to the end, Cooper rides the turbulent waves. But a murder turns the churning waters red with blood and places his plan in jeopardy.

Will Cooper Whitelaw live up to his name and get his new beginning or will the crimson waves of fate crash down and entomb him in the underworld forever?

This year I had the goal of writing and self-publishing three books. Back in April I released two poetry books and then suffered a period of writer’s block.  While I had plenty of ideas that I worked on nothing came to fruition at during this time. With no end of my foe in sight I decided to take a break. For my sabbatical, I enjoyed leisure reading and also listened to a number of classic radio dramas. It was during this period that the idea which became my first crime mystery came to me.

With the story completed I’ve accomplished my writing goal for the year and I’m looking forward to continuing the other ideas that I worked on (sequel to Orniainthi a prequel of sorts for I, Darcy and much more) and hope to publish them in the future.  Cooper Whitelaw, Conman Extraordinaire will be available by the end of this year.

Also check out my first Ask Me Anything on AMAFeed.com

Thank you for your support!

Happy National Library Week!

National Library Week started yesterday, April 8th  and will end this Saturday the 14th.

What is National Library Week? From ala.org:

National Library Week (April 8- 14, 2018) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2018 National Library Week is “Libraries Lead,” and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland will serve as 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

National Library Week 2018 will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958. This national celebration is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate every year in National Library Week.

Main events taking place throughout the month of April are as follows:

You can read more about the 60 year history of National Library Week over at American Libraries Magazine’s website.

This year the National Library Week Honorary Chair goes to ballerina Misty Copeland.  Copeland made history in 2015 when she became the first African American woman (in the company’s 75-year history) in the company’s 75-year history.to ever be promoted to the position of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.

She’s also the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Her 2014 memoir  Life in Motion and  Ballerina Body, released last year. She also wrote a picture book titled Firebird which won the  Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award in 2015.

As we celebrate libraries this week, take time to get to know your local libraries a bit better.  Here are some past posts of mine that’ll get your journey started:

Learn about the various types of libraries through my Types of Libraries Infographic and learn Five Facts about Libraries from this infographic I created.

I also got the opportunity to conduct four interviews with librarians and library staff from libraries around the country! Here they are linked below:

ALA Library’s Karen Muller

Florida Department of Corrections’ Dean Peterson

New York Public Library’s Brandy McNeil

The Library of Congress’s Jennifer Gavin

Libraries are important to society and they need all of the support that they can get. Support your local library today!

 

 

They’re Here!

Greetings dear readers!

Hope the weekend was kind to you. April has arrived and this month is National Poetry Month (request your poster here) which also means the start of NaPoWriMo. I usually partake in this 30 day challenge, but not this year.  Instead I’m taking a break, I’ll be back next year though.

Instead of a daily poem, I self-published two poetry books that are now available at CreateSpace, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. I mentioned them last month and now they’re here!

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First up is the start of a new series for me titled Acrostic. This book is my first attempt at writing acrostic poems and you’ve got a couple of KPop groups to thank for that. With their many attempts of doing acrostic poetry, I became curious and gave it a try.  It was a fun experience and I hope to write a second entry. Acrostic is available in print and ebook formats. Add it to your GoodReads Shelf.

My second book Thirty Days of Expressive Imagination, is a print collection of my NaPoWriMo ebooks that I’ve written from 2014-2017. This year I won’t participate in NaPoWriMo so this book will take the place of the poems that I would usually write.  Thirty Days of Expressive Imagination is only available in printAdd it to your GoodReads Shelf. 

April’s also my birthday month (psst… gift ideas) so I look forward to celebrating.

Finally here’s a gentle reminder that you have read any of my books please feel free to leave a review.  Reviews are essential in getting the word out and they mean a great deal to authors-especially to indie authors  such as myself. Once again thank you for your support.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Arriving This April: Acrostic & Thirty Days of Expressive Imagination

Happy Wednesday folks!

I’ve returned from my spring break refreshed, and I hope that your spring break is or was a good one for you. Today I have an announcement. April’s National Poetry Month and I’ve got two poetry books being released! First up is the start of a new series for me titled Acrostic.

 

This book is my first attempt at writing acrostic poems and you’ve got a couple of KPop groups to thank for that. With their many attempts of doing acrostic poetry, I became curious and gave it a try.  It was a fun experience and I hope to write a second entry. Acrostic will be available in print and ebook formats. Add it to your GoodReads Shelf.

My second book Thirty Days of Expressive Imagination, is a print collection of my NaPoWriMo ebooks that I’ve written from 2014-2017. This year I won’t participate in NaPoWriMo so this book will take the place of the poems that I would usually write.  Thirty Days of Expressive Imagination will only be available in print. Add it to your GoodReads Shelf. 

Both books will be available on Createspace, Amazon, & Barnes and Noble. Acrostic will be available on Smashwords.

These two books get me 2/3’s of the way to my goal of publishing three books for the year. Currently I’m taking a break from writing but I hope to return to it in order to achieve my goal.