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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

PROFILE: Ben Burgess Jr., award-winning author of WOUNDED

Conversations Book Club is excited to be a stop on author Ben Burgess, Jr.'s tour with Elite Book Promotions  for his book WOUNDED.

ABOUT WOUNDED:
Samantha Miller didn't have an easy start. Molested as a child and subsequently forced into prostitution by her drug-addicted mother, Samantha learned at an early age that men were not to be trusted. Being constantly preyed upon taught her to be a predator. Her target was women-specifically, straight or married women. As the headliner at a local strip club, Samantha capitalized on the gifts she was cursed with. In turn, her life quickly spiraled down a dangerous path of violence, seduction, and exploitation. When Sasha is brought on as the new bartender, she becomes Samantha's newest target. The last thing Samantha anticipated was falling in love. When tragedy strikes, what was once a challenge may prove to be her downfall. Can Samantha heal from her abusive past, or will she always be Wounded?

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When asked by Conversations Media Group founder Cyrus Webb what the experience has been like to see the way his book are being received, Burgess told him this: It's very humbling and fulfiling. I always wanted to write a book that would help change people's way of thinking and to reach them deeply. When i see the novels that i'm writing becoming successful, it's unbelievable."

Listen as Burgess and Webb chat about his career and new book WOUNDED on Conversations LIVE here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theconversationshow/2014/05/26/award-winning-author-ben-burgess-jr-discusses-wounded-on-conversations-live

You can read Cyrus Webb's review WOUNDED on Amazon here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#BookReview: ELVIS & GINGER by Ginger Alden

by Cyrus Webb

We all know of Elvis, and though so many felt a deep connection with his music, his fans were only about to get a glimpse of the man that he is. His death impacted the world in various ways, and everyone who listened to his music or got to see him perform or be a part of his life will remember him in their own way. For Ginger Alden, the woman he was engaged to at the time of his untimely death, he was more than just a rock star or celebrity. He was a man that taught her so much about the world and even herself. In her book ELVIS & GINGER she allows us to see not just what they had together but how her life was forever changed just by Elvis seeing her and loving her for who she was.

I have to say that I have never read a book about Elvis that seemed to paint such a complete picture of him as this one. Ginger takes us not only into their first meeting, but how she really did get to see the world differently by being willing to open up to new ideas and perspectives. "Elvis felt there was so me force inside him, guiding him to teach and bring joy to others in various ways, especially through music," she writes (p.176).She then came to a revelation one day and shared this: "Maybe we all really did possess abilities we're not cognizant of; maybe if we trained and learned to focus, we could more fully tap into the power of our minds. Who was I to say no to that?" (p.178)

The knowing that Elvis had about his purpose came to him because of meditation and taking the time to focus, to reach his center---something that I had no idea that he even practiced before reading this book. A great deal of his understanding came from reading. "We would often sit on his bed and read for hours," Ginger related. "Sometimes we would take turns reading to each other or sit side by side reading to ourselves. Whenever we were reading to ourselves, if the two of us happened to take a breath at the same time, or even sigh at the same moment, Elvis always noticed. Once he said, 'It's almost as if we're one.'" (p. 140)

Read the full review on Amazon here.

Ginger Alden will stop by Conversations LIVE Wednesday, September 3rd @ 1p.m. et (12p.m.ct/10a.m. pt) and discuss ELVIS & GINGER. You can listen to the show live or via podcast afterwards here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/inspirationalconversations/2014/09/03/ginger-alden-discusses-her-new-book-elvis-and-ginger-on-conversations-live

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Conversations Reveals 10 Must-Reads During September 2014

The love of books has been at the heart of Conversations since the very beginning and Conversations Media Group Founder Cyrus Webb is excited to share some great new reads for audiences of all interests for the month of September 2014.

"These are all great titles that I have enjoyed and believe others will as well," says Webb.  

10 Must-Reads of September 2014
  1. A FOREST OF DOORS by L. A. Muse (Innovo Publishing)
  2. ELVIS & GINGER by Ginger Alden (Berkley)
  3. BUILT TO LEAD by David Long (Next Century Publishing)
  4. FULL CIRCLE by J. L. King (published by Brown Girls Publishing)
  5. IT WON'T ALWAYS BE THIS GREAT by Peter Mehlman (Bancroft Press)
  6. LOVE CYCLES by Linda Carroll (New World Library) 
  7. BEYOND BLUE by Austin S. Camacho (Intrigue Publishing) 
  8. UNFAITHFUL by Karyn Grice (Karen Hunter eBooks)
  9. I'LL DRINK TO THAT by Betty Halbreich (Penguin Press)
  10. INVINCIBLE by Brian F. Martin (Perigee/Penguin Group)
With the exception of A FOREST OF DOORS by author L. A. Muse all the books were released either during the month of August or are scheduled to be released in September.

Muse's real-life journey inspired Webb so much that he chose her book as September's Book of the Month and the two will be discussing A FOREST OF DOORS on Conversations LIVE on Thurs. September 18th @ 8p.m. et (7p.m. ct/5p.m. pt). You can catch it live or via podcast at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive

Look for interviews with authors Ginger Alden, J. L. King and Betty Halbreich throughout the month of September as well. Details can be found at www.conversationsliveradio.com

Thursday, August 7, 2014

(Thurs. August 7th) Author JaQuavis Coleman's Booksigning: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Conversations Book Club thanks those who came out to meet New York Times bestselling author JaQuavis Coleman of the award-winning duo Ashley and JaQuavis at Books-A-Million in Jackson, MS, making his event a success.

Book lovers came as far as Natchez and Bolton to meet the author, get books signed and discuss their favorite books.






JaQuavis' new book BLACK STREET had sold out before his event in Jackson,however, he was more than happy to sign his other solo novels as well as those he had co-wrote with his wife Ashley Antoinette.

Stay connected with the authors at www.ashleyjaquavis.com as well as on twitter at www.twitter.com/realjaquavis.


Monday, August 4, 2014

(Review) A Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle

by Cyrus Webb

Tuesday is right around the corner, and that means lots of new music and books will be entering the arena, vying for your attention. If there is one book you should DEFINITELY make a point of adding to your reading list it would have to be A PINCH OF OOH LA LA by author Renee Swindle

I was introduced to the gifted storyteller through her book SHAKE DOWN THE STARS, and I knew then she would be someone to watch. In A PINCH she doesn't disappoint: getting us into the life of Abbey Ross, a woman who is looking for her happy ever after---but is in danger of losing herself in the process.

The book allows us to see Abbey as a woman who is a businesswoman, doing what she loves: making people happy through her bakery yet still feeling incomplete because her personal life (aside from some colorful friends) was anything but lackluster. When she is introduced to Samuel Howard it seems (on the surface) that her dreams of having the ideal life are going to come true---but at what cost? Not listening to her inner voice and choosing instead to do what is expected she turns down a course where she is giving herself away piece by piece.

In A PINCH OF OOH LA LA Swindle once again finds a way to show that though you might can have it all it doesn't always come in the package we (or others) might expect. Abbey realizes that she has to make some real choices, and though they might be what is best for her it won't necessarily be easy.

I mentioned that Abbey has some friends she can rely on along the way, but another character in the book that makes an appearance in the very beginning and stays present throughout definitely can't be denied----and that is music. Swindle allows that to be the soundtrack of not just Abbey's moods and adventures but a part of the lives of others, too. Music has a way of not just bringing you calm but creating memories that can be pleasant, painful and in some cases peaceful.

Entertaining and definitely a conversation piece for men and women can get something out of, A PINCH OF OOH LA LA serves us a delicious read for the summer.

Monday, July 21, 2014

(Thurs. August 7, 2014) NYT Bestselling Authors Ashley & Jaquavis Return to Mississippi

Conversations Book Club is excited to announce that New York Times Bestselling authors Ashley Antoinette & Jaquavis Coleman are returning to Mississippi Thursday, August 7, 2014 for a book signing and discussion at Books-A-Million (4950 Hwy 55 N * Jackson, MS).

"It's been 3 years since their last visit to the Magnolia State," says Cyrus Webb, book club President. "We're glad to have them back, and I know their fans will enjoy the opportunity as well."

With over 40 titles between them, the writing duo will be meeting fans in Jackson, MS as well as signing both new and old titles. Ashley's new book is THE PRADA PLAN: Love and War and JaQuavis' new title is BLACK WALL STREET.

"This is a chance for Central Mississippi to really come out and support a great event with two talented authors," says Webb.

This event is open to the public, and readers are encouraged to come out for pictures and to bring their already-purchased titles as well to get signed. For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can visit Ashley and JaQuavis online at www.ashleyjaquavis.com and Conversations Book Club at www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday Interview: Cyrus Webb Presents...The John Henderson Story 12/23

In December 2013 Conversations LIVE host Cyrus Webb found out about a man who had lost over 100 pounds in one year. His name was John Henderson, and he granted Conversations his first radio interview to discuss his life's journey, what kept him motivated and his advice for others.



Since the interview he has lost a total of over 170 pounds, and is inspiring others to be the best of themselves. Listen to the conversation here: Cyrus Webb Presents...The John Henderson Story 12/23 by theconversationshow | Current Events Podcasts