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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Authors Take Center Stage as "Best of Mississippi" 2008 Honorees

Shadow Play Entertainment, Conversations Book Club and their literary partners are pleased to recognize the "Best of Mississippi" Class of 2008. (Click photo below to enlarge)

On Monday, December 29, 2008 Mississippians gathered to pay tribute to their own at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, Mississippi. Authors Kia Stokes, Joseph Henderson, Jerome Gentry and Dudley Sykes were all recognized for their contributions to the state as well as the world through words. Hosted by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb, the event also featured musical selections from 2007 Best of Mississippi Honoree Diane Johnston. (See below)
To find out more about the work of Best of Mississippi, visit http://www.best-of-ms.org.

BREAKING: Conversations Announces Its Most Fascinating Author of 2008

In 2007 Conversations recognized New York Times Bestselling author Carl Weber as its "Most Fascinating Author of The Year". Now on the eve of 2009, we are pleased to recognized this year's Honoree. Listen to an exclusive interview with the author here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/12/31/Conversations-Announces-Its-Most-Fascinating-Author-of-2008


His name has sparked not only controversy but discussion like few have seen in the literary community. With his first book, DEATH AROUND THE CORNER, being released by Kesington Publishing to rave reviews, it became clear that he was more than just a Platinum-selling recording artist. He was staking his claim to a piece of the literary pie.

Conversations Founder Cyrus A. Webb first was introduced to him in January 2007, and since that time the two have made literary history time and again. Their partnership has been praised everywhere from hiphop websites, Get The Daily News, MTV and even the Chicago Tribune! See links below:

Chicago Tribune
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2008/jan/06/entertainment/chi-abc-murder6_pjan06

Pro-Hiphop/ MTV News
http://www.prohiphop.com/2008/01/conversations-b.html

http://showhype.com/article/c_murder_teams_with_book_club_plus_r_e_m_south_by/
Get The Daily News
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9T-OjI0l9T8&feature=channel_page

Webb also coordinated the author's first book tour (see detailed report of the historic tour that was covered by dozens of Media outlets including Fox News and The Associated Press here: http://conversationsbookclub.blogspot.com/2007/10/mississippi-should-be-honored-c-murder.html)
as well as that for his author (Jacki-o) once her book was released in 2008.

Webb and this year's honoree also began "The TRU Conversations Hour", connecting music and book lovers worldwide through a weekly talk show.

After helping launch the New Orleans branch of Conversations Book Club in January 2008, the most powerful project the two have been a part of is the HIPHOP AND BOOKS literacy campaign which encourages recording artists to aide in promoting reading abmong their fans. (See http://www.hiphopandbooks.com and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYz8ydE0r_o&feature=channel_page )


Truly this man is more than meets the eye: a respected recording artist, bestselling author and publisher. He has brought another audience to books, and the world is better off because of it. There is no wonder that Corey "C-Murder" Miller is Conversations' "Most Fascinating Author of 2008"!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Listen to Converations LIVE! Radio's December "Business of Books" here!

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's last "Business of Books" segment of 2008? If so, listen to the podcast here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/12/31/decembers-business-of-books-on-conversations-live-radio
After making history by having over 160 guests on its program since June 2008, Conversations LIVE! Radio ends a successful year with a historic all-star panel of authors who talk about their personal journey in the literary world.Hosted by Cyrus A. Webb (above), authors Bonnie Kaye (The Gay Husband Checklist), Bernice Layton (Promises Made), Ken Tucker (Are You Fascinated?), Lady K (Sex Ispires My Best Poetry) and Taylor Ross (A Faded Lilly) talk about their beginnings in the literay world, what challenges they have faced and advice for those entering the business.  Though this was Conversations' last show of 2008, keep updated on other activities by Converations by visiting the book club link at http://www.thebestbookclub.info and the radio show link at http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Author Pardis Mahdavi talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio

Did you miss author Pardis Mahdavi's interview with Conversations LIVE! Radio? If so, listen to the podcast here:
 
She talked about the inspiration behind gathering the information for her book PASSIONATE UPRISINGS: Iran's Sexual Revolution, the similarities she found between the Iranian and American culture and what she hopes readers get from the thought-provoking experiences she recorded over seven years.
 
To find out more about the author, visit http://www.pardismahdavi.com. Missed previous conversations on our show? Visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

CBC Report: Conversations' Founder Reviews "Abramo's Gift" by Donald Greco

Conversations Book Club Founder Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's review that appears in the Clarion Ledger (Rankin Ledger insert) is of author Donald Greco's "Abramo's Gift"! (See below)
This is Webb's 35th and last review for the paper in 2008. Read the article by visiting this link: http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081227/LIFE/812270306/1003
 
Greco's novel was chosen as one of Conversations' "Best Kept Literary Secrets of 2008 (See complete list here :http://conversationsbookclub.blogspot.com/2008/12/revealed-conversations-best-kept.html ).
In what the author called his 'best interview yet', Greco also appeared as a guest on Conversations LIVE! Radio during December 2008 where he talked about how after writing for over 30 years he decided to publish ABRAMO'S GIFT. He also discusses how those around him found out about his love of writing, what he hopes others get from the lessons in the book and how others can find their own "gift" during this holiday season. Listen to the interview by clicking on this link:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/va/2008/12/11/author-donald-greco-talks-to-conversations-live
 
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Conversations LIVE! Presents "The Business of Books": Tues. Dec. 30, 2008!

After making history by having over 160 guests on its program since June 2008, Conversations LIVE! Radio ends a successful year with its most popular monthly segment: The Business of Books!Join the program on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT) when host Cyrus A. Webb will talk with bestselling authors Bonnie Kaye (The Gay Husband Checklist), Bernice Layton (Promises Made), Ken Tucker (Are You Fascinated?) and Taylor Ross (A Faded Lilly) about their beginnings in the literay world, what challenges they have faced and advice for those entering the business. Webb will also share a special announcement with the listeners about the future of Conversations LIVE! Radio, Conversations Book Club and other components of the Conversations Band. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This is definitely one show you don't want to miss.
 
Listen to the show LIVE by visiting http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or by calling the studio line to listen over the phone at 1.347.426.3645.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

This week's review: "The Marquise Hill Story" by author Sherry Hill

Conversations Book Club's President Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's book review that appears in today's Clarion Ledger (Rankin Ledger insert) is of author Sherry Hill's THE MARQUISE HILL STORY: From The Cradle To The Bowl".

To read the article click this link:
http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081220/LIFE/812200302/1003

Hill will be signing copies of her book at the Borders Book & Music (3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd.) in Metairie on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 from 5-7p.m.
For more information about the book visit http://www.fromthecradletothebowl.com.
 
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Conversations Book Club's Author of The Year 2008-09: John Saul

Conversations Book Club and its literary partners are pleased to announce that International Bestselling author John Saul has been chosen as its Author of the Year 2008-09.

He has been satisfying avid readers for over 30 years with dozens of books which have all become bestsellers. Conversations' President Cyrus A. Webb first read Saul some 20 years ago and has been a fan ever since. "It takes a masterful storyteller to be able to remain relevant after all these years," says Webb. "Few authors will have readers scurry to the bookstores or to their computers when their latest book is released, however, John Saul is one of those authors.

Webb reached out to this year's honoree in 2007 and was surprised to hear back from him almost immediately. Saul agreed to an interview with Conversations Book Club during a live discussion at Waldenbooks Metrocenter in Jackson, MS via conference call. In 2008 he agreed to a second interview, this time on Conversations LIVE! Radio, and was heard live discussing his beginnings and his new book FACES OF FEAR. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/08/18/Conversations-LIVE-with-C-A-Webb-Guest-Bestselling-author-John-Saul

"It was a dream come true for me," recounts Webb. "My profession allows me to talk with those who have literally helped shape pop culture and have reached milestones that few will achieve. Saul's commitment to his fans and to the craft is not lost among those who read him."

The author had this to say about the recognition by Conversations:
"What a wonderful surprise to hear I've been selected as your Author of the
Year for 2008-09. I feel very honored to have been chosen and express my
appreciation for the recognition.

"As I'm sure you know, writers tend to be
a group of people who have become inured to the process of delayed
gratification (when there's gratification at all!) so it is particularly
gratifying when someone as passionate about books as you and your Book Club
give us your recognition. As I'm sure you know, I haven't been the
recipient of all that many awards, so when one does come my way, it means that
much more to me.

"Again, thank you so much, and I look forward to joining you and your club
for another conversation in the not-too-far-distant future."

To find out more about John Saul, visit http://www.johnsaul.com.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Author Kirk Wilkinson talks with Conversations LIVE! Radio

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with author Kirk Wilkinson? Listen to the podcast here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/12/18/author-kirk-wilkinson-talks-to-conversations-live-radio
Wilkinson talked about how his own life-changing experiences has helped him be in a position to help and encourage others. When discussing the role of faith, he reveals how he is able to talk with others who might not believe as he does and what message he shares with them. How can you have happiness in your life now? Listen to this interview and find out! For more details, visit http://www.thehappinessfactor.com.

Wed. Dec. 17, 2008: Today's Guests on Conversations LIVE! Radio

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2008
Join us today on Conversations LIVE! Radio as we talk to individuals who are using their way with words to inspire, educate and inform.

Wed. Dec. 17, 2008---12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/10a.m. PT)
Author Leslie Chang discusses her book Factory Girls and the research that led to this powerful non-fiction account.

Wed. Dec. 17, 2008---7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT)
Author Kirk Wilkinson discusses his book The Happiness Factor, and why we have to fight account despair everyday.


To listen to the interviews live, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call the studio line at 1.347.426.3645.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Author R. H. Martin talks to Conversations LIVE!

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with author R. H. Martin? If so, listen to the podcast here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/12/16/author-r-h-martin-talks-to-conversations-live-radio

Martin talked about how the encouragement of a third grade teacher encouraged his love affair with words, how he was able to develop his ideals of faith and why he believes the messages of his novel CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM will encourage self-evaluation of individuals from all backgrounds. To find out more about the book and the author, visit http://www.rhmartin.net.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Author Howard Layton talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio

Did you miss author Howard Layton's exclusive interview with Conversations LIVE! Radio? If so, listen to the podacast here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/12/15/Author-Howard-M-Layton.
Layton,90, talked about why he decided to write about his life experiences now, about the "Three Wars" that he was involved in, one of which was World War II and why history has an important role in all of our lives. He also tells listeners what he hopes they learn about themselves and their lives when they read his latest book LOVE AND SAND. More details about the author and his books can be found at http://www.howardlayton.com.
To see who else is talking to Conversations LIVE! Radio, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com .

Saturday, December 13, 2008

THIS WEEK'S REVIEW: NINA'S GOT A SECRET by author Brian W. Smith

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's featured book review is of Bestselling author Brian W. Smith's NINA'S GOT A SECRET. It is found in today's (Saturday, December 13, 2008) Clarion Ledger Newspaper (Rankin Ledger insert).
To read the review, click this link: http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081213/LIFE/812130303/1003
NINA'S GOT A SECRET was chosen by Conversations Book Club as one of their "Best Kept Literary Secrets" of 2008. To see a full listing, visit http://www.thebestbookclub.info and look under the WHAT'S NEW section.

Smith is also awarding the grand prize for 2009's newest reality show THE WRITE STUFF: a one-book deal with his company HOLLYGROVE PUBLISHING. (For details, visit http://www.hollygrovepublishing.com)

Monday, December 8, 2008

MON. DEC. 8TH: Today on Conversations LIVE! Radio

Monday, December 8, 2008
After interviewing over 150 guests live since June 2008, Conversations LIVE! Radio continues its history-making discussions today with two fascinating individuals!

At 12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/ 10a.m. PT) Fashion designer Terri Stevens from the hit reality show PROJECT RUNWAY SEASON 5 will make her first appearance on the show to talk about her career, how the show has changed her life and what is next for her in 2009.

At 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT) author Crystal Hubbard will talk about her writing career, the social issues she discusses as well as what she hopes to provide for her fans in the New Year.

To listen to the interviews live, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or listen via the switchboard at 1.347.426.3645.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

SUN. DEC. 7TH: Author Michele Cameron talks to Conversations LIVE!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2008
Author Michele Cameron makes her first appearance on Conversations LIVE! Radio at 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT).

She will talk about her growth as an author, her new book MOMENTS OF CLARITY as well as what she has in store for her fans in 2009! New things are also going on with Conversations so stay tuned for some important announcements as well.

Listen to the interview live by visiting http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or by calling the studio switchboard at 1.347.426.3645.

Friday, December 5, 2008

CBC Report: Author Joseph F. Henderson featured by www.joeypinkney.com

Conversations Book Club and Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to announce that author Joseph Henderson (I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE) was recently interviewed by our literary partner Joey Pinkney at http://www.joeypinkney.com. (see below)
joseph henderson headshot i dont want to die alone book cover

Here is an excerpt:

"Joseph, the sixth child of nine children, describes a sad but shockingly true story of growing up on the streets at a young age. After a life filled with crime, drugs, money, cars, and women, Joe realizes that life and time is catching up to him. He shares with the readers his days of living in below zero temperatures in Michigan with no heat; nightly pit stops through ice and snow to raid the supermarket garbage dumpsters. He talk of feasting on goldfish, turtles, and mallard ducks from the neighborhood park pond.

"Journey with Joe as he tells an all out, no holds barred tale of physical, mental, and sexual abuse. He tells of living in a household where discipline consisted of holding encyclopedias in each hand while balancing on one foot and whippings with electrical cords, brooms, two-by-fours, and garden hoses. After being shot on a street corner, later escaping a drive by shooting, then the subsequent brutal murder of his sixteen year old brother, feel the passion with Joe, as he explains several suicide attempts his family never knew about.

"Feeling he would 'die all alone,' Joe makes a desperate and emotional attempt to apologize and ask forgiveness from family, friends, and foes that suffered during his reign of torment." To read the full interview, visit this link:

http://joeypinkney.com/criticism/5-minutes-5-questions-with-joseph-henderson-author-of-i-dont-want-to-die-alone.php

Joseph Henderson's memoir I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE was also chosen as one of Conversations' "Top 100 of 2008" and he is a member of The Best of Mississippi Class of 2008 for his literary contribution. In 2009 he will be a guest judge and make history as being part of the literary reality show "The Write Stuff" (http://www.thewritestufftv.com) . To find out more about the author, visit http://www.joseph-henderson.com.

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CBC: Our Books2Mention Features for Dec. 2008

Conversations Book Club (http://www.thebestbookclub.info) and Books2Mention Magazine (http://www.books2mention.com) are pleased to reveal our features for December 2008. (Click on the picture to enlarge)
Congratulations to authors Joseph Henderson, Sylvia Dickey Smith, Terry Alford, Kimberly Cheryl and Kia Stokes for their success in 2008. To see their features on Books2Mention's website directly, click on this link: http://books2mention.com/conversations___b2m4

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Minister of Music Chandra Wise talks to Conversations LIVE!

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with Chandra Wise, the Minister of Music at New Jerusalem Church in Jackson, MS? If so, listen to the podcast here!
She talks about her work at the church, the production they are presenting called THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD and what she hopes those who watch will get from it. For more information, see the poster above. Details can be found at http://www.njc-ms.org.

Interested in being a guest on Conversations LIVE! Radio? Contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tues. Dec. 2, 2008: Conversations Presents "Faith and Literature"

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2008
Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to announce that today two historic discussions will take place on Conversations LIVE! Radio, both discussing Faith and Literature.


12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/10a.m.PT)
Bestselling author Lesley Hazleton will talk about her love of history, her book JEZEBEL and the role she feels as though women have played in faith, religion and politics over the years. Want to know what she has planned for her readers in 2009? She will reveal that and more!

6p.m. CST (7p.m. EST/4p.m. PT)
Conversations LIVE!
will host its first "Faith and Literature" online panel discussing the author's personal beliefs and how it affects what they write and how they see the world. Bestselling authors Jerry B. Jenkins, L. A. Banks, Jewell Parker Rhodes and Evie Rhodes will join the show for the hour to talk about their careers and give insight as to how they manuever throughout fact and fiction in their professional and personal lives.

To listen to the discussions above live, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive at the designated times. Not near a computer? Listen to the discussions over the phone by calling the studio number at 1.347.426.3645.

Monday, December 1, 2008

REVEALED: Conversations' Best Kept Literary Secrets of 2008!

THIS IS IT: Conversations Book Club is pleased to release its final listing for great reads in 2008! These are books that have become favorites of ours but may not have been on the radar when our other lists were compiled. They are what we call "Best Kept Literary Secrets" of the year. Now that they are known to you, feel free to pass them on to others. (Arranged in no particular order)

1. "Every Day Life" by M. G. Hardie
2. "It's Morning" by Elaine Flowers
3. "Hard Times and Great Blessings" by Ken Worth
4. "The Galloping Ghost" by Gary Andrew Poole
5. "My Organic Soul" by Jacqueline Rhinehart
6. "Forever My Lady" by Jeff Rivera
7. "Afterlife Crisis" by Steve Mayfield
8. "Nina's Got A Secret" by Brian W. Smith
9. "Fresh Frozen" by Darden North, MD
10. "This Life Isn't Perfect Holla" by Sandra Foy
11. "The Journey" by H. G. Adler
12. "Factory Girls" by Leslie Chang
13. "Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes," Daniel Everett
14. "Fashion Inside Out," Daniel Vosovic
15. "Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough" by Smart Cookies
16. "Mr. Fix-It" by Crystal Hubbard
17. "Abramo's Gift" by Donald Greco
18. "More Drama In The Church" by Dynah Zale
19. "The Office Girls" by Sylvester Stephens
20. "Jealousy" by Marsha D. Jenkins-Sanders
21. "Giants Among Men" by Jack Cavanaugh
22. "Meat Market" by Bruce Feldman
23. "Watching Baseball Smarter" by Zack Hample
24. "Are You Fascinated?" by Ken Tucker
25. "Ready To Male" by Lamar Ariel

Missed Conversations' "Top 100 of 2008"? Visit them below:
http://readingmylips.blogspot.com/2008/10/just-in-conversations-reveals-its-top.html

COMING MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008: Conversations' Author of the Year 2009!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thsi week's review: author Jacqueline Rhinehart's MY ORGANIC SOUL

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's article that appears in the Clarion Ledger (Rankin Ledger insert) is with author Jacqueline Rhinehart.

To read the discussion, click the link below:
http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081129/LIFE/811290306/1003

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Conversations Reviews FRESH FROZEN by Bestselling author Darden North

"One thing I have come to believe with a book penned by author Darden North is that you should expect the unexpected. In Fresh Frozen he pushes the envelope further in his career with a novel that takes us into the most intimate experience a couple could experience together and shows what happens when the gifted hands of man try to replace the all-powerful hands of God.
"Rife with conflicts that cross moral decisions and emotional rollercosters that travel all imaginable feelings, this is one that will be read throughout the South with pride but across the world with respect and enjoyment.

"Fresh Frozen succssfully blurs the line of what is considered right and wrong by some and puts the ability of free will into the hands and hearts of individuals. There is much in the book that can be dissected as to what dialogue the author is trying to encourage with his readers, but one thing is for certain and that is a dialogue will definitely be opened up.

"North's third title was chosen as one of Conversations Book Club's "25 Best Kept Literary Secrets of 2008". Simply put, the book is a job well done from an author that nothing less is expected. Can't wait to read the next chapter in his literary career."
--- Reviwed by Cyrus A. Webb, Conversations Book Club President

Crunk Book Club Features "Every Day Life" by author M. G. Hardie

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's feature by Crunk Book Club is of author M. G. Hardie's "Every Day Life.

To see the review and the newest Crunk Newsletter, visit this link:
http://magazinecrunk.powweb.com//november/crunk_weekly_november3.html

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Reality Show offers Book Deal, tools for success for aspiring authors

From:      Cyrus A. Webb, President
                Shadow Play Entertainment/ Conversations Book Club
                cawebb4@juno.com
 
                Zane Bell,
                Innovations Inc.
                (601) 624-8468
 
Date:        Wednesday, November 26, 2008
 
Re:          New Reality Show offers Book Deal, tools for success for aspiring authors  _____________________________________________________________________________________________
 
UPDATE: Shadow Play Entertainment, Innovations, Inc. and their partners in encouraging literacy throughout the United States are pleased to announce a new project that is sure to not only encourage creativity but provide encouragement and assistance to those who are looking to make it in the world of publishing. Introducing "The Write Stuff" (http://www.thewritestufftv.com) , a new reality show designed to assist individuals in their quest to better understand how to get their work recognized as well as network with those who have made it in the industry.
 
Created by Cyrus A. Webb (Shadow Play Entertainment/Conversations Book Club) and Zane Bell (Innovations, Inc.), the show will take fourteen (14) contestants who have drive, ambition and the willingness to succeed through 12 weeks of challenges that will prepare them for the competitive literary world that they want to be a part of. Whether their desire is to be the next big thing in literature. 
 
During the interview process, "The Write Stuff" will put the contestants in the faces of those who can make it happen and give them the tools they need to be successful. At stake is the ultimate prize for anyone who wants to make their mark on the industry: a ONE-BOOK DEAL with Hollygrove Publishing, features in magazines and online publications across the country, two years of representation by Shadow Play Entertainment and the recognition of having "The Write Stuff".
 
Explaining why Hollygrove Publishing wanted to participate in such a major way with this groundbreaking literary endeavor, President Brian W. Smith said this: "This writing business is extremely difficult to break into if you aren't already a celebrity. A program like "The Write Stuff" is long overdue - it gives aspiring authors a chance to be discovered and it promotes literacy, all while entertaining the public...I jumped at a chance to be a part of this." Also onboard is renowned producer/engineer Allen R of Ritdaman Productions. Having worked with the likes of Jadakiss, DMX and Mary J. Blige, Allen is taking the lead on the production of the music built around The Write Stuff.
 
Initially airing in Houston (TX), Atlanta (GA) and Jackson (MS) on CW channels, all espisodes will air weekly online on The Write Stuff TV channel on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/thewritestufftv. As new markets open, previous episodes will be re-aired with the finale airing simultaneously.
 
There is no doubt that this project will be one for the record books, getting national attention as well as helping many to make a name for themselves. Affordable advertising and sponsorships to be recognized during the show, as part of the product placement in the tapings and on the website are also available. Find all the information at http://www.thewritestufftv.com.
 
Have questions about the process, interested in advertising, cross-promotion, trade-out opportunities or want to see how you can be involved? Contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or Zane Bell at 601.624.8468.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

CBC Report: Author Jacqueline Rhinehart 'Takes Ten' with Conversations

When it comes to books that Conversations has read and enjoyed as interactive journeys with the author, in 2008 Jacqueline Rhinehart's* MY ORGANIC SOUL rises to the top of that list. Chosen as one of Conversations Book Club's "25 Best Kept Literary Secrets of 2008", it allows you to enjoy adages that inspire and encourage as well as give you the opportunity to add your own voice to the pages. We talked with the author about the motivation of the book and what she hopes it does for those who share the experience.
Jacqueline, thanks for a taking out a few moments to talk with Conversations LIVE! today. Before we get to your book My Organic Soul, tell us about your business.
Organic Soul Multicultural Marketing is a marketing consultancy . . .I advise companies such as packaged goods/financial / travel industries on ways to connect and market their products to multicultural consumers. My niche is the integration of entertainment elements into traditional marketing practices.

It seems as though you have used your adult life to try and make the lives of others better. Would you agree with that?
My interest has always been the intellectual and cultural condition of man - that's does not provide a clear career trek , but it does imbue my work with a lot of passion and curiosity!

If I had met you 10 years ago, what would be the biggest difference in the Jacqueline Rhinehart then and the one we see today?
Not a lot! Which is not say that I haven't changed... but if you had been a perceptive ,thoughtful friend you would have sensed the woman I would "blossom" into. I liken it to the evolution of a rose - the rose bud is not going to become a sunflower - 4 days into its evolution - it will still be rose ,even when the rose petals turn brown and wither - it will still be a rose. That's what you would have witnessed 10 years ago, the evolution of a rose. Its a change, sure, but not into something else- but a deeper, wiser, more joyous me - the one you knew when you first knew me!
 
To read the entire interview with author Jacqueline Rhinehart, visit this link: http://authorstaketen.blogspot.com/2008/11/take-ten-author-jacqueline-rhinehart.html

Monday, November 24, 2008

Conversations LIVE! Presents November 2008's "The Business of Books" online panel

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's monthly segment "The Business of Books"? If so listen to the podcast here:
Seen as THE most celebrated program on Conversations LIVE! radio each month, November's "Business of Books" definitely raised the bar when it came to discussions with authors who have made it and want to tell others how they did so. Hosted by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb, today's discussion had an all-star literary panel with authors Chamein Canton (NOT HIS TYPE), Jeff Rivera (FOREVER MY LADY), Steve Mayfield (AFTERLIFE CRISIS) and Nanette Buchanan (Family, Secrets, Lies and Alibis).  They talk about their careers, their challenges and their advice for other authors.
For more interviews by Conversations LIVE! Radio, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

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Fashion Designer Sweet P of Project Runway talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with Fashion designer Sweet P of Project Runway fame? If so, listen to the podcast here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/11/24/sweet-p-of-project-runway-talks-to-conversations-live
Always down-to-earth, humble and aware of the talent of others, Sweet P talks about how she didn't want to audition for the hit reality show and why, who from Season Three of the program urged her own and the level of talent that she was surrounded by when she took her place in front of the camera vying for the top prize. Want to know where you can find artistic collabs by Sweet P and her husband today? Visit http://www.pulplab.com. For more information about who will be talking with Conversations next, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Fashion designer Suede of Project Runway talks to Conversations LIVE!

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's exclusive interview with fashion designer Suede from Bravo's Project Runway? If so, listen to the podcast here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/va/2008/11/24/suede-of-project-runway-talks-to-conversations-live
In his first discussion with Conversations, Suede talked about what it has been like to become recognizable all over the world, how the exposure of Project Runway has aided him in his future plans and how he has managed to remain grounded and humble in the face of all his success.
Find out more about Suede by visiting http://www.suedesays.com.
To hear other interviews by Conversations LIVE! Radio, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mon. Nov. 24, 2008: Conversations LIVE! welcomes Project Runway designers

MON. NOV. 24, 2008: Conversations LIVE! welcomes Project Runway designers

Conversations LIVE! Radio is pleased to announce that Suede and Sweet P from Project Runway fame will join host Cyrus A. Webb to discuss their fans, their careers and advice for those trying to break into the industry.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008 at 11 A.M. CST (12P.M. EST/9a.m. PT).
Fashion designer Suede from Season 5 of Project Runway will be making his first appearannce on Conversations LIVE! to talk about how he has been branding himself since the show.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008 @ 12P.M. CST (1P.M. EST/ 10A.M. PT)
Fashion designer Sweet P from Project Runway will be on Conversations LIVE! to discuss what she has been doing since her time on the show and why the world seems to love her as well as her designs.

To hear any of the above interviews and discussions online, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive at the above-mentioned time. To listen via the studio line, call 1.347.426.3645.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Conversations presents this week's feature: Bestselling author Gary Andrew Poole

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2008
Conversations Book Club is pleased to announce that the interview that appears in today's Clarion Ledger Newspaper (Rankin Ledger insert) is with Bestselling author Gary Andrew Poole. (see below)
 
Poole was also a guest on Conversations LIVE! Radio this month. To listen to the interview click this link:
 
ENJOY YOUR DAY. ENJOY YOUR LIFE. ENJOY YOUR WORLD. ENJOY BOOKS!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Conbreadd from 50 Cent's new reality show talks to Conversations LIVE!

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with Cornbreadd from 50 Cent's reality show THE MONEY AND THE POWER on MTV? If so, listen to the podcast here:
In this interview Cornbreadd talks about his life as an underground recording artist, what auctitioning for and getting on the show meant to him as well as what he has learned about the importance of branding himself at all times. Interested in how he views himself in relation to 50 Cent? He address all that and more!
 
To listen to other interviews with candidates from the show visit http://50centthemoneyandthepower.blogspot.com.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

FRI. NOV. 21, 2008: Today's Guests on Conversations LIVE!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008: Conversations LIVE! is pleased to announce today's guests and tell you what is coming up next for one of the hottest entertainment radio shows on the air right now.
 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008  @ 12P.M. CST (1P.M. EST/ 10 A.M. PT)
Cornbreadd from MTV's "50 Cent: The Money and The Power" talks about why he auditioned for the hot reality show, what he thinks of the way he has been portrayed and what he ultimately wants to do with his life.
 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 @ 6P.M. CST (7P.M. EST/ 4P.M. PT)
New York Times Bestselling author J. L. King will make his third visit to Conversations LIVE! to discuss the success of his first novel LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET and how he is working with Conversations Book Club in promoting his LOVE OVERBOARD tour in the South beginning in December 2008.
 
To hear any of the above interviews and discussions online, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive at the above-mentioned time. To listen via the studio line, call 1.347.426.3645. To contact Cyrus A. Webb about being featured on Conversations LIVE! call 601.896.5616 or email him at cawebb4@juno.com.

Author Steve Mayfield talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio. Listen here.

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with Steve Mayfield, author of AFTERLIFE CRISIS? If so, listen to the entire podcast here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/11/20/author-steve-mayfield-talks-to-conversations-live  .
Steve Mayfield talked about how the accompanying soundtrack to the book actually sparked the writing of the novel and how he hopes readers will learn how to deal with themselves and others in a better way. In his "every man" main character, Frank Moon, the author also helps us to analyze decisions we face and recognize the consequences even before we make them. To find out more about the author and the book, visit http://www.afterlifecrisis.com.
To find out about other guests on Conversations LIVE!, visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com. Want to be a guest? Contact Cyrus A. Webb at 601.896.5616 or email him at cawebb4@juno.com.

Daniel V. of Project Runway talks to Conversations LIVE! Radio. Listen here.

Did you miss Conversations LIVE! Radio's interview with fashion designer/author Daniel Vosovic of Project Runway fame? If so, listen to the podcast here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/va/2008/11/20/daniel-vosovic-of-project-runway-talks-to-conversations-live
In his first visit to Conversations LIVE!, Daniel V. talked about the national exposure that the show Project Runway gave him, how he has best used that exposure to propel his career further and what led to the writing of his book FASHION INSIDE OUT.
Missed other interviews with Project Runway designers by Conversations LIVE! Radio? Visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.
Interested in being a guest? Call host Cyrus A. Webb at 601.896.5616 or email him at cawebb4@juno.com.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Introducing "The Write Stuff": The country's FIRST literary reality show!

To:          Publishing Houses/Authors/Literary Organizations
 
From:      Cyrus A. Webb, President
                Shadow Play Entertainment/ Conversations Book Club
 
                Zane Bell,
                Innovations Inc.
 
Date:       Wednesday, November 19, 2008
 
Re:          New Reality Show highlights the importance of literacy and assisting others in the industry
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
 
Shadow Play Entertainment, Innovations, Inc. and their partners in encouraging literacy throughout the United States are pleased to announce a new project that is sure to not only encourage creativity but provide encouragement and assistance to those who are looking to make it in the world of publishing. Introducing "The Write Stuff", a new reality show designed to assist individuals in their quest to better understand how to get their work recognized as well as network with those who have made it in the industry.
 
Created by Cyrus A. Webb (Shadow Play Entertainment/Conversations Book Club) and Zane Bell (Innovations, Inc.), the show will take fourteen (14) contestants who have drive, ambition and the willingness to succeed through 12 weeks of challenges that will prepare them for the competitive literary world that they want to be a part of. Whether their desire is to be the next big thing as a playwrite, spoken word artist or penning the next bestseller, "The Write Stuff" will put them in the faces of those who can make it happen.
 
Beginning in January 2009, 3 minute Youtube video applications will be accepted through the designated channel (http://www.youtube.com/thewritestufftv) as well as in-person auditions will take place in five key cities which will guarantee opportunities for individuals throughout the country to participate. A panel of literary professionals, including nationally recognized publishers and bestselling authors, as well as book lovers will be on hand to help narrow down the search for the actual cast. Thousands are expected to answer the call, but in the end twenty (20) will be selected to begin taping in March 2009. Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements to attend auditions. The locations are listed below.
 
  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009 (Houston, TX) --- 10-6p.m. @ Quality Inn & Suites * 9041 Westheimer Road * Houston, TX 77063
  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009 (Atlanta, GA) ---10-6p.m. @ Country Inn & Suites *  759 Pollard Blvd. SW * Atlanta, GA 30315
  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009 (Chicago, IL) --- 10-6p.m. @ Comfort Inn *  4005 Gabrielle Lane * Chicago/Aurora, IL 60504
  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2009 (Metairie, LA) --- 10-6p.m. @ Quality Inn & Hotel * 2261 North Causeway BLVD * Metairie, LA 70001
  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2009 (Jackson, MS) --- 10-4p.m. @ Medgar Evers Library * 4215 Medgar Evers Blvd * Jackson, MS 39208
"The Write Stuff" will air in select cities on the CW channel beginning in June 2009, however, all espisodes will air weekly online at http://www.youtube.com/thewritestufftv. As new markets open, previous episodes will be re-aired.
 
There is no doubt that this project will be one for the record books, getting national attention as well as helping many to make a name for themselves.  If you are interested in participating as a judge in the auditions above or through the actual taping of the show, feel free to email Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or call 601.896.5616. Affordable advertising and sponsorships to be recognized during the show, as part of the product placement in the tapings and on the website are also available. Find all the information at http://www.thewritestufftv.com.
 
Have questions about the process or interested in trade-out opportunities? Contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or Zane Bell at 601.624.8468.

TAKE TEN: Bestselling author Elaine Flowers talks with Conversations

Conversations talked with author Elaine Flowers as she was promoting her second book ITS MORNING, a collection of stories with rich characters that readers will love to discover and discuss as well as empathize with. The book was chosen as one of Conversations "25 Best Kept Literary Secrets of 2008", and during the interview she talked about her return to the literary world and how she feels about the response of the new project. Here is our conversation.
Elaine, thank you for taking out time out of your busy schedule to talk with Conversations Magazine! Before we get into your new book IT'S MORNING, begin by tell our readers a little bit about who Elaine Flowers is.
Although this is my second book, I'm still a new author on the scene. I am a divorced mother of two adult children. A full time writer and lover of everything literary.

When you were growing up, did those around you have any idea that you would take the path that you have and become an accomplished author?
No, in fact when I wrote my first book "Black Beauty" no one in my family even knew I was writing a book and they were shocked when I told them I planned to publish it. It took me five years to finish it and I didn't want the pressure of them asking me when the book would be finished, so I kept it to myself and wrote late at night and sometimes between clients at the salon. My family had no idea that I had any interest in writing professionally. But they have been very supportive and excited about my work. I have met other grassroots authors who say they don't have the support of family and close friends so I don't' take that for granted.

One of the things I like to do when I am preparing for these interviews is research my guests so I can best serve our audience. You seem to have taken a hiatus from the literary industry before resurfacing this year with the new book. Tell our readers about your first book and why you took the break.
My first book is my baby. "Black Beauty" is about three women and two of them work in a beauty salon named Black Beauty. When I independently published the first book I had to come out of writer mode and wear many different hats as a publisher. For me, and I'm not speaking for any other author out there who published their own work, but that took me away from the practice of writing. There is a certain element that I need to create in and I just don't do my best work when I am running around and being overly interactive with people, as you have to do when you are busy with the business of publishing and promoting. Although "It's Morning" was written before "Black Beauty" was even published there were a couple of other books that I was working on during that time off as well as searching for a publisher.
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Want to know who is on Conversations LIVE! Radio next? Cilck here!


All across the country listeners of Conversations LIVE! Radio (http://www.conversationsliveradio.com) have embraced its purpose of bringing the best is the arts, business and beyond. In 2008 alone show host Cyrus A. Webb has interviewed notable authors, rising stars in the literary and recording industry and those who have made their mark on television. As November comes to a close, we are pleased to announce the following guests:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2008 @ 1p.m. CST (2p.m. EST/11a.m. PT)
Cornbreadd from MTV's "50 Cent: The Money and The Power" talks about why he auditioned for the hot reality show, what he thinks of the way he has been portrayed and what he ultimately wants to do with his life.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 @ 11:30a.m. CST (12:30p.m. EST/ 9:30a.m. PT)
Daniel Vosovic of Project Runway fame will be talking with Conversations LIVE! about the way the show has propelled him forward in his career and what he hopes readers get from his book FASHION: INSIDE OUT.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 @ 12:30p.m. CST (1:30p.m. EST/ 10:30a.m. PT)
Steve Mayfield will talk about his book AFTERLIFE CRISIS and what he hopes those who read the book and enjoy the accompanying soundtrack will get from the life and times of Frank Moon.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 @ 6P.M. CST (7P.M. EST/ 4P.M. PT)

New York Times Bestselling author J. L. King will make his third visit to Conversations LIVE! to discuss the success of his first novel LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET and how he is working with Conversations Book Club in promoting his LOVE OVERBOARD tour in the South beginning in December 2008.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008 @ 12P.M. CST (1P.M. EST/ 10A.M. PT)

Fashion designer Sweet P from Project Runway will be on Conversations LIVE! to discuss what she has been doing since her time on the show and why the world seems to love her as well as her designs.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008 @ 7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m.PT)
Seen as THE most celebrated program on Conversations LIVE! radio each month, November's "Business of Books" will prove to be just as exciting and informative. Moderated by Webb (seen above), authors Chamein Canton (NOT HIS TYPE), Jeff Rivera (FOREVER MY LADY), Nanette Buchanan (FAMILY...SECRETS, LIES & ALIBIS) and Steve Mayfield (AFTERLIFE CRISIS) will talk about their careers, their challenges and their advice for other authors.

To hear any of the above interviews and discussions online, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive at the above-mentioned time. To listen via the studio line, call 1.347.426.3645. To contact Cyrus A. Webb about being featured on Conversations LIVE! call 601.896.5616 or email him at cawebb4@juno.com.

Thurs. Nov 20, 2008: Mississippi author Dudley Sykes discusses "Scota's Curse"

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008
"Subway Conversations" Book Club
is pleased to welcome author Dudley Sykes to discuss his book SCOTA'S CURSE. This will take place at the Subway Restaurant located at 3000 HWY 80E in Pearl, MS (next to Capital Menswear).
Moderated by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb, Sykes will talk about what led him to write the book and even be available to sign copies. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. For details, call 601.896.5616.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Author Joseph Henderson joins the Shadow Play Entertainment Family

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author Joseph Henderson joins the Shadow Play Entertainment Family
 
Contact:     Cyrus A. Webb, Publicist
                   Shadow Play Entertainment
                   cawebb4@juno.com   601.896.5616
 
Shadow Play Entertainment, the parent company of Conversations Book Club and Conversations LIVE! Radio, is pleased to announce that author Joseph Henderson is now being represented as a client of the organization.
Henderson is the author of the thought-provoking memoir I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE and has chronicled his struggles, challenges and triumphs in a book that is sure to find an audience with individuals of all ages.
Recently the author appeared on Conversations LIVE! to talk about the book and his experiences.
https://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/09/07/Conversations-LIVE-talks-with-author-Joseph-Henderson
His book was then reviewed by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb in the Clarion Ledger Newspaper (the Rankin Ledger insert). <Click the article below to enlarge>
Henderson's book was also chosen as one of Conversations "Top 100 Reads of 2008" as well, an honor that was bestowed long before he joined the family: http://readingmylips.blogspot.com/2008/10/just-in-conversations-reveals-its-top.html

"Joseph's book would be getting attention whether Conversations represented him or some other publicity organization," says Webb. "We are pleased, however, to be working with him in sharing the message of the book as well as to show off the changes in his life. I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE is full of lessons discovered by a man who had decided that failure was not an option."

To find out more information about Joseph Henderson, visit http://www.joseph-henderson.com. To contact Joseph Henderson for interviews, speaking engagements or events, contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.