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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Our Conversations w/ authors Rodney Lofton & Carolyn Jessop TODAY!

Hello all!
 
This is a day that Conversations Book Club has been looking forward to for some time: the FIRST TIME we have interviewed two authors who have written memoirs about their lives!
 
Join us at the Pearl Public Library (Pearl, MS) at 6p.m. CST for our exclusive discussions with Bestselling authors Robert Lofton (author of THE DAY I STOPPED BEING PRETTY) and Carolyn Jessop (author of ESCAPE).
 



These are two authors who have gone through unbelievable struggles, to come off victorious and stronger. Lofton talks about his life being a HIV positive gay black man and his journey to find himself; while Jessop's book focuses on her marriage to a polygamist in the Mormon church and her fight to keep her own identity.
 
If you are local and within 40 miles of the Pearl Public Library, you DON'T want to miss tonight! If you do, you will also miss out on one special announcement that will set the stage for where Conversations is going in the future.
 
For more information, contact Robin Gardner (601.664.8805) or Cyrus A. Webb (cawebb4@juno.com).

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Conversations Welcomes Bestselling author Diane Dorce' --- February 1-2, 2008


The bestselling author of DEVIL IN THE MIST and 52 BROAD STREET will be making her first visit to Mississippi---and you have the opportunity to make history with her!

Conversations' Exclusive with Bestselling author Stuart Woods

Conversing with New York Times Bestselling author Stuart Woods is like reading one of his novels: thrilling, down-to-earth and full of intrigue. No grandstanding or arrogance, just the man who says that each book's success surprises him just like the first. His literary debut to the world was CHIEFS---the book that was the first of two that were later turned into movies (The second was Grass Roots.).


On Thursday, January 24, 2008 members of Conversations Book Club and Chapter One Book Club gathered at the Pearl Public Library for the live discussion with Woods, an exclusive interview to discuss his newest book BEVERLY HILLS DEAD that was released on Tuesday, January 15, 2008.  
 
Woods told the group that with each release and the growth from every novel he is becoming the person he wants to be in life.  Readers of his novels will be out of luck if they are trying to figure out who in the author's life inspired the characters that have made him famous. He explained that the characters are pretty different from people that he knows, but he has found comfort writing about the time period that he knows the most about: the 1940s.
 



Stuart Woods will be releasing three novels in 2008, which BEVERLY HILLS DEAD is his first. Starting the reader off where PRINCE OF BEVERLY HILLS left us, BEVERLY HILLS DEAD lives up to expectactions as a page-turning novel of murder, suspicions, political intrigue and betrayals set in 1940s Hollywood. We're back with Rick Barron--- former Beverly Hills police officer---who is now the head of production of Centurion Studios. The book has all the traditions of a Woods' bestseller, and after 30-plus bestselling titles, it has been hailed as his best novel to date
 
I told the group that though Woods writes about the lives of the rich and famous, he doesn't try to overly glamorize the lives that they live. In fact, he brought up a point that many may have overlooked in light of the current Writers Strike that is going on today. "We are all interested in hollywood," he told the group. "If you think about it, Entertainment Tonight began during a writer's strike some 25 years ago, focusing on movie stars and producers and look at it today. It is still watched all over the world because we like to get to know the celebrities." Woods pointed out that not much has changed today. The world is still fascinated by the lives of those considered to be the rich and powerful.
 
In rapping up the discussion, I cited the fact that once again Mississippi (where Conversations Book Club began) had the highest illiteracy rate in 2007. I then asked Woods what he would suggest those who enjoyed reading do to stimulate nonreaders. "My readership spreads through word of mouth," he told us. He even did research to see where the majority of his sales came from and the results were for me somewhat surprising: 25% comes from Sams and other popular retailers, only about 8% comes from Barnes and Noble and similar chains, but a surprising 25% of his sales come from libraries across the country. 
 
Woods says the key to getting people into reading is this: You can't just try to get them to read Dickens and Steinbeck. You have to find something that catches their attention. When it comes to getting men to read, one woman related this story to Woods: "My husband hasn't read a book since high school. He is now in his 50s and I was able to get him to read your (Woods') books because they were about things that he were already interested in."
 
In the future, Woods says that he would like his novels featuring Stone Barrington made into mini series for television. For now, though, he is looking forward to revisiting his next Will Lee novel which hits stores in January 2009 that will once again deal with the White House.
 
Before ending the discussion, Woods told our group that on Sunday, January 27, 2008 his book, BEVERLY HILLS DEAD, will be #4 on the New York Times Bestsellers List. An accomplishment that is no surprise from someone who seems to have the golden touch when it comes writing books with substance.
 
For more information about Stuart Woods and his collection of over 30 titles, visit http://www.stuartwoods.com.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Conversations LIVE" talks with Bestselling author Stuart Woods--- Thurs. Jan.24, 2008

He is one of the most powerful storytellers of our time, and YOU get the unique opportunity to hear from the man himself. Conversations welcomes you to the live taping of "Conversations LIVE!" where we will be talking to Bestselling author Stuart Woods.



This is THE time to ask the questions you want answered, and hear him talk about his incredible career including his book BEVERLY HILLS DEAD.

We hope to see you there! To read our exclusive interview with Woods, visit http://authorstaketen.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Conversations Begins 2008 with 4 authors in one weekend --- 01/18-19/08

Conversations will make history again this weekend as it starts the year off with five authors in one weekend. See the details below.



* Special guests for the New Orleans chapter debut include Bestselling authors Dedra Johnson(author of SANDRINE'S LETTER TO TOMORROW). Also present will be Mississippi author Voncele Savage, author of A LETTER TO MY SISTERS (The Way Out).
Admission to the entire weekend is free and open to the public.

Monday, January 14, 2008

JUST IN: Conversations Book Club hosts Bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins



It will be THE highlight of 2008 for Conversations Book Club and the South... Bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins of the LEFT BEHIND series and the JESUS CHRONICLES will be hosted by Conversations September 17, 18, 2008 in Mississippi.

Jenkins and Conversations began working together in 2007, with the author granting the group two exclusive interviews (one in print and the other in a live interview with a discussion group). In 2008, the two have made plans to do other interviews where his fans can call in and chat with him, but the main event will be when he visits the Magnolia State later in the year.

Though the schedule is still being finalized, it has been decided that Mr. Jenkins will do a meet and greet at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 3:30-4:30p.m. Admission will be free.

Details will be made available by visiting http://www.readingmylips.com. You can also call Jennifer Vess at 601.932.2562.

Read our first interview with Jenkins by clicking this link: http://authorstaketen.blogspot.com/2007/07/take-ten-bestselling-author-jerry-b.html

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Conversations Book Club Introduces Author Lacricia Peters



In 2007, Conversations Book Club made history for hosting 32 authors in Mississippi---something no other book club has ever done. Now in 2008 we host our first of an astounding 64 authors beginning Friday, January 18, 2008.
 
Tennessee author Lacricia Peters (http://www.lacriciapeters.com) will make her first visit to Mississippi to promote her book "GIRL, NAW!" January 18-19, 2008. She will also travel with us to Louisiana to debut the "Conversations* New Orleans" chapter of the book club. Below is her schedule. All events are free and open to the publice, although her book will be available for purchasing and retails for $15.00.
 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2008
1:00p.m. --- Debut of Conversations* New Orleans (http://conversationsneworleans.blogspot.com) with special guest Corey "C-Murder" Miller (author of Death Around the Corner).
7:00p.m. --- "Spoken Word Saturdays & Subway" (Pearl, MS). Peters will be reading from her book GIRL, NAW! 
 
For more information visit http://www.thebestbookclub.info or contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@Juno.com.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: C-Murder & C. A. Webb give their 1st Interview Together

What a way to start the New Year!
Thanks to Torrian Ferguson for providing Conversations Book Club & Tru Publishing with this exclusive interview! Taped not long ago for the "The Ferguson Literary Hour", for the first time you will hear Tru Publishing's CEO Corey "C-Murder" Miller and Conversations Book  Club's President Cyrus A. Webb together discussing their partnership and how they are bringing a new era to the literary industry.
 
Part 1 of the interview  http://torrie1972.audioacrobat.com/download/4799ee59-25dd-081f-9f6e-ae5aa1e1ef53.mp3 (You might have to cut and paste the entire link.)
 
Part 2 of the interview  http://torrie1972.audioacrobat.com/download/77b9e558-fa8b-ccc3-2436-c545f6be9d1c.mp3 (You might have to cut and paste the entire link.)
 
For more information, visit http://www.truconversations.com.
 

JUST IN: C- Murder/Conversations Partnership featured in AllHiphop.com

Hello all! This information was just sent to me last night!
The partnership that Conversations Book Club and Tru Publishing have formed ("The Tru Conversations Hour") is being featured on an urban website: http://www.allhiphop.com The story was posted on their site on Friday, January 4, 2008.
 
This is the second time that Conversations and Tru have been featured on the site. The first time was in October 2007 when Cee made his first visit to the state to promote his book DEATH AROUND THE CORNER. (http://www.deatharoundthecorner.com)
 
You can visit the story here by going to the link below:

Thursday, January 3, 2008

C. A. Webb discusses his "Destiny" today--- Thursday, Jan. 3rd

Challenges have always intrigued me. Any time someone says to me that something can't be done, I look for a way to prove them wrong.

Such is the case with my novella DESTINY'S CHILD to be officially released on Thursday, January 3, 2008 at a book discussion held at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS (6:30p.m.)
 
The book is less than 100 pages and will retail for only $10.00 ($5.00 in ebook form) and will be the first of my releases under "Shadow Play Shorts". The idea is to give the reader a story that can be a quick read but is layered enough to keep them coming back for me.

Is it ambitious? You better believe it. Normally something of this nature is done by an author who has a well-established base...not someone like me who is relatively unknown. This goes back to the challenge.

Stephen King incorporated this idea in the way he released one of his best novels, THE GREEN MILE. It was written as 6 chapbooks and released one a month for six months---eventually all of them being on the New York Times Bestsellers list at the same time! He also used this same approach with RIDING THE BULLET, the novella that was released only in online form and sold over 500,000 copies.

Now, I don't think I can initially match the numbers of Stephen King, but I absolutely believe that such success is attainable.

For more information, contact Robin Gardner at 601.664.8805 or me via email at cawebb4@juno.com.