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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.

In Central Mississippi this week? Come see author Kia Stokes!

While much of Jackson, MS is preparing for the Capital City Classic weekend events to kick off, those who are looking for a good read and great conversation piece will be joining author Kia Stokes as she continues the second leg of her book tour throughout Central Mississippi. The bestselling author of UNBOUND will be signing books and meeting fans in Hinds and Rankin County this week.
Make plans to see her at the following locations this week:

* Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008--- 5-7p.m. @ Family Christian Bookstore (South Jackson), 601.922.7644

* Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 --- JSU Bookstore Booksigning, 11:30-2p.m.

* Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008---11-2p.m., Milestone Bookstore (Pearl, MS),601.936.3513

For more information about Kia Stokes and UNBOUND, visit http://www.kiastokes.com. To book Kia for an interview, event or special occasion, contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Derian Knox, President of Sipphop.com, talks to Conversations LIVE! today

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2008 @ 6P.M. CST (7P.M. EST/4P.M. PT)
Recovering from a full weekend of activities? Then turn on your computer or call up the studio to get another exclusive on Conversations LIVE! Radio. Derian Knox, the President of the newly formed Sipphop, will be talking with host Cyrus A. Webb today at 6p.m. CST (7p.m. EST/ 4p.m.PT).
With the organization making its official debut this month in a special meet and greet before the regular Capital City Classic festivities in Jackson, MS, Knox will talk about what led to the forming of Sipphop, what separates it from other organizations and what he hopes it does to set a new standard of unity for recording artists across the country. To listen live, simply visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com or http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. You can also listen over the studio line by calling 1.347.426.3645.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

CBC REPORT: Conversations Reviews EVERY DAY LIFE by Author M. G. Hardie

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's review that appears in the
Clarion Ledger Newspaper (Rankin Ledger insert) today is of author M. G. Hardie's EVERY DAY LIFE. (see below) 
 
Chosen as one of Conversations "25 Best Kept Literary Secrets of 2008", you might remember that Hardie was also interviewed during our "Authors Take Ten" segment. If you missed it, visit click here: http://authorstaketen.blogspot.com/2008/11/take-ten-with-authorplaywright-m-g.html . To hear the author discuss his life and his book on Conversations LIVE! Radio, click here:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

THURS. NOV. 13, 2008: "Prince Among Slaves" film/discussion in Pearl, MS

Thursday, November 13, 2008 --- 6p.m., Film and 7p.m., Book discussion
Pearl Public Library
2416 Old Brandon Road
Pearl, MS
Admission FREE
601.896.5616
 
It begins today! Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb and his partners at 20,000 Dialogues & Unity Productions Foundation are pleased to announce the date and times of the historic discussion to be held during the entire month of November 2008 around Bestselling author Terry Alford's book PRINCE AMONG SLAVES (see below). The true story of an African Prince sold into Slavery in the American South (namely Natchez, MS) will come to life through the viewing of the PBS documentary by the same name. Coupled together, the film and the book will chronicle the life of Abd al Rahman who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.
 
"Conversations is pleased to be a part of this history-making dialogue," says Webb,33. "The story of Rahman is one that I didn't know just weeks ago, however, now I wonder how my life has progressed in the South without it. I think audiences of all ages, races and backgrounds will appreciate this rich history and share us in telling others about it."
 
The book PRINCE AMONG SLAVES has been chosen as Conversations Book of the Month for November 2008, with all of its chapters in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee reading and discussing it. It is hoped that other book clubs across the country will do so as well. Webb will moderate discussions in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia.
 
Listen to Conversations' interview with the Emmy-awardwinning Director/Writer/Producer Andrea Kalin here:
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Author Kia Stokes continues to gain exposure, expand her brand

It seems as though you can't go anywhere throughout the state of Missisisppi without hearing about or seeing signs of Kia Stokes, author of UNBOUND. She is featured on the front page of November 2008's BYRAM BANNER, making her the first author to be displayed in such a way this year.
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Are you outside of Mississippi? Don't worry! Kia Stokes book will soon be available in Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. The book is also available online worldwide.

For more information about the author and the book, visit http://www.kiastokes.com. To book her for an interview or event, contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

WED. NOV. 12, 2008: Conversations talks w/author Gary Andrew Poole

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 6p.m. CST (7p.m. EST/4p.m. PT)
Conversations LIVE!
will talk exclusively to Gary Andrew Poole, author of the book THE GALLOPING GHOST
(Red Grange: An American Legend).
Chosen as one of Conversations Book Club's "25 Best Kept Literary Secrets of 2008" and reading selection of "Ballin' With Books" Club (http://www.ballinwithbooks.com), the book chronicles history that many have forgotten or never even knew. In this interview Poole will talk about what drew him to the story and what we can learn from it today.

To listen to the interview live, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or http://www.conversationsliveradio.com. You can also listen over the studio line at 1.347.426.3645.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Conversations Book Club President quoted in comments about Obama's win

Those living in Mississippi who read the Clarion Ledger (namely the Rankin Ledger insert) in print or those who read it online worldwide will find Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb's comments on the historic election of President-Elect Barack Obama today. (see below)  (Seen above: Mississippi's own C. A. Webb and Country Music sensation William Michael Morgan)
 
Though Webb decided to remain politically neutral in his dealings on the show and in his business dealings he addresses the pride that any individual of color feels as the history made---whether you voted for Obama or not. Read the article here: 

Author James Fredericks talks to Conversations LIVE! Listen here.

Did you miss Conversations LIVE!'s exclusive interview with James Fredericks, author of BROTHER? Listen to the podcast here:
In this discussion Fredericks talks about where the idea of the book came from, what he hopes readers get from his intricate tale of intrigue and the challenges that come to an author after the book is written. Details about the author and book can be found at http://www.jamesfredericks.com.
Chosen as one of Conversations' "Top 100 of 2008", Brother has something for all book lovers to enjoy.
JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books! http://www.thebestbookclub.info.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Author Devon Scott's UNFAITHFUL featured this week by CRUNK MAGAZINE!

Conversations Book Club/ Crunk Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb is pleased announce that this week's feature by Crunk Magazine is UNFAITHFUL by Devon Scott! (see below)
Introducing himself to the world with a book that is sure to stay on book shelves and with book clubs for years to come, Devon Scott's UNFAITHFUL gives you everything you expect from a good read and more. Chosen as one of Conversations' "Readers' Choice Selections for October 2008" and as one of Conversations "Top 100 Reads of 2008" this is one book you don't want to go without...

New TAKE TEN Interviews by Conversations Book Club Posted here!

Conversations Book Club is pleased to announce new additions to its "Take Ten" segment of the organization. Moderated by President Cyrus A. Webb, here are three "conversations" with authors that we are sure you will want to add to your bookshelves soon. Enjoy! 
 
Author Gary Andrew Poole (The Galloping Ghost)
 
 
Author/Playwright M. G. Hardie (Every Day Life)
 
ENJOY YOUR DAY. ENJOY YOUR LIFE. ENJOY YOUR WORLD. ENJOY BOOKS!

Conversations Reviews HARD TIMES AND GREAT BLESSINGS by author Kenneth F. Worth

Conversations Book Club Founder Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's featured book review that appeared in today's Clarion Ledger (the Rankin Ledger insert) is of author Kenneth F. Worth's HARD TIMES AND GREAT BLESSINGS.

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Did you miss Webb's exclusive interview with the author on Conversations LIVE!? If so, listen to it here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/10/23/Authors-Kenneth-F-Worth-talks-with-Conversations-LIVE

Want to be featured in Webb's weekly column? Contact him at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. C'MON. JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books! http://www.thebestbookclub.info

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fashion Designer/Artist Gail Ambeau talks to Conversations LIVE!

Did you miss Conversations LIVE!'s exclusive interview with fashion designer/artist Gail Ambeau? Listen to it here!
Joined by her publicist Lateshia Pearson, Gail talked about her beginnings as a designer, how she deals with the ups and downs of living a creative live and what advice she gives for those who are sitting on their own talent.  What an inspiring story for people of all ages!
 

FRI. NOV. 7, 2008: Today's Guests on Conversations LIVE!

Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations LIVE! are pleased to announce today's guests for Friday, November 7, 2008! These discussions are a perfect way to end your week. To listen to any of them LIVE simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call the phone line to listen at 1.347.426.3645.

12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/10a.m. PT) --- CONVERSATIONS LIVE! CELEBRATES ITS 120TH GUEST!: Author Elaine Flowers


5p.m. CST (6p.m. EST/3p.m. PT) --- Author Jacqueline Rhinehart


6p.m. CST (7p.m. EST/4p.m. PT) --- Author Valerie Wilson Wesley


7p.m. CST (8p.m. EST/5p.m. PT) --- Fashion Designer/Artist Gail Ambeau

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thurs. Nov. 6, 2008: Today's guests on Conversations LIVE! Radio

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2008: Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations LIVE! Radio are pleased to announce today's live interviews. To listen, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or listen online at 1.347.426.3645.


12p.m. CST (1p.m. EST/ 10a.m. PT), Author Douglas Blackmon (Slavery By Another Name)
5p.m. CST (6p.m. EST/3pm. PT), Actor Jenson Atwood (Their Eyes Were Watching God & Noah's Arc)

8p.m. CST (9p.m. EST/6p.m. PT), Corey Davis of Pre-Paid Legal Services
Want to find out who is coming up next on Conversations LIVE!? Visit http://www.conversationsliveradio.com.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Nikki from 50 Cent's "The Money and The Power" talks to Conversations LIVE!

Did you miss Conversations LIVE!'s exclusive interview with Nikki Shallwani of 50 Cent's THE MONEY AND THE POWER? Listen to it here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/11/04/Nikki-Shallwani-from-50-Cents-THE-MONEY-AND-THE-POWER-talks-with-Conversations-LIVE
In just a few days her life as she knows it will change for ever. She talks with Conversations about her life before the show, what drives her to succeed and what she hopes her being on the show does for not only her future but as an example for others.
Conversations' host, Cyrus A. Webb, will be blogging about the show on his own site http://50centthemoneyandthepower.blogspot.com.