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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

(Wed. June 16, 2010) News From Shadow Play Entertainment

Throughout the month of June 2010 Shadow Play Entertainment and Cyrus Webb are presenting several projects designed for individuals throughout the United States and beyond. They are also gearing up for exciting events later in the year. Here is the most recent snapshot of what you can look forward to or participate in now.

* Looking for talented authors to feature on your radio and tv programs or in your book club discussions? Through the Conference Call Conversations Tour, Shadow Play Entertainment has partnered with a great roster of authors who are making their mark on the world through words. To see who is involved and how you can get them to join you, visit www.conversationstour.com.

* With over 20,000 votes already cast for Cyrus Webb in the Oprah Winfrey Network competition to find the next big tv talk show host, there is still a need for all of your support to continue each day until the July 3, 2010 deadline. Remember that THREE COMPONENTS are being considered in this competition: the amount of votes, views of the audition video and the comments being left. You can vote as often as you would like for Webb each day. Visit www.themaleoprah.com for all the details and to see how else you can support him in this endeavor.

* (Sat. June 19, 2010) In the Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee or Mississippi area? Join Cyrus Webb and fashion designer Gail Ambeau at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) from 11-1p.m. for a Voting Party in connection with the Oprah Winfrey TV competition to find the next big talk show host. Both are competing for the position but are working together to get the word out. For details, call Gail Ambeau at 601.500.0937 or email Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com. Information can also be found at www.themaleoprah.com.

* Conversations Book Club recently released its Top 25 Summer Reads of 2010. To see what books made the list, visit this link: http://conversationsbookclub.blogspot.com/2010/06/conversations-announces-its-top-25.html

* This week bestselling author Danielle Steel sent an email message to Cyrus Webb and members of Conversations Book Club. Read it here: http://tinyurl.com/32e9m2g.

* D. D. Turner, author of CHRONCICLES OF A HIP HOP LEGEND is featured in the recent Crunk Magazine newslettr. Read the interview here:
http://crunk-magazine.com/crunk_weekly_2010/june15.html

* Cyrus Webb and others who worked in the hospitality industry are featured in the June/July 2010 issue of Reader's Digest discussing secrets some hotels don't want you to know. Visit the Reader's Digest website or your local newsstand to read the article.

* (Sat. June 26, 2010) HIP HOP AND BOOKS RALLY IN JACKSON, MS * Shadow Play Entertainment and Cyrus Webb host an afternoon of great music and free books just in time for the summer. This Hip Hop and Books event will take place at Smith Park Downtown (206 Amite St. (Jackson, MS) from 12-3p.m. with performances by recording artists Spida, Unik, Playa Connected, Young Boi Hulk, Black Jewel and more. Domino's Pizza is the official food vendor and will have pizza and drinks available for purchasing. For details, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

* On Sunday, June 27, 2010 @ 10:30a.m. EST (9:30a.m. CST/7:30a.m. PT), Shadow Play Entertainment debuts its newest addition to the Conversations brand: "Inspirational Conversations Radio"! Hosted by Cyrus Webb and Mary Gilder (author of A MISREPRESENTATION OF MYSELF), the 15 min. weekly segment will focus on a encouraging thought for the new week, inspiring music and a book selection to helpyou with some of the issues we all face. Look for guests to join the show as well from time to time. To be considered for the program or to inquire about how your book can be featured, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. The show will be heard live at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive.

* Deborah Gary, author of TEENAGE MOTHER'S GUIDE OF SURVIVAL will be interviewed by Barry Eva on "A Book and A Chat" on June 29, 2010 @ 6:30p.m. EST (5:30p.m. CST/3:30p.m. PT). Listen to the interview live at www.blogtalkradio.com/across-the-pond.

* ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF READING 2010: Will you take part in this year's National Day of Reading? The event is set for Sat. November 20, 2010. Our goal is to get events scheduled in all 50 states to show our commitment to making reading a priority. 30 states took part in last year's event. Sign up today! Contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616 for more information or visit www.thewritestufftv.com.

To stay abreast of everything going on with Shadow Play Entertainment, bookmark www.shadowplayent.com.

(Sat. June 26, 2010) Hip Hop and Books Literacy Rally in Jackson, MS

Shadow Play Entertainment and Cyrus Webb host an afternoon of great music and free books just in time for the summer.

This Hip Hop and Books event will take place at Smith Park Downtown (206 Amite St. (Jackson, MS) from 12-3p.m. with performances by recording artists Spida, Unik, Playa Connected, Young Boi Hulk, Black Jewel and more. Domino's Pizza is the official food vendor and will have pizza and drinks available for purchasing.

Hosted by Webb, it is hoped that this event will not only provide great music from some of Mississippi's best, but encourage reading during the summer break for students and adults as well.

For details, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.shadowplayent.com.

Monday, June 14, 2010

International Bestselling Author Danielle Steel Writes Conversations Book Club President

International Bestselling Author Danielle Steel Writes Conversations Book Club President
by Cyrus Webb


(Mon. June 14, 2010) One of the great things about what I do professionally is the opportunity to meet fascinating individuals who I in turn can introduce to my readers, listeners and viewers. Sometimes it is someone in the public eye but Conversations has also brought attention to ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things.

When it comes to writers, it is no secret to many who know me that I have a "Wish List" of authors who I would love to talk to about their journey and success. At the top of the list of those I haven't yet interviewed are Stephen King, Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, Dean R. Koontz and Danielle Steel. Each of them have influenced the literary community in so many ways and thrilled millions of readers for years.

Recently I sent an email through Danielle Steel's website highlighting my feelings towards her books and what I feel as though she has done for individuals like myself who have traveled the world through her characters. I have read over 30 of her titles, and own 28 in my book collection (see below). Though I knew she is not quick to do interviews, I asked for what I believe is the third time for the opportunity to talk with her on my radio program. It was a long shot, but I am never afraid of a challenge.


Well, imagine my surprise when today I was opening my email and got the following from Ms. Steel herself:

Dear Mr. Webb,

Thank you so very much for your lovely letter about my books, which has
just been forwarded to me. I was very touched to hear how you have been
reading them for twenty years and what they have meant to you. It's a real honor
to hear that you run a book club and my work produces so many interesting
discussions. I write the stories with caring and heart, and I like to think
my readers enjoy them in the same spirit.

I'm sorry that I almost never do interviews or public appearances, although
I do appreciate your kind invitation. Thank you again for sharing your
good words with me. I appreciate hearing from a reader like you, and I send
your book club my warm regards.

With best wishes,

Danielle Steel


I can't really tell you what this email meant to me, but it really illustrates why I do what I do. You never know what you can accomplish with a little hard work. True, I still don't have my interview with Ms. Steel (not yet, at least), but my perseverence is definitely paying off. This is a lesson that I hope others will recognize in their own lives as well.

Friday, June 11, 2010

(Tues. June 15, 2010) Conversations Presents "YEARNING FOR CONTROL: The Andre Johnson Story"

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 beginning at 6p.m., Conversations Book Club welcomes you to the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) for "YEARNING FOR CONTROL: The Andre Johnson Story". (Click on the flyer below to enlarge for details)

Join host and moderator Cyrus Webb as he talks with Andre Johnson, author of YEARNING FOR CONTROL, about living with bipolar disorder, the effects of mental illness on the entire and beyond as well as what he wants us to understand about what he is living with. Johnson will also answer questions and sign copies of his book on-site.

Admission is free to this event, and all the public is invited. For more information, contact Andre Johnson at 601.813.4383 or Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com. www.thebestbookclub.info

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Conversations Announces Its Top 25 Summer Reads of 2010!

One of the main reasons Conversations Book Club is widely respected across the world is because it looks for books that satisfy all reading appetites and makes them available to the literary community, whether they are traditionally published books or those independently released. This year's summer reading list is a perfect mixture of both non-fiction and fiction titles that are sure to keep you entertained and enlightened this summer, and give you something to talk about long after you finish them.

Book club Founder and President Cyrus Webb has read each title and feels like there is truly something for everyone. "We will make book lovers proud with this list," he says. Ready to find out if that's true? Below are this year's selections:

NON-FICTION TITLES (Listed in no particular order)
1. Didn't I Feed You Yesterday by Laura Bennett (Ballantine Books)
2. The Reluctant Spy by John Kiriakou (Bantam Books)
3. Wake Up! by Michelle Pearl
4. Living Oprah by Robyn Okrant (Hatchette Book Group)
5. The Skinny On Success by Jim Randel (Rand Publishing)
6. New From The Inside Out by Kim Vazquez
7. A Life On The Run by Dr. John Telford (Harmonie Park Press)
8. Pharoah by DaPharoah69 (TKOE Publications)
9. Broken Birds by Jeanette Katzier
10. Young Professional's Guide To Success by Ryan Kohnen (Emerald Book Co.)
11. Writing For The Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins (Writer's Digest Books)
12. Tough Choices by Carly Fiorina (Penguin Group)

FICTION TITLES (Listed in no particular order)
1. Excess Baggage by Sean Gardner (Everlast Publishing)
2. Don't Hate the Game by Michael T. Owens and others (Montage Publishing)
3. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott (Amazon Encore)
4. Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks (Urban Renaissance)
5. Holy Rollers by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Simon & Schuster)
6. Get Lucky by Katherine Center (Ballantine Books)
7. The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon (Doubleday)
8. Guardian Angel by Andrew Neiderman (Dorchester Pub)
9. Sweet Deception by Patricia Sargeant (Kensington Books)
10. White Tombs by Christopher Valen (Conquill Press)
11. Nick, Dontae, Gus & Jack by Nigel Barto (I Universe)
12. 2 In The Hat by Raffi Yessayan (Ballantine Books)
13. Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro (Villard Books)

To see what books have been recognized in the past, visit www.thebestbookclub.info. Have books you want to suggest to Webb and Conversations Book Club? Email him at cawebb4@juno.com.

Friday, June 4, 2010

REVIEW: Expressions From Within by W. T. Cole

In EXPRESSIONS FROM WITHIN, author/poet W. T. Cole takes the reader on a literary journey of not just his life, but the events of the day as well. Addressing issues as important and controversial as interracial marriage, Liberalism, drugs, peace and more, there is no subject that seems to be off limits. The interesting addition to Cole's thoughts are the scriptures he uses to accompany them. I don't know if everyone will agree with everything he says or feels, but I do believe that it will be undeniable the passion in which he does so.

EXPRESSIONS FROM WITHIN is definitely a book you should read, think over and discuss with a friend. I think the conversation that follows will be enlightening.

Find out more about Cole and the book at www.expressionsbycole.com




Reviewed by Cyrus Webb www.cyruswebb.com