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Friday, December 21, 2012

Introducing 7 Cookbooks Every Home Should Have In 2012

If there is one thing Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb loves more than a great book it is a great meal. Over the past decade he has found great joy in the kitchen, and as in other areas of his life books have been a part of making something delicious and easy for his family and friends.

Gearing up for the end of the year Webb decided to share 7 Cookbooks Every Home Should Have, and he hopes you will add them to your shelves and their meals to your palette soon!

  1. "The Lazy Gourmet"" by Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin (Viva Editions)
  2. "Mr. Date Night" by Cary Farley (3L Publishing)
  3. "The Neelys' Celebration Cookbook" by Pat and Gina Neely (Alfred A. Knopf)
  4. "A Reader's Cookbook" by Judith Choate (Red Rock Press)
  5. "The Modern Gentleman: Cooking & Entertaining with Sean Kanan" by Sean Kanan (Dunham Books)
  6. "One Bowl" by Stephanie Bostic (CreateSpace)
  7. "The Good, The Bad, The Cookbook" by Mario J. Porreca and Kirk Kolich (Langdon Street Press)
For more great books and ideas to feed your love of life visit http://www.conversationsbookclub.com/.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cyrus Webb Presents Conversations Book Club's Top 100 Books of 2012

It is without question one of Conversations Media Group's most exciting events: revealing the titles that make up its Top Books of the year. For 2012 Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club and Editor-In-Chief of Conversations Magazine found it to be an increasingly difficult task.

"There were so many great books that came out this year it was almost impossible to narrow it down," he says. In the end he found his top fiction and non-fiction titles that he believes best represent not only what he loves about books but the world as well. Once again there are established authors as well as rising stars that are featured, keeping in step with Webb's desire to feature talent wherever it might come from.

What are the requirements for making Conversations Book Club's Top Books list? They are very simple. First books that make the list must be reviewed in print form. (No e-books are considered.) Secondly Webb would have had to have read the title by Nov. 1st of the previous year and by Nov. 1st of the current year for consideration.

Without any further ado here are Conversations Book Club's Top 100 Books of 2012:


Fiction (Listed in no particular order)

  1. "Fractured" by Karin Slaughter (Bantam Dell)
  2. "Watch Me Die" by Erica Spindler (St. Martin's)
  3. "Into the Darkness" by V. C. Andrews (Simon and Schuster)
  4. "Married in the Nick of Nine" by Alretha Thomas (Diverse Arts Collective)
  5. "Tony's Tiffany" by John Mobley (FreedomInk)
  6. "Shades of Orange with Many Greens: Visions of Paul Cezanne" by by Walter E. Thompson
  7. "Who?" by Tiona Brown (DaSaint Ent.)
  8. "I Do Solemnly Swear" by D.M. Annechino (Thomas & Mercer)
  9. "Devil's Gate" by F. J. Lennon (Simon and Schuster)
  10. Yield" by Bryan K. Johnson (Bedside Books)
  11. "Tilt" by Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)
  12. "The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls" by Julie Schumacher (Delacorte Press)
  13. "Darling Nikki" by E. V. Adams (Strebor Books/Simon and Schuster)
  14. "Bitten" by Dan O'Brien (unknown)
  15. "The Stalker Chronicles" by Electa Rome Parks (Urban Renaissnce)
  16. "The Choice" by Robert Whitlow (Thomas Nelson)
  17. "Flying Solo" by Jeanette Vaughan (Age View Press)
  18. "The Lost Daughter" by Lucy Ferriss (Penguin)
  19. "The Aloha Trilogy" by Stephen A. Enna & Dennis J. Wootten (Authorhouse)
  20. "An Echo Through the Snow" by Andrea Thalasinos (Forge)
  21. "Q Awakening" by G. M. Lawrence (Variance Publishing)
  22. "Kill Shot" by Vince Flynn (Atria Books)
  23. "Love in a Carry-On Bag" by Sadeqa Johnson (12th Street Press)
  24. "The Floater" by Sheryl Sorrentino (unknown)
  25. "Suzy's Case" by Andy Siegel (Scribner/Simon and Schuster)
  26. "The Cutting Season" by Attica Locke (Dennis Lehane Books/Harper Collins)
  27. "Alligater Lake" by Lynne Bryant (New American Library/Penguin)
  28. "How Angels Die" by David-Michael Harding (Q & CY Book)
  29. "One Dead Doctor" by Tony Lindsay (Pen Knife Press)
  30. "The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln" by Stephen L. Carter (Alfred A. Knopf)
  31. "Twisted Seduction" by N'Tyse (Strebor/Simon and Schuster)
  32. "Last Chance Texaco" by Joe Lee (Dogwood Press)
  33. "Bone Shadows" by Christopher Valen (Conquill Press)
  34. "Drawing Breath" by Laurie Boris (unknown)
  35. "Trickster's Point" by William Ken Krueger (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
  36. "Don't Ask Don't Tell" by M. T. Pope/Tina Brooks McKinney/Brenda Hampton/Terry E. Hill (Urban Renaissance)
  37. "Beauty to Die Foe" by Kim Alexis & Mindy Starns Clark (B & H Book"s)
  38. "Coming Home" by Stacy Hawkins Adams (Zonderman)
  39. "Cheeseland" by Randy Richardson (Eckhartz Press)
  40. "Twelve Months" by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  41. "Damage Control" by John Gilstrap (Pinnacle/ Kensington Books)
  42. "The Last Refuge" by Ben Coes (St. Martin's Press)
  43. "Payback Ain't Enough" by Wahida Clark (Cash Money Content)
  44. "A Fistful of Collars" by Spencer Quinn (Atria/ Simon and Schuster)
  45. "Citycide" by Gary Hardwick (HardBooks Publishing)
  46. "Better Than Chocolate" by Sheila Roberts (Harlequin/Mira)
  47. "The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D." by Nichole Bernier (Crown/Random house)
  48. "Deadrise" by Robert Blake Whitehill (Calaveras Media)
  49. "Friends Forever" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press/Random House)
  50. "The Heat of the Night" by Pynk/Niyah Moore/Lorraine Elzia/Ebonee Monique/Lalaina Knowles/Elissa Gabrielle (Peace In The Storm Publishing) 
Non-Fiction Titles (Listed in no particular order)
  1. "The Obama Question" by Gary Dorrien (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
  2. "By Faith, Not By Sight" by Scott MacIntyre (Thomas Nelson)
  3. "Side-Yard Superhero" by Rick D. Niece (Five Star Publications)
  4. "Charlie" by Barbara Lampert (Langdon Street Press)
  5. "Dear Marcus" by Jerry McGill (Spiegel & Grau (Random House)
  6. "Self-Made Myth" by Brian Miller and Mike Lapham (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
  7. "Fearless" by Maimah S. Karmo (Brown Books Publshing Group)
  8. "Lefty: An American Odysssey" by Vernona Gomez and Lawrence Goldstone (Ballantine Books)
  9. "Soul Rape" by Heyward Bruce Ewart (Loving Healing Press)
  10. "Crossing the Tracks" by Dolphus Weary (Kregel Publications)
  11. "Redemption" by Bryan Clay (Thomas Nelson)
  12. "Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic" by Hugh Sinclair (Berrett-Koehler)
  13. "Uncle Yah Yah: 21st Century Man of Wisdom, Part 2 " by Al Dickens (Wahida Clark Presents Publishing)
  14. "At the Feet of Jesus" by Joanna Weaver (Water Brook)
  15. "Dramas of a Bald Head Queen" by Nina C. Brewton (Write Right Publications)
  16. "Creating Time" by Marney K. Makridakis (New World Library)
  17. "Single Black, and Government Owned" by Omegia Keeys )Passionate Writer Publishing) 
  18. "Fastest Man in the World" by Tony Volpentest (Bettie Youngs Books)
  19. "Boxing with God" by Robert Coons (USIAA)
  20. "Slow Democracy" by Susan Clark and Woden Teachout (Chelsea Green Publishing)
  21. "7 Secrets of a Phenomenal L.I.F.E." by Howard Partridge (Sound Wisdom)
  22. "The Shyster's Daughter" by Paula Priamos (Etruscan Press)
  23. "Unbinding the Heart" by Agapi Stassinopoulos (Hay House)
  24. "King Peggy" by Peggilene Bartels and Eleanor Herman (Doubleday/Random House)
  25. "Against Wind & Tide" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Pantheon Books)
  26. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham (Random House)
  27. "Marilyn" by Lois Banner (Bloomsbury)
  28. "Fraternity" by Diane Brady (Spiegel and Grau)
  29. "Everyday Meditation" by Tobin Blake (NewWorld Library)
  30. "Journey into Thought" by Sidney Andrews (iUniverse)
  31. "Tough Truths" by Deirdre Maloney (Business Solutions Press)
  32. "Life & Love: Through My Eyes" by Ramona Jones (FreedomInk)
  33. "Growing Up Ziglar" by Julie Ziglar Norman (Guideposts)
  34. "The Sacred Thread" by Adrienne Arieff (Crown Publishers)
  35. "A Dark Journey to a Light Future" by Tommie Mabry (WestBow Press)
  36. "Embraced by God" by Babbie Mason (Abingdon Press)
  37. "Beginning with the End" by Mary R. Morgan (Vantage Point)
  38. "Get Off Your Attitude" by Ryan C. Lowe (Sound Wisdom)
  39. "Identity" by Stedman Graham (FT Press)
  40. "No Problem!" by E M Hanley (Livre)
  41. "It's Your Life: Live Big" by Josh Hinds (Sound Wisdom)
  42. "24/6" by Matthew Sleeth (Tyndale House Publishers)
  43. "Cyber Bullying No More" by Holli Kenley (Loving Healing Press)
  44. "I Ain't Trying 2 Hear It" by Melvin White (Authorhouse)
  45. "Leaning Into Sharp Points" by Stan Goldberg (New World Library)
  46. "You Can Buy Happiness(and It's Cheap" by Tammy Strobel (New World Library)
  47. "Rocky Spirit" by Felice Cantatore (iUniverse)
  48. "The 12 Principles to Wellness" by Eleanor R. (Balboa Press)
  49. "Today: A Book of Daily Affirmations" by Christopher LaKeith Price (Estrus Publishing)
  50. "Live To Give" by Austin Gutwein (Thomas Nelson)
Interested in having your title considered for 2013? Contact Cyrus Webb directly at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. Follow Cyrus Webb on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cyruswebb and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cyruswebb

To check out previous lists by Conversations Book Club or to stay abreast of upcoming literary events, visit www.conversationsbookclub.com. Keep inspired. Keep focused. Keep the Conversations going! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

(Sat. Dec. 8, 2012) Author Mikki Zimmerman Brings CAN I GET A WITNESS? To Mississippi


Author Mikki C. Zimmerman will be visiting Mississippi in her first literary event Sat. Dec. 8th discussing and signing her thought-provoking book CAN I GET A WITNESS? 21 Frustrations of Black Women (Including Me). This will take place at Appetizers Restaurant (3000 Hwy 80 E * Pearl, MS) from 2-4p.m.

The event, hosted by Conversations Book Club, is open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for only $20. Food specials will also be available.

For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or call 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.




Friday, November 30, 2012

Conversations Book Club Announces Its 2013 Book Club Selections


Well, it is that time again! Conversations Media Group is excited to announce its choices for book club selections during 2013 (see www.conversationsbookclub.com).
"Since I began Conversations Book Club in November 2006 it has always been my goal to
unite readers literally around the world around books," says Cyrus Webb, Founder of Conversations Book Club and the President of Conversations Media Group, home of Conversations LIVE Radio show and Editor-In-Chief of Conversations Magazine. "Since its start we have hosted over 100 author events and held meetings in MS, AL, LA, TN---all with the goal of uniting men and women around the written word."

Though a fan of all books, Webb decided to choose 12 non-fiction titles for 2013's book club discussions, all in line with Conversations' theme for 2013: Living Life as a Thank You, based on the book by the same name by author Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons.

Here is the complete listing for 2013 & discussion dates:
Jan. (01/17) --- "Today" by Christopher LaKeith Price
Feb. (02/21) --- "Journey Into Thought" by Sidney Andrews
March (03/21) -- "Not Just A Hearer But A Doer" by Yolanda Shanks
April (04/18) --- "Drunken Angel" by Alan Kaufman
May (05/16) --- "An Unspeakable Secret" by Glenda L. Hunter
June (06/20) --- "Side-Yard Superhero" by Dr. Rick D. Niece
July (07/18) --- "Empowered to Uproot the Seed of Abuse" by Karen D. Doughty
Aug. (08/22) --- "Find the Upside of the Down Times" by Dr. Rob Pennington
Sept. (09/19) --- "Blessings in Disguise" by Gary R. Ryan
Oct. (10/17) "Fearless" by Maimah S. Karmo
Nov. (11/21) "Learning to Live" by Darrick Bronson
Dec. (12/19) "Where Am I Going?" by Michelle Cromer

To add a special dimension to each month's selection, Cyrus Webb has arranged a monthly online interactive conversation about each book that will be held every 3rd Thursday @ 8p.m. et (7p.m. ct/5p.m. pt) on Conversations LIVE Radio Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive). Almost each month the author of the book will join the show live as readers discuss the book using Facebook (at www.facebook.com/cyruswebb) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/cyruswebb and the hashtag #conversationsbookclub). The show's chatroom will also be open to take questions in real-time. There will also be profiles of each book club selection in the monthly issues of Conversations Magazine.  "All of this will only enhance the experience of the book discussion," says Webb.

To stay abreast of all of the exciting updates with Conversations Book Club in 2013 visit www.conversationsbookclub.com. Any questions can be directed to Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Author Christopher Lakeith Price's Visit to Mississippi: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Thanks to all of those who came out to the events welcoming author Christopher Lakeith Price to Central Mississippi on Sat. October 27, 2012.

We began the day at Subway Restaurant in Pearl, MS where Chris was able to meet with readers and talk about his literary journey.

The second event of the day was at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS where Chris signed copies of his books I STOOD ALONE, TODAY and LOVE'S CHILD.

Price's TODAY is Conversations Book Club's book club selection for Jan. 2013. Look for details soon! Find out more information about Christopher Lakeith Price and his books at www.christopherlakeithprice.com.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

(Sat. Oct. 27, 2012) Author Christopher LaKeith Price Visits Mississippi

Conversations Book Club is proud to welcome author Christopher LaKeith Price to Mississippi on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Price is making his first literary visit to the state, and will be signing his books I STOOD ALONE, LOVE'S CHILD and TODAY.


The day will begin with "Breakfast with Books" at the Subway Restaurant inside the Wal-Mart Supercenter (5520 Hwy 80) in Pearl, MS from 9-10a.m.

Next Price will be signing copies of his books at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road) in Pearl, MS.

Admission to both events is free, however, Price will copies of his books available for purchasing.

Founded by Mississippi native Cyrus Webb of Brandon, MS in November 2006 Conversations Book Club has hosted over 100 author events in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee.  For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit  www.conversationsbookclub.com. To find out more information about Christopher LaKeith Price, visit www.christopherlakeithprice.com.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Conversations Media Group: CMG President Cyrus Webb Shares 1000th Amazon.com Review

As a lover of music and books Conversations Media Group President Cyrus Webb has found it a privilege to be a Top Amazon.com Reviewer over the past couple of years. This week he reached another milestone in his journey: posting his 1000th review on the popular website.

"It's not about the number of books and musical projects I've reviewed," says Webb, 36. "What means something to me is that my comments about the books and music have resonated with others and gotten them to try some of the selections themselves."

To date over 80% of those who have voted on Webb's reviews have finding them to be helpful to them in their searches. The reviews have also been responsible for Webb finding new guests for Conversations the radio show and features for the magazine Conversations.

"Some see my reviews because I'm on the Top Amazon.com Reviewer list and reach out to me about their own books and cds," Webb explained. "That has not only introduced me to new individuals but given my regular audience new options to explore as well."

To keep up with Webb's reviews and comments about what he is reading and listening to visit his Amazon.com page at www.tinyurl.com/cyruswebbreviews.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Conversations Book Club's 25 Summer Reads, 2012

(This post will  appear as an article in the July/August issue of Conversations Magazine. See www.conversationsmag.com for details and to order your copy.)

by Cyrus Webb

It is no secret that reading is one of the greatest pleasures of my life. I have been a fan of books for as long as I can remember, a passion that was fed by my family and continued in my adult years. It was because of this passion that I founded Conversations Book Club in November 2006. I wanted a place where men and women alike could come together and discuss books, sharing lessons and a form of entertainment that can be found no where else. Since then I have had the privilege of hosting book discussions in my home state of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee: all of them have been focused on titles that I personally loved and wanted to share.

With Summer here it is once again time for me to not only reveal my picks for the season but share with you probably one of the best collection of books I've had the privilege of reading. I literally devour hundreds of books a year, and that insatiable appetite makes these kind of lists extremely difficult, however, I think I have done right by you as readers with my choices. As with all of my lists, you will find books by established authors as well as those who are rising stars in the industry. It is my hope that you will find the pleasure in them that I did, and share them with others that will surely enjoy them as well.

Without further ado, here are this year's Summer picks...

Conversations Book Club's Non-Fiction Summer Reads, 2012  (In no particular order)

  1. "Dear Marcus" by Jerry McGill (Spiegel & Grau/Random House)
  2. "Find The Upside of the Down Times" by Dr. Rob Pennington (Resource International)
  3. "Chicken Soup For The Soul: Find Your Happiness" (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing)
  4. "Single, Black, and Government Owned" by O. Keeys (Passionate Writer Publishing)
  5. "Creating Time" by Marney K. Makridakis (New World Library)
  6. "This Is How" by Augusten Burroughs (St. Martin's Press)
  7. "Drunken Angel" by Alan Kaufman (Viva Editions)
Conversations Book Club's Fiction Summer Reads, 2012 (In no particular order)
  1. "Watch Me Die" by Erica Spindler (St. Martin's Paperbacks)
  2. "The Collectibles" by James J. Kaufman (Downstream Publishing)
  3. "Payback Ain't Enough" by Wahida Clark (Cash Money Content)
  4. "The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D." by Nichole Bernier (Crown/Random House)
  5. "One Dead Doctor" by Tony Lindsay (Penknife Press)
  6. "The Lost Daughter" by Lucy Ferriss (Berkley Publishing/Penguin)
  7. "Aloha"/"Adios!" by Stephen A. Enna & Dennis J. Wootten (Authorhouse)
  8. "Sea Change" by Karen White (New American Library/Penguin)
  9. "Tony's Tiffany" by John Mobley (Freedom Ink)
  10. "Just Tryin' To Be Loved" by J'son M. Lee (Foresight Publishing)
  11. "California Girl Chronicles: Brea & the City of Plastic" by Michelle Gamble Risley (3L Publishing)
  12. "The Safehouse" by T. Thomas Ackerman (Outskirts Press)
  13. "Married in the Nick of Nine" by Alretha Thomas (Diverse Arts Collective)
  14. "The Hum and the Shiver" by Alex Bledsoe (Tor)
  15. "When Rain Falls" by Tyora Moody (Urban Christian/Kensington)
  16. "By The Light of the Silvery Moon" by Tricia Goyer (Barbour Publishing)
  17. "Coming Home" by Stacy Hawkins Adams (Zondervan)
  18. "Alligator Lake" by Lynne Bryant (New American Library/Penguin)
Want to share your thoughts about some of the titles I've picked this year? Feel free to do so online at www.conversationsbookclub.com or www.conversationsmag.com or you can drop me an email at cawebb4@juno.com. Have a great summer! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

(Sat. June 30th) Pearl, MS Home of Conversations Summer Book Fair 2012

Conversations Media Group is pleased to announce that Conversations Summer Book Fair will be held Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) from 1-3p.m.

"This summer's event is special because we are bringing together a group of authors that are sure to attract readers of all genres and interests," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club. "This is sure to make it one of the best literary events of the summer in Mississippi."

Participating authors are E. V. Adams (Darling Nikki), Darlene Collier (Married To Sin), Roszalia Ellen (A Crushed Rose), Glenda L. Hunter (An Unspeakable Secret, Mommy Twinkle Eyes and Worthwhile? Who Me? Yes, You!), Lt. Garry Jones (Straight Out Of Hell 1 & 2 and I Wasn't Raised To Play By Their Rules) and Omegia Keeys (Passionate Playmates, Unloved, Single Black and Government Owned and The Not So Common Sense Guide For Authors). 

Book lovers across the state are invited to come out and enjoy this event. Admission to the event is free, and light refreshments will be provided by Conversations Book Club. For more information about the event contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.  CONVERSATIONS: Feeding Your Love Of Life! http://www.conversationsbookclub.com/

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Conversations' "20 Summer Reads For Kids and Teens" of 2012

Conversations Media Group and Conversations Book Club are pleased to announce its choices for "20 Summer Reads For Kids and Teens" for 2012. Hand-picked by book club President Cyrus Webb, these are books that offer something for readers of all ages and are perfect to be read alone or with your friends.



  1. "The Berlin Boxing Club" by Robert Sharenow (Harper Teens)
  2. "The Sons of Liberty: Death and Taxes" by Alexander Lagos & Joseph Lagos (Random House)
  3. "The Chip" by George Jack (Langdon Street Press)
  4. "Growing Pains" by K. P. Smith (Doin It Publishing)
  5. "The Echoes Inside" by Christopher Gaddis (unknown)
  6. "Out of Sight, Out of  Time" by Ally Carter (Disney * Hyperion Books)
  7. "BRAGN: Be Real and Great Now" by Zenaida Roy-Almario (BRAGN)
  8. "Teenie" by Christopher Grant (Random House)
  9. "Of Mouse and Magic" by Allan R. Gall (Two Harbors Press)
  10. "Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E." by S. Dodson (Mahogney Ink Publications)
  11. "Birds Can Fly and So Can I" by Noa Nimrodi (Grassroots Publishing Group)
  12. "Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game" by Ridley Pearson (Disney * Hyperion Books)
  13. "L. A. Summer" by Sheryl Mallory-Johnson (Wanasoma Books)
  14. "Manuel's Murals" by Jeaninne Escallier-Kato (3L Publishing)
  15. "Trouble In Troublesome Creek" by Nancy Kelly Allen (Red Rock Press) 
  16. "Hunka Chunka Monkey Shapes Up" by Sam E. Bromley (Jabberwocky Books)
  17. "Stuck" by Rhonda Martin (Jabberwocky Books)
  18. "The Honey Bunch Kids" by Chental-Song Bembry (Xlibris)
  19. "Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox" by Tim Ostermeyer (Synergy Books)
  20. "The ABC Field Guide to Faeries" by Susanne Alexander-Heaton ( unknown)

For more information about Conversations Book Club's commitment to encouraging reading among individuals of all ages make sure to visit www.conversationsbookclub.com. CONVERSATIONS: Feeding your love of life!

Friday, June 1, 2012

NYT Bestselling author Wahida Clark's Visit to MS: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

It was one of the most anticipated literary events for readers of urban fiction in Mississippi: the return of New York Times Bestselling author Wahida Clark to the Magnolia State. The morning of May 15th she began what was to be a full day of activities, promoting her newest bestseller PAYBACK AIN'T ENOUGH.

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb had the honor of not only hosting the day's events but traveling across Brandon, Ridgeland and Jackson with the Queen of Thug Love Fiction as she met with fans, signed books and shared some of the highlights of her literary journey.

The day began at Subway Restaurant in Brandon, MS where Clark was able to sit down with readers and talk about the road that has lead her to where she is today, what she is looking forward to and even giving advice for what it takes to make it in the business. Among those in attendance was Mississippi author Darlene Collier.

From there it was on to Books & Beignets in Ridgeland, MS where Ms. Clark signed the store's stock of her books, getting them ready for readers who might have missed her during the day.

After a short break the next stop was Medgar Evers Library in Jackson, MS where Wahida was able to meet the staff and the fans that came out to get their books signed, take pictures and chat with their favorite author. It was at this stop that Stanley Clark, co-founder of Conversations Book Club, and author Mr. Mean Mug were able to spend some time with her as well. Mean Mug had drove in that day from Dallas just to meet and support her during the day's events. "It's a blessing just to be here," he told Webb. "Wahida Clark is a legend."

The final stop of the day was at Books-A-Million in Jackson, MS. It was there that book club members and just avid readers were able to purchase signed copies of Wahida's books but get their own copies personalized while they discussed the new book and the series.

For more information about Wahida Clark's growing brand and the authors she is publishing as well visit www.wclarkpublishing.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wahidaclark and on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wahida-Clarks-Readers-Club/114022775316019?sk=info.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

(Tues. May 15th) Conversations Book Club Welcomes NYT Bestselling author Wahida Clark Back To Mississippi

(Tuesday, May 15, 2012) Conversations Book Club is pleased to announce that it will be hosting New York Times Bestselling author Wahida Clark in her second trip to Mississippi as she promotes her new novel PAYBACK AIN'T ENOUGH.

"We are extemely humbled and excited about the opportunity," says Cyrus Webb, Founder and President of Conversations. His reading group hosted the author in 2011 in her first visit to the Magnolia State and count it an honor to have her return. "Her fans really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to talk with her and take pictures with her," Webb explains. "It made it a win-win for us because she enjoyed herself just as much as they did."

Webb has coordinated a schedule that will allow fans of Wahida Clark from around Central Mississippi to be able to visit with her and get their books signed during a one-day only event.

Here is the public schedule for the visit:

*     9:30a.m.-10:30a.m. --- Breakfast with Books/Meet & Greet @ Subway Restaurant (112 Service Dri. Brandon MS ---across from Piggley Wiggley)

*     1-3p.m. --- Meet & Greet @ Medgar Evers Library (4215 Medgar Evers Blvd * Jackson, MS)

*     4-7p.m.  --- Booksigning @ Books-A-Million (4950 I-55 N * Jackson, MS)

Conversations Book Club welcomes readers of all books clubs and reading groups out for this special "one day only" event! For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit http://www.conversationsbookclub.com/.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Conversations Media Group Announces Spring Book Giveaway

Conversations Media Group is pleased to announce its Spring Book Giveaway to promote reading and to introduce authors that may have been under the radar. Started by Conversations Book Club founder Cyrus Webb in 2007, he sees this as a way of not only sharing the gift of a great book, but to network with other book lovers.











Here are the books that have been made available for this year's Spring Book Giveaway:

1.     "Darling Nikki" by E. V. Adams (autographed)
2.     "A Dark Journey To A Light Future" by Tommie Mabry (autographed)
3.     "Chicken Soup For The Soul: Family Caregivers"
4.     "Chicken Soup For The Soul: Magic of Mothers & Daughters"
5.     "The Immune" by Doc Lucky Meisenheimer (autographed)
6.     "The Fox" by Arlene Radasky (autographed)
7.     "The Basement" by Stephen Leather (autographed)

To participate in the book giveaway simply follow the steps below.

1.     Join Cyrus Webb's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cyruswebb. (If you have already joined the page, simply move on to step number 2.)
2.     After joining Webb on his Facebook page, message him from the Facebook page announcing the THREE NUMBERS of the books you would like to have if you win.
3.     That's it! After completing steps 1 and 2, just wait until Wednesday, May 16th when Webb will announce every weekday through May 31st who the winners are.

Deadline for getting your "entries" in for this great giveaway is Tues. May 15th by 8p.m. et. Winners will be announced on Conversations LIVE radio show each weekday @ 6p.m. et (5p.m. ct/ 3p.m. pt) beginning Wednesday, May 16, 2012. You don't have to be listening to the live broadcast to win!

Have questions about the giveaway or are you an author who would like to participate in the Summer Book Giveaway? Contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. CONVERSATIONS: Feeding your love of life! www.conversationsmediagroup.com.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

CBC Report: Author Tommie Mabry's Book-Signing A Success!

(Sat. April 21, 2012) Shadow Play Entertainment and Conversations Book Club wish to thank all of those who supported the book-signing for Tommie Mabry, author of A DARK JOURNEY TO A LIGHT FUTURE on Sat. April 21, 2012 at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS.

"The event was a success in every way imaginable," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club and host of the event. "It was great to finally meet Tommie and introduce him to book lovers in Rankin County." Webb had read A DARK JOURNEY and interviewed the author on his radio show Conversations LIVE over the phone. This was the first time they had met face to face.



Supporters of Conversations Book Club and the author came out to get copies of the book, converse with the author and learn more about his story that is chronicled in the book. Among those in attendance was Darlene Collier, author of MARRIED TO SIN.




Mabry's book is available on Amazon.com and additional information can be found about the author and the book at www.tommiemabry.com. To find out about upcoming events hosted by Conversations Book Club visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Conversations Book Club hosts book-signing for author Tommie Mabry

He was told by many that his life wouldn't amount to anything, however, Tommie Mabry surprised not only those who doubted him but has even exceeded his own expectations. He shares his inspiring story in the new book A DARK JOURNEY TO A LIGHT FUTURE, and Conversations Book Club will be hosting a book-signing for the Mississippi native on Saturday, April 21, 2012. "Tommie's journey is one that people of all walks of life can not only relate to but root for," says Cyrus Webb, book club President. "It's an honor to introduce him to Rankin County and let others know what is possible with hard work and dedication." The signing will take place in the lobby of the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) from 12-2p.m. For more information about Tommie's story visit www.tommiemabry.com. Have questions about the event? Contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or call 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Conversations' 10 Best Poetry Books For 2012

by Cyrus Webb

As someone who appreciates the power of the written word, I am always looking for others who are putting pen to paper and giving the world something great through prose. I might not always agree with what is being said, but I can appreciate the skills and the gift that the author had.

Since April is National Poetry Month Conversations Book Club and Conversations Magazine wanted to present its choiceds for best poetry books to add to your collection this year:

* "Utter Magic" by April Mahoney (A Good Person Publishing)

* "God,Seed" by Rebecca Foust and Lorna Stevens (Tebot Bach Press)

* "BRAGN: Be Real and Great Now" by Zenaida Roy-Almario (BRAGN)

* "Dusting the Glass" by Nancy Kaye Dobson (Xlibris)

* "Nigger For Life" by Neal Hall, M.D. (unknown)

* "Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia" by Patricia Neely-Dorsey (Grant House Publishing)

* "Looking Into Your Voice" by Cathie Borrie (Nightwing Press)

* "Praise Poetry and Propaganda" by Janicfe E. Groves Todd (Unlock Publishing House)

* "REFLECTIONS: Thoughts, Passions, & Truths" by Ya Ya Z. Badasu (Passionate Writer Publishing)

* "While There Is Still Time" by Terrell Dunnum (Tate Publishing)

Want to share your own poetic favorites? Would love to hear about them! Contact me at cawebb4@juno.com. Your choices might be featured in an upcoming blog post or even in Conversations Magazine!

Conversations' 10 Dog-Gone Great Books For Spring

by Cyrus Webb This time of year I am known to focus on books that have themes that are of interest to me and that I believe others will enjoy as well. Not surprisingly I have been reading alot of titles over the past several months that have man's and woman's best friend as its focal point. That's right: this list is going to the dogs!
As you will see this list includes fiction and non-fiction books, giving something for everyone. Make sure to add one or more of them to your own reading list and feel free to let me know what you think. * "Charlie" by Barbara Lampert (Langdon Street Press) * "Mr. Pish's Woodland Adventure" by K. S. Brooks (Cambridge Books) * "The Dog Who Knew Too Much" by Spencer Quinn (Atria Books) * "Your Dog Is Your Mirror" by Kevin Behan (New World Library) * "Miracle Man" by Robert Haas (Bascom Hill) * "All I Know About Management I Learned From My Dog" by Martin P. Levin (Skyhorse Publishing) * "Bad Dog (A Love Story)" by Martin Kihn (Pantheon Books) * "Cujo" by Stephen King (Penguin Books) * "Erik's Hope" by Andrea Chilcote and Sara Burden (Crimson Oak Publishing) * "Goodbye, Friend" by Gary Kowalski (New World Library) Have your own favorite title featuring dogs? I would love to hear about it! Email me at cawebb4@juno.com. It might be featured in an upcoming post or in Conversations Magazine! Happy reading!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Author E. V. Adams Visit To Rankin Co.: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Conversations Book Club wishes to thank author E. V. Adams for allowing it to host a booksigning for her at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS on Sat. March 17, 2012.

Adams' debut novel DARLING NIKKI was published in late February 2012, and already is available around the world in bookstores and online.


Conversations also thanks author Vershern Edwards for supporting the event and a fellow Mississippi author.

You can find additional information about E. V. Adams and her book on her website at www.evadams.com.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

(Sat. March 17, 2012) Author E. V. Adams Signs @ Pearl Public Library

Conversations Book Club is pleased to announce that author E. V. Adams will be signing her book DARLING NIKKI at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl,MS) on Sat. March 17, 2012 from 1-3p.m.

Adams, who was featured in the Clarion Ledger Newspaper earlier this year, is celebrating the release of her debut novel, and the public is invited out to support one of Mississippi's own.

For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Conversations Book Club Hosts Book Fair, Sat. March 24, 2012

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb is pleased to announce that the reading group will be hosting a book fair on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) beginning at 1p.m.


The event will feature eight of Mississippi's literary rising stars, each of whom will be discussing their journeys as writers, signing their books and meeting the public. "This is an opportunity for the state of Mississippi to not only support our own but meet new authors as well," says Webb, 36. He has hosted over 100 booksignings in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, each with the purpose of getting authors noticed and letting the readers know about books they may not have heard of. Webb adds: "Conversations Book Club is excited to bring this group of authors together for the first time, and I know those who attend the book fair will be glad they met them as well."

The featured authors for this event are Darlene Collier (Married To Sin), Jerome Cooper (A Dual Blessing: Body and Success), Dr. Vershern Edwards (I Don't Want Okra), Joseph Henderson ( I Don't Want To Die All Alone), Glenda L. Hunter (An Unspeakable Secret, Mommy Twinkle Eyes and Worthwhile? Who Me? Yes, You!), Dr. Greg Little (Rise Above), Jennifer Luckett (Caught In The Middle) and Jason Lee Usry (Markside).

Admission to this historic literary event is free, however, each author will have copies of their books available for purchasing. For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Author Chitoka Webb's Visit To Rankin County: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Conversations Book Club would like to thank those who made the first visit of author Chitoka Webb to Rankin County a success.


On Saturday, February 25, 2012 Ms. Webb arrived at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS and met with readers and patrons of the library, discussing her personal journey that led to the writing of SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME.

Among those who attended the event was book club President Cyrus Webb, author Darlene Collier as well as author Vershern Edwards.



One of the highlights of the booksigning was library patron Ms. Rosie who excited not only purchased Webb's book but shared that it was her first time meeting a published author!

The day for her was compounded in that she was not only able to leave with an autographed copy of SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME but was introduced to Mississippi authors Collier and Edwards as well.

Conversations Book Club thanks author Chitoka Webb for allowing it to work on the event. Conversations also appreciates the continued support of the Pearl Public Library with its literary events.

For more information about Chitoka Webb and her book visit www.chitokawebb.com. To keep abreast of upcoming events hosted by Conversations Book Club visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Friday, February 24, 2012

(Sat. February 25, 2012) Conversations Book Club Welcomes Author Chitoka Webb


Conversations Book Club is pleased to announce that Chitoka Webb, author of SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME, will be at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) on Saturday, February 25, 2012 beginning @ 1:30p.m.

Book club President Cyrus Webb had this to say about the event: "We are excited to be not only introducing Chitoka to Rankin County but her book to new readers."

SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME chronicles not only Chitoka Webb's challenges and journey but the faith that has sustained her in her personal life and in business as well.

For more information about the author and the book visit www.chitokawebb.com. For more information about the event contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

ONE DEAD DOCTOR by Tony Lindsay Named Conversations' Book of the Month for April 2012

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb announces that ONE DEAD DOCTOR (published by Penknife Press) by bestselling author Tony Lindsay is his book club pick for the month of April 2012.


"Tony is one of those authors that just gets better with each and every title," says Webb, 36. He had the privilege of working with Lindsay in 2008 and has had him on the radio show as a guest several times over the years. "I believe ONE DEAD DOCTOR is not only the continuation of a powerful series but a great stand-alone that readers will enjoy as much as I did."

Tony Lindsay was Conversations Book Club's 17th author to host in 2008. See the full report of the visit by clicking this link: http://conversationsbookclub.blogspot.com/2008/05/conversations-and-bestselling-author.html

During his visit with Conversations Book Club in 2008, Lindsay was interviewed by Webb about the experience and what he would like to say to his fans. Watch the video here:


Lindsay's book ONE DEAD DOCTOR will be featured during the entire month of April 2012 but will be discussed on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6p.m. et (5p.m. ct/3p.m. pt) on Conversations LIVE radio show, moderated by Webb.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Author Glenda Hunter's Booksigning: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Thanks to everyone who supported author Glenda Hunter's first booksigning on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS.

"I'm so proud of Glenda and what she is doing by sharing her story,"says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club. "It's impossible to read her books and learn of her story and not be inspired."




During the event Glenda signed all three of her books and talked about her journey and the faith that helped her along the way.


Special thanks also goes out to the Pearl Public Library for their continued support.

All three of Glenda's books are available on Amazon.com. To stay in contact with upcoming events for Conversations Book Club visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.