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Monday, November 25, 2013

Conversations' Author of the Year 2013-14: Melissa de la Cruz

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by Cyrus Webb

In 2013 there was one author that kept coming to mind when I thought about a storyteller with heart, a passion for her characters and the ability to take us to another world yet remind us of who we are in our own... bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

She has captivated readers of romance, mystery and the supernatural---and kept us coming back time and again. In this year alone she has been able to see her success rewarded in a big way: her beloved Witches of East End series coming to Lifetime television network.

Through Blue Bloods and now East End we are given characters that are powerful yet broken, yearning for something while in the process of losing it all. Who couldn't relate to individuals like that? And they all came from the creative mind that is de la Cruz.

Conversation salutes not just Melissa's literary skills but her example of excellence, determination and love of the craft. Listen to our interview on Conversations LIVE about her career and series here: www.tinyurl.com/melissadelacruz.

Find out more about Melissa de la Cruz at www.melissa-delacruz.com. She can also be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/melissadelacruz.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Conversations' 10 Great Literary Finds with Young Readers In Mind for 2013

In 2013 Conversations Book Club had the pleasure of reading some great books that were designed for young readers.

Here are the Top 10 Great Literary Finds with Young Readers in Mind for 2013:

(Listed in no particular order)

  1. "Second Impact" by David Klass & Perri Klass (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  2. "Teardrop" by Lauren Kate (Delacorte Press/Random House)
  3. "Eggplant Alley" by D. M. Cataneo (Bunker Hill Publishing)
  4. "Odessa Again" by Dana Reinhardt (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House)
  5. "As Fast As Words Could Fly" by Pamela M. Tuck (Lee & Low Books)
  6. "Losing It" by Erin Fry (Amazon Children's Publishing)
  7. "Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel" by Melissa de la Cruz (Hyperion)
  8. "The Moon Is Broken!" by Monique B. Martin (Freret Media Group)
  9. "A Child's Christmas in New England" by Robert Sullivan (Bunker Hill Publishing)
  10. "Vote" by Gary Paulsen (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House)
To find more of Conversations Book Club's choices for all ages visit www.conversationsbookclub.com

Cyrus Webb Reveals Conversations' Top 50 Non-Fiction Titles of 2013

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb is always looking for ways to inspire those that he meets, and when he reads a book that fits that bill he can't wait to share it. For this years top non-fiction reads, however, he ran into a wonderful problem: too many books to name!

"This has been one of the greatest years for books," Webb, 38, says.  "I've been a reader all my life, and this year I saw authors sharing themselves and telling stories in a way that I know is going to inspire others around the world."

For the Top 50 Non-Fiction titles Webb relied on his love of powerful biographies and autobiographies as well as books that were powerful motivating tools. It is his hope they will become fan favorites for readers and spark conversations wherever they go.

Conversations' Top 50 Non-Fiction Titles of 2013
   (Listed in no particular order)
  1. "From Lemons to Lemonade" by Chicken Soup for the Soul (CSS Publishing)
  2. "Always Look on the Bright Side" by Allen Klein (Viva Editions)
  3. "What Are You Waiting For?" by Kristen Moeller (Viva Editions)
  4. "The One Year Book of Amish Peace" by Tricia Goyer (Tyndale)
  5. "Doc" by Dwight Gooden (New Harvest)
  6. "Winning From Within" by Erica Ariel Fox (Harper Business)
  7. "Life Check" by Robin Marvel (Marvelous Spirit Press)
  8. "Imperfect Spirituality" by Polly Campbell (Viva Editions)
  9. "Hillbilly Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus (New Harvest)
  10. "Living a Life of Gratitude" by Sara Wiseman (Llewellyn Books)
  11. "Not Quite Healed" by Cecil Murphey & Gary Roe (Kregel Publications)
  12. "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom" by Terrence J (HarperCollins)
  13. "Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques" by Kathy Gruver (Infinity Publishing)
  14. "Living and Dying in Brick City" by Sampson Davis (Spiegel & Grau)
  15. "Blindsided by the Walking Dead" by IronE Singleton (Myriad Press)
  16. "Miss Anne In Harlem" by Carla Kaplan (Harper Collins)
  17. "Raising Dough" by Elizabeth U (Chelsea Green)
  18. "Business Brilliant" by Lewis Schiff (Harper Business)
  19. "Mr. Joe: Tales of a Haunted Life" by Joseph Barnett and Jane Congdon (Bettie Youngs Books)
  20. "The Facebook Diet" by Gemini Adams (Live Consciously Publishing)
  21. "Break Your Addiction to Conflict" by Nathan J. Snow (Snowday Press)
  22. "The Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook" by Robyn Webb (American Diabetes Assoc)
  23. "Get Back Up" by Sheryl Giesbrecht (Wheatmark)
  24. "Walk In Their Shoes" by Jim Ziolkowski (Simon & Schuster)
  25. "Common Sense in Uncommon Times" by Brian Crissey & Pamela Crissey (Granite Publishing)
  26. "Mother Daughter Me" by Katie Hafner (Random House)
  27. "Nothing In New England is New" by Rick Lupert (Ain't Got No Press)
  28. "For Underdogs Only" by Kim G. Robinson (FUO)
  29. "Mountain Air" by Holli Kenley (Loving Healing Press)
  30. "After the Fall" by Craig Demartino (Kregel Publications)
  31. "Personhood Revisited" by Howard W. Jones (Langdon Street Press)
  32. "The Family" by David Laskin (Viking)
  33. "Ditzabled Princess" by Jewel Kats (Marvelous Spirit Press)
  34. "Long Journey Home" by Lucy Lipiner (iUniverse)
  35. "What Then Must We Do?" by Gar Alperovitz (Chelsea Green Publishing)
  36. "The Art of Waging Peace" by Paul K. Chappell (Prospecta Press)
  37. "Records Truly Is My Middle Name" by John Records Landecker (Eckhartz Press)
  38. "Great Love: The Mary Jo Copeland Story" by Michelle Peterson Hinck (Quixote Publications)
  39. "The Power to Transform" by Chris Majer (Rodale Books)
  40. "Silence Is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution" by Joy Elan (Unknown)
  41. "Billy Graham & Me" by Chicken Soup for the Soul (CSS Publishing)
  42. "Love No Matter What" by Brenda Garrison (Thomas Nelson)
  43. "Nothing Is Impossible" by Tom Oliver (McGraw-Hill Education)
  44. "Diamond In the Dark" by Phyllis Hain (Bancroft Press)
  45. "Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin" by Ron Chepesiuk (Strategic Media Books)
  46. "Crafting Calm" by Maggie Oman Shannon (Viva Editions)
  47. "Tasting Home" by Judith Newton (She Writes Press)
  48. "Getting It Done" by Iris Dorreboom & Rudi De Graaf (Mill City Press)
  49. "The Spark" by Kristine Barnett (Random House)
  50. "Liberating Iraq" by Amir George (Strategic Media Books)
This list, along with Webb's Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2013 will appear in the Dec./Jan. issue of Conversations Magazine. To stay abreast of updates bookmark both www.conversationsbookclub.com and www.conversationsmag.com. CONVERSATIONS: Feeding your love of life! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cyrus Webb Reveals Conversations Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2013


Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb is excited to announce this year's "Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2013". 

"It's an amazing honor to read the word of gifted authors throughout the year," he says. "What makes it even more exciting is to share it with the world."

Webb, 38, has always been a lover of books, however with the launch of Conversations Book Club in November 2006 he has used the platform to let others know what books made an impact with him.

This year's list is one of the most diverse Webb has chosen, each title he personally read himself. It is his hope that by recognizing not just the author but the publisher as well he will be able to shine a light on literary work that deserves your attention.


Conversations' Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2013
(Listed in no particular order)

  1. "The Power Trip" by Jackie Collins (St. Martin's Press)
  2. "Secrets From the Past" by Barbara Taylor Bradford (St. Martin's Press)
  3. "Hollywood Forever" by Christopher Herz (Amazon Publishing)
  4. "The Concealers" by James J. Kaufman (Down Stream Publishing)
  5. "Winds of Salem" by Melissa de la Cruz (Hyperion)
  6. "Recalled to Life" by Dan Burns (Eckhartz Press)
  7. "Nitro Express" by Robert Blake Whitehill (Telemachus Press)
  8. "The Sound and the Furry" by Spencer Quinn (Atria Books)
  9. "The Comfort of Lies" by Randy Susan Meyers (Atria Books)
  10. "The Reason" by William Sirls (Thomas Nelson)
  11. "You've Got It Bad" by Marissa Monteilh (4D Publishing)
  12. "Why Can't I Be You" by Allie Larkin (Plume)
  13. "The Book of Someday" by Dianne Dixon (SourceBooks)
  14. "City of Mirrors" by Melodie Johnson Howe (Pegasus Crime)
  15. "My Mother's Secret" by J. L. Witterick  (iUniverse)
  16. "Chain of Evidence" by D. B. Corey (Intrigue Publishing)
  17. "The Tides of Memory" by Sidney Sheldon/ Tilly Bagshawe (William Morrow)
  18. "I, Saul" by Jerry B. Jenkins (Worthy Publishing)"
  19. "Revenge Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger (Simon and Schuster)
  20. "Justice for Sara" by Erica Spindler (St. Martin's Press)
  21. "Fly Betty" by Treasure Blue (Cash Money Content)
  22. "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
  23. "Crescendo" by Deborah J. Ledford (Second Wind Publishing)
  24. "Death Never Sleeps" by E. J. Simon (iUniverse)
  25. "A Criminal Defense" by Steven Gore (HarperCollins)
  26. "The Theory of Opposites" by Allison Winn Scotch (Camellia Press)
  27. "Becoming Me" by Gardenia Destang (CreateSpace)
  28. "Last Chance Texaco" by Joe Lee (Dogwood Press)
  29. "Down and Out in Bugtussle" by Stephanie McAfee (New American Library)
  30. "Anybody's Somebody" by Phoenix (Oppidian)
  31. "The Heavens Rise" by Christopher Rice (Gallery Books)
  32. "What She Wants" by Sheila Roberts (Harlequin)
  33. "After the Fire" by J. A. Jance (William Morrow)
  34. "The Rockin' Chair" by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  35. "The Silent Partner" by Terrence King Trafford Publishing)
  36. "Vengeance Is Now" by Scott D. Roberts (3L Publishing, LLC)
  37. "The Broken Places" by Ace Atkins (Putnam)
  38. "A Piece of Me" by Jermaine Smith (Everyday Publishing Group)
  39. "The House That Love Built" by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)
  40. "The Baby in the Window" by Alretha Thomas (Diverse Arts Collective)
  41. "The Scar Letters" by Richard Alther (Centaur Books)
  42. "Memory's Door" by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson)
  43. "Raveled" by Anne McAneny (Farrington Press)
  44. "Loves Me Not" Series by Kenny L. Mitchell (FreedomInk) 
  45. "The Hypothetical Girl" by Elizabeth Cohen (Other Press) 
  46. "Twisted Truth" by Kiffany Dugger (The Bourgeois Group)
  47. "Tender to the Touch" by Nicole S. Rouse (Urban Christian)
  48. "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale" by Lynda Rutledge (Berkley)
  49. "Silent Assassin" by Leo J. Maloney (Kensington)
  50. "Little Green" by Walter Mosley (Doubleday)
This list, along with Webb's Top 50 Non-Fiction Titles of 2013 will appear in the Dec./Jan. issue of Conversations Magazine. To stay abreast of updates bookmark both www.conversationsbookclub.com and www.conversationsmag.com. CONVERSATIONS: Feeding your love of life! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

LJWC Author Profile: William Gladstone

LJWC Author Profile:
Q & A with Renowned Literary Agent, Author, and Club of Budapest trustee,
William Gladstone

Sometimes accomplished people can be so understated that we often don’t know who really lives in our own backyard.  Bill Gladstone is just such a person. A Yale and Harvard trained cultural anthropologist who traveled the world in search of mysteries, Gladstone is considered an international expert on indigenous cultures and the true meaning behind 2012 and its rippling impact on our world moving forward. Co-producer of the highly-acclaimed film, TAPPING THE SOURCE, as a literary agent, Mr. Gladstone has represented some of the most respected and influential authors of our time, including Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, and Barbara Marx Hubbard. As a trustee for the prestigious Club of Budapest, Gladstone collaborates with some of the greatest thought leaders of our time.  And as an author, Bill’s newest novel, The Power of Twelve (sequel to his bestselling Novel, The Twelve), hits stores October 1st

The Power of Twelve is a Dan Brown meets Michael Crichton meets Steve Berry.

The year 2012 didn’t mark the end of civilization as many had mistakenly predicted. Rather, it marked a turning point in human consciousness, a shift toward a more humanistic, less violent existence.  But not if Arnold Wheeler can help it.

In The Power of Twelve, William Gladstone takes readers on a roller coaster adventure featuring alternate earths, characters with whom we can all relate, and a fact-based examination of the real meaning of the upcoming Mayan cycle.  Part science-fiction, yet steeped in reality, part philosophical exploration, and all adventure, The Power of Twelve will keep readers turning the pages while its provocative subtext will leave them thinking a bit differently about the future.

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing with one of the literary world’s most influential members.

1.             You have been an agent, publisher, author, and an innovator in the publishing industry. What is it
about publishing that draws you?
I was born into this industry; my father founded Arco Publishing in New York City in 1936.  I have always loved reading books and have enjoyed writing even more. My mother was a devoted reader who read the entire Wizard of Oz series to me as a young child. She collected of what she referred to as second rate Victorian writers; her collection was gifted to Columbia University. My mom loved books; my dad saw books as a commercial product. The combination of seeing books as both a way to make a living and a way to experience the world and impact others through writing has made me a devoted agent, writer and publisher.

2.             What is the most profound change you have seen in publishing in the past decade? 
The last decade has been all about ebooks and print on demand. About fifteen years ago I helped launch the first ebook and first print-on-demand book companies. Clearly those have been the two most important new revenue-generating developments of the last decade. What do you expect to remain the same? We will still have the five major book publishers publishing the majority of bestselling books. There will still be book stores.  But the percentage of revenue from print book sales will continue to decline.

3.             As an agent, what do you look for in an author and a bookI like to represent courageous and talented
people who are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world. I have represented many first-time authors but with rare exception must now limit myself to working with authors with large established fan bases.

4.             You live here in north county San Diego.  As an agent, does it matter that you are not in New York?
When I first moved to North County in 1979, it was a long shot that I would survive as a literary agent.  All the major publisher and agents were in New York, and my chances of success were quite small. But I lucked into representing books about technology, and it became an advantage that I was in California where all the technology experts were living and writing. Now, with email and other technology it is no longer essential that

major literary agents be based in New York.  One or two trips a year to New York is now sufficient to enjoy the same access to editors that New York agents have.

5.             How difficult is it for you to change professional hats from agent to author?  And which role do you
prefer and why?
I like the variety of being both an agent and an author. As an agent. I never know what author or publisher is going to call me and what new project I will be representing or which title I represent has just won a major book award or appeared on a bestseller list. As a writer there is nothing better than writing words that inspire not just your readers but yourself as an author. This is why I will continue to both write and agent for many years to come.

6.             You write both fiction and non-fiction.  For purposes of process, what do you find to be the
commonality between the two; and what is the biggest difference?  
Good writing is good writing, and both require focus and the ability to communicate ideas. It is far easier and faster to write non-fiction than fiction. Fiction requires greater planning and delicacy. With non-fiction you create an outline and follow it. With fiction there are unexpected events that can dramatically change your initial writing plans. Characters can come alive in unexpected ways requiring, in some instances, major alterations in plot.

7.             You have co-authored and authored independently.  What is the major difference, and which do you
prefer?
Much easier to write on my own. I like my co-authors and enjoy working with them, but my own pace of writing is very fast, so just easier to work alone. Even when working alone I work closely with an editor, so on one level I am never working alone.  The collaborative nature of writing should never be underestimated. One of the unique aspects of co-authoring is the chance to learn from other writers. I learned a great deal working with Jack Canfield as his co-author  on The Golden Motorcycle Gang and look forward to future collaborations with  other  authors should the opportunity arise.

8.             Is there a thread that runs through all your books, and if so, what is it? 
The basic thread that runs through all of my writing is that to be alive is a magical experience. There are fundamental laws and truths that govern the universe and in all my writing I explore these truths.

9.             How does your training in cultural anthropology play into your new book, The Power of Twelve and its
prequel, The Twelve?
I have lived with indigenous peoples on multiple continents. As an anthropologist I learned to ask questions first and only offer judgments after careful analysis of all data. I also learned that there is wisdom among all peoples and that fundamental human characteristics are shared universally. I explored the works of the French structural anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss and came to the conclusion that there are aspects of the human mind and the human experience which are fundamental to all peoples and perhaps fundamental to the essential purpose and meaning of all of life and the evolution of consciousness.

10.          What do you want your readers to take away from The Power of Twelve?
Bottom line is I want them to enjoy the book and   be entertained. In addition, I believe that The Power of Twelve will accelerate the dialogue that must happen if we are to alter the current course of human history. I love this planet and appreciate so much what our present world cultures have created. There is real danger of losing the essence of nobility and greatness as the world continues to overemphasize material values. It is time for each one of us to demonstrate courage in our daily lives and to put an end to wrong-headed thinking and fear-based action which have put our entire world at risk.


Read an excerpt from the Power of Twelve at www.williamgladstone.org.

Check out the Power of Twelve on Amazon or Barnes & Noble today!


Learn more about the La Jolla Writer’s Conference at www.lajollawritersconference.com  

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Conversations Book Club Report: Author Anderecco Book-signing A Success!

Conversations Book Club thanks those who came out to support Mississippi author Anderecco during his book-signing Sat. September 21st at the Pearl Public Library (Pearl, MS). 


Stay in touch with the author at www.anderecco.com

Thursday, September 12, 2013

(Sat. Sept. 21) Conversations hosts signing for author Anderecco @ Pearl Public Library (Pearl, MS)

Conversations Book Club is excited to announce that Mississippi author Anderecco will be signing copies of his books at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) on Sat. Sept. 21st from 1-3p.m.

Anderecco, who is the author of  WHO CAN I RUN TO?, TORN, LOVE TO LUV and UNDERCOVER LIES.

"I have been knowing Anderecco for a couple of years," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club. "It's great to have this opportunity to introduce him to book lovers in Rankin County."

Admission to this event is free, however, the author will have copies of his books available for purchasing.

For more information about Anderecco visit www.anderecco.com. Have questions about this and other events hosted by Conversations Book Club? Contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Conversations Says "Thank You" to FreedomInk Authors and Tonya Goring

Conversations Book Club wishes to thank those who supported the visit of Freedom Ink authors Katandra Shanel Jackson, Kenny Mitchell and Phoenix as well as author Tonya Goring's visit to Mississippi.
(From l-r: Author Phoenix, Cyrus Webb, Author Tonya Goring, Author Katandra Shanel Jackson and Author Kenny L. Mitchell)

"It was an amazing experience for me and Mississippi," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club. "I am so glad that we could connect with such great authors and introduce their work to the state."

On Saturday, August 31, 2013 the four authors were involved in a booksigning at the Pearl Public Library followed by an informal meet and greet at Appetizers Restaurant, both events in Pearl, MS.

During the visit author and President of FreedomInk Katandra Jackson donated a copy of the book POETIC METER AND RANDOM PROSE to the Pearl Public Library, paving the way for it to be available for its patrons.

Webb, who is also the host of the online show "Conversations with Cyrus Webb" also taped segments with each of the authors. You can watch the interviews below:






Find out more about the authors and books of FreedomInk at www.freedomink365.com. You can reach Tonya Goring at www.meetdesiree.com.






Wednesday, August 28, 2013

(Sat. Aug 31, 2013) Conversations Welcomes Freedom Ink Authors to Mississippi

Conversations Book Club is excited to announce that on Saturday, August 31, 2013 Freedom Ink authors Katandra Jackson, Kenny Mitchell and Courtney 'Phoenix' White along with guest author Tonya Goring will be holding their first literary events in Mississippi.

"We're excited to host this amazing event," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club. "They are six authors with their own unique voices. This type of event is just what readers around the state need."

Webb has scheduled two stops in Rankin County for the literary group:
The first will be a book-signing from 1-3p.m. at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS), followed by a meet and greet beginning at 5p.m. at Appetizers Restaurant (3000 Hwy 80 E * Pearl, MS).

Admission to both events is free and open to the public. The authors 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.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Cyrus Webb Announces Conversations Online Book Club Picks for August 2013

During the month of August 2013 Conversations Book Club will be hosting three online discussions and the public will be able to be a part of it!
Mississippi native Cyrus Webb (host of Conversations LIVE, Editor of Conversations Magazine and President of Conversations Book Club) will be moderating the discussions, with authors Sampson Davis, Randy Richardson and Dr. Rob Pennington: an announcement that was made via Youtube.


Here is the schedule for the month's discussions:

*     Sat. August 17, 2013 @ 1p.m. et (12p.m. ct/10a.m. pt) --- Cyrus Webb and co-host Charles Clark of Brotha Magazine discuss LIVING AND DYING IN BRICK CITY with author Sampson Davis. Listen and participate in the show online at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversation-pieces or call in at 347.327.9608. 

*     Tues. August 20, 2013 @ 8p.m. et (7p.m. ct/5p.m. pt) --- Cyrus Webb talks with author Randy Richardson about his book CHEESELAND and how it's message of friendship and knowing oneself have resonated with readers. Listen and participate in the show online at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call in at 347.426.3645.

*     Thurs. August 29, 2013 @ 8p.m. et (7p.m. ct/5p.m. pt) --- Cyrus Webb talks with author Rob Pennington about his book FIND THE UPSIDE OF THE DOWN TIMES. Listen and participate in the show online www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call in at 347.426.3645.

Can't join the discussions live? Join Webb in discussing them online afterwards! It is Conversations' goal to keep the discussions going all month long and beyond. 

To stay in touch with Conversations Book Club and upcoming discussions visit www.conversationsbookclub.com


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Conversations' 25 Summer Reads of 2013

Conversations Book Club is excited to announce its picks for Summer reads in 2013. The list, compiled by Conversations Media Group President Cyrus Webb, is a combination of titles by authors who were both established as well as rising literary stars.

"I read so many great books each year it was difficult to put this list together," says Webb,37. "The 25 that were finally chosen, though, I believe showcases something for everyone."

Webb began Conversations Book Club in November 2006 as a co-ed reading group for individuals of all walks of life and backgrounds. Since then chapters have created around the South as well as online, uniting readers around the power of books.

It is Webb's hope that this list will give you many hours of enjoyment throughout the Summer.

Conversations' 25 Summer Reads of 2013


  1. "The Power Trip" by Jackie Collins (St. Martin's Press)
  2. "A Killer's Grace" by Ronald Chapman (Seeing True Press)
  3. "Darkness Before Dawn" by Ace Collins (Abingdon Press)
  4. "Secrets from the Past" by Barbara Taylor Bradford (St. Martin's Press)
  5. "Politics. Escorts. Blackmail." by Pynk (Grand Central Publishing) 
  6. "The Laws of Gravity" by Liz Rosenberg" (Amazon Publishing)
  7. "The House That Love Built" by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)
  8. The Aloha Trilogy by Stephen A. Enna and Dennis J. Wootten (Authorhouse)
  9. "Crescendo" by Deborah J. Ledford (Second Wind Publishing)
  10. "What She Wants" by Sheila Roberts (Harlequin/Mira)
  11. "The Comfort of Lies" by Randy Susan Meyers (Atria Books)
  12. "The Devil's Game" by Shawn 'Jihad' Trump (W. Clark Publishing)
  13. "Why Can't I Be You" by Allie Larkin (Penguin)
  14. "Revenge Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster)
  15. "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
  16. Loves Me Not, Vol. I & II by Kenny L.Mitchell (FreedomInk)
  17. "My Private Hell" by Melissa Cobb (Vicious Ink Publications)
  18. "Fifty Two Shades of Blue-ish" by Karen S. Exkorn (Orange Press)
  19. "The Tides of Memory" by Sidney Sheldon/ Tilly Bagshawe (William Morrow)
  20. "Fly Betty" by Treasure Blue (Cash Money Content)
  21. "Tommy the Quarterback" by Donald Greco (publisher unnamed)
  22. "Hollywood Forever" by Christopher Herz (Amazon Publishing)
  23. "The Gospel According To Prissy" by Barbara Casey (Strategic Media Books)
  24. "When Memories Fade" by Tyora Moody (Urban Christian/Kensington)
  25. "Vengeance Is Now" by Scott D. Roberts (3L Publishing)
To stay in touch with updates from Conversations Book Club visit www.conversationsbookclub.com


Monday, May 13, 2013

(Sat. June 1, 2013) Conversations Book Fair's Next Event Set for Pearl, MS

Conversations Book Club, in connection with Mississippi Reads,is excited to announce that its next book fair will take place Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) from 1-3p.m.

Hosted by book club President Cyrus Webb, the event will feature authors Melissa Cobb (My Private Hell), Darlene Collier (Married to Sin), Amanda Lee (Deranged Series and A Family Divided By Color) and J.Marie (Death By Three).

"Conversations is excited to host these four amazing authors," says Webb. "Mississippi should be proud of them, and I hope the public will take advantage of the opportunity to meet them and support their work."

Admission to the event is free, however, each authors will have books available for purchasing. Refreshments will be provided by Conversations Book Club.

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

(May 10-11, 2013) Author Reiko Brown Brings Product of My Environment to Mississippi

Conversations Media Group is excited to announce that award-winning author Reiko Brown will be returning to Mississippi May 10th and 11th promoting not just her book PRODUCT OF MY ENVIRONMENT but the film by the same name!
"It has been amazing to watch how Reiko's story has inspired people around the world," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Media Group and host for the author during her visit. "I first had the pleasure of interviewing her on my radio show Conversations LIVE and over the years she has not only expanded her reach but served as a voice for so many."

PRODUCT OF MY ENVIRONMENT chronicles the journey of Reiko Brown as she deals with her own personal demons and the world around her. Will she be able to survive against all odds? That is the question readers will be able to answer as they read the book.

Below is her public schedule during her visit:

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013
6p.m. -- Meet & Greet/Book-signing @ Appetizers Restaurant (3000 Hwy 80 E * Pearl,MS)

SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013
8a.m. --- "Breakfast with Books" @ Subway Restaurant (inside Wal-Mart Supercenter * Pearl, MS)
11:30-1p.m. --- Book-signing @ Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS)
6p.m. --- Meet & Greet/book-signing @ Appetizers Restaurant (3000 Hwy 80 E * Pearl, MS)

Admission to all events is free, however, copies of the book will be available for only $10.

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

(Sat. April 20, 2013) Conversations Book Club Welcomes author Gregory Marshall

(Saturday, April 20, 2013) Conversations Book Club welcomes author Gregory Marshall.

Marshall, author of G-MAN: THE EDUCATION OF A CRIMINAL, will be at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) from 1-3p.m.

"We're excited to be hosting this event for the author in Rankin County," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club. "G-MAN: The Education of a Criminal is a powerful account that takes you into Marshall's life and allows you to see how he became the man he is today."

The event is free, however, signed copies will be available for purchasing. For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.conversationsbookclub.com

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Conversations Book Club Welcomes Author Blacc Topp

On Tuesday, March 19th Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb welcomed author Blacc Topp to Rankin County's Appetizers Restaurant (Pearl, MS) for a meet and greet and booksigning.


Blacc Topp is the author of The Hustle Chronicles. Webb was introduced to the talented author through bestselling author Treasure Blue. When Blacc made it known he would be traveling to Mississippi it was a given that Conversations would have to welcome him. Blacc was able to share not just his beginnings as an author but how he has made a conscious decision to change his life for the better.


"My mother was told I was going to be either a writer or a serial killer," Blacc Topp told Webb during the visit. She encouraged him to write down the stories roaming in his head. The Hustle Chronicles are part of that written therapy.

Blacc Topp shared with those in attendance at Appetizers Restaurant that he has been able to not only inspire others with his work but it's a personal accomplishment for him as well. Outside of writing music is also a passion of his, and each book that he sold came with a soundtrack featuring Blacc and other artists.

Discover more about the author and his work at www.mrblacctopp.com.

Conversations Book Club's March Event: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Thanks to everyone who made the Conversations Book Fair at Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS with authors Beverly Coleman, Shane Etter, Glenda Hunter and Floyd Williams a success on Sat. March 23, 2013.

Before the book fair began Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Media Group, had the opportunity to interview authors Floyd Williams and Glenda Hunter for a segment of "The Write Stuff" that will be a part of "Conversations with Cyrus Webb". (video coming soon)

To find out more about upcoming events with Conversations Book Club bookmark www.conversationsbookclub.com. You can also contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tues. Marc 19th: Author Blacc Topp Comes to Mississippi

In his first literary event in Mississippi author Blacc Topp stops by Appetizer Restaurant (3000 Hwy 80 E * Pearl, MS) Tue. March 19th beginning @ 7:30p.m. to discuss his journey as a writer and to sign copies of his books THE HUSTLE CHRONICLES 1 and 2.

"It's an honor to host Blacc Topp in the Magnolia State," says Cyrus Webb, President of Conversations Book Club. "It's a special occasion, and we hope other book lovers will join us in celebrating the visit."

The event is free an open to the public. Appetizers will have food specials available and copies of Blacc Topp's book will be available for $12 each or 2 for $20.

For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit Blacc Topp online at www.facebook.comhustlerschronicles1. Conversations Book Club can be found online at www.conversationsbookclub.com.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

(March 23, 2013) Conversations Book Fair in Pearl, MS

Conversations Book Club hosts its next book fair on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) from 1-3p.m. The event will be featuring authors Beverly Coleman, Shane Etter, Glenda L. Hunter and Floyd Williams.

The event is free and open to the public, however, each author will have 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 16, 2013

(Sat. Feb. 16, 2013) Conversations Book Fair: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

(Saturday, February 16, 2013) Thanks to authors Darlene Collier, O. C. Browley, Tracy Summers and Josiah Young as well as Glenda Hunter for making the March Conversations Book Fair a success!
The four authors were able to be a part of a special event at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS, meeting book lovers and fellow authors.









Look for many more author events to come to Mississippi through Conversations Book Club throughout the year. Visit www.conversationsbookclub.com to stay updated.

Monday, February 11, 2013

(Sat. Feb. 16, 2013) Conversations Book Fair in Pearl, MS


COMING SAT. FEB. 16TH: Conversations Book Club's first book fair of 2013! Join authors Darlene Collier, O.C. Browley, Tracy Summers and Josiah Young as well as Glenda L. Hunter at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS) from 1-3p.m.  Admission free but each author will have their books available.


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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mississippi Welcomes Bestselling Author Treasure Blue, Feb. 8,9th


He has been one of Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb's favorite authors since 2007. Now we can confirm that bestselling author Treasure Blue (Harlem Girl Lost, A Street Girl Named Desire and Keyshia and Clyde) will be visiting Mississippi Feb. 8th and 9th with his new book FLY BETTY.

"It's an honor to work with Cash Money Content and Treasure Blue on this visit," says Webb. He has had the honor of working with Cash Money Content on bringing authors Wahida Clark as well as Ashley and JaQuavis to the Magnolia State. "Having Treasure with us in his first literary visit in the state is something we have been looking forward to.

Below is the public schedule:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2013
11-1:30P.M. --- Gentry High School (801 B. B. King Road * Indianola, MS 38751)
4-6p.m. --- Barnes & Noble (1000 Highland Colony Parkway #3008, Ridgeland, MS 39157)
7:30p.m. --- Appetizers Restaurant (3000 Hwy 80 * Pearl MS)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013
9-10a.m. --- "Breakfast with Books" (Subway inside Wal-Mart Supercenter * Pearl, MS)
11-1:30p.m. --- Books A Million (4950 Hwy 55 N, Jackson, MS 39211)

FLY BETTY is due out February 5, 2013 and is available for pre-order now. You can stay in contact with Treasure Blue on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Treasurewrites and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/treasureblues.readers.

All events are free and open to the public. Have any questions about this special visit? Contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.conversationsbookclub.com or www.mississippireads.com.