Monday, June 23, 2008

ChickLitGurrl Interviews Love Inspired Author Lisa Mondello

ChickLitGurrl Interviews Love Inspired Author Lisa Mondello

Starting today, ChickLitGurrl will begin her interviews that will feature authors from specific publishing houses. TODAY, her stop is at Love Inspired, an inspirational imprint of Harlequin.

First author up? Lisa Mondello, whose ninth published novel, an Inspiration Suspense called Her Only Protector, will be published August 2008 by Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense.

Check out an EXCERPT:

CLG: How difficult is it for you to integrate the suspense genre into your inspirational stories?
LM: Suspense comes naturally for me. My first manuscript, written 17 years ago, was supposed to be a Harlequin Romance type book. Dead bodies ended up in it and the heroine was running for her life. I love suspense so it's not difficult for me to put it in my stories.

CLG: Now that your novel is set for release, promotion arises. What have you done and what do you plan to do - as author - to help promote HER ONLY PROTECTOR?
LM: I plan on doing some booksignings and continuing with my blog with other Love Inspired Suspense authors at I love hearing from readers so I always like to get emails and mail and I love writing back. I've developed a few friendships with some readers who contacted me at Cradle of Secrets was published.

CLG: What are three adjectives that best describe HER ONLY PROTECTOR?
LM: Edgy, fast, and romantic.

Want to check out the rest of the interview and leave comments! Want to learn about advertising opportunities and how your book can make it onto the new BOOK BYTES?


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Have You Found YOUR Writing Voice?

Have You Found YOUR Writing Voice?

Today over @ Blogging in Black, the original chicklitgurrl™ - MOI - discusses why it's important for writers to find their voices; I also talk about how aspiring writers can begin to find their voices.

Definitely come back and check out my commentary, and PLEASE take the time to leave a comment - let me know you stopped by!

Here's the (LINK)!!See you there!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Why Should You Subscribe to ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING?

Initially, author-editor-educator-everywoman Shon Bacon created the blog ChickLitGurrl as a way to express her angst as she tried to break BACK into the publishing industry as a solo author, but she quickly realized that she cared more about words and writing and talking about writing with other writers than she did waxing pathetically about her rejection woes. Thus, ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING was born.

Since 2005, Shon Bacon has interviewed several women writers to include Marissa Monteilh, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, Abiola Abrams, Patricia Sargeant, M.J. Rose, Angela Henry, P.C. Cast, Brenda Janowitz, Electa Rome Parks, Libby Street, Bettye Griffin, Donna Hill, Kayla Perrin, Mary Castillo, Deanna Carlyle, Karen Siplin, Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Melissa Senate, Reon Laudat, Alesia Holliday, Jennifer O'Connell, Bernice McFadden, Gena Showalter, and Carly Phillips.

Starting at the end of this month, CLG will be interviewing authors from various publishing houses: the first three houses/imprints will be Harlequin/Steeple Hill (Love Inspired/Love Inspired Suspense), Kensington/Urban Christian, and Simon & Schuster/Strebor Books...

In the future, CLG will also interview those people who help authors SHINE - publicists, editors, agents, etc.

To SUBSCRIBE to the CHICKLITGURRL group and be kept abreast on new interviews and CLG-related information, click HERE to apply for group membership!

The Importance of the WORD: Death & Language

"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives" - Toni Morrison

I'm blessed for the WORD, whether it be the word of God or it be the words that I come in contact with as a writer.

One of the first classes I took while in pursuit of my MFA degree back in 2001 was Form and Theory of Poetry I. Even fiction writers had to take it, and I can see why. In this class, I learned to appreciate the word: the look of a word, the sound of a word, the way a word felt in my mouth when spoken, the relationship of a word to other words. I learned, truly learned, how to make meaning in a way that not only told a good story or revealed some great "truth", but also revealed remnants of myself.

Toni's right; we do die.

We live to die. That's the big thesis to which the essay on the meaning of life is constructed; it's the thesis we don't want to talk matter how inevitable it is.

Toni's also right when she says we do language, too.

Our time here on Earth is not in vain. Through the LIVING Word, through OUR words, we can leave traces of our journey, of our time, of our culture, of our beliefs, of our loves, of our losses, of our joys, of our heartaches -- of our TRUTHS.

And though we die, those who live, those who shall be born will be able to link themselves to our traces and build upon what we left behind.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

New Editorial Services...and Fees

To anyone who is interested in editorial services or know someone who is, I just wanted to let you know that my fees have changed effective June 1, 2008.

I currently edit short stories, novellas, novels, synopses, query letters, essays and articles, and screenplays.

With novels and screenplays, in addition to editing, I do a manuscript evaluation of the project.

For those who have ideas for stories but have NO IDEA how to get the story OUT, I offer my WRITERS BOOT CAMP, a four week, one-on-one program that will have you ready to jump into the story by week five!

To learn more about my editing, you can go to my page at Wordpress and click on the NEED EDITING? tab.

If you'd like to learn about fees and turnaround times, you can e-mail me at!

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Nubian Chronicles Mag Seeks Stories, Essays, Book Excerpts, Etc.!


The Nubian Chronicles Magazine ( is currently seeking submissions for its SUMMER 2008 issue, slated to be released on Monday, July 21, 2008. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 7, 2008.

DO YOU HAVE gripping stories, thought-provoking essays, engaging articles and commentaries you want the public to read? If so, then you definitely want to consider submitting to TNC's column: NUBIAN belles-lettres.

N b-l is our column dedicated to short fiction, essays, articles, and commentaries written by African American writers.

ALSO - if you have a book that's due out and you'd like to get a little promo for it, you may submit excerpts to your book along with other information for TNC to publish!

If you are submitting short fiction, essays, articles, and/or commentaries, please submit the following:
1) work to be published, no longer than 2,500 words (within the e-mail)
2) contact information (e-mail, website, myspace)
3) picture of you (if you would like)
4) short bio
5) one- to two-sentence teaser of your work

If you are submitting an excerpt of a published work, please submit the following:
1) excerpt of your work, no longer than 2,500 words (within e-mail or as a WORD attachment)
2) contact information (e-mail, website, myspace)
3) picture of you (if you would like)
4) short bio
5) book cover image (in .jpg or .gif file)
6) purchase link

@ TNC, we know that writers have their own individual literary flows, and for that reason, we do not limit writers as to types of work they can submit to us; however, we do not do PORN- or HATE-related material. If you wish to submit erotica, that is fine.

Again, the deadline for TNC's SUMMER 2008 issue is Monday, July 7, 2008.

E-mail ALL WORK to either or


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