Thursday, March 7, 2019


Welcome to Nothing But Books

Today's Featured Author

Meiah Shaun

1)    I first want to thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to do this interview.  Speaking of your busy schedule you are one of the authors in the best-selling book Women Who Soar, tell us a about yourself?

I’m an author, playwright and a prophetic voice. My writings are faith-based messages where I link my personal life experiences with spiritual life lessons that I’ve experienced. My latest novel is, Burnt Orange,an inspirational coming-of-age story based on real-life events from my life. Other works include my stage plays My First Love & A Rich Woman's Party,published by HCP Book Publishing.

I’m a graduate of LeTourneau University and Touch of God Healing and Deliverance School of Ministry. I studied play writing at Dallas Theater Center. I’m a member of Christ Purpose International Church. I’m a native of Orange, Texas and currently reside in the Dallas, Texas area. 

2)    What’s the title of your chapter? 

A Crown of Beauty

3)    Tell us about your chapter?

This chapter ministers to the reader on inner healing and deliverance. I share my personal life experiences and provide life-changing content on the strategy to defeat emotional pain, distress and darkness. 

4)    What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your chapter?

My prayer is that the reader will receive revelation through the word of God and understand their spiritual authority. They no longer have to suffer from emotional hurts, wounds, traumas, fears, heart issues, character deficiencies and sickness. They will be able to identify the causes and the spiritual roots. And the reader will receive an impartation to break free from bondage and receive their divine healing through the love and power of Jesus Christ. 

5)    What inspired you to participate in this anthology? 

It was a goal of mine to do a collaborative writing project with other authors. When the opportunity presented itself, I knew that it was my prayer answered. 

6)    What’s next for you?

I’m preparing to produce my own stage play.  I’m currently working on the script. 

7)    What was the most difficult aspect of writing this chapter? 

Meeting the tight deadline but everything came together beautifully. 

8)    Why do you write? Is it something you've always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently?

I began writing poetry and short stories around age 8. Writing has always been my passion. In 2013, I began writing professionally and became a self-publisher.
During that year, I met some self-published Christian authors in a writer’s ministry group. I had no idea that I could self-publish as an alternative to a traditional publisher and a literary agent. 

9)    In three words describe your chapter?

1)   Anointed
2)   Epic
3)   Life-changing

10)How can people connect with you? 

On Facebook or Twitter under Meiah Shaun. My email is

Women Who Soaris a book collaboration project of women who stepped out on faith, launched their own businesses and released their dreams and purposes into the world. 

These powerful women have dispelled lies, overcome difficult challenges, refused to take no for an answer and are now soaring and creating the life they deserve. 

Their stories are moving, revealing, encouraging and empowering. They have resolved to use their testimony to pave the way for other women to soar into their destiny.

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a book tour for O’Shay & Sanaa by Jonas Brinkley. The tour will run March 4-15, 2019. Book your own tour here

Book Title: O'shay & Sanaa: An Urban Romance

Genre: Romance         

Book Release Date: March 21, 2019

Pre-Order: B & N Kindle

Currently an independent author, Jonas Brinkley was born in Georgia and was raised by his mother in Tift County. His writing talent manifested from his teen years and by the encouragement from his relatives and friends, he developed it by taking the relevant college courses that honed not only his writing skills but also knowledge on various fields like theosophy and business. He founded (Voice of My Ancestors) Voma Publications LLC. J. Brinkley’s unconventional philosophies about life and love are a gift that ought to be shared with the world via writing.

When O'shay London met Sanaa Holland, it was an instant attraction. They dated for a while and found themselves in love with each other. Finalizing their romance by tying the knot, O'shay and Sanaa found things between them starting to fall apart soon enough - happiness and fulfillment were replaced by grief and bitterness. As the couple grapples with the circumstances that change their lives forever, the question of what truly bonded them arose... LOVE, LUST or OBSESSION?

Sanaa sat in the dressing room of the breathtakingly beautiful Crystal Ballroom in Metro West, Orlando, Florida. The wedding area was adorned with eighteen dimming chandeliers, pipe and drape backdrops with up lights, Silver Chiavari chairs, high top tables, ivory linens, gorgeous aqua and silver floral arrangements, aqua candles, candelabras, and ceiling drapery. She still couldn't believe her wedding day had finally arrived. She had told her bridesmaids and her maid of honor to give her a minute to herself. Lana, Tasha, Renee, Niki, and her best friend, Bria, had been her girls since their early college days. She couldn't imagine this day without them. After Bria had finished applying the finishing touches to Sanaa's make-up, the ladies left the room and quietly closed the door behind them. 

Sanaa stared at her reflection in the mirror as she reminisced about first meeting O'shay. They were both college students at the time. He was studying at the University of Central Florida, working towards a degree in Aircraft Engineering. He had wanted to someday become a pilot and Sanaa was studying Criminal Justice at Keiser University. She aspired to be a criminal defense attorney. They were at Starbucks, both of them cramming for midterms. Sanaa tried not to stare when he walked through the door, but he was so handsome, he literally took her breath away. She noticed him watching her too. He appeared to be somewhat shy, and that's always a turn-on.
After a while, they both got up to leave at the same time and as fate would have it, they bumped into one another. They struck up a conversation and before parting, exchanged phone numbers and made plans to hook up. They were inseparable from that day forward. Now five years later, they both have promising careers and big dreams for their future. They were about to become husband and wife.

1. Why did you write this book/What was the inspiration behind this book?

A: I wrote this book because I know a couple who went through this situation. I think this story need to be told to the world. 

2. What makes this book different from other books?

A: I don't know. All I can say is my book is based on a true story. 

3. What’s the hardest part about being an author?

A: Well, being an author isn't hard but owning a business and having to learn about different subject matters and write is hard. Being a jack of all trades is a plus though. 

4 What do you love most about being an author?

A: I love the freedom to be able to express myself and address issuses that happen in our day to day life.

5. Who is your favorite author/what is your favorite book and why?

A: Omar Tyree (Fly Girl). The book has always stayed in my head. 

6. What advice would you give aspiring authors?

A: Find your own lane. Stay constant. Read more. Attend writing classes to enhance your writing. Network. Never stop investing in your projects.

7. What question or comment are you asked most frequently about your book?

A: How do I put my stories together.

8. Do you blog? What’s your blog site address? What do you blog about? 

A: Yes. I'm still learning about blogging. I'm starting with content marketing before diving straight into blogging. I have also posted my previous interviews on my website.  

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9. What events/book plans do you have coming up? 

A: I am setting up a few radio blogs and podcast shows with a few people. 

10. Describe your book in three words? 

A: Realistic, Suspenseful, Heartfelt.

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Friday, March 1, 2019


Welcome to Nothing But Books

Today's Featured Author

Dr. Elaine Gattis

1)First, I want to thank you for taking the time out of your very busyschedule to do this interview.  Speaking of your busy schedule, you are one of the authors in the best-selling book Women Who Soar, tell us aboutyourself?
I am Dr. Elaine Gattis, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. I am an affiliate professor of ministry at Ohio Christian University’s Morrow, Georgia satellite campus. I am also an author and an ordained minister of the Gospel, serving as the Executive Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia. Myhusband, Reverend Dr. Terrance Gattis, also serves as the Senior Pastor in the same ministry.  I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay, a Master of Divinity degree from the Emory University Candler School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.
2) What’s the title of your chapter? 
The title of my chapter is “Soaring into Purpose.”
3) Tell us about your chapter? 
The crux of my chapter is solidly basedon finding and embracing one’s purpose in Christ.  Everyone’s journey is different and unique, however, when we allow ourselves to be challengedbeyond our fears, insecurities, and the many setbacks we sometimes face, we will find that there is a purpose on the other side of everypain we encounter. While some people are born into what they believe to be their purpose and others discover their purposeat an early age, there are many others who decrythat they don’t know or are yetto discovertheir purpose.  I believe that this is often due to one’s inability to face the fears and giants that stand between them and their purpose, which in turn hinders their vision.  Our giants come in many forms, and minewas in the formof fear (fear of being alone and without the support of my family and friends).  Nevertheless, my faith and trust in God pushed me to take bold steps, face fears and journey to places that I would’ve otherwise never thought possible.  Before I knew it, I was doing more than taking steps. I began to soar into areas that helped me to embrace and further define my ownpurpose which impacted on my growth .  Now, I soar!
4) What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your chapter? 
My prayer is that others will read my chapter and discover that they can soar too.  I pray that others will be empowered and encouraged to move past their biggest fears to embracetheir challenges and move toward deeperand more meaningful lives.  It is importantto know this, andone must understand that it will not be an easyride. However, in the end, the rewards significantly outweigh the challenges.  God is faithful and will never leave nor forsake those who put their trust in the Lord. 
5) What inspired you to participate in this anthology? 
I was inspired to participate in the Women Who Soar anthology because I knew I had a story to tell that might help someone else spread their wings.  Moreover, I thought it would be an honor to be a part of such a greatproject. I am generally a very private person, and it is not always easy to be transparent and allow the world into one’s personal space. However, the women involved in this project all have very awesome and personal stories to tell and opening myself up to be a part of this was simply another effort at spreading my wings.
6) What’s next for you?
My husband and I started a publishing company last year called Pneuma Enterprises. The sole aim of the firm is to help others through the process of getting their stories published.  We have found that there are so many aspiring writers who don’t know where to begin after writing their story and have thus garnered much interest. I am looking forward to helping others get their stories published as well. Also, I am in the process of writing another non-fiction book about associate ministry.  This next book is pretty much involved and would keep me quite busy butI hope to have it completed by the end of this year. 
7) What was the most difficultaspect of writing this chapter? 
I know I can tell my story better than anyone else, and so writingthis chapter was not difficult for me at all. Nevertheless, if I had to choose one aspect of difficulty, it would be choosingwhat to leave in and what to take out in order tostay within the word limitations.  
8) Why do you write? Is it something you've always done or alwayswanted to do? Oris it something that you started fairly recently?
I have always written quite a lot and knewthat I was pretty good at it.  It was my writing skills that landed me in GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) as a young child.  I went to a predominately white school and was the only African American in the program atthetime.  As an adult,I journaled for several years and always wanted to write and at least get one book published.  Women Who Soar is actuallymy second published book.  My first was written and published academically as my doctoral dissertation butI wanted to write something more mainstream as well.  
9) In three words describe your chapter? 
Encouraging, inspiring, and motivating.
10) How can people connect with you? 
I can be reached by email at, on the internet at www.elainegattis.comor via Facebook at

Women Who Soaris a book collaboration project of women who stepped out on faith, launched their own businesses and released their dreams and purposes into the world. 

These powerful women have dispelled lies, overcome difficult challenges, refused to take no for an answer and are now soaring and creating the life they deserve. 

Their stories are moving, revealing, encouraging and empowering. They have resolved to use their testimony to pave the way for other women to soar into their destiny.


Write Now Literaryis pleased to be organizing a book tour for Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones. The tour will run February 25-March 1, 2019. Book your own tour here

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ISBN-10: 1501102443
ISBN-13: 978-1501102448

Genre: Historical

About Sherry Jones

Author and journalist Sherry Jones is best known for her international bestseller The Jewel of Medina. She is also the author of The Sword of Medina, Four Sisters, All Queens, The Sharp Hook of Love, and the novella White Heart.  Sherry lives in Spokane, WA, where, like Josephine Baker, she enjoys dancing, singing, eating, advocating for equality, and drinking champagne. 

 About the Book

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures.

Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.

In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.

With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

Sherry, tell us about yourself?

I’m a product of the American South, which I left as soon as I could. Having grown up in a military family, I’m accustomed to traveling, and have lived in the Southwest, Northeast, and, now, Northwest U.S. I have always loved to read since learning on my mother’s knee when I was 4. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was very young, but worked as a journalist for 30 years before writing my first novel, THE JEWEL OF MEDINA, which provoked death threats but became an international best-seller. I also work as a freelance writer for technology companies and a travel, food, and wine writer. I play classical piano, dabble in languages (Spanish, French, and Arabic so far), am happily single, love my friends and community, and am planning a trip around the world in 2020. 

Tell us about your book?

JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE is a biographical novel that explores how the first black superstar, Josephine Baker, transformed from a needy young entertainer raised in poverty and greedy for money and love to a heroic fighter against racism: as a spy for the French Resistance during World War II, U.S. civil rights activist in 1951, and mother to a “Rainbow Tribe” of children whom she adopted from cultures around the world to demonstrate that hatred is not innate, but learned.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book?

I hope JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE will contribute to the national and global conversation about racism: past, present, and future. I know that I learned many shocking things as I researched the book. But also, on a purely personal level, I hope readers will be inspired by Josephine Baker’s story and her example of what one person can do to make a positive difference in the world. She was so incredibly courageous, and her life story sets a bold and daring example for us all.

What inspired you to write this book? 

All my books are inspired by my own desire to contribute to the conversation about the issues that most concern women: oppression, patriarchy, religion (and women’s struggle for equality in the Christian and Muslim religious traditions), family, work, race, gender roles, and more. I think biographical fiction is a perfect platform for this exploration. I choose my protagonists according to what they and their lives can teach us today.
In fact, when I first read about Josephine Baker, I felt ambivalent. Her oldest “adopted” son (she never formally adopted him), Jean-Claude Baker, wrote a biography after she died that, while filled with invaluable factual details, portrayed her most unflatteringly. He even saw her work as a spy and outspoken anti-segregationist as self-serving: she loved the excitement and the attention, he said. I asked myself, “Do I really want spend the next several years of my life with this woman?” I read a few more books about her, though, and came to deeply admire her. She risked everything, and lost it all, for the 

What’s next for you?

I’m researching a novel that I hope will contribute to the conversation about gender identity. 

How can someone get a copy of the book?

Published by Simon and Schuster’s Gallery Books, it’s available online and in libraries and bookstores around the country. Barnes and Noble and Target stores both carry it currently.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book? 

JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE is structured around her last performance, which was a 50-year retrospective of her life in show business. The program didn’t follow her life chronologically and included several scenes that never occurred, so figuring out how to make my story work took me several drafts. My editor, Kate Dresser, was such a big help that I dedicated the book to her.

Did you have to do any special research for your book? 
Darn it, I had to visit Paris twice and New York once. J

Just for fun
Coffee or tea? 
Coffee with honey and cream.
Lights on / lights off?
3 things you never leave home without?
Good cheer, a sense of adventure, a good book.
Sleep in or get up early?
Either, depending on how much fun I had the night before.
3 celebrity crushes?
Josephine Baker, Julia Sweeney, Oprah, Joyce Carol Oates. I know, that’s four!
Tell us something no person knows about you.
I was French in a former life. 
Any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Garbage in, garbage out, so read only the best.
Any message to your followers?
Please write to me! It gets lonely in here. I promise to write you back.

Thanks Sherry for visiting my blog and much success on your tour.

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