Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Today I have the pleasure of featuring 
Sheila Goss on her book tour promoting The Joneses

Tell us about your book - THE JONESES?

In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.

On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I came up with the idea for The Joneses by taking the concept, "Everybody wants to be like the Joneses" and writing my own interpretation.

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

I wanted to show that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Some people miss out on happiness trying to compare their lives with someone else's life; never knowing what the other person has to go through.

Where can visitors find you online?

Website: www.sheliagoss.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shelia.goss
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sheliamgoss
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ohsheliag

What inspired you to write this book?

I'd been wanting to write a family drama and it just seemed like the right time to do so

What’s next for you?

2014 is off to a good start. I have several pending projects that I hope to finalize in the first quarter. I'm working on a couple of new books as well as writing a couple of screenplays. Thirsty-The Movie, that's based on one of my original screenplays, has a Facebook page. To keep up with the process of what's going on with the movie, be sure to "like" the page: https://www.facebook.com/theThirstyMovie

To keep up with all of my projects, be sure to bookmark my website www.sheliagoss.com.

How can someone get a copy of the book?

The Joneses is available in stores everywhere on February 18, 2014.

It is also available online. Order your copy directly from Simon & Schuster (http://books.simonandschuster.com/Joneses/Shelia-M-Goss/9781593095222) or purchase from other online retailers such as:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1593095228/simonsayscom
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-joneses-sheila-m-goss/1115884720?ean=9781593095222

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781593095222

Tell us about yourself?

I am from Louisiana – home of good food and good people (smile). I’m also an alumni of Southern University. I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old. When I was in elementary school, my teachers submitted my poems to Seedlings. In school, I’ve been on the yearbook staff, newspaper, etc. I decided to pursue writing as a career back in 1997. My first published book outside of school was actually a collection of poems. It was called Embraced by Love – The Relationship. Since then I've written poems, lyrics, short stories, screenplays and novels. THE JONESES is my seventeenth book in print.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?

 I didn't run into any difficulties while writing this book.

Did you have to do any special research for your book?

I didn't do any special research for The Joneses.

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?

Writing is a desire that's within me. I feel that it's one of the talents that God blessed me with so I write. Writing has always been a part of my life. I've been writing since I was 9 years old.

In five words describe your book?

captivating, family, page-turner, revenge, scandalous,

More About the Author: Shelia Goss writes in multiple genres. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…” She's received many accolades in her career, including being a finalist in the mystery category for the 2013 AA Literary Award Show and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist. Her books have been on several best sellers lists, such as: Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Black Expressions Book Club. Shelia loves to hear from readers so feel free to contact her via her website: www.sheliagoss.com or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sheliagoss or Twitter: www.twitter.com/sheliamgoss.


Lexi Jones, one of the main characters, from THE JONESES loves her handbags so it’s just befitting that the grand prize be a handbag. Contest ends on February 25, 2014.

One (1) random entrant will receive a small Coach handbag {Retail value: $188.00, 10 3/4″(L) x 7″(H) x 3 1/4″(W)} and Bath & Body Works minatures (Retail value: $19.75)

One (1) random entrant will receive an autographed copy of Montana’s Way.

Ten (10) random entrants will receive the electronic version of the book Hollywood Deception.

Open to U.S. & Canada residents only. Avoid where prohibited by law.

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