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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Donna Hill and Connie Briscoe Interviews Coming Soon

This week has been hectic. I'm trying to get my blog mojo back. What have I been up to? I've been putting the finishing touches on my book with my editor. It's like going to school. I'm thrilled when she sends my work back to me and I notice there is not alot of red. Then there have been a couple of times when I see so much red, I am appalled at myself. But that's the great part of editing, getting it polished so the readers don't see red, right?

Well, my book is coming out this fall, it's called Waiting on Heaven. So stay tuned for that. Plus, I have an anthology called If I Had My Way, which is a collection of short stories due to release in September. Each short story will be sold separately or you can buy all ten short stories as a collection sold as an anthology. I will be giving away the anthology (all ten short stories) to the readers of my blog as an eBook for those that want to do a review, interview or just want it to read in exchange for an honest review on Amazon. My way of saying thank you for the support.

Also, next week I will be posting the book trailer for Waiting to Heaven and hopefully soon thereafter I will post the book trailer for If I Had My Way.

What else...hmmm. Oh I can't forget this. My interviews with Donna Hill and Connie Briscoe will be posted next week. I'm so elated. These two women are phenomenal. If you don't know who they are, I will give you a crash course. Ready?

~Donna Hill ~

She has more than fifty published titles to her credit since her first novel was released in 1990, and is considered one of the early pioneers of the African American romance genre. Three of her novels have been adapted for television. She has been featured in Essence, the New York Daily News, USA Today, Today’s Black Woman, and Black Enterprise among many others.

What Mother Never Told Me
Big Girls Don't Cry

~ Connie Briscoe ~
She  has had seven novels, one novella, and one nonfiction book published. Her first novel, Sisters and Lovers, sold more than 100,000 hardcover copies and about 500,000 copies in paperback. It's one of my favorites, I have it on my shelf now. So I suppose I was one of the 500,000.

Sisters & Lovers: A NovelMoney Can't Buy Love

Did that jog your memory? Hope so. If not, that's okay. I will bring you up to speed next week with each of their interviews. So stay tuned and check back because I always love your feedback.

Another giveaway, The Hill and Briscoe Book Giveaway, will run during the interviews with Donna Hill and Connie Briscoe. Winners will be chosen from followers who comment on the Donna Hill or Connie Briscoe interview. One winner will receive a book written by Donna Hill and the other winner will receive a book written by Connie Briscoe. Winners will be chosen by I will announce which book is up for the giveaway at the time I post the interview.


Also don't forget to enter the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop. I am giving away two lovely book baskets filled with lots of bookish treats and relaxation for U.S. residents. And $25 towards purchases at the Book Depository for international participants. So anyone can enter and win. Click Back to Books Giveaway Hop for more details.

That's all I got today. Stay tuned for the start of the blog hop and have a happy Wednesday.


  1. Congrats on all the exciting things happening Lena. You must be so thrilled about your book coming out soon. I'll keep a lookout for the launches :)

  2. Thank you Lan for the congrats. And please do keep an eye out. I appreciate it greatly.

    Hi Parrish, thanks so much for the congrats.

  3. Oooh Lena! Congrats on yours book coming out! That is super exciting! I don't know how you do all that you do. You're like superwoman. Do you have a cape stashed somewhere? Because you should.

  4. Thanks so much Jenn. I don't know how it gets done either. Some days it doesn't. *shoulder shrug* Somedays I feel like I have an S on my chest. :-) thanks so much for the support.

  5. Congrats on the book! Exciting!

    I love the cover on the Donna Hill book (with the umbrella). It looks very romantic.

  6. Thanks so much Chrisbookarama. I like the cover with the umbrella too. It tells more of a story.

  7. What a wonderful reason to be missing in action … congrats on getitng your book ready!! HOW COOL!

  8. Thank you Jenners. I am really excited and can't wait to share all my hard work with everyone.

  9. Eeek! I do think I remember you mentioning something about writing, but I didn't realise you have two books coming out.

    Very nice, Lena. Congratulations. The cover looks beautiful. You'll have to let us know what it's about etc. nearer the time.

  10. Can't wait to read those interviews Lena!

  11. I was so excited to see that cover! Gorgeous! Can't wait to check out your book! Good luck!

  12. Congratulations! I'm so, so excited for you! I didn't know you had one on the way! And what a nice cover!

  13. These are gorgeous book baskets! I hope you're having a fabulous weekend :)

    Also, I’m a new follower—wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too?

  14. I am so stoked about your book. I am gonna be like the Harry Potter people.....sitting and waiting till midnight then pouncing on it! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! too excited

  15. I read Lovers and Sisters! Can't wait to read both interviews, I'm sure they'll be great as usual.

    By the way, I wanted to mention two things:

    1. Your blog is one of the most organized and easy to follow for the Book Hop Giveaway. There are some that I visited and I still have no idea what I'm supposed to do.

    2. I just purchased Spying in Heels and Scared Stiff for my Kindle. I got them from the list on your left panel. I really liked the description of Scared Stiff. I have high hopes! As for Spying in Heels I'm a little leary. It sounds a LOT like a Stephanie Plum novel (and I LOVE Stephanie) so if I'm hoping its not some knockoff. We'll see!

    Anywhoo, thanks for the suggestions and good luck with the interviews!

  16. I read Lovers and Sisters! Can't wait to read both interviews, I'm sure they'll be great as usual.

    By the way, I wanted to mention two things:

    1. Your blog is one of the most organized and easy to follow for the Book Hop Giveaway. There are some that I visited and I still have no idea what I'm supposed to do.

    2. I just purchased Spying in Heels and

  17. I've read "What Mama Never Told Me" by Donna Hill. Donna Hill is one of my favorite authors. It's been a long time. Pretty sure I've read "Big Girls Don't Cry." Remember wanting to read more books by Connie Briscoe. I really luv C. Briscoe as an author too. Haven't read her newest book yet. Haven't read all of the books by neither author. Know both are wonderful authors. The best of success to you as an author too.

  18. I can't wait to read those interviews. I've read novels by both authors. Congratulations Lena!!!! I wish all of your efforts are abundantly blessed. thanks for checking on me, I literally dropped everything and took the next flight out of town. my dad was very, very ill with a 50/50 survivor chance. He is better now and I am breathing better also. I shall return in full force on Tuesday.


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