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Bundle up… and read

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Bundle up peeps it’s a cold one…

Christmas shoppers on street, New York, ca_ 1900s

 

But of course keep it Klassy. Tell me how are you keeping warm on this cold, cold day or are you one of the lucky ones is shorts and flip-flops and some tropical local? Come on make me jealous. It’s ok. I’ll still love ya.

And Happy 123rd Birthday to literary pioneer Zora Neale Hurston. I’m thinking bundling up with a classic like Their Eyes Were Watching God would be great way to spend this cold day.

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All the best,

KMJ

 

image from Vintage Everyday

Where’s Waldo? … #RWA13 in pics

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

So I’m back from #RWA13, Romance Writer’s of America’s National Conference, which was held this year in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia. Not that I got to see much of Atlanta with all the workshops, and happenings at the hotel. It was quite the high time. Talk about busy and with so many attendees (the number was around 2000) I barely scratched the surface of all the creative greatness in that hotel. What a blast. I tell you was just honored to be in the house.

So here it is my #RWA13 in collage form. Can you spot some of your favorite authors? There are plenty of mine and these are only the few I got pictures of. Wowza!

 

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All the best,

Kwana

Pin Me Down… ATL bound!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

This week I’m heading to Atlanta and the Romance Writers of America National conference. I can’t wait. As a romance writer I’ll get to attend workshops on both craft and career and as fan all get to see, meet and interact with some of my favorite authors and some new and old friends. It should be a fantastic time.

If you are in the Atlanta area on Wednesday please come on out to the Literacy Autographing which is open to the public. Details here. You’ll get to purchase books from many of your favorite authors and have the signed. I can’t wait. I’ll be getting quite a few books signed by my faves and it’s all for a great cause. And if you happen to see me, though I won’t be signing, don’t hesitate to ask me to get pinned.

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You see, I have these fab pins made up for the conference. Wouldn’t you love to be pinned by Mark Thorn, my hero from Seduction’s Canvas? I know quite a few people who would. I’ll be back with you all soon and checking in on twitter as the week goes on. Have a great one!

Now if I could just stop packing shoes….

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All the best,

KMJ

Just One More Thing…

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Happy Monday! Wishing you all a fantastic week as I go into my final push on finishing up book 2 in my Creative Hearts Series. I know that by my Friday deadline I’ll probably be resembling the walking dead myself. It seems the book is never done until it is out of your hands done, so it’s down to the wire for me. Are you like that with projects that you have to get out? Constantly, moving them around, fidgeting and re-arranging until the very last minute?  Be it a huge project or an intimate dinner party? Please chime in and share you last minute thoughts.

And speaking of last minute… In these last few of Black History Month have you checked out the Black History issue of Shades of Romance Magazine?  I’m in there on page 32 plus a whole host of much more fab authors sharing their thoughts on Writing The Book and Black History. A wonderful read. Check it out here.

 

Have a great one!

 

All the best,

KMJ

 

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Putting Your Heart Into It…

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Happy Monday!

And good afternoon thanks to some not so fun blog uploading problems today. I’m hoping you had a great weekend. This weekend I went to the New Jersey romance writers Put Your Heart in a Book Conference. What a great time I had and it was so inspirational. But then again I always find it inspirational when I get with so many writer ladies (and a the few writer men) at these conferences. I attended many informative workshops that had me feeling both empowered and gave me lots of room for thought on where I can improve both my craft and the business side of things especially now that I have my first book out, Through The Lens.

And speaking of marketing Through The Lens, I was so happy that my first try at Goody Room swag was a success. I did these little bags with my postcard, some candy, a kaleidoscope and little camera that was all the DD’s idea. Yay! All my goodies got gone. Wait. Somehow that does not sound quite right but oh well. Now the DD is all ready to be my marketing manager. Hey, if it gives her a focus and a major than I’m all good with that.

TTL Swag

Below are a few pics and highlights from the weekend and the book signing. I wish I had more and I wish my cell camera was better. Sorry for the blurriness.

Golden Leaf Award winner Dee Davis. Congrats Dee!

RWA/NYC’s  Isabo Kelly and our newest little member on the way!

RWA/NYC’s – Karen Cino

Me and the fab Marie Force

RWA/NYC’s Tanya Goodwin

RWA/NYC’s Anna DePalo

RWA/NYC’s Lena Hart

And here should be the best pic of RWA/NYC’s Catherine Greenfeder.

But I goofed and it’s all super blurry. Please take this pic of her newest release Wildflowers in it’s place. So pretty huh? Please check it out.

Me and the lovely Angeline M. Bishop

And now I’m hanging up my badge till next year. Thanks RWA NJ!

All the best,

Kwana

 

 

Nope you can’t plan it… Interview with author Synithia Williams

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Don’t you just love finding new friends? I sure do and today I’m please to introduce you to a new writer friend and fellow Crimson author, Synithia William’s whose book YOU CAN’T PLAN LOVE has just come out this week.

 

Welcome Synithia and congratulations!

Thanks so much for having me over, Kwana! I love how the internet let’s me “meet” so many new people.

Now, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the book and loved it but can you tell the blog readers about YOU CAN’T PLAN LOVE?

Sure here’s a synopsis.

After several bad relationships, Kenyatta Copeland decides to control her love life with the same discernment she uses in her professional life.

Knowing firsthand the heartbreak that comes when desire and emotion rule a relationship, Kenyatta assumes marrying Brad Johnson will lead to a stable life. But as much as she believes she can plan her future, it’s hard to ignore the way her boss, Malcolm Patterson, ignites her passions with just one look. After Malcolm learns of her engagement, he makes a play for her heart and reminds her that passion between a man and a woman has its perks … but also its costs. When Brad suspects there’s more than work between Kenyatta and Malcolm, he works harder to keep Kenyatta by his side. Torn between her promise to marry Brad and her irrepressible longing for Malcolm, Kenyatta must decide if she can live her life in a passionless marriage of convenience or once again trust her heart. Yet Brad isn’t as perfect as he seems, and by the time Kenyatta realizes this it may be too late.

What drew you to writing romance, have you always been a fan of the genre?

I am a sucker for romance (as most of us romance writers are). I started reading romances in middle school and haven’t stopped since. Life is full of unhappy endings and negative emotions; I don’t see anything wrong with losing yourself in a romance novel and forgetting the harshness of reality.

You’re hero has a wonderful environmental connection. Is this something that’s close to your heart?

It is! In 2010 I was dubbed a “Green Queen” by our area’s largest newspaper. I spend my days working on sustainability projects (air, water, green business, etc.) when I needed a career for my main characters, it was easy to put them in the field of water quality. I felt most comfortable in my writing that way. I’ve noticed that in my other books, I throw in some type of “green” quality to the characters. I can’t help it, it’s ingrained in me.

Plus, Malcolm was a kind of fantasy for me. A tall, dark, handsome man who also loves the environment. Too often “greenies” are thought of as Birkenstock wearing, granola eating, tree huggers. I wanted to show that doesn’t have to be the case.

Now for one of my favorite questions: Please tell the story of your “overnight” writing success.

It feels like an overnight occurrence to me. I’ve written for years, off and on, without any real push to try hard. It was always a pipe dream to become a published writer. Then in 2010, a colleague packed up her stuff and moved her three kids and husband to Ohio so she could attend law school. It was a wakeup call. If she could go after her dream, then so could I.  If I wanted to be a writer I would have to actively pursue it. So that’s what I did. I finished my book in 2010, revised numerous times in 2011, got so many critiques that I can’t begin to thank everyone (but I can do a quick shout out to Ester, TJ and Danita), took webinars, read everything I could, noticed the trend in e-books and started querying e-publishers in 2012. I am so blessed that my turnaround was quick, because I know other writers are at this for years.

That is wonderful! Finally, please tell us what’s next for you?

I’ve finished my second novel about Malcolm’s brother and am awaiting feedback from beta readers. In the meantime, I’m writing my third novel about Malcolm’s best friend. Ideas keep popping up, so I have about three first chapters written to other novels I hope—no will—complete one day.

Thanks so much for being here today. It was a pleasure and I wish you much success with YOU CAN’T PLAN LOVE.

Thanks so much for having me, Kwana! Good luck to you, too. In case your readers don’t know, your hero (Alejandro) is hot!

Aww now I’m blushing. Thanks so much.

YOU CAN’T PLAN LOVE can be found here at: http://tiny.cc/x9k9hw or www.crimsonromance.com

And SYNTHIA can be reached at her website here: www.synithiawilliams.com

And on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/synithiarwilliams

And on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/@synithiaw

 

All the best,

Kwana

 

Really?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Thanks to the fabulous Jennifer Weiner for tweeting this video from the amazing Laura Zigman. Every Time that bunny says, “really” I said it too. Just perfect. Chime in with your opinion on smart vs. not so smart women writers. I think you know where I stand. Really.

 

Best,

Kwana

Under a Pile

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Of writing…

 

 

Best,

Kwana

 

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Summer Snow?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Well folks I’m leaving the NYC and am off to Colorado for a little summer snow.

Nah, not really turns out I won a cool contest and I’m off for some literary R & R at RomCon,  a conference for fans of romance, which I so am.

So there you have it. A few days of much needed rest, relaxation and book talk. All my faves!

 But just so I don’t get too relaxed I will take my laptop and ye old manuscript with me. Wouldn’t want it to miss me and all.

 

See you soon!

 

Best,

Kwana

P.S. Don’t forget Project Runway tonight #teamBert!

And the Fun Begins…

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Thanks once again for all of your well wishes for the Dear Twins and their graduation. It was such a great time and one of the happiest, proudest and most emotional moments of my life.

I wish I had a little more time to decompress but week the of RWA National excitement begins today and it’s in my town of New York! So I’ll be out and about at writing workshops, and book signing and hopefully meeting lots of friends I have not gotten to see since the last conference and yeah, making some new ones. It all starts tonight down in Soho at Lady Jane’s Salon. Better get my skates on!

 

Happy Monday!

Best,

Kwana

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