Authors Tell Jokes, Too: Behind Serious Authors

Authors Tell Jokes, Too: Behind Serious Authors

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SERIOUS AUTHORS TELL JOKES, TOO!

I write books that deal with serious issues, but I’m such a funny person too. I make jokes all the time. I’m the comedian of the family. I was recently asked to write an article about my seriousness. I would imagine that other authors who write serious books have a funny side as well. Here’s a link to the article that I wrote about being so serious.

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Accused Named Top Five Indie Book by Wordtrance

Accused Named Top Five Indie Book by Wordtrance

ailyn5staraccusedI am pleased to announce that Accused was recently named a Top Five Indie Book by Wordtrance. The list was created by Aliyn Koay who is a book reviewer. I appreciate this honor. If you’d like to see the other four books that were included on the list, please click here.

If you’d like to know more about Accused. Here’s the blurb:

The Retaliation Saga continues in Accused…

An easier and more…

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Violence in YA Books: An Author’s Perspective

Violence in YA Books: An Author’s Perspective

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I recently had the opportunity to discuss why I choose to write books that tackle serious topics. A series of questions were asked by The News In Books website and I loved sharing with them the motivation behind my books, storylines and characters. If you’d like to know why I tackle such serious subjects, please check out the article here.

Both Retaliation and Accused deal…

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Do Something About The Things That Bother You #podcast

Do Something About The Things That Bother You #podcast

Slide1Welcome to this episode of Live Better with your host, Yasmin Shiraz. Today’s tip actually came out of a place of anger. I was getting frustrated reading about injustices in America and throughout the world. I was tired of hearing stories of woe. And then something dawned on me. I was getting frustrated reading about these things because I think we need to be people of action, not simply people…

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Accused Nominated by the In The Margins committee

Accused Nominated by the In The Margins committee

ACCUSED 3DBOOKI recently was notified that my book, Accused: A Retaliation Novel #2 was recently nominated by the In The Margins committee.

ITM, under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth in Custody, strives to bring to light self-published and small press published titles by, for, and about people in poverty, on the streets, in custody, or otherwise living in the margins. Teens are the target audience…

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Review of Accused by The News In Books

Review of Accused by The News In Books

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REVIEW OF ACCUSED

I wanna thank Lisa and The News In Books family for including a review of Accused on their website. I’d love for you to read the review. Here’s the link:  http://www.thenewsinbooks.com/accused-a-review/

Accused is the second book in the Retaliation series. A blurb about the book is below:

The Retaliation Saga continues in Accused…

An easier and more peaceful life seemed to be…

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Devious Book Cover: Hip Hop Novel series continues

Devious Book Cover: Hip Hop Novel series continues

I owed the fans of Exclusive and Privacy this book!!! I’ve been years and years behind in writing this novel. But, I am proud to say that the book cover for Devious, the 3rd book in the Tisha Ariel Nikkole series is finally done!!! I’ve finally completed the manuscript and Devious will be in stores shortly. But, first, I wanted to share the new book cover. I hope you love it as much as I do. DeviousFINAL

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Improve Your Life: Honor Your Gifts #podcast

Improve Your Life: Honor Your Gifts #podcast

Slide1Welcome to Episode 21 of Live Better with your host, Yasmin Shiraz. Today’s tip deals with gifts, specifically your gifts. I believe everyone has qualities that make them unique and special. Sometimes we don’t know what our gift or gifts are. Sometimes we abuse our gifts and they disappear. Sometimes we don’t trust our gifts and so we never use them. Before you say that you don’t know what I’m…

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Scholarship for College Freshmen

Scholarship for College Freshmen

collegeThis year, in celebration of the main characters from Retaliation going off to college, my company, Still Eye Rise Media, LLC,  created a Retaliation Scholarship for previous readers of the Retaliation book. This is a scholarship for college freshmen.  In my book, Accused, Tashera and Ahmed leave Washington, DC and go off to college.

SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE FRESHMEN

I’m congratulating the…

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About Depression: Top Ten Tips

About Depression: Top Ten Tips

Slide1Comedian Robin Williams recent death has brought a spotlight on depression as suicide. I’ve studied depression and other mental illnesses as mental disease is something that has affected my family. I’ve heard some pretty ridiculous things lately about depression and I want to share a small list of things that I think everyone needs to know.

ABOUT DEPRESSION
  1. Many people suffer from depression and…

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