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Guest Author Spotlight: Deborrah Cooper

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Hello Bookworms,

I know it has been a while since I blogged but I’m getting BOOKWORM back up and running and hope to have fresh content on a regular basis again. As I promised before this blog is about ALL THINGS BOOKS. That means content about books, authors, and anything other current events in the book, writing, and publishing worlds. In keeping with that promise, today I’m featuring a Q&A from well known author and advice columnist (as well as fellow blogger)Deborrah Cooper. I have been a follower of her YouTube channel and advice column for a few years now and I hope you will this Q&A as informative as I did and want to check out her blog  AND buy a book.

Q: I made your acquaintance because of an article you wrote that made the national news (I saw it on Michael Baisden’s Facebook page). The name of the article was “The Black Church: How Churches Keep African American Women Single and Lonely”. You also wrote a book on the subject called The Black Church: Where Women Pray and Men Prey, which I read and found very interesting. Your background is as a relationship expert. What made you decide to tackle this subject?

My primary market is African American women. And over the years I’d noticed a consistent pattern with the women who came to my AOL and web pages who were single – the majority were frequent church goers and said they believed in the word of the bible. Connecting the dots between the things the sistahs were telling me they were being told in church by their pastors, and the high number of single black women looking for their God-sent husband to be a church goer too – it was easy to see that they were being duped by the millions into believing in and hoping for something that was never gonna happen.

Black men, unless gay, married, damaged, very young or very old (and undesirable for marriage by a woman seeking a husband and children), are the only men up in churches. I wanted to point out the contradictions in the messages being given to single black women and the reality of the church environment. I also wanted to highlight the benefits that black pastors received from having hundreds or even thousands of single black women in their churches. Ultimately though, whether a black woman decided to go to church is her business. My goal was simply to point out that what you believe something is about, is not always what it really is.

Q: Can you expound a little more on your education and expertise in the area of relationship advice? What made you decide to become a relationship coach?

My major in college was communications, with a minor in psychology. I’ve always been a great listener – able to hear what people say as well as what they don’t say, and then ask some really hard-hitting questions that dug deep and get to the root of people’s issues within just a few minutes. That’s a skill set I’ve had since I was five years old my mom and aunts say, so I can honestly say I was born with this expertise. I believe that our path in live is fate. I didn’t choose to be a relationship coach – it chose me. People came to me for help, understanding, support, encouragement and guidance. I was able to provide it, and to do a really good job of understanding not only their problem, but how they got themselves into that mess in the first place. Based upon their belief systems, experiences, the mental messages they fed themselves, socialization – all kinds of things come into play to make us desire the things we desire, and make the choices that we make. My goal has always been to guide people, especially black women, to take a look at their choices with an open mind and ask themselves why. Who told you this was the best way to do things? The right way? Who told you that you had to say, look, act, talk, walk wear these things to get approval? Why do you feel you need others okay to be who and what you are? These and many other very probing questions form the basis of the advice that I give.

Q: I see that your latest book is about the vegan lifestyle. Can you describe it and discuss what made you transition into that lifestyle?

Hey my name is Ms. HeartBeat! Whether that heart is beating from love, or beating from health – the fact remains that the heart is central to the health and longevity of the body. I help guide sistahs to a healthier lifestyle in two ways – through diet and exercise (I was a nationally

certified Senior personal trainer for 13 years), and through education and advice about their interpersonal relationships. To me they tie together, as health encompasses the entire body our hearts and our minds. Black people are killing themselves with greasy, high sodium fast foods and chemically laden packaged imitation food products. Our ancestors never ate like that! Look at how many of us have high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, and diabetes! Look at all the kidney dialysis companies in black neighborhoods! We are killing ourselves with food and I thought it was high time to bring this to the attention of women who cook for their husbands and families. You cannot in good conscience keep giving them that garbage food and calling it love. I wanted to provide black people with options for eating an animal free diet with flavors that their palate was used to. That’s why I took a lot of my grandmother’s and aunt’s recipes, removed the salt pork, butter and bacon fat, and made them vegan. They taste very similar but have zero cholesterol, one-third or less of the sodium, and all of the flavor of the originals.

Q: If you would like to, you can use this space to promote one your works or your advice blog (shameless plug)

LOL! I would like to invite single women looking to understand why they’ve chosen the men they have and how to make better choices going forward to visit my blog and You Tube channel.

The blog, Surviving Dating (www.survivingdating.com), is designed for mature singles 30+. There is info for dating after divorce, as a single parent with one or more children, how to avoid becoming a “baby momma”, and how to figure out what it is you really NEED in a man vs what you’ve been wasting time with.

My You Tube channel was dormant for a few years while I wrote books, but I’ve finally revived it this past summer. I created a series of 25 videos exposing The Games Black Men Play to Make Black Women Jump Through Hoops. I talked about everything from why black men promote that “give a broke brotha a chance!” Mess to the men who manipulate women’s minds and behavior by holding marriage out as a carrot. Find all 95 of the videos on my channel at    http://www.youtube.com/debsterism.

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“Women Were Afraid to Speak Up — That’s What Made Recy Taylor So Important”: Director Nancy Buirski on The Rape of Recy Taylor | Filmmaker Magazine

Here’s another “internet find”. I hope you’ll find it as interesting as I did. I plan on finding the book and hope the film makes national distribution.

Women of Color Novel Writing Party #NANOWRIMO

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: from 5:30 to 7:30pm (EDT)
Location: Zora’s House
1311 Summit St.
Columbus, Ohio
43201

Hello Bookworms;

If you’re in the Columbus, Ohio and have a book/novel/etc. just WAITING to come out, go to the Women of Color Facebook Page under “Events” to make your reservation. The purpose of this event is to celebrate November as “National Novel Writing Month”.

There are 3 rules for partipation:

1. You can’t start writing until November 1

2. ALL WORDS COUNT!!! No perfectionism!!!

3. You must commit to writing 50,000 words by November 30 at 11:59 pm.

This party is for brainstorming and starting by writing your 1st 500 words.

Call 614-636-2594 for more details or visit their Facebook page. See you there!!!

Stage Play Review: A Kept Woman by Kelly Shaw Ministries

Kept= 1. (verb)Simple past tense and past participle of keep.

2. (adjective) having the expression of principles, ideas, etc., controlled, dominated, or determined by one whose money provides support.

Keep=1. (Verb) To hold or have the use of for a period of time.

2. To hold or retain in one’s possession.

3. To maintain in condition or order, as by care and labor.

4. To hold in a given place; store.

Hello Bookworms:

Here’s review I promised you. As you listen, keep the definitions of keep/kept that I have in bold print in mind. Here are the pictures I promised as well.

Diane: Kept by Drugs

Stacy: Kept by Insecurity

Kim: Kept by Distrust

Valerie: Kept by Regret

These pictures are of the four characters/scenes of the play.

And…..

Here’s me and the Queen Mother” enjoying the play.

Here’s my review (click here to listen )

Also, here’s Ms. Shaw’s web site information: kellyshaw.info

AND here’s a link to the King Arts Complex

I will be posting on my other blogs this week. Enjoy your week.

Concert Review: Columbus Symphony Orchestra featuring Guest Conductor Steven Hackman Presents TCHAIKOVSKY VS DRAKE

Here’s the review I promised from my Facebook live Friday along with pictures of the performers and renovations to the Ohio Theatre….

And here are the pictures of the renovations to the Ohio Theatre …….

As you can see. They did an excellent job. Here’s my review (click here to listen)

WOW! (Women on Writing) Blog Book Tour for Author Eric Trant’s Latest Novel “RISEN”

Hello Bookworms.

I am honored and privileged to be taking part in the WOW (Women on Writing) book blog tour for author Eric Trant’s latest literary work Risen. Many of you may remember Mr. Trant from his last novel Wink .

Below is a summary and review of his latest novel , along with links to Amazon.com (where it can be purchased) and the remaining dates for this month’s tour. Enjoy the tour and don’t hesitate to stop by the other participating blogs. Enjoy!!

Eric Trant’s “Risen”

Risen by [Trant, Eric]

Haunted by visions of a demonic angel and sold into servitude by his father, young Alberto battles to survive the horrors of a nineteenth century Sicilian sulfur mine.

Suffering merciless brutality, Alberto must save not only himself but his deformed older brother, both pawns in their father’s mad plan to overthrow a group of wealthy landowners.

Bound by a death-debt to his hunchback master, Alberto discovers a door the miners call Porta dell’Inferno, the Door to Hell, deep within the sulfur mines. When he learns the demon-angel of his dreams stalks the caverns beyond the door, Alberto realizes a strange fate has lured him and his brother to the gates leading to the underworld.

Now Alberto must face the creature from his visions and rise to become the man his father demands him to be, or remain forever trapped in a hellish world where none escape.

Print Length: 182 Pages
Genre: Historical Supernatural Fiction
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (August 15, 2017)
ASIN: B0746P5MTS

Risen is available in print on Amazon.

About the Author:

Eric Trant Head Shot

Eric resides in Dallas, TX with his wife and children, where he writes and manages his own business. His writing combines literary characterization with supernatural elements, all the while engaging the reader’s senses with constant movement and vivid settings. His books are designed to be one-sitters, meaning they can and should be read in one (or a few) sittings, owing to the fast-paced nature of the writing.

 

You can visit Eric at http://www.EricTrant.com, or see his blog at DiggingWithTheWorms.blogspot.com.
Review:

This is the third novel by author Eric Trant that I’ve had the pleasure to read. Risen did not disappoint! If you enjoy truly good story telling with a supernatural element, then Eric Trant is the author for you. He also manages to beautifully weave spiritual undertones into the story, which are subtle, but essential to the plot. I can’t imagine the amount of research that must have went into this book but it allowed him to paint a picture…stunning, terrifying visuals… that will haunt your dreams, for sure

(Courtesy of Darlene Abshier, 2017 Amazon.com)

Remaining tour dates:

Friday, September 8th @ Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton interviews Eric Trant about his latest novel Risen. You’ll want to learn more about this supernatural tale of fiction as well as the mastermind behind the dynamic writing.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

 

Monday, September 11th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Eric Trant visits Memoir Writer’s Journey and shares his thoughts with readers of Kathleen Pooler’s engaging blog. Today’s post title is: “Setting: Its Role in Storytelling”. Don’t miss this chance to hear from the talented Eric Trant and find out more about his latest book Risen.

https://krpooler.com/

 

Tuesday, September 12th @ Bring on Lemons with Tess Fallier

Tess Fallier is today’s guest blogger with a review and her thoughts on Eric Trant’s Risen. Don’t miss this blog stop!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Wednesday, September 13th @ Book Santa Fe with Crystal Otto

Reader and book blogger Crystal Otto reviews Eric Trant’s Risen  and shares her thoughts with readers at Book Santa Fe.

http://www.booksantafe.info/

 

Friday, September 29th @ Coming Down the Mountain

Eric Trant is today’s guest author at Karen Jones Gowen’s blog Coming Down the Mountain. Read Eric’s guest post titled “Luck: Its Role in Success” and find out more about his latest thriller Risen.

http://karenjonesgowen.blogspot.com/

 

 

Concert Review: Kool and the Gang

Here’s my concert review for the Kool and the Gang show at Lock 3 in Akron, Ohio.

As you can see, it was pretty drizzly and wet, but we still had a good time.

And as you can see, the weather didn’t stop our fun or slow down our good time.

Click here to hear my review,

Concert Review: 90’s Fest in the Columbus Commons

Hello Bookworms,

Here’s my review of the 90’s Fest that took place at the Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus Ohio. Here are pictures from the event:

And here is some concert footage of the bands…..

From the top down are: DJ Suga Ray, C and C Music Factory, Saved by the 90’s, and 17th Floor.

And next are the headliners, TLC….

And here’s my review (click here). I had a blast!! For my next planned concert I’ll be returning to Lock 3 in Akron, Ohio to see Kool and the Gang, September 2. Hopefully, I’ll see you there.