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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Conversations' 20 Indie Artists You Should Know 2017

Conversations' Cyrus Webb has interviewed over 200 recording artists during 2017 through Conversations LIVE radio show and Conversations Magazine. As the year is coming to an end he is excited to share 20 Indie Artists that he was introduced to through Conversations this year that he knows audiences will want to pay attention to headed into a new year.

CONVERSATIONS' 20 Indie Artists You Should Know (listed in no particular order)


  1. Jason Pure
  2. Sabrina Maria 
  3. HisStory
  4. Sam Rochford
  5. Elle Casazza 
  6. Marc Daniels
  7. Jahna Sebastian
  8. Frank Wade
  9. Eryn Woods
  10. James "Mississippi" Marshall
  11. John k.
  12. The Dynamos
  13. Phillip Brandon
  14. Steven Martinez
  15. Russell Taylor
  16. Camille Nelson
  17. Jay Elle
  18. Carmen Lundy
  19. Iyse Gibson
  20. Ali Caldwell

Friday, December 1, 2017

Conversations Presents Branden Nicholson's "31 Days of Inspiration"

Conversations Magazine is excited to share daily words of encouragement from celebrity model/fitness trainer Branden Nicholson of B. Nick Fitness in California. The purpose? To encourage the reader to be the best of themselves each and every day.

Take out time to visit our website each day to find a daily dose of motivation and visit Branden online at www.bnickfitness.com.

Day One:  New day, new attitude...Take control, stay positive and be great!
Day Two:   The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come.
Day Three:  If you're not growing, then you're not living. You should never be the same person two days in a row. Make it your goal to get better!
Day Four: When you are going through something hard and wonder where GOD is, remember that the teacher is always quiet during the test.
Day Five: Don't give up on what God has called you to do. The end result is worth the pain. Keep the faith.
Day Six: Today is all about choices. Choose to count your blessings rather than your problems!
Day Seven: You may be the only one that can see your vision, but if you can see it that's all that matters.
Day Eight: Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
Day Nine: The same people that are hoping you fail will be the same ones that will have to watch you succeed. Never stop. Always keep going!
Day Ten: The WRONG people in your life will keep the RIGHT people out. You've only got a few spaces so choose well!
Day Eleven: You are where God wants you to be at this very moment. Every experience is part of His divine plan.‪
Day Twelve: All liabilities must be let go! If they aren't building you up then they're tearing you down.
Day Thirteen: An original is always worth more than a copy. Be original!
Day Fourteen: When you focus on problems, you'll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you'll have more opportunities.
Day Fifteen: People who judge you by your past don't belong in your present.‪
Day Sixteen: Look around...Is this where you wanna be? If not, now is the time to decide to change it! The power lies in you.
Day Seventeen: Don't let your thoughts talk you out of the changes you want for yourself. Your body can do anything. It’s just your brain you have to convince! ‪
Day Eighteen: Get up & Go forward! Let go of the past so you'll have a free hand to open the door to your future!
Day Nineteen: They can copy you but they can't be you. Just keep being a better you and get a kick out of them trying to keep up.
Day Twenty: There are quick fixes for everything in life, but greatness is not achieved in one day. It is a process that each of us must experience.
Day Twenty-One: Don't let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.
Day Twenty-Two: You can't expect to live a positive life around negative people.
Day Twenty-Three: I Will NEVER lower MY standards, to RAISE someone else's!
Day Twenty-Four: Direct your thoughts today because your thoughts will direct your day.
Day Twenty-Five: ‪Temptation doesn't surrender. You have to come ready to fight everyday!
Day Twenty-Six: If you don't invest in yourself then your dreams will go bankrupt.
Day Twenty-Seven: Not everyone's opinion should be relevant in your life. Stop making irrelevant people relevant.
Day Twenty-Eight: Never let your,"mind"bully your body!
Day Twenty-Ninth: One day, you'll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.
Day Thirty: Want to see your biggest opponent? Look in the mirror.
Day Thirty-One: Don't stress. Do your best. Forget the rest

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Conversations Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2017


Inspiration. Motivation. Reflection. Action.

These four words define the 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2017 as chosen by Conversations' own Cyrus Webb. An avid reader and someone who appreciates the importance of sharing the stories of others, Webb has chosen the books that spoke to him throughout the year and he believes will do the same for others. 

Conversations' Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2017 (listed in no particular order)
  1. This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Star by Gabourey Sidibe (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  2. The Ken Commandments by Ken Baker (Convergent)
  3. The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe (Scribner)
  4. Life Is Like A Musical by Tim Federle (Running Press)
  5. Take the Lid Off by Smokie Norful (Thomas Nelson)
  6. When Soulmates Unite by Christina Renee Joubert (Teaching the World to Love, LLC)
  7. Eyes on the Prize by Carrie Williams
  8. The Not So Subtle Art of Being A Fat Girl by Tess Holliday (Bluestreak Books)
  9. Find and Follow Your Inner Compass by Barbara Berger (O Books)
  10. Hope for the Caregiver by Peter Rosenberger (Worthy Inspired)
  11. Find Your Soul's Purpose by Janet Conner (Conari Press)
  12. Teeth by Mary Otto (The New Press)
  13. The Path to Personal Power by Napoleon Hill (Tarcher Perigee)
  14. Reclaiming Your Body by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana (New World Library)
  15. The Art of Connection by Michael J. Gelb (New World Library)
  16. On Edge by Andrea Peterson (Crown)
  17. The Difference by Subir Chowdhury (Crown Business)
  18. Beer Money by Frances Stroh (Harper Perrennial)
  19. Spark by Angie Morgan, Sean Lynch and Courtney Lynch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  20. The Trauma Heart by Judy Crane (Health Communications, Inc.)
  21. Before Empire by Andria Mayberry (The TMG Firm)
  22. A Body of Work by David Hallberg (Touchstone)
  23. Dare to be Kind by Lizzie Velasquez (Hachette Books)
  24. Deep Water by Katherine Nichols (Simon Pulse)
  25. My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach (Harper Wave
  26. Social Media Wellness by Ana Homayoun (Corwin)
  27. Rule #1 Don't Be #2 by Daniel Milstein (Gold Star Publishing)
  28. Alger Hiss: Framed by Joan Brady (Arcade)
  29. Two Minute Mornings by Neil Pasricha (Chronicle Books)
  30. Being the Change by Peter Kalmus (New Society Publishers)
  31. Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo (Random House)
  32. Not a Perfect Fit by Jane A. Schmidt (She Writes Press)
  33. Code Girls by Liza Mundy (Hachette Books)
  34. The Song and the Silence by Yvette Johnson (Atria Books)
  35. Power Down and Parent Up by Holli Kenley (Loving Healing Press)
  36. ChangeAbility by Sharon Weil (Archer/Rare Bird Books)
  37. Unsinkable Faith by Tracie Miles (David C. Cook)
  38. Of Bees and Boys: Lines From A Southern Lawyer by Allen Mendenhall (Red Dirt Press)
  39. Live, Love, Explore by Leon Logothetis (Reader's Digest)
  40. Let the Story Do the Work by Esther K. Choy (Amacom)
  41. Knowing Is Half the Fight...Cooking is the Other by Darnell 'Super Chef' Ferguson
  42. Off the Cliff by Becky Aikman (Penguin Press)
  43. Fault Lines in the Constitution by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson (Peachtree)
  44. The Awakened Woman by Dr. Tererai Trent (Enliven Books/Atria)
  45. The Hidden School by Dan Millman (North Star Way)
  46. Fasting and Feasting by Adam Federman (Chelsea Green)
  47. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (Random House)
  48. Chasing Famous by Lisa Lloyd (New Hope Publishers)
  49. Living in the Darkest Life by Joyce Edwards
  50. Insight by Tasha Eurich (Crown Business)

Conversations' Top 50 Fiction Books of 2017

Conversations Book Club is excited to announce 2017's Top 50 Fiction Books of 2017. Keeping with its commitment to spotlight books from authors around the world, this year's list is one of its most diverse to date. Compiled by media personality and author Cyrus Webb, it is Conversations' hope that you will find titles you will enjoy yourself and will share with others.

Conversations' Top 50 Fiction Books of 2017 (listed in no particular order):
  1. Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson)
  2. Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon (Ballantine Books)
  3. Ashes by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  4. Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda (Graydon House)
  5. The 5 Manners of Death by Darden North (Word Crafts)
  6. Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren (Dafina Books)
  7. Inside V by Paula Priamos (Vireo/Rare Bird Books)
  8. When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (Lake Union)
  9. Roxie and Fred by Richard Alther (Regent Press)
  10. Fairytale by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press)
  11. The Idea of You by Robinne Lee (St. Martin's/Griffin)
  12. I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (St. Martin's Press)
  13. All About Him by Pat Tucker (Strebor Books)
  14. The Address by Fiona Davis (Dutton)
  15. Love Me For Who I Am by Sonya Visor (Covenant House Press)
  16. A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow (Thomas Nelson)
  17. That Church Life 2 by Teresa B. (Walking In Victory)
  18. Love Thy Neighbor by Linda Bello-Ruiz (Mariah Publishing)
  19. The Burial House by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central Publishing)
  20. The Answer by Ray Faulkenberry
  21. Code For Murder by Eliot Parker (Black Rose Writing)
  22. Yesterday Was A Long Time Ago by Selena Haskins (Calidream Publishing)
  23. A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti (Abingdon Press)
  24. Legacy by Jacquelin Thomas 
  25. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez (Knopf)
  26. And Then There Was Me by Sadeqa Johnson (Thomas Dunne Books)
  27. Florida Gothic by Mitzi Szereto (Strange Brew Press)
  28. Just In Time by Joan L. Jackson (She Writes Press)
  29. Welcome to My World by Curtis Bunn (Strebor Books)
  30. Book of Judas by Linda Stasi (Forge)
  31. The Dating Bender by Christina Julian (Limitless Publishing)
  32. Beneath the Trees by Laurel Saville (Kindle Press)
  33. Grains of Truth by Elizabeth Ferry-Perata (3L Publishing)
  34. Catcher, Lover, Spy by David W. Huffstetler (Becher House Publishing)
  35. Cashed Out by Michael H. Rubin
  36. All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster)
  37. Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton)
  38. A Fine Line by Dan Burns (Chicago Arts Press)
  39. L.A. Husbands and Wives by Marissa Monteilh
  40. I'm Frustrated: Thoughts Becoming Words by Dirty Dollar (Book Baby)
  41. A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber (Midnight Ink Books)
  42. Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell (Prospect Park Books)
  43. There's More Than One Way Home by Donna Levin (Chickadee Prince Books)
  44. Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publishing)
  45. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (Harlequin Teen)
  46. My Abnormally Normal Life by Kenny L. Mitchell (The Heavenly Expressions)
  47. At Wave's End by Patricia Perry Donovan (Lake Union)
  48. The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (Lake Union)
  49. Forever Is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan (Lake Union)
  50. Desert Kill Switch by Mark S. Bacon (Black Opal Books)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Conversations' Top 20 Books for Young Readers in 2017


For Conversations Media Group founder Cyrus Webb 2017 was the year of amazing books. "There were so many great ones that came our way this year," he says. "Conversations is glad to be able to share its favorites with the world and hopefully help others find something that will entertain, educate and inspire them."

This year's Top 20 Books for Young Readers continues Webb's mission of spotlighting books that others might have heard of that he had the pleasure of enjoying as well as lesser known titles and authors that he feels as though deserve recognition.

Without any further ado, here is this year's list (listed in no particular order):

  1. I Am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer (Dial Books/ Penguin Young Readers Group)
  2. London & Sydney Explore the World: Texas by Kellen & Berthina Coleman  (Fomenky Publishing)
  3. Listen by Leda Schubert (Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press)
  4. Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan (Chronicle Books)
  5. Shaken: Young Reader's Edition by Tim Tebow (Waterbrook)
  6. We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio (Alfred A. Knopf)
  7. Larry the Alligator Makes Friends by LaDonna Marie (Createspace)
  8. The Big Adventures of Tiny House by Susan Schaefer Bernardo (Inner Flower Child Books)
  9. Champion Immortal by Brian Thompson (Great Nation Publishing)
  10. The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie (Weinstein Books/Perseus Books)
  11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)
  12. Girls Who Code by Reshma Saujani (Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group)
  13. Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat (Harper Collins)
  14. Counting Sea Life with the Little Seahorse by Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent 
  15. The Cool Thing About Being Yourself by Ethan Wheeler (Createspace)
  16. Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim (Abrams Books)
  17. Welcome to Wonderland: Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
  18. The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  19. Please Explain "Terrorism" to Me! by Laurie Zelinger, PhD (Loving Healing Press)
  20. Animal Ark by Kwame Alexander (National Geographic Kids)
All the books in this year's list are available on Amazon.com.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Media Personality/Author Cyrus Webb Releases New Book, WORDS THEY CHOOSE TO LIVE BY

 What do actress Chandra Currelley, bestselling author Jackie Collins, actors Isaiah Washington, Philip K. Boyd, Kim Coates and Jamie Kennedy as well as comedians Cocoa Brown and media personality Leeza Gibbons all have in common? They all made a choice to live life on purpose.

 In his first inspirational book WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY Mississippi’s own media personality and author Cyrus Webb shared with you his own daily mantras that have helped to keep him focused and grounded as he was striving to walk in his purpose. Now he is excited to announce that in his new book WORDS THEY CHOOSE TO LIVE BY he’s sharing over 30 profiles of individuals he has met and interviewed who have not just embraced the power of words but used them to find success in their fields. Award-winning authors, filmmakers, actors, producers, comedians, recording artists and entrepreneurs reveal how they have stayed the course in the face of challenges---and how you can do the same.

The book WORDS THEY CHOOSE TO LIVE BY (featuring Webb and actress/recording artist Chandra Currelley of the hit show FOR BETTER OR WORSE on the Oprah Winfrey Network on the cover) is available on Amazon.com at www.tinyurl.com/wordstheychoose. Webb’s first book-signing in Mississippi for the project will be Sat. August 5th from 11-1p.m. at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road * Pearl, MS). Copies of the book are only $12 or you can purchase 2 for only $20. Autographed copies of the book are available for only $15, including shipping at www.paypal.me/cyruswebb/15

For more information contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or at 601.896.5616. You can also stay updated on his website www.cyruswebb.com.