Conversations Mag March/April 2019

Conversations Mag March/April 2019
Feeding Your Love of Life!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Conversations' 20 Female Authors You Should Know (and Read) in 2019

by Cyrus Webb

There is always a good reason to read a great book, right?

Though March is recognized as Women's History Month, I'm excited to share with you 20 Female Authors You Should Know (and Read) not just this month but throughout this year.

  1. Stronger by Dr. Teresa A. Smith (PDG Branding & Marketing)
  2. Dare to Believe by Jessica Joines (Divinely True Publishing)
  3. My Child's Different by Elaine Halligan (Crown House Publishing)
  4. From Abuse to Abundance by Dr. Jamila Battle (Battle Publishing)
  5. Dear George, Dear Mary by Mary Calvi (St. Martins Press) 
  6. T.R.U.T.H. (Taking Responsibility Unleashes True Healing) by Mary Ellen Ciganovich (CMG)
  7. Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani (Currency/Penguin Random House)
  8. Addicted to Hate by Lucia Mann (Grassroots Publishing Group)
  9. An Unspeakable Secret by Glenda L. Hunter (Glenda L. Hunter)
  10. Daughters Betrayed By Their Mothers by Holli Kenley (Loving Healing Press)
  11. Sparks in Love by Susan Sparks (Bright Light Books)
  12. Butterfly Uprising by Ann Anderson (Page Publishing)
  13. Off the Beating Path by Danny Fisher (Danny Fisher)
  14. The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey (Lake Union Publishing)
  15. Louisiana Catch by Sweta Srivastava Vikram (Modern History Press)
  16. Blackberry Road by Jodi Lea Stewart (Sundown Press)
  17. The Painted Ladies by Sylvia Dickey Smith (Crispin Press)
  18. Stereotyped by Vick Breedy (Vick Breedy)
  19. Lesson Gifted Away by Tiera Nacole (Novel Nikki Publishing)
  20. The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann (Lake Union Publishing)

Conversations' 25 Women Changing the World in 2019

Conversations is excited to share this year's 25 Women Changing the World---and once again it's an amazing list of women who are making their mark and doing work that is satisfying for them and benefiting individuals around the world.

"This list is one of the most diverse we have done," says Cyrus Webb, Editor-In-Chief of Conversations Magazine and President of Conversations Media Group. "I'm proud of the fact we are able to share the work of nationally known individuals as well as those who are making their mark in the world."

Conversations' 25 Women Changing the World

Through Music
1. Dionne Warwick
2. Lady Gaga
3. Ali Caldwell
4. Milck
5. Ally Marks

Through Books
1. Sweta Srivastava Vikram
2. Victoria Christopher Murray
3. Glenda L. Hunter
4. T. M. Brown
5. LaDonna Marie

Through Business
1. Sally Krawcheck
2. Jasmine Star
3. Sunny Lenarduzzi
4. La'Ticia Nicole
5. Vick Breedy

Through Inspiration
1. Tess Holliday
2. Pilar Holland
3. Mary Ellen Ciganovich
4. Francine Falk-Allen
5. Bianca Harris

Through Entertainment
1. Viola Davis
2. Jenifer Lewis
3. Angela Bassett
4. Stacy Ike
5. Gina Prince-Bythewood

Friday, December 21, 2018

[To You,From Me] Be Determined to Win

2018 has been a year of extreme highs and lows for so many, including myself. I don't always get personal online but during this year I experienced the death of two aunts as well as health challenges with other family members and friends. I know that many of those who are connected with me have dealt with the same or even their own personal challenges and difficulties that has made the year harder than they would have liked.

It's easy to look at where you are right now and say that you'll never get where you want to go, or to wish that things could be different. The good thing is if you are here today. Right now. You have the ability to choose to win today. Maybe winning is different from what others are achieving, but giving it your best is the key to success.

This issue of Conversations Magazine is a celebration of life, of achievements and looking ahead. You'll be able to enjoy chats with the cast of one of my favorite shows on television, The Haves and the Have Nots as well as introductions to authors that have had a goal for themselves and in spite of what they could have done they saw it through all the way 'til the end.

This issue also introduces some great contributors to our readers. The "Joy Magnet" Shari Alyse, Fashion Contributor Gail Rayford-Ambeau and Fitness Contributors Ameerah Dean have great articles for you all, and we have a "31 Days of Inspiration" schedule from my friend fitness model and trainer Branden Nicholson.

No matter what comes your way today stay determined to win. I am living proof that behind every dark cloud is a ray of hope. You just have to look up to enjoy it.

Until next time!

Cyrus Webb, Editor-In-Chief
Conversations Magazine

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Conversations Top 50 Fiction Books of 2018

It has become one of Conversations' most prized reveals: what books read by Conversations Media Group founder Cyrus Webb are his top picks of the year?

Here you will find his choices for Top 50 Fiction Books of 2018. As over the past decade the list includes established voices as well as individuals who are rising literary stars.

(Listed in no particular order)

  1. The Cast by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press)
  2. I've Got My Eyes On You by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)
  3. Material Witness by Norwood Holland (Windmill Books)
  4. Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber (Midnight Ink)
  5. Welcome to Moonlight Harbor by Sheila Roberts (Mira)
  6. Sold On a Monday by Kristina McMorris (Sourcebooks)
  7. Envy by Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone)
  8. Somebody's Daughter by Rochelle B. Weinstein (Lake Union)
  9. The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie (Lake Union)
  10. Firestorm by Solange Ritchie (Stony Hill Publishers)
  11. The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing)
  12. Cowboy: A Story of Yakima Canutt by David W. Huffstetler (Becher House)
  13. The Other Woman by Daniel Silva (Harper Collins)
  14. Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan (Lake Union)
  15. Addicted to Hate by Lucia Mann (Grassroots Publishing Group)
  16. A War in the Bronx by A. Shane Etter (Thomas Max)
  17. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow/Harper Collins)
  18. The Painted Ladies by Sylvia Dickey Smith (Crispen Books)
  19. Death Logs Out by E. J. Simon (Endeavour Media)
  20. Faith Alone by Terri Ann Johnson (Brown Girls Books)
  21. Jenna's Case by Andy Siegel (Rockwell Press)
  22. The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers (Simon & Schuster)
  23. Louisiana Catch by Sweta Srivastava Vikram (Modern History Press)
  24. Skyjack by K. J. Howe (Quercus)
  25. The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone (Simon & Schuster)
  26. Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (Harlequin Teen)
  27. Green Dots by Anthony Marcello (Page Publishing)
  28. A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni (Thomas & Mercer)
  29. Somebody's Daughter by David Bell (Berkley)
  30. The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central Publishing)
  31. Vox by Christina Dalcher (Berkley)
  32. Blackberry Road by Jodi Lea Stewart (Sundown Press)
  33. The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes (Lake Union)
  34. Dog & B*tch Island by Robert Blake Whitehill (Calaveras Media)
  35. The Women on Retford Drive by Alretha Thomas (Diverse Arts Collective)
  36. Woman Last Seen In Her Thirties by Camille Pagan (Lake Union)
  37. Under My Skin by Lisa Unger (Park Row Books)
  38. The Epiphany by Alicia Rice (Alicia Rice)
  39. Deranged by Marcus Kimbrough (Xlibris)
  40. Tiffany Blues by M. J. Rose (Atria Books)
  41. Jinn by Jessica Cage (Caged Fantasies Publications)
  42. Three Showboxes by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  43. Another Bump in the Road by T.M. Brown (T. M. Brown)
  44. Appearances Too by K. Reshay (K. Reshay)
  45. The Unkind Hours by Dwayne Alexander Smith (D*mn Good Books)
  46. Another Chance with You by Jacquelin Thomas (Harlequin Kimani Romance)
  47. The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith (Margaret K. McElderry)
  48. Stereotyped by Vick Breedy (Vick Breedy)
  49. After Nightfall by A.J. Banner (Lake Union)
  50. As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner (Berkley)

Conversations Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2018

It has become one of Conversations' most prized reveals: what books read by Conversations Media Group founder Cyrus Webb are his top picks of the year?

Here you will find his choices for Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2018. As over the past decade the list includes established voices as well as individuals who told amazing narratives either about themselves or others.

(Listed in no particular order)

  1. Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times by Kate Davies (New Society Publishers)
  2. Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career On Screen and Behind the Camera by Bill Duke (Rowman & Littlefield)
  3. Youtube Secrets by Sean Cannell & Benji Travis (Sean Cannell & Benji Travis)
  4. Abyss: Thought Provoking Poetry & Prose by D.G. Torrens (D.G. Torrens)
  5. Thriving Through Uncertainty by Tama Kieves (Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House)
  6. The Soul of America by Jon Meacham (Random House)
  7. Letters to the Daughter I'll Never Have by Ashley Brown (Mezcalita Press)
  8. The Top 10 Rules For Success by Evan Carmichael (Evan Carmichael) 
  9. Heavy by Kiese Laymon (Scribner)
  10. Daughters Betrayed by Their Mothers by Holli Kenley (Loving Healing Press)
  11. Redlined by Linda Gartz (She Writes Press)
  12. PTSD to Freedom by Linda Diane Wattley & William Sumner (Linda Diane Wattley)
  13. T.R.U.T.H. (Taking Responsibility Unleashes True Healing) by Mary Ellen Ciganovich (Conversations Media Group)
  14. Not A Poster Child by Francine Falk-Allen (She Writes Press)
  15. Act Like You Love Yourself by Lester Greene (Infinity Publications)
  16. Last Trip Home by Wanda Maureen Miller (She Writes Press)
  17. Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice by Lawrence Goldstone (Scholastic Focus)
  18. Sit Down and Shut Up by Cinque Henderson (St. Martin's Press)
  19. The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams (Hachette Books)
  20. This Is the Day by Tim Tebow (Waterbrook)
  21. Black Coffee: No Sugar, No Cream by Regina Duggins (Gina Mocha)
  22. Delta Epiphany: Robert E. Kennedy in Mississippi by Ellen B. Meacham (University Press of Mississippi)
  23. Cracking the Boy Code by Adam J. Cox (New Society Publishers)
  24. Food Fight by Chef Gigi Gaggero (Koehler Books)
  25. Pure by Linda Kay Klein (Touchstone)
  26. How Woman Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith (Hachette Books)
  27. Pocket Full of Dreams by Justine Wentzell (Red Balloon Station Books)
  28. Unbroken: Still I Smile by Tamara Charles (Tamara Charles)
  29. Never Shut Up by Marcellus Wiley (Dutton/Penguin Random House)
  30. The Sense of Success by Angelo Ellerbee (Ellerbee Group)
  31. Wherever You Are by Cynthia Lim (Coffeetown Press)
  32. Food for L.I.F.E.(Lasting Impressions Forever Enjoyed) by Lisa W. Beckwith (Rain Publishing)
  33. Align with Your Purpose by Earl Hall (Earl Hall)
  34. The Burn Zone by Renee Linnell (She Writes Press)
  35. The Change of Life: The Mario Loving Story by Mario Loving (Conversations Media Group)
  36. Letters From Max: A Book of Friendship by Sarah Ruhl & Max Ritvo (Milkweed)
  37. The Magic of Tiny Business by Sharon Rowe (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
  38. A Mountain Too High by Michael McClendon (Xulon Press)
  39. The Book of Self: A Thesis on Energy and How It Interrelates by Floyd Williams (Floyd Williams)
  40. Astonishing Tales: Stories and Essays by Matt Geiger (Henschel Haus)
  41. Chos3n: There's A High Cost to Low Living by Bianca Harris (Chos3n/Conversations Media Group)
  42. The Triumph of Rosemary by Judge Marylin E. Atkins (Two Sisters Writing & Publishing)
  43. Women Who Launch by Marlene Wagman-Geller (Mango)
  44. When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney (National Geographic)
  45. Breaking Up with Busy by Yvonne Tally (New World Library)
  46. Craig & Fred by Craig Grossi (William Morrow/Harper Collins)
  47. Beloved by Greatest Poet Alive (James Gordon/GPA Media Inc.)
  48. How to be Perfect Like Me by Dana Bowman (Central Recovery Press)
  49. A Spy In Canaan by Marc Perrusquia (Melville House Publishing)
  50. WTF?!(Willing to Fail) by Brian Scudamore (Lioncrest Publishing)

Conversations' Top 10 Books for Young Readers in 2018

Over 3 dozen books for young readers came across the desk of Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb's desk in 2018. From those he is proud to share the 10 books for young readers that are sure to entertain, inspire and leave them wanting more.

Conversations' Top 10 Books for Young Readers in 2018
(listed in no particular order)

  1. Tradition by Brendan Kiely (Margaret E. McElderry Books)
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (The Meltdown) by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)
  3. The Little Unicorn by Sheri Fink (Whimsical World Books)
  4. I'm Mixed by Maggy Williams (Loving Healing Press)
  5. Jack Wentworth: The Real Belt by Karen Ward Wilder (Karen Ward Wilder)
  6. Alcohol,Drugs  You: A Young Person's Guide to Avoiding Addiction by Marc Treitler with Lianna Treitler (DoGood Press)
  7. People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins (McElderry Books)
  8. Magic Thinking for Kids by Marrielle Monte (Seize the Day Publishing)
  9. Pidge Takes the Stage by Michelle Staubach Grimes (Pidge Media)
  10. The Magician's Hat by Malcolm Mitchell (Orchard Books)

[Review] Earl Hall delivers an inspiring pep talk with ALIGN YOUR PURPOSE

After knowing Earl Hall now for a decade it's been great to see how he has used what he has learned to not just build his own brand but to motivate and encourage others along their own path. For that reason ALIGN WITH YOUR PURPOSE is not completely coming from left field, even though most know him for his work in business.

The interesting thing about this book and its timing is that we have all seen what Earl has done. Now he shares what has helped him do it. Not the learning of a skill but the embracing of a calling. I talk a lot about purpose in my work, and Earl reminds the reader that its something all of us have. It's not just reserved for a few.

Now this book is sure to inspire you but will also have you reading some parts with a question mark. You see Earl's path is his path, and what he has learned has helped him get to the level of greatness he enjoys. Can you do the same? Sure! Will you have to walk the way Earl did? Not at all. The important thing is to find your way and stay on it.

Part inspiration, part motivation towards action, Earl Hall delivers a pep talk that you can refer back to when you are doubting yourself and what is possible.


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