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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Miami Rapper Big G: Bringing The 'Heat' With "Yes We Did"

by Cyrus Webb

When he was just 18 years old he wrote and recorded the song "I'm Not The Same" for the literacy campaign Hip Hop and Books. Now two years later Gabriel "Big G" Fernandez is hoping to make his mark with his new song praising Miami Heat called "Yes We Did".


"I started doing beats for songs when I was around 14," says the Miami resident, "but it was really around the age of 17 that I started taking it more seriously. Music has always been around Big G, even as far back as at the age of 7 when he started off playing the piano.

His musicial influences since that time have changed, and he credits recording artists like Eminem , Jay-z, Tupac, Nelly and P. Diddy with helping him to develop his own style.

As a way to share his love of music and interact with others, Big G started his own radio show at the age of 18 called "The Big G Show" online through Blogtalkradio.com. He shared some of his own original songs as well as that of others. What was the response? "Alot of people told me that my songs come out like Emenim," he says. "They told me they like my flow and the way I put my lyrics together." He then added: "Alot of people told me that they also like the fact that I did rap that was positive."

Why have a positive message? Big G answers this way: "My point is being unique and different. My main goal is to send a positive message that can change someone's life. People in trouble may hear a song that says do something with your life and it might click in their lives, and they may make a change."

So what led Big G to write and record the song Yes We Did? "Since I was a kid I have always loved basketball," he says, "and I have been a fan of the Miami Heat for a while. Alonzo Mourning and Shaq are definitely two of my favorite players. In high school I even played basketball. When I started doing music, I always kept up with them as my favorite team. I saw this as a way to recognize the team and the importance of teamwork."

The song "Yes We Did" is now available on iTunes for only .99. Big G says he hopes the song will become part of Miami Heat's rallying cry. For more information about Big G, contact his manager Petros Haldoupis at (305) 951-6178. Find out more about him and his music at www.gabrielbiggfernandez.com.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cyrus Webb Presents Conversations' "Top 100 Books of 2010"


Since 2008 Conversations' "Top 100 Books" has been recognized for being the largest list each year that fairly gathers the best titles released by traditional publishing houses, small presses and even self-published authors worldwide of all genres and gives them the due they deserve. Cyrus Webb, the founder of the Conversations brand, has been an avid reader all of his life and has worked hard to make sure that there is something on the list for everyone.

This year there were so many great books that Webb had a chance to enjoy that he decided to add two new features in 2010: a Children's/Young Adult category and a Honorable Mention category for both fiction and non-fiction. Webb also has included the publishing houses for each title to make is easier for you to identify.

Below you will find this year's honorees. They will be featured in the Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 issue of Conversations Magazine as well as shared on Conversations Book Club's website at www.thebestbookclub.info.  

NON-FICTION TITLES OF THE YEAR, 2010 (In no particular order)

  1. "I Forgive you, Daddy" ,Liz McGlynn (Headline Publishing Group)
  2. "The Fun of Dying" , Roberta Grimes (Great Reality Publications)
  3. "New From The Inside Out", Kim Vazquez (Publisher Unknown)
  4. "Product of My Environment", From Me To You (Outskirts Press)
  5. "Breaking The Silence", Riisa Renee (Seraphina Press)
  6. "Sista Let Me Tell Ya, Bruh If You Only Knew", Marquis Cooper (Authorhouse)
  7. "Drawn To The Land", Elizabeth and Barton Cockey (Bridgeway Books)
  8. "Living Oprah", Robyn Okrant (Center Street Publishing)
  9. "Total Law of Attraction", Dr. David Che (Blue Note Books)
  10. "The Imposter?", Kip Kreiling (Transformation Help Press)
  11. "To Win and Die In Dixie", Steve Eubanks (Ballantine Books)
  12. "Gerry Tales", Gerry Boylan (Synergy Books)
  13. "When The Veil Drops" Samara (Publisher Unknown)
  14. "Three Feet From Gold", Sharon Lechter & Greg Reid (Sterling Publishing)
  15. "One Bet",Venessia P (Passionate Writer Publishing)
  16. "Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?", Laura Bennett (Ballantine Books)
  17. ""The Skinny On Success", Jim Randel (Rand Publishing)
  18. "Rules For Radical Conservatives", David Kahane (Ballantine Books)
  19. "Skinny Is Overrated", Danielle Milano, MD (Synergy Books)
  20. "The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires and The Middle Class", Keith Cameron Smith (Ballantine Books)
  21. "90% of the Game Is Half Mental" Emma Span (Villard Books)
  22. "God,Seed", Rebecca Foust and Lorna Stevens (Tebot Bach Press)
  23. "Two Legged Snakes," Dr. Ed Slack (Simple Truth Publishing)
  24. "Perfect Rivals," Jeff Carroll (Ballantine Books)
  25. "Proverbs 31: The Virtuous Black Woman" Russel Blake (Man of Psalms Publishing)
  26. "Broken Birds" Jeannette Katzir (Publisher Unknown)
  27. "The Skinny on Time Management," Jim Randel (Rand Publishing)
  28. "The Bridge," Jackie Carpenter (Xulon Press)
  29. "Carnal Striving Spiritual," Anthony Jerrod (Dog Ear Publishing)
  30. "Positively Quit! Manual," Cassius Cheon (Publisher Unknown)
  31. "Living With Evolution Or Dying Without It," K. D. Koratsky (Sunscape Books)
  32. "Burdens Do A Body Good," Michele Howe/Dr. Christopher Foetisch (Hendrickson Publishing)
  33. "The Paranoid Parents Guide", Christie Barnes (Health Communications Inc.)
  34. "Memento," Michael McQueen (Chronicle Books)
  35. "Disintegration", Eugene Robinson (Doubleday)
  36. "Eight Days In Darkness," Anita Wooldridge/ Angela Roegner (Synergy Books)
  37. "Money Matters," Shay Olivarria (Bigger Than Your Block)
  38. "A Life On The Run," Dr. John Telford (Harmonie Park Press)
  39. "Crack, Love N Pain", Rod Harvey (Standing On The Word)
  40. "Can I Get A Witness?", Mikki Zimmerman (Xlibris)
  41. "The Micro-Script Rules," Bill Schley (Widener Books)
  42. "Relationship Roulette" Carol Diamond (Praeger Books)
  43. "Taking Charge of Your Own Health" Lisa Hall (Harvest House Publishers)
  44. "A New Beginning," Alfred Langer (Langdon Street Press)
  45. "Black Passenger, Yellow Cabs," Stefhen FD Bryan (Kimana Press)

NON-FICTION HONORABLE MENTIONS (Books of Note)(In no particular order)

  1. "Wake Up!" Michelle Pearl (Publisher Unknown)
  2. "Return To Eden," Anthony Raimonda (Dog Ear Publishing)
  3. "The Little Back Book Of Success", Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood and Rhonda Joy McLean (Ballantine Books)
  4. "Defending The Enemy," Elaine Fischel (Bascom Hill Books)
  5. "Plain Talk, Vol. 1," Corey Washington (Xlibris)
  6. "The King of Erotica 7," Pharoah
  7. "Lay The Favorite," Beth Raymer (Random House Publishing Group)
  8. "Discovering Your Amazing Marriage," Jason and Debby Coleman (Seraphina Press)
  9. "Addict at 10", Derek Steele (Synergy Books)
  10. "The Reluctant Spy," John Kiriakou (Bantam Books)
  11. "The  Weight," Andrew Vachss (Pantheon Books)
  12. "Little Boy Blues," Malcolm Jones (Pantheon Books)

FICTION TITLES OF THE YEAR, 2010 (In no particular order)
 

  1. "A Lighter Shade of Gray," Devon Pearse (Publisher Unknown)
  2. "Finding Daddy, Finding Me," Christine Alt Parry (Publish America)
  3. "I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me," Jonathan Spikes (JSS Publishing)
  4. "Fixin' Tyrone" Keith Walker (Genesis Press)
  5. "Sikander," M. Salahuddin Khan (Karakoram Press)
  6. "To Fetch A Thief," Spencer Quinn (Atria Books)
  7. "The Trophy Bride's Tale," Cyrilla Barr (Bascom Hill Publishing)
  8. "The Gamble," T. P. Jones (Synergy Books)
  9. "Diamonds In The Rough," Vogue (Passionate Writer Publishing)
  10. "How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe," Charles Yu (Pantheon Books)
  11. :Beat," Stephen Jay Schwartz (Tor/Forge)
  12. "Welcome To The Maze," Charles Truth (Publisher Unknown)
  13. "Can You Keep A Secret," Omegia Keeys (Passionate Writer Publishing)
  14. "A Wretched Man," RW Holmen (Bascom Hill Publishing)
  15. "The Turnaround," Gene Elmore (A-Genda Publishing)
  16. "President Pro Tem," Kelvin L. Reed (Booklocker.com)
  17. "Tempting Faith" Crystal Hubbard (Genesis Press)
  18. "The Whisperers," John Connolly (Atria Books)
  19. "Finding Marco," Kenneth Cancellara (Synergy Books)
  20. "A Taste of Honey," Jabari Asim (Broadway Books)
  21. "The Language of Secrets," Diane Dixon (Doubleday)
  22.  "Show Me The Sun," Miriam Shumba (Genesis Press)
  23. "Pious," Kenn Bivins (Two Harbors Press)
  24. "Discombobulated," Steven Morgan (City Stone Publishing)
  25. "Needle In A Haystack," Marissa Wilson (My Time Publications)
  26. "The Last Operative," Jerry B. Jenkins (Tyndale Fiction)
  27. "The Price of Revenge," Dennis Vaughn (Synergy Books)
  28. "My Lost Daughter," Nancy Taylor Rosenberg (Forge)
  29. "Fame," Daniel Kehlman (Pantheon Books)
  30. "A Cold Dark Place," HD Hatcher (Passionate Writer Publishing)
  31. "Spooky Little Girl," Laurie Notaro (Villard/Random House)
  32. "Get Lucky," Katherine Center (Ballantine Books)
  33. "D-Cup Divas: Book 1 (Chandra)," Vonda Howard (Anexander Books)
  34. "Jasmine's Tears," Elliot T. Graves (Passionate Writer Publisher)
  35. "For A Reason," T. Thomas Ackerman (Publish America)
  36. "2 In The Hat," Raffi Yessayan (Ballantine Books)
  37. "The Thieves of Darkness," Richard Doetsch (Simon and Schuster)
  38. "Domestics," Jo Davis (Passionate Writer Publishing)
  39. "An Inconvenient Friend," Rhonda Mcknight (Urban Christian)
  40. "Stud Princess," N'Tyse (A Million Thoughts Publishing)
  41. "The House," Anjuelle Floyd (NOJ Publications)
  42. "His Silent Rage," TC Mattison (She Rises Entertainment)
  43. "Pay The Devil His Due," N. Cris Prince (Langdon Street Press)
  44. "Paper Puzzle," H. Michael Harvey (Publish America)
  45. "Confessions," Sasha Campbell (Kensington Books)

 FICTION HONORABLE MENTIONS (Books of Note) (In no particular order)

  1. "Letters From Sweetwater," Dr. Dale Garland (Revival National Publishing)
  2. "Guardian Angel," Andrew Neiderman (Dorchester Pub.)
  3. "When No One Is Watching," Joseph Hayes (Synergy Books)
  4. "A Scattered Life," Karen McQuestion (Amazon Encore)
  5. "The First Assassin," John J. Miller (Amazon Encore)
  6. "Karma," Nia Riley (Passionate Writer Publishing)
  7. "Commit To Violence," Roy Glenn (Escapism Entertainment)
  8. "Flaws and All," Shana Burton (Urban Christian)
  9. "Relapse," Nikki Turner (Ballantine Books)
  10. "American Assassin," Vince Flynn (Simon and Schuster)
  11. "Getting There," Gerry Boylan (Synergy Books)
  12. "Vermillion Drift," William Kent Krueger (Simon and Schuster)
  13. "Signifying Nothing," Clifford Thompson (iUniverse)

CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT BOOKS (In no particular order)

  1. "Too Tall Alice," Barbara Worton (Great Little Books, LLC)
  2. "Miracle in Sumara," Jeanne McNaney (Ovation Books)
  3. "Hairy Harry," Debra Christenson (Publish America)
  4. "Rico the Seagull," April Mahoney (A Good Person Publishing)
  5. "Mr. Browne and the Rose Show," M. Beatryce Shaw (Tate Publishing)
  6. "A Wish After Midnight," Zetta Elliott (Amazon Encore)
  7. "The Rivalry," John Feinstein (Alfred A. Knopf)
  8. "The Sons of Liberty," The Lagos Brothers (Random House)
  9. "Color Struck," Pamela and Joel Tuck (Joechel Books)
  10. "Patch," Mucheru Njaga (M&K Authorhouse)

Congratulations to all of the authors who made this year's list. There were so many incredible books that it was impossible to recognize them all, however, Conversations and Cyrus Webb wish to thank all of the great literary talent out there for sharing their gifts with the world. The Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 issue of Conversations Magazine releases on Friday, November 19, 2010. Details can be found at www.conversationsmag.com.

For more information about Conversations the book club, radio show or the magazine, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.214.0286. You can also keep up with him at www.cyruswebb.com.

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

(Oct. 24-31, 2010) This Week on Conversations LIVE Radio


(October 24-31,2010) For Conversations LIVE this week marks not just the end of a month, but the beginning of a three week break for host Cyrus Webb as he prepares to hit the road Nov. 1-20, 2010 promoting the upcoming issue of Conversations Magazine and the National Day of Reading slated for Sat. November 20, 2010. This week you will hear from some of the greatest voices in the literary world as well as new music.

To listen to any of the shows live, simply visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive at the designated showtime. You can also listen via the show's switchboard at 1.347.426.3645. Guests for the program will use the same number to call into the show, however, they are strongly advised to call in a few min. before show time to make sure they are on when their segment begins.

* SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2010 @ 7p.m. cst (6p.m. cst/4p.m. pt) --- At the top of the hour, Webb talks with author Vandy about her beginnings as a writer. Then at 30 min. past the hour Lisa Rusczyk shares what led her to begin writing and discusses what's next for her.

* MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 @ 1pm. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m. pt) --- Cyrus Webb talks with author Roberta Grimes about her thoughts concerning the afterlife and her new book THE FUN OF DYING.

* MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- At the top of the hour, Cyrus Webb welcomes back tv personality/author Christine Alt Parry to discuss how her search for her father led to the writing of the book FINDING DADDY, FINDING ME. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Webb welcomes back author Kim Vazquez to talk about her life since the release of her second book NEW FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

* TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 @ 1p.m. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m. pt) --- At the top of the hour, Cyrus Webb welcomes back author Lucette Walter to discuss what led her to write the book LIGHT OF THE DESERT. Then at 30 min. past the hour, international bestselling author Tess Gerritsen talks with Webb about her amazing career and her new book.

* TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- At the top of the hour author Kelvin Reed discusses his journey as a writer. Then at 30 min. past the hour Webb talks with author Lee Sandlin about their new book.

* WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010 @ 1p.m. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m. pt) --- Cyrus Webb talks with author Richard A. Barrett about his new book.

* WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- Cyrus Webb welcomes back author Kristin Bair O'Keefe to discuss her book THIRSTY and what's next for her. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with author Gene Elmore about his writing career.

* THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- It's all about music on this edition of Conversations LIVE. At the top of the hour Webb talks with Timothy McClure with Beatshop about the music he creates and introduces new music on the program. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with Big G about how the new members of the Miami Heat inspired his song YES WE DID.

* SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010 @ 10:30a.m. est (9:30a.m. cst/7:30a.m. pt) --- Cyrus Webb and author Mary E. Gilder invite you to join them for Inspirational Conversations.

* SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010 @ 7p.m. est (6p.m. cst/4p.m. pt) --- At the top of the hour, Cyrus Webb welcomes author Linda Jenkins to discuss her travels and how that led to her latest book. At 15 min. past the hour, Webb talks with author Robert Brown. Finally at 30min. past the hour, Webb welcomes back author Barbara Worton to discuss not just her writing career but how her publishing company is helping authors see their dreams come true as well.

Missed any of the live shows? Visit www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive at any time to catch the podcasts for FREE.

Interested in contact Cyrus Webb about being a guest, advertising on the radio program or the website or just give your feedback? Reach Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Multi-media personality Cyrus Webb Shares A Decade Of His World Through The Arts

On Thurs. September 30, 2010, Mississippi native Cyrus Webb hosted "MY VOICE: A Decade In The Arts" at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl,MS.


The public event was to highlight Webb's contribution to the arts from 1999 to 2009 and show the world what he is doing moving forward.

In the first corner of the exhibit Webb exhibited some of his artwork.



Next he had some of his poetry chapbooks on display as well as his spoken word cd MY CONTROVERSY that is now available on http://spokencontroversy.blogspot.com.

From there Webb highlighted his community involvment since 1999 with organizations like the Partnership for a Healthy, Mississippi, VSA of Mississippi as well as speaking about the importance of the arts at schools in Mississippi such as Pearl High School, Peeples Middle School, Calloway High School, Lake Elementary School, Pecan Park Elementary School, Hardy Middle School, Jim Hill High School and Forest Hill High School.


On the next phase of the journey, Webb showcased the publications that he has written for over the years, including The Clarion Ledger, Rankin Ledger, Mississippi Link, Jackson Advocate, Blagazine.com, Crunk Magazine (ATL).
In 2006 he became the publisher and Editor-In-Chief of his own magazine called Conversations. The next issue debuts in mid-November and is the Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 issue.

What those who attended the event saw next is what has become the largest part of Webb's life: the radio and tv versions of the Conversations Brand. He played the first tv edition of Conversations which debuted in April 2004 on 16 WAPT (ABC affilliate) in Jackson, MS as well as had interviews from his radio show available to listen to.
To date, Cyrus Webb has interview over 1,000 individuals on Conversations LIVE, the radio show that began on WMPR 90. 1 FM in July 2003 which is now heard on the radio dial on affilliates as well as online.

Those in attendance also saw Webb's only acting performance thus far. He was a part of the cast for the short film BROKEN SILENCE that addresses the issues of HIV/AIDS. It debuted at Crossroads Film Festival and later showed at other festivals in Mississippi.

Just two years after debuting the radio show, Cyrus Webb began Conversations the book club. Started with 3 members in November 2006 in Jackson, MS, the co-ed, multi-cultural reading group now has chapters in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and has been written about not only in the South but by the Chicago Tribune as well. To date, Conversations Book Club has hosted literary events with 90 authors and is the largest co-ed reading group in the United States.


What's next for Webb? During the event he worked on a new piece of art called "Walking On Egg Shells", a pieces that is a part of a new series where he takes figure of speech and brings them to life. He is also working on his latest literary project, a religious thriller called BLESSED.


For more information about Cyrus Webb visit www.cyruswebb.com, email him at cawebb4@juno.com or contact him at 601.825.5883.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bigg Marv and Recording Artist Joey Calendar Show Support For Breast Cancer Awareness

by Cyrus Webb

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month tv personality Bigg Marv of A&E's HAMMERTIME show and Joey Calendar of Brite Mic Ent. took time out to support an event while in Los Angeles recently.



"It's just important for all of us to realize how serious breast cancer is and how we have to work together to bring attention to it," says Bigg Marv.

Joey Calendar agrees.

"We all have women in our lives that we care about," he says. "It's important for us to make sure that they are testing on a regular basis."

To stay updated with what Bigg Marv is doing, follow him on www.twitter.com/biggmarv. Brite Mic can be found at www.britemic.com.

BOOK REVIEW: "I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me" by Jonathan Spikes

by Cyrus Webb for Conversations Book Club/Conversations Magazine


At a time when men are accused of not letting their feelings be known or discussing what might be bothering them, author Jonathan Spikes gives the world Damon McBlessed. Damon is a young man who is growing into his own skin and having to learn who he is in a time that is full of confusion, anger and abuse. Like so many around us, he seems to represent so much of what is wrong with the world when it comes to those getting to know themselves and having to deal with the feelings of being betrayed by those around us.

The author addresses alot of issues in this book that really touches you in a variety of ways. First, the character Damon must decide if the feelings he has towards those of the same sex are wrong in the eyesight of God. Then there is the feeling of being in a lose-lose when it comes to his faith and what seems to be normal for him. Add to that the complex relationship Damon has with his mother, something that has made his life really unbearable for some time.

I think the wise thing for all of us to do is read I KNOW WHAT I AM AND I AM NOT WHAT YOU CALL ME is that there needs to be a real dialogue about sexuality, abuse of men and women as well as the importance of loving oneself. Love was something that Damon struggled with, and that spilled over into how he was living from day to day. No one should have to go through life feeling who they are is a mistake, however, I do believe that understanding what happens to us doesn't make us who we are is something that will help us deal with whatever situations we find ourselves in.

Personal, powerful and well-written, this is one that will be remembered and recommended for quite some time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

(Oct. 17-22, 2010) This Week on Conversations LIVE Radio


(Oct. 17-22, 2010) This week Conversations LIVE Radio will reach a new milestone: celebrating its 400th guest in one year! In the seven years that Mississippi native Cyrus Webb has been hosting the radio show, this is the first time he has interviewed this amount of individuals in one 12-month period---and there are still several weeks left to go in 2010!

What can you expect from this week's edition of Conversations LIVE? Webb will be continuing his theme "Should Love Ever Hurt?" as part of recognizing October as Domestic Violence Month. He will also be talking with individuals who are making their first appearances on the program to talk about what they are doing and how others can find out more information.

As always the show will be heard live on our radio affilliates and streamed online at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive as well as through our national switchboard at 1.347.426.3645. Guests are encouraged to call into the switchboard at least 5 min. early and alert the producer that you are ready for the interview by pressing "1". Missed the live shows? They will be available for listening and podcasts afterwards.

* Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 10:30a.m. EST (9:30a.m. CST/7:30a.m. PT)--- INSPIRATIONAL CONVERSATIONS
Join hosts Mary E. Gilder and Cyrus Webb for this week's edition of Inspirational Conversations.

* Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 7p.m. EST (6p.m. cST/4p.m. PT) --- AUTHORS ELLIOT GRAVES AND DONAVAN ON CONVERSATIONS LIVE
At the top of the hour, Cyrus Webb welcomes author Elliot Graves to Conversations LIVE. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with author Donavan.

* Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 1:30p.m. EST (12:30p.m. CST/10:30a.m. PT) --- AUTHOR JOHN FLOYD ON CONVERSATIONS LIVE RADIO
Cyrus Webb welcomes author John Floyd to Conversations LIVE to discuss what led him to writing and his new book CLOCKWORK.

* Monday, October 18, 2010 @ 8p.m. EST (7p.m. CST/5p.m. PT) --- AUTHOR BERNARD BOULTON AND KEN VEREEN OF FASHION BEAUTY AND BEYOND ON CONVERSATIONS LIVE
At the top of the hour, Cyrus Webb welcomes back author Bernard Boulton to Conversations LIVE to discuss writing his debut novel and what he hopes young men take away from it. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Ken Vereen of Fashion Beauty and Beyond introduces Webb to a few of his associates that will be a part of a new cruise coming in December 2010.

* Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 1p.m. EST (12p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- AUTHOR PAMELA ABRAHAM ON CONVERSATIONS LIVE RADIO
Cyrus Webb talks with Pamela Abraham about how she is using her experience with abuse and her book BEYOND INFINITE SADNESS. This interview is part of Conversations' "Should Love Ever Hurt" discussion during October 2010.

* Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- AUTHORS DA'NEEN HALE AND PATRICIA A. THOMAS ON CONVERSATIONS LIVEAt the top of the hour, host Cyrus Webb welcomes back author Da'Neen Hale to discuss her journey as an author and her book POSSESSION that tackles the topic of domestic violence. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with Minister Patricia A. Thomas about what led her to writing, her book GOD REVEALS A MYSTERY and how she has been of assistance to those affected by domestic violence and other forms of abuse.

* Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 1p.m. est (12p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- AUTHOR DAVID CHE, MD ON CONVERSATIONS LIVE
Cyrus Webb welcomes Dr. David Che to Conversations LIVE to discuss his new book.

* Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- AUTHORS H. P. DAVIS AND B. SWANGIN' WEBSTER ON CONVERSATIONS LIVE
At the top of the hour, Cyrus Webb talks with author H. P. Davis about his writing career. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with author B. Swangin' Webster about his literary journey and what's next for him.

* Thursday, October 21, 2010 @ 1p.m. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m. pt) --- AUTHOR YOLANDA SHANKS ON CONVERSATIONS LIVE
Cyrus Webb talks with author Yolanda Shanks on Conversations LIVE about what led her to writing and her new project.

* Thursday, October 21, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- AUTHORS ALICIA RICE AND KEVIN BENTON ON CONVERSATIONS LIVE
At the top of the hour Cyrus Webb talks with author Alicia Rice about her surviving abuse and how she is helping others through her story and her books. At 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with author Kevin Benton about his book and how he is trying to help others through the scriptures.

To find out more information about Conversations LIVE and upcoming projects, visit www.conversationsliveradio.com or www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive to catch us. Interested in being a guest or advertising on Conversations LIVE? Contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Conversations Magazine's Print Edition Returns In November 2010!

Shadow Play Entertainment is pleased to announce the return of Conversations Magazine's print edition.

Founded by Mississippi native Cyrus Webb,35, as the third component of the Conversations Brand (following Conversations the radio and tv shows), Conversations Magazine originally debuted in print in April 2006. Months later Webb and founding member Stanley Clark would begin Conversations the book club. Based solely on subscriptions at the time and sold online, the magazine gained a modest 100 monthly subscribers to the publication that focused almost entirely on books and those who were living their dreams as published authors.

Like other publications, when costs outweighted the actual profit of the publication, Webb made the decision in 2008 to take Conversations completely online. Ironically, it was that year that the Conversations Brand began to change, including health and fitness items, food and then in 2009 adding fashion. Today, thanks to the eclectic nature of the brand, Conversations the radio show averages over 100,000 online listeners each month, garnering partnerships with national as well as up-and-coming businesses.

"The timing is just right," says Webb, who has been building the Conversations brand since the first component Conversations the radio show began on WMPR 90.1 FM in Jackson in July 2003. "Conversations has grown alot since the print edition of Conversations last saw the light of day. I think more importantly I have grown in my understanding that you have to feed more than a person's love of books. You have to feed their love of life. That is what my team it doing."

The reemergence of the print edition of Conversations Magazine will take place in mid-November with the December 2010/January 2011 issue. The edition will feature Conversations' Top 100 Books of 2010, profiles of authors Nancy T.Rosenberg, Mikki Zimmerman, Michael Dillon Scott and entrepreneurs like actor/author/recording artist Tray Chaney, actress/director/author Cherie Johnson and model/actor Nicoye Banks. Also included will be styling tips by fashion designer Gail Ambeau, cooking tips by Chef Bruce Tretter, and musical profiles of Laura Pascarella, The Artist Company and the rap groups Authentic and Dem Raleigh Boyz as well as Conversations' Artist of the Year 2010.

The magazine will be available at independent bookstores in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Pearl/Brandon and online at www.conversationsmag.com. It will be marketed through paid ads on Facebook,social networking sites, posters, Conversations LIVE radio, and other sites operated by Shadow Play Ent. PDFs of the bi-monthly edition will also be available through www.payloadz.com.

For additional information about Conversations Magazine including how to be featured and advertising in the publication, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or601.896.5616. Details can also be found at www.conversationsmag.com.

(Sat. Oct. 23, 2010) MS' own Cyrus Webb Uses Books To "Make A Difference"


(Sat. Oct. 23, 2010 * Pearl, MS) Patrons of Appetizers Restaurant (3000 HWY 80E) in Pearl, MS will get more than good food on Saturday, October 23, 2010. That's because during the hours of 10-2p.m. that day, Mississippi native and Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb will be giving everyone who visits the restaurant during that time a free book.

This is in celebration of National "Make A Difference Day" where everyday individuals are asked to do something to help others, expecting nothing in return. For Webb, giving the gift of books is something that has lasting effects.

"Mississippi still leads the country in cases of illiteracy," says Webb,35. "Not reading and not being able to read is something that we can fix together. I hope that everyone in the state sees this as a small way that we can actually make a difference one book at a time." Since Nov. 2006 Webb and his book club have hosted authors and hundreds of literary events geared towards encouraging reading and the importance of the written word.

The books Webb will be distributing were donated by authors Barbara Worton, Robert Brown and Linda Dini Jenkins of Great Little Books, LLC as well as recording artist/author Jacki-O of TRU Publishing.

(Cyrus Webb and Joseph Henderson are seen here during a book discussion in 2008)
That same evening, Webb and Conversations Book Club will host author Joseph Henderson in a book discussion at Appetizers Restaurant beginning at 6p.m. Henderson, now a Mississippi resident, has chronicled the journey of his life in a book called I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE. Admission to the event is free, and Henderson's book will be available for purchasing.

For more information about the "Make A Difference Day" events in Pearl, MS, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. Additional information can also be found at www.cyruswebb.com.

New Endeavor By Tray Chaney Proves He's A JACK OF ALL TRAYS

by Cyrus Webb for Conversations Magazine


(Thursday, October 14, 2010) At a time when people are struggling to pursue their passion or having to give up on their dreams, visionary and multi-talented Tray Chaney is just turning the page on what has been an incredible life. After being in the spotlight since he was just eight years old, MTV announced this week that the actor/author/recording artist had just released a free mixtape online called JACK OF ALL TRAYS.

"This is just a thank you to my fans," says Chaney, who has seemingly been moving non-stop over the past decade. "I want to show them that I appreciate their support as well as let them know what to expect from me next."

For many the public life of Tray Chaney began with his five year role as Poot Carr on the popular HBO series THE WIRE. It was there that he was able to showcase his range as an actor and prove that he could stand toe to toe with the best of them. After the show wrapped, instead of just waiting for the next gig, Chaney took his career into his own hands and penned his autobiography THE TRUTH YOU CAN'T BETRAY. "People had gotten to know a character (on THE WIRE)," says Chaney. "I wanted to let them in to who I really was."

From there it was being featured in documentaries, red carpet events and even supporting causes close to his heart like the importance of literacy (being spokesperson for The Write Stuff Literacy Campaign) and bringing attention to the difficulties of individuals living with disabilities (being an ambassador for the non-profit Community Options). "I have been blessed with so much in my life," Tray says, "so if I can make a difference with just my name recognition for something that I care about, I'm going to do it."

While juggling family life, his career in television and film and promoting his book, Chaney was also preparing for what would be his newest endeavor: letting the world know about his love of music. It was something that had always been there, but he wanted to make sure he waited until the time was right to fully share it with the world.


That time seems to be now, and the first endeavor, the mixtape entitled, JACK OF ALL TRAYS, gives you a snapshot into the mind of a true creative individual. Whether you're talking about the club tracks like MONEY IN MY WALK or BABY LET'S GO (feat. G-Mann and Cherri), introspective tracks like TRUE STORY and DELIMA (feat. Jazz of Dru Hill) or inspirational tracks like DEAR HAITI, this project of original songs covers seemingly every aspect of the young man's life.

Expect to see Chaney touring the country soon doing show to promote the mixtape and his other ventures in the near future. For him, there is no limit to how far he can go. "I want to do it all," says Chaney, "and I want my life to be a testament to others that they can do it all as well. As long as they believe in themselves and work hard, it will all pay off."

The mixtape JACK OF ALL TRAYS is avaiable for free download by going to http://tinyurl.com/traychaneymixtape.

Cyrus Webb is the Editor In Chief of Conversations Magazine and can be reached at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

(Wed. Oct. 13th) Cyrus Webb Interviews Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Eugene Robison


On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, Conversations LIVE Radio host Cyrus Webb will interview Pulitzer Prize winning journalist/MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson at 1:30p.m. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m. pt). Robinson will be discussing his humble beginnings, his work at the Washington Post and his new book DISINTEGRATION: The Splintering of Black America.

Since he began hosting Conversations LIVE in 2003, Webb has had the privilege of interviewing movers and shakers like Eugene Robinson from around the world, sharing their stories with his listeners. He interviewed his first Pulitzer Prize winning journalist in 2009 (Tim Page of The Washington Post and author of PARALLEL PLAY: Growing Up With Undiagnosed Asperger's).

The interview with Robinson can be heard live online at http://tobtr.com/s/1309739 , (www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive), or through the station switchboard at 1.347.426.3645. If you miss the live show, you can catch the podcast at www.conversationsliveradio.com. To find out more about Cyrus Webb, visit www.cyruswebb.com.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

(Oct. 10-15, 2010) This Week on Conversations LIVE Radio


(Oct. 10-15, 2010) This Week on Conversations LIVE Radio


(October 10-15, 2010) This week on Conversations LIVE expect to hear from new guests as well as some returning voices to the radio program. Host Cyrus Webb is continuing the theme "Should Love Ever Hurt" this week as well as talking about upcoming events that listeners will want to take note of.

To listen to the show LIVE, simply visit www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call into the radio switchboard at 1.347.426.3645. All guests for the show are encouraged to call in at least 3-5 min. early to make sure you are on the line when the show begins.


* SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010 @ 7p.m. est (6p.m. cst/4p.m. pt) --- At the top of the hour Consultant/author William McKnight talks with Webb about his new book 90 days to Success in Consulting. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with Canadian recording artist Ze-yon about his love of music.

* MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2010 @ 1.m. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m.pt) --- Host Cyrus Webb talks with author Joe Hayes at the top of the hour about his book WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING. At 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with author Amir Aczel.

* MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- Author M. A. Moorer talks with Webb about her book Shhh... Don't Tell at the top of the hour. Then at 30 min. past the hour, recording artists Lexington Field stop by to introduce new music on the program. Finally, at 45 min. past the hour, resident chef Bruce Tretter will bring this week's QUICK AND EASY COOKING TIP.

* TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 @ 1p.m. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m. pt) --- Recording artist EsTee talks with Cyrus Webb about her ministry through music and introduces he new single I WOULDN'T.

* TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- Author Portia Cosby is back on Conversations LIVE to talk about her career as an author and her book LESSON LEARNED. Then at 30 min. past the hour author Riisa Rawlins talks about what led her to write the book BREAKING THE SILENCE.

* WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010 @ 1p.m. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m. pt) --- Cyrus Webb welcomes recording artist Marcus Jennings to Conversations LIVE to talk about how he is using music to inspire others and introduce his single PREPARATION.

* WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m. pt) --- At the top of the hour, Cyrus Webb welcomes back author Kip Kreiling to Conversations LIVE to discuss his dramatic transformation and his book THE IMPOSTER?. Then at 30 min. past the hour, author Okeyo Jumal makes his first appearance on Conversations LIVE to discuss his book SPIRITUAL SHACKLES.

* THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010 @ 1p.m. est (12p.m. cst/10a.m.pt) --- Cyrus Webb welcomes recording artist Joel Simpson to Conversations LIVE to introduce new music and talk about what he is doing to separate himself from the competition.

* THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010 @ 8p.m. est (7p.m. cst/5p.m.pt) --- Cyrus Webb talks to Susan Smith about her 2010 and what you can expect next from her Then at 30 min. past the hour, Webb talks with author Stefhen Bryan about his life, how living in Japan has shaped his view on the world and his book BLACK PASSENGER, YELLOW CAB.

* FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 @ 1p.m. est (12p.m. cst/10am. pt) --- At the top of the hour Cyrus Webb talks with Shaun Saunders of Graffiti PR about his work and the upcoming media conference he is preparing for. Then at 30 min. past the hour, Saunders will be the guest of fashion designer Gail Ambeau during this week's edition of "Fashion Forward" and talk about his personal style.

Missed any of the live shows and want more details on the many facets of Conversations LIVE? Make sure to visit
www.conversationsliveradio.com. Interested in being a guest, advertising with the show or contacting the host? You can reach Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

(Tues. Oct. 5, 2010) News From Shadow Play Entertainment

* BOOK OF THE MONTH: Conversations Book Club's selection for the month of October 2010 is LIVING IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR (From Substance Abuse to a Life of Substance) by author Kim Vazquez (www.kimvazquez.com). Details can be found at www.thebestbookclub.info.

* OCTOBER'S THEME: SHOULD LOVE EVER HURT?: October is recognized by many as Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For Shadow Play Entertainment, it will be used as an opportunity to have a dialogue about all forms of abuse. The theme of the month is "Should Love Ever Hurt?", and Cyrus Webb (host of Conversations LIVE and President of Conversations Book Club) will have special guests sharing their personal stories of triumph over tragedy. Many of the conversations will take place on the radio show, and details can be found at www.conversationsliveradio.com.

* NEW PARTNERSHIPS: The success of Shadow Play Entertainment has come in part because of the partnerships it has forged over the years. Beginning in the summer of 2010 organizations like The Artist Company, Big Noise Records and Passionate Writer Publishing have joined Shadow Play Ent. in sharing incredible talent both in books and music. Find out about other partners at www.shadowplayent.com.

* WEBB NAMED PUBLICIST FOR GENESIS PRESS: On Oct. 1, 2010, Shadow Play Entertainment's President Cyrus Webb became the Senior Publicist for Mississippi-based publisher Genesis Press. The company, which is the home of dozens of authors, enjoys worldwide distribution through New York-based Kensington Books. Webb hopes to spread the word about the services and authors that Genesis provides and encourage more book clubs to consider Genesis when deciding what books to read. For more about the company, visit www.genesis-press.com. Additional info about Webb can be found at www.cyruswebb.com.

* CLIENT CAMPAIGNS: During the month of October, look for Shadow Play Ent. to be involved in media campaigns for clients Jonathan Spikes (author of I KNOW WHAT I AM AND I AM NOT WHAT YOU CALL ME), Min. Patricia A. Thomas (author of GOD REVEALS A MYSTERY), Dr. Diane Hassan (author of ANGELS AMONG US, EVEN IN IRAQ), U.D. Abdul Kareem (author of AFRICAN COWBOY), Maria Stewart (LOOKING FOR CLOSURE) and Joseph Henderson (author of I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE). Details can be found at www.shadowplayent.com.

* MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY 2010: Shadow Play Ent. Founder Cyrus Webb and clients of the organization will be taking part in community events in their area on Sat. Oct. 23, 2010 as part of this year's MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY. Make plans now to join them or host your own event. To find out more, visit www.shadowplayent.com.

* THIS YEAR'S V. C. ANDREWS TRIBUTE: Since 2007, Shadow Play Entertainment has hosted events celebrating the life and work of international bestselling author V. C. Andrews on the anniversary of her death. On Sunday, December 19, 2010, Cyrus Webb will host a special one-hour tribute on Conversations LIVE Radio beginning at 7p.m. est (6p.m. cst/4p.m.pt), giving fans of the author the opportunity to call in and share their thoughts. Andrews diedat the age of 62 nearly 24 years ago, but her amazing legacy continues. For details visit either www.thebestbookclub.info or www.conversationsliveradio.com.

* AUTHOR VISITS, OCT. 2010: Shadow Play Entertainment will host events for authors Joseph Henderson (author of I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE), Min. Tommie Watkins (LIVING OUT LOUD) and M. Salahuddin Khan (SIKANDER) in Mississippi during the month of Oct.2010. Details can be found at www.thebestbookclub.info

To stay abreast of other activities associated with Shadow Play Entertainment, bookmark www.shadowplayent.com and visit it often. For more information about any of the above, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Monday, October 4, 2010

TAKE TEN: Author Mikki Zimmerman


by Cyrus Webb for Conversations Magazine (www.conversationsmag.com)

If you are looking for a book that is sure to be a discussion piece, I would suggest you take a look at Monroe, LA native Mikki Zimmerman's "CAN I GET A WITNESS? 21 Frustrations of Black Women (Including Me)". Packed with issues that people around the world are dealing with, Zimmerman takes her conversations with black women from across the United States and addresses issues that she feels need to be addressed.

In this conversation she talks about her direct approach, why she singled out black women for her subject matter and how the internet is helping her to spread the word and reach a new audience. 

Mikki, thank you for taking out the time to talk with Conversations Magazine. First,  when did you realize that you had an interest in writing?

I would have to say my freshman year in college - Fall '91.  My professors always complimented me on my writing skills and a few even suggested that I pursue writing as a career.  The interest was there but I eventually took the business route.  Even though I stumbled back to writing a few years ago.

Have you always been a person who didn't mind sharing their opinions on issues?

Always!  I have never been shy about giving my opinion.  I've been called "judgmental" quite a few times in my life; but my family and real friends know that I am a very passionate person.  Not judgmental at all.  Just real passionate about my beliefs. 

Of all the things you could have written about, why the issues of frustrations for women of color?

Great question Cyrus!  Keep in mind, I conducted the research for the book in 2006.  This was one year after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.  Talk about frustrations!  You could see it in the faces of African-American women everywhere.  Even through my online research.  They vented to anyone who would listen.  Basically, the need was far too great for me to ignore the subject.  And I had a few frustrations of my own, so I threw those in the book as well. 

Mikki, you and I had the opportunity to talk on Conversations LIVE about your book and the topics you address. I mentioned to you that I thought men and women of any race could appreciate what you had to say. Have you heard similar things from others?

Actually, I've heard it from a few people.  My mom's physician, who is white, was intrigued after a 30 minute conversation about the book and he stated, "You could have deleted the word 'Black' because white women have the same frustrations too".  I chatted with a few of my white readers as well.  And they echoed the same setiments.



Now that the book is out and people are talking about it, what would be success for you in the way the book is received?

Being recognized as an author and getting lots of attention from readers is great but that is not the reason I wrote the book.  Success for me is getting people to really understand black women.  I mean fully understand us.  Like I said in the book, everyone is so quick to talk about angry black women.  But no one is willing to take the time to find out why many of us (not all) are so frustrated.  Getting readers - men and women of all races - to see black women in a different light after reading my book would definetly fullfill the purpose of my writing this book.

Outside the traditional booksignings and literary events, do you see yourself doing speaking engagements about the topics in the book or hosting panels to create some real dialoge about the topic?

Defintely.  I have already spoken to administators with public libraries throughtout Northeast Louisiana to do workshops on this topic as well as others.  I've also been asked to do a workshop at my church for our Annual Women's Day Conference.  I've spoken to a few radio personalities about appearances.  So yeah, I have a few speaking engagements lined up in the near future.

I want to talk about your promotional campaign for the book for  moment. How effective have social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter been in getting the word out about your book as well as just meeting new people, whether its readers or fellow authors?

For me, social networking has been great!  I don't have a Twitter account but I live on Facebook!  My book sales have increased dramatically since advertising on Facebook.  And I have connected with so many authors and old friends and classmates.  I just love it!

There were many topics you didn't get a chance to address in your first book, Mikki, so is that your setup for the second one or do you plan on going in another direction?

Actually, I am working on my second book.  This one is geared toward teens and young adults.  It's more a manual than a book and it addresses conflict resolution.  I am so tired of seeing young black men waste their lives behind bars or buried six feet under prematurely.  I am a single mother to a young black male so this subject is near and dear to my heart.  So again, I will pour all of my passion and emotions into this one as well.  Stay tuned!

Any advice for aspiring writers that you would like to share based on your own experience with publishing?

Wow, where do I began?  I would start by saying this publishing business is RUTHLESS!  If you cannot handle rejection, you are in the wrong business.  You must learn to take rejection first. . .because you will receive it.  And it may come from family members or even friends.  So be prepared to face it.  Secondly, never give up!  I don't care if no one else believes in your project except you.  Never give up!  Your dream of becoming a published author will come true.  Keep believing and continue to move forward. 

Thanks again, Mikki for this opportunity. How can our readers keep in touch with you online?
Thank you Cyrus for everything you have done in helping promote my book.  May God continue to bless you!  I can be found on Facebook, of course.  My book is available at Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.  It can also be purchased at the publisher website which is Xlibris.com or by calling 888-795-4274.  And you can catch my bi-monthly column - Back and Forth with Mikki - on ForHarriet.com.  Thanks again!

AUTHORS TAKE TEN: NYT Bestselling author Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

by Cyrus Webb


I have been a fan of New York Times bestselling author Nancy Taylor Rosenberg for quite some time, so I saw it as a privilege to have the opportunity to interview her not just for my radio show but Authors Take Ten as well. Over the years she has captivated readers of both sexes, giving the world stories that are as intriguing as they are addictive. The Dallas, Texas native moved to West Hills, CA this year and also released her latest page-turner called MY LOST DAUGHTER.

She talked with me about her writing career, what inspired one of the themes of the new book and had a surprising response to what she would tell aspiring writers today.

Here is our conversation:

Nancy, it is an honor to have this time to talk with you. I want to first ask you if you are at all surprised about the fact that you have been able to transition so well from a fulfilling legal career to a literary one?
I always thought I could write a book, but I never dreamed I would actually be published and that my first novel would hit the New York Times Bestseller list. As far as transitioning, as a criminal investigator I wrote what could be referred to as mini novellas. A prosecutor once said I could "write a man into prison."

Do you remember when you realized that you had a book in you that you wanted to share with the world?
About ten years before my first novel, MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES, was published I wrote a novel in longhand. After asking a few friends to read it, I became discouraged and the book was never published. I knew MITIGATING was something special because I stood up to type the ending, which in itself isn't an easy thing to accomplish.

What about support? How has it changed from your beginning of your decision to pursue writing until now?
I took a “Novels in Progress” course at UCLA and had a brilliant professor named Leonardo Bercovici. He told me I could write a good book and I believed him. My husband and family didn't support me until the money started coming in. I wrote my first book on a Smith Corona word processor. As soon as I got my first contract, my husband bought me a new computer, a new printer, and a fax machine.

For five years I have been a fan of yours, and it seems as though men and women are enthralled by your work. Was there any expectation of that in the beginning?
I suspected I might attract both male and female readers because my books are somewhat of a hybrid. Because of my background in the criminal justice system, my thrillers are very authentic and at that time women were mainly writing softer books. But I always incorporate romance as my characters have real lives. I also write sex scenes.

Nancy, you have catapulted into one of our most respected authors in the industry. What does that level of success mean to you, and what kind of pressure does it bring with it?
I enjoyed having my books on the bestseller list, but it was terribly stressful. We would get a copy of the list every Wednesday and if my book had fallen off, I would run to my room and sob. I also wrote fifteen hours a day, which was exhausting and later damaging to my spine.

Publishing has changed quite a bit since you first burst onto the scene. Some who were around when you first were published aren't still in demand as they once were. What do you think has been the key to your fans and new readers gravitating to you?
I’m not certain they have as my numbers have steadily fallen. But I’ve written thirteen novels, and had my big successes. It’s all about how much a publisher is willing to spend promoting you, and right now, they’re not willing to spend big money. The recession has hit the publishing industry hard.


Talk to us about the new book.
MY LOST DAUGHTER is a thriller, but it also deals with the greed and corruption in the private psychiatric industry.

Are parts of MY LOST DAUGHTER based on your own experiences?
In 1990, I went to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack. After waiting all night to see the doctor, someone in a uniform came to get me in an ambulance and took me out of the hospital with a blanket over my head. I later realized I had been kidnapped by an unscrupulous and corrupt private mental hospital who received kickbacks from various ER doctors for referring patients. The only requirement was that they had insurance. When I got to the hospital, they administered dangerous, mind altering drugs. I was restricted from making phone calls to my family and friends, and they were in turn told that I refused to speak to them or see them.

Since I was a probation officer at the time, I was horrified that something like this could happen and that a patient in a mental hospital had fewer rights than a prisoner. The hospital was later investigated by the attorney general's office for what they called "patient snatching." At the time, unknown to me when I was kidnapped, this was common practice throughout Texas.

There are men and women who are in one profession, have a true love for writing but don't know if they have what it takes to make it. What advice would you give them?
Many agents say they are looking for people who feel “compelled to write.” I think this is a good sign of talent. I felt this way. I simply couldn’t stop writing. With the recession and the state of the book business right now, I wouldn’t recommend that anyone try to break into the business. On the other hand, a person who has never been published who writes a terrific book might be more appealing than someone who has had a few flops. It’s all about the numbers.

Since books becoming movies is the dream of so many authors today, which one of your books would you like to see brought to be big screen if you had your way?
They made one of my novels into a movie and it was awful. My name wasn’t on it, so I was lucky. Most novelists don’t like the way Hollywood adapts their novels.

Find out more information about Nancy by visiting her website: www.nancytrosenberg.com.

(October 4-8, 2010) This Week on Conversations LIVE Radio


For many October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month or Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but for Shadow Play Entertainment it is being used to address a simple question: "Should Love Ever Hurt"? For the second straight year Conversations LIVE Radio host Cyrus Webb will be talking with individuals throughout the month that have dealt with or addressed various forms of abuse, whether it is physical, sexual or emotional. It is his hope that the stories and experiences that will be shared are able to help someone who is dealing with a similar situation or know someone who might be helped through the information.

Over 50 inspiring conversations have been scheduled for October 2010. To listen to the shows live, simply visit www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call the switchboard at 1.347.426.3645. Guests of the program are encouraged to call into the switchboard at least 3-5 min. prior to their segment to ensure they are connected in time for their segment.

Here are this week's conversations:

Monday, 10/4/2010 @ 1p.m. EST (12p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- Blogger Patricia Singleton kicks off SHOULD LOVE EVER HURT on Conversations LIVE

Monday, 10/4/2010 @ 8p.m. EST (7p.m. cst/5p.m. PT) --- Author Nikki Ransom at the top of the hour and recording artist Spiffy Stones at 30 min. past the hour on Conversations LIVE. Chef Bruce Tretter comes on at 45 min. past the hour.

Tuesday, 10/5/2010 @ 1p.m. EST (12:00p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- Author Tiona Brown on Conversations LIVE

Tuesday, 10/5/2010 @ 8p.m. EST (7:00p.m. CST/5p.m. PT) --- At the top of the hour author Dan Hays and then at 30 min. past the hour, Ken Vereen of Fashion Beauty and Beyond.

Wednesday, 10/6/2010 @ 1p.m. EST (12:00p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- At the top of the hour, author David Floyd and then at 30 min. past the hour, recording artist Corey Drumz on Conversations LIVE

Wednesday, 10/6/2010 @ 8p.m. EST (7:00p.m. CST/5p.m. PT) --- Blogger Teresa Rybolt on Conversations LIVE Radio

Thursday, 10/7/2010 @ 1p.m. EST (12:00p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- At the top of the hour, author Earnest Wingo and then at 30min. past the hour, author Nikki Turner on Conversations LIVE

Thursday, 10/7/2010 @ 8p.m. EST (7:00p.m. CST/5p.m. PT) --- At the top of the hour, author Sindee Lynn and then at 30 min. past the hour, author Nia Riley on Conversations LIVE

Friday, 10/8/2010 @ 1p.m. EST (12:00p.m. CST/10a.m. PT) --- At the top of the hour, authors Jason and Debby Coleman, followed at 30 min. past the hour by FASHION FORWARD with Gail Ambeau on Conversations LIVE

Friday, 10/8/2010 @ 8p.m. EST (7p.m. CST/5p.m. PT) --- Cyrus Webb welcomes Rockin' The Nations (Megan, Georgina, Vince, Naomi and Nathaniel) to Conversations LIVE to share how they are using their music to make a difference in the world.

Missed the live broadcast? Listen to the podcast at www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. If you are interested in additional informatin about Conversations LIVE, its sponsors and how you can be a guest, visit www.conversationsliveradio.com or contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or601.896.5616.

Friday, October 1, 2010

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ALLHIPHOP.COM IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRIPLEBEAM PICTURES PRESENTS THE RELEASE OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HIP-HOP FILM "KING OF PAPER CHASIN" IN SELECT CITIES ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010.

 

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KING OF PAPER CHASIN' TRAILER - http://vimeo.com/14005400

 

New York, NY September 16, 2010 Allhiphop.com in association with Triplebeam Pictures presents the release of the critically acclaimed hip-hop film "King of Paper Chasin" available in select cities on Friday, October 15, 2010.  Click here to view the trailer http://vimeo.com/14005400

"I am extremely excited about the movie making its select cities release as there has been a buzz around KOPC for awhile now, and it's finally time that other cities get to experience the message behind this story," says Dwayne "DL" Clark, Executive Producer/Lead actor of the film.  "I truly believe audiences will not be disappointed," he adds.

 

King of Paper Chasin' is led by Triplebeam Entertainment Hip Hop Recording Artist Dwayne "DL" Clark. DL portrays the role of "Carter Blanche" while Actress/Model Piarry Oriol takes on the role of DL's distrusting girlfriend "Thaila". This New York City crime-drama is inspired by actual events and is brilliantly captured and told by first time feature film director La Monte Edwards and is executive produced by Dwayne "DL" Clark.  Additional cast members include Lauren Hooper (Rachel Anderson), J. Stephen Williams (Uglyman), Joe Soma (Agent Richardson), Jason Rivera (Dell) and Dennis L.A. White (JB) among others.

 

Making it's premiere at an unprecedented two sold out audiences at the 10th Annual New York Latino Film Festival, presented by HBO, then taking the city of Atlanta by-storm, King of Paper Chasin' follows the life of Carter Blanche, a self-made entrepreneur who prides himself on the unconventional pursuit of money and success. Trying to leave his past ways behind, Cart has established himself as a credible underground artist in the mixtape circuit who's led to question his distrust in major record labels played by Lauren Hooper (Rachel Anderson), a beautiful, persistent executive from Highway Records.

 

As the pace of his music career is quickly accelerating, Cart's former partner in crime, Uglyman (Ug) is released from jail, causing conflict with Cart's new cohort Jason Rivera (Dell) who questions the loyalty of Cart's past crew. But (Dell) isn't the only one with questions; the FBI has been building a case against Cart that could come to a head with the help of Cart's confused girlfriend Piarry Oriol (Thalia). King of Paper Chasin' is the story of a man faced with his instinct to hustle and the desire stay on top.

 

King of Paper Chasin' is solely financed by Dwayne "DL" Clark, a hip hop artist and CEO of his own record label, Triplebeam Entertainment, who wanted to step outside the box and dare to be different. In an effort to further promote his music career and build leverage in what is an over saturated field he decided to finance this 7 figure project himself to allow the audience a look into his life and past experiences. "I don't expect everyone to be happy with what I'm doing" says DL, "but it was a story I wanted to tell. There is a lot of embellishment for entertainment purposes, but for the most part the premise of the movie is based off actual events," he mentions.

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