Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Mind of a Killer...what lies beneath?

My name is Janaya Black and I have started a series called the "Prison Chronicles" that takes a deep look into the life stories of 3 different women in the same prison, to see what drove them to the various extremes that landed them in prison.

In my first book, The Breaking Point, I wrote about Marion Hayes who was imprisoned for murdering her loving husband and childhood sweetheart. This story is not the typical illustration of a battered woman who woke up one morning and decided that she wasn't going to take it anymore. It is more of a tale that illustrates how someone who is continuously beaten down by life and all of its unforeseen circumstances can endure, and then in the heat of a moment one thing can drive them over the edge past the point of return. It is a sad and relentless story of a woman who has the best of intentions but just can never seem to get ahead.

My second book, As Told By the Other Woman, tells the story of a young girl name Timberlynn Crawford, a young woman who unknowingly gets involved with a married man and ends up murdering his wife. This story is another example of how people can get caught up in emotional situations that drive them to violent extremes.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Fw:FictionAddiction.NET Presents: Writing Tension and Conflict

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Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
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Friday, August 15, 2008

A Cold Dish

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Chicago! Sylvia Hubbard to appear at Azizi Books for Secrets, Lies & Family Ties. Aug 16th

please join me Aug 16th in CHICAGO as I sign copies

 of my book

Secrets Lies and Family Ties.

Azizi BooksLincoln Mall | Matteson, Illinois | (708) 283-9850
On the book beat
Telling our stories, everyday.
July, 2008

new store pic

It's Storytime for Kids at Azizi Books!
Saturdays, 11:00 - 12:00

Thank you to everyone who came out last week to our first ever Storytime Hour. We had so much fun, we decided to make this an ongoing event!

Join us every week on Saturdays for Storytime Hour featuring oral storytellers and reading selections from our diverse Children's Books category. Children of all ages are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Book Signings for August

August 16
Sylvia Hubbard 2:00 - 5:00
Secrets, Lies, and Family Ties

August 23
Theresa Banks 2:00 - 5:00
Surviving a Layoff
Miss Princess 2:00 - 5:00                                                                                                  

Please note:
All books presented to the authors for signing must be purchased from Azizi Books. If you cannot attend, we would be happy to allow you to purchase the book in advance, and we will get it signed for you. Call us for more details. (708) 283-9850
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Azizi Books now has a new website to keep our customers informed on our upcoming events and promotions. Did you know Azizi Books also has a blog? Please visit and We would love to hear your comments and feedback.
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Purchase any single book in stock and receive a 10% discount. You will need to print this coupon and bring it with you on your next visit to our store. This coupon must be presented at time of purchase. It cannot be combined with other offers or used for the purchase of gift cards, DVDs, or gift items. Limit one coupon per customer.
Offer Expires: 7/31/08
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Fw: Come join me at 2008 Detroit Literary Empowerment Gala

Motown Writers Network
link to the literary network in Detroit & source for all things literary in Mich
Sylvia Hubbard
Sylvia Hubbard has invited you to the event '2008 Detroit Literary Empowerment Gala' on Motown Writers Network!
Even if you cannot attend, think about supporting the Gala in the program booklet or pass this to your readers and writers to strengthen the literary community.

Thank you for your time

2008 Detroit Literary Empowerment Gala Time: August 22, 2008 at 7pm
Location: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Organized By: Erica N. Martin

Event Description:
Second Time Media and Communications presents The 2008 Detroit Literary Empowerment Gala, Friday, August 22, 2008 to not only acknowledge, but celebrate those who have been an inspiration to Detroit and its surrounding cities. The founders of the Gala felt that it was important that these arts, where appreciation has been long lost were due to be celebrated. The gala's mission is to honor individuals and benefit organizations who have shown excellence and dedication in empowering our youth. Our selected non- profit organization this year is Outfits for Angels *. Their purpose is to provide our youth with the essential clothing and supplies needed for school. Recognizing these individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving the image of the city and preparing us for the "Next Detroit" is not only important but necessary. You will be treated to dinner and live entertainment as well as a literary awards ceremony. Reserve your spot today. This is an event you don't want to miss.

See more details and RSVP on Motown Writers Network:
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Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network
NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

15th Annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards: 2008 Women’s Crime & Mystery Short Story Competition

15th Annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards: 2008 Women’s Crime & Mystery Short Story Competition
$3100 worth of prizes
Harper Collins First Prize: $750 & the coveted Scarlet Stiletto Trophy Donated by Sally Brown
Kill City 2nd prize: $400
Readings Books Films Music Third Prize: $250 (voucher)
Allen & Unwin Young Writer’s Award: $250
The Kerry Greenwood Malice Domestic Award: $500
The Cate Kennedy Award for Best New Talent: $350
The Dorothy Porter Award for Innovation: $250
Pulp Fiction Bookshop: Funniest Crime Award: $150 (voucher)
Chronicles Bookshop: Best Investigative story $200
Thanks also to Spinifex Books
Story length: 5000 words max.
Entry: $10
Closing date: August 31, 2008
Judges: National Convenors, Sisters in Crime
Entry form attached
Further information: Sisters in Crime, GPO Box 5319, Melbourne 3001 or
Ring Carmel Shute: (03) 9537 2781 (a/h); 0412 569 356

Michigan Author Stefanie Worth's Debut Novel Nominated for Literary Award

please pass this to others to help our fellow author!!!

News from Stefanie Worth
"Where Souls Collide" Nominated for Award
Your vote is needed! 
Where Souls CollideI'm really excited to announce that my debut novel, Where Souls Collide, has been nominated for the African American Literary Awards Show in the category of Science Fiction!
Voting is now open and ends Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. I'd appreciate your support. Please feel free to cast your vote for Where Souls Collide and to pass this on to your colleages and friends so that they can do the same.
African American Literary Awards Show
The African American Literary Awards Show is the brainchild of Yvette Hayward, president of Y. Hayward, Inc., a public relations company that has been a powerful resource in the literary field for over a decade. The AALAS Awards recognize, honor, celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements and contributions that authors and writers make to publishing, arts and entertainment. 
"Worth has masterfully written a paranormal adventure with superbly developed characters."
"Strong and talented characters appealingly give pace to a wonderfully written novel."
"WHERE SOULS COLLIDE is a stunning debut and a magnificent read. Worth's writing, the story and the plot grabs on to the reader and doesn't let go."
"There is nothing predictable about this book, at all. [. . .] I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in psychics, mystery, and good romance."
"WHERE SOULS COLLIDE is a captivating story with a different twist within the romance genre."
"Fans who enjoy a multifaceted tale of love will appreciate this fine Motor City romance that is worth reading."
Thanks for your support!

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