I just released my new book, a collection of short stories, on Amazon.Com. Here is the link: VAGARIES OF LIFE AND: GIRLS’ TALK. You may want to check it out. Please, Read & review! The link again:

Thank you.

In a world where everything is in motion, with everyone heading toward a destination, some to perdition and some to salvation, The Vagaries of Life… is a collection of short stories where the characters are on their various journeys. Helen in You Will Die If You Scream, out of nowhere, fin…



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New Book Releases – #RRBC

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Some of the members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB have been very busy! These are only a few of the new releases from RRBC authors. I hope you will find one that will pique your interest.




Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.
Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of…

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#RRBC author, D.L. Finn is our November 2017 #RWISA “Rising” Writer. Please check her out here: ….



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October 30, 2017

NOW-NJ PAC Votes to Endorse Candidates for the New Jersey Legislature in the General Election

For immediate release; contact: Deb Huber (908)-439-3173

The NOW-NJ Political Action Committee (PAC) is pleased to announce its endorsements in this year’s legislative election. The PAC’s decisions were based on responses to a detailed questionnaire, committing to issues benefitting women and their families. In some cases there was some follow-up where needed, as well as a review of the record of incumbents. Candidates who did not submit questionnaires were not considered this year. Endorsed candidates show full support for all NOW issues. The PAC may express support for a feminist candidate who is not quite perfect, but is clearly preferable to their opposition.

The NOW-NJ PAC announces full endorsement of the following candidates:

Pamela Lampitt for Assembly in the 6th district
George Youngkin for Senate in the 8th district
Joanne Schwartz for Assembly in the 8th district
Jill Dobrowansky for Assembly in the 9th district
Emma Mammano for Senate in the 10th district
Bob Smith for Senate in the 17th district
Elliot Isibor for Senate in the 26th district
Loretta Weinberg for Senate in the 37th district
Linda Schwager for Senate in the 39th district

In addition, the PAC expresses support for the reelection of Senator Shirley Turner in the 15th district

Now is the time to stand strongly behind these candidates to the New Jersey Legislature so that they can bring their efforts to bear on behalf of the people and to fiercely defend women, workers, and the underserved in the Garden State.

Deb Huber,
Chair, NOW-NJ Political Action Committee

Eight Steps to Establishing Your Author Brand

Re-blogged. I need some time to digest this. 😀

Story Empire

Ciao, SEers. I’m just getting back into the groove after a long overdue trip back to the homeland. No, not Italy, although that’s on my bucket list. We went back to Pennsylvania to celebrate my daughter’s high school graduation with the extended family. A great time was had by all. We extended our trip, which put me even further behind, but it is worth it to see loved ones, even if we ran ourselves ragged.


Who are you?My series on creating a media kit seemed to be helpful to writers, so I thought I’d discuss something that coordinates with the media kit—author branding. Having worked for several years as a corporate identity specialist in my “real” job, those principles are transferrable and I want to give you a quick checklist that might help you out.

So, without further ado, here are eight steps to author branding cohesion.

1. You Are…

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Winners’ Circle – Joy Lo-Bamijoko

June 17, 2017

Welcome to the Winner’s Circle where we celebrate the success of our ICL students. Today we are celebrating published author Joy Lo-Bamijoko!

What is the name of your book? Who is the publisher?
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women,iUniverse

Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies,Sbpra Publishers

Pregnant Future,self-published

Tell us a bit about your path to publishing, from idea to submission to published book.

I am primarily an Indie author. I chose to go this path because I had so many rejections in trying to have one of my books published that I decided that if I have a story, I want to tell it and I want it to be read. So, I put that book aside and started writing memoirs. My first and third books are memoirs, but the second is a fiction.

After writing my stories, I use two or three Beta Readers to go through and give me an idea of what the stories feel like, I make corrections, and send the story to an editor, then to a proofreader, and then I publish. This is what I did with my third book. I try to go the same route as orthodox publishers to be sure that my stories, when published meet the same standards as those published by orthodox publishing companies.

How long have you been writing?
Since 1966.

What’s your favorite genre to write and why?
I typically write is two genres; memoirs and fictions. Memoirs, because it allows me to talk about factual life experiences of which I know a lot, from having lived a long and interesting life. Fiction, because I come from a very rich culture of beliefs and mysteries that are still waiting to be explored. I have only touched the tips of it with my Legend of the Walking Dead….

What ICL courses have your taken?
I started from the bottom, and went all the way to the top from the preliminary course; Writing for Children, to the Advanced course; Novel Writing.

What do you do when you’re feeling discouraged or blocked? Do you have any tips for your fellow writers?

I travel. Because I’m free from a 9 to 5 job, I take off to Nigeria, especially during the winter months. I spend the whole winter months there, and come back to the US during the summer. This really helps me to remain in the loop all the time.

If you could go to the yard sale of any character in the history of children’s literature, whose would you go to, and what would you buy?
I have just started reading the Cat in the Hat for my grandchild, so I know what you mean. I will buy the two Things as they both work so well together.

How has ICL helped with your writing career?

I had great teachers during my study with the ICL. I learned a lot and was well prepared to start writing immediately. I have since published numerous short stories, and three full length novels.


Joy has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. Her first short story “I Come from Utopia” was published in AFRICAN VOICES. Since then, she has published numerous others in RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology, Bks 1-3. MIRROR OF OUR LIVES: VOICES FOR FOUR IGBO WOMEN was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. THE LEGEND OF THE WALKING DEAD: IGBO MYTHOLOGIES is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria was published in 2014. Her new novel, PREGNANT FUTURE, is the story of a young woman alone in the world and left to fend for herself. It is the story of the pitfalls that await such a woman. It is the story of survival. Joy also has two books published in the Italian language.