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2018 IALA Poet of the Year Finalist Announcement!

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! I've been selected as a Poet of the Year finalist for the upcoming #IALAwards to be held in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Learn more about this groundbreaking event at

Celebrate my nomination and National Poetry Month with me by checking out my latest poetry release, Straight from a Diva's Heart: Volume Two, at!

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Diva Love: Dr. Bridgette Jenkins

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for Bounce Back: Tips for Overcoming Adversity, Life Challenges and Setbacks by Dr. Bridgette Jenkins. The tour will run June 4-29, 2018.

Publication Date: May 19, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Non-Fiction

Bounce Back will encourage you to be intentional about facing adversity and challenges while staying positive about your situation. With practicality, wisdom and experience, Dr. Bridgette shares strategies and tips that can be used to help you Bounce Back from any negative life situation. After reading this book, and applying the practical Bounce Back tips, you will be able to withstand, recover from and overcome any challenge you might face in life.

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Introducing Dr. Bridgette Jenkins
Dr. Bridgette is a doctorly prepared registered nurse who specializes in education and community health. She has a heart for nursing students and those struggling to reach their education and career goals.…

Diva Love: Joanne Otto

Write Now Literary Book Tours is pleased to be coordinating a book tour for author Joanne Otto. This is a two-month book tour for her books: The You-Song and Daughter of Jerusalem. This tour will run June-July, 2018.

Daughter of Jerusalem
How did you come to write Daughter of Jerusalem? The basic outline of the plot had come to me back in the early ‘80s. Two first=century characters presented themselves very vividly to my mind—a craggy-faced, stern but kind Pharisee and the spunky teenage (but already marriageable!) daughter with whom, counter to tradition, he has shared his knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures. I wanted to write a book about what it would have been like for these characters to interact with Jesus during his visits to Jerusalem—a book that would view him from the perspective of his contemporaries.

What finally gave you the push to actually write the story? In 2009 I happened to share a brief glimpse of the story I’d envisioned with our daughter, Meghan, and her immediate re…

Diva Love: Zara R. Broadenax

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my two-week book tour for Beauty for Ashes, Compiled by Zara R. Broadenax. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs April 9-20, 2018.

ISBN-10: 1973224151

ISBN-13: 978-1973224150

Genre: Christian Inspirational

About the Author
Zara R. Broadenax is a bestselling author, ministerial visionary, entrepreneurial trailblazer, altruistic philanthropist, spiritual counselor, and leadership expert. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. She received her Masters of Science in Management from Troy University.
As an author, Zara contributed to 2 Amazon International Best-Selling books, Beyond the Woman and 100 Voices of Inspiration, Awakening & Empowerment. She is placing the finishing touches on her first children’s book, School Days, and currently working on a 30-…

Diva Love: Parker J. Cole

Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one month book tour for Time to Say Goodbye by Parker J. Cole. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs March 5-30, 2018.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL. ISBN-10: 1973224151
ISBN-13: 978-1973224150
Genre: Sweet Inspirational Romance

About The Author
I am an author, speaker, and radio show host with a fanatical obsession with the Lord, Star Trek, K-dramas, anime, romance books, old movies, speculative fiction, and knitting. An off and on addict to Mountain Dew and marshmallows who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind.

About The Book
Gargi Kapoor is the only one convinced her brother, Dev, is innocent of the crime he was convicted of. When he is sent to the hospital with an unexplained paralyzing disease she finds herself having to lean on the last person she'd ever want to depend on a man who wants her brother to pay for stealing his mother's life savings.
Leon Reckle…

Straight from a Diva's Heart: Volume Two!

It has been a year since I published my little poetry book, Straight from a Diva's Heart: Volume One. It landed on the shortlist for Read Freely Best Indie Book 2017 and started 2018 on the Amazon Bestsellers list! Celebrate with me, as I prepare to release Volume Two! It is available for pre-order here! Join us for the online launch party this Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m., hosted by Hope-in-Christ Book Club here

Hope to see you there!  Blessings, Michelle

Michelle Lynn Stephens is a poet and #1 Bestselling Author with Brown Girls Books. She has a heart for helping others through her writing, and assisting others in sharing their vision with the world. Visit anytime at


Diva Love: Patricia A. Saunders

Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for There Is Sunshine After The Rain : Making It Through Life’s Struggles by Patricia A Saunders. The tour will run January 21-27, 2018.

Name: Patricia A. Saunders Book Title: There Is Sunshine After The Rain : Making It Through Life’s Struggles Release Date: December 20, 2017 Publisher: Book Baby Genre:Non-Fiction Page Count: 205 ASIN: B078J836Q3

What inspires you to write?
I always wrote to express myself as a child. Once my mother passed with Alzheimer’s I felt that I needed to have my legacy in my words.
Name three people who inspire you and explain why. My mother, Rev. Betty L. Saunders, who lost her mother at the age 8 and accomplished so much against the odds, Oprah Winfrey who was raped as a child and overcame obstacles to be a mogul today, and Maya Angelou, my favorite author who had many passions that all came through her words.
How many books have you published to date? 7. Compilations and anthologies inc…