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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!

You are appreciated!

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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…

Reminisce 2017: A Diva's Year-in-Review

2017 has been truly been one for the books! It has been full of blessing and favor for my own work and I have had the honor of showing Diva Love to some wonderful best-selling and award-winning authors and poets. It has been a absolute delight to showcase the work of my fellow writers. I would like to thank them for coming through! If you missed any of their features, please feel free to scroll back through my previous posts and read all about them.

Here's a Diva Love Flashback!

I was also delighted to celebrate various milestones in my writing journey. This year marked the fifth anniversary of my debut novel, The Divorcee Chronicles: Diary of a Divorcee Diva, and the first anniversary of my wonderful collaboration with the ladies of Brown Girls Books, Single Mama Dating Drama, which made us #1 National Bestselling Authors. I also released Volume One of my poetry book, Straight from a Diva's Heart, which was voted as a Read Freely Top 100 Best Indie Book of 2017 out of over two…

Diva Love: Welcome Back, Tracee Lydia Garner!

Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Fatal Opposition by Tracee Lydia Garner. The tour will run November 27-December 8, 2017. Author Name: Tracee Lydia Garner Book Title: Fatal Opposition Book Release Date: November 27, 2017 Genre: Multicultural, Inspirational, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Today, I am pleased to welcome back, Tracee Lydia Garner! Please enjoy this delightful interview. Have you always wanted to be an author?  
I had no idea stories were in me at all. The start of my journey starts with depression, flunking out of school, specifically community college math for liberal arts and an awful English teacher I did not like at all. In my college days, I just wasn't convinced I was going to make it and I remember one late night surfing on the computer, feeling down and I asked God for "something else". I wasn’t very specific, but I was crying and just calling out to him to help me improve my grades or give me a good job …