WB Media Group Authors Spotlight: Author Athena Dent “SILK”

AUTHOR PICTUREFrom a young age, Athena Dent knew her purpose in life and that was to be a humanitarian.   Besides being a former Social Worker (12 years), caring and nurturing infants/children (30 years), Educator, Mentor and Volunteer, she has always had one passion……….writing.   She began writing poetry at the age of 14 and while working in various professions, her writing evolved.   She decided to do screenwriting and after having her work was reviewed; it was recommended that she write novels.   After much thought; she took one of her screenplays, “Silk” and turned it into a manuscript.   After two years of trying to get an agent/reputable publishing company to publish her work (and 50 rejection letters), she decided to self-publish her book.   At the time, Mrs. Dent was going through a DEVASTATING life situation, which caused her to go through a healing process.  That healing process allowed her to complete three books consecutively.

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Her first book, “Silk” was published in 2009 and is about five generational women who are best friends, but each woman goes through a difficult life situation.  Her second book, “One of a Kind Love” was published in 2010 and is about two undercover police officers who are partnered together, but fall in love (there are two other plots intertwined into the story).  Her third book, “Franchesca’s Journey” (not yet published) is about a child, who winds up in foster care (her inspiration came from her eight-year experience working with families in the foster care population); this is also her first young adult/educational book and her goal is to get this book into every middle/high school all over the country.  Mrs. Dent completed two more manuscripts in 2014; “Emerging Cocoon” (sequel to “Silk”) and “The Beginning” (poetry book).   She is currently working on her first children’s book series, “Lady A: The Life of a Teddy Bear” (a series of 13 stories and each book comes with a teddy bear).   The underlying factors for all of Mrs. Dent’s books are FAITH, LOVE, UNDERSTANDING and OVERCOMING ADVERSITY.   One of her philosophies is- THERE CAN ALWAYS BE RESOLUTION.   She wants her books to be a ‘light’ for people to better themselves and relationships with others.  She mentors other writers.

Athena Dent with Jeff "DJ Gatsby" Wilson forunder of The WB Media Group  the African American Festival in White Planis, NY in 2015
Athena Dent with Jeff “DJ Gatsby” Wilson founder of The WB Media Group at the African American Festival in White Plains, NY in 2015

Mrs. Dent has a B.A. in Human Services, years of medical training and child care experience.  She continues to keep an active lifestyle.   Besides being a wife and mother of two, she volunteers with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and YMCA.  She is avid in fitness and nutrition.   She has studied/practiced nutrition for over 30 years, she pursued Martial Arts and obtained a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Doe at the age of 41 (she continues to practice Martial Arts and hopes to open a dojo {school}).

‘A STROKE OF A PEN, BECOME SELF WORDS IN THE END’  – Athena Dent

New Release: How A Man Loves His Woman by Andrea Yvette (WBMG Publishing)

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Jeremiah is handsome, successful and totally devoted to his wife, Lena. Their nearly perfect life is missing just one thing – the child they’ve been trying to conceive for 3 years. Thinking something might be wrong with why they can’t seem to conceive lands each of them at the doctor. A nearly fatal illness reveals more about their marriage than could have been expected. As this loving couple works through the “in sickness and in health” part of their marital vows, a deeper level of love, faith and commitment emerge, showcasing in the end, the true meaning of unconditional love.

Whos Who In African American Literature : Author Kennedee Devoe

“Kennedee Devoe is a longtime time friend and a very talented author. She is beloved by her readers who have been constant supporters of her writing since the very beginning. While there is so much to tell about Kennedee, we will just share this information about her from her Amazon.Com Authors Page at this time”. The Book Critic

 kennedee 2015Kennedee Devoe is the author of Amazons Bestseller, Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right…It Makes Us Even, and With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies. Kennedee is the Publisher of Devoe Publications. She holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Studies, a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, and a Masters Degree in Human Services. She has worked for a variety of Parks and Recreations Departments, for-profits, and non-profits agencies. kennedee 2015 1She currently works in the nonprofit sector as a Program Director. Kennedee hails from Carson, CA, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Kennedee just released “Just can’t Do Right”her third book, on September 18th 2015.

Contact Kennedee at http://www.kdevoe.com for your next book club meeting, women’s group, or to speak at your event.

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DJ Gatsby Book Club “Books Of The Month” September 2015

These are our DJ Gatsby Book Club “Book Of The Month” selections for September 2015. This has been a great summer and as we head into the fall we want to recommend you a few good books to read. As always we encourage all of our On-Line DJGBC members to Purchase, Read & Leave Book Reviews on Amazon.Com for all of our books..

Brooklyn on Lock 2: Stackin’ Riches

sono 32The BK is hot! Money is flowing like spring water. T-SKI has that werk that has the streets fiendin’ and the haters plottin’ and schemin’. And others want his head! But PO is on his way home from a bid, perhaps, just in time to level the playing field before the guns start to pop off.

Meanwhile, MO is having serious problems of his own that threaten to quicken the brother’s demise before they can carry out their plan to put BROOKLYN ON LOCK. Will they survive the many snakes that slither around them?

Sometimes, the cost of making it big in the drug game comes at a price that must be paid in blood. Are the brothers truly ’bout that life? Or will one of New York’s toughest boroughs swallow them alive before they attain the riches they seek?

How A Man Loves His Woman Kindle Edition

IMG_20150901_231442Jeremiah is handsome, successful and totally devoted to his wife, Lena. Their nearly perfect life is missing just one thing – the child they’ve been trying to conceive for 3 years. Thinking something might be wrong with why they can’t seem to conceive lands each of them at the doctor. A nearly fatal illness reveals more about their marriage than could have been expected. As this loving couple works through the “in sickness and in health” part of their marital vows, a deeper level of love, faith and commitment emerge, showcasing in the end, the true meaning of unconditional love.

Step Out of Your Box: 31-Days of Daily Encouragement

11900016_10204908801260408_7767550680731792705_nIn her dynamic new devotional, Step Out of Your Box: 31-Days of Daily Encouragement, author Edith Nevis will inspire and motivate you to step out on faith, tear down emotional walls, and allow God’s love to lead you into victorious living. This practical easy to follow devotion includes a personal journal for your convenience.

FADE TO BLACK

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The only thing harder than change is staying the same.” This saying becomes true whenMaurice, a young drug boss from the streets of Trenton, New Jersey, becomes extremelyconflicted as he begins to experience a series of dreams that could be deemed nothing less thansupernatural.Each dream takes him on a roller-coaster ride through an unfamiliar historic past – repletewith lessons that he had not learned; and, therefore, could not apply to his young and tumultuouslife. Nevertheless, the dreams continued to fiercely and frequently invade his being, somehowexchanging his now with his then. But that’s impossible! He wasn’t there or was he? Terrified by his inability to protect himself from dreams that could not be real, Maurice isfaced with a life-altering decision when a bitter drug-rival challenges his control over his all-too-real marked territory by invading it.

Silk

athena dent 5“Silk” by Author / Editor / Screenwriter Athena Dent is a touching and lighthearted story about a group of young ladies who are sisters and friends. Its a short story that touches on relationships with men and some of the emotions that women go thru in dealing with them.She does a great job keeping it interesting and funny while showing us all the one thing that helps them remain friends.

*Get familiar with this fantastic Author Athena Dent.

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Who’s Who In African American Literature Interviews: Author Amanda Lee

Who’s Who In African American Literature shares their exclusive print interview with Bestselling Author Amanda Lee.   She is a married mother of 4 and the founder of Vicious Ink Publications. Amanda is rising star in the Literary world and we want you to get familiar with this talented writer and her books in the “Deranged” Series on Viscuois Ink Publications.12025481_1668033960078725_706463122_n
  1. Where are you from? I am from a small town called Forest, Mississippi.
  1. Tell us your latest news? My latest news is I have a book on Slavery in Mississippi coming October, “My Name is Banjo”
  1. When and why did you begin writing?I started writing in high school, but stopped because I didn’t know exactly how to get published or what direction to go in.
  1. When did you first consider yourself a writer? I considered myself a writer after my 4th book was published. I felt accomplished.
  1. What inspired you to write your first book? The authors, Zane and Eric Jerome Dickey inspired me to write my first book. After reading a couple of their books, that when I knew what I wanted to do long term.
  1. Do you have a specific writing style? I prefer the writing styles such as thrillers, horror, and science fiction genre. I love the adreline, the excitement, the blood, and the in depth killings.
  1. How did you come up with the title? I came up with my first title, DERANGED, because that’s how I felt at that time.
  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In my novel, HEARTLESS BASTARD, my message is to be careful whom you love. Just because a man gives you attention and love doesn’t necessary mean he will accept your kids. If a man doesn’t accept your kids, then he is definitely not the one.
  1. How much of the book is realistic? All of my books are fiction. There is a small part in my book; A FAMILY DIVIDED BY COLOR is true.amanda lee profile
  1. What books have most influenced your life most? Books by Dr. Farrah Gray.
  1. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I would consider Zane as a mentor.
  1. What book are you reading now? I am reading a book called, “How to Write a Dirty Story” by Susie Bright.
  • Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?This author, Blaque Angel from G Street Chronicles. Other than that, no.
  1. What are your current projects? My current projects are “My Name is Banjo: Slavery in Mississippi,” “Penetrate Me Softly,” “My Master’s Bed,” and “Psychosis.’
  1. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?The Book Clubs on the east coast are a major entity that supported me.12023042_1668034366745351_1809233699_n
  1. Do you see writing as a career? Of course I see writing as a career.
  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Not in my latest book, but my first book, DERANGED. I did get the opportunity to change some of the language, now that the book is under my own label, Vicious Ink Publications.
  1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Yes I do. When I was in high school, one of my classmates had a book by Nora Roberts, Vengeance in Death. She let me read it and right then, I knew I wanted to write stories just as great.
  • Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? In my writing I find not writing about killing and blood is challenging. Seems like when I write something normal (lol), my mind leads back to adding a killing scene or something of the sort.
  1. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? My favorite author would be T. Styles. Her writing style interest me so much because it’s dark and twisted.
  1. Do you travel much promoting your book (s)? I use to travel, but since I have moved to Atlanta, it’s been kind of difficult. I will start back traveling once I get settled.
  1. Who designed the covers? There were several people that designed my covers such as Author Rukyyah, Brand Concepts Southeast, and Multi-Diva Marketing.
  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part was staying focused on one project. As I write one book, my mind is all over the place headed to the next project.12030744_1668034426745345_1796232220_n

 

  1. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes I did. After the editor and proofreaders finished, read back over my work. I experienced too many errors in my books.
  1. Do you have any advice for other writers? Write! Write! Write! Never stop writing. Even if it’s a sentence or paragraph a day. Write!
  1. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? If you understand that writing is a gift, and the way words coming together will entertain you; then you’ll understand that books by Amanda Lee are strangely unique. Each story you read will amuse you. The way the plots and characters twist and turn, your mind will become infatuated with wanting to read more. My writings are UNIQUE!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *Follow Author Amanda Lee on Facebook, Twitter & Insragram                 *All books are available at Amazon.Com