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LOCATION: Southeastern Michigan (USA) Surrounded by the Five Precious Great Lakes!

HERE ARE THE WINNDERS IN MY DAILY GIVEAWAYS:

Maureen Howard Kovach Won First Prize!! $15 Amazon Gift Card
Ernestine Rose Won Second Prize!! Our Lady of Victory” Autographed Paperback  (US Residents Only)
Anna Alzic-Meir Won Third Prize!! 1 EBook, Rave Soup For The Writers Soul

CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!!!

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today for the fabulous Rave Reviews Book Club Holiday Train “Book Trailer” Block Party which is running through the entire month of December 2015.

In this stop I am giving away 3 awesome prizes. If you would like a chance at winning one of them, all you have to do is click on my trailer link below, “LIKE” the page and leave a comment. That’s it in order to qualify for a prize!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0yOUAeKSbg&feature=youtu.be

Rave Reviews Book Club will collect the names of each comment left on my YouTube trailer by midnight, and the lucky winners will be notified. Winners will be announced daily right here! Good Luck to you and don’t forget to share this on your facebook and twitter accounts if you have them; and on any other social media forums you are familiar with. Also, click on the “Share” buttons in this blog below. Again, you have until until midnight to check out the video and leave your comments. The contest closes after that.

Play daily by clicking The Block Party Lineup to get more awesome chances to win wonderful prizes. I will be showing up again on December 26, 2015 for my second book trailer.

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ABOUT THE BOOK TRAILER:
This trailer was born out of my association with Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) founded by president, Nonnie Jules, whom I met on Twitter. That started the beginning of a very interesting and fruitful relationship. I couldn’t get much attention for my book and the best I could do was an initial book launch when first published in 2007, and republished in 2014 with a Facebook Re-launch Party. I had never seen or heard of such before and my book got so much attention and a bump in sales. It was unbelievable! Nonnie started 4WillsPublishing and wanted to make a trailer because she thought that the book was not getting the attention it deserved. She had one of her big ideas and was so excited about giving OLV extra attention. How lucky for me. I was so grateful that she loved the book having read and reviewed it. Imagine someone being that excited about your work? Well, I was so grateful for the attention that she could have done anything and I would have jumped hoops to let her.

We weren’t getting any attention from the big publishing houses as Indie Authors, a term borne out of the neglect that lone independent authors were experiencing. So Nonnie Jules’ answer was RRBC. I don’t think the big publishers are going to ignore us anymore. There are close to 500 members in this club and growing. And so many wonderful things are happening.

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Here is a link to the book on Amazon

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Rave Soup For The Writers Soul

**I wrote two winning entries for this beautiful anthology produced by Rave Reviews Book Club

Childhood Memories: A Walk Down Memory Lane
Love and Relationships: Go After What You Want

These excerpts can be found in the Anthology so just look for the titles. This has become a wonderful keepsake for me. I am so thrilled about winning in the first contest of its kind in 2014 and I am so happy to share it with you.

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I would love to have all my family, friends and club members join in and listen to the trailer, and participate! This will increase your chances of winning a prize daily throughout this entire month. And who knows, you just might like the trailer. I know I do!!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and again be sure to stop here each day. Good luck in the drawing.

 

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Narrative History: Author Interview with Carol Hoenig, Publicist 2008

Q: Your book is a fascinating historical account of one particular church in the Detroit area. You did a wonderful job with the details. Why was it important for you to share this story?

A:  I felt like our history was about to be wiped out like so much of black written history is. In fact with a stroke of a pen it was wiped out by the Archdiocese of Detroit. I felt someone had to act and I was put in the right place to be the one to do it. I was working at Our Lady of Good Counsel where I got the inspiration.

 Q: How long did it take you to write it?

A: I started in 2002 and finished the manuscript by 2005. The book was published in 2007 with the help of the editing dept. from iUniverse.

Q: Was your family always Catholic or did you change religion in order to become members of Our Lady of Victory?

A: My family was baptized into the faith in 1955. My mother did not belong to a particular religion before then. She grew up in a sanctified church and felt that there had to be something better. My book explains how she found the faith. Really interesting!

 Q: One unique aspect about Our Lady of Victory was the Federal Credit Union that was in the basement of the church. In light of the financial crisis today, how do you think this organization would do today if it were still active?

A: It probably would do quite well. There is a credit union in my neighborhood and it is still there. The people back then were very innovative. I was impressed when I came to the realization of what these pioneers had done.

 Q:  Your book was published by iUniverse. Why did you decide to forfeit traditional publishing for a print-on-demand publisher?

A:  I took some not so good advice and did a pre-order promotion before the book even had a publisher. I was trying to really self publish. That didn’t work out because I had not found an editor and that held up the printing. I started to panic because I had all these people’s money and no book. A priest friend of mine recommended iUniverse because of the editing problems and that is how I abandoned self-publishing and went with them, which is a form of self-publishing anyway. I was trying to get the book out to my customers who waited a whole year patiently and were exceptionally patient. Traditional publishing would have also required that I send out query letters and manuscript or find an agent. I was not up to doing that. I was drained after the interviews, the research and trying to get the book to print.

 Q: What do you hope readers will learn from reading your book?

A: Most people do not know enough about black history and blacks especially don’t know enough about themselves. In order to move forward you have to know where you have been. At the very least it explains why the Black Catholic Church is losing ground in the Detroit area. I certainly have gotten enlightened once I learned the background because it explains why there are no Black priest today to keep our churches open. Most of the people I meet are former Catholics. That is alarming. I show a pattern of 4 Black churches closing down from similar experiences and now the church in general is in trouble here in this area and people need to know…the Pope needs to know how his flock is doing in America.

 Q: Are you writing another book?

A: I want to but it is very costly and money is very tight. I want to do a story about my family, particularly my father, who was something of a mystery man with a past. I also would like to do a story on the Black family in crisis. And there is the story of my tenure at the Detroit Free Press which is a lesson in business politics and race.  I haven’t taken the time to jot down my thoughts except on the Free Press story.

 

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