So…who is your favorite author?

So…who is your favorite author?

So…I often come across the question (and even ask), “what is your favorite book?”.  Occasionally, I’m asked who my favorite author is.  While I often confuse the two questions, I do know the difference when I take a moment to breathe.  Now, I cannot tell you my favorite book for real but I can tell you my favorite author.  It is none other than the wonderful Vanessa Davis Griggs!  She is absolutely awesome!  I came across her book Promises Beyond Jordan at the library one day.   Seemed like an interesting read.  Sure enough, it was!  So, I looked up this author and found that she had written several other books that were related to that one.  So, you know what I did right?  Yup!  I reserved them all at the library.  If you’ve never read a book by Mrs. Griggs you are truly missing out.  My favorite of those books is one called Strongholds.  I learned a lot about myself.  Get ready for a journey when you pick them up!   On top of that, she shares a birthday with The Girl…so…yeah…we’re supposed to know each other!  lol…Check out my interview with her to see why I love her oh so much!

SSK:  Thank you Mrs. Vanessa for agreeing to be interviewed on So Says Kimyatta!  I am so excited to have you!

I’m such a fan.  I do believe I’ve read EVERYTHING you’ve written.  You are certainly one of the names I call when someone asks me, “What’s a good book to read?”  (yeah, I call author’s names…not titles at first).  Tell us about your writing journey. 

VDG:  Thanks, Kimyatta for having me and thanks for your kind words. My writing journey actually started when I was in elementary school. Having a love for words, I enjoyed penning plays. In the sixth grade, I wrote, produced, and directed my classmates in a Christmas play my teacher asked me to put on (somehow she knew I loved writing). It was so great! Following that (in high school no less), I put my hands toward writing novels because I loved reading. But keep in mind this was pre-Terry McMillian making a mark and changing the direction of what most publishers published from the African-American community. At the end of 1996, I walked away from my job of 18 years at BellSouth and decided I would actively pursue my passion of writing. I once told the critically-acclaimed author Ernest Gaines and his wife at a writers’ conference that I was going to either sink or swim. Mrs. Gaines told me, “Vanessa, I think you’re going to swim.” So here I am, 16 novels and a few nonfiction projects later still stroking (even if during these economic times it feels more like the backstroke).

SSK:  Well swim on!  Just keep swimming…swimming…swimming! – Dori, Finding Nemo

SSK:  One of the things I love about your writing is that there is ALWAYS a message and always something uplifting in each of your books.  You’re labeled as Christian Fiction.  Some authors take pause with that and say it puts them in a box.  How do you feel about it?

VDG:  I’m the kind who will say it doesn’t matter what you call me as long as you’re calling me. LOL. I am a Christian, I write fiction, my novels are designed to encourage, uplift, educate, inspire, give hope, point people toward better, and to lift up Jesus the Christ. Personally, I just want to do God’s will for my life. God is not boxed in and He made us in His image, so there’s no box that will be able to contain and hold what He wants to do when He wants to do it how He wants to do it.

SSK:  When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

VDG:  Wait a minute, there’s a such thing as ‘not writing’? Well, apparently, someone forgot to CC me on that e-mail. LOL. No, actually, I love doing things with my grandchildren. I love music and dancing around the house with them (I call it my exercise now). When they’re not around, I work. When they’re around, I like giving them my full attention—being present with the moment and them.

SSK:  HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!  lol…I love it! 

SSK:  What kinds of things do you like to read? 

VDG:  I love reading nonfiction, motivational, and self-help type work. My favorite book was and is still the Bible (can’t get any more motivational and helping self than that book). I loved books by Og Mandino. I love fiction when it’s written well. I love how-to books when I want to hone a particular craft or fix something that needs my attention, which I often do and love it.

SSK:  Do you have a favorite book?  A favorite author?

VDG:  My favorite book is probably “The Greatest Miracle in the World” by Og Mandino. I tell folks I can read a book the way a thirsty man can drink a glass of water, so I’ve read lots of books (LOTS!) from all walks of the spectrum and genres. I do love a good book that’s well written both technically and with heightened rules of engagement.

SSK:  What was the last book you read?

VDG:  Well, I generally can read a book in one day, so I’ve read quite a few since my most recent book, “The Other Side of Divine” released on July 30, 2013 and I’ve been able to take a small breathier. One of those books was “Ciao, Bella” a novel by Ryan Phillips.

SSK:  I’ve read a few of hers!  I’ll have to go look that one up!  Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

VDG:  Aspiring authors have probably heard the usual drill about learning your craft, writing something every day, read to see what to do and sometimes what not to do. But I’d like to say that if your feelings are easily hurt and you don’t deal well with rejection, you might not want to move forward toward this goal or you may find that you’ll need to adjust those feelings. You’ll face the possibility of rejection in every turn in this business. Whether you’re trying to get an agent or publisher who may not “want you,” or if you do get a contract, having to deal with reviewers or critics who may find things wrong with what you did or how you chose to did it, to the people you desire to purchase your book who are “not interested” in you or maybe just not in what you’ve written, to those who do get your book and just didn’t like it for whatever reason. You definitely need a thick skin, but more than anything you need to believe in yourself and what you’re doing—committed to walk it through to the very end and back. I say the end and back because a true writer cannot NOT write, so you’ll find yourself desiring to do it again after the last one is done.

SSK;  Your latest book is The Other Side of Divine, tell us about it.

Can a dream come true be a mixed blessing?

Paris Simmons-Holyfield is finally pregnant with the baby she’s dreamed of for so long. There’s just one complication: she’s not sure who the father is. Apparently, after a night of drinking with her ex-coworker and ally Darius Connors, it could be him. Considering her husband’s track record, chances are it is. Still, Paris prays it’s not Darius, and decides to keep quiet about her worries. Especially because Darius isn’t ready to give up on his crumbling marriage. . .

Meanwhile, after a battle to keep her adopted daughter and an ugly confrontation with Paris’s family, Gabrielle Mercedes has finally found love and happiness. But when her father shows up, paroled from prison, she fears she’s in for another round of trouble. As all three navigate the path from sin to redemption, can they forgive their way to the other side?

THE OTHER SIDE OF DIVINE received 4.5 Stars, Top Pick! from RT (Romantic Times) Book Reviews which is their highest rating given. It was also a USA Today recommend. I’m thrilled with the feedback this novel is receiving and pray even more who read it are blessed by it.

SSK:  What can we expect next from you?

VDG:  Oh, that’s a good question! I’ll just say to stay tuned and keep checking my Web site or Facebook page to see what’s next.

SSK:  How can fans get in touch with you?

VDG:  My Web site is: and my Facebook page is I have a Twitter page, but me and Twitter aren’t so cozy. I’m sure it’s me and not them. I post but it’s not as intimate feeling to me, so I don’t go there as much.

Thanks so much, Kimyatta! I enjoyed this.

SSK:  I loved having you!  Yup!  You’re my favorite! 

So…there you have it.  Connect with Mrs. Griggs and make sure to like her there.  You’re SURE to be inspired.  Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of The Other Side of Divine today!

Until next time,

Hakuna MatataTheOtherSideofDivineWEB

So…The Sidelines are heating up again!

So…The Sidelines are heating up again!

I have to tell you, I’ve met some cool people on this literary journey.  Some of the coolest ones are those like Pat Tucker, who happens to be my sorority sister of Sigma Gamma Rho!  We’re sisters of the pen…and sisters of SGRHO!  Gotta love it!  So…without further adieu, the bluetiful, Pat Tucker!!!!

SSK:  Thank you Pat for agreeing to be interviewed on So Says Kimyatta!  I am truly honored to be able to be a part of this tour!  You’re completely awesome!

So let’s get to it!  Tell us about Sideline Scandals!  

PT:  Sideline Scandals is a follow up to Football Widows. Sasha Davenport wants her own reality TV show and she believes the only way to get one is to find a handsome, NFL Quarterback to marry. The problem is, the one she’s chosen is already married, to a member of Sasha’s Football Widows Social Club.

SSK:  Now see…that’s a mess already!  As the follow up to Football Widows, will readers be lost if they start here?

PT:  Readers can start with Sideline Scandals even if they didn’t read Football Widows, however, the main incentive to read Football Widows is because that story is being made into a movie. We are reviewing the contract as I type! But as for SS, it is a stand alone story because I introduce you to all new characters and their scandalsJ You notice I call it a follow-up and not a sequel.

SSK:  I absolutely LOVE that!  Did you read that?  MOVIE!!!!  Football Widows…be on the look out!

SSK:  Tell us about your writing journey?

PT:  My writing journey started from a young age. Once I decided I wanted a career in reading and writing I set out to become a TV News Reporter and a published author. I’m so honored to be able to say I accomplished both goals and am continuing to achieve other goals. The pinnacle of my writing career will be when we are sitting inside a theater to see the movie adaptation of Football Widows. I’m blessed, humbled, and grateful that I am living my dreams each and every day.

SSK:  That’s magnificent!  Not everyone can say that.  You completely ROCKED it!

SSK:  I love how relevant your writing is.  Even though some of the stuff that happens seems so out there in the eyes of some, your writing is relatable.  I see the tag that your writing is ripped from the headlines.  It reminds me of Law & Order in that way.  Are there any particular stories that you’re drawn to?

PT:  I am drawn to those stories that seem incredibly unbelievable. My goal is to educate people but in an entertaining way. Whether I’m writing about obscure laws that could be detrimental to us all or little known events that have mass impact and appeal, every story I choose to write usually begins with an idea that leaves me thirsty for more.

SSK:  When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

PT:  When I’m not writing, I’m usually spending time with my family, reading, watching movies or thinking of other stories I could tackle.

SSK:  What kinds of things do you like to read?  

PT:  I love to read great stories. There’s no specific genre, if a story’s synopsis sounds interesting to me, I’m going to read it.

SSK:  Do you have a favorite book?  A favorite author?

PT:  I don’t have a favorite author, but my favorite book is The Deal the Dance the Devil by Victoria Christopher Murray! I LOVE THAT BOOK! I read everyone from new authors to the all-time favorites.

SSK:  What was the last book you read?

PT:  The last book I read was an ebook by Allison Hobbs and Daamiah S. Poole, One Night Stand and I really enjoyed it.

SSK:  Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

PT:  My advice to aspiring authors is simple, always write! It’s the only way you’ll get that book done.

SSK:  What can we expect next from you?

PT:  Next up for me is another project with Earl Sewell. Loyalty Among Friends looks at a woman who’s torn between being loyal to her childhood friend or her best friend after the childhood friend begins an affair with the best friend.

SSK: *drooling* (umm…yeah…can’t wait for that one!)

SSK:  How can fans get in touch with you?

PT:  Readers can get in touch with me on social media. My website is, but I’m on Facebook as Pat Tucker and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE follow me on twitter. My handle is @authorpattucker.  I can assure you, I’m always talking about something so friend me on FB or follow me on Twitter.

Well…there you have it!  My first book by Pat was Daddy by Default…you won’t believe it!  But it could VERY well be a true story…don’t miss it.  Check out Sideline Scandals at your favorite book seller!  I tell you…it is hot…hot…hot!  (You will constantly go…OH NO SHE DIDN’T! – in you Shashantwaniqua voice).

Until next time,

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So…Step Into Summer Aqua Blue Book Tour

So…Step Into Summer Aqua Blue Book Tour

Today on So Says Kimyatta…Meet Marian L. Thomas!  From her website:

Clean Fiction novelist, Marian L. Thomas is a dynamic story-teller with three engaging and dramatic novels to her credit.  Her books have been seen on national television stations such as, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations. Her titles, “My Father’s Colors” and “Strings of Color”, both received the USA Best Book Finalist Award. Each of her books have reached a #1 bestseller position on for their respective categories and have placed on the bestseller’s list for Barnes &, as well.

What makes her books, unique? Mrs. Thomas might be the first African American pioneer of contemporary women’s clean fiction. She refuses to lace her work with explicit sexual themes or profanity. What does she include in her books? “A refreshing and engaging dramatic story that revolves around strong female characters,” stated, the author.

Ms. Thomas’ books, are rich with ever-intriguing themes of race, family strife, love, divorce, friendship and abuse. And yet, her tales which seem to pre-stage current tabloid headlines are spelled out in ways that suit the delicate moral tastes of both the Christian Fiction reader and the Clean Fiction book reader.

Without further adieu…Marian L. Thomas!

SSK:  Thank you Marian for agreeing to let So Says Kimyatta be a part of your tour!  I’m super excited to have you!

So…we’re here to talk about your new release:  Aqua Blue.  Tell us a little bit about the book.

MLT:  From the back of the book:

In 1968 a child was born. Her father’s eyes boast a beautiful green and her mother was born with hazel. Yet, Aqua Blue was brought into the world with neither.

Haley wishes her parents would forget her. Her mother wants to control her, her father constantly beats on her and Haley, however, just wants to dance on Broadway. Will her dreams cost her more than she ever expected?

Jonathan Jacob Benjamin Brown is running from the memory of a mother he loved. His journey will thrust him into a world filled with secrets so shocking, he must determine whether he will forgive or walk away.

As they each step foot into the intoxicating city of New York, their dreams are standing before them with open arms. Yet, in order to embrace the possibilities, they must first learn to live, love, and breathe.

SSK:  Where did you get the idea for this book?  I love when her friend, Haley, finally asks her about her eyes!

MLT:  My hubby and I were driving through a rural part of Tennessee when I couldn’t help but notice the dirt roads, the old and barely able to stand gas stations, the carts that lined the roadway where goods had been sold and the one small car sales lot that had cars that were probably older than it.

Everyone seemed to be at the same starting point.

As I watched a few individuals travel along the sidewalks, I wondered what it would be like for them to escape a place such as that and travel to a major city, like New York. The story took off in my head from there.

SSK:  So…there’s a contest associated with this blog tour…can you give us some information on that? 

MLT:  The Step Into Summer AQUA BLUE Book Tour, is a great contest that features a $25 Visa E-Card that will be given away to one winner. Another winner will receive a copy of AQUA BLUE. It’s easy and fun to enter.

(1) Leave a comment on a blog that I’m stopping by (such as this one).

(2) Visit this website:

(3) Enter the contest.

SSK: Well that’s easy enough.  Did you see where she said followers/fans/readers?  Leave a comment on a blog?  Yeah…like this one!

SSK:  What kinds of things do you like to read? 

MLT:  Poetry is my favorite.

SSK:  Do you have a favorite book? 

MLT:  I have had the opportunity to be in the company of many talented authors, so picking a favorite book from them, would be hard.

SSK:  Yeah.  I have trouble answering that question too!  lol.  Good to know I’m not alone.

SSK:  Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

MLT:  No journey can start unless you put two feet on it and start walking. Being an author is a journey. You start by writing. You continue by writing with passion. You grow by writing with purpose.

SSK:  Truer words were never spoken.  I’m sitting here with my mouth open…wow…

SSK:  What can we expect next from you?

MLT:  I am looking forward to releasing a new book in 2014 called: Precious Blue.

SSK:  How can fans get in touch with you?


Again Marian…I sooooooooooo appreciate you coming to talk to us!  Aqua Blue is really…REALLY awesome so far!  I’m mad that I’m reading it so slowly!  (My fault..not the book’s…got a lot going on!)  Go ahead and pick up your copy wherever books are sold!  You will not be sorry.  You can read the first chapter on Marian’s website…when you do…you’ll NEED to get the book!

Until next time,

Hakuna Matata

So…Marissa…You’ve Got It Bad!

So…Marissa…You’ve Got It Bad!

Today on So Says Kimyatta…The fabulous…Marissa Monteilh (pronounced Mon-Tay)!  Welcome!

SSK:  Thanks for allowing So Says Kimyatta to be a participant in this blog tour!  I’m so excited to have you Marissa!
Let’s jump right in…shall we?  Tell us a little bit about You’ve Got it Bad. 

MM:  The good doctor, Dr. Makkai Worthy, returns as Dr. Feelgood in the steamy sequel of a handsome, popular heart surgeon who repairs hearts in his professional life, yet breaks them in his personal life.

Dr. Makkai Worthy is a playboy from the heart and a chip off the old rolling-stone block, as his father has more children than he can even name. Makkai’s daughter, Fonda, is now five-years old and soon will be looking to her father to show her by example how a male should cherish a female. Mary Jane Cherry and Dr. Lois Taylor keep Makkai’s playboy plate full, along with a few new characters. One sequence of dramatic events leads to another, and if Makkai plans to save himself, he’ll need to break the generational curses that bind and face some unexpected truths. Will his love of women continue to rule his world, or will he break all the rules and prove to himself that having it bad, ain’t good?

SSK:  I’m sure there are some surprises in store.  This book takes place after five years have passed.  I have to wonder, has the good doctor changed any in that time?

MM:  You are so very correct in that there are surprises and changes in this sequel, and I will admit that the good doctor and Mary Jane have broken up and he is back to his old ways. Question is, will he ever learn? That remains to be seen.
SSK:  Do you foresee any other characters in the book having their own books?  I have to admit that Monday has me a little rattled.  I want to know more about what’s going on in her life!

MM:  I don’t see any other characters having their own books, even though there is one certain Imposter character who has been campaigning for some attention on my Facebook Author Page, and I’m thinking perhaps this character is trying to get his or her own book. Interesting! But it’ll NEVER happen! The pen is mightier than the Imposter!

Monday Askins, who’s birth name is Laurinda, which is the name she’ll be going by in this sequel, has rattled a few people. She is now a recovering alcoholic who claims to have her life together, with the help of a millionaire business man named Drew Warren, and she vows to now get her daughter, Fonda, back. But Makkai isn’t having it. So yes, she’s been up to a lot, with a lot more to be seen.

SSK:  How do you do to motivate yourself to write?  Do you have a special formula that works for you?

MM:  Deadlines motivate me to write, actually. There’s something about a looming deadline that kicks me right into gear. My formula is to first, write an outline. I spend time getting to know my characters, and I assign them scenes, much like a stage play. Once I have a writing road-map that gives me an idea of where they’re going, I’m more motivated to sit down and get them there, but they don’t always end up where I thought they would. That is one of the best things about writing. The destination can be a mystery. You surprise even yourself!

SSK:  Interesting.  I can see a deadline being a motivator!  lol…Tell us about some of your other titles.

MM:  I write women’s fiction, mainly relationship-type novels. I’ve written these type of stories: older women falling in love with younger men and how fatherly abandonment can affect our love lives in May December Souls, a wife with cervical cancer and a broken marriage in The Six-Letter Word, best-friends who cheat with each other’s sons and fathers in Turnabout is Fair Play, self-image issues and a nip-tuck in Morgan’s Makeover, a woman who physically abuses her police officer husband in Something He Can Feel, and more. I love to write fiction-friction, with issues that go against the grain and make people a little uncomfortable, yet hopefully ones that readers are unable to put down.

SSK:  Fiction Friction…well alright now!   What can readers expect next from you?

MM:  I have a series of Erotic City books under my pen name, PYNK, which come out every six months through the end of 2014, and then in 2015 I plan to write the final book in the Hot Boyz trilogy, called L.A. Husbands and Wives. I might write a non-fiction book along the way that will teach men and women how to be romantic.

SSK:  Is there anything else you’d like to share?

MM:  I’d like to share that it is very important for readers to tell someone about the books they are excited about, have read, and/or are about to read. Word of mouth is so important to authors, as well as reviews. Actually, reviews are word of mouth. We need your support, especially nowadays.

SSK:  How can readers contact you?

MM:  Readers can contact me via my website, Facebook, Twitter or email.

Facebook:  Marissa Monteilh Author Page

Twitter:  DivaWriterMM


Thank you Kimyatta, my fellow author, for this interview, and for all that you do to support authors. You are a literary gem!

Aww…Marissa…you’re welcome!  Literary gem!  I love it!

So…go ahead and get your copy of You’ve Got It Bad….if you haven’t read Dr. Feelgood…check that out too!


Until next time,

Hakuna Matata

So…Tyora Moody is in Deep Fried Trouble!

EP Book Tour
Okay..not really…she’s not in it…but she wrote it! Welcome to Day 3 of the Deep Fried Trouble Blog Tour!
Please welcome Tyora Moody!

SSK: Hi Tyora! Thank you SO MUCH for allowing me to be a part of your blog tour!

TM: Thanks for having me on your blog, Kimyatta!

SSK: First, I’d like you to tell us a little bit about Deep Fried Trouble.

TM: Sure, here is a synopsis:

Widowed and officially retired, EUGEENA PATTERSON throws herself into organizing the neighborhood association. This presents a great opportunity to re-connect with old friends and get to know new neighbors like recently widowed Amos Jones, that is until Eugeena stumbles upon her estranged neighbor’s dead body. Eugeena’s daughter is fingered as a prime suspect, but where is she?
Determined to find her missing daughter, Eugeena and Amos sort through a list of neighbors with shady or unknown backgrounds. The more she searches, the more Eugeena becomes unsure about this neighborhood association idea. Someone closer than Eugeena thinks, wants to keep it that way.

SSK: This book was completely AWESOME! I absolutely loved Eugeena. I’m glad there’s more to find out here. Did you start out planning this to be a series or did it just happen?

TM: I’m so glad you loved this character. By the time I finished writing Deep Fried Trouble, there were so many stories that were left open-ended, I figured there were a lot more stories to tell.

SSK: How did you get the idea for this kind of book? Do you read a lot of them?

TM: Eugeena popped up during my journal writing back in 2008. I picture her having an a very animated conversation with a friend in a nursing home. I didn’t know at the time, but the scene would be the start of a book. In fact this scene will show up in the second Eugeena Patterson book. Deep Fried Trouble is considered a cozy mystery and there are quite a few authors I like in this genre. Agatha Christie is probably the queen of this genre.

SSK: Tell us about some of your other books.

TM: I have written romantic suspense books that are apart of a series called the Victory Gospel Series. Those books are When Rain Falls and When Memories Fade.

SSK: How can readers connect with you?

TM: The best way is to start with my website, You can find links to all my social media profiles/pages.

SSK: What kind of books do you like to read? What’s the last book you read?

TM: For fiction, I tend to read mostly mystery, suspense and thrillers. I’m currently reading R is for Ricochet, which is a part of the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton.

SSK: You also have a web business. Tell us a little more about that.

TM: Yes, thanks for the opportunity! I consider myself a literary-focused entrepreneur. Since 1999, I have assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via my company, Some of my popular services include virtual book tours, book trailers and book covers.

SSK: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

TM: Stay tuned to for the third and final book of the Victory Gospel Series. When Perfection Fails will be released in March 2014. I hope to release another Eugeena book in 2014 too.

SSK: And there you have it! You can check out my review of Deep Fried Trouble here. Pick up your copy wherever books are sold!

Until next time,

Hakuna Matata

So…Jamesina Greene!

So…Jamesina Greene!

So…being a part of The Motherhood Diaries collaboration has let me meet some REALLY great people.  Another one of the wonderful ladies in the project is Ms. Jamesina Greene!

Hi Jamee!  Thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed on So Says Kimyatta!

SSK:  Tell us a little bit about your chapter in The Motherhood Diaries.

JG:  My chapter in The Motherhood Diaries is called The Diary of a Depressed Mother.  It gives a brief insight into my life long battle with Depression and how it affected my relationships, especially with my sons.  Because I was always in a place of unhappiness and feeling unfulfilled, I often did not know how to show the love for my sons that I felt on the inside.  While they gave my life purpose, I was not in a good place and most likely did not show them how much I loved them on a regular basis.

SSK:  You were an other before MD too.  Tell us about some of your titles.
JG:  In addition to my contribution to The Motherhood Diaries, I have self-published five books.  Each of these books share my personal journey to healing and wholeness at various levels.  My first book, “Help, I Don’t Like Myself!” details my hospitalization for Depressions and Anxiety Disorders and how that experience pushed me to be honest and to face the demons that I was previously ignoring.  I learned that suffering in silence was not necessary and I share this story to help others come to the same understanding.

SSK:  Wow.  I know that is some story.  In the short time I’ve known you, you’ve encouraged me so much, so I know that your book is one that must be powerful.  You use your voice to inspire others.  I love that you talk about voices often on your blog and your radio show Jamee.  I’m always inspired.  Tell us a little about your business endeavors.

JG:  It is my belief that not only do we HAVE a Voice, but we ARE a Voice.  I believe that everything we say and DO, speaks.  Your very presence speaks and represents your Voice.  Currently, I have three businesses:  Jami Greene Ministries, Inc., Destne Enterprises and A Mother’s Cry.  All of these endeavors provide a forum where individuals are shown that they are unique and loved just as they are.  In addition, they are shown how to move forward with their life purpose and to meet their ultimate destiny.  JGM, Inc. is where I use my gifts for ministry purpose through speaking engagements, seminars, workshops, conferences, etc.  Destne Enterprises is where I publish my books, write plays and I am in the process of recording my first demo of songs that I have written.  AMC was birthed from my heart to give mothers a place to learn just how important they are as individuals and thereby encourage them to be the best mothers that they can be.

SSK:  Tell us about your voice.  How did you come to love yours and other people’s voices?

JG:  Many people find this hard to believe, but I really did not “find” my Voice until after the deaths of my parents a little over 2 years ago.  The majority of my life, I have been the “echo” of someone else’s voice.  I was identified as someone’s daughter, sister, mother and grandmother.  Recently, I had a Divine revelation and accepted the fact that I have a Voice and I am going to use it.  I use my Voice through my businesses, through my Facebook Groups and Pages, my “I AM a Voice” Blog and my Blog Talk Radio Show, “The Voice of Triumph”.  Honestly, I have many more ideas in my head, prayerfully they will be manifested this year (smile).

SSK:  AWESOME!  Now…taking a note from you, do you think your voice is for a specific audience?  Why or why not?

JG:  Of course AMC is designed to address the needs of mothers, but other than that I do not necessarily believe that I only reach a specific group of people.  I received messages and prayer request all the time from males and females, youth and adults of various ethnic backgrounds that are suffering from the trauma of many types of abuse, etc.  and they are just ecstatic that I am honest and open about my journey. I believe that my story is my gift to the world and I share it boldly.

SSK:  What can we expect in the coming months from you?

JG:  In the coming months, it is my desire to open AMC Chapters nationwide and to take my message of healing and wholeness globally.  I want to travel and share my story with as many people as I can.  I believe that it is my Divine assignment to take my “goods to the marketplace” and so here I go (smile).

SSK:  And from that, I hear, “Go ye therefore into all nations…” Lol…How can readers, fans, and listeners get in touch with you?

JG:  I can be reached through Facebook:  Jamesina Greene; Twitter: msdestne61 and email:

SSK:  Is there anything else you want to share with us?

JG:  I want to let each of your readers know that they are loved and they are special.  We are all of Purpose and we owe it to ourselves and the world to pursue it!

SSK:  And there you have it!  Thanks again Jamee!

Until next time,
Hakuna Matata!
So…Authors Rock!

So…Authors Rock!

So…you remember how I said that I was a contributing author to The Motherhood Diaries? Well, this weekend, I had the opportunity along with several of the other authors to participate in a book signing in Houston. IT WAS AMAZING! I’ve been to book signings and been simply awed at being able to meet with amazing authors. Well, this time, it was my turn! Each day, I’m still amazed that I was given a chance to participate and be a part of a team. It was completely AWESOME!

This past weekend, we came to Houston and the ladies of Motherhood Diaries shut it down! Friday, the book signing was held at Dionisio Winery in Downtown Houston. I can’t describe the feeling except to say that I felt like Cinderella at the ball. Originally, when this was suggested, I REALLY wanted to go, but I knew that it was NOT in my budget…( story is Diary of a Struggling Mom…my budget is limited)! Anyway, my mom didn’t understand why that should stop me. She GRACIOUSLY offered to purchase my plane fare. My best friend helped and got a great deal for a room and a rental car for the weekend and a prayer partner gave me spending money. The trip was all planned and sponsored by friends and family! My sister even hooked me up with her iPhone for the weekend. It was sooooo awesome.

Now to the business. The authors of MD have been communicating online for the most part since right before the book was released. We’ve bonded and come to know one another over the past month or so and have really gotten close. One of the ladies (my sister writers) and I chatted that we would all get together and feel awkward probably because meeting folks online and then in person can be completely and totally different because people aren’t always the same online. I am glad to say that while at first we were ALL a little shy, we broke out after a few minutes into the same folks we have shown ourselves to be online! It was soooooo friggin’ cool! One of the sister writers, L.A. Lewis had this to say:

“Imagine you’ve always loved acting. Now, imagine that one of your favorite actors who you’ve admired for as long as you can remember, chose you to be a part of a movie that they’re starring in. Now, one would say that’s a very big deal, right? Of course it is. Now also imagine that this big time actor also invited you into their home, and fed you and made YOU feel like a star! Can you imagine that? Well, that’s exactly what this weekend felt like to me. Not only meeting, but actually being able to socialize and eat with authors that I’ve known and read for as long as I can remember reading, is just WOW! Not only that, but to top it all off, I was also able to meet other women who are about their business.”

Yup. That about sums it up. I straight felt like Cinderella except midnight didn’t turn my carriage back into a pumpkin! I was living a DREAM! I really, REALLY can’t believe that I was schmoozing with STARS (did you not know that authors are stars? You better reckanize! lol…)

To add more icing on the cake (this cake was seriously sweet!), Victoria Christopher Murray came out to support Reshonda and the rest of us and popped up at the signing! What she said that completely blew me away, was something that I’d said. SHE said that SHE was star struck! WHA?? She said that she now understands how her readers feel when they squeal with delight upon meeting her. I was completely flabbergasted. I got to meet most of my sister writers and I was cracking myself up because I recognized EACH AND EVERYONE of them…well, mostly. Pat Tucker threw me for a loop though! (lol)…she got all super sexy on us! HAHAHAHAHA! (hey…you ain’t see her!).

We all had so much fun! Roishina helped me live a little and get outside my box. IF it had not been for her, I would LIKELY have been in the room all weekend with my nose in a book until it was time for our two events. This was my first time going west of Alabama! I already knew that Pat Tucker and Crystal Brown Tatum and I shared a special bond because we’re members of the same sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho. I also found out that another sister writer, Felicia Williams, is a member also! WHAAAAAA!!! I’ve told you before that this is a talented bunch of ladies. I was sincerely overwhelmed and just star struck! YUP! I SAID IT! STAR STRUCK!

I’m honored to know these ladies. I feel like I’ve known them forever and I know that they are praying for me just like I’m praying for them. Big things are happening. Make sure you come along. You don’t want to miss it. Check out the links below. These are some of the things we’re up to. Now, some of them, I’ve already linked to above. Just click their highlighted names. The others, I’m posting below. Check them out!

Shelby Alexander Griggs – Diary of a Mature Mom

Keleigh Crigler Hadley – Diary of a Wimpy Mom

Sadeqa Johnson – Diary of an Overachieving Mom (who needs a drink)

Makasha Dorsey – Diary of an Aspie Mom

Gina Phillips Johnson – Diary of a Praying Mom

Edna Pittman – Diary of a Special Needs Mom

Jamesina Greene – Diary of a Depressed Mom

C. Mikki – Diary of an Adoptive Mom

Tia McCollors – Diary of a Stay At Home Mom

Norlita Brown – Diary of an Abusive Mom

Gail Diamond – Diary of a Single Parent

Marcena Hooks – Diary of a Working Mom (the balancing act)

Lichol Ford – Diary of a Welfare Mom

Tanisha Tate – Diary of a Mom/Dad

Deborah Gaffney – Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Miranda Parker – Diary of a Mom With a Disability Big Heart

Like I said, this is a talented group of ladies! We have lots going on. I hope you’ve enjoyed the book as much as we have. This weekend, as we signed books and mementos for each other, I felt like it was the last day of school and we were signing yearbooks! I was sad to see the weekend come to an end but I so enjoyed the time that I did spend with my sister writers. I am looking forward to the next time we’re all able to get together.

Me and Roi MD Signing 3

Until next time,

Hakuna Matata