Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on You can access her bibliography on search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Love's Remnant by Regena Bryant Coming October 13th

When Avery Thomas inherits D Allen Designs she must piece together the tattered shreds of her life after the death of her best friend. Now she’s mending broken family relationships, cutting through financial difficulties, and fabricating a new romantic relationship.
As the attorney for D Allen Designs, Tyler Anderson is fully aware of the challenges Avery faces and he’s in awe of her resilience. For Avery, he’s bent the law and compromised his prayers for a wife. After wanting her for so long, she’s finally his. But, he can’t continue living on this side of the seam.

Can they weave the remnants of life and love together? Or will their chance at love end up on the cutting room floor?

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 Regena Bryant is the author of three contemporary women’s fiction novels: Except on Sunday, Believe In Me and Love’s Remnant.
In 2004 Regena Bryant made a pact with her nephew, “…if you give me a college degree, I’ll write a book.”
Regena lives in suburban Chicago with her husband and two sons. Her nephew’s college diploma graces the mantle.
Regena’s novels explore the complex simplicity of falling in love—in these complicated times.
Regena enjoys reading, poetry, and gospel and jazz music. Regena was nominated for an Emma Award in 2011 for Debut Author of the Year. In 2012 Regena was the recipient of the SORMAG Award for Debut Author of the Year. Visit her at

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Monday, May 19, 2014

ON OPEN FENCES AND JAILED DOGS: The Future of Publishing

On open fences and jailed dogs: The future of publishing

Near my home, there is a house that’s still under construction.  Although it has no fence yet, it does have a door at the garden’s edge, standing alone in the middle of the road, like a white version of Clarke’s monolith.  As I passed by earlier today, I chuckled at the sight of a dog standing inside the fenceless garden, right behind the closed door, waiting for someone to open it so he can go out for a walk.

At that moment, I remembered Jessica Park’s fascinating article on self-publishing, and it occurred to me that this is exactly what’s happening with the publishing industry.  Writers and authors are still courting agents and publishers, who have acted like gatekeepers for centuries.  And yet, they ignore the simple fact that the gates  are no longer surrounded by fences.

It used to be that publishers were the only way to ensure a book’s mass distribution; having their backing was the only way to reach an audience. Nowadays, however, there’s Amazon, Lulu, Createspace and so many more; the possibilities for self-published authors are endless.  So, why don’t more people self-publish?

One of the reasons is that it may seem like self-publishing is an admission of defeat.  Writers are a notoriously insecure lot, so we need someone’s stamp of approval on our work, to validate it and reassure us that our work matters.  That we matter.

I recently witnessed the following dialogue in a LinkedIn group, to my great surprise:

“…if I was unable to engage with and be published by a traditional publishing company who I also admired for their taste, skills, book jacket designs, other authors' books and so on, then I'd rather remain unpublished because for me it's only when a publisher like that thinks I'm worth investing in, that I feel I've done my real job as a writer.”

Another author then agreed:  “Having my work accepted by a traditional publisher serves as a validation of its quality and marketability.”

But the public doesn’t care about that.  It cares about our work.  And if our work is any good, if we can built a community and talk with people in an honest and personal way, we can reach them; introduce our work to them; make them care about our characters, stories and books.

So, what’s going to happen to publishers and agents?  In a way, the industry is going through the same transformation the music industry went through a few years ago.  At first, music companies fought the internet, mortified of its massive reach.  Wishing to control every aspect, from production to promotion to distribution, they almost ended up losing everything.  Artists started publishing their music online, even for free.  CD sales plummeted, downloads sky-rocketed.  It was only when the industry embraced the change instead of fighting it that things turned around.  Nowadays, the internet is a nice earner for music companies, while allowing people to legally download the music they like, unconstrained by the producers’ opinions.

This, however, has made finding good music harder.  If one hears the same 100 songs on the radio, it’s easy enough to know which ones they like; but if they have to choose between millions of them, people quickly become overwhelmed by the variety.  So, music labels increasingly act as media companies, promoting bands and artists through their networks.

I suspect the same will happen with the publishing industry in the near future.  Right now, it has fractured into many complimentary services.  My mailbox is filled with companies offering to help me distribute my work; promote it; and prepare it for distribution.  What used to be a single publisher’s job has now been torn into many competing elements.

I for one am very excited about this, because it empowers everyone involved: readers get more choice, while authors are free to experiment with different genres and break the rules.  It is only those publishers who cling to the old ways of thinking that need worry about it.  In Tolkien’s words, “the only people who inveigh against escape are jailers.”

And, it seems, baffled dogs behind non-existent fences.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

When Ice Melts by Altonya Washington

Icia Graham’s love affair with Rakim Transou had the makings of a fairy tale romance with the happily ever after ending, until the night of Rakim’s college graduation party. For Icia, it was the night her life was forever changed. So desperate to escape the horrific memories she’d suddenly been saddled with, Icia left school and the man she loved.
The years passed and; in that time, both Rakim and Icia reached goals that carried them to the heights of success. For Rakim it was a powerful advertising agency that brought him a respected and revered name in the business. Icia’s accomplishment was a bit darker, but no less revered and she had no desire to revisit the past and be tortured by thoughts of love lost with the only man she’d ever wanted.
A series of events however, would bring Icia right back to where she swore she’d never return. Once more Rakim Transou was back in her life and she was simultaneously overjoyed and distraught. How could she start anew with the man who still meant everything to her, when there were so many secrets between them? When the need for vengeance on those; who were still very much a part of Rakim’s life, still raged so viciously inside her?

Monday, March 17, 2014


The Constant Tower by Carole McDonnell

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Genre: Fantasy

Sickly fifteen year old Prince Psal, the son of the nature-blessed warrior-king Nahas, should have been named Crown Prince of all Wheel Clan lands. A priest-physician like his friend Ephan, Psal lacks a warrior’s heart, yet he desires to earn Nahas’s respect and become a clan chief. If he cannot do this, he must escape his clan altogether. But his love for Cassia, the daughter of his father’s enemy, and his own weaknesses work against him. When war comes, Psal defends Ktwala and her daughter Mahari, wronged by Nahas, and speaks out against the atrocities his clan commits, further jeopardizing his future. And now the mysterious towers that keep humans safe from the Creator’s ancient curse are rebelling. A prophecy exists—not that Psal believes such matters—of three great ones who will find the Constant Tower and break the power of the third moon. Could Psal, Ephan, and Mahari be those great ones? Psal must risk losing his father’s respect to find his destiny, and with his friends face the dangers of the unmaking night to find the Constant Tower and save all of humanity.

What others are saying
“Carole McDonnell is a first-class world-builder. A unique, powerhouse epic, The Constant Towers is a treasure trove of great characters, compelling cultural details and political machinations, all lovingly detailed in evocative prose. Yay!”—Stefan Petrucha, author Dead Mann Walking
“I think this may be an important book. This certainly a well-written book, full of detail and observation and metaphor.…I had sympathy for four or five of the characters in this long book filled with thousands of people. I had empathy for absolutely none. I hated the evil society depicted and I disliked most of the characters. Their thinking was so orthogonal to mine that it hurt to try to understand the characters.…Part of what reading novels are supposed to do for us is help us understand how others think and gain more supple minds. I flunked this lesson.…my tribe also strongly believes that there are certain things you DO NOT talk about in public. I squirmed through the sex scenes.…you may be wondering why I gave this book five stars when there was so much in it I disliked. I gave it five stars because it is a great book.…It’s possible that if I would just admit that I’m as big a sinner as the sinners in this book, that the core of the book would crack open for me and the Constant Tower would welcome me and heal me.”—Lelia Rose Foreman, Amazon review

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Saturday, February 22, 2014


RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR, Bruce A. Borders was born in 1967 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bruce’s childhood years were spent in a number of states, including Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
During his high school years, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams, involved in various non-athletic activities such as school yearbook production and photography, and won numerous awards for his artistic creations. Bruce graduated Valedictorian in 1984.
While in school, Bruce held three part-time jobs; a store clerk, a janitor, and a dental technician, working about 60-70 hours per week. After graduation, he became employed full time as a dental technician. Other jobs have included restaurant manager, carpenter, and grocery store cashier. For the past sixteen years, he has worked as a commercial truck driver, logging more than two million miles.
At the age of fifteen, Bruce decided to become a writer. He began by writing songs, news articles, and short stories. Eventually, books were added to the list. Over the years, he continued to write and currently has a catalog of more than 500 songs, numerous short stories and over a dozen completed books. He writes on a variety of subjects such as fictional novels of legal issues and westerns. Titles include: Inside Room 913, Over My Dead Body, Miscarriage Of Justice, The Journey, and in The Wynn Garrett Series - Mistaken Identity, Holy Terror, Remote Control, Judicial Review, Even Odds, and Safety Hazard.


Excerpt from Miscarriage Of Justice


Pulling up to her office, parking outside on the street as lately she'd begun to do, Mariana quickly forgot her woes. Engrossed in her work, she didn't notice the phone ringing until her secretary said, “That's your line.”

Without having time to consider whether or not it would be Ethan, she answered. After a brief pause, she almost hung up. Then she heard Jessi’s familiar voice.

“What are you up to?”

“Working,” Mariana said sharply. Then realizing she’d snapped at her friend, she said in a softer tone. “Some of us have to do that you know.”

“Hey, I work,” Jessi insisted.

“Yeah, right. Does your job now consist of calling your friends?”

“Not really,” Jessi answered. “Only the ones I'm worried about, which at the moment is just you.”

“Why are you worried about me?” Mariana asked innocently.

“Because I haven't heard from you since I was down there, and as I recall, you had a certain lunatic trying to kill you.” Jessi retorted.

“I'm fine,” Mariana told her. “As you can see, or hear actually, I’m very much alive.”

“Has Ethan called anymore?” Jessi pressed. “Or come to visit?”

“Um…” Mariana hesitated, uncomfortable discussing the issue in the office setting. Glancing around nervously she said, “I’ll call you back.”

As the rest of the day dragged on, she nervously chewed her lip and found herself staring out the window, dreading the conversation she knew would be coming with Jessi. Her friend was pretty good at getting information out of people, while she herself was woefully incapable of not blabbing while being pressured by a friendly interrogator, especially Jessi.

She decided not to mention Ethan’s visit while she'd been in the shower, or his other activity, and even though it had been her friend’s idea, she wasn't about to bring up Frankie Arimante and the deal they’d struck.

Leaving work early, at two minutes past four, she dialed Jessi’s number on her way home in the car. “Don't say anything,” she reminded herself as the phone rang.

As if she’d been sitting by the phone, waiting for it to ring, Jessi answered immediately. “Start talking,” the impatient nurse demanded. “What happened?”

“Nothing,” Mariana responded evasively.

“Uh-uh. Something is going on. The way you shut right up when I mentioned Ethan today.”

“I just didn't want to talk about the subject in front of everyone at the office,” Mariana insisted.

“It's more than that. This is Jessi, remember? I know you. I can hear it in your voice that something isn’t right.”

“Honest,” Mariana continued her charade. “Nothing is wrong.”

“Has Ethan called?”

“Well, yeah, he has. But only a couple of times. That's nothing new.”

“Has he been back to your house?”

Mariana bit her lip. “No.” she said.

“You're lying,” Jessi accused. “I can tell.”

“Okay. He’s been there, but...”

“You're going to have to do something about this sooner or later,” Jessi warned. “You know that, right?”

“Hm, maybe,” Mariana avoided the question. Then projecting her usual optimism she said, “It's no big deal. I can handle it.”

“Until he kills you!”

“Look,” Mariana said. “You don't need to worry about me. In a few days it’ll all be over.” Instantly, she kicked herself. This is what she'd been afraid would happen. She hadn’t meant to say it; the words had just sort of slipped out. A subconscious effort to quell the grilling from Jessi, she supposed.

“And how do you know that?”

Sighing Mariana said, “I just know.”

“Okay. Now you’ve got me worried,” Jessi breathed. “What did you do?”

“What makes you think I did anything?” Mariana protested.

“You wouldn't be so confident this would be over in a few days unless you knew something,” Jessi pointed out.

“All you need to know,” Mariana said, “is that it’ll all be over soon.”

“Why do I have to drag every bit of information out of you?” Jessi lamented. “I am your friend, you know. And you can trust me.”

Mariana took another deep breath. This is exactly what she’d wanted to avoid. She should've known better. She did know better. Yet, for some reason she’d tried to buffalo her friend anyway. “Okay,” she said with a sigh. “I'll tell you. I hired a guy to get rid of him.” The words came in a rush, like she found them distasteful and wanted to get it over with.

“Get rid of him?” Jessi sounded suspicious. “How?”

“You know, just get rid of him.”

“Permanently? As in dead?”


“You hired a hit man?” Jessi was incredulous. “What were you thinking?”

“It was your idea,” Mariana reminded her.

“I was joking.” Jessi said in dismay. “I didn't expect you  to actually do it.”

“You also said I was going to have to do something sooner or later. Well, I did.”

“That’s not exactly what I meant. What happens when you get caught?”

“I don't plan on being caught,” said Mariana dryly.



Thank you Rave Reviews Book Club for voting me this week’s Spotlight Author! And, a huge thanks to all the members who agreed to host me on their site!


Bruce A. Borders

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

THE SECRETS THEY KEPT by Charmaine Galloway

Title: The Secrets They Kept
Book release date is 2/8/14 and will be available in paperback, Nook and Kindle

This is book 2 of the 2 book series the first book is called Girlfriends Secrets

It is often said that what a person doesn't know can’t hurt them, but in the case of Brittany, Tyra, and Alisha, what they didn't know not only hurt, for one of them, it killed.
From destroyed marriages and surprise identities to lethal love affairs and drug addictions, the secrets kept from, and by, these women set in motion a chain of events that ripped their worlds apart, threatened to destroy their friendships, and made it impossible for any of them to ever trust again.

Charmaine Galloway was born and currently resides in Toledo, Ohio with her two children. Writing has been her passion and a positive emotional outlet since middle school. As a teen, writing in her journal allowed her to escape from the negativity of her world. Around that time she also began writing her debut poetry book. 
Charmaine has a Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree. 
Charmaine has been a guest on many Blog Talk Radio shows and a featured author in SORMAG’s Digital, Urban Image BlaqRayn, and Literary Lounge magazines. She is also the administrator of Writers with Style, a Toledo local author group on Facebook.
Titles by Charmaine includes: My World, Through My Eyes, a poetry book. Girlfriends Secrets and Golden are both Amazon Bestselling novels. Heaven’s Cry: a short story. Girl Talk: a poetry book for teen girls. I love Myself As I Am: a children’s book.
Ms. Galloway is passionate about writing reality based stories about imperfect people. “As a new author I think it is very important that my readers get to know me. I'm a writer with Christian values and I hope to inspire people with the stories that I pen. My characters are everyday people going through struggles and obstacles because life is not perfect. Every story does not have a “happily ever after” ending and neither does real life.”
Charmaine hopes to enlighten, inspire and touch the hearts of her readers. She is currently working on new projects, so keep a look out for her upcoming releases. 


Sunday, February 2, 2014





Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.

On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control. 




Avoiding Lexi hadn't been easy, and it seemed that it was all for naught. I heard her coming long before she made it to my office. I looked up toward the door awaiting her entrance.


Lexi stormed in my office enraged. "Royce, you can run, but you can't hide. You caused this problem and you're going to fix it. Now tell me how you plan on doing it, so I can deal with other things."


Lexi plopped down in front of my desk.


"Hello to you, too, my beautiful wife."


"Save the pleasantries for your customers." Lexi held her hand in the air and then looked around. "Snap! There are no customers."


"Calm down. If there were some, you would run them off with that mouth of yours."


"Calm? How can I be calm when according to you, we're going broke?"


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Available in stores everywhere on February 18, 2014.



Shelia M. Goss is a national bestselling author and a screenwriter. The Joneses is her seventeenth book in print. She writes in multiple genres. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…” She's received many accolades in her career, including being a finalist in the mystery category for the 2013 AA Literary Award Show and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist. Her books have been on several best sellers lists, such as: Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Black Expressions Book Club. Shelia loves to hear from readers so feel free to contact her via her website: or follow her on Facebook at or Twitter:






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One (1) random entrant will receive a small Coach handbag {Retail value: $188.00, 10 3/4″(L) x 7″(H) x 3 1/4″(W)} and Bath & Body Works minatures (Retail value: $19.75)



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Sunday, January 26, 2014


I want to thank the Members of the Board of the Rave Reviews Book Club for this incredible opportunity to be featured as the club's first “Spotlight” Author. You've all done a great deal of work to make this club a reality. To Nonnie Jules, Founder and President, thank you for founding the club and giving authors a place to hang their hats among friends. I am also grateful to my longtime friend Kathy Treat, Membership Director, for inviting me to join. Marketing and promotion are challenges for the first-time author. Being selected as the “Spotlight” Author, who receives marketing and promotion to the social media outlets as well as to print media, is truly a gift from heaven.

Last, but not least at all, I send a special thank you to all the bloggers who agreed to host me on their site. I am truly grateful. I have always loved to read, so it was natural for me to pursue a career where I could share my love of reading with others, which I did as a teacher of English. I liked writing, too, but it took years to hone my craft. I was fortunate to have wonderful mentors.

One, in particular, at Random House, the trade publishing company in New York City, literally taught me how to think about writing, always holding the reader in mind and using that focus to sharpen the clarity of my text. My experience at Random House opened the door to a career in public health consulting. Working in a busy editorial office on publications for many clients, each with specific needs, gave me the perfect opportunity to gain experience writing or editing books, papers, and articles targeting different audiences at varying reading levels.

As a service to all of the writers and editors who might be reading this blog, I'd like to pass along the names of the manuals that I've used throughout my career with links to their Amazon pages. They include the Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, New Hart's Rules, Fowler's Modern English Usage, and Scientific Style and Format. Now to my book: In Intentional Healing…I tell the story of my transformation from a Western-educated woman who worked as a writer and editor in the field of public health, to a woman who awakened to a more Eastern-oriented way of thinking that included a de-emphasis on the individual and ego and an emphasis on collective consciousness and the soul. After bizarre symptoms upended my life, I sought help from Western medicine. No one I consulted could explain what was happening to me. No one, that is, until I met diagnostic detective, Dr. Leo Galland, who tied my symptoms to environmental illness and referred me to a pioneer in environmental medicine, Dr. William J. Rea, in Dallas, Texas, founder of the Environmental Health Center-Dallas. While at the EHC-D, I was introduced to the view held by doctors of environmental medicine that many chronic illnesses are triggered by environmental toxins. During treatment, I unmasked (or became aware of a sensitivity I had not recognized before) for sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Dr. Rea referred me to Deborah Singleton, founder and director of “A Healing Place”, and her energy healing team. Energy balancing helped me respond to the treatment program at Dr. Rea's clinic. With Deborah's guidance I began the process of expanding my consciousness and understanding the real roots of illness. My journey, which included initiation into Reiki channeling and healing from Navajo hataali, took me from dark nights of the soul to a new way of thinking about illness. Jennie Sherwin, author and editor

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Read SOUL TIES: Be Careful Who You Bed and Wed!

Soul Ties: Be Careful Who You Bed and Wed. Fletcher Mitchell stared out the window and was unable to accept that his wife, the woman he loved and married was getting out of a car with another man. Unable to move or react, he watched the guy walk around and open the door for her. Offering his hand, she took it and got out. He opened the gate for her but wasn't stupid enough to walk inside. He held his breath, praying she wouldn’t be dumb enough to allow him to kiss her in front of their home, but he wasn't sure because if she were bold enough to allow him to bring her home when her husband and children were inside, she might. It took everything in him not to go outside and confront them but his sons were inside. Thankfully, she simply flicked her fingers and strode up the sidewalk with the guy watching her until she got inside. Denisha jumped out of her skin when Fletcher stood up, turning on the light. The shock on her face quickly changed to a mocking look. The one she always got when she knew she was wrong and no longer cared. He knew she had not cared for a long time and tonight was the final proof. There was so much he wanted to say but he refused to utter a word. Making his way to the room where his twin sons slept, he sat in the recliner next to their beds. The words his mother had uttered two years earlier pounded in his head, “Son, be careful who you tie your soul to, everything that is good to you is not good for you and ripe fruit soon spoils.” Pain rocked through him because that is exactly what had occurred. He had tied his soul to her, allowing her to mother his children and his life was filled with rotten fruit.