[Books] ‘PR Tales’ by Tiffany Terrell and Gargi Verma

PR Tales: Overcoming PR Crisis
Atlanta, Georgia. 29th July 2018: Crisis can occur anytime without giving any prior notice which can
adversely affect the reputation of an individual or a business whether big or small. Crises can emerge
furiously in this digital age where social media is one the rise. A PR crisis can even hit from the most
innocent tweets as well. It can be a nightmare for any celebrity or any business and it always pays to put
off the PR fire. The question here is; are businesses preparing for any crisis management plans? Do they
have an efficient communication plan? Planning or overcoming a PR crisis requires a proper mind set
and a strategic approach. To help the businesses or individuals stay a step ahead, we have listed about
the most talked about PR crisis, in our book ‘PR Tales’.
‘PR Tales’ is such a book which will explain the consequences of a PR crisis along with examples and
solutions to overcome them. ‘PR Tales’ focuses on 5 stories in one book. The 5 stories refer to the PR
crisis of Celebrities, Corporate houses, Social Media PR crisis, Events and Small Businesses. The book also
refers to the PR crisis which was highlighted in the media and press. The book will help the readers with
useful tips on overcoming the PR crisis and build a reputable name in the media. Published by Moni’Soi
Humes, ‘PR Tales’ will be launched in the month of September.

‘PR Tales’ is written by Tiffany Terrell and the co-author of this book is Gargi Verma. Tiffany Terrell is
passionate Publicist, Professional PR consultant, Writer and an Event Coordinator. Tiffany Terrell is also
the author of the book Top 5 reasons PR is important which was published by Moni’Soi Humes on
August 18, 2015. After the success and positive feedback from the readers about this book, Tiffany
Terrell started working on the next idea ‘PR Tales’.

Save the date for the book launch and Pre order your copy today. The book launch will be conducted at
two venues on two different dates. On 15th of September 2018, it will be conducted at Celebrity Small
Business Pop Up Shop, 323 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30313 from 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm.

On 28th September 2018 the launch will be conducted at Nubian Bookstore, 1540 Southlake PKWY Suite
7A Morrow, GA 30260 from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm. Get a chance of meet and get inspired by an
experienced author/writer like Tiffany Terrell at the book launch.
For more information about the book and to pre-order the copy, contact

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[BOOKS] Chuck D “This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History”

In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and “Rapper’s Delight,” hip hop and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre-until now.

Based on Chuck’s long-running show on, this massive compendium details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre’s recorded history, from Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin'” to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar’s ground-breaking verse on “Control.” Also included are key events in hip hop history, from Grandmaster Flash’s first scratch through Tupac’s holographic appearance at Coachella.
Throughout, Chuck offers his insider’s perspective on the chart toppers and show stoppers as he lived it. Illustrating the pages are more than 100 portraits from the talented artists specializing in hip hop. This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History will be released October 17th 2017.

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[BOOKS] Harold D. Span Releases New Book: Living In The Shadows of Love and Happiness

A husband, father of a teenage son and founder / CEO of SASCO Harold D. Span is accredited with a bachelor Of Science in Management from Tuskegee University and is a Pfizer Fellow of Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration along with being a golf enthusiast and collector of classic literature. Harold D. Span is pleased to announce the release of his new book, “Living in the Shadows of Love and Happiness.”   Groomed in a generation where opportunity was scarce for people of color, Harold took this experience and others allowing them to be a motivating factor in his life long journey to success.  An established entrepreneur, Span has described his latest work as “an amalgamation of life experiences, travels, scholarship, outreach, cultural awareness, and devotion.” Providing the insight to guide those who need help with achieving love and happiness, the work is the result of personal experience. The end result is a feeling of wholeness, which adhered to will allow the reader to finally enjoy the love and happiness they deserve.
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[NTERVIEW] Author Laura Jackson

A couple of months ago, I purchased the book Destination Queendom, book of poetry written by Laura Jackson. The poems were really good. Some made me laugh and others made me reflect on issues I’ve seen or experienced in the past. The title alone caught me! Destination Queendom!

Most recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the author.

Thank you for taking time out to speak with Straight official! So Laura, Tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to interview.. about me? I’m the mother of three beautiful girls. Fully Employed since forever and recently found Love!

That’s Excellent! So tell me,when did you start writing poetry?

I began journaling and writing poetry in 8th grade as a means of coping with death actually. Then, I lost a brother who O’D and 6 weeks later another brother was murdered. I was only 13 then, and death was new to me… so I didn’t know how to cope. I would write my thoughts down each day, and then I didn’t even know it was actually poetry. I would just be writing and my words would come together.

I for one read this book, and its deep! What was your inspiration for these poems or was it more therapeutic or a hobby?

Thanks for purchasing my book! I truly appreciate your support.
I decided to write Destination Queendom” one day when I was going through all of my poetry… and thought ” this would make for a good life lesson” At the place I was and where I came from, ( in reading my journals) All I could see was growth! Who I was, and the things that I went through…  also constantly being pushed to write based on thoughts that I’ve shared on social media… my poetry is life and situation inspired. Dealing with losing loved ones, love losses, betrayal etc. So basically, most of the poetry is based on my life. There are also some poems that are just thoughts that’s I’ve had or even my friends experiences etc…. I guess you can say it is therapeutic for me and a hobby because writing soothes me. I write literally everyday!

That’s great, also a good way to keep the creative juices flowing! Now I know people will want to get a copy of this book! How can they get a hold of it?

Right now my book can be purchased on my website and also on
Amazon  “Destination Queendom”

What’s your social media information so everyone can follow you?

I can be found on FB under MyQueendomllc and IG@Destination_Queendom  Also on

Thank you so much for your time! I Look forward to reading your next book!

Thank you too Firstclasse!

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New Interview with Author Tilsa Wright #LADYINRED @tilsawright



What’s going on Tilsa we appreciate you spending time with us. For those who don’t know, where are you from and what inspired you to become an author?

I was born in Kingston Jamaica West Indies however I migrated to the states and proudly love and live in Brooklyn New York.

How do you come up with the concept of the book before you write it?

Great question. It actually varies, sometimes while listening to music or depends on where I am at or doing, the simplest thing inspires a story concept.

Being from Brooklyn, NY, have you experienced any obstacles as an independent author?

Brooklyn is a cultural melting pot and with that said and to be very honest no obstacles. My borough-mates hold me down. I mean small businesses, promoters, media outlets and fellow authors has given me tremendous support. However you used the word independent, and this word usually comes with no budget for an effective marketing campaign like authors with a huge publishing deal.

You’ve written multiple books and the most recent being “Lady in Red”. Without given the readers too much explain to us what the book is about?

The main character Keisha Lopez is facing challenges and has decided to put her street life behind for a more white chalk way of living. Her issues are relatable. Keisha’s voice echoes what most young ladies in the urban areas are faced with. Drugs, abusive and being labeled as bottom feeders with no positive outlook. Oppressive stigmatism is ruthless if you ask me.

What are some challenges you face as an author out of Brooklyn, New York?

Given that I am independent, not having a budget to effectively market my book is the gravest challenge I actually face.

Tell us the process behind writing the book and what how you were able to publish it?

My writing process is fun, intense and thrilling. A combination of many emotions as I mentally connect with the characters. Also I allocate long hours and at least 5 consecutive days to lay the foundation. As for the business process, after writing I commission someone who works independently to edit and at the same time have my graphic designer create my book cover. Naturally the legal requirement of copyrighting so as to project my intellectual property. Final stage is uploading my work and distribution outlet on both Amazon and Kindle. You see Amazon has a very easy and accessible self-publishing online platform.

You been all around New York expanding you brand to multiple markets and gaining exposure for this latest release. What are some tips you can give to inspiring authors looking to promote their first book?

Place great emphasis on your core audience, give yourself time to connect with them and do study how to keep them engaged. Always keep your sub-audience in your focus and don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to random marketing opportunities. Establish and maintain partnership with a handful of media outlets. Look around in your community and recognize who is doing what and building that bridge. Your resources on all levels are usually your best assets.

Talk to us about Keisha. All over social media there is talk about trying to find this lady. Why is she a person of interest?

Social Media and it’s marketing effect is absolutely engaging as hell. LOL. You see Harlem Rapper Dave East recently released a song titled ‘Keisha’ and one of the messages in his song stresses that he is looking for her. Seeing the value and similarities with my book, I decided to look for the young lady in is music video. Oh yeah I sure as hell found her. Kaya Marley, a blood line of legend Bob Marley is a young video model and dancer. So we connect thanks to Heroes Headquarters and she did a 11 seconds promotional video for my book.

Is there any part of your book that describes your own life experiences? If so, in what way?

I lived in the 90’s and Clarkson Avenue like Keisha Lopez and was introduce to the Orisha spiritual faith thanks to a handful of Trinidadians. However the rest of the storyline is creative writing using relatable issues.

What’s next for Tilsa Wright and “Lady in Red”?

There will be a part 2 and ultimately my long term focus is to produce Lady in Red on film.

Any Shout outs? Where can we find the book and you online?

Shout out to HitSquadd Promotions, Heroes Headquarters, Brooklyn and all the boroughs. All who supported my work over the years. Mad love and respect. My book is available on Amazon and Kindle. I can be reached on all social media @tilsawright





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Quick 5 with author Percy Levy

Percy Levy, author of Slave to the Trade and Urban Love, agreed to an interview.  Check it out below…

TNR:  I want to first say thanks for allowing me to interview you.  Tell me about you – what was the driving force that made you become an author?

PL:  The sad fact of the matter is that I have spent most of my life locked away in correctional facilities—most of the time in segregation [aka the “hole”]. While locked away in these places that so often dull the mind and cause stagnation of the human soul and spirit, I somehow always managed to keep my mind sharp and analytical in terms of breaking down and understanding the reasons why the ‘hood” is what it is. With that understanding of the street culture, I developed a love for putting it down on paper…

TNR:  As you know, I read Slave to the Trade and gave your book a great review. The book was very detailed and had me hooked from page one. How did you come up with the title and the storyline?

PL:  Much of my life—that which has not been spent incarcerated—has been spent hanging out on tracks…strips…strolls…or whatever a person might call them. I have spent time as a pimp, a jacker, a dope dealer, and, most sadly, a drug-addict. With all that said, I wanted my first book to represent the most realistic picture ever given of what life on the streets is really about. My one singled minded goal from beginning to end was authenticity.

TNR:  Your work has been compared to Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim…as a matter of fact I said the same in my review. Does it offend you to be compared to them or do you view that as something positive?

PL:  It is the greatest honor that has ever been bestowed upon me to be compared to the greatest urban writers of all times.

TNR:  I converse quite a bit with your wife Diane, who is simply amazing and so sweet. When she asked me about publishers, I remember suggesting Sullivan Publications and was happy when I saw Leo post on Facebook that you were his newest author when he was introducing your latest book, Urban Love.  How is it to work for him?

PL:  I think that Leo Sullivan is a good dude. In terms of being a publisher he is fairly new in the game. I think in the future he could be a force to be reckoned with. However, at this early phase in my writing career, I have chosen to move to Page Hustle Publications with Tammy Jernigan and {an imprint of SBR—David Weaver}. It just seems that the structure, work ethic and experience of this organization are a better fit for my particular style of writing.  Additionally, I want to send a shout out to Indie Love Promotions. Although, I haven’t worked with her for long, the professionalism, of aggressiveness, and hours she has spent and is spending working with me and my wife have been greatly appreciated. I definitely could not ask for more.

TNR:  As an avid reader since I was about 6, I remember that not too long ago there wasn’t that many urban fiction/street lit authors, but now the literary world is blessed with them. What are your thoughts on that change?

PL:  I must be honest and admit that I have never read a modern urban/street lit book [post 1980]. The few times that I have picked up a modern urban/street lit book and read the back, I have been a bit confused. Some of the characters and scenarios I see do not reflect the “hood” I know so well.  {Seattle/Sacramento]. Some of the plots seem a bit unrealistic. I don’t say this to be a hater. I have just always believed that urban/street lit books were supposed to be about the “hood”—poverty, crime, racism…black romance in all of its rachetness.. It just seems now- a- days that the term “urban” simply designates any book with Black characters in it. I am a bit confused by that. It is my hopes that at least a few other modern “urban” writers begin writing more stories that make readers feel a kinship or closeness with the characters that they are reading about. In terms of my own writing, my hope and dreams are that the readers get a substantive message from the storylines I create. There is a hard ugly truth about urban Black America…this is the story that urban/street lit writers are supposed to be telling.

And there you have it.  Thanks for reading my interview with author Percy Levy and be on the look out for the next “Quick 5 with The Notorious Reader” interview.

Always a pleasure…


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October Book Challenge

Good morning my beautiful people! I wanted to do an old school series for October’s book challenge, but it was hard to find one that was a decent price and/or had not already been read – since most of you are avid readers. So I found another series. It is urban fiction and all of the books are currently FREE in Kindle version except one. But of course what I suggest doing is putting the priced book on your wish list and checking regularly to see if the price changes as well as getting the free ones now because you know the price will change. The name of the series is Karma by Kenni York. Let’s try to start this series by 10/1. The info is below:

Karma 1: The Beginning…Amazon – FREE in Kindle, $9.00 in paperback; B&N – unavailable in NOOK, $10.00 in paperback; Kobo – unavailable; Google Play Books – unavailable; Apple iBooks – unavailable

Karma 2: This Ain’t What You Want …Amazon – FREE in Kindle, $10.80 in paperback; B&N – unavailable in NOOK, $12.00 in paperback; Kobo – unavailable; Google Play Books – unavailable; Apple iBooks – unavailable

Karma 3: When the S**t Hits The Fan…Amazon – FREE in Kindle, $11.69 in paperback; B&N – unavailable in NOOK, $12.99 in paperback; Kobo – unavailable; Google Play Books – unavailable; Apple iBooks – unavailable

Karma 4: Checkmate…Amazon – $2.99 in Kindle, unavailable in paperback; B&N – unavailable in NOOK or paperback; Kobo – unavailable; Google Play Books – unavailable; Apple iBooks – unavailable

If you have any questions, let me know and Happy reading!

The Notorious Reader

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Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire HD Tablet is now $159.00 on the Amazon website for a limited time. This is the latest Kindle, with the talk-to-text feature, Dolby Audio, 16GB, and Wi-Fi capability. This particular device is the “with special offers” – which simply means that when the device is in standby, it will randomly flash advertisement offers on the screen. The 32GB is $229.00. The one “without special offers” is $174 for the 16GB.

The Notorious Reader

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FREE eBooks

There is nothing better than FREE eBooks! Want to know the secret? I wrote a post about it, like to read, here it goes: go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble’s site. In the “search” field, type in the genre of your choice (African American, Contemporary, Mystery, etc). Make sure that you’re type of search is Kindle Books (if on Amazon) or Nook Books (if on B&N). Once the search is completed, sort the list by “low to high price”. Don’t sleep! It’s too simple.


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