Milestone #10….October 15, 2013

Milestones.

I never gave deep thought to what this word means until my husband pointed it out.

In the past year of becoming a published author, I have reached more milestones than I could ever dream of.

First, being signed to 5 Prince Publishing in 2012, and not signing one book, but the entire six book Butterfly Memoirs Series! That still blows my mind…

When I started writing, I saw it as more of a hobby to keep my sanity and a much needed distraction from sitting in front of the TV playing The Sims until the kids came home. Hey, what can I say, I had fun giving my ‘characters’ lives I could control…well, control split with the computer program, that is. If you’ve ever played the game, you know what I mean. J

But with writing, there is another element of control that involves talent, creativity, and a tone of patience, perseverance, and determination. Oh yeah, and as every author knows, that so called ‘control’ over your imaginary characters gets lost from time to time when they come to ‘life’ and fight you and your Muse tooth and nail to write a story!

Other milestones reached include:

  • Earning the title of Bestselling Author in African American Literature & Romance, African American Women’s Fiction, African American Romance, and Multicultural and Interracial Romance (within hours of publication!) – debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken (September, 2012)
  • Publishing a second novel (because the first one wasn’t easy!!!) – Jaded (March, 2013)
  • Starting and hosting the Wordsmith Writers of Clayton County Writer’s Group which once meet at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, but has since moved to Barnes & Noble! (September 2012) I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with wonderful talent from various stages of publication!
  • Being nominated by members of the Building Relationships Around Books (B.R.A.B) book club as Best New Author and Breakout Author (The winners have not been announced yet, but just being chosen along with the many other talented authors is a wonderful experience!)
  • Being selected as the Featured Author at the First Annual Author Workshop held by The Virtuous Women, LLC (August, 2013)
  • Speaking at the Jonesboro Library and hosting a workshop on How to Land a Publishing Contract. (August, 2013)
  • I’ve also had the opportunity to participate in a few phone interviews; the latest was with LaSheera Lee of Read You Later Blog Talk Radio. (September, 2013)

That is by no means all of them, but those are some of the most memorable ones by far. So what’s next?

The most recent milestone happened on October 15th, when I had the opportunity to be interviewed by DeKalb County Commissioner, Stan Watson, on his local program, The Stan Watson Show, which features people in the community from various walks of life, talent, and businesses. It was my first television appearance as a published author, and by far, very memorable!

Take a few minutes and watch the link. I’m the first interview (time stamp 5:20). There were some technical issues in the beginning, but they are quickly resolved. Enjoy! Also, check out the wonderful interviews that follow! I look forward to sharing more about their projects on my blog in the next few weeks.

M.J. Kane on The Stan Watson Show! 

So, what’s up next on my ‘Milestone List?’

THE SORMAGE ONLINE CONFERENCE!!!

NOVEMBER 1-3, 2013

I’m excited to join other talented authors in two online panels on November 2nd: Social Media and Readers, and November 3rd: Marketing. Both are LIVE PHONE panels! If you haven’t registered for the conference, what are you waiting for???? REGISTER NOW!!! It’s FREE!!!!

And of course, my favorite project, LONELY HEART (BOOK 3 of THE BUTTERFLY MEMOIRS)!!!! The editing for this book is well underway. Release date is MARCH 6, 2014!!!! I love the way this story has turned out. The more I feel the characters as I edit, the more they come alive and their voices and stories are defined. I can promise you one thing; Kaitlyn’s story is NOTHING like the Ebony or Yasmine’s. Every woman has their own path in life, decisions that are made, and consequences to deal with. I look forward to sharing snippets with you as the edits are completed.

And since the contest I posted on Facebook the night of the interview did not go the way I thought it would due to the limited viewing area, I am going to hold another contest, another opportunity for TWO lucky winners to win an eBook copy of LONELY HEART the day it’s published! Entry is simple, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter link! The winner will be announced on November 1st!

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO THE LONELY HEART EBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!!

Good luck! And thanks to every one for your continued support! Without you guys, these MILESTONES would be unattainable dreams! ((HUGS)) and <3!!!!

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Taking It to the Next Level…Live TV!!!!

Yes, my friends, that is correct, LIVE TV!!!

Today I have the wonderful opportunity to talk to DeKalb County Commissioner, Stan Watson, on his television show called what else, The Stan Watson Show!

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The show airs at 7:30 PM and runs until 8:30 PM on Comcast Channel 25. If you are in the Atlanta Area you may be able to view it live. If so, you can call 770-559-2999 and chat! If not, don’t worry, the broadcast will be available on YouTube. I will share the link once I have it. I can’t wait to be able to share pictures and blog about the experience!

I’m also excited because I will be able to share some exciting news about what’s going on in my writing world! If you are able to tune in to the show, pay special attention to the announcements. Be one of the first viewers to leave me a private message on Facebook my author page (M.J. Kane Books) about the news I share and you will receive a FREE COPY of Lonely Heart (Book 3 of The Butterfly Memoirs) the day it releases!!! (Only the first two responses will win!)

Until next time, STAY TUNED!!!

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Getting to Know Your Community: Studio Steffanie, Wealth and Wellness Coach

It is good to know the people in your community. Recently, I had the chance to meet wealth and wellness coach, Steffanie Haggins, aka StudioSteffanie at the Author’s Workshop held by The Virtuous Women. Listening to her personal experiences and and why she wrote her book, Image is Everything: What Does Your Image Say About You? was an eye opening experience.

Studio StephanieGet to know Stephanie in her words: 

“Life coaching is a very powerful tool that helps many people achieve their fitness, personal and professional goals. Listening to my clients’ needs, understanding their anxieties, and communicating effectively are paramount to helping clients change behaviors of any kind.

I guide my clients and show them that they have the power to overcome their own obstacles and uncover roadblocks that are hindering their progress.

I discover their unique needs and provide accountability for things that no one else usually cares about, which is why it’s so easy to let those habits slip. Coaching has made a tremendous difference in clarifying their goals, needs, and values in helping these clients recreate the life they want from the foundation up. They are no longer aimlessly wandering around unsure of where to go from where they are now. They have uncovered what matters most to them and have a clear strategy for getting there.

Clients tell me every day that it makes a huge difference to know that I am there to walk along with them. It’s extremely rewarding.  I’m honored to be sponsored by DeKalb County Public Library to offer free workshops every month. ”

Next Classes to be held:

10/17/13- Senior Fitness & Flexibility

10/19/2013- An Introduction to Yoga and Meditation

For more information, call 678-330-8139. 

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This is a cool & effective self-help workbook for developing the Diva within you * Maximize your opportunities with a higher self-esteem * Embrace your femininity * Discover your talents * Learn to forgive yourself and others * Stress-reduction tips * Take control of your emotions * Overcome your fears * Capitalize your finances * Live a healthy lifestyle * Recognize how to handle bullies and haters * You are truly unique!

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About Steffanie Haggins:

Steffanie Haggins, also known as StudioSteffanie, certified master trainer, certified yoga and meditation trainer, certified life coach, published author, and executive speaker has long held a passion for wanting to see people in their best image, which ultimately starts with a high self-esteem and living a balanced life.  It started while she was being raised in Chicago by her father, who knew nothing about how to groom and care for a young lady.  He knew he wanted the best outcome for her future.  Therefore, he enrolled her in private schools and into various charm schools and modeling schools; any and every organization that could assist her in becoming a beautiful young lady, internally as well as externally.

Throughout the years StudioSteffanie has witnessed and experienced the extraordinary benefits of being introduced to the rules of proper etiquette, speaking, and walking confidently and taking care of oneself to the best of their ability mentally, physically, and spiritually.  She is a wealth & wellness coach that practices balancing lives by reducing stress and assisting them with their journey in life.

StudioSteffanie further cultivated her passion for inspiring others and motivating them to be the best they can be while she was searching for her true passion in life, (a true entrepreneur) which is helping others help themselves become the best they can be.  Of course, this sounds cliché; however, it’s very sincere.  This has been observed over the years while StudioSteffanie has assisted models, actors, and independent artists. “I consult with them to discover their true talent and begin to assist in branding their image to prepare them for a global economy.”  –StudioSteffanie.com

She works with everyone from celebrities to politicians to the general public at large. “There are no boundaries for true inspiration and motivation. Unfortunately, there are people everywhere you turn that are truly unhappy with themselves.  They can have all the money and other materialistic items needed to make a person smile; however, they can’t truly smile until self-esteem is prevalent.  And until they truly realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, healthy relationships, and proper relaxation techniques, they will continue to be where they are.”

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Getting to know your Community: A Chat with Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman, Director of The Virtuous Women, LLC

On August 17, I had the opportunity to speak at The Author’s Workshop, a community event held by The Virtuous Women, LLC in Lithonia, Georgia. The event brought together local authors who shared their publishing experiences and why they chose to write with the community. The goal: to inspire those who may have a story to tell but not know how to do it. I met some wonderful people that night and decided to share a bit more about the organization to those of you in the Atlanta, Georgia area who may be interested in joining in future events.

Let me share a little bit about the organizations director, Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman.

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman is a Special Education Teacher with the Dekalb County School System. She currently serves as the Department Chair of the Special Education Department. Dr. Harris-Coleman has over nine years of experience working with special needs students. Prior to working with the school system, she worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice in the capacity of the statewide transfer coordinator where she was responsible for the assignment of students to specific learning campuses throughout the state

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MJ:  Welcome, Dr. Harris-Coleman! I’ve visited your blog site and see the idea for your organization stemmed for a get together with your family. How did that turn into reaching out to the community?

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman:  It went from a chance to get to know the newest member of our family, my sister-in-law, into a big event when one of my sisters who helped plan the party invited over 20 friends. In turn I invited a few people who own small businesses. We had jewelry, massages, and a few more things available for the guest. In the end we had over 60 people squeeze into my home. By the end of the night, people were asking when was the next event. We prayed on the matter and decided to do it again. We found a location to hold it in. Later, I began researching the term ‘virtuous women’ and discovered it had to do with health and wellness, which has become what we strive to promote with each event.

MJ: That is amazing! What is the general message or goal of the organization and how long have you been around?

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman:  We officially had our first event in June 2013 which was on Women and Safety where the Dekalb County female officers came out to share safety tips for shopping, going on vacation, and home. July we did a Taste of Dekalb which featured different food vendors. The latest event was The Author’s Workshop. We are looking to reach more than the men and the women in the community, and strive to provide events that are good for the entire family as well. Our focus is on how to better the whole body, mind, and spirit. Each event is geared towards these themes.

MJ: How does your organization assist the community and its businesses?

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman:  We help small businesses by inviting them to participate in events where their product compliments the event theme. The interaction with members of our organization gives  them the opportunity to test out their business ideas to see if it’s worth pursuing, and if it is, allows them to reach a customer base.

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The Author’s Workshop Participents: (From left to right) Dr. Harris-Coleman, Coach William “Buck” Godfrey, Studio Stefanie, Twala Meju, Earline Buchanan-Pitts, Terrance Ross, M.J. Kane

MJ: What has been your most memorable event?

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman:  The last event held, The Author’s Workshop which was co-sponsored by Barnes & Noble. We had a lot of positive feedback and have been asked by those who were not able to make it ask when the next event will be held. Learning the truth behind why authors write was very touching. It’s not the same as reading about the author on the back of the book. I also enjoyed watching the children’s reactions and how they were in tune with what they learned.

MJ: I must say I really enjoyed being a part of that event and am happy you invited me to participate. You know I will happily do it again in the future! Are you looking for volunteers? If so, how can they get in touch with you?

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman:  We appreciated having you! And yes, we are always looking for volunteers! Those interested can call  404-820-9210, or reach me by email at beverly@thevirtuouswomen.com. We need volunteers to assist with vendor set up, signing up potential members, and greeting members at events. Communicating with members and vendors between events would be a huge help as well.

MJ: You host events monthly and feature the calendar of events on your webpage. How can a vendor or someone interested in becoming a member find out more information?

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman:  Visit the website for detailed information for membership and to sign up as an event vendor. We encourage people to become members for as little as $10 per month. We have been hosting one monthly event, but are looking to do events twice a month. Joining as a vendor gives you the option to host an event at the location as well. Keep an eye on the calendar to keep up with the events. More information is available on the website, or people who are interested can contact us by phone or email for more information.

MJ: Are you looking for sponsors?

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman:  Yes! Anyone interested can contact me at the above information.

MJ: What is the next upcoming event and how can people find out more information?

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman:  In September we will be focusing on relationships. We have been blessed to have Life Coach Robin May come and speak to the group about Women and Relationships. We would like to incorporate vendors that are geared towards the event theme; so again, anyone interested can contact us via email or call.

MJ: Dr. Harris-Coleman, it has been my pleasure speaking with you today, and I applaud what your doing to strengthen the community, and look forward to participating in future events. 

Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman: Thank you for having me!

The Next Community Event:   

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My First Big Speaking Engagement!

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Are you an Aspiring Author or fan of The Butterfly Memoirs who resides in the Atlanta area? Well, this one is for you!

 I am pleased to announce that I am participating in the Author’s Workshop being held by The Virtuous Women, LLC and co-hosted by Barnes & Noble on August 17th where I have been asked to be the FEATURED AUTHOR! Talk about existed!!!

 But before I talk more about the event, let me give you a bit of history about The Virtuous Women, LLC.

 The organization was formed a by Dr. Beverly Harris-Coleman, a Special Education Teacher for the Dekalb County School System. What started as a sisters and sister-in-law spa day quickly turned into more. The Virtuous Women, LLC is a Christian organization that looks to empower, educate, support, and help create businesses and opportunities within the community. They hold monthly meetings and events to share valuable information with the the goal of building a better community, one family and business at a time. For more information about to find out about upcoming community events, visit the website and get registered.

 The theme for this months event is The Author’s Workshop. The goal is to provide encouragement to aspiring writers who are looking to become published authors.

 Have you ever wondered what it takes to publish a book? Then this event is for you! There will be ten local authors who will be sharing their stories about why they chose to write, what motivated their project, and what challenges they overcame to see their project through to completion.

 During that time, I will have some great giveaways, and if you have purchased a paperback copy of either of my books, bring it and I will me more than happy to sign it! Got a Kindle or Nook and like to collect author signatures? I’ll sign that too! Don’t forget your cameras! For more information about the event, follow this link. I hope to see you there!

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