Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Son's Wife By Shelia E. Lipsey

Novelist, Shelia E. Lipsey,is a native Memphian. She attended Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, graduating magna cum laude with a BBA degree. Lipsey, a published author, professional copyeditor and inspirational speaker has been actively writing and speaking most of her life. Lipsey has written several short stories and over 200 poems which she has plans of publishing in the near future. Her novels with Urban Books are entitled, Into Each Life (Jan. ’07), Sinsatiable (Aug.’07). Lipsey’s third novel, My Son’s Wife will be released October 1, 2008.

Among Lipsey’s list of literary accomplishments and affiliations, she was awarded Conversations Book Club 2008 Author of the Year (, Dallas Morning News Bestselling Author ’07, Urban Knowledge Memphis Bestselling Author ‘07; Founding president Memphis African American Writers Group (MAAW), president Urban Christian's UC His Glory Book Club ( Founder of 1st Annual Living Your Dreams Literary Arts Seminar (; founder of The Word According to Shelia Newsletter; Publishing & Marketing Director Victorious Voice Magazine ( online member of Black Writers Christian Network (, Booknibbler_Christian, Black, Copy Editor (

Lipsey is also acontributing blogger for Sankofa Literary Society(, guest columnist at, as well as several other online literary groups.

A Dead Rose By Rhonda M Lawson

Rhonda M. Lawson is the author of A Dead Rose. She is also an Army journalist, garnering various journalism awards, including the 1997 Training and Doctrine Command Journalist of the Year. She is currently a sergeant first class stationed at Camp Red Cloud, Korea, where she works in Army Public Affairs.

A New Orleans, La. native, Rhonda's journalism career began at Loyola University in New Orleans, where she served a short stint on the campus newspaper. In 1994, when she left college and joined the Army, she continued her journalism career. Her first duty station was Fort Knox, Ky., where she edited all sections of Inside the Turret, the post newspaper. During this tour, she earned third place awards for both commentary and feature writing.

In 1997, she moved to Fort Story, Va., where she served as Fort Story Bureau Chief for the Fort Eustis Wheel newspaper. During this time, she was awarded Journalist of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter. She also began to pursue her first love, fiction and started working on her first full-length novel, Cheatin' in the Next Room.

Rhonda's career as a Soldier-journalist has taken her to various parts of the world, including Japan, Hawaii, Korea, Afghanistan and Egypt. Her work has appeared in various Army and civilian publications all over the country, including Soldiers Magazine, The Seattle Times, and The Army Times.

Rhonda is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Pi Eta Zeta chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland and University College, and is currently working on her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She is is also a member of the Divine Literary Tour, an organization made up of African American Greek-letter authors.

She has also contributed to five different anthologies, including Second Chances, Crimes of Passion, Gumbo for the Soul, The Heart of Our Community, and Surfacing.