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Monday, May 19, 2014

Chatting With Author Dwight Slaughter - The Last Unknown Name Slaughter Tour & Giveaway





Dwight Slaughter graduated from Verbum Dei High School, a school with one of the top 10 winning basketball teams of all time. While at Verbum Dei High School Dwight was voted number one player in the Country in 1972 by different sports magazines.  He then went on to further his education and play basketball at Cal State Los Angeles from 1972 to 1976—a period that would set a precedent with new laws changing how colleges accept athletes. During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California.




Welcome to BK Walker Books Etc. I'm so happy you could join me today.

BK: Looking out the nearest window, describe the scene you see. 

DS: While sitting in my room in Marina Del Rey I see beautiful boats in the water.

BK: Tell us about your office. Is it a mess like mine, or is everything in its place? 

DS: LOL, yes it’s bit of a mess I must tidy up.

BK: What is a must-have, such as coffee or a favorite pen that you need to write? 

DS: I must have my coffee first thing, then my George Washington pen:)

BK: Do you like to write in silence, or do you need music or background noise? 

DS:Total silence works for me.

BK: Tell us a bit about your hero/heroine, and their development. 

DS: Mohammed Ali, you saw a brash young man grow and become a great American.

BK: As a writer myself, I'm always curious how other writers get through stumble blocks. 

DS: When you find a story not flowing, or a character trying to fight you, how do you correct it? I stop and take a step back and meditate on my story, and continue after 20 to 30 minutes. Knowing that I have to understand the character by putting myself in there shoes.

BK: Using the letters of your first name as an acronym, describe your book... 

DS: Wow, well I would start off of course with 

D-Dynamite
W-Wonderful
I-Inspirational
G-Great
H-Healing 
T-Thoughtful.

BK: How did your writing journey begin? 

DS: It began twenty-five years ago as a mental picture in my mind.

BK: Using the letters from the word, Summer, how would friends and family describe you? 

DS: S-Successful 
       U-Understanding
       M-Meticulous 
       M-Mindful  
       E-Eger 
       R-reliable

BK: What is the craziest thing you've ever written about, whether it got published or not? 

DS: I had a story written about significance of people loving one another, and what it takes to make that journey.

BK: Tell us one thing you've done in life, that readers would be most surprised to know. 

DS: I accomplished being the number one basketball player in the Country in 1972 through hard work. And I’ve traveled many Countries I would not have dreamed of and met many people and many cultures such as Turkey, Israel, Germany, India, Spain, France, Amsterdam, London, Canada, Italy, and great life experiences

BK: What can we expect from you in the future? 

DS: Part two of INNER CITY STRENGTH!

This or That...

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Night Owl or Early Bird? Early Bird

Fantasy or Mystery? Fantasy

Pen/Paper or Computer? Pen

Pizza or Burger? Burger

Rock or Country? Rock

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Beach or Mountains? Beach


Thank you so much for having us as one of your stops today. It has been great getting to know more about you and your book, and wish you the best of success!



BK Walker








Book Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
Publisher: Dwight Slaughter
Release Date: 2/14/2014



Book Description:

Dwight Slaughter graduated from Verbum Dei High School, a school with one of the top 10 winning basketball teams of all time. While at Verbum Dei High School Dwight was voted number one player in the Country in 1972 by different sports magazines. He then went on to further his education and play basketball at Cal State Los Angeles from 1972 to 1976—a period that would set a precedent with new laws changing how colleges accept athletes. During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California. As a child, Slaughter relied on basketball to build his self-esteem and relieve the stress of mental and physical abuse. His gripping memoir follows his public career and takes the reader inside his personal life as well—into a childhood of abuse, betrayal…even murder.


Excerpt:

During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California.
As a child, Slaughter relied on basketball to build his self-esteem and relieve the stress of mental and physical abuse. His gripping memoir follows his public career and takes the reader inside his personal life of childhood abuse, betrayal…and murder.
As the author explains, his prowess with a basketball masked an escape from a tarnished life off the court.
 “I grew up being treated like nothing, so I was driven to make something of my life. Sport allowed me to mix with people who cared about me, develop a passion that got me out of the house and achieve things that would win me the acceptance I couldn’t get at home,” says Slaughter, who is a committed mentor to both young and adult men.









Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Daily Spiritual Vitamins & Minerals For Your Soul by Myrlande E Sauveur - Book Blast




Author Bio:

Myrlande E. Sauveur was born in Haiti. She came to the United States when she was 17 years old to further her education. She started writing poetry and short stories at a very early age. Some of her writings won national recognition back in her homeland. Although she had a passion for and excelled in writing, she never major in English literature or communication in college. She obtained her MBA in Business Management from Strayer University and kept writing on the side as her main hobby and a place to escape when life became too overwhelming.

In August 2009, she was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in marketing. She is the author of Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul; she is 2013 Readers Favorite International Bronze Medal Recipient in the Christian Devotional/Bible study. In early December, she was voted the Grand Prize Winner of 2013/2014 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest hosted by the Authors Show. She recently received a Gold Medal from the 2013 Illumination Book Awards “Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books”. Recently she was featured on www.InspireMeToday.com as one of the Inspirational Luminaries sharing her 500 words of wisdom with the world (the 7 Pearls of Wisdom for a Happy and Fulfilled Life). She is a health and wellness consultant, teaching people how to live a healthy and well-balanced life. She is the co-founder of Dorcas Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping Haitian college students and women in the community.


Author Links -
Blog: www.edviesworld.com |
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DailySpiritualVitaminsAndMineralsForYourSoul
Twitter: https://twitter.com/beautybyEdvie
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/myrlandesauveur
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/myrlandes

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Spiritual-Vitamins-Minerals-Your-ebook/dp/B00D4550BM/ref=la_B00BO0EM9U_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395198009&sr=1-1


Book Genre: Christian Devotional/Bible Study
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release Date: February 2013
Buy Link(s):
http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Spiritual-Vitamins-Minerals-Your-ebook/dp/B00D4550BM/ref=la_B00BO0EM9U_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395198009&sr=1-1


Book Description: 

Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul is a 2X Award-winning title include 2013 Illumination Book Awards “Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books” Gold Medalist.

Only God Can Heal You Both Spiritually and Physically!

Oftentimes, the vicissitudes of life get in the way of building an intimate relationship with God. We live in a fast-paced society and sometimes feel overwhelmed to the point that we question God's plan for our life.

Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul offers a dozen meditational reflections, supported by daily key verse, as a regulator to give our lives the rhythm we need to enhance our self-esteem, elevate our morale, increase our faith, and strengthen our fellowship with the Lord. We all need vitamins and minerals to stay physically healthy and we need the Word of God to remain spiritually healthy. These pages contain nuggets of peace and wisdom for a troubled society and its weary people—and with daily meditation and reflection on God’s Word; you will nourish your soul and soothe your spirit.


Review From Reader:

Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul

Myrlande E. Sauveur
Outskirts Press (2013)
ISBN: 9781478713159
Reviewed By Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (11/13)

In her book “Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul,” Myrlande E. Sauveur encourages the reader to “feed your soul as you feed your body every day.” This concept captures the essence of her chapter themes, selected scripture readings, significant life narratives, and meaningful personal prayers.

Each chapter is designed to follow a calendar year with a reading for each day of the month. These monthly chapters are well formatted. Each chapter includes a theme title, a theme verse for the month, a personal illustration with a life application lesson, a prayer, and a verse for reflection and meditation for each day of the month. The chapter ends with two pages for recording personal notes or journal entries throughout the month.
Chapter themes include topics such as: waiting on God, God’s love, God’s faithfulness, our loneliness, controlling anger, and dealing with depression. Answers to the question, “Why Me, Lord?” are considered in light of scriptures dealing with trials and testing.

I found the chapter God’s Plan and Purpose for My Life affirmed by the theme verse Jeremiah 29:11, “I (God) know the plans I have for you…” and by the daily verses that promise instruction, guidance, and protection.
Guest contributor, Daniella B. Pierre summarized her thoughts this way: “God holds you in the palm of His hand. He knows your every struggle, disappointment, heartache, and every unfair situation.” The daily promises that follow offer hope, healing, and cheer in times of all these difficult situations.

Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul” is excellent as a companion to your regular intake of God’s word in Bible study, devotional reading and mediation. It is also ideal for gift giving for any occasion.