FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS LITERARY CONFERENCE
Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)
REB Ramos Barrington Entertainment Presents:
“FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS” INAUGURAL LITERARY CONFERENCE
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
South Natomas Community Center, 2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento, CA 95833*
Meet and Greet with Authors: Donna Michele Ramos-Essence.com Best Selling Author, Brooklen Borne-Self Published author, Curtis Alcutt-Simon & Schuster (Zane contributing author.
- Continental Breakfast / Raffle
- Beginning Writer’s Workshop
- “Follow Your Passion”
- Publishing Workshop
- Author Panel Questions and Answers
- Authors Book Signing Event
Tickets: $5.00 General Admission
$4.00 College Students
Book Club Special Incentive -10 tickets for $40.00
For additional information contact: Donna Michele Ramos (916) 271-7837,
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For additional information contact: Donna Michele Ramos (916) 271-7837,
Author Donna Michele Ramos
Her niche is multi-cultural novels. As a first-time, self-published author, Donna Michele Ramos’ book “HIGH RISE”, a contemporary romance novel, made Essence Magazine and BlackbookPlus.com’s Best Seller Lists for paperback fiction. Her second novel “BORROWED TIME”, is a painstakingly researched Civil War historical romance, introducing a figure pivotal to the Civil War not written about before; and was quickly embraced by readers. It has even been called “ROOTS” for this generation by many. “SCANDALOUS” the much requested red hot sequel to “HIGH RISE” has also been embraced by readers so much that she is currently working on “M&M, MADNESS and MAYHEM” the last book in the “High Rise Trilogy”. Her latest book, “HAWAII THREE – O” takes you on vacation to Hawaii twice during this century and shipwrecks you there once last century.
BORROWED TIME is more than a story about romantic love. It’s a saga about family love and how far reaching and enduring it is. How no matter what, even if you’re ripped away from your family the love is always there. It is the only thing that sustains you. It is the only thing that gives you strength and unending hope to be reunited, no matter how much the odds are against you and life conspires to stop you.
BORROWED TIME is the ultimate love triangle. Feel happy, outraged and even cry as you go back in time with Fawn and everyone who enters and/or leaves her life. As her life alternates, between New York and Virginia in the time before, during and after the Civil War. The danger of war, the hardships of slavery and the ecstasy of love are all totally experienced by you, as you read.
Smiling Fawn, daughter of a Blackfoot Warrior and a free woman of color from a Caribbean island. She is captured twice and made a slave on the Lakeland Plantation, with no hope of escape. Cord, rich, eligible NY bachelor every society girl is after but he's not ready to get married just yet. His duty is to his country first.
Jim Lakeland, Yankee-hating, hedonistic master, obsessed with bedding and totally possessing Smiling Fawn.
Civil War: (I) Gorgeous teenage slave girl, (I) Handsome, ethical Union Army Captain and (I) Dangerously obsessed slave master. I+I+I =3 not 2. Shake well; get caught up in their explosion!
In a love triangle, there’s always a clash, one winner and one clear loser…
SPECIAL BONUS – Prologue is a minibook about Fawn’s parents’adventurous romance.
Readers call it “ROOTS” for this generation.
HIGH RISE is a fast-paced, fun, gritty story about 3 women, at different stages in their lives. It delves deep into your heart eliciting numerous strong emotions as you experience all their joys, heartbreaks, devastation, pain and rebirth. You’ll relive a few of your own as you identify with these women.
Apartment 27D – A young African American Administrative Assistant, Michele Jones becomes involved with an Irish-Scottish Junior Executive, Mark Karelle at the bank they both work at on Wall Street.
Apartment 13A – A young, single African American woman, Cheyenne Davis falls in love with a younger African American man, Brandon Williams.
Apartment 9J – An Italian American couple, Joe is a second generation fireman; Connie is a stay-at-home mother to their 6 year old daughter Tiffani. The Lauriello’s are struggling with their unhappy, often too physical marriage.
Though these 3 women live in the same high rise apartment building in New York they have never met, but they have more in common than they will ever know. They will each experience the same circumstances but all with completely different outcomes. Which one(s) make it out of their predicament unscathed?
Let’s become a fly on the wall, peel back the walls of Tiffany Towers, look inside and see what’s happening!
HAWAII THREE – O is a trilogy of stories that take place in Hawaii; two stories are contemporary and one story is historical.
Hawaiian Love - Autumn has been looking forward to this trip for too long, she really needs a vacation. Nothing is going to stand in her way. She meets Chad; they are inseparable for the rest of her trip. But is this the start of a long-lasting relationship or just a vacation fling?
On The Set – Jessica is on vacation with 3 friends. She meets Al who is on vacation himself, Wes a local salesman, Spyder a superstar basketball player and Scott a local who looks like he could be a descendent of Thor, the God of Thunder. She’s trying to repair her broken heart after her boyfriend of 6 years Charles breaks up with her. “I just want to have fun, I’m here to be free, not get tired down. I don’t want a relationship with anyone.” But life is funny, while she’s trying to keep her distance from Scott, who starts pressing her for more, a new man comes storming into her life and refuses to be kicked to the curb. WTH?
Aloha Love – Martin, rich plantation owner’s son is unknowingly falling in love with Skye, a beautiful ex-slave girl with newfound freedom and problems she is too inexperienced to see coming or know how to deal with. Mahalo the handsome Hawaiian warrior is destined to meet and fall in love with Skye, incurring Martin’s wrath. Three people whose lives are so intertwined they can only be on a collision course. Lives that meet, join, clash and be forever changed. Someone has to lose out, but each of them is determined not to be the one on the losing end.
SCANDALOUS – The ruckus, the madness! Deceit, lies, infidelity and blackmail abound. Take your seat in the boardroom; corporate intrigue and back stabbing are on today’s agenda. Add altered personalities into the mix. What do you know about birthing babies? What’s going on in the house right next to you? Any desperate housewives? What if you could find out every intimate detail of your neighbor’s life? Would you spy on them if you could get away with it?
Mark – Brilliant businessman or king of insider trading? Corporate takeovers and a massive life changer no one sees coming, especially him bombard him.
Michele – be in on the planning of the wedding of the year. But the very nature of their relationship is drama! Are Michele and Mark doomed, star-crossed lovers?
Niecie - Is she jealous of her best friend Michele? How will their relationship hold up? Will she and Jemel mirror Michele and Mark’s dysfunction?
Cheyenne – After the heartbreaking betrayal, can she trust Brandon enough to start a new relationship with him? Has he had his fill of groupies and hoochies yet? After all the sacrificing everyone has done, will his basketball talents finally pay off with a long-running NBA career?
Connie – Do she and Ecchi have enough fight left in them to overcome the Internal Affairs case and a psychological issue looming ahead of them?
April – When did she get so out of control? How did she let her life become an audition for Desperate Housewives?
Chris – What happened after the break-up? Can he finally move forward with his life? Will he ever recover and get over Michele? Will all women have to pay for what Michele did to him?
Author’s Bio (Brooklen Borne)
Brooklen Borne is a native New Yorker who grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. He began writing short stories in his sophomore year of high school, based on his street experience. His high school English teacher enjoyed his stories and advised him that he should enter his writings in the state wide writing contest. He didn’t follow through with her suggestion because the streets were more appealing.
Upon graduating from High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. During his tenure, Brooklen had a chance to visit and live in some of the most exotic places in the world, meeting interesting people along the way. This life experience inspired him to write again, incorporating some of these character’s in a few of his stories.
Brooklen has completed four novellas, two novels, and a book of short stories. His work has been promoted through blog talk radio shows, book signings and other literary events.
He holds an Associate’s Degree from Charminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii and a Bachelor’s Degree from National University in La Jolla, California; both are in Criminal Justice with a minor in Behavioral Science. Brooklen is currently single and resides in the United States.
THE WRITER LOVER - Jasmine is am other of two married to her high school sweetheart. She wants his full support with her writing career but his controlling ways have her rethinking her literary career and her marriage. Darius is a married upcoming author willing to abandon his career to be a father but his wife's plans don't include any children. Both writers met at a NY book fair and spawn a collaboration that takes the literary world by storm and develop a love affair that could be a Lifetime movie. Will the two reach their dreams of a multi-million dollar book deal or will their personal hurdles have them walking away from it all?
SAVANNAH - She had everything she wanted in life, a handsome loving husband, two great kids, a job she enjoys. One evening her world comes to an end when two gunman enter her home doing the unimaginable. Her anger takes her to a place of distruct and confusn. The odds aregainst her as she and her team embark on a mission into a world of darkness, to bring down all who were involved in ruining her once happy life.
THE INTERROGATORS - Frank Barrington, USMC Sergeant is on assignment in Japan when the Red Cross requests he come home for his younger brother's funeral. The day of the funeral his cousin gives him the name of a person who contributed to his little brother's death. two of his closest friends are also in town for the funeral and together they turn 4 of NYC's 5 borough's inside out searching for answers. Their information gathering tactics are out of a horror movie, leading them to the trail of a well-connected person the Feds are afraid to mess with. Now Frank has to come upith a plan to take this monster down. A plan if not executed with precision and accuracy, could cost him and his team their lives.