Hi all, I have some exciting news! I recently found out that one of my books – TEMPTING THE ARTIST – has been nominated for Best in Romance by African American Literature Awards Show (AALAS)! I’m one of five authors whose book was nominated in this category.
I’m super excited! From what I understand, nominations are made by book clubs and avid readers. Considering there are millions of books that could have been chosen, I am truly honored to be a nominee! What’s even more amazing is to be amongst some of the most beloved romance authors in the business – who were also nominated in this category.
Now, this is where you come in – I NEED YOUR VOTE!
Please vote for TEMPTING THE ARTIST (under “Romance”) by clicking here. Though voting is open until Monday, September 21, 2015 – VOTE TODAY!
Also, congratulations to the other authors who were nominated for Best in Romance (this is the complete list):
Sharon C Cooper – Tempting the Artist
Brenda Jackson – The Secret Affair
Beverly Jenkins – Destiny’s Captive
Rochelle Alers – Cherry Lane
Donna Hill – For You I Will
Don’t forget – VOTE TODAY – here! Thanks in advance for your vote!
African American Literary Awards Show – http://literaryawardshow.com/aalas-vote-2015/
I spent this past weekend in Dallas, TX celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Romance Slam Jam (RSJ). For those of you who are not familiar with RSJ it’s an organization that brings African-American authors and readers together. RSJ has created an opportunity for readers to meet and get to know some of their favorite authors.
It was super exciting to meet readers who have sent me wonderful emails and who I communicate with on social media platforms. I’m telling you, some of these readers know my characters better than I do! I really enjoyed discussing the stories with them!
Though I attended as an author, I have to admit I did have my fangirl moments when I saw some of my favorite authors (Beverly Jenkins, Farrah Rochon, Sienna Mynx, Zuri Day, and the list goes on). And what TOTALLY blew me away is that they knew my name (and it’s not because I stalk them either)!! WAY COOL!
The conference consisted of workshops, interactive games, a book signing and an awards ceremony. RSJ is known for its Emma awards. Each year books/titles and individuals are nominated in twelve categories.
A few months ago, I was notified that two of my books had finaled. ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED – Interracial Romance of the Year (this was a new category) and TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES – Suspense of the Year. I was super excited by the news!
Well, I’m thrilled to inform you that I won both categories/awards! YAY! To say I was shocked when the announcer called my name, would be an understatement. I was happy to be nominated, but I have read books by some of the authors who had also finaled and knew the competition was steep. So to hear my name called not once, but twice was beyond exciting! I’m so glad I was surrounded by some of my author friends. Otherwise I probably would have really been a nervous wreck! I was a little nervous even with them there…okay, maybe a lot nervous prior to the awards ceremony! But having them there to share the moment was absolutely priceless!
My writing career has exceeded my expectations. When I published my first book almost three years ago, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I was just hoping to at least sell a book to someone who wasn’t family! Lol. I owe so much to my author friends who were wonderful in answering my fifty-million questions and sharing information regarding self-publishing & publishing. And I will be forever indebted to them! Even years later they are still supportive and encouraging.
Actually, I think this is the perfect time to say THANK YOU to all of them (published & unpublished)! You guys are truly the wind beneath my wings. And to the readers – OMG! You all ROCK! The wonderful feedback that you give me about my work makes me want to keep writing! THANK YOU!
Stay tuned, I’m going to have some giveaways in the very near future to celebrate!
Hi all, I have some exciting news! But first – what a fun weekend! I attended the second annual B.R.A.B (Building Relationships Around Books) Readers Retreat and had a blast! B.R.A.B is an online (Facebook) book club with over a thousand readers (and authors) and it’s the place where I have found some great books by new (new to me) authors.
Though I attended the retreat (held in Georgia) as a reader – so that I could support some of my author friends and meet some of my favorite authors – I had the pleasure of meeting some of MY fans! How cool is that!? I thought the event was very well thought out and though it was for the readers, I think authors really enjoyed themselves as well. I know I did!
Okay, so now for my exciting news – I, Sharon C. Cooper, was one of six authors nominated for B.R.A.B’s Reading Warrior Breakout Author of the Year Award! Woo hoo! I’m so excited, surprised and truly honored to be a nominee!! Each year, the members in the book club vote for their favorite authors/books in various categories. This year they have opened voting up to people outside of the group (nonmembers).
Now this is where you come in – I NEED YOUR VOTE!
If you have enjoyed my books, please click here and vote for me for best Breakout Author! Though voting is open until October 24, 2014 – VOTE TODAY!
Also, congratulations to the other authors who were nominated for Breakout Author (this is the complete list):
Sharon C Cooper
Don’t forget – VOTE TODAY – here! Thanks in advance for your vote!
Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
the bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.
I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for the Best Moment Award. As part of the nomination, I am asked to give a brief acceptance speech.
My acceptance speech:
I would like to thank fellow blogger, Yawatta Hosby, for nominating me for the Best Moment Award. She nominated me after reading my blog post Talent, Passion and Discipline. I’m flattered that she and others enjoyed the post. Though I don’t blog as often as I’d like, when I do it usually stems from some random thought, something I’ve experienced, or something I’ve read. The initial post for Talent, Passion and Discipline stemmed from a book (pls. refer to original post) that one of my critique partners recommended.
There are times as a writer you want to slack off or even give up, but that passion that drives you to write and rewrite that first sentence, paragraph, scene and chapter won’t let you. There is nothing like having an initial idea for a book pop into your head and then months later (years for some), you have a finished product and can finally write, The End.
I’ll admit, it’s an amazing feeling and is achieved by not only having talent and passion, but also discipline. My wish to aspiring authors is that you one day experience the elation that comes from stringing thousands of words together to create sentences, paragraphs, scenes, chapters to ultimately produce – a finished book.
Thank you again, Yawatta, for the nomination. I’d also like to give a special thanks to all of my blog followers. Without your support (and comments), blogging wouldn’t be as much fun. Thanks to this award and your continued support, I’m inspired to blog more often.
From what I understand, I’m supposed to pick 15 blog posts that I’ve enjoyed and nominate them (and their authors) for the Best Moment Award. Though I follow some great bloggers, there were a couple of posts that popped into my head during my brief acceptance speech. Note: those who I nominate for this award shouldn’t feel pressured to continue the chain if they choose not to.
The nominees are:
Cassandra Baker Durham – Finding a Balance
Jamie David – Tequila Day
Jordanna East – Jerks & Irks XXX: Free is, as Free Does
The Write Time Write Place – Eliminate the Laundry List by Yolanda Barber
M.J. Kane – M.J. on Writing: Helpful Advice for Aspiring Authors
Nia Forrester – Inspiration
Writers in the Storm Blog –Why We (and our characters) Fall in Love: Part 1 by Fae Rowen
Congratulations to yesterday’s winners – Time To Celebrate…Again!
If you missed it – readers/followers were challenged yesterday (7/24/12) to leave a comment on my blog, “Like” my new Fanpage on Facebook, and join my mailing list for several chances to win a few prizes. Note: It was brought to my attention that the mailing list link was not cooperating (my sincere apologies for that). But no worries, for each step you took – leaving a comment and/or liking my Fanpage – your name was entered into the drawing.
The Winners Are:
Cindy C. – A copy of one of my e-books (or short story)
Shawnna W. – A copy of one of my e-books (or short story) AND a $5 gift card to Amazon.com
Antiniqua B.– A copy of one of my e-books (or short story) AND a $10 gift card to Amazon.com
Congratulations again! Just email me at email@example.com for further instructions on claiming your prize(s), and congratulations again!
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