The Birth of I Confess
I dreamed since I was fourteen years old to spend most of my existence writing. I began reading at this time, and reading became my passion. I knew this was the vocation for me. I wanted to continue to read and then write that best selling novel.
As my years progressed I continued to read and write, structuring some poems, and short stories, and working on a few novels. I didn't do anything with the novels, short stories or poems, but it was a thrill in just writing them.
One day I began writing about one hundred short stories. I kept them in a binder and continued to write them. I was reading a BLACK ROMANCE magazine one day, and their stories sounded so familiar to mine. The writing techniques were similar, and the stories were of love and romance. I believed I had the same ingredient that this magazine was looking for in the guidelines, so I submitted a few of my short stories, and hoped for the best. I really wanted to write for this magazine.
Of course writing doesn't come that easy, or anything that you want out of life. You have to work diligently to make it happen, and this is what I had to do to write for BLACK ROMANCE Magazine. The first five of my short stories were rejected, but the editor was very nice. She wrote some interesting and helpful comments on one of my short stories, and told me to resubmit with the revised changes. I was happy as a lark because I still had a chance to make my writing debut in this magazine.
I resubmitted the story about three times, and then finally I received a contract in the mail. They were going to publish my short story, THE BUS STOP ROMANCE. This was one of my favorite short stories because I actually met a man on the bus stop when I was going to work one hot summer day in May. I was overjoyed beyond comprehension. I had to keep looking at the contract because it was amazing to get a published story. I had finally made it as a writer, and I loved every minute of it. My story was published in JIVE Magazine, an affiliate of BLACK ROMANCE Magazine in the November 2000 issue.
I continued to write for the magazine, ending up writing nineteen short stories. I had so many stories left over that I decided to put them into a novel form. I CONFESS was born. It's a collection of confession short stories for the modern relationship with a touch of reality. I'm very proud of my debut novel, which was published and released on December 18, 2004 by Publishamerica.
Some of the short stories included in my novel are: LIES BY ASSOCIATION, about a marriage trying to be saved; THE JAILBAIT, a woman who falls in love with a very dangerous man; LIVING LARGE, three plus-size women who definitely have it going on; NOT UNTIL I'M MARRIED, a woman who finds a man who turns out to be something very different from other men; REJECTION, an overweight woman who is so in love with her boyfriend, she decides to lose the weight and teach him a lesson, or does she? THE ICE BENEATH THE FIRE, a woman dreams of skating, and her mate who is right there by her side, maybe; THE TEASE, a woman who is so angry with men she uses them, but payback is something else; BELLS AND BUTTERFLIES, an interracial couple's love; EMAILING LOVE, finding love on the internet; HE PROPOSED, a woman finally getting married; MILITARY LOVE, falling in love and then losing that love; I'M FORTY AND HE'S EIGHTEEN, a woman finds love with a man half her age; TWENTY-TWO YEARS LATER, finding love after so many years; EX'S, getting back with your husband you divorced; YOU CHEATING DOG; a woman gets even with her cheating man; I'M A SLAVE FOR YOU, tired of being a slave for her man, she takes matters into her own hands; BUSINESS LOVE, can a man and women mix business with pleasure? NATIVE NEW YORKER, a woman finding love in the big apple; PARTING IN SWEET LOVE, a long distance romance; IN LOVE WITH AN OLDER MAN, an eighteen year old finding love with a much older man; THE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, waiting until marriage; IN LOVE WITH MY SISTER'S HUSBAND, sisters in love with the same man; THE FIVE DAY SEPARATION, a husband and wife's martial problems in five days, etc. My book is a page turner, and you won't be disappointed.
My goal is to sell a million copies of my book, and to do that I need everyone to purchase my book. My cover is green and gorgeous, and I'm very proud to be associated with this project.
My joy of writing is for everyone to enjoy my book, and maybe get something out of one of my stories. I'd hope that one of my stories were the answers to a dilemma in someone's life. I know I read all the time and in most of the books the characters are going through the same avenue of problems that I find myself going through constantly and on a regular basis. It gives me significant hope that the way I solve my problems, is the way someone else is doing the same thing. The answers that I'm searching for is right there in a book.
I write because I just love telling stories, and taking along my characters to do anything I want them to do, and then some. Writing is also therapeutic for a lot of people, including myself. I find when I get so depressed about something happening or not happening in my life, I'd get my laptop computer and write about it. I like writing stories with happy endings because they're most of my dreams. I can write a happy ending to my life and live with it. If only this could strike into real life, then there would be a lot of exciting people living today in this world, and less chaos going on.
My job is to promote my book, and continue to let it be known to the world that books are the revolution of education. Reading a book is better than just watching television, going to movies, and clubs. It's the most relaxing time of a very emotional and difficult work week.
Why not sit back in your favorite chair, in your favorite room and catch up on some reading with a romantic book of love, and reality situations in the world of dating?
Buy I CONFESS and enjoy a ride of good reading, and happily ever after endings; in a setting of a splash of reality scenarios in the real world. (1,144)
My name is Carol Ann Culbert Johnson. Please visit my website at: www.freewebs.com/jcarolann">http://www.freewebs.com/jcarolann Also please purchase I CONFESS at www.publishamerica.com">http://www.publishamerica.com. I reside in the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. My email is: www.jcarolannjohnson">http://email@example.com.
Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75.
Roberts died Tuesday because of complications from breast cancer, according to a family statement.
A bestselling author and Emmy Award winner, Roberts was one of NPR's most recognizable voices and is considered one of a handful of pioneering female journalists — along with Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer and Susan Stamberg — who helped shape the public broadcaster's sound and culture at a time when few women held prominent roles in journalism.
Indie press Galley Beggar has warned of the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on publishing after learning of "crazy" government requirements on distribution and warned it could put smaller publishers out of business.
The Norwich-based independent, which recently scored a Booker Prize nomination with Lucy Ellmann's Ducks, Newburyport, fears smaller publishers could be put out of business over legal uncertainty around Brexit.
Galley Beggar founder Sam Jordison outlined concerns around UK government and Publishers' Association guidance, and in particular government guidance suggesting that publishers will need to state country of origin or International Organization of Standardization (ISO) codes for their inventory. The government published its Yellowhammer contingency plan which details "worst case" scenarios for a no-deal Brexit last week. The document warned of channel crossing delays and disrupted trade across the Irish border...
... "We're terrified, we are genuinely terrified. There's all kinds of other reasons to object to Brexit but from a practical point of view it's going to completely screw us. The main concern is that this is potentially going to put people out of business. Not even potentially, it is going to put people out of business. Our margins are small so rising costs are already a nightmare – that's only going to get worse. Paper, transport are going to go up – even with a deal that stuff is problematic." ...
Elena Ferrante, the Italian author whose Neapolitan novels became a global phenomenon, is to publish a new book in Italy on 7 November – her first novel in four years.
Bestselling author Jojo Moyes has called on the government and the publishing industry to do more about the UK's "shameful" adult literacy record. In 2018, Moyes, writer of global hits including Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, donated three years of funding to charity the Reading Agency for its Quick Reads scheme, saving it from closure when its previous sponsorship ran out.
While she was "proud to be able to help out as a private individual", she is furious at what she calls governmental and industry failure to understand the importance of Quick Reads.
Dorothea Benton Frank, author of 20 novels set in the Charleston area and a beloved figure who for years split her time between Sullivan's Island and the New York City area, died Monday evening after a brief illness. She was 67.
Amazon has broken the worldwide embargo on Margaret Atwood's The Testaments (Nan A. Talese), which isn't supposed to go on sale until next Tuesday, September 10, inadvertently shipping about 800 copies to customers. This has infuriated indies, led to early reviews of the book around the world--revealing basic elements, and caused exclusive excerpts to be published earlier than planned. Altogether, the embargo violation stained the release of one of the biggest books of the fall season, Atwood's long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid's Tale.
In response to the situation, publisher Penguin Random House issued this statement: "A very small number of copies of Margaret Atwood's The Testaments were distributed early due to a retailer error which has now been rectified.... Not naming Amazon and attributing the problem to "a retailer error" irritated many indie booksellers for a number of reasons: some pointed out that if their stores had sold copies of the book early, it would be considered an embargo violation and likely lead to punishments, such as not receiving embargoed books ahead of publication date in the future. Many speculated PRH will not do anything of the sort with Amazon.
In a series of tweets, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kan., succinctly outlined the problem:
"It should come as no surprise that a certain huge online retailer is selling this book very close to our cost; if we sold it at their price we'd make $1.73 per copy. We've discussed before how this is unfair, and how we deal with it.
But now, not only is the huge online retailer selling it for a price we can't compete with, but they shipped out copies a week early. This increases the likelihood that someone who got it early uploads a bootleg copy online, cutting into sales for everyone.
It also gave de facto permission to places like the New York Times and NPR to publish spoiler-heavy reviews, which deflates the mysterious buzz about what's in the book. It's likely that less mystery means less vital first-week sales for everyone. I hope we're wrong."
Chanel Miller was known by the pseudonym Emily Doe at the trial of Stanford student Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in county jail for the assault. The sentence caused widespread anger given that Turner could have been jailed for up to 14 years for the crime. Many believed Turner had been given a lenient sentence because he was a white athlete from a prominent university, Stanford. Turner repeatedly claimed alcohol was to blame and that the encounter was consensual, while his father called the attack "20 minutes of action".
Miller is now releasing a memoir, Know My Name, which her publisher says will "change the way we think about sexual assault forever". Miller's 7,000-word statement at the trial garnered millions of views around the world when it was published online in 2016. She will also appear on CBS's 60 Minutes later this month and extracts from the interview, including Miller reading the statement, have been released this week.
Hundreds of readers in the US have received early copies of Margaret Atwood's heavily embargoed follow-up to The Handmaid's Tale, The Testaments, after copies were shipped out early by Amazon.
Security around the novel had been as tight as anything mounted for JK Rowling or Dan Brown's blockbuster releases – the judges for the Booker prize, who shortlisted The Testaments for the award on Wednesday, were warned they would be held liable if their watermarked copies leaked. But since Tuesday, readers have been posting images on Twitter of their freshly delivered copies, a week before the novel's official release on 10 September.
And The Guardian have just published an (officially approved) excerpt--see link below:
The shortlist for The Booker Prize, the U.K.'s top prize for fiction, has been announced. The list includes two former winners, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie--even though Atwood's book doesn't publish until next week:
Margaret Atwood (Canada), The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
Lucy Ellmann (U.S./U.K.), Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)
Bernardine Evaristo (U.K.), Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)
Salman Rushdie (U.K./India) Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)
Elif Shafak (U.K./Turkey) 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)
Reese Witherspoon has named Lara Prescott's debut novel The Secrets We Kept as her September book club choice. This thrilling historical fiction, which publishes on September 3, is inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. The Secrets We Kept is also a great hit with the 20 BookBrowse members who reviewed it for our First Impressions program--rating it a stellar 4.7 stars!