Books Blog

Most Wanted Book: SLICK RICK’S CHILDREN’S STORY

March 24, 2017

This ain’t funny so don’t you dare laugh… If you know this line, then you probably know Slick Rick’s Children’s Story which I know by heart because Slick Rick just happens to be one of my favorite rappers of all time.  (I still have the cassette and I can prove it.  Watch my YouTube video.) […]

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DECEPTION AT GABRIEL’S TRAILS To Be Released In Paperback! Preview Full Cover Now

March 21, 2017

  I’m excited once again! I just finished the paperback cover for Deception at Gabriel’s Trails: The Complete Series, and I wanted to give everyone a preview of it. By now, everyone knows I do my own paperback covers, and I’m really loving this one so much. My husband did the e-book cover, or the […]

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IN CELEBRITY WORDS: More 2017 Books That Won’t Have ONE DULL MOMENT!

March 14, 2017

  We are about to have soooo much to read in the upcoming months, and I’ve pulled the books that may be of the most interest IN CELEBRITY WORDS!  As you can tell by the poster up top, Charlamagne tha God, Gabourey Sidibe, and Kelly Osbourne are three of the celebrities releasing books in the […]

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Preview CURSE THE COTTON and PATON In Paperback – Coming In Days!

February 27, 2017

I’m excited to say that for the very first time, my novels Paton and Curse the Cotton are going to PAPERBACK!!  I know it’s been a minute, but for those of you who’d asked me because you prefer reading in paperback, it’s coming by next week if not sooner.  Now, I’ll be on the road […]

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So You’re an Author But Clueless About Blogging? Watch This!

February 17, 2017

  I’ve run into many, many authors who absolutely have no idea how to blog or run a website so that it attracts and continues to attract readers aka traffic.  Writing a blog and a book are two completely different things, and below is a list of things that you want to know if you […]

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Going On Book Tour? Five Things To Expect While On The Road

February 6, 2017

Book tours are some of the most exciting times of an authors’ lives, especially after publishing their very first books. Authors everywhere extend their lives into a journey where they’ve never been, meeting and greeting readers all across the nation or globe, depending on how far they plan on taking their tour. Knowing that a […]

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Dare To Turn Your Slumping Book Sales Around Now With These Marketing Tips

January 30, 2017

In a follow up to my YouTube video titled FIX YOUR BOOK SALES WITH THESE TIPS (if you dare), I decided to add this blog post to expand on the other items that authors can do to potentially increase book sales. One of these additional items is FORMING A BLOG.  You’re already a writer, so […]

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LET’S BE CLEAR & CONCISE: The Most Important Rules of the BOOK PITCH

January 25, 2017

In a YouTube video titled Learn the Art of the 30 Second Spiel, I talk about developing a short, great book spiel, or pitch, for authors who may struggle with this at the beginning of their careers.  Check out the full video at the link where you can also subscribe to my YouTube channel, or […]

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AUTHOR SILENCE Is the Number One Book Killer, So Start TALKING (Video)

January 24, 2017

Recently, I spoke on YouTube about the 5 Things Authors Should Never Do … Period!, and being silent about their books is one of those never to do items. For the life of me I can’t understand how some authors remain silent about their books while at the same time search for them to reach […]

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FOLLOW THE LEADER Is Never the Game Any Author Should Play & Here’s Why

January 23, 2017

FOLLOW THE LEADER — the game in which children look at the first person in line and do every single thing that leader does, from a flick of a finger to a nod of the head, clearly not being willing to think on their own although they can break free from the line at any […]

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BOOKS WE ALL NEED NOW Because Our Black Lives Are Always In Motion

January 18, 2017

After taking a glance through the thousands of books available online, I wanted to bring attention to what I call the books of motion, particularly the books of motion where African Americans have been underrated or not represented much at all although their skill has been of the most excellent of many. The books of […]

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IN CELEBRITY WORDS: Some 2017 Books You May Want To Read When They DROP!

January 12, 2017

For those of us a little curious as to who is releasing what in the realm of books this year, I’ve compiled my IN CELEBRITY WORDS list once again for this half of 2017, and you may be a bit shocked or even delighted at some of the life stories being told in the upcoming […]

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No, You Don’t Have To Already Be FAMOUS To Become a SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER

January 5, 2017

For today’s blog post, I thought I’d revert back to a question I got a long time ago but never addressed it via vlog or blog and that question is: HOW DO I MAKE MONEY BLOGGING WHEN NO ONE KNOWS ME? DO I NEED TO BE FAMOUS FIRST? This question makes all kind of sense, […]

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Q & A BLOGGING BASICS: How To Generate Income & Run a Successful Blog

January 2, 2017

Most people already know that for about 5 to 8 years, I blogged heavily, and when I say blogged heavily, I mean full-time, over 20 articles a day, celebrity blogging.  I also had and still have other blogs, however, those blogs aren’t updated everyday as was my celebrity blogs. That being stated, I enjoyed and […]

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Her Name Was Poor

December 16, 2016

Sometimes depression is so hidden behind the masks of wealth, rule, poise, and popularity that only God can see it.  May the LORD restore those who have broken souls, and may the monetarily wealthy never believe that their riches are their root to happiness when it can be quite the opposite as time and lost […]

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How To Leave Your FAVORITE Author a SUPER Review That COUNTS

December 14, 2016

Reviews matter, especially for the self-published author who doesn’t necessarily have the mighty machine of loyalists behind them from the very beginning.  It can be a lonely world out here for authors who are just beginning and trying to stand out as a force to be reckoned with, however, it can be done because if […]

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Writing Workout: My 3 Tips To REMAIN Consistent & FIT

December 8, 2016

  I don’t have huge, bulging muscles, and I never have.  I do, however, have muscles and they do exactly what they are supposed to do.  There are times during the week, month, or even year that I choose to tighten up areas that I feel need to be worked out.  There are other times, […]

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Writer Perspective: Why Coming In “SECOND PLACE” Can Work IN YOUR FAVOR

December 7, 2016

  I remember there was a female in junior high school that I could never beat in a sprint.  This girl was super fast.  Not to discount how fast I was, but this young lady was the fastest runner I’d ever seen at that point to stand next to me at the mark. I always, […]

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IDEAS: Why I Can’t Be BOXED

November 23, 2016

We all have ideas.  I know I have plenty of them.  Last night, I had a simple conversation with my husband over the phone and derived from the conversation came another idea for a brilliant story.  I must entertain all of you, my readers, because I love it when I can bring you stories that […]

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Knockoffs Aren’t Magic

November 17, 2016

  There’s nothing quite like the color blue, and there’s definitely no mark that can be made quite like the color red can make it.  When I look at the color green at its base, there’s nothing more refreshing, and whenever the color brown shows up in the smallest portions, it makes the whole world […]

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I’M NOT SORRY

November 16, 2016

“I’m Not Sorry” is about not becoming something untrue just because someone wants you to dance, or live, on a foundation of lies strangers have cemented for you.  It’s about being proud of not caving and trading your honor for dishonor and cash…and having no regrets.  Thank you for listening. — Mirika Go ahead and […]

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Coming In Days, View Short Clip of My Upcoming Fiction Drama (Video)

November 16, 2016

Life gets cold sometimes, even in the hottest weather.  This next book I’m about to release feels just like that – cold but life goes on as if the weather never changed.  Here’s a short clip of what’s about to come.  This will be first short fiction drama as the other four of my dramas […]

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NOT SPOON-FED

November 10, 2016

She was fed with a fork.  Never could get her soup from the bowl, and there were no straws to hold the nutrients inside while she tried to suck it all up. This was her life, hoping to climb, but the trees never had limbs, mountains were too smooth, and even when she went to the beach, the […]

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PITY ANN FOOL (Let Me Tell You Her Story)

November 4, 2016

  She thought he loved her.  He would send her flowers and call her every hour, and in the minutes before the next, she would flex…tell everyone how good he tended to be, make them sit and barely listen to her long, love story because she would tell it every time she felt the need […]

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STRETCH YOURSELF: Read More Than What You Already Know

October 27, 2016

  Do you stretch?  I mean, do you really stretch your body each and every single day, or have you forgotten that it is the most liberating thing that you can do after waking up, before and after exercise, and even while sitting at a computer for two plus hours.  It gets the body moving […]

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If You’ve Read One, You Really Haven’t Read Them All

October 27, 2016
Mirika Mayo Cornelius, author

Symmetry.  One side looks exactly like the other of the same object.  Symmetric.  The thing about symmetry is that not all things are symmetric, and this is obvious for something like an abstract shape.  In order for anything to have symmetry in terms of appearance, it must be cut from the exact same thread and […]

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TICK TOCK NON-STOP

October 25, 2016

(I just got stressed out, so I wrote this poem to soothe myself momentarily. Writing on three things at once can become chaos mentally.  It sounds counterproductive to write to relieve stress from writing.  However, it’s not.  I feel better just writing about it.   I thank God I can.  I love to pray, and […]

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Unlikeable

October 14, 2016
Unlikeable by Mirika Mayo Cornelius

There are no two ways to spell it. I’m what you call unlikeable because I speak my mind all the time, and whenever I try and hold it back, it comes to the roof of my mouth and then to the tip of my tongue, freedom breaks the chains of my internal structure, and it […]

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Short Nails, Skinny Thighs

October 7, 2016

I grew up like a stalk in the deep, deep sunshine, flicked my feet in the puddles of muddy waters and held on tight to my chair as my mother hot combed my kinky hair.  It was all there from the time I spent my first dime, caught some Jumping Jacks and committed my first crime…yep, […]

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