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HITTING A BRICK WALL: 6 Reasons Why You’re Failing At Finishing Your First Book

January 15, 2016
Urban Fiction by Mirika Mayo Cornelius

For many, finishing their first book can be challenging. Not only is it challenging, but most people who delve into it never consider that it is actually time consuming and takes a great deal of patience.  To some, it really does feel like very hard work. Maybe that’s because it is work, and ever since […]

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FIRST BOOK RELEASE? Find Out 3 Misconceptions About Releasing Your Debut Book!

January 14, 2016

Ready for your debut book launch?  Great!  You should be very excited, however, don’t allow your heightened happiness to diminish by sweating the small stuff.  I’ve heard many first time authors complain about the items I’ll discuss below – becoming frustrated when their books aren’t read and when people they “thought were good friends and […]

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LOOK WHAT I FOUND: Write On Paper & Sync To Your Smartphone: STYLOGRAPH by OREE

January 11, 2016

Of all the things a writer may strongly desire, this may be one of the top!  Made by Oree, this Stylograph they have created captures whatever, and I mean whatever, you write on paper, stores it, then syncs it to your smartphone.  Now, the paper being written on isn’t just any old paper, but after […]

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WALKING WHILE BLACK: The Laws For The Negro At Nighttime In the USA #CURSETHECOTTON

January 10, 2016

So here we are, living in 2016, while black/African American children are being gunned down by police officers who get off with murder, but did you know that there were laws to WALKING WHILE BLACK in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? Sure, we all know about slaves, segregation and the like, however, have you ever […]

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3 Ways To Fix the Disconnect Between Your Book & Its Readers

January 7, 2016

The worst thing in the world for a writer who is trying to make a statement with his work is to be totally disconnected from his audience FROM WITHIN THE BOOK.  You’re very much connected on the outside, but from the inside of your book, do you tend to cause what I call “the  reader […]

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LAY A GOOD FOUNDATION: 3 Things All Writers Can Do Before Writing Their First Book

January 6, 2016

  You can feel it in your bones.  Becoming an author is one of the things that you will add to your bio, and the first thing you will do when you get home from work is WRITE THE BEST BOOK EVER. This is the hope.  Now for the foundation, and there are 3 things […]

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Pay Attention To Your Readers: 3 Items All Readers Want In a Great Book

January 4, 2016

It’s one thing to write a book.  It’s another thing to write a book that most readers want to get through to the end.  Let’s face facts, however.  Every single person will not like your work, but you can get about 80-90 percent to like it if the book is aiming to fill at least […]

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Write Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Rules For Book Success & Longevity In the Book Market

January 4, 2016
Mirika SC BF 2015

Just about everyday, there is someone that has the desire to become an author.  In today’s society, it’s exceptionally easy to have a book published, thus, bringing the title that one desires – author.  However, there is much more to it, and it’s only up to the “new” author to implement the steps necessary to […]

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New Book Release: I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE 3…Because the Drama Is Explosive!

January 3, 2016

The final installment of I Thought I Was Alone is finally here, and I’m definitely too happy to have released it TODAY just for YOU! This I Thought I Was Alone series has been wonderful, and part 1 and 2 have been downloaded massively, so now it’s time for you and others you know to […]

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How I Remain On Top Of My Writing Goals Every Year

December 29, 2015
Mirika SC BF 2015

Firstly, I love to write and along with that comes an endless imagination. This is the reason why, although I will eventually write a nonfiction book or two in my life hopefully, I thoroughly enjoy creating fiction stories, from novels, novellas and short stories. One of the questions that I answer many times for upcoming […]

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KNOW THE DIFFERENCES: Novel vs. Novella vs. Short Story

December 22, 2015

Having been a part of the literary world for a long time now, I have found out that many people, including upcoming authors and some readers, have no idea about the differences in what they are reading as far as length. In general, NOVELS are longer than NOVELLAS. NOVELLAS are longer than SHORT STORIES. Authors […]

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AUTHOR ANSWERS: Curse the Cotton, a Novel of Boldness, Blood & a Full Circle of Freedom

December 21, 2015
Curse the Cotton

Shelone is a character that was born out of love for family. She is a survivor, not for herself, but for others. She lives for the future, and this is her sole objective. Her mother and father are gone, but her purpose remains.  Her greatest fear has never been the death of herself.  Her greatest […]

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Trina Is Back In I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE 3 And She Faces Her Biggest Fear Yet!

December 11, 2015

I Thought I Was Alone 3 is complete, and right now, I’m doing the edits for an amazing story. If you’ve already read parts 1 and 2, then you are in for a treat as everything comes full circle and then some from this thriller saga. For the book cover, give props to Rod Cornelius […]

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5 Reasons Why READING Is RELEVANT To Your Overall WELL-BEING

November 4, 2015

Reading is one of the most exhilarating activities you can do for your mind. Besides the creation of a book, actually reading the book and allowing your mind to wander does more than just what you see in black and white. Therefore, if you’re feeling sluggish about picking up a book and would rather watch […]

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What Happens When A Female Slave Decides Enough Is Enough? CURSE THE COTTON, a New Book Release

October 23, 2015
Curse the Cotton

It’s here finally!  This is the BOOK #22 I was telling everyone about for the longest.  CURSE THE COTTON is a full length novel that plagued my mind for months until I was able to write it exactly how I wanted it, expressing many items that may not clearly be expressed in cinema or books […]

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Never Toss a Trashed Story…Here’s Why

August 18, 2015

Garbage.  My idea of it is a load of useless stuff waiting to hit the pile of food, toiletries and other disgusting items at the trash heap.  It’s quite nasty to think of all the one-time-wonders of the world tossed aside as has-beens…including great ideas that were somehow never launched. Sure, in today’s society, we […]

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Feeling Caged? Try Something Fresh and Brand New!

August 9, 2015

When I started writing professionally, beginning with my debut novel Secret, I knew I wanted to write stories that I would enjoy reading myself. That was the goal, to write provocative and reliably great stories. Genre wasn’t a part of the plan at all.  My plan was to continuously entertain my audience, anyone who felt […]

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BEYOND THE COVER: Read a Clip From DEAD MAN’S MAYHEM by CYAN DEANE

August 6, 2015
Dead Man

Back story… I need to give this to you before you read this hilarious clip. Clive is the guy who they basically rescued from the funeral home prior to his burial. You’ll read about what exactly happened to get him there, but his two friends are as slim in the brains as it gets. LOL!  […]

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Brand New Book Release – I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE 2! Download Now!

May 26, 2015

Life changes in the blink of an eye, and just when you think you’re safe, you’re really not. I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE 2 is now released, and of course, is part two of the highly successful I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE! There’s nothing like that college experience because it’s a new life and a […]

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Most Wanted Felon Now Available For Download On Nook & iTunes!

April 11, 2015

Thanks to everyone for showing love to me when I released MOST WANTED FELON on Kindle Unlimited. Now, I ask that you continue to spread the word and download on Nook and iTunes. I surely do appreciate all of you! It’s a great story, so enjoy! See you at the SC Book Festival on May […]

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The Rerelease of Dead Man’s Mayhem by Cyan Deane

March 7, 2015

This weekend is the rerelease of the novella Dead Man’s Mayhem by Cyan Deane.  I’m excited about this re-release because this is one of the stories under Akirim Press that brings a pulp fiction feel together with urban crime and thriller under the umbrella of envy, wrath and betrayal…starting from the coffin… while bringing dry […]

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A MOST DESERVED Thanks For Downloading MOST WANTED FELON!

January 14, 2015

Again, I thank everyone who downloaded a copy and told others about my latest novella, MOST WANTED FELON. I’ve had this story in the back of my mind for a long time, however, the book cover, as all of my book covers, was created six months ahead of schedule. I can’t seem to keep up […]

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BEYOND THE COVER: Read Inside the Pages of COLD BLOODED GOONS

November 13, 2014

They say blood is thicker than water, but how far are you willing to go when blood puts your life on the line? Jack and Lukewarm have always been bound by blood, but when Lukewarm gets Jack involved in his next scheme for riches without giving him any details other than telling him that no […]

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AVAILABLE NOW — I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE — a Special E-Book Release, Thriller

November 11, 2014

Imagine yourself at home alone  …  until you feel another presence inside watching you! Available now is the brand new special release, available in e-book format only… I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE Trina secretly throws a big house party at her parents’ six bedroom home while they are out of town. Things at the party […]

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BEYOND THE COVER: Read Inside the Pages of INSIDE THE GATES OF DOONS

October 24, 2014

When five friends head off on the trip of their lifetimes, terror strikes, cutting the start of their adventurous vacation into a full blown deadly nightmare! Completely stranded with nowhere to turn for help, these five friends end up fighting for their lives once they enter the darkness, destruction and death lurking inside the Gates […]

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BEYOND THE COVER – Read Inside the Pages of FIRST DEGREE SINS

October 19, 2014

FIRST DEGREE SINS When a woman is scorned by a foolish husband and a reckless mistress, things lead down a chaotic path in only 24 hours, especially when cops, drug money and desperation deliver Lisa Caldwell into an unhealthy dose of FIRST DEGREE SINS, with no way to turn back the hands of time! YOUR […]

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BEYOND THE COVER – Read Inside the Pages of PATON

October 19, 2014

After witnessing the ruthless murder of his best friend while his own life hung in the balance, the many demons Paton Jones spends a lifetime trying to suppress begin to emerge. Armed with an evil before its time, Paton’s life becomes a thick fog of deadly secrets, hidden betrayal, and overt lies that carve a […]

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The SECRET Novel Collection, a Collection Worth Having On Christmas Day

October 8, 2014

From my best selling and debut novel, SECRET, comes The SECRET Novel Collection, which features all three stories of this dramatic and climactic fiction drama that is set in the deep south.  Due to release to your kindles on Christmas Day when you pre-order, this novel collection contains all three books – Secret, Colored Lily: […]

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS: The Making of Urban Story COLD BLOODED GOONS

September 23, 2014

Why I Chose Jack as the Character from First Degree Sins to Write a Story About? First comes love, then comes chaos and then comes, something Jack never expects in the novel First Degree Sins, and this is the main reason, besides his unique attitude, knack for nonsense, and vantage point, that I wanted to […]

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Brand New Urban Book – COLD BLOODED GOONS!

September 22, 2014

Brand new 2014 release – COLD BLOODED GOONS – download now! AMAZON KINDLE – http://amzn.to/1rqUaGI NOOK – http://tinyurl.com/getgoons AMAZON KINDLE UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00NS07ON0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0 They say blood is thicker than water, but how far are you willing to go when blood puts your life on the line? Jack and Lukewarm have always been bound by blood, […]

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