Sunday, December 31, 2006


Whatsoever is good, whatsoever is lovely ... think on these things. I hope and pray that your thoughts for 2007 will be positive and empowered, for as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

I was so busy hostessing, I didn't have a chance to write a fresh thought for 2007, but last year's offering: Endings and New Beginnings is still quite apropos.

Thanks so much for joining us, you were great!

Dee and Divine

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The Countdown Begins...

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And the party is about to wind down...

Winners so far:

Game 1 - Name that Author No 1
Phenomenal - The Love We Had by Dedan Tolbert

Game No. 2
Sylvia Hubbard - And Even If I Did by Kisha Green

Door Prize Winner
Practical, User-Friendly Help for Beginning Writers
by Kathi Macias

Game No. 3
Lilchoc - From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly by Renetta Randle

Please email your address to to receive your prize.

Will you be next?

We've also had New Year Greetings from authors Kisha Green and Kathi Macias and also from the Read Zone Book Review Team.

There's more to come. In the meantime, interact with the other guests, tell us about your New Year's resolutions, or tell us about your favorite Accomplishment of 2006.

Play some GAMES and win a prize. Stop by our Book Introduction Page, where we introduce to to new authors or new works from familiar authors. Mayhap something will be perfect for you or a friend.

NOTE: Authors if your book isn’t listed, tell us about it in the comments section.Again thanks for stopping by and enjoy yourself.






From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly:

Author: Renetta J. Randle
Release Date: September 2006
ISBN: 0978970004
Paperback: 116 pages
List Price: $16.00
Sale Price: $10.00 (at Shortcakes Productions)

New Year's Greetings from Shoi

Wishing all the readers and friends of Divine's Diary a Happy and Healthy New Year.

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Game No 5 - One of These Things

One of these titles just doesn't belong here!

Which one is different do you know?

Can you tell me which title doesn't belong here,

and I'll tell you if it is so!

Which of the following isn't a title?

  • Alex's Dreams

  • Saving Grace

  • The Lady and The Thug

  • Intimate Musings

Which title doesn't fit?

  • Emma Jean Reborn

  • From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly

  • The Life of Teenagers Aint No Joke

  • Daddy's Girl

BONUS: What children's show is the song from?

Game No 4 - Write Your Own Story

Hi Folks,

It's now your turn to write!

Write a paragraph (that makes sense) using the following book titles. They don’t have to be used in the order listed, just use them all. The best story wins!

  • And Even If I Did

  • Age is Just a Number

  • From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly

  • Intimate Musings

  • Love is the Beautiful Black Woman

  • Please Come Home for Christmas

  • The Love We Had

  • Until Next Time

  • Just a Picture in a Frame

  • Saving Grace: When Fate Steps In


On behalf of Read Zone Book Reviews and our Review Team, I want to wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year, so here goes:

Happy New Year Lovers of Literature! It's always the the perfect time for adding more choices to your "to be read" list. That being said, take a detour by the punch bowl, get yourself some punch and settle down to take a peek at our reviews completed in 2006.

In addition, don't miss our book introductions page and our excerpts page for a peek at up and coming authors and their latest selections.

Also, feel free to post your book recommendations in the comments section. Don’t forget to include the author’s name and genre of the book.

A Year in Review:

Active Christian Media:

FSB Associates:

Read Zone Book Reviews:

Game No 3 - Scramble!












BONUS: After unscrambling, tell us if you agree or disagree with the above list.

New Year Greetings from Kathi Macias

If you’re serious about getting your dreams and ideas into print in this coming year, THE TRAIN-OF-THOUGHT WRITING METHOD: Practical, User-Friendly Help for Beginning Writers is the book for you. May it bless you as you bless others with your words in 2007!

Kathi Macias
Speaker, editor, and Angel-award winning author of seventeen books, including the bestselling devotional A Moment A Day and the popular Matthews mystery series from B&H Publishing Book number 18, How Can I Run a Tight Ship when I’m Surrounded by Loose Cannons?, scheduled for 2008 release from New Hope Publishers.

The Train-of-Thought Writing Method:

Title: THE TRAIN-OF-THOUGHT WRITING METHOD: Practical, User-Friendly Help for Beginning Writers
Author: Kathi Macias
Release Date: FEBRUARY 28, 2005
ISBN-10: 142083259X
ISBN-13: 978-1420832594
Paperback: 96 pages
List Price: $15.50

Game No 2

Name that Main Character!

What is the name of the Main Character of Age is Just a Number?

  1. Danielle

  2. DayShawn

  3. Divine

  4. LaShawn

Name that Publisher!

Which one of the following Publishers is suing some of its authors?

  1. Divine Truth Press

  2. Genesis Press

  3. GirlChild Press

  4. Urban Books

Happy New Year


And Even If I Did: A Novel

Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Release Date: April 18, 2006
ISBN: 0595390137
Paperback: 256 Pages
List Price: $16.95

Name That Author!

Let the games begin!


Name that Author - Multiple Choice No 1

Fly on the Wall was written by?

  1. Wahida Clark
  2. Joylynn Jossel
  3. Trista Russell
  4. Nikki Turner

Who wrote The Playa's Handbook?

  1. Brenda Jackson
  2. Janet Jackson
  3. Lilian Jackson Braun
  4. Monica Jackson



I’m Divine and I’m so happy you decided to join us to welcome in the New Year! Dee is a little busy right now, so I'm gonna play hostess with the mostest until she's ready.

I’m grateful for this moment in time time because I know for a fact that some didn’t wake up this morning and some won’t wake up tomorrow morning, however, we’re going to live in the present. Thankful for the here and now, and hopeful for what will be in 2007. God has been faithful and if we can even meet Him one quarter of the way… He’ll do the rest!

That being said… time to PAR-TAY!

So how do we partay exactly without a chat room and/or video camera? (Personally, I’ze scared of those things, since I was traumatized when I first began online dating when a prospective suitor decided to go au natural for me. We were talking about children, mind you… then whoop… there it was! I didn’t go online again for a week after that. And thereafter if asked about having a webcam the answer was a quick NO! I’ve had much time to think on it… and I figure that maybe… I’d just made to big a deal of it all… after all… we were speaking about procreation… he’d just skipped ahead to the show-and-tell section… my bad!)

Anyway… back to how we party without seeing or hearing each other?

Well, I liked how LaShaunda handled Sormag’s Christmas Open House so in that vein, here’s what we’ll do:

Starting at 6 PM (EST) Dee or I will post games, trivia questions or scrambled words to be solved. The first person to post the correct answer in the comment section wins a prize!

We’ll also have a guest author stop by every hour to share New Year’s greetings and an excerpt of their book.


  • Name That Author!
  • Name That Character!
  • Your Turn to Write!
  • And anything else we think up between now and then … LOL.

In the meantime, I'll get back to getting the punch made (alcohol free... since alcohol makes me waaaay too friendly).

If you do arrive before we get back, please sign the guest book (a/k/a comments) and make yourself comfortable, cause y'all really aren't guests... but family.


Friday, December 29, 2006

Calling all Authors, Bookstores and Book Clubs

You're Invited ...

By Whom: D.S. White

To What: A New Year's Eve Virtual Party

Held Where: Right Here

Date: Sunday, December 31, 2006

Time: 6:00 P.M. (EST)

Activities:Trivia, Guest Authors, Door Prizes, Contests and more...

If you plan to attend, please RSVP below so I know my catering numbers.

P.S. If you're an author who would like to have your book considered as a prize or contribute as a guest speaker email me.

P.S.S. If you're a bookstore and would like to offer a coupon or gift certificate as a prize email me.

P.S.S.S. If you're a book club and would like to tell us a bit about your club and supply a top 10 booklist of the books you've read in 2006 email me.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

HUGE Book Contest

January 31, 2007 marks OOSA's second year anniversary. In celebration of our anniversary, we are having our largest contest to date. 31 days. 31 chances to win. Over 31 books.

Everyday in the month of January, you will have an opportunity to win a book. While you may only enter once a day, there is no limit to the number of days you enter or the number of times you can win. Certain days of the month will be JACKPOT days. On those days, there will either be multiple winners, or one winner of multiple books. You won't know unless you enter. You won't win unless you enter.

Contest starts January 1.

Good luck!

"If it's written, we'll read it."

Saturday, December 23, 2006

I'm Just Loving My New Template ...

Aren't you?

It is courtesy of Zoe at Chic&Sassy Designs. This is her "Spirit of Christmas" gift to the first to ask for it. When I first saw it, I fell in love with it, then noticed it was listed as "sold". I was so disappointed! However, I placed a comment anyway.

I decided to visit it again to moon longingly over it, then noticed the "sold" sign was gone and it was listed as "available". I placed another comment asking Zoe for clarification.

It turns out that the first person who requested it, decided to switch to Wordpress. (Works for me.)

Even more than that though, I'm noticing a trend lately. In days of old, if I wanted something and it even appeared to be unreachable ... I'd back off and think, Oh well.

However, lately, I'm noticing that that instinctive back off behavior, isn't always the end of it. Sometimes, I've been drawn to approach things from another angle or just ask a simple question, as I did with this template, and things turn around in my favor. I ought not to be too surprised, I guess. It is a Biblical principle. God says that we have not, because we ask not. I've been asking more lately and been receiving more lately.

So then the question comes down to ... all the other things I don't have ... have I not asked for them, are they not for me, have I not been asking the correct question or is it not yet time?

Okay ... Denzel Washington ... I get. He's someone else's husband so that's really not going to be answered ... LOL.

So I guess what I'm realizing is that obstacles are not necessarily bad things. Sometimes they may serve to deter me from something that's not good for me. Sometimes they may serve to build my character as I work up the courage to go for what I want. I just need to get my thought pattern tuned into the FSHG (Father Son and Holy Ghost) Network, so that I can discern which it is.

As we can clearly see by the reason we celebrate this season, the birth of Emmanuel (God with us) despite what we may feel or see God wants the best for us! "

However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him". (1 Corinthians 2:9) (Entire Chapter)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Gift For You

Hi Folks,

I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by and here we are again at "Merry Christmas".

So many things have happened, good, bad and ugly, but thanks to God ... we're still here.

That being said I'll get to the purpose of this note ... your Christmas gift!

Starting today and continuing for the next twelve days, I will be sharing with you the complete version of the First Edition of Age is Just a Number.

It will not be posted or archived anywhere but disseminated via my Greetings newsletter ONLY.

The first issue will be sent out at 7:00 PM EST today and at 12:00 noon every day until completion. So I guess I'll be having lunch with you guys for the next twelve days ... LOL.

I hope that reading it blesses you as much as it blessed me while writing.

I thank God for each and every one of you.


P.S. Thanks to all who voted for me to win Author of the Month of December at C&B Books. It worked ... I Won!

P.S.S. Stay tuned for details of the Virtual Party on the last day!

P.S.S.S. I just asked to be a Judge on a Poetry Contest and the person in charge said Yes! Makes me think of that scripture "You have not because you ask not" I wonder how much in life I didn't receive, because I didn't ask?

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Please Vote for Me!

Hi Folks,

Hope this note finds you well. While browsing the C&B Books Web site earlier today. I found out that AIJAN and I are part of a contest to become Author of the Month for December.

I'd love it if you'd place your vote for me. See voting instructions, as well as a note about the book itself.

Thanks in advance,


Friday, December 01, 2006


Question: Would you live with your partner without marrying to get to know him or her?

My grandma used to say: "Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?"

What say you?