A Special Gift From Claudia Moss

If you are a writer, one of the hardest things to do is feel confident about your work.  You are always doubting whether you are good enough.  If the story you want to tell is important enough.  Will readers get what you are trying to say?  Will you get what you are trying to say?  I go through this every other day, it seems.  And every time something happens to make me believe in myself.  Yesterday, something happened.  Or should I say, someone happened.

Writer and radio personality, Claudia Moss, asked me to answer a few questions for her blog about a month ago.  I was happy to do so, and felt honored that she would want to interview me.  Well, I was not expecting the glowing piece that she wrote about me.  She not only talked about my books, but she included a picture of herself taking my In The Mirror Challenge.  She photographed herself smiling with an electronic copy of In The Mirror.  Then she posted the questions I answered.  This is by far the best write-up I’ve ever had.  I feel like a New York Times Best Seller.  But to say that is to negate the respect women like Claudia have for my work.  With this beautifully written piece, Claudia made me understand that I am a Best Seller.  That my work is important.  That my readers get what I’m saying.  That I get what I’m saying.

Writers don’t get heartfelt, honest praise like this every day.  And so I want to take this opportunity to thank Claudia for this special gift, which has made me see beyond the Best Seller list and see me, a writer.

I Love You, Claudia.

Read my special gift from Claudia and subscribe to her blog. You will receive a gift just as special.

https://claudiamoss.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/appreciating-fellow-writer-odessa-rose/

Club 347

A few weeks ago, I contacted the owner of Club 347 and told him that his club was featured in In The Mirror.  He told me to bring 2 posters and a signed copy of the book and he would post them in 347.  We dropped the posters off last night, and he invited me to speak on Monday and Thursday night.  I also met a poet name Miss. Jones and she also invited me to speak at her events and she wants a copy of the book.  So, I want to thank Ronald, Miss. Jones, and the folks at 347 for all the support.

Ronald, owner of Coub 347, Located at 347 N. Calvert Street 443-506-7200

Ronald, owner of Coub 347, Located at 347 N. Calvert Street
443-506-7200

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Baltimore Book Festival

This weekend Baltimore held its annual Baltimore Book Festival.  From Friday, September 26th through Sunday, September 28th, readers and writers came together to share their love of books.  Since its inception, the festival has been held at Mount Vernon, but it was moved to the Inner Harbor because the Washington Monument is being restored.  The new location was okay, but it was a bit spread out.  I personally like the Mount Vernon location.  Other than that, I had a grand time.  I had Water In A Broken Glass and In The Mirror on the table.  Readers loved them both.  I met some new writers, and I hung out with my friends from the Black Writers Guild.  It was a great weekend.

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Black Writers Guild Memebers

Black Writers Guild Memebers

Black Writers Guild Members.

Black Writers Guild Members.

This wonderful author helped to write one of my favorite movies, the original Night of the Living Dead.

This wonderful author helped to write one of my favorite movies, the original Night of the Living Dead.

 

Odessa Rose Presents The Pitch

Fiction, Horror, and Romance Writers, I have created a site for you! It’s called Odessa Rose Presents The Pitch, and it’s designed to give you a platform to read and discuss your work. I love hearing authors read and talk about their stories. Booktrailers are good, but listening to authors explain how a story came about, how they developed a character, how the came up with a particular voice, read a scene from their books so readers get a true understanding of the themes, having writers tell who they are as writers, and why they write is just exciting and motivating.

So, Odessa Rose Presents The Pitch is a collection of authors reading and discussing their work and themselves. It’s easy to be included in this fine group of writers. All you have to do is send me an email and I’ll give you the submission guidelines.

I can’t wait to see your pitch!
As always, Happy Reading and Writing.

 

In The Mirror Challenge

A beautiful woman named Melissa Bigmomma Smith-Jenkins did the In The Mirror Challenge.  And she had a ball with it.

I don't usually do challenges but I accepted this one, Odessa Rose I hope I got this right...  This is a mirror challenge, what do you see when you look in the mirror? your true and inner self, not how others see you, but how you see yourself. I challenge you to take this challenge if you dare... Lol God Bless  — feeling blessed.

I don’t usually do challenges but I accepted this one, Odessa Rose I hope I got this right…
This is a mirror challenge, what do you see when you look in the mirror? your true and inner self, not how others see you, but how you see yourself. I challenge you to take this challenge if you dare… Lol God Bless
— feeling blessed.

In The Mirror Challenge

The very talented author, Dahni McPhail, took the In The Mirror Challenge.

Only for Odessa Rose. This is my "In The Mirror" Shot. What do I see? I see a woman who has turned her back on all things that are not good for her future and her peace.

Only for Odessa Rose. This is my “In The Mirror” Shot. What do I see? I see a woman who has turned her back on all things that are not good for her future and her peace.

In The Mirror Challenge

I accept my In The Mirror Challenge.
I look in the mirror and see me being happy despite all the things in the world that can make you want to cry instead of smile. I see a woman who loves her life. Who sees and understands just how richly blessed she is. I see a woman full of hopes and dreams. I see me.

Poster for 347 Club

I phoned Ronald, owner of the Club 347, and I explained that his club is featured in In The Mirror.  He asked why, and I told him because his club is very popular in Baltimore City.  Everyone who is serious about music goes there.  And since one of the characters plays the trumpet, I thought it would be special to have him play at 347.

I asked Ronald if I could place some flyers 347 to promote In The Mirror, and he said I could bring 2 posters!  I was so shocked and happy.  I told him that I would stop by and bring the poster, as well as a signed copy of In The Mirror for him.  The only problem was, I didn’t have a poster.  I had a little brochure that I’ve been passing out.  They aren’t even in color, because my budget is so slim that I can only afford color for my press packets.  So are the struggles of an author.  But that doesn’t mean I will not get the poster.  I designed one using Powerpoint, a picture of the cover, and a photo our daughter, Nina, took of me while we were at Cylburn Auboretum videotaping her dolls for another video for her Doll City channel.  (By the way, she is getting so good at making those movies.)

Anyway, here’s what I came up with.  I put it on my Facebook page and everyone loved it.  I’m proud of it myself.  I plan to have it posted inside club 347 by the end of the week.
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READ IT. REVIEW IT. POST IT. WIN IT!

Music plays an important role in my novels. In The Mirror has a fantastic soundtrack. So of course when I was thinking about doing a giveaway, the prize that came to mind was a $25 iTunes gift card. What do you have to do for a chance of winning this wonderful prize? Buy a copy of In The Mirror, read it, and review it, and post it online between September 10, 2014 and September 22, 2014.
On September 23, 2014, I will place all the reviews in a box and draw the winner. The drawing will be videotaped so all your friends and family can see you win.

So, get your copy of In The Mirror, Read It, and Review It, Post It.

Thanks for the support.

Happy reading.

Click the Amazon Link Below.

 http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Odessa-Rose-ebook/dp/B00LJX54PS/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410371402&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=odessa+rose+in+the+mirror