April Alisa Marquette's Blog

November 3, 2010

Sowing — What Makes This Story Relevant

Hi all,

I want to share a story with you. It is one that I co-authored with Jessica Janna, renowned New York evangelist and song stylist. The name of her book is Sowing. It is the second install in her Relinquish and Reap Series, a collection of her memories.

Jessica, who is now seventy-something, recounts her years as an adolescent in the purse-sized book Sowing. She shares with readers some experiences of hers that became her secrets to carry… until now.

To read more about this remarkable woman of faith, take a peek at the review written by BellaOnline.com’s Christian Literature Editor, Lyn Sedmina.

It is my hope that after reading the review and the book, you will see what makes Jessica and her story — told in seven volumes — one for each decade of her life — relevant.

Available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Books-a-Million.com

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September 10, 2010

I’m Stoked!!!

Outwrite Wins!!

I am so excited to announce that in ATLANTA Georgia, you can now order my books from OUTWRITE BOOKSTORE & COFFEEHOUSE!

It is an independent bookstore and coffeehouse located in midtown Atlanta, at 991 Piedmont Avenue NE. Opened in 1993, Outwrite serves Atlanta’s gay & lesbian community. With expanded products and services this friendly space reflects the ATL’s ever changing, growing & diversifying Midtown community.

You can also order my books from CHARIS BOOKS & MORE! Located at 1189 Euclid Avenue NE, it’s the south’s oldest and largest feminist bookstore. They specialize in: diverse and unique children’s books, feminist and cultural studies books, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer fiction and non-fiction.

If you live in the ATL, or you’ll drop in, why not stop by one or both for a visit?

Check me out, at both stores. I’m telling you… I’ll catch you from any page, and make you a willing captive!

I look for you to pick up something of mine soon. 🙂

Big ups to Charis & Outwrite!!!

August 31, 2010

Gentle Reminder…

Listen for the Giveaway!!

A deliciously frustrating and exhilarating love story.

Don’t forget to listen to my upcoming interview on
‘A Woman’s Spirit’ the lovely radio show for women. I’ll discuss many things, including my latest novel Turnabout. Then I will ask a question on my personal site: http://www.aprilalisamarquette.com on my Check This Out page. There will be room for you to answer.

Remember, there’s no pressure… The question asked will refer to something discussed in the interview. Afterward, two winners will be randomly chosen! Within days you’ll know if perhaps YOU have won…so don’t forget to tune in!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 for one hour,
from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can also listen anytime afterward, because the broadcast will become a podcast!

Click on ‘A Woman’s Spirit’ to listen on the web at anytime! Or use the following web address:

http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/womansspirit.php

Under the word ‘ARCHIVES’ look for the date September 1, 2010 and Guest: April Alisa Marquette.  Then click on the ‘listen’ link.

Even if you don’t participate in the giveaway, then perhaps you’ll just listen.  Whatever you do, it’s up to you, but do enjoy!

August 24, 2010

Book Giveaway and Radio Appearance

Hi there, 

I wanted to let you know about something I’m doing soon… 

I am going to appear on ‘A WOMAN’S SPIRIT’ — the radio show, click on ‘Listen Online, Live Streaming Radio.’  It is an empowering, enriching 1-hour program, for women. Men are welcome too. Briefly, let me describe the show. It is a laid back, quiet space, located smack dab in the middle of a week that sometimes consists of chaos. You get the picture…this show is something you need, an experience you can use to re-charge. I must tell you, the show’s host, Ms. Vanecia Wills-Leufroy has the most lovely cadence to her voice. I often listen to her while I write. Her rich deep vocal tones  remind me of cacao and cream, or of the jazz diva Sarah Vaughn’s extraordinary singing voice, and this host connects with her audience. She feels them, and they her! I like that. Check out the show and you just might agree. Oh, and trust me to liken anything — even a person’s voice — to food! 

However, to get back on track, on ‘A WOMAN’S SPIRIT’ we will host a two-book giveaway for my latest novel. 

A deliciously frustrating and exhilarating love story.

 

It is called Turnabout

For those of you who don’t know, Turnabout is a love story, but it is not just about the lovers. Their family, friends, and even those whom only a mama can love, are all entwined in this must-read. 

The date of my appearance is   

Wednesday, September 1, 2010  

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

The lovely thing about this show is you may listen from your laptop or computer! 

Click here to go to the Radio Show. 

Or you may tune in online:  www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/womansspirit.php 

Don’t forget, it’s next week: Wednesday September 1, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

As I said, I will discuss my latest novel. I will also explain to listeners how I found ‘my voice’ — my reason for writing.  Then two lucky winners will win their own signed copy of my book! 

This particular episode of ‘A WOMAN’S SPIRIT’ is also slated to be re-broadcast, and will be available for you to listen to in the radio show’s archives.  www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/womansspirit.php 

I want you to listen. I’d like that. I also want you to enter the contest — not because I’ll get anything out of it … but wouldn’t it be great if you won?! 

Don’t forget, join us for a bit of cacao, cream, and meaningful chit-chat. You’re gonna love it!

March 18, 2010

My latest Novel

TURNABOUT

Hi there! I want to tell you what I’m excited about now — My novel TURNABOUT. It’s adult fiction, a romance. Now I’ve got to tell you, this story is more a traditional love story, for me anyway, because my readers know that traditional is not what I do. I’m not that kind of lady. I can’t seem to wrap my mind around traditional or conventional… go figure.

Anyway, this love story is not traditional in that it involves family, friends, and even foes. Oh but it’s good!! It’s fun, titillating, erotic, witty, thought-provoking… It’s many things, and it may even bring you to tears.

Let me give you a little background. TURNABOUT is Abigail’s story. She’s a smart, sensual, savvy, business woman. She is JaMerican –Jamaican and American– and boy does MaMa have a temper!

It’s also Joseph’s story too. He happens to be a successful pop music producer who is attractive in a rugged sort of way. You met both him and Abigail in Absolution 🙂 Think about it. Anyway, Joseph wants more from Abigail than he often gets. Is that because her ex, a real pain in the… you know what is always around? Or is it because there is always someone else getting in the way?

I’ve got to tell you. I am excited about the release of  TURNABOUT. It’ll be available at the end of March 2010, or maybe a little before. I’ll let you know. Anyway, I need you to get your copy so that you can let me know what you think. I’ll tell you, sometimes we send out promotional copies before they’re fully released and the feedback’s been great!

Well gotta run, gotta write, but also note. TURNABOUT will soon also be available on Amazon KINDLE.

Happy Reading, and remember, if you’re an adult who likes good fiction, if you’re a woman who loves a great read, then I write for you!!

~April

February 12, 2010

Getting Through EXODUS

So a little bit ago I told you that in my sometimes surreal novel EXODUS, the main character, sultry Aqua feels as if her world is topsy-turvy. I mentioned that she is on the eerie island that she was warned not to go to. She is there with the Latin hunk she met while working for the man with whom she was involved. So why, you might ask, is she out in the back of beyond with Noel, Mr. Sexy. My answer, because she wanted to be. Yes, despite the heinous things going on. However, now that Aqua is asking questions…all hell has broken loose.

A thrilling Mystery by April Alisa Marquette

Someone, or something, desires to take Aqua’s life. When you read the book you will see the instances where this entity attempts to dispose of her. I am truly hoping it will give you pause, maybe even a few chills. It is what I was striving for.

Anyway, the dashing Noel, and those surrounding him, and Aqua, are fast running out of options.  Therefore, at someone’s suggestion, Noel calls for outside help.

You know how you try to try to handle a problem, but then finally you just have to throw up your proverbial hands? Well that’s where Noel found himself. It was then that he decided to reach out, and quickly too—

Will you look at the time? I’ve got to go, but I’ll see you back in a bit. You know the drill 😉

And in the meantime, enjoy whatever it  is you’re reading!


Available at Amazon.com or ask for it at Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million bookstores!

January 26, 2010

Soon to be released…

I am excited about a book I’ve written. It will be released before summer 2010. As the time approaches I will let you know. However, right now I just want to tell you a little bit about it. The name of the book is Turnabout. It is adult fiction as is most of what I write. Unlike prior works however, this novel is more a traditional romance. But then again, I can’t even say that, because nothing I write is traditional.

So let’s just get to the premise. There is a woman, sexy, savvy–as are most of my female lead characters. This particular one happens to take care of everyone in her circle of family and friends. She is the one they all turn to when in need of comfort, a listening ear, whatever. Well our lady finds herself with a dilemma. Therefore while writing that in, I had to ask: who should she turn to when in need of comfort and a listening ear?

Light bulb over my head! I began to write in a rugged male lead. Had to then give him a job, and purpose in life; so I did this. I tweaked and fiddled with the type of person our lady would need him to be, and I came up with Joseph. Ladies, I believe you’re going to like him. Hear me now…  I did not make him perfect. You know that truly unreal man that we often see in novels? Well no, he’s not that guy. Our guy is flawed, because isn’t that how people are in real life? I’ve gotta make art mirror life, so this man has his own issues, as does our lady–whose name is Abigail.

Enter another man. This one is a mess! He may or may not be likable. You the reader get to decide. He’s the bad-boy, the smooth, suave, basically soulless character that we all have met. You know I had to let him get in the mix and cause trouble for Abigail and Joseph. The trick though, was to write in how they would handle him, and the trouble.  Since I’ve got to run right now, I’ll just tell you that it’s a whole heap of fun–and tears. Anyone who reads me knows I’ve got to bring the tears–the emotion.  With this novel, I can say that I’ve given it my all. It’s what I try to do, always. Nothing worse than reading something that barely scratches the surface of human emotions.

I’ll tell you more about it, when and where you can get it, and other things. I’ll do that in days to come, but just think about it. You just may want to pick it up! Amazon.com

Make today a good one.

January 11, 2010

Video Book Trailer for ABSOLUTION by April Alisa Marquette

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