Thursday, July 31, 2008



DETROIT, MI (ChristianPRgroup) - In a gritty new book from the popular author with a growing African American audience, Marilynn Griffith introduces readers to Grace Okoye, a promising young dancer whose career was cut short by a brutal assault that left her scarred for life. Twenty years later, when her past gets in the way of her happiness, she heeds the invitation of her dance instructor and returns home to help hurting children and rediscover the rhythms of grace. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a man who already seems to know her beat. But for all they share in common, the biggest thing in Grace’s life is noticeably absent in his—faith. She’s finally found the love of her life, but can she choose between him and God?

In Rhythms of Grace (Revell Books, ISBN 978-0-8007-3278-3, Paperback, $12.99), Griffith’s real but redemptive style offers a positive addition to urban fiction where strong characters overcome their broken pasts and inspire readers.

To schedule an interview with the author or for more information about the book, please contact Pam Perry of Ministry Marketing Solutions at (248) 426-2300 or

About the Author:
As a prolific author, columnist and sought after conference speaker, Marilynn Griffith’s bold and daring literary landscapes ascend the heights of wedding bliss, plunge the depths of a broken heart and restore the wounds of hope deferred. From climbing the corporate ladder to the trails of teenage pregnancy, her books sculpt a thought provoking canvas of the deeply textured landscapes of life.

Like the luminous covenant of a rainbow, she paints literary works that blend humor, love, heartache, and ultimate victory crafting the colorful patchwork of a faith-filled walk with God.

Griffith is a freelance writer and conference speaker whose online columns and blogs reach thousands of women each year. Her novels include Made of Honor, Pink, Tangerine, and the Shades of Style Series. Her credits also include the Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Proverbs for the People, For Better or For Worse, and Cup of Comfort Devotionals.
Griffith lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband and seven children. For more information about Marilynn Griffith, visit

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

PR Boot Camp Recap - Blogging, Podcasting and Social Networking

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Don't Miss CNN's Black In America

Don't Miss CNN's Black In AmericaThis program will change America. It will let others know what it is really like to live "black in America." Though the chains are gone and we have our rights - there is something yet so subtle and evil that happens to African Americans in corporate America. Check out the show on CNN July 23 and July 24 at 9 p.m. EST. Watch it with your family and have a discussion.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Authors of Distinction ... Stories with faith, heart, and soul - Home

Sharon Elwell Foster presents Authors of Distinction ... Stories with faith, heart, and soul - also see http://www.thePRDistinction.blogspot.comPhotobucket

Stacy Hawkins Adams is the bestselling author of three nationally-published Christian fiction novels - Speak To My Heart, Nothing But the Right Thing and Watercolored Pearls. She is also a freelance journalist and professional speaker who inspires corporate, civic and faith-based audiences with messages of transformation and hope. For more information, please visit her at

Angela Benson is the award-winning, bestselling author of ten novels. Her Christian fiction works include The Amen Sisters, Awakening Mercy, Abiding Hope, and the upcoming Up Pops the Devil (August, 2008). An Alabama native, Angela is an associate professor at The University of Alabama. You can visit her on the web at

Claudia Mair Burney is an emerging Christian novelist, loved by God and amazed by grace. She lives in Michigan with her artist husband Ken, many children, and a dwarf rabbit. She has published two CSI-style inspirational mysteries--Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man and Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz--as well as a romance, Zora and Nicky: a Novel in Black and White. She is co-author of the CeCe Winans book, Always Sisters, for girls and teens.--

The Godmother of Christian fiction and a beloved Daily Guideposts writer, Sharon made a splash in the publishing world with the 1st published and successful work of Christian fiction, the Christy Award-winning, best-selling Passing by Samaria in December 1999. In sweeping historical novels, and even in the humorous Ain’t No River series, she continues to weave tales that span racial, religious, age and gender boundaries to share the best of the human heart. Author of seven novels, she’s nicknamed The Picasso of the Pen!

Marilynn Griffith is wife to a deacon, mom to a tribe and proof that God gives second chances. An author of seven novels, Marilynn serves on the moms ministry, women's prayer team and teaches Sunday school in her local congregation. She also speaks to women and youth about believing beyond boundaries and healing beyond hurts. To book a speaking engagement or just say hello, visit her at

Linda Leigh Hargrove blends suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America. Her writings include two novels: The Making of Isaac Hunt (June 2007) and Loving Cee Cee Johnson (September 2008). The former environmental engineer currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and three sons where she occasionally designs a Web site. Visit her online at and

Tia McCollors entices the taste buds of her readers with the sweet blend of faith and fiction in her inspirational novels, A Heart of Devotion, Zora's Cry and The Truth About Love. She continues to pen inspirational works and is also writing a series of children’s early reader chapter books targeted towards girls, ages 7-9.

Jacquelin Thomas is an award winning, best selling author with twenty-five titles in print. Although Jacquelin initially published in the romance genre, she has decided to follow the call on her heart to write inspirational fiction because she seeks to write books that will touch your heart and uplift your spirits. Because of her commitment to books that glorify God and her growing teen audience, Jacquelin has a Young Adult Inspirational Fiction line. She won an EMMA award in 2000 for her novel, Love’s Miracle and is a 2007 NAACP Image Award Finalist.


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Authors: ICRS 2008 - Orlando Florida - CAABA too!

Yes, we'll be there with bells on ...and I'll be doing a Writer's Marketing Workshop and Dr. Bellandra Foster will be debuting her book at the 2008 ICRS Show!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Newsweek: What Does a Publicist Really Do? The PR Distinction: Empowering & Inspiring Advice

The PR Distinction: Empowering & Inspiring Advice

What Does a Publicist Really Do?

Ramin Setoodeh


Updated: 6:08 PM ET Jun 28, 2008

Howard Bragman is a Hollywood publicist whose clients include Isaiah Washington and Ed McMahon. He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.

What is a publicist? A liaison between a high-profile person and the media.

Who was the first publicist? Do you know how far publicity goes back? The Bible. God said, "Here are the Ten Commandments." Moses said, "I'm not that articulate." God said, "Your brother Aaron is. He'll tell everyone and we'll be cool."

Who was the next publicist after that? Edward Bernays is known as the father of public relations. He was Sigmund Freud's nephew.

Is the idea of crisis publicity new? It's not new, but the intensity is greater. We live in a world where the wall between public and private has come down.

Is there a rule for commenting? It depends on the nature of the crisis. Some will be over in a day, like this week's Don Imus problem.

What's the biggest crisis of the year? Does the presidency count?


Friday, July 04, 2008

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