Women of the African Diaspora 3rd Anniversary sponsor M.H.A. Menondji has been nominated for a book award

The annual award presentation will be held in Pittsburgh at the Airport Marriot Hotel on October 1, 2011.

(PRWEB) August 02, 2011
The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) announces the finalists for its 2011 book awards. This year 66 books in 21 categories have received nominations. The MWSA book awards recognize outstanding military-themed books in a wide range of categories from children to adult. The categories include fiction, non-fiction, spiritual/religious, individual service branches, poetry, business/how to, and others. Entries included books published by traditional, subsidy, self-published, and e-book formats.

In addition, MWSA, together with the Center for the Study of the Korean War, Our History Project, and Positively Pittsburg Live, is a co-sponsor of a special Korean War Book Award. Six books are finalists in this category designed to raise awareness of the conflict known as the “Forgotten War.” The Korean War Book Award contest includes a First Prize Cash Award of $150, was open to all authors who have written a book about the Korean War, whether fiction or non-fiction.

The annual Awards program is MWSA’s most important and exciting function. We focus on content, style, visual, and technique. Each year, more active military, veteran and historians submit their work. Each year, the competition is more intense,” says Joyce Faulkner, president of Military Writers Society of America, “and 2011 is no exception.”

The Military Writers Society of America is an association of more than 800 authors, poets, artists, and photographers whose core principle is a love of the men and women who defend this nation, and an understanding and respect of their sacrifice and dedication.
MWSA 2011 Award Nominees (In no particular order)

Historical Fiction – Event

Beyond Those Hills by M.H.A. Menondji

David & the Mighty Eight by Marjorie Hodgson Parker

Victory Road by Mark Bowlin

The Corydon Snow by Richard Whitten Barnes

Once a Knight by Walt Shiel

Look Long Into the Abyss by A.R. Homer
Historical Fiction ? Chronicle

Shall Never See So Much by Gerald Gillis
Historical Fiction ? Protagonist

For Love of Country by William C. Hammond
Fiction ? Mystery

Loose Ends Kill by Bob Doerr

Laos File by Dale A. Dye

ARGOPELTER by Ronald Smith

I Know Why the Dogwoods Blush by Bill Cain
Fiction ? Thriller

Project Dragonslayers by Kathy Rowe

Pirates & Cartels by Lee & Vista Boyland

Sgt. Rock – The Lost Battalion, HC by Billy Tucci

The Mullahs Storm by Thomas W. Young
Fiction ? Literary

The Book in the Wall by John F. Simpson
Non-Fiction ? History

Eisenhower & Montgomery by William Weidner

Keeping the Promise by Donna Elliott

American Guerilla by Mike Guardia

Targeted Killing by Thomas B. Hunter

T-41 Mescalero: The Military Cessna 172 by Walt Shiel

Lost Eagles by Blaine L. Pardue
Non-Fiction ? Memoir

DAI Uy Hoch by David R. Hoch

Wing Wife by Marcia J. Sargent

Life Interrupted by War by Thomas van Hees

Lullabies for Lieutenants by Franklin Cox

We Came to Fight a War by Jack Flynn & Alvin E. Kotler

Earning My Wings by Shirley Dobbins Forgan
Non-Fiction ? Reference

Aerial Aces of the Universal Newsreel by Philip W. Stewart
Non-Fiction ? Biography

True Blue: A Tale of the Enemy Within by Joe Sanchez & MoDhania

Women in the U.S. Armed Forces by Darlene M. Iskra

Grey Eminence by Edward Cox

Beyond All Price by Carolyn Poling Schriber
Non-Fiction ? How To/Business

Disability Compensation by Thomas van Hees

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots by Robyn Roche-Paul
Non-Fiction ? Creative Non-Fiction

Gated Grief by Leila Levinson
Non-Fiction ? Spiritual/Religious

God + Military Spouse by Lori Kathleen Cline

A Prayer Journey through Deployment by Donna Mull

Bringing Courage to the Courageous by Don Williamson

I Want to be the Fat Pretty One by Lori Kathleen Cline
Artistic ? Pictorial

USAF Interceptors by Marty Isham & David McLaren
Poetry ? Book

Through the Years by James Jellerson

Blooming Red by Carolyn Howard-Johnson & Magdelina Ball

Kings of the Green Jelly Moon by L.King, J.Greenwald, J. Jellerson, M. Mullins
Children ? Ages 12 & Below

The Adventures of Briskey Bear by Steve Bolt

The Sandpiper’s Game by Charles Boyle

Klinger by Betsy Beard

Our Daddy is Invincible by Shannon Maxwell

Eddie & Bingo: A Friendship Tale by Katherine & Kathleen L. Taylor
Military ? Air Force

Safe Landings by Fran McGraw

Belle of the Brawl by Gary A. Best

The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe by Jay A. Stout

Two Gold Coins and a Prayer by James H. Keeffe lll
Military ? Army

Incoming by Jack Manick

Alan’s Letters by Nancy E. Rial

Still Standing by Jim Kosmo

The Sentinel & the Shooter by Douglas W. Bonnot

Inside the President’s Helicopter by G.T. Boyd & J. Boor

War Remains by Jeffery Miller
Military ? Marines

Obediently Yours, Orson Welles by Ulman Bray
Military ? Navy

The Seventh Angel by Jeff Edwards

The Untold Experiences by C. Gilbert Lowery

Listening to Ghosts by Robert (Bob) Stockton
Military ? Coast Guard

The Coast Guard by Tom Beard
Korean War Book Award

Chitose Road by Robert S. Ruehrdanz

A Hill Called White Horse by Tony Sobieski

The Untold Experiences by C. Gilbert Lowery

Truman & MacArthur by Donald Farinacci

Eddie & Bingo by Kathleen & Katherine Taylor

War Remains by Jeffrey Miller

Congratulations M.H.A. Menondji!

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WAD Anniversary Sponsor – Uncaged Birds radio program with anniversary winner: Writer and blogger Minna Salami

Do you call yourself a feminist – or do you shy away from “The F-Word” like a vampire shies away from garlic?

Do you follow Alice Walker’s example and think of yourself a womanist instead?

Or do you believe that the biggest part of that particular battle has already been fought and it’s time for us all to simply move on?

No matter on which side of this discussion you fall, you are invited to join me with my guest, writer and blogger Minna Salami, as we discuss the role and importance of female liberation for women of African descent living and working in Europe.


Topic: The Other “F-Word”
Special Guest: Minna Salami (writer and blogger)
Date: 15 March 2011
Time: 7.30 pm CET // 1.30 pm EST
Duration: Approx. 60 minutes
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3rd Anniversary prize winners | Your second chance to enter to win

It is our pleasure to the announce the initial three winners from the Women of the African Diaspora website 3rd Anniversary celebration:

Yvette Jarvis: Website, domain name and hosting from Jumbo Servers
Nomusa Madlala: “Knocked Down By Faith” by Adrienne Mynatt
Minna Salami: Uncaged Birds radio interview from Trina Roach

You can also be a winner. Here is your second chance! Send the answer to the question:
What does WAD stand for?
to sandra@womenoftheafricandiaspora.com by 4 December 2010 and let her know if you want to win:
| Books: |
Secrets of Kept Women” by Shani Greene-Dowdell (US resident)
Reflections of Light for Daily Living” by Dr. Tiffany Brown (US resident)
1 of 5 copies of “This Far By Faith“, a faith anthology by Arnita Fields (no geographical limitation)
1 of 2 copies of “When Light Breaks Through” by Melanie Carter (no geographical limitation)
Behind Those Hills” by M.H.A. Menondji (no geographical limitation)
| Smart phone application: |
Reflections of Light for Daily Living by Dr. Tiffany Brown (no geographical limitation)
| Mug: |
“So Blessed” from Good News Distributors (US resident)
| Food: |
Twee culinaire arrangementen voor twee personen op locatie bij màrshé Breda. De winnaars kunnen kiezen uit de diverse dagschotels from Marshe Breda (the Netherlands)
| Coaching: |
Een gratis coaching sessie voor een twee (startende) onderneemster bij Màrshé Women Business centre from Marshe Breda (the Netherlands)
| Hair care: |
72 euro gift package along with an individualized hair plan from Mariposa Imports (anywhere outside North America)
Be sure you live within our sponsors region so they can deliver your prize, and good luck!

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3rd Anniversary contest to thank you for supporting the Women of the African Diaspora (WAD) Website

Whether you have been with us for 3 years or are a recent reader, Sandra and I appreciate your support of the Women of the African Diaspora website, Facebook group and Facebook page. WAD was created to inspire black women around the world by highlighting our up and coming writers, artists, entrepreneurs, as well as sharing relevant news.


Our anniversary sponsors have made it possible to reward you for your loyalty delivering the following gifts to you. All of our readers have a chance to win. Where you live will determine your eligibility. Please note geographical delivery restrictions in parenthesis.


| Books: |
Secrets of Kept Women” by Shani Greene-Dowdell (US resident)
Reflections of Light for Daily Living” by Dr. Tiffany Brown (US resident)
Knocked Down by Life, Lifted Up by Faith” by Adrienne Mynatt with companion CD and t-shirt (no geographical limitation)
1 of 5 copies of “This Far By Faith“, a faith anthology by Arnita Fields (no geographical limitation)
1 of 2 copies of “When Light Breaks Through” by Melanie Carter (no geographical limitation)
Behind Those Hills” by M.H.A. Menondji (no geographical limitation)


| Smart phone application: |
Reflections of Light for Daily Living by Dr. Tiffany Brown (no geographical limitation)


| Mug: |
“So Blessed” from Good News Distributors (US resident)


| Food: |
Twee culinaire arrangementen voor twee personen op locatie bij màrshé Breda. De winnaars kunnen kiezen uit de diverse dagschotels from Marshe Breda (the Netherlands)


| Coaching: |
Een gratis coaching sessie voor een twee (startende) onderneemster bij Màrshé Women Business centre from Marshe Breda (the Netherlands)


| Website, domain name and hosting: |
A basic web site (10 pages), a domain name (for example www.yourname.com), but not country domains e.g .nl or.de.; the general names like .com .net) and web hosting for one year from Jumbo Servers (no geographical limitation)


| Hair care: |
72 euro gift package along with an individualized hair plan from Mariposa Imports (anywhere outside North America)


| Radio interview: |
Become a special guest on the Uncaged Birds™ Radio Show! Uncaged Birds™ is a knowledge, confidence, and skill-building personal development radio series created by Trina Roach, especially for women of African descent living and working in Europe. One lucky woman will win an exclusive 60 minute interview in early 2011. Are you a black woman with your own business or product; expat who wants to share your experience living in another country; who is passionate about a cause with special relevance for the black community or black women as a group? You can talk about your personal passion; be it your business or product, your life as an expat or a special cause near and dear to your heart. NOTE: You will need to call into a phone line to conduct the interview from Uncaged Birds™ (must live in Europe).


To enter to win answer the following question: What does WAD mean? Send your response and indicate which prize you would like to Sandra@womenoftheafricandiaspora.com no later than 27 November 2010. Winners will be chosen in the order in which the replies are received, so don’t delay.


Send us your contributions, give us your feedback and get inspired.


Hugs from Rotterdam and Stockholm,
Sandra and Adrianne

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“The Reflections of Light for Daily Living: A Book of Affirmations for the Ambitious” – Interview with Dr. Tiffany Brown

Reflections of Light
Dr. Tiffany Brown looking radiant on her book cover.

Dr. Brown was gracious enough to offer her book and her phone application as a Women of the African Diaspora 3rd Anniversary gift! Thank you Dr. Brown and thank you for taking the time to share some of your wisdom:

AG: How did you start out your writing career?

I have always liked to write. But I really begin to write more through my Twitter page from my mayoral campaign. I started with leaving famous quotes and begin to gradually share my thoughts about life for the ambitious.

AG: What did you learn while writing this book?

TB: I learned not to take things so personally. Most decisions are based on individual personal ambition. Ambition is never right or wrong; it is the inner drive to have something more in your life. But sometimes your ambition can clash with others. You must not take it personally.

I also learned that having just me is enough because of God’s love. I now feel comfortable in my own skin; imperfections in all. I may not be perfect but I am attempting to be a best that I can. And that is enough as long as I try to stay aligned with God.

AG: What did you hope to accomplish with this book?

TB: Never give up on your goals in life but allow God to revise or tweak them into being aligned with his Will. Every failure is not a nightmare and every opportunity is not a blessing. Some failures can be blessings; some opportunities can be nightmares.

Allow God completely into your heart and watch your life begin to expand in the most amazing ways. I trust God in completely different way than before because I now have a testimony that I never had before. There is nothing like spectacular fall to truly give you a new relationship with God.

AG: Is the “writer’s life” what you thought it would be?

TB: No. It definitely a lot more business than I thought. You have to really hands on and have a strategy to encourage book sales.

AG: Which five characters (can be from books, movies, or tv shows) would you invite over for dinner and why?

TB: The five characters would be:

• Claire Huxtable (Cosby Show) because of her poise and thoughtfulness
• Mark Zuckerberg (Real person and Social Network Movie) for his passion and drive
• Juror No. 8 (12 angry men the movie) for his tenacity and perseverance
• Bourne (The Bourne Ultimatum ) for his intelligence and ability to think fast on his feet
• Jesus (The Bible) for his unwavering faith

AG: What are three things you wish you’d known before you reached where you are now?

TB: The three things are business strategy, marketing and publicity. Each are incredibly important when you building yourself as a brand. I don’t think I really understood this component when I was younger.

AG: Can you give us one do and one don’t for those aspiring to be a writer?

TB: One do is to be to be strategic about selling your books. Hiring your own publicist may be a good idea to ensure you get your desired response. Don’t assume you’re a major priority just because you have book deal.

One don’t is similar to the do. Do not wait on the publicity department for your publisher . Do not rely on your publisher for everything. You can miss out many additional revenue streams by waiting on your publisher to act.

AG: What one thing about writing do you wish other non-writers would understand?

TB: That it is not as easy as it looks and it is a emotional experience. You are really putting yourself out there; good and bad. You are allow yourself to be complete transparent and it can be scary experience.

AG: What was the best advice you’d ever gotten about the publishing industry? The worst?

TB: The best advice was to hire my own publicist and the worst advice was not worry about digital rights. The digital rights are extremely important and you should try to retain them if you can.

AG: What is something readers would be surprised you do?

TB: That I listen to an appalling amount of rap. I listen to very little R &B. I am big fan of Young Jezzy, Jay Z, TI, Kayne and Drake.

AG: If you could be a character from any book you’ve read, who would you be?

TB: It would be Nico or Victory in Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell. They are such strong woman but are human as well.

AG: Oprah always asks, What do you know for sure?

TB: That as long that I have God in my life that I will be fine.

AG: Can you give us a sneak peek of your next book?

TB: My next book will be a book of prayers. There are some prayers in this book and it was such overwhelming positive response to them via Twitter that the next book will be just prayers. I also may do a cookbook but that depends on my schedule during the holiday to do the legwork.

AG: I love how you have included your life stories onto the pages and you are so relatable; what has been one of your biggest challenges in life and how did you overcome it?

TB: My biggest challenge was bouncing back from my failed mayoral bid that was a disappointment on a professional and emotional level. It was completely humiliating because I was marginalized and misunderstood throughout the campaign. I felt like people didn’t get me; they just stereotyped me.

There were many people that I had supported in the past that didn’t return the favor added to the humiliation. I was very disappointed in people that I had respected and loved in every facet of my life. It definitely changed the way I see the world.

I was able to overcome it all through forgiveness. God forgives us for all our transgressions and I was forced to do the same. All the inspirational stories I wrote are from perspective of a reader; I wrote what I needed to hear at those desperate, heart wrenching times in my life. I wrote to encourage myself and now decided to share it with others.

AG: I get a lot of requests for advice from women who want to become expatriates and live overseas as I have done. I often feel ill prepared to dole out advice on a subject that is in a large part life changing, especially when I sense the motivation to move abroad may be to get away from disappointing situations. I have learned that your inner self will move with you wherever you go. What is the best piece of advice you would give a woman who wants to leave the USA and create a life abroad?

TB: Do not be afraid of Change and Allow God to direct your path. Change is important in order to get to next level and achieve your goals. Regardless of your path, allow God to lead your path. Trust him. Never lose and never give up. He will give you a breakthrough but it doesn’t mean that you will be exempt from pain and suffering. Trust. Pray. Believe.

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3rd Anniversary for Women of the African Diaspora Website

WAD header image
Facebook Fan Page and Group Boasts Over 1,000 Members Around the World.
Rotterdam, NL/Stockholm, SWE – Women of the African Diaspora (WAD) website (http://www.WomenOfTheAfricanDiaspora.com) turns three on 1 November 2010 and is celebrating with gifts for its readers and members. The website, Facebook Fan page, and Facebook group, which celebrates black women, has visitors and members from across the globe.
I always wanted the Women of the African Diaspora website to more than a website, but to also be a community,” says Sandra Rafaela, Women of the African Diaspora’s co-founder and co-editor. “Moving our social network to Facebook has increased our reach and keeps us on track in terms of maintaining that goal”.
Women of the African Diaspora website was also created to share relevant news, event notices and showcase a wide range of talented black women including authors, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and others. And with black women living on virtually every continent, it certainly has a large and influential market.
Women of the African Diaspora’s website content strives to shine a positive spotlight on black women that main stream media far too often ignores,” says Adrianne George, Women of the African Diaspora‘s co-founder and co-editor. “While it is true that main stream media generally reports on high profile black women, for example with Forbes naming Michelle Obama the most powerful woman in the word, WAD also highlights the ordinary and extraordinary lives of black women”, she adds. “We continue to be the perfect choice for advertisers who want to reach the important market of black women consumers.”
The year has been marked with highlights for the Women of the African Diaspora co-editors, with Ms. Rafaela being named H.M. Senior Commissioner EU/ Africa on Women Development and Empowerment within the African Kingdoms Federation (AKF) and Ms. George’s Black Women in Europe blog (http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com) adding to its list of honors by receiving a Sunshine Award. “I can’t believe it has been three years since we launched WAD,” explains George. “We really enjoy meeting accomplished and positive black women while providing them with a unique platform for exposure“.

Anniversary gifts are provided by authors Dr. Tiffany Brown, Shani Greene-Dowdell, and Good News Distributors. Businesses, with products or services for black women can participate in the anniversary celebrations by purchasing an advertising package for the website and social network at a 20% savings. Contact adrianne@agcommunicationsgroup.com for advertising information.
Contact: Sandra Rafaela sandra@womenoftheafricandiaspora.com
Adrianne George adrianne@womenoftheafricandiaspora.com

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Winners of the Women of the African Diaspora Website & Social Network 2nd Anniversary Survey

Sandra and I are pleased to announce the following winners on the Women of the African Diaspora 2nd Anniversary survey:

Kim C Johnson (US): Sheabutter Cottage
Sheabutter Cottage Cioccolatina gift box worth £20,
SheabutterCottage gift box worth £15,
Sheabutter Cottage AshantiGirl gift box worth £10

Taiwo (UK): Sisay
Sisay International’s set of Amla 100 gr amla powder,
100 ml amla oil, set of shikakai 100 gr Shikakai powder,
100 ml shikakai oil, set of Neem 100 gr neem powder,
100 ml Neem oil, and 2x heating caps (for a deep conditioning treatment)

Maatis (US): Northwest Scents Natural Black Hair Care
Gift Certificate from Northwest Scents Natural Black Hair Care for $40

Portia (UK): Creating Tomorrow
Two sessions of Dispell Disbelief\u2122 Coaching from Creating Tomorrow

Kathryn (US): Simplicity Mastered
369 (90-Day Business Action Plan) valued at $395 from Simplicity Mastered

Trina (DE): M.H.A. Menondji
An authographed copy of the novel Beyond Those Hills: An Officer And A Lady by M.H.A. Menondji

If you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey you still can to claim your free custom greeting cards; just in time for the holidays-mailed for you-from Donna Elmore.

Take the survey today:

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All the best from Holland and Sweden!
Sandra & Adrianne

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