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Marc Lacy Releases Curse of the Whiskey House

Curse of The Whiskey House made AALBC.com Best Sellers List for May/June 2015!

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Curse of the Whiskey House

The highly anticipated fiction-thriller novel, the first book of a trilogy (Whiskey House Trilogy), has arrived! Curse of the Whiskey House may be ordered at marclacy.com or via amazon.com. For more information, please email AVO Publishing, LLC.

Description
Curse of The Whiskey House is the first book of the Whiskey House Trilogy. It is a page turner of the ages that reads quickly and easily. Curse of The Whiskey House is not for the faint of heart, spiritually weak, or closed minded. This book is gripping, chilling, controversial, action-packed, heated, scary, graphic, and bold. Curse of The Whiskey House is a fiction thriller tale (with a hint of paranormality) that incorporates VERY REAL societal issues. The elephant in the room is exposed ten times over in this book. If you are churched/unchurched, a believer/non-believer, married/single, or traditional/nontraditional, and a MATURE READER, this book will have “something” that will catch your attention.

Curse of The Whiskey House is guaranteed to challenge you to open your eyes, and take a good look at yourself, and your surroundings. Once you finish reading it, you will NOT be the same person you once were (whether that is good or bad).

“Do you dare challenge yourself and brave the wrath between the pages of Curse of the Whiskey House? Hmmm. Consider yourself warned.” – Marc Lacy, Author

Synopsis
Jesus once saved Lazarus, but some wonder if the City of Lazarus is beyond saving. This historic Bible Belt homestead located in Hawthorne County, Alabama has a population of 45,000 and is nationally renowned for its fine whiskey. Lazarus, a lively city that was once a resting spot for the Buffalo Soldiers, has a lot of heritage, history, and religion. Maybe too much of each.

The Hawthorne County Whiskey Stop, the city’s most profitable tourist attraction, gets thousands of customers per year from in and out of town. But the Hawthorne County Whiskey House, its counterpart, is anything but good and sacred. Just ask the beloved Mayor of Lazarus, Samuel Justice, who has enough skeletons in the closet to fill the local cemetery. The level of treachery and mayhem spawned within the whiskey house is uncharted despite the fact that Reverend Jackson Jones, the pastor of the Central Baptist Church, owns it.

Many believe that a lot of spirits are uneasy and that a curse lingers around Lazarus and Hawthorne County because of the crass circumstances that surround the whiskey house. There’s an old saying around Lazarus, Once you enter the whiskey house, if you should ever come out, your life goes south. There is also an eerie prophecy tied to the whiskey house that no one wants to acknowledge; they keep quiet about it hoping it will just disappear. Detective Brock Taylor is the only hope in saving Lazarus from total destruction. But will he be able to extinguish the curse and bring happiness back to the lives that have been maimed by the misgivings at the whiskey house? Or will he be another victim of the devastating curse? This time, even Jesus may not want anything to do with Lazarus…

news-marcMarc Lacy
Huntsville’s own Marc Lacy, a graduate of Alabama A&M University, is a nationally renowned, award winning poet/author and a lecturer. He has performed all over the country at many national literary events and spoken word venues. Marc is also a seasoned freelance and fiction writer as well as a blogger for The Man-Ologist Blogs. Along with writing and performance, Marc utilizes his wordsmith talent and poetic flair as he facilitates lectures, conducts workshops, and delivers motivational speeches concerning writing, communication, and self-development. Additionally, Lacy is a cast member of the new hit webisode, The Men’s Room. Marc credits his faith in God and love of family for providing the energy he needs to succeed. More 

Over the years, I’ve seen Marc in action in various venues across the country. He is best described as a renaissance man. He is an accomplished athlete and a scholar. He is an entrepreneur, a DJ, a poet, and a talented novelist. He is tall, handsome, hardworking, and just a really decent man. (firstname, fallback=Reader), check out Marc’s latest novel, Curse of the Whiskey House and let me know what you think. Maybe I can use your quote on our Marc Lacy profile page.

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New Self-Publishing Literary Award to Promote Diverse Books in Libraries

BCALA; SELF-e partner for new self-publishing literary award to promote diverse books in libraries

BCALA_LogoThe Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA) and BiblioBoard announce the creation of an annual self-publishing award. Following the model of the current BCALA Literary Awards, the new award will honor the best self-published ebooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the U.S.

Authors who enter the contest will have the opportunity to opt into the SELF-e program and their own Indie State module, providing them with an invaluable resource for promotion and exposure of their work.  SELF-e is a partnership between BiblioBoard and the Library Journal and is aimed at finding the best self-published books and making those books seamlessly available to library patrons.

Winning authors will receive:

  • $500 Cash Prize
  • Formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards
  • BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in marketing

The BCALA Self-Publishing Literary Award will be the first presented by the Black Caucus for digital content, as well as the first recognizing self-published work. It represents an exciting new opportunity not only to recognize diverse authors and books, but also to foster successful partnerships between libraries, authors and communities.

BiblioBoard founder and Chief Business Officer Mitchell Davis is excited for the opportunities the award will create. “As publishing continues to evolve in the digital era, it is clear that self-published authors will play an ever increasing role in the literary landscape,” says Davis. “Efforts like this help authors get the recognition they deserve and help readers to find important books. It also places libraries at the center of the indie movement and insures they can positively influence book culture now and into the future.”

As an organization that is celebrating  45 years of championing African American librarians and literature, the BCALA is excited to work with SELF-e in creating new avenues to foster relationships between libraries and indie authors. “Working with SELF-e is another way for the BCALA to continue our service as advocates for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services to the nation’s African American community,” says current BCALA president Kelvin Watson.

Watson also cites the #weneeddiversebooks campaign, a new viral movement championed by librarians in pursuit of books by diverse authors for diverse audiences, as an influence. “There has been a lack of diversity and equity in literature. SELF-e is an excellent tool to assist in connecting and being more inclusive,” he added.

The submission period began May 2015 and will extend through December. Final selections will go to a BCALA-appointed panel, which will select the winners of the Best Fiction and Best Poetry awards in January. Winners will be announced in January 2016 and formally recognized at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference.  (Submission Guidelines)

About the Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA)

Established in 1970, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.

About SELF-e

self-e_logoSELF-e is an online discovery tool for self-published authors created by Library Journal in collaboration with BiblioBoard. Authors that submit to SELF-e may have their work chosen by Library Journal to appear in curated collections on BiblioBoard’s award-winning PatronsFirst™ mobile platform being used in participating libraries nationwide. The multi-user, waitlist-free eBook platform provides authors with an exceptional resource for expanding readership, targeting new audiences and promoting their work.

About BiblioBoard

BiblioBoard is the PatronsFirst™ mobile library. The folks behind BiblioBoard are a powerful team based in Charleston, S.C. They aim to transform access to information by providing a world-class user experience that thrills library patrons and is profitable for publishers. BiblioBoard is moving library content delivery into the future in a sustainable way. BiblioBoard, used by nearly 3,000 libraries and in three statewide eBook projects, reaches 30 million patrons. BiblioBoard has won numerous design and product awards including the 2014 Modern Library Award.

Our 10 Most Popular Discussions (and Why Discussion Forums Matter)

Our discussion forums have been running for more than 17 years.  According to Google’s Analytics, these are the 10 most popular conversations over that last 6 months.  The text in quotes are excerpts from those conversation.

1 – The 10 Best Damn Black Websites Period!

The best Black websites Huff-Post, Essence and Madame Noire“These sites are note worthy because they represent the cream of the crop (in terms of traffic), of what the world wide web targets to Black people.  I’ll leave it up to you to decide if these are the best sites in terms of content.” 

2 – Almost half of Black Gay Men, in Atlanta, are HIV Positive

Gay men in Atlanta “The black HIV epidemic: A public health mystery—and love story—from Atlanta’s gay community. A journey with the researchers and citizens struggling with the troubling disparity in HIV diagnoses. ”

3 – “Foot Wash” & Fair Hope Christian Benevolent Society

“Foot Wash celebration is a euphemism for an off-the-chain festival in the woods, attended by up to 100,000 people.  One can buy BBQ, tee-shirts, fried snickers candy bars and all the things you would expected to be able to buy during events like this. What makes Foot Wash so wild are the rampant illegal activities that it is known for; including drug sales and prostitution.”

4 – Who the heck is Elias Gutierrez?

“ Who the heck is “elias gutierrez”? Six of the top 10 Google searches bringing traffic to my site yesterday was for “elias gutierrez” or some variation of that name. Each time the page from my site returned was one about the life of a famous author Bebe Moore Campbell.”

5 – Bill Withers Documentary

Sill Bill documentary“Hey I heard last night that Bill Withers was known for physically abusing his ex wife actress Denise Nicholas. The documentary made no reference to those allegations. In fact I don’t recall any mention of Denise Nicholas. While I appreciate Whiter’s music the I find the prospect of his beating his wife deeply disturbing. ”

6 – 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominees – Outstanding Literary Work

“There was a time I complained about the NAACP image awards; not about the award itself, but the nominees.  It seemed to be a popularity contest, which I thought marginalized the better books available, that needed more attention.  I thought the NAACP with their platform could do a better job of pulling together a list.”

7 – Niggers and Flies

““Niggers and flies, I do despise. The more I see Niggers, the more I like flies.”
–Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States”

8 – Bill Cosby/Sex Addict, Rapist

Bill Cosby - Its True!“I’ve really avoided this whole convo because in my mind, being from the South and knowing what happened to Black men touching white women, there is no way in the entire hell that this dude did that all of that, all that damn time and it didn’t gain any traction in a court of law and no stories gained steam.”

9 – “Slaves” Versus “Enslaved Africans”

“Maybe one day, the use of the term “the slaves” will be frowned upon much as the use of the term “nigger” is frowned upon. Maybe we will one day refer to our ancestors that came to the Americas as our people who were enslaved, human beings who were forced to slave on sugar cane plantations, cotton plantations, in rice fields and so on.”

10 – Reading and Writing Science Fiction: The Challenge to Minorities

“ …let’s face it, if your entire galaxy is populated, then there has to be more black people than Lando Calrissian. Even when Stargate changed from an African/Egyptian origin to a European/Ancients origin, I could still watch the show.”

Here are the most popular discussion forum conversation from the past 30 days:

1 – 3 Reasons the Confederate Flag is Not a Problem

Kayne and the conferate battle flag“ …I really can’t get so bent out of shape over the Confederate battle flag controversy. This media fueled-for-profit outrage does nothing to advance our cause.  Before the recent mass murder in Charleston, I posted a photo of this flag which is flying quite prominently over I-95, in VA…”

2 – Dumb sh-t on Black Twitter #RachelDolezal

“Black Twitter, despite the name, does not serve Black people.  It helps enrich the likes of Twitter, and the so called news sources that propagate dumb shit like this.”

3 – Black Lives Don’t Matter, But Black Dollars Do

We Must BoycottBlack Enterprise reported that Black buying power will reach $1.1 Trillion this year.  How much of that money goes to Black owned Businesses.  I don’t know, but I’ll bet my life very little of it does.”

What makes discussion forums unique?

Discussion forums are one of the oldest forms of “social media,”predating the World Wide Web. CompuServe, before it became a popular internet service provider (ISP), had its own proprietary discussion forums.  Discussion forums, like text messages and email are the foundations that all other social media platforms are built upon.

Interestingly, the most popular modern social media platforms are actually less feature rich, from an end user’s perspective, than discussion forums from a decade ago. Consider the fact that even the most basic text formatting features, like the use of bold face, italics, or changing text size is simply not made available to users on modern social media platforms.  The use of images, hyperlinks, and videos are also strictly constrained.

Discussion forum conversations, in contrast to social media, provide the ability of participants to create rich media content which includes colorful text, multiple images, embedded videos and hyperlinks and more.  Discussion forums are optimized for substantive conversations, and conversations can last months or even years.  For example, the “Still Bill” conversation listed above was started in January of 2010, but is still frequently read today.

Social media has its place, and so do discussion forums.

With all the focus on social media, run by billion dollar corporations, discussion forums, which are typically run by independent entities get virtually no attention.  Social media is optimized for revenue generation.  As a result, the nature of the activity is different.  Long contemplative posts are less desireable than short messages, because long posts appeal to fewer people. Social media filters the messages that you see based upon what they think will engage you more. As a result, you may not see messages that differ from your algorithmically determined worldview.

news-foumsDiscussion forums require more effort to participate than social media.  Writing a thoughtful opinion or crafting a argument is much more difficult than sharing a humorous meme or short note.

AALBC.com’s Discussion Forums

AALBC.com forums have continued to evolve over the years.  Our software was upgraded recently to optimize it for mobile access. Our forums have enjoyed an increase in readership of 45% compared to last year. However, the number of people who have actually joined a conversation by writing something has been steadily declining over that last few years.  Growth in readership is great, but for a discussion forum to thrive it needs active participation.

We encourage you to read what is going on; participate by joining a conversation or starting a new one; and sharing with others what we are doing.  Ours is an independent platform, we do not mine your profile for information and sell it to others; in fact you may remain completely anonymous.  We don’t bombard you with advertisements or post advertisements, masked as opinion.  We are regular people who don’t mind having our ideas challenged–indeed this is what we are looking for, because we grow from the experience.  Our primary goal is to build community, learn and enjoy the process.

We can’t replicate what we have on social media, the functionality is simply not there.  Even if we could migrate AALBC.com’s discussion forums to say, a Facebook group and not lose functionality, I still don’t think it would be a good move, because ownership is important.

AALBC.com’s forums are here for the long term. So pop in from time to time; Share your ideas and let us know what you think.

 

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