So Cal Reads Book Club – Yellow Wife: A Novel

About the book:
Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.

She’d been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.…/dp/1982149108

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This event is free to WNBA-LA members
Join us: Wednesday, February 17th @6pm
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The Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas, focus on issues, network, and support the local book community. In an effort to advance knowledge of the world of book publishing and related fields, we welcome, encourage, and educate people from all areas of the book industry, particularly women.

5 Places to Keep Your Goals and 2 Places you Shouldn’t

Guest post by Debra Eckerling :

I am so excited to start the new year on #DEBcember 1st.. You read that right. There’s no better time to look forward to a new, productive year, so why not #Start2021Now!

My mission is to help as many people as possible figure out what they want and how to get it. That is the purpose of the D*E*B METHODⓇ, as well as my book: Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals.

To start your 2021 on the right foot, please join me for a WNBA-LA goal-setting workshop and mixer at 7pm PT on December 2. Get your ticket.

Once you figure out your #GoalTopia, the first step in setting yourself up for success is to look at your goals regularly…

With that in mind, here are 5 places to keep your goals … and 2 places to avoid.

1. KEEP: On Your Mobile Phone. Create a graphic with your top goals to use as your cellphone wallpaper.

2. KEEP: On Your Computer. If you don’t want to post a graphic of your goals on your computer background – and announce them to all who walk by your desk – create a goals document with a shortcut on your computer’s desktop. Open the doc and review your goals at least once a day.

3. AVOID: Your Head. You can think about your goals all you want. That’s actually encouraged. But you must do more than that. If you can’t “see” your goals, unless you close your eyes, then you are missing something.

4. KEEP: In Your Office. Be creative. Post your goals somewhere inconspicuous – perhaps in the corner of a framed photo or written on a desk “toy” – but in your line of sight.

5. KEEP. In Your Wallet. Type up your goals, print it out small, and keep it in your wallet. Then whenever you go to open it, you can see your goals.

6. AVOID: The Bottom of a Drawer. Don’t hide your goals. The point isn’t to make wishes and hope something comes to fruition. You need to know your goals, since it will increase the possibility of turning them into reality.

7. KEEP: In Your Favorite Place. Where is your power zone? Do you have a special place you like to go to write? A man cave or a she shed? If you love to cook, maybe that place is your kitchen. Fan of yoga? Attach your goals to the corner of your mat. Hang your goals in a place of honor in the location that is most inside your comfort zone.

The clean slate that goes with the beginning of the year makes it the perfect opportunity to re-examine what you want, re-evaluate your mission, and set your priorities. Just keep those goals where you can see them. It greatly increases your chance of success.

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Debra Eckerling is the author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals. A writer, editor and project catalyst, as well as founder of the D*E*B METHOD and Write On Online, Deb works with individuals and businesses to set goals and manage their projects through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the author of Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog and Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages, host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat and #GoalChatLive, and a speaker/moderator on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.

* A version of this article first appeared on Writers on the Move.

A Special Invite from The BookFest Team!

WNBA-LA member Desiree Duffy invites the members of WNBA to do scary readings at her upcoming The BookFest®, Fall 2020.

Your “scary” reading can be from a creepy or suspenseful part of your book, from a WIP, flash fiction, or even a poem or something creative. The Reading Room is being sponsored by the LA Chapter of the Horror Writers Association and Vertikal Life Magazine.

Want to participate? Just record your video in advance and upload it to this One Drive folder.

 A few tips:

  • Videos are recommended to be no longer than 5 minutes. 
  • Feel free to dress in costume or use props.
  • Hold up your book to show the cover.
  • Do be aware of lighting, sound, and video quality. 

If you have tech questions, reach out to All videos are due by October 14th to ensure we have time to upload them all.

The videos will premiere with The BookFest® on Saturday, October 24th, and stay up on the site after the fest. They will also be uploaded to the Books That Make You YouTube Channel. The team will give the videos a big push shortly after The BookFest for the Halloween weekend. 

Take advantage of this FREE promotional opportunity and help celebrate the Halloween season.

Please subscribe to the channel, sign up for email alerts on all things BookFest on the website:, and subscribe to and share the Facebook event page:

Use the hashtags: #TheBookFest  #TheBookFestFall2020