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Monday, December 15, 2014

10 Books You Need to Read in 2015

by Cyrus Webb

Okay, I know what you are probably saying: "Cyrus, you are always saying we need to read this book or that book...", and you're right---but have I led you wrong before? :-)

In 2014 there were so many great books that were released and advance copies of books being released in 2015 that I knew I had to introduce you to titles that were great but didn't make my annual Top Books list. These 10 books are all reads I have enjoyed, and are just the right collection you need to start the New Year off right.

As is my custom I have included some great Fiction AND Non-Fiction titles. I've even separated them for you to make it easy for you to head over to Amazon and either purchase or pre-order. So, without any further ado, here are "10 Books You Need to Read in 2015":

NON-FICTION
  1. RISE by Daniel Rodriguez (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  2. The Purpose Principles by Jake Ducey (Tarcher/Penguin)
  3. The Wholehearted Life by Susyn Reeve (Viva Editions)
FICTION
  1. Christopher's Diary: Echos of Dollanger by V. C. Andrews (Gallery Books/Pocket Books)
  2. A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber (Midnight Ink)
  3. Tempest by Shakir Rashaan (Strebor Books)
  4. Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King (Gallery Books)
  5. Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  6. Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen (Minotaur Books)
  7. Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin (Harper)
Since I enjoyed the books so much look for many of the authors to be featured on Conversations LIVE in the near future. Bookmark www.conversationsliveradio.com for updates. You should also keep an eye on www.conversationsbookclub.com for other books I will be suggesting in the coming weeks. 

Happy Reading!

Friday, December 5, 2014

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING...


Since 2003, Cyrus Webb has been a driving force in the way things are talked about and discussed. As the Creator and Host of Conversations LIVE! Radio and the President of Conversations Book Club, Webb has talked to some of the biggest names in the world as well as emerging voices that are making their mark. At the end of the day, however, he realizes that his success is really because of those who talk with him and those who listen. Here is some of what is being said about the Conversations Brand...


"The service you do for authors and readers is remarkable. We appreciate you." --- John Saul, New York Times Bestselling author of FACES OF FEAR www.johnsaul.com

"Thank you so much for having me on your show to talk about my book The Air Between Us. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your questions were some of the most insightful that I have been asked." --- Deborah Johnson, author of THE AIR BETWEEN US

"Hey Cyrus, Thanks for another great interview!!! You are always beyond prepared, thought provoking, and dig deeper than any other interviewer. I guess that' s why your such a success!!! Thanks again!!!" Richard Doetsch, bestselling author of Thieves of Darkness and Half Past Dawn www.richarddoetsch.com

"Cyrus is incredible. I was in awe of his talents." --- Dale Garland, author of LETTERS FROM SWEETWATER

"We appreciated all your excellent questions and comments." --- Douglas Preston of bestselling writing duo Preston & Child www.prestonchild.com

"Thanks so much for having me on the show and for such a great interview. You asked really great questions and it was a really fun interview. I’d love to stay in touch!" Margaret Floyd, author of EAT NAKED www.eatnakednow.com

"Thank you so much for inviting me to your show. I enjoyed my first radio interview and I think you made me feel comfortable. You do a great job with all your interviews. I hope I can come back again. All the best in all that you do." --- Miriam Shumba, author of THAT WHICH HAS HORNS www.miriamshumba.com

"So thoroughly impressed with him (Webb), his comments, his questions, his program. Cyrus was as well prepared and as incisive as any interview I’ve had in recent times". " Robert Haas, businessman and author of MIRACLE MAN

"I still don't see how you do what you do! You're an excellent interviewer..." Shirlita McFarland, author of Sunday Morning Secrets www.sundaymorningsecrets.com

"You are a terrific host." Ed Wiseman,Producer/Director of Reading Rainbow

"Please know that your support of my debut novel "Daughter Denied" in 2008 played a major role in my decision to write another novel. I can't tell you how much your encouragement inspired me." --- Alretha Thomas, author of Daughter Denied and Dancing Her Dreams Away http://www.daughterdenied.com/

"Cyrus has taught me that there is no age limitation on growth, achievement, or influence for the good. The interview I did with him gave me the courage to continue writing and creating. I owe him a great deal." Helene Weinberger, author, Ageless Journey

"You had much greater knowledge about the book than most interviewers,
and your questions were very insightful." Robert Whitlow, bestselling author www.robertwhitlow.com

"I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to serve as a panelist for your commemorative discussion on the "I Have a Dream" speech. It was an honor to share my thoughts and ideas with such esteemed group. I wish you continual and abundant success with your show!" Qiana Martin, International Athlete www.qianamartin.com

"Thank you so much for having us back, we love your show and are honored to be a part of it. Also, we greatly appreciate your time and efforts on our behalf. It means a lot to us that there are people such as yourself out there who truly care and appreciate our work." The Lagos Brothers, authors of The Sons of Liberty series

"You are a professional and a gentleman. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share a little bit of my story with your listeners." ---- David A. Ross, author of THE VIRTUAL LIFE OF FIZZY OCEANS

"The great part of the interview was you. Your questions were very germane -- thanks for holding the interview together; I appreciate the opportunity." --- T. Lloyd Winetsky, author of Maria Juana's Gift www.mariasgift.com

"You absolutely ask the best...most thought provoking questions...keep up the excellent work on your show!!!" --- Ish Major, M. D., author of LITTLE WHITE WHYS www.littlewhitewhys.com

"I just had to write to tell you what a pleasure it was speaking with you yesterday. Your questions about The Language of Secrets and its impact on readers were excellent...it was an honor to be interviewed by you! With thanks and all best wishes for your continued success." --- Dianne Dixon, author of THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS www.diannedixon.com

"Thank you for the interview – it was terrific, and we appreciate being a part of your program. And thanks for the attention you put on books, the arts, and the creative process – you are doing wonderful things!" ---Joel Fotinos, author of THE PRAYER CHEST and the Vice President at Penguin Group and the founder/publisher of the Putnam Praise imprint.

"What a wonderful interview...I told my husband it might have been the best interview yet because of the wonderful, thoughtful questions you asked. Most times I'm interviewed, the host hasn't even picked up the book and it's up to me to try to convey meaning and depth to simple questions. Obviously, your approach
is very different and it made for a very comfortable, "conversational"
experience for me. Thank you!" --- author Janice Van Dyke

"I am deeply grateful for your time with me on the radio... I listened
to your previous shows and I love what an authentic place you come from." author Susanne Alexander-Heaton

"Dear Cyrus, Thank you for taking out the time to review my book on Amazon.com. Most commentators offered one-dimensional readings of my travel memoir. Specifically, they looked at the "The Year of No Money in Tokyo" through the narrow prism of race or, worse, reduced the narrative to sex. But, you have identified the book`s larger themes and have placed the work in a more universal context. I now understand why yours is such a superb reputation." Wayne Aponte, author of The Year Of No Money In Tokyo www.wayneaponte.com



"I am quite inspired by what you are doing through your broadcasting effort... You are truly seeking to help others find the best in themselves. Thank you for your positive influence in a world that needs it." --- Kip Kreiling, author of THE IMPOSTER www.kipkreiling.com

"I wanted to thank you directly for your endless support of up and coming African American authors such as myself. I’m extremely proud of my Author Profile. And let me add, the impact that you are making on the publishing industry is immeasurable." Author Sheryl Mallory-Johnson

"Thank you Cyrus for the wonderful interview! Your skill in posing pertinent questions and moving the conversation forward with finesse was a joy to be a part of. The parts you read of my book were thought provoking and stimulating for myself and the audience. When I forgot the question you were a consummate pro and helped with grace to get me back on track. No doubt I'll see you hosting "Good Morning America" in the future and can say, "I knew him when..." Your the best! Dr. Richard Ragle, author

"It was great talking with you on the radio today. It's so nice to be able to connect with people with a passion for childhood literacy. Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity. I really enjoyed it and I hope that your listeners did, too! Best to you." Sheri Fink, author www.sherifink.com

"You were by far the most thorough with the best questions!" Author Robert Whitlow www.robertwhitlow.com

"Thank you so much for inviting me to your show. I enjoyed my first radio interview; you made me feel very comfortable. I am so honored to be a part of it. I appreciate you letting me share my story with your audience and the book Passion = Success. You're an excellent interviewer... Please know that your support means the world to me. All the best to you!" Author April Pickering www.passionishot.com

"Thank you so much for the interview! Absolutely the best I've had." Author Lesley Kagen www.lesleykagen.com

"Thank you for having me on your show! You asked great questions, which helped me to focus on your audience." Author Eva Mara Mora www.quantumangel.com


"Enjoyed the interview also. I felt as if we were old friends and that you knew me well enough to get me to talk about what was important to me. Your questions were very insightful and guided the interview into some interesting areas." artist Pablo Solomon

"The interview with Kathy Kinney (AKA Mrs. P) was great. It is nice that we have been able to create this new and inspiring character for her. She use to be 'Mimi' on the Drew Carey Show which was a very different character from Mrs. P. Your show is wonderful. I am going to become a regular listener. You have a great gift for interviewing." Dana Plautz, Mrs P Enterprises, LLC www.MrsP.com

"I want to compliment you on your amazing interviewing skills. I have to admit that I was nervous about the visit and you were able to put me at ease immediately. I forgot right away that we were on radio and web and simply enjoyed the visit. You communicated to me an interest about the book and beyond the book an interest in the spoken and written words. I will listen often to your interviews and look forward to our next visit." --- Mary Walker Baron, author of BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT. www.marywalkerbaron.com

"If you haven't been interviewed by Cyrus Webb your book hasn't been reviewed by the "BEST Reviewer"." Lynn Cawthorne, author of Let My People Go

"Ran into (NYT Bestselling author) Spencer Quinn in the hall here at the office and he had such great things to say about your interview with him. He’s not the first author I’ve heard that from. Thank you so much for the great work that you do!" David Brown, Atria Books Deputy Director of Publicity www.simonandschuster.com


"You're such a gifted communicator- made telling our stories so easy. The Lord is using you mightily." Beth Marshall, author A TIME TO HEAL www.atimetohealjournal.com

"You are doing a good work keeping the country informed and remembering the sacrifices." Brian O'Rear, 22 year Air Force Veteran

"As a radio listener, I seldom hear a host ask as many good questions as you did. I was deeply gratified that you enjoyed our book and very appreciative of the opportunity to share it with an audience of fellow southerners." --- Author Barton Cockey www.thepaintedword.info

" I'm much more accustomed to asking the questions than answering them, but you are a wonderful interviewer and I felt completely at ease. Thank you for making this a very memorable experience." --- Tom Walker, author of CONTRARY CREEK www.contrarycreeknovel.com

"I appreciate an interviewer like you who gives the guest plenty of room to speak her mind! I rarely lack for something to say." --- Debbie Jordan, author of The World I Imagine www.imaginetheworldatpeace.com

"Your questions were very refreshing and your show is really good!" --- recording artist Tanya Denise

"You touched on some of the deeper and more subtle themes in the book ; your perception is very astute." Nancy Dobson, author of DUSTING THE GLASS


"You were very well prepared, set a great tone, and went way beyond the call of duty in the promotion department--a real pro. I will sing your praises whenever I get the chance." --- K. D. Koratsky, author of LIVING WITH EVOLUTION OR DYING WITHOUT IT www.livingwithevolution.com

"Thank you for the opportunity to be on your program. You are a scholar and a gentleman, (a vanishing entity) and provide a great service. Having been doing this for a few months now, interviewers fall two categories. The entertainers, and the educators. You are an educator, and that is a complement." --- Danielle Milano,M.D, author of SKINNY IS OVERRATED www.skinnyisoverrated.com

"[Yours] was the most reflective interview I've had yet and it made me recall a little of things that I've done that were beneficial to the people I knew. Maybe I do have some good karma points stored up in the cosmic bank somewhere. I appreciate you picking up on the larger themes in the book." Jake Adelstein, author of TOKYO VICE http://bit.ly/TokyoViceatAmazon

"You made it so easy for me to talk, and you ask great questions!" --- Michele Howe, author of BURDENS DO A BODY GOOD

"You are such a great host. Your voice is so powerful over the radio. Continue to share your talents and knowlege so others may be encouraged." --- Valerie Dodson, author of DON'T DELAY YOUR INCREASE http://www.dontdelayyourincrease.com

"Words are not adequate enough to extend a debt of gratitude to you for all you have done for me. A pen would run out of ink before I could write or say thank you over and over again. You have brought the book back to life or I could even say you have given it life. I have never been this motiviated to get this moving until now. Thanks for working with me."--- Joseph Henderson, author of I DON'T WANT TO DIE ALL ALONE www.joseph-henderson.com

Cyrus,I just wanted to touch bases with you and offer a heartfelt thank you. It was great to meet the new authors and become reacquainted with familiar faces. You provide a wonderful avenue by which people can be motivated to read. As an educator, I applaud your work. As a writer, I offer much love and appreciation. I love the invitation to join the addiction -- get hooked on books. Keep up the good work.
--- V. L. Green, author of REFLECTIONS and WHEN DESTINIES MEET

"Cyrus - first of all let me tell you how touched I was when I read your
review of Beat on Amazon. Thank you so, so much. I also really enjoyed the interview. I think you've got a great thing going. I love how you emphasize human accomplishment over the difficult struggles we have in our lives. I'm really glad we met and that I got the chance to discover your site and your unique perspective. Thanks again for introducing me to your fans." --- Stephen Jay Schwartz, author of BEAT www.stephenjayschwartz.com

"I truly think you are a wonderful host who asked great questions... I appreciate your giving me an opportunity to expose my book to the public and to your book club clientele." --- Rebecca Hayes, author of PRIVATE CATHAY'S SECRET

“Cyrus is truly – without a doubt – the way a host should be!" --- Fashion designer Jorge' Perez

"A big double thank you to you, first for the wonderful interview. You got done in ten minutes what other people do in half an hour, and BETTER, with focus and a distinct angle. I was just thrilled with it, and so was my husband, who was listening. He'll post it on my website etc. and I'll send it around. Thank you for that really perceptive prep, and thanks for picking up on my answers. I really felt it was a dialog AND an interview." --- Molly Peacock, author THE PAPER GARDEN www.mollypeacock.org

"Cyrus: Just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed our chat this afternoon. I really appreciate your interest in my novel and the positive things you had to say about it during the interview. I also want to commend you on both the insight and professionalism you demonstrated during the interview. You made it very easy and comfortable for a rookie like me! Thanks again." --- Joseph Hayes, author of WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING


"Your review (of ABRAMO'S GIFT) was unique in that you distilled a life lesson from the story, something that no reviewer has done. You focused upon some essence from the characters that, frankly, I had never thought about consciously, but I'm very gratified that you saw it. By the way, yours is the mark of a fine writer/reviewer. I wish that they were all as perceptive as you are. Where I come from, when someone does something as well as you, and when a young person shows the potential that you do, we say he's doing 'the Lord's work.' I have listened to our interview several times now, and have also shared it with some family and friends. And each time I hear it, I marvel at your mastery of interviewing technique. It is certainly something that is a talent, because I’ve seen many veterans of broadcasting not able to accomplish what you do so naturally and easily. Part of the success you have comes from your gentlemanly behavior that puts interviewees at ease. So thanks again for your kind treatment. I wish you all the best in whatever you do in your career, be it hosting of a book club, interviewing on national TV, writing books yourself, or some dream you hold in your secret heart." --- Don Greco, author of ABRAMO'S GIFT

"What a gentle and lovely, thoughtful host you are. And you threaded through the questions in the most amazing way..." Liz Rosenberg, author of HOME REPAIR

"It was such a pleasure talking with you, such a pleasure being presented with such thoughtful questions. That doesn't happen terribly often and I was sorry when it drew to a close." --- Philip Shepherd, author of NEW SELF NEW WORLD www.philipshepherd.com


"You are by far the most prepared host I have interviewed with." --- Kirk Wilkinson, author of THE HAPPINESS FACTOR www.thehappinessfactor.com

"Thanks Cyrus for using your influence to better the lives of others." --- Patricia Singleton, blogger http://patriciasingleton.blogspot.com

"Cyrus Webb is the most incredible person I've ever done an interview with! He understood my topic completely, and asked very insightful and perceptive questions!" --- Dan L. Hays, author of FREEDOM'S JUST ANOTHER WORD www.danlhays.com

"It is really refreshing to encounter an interviewer with his
intelligence, insights and who has actually read the book. I knew
nothing of him before this interview but I am completely impressed and
will keep an eye out for his undoubted career progress." --- Frederick LaCroix, author of THE SKY RAINED HEROES

"Being self-published. credibility means everything. Having me on your show and supporting me as you have is all part of that." --- Gary D. Kaschak, author of LIFESTONE http://www.garydkaschak.com

"Thank you from the "Bottom Of My Heart" for taking time out of your busy schedule to write the most inspirational "Review" for "The Bridge" on Amazon.com, and thank you once again for enabling me to share our "Miracle". May God continue to Bless you Cyrus and the work that you are doing on His behalf." --- Jackie Carpenter, author of "The Bridge"

" Since our first interview, I've been following on your website all that you are doing for literacy to the point that I have been inspired to put in my little grain of rice towards literacy as well." --- Susan Violante, author of INNOCENT WAR http://www.innocentwar.com

"Congratulations on your growing success! You certainly deserve it." --- Nesta Aharoni, author of MY GOODNESS: MY KIDS www.grassrootspublishinggroup.com

"Cyrus is an inspirational hardworker who believes in the importance of literacy awareness. I was able to be one of Cyrus's coordinators for his National Day of Reading campaign in November 2009. It was a great experience and I am happy to be on board again for 2010. Cyrus uses his platform as an advocate and radio host to spread positive messages and to make a difference. I would suggest him to anyone serious about making a change through in the field of literacy development." --- Tara Michener, author of WHO I AM NOT WHAT I AM

"It’s a pleasure to work with a professional who’s nicely prepared, with thoughtful questions and a great personality." --- David Kelly, author of BABE RUTH AND THE BASEBALL CURSE www.baberuthcurse.com

"There is something so amazing about standing on the edge of your dreams coming true. It's awe-inspiring, it's overwhelming and humbling. I want to thank you so much for taking part in my dream. I've listened to your other interviews and I think you are a special man." --- Kim Vazquez, author of LIVING IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR


"Thank you soooo much for allowing me to come on your show! It was an awesome
experience. I said I was nervous at first but you made me feel at ease. I can tell you got something from the book and read! I really hope that you were touched by it! Thanks for bringing out the part Mark 8:36!! Very impressive interview! May God Bless You and all your efforts!!" --- Cheryl Joyner Clark, author of NO MORE SUNDAY MORNINGS www.cheryljoyner-clark.com

"I have and will continue to sing your praises to all of my literary colleagues. Your book club is a model for others to emulate."
--- Reshonda Tate Billingsley, author of MY BROTHER'S KEEPER & EVERYBODY SAY AMEN. www.reshondatatebillingsley.com

"You were an excellent host. I'm more accustomed to interviewing than being interviewed but I did enjoy it. You're a very articulate and thorough interviewer..." Constantine Markides, host of Fourth Fiction www.fourthnight.com

"You are an impressive young man. I am passing my baton to you, now. I know you'll carry it fast into the second decade of the 21st century. 'Webb's WEBISODES!' 'Do the WRITE Thang!' Man, I love it! SUPER CYRUS WEBB is a YOUNG CAPED CRUSADER who has absolutely blown this OLD caped crusader's MIND!" Dr. John Telford, author of A LIFE ON THE RUN www.alifeontherun.com

"You're always so cool, calm, collected and prepared..." Gail Kearns, To Press & Beyond www.topressandbeyond.com

"You are a phenomenal host and I know you have a very promising future." --- Lessy'B, author of Sara's Song www.lessyb.net

"Thanks for the interview and review... You are a pro and not only did I enjoy the experience, I was very impressed at the effort you put into reading and understanding my stories. As you well, know, that is the salve that soothes the writer's worries! You earned a big fan today...I'll pass the word
far and wide! All the best." --- Gerry Boylan, author of GETTING THERE and GERRY TALES www.gerryboylan.com

"Cyrus, you are on the fast track to success!" --- Deborah Gary, author of TEENAGE MOTHER'S GUIDE TO SURVIVAL www.writingitright.com

"Enjoyed very much the questions you asked, which were quite thought-provoking and very different from the usual stuff that I get asked in interviews." --- Bestselling author William Kent Krueger www.williamkentkrueger.com

"Cyrus, I don't know how many ways I can say, "Thank you!" But, consider yourself thanked in every way that is possible. In addition to this interview which you presented so well the live interview I had with you,and your bookclub tonight was nothing short of amazing. The depths, and insights of tonight's conversation were just much more than I could have hoped or asked for. I ask a special blessing for you."
--- Evie Rhodes, author of OUT A ORDER & THE FORGOTTEN SPIRIT www.evierhodes.com

"Hello Cyrus, I loved doing the interview and thoroughly enjoyed talking with you.
You're a wonderful host and the interview is only as good as the host who is directing it." --- Carrie J. Keaton, author of TWO LOVES, ONE HEART www.carriejkeaton.com

"Real talk, Cyrus has the best author blog talk radio show out there." --- Rahman Muhammad, founder of Book Bullies

"I want to thank you so very much for giving me the opportunity to appear on your show. It was an honor to be part of Conversations Live, a show that consistently offers listeners meaningful content. You provide encouragement, contemplation and inspiration to your audiences. For me, your questions and the opportunity have allowed me to improve and grow. Thank you!" Cesca Janece Waterfield, author of BARTUB www.twohandedengine.net

"You're an awesome radio host." --- Ursula Hanks, author of IN MY HEART

"Cyrus, I want to thank you once again for featuring me on your radio show. I really enjoyed it. I do not take that moment lightly. I count it a privledge and an honor to be chosen in that capacity. You are making an awesome impact in many lives with your great works. It is my prayer that God richly bless you in all you are doing to bring about change and make a difference in this world." --- Charmaine Tucker, author of WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN http://charmainetuckerministries.com

"First of all let me start out by saying how grateful I am for all that you and Conversations Book Club has done for me as a writer. You guys are the best!" --- C. J. Domino, author of SIDELINE HO www.cjdomino.com

Monday, December 1, 2014

(Poem) "Dec. 1st: World AIDS Day" by Cyrus Webb

This day should be committed to memory,
A symbol dedicated to it for all to see
So that we never forget what it represents.
It's one of those issues that we all must face,
Ignoring its influence doesn't begin to erase
The number of lives that have been affected or lost in the years since this war began.

So now there is a day to recognize,
To get together not only to socialize but remember that every 30 seconds another name is added to the growing list of casualties.

Yet the war wages on, and we have been drafted to the front lines,
Helping others find a reason to join the cause.
And to do that, we must sound the alarm.

Alarm those around us and beyond how risky behavior can harm them--or worse.
We have to consider the role we play and
How to behave so respect can become just as important as our feelings of regret.

This day has been set so none of us forget that we could be among the number referred to in statistics.
The battle is real. AIDS is real, and I feel that though the message is being spread, it can be said how important repeating it is.

So this poem is my way of doing just that.
By stating the facts, I react to the pandemic with words put to the page.
And I hope that no matter what the age of the reader, it will help them begin to better respond to their role in the battle--fighting to win.


(c)       Cyrus Webb

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cyrus Webb invites you to join the WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY campaign

Media personality Cyrus Webb is excited to announce the release of his inspirational book WORDS I CHOOSE TO LIVE BY. Want to help him in getting the word out about it? Watch this video to find 3 simple things you can do. www.wordsichoosetoliveby.com











Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Veteran Actor William Shockley: Finding Success By Following His Passion

by Cyrus Webb

He's a man that for over twenty years has made his mark on the entertainment industry as an actor, writer and producer. William Shockley has allowed his passion for the craft to guide him, and the result has been not just personal satisfaction but a worldwide following of his work

Many got to know him through a variety of roles including the hit show DR. QUINN: Medicine Woman, but it's obvious that he is so much more than just a one-note. As he has shown in 2014 alone he is able to slip into the skin of a variety of characters on television and in movies---and loving every moment of it.

"It's a blessing," he told me during our recent conversation about his career and the year that has been 2014. "It's really great to be able to do what you love and make a couple of dollars along the way. You put your nose to the grindstone, work real hard and sometimes you get lucky."

It's obvious that what he has achieved is about more than just luck, and he admits as much when he adds: "A lot of hard work goes into being an independent producer of films. There's a little bit of glory and a lot of hard work. We've had a great run, and the run is going into 2015. I have a lot to be thankful for."

This year has seen William not just filming movies but being a part of an episode of the successful television show NCIS. No matter whether you go back to his appearances in RoboCop, Good & Evil or his Dr. Quinn days, he definitely has not been type-casted. "I don't think it hurts anybody that's an actor to be willing to 'act'," he told me. "I love character acting. I love assuming different identities, different people, different walks of life. That's part of the thrill for me. I equate it to going undercover. Perhaps that's part of the thing that keep myself interested and the people who are nice enough to watch the tv shows and the movies."

William told me that the courage to go after his dreams is something that has been with him since he can remember. "I grew up with the belief system that if you work real hard and stay dedicated and keep focused you have a shot at being successful," he says. "Nothing's easy or for free. You have to pick something and never waver."

The next project he is looking forward to releasing is the the movie BORN WILD, which is set to be released in mid. December. Part of the way he and others associated with the product have been promoting the film is through social media.

Asking him about the way that the power of social media has grown I wondered what it's been like to have that tool at his disposal. "Social media is here," he told me. "This is the world we live in. I think it's remarkable what social media provides and the people you can touch. It's something else to have people who care about you and what you do. I like to interact and appreciate it."

Talking about BORN WILD, William says "it's so near and dear to my heart." Why? "It's a story I've been wanting to tell for a long time. It's about family, lost love, lost time, heartache and then mending the wrongs that were done. It's a very heartfelt movie."

For those who pre-order an autographed copy of the BORN WILD DVD at www.bornwildmovie.com they are entered into a sweepstakes with a chance to win some amazing prizes. The deadline to enter the contest is Mon. December 8th. The film will be released on DVD and VOD (Video on Demand) Tues. December 16th.

What advice does William share for those looking to break into acting or some other profession? "Have your dream and never lose your focus and your laser vision," he says. "Don't let anyone talk you out of your dream. It's not a part-time gig. It's a full-time pursuit."

Stay connected with William through his website at www.williamshockley.com and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/willshockley.

*Photo credit: Tiiu Loigu

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Interviews with BEING MARY JANE cast members

by Cyrus Webb

Well it's official: Being Mary Jane will return to BET in February 2015! Millions have enjoyed watching not just the journey of Mary Jane (played by the lovely and talented Gabrielle Union) but the other cast members as well.

As we prepare ourselves for what is sure to be another entertaining and engaging season, I wanted to share some of the conversations I have been privileged to have with cast members Richard Brooks, Lisa Vidal, Aaron D. Spears and Robinne Lee. 

Look for more of the cast to join Conversations LIVE in the future. In the meantime enjoy these conversations with some amazing actors: 

Listen to my interview with actor Richard Brooks here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cyruswebbpresents/2014/01/30/acclaimed-actor-richard-brooks-talks-career-on-conversations-live



Listen to my interview with actress Lisa Vidal here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cyruswebbpresents/2014/01/28/actress-lisa-vidal-stops-by-conversations-live


Listen to my interview w/actor Aaron D. Spears here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/inspirationalconversations/2014/02/18/actor-aaron-d-spears-of-being-mary-jane-on-conversations-live


Listen to my interview with actress Robinne Lee here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/inspirationalconversations/2014/02/25/actress-robinne-lee-talks-being-mary-jane-on-conversations-live

Monday, November 17, 2014

Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2014

Media personality and Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb introduces his Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2014.

"I love a great book,"says Webb, "and this listing gives you some great titles that are not just entertaining but thoughtful."

Without further ado here are Webb's Top 50 Fiction Titles of 2014 (Listed in no particular order):


  1. Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins (St. Martin's Press)
  2. The Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press)
  3. Revolutionary by Alex Myers (Simon and Schuster)
  4. Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend (W. W. Norton & Co.)
  5. Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith (Atria Books)
  6. Graveyard of Memories by Barry Eisler (Thomas & Mercer)
  7. What's Done in the Dark by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (Gallery Books)
  8. Death Logs In by E. J. Simon (Simon Zef Publishing)
  9. Magnolia Mud by Randy Pierce (Dogwood Press)
  10. Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (Washington Square Press)
  11. Tap Rack Bang by Robert Blake Whitehill (Calaveras Media)
  12. The Lodger by Louisa Treger (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press)
  13. My Wife My Baby...And him by Sheila Bell (North Star/Bonita & Hodge Publishing)
  14. It Won't Always Be This Great by Peter Mehlman (Bancroft Press)
  15. Virtuous Deception by Leiann B. Wrytes (A Million Thoughts Publishing)
  16. The Tumble Inn by William Loizeaux (Syracuse University Press)
  17. Christopher's Diary Secrets of Foxworth by V. C. Andrews (Pocket Books)
  18. Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester (The Story Plant)
  19. Family Values by Anderecco (Alphagraphics)
  20. The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash (unknown)
  21. When the Drum Major Died by Anjuelle Floyd (NOJ Publications)
  22. Russian Roulette by E. E. Smith (Phoenix Intl)
  23. A Flight to Romance by John Fishwick (CreateSpace)
  24. Aftershock by Joe Lane (Bancroft Press)
  25. Not My Will by Khara Campbell (Delphine Publications)
  26. Jack Icefloe Jackson's Romance For Men by Dean Lorey (Disobedient Dragon)
  27. The Love Letters by Bruce Davis (Grave Distractions Publications)
  28. Nowhere Out by Vincent J. Sachar (Divont Publishers)
  29. Death's Way by Christopher Valen (Conquill Press)
  30. The Promise by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)
  31. A Pinch of Ooh La La by Renee Swindle (New American Library)
  32. Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn (Atria Books)
  33. Her Heart's Desire by Lisa Watson (Kimani Romance)
  34. Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press)
  35. Murmurs of Insanity by Gerrie Ferris Finger (Gale Cengage Learning)
  36. Forever An Ex by Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster)
  37. Skewed by Anne McAneny (Farrington Press)
  38. In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin (Revell)
  39. Let Me Just Say This by B. Swangin Webster (Intrigue Publishing)
  40. Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
  41. Arts and Crafts by J. T. Prescott (Two Harbors Press)
  42. Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney (Abingdon Press)
  43. Thread of Life by David W. Huffstetler (Becher House Publishing)
  44. Unfaithful by Karyn Grice (Karen Hunter/Pocket Star Books)
  45. No Turning Back by Dan Burns (Chicago Arts Press)
  46. Four Ladies Only by Alretha Thomas (Diverse Arts Collective)
  47. Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll (Abingdon Fiction)
  48. Lost in the Ivy by Randy Richardson (Eckhartz Press)
  49. Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley (Doubleday)
  50. The Third Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay (Hay House)