Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Indie Author Day, October 14th

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Celebrate Indie Author Day on October 14th

The public is encouraged to attend and meet dozens of local indie authors, poets, and graphic novelists, and to discover new talent. Authors in your area  will be selling their books at various sites for readers to pick up their next favorite book.

As an Indie Author, I understand how difficult it can be to promote the great books that independent authors write and work so hard to share with the rest of the world.  So on today, find an indie author in your area and support them. Some will be at libraries and others will be at book events, but here is just another way for ‘indies’ to get the recognition we deserve at local libraries and events.

Ted Olczak, “A book without an audience is like not having a book at all.”

Join me today in Supporting Indie Author Day!

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Six Things You Need to Make Your Book a Best Seller by Cheryl Holloway

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Six Things You Need to Make Your Book a Best Seller

These techniques will work on any kind of book: fiction: romance, mystery, sci-fi, urban fantasy, thriller, etc.; or non-fiction: business or literary work. Any writer can implement these techniques no matter where you are in your writing process, from the first draft to the polished final draft.

  1. A Well-written Book
  2. A Positive Attitude
  3. Inspiration
  4. Motivation
  5. Determination
  6. Target Audience

A Well-written Book – Tell a wonderful story to make readers love you (Fiction). Provide useful information that readers can use (Non-fiction).

Hint: Pull on their emotions—make them laugh or make them cry.

A Positive Attitude – Do not underestimate the power of positive thinking when it comes to your writing. Learn and know your craft by building and enhancing your skills and developing your resources. As a writer, you must build and maintain a positive attitude. Don’t worry about rejections or negative feedback.

Hint: Everyone is not going to like your book.

Inspiration (definition) – the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative (such as writing). Find your inspiration and let it lead you on to better writing. It will also lead you from being a writer to being an author. What inspires most people is “an ordinary person who has done an extraordinary thing.”

Hint: Whether your inspiration is someone or something; big or small; let it lead you on to better writing.

Motivation – According to Writer’s Digest magazine, “Writing takes commitment, self-discipline, and desire.” My passion for writing is my motivation. What’s yours?

Hint: Find a quote about writing and put it near your PC or laptop where you can always glance at it.

My Two Favorite Quotes: 1) I live in my own little world. But it’s okay…they know me here! 2) If there is a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison

Determination (definition) – a firmness of purpose; resoluteness. As a writer with a mission, you need an unflinching determination. You have goals and deadlines to meet—go for it.

Hint: Don’t give up! No matter what.

Target Audience – The Bible is the only book that is for everyone (and some people will question that). Know who should read your book: What type of people? (Christians, entrepreneurs, etc.) What type of groups? (shoppers, smokers, children, baby boomers, young adults, etc.) What other books do they read? (romance, sci-fi, urban, etc.) Know their demographics: age, income, education, race, gender, marital status, and/or occupation

Hint: Learn as much about your target audience as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am determined to make one of my books a best seller. I promote my books each and every day. It’s only a matter of time for me…how about you?

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Cheryl Holloway Says, “How Important Are Book Reviews?”

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“How Important Are Book Reviews?”

I firmly believe book reviews are an essential part of reading a book.

What does it mean to review a book?

According to the internet, A book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit. A book review may be a primary source, opinion piece, or summary review.

As an author, book reviews are the first thing I look at on Amazon. They tell me about my writing—overall. Reviews are an important way of getting the word out about books, and for authors, reviews are the much needed feedback about their work—encouragement from others. It is a validation of an author’s hard work—a validation by readers, fans, peers and friends/family.

I think, book reviewers have a different perspective on writing reviews. For them, it is an exercise in thinking about an author’s words and how she/he organized them and presented those words to the world.

I recently released one of my eBooks as a print book, A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1. I’ve sold several copies of the book and I encourage readers to stop by Amazon and leave a book review. I read somewhere that only 5% of readers write a review. I find that 1 in 250 readers write a review for the average author. However, for a celebrity author, they are knocking down the door to write a book review. How ironic, those are the very authors who don’t need a review. Oh, well…

On the other hand, many of my readers email me to tell me how much they enjoyed my books. This is wonderful, but no one sees their comments but me and them.

Recently, a friend, since I was 16 years old, finally read one of my books. (I have nine books on Amazon.) She said, “Wow, I didn’t know that you were such a great writer and story teller. Your book is wonderful. I’ve read it three times in a three days.” It is a stellar review.

So, how can I encourage the readers to tell me and tell the world about my books?

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Cheryl Holloway’s Advice for Developing Good Writing Habits

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Did you know that 82% of the people say that they want to write a book, but only 2% actually write a book?

I am an Accountability Writing Coach and today, we are discussing advice that I give to my clients and the students in my Creative Writing Classes.

  1. Be A Winner When Setting Your Goals

You must set goals you can easily achieve. I set weekly goals.

Start out with a simple goal: Within One Week I will… Example: Within One Week, I will write the outline for my fiction book.

As you progress you can make bigger, smarter goals. Years ago, I learned about S.M.A.R.T. Goals. (I can’t remember who to give the credit to, but I didn’t come up with this idea.) These goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Example of a SMART Goal: I will write the first chapter of book title with 1,500 words by December 15, 2017.

You want to be successful in reaching your writing goals. I would rather that you write 250 words a day and reach your goal, than strive for 1,000 words a day and never reach your goal. Now, if you write 479 words today and only 251 words tomorrow that is okay, because you still reached your daily goal of 250 words. Note: I advise you not to end your writing session until you have achieved your goal. And that is why a smaller goal is better than a big/fast goal…like writing a book in 30 days. Yes, it can be done, but are you the one to do it.

Remember: A successful author set goals (and deadlines-another blog post).

  1. Be Diligent in Managing Your Writing Time

Did you know that when you write something down, you are 42% more likely to make it happen?

Ask yourself: How often will I write? How long will I write? And then write your goals down.

You must be very specific with yourself about the time you will commit to writing, especially if you want to go from a writer to an author. You must write on a regular schedule—write every day at the same time. Whether it is early morning, late night, or all day, the key is to be consistent in your daily writing. If you need help, keep a chart of daily writing times.

Remember: Writers write.

Month Day Word Goal Words Written
August 1 250 250
2 250 593
3 250 649
4 250 255
5 250 407
6 250 1,528
7 250 1,751

3. Be a Finisher and Complete Your Draft

Ask yourself. What type of writer am I? Am I a pantser? Am I a planner?

A pantser makes the story up as they go along. A planner plots the story, usually with an outline.

Regardless of what type of writer you are, you need to completely finish writing the entire first draft, before you start self-editing!

Remember: A carpenter doesn’t polish the table before he attaches the legs.

Every writer wants to become a successful author.

  

Remember: Alice Walker, Walter Mosley, Danielle Steel, James Patterson, Nora Roberts and Stephen King were not an overnight success—it took years for them to reach that status.

I hope this short blog post helped you better understand developing good writing habits.

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August is Romance Awareness Month

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August is Romance Awareness Month

Since the beginning of time, romance has always been an extremely important part of love and relationships. While women have always wanted just a little more romance in their relationships, men seem to be always looking for the “little” something that will make a “big” difference to the “love” of their life.

Four simple things you can do to enhance the romance:

  1. Say “I Love You”
  2. Give him or her a “Sensual” kiss
  3. Give your significant other a “Hug”
  4. Try “Holding” hands in public

Here’s a “novel” idea to rekindle the passion.

“Read Romance Stories to Each Other”

You can cuddle up in bed in “sexy” lingerie (or in your birthday suit) and take turns reading the story.  This may turn you on, so you might want to re-enact the love scenes after you’ve finished reading.

Now is a great time to catch up on some reading—together. And there is a wide selection of romance (and erotic) novels that are available, depending on how hot and steamy you want to get.

P.S. Adding a “single” red rose and a “sexy” handwritten note will take you from passionate to breathtaking.

  

How’s that “idea” for a little something “off the beaten” path?

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Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review for The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

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Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please read the wonderful 5 Star Review by Rosie Malezer at:

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-proposal

“This is my all-time favorite review of any of my books!”

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Cheryl Holloway on International Pay It Forward Day April 28, 2017

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International Pay It Forward Day

Today is International Pay It Forward Day and I pay it forward 365 days a year. I am Cheryl Holloway, author and writer, and I am always in the Pay-It-Forward spirit of gratitude,

As most of you know, I have been paying it forward to other authors for well over a decade. I began to pay it forward with the internet radio show, Just About Books Talk Show, where I provided a one-hour live interview with authors about their books. I started the show in 2005 because I had a hard time getting the information out about my book, A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows.

Then, I started my blog in 2013 to promote my romance books: Cougar Tales: Father and Son; Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player; Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love; The Proposal: A Leap of Faith; and A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1.  So, once again I decided to pay it forward with Guest Author Interviews for any author from unknown Indie authors to well-known celebrity authors.

Of course, I wanted to make sure that I interviewed the originator of Pay-It-Forward and asked Catherine Ryan Hyde to be a Celebrity Guest Author on my blog. She agreed and the rest is history.

You can read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s interview here: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/07/25/celebrity-guest-author-interview-catherine-ryan-hyde/

Remember: Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight.

So, on my blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.

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Treasured Compliments From Another Author

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A Compliment for Cougar Tales Box Set Books 1-3 

It was a straight up, unsolicited, complimentary email sent for no other reason than to say, “Hey, I’m enjoying your book.”  I pay it forward all the time, but believe me when I receive a compliment like this I am overjoyed.

I have to tell you, that simple email put a big smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. It made my day. And it probably only took her a couple of minutes to write.

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This is what transpired…

Sep 16

Also, may I show my appreciation by purchasing, reading, and reviewing one of your books? Just let me know which one you’d like for me to review. Thanks again, Jada

Later that day…

I just purchased the box set and opened it in my reader. I immediately got drawn into Joi and Jon’s story. Wow, I’m just a few pages in, but it’s wonderful. Jon’s dad is getting on my last nerve 😉 I know what I’ll be doing tonight…spending it with Jon and Joi!

My response…

Thanks. I’m glad you’re enjoying the story. Cheryl

Sep 17

 5 Stars Theme, Theory, and Trademark By Jada Ryker Verified Purchase

This review is from: Cougar Tales Series: Box Set Book 1-3 (Kindle Edition)

Joi is a smart woman who knows what she wants. She doesn’t settle for anything less than what she desires and deserves.

I love her three T’s…theme, theory, and trademark.

Her theme is age is just a number. Her theory is to enjoy who you enjoy and be happy. Her trademark is a purple rose. The rose looks fantastic against her ice-white suit.

The three stories explore Joi’s vitality and zest for life. Events take unexpected turns at times. Joi manages to turn with them. She is a survivor.

Sep 18

Joi resonated with me, and I continue to think about her. You did a great job with her and her stories! Jada

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Believe me, an unsolicited compliment is powerful. I’m sure that every one of us comes across opportunities like this every day. But do we act on them?

Make someone’s day with an unsolicited compliment. It’s warm and touching like a virtual hug. 😉

And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this box set, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Coming Soon…Deborah Fletcher Mello

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Coming Soon…August 15th

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Celebrity Guest Author:                                                                                         Deborah Fletcher Mello

Her Latest Book:                                                                                                                Guilty Pleasures (Bad Boys of Boulder Series)

“Join us for this exciting interview that can’t be missed!”                                                              ~Cheryl Holloway

Coming Soon…Kimberla Lawson Roby

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Coming Soon…August 19th

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Celebrity Guest Author:                                                                                         Kimberla Lawson Roby

Her Latest Book:                                                                                                                A Sinful Calling (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel)

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How Ironic…Amazon Bookstores

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How Ironic…Amazon Bookstores

Amazon was founded with the ambition of putting brick and mortar bookstores out of business. How ironic…Amazon is now opening its third brick and mortar bookstore—first, Seattle, then, San Diego and now, Portland.

In the last five years or so, they’ve driven Borders out of business, along with a lot of mom-and-pop/local bookstores. Barnes and Noble is the largest U.S. brick and mortar bookstore still in existence. Is Barnes and Noble in jeopardy, too? Who knows?

I heard that Amazon is planning to open even more brick and mortar bookstores. What is Amazon up to? Nobody really knows, but they are getting rich from writers and readers…is this a Monopoly® game? Should I pass Go and collect $200?

Well, I’m going to check out one of the Amazon bookstores.

I’m going to an Amazon brick and mortar bookstore on a scavenger hunt to find…a Cheryl Holloway book!

What’s your opinion on the topic?

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Books by Cheryl Holloway

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Books by Cheryl Holloway are available on her Amazon Author Page at

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Book Titles:

The Bane Bath Salts

Cougar Tales: Father and Son Book 1

Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player Book 2

Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love Book 3

Cougar Tales: Box Set Books 1-3

A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1

The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

Please pick a book of your choice to read, then relax and be entertained!

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How to Write a “Great” Book Review Workshop

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How to Write a “Great” Book Review Workshop

About this FREE workshop:

This hands-on workshop will explore writing tips and strategies for creating unique and engaging book reviews. We will look beyond just writing a book review and I will effectively help you to write a great book review. In addition, you will learn how to better express your personal response to a book you have read. 

Takeaways:

  • Improve your book review writing skills
  • Learn what to include in a great book review
  • Learn how to plan and structure a quick and easy book review
  • Write and publish a great book review of your own on Amazon

Pre-requisites and Preparation:

Basic understanding of writing a book review

WHEN: Friday, March 18, 2016
WHERE:
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TIME:
2-4
INSTRUCTOR:
Cheryl Holloway

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Cheryl Holloway Releases a New Book, A Sisterhood of Women Living Life

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Title: A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Even as you read this short story collection, you will connect with these women who are just like you making life-changing choices and making a difference in their lives and with their families. Join them on their life-changing journeys.

The stories will make you laugh, cry and want to give them a hug…
The Dreaded After Call—a young editor runs away from a love triangle and works to drown out the pain but …Will she have a second chance at love?

Wine A Little or A Little Wine—a beautiful overweight woman can’t find love and all she does is wine…Will a bottle of wine help?

A Widow Moves On—an older widow opens her heart to love again but…What skeletons does he have in his closet?

Rape’s Revenge—her boyfriend rapes her young daughter…rage and revenge prevails…Will she kill him?

Dark Secrets and White Lies—she’s dating two men of different races and is pregnant with interracial twins…she is in a dilemma…Who will be the father?

The book features ten must-read stories here in all, including 5 really short stories. It introduces an interesting collection of characters, who are just like your best friend and your sister. The characters are each very unique with a compelling story to tell. These stories provide an emotional connection to the characters.

A Sisterhood of Women Living Life is a page-turning book of short stories about love, life and the dilemmas women face in everyday living. This book is perfect for established fans and new readers. Pick up your copy today and start enjoying A Sisterhood of Women Living Life, and it will be impossible to put down!

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1Knsvlr

Cheryl Holloway’s new book demands the attention of readers everywhere!

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Advanced Reader Praise for A Sisterhood of Women Living Life 

Cheryl has done it again! Her latest book of short stories A Sisterhood of Women Living Life is a joy to read. The Dreaded After Call was a true interpretation of what women go through in life. Finding true love and then losing it for a common reason “Another Woman.” This story hits home for a lot of woman and I appreciate Cheryl for putting it out there for us to enjoy!

Wine A Little or A Little Wine is a great pick me up story for us hopeless romantics. I loved how confident Jaclyn was in her skin. This is a true testament for us women to love who and what we are. There is love out there for all of us! Thanks Cheryl  ***** 5 Stars ~Georgette L., an avid reader 

“I was on pins and needles, while reading Rape’s Revenge. Ms. Holloway is a consistently-entertaining writer. I love her short stories and anxiously look forward to her next book!”  *****5 Stars  ~Chris B., Love Cheryl Holloway’s books

“I enjoyed A Widow Moves On. Something similar happened to my sister-in-law.”       ***** 5 Stars   ~Geri S., Atlanta

“A Sisterhood of Women Living Life was witty, poignant, intense and powerful, even funny sometimes.”   ***** 5 Stars   ~Grace Wiggins, a reader from Maryland 

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/203fZJR

 

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Cheryl Holloway’s Spotlight on Books: Split At The Root

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Title: Split At The Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity

Genre: Memoir

Synopsis: In this memoir, the author explores questions of race, adoption, and identity, not as the professor of cultural studies she became, but as the Black child of German settlers in Guatemala. Her journey into the mystery that shrouded her early years begins in the US when she realized it was not just her foreign accent that alienated her from Blacks. Under layers of privilege (private schools, international travel, the life of a fashion model and actress in Europe) she discovered that her most important story is one of disinheritance. The author’s determination to find out who her parents really were and why she was taken from them, tests the love of her White husband and their son, and returns her to Guatemala to find a family that kept her memory alive as legend. In the end, she learns truths about the women who were her mothers, and the disrespect committed long ago against a birthmother and her child in the name of love.

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I limit the number of book reviews because of the time restraints of my business. However, this book seemed like an interesting book and topic—the author wanted to value her personal history. I decided to review the book, even though it was published in 2012.

Catana grew up thinking that she was predominately neglected by her Gautemalan birth mother, when in reality she was primarily manipulated by her German “adoptive” mother; and her German parents changed her name, but never legally adopted her. There were some extraordinarily unique situations in her lifetime and Catana wanted to find the answers for herself.  So in the later years of her life, after both mothers were deceased, she sought to find out the truth—from her aging father and her half-siblings (two sisters and a brother).

Catana had lived a very privileged life of a German child—private schools, international travel/friendships and wealth, which was extremely different from the poverty of her Gautemalan family. The German family said that they were raising the child of an unwed Gautemalan young woman and the Gautemalan family said that the German family stole her from them—two very different versions of the same situation.  Her German sister, Ruth, was old enough to be her mother and had raised her most of her childhood.

Catana tells a dearly moving and very touching story of her privileged life in the earlier years, as a student and later of working as a polylingual actress and model in Europe over the years. She also tells of her trials and tribulations with the color of her skin. Her Caucasian husband, Fred, and her son, Patrick, were both insightful in all that she was feeling and going through at various times in her life. Catana also had a uniquely strange bond with her father and her half-siblings. Their mother had instilled in the three of them to always love her and be there for their estranged half-sister.

I liked how she told her students in a class discussion to “be secure in your cultural cradle.” I also liked the fact that she realized that she was Mutti and Vati’s (German words for mama and papa) emotional child.

The title is very appropriate in letting the reader know what the memoir is about.

The book is well-written and has a lot of explicit descriptions of characters and the various countries.  She often describes nature and scenery, which has nothing to do with the story, but she did it well.

I rate this book…

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Cheryl Holloway Shares Thoughts on Old Typewriters

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I went to the AWWG Writers Party this weekend at my friend Georgette’s house and this old Underwood typewriter was the centerpiece.

The moment I saw it, I had a million thoughts running through my head…

  • Did some famous writer from the past use it?
  • Like Ernest Hemingway or Zora Neale Hurston
  • Was some great novel written on it?
  • Like Catch-22 or To Kill A Mockingbird

Then I thought about when I took typing class in high school. (It was only a few years ago—really!) Although, I typed on newer more modern typewriters back in the day.  I remember when I was in college and in the summer I took a job as a legal secretary and my job was to type wills. I was chosen not because I typed fast, but because I typed accurately. (If you made a mistake you had to re-type it.) I worked at Call, Call, Borns and Theodoros Law Firm in Gary, Indiana. (Some name, huh)

Now, look at the picture again, There are torn pages from a book. (GASP!) I could never (NEVER) tear a book up. I get nervous when people bend the pages at the corners. (OMG)

Anyway, all of the writers had a wonderful time at the party and probably no one thought about the typewriter like I did. 🙂

What are your memories of an old typewriter?

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Cheryl Holloway Paid it Forward to Authors in 25 Countries

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At the end of 2015, Cheryl Holloway had Paid it Forward to Authors in 25 Countries 

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