The One and Only Diva JC aka Joan Cartwright Brings Her Talents to the Book Industy

September 5, 2009 at 8:32 pm (music, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

JoanCartwrightSongBook_preview41 songs and 10 lyrics by jazz and blues singer and composer Joan Cartwright, one of the only women in the world with a jazz and blues song book. In a 30-year span, jazz vocalist and composer Joan Cartwright has become a Diva in her own right. She’s toured in 15 countries and has written over 60 songs.



amazingmusicwomen-sm_preview40 amazing women in jazz and blues

Book Excerpt:


Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was born in Columbus, Georgia (September, 1882 – December 22, 1939). Known as “The Mother of the Blues”, she was the composer who popularized the blues. She was a spokesperson for black people and a hero to them. Her style of moaning captured the audience. She recorded hundreds of songs on Paramount and put that recording company on the map.  She recorded with Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson. She could grab a crowd and make them love her. The most popular blues singers had this quality. They could establish a rapport and rhetoric with the crowd.

 “Ma” Rainey took Bessie Smith under her wing. This was how the blues tradition developed. One followed another or they were contemporaries of each other.



A manual for aspiring Divas, musicians and composers

Book Excerpt:


Music is a profession that many people would love to embrace but few really have the talent or fortitude to endure. Simply being able to sing is not enough to last in the music business.

You must:

  • Know music theory
  •  Know the importance of having your own voice rather than just covering the musical style of another artist
  • Work hard to hold the attention of an audience
  •  Understand the business and what it takes to get bookings and royalties



Four songs dedicated to my granddaughters, god daughter and great grandson

Book Excerpt:



 ©2006 Joan Cartwright

Butterfly, Butterfly
Gliding thru the breeze
Your delight, Butterfly
Flowing right thru me
That’s the thing of Spring
Makes you want to sing
Butterfly, all day
Butterfly, all night


Butterfly, Butterfly
Lighting on a tree
In my eyes, Butterfly
You and I are free

That’s the thing with Spring
Makes you wanna sing
Butterfly, all day
Butterfly, all night


a history of aferic americ jazzFrom the coast of West Africa captured people brought a new music to the shores of North America. That music became blues and then jazz and was the voice of freedom. But the commercialization of this music throughout the twentieth century has not benefitted the innovators as much as the imitators, publishers and producers of recordings, concerts and festivals, worldwide.

 The three essays in this book examines the cultural politics involved in the production, promotion and critique of African-American Jazz and Blues in America and abroad. It is available at





Joan CartwriteBorn on December 7,  in Kew Gardens, New York, Joan Cartwright is the consummate musician. She composes, performs, lectures, researches and documents jazz and blues musicians and performers. She is the founder of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC., a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting women musicians locally, nationally and globally, through contacts, articles, interviews, newsletters, events, courses, clinics, workshops, lectures, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, concerts, performances and recognition. During her 30-year career, Joan Cartwright has performed with Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Dorothy Donegan, Philly Joe Jones, Shirley Scott and hundreds of musicians in the U.S., Europe and Asia! Diva Joan Cartwright has toured 5 continents and 15 countries including the U.S.A., 8 European countries, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana, Gambia, South Africa, China and Japan, with her swinging brand of jazz and blues. A composer and author of 7 books, her title, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY contains 40 songs and lyrics to standard songs: “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham, “Tune Up” by Miles Davis and “Bessie’s Blues” by John Coltrane. (LYRICS) The book contains two lectures that she’s given to over 7,000 children, college students and adults, in U.S., Switzerland, Sicily, China and Japan: WOMEN IN JAZZ and SO, YOU WANT TO BE A SINGER? Her workshops are dynamic and educational, highlighting the pitfalls and benefits of the music business. She contends that, “Knowing music theory is a step in the right direction for any singer who truly wants to excel in the world of music!”Diva JC names any ensemble of musicians she works with “Jazz Hotline”. Why? Because the music swings and it’s always HOT! Her most famous Blues are “Nobody’s Husband”, “OH, Baby!” and “Treat Me Right and You Don’t Have To Marry Me”.

Visit Joan’s websites:, and search “Joan Cartwright” on for her two cds, FEELIN’ GOOD (Sicily: 1995) and IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY (U.S.A.: 2005)

Known as the “Hip Hop Mom of Atlanta”, Joan performed Jazz Meets Hip Hop with her daughter’s hip hop/soul group – Caustic Dames, in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Italy, France and England. Hear Joan on “Atlanta Has Spoken“, a compilation of spoken word artists at Be sure to hear her track “Talkin’ That Jazz” and also visit Joan Cartwright is available for bookings around the world. Her knowledge of music and her professional attitude enables Joan to travel alone and work with professional jazz and blues musicians, wherever she is contracted to perform.

In 1998, Ms. Cartwright produced Gaiafest, A Celbration of Mother Earth with Women in Jazz. From 1997 to 2001, she was the recipient of several grants from Broward Schools, where she presented Women in Jazz at K-12 schools. In 2007, she presented at York College, in Jamaica, New York on March 28, 2008; and she was a featured artist of the Women in Jazz Festival on April 5, 2008, in New York City. In Fort Lauderdale, FL, she presented her program with an 8-member ensemble at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center on October 30, 2008, funded by a grant from the Friends of AARLCC, to be completed on March 7, 2009. She is scheduled to do her presentation at Miami-Dade Community College on February 3, 2009.

In addition to music performance, lectures, media, production, marketing, advertisement, publishing, public speaking and public relations, journalism, authoring books, articles, columns, feature stories, blogs, newsletters and creating  a web presence for herself and others, JOAN CARTWRIGHT, M.A. has extensive years of experience in: Computers: Word processing, Information Technology, website design, HTML, JavaScript, Front Page, FTP, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Access, Dbase, Lotus, MSWord, WordPerfect, PC, Wang, Lanier.

Joan has taught on a university level at Florida International University, Broward Community College, LaSalle University and K-12 level at Eagle Charter Academy. She is certified in the State of Florida to teach Music. Presently, she is researching doctoral programs in Music, Communications and Education. She is a frequent contributor to the South Florida Times, In Focus Magazine and Global Woman Magazine. Her website is a plethora of information about business, entrepreneurialship, culture, jazz, blues, music, art, spirit, women, humanity, videos, mp3s, history, politics, religion, community and more.

For 20 years, Joan worked in the legal field as a secretary, word process, legal assistant and file archivist. She owned a legal secretarial service in 1990, before going on tour for eight years in Europe, where she recorded her first CD, Feelin’ Good distributed by Tireno Records in Milan, Italy; and by her own lable, I AM Records in the U.S.A. Her second CD, IN PURSUIT OF A MELODY is distributed solely by I AM Records. Presently, Joan hosts a weekly online radio show, MUSICWOMAN LIVE! at featuring women who compose and perform their own music and men who support them. Archived shows are linked at: Cartwright, M.A.Founder and Executive Director of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC.CEO of FYI Communications, Inc.2801 S. Oakland Forest Drive, #103Oakland Park, FL WORKS BY JOAN CARTWRIGHTBooks:

  • Amazing Musicwomen ( 2008)
  • So, You Want To Be A Singer? ( 2008)
  • Songs For My Children ( 2008)
  • The Moon, Sun Showers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds ( 2008)
  • Rhythms of the Heart ( 2008)
  • Entries on Women in Jazz in the Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (ABC Clio 2008)
  • In Pursuit of a Melody (Trafford: 2006) 40 songs, 35 poems, memoirs, photos and lectures:
    • Amazing Women in Jazz and Blues
    • So, You Want To Be A Singer? A Manual for Up and Coming Divas
  • A History of African-American Jazz and Blues (FYICOMMINC: 1994) includes essays:

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Secrets by the Sea – Mary Montague Sikes, Author

September 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm (Uncategorized)

Secrets by the Sea – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Far below, in a brilliant flash of lightning, Dana saw something move. Heart pounding, she brushed her hand across her eyes and leaned closer to the glass. She watched a dark shadow rise from the water – a human shadow with arms flailing skyward.’

Since very early childhood, Dana Sinclair had written letters weekly to her grandfather, William Henry Bryson, that she had only seen once in her entire life. Grandpa Bryson lived on an island in the Caribbean Sea and Dana became his only link to his estranged wife Madeline, his daughters Mary Elizabeth and Margaret and Dana’s sister Rebecca. Over the years, Dana kept him up-to-date on everything that was going on in the lives of his far away family still living in the states.

When Grandpa Bryson, also known as “Old Man Bryson” by those that knew him on the island, died under suspicious circumstances Dana had inherited his island home. When Dana left the states and moved to her new home, she had one specific reason in mind… to find out what really happened to her grandfather and why. But the surprises that followed her moving to the island were not quite what she had expected.

Shortly after moving in, Dana encounters Clifton Wilder who is the number one suspect in the death of her grandfather. Clifton hated Old Man Bryson and didn’t mind letting his hatred show. But after meeting Dana, he forms a protective attraction for the Old Man’s granddaughter. Dana, on the other hand, fears Clifton. She finds him in her home after knowing she locked the doors. She sees lights swaying from an upstairs room and hears footsteps when there’s no one there. It starts becoming apparent that Clifton has to be the one behind the mysterious happenings but as Dana gets to know him better, she can’t but hope that he’s not the one causing the fear she has developed about living in her own home.

Follow Dana as she encounters “ghosts”, murders, and a strange artist while trying to stay alive. Read along with her as she reads her grandfather’s diary in hopes of answering some of her questions about the reason for his death. And find out if there really is a pot of gold coins hidden somewhere in the house.

Secrets by the Sea

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Authors Stephanie Osborn and Darrell Bain Bring The Y Factor to E-Books

September 5, 2009 at 2:12 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Darrell Bain, multiple Eppie Award winner, and Stephanie Osborn, author of the science fiction
mystery Burnout: The Mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281, have collaborated on the next
science fiction novel in the Cresperia series, The Y Factor. Osborn’s mentor, Travis “Doc”
Taylor, and Bain co-authored the first novel of the series, Human By Choice, published by
Twilight Times Books.
The series concerns the first contact between the pacifistic natives of Cresperia, whose planetary
government is a loose political anarchy, and the inhabitants of Earth. The Cresperians have a unique ability
to tap into the quantum foam, not only to read general impressions of events, situations, and emotions,
but to manipulate certain aspects of their reality – up to and including their own forms and the forms
of humans for whom they care. This ability to manipulate the humans includes healing and delaying
aging, both highly desired abilities, making them valuable “commodities.” Upon crash-landing
on Earth in the first novel, several of the “Crispies” take human form and must contend with the strange
customs and political environments of Earth.
The Y Factor picks up where Human By Choice leaves off, with the international race to obtain
Crispies and Crispy technology. But there’s a catch. Crispies are delicately balanced creatures, and not all
of the nations after them – good OR bad – understand just HOW delicate. Can they even survive, let alone
thrive, on Earth? And what if more Crispies come? What happens then? And who – or what – else is
out there?
The Y Factor is a fascinating continuation in what promises to be an exciting and popular
science fiction series.

Darrell Bain is the author of more than three dozen books, in many genres, running the gamut from humor to mystery and science fiction to humorous non-fiction. For the last several years he has concentrated on humor and science fiction, both short fiction, and suspense thrillers.

Darrell served thirteen years in the military as a medic and his two years in Vietnam formed the basis for his first published novel, Medics Wild. Darrell has been writing off and on all his life but really got serious about it only after the advent of computers. He purchased his first one in 1989 and has been writing furiously ever since.

While Darrell was working as a lab manager at a hospital in Texas, he met his wife Betty. He trapped her under a mistletoe sprig and they were married a year later. Darrell and Betty owned and operated a Christmas tree farm in East Texas for many years. It became the subject and backdrop for some of his humorous stories and books.
StephanieStephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs. She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resumé. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, a member of the crew lost in the Columbia disaster.

She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including Geology and Anatomy. She obtained her various degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Stephanie is currently retired from space work. She now happily “passes it forward,” tutoring math and science to students in the Huntsville area, elementary through college, while writing science fiction mysteries based on her knowledge, experience, and travels.
Reviews and links:
NYTimes: This Week at Mobile Tech Manor–e-books-and-id-10572.html

Stephanie Osborn
Best-Selling Co-Author of The Y Factor

and SF Top-25 Seller Burnout: The mystery of Space Shuttle STS-281
ISBN: 978-1-60619-200-9


and PopSyndicate Blog It Ain’t Rocket Science – Oh Wait, It Is

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