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Zane is turning 40!
Come join her as she celebrates her milestone
In the most unique way!
Meet the other grown and sexy readers of the
New York Times Bestselling Author
As she introduces two new amazing network concepts!
Sunday, September 24, 2006
The Zanzibar on the Waterfront
700 Water Street, SW

The Heat Seekers is a networking event for singles, couples and those
somewhere in between. Come participate in unique entertainment and
conversation. Enjoy cocktails tailored after Zane's imagination like
"Addicted" "The Sex Chronicles" and "Afterburn"

For those who are a little more daring, you can head on up to the
exclusive SKY CLUB and participate in Freak Dating.
Freak Dating is not your typical speed dating event.
Instead of discussing the "boring details" find out if you are sexually
compatible with other masked participants who are just as uninhibited as

Zane plans to make this a monthly event on the fourth Sunday of every
month, from September through March so mark your calendars. At least one
day a month, you can let it all go and free your mind just like the
characters in Zane's novels and anthologies.

ON A MISSION: Writer spreading her news
Sunday, September 3, 2006

By Ken Keuffel


When Aretha LaMoure Garr was growing up, she learned to read by reading to her mother. But the stories that Garr came across weren't always to her liking.

"I always used to change the story," she said in a recent interview. "I always used to write my own version of the story."

In time, Garr the writer went by the name of LaMoure because it is sexier and more musical, and it leaves her less vulnerable to jokes about singer Aretha Franklin. She began writing her own stuff. This has included poems and short stories. And last year, it meant a saucy, bold and spirited novel called Get Right! The Games People Play.

Get Right! will be available in the Forsyth County Public Library and is at and in such area stores as Borders and Body and Soul. It explores facets of the black experience and is set in this area. In it, Iyana, a woman from the projects, exploits her upstanding lover, Scott, with whom she has a baby, Miles. Miles becomes the weapon that Iyana uses to get what she wants from Scott - until Sadie enters his life and shows him that there is another way to deal with the situation.

In a sense, Garr is still rewriting a personal story, trying to find a perfect ending.

The story is about an author who is trying to make it. It has one of two plot lines -a) the author submits a manuscript to a publishing house, which (probably) rejects it, or b) she publishes a novel herself.

Garr tried submitting manuscripts to publishers but got nowhere. So she has chosen the self-publishing route, hoping that once Get Right! is out there it will create the buzz that leads to fame and fortune, not only among readers but also among publishers with lucrative contracts.

"Am I going to sit and wait on them to say, 'Hey, we're going to give you a shot?'" Garr said with characteristic directness and candor. "I have a plan A, B, C and D. Plan A is me, because I know what (Aretha) can do for me. Plan B would be the other publishers."

Garr knows that the odds are against her. But she seems undeterred, eager to press on.

"I'm a very aggressive, motivated, determined person," she said. "Once I get my mind set on something, there's no stopping me. If you put a bump in the road, you'll make me that much more determined."

Translation: promote, promote, promote.

Garr is certainly not afraid to do that. In March, the Winston-Salem Journal used a preview of the first N.C. Black Book Festival to showcase the romance fiction of Cheris F. Hodges. Within a few days, Garr was on the phone charming a reporter for coverage, too.

Dana Suggs, the owner of Body and Soul, applauds such efforts. "You need that self-confidence," she said.

Suggs agreed to display three copies of Get Right! after Garr walked in her store and sold her on the idea. The copies sold; Suggs ordered three more and said she would bring the book to the attention of area book clubs.

"That increases sales," she said. "My book clubs are 10 (members) and above."

Garr's cultivation of Body and Soul was just part of her promotional efforts. She also set about getting Get Right! displayed in other stores, such as Borders.

Borders and Barnes and Noble both required marketing plans from Garr before they agreed to take her book. Garr said that she is marketing Get Right! to an estimated 87,000 black females who live in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and Salisbury. She said it would appeal to at least some of these women because of its local setting and North Carolina flavor.

"If we could tap into just one percent of that, that would successful," Garr said. "I want to saturate these four cities first. Then I want to take North Carolina by storm.... I market my book wherever I go. I carry copies with me. I talk about it constantly when I meet people. I carry bookmarkers with a copy of the cover on them. I have business cards and Web site ( www.nataripub. Com)."

A distributor, Baker & Taylor, has picked up Get Right! - which means that most any bookstore in the country can order it from them. "They (Baker & Taylor) are going to keep up with sales (of Get Right!)," Garr said. "Publishing companies watch that. If they see there's money to be made, they come looking for you."

Garr is still looking for publishers. One of them might be Strebor Books International, which is run by Zane, a best-selling author of such erotica titles as Addicted and Gettin' Buck Wild: The Sex Chronicles 2. Like Garr, Zane started out as a self-published author. Zane met Garr at the N.C. Black Book Festival and suggested that she send her some manuscripts.

Charmaine Parker, the publishing director at Strebor Books, confirmed that she has received Garr's materials and is looking them over. Parker said that it would take "months" before a decision is made about whether to award Garr a contract.

"We have hundreds of submissions," Parker said. "We're just looking for material that's really different. It has be compelling."

Garr, 33, moved here from Kentucky about 17 years ago after her stepfather was transferred by R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. She said she considered writing a private pursuit until her sister, Chanell Helm, read Get Right! and persuaded Garr to make it known to the public.

"It's ironic," Garr said. "I'm such an extrovert. But when it came to my writing, it was like showing people a part of me that was so intimate and so sacred that I didn't want to expose it. I kept it hidden until last year."

The decision to come out as a writer has not been cheap. Garr said she has spent several thousand dollars on the production of Get Right! The money, lent to her by family members, covered the cost of copyediting, layout, cover design and printing of about 200 copies.

Garr has several completed novels in manuscript form and is working on others. She writes between a day job (she's in customer service at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina) and parenthood (she's the divorced mother of three children).

Nobody knows whether this investment in time and money will yield the results that Garr craves, namely being able to write full time. But not writing seems out of the question.

"I won't ever give up," Garr said. "The only way I'll give up is if I die."

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