Monthly Archives: June 2009

Meet new author Robin R. Robinson

Intimate Conversation with author Robin R. Robinson

Robin R. Robinson was born in Sacramento, California and she moved to LA in 1980 to pursue a career in front of the camera. She lived in LA for 17 years and returned to northern California in the summer of 2000. While living in LA she worked for Eddie Murphy Productions, Keenen Wayans, Wing Records, Sony Pictures, ABC and Motown Productions. Robin was one of 15 selected out of a field of 300 plus to attend the prestigious Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting class at USC where she developed a comedy pilot as well as spec scripts.

Robin has been journaling since she was 12 years old and has been an avid reader since she was 8 years old. Robin reads at least 2 novels a month.

I write because it’s a very easy way to express myself on paper and it comes easy to me. I don’t have any problems expressing myself orally; however, writing allows me to imbue characters with traits that I possess or have read about, and it allows me to be more bold. Some of the things that Renee says in my novel, I wouldn’t dream of saying; at least not now – 15 years ago yes, but not right now. I’ve mellowed a bit so I’m not as raunchy. But I can go there if I have to. Good dialogue that believable, funny, and very conversational is what drives me. I believe dialogue should be written the way that people speak. At least that’s what I attempt to convey in my writings.

I believe that my writing is a continuation of the extremely talented, down to earth, ain’t taking no mess, author Terry McMillan. I remember reading Waiting to Exhale and saying often that “I really like the way she writes, it reminds me a lot of my writing style.”

My book would appeal to most women, most races, who have been scorned by a man that they thought was “the one.” Any woman who has (had) body image issues, hair issues and who has lived in a city would relate as well. Also, the book is very funny and most of us enjoy laugh out loud humor.

Imagine if you will an attractive, successful, never been married black woman in her mid-30’s who lives in one of the biggest cities in the world; yet, she is desperately trying to unwrap her brain around Adam, a man (who lives almost 400 miles away) – a married one at that who ripped her heart out of her chest, threw it to the ground and then stomped on it. Xena Quay Vaughan is a strong, determined, ain’t taking no prisoners, very cerebral, sho ’nuff sister who wears a short ‘fro in a city full of women who buy their hair. Xena also secretly wants Adam to come back in her life (but she would never admit it), she wants to shed 10-15 pounds that nobody can see except for her, and she wants to meet a wonderful, handsome, sexy black man who loves her – faults and all – so that she won’t have to grow old alone, which is a big fear of hers.

Readers, this story is relatable on so many levels because:
— There are so many successful, attractive black women who have never been married.

— There are many black women who harbor distorted body images – especially if they live in Los Angeles. A city that is powered by aesthetics – what you look like, who you know, where you live, what you drive, who you’re ballin’.

— There are many black women who wear their hair in a natural style (braids, twists, fro) who sometimes feel invisible by (some) men who pay sisters who buy their hair way more attention. Some black men prefer black women to have hair that moves. Some black men feel that women who wear their hair in a short ‘fro are gay. I think that misguided belief is not only juvenile; it’s ludicrous to boot.

I tell folks who have asked me about writing the same thing:
A new writer has to read – a lot. I read at least 2 novels a month; as well as magazines, newspapers, the net, etc. Reading is very important. And I also suggest keeping a journal (I’ve been journaling since I was 12). I also read autobios, some self-help and some non-fiction, although, I prefer fiction.

I absolutely love The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah and I think my book has a bit of that flavor. Also, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan and I also think Lolita Files’ latest, Murder, Lies, Sex, Fame has a similar tone. No nonesense, good dialogue, the sense that you don’t want to put the book down, and the fact that you laugh out loud.

Chocolate Lemons and Peppermint Tears: The Bittersweet Life of Xena (Xpress Yourself Publishing, LLC; ISBN-10: 0981809421 and ISBN-13: 978-0981809427) is now available on

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Carleen Brice on BAN Radio, June 20 at 8-10pm

Join Black Authors Network host Ella Curry and author Carleen Brice on BAN Radio, June 20 for lively discussion about her new book Children of the Waters.

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Book Discussion and Live Reading from Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice

The author of the #1 Denver Post bestseller and Essence Book Club Pick Orange Mint and Honey explores the connection between love and race, and what it really means to be a family. Children of the Waters (ISBN: 978-0345499073) is a story about two long lost half-sisters, one white and one black, who find each other possibly with the help of their grandmother’s ghost.

Book Introduction

Trish Taylor’s white ancestry never got in the way of her love for her black ex-husband, or their mixed race son, Will. But when Trish’s marriage ends, she returns to her family’s Denver, Colorado home to find a sense of identity and connect to her past.

What she finds there shocks her to the very core: her mother and newborn sister were not killed in a car crash as she was told. In fact, her baby sister, Billie Cousins, is now a grown woman; her grandparents had put her up for adoption, unwilling to raise the child of a black man. Billie, who had no idea she was adopted, wants nothing to do with Trish until a tragedy in Billie’s own family forces her to lean on her surprisingly supportive and sympathetic sister.

Together they unravel age-old layers of secrets and resentments and navigate a path toward love, healing, and true reconciliation.

What are some of the topics addressed in Children of the Waters?
— Paths toward love, healing, and true reconciliation
— Feeling secure in your own identity
— Surviving a messy divorce
— Raising teenage sons
— Generational racism
— Handling of Lupus
— Hidden secrets and adoption
— Embracing a bi-racial heritage
— The importance of sisterhood

In Children of the Waters, Carleen Brice highlights the effects of America’s complicated relationship with race and identity on three generations of two families in a clear and insightful depiction of what it means to be American at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Brice knows how far we have come and how far there is left to go, and in Children of the Waters she deflty lays it all out for the reader to see.” – Matthew Aaron Goodman, author of Hold Love Strong

More about Carleen
Carleen Brice’s debut novel, Orange Mint and Honey (One World/Ballantine), was an Essence “Recommended Read” and a Target “Bookmarked Breakout Book.” For this book, she won the 2009 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the 2008 Break Out Author Award at the African American Literary Awards Show. Her second novel, Children of the Waters (One World/Ballantine), a book about race, love and family, is available now where ever books are sold. If you don’t see it at your local retailer, please go to the representive and request it. You can read an excerpt at her website

She also edited and contributed to the anthology Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife, which was published in the U.S. (Beacon Press) and the U.K. (Souvenir Press). She is author of Lead Me Home: An African American’s Guide Through the Grief Journey (Avon/HarperCollins). Her book Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color, an Essence bestseller, was in print with traditional publishers for 10 years and sold 100,000 copies. It is currently available through iUniverse and Louis Gossett Jr.’s Eracism Foundation. Carleen and her husband live in Colorado.

Children of the Waters, Carleen Brice
ISBN: 0345499077
ISBN-13: 9780345499073
Pub. Date: June 23, 2009

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Best Books 2009, EDC Creations, First Quarter

EDC Creations 2009 First Quarter Literary Hallmarks

Ella Curry and EDC Creations are proud to announce the books that created an impact, for readers and the EDC Creations network. Our “literary hallmarks” indicate excellence in writing and storytelling. These are the books we want to feature to the world. Each year thousands of people — educators, concerned parents, community leaders, authors, poets and publishers — devote their time and resources to presenting the reader with great books! However, too many outstanding books do not get the attention and reader support that they deserve, they float just under the radar. It is our mission to connect readers with these hidden gems and bring them books that will change their lives.

Readers please take a moment and examine the list below. There is something for most book lovers! The books ARE NOT listed in any order pertaining to the quality of the literaturethey are ALL 4-5 star literary gems. Each book on this list will bring something of value to enrich the lives of the readers, make you sit up and take notice, and to help to strengthen our future generations. If you are a fan of Erotica or Urban Literature, there is a list for you. If you are more in tune with books of a Spiritual or Motivational nature, there is a list for you. Christian Fiction lovers, we have books listed that you are sure to love. Like to live life on the edge and walk on the dark, mysterious side—we have a selection for you too. We have a special section for books that share in the African American experience, in a fictional setting, be sure to check the out.

We have reviewed all of the books below and these are just a few of the magnificent books we love. Keep in mind we reviewed some of these books for the publishers and they might be on pre-order status. Other lists will be posted of our fantastic literary finds. You are invited to explore the shelves of our book store where most of the books are listed: Enjoy!

Authors, if you see your book listed, please leave a comment with your website address, book seller links and any news about you and your books! Ask your network to stop by and share their reviews of your books too. Make sure you tell your friends if you see their names listed. Follow this blog on the right hand side of the site, to keep up with the comments.

The authors listed below have all won the EDC Creations Top Books Award.
Next selections posted in November, 2009. Based on books submitted to EDC Creations.

Books Change Lives—Young Adults/Our Experiences
Young Readers and Teen Literature
1. Chicken Soup for the Teen Soul by Jack Canfield
2. Love, Ocean by Celia Anderson
3. Unsigned Hype by Booker T. Mattison
4. Step To This: So For Real Series by Nikki Carter
5. Prayers That Avail Much for Teens by Germaine Copeland
6. How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls by Donna Dale Carnegie
7. Me, Just Different by Stephanie Morrill
8. Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph
9. Learning to Love by Stephanie Perry Moore
10. Friends ’til the End by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
11. The Black Male Handbook by Kevin Powell, Hill
12. Letters to a Young Sister by Hill Harper
13. That Life by A.R Hilton
14. Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens by Marvin A. McMickle
15. Catwalk by Deborah Gregory

On the Shoulders of Giants —Faith Based Books
1. Somebody’s Sinning in My Bed by Pat G’Orge Walker
2. Practicing What You Preach by Vanessa Davis Griggs
3. Any Minute: A Novel by Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford
4. Guilty of Love by Pat Simmons
5. Somewhat Saved by Pat G’Orge Walker
6. Lady Jasmine by Victoria Christopher Murray
7. Heaven Right Here by Lutishia Lovely
8. Up at the College by Michele Andrea Brown
9. The Enclave by Karen Hancock
10. Take Two by Karen Kingsbury
11. Par for the Curse by Toyi Ward
12. I Know Why The Angels Dance by Bryan Davis
13. Deliver Me From My Enemies by Sharon Oliver
14. Beautiful Ugly by Shelia E. Lipsey
15. The Last Woman Standing by Tia McCollors
16. The Devil Is a Lie by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
17. Keep Your Enemies Closer by Sharon Oliver
18. Mom’s the Word by Marilynn Griffith
19. God is in Love With You by Valerie Love
20. The List by Sherri Lewis
21. June Bug by Chris Fabry
22. Behind the Seen! by Phyllis Kennedy Brown
23. Reflections of a Quiet Storm by Patricia A. Bridewell
24. Ashes, Ashes They All Fall Down by Anita Ballard Jones
25. Inherited Sin by Wanda Manning
26. Menu for Romance by Kaye Dacus
27. Little Pages of Love by Edward C. Clark
28. Worth a Thousand Words by Stacy Hawkins Adams
29. Journey to Jordan by Donna Deloney
30. The Word: Poetry Connection by Arnita L. Fields
31. Trouble in My Way by Michelle Stimpson
32. The Cooling Board by Tamara Angela Grant
33. Sinful Too by Victor McGlothin
34. Half Minister/Half Mistress by Nicole Morgan
35. The Friends We Keep: How Women Navigate the Delights and Wounds of Friendship by Sarah Zacharias Davis

Our Literary Legacy —Historical Based Ficton/Historical Black Ficton
1. A Song for Harlem by Patricia C. McKissack
2. In the Land of Cotton by Martha A. Taylor
3. What the Bayou Saw by Patti Lacy
4. A Worthy Legacy by Tomi Akinyanmi

Our Literary Legacy —Non-fiction/Motivational/Poetry Books
1. Women of A New Tribe from Jerry Taliaferro
2. Grandpa Does Grandma: The ABCs of Senior Sex by Phil Parker
3. From Incarceration 2 Incorporation by J.M. Benjamin & Randy Kearse
4. Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom by Cornel West
5. Almost Persuaded, Now to Believe by Joshua McClure
6. America I am Legends by Smiley Books
7. Family Affair by Gil L. Robertson, IV
8. No Matter What by Lisa Nichols
9. Raising Boys to be Like Jesus by Sharon Norris Elliott
10. Ministry of Motherhood by Cheryl Lacy Donovan
11. Prairie Tale: A Memoir by Melissa Gilbert
12. Content…Right Where I Am by Joy Turner
13. Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend by Bill Russell
14. Remember What Your Mamas Taught You by Brenda Hill
15. The Only Way Out is In by Daya Devi-Doolin
16. What’s It All About Nesheba? by Nesheba
17. Living Check to Monday by Lynn Richardson
18. Empowered to Birth Naturally by Patrice A. London
19. J.D.’s Groove by poet John D. Evans
20. From the Land of the Lost by poet Eric Vance Walton
21. Beautiful: Nudes by Marc Baptiste
22. Metu Neter Vol. 3 by Ra Un Nefer Amen
23. Black Beauty: A History and a Celebration by Ben Arogundade
24. 10 Bad Choices That Ruin Black Women’s Lives by Grace Cornish
25. Blessed Assurance: Success Despite the Odds by Jacquie Lewis-Kemp
26. Wisdom for Women of Worth and Worship by Natalie A. Francisco, ED.D
27. If God Does Not Permit A Woman to Preach, Then God Must Be a Sexist by Min. Lamont McLaurin
28. How to be Highly Favored and Empowered to Prosper in Your Job Search by Kimberly A. Benjamin, PHR
29. Stolen Women: Reclaiming Our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives by Gail Wyatt
30. Why Men Marry Bitches: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Her Man’s Heart by Sherry Argov

Living on the Edge— Thrillers/Mystery/Fantasy Books
1. Deadly Intent by Lynda LaPlante
2. Immortal I and II by Valjeanne Jeffers
3. The Defector by Daniel Silva
4. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
5. Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young
6. Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
7. The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss
8. Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Head by Brett Kahr
9. The Thirteenth by L. A. Banks
10. Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian
11. Soul Deep by Lora Leigh

Our Passions— Mixed Genre Fiction/ Erotica/Urban Literature
1. Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice
2. Life is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper
3. Chaser by Miasha
4. Alibi by Terri Woods
5. And Mistress Makes Three by Frances Ray
6. Single Husband by HoneyB
7. Lies of Blue by Lynne Forde
8. A Lova’ Like No Otha’ by Stephanie Perry Moore
9. Reality Check by Eric Pete
10. Temptation and Lies by Donna Hill
11. A New Kind of Bliss by Bettye Griffin
12. Quieting the Storm by Shelley Parsons
13. Private Lives by Gwynne Forster
14. B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras
15. Thug Lovin’ (Thug ) by Wahida Clark
16. His Invisible Wife by Shelia M. Goss
17. Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina López
18. Body By Night by Zuri Day
19. A Private Affair by Donna Hill
20. Sisters & Husbands by Connie Briscoe
21. Maneater by Mary B. Morrison
22. Nothing but Trouble by Bettye Griffin
23. Bliss Inc. by Chamein Canton
24. The Highest Price for Passion by Laurinda D. Brown
25. Keeping Secrets and Telling Lies by Trice Hickman
26. Song of the Siren by Avah LaReaux
27. In Her Mind by Renee Daniel Flagler
28. Loving Simone by Jessica Tilles
29. Unexpected by Tinisha Nicole Johnson
30. Carbon Copy by Azarel
31. When Life Becomes a Love Story by Sonia Matthews
32. How I Made the Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts
33. That Devil’s No Friend of Mine by J. D. Mason
34. Up to No Good by Carl Weber
35. Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos by Margaret Mascarenhas
36. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Tracy Darity
37. Keith’s Story by Nikkea Smithers
38. Attitudes of a Woman by Nikkea Lewis
39. Serving Justice by Jacqueline D. Moore
40. Are You Satisfied Yet by M Bridges
41. Turned On: Summer Series by Angel Hunter
42. The Georgia Avenue Bus by Henri Edmonds
43. Sweet Destiny by Bernadette Watkins
44. Reality Check: Stepmother Chronicles by Anjalon D. Edwards
45. Make Me Whole by Roishina Clay Henderson
46. Nina’s Got A Secret by Brian W. Smith
47. Good Girl Gone Bad by Danette Majette
48. Ready to Male by Lamar Ariel
49. Hiding in the Shadows by Claudia Brown Mosley
50. When Lightning Strikes by Keya
51. Intimate Accusations by Nyra Knight
52. What Doesn’t Kill You: A Novel by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
53. Vixen Icon by Buffie
54. Scream My Name by Kimberly Kaye Terry
55. Freedom’s Fight by Gary Phillips
56. The Right Wedding Gown by Shirley Hailstock
57. It’s Morning: Torn Lovers and Their Stories by Elaine Flowers
58. Sinnamon by Wasiim-Kenny Young
59. Kissing The Man Next Door by Devon Vaughn Archer
60. Road To Seduction by Ann Christopher

Authors, if you see your book listed, please leave a comment with your website address, book seller links and any news about you and your books! Ask your network to stop by and share their reviews of your books. We would like to have you all on the BAN Radio Show, so leave your contact information in the comments for Ella Curry and her interns. Email:

Readers, if you have read any of the books listed, please share your reviews. If you would like for any of these authors to speak with your friends or book clubs, please leave your request and email address in our comments section. We will try to pass them on to the publicists or the authors. Request the authors for a phone chat and live reading with you and 10 friends: Email:

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Note: EDC Creations does not accept payment for book reviews. Our team reviews books for BAN Radio Show, publicists, publishing houses and independently published authors. We have rated all of the books on this list as 4/5 or 5/5 stars. They are all fabulous reads, recommended by Ella Curry, AJ Curry (Teen reviews), Jackie Lawson (Sweet Soul Sisters), Casino(Sankofa Literary Society), Carolyn Morrow (Sankofa Literary Society), Gwendolyn Garrett (Sankofa Literary Society), Rhonda Seals, Monica Givens, Lois Spanks (Sankofa Literary Society), LaTisha Knight (BMore Moms), Cheryl Rhodes, Marvin Sparks (Journalist, AL), Gene Garrett, Vontessa Lewis (Sisters Networking and Reading), Katona Swain, Tonya Marks, Katalena Dubose, Maggie Dubose (Moms Rock, Dothan Chapter), Jennifer Tolbert, Rita Mae Riggins, Audrey Riggins (Sankofa Literary Society), Marion Teagues, J-Jigger (Journalist, AL), May Sanders-Dubose, TaSherra Curry (Teen reviews), RaLeigh Curry, Minnie B. Swain and our fans in the United States and abroad.

All of the books are kept by the reviewers, given away to book clubs, donated to literary event grab bags, used as prizes in EDC Creations, Sankofa Literary Society and BAN Radio contests and gift bags. EDC Creations does not sell review copies online or at events. All books are given away in the hopes that the readers will spread the word…..


The Man Plan by C. J. Jeep

The Man Plan by C. J. Jeep

Aimee Christensen and her friends (Amara, Bev, Katie and Lisbeth) are all thirty-five and still single. Although none have been willing to admit it they all long to get married. On New Years Eve they make a resolution that one of them will be married by the following year.

With years of unsuccessful luck in love behind them they’ve got to create a “plan” to find him. But the “plan” is not exactly what they bargained for as unexpected events occur and secrets are revealed while they meet and date a number of “ideal” men. BUY THE BOOK HERE

Chapter 1 of The Man Plan
New Years Eve 1999

“I think I’m going to seriously lose weight this next year. I don’t want to exist in a new century heavier than I am today,” I said as the five of us drove to the party.

“You don’t need to lose weight Aimee, you look good girl! You may just want to tone it up a little and turn it into muscle,” suggested Bev.

“So you’re saying I am fat!?!”

“No, but a little exercise never hurt anyone.”

“Oh don’t listen to the exercise guru, Aimee, you know Bev just wants you to join her aerobics class,” laughed Lisbeth.

“Hey I know I look good!”

“And we know you think you do!” said Amara. “But if you look so good why are you without a man?”

“I told you I don’t need a man. I am perfectly content all by myself.”

“Yea, right.”

“Look Amara not everyone thinks they have to be in a relationship to be content like you. Some of us can be alone and not lonely.”


C.J. Jeep lives outside of Atlanta Georgia with her husband and their dog. C. J. Jeep has worked in the field of Social Work as a Therapist. This is her first novel.

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Book: My Husband’s Fiancee

My Husband’s Fiancee

National Best Selling Author Kaira Denee is known coast to coast for her fantastic novels Take it There and Sugar’s Daddy. Her fans have been all over her blog demanding she put out another novel. Well, your wait will come to an end Oct 21, 2009. Her Anexander Books debut, My Husband’s Fiancee is sure to have her fans lined up at the book store to purchase their copy. Visit Kaira at To read My Husband’s Fiancee’s synopsis click here .

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Secrets, Sins and Shameful Lies

Secrets, Sins and Shameful Lies

Love, Lust and a Whole Lotta Distrust

Best Selling Author DeiIra Smith-Collard jumped on the scene with her self published debut novel Love, Lust and a Whole Lotta Distrust and became an instant star in this industry. Book Clubs from all across the country invited her to visit with them to discuss her phenomenal novel. In April of 2009, Anexander Books published the much anticipated sequel Secrets, Sins and Shameful Lies.

Both of DeiIra’s novels can be purchased in book stores all over the country as well at your favorite online book provider. To visit DeiIra online, stop by her website To read Secrets, Sins and Shameful Lies synopsis click here .

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Book:One Life for One Night

One Life for One Night

Jerald Howard is no rookie to the literary world. He’s a very successful poet and author. His first novel with Anexander Books is titled One Life for One Night , has his fans pre-ordering the book months in advance. One Life for One Night will be available in stores and online July 21, 2009. Be sure to get your copy of what’s sure to be the hottest book of the summer. To read One Life for One Night’s synopsis click here

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Monique Miles Bruner wins Mrs. Oklahoma Plus America

To My Dear Author Friends,

I won Mrs. Oklahoma Plus America on May 2, 2009. As a result, I will participate in the National Miss Plus America Pageant July 6-11, 2009 in Monroe, Louisiana. I come to you requesting sponsorship in this pageant. My total entry fee and expenses are $3,500 of which any generous contribution would be greatly appreciated. Your support will be recognized in the official program book on my delegates’ page and on my blog – for an entire year. This great offer will expire on June 15, 2009.

The Miss Plus America Pageant is committed to excellence in pageantry. Holding the crown provides full-figured woman the opportunity to share and promote those community causes closest to her heart with a pageant title worthy of her representation. With the title of Mrs. Plus America, I will represent through my platform the importance of civic engagement and service to the community. I personally have a special place in my heart for getting Americans involved in the community and connecting them with services they need. If we step up to the challenge that President Obama has given and get involved in what our communities, we will see change. I truly believe that to whom much is given much is required. I pray that you support my quest in helping others help themselves.

You can make your generous donation to Monique Miles Bruner. All donations can be paid via paypal by clicking the donation button on my blog or sent via money order/check to: Monique Miles Bruner, PO Box 13204, Oklahoma City, OK 73113. I look forward to winning the National title and representing you and Oklahoma well.

Thank you for your consideration,

Monique Miles Bruner (Deltareviewer)
Mrs. Oklahoma Plus America 2009

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Party with Ella Curry and Monique D. Mensah

Join the Party with Ella Curry and Author Monique D. Mensah as we celebrate the release of Who Is He To You!

EDC Creations and the Sankofa Literary Society announces the official virtual book tour of Monique D. Mensah, the award-winning author of the dramatic fiction, Who Is He To You. Come party with us September 1 to October 30, 2009.

Follow Monique D. Mensah on an interesting journey all over the Internet from the comfort of your home. Readers will be intrigued by the intelligent exploration of sensitive issues such as cutting, emotional abuse, depression, and drug-addiction. The first page is filled with intense emotion and a descriptive setting that pulls the reader right into the scene. This virtual book tour is brought to you by EDC Creations Media Group.

Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign

EDC Creations announces the launch of the 2009-2010 Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign, bringing readers and authors together to help improve literacy and change lives through the gift of books. A sincere thank you to all of our tour hosts, wonderful readers and book club members who continue to support us and our authors and business owners. During our travels, we meet so many wonderful people and we look forward to meeting more of you, and getting to know you and providing what you need to satisfy your literary appetite.

If you have not done so already, please sign up for our newsletter to stay abreast of new literary events and the latest book news, reviews and author tours. We select 4 newsletter subscribers each week to review newly released books for us. Sign up for our Sunday News Literary Email Newsletter here.

Prizes for Bloggers and Reviewers
We offer special gifts for those who support the authors during our Intimate Evening reading series on BAN Radio and to those who respond to the posts! To become eligible to win 1 of 5 copies of Who Is He To You by Monique Mensah, follow author Monique Mensah on her virtual tour and leave comments at the blog stops and interviews. The lucky winners will be announced on EDC Creations’ Black Pearls magazine blog on November 7, 2009!

Join the Who Is He To You Book Release Celebration

If you would like to follow the Who Is He To You virtual book tour, visit the online media center frequently for the tour schedule. Meet Monique on the sites listed and add your comments or reviews. If you would like to host author Monique Mensah on your site, blog, radio show or magazine, please visit the online media center and select promotional material that will Give the Gift of Knowledge to your network.

Thank you all for Giving the Gift of Knowledge! Make sure to check out our bookshelves for gifts and books that change lives. Let’s get this party started!

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Author: Monique Mensah
Book: Who Is He To You
Genre: Dramatic Fiction
ISBN-13: 9780578023489

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Tallahassee Authors Network Ning

Tallahassee Authors Network Ning

If you’re a published or unpublished writer, poet, editor, illustrator, or book reviewer in the Tallahassee area, you’re invited to join the FREE online social networking group for Tallahassee authors.

You can learn about writing contests, editing techniques, publishing trends, writing styles, book reviews, literary events, marketing strategies, post blogs, read blogs posted by other writers, and more. For additional details, please visit:

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Book: Marketing Ethics by George G. Brenkert

Marketing Ethics addresses head-on the ethical questions, misunderstandings and challenges that marketing raises while defining marketing as a moral activity.

-A substantial introduction to the ethics of marketing, exploring the integral relations of marketing and morality

-Identifies and discusses a series of ethical tools and the marketing framework they constitute that are required for moral marketing

-Considers broader meanings and background assumptions of marketing infrequently included in other marketing literature

-Adds direction and meaning to problems in marketing ethics through reflection on concepts such as individual choice, freedom and responsibility, desire satisfaction, noncoercive exchanges, and instrumental efficiency

Authors bio:
George G. Brenkert is Professor of Business Ethics at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. Former Editor-in-Chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, he has published numerous articles on ethics, business ethics, and social and political philosophy. Among the books he has published are Political Freedom (1991) and Corporate Integrity and Accountability (2004).

Publisher: John Wiley

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Title Index:

1. Marketing, Ethics, and Morality
The Ethical Challenges Marketing Faces
Thinking about Ethics and Morality

Defining Marketing
Marketing as a Practical Activity
Towards a Marketing Ethics Framework

2. Marketers and their Markets
Marketing and the Marketing Concept

Marketing Research
Competitive Intelligence
Segmentation and Target Marketing

3. From Product Development to Distribution

Product Development
Packaging and Labeling

4. Promotion: Advertising, Retailing, and Customers
Customer Responsibilities

5. Marketing in a Global Society
Marketing and Other Societies

The Expansion of Marketing Within Society: Social and Political Marketing
Fostering Ethical Marketing
I. AMA Statement of Ethics (adopted in 2004)
II. The Hunt–Vitell General Theory of Marketing Ethics
III. SCIP Code of Ethics for Competitive Intelligence Professionals

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Laura Wood
Senior Manager
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Hello Everyone!
Well….she’s back! Lady Jasmine is in stores now! And she’s trying to hide the biggest secret of her life. Read the prologue at http://www.victoriachristophermurray/ to find out her secret!

Check out if I’m coming to your city (see below!) and if not, maybe I can visit your book club.

As you know, first week sales are the most important to an author, so I appreciate your support and passing the word.

I cannot wait to hear what you think of Lady Jasmine!

Thank you so, so, so, so much!


Book Club Contest
This contest is for book clubs in the continental United States with seven or more members. (Don’t have seven members in your book club? Call up a few friends for the occasion!)

What is Skype?: Skype is a program that uses the internet to make video-calls to chat. With Skype you can call any other Skype user in the world connected to the internet, landlines and mobile phones. To start, you only need to download the free software from, and follow the simple instructions to install. There are no activation costs. Best of all you’ll be able to see Victoria Christopher Murray from your location in real time!

To enter:
Purchase copies of Lady Jasmine for all members of the book club between Tuesday, June 2nd and Tuesday, June 30th. Purchases of Lady Jasmine can either be all on one receipt or separate receipts; HOWEVER, if purchased separately, all receipts from the book club must be submitted in one envelope by one person with the entry form. Only original recei pts will be accepted, date of purchase must be clearly shown on receipts, and all entries must be postmarked by July 1st. Only purchases of Lady Jasmine are eligible for this contest.

All book clubs are winners: With proof of eligibility, Essence magazine bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray will visit each book club via Skype to discuss Lady Jasmine! So wherever you are, Victoria will attend your meeting to discuss the latest antics of Jasmine Cox Larson Bush!

Grand Prize: For the winning book club (which will be randomly drawn on July 15th) Victoria will fly into your city to attend your book club meeting in person! (The date and time will be determined once book club is selected.)

For further information and entry form, visit

The tour begins…


Sunday, June 7th
Joseph-Beth Booksellers/Legacy Village
24519 Cedar Road
Lyndhurst , OH 44124 2:00 PM – 3:30

Monday, June 8th
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Homewood Branch
7101 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15208 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
*Signing – hosted by the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, June 9th
Barnes & Noble
4600 Commonwealth Pkwy
Richmond , VA 23112 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Wednesday, June 10th

Barnes & Noble
3450 Wrightsboro Road
Augusta , GA 30909 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, June 11th
Borders Books & Music
1302 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee , FL 32301 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday, June 12th

Shower Center Library
4600 Blue Spring Road , Auditorium
Huntsville , AL 35810 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
*Signing, hosted by Sister2Sister Brother2Brother
African American Authors Book Club.

Saturday, June 13th

Borders Books & Music
6685 Poplar Avenue
Germantown , TN 38138 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Sunday, June 14th

Savvy Book Club
Willie Morris Library 4912 Old Canton Road , Conference Rm.
Jackson , MS 39211 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Monday, June 15th

10741 West Florisant
Ferguson , MO 63136 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, June 16th

6709 Blue Ridge Blvd
Raytown , MO 64133 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 17th

Waldenbooks/CitiCorp Center 500 West Madison Street
Chicago , IL 60661 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Wednesday, June 17th

Rockford Public Library Montague Branch @
1238 Winnebago Street
Rockford , IL 61102 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, June 18th

Barnes & Noble 2500 N. Mayfair Rd , Suite 196
Wauwatosa , WI 53226 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Washington D.C./Maryland
Tuesday, JULY 21st

Borders Books and Music
931 Capital Centre Blvd.
Largo, MD. 20774 7:30 PM – 9:00PM

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Be Aware Of Your Social Networking Etiquette

5 Very Important Reasons You Must Be Aware Of Your Social Networking Etiquette.
Posted by Marjorie Janczak on March 11, 2009

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Social Networking today has become like the life blood of many businesses and with the economy taken a down turn, many more people are likely to start their own businesses and obviously take advantage of the power of social networking to grow their businesses in their efforts to lower costs on marketing and promotion.

It is easy to join and try to leverage these media but how you leverage social media with the proper etiquette in such a way that it sets you apart and exponentially grow your business is the question many overlook and are still overlooking.

Knowing why you are joining the groups and having a clear plan is the best place to begin. But that would not be the means to the end.

The people you would be associating and holding conversations with on these media are, for starters, human beings and would like to be treated with some respect and consideration so remember that and avoid any aggressive or impolite interactions.
Why must you care at all you may ask? Below are some very important reasons you must be aware of your social networking etiquette in order to create a positive and a know-like-trust factor in your social networking journey:

It helps you to project a professional, yet a human image when you tell people in plain language about you.

Use decent language.

Have a professional picture of you instead of your logo, pet or group.

Make it easy for people to find out more about you by having your website or Blog link on your profile. You will never know who wants to contact you for what. After all, you are there on the social networking site for a reason right?

It helps you to establish yourself as, not just another expert in your industry, but a RESPECTED EXPERT in your field when you contribute in your capacity to other people’s questions about a topic you can confidently and professionally answer;
Respond to friends’ messages. The most valuable people in your group of friends are those who keep contacting and catching up with you.

It helps you to increase or lower your credibility with the kind of impressions you put across to your friends.
— Do you engage in decent conversations;
— Do you choose appropriate applications that portray your professionalism?
— Do you keep to your word when you promise someone something?
— Are you always ready to give a lending hand?

It helps you to attract and maintain quality friends with whom you can build mutually beneficial, and long term relationships because in as much as you are free to chat on a friendly and in a fun way, you are also aware that you need not offend them or criticize that in a way that can hurt their feelings to result in an unwanted affair. Respect for self and others are the basis of etiquette and it is in your interest to remember this if you are to succeed in any venture. And last but not the least…

It helps you to build a strong word-of-mouth buzz for both you and your business. There is nothing as priceless and more powerful than having a third party talk so well about you and your business to others who can benefit from your offerings. Also, remember that it is more expensive to acquire a new client or customer than to maintain old ones who can evangelize for you at no cost to you.

You may download a free copy of the ” 5 Ways To Use Etiquette To Boost Business.” Just click the link below:

Happy reading!
Marjorie Janczak

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Dear Book Lover,

New York Times bestselling author Connie Briscoe is back with her much anticipated sequel, SISTERS & HUSBANDS.

USA Today featured Connie in their summer books round-up in May.

AOL Black Voices proclaims a hit!

In her ’94 fiction debut, Briscoe introduced the world to literature’s savviest and sweetest sisters. Each was the quintessential modern woman—beautiful, smart, loaded with energy and sass, and woefully beset with man trouble. Set a decade later, SISTERS & HUSBANDS still finds the women fascinating: Baby girl Beverly has continued on her marriage-phobic way. But now she’s 39 and has snagged Julian, a brilliant, gorgeous man who is actually dependable and trustworthy. Yet the sister’s got issues; she’s plagued with doubts.

Will this skittish young lady’s third engagement be the charmed one that actually gets her down the aisle?

Connie Briscoe has been a full-time published author for more than ten years. Suffering from hearing loss since birth, Connie never allowed that to stop her from pursuing her dreams…writing. Briscoe stormed onto the literary scene in 1994 with Sisters & Lovers, selling over 700,000 copies. The book eventually became the basis for a television miniseries. Since she left the world of editing to become a writer, Connie’s work has appeared on the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Briscoe lives in the Maryland area.

Connie is touring this week and next. Stop by and visit if you can! See her schedule below.


Linda A. DugginsDirector, Multicultural PublicityHachette Book

Summer Tour 2009
Connie Briscoe

· Friday, June 5, 2009
Barnes & Noble #2831
4300 Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

· Saturday, June 6, 2009
Borders #542
931 Capital Centre Blvd.
Largo, MD 20774
4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

· Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hue Man Bookstore & Café
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10027
6:00 pm

· Thursday, June 11, 2009

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
7:30 pm- 9:00 pm

· Friday, June 12, 2009

Borders Express #0791
The Gallery at Market East
Philadelphia, PA 19107
1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

· Saturday, June 13, 2009
Barnes & Noble Camp Creek
AKA Sorority Benefit
3685 Marketplace Blvd.
East Point, GA 30344
4:00 pm

· Sunday, June 14, 2009
Written Magazine
Thirty Books in Ninety Days
Hammond House Galleries
503 Peeples Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm

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Ella Curry, EDC Creations Uplugged!

Join host Nesheba of ESpiritE Radio ( as she interviews Ella Curry of EDC Creations. Nesheba and Ella share a pot of tea while discussing the book publishing industry.

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Event Description:
Ella D. Curry is the owner and CEO of EDC Creations, a marketing and branding firm in Prince George’s County Maryland, a radio show producer, marketing director, Internet publicist and literary advocate. She is also the founder of Sankofa Literary Society which empowers independent and/or self-published authors through mentoring programs, Internet workshops, marketing and brand coaching.

The Sankofa Literary Society sponsors the popular Black Authors Network radio program which offers new authors a chance to showcase their books and articles on Internet radio, on the Sankofa Literary Society’s site, along with book and branding coaching that will help them present themselves as professionals as they enter literary circles. In addition Ella has been blessed to interview authors like Maya Angelou and several successful published authors. Ella is also the Host of Black-Authors-Network here on BlogTalkRadio.

Ella’s support for her clients and potential client includes shows to educate authors by having showcases like, what do book club look for when reviewing potential authors to include in their club. She’s also involved with supporting spoken word & poets by having series allowing their to share their gift of words via showcases.

Ella D. Curry is an entrepreneur on the move, she is very inspirational, spiritual, and has a deep passion for her clients and the importance of encouraging literacy across the global. So, sit back relax have a cup of coffee, tea, or a glass of wine and enjoy some good conversation and music…

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Mom Writes Book to Help Change the Direction Of Cancer

Mom Writes Book to Help Change the Direction Of Cancer

Author, Lacha’ J. Mitchell featured in the new anthology, Never Would Have Made It


(LOS ANGELES, CA,) — eMediaCampaigns!– JUN 18, 2009 — Can inspiration change the direction of cancer? Some might scoff, but author, Lacha’ J. Mitchell knows better. Often referred to as a “cancer survivor,” Lacha’ J. Mitchell is in truth, a cancer thriver. That’s because there’s no stopping her. After battling and winning a 5-year bout with cancer, she is making an indelible mark to encourage and enlighten others on the subject with the written and spoken word.

Readers will find Mitchell’s journey particularly inspiring. After being diagnosed at 32 years-old with stage I Invasive Carcinoma, she went through the grueling, painful, and long suffering treatments most cancer patients do. However, while being treated she faced a terrifying and unexpected obstacle. Her then, 10-year old daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in lymphatic tissue.

Today, Lacha’ Mitchell is making waves as a inspirational speaker and contributing author of the soon-to-be-bestseller, Never Would Have Made It: A Testimony of What God Has Done In My Life (Tranquil Moments, 2009). Her powerful testimony is entitled, Restoration. It chronicles how faith and a partnership with God lead to a mother daughter beating cancer. Never Would Have Made It is available for purchase at Ms. Mitchell can be contacted at

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American Dream Redefined

The American Dream Redefined

Used to be in the fifties
“A car in every carport, a chicken in every pot”
For the man without color
That was the American Dream

Used to be in the fifties
Till the ground; plant, reap and share the crop
For the man with color
That was the American Dream

Used to be in the sixties
Graduate from high school, go to Ivy League College
For the man without color
That was the American Dream

Used to be in the sixties
Graduate from high school, go to City College
For the man with color
That was the American Dream

Used to be in the seventies
Graduate from high school, get drafted into war
For the men with color and without
Oh-Oh, dream deferred

Used to be in the seventies
Graduate from high school, go to war, come home sick from war
For the men with color and without
Dream becomes a nightmare

Used to be in the eighties
Music changed, people changed
Drugs and thugs ruled the streets
For the gang members and young recruits
That was the American Dream

Used to be in the eighties
Sports players got paid big
For the young kid in school wanting to be “like Mike”
That was the American Dream

Used to be in the nineties
Rappers get paid big cause Hip-hop made the scene
For the young teenager trying to find himself
That was the American Dream

Used to be in the nineties
Corporate bosses called the shots
Winter and summer homes, tropical vacation spots
That was the American Dream

Twenty-first century has arrived
People take the Country back
Man of color is the Boss
The people and the Man turn things around
This is the American Dream redefined

Keep Looking Up – SomeOne’s Coming Back Soon
1st Irma 1:27

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You Weren’t There / Remember When

You Weren’t There / Remember When

You weren’t there
when I sold Girl Scout cookies,
nervously knocking on the doors of strangers,
hands shaking as I counted change.

You weren’t there
when I graduated from High School
after struggling through each semester,
spending many late nights studying for tough final exams.

You weren’t there
to question my fiance’ about his intentions,
or to walk me down the aisle
on my wedding day.

You were’nt there
for the birth of your grandson,
whose long fingers and big feet
make me think he’ll grow up to be as tall as you.

Remember when
you were nervous about selling Girl Scout cookies
and a little voice inside whispered,
“You can do it”?

Remember when
you didn’t think you would graduate
because the finales were too difficult
and a little voice inside whispered,
“Study a little harder”?

Remember when
you were walking down the aisle
to wed the man of your dreams
and a little voice inside whispered,
“Maybe he’s not the right guy”?

Remember when
you were giving birth
and a little voice inside whispered,
“Stop all that screaming and PUSH”?

Well, that little voice inside was me.
I was there with you all along baby girl,
guiding you from up above.

by Linda Hayes

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