Best Books 2009, EDC Creations, First Quarter

15 Jun
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:

Ella Curry, president of EDC Creations

Black Pearls Magazine

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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…..


27 responses to “Best Books 2009, EDC Creations, First Quarter

  1. Daya Devi-Doolin

    June 15, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    What a wonderful space and place Ella Curry Creations is in for authors and readers alike. It is my honor and priviledge to be awarded this distinguished recognition and to say thank you to everyone who has reviewed and enjoyed my books, Super Vita-Minds: How to Stop Saying I Hate You….To Yourself and The Only Way Out Is In: The Secrets of the 14 Realms to Love, Happiness and Success! My forthcoming book will be released this July 2009, Americans Saving Ourselves Together: How to Thrive in the 21st Century, a collaboration of several American authors from different parts our great country. Readers may go to for further information or sign up on Facebook as an ASOT fan for free gift.Fondly,Daya Devi-Doolin's books can be purchased through;;;;

  2. Nikkea Smithers

    June 15, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Ella & EDC Creations Staff,I simply cannot thank you enough for the esteemed pleasure to have two of my books (Keith's Story & Attitudes of a Woman) named as Black Pearls! EDC is a highly notable literary organization and to have such and honor from you speaks volumes. Thank you for everything you do to connect readers with books that you enjoy!Nikkea Smithershttp://nikkeasmithers.com (keyword Nikkea)

  3. Anonymous

    June 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Hi I would love for you to read my book . Gina read my book, She said she could not put it down. Can you take a look at my book Breaking My Slence:

  4. Avah LaReaux

    June 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Many thanks to EDC Creations for this recognition and the good work they do in this industry. I am honored to be among so many authors that I respect. Thank you for this opportunity.Currently, I am promoting the alternate ending release of my debut novel What's Done In the Dark as well as getting ready for the third installation of the Lost & Found saga series entitled Bastards. I welcome visitors to my website to read excerpts and watch book trailers, as well as sign the guest book to say, "hi". In addition to my MySpace, FaceBook, and Twitter pages, readers can learn more about my work in these

  5. Shelia Goss

    June 15, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    I am honored to receive this type of recognition from EDC Creations. His Invisible Wife will be available to the general public in July. Thank you also for supporting my young adult series–The Lip Gloss Chronicles. More information about all of my books are at or http://www.thelipglosschronicles.comYour dedication to the literary community is admirable. Thanks again!!!Shelia M GossAuthor of His Invisible Wife, My Invisible Husband, The Lip Gloss Chronicles, etc.

  6. sherri lewis

    June 15, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Hey!I'm so honored for my book, The List to be chosen as a Black Pearl. Readers can check out the first chapter at'd love to come do a "List Party" for any book club or ministry group that's interesting. You can check out the latest info on my List Parties at books are avaible wherever books are sold or book clubs can get a discount on orders directly from me at sherri@sherrilewis.comThanks again for such an honor!!!!Sherri L. LewisAuthor of My Soul Cries Out, Dance Into Destiny, and The List

  7. Duchessdon

    June 15, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Thank you so much for this wonderful honor. I am truly blessed to have come in contact with someone as wonderful as Ella Curry and her marvelous vision for African American Literacy. Cheryl Lacey DonovanAuthor, The Ministry of MotherhoodNow Available at Borders and Waldenbooks!

  8. Anonymous

    June 16, 2009 at 2:25 AM

    Ella,I want to first say that I'm happy to hear that you are doing better physically…we missed you in NYC. Thanks for recognizing my book, "Nina's Got a Secret" as well as two other Hollygrove Publishing authors and their titles (Elaine Flowers and Donna Deloney). We all appreciate you and your organization. Brian W. SmithAuthor/PresidentHollygrove Publishing

  9. Ella Curry, president EDC Creations

    June 16, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    Family, thank you all for the wonderful comments and appreciation. You are all those wonderful gems that each reader searches for! It is a pleasure to share you all with readers who will support you. Keep on putting out those quality books!Ella Curry, EDC Creations

  10. Arnita L. Fields

    June 16, 2009 at 3:28 AM

    I am truly humbled that THE WORD a Poetry Connection has received such an honor. Thanks to Ella Curry & EDC Creations for their passion and dedication to spotlight the literary projects of authors to readers worldwide. Bookclubs can contact me on the web at or by email at My next book of poetry, America's Change a Poetic View will be available for purchase through and also on by mid summer. Blessings, Arnita L. Fields

  11. Bertha M. Davis

    June 16, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Congratulation to all of the 2009 EDC Creations Top Books Award Winners. I know you must be very proud of such great accomplishment. God is so good to us, "isn't He." The power of knowledge is so wonderful. God Bless!

  12. shelley

    June 16, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Ella, is the most motivated, organized, innovative woman I want to know..Thanks, Ella Curry!Shelley parsons, Author of "Quieting the storm" new edition and "Rosebud" a Two book series..

  13. Anonymous

    June 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    i read quieting the storm by shelley parsons which was so entertaining and thought provoking i couldn't wait for another book from her then she published "rosebud" after reading it i knew this author was gifted and was on a mission to help heal the wounds of many women who share this "little secret" kudos to her. i hear she has a third book arriving soon cant wait to read it

  14. Anonymous

    June 18, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    WOW! Hiding In the Shadows first award and it's an honor and a blessing for this. Thanks to EDC and all the readers that is taking this journey with me. Love you all!For those that haven't got a copy yet you can go to (key word claudia brown mosley) (key word claudia brown mosley)

  15. Tracy L. Darity

    June 18, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Hi Ella,Thanks so much for recognizing "He Loves Me He Loves Me Not! I will surely post a link on my main site and my Tracy's Book Club site.Tracy

  16. The Management

    June 19, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    It's great to see Jacquie Lewis-Kemp's book on the nonfiction list. If you haven't yet read her work, you've missed quite a treat!

  17. Immortal: Science Fiction Imitates Life

    June 20, 2009 at 2:41 PM

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  18. Immortal: Science Fiction Imitates Life

    June 20, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Dear Ella: How are you? I'm Valjeanne Jeffers author of Immortal 2nd edition, and Immortal II: The Time of Legend, and I'm truly honored and humbled by the recognition of your marvelous site!Immortal 2nd edition just received a 5 star Amazon book review from APOOO Bookclub;and Immortal II: The Time of Legend was chosen as book of the month by Black Science Fiction 2nd edition and Immortal II: The Time of Legend can be purchased at: be sure to stop by my site for previews, giveaways and other goodies (smile) everyone: have a beautiful weekend!

  19. jlewiskemp

    June 22, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    I am deeply honored and blessed that my book Blessed Assurance: Success Despite the Odds was recognized by the EDC. The book will be out the end of this month, however you can read excerpts of the book as well as read other information on managing diabetes, kidney disease, running a business while being a wife and mother at my blogsite, http://www.jlewiskemp.wordpress.comThank you!Jacquie

  20. Lutishia Lovely

    July 12, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    What an honor, to have my 4th series novel, Heaven Right Here, featured as a best book for 2009! There are so many fabulous, talented writers out here that to have my work recognized by such an esteemed group of readers is really a treat, and gives me the inspiration I need to keep on writing. Those who want to can read an excerpt of "Heaven Right Here" on my website: Congratulations to all the writers who made the list!A special thanks to you, Ella,Lutishia

  21. Shelia E Lipsey

    July 24, 2009 at 2:54 AM

    Thanks to EDC Creations and Ella Curry for bestowing such an honorable award! God is so awesome! I find out constantly how much He loves me and is always bringing good and perfect gifts in my life such as this. Thank you to all my readers and supporters. Beautiful Ugly will be released nationwide July 28, 2009! If you haven't already, please make plans to purchase a copy. You'll be glad you did.Ella, keep doing what God has called you to do!Shelia E.Lipseywww.shelialipsey.comshelialipsey@yahoo.comMy novels are available online, at bookstores and on Black Expressions!

  22. nataliefrancisco

    July 24, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    I extend my appreciation to Ella Curry and EDC Creations for reviewing my book and interviewing me in the electronic version of Black Pearls magazine's author spotlight. I thoroughly enjoyed answering the interview questions, and recommend my book, Wisdom for Women of Worth & Worship: Lessons for a Life of Virtue, Value & Victory to women of all ages and stages in life. You will be motivated to discover and uncover your worth and value, dream again, pursue your purpose and passion, and serve God and others while fulfilling your deepest desires. My own life and lessons learned will catapult you into realizing your own destiny. To purchase your own paperback or eBook format of my book, please visit,,,,,, or visit a bookstore near you. Visit my personal website at or to check my itinerary for a book signing near you. Also, register early to attend the October 9-11, 2009 Women of Worth & Worship Conference & Community Benefit Concert at additional information regarding the conference, my Women of Worth & Worship Institute or reviews/reflections of my book, please email me at look forward to hearing from you and reading your reviews of Wisdom for Women of Worth & Worship.Sincerely,Dr. Natalie A. FranciscoCo-Pastor, Author, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur

  23. dayana

    August 14, 2009 at 6:10 AM

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.Margaret

  24. Daya Devi-Doolin

    August 27, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Dear Ella & Team,I am deeply humbled by the award and recognition of my book, The Only Way Out Is In: The Secrets of the 14 Realms to Love, Happiness and Success! It's an honor to be recognized along with these other great authors. Writing is my heart's work and passion that God has provided me with to share, inspire and motivate others to achieve their God goals.My book receives 5 stars by the reader reviewers and can be purchased through;;; Thank you again Ella for me and for all the hard work you put into Ella D. Curry Creations!My Warmest Regards,Daya Devi-Doolin

  25. Eric Vance Walton

    February 13, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Thank you so much for chosing my book, "From The Land of the Lost as one of your Books of the Year! For those who are interested in learning more about the book, please visit: on your Blogspot radio show was a wonderful experience!

  26. margaret mascarenhas

    April 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Thank you for selecting my book, The Disappearance of Irene dos Santos, for a literary fiction award. For those interested in learning more about me and my fiction work, please visit: Mascarenhas

  27. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Reshonda Tate Billingsley is great author and I'm very much inspired by her books. I also encourage anybody to read her books.-10th Grade Honor Student of SC (Crestwood High School)


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