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Meet Ella at Capital BookFest ’09— Author Schedule

Capital BookFest ’09—Schedule
Author signings will follow each presentation
October 3, 2009, 10am – 7pm
Borders Largo, Maryland

Bookclub preidents Meet Ella at Capital BookFest to receive gift bags of review books! Let us help you select your next book of the month. We have several awesome books for your club to preview and to review. Look for the EDC logo on the table.

Pastor Jamal Bryant. Marita Golden. Omar Tyree. Shane Evans. E. Ethelbert Miller. Tim Reid. Charisse Nunes. Liza Mundy. Connie Briscoe. Victoria Christopher Murray. These are just a few of the amazing authors who will participate in the fifth annual Capital BookFest.

CAPITAL BOOKFEST 2009 CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS;
FEATURES OVER 80 NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AUTHORS

The popular, family-oriented Capital BookFest returns to the National Capital area this year on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Festivities are spread among four different zones in and around the Borders Books and Café, 931A Capital Centre Blvd, inside The Blvd at Capital Centre Mall in Largo, Maryland. The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. and lasts all day until 7:00 p.m. In addition, and in response to President Obama’s call to service, the Capital BookFest and the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services partner up to promote healthy homes for children in foster care.

The fifth annual Capital BookFest, presented in partnership with the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, features author readings/signings, teen authors and programs, poetry, exhibitors, children’s storytelling, writers’ and publishers’ workshops, and discussion forums for parents and children alike. The first 1000 early birds even receive book giveaways! “…the Capital BookFest was born out of this desire to motivate and educate parents and children to enjoy a good book…together”, states Kwame Alexander, award-winning producer, publisher, poet, and co-creator of the annual BookFest. Hence the mission: Strengthen Families through Reading.

Please go to the Capital BookFest website www.capitalbookfest.org for more information about the festival, including the list of authors, exhibitors, forums, and the proposed schedule of events.

MAINSTAGE (Inside Borders)

11:00 am – 6:30 pm Ella Curry of EDC Creations has Intimate Conversations Interviews with featured authors.

11:00 – 11:45
Fiction Reading: Donna Hill & Tinesha Davis, Holler at the Moon

11:50 – 12:40
Talk: E. Ethelbert Miller, The 5th Inning: A Memoir

12:50 – 1:40
Reading & Talk: W. Ralph Eubanks, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
Jennifer Bazille, Black Girl Next Door

1:50 – 2:40
Talk: Liza Mundy, author Michelle Obama

2:50 – 3:50
It’s About Love Reading hosted by Marita Golden

4:00 – 4:50
Reading: Connie Briscoe, Sisters and Husbands

5:10 – 6:10
Talk: Conversation with Tim Reid, Comedian and author of Tim and Tom

6:20 until
Reading & Talk: R. Dwayne Betts, A Question of Freedom: Memoir

WRITE ON (TENT BEHIND BORDERS)

10:20 – 11:00
Talk: David Johns, The State of Black America “Message to the President”

11:10 – 11:45
Talk: Kimberly Seals Allers, author of The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy

12:00 – 1:00
Teen Authors Spotlight: Book-in-a-Day & Write-a-Book Programs

1:10 – 1:50
Talk & Tasting: Chef Gillian Clark, Chef and author of Out of the Frying Pan

2:05 – 3:00
Talk: Omar Tyree, The Equation & Kathryn Freeland, Navigating Your Way To Business Success

3:10 – 3:55
Talk: Jewell Powell, Marriage 101 & Tameesha Tucker, Single & Saved in PG County

4:00– 5:10
Poetry Reading: Deanna Nikaido, Le Hinton, Rebecca Gonzalez, Van Garrett, Sami Miranda, Barbara DeCeasare

5:20 – 6:15
Talk: Alicia Crowe, REAL DADS STAND UP! What Every Single Father Should Know About Child Support, Rights and Custody
David Miller, Raising Him Alone:Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to Be Men

6:25 – 7:15
Ministers Panel: Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, World War Me
Charlotte Avery, No One Ever Told Me

KIDS ZONE

Hosted by Dwe Williams, Storyteller
10:00 DWe Williams
10:35 Cassandra Hill, Shyann the Cat
11:10 Barbara Alexander, Papa’s Penny Party
11:45 Omar Tyree, 12 Brown Boys
12:35 Ashti

Hosted by Sylvia Dianne Beverly
1:15 Shane Evans
1:50 Ralph Burgess, Cool Calvin
2:30 Lori Nelson, Hillary’s BIG Business Adventure
3:10 Charisse Carney Nunes, I am Barack Obama
3:55 Shane Evans
4:30 Tiffany Alexander, Braided in my Hair

BORDERS CAFE (Inside Borders)

10:15 – 11:15 pm
Talk: Dr. E. Curtis Alexander: Civil War
Stolen Honor: Afro-Union Medal of Honor, Gilmore Medal and Army of the James/Butler Medal Recipients

11:25 – 12:10 pm
Talk: Toni Cade Bambara Panel: Linda Holmes/Cheryl Wall, authors of Savoring the Salt

12:20 – 1:20 pm
Everything You Wanted to Know about Getting Published: Kevin Johnson, Donna Hill, Charisse Carney Nunes, Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke

1:30 – 2:10
Fiction Reading: Monda Webb, 7:33 am & Wendy Thompson, triptych

2:20 – 3:10
Fiction Reading: Victoria Christopher Murray, Lady Jasmine & Stacy Hawkins Adams, The Someday List

3:20 – 4:00
Fiction Reading: Booker T. Matison, Unsigned Hype

4:10 – 5:00
Talk: Pamela McBride, author of The Mocha Manual to Military Life: A Savvy Guide for Wives, Girlfriends, and Female Service Members

5:10 – 6:10
Panel: A Woman’s Guide to Soulful living
Moderated by Dr Anita Davis Defoe

6:20 – 7:10
Talk: Valencia Campbell, Advice from the Top: What Minority Women Say about their Career Success; Kimberly Seals Allers, author of The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit

 

Living in a Bubble by Moses Miller

LIVING IN A BUBBLE

I sometimes wonder if many of us are living in a fragile little bubble, so caught up in our own lives that we fail to realize what’s really going on around us. Our kids are killing one another at an alarming rate, but some of us only seem to care when it’s one of our own who are victimized. Many of our communities are becoming dangerous wastelands, compelling the vast majority of us to strive to move out and never look back. I wonder, does that make us any better than those Caucasians who vacate a community as soon as a minority family moves in?

Countless school districts (partly) responsible for educating our children are inadequate, but what do we do? Most do nothing. A few complain and blame the overburdened teachers, while some others who can afford it go the private school route. I wonder how many of us recognize a need and educate our own children at home, sacrificing our own time and energy to ensure their success? How many of us mentor a child who isn’t our own but has a need for guidance, in order to give someone else a chance at success?

Many parents today don’t know the first thing about raising a child. A lady told me the other day that she wouldn’t be able to get her son to put down his videogames long enough to read my book, The Barack in Me. Meanwhile, when she was talking to me, she was clutching a Game Stop bag in her hand, with more videogames tucked inside. Who’s the parent? Who’s determining what’s vital in your young child’s development? Derrion Albert was an honor student who was murdered for no reason whatsoever, by four children. These four children will undoubtedly get charged as men and spend a good portion of their lives rotting away in prison like so many other African American boys.

However, between now and when (not if) the next Derrion Albert is killed, we need to honestly ask ourselves some questions. What are we doing to keep our own children safe? Are we playing an active role in their development? Are we willing to be hard on them if it is for their own good, or do we defer to them when a tough decision has to be made? Also, are we actively engaging other children and young adults who desperately need our guidance?
Our communities were once built on the concept that it takes a village to raise a child. Where’s the village? Where are the leaders? As a matter of fact, where are the black owned businesses in our neighborhoods-another issue altogether, but a burdening concern nonetheless.

Hopefully none of our children will be impacted by violence brought upon them by a child who belonged to someone else. Hopefully none of us will ever have to wonder what we could have done differently, what we could have said, or what more we should have done? Five lives ended on the day Derrion Albert was killed. One was lost involuntarily. Four other misguided children figuratively committed suicide that day as well, when they took his life. Sure, they will live on, but trust me, their lives are over. Where were their parents? Where were their advocates and mentors when they needed them? Hopefully the day will never come when we’re sitting in a room teary-eyed asking these same questions and receiving no response.

The unfortunate reality is that unless we figure out a way to restore our village through hard work and commitment on all of our parts, one or more of us may be faced with the same pain Derrion’s loved ones are undoubtedly plagued with now. A child’s life taken by the child of someone else. When will we realize that they’re all our children? When will more of us step up and play our part in helping to mentor and guide them all? Today more than ever, it takes a village to raise a child. Please, stop living in a bubble.

Moses Miller Mind Candy, LLC.
View his new book, The Barack In Me, at http://www.mindcandymedia.com


Chicago Defender Book Review
Richmond’s Urban Views Weekly Book Review

The Barack In Me
$10.99–Two Copies For The Price of One!!!!!
For the Month of September Only

“Moses Miller’s The Barack In Me shows his compassion for young black males and his desire to give them information that is both positive and relatable on a personal level. Instead of preaching while wagging his finger in the reader’s face, Miller uses The Barack In Me to sit down beside his reader and teach from his heart.” -Joey Pinkney (Journalist and book reviewer)

“Moses Miller provides readers with priceless advice that not only males can benefit from, but females as well…” -Sister Tea (ARC Book Club)

“Miller’s concern is sincere and earnest. Hopefully, young readers will connect with that and understand how decisions – good or bad – can change your life.”-Ms. Toni (OOSA Online Book Club)

 
 

The Survival Bible: 16 Life Lessons for Young Black Men

Greetings Bookclub Member,
I’m sure like most book clubs, your club is into reading fiction. But as lovers of the written word, I wanted to introduce you to my nonfiction book, The Survival Bible: 16 Life Lessons for Young Black Men.

I’m not expecting you to choose it as a book club selection (although that would be nice), but I’m hoping that as mothers, educators, community leaders, and someone who cares about the future of young people, you will help spread the word to someone you think might benefit from the book, especially in light of all the craziness going on with our young Black men.

There are very few books aimed at young black men, and even fewer written by someone who has seen the ugly side of walking the wrong path. I’m lucky that I lived to tell about my life in the streets. I’m even luckier that I learned some valuable lessons from my journey and it’s now my hope to spread those lessons to young black men across the county.

Just a little bit about me…I am the author of five socially-conscious, thought-provoking, novels, including Baby Girl, Riding Rhythm, MVP, PreacherMan Blues and Wild Cherry. A single father who resides in Atlanta, I am most proud of my latest book, The Survival Bible: 16 Life Lessons for Young Black Men. You can find out more about me at my website at http://www.jihadwrites.com.

You can order the book directly from my website and I do offer special discounts to school, churches and community organizations. Or you can order at Amazon.com and give as gifts to the community.

Please help me spread the word to others – male and female – who can make our young black men aware of this book! As always, I appreciate all that you do for African-American authors.

Sincerely,

Jihad
jihadwrites@bellsouth.net

 
 

Black Men Where Are You?! by Brenda Hampton

Black Men Where Are You?!

by Brenda HamptonBy now, I’m sure that many of you have heard about the recent beating of the teenager in Chicago, many have seen the school bus incident where two Black teenage students attacked a white student, and just last night in my hometown, another 16 year old was gunned down by his peers. This is happening everywhere, and unless we begin to address the real reasons as to why this is happening, more of our children will be killed. Just think, what if something like what happened to Derrion Albert happened to your sons or daughters?

I’ve thought about it, and the thought pains me. I can’t even imagine what the mothers and fathers go through after losing their children, but after watching the video of Derrion Albert being beat, I can’t rest peacefully and I’m literally sick to my stomach. I can’t stop thinking about how anyone can cause such harm to another person. What’s going on with you, where you feel proud about stomping someone to death or bashing their head in? Right now, I won’t even comment on what I feel for those who were arrested, but I will tell you that I have very little remorse for them. Maybe I should feel sorry for them too, after all, they were taught how to approach life by their mothers, or maybe…fathers?

By the way, Dad, where are you? Your sons NEED you! Don’t you get it? They…we are all crying out for your help! Mom just can’t do it alone anymore, and even though many women do a great job raising their children as single parents, obviously, some women don’t! Either way, Dad, when are you going to take responsibility for bringing a human being into this world? You just can’t walk away and think that your kids do not need you. Your daughters NEED you too, and every time she searches for love in the wrong place, she’s really looking for you. Your sons…oh, my God, please help your sons!

Go get them from our streets, and stop them from killing each other. Stop them from overcrowding our prisons and being made examples of. Let them know there’s a sensible way to approach life. Put your arms around them and tell them that you’re sorry for abandoning them. Tell them that you love them, that you’re proud of them and that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to make their lives better. Don’t wait for another man, a mentor, the president, or any other male figure to do it.

Think about it…he’s got your blood running through his body, and he will carry on the legacy that you taught him. Have you asked yourself what you want your legacy to be? Please, give him a chance that you are failing to give him. Wherever your children may be, find them. Connect with them, talk to them, be there for them, please! There is no other way for anyone to correct what is going on, if you do not make an effort to do your part.

What we’re watching play out in the streets of our cities are the results of continuous neglect from parents, particularly fathers. Now is the time, and we can’t afford to wait another hour, day or years for certain individuals to step up.

The mission starts with you and you know who you are. Close the doors to your weak ways of thinking and realize how much difference it would make if you gave your children the time they truly deserve. I know change isn’t easy, and it brings about many challenges. Set aside your fears, and to prevent us from losing more of our precious children, please, Black men especially, do the right thing. Because at the end of the day, Derrion Albert and all of the other innocent children who have lost their lives didn’t deserve to be taken away from us by the young men some of us are creating. If any of these children belong to you, think about their futures, your future, and the future you could have allowed Derrion Albert to have, had you been there for your child. Remember, it’s not too late to make sure this doesn’t happen to another innocent victim.

Spread the word and help me get this message to resonate. As always, I welcome your feedback and can be reached at brendahampton_1@netzero.net Readers, please share your comments or suggestions here.

Brenda Hampton, Essence Magazine Bestselling Author
http://www.brendamhampton.com

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2009 in Featured Articles

 

Why Don’t African-Americans Go to Therapy?

Why Don’t African-Americans Go to Therapy?
By: Tonya Ladipo

There are many different ideas about why we don’t seek therapy. Some believe that it is only for wealthy, White people, others believe that you don’t go outside the family with your problems. Some of these thoughts keep us struggling more than we need to. Here are some of the more prevalent ones.

“But I’m not touched”
Many of us think you have to be “touched” or “crazy” to go to therapy.” While it’s true that some people with mental health issues seek therapy, it’s really a service for anyone. Therapy is a paid service that connects you with a trained professional who provides you with the support you need to live a healthier and happier life.

When I first met “Andre” he was apprehensive about seeking therapy. For many months, he questioned whether or not he should be in therapy. Overall, he felt that his life was manageable and that he did not have enough problems to go to therapy, after all he had a job and people who cared about him. He certainly was not “crazy”. After several discussions about the purpose of therapy and its benefits to him as a rationale person, Andre accepted his desire for therapy. In fact, in a recent session Andre said that the healthiest people he knows are all in therapy. He realizes that therapy is a place that can benefit everyone, not just a small segment of the population. Andre further explained that the people he knows who have the most problems aren’t in therapy. Of course, as a therapist, this makes perfect sense to me. Recognizing that your life is not how you want it to be or that you need additional support takes a lot of courage and self-reflection. These are not the thoughts of a “crazy” person. Rather, this is the thought process of someone who has a sense of who they are and wants more from their life and themselves.

“I can talk to my friends and family”
Why do you need to go outside of your family/church/friendship circle to get the help and support you want? Sometimes, you don’t. But sometimes, going outside of that comfortable and familiar circle will propel you to make the changes that you want to. When people talk with their family or friends, many times they don’t tell them everything that’s going on in their head or in their lives. This isn’t to be deceptive, but because you care about your family and friends and you care what they think about you.

Keisha came to see me because she was thinking about leaving her husband. She recently found out that he had an affair. Her family adored her husband and she was afraid of what they would say. She hadn’t made up her mind about leaving, but she needed someone to talk to, someone who wouldn’t immediately tell her what to do, whether that meant leaving or staying.

When you’re concerned with what the other person is thinking and feeling, you cannot focus on yourself and your own needs 100%. That’s the benefit of therapy. You can share all of your thoughts and feelings without being concerned about the therapist. In doing this, you can focus on you, what you need, what you want, and ways to accomplish that. Sometimes people are more honest when they go outside their circle of family and friends. As backwards as it may sound, it can be easier to talk to a stranger, easier to share your feelings, fears and pleasures with someone who you do not see everyday.

Keisha was relieved to talk about her marriage, what her husband did wrong and what she did wrong with someone who did not judge her or tell her what to do. This freedom allowed her to be honest with herself and decide what she believed to be best for her. Ultimately, she decided to stay and work on her marriage. Keisha said that she was glad that she used therapy to help her sort this out. Had she gone to a friend, they might have told her to leave “that no good . . . .” And her family may have told her to stay in the marriage, to stick it out “for better or worse”. Keisha realized that she needed to come to her decision on her own, not to be told by others what to do.

Does this mean that your family and friends aren’t helpful to you? Absolutely not. Instead, it means that therapy can add to the support that they provide, by giving you support in a very different way. Therapy can provide you with an objective person who can help you review your options as you decide what is best for you.

“It’s just another racist system”
As African-Americans, we are aware of the persistent racism in our country. This is true on a large scale as well as in our daily interactions. We have many reasons to be suspicious of outsiders, to be distrustful of their motivations and actions. The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment is a perfect example of why we are wary of outsiders.

Our schools consistently peg our children as aggressive, out of control, and low achieving. We have to fight to receive the same service as our White counterparts, whether it’s in our schools, hospitals or office. Going to therapy poses another opportunity to encounter racism and discrimination if you’re met with an insensitive or ignorant therapist.

When I worked in an agency, I often saw African-American clients who said in the first session, “I’m so relieved that you’re Black.” Some said that they felt more comfortable with an African-American therapist because they could talk about life and their culture without having to teach or explain the basics. Others did not like the racism they encountered with White therapists.

“Ayanna”, an African-American woman in her 30’s with two children, previously met with a White therapist before coming to see me. She was put off when the therapist began asking questions. The therapist wanted to know about her educational history and was surprised when Ayanna said that she went to college. She then asked how many years of college Ayanna completed, rather than assuming that Ayanna had a college degree, as she does. When the therapist asked about Ayanna’s children and family, she asked if the children had the same father and where was he? At this point Ayanna knew that she wouldn’t be comfortable with a therapist who assumed that she was not formally educated and had children with different men simply because she is African-American.

Why African-Americans can benefit from therapy?
“So why bother?” With all of the struggles and oppressions that we face on a daily basis we need an outlet. We need a comfortable environment where we can talk about the impact oppression has on us and talk about healthy and productive ways to deal with it. Holding in the pain, frustration, anger, and sadness eats at you, leaving you feeling angry and dissatisfied, not a rewarding way to go through life.

When you find an effective therapist, therapy can be a place to gain support and find more satisfying ways to live life. It is the one place, perhaps the only place, where you don’t have to have all of the answers and you don’t have to worry about the person sitting across from you. It is a place where you only have to worry about yourself and your needs. Therapy provides an objective perspective from a trained professional. The therapist’s objectivity comes from not having a personal relationship with you. The therapist knows you now, as you are, not as you were. They can provide feedback based on what they see now, not based on how you used to be. Although our family and friends may love us and provide us with support, they cannot be objective like an outsider. Unlike personal relationships, a therapist has no ulterior motives; the only motive is to make the changes in your life that you decide to make.

How can African-Americans find a therapist?
First, figure out what is important to you. Do you care what race your therapist is? What about gender? If you think that seeing an African-American therapist is necessary for you to be open and honest with them, then look for that. If you’re not sure, then try a few different therapists out and see what feels right to you. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Remember, this is a service that you’re paying for; you are the client. As a paying customer, you have the right to ask for what you want. From there, the therapist can tell you if they are able to provide that service. If they cannot, ask them to give you referrals until you find what you’re looking for.

Before scheduling an initial session, determine the therapist’s fee and make sure that you can afford it. Therapy is a useful tool that helps people in times of crisis and fosters growth in times of reflection. However, it is not as useful if you are not committed to it. So make sure that you can afford the therapist you choose. If you have to alter your budget to afford it that’s fine; if it obliterates your budget then look for someone with a lower fee. If you have to cut out dining out 3 times a week or paying for your morning coffees, that’s altering your budget. If you cannot afford to pay your rent/mortgage, that’s obliterating your budget. Finally, don’t forget what you already know. You get what you pay for. Do higher prices mean better service? Not necessarily, but a quality and effective therapist will charge within the average range for the area. When you’re ready to enhance your life or get help with a current crisis, a therapist might be just the one to call.

About the Author:
Tonya Ladipo, LCSW, is therapist who practices in Philadelphia and specializes in helping Black women learn new ways of interacting with people so that their own needs are considered and met. Tonya is available here: Good Therapy and Therapist Winter Springs. Website: http://www.goodtherapy.org/winter-springs-therapy.htm

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2009 in Featured Articles

 

The Manual: Sherryle Jackson Online Book Tour


Join author Sherryle Kiser Jackson on her virtual book tour to meet the characters of The Manual. Sherryle Kiser Jackson is a fresh voice in Christian fiction. Her style reflects an honest commentary on her life with Christ. Soon and Very Soon is her debut novel. She anxiously awaits the publication of her second novel, The Manual, October 2009. Experience her too real to be preachy, Biblically based, out-the-Christian-box fiction at www.sherrylejackson.com or on www.Myspace.com/sherrylejackson

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The second novel, The Manual from author, Sherryle Jackson who brought you Soon and Very Soon will be released in October 2009. With a chance to confront their past with the hindsight of adulthood, The Manual, takes a realistic look into the lives of two unequally-yoked high school sweethearts who must forgive and forget to raise their teenaged son. Follow the author as she chronicles the journey from conception to the printed page.

Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1601629354
ISBN-13: 978-1601629357

The Manual Book Tour Events
Buy Books by author Sherryle K. Jackson at Amazon

Live Radio Interviews

September 17, 2009 Guest-AAMBC Showcase Radio Show
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September 24, 2009 Black Authors Network
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September 20, 2009 Guest-Urban Literary Review
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October 13, 2009 Black Authors Network
Bookclub Chat and Contest
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October 21, 2009 Off the Pages with LaTricia Smith
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Book Signings
— October 3, 2009 Border’s Book in Largo @ 2pm
— October 10, 2009 Border’s Books in Columbia, MD @ 12 noon
— October 17, 2009 Border’s Express 62904 William Co Parkway, Woodbridge VA 22912 @ 11am
— October 24, 2009 Border’s Express BS 725 Springfield Mall, Springfield VA 22150 @ 12 noon
— October 31, 2009 Exhibit of Church Lady Ways memorabilia collection @3 pm
— November 15, 2009 Literary Tea; By invitation only Royal Tea Room, LaPlata, MD

Special Event for Booklovers

— December 5, 2009 Area-Wide book discussion at 7-9pm.
It will be at the picturesque Village Commons Community Center in Crofton MD.

— April 17, 2010 Readers With Attitude Book Club
Authors Pavilion at Virginia Center Commons Mall, Richmond VA.
r more info: http://www.rwabookclub.com/3073.html

— June 18-19, 2010 at Faith and Fiction Retreat
Date: Location: Atlanta, GA
For more info: www.faithandfictionretreat.com

Manual Meet and Greet
Black Pearls Magazine

Guest Blogger with Shelia M. Goss

Guest Blogger with AAKultureZone.com

Guest Blogger with Books and Beignets BookClub

Sankofa Literary Society Bookclub

LindarInsights Guest Blogger with Arlinda McGlothin

Guest Blogger with Authors Supporting Authors

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AAMBC Radio features Sherryle K. Jackson

Sankofa Literary Review

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Unika Molden The Unique Reviewer

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For more information about Sherryle Kiser Jackson go to
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Sherryle Kiser Jackson author of The Manual
Website: http://www.sherrylejackson.com

Excerpt Chapter 1: The Manual by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

“Blessed are the children, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Need a manual on raising children and having healthy relationships? Refer to the Bible. That’s what Deidre Collins’ inner spirit is telling her to do now that Andre, her son’s father, is back in town after deserting them eight years ago.

At fourteen years old, her son, DeAndre, is struggling with his own issues-peer pressure, problems at school, and figuring out how to navigate his first crush.

When DeAndre gets suspended from school for ten days, Andre sees it as the perfect opportunity to get to know his son-and to get closer to Deidre. Can this couple overcome the past for the sake of their son’s future?

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Read the Excerpt Chapter 1: The Manual by Sherryle Kiser Jackson
ISBN: 1601629354
ISBN-13: 9781601629357

About Sherryle
Sherryle Kiser Jackson is a child of God seeking to edify the world. She is blessed to be a educator, wife and mother of two (One girl, one boy). Sherryle Kiser Jackson strives to be a fresh voice in Christian fiction. Her writing style reflects a honest commentary on her personal life with Christ. Soon and Very Soon was her debut novel, which is a Black Christian Book Distributor’s Best Seller. Her second novel, a Urban Christian title, The Manual, is slated for release in October 2009.

To schedule speaking engagements, book signings, online/telephone conference contact Author, Sherryle Jackson at sherrylek@aol.com or visit her website at: http://www.sherrylejackson.com

Shop at EDC Creations Book Stores for The Manual

Black Pearls Magazine Gift Shop

Black Authors Network Book Store

 
 

Events: Capital Book Festival–Oct. 3, 2009

Capital Book Festival–Oct. 3, 2009
Capital BookFest (Author signings will follow each presentation)
Time: 10am – 7pm


MAINSTAGE (Inside Borders)

10-10:50
Slideshow & Talk: The Muslim World: Alexandra Avakian, author of Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslin world

11:00 – 11:45
Fiction Reading: Donna Hill & Tinesha Davis, Holler at the Moon

11:50 – 12:40
Talk: E. Ethelbert Miller, The 5th Inning: A Memoir

12:50 – 1:40
Reading & Talk: W. Ralph Eubanks, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
Jennifer Bazille, Black Girl Next Door

1:50 – 2:40
Talk: Liza Mundy, author Michelle Obama

2:50 – 3:50
It’s About Love Reading hosted by Marita Golden

4:00 – 4:50
Reading: Connie Briscoe

5:10 – 6:10
Talk: Conversation with Tim Reid, Comedian and author of Tim and Tom

6:20 until
Reading & Talk: R. Dwayne Betts, A Question of Freedom: Memoir

WRITE ON (TENT BEHIND BORDERS)

10:20-11:00
Talk: David Johns, The State of Black America “Message to the President”

11:10 – 11:45
Talk: Kimberly Seals Allers, author of The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy

12:00 – 1:00
Teen Authors Spotlight: Book-in-a-Day & Write-a-Book Programs

1:10 – 1:50
Talk & Tasting: Chef Gillian Clark, Chef and author of Out of the Frying Pan

2:05 – 3:00
Talk: Omar Tyree, The Equation & Kathryn Freeland, Navigating Your Way To Business Success

3:10 – 3:55
Talk: Jewell Powell, Marriage 101 & Tameesha Tucker, Single & Saved in PG County

4:00– 5:10
Poetry Reading: Deanna Nikaido, Le Hinton, Rebecca Gonzalez, Van Garrett, Sami Miranda, Barbara DeCeasare

5:20 – 6:15
Talk: Alicia Crowe, REAL DADS STAND UP! What Every Single Father Should Know About Child Support, Rights and Custody David Miller, Raising Him Alone:Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to Be Men

6:25 – 7:15
Ministers Panel: Jamal Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple, World War Me
Charlotte Avery, No One Ever Told Me

KIDS ZONE

Hosted by Dwe Williams, Storyteller
10:00 DWe Williams
10:35 Cassandra Hill, Shyann the Cat
11:10 Barbara Alexander, Papa’s Penny Party
11:45 Omar Tyree, 12 Brown Boys
12:35 Charisse Carney Nunes, I am Barack Obama

Hosted by Sylvia Dianne Beverly
1:15 Shane Evans
1:50 Ralph Burgess, Cool Calvin
2:30 Lori Nelson, Hillary’s BIG Business Adventure
3:10 Ashti
3:55 Shane Evans
4:30 Tiffany Alexander, Braided in my Hair

BORDERS CAFE (Inside Borders)

10:15 – 11:15 pm
Talk: Dr. E. Curtis Alexander: Civil War
Stolen Honor: Afro-Union Medal of Honor, Gilmore Medal and Army of the James/Butler Medal Recipients

11:25 – 12:10 pm
Talk: Toni Cade Bambara Panel: Linda Holmes/Cheryl Wall, authors of Savoring the Salt

12:20 – 1:20 pm
Publishing Central: Kevin Johnson, Donna Hill, Charisse Carney Nunes, Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke

1:30 – 2:10
Fiction Reading: Monda Webb, 7:33 am & Wendy Thompson, triptych

2:20 – 3:10
Fiction Reading: Victoria Christopher Murray & Stacy Hawkins Adams

3:20 – 4:00
Fiction Reading: Booker T. Matison, Unsigned Hype

4:10 – 5:00
Talk: Pamela McBride, author of The Mocha Manual to Military Life: A Savvy Guide for Wives, Girlfriends, and Female Service Members

5:10 – 6:10
Panel: A Woman’s Guide to Soulful living
Dr Anita Davis Defoe

6:20 – 7:10
Talk: Valencia Campbell, Advice from the Top: What Minority Women Say about their Career Success; Kimberly Seals Allers, author of The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit

 

Distinct Ladies 3rd Anniversary Party Oct. 10, 2009

Distinct Ladies 3rd Anniversary Party Oct. 10, 2009
The Distinct Ladies extends an invitation for you to celebrate this milestone with us. We have Memphis’ Own Recha G. Peay, Best Selling Author Jihad and HollyGrove President and the Nation Best Selling Author Brian W. Smith.

When: October 10, 2009
Time: 4pm till 8pm Doors Open @ 3:30pm
Where: St. Paul Lodge on 423 East Georgia Street, Memphis, TN
Cost: $10 Per Person
Door Prizes, Food, Poetry and More

If you would like to purchase these books in advance or for more info, please email distinctladies@yahoo.com

The Distinct Ladies Bookclub
P.O. Box 271415
Memphis, TN 38167
Tiffany Rainey-President
Josula Williams-Vice President

www.distinctladies.com
http://dlbookclub.webs.com
http://www.myspace.com/distinctladiesandgents

Intimate Conversation with the Distinct Ladies Bookclub

EDC: Share with us the history of the organization and President’s biography.
DLBC: Tiffany Rainey is currently the President and one of the founders of Distinct Ladies Book Club. She was born and raised in Memphis, Tn and currently still resides there. Not only is Tiffany a member of DLBC but she is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Sirius Ladies Social Club, and she is also a usher in her church.

DLBC was founded in October of 2006 with 4 women who shared a passion for reading. When we first started little did we know we would grow to be such a tight knit family. DLBC doesn’t just read books, but we attend movies, plays, book signing, and we just love to fellowship with one another.

EDC: What is the vision for your organization?
DLBC: Our vision for our sisterhood is to continue to promote authors who are not as well known as some of the greats like Eric Jerome Dickey or Kimberla Lawson Roby. We want to continue to give back to the kids in our community.

EDC: Finish this sentence: Living your best life includes…
DLBC: Living your best life includes being with our children.

On your nightstand now: We are currently reading The Dopeman’s Wife

Book all readers should own besides the bible: The Survival Bible by Jihad

Book you’ve bought for the cover: Casanegra by Blair Underwood

Favorite genre, series or sequels: Urban, Erotica, Christian Fiction

EDC: Your top three authors. Why?
DLBC: Brian W. Smith, President of Hollygrove Publishing is one of our favorite authors. Brian is a very down to earth person. He keeps your interest is his books from the beginning to the end. He also brings new talent to his company, that makes you just wanna read everything he has written.

Memphis Own Sheila Lipsey, author of Beautiful Ugly is also one of our favorite authors. Sheila is a Christian fiction author who always makes you wondering what’s going on next. She brings everyday problems and drama into her books.

Jihad, bestselling author of Wild Cherry is a favorite author. Jihad brings erotica to street to “I am gonna keep it real” to you in his books. He always makes you wondering which direction he’s going to write in. We have a few more that we love, but since you only asked for 3. I think I am going to leave it at that.

EDC: Name three authors you would like to do a phone chat with this year.
DLBC: Kimberla Lawson Roby, Wahadia Clark, and Jane Jordan

EDC: Share your news or events with us. What’s next for your group?
DLBC: DLBC is planning their 3year Anniversary Celebration. It will be held on Oct. 10, 2009 from 4-8. We will have Jihad, Brian W. Smith, Recha G. Peay, and other authors will be stopping through as well. DLBC will be having spoken word, music, and giving way door prizes. Admission is $10 and seating is limited. For more info you can contact us at distinctladies@yahoo.com

You can find us at:
www.distinctladies.com
http://dlbookclub.webs.com
http://www.myspace.com/distinctladiesandgent

We are also on Facebook and Twitter!!

 

Sonia Sanchez featured speaker Bennett College for Women

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the “Greensboro Massacre”, Bennett College for Women will host a Community Activism Forum —“From History to Healing” on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 9:30am – 2:30pm.
The Forum will pay special tribute to Bennett Alumna Sandra Neely Smith, Class of 1973 and former Student Government AssociationPresident, who was killed in the 1979 massacre while organizing mill workers.

The Forum will be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons (3121 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC 27407) and will include a recognition luncheon. The luncheon will acknowledge a student and several local community activists.
Renowned poet, Sonia Sanchez will be the featured speaker at the luncheon. Bennett College President, Dr. Julianne Malveaux along with local activists, Ms. Joyce Johnson and Mr. Lewis Brandon of the Truth and Reconciliation Project, along with Bennett alumnae, Ms. Maxine Bakeman, Dr. Myra McCoy Pope, Ms. Gladys Robinson and friends of Sandra Neely Smith will participate in this important Forum.
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, has also been invited to participate. This event is a demonstration of how Bennett College celebrates, educates and transforms women into 21st century leaders and global thinkers.

The Community Activism Forum—“From History to Healing”, will be held during Bennett’s Annual Family and Friends Weekend, October 1-4, 2009.

Early registration is $75.00 and includes a continental breakfast, workshops, luncheon, registration materials and a campus tour. Seating is limited so registration is encouraged before September 25, 2009.

After September 25th registration will increase to $90.00. Luncheon only tickets are $50.00.

Bennett College will provide free transportation for campus tours immediately following the
Forum. For additional information, please call (336) 517-2196.

Purchase tickets on-line by going to the Bennett College web site:
www.bennett.edu click on-line giving, and complete the form.
In the notes section, indicate “Forum” with $75 or $90 or “Luncheon” with $50. If you
prefer, please mail your check payable to Bennett College with the memo stating either “ 10/3 forum” or “10/3 luncheon only”.
Send to Bennett College for Women – Institutional Advancement;
Race Hall, 900 E. Washington St., Greensboro, NC 27401.
 

Book Review: Somebody’s Sinning In My Bed

Don’t Point Fingers, September 21, 2009
By Shelia M Goss (Entertainment Writer & Author of Young Adult Books & Women’s Fiction) – See all my reviews

Somebody’s Sinning In My Bed

Pat G’Orge Walker’s latest book is filled with characters that jump off the page. The books opening sets the tone for the fast pace story. Chyna feels her current tragedy is just payback for the sins she committed. The stress leads her sister Janelle to come to her rescue. There’s several twists and turns in the story that will not let you put the book down.

Chyna is the first lady and has to deal with several church members who are determined to get rid of her. Those same church members have a past that would make Chyna’s seem meek and mild. Pat G’Orge Walker has a way of showing us our flaws in a humorous manner. She reminds us through her writing that all of us have sinned and shouldn’t point fingers at others. I highly recommend this book.

Shelia M Goss, Author of the YA series
The Lip Gloss Chronicles: Splitsville (Sept 29, 2009)
The Ultimate Test (available now)
Paper Thin (Jan. 2010)
www.thelipglosschronicles.com

 
 

Black Writers as Cultural Activists & Gatekeepers of History

The Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion is presented by The Renaissance Group, LLC, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Say It Loud Readers & Writers Series! and Howard University Bookstore http://www.trgpronline.com

 
 

Mind Readers and Wealth at CBC

 
 

Black Writers as Cultural Activists

Black Writers as Cultural Activists & Gatekeepers of History

Moderated by Marita Golden Thursday, September 24th

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C. Exhibit Hall E — Booth 819

Panelists: Paula Giddings Ida Sword Among Lions; Ralph Eubanks The House at the End of the Road: A Story of Race, Identity, & Memory; Howard Dodson In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience; Annette Gordon-Reed The Hemingses of Monticello; David Levering Lewis W.E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality & the American Century, 1919-1963

 
 

Teen Girls, Arts and Education at CBC

The Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion is presented by The Renaissance Group, LLC, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Say It Loud Readers & Writers Series! and Howard University Bookstore www.trgpronline.com

 
 

Forsaken Blog Tour 9-28 to 10-2

Forsaken Blog Tour (September 28 – October 2, 2009)

RADIO SCHEDULE

September 28 – Black Authors Network (8-10 pm EST)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network

October 1 – Chocolate Pages Show (4 pm EST)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/chocolatepages

October 1 – REAL TALK WITH TANYA WHITE Radio Show (7 pm EST)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/realtalkwithtanyawhite

October 1 – WordThirst Literary Online Radio Show (8 pm EST)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ashea-goldson

October 15 – Inspiration Station (6:30 pm EST)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/InspirationStation

BLOG TOUR

September 28

All the Buzz Reviews
http://www.allthebuzzreviews.com

Rhonda McKnight
http://www.urbanchristianfictiontoday.com

Patricia Woodside
http://readinnwritin.blogspot.com

September 29

RAWSistaz Literary Group
http://www.rawsistaz.com

Tia McCollors
http://www.tiaspen.blogspot.com

Wanda Campbell
http://www.wandabcampbell.net/blog.html

September 30

SORMAG
http://sormag.blogspot.com

Joey Reviews
http://www.joeypinkney.com

Angela Benson
http://theamensisters.com/wordpress

October 1

Book, Cook, and Craft
http://bookcookcraft.com

Linda Beed, D.R.Ed
http://lindabeed.blogspot.com

Debra Owsley
http://www.simplysaidreadingaccessories.blogspot.com

October 2


APOOO Books
http://www.apooobooks.com

Paulette Harper
http://pauletteharper.blogspot.com

Victorious Cafe
http://www.victoriouscafe.com

Written Voices Blog
http://www.writtenvoicesblog.com

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2009 in Book Tours

 

Making The Manual: Book Video Preview

Making The Manual: Book Video Preview
Website: http://makingthemanual.blogspot.com

Facebook Readers–Link to view the book video full screen.

The second novel, The Manual from author, Sherryle Jackson who brought you Soon and Very Soon will be released in October 2009. With a chance to confront their past with the hindsight of adulthood, The Manual, takes a realistic look into the lives of two unequally-yoked high school sweethearts who must forgive and forget to raise their teenaged son. Follow the author as she chronicles the journey from conception to the printed page.

Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1601629354
ISBN-13: 978-1601629357

Sherryle Kiser Jackson is a fresh voice in Christian fiction. Her style reflects an honest commentary on her life with Christ. Soon and Very Soon is her debut novel. She anxiously awaits the publication of her second novel, The Manual, October 2009. Experience her too real to be preachy, Biblically based, out-the-Christian-box fiction at www.sherrylejackson.com or on www.Myspace.com/sherrylejackson

Buy Books by author Sherryle K. Jackson at Amazon

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2009 in Book Spotlights

 

Featured Book: The Manual by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

Excerpt Chapter 1: The Manual by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

“Blessed are the children, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Need a manual on raising children and having healthy relationships? Refer to the Bible. That’s what Deidre Collins’ inner spirit is telling her to do now that Andre, her son’s father, is back in town after deserting them eight years ago.

At fourteen years old, her son, DeAndre, is struggling with his own issues-peer pressure, problems at school, and figuring out how to navigate his first crush.

When DeAndre gets suspended from school for ten days, Andre sees it as the perfect opportunity to get to know his son-and to get closer to Deidre. Can this couple overcome the past for the sake of their son’s future?

Read the first chapter to see how fourteen years old Andre and his parent deal with the issues at hand.
ISBN: 1601629354
ISBN-13: 9781601629357
Genre: Christian Fiction
Facebook readers, click this link to read excerpt full screen

Excerpt Chapter 1: The Manual by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

About Sherryle
Sherryle Kiser Jackson is a child of God seeking to edify the world. She is blessed to be a educator, wife and mother of two (One girl, one boy). Sherryle Kiser Jackson strives to be a fresh voice in Christian fiction. Her writing style reflects a honest commentary on her personal life with Christ. Soon and Very Soon was her debut novel, which is a Black Christian Book Distributer’s Best Seller. Her second novel, a Urban Christian title, The Manual, is slated for release in October 2009.

To schedule speaking engagements, book signings, online/telephone conference contact Author, Sherryle Jackson at sherrylek@aol.com or visit her website at: http://www.sherrylejackson.com

Buy Books by author Sherryle K. Jackson at Amazon




 
 

Book Tour- How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts

Book: How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts

Website: www.myspace.com/433250625
Email: molly.betts@yahoo.com
Publisher: Neighborhood Publishing
Pub. Date: April 2009
ISBN-13: 9780615290508

Molly is a woman who has lived the equivalent of two lifetimes, a life filled with at times hardship, struggle, triumphs but many challenges, sometimes of near epic proportions. In spite of this, she has never backed away from a situation or conflict despite the consequences, many of which have been enormous and there were great prices to be paid. This memoir, “How I Made the Angels Cry” is her struggle with spirituality, sexuality, corruption, injustice, and murder.

“It will take you from desperation to inspiration. What a liberating ride!”

Buy the book at: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com or order from your local bookstore, distributed by Ingram Book Group.

Follow Author Meleisa Betts on her Internet Book Tour

Week 1

EDC Creations’ Social Networks

http://blackhistory365.ning.com/
http://slsbookclubcenter.ning.com/
http://paradigmshiftaap.vox.com/
http://www.facebook.com/EDC.Creations
http://www.myspace.com/edc1creations
http://edcvirtualtours.spaces.live.com/


EDC Creations Sunday News Email Newsletters
18,000 Members: http://www.feedblitz.com/f/f.fbz?html=352823
2, 654 Members: http://www.feedblitz.com/f/f.fbz?html=301498

EDC Creations Facebook Features

Black Pearls Audio Book Preview

Week 2

The Thinking Woman

The Vox Book Club

Social Media Group

Book Reviews

The Inklings

The Beautiful People

Verbal Penetrations

African American by Association

Monthly Book Club

Girl Talk

BeYourOwn.Personal.Library

Mahogany Book Club

Young, Black, and Gifted Journalists!

Week 3

Mothers of Wisdom

MyBrothersKeeper.com

Crucial Diva

WeAreOne

Each-One-Teach-One

AfricanAmericans.NET

Chocolate Pages Network

Black Internet Marketers

BlackInAmerica.com

BlackJourneys.com

BlackHistory.com

BlackAuthorsConnect.com

BlackWomenConnect.com

DMV Black

Week 4

The Writers & Readers Lounge
183 Members

Reading is Sexy
78,198 Members

Passion for Books
10,689 Members

Girls Gone God!
6,425 Members

Urban Reviews Facebook Group
666 Members

African American Authors
397 Members

FB Book club
1,713 Members

African American Fiction
121 Members:

AA Facebook Bookclub
481 Members

Black Author Showcase
106 Members

African American Authors (Book Club)
146 Members

Aspiring Black Authors
354 Members

African American Opinions
318 Members

How I Made the Angels Cry Book Video

Meet Author Meleisa Betts
I am Meleisa Betts, an author and owner of my own publishing company “Neighborhood Publishing”. I am single, currently living in New Orleans La., however, I was born in a small town in the state of Alabama called Monroeville. My only child is my darling dog, my peekapoo, MaryBell.

I have always had a need to share and communicate my thoughts to others. I am an accomplished member of “Toastmasters” which filled a need to convey my thoughts somewhat, yet it did not allow the opportunity for me to reach a broad audience. I felt as though I had an important message that could help people.

We all have stories and a belief that ours are capable of sustaining book and movies yet how many lives actually are living morals; examples of what NOT to do and the consequences of those actions? I felt and still feel that there are many people living secret lives with things that they dare not share for a fear of being judged. My mission is to prove to the reader that the best therapy for the soul is not a psychiatrist (although counseling is a necessary process in many cases) but rather blunt force honesty; a raw openness and truth.

Fundamentally a psychiatrist makes the patient talk about his or herself, and in revealing those intimate truths the patient feels better. Why must we wait until the psychiatrist asks us to before we can be honest with ourselves? We give ourselves aspirin for a headache or an antacid when our stomach is upset; then why can’t we give ourselves a little “self-revelation” therapy?

That is my approach to “How I Made The Angels Cry”. It is 100% truthful but I chose to use a principle of “shock and raw”. What this means is, I wanted to leave my life exposed and threadbare, not filter or edit the book for an audience but to tell the honest truth.

Before I decided to always be forthcoming, I was living a shell of a life, frustrated, confused and basically a farce. However since changing my perspective to one of complete honesty and openness it has been an altogether different life for me, one which is free of pretense and pressure to be SOMETHING. I now simply am.

I want the book to stand as testimony to future readers that LIES only escalate, and have to be escaped, yet the truth has to be told only once, and it stands on its own. The best therapy for a troubled conscience is for one to be completely honest with the one person who matters most on planet Earth: Yourself.

“How I Made The Angels Cry” is a memoir based upon my actual experiences in an improbable life, and only the names have been changed to protect the anonymity of the persons involved in the book. It is indeed graphic and discusses sexuality and manipulation of people and circumstances in an open forum that many dare not to attempt. In fact few authors have written in such open and graphic detail, as I have left my life completely open to the judgment of others. I accept this wholeheartedly and if this method helps others to escape their own demons and unlocks the door of emotional imprisonment, then I have succeeded.

I hope that by writing such an open discourse that I can encourage others to be as open in discussing their own fears and desires rather than keeping them simmering below the surface like a pot ready to boil over. HONESTLY is liberating, LIES are condemning and things that are kept within are potentially maddening; Again, that IS why we have psychiatrists, is it not? Through my book “How I Made The Angels Cry” I hope to offer an example of how being honest can save a soul.

Meleisa Betts
Email: molly.betts@yahoo.com

Publisher: Neighborhood Publishing (April 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0615290507; ISBN-13: 978-0615290508

 

Audio Preview How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts

How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts
Neighborhood Publishing (April 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0615290507; ISBN-13: 978-0615290508

Listen to the audio preview from author Meleisa Betts
“Cleanse the Soul by Facing the Truth”
Click to listen:http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/Ww38R7bQ

How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts
Website: http://www.myspace.com/433250625
ISBN-13: 9780615290508

Melesia Betts Online Media Center
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/meleisabetts.htm

Book Reviewed By Heather Slocumb(Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 Stars)

“Life to me is not like a box of chocolates, life is a Pandora’s Box filled with ‘what if’s.’ It doesn’t matter how rich you are or how poor you are, you going to go through hell in some form or fashion unless you are just plain lucky.”– Molly, How I Made The Angels Cry

Molly Betts claims to have done two lifetimes’ worth of living in her short time on Earth, and, by all accounts, such a remark is a stark understatement. Born and raised in the one-horse town of Marionville, Alabama, she quickly gets used to enjoying a life a relative privilege; her father, the town’s largest employer, provides the family with many luxuries and pleasures that others would literally kill to obtain, fostering in Molly a strong sense of pride – and near conceit – early on. Of course, the flip side of her father’s success is his numerous, careless dalliances with scores of women from all over the town, often leading to dangerous repercussions for Molly, her mother, and the rest of their family.

Torn between her undying love for her mother and her subconscious emulation of her father’s ways, Molly’s life soon becomes a reflection of the emotional dichotomy that lingers within her. As such, she begins dating men simply for the superficial thrill of what they can do for her, all the while secretly desiring women for the very same thing – only in the sexual, not the material. At an early age, she becomes aware of her affinity toward women, and her struggles to reconcile the resulting moral conflict yield often disastrous results for her over the course of the various relationships into which she enters to scratch her ever-present sexual “itch.” At their beginnings, each of her involvements seem to promise the ultimate spiritual deliverance for which she constantly prays, but they, without fail, only lead her further down the path of confusion, loneliness, and pain.

Eventually, Molly begins to realize that only by searching within – rather than without – can she finally receive the peace for which she longs day in and day out. One would think that only a few episodes of heartbreak, rejection, and brutality would hasten such an epiphany, but Molly’s tortuous journey toward ultimate truth serves as proof that the sojourn on the road to enlightenment – and the scope of its learning curve – truly varies from person to person.

How I Made the Angles Cry is one of those rare, invaluable finds that must be celebrated and shared widely once discovered. In it, Meleisa Betts takes the reader on a literal emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows, with all the typical jerks, false starts, and sharp curves caught in-between. At times overwhelmingly heavy and sad, her tome nonetheless offers just the right amount of insight and hope to ensure the reader that, no matter how dark or gloomy the circumstances, light truly resides at the end of the tunnel, and ultimate victory over such circumstances is assured – as long as you keep pushing through the tough times.

A stirring memoir of a life whose amazing story must be told and retold. Highly recommended.

Buy the book at: Amazon.com Barnes and Noble.com or order from your local bookstore, distributed by Ingram Book Group.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2009 in Meet the Author

 

The Mosaic Literary Conference

The Mosaic Literary Conference presents creative ways for keeping books and reading valuable sources of knowledge and creativity.

This day of professional-development workshops will help educators incorporate literature into existing curricula to further explore course work that focuses on cultures, history, and social studies.

Official website: http://mosaicmagazine.org/literary-conference.html

Early Registration: $30 (ends Sept 23)
Regular Registration: $50

Listen to a interview with Ron Kavanaugh of Mosaic Literary Magazine- Interview on BAN Radio with host Ella Curry. Ron discusses this event and the need for the community to READ.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Black-Author-Network/2009/09/15/EDC-Literary-Spotlight

The Mosaic Literary Conference Details

Registration/Breakfast
Mosaic Workshop 2 concurrent workshops
Lunch/Vendor village
2 concurrent workshops 2 concurrent workshops

Registration includes gift bag, continental breakfast, lunch, and a 1-year subscription to Mosaic

Conference Date: November 7, 2009
Location: Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse at 149th St., Bronx, NY

Click here for information on past conferences

Download conference workshop RFP – Deadline Sept 29
http://mosaicmagazine.org/literary-conference.html

 

The Christian Fiction Anthology of the year Bended Knees is coming

The Christian Fiction Anthology of the year “Bended Knees” is coming!

Nationwide Release: December 1, 2009

Retail Price: $15.25
Pre-order Price: $9.99

Books can only be pre-ordered from the Hollygrove Publishing website.
http://www.hollygrovepublishing.com/

All pre-ordered books will be delivered
November 17-21, 2009…just in time for the holidays.

Hollygrove Publishing has assembled seven talented authors (each representing a different region of the country) to contribute what will surely be considered one of the best books of the year. Each author delivers a short story based on real life scenarios that “real folk” can relate to. Check out this roster of best selling authors (listed in the order that their story will appear):

Brian W. Smith, Best Selling Contemporary Fiction Author, is from New Orleans. He delivers a powerful short story titled Forgiveness. Picking up where his best selling novel, Mama’s Lies – Daddy’s Pain left off, Brian gives the reader a peek into the mind of Jamal Simms. After spending 17 years trying to be the best father he could to his daughter Jada, Jamal discovers (via a DNA test) shortly before her 18th birthday that he isn’t the child’s biological father. Filled with anger and hate towards those who deceived him, only Gods power can help Jamal overcome his bitterness and resentment.

Shelia E. Lipsey, the Best Selling Christian Fiction Author of the books, My Son’s Wife, Insatiable, and Beautiful Ugly, comes to this project by way of Memphis, TN. She delivers a masterful short story titled, Against the Grain. Erica Cherry is a thirty seven year old Realtor and devout Christian who still battles the pain of her husband (of twenty two years) leaving her for a wealthy younger woman. Erica’s life is changed when she meets and eventually gives in to the advances of Dr. Parker Calloway…a white man. Erica learns that interracial dating is tough. It gets tougher once her ex-husband finds out and she brings her new man around “church folk.”

Tifany Jones, is the Christian Fiction author of The Powder Room and The Secrets Within. This talented new author hails from the D.C. area, and is representing to the fullest. She attempts to steal the show with the short story, A House Divided. On the eve of their mother’s death, Tianna, Shayla, and Harris are faced with yet another tragedy when their father is brutally murdered. His death rocks the Daniels family children to their souls, and causes each to question the loving God both their parents served. Will they find strength to overcome this trial or let anger and bitterness destroy their lives?

Donna Deloney, is from the windy city of Chicago. She is the first Christian Fiction author signed to Hollygrove Publishing. Donna has followed up her debut novel, Journey To Jordan with this short story titled, Joy’s Gift. Michele has managed to keep God at a comfortable distance from her life. The sudden, tragic death of her best friend, Joy, has left Michele heartbroken and more determined than ever to ignore God’s love. But, a gift from beyond the grave might just be the thing to bridge the gap.

Rickey Teems II, the Best Selling Christian Fiction author of the Cross Realities trilogy and Regressions is a prolific Christian Fiction author from L.A. He was chosen for this project because of his “real” writing style, and he delivers with, Soldier Surrendered. As Brooke watches her youngest son CJ get sucked into the “thug” lifestyle, she is elated to hear that her oldest son, Caleb, has survived his military deployment and is coming home. With her hopes resting on the possibility that Caleb can save his younger sibling from the streets, tragedy strikes. She and the family are forced to reflect and try to understand God’s plan.

Keshia Dawn this Texas native is the Best Selling Christian Fiction author of the hit novels, By the Grace of God and His Grace, His Mercy. She brings her “A” game with the short story, Baby Boy. Thirteen-year-old Baby Boy struggles to understand why God has made him different than other children his age. His being “slow” has pushed his mother, Laura, into making sure that he is always within her reach. Still confused by life, its not until Baby Boy hears a gun shot and walks in on his bloodstained parents that he realizes there is no truth in all that he knows. He’s left alone to learn how to forgive the person who has permanently altered his life.

Kia Stokes, is from Jackson, MS. She is the Best Selling Christian Fiction author of Unbound. Kia closes the show with her heart wrenching story, Mister, Are You My Daddy? What would you do if after twenty-seven years, you found out that the man you’ve been calling daddy, may not be your father after all? Karmelita, is a successful fertility specialist living in the suburbs of Mississippi. She specializes in helping people find their biological parents. Karmelita is pleased with her life until she learns that the man she thought was her father is not. Her faith is tested like never before as she searches for the truth.

This book is highly recommended for anyone who has had to deal with life’s challenges. This book would be a great (inexpensive) Christmas gift for people of all ages.

Pre-order your copy today!!!

 

Meet Your Favorite Authors Sept 24-26 in DC

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Thursday, September 24th (Pavilion Hours 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.)
Author Pavilion hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series & host and executive producer Literary Nation KABF FM 88.3

Noon – 1:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)
Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Kwame Alexander – And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems
Valencia Campbell – Advice From the Top What Minority Women Say About Their Career Success
Congressman Chaka Fattah – State of Black America 2009 Message to the President
Lloyd Price & William “Dollar-Bill” Waller – The True King of the 50’s The Lloyd Price Story
Russell Price, Jr. – Is He Your Man or is Your Head in the Sand?
Janice Bryant Howroyd – The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You!
Jamal Bryant – World War Me
Calvin Mackie, PH.D. – A View From the Roof – Lessons for Life & Business
Hilda Gurley-Highgate – Sapphire’s Grave A Novel

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)
Aaron W. Smith – In the Black Live Faithfully, Prosper Financially
Stephanie L. Jones – The Enemy Between My Legs
Derrick Barnes – Ruby and the Booker Boys Series (Children’s Series)
Rodney M. Jackson – A Philanthropic Covenant with Black America
Yaba Baker – Princess Briana & Super TJ (Children Series)
Jacquette Timmons – Financial Intimacy How to Create a Healthy Relationship With Your Money and Your Mate
Victoria Christopher Murray – The Divine Divas (Christian Fiction for Teens)
Mildred Muhammad – Sacred Silent The Mildred Muhammad Story
Dan Ouellette – Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes (Jazz Legend Ron Carter will appear for this signing)
Peggy Brooks-Bertram & Barbara Seals Nevergold – Go, Tell Michelle, African American Women Write to the New First Lady

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

The Black Writer as Cultural Activist and Gatekeeper of History hosted by Hurston Wright Foundation

Moderator: Marita Golden author of Don’t Play In The Sun: The Color Complex

Panelists:
Ralph Eubanks – The House at the End of the Road
Paula Giddings – Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
Howard Dodson – In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Annette Gordon Reed – The Hemingses of Monticello
David Levering Lewis – W. E. B. Du Bois, 1919-1963: The Fight for Equality and the American Century

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:
Sheilah Vance – Land Mines A Novel
Veronica T. White, MSPH – How to Maximize FEMA Funding After a Natural Disaster
T. Dweylan Wilson – Four Stars Conversations on Life Success, Leadership, Mentorship, Culture and Diversity

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Friday, September 25th (Pavilion Hours 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Janis F. Kearney – Something to Write Home About: Memories from a Presidential Diarist
Gil L. Robertson IV & Sandra Jowers – Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today
Thembisa Mshaka – Put Your Dreams First Handle Your Entertainment Business
Layah Beth LeFlore – Wildflowers
Nika C. Beamon – I Didn’t Work this Hard Just to Get Married Successful Single Black Women Speak Out
Kim Collier – Kia’s Aftermath
Farai Chideya – Kiss the Sky
LaVerne Gill – African American Women in Congress Forming and Transforming History
Jeff Johnson – Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Mind Readers: Mental Health, Wellness, and Self-Help hosted by Emerging Leaders and sponsored by AstraZeneca.

Moderator: Michelle Gourdine M.D. – Reclaiming Our Health: A Step by Step Guide to African American Wellness

Panelists:
Cornel West – Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud — A Memoir
Terrie Williams – Black Pain It Just Looks Like We are Not Hurting
Kamau and Akilah Butler – The Love Ethic: The Reason Why You Can’t Find and Keep Beautiful Black Love
Haki Madhubuti – Liberation Narratives: Collective Poems 1966-2007
Wade Nobles – Seeking the Sakhu: Foundational Writings for an African Psychology
Pedro Noguera – The Trouble with Black Boys: And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education
Bryant Terry – Vegan Soul Kitchen Fresh, Healthy and Creative African American Cuisine

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Deborah Gregory – Catwalk (Young Adult Series)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee – Renegade for Peace and Justice

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Michael Taylor – A New Conversation with Men
Trice Hickman – Keeping Secrets and Telling Lies A Novel
Lori Nelson – Hillary’s Big Business Adventure (Children’s Book)
J.D. Mason – That Devil’s no Friend of Mine (Christian Fiction)
Ivan J. Houston –Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II
Carla Douglin – The Foreclosure Workbook: Complete Guide to Understanding Foreclosure and Saving Your Home
Monda Webb – 7:33 am
Tanya Brockett – The Loan Solution Nine Steps to Community Express
Katie McCabe & Dovey Johnson Roundtree – Justice Older Than the Law The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree

Meet Your Favorite Authors!
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2009
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
Schedule Subject to Change!

Saturday, September 26th (Pavilion Hours 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.)
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Panel Discussion, Meet, Greet, Book Signings)

Raising Him Alone Empowering Single Mothers Raising Young Boys hosted by Urban Leadership Institute

Moderator: Patrick Oliver author of Turn the Page and Don’t Stop

Panelists:
David Miller – Raising Him Alone Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to be Men
Cassandra Mack – The Single Mother’s Little Book of Wisdom
Sheron “Umi” Smith (Mos Def’s Mother) – Shine Your Light Life Skills Workbook
Dr. Brenda Green (Talib Kweili’s Mother) – Meditations and Ascension: Black Writers on Writing Jaquita Clayton mother of Mark Clayton Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver and
Director and co-founder of the Mom Squad a group of NFL, NBA and Entertainers mothers

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Bernadette Stanis – Situations 101
Michelle Caple Taylor – Trouble Won’t Last Always (Christian Fiction)
Kareem Moody – Raise them Up: The Real Deal on Reaching Unreachable Kids
Eureka A. Wright – Called for a Purpose (Gospel CD Signing)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion & Meet, Greet & Book Signings)

Impact of the Black Writer on Today’s Culture: How Our Story is Told and Who Tells It!

Panelists:
Gwen Ifill – The Breakthrough: Politics and Race In the Age of Obama
Stephanie J. Jones – The State of Black America 2009: Message to the President
Charles Ogletree – Road to Abolition: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States
Dwayne Betts – A Question of Freedom
Mary Frances Berry – And Justice for All: The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Solomon Jones – Payback
Jesmyn Ward – Where the Line Bleeds
Booker T. Mattison – Unsigned Hype
Tiffany Warren – The Bishop’s Daughter

1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Panel Discussion followed by a Poetry & Drum Performance!)

Teen Girls, Arts and Education hosted by Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series
Moderator: Patrick Oliver author of Turn the Page and Don’t Stop

Panelists:
Jessica Care Moore – God is Not an American (poetry performance)
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall – The Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls
Celia Anderson – Love, Ocean
Cora Coleman-Dunham – Gathering a Greater Understanding: The Guide for Life (drum performance)
Julianne Malveaux – Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take On the Top Ten Issues Women Face

Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad – Memories
Sloane Baxter – Concrete Dreams A Collection of Poems by 7 Young Men
Bey Bright – How to Attract a R.E.A. L. Man 10 Qualities R.E.A.L. MEN Look for In a Woman
Charisse Carney-Nunes – I Am Barack Obama

 

EDC Creations Reading List Fall 2009

EDC Creations Reading List Fall 2009

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 all book lovers! The books ARE NOT listed in any order pertaining to the quality of the literature—they 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: http://astore.amazon.com/edcmagazine-20 . Enjoy!

Teen Lit and Children Titles
01. Love, Ocean by Celia Anderson
02. A Song for Harlem by Patricia C. McKissack
03. The World Is Mine by Lyah B. LeFlore
04. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
05. Aaliyah by Victoria Christopher Murray
06. The Secret to Teen Power by Paul Harrington
07. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
08. Sunny Holiday by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
09. The Lip Gloss Chronicles by Shelia Goss
10. Believing in Hope by Stephanie Perry Moore

Non-Fiction Motivational and Biography
01. Tears of Fear: Escaping the Abuse, Discovering Greatness by Lyn-Dee Eldridge
02. How to Choose Happiness by Chappale Linn Burton
03. Character Driven: Life, Lessons, and Basketball by Derek Fisher
04. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice by Nene Lakes
05. Memories by Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad
06. The Journey Less Traveled by Loretta “Faith” Harris
07. Deja View: Memoirs of a Funk Diva by Patryce Choc’Let Banks
08. Justin: A Father’s Fight for His Son by Abe Morris
09. The Barack in Me by Moses Miller
10. The Survival Bible by Jihad

Grown Folk Fiction, Urban Fiction and Erotica
01. Carbon Copy by Azarel
02. What I Do is Taboo 2 and 3 by Yonder
03. The After Party by Saundra E. Harris
04. Another Woman’s Husband by Angel Mechelle
05. My Husband’s Fiancee by Kaira Denee
06. Maneater by Mary B. Morrison and Noire
07. Dubious by Tina Brooks McKinney
08. Thug Lovin’ by Wahida Clark
09. Too Much of a Good Thing Ain’t Bad by Clarence Nero
10. Unconditionally Single by Mary B. Morrison

Mainstream Fiction and Women’s Fiction
01. A Change Had to Come by Gwynne Forster
02. A New Kind of Blue by Bettye Griffin
03. Twist by Angie L. Jennings
04. Donna’s Comeback by Brian W. Smith
05. Who Is He to You by Monique D. Mensah
06. Land Mines by Sheilah Vance
07. Matchmaker by Gibran Tariq
08. What the Bayou Saw by Patti Lacy
09. Song of the Siren by Avah LaReaux
10. Over and Over Again by Ni’cola Mitchell

Faith-based Fiction and Christian Fiction
01. Wildflower by Lyah Beth LeFlore
02. Beautiful Ugly by Shelia Lipsey
03. The Manual by Sherryle K. Jackson
04. Sins of the Father by Angela Benson
05. In the Land of Cotton by Martha Taylor
06. Somebody’s Sinning in My Bed by Pat G’Orge Walker
07. Journey to Jordan by Donna Deloney
08. Girl Naw! by LaCricia A’ngelle
09. Deliver Me From My Enemies by Sharon Oliver
10. Preacher Man Blues by Jihad
11. Last Woman Standing by Tia McCollors

Romance and Relationship Drama
01. One Night with You by Francis Ray
02. Fixin’ Tyrone by Keith Walker
03. Dream Keeper by Gail McFarland
04. Waiting for Mr. Darcy by Chamein Canton
05. Fireflies by Joan Early
06. Another Memory by Pamela Ridley
07. Frost on My Window by Angela Weaver
08. Victim or Violator by Gerald D. Jones
09. Waiting in the Shadows by Michele Sudler
10. After the Hell by China Ball
11. A Lova’ Like No Otha’ by Stephanie Perry Moore

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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: edc_dg@yahoo.com Leave all reviews and comments here.

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. Leave all news, reviews and comments here.

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…..

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Capital BookFest 5th Anniversary

5th Anniversary Capital BookFest
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time: 10am-7pm EST

Location:
Boulevard at the Capital Centre
900 Capital Centre Boulevard, Largo 20774

Website: http://www.capitalbookfest.org

Celebrating 5 Years of Strengthening Families through Reading

Event Description: Presented in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Bookfest features author readings, publishing workshops, poetry performances, children’s storytelling, teen programs, and over 75 vendors. Free books to the first 1,000 people.

The authors talks include discussions with Nelson George, Tim Reid, Liza Mundy (Michelle Obama: Biography), Sonya Sones, Marita Golden, Lori Nelson, Ronald Cotton (Picking Cotton), Chef Gillian Clark, Sahar Simmons, Le Hinton, Victoria Christopher Murray, W. Ralph Eubanks, Lucille Clifton, Omar Tyree, Kimberly Seals Allers (The Mocha Moms Manual), Charisse Nunes (I am Barack Obama children’s book), and several teen authors.

This year, in response to President Barack Obama’s call to service, the Capital BookFest and the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services will team up to promote healthy homes for children in foster care. Meet Ella Curry of EDC Creations for live reader interviews! Visit http://www.capitalbookfest.org/ for a schedule of events. All ages welcome. Cost: FREE admission

Capital BookFest Founder
Kwame Alexander, a poet, publisher, playwright, producer, dynamic speaker, and performer, is the author of eight books -including the best-selling Do The Write Thing: 7 Steps to Publishing Success, Kupenda: Love Poems, Dancing Naked on the Floor: poems and essays, and The Way I Walk, a collection of young adult short stories.

He has conducted standing-room only publishing workshops, delivered awe-inspiring keynote speeches, and performed his cutting-edge brand of poetry to audiences at numerous conferences, colleges and venues throughout the world, including: Stratford-on-Avon, Brixton Town Hall, Oberlin College, UC Berkeley, Hampton University, Duke University, University of Maryland, America’s Choice National Conference, Baltimore Writers Alliance, and the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference.

Alexander has produced over two-hundred literary related special events, the most recent being the First Annual Capital BookFest, a major literary arts festival sponsored by The Washington Post, Chick-fil-A, and The Literacy Council of Prince George’s County. Dubbed a “phenom” in the poetry world by The Charleston (SC) City Paper, Alexander has wowed audiences with his electric readings and performances at coffeehouses, theatres, and universities across the country and abroad. In 2002, 2004, and 2005 Alexander was selected as a special guest author for the Library of Congress Poets at Noon Series, and The Washington Post-Maryland Center for the Book Evening in The Stacks Gala.

The founder of two book publishing companies, BlackWords Press and Do The Write Thing , this publishing veteran of over fifteen years is responsible for some of the most progressive, original and exciting fiction and non-fiction on the shelves today. He has published over forty authors in different genres, including: M. Dion Thompson, former Baltimore Sun reporter and author of the critically-acclaimed historical novel Walk Like A Natural Man; Lalita Noronha, author of the short story collection, Where Monsoons Cry; and Michael Datcher, Today Show Book Club Awardee and editor of Tough Love: The Life and Death of Tupac Shakur . Kwame Alexander has served as a judge for several local and national literary awards, including the Georgia Writer’s Awards, and the Washington, DC Parkmont Poetry Awards. Among his many board appointments are The CityLit Project, Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, and the Hippodrome Arts & Education Committee. Alexander is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he studied under renowned poet Nikki Giovanni.

He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter, where he hosts a weekly radio program, Word of Mouth, and serves as poet-in-the-schools for Crossland High School/Prince George’s County Schools. When not working on several new and exciting book and TV/film projects, he enjoys reading, writing, and a good game of chess.

 
 

Intimate Conversation with LaCricia A’ngelle

Intimate Conversation with LaCricia A`ngelle

LaCricia A`ngelle is a licensed Evangelist, writer, and the President of His Pen Publishing. A native of Chicago, LaCricia currently resides in Tennessee with her four children. As a Christian Fiction author, LaCricia not only writes for entertainment, but she also writes for ministry. Her goal in every piece of written work is to draw someone closer to Christ.

Ella: How did you start your writing journey?
I am originally a native of Chicago, however I settled in Tennessee several years ago. My favorite genre is Christian Fiction. I am very impressed with how many Christian Fiction authors are stepping out of the box and writing about topics that are relevant to today’s time. I started my writing journey as a child by writing poetry and songs.

Ella: Tell us about your passion for writing. Why do you write? What drives you?
I write first and foremost for ministry. Through my writing I not only minister to others but I minister to myself as well. In addition to ministry, I write for entertainment. I enjoy going back over some of the things I have written to see my thoughts on paper. I am driven by my desire to set a good example for my children. My writing offers me the opportunity to show my children that although my original plans/goals for my life were not achieved, I was able to dream new dreams and to become successful doing it.

Ella: Finish this sentence- My writing offers the following legacy to future readers…
Forgiveness is a choice. When we choose not to forgive, we harm ourselves much more than those we choose not to forgive.

Ella: Introduce us to your new book, Girl Naw!.
What happens when the window becomes a mirror. Antoinette Walker is good at helping other women resolve their issues but her closet isn’t free from skeletons. Girl, Naw! takes you on Antoinette’s journey of ridding her bed of roses of the thorns that continue to prick her heart. Forgiving others will only be part of her struggle.

Ella: Ultimately, what do you want readers to gain from your book?
Ultimately, I hope readers will gain from Girl, Naw! strength to move past the emotional scars that have paralyzed them. It is my prayer that readers will gain more compassion for others that are going through various things in life, because we never really know what someone else is truly facing.

Ella: Who would this book really “speak to” and why?
Girl, Naw! speaks to hurting people. It opens the door to forgiveness, and ushers in the healing process. I also believe Girl, Naw! speaks to individuals both male and female who are in a position of authority where people depend on them a lot for various reasons. Girl, Naw! shows its readers, they are not alone. Some of the very trials and tests they are facing there are others going through it as well.

Ella: What would you say has been your most significant achievement as a writer?
My most significant achievement as a writer has been having readers contact me both in person and via email and tell me the impact Girl, Naw! has made in their lives. I will never forget the time I was doing an interview about Girl, Naw! and a woman in the audience shed tears after hearing an excerpt from the book. The section that was read touched on something she was going through.

Ella: What advice would you give a new writer?
I would advise a new writer to persevere. New writers will often have their confidence challenged. It is important to take your time and put out a good product. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed with unrealistic deadlines. I would also advise a new writer to take advantage of all of the resources that are available such as writers’ workshops, and online writers’ groups that focus on the genre in which they are writing. Finally, I would advise a new writer to read books that are compatible to what they are writing.

Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
In the future readers can expect to see more life altering stories from LaCricia A`ngelle. Stories that show characters overcoming tough obstacles by the power of God. You can also expect to see more authors realizing their publishing dreams through His Pen Publishing. Most importantly Expect the Unexpected.

www.lacriciaangelle.com
www.myspace.com/authorlacricia
http://www.facebook.com/lacricia
http://authorlacricia.wordpress.com

 

SLS Journey to Publication-Monique D. Mensah

Sankofa Literary Society Authors Spotlight
Monique D. Mensah Journey to Publication

Ella: Monique, tell us those Intimate Details about your book and the people within, Who Is He to You.
MDM: As the shattered lives of Simone, Ryan and Jessica collide, they find that they have one thing in common: they are all in a desperate fight to hang on to love that doesn’t love them back.

Simone, a beautiful 14-year-old girl, lies in her bed begging God to take her life. She says the same prayer every night, but mercilessly, He ignores her pleas. She believes that God left her on this earth to cope with incestuous rape the best way she knows how—through self-mutilation. Simone’s father loves her; he always has. But realizing that Simone processes something that no other woman has, he allows himself to fall in love with his own daughter. Simone’s family is one of affluence and prestige and she couldn’t live with herself if she tarnished that reputation and disappointed her mother’s high expectations. She doesn’t want her father to go to prison and she can’t tell her mother. Her father just needs help. Once he gets the help he needs, they can return to the happy and normal family they once were.

Ryan is falling fast into the cold and isolated world of depression. The only thing that keeps her dangling on to hope is her boyfriend, Anthony’s, empty promises of marriage. After two years, their relationship suddenly begins to unravel at an alarming rate. Ryan is clueless as to why their relationship has taken such a dramatic change for the worst, but refusing to be single and childless at mid-life, she is determined to make it work.

Jessica is a polished and refined wife of a high-powered attorney, but she has a hardcore interior. She grew up in a dilapidated trailer with an alcoholic and abusive mother who hated her because she was half-black. When she met her husband, Ross Anthony Pembroke, while dancing as a stripper at a bachelor party, she was convinced that he was her savior. He trained and molded her into a well-groomed trophy wife. But Jessica will never be good enough for him. Ross will never accept her as long as she doesn’t accept herself.

You and the readers will have to read the book to see how these storylines turn out!

Ella: What inspired you to write this novel?
MDM: I constantly have story ideas and characters flowing through my mind. A conversation I’ve overheard, a television show, or a news story may spark some ideas. Sometimes I pull from my own experiences or those of my friends. However, the concept of Who Is He To You emerged purely from my imagination.

I was prompted by a close friend to get started on my first novel and shortly after I came up with a broad, general idea. I knew that I wanted to defuse some stereotypes and keep the readers shocked and guessing. I wanted to write about things, other authors have yet to explore. The rest unfolded throughout the writing process.

Ella: What message(s) are you trying to convey to the readers?
MDM: When I started writing Who Is He To You, I did it with the sole intention to entertain. It wasn’t until after I completed the manuscript and read the story in its entirety did I recognize the underlying messages weaved throughout the plot. Women too often count on the men in their lives to validate or complete them. For Simone it was her father, Ryan’s boyfriend, and Jessica’s husband. Women have to learn to love themselves, recognize their self-worth and learn to be happy instead of expecting a man to fill the gaps in their lives.

Ella: What do you want the readers to feel when reading about the struggles of the three main characters?
MDM: It is my responsibility as the author to create a unique experience for my readers. When reading Who Is He To You, my readers should feel as if they are in the room with these characters, experiencing their stories first hand. I want the readers to feel Simone’s pain, desperation and uncertainty. They should empathize with Ryan’s frustration, and root for Jessica’s emergence into her identity. My goal is to have my readers identify a piece of themselves in one of the three main characters. That makes the story realistic and relatable.

Ella: Do you identify with any of the main characters? How so?
MDM: I definitely identify with Ryan the most. I have never had a drug-addiction, but I have experienced depression and the frustrations of dealing with an emotionally unhealthy relationship. Some of the situations Ryan endures in the novel were inspired by my own experiences. I tried to exert feelings I had at those times into Ryan’s character in order to make her more real and relatable.

Ella: How would you describe your writing style?
MDM: My writing style is very descriptive. I like to set the scene and vividly illustrate the emotions and feelings of the characters as they experience each situation. I am also a bold writer; writing about real situations and making my characters come to life with thoughts and actions that depict real life. I am not afraid to write about the ugly truths of reality like the mixed emotions Simone had about her relationship with her father. I stay away from the simplicity of stating the obvious in my writing. I want to broaden my readers’ minds and give them insight into some things they have not otherwise thought about.

Ella: What differentiates you and your novel from other novels in your genre?
MDM: Who Is He To You is edgy and unpredictable. The characters are flawed, complicated, and multi-dimensional. Each chapter is filled with dramatic, descriptive scenes that pull the reader right into the story. Who Is He To You is an intense experience with real depictions of character reactions, emotions, and life situations. The novel gives an intelligent exploration of the infrequently discussed issues of incest, self-injury, and depression in the African-American community. It also breaks down and dispels some stereotypes and opens the readers eyes to fresh, new perspectives.

Ella: What is your writing process?
MDM: I have a freestyle method of writing. I don’t create outlines for the story or characters. I start with a general idea, and then I begin to type. I allow the characters to take on lives of their own and guide me through to the end. Although I find it difficult to stick to structure, I try to commit to writing at least an hour a day. If during that time, I am unable to come up with actual material, I will spend that time thinking of how to further the story or alter what I’ve already written. I need complete silence when writing because I tend to be distracted easily. I usually write at home, in the evenings after my daughter has fallen asleep. I completed Who Is He To You in nine months by committing to that schedule.

Ella: What can readers expect from you in the future?
MDM: My readers can expect more dramatic, intense novels filled with literary adrenaline. I will always provide original plots, real dialogue, and believable characters. I like to read the kind of books that make me want to flip back to the beginning after reaching the end. I hope to provide that same type of experience for my readers. My novels will evoke strong emotion and audible reactions. Overall, my readers can expect a unique experience.

Ella: What advice would you give aspiring authors following in your footsteps?
MDM: I would advise aspiring authors to find your own writing style, perfect it, and stick to it. Don’t compare yourself to other established authors. Don’t try to write like your favorite author. Write in a way that identifies you as an individual and differentiates you from everyone else. In addition to writing, I read a lot of novels. Often after reading a book by one of my favorite authors, I would immediately begin to feel insecure about my own writing because I did not write like him or her. I had to learn to be confident in my writing and secure in my talent. You don’t want to be just like someone else. You want to stand out and be different.

Ella: What are your long-term writing plans and goals?
MDM: Just about every writer wants to make it to the bestseller list and I am no different. I want to be able to reach a wide range of readers and make my mark on the literary world. I am currently working on my second novel and I plan to keep going from there, making a successful career for myself as an author. My ultimate goal is to earn the privilege of being a full-time author. I look forward to the days when I will make a living from my passion.

Book: Who Is He To You by Monique Mensah
Website: http://www.moniquedmensah.com
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Audio Preview: Who Is He To You

Who Is He To You by Monique Mensah

Monique D. Mensah is a native Detroiter. She declared her dream of becoming an author at eight years old. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, she completed her first manuscript. Shortly after, she launched Kisa Publishing, and published her first novel, Who Is He To You. Monique now resides in Southfield, MI where she is raising her daughter and working on her second novel.

Readers will be intrigued by the intelligent exploration of sensitive issues such as cutting, emotional abuse, depression, and drug-addiction.The first page which is filled with intense emotion and a descriptive setting that pulls the reader right into the scene.

Listen to a reading from Who Is He To You by Monique D. Mensah
Genre: Dramatic Fiction; ISBN-13: 9780578023489
Link to the audio book preview

When love involves incest, self-mutilation, drug-addiction, and murder, will Simone, Jessica and Ryan fight to hold on or will they escape before it’s too late?

Simone, a shockingly beautiful teen, is on the downward spiral of destruction as she battles incest and self-hatred. She finds cutting to be the only way to relieve her pain. She must do something to regain control of her life and restore her family back to normalcy. But Simone may be too late as unexpected events threaten to throw her dream of contentment far out of reach.

Jessica lives the upscale lifestyle of a refined society matron. She strives to be the perfect wife, but without her husband, Ross, she would be nothing more than the abused stripper he rescued 16 years ago. When their marriage is threatened and it forces her to face her past, Jessica vows to do whatever it takes to protect what she has rightfully earned, even if it means murder.

Ryan, a fiery thirty-something, is quickly slipping into depression and prescription drug addiction. As her boyfriend, Anthony, artfully dangles the empty promise of marriage, she watches helplessly as their relationship dissolves. In an attempt to regain her sanity and self-esteem, she finds herself on a mission of self-restoration while trying to save the life of someone she doesn’t even know.

As the shattered lives of three very different women collide, they find that they have one thing in common: They’re all in a desperate fight to hold on to love. Experience their emotional journey through to the shocking end where these women will experience injury, imprisonment, and even death while crafting new lives from the ashes of their ruination.

Book info: ISBN-10: 0578023482; ISBN-13: 978-0578023489.
Visit Monique’s site: http://www.MoniqueDMensah.com

Read the first chapter of Who Is He To You by Monique D. Mensah
Link to the book excerpt

Ch. 1 Who Is He To You by Monique Mensah

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Author Spotlight: Pamela Samuels Young

Murder on the Down Low Book Tour
Join Pamela Samuels Young on a virtual book tour…

EDC Creations and the Sankofa Literary Society announces the official virtual book tour of Pamela Samuels Young, the critically-acclaimed author of In Firm Pursuit, Every Reasonable Doubt, Murder on the Down Low and the upcoming anticipated thriller, Buying Time. From September 1 to October 30, 2009, follow Pamela on an interesting journey all over the Internet from the comfort of your home. This virtual book tour is brought to you by EDC Creations Media Group. To learn more about Pamela’s virtual tour, visit her online media center. http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/pamelasyoung.htm

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 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.

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“>View the Murder on the Down Low Book tour here.

MURDER ON THE DOWN LOW by PAMELA SAMUELS YOUNG
A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African-American men on the streets of L.A. The victims are all quintessential family men. Well-educated. Attractive. Successful. But appearances can be deceiving. When the baffling murders are linked to a high-profile lawsuit, a savvy L.A. attorney and a tenacious female detective soon expose a scandalous tale of lust, lies and vengeance.

Pamela Samuels Young gives a voice to the victims of AIDS contracted from unfaithful partners. But more than that she opens the readers eyes to the fact that HIV/AIDS is an epidemic in our communities, running rampant and as Professor Michaels, a character in the book, tells Nichelle – “HIV doesn’t pick you because you’re gay or because you’re a bad person. It picks you because you’re available.”

http://www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com; ISBN: 0981562701; Genre: Legal Thriller- Mystery

Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and author of the legal thrillers, Murder on the Down Low, Every Reasonable Doubt,In Firm Pursuit and Buying Time. You can find Pamela’s articles on writing at BizyMoms.com, where she is a featured fiction writing expert.

Author Pamela Samuels Young is available for literary events, speaking engagements, tele-conferences, bookclub chats and interviews.

Submit all requests at: http://www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com
Author Website: http://www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com
Author Email address: author@pamelasamuelsyoung.com

Read an excerpt Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young

Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young (excerpt)

Reader Reviews for Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young
(Book info:ISBN-10: 0981562701;ISBN-13: 978-0981562704)

Amazon.com 5-Star Reader Reviews

Murder on the Down Low at Barnes and Noble

RAWSISTAZ Literary Group

Book Club Review
Vernetta, Special, J.C., and Nichelle are friends who would do just about anything to make sure they are all happy and safe. When prominent African American men began showing up dead, the Los Angeles Police Department did not want to believe the connection between the deaths. However, when Special crossed the line in the name of vengeance, all eyes rolled in her direction. Special, along with her three best friends, wanted justice to be served when a family member died due to the deceit of one individual.

Mysteries are hard to talk about, especially good ones. Murder on the Down Low is one of those books that once you start talking you are tempted to tell it all. But I have a little restraint. I will say there is drama and suspense in every chapter. Even though, the book was almost 400 pages, it moved along fast. I believe it is due to the short chapters and necessary information without the fluff. In the first half of the book, I could not fathom why there were so many secondary characters, but in the end it all made absolute sense. I recommend mystery readers pick up this book quick, fast, and in a hurry. That is how rapid the pages will turn in an attempt to find out whodunit. — Jennifer Coissiere, APOOO BookClub

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Sept. Edition of Black Pearls Magazine

Great Books for Gifts!

We would like for you to take a moment and check out Black Pearls Magazine Fall Issue. We have the spotlight on 50 authors and 50 spectacular books! Listed below are the rooms, a few of the authors showcased and other important facts for the readers.

Each month we pay tribute to the bookclubs in our community. Please visit our Bookclub Celebration section and join us!

Purchase featured books here.

2009 Give the Gift of Knowledge Authors Tour

Meet the Authors Part 1: http://tinyurl.com/fallauthorspart1
Meet the Authors Part 2: http://tinyurl.com/fallauthorspart2
Power Hour Lit. Events: http://tinyurl.com/powerhour1
Purchase the books: http://tinyurl.com/supportfalltour

Explore the Pages of Black Pearls Magazine

Legends and Leaders Front Page
Bro. Yao poet, author and former Karibu Books Owner
Pat G’Orge Walker, Christian comedienne, and author
Lyah Beth LeFlore, author and TV producer
Dr. Cheryl Wilson-Bridges,minister of music Community Praise Center Alexandria, VA

Male Leaders Showcase
Author Fredric A. Almond
Author Tucker Smallwood
Author Dezi D. Stanley

Front Page Featured Authors
Miasha
Tia Hines
LaTonya Branham
Gil L. Roberts
Patti Lacy
Lutishia Lovely
Tinisha N. Johnson
Derrick A. Young, Mahogany Books

Front Page Featured Articles
Michael Jackson: Wealth, Fame and Corrosive Friendships
Getting Obama Daughters Ready for School
Daddy Wasn’t Home But I Made It
Investing in our Future: Mentoring Children
Seven Tips for Black Women to Live a Happier Life

Black Pearl Articles Main
The Right Mother Model for the 21st Century
A Mother’s Pain: the loss of a child
The Epidemic of Weak Men in America
When Your Mountain Won’t Move
N. Kali Mincy Coach for Writers
The State of African American Relationships
Inspirational Don’t Get Bitter, Get Better

Bookclub and Literary Leader Spotlights
Books and Beignets Book Club
Tulsa Sisters Sippin Tea
Phenomenal Women Book Club
D.I.V.A.S Divine Book Club
Sistah Circle Book Group
Divine Women of Faith Book Club
Literary Divas Des Moines, IA
Urban Reviews (Social Network)
Authors Supporting Authors
Good Girl Bookclub Online
Essence of Books Book Club
Black P.E.A.R.L.S Book Club
Readers in Motion Book Club
The Bookworm Sez, LLC
Risque Cafe (Social Network)
iZania Founder (Social Network)

My Sistas Corner
Tracie E. Christian and Adra Young
Monique Mensah
Dominique LeSane
Lynetta Marlin
Venom Patton
Author Keya
Brenda Hill
Shelley Parson
Danette Majette


Lifestyle and Travel Articles
You can Go Home Again and Like It
A Question of Freedom Spotlight
The Art of Seduction and Senuality
Secrets…How Far are You willing to Go to Keep Yours?
Abuse in Teen Relationships: Is Your Teen Crying Silently?
How to Handle the Insane Ex-Girlfriend
Do We Still Need Affirmative Action?
Should Same-Sex Marriage be Legal?
Secrets of the Sensuous Woman

Sankofa Literary Society Author Interviews
Patryce Choc’Let Banks
Rodney Lofton
Angel Mechelle
M.Yette
GStarr
Lamar Ariel
Shawna Hill
Saundra E Harris
Celia Anderson
Caramel Vixen
Yonder
Lynne Forde
Clayton W. Oliver
Jamison Davis
Zuri Day
Cheryl Robinson
J. Thurman

Intimate Conversation Author Interviews
Robin Robinson
Lisa Watson
Recha G. Peay
Matthew A. Goodman
Moses Miller
Stacey Covington-Lee
Lorraine Elzia
Sandra Hamer
Sharon Oliver
Angie L. Jennings
Sonia Matthews
Nancy M. Sellers O’Bryan
Toyi Ward
Tomi Akinyanmi
Eugenia O’Neal
Bonnie Hopkins
S.D. Denny

Intimate Conversation Author Interviews
Lord’Williams
Raven Starr
Daryl T. Stugis
Venesha
S.J. Foster
Patricia Amis
Ana Y. Rodriguez
Alvin V. Grimes
Larita C.
Jane McCormick
Pamela Leigh Starr

Heart and Soul Christian Center

Featured Articles
A Spiritual Blackout in the Land
6 Tips for Parents: Encouraging Teens to Read
Living Above the Chaos
Paulette Harper Personal Story of Survival
Even If I Don’t See It – I’m Speaking It
God’s Love is Beauty
Fruits of Christian Writing
Sex & Intimacy in Marriage

Author Interviews
Shelia E. Lipsey
Marian L. Thomas
Chappale Linn Burton
LaTonya Branham
Rachel Berry
Stephanie L. Jones
Michelle Stimpson
Stacy Hawkins Adams
Tia McCollors
Angela Benson
Jacquelin Thomas
LaCricia A`ngelle
Dr. Natalie A. Francisco
Pat Simmons
Earnell Brown
Nesheba
Nicole Morgan
Jacquie Lewis-Kemp
Arnita L. Fields
Wanda Manning
Daya Devi-Doolin
Martha A. Taylor
Rev. Eric Lambert

BECOME A EDC CREATIONS BOOK REVIEWER
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http://edcmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/07/edc-creations-review-team-policy.html

Visit the EDC Creations Bookclub Reading Room
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/readingroom.html

Please view the magazine and support us by leaving comments or congrats below. If you are a featured author or writer, please stop by and give us an update on your projects.
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EDC Video Blog of Events

Here are just a few of the video memories from our Summer 2009. There are videos from the 2009 National Bookclub Conference events, Expression Authors Appreciation and several events we attended. Click on the image of the video you want to watch. Enjoy!

EDC Creations Event Showcase

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Black Pearls NBCC Launch Party

Black Pearls Launch Party
Black Pearls Magazine held one of five launch parties at the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta. Here are just a few of the photos taken from the party. We would like to thank all the bookclubs and authors who attended. I would especially like to thank all the ladies of the Sweet Soul Sisters bookclub for helping me to pull this off! We had a blast. If you would like to be invited to the next Black Pearls Party in DC, VA, MD and NY, please email me so that I can keep you updated at: edc_dg@yahoo.com You can view the video footage on our Youtube page. Enjoy!

Visit the Black Pearls Magazine and prepare to be amazed!
Website:
www.blackpearlsmagazine.com

 

Fall 2009 Authors Spotlight

EDC Creations, The Sankofa Literary Society and The Black Authors Network announced the launch of their 2009-2010 “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” bringing readers and authors together to help improve literacy. In 2004, during the Christmas holidays, Ella Curry, the founder of EDC Creations, reached out to women’s groups and literary organizations to help promote early literacy by giving new books to children from low income homes.

Today, the “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” seeks to expand even further! “Based on the “each one teach one,” model, our goal is to help people introduce reading and new books to their family and friends,” says CEO and founder of EDC creations, Ella Curry. “Instead of giving expensive gifts that don’t shape lives—-let’s “Give the Gift of Knowledge” and help to strengthen our future generations!” Please give books as gifts this holiday season. Donate books to your favorite charity or family in need. Listed below are just a few of our suggested books that would make great gifts.

Fall 2009 Authors Spotlight

Purchase books by the authors on the 2009 Fall Holiday Book Tour
http://tinyurl.com/givethegiftbooks

 

MAKING STRIDES BREAST CANCER WALK


MAKING STRIDES BREAST CANCER WALK – PLEASE JOIN ME

Hello Everyone,

As you all know thousands of people are affected by Cancer each year. This year for our Fundraising efforts D.I.V.A.S. Divine Book Club will be participating in American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” to be held at Prospect Park Bandshell October 18th 2009 11am SHARP! We are asking for your support and hope you find it in your heart to do so.

PLEASE JOIN DIVAS DIVINE IN OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS BY JOINING OUR TEAM & WALKING WITH US OR DONATING TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS!

HELP BEGINS WITH YOU! Please click the link to view our page, join our team or make a donation. http://main.acsevents.org/goto/divasdivine Cancer is something that has stricken my family several times and I am very passionate about this cause.

Thanks & God Bless,
Bernella – President of D.I.V.A.S. DIVINE

HOW TO DONATE TODAY:
If you click on the following link http://main.acsevents.org/goto/divasdivine you will see a tab on our page that says donate to our team.

 
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Meet author Allison Hobbs

MEET ALLISON HOBBS

Allison Hobbs burst on the literary scene with the release of her highly successful, debut novel, Pandora’s Box in 2003. Raw! Riveting! Graphic! Edgy! Just a few words that describe the responses to Allison Hobbs’ controversial writing style.
Allison Hobbs is known for her explicit sexual scenarios and memorable characters. She takes erotica to another level but always interjects humor throughout.

Her current novel, Pure Paradise was the featured novel on AOL’S Black Voices in July. Pure Paradise gives readers a glimpse inside an erotic day spa.
Allison’s novel, The Climax was nominated for Best Erotic novel in 2008 for The 4th Annual African American Literary Awards show. This year, her novel, Big Juicy Lips has been nominated for the upcoming 5th Annual African American Literary Awards show in September, 2009.

Allison Hobbs is the author of twelve novels all published by Strebor Books/Simon and Schuster. She considers it fate, destiny, good karma, or maybe just a stroke of good luck, that she met her favorite author, Zane, the New York Times Bestselling author, Co-Executive Producer of Cinemax’s Zane’s Sex Chronicles, and publisher of Strebor Books at the Baltimore Book Festival. Allison was hoping to get Zane to write a review of her then self-published book, but she got so much more. Zane offered her a publishing deal.

When Allison’s sophomore novel, Insatiable dropped in 2004, readers were surprised that the author had pushed the envelope yet again, providing readers and book club members, with hours of heated conversation, as the characters in Insatiable were not easily forgotten.

A prolific writer, Allison penned three novels in 2006: Dangerously In Love, Double Dippin’, and The Enchantress (paranormal/erotica). Dangerously In Love, a portrayal of a male sex addict, continues to top numerous bestseller lists. Double Dippin’, a gritty, steamy, psychological thriller, that chronicles the lives of twin brothers and their relationships with women, was nominated for the 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.

Released in 2007, A Bona Fide Gold Digger, a sassy tale of a woman consumed by a secret sex life, explores the BDSM scene. A Bona Fide Gold Digger is a top seller in women’s erotica.

2008 brought two more sizzling page turners, The Climax (the sequel to Insatiable) and Big Juicy Lips (a continuation of Double Dippin’). Allison is on fire in 2009 with four releases: One Taste, Disciplined, Pure Paradise and The Sorceress (Release date scheduled for November). With two novels in the works for 2010, Ms. Hobbs will continue to bring the heat to the sheets.

Book by author Allison Hobbs
Bringing Heat to the Sheets!
National Bestselling Author

Pure Paradise
Disciplined: An Invitation Erotic Odyssey
One Taste
Big Juicy Lips
The Climax
A Bona Fide Gold Digger
The Enchantress
Double Dippin’
Dangerously In Love
Insatiable
Pandora’s Box

http://www.allisonhobbs.com/
www.myspace.com/allisonhobbs
www.twitter.com/allisonhobbs

 
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I Look To You In Stores Now!

Join us when Oprah interviews Whitney on September 14th and 15th!

I Look To You In Stores Today!
The wait is over…Whitney’s new album I Look To You is finally out today!

Grab a CD, download at iTunes…either way you gotta pick up a copy!

Check out Oprah’s latest tweet from Whitney’s taping! “In search of ceiling repairmen. Cause Whitney just BLEW THE ROOF off of Harpo. Grown men & women weeping in the aisles.” Don’t miss the most anticipated music interview of the century when Oprah interviews Whitney on September 14th and 15th!

 
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CELEBRATING THE ESSENCE OF FAMILY

SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA ARTS ASSOCIATION
Presents Afr’Am Fest 26th Annual

“CELEBRATING THE ESSENCE OF FAMILY”
September 4, 5, 6, 2009

Town Point Park, Norfolk VA
http://www.afram-fest.info/index.php

Afr’Am Fest Admission prices:
(advance tickets sales only)
$10.00 per day.
$20.00 per weekend pass
$15.00 day of the show
Children Under 10, Free with an Adult


LITERARY CAFÉ SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The Literary Café will be located in the center of the park between the Main Stage and Marketplace areas.

Friday, September 4th
4:15 pm Afr’Am Fest Literary Award Nominees
4:45 pm Performance: In4Red
5:00 pm Panel Discussion: “Let’s Get ‘Fired Up!’” Feat. Wil LaVeist
5:45 pm Performance: Tiffany Smallwood

6:00 pm Afr’Am Fest Poetry Slam hosted by Nonfriction feat. Poetikk Justice, Breeze, Blakghost, Ms. Monica, “Clark”, and Shiloh . With Special performances by “Just In Case,” C4, Tootie feat. Brutha’s Keeper, and Janaf

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Saturday, September 5th
10:00 am Afr’Am Fest Literary Awards Brunch
12:15 pm Performance: Venom Dance Team

12:30 pm Panel Discussion “Black Love Today” Moderated by Linda Dominique Grosvenor feat. Dwayne S. Joseph, R.A.W., LaJill Hunt, & Cheris Hodges

1:30 pm Performance: KREAM
1:45 pm Health Awareness Issues

2:30 pm Panel Discussion: “The State of Black Literature ” Moderated by Martin Pratt of Urban Literary Review feat. Mary Monroe, Wil LaVeist, Yvette Dowtin, Tina McKinney & Nakea Murray

3:45 pm Community Resource Information
4:15 pm Performance: Dance Dimensions

4:30 pm “God Ain’t Blind” 3 Chicks On Lit Style – Book Club Meeting Feat. Mary Monroe

5:30 pm Performance: Anonymous Funk

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Sunday, September 6th
12:15 pm The Public Speaking Contest
1:15 pm Performance: Best Kept Secret
1:30 pm Celebration of Youth Awards

2:30 pm “What They Want: Teens & the Books They Read” Moderated by 3 Chicks On Lit feat. Area Teens and Booker T. Mattison, Gary Smith, Anthony Whyte, Moses Miller & Jonathan Queen

3:15 pm Performance: Livewire & Amerika

3:30 pm Panel Discussion: “VA On the Map” feat. LaJill Hunt, Edd McNair, Angelo Galloway

4:15 pm Panel Discussion “Triumph Over Tragedy” feat. Theressa Gonsalves, Fredric Almond, & Jonathan Queen

 
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EDC Give the Gift of Knowledge

EDC Creations, The Sankofa Literary Society and The Black Authors Network announced the launch of their 2009-2010 “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” bringing readers and authors together to help improve literacy. In 2004, during the Christmas holidays, Ella Curry, the founder of EDC Creations, reached out to women’s groups and literary organizations to help promote early literacy by giving new books to children from low income homes. Today, the “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” seeks to expand even further!

“Based on the “each one teach one,” model, our goal is to help people introduce reading and new books to their family and friends,” says CEO and founder of EDC creations, Ella Curry. “Instead of giving expensive gifts that don’t shape lives—-let’s “Give the Gift of Knowledge” and help to strengthen our future generations!”

Please join the campaign by becoming a blog tour host, radio interviewer, chat host or by purchasing one of the books featured here and giving it to a friend.
We welcome the community into the program and will support any of our partners with promotion in return. Spread the word…. we want to bring more entertainment, education and enlightenment to the community!

Review the books below and invite the author to meet your family and friends in person or via the phone. Listed below are the author’s online profiles. Check out the links for each author and consider spotlighting them in your network. We have set up a bookstore for your shopping and gift purchases. If you need help organizing a meeting with authors, please email Ella Curry to help you set up a meet and greet in person or over the telephone. Email: edc_dg@yahoo.com

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Meet the EDC Creations 2009 Fall Authors on Tour
Eblast:
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Eblast: http://tinyurl.com/fallauthorspart2

Power Hour Events: http://tinyurl.com/powerhour1

Purchase books by the authors on the 2009 Fall Holiday Book Tour
http://tinyurl.com/givethegiftbooks

Pamela Samuels Young
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/pamelasyoung.htm

Pat G’Orge Walker
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/patwalker.htm

Azarel
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/azarellcb.htm

Monique Mensah
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/moniquemensah.htm

Martha A. Taylor
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/marthataylor.htm

Sherryle K. Jackson
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/sherrylejackson.htm

Melesia Betts
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/meleisabetts.htm

Lynne Forde
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/lynneforde.htm

Patricia Bridewell
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/patriciabridewell.htm

Keya Franklin
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/keya.htm

Electa Rome Parks
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/electarparks.htm


Loretta Faith Harris
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/lorettaharris.htm

Electa Rome Parks
http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/electarparks.htm

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2009 in Author Interviews

 

Audio Diary of a Stalker

Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks

Never judge a book by its cover. . .

Xavier Preston is tall, dark, and handsome, and the problem is that he knows it. He’s a bestselling author who is accustomed to adoring female fans, both young and old, flirting with him, throwing themselves shamelessly at him, and trying to get between more than the covers of his novels. He has always been more than willing to accommodate their needs and desires; however, his womanizing days have finally ended. He’s engaged to a beautiful woman, Kendall, and he’s decided to walk the straight and narrow. Or has he?

Diary of a Stalker Intro

From outside appearances, the very stunning Pilar has it all: a great career, a beautiful home, and a trust fund that keeps her financially secure; however, looks can be deceiving. All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold. Pilar is searching for her perfect soulmate, and she thinks she has found him in Xavier. She believes in going after what she wants with a vengeance . . . and she wants Xavier. That is not negotiable. She will have him, even if it kills him.

Meet Pilar from Diary of a Stalker

When Xavier meets his fanatical fan, Pilar, he gets much more than he bargained for. What starts out as an erotic one-night stand quickly spirals out of control into a dangerous game of obsession and pain with both parties playing to win.

Think you know what goes on behind the literary scene? Think again

ISBN-10: 160162199X
ISBN-13: 978-1601621993

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2009 in Meet the Author

 

Audio Murder on the Down Low

Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young

A high-profile lawsuit erupts into chaos, revealing its place in a larger spree of violence in this scandalous tale of lust, lies, and vengeance. A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African American men on the streets of Los Angeles, and police are completely baffled.

At the same time, savvy big-firm attorney Vernetta Henderson and her outrageous sidekick, Special, lead the charge for revenge against a man whose deceit caused his fianceé’s death. For Special, hauling the man into court and suing him for wrongful death just isn’t good enough. While she exacts her own brand of justice, a shocking revelation connects the contentious lawsuit and the puzzling murders.

“Meet Auntie Pearl Washington-Chapter 8, Murder on the Down Low

Pamela Samuels Young reading from Murder on the Down Low

About the AuthorPamela Samuels Young is a legal columnist for Global Woman magazine and the author of Every Reasonable Doubt and In Firm Pursuit. She lives in Los Angeles.

ISBN-10: 0981562701
ISBN-13: 978-0981562704

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2009 in Meet the Author

 

Audio Somebody’s Sinning In My Bed

Somebody’s Sinning In My Bed by Pat G’Orge-Walker
Pat G’Orge-Walker delivers a wickedly funny, uplifting novel of love and betrayal. . .good karma and bad karma. . .sin and redemption. . .

Meet First Lady Chyna Young
from Somebody Sinning in My Bed

Chyna and her sister Janelle are always moments away from a catfight. They love each other, but Janelle has never forgiven her sister for swiping her first love, Cordell. That was ages ago, and now Chyna is showing off as the First Lady of New Hope Assembly, a church that’s caught between the old ways of Holiness and new ways of serving its community. New Hope’s leader, Reverend Grayson Young, is also caught in the infamous Sweet Bush lounge, an establishment well-known for adult pleasures.

With the church congregation running wild in the aftermath of her husband’s scandalous behavior, Chyna turns to her sister Janelle for guidance. But if Chyna thinks she’s getting sympathy from Janelle, she’d better think again, because Janelle’s got her own crisis. And when Cordell suddenly comes back into the sisters’ lives, what follows are squabbling, chaos, and surprises that show just how hard the road to salvation really is. . .

ISBN-10: 0758235402
ISBN-13: 978-075823540

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2009 in Meet the Author

 
 
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