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Intimate Conversation with Shelia E. Lipsey

Shelia E. Lipsey is a multi-award winning author. Her novels are available at most bookstores nationwide as well as online. Lipsey’s books have been called gripping, life-altering, memorable and realistic. Lipsey was recently awarded the 2009 Top Shelf Award for Beautiful Ugly by Black Pearls Magazine.

She also won 2009 Shades of Romance Readers’ Choice Awards for My Son’s Wife in the following categories: Author of the Year, Christian fiction Book of the Year, Christian Romance of the Year, Best Book Cover of the Year, Best Fiction Book of the Year, among several other awards for her novels, Into Each Life and Sinsatiable.

Lipsey is the proud mother of two sons and the grandmother of three blessed young men. She is president of UCHisGloryBookClub.net, founder of Living Your Dreams Now a non-profit organization and MAAW (Memphis African American Writers). Read an excerpt and check the tour schedule at http://bit.ly/BeautifulUgly    For more information, visit http://www.shelialipsey.com/

  

Intimate Conversation with Shelia E. Lipsey

 Ella:  A Legacy is something that is handed down from one period of time to another period of time. Finish this sentence- My writing offers the following legacy to future readers…
My writing offers the following legacy to future readers…..words in print can never be taken away, even after our physical bodies have gone on eternally. As much as I am sorrowful about the recent deaths of authors such as E. Lynn Harris and the first AA Romance Novelist, Elsie B. Washington, there works will forever live on. My books are my legacy. They not only showcase my talent to the world, but they will forever linger in the lives of my children, grandchildren and on and on. I envision that perhaps one day after I have met my demise, that someone, somewhere, in the distant future will pick up a book and they will note the author is Shelia E. Lipsey.

From one generation to the next, words change lives.  From one generation to the next, our words speak volumes about the past, present and future. Words are powerful. They are even more powerful when they are written. That’s why the Bible and what God says inside the Bible can never be taken away or destroyed. It is written, God says, man shall not live by bread alone. Even God uses the word written. God says my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. The word of God also says “Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he who runs may read it. I write not only because I have to write because it is God’s gift and purpose to me and for me, but I write because there are so many thoughts, feelings, and emotions inside of me that are eager to give birth.

Everyone leaves a legacy.  Everyone has a choice whether the legacy they leave for the future is one that will positively or negatively impact families, loved ones and the world. I choose to leave a legacy of the redeeming love, mercy and grace of Jesus Christ.

Ella:  Introduce us to your book, Beautiful Ugly. Beautiful Ugly is the story of three close friends. Each one of them has life challenges, and each of them love, encourage and support each other through the good and the bad. Sometimes we look in the mirror, like Layla does in Beautiful Ugly, and we see an ugly image of ourselves. We fail to see the beauty that God has created. Or we may be like Envy, whose life is based on her name. She struggles with who she really is and why the person she sees in the mirror is not the beautiful, intelligent, smart woman that God made her to be. Instead she sees a young woman who has deep, dark secrets that only she and God know about.

As for Kacie, she equates beauty to having a man. She looks in the mirror and she sees a physically handicapped woman with a bad limp, and six children with six different baby daddies. Her vision of herself is one of low self-esteem and self-worth. How do they face the problems of life? How do they look at themselves and see that they are all wonderful creatures designed by God. When will they learn that beauty comes in so many different ways that even the human eye cannot conceive? Three friends struggle to learn their true identity that only God can define for them.

Ella:  Introduce us to your message and the main characters.
The main characters in Beautiful Ugly are three, 30 year old women. They have been good friends for eleven years. There is Layla Hobbs, who has a singing voice that could easily give Jennifer Hudson a run for the money. She is the lead singer in her church choir, but she battles some serious issues over her size. Envy Wilson is a beautiful, intelligent successful business woman, who is also very promiscuous, something her friends do not know about her. She also has a deep, dark secret that haunts her life. Kacie Mayweather, is a part time cashier, lives on Section 8 and has six children by six different men. She has real self-esteem issues because of her physical disability of cerebral palsy. The message in Beautiful Ugly can only be determined by the person who reads the book and dares to stand before the mirror and see themselves for who they are and for how God created them, which is fearfully and wonderfully made.

Ella:  Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?
Yes, my stories are from the portrayal of real people because that is the way I write. I write about every day people, so that somewhere, someone will pick up one of my novels and be able to identify with someone in the book, or know of someone like my characters. That is the essence of my gift of writing. I call it perfect stories about imperfect people.

Ella:  What inspired you to write this story? I write stories according to what God places in my spirit to write. At first, a title is given to me, and from that point, God orchestrates the words on the pages. Beautiful Ugly is such an everyday story for many women in the world today. We all have issues of some kind with our outward appearances whether we consider ourselves fine, thick or ugly and fat. Society just about bases everything on outward appearances, which is not the way it should be. Unfortunately, it is what it is; the world is warped when it comes to defining the difference in Beauty and Ugly.

Ella:  What issues in today’s society have you addressed in the book?
Beautiful Ugly addresses issues of how the world views individuals based on outward appearances. It discusses issues of low self-esteem, self-consciousness, secrets that we hide from the closest of friends and families, and the importance of loving one’s self.

Ella: Was it difficult to complete the novel?
Beautiful Ugly, surprisingly was not difficult to write. Having a physical disability of my own, I was easily able to get into the lives of my characters. I faced many of the same type of problems and issues they have; not all of them, but I can say that looking around today, I saw something of my characters in everyone my path crosses.

Ella:  Why did you decide to pick the Christian fiction genre for your book? I did not pick Christian fiction as my genre. Christian fiction picked me. When I self published my first novel back in 2000, I called it inspirational because at that time there was no such thing as AA Christian fiction, at least not that I recall. I started out with the great fiction authors like Victoria Christopher Murray, Vanessa Griggs and Jacqueline Thomas. They have taken their writings to a much higher level and enjoyed tremendous success. Knowing and seeing how God has prospered them in their genre of writing, gives me hope to rise to their level of greatness and beyond.

Ella:  What is your most valuable lesson about the publishing industry? The publishing industry can afford to be very choosy about who they offer a book deal. Today, the AA market and non AA markets too, are bombarded with a flood of authors. It is an industry that I believe will forever remain, and I believe we will see an even larger influx of self published authors coming on the literary scene.

Ella:  What writers inspire you and why? I am a J. California Cooper fan because her writing is so pure. What I mean by pure is that she is able to weave a story that compels readers to her character(s). She is one that will go down in the great history of literature and be talked about in years to come like other great authors such as Faulkner, Washington, Walker, Morrison and so many more.

Ella: What did you hope to accomplish by writing this particular story? What I hoped to accomplish is for those who reader Beautiful Ugly will close the pages of the book and be drawn toward their own inner beauty. I hope that those who do not like the person standing in the mirror, will read Beautiful Ugly and then see the wondrous, unique individual God Himself created him/her to be.

Ella:  Share with us your latest news, awards or upcoming book releases.
Some of my latest news is that I was awarded several times over, the 2009 SORMAG Readers’ Choice Award. I was also awarded the prestigious 2009 Black Pearls Top Book Awards. Beautiful Ugly will be available nationwide August 1, 2009. Also the sequel to My Son’s Wife will be released September 2010 and the title is My Son’s ex-Wife-The Aftermath.

You can contact Shelia E. Lipsey at shelialipsey@yahoo.com  You can learn more about me by visiting my website http://www.shelialipsey.com/  All books are available in bookstores nationwide as well as online at sites such as Amazon.com; bn.com; target.com; Wal-mart.com; Black Expressions.

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Poem: In Due Season by Doris Washington

President Barack Obama gave a inspiring speech for his first State of the Union Address last night about keeping the hope, and going forward that through these most challenging times in our country and the world we can and will restore our economy. Hold on to ‘hope” even though things may be difficult right now, that today does not have to be your tomorrow. And as we go forward to putting our dreams in action the economy will get better. I have a poem I hope will inspire you that is titled In Due Season. This poem is also from my book Faith, Hope & Love. May you be inspired. And please share this poem with others.

DORIS’ POEMS
In Due Season
(Excerpt From Faith, Hope & Love Poems of Inspiration by Doris Washington)

When I think about all the blessings
He brings.
When I think about His Grace- His Love,
I can only stay where he wants me to be.
I cannot doubt him,

No matter what,
No matter the challenges.
And when the storms come,
And it seems as though they will not pass,
I look up to Him to know

He’s my help,
He’s my friend.
And whatever desires,
I know He will grant.

Yes,
Always- In Due Season

In Due Season copyright (c) Doris Washington, April 2008. All rights reserved.

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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Poetic Expressions

 

Pamela Samuels Young-First Lady of Legal Thrillers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Edna or Damian Bruce
ESP Public Relations
310.827.9727 or esppr@aol.com

Author Pamela Samuels Young
Discusses Her New Book “Buying Time”
L.A.’s First Lady of Legal Thrillers Joins “Sisters in Crime”
Panel at Marina Del Rey Library, Saturday, February 20 at 1 PM PST

Lawyer and author Pamela Samuels Young continues to receive accolades for her page turning legal thrillers that present the legal detail and mouthwatering suspense of John Grisham, combined with the understanding of urban love, explosive language and humor of Terry McMillan. As Pamela Samuels Young builds on the success of her previous three novels, the last being, “Murder on the Down Low,” she is now promoting her fourth novel, “Buying Time.” Ms. Young will be discussing “Buying Time” and other topics as she joins a panel at the Marina Del Rey Library on Saturday, February 20, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The library is located at 4533 Admiralty Way, MDR, CA 90292, (310.821.3415).

This panel is being presented by the organization Sisters in Crime Los Angeles. The theme for the panel discussion will be “Kiss Me Deadly,” in honor of Valentine’s Day. The panel will discuss the roles of love, death and murder in mystery novels. Ms. Young will be joined on the panel by fellow mystery writers Gerry Schiller and Dorothy Howell. The panel will be moderated by Eric Stone.

Pamela Samuels Young will be promoting “Buying Time” at the following locations in February:

Saturday, February 6, 2010
In Honor of Black History Month: A Conversation with Three Authors
Burbank Library (Buena Vista Branch)
300 N. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91505
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Books will be available for purchase

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
2010 African-American Heritage Month Celebration
Los Angeles Association of Black Personnel
South Plaza (Outdoors, between City Hall South & East)
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. **Book signing and presentation**

Sunday, February 21, 2010
Museum of African American Art
4005 Crenshaw Blvd. 3rd Floor Macy’s
Los Angeles, CA 90008
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. **Book signing and presentation**

Pamela Samuels Young’s novels (Every Reasonable Doubt, In Firm Pursuit, Murder on the Down Low and Buying Time) are available everywhere books are sold.

About Pamela Samuels Young
Pamela Samuels Young is a practicing attorney and the author of four legal thrillers. Buying Time, her most recent release, is a scandalous tale of blackmail, murder and betrayal. The book was recently honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, which selected Buying Time as its 2010 Literary Award winner in the Fiction category. The lack of women and people of color depicted as hot shot attorneys in the legal thrillers she read motivated Pamela to take a stab at creating the kind of characters she wanted to see. In the process, the former journalist discovered her passion.

A native of Compton, Pamela balances her writing career while working as Managing Counsel for Labor and Employment Law at Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. in Torrance. She is the Fiction Expert for BizyMoms.com and is on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Pamela is a graduate of USC, Northwestern University and UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.

To contact Pamela or to read an excerpt of her books, visit http://www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com/

For more information or to arrange interviews please contact ESP Public Relations at 310.827.9727 or at esppr@aol.com  To learn more about Pamela Samuels Young go to http://www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com/

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Speakers for 2010 Women’s Media Forum

American Women in Radio and Television Announces
Keynote Speakers for 2010 Women’s Media Forum

Best-selling Author Robert Rosen and National Public Radio President & CEO Vivian Schiller

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2010
Contact: Edna/Damian Bruce, ESP Public Relations
Tel: 310.827.9727 ~ esppr@aol.com

American Women in Radio and Television is pleased to announce keynote speakers Dr. Robert Rosen and Vivian Schiller for the Women’s Media Forum to be held March 5-6, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Washington, DC Hotel at 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Dr. Robert Rosen, Author of Just Enough Anxiety: The Hidden Driver of Business Success, is an internationally recognized psychologist, best-selling author, researcher, and business advisor to world-class companies. Dr. Rosen will deliver the opening keynote address during this year’s AWRT Women’s Media Forum at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010.

Vivian Schiller joined National Public Radio as President and CEO on January 5, 2009. Schiller oversees all of NPR’s operations and initiatives, including the organization’s critical partnerships with 800+ member stations, and their service to the more than 26 million people who listen to NPR programming every week. She came to NPR from The New York Times Company where she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com. She will be delivering the keynote luncheon address at 12:15 p.m. also on Friday, March 5, 2010. During the luncheon, AWRT will also hold its Pass the Gavel Ceremony and present the AWRT Achievement Award to Chickie Bucco.

Sylvia Strobel, AWRT Interim President, commented, “We are pleased to have such high-caliber people addressing this year’s Women’s Media Forum. Having them included attests to the validity of AWRT’s mission of promoting progress and creating change for women in media.”

The event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: AT&T, Katz Women’s Career Summit, Lehmann Strobel PLC, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) and National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). To add your organization to this growing list, please contact AWRT at 703-506-3290. For more information and to register for the AWRT Women’s Media Forum, go to http://www.awrt.org/

About AWRT: The year 2010 marks the 59th Anniversary of American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), the longest established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWRT carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large. Founded in 1951, AWRT works to improve the quality of electronic media; promote the entry, development and advancement of women in the field; foster communication and idea exchange; and give back to the community we serve.

About The Foundation of AWRT: The Foundation of AWRT is the philanthropic arm of American Women in Radio & Television, supporting educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation of AWRT has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation of AWRT.

The Foundation supports several public service campaigns, including most recently AWRT Empowering America, which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this initiative, the Foundation of AWRT has adopted needy urban middle schools around the country and provided educational donations derived from collateral based on the Empowering America program. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that awards exemplary programming created for, by and about women.

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1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703-506-3290 ~ Fax: 703-506-3266
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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Community News

 

Pearl Interview: Bernard Boulton

Black Pearls Magazine Intimate Conversations
Ella:  Greetings Mr. Boulton, tell us a little about youself.
My name is Bernard Boulton and I am a man who is in pursuit of his destiny and purpose. I believe that God placed me in the earth to communicate hope through the medium of communication. For twenty five years I have communicated His word through preaching and now I have enlarged that ministry through writing.
Ella: Tell us about your passion for writing.
My passion for writing is ignited by my reading. I love to read and I love to read fiction. Reading fictional accounts about people who have been challenged by life always lights a spark in me to write. When I’m reading others stories those authors become voices in my spirit that pull out of me the narratives that I hear in my head. What God has set in my heart is a desire to write and the many novels that I’ve read has been the source of motivation for me.
Ella:  What legacy would you say your writing offers future readers?
My writing offers the following legacy to future readers to say yes to your dreams and produce whatever your dreams are spraking to you so that when you leave this world you will leave something behind that will bless others.
Ella:  Where are you from? What is your favorite genre? How did you start your journey?
I was born in Cleveland Ohio and I am living In Danville Virginia. Christian fiction is my favorite genre. I started writing stories when I was ten years old. I wrote stories that stretched my imagination. I remember after watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that I wrote a story about a little boy who went to live in the chocolate factory. In the story I was the little boy. When I reached my teens the interest in writing waned. It was after I went to college at the Cuyahoga Community College and met Dr George Eppley that my interest in writing returned. I did a lot of creative writing in his class and the spark was ignited again.
Ella:  Tell us about your new book, “DO YOU WANNA BE MADE WHOLE?”
This is a story of overcoming the past to live in the future. The main character Pastor James Maxwell is a spiritual father to three men; Theo Dexter, Micheal Cain and Adam Jones. The inspiration of the story is taken from the Bible in St John chapter 5 where Jesus comes to a man and asked him did he want to be made whole. The story is dealing with three men who with the help of Pastor Maxwell goes through the process of being made whole. Throughout the story Pastor Maxwell is transparent as he gives himself as an example of a man who made mistakes in his past and is now using the wisdom from his those failures to teach men that they can overcome.
Ella:  What do you like about your two main characters?
Pastor James Maxwell knows the pain of making poor choices that damages families. He has dedicated his life to helping men avoid the mistakes that he has made in his life. Now he walks through the valley with three of his spiritual sons as they try to find their way to wholeness.  Will Pastor Maxwell be able to help Theo find forgiveness for the one who betrayed him? Can he help Michael who suffered a great tragedy in his life? Will he be able to help Adam face his past and discover a new future?
The two main characters are Pastor Maxwell and Theo Dexter. I like the portrayal of Pastor Maxwell as a gentle giant. He is a man of strength who has a passion for aiding men in their spiritual walk. I like Theo’s struggles between doing what he wants to do and doing what is right. In both of these men I like their imperfections but at the end of the day they represent a manner of manhood that I beleive appeals to both men and women.
 
Ella: How does this book add value to your reader’s life?
I hope that this story will add value to people’s lives by causing them to celebrate and appreciate what the message of this novel is conveying. I hope that it empowers people who are trying to put the pieces of their lives back together after a crisis and and that it encourages people to know that what they went through yesterday does not have to be everyday in their life.
Ella: Name 3 things that it takes to make a successful author, in your opinion.
In my opinion a successful author is a person who first pursues their writing consistently. Secondly success is having a mentor who is willing to teach you. And third success is writing stories that connect with people in a meaningful way.
Ella: What can we expect from you in the future?
In the future you can expect a sequel to DO YOU WANNA BE MADE WHOLE? and a nonfiction book that deals with a topic of interest to a great many people.

For more information, visit http://www.benardboulton.com/

Readers visit the author’s website to order the book and to read excerpts.

 
 

Featured Author Theresa Dawn Royal

“Bankruptcy Ain’t Broke”
(Putting the Pieces Back Together Through Life Lessons)
Interview Scheduled for BAN Radio with Ella D. Curry
 Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 at 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM EST
This straight talk book about bankruptcy and the lessons learned was a God ordered process. Theresa, an entrepreneur specializing in event planning, was forced to file bankruptcy in 2006 due to her putting her trust in one client, and not putting her trust in God. She had good credit all of her life but due to the unethical practices of this client, her finances spun out of control. After many phone calls for help from so-called friends and family, the last option was to file bankruptcy to save her home.
Theresa D. Royal, who holds a degree in Small Business Management from Central Pennsylvania College, dispels the myths that everyone who files for bankruptcy has bad credit or is just trying to get out of paying their debts. Bankruptcy “Ain’t” Broke will give a true account about the struggles of bankruptcy and addresses this taboo subject, especially in the African American and Latino communities.
It’s a subject that is often whispered about in minority communities but is discussed openly in other ethnic groups. Bankruptcy in most cases can help those who have no way out of a really bad financial situation. She is also the owner of TD Royal Enterprises, LLC, the holding company for her book publishing, event planning, real estate investing and other business ventures she is pursuing, and is the President and CEO of Entrepreneurs and Professionals Network (EPNET), an organization that encourages individuals, especially minorities, to pursue their passion of owning their own businesses.
“Bankruptcy “Ain’t” Broke” Book Synopsis:
Theresa D. Royal was faced with the difficult decision to file bankruptcy in 2006 due to an unethical client and bad business deal. During the timeframe after she initially filed bankruptcy, there were a string of events that were happening in my life and she felt like the weight of the world was on her shoulders. She was even close to committing suicide because of the stress and enormity of the situation and felt utterly and totally alone.
Theresa is a regular person just like you who had no clue what bankruptcy was or how it would affect her life. This book is not a rag to riches story. It is a true account of her filing bankruptcy and the struggles she has dealt with emotionally and financially over the past three years and how she is dealing with it even to this present day. She gives down to earth, positive perspective to those who are on the verge of filing, have already filed, know someone who has filed or someone having a tough financial situation.
Book ISBN:  ISBN-10: 0615320155    |      ISBN-13: 978-0-6153-2015-1
Website: http://www.bankruptcyaintbroke.com/;  Bookseller: Self-Published through TD Royal Enterprises, LLC;  Booksellers: Amazon.com and  http://www.bankruptcyaintbroke.com/ website.
 Advance Praise For Bankruptcy “Ain’t” Broke:
“When I began reading “Bankruptcy “Ain’t” Broke” by Ms. Theresa Royal I was initially surprised, then in awe, and finally honored. Surprised because even though the title suggests failure, the book is filled with hope and faith. In awe of the courage and strength in the character of Theresa to be willing to share the innermost fears and doubts the rest of us will do anything to keep hidden–even from ourselves. Finally, honored to know such a young, talented, beautiful and blessed “Sista.”
Professionally speaking, this is a unique and honest view of this extraordinary legal process. The advice on how to approach the process emotionally and legally is invaluable. And the most important statement–not just financially but spiritually–is in the title “Bankruptcy “Ain’t” Broke”. Thank you Theresa Royal!”  
—- Hon. Beverly Hayes-Sipes, District Court, Detroit, Michigan
“I recently finished reading “Bankruptcy “Ain’t” Broke”. I would like to personally thank Theresa for sharing so much of her personal life in this fabulous book. I know the book will help many others, even in ways she did not intend. As an example, I often help myself by helping others help themselves, but to this point, I rarely divulge many (if any) of my past struggles. “Bankruptcy “Ain’t” Broke” has challenged me to include personal tales of my struggles when mentoring others. I look forward to part 2 (Book 2).” 
— Steve DaCosta, DaCosta Marketing, Bowie, MD
 
 
 
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Posted by on January 19, 2010 in Meet the Author

 

Have the Faith of Children by LindarInsights

I have a toddler who loves Monster Trucks. I mean truly loves Monster Trucks. At three he could name his favorite trucks, Grave Digger, Blue Thunder, Maxium Destruction. I even know that Dennis Anderson drives Grave Digger. It was crazy because I had no clue what a Monster Truck was. My father was flipping through the channels one day and on the Speed Channel was a Monster Truck Show. Well needless to say at Grandpa’s House that is what my son watches.
When I would go to Walmart I would pick him up two and thought I was doing good. At $3.97 a piece I could handle a couple of trucks every now and then. Recently I sat down with Ty and asked him what he wanted for Christmas. His response was simply more Monster Trucks. He named the ones he wanted most, Taz and El Toro Loco. So in my mind I was set. If I bought him his favorite 10 Ty would be good for Christmas, of course along with my favorite pajamas from Target.
My co-workers and I are pretty close. We talk about our children and of course we discussed Christmas and what are children were expecting. One day I heard God speak to me before entering my school building. He said, “Arlinda don’t take anything in the building with you. There is something you need to bring out today.” I listened and I kept my things in the car.
As I sat at my desk, that morning, my co-worker enters my classroom with a box and a bag. He set them down and says, “This is for Ty.” When I looked in the bag I immediately knew that I would not be purchasing any Monster Trucks for Ty. Not only were there over 40 trucks, but there were also books, videos and Hot Wheel Race Cars sets. And yes, Taz and El Toro Loco were in the bag. Ty nows has a collection of various sizes of Monster Trucks. They are in the parking garage in front of my fire place. lol
One of my favorite prayers is the Prayer of Jabez…Oh! That You bless me indeed….Ty knew to ask in faith and expect it. He didn’t get the ten mommy was going to give he received way more. If a child can ask in faith and expect it shouldn’t we be able to do the same?
I am asking in faith and expecting to be blessed indeed and for my territory to be enlarged. How about you? I am taking my faith to that next level of expectancy.

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Redemption Lake by Monique Miller

Redemption Lake by Monique Miller

During an exclusive seven day marriage retreat, secluded in the mountains of North Carolina, three couples gather in last ditch attempts to save their troubled marriages. Can these couples pick up the pieces and move on? Will all be forgiven and forgotten? See what happens when marital secrets are exposed and all hits the fan. Check your favorite bookseller for purchase information! Book clubs – contact Monique Miller:  authormoniquemiller@yahoo.com or ww.authormoniquemiller.com

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2010 in Book Spotlights

 

Author Stalked by Greatest Fan!

Excerpt from Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks

A best-selling male author gets more than he bargained for when he meets a fanatical female fan. What starts out as a one-night stand quickly spirals out of control and into a dangerous game of obsession and pain.

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?

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.

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.

 
Explore Drama builiding with Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks


(Reporter questioning Pilar)

Reporter: Pilar, have you seen or talked to Xavier Preston recently?

Pilar: No, I haven’t talked to him since the trial. He can’t have any contact with me or come within 50 feet.

Reporter: Mr. Preston repeatedly stated during his trial that you stalked him for months. Any comments to those allegations?

Pilar: Xavier knows the truth and I have no idea why he would speak such horrible comments and attempt to assassinate my character. My only crime was loving him.

Reporter: Do you have any regrets or regret the day you met Mr. Preston?
Pilar: No, of course not. I have absolutely no regrets when it comes to Xavier Preston. You guys can’t seem to understand that despite everything, I love Xavier, with all my heart. He makes me smile, brightens up my day; Xavier Preston is my soul mate and one day he will realize that and come to his senses. I can wait, that’s easy.

Reporter: After everything that has transpired, I think I speak for our viewing audience, how can you say that?

Pilar: . . . because it’s true. Every relationship has its ups and downs. Xavier didn’t mean to do those horrible things to me and I forgive him for that. I believe that eventually we’ll be together because our paths will cross again.

(Reporter questioning Xavier Preston?)

Reporter: Xavier. Xavier Preston. Have you seen or talked to Pilar?

Xavier: No, I haven’t and don’t have any desire or intentions to do so, now or later. I’m trying to put all that behind me and move on with my life. Pilar is a nightmare that is behind me now.

Reporter: Do you have any regrets or regret the day you met Pilar?

Xavier: Hell yeah! What do you think? I regret the day I received the first email. . .if I could rewind time, I wouldn’t have opened it to begin with; I would have pressed delete. Pilar almost ruined my life with her behavior and I know she is truly dangerous.

Reporter: From all reports, you had a relationship with her. You are an intelligent man; didn’t you see any signs in the beginning that something was wrong?

Xavier: I admit, I was weak; I’ve never denied having a sexual relationship with her. After all, Pilar is a beautiful, intriguing woman. However, I never saw it coming, at least not in the beginning. She came across as a normal, sane, intelligent woman. I know better now. I never imagined the monster she would become before it was all said and done; not in a million years.

Reporter: How are your book sales? I hear readers are flocking to the stores to purchase, Diary of a Stalker, the inside scope of what really happened.

Xavier: Couldn’t be better. You know what they say, drama sells books.

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Purchase your copy of Diary of a Stalker today!
ISBN: 160162199X
ISBN-13: 9781601621993

Electa Rome Parks author of:
Ladies’ Night Out (Penguin Group/NAL)
Almost Doesn’t Count (Penguin Group/NAL)
Loose Ends (Penguin Group/NAL)
The Ties That Bind (Penguin Group/NAL)
These Are My Confessions (HarperCollins/Avon Red)

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Pearl Interview: Keleti Sanon

Book spotlight: Another Chance, Maybe the Last
by Keleti Sanon

About author and community leader Keleti Sanon

For Keleti Sanon, home is Africa but he has resided in the United States for over 20 years. As an immigrant, he faced many hardships. He needed a place to live and a way to survive. Unable to read, write, speak or comprehend the English language he understood the need of education if he was to make it in the United States.
In the early days of his arrival in Harlem, New York, Keleti worked as a cab driver, car washer and security guard all while dreaming of going to college and making something of his life. It was not only a dedication to himself that fueled his desire to better himself, but becoming an educated and successful man would help greatly when his brothers and sisters followed him from Africa.
Working full-time, attending classes, studying and helping his family, he was many times exhausted and overwhelmed. Still, Keleti never thought of quitting. Most days began with only four hours of sleep followed by work and a full course load only to return home and start all over again. Sometimes there was not enough to eat, but obstacles only pushed him further to succeed.
He obtained his G.E.D., graduated from college with a degree in Aviation Mechanics and a second Applied Science degree in Biomedical Electronics. His family is scattered across the United States, but all of them are successful and very happy.  Keleti came to the United States and made a name for himself; proving dreams can come true and that sacrifice, self-discipline and having the desire to accomplish your goals is all you need to succeed.

What will you find when you read through the pages of Keleti Sanon’s Another Chance, Maybe the Last?

In the foreword, author Marilynn Griffith talks about her own experience as a child of an African father and an African-American mother and her desire to know more about Africa. Sanon book, in her opinion, is the beginning stepping stone to receive that knowledge.

African-American: Understanding the Divide

Sanon sets out to explore the African American’s painful legacy of slavery and the repercussions that are still felt as a result of it. In addition, Sanon illustrates, African immigrants’ journey to America, and how Africans’ and African Americans’ culture separates them.

Africa’s Lost Children: Slavery’s Legacy
Sanon delves further into the history of slavery, detailing the economic causes of it and the cultural and psychological ramifications of it.

The Mother Land and Uncle Sam: Discovering African Identity in America

Sanon debunks the myths of Africa and offers and examination of Africa’s geography. He concludes this section by discussing the prowess it took to strip a people of their African identity upon their arrival to America and offers suggestions on how African Americans can begin to embrace this identity once again.

It Takes a Village: Traditions of Respect and Rearing

In this chapter, Sanon looks at differences between Africans and African-Americans in regards to crime, education, and respect for elders and for self. By closely looking at life in America and the village life of Africa, Sanon notes the distinctions but calls for the reconciliation of heritage and identity to bring the two cultures together.  ISBN-10: 0615305075   |   ISBN-13: 978-0615305073

Intimate Conversation with author Keleti Sanon

Ella:  What motivated you to create this type of book now?
The thing that led me to write this book, is that on many occasions here in the US, I have been ask the question by NON-BLACK people… “Why do black Americans call themselves African-American while they don’t know anything about Africa”? That question made me very uncomfortable every time I thought about it. For me, my cousins (African Americans) have taken a step closer to where their ancestors came from and I’m just proud of them. Since I was asked that question more then once, it started to bother me not to do something about it, I then decided to inform my African American brothers and sisters about as much as possible about my culture and tradition; specifically African culture and general tradition in general. They just have to know certain realities about our culture and tradition. I am not trying to make them feel that they have to practice the traditions and cultures, unless they desire to, but I want them to see the good and bad and judge for themselves.
Also, I want my African Brothers and Sisters to know that our mission in this great country is Yes, to better ourselves but I argue that all of us have another cultural mission and that is to inform our African American brothers and sisters about anything they need to know about Africa .
Ella:  In regards to Another Chance, Maybe the Last  who should read this book?
Everyone can read this book, although it is specifically addressed to blacks with origins of Africa , the knowledge can be applied to many other races: Chinese/Chinese American, European/European American, Asian/Asian American, and Irish/Irish American. Each of us can learn something from our original blood line in regard to culture and tradition so that we can inform our children and their children. Education in this area prevents us from carrying a title that we know nothing about.
Ella:  What impact will this book have on the community?
My book will help people to understand that there is nothing to be ashamed about in associating themselves with the source of their origin, even if those places may not be comparable with their living style today but they should remember that we came from the people before us, and as life goes on we need to educate ourselves to know what made today possible. Knowing more about yourself gives you a better understanding of life, makes you a more loving person, makes you love the next person better, and boosts your self control and self behavior, bringing a good attitude in the community.
Ella:  What’s your underlying message in Another Chance, Maybe the Last?
African American brothers and sisters have suffered in this country for so many generations. From slavery, losing their African dialect, culture and tradition, they have endured SO many struggles. They fought for so long for their family and future generations to have justice with the help of civil right leaders like Martin Luther king and others and have made today much better than the past.
For me or others Africans to come today in this great country and enjoy all of the benefits; schooling, equal opportunity, and many other federal and state benefits available to blacks without being part of the fight that took place to get all these…makes me feel that I owe my brothers and sister something…and that something is to inform them as long I live, about the GIFT of Africa. I want to inform them about my Mandingo tribe specifically but also give them the general knowledge of African culture and tradition. Armed with this information in the midst of the abundance of Africans coming today from all part of Africa to the US , no one will again question them not knowing anything about Africa but they will strongly carry the title: African American.
Ella:  What issues in today’s society have you addressed in the book?
I have addressed one main issue in this book, that we as humans today, with the rise of technology have a tendency not to connect with past (that seems too old for most to think about), even though we know for a fact where our ancestors came from, we don’t want to associate ourselves with those places.
I believe parents should be doing more to first of all learn enough about their roots in order to teach their children, so that their children don’t think that we fell from sky. We are destroying the original structure of human behavior and attitude in society. You will see around the country, African or African American relationships NOT succeeding for the majority of the time, because of the culture differences; the bad thing is that sometimes children get caught in the middle.
You also see Africans or African Americans avoiding each other and preferring to marry others with the exact same racial background rather than facing the culture issues and coming to a common ground or teachable level on both sides.
Ella: What do you want to see happen with this book?
My primary quest in publishing this book is hopefully to be able to reach and educate as many people as possible about Africa, so that we all in turn can educate our youth and others to have a better future generation in this big melting pot. Everyone should carry one; what that means is that we should ensure that our future generation knows about their origin so that they don’t feel like they fell from the sky.
We all have to remember that what happened in Africa a longtime ago matters here today in the US. Today the Africans are here in the US, and we are not going anywhere, my hope, is that we will be history teachers to our cousins.
Ella: Who did you  see as your target audience for purchases? Why?
I primarily wrote this book for everyone from any cultural background. The same issues can be raised in each culture; but specifically for people with ties to Africa specially the African Americans. Why? Because African Americans have the chance that most other black nations outside of Africa don’t have!  That is the chance to have so many Africans coming to the USA from all parts of Africa; which is actually not the same even in Africa. In Africa you, for the most part, may just see citizens from surrounding countries that closely surround yours; but not those from all parts of Africa.
I have been only to about 7 countries in Africa, but I have met about 30 citizens of other countries that I have never been to in Africa. Right here in the US, I have learned the similarities of culture and traditions to mine. Brothers and sisters can even learn from each other here in this melting pot.
I also hope that this book will help both sides to do better in their relationship, especially where children are involved. My hope is that in these situations, we will not let this culture clash take over. I would love to give something back that our brothers and sisters lost due to slavery.
Ella:  What sets your book apart from other books in your genre?
My book may be unique in the fact that the theme is based on all of us wanting and needing to know something about our culture and tradition that made today possible. Everyone needs to know that, it doesn’t matter if you are black or white, the US is a big melting pot of tradition and culture that I believe will eventually create another culture and tradition of its own with all these mixtures. The new culture will be so new that it will cause us to forget the old one completely, so we have ANOTHER CHANCE, MAYBE THE LAST to reclaim our history. If, we don’t do something, that new culture will be based on technology like we are seeing today, fast life, marketing, no respect for the next person and everyone will live in they own world.
In my book, we will explore common issues, between Africans and African Americans here in the US, such as : “why not many of them get married”,  how we children are raised in Africa, family ties in Africa, education in Africa, African celebrations and culture, the legacy of slavery and our journey in coming to America.
Ella: What was the most powerful chapter or scene in the book for you?
Each chapter carries a very powerful and unique message. You will explore a very typical Mandingo family daily life activities, from kids getting up in the morning getting ready for school. You will also learn what for breakfast, lunch, dinner. The following will also are well explained: dating, the childbirth blessing, the marriage ceremony and it procedures, crimes rate, divorce, roles of the oldest brother, education, color conflicts, family size, health care, Aids,welfare, and Technology.
There are many messages in this book. How to know more about ourselves, how to inform our kids where our roots or ancestors from, how to respect elders, how to care for our elderly parents, how to help out family members with issues other than to abandon them and how to build a strong family, just to name a few. I also want people to grasp how to focus and make their dream come true.
Ella: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I would not change anything in this book. I definitely have a lot more books forthcoming; fiction, non fiction, tales and stories from all over Africa . These forthcoming books will give my readers a sense and flavor of Africa, it people, the day to day life in the villages, town cities and issues they face on the day to day basis but ANOTHER CHANCE, MAYBE THE LAST will help my readers clears some misconceptions about Africa and it lovely people, and want to reassure my African Americans cousins and their heritage. I plan to continue to write and ensure my readers that I will be here informing you until we both understand that we have a common ground and we need to share our heritage .
Ella: What is the best piece of advice you would give to an aspiring author?
If you have been blessed enough by GOD to educate or share with others, please don t give up on that dream. Stay on it until someone gets it and share. Sharing is what we can all do to preserve what is preservable, so that future generations can live in peace together.

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2010 Literary Events for Writers

The Black Book Coalition Network Mixer
JANUARY 28TH, 6:00 PM EST

Ulah Bistro, 1214  U. Street NW
Washington, DC 20009 (Across from Ben’s Chili Bowl)

Join us as we kick off the new year and hit the literary ground running in 2010! We’ll meet at the swanky Ulah Bistro where you’ll have the chance to meet a host of diverse literary players from around the Washington DC metro area including: authors, publicists, publishers, graphic artists and more! Be apart of the movement to unify the DC Black Book Community. READERS are welcome!
Don’t forget to sign up on our new Facebook Fan Page at Black Book Coalition and stay abreast of events, publishing news, and connect with other book professionals attending the event.
The Black Book Coalition was founded by MahoganyBooks in conjunction with The Renaissance Group, LLC, and The Hurston/Wright Foundation. Our mission is “to achieve success and value for our literary community through the combined talents and expertise of area book professionals.”

Coming April 2010: Black Book Coalition
Special Event To Be Announced…Stay Tuned!!!
Looking forward to connecting soon!
For more information: Contact Mahogany Books at  Info@MahoganyBooks.com  or 703.730.3873

 

 

2010 Self-Publishing Symposium
Harlem, NY – March 7, 2010

http://www.selfpublishingsymposium.com/
Join the next Self-Publishing Symposium, March 7th, 2010 at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Take advantage of what this important business event can do for your publishing company. Whether you’re a self-published author, small/independent press or writer considering self-publishing, you won’t want to miss the only conference that focuses on the business of publishing.

Learn successful business strategies from industry experts
Network with peers and professionals and make powerful connections
Grow your business to new heights

2010 National Black Writers Conference
Brooklyn, NY – March 25- 28, 2010

http://www.mec.cuny.edu/nationalblackwritersconference

The theme of the 2010 National Black Writers Conference is And Then We Heard the Thunder: Black Writers Reconstructing Memories and Lighting the Way. Through a series of panel discussions, roundtables, author readings and storytelling, the National Black Writers Conference will use the metaphor of thunder, memory and light to examine the historical representation of the literature of Black writers and the representation of new and future directions for contemporary and emerging literary voices. With Toni Morrison as the Honorary Chair, the National Black Writers Conference will also honor Amiri Baraka, Kamau Braithwaite and Dr. Edison O. Jackson. Black writers will come from throughout Americaa , the Caribbean, Europe and Africaa.

 

 
2010 Black Writers Reunion & Conference 
Atlanta, GA – June 23-26, 2010

http://www.blackwriters.org/

Black Writers Reunion & Conference is accepting proposals for workshops and seminars on the craft and business of writing to be presented at the 6th BWRC in Atlanta, Georgia, June 23-26, 2010. We invite presentations that demonstrate insight and expertise on the craft and business of fiction, nonfiction, writing for the web, songwriting, blogging for profit, play/screenwriting, food writing, copy writing, and inspirational writing with interactive workshops that will allow participants to engage in hands-on writing or related activities wherever possible. We also welcome sessions that would permit attendees to receive feedback on their work, whether during or following the conference. Workshop styles may range from a modified traditional presentation to skill-building training. Proposals will be evaluated on the following:

• A well-defined topic with focused objectives
• Consistency with and significance to the conference emphasis areas
• Presenter credibility and experience to engage the audience and deliver an outstanding and informative workshop

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RWA Bookclub Authors Pavilion 2010

Readers With Attitude Bookclub is VA’s largest sophisticated bookclub hosting fifteen members and growing. Take a look at our calendar which is already booked for 2009 with books for each month. Our goal is dual, we want to support the authors and help them to make an impact while supporting the bookstore in our community as well. We purchase all of our books through Precious Memories Bookstore (pictured below) which is an Essence Magazine and New York Times Reporting Bookstore. This is an impact for the author because we are helping to get their sells reported to Essence Magazine and New York Times by buying from this bookstore. While we make our Book of the Month authors aware that we do not garauntee that their book will be the next Essence Bestseller, our purchases do help to make an impact.
If you are a book lover take a moment to review the author spotlight section for great books! Also read our reviews as they are constantly updated with inew reviews from well known and new authors. We give the real deal and specialize in giving you frequent fresh material.

Ultimately we want to be recognized as the premier bookclub and readers group for authors and publishers alike. We want to gain lasting relationships that we look forward to extend through open dialouge and conversation.

RWA Bookclub Authors Pavilion on April 17th, 2010

Join us as we host dozens of best selling authors all under one roof at Virginia Center Commons Mall in Richmond VA. This event is free to the public and we will be raffling of some really great gifts (including a digital camera) which you can enter when you buy at least one book from one of these great authors! There will be giveaways, poetry, performances, readings and more. Tell a friend, bring a friend to this great event!

Confirmed Authors:
D.L. Sparks
Sheila Lipsey
Sherryle Kiser Jackson
Torian Ferguson
Vonda Howard
Monda Raquel Webb
Lisa Watson
Ndea B
Avah LaReaux
Pamela D. Rice
S.D. Denny
Khadijah Ali Coleman
Savannah J.
Tawanna Jackson
Victoria Wells
Rachel Berry
Nikkea Smithers

Visit our website for more information: http://www.rwabookclub.com

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Event: You are not alone Feb. 2010

You are Not Alone.
Speak Purpose, Speak Power & Speak Freedom
An event created to educate, encourage & empower

I hope that your new year is off to a good start…

My name is Diane Martin, I need your help. I am writing you because we are putting together a free event to help encourage and uplift individuals who have been affected by unemployment, poverty, a recent loss of a love one, etc. Everyone is going through something and people are feeling lost and helpless. The name of the event is, “You are not alone (Speak Purpose, Speak Power, & Speak Freedom ).”   We just want to bring together everyone to celebrate life and let them see that there are others who are going through the same thing and that it’s going to be okay.

The event/workshop(s) is going to held on Feb. 20, 2010 
Saturday, February 20, 2010  at  9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Carter G. Woodson Library
9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL.

We need donations of school supplies, children’s books, self-help/motivational books, marketing materials, etc. Your donation will be given to a family who needs it.   We will need everything before Feb. 10, 2010.   We are looking for performers and speakers who will donate their time as well.  Please email me off-loop to discuss.

Please send what you can to:
Diane Martin
P.O. Box 79
Lansing, IL. 60438

 

Pearl Pick: Never What it Seems

Never What it Seems II: A Mother’s Love

by Diane Martin

Never What it Seems II: A Mother’s Love is a story of sacrifice, dedication, and unconditional love. Dee and AJ, best friends, thrown together by circumstances beyond their control are up against their biggest challenge ever – motherhood. Dee, mother of two adopted daughters, grew-up in a household void of love. She struggles each day to juggle a career and a family that desperately requires twenty-four hour attention, but she can’t assume a role foreign to her.
Raised in a household with an alcoholic father and an absentee mother, Dee has no idea how to handle these girls who were placed into her life by God to eliminate the loneliness created by a husband, her first love, who betrayed her by living a life on the “down-low.”
AJ, her best friend and mother of one, is married to the man of her dreams. A union that birthed a beautiful little boy struggles to survive. Born to a father who thought she was put on earth to be his surrogate wife and a mother who sat quietly by, ignoring the screams and cries for help that came from her bedroom at night, AJ wants to love her son, but can’t because she doesn’t know how. She reaches out to her husband for help, but he’s MIA due to situations beyond his control. In a role unfamiliar to them, life and experience will take them on a journey that will lead them back to the place where it all started.

Their journey continues…

Paperback: 328 pages
ISBN: 978-0980217629
Purchase Price: $18.99
Website:  http://dimartin01.books.officelive.com/

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Spotlight: Go On Girl! Book Club

Go On Girl! Book Club is one of the largest national reading organizations in the U.S. for black women. It was founded in 1991 by Monique Greenwood, Lynda Johnson and Tracy Mitchell in New York City. Today, Go On Girl! Book Club has 28 chapters in 13 states including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Illinois, Virginia, Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina and the nation’s capital, Washingon, DC.   Check out their reading list for 2010 here.
In 2010, the organization will host its Annual Author Awards weekend, June 10th to June 13th, at the Winfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2011, The organization will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC.  For more information about Go On Girl! Book Club log onto  http://www.goongirl.org


Go on Girl! Book Club

Celebrating the Legacy of Black Literature

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Economist Cedric Muhammad

Economist Cedric Muhammad
Launches Official Website

For ‘The Entrepreneurial Secret’ Book Series

Today marks the official website launch http://www.theEsecret.com for the newly released three volume book series, The Entrepreneurial Secret To Starting A Business Without A Bank Collateral or Revenue.
The website includes interactive video and audio content; a detailed Author Q & A; book excerpts/descriptions for each volume as well as book content sheets for media and website visitors.

A centerpiece of the website is its entertaining and informative viral book commercial, which is currently accumulating views on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSIGtqknb68

“I’m pleased to unveil the official website for The Entrepreneurial Secret book series, which will allow all entrepreneurs to touch and feel the content in the series and understand the motivation for it. Whether someone is an experienced CEO, college student majoring in business, a laid off corporate professional, a single Mother with a home-based business, or a previously incarcerated person who can’t find employment, this website and book series speaks to their reality.”
About:   Cedric Muhammad is a business economist, political strategist, and monetary economist. He is a former general manager for Wu-Tang Clan and currently a member of the African Union’s First Congress of African Economists, where he advises policy makers on economic development. His work has been featured in the American Banker and published in The Wall Street Journal. His weekly Hip-Hoppreneur ™ column can be read and heard each week at AllHipHop.com.
Cedric is available for interviews and quotes for attribution on the subjects of economics, personal finance, business development, music industry marketing trends and the latest public policy news. You can watch Cedric Muhammad’s Video Biography at http://www.cedricmuhammad.com

Cedric Muhammad Economist – Strategist – Author
http://www.cedricmuhammad.com/

Contact: Lee McDonald
Telephone: (678) 778-3955
Email:  lmcdonald@trgpronline.com

 

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Capital BookFest 2010 Dates

Capital BookFest 2010 Dates Announced

Capital BookFest will be held in three cities this year, for triple the literary fun:

September 18, 2010:  Harrisburg, PA (State Museum of PA)

October 2, 2010:  Largo, MD

October 16, 2010:  Charleston, SC (Marion Square, Charleston County Public Library)

In February 2010,  we will have author and exhibitor details, sponsor and partner details, and updated information at http://www.captalbookfest.org  

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Victorious Living for Women Tour Spotlight

This tour is for the Victorious Living For Women anthology. During this five-day tour, meet the publisher and receive encouragement from many of the contributing writers.

Victorious Living for Women

Victorious Living for Women is filled with the inspiration, wisdom and pathways to victory of 42 incredible women who share stories of their life experiences, from their heart to yours. They have endured personal pain and have come through empowered, encouraged and victorious.

As they take you on their personal journeys you will find inspiration, encouragement and blueprints for victory embedded in each chapter. You will discover principles for transforming your life. You can learn how to overcome fear, find you purpose, define your destiny, recover from divorce, heal your heart, physical healing, dealing with the loss of loved ones and so much more.

This stellar assembly of women with inspiring true-life stories will captivate you throughout each page as you read how their lives were transformed from anger to joy, disappointment to destiny and trial to victory. Their candor, wisdom and inspiration can help you to pursue your path of becoming a victorious woman. The book will be available November 24th, 2009.

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Visit the blog online to learn more about the Victorious Living Movement.
http://victorious-women.blogspot.com/

 
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Victorious Living for Women – Day 1 – Deana Murphy

Victorious Living for Women – Day 1 – Deana Murphy
This video is apart of a series of videos produced for the Victorious Living for Women Blog Tour, January 11-15, 2010. Visit the tour schedule online at http://bit.ly/VictoriousLivingForWomenTour

 
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Shape up your Financial Security in 2010

A PURSE OF YOUR OWN: An Easy Guide to Financial Security
by DEBORAH OWENS

Praise for A PURSE OF YOUR OWN:

“…incredibly knowledgeable… She is star quality…”
—Janet Wigfield, Director of Programming for Working Mother Media Conferences and Events

“Deborah’s message of financial empowerment is critical in today’s society.”
—Bishop T.D. Jakes, author of Reposition Yourself

“…sensible advice…a plethora of resource listings and sound suggestions make this a winner for women looking to gain financial freedom…” —Publishers Weekly

You’ve seen her, know her, and might even be her!  The woman with the “counterfeit purse.” That’s the term for the symbolic bag that some of us may carry. Those who might dress fashionably and drive a nice car but have nothing of real value.

Many women are smart enough to know that they should put their hard-earned money to work for them. However, most are too overwhelmed, bored or intimidated by the particulars of stocks, bonds and mutual funds to be proactive. In A PURSE OF YOUR OWN: An Easy Guide to Financial Security (Fireside Books / Simon & Schuster Trade Paperback; January 5, 2010; ISBN: 9781416570813; $15.00), Wealth Coach Deborah Owens shares how women can use what they know about fashion, dieting and romance to take charge of their finances. This book offers respite to women who are tired of “renting” a wealthy lifestyle with credit cards and are ready to utilize their unique strengths to build wealth-a la Oprah and J.K Rowling. In this straight-forward and easy to understand financial guide, women learn how to increase their PQ or Purse Quotient and learn the principles to becoming financially fit in any economy.

The purse is a reflection of a woman’s economic power and Owens insists that in order to fill up a purse, women must adopt wealthy habits that put them on the path to fiscal independence and a financial identity. These are the behaviors that Deborah observed in financially successful women throughout her more than twenty years in financial services. She is a former financial advisor and was a vice president at Fidelity Investments.

A PURSE OF YOUR OWN shares examples of women practicing The 7 Wealthy Habits,” which include:

1. A Wealthy Outlook
2. A Wealthy Appetite
3. A Wealthy Vision
4. A Wealthy Mindset
5. A Wealthy Legacy
6. A Wealthy System and
7. A Wealthy Focus.

A PURSE OF YOUR OWN provides a distinctly feminine financial perspective.  By adopting these habits, Owens was able to fill her own purse. As an author, radio talk show host and TV wealth coach she now shares her successful strategies with others. Each chapter of A PURSE OF YOUR OWN focuses on one of these principles and discusses how to acquire and then apply the wealthy habits. In this easy to follow financial guide, Owens covers the basics and intersperses stories from real women who have used the 7 Wealthy Habits and achieved their own success. Owens empowers women to discover their own Purse-onality, and use their female intuition to take control of their finances and create financial security in their lives. In addition, A PURSE OF YOUR OWN includes helpful quizzes and exercises and offers a free online supplement.

A PURSE OF YOUR OWN will show you:

 How to clean out your purse and create a Purse-onal Financial Statement
 How to shift your mindset from earning income to building wealth
 Why “bonds are the new sexy” and how they complement your portfolio
 How to detox your finances by adding liquidity
 How to turn your shopping sprees into investment research
 How to increase your (PQ) Purse-onality Quotient by acquiring a wealthy appetite
 How to form a Purse Group for accountability and support
 How to pass on your investment knowledge to your daughter

A PURSE OF YOUR OWN implements clear cut strategies to build and add wealth to your purse wealth to maintain financial security.

About the Author:
Deborah Owens is the money columnist for http://www.tdjakes.com and the financial spokesperson for the God’s Leading Lady Tour organized by New York Times bestselling author Reverend T.D. Jakes. She is the money coach on Michelle Martin’s newly launched NPR show “Rough Cuts,” which targets 25- to 44-year-old listeners. Deborah is a 20-year veteran and former vice president of the financial services industry and is passionate about sharing information on achieving financial goals, through radio talk shows, speaking engagements, online columns, and books.

A PURSE OF YOUR OWN: An Easy Guide to Financial Security
By Deborah Owens with Brenda Lane Richardson
A Fireside Trade Paperback / Simon & Schuster
On-Sale: January 5, 2010;  Price: $15.00
ISBN 13: 978-1-4165-7081-3 / ISBN 10: 1-4165-7081-0

For more information on A PURSE OF YOUR OWN please visit:
http://www.deborahowens.com/   and  http://www.simonandschuster.com/
 
 
 

 
 

A Purse of Your Own by Deborah Owens

The Power Of The Purse Campaign 2010

JOIN OUR MISSION TO ENGAGE, ENLIGHTEN AND EMPOWER 1 MILLION WOMEN ACROSS AMERICA TO CREATE A PURSE OF THEIR OWN!

Oprah and J.K. Rowling were named two of the richest women on the planet by Forbes Magazine.What do Oprah Winfrey and J.K. Rowling know that you don’t?  Deborah’s new book “A Purse of Your Own” will share the 7 Wealthy Habits that successful women adopt to build wealth. Published by Simon and Schuster. (ISBN-10: 1416570810)   Learn More about Deborah Owens: Read her bio, find wealthy lifestyle tips, view a sample chapter of Deborah Owens’ book, Confident Investing at http://www.deborahowens.com/

Start a Purse Group with Author and Wealth Coach Deborah Owens
We are launching The Power of the Purse 2010 campaign to engage, enlighten and equip one million women to become financially empowered. The campaign kicks off in January of 2010 in concert with Wealth Coach Deborah Owens’ new book A Purse of Your Own published by Simon and Schuster.

Here’s what you can do to get involved:

1. Form a Purse Group- Start thinking about other women in your circle of influence who are ready to start off the New Year by getting their purse in order. Begin where you are. At work, socially or professionally take charge of you financial future and start a Purse Group. Instructions on how to start a Purse Group is provided in Chapter 10 Sisterhood of the Purses in the book A Purse of Your Own.

2. Host, Sponsor or attend a Power of the Purse Workshop, Seminar or Webinar–  Invite Wealth Coach Deborah Owens to present at your organizations next event. If you can influence at least 100 women to register for an event we will assist you with finding a sponsor.

3. Become a sponsor- Position your brand, product or resource with our cause to financial empower one million women. Make a difference in the lives of your customers who influence 90 percent of household purchases. Stay in touch with women influencers by aligning with us to provide women with the tools and resources that can put them on the path to financial wellness. If your product or service can help women prosper we want to hear from you.

Join the Power of the Purse Community receive a free download of Chapter 10 of A Purse of Your Own, and get instructions on how you can start your own Purse Group. Register at http://www.deborahowens.com You will receive updates on the Power of the Purse Campaign and announcements for additional promotional offerings and events.

Meet the Author of A Purse of Your Own
Deborah Owens passion is helping people of all incomes build wealth. She is a sought after speaker and expert on the topic of entrepreneurship and financial empowerment.

Deborah is the Wealth Coach on My Generation TV which airs nationally in 30 million homes. She is author of “Confident Investing: A Wealth Building Guide For Women” and “Nickel and Dime Your Way to Wealth”. Her new book “A Purse Of Your Own” is scheduled for publication by Simon and Schuster in 2009.   (ISBN-10: 1416570810)

Deborah is host and executive producer of “Wealthy Lifestyle Radio” a personal finance talk show that airs on the NPR affiliate WEAA 88.9 FM in Baltimore, MD. She is sought after speaker and has toured nationally with B.E.S.T. featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes and Magic Johnson, God’s Leading Ladies, Working Women Events and The NASD Office of Individual Investors. Deborah is President of Owens Media Group LLC, which creates financial empowerment programs for companies and organizations.

Deborah Owens Website: http://www.deborahowens.com/

Purchase A Purse of Your Own today at Barnes and Noble
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/A-Purse-of-Your-Own/Deborah-Owens/e/9781416570813

 
 

Intimate Conversation with Wealth Coach Deborah Owens

Intimate Conversation with Author and Wealth Coach Deborah Owens

Deborah Owens’ passion is helping people of all incomes build wealth. She is a sought after speaker and expert on the topic of entrepreneurship and financial empowerment.

Deborah is the Wealth Coach on My Generation TV which airs nationally in 30 million homes. She is author of “Confident Investing: A Wealth Building Guide For Women” and “Nickel and Dime Your Way to Wealth”. Her new book “A Purse Of Your Own” is scheduled for publication by Simon and Schuster in 2009. Deborah is host and executive producer of “Wealthy Lifestyle Radio” a personal finance talk show that airs on the NPR affiliate WEAA 88.9 FM in Baltimore, Md.

She is sought after speaker and has toured nationally with B.E.S.T. featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes and Magic Johnson, God’s Leading Ladies, Working Women Events and The NASD Office of Individual Investors. Deborah is President of Owens Media Group LLC, which creates financial empowerment programs for companies and organizations.

• INTRODUCE US TO YOUR BOOK:
A Purse of Your Own is a book that shares how women can create wealth. This books shares the attitudes and behaviors of financially successful women.

• WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and have lived in the Baltimore Washington DC metropolitan area for the past 17 years. I have spent more than twenty years in the financial services industry and am a former vice president and regional sales and marketing manager with a global mutual fund company.

• WHY WAS THIS BOOK SO IMPORTANT TO CREATE?
This book is part of my larger vision which is “The Power of the Purse Campaign” to engage, enlighten and equip one million women to become financially empowered. Although women have made great strides and earning more income far too many of us are not achieving financial independence. We must change our mindset from earning income to building wealth. My true passion is sharing that society can build wealth on any income.

• HOW WILL YOUR BOOK IMPACT RELATIONSHIPS?
This book encourages women to make sure they put aside funds for the long term. It will require making their financial future a priority. This is a distinct change in societal norms which encourages women to sacrifice for others. This book implores women to create a purse of their own.

• WHAT WOULD YOU SAY HAS BEEN YOUR MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT WITH THIS BOOK?
My most significant achievement has been the reviews that the book has garnered and its’ reception by women who are embracing the concept of forming Purse Groups to provide support and accountability on the path to financial freedom.

• SHARE WITH US YOUR LATEST NEWS OR AWARDS:
We have had very favorable book reviews. The first from Publishers Weekly which said, “sensible advice…a plethora of resource listings and sound suggestions make this a winner for women looking to gain financial freedom. Book Page said,

Owens turns the purse metaphor into a wealth philosophy and provides tips, action steps and “purseonality profiles” for her seven must-have wealthy habits. It starts with cleaning out that purse to cultivate a Wealthy Outlook that allows you to dream big again. Some of the best advice comes at the end as Owens details how to start your own Purse Club and covers nine “pursessentials.” To that end, we have built a community at http://www.apurseofyourown.ning.com where women can obtain information on how to get started, communicate with one another and get support.

Purchase A Purse of Your Own today at Barnes and Noble

Deborah Owens
Book: A Purse of Your Own
ISBN-10: 1416570810
ISBN-13: 9781416570813
Website: http://www.deborahowens.com/

 
 

20 Best Fiction Series of the Decade 2000-2009

20 Best Fiction Series of the Decade 2000-2009

Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the Best Fiction Book Series of  2000-2009. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. These are the books we want to showcase to the world.

1. LA Banks- Vampire Huntress Series

2. Stephenie Meyer- The Twilight Saga

3. Reprinted Octavia Butler Series

4. Eric Jerome Dickey- Gideon Trilogy 1

5. Francis Ray- Grayson Friends

6. Nora Roberts- “Born in …” Series

7. Stacy Hawkins Adams – Jubilant Soul Series

8. RM Johnson- Million Dollar Series

9. Pat G’Orge Walker- Sister Betty Series

10. Zane- Caramel and Chocolate Flava (Succulent: Chocolate Flava II)

11. Teri Wood- True to the Game Series

12. Brenda Jackson- Westmoreland Series

13. Mary Monroe- God Don’t Like Ugly Series

14. Wahida Clark- Thug Lovin’ Series

15. Kiki Swinson – Wifey Series

16. Zane- Purple Panties 1 and 2

17. Rochelle Alers- Man of Fate, Fantasy and Fortune

18. Walter Mosley- Easy Rawlins Series

19. Keith Lee Johnson- Little Black Girls Lost Series

20. Kendra Norman Bellamy- The Shelton Heights Series
 

 
 

25 YA Power Reads of the Decade: 2000-2009

25 Young Reader Power Reads of the Decade: 2000-2009

Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the Children and Young Reader Best Books of the Decade 2000-2009.  Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. These are the books we want to showcase to the world.

01. Love, Ocean by Celia Anderson

02. A Song for Harlem by Patricia C. McKissack

03. Divine Confidential by Jacquelin Thomas

04. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

05. Aaliyah by Victoria Christopher Murray

06. The Secret to Teen Power by Paul Harrington

07. Catwalk by Deborah Gregory

08. Cheetah Girls by Deborah Gregory

09. The Lip Gloss Chronicles by Shelia Goss

10. Believing in Hope by Stephanie Perry Moore

11. Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens by Marvin A. McMickle

12. Ms. Thang by Sonia Hayes

13. Hickeys, Hiccups & Homework by Keysha Whitaker

14. Sunny’s Adventures by Leketha Marie Johnson

15. Beacon Hills High (Teens) By Mo’Nique, Sherri McGee McCovey

16. Letter from a Slave Boy by Mary E. Lyons

17. Brothers & Sisters (Children Poems) by Eloise Greenfield

18. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and Bryan Collier

19. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee, and Kadir Nelson

20. Tears Of A Tiger by Sharon M. Draper

21. God, Can You Hear Me? by Justine Simmons

22. Doo-Wop Pop (Children) by Roni Schotter

23. Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People by Nikki Giovanni

24. Brown Like Me by Noelle Lamperti

25. Michael’s Golden Rules by Deloris Jordan, Kadir Nelson

 
 

2009 EDC Creations Bookcovers of the Year

EDC Creations 2009 Bookcovers of the Year
Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the Best Bookcovers of 2009. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing and book cover design. These are the books we want to showcase to the world.

1. Tananarive Due- Blood Colony
2. Stacy Hawkins Adams – Jubilant Soul Series
3. Korika L. Johnson- Joy Comes in the Mourning
4. Smiley Books- America I AM Legends
5. T. Styles- The Face That Launched A Thousand Bullets
6. Tiphani- Millionaire Mistress Series
7. Azarel- Carbon Copy
8. Kevin Powell – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life
9. Pamela Samuels Young- Buying Time
10. Tomi Akinyanmi- A Worthy Legacy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Best Books 2009: General Fiction,Thrillers,Paranormal

EDC Creations Literary Hallmarks 2009: On the Shoulders of Giants

Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the On the Shoulders of Giants, Best Books of 2009. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. These are the books we want to showcase 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. We have previewed all of the books below and these are just a few of the magnificent books we love. Please note some of these books may have been published in 2008, but we read them in 2009.

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 reads. Each book on this list will bring something of value to enrich the lives of the readers and to help to strengthen our future generations. ENJOY!

Best Books 2009: On the Shoulders of Giants —General Fiction/Thrillers/Paranormal
EDC Creations Books of the Year 2009

1. Who Is He to You by Monique Mensah

2. Waking with Enemies by Eric Jerome Dickey

3. No Mercy by Lori Armstrong

4. Wildflowers by Lyah B. LeFlore

5. Heads Deacon, Tails Devil by P.J. McCalla

6. Buying Time by Pamela Samuels Young

7. I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

8. B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras

9. Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

10. That Devil’s No Friend of Mine by J.D. Mason

11. In Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice

12. The Black Girl Next Door by Jennifer Baszile

13. Hold Love Strong by Matthew Aaron Goodman

14. In Her Mind by Renee Daniel Flagler

15. Unsigned Hype: A Novel by Booker T. Mattison

16. Not Guilty of Love by Pat Simmons

17. A Worthy Legacy by Tomi Akinyanmi

18. Say It Ain’t So by La Jill Hunt

19. Consequences by Linda Herman

20. Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young

 

Best Books of 2009: Our Relationships, Sisterhood, Romance, Women’s Fiction

EDC Creations Literary Hallmarks 2009: How We Love

Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the How We Love, Best Books of 2009. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. These are the books we want to showcase 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. We have previewed all of the books below and these are just a few of the magnificent books we love. Please note some of these books may have been published in 2008, but we read them in 2009.

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 reads. Each book on this list will bring something of value to enrich the lives of the readers and to help to strengthen our future generations. ENJOY!

Best Books 2009: How We Love—Our Relationships, Sisterhood, Romance, Women’s Fiction
EDC Creations Books of the Year 2009

1. The Color of Jazzymne by Marian L. Thomas

2. One Night with You by Francis Ray

3. Mama Dearest by E. Lynn Harris

4. Ashes, Ashes They All Fall Down by Anita Ballard Jones

5. Body by Night by Zuri Day

6. Temptation and Lies by Donna Hill

7. Westmoreland’s Way by Brenda Jackson

8. Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins

9. Homewrecker by Dwayne S. Joseph

10. A Change Had To Come by Gwynne Forster

11. The Fulani Girls by Margaret D. Pagan

12. Infidelity by Devon Scott

13. Keeping Secrets, Telling Lies by Trice Hickman

14. Loving Simone by Jessica Tilles

15. Sizzling Seduction by Gwyneth Bolton

16. Prize of a Lifetime by Donna Hill

17. The Buzz by Stefanie Newell

18. Hostage Of Lies by Maxine Thompson

19. Songs of Deliverance by Marilynn Griffith

20. Friends & Fauxs by Tracie Howard

 

Best Books of 2009: Non-fiction,Spiritual,Motivational,Poetry

EDC Creations Literary Hallmarks 2009: Black Pearls Motivation

Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the Black Pearls Motivation, Best Books of 2009. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. These are the books we want to showcase 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. We have previewed all of the books below and these are just a few of the magnificent books we love. Please note some of these books may have been published in 2008, but we read them in 2009.

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 reads. Each book on this list will bring something of value to enrich the lives of the readers and to help to strengthen our future generations. ENJOY!

Best Books 2009: Black Pearls Motivation —Non-fiction/Spiritual/Motivational/Poetry
EDC Creations Books of the Year 2009

1. Living Check to Monday by Lynn Richardson

2. Hope on a Tightrope by Cornel West

3. Black Pain by Terrie M. Williams

4. Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni

5. Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith by Jewell R. Powell

6. The Conversation by Hill Harper

7. Family Affair by Gil L. Robertson, IV

8. No Matter What by Lisa Nichols

9. A Purse of Your Own by Deborah Owens

10. The Resurrection of Me by Tonya Blount

11. The Love Ethic by Kamau and Akilah Butler

12. Scared Silent by Mildred Muhammad

13. A Question of Freedom by R. Dwayne Betts

14. Ruby’s Diary: Reflections on All I’ve Lost and Gained by Ruby Gettinger

15. A New Conversation with Men by Michael Taylor

16. Raising Boys to be Like Jesus by Sharon Norris Elliott

17. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice by Nene Leakes and Denene Millner

18. The Survival Bible by Jihad

19. Wisdom for Women of Worth and Worship by Natalie A. Francisco, ED.D

20. On The Line by Serena Williams

 

Best Books 2009: Christian Fiction,Faith-based,Our Experiences


EDC Creations Literary Hallmarks 2009: Black Pearls Soul

Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the Black Pearls Soul, Best Books of 2009. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. These are the books we want to showcase 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. We have previewed all of the books below and these are just a few of the magnificent books we love. Please note some of these books may have been published in 2008, but we read them in 2009.

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 reads. Each book on this list will bring something of value to enrich the lives of the readers and to help to strengthen our future generations. ENJOY!

Best Books 2009: Black Pearls Soul—Christian Fiction/ Faith-based /Our Experiences
EDC Creations Books of the Year 2009

1. A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby

2. Practicing What You Preach by Vanessa Davis Griggs

3. Heaven Right Here by Lutishia Lovely

4. Worth a Thousand Words by Stacy Hawkins Adams

5. Beautiful Ugly by Shelia E. Lipsey

6. Forsaken by Vanessa Miller

7. Mom’s the Word by Marilynn Griffith

8. The Devil Is a Lie by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

9. Par for the Curse by Toyi Ward

10. Sins of the Father by Angela Benson

11. The Ideal Wife by Jacquelin Thomas

12. Family Pictures by Rachel Berry

13. The List by Sherri Lewis

14. The Last Woman Standing by Tia McCollors

15. The Bishop’s Daughter by Tiffany L. Warren

16. Journey to Jordan by Donna Deloney

17. Behind the Seen by Phyllis Kennedy Brown

18. The Manual by Sherryle K. Jackson

19. Lady Jasmine by Victoria Christopher Murray

20. The Soul of a Man by Peace in the Storm

21. Somebody Sinning in My Bed by Pat G’Orge Walker

22. Abraham’s Well by Sharon Ewell Foster

23. Somewhat Saved by Pat G’Orge Walker

24. Keep Your Enemies Closer  by Sharon Oliver

25. Sex In The Sanctuary by Lutishia Lovely (reprint)

 

Best Books of 2009: Erotica,Urban Lit,Gay Lit,Alternate Lifestyles

EDC Creations Literary Hallmarks 2009: Black Pearls Passions

Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the Black Pearls Passions-Best Books of 2009. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. 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. We have previewed all of the books below and these are just a few of the magnificent books we love. Please note some of these books may have been published in 2008, but we read them in 2009.

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 reads. Each book on this list will bring something of value to enrich the lives of the readers and to help to strengthen our future generations. ENJOY!

Best Books 2009: Black Pearls Passions—Erotica/Urban Lit./Gay Lit/Alternate Lifestyles
EDC Creations Books of the Year 2009

1. Erotic City by Pynk

2. Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks

3. Consequences by Skyy

4. Stained Cotton by Quentin Carter

5. Section 8 by Kwan

6. Millionaire Mistress 3 by Tiphani

7. The Reason Why by Vickie M. Stringer

8. Too Much of a Good Thing Ain’t Bad by Clarence Nero

9. Lies of Blue by Lynne Forde

10. Karma by Tash Hawthorne

11. Good Girl Gone Bad by Danette Majette

12. Ready to Male by Lamar Ariel

13. Alibi by Terri Woods

14. Shyt List 2 by Reign

15. ICE by Will “Half &Half” Robbins

16. Carbon Copy by Azarel

17. Sexcapades by HoneyB

18. The Highest Price for Passion by Laurinda Brown

19. Pitbulls In A Skirt 2 by Mikal Malone

20. California Connection 2 by Chunichi

 

EDC Creations 100 Adult Power Reads of the Decade

EDC Creations Literary Hallmarks 2009:  100 Adult Power Reads of the Decade

Ella Curry and EDC Creations is proud to announce the 100 Best Books of the Decade. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. These are the books we want to showcase to the world.
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 reads. Each book on this list will bring something of value to enrich the lives of the readers and to help to strengthen our future generations. ENJOY!

100 Adult Power Reads of the Decade: 2000-2009

1. America I AM Legends by Smiley Books

2. Audacity of Hope by President Barack Obama

3. Mandela: The Authorized Portrait by PQ Publishers Ltd

4. Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul by Jack Canfield and Lisa Nichols

5. The Covenant with Black America by Tavis Smiley

6. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

7. You Must Set Forth at Dawn by Wole Soyinka

8. Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50 by Michael Cunningham and Connie Briscoe

9. Coming Together by Harriette Cole

10. Like Trees Walking by Ravi Howard

11. Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe by Doreen Baingana

12. Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington

13. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir by E. Lynn Harris

14. Down the Aisle in Style by Chamein Canton

15. May December Souls by Marissa Monteilh

16. The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier

17. Friends: A Love Story by Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance

18. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage

19. The Baron Son by William R. Patterson

20. Reallionaire by Farrah Gray

21. Girl Get Your Credit Straight by Glinda Bridgeforth

22. Voodoo Season by Jewell Parker Rhodes

23. Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson

24. All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones

25. The Senator and The Socialite by Lawrence Otis Graham

26. Life is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper

27. Criss Cross by Evie Rhodes

28. Brothers and Sisters by Bebe Moore Campbell

29. Man of Fantasy by Rochelle Alers

30. This Bitter Earth by Bernice L. McFadden

31. Not Easily Broken by T.D. Jakes

32. Cruisin’ On Desperation by Pat G’Orge-Walker

33. Big Spankable Asses by Kimberly Kaye Terry

34. Gettin’ Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II by Zane

35. Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones

36. Unconditionally Single by Mary B. Morrison

37. Casanegra by Blair Underwood

38. The Aftermath by Anna J.

39. Them by Nathan McCall

40. Diary of a Mistress by Miasha

41. Growing Up Girl by Michelle Sewell

42. The Hand I Fan With by Tina Mcelroy Ansa

43. Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden

44. A Taste Of Sin by Fiona Zedde

45. Passin’ by Karen E. Quinones Miller

46. Living, Breathing Lies by Gloria Mallette

47. Thong on Fire: An Urban Erotic Tale by Noire

48. Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes

49. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

50. Nina’s Got A Secret by Brian W. Smith

51. Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones

52. Open My Eyes, Open My Soul by Yolanda King and Elodia Tate

53. Girl Get Your Child Support by Cathy Middleton

54. Seasons by Bonnie Hopkins

55. The Just Us Girls by Evelyn ‘Slim’ Lambright

56. Child of God by Lolita Files

57. Can’t Get Enough by Connie Briscoe

58. Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due

59. Gather Together in My Name by Tracy Price-Thompson

60. Casting The First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby

61. The Darkest Child: A Novel by Delores Phillips

62. I Say a Little Prayer by E. Lynn Harris

63. Baby Brother’s Blues by Pearl Cleage

64. The Living Blood by Tananarive Due

65. Deadly Sexy by Beverly Jenkins

66. Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

67. My Sister’s Ex: A Novel by Cydney Rax

68. Fifth Born by Zelda Lockhart

69. Divorcing the Devil by Dwan Abrams

70. What Doesn’t Kill You: A Novel by Deberry and Grant

71. I Know I’ve Been Changed by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

72. Watercolored Pearls: A Novel by Stacy Hawkins Adams

73. She Ain’t The One by Mary B. Morrison

74. Something On The Side by Carl Weber

75. Dutch by Teri Woods and Kwame Teague

76. Black and Ugly by T. Styles

77. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

78. The Blacker the Berry by Lena Matthews

79. Gonna Lay Down My Burdens by Mary Monroe

80. Sexual Healing by Jill Nelson

81. A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Terry McMillan

82. The Hotel Alleluia by Lucinda Roy

83. Victoria’s Secret by Jason Poole

84. The Prisoner’s Wife by Asha Bandele

85. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

86. Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu

87. Cream by by Solomon Jones

88. Little Ghetto Girl by Danielle Santiago

89. Gutter: A Novel by K’wan

90. No Girl Needs a Husband Seven Days a Week by Nina Foxx

91. A New Kind of Blue by Bettye Griffin

92. Dubious by Tina Brooks McKinney

93. Maneater by Mary B. Morrison and Noire

94. Sweets: Soul Food Desserts and Memories by Patty Pinner

95. On The Run With Love by J. M. Benjamin

96. In Cahootz by Quentin Carter

97. Fearless Jones by Walter Mosley

98. Gabriel’s Story by David Anthony Durham

99. Right Side of the Wrong Bed by Frederick Smith

100. Just Us Girls: The Contemporary African American Young Adult Novel by Wendy Rountree

 
 
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