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Intimate Conversation with author Dawn James

Intimate Conversation with Vibrational Healer Dawn James

Dawn James is a vibrational healer, teacher, speaker and writer. Her parents discovered she was an empathic intuit at age three. Later, as a teenager, she began having precognitive dreams that continued into adulthood. Dawn conducts workshops and speaks throughout Canada and the U.S. on matters relating to holistic health, vibration and healing with sound. She is the mother of three young adults and resides in Ontario with her husband. For more information, visit  http://www.raiseyourvibration.ca/.

Introduction to Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life

In my book Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace, I share some simple yet profound ways to reduce stress, remove toxicity and regain balance in an unbalanced world, where people may feel overcommitted, run down and dissatisfied with life. I explain the laws of vibration and how to use them to increase vitality, improve health and cultivate inner peace! We are vibrational beings designed to be healthy and happy!

Based on 20 years of research, interviews and experience, this timeless book illustrates that by learning the laws of vibration and how to raise your personal vibration, you can enjoy improved health, increased energy and stress-free living! Enjoy personalized advice from Dawn James, one of North America ’s leading vibrational practitioners!

Order online by June 15th and receive an autographed copy by author Dawn James!

BPM: What makes you powerful as a person and a writer?
Dawn: My thoughts create my reality, in other words, if I can think it, I can be it. My parents instilled the idea in me that your mind can make you—or break you—so I set out to learn as much as I could about everything that interested me, and to spend time with those older and wiser than I am to gain priceless knowledge that cannot be found in school or in a book. I have a lot of respect for my elders, ancestral knowledge and ancient teachings from cultures around the globe. This is the knowledge that I now share with others through my writing, public speaking, teaching and mentoring programs. I am dedicated to sharing knowledge with those who are willing and ready to transform their life in a positive way.

BPM: What inspired you to write this book?
Dawn: My inspiration to write about vibrational frequency, health and well-being came to me as a message in a dream—from a woman I had never met or spoken to—Sylvia Browne. Her message set me on a quest to assimilate my experiences, teachings and observations about energy, consciousness and our innate intelligence into what has now become my first book, Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life. Sixty days after I wrote the dedication in my book to Sylvia Browne, I had the good fortune to meet her in person in Toronto , present her with a copy of my book and express my gratitude to her for inspiring me to write.

BPM: 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…
Dawn: My writing offers the following legacy to future readers: It reminds readers that we are creative, intelligent, powerful and loving beings capable of manifesting the very best of ourselves when we tune up our vibrational frequency—we can transform our life!

BPM: Introduce us to the primary message in your book.
Dawn: When we understand that all life is vibrating strings of energy—and that we can affect the flow and quality of this energy within us and in our life experiences—then we will understand how important every choice we make in life is to our health, well-being and perception. By raising our vibration, we will begin living in the flow of life—without resistance, without stress and equipped with the knowledge that we can handle any circumstance that comes our way.

BPM: Share with us 2 or 3 life enhancing sections from the book.
Dawn: The chapter entitled “The Vibration of Food and Drink” explains which foods and beverages are compatible with our energetic and physical body and which foods are not. The reader learns how high-vibrational foods can help reverse certain diseases and provide vital nutrients to our cells, blood and organs. Readers obtain valuable information on how to de-stress their internal systems and enjoy improved health.

The chapter entitled “Making Conscious Choices” introduces the reader to three aspects of Self and how these aspects influence our life choices. By understanding the dynamics of these aspects, we can begin to develop our authentic, innate, intelligent Self and make positive conscious choices in our life.

The book closes with the chapter “Living in Love.” Providence begins when we are committed to action. Act on the knowledge acquired from Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life and begin to live in Love—the highest vibration of all!

BPM: Who should read this book and why?
Dawn: Anyone who is feeling overcommitted, stressed and/or run down will find actionable information to turn their life around. As readers practice the exercises and techniques presented in this book, their mind will become tranquil, their physical body will become stronger and healthier and their energy systems will become more fluid and balanced. In the end, they will become unmovable and untouchable physiologically by lower vibrations, including emotions such as fear and pain, as well as by unpleasant people and situations. The reader will also gain insights on the connectivity between thoughts, attitudes, stress and health, life experiences and consciousness.

BPM: What issues in today’s society do you address in the book?
Dawn: Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life fundamentally teaches how to break the pattern of behaviors that create negativity, dissatisfaction, toxicity and stress. These are issues that are prevalent in North American society today.

BPM: What was your primary quest in publishing this book?
Dawn: I am a teacher first and foremost—it is my raison d’être, my passion. Writing articles, books and newsletters allows me to reach a wider audience around the globe. I enjoy teaching others new and simpler ways of doing things, and how to live in a positive, conscious and peaceful manner.

BPM: What message in your book do you want readers to share with others?
Dawn: All you need is within you!

BPM: Share with us your latest news, awards or upcoming book releases.
Dawn: By joining my Facebook fan page “Raise Your Vibration,” you’ll automatically be eligible to attend FREE Webinars and Tele-classes that will be offered later this year.

I am also pleased to announce my newest book distributors, Quanta in Canada, New Leaf in the U.S. and HR Distribution in the Caribbean . Their information is available on my website. Books will be made available at Canadian and U.S. holistic bookstores by the end of the summer, and are currently available online at http://www.raiseyourvibration.ca/.  (All online orders are autographed by author, and shipped same day!)

BPM: How can our readers reach you online? Share with us your online contact info.
Dawn: Readers can reach me through my Contact page on my website at http://www.raiseyourvibration.ca/.

Author Dawn James – new title Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life
Learn more at http://www.raiseyourvibration.ca/

Publisher: Lotus Moon Press
Pub. Date: May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-9865378-1-3
Illustrations, Glossary, Action Plan
Retail : $21.95

Lotus Moon Press
P O Box 713
Uxbridge ON L9P 1N1
CANADA

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EDC Creations "Top Books" — 2010 First Quarter

The Sankofa Literary Society Review is focused on the issues and lifestyles that define the avid American Reader — what they read, what they want out of their careers, how they connect to each other, what motivates them and how they feel about the community as a whole. Many have stated, “There is no African American village…it’s dead,” we don’t feel that way. The Village is here, the village in now! Expand your horizons! We are a community of 10 bookclubs, 4 social networks and 20 nurses who want to enrich our community with books and the written word. Listed below are the books we have read from traditional publishers and self-published authors. Join us today to add your voice and experiences to our union.

While highlighting our heritage, our experiences and delivering our voice–we remain anchored to the spiritual, emotional and practical realities of our entire global community, supporting all races. We are not limited solely to African American (AA) authors; we hope to educate our readers by offering a variety of literature and resources. We are offering you the best in literature period, from our perspective. Come on in and join this movement to Give the Gift of Knowledge!

Listed below are a few of the best books representing the literary world and the arts. Each book created an impact for readers and the Sankofa Literary Society network. Our literary hallmarks indicate excellence in writing. Here are the books we want to showcase to the world. Please take your time and expand your reading territory by saluting the literary greats and leaders listed below. The books are NOT listed in any order pertaining to the quality of the literature—they are all 4-5 star reads. Spreads the word…share this listing with at least 10 people!

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

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EDC Creations “Top Books” — 2010 First Quarter

*SLS Power Reads — Fiction from all genres

EDC Creations Pick: Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

1. Till You Hear from Me by Pearl Cleage

2. How Clarissa Burden Learned How to Fly by Connie May Flowers

3. Nappily Faithful by Trisha R. Thomas

4. Damaged by Kia DuPree

5. His First Wife by Grace Octavia

6. From Cape Town with Love by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes

7. Snapped by Tracy Brown

8. Secret and Lies by Rhonda McKnight

9. Trouble Down The Road by Bettye Griffin

10. A Second Helping by Beverly Jenkins

*SLS Power Reads — Non-fiction from all genres

EDC Creations Pick: The Black Girl Next Door by Jennifer Baszile

1. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

2. I’m a Piece of Work! Sisters Shaped by God by Cynthia L. Hale

3. Jantsen’s Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue and Grace  by Pam Cope

4. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

5. All About Love by Susan L. Taylor

6. Put On Your Crown by Queen Latifah

7. Stop Being Niggardly by Karen Hunter

8. The Black Male Handbook by Kevin Powell

9. Secrets of a Skinny Jean Queen by Carolyn Gray

10. Step Out on Nothing by Byron Pitts

*On the Shoulders of Giants — Christian Fiction/Faith-based/Women Issues

EDC Creations Pick: Still Guilty by Pat Simmons

1. Selling My Soul by Sherri Lewis

2. Fifteen Years by Kendra Norman-Bellamy

3. Farther Than I Meant to Go by Tiffany L. Warren

4. The Last Woman Standing by Tia McCollors

5. Dreams That Won’t Let Go by Stacy Hawkins Adams

6. Samson by Jacquelin Thomas

7. Be Careful What You Pray For by Kimberla Lawson Roby

8. Yesterday’s Promise by Vanessa Miller

9. Shaking the Tree by Editor Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

10. Nothing is too Hard for God by C.M. Jones

*Our Literary Legacy —Our History, Experience and Heritage

EDC Creations Pick: Unburnable by Marie-Elena John

1. Life Is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper

2. The Sacred Place by Daniel Black

3. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

4. Porch Stories by Jewell Parker Rhodes

5. Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

6. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

7. Wife of the Gods by Kwei J. Quartey

8. Black Noir: Mystery, Crime, and Suspense by Otto Penzler

9. Darkness and the Devil Behind Me by Persia Walker

10. Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

*Our Passions— Erotica/Urban Lit/Gay Lit/Alternate Lifestyles

EDC Creations Pick: Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks

1. Consequences by Skyy

2. Bedtime Erotica by Lexy Harper

3. Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women by Rachel Kramer Bussel

4. Gutter: A Novel by K’wan

5. Flexin & Sexin Vol. 2 by Erick S. Gray, Ashley & Jaquavis, Treasure E. Blue, and J. Tremble

6. Where There’s Smoke by Terra Little

7. Karma Part 1 by Sabrina Eubanks

8. Trickery by Christine Racheal

9. Pitbulls In A Skirt 2 by Mikal Malone

10. Trife Life To Lavish Part 1 by Deja King

*Lift as We Climb Leaders — Independently Published

EDC Creations Pick: Bruised Love by Nanette M. Buchanan

1. The Truth As I See It: In Poetry & Prose by Nakia R. Laushaul

2. Colors of a Man: Tribute to African-American Men by Tia Stewart

3. Wretched Saints by Marc Lacy and Assuanta Fay Howard

4. Inside Danica’s Closet by Nikkea Smithers

5. Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life by Erica Goodridge

6. Chasing the Avatar by Jovan Jones

7. Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us by Donna Michele Watford, RN

8. Love Found Me by Vanessa Richardson

9. Family Pictures by Rachel Berry

10. And the Walls Came Tumbling Down by Vernadine A. Merrick

11. Ever Changing by Rhonda Dent Herring

12. Color Me Jazzmyne by Marian L. Thomas

13. Sunny Rain by Ci Ci Foster

14. Let My People Go by Wanda Currie

15. 1878: The Life and Times of Henry Forest by R. Jenkins-Oliver

*Recommended Reading List Submitted by Faith’s RN Bookclub

1. That Mean Old Yesterday by Stacey Patton

2. Cheetah by Missy Jackson

3. Plenty Good Room by Cheri Paris Edwards

4. Jump at the Sun by Kim McLarin

5. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer

6. Don’t Play in the Sun by Marita Golden

7. Dynasty by Dutch by DC Bookdiva Presents

8. Chocolate High by Mika

9. Masquerade by Denise Jeffries

10. Betrayal by Dwayne S. Joseph

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Book Video: Yesterday’s Promise by Vanessa Miller

Book Video: Yesterday’s Promise byVanessa Miller

Melinda Johnson has always felt called to ministry. So, when her father, Bishop Langston Johnson, decides to step down after thirty years of leadership at Omega Christian Center, it seems only natural for her to take his place. But Bishop Johnson feels led by a God who has other things in mind, and to succeed him, he appoints Steven Marks-a man who is opposed to female pastors, not to mention the fact that he is Melinda’s ex-fiance.

Feeling defeated, Melinda nevertheless maintains her position as the church’s Missions and Community Outreach Director. Frequent interaction with the new bishop incites bitter sparring-and rekindles long-suppressed attraction, which grows only stronger when Melinda develops a relationship with Steven’s precious daughter, Brianna, who’s still struggling with the death of her mother.

Can Steven and Melinda set aside past pains, forgive each other, and learn to love again? Or will their opposing positions regarding women preachers keep them forever at odds?

Read 2 Chapters from Yesterday’s Promise

Excerpts from Yesterday’s Promise by Vanessa Miller

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Whitaker House signs fiction writer Vanessa Miller to multi-book deal

 Whitaker House signs bestselling fiction writer Vanessa Miller to multi-book deal

(New Kensington, Pa.) – In an effort to meet the growing demand for Christian fiction in the African American book market, Whitaker House has signed Essence bestselling author Vanessa Miller to a multi-book deal. Miller, known for her redemptive themes and colorful characters, is releasing Yesterday’s Promise, in April 2010, the first of a three-book series.

 “Vanessa brings with her a reputation not only for excellence as a writer, but also as a woman with strong spiritual roots and a heart to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Whitaker House Vice President Bob Whitaker, Jr.  Miller’s work has received numerous awards, including the Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction and the Mahogany Award for Best Christian Fiction. Her novels with Kensington/Urban Christian and Abingdon Press have appeared on Essence Magazine’s bestsellers’ list.

Miller is also a playwright, motivational speaker, and founding members of the “Anointed Authors on Tour,” seven bestselling authors who travel to various cities in support of literacy and the arts and to encourage aspiring authors. A native ofDayton, Ohio, she graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication.

Yesterday’s Promise is the first book of a series entitled, Second Chance of Love. Whitaker House plans to release the next two books in October 2010 and January 2011. Yesterday’s Promise is available for purchase wherever fine books are sold including Christian Bookstores and on http://www.Amazon.com, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/  and http://www.whitakerhouse.com/

Yesterday’s Promise by Vanessa Miller
FICTION; ISBN: 978-1-60374-207-8
Fiction/Christian/Romance

Melinda Johnson has always felt called to ministry. So, when her father, Bishop Langston Johnson, decides to step down after thirty years of leadership at Omega Christian Center, it seems only natural for her to take his place. But Bishop Johnson feels led by a God who has other things in mind, and to succeed him, he appoints Steven Marks—a man who is opposed to female pastors, not to mention the fact that he is Melinda’s ex-fiancé.

Feeling defeated, Melinda nevertheless maintains her position as the church’s Missions and Community Outreach Director. Frequent interaction with the new bishop incites bitter sparring—and rekindles long suppressed attraction, which grows only stronger when Melinda develops a relationship with Steven’s precious daughter, Brianna, who’s still struggling with the death of her mother.

Can Steven and Melinda set aside past pains, forgive each other, and learn to love again? Or will their opposing positions regarding women preachers keep them forever at odds?

To learn more about Vanessa Miller, visit her online: http://www.vanessamiller.com. For further information, or to schedule interviews, please contact Cathy Hickling, Chickling@whitakerhouse.com,  800-444-4484.

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Foxy: My Life in Three Acts by Pam Grier

Foxy: My Life in Three Acts by Pam Grier
Some may know her as hot, gutsy, gun-totin’ Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown. Others may know her from her role as Kit Porter on The L Word. But that only defines one part of the legend that is Pam Grier.
Foxy is Pam’s testimony of her life, past and present. In it, she reveals her relationships with Richard Pryor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Freddie Prinze Sr., among others. She unveils her experiences as a backup singer and a blaxploitation star. In particularly candid and shocking chapters, she shares-for the first time-her view of those films and the persecution that blacks, especially women, needed to endure to make a name for themselves . . . including how it felt to be labeled one of the most beautiful women alive, yet not be permitted to try on clothes in a department store because of the color of her skin. And in words sure to inspire many, she tells the story of her ongoing battle with cancer. From her disappointments to her triumphs, nothing is held back. With FOXY, Pam wishes to impart life lessons to her readers-and hopes to touch their hearts.

This book is broken down into Three Parts: The Early Years, ‘Fros and Freaks, and Finding the Balance.

Chapters include:
Chapter One: ARMY BRAT
Chapter Two: MEETING MONSTERS
Chapter Three: ANIMALS OVER PEOPLE
Chapter Four: THE SUMMER OF FAILED LOVE
Chapter Five: MOVING TO THE PULSE
Chapter Six: LEW AND ALLAH
Chapter Seven: BLAXPLOITATION BREAKOUT
Chapter Eight: THREE STRIKES AND I’M OUTTA THERE!
Chapter Nine: TRIAL BY LOSS
Chapter Ten: FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE
Chapter Eleven: NO MAN’S LAND
Chapter Twelve: GOING BROWN: FROM FOXY TO JACKIE
Chapter Thirteen: THE L WORD
Chapter Fourteen: HEALING AND HORSE SENSE

Purchase your copy today at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Foxy-My-Life-Three-Acts/dp/0446548502

About the Author

Pam Grier started her career in the early 1970s, starring in a string of moderately successful women-in-prison films and blaxploitation films, and has generally remained in the public eye, starring in movies such as Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Jackie Brown.

After taking a short break from Hollywood, Pam returned to films in the 80s, like Fort Apache the Bronx, Something Wicked this Way Comes, and Above the Law. She also made a guest appearances on Miami Vice and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Pam also played Kit Porter on the controversial hit show “The L Word” on Showtime. She occasionally guest-stars in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where she plays a recurring character. She spends her free time on her ranch in Colorado.

Meet Pam Grier on Book Tour

* Thursday, May 6, 2010
African American Art Museum
of Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
6:00 pm
215-574-0380

* Friday, May 7, 2010
Harvey B. Gannt Center/ Real Eyes Bookstore
551 S. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
7:00 pm
704-547-3700

* Saturday, May 8, 2010
Situations Lounge/Real Eyes Bookstore
7801 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28213
6:30 pm
704-547-3700

* Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Denver Press Club
1330 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80204
6:00 pm
303-571-5260

* Thursday, May 13, 2010
Barnes & Noble
189 Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
7:00 pm
323-525-0270

* Friday, May 14, 2010
Eso Won Books
4331 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
7:00 pm
323-290-1048

* Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Tattered Cover Bookstore
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
7:00 pm
303-436-1070

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Intimate Conversation with author R. Jenkins-Oliver

Intimate Conversation with author R. Jenkins-Oliver

R. Jenkins-Oliver was born and raised in McIntosh County Georgia . She is the oldest of four children, and is a graduate of Todd-Grant High School , Margaret M. Washington, and Brunswick College . She has worked for the FBI, as a health care professional, and was an entrepreneur. She has appeared in several industrial and feature films.
BPM: What make you powerful as a person and as a writer?
I think what makes me powerful as a person is that I’m proactive, an empathic listener, respectful, I’m willing to support and network with others. I plan ahead and I always have more than one plan. I welcome criticism because there is always room for improvement. And most of all I commune with the Holy Spirit every day of my life.
I consider myself a powerful writer because my writing was inspired by a higher power. I would have never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have ever written a book and become a published author because I have never challenged myself to be a creative person.
BPM: Who are your mentors? Where do you find you inspiration for writing?
I find my inspiration in my faith. My mentors are people who encouraged and inspired me to trust in my faith and to stay focused on my goals in life.
BPM: What legacy do you wish to leave future readers?
My writing offers the following legacy to future readers: My writing offers the reader a glimpse of what life was like for so many African Americans before us, and what they had to endure in their lives to survive the injustice they received.
BPM: Introduce us to your book and the main characters. What makes it stand out?
The main characters in the book are Henry, John, Joe, Viola and Hettie. 1878 is based on the life of Henry Forest , who lived during the late 1800’ until the mid 1900’s. The fourth son of a farmer, Henry was born in 1878 on a farm in Georgia . He and his brothers were raised to be hard-working and responsible men, to marry and raise their own families.
Henry married a young woman named Mollie, with no farm of his own; he decided to work for another farmer in Dexter. Shortly after Jack Johnson won the heavy weight championship of the world in July, 1910, racial tension ignited around the country. Henry gets involved in a fight with a number of white men who made racist comments about blacks with the rise of the Klu Klux Klan. Wanted by the FBI and afraid of getting killed, he moves to Eulonia and assumes the name Robert. He spent the rest of his life living in fear for his life and the life of the family he left behind.
The book is written in a mixture of Geechee and Gullah dialect which is still spoken in the area today and almost entirely in dialogue.
BPM: What specific situation or revelation prompted you to write the book?
The Holy Spirit placed it in my heart to write the story. I think the reason the Holy Spirit gave the vision to me to write the story was because there were whispers about Henry’s life as a young man, but in later years at a family reunion, the secrets came out that he had a different life and identity before he came to Eulonia.
Once I received the missing parts to the story, I had no idea where to start the story. That’s when I started having the dreams about people that I never knew. In the dreams I heard their voices and saw their faces. That’s why the story is written almost entirely in dialogue and in dialect.
BPM: Take us inside the book. What are two major events taking place in the book?
The main event: Henry’s distrust of the justice system, and his fear that he and his family would be killed.
The book depicts what life was like for Henry and his family in both the early and later years of their lives. The stories talks about faith and the trials, tribulations that the family went through, and how they pulled together to survive the hardships in life.
BPM: Who were your favorite characters in 1878 The Life and Times of Henry Forest?
My favorite characters are Henry, Ben, and Joe. Henry was a hard working man who lived for his family; he was determined to survive. He made a decision that haunted him for years, but through it all he never lost his faith in God.
Ben grew up before reconstruction, and he knew that a colored man only chance for survival was to keep his opinions to himself and to stay out of trouble. He loved his grand children and he told them stories about what could happen if they didn’t stay in their place.
Joe was a man who opened his home to Henry while he worked as a sharecropper to earn a living for his family. Over the years Joe became fond of Henry and treated him like a son.
BPM: Are your characters from the portrayal of real people?
Yes the story was based on facts. Most of the characters are the families’ real names, however, there are a few fictional names in the story used to portray real characters.
BPM: Who do you want to reach with your book and the message within?
I think the story sends a message to Americans that we as a people have made many achievements together in racial relations and we have freedom of speech in the 21st century especially when compared to the era when this event happen in the early 20th century. However, we can be encouraged that improvements are being made in spite of what’s going on behind closed doors.
BPM: How will reading your book shape the readers life?
I think the story invites the reader to experience a vivid and engaging bird’s eye view of what life was like for African America during the dark period in American history. The experience can stir up personal feelings of joy, pain, suffering and despair as the reader enters in to the world of the characters.
BPM: What is the most powerful chapter in the book, 1878 The Life and Times of Henry Forest?
The most powerful chapter in the book is when Viola and Hettie met while working at a motel in Eulonia, and the two of them discovered that they grew up hearing the same story about one of their family members.
BPM: What do you think makes your book different from others on the same subject?
I think that Henry’s story is unique because there were so many who found themselves in a similar situation and didn’t survive because they were murdered before they could get their day in a court of law to tell their sides of the story before a jury of their peers.
BPM: How can readers reach you online?
Readers can reach me via email:  l_rolivercorpllc1@yahoo.com

Book: 1878 The Life and Times of Henry Forest
by author R. Jenkins-Oliver
Book seller link: http://www.blackbookplus.com/  or web page  http://www.authorsden.com/  
Also, readers should be able go into bookstores and order the book.
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Intimate Conversation with author Marlon McCaulsky

Intimate Conversation with author Marlon McCaulsky

Marlon McCaulsky, originally from Brooklyn, New York, is the best-selling author of The Pink Palace and the novella Love & Life and contributing author on the anthology Romance For The Streets. His goal is tell entertaining stories and to become a full-time novelist. His new book From Vixen 2 Diva is his second full-length novel. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

BPM: What makes you powerful as a person and a writer? Who are your mentors?
Wow… I’m not sure I’ve reached the level of being called a powerful writer yet. But I do have a unique voice and point of view when I write and I try to express that with every story I create. The author I think I look up to the most is Eric Jerome Dickey. I admire his work and his career as an author.

BPM: 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… of my generation. I mean my generation wasn’t really thought to read books for enjoyment. That’s why we had TV, video games, and movies. There weren’t to many books that spoke to us or that we could relate to so we didn’t read. People say to me “I don’t like to read books” but that’s not true. They just haven’t found something they would enjoy reading. And I hope with my books I can relate to not just book lovers but folks who have never considered reading a book for enjoyment.

BPM: Introduce us to your book, From Vixen 2 Diva and the main characters.
My new book “From Vixen 2 Diva” is what I consider to be a Hip-Hop love story. It stars Beata Douglas an up and coming video model from Harlem with desires to get into the music industry. She runs into a familiar man from her past called Kane who’s trying to get a record deal. Because he’s not already successful Beata disrespects and dismisses him until he actually gets a record deal and becomes a multi-platinum rapper. Beata tries to seduce Kane in order to get a record deal but ends up getting played. Without giving too much away she finds away to get on and now these two music stars are on the same label and can’t stand each other.

BPM: What specific situation prompted you to write From Vixen 2 Diva?
The situation that prompted me to write “From Vixen 2 Diva” happened while writing “The Pink Palace”. Beata and Kane had a small part in that story and I knew that they had a story to tell as well. Plus I always wanted to write a story that had Hip-Hop as a backdrop and FV2D provided me with that perfect setting.

BPM: Take us inside the book, From Vixen 2 Diva. What are two major events taking place?
The first major event is the murder of a main character by Beata’s ex boyfriend Roc. Roc is also a friend of Kane who becomes an unwilling participant and witness to the crime. This starts a rift and rivalry between them that plays out until the end of the book.

Another major event that takes place is with Beata making a sex tape with her boyfriend that comes back to haunt her later on. I think a lot of young women do things when they’re young and don’t think about what the long term affects of their actions will be on their lives.

BPM: Are your characters from the portrayal of real people? Do you have a favorite?
Beata was my favorite character to write. She was based on a few people like Ashanti, Karrine Steffans, and Beyonce. But I also gave her, her own flavor. Beata being a video model automatically makes folks judge what type of person she is and in some ways she does live up to those stereotypes. But I also wanted to dig deeper into her character and show she has layers like an onion that you have to peel away to see the real person she is. She really grows a lot from the little girl she is in the beginning to the grown woman she is by the end of the story.

BPM: How may our readers contact you for events and book purchases?
Email: mccaulskymarlon@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.abednegosfree.com/
Buy books: http://www.amazon.com/Vixen-Diva-Marlon-McCaulsky/dp/1934195677

From Vixen to Diva by Marlon McCaulsky
ISBN-10: 1934195677
ISBN-13: 978-1934195673

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Beata Douglas is a Harlem born girl pursuing her dreams to be rich and famous by any means necessary. With the voice of a diva and looks that can make a supermodel feel insecure Beata took the video model scene and Rap world by storm. By using sex to seduce lustful men into giving her what she wants Beata becomes the games #1 vixen. It’s not until she runs into a familiar man from her past named Kane that she finds out her sex appeal isn’t enough to manipulate him to get her ahead. Kane goes on to become a hip-hop mega star and leaves Beata behind humiliated.

Beata decides there’s more then one way into the game and tricks her way to her own record deal on Flip Set Records and ends up being featured on Kane’s number one chart topping remix. This starts a bitter war between the two music stars. The only problem is that they’re attracted to each other.

Trouble for both of them comes home when Roc, Beata’s ex boy friend and Kane’s ex partner in crime gets out after three years in prison. Roc becomes obsessed with Beata and starts to stalk her. Roc also starts extorting Kane for millions for a crime they committed years ago that ties directly to Beata’s past. But when Kane refuses to pay, thing’s turn deadly as Roc comes after both of them with a vengeance. Will Beata be able to stay alive long enough to enjoy her fame?

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