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Pleasure Principles by Lesley E. Hal

Pleasure Principles by Lesley E. Hal
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Can Bianca keep a married couple from finding out that the person they’re cheating on each other with is her?  Or will living the love-them-and-leave-them lifestyle that Rick James and Teena Marie sang about in the eighties be more fire than desire? That’s the mantra that has become Bianca Brooks’ claim to fame after being stood up at the altar by her longtime fiancé, Michael Jones, five years ago.
Since then, Bianca’s life has consisted of a steady string of bedmates and running her burgeoning event planning company, Pleasure Principles, with best friends Cody and Reggie. With love having nothing to do with her newfound lease on life, Pleasure Principles is her one and only commitment, until she meets Taylor, wife of Dallas Mavericks golden boy, Eric “All Air” Sims. A torrid affair ensues with Eric being none the wiser until he pays Bianca an eye-opening visit. During his stay, Bianca’s world is turned upside down when she finds herself in the middle of a forbidden love triangle, adding even more drama to her already flawed sex life.
Even though Eric’s being unfaithful, his insecurities run rampant, prompting him to hire a detective to see where Taylor’s infidelities lie. When given the proof he needs, all hell breaks loose and everything about Bianca’s promiscuity brings forth malicious consequences of revenge.

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Posted by on September 29, 2010 in Book Spotlights

 

FROM GHETTO TO GREATNESS by Kevin Brown

FROM GHETTO TO GREATNESS
A Journey In and Out of The Ghetto – Based on a True Story
A Novel by Kevin Brown

Set in the late 1970’s, Author Kevin “Coach” Brown’s novel From Ghetto to Greatness is a masterpiece of storytelling that grabs the reader’s attention from the very beginning. Once you are pulled into the protagonist’s Jerome Green’s world, you will be whisked away with him through the perils of teenage drug addiction and living life with no parental guidance. You will be pulling for Jerome all the way.

The plot is fresh and intriguing; as opposed to the trite storyline of “I sold drugs, I was in a gang, I went to jail, and now I want to save the world.” The result of this brand new approach to urban literature is a book that is absolutly a must read for all. It’s just a wonderful story that will inspire you. It will make you laugh and sometimes want to cry. Brown paints his characters brilliantly as they all come to life and have a cumulative effect on Jerome Green’s unsure future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Kevin “Coach” Brown enjoys writing and publishing inspirational thoughts that are enjoyed by thousands of his online followers. He is also a Success Coach and Motivational Speaker. He is a respected member of the International Coach Federation, The Georgia Coach Association, and Toast Masters International. He regularly conducts seminars and gives speeches on discovering your God-given purpose, creating your life plan, and setting and achieving goals based on your life plan.

Coach Kevin is a decorated, 12-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Following exemplary military service to his country, Kevin continues to enjoy a highly successful corporate career as an engineer, trainer, and consultant.The outstanding gifts he uses to enable government and corporate clients to maximize the use of complex technologies are now available to you to make the most of your complex life.

Coach Kevin takes the wisdom and caring of a grandfather, the discipline of a military training instructor, the intelligence of an engineer, and the vision of a senior corporate consultant and combines that experience with specialized Co-active Coaching techniques to enable you to transform your life and reach your glorious potential. Coach Kevin will work with you to unlock your full potential and enable you to attain all of your worthy desires. With Coach Kevin’s passionate approach to life coaching, you can be assured of attaining meaningful results from your life coaching investment.

•ISBN-13: 978-0578040868
•Genre: Urban Fiction
•Target Audience: Teens/Adults
•Primary Subject Matter: Coming of Age Story

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Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Meet the Author

 

Author Pavilion Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 2010

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Thursday, September 16th
(Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)

Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. WRITE NOW!

1. Kea Taylor – I Still Do A Celebration of African American Weddings

2. Frederick Nnoma-Addison – The United States and Ghana Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship & Progress

3. Olympian Devon Harris – Yes I Can Children’s Book

4. Daniel R. Biddle & Murray Dubin – Tasting Freedom Octavius Catto and the Battle of Equality in Civil War America

5. R. Michelle – Her Game Plan

6. Afya Ibomu – Vegan Soul Food Guide to the Galaxy

7. Moneek Reid & Zubari Duniani – Nigus: Images of Ourselves

8. Pierre – My 100 Homies & Phonies of Hollywood

10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m. Author Meet and Greet

1. Jessica Tilles – Loving Simone

2. Tinisha Nicole Johnson – Lessons Learned: Loving Yourself as a Black Woman

3. Harold Turley II – My Darkest Hour The Day I Realized I was Abusive

4. Jam Donaldson – Conversate is Not a Word Getting Away from Ghetto

5. Ytasha L. Womack – Post Black How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity

6. Curtis Bunn – That Was Then This is Now

7. Towan Isom – Chasing Greatness The Young Professional’s Guide to a Dynamic Life

8. Harold Fisher – Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life

9. Willie Jolley – Turn Setbacks into Greenbacks

10. Indigo Johnson – Playing by the Unwritten Rules: Moving from the Middle to the Top and Playing by the Unwritten Rules II: From a Job Defense to a Career Offense

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Community Panel Discussion
TECHNOLOGY AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY!

The Importance of Technology in the Black Community: Using Technology to Communicate in the Digital Age. Moderator: Dr. Sammye Miller, Chairman of the Department of History & Government at Bowie State College.

Panelists: Narcius Ridley; Cynthia Hopkins Brown; Charles Acree; and Kevin Bailey Information Technologists
Ella Curry – Black Pearls Magazine Publisher and President of EDC Creations Media Group
Martin Pratt – CEO Infinite MMS
Curtis Bunn, National Book Club Conference Founder and author of That Was Then This is Now

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Author Meet and Greet
1. Robin D. Stone – My Times in Black and White Race and Power at the New York Times Gerald M. Boyd

2. Marva L. Goldsmith – Branding Yourself After Age 50

3. Gwynne Forster – Love Me Tonight

4. Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood, Rhonda Joy McLean – The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women

5. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall – Race, Law, and American Society

6. Jihad – Preacher Man Blues II

7. Thomas Chatterton Williams – LOSING MY COOL: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture

8. Scott Simpson – Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Community Panel Discussion
CULTURAL PRESERVATION & WRITERS

Preserving Our Cultural Memory Through Literature presented by The Hurston Wright Foundation. Moderator: Marita Golden author of Don’t Play In The Sun: The Color Complex.

Panelists: Elizabeth Nunez – Anna In-Between
Dolen Perkins-Valdez – Wench A Novel
Tom Burrell – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority;
Julianne Malveaux – Surviving and Thriving 365 Facts in Black Economic History
Cheryl Wills – Die Free a Heroic Family History

View the 2010 Author Pavilion at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation schedule for  Friday  and  Saturday by clicking on the links.   Authors signing and speaking on panels  Friday morning,    Friday evening   and Saturday, KIDS day at the CBC.  

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CBC: Friday, September 17th – Morning Session

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Friday, September 17th (Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.

Friday, September 17th – Morning Session

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. START THE MORNING WITH KNOWLEDGE!

1. Joyce Burnett – Adam’s Belle A memoir of Love Without Bounds

2. Valencia Campbell – Advice From the Top: What Minority Women Say About Their Career Success

3. Kevin Wayne Johnson – Give God the Glory Series The Power in the Local Church

4. R. Michelle – Her Game Plan

5. Mozella Perry Ademiluyi – Love is a Mountain

6. Afya Ibomu – Get Your Crochet On!

7. Moneek Reid & Zubari Duniani – Nigus: Images of Ourselves

8. David G. Evans – Dare to be a Man

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1. Leonard Pitts, Jr. – Before I Forget A Novel

2. Harold Fisher – Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life

3. Rochelle Alers – Butterfly

4. Tracye McQuirter – By Any Greens Necessary A Guide for Black Women
Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy and Lose Weight

5. J.J. Michael – Secrets Unraveled

6. Dawn McCoy – Leadership Building Blocks An Insider’s Guide to Success

7. Tinesha Davis – Holler at the Moon

8. James Guitard – Delilah’s Revenge

9. Solomon Jones – The Payback

10. Charles Ogletree – The Presumption of Guilt The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
and Race, Class and Crime in America *

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

1. damali ayo – Obamistan! Land Without Racism Your Guide to the New America

2. Sheri L. Parks – Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Live and Culture

3. Rosalyn Story – Wading Home

4. Stacy Hawkins Adams – Dreams That Won’t Let Go

5. Pamela Samuels Young – Buying Time

6. Michele Tapp Roseman – Business Briefts Connecting the dots between God and your Work

7. Kasey L. Summerville – Bridges & Footstools 365 Days of Wisdom to Help You Live, Learn & Grow

8. Susan Fales-Hill –One Flight Up A Novel

9. Karen Langhorne Folan – Don’t Bring Home a White Boy and Other Notions that Keep Black Women from Date Out

10. Sanford Rubenstein, ESQ – The Outrageous Rubenstein: How a Media-savvy Trial Lawyer Fights for Justice and Change

11. Harold Fisher – Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life

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CBC: Friday, September 17th – Evening Showcase

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Friday, September 17th (Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)

Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.

Friday, September 17th Evening Session

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING


Emerging Leaders Series Present: A Brave New World: Social Networking Chronicles

Social networking sites (such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) have evolved into the paramount forms of media for personal communication and professional growth. However, emerging leaders must be vigilant about the downside associated with using these outlets for self expression. Young authors who have expanded their brand via social networking and who have written on business etiquette will share strategies for effectively utilizing social networking sites for benefit while avoiding the potential liabilities to personal and professional aspirations.

Moderator: Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group; author of Mackenzie Blue, Young Adult Series

Panelists:
Troy Johnson – President, AALBC.com, LLC

Shama Kabani – The Zen of Social Media Marketing

Thembisa Mshaka – Put Your Dreams First Handle Your Entertainment Business Industry Secrets for Your Success

Cedric Muhammad – The Entrepreneurial Secret to Starting a Business

Nnamdi G. Osuagwu – Facebook Addiction

Fenorris Pearson – How to Play the Game at the Top

Author Meet, Greet & Book Signings:

Artist Arthur – Manifest

Andra Gillespie – Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership

Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe – A Woman’s Guide to Soulful Living: Seven Keys to Life and Work Success

Lt. Col. Joseph W. Hoffler, USAF-Ret. – Promotion: Denied The Harrowing True Story of Racism, Cover-up, Betrayal and Vigilante Justice at the United States Air Force Academy

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

1. Monda Webb – Life is Like a Soul Train Line

2. Maurine McFarlane – Release the Prophetic Destiny in Philadelphia A city Under Reconstruction

3. Sonia Hayes – The ATL Girlz Series

4. Delano M. White – Taking My Soul to the Laundromat: From Prison Walls to Executive

5. Richard Jeanty – Neglected Souls

6. Joyce Ellis-McNeal – Understanding Purpose Thru Dreams-Visions-Prophesy

7. Ella L. J. Edmondson Bell – Career GPS Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape

8. Candance Sandy & Dawn Marie Daniels – Souls of My Young Sisters: Young Women Break Their Silence with personal Stories That Will Change Your Life

9. Stephanie R. Bush-Baskette – Misguided Justice The War on Drugs and the Incarceration of Black Women

10. Malaak Compton Rock – It Takes a Village

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CBC: Day for Educators and Parents-Saturday, September 18th

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.

Saturday, September 18th
(Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)



“A Day for Area Educators and Parents”

Literacy NOW! Developing the Next Generation of Readers, Writers and Leader

Meet & Greet Children & Young Adult Authors
Panel Discussion ~ Storytelling
Special Discounts on Selected Titles

NEA Read Across America
Encouraging Our Son’s to Read: A Community Call to Action
National Association of Black Storytellers
Special Tribute & Conversation with Literary Icon Eloise Greenfield

Parent Call to Action: Literacy NOW!
2KNation Collective

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. LITERACY NOW!

1. Jamal Bryant – World War Me

2. L. Trenton Marsh – From 1.0 to 4.0 Ten Strategies for Academic And Collegiate Success

3. James A. Merritt – Spencer’s First

4. Deborah Gregory – Catwalk & Catwalk: Strike a Pose

5. Yaba Baker – Princess Briana & Dollar

6. David Miller – Mama Used to Say “PARENT CALL TO ACTION”

7. Randall Horton – The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street

8. Honoring and Celebrating a Literary Icon: Eloise Greenfield – Childtimes: A Three Generation Memoir

9. Bobbie Edmonds – The Legal Navigator “PARENT CALL TO ACTION”

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LITERACY NOW!

1. Deborah Gregory – Catwalk & Catwalk: Strike a Pose

2. Yaba Baker – Princess Briana & Dollar

3. David Miller – Mama Used to Say

4. Eloise Greenfield – Childtimes: A Three Generation Memoir

5. Bobbie Edmonds – The Legal Navigator

6. Lyah Beth Leflore – The Come Up: Can’t Hold Me Down & The World is Mine

7. Lori Nelson & Valerie Nelson – Hillary’s Big Adventure & I Can Do It by My-Self!

8. Ron Kavanaugh – Literary Freedom Project

9. Charisse Carney-Nunes – I am Barack Obama

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LITERACY NOW!

Literacy NOW! Developing the Next Generation of Readers, Writers and Leaders
Moderator: Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series

Panelists:
Lyah Beth Leflore – The Come Up: Can’t Hold Me Down & The World is Mine

Julianne Malveaux – Surviving and Thriving 365 Facts in Black Economic History

Cora Coleman-Dunham – Gathering a Great Understanding

Wade & Cheryl Hudson – Founders/Publisher of Just Us Books

Salome Thomas-El – Immortality of Influence

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Preparing For a Sequel by Sherryle K. Jackson

Preparing For a Sequel by Sherryle K. JacksonAvailable Now: Soon After by Sherryle K. Jackson

Call it ironic or just dumb luck that Soon After which is the sequel to my debut novel, Soon and Very Soon, releases the same month as Terry McMillan’s sequel to her hugely successful book-slash-movie, Waiting to Exhale. To say it’s long awaited is an understatement.

Getting to Happy comes after a fifteen year departure from the four female characters, Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin. And, I thought two years was pushing it with my sequel. My Executive Editor, Joylynn Jossel, advised that I not put anymore time or another book between my debut novel, Soon and Very Soon, and its sequel. Because I am a lesser known author and because my characters, Willie and Vanessa Green haven’t graced the big screen, she worried that too much time would make my audience lose connection with the newlywed couple that decides to combine their churches.

In either instance I wonder how an author gets back into that same mind-space where those same characters are speaking, and in some cases, haunting you again. In my own pre-release promotions, I realized the readers have some preparing to do as well. When I tell friends and fans that the sequel is coming out in the early fall they tell me that they have to pick up the first installment that came out in 2007 and read it again to refresh their memory.

I recently found my copy of Waiting to Exhale in the basement of my mother’s house. It’s been that long. I loaned it to her to read and it never quite made it to my Terry McMillan shelf along with Mama, Disappearing Acts, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and most recently, The Interruption of Everything. With thousands of books that came out this year alone, I’m not sure I have time to devote to reading the beloved book again from cover to cover. Many questions crowd my mind as I prepare to pre-order Terry’s book with my own on an online retailer.

Consider these things:

When and where does the second story pick up from the first book?   I’m talking setting here. My title sort of gives that away. Not to let the cat out of the bag, but the cover sort of eludes to a fire that happens at the end of Soon and Very Soon. The story literally picks up, Soon After. In Getting to Happy the same amount of time has passed for the characters as the time it took the author to revisit them, 15 years. The diverse and dedicated friends find themselves in the throws of mid-life. Sometimes it’s fun to go to the first book and read at least the last couple of chapters to predict where the plot may go in a sequel.

Is this a stand alone sequel?   Does the book include sufficient background information from the first book, so that the reader can understand the plot without gaping holes of understanding? Some authors do this better than others. I’ve read some sequels that are 60-75 percent recaps. The preferred practice is to drop background information like breadcrumbs. My back cover summary gives no mention that Soon After is in fact a sequel. The rationale is that the publisher doesn’t want a reader to put back the current title because they haven’t read the first installment in an all or nothing deal at the bookstore.

Does the author plan this to be a part of a series?   This is helpful for a reader to know if all the loose ends will be tied up for their favorite characters or do they have nine lives as in many adventure dramas and mysteries. I don’t know about Terry, but I never wanted to write a sequel, let alone, a mystery of sorts. I am a Christian Fiction writer with heaven, not the hell of crime scenes and jail in my view. But, I went there. Who knows, there may be a third installment. As the old church mothers put it, ‘Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.’

To make the distinction, Soon and Very Soon is being re-released in mass market paperback August 1, 2010. Soon After is released September 1, 2010 online and in bookstores nationwide. Terry McMillan’s Getting to Happy comes out September 7, 2010. Please go out and purchase both books to support the authors and the dream!

Meet author Sherryle K. Jackson

Multi-published author, teacher, wife and mother, Sherryle continues in her pursuit to be a fresh voice in Christian Fiction. Her triumphant debut novel, Soon and Very Soon (2007) was followed up by her sophomore release, The Manual (2009).

Sherryle is currently working on her fourth novel for Urban Christian (Urban/Kensingon) titled Taylor-Made. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Soon After by Sherryle K. Jackson picks up right after Jackson’s 2007 release, Soon and Very Soon. Pastors Willie and Vanessa Green are no more than six months into business as usual, in the combined Mt. Pleasant Harvest Baptist church after marrying and combining congregations, when they receive word that Willie’s former church has been burned down by an arsonist’s match. With more than one person with interest in the deed to the property and still more with an emtional investment in the church itself, it’s up to Alexis Montgomery a local reporter and Chief Herbert Rich to solve the the crime.

Soon After by Sherryle K. Jackson
Christan Crime Fiction
ISBN-10: 1601628676
ISBN-13: 978-1601628671
Website: http://www.sherrylejackson.com/
Blog: http://www.thefateofthefire.blogspot.com/

Purchase your copy of Soon After from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/After-Urban-Christian-Sherryle-Jackson/dp/1601628676

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Posted by on September 10, 2010 in Featured Articles

 
 
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