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Sin of a Woman (A Curtis Black Novel) by Kimberla Lawson Roby

“Kimberla Lawson Roby has reached a pinnacle
most writers only dream of.” – Rockford Register Star

After her very public divorce from Dillon, Raven Black is recovering nicely.  Dillon has done everything he can to discredit her, but Raven has learned from her mistakes and him.  In fact, she’s intent on using every bit of Dillon’s revenge and betrayal, as she prepares to take what is hers—and more.  Her ambitions have never been so great, and Raven always knows how to get what she wants.  She also won’t allow anything or anyone to get in her way.

She has become her ex-husband in more ways than one and is slowly leading those connected to her down a terrible path of destruction.  But playing with the lives of innocent people has dire consequences—the kind that Raven won’t see coming.  Raven, of all people, should know that what happens in the dark will eventually come to light…and that there’s only so far you can run before your past catches up to you.

Chapter 1

Raven—Pastor Raven Jones Black, that is—scanned the interior of her massive second-floor office, smiled, and strolled closer to the large picture window. But as she gazed down at all the vehicles that were lined up in the church’s parking lot, it was still hard to believe that everything had evolved so quickly. And in such perfect order, too. Yes, having a one-thousand-plus-member congregation was all that she’d hoped for, but she wasn’t sure she’d expected to see her dreams come to pass in only two years. Of course, it hadn’t hurt that nearly two hundred members from her ex-husband’s former church had joined right away. Because had they not, she knew her ministry would have taken a lot longer to build.

Raven gazed around her office again, admiring her espresso-colored Italian leather sofa, matching loveseat, two oversized chairs, CEO-style mahogany desk, and executive chair. When they’d first purchased New Vision Christian Center and had moved into the building six months ago, the pastor’s study had been only half the size it was now. But the more folks had joined the congregation and paid tithes and offerings on a regular basis, the more upgrades Raven had been able to make—both at the church and for herself. From tearing out a wall and doubling the size of her office to clearing out her closet at home and stepping up her wardrobe game, she’d made lots of changes for the better.

To tell the truth, she’d always dressed in expensive clothing, even when she’d been married to that awful ex-husband of hers, Pastor Dillon Whitfield Black. But today she only wore suits that came from some of the highest-end stores people shopped at. In fact, the couture-style fuchsia jacket and skirt she wore now had come from Bergdorf Goodman in New York. She didn’t get the opportunity to shop there often, what with her residing in Mitchell, Illinois, but whenever she did fly to New York for a ministry engagement, she never left before spending at least a little time at Bergdorf, Barneys, or Saks’s flagship location. She did the same thing at the Neiman Marcus flagship store when she visited Dallas, and although some people might not understand her great desire to live well and have the best of everything, she knew it was only because they didn’t know her story. Her childhood horror story. Her reason for deciding early on that when she became an adult, she would never go without any of the things she wanted, not if she could help it.

What was so amazing, though, was that regardless of how great her life seemed to be going, she still reflected on her blemished past. She certainly didn’t want to, but no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t forget about her very public and very nasty divorce from Dillon. She couldn’t pretend she hadn’t spent time in prison for stealing a hundred thousand dollars from her former father-in-law, Reverend Curtis Black. She couldn’t dismiss the fact that she’d once struggled with a very serious gambling addiction.

She hadn’t even known Dillon back when she’d worked as CFO for his father’s church, and now, she regretted the day she’d contacted him. But when she’d heard about the fallout between him and his dad, she’d decided to reach out to Dillon, letting him know that she understood his pain and that she could help him build a much larger church than the one Pastor Black had founded. This, of course, had secured Dillon’s undivided attention, and not long after she’d been released from prison, they’d begun seeing each other and had gotten married. Raven had truly loved him, too, and she could tell he’d loved her—at least for a while. But then greed and power had become a lot more important to Dillon, and he’d commenced having an affair with another woman. And then a second one.

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I Believe in Butterflies by Marian L. Thomas

A new book written by Award Winning Author, Marian L. Thomas
will no doubt spark fresh debates on the one drop rule
when it launches in May, 2017


The book, I Believe In Butterflies, is a fictional story that follows three women as they navigate life’s often rocky terrain in search of hope, courage, and love. One of the main characters, Lorraine—has lived twenty-three years believing that she is a white woman. When she discovers that her long-held belief is nothing more than a fallacy, all she has held dear is shattered.

“At the heart of Lorraine’s story, lies the foundation of what the one drop rule represents—social classification,” Thomas stated.

The one-drop rule is a historical term for the social classification of individuals with black ancestry. It dates back to 1624 but was coded into law in 1924. Some celebrities including Halle Berry accept the one drop rule. The actress cited the one drop rule when the question arose about whether her daughter with her ex-partner, Gabriel Aubry (French-Canadian) was white or black. In an interview with Ebony magazine, Berry stated, “I feel she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.”

Born to a white mother and a black father, outgoing president, Barack Obama fully identifies himself as black. When asked to declare his race on a 2010 census questionnaire, Mr. Obama checked the box for African American although he could have checked white or black and white.

There are celebrities, however, that take a firm stand on the rejection of the one-drop rule. So whether they are for it or against it, I Believe In Butterflies just might give the one drop rule new life, or at the most, create a platform for discussion on the topic.

I Believe in Butterflies is the second book that Thomas has written that broaches the issue of race. The other being- Blue Butterfly. She said: “People ask me why I use butterflies in some of my book titles. My books are written for women, and as women, we go through the caterpillars of life that transform us into something beautiful.”



Book Review:  I Believe in Butterflies

“I Believe in Butterflies is about self-discovery on many levels and at many ages. It’s about black and white relationships, music and mystery, and questions of love on. As lies, truths, and growth intersect, readers are drawn into a story that’s ultimately about finding and keeping peace. What is the real face of freedom, and how can past experience be overcome to regain new family connections?

“I Believe in Butterflies asks many questions, provides many answers, and ultimately comes full circle after traversing changing worlds and lives. As bridges between past and future are formed, readers swept along in the rising tide of emotion and discovery framed by I Believe in Butterflies will find this a powerful saga of black lives and family ties transformed by truth.

“Readers seeking powerful, evocative stories of self-discovery and connection will relish this pull on one’s heartstrings for its psychological depth and focus on concurrent life journeys that hold both puzzles and, ultimately, solutions.”
-D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

I Believe In Butterflies will be available in paperback formats on online retail sites including and Barnes&Noble.
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About the Author

Award-winning author, Marian L. Thomas, has five engaging and dramatic novels to her credit. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on local, national and online radio stations.

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Nandi’s Unexpected Gift by Ama Kuma

Nandi has been inspiring girls all across the country, and she loves meeting new little faces. Grab your little ones a copy of Nandi’s Unexpected Gift today!


With her 10th birthday coming up, Nandi is eager to receive a special gift that she’s never asked for before, something that makes her feel like she’s really growing up and becoming more like her big sister Vanessa. She and her buddies Anara and Lila have some very important studying to do for school, but Nandi’s excitement about her birthday causes her to lose focus and head down a path she wasn’t expecting to go. In the end, it’s her Grandma Janie who teaches her a very important lesson and gives her the best gift she’s ever received. The unexpected gift her grandmother gives her is not only a gift for Nandi, but for you as well!


Nandi’s Unexpected Gift Book Reviews
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“In Nandi’s Unexpected Gift, Ama Kuma creates a character and a community full of Black love and Black beauty where children not only thrive to be their very best, but also see their beauty reflected in their culture and the nurturing of mamas, grandmas, teachers and friends, especially in the face of life lessons that yield the greatest gift of all: Love.  All children will see themselves in Nandi and her struggle.  At time when representation of Black children in American publishing is lacking, Ama Kuma gifts us Nandi’s Unexpected Gift, a story that is, in the words of Alice Walker, a ‘temple of our familiar.'”
-Tony Medina, Poet, Children’s Book Author, Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University



“As a mother to a young girl, I look for diversity in the books I choose for her to read.  Ama’s story Nandi’s Unexpected Gift not only celebrates the beauty of our young brown girls, she captures the sense of family, and our values as well.  Nandi’s Unexpected Gift is a story for young and older audiences.  I was able to share and enjoy this story with my daughter along with the beauty of seeing a young girl who mirrored her reflection.  This is a timeless story, by a truly extraordinary author.  I can’t wait for the next story in Nandi’s journey.”
-Elle Henry, Managing Editor/Owner, Tres Chic Edits                                                                                              


“There is a certain urgency to the life of a young African American girl discovering what makes her unique in a world that seems to demand that everyone fit some standard that is based on how we look or what we wear.  It is a journey shared by many youth, one often too mysterious and difficult to understand.  But here, in Nandi’s Unexpected Gift, author Ama Kuma creates an intimate space for discovery through a familiar experience rendered anew through the life of Nandi, one super smart and adventurous young African American girl.  Nandi is delightfully engaging as she counts raindrops during thunderstorms, climbs trees, makes up lyrics to the jazz her grandmother plays at home, and basks in the love of her family. Set in the lush landscape of Polk County, Florida, this story illuminates an important rite of passage in Nandi’s life as her tenth birthday approaches.  There are unexpected challenges for her to face, even in the magical realm of her dreams.  Avery-Liell-Kok’s illustrations reflect the vibrant lives of the characters revealed so lovingly by Ama Kuma’s writing.  And the book is certainly a crucial affirmation of the spectacular lives of African American girls.  It centers, lifts, and celebrates them.  It is one of those children’s books that will be remembered for years to come; the kind that you hold onto far into your adult years.  It is a book you pass to others, knowing they will find themselves in the pages and hold onto what’s discovered there.  It is a treasure of a book, an absolute gift of a story.”
-Nina Angela Mercer, Playwright/Interdisciplinary


Nandi’s Unexpected Gift  gives its readers a gift: a story that brings to life intriguing and thoroughly human characters whose time together captures a slice of their lives and finds joy and wonder in the ordinary elements that make up their days.  The adept way in which the story entwines the characters’ conversations and the accounts of their actions makes this story one that will draw in readers and convince them to turn the pages to find out what happens next.”
-AuthorHouse Editorial Dept


Book Excerpt: Nandi’s Unexpected Gift

When her mother finally pulled up in the driveway, Nandi jumped to her feet and sprinted to retrieve the carefully crafted list from under her pillow.  Before her mother even made it to the front door, Nandi was already at the entrance, jumping up and down, flailing her arms about, and yelling, “Mama, Mama, I finished my birthday list!”

Her mother sighed as she rubbed Nandi’s cheek and replied, “That’s wonderful, baby doll, but give me a chance to get settled for a minute before I take a look at what you got, okay?  Today was a long day at work, and I just need some peace and quiet.  Also, I need you to grab another umbrella and help me get the rest of the groceries out of the back seat.”

Reluctantly, Nandi put her list down and ran back to her room to get an umbrella.  She didn’t realize all the noise she’d been making had woken her grandmother from her slumber.

“Hey, now, Di-Di, what have I told you ‘bout runnin’ in the house?” her grandmother said.  “Child, one day you gonna fly into a wall like a lost bird or knock over a lamp.”

“Sorry, Grandmama Janie,” Nandi replied respectfully. “I’m just excited to show Mama my birthday list.  I finished it up last night.”

“That’s fine and dandy honey, but you still can’t go around runnin’ like a wild boar.  You almost scared your poor Grandmama to death.  I ain’t no spring chicken no more,” she said with a heavy sigh. “Now let me take a look at this list that’s got you actin’ all crazy.”

( Continued… )

© 2016 All rights reserved.  Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Ama Kuma.  Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

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Genre:  YA, Children’s Book (8-11)

About the Author

Ama Kuma was born Alexia J. Hogan in Orlando, FL.  The pen name “Ama Kuma” was adopted after a trip to Ghana in 2007.  As a child, she loved to read, sing, dance, and climb trees.  Her passion for language and art continued to grow as she grew older, and she loved to learn about people from all walks of life.  She studied English at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Africana Studies at New York University before returning to Polk County to teach elementary school.  Ama currently resides in her hometown of Orlando where she enjoys writing, painting, singing, playing the piano, and going wherever the wind takes her.  Nandi’s Unexpected Gift is her first published book.

Twitter:  @ama_kuma1
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No Regrets by Patricia Haley-Glass

Johnny and Karen Clark have spent the last twenty years buying a slice of the American dream. It would seem the Clarks have a blessed life, with three bright kids, and a lifestyle to be envied. Instead, their idyllic relationship has begun to unravel. After her bout with an illness and a few of Johnny’s indiscretions, all is in chaos. Karen wants Johnny gone but is in no position financially or physically to take care of herself and the children.

At the same time, Johnny desperately wants out but doesn’t feel right leaving Karen destitute in her moment of crisis. They need help and neither knows what to do. Where Johnny and Karen go from here will all depend on how much they’re willing to sacrifice and how much value they place on life, marriage, and faith in a God that neither seems to know personally.



Book Reviews for Patricia Haley-Glass

“No Regrets offered me a different way, a healthier way based in faith and hope, to look at trying situations.”
—Montgomery Newspapers

“Haley-Glass shared how God does choose the most unlikely person for ministry when we think there is no way. A must read…Highly recommended.”
—APOOO Book Club

“Phenomenal … Haley-Glass did an outstanding job on each person’s outlook and how, without forgiveness, no problem can truly be solved.”
— Urban Reviews

“The perfect blend of faith and romance.”
—Gospel Book Review

“Haley’s writing and visualization skills are to be reckoned with…This story is full-bodied…Great prose, excellent execution!”
—RAWSISTAZ™ on Still Waters

“Haley-Glass has hit the mark yet again! I couldn’t put this book down —the characters are believable and compelling.”
—Maurice M. Gray, Jr., author of All Things Work Together

“A deeply moving novel. The characters and the story line remind us that forgiveness and unconditional love are crucial to any relationship.”
—Good Girl Book Club

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Zach and His Cat by Vera Harris

Vera Harris writes Children’s Stories About Family, Love, and More.  Captivating the Minds of Young Readers. Stories by Vera can influence the minds of young readers. Not only can they entertain little kids, but they also teach important lessons that children can take with them even when they grow old.


A Bee on My Bike by Vera Harris
While visiting his grandmother on a summer school break, a young boy’ discovers the wonders of being young and the wisdom that life can bring.


Zach and His Cat by Vera Harris
When a young boy’s family adopts a cat to add to their family, Zach learns a valuable lesson on responsibility.


Order Zach and His Cat by Vera Harris and A Bee on My Bike by Vera Harris.
Juvenile fiction. Children’s Action & Adventure/General
Available on OutskirtsPress. com,, and wherever books are sold.

Testimonials for Books by Vera Harris

Review Written By Lynda Mubarak
I purchased “A Bee on My Bike” and “Zach and His Cat” for my GG Daughter several weeks ago. She was delighted! Both books are pleasing to the eye for young children, the illustrations are outstanding and the concepts are just what KG students and early elementary students need! Thank you Ms. Harris for these outstanding books!


“This is very clever read for children. There are great sight words to help with spelling tests. The beautiful illustrations make it a great nighttime story for the kiddos.”
– Felicia M. (5.0 out of 5 stars)


“A must purchase for those that have children, grands, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and mentees. Reading this book will not only teach them a lesson but it will be one that they will never forget.”
– Amazon Customer (5.0 out of 5 Stars)


“This was such a great book. My granddaughter enjoyed it so much”
– Tujuana Walker (5.0 out of 5 Stars)


“I have 6 nieces and nephews and they each enjoyed this book! Great for kid reading.”
– Amazon Customer (5.0 out of 5 Stars)


“This was a great read for children. Absolutely loved it!!!”
– Amazon Customer (5.0 out of 5 stars)


“Great book for beginning readers!”
– Nitia L. Harris (5.0 out of 5 stars)


“Good book with bright colored illustrations!!”
– Carolyn Elkins (5.0 out of 5 stars)


“I am so proud of you. When reading these two verses below you came to mind. Way to go Ms. Vera. May prayers that God continues to bless you!!!  Psalm 20:4 – “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”  Matthew 17:20 – “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'”
– Cassandra (5.0 out of 5 Stars)

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Even before I started Happy Reading Self Published by Vera in 2014, I’ve always had an interest in becoming a book author. I love creating fun stories that captivate the hearts of little kids, and so I worked hard to make my dream into a reality.

My grandson inspired me to write my first book! My first books, A Bee on My Bike and Zach and His Cat  both appeared in, Storytime Pup, North Texas Book Festival, the African America Book Expo, featured on the Author Lounge Radio Show, DFW Literacy Fest, Writers Showcase’, Authors and Small Business Owners’, Children’s Books Read Aloud on YouTube and numerous booking signing at Half Price Book Stores throughout the Dallas Forth Worth Metroplex.

Readers can take a look at my books at the Dallas Public Library, Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library Forney, TX, Houston, TX Public Library, and Savannah, Georgia Public Library.

I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family, most of whom fondly call me “Sister.” Aside from these hobbies, I also love working in the church and being a volunteer reading partner for the Dallas Independent School District.

As a Retired Combat Army Veteran, I served the U.S. Army with honor and distinction for 30 years and earned two Bronze Star Medals in combat, and various commendations, certificates, and other medals and honors.


Please visit my website at:  veraharris.vpweb to learn more about my work and future events.  

Vera Harris books are available online, in libraries, and in numerous School Districts.


Snatched Away by Denise R. Coleman

In a world where gun violence has become a day to day occurrence, Snatched Away captures the painful reality of the families left behind. Malcolm Weber, a bright, kind, intelligent young man with a bright future ahead of him, is struck down in the prime of his life. His mother and best friends are left behind to grieve without understanding why someone would commit such a heinous act. When his two closest friends, DJ and Rumor decide to take matters into their own hands, it’s a race against time to stop them before they commit the ultimate act of revenge.

Note from Denise

This story is fiction, I have not had that particular experience. This is actually a story about gun violence, which unfortunately, my family has experienced far too often. This is just one scene in that mother/son relationship.

Snatched Away Sneak Peek

She turned off the oven and threw the charred remains of the pizza in the sink. It made no sense to her how irresponsible her kid could be. It also made no sense for her to yell upstairs for him, because the music coming from his room was so loud, the walls were vibrating.

Shy wanted to kick his ass. She ran up the stairs, taking them two at a time. When she burst into his room, what she saw, made her dizzy. Her very own eyes had to be deceiving her. No, her ridiculous son was not laid back, butt ass naked with some little ho on her knees, with her head between his legs?! Shy screamed.

Maybe because the music was so loud, or maybe it was because they were both so involved in what they were doing, neither of them even heard her come into the room. Well, they sure knew she was there when she snatched the girl up by the back of her head. “Get your triflin’ little ass up!” She screamed, prompting Malcolm to jump from his prone position on the bed.

“Ma! What are you doing” he screamed.

“Did that fool just ask me that?! He’s twenty…of course he did.” Shy thought to herself. She was still holding onto Miss little whoever’s extensions when she walked across the room and turned that damned music off. Only then did Shy realize that the girl was whimpering beneath the pressure of Shy’s grip on her hair. So what?

As Malcolm was scrambling to cover himself, Shy turned on the girl. “Whoever you are, you’ve got about ten seconds to get your crap and get the hell out of my house!” Shy hissed through clenched teeth.

With his private parts covered, Malcolm found his voice. “Ma, why you bustin’ up in my room like that?!” He asked this with so much attitude, as if he were running something.

“Boy! Are you crazy?! This is my house, and my room, if you want to get technical about it. I can bust up in anywhere I damn well please!”

Malcolm sucked his teeth. Shy’s head spun again. That kid was asking for it, big time!

“Oh, it’s like that? Well, if Shante has to leave, I’m going to bounce with her.” He puffed up.

Using his phrase, Shy stated, “Oh, it’s like that? Well get the hell out then.” From the look on his face, Shy gathered that her son didn’t appreciate her mocking him. Again, she thought…so what?

“Malcolm, I am so tired of you and your crap. This is the last time you’ll be disrespecting me and my home. Oh, and just in case this fact has escaped you, everything in this room that I paid for, is mine. You better not even think about taking anything out of here.” Shy had him by the balls with that one. She could see the wheels turning in his head. What was he going to do without his gear?

“Alright Ma, damn! I’m sorry. It won’t happen again. I just got caught up for a minute.”

That was just way too easy. It was obvious where his priorities lie. Before he could say another word, Shy turned to Shante and said, “It looks like Mal’s clothes and sneakers mean more to him than you do. I bet next time you’ll think twice about whose penis you want to stick in your mouth. Anyway, peace. Get out.”

At that moment, Shante was no longer too shocked to move. Girlfriend sucked her teeth, rolled her eyes at Malcolm and stormed out.

Malcolm stood, looking both scared of what might happen next, yet bored at the same time, with the entire scene. Only someone so young could get that off.

Shy on the other hand was through with him. She had no words. Shy needed to calm herself down before she could even consider addressing this latest episode of “Mal’s drama”. If she had to look at him for one more minute, she’d have to kill the boy.

Shy heard the front door slam, proof positive that Shante had vacated the premises. She went into her room to sort out her thoughts. Although she wasn’t ready to deal with it in the moment, Shy knew she had to have yet another one of those talks with her son. Pain in the ass that he was, it was still her job to show him the way.

Despite his age, she could not walk in on a scene like the one she’d just witnessed, and then let it slide.

Shy had to take an Advil and lay down for a while. If she attempted to talk to her son while she was so pissed off, he would never have heard a word she said. Males will tune out as soon as you get loud, and Shy for damned sure was going to get loud.

( Continued… )

© 2017 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Denise R. Coleman. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

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KARMA by Antoinette R. Davis

Elston is independent, successful and enjoying the fruits of his labor until a night out celebrating with the boys and a little too much to drink turns his perfect world into a nightmare he can’t seem to wake up from.  Elston becomes torn between doing what is right and facing the consequences or hiding behind a lie and that’s when Brenda Vander a total stranger appears out of the darkness into Elston’s life to help him and herself to him. Elston is thrown into a world of lies and deception and is unable to focus on what should be the happiest time of his life.

Elston is blackmailed into being unfaithful to his soon to be wife and telling lies all so he can save himself and never once does he listen to his conscious so he can make the right and just decision, therefore his life takes a spiral spin downward and fast and he starts to see everyone he passed on the way up to success on his way down.

KARMA by Antoinette R. Davis Book Excerpt  

The week of the wedding is finally here and Elston plans to go on his honeymoon because he has not formally been charged with Brenda’s murder.  The news media only aired her death for one day therefore no one is talking about it.  Brenda’s family had her funeral and as far as Elston knows he can put all of Brenda Vander behind him       Mr. Amos found a way to get excited about his oldest son’s wedding even though he is crumbling over the fact his other son is gay and living with an older man. Samantha’s mother and her sisters have literally taken over her wedding with their bridezilla attitudes. Samantha steps out of the dressing room wearing her white wedding dress.

“Ma I can’t believe this is all happening. I have dreamed of this day my whole life and it’s finally going to happen,” Samantha’ face is beaming.

“I see you’re happy baby, but the happiness has to last all through the marriage not just the wedding day.  You have to love your husband for better and for the worse and sometimes the worst is really bad.  If he loses his job you gotta love him.  If he cheats on you, you gotta love him and if he lies to you, you gotta love him,” says Mrs. Peggy.  Mrs. Peggy’s sister chimes in on the conversation,

“But if that son of a gun hits you, you gotta kill him.”   All the sisters laugh, including the sales lady.

“Elston would never hit me.  He is a mild tempered man, he would never put his hands on me, however, trust me if he ever did try something like that, trust me you did not raise a fool,” Samantha looks at her mother, “I will be sure to take care of the situation.”
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Freshmen Fifteen (Love 101) by J. Nichole

In Love 101, we meet Laila a student at Lee University, a Historically Black College & University in Tallahassee, Florida.  Throughout the series,  Laila tackles the challenges of finding new friends, and a new love.  Each book in Love 101 chronicles the progression of her college experience, and ultimately her relationship with the man who snagged her freshman year.


Reviews for Freshmen Fifteen (Love 101: Book 1) 35 Amazon Ratings of 4.4 or 5.0 Stars


Freshmen Fifteen (Love 101: Book 1) 5 Star Review
“I loved the book it reminded me of my freshman year LOL… I hope there is a part 2 to see what the characters have been up to.”

Freshmen Fifteen (Love 101: Book 1) 5 Star Review
“This was a quick page turner about a young woman entering a new chapter of her life. We not only got a chance to take this journey with her but we were also able to catch a glimpse at the supporting characters embarking on their own journeys of self discovery. There were plenty of life lessons sprinkled throughout the book. It also included humor and of course love. I recommend this book to anyone who remembers what it was like to be young, dumb(kidding), and down for fun. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book to see what the Lee University students are up to. P.S. Something tells me we haven’t heard the last of Courtney.”


About the Love 101 – New Adult Series
After releasing Freshmen Fifteen, book one of the Love 101 series, the feedback J. Nichole received was that the book left readers wanting more!  What happened to Laila and Chris?  What becomes of Laila’s best friend, Tanya?  Although Love 101 was not in the plans, J. Nichole wanted her readers to feel satisfied with their investment into Laila’s life.  So with that, J. Nichole went back to her desk and didn’t emerge until she completed Laila’s story.  With the series, readers can follow Laila from her first year in college until she walks across that stage four years later.


Excerpt: Freshmen Fifteen (Love 101) by J. Nichole

He stands up and slowly wraps his arm around my waist as he starts dancing, and I feel his muscles tense as he moves.  I’m going to ignore how inappropriate this is, he gets a pass this time. I cock my head up and say, “Well, hello there.”

“It’s about time I get a chance to get close to you.”  He stops dancing and stares me in the eyes with a playful smile.  Staring back, I take note of each of his features.  His eyes are slightly darker than hazel and his goatee is perfectly trimmed. “I hope you are having fun tonight.  I have to go, but let me give you my number so you can call me.”

“Your number? I don’t even know your name, nor do you know mine.”

“Oh, I know your name, Laila.  But I apologize.  My name is Chris, Chris Clark. Now like I said, let me give you my number.”

How does he know my name?  I pull my phone out and begin entering each number as he says it. As I press Done, he takes my phone and presses the call button. When he hands my phone back, I look at him sideways and say, “You didn’t have to take my number, I would have given it to you.”  Sexy, but cocky.  I’m not sure about this one.

“You’re right, but like I said, I need to run.  Promise me you will call me when you make it back to the dorm.”

I don’t make any promises, but I give him a gentle smile.  He kisses my cheek, then walks away, leaving his scent of sweat and cologne behind.  I turn to Jennifer and Nicole, who are standing with big goofy grins on their faces.  I shake my head a couple of times.  Never would I have imagined I would have met Mr. Sexy like this.

( Continued… )

© 2017 All rights reserved.  Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, J. Nichole.  Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

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Laila Jackson is Graduating!

Laila is Graduating!

Laila is Graduating

In honor of graduation season, you are cordially invited to the graduation party of Laila Jackson!  She’ll be graduating from Lee University on June 1, 2017

Laila began her college career at Lee University four years ago, where we met her in Freshmen Fifteen.  Her first year of college was different than she expected, she expected to be be starting her first year of college with her best friend, Tanya.  But… Tanya got pregnant and had to stay home.  So instead, Laila met three others who kept her occupied her freshman year.

Laila’s first year, she also met Chris, a senior at Lee University.  Although, older and much more experienced Chris proved to Laila that she wasn’t just another girl, he actually had feelings for her.

The next three years of Laila’s college experience are just as exciting as her first year.  In Sophisticated Sophomore, we see more drama unfold with Chris and his ex-girlfriend, Courtney.  We are also reacquainted with Josh, Laila’s crush.

In Summer Fling, Laila is fortunate to have a summer internship at a magazine in Jacksonville.  She’s also single and ready to mingle!  She meets a few interesting guys, but is determined to stay single, at least through the summer.

Finally, in Grown and Sexy Senior, Laila’s is wrapping up her senior year of college and preparing for her life after graduation.  She’s in a relationship again, and trying to determine how it will work after she leaves L.U.




Start the series with Freshmen Fifteen (Love 101) by J. Nichole
Freshmen Fifteen is the first book in the Love 101 series by debut author J. Nichole.


After releasing Freshmen Fifteen, book one of the Love 101 series, the feedback J. Nichole received was that the book left readers wanting more!  What happened to Laila and Chris?  What becomes of Laila’s best friend, Tanya?

Although Love 101 was not in the plans, J. Nichole wanted her readers to feel satisfied with their investment into Laila’s life.  So with that, J. Nichole went back to her desk and didn’t emerge until she completed Laila’s story.  With the series, readers can follow Laila from her first year in college until she walks across that stage four years later.

In Love 101, we meet Laila a student at Lee University, a Historically Black College & University in Tallahassee, Florida.  Throughout the series,  Laila tackles the challenges of finding new friends, and a new love.  Each book in Love 101 chronicles the progression of her college experience, and ultimately her relationship with the man who snagged her freshman year.


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His Redemption by Sage

Avery is a preacher at a long-standing, 200 year old church. His only goal is to grow the church membership, serve his members and please his wife.  A displeased wife leads to painful repercussions for Avery. His lovely wife Gretchen is the dedicated and doting mother of the church, but there is something sinister lurking beneath her finely shined veneer.

Gretchen is not who she appears to be in front of the church and someone who knows her secret is threatening to expose it to the entire congregation.

As bodies begin to pile up, Detective Reginald Benston, a decorated 20-year veteran of the force, decides to take charge. He has seen many murders and solved numerous cases, but nothing has prepared him for this particular case.

Detective Benston is racing against time as he tries to solve the murders before another victim washes ashore.

But…what if it were all an illusion?

You decide.

In the middle of the book the reader is given the option to skip beyond the Epilogue and join the characters of the book on a new adventure or continue reading the book until the explosive ending.


Purchase His Redemption by Sage
Genre: Sci/Fi Thriller



Chapter Excerpt: His Redemption by Sage

Gretchen was exhausted from healing her husband. She laid next to him, watching him sleep peacefully. It drove her crazy that he drained so much of her energy trying to keep the facade of a doting church mother.

She looked at the reflection in her vanity mirror and shuddered. She could barely see herself. He was taking all of her essence and she couldn’t have that.

The wish she granted to her father, on his deathbed had taken its toll on Gretchen. She promised her father that the church would live on. Not only live on, she promised that it would grow beyond measure.

So far, she was living up to her end of the bargain, but she was tired.

She wanted to reveal the truth, but she knew exactly what would happen, the same thing that happened to her grandmother when she was exposed as an ancestor of Lilith. It bothered her that no one would ever know how powerful she really was.

There was no way she would be willing to throw her life away and all that she and her family worked hard for. Her father knew what her mother was; yet he was still willing to be seduced by the temptress.

He loved the power, strength and agility that she possessed. He thought that he could change her, throw her into the church, and make her wear dresses past her ankles and her long wavy hair in a tight bun. She was the quintessential mother of the church, the pastor’s wife.

No one knew that she was the reason why he survived as long as he did. Her father was in his late 70s when he passed away. For years, her mother allowed him to drain her energy and essence. It was purely selfless.

Gretchen watched, as her mother became a shell of the woman she used to be. Once glamorous smile and thick long hair had faded, but still the good old deacon held on to his Godly woman. He put her on a pedestal and loved every minute of it.

She listened intently as her mother warned her of their powers. They evolved from a long line of strong, sensual women with the supernatural power of an African Goddess. Their only gift from a life of anonymity and she was not about to lose that to her idiotic husband.

She stared at him as her eyes glowed in bright red, “I’ll kill you first”. She said to the sleeping man, shaking her head with confidence.

The good ole pastor would come up missing if he messed with her plan.

( Continued… )

© 2017 All rights reserved.  Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Sage.  Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.

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Meet the Author
Sage was born and raised in Maryland. She has been married to her best friend, for over ten years and they have two amazing sons. She is also an Autism advocate and a parent of an autistic child, which inspired her to write a non-fiction book on raising a child on the Autism spectrum, The Optimistic Autistic: Our Testimony.

Sage has vowed to produce books that encourage the reader to deliberately read; not just for entertainment but to read with the intention of solving the mystery along with the Detective.

Her belief that, “if you don’t see the books you’re searching for write them” has inspired her to write with a purpose and a passion.



Introducing the Black Bird Detective Series

Sage presents a series of novels with a lead female Detective, who has had her fair share of issues. While she solves the murders occurring in the small town of Cold Creek, she also solves the mystery of her own life.

The Black Bird Detective Series is guaranteed to keep your heart racing and your head spinning with excitement.

Black Bird Detective Series website:


A View from Harlem by Tracey Fagan Danzey

A View from Harlem by Tracey Fagan Danzey takes a look at our friends from Jasper’s Cafe On The Boulevard five years later.

Life makes the distinction between lasting or lust and forever or not.  Nearly five years ago, the contrasting lives of these unlikely friends became cemented.  Through all their differences, they toiled through the grit of building friendships and finding love.  Now it truly begins.  Perry and Robert Nichols have finally transitioned from living a lie into living that life.  Despite her once-pretentious facade, Perry now touts a coveted life—one she never apologizes for.  What matters is her marriage, her two children, and the success of her upscale business, Lux Body & Soul.  Perry’s wrath abruptly becomes unleashed once being betrayed, causing her life to quickly unravel.  When everything she holds dear is put at risk, Perry must call on Harlem Brooks.

Harlem Brooks, the good boy gone bad, has returned to the city.  He has cleaned up his act and is no longer the judge’s prodigal son.  Harlem is back at the firm, committed and living a more suitable life.  As his determination increases to spare Perry from ending up behind bars and keeping her family intact, he is unknowingly blind-sided by what is awaiting his own.  When he returns to the office late one night seeking any crucial evidence to turn around a plummeting trial, Harlem makes a shattering discovery.  Now more than ever he longs for what his brother has . . . his own family.  Like many men, Harlem hasn’t quenched his insatiable needs.  What he desires most is the one thing he can’t have.  Erika Townsend’s beauty is alluring to Harlem, but what intrigues him most is her resilience.  That unshakable strength is what Harlem needs now more than ever.

Torie Matthews is finally settled and happy after marrying Quinn, her best friend and kindred spirit.  In the face of their marital bliss, there has been immense heartbreak.  When their marriage receives yet another devastating blow, Torie questions whether their bond is strong enough to endure.

A View from Harlem by Tracey Fagan Danzey



Tracey Fagan-Danzey was raised and educated in the woodsy suburb of  New Canaan, Connecticut.  Following her attendance at Fairleigh Dickinson and Fairfield Universities, Tracey obtained her credentials as a Professional of Human Resources.  All the while Tracey continued to pursue her natural craft of writing.

To further her aspirations of becoming a published author, Tracey elevated her commitment by becoming a participant of the Westport Writers’ Workshop and critique groups. Tracey continues to reside in Connecticut with her beloved son Tanner Ryan and doting husband Tony.

Jasper’s  Cafe On The Boulevard is a rework of  a debut project titled “Where Is The Box For Someone Like Me?”  This project advanced in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. See here:


College Life 202 by JB Vample

College Life 202: Core Principles (The College Life Series, Vol 4)

After a tense winter recess, Chasity Parker, Malajia Simmons, Sidra Howard, Emily Harris, and Alexandra Chisolm return to Paradise Valley University to finish out their sophomore year. It doesn’t take long for their problems from last semester to spill into the new one.

Malajia throws caution to the wind and gives a questionable love interest another chance. The promising new relationship soon becomes filled with jealousy and disrespect. Refusing to give up and ignoring all voices of reason, Malajia winds up losing more than she bargained for. After finally coming to terms with her true feelings for Jason Adams, Chasity realizes that she must face her fears and tell him the truth, or risk losing him. If that weren’t hard enough, Chasity unexpectedly comes face to face with her birth mother. Learning the shocking truth about who her parents are, Chasity is forced on an emotional roller coaster she is unsure she will ever get off of.

Sidra is desperately trying to keep her stress-induced temper in check. But when problems with her messy neighbors intensify, Sidra is forced to reveal her angry side as she takes matters into her own hands. Emily’s growing need for alcohol to cope with stress is pushing her further into a state of depression. When her grades continue to take a nosedive, her mother’s threat of a school transfer becomes imminent. Defeated, Emily fears that if things don’t change, she will lose both her independence and sanity.

The new semester brings forth rising tensions. Hurtful words are taken in and harsh truths are dished out. However, the girls learn that no matter how bad things get between them—when it matters—they have each other’s back. If they hope to survive this next phase of college life, they’ll have to.

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The College Life Series
follows the lives of five young black women as they make their journey through their four years of college at Paradise Valley University. Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty,  Malajia Simmons, the party girl,  Sidra Howard, the prim princess, Alex Chisolm, the self proclaimed “know-it-all”, and Emily Harris, the shy mommy’s girl are five main protagonists, thrown together by chance. Bringing to college different voices, vastly different backgrounds, and different ways of confronting challenges.

This series touches on different issues that affect college aged people; such as class pressure, family drama, personal drama, relationship issues, peer confrontations, discovery and  friendship. This ill-assorted group discover in this new environment and through unlikely friendships who they are.


Don’t Give Up by Marlena Lewis

Don’t Give Up by Marlena Lewis

The basis of my story is to tell someone that is facing some of the same circumstances that I am going through is that they are not alone. We all have struggles in our lives that seem like we can never get past them, but if we can learn to trust in the Lord, he will help us. I tell my story of feeling helpless at times and not knowing where to turn. When I looked back over my life I began to think about my spiritual family life. My parents never gave up on thirteen kids. I have hope and confidence now that I can do the same for my life.


Review Written by Quiniece Sheppard
Hope in a dying world!  Marlena Lewis shares her story of struggle and triumph in her book titled “Don’t Give Up”.

The title itself is encouraging. Marlena Lewis gives an encouraging word to her readers telling them not to give up and to persevere through the hardships and trials. It is a book that offers hope and encouragement to those who are suffering.

Don’t give up and look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith. It’ll get better after while. Great book and I recommend it to those who need a little bit of push to keep going no matter what.


Excerpt:  Don’t Give Up

I grew up in a small town about twenty miles outside of Selma, Alabama. A place of great historic moments; some of which changed African American lives forever. Nobody’s family is perfect, and being the tenth child of thirteen kids, I don’t think I need to discuss any further the matters concerning poverty, verbal abuse, and what today’s society would label as physical abuse. I mean, back then, anyone could give you a whooping for something you did wrong, and you would straighten yourself right up and think twice about your actions in the future. But today, we see spankings as abuse, and parents nowadays will not touch their children out of fear of punishment and being seen as a child abuser. What can I say…spare the rod and spoil the child.

In struggling with trying to adapt to military life, marriage, and being separated from my only child, I have learned that God has never left me, and He has really kept me from losing my mind. Yeah, we often feel like something good is about to happen any day now with all we have going on in our lives, but we have to remember to keep our eyes on the prize. The prize is not all the stuff that distracts us every day, but it is Jesus; our Lord and Savior.

Some supernatural strength kept me going when I did not have the energy, or the will, to keep going. That power was Jesus and my prayers to Him. He heard them, and in the midst of the tears, He would tell me to keep it up, don’t give up. He had so many more challenges He wanted me to endure to increase my hope and faith in Him.

I cried out, “Jesus is this it?”

“No, Marlena. This is only the beginning.”

Just when I thought I could not take anything else, and after serving about twelve years in the military, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I was in the Army reserves serving part-time duty at a center in Rockville, Maryland. When I initially started feeling ill, I was in the field at Fort Dix, New Jersey, preparing for my unit to depart to Iraq. I had been there for about two weeks, when all of a sudden, I started feeling very fatigued and my body started hurting all over. At first I just thought it was just the normal field stuff that you get while out training. I tried to shrug it off because I was a soldier, and I did not want to appear weak to my peers.

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Updates for 2017 Chocolate Social in Atlanta

Subject: Important Updates for 2017 Chocolate Social
We are about 25 days away from the annual Chocolate Social and Excellence Awards. This is the 10th anniversary for Black Pearls Magazine! I’m excited about meeting you all in Atlanta on Thursday Night, July 27, 2017.  I’m coming to you today with a few updates and to share some important news.


There is a free, private Meet & Greet on Wednesday, July 26, night for readers, authors and book clubs in the Atlanta area. Tell your friends! Just email Ella and let her know who will be attending. RSVP here: We will all meet in the front lobby at exactly 7pm. Details on the main website. See the information:


HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel at 7-11:30pm
125 10th Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
Meet Ella in the front lobby at exactly 7pm
Across the parking lot from the Loews Atlanta Hotel


If you can not attend the event and would like your award, 2 of the featured books and a copy of the printed keepsake book shipped to you on Monday, August 17, 2017, the fee is $50.00. Email Ella Curry your address immediately after paying. Pay here for printed souvenir book AND your award shipping cost today:





Order your copy of the official Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book from the Excellence Awards

Take a sneak peek today:

Pay here for Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book and 1 featured book:


Important Note: After paying the $35.00 for the full color magazine and shipping, email Ella Curry at: with your mailing address and full name. Printed keepsake magazines will be mailed out on Monday, August 17, 2017 via priority mail. Check your address twice before emailing to Ella. Deadline to order keepsake book: Monday, July 31, 2017

Check out the official Black Pearls Magazine souvenir book from the Excellence Awards!
Take a sneak peek today:


1. Our event has been moved to the Atlantis Room on the lower level. When you arrive at the event, come directly to the lower level. I will have the DJ waiting on you. There will be a 7ft banner in place so that you can take photos and stream live to social media.

Please know that people will be taking photos, live-streaming and videotaping this event. I plan on having a professional photographer join us, so that he can take photos of all the guests. All of my event photos will be posted across social media and in printed material for EDC Creations.

We want to feature all of the book clubs and book bloggers attending in the Souvenir Book, that will be given out at the event. If you have interviewed with us and want to send updated photos, do so immediately. If you have not been interviewed for Black Pearls, let me know and I can send over the questions immediately. The hardcover of Black Pearls Magazine will be on sale too.

This year all of our guests will have assigned seating. I want to get people in the room and seated as fast as possible. I will email the seating chart on July 15, 2017. You will be seated with people you should get to know!  The idea behind this event is to introduce readers and authors so that you can support each other. Email all information to:

. If you are an author attending the event, we have great packages to showcase your books during the event. The Chocolate Social Bundle is ideal for new books, backlist titles and for books coming out later in 2017. See the Black Pearls advertising opportunities and packages:

I need to know the names of all the guests attending with you. If you purchased tickets for a group, email Ella all of the names of the attendees. If you want to sit together, now is the time to send me all seating requests. I need to know all of the names before June 17, 2017.

There is a private Meet & Greet on Wednesday night for readers, authors and book clubs in the Atlanta area. Tell your friends! Just email Ella and let her know who will be attending. We will all meet in the front lobby at exactly 7pm. Details on the main website.

8. We have 10 authors with tables to selling their books. Please prepare to support our event sponsors with a purchase. They will sign books and autograph the printed Black Pearls Magazine. Their books will not be included in the swag bags given out at 10pm. I will also have my Crown Holder Treasure Boxes on sale for $35.00.

We are looking for business owners and authors to help sponsor the event, so please feel free to share all of my social media posts and the link to the EDC Creations website. Thank you in advance!

You can call or email me at any time with questions about the event. Call (301) 892-6573 and leave your name, number and a detailed message.
2017 Chocolate Social Location and Details
HYATT Atlanta Midtown Hotel
Party in the Atlantis Room, Lower Level

125 10th Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309
Across the parking lot from the Loews Atlanta Hotel
Parking is $5.00. Attire: Semi-formal white clothing. Adults Only

Warmest regards,

Ella Curry, President of  EDC Creations
About Me:
Black Pearls Magazine Online-Founder
Black Authors Network Radio-Founder
Social Media Expert – Internet Publicist – Brand Strategist

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