How do you rebuild a normal life when the world refuses to forget who you were? For Cristal Caprice, it seems impossible.
It took nearly a decade for Cristal to escape the control of a sadistic tyrant named Mason, who refused to let her leave the sex industry alive. Three years later, Cristal re-emerges with a new identity in a new home, the small town of Thornwood. There, her new neighbors and friends know her only as Bianca Nubreze.
Struggling to come to terms with her shameful past and adapt to a new life, Bianca isolates herself from the world and slowly sinks into a deep depression. As she teeters on the brink of suicide, Bianca finds acceptance and optimism in a Christian evangelist named Robyn. Even so, her new found hope in life is short-lived as her secret is exposed. Revelations about her past involvement with US Congressman Adrian Reese ignite a national media scandal, and her new life is turned inside out overnight.
With her true identity and whereabouts exposed, Bianca becomes the town’s pariah and is once again relentlessly hunted by Mason. As her life spirals out of control, her only hope for redemption lies in her new found faith in God, Robyn, and a shrewd political strategist named Tamara who will do whatever it takes to protect Congressman Reese’s career … at any cost.
New African American Books: New African American Authors
Winners will be announced live at the Baltimore Urban Book Festival on May 6th — www.baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com
Voting link is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEp4M25ZN2xRQks1ZlJuajJUNTM4M3c6MQ.
AAMBC Author of the Year
Monique D. Mensah
Indie Book Store of the Year
The Literary Joint
Deja vu Book Lounge
Breakout Author of the Year
Magazine of the Year
Black Literature Magazine
Book Club of the Year
Sistahs on the Reading Edge
Indie Publisher of the Year
Life Changing Books
Wahida Clack Presents
G Street Chronicles
Street Lit Writer of the Year
Erick S. Gray
Treasure E. Blue
Reviewer of the Year
Poet of the Year
Julia Press Simmons
Male Author of the Year
Booker T. Mattison
Romance Author of the Year
Female Author of the Year
Christian Fiction Author of the Year
Victoria Christopher Murray
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Vanessa Davis Griggs
Readers Choice Award
Saturday, April 21, 2012 – 9:00am to 6:00pm
Carson Community Center
801 E. Carson Street
Carson, California 90746
To give broad public exposure to authors and writers; increase book sales; motivate, and develop aspiring new writers among children and adults; expose parents and educators to materials and programs for reading improvement; provide an outreach platform for publishers and information providers to the buying public, and the literary industry.
10 Seminars and Workshops for writers, aspiring writers, yearning readers, and the general public
Competitions: Poetry Jam Competition, Children/Youth Writers
Children’s Writing Contest, Let the Elders Speak Forum
“Love & Regrets” follows the lives of three African American women – Carmen, Tempest, Dana – and their struggles with commitment, family drama, betrayal, lies, secrets, sexual exploits and love that spirals out of control.
Before you meet these characters, you must know….”Love & Regrets” is NOT a romance novel – it is about relationships. Not just romantic, but family, friendship and everything in between. Relationships are the cornerstone of Sheryl Mallory-Johnson’s work. Why, because the former social worker-turned novelist is fascinated with human behavior. Why we do what we do.
Now, here’s a glimpse of the women you will meet (and fall in love with) in “Love & Regrets” ….
Carmen, a thirty something mother of one, is happily married to her loving husband Devon ─ so she thinks. At the wrong time in her life, along comes Kendall, the man who awakens a side of Carmen that is better left slumber – her oversexed side. Carmen can’t seem to get enough of Kendall, even at her wits end. Facing a sure divorce isn’t Carmen’s worse fear; losing her prestigious job has her equally petrified; and Kendall, who happens to be her employee, is out to make sure both take place. Can Carmen salvage her life or has she done irreparable damage?
Second to God, no one is more important to Tempest than Sterling. Her every waking moment is spent planning to wed the “Cinderfella” of the NFL, that is until media sensationalism comes into play. Desperate to uncover the truth, Tempest sets out to prove naysayers wrong. Is Sterling up to no good or should Tempest hold fast to her belief in fairytales and happily ever after?
Dana has one desire ─ to own a home, marry and start a family by her 27th birthday. That sounds simple enough, if Omar, the man Dana loves, would step up. Enter into the picture Matthew, a modest rich man who woos Dana with romantic excursions and exciting adventures. No sooner than Dana allows Matthew to encroach upon her heart, Omar proves her perceptions of him wrong. Has Dana just made the biggest mistake of her life or is Matthew more than meets the eye?
“Love & Regrets” exposes the struggles of commitment, the human capacity to rise above hatred and revenge, and the power of love and kinship.
Published by Wanasoma Books (December 2011)
Author Chris Hicks,AAMBC and The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park present the 2nd Annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1pm-8pm, at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St, Baltimore MD 21231.
Celebrating Baltimore’s FIRST and ONLY book festival focusing on African American literature.
GENERAL ADMISSION 5.00
ALL KIDS/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE FREE!!!!
ALL REGISTERED BOOK CLUBS ARE FREE ADMISSION!!!!
ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS FREE WITH ID!!!!
FOOD VENDORS WILL BE AVAILABLE!!!!
EARLY REGISTRATION AUTHOR TABLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!!!!!
(early registration ends January 1,2012)
Visit our website to register and purchase at www.baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com.
Featuring some of the country’s most influential bestselling authors; Omar Tyree, T. Styles, JM Benjamin, Jimmy Da Saint, Kiki Swinson, Miss KP, Tamika New House, Trice Hickman, Nicola Mitchell, Chris Hicks, Ladawn Black, Moses Miller, Nikki Turner, Booker T Madison
- AAMBC Awards Ceremony honoring this years top performing authors
- Omar Tyree lecture and book signing,
- Chocolate Chat workshop featuring T Styles, Jimmy Da Saint and Miss KP
- The real talk with the men of ECE(ebony chronicles of elevation)featuring Corey Barnes, QB Wells, Moses Miller, Omar Tyree, and Author Chris Hicks
- African American Literature Panel
CHILDREN ACTIVITIES: storytelling, free treats, games, face painting, moon bounce, annual free book giveaway drive and a special storytelling feature from Baltimore Ravens
Some of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Fredrick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park a program of the Living Classroom Foundation, in support of their Voyage of Exploration a science, technology, engineering, and math program (STEM).
MEDIA SPONSORS: Mosiac Books, The Baltimore Times, Urbania Magazine, DMD Experience, BMore News, AAMBC, The Urban Twist, Rolling Out Magazine, Urban Literature Review, ILuvblackwoman.com, EDC Creations, My Soul Radio.com, BaltimoreBlack.com,AALBC, Books of Soul.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND FOOD VENDORS ARE AVAILABLE!!!!
Clease contact Chris Hicks directly at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release: Eclectic Life Books Exhibiting at the Los Angeles Black Book Exposition Saturday, August 20, 2011August 14, 2011
Press Release — Book Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (August 12, 2011)
Eclectic Life Books Exhibiting at the Los Angeles Black Book Exposition Saturday, August 20, 2011
Los Angeles, CA– Author Cherise Charleswell, President of Eclectic Life Books will be exhibiting at the annual Los Angeles Black Book Expo. Ms. Charleswell will be there to debut her book, Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them.
The Los Angeles Black Book Expo is being held on Saturday August 20, 2011 from 10AM to 6PM, inside the Los Angeles Convention Center #403. The LA Convention Center is located at 1201 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
The book, just published in May 2011, is a non-traditional, sassy, tongue-in-cheek, and painfully honest self help guide and workbook for the morally challenged and socially inept members of society; as well as those who want to improve on their quality of life. The Adinkra image that graces the book’s cover is called “Mate masie” and it loosely translates to “What I hear, I keep”. The book draws on my experience as a West Indian child, where wisdom was often imparted as a series of “old time” sayings, tips, and proverbs; leaving one to interpret the true meaning and come to their own conclusion and understanding.
The book has always garnered the following praises and reviews:
“Cherise Charleswell is a fresh and funny young voice with wisdom for the ages. The author takes aim at the morally challenged, the socially inept and everyone else and skewers them to hilarious new heights. Highly recommend. ”
Author and Educator at California State University Dominguez Hills
“Bug in your ear wisdom, you have lint in your hair or you missed a
button. A good read intent on being more cautious of our attitudes
behavior and Appearence. Whimsical light hearted Examanation
of pop culture from a concerned sister prospective. Real Talk Tips
Is full of timeless tips, Critiques, and Compliments. Noteworthy
Thoughtful solutions , tuff love with a hug. Its Funny Bitterly
Honest The way family is. A must read for all ages that actually
builds self esteem and self worth.”
Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Press Release: Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love ThemAugust 14, 2011
August 12, 2011 – For Immediate Release
Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them.
“Who Are The Morally Challenged?”
Los Angeles, CA–They walk among us, are related to us, and may be that reflection that one views in the mirror. Moving about in ill-fitting clothing, wearing questionable hairstyles, and consistently making poor decisions in life. They are the morally-challenged, and they are often ignorant of their predicament.
Author Cherise Charleswell uses biting wit and a great sense of humor to identify and mentor these individuals. She discusses her motivation for writing this book,
“I began this book after posting a series of daily words of wisdom, or TIPS as they became known on a social networking site. These TIPS were based on daily interactions, observations, and self reflection.”
Real Talk TIPS, just released in May 2011, is a non-traditional, sassy, and painfully honest self help guide and work book for the morally-challenged and socially inept members of society; as well as those who want to improve on their quality of life. The book draws on the author’s experience as a West Indian child, where wisdom was often imparted as a series of “old time” sayings, tips, and proverbs; leaving one to interpret the true meaning and come to their own conclusion and understanding.
Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them offers readers a chance to Laugh-Out-Loud at the witty social commentary, as well as motivate them to conduct a honest self evaluation. The book is published through Amazon Publishing, and is available for purchase at:
Direct from the author at: www.createspace.com/3550362
Barnes & Nobles
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cherise Charleswell is a poet, author, accessories designer, and President of Eclectic Life Books. Contact Cherise at email@example.com or 818-521-8422.
The Kid With The Cubed Fro is the new all age comic book series from Graffiti On The Sun.
The Series follows the adventures of a young super genius African American boy that everyone calls the kid with the cubed fro, due to his square shaped afro. A kid that due to his high IQ causes him to often be at the epicenter of the weirdness of the world, everything from aliens invasion, monsters, bullies, secret government programs, quantum physics mishaps and that’s just a few of the things that the kid most use his smarts to deal with.
“In some ways this series is an oxymoron.” Says Martin Jackson the creator of The Kid With Cubed Fro. “On one hand even though kid genius characters are nothing new we haven’t seen many of Kid with the Cubed Fro’s background or personality in the media at least not as the lead and so that something fresh and new. But on the other hand the series somewhat a throw back to old comics. Not in the retro sense of just trying to copy the surface style of things in the past but the series has a similar energy and feel and gives the reader something they won’t find much in the modern comic market.”
The Kid With the Cubed Fro is on sale now in .99¢ eBook format at Amazon.com
For more information please visited the Graffiti On The Sun website http://graffiti-on-the-sun.blogspot.com.
The African American community has experienced some improvement in recent years, however, there is much improvement needed. In addition to the work that other philanthropists are doing on behalf of African Americans, Adimu Mazwi, from Washington, D.C., tosses his novella into the cauldron. A labor of love, Mazwi hopes African Americans everywhere will be refreshed and enlightened with his first project.
Mazwi uses the platform of fiction to address major issues that affect African Americans in his first published work, Muddy No Longer.
Muddy No Longer is an unconventionally told, rough-around-the-edges, fictional novella about a former professor who becomes a high school teacher in an attempt to “save” the African American male students. He designs a class solely for their development and begins picking apart the indoctrination of the African American culture. While the professor, Haruni Nguimgo, touches on matters like professionalism, keeping our neighborhoods clean and loving our African features, the story makes the reader aware of the private struggles Haruni deals with. Muddy No Longer also spotlights one of Haruni’s students, Jerald Longfield, and reveals how hard work can pay off in the end.
Adimu Mazwi (pronounced AH-dee-moo MAHZ-wee) is a native of and currently resides in the D.C.-Metropolitan area. He self-published his first book entitled Muddy No Longer in June of 2011. He will be releasing a poetry book soon entitled My Heart Cracked Open and It Bled.
Visit my personal blog to taste a sample of my writing: http://perspectivedifferent.wordpress.com
Heart Stealer is a sexy, heartwarming novel of an unlikely duo as they navigate love, acceptance, and redemption. Movie star Randall Rowe returns home to repair his distant relationship with his father, but starts seeing stubborn Kayla Denton as an alluring woman with whom he can be himself.
Reluctant to decorate Randall’s house, one-time runaway Kayla is determined to keep her guard up with the charmer, despite her lingering crush, after being abandoned already by one man in her life. As she realizes underneath Randall’s bad reputation lies more than she could have imagined, keeping her distance becomes impossible. But can she ever trust the connection they share when faced with Hollywood and soul-crippling heartbreak?
Available: April 22, 2011 in Paperback and Kindle