Category Archives: New African American Authors

New black writers and poets are featured on the Books of Soul site.

Living in Fear by Keyanna Ford

NCM Publishing
July 29, 2014

Tia Green came from Kalamazoo, a small town in Michigan. From the time she was a child, Tia had known exactly what she wanted out of life and had already dreamed about how to get it a thousand times over. Tia had always planned on attending the University of Michigan with her childhood friend where they both wanted to become nurses. She worked hard in high school and made sure she got good grades. Eventually, that hard work paid off. She was admitted early to U of M with a full scholarship. After going on the college tour, life changed for her in ways she would have never believed!

Ace was the guy that everybody dreamed they had. He was smart, sexy, and athletic, not to mention, the star of University of Michigan’s football team. See, Ace turned heads wherever he went, and people were always striving for his attention, but Ace could care less. He was a player who didn’t believe in giving his heart away to any female due to his childhood, but that all changed when he met Tia. She was everything he had ever wanted, and most importantly, she reminded him of his late mother whom he lost at a young age.

Ace thought Tia was perfect for him. He thought he would finally get the family he had always wanted. He never imagined she’d betray him, especially not with the only other person he loved! Tia and Ace started with a fairy tale romance, truly in love.

As true colors bleed out from the cracks of their exteriors, the couple discovered that their fairy tale romance was turning into a painful nightmare and the dream-filled partnership was on its way to ruins.

About the Author:
Keyanna was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI. She has always been into school but never knew exactly what she wanted to do. She graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 2005 with high honors and went to college where she studied Criminal Justice at Kalamazoo Valley Community College first then went on to get her bachelors at Western Michigan University where she doubled major and graduated with two majors in Criminal Justice and Social Psychology. After going through a bad situation, Keyanna decided to write about it where she discovered her love for writing and that’s how her debut novel “Living in Fear” came to life.

Forty Acres: A Thriller by Dwayne Alexander Smith

What if overcoming the legacy of American slavery meant bringing back that very institution? A young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power in this page-turning and provocative new novel.

Martin Grey, a smart, talented black lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, becomes friendly with a group of some of the most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men in America. He’s dazzled by what they’ve accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be as successful as they are. They invite him for a weekend away from it all — no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But far from home and cut off from everyone he loves, he discovers a disturbing secret that challenges some of his deepest convictions!

Martin finds out that his glittering new friends are part of a secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery — but this time around, the black men are called “Master.” Joining them seems to guarantee a future without limits; rebuking them almost certainly guarantees his death. Trapped inside a picture-perfect, make-believe world that is home to a frightening reality, Martin must find a way out that will allow him to stay alive without becoming the very thing he hates.

A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.

Essence Magazine’s Book Features for January 2014

Essence Magazine’s book selections for January 2014, including “Patrik’s Picks,” “A Writer to Watch,” “10 Ways to Gain Financial Freedom,” and “Redefining Realness”:

St. Martin’s Griffin, 1/28/2014, Kindle Edition

St. Martin’s Griffin, 1/28/2014, Paperback

Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana Byrd and Lori L. Tharps

Two world wars, the Civil Rights movement, and a Jheri curl later, Blacks in America continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair. From the antebellum practice of shaving the head in an attempt to pass as a free person to the 1998 uproar over a White third-grade teacher’s reading of the book Nappy Hair, the issues surrounding Black hair continue to linger as we enter the twenty-first century.Hair Story is a historical and anecdotal exploration of Black Americans’ tangled hair roots. A chronological look at the culture and politics behind the ever-changing state of Black hair from fifteenth-century Africa to the present-day United States, it ties the personal to the political and the popular.Read about:
* Why Black American slaves used items like axle grease and eel skin to straighten their hair.
* How a Mexican chemist straightened Black hair using his formula for turning sheep’s wool into a minklike fur.
* How the Afro evolved from militant style to mainstream fashion trend.
* What prompted the creation of the Jheri curl and the popular style’s fall from grace.
* The story behind Bo Derek’s controversial cornrows and the range of reactions they garnered.

Major figures in the history of Black hair are presented, from early hair-care entrepreneurs Annie Turnbo Malone and Madam C. J. Walker to unintended hair heroes like Angela Davis and Bob Marley. Celebrities, stylists, and cultural critics weigh in on the burgeoning sociopolitical issues surrounding Black hair, from the historically loaded terms good and bad hair, to Black hair in the workplace, to mainstream society’s misrepresentation and misunderstanding of kinky locks.Hair Story is the book that Black Americans can use as a benchmark for tracing a unique aspect of their history, and it’s a book that people of all races will celebrate as the reference guide for understanding Black hair.

Three Ducks in a Row Publishing, 6/19/2013, Kindle Edition


Me First: A Deliciously Selfish Take on Life by C. Nicole Mason

Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if it revolved around you? Me First: A Deliciously Selfish Take on Life is an unapologetic and hilarious perspective on what it takes to get to the top and to live life on your own terms.

Before making any big decision such as getting into a relationship or choosing a career path—you will start with the most important question: What do I want? The second question you will ask is: How does this decision, action, or choice benefit me directly? If it’s not what you want or does not benefit you directly, don’t do it. At the heart of Me First is the belief that YOU deserve to be happy and fulfilled. Its “Delish-isms” will show you how to become the number one priority in your life and become smarter and more strategic about your relationships, career, health, and finances. Every chapter also contains “Kick Starters” to help you get moving in the right direction. How selfish, right? Absolutely! A deliciously selfish life means taking a step back from the craziness to figure out who you are and what you want, and once you do, to own it. Because the only person holding you back from getting what you want is you.

St. Martin’s Press, 12/31/2013, Hardcover


Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks 20 Pounds Lose It Faster! by Ian K. Smith

Using the same principles—meal spacing, snacking, meal replacement and diet confusion—that made his SHRED a major #1 bestseller—Dr. Ian has developed what dieters told him they needed: a quick-acting plan that is safe and easy to follow at home, at work, or on the road.

It’s a program with four week-long cycles:
–Foundation, when you’ll eat four meals and three snacks a day, start shedding pounds and set yourself up for success
–Accelerate, when you’ll kick it up and speed up weight loss
–Shape, the toughest week in the program, and the one that will get your body back by keeping it guessing
–Tenacious, a final sprint that cements your improved eating habits and melts off those last stubborn pounds

The SHRED system never leaves you hungry.  It’s a completely new way to lose weight, stay slender, and feel fantastic about your body, mind and spirit!Includes more than 50 all-new recipes for meal replacing smoothies and soups! 

Knopf, 1/28/2014, Kindle Edition


Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

From a breathtaking new voice, a novel about a splintered family in Kenya—a story of power and deceit, unrequited love, survival and sacrifice.

Odidi Oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. His grief-stricken sister, Ajany, just returned from Brazil, and their father bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands, seeking some comfort and peace. But the murder has stirred memories long left untouched and unleashed a series of unexpected events: Odidi and Ajany’s mercurial mother flees in a fit of rage; a young Englishman arrives at the Ogandas’ house, seeking his missing father; a hardened policeman who has borne witness to unspeakable acts reopens a cold case; and an all-seeing Trader with a murky identity plots an overdue revenge.

In scenes stretching from the violent upheaval of contemporary Kenya back through a shocking political assassination in 1969 and the Mau Mau uprisings against British colonial rule in the 1950s, we come to learn the secrets held by this parched landscape, buried deep within the shared past of the family and of a conflicted nation. Here is a spellbinding novel about a brother and sister who have lost their way; about how myths come to pass, history is written, and war stains us forever.

Zondervan, 1/26/2010, Kindle Edition

The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom by Michelle Singletary

In her softcover book The Power to Prosper, award-winning writer Michelle Singletary has a field-tested financial challenge for you. For twenty-one days, you will put away your credit cards and buy only what you need for survival. With Michelle’s guidance during this three-week financial fast, you’ll discover how to:
* Break your spending habit
* Handle money with your significant other or your spouse
* Break your bondage to debt with the Debt Dash Plan
* Make smart investments* Be prepared for any contingency with a Life Happens Fund
* Stop worrying about money and find the priceless power of financial peace

As you discover practical ways to achieve financial freedom, you’ll experience something even more amazing … your faith and generosity will increase, too.

Atria Books, 2/4/2014, Kindle Edition


Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock

An extraordinary young woman recounts her coming-of-age as a transgender teen—a deeply personal and empowering portrait of self-revelation, adversity, and heroism.

In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she publicly stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman. Since then, Mock has gone from covering the red carpet for to advocating for all those who live within the shadows of society. Redefining Realness offers a bold new perspective on being young, multiracial, economically challenged, and transgender in America. Welcomed into the world as her parents’ firstborn son, Mock set out early on to be her own person—no simple feat for a young person like herself. She struggled as the smart, determined child in a deeply loving, yet ill-equipped family that lacked money, education, and resources. Mock had to navigate her way through her teen years without parental guidance but luckily with a few close friends and mentors she overcame extremely daunting hurdles.

This powerful memoir follows Mock’s quest for identity, from her early gender conviction to a turbulent adolescence in Honolulu that found her transitioning through the halls of her school, self-medicating with hormones at fifteen, and flying across the world for sex reassignment surgery at just eighteen. Ever resilient, Mock emerged with a scholarship to college and moved to New York City, where she earned her masters degree, basked in the success of an enviable career, and told no one about her past. It wasn’t until Mock fell for a man who called her the woman of his dreams that she felt ready to finally tell her story, becoming a fierce advocate for girls like herself. A profound statement of affirmation from a courageous woman, Redefining Realness shows as never before what it means to be a woman today and how to be yourself when you don’t fit the mold created for you.

2013 Leimert Park Village Book Fair

The 2013 Leimert Park Village Book Fair (LPVBF) will celebrate another year of bringing a world-class, unrivaled literary event to the City of Los Angeles on Saturday, June 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thousands book lovers, families, and fans of all ages will converge on the Vision Theatre backlot in historic Leimert Park to celebrate the written word. There will be over 150 celebrity readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances and musical performance during this day-long festival.

The Book Fair will pay special tribute to the American novelist, playwright, poet and social critic James A. Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) and the 1960’s: America’s Era of Social Change.

Love Me When I’m Crazy by Sharina Simone

As secrecy and guilt threaten to shatter her world no one’s life will ever be the same…..

 Terra Miller spent years building a life to be envied. With two beautiful children and her handsome husband Paul who worships the ground she walks on, a thriving career and a picturesque home in the burbs life should’ve been perfect but something was missing. Feeling lost after many years of marriage her affection for Paul become’s severely tested. There’s a part of her heart that’s locked and Paul’s key is no longer working.

While searching for answers she ends up in a compromising position with Weldon her first love. Overlooking Weldon’s troubled past Terra abandons her better judgment and is once again seduced by the three L’s…. love, lust and longing.

In the midst of this turmoil, Terra unlocks childhood memories of an unwanted touch by an abusive relative. At the same time Weldon wonders if their last night together years earlier could have resulted in the birth of her son and Paul fights to hold together what he’s worked so hard to build – his family!


Broken Dignity by Michael J. Lando

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.

2012 AAMBC Literary Awards Nominees

Winners will be announced live at the Baltimore Urban Book Festival on May 6th —

Voting link is here:

AAMBC Author of the Year


Gregg Burton

Monique D. Mensah

Cheryl Faye

Christian Cashelle

Tiffany Ashley

Indie Book Store of the Year

The Literary Joint

Urban Knowledge

Horizon Books

Deja vu Book Lounge

Cartel Books

Breakout Author of the Year

David Weaver

ChaBella Don

Ondrea Davis

Chris Renee

Kai Storm

Magazine of the Year




Black Literature Magazine


Book Club of the Year


Divas Divine


Sistahs on the Reading Edge


Indie Publisher of the Year

Life Changing Books

Wahida Clack Presents

Cartel Publications

G Street Chronicles

Street Lit Writer of the Year

Ashley Antoinette


JaQuavis Coleman

Erick S. Gray

Treasure E. Blue

Reviewer of the Year


Joey Pinkney

Cheryl Francis


Urban Reviews

Poet of the Year

Julia Press Simmons

Archuleta Chisolm


Imani Wisdom

Male Author of the Year

Eyone Williams

June Miller

RM Johnson

JaQuavis Coleman

Booker T. Mattison

Romance Author of the Year

Donna Hill

Francis Ray

Lutishia Lovely

Cheris Hodges

Brenda Joyce

Female Author of the Year

T. Styles

Traci Brown

Traci Bee

Envy Red

Wahida Clark

Christian Fiction Author of the Year

Victoria Christopher Murray

Vanessa Miller

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Vanessa Davis Griggs

Readers Choice Award

Jessica Miller-Epps

Joyce Oscar

Shewanda Pugh

Shampriest Bevel

DH Brooks

Black Writers on Tour 2012 – April 21 in Carson, CA

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
Exhibit Booths
Competitions: Poetry Jam Competition, Children/Youth Writers
Children’s Writing Contest, Let the Elders Speak Forum

“Love & Regrets” by Sheryl Mallory-Johnson

“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)

ISBN# 978-0-9822085-2-6

2012 Baltimore Urban Book Festival on May 6

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.


(early registration ends January 1,2012)

Visit our website to register and purchase at

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,, EDC Creations, My Soul,,AALBC, Books of Soul.

Clease contact Chris Hicks directly at or

Press Release: Eclectic Life Books Exhibiting at the Los Angeles Black Book Exposition Saturday, August 20, 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. ”
Robyn McGee
 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.”

Yawo Watts

Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist


Contact Person: Cherise Charleswell
Company Name: Eclectic Life
Voice Phone# 818-521-8422
Email Address:

Press Release: Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them

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:
Barnes & Nobles

Cherise Charleswell is a poet, author, accessories designer, and President of Eclectic Life Books.  Contact Cherise at or 818-521-8422.

Contact Person: Cherise Charleswell
Company Name: Eclectic Life
Voice Phone# 818-521-8422
Email Address:

The Kid With The Cubed Fro by Martin Jackson

The cover for The Kid With The Cubed Fro 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

See also

For more information please visited the Graffiti On The Sun website

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Muddy No Longer by Adimu Mazwi

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:

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Heart Stealer by Tiphanie Thomas

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

2011 Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles

The 5th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th, from 10am to 6pm.

As in our previous festivals, the Book Fair will attract a large number of visitors to the Leimert Park Village for an entertaining day of readings, poetry, and musical entertainment. The centerpiece will be the Authors Tent where we will gather our community of authors to share and sell their works to the public.

The 2011 line-up for the Leimert Park Book Fair of authors, panel discussions, and entertainment promises to be the BEST year ever.

Make You Want To Smack Your…Lips by Brenda and Geneva Harrell

This is an easy to follow cookbook with the whole family in mind. Many recipes are from different countries and have become crowd pleasers. Mothers and Fathers may want to try out some recipes with their children to introduce them to the wonderful world of cooking!

A fast selling mother and daughter cookbook filled with wonderful recipes. A book that is filled with scratch family home cooked creations like: Jerk Chicken, “Millennium Potato Salad,” Shrimp Fried Rice, Seafood Lasagna, Spaghetti & meat, and Stuffed Cabbage, just to name a few that will make you want to smack your lips

2011 AAMBC Literary Awards – Nominees and Winners

2011 AAMBC Awards COMING soon
Catering to the independent writer and artist the annual AAMBC Literary Awards is set to announce the official winners at the 1st annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival on April 10, 2011 at the The Fredrick Douglass-Issac Myers Maritime Park Museum. For the third year African Americans on the Move Book Club will honor those who made an impact in the industry with new categories such as Reader’s Choice and Honoree categories such as Awarding of the Indie Writer Sponsorship Award, Literary Legend Award Honoree, and Urban Fiction Book of the Year Honoree. With the same goal in mind of exposing prominent independent writers, there is no other award like AAMBC.

With a new development of the AAMBC awards committee who will take it upon themselves to select the honorees this year’s Award Ceremony is destined to take it to an all new greater heights.

And the nominees are…

AAMBC Author of the Year
Larry Wilson
Desirae Day
Marian L. Thomas
Rahiem Brooks
China Ball

Breakout Author of the Year
Rahiem Brooks
Karla Brady
Traci Bee
VJ Gotastory

Indie Book Store of the Year
Zahra’s Book Store
Novel Tees
Horizon Books
Urban Knowledge Book Store
Literary Joint

Book Club of the Year
Chicago Reading Circle
BMORE Readers
Distinct Ladies

Magazine of the Year
Today’s Black Women

Publicist of the Year
Dawn Hardy
Tyora Moody
Pam Perry
Marlene Harris

Indie Publisher of the Year
Cartel Publications
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Life Will It Take Me Under by Joan L Sample

Being the eldest of three children, Kim assumed several responsibilities after her father’s death without any complaints. However, problems started to plague the family when Myra entered the picture. The daughter of the family’s house tenant, Myra was into drinking and cutting classes. It was not long before the Washington’s realized that Myra was a bad influence on Kim. It was through her that Kim became exposed to boys, drugs and sex – vices which eventually destroyed her. Kim realized that much of her problems were caused from living at home so she left. How will things turn out for Kim after leaving? Life, Will It Take Me Under is a painful journey of a woman as she searches for the right path and a family’s fight to bring back the peace in their home.
Available March 24, 2010 in Paperback

Pistols and Prayers by Ise Lyfe

Pistols and Prayers” binds together a collection of writings by Spoken Word Hip-Hop Theater Artist, Ise Lyfe. Prayers, poetry, journal entries, rhymes, and short essays penned by this young writer come together as a powerful collage of thought provoking socio-political commentary, blended with a glimpse into the author’s coming of age as a man, Artist, and advocate for social change.

This book reflects a rare mind. The pages that manifest this narrative are heavy-handed yet easy to take in at the same time. Ise takes the reader everywhere; from self written letters to God, to one line anecdotes that stir you at your core. Serious, thoughtful, and vulnerable- yet considerate, funny, and welcoming. One minute you’re reading about the commodification of Blacks, death, life observations, or provocative rhymes full of socio-political content. The next thing you know you’re reading about the author’s feeling on people texting “LOL” or the ever random and hilarious anecdotes, such as “God Fell from the Sky One Day”…

Available March 5, 2010 in Paperback