Category Archives: Self-Published

African American books published by authors and where to find them

Cathexis by Christopher L. Dockens

This is a story about a psychopath who terrorizes a small town. This is a story about the woman who this psychopath terrorizes. This is the story about the woman who is in love with this psychopath. This is story about 3 damaged people who desperately try to survive one another. This is a story about courage and the will to survive. Who will survive the horror, the horror?

The Kid With The Cubed Fro

The all age comic book series starring a super genius kid with a blockish hairdo returns in The Kid With The Cubed Fro #2

“The first issue was just an introduction to the Kid With The Cubed Fro and some of the other characters. But it’s the second issue where the story kicks loose and goes high octane crazy fun.” Says series creator Martin Jackson.

The Kid With the Cubed Fro’s first day of school continues as the alien O’Zha Mutana Razbin returns to seek revenge on the Kid but facing an evil alien warlord isn’t bad enough President Barack Obama needs the kids help because Osama Bin Laden has returned (or at least his brain has) aided with a shape shifting war machine.

For more information on The Kid With the Cubed Fro and other comics from Graffiti On The Sun check out their website

The Kid With the Cubed Fro’s first day of school continues as the alien O’Zha Mutana Razbin returns to seek revenge on the Kid but facing an evil alien warlord isn’t bad enough President Barack Obama needs the kids help because Osama Bin Laden has returned (or at least his brain has) aided with a shape shifting war machine.

The Kid With The Cubed Fro issue 2
Martin Jackson
March 13, 2012
Kindle Edition

Who knew a soft spoken, smart (very very smart) kid would find himself in the middle of so many wild crazy insane adventures.

The Kid With the Cubed Fro follows the adventures of a super genius kid who not only has to deal with the normal hardships of going to school but also due to his high intellect often comes in situations where he most save the world from a number of threats with only his smarts and somethings the help of a few friends to solve.

In the first issue The Kid With The Cubed Fro is the new kid at school. Not only does he have to deal with bullies but he stumbles onto a dark secret about the school lunch food…and if you thought that “food” was nasty the secret makes them even nastier.

The Kid With The Cubed Fro issue 1
Martin Jackson
Graffiti On The Sun
June 28, 2011
Kindle Edition

“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

Author Readings and Poetry at Lolo’s Fashion, Carson, CA

Cherise Charleswell
Author of Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & Those Who Love Them

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cherise Charleswell 818-521-8422
Event Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Time: 6:30 – 9pm
Location: 21635 South Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA. 90475

Author Readings and Poetry at Lo Lo’s Fashion

This event will showcase Lolo’s Boutique as well as Los Angeles, California’s premier self- published authors and poets. Participants at this event will be able to take advantage of the open mic, mingle, drink wine, and make purchases. This event will give authors a chance to invite fans, supporters, friends, family, and interested readers. It will be open to the public interested in author readings and poetry. Participants can purchase as many books, clothes, or create a wish list for future purchases. Each author or poet will have 1-2 minutes to read from their book. Lolo’s fashion is allowing authors to sell their books during the event. The purpose of this event is to promote Lolo’s Fashion as well as give authors a chance to connect with their supporters. This is a free event for all! A facebook invite will be sent out for all the authors to use in order to invite their fans and supporters. A flier will also be sent as an attachment by e-mail to authors serious about participating in this event.

For more information and clarification please respond to this e-mail. Authors will be able to bring as many books as they wish. Interested authors or poets need to respond to this e-mail to reserve their spot.

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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Interview with Dr. Lottie Perkins

Dr. Lottie Perkins will be appearing at the Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday, June 25.

Lottie PerkinsDr. Lottie Perkins is a registered nurse, Certified Natural Wellness consultant, author, and a motivational speaker with over 40 years being a prominent voice in the field of health. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, a master’s degree in Health Administration, and a Doctorate Degree in Alternative Healing.

A successful entrepreneur of 30 years, Dr. Lottie is the CEO/President of Perkins Enterprises, Health Consultation and training which provides: healthy lifestyle consultation and coaching, continuing education for health professionals, and consultation to health care agencies.

She is the author of Eating to Die: Changing African American Attitudes About Health — a practical, easy to read book that provides internal power and insight on how improper food choices, preconditioned social behaviors, lack of self control, and racial disparities are killing the African American community at an alarming rate.

Even with its serious implications, “Eating to Die” is light-hearted. Readers on the journey to good health will be inspired by the arsenal of antidotes, questions to ponder, and tips (food, exercise, relaxation) that teach and inform, while the author impresses upon the readers the attainable possibility of enriched and healthy living.

More information can be found on her website at

(1) Tell us about Eating to Die. What led you to write about health and nutrition?

I was led to write about health and nutrition because it is our foundation for having quality of life. I specifically wrote Eating to Die because African Americans are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases at a higher rate than other ethnic groups.

After watching the health of my family, friends, co-workers, and patients deteriorate, I was emotionally drained. I wanted to understand why we as African Americans would not, or did not, take better care of ourselves. Too many of us are stricken with life threatening illnesses, or are debilitated because of poor diets, harmful customs, mismanagement of medical problems, and a complete lack of commitment to exercise.

(2) What was the process like in getting the Eating to Die published?

It was a long challenging process but very rewarding in the end.

(3) What are you doing to promote Eating to Die?

I promote my book on Facebook, Twitter, blog, Website (, when I lecture, as a vendor at book fairs, and on-going advertisement on

(4) What are your favorite books or authors on this subject? Anything special that you have recently read?

“Conscious Eating” by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.
“The Sunfood Diet Success System” by David Wolf
“The China Study” by T. Colin Campell, PhD and Thomas M. Campell II

The Comic Killer by Derrick Ellis

The Comic Killer is about a rising stand-up comic who experience some adversity and ultimately his ability to make people laugh eventually turns sour, therefore, turning him into a cruel Comic Killer!

In this short novel/novella, Denver Thomas (the main character in which the story is built around) sets up a plan to get his revenge on the entire comedy game. The story has some suspenseful situations as well as some mystery, sexual content, and humor moments. Derrick Ellis who’s a professional stand-up comedian, entrepreneur, writer, and author, decided to write a story base on his imagination of a kid who was left somewhat alone, after the death of his mother and the incarceration of his father and discovered that stand-up comedy could be a way for him to forget about the past as well as build a successful career in something that he fell in love with. However, after a series of events happened, Denver sets up a plan to get his revenge; therefore, turning him into a cruel COMIC KILLER!

Available August 27, 2010 in Kindle Edition

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

Support my new book “The End of the Rainbow”

I have released my very first novel and am beyond excited about the possibility of you reading it. I have created a story that is intriguing and intertwines various factors that can occur within a relationship. Oftentimes same-sex relationships are viewed from only one standpoint; which is unfair. I believe it is important to write against the stereotype, affording readers an opportunity to see beyond the acts of sex and get a closer look into the hearts of men who love men.

So far those that have read my book have been overwhelmed with emotion and stressed the urgency of a sequel. I am certain that each new reader whether gay or straight, male or female, will find a relatable segment in the novel that will force them to step out the box of judgment and ask themselves “What would I have done?”. Don’t be left out of the loop; order your copy and find out what occurs within “The End of the Rainbow.”

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The End of the Rainbow by Donta Morrison
Available October 21, 2010 in Paperback

Tyrin and Khalil, are two men that have earned the privilage of living well. A beach home in Malibu, expensive cars, business owners, and a promising future together. Their love surpasses expectation and some view them as the ultimate Black gay couple. They have surrounded themselves with a strong circle of friends and are determined to prove that two men can succeed at love. However, one phone call will forever change the course of their relationship and hurl the two into a whirlwind of betrayal, heartbreak and new found spiritual refuge. Does love have limitations, or can it really conquer all? Discover what happens when the perfect love turns chaotic; and everyone in their circle is relentlessly impacted by a devastating mistake never meant to surface. Friendships are questioned, faith is put to the test and the prayers of a mother are answered in the most unsuspecting of ways.

Altared Ego

Sunday night Xavier Gambol went to the movies.
Monday morning he came home … Dead!
Justice must be served for Xavier’s death.
The good news for the family is that a young minister and
former street thug is Xavier’s favorite uncle.
In order to find a killer,
a minister reincarnates the inner thug
he buried when called to the altar.
This Altared Ego brings drama to the streets …
as only a true ThUG can.

Interview with G. M. Cummings

G. M. CummingsG. M. Cummings is a divorced mother of four beautiful, children. A nurse for over 25 years, she is an anointed singer , songwriter, and worship leader. She enjoys anything artistic such as cooking, interior decorating, and fashion design. Currently she is busy promoting her book and CD “Stay”. She resides in Inglewood, CA.

A work that was 10 years in the making, A Promise of Fidelity is G. M. Cummngs‘ first novel.

  1. Tell us about A Promise of Fidelity and the inspirations behind it.
    A Promise Of Fidelity is about the power of God to deliver from the grips of witchcraft. It was inspired by a dream that I had one night about a millionaire playboy who suddenly awakens in a New Orleans hospital following a freak accident. He soon discovers someone is out to get him. He is aided by 5 beautiful nurses who become his friends. He vows to change his scandalous ways but finds out his only hope of survival is in God, who he really does not care to know.


  2. From those inspirations, how do you go about creating and developing your characters and your plot? Was it difficult?
    The characters and plot were based on my dream. I simply expanded it. Some of the situations were inspired by real life as well. The characters came to life after I lived with them for 4 months. That’s how long it took to finish the book.
  3. Is writing easy for you? Have you published other items before?
    This book was very easy to write and so much fun! My friends inspired me by reading along as I wrote. This is my first novel.

  4. What was the process like in preparing the book to be published?
    I wrote this book 10 years ago. Six months ago, a friend found the script and started reading it to me. It came alive again inside me. I knew in my spirit, God was saying “Publish it now! No more excuses!” He led me to people who took interest and helped me out. Dr. Rosie Milligan, a black publisher, told me to self-publish and she would guide me along. Then, God miraculously provided the funds for me to do so.

    I had to do a lot of proofreading and corrections. Then the book was evaluated by Dr. Milligan. Once she okay’ed all the changes then it was edited. The cover design was suggested by a friend who thought that picture of me would give it “shelf appeal.” Then, it was off to the formatting and printing. This all took about 5 months.

    A Promise of Fidelity


  5. What has the feedback been like?
    Most people say they can’t put the book down! At least ten have told me that they read it in 2 days. Some are suggesting that there should be a sequel. The book is very sexy, intriguing and exciting (if I say so myself.) (smile)

  6. What are you doing to market and promote your books?
    I am doing a commercial for radio as well as web-commercials. I am hitting the warm market assisted by friends — book clubs, book signings, passing out postcards, Facebook. I am also doing a website which is still under construction.

  7. Any plans for a next project?
    I am on chapter eight of my next book, Destiny Delayed. This is the story of a middle-aged woman who is asking herself the question, have I missed my chance to make it big because of so many mistakes and wrong choices? She feels God is saying it’s not too late, and then watches in awe as God performs the impossible in her life.

    There will be a sequel to A Promise of Fidelity — I’m naming it St. Vincents Place. All of the main characters will appear in this book. It will be just as sultry and sexy. Katrina Collins will be dealing with the issue of temptation in the work place when the doctor she works with falls madly in love with her.


  8. What are your favorite reads? What books are your shelves?
    Favorite reads? Inspirational books like “A Purpose Driven Life.” Honestly, I do not consider myself an avid reader. I am a hopeless romantic so when I choose a novel it usually because of the romance aspect. I am a very spiritual person, gifted you might say. I have dreams that come true and on occasion I see visions so spiritual books are particularly interesting.

    I consider the book A Promise of Fidelity to be inspiring because it deals with real issues about sex infidelity and Gods power to deliver from witchcraft.

New Black Novel Based on Female Revolutionary

Manjani by Freedom Speaks Diapsora

“A revolutionary work well worth reading!”

–The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

Manjani Jackson is a mouthy New York teenager who believes her life’s purpose is to lead her “deaf, dumb, and blind” brothas and sistahs into The Revolution. On one of the worst days of her life, tragedy strikes, landing her at an all white school. Although she is working on getting along, the racist students make it impossible, and before long, the administration crosses the line, forcing Manjani into political action. Then one of her events gets out of hand, sending her on the run. Her journey leads to a place where bittersweet lessons about liberation are learned as her comrades turn against her. Only tough love, spiritual revelations, and self-determination will help her find her place in the struggle.

The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla

A Cuban Terrorist Training Camp Through The Eyes of a Jamaican

Toronto, ON, September 22, 2008…BookSurge Publishing author Colin Morgan Dennis presents his memoir The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla, which offers a personal and unique perspective of life in a Cuban terrorist training camp. Think Al Qaeda without the religion.

Excerpt from The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla:

I woke up, as if out of a drunken stupor, to the sound of automatic gunfire and for more than a moment I didn’t know where I was. When I had recovered my composure, I was to discover, to my chagrin, I had missed the lesson ‘How to Ambush a Moving Vehicle.’

Originally published 1985 in his native Jamaica in where it was a bestseller, The Road Not Taken has been revised and updated. Morgan Dennis offers a refreshing style –informal and conversational – that belies the strong undercurrents of trauma and emotional tension. This memoir is a must-read.

ISBN 1-4392-0401-2 Format 6X9 paperback SRP: $18.99 ($19.99 CAN)
Genre: Biography & Autobiography/Personal Memoirs

About the Author:

Colin Morgan Dennis was born in Kingston, Jamaica and attended
Manchester High School. He moved to Canada in 1983. In 1991 he
graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a degree in
political science and in 1993 with a degree in journalism. He later
pursued graduate studies in public policy and public administration at
Concordia and was president of the graduate students association for
two years. His work has appeared in local newspapers. He lives in
Ontario, Canada.

The Road Not Taken: Memoirs of a Reluctant Guerrilla is available now through,, and

Contact Information
Off-Kilter Publishing

RoseBud by Shelley Parsons

RoseBud cover art

Shelley Parsons is pleased to announce the last installment of a two book series. Rosebud. After reading, “Quieting the Storm”, readers wanted to know more about one of the back characters; Rose.

“RoseBud” is a story that takes the reader through the many ups and downs of life to the beginning days of this dynamic character to the future. Although “Rosebud” is fiction based, the author takes you on a metaphysical journey that will surprise you and make you think twice about our presence on this planet. Rosebud delves into many issues but the most crucial are the ramifications of sexual abuse and the cycle of changes that derive from the pain and different levels of behavior that the consequences manifest. If you thought “Quieting the Storm” was a page turner, be ready to sit down and not get up until the last word is read. “Rosebud” is deep, insightful and exciting.