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Fair-Weather Friends By ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Fair-Weather Friends
By ReShonda Tate Billingsley

This Edition: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
Our Price: $9.95

Availability: Ships on or around September 16

Welcome to the club….

The Theta Ladies are the hottest new high school sorority, and Camille wants in! After seeing the girls perform a fantastic show at her school, Camille’s dreaming of donning the pink satin T-shirt of the Thetas…and is beyond flattered when the sorority sisters actually acknowledge her existence. If only she could persuade her best friends — Alexis, Jasmine, and Angel — to join with her….

Is it worth the price of admission?

Jasmine has always butted heads with Tori Young, the Theta Ladies president, and she wants no part of the exclusive sorority scene. Camille, Alexis, and Angel are excited to be pledging and are up for any challenge. When it is time to announce new members, Camille and Alexis are accepted and Angel’s left out in the cold. Despite her disappointment, Angel encourages her friends to enjoy themselves. But when the real reason for Angel’s rejection comes to light, Alexis and Camille must choose: Do they break their commitment to their newfound “sisters” to take a stand for their sister at heart?

Before You Do by T.D. Jakes

Before You Do
Making Great Decisions That You Won’t Regret
By T.D. Jakes

Publication Date: September 16, 2008

In Before You Do, best selling author T.D. Jakes turns his attention and teachings to the topic of relationships and the issues that need resolving once you’ve learned to use the spiritual and psychological tools for reevaluating your place in life and for repositioning yourself for a life without limits.

Relationship decisions come down to five crucial components, according to Bishop Jakes:

Research: gathering information and collecting data

Roadwork: removing obstacles and clearing the path

Rewards: listing choices and imaging their consequences

Revelation: narrowing your options and making your selection

Rearview: looking back and adjusting as necessary to stay on course

Before You Do gets you on the right track to making decisions that you’ll be proud of and reap the benefits of for the rest of your life, as will the generations that follow you. He gives you insight on how to reflect, discern, and decide the next step to take to have a strong and enduring love, marriage, and family.

The Bishop takes a spiritual and practical approach to inherently emotional issues such as the outside influences on our relationships, e.g., in-laws, friends, and former spouses; coping with anger; parenting; financial concerns; negotiating high-profile lives; and so many more of the issues people face every day. His special brand of counseling and teaching appeals to the faith-based community and beyond, reaching millions who receive his wisdom in all media, especially books.

Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes

Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes

Barack Obama
Son of Promise, Child of Hope
By Nikki Grimes
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Publication Date: August 26, 2008

Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn’t quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.

This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.

Up at the College by Michele Andrea Bowen

Up at the College
by Michele Andrea Bowen

Available April 2009

UP AT THE COLLEGE is the second novel in a three-part series about the lives of contemporary African American church folk who live in Durham, North Carolina. Yvonne Fountain Copeland’s world turns upside down when her husband of fifteen years decides to leave her because their marriage was getting boring. Yvonne returns to her hometown of Durham, North Carolina, to try and pick up the pieces of her life.

Coach Curtis Parker seems to have it all: money, a successful coaching career at Evangeline T. Marshall University, plus he’s great-looking, single and childless.

Yvonne and Curtis are both spinning around in circles trying to attain happiness without God’s help and what began as a series of “why me’s” evolves into an extraordinary journey consisting of victory, faith, joy and love.

Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Yellow Moon: A Novel
By Jewell Parker Rhodes

Available August 2008

A jazzman, a wharf worker, a prostitute, all murdered. Wrists punctured, their bodies impossibly drained of blood. What connects them? Why are they rising as ghosts?

Marie Levant, the great-great granddaughter of the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, knows better than anyone New Orleans’s brutal past — the legacy of slavery, poverty, racism, and sexism — and as a doctor at Charity Hospital’s ER, she treats its current victims.

When she sleeps, she dreams of blood. Rain, never ending. The river is rising and the yellow moon warns of an ancient evil — an African vampire — wazimamoto — a spirit created by colonial oppression.

The struggle becomes personal, as the wazimamoto is intent on destroying her and all the Laveau descendants. Marie fights to protect her daughter, lover, and herself from the wazimamoto’s seductive assault on both body and spirit.

Echoing with the heartache and triumph of the African-American experience, the soulful rhythms of jazz, and the horrors of racial oppression, Yellow Moon gives us an unforgettable heroine — sexy, vulnerable, and mysterious — in Marie Levant, while it powerfully evokes a city on the brink of catastrophe.

Yellow Moon is part two of the New Orleans trilogy that began with Voodoo Season — magical realist fiction that takes the legend of the voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, as imagined by Jewell Parker Rhodes in the bestselling Voodoo Dreams, into the present day.

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.

All About the Beat

All about the Beat

All about the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can’t Save Black America
John McWhorter – Author

Available June 2008

Hip-hop is often extolled as an urgent “political” message to mainstream America about the realities of life in black communities. But is there really any meaningful connection between hip-hop and politics? Could there actually be a hip-hop revolution?

In All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can’t Save Black America, bestselling author John McWhorter argues that the vast majority of hip-hop music—despite claims to the contrary—has nothing real or significant to offer black America in terms of political activism that can make a meaningful difference.

In this measured, impassioned work, McWhorter maintains that hip-hop, while infectious and finely-crafted music, is overly inflated with a sense of social and political importance. He argues that activism and acting up aren’t the same thing, that hip-hop politics often amount to an upturned middle finger—which is different from really working on how to help people. “A hundred years from now, what will interest people about us today is how we solved our problems, not how eloquently we complained about what caused them,” writes McWhorter.

All About the Beat is not about putting hip-hop down for the violence and misogyny it extols. Instead, McWhorter calls for a new politics for black America, one not based on the false hope that a form of music—no matter how good or inspiring— can lead blacks to advancement.

Experiencing the Truth

Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church

Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church
Anthony Carter (Editor), Kenneth Jones, Michael Leach

Available June 2008

Experiencing the Truth communicates the need of a vibrant, experiential, Reformed Christianity among African-Americans and all believers.

How does a believer choose a church to attend? Sadly too many Christians search for churches that serve them and meet their perceived needs. Instead they should prefer places where God is exalted and biblical truth and Christian doctrine are proclaimed. Such churches are essential if Christians are to understand what God is doing and what he calls His people to be.

Experiencing the Truth presents these truths not simply to African-American churches, but also to the whole church today. Anthony Carter, Michael Leach, and Ken Jones clearly present the need for a vibrant, experiential, Reformed Christianity among African-Americans. These authors lay out the biblical basis for choosing and attending a church, and they demonstrate how the historic Reformed expression has been the most biblically accurate and experientially consistent expression of Christianity.

Great New African-American/Harlem Renaissance History Published

Announcing our new publication – Adam’s Belle: A Memoir of Love Without Bounds. It is the memoir of Isabel Washington Powell, the first wife of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and the best new book on the Harlem Renaissance Era.

Publication data:

Title: Adam’s Belle: A Memoir of Love without Bounds

Author: Isabel Washington Powell with Joyce Burnett

Pages: 200 pages with 16 pages of illustrations

Publisher: DBM Press, LC, 6412 Brandon Ave, #123 , Springfield , VA 22150

Publication Date: 14 June 2008

ISBN: 978-0-9816102-1-4

Type Binding: Hardcover w/dust jacket

List Price: $27.95

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Adam’s Belle is a roller coaster ride through the life of the late Isabel Washington Powell. This first-person narrative charges through Isabel’s life from her early childhood days as a baby “drama queen” in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia to her stage debut kicking up her heels at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club in the 1920’s. Isabel soon meets a real life “Prince Charming” who happens to be the nation’s most eligible bachelor – Adam Clayton Powell Jr. The two fall madly in love and plan to share their “heaven on earth” for the rest of their lives. With much pain and agony, Isabel learns that not all fairy tales have happy endings. Ultimately, she develops the strength to celebrate herself and even overcome breast cancer on her 100-year journey to becoming a true living legend. Belle and her older sister Fredi Washington (star of the Academy Award nominated 1934 film “Imitation of Life”) put the “roar” in “roaring twenties.” Adam’s Belle is a riveting story that pulls the reader in and never lets go.

Sweetsmoke by David Fuller

Sweetsmoke  by David Fuller

by David Fuller

Available August 2008

The year is 1862, and the Civil War rages through the South. On a Virginia tobacco plantation, another kind of battle soon begins. There, Cassius Howard, a skilled carpenter and slave, risks everything—punishment, sale to a cotton plantation, even his life—to learn the truth concerning the murder of Emoline, a freed black woman, a woman who secretly taught him to read and once saved his life. It is clear that no one cares about her death in the midst of a brutal and hellish war. No one but Cassius, who braves horrific dangers to escape the plantation and avenge her loss.

As Cassius seeks answers about Emoline’s murder, he finds an unexpected friend and ally in Quashee, a new woman brought over from another plantation; and a formidable adversary in Hoke Howard, the master he has always obeyed.

With subtlety and beauty, Sweetsmoke captures the daily indignities and harrowing losses suffered by slaves, the turmoil of a country waging countless wars within its own borders, and the lives of those people fighting for identity, for salvation, and for freedom.

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
Author: James Sturm
Illustrator: Rich Tommaso

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Leroy “Satchel” Paige (1905?–1982) changed the face of the game in a career that spanned five decades. Much has been written about this larger-than-life pitcher, but when it comes to Paige, fact does not easily separate from fiction. He made a point of writing his own history . . . and then rewriting it. A tall, lanky fireballer, he was arguably the Negro Leagues’ hardest thrower, most entertaining storyteller, and greatest gate attraction. Now the Center for Cartoon Studies turns a graphic novelist’s eye to Paige’s story. Told from the point of view of a sharecropper, this compelling narrative follows Paige from game to game as he travels throughout the segregated South.

In stark prose and powerful graphics, author and artist share the story of a sports hero, role model, consummate showman, and era-defining American.

The Darker Mask

The Darker Mask

The Darker Mask
by Gary Phillips, Christopher Chambers (Author)
To be released on August 19, 2008.

Expanding on the concept behind Byron Preiss’s Weird Heroes from the 1970s, George R. R. Martin’s Wild Card series, and Michael Chabon’s McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, The Darker Mask is a collection of original prose stories recalling the derring-do of the beings we call Superheroes and the worlds they fight to save. But unique to The Darker Mask stories is that these plots and characters color a literary universe outside of what has been predominantly white, idiosyncratic, and male in previous homages to pulp. This is the stuff of urban legends, new mythos, and extraordinary folks who might live in a soon-to-be-gentrified ghetto, the dreary rust-belt of the city, or in another dimension. The Darker Mask offers an eclectic mix of popular fiction writers exploring worlds gritty, visceral, and fantastic.

Including stories by: Walter Mosley, L. A. Banks, Naomi Hirahara, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Tananarive Due and Stephen Barnes, Mike Gonzales, Gar Anthony Haywood, Ann Nocenti, Jerry Rodriguez, Reed Farrell Coleman, Doselle Young, Mat Johnson, Peter Spiegelman, Alexandra Sokoloff, Christopher Chambers, Gary Phillips, Victor LaValle, and Wayne Wilson.

Ruby and the Booker Boys by Derrick Barnes

Ruby and the Booker Boys

Book One: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby
Reading Level: Ages 7-11
July 1, 2008

Introducing Ruby Marigold Booker!

In the first book of the series, Ruby will be in the third grade, and attending Hope Road Academy this school year. The performing arts school she attended the year before has closed down, so now she’ll have to find her way at the school where her three big brothers rule.

Will she be pushed to the side and buried by her brothers’ pop star status and popularity, or will she use her wits and talents to steal some of her own shine?

Ruby and the Booker Boys

Book Two: Trivia Queen, Third Grade Supreme
Reading Level: Ages 7-11
July 1, 2008

After the head zoo keeper at the Bellow Rock zoo visits Hope Road Academy and announces a big animal trivia contest, Ruby views it as thee opportunity to make a name for herself. She’ll be the rep for the entire third grade. The winner we’ll receive free year-round passes for every student in their grade level.

Even though she is the self-appointed Trivia Queen, she’ll be challenged big-time by her brothers, Ty and Marcellus as the reps from their grade in the big contest.

Could there be any way possible that little sis could score the biggest upset ever in the Booker household?

Want Some Get Some by Pam Ward

Hello Folks!

Just came back from the Leimert Park Book Festival. It was a wonderful sunny, soulful event. I met many great writers and saw the famous Nikki Giovanni read. What a treat! Today I am off to BEA at the convention center in LA. Visit me at and see my new book BAD GIRLS BURN SLOW a vicious, lower the casket, cat and mouse dance. And for those who have not gotten my first book yet, WANT SOME GET SOME is a heart attack in print. Filled with car chases, bank robbery and good ol’ boxing-match sex. It is everything LA and then some.



Want Some Get Some

Publisher: Dafina (March 1, 2007)

Trudy, a.k.a. “Trudy with the Booty,” knows what she wants and how to get it. But a better life far away from the jacked-up streets of South Central L.A. needs to be financed, and she can’t think about leaving without handing some sweet payback to Lil’ Steve, her slick talking ex. Ever since he started selling nude videos of her to the neighborhood men, Trudy can barely walk the streets. His demise would be the icing on the cake. But Trudy’s plan to get even and escape the ghetto is more than risky–it may be the worst mistake of her life. Having recruited a crew of hustlers, car-jackers, and homewreckers who hang out at the seedy nightclub, Dee’s Parlor, where she sings nights after working days as a bank teller, Trudy is ready to put her scheme into action–a heist that can make them all rich. There’s just one problem: Jimmy, a stone-cold killer who doesn’t like being ripped off. And while the best laid plans often do go awry, no one could have guessed where this wild, crazy ride takes this cast of bumbling lawbreakers and heartbreakers as they scramble over and under each other to get what they want.

A fast-paced, exhilarating drama with sharply drawn characters, sultry writing, and a fierce intensity of emotion, Want Some, Get Some is a brilliantly assured debut. A promising new talent, Pam Ward brings a woman’s sense of bravado to a boy’s game.

Bad Girls Burn Slow

Publication: August 2008

With her pale skin, heart-shaped lips, and piercing gaze, ten year-old Paula is luminous. No one can believe that Margie, as bronzed-skinned as she is plain, could possibly be Paula’s mother. But Margie knows better—behind Paula’s innocent, girlish beauty lies the heart of a destructive soul who literally loves to play with fire, cannot control her temper, and in school, leans toward the mean side of violence. Margie hopes that moving closer to the California waters will snuff out the mysterious flame growing in her daughter’s heart, but Bernard, a funeral parlor artist, senses something “strange” about little Paula. Bernard, a man with secrets himself, decides that his new neighbors may need a little encouragement to find another place to live. But Paula, though still a child, has keen instincts of her own. As her suspicions about Bernard unravel and lead to a suspenseful, disturbing battle of wills, the most shocking of secrets are revealed.

Daughter Denied by Alretha Thomas

Daughter Denied

Daughter Denied is a powerful and uplifting story, told through the eyes of 7-year-old Tina, a sensitive and precocious African-American girl, and her mother Earnestine, who’s trapped in a cycle of heroin addiction and co-dependency. This grim routine leaves Tina and her siblings trapped in a grueling cycle themselves; bouncing from one hole-in-the-wall to another, vacillating between faith and despair as Earnestine makes and breaks promise after promise to end her drug use and leave their abusive stepfather Brother Floyd. At her wits end, Earnestine takes Tina and her siblings down south to live with Aunt Veronica. Will the south become the much awaited promise land or just another broken promise?

News: Black-owned bookstores vital

Originally published February 20, 2008 by Will Brown, Tallahassee Democrat

Amen-Ra’s preserves culture, serves as gathering place

Overall book sales may have climbed 7.4 percent in 2007, but that has not kept some large and small black-owned bookstores from suffering. Maryland-based Karibu Books, a well-known black-owned book chain that closed its last store Feb. 10, is the latest and greatest example.

Sharon Dennard frequently visited Karibu when she was in the Washington, D.C., area. She and her husband, Dana, are owners of Amen-Ra’s Bookstore in Tallahassee.

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