Winner of the 2011 National Book Award
A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn’t show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. Meanwhile, brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting.
As the twelve days that make up the novel’s framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family-motherless children sacrificing for one another as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce-pulls itself up to face another day. A big-hearted novel about familial love and community against all odds, and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bones is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real.
Lutishia Lovely cooks up a riveting portrait of a trailblazing family expanding their booming soul food dynasty. . .
After a long bout of misfortune, betrayal, and broken hearts, the Livingstons and their soul food empire are thriving. Toussaint Livingston is the Food Network darling, Malcolm Livingston’s BBQ Soul Smoker is still the toast of QVC, and Bianca Livingston’s brainchild TOSTS–Taste Of Soul Tapas Style–is a sizzling sensation on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. It seems that nothing can stop the progress of this third generation–until a dish called trouble gets added to the menu.
Jefferson Livingston is the only sibling who feels he hasn’t made his mark, a fact for which he partly blames Toussaint. But with a recent promotion and a sexy new assistant, Jefferson is ready to show his cousin just how big a mistake he made. Then a fire breaks out, an old enemy rears his ugly head, and a stranger threatens the family’s legacy. Jefferson and Toussaint must now work together to keep the dynasty from falling apart. Can they put their differences aside long enough to take care of business? There’s only one way to find out. . . .
Tracey Robbins has it all: money, successful, business, and a closet a girl would kill for. St. Louis is her playground as everybody who wants to be somebody tries desperately to be in her circle. However, living the young, black, and privileged life comes with perks that could turn the purest hearts wicked, just for a chance to be like her.
The unannounced arrival of Tez, a sexy seemingly no good thug, sends her life in a downward spiral that no one saw coming. Soon after, she finds herself the center of a devious plan to ruin her life. Betrayal runs deep as the people the closest to her begin to show their true colors. With her back against the wall, she finds love in an unlikely pair of arms. Will that love be enough to save her, or will she remain lost in the pursuit of wealth?
“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)
Life can grab a hold of you like captivating strings of color. It is a lesson that four women will learn as they each travel down a journey filled with lies, betrayal, and shocking secrets.
Simone. Is immensely talented, yet everything she has ever known will be ripped apart. Her love will be tested. Her heart will call out for a strength that could only exist in moments like this, and her tears will carry her through the storm. Will she be able to give her heart to the love of her life while fighting to open her heart to a mother she has never known?
Naya. While facing her greatest loss, will she be able to find the key to strength, the will to continue on, and the endurance to make it through one of the darkest moments in her life?
Monà. Within her heart is a secret so deep that it could shake the very foundations of two lives. Will she be able to finally look into the eyes of a daughter she has only known from a distance?
Misty. Two paths are set before her; one could lead her back to the life of fame and prominence, which she so desperately wants; and the other could give her the love she so desperately needs. Will she choose the path that is best for her future, or for her heart?
Author’s Website: http://www.marianlthomas.com
A stunning debut historical noir novel about a worker in the civil rights movement who became an informant for the FBI during the months leading up to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Feeling underappreciated and overlooked, John Estem, a bookkeeper for Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), steals ten thousand dollars from the organization. Originally planning to use the money to seed a new civil rights initiative in Chicago, he squanders the stolen funds.
To the bookkeeper’s dismay, the FBI has been keeping close tabs on Dr. King and his fellow activists — including Estem — for years. FBI agents tell Estem that it is his duty, as an American and as a civil rights supporter, to protect the SCLC from communist infiltration. The FBI offers Estem a stipend, but in case he has any thoughts about refusing the assignment, they also warn him that they know about the stolen money.
Playing informant empowers Estem, but he soon learns that his job is not simply to relay information on the organization. Once the FBI discovers evidence of King’s sexual infidelities, they set out to confirm the facts to undermine King’s credibility as a moral leader and bring down the movement. This timely novel comes in light of recent revelations that government informants had infiltrated numerous black movement organizations. With historical facts at the core of Our Man in the Dark, Harrison uses real life as a great inspiration for his drama-filled art.
|On Thanksgiving morning Esther Jefferies is visited by her recently deceased husband. His presence helps her endure yet another tumultuous family holiday. The day is riddled with dysfunction and cynicism. Who would have known that the divvying up of dinner dishes could create such animosity between family members? The Day Crazy Came to Dinner tells the story of how each member of the Jefferies family– an internet porn abuser, a pre-surgery transvestite, a manic depressive alcoholic, a recent divorcee who is experimenting with lesbianism, et al– handles life’s realities and how when they come together tongues aren’t held and punches are landed squarely on the jaw.|
|The year 2008 arrived as the Lofton sisters finally enjoyed a few years of drama free living, until Lieutenant Terrance Wilson entered Tina Lofton’s life. His sudden investigation into her treatment of former patients who have turned up dead has turned her life upside down. Dealing with personal issues that her sisters are not aware of, Tina now has to deal with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper prodding into her past and present, leading her on the verge of an emotional rollercoaster ride.|
Shakara Cannon will be appearing at the Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday, June 25.
Shakara Cannon developed her love for writing during her childhood years, writing stories to read to her family at bed time. As she honed her skills, Shakara steadily gained notoriety in high school writing stories that surprised her teachers. She further developed her passion for writing at California State University, Northridge, double majoring in English and Business with a minor in Psychology. Later, writing fiction grew from hobby to therapy after the loss of her daughter’s father.
Shakara’s talent for creating colorful, sexy, and humorous characters, coupled with relative, relatable, and controversial topics brings her novels to life. Each page has you thirsting to know what happens next!
More information can be found at www.shakaracannon.com.
This Can’t be Life:
Simone Johnson’s repressed memories resurface through a year-long recurring dream unveiling secrets that turn her world upside down. When it seems that her life is in a downward spiral, she meets the man of her dreams and falls in love for the first time. With her 2 best friends by her side – Talise, the romantic, who dreams of a marriage just like her parents, and Stacey, the brother, the shoulder, and the comic relief – and the love of her life in her corner, life is better than it has ever been. But, when tragedy strikes and she finds that the man she’s given her heart to isn’t who she thought he was, Simone falls into an abyss of darkness that she may not find her way out of.
(1) Tell us about This Can’t be Life. What led you to write a novel?
I was led to write this novel after having a recurring nightmare that brought me to the realization that I’d repressed memories as a child. That is how it started, but it grew from there and became its own story.
(2) How did you go about creating and developing your characters? Were there inspirations behind them?
When I created the characters in This Can’t be Life, I first did a complete bio on them all. I wanted background information, what motivates them, what annoys them. I just really wanted to know them inside and out. While doing this, they came alive and was so much easier to tell their story. It’s like it flows through you. None of my characters are based off of anyone I know aside from one. The character Deon Bradford in This Can’t be Life, is based very lightly off of someone I know, but of course in actuality he is no Deon Bradford. You’ll understand after reading This Can’t be Life (wink wink).
(3) What was the process like in getting the This Can’t be Life published?
It has definitely had its challenges, but anything worth doing will be challenging in some way. The main thing that I’ve ran into was figuring out who to hire. When it comes to editors, typesetters, printers, publicist, etc., you want to make the right choice the first time around! Luckily I’ve connected with people that put me in touch with the right professionals that have helped guide me. I can’t say how important it is to have a mentor and join writers groups. Having that support of your piers is priceless. A lot of times you can find someone who can give you advice and prevent you from going down the wrong road.
(4) What are you doing to promote This Can’t be Life?
I’m doing everything possible to promote This Can’t be Life, from having a heavy presence on the social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as prompting reviews, write ups, interviews such as these, book signings, book fairs and expos, etc. I’m working with a very experienced publicist who is doing a lot of promoting which is very helpful to the novice author/publisher. Also, friends and family are doing a lot of promoting as well as avid readers. When they read something they love they speak on it. Good word of mouth is the best promotion in my opinion, because it is unsolicited and honest. You hear it straight from the mouth of someone who has actually read what you are selling.
(5) What are your favorite books and authors? Anything special that you have recently read?
It has always been hard for me to pick favorites, but here goes. Eric Jerome Dickey, Mary B. Morrison, Danielle Steel, Mary Monroe, Jackie Collins, Dean Koontz, Brandon Massey. Again, it’s hard for me to narrow it down because my taste in fiction is so broad. A couple of my favorite books is The Upper Room by Mary Morrison, momma Ruby was nuts! I also love Sleeping with Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey. Gideon is the love of my life! EJD is an amazing story teller. The Sleeping with Strangers series of books reminds me of the Bourne Identity movies. Very action packed with a great storyline. Love it!
(6) Anything else you’d like to share or say?
Yes! I’d like to thank you for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to the Leimert Park Village Book Fair and meeting lots of readers! This is a great event promoting literacy in our inner cities. I’m a native of Southern California and am truly honored to be a part of this movement.
Fifteen years after the publication of Push, one year after the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, Sapphire gives voice to Precious’s son, Abdul.
In The Kid bestselling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push’s unforgettable heroine, Precious.
A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother’s funeral. Left alone to navigate a world in which love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.
In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist’s lofts, The Kid tells of a twenty- first-century young man’s fight to find a way toward the future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit and the deep nourishing power of love and of art, The Kid chronicles a young man about to take flight. In the intimate, terrifying, and deeply alive story of Abdul’s journey, we are witness to an artist’s birth by fire.
Penguin Press HC,