Everything and a Happy Ending
by Tia Shurina
introducing you to Tia Shurina’s resonating, insightful, time-lined memoir. After being daughter, wife & ex-wife, career “assistant”, mom and friend, she became the muse for one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars. Shurina illuminates her awakening and transformation embracing the high road towards nourishment, satisfaction, and recognition while exuding strength, courage and kindness as a woman, friend, lover, mother, guide, muse and spirit. Her story shares her journey to give and also receive love without domination or sublimation.
Everything and a Happy Ending’s path is one of support, and giving freely: allowing one’s inspiration to assist others on their life’s physical and spiritual journey. Shurina’s memoir takes the reader through sorrow and tribulation leading to growth, clarity, peace, release and joy as she recounts three interwoven circles and love stories with the three most important men in her life. Tia chronicles how her early relationship with her father set the foundation for her long marriage to her now ex-husband and then shares how her adult relationship with him was then able to “set the stage” for a most unique and beautiful love story with comedian and actor Ray Romano.
She details how her faith is eternally strengthened as her own transformation and rebirth inspired her old and special friend to grow and transition himself. Shurina has been his shadow muse since a poignant and powerful reconnection became the catalyst for her secreted, shared personal evolution which became the root and core of Romano’s own metamorphosis. Her inspiration enabled him to conquer some of the greatest successes of his career.
“My dad’s advice to me when I was younger was, “Hold your form” and I realized many years later the true significance of his insight. Those bell weather words were integral to embracing my faith, finding joy within…and without!, allowing “true” love and sacrifice, giving in peace and empowering others to recognize and rise to their truths and “best form”.
This enticing timeline memoir is a tour de force of one woman’s emergence in singular empowerment and the recognition of the interconnected heart; balancing the spiritual and the material; and her selfless giving to another to help liberate him from a life ruled by Hollywood status and adulation.
Through the sharing of her intimate mental, emotional, financial, spiritual and physical journey is the hope that it will drive others to find their most powerful self. States Shurina, “It’s my prayer that in reading my book, another woman feeling dissatisfied in her life can feel a spark of optimistic possibility and decide to take a babystep forward”.
Diary of A Hip-Hop Publicist
by Lynn K. Hobson
Lynn K. Hobson
Atlanta, GA. (October 29, 2015,) Celebrity Hip-Hop Publicist, Lynn K. Hobson releases her first book, “Diary of a Hip-Hop Publicist” and it is now available for $19.99 on Amazon.com.
Lynn got her feet wet in Entertainment at the Terrie Williams Agency in New York City in 1995. In 1998, she became an independent publicist and entrepreneur. “HobbieCom” (for her last name and the abbreviation for communications) was born. Clients over the years have included Mike Tyson & Jackie Rowe’s Iron M.I.C. Entertainment; Music Executives Mark Pitts and Robert “Don Pooh” Cummins; Music Producers Rockwilder;Anthony Dent; and Bryan-Michael Cox; Recording Artist Lil Mo; Authors Sister Souljah, Queen Pen, and Teri Woods; Events such as MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” for Grammy™ Award Winner Chris Brown; Record Labels Ruff Ryders; Def Jam; Koch/E1 Entertainment; Tommy Boy; Sugar Hill; and Big Cat; and RappersCam’Ron; Juelz Santana; Khia; Gucci Mane; Rasheeda; Reality Stars Kimbella, Kaylin Garcia, and more.
With Hip-Hop clients ranging from Author/Activist Sister Souljah, Rappers Juelz Santana and Gucci Mane. Hobson has written a comical yet heart wrenching account of her career as “The Go To Publicist” in Hip-Hop. As the story takes place in New York City, this Washington, DC native takes on the challenge of being the voice to her peers of prominence.
“In this book, I keep it real as I fight to keep my spiritual principles in tact while making it happen in the streets. It is a battle, but she makes it through to see another day, another show, another hit, and another client who has that sparkle in their eyes.” states Ms. Hobson
Fame Whore: The Journey From Point A to a Point Beyond Reality
Debut Novel Explores the Pitfalls and Pratfalls of Fame and Fortune
(Black PR Wire) -- Atlanta, GA-- When author Lacy Bell moved to Peachtree City, Georgia, on the outskirts of Atlanta, in 2011, she couldn’t help getting hooked on reality television series Real Housewives of Atlanta. Reflecting on the twists and turns of her own life, she saw a parallel between the characters on the show and herself.
“It’s fascinating how life can suddenly take you in a direction you never dreamed of,” she says. “How much of it is just by chance, and how much is based off your decisions?”
Tracey Alexander, the gorgeous and savvy protagonist of her debut novel, Fame Whore, definitely has her eyes on the prize—or what she thinks it is. And Tracey’s a woman who makes sure she makes things happen. But fate has a few ideas of its own.
Tracey leaves Delaware, and a long-term relationship, arriving in Atlanta with her friend Shyann in tow. She starts her own reality show, gets involved in a sex scandal (hence the book’s title), and finds herself making tough decisions about how much of herself she’s willing to give up to get to the top.
The likely niche for the book is the 19-26-year-old age bracket, but Bell thinks the story is universal. “Every woman can relate to Tracey,” she adds. “We’ve all had dreams, and we’ve all had heartbreaks.”
Set for release on April 21st, 2015, Fame Whore will be available wherever books are sold, including Barnes and Noble and B.A.M. The Kindle version can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com.
Bell also hosts her own YouTube program Ratchet Recap on Lacy B. TV, similar in format to shows like Wendy Williams Hot Topics and Talk Soup. Each week, Bell takes the opportunity to share her unique personal commentary on urban life and reality TV.
Bell will be making personal appearances in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and locations throughout Florida and Delaware to promote Fame Whore’s release. For a list of dates, or to arrange a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up for Lacy B.’s newsletter, please visit www.iwritelacyb.com.
Please God Send Me a Husband
Book includes real-life examples from more than fifty real women who share their successes and failures
Dr. Monique Rainford knows all too well how difficult, frustrating, and lonely the journey to marriage can be. Her own challenging personal experience combined with the experiences of the many women she interacted with both socially and through her ob/gyn practice led her to write her newly published book Please God Send Me a Husband.
In this guide, she draws upon her own experience and that of more than fifty women she interviewed to provide a roadmap to marriage complete with traffic signs, roadblocks, and potholes that women typically encounter on the journey to marriage.
She notes, "Whether women succeed or not has a lot to do with how they navigate this journey."
The book includes frank, Christian-based advice for single women on steps they need to take to find the right man, including what to look for, how to determine if someone is the right man, what kind of men to avoid, advice on premarital sex, locations in which to meet the right man, and what to do after they have found the right man. Please God Send Me a Husband even offers advice for a long and happy marriage.
Dr. Rainford comments, "At times during my own challenging journey to marriage, I did not feel a lot of hope. I wrote this book to encourage women on the journey and give them practical tools they can use to find the right husband. I also offer advice to help their journey be more pleasant and enjoyable and to help them avoid some pitfalls and relationship traps."
"Refreshing in its honesty, this book feels more like having a frank group chat with sister-friends than a solitary read. Written in relaxed yet elegant prose, Please God has you sailing through with ease to the end. A short and sweet must-have, especially for the single ladies out there wondering, wishing and waiting." ~ Reader Review
"An excellent writer who gets the points across with clarity, practicality, and honesty, keeping the foundation of spirituality at hand without being overbearing." ~ Reader Review
AUTHOR: Monique Rainford, M.D. is a medical doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology and the author of The Maternal Glow – A Jamaican Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School, where she was recognized for her outstanding academic performance having been awarded the John Russwarm Award for Academic Excellence and the Robert H. Ebert Award in Primary Care Medicine from each university, respectively. She completed her residence in obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University Medical Center. She has provided relationship advice for the South Florida Times and co-founded DCLifestyleMD in 2014, an organization committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals. She is happily married to Chester Ryan Bourne, and they are the proud parents of Zane and Kia.
Please God Send Me a Husband by Dr. Monique Rainford-Bourne; Category: Family and Relationships; Paperback: 978-0986431609, $12.99; eBook: 978-0986431616, $5.99; Availability: Amazon.com, BN.com, iBook.com, Indigo.com, MoniqueRainford.com, All major online book retailers
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When her son is in trouble, a heartbroken mother finds the courage and faith to save him, in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s powerful family drama MAMA’S BOY—a novel as timely as today’s headlines.
The breaking TV news rocks Jasper, Texas, to the core: a white police officer is fatally shot in a scuffle with three black youths—and a cellphone video captures Jamal Jones, the sixteen-year-old son of esteemed Reverend Elton Jones, escalating the tragic encounter. Now, as the national spotlight shines on a town already rife with racial tension, Jamal is a murder suspect on the run. And all of Jasper—even the reverend’s congregation—rushes to judge the teen they thought they knew.
But Gloria Jones knows her son best, and she races to find Jamal before the law does—to the outrage of her workaholic husband. Once she finds him, she has to decide whether to turn him in or help him run. With ruthless prosecutor and Houston mayoral candidate Kay Christensen hungering to put another young thug behind bars, Gloria will face her biggest battle yet. And when long-hidden secrets and shocking lies come to light, throwing Jamal’s case and his destiny into a tailspin, all Gloria can do is pray that the truth—and a mother’s unconditional love—will be enough to redeem the mistakes of the past and, ultimately, save her son.
MAMA’S BOY will have readers engrossed in thoughts of what they would do if facing the same situation, and inevitably having the conversation with others—a page-turner and conversation-starter all in one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the national bestselling author of more than 35 books. Four of her books will be made into BET movies: Let the Church Say Amen, Everybody Say Amen, and Say Amen, Again, (winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work), and I Know I’ve Been Changed. Regina King will direct Let the Church Say Amen. Queen Latifah’s Flava Unit will be producing. Scheduled air date for Let the Church Say Amen is August 30, 2015. TV One will premiere both The Secret She Kept and The Devil is a Lie in 2016.
“Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African
In a day and age where we're seemingly overrun with evil and racism,
sometimes it helps to be reminded that good does exist in our world.
Anita Dennis was a white college student in the 1960's who fell in love
with and married her professor, an African American and the hereditary
chief of a tribe in Liberia.
For more than 10-years, Dennis and her husband traveled throughout
and conducting missionary work and assisting those who were less
Upon her husband’s passing, Dennis penned a memoir of their time
together titled “Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African
She published due to her desire to share her own racial and cultural
experiences and create a dialogue that furthers love and understanding
by Tanille Teaches Important Love Lesson for Young Girls
New York, New York – April 6, 2015 (www.brokenthenovel.com)
Broken by New York Author Tanille Edwards is a young adult novel that stars Milan, the girl everyone wants to be, but no one really knows. Milan is a young emerging teen supermodel struggling to hide her hearing disability to others. She is caught up in the sweet memories of her first love and struggling to figure out just how much she would risk for that love.
What if the love you have risked everything for does not live up to the risk? Do you keep going or do you stand up for yourself and walk away? Milan finds herself standing at the door of these questions after she had almost given up. She is at a crossroads and must decide which way to go. These are questions and issues that face many young teens.
Love and relationships are very complex, but important issues for young girls. When is too much love, too much risk for another become a risk to one’s own self-esteem?
Broken is a novel conceived in the new media era where books and music can be consumed on a single platform. Every copy of Broken includes a link to download the Broken Soundtrack that includes free music from author & singer/songwriter Tanille. Tanille makes the heart-throbbing longing for a lost love come alive in her single "Baby Comeback to Me" as part of the Broken Soundtrack. Broken invites readers to enjoy a new spin on Young Adult Romance.
Tanille was recently on Voices of America, On Air with Sir and Just Wake Up Morning Show. Tanille's music was recently featured in Weekend Notes, ONYX, and Hype Magazine. She’s also been featured as the monthly Celebrity Beauty in Salon Today. Tanille has authored two young adult novels featuring her music, romance novel Broken and teen thriller Cameo. She is a New York City native with a strong pulse on young love. (www.Tanille.com)
The Evolution of Bid Whist
150 Years in the Growth of an African American Tradition
by Ronald L. Allen
“…the definitive book on Bid Whist with its inclusion of the game’s origins and history, rules, its variations and changes, and strategies for individual improvement as a Bid Whist player.”
More about the book
This book includes many little-known facts about the game and addresses many of the myths created by erroneous information about Bid Whist. The book includes many tips and techniques to help both begin-ners and experienced players to improve their playing skills. Several humorous stories, historic photos, charts, and illustrations are included to stimulate the reader’s imagination on the fun and enjoyment of Bid Whist.
About the author
Ronald Allen is an avid and skillful Bid Whist player with over 55 years of experience playing Bid Whist. Al-len is highly respected among Bid Whist players across the nation, having won many tournaments over the years. Allen is a former high school teacher and retired insurance CEO with prior investigative training as a claims adjuster. He combines his extensive knowledge of the game with his investigative research skills to provide a thorough inspection and review of the truths and myths surrounding the history of Bid Whist.
BOOK RELEASE DATE: December 2014
Paperback, 160 pages, 6 x 9, trade paper
Suggested retail price: $19.95
ISBN 13: 978-1-939654-8-0
Publisher: Life To Legacy, LLC, Orland Park, IL
Distributors: Ingram, National Association of College Book Stores and others
Online Retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, Books-a-Million.com, Indie Books.com and more
Also available in: Kindle, Nook, I-Phone / I-Pad, and Google
For More information contact: Dennis Woods, Life To Legacy at (877) 267-7477, fax (877) 267-7499, email Life2legacybooks@att.net www.Life2Legacy.com
The Evolution of Bid Whist is an authoritative book that contains the most comprehensive information ever published on the subject of Bid Whist. It covers every aspect of the game from its origin and growth period to its American expansion into international popularity in the 21st century. Trace Bid Whist’s development and evolution from slavery in America, The Civil War, Jim Crow, The Great Migration, and the Civil Rights Era, into the present age of computor technology and online playing.
THE HAIR BETWEEN MY LEGS
TAKES READERS ON
EMOTIONAL JOURNEY FILLED WITH INSIGHT AND SELF EXPLORATION
BURBANK, CA (Jan 8, 2015) With more than 500,000 self-published books entering the marketplace this year alone, one would imagine that becoming an author in this ultra-competitive landscape is not for the faint of heart nor the consummate pessimist. The handful of writers that are successful in breaking through the clutter and landing atop best seller lists are far and few between.
Well, fortunate for self-published author, Stephanie D. Singleton, extreme passion and relentless optimism doesn’t often bow down to generic statistics and terms like “insurmountable odds”. With an unwavering belief and a mission to positively affect the lives (and relationships) of her readers, Stephanie is determined that her new book, The Hair Between My Legswill defy those self-publishing stats.
The book takes readers on the life altering journey of Mya Evans, a young divorced college professor who sells her soul for love but doesn’t get quite what she bargained for. An inspirational tale about finding the balance between Love, Trust and Faith, The Hair Between My Legs is filled with twists and turns that readers will find spellbinding.
Mom turns her back away to continue stirring the pot. “Chile please, that don’t impress me. I say check his criminal background, tell me if he spoils his mama, respect his daddy and then we can resume this conversation about catching feelings.”
“I haven’t decided if I’m going to allow him into my life for all that to come out.”
“Well as long as it come out before he tries to get in.”
“Get in? Get in good with you and daddy?”
“Nawgirl! I mean get inside your purse -good! You know I like to call those slick ones little purse snatchers. They go around preying on women so they can get inside their little furry pocketbooks. In other words -the hair between your legs. They know the hair’s the secret door that leads down that pathway like I said where a woman’s priceless possessions are stashed.”
“What do you mean by priceless possessions mommy?” I asked while sorting the dishes. She stops arranging the food and comes over to the table then held my arm to stop me from moving. Her concerning touch forced our eyes to lock together. I could tell by the seriousness of the tone in her voice she was becoming passionate about her schooling me.
“You know what I’m talking about. A woman’s heart and her soul.
A real woman doesn’t just allow anyone to go inside her purse or should I say her pathway, unless she’s for sure he’s that special one. You allow the wrong person to rob your coo-coo box you’ll find yourself going coo-coo and doing all kinds of foolishness trying to get your heart back.” she said.
NEW BOOK THE HAIR BETWEEN MY LEGS TAKES READERS ON
EMOTIONAL JOURNEY FILLED WITH INSIGHT AND SELF EXPLORATION
About the Author: Born and raised in Akron Ohio, Stephanie D. Singleton found her passion for writing while working as a licensed hairstylist and being exposed to the theater as a stylist. After writing and directing several plays, she released her first book, Single.ology101 8 basic Steps to Enjoying the Single Life. With her new book, The Hair Between My Legs, Stephanie hopes to encourage readers to desire healthier communication within their relationships.
Stephanie, who has spent the past 5 years in Southern California chasing her dream has learned first hand about the ups and downs of life and love and now writes from her own experiences. “I became inspired by women like myself that may have struggled in making wise relationship choices and who may have allowed their emotions to lead versus their heart. Often times when this happens, when an unhealthy relationship expires, the mislead woman is left with a scorned heart and an empty soul, and this has served as a source of inspiration for my writing. Up until now God has blessed me to see, do and experience many things beyond my childhood prayers. Some blessings I'm not permitted to share but as the church folks say, my test became my testimony and my mess is my message,” says Stephanie.
As a woman who once struggled just to make ends meet, this self-made writer and entrepreneur is well on her way to fulfilling many of her longstanding dreams. Stephanie has already produced a short film based on the book and has her eye on a feature film.
Watch the Short Film Now!
For additional information and images please visit www.StephanieDSingleton.com
About the Author: Born and raised in Akron Ohio, Stephanie D. Singleton found her passion for writing while working as a licensed hairstylist and being exposed to the theater as a stylist. After writing and directing several plays, she released her first book, Single.ology101 8 basic Steps to Enjoying the Single Life. With her new book, The Hair Between My Legs, Stephanie hopes to encourage readers to desire healthier communication within their relationships.
Beyond the Burning Bus: The Civil Rights Revolution in a Southern Town
A Civil Rights Lesson for Today’s Generation
MONTGOMERY, AL (December 28, 2014) — Beyond the Burning Bus: The Civil Rights Revolution in a Southern Town is an account of civil rights history that deserves a retelling. Accounts shared by author Phil Noble bring a timely message on where we’ve been in the civil rights journey and how blacks and white have and could work together for the better of their communities.
Anniston, Alabama, is a small industrial city between Birmingham and Atlanta. In 1961, the city’s potential for race-related violence was graphically revealed when the Ku Klux Klan firebombed a Freedom Riders bus.
In response to that incident, a few black and white leaders in Anniston took a progressive view that desegregation was inevitable and that it was better to unite the community than to divide it. To that end, the city created a biracial Human Relations Council which set about to quietly dismantle Jim Crow segregation laws and customs.
This was such a novel notion in George Wallace’s Alabama that President Kennedy phoned with congratulations. The Council did not prevent all disorder in Anniston—there was one death and the usual threats, cross burnings, and a widely publicized beating of two black ministers—yet Anniston was spared much of the civil rights bitterness that raged in other places in the turbulent mid-sixties.
“Phil Noble, Presbyterian minister extra-ordinaire, belongs to that odd company of folk—all the way back to Moses—who found their life taken up in a struggle for the things of God. Like Moses and his ilk, Noble was going about his business (in his case, ministry) when his immediate context, infused with God’s purpose, put him front and center in the struggle for racial justice, a struggle he pursued with grace, wisdom, and passion.”
—Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
Author Phil Noble’s account is carefully researched but told from a personal viewpoint. It shows once again that the civil rights movement was not monolithic either for those who were in it or those who were opposed to it.
“….Today, race relations are again at the forefront of our lives. Only now we are not dealing with black and white relationships. The rapid growth of Hispanic and other immigrant groups have brought an entirely new set of multi-cultural challenges. We are moving into a period in which there is no majority race in some urban areas, a trend that during the next few decades will impact most of us in the United States. What role should churches and people of faith play in these multi-cultural tensions? Phil Noble provides us with insights and reminders that are as relevant in the today's multi-cultural world as they were forty years ago. I thank God for Phil's impact in Anniston of the 1960's and on us today.”
—John Detterick, Executive Director, General Council of the Presbyterian Church, USA
James Phillips Noble is a Presbyterian minister who served as pastor of four churches, the last being the historic First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He served the Presbyterian denomination as Co-President of its Board of Pensions. He is the author of Words and Images That Seep Into the Soul (2013) and Getting Beyond Tragedy (2005). He is now retired and lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Beyond the Burning Bus:
The Civil Rights Revolution in a Southern Town
James Phillips Noble
NewSouth Books (2003)
Category: History/Civil Rights
Format: Trade Paper, 172 pages
eBook available for Kindle, Nook, iPad
Beyond the Burning Bus is available at NewSouthBooks.Com, Amazon.com, local bookstores, and through other online booksellers.
Like her previous highly acclaimed novel No Strings Attached, which "[channeled] the
challenges that independent, strong, and intelligent women face trying to find love
with dignity, humor, and finesse" (The African American Literary Review), UNFAITHFUL
presents a realistic view of the struggles within a relationship through a story
with universal appeal.
From a captivating voice in African American women's fiction comes the
scintillating, fast-paced story of a woman caught between love and lust, loyalty and
betrayal-while trying to stay true to her heart. When Melanie Sparks befriended
local strip club owner Cecil Patrick, she knew her association with another man
would put her relationship with her long-time boyfriend, Michael, in serious
jeopardy, but she couldn't resist the call to the wild side.
Abused by Cecil and disheartened after losing Michael, Melanie found herself on
stage at Cecil's strip club. One performance was enough to convince her that she
wasn't cut out for life as an "entertainer," but Cecil had other plans.
Regretful of the mistakes she made in her relationship with Michael, Melanie hoped
for forgiveness and if possible, a reconciliation. If given a second chance could
Melanie be trusted, or is she destined for a life of unfaithfulness?
Author Karyn Grice focuses on creating intriguing stories with scenarios that are
tangible, along with characters that readers can empathize with.
A captivating voice in African American women's fiction, Grice will win readers
loyalty with UNFAITHFUL-a scintillating story of lust, love, and betrayal!
About the Author:
Karyn Grice is a native of Chicago, Illinois and the author of What Happens In Vegas
Stays in Vegas and No Strings Attached.
Cameo is written by the beautiful Tanille. The multi-talented Tanille is a song writer, singer and an author. She’s got it all. As a teenager, she started her musical career at the age of 16 as a songwriter and performer. At 21, she earned an MBA. Now, that is remarkable. This simply tells you reading Cameo gives you the feel of an intelligent being in Tanille.
The book is your perfect companion when you really need to have your “me” time and you need to draw some inspiration from everywhere but the immediate environment. It keeps you wanting for more as it is full of suspense, drama, and mystery.
The story is high school based relating the ordeals of a young high school girl that is being stalked by an individual in a secret underground society. Everyone becomes a suspect and things get a bit complicated as the nabbing person behind this act seems impossible.
The story is a beautiful told in a simple and easy to understand language. With several great reviews coming from readers everywhere, getting a copy of Cameo is the next best thing. It is not an easy feat to rank 15 on Amazon Kindle and gives you a feel of what to expect.
Please be advised that the book can be a bit addictive and you might want to dedicate a whole day to reading this wonderful book.
Cameo by Tanille is your next sinful beach read. Be 17 again. Get a copy of the book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You are sure to get your money’s worth. You can get to read a chapter from the book on tanille.com just to be sure you are getting the best of modern day writing.
Amazon Welcomes 5 Star Points For Success: Manifest Your Dreams, Live Your Life’s Purpose
A new book by spiritual leader outlines a remarkable system to build wealth, health, & happiness
Los Angeles, CA (November 4, 2014) – Recording artist and spiritual leader, Oya Thomas, guides readers toward self-discovery and achieving personal success in her new book released today on Amazon. “The 5 Star Points for Success: Manifest Your Dreams, Live Your Life’s Purpose” is a combination of personal insights, practical solutions, and real-world action steps. Utilizing five core elements; mind, body, spirit, emotions, and environment, the book details methods to build an exceptional life.
A long-time spiritual advisor and industry leader, Oya cultivated this system to launch her first successful business as a teenager. Developed through professional and personal journeys, the “5 Star Points for Success” system has helped countless individuals overcome obstacles and dramatically improve their lives. A highly requested presenter, teacher and coach, Oya routinely speaks and performs at seminars and events nationwide.
Oya explains, “My ‘5 Star Points’ system is not just another quick fix or a simple recipe for ‘success.’ It is about raising your level of consciousness so you can clear away the clutter, accept yourself as you are and find your authenticity.” The book is about helping readers to get un-stuck, live a life of purpose and reach their full potential.
Embodying spiritual renewal as the foundation for her music, Oya Thomas topped the UK music charts with her first single “Love” off her debut album entitled “Spirit of Oya.” Recently named “one of the best singer and songwriters in Los Angeles” by CBS local News, http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-singer-songwriters-in-los-angeles, Oya is captivating people all over the world with a refreshing blend of music, education and healing. Her solid repertoire includes collaborations with legends such as Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Kenneth Crouch & Soul in the Machine. As a certified life-coach and speaker with a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology, Oya uses her voice through counseling to inspire and her voice through song to uplift. She currently hosts a featured segment on the RMConAir radio show “Be Life Driven,” called “Real Talk with Oya.” Her music navigates a wide range of melodies, from gentle lyrical ballads to playfully improvised jazz tracks and uplifting gospel-inspired tunes.
The 5 Star Points for Success: Manifest Your Dreams, Live Your Life’s Purpose is available on Amazon. Oya’s music album Spirit of Oya is currently available on iTunes, Amazon and her website, spiritofoya.com.
The Borzoi Killings
There’s Something Rotten in Easthampton…
Legal Thriller by Renowned Attorney Mixes Legal and Political
Intrigue Inside Country’s Most Elite Social Bubble
Astor+Blue Editions is proud to release the latest thriller by top criminal attorney, Paul Batista: The Borzoi Killings. (ISBNs: 978-1-938231-99-5 paperback, 978-1-941286-00-5 ePub, 978-1-941286-01-2 ePDF; list price $14.95 paperback, $5.99 eBook; pub date November 10th, 2014) A daring, addicting legal drama, with powerful socio-political issues.
Batista is a nationally renowned expert, not only in the practice of law but also in writing brilliant legal thrillers. His first two novels, Death’s Witness and Extraordinary Rendition, have been critically acclaimed as top legal procedurals. The Borzoi Killings continues Batista’s streak of legal, technical and story-telling excellence. Set in elite, exclusive Easthampton, this novel mixes all the twists of sensational courtroom drama with all the “dirty little secrets” of the Hampton lifestyles: lavish parties, sex, drugs, corruption, and more.
When the 10th richest man in the world is brutally murdered along with his prized Borzoi dogs in a luxurious Easthampton beach house, only one man is suspected of the crime: Juan Suarez, a handsome, charismatic—and illegal—Mexican immigrant who worked for the victim.
Now, renowned trial lawyer Raquel Rematti must take on the defense of the man the media has dubbed, "The Blade of the Hamptons." Not only must she navigate a media circus to take on one of the wealthiest families in the world, she must protect Suarez, and herself, from ruthless people bent on lethal revenge; while straddling the dangerous line between concerned involvement and forbidden passion for her client.
About the Author
Paul Batista, novelist and television personality, is one of the most widely known trial lawyers in the country. As a trial attorney, he specializes in federal criminal litigation. As a media figure, he is known for his regular appearances as guest legal commentator on a variety of television shows including, Court TV, CNN, HLN and WNBC. He’s also appeared in the HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino. These contacts will be used in promotion.
A prolific writer, Batista authored the leading treatise on the primary federal anti-racketeering statute, Civil RICO Practice Manual, which is now in its third edition (Wiley & Sons, 1987; Wolters Kluwer, 2008). He has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The National Law Journal.
Batista's debut novel, Death's Witness, was awarded a Silver Medal by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Batista is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Cornell Law School. He’s proud to have served in the United States Army. Paul Batista lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.
“Paul Batista has done it again. Through the eyes of criminal defense attorney Raquel Rematti, you’ll see the criminal justice system laid bare. The book is truly 'shock and awe.' A must read.”
--Lis Wiehl, NY Times Bestselling Author, Television Anchor
“The Borzoi Killings is one fine book indeed, keeping you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Paul Batista surprises you again and then all over again…right up to the last page. Hold on to your hat – you’re in for a great ride!”
--Rikki Klieman, Legal Analyst; author of Fairy Tales Can Come True
“The Borzoi Killings is Paul Batista’s newest entry into the world of high-powered murder/courtroom mysteries. From the brutal murder that leaps off of the first pages, through the twists and turns of the investigation, and the drama of the trial, Batista channels an insider’s knowledge of crime and punishment, together with a craftsman’s creation of compelling characters, into a page-turning, thrilling, and ultimately shocking journey. A must read!”
--Jack Ford, author of The Walls of Jericho, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television journalist).
IMAGINE THIS: Creating the Work You Love
New memoir and “creative self-help” book from acclaimed author Maxine Clair
Maxine Clair’s fiction has won major awards from the American Library Association and Chicago Tribune, as well as a Guggenheim fellowship, and her books have been celebrated in the New York Review of Books, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, among others.
In this first work of nonfiction, Clair blends the story of her own midlife evolution from medical technologist to award-winning poet and author with advice for readers dreaming of similar transitions. Clair narrates her own life as a series of experiences on the road to creative growth, offering readers corresponding guidance for each step of their own journeys. One part memoir, one part guide to channeling creativity, this book will resound with readers struggling to discover new creative outlets in their lives, and to “nights and weekends” types whose creative endeavors need reinvigoration.
“You create not what you want, but what you believe, and what you can accept,” Clair advises readers. “Wake up to wherever you are right now. Get clear about your passion. Keep going. The way to arrival and success is shorter now than it has ever been.”
Maxine Clair is a poet, short story writer, and
novelist. Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas,
she had a career in medical technology as chief
technologist at a D.C.-area children's hospital
before pursuing and earning her MFA at American
University. She taught English until 2008 at
George Washington University, where she
currently holds the title of Professor Emerita.
Imagine This, 978-1-932841-83-1, 6x9, Trade Paper,
October 20, 2014 Memoir/Personal Growth &
Psychology $15, 160pp
The Direct Approach to Lasting Peace, Happiness, and Love
Imagine being able to sit quietly, relax, and let go of your stressful thoughts so thoroughly that you settle effortlessly into a deep and abiding happiness and peace. This is not something you need to work hard to achieve-- it’s actually your natural state, hidden beneath all the conditioning of a lifetime.
“Mindfulness has unparalleled psychological and health benefits,” says Stephan Bodian, author of the new book Beyond Mindfulness. “It can make you happier, improve your health, increase your concentration, and enhance your overall well-being. I show people that happiness is something you already have, can discover, and develop, not something out there in the distant future, that you need to constantly expend effort to achieve.”
With over 40 years as a Zen teacher, Bodian is uniquely qualified to critique the current mindfulness movement and offer a more direct and effortless approach to lasting happiness and peace that doesn’t require rigorous meditation practice or the cultivation of special states of mind.
In particular, Bodian warns of the “witnessing trap”—where people become adept at “doing mindfulness” but have difficulty living life in a more spontaneous and intimate way. To avoid the witnessing trap (and the other pitfalls of mindfulness) and achieve a natural state of relaxed openness, spontaneity, and ease, Bodian recommends a variety of guided meditations that introduce and help people reach a state of awakened awareness. Here are some of the pointers he offers:
Rest in the stillness: Beneath all the drama lies the ground of being that’s eternally awake and undisturbed by the ups and downs of life. Connect with it directly.
Discover the “I AM”: Prior to all the identities—“I am smart/stupid, I am lovable/unlovable, I am attractive/unattractive”—lies the simple declaration “I am.” Follow this statement back to its source.
Let it be: Most meditation aims to manipulate the mind in order to induce some special experience. In true meditation you welcome everything just as it is and lay bare your naturally enlightened state of openness and ease.
Experience the inherent perfection: Without consulting your thoughts, ask yourself, Is anything missing from this moment right now? What you find may be a revelation.
Rest in the gaps between thoughts: Generally the mind is filled with thoughts and feelings. But every now and then a natural pause or gap appears that effortlessly reveals an inner spaciousness. Practice resting in the gap.
Dissolve the boundaries of the body: Ordinarily we think the body stops at the skin, but this is just an arbitrary distinction. The body is actually boundless and includes everything.
Realize that the separate self is just a construct: If you look closely at what you take yourself to be, you find that it’s just a collection of stories, memories, thoughts and beliefs, without any abiding substance. See through the self-construct, and let your suffering be a thing of the past.
Who is experiencing this moment right now?: You say, “I think, I feel, I see, I know” but do you really know what this “I” refers to? It can’t be the body or the brain, because those can be the objects of experience and so can’t be the experiencer. Discover the answer to this question, and you free yourself from the burden of a lifetime.
Trade Paperback 136 pages
Published by Waterfront Digital Books
For more information visit www.stephanbodian.com
In the Company of Educated Men
The Bitter Ignorance of Privilege
A Young Man in His Car, the Open Road, and a Disturbing Reality
Astor + Blue Editions is proud to present the profound literary novel In the Company of Educated Men, by Leonce Gaiter (ISBN paperback: 978-1-938231-84-1, epub: 978-1-938231-82-7; Fiction, Thriller, Crime, Coming of Age; pub date: September 2014), an intense story of wanderlust, confused self-reflection, and resentful grudges. Gaiter, a Harvard educated African American writer, provides an incisive statement on racial and socioeconomic injustices in the United States.
Lennie Ashland is a Harvard Graduate without a plan for the future. With the mind of a philosopher, Lennie has an unquenchable thirst for meaning; for finding his ‘place’ in the world. He and his friends embark on a soul-searching road trip which quickly leads to disaster – a fine example of how one bad decision can spiral completely out of anyone’s control. They meet Jessie, an armed teenager with an abusive past and a hopeless future, and Cindy, a little girl running from a hostile home life. One thing’s for sure: this road trip is something Lennie will never forget.
In the Company of Educated Men touches upon some sensitive themes, including socioeconomic gaps, racism and hate crimes, anxiety and depressive disorders, and domestic abuse. Gaiter’s heart-pounding thriller leaves you breathless while his poetic prose induces an intensely cerebral reading experience.
About the Author
Raised in New Orleans, Washington D.C., Germany, Missouri, Maryland and elsewhere, Leonce Gaiter is the quintessential army brat—rootless, restive, and disagreeable. He began writing in grade school and continued the habit through his graduation from Harvard College.
His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, LA Weekly, NY Newsday, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Salon, and in national syndication. His noir thriller; Bourbon Street was published by Carroll & Graf in 2005. His 2011 historical novel, I Dreamt I Was in Heaven was also recently published. He currently lives in Northern California.
TITLE: In the Company of Educated Men
AUTHOR: Leonce Gaiter
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-938231-84-1
ISBN (ePUB) 978-1-938231-82-7
ISBN (ePDF) 978-1-938231-83-4
Fiction; Thriller; Coming of Age; Crime
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(BPRW) MARC CURTIS LITTLE RELEASES FOURTH NOVEL, AFTER OBAMA
(BLACK PR WIRE) – Marc Curtis Little, a leading author, has released his fourth novel, After Obama. The book is an engaging, gripping account filled with intrigue. Marc fondly refers to it as the most ambitious “what if” political novel in publishing history.
“After Obama is a fast-paced, emotion-packed novel about the seedy side of politics, revived romance, recycled friendships, reinvigorated criminality, and the uplifting consequences of deep spiritual challenges of what life in America could look like after President Obama leaves office. It also raises the issue of conspiracy against President Obama by both political parties,” Marc said. “It is the most ambitious ‘what if’ political novel in publishing history and I believe it is a must-read by anyone who is looking at the future of America.”
Marc is no novice to the communications industry. He has worn many hats, having worked as a radio personality, television talk show host, political consultant, public relations and marketing counselor and community servant. The award-winning mass communications veteran is now a published author and a social media evangelist.
Novels previously written by Marc include Don’t Blink When God Calls (2008, Infinity Publishing), the Indie Excellence Award-winning Angels in the Midst (2010, Infinity Publishing), and the Next Generation Indie Book Award-winning Magnificent Redemption (2012, CreateSpace/MLPR Books).
In addition to these roles, Marc also hosts a weekend gospel radio show, works as a substitute teacher, and is a part-time commercial and stage actor. He had a speaking role in the Emmy award-winning (eleven) HBO movie Recount, appeared in television commercials and print ads in Florida and Georgia, and played in the Jacksonville, Florida productions of The Color Purple: The Musical (Old Mister), Fences (Gabriel) and A Soldier’s Play (Sergeant Vernon Waters).
Marc Curtis Little was born on September 8, 1951 to the late Clara Little and Matthew Little in Newark, New Jersey. He was formally educated in the Newark public school system at Peshine Avenue School and Weequahic High School, where he earned seven varsity sports letters and academic honors. Marc learned survival skills in his blue collar neighborhood situated in the South Ward of New Jersey’s largest city. After graduating high school in 1969, Marc moved to California to attend Los Angeles City College, from where he received a degree in Broadcast Communications.
Marc’s professional career began in 1972 when he accepted a job in Jacksonville, Florida. His tenure included on-air and management positions in radio and television in four states, and ownership of a nationally recognized public relations company for 20 years. As a broadcaster and programming executive, he earned seven Billboard Magazine awards, as well as honors from Black Radio Exclusive Magazine and Radio & Records Magazine. Marc was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America with two President’s Achievement Awards for his landmark work as vice chairman of its National Diversity Committee. As one of America’s most visible public relations counselors for three decades, Marc worked with Pepsi-Cola, Pfizer, Glory Foods, Disney World, Comcast, The Florida Lottery, Florida’s Anti-Tobacco Truth Initiative, National Basketball Association All-Star Amare’ Stoudemire, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Congressional Black Caucus, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Republican National Committee, Florida A&M University, Edward Waters College, CBS Records and the Florida Department of Commerce.
Marc’s work as a public servant has crossed four decades. He was appointed by statewide political officials to volunteer positions on the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the Office of Faith and Community-Based Partnerships, Foundation for Florida’s Future, Florida Commission on Minority Economic and Business Development, Jacksonville Insight Committee and Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Workforce 2000 Task Force. Marc has been honored with awards from more than 100 organizations for his work in the public sector.
Marc is a devout Christian and the father of an adult son and a teenaged daughter. He is married to the former Zaundria Mapson May. Though Marc divides his time between northern New Jersey and Florida, he maintains his membership at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.
To purchase Marc’s fourth novel, After Obama, visit www.afterobama.net or Amazon.com.
How White Folks Got So Rich:
The Untold Story of American White Supremacy
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TALES FROM THE JOINT
by Sean Dubois Day
My name is Sean Dubois Day; author of the brazenly true-to-life fiction thriller, TALES FROM THE JOINT
Just over one year ago, I was walking out of an Ohio prison, with four manuscripts in my possession, and the audacious goal to avail novels that might entertain the world.
My breakthrough to change began one dreary evening inside a cold, graffiti-writhen prison cell. Feeling nothing short of deflated, with tears pouring down my neck, I suddenly cried out in utter desperation, “God please help me!.. I can’t go on like this!” You see my father offered me my first crack rock at the age of 16, and for twenty-two years thereafter, cocaine an I had a domestic violence relationship. It would beat me down, I’d be escorted away to jail or prison, only to come back home in love again. But this time, I was broken.
My pride had been shattered through and through, and little did I know was that those aforementioned cries for help, would alter everything in my life that came next. The very next morning, I had an uncontrollable urge to write. A universe of ideas began to flow thru my mind. Being that I was in an orientation pod, I had no writing paper, and only the butt of a pencil. I wrote on the walls, on my t-shirts, I even found that I could write on the state-issued toilet paper. When fights broke out; I wrote. When the argument of whose better, L.B. or M.J. broke out; I wrote.
I woke up writing, and at night I prayed for what I’d write the next day. This new inner passion slowly triumphed old thoughts. Writing pervaded every part of my existence. It gave me hope of being something other than the drug abusing, thieving, lying, irresponsible man I’d been for twenty years. Writing gave me a voice to be heard way beyond the CLEVELAND street corners I once screamed. Writing has given me a purpose that is not motivated by selfish desires, but fueled by passion.
Please allow me the opportunity to share this and even more of my personal story with your readers. Please honor me the opportunity to include my new fiction thriller TALES FROM THE JOINT, as a catalyst for such discussion.
A Little Lynched
by Aleah Holland
A new study discovered that family courts, CPS and ACS system are stealing kids for profit Illegally! The family courts system are illegally trafficking kids covering it up with a family court system purposely rigging cases in America that is affecting our kids and future. Please share this information and together we can help stop this operation. This is a true story and many mothers of all colors are affected by this cash for kids system. My mission is to expose this to the public eye in which the media is covering up. I want to let everyone know what the court systems are doing that we don't know. Help save our kids and if you want more information about this, Please see my book the explains in detail what the court systems are currently doing and what Aleah Holland RN witnessed. See link below for more info.
by Karyn Grice
Like her previous highly acclaimed novel No Strings Attached, which “[channeled] the challenges that independent, strong, and intelligent women face trying to find love with dignity, humor, and finesse” (The African American Literary Review), UNFAITHFUL presents a realistic view of the struggles within a relationship through a story with universal appeal.
About the book:
Melanie knew that befriending local strip club owner Cecil Patrick would put her relationship with her long-time boyfriend, Michael, in serious jeopardy, but she couldn’t resist the call to the wild side. Abused by Cecil and disheartened by losing Michael, Melanie found herself on stage at Cecil’s strip club. One performance was enough to convince her that she wasn't cut out for life as an “entertainer,” but Cecil had other plans. She knows she’s made a big mistake and wants a second chance. But given a second chance, can Melanie be trusted to be faithful or is she destined for a life of infidelities and indiscretions?
Author Karyn Grice focuses on creating intriguing stories with scenarios that are tangible, along with characters that readers can empathize with. A captivating voice in African American women's fiction, Grice will win readers loyalty with UNFAITHFUL—a scintillating story of lust, love, and betrayal!
About the author:
Karyn Grice is a native of Chicago, Illinois and the author of What Happens In Vegas Stays in Vegas and No Strings Attached.
Immoral Proposal: Celebrating 30 Years In Canada After Fleeing South Africa Apartheid
by Jennifer Graham
Toronto, Ontario, June 23, 2014 – Meet Jennifer Graham, author of Immoral Proposal: Forbidden Love Under Apartheid, and her husband Michael Graham. It's been nearly 30 years since they stood among a group of other immigrants, taking their final step to become Canadian citizens. Their 2-hour citizenship ceremony served as more than a mere passage. It was the end of their escape from South Africa's racist marriage laws, and marked a new chapter in their dream to live life as a married couple.
At that citizenship ceremony in 1985, Bill Tepperman, Windsor businessman, spoke to the group who were moments away from completing their immigration journey, "You are some of the most courageous people in the whole world," Tepperman told the group. "You are heroes, and a book should be written about each one of you." (source: The Windsor Star)
Tepperman's words rang true for Jennifer and foreshadowed her recent release, Immoral Proposal, which documents the memoirs of Jennifer and her husband, Michael Graham.
In 1974, they both lived in South Africa. Michael was a well-educated white man, born into a life of privilege. Jennifer's upbringing was on the other end of the socio-economic spectrum. She left school as the age of 16 and worked in a factory. Deemed non-black, non-white, yet "coloured," she struggled to find a place to belong. The one thing Michael and Jennifer knew was that they were in love and they wanted to be together like any other couple - but their circumstances were not normal – in the eyes of the law, they were committing a crime.
The couple fled South Africa in 1975, only to relocate to Canada in 1981 and subsequently became Canadian citizens in 1985.
"I started this book as a novel," Graham says. "It seemed safer that way because it was too painful to face head-on. Progress was slow and the novel rang hollow, until a friend and fellow-writer suggested I write it as a memoir. I knew then however much I dreaded the thought, it was the only way forward, and the only way to peel back the layers of pretence."
Jennifer Graham was born in South Africa and lived in her homeland until she was 19 years old. She spent the years after that staking temporary roots in England, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. She earned a degree in communication/print journalism from the University of Mobile, Alabama. She is a well-published, freelance writer on a wide array of topics including: food, health, and travel.
For more information, please visit Jennifer's website at: www.jenniferbgraham.com
An Immoral Proposal: Forbidden Love Under Apartheid
By Jennifer Grahm
Available Online at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com
Half a Piece of Cloth
by Jane L. Crane
Book released in conjunction with International Widow’s Day on June 23 chronicles the desperate plight of the 63 million women in Sub-Saharan Africa who are widows, many of them young with young children.
The estimate is grim: thanks to HIV/AIDS, relentless wars, and the harsh realities of poverty, an estimated one in four women in Sub-Saharan Africa, or 63 million women in all, are widows. Many of them are young, have small children, and are desperately poor.
In Half a Piece of Cloth, the Courage of Africa’s Countless Widows, author Jane L. Crane exposes the daily realities these women face. In this reader-friendly book, Crane examines the plight of nearly 60 widows in seven different African countries, giving first-hand accounts from widows who survived the genocide in Rwanda, ran from the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, survived the "rape capital of the world" in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fought for their land in Zambia, and cope with HIV/AIDS in a black township in South Africa.
Half a Piece of Cloth also documents how cultural factors and superstitions often compound the widows’ suffering, putting their children at great risk for little or no education and a life of poverty and despair. Among other atrocities, widows in multiple African countries are blamed for their husbands’ death, stripped of assets, at times subjected to dehumanizing widowhood rituals, and are frequently left desperate, without welfare or other safety nets.
Part I of Half a Piece of Cloth tells the widows’ stories. Part II offers solutions – among them education, economic empowerment, and individual, grassroots, and other efforts to bring about change – with the goal of helping Africa’s widows to have a full and satisfying life, or what Crane calls "a whole piece of cloth."
She comments, "When I heard a speaker from Zambia at the United Nations describe the horrors that widows go through culturally after the death of a husband, my life was changed. Eventually, I traveled to Africa multiple times to see for myself. Half a Piece of Cloth is the result."
"[Half a Piece of Cloth is]…in tune with the African way of telling stories. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down." ~ Emily Onyango, Dean of Students, St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya
AUTHOR: Through her graduate work on women’s land issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, Jane L. Crane discovered the desperate situation of widows in that region, a topic that has been largely ignored. After interviewing dozens of desperate widows in Africa, she founded Adopt A Widow. Similar to a sponsored-child program, Adopt A Widow helps African widows learn a skill to support themselves and their children in a one-year program while experiencing emotional healing. The author of the "Map for Gender Reconciliation," she holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Justice and is currently working on her doctorate in Oxford, England, on Africa’s widows. Born in Augusta, Georgia, she was raised in the tender care of African-American maids and babysitters, to whom she dedicates the book. Today, she lives in San Diego, California, and travels to Africa regularly.
HALF A PIECE OF CLOTH: The Courage of Africa’s Countless Widows by Jane L. Crane; Hearkening Press; Category: African Studies, Women’s Studies; Soft Cover: 978-0615971254, $18.99; Availability: Amazon.com, electronic formats and major retailers
by Sheryl Carkhum-Lord
The African Venus presents an interesting account of an African King's daughter, Princess Nima. The reader is engulfed with the journey she encounters and the experiences she faces being ripped from her homeland. Sheryl Lord captures the reader's interest as she takes the reader on Princess Nima's journey.
About the Author
Sheryl Carkhum-Lord holds a degree from Mercy College in Business Administration. Ms. Lord loves African-American history, art and literature. She lives in Yonkers, New York with her husband.
by Sheryl K. Carkhum-Lord
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: XLIBRIS (July 18, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
GO DE RASS TO SLEEP
Written by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortes,
translated by Kwame Dawes & Kellie Magnus
Audio-book narrated by Shaggy
Audio-book publication date: June 10, 2014
In June 2011, actor Samuel L. Jackson's reading of Go the F*** to Sleep redefined the audio book for the Internet-driven 21st century. Samuel L. Jackson's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman marked the first time an audio book had been promoted to such a large TV audience, and soon more than one million people had listened to the audio book, which continues to sell thousands of copies every month.
With the publication of Go de Rass to Sleep, audio-book publisher Buck 50 Productions/Urban Audio Books has recruited worldwide reggae superstar to repeat Samuel L. Jackson's coup, in a Jamaican fashion. Shaggy's humor and verbal prowess are on full display as he reads the book's stanzas such as:
Modda puss a hug up har pickney,
Young sheep a lay down wid big sheep.
Yuh wrap up an warm inna yuh bed, putoos,
Beg yuh, go de rass to sleep.
To our knowledge, this is the first book ever to be translated into Jamaican patois other than the Bible (for which there is no audio book read by Shaggy). As with the original, Go de Rass to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach's verses perfectly capture the familiar--and unspoken--tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, they open up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations, and laugh at their absurdity.
• The best-selling Go the F*** to Sleep has been translated into over thirty languages worldwide, from Afrikaans to Czech to Turkish. Now it is finally translated for Jamaican and other Caribbean parents of the world! This book will have widespread appeal both in the Caribbean and in Pan-Caribbean communities across the United States.
• Go de Rass to Sleep launched at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, on May 31, 2014. Calabash is the biggest and best literary festival in the Caribbean.
• Go de Rass to Sleep makes a perfect Father's Day gift for the new, experienced, expecting, and altogether exhausted parent in your life. It's also perfect for baby showers!
• Go the F*** to Sleep is a runaway, out-of-the-blue, international sensation. The book has been featured everywhere from the Today Show to NPR to the New York Times, and has been spotted at celebrity baby showers and on banned-book lists alike. The success of Go the F*** to Sleep has paved the way for an entire genre of satires of children's board books for adults.
• Akashic Books has long been committed to publishing Caribbean writers. Our current season includes five titles demonstrating the diversity and strength of this region, including: Not for Everyday Use, a poignant memoir from awarding-winning author Elizabeth Nunez; Pepperpot, a groundbreaking anthology of short stories by authors living and writing in the Caribbean that launches a brand-new publishing venture; Game World, a middle-grade adventure novel from Wall Street Journal senior editor C.J. Farley, and I Love You Too, a charming children's picture book from reggae icon Ziggy Marley.
Buck 50 Productions dba Urban Audio Books is a producer of premium spoken African American-interest audio information and entertainment. Urban Audio Books produces audio editions of books and original programming. Content from Urban Audio Books is available for use on personal computers, CDs, cassettes, or computer-based and wireless mobile devices. Buck 50 Production/Urban Audio Book titles are distributed by Blackstone Audio the largest independent distributor audio books in the US. For more information please visit www.urbanaudiobooks.com.
Slave and Sister
Adelaide Mannheim and her slave Rachel share a shameful secret. Adelaide’s father, a Jewish planter in Cass County, Georgia, is Rachel’s father, too. Adelaide marries neighboring planter Henry Kaltenbach, a Jew deeply troubled by slavery, and watches with a wary eye as her husband treats all of his slaves—including Rachel—with kindness. As the country’s conflict over slavery looms ever larger, Henry and Rachel fall in love, and as the United States is rent by the Civil War, the lives of mistress and slave are torn apart. When the war brings destruction and Emancipation, can these two women, made kin by slavery, free themselves of the past to truly become sisters?
Powerfully evoking an era of slavery and war, Slave and Sister is a story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and freedom.
May 20, 2014
Print: ISBN 10 978-0991396443 $14.99
Sabra Waldfogel grew up far from the South in Minneapolis. She studied history at Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a technical writer and has written about historic architecture for Old House Journal and Arts and Crafts Homes. Her short story “Yemaya” appeared in Sixfold’s Winter 2013 fiction issue. Slave and Sister is her first novel.
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The Long Shadow
co-authored by sociologist Karl Alexander, the late sociologist Doris Entwisle, and research scientist Linda Olson
Amid the robust national conversation on economic inequality and social mobility, a forthcoming book from
the Russell Sage Foundation offers new insights into how race, class, and gender impact the socioeconomic outcomes of low-income urban youth (both white and African American). The Long Shadow, co-authored by sociologist Karl Alexander, the late sociologist Doris Entwisle, and research scientist Linda Olson, offers a startling and much-needed examination of who succeeds and why.
The book is based on a unique study that follows 790 Baltimore children for 25 years, examining how their early lives have affected their long-term well-being. While the book is a rich case study of Baltimore, that city's struggles with deindustrialization, white flight, and concentrated poverty are representative of developments in cities across the U.S. The book unravels the complex connections between where one is from and where one ends up, and offers important insights to national conversations on cities, education, economic inequality, and social mobility in the U.S.
The Long Shadow examines:
· When education isn't the answer: The authors argue that higher education is not a realistic social mobility pathway for low-income urban youth; in fact, it is primarily a vehicle for children from privileged families to maintain their privilege. For example, only 4% of low-income urban youth in the authors' study earned a B.A. by age 28—but, not for lack of trying. An impressively high percentage of low-income youth in the study aspired to attain higher education and started down the college path, but faced insurmountable barriers, e.g., cost and family obligations.
· How low-income white people are left out of conversations on urban poverty: Poor whites live side-by-side African Americans in some of the most distressed sections of Baltimore, but poverty among whites is less recognized and less stigmatized.
· How working-class white men benefit from biases in the job market: The authors find that working-class white men benefit from opportunities blocked to African American men and women of all races.
· How African American women face unique economic challenges: Though working class white and African American women often end up in similar low-wage sales, clerical and service jobs, African American women, on average, have lower family earnings because they are less likely to marry or partner. When they do, their partners have lower earnings on average than the partners of white women.
Nine Lives of a Black Panther: A Story of Survival
by Wayne Pharr
Pharr was just 19 years old and a leading member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party on December 8, 1969 when a SWAT team attacked its headquarters in the early morning hours. Pharr was wounded in the five-hour siege involving thousands of rounds of ammunition, explosives, and tear gas. In the pages of Nine Lives, Pharr recalls the tensions between police, the Panthers, and the larger urban black community that lead to this bloody morning, and the aftermath of the shootout, including his time in jail and how he pulled his life together and became a prosperous realtor in Los Angeles soon after.
We often think of America in the 1960s as a turbulent time marked by racial progress, but this was not obvious to a number of young African-Americans who, exposed to dire poverty and constant police harassment, grew to despise Martin Luther King’s advocacy of nonviolence and ended up forming the Black Panther Party. Pharr tackles these issues in Nine Lives, and offers blow-by-blow accounts of the inner-workings of the party, how they shook up 1960s counterculture and the civil rights movement. Pharr also reveals details of his relationships with major Black Panther figures, including Huey P. Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Geronimo Pratt, Elaine Brown, Bunchy Carter, and Masai Hewitt and essential facts of African-American militancy. In *Nine Lives of a Black Panther,* Pharr, for the first time ever, reveals the details and tactics of that infamous and bloody Dec. 8 police attack at LA BPP Headquarters—one of most brutal and devastating shootouts in American History.
by O.H. Bennett
Recognition tells the story of Dana Reynolds, a single mom who catches a glimpse of a homeless panhandler one night while driving home and becomes convinced that the man is her missing, presumed dead husband. Warren Reynolds disappeared after a car crash ten years prior, from which a pregnant Dana had to be rescued by EMTs. In the present day, Dana embarks on a surreptitious search for the panhandler, while struggling with what to tell Warren’s mother and sister, her friends, and most importantly, her son.
Bennett’s earlier work has received praise in The New York Times, Publishers
Weekly, and Booklist, among other outlets. Recognition is certain to bring Bennett to a
wider audience. It is exactly the sort of book I am most proud to publish here at Agate’s
Bolden imprint—fiction by remarkable African-American writers that reveals deep truths
about life in this country through moving, accessible, and absorbing stories. His is the
sort of voice that’s not heard from enough: that of a black male novelist writing from the
mainstream of African-American experience.
(ISBN 978-1-932841-79-4, Trade paperback 6x9, 208pp.,
Fiction, July 14, 2014, $15)
Antwan Floyd Sr.
The Second Amendment:
The Second Amendment: A Biography, published today by Simon & Schuster. It takes a new look at one of the most controversial provisions in the Constitution. It’s the story of America’s enduring debate over the role of government, individual rights, race, and the singular role of the Supreme Court.
Politico Magazine just published an excerpt, “How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment.”
We’re delighted that Publishers Weekly called it “the best narrative of its subject.” Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis wrote, “Waldman’s new book will not make the most zealous NRA advocates happy, but for anyone who wants his or her history of the Second Amendment straight-up, this is the most comprehensive, accessible, and compelling version of the story in print.”
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SECRETS OF A KEPT WOMAN 2
by Shani Greene Dowdell
is available now for Kindle Download
Description: The goodwill to step in and help an old friend may land a psychiatrist a chair on the other side of her desk in this entertaining, jaw-dropping tale of manipulation, disloyalty, obsession…and possibly murder. This time around, one of the friends-turned-foe is out for money or blood, whichever comes first.
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Then, read Part 2!
SHANI GREENE DOWDELL lives in Opelika, Alabama. She has taken her work from the page to the stage with a theatrical performance of Secrets of a Kept Woman and Make a Soulful Noise. When she is not working on her own play or writing, she is help fostering growth in her community. She has won several awards for her writing and was called "savvy self-promoter" by Culture Mag of the United Kingdom. To find out more, follow her on Facebook at facebook/shanibooks and Twitter @shaniwrites.
Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea
James W. Graham’s new book -- Victura: the Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea -- offers new insights into the dynamics and magic of the Kennedy family and their intense relationship with sailing and the sea. Many families sail together, but the Kennedys’ relationship with Victura, the 25-foot sloop purchased in 1932 shortly after the family’s move to Hyannis Port, stands apart.
Throughout their brief lives, Joe Jr., Jack and Bobby spent long hours on Victura, competing in countless races every summer. They were joined by their younger brother Teddy when he grew old enough. Joe Jr. and Jack ranked among the best collegiate sailors in New England, driven by their father Joseph P. Kennedy who insisted that winning was essential. Among their sisters, Eunice emerged as a gifted sailor and fierce competitor, the equal of any of her brothers.
Tracking their story beginning in 1932 when Jack was 15 and continuing today in an identical family boat of the same name, readers will learn to admire the Kennedys for what Victura taught them about life, family, leadership, determination, winning, and dealing with tragedies.
Celebrating the sailboat’s deep influence on Jack, Bobby, Ethel, Ted, Eunice and other Kennedys, it offers a new way of experiencing their intimate sibling relationships and growth as an extended family. Kennedys credit young Jack’s sailing with helping him survive the sinking of his PT boat in the Pacific. Life magazine photos of Jack and Jackie on Victura’s bow helped define the winning Kennedy brand in the 1950s. Jack doodled sketches of Victura in Oval Office meetings, and his love of seafaring probably played a role in his decision to put a man on the moon, an enterprise he referred to as “space-faring.”
When the Kennedy siblings married, sailing connected them with their children and nephews and nieces. Sailing was an everyday event, even in dangerous weather and in the darkness of night. The sport influenced how they celebrated and observed happy events, managed grief, and grew close to one another.
Ted loved Victura as much as any of them. In the years following the untimely deaths of his three older brothers, Ted sailed with his children and the children of his lost brothers as crew. He also sailed past the shoals of personal shortcomings and an ebbing career to become known as the “Lion of the Senate,” helping fulfill patriarch Joe Sr.’s desire that his children pursue careers in public service rather than in business.
Rich with colorful and intimate anecdotes, the book features author interviews with family members, including children of Ted, Robert and Ethel Kennedy.
Victura is a story of redemption, strong family bonds, character, sport, tragedy, the power of metaphor and the influence of a little boat on the lives of great men and women.
In Victura, James W. Graham charts the progress of America’s signature twentieth century family dynasty, in a narrative both stunningly original and deeply gripping. This true tale of one small sailboat is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the impressive story of the Kennedys.
The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea
James W. Graham
ForeEdge, an imprint of the University Press of New England
$29.95 cloth 978-1-61168-411-7
$22.99 ebook 978-1-61168-599-2
Official publication date: April 1, 2014
280 pp., 28 illus., 6 x 9"
For more information visit www.thevictura.com
About the Author
James W. Graham, a communications and public affairs professional for a major-brand retailer, was a senior adviser to former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and the Illinois House of Representatives. He races and cruises his sailboat Venturous out of Wilmette Harbor, north of Chicago.
What People Are Saying
"This wonderfully-written book takes a well-worn subject -- the Kennedys -- and gives it as fresh a gust as the sailors on the sturdy, little Victura themselves must have felt a thousand times off the Nantucket shore. In going to sea on board the Victura, Joe, Jack, Bobby and Teddy Kennedy entered their metaphor of quest, braced themselves for the unknown, and left their country, in the end, with an imperishable poignancy in its heart."
-- Richard D. Mahoney, author, Sons and Brothers
"The Kennedys saw the world and nature as a magical place, full of mystery and adventure. They especially enjoyed challenges and the freedom of activities like sailing, skiing, river running, climbing and just being outside. Two thirds of the surface of planet earth is liquid: the sea is vital to life -- a huge source of both pleasure and fear -- and a great teacher. Victura, a small wooden sailboat, became the center of adventure, companionship and love for this remarkable family. Author Graham knows the sea, sailing and the Kennedys. Sail on Victura, to new horizons."
-- Jim Whittaker, first American to summit Mt. Everest, former CEO of REI, author of Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond.
"Victura is more than Graham recounting the sailing experiences of the Kennedys. In this well-researched but warmly written book, Graham sometimes goes several pages describing an election, or a Kennedy family intrigue, and then gracefully brings the story back to the sea, showing how, in best and worst of times, the family pulled together around sailing."
-- Rich Evans, book review, SAILING magazine, March 2014
An Autobiography of Black Chicago
by Dempsey Travis
An Autobiography of Black Chicago (Agate Bolden, 978-1-932841-67-1, February 15, 2014, $17) by Dempsey Travis. This is a new, revised edition of Travis's rich personal history of Chicago's African-American community, an important and engaging first-hand account of black life in Chicago during the twentieth century.
This new edition starts with Travis's father migrating to Chicago in 1900, through the family's experiences during the boom of the 1920s and then the depression years of the 1930s (when the teenaged Travis became a successful if underage jazz bandleader), through his fraught US Army service during World War II, to his career as a prominent real-estate developer and civil rights activist. As WBEZ's Richard Steele writes in the book's introduction, "His personal story and family history illustrate the kind of grit it took to make it in Chicago at the dawn of the twentieth century." An Autobiography of Black Chicago is an essential guide to Black Chicago's explosive growth and flowering during the twentieth century, as told by one of the city's preeminent African-American citizens.
Dempsey Travis (1920-2009) contributed much to his city through his work in jazz music, writing, and civil rights activism during his life. His insight into the city's culture and politics is everywhere evident in these pages.
The Prodigal Son
New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby returns with the eleventh installment in the Reverend Curtis Black series, THE PRODIGAL SON (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; May 13, 2014; 9781455526130; $26.00). After dropping out of Harvard to be with his girlfriend, Racquel, and their new baby, Matthew Black discovers that fatherhood isn't what he expected. His relationship with Racquel has become strained, and while he wants to be a good husband, he soon finds himself attracted to another woman.
His parents, Curtis and Charlotte are having their own problems. Curtis's long-lost-son Dillon has settled into their household and Charlotte feels he's trying to take Matthew's place in Curtis's heart. She is determined to get Dillon out of the house, but doing so won't be as easy as she thinks. Dillon quickly figures out what Charlotte is up to and launches his own plan to turn Curtis against her.
As jealousy builds and secrets pile up, both of Curtis's sons will be pushed over the edge and forced to take drastic action. Can these two troubled young men find their way back into the Black family fold, or will their family ties be undone once and for all?
Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black series. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.
Visit www.KimRoby.com to learn more.
The Prodigal Son
A Reverend Curtis Black Novel
by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; May 13, 2014; 9781455526130; $26.00
Tap Dancing Inspirational Speaker Releases New Book,
“I'm a Black Man Who are You?”
Boulder, CO (Jan. 28, 2014)…To celebrate African American History Month, Barnes & Noble will present a book signing and performance with Boulder’s David Preston Sharp, D. Min., author of “I am a Black Man, Who are You?” (Dorrance Pub. 2012) on Sat. Feb. 15, at 1:00pm. The event will be held at the Boulder Barnes & Noble, 2999 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301. Sharp is an award-winning songwriter and poet who has performed on Broadway, in films, on television, and directed for the theater. For more information please contact Barnes and Noble at (303) 444-0349.
Sharp’s book recounts the life lessons that sparked the discovery of his uniqueness, inner beauty, joy, passion and power. Set in the deep south of the United States during the turbulence of the 1960’s, Dr. Sharp shares how he learned to accept himself and claim who he really is, and tells of the champions of love who helped him find the strength and courage to do so. He reveals how he learned to face life no matter what life makes you face, and what it means to remember who you are.
At the event, Sharp will speak about the significance of Black History Month, the reasons to celebrate all our cultures, and his experience in attending Rev. Martin Luther King’s funeral as a young boy. David grew up in the climate and influence of the social justice efforts of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, of which his father, a Presbyterian minister, was a member, and of which Dr. King was a founder.
Sharp’s life experiences capture the dynamic tension that has been a part of people learning to live in harmony and mutual respect. He is an engaging, talented artist who uses the arts as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living.
"All of us contribute to American History, no matter our culture and heritage,” says Sharp. “As America becomes more diverse, we need to honor the cultures that make up American society. Though this month focuses on the African American journey, we all come from cultures and heritages, and they all contribute daily to the American landscape. To honor them, I feel, is to honor our common humanity and celebrate that which makes us unique. "
David Sharp and his wife, Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen will present, "Tap Into Power For Life", from March 21-23, at their studio, 4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65, Boulder, CO 80304. This workshop shows how tap dancing can be a potent and useful tool to help you connect to your spiritual life in a powerful and deepening way. Tap dancing evolved from David witnessing his mother’s healing via her own tap dancing. Initially, David wanted to help others by entertaining, which he did--performing on film, television, and stage. As a practicing minister he discovered that tap dancing could be used as a form of prayer or meditation. Sharp says, “The Tap into Power Life workshop will use basic tap steps as a foundation to create powerful group rhythms into which we will access the resources within us to live the challenges of life while retaining joy and humor. Come experience what it feels like to connect deeply with others as we express the wisdom of our hearts through our feet. No experience is necessary and we provide the tap shoes.”
Sharp will be performing at the California African American Museum’s Target Sundays at CAAM on Sun., Feb. 2, from 12-3pm. He will be enacting portions of his one-man show, “I’m a Black Man, Who Are You?”
About the Author
Dr. David Sharp, D. Min., is a writer, performer, composer, communicator and educator. He has performed on Broadway, in films and on television, and has directed and choreographed for the theater. He has won awards as a speaker, songwriter, and poet and has presented for churches, universities, and major corporations and civic organizations. He has recorded CDs of inspirational music and poetry, has hosted a lifestyle television show in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Art and Soul of Urban Living, and was Editor-in-Chief of Soul Mag, a nationally distributed magazine bridging entertainment, culture and spirituality.
He has served on the faculty of USC (Los Angeles), UCS (Oakland) and has run a one-of-a-kind program, Success Camp, for foster kids in northern California. He holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California, a Master’s of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a Master’s in Special Education from Santa Clara University and a Doctorate of Ministry from the University of Creation Spirituality, now Wisdom University. Dr. Sharp resides in Boulder, Colorado.