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Wandering Beauty (Generations Book 2) by Suzette Riddick

Welcome to the Generations Series, a collaborative literary endeavor that launches with “Forever Beautiful” and “Wandering Beauty” by Suzette Harrison and Suzette Riddick.

This series features ten interconnected novellas, divided into five sets. Each set pairs one historical fiction novella with a contemporary women’s literature novella, creating a rich tapestry of interwoven narratives. The heroines in both historical and contemporary stories are directly linked, forming a multigenerational saga.

The small, all-Black fictional town of Colemanville, North Carolina is at the heart of these stories. Founded in 1875 on the pillars of Love, Liberty, and Legacy, Colemanville thrives on its rich history, tight-knit community, and enduring spirit. Despite the challenges over the years, its idyllic scenery and small-town charm make it the pride and joy of its residents.

Generations celebrates Black culture, sisterhood, and the remarkable strength of Black women throughout the ages. So, pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, settle in, and let the stories of Colemanville transport you to a place where history and contemporary life beautifully converge. Your journey through the Generations Series awaits.

 

Available in paperback and ebook. View the Generations storyline here – https://bit.ly/44eNIJH

Check out the Generations Series on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D2JWFLF8

 

 


 

 

Forever Beautiful (Generations Book 1) by Suzette Harrison

Floretta Coleman is young, determined, and gifted. A graduate of Madame C.J. Walker’s esteemed beauty school, Floretta is on the brink of a bright future with plans to explore the world after completing her studies at Oberlin College. Her long-held dreams seem within reach until one telephone call shatters everything. Her mother, Iva Rae Coleman, has died unexpectedly. Devastated, Floretta returns to the small, all-Black town founded by enslaved ancestors to lay her mother to rest and is forced to navigate the complexities of loss and family obligation.

Her younger brothers need her. So does her homeless great Aunt Sis, whose misfortune was caused by a family accident. She must grapple with these responsibilities as well as her parents’ unconventional relationship while being drawn to Packer Sims, a captivating horse rancher and Seminole Indian. Told against the rich tapestry of 1949 in the southern U.S., Floretta’s story is one of identity, self-discovery, and acceptance. Join her journey as Floretta forges a path that is forever beautiful and uniquely her own.

Learn more: https://sdhbooks.com/products/copy-of-forever-beautiful?variant=47960058102040

 

 


 

 

Wandering Beauty (Generations Book 2) by Suzette Riddick

Jillian Hart has reached her breaking point. Every moment of her day is seemingly consumed catering to her family’s needs and wants as a wife and mother of two. Her only source of solace is the day spa, where she works as a part-time esthetician. Even that is at risk of being taken away by Ivan Hart, Jillian’s demanding husband, and his unrealistic expectations.

When her husband does the unthinkable, Jillian flees with her children to Colemanville, North Carolina to the home of her maternal grandmother, Nana Flo. At her lowest, Jillian must reassess her life and confront the choices that have derailed her dream of owning a day spa specializing in esthetician services.

In Colemanville with Nana Flo’s help, Jillian discovers she and her great-grandmother, Iva Rae Coleman, are kindred spirits after learning intimate details about Iva’s life. With this revelation, she accepts that the crumbling of her marriage was unavoidable to propel her toward her destiny to carry on the Coleman family legacy.

Join the journey of this wandering beauty to see if family secrets, scandals, and her husband’s determination to reconcile will hinder Jillian from fulfilling her destiny.

Learn more: https://a.co/d/7qZPlXW

 

 


 

 

About the Co-Authors

Suzette D. Harrison grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Turning her love of reading into a rising literary career, Suzette was first published when her poetry was included in a creative journal in middle school. While she loves happy endings, Harrison pens flawed characters in need of redemption, and loves crafting storylines with intricate layers and depth, often leaving readers with unexpected plot twists. The award-winning author is a wife and mother who holds a culinary degree in Pastry & Baking. Suzette is currently cooking up her next novel…in between batches of cookies.

 

Suzette Riddick is a wife, mother, and nurse practitioner who enjoys writing stories about imperfect people finding perfect love. Black love, sisterhood, and strong family bonds are the heart of her stories. She is an Amazon Best-Selling Author and featured in USA Today ~ Happy Ever After. Suzette, a native of Philadelphia, PA, loves traveling, reading, decorating her planner, and has an addiction to Chanel parfum.

 

Forever Beautiful (Generations Book 1) by Suzette Harrison

Welcome to the Generations Series, a collaborative literary endeavor that launches with “Forever Beautiful” and “Wandering Beauty” by Suzette Harrison and Suzette Riddick.

This series features ten interconnected novellas, divided into five sets. Each set pairs one historical fiction novella with a contemporary women’s literature novella, creating a rich tapestry of interwoven narratives. The heroines in both historical and contemporary stories are directly linked, forming a multigenerational saga.

The small, all-Black fictional town of Colemanville, North Carolina is at the heart of these stories. Founded in 1875 on the pillars of Love, Liberty, and Legacy, Colemanville thrives on its rich history, tight-knit community, and enduring spirit. Despite the challenges over the years, its idyllic scenery and small-town charm make it the pride and joy of its residents.

Generations celebrates Black culture, sisterhood, and the remarkable strength of Black women throughout the ages. So, pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, settle in, and let the stories of Colemanville transport you to a place where history and contemporary life beautifully converge. Your journey through the Generations Series awaits.

 

Available in paperback and ebook. View the Generations storyline here – https://bit.ly/44eNIJH

Check out the Generations Series on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D2JWFLF8

 

 


 

Forever Beautiful (Generations Book 1) by Suzette Harrison

Floretta Coleman is young, determined, and gifted. A graduate of Madame C.J. Walker’s esteemed beauty school, Floretta is on the brink of a bright future with plans to explore the world after completing her studies at Oberlin College. Her long-held dreams seem within reach until one telephone call shatters everything. Her mother, Iva Rae Coleman, has died unexpectedly. Devastated, Floretta returns to the small, all-Black town founded by enslaved ancestors to lay her mother to rest and is forced to navigate the complexities of loss and family obligation.

Her younger brothers need her. So does her homeless great Aunt Sis, whose misfortune was caused by a family accident. She must grapple with these responsibilities as well as her parents’ unconventional relationship while being drawn to Packer Sims, a captivating horse rancher and Seminole Indian. Told against the rich tapestry of 1949 in the southern U.S., Floretta’s story is one of identity, self-discovery, and acceptance. Join her journey as Floretta forges a path that is forever beautiful and uniquely her own.

Learn more: https://sdhbooks.com/products/copy-of-forever-beautiful?variant=47960058102040

 

 


 

 

Wandering Beauty (Generations Book 2) by Suzette Riddick

Jillian Hart has reached her breaking point. Every moment of her day is seemingly consumed catering to her family’s needs and wants as a wife and mother of two. Her only source of solace is the day spa, where she works as a part-time esthetician. Even that is at risk of being taken away by Ivan Hart, Jillian’s demanding husband, and his unrealistic expectations.

When her husband does the unthinkable, Jillian flees with her children to Colemanville, North Carolina to the home of her maternal grandmother, Nana Flo. At her lowest, Jillian must reassess her life and confront the choices that have derailed her dream of owning a day spa specializing in esthetician services.

In Colemanville with Nana Flo’s help, Jillian discovers she and her great-grandmother, Iva Rae Coleman, are kindred spirits after learning intimate details about Iva’s life. With this revelation, she accepts that the crumbling of her marriage was unavoidable to propel her toward her destiny to carry on the Coleman family legacy.

Join the journey of this wandering beauty to see if family secrets, scandals, and her husband’s determination to reconcile will hinder Jillian from fulfilling her destiny.

Learn more: https://a.co/d/7qZPlXW

 

 


 

 

About the Co-Authors

Suzette D. Harrison grew up in a home where reading was required, not requested. Turning her love of reading into a rising literary career, Suzette was first published when her poetry was included in a creative journal in middle school. While she loves happy endings, Harrison pens flawed characters in need of redemption, and loves crafting storylines with intricate layers and depth, often leaving readers with unexpected plot twists. The award-winning author is a wife and mother who holds a culinary degree in Pastry & Baking. Suzette is currently cooking up her next novel…in between batches of cookies.

 

Suzette Riddick is a wife, mother, and nurse practitioner who enjoys writing stories about imperfect people finding perfect love. Black love, sisterhood, and strong family bonds are the heart of her stories. She is an Amazon Best-Selling Author and featured in USA Today ~ Happy Ever After. Suzette, a native of Philadelphia, PA, loves traveling, reading, decorating her planner, and has an addiction to Chanel parfum.

 

 

 

 

54 Miles by Leonard Pitts, Jr.

54 Miles: A Novel by Leonard Pitts Jr.
https://www.amazon.com/54-Miles-Leonard-Pitts-Jr/dp/1572843373

 

The free-standing successor and next novel by the author of the critically acclaimed The Last Thing You Surrender, Leonard Pitts, Jr.’s 54 Miles launches forward twenty years to the fateful weeks of March 1965—from the infamous “Bloody Sunday” march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on the 7th to the triumphant entry into Montgomery on the 25th that climaxed the voting rights campaign—and the families who find themselves confronting the past amid another flashpoint in American history.

Young Adam, who has been raised in Harlem by his white father, George, and Black mother, Thelma, goes back to his parents’ home state of Alabama to participate in the voting rights campaign, only to be brutalized in the Bloody Sunday melee. He is still recovering from this when he is struck a heavy emotional blow, learning for the first time—and in the cruelest way imaginable—of a family secret that sends him spiraling and plunging further into danger. To save him, and any hope for their relationship, Thelma is drawn back, for the first time in twenty years, to the South she both hates and fears, and to a reckoning that may result in an incalculable loss.

Meanwhile, Thelma’s brother Luther is also spiraling, but in a different way. Forty-two years after his parents were lynched before his eyes, and twenty years after the man who led the lynch mob walked out of court a free man, Luther has just made a shocking discovery. He‘s found the murderer, Floyd Bitters, helpless and enfeebled in a rest home—unable to move or even to speak. The old man is literally at Luther’s mercy. And Luther, who has never overcome this trauma that defined his life, is suddenly forced to relive it all again as he grapples with the awful question of what justice now demands.

 

Praise for 54 Miles

“54 Miles is a stunning historical novel—heart-wrenching, propulsive , and beautifully written. Leonard Pitts Jr. works powerful magic in this unforgettable story.”
—Jonathan Eig, New York Times-bestselling author of “King: A Life”

 

“In his stirring new novel, Leonard Pitts, Jr. takes us back to 1965 Selma, around and through the dizzying changes happening in society to tell a deeply reflective story of two families dealing not only with that era’s upheavals, but also memories of a brutal and painful past.”
—Denise Nicholas, author of Freshwater Road

 

About the Author
Leonard Pitts, Jr., is the author of the novels 54 Miles, The Last Thing You Surrender, Grant Park, Freeman, and Before I Forget, as well as two works of nonfiction. He was a journalist for more than forty years, including a long tenure as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald. He is the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, in addition to many other awards. Born and raised in Southern California, Pitts now lives in suburban Washington, DC.

 

The Law of Karma by Pamela Samuels Young

WE ALL HAVE SECRETS. BUT SOMETIMES SECRETS HAVE US.

The award-winning author of Anybody’s Daughter is back with a gripping tale of passion, deceit, and murder.

 

Miles Slade looks every bit the successful lawyer, but his swanky office and designer suits hide some desperate truths. A flailing law practice. Massive debt. A dying sister in need of expensive care. Miles is willing to do just about anything—to cross any line—to raise the cash he urgently needs.

Then he meets Nicole Paxton. Beautiful, sophisticated, and unlike any woman he’s ever known. Like Miles, Nicole has her own secrets. She ignites a passion in Miles so intense, he’s ready to give up his secret life. But before he’s able to do so, both he and Nicole become entangled in a new web of deception—one that involves murder.

Amid the suspicions, lies, and overpowering desires, is there still a chance that love can conquer all?

 

 

Lawful Deception (Vernetta Henderson Series Book 5) by Pamela Samuels Young

Lawful Deception (Vernetta Henderson Series Book 5) by Pamela Samuels Young
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“Pamela Samuels Young has crafted a page-turner that will keep you engrossed until the very last page. If you’re a fan of smart legal thrillers with brisk pacing, crackling dialogue and edgy, intriguing characters, Lawful Deception is for you.”
–Dwayne Alexander Smith, Award-winning Author of Forty Acres.

 

Once again, award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young delivers another captivating legal thriller full of unexpected twists and jaw-dropping moments you never see coming. The beautiful Bliss Fenton won’t be winning any awards for Mother of the Year. Truth is, motherhood isn’t nearly as important to Bliss as the cottage industry she’s created: extorting wealthy men for the hefty child support she can collect.

But Bliss’ greed goes too far when she takes on Fletcher McClain. The handsome music industry mogul refuses to accept her conniving conduct lying down. He retains high-profile attorney Vernetta Henderson to sue Bliss for fraud.
Enter Bliss’ unscrupulous attorney, Girlie Cortez, who has a personal score to settle with Vernetta. As the two lawyers once again go head-to-head, their legal battle quickly escalates from merely contentious to downright deadly.

 

Sounds Like a Plan: A Novel by Pamela Samuels Young and Dwayne Alexander Smith

Sounds Like a Plan: A Novel by Pamela Samuels Young and Dwayne Alexander Smith

Pub Day July 9, 2024. Purchase here:  https://a.co/d/d4iOU9G

 

Reluctantly joining forces after discovering they’ve both been hired on the same missing person case, two rival Black private investigators find their mutual dislike evolves into an undeniable attraction in this rollicking, romantic thrill ride told in alternate perspectives from award-winning authors Dwayne Alexander Smith and Pamela Samuels Young.

Jackson Jones and Mackenzie Cunningham have a lot in common. They are both hard-working private investigators with their own firms in Los Angeles. They are both Black, happily single, and very good at their jobs. But when they’re together, they are like oil and water.

When they find themselves working the same missing persons case, the idea of collaborating seems about as likely as a blizzard in Beverly Hills. But once it’s clear that they have been set up to take the fall for a murder, they have no choice but to work together.

Bickering their way from Century City to Malibu and beyond, it becomes increasingly hard for them to deny the sparks flying between them. But with a small army of killers in hot pursuit, there’s no time to sort through their complicated feelings in this witty, fast-paced, and swoon-worthy mystery.

 

Saving Raine by Marian L. Thomas

Saving Raine by Marian L. Thomas
Read more: https://a.co/d/2sEv9KS

Raine Reynolds stands at the crossroads of despair and opportunity.

When the life you’ve built crumbles and the past refuses to release its grip, sometimes you need a fresh start-a new beginning that promises hope and redemption.

Once a celebrated author, Raine’s life unraveled, sending her fleeing to the picturesque streets of Paris to escape the tormenting heartache that threatened to consume her. Yet, no matter how far she traveled, the pain remained her unwelcome companion.

Returning to bustling Atlanta as a senior VP for an ad agency, Raine is forced to confront a city steeped in memories she’d rather forget. But as life would have it, an old friend resurfaces, offering a glimmer of healing in the midst of her turmoil. Can she summon the courage to trust once more?

In a world where everyone yearns for the saving grace of love, Raine is no exception. Her story is a testament to the enduring human spirit, a reminder that a path to love can be found even in the face of the darkest storms.

  • Inspiring contemporary fiction
  • Stand-alone novel
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

 

Homecoming Chaos by Dominique Brooks

Homecoming Chaos by Dominique Brooks

Jamison Jones Scott has been out of the country and out of contact with most of her family for four years. Distraught, she had left the states previously to join a physicians’ relief organization after canceling her wedding and turning down a cushy job offer.

Now Jamie is back. It’s a homecoming where she is unsure of her family’s reception—especially her mother’s—and she walks into a murder mystery at her family’s business and a big birthday soiree. While trying to navigate her return and learning more about this case, she runs into a tall, handsome detective who is working to solve the mystery and who finds her a sexy challenge even when she interferes.

Can Jamie survive the chaos and protect her family’s business, deal with her family, and handle the dance with the hot detective without managing to get herself killed?

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Purposeful Living Journey by Patricia L Gadsden

Purposeful Living Journey by Patricia L Gadsden

Still trying to figure out your life’s purpose? Look no further. This journal provides you with many exercises and tools to help you discover the you that you were meant to be.

Patricia L. Gadsden is the founder and President of Life Esteem, a personal and professional enrichment training/consulting firm and Founder of the Life Esteem Holistic Health Center. She is an entrepreneur and respected workshop and seminar leader who works with businesses, state agencies, colleges and schools, educations and human service organizations. Mrs. Gadsden has compiled materials that will assist you with finding your life purpose.

About the Author and Community Leader

Patricia L. Gadsden is the founder and President of Life Esteem, a personal and professional enrichment training/consulting firm and Women-Connect, a quarterly magazine which focuses on connecting women of all cultures, backgrounds, ages and experiences. She is an entrepreneur and respected workshop and seminar leader who works with businesses, state agencies, colleges and schools, educational and human service organizations. Mrs. Gadsden has made numerous presentations and speeches at conferences and conventions.

Mrs. Gadsden was named one of the top 50 Pennsylvania Women in Business for 2006, by the Central Penn Journal. She co-hosts (with husband Nathaniel Gadsden) a weekly television program called Life Esteem focusing on community issues, airing Sunday mornings at 6:00 am on the CBS affiliate WHP-TV 21. She also just launched in May 2008 a quarterly women’s magazine called, Women-Connect with a focus on highlighting women from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

She has contracted with the University of Pittsburgh’s PA Child Welfare Training Program since 1993 to provide diversity and other trainings for supervisors and new social workers in children and youth agencies and other providers of services to these agencies. Mrs. Gadsden co-wrote two diversity curriculums and train the trainer outlines. The first curriculum is a one-day training entitled, “Valuing Diversity and the second curriculum is, “Managing Diversity”. She also trained auditors and other support staff for the Auditor General office staff a curriculum she wrote entitled, “Diversity: A Vision for Understanding.” She recently contracted with the Workforce Investment Board to conduct diversity trainings for health care professionals in hospitals and nursing home settings.

Mrs. Gadsden was a master trainer for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she received her Instructor of Master Trainer’s Certification. She also serves as a National Operational Volunteer for GSUSA where she travels to girl scout councils across the country to conduct council performance assessments and diversity/pluralism trainings.

Mrs. Gadsden is married to Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Gadsden, pastor of Imani African Christian Church. She co-hosts with her husband a weekly public affairs TV talk/show program called Life Esteem, on the CBS Harrisburg affiliate television station, WHP-TV 21

Purchase Purposeful Living Journey by Patricia L Gadsden

 

 

MIAMI BEAT – TV Series Written by Frederica P. Burden

MIAMI BEAT – TV Series Written by Frederica P. Burden

Welcome to Miami! Beneath its sun-kissed beaches and clear blue skies lies a city that truly comes alive when dusk falls. As darkness envelopes the city, Miami nights pulse with tantalizing temptations, drawing even the noblest souls into its seductive depths. For Sidney, this truth is all too real.

Sidney, a young and spirited woman, is not just in Miami to chase her dreams. She has a purpose, a burning ambition, that she guards closely. The tragic loss of her father to police brutality when she was just a child became a turning point, hurling her family into a spiral she is determined to reverse. But as determined as Sidney might be, her heart remains her greatest vulnerability. Torn between two love interests, her choices could either lead to her salvation or her undoing.

Marcus Mystic, the man who has Sidney’s heart, grapples with shadows of his own. His estranged wife, Vondra, blinded by her longing for a love once shared, is relentless. Vondra will do anything, even commit the unspeakable, to reclaim Marcus and the life they once had. Marcus now stands at a crossroads, with choices that not only impact his life but that of Sidney as well. As Police Chief, Mystic is caught in a web of love, ambition, and danger, especially with Vondra posing a constant threat to Sidney’s life.

The story takes a shocking turn when Sidney’s brother, Randy Jr., unveils the dark truths about Marcus Mystic and his unfathomable crimes. Faced with this revelation, Sidney’s heart battles her mind, torn between love and a haunting reality. Can Marcus, despite his newfound authoritative position, sway Sidney before time runs out? Could he be responsible for robbing Sidney of her first love? And where does Sidney’s other suitor stand amidst this chaos? Could he be the key to avenging her father’s untimely demise?

Delve into the enigmatic world of Miami Beat. It’s a tale that meanders through the complex lives of lifelong friends, the deep-rooted corruption within the Police Department, and the devastation it wreaks on unsuspecting families. In the end, some will find redemption, while others will be left with blood on their hands.

 

TV Series: MIAMI BEAT
Creator: Frederica P. Burden
Genre: Action/Drama/Thriller
Format: 45-60 min per episode
Production Company: Relentless Media LLC.

MIAMI BEAT – TV Series Written by Frederica P. Burden
Watch a sample: https://youtu.be/3vpCxlHUcwE

 

 


 

THE BOOK SERIES

Miami Beat: The Secret Society by Frederica Burden

 

Welcome to Miami! When the sun-kissed beaches and clear blue skies fade into the darkness things really heat up. Miami nights give way to tantalizing temptations that can excite and coerce the darkness out of even the best of us.

Sidney is learning this the hard way.

A young, vibrant woman, Sidney is on a mission to pursue her dreams. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Sidney also has a goal and she will stop at nothing to see it through.

Losing her father to police brutality at a very young age became the catalyst in Sidney’s life, setting her family on a spiral that she desperately tries to end. Once an Explorer in the police department, she learned a great deal about law enforcement, which she intends to use to bring her father’s killers to justice.

The only thing standing in her way is her heart. There are two love interests in Sidney’s life and she’s forced to choose.

Will her choice lead to happiness or her destruction?

 

Purchase your copy of Miami Beat: The Secret Society at https://a.co/d/dGRUrBv

 

 

One Blood: A Novel by Denene Millner

One Blood: A Novel by Denene Millner
https://a.co/d/4Wh9zli

 

Inspired by her own adoption journey, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Denene Millner delivers a symphonic and emotionally transfixing epic set in pivotal moments in American history about three women with an indomitable spirit.

ONE BLOOD. THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN, LEGACY, AND SURVIVAL.

Join New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner as she explores the lives of three generations of women tied together by love, hope, dreams, ambition…and family secrets in this epic novel.

 

Meet Grace: raised by her beloved grandmother in tension-filled, post-segregation Virginia, Grace is barely a teenager when she loses her grandmother. Shellshocked, she is shipped up North to live with her formidably ambitious Aunt Hattie―a woman who firmly left behind her Southern roots in pursuit of upward mobility. Feeling like a fish out of water in the high society world filled with fancy teas and coveted debutante balls, Grace’s only place of comfort is with the smart, handsome son of one of the society’s grand dames.

Meet Delores: beautiful, intelligent and fierce, Delores a.k.a. Lolo has never had it easy. Once she makes it north, she puts aside her dream of being a model to do what she has to do to survive as a woman with little money and no mooring: get married and have a family of her own. When secrets start to spill out and she and her family slowly begin to unravel, Lolo is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her dream intact and those she loves together.

Meet Rae: when Lolo’s headstrong daughter, Rae discovers that she is adopted, it’s just one secret among others that her family is keeping. When Rae finds out that she’s about to become a mother herself, she knows that there is an important reckoning that must be faced about herself and her two mothers.

Potent, poetic, powerful, told with deep love, and spanning from the Great Migration to the civil unrest of the 1960s to the quest for women’s equality in early 2000s, Denene Millner’s beautifully wrought novel explores three women’s intimate, and often complicated, struggle with what it truly means to be family.

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Saying Goodbye by Patricia A. Saunders

Saying Goodbye by Patricia A. Saunders

Have you lost someone?
Have you experienced grief?
Are you trying to pick up the pieces?
Saying Goodbye is the book for you!

 

In the heartfelt pages of her memoir, Patricia A. Saunders, the youngest in a family of thirteen siblings, reveals the profound reverberations of losses to cancer that have left an indelible mark on her life.

Within her narrative, she sensitively explores the depths of grief accompanying the departure of a cherished family member, navigating the distinctive connection between the eldest and the youngest. Patricia eloquently traces the path toward accepting her sister’s passing, bravely sharing the intimate details of her personal journey.

In this courageous exploration, Patricia extends solace and inspiration to those grappling with the challenge of saying goodbye to their loved ones, fostering a sense of comfort and resilience in the face of loss.

Patricia A. Saunders is an author, poet, blogger, and motivational speaker. Visit her website at https://patriciaasaunders.com

Saying Goodbye by Patricia A Saunders
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1665748265

 

Innocence Denied: Forced Into The Game by Julius Kane

Innocence Denied: Forced Into The Game by Julius Kane

A young, expecting couple leaves a poverty stricken town for new opportunities and a fresh start in a big city. But after their terminally ill son is born the guilt and frustration takes its toll. As the financial rope tightens around them, Drake coerces his naive wife into entering the sex industry to make ends meet. Forced to use her body to help get her husbands business off the ground, Amber becomes exposed to all types of unsavory characters. Meanwhile, unrenowned to her, Drake has a secret side job she knows nothing about. Soon sex and greed begins to erode their unbreakable bond. By the time Drakes overbearing mother shows up with a dark secret and a hatred for Amber, he’s doing everything he can to keep his little family from self destruction.

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About the Author
Your words can hurt, help or heal. Choose your words wisely. That said, if you love words that paint pictures, implant ideas and whisk you away from the monotony and stress of everyday life, you’re in the right place. If you’re ready to use your imagination, take a journey with Julius Kane!

Julius Kane is the author of dozens of titles. His resume boasts an eclectic array of genres and categories including, fiction, non-fiction, stageplays, essays, poetry and most recently, sci-fi. Julius Kane is a community activist and social reform advocate who currently resides in the DMV area.

Donna Said: An Illustrated Self-help Journey by Donna Reid

Donna Said: An Illustrated Self-help Journey by Donna Reid

Donna Said is a self-help journey of thoughts and practices to manage our lives in a manner that would bring more joy, self-worth, and love into our existence. The ideas presented are taken directly from therapeutic clients embracing concepts learned through their own therapy experiences. They often found that what they discovered through these personal discussions around growth and change was basic information they felt compelled to share with others.

 

When reporting what they told others, it appeared they were sharing these thoughts in all kinds of work environments, at dinner, working out, and several other lived encounters. Their messages were what Donna said and whatever thought they felt might benefit the listener. This prompted “Donna Said,” an illustrated cliff note style handbook with a variety of seeds of thought one could apply to many situations we are presented with while being human.

A Tia Taylor Mystery: The Locked Room by Dr. Shauntey James

A Tia Taylor Mystery: The Locked Room by Dr. Shauntey James

Within an old-fashioned bookstore’s mysterious embrace, the captivating Dr. Raven Johnson, affectionately known as Aunt Ray, and her spirited niece, Tia Taylor, unwittingly become prisoners of a tantalizing enigma. Their predicament unfolds within the confines of a murder mystery locked room event, where the air grows heavy with suspense, and every word exchanged seems fraught with hidden meaning.

With an eerie creak, the ancient key turns in the lock, sealing the room’s entrance behind them and leaving the guests with no option but to confront the mysterious puzzle that looms. The oppressive atmosphere inside the locked room tightens its grip as time passes. Tia must solve the mystery and figure out the truth. Every whisper of the past may hold the key to the present, and the walls seem to pulse with the secrets of those who have crossed their threshold.

In this spellbinding narrative of tension and deduction, Aunt Ray and Tia are led solely by their unwavering determination to break free and, in doing so, rescue Aunt Ray, whose fate hangs in the balance.

https://www.amazon.com/Tia-Taylor-Mystery-Locked-Room/dp/B0CLVM7Q95/

Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series (7 books) by Marc Lacy

Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series (7 books) by Marc Lacy

Clairvoyance – Insightful Lyrical Musings from the Poetic Vault Series. Clairvoyance is a collection of poetic works from speaker, writer, and producer, Marc Lacy. This publication is what Lacy is deeming the “ultimate discernment” of his deepest thoughts and contemplations. Clairvoyance is comprised of over 500 previously unreleased poems from Lacy’s sacred vault. These poetic gems are contained within 5 books, plus 2 bonus books of love poetry for a total of 7. The books are Crescendo Ammunition Expose Requiem Geometry With 2 Bonus Love Poetry Books: Beatific Ambrosia Enraptured Felicity.

THE VAULT IS NOW EMPTY.

Books Included:
Crescendo
Ammunition
Expose’
Requiem
Geometry
Beatific Ambrosia
Enraptured Felicity

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Ghost of Ace Honeycutt – The Final Countdown: Either You Survive or You Simply Perish by Marc Lacy

Ghost of Ace Honeycutt – The Final Countdown: Either You Survive or You Simply Perish by Marc Lacy 

The third installment of the ever-popular Whiskey House Trilogy.

The City of Lazarus, once promising and thriving, now stands as a cautionary tale in the heart of Hawthorne County, deterring travelers from venturing into Central Alabama. The repercussions of the horrors that unfolded within the infamous Hawthorne County Whiskey House have plunged Lazarus into an unending downward spiral.

In recent years, the city has struggled relentlessly. The suspicion of a curse hanging over the whiskey house led to the tragic loss of LPD Detective Brock Taylor’s life as he valiantly tried to confront it. Amidst the town’s turmoil to break free from the nightmare, the violence and chaos went viral, amplifying Lazarus’s suffering. And with the manipulative ex-mayor Samuel Justice pulling the strings, schemes, manipulation, and even eliminations became the norm.

Ace Honeycutt, a local thug who met an unfortunate end in the whiskey house years ago, never found rest, either in body or spirit. Despite witnesses to his demise, his body disappeared amidst the chaos, yet his presence continued to haunt the town.

Despite being a religious town in the heart of the Bible Belt, Lazarus found itself entangled in the paranormal. Just as in life’s challenges, letting unwelcome thoughts linger can imprison the mind. Rationality struggles, ultimately yielding to the fact that serenity might demand a hefty ransom.

Only a few courageous individuals are willing to confront the curse head-on, despite the grim outlook for Lazarus. Pierre, the brother of fallen Detective Brock Taylor; Destiny, the aunt of fallen Brooklyn Fontroy; and Braxton, the town’s scapegoat, must navigate a treacherous path through the obstacles that hinder Lazarus’s progress.

Yet, one cannot help but question whether a malevolent spirit truly orchestrates their torment, or if their personal demons cast shadows over their every effort. Regardless, an arduous journey lies ahead, with the curse remaining a persistent threat.

Enter the Spooky Prophets Motorcycle Club, harboring relatives of Ace Honeycutt within its ranks. Born from the depths of Hawthorne County’s darkness, their mission is to obliterate all linked to Ace’s demise. While ordinarily a nuisance, some favor their quest to annihilate the whiskey house.

As the Spooky Prophets seek vengeance and Pierre, Brooklyn, and Braxton strive to break the curse, all while contending with the specter of Ace Honeycutt, is a clash inevitable? Can Lazarus and Hawthorne County endure another cataclysmic upheaval? Only time holds the answers.

Ghost of Ace Honeycutt completes the Whiskey House Trilogy, following the incendiary success of its predecessors, Curse of the Whiskey House and Viral Xgressions. In this installment, the pages whirl like a propeller on an airplane, maintaining the trilogy’s mystique with unexpected twists, turns, and surprises. Buckle up – you’ve been warned!

 

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Viral Xgressions: Tainted Souls, Hacked Spirits, Wretched Deals, and Flatlines (Whiskey House Trilogy Book 2) by Marc Lacy

Viral Xgressions: Tainted Souls, Hacked Spirits, Wretched Deals, and Flatlines (Whiskey House Trilogy Book 2) by Marc Lacy

The Unraveling Saga Continues in the Heart of Lazarus, Alabama

Viral Xgressions (pronounced transgressions ) is the second book of the Whiskey House Trilogy whose first book, Curse of the Whiskey House set the tone of the trilogy with a thunderous boom. Viral Xgressions picks right up where its predecessor left off with non-stop action, front-to-back drama, and edge-of-your-seat anticipation of what’s taking place on the next page.

At what point do you say enough is enough and forget about friendships, relationships, and perceptions, especially if they are impeding the path of justice?

 

Welcome back to Hawthorne County!

In the riveting sequel to “Curse of the Whiskey House,” author Marc Lacy delves even deeper into the enigmatic city of Lazarus, Alabama, where darkness and turmoil seem to have taken root. “Viral Xgressions” continues the gripping narrative of the Whiskey House Trilogy, propelling readers on a rollercoaster of suspense, moral reckoning, and unyielding determination.

As the story unfolds, the once-peaceful city of Lazarus grapples with the aftermath of the cataclysmic events at the Hawthorne County Whiskey House. The community finds itself at the crossroads of despair and desperation, its wounds still fresh, its spirit battered. In the midst of this turmoil, questions arise, reverberating through the streets: Can redemption be found in a place marred by violence and tainted souls? Can the city’s wounds heal in the face of unprecedented challenges?

The Lazarus Police Department and Hawthorne County Sheriff’s Office stand as guardians of the city, burdened by the weight of their recent trials. False prophets and violent deaths have shaken the very foundation of law and order, leaving scars that run deep. The truth has been exposed: The curse surrounding the whiskey house is no mere legend. The price of entry is high – a life forever changed, a spirit irrevocably altered.

As the narrative unfurls, “Viral Xgressions” draws readers into the heart of Lazarus, where the aftermath of spring’s turmoil continues to cast a long shadow. The scars, both seen and unseen, have left an indelible mark on the community. With budget constraints, leadership vacuums, and wounds that refuse to heal, Lazarus faces an uncertain future.

In an era of viral phenomena, the city grapples not only with physical wounds but also with the insidious spread of transgressions that threaten to engulf its spirit. “Viral Xgressions” delves into the concept of transgressions as an infectious force, exploring the impact of malevolence that spreads like an incurable virus.

With relentless action and heart-stopping drama, “Viral Xgressions” takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey. The suspenseful narrative picks up seamlessly where its predecessor left off, plunging readers into a world of high-stakes choices and unwavering pursuit of justice. As Lazarus stands on the precipice of its own destiny, readers are forced to confront a challenging question: When do friendships, relationships, and perceptions become impediments to the pursuit of truth and justice?

Marc Lacy’s “Viral Xgressions” is an electrifying testament to the power of storytelling, weaving a tapestry of suspense, redemption, and resilience. As the saga continues, the boundaries between light and darkness blur and Lazarus’s fate hangs in the balance. Welcome back to Hawthorne County, where the battle for the city’s soul wages on, and the echoes of the past reverberate through every choice made in the present.

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Curse of the Whiskey House: When Life is the Principle and Death is the Practice (Whiskey House Trilogy Book 1) by Marc Lacy

Curse of the Whiskey House: When Life is the Principle and Death is the Practice (Whiskey House Trilogy Book 1) by Marc Lacy

 

An Intriguing Tale of Heritage, Treachery, and Redemption in the Heart of Hawthorne County

In the small yet historically significant city of Lazarus, nestled within the Bible Belt of Hawthorne County, Alabama, a captivating story unfolds. Marc Lacy’s riveting novel, “Curse of the Whiskey House,” takes readers on a journey through the tangled web of heritage, history, religion, and the enigmatic allure of whiskey. As the first installment of “The Whiskey House Trilogy,” this tale weaves together intricate characters and an atmospheric backdrop to explore the profound impact of choices and the weight of curses.

At the center of this narrative stands Lazarus, a city once renowned for being a sanctuary for Buffalo Soldiers, now forever intertwined with its thriving whiskey industry. The dichotomy between the celebrated Hawthorne County Whiskey Stop and its sinister counterpart, the Hawthorne County Whiskey House, sets the stage for a gripping exploration of good and evil. Samuel Justice, the esteemed Mayor of Lazarus, holds secrets aplenty, and the whiskey house’s malevolent influence casts a shadow over the entire community.

Reverend Jackson Jones, the spiritual leader of the Central Baptist Church, finds himself paradoxically connected to the whiskey house’s disturbing legacy. Whispers of a curse haunt the city, as unease and apprehension envelop the lives of its inhabitants. An old adage rings true: “Once you enter the whiskey house, if you should ever come out, your life goes south.” A foreboding prophecy looms, yet remains shrouded in silence, waiting for a reckoning.

Detective Brock Taylor emerges as the city’s beacon of hope, tasked with unraveling the mysteries and confronting the curse head-on. Can he break the chains of darkness and restore hope to lives scarred by the whiskey house’s maleficence? Or will he, too, become ensnared by its vengeful grasp? In a place where the supernatural meets the tangible, salvation and destruction hang in the balance, challenging the very fabric of faith and courage.

“Curse of the Whiskey House” is the inception of a trilogy that promises an electrifying saga. With “Viral Xgressions” and “The Ghost of Ace Honeycutt” to follow, Marc Lacy crafts a thought-provoking narrative that delves deep into societal issues, interlacing them with a diverse cast of characters and rich backstory. The anticipation surrounding this trilogy has been building for three years, and readers can expect a series of gripping page-turners that provoke introspection.

Lacy poses a question that resonates far beyond the confines of fiction: When faced with moral dilemmas and community injustices, do we dare to intervene? In a world where victims often suffer in silence and witnesses hesitate to act, the story challenges us to reconsider our role. As events unfold in Hawthorne County, readers are prompted to examine their own capacity for courage and sacrifice, urging us to transcend fear in the face of malevolence.

Prepare to be captivated by Marc Lacy’s “Curse of the Whiskey House.” Step into a world where heritage, darkness, and redemption converge, and where the boundaries between good and evil blur. Welcome to Hawthorne County, where the spirits of the past and the choices of the present collide in a battle for the city’s very soul.

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Ammunition (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Ammunition (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Ammunition – Poetry that Penetrates the Heart and Mind is a risky title, especially in this controversial day and age. However, it has been said that blessings are in close proximity to curses. And behind the cover, are 77 in-your-face lyrical blessings that give the reader no choice but to buckle up and partake of a heartfelt rhapsodic excursion.

With Ammunition, Lacy’s writing locks the mind in a solitarily confined container of realness and tosses away the key. However, this potent poetic elixir incorporates a nice helping of curveball themes, offbeat titles, and metaphors galore.

See, this is what happens when numerous unreleased poems are just waiting to be launched out of the vault-like eager racehorses in the starting stalls of a high-stakes derby. And it just so happens that Ammunition is one of the landing spots for the poetic content of Marc Lacy’s poetry vault.

The vault contained poetic works that were decades old. But this book is a combination of those historical pieces as well as a few new ones too. So, with an open heart and mind, Ammunition is guaranteed never to miss its figurative target, for it will take the reader directly to the bullseye.

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Crescendo (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Crescendo (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Crescendo – Lyrics that Make You Reach Your Poetic Peak is a piece of poetic art that has been carefully crafted to tickle the reader’s lyrical fancy. Words jump off the page and mercilessly block the reader’s peripheral vision so that they have no choice but to be laser-focused on the flow directly in front of them.

Often time the poetry requires reading twice simply because the question will be spawned to the tune of, “Did he really say that?”

Crescendo is one of seven poetry books whose contents have been supplied mostly by the remaining poetry within Marc Lacy’s vault. It entails previously unreleased poems as well as a few newer ones.

The reader will certainly be able to tell the distinct difference between Lacy’s writing of the old and the style of the present day.

With a wide range of subject matter, this literary work comprised of 77 original poems, is sure to challenge the reader to look at life situations from multiple perspectives. Crescendo is all about mental elevation, colorful takes, and a serious stirring of the soul.

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Exposé (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Exposé (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Exposé, Poetical Revelations that Enlighten the Mind, dares the reader to place themselves within each line and follow every syllable to see where it leads them. When the reader thinks of everything going on in the world today, they’re going to be able to draw a parallel to each poem written in this book.

Not that Exposé is anywhere comparable to the Book of Revelations in the Bible, but it definitely is a relatable tool when analyzing the world today. And it’s not just a few pieces, it’s a total of 80 cerebral hot yoga-inducing lyrical lessons.

With the cardio-like experience that the mind gains when partaking of Exposé, the reader will feel as if unnecessary fat and baggage are being burned away from their thoughts.

Marc Lacy’s poetry vault contains a variety of flavors and those which have been sprinkled within the pages of this book are certainly seasoned to please the reader’s rhythmic taste buds.

Exposé will not solve life’s problems, but the enlightenment gained from the contents will ensure that hope is always retained.

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Geometry (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Geometry (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Geometry—Poetry that Covers All Angles is an ensemble of lyrical gems that basically produce what the title says… poetry from all angles. Geometry provides the reader with the pleasure of viewing some of the simplest and most complicated things in life, from several vantage points.

Sometimes a firmer understanding is developed when art is applied to unique angles. The mental digestive process is made easier when words are packaged together to form a pleasant flow of euphoria.

Geometry also features two chapters of brilliantly written odes to famous people, places, and things. Homage is paid to the best and greatest in the most colorful of fashions.

Author Marc Lacy opened his poetic vault, turned it upside down, and shook it. Geometry just happens to be one of the many landing spots for the highly anticipated poetry from the vault.

Although Geometry will not assist the reader in solving the Quadratic Equation, it will definitely help to understand life in general, regardless of the degrees of angles with which challenges occur.

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ReQuiem (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

ReQuiem: Poetic Canticles Producing Personal Revivals offers a creative hardline approach to everyday and ordinary life situations that people may endure from time to time.

Although it tends to pull no punches in the aims of the poetry, it can easily be deemed a sweet escape from the harsh conclusions that life can sometimes present. Lacy journeys to the edges of the creative window with which God has blessed him and creates a figurative-looking glass through which the reader can gaze intensely at the messages.

Once the eyes zero in on the stanzas, the rhythm of the rhymes are locked into a sequence of beats like a metronome. In essence, the flow is so silky that no head will go unbobbed.

ReQuiem provides the reader with 73 opportunities to catch the flow, feel the vibes, and get moved to a higher version of self through the lyrics. This particular collection is a beneficiary of Marc Lacy’s timeless vault of poetic secrets. He reached way back in the stash to pull pieces that have been highly anticipated. But alas, there are also a few new pieces and yes, one will also be able to tell them apart based on the writing style.

ReQuiem is like a rent-a-car, once you pick it up, it can take you anywhere you want to go…that is…if you stay focused on the smooth highway of pages that awaits you. Check out the entire Poetic Vault Series – https://a.co/d/0ggNVSI

 

Beatific Ambrosia (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Beatific Ambrosia (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series) by Marc Lacy

Beatific Ambrosia, Love Poetry that Baptizes You into a Paradigm of Euphoria, makes appreciating sensual writing that much easier. Just look at those beautiful models on the cover. Their essence is represented to a tee within the poetry that resides in this book.

Beatific Ambrosia talks about numerous issues surrounding the subject of love. The intended purpose of the poetry is to get the reader deep into their feelings and pull them into an introspective phase. While in this phase, the reader has the perfect opportunity to assess their own love life and situations in which the heart was prompted to make a decision.

This book contains 85 separate pieces of sensual poetic artwork that break down the good, bad, and ugly when it comes to matters of the heart.

Marc Lacy’s poetry vault was bursting at the seams with love poetry and Beatific Ambrosia gives many of those pieces a loving home. Once the cover is cracked, the reader is welcomed into the love house full of love poetry.

 

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Enraptured Felicity (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series)

Enraptured Felicity (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series)

Enraptured Felicity, Love Poetry that Casts You into a Hypnotic Lyrical Trance, is a love poetry book that gives the reader a free pass to their heart’s amusement park so that they may get the thrill of their life on the rollercoaster of love.

Just like the sexy models on the cover, the poetry has an alluring glow that gains and maintains the reader’s attention. It’s like a foreplay session with a certain edginess to it that rubs the curiosity like a masseuse, and then the reader finds themselves right in the middle of a fantastical experience whereby literary ecstasy takes complete control.

Enraptured Felicity contains 86 private sessions in which the reader can experience lyrical love thirsts being quenched as well as poetic fixes being granted. With so much love poetry populating Marc Lacy’s vault, Enraptured Felicity is the perfect vessel through which love messaging can be channeled. Not only will this collection of poetry seduce the reader into giving up their precious attention; but it will lure them right to the edge and bam, hit them with a serious love message.

 

Enraptured Felicity (Clairvoyance – Poetic Vault Series)
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Murder: Secrets Among Colleagues by Dr. Shauntey James

Murder: Secrets Among Colleagues by Dr. Shauntey James

Prestigious faculty members at Mill Run University vie for a position to work on a national grant that will make a difference in all their careers. Secrets, lies, and cutthroat resentment stemming from graduate school dominate tenuous relationships between faculty, administration, and students, especially as tensions rise with an impending sexual misconduct hearing.

What length will a faculty member go to gain membership on the research team, earn tenure, achieve higher status, or even cover up a secret?

Is murder the only viable option?

Who can be trusted? Who is telling the truth? And how does one’s past impact future goals? See if you can figure out who has the motive to kill.

 

About Dr. Shauntey James
Dr. Shauntey James received her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in 2000 in sociology with an emphasis in criminology, criminal justice, and feminist theory. Dr. James received her J.D. in 2014 from Thomas Cooley Law School. In law school, Dr. James was on the National Mock Trial Team, became certified in mediation, and worked in the Ingham County Probate Court and Estate Planning Clinic. Her teaching experience has enabled her to present on the local, state, and national level. Her most distinguished honor was being an Oxford Round Table Delegate. Presently, her research focuses on women, gender identification, and sexual assault.

 

Ignore The Voices In Your Head by Julius Kane

After leaving his favorite bar, a wild, womanizing advertising executive takes a woman back to his place and immediately regrets it.

Jack begins to hear a strange voice telling him to do horrible things. Initially thinking his house may be haunted, he becomes extremely paranoid after finding out he is being watched by other world beings.

In order to get to the bottom of the aliens’ fascination with him, Jack joins up with a group of misfits who’ve had a few bizarre encounters of their own. After receiving a reliable tip, the group goes into the notorious Dark Entry Forest looking for answers; despite the disappearance of dozens of people who entered before them.

Along the way, they find out their ruined lives are connected by tragedy. Jack and his new friends then get caught in a life-and-death struggle against many powerful forces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chapter Excerpt – Ignore The Voices In Your Head

 

A clear, masculine voice responded. It was the same voice from last night I heard laughing. The same pitch. The same tone. A nervous pain shot through my abdomen. Who the hell was in my house? I stared anxiously down the hall towards my bedroom. The door was partially cracked. I couldn’t remember if that was how I left it. The bathroom door was shut. Did I close it this morning?

I grabbed the biggest knife I saw from my kitchen cutlery set and went to investigate. I intentionally left the front door cracked; just in case I needed to run out fast. I didn’t want to fidget with the doorknob. Cautiously, I searched my bedroom; prepared for some fiending drug addict to jump out at me. The closets and hideaways were clear. I opened the bathroom door; nothing.

“Great!” I was relieved. But I was hearing things. I chalked it up to an overactive imagination. That was my reasoning. That was how I would be able to get through the next hour…the next day…the next week without checking myself into Bellevue.

I hurried to close my front door. I shut and locked my window as well. I didn’t want that giant fur ball sneaking back in. I was hoping nobody got off the elevator and saw Mrs. Toombs’ cat Flandy dead on my living room floor. That would be a huge headache I didn’t need. I grabbed about five trash bags and a pair of work gloves I sometimes used whenever my trash can became extra nasty.

I didn’t know how pet owners disposed of their dead pets in New York, but I was going to throw Flandy into the dumpster out back. She wasn’t my cat. She wasn’t my problem. And that oversized fur ball that killed her didn’t belong to me either. But here I was in the middle of this weird God-knows-what-shit.

( Continued… )

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Your words can hurt, help or heal. Choose your words wisely. That said, if you love words that paint pictures, implant ideas and whisk you away from the monotony and stress of everyday life, you’re in the right place. If you’re ready to use your imagination, take a journey with me!

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Afro-Bougie Blues: A Collection of Short Fiction by Lauren Wilson

Step into the world of Afro-Bougie Blues and walk in the shoes of different protagonists as they struggle to move through the world. Read how ordinary black women and men develop tenacity when they have to deal with the reality of their choices.

Alexis finally finds love after seventeen years of a lonely existence, but life throws a curveball into her life. Watch as she overcomes the challenge despite her past still looming over her head.

Walk with Rodney, a gulf war veteran who tries to drown the war memories with alcohol. See Bessie, overweight and stuck in life, make a decision that sets her on a journey that transforms her life in ways she never imagined.

Thirteen-year-old Aisha wants answers to her complicated question about love. And this sets her father on the task of reflecting on what the word “love” really means. Listen to Lenore and her sisters recount stories from their father’s life after he succumbs to cancer.

From depression, abortion, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), spousal abuse, addiction, and extramarital affairs to colorism. Each short story takes you on a rollercoaster of emotion as you experience different areas of life narrated from a first-person perspective.

Afro-Bougie Blues is about characters with stories that are relatable because it captures struggles people deal with in everyday life. The author’s captivating prose and incredible storytelling will plunge the reader into fascinating worlds and challenge them to take on new perspectives that in turn inspire, move and entertain.

A great read for anyone who wants to know how people with diverse problems face the toughness of the world they inhabit. How they move forward when the future is uncertain and fortunes change in the blink of an eye, challenging their reality and overcoming it.

“You will find yourself not wanting this book to end.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afro-Bougie Blues: A Collection of Short Fiction by Lauren Wilson
Genre: African American contemporary fiction

 


 

About the Author
Lauren Wilson is a safety consultant who is occasionally visited by a muse that allows her to write amazing stories. It only happens a few times a year, but it is a wondrous experience. The rest of the time, Lauren evaluates the safety of manufacturing equipment being sent to Europe. The machines are often the size of a room, so she travels frequently.

In her spare time, she is a voracious reader of sci-fi alien encounters, UK historical mysteries, and stories about vampires and werewolves. She’s an online spades player and has a 5-story apartment building dollhouse project that she figures will take her another 10 years to complete. One of their favorite things to do is to drive 4 hours into the Pocono Mountains in PA and visit the Cove Haven couples resort. It’s a long way to go in order to play air hockey, but it’s worth it.

Lauren and her husband, Howard love watching stand-up comedy videos and he has recently started finding online joke videos that they can laugh at together. They have one dog, a pit bull named Petey who is a major bed hog.

You can follow Lauren on her blog and on Facebook by visiting her website for more details, https://www.afrobougieblues.com.

Leadership in Action: 5 Key Principles of Effective Racial Justice Work by Kofi Annan

As painful and upsetting as George Floyd’s murder was, it was encouraging to witness not just the intense condemnation–and ultimate prosecution–of the officers involved, but the almost universal recognition that that incident was a mere symptom of a greater problem, systemic racism.

In the subsequent months, more resources and energy were invested into efforts to fight systemic racism than ever before. America experienced the largest and longest-running protests in its history, and corporate America pledged over $200 billion to racial justice initiatives.

Unfortunately, according to research conducted by Forbs Magazine, as of late 2022 the majority of that money either went unspent while the rest was spent on efforts that had little systemic impact. The problem is that even individuals and organizations that have the best of intentions are clueless about how to craft an effective strategy to conduct racial justice activism. This work can be daunting, and even seasoned veterans can become overwhelmed or burned out.

In this book, Kofi Annan, a nationally recognized racial justice activist, and award-winning author lays out his five key guiding principles for conducting efficient and effective racial justice work. The guide serves as a tool for individuals, corporations, or non-profit organizations whose heart is in the right place but could use help crafting a strategy.

 

 

 

 

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Kofi Annan is the author of the award-winning book, Bull in a China Shop: Evolution of a Racial Justice Activist, and Leadership in Action: 5 Key Principles of Effective Racial Justice Work. He and his wife founded Fighting Words LLC, a racial justice and DEI Consulting Company in 2023. He is the former president of The Activated People (TAP), an independent activist organization dedicated to promoting racial equity.

Kofi previously served two terms as the president of the Fairfax County, Virginia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which was awarded the NAACP’s Thalheimer Award for being the best branch in the country in 2018.

Kofi is also the owner of Soul Rebel, a food truck based in northern Virginia that serves a unique blend of Caribbean-American fusion cuisine.

Kofi Annan served eight years in the U.S. Army and holds a Master’s of Science in International Relations from Troy University, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Tennessee State University.

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Bull in a China Shop: Evolution of a Racial Justice Activist by Kofi Annan

Bull in a China Shop is a memoir by Kofi Annan, an immigrant from the Caribbean who despite having little foreknowledge of the inner workings of American politics, successfully challenged the inertia of the established political systems to generate positive changes for his community. His relative ignorance about how things “should” be done was a double-edged sword.

Kofi quickly became president of a local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and sketched out an approach that led the branch to be recognized as the best in the nation. But on the path to doing so, he created enemies within the established Democratic Party and fellow NAACP members and learned some difficult lessons.

This memoir chronicles how Kofi’s life experiences growing up in the Caribbean, coming of age in Washington, DC during the crack cocaine epidemic, and professional experience in the United States Army and Intelligence Community shaped his perspective and approach to the civil rights fight.

The memoir can serve as an educational tool for seasoned civil rights activists who wish to become more effective, and a motivational tool for those not yet involved in the fight but have the desire to engage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bull in a China Shop: Evolution of a Racial Justice Activist by Kofi Annan is available on Amazon.

 


Connect with Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan is the author of the award-winning book, Bull in a China Shop: Evolution of a Racial Justice Activist, and Leadership in Action: 5 Key Principles of Effective Racial Justice Work. He and his wife founded Fighting Words LLC, a racial justice and DEI Consulting Company in 2023. He is the former president of The Activated People (TAP), an independent activist organization dedicated to promoting racial equity.

Kofi previously served two terms as the president of the Fairfax County, Virginia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which was awarded the NAACP’s Thalheimer Award for being the best branch in the country in 2018.

Kofi is also the owner of Soul Rebel, a food truck based in northern Virginia that serves a unique blend of Caribbean-American fusion cuisine.

Kofi Annan served eight years in the U.S. Army, and holds a Master’s of Science in International Relations from Troy University, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Tennessee State University.

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Spice and Spectrum, Recipes for Resilience by iCan Dream Center and Chef Jerome Brown

Chef Jerome Brown has partnered with Tinley Park, Illinois-based nonprofit iCan Dream Center (www.icandreamcenter.com) in the creation of Spice & Spectrum. He is donating proceeds of the book to the organization which serves students in the south suburbs of Chicago who are marginalized by neurodiversity, disabilities, trauma, and other learning challenges.

Spice & Spectrum is a collection of Chef Jerome Brown’s most recent recipes broken into five sections that align with the iCan Dream Center mission. Throughout the Dream, Restore, Empower, Amplify, and Mobilize sections of the book, Dr. Evisha Ford, the founder and executive director of iCan Dream Center, shares the mission of the organization, stories of students navigating trauma, and the healing benefit of the organization’s culinary program that is highlighted throughout the book.

Students with autism (neurodiversity) and disabilities are nearly twice as likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their non-disabled peers. What’s more, 35% of inmates in juvenile lockups have some form of neurodiversity (autism, ADHD, et. all) or other learning disability.

iCan Dream Center seeks to empower students with autism and other learning deficits with the skills needed to thrive in life and to defy the statistics. Whether it is giving students opportunities to grow as student leaders, gaining vocational skills, self-advocacy, and self-care skills like cooking, the organization works with students individually to thrive. iCan Dream Center is a 501c3 nonprofit therapeutic school endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education and serves dozens of school districts throughout the suburbs of Chicago.

Chef Jerome Brown, who has championed the iCan Dream Center cause, has shared his passion for cuisine with a variety of A-list entertainers, dignitaries, and elite professional athletes such as President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, Shaquille O’Neal, the late Collin Powell, Priscilla Presley, Star Jones, Raymond Felton, Lamman Rucker, Carl Gustaf (King of Sweden), Byron Cage, Mike Bibby, Cam Newton and more.

Chef Jerome Brown appeared in the United States Army series “I’ve Got Skills” that aired on ESPN. Throughout his journey, Chef Jerome Brown has always maintained a desire to help others and has given back to aspiring chefs and marginalized youth.

Dr. Evisha Ford is an experienced speaker on educational equity and is available to discuss her students’ involvement in Chef Jerome Brown’s book and the intersection of trauma, disability, and the incarceration/school-to-prison pipeline.

Dr. Evisha Ford and Chef Jerome Brown are available for joint or individual media interviews on the release of Spice & Spectrum: Recipes for Resilience. The authors can be contacted at https://icandreamcenter.com/contact

Purchase your copy today:
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Carolina Soul: The Down Home Taste of the Carolinas by Chef Jerome Brown

Carolina Soul: The Down Home Taste of the Carolinas by Chef Rome

Celebrity chef, Army veteran, and health correspondent Jerome Brown celebrates his Southern roots with his new cookbook Carolina Soul: The Down Home Taste of the Carolinas. In the book, the Personal Chef to the Stars showcases a compilation of family recipes, client favorites and low-calorie meals indigenous to North and South Carolina.

Chef Rome makes it no secret that he loves his home state of North Carolina, so it should be no surprise that his newly released cookbook is a celebration of sorts to the state’s cuisine and culture.

In the book Carolina Soul: The Down Home Taste of the Carolinas, the Personal Chef to the Stars showcases a compilation of family recipes, client favorites and low-calorie meals featuring frog legs, oxtails, marsala meatloaf, and other Southern delicacies indigenous to North and South Carolina.

“I put everything I could into this book, and I did it with love,” said Chef Rome, who has cooked for athletes and celebrities such as Shaquille O’Neal, Colin Powell, Byron Cage and Cam Newton. The former Food Network Star and featured Epcot International Food & Wine Festival chef prides himself on putting a healthy spin on Southern cuisine, helping many of his clients, like former NBA great Shaquille O’Neil, lose weight.

Similar to his bestselling cookbook, Eat Like a Celebrity: Southern Cuisine with a Gourmet Twist, Chef Rome included stories of his family and the influence that Carolina has had on his life and on the country as a whole.

“If you loved Eat Like a Celebrity, you’re absolutely going to love Carolina Soul,” Rome said. “I talk about the origins of Pepsi and some of my favorite restaurants along the Carolina coast. This book is nothing more than being authentic, giving readers what is within me.”

He added that Carolina Soul is especially special because his family contributed to bringing the book into fruition. For instance, he prepared many of the recipes in his sister’s kitchen, and he added the meatloaf recipe because it was specially requested by his nephew. Additionally, the book celebrates everything related to the history of North and South Carolina from its college-related color scheme to the photos placed throughout the book.

Carolina Soul has already amassed tremendous sales through social media. Carolina Soul was published by Prosperity Publications, LLC and is currently available for order on both Chef Rome’s and Prosperity’s websites.


Explore the Cook With Rome website: http://www.cookwithrome.com

Chef Rome ranked #8 in the world. Co-owner of Rhema Restaurant Group. US Army Trained.

Ellis and The Hidden Cave by Aryeh and Cerece Rennie Murphy

An Ancient Civilization
An Underwater World
And A New Quest for the StoneKeeper!

 

Ellis, Toro and Freddye are at it again in the 2nd book in the Ellis Monroe Series Early Reader Chapter Book! Join them as they explore a hidden world, face more nasty Bugabols and discover that there are many kinds of superpowers!   Ellis and The Hidden Cave is book 2.  Ellis and the Magic Mirror is book 1 in the early reader series.

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About the Collaborators

Aryeh is a very curious boy and Cerece is his Mommy. “We dedicate this book to boys and girls everywhere who still like lots of pictures when reading all those words.”

Greg is an enthusiastic artist who loves a good story to draw. “I dedicate this book to all my nephews and nieces. If this doesn’t make me the coolest uncle, I don’t know what will.”

Carol is a lifelong book enthusiast who loves helping create new stories for the next generation of children. Carol dedicates this book to L and E for introducing her to the world of children’s books.

A Day With No Words by Tiffany Hammond

A must-read that belongs in every home and classroom, A Day With No Words invites readers into the life of an Autism Family who communicates just as the child does, without spoken language.

This colorful and engaging picture book for young readers shares what life can look like for families who use nonverbal communication, utilizing tools to embrace their unique method of “speaking.”

The story highlights the bond between mother and child and follows them on a day where they use a tablet to communicate with others.

Written by an autistic mother of two autistic sons and the creator behind the popular @Fidgets.and.Fries social media platform and illustrated by Kate Cosgrove (IG @k8cosgrove), A Day With No Words successfully normalizes communication methods outside of verbal speech and provides representation of neurodiversity and autism in a way that affirms and celebrates.

 

The experts are raving!

“How lucky are we to finally get Tiffany’s poignant words and message into children’s hands through this impactful story. Children and families can now be touched by her brilliance and learn about the often-overlooked autistics who communicate differently. The importance of A Day With No Words cannot be overstated in its potential to expose readers, young and old alike, to the beauties and barriers of living the autistic experience.” — Ali Cunningham Abbott, PhD, LMHC, author of Counseling Adults with Autism: A Comprehensive Toolkit

“Through A Day with No Words, Tiffany Hammond provides us a rare window to the non-speaking world of autism. She has done so with love, compassion, and, I believe, deep understanding. And Kate Cosgrove’s illustrations make it a beautiful world indeed. Bravo and thank you to both Hammond and Cosgrove for this window!” — Samantha S. Supernaw, LCSW-S, Licensed Therapist & Clinical Supervisor

“In my past 20 years as a developmental pediatrician, I have never read anything quite like A Day With No Words, a book that so eloquently, lyrically, and vividly captures the essence and beauty of an autistic mind. This book is a gift to all who read it.” — Wendy J. Ross, MD, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Developmental Pediatrician, Associate Professor Jefferson University, Director Jefferson Health Center for Autism and Neurodiversity

About the Author: Tiffany Hammond (she/her) is the voice behind the Fidgets and Fries platform. She is an Autistic mother, advocate, and storyteller who uses her personal experiences with Autism and parenting two Autistic boys to guide others on their journey.

Tiffany has a Masters in Developmental Psychology and spends her time teaching, coaching, and mentoring others in Disability Justice issues.

Her activism is rooted in challenging the current perception of Autism as a lifelong burden, cultivating a community that explores the concept of Intersectionality and inspiring thought leaders through storytelling, education, and critical discourse.

 

The Way Champs Play by Naomi Osaka

In a rhythmic celebration of sport and play, four-time Grand Slam champion and tennis superstar Naomi Osaka shares key steps to becoming a true champ, including being kind, working as a team, doing your best, and most importantly, having fun.
At Play Academy,

We love to move.
That’s why we play.
We are champs and we play all day!

Inspired by Osaka’s game-changing program Play Academy, which instills confidence in and provides resources to young girls through sports, The Way Champs Play is an exciting and inspiring anthem for all kids in and out of the classroom who want to PLAY ALL DAY!

Use this book to:

Discuss different types of sports.
Talk with children about good sports(wo)manship.
Encourage kids to engage in sport and play for their overall health and happiness.
And more!

 

 

Black Boy Joy by Kwame Mbalia

Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood by Kwame Mbalia
Best Books Ages 9-12

 

THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • FIVE STARRED REVIEWS

Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors—including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia.

★ “Pick up Black Boy Joy for a heavy dose of happiness.” —Booklist, starred review

Black boy joy is…

An Amazon Best Book of 2021
A Washington Post Best Book of 2021
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2021
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2021
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2021
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2021
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2021
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2021
A BookPage Best Book of 2021

From seventeen acclaimed Black male and non-binary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems about the power of joy and the wonders of Black boyhood.

Contributors include: B. B. Alston, Dean Atta, P. Djèlí Clark, Jay Coles, Jerry Craft, Lamar Giles, Don P. Hooper, George M. Johnson, Varian Johnson, Kwame Mbalia, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Tochi Onyebuchi, Julian Randall, Jason Reynolds, Justin Reynolds, DaVaun Sanders, and Julian Winters

 

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds

Prepare yourself for something unlike anything: A smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right Now. Written by #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds.

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin, had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

And so for anyone who didn’t really know what it means to not be able to breathe, REALLY breathe, for generations, now you know. And those who already do, you’ll be nodding yep yep, that is exactly how it is.

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

Everything Sad Is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
Best Books Ages 9-12

A National Indie Bestseller
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Best Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
A BookPage Best Book of the Year
A NECBA Windows & Mirrors Selection
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year
A Today.com Best of the Year

A sprawling, evocative, and groundbreaking autobiographical novel told in the unforgettable and hilarious voice of a young Iranian refugee. It is a powerfully layered novel that poses the questions: Who owns the truth? Who speaks it? Who believes it?

“A patchwork story is the shame of the refugee,” Nayeri writes early in the novel. In an Oklahoman middle school, Khosrou (whom everyone calls Daniel) stands in front of a skeptical audience of classmates, telling the tales of his family’s history, stretching back years, decades, and centuries. At the core is Daniel’s story of how they became refugees—starting with his mother’s vocal embrace of Christianity in a country that made such a thing a capital offense, and continuing through their midnight flight from the secret police, bribing their way onto a plane-to-anywhere.

Anywhere becomes the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy, and then finally asylum in the U.S. Implementing a distinct literary style and challenging western narrative structures, Nayeri deftly weaves through stories of the long and beautiful history of his family in Iran, adding a richness of ancient tales and Persian folklore.

Like Scheherazade of One Thousand and One Nights in a hostile classroom, Daniel spins a tale to save his own life: to stake his claim to the truth.

 

EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE (a true story) is a tale of heartbreak and resilience and urges readers to speak their truth and be heard.

Swing (Blink) by Kwame Alexander

In this YA novel in verse from bestselling authors Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (Solo), which Kirkus called “lively, moving, and heartfelt” in a starred review, Noah and Walt just want to leave their geek days behind and find “cool,” but in the process discover a lot about first loves, friendship, and embracing life . . . as well as why Black Lives Matter is so important for all.

Best friends Noah and Walt are far from popular, but Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan that includes wooing the girls of their dreams and becoming amazing athletes. Never mind he and Noah failed to make their baseball team yet again, and Noah’s crush since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone. While Walt focuses on his program of jazz, podcasts, batting cages, and a “Hug Life” mentality, Noah feels stuck in status quo … until he stumbles on a stash of old love letters. Each one contains words Noah’s always wanted to say to Sam, and he begins secretly creating artwork using the lines that speak his heart. But when his art becomes public, Noah has a decision to make: continue his life in the dugout and possibly lose the girl forever, or take a swing and finally speak out.

At the same time, American flags are being left around town. While some think it’s a harmless prank and others see it as a form of protest, Noah can’t shake the feeling something bigger is happening to his community. Especially after he witnesses events that hint divides and prejudices run deeper than he realized.

As the personal and social tensions increase around them, Noah and Walt must decide what is really important when it comes to love, friendship, sacrifice, and fate.

If you enjoy Swing, check out Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess.

 

Garvey in the Dark by Nikki Grimes

“Garvey in the Dark is more than a beautifully crafted novel in verse. It’s a story that faces news headlines and captures the wild emotional roller coaster of the COVID-19 pandemic with honesty and courage. A must-read for young people who lived through the early days of the outbreak as well as those who will be curious about it in years to come.” —Kate Messner, New York Times bestselling author

“With deceptive simplicity, Grimes captures characters and emotions by wielding a poetic form—the tanka—with superb and superhuman strength, and the result is a beautiful and brilliant book about how faith, grace, and familial love can help us triumph over adversity…” —Padma Venkatraman, Walter Award-winning author of The Bridge Home

Capturing the shock and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of Garvey, a beloved character, Nikki Grimes’s newest novel in verse shows readers how to find hope in difficult times.

Garvey’s finally happy—he’s feeling close to his father through their shared love of music, bullies are no longer tormenting him, and his best friends Manny and Joe are by his side. But when the schools, stores, and restaurants close because people are getting sick, Garvey’s improved life goes into lockdown as well. And when Garvey’s father gets sick, Garvey must find a way to use his newfound musical skills to bring hope to both his father and himself. Moving, powerful, and beautifully told, this remarkable novel shows readers how even small acts have large reverberations, how every person can make a difference in this world, and how—even in the most difficult times—there are ways to reach for hope and healing.

Nikki Grimes is a New York Times bestselling author who has won the ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She has also received several ALSC Notables, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, Coretta Scott King Author Honors, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors, a Printz Honor, and a Sibert Honor.

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson

All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson’s All Boys Aren’t Blue explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia.

 

A New York Times Bestseller! Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Today Show, and MSNBC feature stories

From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson’s emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.

Velshi Banned Book Club
Indie Bestseller
Teen Vogue Recommended Read
Buzzfeed Recommended Read
People Magazine Best Book of the Summer
A New York Library Best Book of 2020
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2020 and more!

 

Undefeated Woman by Desange Kuenihira

Undefeated Woman by Desange Kuenihira (Memoirs of Women)

Sometimes, it takes a journey to find your voice.

As a young girl, Desange Kuenihira was told repeatedly that she was meaningless. An arranged marriage and motherhood before twenty—guaranteeing a life in poverty—were all she was told to expect. But Desange knew she had more inside her, and that education was the key to unlocking her potential.

In Undefeated Woman, Desange Kuenihira takes us on the challenging journey of her childhood. She recalls fleeing with her siblings from the civil war raging in Congo and the daily struggle of life in a refugee camp in Uganda, where she suffered many forms of abuse. She relates her journey to America, the culture clash of living with American foster families, and her quest for her education and the ability to control her own life. Now a college graduate and determined to pay forward the kindness of those that helped her through, Desange has launched the nonprofit UnDEfeated to empower women and girls in Uganda.

Desange’s inspirational story shows us all how we can overcome any odds through education, determined perseverance, and the kindness of caring people.

 

Shine Bright: Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith

Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith

American pop music is arguably this country’s greatest cultural contribution to the world, and its singular voice and virtuosity were created by a shining thread of Black women geniuses stretching back to the country’s founding. This is their surprising, heartbreaking, soaring story—from “one of the generation’s greatest, most insightful, most nuanced writers in pop culture” (Shea Serrano)

“Sparkling . . . the overdue singing of a Black girl’s song, with perfect pitch . . . delicious to read.”—Oprah Daily

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Publishers Weekly

A weave of biography, criticism, and memoir, Shine Bright is Danyel Smith’s intimate history of Black women’s music as the foundational story of American pop.

Smith has been writing this history for more than five years. But as a music fan, and then as an essayist, editor (Vibe, Billboard), and podcast host (Black Girl Songbook), she has been living this history since she was a latchkey kid listening to “Midnight Train to Georgia” on the family stereo.

Smith’s detailed narrative begins with Phillis Wheatley, an enslaved woman who sang her poems, and continues through the stories of Mahalia Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and Mariah Carey, as well as the under-considered careers of Marilyn McCoo, Deniece Williams, and Jody Watley.

Shine Bright is an overdue paean to musical masters whose true stories and genius have been hidden in plain sight—and the book Danyel Smith was born to write.

 

It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World by Justin Tinsley

It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him by Justin Tinsley

From a talented young journalist on the rise, a deeply reported, timely new biography of the Notorious B.I.G., publishing for what would have been his 50th birthday.

The Notorious B.I.G. was one of the most charismatic and talented artists of the 1990s. Born Christopher Wallace and raised in Clinton Hill/Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Biggie lived an almost archetypal rap life: young trouble, drug dealing, guns, prison, a giant hit record, the wealth and international superstardom that came with it, then an early violent death.

Biggie released his first record, Ready to Die, in 1994, when he was only 22. Less than three years later, he was killed just days before the planned release of his second record Life After Death.

Journalist Justin Tinsley’s It Was All a Dream is a fresh, insightful telling of the life beyond the legend.

It is based on extensive interviews with those who knew and loved Biggie, including neighbors, friends, DJs, party promoters, and journalists. And it places Biggie’s life in context, both within the history of rap but also the wider cultural and political forces that shaped him, including Caribbean immigration, the Reagan era disinvestment in public education, street life, the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and the booming, creative, and influential 1990s music industry. This is the story of where Biggie came from, the forces that shaped him, and the legacy he has left behind.

 

From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Wu-Tang Clan by Raekwon

From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan by Raekwon

 

Legendary wordsmith Raekwon the Chef opens up about his journey from the staircases of Park Hill in Staten Island to sold-out stadiums around the world with Wu-Tang Clan in this revealing memoir—perfect for fans of The Autobiography of Gucci Mane and Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter.

There are rappers who everyone loves and there are rappers who every rapper loves, and Corey Woods, a.k.a. Raekwon the Chef, is one of the few who is both. His versatile flow, natural storytelling, and evocative imagery have inspired legions of fans and a new generation of rappers. Raekwon is one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, and his voice and cadence are synonymous with the sound that has made the group iconic since 1991.

Now, for the first time, Raekwon tells his whole story, from struggling through poverty in order to make ends meet to turning a hobby into a legacy. The Wu-Tang tale is dense, complex, and full of drama, and here nothing is off-limits: the group’s origins, secrets behind songs like “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Protect Ya Neck,” and what it took to be one of the first hip-hop groups to go from the underground to the mainstream. Raekwon also delves deep into the making of his meticulous solo albums—particularly the classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx—and talks about how spirituality and fatherhood continue to inspire his unstoppable creative process.

A celebration of perseverance and the power of music, From Staircase to Stage is a master storyteller’s lifelong journey to stay true to himself and his roots.

 

Black Joy by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

With deeply personal and uplifting essays in the vein of Black Girls Rock, You Are Your Best Thing, and I Really Needed This Today, this is “a necessary testimony on the magic and beauty of our capacity to live and love fully and out loud” (Kerry Washington).

When Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts wrote an essay on Black joy for The Washington Post, she had no idea just how deeply it would resonate. But the outpouring of positive responses affirmed her own lived experience: that Black joy is not just a weapon of resistance, it is a tool for resilience.

With this book, Tracey aims to gift her community with a collection of lyrical essays about the way joy has evolved, even in the midst of trauma, in her own life. Detailing these instances of joy in the context of Black culture allows us to recognize the power of Black joy as a resource to draw upon, and to challenge the one-note narratives of Black life as solely comprised of trauma and hardship.

“Lewis-Giggetts etches a stunning personal map that follows in her ancestors’ footsteps and highlights their ability to take control of situational heartbreak and tragedy and make something better out of it….A simultaneously gorgeous and heartbreaking read” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

 

Then They Came for Mine by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Then They Came for Mine: Healing from the Trauma of Racial Violence by Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

Black Americans’ resilience during centuries of racially-motivated violence is beyond remarkable. But continuing to endure this harm allows for generations of trauma to fester and grow. Healing has to be the priority going forward.

For decades, Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts clung to her upbringing in the church, believing that racial reconciliation would come through faith and discipline, being respectable, and doing what’s right. But when her cousin became the victim of a white supremacist’s hateful rampage, her body and soul said, “no more.”

The trauma of America’s racial history, wreaking havoc on not only Black and Brown folk but white people too, in its own way, will not be alleviated without the will to face it head-on. We must name the dehumanization that plagues us, practice truth-telling and self-care, and make space for our vulnerability–to do the hard work of healing ourselves and our communities.

This book is written with that healing in mind. It unpacks how American systems and institutions enable the kind of violence we’ve seen connected to white supremacy and nationalism. It examines the way media has created a desensitization to violence against Black bodies.

It outlines what it looks like for a person who claims to follow Jesus to be anti-racist. But more than anything, it offers a blueprint for healing and reconciliation that includes the necessity of white people untangling from an ancestral mandate of colonization and false notions of supremacy, and Black and Brown people reckoning with the impact of trauma and feeling free to grieve in whatever way grief shows up.

Being Somebody and Black Besides by George B. Nesbitt

An immersive multigenerational memoir that recounts the hopes, injustices, and triumphs of a Black family fighting for access to the American dream in the twentieth century.

The late Chicagoan George Nesbitt could perhaps best be described as an ordinary man with an extraordinary gift for storytelling. In his newly uncovered memoir—written fifty years ago, yet never published—he chronicles in vivid and captivating detail the story of how his upwardly mobile Midwestern Black family lived through the tumultuous twentieth century.

Spanning three generations, Nesbitt’s tale starts in 1906 with the Great Migration and ends with the Freedom Struggle in the 1960s. He describes his parents’ journey out of the South, his struggle against racist military authorities in World War II, the promise and peril of Cold War America, the educational and professional accomplishments he strove for and achieved, the lost faith in integration, and, despite every hardship, the unwavering commitment by three generations of Black Americans to fight for a better world.

Through all of it—with his sharp insights, nuance, and often humor—we see a family striving to lift themselves up in a country that is working to hold them down.

Nesbitt’s memoir includes two insightful forewords: one by John Gibbs St. Clair Drake (1911–90), a pioneer in the study of African American life, the other a contemporary rumination by noted Black studies scholar Imani Perry. A rare first-person, long-form narrative about Black life in the twentieth century, Being Somebody and Black Besides is a remarkable literary-historical time capsule that will delight modern readers.

 

They Can’t Take Your Name: A Novel by Robert Justice

Laced with atmospheric poetry and literature and set in the heart of Denver’s black community, this gripping crime novel pits three characters in a race against time to thwart a gross miscarriage of justice—and a crooked detective who wreaks havoc…with deadly consequences.

What happens to a deferred dream—especially when an innocent man’s life hangs in the balance? Langston Brown is running out of time and options for clearing his name and escaping death row.

Wrongfully convicted of the gruesome Mother’s Day Massacre, he prepares to face his death. His final hope for salvation lies with his daughter, Liza, an artist who dreamed of a life of music and song but left the prestigious Juilliard School to pursue a law degree with the intention of clearing her father’s name. Just as she nears success, it’s announced that Langston will be put to death in thirty days.

In a desperate bid to find freedom for her father, Liza enlists the help of Eli Stone, a jazz club owner she met at the classic Five Points venue, The Roz. Devastated by the tragic loss of his wife, Eli is trying to find solace by reviving the club…while also wrestling with the longing to join her in death.

Everyone has a dream that might come true—but as the dark shadows of the past converge, could Langston, Eli, and Liza be facing a danger that could shatter those dreams forever?

 

We Lie Here: A Thriller by Rachel Howzell Hall

A woman’s trip home reveals frightening truths in a twisty novel of murder and family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of And Now She’s Gone and These Toxic Things.

TV writer Yara Gibson’s hometown of Palmdale, California, isn’t her first choice for a vacation. But she’s back to host her parents’ twentieth-anniversary party and find the perfect family mementos for the celebration. Everything is going to plan until Yara receives a disturbing text: I have information that will change your life.

The message is from Felicia Campbell, who claims to be a childhood friend of Yara’s mother. But they’ve been estranged for years—drama best ignored and forgotten. But Yara can’t forget Felicia, who keeps texting, insisting that Yara talk to her “before it’s too late.”

But the next day is already too late for Felicia, whose body is found floating in Lake Palmdale. Before she died, Felicia left Yara a key to a remote lakeside cabin. In the basement are files related to a mysterious tragedy, unsolved since 1998. What secrets was Felicia hiding? How much of what Yara knows about her family has been true?

The deeper Yara digs for answers, the more she fears that Felicia was right. Uncovering the truth about what happened at the cabin all those years ago will change Yara’s life—or end it.

“In We Lie Here, Rachel Howzell Hall gives us a tight, lean, eye-level look at the Gibson family—flawed, normal, abnormal, and each affected by a deadly secret left buried for years—while weaving a page-turning tapestry of dread, cold-blooded murder, and nail-biting tension. What a ride. What a wonderful writer. More, please.” —Tracy Clark, author of the Chicago Mystery series

“Rachel Howzell Hall continues to shatter the boundaries of crime fiction through the sheer force of her indomitable talent.” —S. A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland

 

Shift into a Higher Gear by Delatorro McNeal

Shift into a Higher Gear: Better Your Best and Live Life to the Fullest by Delatorro McNeal

Kick fear-based living to the curb and discover exactly how to manifest the life of your dreams!

Is there another level of life that you want to live? Are there goals you’ve been struggling to achieve? Are there areas of your life where you’ve settled for excuses instead of excellence?

With close to two decades of experience working with high achievers globally, peak performance expert Delatorro McNeal II is passionate about teaching people how to live life full throttle. A motorcycle enthusiast, McNeal uses biking metaphors to vividly illustrate how to reject the monotony of living on cruise control. Packed with exercises, journaling activities, compelling questions, and thought-provoking stories, analogies, and examples, this book teaches you the psychology and methodology of shifting into a higher gear. Each of the twelve chapters starts with the word Shift and invites you to make a simple but profound change that will accelerate your results and expand the horizons of your possibilities. You’ll discover how to

• Lean into the curves of life and business
• Sever your dependency on the “kickstands of life”
• Put your weight into the changes you desire most
• Steer the flow of your emotional states
• Shift your core relationships to invite the right posse to your biker club
• Drive defensively to avoid the potholes that stop most people from succeeding

From the introduction all the way through to the conclusion, this book is a transformational seminar on paper. Join Delatorro McNeal as he takes you on the personal development journey of a lifetime.

 

 

The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree by Nice Leng’ete

An “elegant and inspiring memoir” by the human rights activist who changed the minds of her elders, reformed traditions from the inside, and is creating a better future for girls and women throughout Africa (Sonia Faleiro, New York Times).

Nice Leng`ete was raised in a Maasai village in Kenya. In 1998, when Nice was six, her parents fell sick and died, and Nice and her sister Soila were taken in by their father’s brother, who had little interest in the girls beyond what their dowries might fetch. Fearing “the cut” (female genital mutilation, a painful and sometimes deadly ritualistic surgery), which was the fate of all Maasai women, Nice and Soila climbed a tree to hide.

Nice hoped to find a way to avoid the cut forever, but Soila understood it would be impossible. But maybe if one of the sisters submitted, the other would be spared. After Soila chose to undergo the surgery, sacrificing herself to save Nice, their lives diverged. Soila married, dropped out of school, and had children–all in her teenage years–while Nice postponed receiving the cut, continued her education, and became the first in her family to attend college.

Supported by Amref, Nice used visits home to set an example for what an uncut Maasai woman can achieve. Other women listened, and the elders finally saw the value of intact, educated girls as the way of the future. The village has since ended FGM entirely, and Nice continues the fight to end FGM throughout Africa, and the world.

Nice’s journey from “heartbroken child and community outcast, to leader of the Maasai” is an inspiration and a reminder that one person can change the world–and every girl is worth saving.

 

Where You Are Is Not Who You Are: A Memoir by Ursula Burns

The first Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company looks back at her life and her career at Xerox, sharing unique insights on American business and corporate life, the workers she has always valued, racial and economic justice, how greed is threatening democracy, and the obstacles she’s conquered being Black and a woman.

“I am a black woman, I do not play golf, I do not belong to or go to country clubs, I do not like NASCAR, I do not listen to country music, and I have a masters degree in engineering. I, like a typical New Yorker, speak very fast, with an accent and vernacular that is definitely New York City, definitely Black. So when someone says I’m going to introduce you to the next CEO of Xerox, and the options are lined up against a wall, I would be the first one voted off the island.”

In 2009, when she was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Xerox Corporation, Ursula Burns shattered the glass ceiling and made headlines. But the media missed the real story, she insists. “It should have been ‘how did this happen? How did Xerox Corporation produce the first African American woman CEO?’ Not this spectacular story titled, “Oh, my God, a Black woman making it.”

In this smart, no-nonsense book, part memoir and part cultural critique, Burns writes movingly about her journey from tenement housing on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to the highest echelons of the corporate world. She credits her success to her poor single Panamanian mother, Olga Racquel Burns—a licensed child-care provider whose highest annual income was $4,400—who set no limits on what her children could achieve.

Ursula recounts her own dedication to education and hard work, and how she took advantage of the opportunities and social programs created by the Civil Rights and Women’s movements to pursue engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York.

Burns writes about overcoming the barriers she faced, as well as the challenges and realities of the corporate world. Her classmates and colleagues—almost all white males—“couldn’t comprehend how a Black girl could be as smart, and in some cases, smarter than they were. They made a developed category for me. Unique. Amazing. Spectacular. That way they could accept me.” Her thirty-five-year career at Xerox was all about fixing things, from cutting millions to save the company from bankruptcy to a daring $6 billion acquisition to secure its future. Ursula also worked closely with President Barack Obama as a lead on his STEM initiative and Chair of his Export council, where she traveled with him on an official trade mission to Cuba, and became one of his greatest admirers.

Candid and outspoken, Ursula offers a remarkable look inside the c-suites of corporate America through the eyes of a Black woman—someone who puts humanity over greed and justice over power. She compares the impact of the pandemic to the financial crisis of 2007, condemns how corporate culture is destroying the spirit of democracy, and worries about the workers whose lives are being upended by technology. Empathetic and dedicated, idealistic and pragmatic, Ursula demonstrates that, no matter your circumstances, hard work, grit and a bit of help along the way can change your life—and the world.

 

Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

“This is a book people will be talking about forever.” ―Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed

“Ford’s wrenchingly brilliant memoir is truly a classic in the making. The writing is so richly observed and so suffused with love and yearning that I kept forgetting to breathe while reading it.” ―John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author

 

One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the looming absence of her incarcerated father.

Through poverty, adolescence, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley C. Ford wishes she could turn to her father for hope and encouragement. There are just a few problems: he’s in prison, and she doesn’t know what he did to end up there. She doesn’t know how to deal with the incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle the changes in her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates. When the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Still reeling from the rape, which she keeps secret from her family, Ashley desperately searches for meaning in the chaos. Then, her grandmother reveals the truth about her father’s incarceration . . . and Ashley’s entire world is turned upside down.

Somebody’s Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl in Indiana with a family fragmented by incarceration, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she embarks on a powerful journey to find the threads between who she is and what she was born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them.

Fixit: An IQ Novel by Joe Ide

In this sixth installment in the critically acclaimed and beloved series, IQ must rescue Grace from a maniacal hitman who bears a bone-deep grudge against him.

As IQ plugs a mysterious USB into his laptop, he’s horrified to see what flashes across the screen: his girlfriend Grace is sweaty and bedraggled—her wrists wrapped with duct tape. Grace has been kidnapped by the likes of Skip Hanson, a brutish hitman with a vendetta against Isaiah.

As IQ and Dodson attempt to locate Grace based on scant evidence, (read: a Sonic burger wrapper in one grainy image) they must wend through the stark, unrelenting East California landscape in search of clues. Just as the case grows increasingly complicated, and Grace’s situation more dire, another powerful enemy emerges from the woodwork.

And all the while, watching them closely, is the newly minted LAPD detective assigned to Grace’s case, Winnie Hando, a complicated woman with a complicated agenda of her own.

 

Love in the Age of Dragons by Fatima R. Henson

Love in the Age of Dragons by Fatima R. Henson
Young Adult Fiction / Coming Of Age

 

“This fast-paced dystopian fantasy is intensely captivating until the very last page.” —BookLife Reviews

Two years ago, a wormhole opened and ushered vicious dragons into the world. The dragons burned Earth’s cities to the ground and sent its inhabitants scattering for cover; and since then, Ayanna Grace, a seventeen-year-old Black girl, has been scratching out a life in an abandoned subway system, part of an extensive underground community.

Underground, medicine runs short and outbreaks of disease spread uncontrollably. The water supply is low, uprisings occur frequently, and dragon attacks are imminent. But those aren’t the only challenges Ayanna is facing: she’s also busy wrestling with her feelings, torn between Richard, who she’s known all her life, and Jackson, a mysterious newcomer. Worse, her mentor, the community’s only doctor, is dying from a failing heart. With no hope of rescue from aboveground, will Ayanna be able to save him before it’s too late?

 

Blood Grove (Easy Rawlins Book 15) by Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley’s infamous detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new mystery to solve on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California.

Ezekiel “Easy” Porterhouse Rawlins is an unlicensed private investigator turned hard-boiled detective always willing to do what it takes to get things done in the racially charged, dark underbelly of Los Angeles.

But when Easy is approached by a shell-shocked Vietnam War veteran—a young white man who claims to have gotten into a fight protecting a white woman from a black man—he knows he shouldn’t take the case.

Though he sees nothing but trouble in the brooding ex-soldier’s eyes, Easy, a vet himself, feels a kinship form between them. Easy embarks on an investigation that takes him from mountaintops to the desert, through South Central and into sex clubs and the homes of the fabulously wealthy, facing hippies, the mob, and old friends perhaps more dangerous than anyone else.

Set against the social and political upheaval of the late 1960s, Blood Grove is ultimately a story about survival, not only of the body but also the soul.

Blood Grove is a crackling, moody, and thrilling race through a California of hippies and tycoons, radicals and sociopaths, cops and grifters, both men and women. Easy will need the help of his friends—from the genius Jackson Blue to the dangerous Mouse Alexander, Fearless Jones, and Christmas Black—to make sense of a case that reveals the darkest impulses humans harbor.

Blood Grove is a novel of vast scope and intimate insight, and a soulful call for justice by any means necessary.

Widely hailed as “incomparable” (Chicago Tribune) and “dazzling” (Tampa Bay Times), Walter Mosley proves that he’s at the top of his game in this bold return to the endlessly entertaining series that has kept fans on their toes for years.

 

Every Man a King: A King Oliver Novel by Walter Mosley

In this highly anticipated sequel to the Edgar award winner Down the River Unto the Sea, Joe King Oliver is entangled in a dangerous case when he’s asked to investigate whether a white nationalist is being unjustly set up.

When friend of the family and multi-billionaire Roger Ferris comes to Joe with an assignment, he’s got no choice but to accept, even if the case is a tough one to stomach. White nationalist Alfred Xavier Quiller has been accused of murder and the sale of sensitive information to the Russians. Ferris has reason to believe Quiller’s been set up and he needs King to see if the charges hold.

This linear assignment becomes a winding quest to uncover the extent of Quiller’s dealings, to understand Ferris’ skin in the game, and to get to the bottom of who is working for whom. Even with the help of bodyguard and mercenary Oliya Ruez—no regular girl Friday—the machine King’s up against proves relentless and unsparing. As King gets closer to exposing the truth, he and his loved ones barrel towards grave danger.

Mosley once again proves himself a “master of craft and narrative” (National Book Foundation) in this carefully plotted mystery that is at once a classic caper, a family saga and an examination of fealty, pride and how deep debt can go.

Why Am I Like This by Kobe Campbell

Why Am I Like This?: How to Break Cycles, Heal from Trauma, and Restore Your Faith by Kobe Campbell

Why does our past pain have a way of terrorizing us and keeping us in fear, while baiting us with the lie that we will never experience healing, freedom, or love?

Though many of us can point to patterns of brokenness in our lives, we don’t know why they’re there. No matter how hard we work, we can’t seem to outrun the very things that break our hearts. That’s because our everyday setbacks are rooted in our unaddressed wounds.

Guided by seminary-trained licensed trauma therapist Kobe Campbell, Why Am I Like This? will help you develop courage as you dare to turn your heart toward your brokenness, uncover uncomfortable truths, and learn how to invite God into your past and present pain as you move from the terror of trauma into the tender embrace of the Father.

In the book Why Am I Like This?, you will:

gain an understanding of what trauma and healing really are,
explore the roots of your dysfunctional patterns,
learn how your trauma shows up in your everyday life, and
find trauma-informed, faith-based coping mechanisms to heal your mind and deepen your intimacy with God.

You already know that God is good. Here, you’ll discover that He’s good to you. You already know that God responds to the cry of His children. Here, you’ll see just how he responds to your cries of desperation, hopelessness, and despair. Healing won’t look like what you thought it will be, but it will come, and it will be beautiful.

Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness by Laura Coates

This instant New York Times bestseller offers “a firsthand, eye-opening story of a prosecutor that exposes the devastating criminal punishment system” (Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award–winning author of How to Be an Antiracist) in this “compelling collection of engaging, well-written, keenly observed vignettes from [Laura Coates’s] years as a lawyer with the US Department of Justice” (The New York Times Book Review).

When Laura Coates joined the Department of Justice as a prosecutor, she wanted to advocate for the most vulnerable among us. But she quickly realized that even with the best intentions, “the pursuit of justice creates injustice.”

Coates’s experiences show that no matter how fair you try to fight, being Black, a woman, and a mother are identities often at odds in the justice system. She and her colleagues face seemingly impossible situations as they teeter between what is right and what is just.

On the front lines of our legal system, Coates saw how Black communities are policed differently; Black cases are prosecuted differently; Black defendants are judged differently. How the court system seems to be the one place where minorities are overrepresented, an unrelenting parade of Black and Brown defendants in numbers that belie their percentage in the population and overfill American prisons. She also witnessed how others in the system either abused power or were abused by it—for example, when an undocumented witness was arrested by ICE, when a white colleague taught Coates how to unfairly interrogate a young Black defendant, or when a judge victim-blamed a young sexual assault survivor based on her courtroom attire.

Through these “searing, eye-opening” (People) scenes from the courtroom, Laura Coates explores the tension between the idealism of the law and the reality of working within the parameters of our flawed legal system, exposing the chasm between what is right and what is lawful.

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

 

This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times Book Review).

 

Widely heralded as a “masterful” (Washington Post) and “essential” (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law offers “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson).

 

Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods.

A groundbreaking, “virtually indispensable” study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history (Chicago Daily Observer), The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking from the Spirit by Tabitha Brown

Cooking from the Spirit: Easy, Delicious, and Joyful Plant-Based Inspirations by Tabitha Brown

Tabitha Brown, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Feeding the Soul, presents her first cookbook—full of easy, family-friendly vegan recipes and stories from the spirit, inspired by her health journey and love of delicious food.

Sometimes people say to Tabitha Brown, “I’ve never eaten vegan before.” As Tab says, “Have you ever eaten an apple?”

After living with a terrible undiagnosed illness for more than a year and a half, Tab was willing to try anything to stop the pain. Inspired by the documentary What the Health, she tried a thirty-day vegan challenge—and never looked back. Wanting to inspire others to make changes that might improve their own lives, she started sharing her favorite plant-based recipes in her signature warm voice with thousands, and now millions, of online fans.

Tab’s recipes are flexible, creative, and filled with encouragement, so you trust yourself to cook food the way it makes you happy. If you’re already a “cooking from the spirit” sort of person, you’ll love how much freedom Tab gives to make these delicious vegan dishes your own. If you’re newer to cooking—or to vegan cooking—Tab will help you get comfortable in the kitchen and, most important, have fun doing it!

In this joyful book, Tab shares personal stories, inspirational “Tabisms,” and more than eighty easy, family-friendly recipes.

Cooking from the Spirit is for anyone interested in plant-based eating and all lovers of food, plus anyone who wants a little warm inspiration in their lives. As Tab says, “Honey, now let’s go on and get to cooking from the spirit. Yes? Very good!”

 

Embers on the Wind: A Novel by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg

The past and the present converge in this enthralling, serpentine tale of women connected by motherhood, slavery’s legacy, and histories that span centuries.

In 1850 in Massachusetts, Whittaker House stood as a stop on the Underground Railroad. It’s where two freedom seekers, Little Annie and Clementine, hid and perished. Whittaker House still stands, and Little Annie and Clementine still linger, their dreams of freedom unfulfilled.

Now a fashionably distressed vacation rental in the Berkshires, Whittaker House draws seekers of another kind: Black women who only appear to be free. Among them are Dominique, a single mother following her grand-mère’s stories to Whittaker House in search of an ancestor; Michelle, Dominique’s lover, who has journeyed to the Berkshire Mountains to heal her own traumas; and Kaye, Michelle’s sister, a seer whose visions reveal the past and future secrets of the former safehouse―along with her own.

For each of them, true liberation can come only from uncovering their connection to history―and to the spirits awaiting peace and redemption within the walls of Whittaker House.

 

Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem by April Ryan

In this long-overdue celebration of Black women’s resilience and unheralded strength, the revered, trailblazing White House correspondent reflects on “The Year That Changed Everything”—2020—and African-American women’s unprecedented role in upholding democracy.

“I am keenly aware that everyone and everything has a story,” April D. Ryan acknowledges. “Also, I have always marveled at Black women and how we work to move mountains and are never really thanked or recognized.” In Black Women Will Save the World, she melds these two truths, creating an inspiring and heart-tugging portrait of one of the momentous years in America, 2020—when America elected its first Black woman Vice President—and celebrates the tenacity, power, and impact of Black women across America.

From the beginning of the nation to today, Black women have transformed their pain into progress and have been at the frontlines of the nation’s political, social, and economic struggles. These “Sheroes” as Ryan calls them, include current political leaders such as Maxine Waters, Valerie Jarrett, and Kamala Harris; LaTosha Brown, and other activists. Combining profiles and in-depth interviews with these influential movers and shakers and many more, Ryan explores the challenges Black women endure, and how the lessons they’ve learned can help us shape our own stories.

Ryan also chronicles her personal journey from working-class Baltimore to the elite echelons of journalism and speaks out about the hurdles she faced in becoming one of the most well-connected members of the Washington press corps—while raising two daughters as a single mother in the aftermath of a messy divorce.

It is time for everyone to acknowledge Black women’s unrivaled contributions to America. Yet our democracy remains in peril, and their work is far from done. Black Women Will Save the World presents a vital kaleidoscopic look at women of different ages and from diverse backgrounds who devote their lives to making the world a better place—even if that means stepping out of their “place.”

 

Uphill: A Memoir by Jemele Hill

 

One of Oprah Daily’s Best Fall Nonfiction Books of 2022

An empowering, unabashedly bold memoir by the Atlantic journalist and former ESPN SportsCenter coanchor about overcoming a legacy of pain and forging a new path, no matter how uphill life’s battles might be.

Jemele Hill’s world came crashing down when she called President Trump a “white supremacist”; the White House wanted her fired from ESPN, and she was deluged with death threats. But Hill had faced tougher adversaries growing up in Detroit than a tweeting president. Beneath the exterior of one of the most recognizable journalists in America was a need―a calling―to break her family’s cycle of intergenerational trauma.

Born in the middle of a lively routine Friday night Monopoly game to a teen mother and a heroin-addicted father, Hill constantly adjusted to the harsh realities of not only her own childhood but the inherited generational pain of her mother and grandmother. Her escape was writing.

Hill’s mother was less than impressed with the brassy and bold free expression of her diary, but Hill never stopped discovering and amplifying her voice. Through hard work and a constant willingness to learn, Hill rose from newspaper reporter to columnist to new heights as the coanchor for ESPN’s revered SportsCenter. Soon, she earned respect and support for her fearless opinions and unshakable confidence, as well as a reputation as a trusted journalist who speaks her mind with truth and conviction.

In Jemele Hill’s journey Uphill, she shares the whole story of her work, the women of her family, and her complicated relationship with God in an unapologetic, character-rich, and eloquent memoir.

 

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama

In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.

There may be no tidy solutions or pithy answers to life’s big challenges, but Michelle Obama believes that we can all locate and lean on a set of tools to help us better navigate change and remain steady within flux. In The Light We Carry, she opens a frank and honest dialogue with readers, considering the questions many of us wrestle with: How do we build enduring and honest relationships? How can we discover strength and community inside our differences? What tools do we use to address feelings of self-doubt or helplessness? What do we do when it all starts to feel like too much?

Michelle Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.” She details her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. With trademark humor, candor, and compassion, she also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness.

“When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it,” writes Michelle Obama. A rewarding blend of powerful stories and profound advice that will ignite conversation, The Light We Carry inspires readers to examine their own lives, identify their sources of gladness, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.

 

 

Becoming Free Indeed: by Jinger Vuolo

Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith from Fear by Jinger Vuolo

Jinger Vuolo, the sixth child in the famous Duggar family of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, recounts how she began to question the unhealthy ideology of her youth and learned to embrace true freedom in Christ.

When Jinger Duggar Vuolo was growing up, she was convinced that obeying the rules was the key to success and God’s favor. She zealously promoted the Basic Life Principles of Bill Gothard.

Jinger, along with three of her sisters, wrote a New York Times bestseller about their religious convictions. She believed this level of commitment would guarantee God’s blessing, even though in private she felt constant fear that she wasn’t measuring up to the high standards demanded of her.

In Becoming Free Indeed, Jinger shares how in her early twenties, a new family member—a brother-in-law who didn’t grow up in the same tight-knit conservative circle as Jinger—caused her to examine her beliefs. He was committed to the Bible, but he didn’t believe many of the things Jinger had always assumed were true. His influence, along with the help of a pastor named Jeremy Vuolo, caused Jinger to see that her life was built on rules, not God’s Word.

Jinger committed to studying the Bible—truly understanding it—for the first time. What resulted was an earth-shaking realization: much of what she’d always believed about God, obedience to His Word, and personal holiness wasn’t in-line with what the Bible teaches.

Now with a renewed faith of personal conviction, Becoming Free Indeed shares what it was like living under the tenants of Bill Gothard, the Biblical truth that changed her perspective, and how she disentangled her faith with her belief in Jesus intact.

 

 

How Y’all Doing? by Leslie Jordan

How Y’all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan

Viral sensation and Emmy Award-winner Leslie Jordan regales fans with entertaining stories about the odd, funny, and unforgettable events in his life in this unmissable essay collection that echoes his droll, irreverent voice.

When actor Leslie Jordan learned he had “gone viral,” he had no idea what that meant or how much his life was about to change. On Instagram, his uproarious videos have entertained millions and have made him a global celebrity. Now, he brings his bon vivance to the page with this collection of intimate and sassy essays.

Bursting with color and life, dripping with his puckish Southern charm, How Y’all Doing? is Leslie doing what Leslie does best: telling stories that make us laugh and lift our spirits even in the darkest days. Whether he’s writing about his brush with a group of ruffians in a West Hollywood Starbucks, or an unexpected phone call from legendary Hollywood start Debbie Reynolds, Leslie infuses each story with his fresh and saucy humor and pure heart.

How Y’all Doing? is an authentic, warm, and joyful portrait of an American Sweetheart— a Southern Baptist celebutante, first-rate raconteur, and keen observer of the odd side of life whose quirky wit rivals the likes ofAmy Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, David Rakoff, and Sarah Vowell.

 

 

My Government Means to Kill Me: A Novel by Rasheed Newson

The debut novel from television WRITER/PRODUCER OF THE CHI, NARCOS, and BEL-AIR tells a fierce and riveting queer coming-of-age story following the personal and political awakening of a young, gay, Black man in 1980s New York City.

“Consistently engrossing.” —New York Times Book Review

“Full of joy and righteous anger, sex and straight talk, brilliant storytelling and humor… A spectacularly researched Dickensian tale with vibrant characters and dozens of famous cameos, it is precisely the book we’ve needed for a long time.” —Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Earl “Trey” Singleton III arrives in New York City with only a few dollars in his pocket. Born into a wealthy Black Indianapolis family, at 17, he is ready to leave his overbearing parents and their expectations behind.

In the city, Trey meets up with a cast of characters that changes his life forever. He volunteers at a renegade home hospice for AIDS patients, and after being put to the test by gay rights activists, becomes a member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Along the way Trey attempts to navigate past traumas and searches for ways to maintain familial relationships—all while seeking the meaning of life amid so much death.

Vibrant, humorous, and fraught with entanglements, Rasheed Newson’s My Government Means to Kill Me is an exhilarating, fast-paced coming-of-age story that lends itself to a larger discussion about what it means for a young gay Black man in the mid-1980s to come to terms with his role in the midst of a political and social reckoning.

 

Purple Lotus: A Novel by Veena Rao

“The dazzling tale of an Indian-American woman finding her way through the labyrinth of tradition to self-awareness in the modern world. The writer employs an energetic prose style interspersed with melodic passages to make the writing itself a hybrid. Set in particular times and places, Purple Lotus nonetheless appeals to readers everywhere, especially women, to claim the full measure of their human rights. A vivid and resplendent novel for our time.”―Elaine Neil Orr, critically acclaimed author of Swimming Between Worlds

 

 

Tara moves to the American South three years after her arranged marriage to tech executive Sanjay. Ignored and lonely, Tara finds herself regressing back to childhood memories that have scarred her for life. When she was eight, her parents had left her behind with her aging grandparents and a schizophrenic uncle in Mangalore, while taking her baby brother with them to make a new life for the family in Dubai.

Tara’s memories of abandonment and isolation mirror her present life of loneliness and escalating abuse at the hands of her husband. She accepts the help of kind-hearted American strangers to fight Sanjay, only to be pressured by her patriarchal family to make peace with her circumstances. Then, in a moment of truth, she discovers the importance of self-worth—a revelation that gives her the courage to break free, gently rebuild her life, and even risk being shunned by her community when she marries her childhood love, Cyrus Saldanha.

Life with Cyrus is beautiful, until old fears come knocking. Ultimately, Tara must face these fears to save her relationship with Cyrus—and to confront the victim-shaming society she was raised within.

Intimate and deeply moving, Purple Lotus is the story of one woman’s ascension from the dark depths of desolation toward the light of freedom.

 

Dawn (Lilith’s Brood, 1) by Octavia E. Butler

One woman is called upon to rebuild the future of humankind after a nuclear war, in this revelatory post-apocalyptic tale from the award-winning author of Parable of the Sower.

When Lilith lyapo wakes from a centuries-long sleep, she finds herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. She discovers that the Oankali—a seemingly benevolent alien race—intervened in the fate of the humanity hundreds of years ago, saving everyone who survived a nuclear war from a dying, ruined Earth and then putting them into a deep sleep. After learning all they could about Earth and its beings, the Oankali healed the planet, cured cancer, increased human strength, and they now want Lilith to lead her people back to Earth—but salvation comes at a price.

Hopeful and thought-provoking, this post-apocalyptic narrative deftly explores gender and race through the eyes of characters struggling to adapt during a pivotal time of crisis and change.

 

 

The Housemaid: Psychological Thriller by Freida McFadden

“Welcome to the family,” Nina Winchester says as I shake her elegant, manicured hand. I smile politely, gazing around the marble hallway. Working here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like. But I’ll soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than my own…

 

Every day I clean the Winchesters’ beautiful house top to bottom. I collect their daughter from school. And I cook a delicious meal for the whole family before heading up to eat alone in my tiny room on the top floor.

I try to ignore how Nina makes a mess just to watch me clean it up. How she tells strange lies about her own daughter. And how her husband Andrew seems more broken every day. But as I look into Andrew’s handsome brown eyes, so full of pain, it’s hard not to imagine what it would be like to live Nina’s life. The walk-in closet, the fancy car, the perfect husband.

I only try on one of Nina’s pristine white dresses once. Just to see what it’s like. But she soon finds out… and by the time I realize my attic bedroom door only locks from the outside, it’s far too late.

But I reassure myself: the Winchesters don’t know who I really am.

They don’t know what I’m capable of…

 

An unbelievably twisty read that will have you glued to the pages late into the night. Anyone who loves The Woman in the Window, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train won’t be able to put this down!

Well Behaved Wives: A Novel by Amy Sue Nathan

Well Behaved Wives: A Novel by Amy Sue Nathan

Perfect wives, imperfect lives, and upending the rules of behavior in 1960s America.

Law school graduate and newlywed Ruth Appelbaum is acclimating to life and marriage in a posh Philadelphia neighborhood. She’ll do almost anything to endear herself to her mother-in-law, who’s already signed up Ruth for etiquette lessons conducted by the impeccably accessorized tutor Lillian Diamond. But Ruth brings something fresh to the small circle of housewives—sharp wit, honesty, and an independent streak that won’t be compromised.

Right away Ruth develops a friendship with the shy Carrie Blum. When Carrie divulges a dark and disturbing secret lurking beneath her seemingly perfect life, Ruth invites Lillian and the Diamond Girls of the etiquette school to finally question the status quo.

Together they form an unbreakable bond and stretch well beyond their comfort zones. For once, they’ll challenge what others expect from them, discover what they expect from themselves, and do whatever it takes to protect one of their own—fine manners be damned.

 

Girl Get Up! – 21 Day Devotional by Temeka Davis

Girl Get Up!: 21 Day Devotional and Journal by Temeka Davis

Girl Get Up is a 21-day devotional and journal that will encourage, inspire and motivate you to Get Up!

Get up and go get everything God has for you! Girl get up and get moving! Get up and pray!

You have dreams, goals and visions that you need to work on. There’s a journal included in the back of the book for you to write down things as God speaks to you.

Get up and start that business. Get up and go back to school. Get up and move!

 

Sweet Baby Mine by Maria Daversa

“My whole life I’ve wanted someone to believe in me, to believe I was worthy of love. I never thought that someone would be me.”
~Quote from Sweet Baby Mine

“Why is it all the bad things we’ve done in the past never stay in the past?”

Ana will do anything to hold on to Tony. He’s the love of her life–the Heathcliff to her Catherine, the Rivera to her Kahlo, the Sid to her Nancy. Without him, she’s nothing.

But Ana also has a secret–a youthful indiscretion that shouldn’t have happened. So, when her estranged daughter, Chloe, calls in the middle of the night to say she wants to come home, Ana finds herself caught in a web of deceit as mother and daughter share a secret so troubling it could destroy her marriage.

Set in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, Sweet Baby Mine is an adult coming of age tale about the collateral damage left behind when a marriage fails spectacularly. Told in real time and from the perspectives of the two main characters: Ana and Tony, the story documents the toll secrets, lies, betrayals, and mental illness can have on a couple who once believed they’d found in each other true love.

The tale is brutal, oftentimes heartbreaking, but always hopeful as it never deviates from its message. On the road to self-discovery, you will eventually learn that no matter what anyone says—no matter what flawed message you believed about yourself growing up, you are a good person and deserving of love.

A dark psychological drama, Sweet Baby Mine is unputdownable.

 

 

 

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Octavia E. Butler meets Marvel’s Black Panther in The Deep, a story rich with Afrofuturism, folklore, and the power of memory, inspired by the Hugo Award–nominated song “The Deep” from Daveed Diggs’s rap group Clipping.

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

The Deep is “a tour de force reorientation of the storytelling gaze…a superb, multilayered work,” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) and a vividly original and uniquely affecting story inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping.

 

Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman

Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman

#1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller

 

The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

 

Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage.

 

Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, this beautifully designed volume features poems in many inventive styles and structures and shines a light on a moment of reckoning. Call Us What We Carry reveals that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.

 

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Book 1 of 2: The Gilded Ones

“A dark feminist tale spun with blood and gold. Must read!” –Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

The start of a bold and immersive fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther.

 

The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna

The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna
Book 2 of 2: The Gilded Ones

The epic, hotly anticipated sequel to the instant bestseller The Gilded Ones about a girl with the power to remake her world—or destroy it.

“Fans of Children of Blood and Bone, Mulan, and the Dora Milaje from Black Panther are going to adore [The Gilded Ones].”—BuzzFeed

It’s been six months since Deka freed the goddesses in the ancient kingdom of Otera and discovered who she really is… but war is waging across the kingdom, and the real battle has only just begun. For there is a dark force growing in Otera—a merciless power that Deka and her army must stop.

Yet hidden secrets threaten to destroy everything Deka has known. And with her own gifts changing, Deka must discover if she holds the key to saving Otera… or if she might be its greatest threat.

The Merciless Ones is the second thrilling installment of the epic fantasy series in which a young heroine fights against a world that would dare tame her.

 

Games

FastJack Robinson by Duane Filer

Fastjack was coming to spend the summer with his grand-rabbits, Grandpaw and Grandmaw Robinson, in Bunny Junction. Fastjack Robinson had moved to Hare City but always loved coming back home to visit his beloved grand-rabbits as well as his childhood friends, House Mouse and Stooley the Pigeon.

After a big welcome-home supper of carrot stew and rabbit tea, Fastjack was informed by the squeaky-voiced House Mouse that the notorious, mischievous Grabbit Rabbit was wreaking havoc in Bunny Junction by stealing pies and other carrot items from the families in Bunny Junction. Little did the Grabbit Rabbit know that, like a young Jackie Robinson, Fastjack Robinson was the fastest rabbit in the world!

Somebody in Bunny Junction had to stop the notorious Grabbit Rabbit. So Stooley, House Mouse, Grandpaw, and Grandmaw devised a plan to catch the Grabbit Rabbit. It’s Fastjack to the rescue!