Apples & Oranges




About the Author

Author D. Elaine Fields is a member of Richmond, VA's thriving creative community.



About the Book

Lashonda Price is young, beautiful, and successful and Robert White can’t wait to wrap himself in her honey brown skin. At first a thirteen year age difference and the hassles of negotiating race give them pause, but it isn’t long before the long simmering heat between them ignites a passionate fire that threatens to consume them both. Can their love survive the objections of friends, family, and community in the same old South? Join the RVA characters you love for another tale of love in the River City.

The Choice Series-Weighted Letters.



About the Author

Bio-Born in Birmingham, Al, Audrey always exhibited a love for words. After writing her first book, The Definition of Sexy, Audrey took a leave from the writing scene until 2014. She released book one of The Choice Series-Weighted Letters.
 


About the Book

It is two short stories that follows the lives of Cheryl and Keith (The Promise) and Austyn and Kayla (The Bridge). With a mix of poetic scenes that shine a light on the love shared by Cheryl and Keith to a promise made as children warranting to be fulfilled before Keith dies. In the story the bridge- Austyn saw Kayla time and time again during his daily run. After being convinced by his best friend Mike, he asked her out and a fire was ignited between the two. That was not the only fire burning in Austyn’s life.

From My Mind To Your Eyes



About the Author

Yulonda enjoys writing poetry, children's short stories, & realistic fiction. Besides being a self-published author Yulonda is an encouragement speaker. Yulonda currently resides in southern California with her family.



About the Book

Come take a ride with Yulonda Madden through pieces of her mind to tour her inner thoughts of sensuality, injustice, love, spirituality, & humor. All viewed through poetry.

For the Love of Black Men



About the Author

Ayin M. Adams, PhD. Msc.D., is a native New Yorker. She is also an International Metaphysician, spiritual director, and intuitive therapist. Adams is a holistic teacher of self-development and consciousness. Adams utilizes her gift of words to heal, educate, and entertain. Adams is the author of more than eight books. Adams has been published by “Women in the Moon” publishing, Bum Rush the Page, In the Family, and Quiet Mountain Essays.

Adams is the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards Finalist for her book, African Americans in Hawai`i: A Search for Identity, the 2015 Bronze Medal Illumination Book Award winner, 1998 winner of the Pat Parker Poetry Award, the 1999 Audre Lorde Memorial Prose Prize, the 2001 President’s Award for Literary Excellence, and the Zora Neal Hurston/Richard Wright Award. Adams documents our passage in time using her writings and tonality of voice to help one break out of the current constraints and fragmentation of daily and habitual life. She assists and facilitates individuals to co-create their futures, especially as many of the established structures of society may be falling apart.

Adams lives with the intention of suiting up, showing up, and following through. Adams embraces a firm belief that everything is in Divine Order. Ayin M. Adams organizes and leads spiritual retreats geared towards the transformational transcendence of mind, body, and soul. She makes her home in Maui. You may visit her at www.ayinadams.com.




About the Book

For the Love of Black Men is a triumph…filled with power, with poems reflecting the rich traditions and complexity of today’s black society. For the Love of Black Men is a thought-provoking, hard-hitting book of poetry that offers renderings of past and present indignities, self-introspection, spiritual commitment, forgiveness and the necessity of solutions. It probes areas that are not openly discussed.

More than just a book of poetry For the Love of Black Men addresses issues credibly, compassionately, and directly, with a minimum of soft edges. For the Love of Black Men transports the reader on a personal and private tour into a realm where some Black men have had to wrestle and confront their own challenging questions concerning their wholeness. Many of the concerns these men have had to face may be similar to all men. However, because of the legacy of slavery, their obstacles are more.

The wholeness that is being sought is always present, even in the most desolate of times. Trusting one’s inner source sometimes gives clarification to dilemmas that appear inconceivable. Many times silence or solitude are means by which answers are revealed. The fast-paced survival atmosphere in which most black men live does not provide such opportunities. In communities where there is a predominance of black men, the constant din of helicopters, fire-engines, sirens and other disturbances does not grant much contemplative time. For the Love of Black Men offers hope and the possibility of alternate choices.

Ayin Adams’ poetry addresses the Black Man from a potpourri of issues. A gentle and compassionate rumination shared in the loving description of The Eyes of Father while the contrast of Sometimes I feel like a Fatherless Son and the brutally truthful concerns addressed in Hostage or Husband offer objective assessments.

In more recent times, approximately fifty plus reported cases of unarmed black men have been murdered by policemen which is a continuation of the 1857 original statement concerning Dred Scott had no rights to sue, because the white man said that the black man has, “No rights which the white man was bound to respect.” Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin were some of the victims who have given their lives…is an unsolicited martyrdom the ultimate reward for a Black Man, the final recognition that one never could have achieved on minimum wage or selling individual cigarettes with a second-class citizen mentality? The answers are always within, and the way in which we confront them will determine our happiness or unhappiness.

For the Love of Black Men awakens us to a black man’s world in today’s American Society with searing poems that stretch from the street to the healing power of family and love. From the chilling immediacy of I Can’t Breathe (for Eric Garner) to the horrific truth of Unarmed, Adams tells apocalyptic moments in the Black community. Adams also encompasses the love, compassion and humor that connects the black man to the black community and to the world. Fortunately for all of us, Adams verses actually become a legitimate shelf reference of America’s shameful history of the slayings of unarmed black men.

For the Love of Black Men exposes readers to an expansive reassessment of some of the issues that have prevailed since slavery which have produced myriads of confusion. Ayin Adams permits readers, participants, victims and those who have a genuine desire to rectify the problems, the hope that the offerings she has presented will illicit questions and perhaps provide some solutions. Poetry reaching universal experience is fundamental to understanding human life and Ayin Adams connects the individual and the larger society. This book must be in everyone’s library. Contact: ayinadams@ayinadams.com
 
 
Releasing: April 11, 2015

Ruffled Feathers Hard Truths



About the Author

Butterfly Ingelozi® is an Illinois born native of the United States. A military veteran and college-educated, she lives her life through her experiences. Extremely analytical, she focuses solely on the purpose of every situation and every individual. Growing up in a close-knit family, Butterfly learned the value of character, integrity, loyalty and love (the action word). Writing came as second-nature to Ms. Ingelozi, though not her passion. She began writing as a means to disseminate information throughout her mother’s extended illness. Writing then became therapeutic, allowing her to express her innermost thoughts, inadvertently revealing a uniquely spiritual and sensitive side, full of inspiration and encouragement, with an uncanny ability to uplift and educate.

She writes from her heart and, unknowingly, finds a way to touch others through her words. A kindred spirit; kind, caring, giving, loving and trusting. But, don't be fooled, Butterfly Ingelozi® speaks her truth and aims from the hip. A gentle person, Butterfly sails into your heart, melodically and humbly, with her truth and wisdom.




About the Book

What began as a means to disseminate information to close friends and family, all at once, became a legacy and a testament to an undying and unselfish love for family and life. This story is multi-layered. If you read and embrace it with an open mind, you will be amazed at what you take away. This story is about all of us, because each of us will pass through this storm some day (if you haven't already).

This is a story of two people saving each other’s lives, fighting through some of the toughest battles and winning many of them. One was left to pull together, what they thought were the broken pieces of their life, while growing in understanding and acceptance. The war, it’s ongoing. It is our story. "If I hadn’t lived it, I would have thought it was fiction."

This book is for all of us. "Had I known to expect the unexpected many years ago, I wouldn’t have been so desperate, stressed, under duress or surprised. Had so many things not been family secrets in too many households for far too long, we all could have long ago helped each other with our experiences. Had I had access to the forthright experiences of others, I could have been better prepared to stage wars." And certainly, this book would not have ever been relative. Although we all aren’t the same, nor will our experiences necessarily mimic one another’s, it is important that we share information and efforts when we encounter trials and endure tribulations in life.

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Love and Lies in the River City

 
 


About the Author

Author D. Elaine Fields is a member of Richmond, VA's thriving creative community.






About the Book

Having fallen for the propaganda hook, line, and sinker Dawn Roberson is sure that she'll never find a husband; after all young, professional African American females never do. She's so eager for the man of her dreams in fact that when handsome successful Lawrence Moses crosses her path she's more than willing to overlook a fatal flaw - he's married. Convinced that Lawrence has already decided to divorce his wife Dawn dives head first into a love affair that she's sure will deliver her happily ever after. Her choice throws the lives of others into flux as Lawrence's unsuspecting wife discovers that her husband has moved on without her. The former Mrs. Moses finds herself suddenly free of the bonds of an unhappy marriage and hotly pursued by her first love - the man who's never forgiven himself for letting her get away.

Karma: A book of short poems



About the Author

My name is Reese and I'm a local Philly author. I started writing poetry at a young age, but for the most part kept my talent a secret. I'm a domestic violence survivor and was blessed enough to make it out of that relationship in 2009. I finally decided to published a poem book in 2013 after seeing a sign that read: "If God gives you a talent you need to use it".
 




About the Book

Karma consist of 25 short poems which are based on different life experiences that I have been through. Since the poems describe real emotions, and real situations readers are more likely to relate to what they are reading.

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The Mistreatment of Zora Langston




About the Author

Lisa W. Tetting is the author of the novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston, and creator of Rebirthoflisa, her personal blog. She is a former call center supervisor, who, after much thought and angst, decided to change her life by living her dream. She grew up in a small town in North Carolina and loves that she is a Southern Girl. She has been happily married to her wonderful husband for a little over 14 years, and they currently reside in Tampa, Florida.
 
 
 
 

About the Book

Zora Langston is nine years old when her father dies, leaving her in the hands of a mother who is anything but loving and siblings who never considered her family. Without her father, she is truly alone. Before the dirt has even settled on his grave, there’s a new man of the house, and he has no interest in being Zora’s father.

Despite her hardships, Zora remains true and allows faith to help free her from this new, horrible life she’s found herself in. She finds solace in her aunt and uncle and, for the first time, starts to discover what it’s like to have a real family. However, just when she thinks she has escaped her tormentors, new abusers emerge, old ones return from hiding and she must find the strength to survive.

More about Lisa W. Tetting
www.rebirthoflisa.wordpress.com

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Bound to Tradition Book 1:The Dream, 2:The Initiation and 3:The Separation


 

About the Author

A P Von K'Ory, the pen name of Akinyi Princess of K’Orinda-Yimbo, is the winner of six Awards from four continents, the last one being the Achievers Award for African Writer Of The Year 2013 in the Netherlands. The Selmere Integration Prize was awarded her in 2014 for her engagement in helping African Women in the Diaspora cope with a variety of domestic and social problems. The Proposal, her short story, won the Cook Communications first prize in 2010, and is published in an American collections of anthology Africa 2012. In 2012 she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to the Western society in various papers, theses and lectures. Again in 2012 her book was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize by the Author-me Group, Sanford, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

She studied Economics, Literature and Journalism in London; Germanistics and German-specific Economics and Socio-Philosophy in Germany. Her most recent personal achievement is her Ph.D. in Sociology and Geo-Politics in Germany, making her total number of doctorates rise to five - she regards knowledge as a lifelong quest of learning something new.

Apart from her numerous and published articles, theses and papers, her first novel in German: Khiras Traum was published in 2004. There followed eight romance novels: the award winning trilogy Bound to Tradition Book 1 The Dream; Bound to Tradition Book 2 The Initiation; and Bound to Tradition Book 3 The Separation. Secret Shades Book 1: Aroused; Secret Shades Book 2: Revealed; Dark Desires Obsession’s First Lap; Dark Desires Obsession’s Second Lap; Dark Desires 1: Obsession which is the first two Dark Desires books combined in a single book. Golden Shana Book 1: The The Chase is coming out in spring 2015. Her nonfiction book Darkest Europe and Africa's Nightmare: A Critical Observation of Neighboring Continents was published in New York.

She lives in Germany, France, Cyprus and Greece with her husband, son and two grandsons.



 

About the Book

Bound to Tradition Book 1: The Dream

What do you do when the man you love with a searing passion is determined to be your father? You cling to The Dream.

Khira is an enigma; born to African traditionalist and conservative family but schooled by Europeans she is prim and proper, proud, graceful, and dignified with a hint of wildness. She is also beautiful, mysterious, and has this paradoxical sexual appeal. But she is also young, and in need of guidance.Twenty-four years her senior, Erik is determined to be the one that mentors her. His first line of business is to continue her education abroad, but Khira has other plans.

Erik awakens the woman in Khira and she clings to The Dream of making him hers. Consumed by desire and craving to be possessed by him, she embarks on a relentless quest to seduce him.

Erik is intrigued by her, but will he succumb to the sizzling temptations of an ardent 16-year-old seductress in a land where she is of legal age? Or will Erik’s good intentions prevail?


 


Bound to Tradition Book 2: The Initiation

Every human spirituality is composed of rituals, rites of passages, & sacred ceremonies. Having been born into a traditionalist and conservative family in Luoland Kenya, Khira is determined to share this with her daughter Loyana—even if it is against her husband’s expressed wishes. Loyana is of the age to go through the Initiation, one of Luoland’s more important Rites of Passage, and she is as eager as her mother to see it through. So they lie and have the Initiation performed in Luoland. A day later, during a weekend safari trip in the remote and breath-taking Tsavo National Park, the ladies of the Lindquist family are still determined to keep their secret although Loyana falls seriously sick as a result of the Initiation she underwent. Loyana unfortunately reacts badly to the traditional herbs used during the Initiation and becomes deathly ill, her mother Khira shouldering overwhelming guilt for inadvertently poisoning her beloved child. When her husband Erik learns of the betrayal he is overcome with grief and rage, and another unfortunate and tragic event leads to Khira lying next to her daughter in a coma. Desperate to save his wife and daughter Erik is willing to do whatever it takes to get them the medical help they need—but in the remote stretches of Tsavo, that means dangerous dealings and bribery. Will help arrive in time for mother and daughter? Or will the Initiation be the beginning of the end?

“This is not only exotic, culturally stimulating and not run-of-the-mill Harlequin, it’s an intercultural study. The book is for the discerning and culturally savvy Africanists. Ever heard of A Many Splendoured Thing? Well this is the African version of that.” Karen Ammond, Elite Professionals Magazine


 

Bound to Tradition Book 3: The Separation

The coma patient screamed her inaudible words: Who am I? Who is this man crying over me in my bed? Answer me! Why can’t you hear me?

So begins the final book in the Bound to Tradition trilogy, which continues the story of the Lindqvist family. Khira and Loyana have been brought to a private clinic in Glion-sur-Montreaux Switzerland to recover from vastly different ailments. Loyana was inadvertently poisoned during a Luoland female coming-of-age ceremony arranged for her by her mother Khira. Upon discovering his wife's deceitful hand in his beloved daughter's illness, Erik lashed out at Khira, leaving her in a coma. Although both are slowly recovering, it will be an exceptionally hard road back to her life and her beloved family for Khira.

Erik has no idea how to cope with anything other than his business empire where he is supremely confident in his competence and controls everything with iron-clad leadership – the very qualities he sorely lacks when it comes to taking care of his children and their comatose mother. He handles this double tragedy in the only way he can, leaving Khira and his children in the capable hands of his parents and Khira’s girlhood friend Joyce, while he returns to Nairobi to bury himself back in his business dealings where he is most comfortable. But instead of business as usual, new trouble strikes, forcing him back to Europe to deal with them personally.

More aboutA P Von K'Ory

Visit her at http://akinyi-princess.de

Kindel – Dream http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJKFYF6#reader_B00BJKFYF6
US Paperback - http://www.amazon.com/Bound-To-Tradition-The-Initiation/dp/1481927507

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bound-To-Tradition-The-Initiation/dp/1481927507
US Paperback - http://www.amazon.com/Bound-To-Tradition-The-Initiation/dp/1481927507


UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bound-To-Tradition-The-Initiation/dp/1481927507

Kindle – Initiation http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CS5AOOC
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E0INE5G

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E0INE5G Separation paperback
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E0INE5G Separation Kindle

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1481919636

Black children in care: Health, Hair and Skin



About the authors

Denise Lewis [Social Worker] and Flora Awolaja [Teacher], are two professional women,qualified in the field of Social Care and Education. As a qualified Social Worker and Teacher,we have 20 years of varied knowledge and experience between us, of working with Children and Families in Local Authorities in and around England. During our educational development,we have been able to develop a critical perspective on good Child-Care practice, and have become independent inquirers; our ethos has always been Child-Centred and Child Focused. We aim to Empower, Educate, and Inspire Black/Mixed Heritage children to create a positive environment in regards to their Health, Hair, and Skin Care.

Our project is set up to work in a multi-agency framework, engaging with Local Authorities, and other agencies such as Action for Children, The Children Society, and Fostering and Adoption agencies.
 
 

About the book

Black Children in Care book’:

We have designed and written a 70 page book titled ‘Black Children in Care: Health, Hair and Skin’ designed to address the lack of information that persists with the care of Black children in Cross Cultural Fostering and Adoption placements: The book as a resource is:
• Empowering, Innovative & Child Centred,
• User friendly, Colourful, Fun and Informative
• It has positive images of Black children.

The book allows us to give Social Workers, and other social care agencies, such as Local Government, Action for Children, Barnados, NSPCC, and Foster Carers and Adopters of Black children, the information that they may need about, the care of Black Hair, Health and skin whilst the children
are in care.

Our research has shown that there is limited information around the Health, Hair and Skin care of Black and Mixed Heritage children in care. The purpose of the book is to provide child focussed book on how to care for Black and Mixed Heritage children’s Health, hair and skin whilst in care. The number of black children/people who will benefit from this project will possibly number several hundred, their ages range from birth to 18 years.

Foster carers and Adopters will also benefit from this book, and all carers who will care for Black and Mixed heritage. It would serve as a means of empowering foster carers/ adopters to be proactive in the welfare of the Hair and Skin of Black and Mixed heritage children.

In terms of their needs ‘Hair is critical to a strong sense of racial identity for Black Children’ as well as understand the cultural aspects and gain knowledge of the importance of grooming, moisturising, and caring for black hair.
 
Our book will be of use to schools, and voluntary organisations, in providing cultural information on the welfare of Black and Mixed Heritage children in relation to their, Health, Hair, and Skin care.