Between 2 Races

About the author

Daughter of Ernest StClair a Former US Soldier, and Erika Wittner whom was German. Both of whom passed away several years ago. Tammy was born and raised in Germany. She was married in her early 20s, and had two daughters, and is now the proud grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren

After the death of her mother, she decided to go to the US to meet her father in person. She started traveling back and forth to visit him in the US. Years after her divorce, she decided to take a different route in life, and left Germany to settle down in the US, mainly to become much closer to certain family members in the US; but also to move forward with her life long dream of becoming a successful writer. Over the years, she never really talked about her silent war she went thru growing up as a bi-racial child. Until she realized that her story might benefit others that have been through or still facing similar issues in life.

Before writing the book Between 2 Races, she's written over 300 unpublished poems, 2 published poems, 2 songs, and several quotes and vows. She is not a stranger to writing, but this book as she puts it, is the greatest challenge in her history of writing she has faced so far.

About the book

This book will take you on a journey of a Biracial young girl that grew up in a place and time where it was not Okay to look different . It's one thing to face racism, but how about facing racism along with being in a country like Germany in the early 70's

This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but most importantly, it will make you think. If you've ever wondered what could be going on in the mind of someone who is not only a little different because of her skin color, but her nationality was also an issue, then this book is a must read for you

Between 2 Races falls into the unique new genre of books titled "Heal-Lit" where author are sharing their unique stories to heal their communities

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Chocolate Notes

About the author

Triche Christmon is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. Ms. Christmon received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts Concentration Public Relations, with a minor in Business Administration in May of 1997.

Fresh out of college, Triche obtained employment with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. She attributes her foundation in sales and networking skills to the management training program with Enterprise, where she also learned the art of building a rapport and maintaining relationships.

Through-out the years Ms. Christmon had various jobs in, sales, advertising and marketing. In September of 2000, she co-founded Starlink Media Entertainment Group a small boutique publicity firm. Over the next seven years Starlink Media Entertainment Group had many trial, tribulations, clients and success. From 2000 to 2007 Starlink Media Entertainment Group were the Publicist for Carmen Bryan, New York Times Best Selling Author of “It’s No Secret”, which they helped to secure the publishing deal with Simon Schuster/ VH1 Pocket books. Starlink Media Entertainment Group was the PR firm for the How Can I Be Down Music Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and 2003 Co-Founder Stacy Mitchell headed up Urban Idol talent scouting showcase in Sacramento with huge success.

Now on hiatus with Starlink Media Entertainment Group, Ms. Christmon is excited to bring her skills of networking, marketing and communication to the masses with her newly created public relations firm Triche Christmon PR.

About the book

Chocolate Notes is a collection of poems that was created to flow like a relationship. In the beginning there’s attraction which leads to courting, and then the joy of falling in love. From there it’s the pleasures of sex, and then, there’s the dreadful breakup.

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About the author

Renee Rochelle is a St. Louis native, mother of two teenage daughters, working in corporate america.

About the book

It’s a cold Tuesday night on the subway. You lock eyes with a tall, dark, handsome stranger. He follows you off the train and politely offers you a ride in his limo where you sip champagne and talk about your deepest desires. He pulls you down on the floor and makes passionate love to you. Hours later, as he is stroking your hair and feeding you strawberries, he confesses that he is a millionaire and that you are his soul mate…....wait. Did I say a cold “Tuesday night?” I meant Wednesday. Oh yah, as I was saying, you go to a home improvement store looking like sh*t, you meet a guy, you get excited. You get together, he seems interested, then after you become intimate, he tells you he wants to see other people but he still wants to be friends, you hate that sh*t, so you date other people but then you go back to dating that guy again. You realize you are in love but he still doesn't want a commitment. You stay by yourself for a while, then get lonely and start dating other people because you are just sick of it. You rinse and repeat. Yah that’s more like it. That sounds more like Single.

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Right Before My Eyes

About the Author

Michelle Robinson was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Oakland’s rich culture has laid the fabric for this story. She’s been doing hair for two decades. As a hairstylist, it’s safe to say she has also served as a therapist to her clients. She has heard and witnessed it all right behind her styling chair. From her experiences, she’s given advice to many and has watched people’s lives transition. With this driving force, she has finally penned her first novel.

About the Book

Journee and Jordyn are thirty-something year old twins with two totally different lifestyles. Journee is in love with Drew, her high school sweetheart that’s in prison. A phone call from him changes everything. After a fight, she decides to end their relationship and tries to move on but she has unfinished business with Jason, another ex-boyfriend. As she moves forward, she meets Jules who appears to be Mr. Right until all his baggage shows up.

Now Jordyn is living by her own rules but the problem is she hasn’t told anyone, but the drama begins when her secret is leaked on Facebook. She finds herself in a battle with her love life, family, friends and herself.

Follow these two as they take their family and friends on a turbulent ride into their lives as they discover they are worlds apart but are forever connected.

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Completely Whole

About the Author

Paulette Harper Johnson, an award winning author, writing coach, and speaker, seeks to inspire women from all walks of life. As an inspirational and motivational speaker, Paulette’s desire is to empower, influence and cultivate women to move forward while dealing with issues that hinder women from becoming all they are created to be. Her topics are biblically sound and pertinent to the needs of today’s women.

Paulette is a wife, mother, grandmother, Bible teacher, radio host, writer and the owner of WNL Virtual Blog Tours. She has been mentoring and teaching women for years though seminars, workshops and conferences. Paulette Harper Johnson serves in ministry as an Elder with her husband Sr. Pastor Tony E. Johnson at Word of Faith Worship Center in Bradenton and North Port FL.

About the book

Trauma (stress, shock, suffering, pain, hurts) impacts everyone at one point or another. It has the ability to leave scars imbedded in our hearts. We know we hurt don’t know how deep the pain goes until we find ourselves trying to hide behind the pain through temporary remedies that leave us still not healed. Oftentimes, many people try to seek fulfillment from money, relationships, accomplishments, or material things. Others choose to cope with difficult problems by using drugs or alcohol, but they often come up short and soon have to realize that such things do not bring true happiness and fulfillment in life. Completely takes you on a journey of Wholeness by identifying areas that hinder us from becoming whole— spirit, soul and body.
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Birthday Girl

About the Author

Jamila E. Gomez was born on January 15th, 1982 in Chicago, Ill. She is the youngest of three daughters. She lived in Chicago for three years before she and her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where she attended kindergarten.

After kindergarten, Jamila and her family packed up and moved to Lithonia, Georgia. There she attended Redan Elementary, Salem Middle, and Redan High School, graduating in 2000. She wrote her first poem at age 17 as a means of dealing with the death of her grandmother. Two years after graduation, she attended Georgia Perimeter College, where she majored in English. It was there that she took courses geared towards creative writing and eventually developed an interest in writing poetry. She had three poems published in the school’s literary magazine.

Following her schooling, Jamila maintained her passion for poetry and continued to write, hoping for the opportunity to one day become a published poet. Along the way, she managed to become a freelance editor, editing “Secret Covers” for Timothy Hill and “Seven Days, Seven Nights: More Skeletons Revealed” for L’Mignon.

In a 10-month period, starting in the summer of 2011, Jamila managed to self-publish a collection of her own poetry in a book entitled, “Pure Confessions” (Volumes l and ll). The books contain poems she had written in a 3-year timeframe. She has also written a novella, entitled “Birthday Girl”. The novella was published under One Karma Publishing. Jamila has just completed co-authoring an erotic short story called “Good Men Still Exist”, which is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2012, as well as an erotic short story of her own, entitled “My Sheree Amore”, and a book of erotic poetry called “Pleasures of the Unknown”, both to be released by the 2012’s end. Currently, she works as a freelance copy editor and proofreader.

Besides being a sister and a daughter, Jamila is also an aunt to a niece and nephew. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, board games, and listening to music.

About the book

For most folks in Decatur, Georgia, December 16th was a regular day. However, for Elisha, today was extra special. She was turning 30 and ready to party hard. With her two best friends, Mika and Julie, along for the ride, Elisha was about to experience a weekend that she’d only read about in books and seen in movies.

Considering she’d not celebrated her birthday since childhood, Elisha had no idea what was in store for her; not just for the night, but for the entire weekend. She had one wish for her birthday…Dante. Elisha had been crushing on Dante for as long as she could remember, and he knew it. He saw this as the perfect opportunity to show her that he was well aware of her feelings, and makes a special appearance at Elisha’s birthday party, a party she had not expected. Little did everyone know, his special appearance at the party was not the only surprise of the weekend, not just for Elisha, but for other seemingly innocent bystanders.

Jamila Gomez gives you the inside scoop on the twists, turns, ups, and downs of all the events of Elisha’s weekend. Will truths come out for the Birthday Girl?

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The Blueberry Miller Files

About the Author

Author A. Yamina Collins runs the popular literary blog She has been a journalist for such publications as Affluent Page and New York Resident magazines and has been featured on for women in business. The Blueberry Miller Files is her first published book.

About the Book

The Blueberry Miller Files, has just been produced by DeeBooks publishing, and it is a collection of quirky, dark, and humorous short stories that highlight the tragedy of the human condition, with a multi-ethnical cast.

One of Yamina's favorite stories in the book is about a black women named Madam Adams, who happens to be an Anglophile. While transcribing a play that she assumes is Shakespearean in its scope, we get to enter her "world" and in doing so, discover that she is both delusional and has a tendency to be quite verbose--yet she is loveable, just the same.

Here is one of Yamina's favorite speeches from her: "Indeed, it is imperative that I be brief in this brief introduction of my play, so that the play, which I am now transcribing for posterity’s sake, may commence. Yes, brief I will be indeed, for I was once informed that I sometimes allow my words to stray in any introduction that I give; that is to say that I tend to escape the initial meaning of any correspondence that I, Madam Adams de Adams de Sir, bear forth to extol, though such accusations, I believe, hold neither meaning nor truth. I am merely a storyteller, if you will (and, also, an acclaimed and extensively credentialed award-winning actress), and I hope that this, my latest play, entitled, once again for the record, Calling Viola, shall be neither long nor short, but only simple and straight to the point. My play, about which I will perhaps offer some tiny observations, will begin, quite naturally, at the beginning, if one doesn’t mind, because beginnings are always the best way to begin a tale. And so my tale will begin here, at the beginning, which in many ways is the end, but since the end signifies the essence of the beginning (and the beginning bears witness to the end), then the end really is the beginning and, therefore, that is where my play shall begin—at the beginning."

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The Sisterhood

About the author

Nichol Bradford has over a decade of experience within the $60B global games industry. Her roles have spanned global marketing, licensing, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, operations, and joint ventures, touching North America, Asia, and Europe. Today, she is the Director of Operations China for Blizzard Entertainment, an award-winning global video game developer and a division of Activision-Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI). Based in Shanghai, she oversees China operations for World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and other key titles. Prior to joining Blizzard, Bradford focused on global corporate strategy as the Senior Global Director of Strategic Growth for Vivendi Games, reporting to the CEO. Previous roles include Global Brand Management at Vivendi Games and Brand Manager at Disney Interactive, the video game arm of The Walt Disney Company.

Today, Bradford is one of the highest-ranking African-American women in the games industry. She is passionate about mentoring diverse talent, women, and young people of all backgrounds and has demonstrated her overall commitment to the growth and development of the games industry. In 2007, she delivered a widely reported “Rant” at the Game Developers Conference, calling on the industry to use its influence to stimulate student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STEM) which went on to inspire a speakers bureau program at the International Game Developers Association. In 2004, she co-founded Into the Pixel, the first major collaboration between video games and fine art, to recognize and celebrate video game artists. In 2003, she founded Diverse People in Gaming (DPG), whose initial base transferred after three years to Blacks in Gaming (BIG), to support diversity in the industry.

She received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business in 2001. In 2010, after seeking a new and innovative way to coach and engage women through storytelling, she published The Sisterhood. The Sisterhood is the first ever novel that sets a standalone empowerment workshop into narrative form. Today, Bradford continues to seek projects that help others on both an individual and community level. At the cornerstone of her life of public service is her dedication to organizations that support women, especially in the areas of empowerment, technology, and business.

Last year, Bradford competed as an amateur boxer in Brawl on the Bund to benefit Leo’s Foundation, which provides care for underprivileged newborns in Shanghai, and took up polo.

About the book

The Sisterhood is an epic action-thriller set in the context of a vast business empire. Deeper, the book is about friendships between women as they fight to protect a dream larger than the individual.

The Sisterhood tells the story of what becomes possible when intelligence, rage and hope are channeled into an outrageous mission. Founded by Vivian Delacroix – The Sisterhood is a non-government organization and a massive multinational, built over decades by a band of black women.

The women invest billions into technology, pooling their profits into communities, schools, and treatment centers in the battle against Cocanol, a new and addictive drug. The group is overwhelmingly successful until their progress is noticed by the Raptor, a ruthless enemy with pawns in the US government and ties to the Trusts – the cocanol manufacturers and international powerhouses intent on controlling the world.

As a first step in a war on The Sisterhood, Vivian is assassinated, triggering a Homeland Security Bureau investigation, a Senate inquiry and a series of increasingly dangerous events. To survive, the women, led by Chief Security Officer Tonia Rawlings, must fight against unseen forces.

Battling across a public stage of media coverage and Wall Street financial theater, the women rush against all odds to outwit their foes – even as they execute the final stage of Vivian’s secret plan. As their enemies draw near, the women risk everything, testing the bonds of faith, marriage and friendship.

Along the way, they discover awful truths, make strange alliances and learn why they are the most dangerous women the world has ever seen.

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About the author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Francis Ray is a native Texan and lives in Dallas. INCOGNITO, her sixth title, was the first made-for-TV movie for BET. Her literary fiction series- Taggart and Falcon, the Invincible Women, Grayson Family of New Mexico, and Grayson Friends have consistently made bestseller's lists, and are enjoyed by readers world-wide. She has written forty-five books to date. Awards include Romantic Times Career Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen, Atlantic Choice, Borders 2008 Romance Award for bestselling Multicultural Romance for NOBODY BUT YOU. IF YOU WERE MY MAN was selected as Written 2010 Book of the Year.

Ms. Ray had four books published or re-released in 2011, and six scheduled thus far for 2012.She enjoys writing fiction, where intelligent women through hard work and perseverance triumph over adversity, just as they do in real life.

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Bestselling author Francis Ray will have fans cheering for the Grayson family’s friends—when two perfectly-matched opponents go one-on-one…

Sexy, single sports consultant Payton “Sin” Sinclair has tackled the world’s most valuable players—and most eligible women. But ever since his two best friends found love, despite his dangerous secret, he’s tempted to take a chance himself. And that temptation is a woman named Summer…

A self-made restaurant owner with a painful past, Summer has always counted on Sin. Beneath his smooth charm—and hard body—lies a tender-hearted friend who always keeps her going when the going gets tough. But now, swept up in her cousin’s wedding plans, she’s trying not to let the champagne—or Sin’s innocent passes—go to her head. Because one dangerous kiss will only lead to another…

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The Execumama’s Survival Guide

About the author

Stop presenting. Start being present!

That’s the life chant™ at The Life Design Agency,brainchild of Akilah S. Richards, entrepreneur,author, and advocate of all things Empowered Woman. Akilah‘s Work-Life mantra—Define, Design and Live your Fullest Version of Woman—has landed her in the role of trusted lifestyle management resource for women who crave less stressful, more fulfilled lives.

Akilah continues to be called upon to share her effective Life Design strategies that explore lifestyle topics such as entrepreneurship, marriage, parenting, and partnerships. She speaks at women’s conferences, health and wellness-based events in the United States and the Caribbean, and at her self-produced events that provide lifestyle guidance to women, mothers, and entrepreneurs.

Coverage in national publications both online and in print help Akilah connect and serve a diverse group of women.The Jamaican-born lover of good books and meaningful music resides in metro Atlanta with her husband and their two daughters.

About the book

When a woman is fully expressed, she can consistently step outward, further into the world, with clarity, confidence, and courage as her allies. She can define her ideal lifestyle based on her real needs, not the forced ones; she can design a lifestyle, decision by small decision, that serves her, not imprisons her and isolates her from her true self; and she can live in a space of un-muted expression, constant exploration, self-fulfillment, and enough love and joy to spread to her family and friends.

I wrote about rejecting the myth of work-life balance, and other lifestyle survival techniques in my latest book, The Execumama’s Survival Guide: Strategies and Soulwork for surviving the daily challenges of our work-life flow. The book is divided into seven survival categories—Fear, Relationships, Authenticity, Balance, Money, Excellence, and Growth—and is sold in conjunction with Lifestyle Design worksheets and an audio version of the book, as part of the full Execumama’s Survival Kit.

If you’re up for considering that life isn’t always going to feel like a perfected yoga pose, and that you get to be present and unapologetically you in all aspects of that life, then The Kit is the ideal place to start.

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…And This Too Shall Pass ~ A Poetic Gallery

About the author

A native of Savannah, Ga., Jeri L.M.S. Guyette has been writing since childhood. She has read and performed her poetry at notable open mics such as Nokturnal Escape's Soul Release, Jacksonville, Fl. and Spitfire Poetry Group, Savannah, Ga. She has also expounded her works at Barnes and Noble bookstores in Georgia and Florida and Borders Books, Southern California. Jeri has graced numerous coffee houses, jazz clubs, educational and charitable events throughout the Southeast.

She has completed three previous chapbooks, A Taste of Rain - A Love Poem Collection © 2003, Southern Peaches and Mediterranean Olives- Poetry from the Vine © 2005 and Mosaic-The Multifaceted Evolution of a Woman © 2008 all published under her literary company, Casa Zia Productions, Ga. She has also completed a collection of short stories revolved around the rich experience of growing up in the South. Jeri's work has been featured and published in Seaswells-The Art and Literary Magazine of College of Coastal Georgia since 2005, earning Honorable Mentions and winning second place in the Austin / Garner Prose Award of 2007. A world traveler, she currently resides with her two daughters in Georgia.

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…And This Too Shall Pass ~ A Poetic Gallery ~ Book Description
... And This Too Shall Pass ~ A Poetic Gallery ~ encompasses poetry that speaks from the heart. It takes its readers on a lyrical journey chronicling the emotional and physical power of destructive love to the uplifting confidence and empowerment of love of one's self and finally embracing the restorative beauty of being loved by others. Written in free verse, peppered with haikus and tankas and seasoned with poetic compositions inspired by such artists as Nicci Gilbert, Anthony David and Kem, this contemporary collection brings a new voice to the genre of poetry: the voice of Jeri L.M.S. Guyette.

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Secret Affair

About the author

Melissa Love is an up and coming author from Detroit, Michigan. Her first urban fiction novel "Sinful Traits" was published in2010. Since then she uses her creative story-telling to creat more jaw dropping stories with a unique twist.She is a member of the Motown Literary Network and Motown Writers Network. She was first feature on an urban radio show in Florida called "Hype Media Global in 2010. She is working on more novel and enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

About the book

Carter Perry’s world has turned upside down when he finds out that his wife of four years had being keeping a secret behind his back. Carter suspects Keisha of sleeping around with his younger brother, Donte. In order to have the proof he needs to catch them in the act, he put a plan in motion. He tells his wife that he has to go out of town for a business meeting, but what she doesn’t know is that Carter never left the city. He stays around to spy on her. He finally catches them together, but to his surprise Keisha’s secret was too unbearable to forgive! Follow Carter as his rage leaves him to commit a double murder.

Instructions Not Included

About the Author

With an intentional smile and a steady step, New York native Quani Boyd has began a journey to enlighten, encourage and empower young women across the world. Her willingness to practice transparency and "lay it all on the table" allows Quani to help break barriers that keep us all from sharing our issues and ultimately defeating them.

As a Graduate of (the First Historically Black College or University) Cheyney University, Quani has taken the tools learned while majoring in Sociology to explore and address many problems being faced alone by young adults every day. It is her goal to share her failures and triumphs in hopes of spreading the word that you are not by yourself in your struggles and that it is more than possible to overcome life's obstacles!

It was while experiencing a "Quarter-Life Crisis" that Quani discovered that her love of writing and motivational speaking was more than just a hobby…it was her passion. So she set out to stop running from her purpose and decided that it was much more useful as well as therapeutic to instead take the lessons learned from her own struggles and help equip others for theirs.

In addition to an author, Quani is also the founder and president of the Plush Barbie Club. A mentoring organization based in Philadelphia. A Plush Barbie is defined as a luxurious, rare and one of a kind woman who recognizes her self-worth and embraces the idea that she is ideal and beautiful. SHE determines who she will become and how far she will go! The Club is made up of like-minded young women who are committed to growth and success in their own lives as well as in the lives of the young women mentees.

In true Quani fashion, she has resolved to surely take the lemons life has thrown her and use them to create something nourishing and beneficial for her peers and others. The goal is to pay it forward and if nothing else, help to support another in their own struggles by letting them know that they are not alone and that if they endure the process there are most certainly abundant blessings awaiting them.

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"Instructions Not Included" gives a relatable and translucent perspective on the struggles young adults often face alone...unaware that most of us are experiencing the same concerns. This book is geared towards the "Twenty Something" crowd going through a period that can be quite confusing, frustrating and trying. Many “Twenty Somethings” question the accuracy of their choices, in turn becoming overwhelmed with “getting it right”. This period is known as the Quarter Life Crisis. After experiencing much loss, failure, and defeat author Quani Boyd chose to face her crisis, determined to triumph over it. Quani wrote this book to share her lessons with other’s experiencing their own crises..

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Kwanzaa in Hawai`i

About the Author

Ayin Adams, Ph.D., is an award-winning poet/playwright, actress, author, filmmaker, and healer. Her whose works have been published in magazines and numerous anthologies including, “Bum Rush The Page” a Defjam Poetry Publication. Her work has been translated in Dutch, French, and German. The author of more than 5 volumes of poetry and 2 novels, author of the acclaimed, “The Woods Deep Inside Me’, Adams won the Pat Parker Poetry Prize Winner, The Audre Lorde Memorial Prize, The Zora Neal Hurston/Richard Wright Award, 2004Rap-it-up Black Entertainment Television (BET) winner. Adams boldly challenges herself and becomes one of the voices which documents the history of African Americans in Hawai`i as Barack Obama, became the acclaimed President of the United States in her most recent ground-breaking book, “African Americans In Hawai`i: A Search For Identity”. Adams is without the shadow of a doubt a gifted and prolific poet who walks with an incredible determination.

About the Book

Kwanzaa is a celebratory period of seven days from December 26 - January 1 that acknowledges spirit, the ancestors, and seven principles for living more harmoniously in a ritual that is popular with many African Americans. It celebrates certain values to be embraced by the community, the family, and the individual to help create better, more productive, and fulfilled lives. Although the African American community is small in the Hawaiian Islands, resident groups of African Americans and their friends and families gather together in a tradition to celebrate the 7 principles of Kwanzaa at the end of each year. The principles are: umoja, ujima, ujamaa, kujuchagulia, nia, kuumba, and imani. Dr. Ayin M. Adams has put together this delightfully creative and informative book to share the philosophical values, cultural poetry, recipes, and photographs of the unique beauty of the Hawaiian Islands and enhance the meaning, scope, depth, and intimate ritual of Kwanzaa."

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Frank Marshall Davis: The Fire and the Phoenix

About the Author

Kathryn Waddell Takara, PhD, is the author of four books, including the ground-breaking biography of Frank Marshall Davis: The Fire and the Phoenix (A Critical Biography). Davis was an acclaimed journalist, poet, and long time resident of Hawai`i from 1948-1987 when he died.

Waddell Takara is a 2010 winner of the American Book Award (Before Columbus Foundation). She is a performance poet and writer, recently retired from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. Dr. Takara was a professor of ethnic, interdisciplinary, and cultural studies for thirty-six years (1968-2007). Waddell Takara holds a PhD in Political Science and a MA in French, and has traveled, lectured, and read her poetry extensively throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the USA mainland, and in Northeast China. She is a two time Fulbright recipient and a public scholar. Kathryn Waddell Takara makes her home in Hawai`i since 1968.

About the Book

Frank Marshall Davis: The Fire and the Phoenix (A Critical Biography) is a compelling historical biography about Frank Marshall Davis (1907-1987), journalist, editor, poet, labor activist, and Renaissance man of the Black Chicago Renaissance who wrote and recorded the times, race relations, and culture as reflected in his life and community. He wrote of his vision of democracy, his observations of race relations, the African American culture and community, the urban experience, the hypocrisy of democracy, war and the black soldiers, imperialism in Hawai`i, and the economic disparities in the USA.

Between the pages of this critical biography, Davis established connective marginalities between the black and white worlds, in the first half of the 20th century. His personal aim to acquire power, status, and dignity like any white citizen and the methods he utilized were often unusual, unconventional, and challenging: journalism, editorials, poetry, music, American and African history, politics, and activism.

Davis’s esthetic perceptions, sociopolitical analysis, and rigorous interpretive thought are valuable today in understanding America’s socio-political and economic development. He wrote of the racial climate, unhealthy environment and the black psyche, identity issues, migrations of blacks to the urban areas and their struggles with poverty, lack of education and training, tattered dreams, sexual politics, and conflicts based on stereotypes and race, alternately using lyricism and satire to educate, empower and push for social reform.

His writing, especially his editorials, shows how the black intellectual’s voice has been forged in response to political and cultural movements as a confrontational force connecting the black and white worlds. Davis documents the geopolitics of race and class from Kansas to Hawai`i.

The Fire and the Phoenix highlights Davis’s journey from where he was born, raised, and educated in Kansas to his professional work as a journalist and poet in Chicago, Gary, Atlanta, Chicago and finally the territory of Hawai`i in 1948. Throughout his long life, Davis wrote about the social, political and economic events and served as a witness and critic of racism, economic disparities, imperialism and colonialism long before those concepts were part of the social science jargon and studies. Davis remained in Hawai`i until he died in 1987.

The author, Kathryn Waddell Takara, Ph.D., political scientist, poet, and retired professor of Black and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, writes with an uncanny ability to dissect the humanity of Frank Marshall Davis and to explore the myths and legacy of what Davis left to the world that is applicable in the 21st century. Takara met, visited, befriended, and interviewed Davis in Hawai`i during the last 15 years of his life. Takara felt a special affinity for and understanding of Davis due to certain shared situations: the Jim Crow South, poetry and politics, activism, and interracial marriage and life as an African American in Hawai`i.

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I Am The Blues

About the Author

Gwyn Gorg is a graduate of the Theatre Academy of Los Angeles City College. She has worked professionally for more than thirty five years as actress, model, dancer, singer, songwriter, storywriter, screenwriter, producer, director, educator, and manager in theatre, television, radio, film and educational media.

As an educator, she has taught from kindergarten to high school in private and public schools. Her children’s art exhibit was honored and displayed at the Los Angeles International Airport. She served as the educational coordinator of the 18th Street Arts Complex in Santa Monica. Ms. Gorg is a grant winner of The California Arts Council award. In 2007, Ms. Gorg won the teacher of the year award, by the United Teachers of Los Angeles. At the International House of Blues Foundation she co-created their Blues Schoolhouse Program as a performing artist and a history consultant.

In Hawai`i, Ms. Gorg was appointed resident artist in the schools by the Hawai`i State Department of Education. She founded the Hilo Theater for Youth, a community group dedicated to young performing artists, now in its twenty-sixth year of award-winning productions.

At Leeward College in Honolulu, she wrote, produced, directed and hosted the Oahu Gazette, a community television magazine show, for the Public Broadcasting Service. A film documentary she wrote and produced there, Inside State Prison, about Oahu Penitentiary, which won Special Honors at the Los Angeles International Film exhibition (Filmex).

Ms. Gorg wrote and produced The Savages, an educational documentary on juvenile street gangs, winning Honors at the Columbus Film Festival and the American Film Festival. Her entertainment feature film writing and producing credits include Living the Blues, starring the legendary Sam Taylor, the story of an old blues man in modern America, winner of a Filmtrax award at the Ghent International Film Festival for its outstanding presentation of musical culture and of a Best Feature Nomination at the American Film Institute Video Awards.

Ms. Gorg is the Executive Producer for Media Associates Production Company. Presently, she works as an instructor at the University of Hawai`i for the Maui Language Institute. Ms. Gorg makes her home on Maui with her husband.

About the Book

I Am The Blues is a story that depicts the evolution of the Blues from rhythmic drums in Africa merging into wails across the Middle Passage and morphing into calls and responses on the plantation fields. When freedom came, the drum rhythms and tones expanded to include new forms, instruments, and subsequently evolved into new genres. This music has been absorbed and transformed by people of many races and cultures into various musical forms: soul, rhythm and blues, pop, and techno, funk, country-western, and rap. I Am The Blues provides a way to educate and bring joy. I Am The Blues can be read as a catalyst for positive change, and the story encourages curiosity, excites the imagination, assists with self confidence, and teaches respect for oneself and others. This is a book for ages 8-108.

Lessons from the Heart: Navigating Life

About the Author

As a life-long learner, Hyacinth Foster holds a Doctorate in Education and continues to instill the importance of learning in her children, Trudy, and Gregg. As a voracious reader, she continues to hone her writing skills. Her future projects include a novel, The Enigma of Independent Schools, and a cookbook of her favorite Jamaican recipes.

About the Book

Dr. Hyacinth C. Foster uses a compelling story of the defining moments in her life to introduce readers to the twenty important lessons she learned in her journey through life. They serve as her guide to attain success and happiness. She believes that if she can do it, others can. Dr. Foster is convinced that anyone is capable of turning dreams into reality as they remember the importance of maintaining A MORAL COMPASS! The book is entitled “Lessons from the Heart: Navigating Life”. The book captures the author’s early life in Jamaica, the unique circumstances surrounding her introduction to science teaching which is not only her profession, but also her passion. The lessons outline her navigation of life through New York, New York, and Atlanta, Georgia.

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I Can't Get Next To You

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Contemporary women’s fiction/romance author Chicki Brown has published five Kindle novels, four of which have made different Kindle bestseller lists.

An avid reader, her favorite authors are Beverly Jenkins, Eric Jerome Dickey, Lisa Kleypas, J.R. Ward and Suzanne Brockmann.

A New Jersey native, Brown and her family relocated to suburban Atlanta, Georgia in 1994, and she now proudly calls herself a “Georgia peach.”

About the Book

Rick Gardner never intended to visit one of Atlanta’s premiere strip clubs, but his fellow attorneys choose that venue to celebrate his latest courtroom victory. A born again believer, Rick knows Dreamland is the last place he belongs. Still, he’s confident he can withstand the temptation. Until the beautiful woman sent to entertain them walks in …

He is every Christian woman’s idea of the perfect catch. He was raised in a Christian home and recently rededicated his life to the Lord. He owns an impressive house and attends one of the best churches in the city. So why is he about to throw all of this away for a woman who is totally wrong for him?

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Who Said It Couldn’t Be Done?

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Denise Jones was born in Chicago, IL on November 10, 1960. As the oldest of seven, Denise’s mother would often leave her to care for her siblings, while she went on drug binges that ended only when she returned to their home in Rockwell Garden Housing Projects to throw wild sex and drug parties. Her mother’s lifestyle eventually lured her, and at the age of twelve Denise found her self dropping out of school and quickly becoming a heroine addict. Driven partly by her mother’s lifestyle, and partly by her own dark past which included molestation by her grandfather, uncle, cousin and several other men by the age of six; Denise led a lesbian lifestyle laced with drugs and crime for over fifteen years. Today she is redeemed.

At the age of 26, Denise gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ and the rest, as they say, is history. She returned to school and earned her GED from Olive-Harvey College in 1993. She went on to graduate from National Louis University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavior and in 2009 she graduated from Spertus College with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and a concentration in Human Services Administration.

Today, Denise is a certified HIV/AIDS counselor with specialized training in strategic planning, grant writing development, consulting and board develop-ment for non-profit organizations. Denise is also a deliverance minister, author and inspirational speaker. She has over 10 years experience inspiring small business owners, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leadership groups and individuals in a career or life transition to use their gifts and abilities to master their goals, obtain their destines and achieve success beyond their wildest dreams.

Denise has an innate ability to develop managers and counselors at all levels into powerful leaders and innovative thinkers. She believes strongly in applying a holistic approach to success and works hard to promote balance in all areas of her client’s lives. Whether it is business, career, family, relationships or personal satisfaction, Denise is an expert at motivating clients to see the big picture, create a vision, overcome obstacles and define a realistic plan to begin living a life they love.

After defying all odds and conquering her own demons, today, Denise has great compassion and love for helping others. This love and compassion has inspired her to tell her story in her first book, “Who Said It Couldn’t Be Done?”. This candid, true-life account is a heartwarming and inspirational story about a little girl whose mother failed her. It is also about choices – good ones as well as bad ones. It pains Denise to remember the hurt she caused in her community and in her family. As a result, she has made it her life commitment to help change the lives of other individuals who are presently coming up on the rough side of the mountain.

About the book

Who Said It Couldn’t Be Done? candidly chronicles one woman’s jour-ney from life on Chicago’s Westside involving poverty, incest, drug addiction , incarceration and lesbianism to sobriety, spiritual redemption and inner peace. In Denise’s words, “ Deep insecurity, drug addiction and role confusion tormented me for years. Often I wondered if I were a boy or a girl; if I were human or an animal. Who am I? What am I? Why am I?” Do not miss your opportunity to be touched by her powerful story. Her message to the masses is, “ Therefore if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature; old things are passed away and behold, all things are new ( 2 Corinthians 5:17).”

To book Denise Jones for an engagement, book signing or special guest appearance, please send an e-mail to T.Jones PR, Marketing and Writing Boutique at

ISBN: Paperback: 978-1-4520-0354-2; Hardcover: 978-4520-0353-5
Retail Price: Paperback: $19.99; Hardcover: $24.99

A Father's Love: a Story of Reflection

About the Author

Lavita was born in raised in Canton Ohio were she attended Canton City Schools graduating from Canton McKinley in 1981 she now resides in Columbus Ohio Serving as Vice President of Three Leaf Productions Inc, A Marketing and Printing company owed and operated by her husband Ronnie Stokes. She Volunteered for 10 years with the Franklin County Childrens Services in their Friendship Program. In 2002 was awarded the Most Inspirational Volunteer of the Year award. Something a lot of people don't know about Lavita is that she is a 1st Degree Black belt.

Through this book, Lavita hopes to give important information, and inspiration to those who may have been hiding their feelings about their childhood, and she hopes to promote fatherhood within all communities. This book is filled with stories of tragedy and triumph, and tips for the thousands of people who are dealing with this issue.

About the book

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word Father as a male parent, one who cares for another as a father (i.e. surrogate) A person who invents or begins something. Having my own children and seeing my husband love nurture and guide their every step. Loving them from conception has been a source of inspiration for me for this book. I wanted to tell me story to the many children out there who like me longed to be loved by my father but him never being there for me.

I constantly have heard young men saw how they were raised by a strong mother or grandmother.. You always hear athletes saying HI MOM… Or giving shout outs to them…. MY question has always been why not HI DAD??? WHY not give shout outs to DAD. Why because half of the time dad has not been around or is not in the picture. We will call everybody else our hero. Why not our fathers the very individual who’s blood pulsates through our veins. The dictionary says a father is a person who invents or begins something. We begin with the LOVE of our Fathers.

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In the Mids of it All

In the Mids of it All

About the Author

Carmen was born in Prattsville, Arkansas, a small town where the people were really friendly and highly acquainted. She attended Henderson State University, then later transferred to Philander Smith College, and received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Administration.

Carmen is a native of Houston, Texas, and a caseworker for Texas Child Protective Services. Her calling is to help inspire teenagers and young adults. Carmen enjoys shopping, reading, writing, music, and spending time praying in God's presence.

Carmen also likes to spend time with family as well as having fun. Carmen will continue to use her testimony to inspire, encourage, and revive all. She lives by the philosophy, "that every person can and will be someone great if they try!"

About the book

Wow, life experiences can either make you or break you. Ever since my childhood, I knew that I was a very special person. I knew that I was chosen by God. God has had his hand on me ever since I was planted into my mother's womb. I can remember my experiences throughout my childhood as if they were just yesterday.

My parents had instilled in me that I was a child of the King and that God truly loved me. I have always remembered my mother telling me that I was so special. However, the devil tried to make me think different. He tried to attack me on every end of the stick. I dealt with depression, oppression, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, emotional abuse, hurt, and pain from my childhood on to my adulthood. I have never shared this story with anyone. On the other hand, I do thank God for keeping some of the things that I endured in the closet… thank you Jesus!

In order for me to be free, God has told me it's time for me to tell and release my story. It is very hard for me to write this book, knowing that I am airing some of my own dirty laundry. As I am writing this book, I'm going to discuss certain things that were personal experiences in my life. Although I know that this is going to help encourage others, I pray that it will keep someone from going down the same road that I went down. I hope my mom doesn't decide to pull out the old belt, or switch on me. (lol)!

Sometimes we go through things to not only build us up, but to help others. I have to tell my testimony! I want to be able to instill in someone, if I can be healed and delivered from certain things, then so can you. I believe that my story can stop you from down the same road I traveled on. I know that someone is going to be blessed; someone is going to be helped; someone is going to come out of their depression; addiction; oppression; and whatever kind of satanic attack! I pray right now that as you read this book, you open your mind and heart to receive what God has for you. If you have placed your hand on this book, it is meant for you to read it. If God brought me out, he will do the same thing for you!

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Introducing Sophia Firecracker

About the Author

A. A. Riley is an undercover, writing, superhero with mission to tell the stories of Canadian black women and girls. Before moving to her current home in Victoria BC, A. A. was awarded two Ontario Arts Councils grants for her novel Introducing Sophia Firecracker and was published in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites. Writing highlights include publication in the Canadian Writer’s Guide, Art Corridors

Magazine and placing her script with a Hollywood actor. Life highlights include being a stunt double in a movie, meeting Alice Walker and Barbara Gowdy and placing her script with a Hollywood actor. A. A. has accepted her writing destiny and can often be foundin her downtown “library office” plotting her next adventure.

About the book

Sophia Firecracker is a nine-year-old girl who thinks she’s a superhero. When Principal Corncob hints that teacher Mrs. Greenbean may be a superhero; Sophia sets out on a mission to discover the teacher’s powers.

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The Innocence of Others

About the Author

This is the part that usually begins, “Inda Lauryn is constantly changing the soundtrack of her life.” Even though this still rings true, she still continues to find new inspirations for herwriting. Popular culture remains a large influence on her work asseen in my previous novels In Time and One Last Dance, Little Sister? as well as the short story collection The People in My Head.

However,a love of fantasy and Zoe Washburn inspired her to create the webfantasy series The Final Resistance, which allowed her to collaborate for a short time with a very talented artist. In the meantime, she continues to work on the paranormal novel Blood Tastes Sweet. She is also working on an afro-gothic novel, a screenplay, two other novels based on characters from In Time and a host of other ideas that are continuing to formulate in her head. Right now, she is promoting her latest novella collection, The Innocence of Others.

About the book

Dominique Winters has an unusual ability that gives her unusual insight into criminal psychology. Lisa Tisdale cannot seem to get a traumatic past event out of her system… or the man behind it. Keyara Jones finds her unusual affliction affects her credibility as a witness to a crime. Three women find their lives turned upside when the wrong side of the law comes home.

Inda Lauryn presents three novellas about life and crime with the new work The Innocence of Others. “In Vacuo” blends a touch of the paranormal as Dominique Winters returns to her roots to help trackdown a vicious serial killer. “And You That I Defend” finds LisaTisdale also returning to her former home to get closure with the most important man in her life. “Face Blind” questions what Keyara Jones really knows when she loses her ability to recognize faces as well as her faith in the ones she loves.

Fans of Lauryn’s short stories will also find a few surprises in store for them as well. The Innocence of Others uses crime as its basis in order to explore various aspects of human nature.

You can find more information and free reads of her work at any one of her websites. You can check out Kismet’s old website at and the new site at You may also read fantasy work at Kismet Fantasy,