National Black Book Festival


Monday, October 18, 2010

Some Serious Urban Fiction

I want to thank the authors who posted their books on Amazon in the discussion,”African-American Fiction Community.”  I have received so many books that I cannot keep up, but I am going to give it a damn good try.  Nothing much to report today.  I went to work and was able to accomplished many projects without the bullshit from people who are always complaining about something.  That something is not worth the time to listen and mess up my ears.  I cannot believe how many people are not thankful for having a job.  I mean a damn good Government job.  Your ass cannot be fired because you are civil servant (contractors can be fired).  You come to work when you get ready, unless you have a supervisor who cares or follows the rules.  You take two hours lunch and come back to complain about the food.  I know some supervisors don’t give a damn and there are days I understand why.  
You just get pissed at hearing the same old bull crap about my mother, my brother, my kids, my house, my boyfriend or husband or significant other.  I got a good one for you, “I cannot come in today because it is raining.”  Do you believe that?  I am not kidding.  Someone actually called in and said that.  What the hell was he or she thinking?  Damn, I cannot get away with that crap.  No way.
Let’s get to books, it’s more fun.
CHICKI BROWN - A multicultural women's fiction writer and a member of the Romance Writers of American and Georgia Romance Writers.  Visit her website to learn more.
HAVE YOU SEEN HER? - $2.39 - - - A brief description of the book from the author. Marcia Hadley, Santa Barbara, California socialite has been married for seven years to the heir of a family fortune. He sees to it that she has the finest home, cars and clothes. Yet that isn't enough to keep Marcia from running.  Dani Reynolds, Atlantic City nightclub cocktail waitress works on her feet seven hours a night, five days a week for less than minimum wage in a crowded, smoky nightclub. She lives in an aging, run-down apartment, rides the city bus, and she's happier than she's ever been.  Marcia and Dani have more in common than anyone could imagine. They are the same woman.  Only Taylor Villanova, the club's sexy bouncer can help her reconcile her two distinct personas, face her greatest fear and discover a love greater than she'd ever imagined.  Have You Seen Her?

TERESA D PATTERSON - Check out her website.  I will have to order the paperback versions for my girlfriend.  She does not have a computer, Kindle or anything.  Well, the hell is wrong with that? It’s OK, I got non-computer geek friends back.  

EX-BOYFRIEND - $5.99 Ex-boyfriend

IT’S YOUR WORLD, BLACK GIRL - $22.46 (2005 Paperback) - - - What, if anything, could send you to the brink of insanity? As you're tip-toeing toward the edge, can you claw your way back? Will you take that terrifying plunge? What constitutes child neglect? Have your parenting skills ever been put to the ultimate test, and you've failed? Does day-to-day living stress you out to the point of finding release in alcohol, men and the club scene? All of these questions come to mind as you read It's Your World, Black Girl! This is a novel categorized as African-American fiction. It tells the story of three women-Chiquita Fry, Amnesty Dillard and July Williams-who are newfound friends. Because of certain events that take place, their friendship is tested and strengthened. Amidst the drama, heartache and heartbreak, each woman recognizes her own self-worth, finds inner strength and emerges as the person she was put on this world to become.

SPIN CYCLE - $2.99

PROJECT QUEEN II - $5.99 - - - This just came out a few days ago. - - -  Della is the illegitimate daughter of Jimmy Byrts and Lorain Wilkerson, a strung-out drug addict. She desperately seeks the love that her mother, a woman who cares more for drugs than her own daughter, couldn’t give. She suffers from tragic situations which blinds her to real love. She only knows how to show it through sex, and it doesn’t matter who gets hurt in the process. 
A night of what should have been partying and fun turns into horror. It changes Della forever. She vows that what was inflicted upon her will be inflicted back on her attackers. She will pay them all back - with a vengeance.  Will her obsession with getting even cause her to spiral out of control? Who can save her? Better yet, does she want to be saved?

Fish and Grits - $4.99 - - - Quote from Amazon, “Narrated in the voice of her younger sister, Fish and Grits chronicles the life of Kala Johnson, an African American girl who finds redemption from abuse by eating a forbidden meal. After the death of her father, fourteen year old Kala, an exceptional student who dreams about the future before it happens, takes on the responsibility of raising four younger siblings while struggling to survive the "concrete jungle" they call home. Kala, who will do anything to keep her family from suffering, comes up with a plan to keep them together amidst the challenges of poverty, government interference, and a drug addicted mother. When one of the eight years old twin boys begins to set deadly fires and is saved by their bank robbing neighbor, Kala finds in him a friend and confidante. Their lives continue to unravel after their mother is killed, but Aunt Charlie, their gay, ex-marine corps uncle, arrives just in time to rescue the family and to show Kala that true parental love really does exist. Fish and Grits is a fast pace urban drama which takes place during the era of Reganomics, disco music, and the Jheri Curl. Set in a North Philadelphia housing project during the early 1980s. It is a story of survival and determination, filled with memorable characters that will make you both laugh and cry aloud.”