National Black Book Festival


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yes, I'm still on Black History Year!

Number 49
I want to get something across here,  I don’t just write about books on my blog, I get my money out and buy those books.  I will not promote a book just to be promoting it.  I will buy it and read it and tell my friends that if they don’t buy it (I have some really, really cheap ass friends), I will hunt them down like a dog in heat for two women!  These are cheap prices and the more we spread the word and the more we buy, remember, I do find you cheap prices because I know everyone is broke, “maybe not you,” but I am!  We can make the biggest difference in these writers world.  Let’s give it a try.  What you got to lose?  Nothing.  You will enjoy the best time of your life, and I mean it!!!
I got a question for you, why do we worry? Because we try to do what only God can do. We try to control the uncontrollable, explain the unexplainable, do the undoable, stop the unstoppable, fix the unfixable, bear the unbearable; and then we wonder why we are messed up.
Do you know that only God is in control. That may leave you wondering, “If God is in control, why doesn’t he change this, or do that, or make this thing better?”  I don’t know.  But I do know that I trust him. And I have found time and again that he is trustworthy. This world is not all there is. There is an eternity to come where everything will be made right and just.
God has allowed evil for a time, but it will not be forever. So I’m going to put my trust in him because he is the only one in control.  I’m going to live one day at a time.  You can too!
MONIQUE D. MENSAH - INSIDE RAIN - $2.99 She was featured on the Michael Baisden show a few days ago.  I missed it, but can you tell me was it good? - - - After witnessing her mother’s gruesome murder as a child, she is now left piecing together the fragments of her shattered psyche as an adult. Quickly, she is drowning in years of frustration and confusion with no promise of relief. Sinister visions and undying spirits haunt Rain relentlessly, driving her deeper into darkness and lunacy. Rain’s grandmother, GiGi, tries her best to help Rain face the truth, urging her to confront her past, but the past is too painful, it’s easier to hide. As Rain struggles desperately to define herself, she's forced to brave her live in siblings: a violent and narcissistic brother, Danny, who resents her weakness and Carmen, her promiscuous and hostile older sister, who wishes Rain would disappear. In her fragile mental state, Rain is ill-equipped to handle the chaos of their ruptured lives. When Rain, Carmen, and Danny are submerged into the horrors of prostitution, drug-addiction, domestic violence, and murder, Rain is left alone to face her internal demons and find her identity, with no one to answer to, but herself.
I swear this sounds like a "Lifetime" movie.  According to one reviewer, “the novel was plot driven with so much action and activity going on it was never a dull moment, the book will mesmerize readers and blow their minds.”  Inside Rain
ALAN CRAMER - THE LIFE - $2.99 - - - Detective Honey Sinclair is a highly decorated New York City police officer. She's also the daughter of the biggest crack dealer the Bronx has ever seen. But Honey wants no part of the LIFE. To escape she became a New York City cop. Using her street smarts, she quickly rises to detective.  Her first case is a murder that everyone thinks is a drug hit. But something's not right. Soon Honey realizes the truth. But when the clues start leading to family and friends, Honey has some hard choices to make.  Does she uphold the law or be true to the streets. Because in the streets, the only law is kill or be killed.  The Life
RL TAYLOR - CHECK MATE - $.99 - - - Life is like chess (I really enjoy that game).  Make your moves with caution. North State University has just hired their newest professor,  Dionne Harper, and she can't wait to start her assignment. Her unemployed husband is reluctantly along for the ride. They escape the New York city life and head south to small town Grandridge, located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. In Grandridge, the right circle of friends means everything, but what happens when you get too close?  Professor Harper fits into high class society, while Andre fights assimilation with firm resolve and flirts with deception. Their turbulent marriage is already falling apart when Andre crosses the line for the last time. Trust is a thing of the past. His interaction with an audacious new neighbor sparks a retaliation neither of them could imagine.  Who do you run to in a town with no rules?  The community's most powerful citizen teams up with his pool of well-connected friends to teach outsider Andre Harper a lesson he'll never forget. On and off campus strong allegiances are formed. Professor Dionne Harper must choose to align herself with the town’s upper elite or trust her husband one last time.  Choose wrong and the results could be deadly.  Check Mate
DONNA HILL - SPEND MY LIFE WITH YOU - $3.99 - - - She does write some great romance books.  Spend My Life with You (Kimani Romance)
AHMAD WILLIAMS - NEVER GOING BACK THERE - $2.99 - - - Lustray? If so, how does she take it? Will Delight readily accept him back into her life? Or does she have someone else in line to take Preston’s place? Come take a peek at this epic landing of the Preston Brown saga and learn how God delivers the strength needed for Preston to get himself right and how he escapes eternal death by Delight’s enduring love for him.
This is the third in a series and I have mentioned the other two books.  This book has the same good story, but there are many errors and I’m surprised his/her editor did not catch it, but for $2.99 it’s OK.  I laughed a little about the character and his antics and that’s OK for a book that costs $3.00.  Never Going Back There
Got to stick on one for Black History Year.  

EDWARD P. JONES - THE KNOWN WORLD - $10.99 - - - I brought this book when it first came out.  To think, a black man having slaves in the south.  It may push you off a bit, but take your time when you read it.  It’s hard to imagine.  There were many blacks who had slaves and treated them the same as whites.  Do you see a pattern in today's society?  Many blacks you know as friends, associates or work with, will stab you in the back, push you out of the way to get the promotion or just want to put you down.  They will dress up in the finest clothes, attend church and talk about their belief while sitting at a desk or where every they work, and not do a damn bit of work.  Oh, I can tell you some stories, but later, but in the end, you have to forgive and move forward.  

Literary events:

GOOD LOOKING BLACK MEN - WHOA!!! MAMA!!! - - - 2010 Love Literature Book Tour.  Seven Bestselling authors on Tour in DC, April 30, 2011.  Hosted by EDC Creations@Radisson Hotel Largo - Washington DC, 9100 Basil Court, Largo, MD  20774.    (7pm - 10pm).  Who are the players: 
VINCENT ALEXANDRIA (Black Rain - $5.04) - Black Rain
BRIAN W. SMITH - Nina’s Got a Secret - $14.45 Paperback - Nina's Got A Secret
MARC LACY - Wretched Saints - $15.00 Paperback - Wretched Saints
DWAYNE S. JOSEPH - Gigolos Get Lonely Too - $6.00 Paperback.  You could have fooled me.  They are lonely? - Gigolos Get Lonely Too
JIHAD - Street Life - $ $6.99 Paperback - Street Life
RICKEY TEEMS II - Regression - $.99 -  Regression
MOSES MILLER - Nan: The Trifecta, Nan: The Game of Trife and Nan: The Trifling Times of Nathan Jones all for $9.99
Nan: The Trifecta
Nan: The Game of Trife
The Trifling Times of Nathan Jones (NAN)
Fall into Books - September 16-18 in St. Louis, MO.  I will send you the lists of authors who will be there later.  It not available on their website as yet.
2011 National Black Book Festival - June 10-12 in Houston, TX - I am saving my money because I missed last year.  Also, I’m scheduled to be a volunteer.  Feature authors coming: - Isaiah Washington, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Tananarive Due, K’Wan, Lavaille Lavette and Judge