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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Black History Year - March

Number 55

For those living in and around Washington, DC, come on June 18 at 10am to the National Harbor Aloft, 156 Waterfront Street in Oxon Hill, Maryland for the 2011 DMV Literary Expo.  Also, come to the BUBF - Baltimore Urban Book Fest.  Sunday, April 10 from 3 to 7pm.  It will be held at the Fredrick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park in Baltimore, Maryland.  Some of the authors attending are, Victoria Christopher Murray, Lamarr Darnell Shields, Nicola Mitchell, Kenda Bell and Tamika Newhouse.  

Whoa!!! so much going on and so many places to go.  Thank goodness Southwest Airlines opened in Charleston this month.  The prices are cheap (Even though you do wonder, “If they are so cheap, what kind of pilots do they have?  Can those pilots fly while drunk and drugged up! You know they are tired and don’t get paid enough money, just like you and I.  And you know you only get half a can of soda, which has been sitting in the back for weeks, poured into a small plastic cup of ice!!)  I know about flying, I have been flying since I was 16.  My first flight was when I was 16 years old and I won a trip with the Housing and Urban Agency in Washington, DC, to St. Louis with Managers and others on reviewing project housing in that area.  My grandmother was so excited, she has never flown.  As a matter of fact, her son, my uncle Tommy, was in the Navy and I think he had flown a few times, but not her or her daughter, my mother.  
The flight was leaving at 9am in the morning and my grandmother made me get up at 5am to take a bath, and I mean one of those “get in the tub and wash from ear to ear, down to the toes and let me see afterwards.”  Do you know what that is like to have a 5 foot tall black woman examine a 6 foot tall girl standing naked outside the tub watching her grandmother give her the look over!! I still cannot believe she did that.  She doubled checked my underwear to make sure no holes was in it, brought new stockings (yes, I had to wear a garter belt, don’t laugh!!!), put on a clean white slip, the kind you got from McBrides, a blue skirt suit with a huge white collar and black patent leather shoes.  She then drowned me in Johnson & Johnson baby powder, Secret deodorant and her favorite perfume, Chanel No. 5.  After that you know she knew I was clean and ready to get on that plane as a lady should look.  

When I finally got on the plane, I was treated like a little girl because the outfit made me look the part.  Even the airline stewardess and pilots treated me like a little girl, asking me if I needed some milk and cookies!!! My grandmother would be proud.  She made sure her baby was treated right, like a young girl on her first trip on a plane.  
What memory!  Oh, well, now on to books.  
VICTORIA CHRISTOPHER MURRAY - THE DEAL, THE DANCE, AND THE DEVIL - $9.99 - - - I have not read this as yet, so you tell me if it’s good.  She is one of the best African American woman writers around and I have read her others. 

BRENDA JACKSON - STAR OF HIS HEART - $.95 CENTS - - - I am one of the biggest fan of her books.  Her books are what I call, “Getting thru security and waiting, waiting, waiting to get on the plane, so you might as well read her books because you will be one happily waiting customer to get on that plane and continue to read because you don’t care about how long the security line is, just as long as you can hold on to that book!!!!!

Drop-dead-gorgeous Ethan Chambers loves his life as Hollywood's most eligible and elusive bachelor. Plus, the talented actor has just gotten an offer he can't refuse: a starring role on TVs hit medical drama. But it's the shows sultry makeup and wardrobe director who's got his pulse racing and making him think twice about staying single.
Getting the gig on Paging the Doctor has thrust Rachel Wellesley into the unwelcome glare of the spotlight. She wants to paint the story, not be the story. But when Rachel starts falling for the show's sinfully sexy star, she knows it's time to get her own heart checked. But how can she give up these passionate nights in Ethan's arms? Now, as the cameras roll and her creative vision comes to life, is Rachel finally ready for her close-up with the man of her dreams?
T. R. BRAXTON - DIRTY HANDS - $2.99 - - - Terrell Hawkins, his closest cousin, and his best friend set out to have a good time on a Saturday night. Alcohol, marijuana, and immodest girls who like to partake in both are part of that pursuit. They all expect to be hung over the next day, but they do not expect the tragic accident that will unravel their lives that very night. Nor do they expect their horrible response to embroil them in a struggle to avoid the authorities while growing increasingly distrusting of each other. Terrell and the others quickly learn that dirty hands can lead to desperate acts and that the worst of circumstances can cause even the best of friends to become enemies.
ELLA MONET - CAPPUCCINO NIGHTS - $6.00 - - - The Caffeinated Sequel to the Coffee in My Cup,Cappuccino Nights Will Have You Ordering Another Cup.  
After six months in jail, Franklin has finally found his freedom, thanks to the courage of FBI agent Sherri Clark. But he’s about to learn that not everything is as it seems on the outside and that things have changed since he was wrongly accused of murder.  Now, he’s made it his mission to win Tasha back after their separation, but his woman has decided to take a slower approach. Meanwhile, Franklin’s daughter Nicole is happier than ever with her Daddy back. Yet even here secrets lie beneath. Her mom Monique is hiding a life-altering secret that could change everything about their past.  Then, a chance phone call reveals a despicable plot to take advantage of the most innocent among them, thrusting all of them into yet another high-stakes adventure.  Cappuccino Nights continues the high-energy, twist-and-turn saga of this most memorable cast of characters. Follow Sherri as she tries to patch things up with her longtime boyfriend, Alonzo; discover the incredible fate awaiting the corrupt Detective Mooney; tag along on the cat-and-mouse chase of a high-tech pervert; and experience the excitement and disappointment of the newly freed Franklin. 
The thrilling and sexy sequel to COFFEE IN MY CUP: A TALE OF LOVE AND MURDER -$10.75 Paperback, Cappuccino Nights is what you’d expect from Ella Monet—the master of romantic adventure.
LENA SCOTT - WEST END GIRLS 2 - $7.99 - - -With everything they’ve come to rely on suddenly gone, sisters Tanqueray, Unique, and Sinclair Nation should be facing the tragedy together. But instead, they begin to pull apart in their search for a way out of the ghetto. This divide nearly conquers them, as Tanqueray drifts further into the life she swore she would never be brought into. Unique, overwhelmed with concern for her sick child, follows the misunderstood guidance of an overzealous preacher, whose advice places her life in jeopardy. Sinclair, looking for love, finds trouble instead when she again turns to the streets. These sisters will have to fight hard to keep it together through all their hardships.  

Here’s a little about the the first WEST END GIRLS - $11.66, which is in Paperback and here is the write up from Michelle D. Mcgriff “Author” - - -  Now that their brother Debonair is serving five years in prison, three sisters - Tanqueray, Unique and Sinclair - will have to learn to fend for themselves. The oldest sister, Tanqueray, is a functioning addict bent on satisfying her selfish needs and desires. A mother of four by the age of 23, Unique is in denial about what her latest man is up to. Sheltered baby sister Sinclair is trying to spread her wings - but has set her bird's eye view on the wrong target. As the sisters struggle for survival and with each other, will they manage to come together when tragedy strikes? This description is just a peek into what Lena Scott has in store with this book. You'll laugh and shake your head--maybe even shed a tear...but all in all you'll relate to what these girls are going through as they attempt to make their way in the ghetto... since they can't seem to find their way out!

Got to stick on one for Black History Year.  

Usually I go to my library (I have over a 1,000 books and my daughter has about the same amount), I pick a book I brought years ago, but this particular book will go down as one to read from one generation to another.  It’s a beautifully graphically illustrated children’s book about a young girl and how she faces her battles to be who she is.  A book you should download on your Kindle and iPad and read, read, read, and read more to your child until he/she has it memorized.  I brought it and when my daughter comes home from college, I will read it to her, even if she is 21.  No black child should be without it.  If you don’t have a kindle, iPad, or whatever device, order the book on Amazon for $6.99.  Believe me it will be worth even single time you sit down with your child and read it to them.
You don’t know how many times I tell people to read to their children.  I don’t give a rat’s but how old they are, they are your children.  Your voice in their head is what keeps them going when crap slaps them in the face.  They will start and continue to reading to their children.  What do you have to lose, NOTHING!!!  
I know the author and she will be writing more.  Thank goodness, we have her. BUY THE BOOK NOW!!! PLEASE!
JACQUITTA A. McMANUS - LABYRINTH’S DOOR - NO. 1 (ANYIA - DREAM OF A WARRIOR) Labyrinth's Door - No. 1 (Anyia "Dream of a Warrior") - - - $1.99 and $6.99 in Paperback - - - Real life is for everybody else this, according to Labyrinth s Door, a fanciful new, digest size, MagBook that encourages young people to step out of their daily routines and into their imaginations. Where otherworldly settings collide with good-natured souls in stories that turn a lazy afternoon into an adventure that won t soon be forgotten. Labyrinth's Door is a place where enchantment reigns and boredom knows no friend. 

Conceptualized as an unforgettable adventure from start to finish, each issue of the fantasy/adventure MagBook will contain: a fantasy/adventure story, puzzles, how to draw fantasy art and more --- The first edition of Labyrinth s Door is a story of a young girl, Anyia, whose dream of becoming a Nagoran Warrior is infused with adventure and danger. Running from her duties as a Yora, she dares to break tradition to follow her own dream, during a time when Empress Zarina threatens the magic treaty that protects her village.



Labyrinth's Door - No. 1 (Anyia - Dream of a Warrior)