National Black Book Festival


Friday, April 8, 2011

Yes, Black History Year

Number 60

Well, everyone is freaking out!!! I mean freaking out!! That the Government is going to shut down.  The Democrats and Republican’s are also freaking out, their jobs are on the line.  They know good and well that one of the sides is going to lose.  Either we cut Medicare, Head Start, Social Security, Housing support or we continue to spend, spend and spend more.  Eventually, everything will get cut.  What do you expect?  We are living wayyyyyyyyyyy, wayyyyy beyond our means.  We as a people and we as a government.  We have known about this for over 25 years.  People who lived thru the depression don’t find this a big deal.  Why, they managed to live without.  No cell phones, no computer, no running water from a sink, no bank to bail out, no money to buy even an apple.  No money, No money.  Not “more money, more money (From the TV show Living Color).  Nothing, and now we are down to nothing. 

Many people will be mad at both parties, our President, our friends, our neighbors because if the Government shuts down, no money is going to be reimbursed, maybe.  No new shoes to buy.  No new clothes to buy.  No, No, No, nothing.  Noticed that I did not mention “not” buying books.  You got to continue with that.  As the saying goes, “Reading is the food for the soul.”

Tell me what do you expect?  Was this foretold years ago?  Did Dave Ramsey, Michelle Singletary, Suzy Orman tell us over and over again to save enough for a rainy day?  Did our parents tell us the same thing?  Now we know what that means.  Just because over 10 million people are unemployed, under-employed, working at McDonalds for $7.25 an hour when they use to make over $50,000 a year, or just got tired of looking.  We are depressed, angry, and pissed that a gallon of milk (I keep going back to that milk thing don’t I.  I’m sorry, I’m still pissed that a gallon of milk cost $4.00.  I love milk).  Gas keeps going up and no one is admitting why.  Electric, water, day care, tuition, even to feed the dog has gone up.

I tell you what I’m going to do.  Folks, I made my daughter’s final tuition payment.  After four years of scrimping, saving, not going out to dinner, parties, movies.  Eating rice and beans, beans and rice, (I finally got sick of rice and beans.  It’s killing me!!!”).  I told my kid, “Well, mommy is not going to get paid for a week or maybe longer.”  “So, I have perused the homeless shelters to find one that accepts pets.”  The dog and I will leave the house to the bank (Since their damn asses keep raising the price of going to the ATM and charging people $30.00 to $40.00 for an overdraft.  They just keep making money, don’t they?”), and we are moving to a shelter.  Since your tuition is paid and you will find a job, “it’s on, baby,” Mommy is finished, broke, pissed and I will take my books and my dog and live in the homeless shelter.”  Maybe I will be able to find a job when McDonalds starts that 50,000 people hiring thing next week.  I can make French fries.”  “Maybe I can get a job as a stripper.”  “The pole may be a bit to get use to, but hey! I can do it.”)  

On to books.  At least I can find you a good deal for a whole lot cheaper than a gallon of gas!!!

I got a new author and she asked me to let all of you know about her books.  I brought both of them and I am positive you will enjoy them.

LENA WILSON-CLAYBON - HOW TO SPIRITUALLY ATTRACT YOUR PERFECT MATE - $1.99 - - - Did you know there are scientifically-proven methods for attracting your right mate? Did you know you have been `programmed' your whole life to do it the wrong way? "How to Spiritually Attract Your Perfect Mate" gives you the `real deal' behind attracting the man/woman of your dreams? This book explains why `The Law of Attraction' DOESN'T work for most people and what you must do beyond The Law of Attraction to manifest your most heart-felt desires. It then gives you a step-by-step approach for attracting the right relationship into your life. The author who was a mid-career professional (meaning over 35) and had never been married, put this approach to the test for herself. Within three months, not only did she meet the man who would later become her husband, but also got a great new job, a new car and a great new place to live! Download this e-book now and start on your way to attracting your perfect mate (or anything else your heart desires)!

How To Spiritually Attract Your Perfect Mate

LENA WILSON-CLAYBON - KILLER WEAVE: AN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - $1.99 - - - It’s funny.  In South Central LA, a black market business is going on. Hair is being cut from the heads of the deceased in a local funeral home and being sold to local hair salons for profit. When unsuspecting reporter, Diana Drummond, goes to her favorite salon to get a little `weave job', little does she know the hair that she's getting use to, belong to another young woman, Sheletta Williams, who has recently been killed by her ex-boyfriend. Sheletta returns and possesses Diana through her hair leading her to carry out revenge on her ex-boyfriend and his partners in crime! It's ONE WOMAN'S revenge against the MEN who killed her! You'll never look at weaves quite the same way again!  Well, Ding Dong!!!

PAMELA SAMUELS YOUNG - MURDER ON THE DOWN LOW - $3.99 - - - A high-profile lawsuit erupts into chaos, revealing its place in a larger spree of violence in this scandalous tale of lust, lies, and vengeance. A brazen gunman is targeting prominent African American men on the streets of Los Angeles, and police are completely baffled. At the same time, savvy big-firm attorney Vernetta Henderson and her outrageous sidekick, Special, lead the charge for revenge against a man whose deceit caused his fiancée’s death. For Special, hauling the man into court and suing him for wrongful death just isn’t good enough. While she exacts her own brand of justice, a shocking revelation connects the contentious lawsuit and the puzzling murders.

Murder on the Down Low

PAMELA SAMUELS YOUNG - BUYING TIME - $3.99 - - - Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems. In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars—including a hefty broker's fee for himself—in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath. The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own to hide—are unwittingly drawn into a perilous web of greed, blackmail and murder. 

SHAWNEDA MARKS - REAL FIRSTWIVES (METROPOLIS, GA) - $.99 - - - Kendalynn Thompson, Carmandi Prescott, Patronda Lyles and Elaine Bright have signed on for the ride and experience of their lives. A champion for children, top model turned first lady, former teen pop star, and godly girl geek are inviting you into their world's as pastor's wives. Connected by a common passion for empowering women and loving God ,watch these ladies engage in their everyday duties and activities with each other while Cheers TV captures each and every moment. Be there to witness the first time they meet each other. Are you ready to meet the Real First wives of Metropolis, GA? 

DANIEL WHYTE III & MERIQUA WHYTE - ... AND FAMILY DRAMA JUST WON’T STOP - $2.99 - - - Every family has its issues. How will these church families handle the sins of their past and the challenges that life is giving them?  Stacy Wilmington is on her way to college when a devastating secret from her father’s past threatens to ruin her relationship with him and causes her to commit a sin of her own. In hiding his past for so long, will Stacy’s father lose the two most important people in his life — his wife and his daughter?  Terrence Montague, a man committed to providing for his wife, Stella, and daughter, Monica, finds himself caught up in an illegal drug delivering business that he knows is against the law and against his Christian convictions. Will he choose to love God and be true to his family over loving money?  Meanwhile, the new assistant pastor of New Mt. Zion Missionary Evangelical Church, Dwayne Reynolds, believes he has left his past behind…only to discover that it has found him again. Will he choose to face it head on or hide it from the congregation that has come to love and trust his family? In the middle of all this drama, is Reynolds’ son, Jonathan, and Montague’s daughter, Monica. What does the future hold for them?

KOREY DEON DAVIS - I AIN’T GONNA GOSSIP IN CHURCH NO MORE - $7.99 - - - Yeah, right!!! - - - I Ain't Gonna Gossip in Church No More" is a highly entertaining and cleverly suspenseful tale that will keep you laughing from beginning to end. Janice West is a single mother, living life as a successful real estate agent. However, she has one small problem; she loves to know every detail about everybody. And who better to tell her that her best friend, Sheila Jenkins, the number one telephone using, question asking gossiper on the planet. If gossiping was an Olympic sport, Sheila would win the gold, silver, and the bronze just so the judges can show an enormous margin of victory against other gossipers. But, when they impulsively decide to discuss members in the church, everything spins out of control. Will this be the last gossip session or will they be exposed by a hilarious, no non-sense Pastor? One thing is for certain; church service won't be the same.

XENIA RUIZ - CHOOSE ME - $12.99 - - - Told in alternating voices, the debut novel CHOOSE ME is the tumultuous story of a Latina woman and an African American man whose search for true romance takes a detour through the perfect love of God. Eva has no desire for romance. She's a self-reliant, celibate Christian who, despite a truly bad marriage, has successfully raised two college-aged sons. Adam wouldn't mind being in love, but women seem to be too much trouble-they just have too many expectations. As a recent cancer survivor, he just wants time to heal, write his books and poetry, and work on his spirituality. But when Eva and Adam unexpectedly meet, their attraction to each other is immediate and undeniable. Struggling with their doubts and seemingly insurmountable pain, they will start to let down their guard-and share a love that only God would understand.

I got to stick on one for Black History Year.

BLAIR S. WALKER - DON’T BELIEVE YOUR LYING EYES (DARRYL BILLUPS MYSTERIES, NO. 3) - for $.79 and shipping of $3.99, you still get a good deal.  Try it. - - - Every two months for the last seventeen years, the payments for unit number nine at a storage facility in West Baltimore have arrived without fail. After the money orders mysteriously stop, a grisly surprise is found inside the abandoned space: the mummified remains of black socialite Adrienne Hudson. The victim’s husband was none other than Charles Hudson, one of Baltimore’s greatest business leaders, who has since remarried a much younger woman. Adrienne’s disappearance during an apparent robbery in 1984 shocked and saddened the people of Baltimore. Now her murder has reopened old wounds, and cast a shadow of suspicion on a pillar of the community.  Into this lurid state of affairs steps Baltimore Herald reporter Darryl Billups, who is set to marry his long-time, live-in girlfriend, Yolanda, and become an instant father to her wonderful four-year old son. Nervous about the upcoming wedding after thirty-three years of bachelorhood, he welcomes any distraction and eagerly throws himself into the sordid case.  Yet after receiving sensitive inside information from a contact in the police department, Darryl discovers there’s much more to the story than meets the eye. Maneuvering through a world of lies and deception, privilege and power, Darryl uncovers secrets and bombshells which will lead him to an unlikely suspect–one who will shake the foundations of a proud city and one that just may cost Darryl his life.  Seamlessly blending action, romance, comedy, and relentless suspense, Blair S. Walker has written a stunning mystery full of unexpected twists and featuring a hero fans will delightfully welcome back and new readers will adore.