National Black Book Festival


Monday, May 2, 2011

And their off!!! Black History Year!!


I am going to make one more comment on “milk.”  I went to buy my weekly gallon and the price actually went down.  Instead of $4.00, I paid $3.43.  OK, OK, I know I need to get off of this rant and rage on milk, but come on; it’s all I got left to rant about.  I cannot rant about the price of gas, even though that went up from last Sunday when I brought it at $3.48 to $3.85.  Damn! Damn!  Damn!  Then my electric bill arrived in my e-mail.  You know, since we are on a “technology high!!!” all your bills come thru your e-mails letting you know, “Hey, remember me? You owe us! 

Remember there was a time when you received bills in the mail and tossed it around or put it in some boxes labeled, “Pay today,” “Pay on Pay Day,”  “Pay when I get the money,” or “Hell, I’ll pay it when I get good and ready.”  Or, my favorite from a girlfriend of mine, “Hell, are they crazy!! They want the money next month on the 15?  I got to get my hair and nails done for the party on the 14th.”  “Shoot, I’ll put it aside and pay it when they are about to cut it off, damn! I got more things to do with my money”

Yeah, what the hell were they thinking?  They actually thought she was going to pay the bill and on time, yeah! Right! 

Let’s get to some books. 
I want to thank ABDUL-MALIK (ALAN CRAMER) - Author of “THE LIFE” - $2.99 for giving me “props” in supporting our African American authors thru my blog. 
Everyone assumes I’m just promoting their books.  I do buy them.  I have managed to get other people to buy them.  I do tell people, not just in my blog but at every single book fair, book show, radio and any other communication arena I come to.  We have so many books covering all topics in the world and we don’t’ realize how much our writing effects other people in the US and overseas.  Don’t stop writing.  Don’t give up.  You can and will do it.  I still plan on receiving 1,000 subscriptions before the end of the year.  That is a lot of books, but I love it!!!
Here’s a rap up of Abdul-Malik’s book - - - 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.  

JA’NESE DIXON – BEFORE BLACK DIAMOND – 99 cents - - - Camille Blackwell is an undercover FBI agent posing as a jewelry purchaser in an international diamond trading company. Her assignment is to identify the domestic players in the Imperial Dynasty, an international terrorist group suspected of trafficking conflict diamond.  “Before Black Diamond” is a collection of short stories about a few of the key characters in Black Diamond. Each story will take you from the CEO of an international firm to a young African boy who faces danger at the hands of terrorists to protect his family.  Readers will meet the characters before they were left with no choice but to do what they had to do, leaving dead bodies and a half million dollars unaccounted for.

JA’NESE DIXON – BLACK DIAMOND - $2.99 - - - Camille Blackwell, an undercover FBI agent, poses as a jewelry purchaser in an international diamond trading company in hopes of identifying the domestic players in a vicious rebel group suspected of trafficking conflict diamonds. The Bureau requests CIA renegade Marc Fulton's assistance with sweeping international intelligence to identify the major rebel organizations with finances and stateside connections strong enough to evade criminal prosecution, despite Camille's objections. Sparks fly when Marc and Camille meet, their attraction is instant and tense. However, both resolve to focus on the case. But when Camille receives an encrypted memory stick from a murdered co-worker, Marc may be the only person she can trust.  True love, like black diamonds, is rare and precious; but when murder and a persistent criminal threaten a frail relationship, can love triumph? In a borderless game of cat and mouse, will a chance at happily ever after be thwarted at the deadly scheme of the faceless leader of the Imperial Dynasty?

KAMEISHA JENKINS – A PRICE TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING – 99 Cents - - - This is a riveting debut novel that offers readers a peek into the drama-laden lives of its colorful characters. What does a morally corrupt socialite wife, a self proclaimed diva with serious mental issues and family drama and a wealthy bachelor turned unwilling father have in common? A price, A Big Price! The novel allows readers to discover the true expense of happiness as its characters weave a comedic and sometimes tragic tale of discovery. Filled with family drama, relationship challenges, and life affirming moments, A Price to pay for everything invites readers to ask, what are we willing to pay to be happy?

TIFFANY L. WARREN – WOLF IN MINISTER’S CLOTHING – 99 Cents - - - This prequel to the Bestseller, “WHAT A SISTA SHOULD DO - $8.99,” tells the story of how young Taylor Johnson is lured into a web of lies by slickster Luke Hastings. His wife, Yvonne, is suspicious of the new church member with the Beyoncesque physique. Find out how this tempestuous love triangle began.

K. ELLIOTT – DEAR SUMMER (REAL IN THE STREETS) – 99 Cents - - - Tommy DuPree is fresh out of prison with a new hustle selling stolen luxury cars. A business that proves to be lucrative and allows him to fly under the radar and clear of his drug dealing past. Life couldn't be better for Tommy with cars, money and two girlfriends, until he sells a car to some cross town drug dealers and one of them gets busted in the car and claims that Tommy set him up. Enter Summer, Tall and Beautiful with the body of a Victoria Secret Model. She's the side chick but she wants to be number one and she's frustrated. Summer meets and hits it off with Q, Unknown to her, Q is the leader of the Cross town drug dealing gang that wants Tommy Dead. Tommy has to prove he isn't a rat, but at the same time defending his manhood because Q and his boys are sure to kill him.   

I swear this sounds like a Miami Vice, Treme’ or Wire TV show.  Hey, you never know.  

ANTHONY WHYTE – CRAVE ALL LOSE - $1.00 - - - Vincent lost his job and moved in with his mother. His friend Tyriq is a big time drug dealer and willing to sponsor him into a drug cartel. Vincent is reluctant, but his baby mama is nagging and bills are piling up. Hustling is the way. But his long-time friend (and an experienced hustler) Spoon is against Vincent getting down. Vincent ignores Spoon's advice and joins Tyriq. Vincent quickly starts stacking major figures. The never-ending gwap, expensive cars, jewelry and fast women prove addictive. What he craves could be his downfall. The higher he climbs the more envy he encounters. Vincent is caught in a costly, ugly and vicious war. Younger soldiers are ready to kill in order to rise. Does Vincent have what it takes to succeed at this most ruthless, dirty game?
OK, let’s move to romance.  Sometimes, you can no longer take the hood route.
V. GREEN – WHEN DESTINIES MEET – $3.99 - - - For years Pamela has given up on true love and put her entire focus on her career until she nearly works herself to death. While on a forced leave of absence from her thriving perfume business she is offered a second chance at love and life.

L. Y. MARLOW – COLOR ME BUTTERFLY: A NOVEL INSPIRED BY ONE FAMILY’S JOURNAL FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMP - $11.99 - - - The last thing Eloise Bingham wanted was to leave the comforts of her South Carolina home and family. But at the end of World War II, the young wife follows her husband, Isaac, to Philadelphia, only to experience his sinister and violent temper. Eloise’s children and their children and grandchildren will face their own trials over the next sixty years: Mattie, who has lived in her mother Eloise’s shadow, finds it takes a life-changing tragedy to help her break free; Lydia, Mattie’s strong-willed daughter, summons the resolve to rise above the cycle of abuse; and finally, Treasure, Lydia’s lively daughter, has the chance to be the first to escape her family’s destructive legacy.  It will take unconditional love, old-fashioned family values, faith, and fearless determination already embedded in each woman’s DNA to triumph over a life plagued with unspeakable pain.

Got to get one in for Black History - - -

E. LYNN HARRIS – INVISIBLE LIFE: A NOVEL – There are books to read and enjoy over and over again.  Then there are books to keep for life because when you read it, years will go by and you will read it again and again.  You never forget the characters.  They seem to stick in the back of your mind and you wonder why? We lost E. Lynn Harris last year, but his stories from all of his books will always, always be in our souls and hearts.  He writes with a softness and intelligence that even if you do not agree with his politics or lifestyle, you still agree with his characters.  You know them and have known them all your lives.

This trilogy follows Raymond Tyler Jr. from his college days through his years as a successful young attorney. It is in college that he encounters his first homosexual experience, at a time when he has a steady girlfriend. When he takes his first job in New York City, he settles into a bisexual lifestyle but becomes engaged to Nicole, the other central figure in the series, who ambitiously pursues a show business career while searching for the perfect man. Raymond ultimately chooses a gay lifestyle but unlike some of his friends, who are comfortable with their sexual preference, he reflects on his choice. E. Lynn Harris has created a body of different characters, a group of friends and family members who admirably demonstrate a continuity of love and support. This is a work about young middle-class black people who, regardless of sexual preference, are looking for the perfect partner. For those who are gay or bisexual, there is the added pressure of disapproval from many corners and some very funny moments.