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Welcome to Crown Holders! Crown Holders monthly magazine is a fantastic, award-winning, digital magazine committed to inspire, encourage and empower a international group of readers. Our mission is to provide information that is essential, enlightening and entertaining. Discover life impacting books, learn about new talented writers, read fabulous excepts on our blog, and so much more. Crown Holders and Black Pearls Magazine aims to appeal to every side of today's multicultural consumer—budding solopreneurs, booktubers, podcasters, bibliophiles, the thespian, the literati, the fashionista, the influencers, content creators, the conscious leader, the social butterfly, bad-ass-boss CEOs, transformation coaches, the up and coming writer—and we all empowers readers to make informed choices about the myriad of books, film and music that have the ability to impact their world. EDC Creations Media Group, The Sankofa Literary Society (SLS) and the award-winning BAN Radio Show are proud to announce our “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” bringing readers and authors together to help improve literacy and to expand our visibility in the marketplace. You can join the campaign too, by sharing this magazine with friends and family on social media websites and blogs. Give the Gift of Knowledge! Each year, we encourage readers to purchase books to give as gifts 365 days a year. Listed inside are just a few of our book suggestions. Each week we will bring many more on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our blog. The books are available in our online bookstore and in bookstores near you! Let's all agree to “Give the Gift of Knowledge” and help to strengthen our future generations by sharing our wonderful literary legacy! We have selected several hundred books for your home or community library, check them out at

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Why I Wrote About Josephine Baker by Sherry Jones The short answer: to make a difference in the world and help eliminate racism, the same reason why Josephine Baker did what she did. Working as a journalist for 30-plus years, I made little money--but I gained something more valuable: a conviction that I was making a difference in my community and in the wider world. I wrote JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE to remind the world that the woman in the banana skirt was so much more than that. Josephine Baker was a force of nature and a force for change, and gave everything she had in effort to make a difference for African-Americans. By telling Josephine Baker's story as well as the stories of all my fictional heroines, I hope to make a difference, too. This is why I exist, and why I write. Back Story on Why I wrote JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE My novels tell the lives of extraordinary women in history who overcame formidable obstacles to achieve their highest potential—which, for me, always involves making a positive difference in the world. I delve into these women’s lives in hopes of inspiring others and myself. And yet when I first considered writing about Josephine Baker, the African-American performer who hit it big in Paris in the 1920s, I expected a romp. I wanted it, in fact. Having wept as I wrote The Sharp Hook of Love, my tragic novel about the 12-century French lovers Abelard and Heloise, I was ready for some light-hearted fun. A pretty woman who danced and made funny faces wearing nothing more than a skirt of bananas seemed just the ticket. But Ms. Baker, as it turned out, was a lot more than a nude, comic Parisian dancer. Josephine Baker was a woman who lived life on her own terms, fearlessly and with heart. Raised in poverty by abusive parents, she dreamed big, pursued her goals with passion, and succeeded beyond even her wildest imaginings—and then risked all, even her very life, to make the world a better place. First as a World War II spy for the French Resistance and then as a trailblazing U.S. civil rights activist, Josephine Baker used her power and her platform to fight for justice and equality against the forces of tyranny and hatred, prefiguring the anti-colorist activism by current celebrities including Colin Kaeparnick, Oprah, and Rihanna. From the 1917 East St. Louis race riots to the 1963 March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the adoption of a “Rainbow Tribe” of 12 children of various races and cultures, Josephine Baker dedicated most of her life to eradicating racism. Although she felt encouraged by the changes that occurred during her lifetime, she knew the struggle for “her people” was only beginning. She was a fighter to the end, and also a lover—not just of individual men and women, but of all humanity. When I feel overwhelmed by the vitriol and violence rearing its ugly head in America today, I draw on Josephine Baker’s courage, strength, and determination for the power to persevere. I wrote JOSEPHINE BAKER’S LAST DANCE with the hope that it will inspire others to keep fighting the good fight—to, as she said in her 1963 speech, “light that fire in you, so that you can carry on, and so that you can do those things that I have done.” Given her many remarkable accomplishments, it’s a tall order, indeed.

Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden Figures. Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker— actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance. In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page. With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

About the Author Author and journalist Sherry Jones is best known for her international bestseller The Jewel of Medina. She is also the author of Josephine Baker’s Last Dance , The Sword of Medina, Four Sisters, All Queens, The Sharp Hook of Love, and the novella White Heart. Sherry lives in Spokane, WA, where, like Josephine Baker, she enjoys dancing, singing, eating, advocating for equality, and drinking champagne. Visit her online to read excerpts from her books. Author's Website:

The Other Side of Cancer Living Life with My Dying Sister by Annette Leeds The Other Side of Cancer: Living Life with My Dying Sister is a passionate story of two sisters and their extraordinary bond and friendship reignited in the face of cancer. Theresa conquered many hurdles in her lifetime, with victorious highs and shattering lows, but at fifty-four years old, she took on the biggest challenge of her life: advanced stage pancreatic cancer. Like most families, there are those times when moments in life tend to strain or burden relationships. Theresa chose humour in the face of death. Confronting her fate with grace, she taught everyone the true meaning of living life without regret. To those who loved her, she gave an amazing gift—showing them how to move past the sadness and truly enjoy the precious time she had left. Annette, her baby sister, didn’t realize her strength until she held her sister’s life in her hands. As a writer, she did the one thing she thought would have the most impact. She picked up a notebook and chronicled the journey with Theresa, revealing the strength and inspiration of an amazing woman. The two siblings shared a room as kids, and in the end, it was the same. A week or so before Theresa died, she told Annette, “This has been the best year of my life.” Most people would have thought she was crazy, but her little sister knew exactly what she meant.

About the Author Annette Leeds is a literary journalist. Born Annette Marie Guardino to her mother who is Belgium and father who is Sicilian, she is a native Californian and the youngest of six children. Being quite creative, Annette’s strong desire to write led her to her first book, a psychological drama, followed by two television comedy scripts. She has had other entrepreneurial ventures, including a logo sportswear clothing line. Author's Website:

STATIONS FOR KIDS Children's Books Maxine Listens by Dr. Lynda Mubarak (Book II, Detective Maxine Hill Series) “At once moving and inspiring, Maxine Listens is a must read for every parent, relative, and friend of deaf children/parent everywhere.” Maxine Hill continues her investigative techniques to solve mysteries and puzzles while practicing community service and human compassion at school and in her community. A new medical diagnosis sends Maxine on a journey to find answers to a very personal concern.

Detective Maxine Hill Series Age Level: 6 - 10 years old Available in ebook, hardcover & paperback

What will Max discover this time? Will she be successful? Follow young, Detective Maxine Hill as she seeks to unravel and address another important challenge. The illustrations are adorable and they bring the story and the characters alive. If you can’t get enough of this adorable little detective, follow her on a new adventure in Maxine’s Hands, the third book in the Detective Maxine Hill Series which shows Maxine learning new concepts and applying her knowledge of community service anywhere it is needed. STATIONS FOR KIDS is dedicated to early literacy and community service. The best way to ensure your child's personal and career success is to begin the learning process as soon as possible. Academic success is always necessary, but your child also needs to see how he or she fits into the world community. A combination of community service and applicable educational concepts will give your child a balanced view of the world. STATIONS FOR KIDS books are available at Amazon in hardcover and paperback: STATIONS FOR KIDS books are available at Barnes & Noble in Nook Book, hardcover and paperback:

Trilingual Publications Presents Quick and Easy Guide to Signing By Lauren K. Bell Quick and Easy Guide to Signing includes DVD and over 200 Signs in English and Spanish. Great for schools, libraries and the workplace. A must for anyone working with Deaf or hard of hearing individuals; especially young children. Volume 1—Alphabets (Alfabetos), Numbers (Numeros), Education (Educacion), Careers (Carreras), and Feelings (Sentimientos) Volume 2—Family (Familia), Home (Hogar), Clothing (Ropa), and Food (Comida) Volume 3—Sports (Deportes), Action (Accion), Animals (Animales), Colors (Colores), and Religion (Religion) Volume 4—Medical (Medico), Time (Tiempo), and Opposites (Opuestos) Volume 5—Children's Book (Libro De Los Niños)

American Sign Language is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of Deaf communities. Read more about the 5-book series and Lauren K. Bell at:


In A REASON TO BELIEVE, serial entrepreneur Ella D. Curry provides inspiring and practical advice to lead you through every step of both defining and fulfilling your life's purpose. With more than 25 years of experience in promoting authors and assisting small business owners, Ella offers clear, step-by-step guidance that can make launching your first product or business seem like an adventure waiting to happen. Rich with affirmations, humor, social media secrets, and action plans, A REASON TO BELIEVE is essential reading for anyone seeking a refreshing glimpse into the life of a solopreneur or entrepreneur. A REASON TO BELIEVE offers tips, advice and resources on build a sound marketing plan and social media strategy to grow any business. It was written for women entrepreneurs, business owners, nonprofit organizers, as well as those planning their first business. This book is an honest, deep-dive resource to for starting a online business from scratch. It gives readers a concrete plan on how to survive the first years in business and how to turn it into a prosperous, purpose driven career. This book will encourage and empower you to dream bigger. Putting the plans in this book into action will be your first step to achieving maximum business success!

About the Author Ella D.Curry is the president of EDC Creations Media Group and Crown Holders Transmedia. She brings more than 25 years of PR and marketing experience to clients in film, music, publishing and corporate event planning. Her expertise in start up marketing has earned a reputation as a respected leader in the publishing industry. Ms. Curry started out as a corporate event planner and website developer; later becoming a buyer for the legendary Karibu Bookstore chain. Her career now includes services such as keynote speaker, blog tour coordinator, book coach, video journalist and literary publicist. Ms. Curry lives in Maryland with her daughter and life partner. When she's not working, she loves to travel and chat in Internet groups with her international group of friends. As her entrepreneurial spirit guides the way, she continues to involve herself in challenging, life enhancing projects. Visit her website:

My Last Baggage Call Aboard Air Force One: A Journey of Sacrifice, Service, Family, and Friendship by Glenn W. Powell Sergeant Glenn W. Powell’s MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL is the story of a most unlikely young man who leaves his working-class environment of Toledo, Ohio, to become a soldier. Seeking excitement and a way to “make something of himself,” Glenn Powell’s journey exceeds his wildest dreams—a journey that began in basic training in Fort Hood, Texas ends at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue—the most important address in the world. This exciting memoir chronicles the life and memories of a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, and 10-year veteran of the White House where he served under Presidents George HW Bush, President William J. Clinton, and President George W. Bush. Powell’s poignant and inspiring story includes memories from some 50 white house colleagues, family members and lifelong military buddies who enriched his life, and made an indelible impact on his journey. SFC Powell’s story is that of a restless young man who grew up in a working-class environment with ample opportunities to journey down the wrong path. Yet, thanks to his childhood village, the many role models whose lives exemplified the best in American values, made all the difference in his journey. Except for that “village,” of his childhood, Glenn believes his story might have had a different ending. The hardworking citizens living purpose-filled lives, served as a buffer against the discontent and civil unrest plaguing the rest of world. The centerpiece of that village, Glenn says, was his parents who, while they never lived under one roof, both loved him unconditionally. Margaret Powell was a young single working mother, and a constant reminder of the importance of working toward excellence at one’s chosen career. She would become Kroger Stores’ first African American manager. His father, a prominent entrepreneur in the Toledo area, would remain a constant in Glenn’s life until the end. Glenn says these lessons sustained him throughout his journey – from the pampered child, to the responsible teen, to the ambitious young soldier, to the doting husband and father; and the loyal and “never say never” Sergeant and aide to the President of the United States of America.

Wild Hearts, Peaceful Soul: Poems & Inspiration to Live and Love Harmoniously by Janet Autherine Wild Hearts, Peaceful Soul: Poems & Inspiration to Live and Love Harmoniously is a 170-page book that reminds us that moments of despair and heartache are a normal part of life’s journey but are also only temporary. Words have long been regarded as a means to wellness. In moments of crisis and frustration, a phone call from sister-friends and family can serve as a woman’s lifeline. When those who would serve as a support system are unavailable, comfort can be found in prayer, a song, or poetry. The genre of inspirational poetry has encouraged scores of people Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul: Poems & Inspiration to Live and Love Harmoniously (available on Amazon), was written to be a source of inspiration to women of this generation who lead with their hearts, especially young women. An attorney-at-law by trade, helping others has always been her passion. Autherine recognized that many women choose to face personal struggles by isolating themselves, out of fear or embarrassment or the need to show strength even when feeling vulnerable. Motivated by her faith and passion for writing, she created this book of inspirational poetry to capture the pain and struggle of women who love deeply and pour into others without first filling their own jars. Both strength and vulnerability are recurring themes, as well as embracing self-love and reclaiming your heart. “Heartbreak, rejection, abandonment are universal struggles, even though they may cause us to feel alone,” says Autherine. “Regardless of how others may have treated us in the past, we are worthy of love. We are not alone; our friends are facing very similar struggles. We have to love ourselves enough to allow those past hurts to heal, so that we can live and love in a physically and emotionally healthy way.” Janet Autherine website:

The Last Thing You Surrender A Novel of World War II by Leonard Pitts Jr. Could you find the courage to do what’s right in a world on fire? Pulitzer-winning journalist and bestselling novelist Leonard Pitts, Jr.’s new historical page-turner is a great American tale of race and war, following three characters from the Jim Crow South as they face the enormous changes World War II triggers in the United States. An affluent white marine survives Pearl Harbor at the cost of a black messman’s life only to be sent, wracked with guilt, to the Pacific and taken prisoner by the Japanese . . . a young black woman, widowed by the same events at Pearl, finds unexpected opportunity and a dangerous friendship in a segregated Alabama shipyard feeding the war . . . a black man, who as a child saw his parents brutally lynched, is conscripted to fight Nazis for a country he despises and discovers a new kind of patriotism in the all-black 761st Tank Battalion. Set against a backdrop of violent racial conflict on both the front lines and the home front, The Last Thing You Surrender explores the powerful moral struggles of individuals from a divided nation. What does it take to change someone’s mind about race? What does it take for a country and a people to move forward, transformed? About the Author Leonard Pitts, Jr., is the author of the novels The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II , Grant Park, Freeman, and Before I Forget, as well as two works of nonfiction. He is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, in addition to many other awards. Born and raised in Southern California, Pitts lives in Maryland outside Washington, DC.

Failure to Protect by Pamela Samuels Young

The author of the award-winning thriller Anybody’s Daughter is back with an addictive read that tackles bullying and its devastating aftermath. What Really Goes on Behind School Doors? When the classroom is no longer a safe space for her child, a grieving mother is determined to seek justice for her bullied daughter. Enter hard-charging attorneys Angela Evans and Jenny Ungerman. From the very start, the two lawyers face more than an uphill battle. An ambitious school principal is far more concerned about protecting her career than getting to the truth. She flat out denies any knowledge of the bullying and prefers to sweep everything under the rug. But just how low will she go? As the battle enters the courtroom, the attorneys fight hard to expose the truth. But will a massive cover-up hinder their quest for justice? About the Author Attorney and award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young writes fast-paced mysteries that tackle important social issues. Her thriller Anybody’s Daughter won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction. A former journalist, Pamela also writes sexy, sassy romantic suspense under the pen name Sassy Sinclair. Visit her website at

Unlawful Desires (Lawyers in Lust Book 1) by Sassy Sinclair Unlawful Desires (Lawyers in Lust Book 1) by Sassy Sinclair won a Emma Award for Best Erotic Romance at the 2018 Romance Slam Jam Book Lovers Convention. In this erotic suspense romance, sparks fly when a handsome lawyer falls hard for a smart, seductive woman who thinks like a man and acts like one too. Sharla Ratliff is done with having her heart broken. Her new dating rules are simple. No emotion. No expectation of commitment. Sex purely for her own physical enjoyment. Then she meets Marcel Dennard. The attractive lawyer has all the trappings of success: a thriving career, women at his beck and call, and enough money in the bank for the finer things in life. Their lust for each other doesn’t just create sparks, it sets off explosions. The sexual attraction between them is so passionately erotic they behave in ways that can only be called reckless. After a shocking series of events place both of their careers in jeopardy, can they restrain their sexual desires long enough to keep everything they’ve worked for from going up in smoke? Download a copy today:

About the Author Sassy Sinclair is the pen name for attorney Pamela Samuels Young, the author of multiple legal thrillers. Pamela started writing out of a desire to see more diverse characters in the legal fiction she read. She finally retired from the practice of law to pursue her passion of writing legal thrillers on a fulltime basis. Now, her passion also includes writing suspenseful stories about lawyers that entertain as well as whet readers’ erotic appetites. Unlawful Desires is the first book in her Lawyers in Lust novella series.

Courage to Pursue by Lisa Blackmon

“Courage to Pursue” is a guide in which readers will experience how they can conquer the spirit of fear to turn their dreams into reality. Each part of this book encourages readers to move out of their comfort zone to find the courage they need to succeed. “Courage to Pursue” encapsulates LisaB’s coaching as it helps other to discover their God given purpose, create a action plan to make it happen and get in action to manifest their dreams.

About the Author Lisa Blackmon fondly known as LisaB, is a motivation speaker, coach, mentor, author and business woman. She is passionate about seeing lives changed and when necessary resurrected. After 20 years in the legal field as an attorney, she felt a prompting to do more and serve on another level in order to reach the masses that she has been divinely destined to impact. From this revelation, #LisaBTheLifecCanger was birthed, motivational videos hit social media and inspiring information flooded her page calling an audience of ordinary people like herself to become their own rescue. Those that engaged have become known as a tribe of Lifechangers. This tribe is not only changing their own lives but creating a culture of change in the lives of others. LisaB is a Southern girl that loves good music, a good book and sharing her world with family and friends. Most of all she, is an advocate for change and growth even if it means doing what is necessary with “knees knocking.” Her mantra is “Provoking You to Think, Promoting You to Change.” Connect with LisaB, The Life Changer – Life Changer Website:

The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

Novel Poised to Spark Fresh Debate On The Rising Trend Of Skin Bleaching A new book written by Award Winning Author, Marian L. Thomas, will no doubt spark fresh debate on the alarming trend of young women who have engaged in skin bleaching. The book, The Caged Butterfly, is a fictional story that follows three characters as they navigate life’s often rocky terrain in search of hope, courage, and forgiveness. One of the main characters, Nina Taylor—is convinced that having white skin is the only way to make it successfully in the entertainment industry and thus begins bleaching her skin to hide her black heritage. "At the heart of Nina's story, lies a very dangerous obsession that has become an authentic reality for young women today, " Thomas stated. A New York essay called "Mourning for Whiteness" written by Nobel PrizeWinning author Toni Morrison, addresses the assumption that being white is better. The Caged Butterfly is the third contemporary fiction book that Thomas has written that broaches on the issue of race. The other being- I Believe In Butterflies. She said: "The Caged Butterfly provides an imitate look at a young woman who must go through the caterpillars of life to learn that one must love the skin they're in. It's a tough lesson for Nina, but the end is beautiful." The Caged Butterfly is available in paperback, hardcover, and digital formats. The author will conduct several book signings for the novel. For further details, visit

About the Author Award-Winning Author and Speaker, Marian L. Thomas, has penned six contemporary fiction novels to date. Her books have been seen on national television stations such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation, and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on local, national and online radio stations. For her book, I Believe In Butterflies, Marian ranked among the top 100 Most Popular Authors in Literary Fiction on Amazon. She spent most of her teen years in Oak Park, Illinois, but now resides in a suburb of Atlanta with her husband.

Carolina Soul: The Down Home Taste of the Carolinas by Chef Rome Celebrity chef, Army veteran, and health correspondent Jerome Brown celebrates his Southern roots with his new cookbook Carolina Soul: The Down Home Taste of the Carolinas. Chef Rome makes it no secret that he loves his home state of North Carolina, so it should be no surprise that his newly released cookbook is a celebration of sorts to the state’s cuisine and culture. In the book he showcases a compilation of family recipes, client favorites and lowcalorie meals featuring frog legs, oxtails, marsala meatloaf, and other Southern delicacies indigenous to North and South Carolina. “I put everything I could into this book, and I did it with love,” said Chef Rome, who has cooked for athletes and celebrities such as Shaquille O’Neal, Colin Powell, Byron Cage and Cam Newton. The former Food Network Star and featured Epcot International Food & Wine Festival chef prides himself on putting a healthy spin on Southern cuisine, helping many of his clients, like former NBA great Shaquille O'Neil, lose weight.

Chef Jerome Brown

Similar to his bestselling cookbook, Eat Like a Celebrity: Southern Cuisine with a Gourmet Twist, Chef Rome included stories of his family and the influence that Carolina has had on his life and on the country as a whole. “If you loved Eat Like a Celebrity, you’re absolutely going to love Carolina Soul,” Rome said. “I talk about the origins of Pepsi and some of my favorite restaurants along the Carolina coast. This book is nothing more than being authentic, giving readers what is within me.” He added that Carolina Soul is especially special because his family contributed to bringing the book into fruition. For instance, he prepared many of the recipes in his sister’s kitchen. Carolina Soul was published by Prosperity Publications, LLC and is currently available for order on both Chef Rome’s and Prosperity's websites. Visit the Cook With Rome website: Celebrity Personal Chef to the Stars. Ranked #8 in the world.

Two Steps Past the Altar by Patricia A. Bridewell

Review for Two Steps Past the Altar – Patricia A. Bridewell “This story had me captivated as I followed Sasha's journey as a pharmaceutical rep at Wexel Pharmaceuticals who is at the top of her career. Her fiancé Damien Taylor loves her dearly but she’s all about climbing the corporate ladder. Her father Bishop is the pastor of the church. Her mother has a life-threatening illness that needs medications. In the story, Sasha has doubts about the relationships with everyone. She meets Wesley who has the medications that her mother desperately needs. Her and Wesley’s relationship becomes complicated. What will Sasha do to get what she wants and at what price? I read this book in a couple of days because I really enjoyed it and wanted to know what was going to happen next. So, I kept turning pages until I finished it. This is my first time reading something by this author. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. I like how the chapters flowed one after the other. The characters were well developed and relatable. The themes in this story are forgiveness, friendships, restoration, and redemption. The plot and suspense were unpredictable. I like how the storyline went smoothly and I could comprehend this story. I recommend this book and I give it 5 stars.”

About Patricia A. Bridewell Patricia A. Bridewell's first novel was published by an independent publisher in 2009. Her published work includes three books, multiple short stories, online and newspaper healthcare columns. Patricia is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; she holds Adjunct Nursing Faculty positions at two universities. She is a member of the NBNA /Council of Black Nurses – L.A., Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and International Black Writers & Artists – L.A. Church home is West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Patricia’s short story appears in the Brown Girls Books anthology, Single Mama Dating Drama, an AALBC two-time best-selling book. Two Steps Past the Altar is her latest novel, her short story will appear in Tymm Publishing LLC’s anthology, Love Walked In, (June 2019). Fourth novel is in progress. Website:

Miami Beat III: Illusions by Frederica Burden Mirror, mirror on the wall…someone’s shooting star is bound to fall. Will one go down, or will they all? Sidney Stevens has a front row seat to the destruction of everyone she loves. Her family is poised to drive her absolutely crazy as she runs from one person to the other, extinguishing fires. Sidney faces the ultimate betrayal when her brother exposes the love of her life and his heinous crimes. Now she is forced to decide between what her heart feels and what her mind knows to be true. Chief of Police Marcus J. Mystic has his hands full with a maniacal wife who is hot and heavy on his heels. Vondra has escaped the North Florida Mental Hospital with a plan and a purpose. If the authorities don’t capture her soon, they will all be doomed. Mystic also grapples with his love affair with Sidney. Their once sizzling union has now been doused with ice-cold reality due to accusations levied against Mystic by Randy Jr. Sadly, Mystic’s list of critics is growing longer by the minute. It’s a race against time to see who gets to him first. Can Mystic convince Sidney of the truth before it’s too late? Locked away in prison, Randy Jr. faces his own version of hell as he stares down a hefty sentence for murder. He is desperate to get out of prison and settle the score with his enemies. Will prison be the distraction that he needs to get his life together or just another place for his sins to incubate? Spencer thought that he was off the hook for Linda's murder, but now he finds himself in a battle for his own life. Spencer has to prove to everyone that he isn't the killer, but he isn't entirely convinced of his own innocence. Luckily, he has Artie in his corner. Artie Garcia has been an integral person in everyone's life, but deep within the recesses of his heart, he holds secrets that threaten to destroy him. As he vies for Sidney’s affections and aspires for a higher position on the force, Artie tests the bounds of friendship and loyalty to see his goals manifest. The games that he plays will put his life in jeopardy. Only Artie can determine if it’s worth the risk. Miami Beat III: Illusions is guaranteed to have you questioning whether what you see is the truth or merely an illusion.

Miami Beat: The Secret Society by Frederica Burden

Welcome to Miami! When the sun-kissed beaches and clear blue skies fade into the darkness things really heat up. Miami nights give way to tantalizing temptations that can excite and coerce the darkness out of even the best of us. Sidney is learning this the hard way. A young, vibrant woman, Sidney Stevens is on a mission to pursue her dreams. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Sidney also has a goal that she will stop at nothing to see through. Losing her father to police brutality at a very young age became the catalyst in Sidney’s life, setting her family on a spiral that she desperately tries to end. Once an Explorer in the police department, she learned a great deal about law enforcement, which she intends to use to bring her father’s killers to justice. The only thing standing in her way is her heart. There are two love interests in Sidney’s life and she’s forced to choose. Two is company… Major Marcus Mystic is her former boss and her current love interest. Since the day she met him, she has been fixated on the handsome, intelligent, virile man. A complex man with an even more complicated home life, Mystic has secrets that could get them both killed. Will Sidney be the one to save him or will their love lead to destruction? Three is a crowd… Officer Arturo Garcia is her former coworker and mentor. A sexy police officer with a rough edge and muscular body, Garcia has had Sidney’s attention for years. There’s no denying the red-hot attraction between the two. There’s also no denying the secrets that threaten to explode in a fiery storm engulfing them all in flames. Everyone won’t make it out alive. Books by Frederica P. Burden * Miami Beat III: Illusions by Frederica Burden * Miami Beat II: Dilemmas by Frederica Burden * Miami Beat: The Secret Society by Frederica Burden Read more at

My Son's Fugacious Life Two Murderers, One Conviction by Tonda Wright [fyoo-gey-shuhs]–adjective. 1.Fleeting; transitory 2.Falling or fading early My Son’s Fugacious Life: Two Murderers, One Conviction is the story of my son, Johnquan. Gunned down at eighteen years of age, Washington, DC’s Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department failed to transport him to the hospital. My son’s death was tragic and unnecessary. From that devastating phone call to the burial to two trials during the course of one year—a murder trial and wrongful death suit—it has all truly been so tiring and emotionally draining. By writing this book, I hope to answer the same questions I have posed to myself: How do you overcome your fears? How do you overcome the bitterness inside? How do you forgive and move on with your life? And, most importantly, what happened on August 14, 2008, and what actions could have been taken to save my son’s life? And, I’m hoping to uplift parents who have suffered the loss of a child. I hope to give solace to those who feel as if their backs are against the wall and have nowhere to turn. About the Author Tonda Wright is a powerful force in the community. As an Emergency Medical Technician with the Washington, DC Fire/EMS Department, Tonda dedicates her life to bringing healing to those who are affected by the loss of a loved one and awareness to the Public Duty Doctrine that protects local government from their responsibility. Being a part of the healthcare industry for over 25 years and with DC Fire and EMS for 17 years, Tonda has found her love for being a mentor, mother, daughter, and a friend. With her love for helping people, she is in the process of creating a magazine that will spotlight our unsung heroes. She is also collaborating on a children’s book with her beautiful granddaughter to inspire and impact the community. Through her book, speaking engagements, and building several businesses, Tonda encourages people to create memorable brands and use them to inspire, impact the community, and create opportunity. Her goal is to continue to move in God’s purpose. She’s on a mission to complete her assignment from God. Visit her website today:

Telling Stories by Cheri Paris Edwards

Telling Stories is about new beginnings, friends, and family. It is a romantic comedy, with some dramatic moments. Sometimes life throws you a curveball... Navigating middle-age is a challenge for 45-year old Genelle "Gigi" Golden. First the death of her mother, then her long time live-in boyfriend abruptly trades her in for a new model. Determined to restart her life Gigi packs her bags and heads to the Southwest. When things don't go as planned, Gigi finds herself caught between the proverbial 'rock and a hard place'; and an impulsive decision turns her life in an unexpected direction. Then ex-military man Desmond Wright enters her life. Although physically changed by a skin disease it hasn't dampened Desmond's confidence or lessened his appeal to the opposite sex. But, Desmond's life is complicated by an spoiled adult daughter, who treats his home like it has a revolving door, and a mother who won't let him forget that he's yet to find the love of his life. When things falls apart, Gigi discovers that true friends reveal themselves in the toughest times and that grace comes when you least expect it. About the Author Cheri Paris Edwards is the author of four novels, including Plenty Good Room, which was praised by Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly. Edwards earned a Master’s in Composition and Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University in 2014, and is a Doctoral Candidate in American Literature at the University of North Texas. She hopes to complete her dissertation, Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine: Voices from the Other Side of the Color Line, in early spring 2019. She is an Associate Professor at Tarrant County College-Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas. Edwards is the mother of two adult sons, and lives with her toy poodle Mocha in the Best Southwest area of Dallas County.

Falling Through the Ceiling Our ADHD Family Memoir by Audrey R. Jones and Larry A. Jones The memoir of Audrey and Larry Jones, MD and their three sons demystifies ADHD in childhood and beyond. A blend of love, humor and real-life irony, Falling Through the Ceiling: Our Family ADHD memoir makes sense of the nonsensical, shedding light on the challenges of living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). These stories offer the real-deal reality of living with a house full of ADHD, including the ups, downs and chaos of what happened and the consequences of such. Book Review for Falling Through the Ceiling Falling Through the Ceiling: Our Family ADHD memoir is a poignant book about the challenges encountered by both parents and children as they cope with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The authors, Audrey and Larry Jones, provide a sensitive, knowledgeable, and often humorous account of the obstacles inherent in raising children with ADHD. They describe their personal journey, from dating to marriage to parenthood and grandparenthood.

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Although they put their experience in the context of every family’s aspirations, they also highlight the unique experiences of Black American families who are navigating the complex process of coming to terms with ADHD. The authors take the reader through the early childhood years, when ADHD can result in academic frustrations and often dramatic childhood pranks. They then move on through adolescence and young adulthood, when, for youth with ADHD, the launch into independence can be fraught with more than the average obstacles. As the authors tell their family’s story, each of them stops along the way to reflect on the personal impact of the children’s challenges and to share their perspectives on how they might have handled things differently. This book will be an inspiration for the thousands of families who are confronted with ADHD. Elaine F. Walker, Ph.D. Director, Mental Health and Development Program

Delayed But Not Denied 3: Real People Sharing Stories about Healing and Growth Delayed But Not Denied 3 is a compilation of stories told by Black Women who were interested in sharing life experiences hoping to be helpful to others. These stories demonstrate the power of prayer, faith, and strategies for triumph. The one common thread that binds the co-authors of Delayed But Not Denied Book 3: Real People Sharing Stories About Healing and Growth, is that they put their fingers to the keyboard to share parts of their life experiences. The contributors of the book share a diverse tapestry of insight, which is woven together by the drive to define their own successes. They share their stories of tragedies and triumphs with the prayer that, a sentence, a paragraph or a chapter will empower others to push a bit harder and to be their authentic self. In this collaboration, each woman's testimony lets readers know that regardless of what you have been through you are extraordinary too! Asia Williams' Contribution: The experience I chose to share was about how I have dealt with being the daughter of a father, whom I love very much, but has been incarcerated most of my life, and how that impacts me and my children. About the Co-Author Asia Williams is an English teacher turned assistant principal for NYC. For 15 years she has dedicated her life to building and uplifting children while raising two of her own. Her son, Kamari who attends Howard University and her daughter Khloe that is beginning her school career as a kindergartner. Asia was very reluctant to share her story, but she believes that being transparent about her life has the potential to help millions of children and adults who are going through a similar situation. Purchase Delayed But Not Denied 3

Loving You by Jessica Tilles

Sixteen years ago, Julian knew he would marry Grace the first day they met. He imagined living and loving his Gracie forever, never anticipating the unexpected would occur. Now, Julian’s struggle to come to terms with the inevitable battle of losing the love of his life pushes them both beyond physical and emotional pain.

Loving You is a gut-wrenching story of unconditional love that shows how one can go beyond living for the moment to enable a deeper value of an innate love beyond the surface.

Jessica Tilles is publisher, speaker, and an award-winning, best-selling author of ten books: Anything Goes, In My Sisters’ Corner, Apple Tree, Sweet Revenge, Fatal Desire, Unfinished Business, Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage (an anthology), Loving Simone (a 2013 Black Expressions® Book Club Best Seller), Crossing Sisters, and Loving You.

She also penned a short story, “ Julian’s Grace,” in The Triumph of My Soul Anthology, and co-authored No One Has To Know with critically acclaimed, Essence® bestselling author William Fredrick Cooper. In addition to penning her own novels, she has written many books as a ghostwriter under In 2000, Jessica founded TWA Solutions and Services (formerly The Writer’s Assistant), a full service, creative design firm offering services in graphic design, book design, web design, editing, book/self-publishing, packaging/branding and ghostwriting. Her design skills have garnered her the Best of Upper Marlboro in Graphic Design Services Award in 2015. In 2006, Jessica opened her publishing company, Xpress Yourself Publishing, to talented authors, growing her roster to more than eighty authors. In 2008, she received the prestigious title of Independent Publisher of the Year awarded by the African American Literary Awards Show. In addition to her many accomplishments, Jessica is a staff writer for Black Men In She has contributed the article “ Third Shift Blues” to Black Romance Magazine, is the recipient of the Memphis Black Writer’s Guild’s Rising Star award, the Jackson, Mississippi Reader’s Clubs’ Outstanding Contributor to Literature award, Black Pearls Magazine Top 100 Books of 2015 and is listed in Heather Covington’s Top 100 Literary Diva Order from or

Seeds of Deception by Arlene L. Walker

A clash between Cherokee Indians and their former African slaves comes to a head in the tribal town of Feather Falls. On the same day Sput Louie McClendon is evicted by reviled town tycoon Goliah Lynch, her husband mysteriously vanishes. Has he fallen prey to bushwhackers or timber thieves? Or is Lynch behind his disappearance? Alone and desperate, Sput Louie turns to town elder Two Bird for help, but with racial tension between the two factions, are his intentions pure? As Sput Louie’s frantic search for her husband intensifies, she stumbles onto a dark twisted family secret – one that could not only have devastating implications for her, but the entire town of Feather Falls.

Reviews for Seeds of Deception by Arlene L. Walker "Seeds of Deception has characters you'll love, a plot that pulls you in and twists you'll never see coming." — Pamela Samuels Young, author of Anybody’s Daughter, NAACP Image Award winner "Hypnotic prose, vivid characters. I was blown away. A masterful first novel." — Dwayne Alexander Smith, author of Forty Acres, NAACP Image Award Winner "I wish I could go back and meet all her characters again. Haven't stopped thinking about them yet. Easily one of my favorite reads this year." — Lisa Bobbit, reviewer, "Ms. Walker's writing is uninhibited and honest." — C. Knight, Book-a-licious Book Club

About the Author Arlene L. Walker is a graduate of UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and is a winner of the PEN USA CASP award as well as a finalist in the 2011 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in A Letter for My Mother, WOW-Women On Writing. Ms. Walker resides in Southern California where she is currently at work on her second novel. You can connect with her at

A Calm Heart Effect Minding My Heart Business by Lola C. Booker Lola C. Booker has published her first book, A Calm Heart Effect! This is a wonderful book for anyone who has questions about healing and mending relationships. "A Calm Heart Effect" is a book of poems and prayers written about life and relationships. The inspirational poems speak to all kinds of human emotions and needs. There are also reminders of how our faith can help us to heal and "mind our heart business". Lola's writings are earthy with emotions exposed and her wit and wisdom come through in the verses of her poems and the lines in her prayers. She is a gifted writer whose faith and strength come through in her work. She believes that the "heart needs to be whole to hold love." Lola is a prolific writer, having written hundreds of poems and prayers over a span of years.

About the Author Lola C. Booker is the mother of two grown children and a retiree from the Talladega County School System in Alabama. She has been a full-time writer for most of her life. Nothing has separated her from the pen and paper, and she hopes it never will. Her hope is that the reader will be able to relax with her book and relate at a heart level. Her book of poems and prayers is designed to help the reader with their own "heart business." Purchase A Calm Heart Effect: Minding My Heart Business Poetry > Inspirational > Transformational Literature Amazon:

Stripped For Greater Walk By Faith by Michele Nicole I had $0.06 in my bank account and $5 in coins in my purse. As I sat in the car, the reality of this season of my life just hit me...homeless. I am homeless. I looked at myself in the mirror and the conversation in my mind began. "It's all your fault. You did this to me. You. YOU failed us. You are 46 years old and you have nothing. You are stuck. You are yet again in "starting over" mode. You are not all here, you are functioning broken. How do you go from having a job with benefits, having your own business as a travel agent, having almost paid off all your debt and making plans for the next season of your life, to sitting in the front seat of a car with $0.06 in the bank and $5 in your purse, your items in a borrowed storage unit, your clothes in a travel garment bag, a job paying $8.50 per hour working 15-25 hours per week and you have two college degrees? How the hell did this happen to us Michele...please tell me...I would like to know."

About the Author Michele Nicole was born in Trinidad, West Indies and raised in Queens Village, NY. She left New York in 2001 to attend North Carolina Central University where she graduated. She stayed in North Carolina for eleven years and eventually relocated to Atlanta, GA to be closer to family. She is a servant leader, entrepreneur, photographer and traveler. She is also the author of the book Are You Done With Him? Purchase Stripped For Greater: Walk By Faith by Michele Nicole Self-Help > Christian Growth > Biography & Memoir B&N:

The PhD Game: Confessions of a Black Academic The PhD Game: Confessions of a Black Academic details the journeys of 15 African American doctoral degree holders. Although the National Center for Education Statistics named African American women the most educated group in the United States, the quest for doctoral and other advanced degrees is not easy, and is often not completed. Antoinette Franklin, the book’s managing editor, explained that she started this project to serve as a source of inspiration to future doctoral holders to complete their advanced education. “The book is a collection of stories of glory, racism, sexism, and happiness,” she said. “It shares their experiences and how they overcame those misfortunes and achieved the pinnacle of education attainment. The book also discusses the issues facing America’s colleges and universities concerning diversity in with the faculty and administration.” Each contributor to The PhD Game is a current business professional with a background in military, public relations, education, medicine, or law with affiliations with the San Antonio Talented Tenth of San Antonio, Gamma Delta Phi National Honor Society, Catholic Charities, and various fraternities and sororities. In addition, they have as nationally and internationally, appearing in such publications as the San Antonio Observer, Entrepreneur Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Women of Distinction Magazine. The PhD Game: Confessions of a Black Academic was published by Prosperity Publications, and will be available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and Books A Million. Website:

Love Like It's Hot Box Set Celebrates Independence Day – a day celebrated around the country – and will never be seen quite the same as six of today’s contemporary, nationally best-selling romance authors bring the heat in this box set filled with unique stories of impassioned love and intense romance! The Fourth has never been hotter – be sure to Love Like It’s Hot! Authors featured in the Love Like It's Hot Box Set * Ann Clay - Love for Liberty * Barbara Keaton - Heat at First Sight * Deatri King-Bey - Best Laid Plans * Donna Hill - Summer Sizzle * Nicki Night - Sweet Heat Rising * Xyla Turner - The Fourth Available at & B& Read author interviews and book excerpts at Black Pearls Magazine’s blog. You will be taken on a true adventure:

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Explore Books by Natasha Frazier Kairos The Perfect Time for Love by Natasha D. Frazier Kensi Jacobson believed in that truth with all of her heart, but when she’s up for a promotion for her dream job as assistant editor-in-chief of The Big Apple Chronicle, she hits a roadblock. She put in the work and trusted God for what she believed was her season of elevation, but her boss’ idea of a promotion was to send her to Pepperton, TX for another assignment. This new assignment pairs her up with a handsome widower, Darren Shaw, who helps her learn that delay and disappointment can sometimes become a catalyst for something greater. Seemingly burdened with the fact that she is the only one in her circle who isn’t married with children and a career that isn’t headed in the direction she planned, she begins to wonder when her time and season are coming .

Will Kensi learn that Kairos – God’s perfect timing, is much more powerful than Chronos – her chronological timetable, and trust that things will fall into place at the right time? What begins as a crush to her ego and life plan may become the perfect time for love and everything else she’s wanted. Shattered Vows: Love, Lies & Consequences Book 3 Rico gambled with his marriage when he cheated on Chloe. Breaking his vows and risking everything for temporary pleasure, he lost his wife’s respect and trust. Rico returns to God, searching for a quick fix to win Chloe’s heart back, but his heart is the one that is changed. He is a self-proclaimed changed man, willing to go the extra mile to restore his marriage, but he just may be too late. Has Chloe given up on him? She has forgiven him before, but this is different. “I’m sorry” isn’t enough when vows have been shattered. With the law and the Word of the Lord on her side, she finally gathers enough courage to walk away. But then tragedy strikes. Is it enough to make Chloe stay, or will she start a new chapter in her life? Natasha D. Frazier website:

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