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The Black Pearls Magazine family would like to thank each of you for joining us monthly in celebrating the best in literature and the arts. Our team of writers, bookclubs and authors are so humbled that you have allowed us entrance into your life. It amazes me each month as I check our subscribers how many of you deem us worthy of your time and support. We appreciate each of you for telling 10 people about the magazine and for driving people to our website. YOU make Black Pearls the magnificent publication that it is, by sharing the Gift of Knowledge! Please know, as we prepare each issue for you, we look for those stimulating conversations, the most thought provoking articles and most of all, the best books on the shelves. We want each page of this magazine to add value to your lives! Your comments and feedback are welcomed. Join our blog and share your news, advice and wisdom with the other readers. Tell us what you want to read too! We hope to bring you more provocative topics and life empowering books to shape your lives. We have contests for the readers and more interactive sections added to the magazine. Let us know what you think of the fresh new content by emailing us. Thank you! Ella Curry, President of EDC Creations Founder & Editor In Chief Black Pearls Magazine BPM Website: Ella’s BPM Email:

Black Pearls Magazine Legacy Collection Give the Gift of Knowledge! Black Pearls Magazine is proud to announce the launch of the "Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign," bringing readers and authors together to help improve literacy. Yearly, we encourage readers to purchase books to give as gifts. Each year thousands of people - educators, concerned parents, community leaders, authors, poets and publishers - devote their time and resources to presenting the reader with great books! However, too many outstanding books do not get the attention and reader support that they deserve. It is our mission to connect readers with these hidden gems and bring them books that will change their lives. Let's "Give the Gift of Knowledge" and help to strengthen our future generations!

About Ella Curry Ella Curry is the president of EDC Creations Media Group. She brings more than 25years of PR and marketing experience to clients in film, music, publishing and corporate event planning, earning her a reputation as a respected leader in the publishing industry. EDC Creations produces virtual events, social networking opportunities, and provides strategic alliances with bookclubs, authors, social network partners, and business owners around the world. EDC Creations Media Group is dedicated to serving authors and companies in need of creative and rewarding marketing strategies that will make their business grow. We can leverage the power of the media and Internet to promote their books or business and its "brand" to the consumers. Offering the independently published author the same quality of exposure as the traditionally published author. Ella Curry is the producer of the Black Authors Network Radio Show. Through the internationally syndicated online BAN Radio Show, Ella has interviewed community leaders and celebrities such as: Byron Pitts EmmyÂŽ award-winning journalist for 60 Minutes, literary legends Dr. Maya Angelou, Sonia Sanchez, Queen Latifah and Hill Harper. Join Ella and her team in Giving the Gift of Knowledge! Visit her main website for EDC Creations for more details at:

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Black Pearls Magazine is an 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. Tantalizing stories, memorable characters, provocative storylines are all here! We bring you the hottest titles released by the most talented authors, writers, and poets of the craft. These pages are filled with glorious books and book club introductions! Featured Bookclub Top: Sistah Minds In Motions Book Club (SMM) On the Front Cover: Sankofa Literary Society, Dallas Girlfriends Bookclub and authors from the Fourth Sunday Book Club On the Back Cover: Deep in Thought Bookclub, Girlfriend Bookclub ATL Chapter and Jackie Lawson from the Sweet Soul Sisters, Maryland

Intimate Conversation with Fourth Sunday

FOURTH SUNDAY written by B.W. Read (aka “Because We Read” ) is the tale of seven women and their journey towards friendship by way of a simple book club. Over time, their friendship grows beyond books, as their lives, relationships, careers, and families become one. The core group of women—Gwen, Natalie, Allana, Brianna, Camille, Destiny, and Adriane—shares not only their love of books at these monthly meetings but their life experiences as well. During a two year period, the women undergo a number of trials within their own lives as they confront divorce, illness, romantic highs and lows, sexual experimentation, and career challenges. Throughout the good times and bad times, their book club family provides support, encouragement, laughter, and love. FOURTH SUNDAY is timeless cosmopolitan literature. The novel incorporates intellect and riveting facts about medical, political and small business state of affairs while balancing playfulness and sensuality. It is funny, it is sad, it is contemporary, but most of all it is real. BPM: Give us a little history on the 4th Sunday Book Club. The 4th Sunday Book Club was founded in the 1994 by six professional African-American women from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area . These women shared a desire to read books of quality and substance and formed a loosely structured book club simply referred as “the book club”. The objective was to read books written by African-American authors. Over time the club diversified to include at least one non-fiction book per year and has grown beyond solely African-American authored works. The book club, which met on fourth Sundays, soon found that contemporary literature did not reflect them or their lives. Motivated by this realization, the club began writing its own book. The result is Fourth Sunday: A Journey of Book Club, which was written under the pseudonym B.W. Read and published in May 2011 by Strebor Books for Simon and Shuster. In honor of the success of the book, “the book club” was renamed “4th Sunday Book Club.” The 4th Sunday Book Club has grown in membership and purpose. The club now has 13 active members. However, it remains an unstructured, intimate club where books are our connection and our bond is our strength.

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S ist ah Min d s in Mot i on s B oo k C l u b

Sistah Minds in Motions enlightens your mind through the power, spirit, soul of sisterhood, and reading. We want to address every aspect of a women's world, physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. We are a small, newly formed African American book club and social organization for positive, spiritual women who enjoy reading! SMM was established in November 2009 by Bobbi Ramey, our President. Our first official book club meeting took place on January16, 2010. Lashandra Searcy is the Treasurer, Rhonda Sidibe is the Events Coordinator, and I am Shannon Powell the Secretary. We are in Atlanta, Georgia and we have about 10 members. BPM: What is the purpose for your organization? Do you host events during the year? The idea was to bring together a diverse group of women who enjoy reading and to bond spiritually. . . Sistah Minds in Motions stemmed from a vision of desiring to bond resilient African-American women in cultivating friendships, encountering new and unique experiences, social gatherings, networking, taking part in community events and the overall encouragement of each member. We will be attending the Cancer Walk this year and we are in the process of choosing a family in need for our annual Thanksgiving Basket, that we put together based on the need of the family that includes but not limited to food, toiletries, clothes and books for inspiration and books for the kids . BPM: What legacy will your club leave for those watching in the community? We hope to show that reading can be fun and show especially our young kids that reading is not something you have to do only in school. It allows you escape and use your imagination. Bobbi has also started Sistah Minds in Motions Little Divas, which is a Book Club for young girls from the ages of 8-13 to show them that getting together and reading can be fun and show them how girls can come together in "Sisterhood" and support one another. They also learn things such as cooking, sewing, braiding and other things girls love to do. BPM: Do you feel as if African Americans are represented in a good light? I think all the books that I have read show us in a good light, whether good or bad, if it's real, the story needs to be told. I love to read positive novels but the ones that compel me most are the ones that tell about the struggle of day to day life and stuff that I see or have seen in real life and the outcome still comes out good.

C o ff e e B ea nz N R ea dz B o o k C lu b

Coffee Beanz N Readz Book Club began in April 2010 in Houston, Texas . The motivating factor to start a club came with the network of the book Push by Sapphire to my co-workers on the job. It was then, that I realized there were many people around me that shared my same passion. I asked co-workers, family and friends to join. We were blessed to have our first meeting with a noted author, Brianne Smith. Her novel, Ms. OndaStould became our first book to read. Our family consists of 12 members from different walks of life. And like our background differences, each sister has a nickname derived from different flavors, roasts and blends of coffee (i.e. Mz. Richly Brewed, Mz. Columbian Bean, Mz. Frappuccino and Mz. Premium Roast). We meet every third Saturday of each month. We select a different host each month. The host does make the selection for our “Book of the Month”. Our reads are compiled from different genres, but all from African-American Literature. We are also actively involved in community volunteer events (i.e. Methodist Hospital Stride for Stroke Walk, Walk to Cure Diabetes, Susan G. Komen Walk, etc.). December 2010 we started our own Adopt-A-Family program in which we were able to make a mother of three, holiday season less stressful. BPM: What is the vision for Coffee Beanz N Readz Book Club? Our mission is to enhance our member’s passion for reading and inspire others to appreciate the joy of reading. To promote sisterhood by building lifelong friendships. To support and network with African-American authors, while purchasing their books and attending their literary events. To support our community by volunteering in different organizations. BPM: Give us a deeper understanding of how important reading is to you. Reading will open your eyes to a world you’ve never known. It gives you a world of knowledge, power, relaxation, inspiration, travel, courage, hope, love and much more. Reading is the BEST gift a person can give to themselves. BPM: Book you most want to read AGAIN much slower, to savor: 72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell . This book was very emotional and eye-opening to the issues on mental illness. It also showed the unconditional love a mother has for their child(ren).

Conversation with Tiffany Craig Tiffany Talks Books

BPM: Tiffany, tell us a little about yourself and introduce us to your book blog. I am a woman who loves books! I am an Army wife currently living in Maryland with my husband and our two Yorkies: Lucky and Lina. I love to read all genres with the exception of paranormal. horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Indie and self-published authors as well as books that make a personal connection hold a special place in my heart! I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and a minor in Linguistics. And, outside of reading, I love sports, traveling, and everything fitness/nutrition related. It is important to note that I represent DIVERSITY on my blog! Tiffany Talks Books (formally Read It All Book Reviews) was founded in 2010. I am an avid reader who loves ALL genres (generally, I do not read paranormal, horror, or science fiction). It is my wish to promote the lost art of reading and I take a special interest in new and self published authors. I read, review and recommend based on MY opinion. BPM: When and how did you decide to become a book blogger? I decided to become serious about being a book blogger in 2011. I was living in Germany with my husband who is a soldier and I needed an outlet where I was free to express my own thoughts and feelings. I say that because as an Army wife you must always be mindful of what you say and/or what you express because it can reflect negatively on your husband. Another reason is because I have always loved to read and I wanted to share that with others in hopes that it would inspire at least one person to decrease their television time and increase their reading time.

BPM: What is your “philosophy” regarding book reviews? My philosophy is to be truthful and be you. Use your own style. And, never personally attack the author; keep your review based on the content of the book.  Read more here:

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Daughters of Royalty Book Club Marilyn G. Diamond, a Sankofa Literacy Society Reviewer began reading at an early age and cont i n u e d through college reading Harlequin novels. At an early age books became as an escape mechanism for her while growing up in Brooklyn, New York. While working full-time Ms. Diamond raised three boys and other neighborhood children with a strict demeanor insisting on finishing homework and visiting libraries as positive incentives.

Marilyn G. Diamond (Facilitator), Fredrinne Green (Vice-Facilitator), Tracy Turner (Secretary), James Washington (Designer and Logo Exec); have currently established as a group that reads and loans books through Kindle amongst each other. We frequently post our reviews and discuss various books that are read amongst each other. We meet quarterly and plan on sending one of our members to Literary Conferences and Book Fairs as we expand. We also have a member who actively seeks and finds new books and announcements. For the upcoming year we plan to include Skype and conference calls to the executive body as part of our expansion.

After finishing college in Central New York, weather and medical issues bore down on Ms. Diamond, causing her to relocate. She now resides in South Carolina, where she is not only a book reviewer, but she is also vigilantly working on a upcoming novel herself. “Having always maintained a journal there was a great desire to write my book one day.”As a reviewer she takes her occupation to heart. You can find this survivor, reading and reviewing various literature alongside starting a book club and inspiring the upcoming generations.

Purposes and services towards Community: Our purpose is to expose and promote all avenues of literature. We feel that literature by African-American authors are not promoted through local efforts as a New York Times Best Seller book should and would be.

BPM: Give us the history on your club. How many members do you have? Tell us about the members. Daughters of Royalty formed and created out of an idea ten to fifteen years ago from two best friends. It has been two years and counting since Daughters of Royalty was formed formally in South Carolina. We have eight adult members and three youth members. Since then, a group of young people have been inspired through the efforts of Daughters of Royalty. Besides inspiration gained from the reading of books by their parents, they have also formed a arts and craft team who create bookmarks from beads.

BPM: What is the purpose for your organization? Do you host events during the year?

BPM: What legacy will your club leave for those watching in the community? We hope to donate five-ten books to thrift stores and Public Libraries that generally do not have the books we as a book club love to read. We hope to promote services towards working with illiteracy clients. Many of our young people are falling through the cracks and crevices of society and are not seeking their GED. BPM: Has there been a book that helped shape your life? Books as a group that have inspired us: “The Bible,” “A Purpose Driving Life,” “Besides the Still Waters,” “Redeeming Waters,” and “One Day My Soul Opened Up” were some of the great novels that have inspired us to continue on in this journey.

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Virtual Branch of Sistahfriend Book Club

Carmela Hicks Gordon is the site leader for the Virtual Branch of Sistahfriend Book Club. She also is a contributing writer for the BookClub University Magazine started by fellow panelist TaNisha Webb and a reviewer for the Book Referees started by fellow panelist Orsayor Simmons. She enjoys reading and volunteers in her community as a tutor to help children to read and write and firmly believes if you can read, you go anywhere and do any and everything! BPM: How was your bookclub or reading group created? Give us your history. The SistahFriend Book Club was founded by Tasha Martin in 2004 in Columbia, SC. It was decided a little over a year ago to branch out and form a virtual branch where I am the site leader. The SistahFriend Book Club is a live and online reading and networking group for women that focuses on reading and discussing books by or about African-Americans and promoting unity through women empowerment and fellowship. Online book club members drop in 24 hours a day on our forum, where lively book discussions and sistah bonding occurs all day. Chats are held Monday evenings at 9pm. BPM: What is the vision for SistahFriend Book Club? Our vision for the SistahFriend Book Club is to be a source of promotion and support for African-American literature by authors of various cultural backgrounds and to build intimate discussion groups everywhere, appreciating and discussing quality literature as well as the power of unity among women. BPM: What do you love the most about reading? Who are your favorite authors? Reading is relaxing. Reading is therapeutic. Reading is definitely fundamental. My favorite authors are Rickey Teems, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria Christopher Murray, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Rhonda McKnight, Patricia Haley, Brian W. Smith, Trice Hickman.

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BPM: Give us a little history on your organization, Bookworm Diva's Bookclub. Our organization is Bookworm Diva's Bookclub . The president name is Valrechea Hinton, the Vice president is Tamika Cloud, and the secretary/treasurer is Shabrika Mitchell. The club was established in 2010. We are located in Newnan, Ga. We have 12 members. BPM: Do you host events during the year? Donate to charities or provide any service for the community? We host Annual Fish Fry events and Annual Christmas Parties. We donate to a local women shelter, we give out fruit baskets to the elderly, and we host annual Toy Drive for Christmas. BPM: What types of books does your group read? How do you select the books? We read all types of books. We draw names each month and that person selects the book for the month. BPM: What are you reading now as a group? How did you come by this selection? We are now reading The Trophy Wife by Ashley and Jaquavis. Member, Keisha Pace, was chosen to pick the book for the month of November and she chose this novel. BPM: Do you think digital books will ever replace a printed book? No because some people prefer to have the printed book. Therefore they can read it as many times as they like. No I would not stop buying printed because I prefer to have my own copy of the books to read.. Read more here:

Intimate Conversation with Soul Sistahs Book Club, Chattanooga

Soul Sistahs Book Club was founded in 2011 by Kenya Ervin of Chattanooga, TN. Initially comprised of coworkers, membership has been extended to close family and friends that share a passion for books. Soul Sistahs Book Club's mission is to promote literacy and encourage sisterhood among women of all ages and backgrounds through the love of reading and lively conversations. BPM: Introduce us to your group. What was the first book you read as a group? SSBC: Soul Sistahs Book club was founded in September 2011 by Kenya Ervin. Currently, we do not have officers assigned, but everyone comes together to get things done. We are located in Chattanooga, TN and we have seven active members. The first book that we read was G-Spot by Noire. It was a very lively and interesting discussion. BPM: Why was your organization created? Do you write and post book reviews? Do you host events? SSBC: Initially, our organization was created because I loved to read and I wanted to discuss what I read with an interested party. Most people that I talked to did not share the same passion that I had for reading. I asked a few coworkers if they would be interested and it took off from there. Now we are a group of sisters that not only share a love of reading, but we share things about our personal lives as well. The members that write book reviews are Kenya Ervin, Shannon Pasley, and Treneka Jackson. Our club anniversary is usually a festive occasion. We have author visits (Tameka Newhouse and Electa Rome Parks), food, entertainment and lots of dancing. We have also hosted other authors during the year. In 2014, I hope that we can have a greater presence in the community..

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Divas Leaving No Pages Unturned

BPM: Give us the history on your club. How many members do you have? Tell us about the members. My name is Toshona E. Carter and I am the Founder and President of this great group of women called Divas Leaving No Pages Unturned. My bookclub got started on July 17, 2010 as a request from some sister friends whom loved to read. They knew I had previously been a member in another club. The members names are the following: LaToshia Enoch-Elston, Cassandra Wallace, Tacarla Young, Jayla Davis, Angela Davis, Erica Whitfield, Jennnifer James, Shantwan Vickers and Shereen Watkins BPM: What is the purpose for your organization? Do you host events during the year? Our bookclub focuses on community service. We want to promote literacy and help provide a positive atmosphere for children & families. Also to provide a nurturing environment for all women of color. When were not reading and having a book discussion, we are usually participating in some type of community service project. We recently participated in a homeless facility called the Union Rescue Mission where we packed boxes for families for Thanksgiving. We also donated to the Ronald McDonald House and took up a cash donation for The Salvation Army. BPM: Have you always liked to read? What you love most about reading? Favorite authors? I have loved reading since I was a small child. I feel that reading opens your mind to so many possibilities. I do believe knowledge is Power. Some of my favorite authors include Mary Monroe, Adrienne Thompson, Francis Ray, Terry McMillan, Daniel Black, E.Lynn Harris, Rita Williams- Garcia, Zane, Toni Morrison, and Dr. Maya Angelou. ď‚œ Read more here:

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Intimate Conversation with Mississippi Magnolias Book Club BPM: Introduce us to your group. What was the first book you read as a Group? MMBC: Mississippi Magnolias Book Club was founded November, 5, 2012 in Gulfport, Mississippi by Antionette Ga t e s , President. MMBC officers are Antionette Gates, President, Ethel Smith, Vice-President, Taironzika Wesley, Secretary, Angela McNair, Treasurer, Photographers, Lisa Ladner and Kimberly Robins. MMBC currently have ten active members. Our first book read was Money Can’t Buy Love by Connie Briscoe. BPM: Why was the organization created? Do you write or post reviews? Donate to charities or provide any services for the community? MMBC: MMBC was created from avid readers that also happen o be members of Unity Festival, Incorporated, a non-profit organization. Yes, a few of us post reviews on Amazon. We contribute to all UFI events throughout the community; Thanksgiving baskets to needy families, books or prizes for the Children’s Book Jamboree, and sponsor Angel Tree children, at Christmas. MMBC members also volunteer at the organizations various functions including the neighborhood Unity Festival in March of each calendar year. BPM: What type of books does your group read? Are there any genres that you will not read? Do book excerpts help you decide whether or not to purchase a book?

MMBC: Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Erotica and Mysteries are group favorites. Some members thoroughly enjoy paranormal books as well. There is no genre that we absolutely will not read. A book excerpt does not help in the book selection.

BPM: Do you prefer to only read books by authors of color? Do you support self-published authors? MMBC: The majority of books read by MMBC are by authors of color, but books have been chosen by authors who aren’t of color. MMBC members definitely support self-published authors. Any support given selfpublished authors help promote awareness of the book and enlighten other readers about both the author and their books. This action in turn will someday garner a larger following for the self-published author. BPM: What are key factors that help a book remain on your mind long after you have read the last page? MMBC: A few key factors are great characters, realistic problems or events, and a fantastic location. BPM: What legacy will your club leave for those watching in the community? MMBC: Our goal is to improve our community through literacy and literature. We hope to bring a sense of joy, hope, and adventure associated with the love of reading, and volunteerism to the youth on the coast. It is our goal to further these efforts in future through a youth reading group or book club.

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BPM: Give us the history on your club. Where are you located? How many members ? In October 2008, the Literary Ladies Book Club was established in Rahway, New Jersey by sisters, Sandi and Maria. As busy career women with little free time to enjoy friends, fellowship, adult conversation and a good “Girl’s Night Out”; the sisters decided to start a book club driven by their love of African American Literature and their shared desire to engage in honest, enthusiastic, enlightening discussions with other individuals that truly enjoy reading. In order to rise to their fullest and purest potential not only as readers but also as women, they encouraged members to empower one another by sharing ideas and materials throughout the month that promote personal growth and enhance awareness within literary, social, spiritual and economic areas. In a nutshell, the original eight members gathered with the purpose of creating unity, friendship, and sisterhood amongst positive women of color. Presently, we have 11 active members who are in the process of determining to which organizations this year’s charitable donations will be made as well finalizing the details for our annual bowling party and literary luncheon. BPM: What legacy will your club or blog leave for those watching in the community? The Literary Ladies Book Club’s collective purpose is still evolving. Having just hosted our first luncheon which showcased 11 local authors, we hope to continue to showcase authors in a more formal setting allowing veteran author to mentor up and coming writers. We will continue to support local African American authors, host fundraisers and make charitable donations to various charities. We not only gather to fellowship and talk about our monthly book(s) but we also socially conscious. BPM: Are you satisfied with the legacy black books will leave our future generations? We feel that the books written today are speaking of life, the streets and not all have a happy ending. The books of yesterday are more about history, where we come from as a race; they taught you something…made you think. You can't compare history with "entertainment." With writings from authors such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou and Alice Walker just to name a few; the legacy of black books is strong. In our opinion, not enough of today’s authors are building upon this legacy. However, authors’ such as Pamela Samuels-Young, Bernice L. McFadden and Moody Holiday give us hope.

Th e B o ok R ef er e es

Orsayor Simmons has always wanted her voice to be heard when it came to books. Being a book reviewer has strengthened her love for books, and now she makes it her duty to share her love of books with the masses. Orsayor is a mom, wife, judgment worker, cake stylist and owner of Simmons Sweets. She is a book reviewer for OOSA Online Book Club, Urban Reviews, Book Sneeze, Tyndale Publishing, Astraea Press, and NetGalley. She also runs her own book review blog, The Book Referees. BPM: How did you form your lit blog? Give us your history. Book Referees was formed by me (Orsayor L. Simmons). It was formed to get me and my book loving friends to read/review/and to spread the word out about our favorite books. Now it seems to have taken on a life of its own. I'm now spreading the word through my blog - interviewing authors - and getting books in the hands of celebrities. Book Referees was created to promote the Love of Books - promote the Love of Authors - and to promote Giving Back. BPM: What do you love most about reading? Who are your favorite authors? I love reading because it serves as a mental escape from the stresses of the real world. I'm able to meet new people, travel to new places without leaving the comforts of my home. My favorite authors are Donald Goines - E. Lynn Harris - Brian W. Smith - Electa Rome Parks - Victoria Christopher Murray - Lutisha Lovely and Rickey Teems III. BPM: How does your blog serve the literary industry? Spreading the word about the gems of the literary world...

Gir l Fr id a yz B o ok C lu b

BPM: Give us the history on your organization. How many members do you have? The Girl Fridayz Book Club was conceived in August 2005 out of the founder’s love of reading. She brought together a group of “sisters” who also have a love of reading and on September 30, 2005, the Girl Fridayz Book Club was born. We meet the last Friday of each month with different members hosting the meeting. The founder’s name is Karyn Davis and she and the other members of the book club reside in Buffalo, New York. We currently have ten active members. BPM: What is the mission for your organization? Do you host events during the year? The main purpose of our book club is to strengthen our passion for reading, share our faith, explore quality works by African-American authors, share ideas and opinions and fellowship with like-minded friends. We have supported authors who have come to our city for book signings/workshops (Virginia DeBerry, Kayla Perrin and Beverly Jenkins), as well as other book clubs who host authors. Also, at least once a year, we contribute to a young adult pursuing his/her dreams. This year we contributed to a young athlete so that she would be able to attend the regionals for track and field. Last year, we contributed to a young lady’s fundraising efforts for Jabberwock, an evening of elegance and entertainment that showcases the gifts and talents of the young women participating in the program while advancing the goals and objectives of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s scholarship program. BPM: Do you think digital books will ever replace a printed book? We don’t believe that digital books will ever replace a printed book. We love to be able to turn the pages in the book and most of our members will not purchase a e-book priced more than $5.00 The majority of our members will NEVER stop buying printed books and the only way we could be forced to not buy them is if they stopped selling them. BPM: What legacy will your club leave for those watching in the community? Our book club would like to leave a legacy of improving literacy in our community. For those watching in the community, we hope they will see us as Christian women who were consistent in trying to teach the community, especially children the importance of reading. Read more here:

S ist ah G ir l R e a d in g C lu b At lan t a

BPM: Give us the history on your organization. How many members do you have? My name is Karen Anderson-Archer and I am a true “Georgia Peach.” That’s right I was born and raised in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area. I currently reside in Loganville, GA with my husband of four years . We recently celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. I am one of those 070707 brides, lucky me. I am the biological mother of two, a step-mom to three and a surrogate mother to the hundreds of students whom have blessed and enriched my life immensely. My purpose in life is to “make a difference in the lives of those I meet and teach.” My passion is Teaching — I teach to touch lives forever—I teach to make a difference! I am an avid reader and I love, love, love, to dance (I am a Liturgical Dancer) and listen to praise and worship music. You can find me on Facebook as Darling Swan! BPM: Give us a little history on your organization, Sistah Girl Reading Club. In July of 2003, the first meeting for Sistah Girl Reading Club Atlanta Connection was held at the Borders Bookstore located in Stonecrest Mall, Lithonia, GA. At the conclusion of the meeting Cover 2 Cover Book Club (which was originally established in the mid 1990’s) was re-established and we moved forward with a total of eight members. To our dismay we later found out that another metro-Atlanta-based book club had a similar name. Research was done to find the perfect name for our unique group of sisters and the friendships that we had formed. One of the new members had recently relocated to the metro-Atlanta area and shared with our group the organization and by-laws of the bookclub she had previously belonged to, The Sistah Girl Reading Club based out of Miami, Florida. BPM: What legacy will your club leave for those watching in the community? We are striving to leave a legacy of footprints that will become one of DETERMINATION, FAITH, HOPE, and INSPIRATION for our daughters and their daughters and their daughters to come. A legacy that will encourage them to continue to strive and reach for higher heights and higher ground and the wisdom to know that every woman need and should embrace a circle of literary sisters that enjoys good reading, good conversation and most importantly “sistah” time. Read more here:

In d u l g e B o ok C l u b DC

BPM: Give us a little history on your organization, Indulge Book Club. Indulge Book Club was started December 2005. We are located in Washington DC. We currently have ten members. Indulge Coordinator/Founder is Micole Marbury, Secretary is Marcia Horton, Activities Coordinator Latarsha Reid, Photographer Chaquita Goode, Indulge little readers facilitator Mailka Watkins. We started Indulge because we love to read and we wanted an outlet from our daily lives and to fellowship with friends. We are a group of individuals who meet every 1st Sunday at various member homes from 4pm to 6pm for book discussions. We are varied in age and are of numerous backgrounds. We are passionate readers who have been reading together for eight years in December, 2013. BPM: What is the mission of the group? Tell us about your work in the community. The mission of the group is to free our minds from the stresses of life and indulge ourselves in great books, food and conversation. Indulge was not originally establish for community service purposes but in the upcoming years we plan to start promoting the importance of reading. BPM: What impact has reading or being in a organized group had on your life? As the Organizer/Founder of Indulge Book Club, it has been a great pleasure to know and meet so many amazing people and to hear there thoughts and emotions. The experience helps us grow as individuals. The books are a bonus. BPM: How do you feel about electronic books such as for the Kindle, Nook or iPad, etc? These devices are good because it helps the reader now have so many books all over the place. But they do not hold the same substance as books. Read more here:

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BPM: Give us a little history on your organization, Black Diamonds Book Club. My name is Rochelle Ragas and I am the President of the Black Diamonds Book Club. Our club started in January 2010 with four (4) charter members: Sheila Brown (Photographer), Wanda Fuller (Treasurer), Rochelle Ragas (President) and Janet Smith (Secretary). Since then we have added two new members: Kirstin Johnson (Historian) and Robin Jones (Social Media Coordinator). We are based in Arlington, Texas; however our members live throughout the metroplex. BPM: Why is reading important in our lives? What impact has reading had on your life? In each book we read there has been a message of some type. Not every reader will identify with a character, but there will be a lesson to be learned from the characters read. The Black Diamonds Book Club (BDBC) read Color Me Butterfly by L.Y. Marlow in September 2011. For one of our members this book left an indelible impression on her because of the trials and triumphs of this story and how it impacted a family for over four decades. Reading is such and important factor in all our lives. Reading provides an outlet and lets readers discover a whole world, whether fact or fiction. We think it is the basis for all success in life. As the old saying goes ‘If you can read you can achieve’. Most, if not all, of our club members can be found with a book at any given time whether hardback, paperback, or electronic. We always have something to read. BPM: What legacy will your club leave for those watching in the community? What our club hopes to achieve is to show young women that literacy is not only important but can also be fun. Give your girlfriend a book instead of a new sweater. Read the book, talk about it, and share it with another girlfriend. Pretty soon you have a group of young women reading and writing about what they have read and how it impacted them and/or how they can relate. And, guess what? You have a book club. Each woman in our book club has a testimony and it is important to each of us to share our blessings with others. It is not about the recognition that we receive, but the fact that we could spend a few hours helping someone besides ourselves. We do not go out into the community to be praised, but rather to follow the lessons taught in the bible in how we are to live a life of service by being a blessing to others.

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Give us the history of your organization. How many members do you have? In August 1998, Sharon Lucas – a wife and mother who worked fulltime - founded The Reading Divas Book Club. Sharon loved to read but she was felt that she had no time for herself. So she invited several women to start a book club – their motto “a little time for me.” We currently have 14 members. We’ve never elected officers but Sharon serves as President and Brenda Hart as Treasurer. The members all live in the Washington, DC/Maryland area. BPM: What is the purpose of your organization? Do you host events during the year ? The purpose of our organization is to provide an oasis once a month for members to share a good read and a bottle of wine, relax, and enjoy the sisterhood. In 2008, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary we began hosting a Literary Brunch each year; in 2012, we expanded to a weekend format. Our format has been to bring in a celebrated author as our keynote speaker and introduce other authors to our audience through an “Author Expo.” BPM: What legacy will your club leave for those watching in the community? Through our annual literary event and our support of local authors and book clubs, the legacy we hope to leave is that of a well-organized group of African American women who loved to read and who supported reading and African American authors. BPM: Do you think digital books will ever replace a printed book? I (Sharon), have personally “gotten over” the printed book and so have must members of the group. I enjoy not having to pay extra when I’m traveling to bring along 5 or 6 books, when I can have a hundred on my Kindle to choose from. I also love being able to sample a book before I buy – when buying books, I often got home or received them in the mail only to discover I had already the book. Price doesn’t play a big part in the purchase – if the sample seems good, if the reviews are going well, and especially if it’s an author that I have read previously and enjoyed, or it’s the club’s read for the month – I just buy it! Read more here:

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The Sista Girl Book Club BPM: Give us the history on your organization. How many members do you have? It was my personal challenge to read at least one book a month that lead me on this literary journey. My name is Michelle and I started “The Sista Girl Book Club” back in Sept 2005, with some of my co-workers. Our seven year anniversary is September 2012! It has been an interesting adventure to say the least. If any book club has been together more than a couple of years they can attest to the fact that a positive book club is hard to maintain. We started with five members ,we at one time had eleven members and back down to the four core members and the last three years we had five members. This May we added our sixth member to our club, we will wait another year see how this works out and may consider adding another member and take it a year at a time. We are primarily located in PA with one member from NJ. BPM: What is the purpose for your organization? Do you host events during the year or provide services for the community? We are a group of ladies whom love to read and get together the last Saturday of each month to break bread, relax and catch up on each others lives in the midst of discussing a common book we have read. Our sole purpose is having a Sista Night Out! We all have busy lives, families, jobs and such and we are taking one night out of our busy months for some Sista time!

BPM: Are you satisfied with the legacy black books will leave our future generations? Do you think the writings of today's authors are leaving the same legacy as authors from other generations? If so, who? Sista Girl: I am so proud to introduce someone to the African American authors that I have come to know. The writings of my people can not be housed in just one category as even I thought when I began my reading journey almost seven years ago. We have authors such as Mary Monroe and then you go all the way to the other side with a Monique D. Mensah and I will throw in a Eric Pete, Lori Johnson, Daniel Black, Tracy Brown and my newest author Victor McGlothin in the middle. What you have here is Good reading for the young and the old. BPM: Do you feel as if African Americans are represented in a good light in the novels you read? Sista Girl: This is an internal debate that I have with myself about the books by my people. Do I pick a book just because I want to just support my people or do I pick a book because the author is a good author? The Sista Girl Book Club has chosen to support whom ever we tell can tell a good story, simple! The Urban/Hood books that I read, it’s like the lights are out! Don’t get me wrong these are some of the best books that I have come to know and authors that I continue to support, but face it we look bad in most of them. My husband always tells me to stop reading those comic books. Then we have some books that I tend to remove from that Urban category but are by African American authors and these books tell stories that shed better lighting to us as African American people. These books make you think a little harder it seems and they definitely lend to a better discussion.

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BPM: Give us a little history on your organization, ReadPeriod. How often do you meet? We are a book club located in the Dallas-Ft Worth, Texas area. The name of our "club" is ReadPeriod. We started in 2007 with four members and we've grown to 12 enthusiastic members, who enjoy the fellowship as much as we enjoy the critique. We meet once a month, rotating the meeting locations. Our President is Milledge Caldwell. Some members are related which adds to frank and honest discussions. We sometimes see a movie that is our book of the month. We have also traveled to San Antonio, Texas to participate in Black Book Club seminar that featured Black Authors. On occasion we go out socially, i.e dinner, drinks and good wholesome fun. BPM: How are you celebrating the holidays? Will your club have a group party? ReadPeriod, President Milledge Caldwell -- As president I will be spending the Holidays with family. I'm originally from the Mid-West as are five other members, so we often have extended family visiting during that time. One of our members gives a annual Christmas Party for our members (just the ladies, LOL). BPM: What genre of books do you select for book-of-the-month discussions? Why? We choose to read Black Authors for ten months during the year, because we want to support African American authors financially and because we can relate to the works and understand the point of view that the authors are writing from. We also feel that African American literary works ensure lively discussions! We do however, read other authors twice, during the year. BPM: Do you feel as if African American couples and families are represented in a good light in today's film, music, media and books? We find that many of the Black Authors have the common theme of misogyny and unfaithfulness, which can be disappointing because of the negative characterizations. Read more here:

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Th e B u t t e rf ly B ook C lu b BPM: Give us a little history on your organization. How many members do you have? The Butterfly Book Club officially started on May 7, 2003. We are located in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to us becoming an official book club, the founders of the book club (Afonda Johnson and Mala Robinson) discussed books over

BPM: What types of monthly activities do you enjoy as a group? Do you travel? We have our monthly book discussion group on every third Saturday of the month. Each book club member has a chance to facilitate the discussion group. The facilitator chooses the book and hosts the meeting. We have a group of very creative women, so each meeting is different. For example, we have played games that were created from the specified book of the month.

Mala and I would go to the library, choose the same book, and after we finished reading the book we discussed it over the telephone. Over a period of time, we decided that it would be more interesting to start a book discussion group. Therefore, we had our first book club meeting on May 7, 2003. The first book that we discussed was, Reinventing the Woman by Patty Rice.

BPM: What is your favorite genre of books? What are the key factors that make a book remain on your mind long after you read the last page? Some personal favorites of our Vice President Danielle’s are: drama, mystery, humor, and fiction books. She stated that the things that make her remember a book are things or similar events that have either happened to her or someone else; if it was really good it’ll stick with her. I also enjoy the same types of books as Danielle, but I also enjoy the type of book that takes me back in history.

the telephone.

We currently have seven members. Our officers are: President – Afonda Johnson; Vice President – Danielle McKnight-Zellner; Secretary – Alva CunninghamCollins; and Treasurer: Shannon Cunningham.

Also, if there was a movie based on the book we would read the book, watch the movie, and discuss the similarities and differences of the two works of art. In addition to our monthly meetings, we go on a yearly book club retreat. We have, within the past few years, incorporated traveling to various cities into our schedule. Also, we have a gift exchange and holiday gathering in December of every year. We have also had a few successful prayer breakfast events, so this could possibly become an annual event.

BPM: What is the mission of the group? Our mission statement is: “To inspire reading and the discussion of various literary works of AfricanAmerican authors, while providing an atmosphere that fosters sisterhood and unity.” Our book club is limited to women, but we do not exclude anyone based on her race or color.

There were a few books that two members selected that I really enjoyed. I would have never thought to choose the books myself, but they truly remained on my mind long after I read them. The titles of the books are: The Wake of the Wind by J. California Cooper and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

Our first objective is to promote reading and communication within our organization and our community. And our second objective is to promote unity within our group as well as into the community.

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Anybody’s Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young Is Anybody's Daughter Ever Safe? Based on the real-life horrors faced by thousands of girls, award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young takes readers deep inside the disturbing world of child sex trafficking in a fast-paced thriller that educates as much as it entertains. Thirteen-year-old Brianna Walker is ecstatic. She's about to sneak off to meet her first real boyfriend—a boyfriend she met on Facebook. But Brianna is in for a horrifying surprise because her boyfriend doesn't exist. Instead, Brianna unwittingly becomes the captive of a ring of drug dealersturned-human traffickers who prey on lonely girls from dysfunctional homes. But they’ve made a big mistake in targeting Brianna because she doesn’t meet either of those criteria. Brianna’s Uncle Dre, a man with his own criminal past, is determined to find the niece who is more like a daughter to him. Rather than sit back and rely on police to bring Brianna home, Dre scours the dark corners of Los Angeles looking for her. He is stunned to learn that the trafficking of children isn’t just happening in other countries. It’s occurring at epidemic levels right in his own backyard. Dre is not alone in his desperate search. Loretha Johnson knows this world well. A social worker who previously lived “the life,” Loretha now dedicates her time to saving as many young girls as she can find. She turns out to be an invaluable resource for Dre, who ultimately gets a lead on The Shepherd, a mastermind in the trafficking world whose every move is fueled by ego and greed. Dre vows to bring The Shepherd's reign of terror to an end, even if he has to break the law to do it. While Brianna makes a futile effort to thwart her captors, Dre is getting closer and closer to finding her. The woman he loves, attorney Angela Evans, knows the dangers faced by sexually exploited children because she represents them in juvenile court. Angela lends her moral support and, eventually, an important clue to Brianna’s whereabouts. As he races against the clock, Dre ultimately comes up with a daring plan—one that puts many lives in danger, including his own. But will he find Brianna before it's too late?

About the Author Pamela Samuels Young is a writer, publisher and practicing attorney whose fast-paced legal thrillers tackle law and crime. After publishing deals with BET Books and Harlequin Books, Pamela took charge of her writing career and founded Goldman House Publishing. As an independent publisher, Pamela has published six thrillers and two short stories, with additional thrillers planned for release in 2014 and 2015. Pamela's books are in print, ebook and audio book formats. Recognized for her savvy female characters, Pamela brings a taste of diversity to the legal fiction genre. Her novels include Anybody's Daughter, Attorney-Client Privilege, and Murder on the Down Low. A natural hair enthusiast, Pamela's first non-fiction book, Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide, will be released in March 2014. Connect with Pamela Online

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Intimate Conversation with Debra Owsley In 2005, Debra Owsley turned her love for reading and her hobby to support her book habit, into the reading accessory and consulting b u s i n e s s , www.SimplyS a i d . n e t . Debra works with several major bestselling authors, and independent book stores creating unique gift-marks, book thongs, creative displays and promoting literacy. She also coaches authors on how to promote and market their book on a budget. Debra never dreamed her two loves would turn into a marketing and promotional business, allowing her to meet authors she has read and admired, working at book events and book festivals selling her treasures. She enjoys meeting other avid readers and book club members. Debra is quoted as saying, “These are my passion marks!” BPM: How did you get your start in this business/industry? Honestly I started this business quite by accident! I am a hair stylist and every year I give my clients a gift as appreciation for their business. We always discuss books we’re reading and most clients read under the dryer. I simply decided to give them bookmarks as a Christmas gift that year. They loved them! Some asked me to make more so they could give as gifts. These were something I only made for myself at that time, just because I loved to read and love collecting quotes, so I put them on bookmarks so I could enjoy them! Marcia King-Gamble was a client of mine at the salon before I knew who she was! She was also one of the clients who saw the bookmarks and asked me to customized some for her for the Goodie Room at the Romantic Times convention. I had been reading her for

years and just never put the two together. She is also the person who told me about the trade shows, book events and different festivals that went on. She introduced me to a whole new world I never knew existed. BPM: Tell us about your most popular service and products. The “Gift-marks” are bookmarks have great quotes or sayings that are designed to inform, encourage and inspire. They can be customized to any book, event, or occasion. They are durable and are heavily laminated and cut by hand with scalloped or torn paper edges to add to their uniqueness. They are the most effective and versatile item because they are more of a gift than just a bookmark. The Paper Chase Collection was added to the line earlier this year. These have sarcastic book remarks and other things that readers say when reading their books. This collection contains bookmarks, card sized bookmarks and door hangers. The Book Thongs are book jewelry for book lovers. They are gorgeous bookmarks that can be beaded or with charms. They will fit just about any size book and they absolutely deliciously girly and we call them Book Charming! BPM: How would you describe your experience as a entrepreneur? Extraordinary! I can’t believe I get to meet people I’ve loved reading and admired all my life. Authors are my rock stars! Even 6 years later, I still get absolutely giddy talking to them. Every note and email I have ever received from an author I have and cherish. When they contact me for an order, I do the “Happy Feet Dance” all over my kitchen! This experience for the most part has been an absolute joy.

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Bo ok s T o W at ch - Fi ct i on  The Prodigal Son by

Kimberla Lawson Roby

 The Perfect Affair by Lutishia Lovely  Anybody’s Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young  The Red Order by Cerece Rennie Murphy 

I Ain't Me No More by E.N. Joy

 A Good Dose of Pleasure by Zuri Day  Laws of Depravity by Eriq La Salle  Without Faith by Leslie J. Sherrod 

The Blindsided Prophet by Sonja Lewis

 When Everything Isn’t Enough by Ed Wyns  Living Separate Lives by Paulette Harper  The Last King by A. Yamina Collins  Walk a Straight Line by Michelle Lindo-Rice  Tropical Fantasy by Monica McKayhan  Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes 

Forever an Ex: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray

 When Memories Fade (Victory Gospel Series, No. 2) by Tyora Moody  Burn- Book 3 in The Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggot 

Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr.

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Left for Dead by Ebony Canion “Victory at all costs…in spite of all terror…however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” - Winston Churchill Ebony Canion is no stranger to adversity. In fact, her countless traumatic experiences in her childhood and adulthood have molded her to be strong, resilient, and faithful, in short—a survivor. But on that fateful day, June 30, 2012, her strength was tested more than ever before. Run over, then dragged for over two hundred feet, Ebony Canion was left for dead. She sustained multiple serious injuries and was in a coma for over two months. But keeping with the pattern of her life, Ebony’s spirit of faithfulness was bent but never broken. And it was then, healing in the hospital, that Ebony decided to share her story with the world. As an inspiration to all who know her, Ebony’s will to overcome, more importantly to survive, is unparalleled. She started a T-shirt company, Survival Story Tees, which empower others to let their scars tell their story. Ebony wants to show people all over the world that despite your scars—your journey and disappointments—they tell a story. Ebony’s scars show that no matter what situation she is confronted with, she will survive. Her book, Left for Dead (Life Changing Books- Jan, 2014), will show that despite her many obstacles, she will never be defeated— she will survive.

More About the Author Ebony Canion is a widow of four children. Her husband was killed in car crash. Then in June of 2012, she was struck by a car and dragged 200ft. She documented her progress on Instagram for over 30,000 followers. Ebony discussed her horrific injuries: “had a broken leg, pelvis, and dislocated spine (which needed titanium and rods in them) also 7 broken ribs, a collapsed lung, my left side of my face was ripped up, I nearly but my tongue off and it needed to be sewn back on, I lost 3 teeth, the skin on my back was ripped of (road burn) and needed a skin graph, a fractured shoulder and jaw and a small amount of blood on my brain.”

Website: Instagram: Survival Story: Left for Dead: the Ebony Canion Story Release date is Feb., 2014 by Life Changing Books (LCB) Order copies of Left for Dead:

I Ain't Me No More by E.N. Joy Helen wasn't just born the devious vixen of New Day Temple of Faith. There had to be something rooted deep within her to make her inflict and feed off of other people's pain. Perhaps it was her own pain that she had suppressed for so many years-an unimaginable pain-that created an internal prison of which her mind was the only captive. But once the demons within her break free, those around her better beware, as Helen surely becomes the epitome of the saying, "Hurt people, hurt people." In I Ain't Me No More, Helen has no shame displaying that she hasn't been saved all her life. Will the divas of New Day Temple of Faith think Helen's worth saving? But more importantly, can God save Helen from not only her evil past; can He save her from herself?

About the Author BLESSED selling Author E. N. Joy is the writer behind the five book series, “New Day Divas,” the “Still Divas” three book series and the “Always Divas” three book series, which have been coined the “Soap Opera In Print.” The “ New Day Divas” series includes the titles: She Who Finds A Husband, Been There Prayed That, Love Honor or Stray, Trying to Stay Saved and I Can Do Better All By Myself. The “Still Divas” series includes the titles: And You Call Yourself a Christian, The Perfect Christian and The Sunday Only Christian. The “Always Divas” series includes the titles I Ain’t Me No More, More Than I Can Bear and You Get What You Pray For. Formerly writing secular works under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, this award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio and cities across the country as well as instructing literary workshops. Joy writes children’s and young adult titles under the name N. Joy. Her children’s story, The Secret Olivia Told Me, received the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor. Book club rights were acquired by Scholastic Books and the book has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops Joy performs in schools nationwide. Currently, Joy is the executive editor for Urban Christian, an imprint of Urban Books in which the titles are distributed by Kensington Publishing Corporation. In addition, Joy is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. Joy pens original songs for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying. You can visit Joy at

I Ain't Me No More by E.N. Joy Book One of the Always Diva Series

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Bo ok s T o W at ch - No n- f icti on  From Sagging to Success: The Story of Emery Franklin by Florence M. Howard  Left for Dead: the Ebony Canion Story by

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 50 Shades of Black: The Conversation by

Carlton Mackey

 The Book of Purpose: The YOU Testament by Tracy McNeil  (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race by Yaba Blay 

Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity by Marcia Dawkins

 Note to Self: The Diary of a Divorcee by Shana Burton 

If You're In the Driver's Seat, Why Are You Lost? by Lawana Gladney

Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed by Hawa Abdi

 We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song by Gloria Gaynor  Mommy What is a CEO? by Angela L. Harris


 She's All Caught Up! by Jamila T. Davis  Of Life, Love and Family by John Tracy Wilson  Kinky Coily: A Resource Guide for Going Natural by Pamela Samuels Young 

Being Fabulously Fit in God's Kingdom: A 40-Day Journey to Wellness by Renee Wiggins

Champion of Choice: The Life and Legacy of Women's Advocate Nafis Sadik by Cathleen Miller

 Black Girl's Guide to Winning at Love & Life by Stephanie Small  The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things by Anna Holmes 

ICONIC: Decoding the Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman by Lakesia D. Johnson

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The Prodigal Son by Kimberla Lawson Roby After dropping out of Harvard to be with his girlfriend Racquel and their new baby, Matthew Black discovers that fatherhood isn't what he expected. His relationship with Racquel has become strained, and while he wants to be a good husband, he soon finds himself attracted to another woman. Meanwhile, Curtis and Charlotte are having their own problems. Curtis's long-lost-son Dillon has settled into their household and Charlotte feels he's trying to take Matthew's place in Curtis's heart. She is determined to get Dillon out of the house, but doing so won't be as easy as she thinks. Dillon quickly figures out what Charlotte is up to and launches his own plan to turn Curtis against her.

USA Today "Roby writes with high-octane levels of emotion. She pushes her characters hard, spotlighting their flaws, showcasing their weaknesses, drawing in the readers to be more than bystanders."

As a NAACP Image Award winner, Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black Series.

Purchase The Prodigal Son by Kimberla Lawson Roby Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Reverend Curtis Black Series. Those titles include A House Divided, The Reverend's Wife, Love, Honor, & Betray, Be Careful What You Pray For, The Best of Everything, Sin No More, Love & Lies, The Best-Kept Secret, Too Much of A Good Thing, and Casting the First Stone. Kimberla also has 9 standalone titles: The Perfect Marriage, Secret Obsession, A Deep Dark Secret, One in A Million, Changing Faces, A Taste of Reality, It's a Thin Line, Here & Now, and Behind Closed Doors. Kimberla lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois. Visit Kim online at her website:, Facebook:, and on Twitter:

The Last King, Book I by A. Yamina Collins Twenty-eight year Emmy Hughes has never quite fit in--she's six feet tall, dark-skinned, and sometimes daydreams of being Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. But when she is badly injured in a car accident that kills her mother, Emmy does not dream of fantastical worlds anymore, but just wishes her shattered life will return to normal. Unfortunately, normalcy is the last thing in store for her once she meets Lake George's newest arrival, Dr. Gilead Knightly. Granted immortality from a line of people whose Great Ancestor marched into the Garden of Eden and ate from the Tree of Life, Gilead has been alive for centuries and has met everyone from Nubian kings to Napoleon. But Gilead and his eccentric family are also hunted beings, because God considers the Edenites' acquisition of immortality to be theft. And for thousands of years He has dealt with their transgression by sending each of them a "Glitch" --an unsuspecting human meant to retrieve this stolen "property" and kill them off. When Emmy discovers that she is Gilead's Glitch, she is not only thrown into a world of immortals who eat bone marrow, panthers who read minds, and a family whose blood is made of pulsing gold, but she finds herself the target of Gilead's vengeance: he must get rid of her before she gets rid of him. Easier said than done. Because Glitches are not only an Edenite's greatest threat---they're also their greatest love.

Purchase The Last King, Book I by A. Yamina Collins Link: A. Yamina Collins is the author of the quirky short story collection The Blueberry Miller Files. She has written for publications such as New York Resident magazine, Our Town and the Manhattan Spirit. A graduate of New York University, she lives in Manhattan. The Last King is her first novel. Listen to the author read from the book:

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