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Black Pearls Magazine is a free 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. 

Every issue of this monthly published magazine will celebrate the accomplishments of authors and writers from around the globe, honoring proud traditions and spotlighting ways to enhance the reader's everyday life.

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WHAT WE ARE READING NOW!


The books below were submitted by the publisher or author for review. The books are being reviewed by EDC Creations and the Sankofa Literary Society Bookclub Collective (25 bookclubs). 


We are now seeking full time book reviewers, blog tour hosts and bookclubs to host book release parties over the Internet. You will be asked to review books and host authors from the list below. We support books from various genres. 

If you are interested in joining our team, email Ella Curry this email address ONLY: edc_dg@yahoo.com. Please use this subject line: EDC Creations Book Promotions. Thanks!


Books Available for review purposes:


1. Alice Walker - The Temple of My Familiar (Sequel to Color Purple)

2. AlTonya Washington - A Lover's Shame

3. Brenda Jackson - A Silken Thread

4. Carl Weber - The Choir Director

5. Carla S. Pennington - The
Available Wife

6. Carolyn Moncel - Encounters in Paris

7. Eric Pete - Piano in the Dark 

8. Erica Simone Turnipseed - A Love Noire 

9. Jasmin Darznik - The Good Daughter: A Memoir (NF)

10. Jessica Holter - The Punany Experience

11. Kimberla Lawson Roby - Love, Honor, and Betray

12. LaShawnda Jones - Love and Forgiveness (NF)

13. Laurence Cook - A Choice to Yield

14. Liz Balmaseda - Sweet Mary: A Novel

15. Lonnie Spry - How Do I Go On?

16. Lonnie Spry - Speak Now or Hold Your Piece

17. Meesha Mink - Real Wifeys on the Grind

18. Melissa De La Cruz - Bloody Valentine 

19. Minnie E. Miller - Whispers from the Mirror

20. Miss KP - The Dirty Divorce 2

21. Robert Leon Davis - Running Scared (NF)

22. Rosalyn McMillan - We Ain't the Brontes

23. Sarita Mandanna - Tiger Hills

24. Sherryle Kiser Jackson - Taylor Made

25. Shirley Strawberry - The Strawberry Letter

26. Shoshana Johnson - I'm Still Standing: Captured Solider to Free Citizen (NF)

27. Stephanie L. McKenny - Clutch Your Pearls, Girl!

28. Tiffany Ashley - Love Script 

29. VegasClarke - Snitch: A Novel

30. Victoria Brown - Minding Ben: A Novel

31. Tanya Wright - Butterfly Rising

32. Rhonda Bowen - Man Enough for Me

33. Lorene Cary - If Sons, Then Heirs 

34. Kamala Nair - The Girl in the Garden

35. Jewell Parker Rhodes - Hurricane

36. Allison Hobbs - Put a Ring on It

37. Marian L. Thomas - My Father's Colors

38. Trice Hickman - Unexpected Interruptions

39. Elle (Zane Presents ELLE Series) - The I.O.U. 

40. L. E. Newell - Durty South Grind

41. Jackie D.  - Married to a Balla

42. Kendall Banks - One Night Stand

43. Danette Majette - Bitter

Please join our team by hosting the authors on your website, blog, FB page, etc. 

Email Ella Curry to join the team today.  We are seeking Internet radio hosts, book reviewers and avid bloggers to help us spread the word about great books and the authors who create them.

If you are interested in joining our team, email Ella Curry this email address ONLY: edc_dg@yahoo.com.  Please use this subject line: EDC Creations Book Promotions.   Thanks!


Sankofa Literary Society 

MLK  Blvd Readers
Atlanta, GA 

SapphoAngel Sisters
Hattiesburg, MS 

Garrett Swain Legacy
Anniston, AL 

7th Ward Reviewers
New Orleans, LA 
 
Delta Divas Wine & Books
Tuskegee, AL 

Mocha Sister Runners
Jackson, MS 
 
SCLCC Reader's Group
 Marietta, GA 

Mt. Moriah Reading Rainbow
Clanton, AL

Daughters of Toni and Maya
Houston, TX 



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Black Pearls Watch List

On this page are the most celebrated books from the BPM Reviewers and the Sankofa Literary Society.  Click the image above to preview and purchase the featured books.  Each book was selected for the potential value it will add to our readers lives.  Please consider giving these books as gifts throughout the year.  Give the Gift Knowledge!  Enjoy!



Sankofa Literary Society
6th Annual Black History Book Fair
February 1 - March 1, 2012


Founded in Feb. 2007, the Sankofa Literary Society hosted 28 days of Black History on BAN Radio Show!  In honor of Black History Month, the Sankofa Literary Society hosts an annual online book fair showcasing more than 200 authors, poets and bookclubs.  Each day of the BHM online event will feature a specific theme related to people of color.  We gave away 150 books for review purposes during the shows!   Join us nightly to pick up great books and to make lasting friends!  The SLS and founder Ella Curry are focused on bringing back pride to African-American literature.  For more information on the SLS and EDC Creations visit: www.edc-creations.com.  Listen to the recap of all of the shows below.  

Day 5 - SLS Black History Month Book Fair
Evening with Life Changing Books and Ella Curry

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Day 4 - SLS Black History Month Book Fair
Evening with Cheri Paris Edwards, Delaney Diamond and Tyora Moody
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Day 3 - SLS Black History Month Book Fair
Black Pearls Magazine  Lit Diva Showcase
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Day 2 - SLS Black History Month Book Fair
Black Love Day Celebration 2012
Special Guest: Lutishia Lovely
1. Meet Author Alicia M. Singleton
2. Meet Author Sheryl Mallory Johnson
3. Meet Author Lisa Renee Johnson

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Day 1 SLS Black History Month Book Fair
West Book Launch for Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett
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Black History Fair - Day 1 Opening 
Discussing Guilty by Association and The Jamieson Legacy Trilogy
Featured Author Pat Simmons
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Rebroadcast of  Black Books Weekend 2011
Hosted by BAN Radio Show and  EDC Creations!



4th Annual 2011 Black Books Weekend

November 25-29, 2011 at 7-11 pm EST
Hosted by the Sankofa Literary Society and Ella Curry
Uniting Readers, Bookclubs and Authors Totally Online 

The Black Books Weekend, hosted by Ella Curry of  EDC Creations Media Group, is a way to bring readers inside the publishing world and to share our journey. It is also a forum for readers to tell the publishing industry what they REALLY seek in Black Books. Reflecting on the past, reconnecting with what matters most and renewing our passion for quality books—that’s our mission for hosting this online literary event!   Listen to the rebroadcasts below.

Black Books Weekend Panel
details are listed here: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/blkbooksweeken2011.html 



Black Books Weekend Nightly Themes

 "Celebrating Our Past ... Embracing our Future." 

How do we preserve our legacy and history for future generations?
How do we get our important books and material in the hands of readers?

Black Books Weekend- Day 4 - Nov 29,2011
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Georgia Peach Author Showcase
Featured Authors and Panelists:
1. Marissa Monteilh
2. Miranda Parker
3. Gail McFarland
4. Jean Holloway
5. Electa Rome Parks
6. Dwan Abrams

• SHIFTING: Social Media and Digital Publishing Workshop and Panel Discussion
Creating a Social Media-based Brand. Moderated by Ella Curry, EDC Creations Media Group

Featured Authors and Panelists:
1. Makeda Smith, Jazzmyne Public Relations
2. Susan Malone, Malone Editorial
3. Dee Stewart, Dee Gospel PR
4. Shelia Goss, Author and Web Designer
5. Ella Curry, President of Black Pearls Magazine
6. Edrea Davis, Jazzmyne Public Relations


• How to Plot Your Novel and Bring Your Characters to Life
Writing Workshop hosted by Dee Stewart and Shelia Goss. Discussing the craft of writing and creating your first book.

Featured Authors and Panelists:
1. Miranda Parker, Author and Book Blogger
2. Shelia Goss, Author and Web Designer


• Continue the Legacy: Then, Now and Later
Panel Discussion: Are you proud of the State of Black Books? Are today's writers leaving the same solid literary legacy of the PAST writers and authors? 

Featured Special Guests and Bookclubs
1. Gwendolyn Carter, Around the Way Publications
2. LaSheer Lee, Round Table Literary Bookclub
3. Tashmir Parks, SistahFriends Bookclub
4. Carmela Gordon, SisthaFriends Bookclub
5. Ella Curry, Sankofa Literary Society



Black Books Weekend- Day 3 - Nov 28,2011
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• Live Your Joy: Inspiration Behind Great Books
Panel Discussion with nine Fabulously Successful Authors.  Is it ever TOO late to write your book? Literary Legends discuss their journey to publication.  Why you should write and publish your first book.  What inspired their writing: life, education, relatives or the readers? How to balance life behind the book, with life in front of the reading public? 

Featured Authors and Panelists:
1. Lutishia Lovely
2. Jacqueline E. Luckett
3. Pat Tucker
4. ReShonda Tate Billingsley
5. Victoria Christopher Murray
6. Marsha McGhee Childs
7. Shelia Goss
8. Cheryl Lacey Donovan
9. Trice Hickman


• A Purpose Driven Life in Literature: Spirit-filled Sunday
Featured Readings: Faith-based fiction and Christian fiction. Shining the spotlight on all history themed books, financial books, self-help, inspirational, religious, poetry books, and memoirs.

Featured Authors and Panelists:
1. Shana Burton
2. Rhonda Bowen
3. Taffy Wagner
4. Sherryle K. Jackson
5. Sharon Ewell Foster (podcast)
6. Patricia Haley (podcast)
7. Terri D. (podcast)
8. Leroy McKenzie
9. China Ball (podcast)
10. EN Joy

The Black Books Weekend, hosted by Ella Curry of  EDC Creations Media Group, is a way to bring readers inside the publishing world and to share our journey. It is also a forum for readers to tell the publishing industry what they REALLY seek in Black Books. Reflecting on the past, reconnecting with what matters most and renewing our passion for quality books—that’s our mission for hosting this online literary event!



Black Books Weekend- Day 2 - Nov 27,2011 
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• Lost Minds—Lost Chances: Mentoring For Our Brothers 
Discussing The Myth of the Broken Home-13.7 million single parents are raising children against all odds and without physical, financial or emotional support.  Offering mothers help, encouragement and guidance, while empowering single parents to raise stronger men.

Authors and community leaders help Our Brothers With Advice On:   Entrepreneurship; Networking; Mentors; and Leadership.   Community leaders and authors discuss positive changes in our society.

Panel Discussion Includes Opinions On: 
• Urban Lit’s Impact on Our Generation: What Matters Most
• Unsung Voices: Meet New Authors with a Mission
• Rewriting Your Story: Life After Prison, Financial or Emotional Hardships

Special Guest Speakers:   Dr. Daryl D. Green and Patrick Oliver
Patrick Oliver - Founder of the Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series;  Co-founder Black Male Development Symposium;   Co-founder Harlem Book Fair Children’s Pavilion;  Director of Sales and Marketing at Third World Press;   and Consultant for Princeton University State of the Black Male Conference

Leadership Development expert, Dr. Daryl D. Green, lectures and writes on contemporary issues impacting individuals, businesses, and societies across the nation. With over 20 years of management experience, Dr. Green is noted and quoted by USA Today, Ebony Magazine, Associated Press, NBC's Alive at Five, Answerline, American Urban Radio, and BET's Buy the Book. His FamilyVision column, syndicated through Newspaper Publishers Association, has reached over 200 newspapers and more than 15 million readers across the
country.

Featured Authors and Social Change Agents:
1. Patrick Oliver, Program Director Institute for Positive Living Open Book Program
2. Dr. Daryl Green, Professor, Author and Speaker
3. JM Benjamin, Bookstore Owner and Author
4. DJ Rocky, Media Coach and High School Educator
5. April Gabrielle, Author of The Myth of the Broken Home
6. Moses Miller, Author and Speaker
7. Valerie L. Lewis, Publisher, Author and Speaker 
9. Leroy McKenzie, JNF Enterprises Owner and Author


• Bookclub Town Hall: Literary Report Card
Panel Discussion: Bookclub presidents speak out on what they like and dislike in today’s book. How have we grown or fallen behind in the last 20 years in the literary world?

Featured Special Guests and Bookclubs
1. Ramunda Young, MahonganyBooks Co-Owner
2. Lynda Johnson, Go On Girl! Bookclub Co-Founder
3. Tracey Y. Smith, Go On Girl! Member
4. Jocelyn Lawson, Sweet Soul Sister Bookclub
5. Marilyn Diamond, Daughters of Royalty Bookclub
6. Te'Amo Edwards, Exquisite Ladies Bookclub
7. Tashmir and Tasha Martin, SisterFriends Book Founders
8. TaNisha Webb, KC Girlfriends Bookclub and Radio Show
9. Lisa Renee Johnson, Sister on the Reading Edge
10.LaSheer Lee, Round Table Literary Bookclub



• Black Marriage:  Connected or Conflicted 
Panel Discussion:   Is Black Marriage essential? Why?   Will open relationships change the scope of marriage in our community? How does social media influence or damage relationships?  Are we teaching our kids to become responsible parents and spouses?

Featured Authors and Panelists:
1. Brandon Scott, Matchmaking firm-The Scott Firm
2. Taffy Wagner, Author and Min.
3. Trice Hickman, Author
4. Cheryl Lacey Donovan, Author and Min.
5. Arnita Fields, Author
6. April Alisa Marquette
7. Valerie Coleman, Author and Speaker
8. Maisha McGhee Childs, Author
9. Sherryle K. Jackson


• Featured Authors Reading from New Releases and 2012 Books
Featured Readings: Women's Fiction, Erotica and R-rated Romance; Urban Lit, Gay Lit , and Sensual Poetry Open Mic. 

Featured Authors and Poets:
1. Electa Rome Parks
2. Marissa Montheilh
3. Samara King
4. Cheri Paris Edwards
5. Trice Hickman
6. Angelica Vernon Menchan
7. Loretta Walls
8. Terri D. (podcast)
9. Miranda Parker


Black Books Weekend
Day 1 Opening Ceremony

"Celebrating Our Past ... Embracing our Future." 

How do we preserve our legacy and history for future generations?
How do we get our important books and material in the hands of readers?

The Black Books Weekend, hosted by Ella Curry of EDC Creations Media Group, is a way to bring readers inside the publishing world and to share our journey. It is also a forum for readers to tell the publishing industry what they REALLY seek in Black Books. Reflecting on the past, reconnecting with what matters most and renewing our passion for quality books—that’s our mission for hosting this online literary event!  Black Books Weekend Panel Details are listed here: http://www.blackpearlsmagazine.com/blkbooksweeken2011.html 

Black Books Weekend- Day 1 - Nov 26,2011 
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• UN-Forgotten Voices: A Tribute to Our Literary Legends
Opening Ceremony: How African American Authors Are Moving Forward.  Paying homage to the writers who established our roots and led the way into the future for all authors of color. Featured authors sharing the books that shaped their lives. Featured poets reading from the works of our literary legends.

Featured Authors Reading and Discussing New Books
Readings: Gen. Fiction; Mystery and Legal Thrillers; Women's Fiction; Chick Lit and Literary Fiction and "Clean" Fiction.

1. Pamela Samuels Young
2. Jacqueline E. Luckett
3. Minnie E. Miller
4. Pat Simmons
5. Kimberla Lawson Roby (podcast)
6. Patricia Haley (podcast)
7. Miranda Parker
8. Marian L. Thomas
9. Lutishia Lovely
10.China Ball


• Latino Writing: Latin Spiritual Practices - The Magic and Mysticism
Panel Discussion Hosted by Tracey Y. Smith, Go On Girl! Bookclub! Discussing the Latin cultural and it's connection to superstitions, literature, and spiritual practices across the regions.

Featured Authors and Panelists:
1. Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
2. Lyn Di Iorio
3. Tracey Y. Smith, moderator


• The African American Story: Our Story or Their Story
Panel Discussion: The media is shaping the minds of our readers, seriously! We struggle with our writing to create and define our own image and not give in to the stereotypes generated by marketers. We are here to discuss WHAT our true African American image is and HOW to improve or change it.

Featured Special Guests, Authors and Panelists:
1. Janell Walden Agyeman, Literary Agent
2. ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Author
3. Pamela Samuels Young, Author
4. Cheri Paris Edwards, Author
5. Dee Stewart, Dee Gospel PR
6. Electa Rome Parks, Author
7. Minnie Miller, Author and Blogger
8. LaSheer Lee, Round Table Literary Bookclub



• Black Pearls Roundtable – Bookclubs Building Better Communities 
Panel Moderator: TaNisha Web, founder of KC Girlfriends Bookclub
Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion: Bookclub President introduction and open panel discussion on the State of Black Books. Women and men working in their community to build a better environment, help with charities and to increase support for AA literature. Tips and advice on building a better bookclub with structure and unity. 

Featured Bookclub  and Bookclub Presidents
1. TaNisha Webb, KC Girlfriends Bookclub
2. Lynda Johnson, Go On Girl! Bookclub Co-Founder
3. Tracey Y. Smith, Go On Girl! Bookclub
4. Lisa Renee Johnson, Sistahs on the Reading Edge
5. TashaMartin and Tashmir Parks, SistahFriends Bookclub 
6. LaSheer Lee, Round Table Literary Bookclub


The Black Books Weekend, hosted by Ella Curry of  EDC Creations Media Group, is a way to bring readers inside the publishing world and to share our journey. It is also a forum for readers to tell the publishing industry what they REALLY seek in Black Books. Reflecting on the past, reconnecting with what matters most and renewing our passion for quality books—that’s our mission for hosting this online literary event!




SLS Top 100 Books Award 
1st and 2nd Quarter 2011


Hosted by the Sankofa Literary Society and EDC Creations

 

The Sankofa Literary Society and its founder Ella Curry are focused on the issues and lifestyles that define today's avid readers — what they read, what they want out of their literature, how they connect to each other, what motivates them and how they feel about their community as a whole. Many have stated, “There is no African American village…it’s dead,” we don’t feel that way. The Village is here, the Village is alive now!   Expand your horizons!   

We are a literary collective of 30 bookclubs  who want to enrich our global literary community with a diverse selection of quality books and the written word.   Listed below are the books we have read or reviewed by small press publishers, traditional publishers and self-published authors.  Join us today to add your voice and experiences to our union. Come on in, check out our featured books  and join this movement to Give the Gift of Knowledge


WHY WE ARE HERE
While highlighting our heritage, our experiences and delivering our voice–we remain anchored to the spiritual, emotional and practical realities of our entire global community, supporting all races. We are not limited solely to reading just African American (AA) authors; we hope to educate our readers by offering a variety of quality literature and resources. We are offering you the best in literature period, from our perspective. 

Spread the word...please share this listing with at least 20 people you know! The books below will make excellent gifts all year long.

Note: Authors you may copy the SLS Top Books Award logo and add it to your sites and promotional material.  If you would like to be interviewed about your book, on BAN Radio Show with host Ella Curry, visit www.edc-creations.com to reserve your spot today.

 



SLS Top 100 Books Award – 2nd Quarter 2011
Hosted by the Sankofa Literary Society and EDC Creations

BUILD YOUR LIBRARY - The featured books are listed in alphabetical order. You can find the book introductions at our online bookstore.  Go here today to shop and explore.  Please make sure to visit all of the shelves to find the following award-winning books.  Keep in mind that you may have to pre-order some of the books. We often times review books before publication. 

SLS Top 100 Books - 2nd Quarter 2011

1. Alex Heard - The Eyes of Willie McGee (NF)
2. Alexis Nicole - Date Cute Marry Rich 
3. Andrea Davis Pinkney - With the Might of Angels (YA)
4. Andrea J. Dixon - She Wears It Well (NF)
5. Andrea Levy - The Long Song 
6. Anita Diamante - Red Tent 
7. Ann Weisgarber - The Personal History of Rachel Dupree 
8. Anna Dewdney - Llama Llama Home with Mama (Children)
9. Antonia Carter and Toya Carter - Priceless Inspirations 
10. Ashea Goldson - Count It All Joy 
11. Ashley and JaQuavis - Murder Mamas (UL)
12. Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged (Mystery and Sci-fiction) 
13. Azarel - V.I.P  (UL)
14. Barbara Hambly - Dead and Buried: A Benjamin January Mystery 
15. Barbara Neely - Blanche Among the Talented Tenth 
16. Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Last Night I Sang to the Monster (YA)
17. Beverly Jenkins - Night Hawk 
18. Brenda Jackson - A Steele for Christmas (Romance-Holiday)
19. Carolyn McKinstry & Denise George -While the World Watched (NF-History)
20. ChrisRenee - Wealthy and Wicked 
21. Cindy Hooper – Conflict (NF-Race and Gender Politics) 
22. CJ Hudson - Next Door Nympho (UL-Erotica)
23. Clarence Lusane - The Black History of the White House (NF)
24. D. Skies - Derailed (UL)
25. Danette Majette - Bitter (On Air) (UL)
26. Danielle Santiago - Soft (UL)
27. Dean R. Koontz - 77 Shadow Street 
28. Deborah E. McDowell - Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin (NF)
29. Dianna Hutts Aston - The Moon Over Star (Children) 
30. Donna Hill - Legacy of Love (Romance)
31. Dwayne S. Joseph - Truth or Dare 
32. Elle - The Gift and The I.O.U. 
33. Faye Thompson - Cheesecake and Teardrops 
34. Fiona Zedde - Dangerous Pleasures 
35. Francis Ray - Twice the Temptation and Trouble Don't Last Always 
36. Frank Peretti - This Present Darkness 
37. George G.M. James - Stolen Legacy (NF)
38. Gwynne Forster - Breaking the Ties That Bind 
39. Isabel Allende - Island Beneath the Sea 
40. J. D. Mason - Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
41. J. Tremble - Bedroom Gangsta (Erotica)
42. Jackie D. - Married to a Balla (UL)
43. John Grisham - The Litigators 
44. Joyce Sidman - Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (Children)
45. Karen Kingsbury - Leaving (Bailey Flanigan Series #1) 
46. Kendall Banks - Another One Night Stand (UL)
47. Kim Cash Tate - Cherished 
48. Kimberla Lawson Roby - Secret Obsession 
49. K'wan - Eviction Notice (UL) 
50. Kymberly Hunt - The Sea of Aaron
51. L. A. Banks - Surrender the Dark
52. L. Divine - The Meltdown 
53. Laura Reese - Topping from Below (Erotic Suspense) 
54. Lee Child - The Affair: A Reacher Novel 
55. Leonard Pitts - Before I Forget (AA men in society ) 
56. Lisa See - Dreams of Joy 
57. Lola Shoneyin - The Secret Lives of the Four Wives 
58. Lori Johnson - After the Dance
59. Lutishia Lovely - Mind Your Own Business 
60. Lynne Bryant - Catfish Alley 
61. M.T. Anderson - The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing (Older YA)
62. Madeleine L'Engle - A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind in the Door (YA) 
63. Margaret Peterson Haddix - Found The Missing, Book 1 (YA Sci-fi)
64. Marisel Vera - If I Bring You Roses 
65. Marissa Monteilh - Hot Girlz: Hot Boyz Sequel 
66. Mary B. Morrison - The Eternal Engagement 
67. Mary Frances Berry - My Face is Black Is True (NF)
68. Michele Grant, Lutishia Lovely and Cyndey Rax - Crush 
69. Michelle Monay - Mafia Princess (UL)
70. Mike Warren - Sir, Yes Sir
71. MiMi Jefferson - The Bride Experiment 
72. Miranda Parker - A Good Excuse To Be Bad 
73. Miss KP - The Dirty Divorce Part 2 and Part 3 (UL)
74. Monalisa Degross - Donavan's Word Jar (Children)
75. Monique Miller - Quiet As It's Kept
76. Nicholas Sparks - The Best of Me 
77. Niobia Bryant, Donna Hill and Zuri Day - Heat Wave 
78. Pam Munoz Ryan - Esperanza Rising (YA)
79. Pat G'Orge-Walker - No Ordinary Noel (CF-Holiday)
80. Patricia C. McKissack - Never Forgotten (Children) 
81. Patricia Haley - Broken
82. Paula T. Renfroe - The Cheating Curve 
83. Phillip Hoose - Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (YA)
84. Rita Williams-Garcia - One Crazy Summer (Grade 4–7)
85. Rochelle Alers - Capital Wives 
86. Ruthie Robinson - Light's Out 
87. Sarah Addison Allen - The Girl Who Chased the Moon 
88. Sasha Campbell - Suspicions 
89. Sharon Ewell Foster - The Resurrection of Nat Turner
90. Sherryle Kiser Jackson - Taylor Made 
91. Suzetta Perkins - Betrayed: A Novel 
92. T.I. Harris - Power and Beauty (UL)
93. TA Ford - Aaren
94. Tarshia Stanley - The Book of Ephesus
95. Teri Woods - Dutch III: International Gangster (UL)
96. Thavlia Glymph - Out of the House of Bondage (NF-History)
97. Tom Burrell - Brainwashed (NF)
98. Vanessa Davis Griggs - Redeeming Waters (CF) 
99. Walter Mosley - The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey 
100. Zuri Day - Lovin'  Blue 


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UL - Urban Lit
CF - Christian Fiction
NF- Non-fiction
YA/CB - Young Reader; Children Book


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On the 1st  of each month we will post our top books of the month. 
Please check back often to see what's new!  Share this list with your network. Purchase these books as gifts throughout the year.  Give the Gift of Knowledge. Shop at our bookstore here.





SLS Top 100 Books Award – 1st Quarter 2011
Hosted by the Sankofa Literary Society and EDC Creations

BUILD YOUR LIBRARY - The featured books are listed in alphabetical order. You can find the book introductions at our online bookstore.  Go here today to shop and explore.  Please make sure to visit all of the shelves to find the following award-winning books. 

SLS Top 100 Books - 1st Quarter 2011

1. Adora Bennett – Allegro 
2. Africa Fine – Swan
3. Allegra Adams – The Man Whisperer
4. Allison Hobbs – Put a Ring on It (Erotica)
5. AlTonya Washington –A Lover's Shame
6. Angela Weaver – Frost On My Window
7. Asa Hilliard – Black Children: Their Roots, Culture, and Learning Styles (NF)
8. Ayana Byrd and Akiba Solomon – Naked: Black Women Bare All...(NF)
9. B. W. Read – Fourth Sunday (Bookclub Story)
10. Bernice Layon – Lies in Disguise
11. Booker T. Mattison – SNITCH (Fiction)
12. Brenda Jackson –A Silken Thread (Romance)
13. Cairo – Deep Throat Diva (Erotica)
14. Carla S. Pennington – The Available Wife (Urban Lit)
15. Carolyn Evans – Forty Beads:Simple, Sexy Secret for… Marriage (NF)
16. Celya Bowers – Promises of Forever 
17. Chamein Canton – I Take This Woman
18. Chika Unigwe – On Black Sisters Street: A Novel
19. Danette Majette – Bitter (Urban Lit)
20. Dorinda Nusum – The Back Pew Crew 
21. E. Lynn Harris & RM Johnson – No One in the World 
22. Electa Rome Parks – True Confessions
23. Elle (Zane Presents Series) – The I.O.U. and The Gift
24. Eloise Greenfield – The Great Migration: The Journey to the North (YA-CB)
25. Eric Pete – Piano in the Dark 
26. Erica Simone Turnipseed – A Love Noire 
27. Francis Ray – Twice the Temptation (Romance)
28. Francis Ray – Undeniable (Romance)
29. Intelligent Allah – Lickin' License (Urban Lit)
30. Isabel Wilkerson – The Warmth of Other Suns 
31. Iyanla Vanzant – Peace from Broken Pieces (NF)
32. Jackie D. –Married to a Balla (Urban Lit)
33. Jasmin Darznik –The Good Daughter: A Memoir (NF)
34. Jemal Gibson – Drugs, My Curse, My Savior (NF)
35. Jewell Parker Rhodes –Hurricane
36. Joan Early – Oak Bluffs (Romance)
37. K. L. Brady – The Bum Magnet
38. Kamala Nair –The Girl in the Garden
39. Kathleen Grissom – The Kitchen House: A Novel 
40. Katie McCabe – Justice Older than the Law 
41. Keith Lee Johnson – Johnnie Wise In The Line Of Fire (Volume 7) 
42. Keith Walker – The Finley Sisters' Oath of Romance
43. Kendall Banks – One Night Stand (Urban Lit)
44. Kymberly Hunt – The Sea of Aaron
45. Kristy K. Taylor – Mrs. Garcia's Class Visits the Hospital (YA-NF)
46. L. E. Newell – Durty South Grind (Urban Lit)
47. LaShawnda Jones – Love and Forgiveness (NF)
48. Leonard Peltier – Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance (NF)
49. Liz Balmaseda – Sweet Mary: A Novel
50. Lorene Cary – If Sons, Then Heirs 
51. Manning Marable – Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (NF)
52. Marcella Barrett – And the Tree Cried Out (YA-CB)
53. Marian L. Thomas – My Father's Colors
54. Mary Monroe – Mama Ruby
55. Meesha Mink –Real Wifeys on the Grind (Urban Lit)
56. Melissa De La Cruz –Bloody Valentine 
57. Michelle Au, MD –This Won't Hurt a Bit (Memoir-NF)
58. Michelle Monay – Wife (Urban Lit)
59. Minnie E. Miller – Whispers from the Mirror
60. Miriam Shumba – That Which Has Horns
61. Miss KP – The Dirty Divorce 1 and 2 (Urban Lit)
62. Nakia R. Laushaul – Running from Solace
63. Nicole Green – The Davis Years
64. Nikkea Smithers – The Misery of Amore's Demise
65. Pamela D. Rice – The Sunday Morning Wife
66. Pamela Samuels Young – Buying Time
67. Paulette Harper – Completely Whole
68. Pearl Cleage – Just Wanna Testify 
69. Pynk – Sixty Nine: A Novel (Erotica)
70. Regena Bryant – Except on Sunday
71. Rhonda Bowen – Man Enough for Me (CF)
72. Robert Leon Davis – Running Scared (NF)
73. Ruthie Robinson – Lights Out
74. S. Dodson – Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. (YA)
75. Sabrina A. Eubanks – Karma II and III (Urban Lit)
76. Sandra Ciscernos – House on Mango Street 
77. Santa Montefiore – Mermaid Garden
78. Sarita Mandanna – Tiger Hills
79. Sean D. Young – From This Moment
80. Sherryle Kiser Jackson – Taylor Made 
81. Shoshana Johnson –I'm Still Standing: Captured Solider to Free Citizen (NF)
82. Sophia Nelson – Black Woman Redefined... in the Age of Michelle Obama (NF)
83. T. D. Jakes – 64 Lessons for a Life Without Limits (NF– Motivation)
84. T. J. English – The Savage City
85. Tanya Wright – Butterfly Rising
86. Tavis Smiley – Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure (NF)
87. Tayari Jones – Silver Sparrow 
88. Terrance Dean – Mogul
89. Tiffany Ashley – Love Script 
90. Tim Wise – Between Barack and a Hard Place (NF)
91. Tracy Brown – Aftermath: A Snapped Novel 
92. Trice Hickman – Unexpected Interruptions
93. Trisha Haddad – Nihon Nights
94. Tyrese Gibson – How to Get Out of Your Own Way (NF)
95. Vanessa Miller – Promise of Forever Love
96. VegasClarke –Snitch: A Novel (Urban Lit)
97. Victor LaValle – Big Machine
98. Victor McGlothin – The Secrets of Newberry 
99. Victoria Brown –Minding Ben: A Novel
100.Wahida Clark – Justify My Thug (Urban Lit) 


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YA/CB - Young Reader; Children Book


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Intimate Conversation with Mary B. Morrison

New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison believes that women should shape their own destiny. Born in Aurora, IL, and raised in New Orleans, LA, she took a chance and quit her near six-figure government job to self-publish her first book, Soulmates Dissipate, in 2000 and begin her literary career. Mary’s books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and she’s a frequent contributor to The Michael Baisden Show. Mary is also actively involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, and in 2006 she sponsored the publishing of an anthology written by 33 sixth-graders. 

In 2010, Mary produced a play based on her novel, Single Husbands, which she wrote under her pseudonym, HoneyB. Mary currently resides in Oakland, CA, with her wonderful son, Jesse, who is following in his mother’s creative footsteps and pursuing a career in TV/film. Visit Mary online at www.marymorrison.com.  

BPM: Your journey to publication is a remarkable one. As mention earlier, you left your career with the government to pursue your dream of writing. What first inspired you to be a writer and storyteller? 
Simply put, my soul mate. When we parted after I say, ‘five’ he says ‘seven’ years, I knew I had to write Soul Mates Dissipate. The title remained the same for seven years before I actually wrote the book. I didn’t write our life story but I wrote the storyline of two soul mates meeting, then later struggling to hold on through infidelity and deception, and finally parting ways but never parting hearts. 

BPM: What advice would you give women pursuing their own dreams or struggling with the decision whether to take a risk to change their lives or careers in some way? 
Eddie Murphy inspired me tremendously. I haven’t met him yet but I saw him during his standup RAW tour in Oakland years ago and he said, “In order to move forward in life you must let go and never look back.” I took his advice when I quit my near six-figure Federal government job in 2000. I could’ve taken a leave of absence from my job just in case I didn’t make it as a writer. I could’ve kept my job while I was writing. 

If a woman is full-time employee, single-mother or wife constantly cooking, cleaning, and daydreaming about what if she didn’t have to wear so many hats she could do what she really wanted to do, then that’s the woman I’d tell, “Stop putting your needs and desires last.” As Russell Simmons says, ‘Do You.’ If you struggle to do everything, you risk doing nothing well. Let go of the things and the people blocking your blessings so you can grow. Confront your deepest inner fears knowing that you are worthy of greatness.” 
  Life is filled with risks. In order to succeed you must take chances, have faith, and believe that the Creator will provide all that you need. 

BPM: How do you define success? 
Doing what you want to do and doing it well. My son and I Executive produced my first stage play, Single Husbands. We co-wrote the script. I financed the entire production. We were hands on from start to finish. Our success depended on us doing our part. The director, cast, music composer (D’Wayne Wiggins), and everyone that helped made our production the best sold out stage play in Oakland in over ten years. No one is successful alone. I don’t take credit for my success. I give it to my family, friends, fans, and publishers. 

BPM: What makes you powerful as a person and a writer? 
The readers hold the power not me. No matter how great I believe each novel is, readers will always tell me their truth.  If a person gives what I consider constructive criticism, I take their comments into consideration.  On the other hand, if a person’s feedback is simply they didn’t like the story,  I understand that everything isn’t for everybody.  That being said, “I simply do my best.”

BPM: Readers, allow me to introduce Mary's latest book, THE ETERNAL ENGAGEMENT. From New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison comes a moving, unforgettable story of lives at a crossroads, love lost and found, and the price of secrets…


THE ETERNAL ENGAGEMENT
Every heart has a secret . . .


After her high school sweetheart proposed and joined the military, Mona Lisa Ellington thought she’d never feel love again. So she settled, making a new life for herself with a man who cherished her…and made his living hurting others. Despite her reality, she prayed her fiancé would one day return.

Before becoming a television reporter, Katherine Clinton knew she’d marry her high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. But when he left for the military, she had to make new plans for her and their son. Despite his long absence, Katherine dreamed of the day her fiancé would return and make her family complete.

William Lincoln joined the military to make his grandfather proud. He never imagined he would be gone so long, or that the fiancées he left behind would reignite emotions he thought he’d never feel again. But his selfish proposal to two women is the least of his problems, because all three will face the consequences of too much deception.

BPM: How long did it take you to fully develop a personality for each character so that you felt that you could really get inside their head? 
Sometimes I start developing characters in my head years before I begin developing them on paper. Somewhere between the first and fifth chapters my characters tell me who they are. I constantly rewrite the first half of each novel until each major character has a distinct voice and unique personality. 

BPM: Was there ever a time when you felt like you were learning something new about each character as you were writing? 
Absolutely. Getting to know my characters is like meeting a new friend or discovering something new about an old friend. My characters are real people to me. I constantly talk with and listen to them interact with one another.. 

BPM: What was one unusual thing that happened while writing THE ETERNAL ENGAGEMENT?
Bakersfield, California was one of my settings for The Eternal Engagement. To my surprise, I learned a few things when I visited the city. I didn’t see many African-Americans on the roads I traveled and places I visited (including the bookstores). But I never felt uncomfortable or experienced any racism. I loved that. I enjoy visiting the cities I write about. The setting for my next novel is Houston, Texas.

BPM: What drives you to write? 
Passion and the love I get from my fans. Writing is a form of art. I love sitting at my computer and watching my stories unfold. The things my characters do, amazes me sometimes.

BPM: How long did it take you to complete the book?
This is a tough question to answer because I don’t count days. I’m a morning person. I love to write between the hours of 8:00am and 6pm. I don’t write every day but I do write often. Lately, I’ve been working at home because whenever I go to my favorite restaurants and sit at the bar to pen a few pages, I almost always meet a new person. Several drinks , a few hours later and I haven’t accomplished much. But I can write anywhere I go. That’s why I keep my MacBook Air in my purse.

BPM: Did you write many drafts? 
I rewrite extensively. Each time I open my document, I find myself starting from the very beginning. At times I do this way too much. I have to tell myself, “Girl, finish the book.” Each time I rewrite I’m adding details, correcting missing or misspelled words, or changing the sentence order to make the paragraph read more clearly. 

BPM: What have you realized about yourself since becoming a published author? 
Nothing out of the norm. I started out self-published. I don’t think self-published authors get the recognition they deserve. They are business owners first and authors second. At least that how I see it. I’m not afraid to take a risk on whatever I believe in. I love my family, friends, and fans. I’ve always been and continue to be a strong woman. What I mean by that is I love myself first. I speak my mind. I’m humble. At times very generous but I’m not generous to a fault. 

BPM: What's the most important role writers play in today’s world? 
Most important. Let’s see. Staying true to their characters. The rest will take care of itself. 

BPM: Do you have any advice for people seeking to publish a book? 
Yes. Do your research. Consider all of your options before making an investment or decision. Find your niche in this industry or you’ll become just another writer. The world owes us nothing. As writers we are indebted to our readers. You owe them your best. And stop looking at the success of writers like myself and ask what did we do to become successful. 

I think most aspiring authors will be surprised, maybe even shocked to learn how much money and time I put into promoting my work. The publisher is not solely responsible for promotions. At the end of the day, your success is your responsibility. Oh, and always appreciate your fans. Send books to our troops overseas. I do.

BPM: Finish this sentence- “My writing offers the following legacy to future readers...” 
A great book can be written in 1840 and still have an impact on readers in 2040. I hope my work transcends time. I pray that the female empowerment messages in my books will continue to uplift women for many generations and decades to come. 

BPM: What do you think of the new digital age of reaching your audience? 
I’m always thinking of ways to stay in constant contact with my fans. I absolutely love Facebook. Also, ebooks are great. On my list of things to do is to learn how to electronically personalize my fans’ ebooks.  I’ve seen the app and how it works but with so many books to write,  I have to make time to learn new things like speaking Spanish.

BPM: Will any of your books be optioned for movies? 
Soulmates Dissipate is in pre-development for a feature film with Universal Studios and Leslie Small as director. By the time this article post, we will have hired the screenwriter. It’s a seven film deal for all the books in the Soulmates Dissipate series. 

Also, Sweeter than Honey is being considered for a film deal and there’s an offer for me to write, produce, act (as a sexologist giving advice with clothes on thank you) and direct adult films under HoneyB. I’m seriously considering this because African-Americans need to been viewed as desirable, sexy, and confident when it comes to XXX films. I don’t like what I’m currently seeing in our adult videos and since I have the opportunity to change the landscape, I plan on doing just that.

BPM: Share with us one thing most readers don’t know about you? 
I’m silly. I talk in an animated voice but only around my son. I make silly faces. I’d love to be the voice of a Disney character. I laugh a lot with my son. He often says, “If only your fans knew how silly you are.” 

BPM: Any special message or thoughts you’d like to share with your fans? 
I love and appreciate each of you. I pray peace and prosperity resonates within your mind, body, and soul. I’d love to hear from you. Please visit me online at www.marymorrison.com.  No matter how difficult the journey, always navigate with Faith!


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ASIN: B004SIDTT4
ISBN-10: 0758222637 
ISBN-13: 978-0758222633 



UNREQUITED 
by Kymberly Hunt 
www.kymberlyhunt.com
  

On a day when monsoons hit the tiny hamlet of Newton, Michele sat ramrod straight in a folding chair in the funeral director’s gloomy parlor, staring out the open window while listening to a mono-voiced preacher speak hollow words before a casket bearing the shell of Janette Wilson Pierce, a woman he barely knew.

Outside, the rain pelted down in vertical fury, pooling on the surface of the parking lot, sluicing down stairwells, chasing leaves and debris, transforming flatland into ponds, and tearing up loose asphalt as it thundered relentlessly toward the river at the towns end. 

“From all accounts, Janette Wilson Pierce was an excellent woman. She loved her husband, her children, and she contributed much to her community.”

Michele’s attention jolted back to the preacher, to the crowd seated around her, and then to the back of Robert’s head. Robert Pierce had more than fulfilled his promise of success, if indeed wealth was what defined it. He was still handsome in spite of the glinting specks of silver in his black wavy hair—as handsome as she’d remembered when they’d both been sixteen and she’d silently pledged her undying love for him while they’d reclined in the bleachers watching the Newton Raiders defeat the Harrison Bullets. After that day, Robert had asked her to go out with him. And they did go out, twice—once to a movie, which neither of them watched—and once behind a tree in the memorial park. Michele had thought she’d be his one and only, but there had been plenty of others before and after her. 

“He should be ashamed,” Steve, her husband, whispered bitterly in her ear.

Michele nodded mutely and mentally flipped forward the embarrassing pages of her disillusioned teen years and followed Steve’s gaze to the outrageously young, wasp-waisted blonde woman, who’d all too quickly assumed Janette’s space between Robert and his equally gorgeous teenage son and daughter—both of whom looked as though they’d strutted down the runway and onto the pages of the latest fashion magazine.

“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

Michele had always envied Janette, her once childhood friend, whom Robert had chosen to be his wife nineteen long years ago. Janette had been everything Michele was not: tall, beautiful, athletic, charismatic—and dead at age forty from an illness with a name too difficult to pronounce. Michele wondered now if Janette had known true happiness in her short life, if she and Robert had ever conversed with their creator, watched a tangerine sunset, walked hand in hand on a beach or looked quietly into each other’s eyes and saw their love for each other and their children reflected back. She studied the fractured family again and in the arrogant expressions of Robert’s way-too-beautiful children, she saw a remote coldness that made her shudder.

“Mom, are we going to the burial?” Her own daughter, petite soft-spoken Aria, whispered, her doe-brown eyes shimmering with emotive mistiness. 

“No.” Michele whispered back, sensing the child’s relief. 

Everyone stood as a hymn was sung and then the procession began to move out toward the waiting limousine, a bizarre choreograph of rain-dodging pallbearers and black umbrellas. Michele watched Robert smile and oh so casually take the hand of his blonde new love. The smile he gave her was familiar too, a blazingly perfect white-teethed smile that belonged in another time, another place.

“Whew! What a storm,” Steve said, pulling Michele close, shielding both her and Aria with his huge umbrella as they dashed for the SUV.

“Gosh, Daddy, the street’s like a river.”

“Storm drains are probably clogged,” Steve said, once they were safely inside the vehicle. “That means we’ll be taking the hill road back home.”

“Steve…” Michele looked at her husband and realized how deeply she cared for the dark-eyed ordinary man whose smiles, although crooked, were always genuine and who was always there when she and her daughter needed him. “Steve, I love you.” She leaned forward and kissed him.

Her impulsiveness caused Aria to giggle, but Steve smiled, obviously pleased by his wife’s unexpected display of affection. “Right back at you,” he whispered in her ear. 

From inside the SUV, they huddled together and watched tides of grim-faced mourners shifting like waves on the sea, their cars plowing through puddles, detritus, time, and memories of unrequited lovers that would thankfully never be.


Kymberly Hunt
www.kymberlyhunt.com

 



The Sea of Aaron by Kymberly Hunt
www.kymberlyhunt.com

Ever since dancing with him at her best friend's wedding two years ago, Valerie Redmond has been infatuated with handsome Aaron Weiss in spite of the fact that he is a cynical globe-trekking soldier of fortune with a violent past. As a spiritual-minded, responsible woman, Valerie knows that a serious relationship with him could prove disastrous. But the heart can be treacherous and difficult to control.

Aaron has never intended to have a committed relationship with any woman and has been deliberately avoiding Valerie so he won't have to deal with his feelings for her. When the two are suddenly forced to spend time together in an exotic locale, his resolve is seriously put to the test. This story is a contemporary romance with inspirational overtones. Not recommended for readers who demand hot & steamy. 


About the Author
Creativity is often the byproduct and antidote of despair. Fortunately, that is not true of all writers and artists, but it has been the case for Kymberly Hunt who grew up in a small town in Rockland County at a time when being an introvert was a very, very undesirable trait. She was misunderstood, ostracized, and when she could not conform to extrovert standards, forced into emotional exile—which further fueled the introversion. 

“When you're young, it's tough to be perceived as different,” Kymberly says “Most young people like to feel that they fit into society. If they are treated differently for being an individual and refusing to run along with the herd, or because of something they believe in, the stand can be admirable, but it's more difficult when they are genetically inclined to be a certain way and the choice isn't all theirs.”

While in exile, Kymberly became a voracious reader, and started to write her own stories out of necessity. In the early years, most of her fictional characters were beloved extroverts, born out of her own hopeless desire to emulate them. The stories, scribbled on writing tablets, were stashed in her closet because she was afraid to let them out and there was no one to share them.

Many years later while still staggering and groping about, Kymberly did allow a few short stories to escape, but the only thing that really changed was the shape of her closet. It was bulging. One day as she was attempting to toss another story into it, she was nearly blown across the room by a powerful explosion.

After the dust settled and Kymberly picked herself off the floor, she discovered that Havana Sunrise and a number of other stories were fluttering around the room. Dazed, she wandered about, took stock of the damage and realized that the closet could not be repaired. It was completely destroyed.

“Losing the closet was a terrifying, but enlightening experience,” Kymberly says. “I have no carpentry skills, so I can't rebuild it. There is no place left for my characters to go except out into the world. I hope readers will enjoy Nicole and Julian's Havana Sunrise as well as all the others stories that may follow.” 

The Sea of Aaron by Kymberly Hunt
ISBN-10: 1585714402 
ISBN-13: 978-1585714407