Showing posts from November, 2009

Black Pearls Community Prayer

Black Pearls Community Prayer

2 Corinthians 9:11-13   Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

During this time of year we all find ourselves reflecting on the things in our lives for which we are thankful: life, health, strength, family. Yet in my mind being thankful is something that should be reflected outwardly as well as inwardly.

Each of us has been blessed to be a blessing. So, it's important for us to display our thankfulness by generously giving of ourselves to others. Our actions as well as our words should tell God how thankful we are. Aft…

Marriage is Like a Bank: Top 10 Deposits to Make Today

Marriage is Like a Bank: Top 10 Deposits to Make Today

Read the entire article, including tips for couples at Black Pearls Magazine here

We’ve all heard that success is a journey, not a destination. I say that marriage is a journey, not a destination. In other words you have to constantly work at building a successful relationship; it doesn’t just happen. We know that the cares of this world: career, children, household chores, other family members, and more take up so much of our time that by the end of the day, we have nothing left to give to our spouses. In turn, our marriages are missing the very core of what it should have: love. 

A successful marriage is not based on a couple having no challenges or disagreements. But it is based on how they communicate with one another day after day. The definition of communicate is: a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior (words or deeds); to open into each other: conn…

Literary Legends Celebrate the Holidays

Literary Legends Celebrate the Holidays
Read all of the interviews at Black Pearls Magazine, view here!

Gwynne Forster was born in North Carolina, grew up in Washington, D. C., and has lived, studied and worked in New York City ever since she came of voting age. She considers herself a humanitarian, a perspective that she inherited from her mother, a high school principal, and which she also attributes to her work and education in the social sciences, more specifically, demography. Her fiction writing reflects her training in the sociology of the family and her understanding of inter-personal relations. It should not be surprising then, that quite a few of Gwynne’s novels and novellas are set within the context of the family.

How do you celebrate the holidays?
Always by gathering together with lots of family members, laughing and talking, and eating way too much food! What are the "traditions" for your family? Preparing my mom's cornbread dressing, her baked macaroni & …

30 Shopping Days to Christmas!

$155.00 Holiday Book Promotion

The holidays are upon us! At EDC Creations we are getting a head start putting great books in the hands of readers. The Black Pearls Magazine is getting a totally new makeover for Christmas and New Year holidays! Special ends Dec. 12, 2009. Reserve your slot today to spread your message to EDC Creations fans and readers.To help showcase our new books and business owners, I have some wonderful packages to showcases authors, community leaders and business owners in the EDC Creations network.

For $155.00 we offer ALL the following awesome promotions in ONE:

-- Hour interview on Black Authors Network Radio Show ($75.00 value)
-- A half-page in our online holiday catalog and reading room ($75.00 value)
-- Black Pearls Magazine written interview posted on front page  ($75.00 value)
-- Eblast to our 133,000 readers of the EDC Creations Database ($99.00 value)
-- Featured Author on Black Pearls Online Newsletter ($45.00 value)

Black Pearls Christmas Catalog


How To Achieve Your God Given Dreams

How To Achieve Your God Given Dreams

Christian Recording Artist, author and educator, Dr. Naima Johnston has a passion to see others achieve their God Given Dreams. After many years of being told she would never make it as singer, Dr. Johnston left her position as the Associate Director of Student Life at Wright State University to launch a recording career and a brand new ministry. After years of trials, loss and failures, Dr. Johnston discovered the keys to successfully building her life and ministry. Now traveling the country encouraging and equipping others, Dr. Johnston empowers people to live the life that they were ordained to live.

“Everyone has a dream, many people think they can’t achieve them for various reasons. But as long as you have breath and God on your side, you have still have time. You just need information and confidence. I want to share the tools that I’ve learned to assist others in obtaining Godly success.”

Dr. Johnston will be hosting a free Conference Call o…

What Are You Thankful For?

Shhh! Thanksgiving Secrets

My Mom was a wonderful cook when I was growing up. My brother and I looked forward to the holidays because mom would really throw down in the kitchen. Unfortunately, as she got a little older, her food started to taste like she forgot some of the ingredients. So it became my job to cook the holiday dinners, as wonderfully as she did for the family.

Before the holiday, Mom would always season the turkey for days. So, I had to figure out ways to get the turkey from her and season it with all the spices she forgot. I had to be clever, and give any excuse imaginable to get that turkey, and everything else to my house. When she was living with me briefly it was easy; I would beat her to it or just wait until she went to bed, and re-season everything, wrap it back the way she had it and she'd never knew the difference. Later on when she moved out to her place, it became more of a challenge getting the turkey! I had to scheme, connive, and plan the captures!


What Are You Reading Now?

What are you reading?   What's on your  "to be read list"?  Have you read a great book excerpt and want to tell others about it?  Here is the place!  Share all your book reviews and previews.  FB readers, post your book reviews and comments on the  Black Pearls Magazine thread here.

Sneak Peek Showcase

Read our selected book excerpts and tell us what you think of the stories. Here is the list of selected books. They are in our sidebar section. There are several new releases and trivia games listed as well.  Enjoy!

Reader's Choice Showcase
Answer any one of these questions to enter our drawing for FREE Review Copies. Remember to leave a valid email address with each post.  Check back here on December 9, to see if you won!

-- Name 1 book you wish you'd written.
-- Name your 3 favorite male writers.
-- Name your 3 favorite female writers.
-- Name 1 book you read on the sly.
-- Name 1 book that made you laugh or cry.
-- Name 1 book that made you change something in yo…

Literary Treasure Hunt Online

Nightly BAN Radio Treasure Hunts

During Black Books Weekend we want readers to find out more about our colorful literary past. Listed below are 5 African American trivia questions. Search the web and find the answers. November 27-30, 2009, is Black Books Weekend!  Read more about the live author readings and contests here.

Answer the questions below on the Black Pearls Magazine Blog thread ONLY to collect great book gifts.
Do not post the answers on Facebook, MySpace or Yahoo Groups. Read the full details on posting your answers here.

Let the Hunt Begin....

1. Name the important African American literary scholar that left us this quote: "My desire has been to allow the black tradition to speak for itself about its nature and various functions, rather than to read it, or analyze it, in terms of literary theories borrowed whole from other traditions, appropriated from without."

2. Who is the author of the oldest known piece of African American literature: "Bars Fight&quo…

Literary Trivia Contest-Black Books Weekend

Black Books Weekend Literary Trivia Contest

November 21-30, 2009. Answer our 5 trivia questions to collect a new gift book. Please visit the Black Pearls Magazine for the full details. We have more gift books for readers and community trivia contests. Click here for the full details.

Trivia Questions for Serious Readers:

1.Who published The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult?

2.Who published My Bondage and My Freedom (1855)?

3.Who is quoted as saying, "There is no such thing as Black literature. There's good literature and bad. And that's all."

4. Who is best known for his novel Invisible Man (1952), which won the National Book Award in 1953?

5. Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, was edited by ____.

Think you know the answers? Post your correct answers here.
  Do not post the answers on Facebook, MySpace or Yahoo Groups.  Only post the answers on Black Pearls Magazine Blog Thread. Tell the Black Pearls Readers the answers. Give the Gift of Knowl…

Getcha Read On! Win This Book

2009-2010 Great Books for Gifts!

Join all the Fun starting this FRIDAY for Black Books Weekend.The Reading Party takes place on BAN Radio
Nov. 27-30, 2009, totally online!

Here are just a few of the 200+ books you can win by chatting in the Black Authors Network Chatroom  or calling into the BAN Radio Show November 27-30, 2009.  For more details, visit the official site. View the authors reading live from their books during this explosive weekend.  Check out our Trivia Questions for more great book gifts! Enter here.

Kimani Romance Collection Fall 2009

1. Prize of a Lifetime by Donna Hill
2. Queen of His Heart by Adrianne Byrd
3. Christmas Diamonds by Devon Vaughn Archer
4. Holiday Kisses by Gwynne Forster
5. Picture Perfect Christmas by Melanie Schuster
6. Teach Me Tonight by Jacquelin Thomas
7. Hidden Agenda by Rochelle Alers
8. Passion Overtime by Pamela Yaye
9. Bachelor Untamed by Brenda Jackson
10. Love Me Now by Celeste O. Norfleet
11. When It Feels So Right by Celeste O. Norflee…

Featured Author Nikkea Smithers

Nikkea Smithers is a spoken word artists and Essence Magazine Best Selling Author She has performed on stages in front of thousands. Her literary work often speaks to issues in the community that are often under-discussed. Her readers have fallen in love with her ‘tell it like it is’ approach to writing making her readers lifelong fans.

Intimate Conversation with Ella Curry, CEO of EDC Creations

Ella: Hello Nikkea! Introduce us to your book, On The Flip Side.
Nikkea: On The Flip Side deals with a situation that many men face but little light is shed on. We often hear the story about the single mother doing it for her kids on a daily basis. While I would never want to take anything away from them, what we don't often hear about is the single father who is standing up to his responsibilities and being burdened with social issues beyond his realm of control. What if the mother is not the one holding it down? What if the father has the kids but the mother has the greed? On The Flip Side …

Domestic Violence and Revenge: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Domestic Violence and Revenge: Two Sides of the Same Coin
By Ericka Williams
Author Website:

Domestic Violence is a touchy and controversial subject. In society it is considered unacceptable and unconceivable for a man to physically batter his girlfriend or wife. The recent incident with singers Chris Brown and Rihanna was a publicized and highly debated event. Many famous people expressed discontent with, criticized, and verbally condemned Chris Brown; while siding with and supporting Rihanna, without being witnesses to the occurrence. I have two conflicting feelings in regards to domestic violence. Generally, I believe that it is wrong to hit a person that you are supposed to care for, because that person may be critically injured or killed. Many women have died at the hands of the men they loved. It is a dangerous habit and a problem that escalates over time, as many statistics prove. Relationships are so multi-faceted and …

Intimate Conversation with Jewell R. Powell

Intimate Conversation with Jewell R. Powell

Jewell R. Powell, affectionately known as ‘the Marriage Coach’ is an entrepreneur, inspirational teacher, and author of Marriage 101: Building a Life Together by Faith. Jewell is passionate about helping couples have a ‘happily ever after’ marriage. She graduated from VCMI Ministerial Training School and is working towards a Masters of Divinity degree from Regent University.

Jewell R. Powell shares her spiritual journey and shows you how to have a ”happily ever after” marriage “Till death do we part.” These words are said about 2.5 million times each year. But, despite couples’ best intentions and attempts to stay true to those vows, many—almost half!—end up in divorce. What’s going wrong?

That’s what author Jewell R. Powell asked when she found herself four years into marriage, sitting in a bedroom alone and on the brink of divorce. Desperate for answers, Powell dove deep into her faith. She searched the Scriptures for instruction on how t…

Even Sinners Have Souls Too Interview

Even Sinners Have Souls Too
Introduction by National Best selling author, K'Wan, with four stories by Darrell King and Essence Magazine bestselling authors, Michel Moore, Tysha and Victor L. Martin.

Meet author and editor E.N. Joy
E.N. Joy is the author of Me, Myself and Him, which was her debut work into the Christian Fiction genre. Formerly a secular author writing under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, this author has fully dedicated her writing to Christ. She is currently working on the “New Day Divas” series as well as completing the “Sinners Series” project.

Intimate Conversation with Ella Curry of EDC Creations

Ella: Introduce us to the book, Even Sinners Have Souls TOO.
E.N. Joy: Even Sinners Have Souls TOO is book two from the “Sinners Series”. As editor and publisher of this project, it was my goal to share with the reading audience well written and compelling stories by some of the industry’s most respected and authority authors in the Urban Lit genre.

Ella: Why was it imp…

The Lovechild Blog Tour

The Lovechild Blog Tour (November 9-13, 2009)


November 9 - Black Authors Network (8 pm EST)

November 13 - Chocolate Pages Show (4 pm EST)


November 9
All the Buzz Reviews

Rhonda McKnight

Loving Heart Mommy

November 10
RAWSistaz Literary Group

Tia McCollors

Angela Benson

November 11

Joey Reviews
Vanessa Richardson

November 12

Mom Unplugged


Faygo's Report

November 13
Black Pearl…

Color Me Jazzmyne By Marian L. Thomas

I would like to introduce you to a fantastic new book, Color Me Jazzmyne. Readers of Color Me Jazzmyne have been captivated by the depth of the emotional journey that the book takes them on. It digs deep into what it takes for women to embrace who they are no matter what size, color, educational background or social status. Sisters will learn to love themselves despite what society says or the voices that surround them!

Author Marian L . Thomas not only delivers her first novel but takes on real-life topics that are affecting society today. The topics that are discussed throughout her book are ones that are often rejected by mainstream publishing houses. She cuts to the core of serious subject matter: rape, the mental health of Black women, self-esteem issues with women and the cutthroat world of the music business and lands the reader into the thick of a good story.

Color Me Jazzmyne - By Marian L. Thomas
Listen to Chapter 1 and tell us how you feel about this topic.

The Legend of Quito Road by Dwight Fryer

The Legend of Quito Road by Dwight Fryer

The Future seems to hold limited possibilities for Son Erby. The African-American child of a farm laborer in 1930’s Tennessee, his fate seems as certain as the sunset at day’s end. But when his father takes him to work at the Coleman farm and hands down the secret to making corn liquor, everything changes.

Moving from shadowed parlors of the wealthy Sawyer clan to the illegal activities in the woods along the Mississippi River, this perspective novel explores the roots of racism, and the dangerous power of secrets that will shatter every taboo in a sleepy town caught between the past and future. The Legend of Quito Road is a look at a bygone time, the sobering echoes of which can still be heard today.


In the scene below from The Legend of Quito Road, Papa Gill Erby, a religious man, teaches his only boy how to make illegal whiskey and keep secrets. Are there really many spiritual or physical differences in making crack…

Tour: Buying Time by Pamela Samuels Young

Legal Thriller:  Buying Time
by Pamela Samuels Young

Waverly Sloan is a down-on-his-luck lawyer. But just when he's about to hit rock bottom, he stumbles upon a business with the potential to solve all of his problems.

In Waverly's new line of work, he comes to the aid of people in desperate need of cash. But there's a catch. His clients must be terminally ill and willing to sign over rights to their life insurance policies before they can collect a dime. Waverly then finds investors eager to advance them thousands of dollars—including a hefty broker's fee for himself—in exchange for a significant return on their investment once the clients take their last breath.

The stakes get higher when Waverly brokers the policy of the cancer-stricken wife of Lawrence Erickson, a high-powered lawyer who's bucking to become the next U.S. Attorney General. When Waverly's clients start dying sooner than they should, both Waverly and Erickson—who has some skeletons of his own …