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Pleasure Principles by Lesley E. Hal

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Pleasure Principles by Lesley E. Hal
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Can Bianca keep a married couple from finding out that the person they’re cheating on each other with is her?  Or will living the love-them-and-leave-them lifestyle that Rick James and Teena Marie sang about in the eighties be more fire than desire? That’s the mantra that has become Bianca Brooks’ claim to fame after being stood up at the altar by her longtime fiancĂ©, Michael Jones, five years ago.
Since then, Bianca’s life has consisted of a steady string of bedmates and running her burgeoning event planning company, Pleasure Principles, with best friends Cody and Reggie. With love having nothing to do with her newfound lease on life, Pleasure Principles is her one and only commitment, until she meets Taylor, wife of Dallas Mavericks golden boy, Eric “All Air” Sims. A torrid affair ensues with Eric being none the wiser until he pays Bianca an eye-opening visit. During his stay, …

FROM GHETTO TO GREATNESS by Kevin Brown

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FROM GHETTO TO GREATNESS
A Journey In and Out of The Ghetto - Based on a True Story
A Novel by Kevin Brown


Set in the late 1970's, Author Kevin “Coach” Brown’s novel From Ghetto to Greatness is a masterpiece of storytelling that grabs the reader's attention from the very beginning. Once you are pulled into the protagonist’s Jerome Green’s world, you will be whisked away with him through the perils of teenage drug addiction and living life with no parental guidance. You will be pulling for Jerome all the way.

The plot is fresh and intriguing; as opposed to the trite storyline of “I sold drugs, I was in a gang, I went to jail, and now I want to save the world.” The result of this brand new approach to urban literature is a book that is absolutly a must read for all. It's just a wonderful story that will inspire you. It will make you laugh and sometimes want to cry. Brown paints his characters brilliantly as they all come to life and have a cumulative effect on Jerome Green’s u…

Author Pavilion Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 2010

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Thursday, September 16th
(Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)


Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.


8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. WRITE NOW!

1. Kea Taylor – I Still Do A Celebration of African American Weddings

2. Frederick Nnoma-Addison - The United States and Ghana Celebrating 50 Years of Friendship & Progress

3. Olympian Devon Harris – Yes I Can Children’s Book

4. Daniel R. Biddle & Murray Dubin – Tasting Freedom Octavius Catto and the Battle of Equality in Civil War America

5. R. Michelle – Her Game Plan

6. Afya Ibomu – Vegan Soul Food Guide to the Galaxy

7. Moneek Reid & Zubari Duniani – Nigus: Images of Ourselves

8. Pierre – My 100 Homies & Phonies of Hollywood



10:00a…

CBC: Friday, September 17th - Morning Session

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion 2010
Friday, September 17th (Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.) Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107
Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.



Friday, September 17th - Morning Session

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. START THE MORNING WITH KNOWLEDGE!


1. Joyce Burnett – Adam’s Belle A memoir of Love Without Bounds

2. Valencia Campbell - Advice From the Top: What Minority Women Say About Their Career Success

3. Kevin Wayne Johnson - Give God the Glory Series The Power in the Local Church

4. R. Michelle – Her Game Plan

5. Mozella Perry Ademiluyi – Love is a Mountain

6. Afya Ibomu – Get Your Crochet On!

7. Moneek Reid & Zubari Duniani – Nigus: Images of Ourselves

8. David G. Evans – Dare to be a Man



10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1. Leonard Pitt…

CBC: Friday, September 17th - Evening Showcase

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010

Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107

Friday, September 17th (Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.)


Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.


Friday, September 17th Evening Session

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING


Emerging Leaders Series Present: A Brave New World: Social Networking Chronicles

Social networking sites (such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) have evolved into the paramount forms of media for personal communication and professional growth. However, emerging leaders must be vigilant about the downside associated with using these outlets for self expression. Young authors who have expanded their brand via social networking and who have written on business etiquette will share strategies for effectively utilizi…

CBC: Day for Educators and Parents-Saturday, September 18th

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Author Pavilion 2010
Washington, DC Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E – Booth 107
Presented by The Renaissance Group, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Howard University and hosted by Patrick Oliver Founder of, Say It Loud! Readers and Writers Series. Online PR provided by EDC Creations Media Group.


Saturday, September 18th
(Pavilion Hours 8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)



“A Day for Area Educators and Parents”


Literacy NOW! Developing the Next Generation of Readers, Writers and Leader

Meet & Greet Children & Young Adult Authors
Panel Discussion ~ Storytelling
Special Discounts on Selected Titles

NEA Read Across America
Encouraging Our Son’s to Read: A Community Call to Action
National Association of Black Storytellers
Special Tribute & Conversation with Literary Icon Eloise Greenfield

Parent Call to Action: Literacy NOW!
2KNation Collective


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. LITERACY NOW!

1. Jamal Bryant – World War Me

2. L. Trenton Marsh – From 1.0 to…

Preparing For a Sequel by Sherryle K. Jackson

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Preparing For a Sequel by Sherryle K. JacksonAvailable Now: Soon After by Sherryle K. Jackson


Call it ironic or just dumb luck that Soon After which is the sequel to my debut novel, Soon and Very Soon, releases the same month as Terry McMillan’s sequel to her hugely successful book-slash-movie, Waiting to Exhale. To say it’s long awaited is an understatement.


Getting to Happy comes after a fifteen year departure from the four female characters, Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin. And, I thought two years was pushing it with my sequel. My Executive Editor, Joylynn Jossel, advised that I not put anymore time or another book between my debut novel, Soon and Very Soon, and its sequel. Because I am a lesser known author and because my characters, Willie and Vanessa Green haven’t graced the big screen, she worried that too much time would make my audience lose connection with the newlywed couple that decides to combine their churches.

In either instance I wonder how an author gets back …

Urban, Not Necessarily the Opposite of Rural

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Urban, Not Necessarily the Opposite of Rural
by Sherryle K. Jackson

Poor Merriam-Webster, how demoralizing it must be to put out an annual reference that is basically outdated before it’s typeset. Once again, I have to call him on one of his definitions: Urban. Of, or pertaining to a city was one of his listings. Is that the kind of Christian Fiction that I write? New genres are created everyday. Citified Christian Fiction, although I like the premise and overall ring of the title; it is not necessarily what I write.

What are categories anyway, but catch-alls, and that’s the catch 22. I write Urban Christian Fiction. I write for Urban Christian (literally, that is the name of the publishing company I write for). Urban, loosely, subjectively and connotatively means of or pertaining to African Americans. It’s that simple or complicated. Like I said before, it’s a catch all category.


Believing that African Americans even in a niche market like Christian Fiction write all the same is like b…

Intimate Conversation with Cheryl Robinson

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Intimate Conversation with author Cheryl Robinson






Cheryl Robinson is the author of five novels. Most recently, When I Get Where I'm Going, In Love with a Younger Man and Sweet Georgia Brown. She is a native Detroiter and graduate of Wayne State University. Robinson now resides in Central Florida where she is writing her next novel.

BPM: What makes you powerful as a person and a writer?
As a person I feel power in my faith. It allows me to press on through the rough times and to remain positive. I try not to let the daily stresses of life get to me. And I try not to judge others. The more I stop myself when I feel my mind going in that direction, the easier it becomes. I get tired of seeing people get built up by the media to later get knocked down. The less I judge others the better I not only feel, but also when I write and develop characters it's much easier for me to remove myself from the situation. I realize it's impossible for everyone to love my books, but I always …