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Order of the Seers by Cerece Rennie Murphy

Order of the Seers
by Cerece Rennie Murphy

Order of the Seers poses this question within a story that fuses action, mystery, romance, and adventure in a science fiction novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Part one of the thrilling Order of the Seers trilogy will take you on a journey that fuses action, mystery, romance and adventure in a science fiction novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat.  The story begins with the journey of Liam and Lilith Knight, a brother and sister who are hunted by The Guild, a ruthless world organization that seeks to capture and exploit Lilith’s unique ability as a Seer to envision the future.  Soon after they are forced to leave their home, Lilith and Liam discover that she is not alone. 

Other Seers like Lilith are routinely kidnapped and enslaved by the Guild for the purpose of consolidating wealth and power around the world.  But from within the organization, Marcus Akida, a captured Seer with powerful visioning capabilit…

Intimate Conversation with Cerece Rennie Murphy

Order of the Seers Trilogy
by Cerece Rennie Murphy

What would you do if you held
infinite power in the palm of your hand?

Thank you for sharing in the excitement of the upcoming release of The Red Order.  As the sequel to the topselling sci-fi thriller Order of the Seers, The Red Order gives you everything you would expect – heart-pounding action, a layered, sci-fi mystery, nail-biting suspense and yes, even a little romance.  The stakes are high as our favorite characters and couples return to fight for the freedom of all those who have the gift of seeing the future.  The next installment in the Order of the Seers trilogy will be released in June, 2013, but you don’t have to wait to get a sneak peek.  Click on this link to read the first 2 chapters of The Red Order for free and then head over to the “Buy the Book” page to pre-order your signed copy today!
Intimate Conversation with  Cerece Rennie Murphy

BPM:  Tell us about yourself, your family and how you began writing.  Did …

Imani's First Book Discussion of 2013 with Isabel Wilkerson

Imani's First Book Discussion of 2013 with Isabel Wilkerson

Imani Literary Grouphosted guest author Isabel Wilkerson to discuss The Warmth of Other Suns on Saturday, February 2nd--what a wonderful way to begin 2013!  If you haven't read this insightful study, do so!

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.

Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

With stunning historical de…

Angel Reid Reviews The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Angel Reid Reviews The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

They did what human beings looking for freedom, throughout history, have often done. They left. (pg 15)--Warmth of Other Suns.

Reading like a great novel, this epic work of history chronicles America’s Great Migration, focusing particularly, but not exclusively on the lives of three participants who migrated from three different areas of the South to three different Northern cities in three different decades: Ida Mae Gladney in 1937, who left Mississippi for Chicago; George Starling in 1945, who left Florida for Harlem; Robert Foster in 1953, who left Louisiana.

Yet there are so many other captivating stories. What is most important about this volume is that it inspires readers to ask our elders to speak of our families’ stories: the whys, the hows, the whens, and the wheres of their leavings. What did they leave behind? What did they take with them? What did they face upon arrival in those northern or western cities? Whe…

The Red Order by Cerece Rennie Murphy

The Red Order by Cerece Rennie Murphy
The Quest to Control the Power of the Seers Continues…

After successfully destroying the Guild’s Purification Center in Chicago, The Lost Seers, led by Joel Akida and Lilli Knight, embark upon a world-wide mission to save their kind from the tyranny of the Guild and unveil their greatest weapon – The Restoration Project.  Developed in secret, The Restoration Project has the potential to awaken the supernatural ability within every man, woman, and child on earth and bring down the very foundation of the Guild’s power and authority. 

But the Guild has other plans.  Driven by the necessity for control, Crane Le Dieu creates The Red Order, a new league of clairvoyants whose sole purpose is to hunt down and annihilate the Lost Seers. 

Without the Guild’s mind-controlling drugs, The Red Order is able to develop its gifts far beyond the capacity to see the future, honing their skills to become the ultimate threat against the Lost Seers.  But the question r…

Actor and Community Leader LOU MYERS Joins the Ancestors

Lou Myers was so much MORE
than just “Mr. Gaines” from “A Different World”

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that a warrior, humanitarian, actor, father, grandfather and son, Mr.Lou Myers  has passed away. On Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division in Charleston WV.  Lou became ill with pneumonia and after battling for months succumbed.

Lou’s family is coping well, his mother  Mrs. Dorothy  Jefferies (age 95), son Melvin Myers and two grandsons Brayden and Christian are grateful for everyone’s well wishes.  As his mother said this morning, “I am well baby, but not good.” This sentiment speaks for our hearts as well.

Lou completed his  fifth appearance  on  Broadway  in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” African American Style.  “Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple” marked Lou Myers fourth Broadway appearance.  He was the only performer in the play the audience recognized and applauded every time he appeared on stage and Lou said that was …

Shaded By Love by Terry M. Walker

Shaded By Love by Terry M. Walker

Is love enough to keep Shayna Procton and Simón Ortega  together always?  Finding each other turned out to be the easy part.  Staying together is going to be their true test.  Shayna will find herself caught up in a whirlwind of lies and deceptions, as it becomes apparent to her that Simón is not the man she thought he was. 

Yet she can't deny the feelings she has for him.  Will she allow herself to remain in a relationship that isn't good for her?  Or will she listen to her inner voice, the one which is telling her something isn't right?  Maybe the answer would be simple for her if she weren't so...Shaded By Love.

B&N 5-Star Reader Review
Excellent Read - Highly Recommended!

"Shaded by Love" is well written and quite entertaining. The story is filled with action, love, deception, jealously, and manipulation -- the kind of book I love to read!! Even though the main characters Simon and Shayna obviously love each other uncondi…

Still Not Satisfied by SA Brown

Still Not Satisfied by SA Brown

Christian Goodman loves the ladies. So when an old girlfriend calls, it’s game on—until her play forces Chris to thesidelines. While there, his grandmother and best friend lose faith in him. With no one left, Chris turns to a psychiatrist and finds Dr. Devin Rainey in her own struggle.

Chris enters her life only to serve as a reminder of what she is missing, thus, creating tension between the two. She fights to remain professional but personal needs blur the lines. In the end, Chris turns to an unlikely ally as he learns why he is Still Not Satisfied.

Excerpt from Still Not Satisfied

Chapter 1A Bumpy Night

Moonlight illuminated the room as Chris stumbled into his bathroom. He admired his silhouette as he walked past the mirror. Even his muscular frame was sexy in the darkness. Chris’ self-admiration was interrupted when he noticed a small figure reflecting in the corner of the mirror. His mind had always played tricks on him, and lately the occurrence had…

Excerpt from Mama Ruby by Mary Monroe

Mama Ruby by Mary Monroe
Prequel to the Upper Room

If you are a fan of Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston, you will love Mama Ruby and the writings of Mary Monroe!

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe presents an unforgettable tale featuring Mama Ruby, the indomitable heroine of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Now readers will get a peek into Ruby’s early years, as she transforms from a spoiled small-town girl into one of the South’s most notorious and volatile women…

Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ruby Jean Upshaw is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. By the time she’s fifteen, Ruby has developed a taste for fast men and cheap liquor, and not even her preacher daddy can set her straight. Most everyone in the neighborhood knows you don’t cross Ruby. Only Othella Mae Cartier, daughter of the town tramp, understands what makes Ruby tick.

When Ruby discovers she’s in the family way, she’s scared for the first time in her life. After …

African American Cancer Resources

African American  Cancer Resources
Forward this email to all of your friends today!  Sisters Network® Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. Join the fight here:

Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI) is a leading voice and only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. Sisters Network is governed by an elected Board of Directors and assisted by an appointed medical advisory committee. Membership is 3000, which includes more than 40 affiliate survivor run chapters nationwide.

The organization's purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women around the country.As a nationally recognized organization among leading medical establishments and breast cancer physicians, Sisters Network is …

Keeping Focus In Hard Times by Elder Paulette Harper Johnson

Keeping Focus In Hard Timesby Elder Paulette Harper Johnson  

"Distractions are designed to derail us, to sidetrack us, and to redirect our attention-ultimately causing us to miss our mark.   Distractions can create the illusion of being important issues, but in reality they aren't? they're merely illusions. A distraction can be anything from a previous issue resurfacing to perhaps an old boyfriend, girlfriend or business acquaintance fighting to recapture your focus. Have you ever experienced a former acquaintance calling you from out of nowhere? These kinds of distractions can trigger an emotional imbalance, causing you to entertain thoughts that are far from the truth. Distractions will take your focus from what God is doing, causing confusion."

Excerpt from "Completely Whole"

We are all guilty of allowing distractions to get our attention, especially in hard times. In times of great pressure, life's challenges, and difficulties is sometime…

Working Mothers Enjoy Second Chance in Returning to School

Working Mothers Enjoy Second Chance in
Returning to School

Summary: Examine steps to assist working mothers who want to return to school.
Karen continues to work at two full-time jobs to care for her three children. As a single mother, she found little help from her family. Therefore, she acted as an independent woman, needing no one's assistance. She realized that if she wanted to improve the quality of her family's lives, she would need additional education. Yet, the more she thought about taking the first steps, the more excuses she would make for not taking action. Several days later, she found out several of her co-workers were laid off. She knew she would be next. She needed to make her move: Now or never. 

Economic troubles make career planning more difficult. Since November 2009, America has lost 7.2 million jobs, with the unemployment rate topping 10%. Companies have shed many employees from their payroll. State agencies have had to lay off or furlough work…

Top Ten Reasons Why African American Bookstores Are Closing by Gwen Richardson

Top Ten Reasons Why African American Bookstores Are Closing by Gwen Richardson

1. Book sales migrated to the Internet
Most Black bookstores failed to take advantage of this trend. According to WebPro News, books are the #1 item people purchase online. Other brick-and-mortar chains, such as Blockbuster, also were flanked by their online competition, so this trend is not exclusive to bookstores.

2. Price competition
The advent of Internet sales ushered deep discounting on books. Because large online sites like, Amazon and Wal-Mart, are able to take advantage of volume discounts, Black bookstores could not match these discounted prices and, if they tried to, they were unable to maintain profitability.

3. Failure to diversify
With the advent of price competition and Internet book sales, diversification into other product lines was the only way Black bookstores stood a chance of maintaining viability. Most did not make this adjustment fast enough and some didn't make it at all.

4. African Ame…

Ella Curry Featured on Book Look

ELLA CURRY WAS FEATURED ON:  The Book Look,  Season 2, Episode 1, January 2013

The Book Look is back for Season 2 with new authors, celebrities and contributors! In Episode 1, host Monda Webb and contributors Kwame Alexander and Charisse Carney-Nunes cover Nicole Sconiers' Escape from Beckyville and Walter Mosley's The Gift of Fire while hearing from Rev. Bernice King on the new book about her mother, Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King.

Several emerging authors are put on BLAST (Book Look Author SpotlighT) including Trice Hickman, Stephany Greene and Jaunique Sealey; the AALBC Bestsellers List is presented; and EDC Creations', Ella Curry is recognized for her ongoing contributions to the world of African American literature.

Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of several children’s books including, I Am Barack Obama, I Dream For You A World, and Nappy. She is also a literary advocate, and the Executive Producer of The Book Look a webseries ai…


JAN-FEB  2013

When Baldwin Loved Brenden by Electa Rome Parks

Don't Tell a Soul by Tiffany L. Warren

God Don't Make No Mistakes by Mary Monroe

Groove by Geneva Holliday

Taste of Insanity by Morenike'

Lost Daughters by Mary Monroe

A House Divided by Kimberla Lawson Roby

When Memories Fade by Tyora Moody

Somewhere Between Here and There by Jason Gilmore

Drop Dead, Gorgeous by J.D. Mason…