Adult Picture Books

Before Instagram, there were picture books with a complement of editorial copy that could be considered the literary version of the popular social networking site of today. One of those books, I consider one of the most enlightening books that I've read on Africans in America is "A Pictorial History of the Negro in America"... Continue Reading →

Spoken Words

"Spoken words are ephemeral but the written word is permanent. What most people, or at least the unsuccessful ones, are unaware of is that life gives us exactly what we ask from it." Currently rereading The Instant Millionaire : A Tale of Wisdom and Wealth by Mark Fisher

Have you ever watched a movie and noticed the main character is reading a book?  In the film, X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)  Scully has at her bedside "Beautiful Wasps Having Sex" by Dori Carter . The fiction story has an intriguing premise - especially if you're one who has wondered why movie studio... Continue Reading →

Severed, a Novel | A Black Woman’s Burden

Someone is a few digits short of a hand in Nakadee, Louisiana.  What’s worse, someone may be torturing and holding the finger-less victim captive in this small river town.   Head of Nakadee Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit Captain Nate Padgett enlists the help of Forensic Anthropologist Lula Logan, PhD whom he feels he can trust... Continue Reading →

The Write Stuff

Writing takes far more than talent to be great. One must also possess courage to be at the top of her craft. At least that's the takeaway from the essay "You Are the Second Person" by Kiese Laymon. Laymon is identified as an essayist and novelist but a few paragraphs into "You Are the Second... Continue Reading →

As an author or novelist, you have most likely participated in your fair share of book signings and author events; but have you considered making the rounds on the lecture circuit? It could be a lucrative source of income revenue. Source: Help Desk | Speakers Bureau

How does a product become empowered to practically fly off the shelves, taking with it other less desirable products? The answer is simple. It seduces everyone by its packaging.  Your favorite goodies are packaged to be desirable first, so it will become a lifetime habit. Package Your Novel to sell itself too. Source: Help Desk: Your novel... Continue Reading →

Book Review: by Yawatta Hosby

This is my debut novel she’s reviewed! Woo-hoo!!swadm!Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.


Sleeping with a D-Man is the ninth book for my reading challenge. And, it’s another one where I broke the rules of only sticking to blogs or Absolute Write. Jade is a good friend of mine from college (oh how I miss those days hee hee), and I noticed that she posted information about this story on her Facebook wall. She was helping out a friend, which motivated me to check out the book too. I wanted to support Jade.

Here’s my thoughts:

What should be a normal school year for 1st year college student Nicole Jettison turns out to be anything but at this east coast Catholic university. Cheerleading tryouts, sorority rushes, basketball games and a lot of school work should be par for the course but Jettison has opted for the extracurricular activities of unmasking shape-shifting drug dealers, sorcery and a night course in fallen angels. In the…

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Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

A black woman's research project and subsequent manuscript leads to feature film "Hidden Figures" (2017). "Hidden Figures" is the story of a  team of African-American women mathematicians who were the brains behind the space race and astronaut John Glenn's 1962 orbit. Check out Margot Shetterly talk at NASA Langley's youtube channel More on the film from UPDATE... Continue Reading →

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