Friday, August 29, 2008

A Love For All Times Is Here!


The Writers of Color Blogtour is pleased to welcome author LaConnie Taylor Jones, as she spends some time with us and gives us the scoop about her newest book, When A Man Loves A Woman.

In When a Man Loves a Woman, handsome Dr. Alcee Jules (AJ) Baptiste is determined to find answers to two questions: What do you do when you are in love with a woman who won’t give you the time of day? How do you convince her that she really is meant to spend the rest of her life with you, when she avoids you at all costs? A.J. knows that he wants to spend the rest of his life with Victoria (Vic) Bennett. But Vic wants nothing to do with love, and even less to do with him. So what is A.J. to do? He will do what a man has to do – resort to a bit of scheming to win her over! And when he does, Victoria Bennett will confess that when a man loves a woman, it really is . . . a love for all times!

Click HERE to view the Book Trailer!

About the Author:
LaConnie Taylor-Jones is an exciting new voice to the romance industry! She’s a health educator consultant and holds advanced degrees in community public health and business administration. She has been an avid reader of romance for over twenty-five years. But thoughts of a romance writing career did not come until the spring of 2003, while complaining to her husband about a romance novel she was reading. It was past midnight and he was tired of her complaints about the book, so he offered her this challenge: “Honey if you can write a better book; do it! But baby, turn out the lights.”

LaConnie took him up on his challenge and she’s never looked back. She has been an active member of the San Francisco Area Chapter of RWA since 2003 and received the Romance Slam Jam 2008 Emma Award for her debut multicultural contemporary romance, When I’m With You, published by Genesis Press, November 2007. When a Man Loves a Woman is her second novel!

Visit LaConnie online at www.laconnietaylorjones.com & www.laconnietaylorjones.blogspot.com!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

BOOK COVER CONTEST

If you really like a good book cover, enter the title at: BOOK COVER CONTEST

Stepping Stones Magazine is launching a new contest for the Autumn Season!

Please vote for your favorite book cover and send it to me at this email address. rpkg at comcast. net

The cover must be graphically attractive with a font, style, and artwork that matches the genre
The cover must be professionally designed. No clip art or self-drawn covers.
The cover cannot be pornographic, sexually explicit, or offense to the majority of readers.
Votes must be in favor of the book cover, not solely a vote for the author
Stepping Stones Magazine reserves the right to determine fairness in the voting process

Write in the subject line 'SSMW Book Cover Contest'.

The cover that receives the greatest number of votes will be featured in a fall issue, along with a photo of the author, a brief interview of how the cover came about, a link to the author's website, and a link to an online bookstore where the book is available for purchase.

Runners Up will also be featured with a link to the authors' websites. Authors, you cannot vote for your own book, but you can encourage your readers to vote for you.

Please place in the body of the email...

Book Title
Author's Name
Genre

Deadline is August 30.
http://www.freewebs.com:80/steppingstonesforwriters/contestforwriters.htm

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Passion: A Sandstory by Joe Castillo

Check out his website at www.sandstory.com


Monday, August 25, 2008

2007 African American Literary Awards Show

Here are the winners from 2007 African American Literary Awards Show

Winners are in bold.

FICTION

Eric Jerome Dickey - Sleeping With Strangers
Clarence Nero - Three Sides To Every Story
Kimberla Lawson Roby - Love And Lies
LaTonya Williams - Missed Opportunities
MYSTERY

Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes - Casanegra: A Tennysen Hardwick Novel
Tananarive Due & Others - Whispers In The Night: DarkDreams
Stephen L. White - New England White
Walter Mosley - Fear Of The Dark
David Riveria - The Street Sweeper: See No Evil
ROMANCE

Kendra Norman-Bellamy - In Green Pastures
Rochelle Alers - Stranger In My Arms
Brenda Jackson - Risky Pleasures
Brenda Jackson - Beyond Temptation
Kathy Marsh - The Aura Of Love
CHRISTIAN FICTION

Beverly T. Gooden - Confessions Of A Church Girl
Jamie Karris - Post Script
Jacquelin Thomas - Redemption
Victoria Christopher Murray - The Ex Files
URBAN FICITION

Shannon Holmes - Dirty Games
Tracy Brown - White Lines
Wahida Clark - Thug Matrimony
BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

Sidney Poitier - The Measure of A Man
Victoria Rowell - The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir
Robin Givens - Grace Will Lead Me Home
Eddie Levert, Gerald Levert & Lyah Beth Leflore - I Got Your Back
Rain Pryor - Jokes My Father Never Taught Me:Life, Love & Loss with Richard Pryor
NON-FICTION

Jeff Henderson - Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras
Tavis Smiley - What I Know For Sure: My story of growing up in America
Gil Robertson - Not In My Family: Aids In The African American Community
Barack Obama - The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream (tie)
Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance - Friends: A Love Story (tie)
POETRY

Michael J. Burt - Love Changes
Nikki Giovanni - Acolytes
DuEwa M. Fraizer - Check The Rhyme: An Anthology Of Female Poets & Emcees
Marc Lacy - Rock & Fire: Love Poetry From The Core
Barbara Culp - White Smoke Rhymes
MAGAZINES - LITERARY

Booking Matters
Black Issues Book Review
Disilgold Literary Magazine
Mosaic Magazine
Quarterly Black Review
SCIENCE FICTION

L.A. Banks - The Wicked: A Vampire Huntress Legend
Brandon Massey - Vicious
L.A. Banks - The Forsaken
Brandon Massey - Within The Shadows
HISTORICAL FICTION

Kim Robinson - The Roux In The Gumbo
Lalita Tademy - Red River
N. Quamere Cincere - We Ain't No Niggas
MAGAZINES - NON-LITERARY

Sister 2 Sister
Vibe Vixen
Black Enterprise
The Network Journal
Ebony
SELF - HELP

Tyeese Gaines- Reid - The Get A Life Campaign
Alex Ellis - Restoring The Male Image: A look from the inside out (tie)
Denzel Washington - A Hand To Guide Me
Russell Simmons - Do You: 12 laws to access the power in you to achieve happiness and success
TD Jakes - Reposition Yourself: Living Your Life Without Limits (tie)
COOKBOOKS

G. Garvin - Turn Up The Heat With G. Garvin
Roniece Weaver - The Family Style Food Diabetes Cookbook
Fabiola Demp Gaines & Roniece Weaver - Healthy Soul Food Cooking
Deliah Winder – Deliah’s Everyday Soul
Monique – Skinny Cooks Can’t Be Trusted
BREAKOUT AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

William Frederick Cooper - there's Always A Reason
Miasha - Mommyh's Angel
Dana Rondel - A Flower Has Its Own Song
Venesha - Mistress Me
Eisa Nefertari Ulen - Crystelle Mourning: A Novel
SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

Dornell M. Griffin & Kodzina D. Griffin - A Divine Addiciton
Dana Rondel - A Flower Has Its Own Song
Beverly T. Gooden- Confessions Of A Church Girl
Venesha - Mistress Me
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

KNB Publications
Triple Crown Publiciations
Melodrama Publishing
RJ Publications
CHILDREN’S BOOK

Stephanie Perry-Moore - Perfect Joy (Carmen Brown)
Brittney Holmes - Living Consequences
Coe Booth - Tyrell
Jacquelin Thomas - Simply Divine
PLAYWRIGHT OF THE YEAR

David E. Talbert - Love In The Nick Of Time
Shelly Garrett - What Kind Of Love Is This?
JéCaryous Johnson & Gary Guirdy – (I;m Ready Productions) - Whatever She Wants
JéCaryous Johnson & Gary Guirdy – (I;m Ready Productions) – Men, Money & Gold Diggers
PUBLISHING HOUSE OF THE YEAR

Penguin Putnam/Dutton
Harper Collins/Amistad
Harlem Moon (Random House)
Kimani Press
St. Martin's Press
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR - MALE

Eric Jerome Dickey - Sleeping With Strangers
Carl Weber - The First Lady
Shannon Holmes - Dirty Games
Omar Tyree - What They Want
Travis Hunter - Something To Die For
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR - FEMALE

Victoria Christopher Murray - The Ex Files
Kimberla Lawson Roby - Love And Lies
Connie Briscoe/Lolita Files/Anita Bunkley - You Only Get Better/Three For The Road/This Time Around
Francis Ray - Irresistible You
Mary B. Morrison - When Somebody Loves You Back
BOOK CLUB OF THE YEAR

Black Expressions Book Club
G.A.A.L Bookclub of Atlanta
G.U.R.U. Bookclub
OSSA Bookclub
Rawsistaz Literary Group
TELEVISION WRITER OF THE YEAR

Ali LeRoi - Everybody Hates Chris
Mara Brock Ali - The Game
Stacey Littlejohn - All Of Us
Tyler Perry - House Of Payne
EROTICA

Trista Russell - Chocolate Covered Forbidden Fruit
Zane - Carmel Flava: The Eroticanor.com Anthology
Noire - Thong On Fire: An Urban Erotic Tale
J. Tremble - Secrets Of A Housewife
Joylynn M. Jossell - Wet
COMEDY/HUMOR

Mother Love with Tonya Bolden - Half The Mother, Twice The Love
Nina Foxx - No Girl Needs A Husband Seven Days A Week
Pat G’orge Walker – Crusin’ On Desperation
COMIC STRIP

Keith Knight - The K Chronicles
Aaron McGruder - The Boondocks
Jerry Craft - Mama's Boyz

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Darker Mask: Heroes from the Shadows



The Darker Mask: Heroes from the Shadows
edited by Gary Phillips and Christopher Chambers

Check out the description of it at Tananarive Due's blog
, an anthology of black superhero stories that is unlike anything that has come before.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Seeds of Change Anthology


Seeds of Change
edited by John Joseph Adams
Published by Prime Books
Forthcoming August 2008



Here’s the cover copy and the full table of contents of my forthcoming original SF anthology for Prime Books, Seeds of Change.

Imagine the moment when the present ends, and the future begins–when the world we knew is no more and a brave new world is thrust upon us. Gathering stories by nine of today’s most incisive minds, Seeds of Change confronts the pivotal issues facing our society today: racism, global warming, peak oil, technological advancement, and political revolution. Many serve as a call to action. How will you change with the future?

These nine stories sow seeds of change across familiar and foreign territory, from our own backyards to the Niger Delta to worlds not yet discovered. Pepper, the mysterious mercenary from Tobias S. Buckell’s Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin, works as an agent for change—if the price is right—in “Resistance.” Ken MacLeod envisions the end-game in the Middle East in “A Dance Called Armageddon.” New writer Blake Charlton imagines a revolutionary advance in cancer research in “Endosymbiont.” Award-winning author Jay Lake tackles technological change and the forces that will stop at nothing to prevent it in “The Future by Degrees.” Other stories by K.D. Wentworth, Jeremiah Tolbert, Mark Budz, Ted Kosmatka, and Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu range from the darkly satirical to the exotic. All explore the notion that change will come.

Will you be ready?

Table of Contents:

Introduction by John Joseph Adams
N-Words by Ted Kosmatka
The Future by Degrees by Jay Lake
Drinking Problem by K. D. Wentworth
Endosymbiont by Blake Charlton
A Dance Called Armageddon by Ken MacLeod
Arties Aren’t Stupid by Jeremiah Tolbert
Faceless in Gethsemane by Mark Budz
Spider the Artist by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Resistance by Tobias S. Buckell
The cover features a very nice blurb provided by Robert J. Sawyer, which says “A first-rate anthology of provocative stories.” Which was redacted down from:

“Isaac Asimov said science fiction is the branch of literature that deals with the responses of human beings to changes in science and technology. His definition put humans in a reactive role, and essentially had science and technology changing on their own. But we can also be proactive, actively making the future what we want — or what we dread. A first-rate anthology of provocative and disturbing stories gathered by the always reliable John Joseph Adams.” — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of HOMINIDS


There's a review over at Grasping for the wind also.

The Road to Lost Innocence



TOUR INFORMATION

Book: The Road to Lost Innocence
Author: Somaly Mam
Dates: September 15- 19
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: September 9, 2008
Blog tour September 15 and 19
WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Random House


Will probably be involved in this tour in a month or so. And will post a review here and also at Blogcritics

Summary:

Born in Cambodia and orphaned at an early age, Somaly Mam, a Buddhist sex trade survivor, grew up never knowing her real name or birthday.

As a teenager, Somaly Mam was sold into prostitution and spent years in the brothels of Cambodia where she witnessed and experienced the full-blown horrors of the human sex trade – rape, torture, and nearly unfathomable abuse. After her eventual escape, she could not forget the young girls (some as young as 5) left behind in the brothels, and so she returned to serve them. Her new book, "The Road of Lost Innocence," is her newest means of advocacy. It tells her personal story, ultimately inviting people of conscious, such as our Christian community, to become involved (or to continue involvement) in this war against an epic evil, a modern battle for "the least of these." Truly, not only is this book worth reading, it's worth sharing.


A bit of a documentary is on youtube



to purchase the book at Amazon.com:

This is her update page at her website

You can also pre-order it from her store on her website before it hits the bookstores.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Gotta See: Ping Pong Playa





http://www.pingpongplaya.com/us/index.html

Those offensive Spanish photos

Angry Asian Man says it better than I ever could. So I'll just pass the link along. It certainly makes one wonder though. If they were in an African country, would they have used blackface?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Call for Entries: Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore

Call for Entries: Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore

Edited by Maria Herrera-Sobek, Ph.D.
Greenwood Press
4 page double-spaced entries due on Nov.15, 2008
*A $25 stipend will be provided for each 4 page entry. *
*Date of payment: Upon Publication*

20 page double-spaced entries due on Nov. 15, 2008
*A $100 stipend will be provided for each 20 page entry.*
*Date of payment: Upon Publication*

If you are interested in writing an entry or multiple entries for the Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore, please email Dr. Herrera-Sobek at maria.sobek (AT) evc.ucsb.edu for a list of entries available and entry guidelines. Include “Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore” in the subject line.

This is the website

Once you choose the entry/entries you would like to write send Dr. Herrera-Sobek a second email and include your name, contact information and the entry/entries you would like to submit.

If you would like to include photo(s) with your entry/entries (publication of photos not guaranteed), please include citation(s) and who to contact for copyright information.
Mary Delgado Garcia
Email: magarcia (AT) umail.ucsb.edu
http://h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=163390

Friday, August 1, 2008

Frozen River



Okay, Ive got to see this film. Frozen River contains Native American culture and is about smuggling in an upstate New York reservation. It won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Hopefully that means it'll be at my local art theater and also IFC or Sundance channel. From what I've heard of it it really depicts the life of folks just living near the poverty level and it's a bit like Thelma and Louise (only a lot more realistic.) Well, I love movies about folks who work in Dollar Stores and who have money issues. And I also like Native American films. So there you go! Besides, the At the Movies folks gave it two thumbs up.

Check it out along with some other Native American-related posts over at Krystyn Media's blog

And the folks at Gospel com's Pass the popcorn liked it.

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A Terrified Kind of Life

For as long as I can remember I’ve been terrified. I don’t think I can remember a time when I was not terrified. I remember hiding under beds fearing my mother’s or grandfather’s or aunt’s or uncle’s belt. I truly don’t think I was especially abused. It’s just the Jamaican way...to terrify, threaten, and cripple children with fear. Every relative had a belt and they would pick it up and hurt you anytime it pleased them.

I would not consider my mother cruel but before she earned her double masters and PH.D at Brooklyn College, she had strange ideas about fear. Fear was the power to keep girl children from coming home with the belly. Not that my sister and I were even sexual enough to even think of sex. By age thirteen both or us were pretty much emotionally destroyed. She would wake us at night by beating us with a belt if she came home to find the house messy. My mother must have had some inkling about the power of fear – she apologized for all the things she had done to me when we were growing up. And she also talked about the fear the whippings she received from her parents had caused her.

The trouble with all this terror is that it was interwoven with a kind of rebuked life. When they terrified you, they rebuked you. You were always wrong. And when they rebuked you, they always terrified you. Kinda like those people on television who always warn about how fat black women are going to get cancer anytime soon.

The image I have in my mind is this: a group of well-meaning vaguely sadistic folks digging a deep pit in my heart and mind that can only be filled with fear. If you do not believe me when I tell you how sadistic Jamaican parents generally are, I won’t try to convince you. Trying to convince people stresses me out. I will only say that rebukers -- media health nuts, telephoning collection agents, parents, know-it-all church people use terror in much the same way these old country folks delighted in telling me ghost stories. (Won't mention the sneering cruelty of atheists in this post cause they generally don't terrify.) The faces of the old folks lit up when they saw how their evil cruel stories made you tremble. To this day I can see and imagine this trace of spiteful joy on the faces of folks who rebuke and terrify me.

I once saw on the news a story about a little two year old who died of fright when halloweeners arrived at her door. This kind of thing is understandable. Fright is an emotion that literally – I mean “literally” tugs at the heart strings. I remember once a friend of mine played a practical joke on me. “Look, Carole, a bee is on your shoulder.” My chest became so tight that for about two weeks I had a burning tearing in my chest.

I am actually quite used to that tightness in my chest. It pops up all the time quite dependably whenever I hear bad news. But it also pops up when I only fear bad news. My body seems to be running overtime and fear seems to have its way with me. For instance, whenever the gate opens, I anticipate the mailman bringing bills and the chest pain rises.

This is not a panic attack, mind you. Panic attacks come and go. This is a kind of sustained emotional state that I can only say that my body is worn down with stress and fear. I do not add the fact that since my second son was born eighteen years ago I have spent every night fearing he will die. So then, what to do?

The trouble with this fear is that it has persisted through my adult years. Because it comes in various form even when one has become an adult. There is always some person out there who wants to either rebuke or terrify a person (or both.) I’ll admit two things: One, I used to terrify my child with stories about what would happen to him if he didn't finish school. I have terrified the soul of that kid. Mercifully, he has forgiven me. And I have tried to bless him with good words instead of cursing his spirit with negative terrors and rebuke.

And my second admission: I myself have fed and nurtured this terror within my own soul. For instance, whenever I get into a discussion with anyone, I find I am utterly unable to pick up the phone...lest the person I had a disagreement with is calling. If I owe bills, I try not to pick up my phone at all. And if I accidentally pick up the phone when a bill collector calls, the terror I feel rivals anything a good slasher fill could conjure up. Before my mother’s death she used to visit us. On those Saturdays, I would lie in my bed in a fetal position – remember, I was way past 30 by then– and tremble in fear until I psyched myself to come down.

May I rest in the peace of God.

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