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A Generation of Curses By Patricia A. Bridewell and Faatima Albasir-Johnson

Khadesia Hill’s life could not be better. She is the wife of the debonair Assistant Pastor, Malcolm Hill, youngest son and first choice to succeed his father as pastor of the mega church, Solid Rock Christian Ministries. Obedience to the Lord led her to California twelve years earlier where she later met, married Malcolm, and gave birth to their daughter.

Her world shatters when a detective shows up at her business one day. He claims to have evidence that could possibly link her to an ex-boyfriend’s murder in her home town. Secrets about her past unfold and cast shadows over her pure reputation in the church and with Malcolm’s family.  When the news is revealed, Malcolm’s older brother Corbin and his wife Stacie step up efforts to win Corbin his father’s seat as the next pastor.  While Khadesia fights to clear her name, Stacie’s friend Maxie, who has a long-time attraction to Malcolm, tries to sway his attention her way. Will Khadesia and Malcolm remain steadfast in faith through the crises in their marriage?

Patrica A. Bridewell is a native of Los Angeles, California. Her first Christian Fiction novel, “Reflections of a Quiet Storm,” was released in 2009. She is a contributing writer to the anthologies, Gumbo for the Soul – Women of Honor: Pink Edition, and Keeping the Faith. Her work has also been published in the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, Advance for Nurses Magazine, and multiple online magazines. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and International Black Writers and Artists – Los Angeles. Patricia is a full-time nursing professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She is a long-time member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. She is currently working on her second novel.

 Patricia is a mom, grandmother, an avid reader, and loves music.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Faatima Albasir-Johnson’s creative mind began at a young age. It came as no surprise that her creativity transitioned into the literary world.  Her years of experience as a photo lab manager and event and party planner were a catalyst to writing. She often wrote journal notes, poetry, and developed ideas for party invitations and/or programs for events. Over the years, her interest in writing peaked, which ultimately led to an idea to co-author the highly anticipated Christian Fiction novel “A Generation of Curses.”  The book is scheduled for release by NCM Publishing in 2012.

 Faatima is a devoted mother and grandmother, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family

 

Get to Know the Authors:

 What motivated you to start writing and how long have you been writing?

PAB: I didn’t have a plan to become a writer, so I have to say that was God-inspired. I started journaling 7 years ago during a time of crisis, and from those notes I started writing my first book.

FAJ: My motivation came from my previous work and a desire to make a difference. 

What process do you use to create a good storyline?

PAB: When an idea strikes, the first thing I do is jot down notes—character names, personalities, appearance, potential plot ideas−everything that comes to mind.  From there the story begins. I may start out with a short outline, but I use a lot of notes .

FAJ: I do free-flow writing. Whenever I get a good idea for a chapter, I write down what I want to say and build on that.

Was your first book self-published, published by a small press or major publisher?

PAB: My first book was published by an independent publisher.

FAJ:  My first book will be published by independent publisher NCM Publishing

Tell your readers a little about the main characters in your next book “A Generation of Curses.”

PAB: Khadesia Hill is a wife, business woman, and pastor’s wife. She becomes caught in a cross between doing what is right by telling her husband Malcolm about her past , which she knows will hurt him and possibly destroy their marriage, or doing the wrong thing and continuing to conceal that information. The story revolves around the challenges they encounter when a detective shows up at Khadesia’s job. He discloses that an old case regarding an ex-boyfriend’s death has now been reopened, and she is the prime suspect.

 FAJ: Khadesia’s problem causes conflict with her husband and a host of others in her life. Malcolm also experiences problems as things spiral out of control.  The story will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they enter the lives of two people who love each other, but face problems that only faith in God can resolve.

 Do any of your characters depict your real life experiences or are they strictly fictional?

PAB: Yes, I have created characters that were similar to me and some of my experiences. However, many ideas for characters either come from my own image of how I envision them as I write or from people that I’ve met in the past.

 FAJ:  Yes and no.  Some of the characters have some of my real life experiences, but not all of them.  Many of my ideas are strictly fictional.  I might take experiences that I have seen others go through and change or develop another idea from their experiences. Or I just create new ideas.

 What do you like best about being an author?

PAB: For me writing is a ministry.  I feel blessed for the gift of being able to write stories that will provide enjoyment as well as encouragement and inspiration for my readers. About six months ago, a reader emailed me and thanked me for my short story “On My Way to Where I’ve Never Been,” which was part of Christian Fiction author Vanessa Miller’s Keeping the Faith anthology. She wrote about a full page testimony on how she was touched by my story.  I was in tears by the time I finished.  But, this is why I right.

 FAJ: The excitement of being able to connect with readers through my writing. I’m a newbie, but I am learning so much and I feel blessed for the opportunity. I hope to travel this road for many years and write many more books.

 What advice would you give aspiring writers?

PAB: My best advice is learn the craft of writing, learn the publishing industry, and learn them well. Research cannot be emphasized enough. I still research and I consistently strive to improve my writing skills and enhance my knowledge about publishing. Find a good editor. And DO NOT submit your work before you have it professionally edited. I have found that networking with new and veteran authors, attending conferences, and writing groups have been particularly helpful for me.

 FAJ:  Network with other writers, develop relationships with book clubs, and study the craft of writing. These tools have helped me become a better writer.

 
Contact the Author: bridern@verizon.net

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Who Do I Run To? By Anna Black

Janiece Hawkins never thought she’d find herself facing a love triangle. More than that; a love triangle with a married man. KP, the man of her dreams swept her completely off her feet before telling her he was married with two kids. Too deep in love to let go, she became accustom to being KP’s other woman and didn’t have a problem with her role as KP’s mistress until she met Isaiah. Isaiah ready to commit and make Janiece his, he stops at nothing to win her over, even though Janiece is stuck on KP. Things spiral out of control when KP decides it’s time to leave Kimberly, his wife to be with Janiece. Drama kicks into high gear when Isaiah fights to have Janiece and Kimberly also fights to keep KP. The ultimate decision has to be made by Janiece. Who will she run to when she is ready to love?

Excerpt:

Janiece sat at her desk daydreaming again about whether she would ever become Mrs. Paxton. She smiled and wondered what it would be like to live in a big beautiful house and drive an expensive car, like the one Kimberly drove. Her smile faded when she looked at the word private on the LCD screen of her cell phone. It would happen occasionally, but more often when she and her lover KP were in bed or on the sofa cuddled up watching a movie.

After five years of secretly being his mistress, she wondered what it would be like to be out in the open with KP. To meet all of his friends, colleagues, and have him attend at least one function at her office without the worries of who might know him.

“Damn, KP, what is your problem?” she said out loud looking at his gorgeous picture on her desk. He was her type, her desire, and everything she wanted in a man, but he was still another woman’s husband.

“Promises, promises are all you ever make me,” she said picking up the photo. She never pressured him about leaving Kimberly, but he would always make mention of the day he would make her his new wife. For a long time she believed him, but now, she was starting to think he was playing her. “When are you going to just leave?” she asked the photo, and then put it back in its spot next to a picture of her and her sister Janelle.

“Janelle is so wrong about you,” she said shaking her head, and shaking the thoughts of her sister’s words of how big of an asshole KP was. “She doesn’t know you like I know you, and I trust you,” she said and smiled.

“Trust who?” a voice asked, taking Janiece by surprise.

“Shawnee!” Janiece said, looking up, wondering how long she had been standing there outside of her cubicle.

“Who are you talking about?” Shawnee asked again being nosy.

“What?” Janiece asked with her head tilted, wondering why Shawnee was asking her anything because they were not friends, and she was definitely not one of Janiece’s favorites.

“Awww, never mind,” Shawnee said, coming in and sitting in the chair against Janiece’s cubicle wall as Janiece wished she had taken the chair back down the hall after she and her supervisor had their afternoon meeting.

“Listen, my brother and I are having this little get-together this weekend, and I wanted to know if you’d like to come,” she asked nicely—not the Shawnee that Janiece was familiar with.

“Get-together, huh?” Janiece said suspiciously. “What’s the occasion?” she asked, leaning back in her chair.

“Well, believe it or not, it’s my birthday weekend, and my brother wanted to give me something at his house and told me to invite a few of my girlfriends, and since, you know,” she said and flung her weave and batted her fake eyelashes, “most of the bitches up in here are jealous, and I don’t have many girlfriends to invite …” she said, and Janiece wanted to laugh in her face. She was definitely not one of Shawnee’s girlfriends, nor did she think that the women in their office were jealous of her. Shawnee was just an evil, backbiting bitch, and women couldn’t stand her.

“Well, Shawnee, you and I are not exactly girlfriends either,” Janiece pointed out.

“Nonsense, girl—you and I have been cool since we started. Remember, we came out of orientation together,” she said like that made them buddies.

“Yes, and most of the time when you see me, you turn your nose up!”

“Janiece, I do not!” Shawnee protested, like that was far from the truth. “You have always been one of my favorites!” she said with a fake smile, and Janiece could see right through her fake-ass green contacts and ten-inch fake lashes. At that moment, Janiece felt sorry for her because she knew Shawnee didn’t have any friends up in their office, so she decided she’d go.

“Okay, fine, Shawnee, I’ll come.”

“Great!” she said, and jumped up with excitement. “Here’s the address,” she said handing Janiece an invitation. “And you are welcome to bring that fine-ass man of yours!” Janiece knew she was up to something. She heard the rumors that Shawnee called KP, “The Invisible Man,” because no one in her office has ever seen him in person in the years she had been working there.

Their office had a party for every occasion, and although Janiece claimed to be the woman of the stud in the pictures she had on her desk, no one had actually met him.

“I’ll see, Shawnee—KP is an extremely busy man.”

“You don’t say,” Shawnee said sarcastically.

“Like I said, I’ll see,” Janiece said again, and stuffed the invite into her purse. She knew right then, that was the reason why Shawnee invited her. She just wanted to see if she really had a man.

“Fine, see you Saturday,” Shawnee said and sashayed back to her cubicle. Janiece wished she could invite her sexy-ass man to go with her, but she knew he’d say no, like he always did, afraid he’d run into someone he and Kimberly knew.

She went back to thinking of being Mrs. Paxton, and her day went by fairly quickly. At the close of day, she grabbed her stuff and headed straight for the train station. She stood to get off the metro and looked down to see who was calling again. It said private, so she dropped her phone back into her purse.

She made her way to the doors, got off, and stood to wait for the train to clear the tracks. When the rails went up for her to cross, her face lit up when she saw his SUV. He was at her condo to share temporary moments of bliss that Friday evening, and she was anxious to get inside to see him.

She climbed the steps, and when she opened the door, her place was set up nice and romantic with candles and soft music. The scent of food hit her nose, and she knew he had carryout from her favorite restaurant.

“Oh, my, KP, this is nice,” she said when she entered the living room.

“Hey,” he said getting up from the sofa.

“Wow, KP, you did it up, baby.” She was very impressed with his surprise candlelit dinner.

“Why, thanks, babe. Come on, have a seat and let your man serve you,” he said and pulled out her chair. He grabbed the bottle of chilled wine and poured her a glass.

“This is so sweet,” she said and took a sip, and then she noticed there was only one place setting at the table. “Hey, why is the table only set for one?” she asked, wondering what was going on.

“Listen, babe, please don’t be mad, but Kimberly’s parents are having a big dinner tonight at the main house, and I can’t stay.”

“But, KP, this is my weekend! My Friday night!” she replied, disappointed.

“I know, babe, and I’ll make it up to you. But, you know, my wife can’t go alone.”

“KP, damn, baby,” she said and put her glass down and held back the tears in her burning eyes. She anticipated her weekends, and now instead of his two a.m. departure, he was leaving before seven.

“Come on, Jai, no dramatics, okay? Now, I ran you a bath. I got your grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, and steamed veggies just the way you like it warming in the microwave. I want you to still enjoy your evening.”

“How, KP? My evening was supposed to be with you.”

“I know, Jai, but Kimberly sprang this on me at the last minute, and you know how it goes. Duty calls,” he said and glanced at his watch because he didn’t have much time.

“Forget it, KP. Just go,” she said and pushed the empty plate forward.

“Jai, please, you know I hate to leave you upset,” he said, wishing she’d cut him some slack.

“But you always do!” she whined.

“I can’t help it, Jai. When I tell you I gotta do stuff with my wife, I don’t want you to get this way. You know damn well I’d rather be here with you than at some uptight, uppity party at Kim’s parents. But her dad is my boss, okay? And Kimberly is my wife.”

“I know, KP, damn. I don’t need you to constantly remind me that Kimberly is your wife!” she yelled, and he had to go.

“A’ight, Jai, fine,” he said and kissed her forehead. “I gotta go, baby, and I really would like to see you smile for me,” he said. She gave him a faint smile. “That’s my girl. Now I’ll see you tomorrow, okay?” She nodded. He went over to the coffee table and grabbed his keys. He gave her a quick peck, and she held back the tears.

“I love you,” he said walking toward the door.

“I love you too,” she stated once he shut the door.

 

Talented and inspiring is the best way to describe this Chicago Native. Now You Wanna Come Back is her debut novel and it has earned Anna, her bestselling author title and has done its duty as a page turning introduction for Anna. She has showed herself to be ready for the literary world by winning the 2011 African American Literary Award for Best Anthology of the Year for her contribution to the erotic anthology Between the Sheets. Her second novel Luck of the Draw is holding its own; being one of Amazon’s best selling Kindle books for several months. Her love for writing began about ten years ago with poems and short stories and now she is ready to wow readers with her page turning plots, by giving readers stories that will make them laugh, maybe cry, but definitely reflect. This new authoress is here to make a mark in the literary world, so readers get ready. She recently released her third romance page turner Who Do I Run To and it has already received several five star reviews. She currently lives in Texas with her husband Chris and her daughter Tyra and it is her pleasure to share her written words with you.

 

Get to Know Anna:

1. How long have you been writing?

For several years, maybe 12 or 13, but I becamed a published author in 2008.

2. What inspires you to write a novel?

A lot of things; dreams, over hearing a conversation, if I’m going through something … almost anything. My ideas are random when I get an idea, I just write about it.

3. What motivated you to publish your works and what avenue did you use to publish?

Well a few of my friends would always want to read my stories and would be bugging me to write more. After a couple of my closes friends encouraged me to publish, I went the POD route with a company called De Novo and they literally played me and went out of business less than two months after my book released. Then I tried again with Infinity another POD company and shortly after I met Tamika Newhouse and signed with Delphine Publications.

4. How do you come up with the titles for you books?

I honestly base it off what the story is about and I try to make the title an interesting name that describes the plot of the book. I’ve been told that my book Now You Wanna Come Back is a dead giveaway and that is done purposely. I wrote that book about a brother who messed up and wants to come back, so that how I like to title my books.

5. Why are most of your leads plus sized women?

Because I want to write about the average woman. I want my stories to be realistic as possible and not all women are the size four that I have read about in the past in romance novels. I do have books coming that my leads are not plus sized, but that’s how that started. Nothing against thin women, I just wanted the average woman of today to read my book and say hey, that could be me.

6. What would be your advice to a new comer who wants to publish their book?

Take your time and be patient. Nothing happens overnight and just because you are published don’t mean you’re going be rich. It takes time, dedication and hard work. Lastly editing is something they need to invest in and not take lightly. Poor editing can ruin a great story.

7. What is next for Anna Black?

Publishing … I’ve been in this industry for a little while and I’ve learned some things along the way and I have great author friends that have been successful as self published authors. My current novels and my sequels that are to come will be with Delphine, but after that I will be launching Black House Publications.

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Silent Knight By Kimberly Ranee Hicks

Kimberly Ranee Hicks (pronounced Ronnie) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the Hill District. She currently resides in the city of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, where she shares a home with her husband, Wesley, and stepdaughter, Nicole. Hicks has done it again by incorporating the zest and appeal that her fans came to love in Mello and June, but with a whole new twist.  She is currently in the process of writing her third novel.

Get to Know the author:

 

Describe for our readers who Kimberly Ranee (pronounced Ronnie) Hicks is?

I’m a kind-hearted, charming, witty, genuine, sincere, energetic and animated soul who wants to share my gift of word usage with the world.  There isn’t a better form of communication than the use of words to tell a great story.  My creation was no mistake.  I was placed here for the soul purpose of sharing my experiences with others.  Gifts are meant to be given, and when readers enjoy what I have to say, it’s the highest paid honor one may receive.

What inspires you to write?

Life inspires me to write.  When I look at the trials and tribulations I’ve been through, I now realize I was placed in those situations for a reason—to share what I feel with others who may be going through a similar thing.  But the biggest thing that drives me to write is pain.  Whenever I go through something difficult, my soul becomes full, and when it becomes overloaded, I have to write to release its pain.  Some of my best work written has been through my personal pain, and being a sensitive soul, more so than others, I also can write from the pain of others and come up with great storylines to spin.

What do you want your readers to come away with from the stories you write?

I want my readers to come away with a valuable lesson—for I truly believe there isn’t a person too old to learn.  I don’t just write stories for the sake of doing it or just because it’s the only thing that truly makes my soul at peace, but I want to teach someone something.  I want a person to pick up one of my books and see there is more to it than just good old-fashioned entertainment.  I want a person to be able to identify with a character or characters and think how it relays to his/her own life, or possibly how it relates to someone they know.  Many of my readers tell me one of the greatest things they love about my stories are they appear so real and they can truly relate to what is happening, and more importantly, receive the strong message behind what they are reading.  When readers are still talking about my novels, long after they have read them, I know I have accomplished my goal as an author.  It’s the most gratifying feeling an author can feel.  I am forever humbled by the experience.

What avenues did you explore for publishing your novels?

Before I published my first novel, Mello & June, I researched for an entire year before the outline of my first novel was complete.  I spoke with agents, authors and publishers to get their views and opinions on what worked best for them and why.  After trying for many years to get into a traditional publishing house and receiving rejection letters, not because my writing wasn’t strong necessarily, but because what I was writing wasn’t what they were looking for at that time.  I’ve had a couple agents review my work and tell me that it’s good, but many of the publishers they dealt with wouldn’t want to put money into my type of novels.  So, after compiling my information for a year, I decided to self-publish.  I was warned of the pros and cons into doing this, but for me, in order for me to write what I enjoyed, I had to do what was best for me.  Many of your big named authors started out self-publishing, Stephen King and John Grisham.  I waited twenty years before I began writing Mello and June because that love story had to wait to be told.  Self-publishing isn’t for everyone, not so one could tell by the millions being published yearly, but it is worth investigating and seeing how it works out for you.

What makes you different from other authors?

I pride myself on being different.  I don’t want to do what everyone else has done, and I don’t want to get stuck in a particular genre because that happens to be what is selling now.  Some have criticized me for being that way, and I say to those, so be it.  I will never sell myself short nor compromise my artistry for the sake of a dollar.  Sure, do I want to make money off of writing, I most certainly do, but I will not ever write stories that I don’t feel have any substance behind them.  As a woman of color, I find that many writers of my same race write basically the same things, and for me, that gets old.  The urban experience doesn’t always have to be the hard-knock life, thugs, drug dealers, sex, etc., there are so many stories that need to be told showing African-Americans in a positive light, which can be shared through drama, but leaving the reader saying, “hey, I got something from this story.”  As I stated before, I want my readers to come away with a powerful message, one that will give them pause.  I want to see more positive characters being written about people of color, instead of the same ole same.  This is what sets me apart from other authors.  It may be the reason my success is slow crawling, but moving forward nonetheless.  I want people to feel my words, not just read them, and I want people to think about what my characters are doing and why.  I’m changing the literary world one word at a time, and I’m finally gaining ground.

Why did you decide to write your current novel, Silent Knight, in the 70s era?

Simply put, I loved the 70s and it was a great era.  When I think of the 70s, I am immediately thrown back into Afros, Disco, belle-bottom jeans, halter tops, platform shoes, (which are back in style again), Soul Train, TV shows such as What’s Happenin’, The Jeffersons, Saturday Morning Cartoons, The Six Million Dollar Man, etc.  When I think of those things, why not write about it?  Silent Knight, the novel, is a tribute to my childhood—a time of better days gone by.  It’s something you don’t see in many self-published novels, so why not write a good story based in that time period?  What better way to mix the past with the present, and put a spin on it while you’re at it?  Again, I don’t write stories like other authors write, and as I mentioned before, I pride myself on that.  I am my own person.  I hold my own artistry that I’m proud of.  I use my gift to educate others, and no one said you can’t have fun while doing it.  I couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage to my childhood than by displaying that era in print.  I had an awesome time reliving it, going through old family albums, and talking with people who lived in that time.  The 70s rocked, and will forever live on in Silent Knight.  Right on with the Right on!

 

What are your favorite genres to write?

Being that there are only 250 plots an author has at his discretion to write from, whatever way I may twist a plot, I will do it.  Many of my fans were surprised to learn that I am not a huge fan of romance, but my first novel was just that.  Believe me, it came as a total shock that I would choose to write such a novel, but it was meant to be—plus, romance is the largest read genre in all categories.  If you’re going to put yourself out there, why not go with something that will grab the masses’ attention?  There isn’t a genre I will not tackle.  I believe in writing about any and everything I can.  I do not like to get stuck in one spot too long, so immediately I will begin my research into topics that I feel my readers will be interested in.  I do tend to like the suspense genre more so than any others, but I have several other books in mind that will be challenging, but told in the true fashion as many of my readers have come to know.  I enjoy writing drama, but I most definitely do not want to live it.

From award-winning writer Kimberly Ranee Hicks comes another gripping work that is sure to stir the literary world. Published through Xlibris, Silent Knight tells how a supposedly informative documentary turns into a series of perplexing revelations.

 

Clarence Knight, a filmmaker who is making it big out in Hollywood, is suddenly uprooted from his city life when his best friend, Reggie Dunn, summons him to come back home because Reggie’s father is dying. After all, Mr. Dunn played an intricate part in Clarence’s upbringing. He unwillingly returns to his old stomping grounds of Woodland Heights, the Projects. Once he arrives, he discovers that his old hood isn’t quite the way it used to be when he and his family moved there twenty years ago. While visiting with his best friend and catching up on old times, Clarence figured he could make the best of the trip by surprising his friend with a camera crew that is in the process of making a documentary about their lives in Woodland Heights, the way it was in the 70s. But he also has another motive for this documentary; he longs to know what has happened to a kid named Marcus Paige whom they used to hang with.

 

As the camera starts rolling, secrets—dark and shocking ones—also begin to unravel. Clarence discovers that his old neighborhood has some extremely harsh realities he will have to face. After all is revealed, will Clarence still remain friends with his old crew? Or better yet, will what Clarence learns keep him silent forever? Readers will find out in this fast-paced, breathtaking mystery-suspense thriller. For more information on Silent Knight, interested parties may log on to www.Xlibris.com, go to www.70silentknight.com, www.amazon.com or any major bookstore (order desk) to get a copy.

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