Friday, October 28, 2011

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Hello My Reading Family,

Fall is definitely in the air!  The weather has shifted into jacket and coat mode.  Some of my friends have already awakened to snow.  I'm a Summer girl by nature so this is when I really hunker down and get busy.


In the coming weeks I'll be putting the final touches on all my graduate paperwork, completing my next Lawsons of Louisiana series--Sultry Nights, and starting on another series, Sag Harbor Village. (you''ll see some familiar faces).  In the meantime, I'm in the throes of applying for faculty positions at several colleges and universities.  (Please send up your good vibes and prayers that I will find the right home to teach).


On other fronts, I am also setting up an online school for writers. Stay tuned for details. I'll be sure to keep you posted. 


In this issue the Spotlight is on Sistahfriend Book Club and their latest endeavor a cookbook!


I want to also send out a big thank you to all of the readers who went out and got a copy of Legacy of Love and many thanks to all of you who wrote to me to tell me how much you enjoyed it.  Reader support has made Legacy a success.


This month's recommended read is The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate. Be sure to support this wonderful author.  


And last but not least, my dear friend and colleague Chike who is extremely talented is working hard to produce his amazing film.  It's worthy of your time and I hope you will find it in your heart to support this wonderful brother.  Every little bit counts.


Well, that's it for now folks.  Back to writing and reading! 



Until next time

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SistahFriend Book Club's
Perfect Parties! Cook Book



We believe that the ingredients for a perfect book club meeting includes: a thought-provoking book, an open mind, laughter, and good food. So, naturally, our first major publication would be food for your soul. From Bahamian cuisines to southwestern sizzle to sexy southern desserts, these dishes will be the talk of the your party.


With over 100 recipes, we're giving you a sneak peak of what's inside:


cocktails and drinks: Pink Panties, X-Rated Pink Lemonade, Luscious Slush Punch, PD's (If you've been to a SFBC meeting, you know what these are!)


appetizers: Sistah Cheese Twists, Conch Chowder (Bahamian)


desserts: Forgotten Tea Cakes, Pineapple Tarts, Spiced Pecans, Sex in a Pie


main dishes: Cajun Crawfish Pasta, Glazed Baby-Back Ribs, Apple Walnut Stuffed Pork Roast


sides: Michelle Obama's No-Cream Creamed, Bahamian Macaroni & Cheese


Sweeten up your kitchen with a splash of pink-SistahFriend Book Club's Perfect Parties!-today. Purchase here.




Legacy Legacy of Love


Superstition and crazy stories...that's how Zoe Beaumont views the unlucky-in-love history of her family. On their thirtieth birthday, the Beaumont women are said to come into a mysterious "sixth sense." And if they choose to give themselves fully to the wrong man, they lose not just their powers, but the family's good fortune.


Despite her doubts, Zoe has started having strange, intensely passionate dreams. Her fantasies feature a man who seems too perfect, too sexy, too mesmerizing to be real. Until, one rainy Atlanta evening, Zoe runs into Jackson Tremé. Their attraction is as overwhelming in person as it is in her dreams. Though all of her ancestors have tried and failed, can she overturn a legacy of heartache?




It's the weekend and Obi has a school project due on Monday about his family history, thus he needs to solicit information from his mother. Failure to perform well on this assignment will mean his grades will slip even further and he would have to quit his band, which is the last thing he would ever want to do. When an unexpected incident renders his mother physically unable to communicate with Obi he is faced with the angst and anxiety of finding someone to provide such specialized knowledge on such short notice. He seeks hope in his grandmother, who is currently visiting from Nigeria, but doesn't know how to converse with her because he doesn't speak her language.

"My Mother's Tongue" is a short film about a rebellious teenage boy that learns to value of communication when he needs to express himself the most. It is a story of family and fortitude, multiculturalism and individuality. The film will be shot in Washington, D.C. and showcase the rich cultural heritages of both the immigrant African and African-American communities. It is a passion project written by Chike Nwabukwu and will be produced by Afropolitan Legacy Theatre.

For more information about it's fundraising campaign please visit 

The Taste of Salt 

Martha Southgate   


Award-winning novelist Martha Southgate (who, in the words of Julia Glass, "can write fat and hot, then lush and tender, then just plain truthful and burning with heart") now tells the story of a family pushed to its limits by addiction over the course of two generations. Josie Henderson loves the water and is fulfilled by her position as the only senior-level black scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In building this impressive life for herself, she has tried to shed the one thing she cannot: her family back in landlocked Cleveland. Her adored brother, Tick, was her childhood ally as they watched their drinking father push away all the love that his wife and children were trying to give him. Now Tick himself has been coming apart and demands to be heard. Weaving four voices into a beautiful tapestry, Southgate charts the lives of the Hendersons from the parents' first charmed meeting to Josie's realization that the ways of the human heart are more complex than anything seen under a microscope.  


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