Contemporary Fiction – In Black & White

In Black & WhiteIn Black & White
By Catherine Lavender
Publisher: Chamomile Books
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 9780991642021
ASIN: B01GSDGAY2
Pages: 205
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Micah Winters always knew that she was different. It was the pigment of her skin and the texture of her hair that revealed that she was a woman from biracial parents. For five decades, Micah’s African American mother has remained silent about Micah’s estranged father (Sidney Irving). It is not until after Sidney Irving’s death that Micah learns that she is the daughter of the legendary novelist and screenwriter. Now with her mother’s memory fading away from Alzheimer’s disease, Micah can only rely on a novel that was written from her father years ago to understand her parents past during the time of segregation in the United States. Micah’s once simple life is not so simple anymore as she tries to make sense of an unfamiliar world as she inherits her father’s wealth and private past. With an abandoned heart, Micah must forgive the past in order to discover who she really is.

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In Black & White Author Catherine LavenderAbout the Author:
In 2012, Catherine Lavender started to write Contemporary Women Fiction, and her first novel was published in 2013 by Whimsical Publications. In 2016, Catherine’s second novel In Black & White was published by Chamomile Books and has won the 2016 Cover of the Year Award by Author’s Circle as well as recommended by The US Review of Books.

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Drama/Comedy – Faith – Hometown of Jesus Christ

FAITH - Hometown of Jesus ChristFaith – Hometown of Jesus Christ
A Sinful Comedy & Drama
By Virginia Austin
Publisher: Melting Salvation Press
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 978-0979408595
ASIN: B017COAYES
Pages: 200
Genre: Drama, Comedy

Comedy, jealousy and intrigue take center stage as a small town prepares for an ACLU lawsuit over a sign that reads FAITH, Hometown of Jesus Christ. A lightning-fast read, the turn of the last page will have you wishing your stay in Faith could have lasted just a few more days, or at least that you had picked up a Jesus-in-the-Box or a poster of the town’s super-hot mechanic Johnny Cain.

The town of Faith has found religion, and no one is happier than Father O’Brien, who was down to one parishioner. Now the confessional lines are blocks long, and the oatmeal cookie crosses are selling like hotcakes. At the 4th of July parade the mayor’s 12-year-old son survived the mock crucifixion with only a broken arm and mild head trauma. Everyone give it up for Faith, Hometown of Jesus Christ.

Someone’s plotting the town’s first murder and the mill has just been robbed of an ungodly sum. There’s a cross burning on  a motel lawn and everyone is sleeping around. Yes, the town of Faith has got problems, but no one is more confused than Bobby Ray whose ex-girlfriend has just returned. Everyone, let us pray.

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Virginia Austin was born and raised in Chicago. When not writing, the author is an engineer for the nuclear plants in the Midwest. The author broke onto the scene in 1997 with the book, ‘Fated.’ After publication of ‘American Jesus’ by Cross Cultural Publications in 2001, Austin went on to write ‘Her Seventh Death,’ in which the screenplay was selected as a finalist in a Chicago independent film festival. She has also been published in Darker Times out of the U.K. Virginia Austin’s two latest books are ‘Faith – Hometown of Jesus Christ’ and ‘The Assassin and the Disciple.

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Historical Romance – A Mansion on the Moon: A Guam Love Story

A Mansion on the MoonA Mansion on the Moon: A Guam Love Story
By C. Sablan Gault
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 978-1514427057
ASIN: B018ZJHKYG
Pages: 276
Genre: Historical Romance

Set in the tumultuous period of Guam history, between the Spanish-American War and World War II, the lives and loves of three Chamorro women unfold amid the changes and challenges around them. Sixteen-year old Amanda falls of a navy seaman who leaves her with child. Her daughter Sylvia grows up an illegitimate orphan. Yet she finds happiness with Tino Camacho, who loves her despite her scandalous background. Life teaches their daughter, the level-headed Vivian Camacho, that falling for an American navy man is futile, like reaching for the moon.

Cultural and racial prejudices increase the distance. Vivian avoids such futility until the handsome Philip Avery, an up-and-coming naval engineer, enters her life as an upstairs tenant newly assigned to Guam. Vivian falls in love with him but knows nothing can come of it. Philip is from a different world, one of wealth, rank, and privilege. Vivian is a simple island girl who lives under naval government rule. Philip is a man well beyond her reach. He is as distant from her world as the moon; he is the mansion there. Philip falls in love also, but his career comes first. Both deny their feelings for each other; their love cannot be. But love knows no distance, sees no differences.

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A Mansion on the Moon Author C. Sablan GaultAbout the Author:
C. Sablan Gault, a native born Chamorro, began her writing career in advertising. She holds a BA in Anthropology and studied journalism. She worked as an advertising assistant, newspaper reporter, feature writer, and columnist. She then served as press secretary to a Guam governor, a legislator, and to Guam’s delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. She also worked as a writer and researcher for a Guam political status education commission. She and her husband David, a Vietnam-era Seabee, live in Guam.

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Contemporary Fiction – The Color of Pain

The Color of PainThe Color of Pain
By Melisa E. Arnold
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 978-1514412114
ASIN: B016YL270Y
Pages: 303
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama

As a small boy, Alex becomes ensnared in the schemes of his mother, Cathlean, as she seeks to entrap a white British soldier, John, and “marry up” to improve her status in life. Her plan comes to fruition when John becomes obsessed with his black wife, marries her, then takes her and her son away from her native country of Belize to live in England. Cathlean becomes the society woman in England but begs her husband to return to Belize so she can show off her new status to her friends and fellow “good-time” girls. They return ten years later, but an unhappy Alex seeks solace in the arms of Sherrette. They fall head over heels but soon find their own problems as fast-paced revelations affect their fragile relationship. Told in a first-person view of life in Dangriga, Belize, young Alex’s story reflects on the color of his pain as he seems to bear the brunt of Cathlean’s selfish brand of pain that she calls love.

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MELISA E. ARNOLD was born in Dangriga, Belize, Central America, and has been writing stories since she was a young girl. Her family says she always created stories and always won essay-writing competitions in school. She is a thrice-published poet but has always felt that she had at least “one great novel” in her that needed to be written. This book is the result of her collaboration with fellow Belizean expatriate Alexander Cassanova, with whom she discovered she had much in common as they make their way in their new country of residence, the United States of America. Ms. Arnold resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Family Saga – Love Pour Over Me

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By Denise Turney
Publisher: Chistell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1456608569
ASIN: B007MC0Z2C
Pages: 294
Genre: Family Saga

Love Pour Over Me is a powerful, inspirational story about restored love amid heart wrenching contrasts. This remarkable inspirational story recounts African American track and field star, Raymond Clarke’s tumultuous, yet triumphant life experiences. Raymond’s father, the only parent who stays to fend for him, struggles with alcoholism. His mother abandoned him when he was two years old. Raymond’s track and field successes make him one of America’s top middle-distance runners, earning him a scholarship to a prestigious university. But, it’s at college, where his life is supposed to take off, that things really start to get dicey for Raymond. Right away, he meets a motley sort of friends, each with an intriguing story of his own. Just when Raymond thought he was free from his alcoholic father, he finds himself pulled into an unresolved murder. His efforts to go unscathed by the pull and tug of intimacy also threaten to keep him from the one woman he’s ever truly loved, the woman he was born to love.

love-pour-over-me-author-denise-turneyAbout the Author:
Denise Turney (www.chistell.com) is a professional speaker and writer who brings more than thirty years of book, newspaper, magazine, radio and business speaking and writing to a project.  She has been listed in various entertainment and business directories, including industry leaders such as Who’s Who, 100 Most Admired African American Women and Crosswalk.  Denise Turney’s works have appeared in Parade, Essence, Ebony, Madame Noire, We The People, The Trenton Times, The Pittsburgh Quarterly and Obsidian II. This talented speaker/writer is the author of the books: Portia, Long Walk Up, Spiral, Love Has Many Faces, Rosetta’s Great Hope, Long Walk Up, Gada’s Glory and Love Pour Over Me (her new book). Her books are available in ebook and print format from all online and offline book retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Cushcity.com, Ebookit.com, Google Books, iTunes and Ingram Books.

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