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Lost Princess by Dani-Lyn Alexander Cover Reveal!

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LostPrincessTitle: Lost Princess
Author: Dani-Lyn Alexander
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Ryleigh Donnovan’s life changed forever the day she met Jackson Maynard, a Death Dealer, and followed him home to the kingdom of Cymmera. Now she is trying to care for her sister while saving a realm she knows nothing about…

Jackson has reluctantly accepted the throne of Cymmera, in place of his father. But his world is in turmoil, the kingdom under constant threat of attack. Worse still, Jackson suspects there is a traitor among his court. A powerful prophet has suggested a way to protect the realm, but that solution may drive Jackson and Ryleigh apart forever…

When a magic relic goes missing, Ryleigh has no choice but to journey in search of it. When Jackson discovers Ryleigh is missing, he must make a choice that will either claim their destiny, or bring an end to the only home he’s ever known.

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Dani-Lyn lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac, and she has an addiction to chocolate.

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Affirmative Action and Ending Raced-Based College Admissions by R.L. Byrd


Title: Black Coffee

Author: R.L. Byrd

Publisher: R.L. Byrd Publishing

Pages: 304 


There are ALWAYS two sides to every story. In R.L. Byrd’s debut novel, Looking for Sweet Love, the Love Forum Divas told their side. 


Now it’s the Brothers’ turn. . . . The Love Forum is back and the relationship dilemmas continue within the infamous Dallas, Texas, urban radio station, K103.5. DK “Love” Niles, the popular Disc Jockey from the DK and Melissa Morning Show, takes over the reins of hosting the new Love Forum called The Brothers Speak, and man, are the Brothas talking.

DK, in his pursuit to finding good love himself, discusses relationships from a black man’s point of view and enlist the help of the husbands, boyfriends and lovers of the Love Forum Divas. Known as the Brotherhood; DK, Quentin, Miguel, Michael, Donnell, Pastor Levine, Dr. Houston and Brass aim to set the record straight and talk about dating black women, marriage, infidelity, personal struggles, what distinguishes a throw-back from a keeper, and answers the question the radio listeners really want to know: What really went down in their relationships? 

Along the way, the Brothers break the silence on some of the most pressing social issues challenging today’s black males: Disproportionate homicide rates, unintentional injuries, suicide, HIV/AIDS, and disparities in employment and graduation rates.If you thought the Love Forum Divas were dealing with issues, you may be surprised at what the brothers have to say about those relationship woes. In the end–when all is said and done–one Diva will be asking, “Am I drinking the right cup of Black Coffee?

 

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Affirmative Action and Ending
Raced-Based College Admissions
Prompting
leaders to accept the brutal facts about our environment.
What are the
Conservative Principles that based the decision to end race-based college
admissions in Florida’s colleges and universities?
This is the question I had after reading Robert Samuels’,
Washington Post article, “After
Bush order, Florida universities cope with shrinking black enrollment
.”
As the article states, the former Governor’s executive order
(similar, in part, to California’s
Proposition 209
and Washington’s
Initiative 200
) would 1) uphold conservative principles; 2) end race-based
admissions; and 3)help minorities as a result. Let’s review these three:
1: The Conservative
Principle Concerning Affirmative Action
It’s been noted that most Conservatives oppose Affirmative
Action
policies. They believe
giving special treatment to members of a certain group (race, sex, ethnic,
etc.) is not needed in regards to education, employment, contracting, and other
areas.
2: Ending race-based college/university
admissions; or a plethora of reasons not to
Race is, and has always been, an integral part of our being.
“The fabric of our lives” as the saying goes. A fabric interwoven into the red,
white and blue that majestically flies over the landscape of this land; from
the Atlantic, to the Great Lakes, to the Gulf of Mexico, to the Pacific and
beyond. To reject and deny its existence denies the suffering, struggles and
battles that so many have endured (and continue to endure), like:
Dred Scott’s
fight to become a free man in Scott v.
Sandford
; a case where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that because Scott was
of African descent, people of African descent (whether free or slaves) could
not be, nor were intended to be, citizens under the U.S. Constitution and held
no legal rights—a ruling later discarded by the thirteenth amendment (abolition
of slavery) and fourteenth amendment (birthright citizenship for all).
W.E.B Dubois (a founding
member of the NAACP) and Booker T.
Washington
(founder of the Tuskegee Institute) championing for full civil rights when Southerners would
only guarantee “basic” educational and economic opportunities (and protesting
discrimination within the same “basic” educational and economic opportunities the
Southerners guaranteed); as well as protesting, and championing the end to lynchings
and the Jim
Crow Laws
of the South.
Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley,
Carole Robertson, and  Carol Denise
McNair of the Birmingham
Church Bombing
; Emmett
Till
and George
Stinney
, two of many children who died for
senseless reasons
; and the thousands of others who lost their lives
simply based on the color of their skin.
The thousands of men, women and
children (Virginia
Durr
, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hosea
Williams, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Malcolm X and a host of others too
lengthy to name for this article) who contributed to the Civil Rights era of
the 1950’s and 60’s to end discrimination and racial segregation; all of which
lead to the Civil Rights act, Voting Rights Act, Fair Housing Bill and other cures
to the disparities faced by blacks.
Understanding where African Americans have come from, the
struggles and tumultuous journeys to get to where we are today, and how much
further is needed to go is pivotal for any “true leader” involved in public
policy making. Additionally, understanding the Conservative Principle, and its
impact, is equally important. And, yes, I would concur with Conservative
thinkers that everyone should stand on their own merits when it comes to
education, employment, contracting and the like; but that’s only if the playing
fields are level. But as a senior, business executive reminded me, “The playing
fields are never level [especially for women and racial minorities].” Can one
truly think that 50 years of progressive movement, since the 1960’s Civil
Rights Act, can erase 200-plus years of denied freedoms and unfair treatment? Until
one walks in another man’s (or woman’s) shoes, I can totally understand the Conservative’s
basis of not being able to comprehend or understand the brevity of such an
argument—if one chooses to try to understand it in the first place.
Conservative Leaders (well, all leaders for this matter) should
embrace the Stockdale
Paradox
: Confronting the brutal facts about the current reality of one’s
environment. Had Governor Bush confronted
the brutal facts
about the current
reality of his environment
—the existence of racism, sexism, bias-based
injustices, and the disparities within the educational system —he may have had
a different outlook (or vision) concerning his decision to end race-based
college admissions by executive order; but I applaud his optimism.
3: The end of
race-based admissions would help minorities

As with California’s Proposition 209 and Washington’s
Initiative 200, both of which saw URM (underrepresented
minorities
) enrollment plummet at their flagship universities, Florida is now
(as the article suggests) dealing with the same impact at its flagship
universities—declining black enrollment. Now in a conundrum, the universities
are trying to figure out how to increase URM enrollments; but how do you do
this when you continue to guarantee spots to the top 20 percent of high school
graduates from a warped and biased educational system? How does this “pool of
graduates” help your cause, better yet, Florida minorities; especially when the
state has such a poor minority graduation record? Mr. Samuel’s article (and
data) appears to indicate that it has done exactly the opposite; negating and dismissing
the state’s brutal fact about its current
reality
as noted in the Tampa Bay 2011 article, “Florida
ranks at bottom for graduation rate of black men
”.
Perhaps the executive order would have been better served by
not restricting opportunities for those where the playing fields are not level, but by establishing ways to
improve and retain Florida’s graduation rates where the playing fields could be level.
The basis of the Conservative Principle and the relevancy of
Affirmative Action today, have fueled many a great debates. However, one must
be cognizant of the fact that Affirmative Action policies and practices were
put in place for a reason; a reason accepted by individuals who understood the brutal facts about their environment.

 

Author, R.L. Byrd

R.L. Byrd was born in the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia, in a time where America and the South was growing and evolving. His early upbringing there, would shape his world not only as a person, but as a writer.

His passion for writing was delayed by a similar passion for Architecture which he pursued by obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1992.

After many years of carrying stories, characters and images in his mind, R. L. found them revisiting him on a more frequent basis as the years rolled by; and beginning in 2007, it wasn’t a day that went by that the pull to write didn’t lure him back to the pen and paper. Looking for Sweet Love (2010) was his debut novel, followed by the sequelBlack Coffee (2012, reissued in 2014).

He is currently working on his third novel, The Art of Scandal (a story inspired by true events), scheduled to be released soon.
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Interview with H.O. Tanager, author of Autograph Penis

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Autograph PenisTitle: Autograph Penis

Author: H.O. Tanager

Publisher: H.O. Tanager

Pages: 282

Genre: Nonfiction

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Performance artist H. O. Tanager holds high hopes for her cross-country trip to Boston: to see great art, to eat delicious food… and to incite mayhem. But once the journey actually begins, it’s all she can do to hold on for the ride.

Surrounded by brilliant, intimidating, and sometimes delicious-smelling colleagues, Tanager’s precarious hold on her ambition and desire threatens to unravel in the face of laryngitis, an angry God, and the unexpected death of a friend. Will her team’s independent spirit and wit buoy Tanager though the pitfalls, heartache – and yes, mayhem – as hundreds of artists strive to be the best that ever was, the best that’s ever been?

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Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

How long have you been writing?

 

Well, I’ve been writing poetry for poetry slams since 2000, so 15 years now. Although slam poems are usually limited to 3 minutes in length, which is about 450 words for the mouth of a mere mortal (some slam poets can go as high as 600!), it is an excellent discipline in terms of craft.


When did you first know you could be a writer?

 

I first knew it when I was in elementary school, and then I un-knew it in college, and then I re-knew it when I went to my first poetry slam and thought, “I could do that.”

 

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

 

Chronologically: Dr. Seuss was my first favorite author. Fox in Socks rocks.

Weird Al Yankovic. “Smells Like Nirvana” is still a touchstone for me, that video was spot-on. Instead of making nonsense lyrics to go with “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the lyrics were a commentary about what it was like to listen to the original. Perfection.

Jamie DeWolf is the reason I became a performance poet – his work is fearless, loud, and beyond savagely funny.

In terms of longer works, I read almost exclusively textbooks and biography, partly because I’m interested, and partly because it’s hard to find fiction that has enough humor to keep me engaged with simultaneously enough craft to make me thrill. My favorite fiction series of all time is Harry Potter – I’ve read it quite a few times to myself and twice all the way through to my two boys. I’ve also really, really enjoyed the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. You’ll notice it’s my only mention that isn’t strongly humor-based – and that’s how engaging I’ve found her unique premise and heroine to be.

 

 

 

How did you come up with the title of the book?

 

Ah, such a good question.

 

The original title was boyzeegrrl, K-Rawk, T-Bozz, and Rookie go to the National Poetry Slam. I have a friend who is in marketing, who had had about one drink but can’t hold her liquor, who told me, “Please, that title is terrible from a marketing perspective. ANY title would be better than that.” Challenge accepted!

 

I tried to envision what a book about poetry slam that captured a wider audience would be like, look like, how people would talk about it and find a way to accept it. The term “Autograph Penis” had become shorthand in our community for any guy with a poem telling all women they are beautiful (because now that he told them so, they would know! oh thank you!) – the term comes from a poem that was inspired by a scene in the book. I thought, if a book about slam was to become popular, it would be called “Autograph Penis.” It is possible that I am very, very wrong!

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 

Honestly, figuring out how to promote it. The idea for it just came to me while I was at the National Poetry Slam that I’m describing (with a shout-out to Eat, Pray, Love for showing us 180 chronological segments can count as a book). When I couldn’t find an agent, I found an editor (the exquisite Melissa Newman-Evans) who both completely understood the project and was intimately connected to the event – most of the pictures in the book are from the event photographer who was a colleague of hers. My book release tour gracefully unfolded with performance gigs in NYC and Boston under the gazes of some of the greatest greats in poetry slam.

 

But promotion? That’s hard! So thanks so much for having me on your blog!

 

Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the reader’s attention.

 

Good to know:

 

  1. I am a mandated reporter of child and elder abuse. It’s because I’m a psychologist – all psychologists are. But still, good to know.
  2. I may have the loudest and most distinctive laugh in the world. And I’m not afraid to laugh alone.
  3. My favorite thing to hear when I am performing a poem is a nearly-anguished cry from the audience of “What is happening?!” My most recent occurrence of this was at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, as I slowly barrel-rolled across a stage, sadly crooning the word “boobs.” (You’re welcome, world. You’re welcome.) Despite or because of this, apparently I am still respected as an artist.

 

 

Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork?

 

Melissa Newman-Evans designed it, with a photo by Marshall Goff. It’s a view from the Finals stage at the National Poetry Slam, before the slam starts. Glorious.

H.O. Tanager
H. O. Tanager is an author, adventurer, and provocateur who divides her time amongst her passions: family, satirical performance pieces, and convincingly wearing slacks. She’s achieved so many things, she finds achievements boring. What she does like is surprise, and people who work hard, juxtaposition, and repurposing forms for her own amusement.
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Sex, Secrets, & Happily Ever Afters by Deb Julienne

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SexSecretsandHappilyEverAftersTitle: Sex, Secrets & Happily Ever Afters
Author: Deb Julienne
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Angel Talbot is anything but pure—in fact some might even consider her a bit wicked. How else would you describe the manager of an ‘adults only’ store that specializes in helping ladies find that special O. But Angel could use a hand herself. Or two. That is until she stumbles into sexy businessman Travis Wellington.

When the Wellington Family had a problem, they sent Travis to fix it. Being the CEO of his family’s multi-million dollar enterprise means Travis is used to getting his hands dirty. But the pressure of looking out for the company, along with his family’s well-being was beginning to take its toll . . . until he found his Angel…

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While some say truth is stranger than fiction, Deb Julienne’s experience runs more along the lines of a slap-stick comedy. She believes when life tosses you lemons the only thing to do is to turn it into Limoncello.

​After writing for almost 20 years, she’s about to be an overnight success. Her life, like her comedies, has been one big fat romantic comedy…or errors. It’s not a matter of “if” it can go wrong, but how bad when it does happen, and make no mistake…it will. Survival with a sense of humor is the goal.

Joking aside, Deb’s dream of being published will come true with the release of her first book, SEX, LIES, AND BEAUTY AIDS, coming out March 2014.

As a long time member of both Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her local RWA Chapter, the Sacramento Valley Roses, she fills the hours she’s not writing romantic comedy and romantic suspense with her day job at a Silicon Valley Corporation, playing in the kitchen concocting her award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course).

​Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in the Tahoe National Forest Basin, her own little bit of heaven on Earth, with her husband of 33 years, their three sons and one daughter, and two very precocious grand kids.

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