Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It's Almost Show Time....

The following is a commentary from my fellow scribe, William Cooper. Read and process


Seven long days until a truth is revealed to the world. Seven long days until the beginning of change, or a worsened chaos. Seven long days until a difficult choice between hope and fear is made. For better or worse, the judgment of a whole globe awaits the land of opportunity. Will the flowers that grow on November 5th be rosy red in truth, or wilted in despair? Will the world sing a joyful noise of praise, because America finally got it right; or in the alternative, will the bells toll a continued sorrow?

In this writer’s opinion, it’s a choice that screams common sense. Given the present legacy that has led to two reckless wars (Where are those weapons of mass destruction? Osama Bin Laden – we find him yet?) economic mismanagement (see Government Bailout) and blatant fraud (Why were gas prices so high in June/July, and so low now?), the light has turned green to forward, yet fundamental change. Out with the cold-war nationalism, the warhorse bullying tactics that transformed allies into adversaries, friends to foes that detest our present chief executive. In with the multi-polar world view and warm universal growth. Out with the argumentative, confrontational guard, for that approach leads to bullets and bombs. In with growth and change that starts within the stars and stripes and illuminates the outer continents. Out with the panic, in with the peace. Out with the infighting Republican Party worried more about the public infighting and the money it spends to dress is Vice-Presidential nominee than solving our fiscal crisis. In with a party demanding that parents focus more on education than MTV, video games and saving as opposed to spending on what cannot be afforded. Out with the spoiled “sense of entitlement” mentality that has crippled our economic core, and in with the hard-working mentality of generations past.

In short translation, Barack Obama should be the next president of the United States over John McCain, and the world is watching America closely, and what we tell our children:

“I’m sorry Maranda or Michael,” the bronze colored authority figure says to his eight year old, “But you can be anything in this country but it’s chief executive. Will equal opportunity be exposed as a myth? Will the land of free be truly labeled such if it fails to put the legacy of slavery, segregation and racism in the rearview mirror? Will the rest of the world embrace a country that couldn’t put its own self-preservation ahead of the race element that continues to make such an obvious choice confusing.

There, I said it. The Truth. Dress it up with foreclosures throughout the land, sprinkle in the fluctuating gas prices and other components of a major money crisis, add a pinch of war policies, job layoffs and economic bailouts, add a dash of 9/11 after a couple of rigged elections, and you now have, for your dining pleasure, the perfect recipe for a phony meal disguising the truth about traditional politics.

Is America ready for a person of color to run this country, or do the stars and stripes remain crazily irrational when the subject pertains to race? Ask yourself this: When a candidate like Barack Obama spends close to seven hundred million dollars to emphasize the need for change, does it make sense? To me, it further illustrates the “Twice as Good, to be considered equal” philosophy that can all change on November 5th. When he remains dead-even in states even after providing a logical blueprint for all to see and his opponent spends more time either 1) attempting to publicly humiliate him as opposed to establishing his own agenda – WAS THERE EVER ONE IN PLACE?- and; 2) Dresses up a honey pot named Sarah to distract voters from the ills shaping the country’s fabric?; that should speak volumes.

Strip away all of the pageantry that has you undecided, the political correctness so many hold dearly in their minds, and think about the truth. Is the country ready to progress forward in a way of complete change, or in the contrary, will the words of Jack Nicholson from the movie “A Few Good Men” about the core of this country ring painfully true?

Can we handle the truth?

Seven long days until it is revealed to all.

And I, for one can’t wait.

William Fredrick Cooper
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Authors For Change--Speak Out

As we draw closer to a turn in our history, we cannot leave any stones unturned. Some of your favorite authors speak out. Here's what they have to say.

Kimberla Lawson Roby

Victor McGlothin

Donna Grant & Virginia DeBerry

Marc Lacy

Gwynne Forster

William Frederick Cooper

Theresa Banks

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pharmacy Refuses to Sell Contraceptives

I ran across this article online, and felt it was worth sharing. The implications are frightening at best if this is a trend that can pick up and multiple across the country. Please either click on the link or copy and paste into your browser.



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

The following is being re-posted from an email that I recieved. Just remember, there but for the grace of God go I. Let's all try to do our part.

Dear Families and Friends
I have breast cancer again and I would like for you all to do what is ask of you at the bottom and pass it on to some one else in honor of me.
I have a favor to ask, it only takes a minute.... And it works.
Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on 'donating a mammogram' for free (pink window in the middle).

This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors /advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.
Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/ Breast Cancer Site

Velma P. Mainor-Hamilton
Supply Technician
Trident Refit Facility
This is a friend and church member, please take a few minutes to help.

Thanks, Toni Bonita

Monday, October 20, 2008

John Kremer on Black Author Network Tonight!!

John Kremer is an acknowledged expert on book publishing and marketing. Besides being the owner of his own publishing company (Open Horizons in Taos, New Mexico), he was the editor of the Book Marketing Update newsletter for more than twenty years.

He is the author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. As a consultant, his clients include a self-published author who has sold over a million books, a new age publisher with 60 titles, and a $100,000,000 publisher with a rapidly growing list of 1,000 titles.

Book Marketing Network

What could you do with 10 million eyeballs?

Literary Family,
Please join us Monday, October 20, 2008 as we meet author and speaker John Kremer!

New authors and authors who have questions about marketing their books, don't miss this defining moment in BAN history. Join us on the phone lines and in the chat room to ask those book marketing questions that might take you on to the bestseller's circle.

Readers, this is a one in a lifetime chance to ask those questions of John Kremer on BAN radio. Chat with John 2-hours about the publishing world up close and personal.

See you tonight at 8-10pm EST.

Ella Curry, EDC Creations

Black Authors Network Radio Show
Meet us at: 8pm-10pm EST
Authors dial-in number: (646) 200-0402

Chat live with Ella, John and the guests in our chat room during the show

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Seduction and Lies

Well, I came home Friday afternoon and was met at the door by a box.... of books! LOL. Of course the last thing I need in my house is more books. However, it was my box of SEDUCTION AND LIES!! Wooo Hoooo. As you may know, this is book 2 of my Ladies Cartel Series. This book features sexy diva Danielle Holloway who has an identity theft case dropped in her lap. It's hot, action-packed and fun. Although the book does not officially drop until December, it is NOW available for pre-order. So I do hope you will put in your order now. Since it is a series book, the shelf life is short--very short. So order yours now to have it in time and before they are all sold.

And of course let me know how you like it!

Happy reading

Monday, October 13, 2008

It's All Good

Today in New York is the Columbus Day holiday. Although we all know that he didn't discover anything... Mr. Man was lost and stumbled across a country that had been long been discovered, but that's another story. So the only thing I can thank Columbus for is this day off! Which I am determined to make the most of.

I am working on my new book. My first mainstream title in a while. I'm excited about it and I think/hope that readers will embrace it.

Yesterday, (Sunday)I had the pleasure of interviewing Bernice McFadden on my Sunday radio show. For those who missed it, you can listen to the broadcast.

Earlier on my blog I posted information for young women writers. Submissions are still being accepted. So check out the post and if it's not for you, please pass along to the young women that you know.

Well, back to work (writing work) for me. Have a great week!

And be sure to vote!

Friday, October 10, 2008

When the Ends Don't Meet

I am sure that there are millions of Americans that are asking themselves how much worst things can get. We are on the cusp of a new Great Depression. I don't know about you out there, but there is still a lot of it I don't understand. What I do understand is that it is getting harder and harder to get ends to meet. Cutting back on some things, cutting others, thinking of Plan B, exploring job and housing options are all part of the list.

As the business market shrinks and opportunities shrink as well, it is truly a time to band together, share ideas on how to get through this hopefully in one piece.

What are you doing? What are some of the things that you are considering? What steps have you already taken?

Would love to hear your comments.

Monday, October 06, 2008



As typical of republican politics, things are getting dirty. McCain has publically declared that he will spend the rest of his advertising dollars to essentially smear Obama! They have dug up a "terrorist" that Obama was supposedly associated with before he was in office. This "terrorist" is now a professor at a major U.S. university. They don't want us to talk about the fact that McCain was all up in the mix of the collapse of the savings and loan and his partner was jailed and he was brought up on ethics charges!!!! It is this same "maverick" mentality and attitude that sunk the savings and loan costing Americans MILLIONS in losses that was all up in the mix again leading to the collapse of the stock market and the housing market.

Below is a link to some important information that we MUST spread to every nook and cranny we can find. The people need to know exactly who McCain is and why it is imperative that he NOT get into the Oval office, not even for a visit.



Request for Young Women Writers

Greetings One and All,

The dynamic duo of Dawn Daniels and Candace Sandy who launched the Souls of My Sisters phenomenon are ready for their next offering which is geared toward our youngs sisters. Below are the guidelines and contact information. If you think you have a story to tell, this may be your opportunity

Request for Young Women Writers

"Together we promote unity through experience and show young women of color they are not alone in their daily struggles. Most importantly, we are creating a legacy to pass on to the next generation." -- Dawn Daniels and Candace Sandy, Publishers of Souls of My Sisters Books

National bestseller SOULS OF MY SISTERS: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories, and Heal Their Spirits would like you to join us in healing young women of color.

Souls of My Sisters written and edited by Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy, catapulted to the #1 spot on the Essence Best Sellers List, now in its fifteenth printing, with over 100,000 copies in print, is seeking young writers for a new volume Souls of My Young Women (Souls of My Sisters Books/Kensington Publishing Corp.)

The young women in this new volume ages 18-30 will recount their stories of obstacles and triumphs that run the gamut from searching for self to the power of choice, career, sexuality, addiction, relationships, self-esteem, body and self-image, friendships, religion, health and dealing with death. Many of them only offer themselves the least in life afraid to fail and unaware of their own abilities.

Chapter Topics include:

Finding happiness
Searching for self/self esteem
Overcoming life challenges
Health crisis
The Power of choice
Saying goodbye
I have had enough…
Understanding money

Young w omen encounter many daily struggles and obstacles and are interested in finding out from real life experiences how to navigate their often complex lives. In Souls of My Young Sisters will serve as the road map to and through life's ups-and-downs inspiring young women of color to achieve and succeed where they may have never saw hope.

Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should invoke emotion and the message or should be clear. Please refer to Souls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Our Stories and Heal Our Spirits.

You may submit more than one story. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included about the contributor.

The tentative submission deadline is December 1, 2008. If you are interested in submitting a story for this project please email at candacesandy@gmail.com or contact us via phone at 212.407.1581.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Month--Be Part of the Cure

Please follow the link below to get all the information you need about free mammograms. We want to hear from you NOT read about you.

The Breast Cancer Site

Peace and Good Health

Brooklynites Unite for Change

Black Americans fought hard for the right to vote, and in 2008 we'll need to fight harder than ever to defend that right. This year, you have an amazing opportunity to help -- and get paid for it. How? By becoming a pollworker.


We're joining with CREDO Action to support the "Pollworkers for Democracy" project -- a nonpartisan effort to get more people involved in protecting our elections. After signing up, the folks at CREDO will provide you with information to supplement your pollworker training, and also a system to report and track any problems on and before Election Day.

Your county still needs pollworkers for the November 4th general election. By signing up as a pollworker, you can help make sure every vote is counted. Click here to sign up:


In 2000 and 2004 we saw how efforts to suppress the vote can diminish Black Americans' political voice. As a pollworker, you'll be in the best place to support a fair election.

Thanks and Peace,

-- James, Gabriel, Clarissa, Andre, Kai, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
October 2nd, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Note to my Fans & Friends

Greetings Friends,

I wanted to take this opportunity to send out my sincere apologies to any of you who attended the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday, Sept. 28th with the hope of me being there.

Unfortunately, due to very personal circumstances I was not able to get to the festival. My understanding is that there were some readers who were upset, and rightly so. However, if I am ever invited somewhere and don't get there, it is not a lack of caring on my part, but circumstances that prohibit me. I did reach out to the organizers of the forum to advise them of the situation as soon as I knew.

It is never my intent to disappoint my readers as I am fully aware that if it were not for each of you, I would be unable to do what I do. Again, my deepest apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment I may have caused by my absence. I do hope at some point I will get to meet those that I did not see and make it up to them.

All my best and thanks for the support you have given me.