Friday, November 30, 2007

[FWD: Halala Newsletter - Urban Reviews Highlighted for True To The Game II]


Win a copy of How Strong Women Pray from Sisters Sippin Tea.

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by Walter Mosley.

True To The Game II
by Teri Woods
"True To the Game II is a wonderful sequel to True To the Game. Teri Woods effortlessly continued the story of Gena. This story picks up right where the first novel left off so it doesn't confuse the reader."

Grace After Midnight
by Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
"This is her story, her voice, and told the way she lived it: fast and fearlessly. Even though we've heard many coming up from the hood stories before, Pearson's story is gripping, fresh and honest, and she offers no excuses - she tells it as it was, without reservations."

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Dear Readers:

Bonnie St. John has written a powerful book that is sure to create dialogue. How Strong Women Pray profiles women from all walks of life and their use of prayer. This Rhodes Scholar and Olympic skier has overcome many obstacles in her life including having her leg amputated when she was five, sexual abuse, the death of her father when she was 12, and divorce. Check out Bonnie's new Website at

The Books...
How Strong Women Pray How Strong Women Pray
by Bonnie St. John
Bonnie's amazing life story is interwoven with intimate reflections on prayer by inspiring women, given in interviews expressly for this book. Barbara Bush, Maya Angelou, Kathie Lee Gifford, Amy Grant, Kathy Ireland, Edie Falco, and Susan Taylor are among the 25 powerful women who share how they communicate with God and reveal to readers how they can do the same.
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Grace After Midnight Grace After Midnight
by Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
Snoop was born a three-pound, cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta until she landed in Jessup state penitentiary after killing a woman in self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only through the cosmic intervention of her mentor, Uncle Loney, that Snoop turned her life around
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True To The Game II True To The Game II
by Teri Woods
TRUE TO THE GAME II will pick up where True to the Game left off- with one difference, Gena is now seeing a new guy named Jay. Little does Gena know that the man she has fallen in love with, so soon after Quadir's death, is his archrival, Jerrell Jackson. Unfortunately, Jerrell is determined to get his revenge against Quadir's crew and he'll start with Gena.
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Blonde Faith Blonde Faith
by Walter Mosley
In his tenth Easy Rawlins novel, Walter Mosley writes with a grace and insight that few writers ever achieve. It is the clearest proof yet that Walter Mosley is "one of this nation's finest writers" (Boston Globe).
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Forthcoming: Relentless Aaron - Lady First

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Relentless Aaron
Lady First
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Spencer Lewis knows he doesn’t have many chances left.  He’s trying to stay off the streets, but bagging groceries in the neighborhood supermarket is far from doing the trick. When Tia Stern, an obviously well-off woman, saunters into the store, looking out of place and more beautiful than any other woman Spencer has ever seen, he goes out of his way to assist her. Tia takes notice, and since she is looking for a new personal assistant, she figures Spencer just might be the man for the job. The pay is more than he could dream and the hustler within sees this as a chance to make it into something even more. But when it quickly becomes clear that Tia wants an assistant who is personal in more ways than one, will Spencer be more than happy to oblige?


Urban Reviews - November 2007 Newsletter Monthly Newsletter

November 2007- Keeping You Up-To-Date On African-American Fiction, Hip-Hop, and R&B!


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Check out what we are giving away this month on our CONTEST PAGE!

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Tananarive Due talks to Radiah Hubbert about:
- Her new novel 'Casangegra'
- Her collaboration wih Blair Underwood
- Her upcoming Horror book 'Blood Colony'
- Her advice to aspiring authors
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

On The Line w/Radiah Hubbert - Nov 2007 - Tananarive Due

November 2007

Tananarive Due talks to Radiah Hubbert about:
- Her new novel 'Casangegra'
- Her collaboration wih Blair Underwood
- Her upcoming Horror book 'Blood Colony'
- Her advice to aspiring authors
- And Much More!!!

Monday, November 05, 2007

The Forthcoming: Darnella Ford - Naked Love

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Darnella Ford
Naked Love
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Thirty-two year old Adrian Cage has just jumped from the roof of the Landmark II building in downtown Chicago. With only twenty eight floors to work with, she has less than 60 seconds to tell you the story of her life.
Adrian has lived a life filled with breathtaking passion-but also deepest sorrow. Raised by her eccentric father until his senseless death, she fell into the hands of her cruel and merciless grandmother. Yet miraculously Adrian grows into a hopeful young woman who expresses her innermost feelings through her dream of being an artist. When she meets and falls in love with the wealthy Michael Keifer Cage, her life at last seems complete...but is it only an illusion?
Adrian's dream life quickly turns into a nightmare. Michael becomes a workaholic who sees their relationship as a formality. Her young son is "emotionally disturbed,"and Adrian stops feeling much of anything. Until a "gifted" music teacher enters her shuttered life.and she begins to live again.

An evocative and poignant tale of longing, love, and betrayal, Darnella Ford is back with her fiercest novel yet.


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Friday, November 02, 2007

The Forthcoming: La Jill Hunt - Old Habits Die Hard

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La Jill Hunt
Old Habits Die Hard
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At After Effex, the baddest nail techs and make-up artists meet to work and share their stories. There’s Yaya, the diva of the crew, who thinks she’s finally found love with a blue collar man; Taryn, whose crush has a few secrets; Monya, who just wants to get her party on; and ambitious Camille. Together, they ride a rollercoaster of love, friendship, heartache, and all the drama in between.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Forthcoming: Darrell King - How Do You Want It

Darrell King
How Do You Want It
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Sixteen-year-old Katrina Ricks, aka “Trina”, hails from Washington, DC’s most notorious and rugged projects. While experiencing the stark of poverty, she also endures molestation at the hands of her stepfather, while her mother works the night shift. Eventually, fear leads to the murder of her stepdad at the hands of a tormented Trina.

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