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Hello SuzPepper, I read Amazon has you as a member “with” Jerry Jenkins “Underground Zealot” series on their shelf, so I’d like to recommend another Christian Thriller, "The Diaries of Pontius Pilate.” It draws upon the author’s military background and has great reviews. “Diaries” is not a vanity or self-pub book, but is published by Trestle Press, a small independent press outside of Philadelphia that gave a Christian novel a chance. Full disclosure - I wrote it and hope you’ll give it a chance.
Best wishes, Joe Lewis www.josephmaxlewis.com
Thank you for following my novels (LAKE CHARLES, THE BLUE CHEER) and my reading list. My new crime novel, ASK THE DICE, has been published by Crossroad Press. ASK THE DICE has earned sixteen 4/5-star ratings on Goodreads, and is priced at $3.99. Readers have written they like ASK THE DICE’s original voice and unusual plot twists.
Please consider downloading ASK THE DICE to enjoy on your favorite e-reader. If you prefer to read from traditional books, the paper version will be available shortly. Please let me know, and I’ll get in touch when it is. Thank you for your continued interest in my work.
ASK THE DICE synopsis:
Over the past two decades, Tommy Mack Zane has faithfully worked as a contract killer for Watson Ogg, the Washington, D.C. crime boss. Now middle age creeping up finds Tommy Mack edgy, jaded, and weary of his grisly trade. As he contemplates retirement, he is framed for the murder of Mr. Ogg’s niece. Desperate, Tommy Mack enlists the aid of his friends, the mercurial D. Noble and burly Esquire to do battle with Mr. Ogg and his mercenary “dark suits.” A new, better life filled with his passions for poetry and jazz drives Tommy Mack to the slambang climax where a few dark secrets about his past are unearthed.
Just in case you’re not our friend on Facebook, Twitter or on our mailing list, we wanted you know that “It's Official-Uptown Has Landed” and should be on the shelves at bookstores near you!
We say should, because, well, lets just say, sometimes they don't make it out of the stockroom in time for their big debut. This is where we need your help. We’ve heard from many friends & readers that they can't find Uptown in their local bookstore. Then we discovered that it's only available by order in most "non-urban" chains (We know exactly what THAT means, and who THEY are.) If you go to look for Uptown and it's not where it should be, first, please ask a sales associate to find it for you. And if they tell you they don't have it, be sure to let us know (even if they offer to order it for you, which is fine)! We need to know the store name and address so we can report it to our publisher. They are looking closely at early sales numbers (a lot like that first weekend at the box office for movies), but if the books aren't out they can't be purchased, so we need to be on top of this! So consider yourselves deputized as the Uptown Patrol!
A book launch is still both exciting and scary, but we're strapped in for the ride. We thank you for continuing to take the ride with us and we look forward to your comments about Uptown.
“Prepare for a steamy, provocative, sexy, turbulent read…”
"Uptown has all the ingredients that offer ardent readers a satisfying read: relatable characters we either love, or love to hate; contemporary issues that are pertinent to those of us who care about our people and our heritage; and a strong believable plot infused with passionate conflict---ALL set in Harlem, a place which still holds the aroma of Langston Hughes' dreams: "What happens to a Dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun . . . or does it explode?"
---Angela Reid, President of Imani Literary Group
"...smart and compelling. ...a novel that is both relevant and entertaining."
"We women battle so much in life, and at times, we give our pasts a home in our present rendering our futures bleak with no room for sunshine. DeBerry and Grant crafted a story that speaks true to the bondage women refuse to let go...Uptown captures its readers in the chaos of family secrets, taking them on a rugged emotional course full of passion and suspense. A provocative read with a lesson on forgiveness, and the beautiful unfolding of self-discovery."
-SistahFriend Book Club
As always, thank you for your friendship and support.
hey suzpepper i was looking at your bookshelf and wondering how in the hell are you reading 33 books please excuse my cussing i was just shocked is that true or a misprint? anyway you have a blessed day and continue reading girl and if there are any secrets let a sista know lol.
In a moment of pique and frustration Virginia wrote an open letter to Oprah, and shared it with a few writer friends who are going through the same thing we are. Now the letter has started to go viral--getting a lot of repostings and inclusions in blogs, newsletters and on Facebook, so in case you hadn't seen it, we wanted to share our plight, the plight of many black authors with you, readers who have supported us all these years. http://twomindsfull.blogspot.com.
In reality Oprah is just a metaphor--a name that might get this subject the attention it deserves. Because when you have a publication like Library Journal listing their 31 Best Books of 2009 http://ow.ly/HDU7 and the "genre" fiction list includes Street Lit --8 books but no category for contemporary African American writers, we are really in trouble.
We are trying to encourage diversity in reading--we believe books should be windows, not just mirrors...
Thank you for the info! I just read Trust Me by Jeff Abbott and it is really good. I give it four stars. i liked Collision better, but Trust Me is good too. I noticed that you have a lot of books based on TV series on your shelf such as Monk, Psych, The Unit, Ghost Whisperer, and the 4400. I love most of those TV shows. Are the books as good as the shows? Thanks,