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Every once in while I like to say thank you and highlight authors I’ve enjoyed to read over the years.

Ms Donna has always been a delight to my eyeballs and brain whenever I open one of her novels, plus this last week, she’s given me mad love on her blog during my Free Friday’s promo on my website.

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I don’t know about you all but it is hot up in here!!! Whew. The east coast is having a serious heatwave–which also happens to be the title of the current summer anthology that my story Summer Fever is included in. (hint, hint). 


Of course with this being beach and barbecue weather, its always great to be able to pull out a great read, pick up a cool drink and take an inexpensive vacation courtesy of your favorite author. My pick this month is SILVER SPARROW, by Tayari Jones.


I love the summer for several reasons: both of my daughters are born during the summer and my grandson will be 16 today!  Happy birthday Mahlik!  And I celebrate my happy, happy in August as well.

And this is my last semester in grad school!!! Woo Hoo.  Coming down the home stretch and finishing up by thesis. I was thrilled to learn that an excerpt of it is included in Hampton University’s Freshman Writing Handbook!  


I want to thank all of you who donated to the Leslie Esdaile Banks fund. As you know, Leslie is gravely ill battling adrenal cancer.  All of your prayers and most certainly your contributions to her astronomical medical costs are welcome.


My very talented right hand–Tina–was instrumental in revamping my Facebook Fanpage . So when you have a minute, please stop by and “LIKE” me.  Pretty please.  Plenty of fun things over there, books discussions, excerpts, and updates.


As many of you know, Harlequin is reissuing ALL of my Arabesque titles with hot new covers.  If you missed any of them the first time around, have lost your copy–or heavens forbid you LOANED it to someone and never got it back, be on the look out as they hit the shelves.


For those of you who like really hot and sexy, my collection of three erotic and wickedly dark short stories After Midnight is now available as a Kindle e-book and  soon in paperback. ($3.99) Instant download.

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P.S. There were several bookclubs that entered one of my giveaway contests and did not receive their goody box. My deepest apologies. The email account that listed the winners got corrupted and we lost several of the winners.  Those who have already contacted me, your package is being put together. And I deeply appreciate your looooong patience and of course your support!

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Sistahfriend Book Club




Mission  SistahFriend Book Club, est. 2004 in South Carolina, is a platform which promotes African-American literature and women empowerment.  They meet in intimate groups to discuss monthly readings as well as women’s issues and family and professional topics.  Their goal is to create an environment of lively discussion and relaxation, and to build lifelong friendships.


Vision  Their hope is to remain a reputable source of promotion and support for African-American literature by authors of various cultural backgrounds and to build intimate discussion groups everywhere, appreciating and discussing quality literature as well as the power of unity among women.


About  The SistahFriend Book Club is a live and online reading and networking group for women that focuses on reading and discussing books by or about African-Americans and promoting unity through women empowerment and fellowship. Founded in November 2004 by Tasha Martin, the sisterhood began with four members in Columbia, SC. Once a month, members bond as sisters and discuss literary works in intimate settings.

In March of 2007, the SFBC opened its membership online, adding an interactive dimension to its Web site,www.sistahfriend.com . Online features include: book reviews, literary and women spotlights, and author and reader chats for both readers and writers to stay connected. The group also publishes an online ezine  to highlight authors and women leaders in the community.





Heat WaveHeat Wave


Summer Fever by Donna Hill

Nina Forbes is excited to house sit in the Hamptons-but her handsome neighbor, Barbados native Ian Harrison, excites her even more. Soon the two are sharing conversation, kisses…and sizzling sleepovers. Ian promises to keep in touch after he returns home in the fall. But as the days pass, Nina fears their passion was just summer fever…  


One Hot Summer by Niobia Bryant

After a high-profile divorce, event planner Simone “Love” Lovey swears off dating famous people…until sexy star athlete Maleek Trenton enters her life. Their romance is bliss, but Love again finds herself amid paparazzi, groupies-and calls from a woman who claims she’s involved with Maleek, and has intimate details to prove it…


Too Hot To Handle by Zuri Day

Choice McKinley gets stuck in an elevator during a blackout, on the hottest July 4th ever. That she’s locked in with gorgeous Trey Scott only adds to the heat. Soon, relief from the high temperature requires clothing removal and sultry kisses. But Trey doesn’t know Choice is his boss’s off-limits daughter-and Choice doesn’t know Trey is a wanted man. All that will come after the doors open to reality… –This text refers to the Kindle edition.





Aug. 2011


Distrustful following the breakup of her unhappy marriage, Terri Powers turns her attention becoming an independent woman and building a successful advertising agency, until, despite her best intentions, she is drawn to gorgeous, strong-willed businessman Clinton Steele. Original. –This text refers to the paperback edition.









LegacyLegacy of Love
Sept. 2011


Zoe Beaumont comes from a family whose history  is steeped in myth and folklore. Zoe, however, only deals in reality. As curator for African American art at the legendary High Museum in Atlanta, she is focused on her career, not on the legacy that  her family predicts will come to pass on her thirtieth birthday. But she can’t deny the powerful, sexy dreams that grow stronger every day; dreams of a man whose face she cannot see, but body and hands that she can feel.


Jackson Treme, left his hometown and his old life in Louisiana behind to start over in Atlanta. Only his sister knew his real reason for leaving, what drew him to Atlanta. Settling into his new job as Professor at Clarke-Atlanta, Jackson knew that it was only a matter of time before he found what he’d come to Atlanta to seek.


Their meeting was inevitable.  Their passion undeniable. But old loves, doubts, an age-old unanswered questions stand between them and forever. As Zoe’s birthday draws closer she must look deep within her heart, listen to her spirit and choose legacy or love. 



Silver Sparrow 

Tayari Jones   


A coming-of-age story of sorts, Jones’s melodramatic latest (after The Untelling) chronicles the not-quite-parallel lives of Dana Lynn Yarboro and Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon in 1980s Atlanta. Both girls-born four months apart-are the daughters of James Witherspoon, a secret bigamist, but only Dana and her mother, Gwen, are aware of his double life. This, Dana surmises, confers “one peculiar advantage” to her and Gwen over James’s other family, with whom he lives full time, though such knowledge is small comfort in the face of all their disadvantages. Perpetually feeling second best, 15-year-old Dana takes up with an older boy whose treatment of her only confirms her worst expectations about men. Meanwhile, Chaurisse enjoys the easy, uncomplicated comforts of family, and though James has done his utmost to ensure his daughters’ paths never cross, the girls, of course, meet, and their friendship sets their worlds toward inevitable (and predictable) collision. Set on its forced trajectory, the novel piles revelation on revelation, growing increasingly histrionic and less believable. For all its concern with the mysteries of the human heart, the book has little to say about the vagaries of what motivates us to love and lie and betray. (May)


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