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When the Drum Major Died by Anjuelle Floyd

when the drum major diedA fascinating story.

When I started reading this book, the first thoughts which came into my mind were that, it’s amazing how ignorant one can be, about events which happened in your own lifetime. Being a British child at the time these events were taking place, somehow they slipped into a hole between the history I was taught at school, from ancient up to and including WWII, and the recent history which I remember as an adult.

The main character in the story Florina, is a young colored woman who has married Dr Richmond Austin, and moved to his home town Poinsettia, in the South of America. Her new in-laws are very welcoming and her new home is to be his grandparent’s house. However, she very quickly discovers that her new neighbour Agnes, who is married to the other colored doctor in the town, Macon, used to go out with Richmond, and Florina fears that the attraction is still there. However, she has her own secret, one not even her parents know… A secret which lies buried in her heart and which she can only hint at in her very poignant poetry.

This incredibly absorbing story is set at a very turbulent time for the colored people of America. The Civil Rights movement was strong, and was led by the Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr., a man who worked tirelessly for, and who played such a strong part in the ending of the legal segregation of the African-American people.

Also all the time, in the background, and twisted inextricably throughout the plot of this story is the Vietnam War which was taking thousands of lives…

However, another element of this story, which was very interesting to me, is that I never realised that there was such color snobbery within the families of colored folk, causing so much tension, prejudices, terrible rifts, and great sadness. This was so evident in this book, where at one end of the spectrum there was immense color pride and at the other the seemingly desperate need to appear white.

This book is amazing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. For me, it has all the essential ingredients for a good story excitement, intrigue, love triangles, lies, deceit, confessions, betrayal I could go on. However, more importantly for me, it gives a fascinating fly on the wall account of what it was really like as a colored person to live in those times, something I would never be able to experience otherwise.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/When-Drum-Major-Anjuelle-Floyd/dp/1938070011/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1407946089&sr=8-1

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About the Author: Anjuelle Floyd is the author of “Keeper of Secrets…Translations of an Incident”, June 15, 2007, a collection of interconnected short stories, and two novels, “The House”, October 15, 2012, and “Seasons in Purdah,” September 9, 2012.
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/keeper-of-secrets/
www.anjuellefloyd.com/books/the-house/
http://anjuellefloyd.com/

Anjuelle is a wife of thirty years, mother of three, abstract painter and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.
A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, she has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California.
Anjuelle received a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has also received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.

A student of Process Painting from 1998-2006, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004–2011 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

Listen to Anjuelle’s interviews of various authors on Book Talk, Creativity and Family Matters @
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Convergence by John Needham

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A gentle and thought provoking inter-racial love story.

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About the book: Martin is a bachelor, a house renovator who has retired to a cottage in the beautiful South Shropshire Hills. His final project is a pair of stone cottages: one for himself and his springer spaniel to live in; the other to rent out to supplement his pension.
Lily’s parents came to Britain from the West Indies on the Empire Windrush in 1948 in search of a new beginning. She has spent her life as one of the first generation of British-born black people, suffering prejudice in her early life. Also retired, Lily seeks a place in the country for her twilight years too.
Their disparate life-lines meet when Lily becomes Martin’s tenant. Just when they’d both thought it would never happen again, romance, surprisingly passionate romance, blossoms. This gentle story of inter-racial love in the autumn of life is at once poignant and uplifting – and it is angry, raging against tribalistic hatred and fear of the outsider. There is ultimate sadness as the two lost souls coalesce but their convergence is also life-affirming; a celebration of intrinsic human kindness.

Review by Susan Keefe

Having enjoyed carrying out many house renovations, when Martin Spencer decides to stop, and make the second of a pair of cottages an income, by renting it out, he discovers that being a landlord isn’t as easy as he thought it would be.

Martin had married, very young, Judith, his Indian landlord’s beautiful daughter, and they had had two children. Never racist, he welcomes his new black tenant Lily Richards, who has found herself sadly alone in the world in later life too. Very soon they are enjoying each other’s company, and an easy friendship develops.

As Martin and Lily share their very different lives with each other, the reader, gains an insight into the prejudices, from both sides, associated with mix marriages through the decades.

The book actually continues into the future, following their lives forward….

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this gentle, love story. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, there are many life lessons, nestled, within the pages of this lovely book.

At the end there is the opportunity to sample chapters from the author’s new novel ‘Forebears.’

 

Available from Amazon.co.uk in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Convergence-John-Needham-ebook/dp/B00A00L3DI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396439091&sr=8-1&keywords=convergence+by+john+needham

and also Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Convergence-John-Needham-ebook/dp/B00A00L3DI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396439257&sr=8-1&keywords=convergence+by+john+needham

Life-ology 101: If All Else Fails, Smile by Michael Soward

Now released as an Audio Book via the link below.

Thought provoking reflections on life.

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This story begins in Arkansas with the nine-year-old Michael, and his younger brother, abandoned by their father, living with their strict grandmother who regularly beats them. The family attend church regularly, he discovers at a young age, he has a gift for playing the organ and it is the beginning of a lifelong love of music.

In 1969,after working hard in the cotton fields, at eighteen he finally ‘escapes’ to live with relatives in Kansas City. Moving to the big city has a profound effect on the young man from the Deep South, especially at such a time of change, the age of drugs, sex and rock and roll had definitely arrived.

The story, which follows, is of one man’s journey, his marriage, fatherhood, hopes, dreams and foibles’. It is frank and honest, brutally so sometimes. He openly talks about his relationship with his father, the driving forces in his life and the leaps of faith, which have made him into the man he is today. Throughout, this book runs a vein of the author’s deep religious belief and his faith in God, the importance of his church and love of music, which has sustained him through times of deep despair.

I have always loved reading memoirs, catching a glimpse into peoples’ lives and discovering the experiences, which have made them the person they are today. This is a very honestly written book, interesting and thought provoking, the journey of a young boy from the Deep South who ends up a father and grandfather living in New York, and all the bits in-between.

 Reviewed by Susan Keefe

About the Author: Michael Soward, music producer of cutting edge music for almost 30 years, has released his first novel, “Life-ology 101”. The book is receiving acclaim nation-wide for being an inspirational story of transformation and the power of the smile.His mother died in a hospital when he was two months of becoming two years old. His grandmother then takes him along with his younger brother to her hometown of Blytheville, Arkansas where she would raise them.He then shares how his early life in the south along with grandmother Eva’s constant beatings and whippings came to scare and affect him so deeply mentally, physically, and spiritually later in life.He experienced many trials and tribulations that many an African American faced by the nature of their skin color rather than for who they were or what they did. But American society was evolving and with Michael Soward’s indomitable spirit he overcame these obstacles by sticking to his philosophy of smiling into the face of adversity and never giving in. He eventually discovers that smiling would become one of the great medicines of his life as a powerful future would continue to unfold.
Michael Soward currently lives and serves in New York as an independent nationwide consultant for aspiring Gospel and Jazz artist and writers. He continues to help build careers and recording products within these industries through his persistence, knowledge of these markets, promotion and marketing skills.
Want to know more?
and take a look at his page in the Meet the Authors section of this site.

Available from:

Amazon: Hardcover http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/1483695107/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1384855052&sr=8-1

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/1483695093/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1384855052&sr=8-1&keywords=life+ology+101

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Life-ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile-ebook/dp/B00FF40FHO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1384855052

Barnes & Noble: Paperback and as a NOOK book  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/life-ology-101-michael-soward/1116947771?ean=9781483695099

Google: http://books.google.fr/books?id=sRXUAQAAQBAJ&hl=fr&sitesec=reviews

Foyles Paperback: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/lifeology-101-if-all-else-fails-smile,soward-michael-9781483695099
Foyles Hardback: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/lifeology-101-if-all-else-fails-smile,soward-michael-9781483695105

Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/170631307/Life-ology-101

And now on Audible: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Ology-101-Else-Fails-Smile/dp/B00HUGK63I/ref=tmm_aud_title_0

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter written and illustrated by Randa Handler

NEW RELEASE

The true meaning of Thanksgiving.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving has just been announced as a holiday in the US and eight-year-old little American-Japanese girl Takari is very excited. Her father is still in Japan however, all her other relatives in America are coming over and Takari wants to help her mother with the preparations. 

They have in America her Grandma Toshi’s very special platter, which is traditionally used for the celebration. Takari’s  mom explains to her all about the Japanese Thanksgiving day which has a different name Kinro Kansha no Hi. Little Takari wants to help, and her mother reluctantly agrees, however, an accident happens and her mother is very angry so she goes to play with her friend Little Sparrow.

When Takari, and Ruffles her dog arrive at his house they find him making cornmeal, which he tells her he is making in the traditional Wampanoag Indian way, with a wooden pestle and mortar, just as it was made it at time of first Thanksgiving. Sadly, she tells him all about her accident and his father offers to help her.

The children make cornbread together discussing their different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving, and then Takari discovers that Little Sparrow is taking the cornbread to the Veterans Hospital. Thanksgiving is about helping others as well as giving thanks for what you have, he explains to her, and so she joins him and discovers for herself the pleasure which can be gained by helping others.

This is a lovely multi cultural story with bright illustrations. The author has managed to gently open children’s eyes to the wider world, teaching them not only about the history behind American Thanksgiving Day but also explaining that many countries around the world celebrate their own kind of Thanksgiving days, perhaps with different names, but they all have nearly the same meaning.

Available at Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/The-Thanksgiving-Dinner-Platter-ebook/dp/B00F8IMBKG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379947096&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thanksgiving+dinner+platter

and Barnes & Noble here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thanksgiving-dinner-platter-randa-handler/1116961561?ean=2940148754091

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler

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The Boy Who Spoke to God

Written and illustrated by Randa Handler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book: Unable to agree on their ideas about God and religious celebrations, four different ethnic tribes—Greeks, Chinese, Zulus, and Mayans—who live together harmoniously most of the year, combining aspects of each of their cultures to make their kingdom strong and prosperous, suddenly become divisive when religious holidays approach. During such times, they cannot agree on the timing or manner of religious traditions, and they each have their own god who looks and dresses as they do. When Niko, a young Greek boy, has several dreams of God, each tribe interprets the various details of his dreams according to its own view of God, further emphasizing the tribes’ differences in beliefs. Subsequently Niko is shunned for having created even more disharmony and for lying to the tribes, or so they think, as no one believes he dreamed of God. To clear up all the confusion and arrive at the truth, Niko begs God to manifest in one final dream. This time God shows him that the tribes’ beliefs are actually different expressions of the same god. Niko concludes that God is like colorless and formless iridescent light and the beliefs of all tribes about their gods are correct as these gods are like colors of the rainbow that derive from white light.

 

Review by Susan Keefe

A school library essential in every language!

In this modern world, in many countries, schools contain children of mixed races, cultures and religion; these are the future of this world. It is for this reason I believe this inspired book should be available everywhere in all languages for children.

It is written in a fairytale way, and this beautifully refreshing story is set in a wonderful magical kingdom where Greek, Chinese, Zulu and Mayan tribes live happily together, combining their skills, under the rule of King Dareios.

However, one thing causes unhappiness – they cannot agree on whose religious beliefs and holidays are right, it upsets everyone, especially the children. Niko, a Greek boy and his friends talk about this and they decide that they want it to change, so that night Niko prays…

God appears to him in a dream and reveals, “Happiness has as many colours as the rainbow. All my children can find happiness when their beliefs and actions do not hurt others.”

Full of excitement, Niko thinks he has found the solution and tells everyone all he has seen and heard. However, instead of joy the news causes discontent, the people are unhappy, tribes divided and the kingdom suffers. So, Niko, needing guidance, prays again to God for help in finding a solution.

God listens, and that night visits him once more in a dream, giving Niko the vision to understand the true meaning of his words, and the ability to explain them in a way the people can understand. Once again, happiness is restored to the kingdom, and the king makes a special proclamation to celebrate, but to discover what that is you will have to read the book…

The storyline gently and inoffensively gives parents an ideal opportunity to promote racial harmony and tolerance of others religious beliefs to their children. There is also offered a well thought out answer as to the question, what does God look like?

Available here:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Boy-Who-Spoke-ebook/dp/B00F8J6F02/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_imgnr_1

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AGE OF THE GENTILES And The WHITE GOD DELUSION: A True Logical bible Study On, Race, Sex, Power, Politics and War by Timothy Hugee

The new black Semite Prophet: A controversial point of view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I started this book, it was with an open mind, not really knowing what to expect. This open attitude soon changed when I started reading.

Timothy Hugee’s childhood, upbringing and life experiences have lead him to believe he is the new black Semite prophet.

This book is written as a logical Bible study for black Semites, and contains an incredible amount of in-depth research, thought provoking statements and controversial views.

Being a white Christian it was very strange for me to read, as, it goes against all the religious teachings throughout my life. I have no problem with some of his observations, for example, that Jesus was in reality black not white, is believable. However, I found his generalised attacks on all white people (gentiles), their beliefs, lifestyle and his lack of compassion in any way for them very vehement.

I fully acknowledge that the black Semite people throughout history, have been very badly treated; by many different nations and that, they still feel discriminated against now. Also, I can see that for young, and indeed all, black Semites, this book and the observations that Timothy Hugee makes, will be empowering, however, if you are not black Semite you will find the words it contains disturbing.

In conclusion, Timothy Hugee is obviously a very passionate man, and he believes that he has received from God the vision of prophecy and has been chosen to tell the world. He has, produced an amazingly well researched and fact filled book, which is fine, if you are one of the chosen.

Available:-

at Amazon.com in Hardback  http://www.amazon.com/Age-The-Gentiles-White-Delusion/dp/1477278001/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_G9AT

at Amazon on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Age-Gentiles-White-Delusion-ebook/dp/B00A05X5B6/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1365444848&sr=8-1&keywords=age+of+the+gentiles+and+the+white+god+delusion

at Barnes & Noble in Paperback  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/age-of-the-gentiles-and-the-white-god-delusion-timothy-hugee/1113637095?ean=9781477277997

at Barnes & Noble as a Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/age-of-the-gentiles-and-the-white-god-delusion-timothy-hugee/1113637095?ean=9781477278017&itm=1&usri=age+of+the+gentiles+and+the+white+god+delusion

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Convergence by John Needham

A gentle and thought provoking inter-racial love story available in Kindle format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Convergence-ebook/dp/B00A00L3DI/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

 

Having enjoyed carrying out many house renovations, when Martin Spencer decides to stop, and make the second of a pair of cottages an income, by renting it out, he discovers that being a landlord isn’t as easy as he thought it would be.

Martin had married, very young, Judith, his Indian landlord’s beautiful daughter, and they had had two children. Never racist, he welcomes his new black tenant Lily Richards, who has found herself sadly alone in the world in later life too. Very soon they are enjoying each other’s company, and an easy friendship develops.

As Martin and Lily share their very different lives with each other, the reader, gains an insight into the prejudices, from both sides, associated with mix marriages through the decades.

The book actually continues into the future, following their lives forward….

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this gentle, love story. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, there are many life lessons, nestled, within the pages of this lovely book.