My First Book 'When A Purple Rose Blooms' is Available NOW

I am beyond excited to announce that my FIRST book When a Purple Rose Blooms is available!! You can order copies directly from my publisher Nomadic Press. Order here
The book is a collection of essays and poetry about my experiences with black womanhood. There's lots of humor, pain, and love on every page. This book wrote itself. I had no intention of releasing a book of poetry and essays, but when I saw how much I've written over the last 20 years I thought, "why not?" and went for it. 
The book launch is tonight, 7pm at the Oakland Peace Center. I will be launching my book along with 6 other new writers to Nomadic Press. I'm in great, literary company. 
Thank you to every person who has read this blog over the years, attended my readings, listened to my radio stories or read my articles. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book! 

BOX OFFICE OR BOOTLEG?
Nights In Rodanthe


A few days ago I watched "Nights in Rodanthe" On Demand. Time Warner was having a $.01 special for some of their On Demand movies. That's right, I only paid a penny. I've been wanting to see "Nights in Rodanthe" for a while. I was seduced by the steamy trailer. Richard Gere and Diane Lane--this has to be good right?

Gere plays Paul, a surgeon who is facing the consequences of putting career first and familiy second. As for Lane's charachter Adrienne, life has not been kind. Her cheating husband wants her back and she's dealing with the recent death of her father. All this while raising two children. Paul and Adrienne go to a secluded beach inn to process life, but love intervenes.

Good plot, great actors but I have to give "Nights in Rodanthe" a BOOTLEG rating. The film needs more passion, more fire. When I say passion, I don't mean intercourse, but intimacy. In all fairness the movie is based on Nicholas Sparks' best selling novel and maybe the writers were following the book's tone. However, if my husband left me for another woman, and I'm in a remote beach inn with a hot doctor that looks like Richard Gere AND I don't have the kids for the weekend....you know what I'm saying? Seriously, the movie is just okay. The idea of the plot is good but there aren't enough scenes that show why these people are in love. The film seems more fit for the Lifetime channel, not the big screen. That's not a diss to Lifetime movies because I watch those too.

There are some positive things about "Nights in Rodanthe". Viola Davis' funny character Jean spices up the screen the few times she appears. The scenery is beautiful and I did have an interest in the characters. But that wasn't enough for me.

"Nights in Rodanthe" is on DVD so there's no need for your bootlegger to look in his car trunk for this flick (luckily I got a good deal On Demand). Save your Netflix money and wait until HBO airs it.

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