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! 

Cocoa Reads
Waiting in Vain by Colin Channer

In between partying and hanging out with family I'm hitting the library this weekend. If you're also heading to the library or bookstore a fly read to pick up is "Waiting in Vain." This bestselling novel is a throwback from 2003, but I recently read "Waiting in Vain" for the first time. It's the love story of a Caribbean painter named Fire and Sylvia, a New York magazine editor. Author Colin Channer takes the reader on this journey of love hrough the black Diaspora--New York, Jamaica, London. I see why the main character is named Fire because the love scenes are H-O-T. They're not grimy but sensual and steamy. Channer is great at writing love scenes that not only get in the head of male characters but the female characters as well. If you read it or have read it let me know what you think about the book.

For my Cocoa Fly readers going to the mall this weekend and looking for a deal, go to Circuit City. I stopped by the store last night and picked up a couple of CDs and DVDs. They were all 50% off. Most of the electronics were gone, but that may not be the case for stores near you. Just to warn you, I stood in a short line to get in the store because they were short on employees. I bought "Sex & The City:The Movie," "Under the Tuscan Sun" and Bon Jovi-- all half off. They also had Kanye, Anthony Hamilton, Keyshia Cole, "The Dark Knight," "The Family that Preys" movie and soundtrack, etc. There's some good stuff left, you just have to look.

If you neded to stock up on "Hancock" DVDs I saw plenty of them. As we say in the Bay, there were HELLA "Hancock" movies. I walked into the door , there's a"Hancock" display to greet me. Go a couple of feet, shelf full of "Hancock" DVDs. I'm searching through the TV on DVD bin, there's "The Office," oooh "Extras: Season Two, " and about 15 copies of "Hancock." I haven't seen the movie but from what I hear, I would've have given it a BOOTLEG rating. Maybe that's why there were so many LOL.

Have a fly weekend. Thanks for reading. Hopefully I'll have a review on "Madea Goes To Jail" next week. I usually don't like to see Tyler Perry movies opening weekend because the theaters are too packed and I don't want ....Oh no, what's that I see?