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! 

My Interview with Iyanla Vanzant on Losing Her Home

As I mentioned a few weeks ago I spoke with Iyanla Vanzant about losing her home. You can read the interview on The Root. Feel free to leave your reactions there and on my blog. It's a good interview. Vanzant was honest and open. I know a lot of people are going through hard times because of this economy. I'm struggling too. When she announced at the State of the Black Union that her home went into foreclosure I wanted to know what happened. She was filled with hope and confidence that she would survive this ordeal, I thought the interview would be informative and uplifting for people in similar situations. Thanks for reading and for all those people new to Cocoa Fly. Welcome!!


Photo Credit:
Jenee Darden
Iyanla Vanzant pictured backstage at the State of the Black Union with with Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, from "The Secret" video and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles

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