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! 

Fallen Soldier Leaves Journal for His Baby Boy

Hey Cocoa Fly Readers. I hope you're enjoying what's left of the Memorial Day Weekend. Much love and prayers to our men and women who sacrifice their lives to protect our country. When I say "lives" I don't just mean their mortality. Soldiers sacrifice their love lives, family lives, social lives with friends.

I caught an interesting story today on NPR's Tell Me More. To the left is New York Times Senior Editor Dana Canedy, her partner 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King and their son Jordan. Sgt. King was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2006. During his service in Iraq, he wrote a 200-page journal with life lessons for his son in case he didn't return home alive. Sgt. King saw his son only one time. Candey tells their story in A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor. Go here to read an excerpt from the book and listen to Dana Canedy's interview.

There are some men who won't even stop what they're doing to buy diapers for their babies. Sgt. King was in a war zone, surrounded by death, violence and madness. But this brotha took time from the battlefield to write a guide to life for his infant son. That's love.

Photo:
Family Portrait from A Journal for Jordan website

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