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 Fly's Thank God It's Natural WINNERS

Thanks to everyone who entered. It was tough to narrow it down to 2 winners. Both women will receive a TGIN sample pack. Trust me, the pack will last you a while.

Our first winner is Ambi who listed many natural features she loves about herself:

Naturally what I love about myself are my eyes, I sometimes stare into them myself from the mirror.I too have dark skin and I love my complexion. Although I do not need a tan, I love to sun bathe!Nothing compares to the feeling of sunshine on my skin.* I also love the softness and fullness of my thick curly hair, smoothness of my skin and my luscious lips.  Just to name a few-I could go on & on.
Nothing is wrong with making a long list of things to love about yourself Miss Ambi. Hmmm...now there's a thought. Ladies, when you have time just write a list with all of the things you love about yourself. Not what other people think or love, but what YOU love about yourself. What are the characteristics and features that you are so thankful to have?

Our second winner is Miss Annette. I'm typing this in bed and her entry reminded me that I need to wash off my makeup. She wrote that aside from hair natural curls, she's fond of her natural facial beauty:


"I like my natural face because I rarely wear makeup. Not that I don't want to, just never learned to apply properly apply. LOL! " 

Keeping pores free from makeup is great for the skin. And since the cosmetic industry is unregulated (some makeup carries a lot of toxins), not having skills with a powder brush isn't such a bad thing. Keep rocking that fresh and beautiful face of yours Miss Annette.

Thanks to TGIN for being so kind and sharing their products with Cocoa Fly readers. Read my review and check out their website for some of their goodies.  Thanks to everyone for their inspiring submissions. In the meantime, work on this self-love lists. And look out for more giveaways.

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