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! 

Dear Blogalicious...

Photo by Vanessa of @DeSuMama

Dear Blogalicious,

Normally I adhere to the rule, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” But I couldn’t resist telling people about the amazing time I had at Blogalicious 2012 in Las Vegas.
Last year’s conference was my first. I was a bit nervous because I attended alone. But I’m so glad I took the risk. I was in a space that I identified with so much; a conference full of creative, passionate women with business dreams, who love social media and desire to learn more. I found myself among a group of people who work hard, but make time for fun too. I was in love.

Through Blogalicious I learned more about Google+ and branding.

I connected with a social media maven I’ve admired for a long time. 

I met the first black woman to win a Sundance award for best film director (and she follows me on Twitter).

I got a makeover...

...and some fashion inspiration (I still want that orange purse).

I made new friends and connections.

I danced so much at the Doug E. Fresh concert that my feet were swollen the next day. That has never happened to me before. It wasn't a cute moment so I'll spare you the visual of my feet. 

I had a great time and left with a lot of information. 

Stacey, Jazzy and the rest of the Blogalicious team do more than just organize a conference. They encourage us to pursue greatness. And they help make dreams come true. All of this has been accomplished in the first 5 years! At this rate, you’ve surpassed the sky’s limit. Blogalicous, you’re out of this world. And that is why we keep coming back.  Cheers to you!

Peace, Blessings & Continued Success,

Jenee Darden