enCOURAGEment of: Butt in CHAIR

I just want to thank Ms. Beverly Jenkins, my favorite living author for her hugz, her raspy laugh, her enCOURAGEment, her hawt, yet educational historical novels and her simple, effective phrase ur…

Source: enCOURAGEment of: Butt in CHAIR


The Fabulous Romance Slam Jam 2016 – Celebrating Black Romance!

There was so much going on.. #RSJ2016 was AWESOME!!

Raynetta Manees, Author

DSCF2139The Romance Slam Jam was three days of fun, friendship, knowledge, and inspiration.  It was so great to finally meet face to face so many readers and authors I have been talking with on the internet for years.  I hadn’t seen my friend virtuoso author Beverly Jenkins in so long, and busy as she was, being sought after by literally everybody, we had a few semi-private moments to chat.


I met and had lunch twice with Emma Rodgers, one of the founders of the RSJ, who is truly a joy and an inspiration.


Some of my readers had me near tears.  There were readers who brought their copies of my books, which they had owned many years, for me to sign.  One reader recalled minute connections between my books that I thought no one would remember but me!  I have a list of books written by author colleagues that is…

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Charleston (a poem)

Tananarive Due Writes


June 18, 2015


–For John Due and Patricia Stephens Due

And the 9 Homegoers at Emanuel AME Church

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Because I was hurting and knew he was too,

I spoke to my 80-year-old father today—

The man who served beside my late mother in

America’s undeclared war on Her Own,

Whose heart sped in Florida and Mississippi,

Whose daily waking world is retold in my history books–

And he was too busy to talk,

On his way to a meeting,

Going about his business,

Because he knows Freedom is a journey,

Never a destination,

And because the Movement toward liberation

Is what keeps his heart Alive.

© 2015 by Tananarive Due

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Tempting the Artist and Giveaway

Sharon C. Cooper

In celebration of my latest release TEMPTING THE ARTIST, book 3 of the Jenkins Family Series, I thought I’d do a giveaway! But first, here’s another little peek at TEMPTING THE ARTIST.

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All the Jenkins women were gorgeous, but it was Christina who had captured Luke’s attention from the moment they met. He had never believed in love at first sight, but that was exactly what he felt when he saw her at Zack’s birthday party months ago. Even now, his pulse pounded, and his body stirred with passion at the sight of her.

Picking up dinner all but forgotten, his gaze took her in. Her head full of curls hanging well past her shoulders were unruly as usual. Just the way he liked them. He could still remember how soft they were to his touch, and he couldn’t help but notice her attire or lack of. She was…

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I’m on a cover and Pre-order the new book!

Piper Huguley

I never thought I would get to be on the cover of a magazine, but all things are possible! Thanks to SORMAG and its wonderful force of nature publisher LaShaunda Hoffman, I’m on the cover of the Spring 2015 edition! You can read the feature article on me for free in the digital edition  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzq-dQqIjFNpWmZKSkw3RkE2ZDQ/view

Order a print copy : http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/898495?utm_source=Digital+Mag+SPRING+15+&utm_campaign=Digital+Mag+11&utm_medium=email

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Pre-order a copy of the anthology! Four wonderful authors: Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart and myself have written four historical romances to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth.  Juneteenth is when the folks in Texas came to understand that they were finally free from the bonds of enslavement. My story in it is called “A Sweet Way to Freedom.” and it’s a crossover story between my series featuring a graduate of Milford College and what happens when she comes to Winslow, Georgia as a schoolteacher and “hooks up”…

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Welcome to My Blog

Growing up in a house full of boys was not very easy.  I often found myself at their track, football, boy scouts meeting very bored.  My mother was also a tom-boy and she had her karate or soft ball practices.  Where did that leave me?  Lonely.  Most days I would just go to the library and read.  I LOVED the library because there was so much to do there.  Of course I read a lot of books I should not have but I loved the adventures, the romance, the travel and the mystery of it all.

As I became older, I continued to read.  I began stalking book stores and purchasing books that I fell in love with as a child- Judy Blume, Agatha Christie, Donald Goines, Stephen King, Maya Angelou and others.  I LOVE BOOK STORES and the LIBRARY.  When the African American authors and book stores began to grow I was there – stalking every store and signing.  My co-workers began to call me “BookManiac” because I had Amazon deliveries arrive at work because I could not wait to get home.   My love for books grew and I worked in a book store, Sepia, Sand and Sables Books, part time.  Working there, I met so many great authors- Beverly Jenkins, Bernice McFadden, Dick Gregory, Marcus Major, and Nikki Giovanni.  I also hosted many signing for other authors – Sharon Ewell Foster, Omar Tyree, and Kendra Norman.  I have wrote book reviews for A Place Of Our Own (APOOO) on-line book club.  The women of APOOO are some of he best women I have ever worked with.

In recent years, I have been asked to either help with editing a book, give advice on starting a book club, help with writing a book reveiw, or help with starting a street team.  I began to think… Hmmmmm.  So this blog, BookManiac was born.  My goal is to answer and assist anyone who ask for help as well as sharing my Joy of books.

Keep in mind that this is a work in progress … please be patient, leave a comment and enjoy. 🙂