New Book: Living With 3 Strikes Against Me


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Get to know author Ericka K. F. Simpson through her recently published memoir, Living With 3 Strikes Against Me: Life Through My Eyes As Black, Female and Gay.

Living With 3 Strikes Against Me is an eye-opening look into the life of Simpson. She freely speaks her mind about what it was like growing up as a black gay female and how those experiences shaped her into the person she is today. She tells her story by boldly addressing controversial issues under specific topics including women, love, religion and the LGBT community.

In this, her first nonfiction work, Simpson reveals the pain and struggles she has endured over the past 10 years and how she was able to grow from those experiences instead of allowing them to destroy her.

This thought provoking work will cause you to take an inventory of your own prejudices and judgments of others. It also offers guidance and advice to anyone struggling with loving themselves regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation.

To order, visit https://www.createspace.com/3801860.

Sistahs on the Shelf featured on afterellen.com


I’m proud to say that your very own Sistahs on the Shelf has gotten a mention at After Ellen, the wildly popular lesbian visibility website.
Last month, AE columnist Linda Villarosa wrote about the plight of black lesbian literature, sighting how little exposure we get surrounding novels about our lifestyle.

“Read any good erotica lately? Probably not if you’re looking for African-American lesbian love,” Villarosa wrote.

I emailed her about Sistahs on the Shelf, making her aware that there was a source for black lesbians to read books for us and by us.

And she gave my site the greatest compliment, calling it “wonderful, thoughtful, thorough.”

Many thanks to Linda, and the women who also suggested the site to her.

Meeting Ms. Zedde


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Last weekend I had the chance to meet Fiona Zedde.

In Atlanta for a much needed vacation, I was excited when I heard about a book signing for Fiona’s new book, A Taste of Sin, recently published July 6.

The place was Charis Books & More, the date was July 8, and the time was 8:00.

Actually I arrived about 20 minutes late.

When I walked in, Fiona was in the middle of reading a steamy passage. In case you haven’t picked up her newest novel, A Taste of Sin, it follows the passionate encounters between characters Desiree and Victoria, who, from the pages Fiona read, can’t keep their hands off one one another. Of course the novel goes much deeper, but the scenes I read more than piqued my interest.

Afterward, Fiona answered a few questions from the audience. The hottest question of the night came when someone asked if Hunter, the stud extraordinaire from her first novel, Bliss, would ever reappear in a future novel. The women were clamoring for that answer, as I heard several ladies swoon about the woman who sweeps Bliss Sinclair off her feet. The answer was possibly but not right now, especially since Ms. Zedde has several other books to complete first. Up next is a vampire novel. (Ooh, sounds intriguing.) She is also preparing selections for upcoming anthologies, as well.

Afterward, audience members got the chance to purchase Sin, and have it signed by Fiona. I waited in line with plenty of excited women, and I finally got my chance.

Now I must say I was a little nervous.

A picture on a website is one thing, but meeting an author in person is another. Fiona was dressed very casually, decked in a sun dress with brown, gold and red tones. Her reddish-brown dreads flowed nicely over her bare shoulders. She seemed approachable and down to earth, always adorning a smile on her tawny-colored face. That made it easier. She signed my book as I was introducing myself as the founder of Sistahs on the Shelf. Just her acknowledgement of meeting me and finally putting a face with a name meant a lot to me.

And the polite hug we exchanged went a long, too.

I hope all my author visits turn out like this.