Bernice L. McFadden Newsletter
January 22, 2010
in this issue
:: J.D. Mason
:: Terrie Williams
:: Carleen Brice
:: Dolen Perkins- Valdez
Bernice Listen Dear Book Lover!

Happy New Year! I took a few weeks off to enjoy the holidays and ease myself into this new year and new decade!

I want to send out a very special thank you to those of you who purchased a copy of SUGAR in order to commemorate its 10th anniversary. I don't know if I reached my goal of selling 10K copies, but as soon as I know I will share that news with you.

Even though the anniversary date was January 9th, 2010, I will be celebrating this milestone all year long! And I'm still collecting photos of you holding a copy of SUGAR for my 10th anniversary keepsake album. So please feel free to send your photos to:

I'm very excited about the authors that I will be profiling here over the next twelve months and I hope you will continue to share my enthusiasm.

J.D. Mason

JD MasonJ.D. Mason is the author of several bestselling novels including, And On The Eighth Day She Rested, This Fire Down In My Soul, and You Gotta Sin To Get Saved, which has been selected as one of the best books of 2008 by Black Expressions and the RAWSISTAZ Online Book Club, and has been nominated for The Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in the African American Fiction category.

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She is the recipient of the Atlanta Choice Award for her novel One Day I Saw A Black King, and her novel Don't Want No Sugar was also nominated The Romantic Times Magazine award for Best Contemporary Fiction.  Her novels have consistently been selected by The Black Expressions Book Club as main selections, and her work has appeared on bestseller lists in the Dallas Morning News, Black Expressions Book Club, and on
Please pre-order her new release: Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It, available March 2010.

Terrie Williams

Terrie Williams has written a book that  exposes the heart of what she has dubbed as "Black Pain." Some of us may not even know that we are suffering or from where the suffering originates. Black Pain will help you navigate that crooked, perilous road called "depression" and guide you towards a happier, healthier life.

Terrie W "Black Power masks Black Pain, says Williams, a social worker and founder of a successful public relations firm. Back when black was beautiful, we felt comfortable in our dark skin and 'nappy' hair. Decades later, that sense of pride has morphed into bling that hides the pain of poverty and racism. The result has been depression expressed through violence, addiction, suicide as well as obesity and hypertension. The stoicism blacks are taught in order to not appear weak in the eyes of other black people only leads to denial and isolation. Williams argues persuasively that blacks are not alone. She begins with her own tribulations with depression. From there, she examines how depression is expressed by black men, women and children, and shares the stories of scores of others: rich, poor, successful, incarcerated. This liberal insertion of case reports coupled with a plethora of block quotes can bog down the text. However, Williams is dedicated to convincing her fellow African-Americans that assistance is readily available, whether through counseling, medicine or self-help: [T]here is no need for you to suffer alone or in silence. Help is out there." - Publishers Weekly
Carleen Brice

Orange Mint and HoneyIt's a dream for many writers to have the stories we've written transferred to the big or small screen. This dream has come true for national bestselling author Carleen Brice! Her novel, Orange Mint and Honey will air on the Lifetime Movie Network under the title Sins of the Mother - on February 21st. What makes this even more exciting is that actress/songstress Jill Scott will portray Nona, who is the mother of the central character. You can watch a clip from the movie here. Carleen is holding a national contest where she will be awarding five lucky winners gift baskets filled with goodies and autographed books!
Dolen Perkins - Valdez

WenchDolen has exploded on to the literary scene with her astonishing histroical fiction novel: WENCH.
"In her debut, Perkins-Valdez eloquently plunges into a dark period of American history, chronicling the lives of four slave women-Lizzie, Reenie, Sweet and Mawu-who are their masters&' mistresses. The women meet when their owners vacation at the same summer resort in Ohio. There, they see free blacks for the first time and hear rumors of abolition, sparking their own desires to be free. For everyone but Lizzie, that is, who believes she is really in love with her master, and he with her. An extended flashback in the middle of the novel delves into Lizzie&'s life and vividly explores the complicated psychological dynamic between master and slave. Jumping back to the final summer in Ohio, the women all have a decision to make-will they run? Heart-wrenching, intriguing, original and suspenseful, this novel showcases Perkins-Valdez&'s ability to bring the unfortunate past to life." - Publishers Weekly

"Glorious" is now available for pre-order!


Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with fiction, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

Glorious is ultimately an audacious exploration into the nature of self-hatred, love, possession, ego, betrayal, and, finally, redemption.


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