J. Elle talks about love and family in her new book, ‘Ashes of Gold’

J. Elle first burst onto the writing scene with the New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy novel, Wings of Ebony. Elle is back with book two of her series, Ashes of Gold, which tackles racism, privilege and love. Ashes of Gold is book two of a duology. To better grasp Ashes of Gold, should people read Wings […]

‘When the Reckoning Comes’ by LaTanya McQueen

When the Reckoning Comes , LaTanya McQueen, is a haunting novel about a black woman who returns to her hometown for a plantation wedding and the horror that ensues as she reconnects with the blood-soaked history of the land and the best friends she left behind.

‘Sankofa’ a novel by Chibundu Onuzo

Girl, Woman, Other meets An American Marriage in this gripping story of a mixed-race woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew, by a prize-winning writer who brilliantly captures the essence of a people and a place (Nicole Dennis-Benn). Masterful in its examination of freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, […]

Writer Beverly Morris reveals her secret to telling a great story

Novelist Beverly Ann Morris loves telling a story that captures the readers’ emotions. In her latest novel, No Matter What, Morris captivates the reader with a storyline that is relatable. Rolling out spoke with the Memphis native about the book and what inspires her to write. What should readers expect from the book? In my […]

‘The Days of Afrekete’ by Asali Solomom

Liselle Belmont is having a dinner party. It seems a strange occasion–her husband, Winn, has lost his bid for the state legislature and they’re having the key supporters over to thank them for their work. Liselle was never sure about Winn becoming a politician, never sure about the limelight, about the life of fundraising and […]

Book of the Month: ‘Black Was the Ink’ by Michelle Coles

Malcolm Williams hasn’t been okay for a while. He’s angry and despondent and feels like nothing good ever happens for teens like him in D.C. All he wants is to be left alone in his room for the summer to draw or play video games–but no such luck. With growing violence in his neighborhood, his […]

Anita Kopacz depicts magical journey of a Black mermaid in ‘Shallow Waters’

Award-winning writer and spiritual psychologist, Anita Kopacz recently penned her first novel Shallow Waters, one filled with magical and historical journeys with a young Black mermaid named Yemaya. Kopacz talked to rolling out about how she drew from the Yoruba legend of Yemaya, a Black mermaid deity who watched over enslaved Africans. What is the story […]

‘The Bench: When Life Begins Again’ by Bridget N. Tharpe

Author, Bridget Tharpe shares that often when circumstances of life knock the wind out of our very being, we find ourselves taking a respite on the bench of life. Battling sickness can drain anybody from the core. The Bench is a metaphor for the station on which we place ourselves along the sidelines of our […]

‘No Matter What’ by Beverly Morris

No Matter What is a dramatic novel of interlocking relationships. Through challenges and situations that would make most people walk away, somehow these couples find the strength to stay together no matter what

Book of the Week: ‘The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes’

Growing up in dive bars up and down the East Coast, Toni Bennette’s guitar was her only companion…until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and before long he was Toni’s way out, promising they’d escape their stifling small town together. Then Seb turned eighteen and split without looking back. […]

Book of the Week: ‘While Justice Sleeps’

Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together–excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn–the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases–has slipped into a […]

Bestselling writer Kennedy Ryan shares advice on sharpening your craft 

Journalist turned best selling romance author Kennedy Ryan, is a literary force to be reckoned with. Ryan writes stories rooted in feminism that all women can relate to, while often challenging the boundaries of tradition. Her authenticity and talent have won her prestigious honors like the RITA Award, USA Today Bestseller, and Top 25 Amazon […]

KC Mills says balance and innovation are key when pursuing excellence

KC Mills was headed down a corporate career track and appeared to have accomplished the American dream as a working wife and mother until she discovered her passion for words. After finding the world of urban literature, Mills left her corporate job and decided to impact the world as a writer by providing women with a […]

Author Poppii King releases novel ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

Poppii King is a writer and creative with an extraordinary gift of storytelling in its purest form. She recently released her novel Look What You Made Me Do. The book speaks volumes as it relates to women around the world who have been sexually abused/assaulted or who are just overcoming a particular situation within life’s journey. […]

Gucci Mane working on book, ‘Autobiography of a Trap God’

Gucci Mane likely won’t be leaving prison until 2016, but the incarcerated Atlanta rapper is at least keeping busy during his time behind bars. According to Gucci, he is writing a novel that is based on his life. The rapper posted on Twitter about his latest endeavor, but didn’t share any details about the book other than it’s title.