Happy Tuesday fellow Meanderers! As you all well know by now, I created this regular newsletter to keep me engaged with you on a regular basis. This will provide a way for you to know what’s going on with me even though I’m not camping out on Social Media anymore. The Hate U Give is coming to the big screen in October. It is my most anticipated movie of the year! Check out my homegirl Angie Thomas’s books below. Also, in this issue, I’m sharing Mia Sheridan’s Dane’s Storm. Stick around long enough and you’ll see how much I love Angie Thomas, Mia Sheridan and their novels, too!
Writing, Writing, Writing!
As an African American woman who just happens to be a writer, I don’t very often write or read about subjects that put me in a dark place. It’s a personal choice, because there’s so much real stuff going on in the world, romance is my way of escaping what is sad, unsavory and downright hurtful. But, inevitably there are moments when I am compelled to emerge into reality, because it doesn’t go away no matter how hard I try to ignore it. So, I have to watch news and read books that are culturally relevant and timely as they relate to current events. The Hate U Give is a book that I chose to read because it was all those things and more. The author of The Hate You Give is a young woman who lives within a 30 mile radius of where I spent a large portion of my young adult life. Having that in common with the author made her book a “must read” for me because despite our state being one that is often ridiculed for its current ranking in education and its history of oppression, it is by contrast a place that is rich in artistic culture. So often when I am asked by others who wonder, oftentimes aloud, “Can anything good come from Mississippi?” My answer is most emphatically a resounding, “Yes!” And in the interest of time, I won’t elaborate in this newsletter exactly why (I’ll leave that for another time). Just trust me that there’s a long list of writers who hail from this southern state that is often last in most everything else.
Angie Thomas, an author who was born, bred and still resides in Jackson, MS penned The Hate You Give as her inaugural debut into publication, and what a hit it has been. All you have to do is look at the long list of accolades below which The Hate You Give has received, and within the next couple of weeks, this groundbreaking book will come to the Big Screen with a star-studded cast. If this isn’t success for a denizen of the lowliest state in the union, I don’t know what is. To say I am proud of Ms. Thomas is an understatement.
In this Monday’s Meanderings, again on a Tuesday, I’m sharing something with you that is near and dear to my heart. Not only because it is a bestselling young adult novel, but because it addresses a subject matter that is yet another stain on America that we can’t seem to remove from the fabric of its history.
Speaking of writing, if you want to read any of my books while you’re waiting on my new stuff to publish, you can find all my books here, where most of them are $0.99: LV Lewis books!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The acclaimed, award-winning novel is now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, Issa Rae, and Common.
8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book ∙ #1 New York Times Bestseller!
“Absolutely riveting!” —Jason Reynolds
“Stunning.” —John Green
“This story is necessary. This story is important.” —Kirkus (starred review)
“Heartbreakingly topical.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A marvel of verisimilitude.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A powerful, in-your-face novel.” —Horn Book (starred review)
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
And don’t miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas’s powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.
Coming, February 2019!
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.
But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.
Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.
Mia Sheridan can write her a$$ off. This is a given. My life as an author became much more meaningful when I began to read her books. Meeting her through our shared passion for writing and a similar life experience (which occurs in Dane’s Storm) made me feel as if I weren’t in the writing life, or life alone. All I’ve learned about Mia through her writing and knowing her on Facebook has shown me repeatedly what a great down to earth person she is, and what a great wife and mother she is. I know a lot of authors through my experience as an Indie Author, but they don’t all live up to the hype they share on social media, but Mia Sheridan does, and I love her for it.
All that said, it’s time for me to talk about Dane’s Storm. If you’ve read Mia’s stories long enough, you know that she writes a series called, “Sign of Love” novels. Each story features a protagonist who carries a particular zodiac sign. Dane’s Storm is inspired by Cancer.
Dane and Audra fell in love as teens. They marry early, but a tragedy destroys their marriage. Like many women who experience what Audra did, she finds something with which to consume the pain. In her case, it’s her flower shop. Almost a decade passes before they come into contact again. As with any relationship that has lain fallow for such a long time, their early interactions are quite awkward, but they each harbor feelings for the other that doesn’t seem possible after so many years. It’s being foisted into the position of having to trust again after such a devastating tragedy that gets them both. When the plan crashes in a mountainous area in the dead of winter, they are forced to trust each other enough to survive, which may just resurrect the feelings they believed long dead.
Mia’s stories are real, provocative, and entertaining. As with all her novels I’ve ever read, she captures my attention from the beginning and doesn’t let go until it’s fulfilling resolution.
Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan
A gripping, exquisitely romantic new standalone by New York Times bestselling author Mia Sheridan.
Dane was her first kiss and the only man she ever loved . . . until their marriage crashed and burned. Now Audra has built a quiet life for herself running a flower shop she’s put her whole heart into. But Audra is left reeling when an unexpected circumstance brings Dane back into her world. He’s still as breathtaking as he ever was, and he still affects her more than any man she’s ever known. Yet learning to trust him again could be a matter of life and death . . .
When Dane offers to fly his ex-wife from California to Colorado to help correct a wrong, he never imagined the harrowing twist of fate awaiting them. When their plane goes down in the snowy mountain wilderness, Dane and Audra are stranded with no one to turn to but each other. Will their second crash end their lives—or save their souls?
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY CANCER. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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