Black History Month: Black Books #5

Welcome to the first annual Black History Month Hop hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read a month long blogging event which focuses on giving black authors, books, and those who support them a month in the spotlight.

For the fourth week of the hop we have a few things planned for you. What’s a hop you ask?  At the bottom of each post you will find a list of other sites participating in the hop.  This way you can easily hop from one blog to another.

Weekly Topics for the Black History Month Hop
1st – 7th Black History Month Giveaway Hop
2nd – 4th Around Town
    5th – 11th The Business of Black Books
   12th – 18th  Black Love
    19th – 25th  Black Books
26th – 29th  The Best of…

We have a lot of giveaways going on right now from great Black authors.  All winners will be announced on 2/29/2012.

Reene Jacob’s “Regina’ Story” & “Brandon’s Story” (Ends 2/24)

Monda Webb’s “7:33am” (Ends 2/25)

Stephanie Norris’ Trouble in Paradise (End 2/29)

This is the week we introduce you to books by Black authors or with Black character.

Peaces of Me

Peer into the life of Olivia Caruthers via a collection of short stories, each one detailing a particular circumstance of her life and the priceless lessons she took away with her. Olivia is just like most of us. She has good days and bad days, friends and enemies, triumphs and heartbreaks. Follow along as she learns the true meaning of friendship, real love, and most importantly, about loving and respecting herself. Everyone who reads even one chapter of her story will see a reflection of themselves in Olivia’s experiences.

MJ Forbes

A Chicago native, MJ Forbes began writing short stories at the age of five. She and a kindergarten friend would write stories and read them to one another over the telephone. MJ continued writing throughout her school days, and won several literary awards. Though it was once only a childhood hobby, MJ later realized the true power of the plume, and began to use writing to give a voice to words which might otherwise have been left unsaid. Her writing brings attention to common issues from a different perspective, allowing the reader to experience a variety of emotions vicariously through her characters. MJ believes that writing is a healing both to the writer and the reader.
“Reading your own feelings from off of a page feels like finally sharing a secret with someone other than yourself. A book won’t judge you if you cry when you shouldn’t or if you laugh when nothing is really funny. Reading provides freedom to acknowledge your emotions, whatever they may be. Writing forces you to do the same.” – MJ Forbes
MJ Forbes is also the president of FreeStoneVirtual Solutions.

Buy the Book

Check out the other blogs and the books they are talking about. Bloggers add your link to the linky as well. One lucky blogger will win a great prize for joining this week.

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