Justice for #BreonnaTaylor #StandWithBre

It really doesn’t matter whether you’re black, white, or any other race it’s pretty clear when we look at the handling of Breonna Taylor’s tragic death at the hands of the police, there has been a clear miscarriage of justice. The outcome that we’ve all learned about this week is pretty sickening– in my personal view. After George Floyd and Rayshard Brook this is a slap in the face.This morning something very strange happened to me, I actually shared the full event as a Facebook post. Basically before I got out of bed as I always do on a Sunday and most other days I closed my eyes and asked the Universe and myself ‘what’s the focus this week, where should I place my energy?’ Breonna Taylor’s face and this picture that I always see came to my mind’s eye, as clear as day. I then said to myself ‘what?’ Along came the word ‘petition.’

Weird! I journalled about it in my diary, it was a very strange experience for this to be placed in my mind’s eye. Then I did some online research around the case. Last week the editor of Aspiring Author Magazine LLC asked me for the October edition to focus on Black History month in the UK, when I submit my articles for October. I’ll also be adding something in to support Breonna Taylor’s online petitions for justice also, following what happened this morning!

I have signed these two as the concerns that the petitions express, also reflect the same concerns I have around the handling of her case, her death, the police involvement, laws, and the overall outcome. If you see the miscarriage of justice please sign and support her. #StandWithBre

Petition one: Change.org

On this link 11340,523 people have signed at the time of writing this. The target is 12,000,000 add your support!

https://www.change.org/p/andy-beshear-justice-for-breonna-taylor

Petition two: Stand With Bre

On this link 59,500 people have signed at the time of writing this. The target is 75,000 add your support!

https://www.standwithbre.co

About Breonna

As a full-time EMT for two hospitals in Louisville, Kentucky, Breonna Taylor was a beloved and respected essential worker during the coronavirus pandemic. That police brutality killed her, and not the virus, is a painful reflection of the state of America.

A loving daughter, caring sister, and a kind and giving friend throughout her short life, she had a servant’s heart and dedicated her entire life to helping people. 

Breonna and her hard-working family moved to Louisville, Kentucky 12 years ago looking for a better life together. They found better jobs, a welcoming community, good schools, and were happy to call Louisville their home. 

Breonna was always caring and thoughtful of others. At an early age she decided to dedicate her time to helping people. She worked with children with disabilities right after she graduated high school and spent the last several years working as an Emergency Medical Technician as she prepared to become a full-time nurse.

As proud as her family was of the good she did, they were concerned by the risks she faced serving patients impacted by the coronavirus. As an employee of not just one but two medical centers, she was living out her dream of serving others. She was truly on the front lines of the pandemic response, risking her own life every day to protect the community that she had come to love, and that loved her. 

About the case / March 13, 2020

Around 1 a.m. on March 13, while Breonna was asleep in her own bed, a rogue, renegade task force of three white male Louisville Metro Police officers with questionable records known as the Crime Interdiction Division gathered silently outside and crept through her apartment complex in the dead of night. Not a single member of the community saw or heard them. They were dressed in plain clothes and never announced themselves or knocked on Breonna’s door.

When they arrived at Breonna’s apartment, they broke the door down, burst into her home, and in a matter of seconds, they opened fire, taking Breonna’s life. The police were so wildly irresponsible and reckless, that their bullets were found in three different apartments. In total, they fired their weapons dozens of times, hitting Breonna at least 8 times, likely more. The local funeral home told the family that her body was riddled with bullets. 

The officers would later claim that they had an arrest warrant, and were executing a drug raid, and they only opened fire in self-defense. 

Breonna’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who is an upstanding citizen and is beloved by Breonna’s family, was also home asleep at the time and did indeed fire on one of the police officers during the raid, but only because he thought he and Breonna were experiencing an armed robbery. The officers did not announce themselves before entering, and they were not in uniform. Kenneth actually called the police himself, assuming they were experiencing a dangerous break-in. 

No drugs were found at the scene. Breonna was not a suspect. Instead of holding the officers involved accountable, the police arrested Kenneth Walker, a licensed gun owner who was merely defending himself and his family. 

The LMPD officers responsible for Breonna’s murder are John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron just announced that the grand jury failed to indict any of the officers for Breonna Taylor’s death, and that they would indict only Officer Brett Hankison with shots fired into other apartments during this senseless killing.

Not only were these officers at the wrong home, in the wrong apartment complex, and in the wrong neighborhood, the man they were looking for had already been arrested by their department early that day.

Good News: New Ventures as an Associate Editor Starts This Week!

TL

I was yet to come across a publishing house, with a literary magazine that’s purely dedicated to the romance genre. That was until recently Tallon Lake seem to be it, and I can’t believe my application was successful for the Associate Editor’s role! I submitted Sacrifices which is published on the 30th of this month, for consideration to be featured and saw the advert for the role. On the off chance I asked about the job, and what it’s all about. I really liked the sound of it so I applied, as of this week I landed the job to my surprise. Here’s a bit about the Tallon Lake:

Tallon Lake

Tallon Lake (TL) is a digital quarterly literary magazine that specializes in romance short fiction, poetry, and art. It represents the specific subgenres of contemporary, historical, and paranormal. Within these subgenres, various romance relationship levels will be explored, from insta-love to slow-burn and from innocent struggle to closed door. TL focuses on the relationship and its struggle, character development, and sensuality. The magazine does not print sexuality explicit content.

One goal of the magazine is to open opportunities for diverse voices, providing inclusivity. This means that the editor welcomes content from all writers, poets, and artists, including BIPOC,  LGBTQ, and international creatives. Another goal of the magazine is to pamper readers and to help them escape into a much safer, warmer environment – far away from the harsh reality of today’s stress-filled world, one page at a time. The last goal of the magazine is to give back to the community. Each quarter, the editing staff will select a charity that benefits critical social issues — like mental helath awareness, human trafficking, child abuse, homelessness, and addiction — and gift 10% of its sales to help create a better world for all.

Tallon Lake isn’t just a magazine… it’s a legecy of good will, entertainment, and positive energy.

To learn more about the people behind TL, see TL Staff.

 

What’s An Associate Editor’s Role?

Well I’ll read the submissions that come in from writers, then agree with the team which stories are a good fit for us. Then, it’s my job to work with authors who receive conditional publishing contracts, covering the editorial side of things, before the publication of their work in a nutshell.

Am I excited? You bet! The first magazine is published on my birthday in February. (That’s fate LOL). I really look forward to this role, it’s the second editorial role I’ve had.  My last one I enjoyed for a current affairs magazine, it’s just a shame the founder let the project go. I have faith that Tallon Lake as a publishing house and literary magazine will do great things! Plus, it’s the genre I love to read and write (other than thriller), it’s a dream job really.

Also, Tallon Lake’s main focus is to publish marginalised voices, this I am all about and I love that. This was a massive selling point for me when I decided to apply.  BIPOC ( Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), and LGBTQ stories and writers are sooooooooooooo welcome at this small press! I look forward to reading  what comes in. Note that BDSM and erotica genres are not accepted by Tallon Lake.  

 Do You Love Reading Romance Like Me?

Right now, the team are preparing to publish the February issue, there will be a preview copy available this November. If you’d love to grab a preview then just check out https://www.tallonlakemag.com/  and add yourself to the newsletter. There will be NO spam or unnecessary emails, don’t worry. You’ll be notified when the preview is ready!

Does This Mean I’ll Stop Writing?

Hell-to-the-no! Writing is my first love, you can make a writer an editor, but I don’t think you can convert or convince a true writer (who loves it) to give up that part for pure editorial work. Well, at least not in my case! I will be writing my romantic suspense stories and thrillers/mysteries just like normal. In fact my focus is my series of mysteries I shared the covers for last week. That will not stop. You might be thinking, ‘so why are you doing this?’ To be honest, I love magazine work,  and I love reading too. I always have and it’s even better when it’s focused on things I feel passionate about, be it current affairs or the genre I write in. Plus, this is so exciting I am yet to really see a romance only focused literary magazine, so why the hell not!? I’d read it even if I never had the role, if there’s a chance to be part of it even better.  I may enjoy it it’s worth a try!

I’ll keep you guys updated on what we’re working on, but in the mean time feel free to check out Tallon Lake here: https://www.tallonlakemag.com/

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Cover Reveals- Oh Wow!

I hope everyone is well? During these (continued) tough times that we all face. My only real distraction right now from the news, and reality, are reading and writing. I’ve just finished reading a wonderful book of poetry, I’m now about to work on the next one of my babies and write a few worlds.

Before I get cracking, I’d love to sharing with you, and the world, the first three of my Unsolved Mysteries series! I did a over share on FB a few weeks back, here’s the blurbs with them. Yeah! Each one is a stand-alone story. ‘The Note’, ‘The Red Light Girls’ and ‘Till Death Do Us part’.

They should go up on pre-sale pretty soon, some time after Sacrifices my historical romantic suspense, which will be released on the 30th September. I’m waiting for the world from my publisher about the mysteries. Me, I’m just happy to have knocked out a few more projects, and be inspired during this pandemic.

Book #1 The Note:

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The Note is book one of the Unsolved Mysteries series of stand-alone, novella length, mystery, and psychological thriller stories. Set in different locations around the world.

Tony Patel, one of London’s wealthy entrepreneurs was diagnosed with cancer, and became estranged from his wife of thirty years Manisha. During their separation, his mistress Chelsea Jackson, became Tony’s carer while his cancer progressed. Unexpectedly Tony’s mutilated  body is found dumped in a park. Detective Dunne and his partner McDonald investigated his murder. Everyone had a motive especially when money was on the table, and his wife Manisha, and their adult children were cut out of his will then replaced by his mistress Chelsea. Was this an act of kindness from Tony, toward his carer and mistress? Or was there foul play and pressure to change his will by Chelsea? What about his murderer? The case was left unsolved, with lack of evidence.

Tony’s unsolved murder file is reopened when Detective Dunne receives a mystery note, three months later. For the second time once more mystery notes are sent by an anonymous tip off, Detective Dunne and McDonald re-investigate and piece together the mystery that surrounded the entrepreneur’s death, and what led him to change his Last Will in Testament.  

The note is a fast paced crime thriller, with a touch of mystery novella story. Dunne and McDonald have only one more chance to close this case and find Tony’s murderer, with the help of the mystery notes.

Book #2 The Red Light Girls

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The Red Light Girls is book two of the Unsolved Mysteries series of stand-alone, novella length, mystery, and psychological thriller stories. Set in different locations around the world.

Amsterdam a fun and exciting city is set on edge, when women linked to the Red Light District turn up dead  on Amsterdamse Bose woodland area, or reported missing. Madeline Sloane a ballsy journalist for one of London’s tabloid papers is bored with her job and surroundings, she finds herself in Amsterdam working for the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Her new job becomes her obsession and determination to help Detective Janssen close in on the person responsible for fates of the Red Light Girls. She reports on the city’s events, and forms a plan of action of her own once her intuition guides her to a suspect. There’s only one person standing in her way of finding Amsterdam’s serial killer, not everything is as it seems in Madeline’s world.

The Red Light girls is a novella length mystery, with a strong headed female on a mission to cover areas that the local police have failed to, and close an unsolved mystery.

Book #3 Till Death Do Us Part

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What happens when a convicted murderer confesses to a crime committed, and unsolved mystery from almost thirty years ago, but something seems ‘off’ about him, the crime, and the confession? Would you believe them? ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ is book #3 of the Unsolved Mysteries Series!

I’m currently working up my final draft with my publisher for blurb for this one, so I won’t say too much LOL. But the paragraph above that’s what’s in store!

Stay tuned for more details on books #4-#6. Three will be released at a time! These three towards the end of 2020.

New Release: ‘The Path of Good Response’ by Steve Frogley @lovebookstours

Book Blurb:

Do you value your mother’s health above peace in the Middle East? How about your career over global warming?

If a company runs the best graduate scheme in the world, then it can afford to be probing with its interview questions.

When Joe Massey is offered a role aboard Schelldhardt’s luxurious headquarters at sea, he discovers that the company mission is beyond anything he had ever imagined. Strange dreams disturb his sleep, and it soon becomes clear that nothing is quite as it seems.

Is he really the right man for the job? And if not, then why is he there at all?


Buy Link 

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Meet The Author

Steve is a writer of contemporary fiction, who enjoys reading books of many different genres.

Originally from Southend in Essex, Steve now lives on the South Coast of England with his family, after a few happy years spent in New Zealand. The Path of Good Response is his first novel. He has spent most of his working life in the IT industry, but writing is his real passion.

The workplace has changed a great deal during Steve’s career. He started writing The Path of Good Response back in 2016, and the fictional company in the novel, Schelldhardt, seems less of an exaggeration by the year. It appears that reality is fast catching up with dystopian writing, and in many ways overtaking it.

He hopes that you enjoy reading his book, and welcomes any feedback.


Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/2SwTl2c

Did Amazon Cancel Your Pre-Order? Check This Out

I’m soooo sorry the last twenty-four hours for my publisher and I have been frustrating. I sent out a newsletter to all readers but I will share it here too…

Long story short, three days before its original release day Amazon decided to cancel all the pre-orders on Sacrifices. Why? ‘ They did not notice the file for the book uploaded.’  Say what? I beg your pardon?… It’s been there for weeks! Following all the poof-reading and editing.

Not only that, I understand that someone from my publisher’s offices spoke to Amazon this week, to confirm. Reason being the word on the street is many authors and publishing houses are having orders cancelled, and other issues with Amazon right now. So the error was on Amazon’s side not mine or my publisher’s and we both are very sorry– on Amazon’s behalf, for their error.

What Does This Mean?
Well, Amazon published it anyway, as soon as my publisher got on the phone. But, the pre-orders will not automatically go through, so for you if you’re someone who did purchase the e-book at 99 cent, it is now available and you can re-purchase Sacrifices now for the same price– 99 Cent. And you have not and will not be charged for the original pre-order that’s well and truly cancelled. Of course anyone who didn’t purchase at this bargain price is also free to do so, now it’s published.

If you did pre-order I really appreciate you! Please continue your support for this wonderful story! And re-purchase today or when you can now it’s published.  I’ve already had one very nice review on BookBub already.  The paperback and audio should (eventually) depending on Amazon and their dramas right now be published.

Is It Free To Read On Kindle Unlimited?
You bet it is! Yes! jump in.

Advanced Readers, Are You There?
Thank you to all Advanced  Copy Readers! I appreciate your time, thank you for requesting the raw, gallery draft of this story  before the final publishing. you’re also now free to leave a review on Amazon if you have time here.

Click the cover below to discover, this wonderful story at just 99 cent.

Have a wonderful day.
Kim

Release Day! And Still 99 Cent For a Limited Time

Today’s the day… two day’s early, but I will explain the drama with Amazon in a separate blog. Sacrifices is still 99 cent for a limited time! Thank you all readers for your support. Please leave a review on Amazon too. I appreciate you.

FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited too, check out Amazon on this link here.

Book Blurb

Sacrifices is a riveting romantic story with historical and suspenseful elements set in the 1960s jazz scene and the present day.

Jane O’Sullivan, a sultry twenty-seven-year-old singer, starts a torrid, forbidden affair during the 1960s jazz scene in London. Working hard, she makes a name for herself. She’s a woman with dreams, hopes, and a burning desire to leave Europe behind and travel to New Orleans with her lover, Louis.

Louis Simpson, a charming twenty-nine-year-old musician from Jackson, Mississippi, is on tour with his band in London. Back home, the height of the civil rights movement plays out in the USA. Driven by ambition, a forbidden love, and a desire to turn his life around, he pushes forward, living his dream.

Once their paths cross, a twist of fate crushes Jane’s world, forcing her to make a life-changing decision that impacts both her and Louis. This historical love story spans across the Atlantic and roams through Europe with love, loss, and broken promises.

Twenty-five years later, when Jane and Louis’ paths cross on a Greek Island, will the helping hand of fate bring them together, or rip them apart, once more?

Amazon link: https://bit.ly/3dS232U

Hot New Cosy Mystery: Trouble on Main Street .99 Cent+$50.00 Giveaway!

Trouble on Main Street
Sugar Mountain Book 1
by Kirsten Fullmer
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Sweet Romance
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The new guy in town, Adam Williams, is determined not to get involved in Sugar Mountain’s business. His last job in a big city planning office ruined his life, but Heidi needs his help. No matter how hard he tries to stay detached, Adam finds himself eyeball deep in Heidi’s problems, as well as the needs of her teenage son and a homeless dog.
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New Release: Five Day Special .99 Cent. #amreading

Just five days until release day! Yeah, but that also means that Sacrifices is only .99 cent on pre-order for just five more days! then it’s 4.99. It will also be free to read in Kindle Unlimited too.

Checkout Amazon here: https://bit.ly/3dS232U

Book Blurb:

Jane O’Sullivan, a sultry twenty-seven-year-old singer, starts a torrid, forbidden affair during the 1960s jazz scene in London. Working hard, she makes a name for herself. She’s a woman with dreams, hopes, and a burning desire to leave Europe behind and travel to New Orleans with her lover, Louis.

Louis Simpson, a charming twenty-nine-year-old musician from Jackson, Mississippi, is on tour with his band in London. Back home, the height of the civil rights movement plays out in the USA. Driven by ambition, a forbidden love, and a desire to turn his life around, he pushes forward, living his dream.

Once their paths cross, a twist of fate crushes Jane’s world, forcing her to make a life-changing decision that impacts both her and Louis. This historical love story spans across the Atlantic and roams through Europe with love, loss, and broken promises.

Twenty-five years later, when Jane and Louis’ paths cross on a Greek island, will the helping hand of fate bring them together, or rip them apart, once more?

Checkout Amazon here: https://bit.ly/3dS232U

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Amazon link http://bit.ly/2Lzdnpt (please leave a review if you read! Thank you)

Would you risk a second chance, 4,000 miles away in paradise?

Chances, A Puerto Rican Love Affair is book three of the Romance Set In Paradise Series. Of romantic, steamy and suspenseful stand-alone novella length stories, all set in exotic locations around the world. Each one can be read as a stand-alone book.

Thirty-one year old Gabby from Barcelona, Spain has a love for the finer things in life including successful men. She finds herself in need of a change of scene. Opportunity knocks when the European company she works for as a successful estate agent, selling properties to elite clientele expand. Giving her the chance to take a one month work sabbatical, in the beautiful vibrant Caribbean island Puerto Rico. She snaps up the chance to leave Europe behind. Here her path crosses with thirty-five year old Puerto Rican born Mateo Sanchez. A former ‘bad boy’ turned entrepreneur. They touch each other on a physical and soul level, the two become connected. Thing is, while the passion, heat and romance builds between the two, the pair’s love affair becomes caught up in a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal from the past.

Mateo and Gabby fight hard for their blossoming relationship, and against the drama that keeps following them. But there are decisions and sacrifices to make if they are really going to make it work. There’s nothing that Mateo won’t do to show his growing admiration for Gabby, even when the police get involved and he’s in the hot seat. His hand is forced he’s pushed to make moves he promised he would never do again, due to past events and to move forward with Gabby. Gabby is faced with the decision over what sacrifices she’ll make, and where she really sees her future. Back in Spain, London or 4,000 miles away in Puerto Rico. Romance, soul mate connection, heat, lies, betrayal and brushes with the law await readers in this exciting multicultural ‘second chance’ romance.

Amazon link http://bit.ly/2Lzdnpt (please leave a review if you read! Thank you)

Guest Post by Children’s Author Tymeka Coney

What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write this book because I had something to say about racism and I wanted to be a part of the conversation and I wanted to make a contribution to positive change through my gifts and after prayer and meditation this was the project that came to me and I continued to move on it and everything started to flow together. It has been 9 years since I wrote my 1st book so it was also time to give birth to another book and the Pandemic afforded me a chance to do that.

What can we expect from you in the future?

You can expect more children’s books. I really enjoyed the process and you can expect a book about Wisdom, you can expect another Poetry book as I have a Volume I so there has to be a Volume II. You can expect me to continue to write and create media that is thought provoking and entertaining with a message. I will continue to Entertain, Educate and Empower.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

No, I can’t think of any side stories about the characters.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in the book?

In “I Don’t Like Racism,” the main character is DaNyla. The story is told through her eyes as she witnesses police brutality done to her cousin and then she goes on a journey to find out why racism exists as she talks to her Mom, her Dad and her history teacher. She prays and seeks change through protesting and other positive community efforts and she continues to play with and continues to love on her multicultural friends.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

I basically thought it would be great to see a young girl talk about her views on racism and how it affects her and this would be good to educate children all ages about the subject of racism.

Where did you come up with the names in the story?

DaNyla is- (DA)Dallas where I am from and my two favorite entertainment cities (NY) New York and (LA) Los Angeles and Los Angeles is where I now reside. Her name is made up of three major cities where I want to really push the book to as well.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I enjoyed telling the illustrator the vision for the scene and based on what I described to her…Seeing her come back with an illustration that captured my vision and fit perfectly with the words I had written for the scene.

Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?

What makes DaNyla tick is going on a journey to see why racism exists and how she can be a part of the peaceful protest to change/eradicate racism in her community and in the world.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

The title of my first book was Words Unspoken: Volume I- Deeper Than Eyes Can See (This title was simply me sharing all the words I write but never speak out loud and allowing readers a chance to hear my thoughts on love, relationships, historical subjects, entertainers, purpose and so much more.

The title for this book “I Don’t Like Racism” was simply the first words that the main character DaNyla said and this is how she truly feels about racism and this became the premise/theme for the whole book.

Who designed your book covers?

I design my book covers. I tell the graphic artist/illustrator exactly- the colors I want, the images, the layout and design of the book from front to back and we keep working at it until I can say… Yes…this is my vision…Love It!!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

If I had to do it all over again… I would have started sooner on this book because this topic is so urgent for the current times we are living in.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I learned that this topic really does affect all ages. I didn’t realize that there were kids as early as six years old that are aware of racism and its affects on the human race and the importance of being an African-American children’s book author as we only make up 7% in this category.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

If my book was made into a film I would like Marsai Martin or Quvenzhané Wallis.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I want to tell the readers to spread the message and the word about this book and please do write a review on Amazon etc. about what you have read and learned as a result of reading the book.

How did you come up with name of this book?

The title of this book was from the first words I had my character say. I thought it would make a great title.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?

My favorite part of the book is when she says “I love everyone, no matter their race. We are all different but we can all still embrace.” Then we see her in the illustration in the center of her multicultural friends.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would definitely spend time with the main character DaNyla and I would go on the journey with her to eradicate racism.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

They are all from my imagination and what could happen.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

I have the reigns and I pass the baton to allow my characters to have the reign. This book is a must read because it’s going to teach us all the value of loving each other despite the color of our skin and it is a must read because racism is relevant right now.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

I have not written any other books that aren’t published, I have two published books. 

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

If my book had a candle it would be vanilla because it is a popular fragrance that most people like and buy and it has a sweet aroma to it. 

What did you edit out of this book?

I edited out a few illustrations that didn’t quite align with the words I wrote. 

Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

I’m inspired by all the African American children’s book authors that are on the bestseller’s list like a few are:  

Matthew Cherry- “Hair Love” and Grace Byers-“I Am Enough,” and so many others.  

I would ask how it feels to be on the bestsellers list and some of the steps they took with their book to get there in this genre.

Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?’-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.

Did you know this book was written in one day?  Did you know that the Author is really an introvert/reserved and somewhat shy and she communicates better through writing which is why she enjoys it because it is a form of self expression and it is relaxing and cathartic? 

New Release: ‘I Don’t Like Racism’ (Children’s Fiction) + $15.00 Giveaway!

I Don’t Like Racism
by Tymeka Coney
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
This book tells the story of racism through the eyes of a young African-American girl, DaNyla, and her experiences with racism as she witnesses her cousin involved in police brutality and she tries to understand why racism exists. She talks to her Mom, and her History Teacher about racism to better understand where it evolved, then she prays about it and decides to continue to dream and hope for change for a better tomorrow as she still continues to fight for what’s right peacefully all while still loving her family and her multicultural friends.
 
This story will teach all ages, genders and nationalities about racism and it seeks to inspire us all to unite and love one another despite the color of our skin.
 
 
 


 
Tymeka Coney is an actress, producer, director, playwright, poet, songwriter, voiceover and now activist with the release of her new children’s picture book, “I Don’t Like Racism,” which was inspired by the police brutality she has witnessed in the world and first hand. Tymeka’s first book was “Words Unspoken: Volume I-Deeper Than Eyes Can See,” poetry book released in 2011. She also has a Spoken Word album, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dreams,” available on Amazon and her recent extended single “COVID 19- Social Distancing,” also on Amazon.
 
She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and now resides in Los Angeles, California where she gives back to the community by teaching young people how to read and write and acting.
 
 

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