by Taki S. Raton
Urban fiction writer and journalist James E. Causey will be featured for a presentation and book signing this Saturday, December 15 at the Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique in the Grand Avenue Mall, 272 West Wisconsin Avenue.
His first book, “The Twist” was proclaimed “a great debut novel” by an online book reviewer. The sequel “Twisted” has recently been published in 2012. Causey is an editorial writer and columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His novels are available for sale and will be signed by the author.
Causey was a 2008 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2011, he received a first-place award for sports writing from the National Association of Black Journalist and a National Headliner Award for commentary. He additionally received numerous Milwaukee Press Club recognitions for his writings. Causey is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Fox Point and serves as president of the Wisconsin Black Media Association.
The Nieman Fellowship is an award given to mid-career journalist by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. This fellowship allows winners to reflect on their careers and cultivate their skills. The Nieman is awarded to reporters, editors, photographers, producers, editorial writers, cartoonists, and Internet specialist with at least five years of full-time professional experience in the news media. The fellowship home is at the Lippman House in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ayzha Fine Arts opened its doors October 19 in observance of the October city wide “Gallery Night” festivities. The gallery represents original works by local, regional, national and international artists for sale, as well as prints, jewelry, cards, books, CDs and organic hair products.
Ayzha is located on the second floor of the Shops of Grand Avenue across from the elevator. The Causey book signing presentation is free and open to the public. For additional information on the author or Ayzha Fine Arts, please contact the gallery at (414) 220-4355.
Local author, Chandra West has just had her second book, Vanilla Dream published. In her latest fiction novel, Ms. West tells a story of relationships and the drama of the love triangle. The book, targeted to females, from young to old, doormat to gold-digger, black to white, is guaranteed to entertain, meanwhile give solace in that everyone falls in love and lots of people men or women fall in love with the wrong one…at least a couple times in life. Vanilla Dream was released by La Femme Fatale Publishing and is expected to be released October 15th, 2012.
The book was written not only to entertain but to open people up to interracial relationships, yes even in a day when there is an African American President; also, to give women in abusive relationships encouragement that they can get out. In a time where sex sells and erotic fiction is a booming business, this story is sure to make a few people blush, turn a few people on and have the rest asking Ms. West when her next book is coming out.
Chandra began writing at a very early age, took a Journalism class during her tenure at Nicolet High School and her first Creative Writing course while she attended UW-Milwaukee. Since that time, she continued to write numerous short stories. But Living Ghetto Fabulous published in 2006 was the first story turned to novel.
Book Release party will be November 1st, 2012 at 4:30 pm downtown at Cathedral Square Whiskey Bar, 788 N. Jackson Street in Milwaukee. The book is currently available for purchase on Kindle at www.amazon.com.
For more information about Vanilla Dream or to have Chandra West attend your book club meeting, speaking engagement or book signings contact her at [email protected]
New York – She’s baaaack! Author Madison Taylor, the mastermind behind the skillfully laced trilogy “Scattered Lies I, II, and III” has returned! And she has not missed a beat with her pen. This time dishing a dose of danger so delectable, her readers are destined to drool in longing desperation as they weave their way toward the plot’s end. Her fourth book release in less than five years, Taylor’s latest fiction fantasy is “WWW.com.” No longer publishing under her own independent company, Influential Writers Publishing, Taylor is celebrating her growing success under the banner of 5 Star Publications with her latest novel!
Taylor has firmly established herself in the world of urban lit fare with a keen knack for entwining people, plots, and unlikely ploys together. With her “Scattered Lies” trilogy, she deftly grew her fan base, book by book, entangling readers in an escalating whirlwind of passion, suspense, and drama.
With “WWW.com” however, Madison turns up the intensity with a storyline that literally pushes the reader out of this world into the expansive space of virtual reality. In “WWW.com” Taylor unapologetically whisks the mind to the outer limits as she rampages the senses with scenarios that fuel and unleash the imagination.
In the novel, Ramon Ramirez and Daniel Munger are the most feared men in America. Spearheading Shark Enterprise, better known as The Secret Society, they expertly engage the Internet as their playground for deception. The one rule of their secret community is that there are no rules! A “click” can get you whatever you want, from sex to money, and even murder.
But in “WWW.com,” with the W’s standing for World Wide Web, you will be introduced to Chance, Seven, Justice and Patience; four unlikely heroines whose paths cross in a lethal synergy to bring these men down! These ladies prove that the entry into cyberspace can be even more dangerous when you don’t know who is behind the “click.”
Bronx, NY native, Madison Taylor once again expertly converges her knowledge of the streets with her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her writing style deliciously seduces with precise attention to detail, inventive plots, unexpected twists, and toe curling dilemmas.
“‘WWW.com’ is one of my most wicked works,” shares the author. “I believe my readers will have a special appreciation for these women as they courageously take matters into their own hands for the greater good. I find that aspect of the tale particularly liberating. In addition, by tackling the realm of cyber space, I’ve expanded my dimensions for suspense, terror, and even retribution. We know about the mean streets out here, but what about the deadly paths in the cyber world? ‘WWW.com’ takes you way out there. It is then up to the reader to find their way back home,” reveals Taylor.