I Define D.I.V.A. Radio has launched!!

I Define D.I.V.A. Radio is now scheduling interviews with entrepreneurs, artist, authors, bloggers and speakers looking to expand their network and inspire others. If you have a product, service or story that you would like to share, please email Mz. R @ iredefinediva@gmail.com, to schedule your spotlight today! I Define D.I.V.A. (2)

Captured By Terri J. Haynes

Special Agent Will Anderson is counting the days before he transfers from the D.C. Human Rights squad of the FBI, but he’s leaving behind everyone he loves. He is asked to interview a victim of suspected human trafficking, a simple task, but finds himself deeply involved in the case.

Social rights activist, Savannah Elliott, has made a fresh start in Washington, D.C., but a routine consultation on a D.C. Human Rights case brings her face to face with a terror from her past.

As Will and Savannah struggle to solve the case, they are forced to face choices, some they’ve buried for years. Will their decisions, past and present, bring them love and safety or will they lose everything, including their lives?     Purchase Now!captured

Plan It!: The Complete Resource Guide for Authors, Book Clubs & Literary Event Planners By Sharon Lucas

A well organized book club can be invaluable in spreading the news about great books and talented authors and what better way to achieve that than bringing these two groups together in a well-planned and executed literary event. Plan It! The Complete Resource Guide for Authors, Book Clubs, & Literary Event Planners provides anyone who wants to start a book club with an all-in-one guide to planning book club and literary events. This required companion includes forms, checklists, and tips to start and manage book club meetings, author visits, and planning full-scale literary events. Not just for book clubs, though, this handy guide also provides authors and event planners with the information they need to make any event a resounding success. Purchase Now! 

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The Perfect Guy

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What could be better than having Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut and Sanaa Lathan on-screen together? A thrilling and twisted plot! The Perfect Guy hits theaters September 11th and something tells us, it’s going to be a film you don’t want to miss.

Storyline:

The Perfect Guy follows a woman (Lathan) who meets an IT expert (Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But after a sexually charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he disrupts her life. Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. She enjoys a challenging, fast-paced career as a lobbyist; Dave (Morris Chestnut), her long-term boyfriend loves her. And yet, at 36, she’s ready to move to the next phase. Marriage and a family seem a logical and welcome step. Dave is not so sure. A bit commitment phobic, his misgivings lead to a painful break up.

Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Caring and solicitous of Leah and her family and friends, their relationship rapidly progresses. It seems Leah has met the perfect guy. But if it seems too good to be true… Soon Carter’s protective nature morphs into something more sinister. It’s clear Leah has to end this new relationship and when she does, her onetime lover becomes her ultimate enemy. It will take every bit of her cunning and resolve to escape and outwit him.

 

New Release: Duffle Bag Bitches 5 by Alicia Howard

Alicia Howard is back with the highly-anticipated fifth installment to her  DBB Series. Read the synopsis below then purchase this book today!

Duffle Bag Bitches 5

Synopsis: Dallas, Zane, Mack, Dizzy, Shannon, Jasmine, and Jay have been through hell and back chasing the almighty dollar. They lost a few friends along the way, yet none they couldn’t live without. Money has changed them, love has claimed them, yet nothing can tame them.
Dallas, Shannon, Zane, Mack, Dizzy, Jasmine, and Jay took you to South Carolina, New York, and even Sin City: Las Vegas where they caused hell. Is Beverly Hills, Ca ready for the crew?
Most importantly will Zane forgive Shannon if this child dies? Is the love strong enough to be able to handle the stress of their lifestyle? Is the crew going to die together? Does Mack really love Tasha? Is Dizzy Jasmine’s new love? Is Venom coming home to take over? Will Vicious as well?
Hell did Shannon live? Who is Q for real? Will Mariah get away alive? Will Shannon and Zane ever get married? Is Roc a snake? Page after page of mind-blowing intrigue awaits you! Purchase Now!

New Release: I Am Charlie Wilson

He’s known for his soulful ballads and epic presence in the music industry, now Charlie Wilson is i-am-charlie-wilson-9781476790077_hrgiving us a view of his personal life and struggles. From his fight with addiction to prostate cancer, Charlie’s story will move and inspire.

Synopsis: The long-awaited memoir of seven-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson, the iconic R&B and Funk singer-songwriter-producer—interwoven with his recollections of collaborating with fellow artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, and Snoop Dogg.
Recognized the world over for his distinct voice and timeless hits spanning a career of nearly half a century, Charlie Wilson is one of the most celebrated musicians of his generation. So it took friends and family by surprise when he checked into rehab and revealed that he had been not only homeless, but also helpless.
Here, in the memoir fans have been demanding, is the story of how love and faith carried him through not only his addiction, but also prostate cancer. Here, too, is the story of his work in the music business, including a career resurgence that saw collaborations with some of the most sought-after artists of today, including Pharrell and Justin Timberlake.
Now over twenty years sober, Wilson recounts a life filled with vertiginous highs and heartbreaking lows. His is a story of triumph over adversity, courage in the face of extreme hardship, and love when all else is lost. It is a tale of the last sixty years in social and pop culture history, and one that will stay with you for years to come. Buy Today!

New Release: Thuggz Valentine

thuggzvalentineThe “Official Street Queen” is back! Check out the synopsis for the latest release by Wahida Clark:

This is the first Street Lit book to be written in reverse! Thuggz Valentine is the story of a modern day Bonnie & Clyde, natural born killers who go out in a blaze of glory after taking on the city’s police force. Step by step, readers relive Ebony and Bless’s last day together . . . Valentine’s Day. The day however, starts nothing like it ends, and as time goes back, hour by hour, the two lovers are unable to avoid destiny. Fate brings them together in a most bizarre way, and the couple realize the day is not about winning, it’s about embracing the moment, no matter the outcome.
Thuggz Valentine is the story of a ghetto love doomed from the beginning, but definitely worth the trip to Hell.  Purchase Now!

New Release: Stand Your Ground

standyourgroundVictoria Christopher Murray is back with what is undoubtedly going to be one of the most controversial and inspiring novels this year. Here’s the synopsis:

A black teenage boy is dead. A white man shot him. Was he standing his ground or was it murder?
Janice Johnson is living every black mother’s nightmare. Her seventeen-year-old son was murdered and the shooter has not been arrested. Can the D.A. and the police be trusted to investigate and do the right thing? Should Janice take advantage of the public outcry and join her husband alongside the angry protestors who are out for revenge?
Meredith Spencer is married to the man accused of the killing and she sees her husband and the situation with far more clarity than anyone realizes. What she knows could blow the case wide open, but what will that mean for her life and that of her son? Will she have the courage to come forward in time so that justice can be done?
#1 national bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray’s Stand Your Ground is a pulse-pounding meditation on race, motherhood, marriage, and vigilante justice that will have readers spellbound until its shocking end. Buy it Today!

Murder Where Love Should Abide: The Emanuel AME Church Shootings in Charleston

nohate*** Originally posted 6/18/2015***

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of the heartless-senseless crime that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on yesterday evening. However, if you haven’t, here’s a short rundown.

On the evening of June 17th, members of the Emanuel AME Church along with their Pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, were conducting Bible study when a 21 year old male opened fire. According to reports, eight people died at the scene and a ninth victim died at an area hospital. Authorities say that the suspect, entered the church, sat down and was there for an hour before he opened fire. They are calling the crime a hate crime.

Let me start by saying I know this is not the first shooting to occur at a place of worship. I get that and I was angry when I heard of the others. However, this one had me mad as hell. My first thoughts were:

“Anyone who would even consider committing a crime at a church, synagogue or any religious place or event, should have a special seat reserved for them in Hell. These are locations that the disheartened, spiritually weak, and emotionally broken should be able to go and hear or receive some message that will lift their spirits and give them the desire to keep pushing.  These are the places where men, women and children should be able to come without worry or regret and sing and give praise to the God they serve for His goodness and mercy. Our Place of Worship should be the one place, outside of our homes that we can go and feel at peace.  To walk inside a Holy place and turn it to a bloody crime scene is a cowardly and despicable act. An act that only a heartless, evil parasite could commit.” 

The suspect, Dylann Roof (who is now in custody), strolled into a beautiful place of worship with the intent to take lives. He sat down with members of the congregation, as they studied and prayed; all while knowing he was there to terrorize and destroy. He was allowed in and undoubtedly welcomed without question because, he was in the midst of loving and praying individuals. He was welcomed without question because he was in the Lord’s House and His children welcome and accept all. He was welcomed and instead of using that invitation, to learn and grow-he followed through with his premeditated plan and shed the blood of the unsuspecting worshipers.  I imagine those same victims would have fed, clothed and even sheltered Dylann had he been in need. Those same victims would have went down on their knees and prayed for his protection, grace and for him to be shown mercy. Those same individuals would have listened to his hate-filled rants against black people and would have attempted to teach him that when this life is over, we will all stand before a just God; Who will issue each of us punishment and rewards accordingly.  Punishment/ rewards for the lives we lived and how we loved or didn’t love others. Punishment/rewards  that will have nothing to do with the color of our skin.  I also imagine those individuals, would have told Dylann that they forgive him. These thoughts turned my anger to tears as I begin to think about the conditions of this world. I was once again reminded that no matter how much we progress, there is still so much work to be done.

The truth of the matter is, that no matter how much some would like to brush racism under the rug, its alive and well in this lovely Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Our failure to acknowledge it will only lead to more chaos and destruction. By being silent we are often quietly participating. We have to let those who should be living on their own planet (aka racist, bigots and sexist) know that we will not continue to travel backwards and they shall not win.  However, we should choose to do so in a peaceful manner (whenever possible) and we should allow our actions and voices to speak for the many who have been silenced throughout the years, while fighting for equality, love and freedom. We should do so for  the beautiful victims in Charleston. We should do so for ourselves.  #LOVE