What do you do when you are the world’s biggest secret? Then you discover that you’re next in line at COGIC (Children of the Gun Intel Corporation). How do you handle being the world’s most wanted dead female on your twenty-first birthday? Welcome to Vanna’s life.
Vanna “Lady V” Marino is the Italian and African American daughter of Giuseppe Marino who is 100% Italian. Lady V is the secret that Giuseppe never told until he falls seriously ill. When Vanna turns twenty-one, Giuseppe passes his role to her as the head of the Italian Cartel Mafia (ICM). Vanna holds her own and bows to none. She steps up without fear to take her father’s place at COGIC. COGIC is a corporation of contract killers who always get their trophies. Members of the corporation do not agree with Giuseppe’s choice because she is half black. Lady V finds herself in a war of gunplay between the Italian families, and she refuses to lose.
With bigger problems rising, Lady V has to defend her father’s choice and worry about the Romano family breaking the COGIC code of drugs, killers for hire, and debt contracts. The code doesn’t allow the three to mix. Lady V must find out who placed a five million dollar contract on her head to keep her from running COGIC. With the pressure on, can Lady V fill her father’s shoes? How can she save herself and prove everyone wrong? Failure isn’t an Option in the life of Lady V, The Original Godmother of Gun Play.
Quote From Lady V
I am Lady V. I hold my own and bow to none. I don’t tolerate disrespect. You want to know about me? I am a fucking Lady, the daughter of Giuseppe Marino. I am the one who demands, commands, and is the cream of the crop. It isn’t lonely at the top. I AM VANNA MARINO.
DJ Gatsby Book Club Spotlights The Literary Mixer. It is being held on March 29th 2019 from 6pm – 10pm at The Dwyer Cultural Center. The Dwyer Cultural Center is located on the corner of West 123 St & 258 St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem, NY. This is the first Book Event of the year and it is shaping up to be one of the best of 2019. This Literary Mixer is sponsored by Fever KDM Publishing & 010 Management and is a kid friendly event that is free to the public
Authors set to appear include KD McGregor Author of the Bestselling book Backs’s Against The Wall, Shawn Hudson The Author of 7 Bestselling books, Norman “K Mel” Robinson Author & Fitness Trainer, Ismael R. Brown is a renowned cultural enthusiast, motivational speaker and author of My Own Worst Enemy: A Black Man’s American Story and Sonovia Alexander national Bestselling Author of over 50 Novels.
There will be a Vendors as well as a Book Discussion plus a Q&A with the authors Hosted & Moderated by Jeff Gatsby Wilson Founder of DJ Gatsby Book Club and Author of the upcoming book “Who’s Who In African American Literature”.
Hailing from the village of Harlem NYC, author K.D. McGregor is determined to shake up the literary world with his thrilling urban fiction collection being released on his own FEVER KDM Publishing enterprise. His debut release of the tile Backs Against the Wall is a gritty page-turner, touching on some of the challenges families face in various urban communities across the country. With his first printed literary work, K.D. McGregor asks of the public, what would you do if your back was against the wall?
Norman Robinson, better known as K-Mel, came up from poverty raised in the center of Harlem. Battling through trials and tribulations where he did a four year bid of a 5-10 year drug conspiracy conviction. Now, here he is an Author and Fitness Guru with his own brand and Workout DVD to match his confidence. He is a master trainer and self-proclaimed to be the best in New York City- arguing as one of the top 3 trainer on the east coast.
Bio: Shawn Hudson is a 26 year old self published author that is currently working on his 7th book. He enjoys writing and self publishing after not being able to read and write at one point during his years as a child. He is a hard working Bronx native that is on the come up and his future is a bright as the eye can see.
Ismael R. Brown is a renowned cultural enthusiast, motivational speaker and author of My Own Worst Enemy: A Black Man’s American Story. This autobiography encapsulates his journey into manhood, overcoming American stereotypes of black men, assuming ownership for his mistakes across a variety of relationships and discovering the meaning of self-love.
Ismael is a native of Jacksonville, FL
before relocating to Orlando for to attend the University of Central Florida
where he would obtain his bachelor’s degree in marketing. Upon graduation,
Ismael began his career in the greater Washington, DC metro area for the past
three years before finally ending up in New York City – where he
is working on his next book and other passions.
Sonovia Alexander is a National Bestselling Author who has written over 50 novels an counting. She is the CEO and Founder of Snow Publishing LLC.
At the age of 37, Sonovia is married with 4 children and has managed to maintain a career along with juggling being family oriented. She had a few projects in the works such as her first web series entitled “Silent Cries” that’s based off one of her seven book series.
Sonovia also holds the title of being a playwright. She has written and performed her first play and has aspirations to one day adapt her books into films. To keep up with more on this author, follow her on: on FB- Sonovia Alexander & IG- Sonovia Alexander
For more information on appearing at this event as an Author & Vendor contact event sponsors at OfficialKDMcGregor@gmail.com at text @ 347-535-2101
Jacki Edwards was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, in a small town call Savanna-La-Mar located in the parish of Westmoreland. She is the “wash belly” as Jamaicans would say, if you are the last child born in the family, for Albert and Hazel Edwards. She migrated to Mount Vernon, New York in 1983 along with five of her siblings to join her three other siblings and her parents in the “Big Apple”. She attended Nichol’s Junior High and later graduated from Mount Vernon High in 1987.
Jacki continued to advance her studies on the academic ladder from an associate degree in hospitality management to a bachelor’s degree in business management while she worked in the service industry. Her first job was a reservation agent while living in Miami, FL. After about two years she moved back to New York and worked as a front desk clerk and later was promoted to guest service manager and then to operations manager. As Jacki faced turmoil in her second marriage, she decided on a new career path that would ensure career stability and financial security for herself and her children. She turned to nursing and obtained an Associate of Science degree and later went on to pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing Leadership and Management. Today, Jacki is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, who is in pursuit of the highest degree that can be awarded in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
Jacki has always been able to see challenges as mere opportunities and setbacks as a catapult towards greater achievements from early in her childhood. It was this character trait that stood her in good stead as she navigated the murky water of two marriages which ended in divorce. She faced the realities of her pain in pursuit of peace. Despite her unfortunate circumstances and seemingly contradictory avowals, she still believes in the dignity of love and marriage.
Jacki is a nurse’s nurse and a coach’s coach. Her relentless compassion and empathy towards others is shown in her love and support for the less fortunate. Her dedication to listening, understanding, and then taking action where necessary is some of Jacki’s dazzling character traits. She is an ardent worshipper, soloist, and amateur actress, transformational and motivational speaker, someone who enjoys a good joke and loves to laugh out loud. She has thrilled audiences with her inimitable tenor and exhilarating stage presence.
She is the very proud mother of four wonderful children by birth and one by love. She currently resides in a suburban town, south of Atlanta, GA with her two youngest children and her daughter’s cat Soxy.
This autobiographical account details several of the author’s encounters with the Heavenly Father throughout her life: beginning first as a young, lonely teen to struggles in career, marriage and raising children alone. Despite what she endured in life, the author recognizes that God answered her prayers and provided spiritual advice to keep her motivated and feeling loved.
The various encounters the author had with God hold true to biblical truths, while revealing the author in a personal manner. Her feelings, thoughts and emotions in witnessing God answering her prayers and comforting her in trials allow the encounters to be inspirational examples of the Father’s love for us. The author provides enough detail in each situation to where readers can see the conflict, God’s solution, and the ending result with each encounter.
The concluding chapter “For Your Glory…I tell my Story” is a rousing statement from the author about her life and her struggles, capturing one’s love for the Lord despite the circumstances of life. It is from a perspective of thankfulness for what was taught in trials and love for God’s protection and guidance.
This movie is one of the most important movies of our time. It depicts the strength & determination of black women during the times of slavery. They were not passive or submissive, the were defiant and willing to die for their freedom and the freedom of their families. Harriet Tubman was a woman of God who had a gift that she shared with all who came to know her. She represents Black women and the struggles they go thru till this very day. This movie salutes Harriet Tubman and Black Women all over the world. #GreatMovie#AcademyAward#Oscars#BeFreeOrDie#HarrietTubman
This movie is one of the most important movies of our time. It depicts the strength & determination of black women during the times of slavery. They were not passive or submissive, the were defiant and willing to die for their freedom and the freedom of their families. Harriet Tubman was a woman of God who had a gift that she shared with all who came to know her. She represents Black women and the struggles they go thru till this very day. This movie salutes Harriet Tubman and Black Women all over the world. #GreatMovie #AcademyAward #Oscars #BeFreeOrDie #HarrietTubman
As a victim of domestic violence, Ni’cola Mitchell understood first-hand how at-risk youth are significantly less likely to successfully transition into adulthood due to a lack of resources and opportunity. Her own past led her to create Girls Who Brunch, a non-profit that combats this cultural epidemic by addressing low-income communities, and sponsoring girls in foster care, as well as sex trade victims and teen mothers. Through mentorship and panel facilitations, Girls Who Brunch teaches different ways of thinking that ultimately enables at-risk girls to succeed and flourish.
Girls Who Brunch combines fun performances, raffles and music with challenging workshops that focus on education, STEM, health, sexual trafficking awareness, bullying and empowerment topics. Girls Who Brunch also hosts a Masterclass that specializes in training participants in on business development and financial literacy. Since founding the non-profit three years ago, Ni’cola found fulfillment in helping at-risk girls. Through her work with Girls Who Brunch, she has positively impacted and equipped over 6,000 girls nationwide to become the leaders of tomorrow.
On December 4, 2019 in New York City The 2019 Women of Worth Honorees will be recognized during the 14th annual celebration.
A: I started writing in my early teens to Express innermost feelings. I didn’t start taking it serious until I was in my mid twenties.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
A: When I published my first book ( Tears of evidence) in 2015.
What inspired you to write your first book?
A: Honestly, I needed money to get me a lawyer. Unfortunately, that never happened. My knowledge about how the literary industry was far fetched. Aside from that, I end up liking the art and the reviews, so I continued writing.
Do you have a specific writing style?
A: I’ve been told that I have a style of Carl Weber. I don’t know if it’s true because I never read his work. I focus on writing realistic stories that people can relate to.
How did you come up with the titles ?
A: I draw from the things around me. I also look at what’s trending at the time but I still do it my way. My way consist of what’s real to me.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A: Each book I’ve written has a principle that we all can learn from. For an example, I forgot to be your lover is a book a novella about choices. Our day to day choices can bring us success or it can bring up destruction. We don’t always get a second chance to amend what was broken. No one is perfect but we must try to make the best decision from all aspects of our life.
How much of the book is realistic?
A: 85% to 90% is real.
What books have most influenced your life most?
A: Blueprint for black power, they came before Columbus, stolen legacy, miseducation of the negro etc
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
A: Dr. John henrik clark.
What book are you reading now?
A: Jay Morrison. He’s talk about real estate and how to build credit.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A: Honesly, I haven’t had time to read anyone new because I’ve been so focus on trying to get myself together.
What are your current projects?
A: O’Shay and Sanaa 2. I’ve been working on a few other projects as well.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
A: I’ve gotten alot of support from people on facebook.
Do you see writing as a career?
A: I do.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A: I can’t recall exactly but I do know that I was a teen.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Not really. Writing does make you explore fields and things you normally wouldn’t.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
A: TN Jones and KL Hall. They are consistent writers. Good story plots.
Do you travel much promoting your book(s)?
A: If I could I would.
Who designed the covers?
A: I have a few cover designers I’ve worked with. 1) Aija Monique, 2) Angela Bearfield, 3) Tina Shivers, 4) Bryant Sparks.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: I don’t have a problem with writing but there are times when I get side tracked with other things that comes with life.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
A: Writing is therapeutic. It help me analyze situations and people. It even helps me understand things about myself.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Write what’s real. Study how you can perfect your craft. Learn the literary business. Last but not least, PROMOTE ! PROMOTE ! PROMOTE !
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A: Thank you for your support and I have more work coming soon.
This month DJ Gatsby Book Club & WWIAAL are focusing on Children’s Books. It is back to school time and millions of our children will be reading more books. We are recommending a few Children’s Books for your children to read during the school year. Some of the books are old & some are new but the topics and subjects are both educational and interesting. As always we encourage all of the followers and members of DJGBC & WWIAAL to Buy, Read & Review more books to support African American Authors & Literature.
J. BRINKLEY, is an urban fiction and urban romance writer at Voma Publications. He is best known for his Euphonious Romance Novels. His writing keeps readers on the edge of their seats, with page turning bliss, betrayal, sex and even murder. His writing sets passions afire in readers and questions to probe the mind in matters of the heart.
In his own words, Mr. Brinkley tells his audience, “My love for writing stems from my love for people and the desire to touch a life and make a difference. I believe that every dream can be materialized if we will just believe in ourselves. If, through my words, I am able to touch one soul and ignite one passion, then my job is done.”
Best-selling author and award-winning publisher, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman serves professional speakers and experts to magnify and monetize their message by publishing quality books. With over fifteen years of experience in the book business, she has published over 130 authors and helped thousands of writers navigate the challenges of self-publishing. This expert divulges industry secrets on avoiding the top five mistakes made by 95% of new authors, pricing your book to sell and identifying shady publishers. Valerie founded Dayton Book Expo—the region’s premier book event—connecting almost 700 authors to avid readers. Her dynamic presentation and knowledge of the business takes writers from pen to paper to published as they master self-publishing to make money! www.penofthewriter.com | www.queenvpublishing.com
Another topic of interest is dating and relationships:
Valerie J. Lewis Coleman serves women who struggle to experience a fulfilling relationship by revealing The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box to attract and keep lasting love. With over twenty years of experience in family and relationships, this expert researches men to give advice on how to go from mess to magnet including identifying the four types of male hunters, avoiding 70% of men who only want the goody box and winning the heart of Mr. Right-For-You.
There is not much i can say about Rockland County Legislator Toney Earl that has not already been said. I met him back in 2015 and i new then that Rockland County was blessed to have a man like him in the Rockland County Legislature. He has risen to be the Chairman of the Legislature and made his presence felt in County Government & throughout the community he serves. Toney Earl is running for Re- Election to the Rockland County Legislature District 7 and he needs your vote on June 25th.
Attended: Central State University, Ohio
Associates Degree/Business Administration/Fordham University Extension, NYC
Born in Jenkins, Kentucky
Moved to Rockland County in 1981, resides in Hillcrest
Former Health & Safety Director for NYC Transport Workers Union, Local 100
Currently the Safety Manager for Town of Ramapo
Appointed to the Rockland County Legislature in November 2010
Member of First Baptist Church of Spring Valley
Married to Idette, three adult children- Nicole Logan, Tonette Earl Dixon and Toney Earl, Jr.
Four grandchildren: Caleb and Joshua Logan, Sean Dixon and Weldon McWilliams V
Executive Member, NAACP, Spring Valley Chapter
Member, Masonic Lodge Empire #5, 33 degree, Chaired Committee for Widows and Distressed Masons
Mother Hale House, Chaired funding projects committee
NYC Society of African American Employees, Chaired College Scholarship Committee
Omega Psi Phi Beta Alpha Chapter, Westchester County
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Rockland County
Rockland Omega Academy, Scholarship/Mentoring Program
Coached Spring Valley Babe Ruth Baseball, girl’s soccer and softball
Member of Spook Rock Golf Advisory Committee
Former member of NYCOSH- NY Committee on Occupational Safety and Health
Former Board member of Mt. Sinai and Bellevue Hospitals 911 Issues Committee
Former Trustee Committee Chair at Spring Valley United Methodist Church
Board Member, Visions for Haiti
Legislative Committee Assignments:
Budget & Finance (Ex-Officio)
Multi Services, Vice Chairman
Special Committee on Minority & Women Business Enterprise
Sherry Murphy-McGill has served the Village of Spring Valley, NY with Grace and Dignity as a Trustee for a long time now. She has brought respect back to The Spring Valley Town Hall in her time as a Trustee there.Her views on Housing, Education and other important issues are just what Spring Valley needs at this time. It is for that reason that WB Media Group (WBMG) supports her candidacy for Re-Election as Spring Valley Trustee in the upcoming election on June 25th
These are just some of the reason why we support Vivian Street and encourage you to vote for her on June 25th in this years election
*43 years with the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities *Former Public Employees Federation Leader *Effective Communicator *Knowledgeable on State, County, Village issues *Proud East Ramapo Graduate *Vice Chair Finkelstein Memorial Library Board of Trustees *Vice President Spring Valley NAACP *Vice Chair Board of Trustees of First Baptist Church