DJ Gatsby Book Club Interviews: Author Khalil Hakim “Fade To Black”

  1. Where are you from? Trenton, NJKhalil Book Picture
  2. Tell us your latest news? Fade To Black is set to release Sept 8th.
  3. When and why did you begin writing? I have been writing all my life. Words have a way of captivating the mind
  4. When did you first consider yourself a writer? I’m not sure I still consider myself a writer but I love to write
  5. What inspired you to write your first book? My upbringing and all the knowledge my dad gave me.
  6. Do you have a specific writing style? Not really but I strive to be real and relevant
  7. How did you come up with the title? I came up with title back in 1992. It just sounded so powerful
  8. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There are a few. But you gotta read Fade To Black to see what they are! (smile)
  9. How much of Fade To Black is realistic? Well, let me just say this I am not the man that I use to be.(smile)
  10. What books have most influenced your life most? The Bible and many more, can’t name all of them.
  11. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Tough question but I would say Zora Neale Hurston
  12. What book are you reading now? The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
  13. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Not really
  14. What are your current projects? Working on getting Fade To Black to out to the world.
  15. fade amazonName one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. The church that I pastor.
  16. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Fade To Black? Nope. It’s an AMAZING story.
  17. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Yeah, I started out writing poetry and it transformed into writing stories.
  18. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Not really. My writing flows real nice.
  19. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Zora Neale Hurston. She is has no fear in communicating truth.
  20. Do you travel much promoting Fade To Black ? Not yet but that’s the plan.
  21. fade 2015 coverWho designed the covers? A company called Elite Style.
  22. What was the hardest part of writing Fade To Black? Having to deal with the reality of the story and use real language.
  23. Did you learn anything from writing Fade To Black and what was it? I did. I learned to write the story as you see the story.
  24. Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes, write what’s in your heart no matter what anyone else say’s or thinks!
  25. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Yes, I pray that you enjoy my new novel Fade To Black its real and its relevant!

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DJ Gatsby Book Club Book Review: “Pinks Misery” by Sonovia Alexander

5.0 out of 5 stars Misery Loves Company
This review is from: Pinks Misery (Paperback).
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This is the first of many books that I will be reading and reviewing by National Bestselling Author Sonovia Alexander. The way she develpos her characters and the plot line will leave you breathless. Pinks Misery is a gut wrenching tale of two sisters who are left to fend for themselves after their mother runs out on them. At first I was touched by the way the older sister Jasmine tries her best to look after her younger sister. But as Pink shows the drive and determination to succeed in life it seems everyone around her was determind to see her fail.

I was not ready for the way this story tested my ability to keep an open mind as the story came to a sensational and surprising end. Sometimes life does not end happily ever after, and “Pinks Misery will remind you to keep your friends and family close while keeping your enemies closer.

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DJGBC Book Review : “Uncharted Desires” by Leatrus Iverson

Amazon Book Review 4 STARS “Great Book”
By Book Critic “The Book Critic” on July 30, 2015

With her novel “Uncharted Desires” Author Leatrus Iversen has written a great a story and i was pleasantly surprised after reading it. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.


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DJ Gatsby Book Review – Joy Elan “Silence Is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution”

joy 35 Star Amazon.Com Book Review.. 

“Joy Elan has penned a motivation book of poetry that speaks to the heart of those who feel they have no voice. She inspires us to speak up and speak out on issue that affect us in our personal lives. It is empowering and enlightening to anyone who is ready to make a positive change in their lives.”

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For More About Joy Elan 
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Joy Elan is from Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She received her undergraduate degree in African American Studies at UC Berkeley and her graduate degree in Education at Stanford University. She has taught at a community college and is currently working with urban youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She has alson written two other poetry books and a scholarly book.
All books are available on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle.

DJ Gatsby Book Review: “Silk” by Athena Dent

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“Silk” by Author / Editor / Screenwriter Athena Dent is a touching and lighthearted story about a group of young ladies who are sisters and friends. Its a short story that touches on relationships with men and some of the emotions that women go thru in dealing with them.She does a great job keeping it interesting and funny while showing us all the one thing that helps them remain friends.

*Get familiar with this fantastic Author Athena Dent from Yonkers NY .
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DJ Gatsby Book Club Authors Spotlight: Edith Nevis “Step Out Of Your Box”

11900016_10204908801260408_7767550680731792705_nStep Out of Your Box: 31-Days of Daily Encouragement by Edith Nevis

In her dynamic new devotional, Step Out of Your Box: 31-Days of Daily Encouragement, author Edith Nevis will inspire and motivate you to step out on faith, tear down emotional walls, and allow God’s love to lead you into victorious living. This practical easy to follow devotion includes a personal journal for your convenience.

About The Author……
buffy 1Edith Nevis began her career 30 years ago within the Food and Beverage Industry, Hotel Hospitality, and Corporate America. While studying Theology at Nyack College and previously attending DeVry University, the field of study, BA Business Administration, Edith interest in writing grew. In 2010, while chronicling the life of a friend three-year journey as a missionary, Edith became inspired to begin writing inspirational blogs. It was through the blogs and the need to further her faith; eventually led Edith to create daily devotions within her social media page. Edith current profession is within hospitality management. And while Edith has achieved great success throughout her career as an effective leader, teacher, and mentor, her passion is helping others. In Edith spare time, she enjoys preparing fabulous meals for family and friends, traveling, reading, and most importantly serving the Lord.

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DJ Gatsby Book Club: “Books Of The Month” August 2015

DJ Gatsby Book Club: “Books Of The Month” August 2015

Seasoned With Grace 

DJ Gatsby Book Club: “Books Of The Month” August 2015

Put Your Name On It

by Angie Daniels

angie daniels 2015Angie Daniels is a free spirit who isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind or even better, write about it. Since strutting onto the literary scene in five-inch heels, she’s been capturing her audience’s attention with her wild imagination and love for alpha men. The RT Reviewer’s Choice Award winner has written over twenty-five novels for imprints such as BET Arabesque, Harlequin/Kimani Romance and Kensington/ Dafina Books. In 2009 she released her first interracial romance in the Big Spankable Asses anthology for Kensington/Aphrodisia imprint, which she later followed up with Tease. For more information about upcoming releases, and to connect with Angie on facebook, please visit her website at