DJGBC Author Spotlight: Hope McGill “The Novelist”

About Hope McGill

10401551_10153892013927783_4714867338226935425_nHope McGill grew up in New York City’s famed neighborhood of Harlem. She began writing at the age of sixteen, but her love of literature began as a child. Reading has always been a means of escape for her. Curling up with a good book helped her to explore the world and meet fascinating people. As she grew older, her appetite for reading grew immensely and the books became more diverse. She began to read books such as, J. California Cooper’s, Life Is Short But Wide, Treasure E Blue’s, Harlem Girl Lost, Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild, as well as the classic, Manchild In The Promised Land by Claude Brown.
The excitement and joy of reading these various authors inspired her to begin writing. Her stories feature real people with real lives, real problems, and extraordinary passion. She wants her work to offer comfort in times when things don’t appear as if they are working out. Her passion for people, music, art, and life, fuel her writing. In the future, she would like to share her personal experiences with young women, by mentoring them or working with community-based programs.

hope-business-cardsQ & A with Hope The Novelist

  • What inspired you to write? I started writing short stories because I wanted to see regular characters in true to life sizes with flaws.
  • Why are you on the cover of your book? My graphic artist had a hard time finding a plus size model in photo stock. Photo stock is a collection of photos used for graphic designers. I couldn’t afford to pay for a model so I used myself.
  • Why did you use song’s as chapter titles? I am lover of good music. Music makes me feel good. It sets the mood and lays down the foundation for a good story.
  • How do you develop the characters? I like to people watch. Some of my characters have come from strangers on the street, others from past experiences.
  • What kinds of books did you love to read as a child? Okay, so this is going to sound really weird but I like my stuff juxtaposed. I would start off reading V. C Andrews and Judy Blume and then pick up a Donald Goines or Iceberg Slim novel. I had to read them in that order too…from one extreme to the next. When I listen to music it’s in the same fashion. I might start of with Sade and then flip it to MOP. My mind just sort of functions best that way.
  • Will there be a Peals Part II? Absolutely! Stay tuned.

*Visit WWW.HOPEMCGILL.COM where you will be able to purchase “Pearls” by Hope McGill and all of Hope The Novelist’s publications. Make sure to come by often for updates.

 

 

DJGBC “Book Of The Month” Aug 2016: What If, A Walk Through Time by James Horton

What If, A Walk Through Time

by James Horton

Synopsis:

Throughout U.S. American History racism has played a key role in society. Often when we as a nation discuss slavery; it is from one point of view. The view is either as a black person telling their story of slavery from their thoughts as a Slave or as a white person doing the same as a Master. What I would like for everyone to do, is look at slavery as if the white man is the Slave and the black man is the Master.

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Buy it today @  Amazon on Kindle & In Paperback http://amzn.to/2azptLt

DJGBC “Book Of The Month” for Aug 2016 “Pearls” by Author Hope McGill

DJ Gatsby Book Club as always sets the tone for today’s avid readers. We bring you an eclectic collection of books that entertain as well as educate. With so many book clubs online it can be hard to decide which ones to support and follow. This month we make it easy for you by featuring some of the most popular new authors on the scene today. So as you check out this months selections please remember to #Buy #Read &  #Review

Jeff “DJ Gatsby” Wilson:  Founder of DJ Gatsby Book Club

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SYNOPSIS-

Victor Scott is a successful sexy bachelor from Harlem.  Particular about who he welcomes into his world he keeps most at bay.  A relaxing night and an open window lead to an unexpected interest in his seductive, voluptuous neighbor.

Allured by her confidence and delightful proportions Pearl is everything that Victor desires.

Does he settle forever being a voyeur?  Or does the voyeur become the one who is being watched?

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She emerged from her kitchen, crossing in front of the windows, with a goblet of wine in hand. Victor cracked his neck, anxious for her next move. Secretly, he had been watching her for months now. Stumbling in late after a long night of partying, he was on his way to the kitchen, when he caught a glimpse of her in her living room completely naked, painting. Her free-spirited nudity captivated him. “She” was his Pearl, the nickname he had given her. The pearl necklace she wore faithfully, always hung loosely from her neck. A voluptuous, caramel beauty, she had the air of a regal African goddess. Mango-sized breasts hung naturally to her plump, round stomach. The deep arch in her back made her ass stand out as a prized stallion’s would. Victor loved to watch her ass jiggle loosely, as she casually walked around her apartment in the buff. He wanted to rub his hands across the stretch marks on each side of her hips. It was more than just the visual of her rust-colored, large areolas, or the plump vagina in between her legs. The passion and intensity displayed on her face, while she would sit in front of the easel and paint turned him on. Completely smitten by her, she was everything that he wanted in a woman and then some.

DJGBC “Book Of The Month” July 2016 “One Last Deadly Play” by Flo Anthony “

paperbackstack_550x498 (64)Almost two years had passed since the discovery of retired baseball player Royale Jones’ real identity: Rolondo Jemison. Valerie Rollins, famous Gossip Columnist, never revealed her intimate past with the true Wildcat player. While she and her crime-solving partner Rome Nyland were behind the uncovering of this imposter, one infamous question lingered on: what happened to the real Royale? As if the heavens themselves intervened, a peculiar stranger who has been living in isolation, tucked away in the Bahamas, suddenly awakens from his amnesia.

Five years of memorylessness evaporates upon seeing a photo of Rolondo and Valerie’s name in a newspaper article. Valerie returns to the Big Apple, with intentions of aiding her fiance, Victor Dumas. Upon discovering the murder of her staff, her home invaded and Rome’s fiancee missing, the worst has yet to come. Her fiance’s son, Vance, discovers his wife has left him, only to secretly join forces against the Dumas family with Rolondo and Victor’s worst enemy: Sincere. In a plot to kidnap Vance’s daughter in ransom for billions and kill Victor and Valerie, the dastardly trio is also after a trunk stored in an obscure, Underground Railroad location.

Follow these eclectic lives as they navigate the streets of NYC and the glittering Hamptons, all the while making new love connections and rekindling old, dodging bullets and death, but more importantly, Valerie and Rome are once again trying to keep the bad guys from making One Last Deadly Play.

Here it is the beauty that scares you -so you believe- to death

12565477_174780146219391_7970961198812479254_nAlice Walker

 

Here is part of the problem right up front: we have to endure a MacDonald’s commercial before Jesse Williams’ speech. Surely there is a better way to honor our people than by encouraging belief that such a corporation cares about what they eat, unless it makes money for the corporation. In any case, it interrupted a poem I wanted to write about fear of blackness in white culture.

Here it is
the beauty that scares you
-so you believe-
to death.
For he is certainly gorgeous
and he is certainly where whiteness
to your disbelief
has not wandered off
to die.
No. It is there, tawny skin, gray eyes,
a Malcolm-esque jaw. His loyal parents
may Goddess bless them
sitting proud and happy and no doubt
amazed
at what they have done.
For he is black too. And obviously
with a soul
made of everything.
Try to think bigger than you ever have
or had courage enough to do:
that blackness is not where whiteness
wanders off to die: but that it is
like the dark matter
between stars and galaxies in
the Universe
that ultimately
holds it all
together.

-AW
Three deep bows to a beautiful son.

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See the broadway adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’


based on the book written by Alica Walker (http://colorpurple.com/the-show/)

DJGBC “Book Of The Month” July 2016 “Sinful Lust” #KindleEdition by Imani Hilton

DJ Gatsby Book Club is always known for bringing you the heat and we set the summer off with a sizzling selection of summer reads for all of our members. We know you will be traveling , hitting the roads and hitting the beaches this summer and we want to feed your need to read. As always our mission is to elevate your ‪#‎mind‬, ‪#‎body‬, ‪#‎soul‬ and ‪#‎spirit‬ with the books you want and love. So remember to ‪#‎BUY‬ ‪#‎READ‬ ‪#‎REVIEW‬ all of our July 2016 Book Of The Month selections.

Sinful Lust (Kindle Edition)

Synopsis :

Same devil, new levels. Simone learns it’s never a stranger that betrays you, it’s always the ones you love that will hurt you the most and nothing is ever what it seems. Boundaries are crossed allowing lust to take over setting a chain of treacherous events into play causing their sins to stain their hearts as one of their pasts comes back to haunt them. Desire has no picks nor chooses as it tangles the heart into a knot of passionate lies. How do you make the right decision when it feels so damn good doing the things you know you’re forbidden to do? As everything builds against her, will Simone make the right resolutions that will protect her soul? Or will it be too late? Let Imani Hilton show you what happens when a woman’s soul gets consumed by Lustful Sin

Get your copy today, 1-click Amazon and enjoy the heat. http://amzn.com/B01DPQ4C6S