Award Winning Author Joy Elan tops the list of DJ Gatsby Book Club’s Top 25 Authors of 2016

Author & Poet Joy Elan from Oakland, CA tops this years “Top 25 Author’s of 2016” by DJ Gatsby Book Club. The 2 time National Poetry Award winner has had a phenomenal year both as a Poet & Author and is poised to have a break out year in 2017. Look for the complete list of the “Top 25 Author’s of 2016” on “New Years Day” January 1st, 2017.

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Joy Elan is from Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She received her BA degree in African American Studies at UC Berkeley and her MA degree in Education at Stanford University. She won third place in Oakland’s Got Talent in June 2014 for her spoken word piece, “I’m A Survivor.” She won twice at the National Poetry Awards for Poetry Video of the Year (2015) and Poet of the Year (2016).

She was born with a hearing loss and has been wearing hearing aids since she was 15 months. Despite the obstacles she faced, she overcame many of them and continues to overcome obstacles. Her mother always told her that she had three things against her: Black, female, and disabled. Joy Elan went through life prepared for what she would face and has smiled throughout everything she has been through. She is currently working with urban youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joy Elan can be seen performing her poetry at various venues and events around the San Francisco Bay Area. Go to the Calendar of Performances for more information.
For more press material, go to Joy Elan’s Press.

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DJGBC “Books Of The Month” for May 2016

DJ Gatsby Book Club is featuring a few of our favorite authors this month as well as a few newcomers with our Book of The Month selections. Back are Monica Mathis-Stowe with her Children’s book “I’m Trey Jones and I Know it” , KWAN with “The Fix 3”, Silk White with “Business Is Business 3” and Keisha & Trigga 4: (A Gangster Love Story) by Leo Sullivan & Porscha Sterling. As Always we encourage all of our members, readers and followers to #Buy #Read & #Review all of our Book Of The Month selections.

 

I’m Trey Jones and I Know It! (Volume 1)

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I’M TREY JONES AND I KNOW IT! is the first book in this series. It introduces six year old Trey who is full of confidence and certain he knows everything. His high level of energy is contagious as he introduces himself to his class on the first day of school. The students love Trey. But his teacher, Mrs. Perkins, quickly realizes having Trey Jones in her classroom is not going to be easy.

The Fix 3 (Fix Trilogy) Paperback

In the third and final installment of The Fix Trilogy, two worlds that have been running parallel finally collide.

Persia Chandler has managed to get her life back on track. Things are calm at home, she’s preparing to leave for college, and she is even feeling confident enough to start dating again. More importantly, she’s drug free and plans to stay that way—until Chucky slithers back into her life. He’s determined to make Persia his again, and he isn’t willing to take no for an answer.

When trying to woo her doesn’t work, Chucky plays hardball and gives Persia an ultimatum: go along with his latest twisted plot, or have her junkie past exposed to the new man in her life, Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Vaughn Tate. Fearing that her dirty laundry will damage not only Vaughn’s reputation but also their budding romance, Persia agrees to Chucky’s terms.

Chucky thinks he’s got Persia right where he wants her, but little does he know that she isn’t the same naïve little girl he remembered. There is no way Persia is going to allow him to make her a slave again, even if she has to see him dead to prevent it.
In another part of town, Li’l Monk is discovering that a friend in need isn’t always a friend indeed. After helping his old running buddy, Charlie, out of a jam, he finds himself the victim of a triple-cross when a prominent mobster is found dead and all signs point to Li’l Monk as the murderer. To prevent a war with the Mafia, Pharaoh has passed a death sentence on to his young lieutenant, but he will soon learn that killing the monster he helped to create is easier said than done.

The cards have all been dealt, and now it’s time to play the last hand.

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Business is Business 3 Paperback

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Business Is Business 3 picks up right where part 2 left off. Millie Mason has just been released from prison and now she’s back to claim what’s rightfully hers the only problem is a lot of things have changed since, Millie’s been gone. Join the, Mason family as they head on a very dangerous journey back to the top of the food chain.

Keisha & Trigga 4: A Gangster Love Story (Keisha & Trigga: A Gangster Love Story) Kindle Edition

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The epic saga has come to an end…but has justice been served?

After finding love in the midst of the most treacherous circumstances, Keisha and Trigga decide to leave everything behind them and focus on their marriage and new baby. But when Trigga overhears interesting news regarding the baby’s paternity, it leaves him doubting the loyalty of the only woman he’s loved. After all they’ve endured to be together, will this new challenge ruin them?
Lloyd, still the thorn in everyone’s side, is more merciless than he’s ever been being that he’s a street nigga with absolutely nothing to lose. But luck strikes when someone comes to his aid to finally nail Keisha and Trigga for good. However, it’s the last person anyone would suspect.
Austin’s intentions when it comes to his cousin’s empire, slowly begins to come to the light and the more they are revealed to Lloyd, the more he is unwilling to let Austin run free in his streets. When Lloyd calls on his infamous Ground Patrol to teach Austin a lesson, he feels that he’s finally rid himself of his conniving cousin for good. The problem is, Austin has never been one to not get his way. And, just as he plans to show NeTasha, if he claims something as his, he won’t stop until it is. Even if that means joining with an unlikely ally.

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DJGBC “Books Of The Month” April 2016

With the sounds and smells of Spring in the air DJ Gatsby Book Club gets you in the swing with 4 great Spring reads to choose from. Author and books include George Naim Cash “The Sounds Of Sing Sing Prison”, KD McGregor “Backs Against The Wall”,  Lady Qetesh “Lies,Sin & Desire” and National Bestselling Author Sonovia Alexander “Cartel Princess”. As always DJGBC, support your favorite and Authors and #Buy #Read #Review their books.

Sounds Of Sing Sing Prison: A Day In The Life Of A Prison Inmate (Kindle Edition)

pizap.com14529552829119From the moment I arrived the power and history of it’s past surrounded my thoughts. The shear fear of the expected and the unexpected had me in it’s grip. My entire body felt like a clinched fist, with the finger nails digging into my palm. It was my own clinched fist digging into my into my own palm, until the barking of an officer snapped me out of my daze saying, “Eyes Front”.

Backs Against The Wall

kdThere’s only one thing that certain in life: from the day we are born we will surely die.what make life interesting is everything that happens in our lives in between the beginning and the end.the Jordan family were no different from anyone else just a loving family trying to make ends meet in the Brooklyn projects. After the unexpected passing of there of their father, the Jordan brothers found themselves pulled into a life of crime struggling to keep there mother, their girlfriends,and most importantly of all each other from being swallowed up by the mean streets of Brooklyn. How far would you go to protect the ones you love?what lines would you cross? The question facing the Jordan’s is the same one each of us might have to face any day now : What would you do if your back was AGAINST THE WALL

Lies Sin & Desire (Kindle Edition)

lady qChicago native Tabitha Green has always been the “good girl.” College, good job even her dating life is bland. An epiphany sends her down a path she never thought possible, with not one but two sexy eligible bachelors at her beck and call, allowing her to indulge in pleasures and desire she’s only dreamed about. To make things more interesting, she uses her suitors to her benefit, choosing to have her cake, and eat it too. While keepig her secrets close, one of her paramours is keeping a secret of his own. Will those lies lead to Tabitha’s demise?

Cartel Princess (Kindle Edition)

pizap.com14529550634166Meet Adelana, a Puerto Rican Princess that has taken over her father’s business. She is every man’s dream. The itty bitty waist, the long bra line hair, tanned skinned, and a mean streak.  Adelana is the daughter of Julian Hernandez. Julian was known on the streets as God. Whatever God wanted, God got. He controlled the drugs that moved from the east coast to the west coast. God was feared by many, but loved by all.

God was gunned down at JFK airport in NY. There were no known witnesses nor was any one willing to come forth for fear of Adelana and her cartel. From the age of 16, Adelana took over her father’s business. She maintained the constant flow of money to keep her family a float and to maintain her father’s name. Adelana has set out to find the people who were responsible for her father’s death.

Will she live long enough to redeem her father’s name and maintain respect? Who can she trust? Who will she love? Meet Adelana in the trap and find out NOW!!

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DJ Gatsby Book Club: Book Of The Month for March 2016 God is Calling: My Life by Kottyn Campbell

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My personal pick  this month “God is Calling: My Life”  by Kottyn Campbell.  As always we encourage all of our DJGBC members to support our authors and to Buy, Read & Review these book.

God is Calling: My Life by Kottyn Campbell
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1 Corinthians 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. 7:10 and unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.

DJ Gatsby Book Club: Books Of The Month for February 2016

DJ Gatsby Book Club takes a break from our usual Fiction Books to give our members a more intellectual read to Celebrate Black History Month . We wanted to give our readers something to read and share with their family’s that speaks to out Heritage. These 4 books by Angela Davis, Ales Haley, Micheal Eric Dyson & Ta-Nehisi Coates are very significant books that speak to the Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding of the Black experience in America today. As always we encourage all of our DJGBC members to support our authors and to Buy, Read & Review these book. Join DJGBC as we celebrate Black History Month #BHM2016.

A Year End Message from DJ Gatsby Book Club

As 2015 comes to a close everyone here at DJ GATSBY BOOK CLUB  wants to thank all of the readers and authors who continue to support us. There have been a lot of changes and challenges for internet based book clubs this year but we have continued to be among the most respected in the business. We  are now on Paper Li, ISSUU, Facebook, Twitter , Pintrest,Tumblr, LinkedIn, Goodreads and of course Amazon where we have posted almost 100 book reviews since 2010.

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We will be posting our list of the Top 25 Authors of 2015 this year and will be back with the DJ Gatsby Book Club Urban Literary Awards in 2016. Our website http://www.DJGATSBYBOOKCLUB.com will also be re-launched in 2016 to provide a place for all of our members to post book reviews and download free books to read and review.

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We will continue to support Literacy in the Black Community as the #1 Source for Urban Literature and share the Art of Writing and African American Literatrure to all who yearn for Educational, Informative and Entertaining books from Black Authors.

Keep Reading, Keep Writing & Happy Holidays

Jeff “DJ Gatsby” Wilson

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Founder Of DJ Gatsby Book Club