Antiguan and Barbudan Fiction Writings

I started putting together a list a list of books by Antiguan and Barbudan authors and books about Antigua and Barbuda back in 2005 for the Independence literary arts exhibition at the national Museum; I’ve been editing and updating it ever since. It includes books by Antiguan and Barbudan writers, both born and adopted, as well books by Antiguan descendents born elsewhere; some with non-specific connections to the island who feature Antigua prominently in their writings may also make the cut. I’m just trying to make it as complete as possible. Any errors and/or omissions are unintentional. Just let me know and I’ll do the research and add them. Before you do, though, check the main list ‘Antiguan and Barbudan Writers’ for the complete listing as writers writing in more than one genre are listed only twice, so far: in one of the genre lists and the main list. Use the site’s search feature to find fiction, non fiction, children’s fiction, poetry and the main list of Antiguan and Barbudan writing. In any case, it should be noted that the list is not exhaustive as, solely at my discretion, I’ve limited it to writers with a book or CD, and have omitted publication in journals and/or periodicals purely as a matter of containment. I’ve since started separate lists for  journal publications, Reviews of published works, song lyricists, screenwriters and playwrights. I will continue to build on these incomplete lists time allowing.  And, before you ask, no I have not read them all…can’t promise that I will read them all. Finally, no problem with people utilizing or sharing the list, but a lot of time went into doing this, so please give credit where due and link back . Thanks. Full disclosure: some of the ‘Abouts’ are taken from the descriptions found, if not on the book jacket, then on Amazon or Google Books.

Name: Rilzy Adams

Book:

Love Bites. 2015.

Sail with Me: Unexpected Lovers, Book 1. 2015.Cover Design by Damonza (www.damonza.com)

About the Book:

Love Bites is a collection of romantic short stories geared at those needing a quick shot of love! From the sweet to the saucy to the bittersweet – Love Bites is sure to have a story which fits your taste in love.

In Sail with Me, Emerson Crane wins a 12-night all expenses paid Caribbean cruise with her made up boyfriend; finding a stand-in with the same name seems to be an error proof solution. Enter Jonathan Swift who believed that the use of his birth certificate and smiling for a couple of photos in return for a luxury cruise was the bargain of a lifetime. What happens though when the line between reality and pretend washes away with the ocean waves?

About the author:

Rilzy Adams (pen name of Rilys Adams) is a crown counsel in Antigua and Barbuda. The past Wadadli Pen finalist previously released a spoken word CD featuring her poetry (see poets or general listing for that entry).

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Name: Barbara Arrindell.

Books:

Chasing Horses from The Legend of Bat’s Cave and other Antiguan Stories in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

UntitledThe Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2012.

Antigua my Antigua [w/illustrations by Edison Liburd]. 2011.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

The stories in Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories are fictionalized retellings of actual events; and Antigua My Antigua is a colouring book featuring sites of interest in Antigua and Barbuda.

About the Author: Barbara Arrindell is the manager of the Best of Books bookstore in Antigua and former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee among other things.

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Name: Clinton U. Benjamin

 Book:

Belinda. Pentland Press. USA. 2000.

About the Book: Abandoned by her father, rejected by her mother and molested by her uncle, surviving young adulthood is a task in and of itself.  Belinda must find faith deep inside herself that there Is a life beyond the pain of present.

About the Author: Clinton U. Benjamin was born on the Caribbean island of Antigua.  He works in telecommunications and speaks French, Spanish, German and Italian.  Benjamin also writes poetry.

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 Name: Brenda Lee Browne

Books:

Broken House Rules in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon [excerpt] in New Writing: Poetry and Prose. Shoe String Press. England. 2001.

Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon [excerpt] in The Hoot and Holler of the Owls: An Anthology of Writers from Hurston-Wright Writers Week. USA. 2003.

About the Book: (from my review in Blogger on Books II) “Brenda Lee Browne does a great job of capturing the rhythm of the island in her Diary from the Wet Side of the Moon and I was starting to get invested in the characters when the snippet ended.”

About the Author: Brenda Lee Browne was born in England to Antiguan parents; she lives in Antigua where she has mentored other young writers while continuing to work on her own and work behind the scenes of one of the Caribbean’s greatest past times, cricket. She is former coordinator of the Independence Literary Arts Committee.

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Name: Tammi Browne-Bannister

Books:

Once upon a Blood Moon in New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean (edited by Karen Lord). Peepal Tree Press. UK. 2016.

The Visitor (as TamBrann) in Senseisha: Memoirs of the Caribbean Woman (edited by Shakirah Bourne and Juliette Maughan). 2014.

Batten Down in Jewels of the Caribbean. Potbake. Trinidad & Tobago. 2014.

The Night You Left in Arts Etc/NIFCA Winning Words Anthology. National Cultural Foundation & Arts Etc. Barbados. 2011/2012.

About the Books:

New Worlds, Old Ways:  Here you will find the recent past and ongoing present of government and society with curfews, crime and corruption; the universal themes of family with parents and children, growth and death, love and hate; the struggle to thrive when power is capricious and revenge too bittersweet. Here too is the passage of everything – old ways, places, peoples, and ourselves – leaving nothing behind but memories, histories, stories. This anthology speaks to the fragility of our Caribbean home, but reminds the reader that although home may be vulnerable, it is also beautifully resilient. With contributions by Tammi-Browne Bannister, Summer Edward, Portia Subran, Brandon O’Brien, Kevin Jared Hosein, Richard B. Lynch, Elizabeth J. Jones, Damion Wilson, Brian Franklin, Ararimeh Aiyejina and H.K. Williams.

Senseisha is a collection of truly intimate, non-fiction stories written by Caribbean women. From a girl’s first period to the elation of a first orgasm, Senseisha takes us on a journey of love, lust, pain and pleasure, and the ongoing internal conflict between love for God, and love for sex.  Experience intimacy only shared between close friends, where female writers aren’t afraid to describe who they are and how they feel. These memoirs will make you giggle, laugh, cry, curse, coo and yes, climax!

Jewels of the Caribbean was the 10th publication by Potbake; it features 15 emerging Caribbean writers.

Winning Words  features 25 award-winning pieces. It is the fifth such anthology in the Winning Words catalogue which spotlights selections from the annual NIFCA Literary Arts competition.

About the Author: Tammi Browne-Bannister was born in Antigua and lives in Barbados. She learned everything about writing from The Barbados Community College under the capable hands of Canadian-Barbadian writer, editor and writing competition judge, Robert Edison Sandiford. She attended the Cropper Foundation’s 8th Residential Creative Writers’ Workshop in Trinidad. In 2016 Tammi Browne-Bannister was awarded The Marguerite Cobb-McKay Prize for an emerging Caribbean fiction writer, and in 2015 she was nominated for the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction. She’s been published in the NIFCA ArtsETC Winning Words Anthology (2011/2012), POTBAKE’s Jewels of the Caribbean: An Anthology of West Indian Short Stories (2014), The Caribbean Writer: Vol. 29 (2015), POUI: Cavehill Journal of Creative Writing No: XV (2014), Akashic Books Mondays are Murder Noir Series (2014), and Susumba’s Book Bag Issue 5. (2015).

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Name: Edson Buntin

Book: Anu Bantu: Treasure Island and Haunted Park. Antigua Printing and Publishing. Antigua. 2007.

About the Author: Edson Buntin is a dramatist and was an instructor in French at the Antigua State College.

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Name: J. Carie Ann Burton

Book: Frigid Summer. 2012. 2014.

About the Book: Book Blurb: A single thoughtless act proves costly; the tragic event ruins the lives of many. A young girl’s innocence is stripped away during a brutal attack; in spite of this, she refuses to hide in the shadows.  She is determined to carry on with her life. Her mother carries a burden of guilt as she cares for her daughter; this is her redemption. The girl’s father is out for justice and is determined to get it by any means necessary. He vows to keep his promise to protect her; no matter the cost. As one family reunites another is torn apart.

About the author: J. (Judith) Carie-Ann Burton was born in Antigua. After completing her secondary education, she migrated to the United States; she now resides in New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration with a concentration in Health Management and an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a Financial Analyst in the healthcare industry.

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Name: Frieda Cassin

Book: with-silent-treadWith Silent Tread (Caribbean Classics). G A Uphill. St. John’s. 1890./Macmillan (Caribbean Writers Series). UK. 2002.

About the Book: First published in Antigua in the 1890s, With Silent Tread is a superbly understated evocation of a claustrophobic island community struggling with the bitter legacies of slavery.

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Names:  Joy Clarke

Book:

A Visit to an Arrowroot Factory in St. Vincent in Nelson’s West Indian Readers 4 (ed. by Undine Guiseppi). Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd. UK. 1984.

De Trip in Backfire. Macmillan. UK. 1973.

About both Book and Author: Antiguan Joy Clarke’s ‘De Trip’  was one of several Caribbean stories published in Macmillan’s 1973 anthology Backfire. This was a collection of seventeen Caribbean short stories compiled for use in secondary schools. It embraced old and new West Indian writing from the 1930’s up to the time of its publication.

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Name: Alvin Glen Edwards

Book: Once in an Island. Authorhouse. USA. 2011.
*adapted from his 2009 film of the same name.

About the Book: The story is built around a Jamaican family who chose to leave Jamaica in search of a different life in another island; ‘a small island’ as it’s referred to by many Jamaicans in condescension. They face challenges generated by their new environment and issues having its genesis in their own island. It is a story about relationships in the pursuit of our greatest ambitions in life and plays on the national sentiments that exist between island nations in the Caribbean.

About the Author: Dr. Alvin G. Edwards is a medical doctor by profession, who has specialized in ophthalmology. He has always had a wide interest in the arts and has had formal training as an actor. He wrote a number of plays (unpublished) and acted on stage and in films. He played ‘Mr Benjamin’ in the television series ‘Paradise View.’ A native of the Caribbean, he has lived in St. Kitts, Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, Nassau, Nashville and New York while in pursuit of his profession. He first wrote the screen play for ‘Once in an Island’, then decided to write the book. He wanted to capture more of the lessons to be learnt from the story and to give the reader a chance to see themselves and Caribbean people in a realistic, revealing and self-reflecting light.

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Name: Bernadine Evaristo

Book: Mr. Loverman. Akashic Books. 2014. USA.

About the Book: Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he’s lived in Hackney, London, for years. A flamboyant, wise-cracking character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather–and also secretly gay, lovers with his childhood friend, Morris. His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away? With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Mr. Loverman explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.

About the Author: Award-winning British writer Bernardine Evaristo (born in South East London to an English mother and a Nigerian father) is the author of seven books. She is also an editor, critic, dramatist and essayist. Her writing spans the genres of prose novels, verse-novels, a novel-with-verse, a novella, poetry, non-fiction, literary criticism and radio and theatre drama. Her writing is characterized by experimentation, daring and subverting the myths of various Afro-diasporic histories and identities. She has published widely in a variety of publications and anthologies.

While the author is not Antiguan and Barbudan, she is included here because Mr. Loverman features Antiguan and Barbudan characters.

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Names: Oliver Flax

Books:

Cruising in the Caribbean 1 and 2, and Some of the Fishes in our Waters in Nelson’s West Indian Readers 4 (ed. by Undine Guiseppi). Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd. UK. 1984.

The Adventures of Kikiboom (Yellow Bird Readers Series). Macmillan. UK. 1976.

Jenkins Jumbies and Other Stories (Pikney Books for Caribbean Children). Key Caribbean Publications. USA. 1975.

Tantie Gertrude in Backfire. Macmillan. UK. 1973.

About the Author: In addition to being a published writer, Antiguan Oliver Flax was also a member of the Little Theatre.

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Name: Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis  

Books:

Missing (Lion Family Series). Leeward Publishing. Antigua. 2013.

The Road to Wadi Halfa. SPS Publications. Florida.  2008.

Tides that Bind.

A Bigger Island.

Island Issues. 2003.

About the Books:

Missing. Formerly from London in the UK, thirty-five year old Lennox Lion has spent ten years in the Sudan working in refugee camps. In 2011 as the north and the south split, the world awaits independence of the newest nation in the world, the Republic of South Sudan. As the south celebrates, the girl Lennox loves is abducted together with other aid workers. His journey to find her take him to the borders of the two Sudans and south to the Imatong massif bordering Uganda. This mountainous region with its tropical rainforests is home to notorious rebels whose vicious tactics rival the corruption rife in the UN and the military. Lennox and his quest to find Malika take the reader on a journey of thrills and suspense and for Lennox falling in love changes his views on his past and his future. This is the fourth book in the Lion family series.

The Road to Wadi Halfa is the sequel to Tides That Bind and continues the lives of the Lion brothers and their families. In 1998 London born Roosevelt Mohammed Lion is chairman of a property empire in the UK. While overseeing a hotel project in his father’s native island in the Caribbean he is kidnapped by Islamic extremists. Roosevelt struggles to survive life in a training camp and to understand the philosophy of his colleagues in the Sudan. He meets the Sudanese beauty, Allaya, on the road to Wadi Halfa. Will he learn to trust her or is she plotting her own agenda? Will Al Qaada succeed in their mission to avenge western missile attacks by bombing foreigners in Khartoum? Will Roosevelt be in a position to prevent such an atrocity? Lennox Lion sets out to find his father, but will he rot in jail?

Tides That Bind is an edited version of the first two novels in this popular three-part series. Will the Lion family survive to build a successful dynasty or will The Lion Property Empire fall apart when Chancellor dies and Roosevelt disappears?

About the Author: Claudia Elizabeth Ruth Francis was born in the UK of Barbudan and Canadian parentage. She worked in the business sector of London for twenty years. She was also an activist and is widely travelled. Francis has lived for several years in the Caribbean, contributing, more recently, as feature writer and editor to The Food & Drink Series in Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica and St. Kitts & Nevis; and also the series Caribbean Homes & Lifestyle distributed throughout the Leeward Islands.  She is also a contributor toTABLEMANNERS which went on to be awarded the prestigious GOURMAND award in Paris for the best designed cookbook in the world 2012.

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Name: Gayle Gonsalves

Book:

Painting Pictures and Other Stories. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2013.

Jumbies don’t sleep in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

A Good Woman in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Tamarind Stew in The Bluelight Corner Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love. (edited by Rosemarie Robotham). Broadway. USA. 1998.

About the Books:

Painting Pictures and Other Stories features eight stories of discovery, betrayal, and passion. The stories depict the emotional turmoil that results from decisions: a little girl who migrates to Canada on a hot August day is flabbergasted to discover there’s no snow; a graphic designer leaves her husband each morning to meet her lover; an inconsolable heartbreak leads a woman to the brink of sanity as she desperately wanders city streets seeking answers in dark places; a young woman gives a touching eulogy to the woman who raised her; a wife is torn between her love for her husband and his brother; a college graduate moves across the country to keep a secret and recover from the lover who abandoned her, only to meet him again; a young woman experiences the joy of first love, its passionate awakening, and the moment when it’s questioned; and three women bond while shopping for dresses for their fictional weddings. In these stories, set in Canada and the Caribbean, the day-to-day incidents set the stage for events that impact and change lives.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

A collection of the very best writing by African-American women, The Bluelight Corner: Black Women Writing on Passion, Sex, and Romantic Love explores and reveals all the rich and varied dimensions of Black women’s romantic lives. A dramatic, touching, lively, erotic, tender, tragic, fierce, bawdy, heartfelt, and utterly surprising collection of voices, this is a one-of-a-kind gem of fiction and memoir.

About the Author: Gayle Gonsalves spent her childhood in both Canada and Antigua. She holds a BA from York University, and lives and writes in Toronto.

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Name: Joanne C. Hillhouse

Books:

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. 2014, 2004. Insomniac, Macmillan.Canada, UK.Dancing 10 cover

Breaking with Tradition in Round My Christmas Tree. Caribbean Reads Publishing. St. Kitts/USA. 2014.

MUSICAL_YOUTH_Nov1Musical Youth (2nd placed for the inaugural Burt award for Young Adult Caribbean Fiction). Caribbean Reads Publishing. St. Kitts/USA. 2014

Amelia at Devil’s Bridge in Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. Peekash. USA/UK. 2014.

After Glow in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Sexy Sadie in For Women: In Tribute to Nina Simone (edited by Debra Powell-Wright). Black Classic Press  & MZWrightNow Productions. USA. 2012.

Man of her Dreams in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

Oh Gad! – Strebor/Atria/Simon & Schuster. USA. 2012.

The Boy from Willow Bend. 2009. Hansib. UK. (first printing 2003. Macmillan. Oxford).

About the Books:

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight: 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings. Young Dominican single mother Selena Cruz is trying to make a new life for herself in Antigua, dealing with prejudice, poverty, and her interfering sister. When she meets handsome cricket coach Michael Lindo, her world is turned upside down. The course of true love is never smooth, and Michael and Selena’s story is no exception as they try to bridge the gap between their two cultures and their personal expectations of love. Romantic and delightful, this novella by Joanne C. Hillhouse looks at immigration and cross-cultural relationships in a warm and very human way. Dancing Nude in the Moonlight was first published in 2004, and it is reissued here along with selected poems and stories from Joanne C. Hillhouse’s wide collection of work. She has been published in Caribbean, North American, and African literary journals.

Round My Christmas Tree. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas in the Caribbean? Do you know what’s Anansi’s favourite Christmas treat? Have you ever tried stilt-walking? Eaten green carrot cake? Picked sorrel ’til your fingers turned red? In ‘Round My Christmas Tree you’ll find a little bit of everything that makes Christmas Christmas in the Caribbean. Stories, poems, recipes, and art that range from the sacred to irreverent and from heart-warming to just down-right funny. This collection of work features artists from many regions of the Caribbean, from seasoned authors such as Joanne C. Hillhouse of Antigua and Barbuda and newcomers such as Jamie Rangoo from Trinidad and Tobago.

Musical Youth. Can one summer make the difference of a lifetime? Zahara is a loner. She’s brilliant on the guitar but in everyday life she doesn’t really fit in. Then she meets Shaka, himself a musical genius and the first boy who really gets her. They discover that they share a special bond, their passion for music, and Zahara finds herself a part, not just of Shaka’s life, but also that of his boys, the Lion Crew. When they all get roles in a summer musical, Zahara, Shaka, and the rest of the Lion Crew use the opportunity to work on a secret project. But the Crew gets much more than they bargained for when they uncover a dark secret linking Shaka and Zahara’s families and they’re forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about class, colour, and relationships on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean. Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, two of the foremost publishers of Caribbean literature, launch a joint Caribbean-focused imprint, Peekash Press, with this anthology. Consisting entirely of brand-new stories by authors living in the region (not simply authors from the region), this collection gathers the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, including a mix of established and up-and-coming writers from islands throughout the Caribbean.

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

For Women: in Tribute to Nina Simone was created by African American Debra Powell Wright in tribute to the great songstress and the spirit of one of her most iconic songs Four Women. It features women writing from around the world and was funded by the Leeway Foundation.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

Oh Gad! A stirring novel about a woman facing cross-cultural odds and redefining everything she understands about her family, herself, and the country she’s never really been able to call home.

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. Selena’s ex has left her in a strange land with a baby and two younger sisters to care for. It’s hard for Spanish-speaking immigrants to get work, and Selena earns little from the crochet dolls and doilies she makes to sell. Then Selena meets Michael.

The Boy from Willow Bend tells the story of Vere, an Antiguan youth, with an irrepressible spirit which is tested as he comes of age amid poverty, loss, and hard knocks.

About the Author: Joanne C. Hillhouse is a writer from Ottos, Antigua. She is also the founder of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. For more, visit http://jhohadli.wordpress.com See poetry and non-fiction for other Hillhouse books.

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Name: D. Gisele Isaac

Photo by Sonji Davis

Book:

The Rainmaker in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Considering Venus. Seaburn Publishing. NY. 1998.
*See also screenwriting and playwriting.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

Considering Venus explores the almost-unacknowledged issue of lesbianism among Caribbean women and adds to it the complication of a heterosexual perspective.  It asks, “What happens when girlfriends becomes more than friends?”

About the Author: D. Gisele Isaac is the Speaker of the House of Representatives in Antigua and Barbuda, a former president of the Professional Organization of Women in Antigua and Barbuda, editor, activist, executive secretary of the Board of Education, and media commentator. She wrote Considering Venus while still living in New York where she was resident for many years.

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Name: Naomi Jackson.

Book: The Star Side of Bird Hill.

(cover art by Bajan artist Sheena Rose)

(cover art by Bajan artist Sheena Rose)

Penguin Press. USA. 2015.

About the Book: The Star Side of Bird Hill ois a lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centered on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, age 10 and 16, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister Dionne live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother, Hyacinth. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother’s limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations, accompanies her grandmother in her role as a midwife, and investigates their mother’s mysterious life. This tautly-paced coming of age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved or the Barbados of their family.

About the Author: Brooklyn born of Barbadian and Antiguan parentage, Naomi Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of Williams College. Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Camargo and Wurlitzer Foundations. Her story Ladies was a 2011 Bloom Chapbook Selection. Visit her online at www.naomi-jackson.com

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Name: Yvonne H. Pamela James

Book:

Glory Alley, Potter’s Village, Antigua & Barbuda in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Book:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Author:

Yvonne H. Pamela James, a retired teacher, was born in Potter’s Village, Antigua and Barbuda. She studied at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and the University of the West Indies Mona, Jamaica to become a teacher. Before immigrating to Canada, she was placed in administrative positions at Jennings and Antigua Girls’ High School.

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Name: Akilah A. Jardine

Books:

Marisha’s Drama. DMS Publications. Antigua. 2007.

Living Life the Way I Love It. DMS Publications. Antigua. 2006.

About the Books:

Marisha’s Drama is the story of Marisha, a regular fun-loving teenage girl who is trying to balance the sometimes-opposing virtues of fun, friends, family and school. Then Devon comes along, and instantly they experience a mutual attraction for each other. He is a really nice guy, and she likes being around him. She would have never thought in a million years that meeting him would lend her to discover the startling secret that her own mother was hiding.
Living Life the Way I Love it is the story of Andrea, a typical modern day Caribbean teenager: she just wants to enjoy the life she’s living. This summer, she plans to do just that although she finds obstacles, such as an annoying younger brother and a clash of two romances, in her way. With the help of supportive friends, a fashion flavoured sister and her natural teenage spunk, Andrea manages to live through the ups and downs of school life and the adventures that the summer brings.
About the Author: Akilah Jardine wrote her pair of books while still in her teens. She has since gone on to pursue studies in law.

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Name: Tameka Jarvis-George

Book:

Unexpected. Enaz Publications. 2010.
*See also poetry, songwriting, playwriting and screenwriting or the general listing of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing.

About the Book: Free from the clutches of a six year relationship with a violent and serially unfaithful partner, Xion Taylor was finally in control of her life. Or was she? Xion, a 26-year-old Antiguan national, decided to take charge of her situation. Not wanting to waste any time being sad and pathetic, by putting up with what seemed like the typical Caribbean man mentality when it came to love, she began find her focus.

About the Author: Tameka is a married with two children. She lives in Antigua and works in the field of architecture.  She is , also, working on her second novel. In the interim, she has produced a short film, her own fashion line, and other writings.

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Name: Marie Elena John 

Book:

Unburnable. 2006. Amistad. USA.

Excerpt:

About the Book: Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian Baptiste fled Dominica when she was fourteen after discovering she was the daughter of Iris, the half-crazy woman whose life was told of in chanté mas songs sung during Carnival—songs about a village on a mountaintop littered with secrets, masquerades that supposedly fly and wreak havoc, and a man who suddenly and mysteriously dropped dead. After twenty years away, Lillian returns to her native island to face the demons of her past.

About the Author: Marie Elena John was born and raised in Antigua. She has worked as a development specialist of the African Development Foundation and with the United Nations. She was the first black woman valedictorian of New York’s City College. She is married with two children. Her debut novel, Unburnable, was short listed for the Hurston Wright Legacy Awards, named Best Debut by Black Issues Book Review, among other accolades.

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Name: Jamaica Kincaid 

Books:
*Kincaid’s books have enjoyed many printings; listed, in each case, is the first printing.

See Now Then. Farrar Straus and Giroux. USA. 2013.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas (National Geographic Directions). National Geographic Society. 2005.

Talk Stories. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2002.

Mr. Potter. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2002.

My Garden (Book). Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 2001.

My Brother. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1997.

The Autobiography of My Mother. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1996.

Lucy. Plume. NY. 1991.

Mariah in Stories from the American Mosaic (edited by Scott Walker). Greywolf Press, Minnesota, USA, 1990.

Girl in Wayward Girls, Wicked Women: an Anthology of Subversive Women (edited by Angela Carter). Penguin Books. 1989.

A Small Place. Farrar Straus Giroux. NY. 1988.

Annie John. Penguin Books. NY. 1985.

At the Bottom of the River. USA. 1983.

About the Books:

Seen Now Then is the first new novel from Jamaica Kincaid in ten years. In it, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies.

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas is part memoir and part travel journal of a trip into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist friends in search of native Himalayan plants that will grow in her Vermont garden.

Talk Stories is a collection of Jamaica Kincaid’s original writing for the New Yorker‘s “Talk of the Town,” composed during the time when she first came to the United States from Antigua, from 1978 to 1983.

Ignoring the legacy of his father, a poor fisherman, and his mother, who committed suicide, Mr. Potter struggles to live at ease amid his surroundings: to purchase a car, to have girlfriends, and to shake off the encumbrance of his daughters—one of whom will return to Antigua after he dies and tell his story with equal measures of distance and sympathy.

In My Garden (Book), Kincaid she gathers all she loves about gardening and plants, and examines it generously, passionately, and with sharp, idiosyncratic discrimination.

My Brother is Jamaica Kincaid’s incantatory, poetic, and often shockingly frank recounting of her brother Devon Drew’s life is also the story of her family on the island of Antigua, a constellation centered on the powerful, sometimes threatening figure of the writer’s mother. In it, she speaks volumes about the difficult truths at the heart of all families. My Brother is a 1997 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

In The Autobiography of My Mother, Xuela Claudette Richardson, the daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own. It is a story of love, fear, loss, and the forging of character, an account of one woman’s inexorable evolution, evoked in startling and magical poetry.

Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. She begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers’ world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is. Lucy is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest.

Wayward Girls, Wicked Women includes stories by various women writers including Kincaid. In her story, Girl faces a litany of her mother’s strictures and admonishments.

A Small Place is lyrical, sardonic, and forthright in its examination of colonialism and its effects on Antigua.

Annie John is a haunting and provocative story of a young girl growing up on the island of Antigua.

At the Bottom of the River is a short story collection that leads her readers to consider, as if for the first time, the powerful ties between mother and child; the beauty and destructiveness of nature; the gulf between the masculine and the feminine; the significance of familiar things–a house, a cup, a pen; telling us something we didn’t know, in a way we hadn’t expected.

About the Author:

Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson in Antigua. She’s lived, written, and lectured in America for many years. She is easily the best known and most acclaimed writer from Antigua.

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Name: Edgar O. Lake

Book:

The Devil’s Bridge. Athena Pr Pub Co. 2004.

About the Book: Masquerading, migration and the ghosts of history haunt this richly-veined fable steeped in the myths and legends of West Indian and African tradition.

About the Author: Edgar Lake is a playwright, poet, filmmaker, journalist, and more.

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Name: Marcel Marshall

Books:

All that Glitters is Not Gold. Dorrance Publishing. 2008.

About the Book: All That Glitters Is Not Gold explores the significance of romance and sexuality in modern life through the journey of Te’Kare Hulford, a beautiful, successful, and very unhappy young journalist.

About the Author: Marcel Marshall was born, grew up and still resides in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. From an early age Marcel Marshall’s passions were reading and writing and vowed to become a published writer one day.

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Name: Kimolisa Mings

Books:

Integration (BWWM SciFi Erotic Romance). 2016.

The Millionaire and the Gentleman. Smashwords edition. USA. 2016.

Tomorrow’s End (Lovers & Friends Book 4). 2015

Yesterday’s Gone (BWWM Interracial Romance Novella) (Lovers & Friends Book 3). 2015.

Just Friends (BWWM Interracial Romance Novella) (Lovers & Friends Book 2). 2015.

More Than Friends (BWWM Interracial Romance Novella) (Lovers & Friends Book 1). 2015.

Red. Smashwords edition. USA. 2015.

Saving Babylon. 2014.

The Cottage. 2014.

Martine. 2012.

About the Book:

Integration (BWWM SciFi Erotic Romance): Is it lust or is it prophecy…..In a galaxy divided by race, can a black doctor looking for a cure allow herself to give in to her attraction to a white ambassador whose missions takes him beyond their stars? Upon his return from from a mission to a neighboring galaxy, Ambassador Helix Thorne finds himself drawn to the daughter of the Zaiu Ambassador. Wanting to spend more time with Dr. Selassie Ousab, he invites her to his home in the rural lands. In their short time together, he falls in love with her, but in a segregated galaxy, there is no place for their love. Visiting her father in the Sira solar system, Dr. Selassie Ousab is looking for a cure for her people, the last thing she expected to find was love. During her stay at his home, Selassie gives in to her attraction to the ambassador, but is conflicted. Is her attraction genuine or is it part of an ancient prophecy? Is it lust, love or a prophecy that would lead to the integration of a galaxy? Does the doctor even have a choice in the matter? When all seems impossible for the forbidden lovers, help comes from the most unexpected corners of the universe.

The Millionaire and the Gentleman: Are His Secrets More Than She Can Handle? Nia Armstrong, the founder of a growing beauty empire, is a self made millionaire, but her success in business does not translate over to her love life. Returning home to attend her beloved grandmother’s funeral, she is reunited with a childhood friend who has grown into everything Nia is looking for in a man.The Gentleman has a secret, more like a few. After much hesitation, Andy Smith agrees to join Nia as she travels through Europe acquiring new customers for her beauty lines. As they get to know each other, Andy refuses to share what he has been doing since graduating from college. What could he possibly be hiding? Will uncovering his secrets turn the elusive Andy Smith into Mr. Wrong? When Nia discovers Andy’s secrets, can she look past what he is for who he really is, the man who loves her and who she loves…A reluctant billionaire, bwwm (black woman, white man) interracial romance novella that falls under the categories:
Bwwm romance
Interracial romance
Contemporary romance
African American romance
Women writers
Billionaire romance

Tomorrow’s End: All Things Must Come To An End. After starting her business, Imani James Consulting, Imani is threatened by a lawsuit that may bankrupt her. But help comes from the last person she waned involved in her life. In trying to move on from a  relationship that could never be, Imani may lose more than her business. Ian Hunte is happy and in love, but when the woman he once loved (and still loves) needs his help he comes close to compromising his current relationship, a relationship with promise. But when Imani is really in trouble will he come to the rescue or turn his back on the past to save his future.  The final book in the series, Friends & Lovers, finds the once friends, once lovers, moving on with their lives, but when faced with life and death, they are forced to come to terms with their true feelings for each other. An emotional bwwm interracial romance novella that falls under the categories:
BWWM romance
Interracial romance
Contemporary romance
African American romance
New adult romance

Yesterday’s Gone: Is this the beginning or the end? From the ashes of an old relationship emerges a new one, but with it comes unresolved hopes and fears. Although Imani had moved across the country to start anew, her ties to the past have only grown stronger. But her inability to follow her heart promises to break the ties that bind her to the man she loves, once and for all. Ian still loves Imani and wants her back, but how long will he be strung along? When the only thing Imani can offer him is her friendship, will he accept it?In losing Ian, Imani cannot deny her feelings for him, but is it too late….An emotional bwwm interracial romance novella that falls under the categories:
BWWM romance
Interracial romance
Contemporary romance
African American romance
New adult romance

Just Friends: Can their love withstand this? After taking the leap from being friends to being lovers, Imani James is more than content with her relationship with Ian Hunte, but a mistake in Ian’s recent past threatens their new relationship. Ian is about to be a father and Imani is not the one pregnant with his child. With the birth of Ian’s son, Imani uncovers a secret. One that may lead to the end of their perfect relationship. But it isn’t the secret that brings everything crashing down. With every revelation, the couple remains strong and committed, but when faced with losing his son, Ian makes a decision that breaks Imani’s heart. An emotional bwwm interracial romance novella that falls under the categories:
BWWM romance
Interracial romance
Contemporary romance
African American romance
New adult romance

More Than Friends (BWWM Interracial Romance Novella) (Lovers & Friends Book 1): Would they risk a great friendship for love? Imani James, a beautiful, black grad student, wasn’t looking for love but she discovers that Mr. Right is right at her finger tips. But when faced with having a friend become a lover, Imani hesitates, a decision she now regrets. Over the short time he’s known Imani, Ian Hunte, an attractive, white law student, has fallen for his close friend and now he wants to be more than friends. Faced with rejection, he goes in search of love in all the wrong places only to discover that Imani is the only woman for him. In trying to preserve their friendship, Imani brings it close to destruction, but when given a second chance will she accept Ian as a lover? An emotional bwwm (black woman, white man) interracial romance novella that falls under the categories:
Bwwm romance
Interracial romance
Contemporary romance
African American romance
Women writers

Red. Death by Stiletto. Waking up into a nightmare, Cindy Ellington narrowly escapes a murder scene to become a wanted woman. Driven by the desire to clear her name, Cindy tries to find the real killer only to discover that the person behind it all will do everything in their power to destroy her. Sam Masterson, a seasoned detective, falls for an elusive stranger who is the person of interest in a high profile murder investigation. The more he and his partner learns about Cindy Ellington, the more he believes she is innocent. If only he could find her before the real killer does. A fast paced whodunit that will have you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Saving Babylon. Babylon is the premiere house of pleasure in New Gotham, it is also a house of secrets. Those who reside within its walls are the keepers of the secrets of New Gotham’s rich and powerful, but someone is trying to change that. Someone is doing everything in their power to destroy Babylon.

The Cottage. Angela was happy with the life she built, but her meddling mother has other plans. Plans that include a man from Angela’s past. Matthew is newly divorced and has his own plans for Angela. Plans that are revealed one evening in the little cottage Angela calls home. A dinner between friends takes a kinky turn. One that leaves Angela wanting.

Martine Carter has the perfect life. She is a Junior Professor in the Foreign Language Dept. of a community college. She has a loving husband and two daughters who are a handful but the loves of her life, but Martine has a secret. A secret from her past has come looking for her and she now has to figure out how to make him a part of her life.

*see also the poetry section.

About the Author:

Kimolisa Mings started writing poetry after she was encouraged to do so by her English teacher, Ms. Joseph. Although her body of work grew with the passing years, it was only in 2005 that Kimolisa started to share her work at local open mic events. In 2008, she started a blog called Kim or Lisa, where one can find her older poems and her latest poems. In 2011, Kimolisa won the Independence Literary Award for Poetry in the adult division. In 2012, one of her poems was featured in ‘When a Woman Moans’, a local twist on the Vagina Monologues. Kimolisa’s first book was the short story ebook Martine, self-published in 2012.

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Name: Motion

Books:

Locks and Love in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

*For more of her writing, see Poetry.

About the Books:

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

About the Author:

Canadian of Antiguan descent, Motion is a prolific urban artist. Possessing charismatic agility in rap, songwriting, and poetry, this award-winning artist is a keen composer, and intense performer. Motion’s was the first female Hip Hop artist to be nominated for MuchMusic’s Best Rap Video. Her pioneering presence continued into the millennium when her commentary on urban life and love in Toronto made her the winner of the CBC National Poetry Face-Off with her nationally acclaimed poem, “Connect the T.Dots.” Motion is the first Hip Hop artist in Canada to publish a collection of writings.

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Name: Jelani Nias

Books:

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Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly. Jeshiann Publishing/Store House Media. Canada. 2014.

The Return in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Bottles’ Hustle & Graduation in In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (edited by Althea Prince). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

About the Books:

Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly – Welcome to Warri, Wadad, where some of “God’s children” got real wings and the devil’s earthy brood brandish shotguns. But it’s hard to tell the good from the bad in this marvelous mash-up of action and fantasy. (George Elliot Clarke, from the book jacket).

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

About the Author: Jelani Nias is a Canadian based spoken word artiste and writer with Antiguan roots.

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Name: Dobrene E. O. Marde

Book:

Send out you hand

Send Out You Hand. Hansib. UK. 2012.

*For more of his writing go to the songwriting, and screenwriting and plays page.

About the Book: Send Out You Hand follows the intersecting lives of business men and women, socio-political activists and academics across the Caribbean as they attempt to chart a course to regional unity. The characters are examined around issues of love, sex, health, race and relocation as it relates to this tumultuous social and political climate. It takes place across six Caribbean countries, providing a galloping travelogue through the region.

About the Author: Dorbrene O’Marde is an Antiguan playwright and calypso song writer; also former publisher of Calypso Talk magazine. He is also an analyst-commentator in the media. O’Marde is at the forefront of the reparations lobby as president of Antigua and Barbuda’s government-appointed Reparations Support Commission. Read more about O’Marde here.

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Name:  Dr.Althea Prince

Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 (editor, author – Praisesong for Antiguan Story, Caribbean Language and Standard English: the Case of Antigua & Barbuda). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (editor, author – Push, They Buried her Mother Twice). Insomniac Press. Canada. 2012.

The Politics of Black Women’s Hair. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2009.

Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women’s Studies Reader [editor w/Susan Silva-Wayne and Christian Vernon]. Women’s Press. Canada. 2004.

Being Black. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2001.

Loving this Man. Insomniac Press. Canada. 2001.

Ladies of the Night and other stories. Sister Vision. Canada. [Reissued in 2005 by Insomniac Press]. 1998.

How the Starfish got to the Sea.  Sister Vision. Canada. 1992.

How the East Pond got its Flowers. Sister Vision. Canada. 1991.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

In the Black: New African Canadian Literature is a mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry, and hip hop by some of Black Canada’s foremost writers.

The Politics of Black Women’s Hair. More than just a fashion statement, a Black woman’s choice of hairstyle can reflect her self-image, childhood experiences, and personal beliefs as well. Using interviews, memoirs, and personal essays, this book sensitively charts Black women’s journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society’s standards of beauty.

Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women’s Studies Reader brings together theory and practical application, so that feminist discourse interacts as a partner with the lived experience of women’s social action. The selections combine classics in feminist thought with work from modern theorists and offer a solid foundation in international feminism.

Being Black. Prince tackles the complacency she sees in some manifestations of Black Canadian culture — such as Toronto’s popular Caribana festival — as well as in white society’s attitudes towards Black culture, as revealed by Prince’s involvement with the notorious Writers’ Union of Canada-sponsored Writing Thru Race conference.

Loving this Man beautifully traces a woman’s struggle to negotiate the transition from life in the Caribbean to life in the concrete utopia of urban North America. It is about politics and class, but more than anything, about the mother-daughter bond that exists in these women’s lives.

Ladies of the Night and Other Stories. With women’s loves and lives as their focus, the stories contain dramatic twists and turns: some humorous, others shocking and disturbing, all leaving a haunting melody behind.

How the Starfish got to the Sea is a Caribbean story set in 1800s Antigua. It features characters like the elder Papa Biggis and the healer Mother Sillah. The story is about a star lost its ability to shine after falling to earth.

How the East Pond got its Flowers is also set in Antigua; it is the story of Mother Sillah and Tullah, a young girl destined to do great things despite being enslaved in colonial era Antigua

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Name: Ralph Prince

Books:

Experience During the Eruption – 107 (Excerpted from novel, Fire Mountain) in So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

Sharlo’s New Bargain in The Sun’s Eye: West Indian Writing for New Readers (compiled by Anne Walmsley). Longman Group/Pearson Education/Lexicon/Carlong Publishers. Trinidad, Jamaica. UK. 1968, 1969, 1989, 2011 (29 editions in all).

Jewels of the Sun. Nelson Caribbean. England. 1979.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

This new edition of The Sun’s Eye brings one of the most widely-used and long-lasting anthologies to a new generation of young readers.The Sun’s Eye retains all its proven favorites, but almost half the stories and poems are new, selected from the past 20 years’ wealth of Caribbean writing. The Sun’s Eye again includes its unique feature ‘Notes about the Writers’, prepared by each author specially for this book. In addition, at the request of many teachers, there are now questions at the end of each piece of writing, to further the students’ understanding and appreciation and to encourage their creativity. The centre illustration on the cover and many inside, are by Caribbean artists.

Jewels of the Sun was a short story collection.Ralph’s nine stories, one of which is set in Antigua and the rest in Guyana, relate Caribbean folk tales without presenting them as myths.

About the Author:

Born in 1923,  Ralph Prince lived in the U.K. for many years, working as a journalist for the BBC. Later, while resident in Guyana, he edited ‘The Demba Digest’, a publication of the Demba Bauxite Company. He later returned home to Antigua, where his pursuits included archeological research, before his death, of natural causes, in 1985.  Throughout his writing life, Prince, eldest brother of famed scribe Althea Prince, contributed to several anthologies, a dictionary of Caribbean language, and his short story collection, Jewels of the Sun. After his death, a literary journal, entitled ‘Prince Literary Journal’, was created in his honour.

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Name: James Ryan

Book: A Certain Paradise. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2013.

About the Book: This novel paints a picture of British West Indian island life and renders a behind the scenes view of a luxury resort. The novel is based on a two week visit to a Caribbean island resort by Morton, its English managing director. The resort is open but the final stages of construction are still in progress. Morton is seen to be at odds with his fellow workers, his Maker and himself and the story details the sometimes painful, sometimes laughable misunderstandings he has with those around him – and they with each other. Interweaved with his life are the lives of the expatriates and islanders – the educated West Indians and the peasant farmers – each involved with the resort in some way but each living their own very different lives and holding quite dissimilar views of their place in the scheme of things. Morton struggles to establish order but this proves to be no easy thing. As the story unfolds the odds stacked him seem to increase and increase. But surely paradise is close at hand.

About the Author: James Ryan is dual national British and British West Indian and has lived equal amounts of his adult life in both places. A published writer with degrees from English universities he has worked in the Caribbean tourist industry for many years on both the hotel and marine sides. As a yacht captain he is familiar with Caribbean, Atlantic and European waters. Off-duty he lives the island village life, trying to understand the old time wisdom and find what is true and kind and useful in all the changing times and with all the differing people.  Folks in Antigua may remember him as the Monk who facilitated meditation sessions at the Museum.

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Name: Heidi Skerrit

Books:

Suffering in Silence in  So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1. (edited by Althea Prince). A Different Publisher. Canada. 2013.

About the Books:

So the Nailhead Bend So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing, Volume 1 contains the voices of writers either from Antigua and Barbuda or the offspring of Antiguans and Barbudans. The authors span three generations and live in Antigua and Barbuda, Canada, the UK and the USA.

About the Author:

Heidi Skerritt was born in Kent, England. The older child of Antiguan parents, she immigrated to Canada in the early 1970s with her family. Heidi lived and grew up in Ontario, where she acquired a love for the arts. In 1998, she emigrated to Antigua where she currently resides. She is a voracious reader, and founder of the Sistas with Books (Antigua) Book Club. She writes mostly in her spare time.

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Name: Elaine Spires

Books:

The Banjo. Amazon Digital Services. 2016.

Holiday Reads 2. Amazon Digital Services. 2015.

Weak at the Knees. Amazon Digital Services. 2015.

The Christmas Queen. Amazon Digital Services. 2014.

Holiday Reads: Seven Quirky Short Stories for your Sun Lounger. Amazon Digital Services. 2014.

Singles and Spice (Singles Trilogy). Amazon Digital Services/Elaine Spires. 2014.

Sweet Lady.  Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2013.

Singles’ Holiday. Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2012.

What’s Eating Me? Amazon Digital Services/lulu.com. 2011.

About the Books:

The Banjo: It’s 1952 and Britain is slowly climbing out of the austerity of the immediate post-war years when Dolly White gets the letter she and her husband Jack have been yearning for: they are going to live in a brand new, five-roomed house on the Heath Park Estate, Dagenham. A home in Cromwell Close is beyond the wildest dreams of the Whites and the other seven families whose fortunes, dramas, losses, dreams and lives we share while they all rub along together in neighbourly harmony in The Banjo.

Holiday Reads 2: More quirky stories with holiday connections for reading on the plane, on the beach or by the pool, your back garden on a sunny afternoon or curled up on the sofa if it’s raining.

Weak at the Knees: Estelle is out and about making her Valentine’s Day floral deliveries. What she discovers as she delivers armfuls of flowers is a real eye-opener.

The Christmas Queen: Her whole life through, Christmas for Eileen has always started with loads of work and preparation and ended in bitter disappointment, and involved huge amounts of energy and emotion along the way. But this year, although she knows it will be emotional, she’s determined things will be very different. This year she’s going to be a Christmas Queen…

Holiday Reads provides short stories for your sun-lounger – or wherever! Seven women, each with a different holiday problem. Meet, Olivia, who wishes she wasn’t on a tennis holiday; Estelle, alone on a cruise; Fiona who’s flying too close for comfort; Shelley, who shouldn’t have got involved with a foreigner; Alison who finds our her husband’s off on a cruise – but not with her!; Eloise who’s having a rotten time in Ibiza and Karla who’s desperate for her family holiday in Corfu to go well.

In Singles and Spice (Singles Trilogy), a singles’ holiday to India’s Golden Triangle – Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, tiger-spotting in Ranthambore, the noisy, crowded streets of Delhi – all go to make up a trip that is hot, humid and spicy. Eve Mitchell, Travel Together’s tour manager extraordinaire has a couple of familiar faces in her little group of travelers and others that she hasn’t met before; sexy man-eating pensioners, a compulsive over-eater, a constant whiner and a man with a personal problem. And there’s a big surprise awaiting someone -and Eve – early one morning. By the end of the tour, which sees our group travelling by coach, rickshaw, train and elephant, she will know rather more about some of their innermost secrets than she’d like. But Eve deals with all the twists and turns the trip throws at her as we come to understand what makes people travel the world with a bunch of complete strangers and appreciate thesuccess that is a singles’ holiday.

In Sweet Lady, nothing is as it seems. When celebrity artist Eleanor and her daughter Victoria go to Antigua for some winter sun it is to charge their batteries before Eleanor’s upcoming exhibition. But when beach-boy Tyrone walks into their lives things change for ever.

Singles’ Holiday. Antigua. . . the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful. . . silver sand, cobalt sky, warm turquoise sea. . . and a bunch of complete strangers, who only have one thing in common: they’re single. Some are looking for romance, some for something else. But they’ve all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before. And pretty soon, some will become good friends, some enemies and some lovers. And many of them will experience things they never expected.

What’s Eating Me is the story of Eileen Holloway, an obese woman; single parent to two difficult teenage boys; struggling to run her department at work and trying hard to please her demanding mother. The only way she can keep all the plates spinning is by eating. Food has become her drug of choice. When she is chosen to appear on the reality TV show Barbara’s Beautiful Bodies, Eileen thinks that this is the solution she has been waiting for; that once she’s thin all her problems will be over. But she quickly discovers that losing weight so publically and her newly found “celebrity” bring their own problems. Elaine What’s Eating Me, Elaine’s first book, was originally a play, a one-woman show performed as a monologue with a child actor – Elena-Beth Carter playing Eileen as a child in the background. Elaine performed it on the London and Edinburgh fringes. She loved the character of Eileen so much that she decided to expand the story into a book.

About the Author:

Elaine Spires is a novelist, award-winning playwright and actress.  Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. British born, Elaine spends her time between her homes in Essex, England and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).

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Name: Leon Chaku Symister

Chaku reading at the Wadadli Pen Word Up! fundraiser in 2006. (Photo by Laura Hall)

Books:

From the Depths of My Naked Soul: Chaku Writes.  Caribbean Diaspora Press Inc., NY. 1999.

Under the Calabash Tree: Caribbean Short Stories. Caribbean Diaspora Press, Inc., NY. 2000.

About the Books:

Under the Calabash Tree was intended to give Caribbean children living outside the region an idea of what life was like in the islands not so long ago. It is a short story collection.

About the Author:

Leon Chaku Symister is the chairperson of the United Progressive Party and a practicing attorney. Symister was co-founder and artistic director of the local Third World Theatre Group during the 70s. For more, see the playwriting and screenwriting page.

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Name: Ashfield Thomas

Books:

Brickdam. Antigua and Barbuda. 2009.

The Place of Music. Antigua and Barbuda. 2009.

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Name: Weldon Turner

Books:

Mr Fitch and Me and Other Stories. CreateSpace. 2014.

About the Book:
With Mr. Fitch and Me and Other Stories, Weldon Turner gives us six stories of extraordinary depth and remarkable insight into the human spirit. In the title story a successful young lawyer, faced with the probability of a career-ending indictment and a mounting personal crisis, finds comfort in a church congregation, but also finds himself subtly challenged by one of its older members. In other stories two women struggle with the isolation brought on by the perfect appearances they feel compelled to present to society; a university student is forced to come to grips with his ideas of what feminine beauty really means; and a young man keeps a vigil at his sister’s bedside and desperately tries to articulate his true feelings for her.

About the author: Weldon Turner is a writer and songwriter who lives near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has Antiguan familial connections.

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Name: Floree Williams

Books:

Through the Window. Create Space. USA. 2010.

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses. Seaburn. USA. 2008. (second printing)

About the Books:

Through the Window is the story of 23 yr old Anya, a complex and often complicated woman who has to navigate through a maze of friendships, love, a dysfunctional family and finding love for herself. Anya’s journey is one filled with drama, betrayal, tears, laughter and the strength/weaknesses of relationships.

Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses is a collection of short stories chronicling the childhood and high school life of author Floree Williams. Pink teacups represents the childhood years where the author identifies strongly with girlhood and blue dresses represents the author’s high school uniform.

About the author:

Floree Willams, born and raised on the island of Antigua, is a young and upcoming author. She cherishes the little things in life that often go unnoticed like laughter and the beauty of the night sky. She firmly believes in the quote “Never let fear stop you from dancing on the moon.”

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Name: Andy E. Williams

Books:

In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction. Browne’s Avenue Press. 2009.

Anthology of Words [Ed]. Browne’s Avenue Press. 2009.

About the Books:

In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction is a collection of lively stories from the rare perspective of a boy who has not only emigrated back to the islands in the reverse direction of so many other countrymen and women, but who also sees the world with eyes much more ancient than his own. The stories are adapted excerpts from the author’s upcoming novel Ghosts of Our Ancestors, which preserves the cadence and language of these shorter pieces, while drawing them out into a more sustained work of powerfully vivid and enduring imagery.

Anthology of Words is a book of poetry written by a working group of poets with roots in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Each author’s poetry is preceded by a revealing and insightful commentary on their approach to it.

About the Author:

Andy E. Williams is a Toronto based writer and photographer of Antiguan heritage. Andy was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in New York, Antigua, and the Greater Toronto Area. Andy attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a degree in Physics before pursuing a career in the software industry, all the while with a latent interest in the arts. This latent interest eventually expressed itself in the books Anthology of Words, and In the Rum Shop and Other Flash Fiction.

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Name: Roxy Wilson

Books (e-books only):

Mr. Perfectly Imperfect: the BBW BWWM Interracial Romance. 2015.

Stay with Me: Westbury Branch Book 2.

Just Getting Started: Westbury Branch Book 1. 2015.

Secret Baby Seduction: BWWM Interracial Romance (A Bundle of Joy Book 4). 2015.

Loving St. Nick: BWWM Interracial Romance. 2015.

Love in Black and White (anthology with Jamallah Bergman, Sam Crescent, Stacy Deane, Lena Hart, Alela Marsh, and Mahalia Levey). Secret Cravings Publishing. 2014.

The Christmas Cupid. 2014.

A Christmas Kiss. 2014.

Second Chance Christmas. 2014.

Misteltoe Miracles: BWWM Interracial Romance. 2014.

Baby You’re Mine (A Bundle of Joy series Book 3). 2014.

The Baby Proposal (A Bundle of Joy series Book 2). 2014.

Baby Wanted: (BWWM Interracial Romance) (A Bundle of Joy Book 1). 2014.

Work It Out. 2014.

He’s So Into You: Healing Hearts Series. Secret Cravings Publishing. 2013.

The Right Kind of Love. Secret Cravings Publishing. 2013.

About the Books:

Ms. Perfectly Imperfect: Twenty-four-year-old, plus-size model, Layla Turner has sacrificed much and worked hard to be at the top of her game, concrete evidence that she was able to rise from the ashes of her past. Then her life suddenly changes when she starts losing her signature creamy, caramel brown hair that helped to set her apart from the rest of the pack. This mysterious illness could mark the end of her career—and the demise of her two-year relationship with her fiancé, Gage Shelton. Pediatric oncologist, Dr. Clint Collins is a highly respected physician in his field. He has an excellent track record, as well as the love and confidence of the kids in his care. But something sinister is causing some of his young patients, who seem to be making a full recovery, to lose their battle with cancer. Not only does Dr. Collins feel somewhat responsible, but he also risks losing his job as he tries to uncover the truth behind his patients’ deaths. Layla and Clint’s worlds collide when they meet each other for the first time at the General Hospital. Their attraction to each other is tangible, but while Clint is ready to give his heart, his love to Layla, she holds back, thinking that since she isn’t good enough for Gage, she certainly isn’t good enough for him. Can the balding, plus-size model learn to appreciate her perfectly imperfect self and to give love a chance?

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Stay with Me: Saying goodbye is never an easy thing… When Shayne Westbury turned 18, she couldn’t wait to see the back of the family’s ranch and to go make a fortune in the big city. But when she loses her philandering, physician husband to his nurse and quits her high-paying job because she was tired of running herself ragged, she returns to Westbury Ranch, where she plans to lead a much simpler, forever-single life. Then she meets Juston Hughes, the sexy ranch hand her sister, Cullen, recently hired. Will Shayne hold fast to her resolve, or will she ride off into the sunset with a sexy cowboy? This BWWM WESTERN ROMANCE series features strong, passionate women and the sexy, alpha men who can’t help but fall in love with them…

Just Getting’ Started: Starting over is never an easy thing… The death of her father was the catalyst for Cullen Westbury to take over the running of her family’s ranch. Because of her desire to expand the family’s business and make it more efficient, she hires the handsome and capable, yet enigmatic, Graeme Burton. But with her ex coming back into her life to stir up trouble on the ranch and her newest employee stirring up trouble in her heart, how can Cullen keep business strictly professional between them, when she’s so attracted to him? This BWWM WESTERN ROMANCE series features strong, passionate women and the sexy, alpha men who can’t help but fall in love with them…

Secret Baby Seduction: Dayna Sheppard faced some hard decisions in the past, but she moved on and made an exciting life for herself. Now ten years later, she returns to her hometown in San Diego, California. Her plan is to kill three birds with one stone: attend her tenth high school reunion, take a much-needed sabbatical from her years of travel as a photojournalist and recover from the recent break-up with her live-in boyfriend. Ten years after leaving San Diego, Aron Mateo Rodriquez, attends his high school reunion. What he doesn’t expect is to be just as smitten with Dayna as he was when they were sophomores in high school. He’d always regretted that his father’s job at the UN prevented Dayna and him from having a long-lasting relationship, but he’s prepared to change that from the moment he sets his eyes on her at the reunion. Aron and Dayna do lots of reflecting and reminiscing together as they work on rebuilding their relationship. Their fiery attraction is still very much alive too. But Dayna is plagued by guilt because of a secret she holds. Can she face her fears and tell Aron what happened ten years ago, at the risk of losing him? Is she destined to be alone?

Loving St. Nick: Detective Nicholas Duncan had it all. A beautiful marriage. A successful career. Then one day—his wife, Lee—leaves him. Nicholas suspects she’s having an affair and he can’t imagine why she would be so cavalier about what they had together for all those years. Believing she’d thrown their marriage away for the sake of a fling with another guy, Nicholas desperately pursues her. Months pass while he tries to contact her. If he can’t restore what they once had, he thought perhaps he could at least discover why she left him. If she would just tell him what she apparently didn’t want to say months back, he would at least be able to accept it. It isn’t until that Christmas when he finally got his answer and—it’s not even close to what he expected.

The Christmas Cupid: Janay Riley can always spot a match made in relationship heaven, but, when it comes to her own love life, she hasn’t quite found her perfect match. Although her love life isn’t thriving, her business is growing and, for now, that’s enough for her. When longtime friend and admirer, Randy ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald finally wants to make his feelings for her known, the consummate matchmaker springs into action. Thinking that he’s asking for assistance, Janay sets out to find him the perfect match. As part of Fitz’s ploy, he adds fuel to the fire by seeking advice about his dating woes. That seemingly innocent conversation between friends results in a night neither he nor Janay will soon forget. Will Fitz’s game ruin any chance he has of having a relationship with Janay, or will love conquer all and bring the two longtime friends together?

A Christmas Kiss: Cole Davenport doesn’t expect to be jilted by his fiancée, but that’s exactly what happens on his wedding day, the day that is also Christmas Day. He should be grateful when the attractive CEO of Grand Events comes to console him, but instead he does the unthinkable—he kisses her. Alexandria “Lexi” Riley has kissed a few frogs in her life, hoping that one day she’ll finally find her prince. But, what she doesn’t bargain for is a prince who used to be her client—a client whose wedding she was paid to organize and whose pride she had to protect when his bride-to-be left him. Months later, Cole and Lexi meet again. Friendship and then a romantic relationship develop between them. But, unexpectedly, two things happen: a crime against Lexi and a reentry of Cole’s ex-fiancée into his life. Will this Christmas turn out to be a fiasco like the one the year before?

Second Chance Christmas: Caterer Brielle Riley-Foster can’t believe her luck when she runs into her ex-husband, Toby, at a pre-Christmas party. Four years after he suddenly filed for divorce, her heart still pines for him and the pain of losing him still sears. For Toby, the sight of his ex-wife brings back the sting he felt when she cheated on him. Unwilling to let her back into his life, Toby does his best to avoid contact, but Brielle has cooked up a scheme that is sure to make her indiscretion pale in comparison. Her desperate attempt to make her ex-husband answer her long-held questions isn’t winning her any sanity points, and things get worse when heavy snow begins to fall and old hurts resurface. With no way out, the exes are forced to communicate with each other and soon discover some surprising things, things they never expected. Has too much time passed for Brielle and Toby to find their way back to one another, or is this love lost for good?

Mistletoe Miracles: Still reeling from the tragic loss of her husband, Kerrie Bramble struggles to move forward. With a young son to support along with the ever-present memories and regrets still plaguing her, this fateful anniversary—Christmas Eve—proves to be just as difficult as those before it. Having so many emotions already stirring, Kerrie’s resolve is once again tested, when she’s denied a loan for the new bakery business that she’s counted on to support her and her willful son, Jayden. A surprise visit from long-time friend and her deceased husband’s best friend, Dwight Thornton, complicates matters further. With more than their shared loss working against them, Dwight and Kerri must work past new difficulties in order to have the lives they’ve both wanted for far too long. Old friendships are tested. A marriage must come to an end. While a young boy and his mother must begin to breathe again, move past their pain to welcome love back into their lives. Will this Christmas be the one that heals wounded souls and unite those left behind?

Baby, You’re Mine: Jamie Alexis’s fast-paced life comes to a screeching halt when she’s summoned by her terminally ill friend, Brandi, who asks her to care for her two-year-old daughter after she’s gone. Brett Carrington knows it’s too late to make amends to Brandi, the woman he left at the altar, but it’s not too late to be a dad to his little girl. The only thing standing in his way is the curvy woman who sets his heart and libido ablaze. Jamie isn’t about to allow that blue-eyed, heartbreaker to stop her from keeping her promise to Brandi. But, can she avoid the temptation of this seemingly unstoppable multicultural romance? She knows what type of man Brett is: after all, she was supposed to be maid-of-honor at his wedding. And if it means using a little creativity to get her own way, she’ll do what she has to in this sizzling interracial romance.

The Baby Proposal: Selene Alexis is a recent casualty of her company’s cost-cutting measures. With a sister to support and no close relatives to lend a helping hand, she grabs the opportunity to become a surrogate mother. By getting pregnant, she’ll be able to meet her monthly expenses and make a small dent in her debts, at least for the next nine months. Former soldier, Triston Walker, struggles to adjust to civilian life after tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. A glimpse of Selene, the girl he left behind to serve his country, is a breath of fresh air, until he realizes she’s pregnant. He’s never fallen out of love with her, and now he wants to take their multicultural romance one step further. So he proposes a long-term solution to Selene’s current woes. Marriage. With Selene’s hormones raging, her due date fast approaching, and doubts about Triston’s feelings for her, can she trust herself to make the right decision? Will she take the plunge, or dash Triston’s dreams of an eternal interracial romance between a black woman and a white man?

Baby Wanted: Heather Lovey’s almost thirty-five, and she wants a baby. Badly. With no prospects in sight, she turns to Sean Johnson, her BFF. Sean has been in love with Heather since forever, but she’s always kept him at arm’s length. When she proposes he father her child, he jumps at the chance, hoping a baby will lead to lasting romance. He demands one favor in return: that they have a baby as a married couple. She’s free to divorce him after a year. Marriage is the last thing on Heather’s mind. She only wants the unconditional love a child can give, something she lacked during her years in foster homes. She agrees to give Sean a year in this sham-marriage, never thinking this could turn into a friends to lovers romance. Is one year enough time for Sean to change Heather’s way of thinking and make their marriage the kind that will last? Will Sean and Heather end up with more than they planned in this captivating interracial romance?

Work it out: Forty-two-year-old Marcelle “MJ” Jeffreys knew it was time to get rid of the excess baggage weighing her down. She had a list: Divorce her cheating husband. Check. Quit her dead-end job. Check. Return to the Big Apple. Check. Only one item remains: Get rid of the junk-in-her-trunk. The last thing she expects is to be attracted to her personal fitness trainer. Not only is Dylan McCoy a man from her past, he’s younger, which gives the prospect of pursuing this interracial romance a bit daunting for “MJ”. Dylan owns his own business, has a body made in the gym, and the pick of any woman he wants. Yet none of those women have the qualities he wants in a life partner. When “MJ” walks into his fitness center, her warm smile and sexy curves knock him down like a hundred-pound weight, and he wants nothing more than to start a steamy multicultural romance with this stunning African American. Now all he has to do is prove to her that age is just a number and he’s counting down the moments until she’s his. Forever.

He’s so into you: Being badly injured in a plane crash and feeling responsible for losing his fiancé keep Jordan Cooper from getting involved with another woman, but his best friend Caleb talks him into going on a blind date. He’s surprised that in a short time his feelings for Raina Abbott runs deep. Jordan wants more than just one night with her, but he has to convince her first. Leaving an abusive ex and ending an unhealthy relationship with food still aren’t enough to help Raina Abbott overcome her feelings of insecurity, but her best friend Jayce convinces her that going on a blind date is the first step to boosting her self-confidence and feeling good about herself again. Jordan Cooper shows her that she’s beautiful, both inside and out, but can a date and one night of passion assure her that he’s really into her?

The Right Kind of Love: New Yorker Sloane Saunders has just about given up on love. She’s thirty-something and very single. A magazine article jolts her from her malaise and motivates her to do something she’s never tried before, online dating, and firstmeet.com is the website of choice. Attending his brother’s bachelor party was the wake-up call Blake Morrison needed. Memories of a passionate relationship from his past drive him to return to claim his woman, Sloane. Despite the sizzling chemistry between them, it’s not as easy as he thought. With a family crisis and Sloane’s preconceived notions about love and relationships getting in the way, can Blake convince Sloane they have the right kind of love and that a love like theirs can last?

About the Author: Roxy Wilson, a self-professed book junkie, was born and bred in a beautiful island in the Caribbean. As a graduate with a degree in Education, she writes blogs which help readers to think critically about and appreciate poetry. Recently, however, she decided to delve into the world of writing interracial and multicultural romance stories. Roxy is also the Reviews Coordinator of Romance Novels in Color (RNIC). Check the non-fiction category for her listing as Sharon R. Wilson-Strann.

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One response to “Antiguan and Barbudan Fiction Writings

  1. Reblogged this on Wadadli Pen and commented:

    The Fiction list has new entries by Wadadli Pen alum, Rilys Adams (writing as Rilzy Adams). Big up to her!

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