As you may know, I curated my first anthology, Love is Color, recently and I am so giddy over the outcome. When I started this project it was just a dream. Now 15 other authors and poets have lent their gifts to bring my dream to fruition. Each one of these gifted writers is special in her own way and confirmed for me that sisterhood is to be celebrated! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I decided to review the book for Goodreads and thought it would be sweet to post it here as well. When I started organizing the book I didn’t know if I should put all of the short stories together and then all of the poems, but I decided against that. Instead, I intermingled the poems and shorts and I think it made for a better reading experience.
It is hard to believe that 3 years ago today I released my first novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston. It was the first step towards living my dream of becoming a published author. I would like to thank all of those who have supports me in my endeavor and welcome future readers. If you haven’t had a chance to read my debut novel, you can download your e-book copy today for only 99 cents! Click Here!
A lot of people mistake this book as a children’s book, but please don’t be fooled by the cover. It is NOT for children. I have marketed it as a young adult novel and I would not advise anyone under the age of 13 reading it. It is told from the perspective of a nine year old girl who has suffered sexual assault and physical abuse. Here’s more about the story:
Zora Langston is nine years old when her father dies, leaving her in the hands of a mother who is anything but loving and siblings who never considered her family. Without her father, she is truly alone. Before the dirt has even settled on his grave, there’s a new man of the house, and he has no interest in being Zora’s father. Despite her hardships, Zora remains true and allows faith to help free her from this new, horrible life she’s found herself in. She finds solace in her aunt and uncle and, for the first time, starts to discover what it’s like to have a real family. However, just when she thinks she has escaped her tormentors, new abusers emerge, old ones return from hiding and she must find the strength to survive.
I loved this character so much and she still lives in my heart. So much so that I am happy to announce that I have started developing the sequel to this book. The book is tentatively titled Cupcakes, Champagne and Butterflies and should be available this summer!
In the meantime, get to know Zora again by re-reading her story or discover her by reading her for the first time. If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, I have a limited number available. I will be selling them as an anniversary special of $7(Included s&h) until the release of the sequel or they run out, which ever happens first. Contact me using the form below for details on how to purchase your autographed paperback:
For today’s happy dance I’m taking you back… Way back. I love Genius of Love by the Tom Tom Club, but I must admit, I never knew most of what they were saying.I can’t be the only one making up lyrics here. 😝 I found the video with the lyrics for your Friday merriment! Enjoy!
Love is Color is a collection of sensual poetry, short stories and visual art that depicts love in its rawest form. The stories are a gathering of diverse authors from different genres coming together to create a work of art. Whether you like second chance romance, fire-breathing dragons, interracial love, or a little bit of mystery. This book has something for you. Come see why Love is lived in Color and not in Black and White!
Did I mention that this book is free? As in $0.00?
Welcome to a special edition of Purple Night Lights! Today we are celebrating the Love is Color Anthology. The release date is Feb 14th! In the mean time I will be welcoming the ladies behind the words in the book. Please welcome: L. Loren
Q & A
Tell us about your work in the Love is Color Anthology.
Love is Color was my brainchild. I set a goal for myself to curate an anthology with a diverse group of writers, poets and photographers. It was my first undertaking of a project of this caliber and I found it extremely enjoyable.
I wrote 2 poems for this anthology that represent the feelings of the colors purple and orange. I also wrote a sensual poem entitled My Favorite Color – a dedication to my husband. The short story I included was Parasol, a sensual look at unexpected love.