AAMBC Awards!!!!


So far my life as a blogger has been pretty uneventful. It doesn’t pay well right now so I never get to really GO anywhere. My cousin recently wrote a book, I have yet to read and therefore nothing to review but she’s been traveling to promote it and I was puzzled at how she was finding out all of these events were taking place when I hadn’t even realized they’d existed.  Biting the bullet I swallowed my pride and asked her,

“How are you finding out about all of these things?”

To my surprise she answered with Instagram, and of course it was something so brazenly simple as that. A social media site previously reserved only for my hideous selfies was going to be the vehicle to drive me to my golden ticket. But i’m a writer, and Instagram is for Photos right?

Surprisingly there are tons of apps which allow you to post text in photo format. The app I use for example is Textgram  but there are loads.

God Don't Like UglyI began posting pictures of my writing and of books that I enjoyed my own personal library of novels. There is an entire world of people like me, bookish, fantasy nerds drooling over the next 5 book series. I’ve never been more tickled. So i’m sure this is the part where you ask,

“Hey Noel, didn’t you mention something about an awards ceremony and an Acronym??”


Yes I did….


In following that very simple peace of advice I posted a photo of one of my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER!!!! Its a series actually apparently one I am 2 books shy of completing. The God Don’t Luck Ugly series was one of the very first books I read as an adolescent and the story has stuck with me through adulthood. Without giving too much of the story line away because you definitely SHOULD read it! It follows the trials and struggles of Annette Goode and consequently as a result the life and journey of her best friend Rhoda. The two go through a lot together but always seem to weather the storm. My praises for the book on Instagram of course got me invited to the above mentioned ceremony and what an amazing weekend it will be.Mary Monroe

The African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in February 2008, by Tameka Newhouse; the annual AAMBC Literary Awards was later launched in 2009.  Initially the ceremony was to provide exposure for unknown writers offering acclaim through one of many awards. It has since evolved into a weekend of fellowship for writer’s in each phase of their careers from reading enthusiasts to full fledged Celebrity panels. This year Mary Monroe author of the God Don’t Like Ugly  is being honored which is the primary reason for me going. Omar-Tyree But also in support of fellow philly writer Omar Tyree author of the Flyy Girl series and my own personal favorite the book Diary of a Groupie. It’ll also be pretty amazing to hang out with other writer’s and hopefully I’ll even be able to find a few who write fantasy like I do.

The 2016 AAMBC awards  will be hosted in Atlanta, Ga this year. A great excuse for me to hang out with some family.  If you have yet to buy tickets click here ! They may or may not be sold out

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My 2016 Reading Challenge!!!

Earlier this year I wanted to really commit to making myself a better writer. As my high school writing teacher would say writers –write, and therefore to become better writers you must read and then write some more. Who knew that while i was rolling my eyes then I’d be going back to those words now. In the thick of writing my very first trilogy I find myself grasping at anything not a research book to read. My imagination was truly becoming depleted. It was then that I decided to go back to the list of books I wanted to read. Initially I compiled the list for research. When deciding to write a book you have to decide on a genre and my genre is Urban Fantasy. I jumped in head first adding any book that seemed remotely interesting. Some titles sounded familiar though I hadn’t had the pleasure of reading them. They went on the list. Other novels i’d never heard of an hadn’t known they even existed. They also went on the list. I spent a large portion of time looking into Mythic Fiction. As my sub-genre it’s good to know the competition and what ideas have already been tried. At one point my boyfriend the afro-centric individual that he is commented about a lack of African American representation in my genre which sent me down a path to find not only black characters but black authors as well. The effort was definitely worth it. When i finished i’d collected more than 50 books in which to read this year. My 2016 goal is still 50 books of the Urban Fantasy genre. At present I’m starting with Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”.  I’m attempting to read at least two books a month. Wish me luck!


Feel free to start on this list where ever you choose!


50 books I want to read over the next year.


  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
    1. Through the looking glass (sequel)
  2. Moon Called:Mercy Thomspon  Book #1- Patricia Briggs
  3. Dead Witch Walking: The Hollows Book #1 – Kim Harrison
  4. American Gods #1 – Neil Gaimen
  5. Mistborn:The Final Empire
  6. The lies of Locke Lamora:Gentleman Bastard Book 1 – Scott Lynch
  7. Vampire Kisses:Book 1 – Ellen Schraiber
  8. Sister Sable: The Mad Queen #1 –
  9. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  10. Modern Faierie Tales – Holly Black
  11. Iron Thorn – Caitlyn Kittredge
  12. The Name in the Wind – Patrick Rothfus
  13. Practical Magic – Alicia Hoffman
  14. Courting Darkness – Yasmine Galenorn
  15. Something Wicked – Catherine Mulvany
  16. Divine by Mistake – PC Cast
  17. Woven – Michael Jensen and David Powers
  18. The Mephisto Covenant – Trinity Faegan
  19. Dancer’s Lament – Ian C Esslemont
  20. Age of Myth – (Book One of the First Empire Series) – Michael J Sullivan
  21. The Cainsville series Book#1- Kelly Armstrong
  22. The Conjure Woman – Charles Chestnutt
  23. Kindred – Octavia Butler (Showed up on various sites)
  24. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin
  25. Who Fears Death – Nnedi Okorafor
  26. The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
  27. Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings
  28. Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
  29. Vampire Huntress  – L.A. Banks
  30. Amber and the Hidden City by Milton Davis
  31. Knights of Breton Court (series) by Maurice Broaddus
  32. Brookwater’s Curse (series) by Steven Van Patten
  33. Immortal (series) by Valjeanne Jeffers
  34. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
  35. Taurus Moon (series) by D.K. (Keith) Gaston
  36. The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan by Zig Zag Claybourne
  37. Redeemer: The Cross Chronicles by Balogun Ojetade
  38. African Immortals Series – Tananarive Due
  39. My Soul to Keep – Tananarive Due
  40. So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy
  41. Mindscape – Andrea Hairston
  42. Filter House – Nisi Shawl
  43. The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
  44. Shards and Ashes – Anthology (Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong etc.)
  45. The testing – Joel Charbonneau
  46. Superhuman – Michael Carroll
  47. Vampyres of Hollywood – Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Scott
  48. Etruscans: Beloved of the Gods – Morgan Llywelyn, Michael Scott
  49. The drafter – Kim Harrison
  50. Undead and Unwed:A Queen Betsy Novel – Mary Janice Davidson
  51. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series
  52. Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wait For You
  53. Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster
  54. Colleen Hoover’s Slammed
  55. Cora Carmack’s Losing It.