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The Rapturous Reader

Where you can listen to and participate in conversations with African American authors who have written good to great books, received good to great reviews, but aren’t on the “popular bestsellers lists.”

Published: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 02:30:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 22:00:00 GMT

Copyright: Copyright Lisa Diane (C/O Blogtalkradio)

"Gentlemanliness".. Chivalry For Today's Man

Sun, 22 Mar 2009 22:00:00 GMT

Author Earl Betts Jr. discusses his novel, "Gentlemanliness", A guy's guide to dating, social behavior and communicating with the opposite sex. Men, join us to discover ways of being more tuned to what women want! Women, join us to discuss your "Gentlemanliness" expectations, or lack thereof!

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What's On Your List of Mate Characteristics?

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 22:00:00 GMT

Sherri Lewis, author of "The List", joined us to share the journey of three gorgeous women who, believing they're too old to wait on God, use a road map..or better yet..a list, to find their soul mate.

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"Waitin' 2 End Hell"

Sun, 22 Feb 2009 23:00:00 GMT

Playwright, William a. Parker discussed his comedy/drama, which runs Feb. 12 through March 1 at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in San Francisco. In this Off-Broadway hit, three couples gather to celebrate the twentieth wedding anniversary of Dante and Diane, and skeletons come out of hiding!

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Literacy…A Significant Part Of Black History Month

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 23:00:00 GMT

Join more than one million readers from across the nation in The 20th Annual National African American Read-In, sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Valerie Haynes Perry, will be discussing her new novel, Tanner Blue, winner of the National Best Books 2008 Award Fiction & Literature/African American Fiction, sponsored by USA Book News. Four very talented authors will read from their literary works! J. Marie Darden, "Enemy Fields", Michelle Larks, "The Legacies", Steven Eugene Miller "Semmaster's Thoughts:Life of a Little Man", Leah Mullins, "Again and Again."

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Literary Soul Food At It's Best! An Interview With Author Winfred Cook

Sun, 11 Jan 2009 23:00:00 GMT

"In a literary market crowed with 'Fast Food,' Winfred Cook’s debut novel “Uncle Otto” is like “literary Soul Food.” - Dr. Tezira Nabongo,law professor Los Angeles, California. Cook distinctively writes with a very fresh, strong and unique voice that is reminiscent of Ernest Gaines and Jamaica Kincaid. “Uncle Otto” is a very brave undertaking whose path even seasoned writers may have been reluctant to journey.

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It's A New Year! "That Was Then, This Is Now "

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 23:00:00 GMT

Are you ready to make the most of the obstacles that held you back in 2008, and discover ways to overcome those obstacles in 2009? Then join us as Paulette Harper, author of "That Was Then, This Is Now: This Broken Vessel Restored" discusses her personal challenges any triumphs

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Shall We Dance?

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 22:00:00 GMT

Author Sherri Lewis joins us to discuss her novel, "Dance to Destiny". Join us as we discuss how a purposeless socialite and a purpose-driven church mouse form an unlikely friendship that launches them on a journey of destiny and purpose.

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Guest: Author Kimberly Cash Tate

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 22:00:00 GMT

Kimberly Cash Tate's debut novel, "Heavenly Places", has a message for "every woman who has ever doubted she is fearfully and wonderfully made.."

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Electronic Reading Devices and African American Readers

Sun, 13 Jul 2008 22:00:00 GMT

Have you jumped on the electronic reading device bandwagon? What are some of the pros and cons for African American readers and authors? Listen to the re-broadcast of the show that aired in January, then let us know your thought on our blog. This show is pre-recorded. Chat will be open!

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Religion, Age, and Family Values Collide! Niambi Davis discusses her new novel!

Sun, 29 Jun 2008 22:00:00 GMT

She's Christian ..he's Muslim. She's 10 yrs. older w/ family ..he wants to start a family. Can this work? Niambi Davis discusses her new novel,"From Dusk to Dawn."

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Don't Miss Beverly Jenkins!

Sun, 22 Jun 2008 22:00:00 GMT

Beverly Jenkins, Golden Pen Award-winning and Blackboard Bestselling author of African-American historical and contemporary romances, discussed her new novel, "Jewel"

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Women What the Hell are You Thinking? A Conversation with Author, Cheryl Lacey-Donovan

Sun, 27 Apr 2008 22:00:00 GMT

Join me for a candid conversation with Cheryl Donovan,an inspirational speaker,compelling advocate for personal empowerment, and acclaimed author of, "Women What the Hell are You Thinking: an Inspirational Guide To Becoming a Virtuous Woman of God."

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"In Their Footsteps. In Whose Footsteps Do You Follow?

Sun, 13 Apr 2008 22:00:00 GMT

Daryl Grigsby, author of "In Their Footsteps.." joins me to discuss his book of inspirational reflections on black history, and how the words, deeds and examples of some black leaders and organizations, have pointed the way to a new era in race relations.

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Author, Desiree Day Joins Us To Discuss Her Newest Book, One G-String Short of Crazy

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 22:00:00 GMT

From the author of Cruising and Crazy Love comes an I-can't-believe-you-really-said-that novel about hot-as-hell twin sisters who share everything except their taste in men, and a fine-ass brother from Chicago.

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Do You Have a History of Doing the Very Thing You Said You Would NEVER Do!

Sun, 09 Mar 2008 22:00:00 GMT

Author, Julia Thomas,discusses her intriguing new novel,and how some of life's biggest disappointments can turn out to be special blessings.

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Women's History Month Special: Tamar, Daughter of Kind David - What Do You Have In Common?

Sun, 02 Mar 2008 23:00:00 GMT

How do some women carry the same rejection and shame Tamar endured, and how can we change that desolation to deliverance? Newly published author, Zakiyyah Hill, author of "Descendants of Tamar, joins us to discuss her new book, and how women can go "from desolation to deliverance"!

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"The House With Dirt Walls"

Sun, 24 Feb 2008 23:00:00 GMT

Our series on domestic violence and crimes against women and children continues with a conversation with Elaine Newkirk, author of "The House With Dirt Walls". Join us as we examine her new novel, and find out why this 37 year old single mother of 5, has been recognized by Essence magazine as one of the most remarkable women in the world!

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Domestic Violence...Fact and Fiction

Sun, 10 Feb 2008 23:00:00 GMT

As we celebrate our accomplishments during Black History month, there is a destructive pattern of domestic violence that plagues the history of some African American relationships. On this segment of the Rapturous Reader, our round-table panelists will examine domestic violence through the lens of their works in media - books and film, fiction and non-fiction.

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Toni Morrison Is Doing It...Will You?

Sun, 20 Jan 2008 23:00:00 GMT

Would you read a book on a screen? What affect will electronic reading devices, like Amazon's Kindle, have on reading habits? How do generational differences affect reading habits? How will electronic books affect African American readers and authors? Tasha Martin, President and Founder of the SistahFriend Book Club, and Dorothy Goins, bestselling author of "A Woman Scorned" joined me to discuss "Reading Books In Our Digital Age."

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Relationships In Glass Houses : Lydia Phillips discusses her novel, "No Glass House"

Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:00:00 GMT

Author, Lydia Phillips joins us to discuss her new novel, "No Glass House", which is a book with it all. Fast-paced, glitz and glamour and an easy read, you won't be able to put it down! People who live in Glass Houses should never throw stones because in the end, they may find their life and dreams shattered and lying at their feet, as the glass crumbles around them.

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Relationships In Foster Care: Cheri Paris Edwards Discusses Her New Novel, "Plenty Good Room"

Sun, 02 Dec 2007 23:00:00 GMT

Through fiction, emerging writer/author, Cheri Paris Edwards, examines relationships within the foster care setting. In her novel, "Plenty Good Room" , Ms. Paris Edwards introduces us to child care worker Tamara Britton, who is asked to temporarily take a 14-year-old foster child into her home. She agrees—but only because it is temporary. It is the bond that they come to share that awakens Tamara to newfound truths about herself, her family history, and God.

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Guilt In Relationships: Pat Simmons Discusses Her New Novel, "Guilty of Love"

Sun, 18 Nov 2007 23:00:00 GMT

When do you know the most important decision of your life is the right one? Author, Pat Simmons, discusses, "Guilty of Love", and shares how she used her "amateur genealogist" skills to create the characters in her novel. "Simmons'..boldly tackles issues like abortion, child abuse and anger towards God; adeptly guiding readers into romance,reconciliation and restoration, as this novels flows effortlessly from haunting pasts to delectable happiness." - Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine

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Family Relationships Pt.1: Husbands & Wives: Doug & Jackie Christie

Sun, 11 Nov 2007 23:00:00 GMT

Lasting marriages aren't the norm in today's society, and while there are a wealth of "how-to" books available, it is inspiring to read about couples who are working right now to keep their marriage healthy and thriving. Doug Christie,14-year NBA star, and his wife, Jackie, a fashion guru, will be joining Lisa Diane to discuss "No Ordinary Love: A True Story of Marriage and Basketball"; the first of many books to come out of their publishing company, Infinite Love.

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All That Glitters Is Not Gold... Interview with Linda F. Beed, Author of "Business Unusual"

Sun, 28 Oct 2007 22:00:00 GMT

Dr. Linda Beed weaves a tale that places focus on options of choice, forgiveness, obedience and our decisions regarding each. This poignant novel takes the reader into the personal lives of five persons whose lives cross at a very critical time, and shows examples of how knowingly and unknowingly we devalue ourselves for the sake of meeting our personal agendas and/or that of others.

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Essence Magazine Bestselling Author, Kendra Norman-Bellamy

Sun, 14 Oct 2007 22:00:00 GMT

Join us as we discuss her phemominal success and her newest novel,"In Greene Pastures", Book #1 of the romantic/suspense trilogy dubbed, "The Shelton Heights Series." This novel is filled with mystery, romance and forgiveness, and is an example of how greed and secrets can destroy a friendship and how redemption and forgiveness are traits we should all strive for.

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Shhh...Secrets, Love, and Decisions

Sun, 07 Oct 2007 22:00:00 GMT

The Reader's Rountable: Keeper of Secrets..Translations of an Incident. The elegant, accomplished African-American protagonists are transformed by witnessing a near stabbing in a restaurant one evening. Their personal translations of the incident propel them toward deeper connections, unifying the characters in their search for self-definition and the meaning of their lives. Lisa Diane talks with 2 Rapturous Readers about Anjuelle Floyd's new novel.

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A History Lesson:The African American Wonder Years?

Sun, 16 Sep 2007 22:00:00 GMT

Andre Coleman will join us to discuss his newest novel,"Blackbirds: Volume 1"

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