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ULR Feature: Prince of the City by Jason Poole


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Malik Perry is the son of Michael, a ruthless gangster who is regarded as the King of Southeast, one of the worst sections of our nations capitol and infamously known as the concrete jungle . A smart ambitious hustler who eagerly wanted to retire from the game and live a normal life with his wife and son, but something goes wrong before he quits. Malik, the heir to his throne, is too young to understand yet old enough to listen. Now left to be raised by his aunt Linda, a female hustler with connections, Malik takes a journey through life on the opposite side of the city where he becomes equipped with every valuable lesson to be learned on the gritty streets of Washington D.C. In his quest for riches while climbing the ladder of success, Malik meets two people that could ultimately change his mind of becoming the next king. Rico, a friend who’d become the brother he always wanted, and Peaches a love he never knew. Love, trust, and betrayal laced with every ingredient the streets have to offer.

About the Author


Jason Poole is the author of three urban bestselling classics: Larceny Part I, Convict’s Candy, and Victoria’s Secret. He is also a screenwriter, who has written several movies as well as the executive producer of a budding reality show slated for production. Now serving as president and CEO of his own publishing house Gangster Chronicles Books, Jason is currently working on his memoir titled, Products of Our Environment, and the release of his first novel under his own imprint.

Book Review

“Jason Poole…Love this guy! This story was constantly moving. There was no down time at all. It is a street banger for real! People were getting there head busted at every turn. The action was crazy and the drama was crazy. Life on the streets of D.C. ain’t no joke and Michael Perry is the King. Until he is betrayed by the one man he trusts the most. Now his son, Malik wants to take his rightful place as the Prince of the same streets that took out his family out. With the help of his Aunt Linda, teaching him the ways of the streets and his friend Rico, being his brother in crime, he has worked his way up to surpassing the role of Prince to his role of becoming the King of the city. You got to read this book and let Jason Poole take you on Malik’s journey to becoming not just a King, but a Man!” – Amazon  Review

ULR Feature: Never Lay Down by Eyone Williams


The climate in the streets of Washington, D.C. is fast-paced and violent during the Murder Capital years. Rule number one is to play for keeps. Reggie “Redds” Williams and his childhood friends grow up in the Kennedy Street area of Northwest. As they learn how to survive and take care of themselves in the streets they become known to law enforcement as the “Kennedy Street Crew.” The code—Death Before Dishonor—that they live by shakes their foundation to the core when they find out one of their own is working with the feds. When the smoke clears Redds and the Kennedy Street Crew find themselves on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Redds turns out to be the last man standing as he goes on the run and tries to disappear out of the country. He creeps through Philly, Atlantic City, and Columbus, Ohio while a federal manhunt is right on his heels. His only partner in the world is Necci, his high school girlfriend. Together, Redds and Necci change their identities as they move through the underworld of the streets. They survive on love and street knowledge.

When the feds finally close in lives are tore apart forever. The intensity turns up a thousand degrees when the wrath of the government comes down on Redds and the Kennedy Street Crew. Indictments come down charging everything from RICO to the murder of law enforcement. The death penalty is thrown on the table. Redds’ is driven by all that he stands for to Never Lay Down in the face of adversity.




Eyone Williams is an award-winning author from Washington, D.C.  He is also the CEO of Fast Lane Entertainment.  Publisher, rapper, actor, journalist, and talk show host are just a few hats that Eyone wears well.  Known for hard-core, gritty novels, Eyone made the Don Diva bestseller’s list with his debut novel, Fast Lane (Fast Lane Entertainment) which captured the raw elements of D.C. street life like no book of its time.  He followed up his debut novel with a highly successful series of urban fiction entitled Hell Razor Honeys 1 and 2 (Cartel Publications).  Joining forces with DC Bookdiva Publications, Eyone delivered his readers a short story entitled The Cross (DC Bookdiva Publication). Eyone released two more novels under DC Bookdiva Publications, Lorton Legends and Secrets Never Die. Both novels took him to another level in his career.  With the release of Lorton Legends Eyone won the 2012 AAMBC Male Author of the Year award, and made a number of bestseller lists. Secrets Never Die was adapted into a short film by rap artist Tabi Bonney and Cool Kids Films; Eyone also had an acting role in the film.  Under Fast Lane Entertainment, Eyone released Money Ain’t Everything, a fictional tale of the true events that surrounded one of the biggest drug organizations to stand trial in Washington, D.C. history.  A short story entitled Rolex Revenge is the latest writing project released by Eyone under Fast Lane Entertainment.

Eyone has written a number of true-crimes articles and was a staff writer for Don Diva Magazine.  Some of his most notable work appeared in Don Diva’s issue 30, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, where he, and co-writer Seth Ferranti, outlined the rise and fall of D.C. street legends Michael “Fray” Salters, and Wayne “Silk” Perry.  In Don Diva issue 27 Eyone also wrote an article entitled A Trail of Bodies where he documented the rise and fall of Panamanian drug trafficker Javier “Panama” Card; the Card story turned out to be the real life inspiration for the novel Money Ain’t Everything.

Urban Literary Review is an online talk show that Eyone hosts every Monday at 1pm EST where he interviews successful authors and publishers.  It’s a show geared toward education and information for all lovers of literacy.

Eyone’s latest mixtape, A Killer’z Ambition, is the sound track to the urban novel A Killer’z Ambition (DC Bookdiva Publications) by Nathan Welch.  He is also featured on the Wahida Clark Presents: The Honor Thy Thug Mixtape hosted by DJ Lyve.  On the song Honor Thy Thug, Eyone shares the track with Nuance, Willie Dutch, White Mike OZ, and Young Turk.

For more information about Eyone Williams please visit his Facebook page: facebook.com/eyone.willimas; follow him on Twitter @eyonethewriter; follow him on Instagram @uptowneyone; and tune into his show on Urban Literary Review or listen to archived interviews at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/urbanliteraryreview.


From Surviving to Thriving w/ Beverly Smith


People love to spew inspirational phrases about adversity. They love to talk about how it builds character. How it reveals character,and how it enhances success and progress. For some, those phrases are more than just hollow and vapid cliches. It’s the toughest strand in the fabric of their lives.

For author Beverly Smith, her adversity  fueled her  desire  and motivated her to create her own world.     beverly


Born and raised in Southeast Washington DC, Smith experienced the gamut of negative circumstances-from homlessness to domestic violence, Smith has endured it , but now she took that negativity  and turned it into success.  Three years ago, she released her debut novel ” He Kept Me”, a powerful and soul gripping story about a young woman’s struggle through the streets of DC.  After releasing her novel, Smith went on to establish “Momma’s Safe Haven”, a foundation that offers a bridge of support to those in need of resources to help improve their lives and two businesses.

Recently, I spoke with Smith about her book, some of her favorite things and what’s next  on the horizon for this dynamic woman.



Jannelle: Your book, “He Kept Me” has been out for three years and has received great reviews. For those who aren’t familiar with the book, fill readers in on the theme of the story. Tell them what makes the story “pop”. How does it resonate with your audience? What makes it a great read?

Beverly: The theme of my book is ” My Testimony  straight no chaser!”  What makes it pop is the rawness of the real life situations, representing DC, and landmarks in the city. It resonates with my audience through struggle, This is for  people who have been through the fire. It’s a great read because there is a never a dull moment. It is definitely a page turner that will have you on a emotional roller coaster.

Jannelle: You have a foundation called Momma’s Safe Haven. What kind of projects and programs that your foundation spearhead?

Beverly: At Momma’s Safe Haven, we promote self love, higher education and self employment. We have ‘DC Youth has talent’, which is a program for the youth to display their talents while keeping them engaged. We had our first annual Show in February at  the Benning Park Rec Center.  Currently, we are in the planning process for our 2nd annual showcase. We  also have a program called “Never Give Up”.It is a three hour work shop on wheels. The workshop consist of me sharing my story through my book, encouraging a purge through a writing session, a vision board, letting go of guilt and shame.


Jannelle:  Some foundations sell products and take a percentages of the proceeds to support the the foundations or initiatives etc. Are some of your book sales funding “Momma’s Safe Haven”? If not, is it in the cards for the future?

Beverly:Yes! Momma’s Safe Haven  has several sponsors that help fund our events. Some of the proceeds from “He Kept Me”, D&B Handyman Service, and B’s Natural Products just to name a few. I believe it’s very important to maintain a great relationship with those who are heading in the same direction as you.

Jannelle: What inspired you to take on the publishing world?

Beverly:  I was inspired by pain that was eating me alive! I had to get it out. The purging was great and I knew it had to do something with the strength that I had gained from believing in God. I was inspired by wanting to help someone else who has experienced any of the things that I have been through.

Jannelle:  You are a DV survivor and many people always talk about leaving the situation. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done. What steps did you take to escape your situation?

Beverly: Yes I am a DV survivor and yes for me it was easier said than done. My strength to leave came when I gave birth to my second child my 12 grade year at Cardozo High School. I knew in order for me to provide for my children I had to leave the abuse. The first step for me was when I started to love myself more than I loved him and suddenly my fear of what happen if I left turned into what would happen had I stayed.

Jannelle: What advice do you have for women and even men who are victims of Domestic Violence?

Beverly:  My advice to anyone who are victims of DV is to tell a loved one  and talk to someone who you can trust. Leave them  (the abusers) alone They will never be worth your time because love doesn’t hurt! Love nurtures, caress, protect. Self love is key! I have a support group on my website and you can call DV Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

Jannelle: Describe your writing process for “He Kept Me” ? What was your writing schedule like? How did you deal with writer’s block if you had any?

Beverly: I purged when I wrote my book. I was unemployed, attending Ashford University studying on line for my BA in ECE Administration and I was also studying spanish with Rosetta Stone. So my schedule was pretty flexible. I  moved about an hour away from my family so I had plenty of peace and quiet. No i didn’t have to deal writers’ block. I feel writers’ block is just fear. It took me four months to write my book from beginning to end.

Jannelle: What do you find the most rewarding? Your book or your foundation? Are they equally rewarding? Or are they rewarding in different ways?

Beverly: They are both equally rewarding in different ways. My book is so personal and it draws others who has been hurt. My organization focuses on the healing process from the pain.

Jannelle: I have a few either or questions for you as well.

Jannelle: Paperback or Ebook?

Beverly: Paperback.

Jannelle: Online or Stores?

Beverly: Stores.

Jannelle: Early Bird or Night Owl?

Beverly: Early Bird

Jannelle: Country or City?

Beverly:  City.

Jannelle: Mall or Boutique?

Beverly: Mall.

Jannelle: Dress Up or Dress Down?

Beverly: Dress Up.

Jannelle: Money or Fame?

Beverly: Money.

Jannelle: What is next for you? Please give us some links to where we can learn more about you and your projects.

Beverly: I  have a short film titled  “Still I Rise”.  It’s  a ten minute movie inspired by Dr. Maya Angelou’s  poem. I entered it into a contest and won!! We finished filming my movie in July and it will premiere in the Fall! Stay tuned!

You can pick up “He Kept Me” on Amazon now and don’t forget to leave reviews.


Check out Beverly’s  ” Momma’s Save Haven” as well


About the author

Jannelle is the author of “Wild Cards” “Thirst”, “Thirst II”, and “Love’s Hangover” and is a fresh voice in African-American fiction, spending time on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list for two of her four titles. She’s also a freelance journalist. Her DC Bookdiva Debut, “Uppity” will be released in November, and is available for pre-order now at http://www.dcbookdiva.com




Website: http://www.jannelle.net
Twitter: @jannelle12
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Save The Date: Author Chat and Murder In Germantown Booksigning w/ Author Rahiem Brooks

Join us as we chat with Author Rahiem Brooks!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Watha T. Daniel Library

1630 7th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001


About the Author

Rahiem Jerome Brooks is the breakout novelist with an overwhelming reservoir of criminal tales that motivate American denizen to be overprotective with their personal data, i.e. social security number, pin number, and account number. He is a member of the Mystery Writer’s of America, and his debut street thriller, LAUGH NOW won 2010 African-Americans on the Move Book Club’s Book of the Year & he earned 2011 AAMBC Author of the Year. LAUGH NOW also the Most Creative Plot at the DMV Expo’s Creative Excellent Awards. Rahiem was also nominated as Self-Published Author of the Year at the 2011 African-American Literary Awards.

Since 1995, Rahiem Brooks has done hundreds of interviews with con men and swindlers in county, state and federal prisons; after all, he was locked down in them, too. He spawned tougher white collar crimes law and the Truncated Act. Hollywood blockbusters like Oceans Eleven and Italian Job that do not affect ordinary citizens are nothing more than entertainment. Through fictional accounts of his former crimes, Rahiem conveys the types of white-collar crimes that obstruct the livelihood of identity theft victims, by chronicling how con men acquire someones identity profile from an avaricious car salesman or medical records specialist for a small fee, and commences to rob the national economy to the tune of 14-billion dollars a year. Rahiems novels prompt retailers to thoroughly scrutinize every transaction, and not to allow a teenager to use the credit card in the name, Dr. John Warwick. Sounds absurd, and it is; however, successful swindlers like Rahiem has used credit cards with the last name Romanovski, Wu, and Philippidis. A glimpse at Rahiems press photo evidence, he is not a Wu.

Some of Rahiem’s other published books include: CON TEST (Prodigy Publishing Group) released 4-11-11, and DIE LATER (Prodigy Publishing Group) released 11-18-11, the highly anticipated sequel to the published novel, LAUGH NOW (Prodigy Publishing Group).

Rahiem Brooks studied Film/TV at the University of California, Los Angeles, and currently lives in Philadelphia building his Prodigy Publishing Group brand.

About Murder In Germantown



A smooth, savvy, sardonic, gay, criminal law attorney, Ravonne Lemmelle has been hired fresh out of Harvard Law School to Savino, Martir and Associates, a large Philadelphia firm. A recently separated, single father of one, with a few acquittals under his belt, he’s got a soft spot for no one, but the law. On a dark January morning, Wydell James was arrested for killing several people attending a party in Germantown: a section of North Philadelphia. Now he’s in a jail cell with no one to turn too, but his childhood friend, Ravonne Lemmelle. One thing makes Ravonne feel powerful; forcing prosecutors to dig deep into their legal coffers to sit across the courtroom from him. His investigation turns up more suspects, a new purpose to kill, and Ravonne realizes the power is closer—and more obtainable—than he could ever possibly known. Things become more complex when two people enters his life: his estranged wife and a serial killer. But Ravonne’s one purpose: an acquittal for Wydell James.