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Welcome to At the Water Cooler's Bookshelf.  Please take a moment to browse our bookshelf as we introduce you to five new voices in the literary world.  There's something for everyone.  Please also consider forwarding this page to a friend or two.


Title: The Love We Had
Author: Dedan Tolbert
Publisher: Ink Water Press
Release Date: OCTOBER, 2006
ISBN: 1592992315
List Price: $15.00


From first time novelist Dedan Tolbert comes a gripping and brutally honest tale of star-crossed lovers whose path to happiness is thwarted by both deadly secrets and a scorned ex-lover.

Derrick is a graduating senior on a small, black college campus who just crossed into a fraternity and has every intention of continuing his player ways with his best friend and line brother, Mike, until he meets Myra a quiet and reserved student with a painful past.

They immediately fall in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together, but Carl, Myra’s unstable ex-boyfriend, has different plans for them. Carl can’t live without Myra, and won’t let her live without him.

Dedan Tolbert takes the reader on a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish. Will Myra be enough for Derrick to finally give up his womanizing ways? Will Carl stand in the way of Derrick and Maya walking off into the sunset together? Will painful secrets from all three of their pasts lead to the destruction of everyone’s happiness? The answers will leave you guessing and on the edge of your seat until the final page.

About the Author:

28 year old, Philadelphia native, Dedan Tolbert is the author of the novel, “ The Love We Had” and advice columnist for Suavv Magazine. You can view his “Ask Dedan” advice column at Suavv

Dedan is also the founder and CEO of Tolbert Books and Distribution (T B & D) which was founded to help the not so well known author maximize their distribution potential. It also serves as an outlet for new authors to get advice and leadership from other successful authors. T B& D was founded in 2006 and has over 100 employees in over 20 U.S. states.

In his spare time, Dedan writes freelance articles on dating and relationships. He has written for local Philadelphia newspapers as well as popular magazines like, Suavv Magazine, Maelan Magazine, Xtreme Magazine, Infinite Magazine and

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Title: Saving Grace: When Fate Steps In
Author: JoAnn D. Bellamy
Publisher: Xulon Press
Release Date: June 8, 2006
ISBN: 1597818062
Paperback: 172 pages
List Price: $12.99


Grace is born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, in the early 1950s in a Christian family where mistakes are made. This loving, impressionable little girl grows up to be a famous fashion designer with the world at her command. After experiencing the loss of those she loved dearly, Grace grows angry with God and thus sets out on a path of destruction. Life takes her in unimaginable directions full of secrets, guilt, and shame. How does one fight God? Grace truly gives it her best shot but learns a valuable lesson when faced with her own mortality, and her life takes a different turn When Fate Steps In. An African proverb says, "The bitter heart eats its owner." Saving Grace is about faith and family. It's about love and compassion. It's about the forgiveness of others and the ability to forgive oneself. It's about second chances and growth. Saving Grace could be you or your family. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and believe.

About the Author:

Everyone writes for a reason and JoAnn Denise Bellamy is no different.

"Saving Grace was written as a vehicle to getting clean, safe, water to the village of Mafi Sasekpe, in West Africa, enhancing the quality of life for all. Thank you for being a part of this dream. Contact or (718) 801-5723 to assist or comment."

Author will do private signings for church groups, family reunions, book fairs, etc.

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Title: Wisdom Seeds
Author: Patrice Wade Johnson
Release Date: 2006
ISBN: 0977346404
List Price: $15.00


From the outside, life in the Allen home appears to be perfect, but as a little girl Danielle begins to discern the façade. Joy, love, happiness and peace become mere words that are mentioned in her dad's sermons and in her grandmother's stories of the wisdom seeds. It is after Danielle is beguiled by Greg and left heart-broken, single and pregnant that life begins to water the spiritual truths planted by her grandmother. Danielle then begins to understand the significance of the wisdom seeds as she reaps what has been sown into her heart.

About the Author:

As a high school administrator and women's ministry facilitator, Patrice Wade-Johnson impacts the lives of people every day. Her life and profession co-exist on the same foundational principle - Jesus saves and changes lives. Ms. Johnson is a founding member of the Sanctuary of Praise where her ministry includes singing God's praises and the women's fellowship. Ms. Johnson is also the interim director of the Sanctuary Outreach Network. After graduating from high school in New York City, Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Her professional experience includes Counseling, Educational Administration and community youth initiatives for youth and young women. She is currently a high school Assistant Principal. Ms. Johnson has written and directed 'In Your Mirror I See Me', 'Sitting On Top of the World', and 'Cindy - an urban fairytale'. Wisdom Seeds is her debut novel.

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Title: And Even If I Did
Author: Kisha Green
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Release Date: April 18, 2006
ISBN: 0595390137
Paperback: 256 Pages
List Price: $16.95


Three single friends try to cope with life while also trying to survive in the ?real world? while learning that life isn?t that bad when you have friends, but as fast as things are good they turn bad and makes the trio come to the real definition of friends forever.

Simone, battling her abandonment issues while longing for the love she thinks she needs in order to make her whole.

Taylor, who has made a life of looking for love is forced to deal when an ex-boyfriend that gives her the reality check of a lifetime.

Lastly Jordan leaves behind in her past an abusive boyfriend for a better life. Unable to run anymore she has to confront the past.

Their life experiences teach each of them about self love and recognition, earning them the right to say, And Even If I Did. Can you?

About the Author:

Kisha Green resides in New Jersey with her husband and children. Her gift of story telling and writing about realistic feelings not only makes her novels exciting but emotionally accurate as well.

While the road to her literary dream was off to a rocky start, Kisha a firm believer "If God brings me to it, He will bring me through it!" and with that mentality, Kisha is ready to take "Literary Hollywood" by storm!

In addition to writing novels, Kisha writes for various websites including her two monthly colums "Parenting Jewels" at Women on the Road of Deliverance and This & That Tidbits Mahogany

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Title: Age is Just a Number: Adventures in Online Dating
Author: D.S. White
Publisher: Divine Truth Press
Release Date: September 15, 2006
ISBN: 0977810305
Paperback: 124 Pages
List Price: $9.95


MEET DIVINE: female, thirty-seven, slaphappy, young at heart, self-employed; an online newbie, living in New York. She is fresh out of a long-term relationship and has completed the two-year mandatory wound-licking I-hate-men mourning period. Unfortunately for Divine, someone neglected to inform her that dating has been upgraded to new millennium level. But maybe she shouldn’t worry ... hemlines aren’t the only things that have gone up.

Thirty-somethings are premium dating material now ... at least for the twenty-year-olds … Divine’s experiences are the basis for the serial memoir I call
Age Is Just a Number, a lens through which to view the world of online dating.

About the Author:

Her motto: I am who I am by the grace of God

An avid reader,
D.S. White is the former proprietor of an online African-American bookstore and wholesale dealership. Unfortunately, she didn't have a back up plan for 9/11/01.

She is the divorced mother of a fabulous 21-year-old who is in her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania.

D.S. White loves traveling but most of it to date has been done within the pages of a book. While planning that mother/daughter trip in the distant future, she's tried her hand at acting, singing, dancing, modeling, cosmetology and sales ... author, caught her by surprise.

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