The Dark Child is a vivid and graceful memoir of Camara Laye's youth in the village of Kouroussa, French Guinea, a place steeped in mystery. Laye marvels over his mother's supernatural powers, his father's distinction as the village goldsmith, and his own passage into manhood, which is marked by animistic beliefs and bloody rituals. Eventually, he must choose between this unique place and the academic success that lures him to distant cities. More than autobiography of one boy, this is the universal story of sacred traditions struggling against the encroachment of a modern world. A passionate and deeply affecting record, The Dark Child is a classic of African literature.
This urban fantasy follows the story of Kat Chanter, who discovers that the world she knows is controlled by ancient creatures who feed on blood. And she might just be one of them. Previously published as five separate episodes.
When poor babies wind up missing, no one seems to care. Urban Brown is a white man who grew up in the dark recesses of the inner city where he was the victim of torment, abuse, abandonment, deception and murder. Urban overcame his horrid past to live a peaceful and prosperous existence in his upper-class community. He has everything a man could ask for: a career, which he loves; a sprawling estate and a drop-dead gorgeous fiancée, Sierra. Then out of the blue, he receives a phone call that changes his life. Jamillah is Urban’s sister, and unlike her brother, she wasn’t able to overcome the horrors of her past and turned to drugs to ease the pain. Life on the streets is hard enough, but once a baby comes along, she tries to sell him on the black market. Urban won’t hear any of it, and he and Sierra resolve to raise the child as their own. But upon further investigation, Urban realizes that his sister is involved in a dark and sinister scheme to steal black babies from poor girls in small, rural towns and sell them to the highest bidders. As Urban digs deeper and deeper into the kidnapping network, he gets dangerously close to the heart of the matter and is disgusted and disheartened by what he discovers. Dark Child is a chilling story about the untold struggles of the disenfranchised that inspiringly illustrates how one man is not able to turn his back on the problems of his former community—even though he so desperately wants to leave that troubled place in his past forever.
Dark Child Awakens is a collection of original poetry inspired by the author coming out later in life, after surviving the pain and betrayal of his childhood and decades as a married man. The poems cover such diverse topics as love, relationships, fear, anxiety, despair, hope, betrayal, good times and the beauty of the west coast.
A Peek Into The Mind Of The Dark Child tells of a woman who is infatuated with death and darkness. She thinks evil thoughts- of hurting others, and of wanting to spend eternity with Lucifer. Incidentally she is afraid of dying. There are times we see where she is pleading to stay alive. She wants to be free and to be loved. She has been hurt by the people she trusts. Her husband has been unfaithful again and again, while her college daughter gave her a heart stopping scare when she came home adorned with multiple piercing. Twice she has been molested by her father whom she adores, and she cries each time he hurts her mother. She becomes pregnant and is happy. Still she wishes to die before the child is old enough to suffer the way she did. Her youngest daughter becomes pregnant out of wedlock, making her a grandma in the prime of her life. This is a truly an inspiring book, one that will capture the reader's attention from start to finish. A Peek Into The Mind Of The Dark Child is the closest you can get to her reality without actually being there.
My eyes wide open I see everything in plain sight My eyes closed I see beyond the beaming spots of light I see what is to come and what once was now past I see the truth that lies beneath and finally at last I reach beyond the human form I soar above the clouds. Finally my eyes open and closed are forever unchained and free What I leave behind in the other worlds realm are the many reflections of me.
It's open war between the Families of Power and the Tabérin. Two ancient races, witch and vampire, are locked in a deadly battle, and Kat Chanter, descendant of both warring bloodlines, is the only hope for peace ... Kat's barely settled in Napa before she wakes to broken promises. Her grandmother Imara has left at dawn for her San Francisco headquarters, where the real decisions on coven politics are being made, and Kat wasn't invited. Then Kat discovers the entire Napa compound is riddled with silver – making it a Tabérin no-go zone, and her grandmother the worst kind of liar. Clearly Imara still believes the only good Tabérin is a dead one. That leaves Kat's Tabérin family – and Ben with them – in deadly danger from the coven's witch militia. And Kat's utterly powerless to warn them ... An urban fantasy full of vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters, which is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments and Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series. This novella-length episode is part one of five. All five episodes will also be available from February 2016 bundled as Dark Child (Bloodsworn): Omnibus Edition.