Friday, May 16, 2008

Love's Troubadours

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Ananda Leeke came to my attention a few months ago after posting a comment on a previous Cocoa's Corner entry about Howard University's alumni networking site The Bison Roundup. In her post she mentioned that she'd written a book called Love Troubadours - Karma: Book One, I was immediately intrigued by the description of the main character, Karma. The author describes her as a thirtysomething Oakland-born BoHo B.A.P. (Bohemian Black American Princess) with Louisiana roots and urban debutante flair who's life in an uproar. Her relationships and the museum curator career that she struggled to form in New York City have crumbled, leaving no viable options to rebuild. Relocating to Washington, DC, Karma struggles with denial, depression, and debt. A lack of full-time employment opportunities forces her to craft a gypsy existence as a Jill of Many Trades: yoga teacher, art consultant, and freelance curator at Howard University Gallery of Art. Unable and unwilling to appreciate these jobs as gifts, she wallows in a pool of lost identity-and doesn't see a way to keep from drowning. When she looks in the mirror, Karma sees a woman whose choices have dishonored her true character. Now, for the first time in her life, Karma must learn to see herself for who she really is.
After reading the book and learning more about Ananda I invited her to spend some time in Cocoa's Corner to talk about the book and how important it is for all of us to take time out to honor our true purpose.

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Don said...

sounds like a very interesting read. definitely something i may want to pick up in the very near future. thanks for sharing. synopsis sounds familiar?

Ananda said...

thanks shawna for the interview. hi don. you probably read about my book on brown girl gumbo or b-more bap life blogs. happy reading. peace, ananda

Cocoa AKA Shawna Renee said...

Hey Don. (I love that name, my grandfather was called Don).

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope you get a chance to pick up the book. Keep checking back, I plan to feature more authors, artists and all around cool people in future posts. By the way, I'm having a great time reading through your site, I especially like the "gold" post - been thinking a lot about the impermanence of life lately. I'll save that for your comments section.

Don said...

thank you for the kind words about my post. i am glad that you enjoyed the read. as for the comment, no i do not judge. not really.

just wondered cause it seemed like you wonder also.

Cocoa AKA Shawna Renee said...

I do wonder. And yes, there's a little bit of Karma in me. She's in the piece of me that wonders what the next season will bring and do I have the courage to step out on faith and trust that the universe has my back.
I guess that's why I was attracted to the story. When you're as crazy and kooky (sp?) as I, it's nice to know you're not alone.

African-American Brides said...

I will definitely check this one out. Thanks for the heads up. As much as I'm on BisonRoundup you'd think I would have spotted it Also, thanks for visiting our blog and linking to us!

H.U. Class of '93 ;)

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