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September 22, 2014

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I promise this book will be one of the most interesting page turners you've experienced! It’s like a really fascinating movie between pages. Has it all...love, lust, sex, betrayal, suspense, mystery, murder, and a great big heaping of knowledge of self. Snag it right now on your Kindle or eReader from Amazon or go get it from your local bookstore TODAY!
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December 27, 2012

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"Leads readers across a metaphorical high wire over shark infested waters with chum tied around their ankles."

"BREAKNECK PACING...a fast-paced, electric story that is utterly believable. Her most exciting and terrifying." -New York Times
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May 10, 2012

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You won't be able to put it down...the best psychological drama of 2012, this story has never been told.
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April 11, 2012

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THE NEXT DAY WAS RAIN-SOAKED and smelled of thick sweet caramel, warm coconut and ginger. A nearby bakery fanned its daily offerings. A lapis lazuli sky was blanketed by gunmetal gray clouds as it wept crocodile tears across the parched Los Angeles landscape.

When Ivy was a child and she overheard adults talking about their break-ups, in her young feeble-formed mind, she imagined it in the most literal of essences. She once heard her mother speaking of her break up with an emotionally unavailable man.

She said they broke up on 69th Street. Ivy visualized her mother and that man breaking into countless fragments, like a spilled box of jigsaw pieces. And she imagined them shattered in broken shards, being blown down the pavement of 69th Street.

For some reason, on the drive home from Marcel’s apartment that next morning, all Ivy could think about was her mother and that faceless man in broken pieces, perhaps some aspects of them still stuck in cracks and crevices of the sidewalk, mistaken as grit.

She couldn’t get the image of Marcel having his seizure out of her mind. It left a burning sensation in the center of her chest. An incessant flame torched her lungs, chest, and even the back door of her tongue.

Witnessing someone you cared about experiencing a seizure was one of those things that scribed itself indelibly on the canvas of your mind. It was gut-wrenching. Graphic and out-of-body, it was the stuff that post traumatic stress syndrome was made of.
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April 6, 2012

Start off by reading my first novel Amid the Cacophony of Cries, then The Head Mistress, then Quirk, and then SOLEDAD. For all of you poetry lovers, sink your teeth into "MOOD SWINGS". All GREAT reads. Period.
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Bestselling Author Brandi L. Bates has something for everyone...
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Published on April 06, 2012 16:47 • 166 views • Tags: allison-hobbs, andre-3000, angela-davis, anna-j, ashley-and-jaquavis, ashley-antoinette, baratunde-thurston, bebe-moore-campbell, bernice-l-mcfadden, beverly-jenkins, birdman, boston-george, brandy, brandy-echols, brenda-hampton, brittani-williams, cairo, carl-webber, carla-pennington, cash, chunichi, clifford-spud-johnson, connie-briscoe, curtis-bunn, daniel-black, de-nesha-diamond, deja-king, drake, e-lynn-harris, electa-rome-parks, eric-jerome-dickey, erica-hilton, erick-s-gray, ervin-magic-johnson, erykah-badu, francis-ray, gina-west, harlen-coben, intelligent-allah, isabel-allende, j-k-rowling, jackie-d, james-patterson, jay-z, jill-scott, jimmie-dasaint, jonathan-kellerman, joy-king, june, k-wan, kanye-west, karen-williams, keisha-ervin, kendall-banks, kiki-swinson, kim-kardashian, kimberla-lawson-roby, larenz-tate, lil-wayne, los-angeles, lutishia-lovely, malcolm-x, manning-marable, marcus-garvey, marlon-james, mary-b-morrison, mary-monroe, meesha-mink, michelle-alexander, michelle-monay, miss-kp, nene-capri, nene-leaks, ni-chelle-genovese, nia-long, nikki-minaj, nikki-turner, nisa-santiago, noire, pearl-cleage, reshonda-tate-billingsley, rhonda-mcknight, sa-rese-thompson, sapphire, sereniti-hall, silk-white, sister-souljah, spike-lee, stephen-king, t-d-jakes, t-styles, takerra-allen, tayari-jones, teri-woods, terri-woods, terry-mcmillan, timothy-m-carson, tip-t-i-harris, tom-burrell, toni-morrison, traci-bee, treasure-e-blue, tu-shonda-whitaker, tyler-perry, urban-fiction, vickie-stringer, victoria-christopher-murray, wahida-clark, walter-mosley, yoshe, young-jeezy, zane, zoe-woods

March 1, 2012

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Published on March 01, 2012 08:25 • 110 views • Tags: atlanta, brandi-bates-book-signing

August 6, 2011

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SOLEDAD is a novel about love, betrayal, heartbreak, and the aftermath of an extramarital affair. Set in contemporary Metro Atlanta, SOLEDAD sheds light on taboo and often controversial issues among educated, uppity, bourgeois black folk, like Soledad Francis.

Soledad gets entangled in the crosshair of a smooth, fast talking man with more secrets than Deep Throat:

David’s mouth dripped open slowly. He stood with his heels dug into my carpet, a dashed hope, a broken dream. No amount of money could top the priceless look that gathered on his face like an unmade bed. His eyebrows crumpled and furrowed like disheveled sheets. His lips curled into an acidic smirk. Confusion and shock collided in the cornea of his dilated pupils. He was a B.B. King Song, personified. His entire body sang the blues.

Through near death experiences, trauma, sadistic stalkers, loss, and friends with their own baggage and issues, Soledad finds her authentic self, and learns valuable life lessons about trust and timeless wisdom; the type of wisdom that can only be garnered through pain and loneliness.
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Published on August 06, 2011 16:28 • 572 views • Tags: 2011-urban-literature, atlanta, brandi-bates, eric-jerome-dickey, push, sapphire, sista-souljah, zhane

December 8, 2010

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COMING SOON; BUY IT...READ IT: Meet Gilbert Applejack, an ordinary Joe with an extraordinary camera. His camera opens the floodgates to an entire new reality after he discovers a dead body. Quirk takes place in Boise, Idaho a place known for its beautiful ...rustic great outdoors. Boise, Idaho: where the sky is purple and melodramatic, the color of tranquility. Boise, Idaho: where a preponderance of ducks descend amethyst incandescent skies. But underneath the thin façade of jade rhododendrons and singing larks lies a few unsettling occurrences. Quirk takes a look into the worlds of five people whose lives are indirectly connected through a labyrinth of strange and coincidental dealings. When Gilbert Applejack finds a woman’s milky body lying limp and lifeless, overcome by galaxies of bacteria, a series of events unfurl. Only because Gilbert Applejack’s special camera has the mysterious ability to peer into a man’s soul is he able to piece together the intriguing death. Make no mistake; this is not science fiction by any stretch of the imagination. Based on a true story, Quirk is an unusually dark account which has never been told.
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Published on December 08, 2010 08:09 • 414 views • Tags: dean-koontz, gilbert-applejack, james-patterson, must-read, mystery, octavia-butler, stephen-king

September 30, 2010

Run your fingers through my soul. For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel, believe what I believe, perceive as I perceive, look, experience, examine, and for once; just once, understand...
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Published on September 30, 2010 14:12 • 261 views • Tags: authors, booklover, brandi-bates, writer-s-block