3…2…1…Liftoff! It’s hard to believe but The Talking Drum has finally launched. My debut novel, the one I’ve been wanting to write since I was 6 years old, is finally out in the world. I have heard from friends and colleagues that the orders they placed through Amazon.com have arrived. Orders placed through Barnes and Noble are on their way. People who placed orders weeks ago with my publisher, Inanna Publications, have received their copies. I’m feeling giddy at the idea that something that I used my imagination to create will take people out of their world at least temporarily, to give them an escape, make them laugh (hopefully) and make them think about issues we continue to wrestle with in this country, racism, bias, corruption, and greed.
I’ve gotten some great reviews, including this one from Crime Reads—
Lisa Braxton’s debut is beautifully written (perhaps why it’s being released by a press more known for their poetry), and transports us to early 1970s Massachusetts, where a predominantly black neighborhood is about to fall victim to the twin forces of gentrification and institutional racism, with a strong dose of corruption on the side. Braxton follows the residents as they attempt to fight back against their new reality, despite the city’s nefarious intentions of “urban renewal.”
I have so many people to thank for helping me to get to this point: my husband, who helped me sharpen the language of The Talking Drum when it was in the manuscript phase, my church, Myrtle Baptist, for always acknowledging my publishing accomplishments, the ladies of the Myrtle Book Club for their feedback and critique. The list goes on.
I hope you’ll join me this week for my virtual book tour. The first stop is Belmont Books on Tuesday, June 9th for a chat with suspense novelist Hallie Ephron and then my publisher, Inanna Publications is hosting me and the other authors whose books are coming out this season on Thursday, June 11th. Both events are at 7 p.m.
COVID-19 has meant less travel but not fewer opportunities to promote the book. I’ve got a jam-packed June. Hopefully I’ll be able to take a breather on the 17th to celebrate my birthday! If not, getting my dream project published is a big enough celebration all by itself.