Author: Richard Charlton Pharris Jones
Genre: African American Gay Fiction
ISBN 13: 978-0-9823879-2-4
Wholesale: 50-55% discount
Publisher: City Stone Publishing, LLC
Distributors: Lightning Source, Ingram
Contact: Lashonda Butler- 313-477-4611- LButler@citystonepublishing.com
AVAILABLE MAY 2010
Get ready to be turned out as frustrated desires lead to chaos and pain.
San Diego sinners Tierre, Rajah, and Inanna form a highly combustible and
sexually-tangled triangle that masks deep emotional wounds that are
exposed during a game of Truth or Dare.
Tierre is driven by lust and longing for a homie-sexual lover that will end
years of pain; Rajah and Inanna are bound by sins of the flesh and crimes of
For this trio, every touch is a betrayal, every embrace is a deception, and
every secret leads to an unspeakable tragedy.
About The Author
Richard Charlton-Pharris Jones served as Editor-in-
Chief for Morris Brown College’s student
publication, The Wolverine Observer, which won
the first-place Southern Regional Press Institute
award. He was senior staff writer for the San Diego
Voice & Viewpoint. His articles and book reviews
have appeared in SBC, Venus, and the Brothers
United Nashville newsletter, The Source. As an
Oprah scholar, Richard earned his bachelor’s degree
in English at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
He is the author of Two of Hearts.
1. What is "TRI" about?
2. Who are some authors that inspire you?
3. What is your opinion of contemporary black literature?
4. What are your plans for the near future?
1) TRI focuses on the twisted love triangle and stolen steamy subterfuge between Tierre,
Rajah, and Inanna. They all live borrowed lives while fighting to find real love, as each
hides secrets and lies, from themselves and one another. The TRI angle of San Diego
sinners finds their relationship shattered by unexpected events. Rajah and Inanna are both
seduced by the same emotionally insecure and physically appealing Tierre. I want readers
to dive into the sexy and seductive nightlife of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico as bitchy
dialogue and fight scenes brings TRI to life...
2) I'm not really inspired by any writers as I am enjoying the work they produce. I'm
constantly amazed by Walter Mosely who doesn't allow himself to be pigeon-holed in
any one genre; I enjoy Edwidge Danticat whose writing is lyrical and emotional; Mumia
Abu-Jamal's writing is poetic and revolutionary; Jamaica Kincaid is so personalized;
Stephen L. Carter weaves tight, intricate stories with multidimensional characters and
quick dialogue; and, I thoroughly enjoy Samuel L. Delaney, Brandon L. Massey, Toni
Morrison, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, and Ralph Ellison and Alain Mabanckou.
3) My opinion of contemporary black literature really depends on the genre. I'm not a big
fan of the 'street lit' or 'ghetto fiction' because I don't believe it challenges readers beyond
the superficial. Look at the videos that appear on BET. It used to be that Hype Williams
set the standard for music videos. But it seems that true originality has been dispensed
with. There are certainly the exceptions, such as K'wan, but the others seem to be biting
off one another. I'm just glad folk are reading and supporting writers. I was a fan of Terry
McMillan back in the 90s, and Kevin Powell is dynamic, but this other stuff doesn't
challenge me as a reader. I want to be able to be mad, not look for the happy ending, or
feel as if I need to be vaccinated against a venereal disease because the book was just one
sex scene after another.
Black literature seems to have undergone yet another 'renaissance', and for those Terry
McMillans, those Eric Jerome Dickeys, they'll certainly have their fan bases, but I think a
lot of what black writers from South Africa and Haiti have to say will get lost in the mix.
4) I want to complete a sequel and prequel to Two of Hearts. I think my readers will want
to know how and why these characters came to be with one another and how some loose
ends will be tied up. There are questions to be answered and some will be unresolved.
I am also in the midst of creating a daytime drama, a soap opera, in the vein of the old
1980s nighttime serials. Daytime writers are known to recycle their stories for different
characters, and there is so much going on in the world that I think today's audiences
would really enjoy.
MARKETING, PROMOTIONS & ADVERTISING
Current Events: Richard Jones will be present at the upcoming events
promoting his novel. More events added monthly.
*National Aids & Education Services for Minorities Annual Art
Auction: Atlanta, GA, Saturday, April 24th
Richard Jones will read an excerpt of his novel TRI in front of hundreds of
*Barnes & Noble Augusta Mall: May 19th, 5:00pm- 7:00pm, Augusta, GA
Richard Jones will be present with 6 Local Authors signing books at the
Barnes & Noble Store.
*National Book Club Conference: July 30th- August 1st, Atlanta, GA
City Stone Publishing will represent our complete roster.
*Atlanta Black Book Expo: August 7th, 11am-7pm
City Stone Publishing will represent our complete roster.
Compelling press releases sent out to local newspapers, blogs and radio
stations that have a similar audience as our target audience. We work with
Lola Sims PR for all of our publicity needs.
Book Club E-Mail Blast:
We have an extensive Book Club list and will send out a blast to all local
book club members in the Augusta Metro area and the state of Georgia.
We have a list of 46 African American book clubs in the state of Georgia.
* Mosaic Books, First site dedicated to showcasing Black literature –
founded in 1996
An exclusive list of over 300+ African-American book clubs – the largest on
- 9,400+ opt-in subscribers to our weekly e-newsletter
- Exclusive Book Club Alert sent to our complete list of book clubs
- 250,000 hits/month
* AALBC, AALBC.com is the highest ranked, most frequently visited site
dedicated to promoting Blacks books and authors on the world wide web.
Earthlink lists AALBC.com as one of the "top 100" destinations for African
Americans. As of December 2004, AALBC.com averaged over: 3 million
hits per month 250,000 visitors per month, 750,000 million page views per
month. This trend has continued upward, continuously since 1998.
Social Media Sites:
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Connect, Linkedin, etc