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  • Brian L. King
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  • Keir (key-air)
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  • Tracie E. Christian
  • T.C. Wright
  • jrturnerii
  • Teisha Bourne
  • Felisha Bradshaw
  • G. Andi Rhos
  • Lynda J. Sanders
  • F. A. Goodwin
  • K. L. Belvin





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An Independent Publisher of:

Urban Fiction
Women's Fiction
Body, Mind, and Spirit (BEDENA BOOKS imprint)

Gilda “GC” Célestin founded BELLETRISTIC PRESS as a sole proprietorship in 2005. In 2007, GC, along with three private investors, reformed the company as BELLETRISTIC PRESS, LLC; a multi-member New York State Limited Liability Company.

BELLETRISTIC PRESS believes that vibrant, well-crafted, and poignant cultural tales featuring “people of color” as main and supporting characters are underrepresented and under-published. The goal of BELLETRISTIC PRESS is to showcase fine quality multicultural fiction and bring these stories to the forefront of the literary world.

BELLETRISTIC PRESS seeks to publish and promote dynamic tomes written in the context of authentic cultural perspective. We encourage writers to fearlessly deliver their most compelling stories, while placing a conscientious focus on the challenges and triumphs unique to their characters’ ethnic affiliations.

BELLETRISTIC PRESS celebrates Our Lingo. Our Lore. Our Legacy.™

In 2007, BELLETRISTIC PRESS released its first three titles: And It Goes Like This... by G. Andi Rhos, Eyes on the Pryze by Felisha Bradshaw, and The Deity Dogma: Unleash the Goddess within YOU in 28 Days by Helen Brayton (BEDENA BOOKS imprint). This is only the beginning for this new cutting edge indie publisher with a multicultural focus.


Book Pleasures LOVES Motif by Teisha Bourne

"Readers are sure to find something fascinating in Bourne's storyline that is fueled throughout by dirty secrets, deceit, kinky sex, freaky characters, lust, jealousy, rage, obsession, betrayal, murder, and even a deranged mind all combining to create an intense drama that concludes with a diabolic twist. To boot, questions of loyalty, honesty, and love are forced to the surface in this rip-roaring and haunting read. This is one novel that gets its hooks into you and will surely keep you… Continue

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 6:24pm

Kudos to Black Author Showcase

Belletristic Press, LLC would like to take a moment to extend a most heartfelt thank you to all members of Black Author Showcase, and Ms. Diane Williams (Founder of BAS) in particular.

It is because of visionaries such as Williams that often unheralded talent in our community has a great opportunity to receive exposure and recognition. Our participation in BAS allows the world to become aware of the abundant gifts we as artists of color have to offer, and allows us to become aware of… Continue

Posted on February 12, 2008 at 10:55am

Belletristic Press Commissions Protégé Iman Jordan


New York, NY—February 11, 2008—Belletristic Press has commissioned graphic design/illustration/photography protégé, Iman Jordan, to design the covers of our upcoming titles Motif by Teisha Bourne and Squaring the Circle (And It Goes Like This... sequel) by G. Andi Rhos.

The exceptionally talented twenty-year-old is a Washington DC native. At 16, Jordan studied photography at the National Geographic Society under the… Continue

Posted on February 12, 2008 at 8:30am

The Belletristic Press Why Do You Love Urban Fiction Contest

If you’re an Urban Fiction fan, you won’t want to miss this giveaway!

Belletristic Press is running a spectacular Urban Fiction contest from January 16 – 31, 2008!

No purchase necessary.

Belletristic Press is giving away free eBook downloads of…


Posted on January 16, 2008 at 10:47am

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At 5:25pm on March 8, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
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At 12:16pm on July 26, 2008, Anita Diggs said…

If you need a manuscript evaluation in the future, please send me an email or visit my blog:

My bio: Anita Diggs has worked as a book editor for Random House, Time Warner Trade Publishing and Thunder’s Mouth Press. She has lectured across the country on the topics of novel writing, book proposal development and how to get a literary agent. The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, C-Span, The New York Daily News have interviewed her. Columbia Journalism Review placed Ms. Diggs on their “The Shapers” list for the year 2000. The Shapers is a list of prominent New Yorkers who shape the national media agenda.
At 2:25pm on May 28, 2008, JOLANDA TEDFORD said…

Longing as the dear panteth for water,
For the love of a mother or a father.

Thank God for the village that has raised me,
But it is this union that I have thirsted to see.

I have denied our connection and walked far away,
With a gnawing inside of me from day to day.

I gave myself over to this grave understanding;
They did what they had to do—no room for reprimanding.

So I searched this vast land looking for something else,
All I found was a tour of hell, a God, and no sense of self.

I searched my memories for our last connection,
I found with Mother I was four, with Dad it was at conception.

I also remember that I was to be aborted,
Because of the call of God that plan was distorted.

I entered this realm with no physical vision,
My sight was taken through an ungodly incision.

Zero to three are a virtual blank unto to me,
For at four I saw Mother walk out into the streets.

I left my Father at conception with no recollection,
For his sperm was my only sense of direction.

My precious Grand(mother) was there in the gap for me,
Because Mother had really abandoned three.

Grandmother to love is second to Thee,
But now she was no longer single and free.

We all stood with the hope that you would one day return,
Through hell fire and brimstone the truth we all learned.

When it was visibly clear to each individual,
We all held our pain and this is the residual.

Poor Grandmother was left angry and frustrated,
The fullness of her woes on me were illustrated.

My sister so young, innocent and sweet—
She got her parenting from drugs and the street.

My brother was left with only part of his soul,
In the confinement of a prison is where he grew old.

I ever longed for the physical touch of women,
To embrace my body and remove this omen.

The gift that you gave me became a curse,
My birth was a disaster, my life even worse.

With the freedom of an unparented soul,
I found something greater than my initial goal.

I found that Merciful God that I knew before you,
He showed me that your actions were genuinely true.

He reminded me of the fact that He is sovereign;
The whole of your life you alone did not govern.

He allowed me to see that there was a reason for me,
I now acknowledge that your union was the key.

To both of you I owe my life’s gratitude,
Through the grace of God I would like to show you.

Whether in body or spirit I do not care,
The joy of your presence I long to share.

I have experienced the bliss of the Almighty God,
I would share my newfound love without a rod.

The love I have gained could fill this world,
But my greatest wish is to be your baby girl.

For a lifetime I have carried the grief of our separation,
And four little words were my only recitation.

“I miss my mommy” were the words that were uttered.
I feel like I’m going crazy—was this my clutter?

You must believe the energy you keep, you also reap;
if you can hear My voice remember the sheep.

I am the author and finisher of all things,
Be the prodigal son and come collect your rings.

The battle is over and I reign on the throne,
What could possibly be stopping you from coming home?

Seeking Me first is the key to the tree;
Look toward the cross and remember Me.

Acknowledge Me in all of your ways,
Sit back, relax and enjoy the coming days.

The angels in heaven rejoice for one soul,
For eternal life is the love of a whole.

Never leave you or forsake you was a commandment,
My omnipresence means there’s no such thing as abandonment.

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At 1:23pm on February 11, 2008, Tracie E. Christian said…

I recently selfpublished my first novel entitled, The Black College Sabbatical - FALL QUARTER. It is the first installment to a trilogy celebrating and shedding light on the black college experience. I'm also eager to get info on other publishing companies. I'm done writing this series, so I have two more installments and a poetry book to get out to the masses. Please check out my poems and profile here and my book's website @ Let me know what you think. PEACE & BLESSINGS!
At 10:25am on January 14, 2008, Iman Jordan said…
Thanks so much for the comment :) I've emailed the mentioned email address, so hopefully I'll be speaking with somebody soon. Welcome to BAS!
At 12:00pm on January 10, 2008, Lynda J. Sanders said…
Welcome to the circle.
At 9:00am on January 10, 2008, Black Author Showcase said…
Welcome to Black Author Showcase™. Sit back, relax, and get involved in a thriving literary community. Check out a few member blogs, invite your myspace/facebook friends and associates, upload your works in the Photos section so they will be included on the Main page rotation, join or create a group, post an excerpt of your work on your blog, pimp out your page, and post your events.
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Got questions? Check out the Site FAQ forum or email the above address. Enjoy!

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