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Chesapeake, VA
Currently Reside In: (City, State, Country)
Raleigh, NC and Silver Spring, MD
I'm a . . .
Reader, Writer, Publisher, Literary Service Provider
Have You "Freed Your Inner Book" Yet?
What You Need to Know About Me:
I am the owner of Sweetie's Books/Sensations Publishing, a full-service publishing company.

Sweetie's Books publishes children's books written by African-American authors for and about African-American and other minority children. Our books promote positive messages that inspire, educate, and entertain.

Sensations Publishing is the adult literature division of Sweetie's Books, publishing adult fiction, non-fiction, trade, and self-help titles written by African-American authors. We also provide marketing and public relations services for self-published authors.

I also write children's books and have two that are published, Sweetie's Place: A Moving Adventure, and All About Aisha. My third book, Spencer's Big Break, will be published in the fall of 08, and I have two more titles in the works. In addition to my children's books, I am working on my first adult fiction novel, Yours Forever.

And in my spare time, I teach technology classes for corporations, organizations, and government entities.

Christmas Without Santa: The Reason for the Season by Deborah Cornin is the story of one little boys curiosity about the true meaning of Christmas. Is it all about Santa Claus or Jesus Christ? The author, a dollmaker, has illustrated this book with her incredible Playscale one of a kind dolls in scenes that depict African-American life during the holidays. The story is inspiring. Recommended Ages: 4-8

Streets by Mel King is an extraordinary book of poetry. Mel King describes himself as being “interested in Life and all that it means... (with a commitment) to working for peace, justice and development everywhere.” Those words ring true on every page of this beautifully illustrated work. I can assure you that you will never look at any street the same way again.

Her Best Friend's Lover by Cee Brooks is the very first book released under the Sensastion's Publishing banner. In this steamy and compelling novel, best friend's Lela Crow and Violet Hoerst will force you to re-examine your definition of unconditional love and true friendship. Can these two women, who have been like sisters since elementary school, survive the ultimate betrayal? There is so much going on in this book that you won't be able to put it down! Cee Brooks has knocked the ball out of the park on her first at bat.

This is the first book in the Sweetie's Place series by Dyahnne Alston. The series helps children to cope with difficult situations. In this one, Sweetie has to move away from everything and everybody she knows, creating an emotional rollercoaster for her. With the help of loving and creative parents, friends, and extended family, the sting of the move is alleviated. Recommended Age: 6-10

The second book in the Sweetie's Place series, All About Aisha by Dyahnne Alston explores the world of Sweetie's best friend, Aisha, a foster child. The purpose of this book is to give a voice to foster children and to help other children to gain some understanding of the foster care system. This story is very emotional and heart-warming. Recommended Age: 6-10

Brown Little Babies by Evelyn Gresham is a beautiful picture/poetry book for quiet times with your infant or toddler. Filled with pictures of beautiful African-American babies and soft, soothing, inspirational poetry, this book is sure to delight everyone from 1 to 100. By the way, there is a beautiful doll that is available as a companion to the book.

The Last Night I Dreamt series by Nadine Johnson includes Last Night I Dreamt I Was a Doctor, Last Night I Dreamt I Was a Teacher, and Last Night I Dreamt I Was a Musician. These books are beautifully written and illustratted to encourage children to think about what they might want to be when they grow up. In addition to the uplifting text, each book concludes with additional activities and resources to learn more about famous African-Americans who excelled at that profession. These books should be a part of the library of every parent of a small child. Suggested Ages: 2-6

Dyahnne's Blog

Changes ... A Love Story

Every story or poem that I have ever written has come to me "out of the blue." I prefer to think of them as gifts from God. It happened again! I woke up this morning and couldn't get these lines out of my head. I had to write:

Changes … A Love Story

By Dyahnne Alston

She lay there, trapped in his anaconda grip, as he snored in her ear.

When did making love with him move from pleasure to duty?

When did she start recoiling from his kiss and his… Continue

Posted on January 23, 2009 at 11:00am

A Dream Deferred and Streets

A Dream Deferred

by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over--

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

This poem was on my heart this morning so I though I would share it. This week has been the best of times and… Continue

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 11:30am

Interviews with Authors James Alston and Cee Brooks on Sensations Publishing

After getting our start with children’s books for the African-American and other multicultural readers, in May of this year, we added the adult division, Sensations Publishing. Our premier title, “Her Best Friend’s Lover,” by Cee Brooks will debut on September 15th. This truly sensational page-turner was the perfect choice to put our new division on the map!! Cee has written a compelling story that pushes the boundaries of true friendship and true love. Believe me, you will be amazed! Read our… Continue

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 10:54pm

Sensations Publishing is Growing!

When I decided to expand Sweetie's Books to include adult genre, it was a frightening move. I was moving out of my comfort zone of children's books to a very grown-up world of sexual content and adult language. This is a far leep from my usual picture books with simple rhymes and fantasy illustrations or middle grade books with clear, clean morals and teachable moments. Wow, I feel like a virgin! But I'm loving every minute of it.…


Posted on July 21, 2008 at 2:43pm

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At 4:21pm on June 21, 2010, Paris F. Gibson said…
Wow I didn't know this was your site until after I signed up. Looks good!
At 6:41pm on October 11, 2009, Marcia L. McNair said…
Thanks for letting me know about the conference. I'll try to make it!
At 10:39am on October 8, 2009, Savaslas Lofton said…
Sis I am on facebook as well okay.
Your brother in Christ,
Savaslas Lofton
At 9:58am on September 3, 2009, Color Online said…
Hi Dyahnne,

Love to talk. Visit me at Color Online. Lots going on. Always trying to improve what do and what we offer. Currently building our website. That's a nightmare. Have some awards, challenges and an e-zine in the works. Very busy.

Do you blog or write? Where can I find you?

Write me at Blog:

Thanks for writing.

At 3:52pm on May 7, 2009, Brian L. King said…
At 2:27pm on November 16, 2008, Greg Jackson said…
Hello Beautiful One, contine with what inspires you. I like it! I am also a writer. I write about relationships. Could this be in interest of yours to publish? This site is new to me and i'm loving it. It is almost as if I already know everyone connected, I just got to say hello people. Please respond, I would love to chat.
At 9:54pm on November 15, 2008, ruby f morris said…
Hi ! Dyahnne. God bless you in all you are doing. I will check out your web . I am writing another book, I will need a publisher. how ever, may God for ever be with you and yours. take care.
Ruby Morris
At 4:44pm on September 26, 2008, Marcia L. McNair said…
thanks for the add!
and check out my first broadcast when you get the chance.
peace, marcia
At 10:12am on September 4, 2008, Savaslas Lofton said…
Thanks Dyahnne,
That means a lot!
At 10:32am on September 3, 2008, Savaslas Lofton said…
Stopping by to say hello Dyahnne

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