CAROL TAYLOR

BROWN SUGAR WANDERLUST THE EX CHRONICLES AND INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS

BROWN SUGAR 2



CONTRIBUTORS


Tananarive Due, Nelson George, Zane, Bernice McFadden, Timmothy McCann, Shay Youngblood, Sandra Kitt, Willie Perdomo, Jenoyne Adams, Preston Allen, Yolanda Joe, Leone Ross, Nicole Bailey-Williams, Michael Gonzales, Kathleen Morris, Rebecca Carroll, Shawne Johnson, Reginald Harris.


PRAISE FOR
THE EX CHRONICLES

"It's a familiar premise—four 30-ish, New York City friends... navigating the perils of single life. Thankfully, Taylor makes it fresh again in her delicious debut novel by punching up the ante with some intriguing Terry McMillanesque twists."
— Publisher's Weekly



PRAISE FOR BROWN SUGAR

"Audaciously refreshing."
—Essence
"A stylish anthology."
—Publishers Weekly
"As smart as it is sexy."
—Honey


BROWN SUGAR


BROWN SUGAR 2
Great One Night Stands


Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

"Since publishing the first Brown Sugar I’ve been talking a lot about sex and it feels good. Brown Sugar became a best-seller because the stories were not just about sex; they were sexy stories about black life, in all its myriad forms. That’s the beauty of being black, our diversity. And though we don’t know it, our diversity is also our greatest strength.

In Brown Sugar 2 are best-selling authors, who you already know and love, writing outside of their genre but in their own particular style about characters you’ll recognize in places you’ll know. What their stories give you are different glimpses into the many different worlds that make up Black America.

IT FEELS GOOD TO BE BAD

To deny our impulses, is to deny the very thing that makes us human. When we’ve acted first and thought later. When we went with the flow and lost ourselves in the moment. There are few things that unify us; one is the irrational, impractical, out of character impulses that we’ve given in to. One of those irrational impulses is a one night stands. We’ve all had them. And if we’re lucky, they’ve been great. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had one or two or twelve, some great some not. But I’ve never regretted any of them because each has revealed not only something about myself but about men as well. Anyway, it’s not what happens; it’s what you do with what happens.

Brown Sugar 2 celebrates great one night stands because the beauty of a momentous one time encounter is that it doesn’t reveal everything: the skeletons in the closet, the emotional dirty laundry, the crazy ex’s or the nonsense we get so caught up in that we forget to have fun. With a one night stand all you have is each other in the here and now. Steeped in the present you can ignore the imperfections, the human frailties, and insecurities. Safely coddled in the moment you are to each other perfect in that instant.

That memory stays with you untarnished and glittering, wrapped in a ribbon of remembrance, unsullied by the day to day. A one-night stand is not about the unremarkable the practical or the mundane. It’s about the fantasy of what could be though we know it will not be and the beauty of not caring. Either way, it feels good to be bad, that’s probably why we do it."

Read more in Brown Sugar 2!


SELECTED WORKS

New Four-Book Novella Series
Book 1 coming spring 2013, with a new book published every six months.
BellaOnline Interview Part 5
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years writing and editing experience with BellaOnline.
BellaOnline Interview Part 4
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years of writing and editing experience with BellaOnline.
BellaOnline Interview Part 3
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years writing and editing experience with BellaOnline.
BellaOnline Interview Part 2
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years writing and editing experience with BellaOnline
BellaOnline Interview Part 1
Carol Taylor shares her 18 years writing and publishing experience with BellaOnline.
Book Review
Read the review at BellaOnline http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art174517.asp
Magazine Article
Society Column, Dwell Magazine 2001
Is there a crisis in black relationships? Despite millions of examples of loving couples, do black women and men still have negative perceptions of each other? If so, where did they come from and are they true?
TANGO MAGAZINE 2009
Interview
An Editor on Editing and Writing
The Life of an Erotica Writer
Excerpt
Bronx Biannual Literary Journal #2
Advice Column
Advice on Love and Lust
A novel
In a New York City rife with emotional landmines, four friends search for Mr. Right but often end up settling for Mr. Right Now.
Books
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2001 Gold Pen Award for Best Short Story Collection
The second book in the best-selling Brown Sugar series
The third book in the best-selling Brown Sugar series.
The fourth book in the best-selling erotic collection
Read an excerpt from the book
Short Stories
Uptown Magazine September 2005
Dwell Magazine April 2001
Oneworld Magazine Feb/Mar.2002
Oneworld Magazine Sept./October 2003