James W. Lewis was born on an Army base in Wurzburg, Germany in 1971, but grew up in a small city called Hopewell, Virginia. As a shy kid, he shared a strong love for sports and reading. He spent a lot of time in the summer either riding his BMX bike imitating Evil Knevil on the dirt hills of local parks or holed up in the Hopewell library, lost in the wondrous world of books. It was hours in the library that developed a love for reading and writing short stories.
His mother Phyllis noticed his passion for the written word and created a unique method to cultivate his talent. One day, James got into some mess he had no business being in (as with most young boys). Instead of restriction or butt whippings, Phyllis made him write a short story a day for a week. She would read each story, critique it, and force young James to explain why he was writing stories that showed bad things happening to his mother (another form of venting for a twelve-year-old). Her creative approach worked because his hobby became his passion.
With the Internet, James showcased his talent to the world while pursuing his dream. His credits include Zane’s Caramel Flava, Chicken Soup for the Soul (two series), Gumbo for the Soul, Truth Be Told: Tales of Life, Love and Drama and Don’t Forget your Pepper Spray. Magazine credits include 3AM Magazine, Eyeshot, Dare Magazine, Naptural Roots Magazine, Lucrezia Magazine, American Fitness Magazine, and Rundu Bedtime Stories. In Dec 2009, James, Stephanie Casher and Qwantu Amaru started The Pantheon Collective and launched his debut novel SELLOUT in July 2010.
After spending twenty years in the Navy, James retired from active duty and now moonlights as a personal trainer while completing his studies in Kinesiology.
A Hard Man is Good to Find
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Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: The Pantheon Collective (TPC) (June 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
MICHELLE LARSEN has found a man straight out of a romance novel--handsome, fit, educated, and pulling in a six-figure income. But despite the exceptional qualities and his obvious interest in her, things are moving too slow between them. Unlike most men who can't wait to get in her pants, this particular man refuses to take things to the next level.
DARYL JACKSON has grown tired of the nightclub scene and wants to settle down, but he has a secret that always seems to interrupt any potential love connection once he reveals it. He believes Michelle is the ideal woman, but can she handle the truth?
After six weeks of dating, and still no attempt from him to get her "horizontal," Michelle grows sex-starved. She is driving herself crazy trying to figure out Daryl's problem! During a weekend getaway in Palm Springs, Michelle finally puts an end to the what's-wrong-with-Daryl guessing game and demands to know what's up. Not only does Daryl answer all her questions, Michelle learns firsthand that you really need to be careful with what you wish for!
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: The Pantheon Collective (TPC) (June 7, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
People who date interracially are often called traitors to their own kind. Self-haters. Sellouts.
Loan Officer Tammy McDonald has just come out of another failed relationship with a wannabe thug. To break this destructive pattern, she leaves her home city of Dallas for San Diego. As she settles in rainbow California, fantasies of meeting an ebony prince fade, so she eyes Dale Bristol as a potential ivory replacement.
Terrell Jackson is San Diego’s only black optometrist. Women regularly drop in for more than just eye exams, but he stays true to his girl Tasha until a wet dream unleashes a ridiculous outburst. Fed up with her jealous fits, he denounces the common “dedramanators” in his life–black women.
Even though Penelope Miller was raised in the South by a racist father once affiliated with the KKK, she can’t ignore her attraction to black men. But she never expected to fall in love with one…nor did she expect her “interracial felony” to threaten their lives.
SELLOUT follows these three individuals and the consequences of dating outside their race. In the quest to find what they think is missing in their lives, they encounter guilt, fear and mess they never anticipated…including murder.
Pantheon Collective photo by Lisa Rose