New York, NY – July 17, 2012 –Cash
Money Content/Atria books will release the thriller, Murderville: The
Epidemic, on July 24, 2012, from New York Times bestselling literary
duo, Ashley & JaQuavis. At age 26, Ashley & JaQuavis,
aka Mr. and Mrs. JaQuavis Coleman, are the hottest young voices in African
American literature today and are the youngest African American co-authors to
make two appearances on the New York Times bestseller list. The
couple has co-authored more than 17 bestselling novels, and ghost-written 15
for other well known authors.
The Epidemic is the
second release from Ashley & JaQuavis’ Murderville trilogy,
and is also the second release from their deal with Cash Money Content, the
book publishing arm of iconic record label Cash Money Records, home to
multi-platinum artists NickiMinaj, Lil Wayne and Drake.
Ashley & JaQuavis on the Cash Money Young Author's Tour:
July 21 -
NYC -Harlem Book Fair
July 24 -
Baltimore - TLJ Bookstore - 7pm - 9PM
Atlanta - Medu Books Greenbriar Mall - 3pm - 5pm
25 – Dallas – Tulisoma Black Book Fair – 1pm -3pm
25 - Fort Worth - Dockshop Book signing – Forth Worth 5pm
Ashley & JaQuavis'New York Times
bestselling series, The Cartel, was the first trilogy from the talented
team. The Cartel 2 debuted on the New York Times Bestseller
list at #29 (November 2009). The Cartel 3 made its debut at #27 in
August 2010. The well-written and fast moving series, filled with
surprising plot twists and turns, gained in popularity and anticipation with
each new release selling nearly 100,000 copies. Cash Money has optioned the
film rights to The Cartel trilogy and has already set into motion their
plans for bringing the series to life on the screen. Stay posted for more
news on The Cartel film series.
Murderville: The Epidemic, hits stores on July 24th, and is the follow up to last
year’s hit, Murderville: The First of a Trilogy. Proving to be the
couple’s best work yet, The Epidemic follows street savvy, Liberty , as
she survives one unspeakable tragedy after another. Her journey takes the
reader from the streets of Los Angeles to war-torn Sierra
Leone as she finds love and pursues the American dream. With the help of
her partner Po , the two build an unmatched drug empire. But when an unlikely
enemy enters the game, will the dreams they've built together come crashing
Growing up in Flint , Michigan Ashley
& JaQuavis began writing together at age 15 while in high school. While putting themselves through college, their
first novel Dirty Money, caught the attention of New York Times
and Essence bestselling author and publisher Carl Weber. Ashley
& JaQuavis were both signed to national publishing deals.
Ashley & JaQuavis made names for themselves with
successful underground bestsellers like, Dirty Money (2005), The
Trophy Wife (2008), Supreme Clientele (2009) and Kiss Kiss Bang
Bang (2009), and Murder Mamas (2011), to name a few. However,
it was the release of The Cartel trilogy that caused young readers and
the publishing industry to take notice. The Cartel trilogy is the story
of the fight to take down a ruthless Miami drug Cartel. The books are
standouts with well-developed characters and stories fueled by treachery,
murder, deception and seduction.
“Ashley & JaQuavis’ books
connect with the hip-hop generation and speak to the streets in the same way
that hip hop music does,” said Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams co-founder of Cash
Money Records and Cash Money Content. "With two New York Times
bestsellingbooks under their belt, we saw this signing as an
opportunity to take urban fiction to the next level in the same way we took hip
hop music to the next level. The Epidemic is Ashley &
JaQuavis’ second book with Cash Money Content and we’re looking forward to
a future of nothing but hits.”
For more information on Ashley
& JaQuavis log onto www. AshleyJaquavis.com.
Follow JaQuavis on twitter @realjaquavis and follow Ashley @novelista.
Check them out on facebook at facebook.com/The
Writers Block- Ashley & JaQuavis books.
About Cash Money Content
Cash Money Content is a
groundbreaking partnership that pairs the Cash Money Records brand with
Atria Books, a division of the publishing powerhouse, Simon &
Schuster. Other releases from Cash Money Content include Raw Law: An
Urban Guide to Criminal Justice by Attorney Muhammad Ibn Bashir, The
New York Times bestseller Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark,
Murderville: First of a
Trilogy by New York Times bestselling
co-authors Ashley & JaQuavis, Pimp: The Story of My Life, Trick
Baby and Long White Con, by legendary author Iceberg Slim,
all out now. Cash Money Content will release the entire Iceberg Slim
backlist of seven novels over the next few years.
This year’s releases from CMC
include An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size, by national radio host
Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander, and Get It Girls: A Harlem Girl Lost Novel,
by Treasure Blue and The Wives Association: Inner Circle from VH1
“Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada. Fall releases include Little
Bad Girl, a Treasure Blue Short Story for ebook only, due in
September 2012 and Animal: A Hood Rat Novel by K’wan, due out in
October 2, 2012.
Money Records is a legendary record company founded by brothers Bryan
"Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams.
The record label has grown from the housing projects of New Orleans into a
multi-million dollar urban empire and is considered the most successful
independent record label in America as well as an enduring global street brand.
Cash Money is home to chart-topping, multi-platinum recording artists like Lil
Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay Sean, and Bow Wow.
Today, Cash Money operates as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, the
world’s largest music company.
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MORRIS, Vanessa Irvin. The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Street Literature.168p. appendix. bibliog. index. websites. CIP. ALA. 2012. pap. $48. ISBN 978-0-8389-1110-5. LC 2011029685.
Morris sets out to help public and school librarians gain an understanding of the content and history of street lit. In her introduction, she reiterates the need for this literature wherever there is demand, whether the collection is for teen or adult readers. She calls for librarians to be both knowledgeable about the genre and to be readers of it, and advocates for them not to judge or dismiss its fans. Morris sets the record straight that street lit is about more than drug dealers and domestic violence. It focuses primarily on African American characters and is about life and survival in inner-city, lower-income areas. She compares the genre to other early survival-story novels such as Daniel Defoe’sMoll Flanders and Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. She suggests series titles, individual titles, both fiction and nonfiction, and lists a few Christian teen-friendly series. The book discusses the appeal, characteristics, the structure of the genre, and mentions themes and subgenres, YA recommendations, and tips for selection and readers’ advisory. In this comprehensive book, Morris provides excellent input to aid in collection development and includes a list of publishers.– Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ