Book Spotlight – 1380 Prospect Ave. Not Another Bronx Tale – Blaque Diamond


After the murder of their parents and younger sister, Silk, Satin, and Suede Lee are first taken in by their cruel aunt and uncle, then shipped off to Concourse Village, a state-owned facility for boys. Thrust into survival mode, the boys must decide a path for their lives with only the morals instilled by their deceased parents and the street knowledge they are quickly gaining. Their bond is constantly tested as they transition from boys to men.

The Lee brothers make friends and enemies with the boys of Concourse Village and the girls of Morrisania Manor as they all try desperately to find steady footing in their new way of life. Separately, they have experienced unspeakable tragedies, but together, they learn what it means to be a family. 1380 Prospect Avenue is not another Bronx Tale, but a remarkable tale of life-long connections forged by the tough love of “da streets.”

Tell us about your book 1380 Prospect Ave. Not Another Bronx Tale.

 1380 Prospect Avenue is a story about the Lee boys who enter the foster care system after the death of their family. The brother must learn how to survive with the morals instilled in them by their deceased parents and the street knowledge they are quickly learning from the streets. 

Why did you decide to write it? 

Foster care is supposed to be a temporary placement, however, in the case of many children and the children in the book they experience unspeakable tragedies. I wanted to provide insight into the foster care system for teens who are hard to place and youth who have come into the foster care system for a variety of reasons. 

Who is your favorite character in the book, and why? 

Mr. Cook is my favorite character, he is a little incapable of being fully explored or to understand why he is interested in the  Lee boys and the other boys at Concourse Village or the Girls of Morrisania Manor. 

What was the hardest part of writing the story?

The beginning was a challenge. I had to decide how I was going to introduce the boys and how they got involved in the foster care system.

What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?

I am also on a Mindfulness journey.

Book Link: https://amzn.to/3uNUSSO

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