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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595440819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595440818
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,838,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is a yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, artist, and writer. Her poetry appeared in Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century. Leeke is a graduate of Morgan State University, Howard University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center. She lives in Washington, DC.

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The best way to describe Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is with a six-word memoir. Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek = Ananda Leeke. Leeke is a lawyer turned "Jill of many trades:" innerpreneur, author, artist, coach, and yoga teacher. Her mission is "Empowering U2BU through creativity coaching, Reiki, self-care, social media, volunteerism, and yoga." Since 2005, she has used her blogs to express her mission, advocate for social good, build community, share information, promote her books and events, and market her services. Currently, she serves as a blogger ambassador for AARP, Everywhere Society, Macy's Heart of Haiti Campaign, and Maiden Nation.

In 2010, her passion for women's issues, building community, and the Internet inspired her to create the Digital Sisterhood Network, a media channel that celebrates women in social media and technology through leadership, lifestyle, and living well initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by Blogalicious, BlogHer, Howard University, Ignite DC, and Spelman College. Black Enterprise named her as one of the Black Women in Tech You Should Follow on Twitter in 2011. The Hot Mommas Project, a women's leadership research venture housed at the George Washington University School of Business, selected her as an author for its 2012-2013 case study library. In 2014, she was selected by the White House to serve as a social media leader to develop and curate content, utilize the content to engage online communities, and live tweet at the State of the Union White House Social and White House Social for the French Welcoming Ceremony for French President Francois Hollande.

For more than 20 years, Leeke has been actively pursuing her career as an author and artist. Through her poetry chap books and participation in the Washington, D.C. arts movement, her poetry appeared in Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century (2002). She penned Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One, a novel (2007), That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman's Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (2009), and Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (2013). Her six-word memoir was published in It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (2010).

Her mixed media collages, wire sculptures, and paintings have been exhibited in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, New York City, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Her artwork was featured in Heart and Soul in 2001 and often reflects her passion for issues affecting people of color and women. In 2002, she created and donated "Our Womanist Spirit" and "I am my sista's keeper wire" sculpture collections to The Women's Collective, an HIV/AIDS direct services organization. She has worked as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at Howard University Hospital (2003-2009), and is currently serving wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Morgan State University, Howard University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center are her alma maters. While at Morgan, she joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of All Souls Unitarian Church, Insight Meditation Community of Washington's People of Color Sangha, National League of American Pen Women, and Yoga Alliance. She lives in Washington, D.C. To learn more about her, visit www.anandaleeke.com.

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Love's Troubadours takes the reader on one woman's journey in finding out who she truly is and how her everyday decisions affect her future.
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Your book was just what I needed to read at this time in my life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angelia Menchan on October 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Love's Troubadours by Ananda Kiamsha Madelyn Leeke is an exploration of a sister's spiritual reconciliation. When we meet Karma Francois she has reached a personal low. She has lost her job and her days of shopping, chocolate martinis and hedonistic pursuits may be coming to an end. She is a self-proclaimed bohemian Black American Princess and she can not accept her less than stellar life. She has to relocate and live differently and finds it to be a depressing journey.

Karma relocates from New York to Washington D.C, feeling like a stranger inside her own body. She is constantly depressed and unsure what to do with herself. Her Aunt Jo senses her depression and tells her she needs to seek counseling. Karma is unsure if that is what she wants but her aunt threatens her by telling her she will inform her mother of her status. Since her mother, Hyacinth, who Karma considers the ultimate drama queen, is the last person Karma wants to deal with Karma agrees to see Francis, the therapist. Though reluctant to accept therapy, Karma finds herself on a path to self-acceptance and reliance through her sessions with Francis.

The pages of Love's Troubadours take us on a spiritual, narrative journey into Karma's life. We meet her family members, loves, lovers and friends. We get to see what has formed this woman and what will sustain her. Love's Troubadours is not a breezy, easy book-of-the-month type novel. What it is, is a deep journey into what takes a woman to her lowest and what it takes for her to change her life and reach a spiritual high ground. This novel is a recommended read for all readers interested in a book that makes you think and believe.

Angelia Menchan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stewart on October 8, 2007
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I finally got a chance to start reading the novel and I'm LOVING it!! Honestly! I can see myself in quite a few aspects of the book. There were even some tears shed, as the novel touches on issues that hit home. I love how detailed/descriptive the author is. And the Bible passages & quotes chosen are so appropriate. What a talented writer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shayne Lee on February 9, 2010
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Great artistic efforts do more than just entertain, they enlighten. Love's Troubadours was highly entertaining, but also challenged me to explore the greater context of the world around me, which is in my humble opinion the hallmark of great art. I learned much about my own strivings and angst while perusing life through the eyes of a hip, chic, post-soul, educated yoga-loving, highly spiritual Black American Princess named Karma. There are no canned characters in this masterpiece, only complex women and men dealing with the vicissitudes of life through their inimitable postmodern brands of spirituality and social perspectives. Karma teaches us much about perseverance as well as about self-transcendence and spiritual consciousness. One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is its fresh appropriation of black middleclass sensibilities. Karma is an intuitive and progressive woman and her tastes and interests reflect a mélange of black middleclass tropes often unexplored in contemporary cinema and books. Ananda Leeke fastens our consciousness to a world of black female sophistication, and depicts Karma as an apotheosis of urban-chic and self-transcendence. Leeke takes us on an entertaining and enlightening journey as we watch an incredibly complex protagonist like Karma navigate through the matrices of her personal reformation, negotiate transitional changes, overcome family and relationship challenges and emotional angst, and emerge as a more evolved and emotionally whole woman. This is a well-written book and a fascinating look at an underrepresented portion of contemporary black middle-class life and spirituality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squinkles on June 15, 2008
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Peace Ms. Leeke,

First off, Congratulations on writing such a great book! I am a 20 year old
self-proclaimed BAP living in NYC. I got your book about 2 weeks ago and
started reading it as soon as I got it. It took me a little while to get into
it, I kept starting it and reading only a few paragraphs until I was finally
almost finished with the first chapter. Then, I finally started really reading
it yesterday and finished it this morning. I couldn't put it down until
actually I finished it! Your book was just what I needed to read at this time
in my life. I feel the need to start building a stronger relationship with God,
myself, and my immediate family, so Karma's story spoke to my heart. Apart
from the way you referenced the arts and music which gave me some ideas on new
music to purchase and meditate to, I saw a lot of myself in Karma, from her
relationship with her mom to the whole scenario with her father and her
brother. Reading the book has given me some great ideas for how to deal with
the same stresses Karma successfully dealt with and overcame. I already
practice yoga and have done journaling on and off, but I'm ready to get in
touch with my inner self. I hope I can find that inner calm Karma did once she
let everything go.

I just wanted to reach out to give you some e-moral support and say that I love
your site [...] and I absolutely loved reading your book. It's
definitely on my list of favorite books and books to share with or buy for my
younger sister. I can't wait for the other books in the series to be
released. Please continue to be a shining light leading the way to true
consciousness and serenity for us younger BAP's to follow. I appreciate
your works and efforts to be one of Love's Troubadours.

I wish you all the best and happy writing. ; )
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