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Sellout [Kindle Edition]

James W. Lewis
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Book Description

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. (edited by author)

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From the Author

Hello all and thank you for checking out my page!
SELLOUT is my debut novel about three individuals--a black woman, black man and white woman--facing the consequences of interracial dating. I've found that people sometimes have strong reasons for dating outside the race, which include negative stereotypes (i.e., black men are players). I once knew a black man who was in the middle of divorcing a black woman and he told me he would never date another black woman again. I thought that was sad and interesting at the same time.
I wanted to explore the root cause of the characters' racial dating decisions by delving deep into their psyches. What makes a person completely ostracize their own race and "jump the fence?" SELLOUT answers those questions.
Hope you enjoy it!
--James W. Lewis

About the Author

James W. Lewis is a novelist and freelance writer published in several books. After spending twenty years in the Navy, James retired from active duty and now moonlights as an assistant personal trainer at a local university while completing his studies in Kinesiology. --James W. Lewis

Product Details

  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: TPC Books (July 22, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X27ZWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,149 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is a Sellout? July 21, 2010
I have often said to myself when I see a black man with a white woman...Why? This is a question I believe we all as black women have ask ourselves. Now that I have a 19 year old son I think about this more, he is a college student and dates white and black women. Me as a mother would love for him to marry a black woman...but his happiness is all that really matters..I quess.

Well James W. Lewis did a wonderful job with this book... So after dealing with the tired/no good brothers who have cheated and hurt us time and time again enough to make a sister date a white man? Is she a Sellout if she does? And what about our black men who get tired of the black woman drama with her guards up, jealous, and not trusting is that enough to make him date only white women? Does that make him a Sellout? What about the white woman who only dates black men? Sellout? And lets not forget about the white man who thinks and acts like a black man and loves black women? Is he a Sellout?

But this book is so much more...I read it in a day because I could not put it down. It takes a turn that I did not expect and actually has you on edge. I dont want to give anything away because its a must read. I'm glad that I read this book because it hits home in so many ways...I tell my son all the time when dating white women "just because she likes you doesnt mean her father does".

This book actually made me think more about the word Sellout...does it actually mean racist? Can we actually be prejudice against our own? What a great job James W. Lewis...I wish you much success and I will always be a fan!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Whole Lot of Something Going On August 3, 2010
Sellout, the debut novel by James W. Lewis, introduces readers to four individuals who discover issues that come with dating outside of their race. Tammy McDonald is a well-to-do loan officer who cannot find the right man. When she meets Dale Bristol, it seems her luck just might turn around. Terrell Jackson is a prominent black optometrist that has gotten fed up with his girlfriend's crazy rantings and accusations. He decides it is time he crossed over to the other side. Will he stay or will a chance encounter change his mind?

Penelope Miller is falling in love with the guy of her dreams, but she has one problem, he is of another race. Will her family be able to accept it? Dedrick has developed feelings for the perfect woman and everything is going well in their relationship. He decides to surprise her but soon realizes that he is the one being surprised. Dedrick will then have to make a speedy decision on whether his woman is worth all that comes with her. These individuals have more in common than they believe and when the tide turns, readers will not believe what happens.

Sellout is a book that takes interracial dating to another level. It has unexpected twists that readers will not see coming and suspense that is out of this world. The author's creative way of linking these individuals and couples made for an exciting book. Sellout is very entertaining and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. I definitely recommend this book to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sellout was just okay... October 25, 2011
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While the story had a good premise and the second half of the book kept me engaged, the writing was mediocre. I'm not sure if this specific to the Kindle edition or if the print edition has similar issues, the book was laced with typos, one part even had the author's contact information randomly interjected into the prose. I also felt like I was being hit over the head with the race issues, and while unfortunately they do still exist, I felt it could have been presented better. While I found myself frequently rolling my eyes, the book held my attention long enough for me to finish.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, terrible execution April 29, 2013
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This book had a good premise but the execution left a lot to be desired. The book stemmed around three characters, Terrell, Tammy and Penelope. Terrell had a few bad experiences with black women so he decided to start dating white women only. Penelope was one of those trailer chicks who decided she wanted to date black men because they were forbidden. Tammy decided to have a fling with a white man after her boyfriend turned out to be a cheater and an arms dealer. The first problem I had with the book was the fact that Dedrick's sister Sheryl was the stereotypical "black" woman who doesn't have a man, is bitter because she sees black men with white women and the only guy she hangs around is a gay black man. Hello? Not all black women are angry and bitter nor do we all hang around with gay black men. For once I would like to see black authors portray us as something other than gold diggers, hood rats or bitter and angry. Tammy was supposed to be an educated black woman but the best line she could come up with was "boy, stop it." Really. Who talks like this to other adults? No one that I know. As if the rest of the book didn't leave a bitter taste in my mouth, Penelope was responsible for Dedrick being in the hospital and because she "saved" his life all of a sudden Sheryl was so nice to her and wanted to accept her? No one makes a 360 degree change like that in a course of a few minutes I don't care what the circumstances are. Especially considering the fact that Penelope's brother was the reason he was in the hospital in the first place. The ending was too abrupt. One minute they are talking to Dedrick, the next Terrell is stating that there was just a mixture of white and black people in the room, no sellouts. That left me scratching my head and even more frustrated. There was another book preview at the end of this one but I don't think I'll be ordering it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Well written. I found myself wondering how these characters are doing years later. I finished it in 2 days because I was so engulfed in the stories. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nicole
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read! But I did not really care for ...
Good read! But I did not really care for how stereotypical the characters were being. Maybe it is just me, but since it is 2014, I don't think that interracial dating is such a big... Read more
Published 7 months ago by misscaramel86
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
The characters are not realistic and the story itself is so disjointed that it is hard to follow. Finally stopped reading about 1/2 way through. Read more
Published 7 months ago by airline reader
5.0 out of 5 stars sellout
Wonderful book, enjoyed from beginning to the end , hopefully there will be a part two this book. So I can enjoy it
Published 7 months ago by ROSALIND DUNN
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
The book was a easy read, I was never bored. I found myself feeling the way some of the characters felt towards "Sellout Brothers", but the reason I gave it four stars was I was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading material
I enjoyed the events taken place between the characters in the book.
I believe the story line was very well written.
Published 10 months ago by Phyl
4.0 out of 5 stars Sellout
This is the 1st book I read by James W. Lewis. I loved Tomi he had me laughing throughout the story. I really liked Tammy, Terrell, & Penelope views on interracial dating. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a great read and I really enjoyed reading it.Keep up the good work James. Can't wait for the next book
Published 13 months ago by Helen D. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
I had this book for a while and finally got around to reading it and it was ok. this was also my fist read by this author and i will try other books ifthey have any
Published 13 months ago by Mrs.Slap
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
While I have read a couple of IR books this one seemed to hit home for me. Crossing color lines and the emotions of those on the outside seem to be portrayed how I see them in my... Read more
Published 13 months ago by SiStar Tea
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More About the Author

JAMES W. LEWIS is a novelist and freelance writer published in several books that 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, Circle Magazine, Rundu Bedtime Stories and American Fitness Magazine. His debut novel SELLOUT launched in July 2010 and second novel A HARD MAN IS GOOD TO FIND in July 2011.

James won the 2011 National Black Book Festival Best New Author award for his debut novel SELLOUT (July 2010). He also won the African American fiction category in the International Book Awards and placed as a finalist in the 2011 Global Ebook Awards and 2011 Indie Excellence Awards. He's also a managing partner of the publishing company The Pantheon Collective.

After spending twenty years in the Navy, James retired from active duty and is now completing his studies in Kinesiology, hoping to eventually attend graduate school to study Physical Therapy. In addition to writing, he loves to DJ and has a collection of over 300 vinyl records.

In his spare time, James does extensive volunteer work at a local veterans assistance center and Boys & Girls Club.

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