People and Peppers, A Romance now available!!
James (Fling with a Demon Lover, Secrets) turns a love letter to Trinidad into this stylish literary novel filled with sensuous prose and colorful setting. Twenty-something ex-athlete Vivion K. Pinheiro, now a farmer in Trinidad, cultivates a five-acre patch of specialty spicy peppers called Moruga Red Scorpion. He flies off to New York City in search of a distributor to market and sell his prized pepper crop to restaurants. Meantime, his live-in girlfriend, Shanika "Nikki" Grant-Ali, discovers she is pregnant with their child while she's pursuing her lucrative career as a much sought-after portrait painter. The other strong, independent woman in Vivion's life is his wealthy mother, Andaluza Ashaki Pinheiro, a real estate mogul, who spoils her only son by deeding him a former cocoa plantation. She also indulges Vivion's other whims by bankrolling the construction of his "dream palace," where he grows his hot peppers. While in New York City, Vivion meets and befriends jolly Hideo Arata, "the hot pepper baron of Japan," and invites him to come and inspect his pepper-growing project. The protagonist's passion for agriculture and ecological issues help to add the needed character depth to the rich-kid stereotype. (Publishers Weekly - March 15)Buy at Amazon.com
Interview on The Bookcast
Kelvin recently completed a great interview at the bookcast!The Bookcast
A Fantastic Dozen now available!!
In this collection Kelvin offers a dozen intriguing and impressive tales. More fantasy than science fiction, one page short to medium length, the common theme that lifts them up to marvelous is how they thrill and amuse the imagination; how they stick in a curious mind; how real they might be.Buy at Amazon.com
Fling With a Demon Lover now available!!
The central character of Secrets, Kelvin James' first novel, was young, shy, and naive. Sassela Jack, better known as "Sass," is anything but. A New York schoolteacher, she walks out on her live-in boyfriend and heads for Greece, where she takes up with a much-younger paramour named Ciam. Theirs is a relationship of equals. Sass has no illusions about the nature of their attraction. But as Ciam becomes more confrontational, Sass begins to withdraw, leaving the reader to wonder about the nature of his mysterious behavior and the source of her wild mood swings.Buy at Amazon.com
Backcountry Tales: a six pack now available!!
Deep-set in the lore of us backcountry folks, there are fictions like these that amuse, excite, and inform about our basic life influences. they tell and teach what we respect, or fear, or love, or crave. Read this six-pack and experience naiveté and innocence, false confidence and personal strength in various manifestations.Buy at Amazon.com
Web of Freedom now available!!
Set in the early 19th century and reminiscent of the grand storytelling of Alexandre Dumas, “Web of Freedom” recounts the adventures of prince M’nalo Fanta Bembo, who escapes from a slave ship that has transported him from his native Africa. Living alone on a remote Caribbean island and surviving on his wits and hunting skills, he is captured by native forest people who see him as a sacred creature.Buy at Amazon.com
"The Sorcerer's Drum" is a thrilling coming-of-age novel set in North and West Africa at the turn of the nineteenth-century. With fancinating details of exotic practices and mores, this novel is imaginative, layered and wise.
"James's prose combines island lilt with saavy minimalism..." - The New Yorker
"A warm and gifted raconteur"
- New York Times
Secrets now available!!
Uxann is a country girl whose home is the next best thing to paradise. There are plums, guanabanas, and sugar apples ripe for the picking. There is Seyeh, the father she loves with perfect devotion. And there is Keah, the best friend who scandalizes and thrills her with delectably wicked gossip. But Uxann is fast becoming a woman, while Keah has forsaken their old games for the kind that should only be played by grown-ups. And, in due time, Seyeh himself will betray his daughter with a finality that transforms Secrets from a Caribbean fable into a shattering novel of forbidden knowledge and its consequences.Buy at Amazon.com
Crazy Loves: A Six-Pack now available!!
Vibrant, intriguing, moving, and ironic, this short story collection boldly explores the complexities of feelings that we characterize as love. It also offers another showcase for James’ talent to inhabit and depict his characters’ unexpected points of view.Buy at Amazon.com
Mooch, The Meek now available!!
Original Science Fiction in the truest sense, Mooch is a provocative novel about exploitation that draws on the magical promise of DNA science when combined with the mystical practices of Yoruba-based Ifà.Buy at Amazon.com
The award winning stories that make up “CITY LIVES–a Six-Pack” provide gritty examples of the travail that common folks encounter as they manage surviving in a big city, in this case The Big Apple.
"Beautiful, violent, and compelling stories—the beauty often unexpected and raw."
- From Whitney Otto, author of “How To Make an American Quilt”
Kelvin Christopher James is the critically-acclaimed author of six novels: People and Peppers, a romance (Harvard Square Editions), Secrets (Villard & Vintage & KDP Indie), Fling with a Demon Lover (HarperCollins & KDP Indie), The Sorcerer's Drum, Web of Freedom, Mooch, the Meek (KDP Indie), and short story collections Jumping Ship and other stories (Villard & KDP Indie), City Lives, Crazy Loves, Backcountry Tales (KDP Indie). He has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.