About the Book
What would have happened if President Lincoln had never been shot in that theater and managed to survive in a parallel universe?
Set in an alternative universe, the Black States of America – Real Black Power, follows an alternate timeline where President Lincoln lived. Thanks to a talented scientist and former slave’s hot air balloon, Lincoln escaped through a black hole in the sky to an alternate universe where he continued to live. He couldn’t escape his fate in one world, but thanks to the skills and abilities of one scientist, he managed to travel back and forth between the two parallel universes without being discovered.
All that changed in 2020 when King Jasani, the king of Sea Islands, decided to invite the other universe to share in the technological advances his world had discovered. What should have been a humanitarian mission to share technology soon took a disastrous turn when the United States chose to take the technology for themselves and slaughtered the peaceful people from the Sea Islands.
In the following slaughter and chaos of the unprovoked attack that took place, King Jasani, Queen Ayanna, and some of their entourage fled, leaving their son Lincoln behind believing him to be dead and lost to them forever.
Thirty years passed, and Lincoln chose to take a simple DNA test. Having no memory of his parents, he’d always been curious about who he was and where he came from. The results of that DNA test would alter his course and change life as he knew it forever. Unbeknown to Lincoln, he was setting off a chain reaction which would have a flow-on effect throughout both worlds.
Author d. E. Rogers presents an alternative universe based on President Lincoln surviving and the difference that could have made throughout the world. If you have been searching for a science-fiction book that will have you reading late into the night, then the Black States of America – Real Black Power could be just what you’ve been looking for!
An Excerpt from the Book
Later that evening, at the bar of the Drake Hotel, Casey, Sydney, Lincoln, and Sonia were having happy hour drinks, celebrating Lincoln’s thirtieth birthday. The bar was crowded and loud. The foursome sat at a booth in the corner. The guys sat across from each other, as did the women, which didn’t sit well with Sonia or Sydney, who hated looking at the other’s face. And Sonia constantly being flirtatious with Lincoln only irritated Sydney even more. She did her best to ignore Sonia, but she was reaching a boiling point. Lincoln saw Sydney’s face turn red and knew something had to be done. He cared for both women and wanted them to be civil to one another, but after all these years and
countless efforts, it just hadn’t worked out. In many ways, he was attracted to Sydney and held a special place for her in his heart, but the moment had never been right for them to explore a relationship. She was smart, sexy, and sassy, which he liked. Her soft, dark
skin, light brown eyes, and long jet-black hair gave her a look of an Egyptian queen. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she came from a long line of police officers, and her now being one completed her lifelong dream. Though she kept it quiet, she had a mad crush
on Lincoln that had started the day they’d first met.
About the Author
David E. Rogers is a screenwriter and the author of twelve novels. The Black States of America novel is a passion project that he wanted to do for years. Wondering what the world would have been like if President Lincoln had lived has always intrigued him in how that would have affected black lives. This book should serve as an inspiration and guidance on how great we as people can be if we listen, learn, and work together. Rogers has also directed three short films; is a Stanford University-certified project manager; and has attended the University of Notre Dame for executive leadership and management and the New York Film Academy for film production. He holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications management and production from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Bethel University. Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A Sit Down With the Author
Can you tell us how you got started writing?
Throughout my childhood my teachers would always praise me for my creativity when I finished papers and assignments, but I ignored them. As a black kid growing up in the Midwest, I took it for granted and dismissed the praise with my eyes set more on being a professional athlete. I always wrote poems and stories, but never thought I could write a novel. It wasn’t until people told me I couldn’t do it that I set my mind on doing it. That’s a message I still tell kids today, is that they need to listen to their hearts and not let people kill their dreams because they don’t have any.
Do you try more to be original or try to write on topics that are hot for the moment?
I love the fact that I have been able to write about different things and not be pigeonholed as a certain type of writer. My energy and creativity force me to be nothing but be original. I write stories that interest me and I want to tell. I advise other writers to do the same as they seek their literary voice. Every voice should be their authentic own.
If you could tell your younger self anything about writing what would it be?
Open up your ears, learn and listen to people who give you good advice. Find a mentor who is inspiring and connect with that person.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Watching the TV mini-series Roots with my family and seeing how language and words could uplift a person or tear them down. It really impacted me on how I used words to express myself. Roots was probably the starting point for my writing career even though I didn’t know it at the time.
What makes you a good writer?
I like to think I’m great storyteller. I feel like my stories connect with readers on a deeper level than even just enjoyment. Hearing their praise is the juice that keeps me writing and being creative. I don’t want to let my reading fans down, so I give it my all every time I type a word. I want them to be endlessly entertained so that they never forget me or my stories.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Be original and don’t listen to negative people. In life sometimes people are so blinded by jealous that they don’t want to see others succeed. You have to have confidence in yourself and your writing and believe that you will be successful no matter what others might say.
What advice would you give to a newbie author who wants to make it in the industry?
Be original, keep writing, and prove your doubters wrong. Also, write from your experiences, but remix it into fiction.
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