Fiction and Nonfiction

Children of the Waters (click to read an excerpt)
"With a discerning grasp of blurred racial lines and families that defy definition, Denver author Carleen Brice has penned a story that boldly dissects the shortcomings, and ultimately the strength, of the human psyche. Children of the Waters (One World), Brice's follow-up novel to her successful fiction debut, Orange Mint and Honey, is a tale that explores racial identity and family acceptance through two grown sisters, Trish and Billie, who, previously unaware of the other's existence, become integral to each other's lives.

Trish is a newly divorced mom raising a teenage son; Billie is struggling with the autoimmune disease lupus, a pregnancy out of wedlock, and relationship problems with the father of her unborn child. When Trish discovers a painful family secret that reveals their sisterhood—the two shared a mother who died of a drug overdose shortly after Billie was born—their respective lives begin to unravel. As they learn to accept the terrible act that drove them to their separate lives, the guilt, doubt, and confusion that mars their relationship slowly dissolves. Adjusting to their shifted identities, the women—and their families—begin to lean on each other.

With a direct, sometimes gritty dialogue, Brice has a way of endearing her realistically quirky characters to the reader. Through a narrative peppered with familiar Denver haunts—City Park, LoDo, even WaterCourse Foods—she delivers a story that will resonate with locals not just because of its setting, but also because of its naked portrayal of imperfect people trying to find their place in a complicated world." - 5280 Magazine

"Carleen Brice has returned to the literary scene with her second novel, Children of the Waters and she's making another huge splash in literary fiction. Her clear and compassionate writing voice has given way to a novel full of love, loss and family connections. It's the story of two sisters who were separated for many years due to deception and circumstance...." - Idrissa Uqdah, AALBC.com

"By way of an unassuming yet arrow-sharp prose, Ms. Brice invites her readers to consider what role does or should race play in identity and in whom one chooses to love, and what constitutes family. She also forces a look at the many faces of religion and spirituality."- Fresh Fiction.com

"It is one of those books that you will not want to put down until you reach the last page." - Fredericksburg, VA Freelance Star

"...the plot clips along at a summer-reading pace...a great beach read." - New West

"compelling and difficult to put down." - Booklist Online

"Children of the Waters is the latest engaging offering by Carleen Brice, who writes with aplomb about love, mixed race and the importance of family in this late-June release." - AOL Black Voices Book Shelf

"I was exhausted and singing the blues the hour I began Carleen Brice's new novel, Children of the Waters. Five hours later, I'd finished this fresh, free-rein novel about mothers' secrets and children's sorrows and was shouting 'Hurray!'" - Jacquelyn Mitchard author, The Deep End of the Ocean

“In Children of the Waters, Carleen Brice manages to explore the difficult, messy and unpleasant details of life with both humor and wisdom. The parallel journeys of sisters, Trish and Billie, will resonate with everyone and anyone who has questioned their identity and place in this world. Once again, Carleen Brice has crafted a thoroughly enjoyable novel that gets at the heart of the human experience." - Lori Tharps, author of Kinky Gazpacho

"In Children of the Waters, Carleen Brice highlights the effects of America's complicated relationship with race and identity on three generations of two families in a clear and insightful depiction of what it means to be American at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Brice knows how far we have come and how far there is left to go, and in Children of the Waters she deflty lays it all out for the reader to see." - Matthew Aaron Goodman, author of Hold Love Strong

"In Children of the Waters, Carleen Brice deftly explores issues of family, identity, and race with a wonderful abundance of humor, forgiveness, and grace. This moving story of two sisters separated by prejudice will open minds and touch hearts." - Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters

Orange Mint and Honey (click to read an excerpt)
“Carleen Brice's ORANGE MINT AND HONEY, a new novel about real mama drama, will have you hooked from page one. Taking on the fabled mother-daughter bond, the Denver author confidently strides onto terrain many lesser writers have tripped over—with winning results." - Essence Magazine

"[An] accomplished debut...Brice's straightforward prose is dead-on in describing the challenges Shay and her mother face as they reconnect." - Publisher's Weekly

"A heartwarming story that shows why life tastes better when the bitter is followed by the sweet, Orange Mint and Honey is a delicious treat." - The Black Expressions Book Club

"Carleen Brice's Orange Mint and Honey, with its heart-tugging warmth and harsh reality, has earned a place on my 'favorite books' shelf. The characters are expertly drawn, the plot fluid and the message clear." - T. Shelly B. of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers

“After several praised works of nonfiction, Colorado author Brice successfully moves to fiction with this bittersweet story featuring an engagingly wry, spirited narrator. Grade: A-." - Rocky Mountain News

“A tale of unexpected forgiveness and reconciliation.” - 5280 Magazine

"Poignant." - Ebony Magazine

“Gripping.” - Upscale Magazine

"The marriage of historical confidence with creativity brings forth the first novel by Carleen Brice. Orange Mint and Honey makes use of the oldest of relationships: mothers and daughters. Looking at the plights of love, forgiveness, understanding and redemption brings to this first novel a fresh and unique feel. A wonderful jazzy exciting read." - Nikki Giovanni

“Readers of Terry McMillan and Bebe Moore Campbell will find a new writer to watch.” - Judy Merrill Larsen, author of All the Numbers

“In this memorable story of a once-derelict mother and a profoundly wounded daughter, rage, sadness, and humor jump off the page and grip us until the end.” - Elyse Singleton, author of This Side of the Sky

“Mothers and daughters—the closest of bonds, the most loaded of relationships. Carleen Brice mixes in alcohol, abandonment and anger for a potent cocktail and a penetrating read.” - Donna Grant and Virginia DeBerry, author of What Doesn’t Kill You

Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife (click to read an excerpt)
"Age Ain't Nothing but a Number is my roadmap."- Iyanla Vanzant

"As rich and satisfying as a warm dish of peach cobbler."- Evelyn C. White, editor of The Black Women’s Health Book

"Reading this medley of wisdom, laughter, reflection and love is wonderfully satisfying."- Venise Berry, author of Colored Sugar Water

"Age Ain't Nothing But a Number is an engaging collection of essays, poems and personal memoirs, all of which direct us to and through middle age in encouraging and positive ways. Rather than support the unhealthy and negative attitudes toward age which are so common, Carleen Brice points us toward embracing the richness of who we are, and who we are becoming. This is a much needed collection, providing affirmation of womanhood and teaching us that contrary to the negative programming of our culture of youth, there is life after thirty that is valuable, meaningful, and even fun." - Johnetta B. Cole, President emerita at Spelman College, Professor emerita at Emory University, and current President of Bennett College

Lead Me Home: An African American's Guide Through the Grief Journey (click to read an excerpt)
"If you or someone you love has recently lost someone special, read the new book Lead Me Home: An African American's Guide Through the Grief Journey." - Essence

"Brice leads mourners through the rocky terrain of grief toward peace." - Heart & Soul

Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color (click to read an excerpt)
"Walk Tall is invaluable to me. I use it every day to start off on the right track. I highly recommend it to everyone."- Louis Gossett, Jr.

"I have been in search of a book…that lifts me in celebration of who I am as an African-American woman and my blessed connection to ... all people ... I need search no longer. Walk Tall is that book." - Gloria Wade-Gayles, author of My Soul is a Witness

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