Even Salt Looks Like Sugar, a novella – Coming October 2, 2018

Novella’s have my heart. The Stella Trilogy was a novella series and readers loved it so I had to write another short story! (If I am honest, I think they are kinda my thing).

This book is coming to you on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Proceeds from this book will go toward the funding of my next poetry contest.

We are looking to level up BIG time for year three!

This is modern-day literary fiction and is available now for pre-order.


Cover Reveal for

‘Even Salt Looks Like Sugar’

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Wanda wants nothing more than to escape the oppressive upbringing of life with her abusive foster mother. Miss Cassaundra manipulates the system by bringing lost children into her home turned whorehouse and collecting the money. Wanda knows what it’s like to be abandoned and has no doubt that Abby is Cassaundra’s next case. When an opportunity arises that could save them both, Wanda must find a way to get the paperwork that will secure their freedom. But Cassaundra’s got eyes everywhere and no one can be trusted when even salt looks like sugar.

Title: Even Salt Looks Like Sugar, a novella
Author: Yecheilyah Ysrayl
Publisher: Literary Korner Publishing
Publication Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Coming October 2, 2018

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Then and Now – Writing 1920s Fiction in 2017 – Guest Post by, Yecheilyah Ysrayl…

My monthly Guest Post with Chris. Writing 1920s Fiction in 2017 has its challenges. It is also a lot of fun. (I’ve been away from the blog lately but I’ll be returning soon.)

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One of the important pieces of research I must do for my books is to look at the differences between how we live today and how we lived in the early 1900s. In writing book one of The Nora White Story, for instance, I found myself researching some strange things, such as how the people bathed back then. It may sound funny but such details can make or break a work of Historical Fiction. Sometimes, you’ll find yourself doing weeks of research just for a single scene. Here’s an excerpt from The Nora White Story:

Sunday night baths were the norm but the boys got so dirty in the field that mom was bathing them every night. Nora and Walter would take turns drawing the water up from the well on the land, Nora would set it to boil on the stove and let sit for cooling…

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Stella Book #3: Book Cover Reveal, Blurb, Release Date

Title: The Road to Freedom – Joseph’s Story
Author: Yecheilyah Ysrayl
Release Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Event Details: TBA

Cover Reveal:

Cover Design by Melchelle, Copyright © Melchelle Designs
Cover Design by Melchelle, Copyright © Melchelle Designs


Wealthy and clueless are just some of the words Joseph uses to describe his family. Deeply concerned about the state of Black America, a fight with his brother compels a young Joseph to leave his mother’s house and join his friends for a trip to Atlanta for SNCC’s (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) second conference. Excited to live life on their own, Jo and his friends have left school and the lives they were living for a chance to become part of the movement. With no money and essentially no plan the seven friends, three black and four white, set out for the road when they are stopped by a racist cop who makes them exit the car. The teens are unaware that a mob of Klansmen also awaits them at the New Orleans bus terminal.

Find out in the 3rd installment of the Stella Trilogy how Joseph and his friends discover the truth about themselves in the Jim Crow south on The Road to Freedom.


That’s right people. Promotion for Book #3 of The Stella Trilogy has officially begun! I want to give a special thanks to M.S. Fowle, digital artist for Melchelle Designs for the excellent cover. I’d been searching for a long time for a cover that would capture my vision for this book and I’m so happy to have come across Mel.

Fundraising for this release will start soon and your support would be most appreciated. Until then, be sure to grab your copy of Beyond The Colored Line. All proceeds will go toward the release of The Road to Freedom.


The Stella Trilogy is Almost Complete!

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Let’s Talk Womanhood…3.31.15

What is Womanhood? The question hangs over the head of our daughters with anxious anticipation. The youthful mind dividing itself into sections of experience: first date, first love, marriage, and children. We split ourselves into portions and gamble off pieces that do not fit. We grow old and still we find this question lingering against the frontal lobe of our minds, and occupying the mental space of our thoughts. “What is Womanhood?” It is a question we believe can be answered inside the quite deception tugging away at the purchase of cigarettes, the buying of liquor, the entering of the club scene or the mixing of our flesh with another’s. What does it mean to truly become a woman?

It has never been so exciting to ponder these questions in a time such as now. In just two weeks, together we’ll get to experience the questions themselves, and like short poems that tease our taste buds with instant melody, how delicious is the involvement.

This is not just a collection of poetry, but of inspirational quotes, and raw experience. It is the story of her.

Her Love. Her Man. Her Children. Her Womanhood.

Copyright ©2015.Yecheilyah

Available 3.31.15.

Exerpts: Pearls Before Swine Vol #1

ISBN: 9780692207154
Available Now on Amazon.com


I SQUEEZED to get passed the niggaz in the hall; and half naked women with hutchie mama shorts on as we used to call ‘em.

“Oh my bad shaty” said an unidentified male.

“Shaty?” I wonder if he knew he was talking to a woman at least sixteen years his senior, I shook my head. Why couldn’t my people do right? The project buildings were gone but the green apartments became a quick replacement. Krazy’s apartment (a nick name she got a while back cause lil mama don’t take no mess!) was on the first floor. We grew up together, been tight since 6th grade. We always talked about being grown-ups and getting married. I was supposed to have eight kids by now! While she successfully had her four, sometimes I wish she had none. We were supposed to be gazillionaires with huge families who took road trips to nowhere only because we could afford it! Like the song says, “back in the day when I was young…I’m not a kid anymore it’s some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.”Maybe then, if we were still kids, she would’ve never got hooked on that stuff. For some reason or another, fate led us into two separate directions. I bypassed her door to head to the steps for Big Sam’s apartment.
I slammed my knuckles against the door.

“Ey T, get tha doe!” shouted Big Sam

Yep, that was Big Sam alright, loud, fat, and lazy as all get out.


When attorney Tina Brown discovers she’s finally given her first case after years of desk work, she is unprepared for what awaits her. Two young Black men are accused of raping a famous hair stylist on the West Side of Chicago, sending the media into chaotic excitement. But for Tina, things change when she comes to find that the young man she’s assigned to defend is the same young man who sells drugs to her best friend, and forbidden magical diamonds are found by those related to the case.

Sidney Jackson is the Journalist for Sista 2 Sista Magazine and spends most of her time away from home. Her 12 hour days and in-between visits to her own home leave Black, (her successful insurance agent boyfriend of the past two years); yearning for some much needed attention. But as the recently appointed Journalist for the new rape case stealing headlines, Sidney is unwilling to oblige, that is until she finds one of the diamonds and her life is forever changed.

Chareese is the prominent owner of her own catering business and is prepared to tell off anyone who steps in her way of success. Outspoken, and driven, she’s unwilling to tolerate those who cannot see the world her way. Also known as “Reese”, she prides herself in being brought up in a good home with parents who are still married. But how does her world change when she finds out her boyfriend is about to stand trial in the biggest news story of the millennium?

An African American male with a strong sense of identity and heritage, Malaki is unaware of that the cutie he’s watching moving with rhythm to the beat of soft instrumentals would ignite something special in his heart. Often mistaken for a preacher (or Muslim), he teaches members of the black family the importance of history and how such history affects their state of mind today. But when Malaki meets Tina for the first time, ancient revelations reveal shocking secrets.


” Pearls before swine is amazing! If you haven’t read it yet, I defiantly recommend you read this book. I can see it becoming a movie.”
— Jessica Sandhu, Tacoma, WA

GOLD Top Pick
“This is an amazing book. You can find yourself playing out each scene as if a movie is playing out in your mind. Each character has a story that you can somehow relate to yourself. Wonderfully written this page turner will have you asking for more and more. This is a book that was truly hard to put down. Really looking forward to Volume 2. If you do not have it, it is a must have for any reader. BUY THIS BOOK!! What are you waiting for? ”
—Constance Washington, Fort Wayne, IN

” If you haven’t gotten this book, I highly recommend it…Yecheilyah Ysrayl, YOU ROCK… this book is good!! Much love your way.”
— Zerahyah, Philadelphia

” This book is amazing….”
—Imani, Canada