“Mr. Lewis had me laughing out loud at some points and had me really thinking at others. Mr. Lewis does an excellent job in showing both sides of the color spectrum.” – Urban Reviews

“Sellout has unexpected twists that readers will not see coming and suspense that is out of this world.” – APOOO Bookclub

“This book has made me a true fan and supporter for life.” Sisters United


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.


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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debra Johnson-Diaz February 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM

I love it James. I can not wait to for the release. I’m glad I got the introduction out the way because now I can just dive into the book. I’m so proud of you.

2 Shantae February 9, 2010 at 11:42 PM

This looks like a fantastic read! Very controversial subject.

Sisterhood Connection Book Club

3 Tarynna Harrison February 21, 2010 at 7:10 AM

I can not wait for the release off the book, Im so happy for you James.

4 Stephanie February 24, 2010 at 4:10 AM

I really hope my favorite cover wins… Democracy, don’t fail me now! 😉

5 Kevin February 24, 2010 at 4:59 AM

Powerful…. Enticing…. sounds like a damn good read!

6 Mom February 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Of course any book cover with the name James W. Lewis as the author looks great to me, but since I have to choose, I vote for “A”. Love, Mom

7 Saundra E. Harris aka SassyScribe February 24, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Congrats…cover A, has my vote!

8 Tia R. February 24, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Congrats, J! I like the images on A but the font color on B is definitely better.

9 Lori Brierre February 24, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Love the intro and cover B! Congrats James!

10 Kyus Philnesta February 24, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Hi James. Love what I’ve read so far. Can’t wait for the release.

11 Vanessa February 24, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Congrats, James!! Your new book is the perfect summer read….I can’t wait. By the way, the fact that you kept MY email all this time speaks volumes about YOU. Again, I wish you much success in all your future writing / publishing endeavors.

12 Jan R. February 24, 2010 at 7:23 PM

The left hand image is stronger. But could be much stronger, the girl at far left is weak, and the shot(s) are not superb by any means. The RH image is weak because of no eye contact. The left hand cover would be better if it used the amber type color rather than the low-energy blue. Have fun/good luck w/ the book.

13 Sally February 24, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Cover A, but with B’s font color.

14 Brian S February 24, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Cuz, I like Cover B best. I believe Cover B best encompasses the theme of your book. The brother is not hugging the white woman back which conveys to me that he’s a little unsure about his relationship, the sister is reaching back for the brother’s hand (maybe she wants a threesome, LOL) while going with the white man, and the white man is either staring at the brother or the brother and the white woman being together. I think cover B conveys a lot of the uncertainty and apprehension that happens with inter-racial dating.

15 JENNY February 24, 2010 at 8:53 PM

I LOVE AND LIKE THE ”A ” COVER SOO MUCH BETTER !!! A A A A A COVER nice job on everything !!

16 yagmurrrrrrrrrrr February 24, 2010 at 10:07 PM


17 sue February 24, 2010 at 11:06 PM

cover B shows the tension and is a much better picture composition.
I am not totally sold on the text placement, size or font.

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Best wishes on your book!


18 Vannie Ryanes February 25, 2010 at 12:22 AM


My money is on cover A.

Vannie Ryanes

19 Kim February 26, 2010 at 1:08 AM

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for joining RIM. It was a hard one but I went with B.


Let me know when it drops James.

20 LaSheena Williams February 27, 2010 at 6:51 AM

James I think this book speakes alot of volume of what we still face as a cultural race. I just wanted to comment on the book cover, I really think (B) book cover. I showed my fiancé who really doesn’t read books the way I do and we both agree that B is more tasteful. I wish you all the best. Can’t wait until this book hits the shelves.

21 Ryan March 2, 2010 at 3:52 AM

James, I’m already hooked just reading the book jacket. Way to go!

22 Annie Hunter May 19, 2010 at 8:53 AM

i would liike to get ur book……….i think it is going to be Juicy!!! i will be looking for it……The best! and God Speed………..

23 Canise June 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Nice teaser!! I want more…..I want more!!!!!! I’m extremely excited to read the rest, Congrats!!…….. I’ll definitely be a cheerleader for this one!!!

24 Tammy E. Register June 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

James sounds like your book is going to be awesome and it really sounds interesting. I would love to get one.

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