“WE ALL WANT TO BE LOVED”

The coming-out journey of a heart-broken heartbreaker

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1
Woman No Cry

Chapter 2
Spread My Wings

Chapter 3
Boys to Men

Chapter 4
If I Ever Fall in Love

Chapter 5
Roar

Chapter 6
No Sunshine

Chapter 7
The Beautiful Ones

Chapter 8
First Time Together

Chapter 9
Georgie Porgie

Chapter 10
Best Man

Chapter 11
Ain’t Nobody

Chapter 12
Blackberry Molasses

Chapter 13
Joy And Pain

Chapter 14
Funny Feelings

Chapter 15
Heartless

Chapter 16
Didn’t Cha Know

Chapter 17
Fairy Tales

Chapter 18
Is It A Crime

Chapter 19
Somebody Else’s Guy

Chapter 20
Stronger

Chapter 21
Control

Chapter 22
Do You Know (What You’re Missing)

Chapter 23
Tell Me If You Still Care

Chapter 24
Never As Good As The First Time

Chapter 25
Full of Smoke

Chapter 26
Zoom

Chapter 27
Anniversary

Chapter 28
Everything Is Everything

Chapter 29
Let It Flow

Chapter 30
Full Moon

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Chapter 10

"Best Man"

Like a brother was how I always described Russell Sims. From day one, we hit it off like we’ve known each other our entire lives.

He was the one who encouraged me to approach and stay in touch with WUGH-PD Sean Wilkinson for the internship I eventually achieved.

Russ, in an unexpected way, filled the void left wide open by my blood brothers…

Chapter 23

"Tell Me If You Still Care"

The Rude Boyz refused to quit. Roman and I walked into a hazy cloud of smoke while entering the Brooklyn headquarters to party with Prince that night.

As usual, we were making another appearance at the Warehouse. We had marijuana, alcohol and some e-pills making its way through the apartment. Roman chose to tag along to witness all the …

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AKIM BRYANT

PUBLISHED AUTHOR

New Jersey native, Akim Bryant has reached a point in his life where he is ready to share the truth of his story.

His new book, Stuck Pages Vol. 1: Exposing the Heart of a Heartbreaker (Lulu.com, March 2015), aims to illustrate what it means to be a gay, black man in the 21st Century.

The debut novel reminds readers that love is love, no matter who the subject is.

“It all boils down to the fact that we all want to be loved, we are all seeking love and love is the same across the board,” Akim notes.

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“I want to be remembered as a truth-teller. I’m kind of obsessed with honesty and being forthright with things. The world would be a much better place if everyone would say what’s on their minds.”

New Jersey native and honesty advocate, Akim Bryant has reached a point in his life where he is ready to share the truth of his story. “There can be a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be black and gay, especially in America,” said Akim.

His new book, Stuck Pages Vol. 1: Exposing the Heart of a Heartbreaker, aims to show exactly what it means to be a gay, black man in the 21st Century and remind readers that love is love, no matter who the subject is. “It all boils down to the fact that we all want to be loved, we are all seeking love and love is the same across the board,” Akim notes.

Raised by his mother, spending weekends with his father and paternal grandmother, the greatest cook Akim has ever known, Akim’s path to writing was not expressly clear. Although he started writing a book at age 10, Akim admits the debut novel was left uncompleted as he became a popular, fashionable teen. While studying at William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ, Akim pursued a career in the music industry, where he found much success.

At 18, Akim interned for Perfect Pair Recording Studios in New Jersey, where he witnessed recording sessions by hip-hop legend Naughty-By-Nature and their R&B protégé Next. Just months before college graduation, Akim landed his next internship at Music Choice, adigital cable network of more than 50 music channels.

Through the years, he was promoted up to management and programmed both the R&B Hits and R&B Soul channels. In addition to his booking recording-artist duties, he also hosted a number of internal music meetings with artists including Seal, Brian McKnight, Elle Varner and Keri Hilson.

In 2007, Akim got his first gig writing album reviews for soultracks.com. That same year, he was appointed lifestyle editor for Bleu magazine. Since then, Akim has written for GIANT, The Source and The Advocate magazines. He has done numerous in-depth interviews with artists such as Jasmine Sullivan, Evelyn Champagne King and Tank for the online portal soulmusic.com.

When Akim realized his passion for writing must be pursued, he dove head-first into his novel. “I am the type of person who tries to never say never; I’m an ebb and flow type of person,” Akim said about his choice to change careers and pursue his novelist dreams.

Although writing is currently the only thing in his heart, he did hold back on releasing the first volume of Stuck Pages, unsure of what public reaction would be. Ultimately, keeping true to his beliefs, Akim knew that his novel was too important not to share, and Stuck Pages Vol. 1: Exposing the Heart of a Heartbreaker was released in March 2015, by independent publisher Lulu.com.

The Stuck Pages series is the coming-of-age and coming-out journey of a heart-broken heartbreaker, Quincy Simmons, who graduates college and gets a dream job in the music industry, only to realize the life he has may not be the life he really wanted. He’s so caught up in trying to fulfill his heart that he can’t see the people in front of him for who they really are.

Stuck Pages is a snapshot into the life and times of a young black-gay man in the early 2000s who is a hopeless romantic in a rather hopeless place. “The series is a fresh perspective on my lifestyle. What I wanted to show is the complete view of being a young, cosmopolitan, gay, black man, from family life, to friends, to career. I show Quincy in a 360 degree way, so people can get past the stereotypes,” said Akim.

When not writing his follow-up Stuck Pages novels, Akim enjoys spending time with his many close friends, crafting poetry and occasionally attempting to cook his grandmother’s stewed chicken (“but hers is much better,” Akim admits). Akim lives in Jersey City, NJ, where he is currently working on his second novel and second in the Stuck Pages series, Stuck Pages Vol. 2: The Pleasure Principle.

READ A FEW OF OUR READER REVIEWS

I have never read anything that I’ve related to this much. Stuck Pages is a must read for all young black gay men trying to find themselves.

Shawn C. ReviewBrooklyn, NY

My son did a great job writing this book and I’m very happy to see him live out his dream.

Mary B. ReviewEast Orange, NJ

I related to this story a lot. I’ve lived it and Stuck Pages reminded me of all those good times.

Chris D. ReviewJersey City, NJ

I am so proud of this author. He captured a moment in time that doesn’t get enough attention.

Devon W. ReviewBrooklyn, NY

As a woman, I loved Quincy’s relationship with his best friend Karyn. I saw a lot of myself in Karyn.

Jasmin “Mecca” T. ReviewHarlem, NY

Loved the book. No joke loved it. Definitely had me involved like crazy and I absolutely hate Kevin, Brian is selfish, Roman is selfish too. However, I kind of wish the ending wasn’t rushed a bit. Left me sitting there like WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT?!? Otherwise, I’m here for the next book.

Shanelle W. ReviewBrooklyn, NY

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