Dfwcover From the sexy to the sensational, The City of Angels is a city of stories. This one follows the lives of four friends each hoping to realize their dreams. But can true love triumph in the town where all the world’s a stage—and everyone’s a player?

Keith, Tommie, Marco Antonio, and Rafael each ended up in L.A. for different reasons, via different paths, from Mexico to Michigan, from the Ivy League to the streets. But they have one thing in common—they’re all looking for Mr. Right.

Keith, a preacher’s son from Detroit, is looking for love in all the wrong places. But when Cupid answers his prayers with a man who’s hot and smart, he’s got to wonder if it’s too good to be true. Especially since his on-the-prowl pal, Rafael, a striking Latino heartbreaker, usually gets all the guys—including the ones Keith wants…

Rafael’s problem is that he doesn’t really know what he wants—so he’s willing to try just about everything. On his own since he was fifteen-years-old, Rafael craves—and attracts—attention everywhere he goes. But he also attracts trouble…

The most stable of the group, Marco Antonio is finally closing the deal on a long-distance romance with an up-and-coming actor. Even his tight-knit Mexican immigrant family is excited about the relationship. But when the Hollywood celebrity machine interferes, Marco yearns for the stability of a regular guy—and eventually finds himself torn between two lovers.

No one understands living in the shadow of a lover’s limelight better than Tommie. A former member of a now defunct R&B group, Tommie has fallen for a college basketball player with a dazzling future in the pros. But at thirty-something, barely out of the closet, with little left to show for his once-hot career, Tommie can’t help wondering what a young rising star is doing with a fallen star like him…

Navigating a fast-paced world populated by divas, drama queens, and DLs, the guys are about to learn about what’s really important: That having it all means being ready—mind, body, and soul—for whatever comes your way…

Born and raised in Detroit, Frederick Smith is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and Loyola University Chicago. He worked as a TV anchor and reporter before making a career move to education administration and now fiction writing. A finalist for the 2004 PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship, and a member of the 2004 VONA Writers of Color novel group, Fred is an advocate for social justice and equality issues. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area. Down For Whatever is his first novel. Readers can contact him at www.fredericksmith.net.

Down For Whatever
Author: Frederick Smith
Pub Date : Jul-05
Imprint : Kensington
Format : Trade Paperback



Tour Dates

Event schedule subject to changes or cancellations.

Reading and Signing. Equal Writes, 344 East 4th Street, Long Beach, CA.July 12, 2005. 7:30 pm.

Reading and Signing. Books Inc., 2275 Market St., San Francisco.July 13, 2005. 12:30 pm.

Reading and Signing. Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., San Francisco.July 14, 2005. 7:00 pm.

Reading and Signing. The Three Dollar Bill Cafe @ San Fran LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco.July 21, 2005. 7:30 pm.

Reading and Signing. A Different Light Bookstore, 8853 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.July 23, 2005. 6:00 pm.

Reading and Signing. Matais Books, 3202 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA.August 4, 2005. 6:00 pm.

Reading and Signing. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St., New York City.August 4, 2005. 8:30 pm.

Signing. Chi Chiz, 136 Christopher St., New York City.August 5, 2005.

Pride In The City, Black Out Arts Series 4 – 10 pm, Brooklyn Marriott, 33 Adams St., Brooklyn.August 6, 2005.

Derrick L. Briggs "Books Are Sexy" Book Club Discussion (time and location TBA). Brooklyn.August 27, 2005.

Information Table and Signing. Ebony Pride, San Diego, CA.August 31, 2005 at 7:30 pm (location TBA).

Reading and Signing. Welcome Week at University of Southern California, (sponsored by Center for

Black Cultural and Student Affairs and LGBT Student Caucus), Los Angeles, CA.September 2 – 5, 2005.

In The Life Atlanta, Literary Cafe (9/4/05, 5 – 7 pm), Sheraton Midtown, Atlanta, GA.October 2, 2005.

Panel, On Writing The First Novel, West Hollywood Book Fair, 647 San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.October 18, 2005 at 7 pm.

Reading and Discussion. Multicultural Center at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.