Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Rhetta Akamatsu @RhettaA

Today is the birthday of Rhetta Akamatsu, a fellow author I first met on In addition to writing nonfiction, Rhetta is an online journalist, a paranormal investigator, and a lover of the blues. Rhetta didn't ask me to write this blog post - or solicit a blog post from me in any way - but since it's her birthday, I thought it might be nice to share some of her books with the reading public.

Her latest is , subtitled "Women in Photography and Film." The blurb reads:

"Since before the invention of photography, the female form has been used in art and various forms of entertainment because, after all, scantily clad women attract attention. Sex Sells takes a look at women in photos and on film. The book contains no nudity, but is intended for adults and mature young people. From piquant hand-colored "naughty" pictures to biographies of photographers, strippers, pinup girls and movie stars, this lavishly illustrated work will enlighten, amuse and entertain you."

Rhetta's previous books include:

Haunted Marietta (GA) (Haunted America)

Ghost to Coast

T'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do, named for a song performed by Bessie Smith (among other great blues women), is about female blues singers of the past and present. Rhetta is the Atlanta Blues Examiner online, and it was from her that I first read about the passing of Etta James.

Happy birthday, Rhetta - and many more!

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