Crystal Lacey Winslow is the author of the "Essence" bestsellers "The Criss Cross" and "Life, Love & Loneliness, " as well as a book of poetry, "Up Close & Personal." Her upcoming novel, "Sex, Sin & Brooklyn II, " is the sequel to her short story in the "Essence" bestselling anthology "Four Degrees of Heat." The founder of Melodrama Publishing, Crystal operates her bookstore, Melodrama Books & Things, in Queens, New York. Visit her website at