30 Days 30 Authors- Anita Davis

Hi everyone!! Welcome to a new week! The 30 Days event continues with Anita Davis! Check out her interview as well as read an excerpt from her book, Catch Me If You Can: Friends Forever 1.

Now, here’s Anita! 🙂

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Anita Davis is a former elementary teacher born and raised in Chicago. Although she wrote short stories much of her childhood, she didn’t unlock and cultivate her passion as a writer until she became a writing teacher for middle school students. The more she had to create sample writings for her students, the more she realized her passion and ability to tell stories in the written form. She decided to hone her craft as a writer by completing her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing via National University. She now pursues writing books most of her time, in addition to being a flight attendant and a substitute teacher. She is Co-Founder of Book Euphoria, a group of Chicago authors bound by their love of literature. Book Euphoria hosts Book It Chicago bi-annually, a literary event series and they also founded the empowerment movement, Black Girl Passion. Anita seeks to encourage, engage, and entertain her readers.

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  1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

Besides writing, I LOVE to read. As of late, I prefer to read romance novels over any other genre. I also love to skate, exercise, sing, design things, whether it be T-shirts, jewelry, paintings, redesigning a space in my house, and I also love to make functional furniture pieces.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

 

My inspiration for becoming an author is that I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. I eventually became a middle school writing teacher and constantly having the discipline of writing in my face reminded me of how much I loved to write. I had to get my students interested in writing, but the district samples provided never motivated them. I had to walk them through the stages of writing (plotting, drafting, editing, etc.) with off-the-top-of-my-head samples. Doing that daily for seven years grounded me in the reality that I wanted to write on a more serious basis and prompted me to get my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, which further reassured me that writing was my calling and true passion. It all led me to publishing my first work, a novella, “Underneath It All: Sisterhood Chronicles 1”, in about 2014.  I haven’t stopped since then. I won’t stop.

 

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

My first published work was a novella, “Underneath It All: Sisterhood Chronicles 1”. I was so excited to have a book on the market, something I’d written. My first review said, “…Blah blah blah happily ever after. Good life time short show. The author has skills she just needs to get off the fantasy and write drama and suspense.” I smiled so hard because the reader acknowledged my writing skills. That made me giddy, proud, and ready to keep going.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I see myself being invited to book festivals as one of the headlining authors, having a grand readership, more titles under my belt, the book events I host in Chicago heavily visited and loved by readers and authors, and still loving and enjoying this book life.

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

In regards to my works in progress, I am working on my first contemporary romance series, the finale to my Sisterhood Chronicles Series, “All Things Considered: Sisterhood Chronicles 5”, and my November release, “Hues”

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

The advice I would give to anyone wanting to become an author is to never stop learning the craft of writing, never be afraid to tell a story, be as much of a reader as a writer, find trusted and compatible writing partners, understand that it is a journey and not to compare themselves to another author’s journey, and above all, have fun doing it.

 

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Excerpt from Catch Me If You Can: Forever Friends 1

…“Girl slow down.” Melanie drew in deep breaths trying to slow her heart rate down. “I want to know why you just lied to that fine man saying that you’re taken. By who, and why haven’t I met him?”

“Whatever.” Karen kept looking ahead.

“Why didn’t you take Kyle up on his offer for a date? You couldn’t stop gawking at him, barely said two words to him, so I know you like him.”

Karen picked up her pace.

“Stop.” Melanie pulled on Karen’s arm with enough force to stop their run. “What’s up? You talk about wanting a great man to pursue you, but whenever they try, you shoot them down. You just had an NBA player gawk at you and ask you out, and you turn him down. Why?”

“That’s exactly why I turned him down. He’s an NBA player. That means a horrible reputation with women precedes him.” Karen took off running again.

 

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Sample Sunday- How Deep Is Your Love

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Hi everyone!! Today is Sample Sunday as I offer a sample of my upcoming book, How Deep Is Your Love. This is the third book from The Love Chronicles series as Andie and Dexter adjust to life four years later after their move to Connecticut.

There are some major changes between the two as they try to piece together the life they once had before the chaos started.

Here is an excerpt from the first chapter of the story, which is from Andie’s POV. This excerpt is unedited. Enjoy! 🙂

 

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“What did I do to deserve this?” I asked myself.

 

I took a look around my tiny studio apartment that I share with my roommate and sighed before going into the kitchen. Actually, it was more of a very small kitchenette. Even smaller than the one I’d shared with my bestie, Mashawn at Smith.

 

I opened the mini fridge and grabbed a bottled water. I took another deep breath, realizing I didn’t’ have any groceries. Oh well, I couldn’t do much about that since I just paid rent on this crummy apartment. Maybe my roommate will buy something. She makes more money than I do, so she should be able to.

 

It was four years after Dexter and I had left our families to be on our own in Connecticut. Gosh, it felt as if that was centuries ago. So many emotions were going through me at that time. I was about to embark on a new journey with the love of my life. No one could tell us anything since we felt we were grown and could conquer the world on our own. Now, I wished I did listen to everyone. Either that, or someone could have knocked some sense into me. Either way, what I’d experienced during that time was just a lesson learned. Whether I wanted to or not, it was time for me to move on.

 

There was one thing that I’m glad I’d fulfilled and that was my dream to go to New York. Once I graduated from Yale, I was offered an internship at The Daily News. That was one of the proudest moments that I’ve ever experienced. Everyone was so excited for me and felt I deserved it. I damn sure did deserve it, especially with all of the hard work and hours I had to put in.

 

Unfortunately, that moment was short lived when I was informed that the current intern from The Daily News screwed up the entire process by selecting myself and another graduate into the program. The program only had one slot available, so since the other person was chosen first, that pretty much left me out of the running.

 

As soon as I was about to pack up and move back home, I got a call from The Region, asking if I wanted to intern with them. Since it was a paid gig, I figured why not.

 

Big mistake that was.

 

The position sucked. It sucked so bad I wanted to walk out on my first day. Instead of me learning about the industry, I was basically the damn golfer. There was even one “job” I had to do which involved one of the editor’s dogs. If I ever see another shitzu again, I will go nuts. And I used to love dogs.

 

I knew that was risk I had to take by being an intern, but I didn’t think it would be this intense. I’m pretty sure this was karma for what happened between Dex and me. I know that’s not true, but in the back of my mind, I felt I deserved it after how I treated him. I regret what I did, but I can’t change it now.

 

I sat down on the couch and picked up the TV remote. While trying to find something to watch, my mind started to drift off to the time when Dexter and I stayed together. It was nice at first, but as time went on, our insecurities got in the way of our relationship. Or maybe it was just our personalities that caused our problems. Either way, our happy honeymoon turned into a nightmare that the two of us were trying to wake up from. After awhile, we finally did, which was bittersweet, but it had to been done.

 

I slowly kicked off my work pumps and relaxed. I wished I had something stronger, but I guess water will have to do. I wasn’t a drinker at first, but since I took this position, I found myself taking a drink almost every night. I shouldn’t complain, though. If I wanted a decent job as a reporter, I had to have some kind of experience, so if I had to be a golfer for six more months, than I just had to.

 

Figuring I wasn’t going to watch TV, I turned it off and grabbed the mail that was accumulating on my ottoman. I haven’t opened it in days, but I figured I didn’t have anything important anyway.

 

I took my bottled water and went to sit out on the patio. That was the best thing about this place. After having a bad day, I could take one look at the skyline and the liveiness of New York City and it’ll make me feel better. This was what I wanted, to live in New York and experience being a New Yorker. I wanted to be a part of the hustle and bustle of the city, which was good, but a part of me wished was it really worth it? Was it worth losing my happiness over? Do I regret everything that I had experienced to be living in a studio apartment and doing crap jobs for snoozy editors?

 

I put my elbows onto the balcony and looked at the night sky. Maybe it wasn’t worth it, but at least I could say I went after my dream.

 

I looked down at the mail on the table when a silver envelope caught my attention. I picked it up and saw it was addressed from Regina. I stared at it, wondering why would she send me anything. After what happened between Dex and me, the two of us kind of drifted apart. I missed the conversations I used to have with her. I always ask Mashawn how she and her boyfriend, Damien, was doing, which she always replied that they’re doing fine.

 

I tore open the envelope, seeing it was a wedding invite.

 

“Wow. Regina and Damien are getting married.”

 

I continued to look at the invitation when suddenly tears were streaming down my cheeks. I don’t know why I was crying. I wiped the tears from my face and continued reading. The wedding was going to be held in two weeks at LL, which from my understanding was where Uncle Charles and Aunt Tia had their wedding. I remembered my mom telling me since there was an issue between her and Tia about it.

 

I glanced at the invite again, wondering if I should go. Although the internship offers no vacation days, I could always go Friday evening and return Sunday. That’ll give me a chance to see my parents and Mashawn. But I’ll also see Dexter, which I was trying to avoid. Unless he doesn’t come.

 

Why wouldn’t he? That’s his sister.

 

I sighed and ripped the invitation in half. I don’t know why I was entertaining that thought of going. There was no way I was going.

 

I can’t face Dexter. Not now and not ever.

 

How Deep Is Your Love will be available only on Amazon on October 25th. This title will not be on pre-order, but I will keep you all inform when the story is live on the site. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Days 30 Authors- LaToya C. Martin

Happy Sunday everyone!! Today’s author during the  30 Days 30 Authors event is LaToya C. Martin! Here is her story into the literary world as she talks about her life away from writing, as well as her inspiration for becoming an author.

Now, here’s LaToya! 🙂

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The first-time novelist LaToya C. Martin has loved writing since childhood. LaToya hails from Houston, where she raises a precocious daughter and teaches students with hearing loss, all the while remaining an active member of her church and community.

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1.   Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I’m a single parent so my daughter keeps me pretty busy but I love to travel. I went to Hawaii for the first time this summer and loved it! I also love spending time with family and friends.

 

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always loved writing since I was a child. I recall winning first place for a writing competition in elementary school and the sense of accomplishment even at a young age. It took many years (17 years to be exact) for me to go through the publishing process but I wanted to become an author because even though Pain’s Purpose is fictional, I know that there is a message embedded within its pages and I want to share that message with the world.

 

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

I went through a gamut of emotions. Holding my first novel in my hands was surreal. I was overwhelmingly grateful to God for my dream actually becoming a reality.

 

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years, I want to have published at least 3 more books.  I’m new to the “author world” and I know it takes time for people to trust the quality of your work enough to purchase it so in the years to come I see myself with an established and growing readership.

 

 5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

I wrote a children’s book and am currently searching for an illustrator. I’m also working on the sequel to Pain’s Purpose!

 

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

Be ready for rejection even when you feel that your work is brilliant. There are so many people who write and do it well so traditional publishers can’t accept everything. Research and take time to think about the right option for you. The hard work really comes after you publish. We think about all of the time and effort that it takes to write the book but they energy required to promote your work intensifies especially if you are self published. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not selling as many copies as you would like. It’s a marathon not a sprint so continue to put yourself out there and you’ll find the people who will support your work!

 

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Excerpt from Pain’s Purpose:

After drying himself off, he wrapped the towel around his waist, exposing his toned frame. He stood in front of the sink and wiped off the blanket of fog that covered the mirror. Staring into the mirror, he pondered on the man he had become—a man who solved his problems with a bottle of beer; a man who occasionally beat his wife out of his own frustrations; a man who couldn’t find a job if his life depended on it, even with a degree from a prestigious black university; a disgrace, worse than his absentee father. The list of failures was endless. He felt sick to his stomach. His own reflection disgusted him. What kind of man was he? Did he even deserve to have her back in his life? At this point, the answer was crystal clear: no. As he stood there, taking a hard look at himself, his eyes were finally opened. It was time to do an about-face and make some serious changes in his life. Then and only then would he be worthy enough to be an upright husband and father, one his son or daughter deserved.

 

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30 Days 30 Authors- Sabrina ELB Scales

Hi everyone!! This year’s 30 Days 30 Authors has truly been wonderful so far! I’m happy that a lot of authors are being recognized for their talents in this widely diverse industry.

Another author that is surely making waves in the industry is Sabrina ELB Scales. Read about how she started in the industry as well as read a sample of Apt 17- Camille, from The Bricks series.

Now, here’s Sabrina! 🙂

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Sabrina E L B Scales is a vibrant up and coming author of real, humorous, heart felt love stories. Born into what most would consider a less than desirable environment, this small town  girl from southeast Texas was gifted with a unique outlook on love and life in general. It wasn’t always peaches and cream growing up between the BRICKS that she called home. Being the 7th of seven children, the closest in age almost ten years her senior, Sabrina was often left with lots of time to herself, improvising scripts for her Barbie Dolls to play out in the tiny theater that was her bedroom. With time, and the self prescribed treatment of a debilitating disease known as procrastination, the vivid imagination she used to escape boredom and the struggle, has finally transformed into actual characters in the pages of her books, who will blossom and grow right before your reading eyes!

You can find all my stories, blogs, and excerpts at sabrinaelbscales.com.

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1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do? 

I love to bake. More specifically,  I love to bake teacakes! So much so that I’ve started a little side hustle by the name of “Purple Bag Teacakes”. Oddly enough, this was a surprise passion-if that makes sense-that took on a life its own!

 

2. What inspired you to become an author?

What inspired me to write was my upbringing.  Though I didn’t come from the richest of neighborhoods,  I was surrounded by people who were rich in ways that mattered. One of the most admirable women I know raised eight children by herself, working a minimum wage job while attending college, and many of my characters’ traits are pulled directly from people like her. People I know and love. It’s my way of thanking my Village for nurturing and contributing to this gift that God gave me.

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

Honestly, I was terrified that no one outside of my friends and family would even read past the first page! Thank God I was wrong!

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I am boldly claiming, and diligently working towards  authorial greatness because writing is what I was created to do. I’ll admit, it’s alot harder than I thought it would be taking on this literary world. It wouldn’t have made sense if someone told me this beforehand, but there’s alot more to being an author than telling stories. Luckily, I’ve met some amazing people along the way-readers and writers alike-who are so encouraging and resourceful.  I’m so greatful for each and everyone of them, and it would be a shame to waste all the positive energy they’ve sent and continue to send my way. So I won’t.  Quite honestly,  I can’t.

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

Always! My current WIP is book two of “The Bricks Series”. The series is reminiscent of “The Women of Brewster’s Place” and is loosely based on the apartment complex I grew up in, known by locals as The Bricks-hence the series title.  Book Two is Tasia’s story, one that’s proving to be more of a challenge than book one because the subject matter is sooooo freaking emotionally taxing. You can get an idea why at the end of Camille’s story in book one (Free on Amazon September 16-17 only!!!). Hopefully, Tasia’s story will be ready by the end of September. Stay tuned!

 

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

It’s so hard yet so simple. Write. The. Words! That’s half the battle. Probably the easiest half.

 

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Behind these bricks, life comes at you fast. And whether you were there by choice or circumstance, there were lessons to be learned as well as taught. Nobody knew The Bricks better than the women who lived between them. These are their stories of lessons, blessings, love, and loss, brought to you brick by brick.

Ladies, and fellas too, you ever invested time in somebody that you knew was no good for you, holding on and waiting for them to change because you thought that you were special? Well I have, and I’m here to tell you that there’s a one percent chance of that change ever taking place, a two percent chance of them becoming a better person than they were before you found them, and a staggering ninety-seven percent chance of someone more deserving coming along if you’ll open your eyes, stop being stupid, and sit down with a common-sense calculator to tally up your worth. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to waste a little time, because contrary to popular belief, there can be a happy ending on the other side of stupidity. And to prove it, I’m gonna take you for a walk through my own experience. I’m Camille, by the way, a resident here at The Rose Palms, aka The Bricks, apartment B17. Glad you stopped by.

 

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Excerpt from Apt 17- Camille (The Bricks Series Book One):

“My Pots Ain’t  Good Enough?”

Nothing looked sexier on a Friday afternoon, than him in my kitchen wearing a pair of white sweatpants and a crisp white t-shirt that I’d washed with this week’s load. I’d gladly pay my weight in gold to have this picture displayed before me more than once a week. But if a piece of Khembrell Watts was all that was available, it would have to suffice.
“What you starin at?” He slid those sexy honey drop eyes across the kitchen at me as I sat perched up on one of the leather barstools that came with the expensive ass dinette set he’d bought me to replace the one I’d been holding onto since before we met. It was the first piece of furniture I’d ever bought for myself, and I was proud of it—even if it did come from Goodwill. I can vividly remember Khem cursing that raggedy wooden thing out the first night he came over and decided it would be a nice place to eat my pussy. It was a miracle neither of us broke any bones when the poor table collapsed to the floor, only halting the sexual escapades that still took place that night.
“You know what I’m starin at.” I bit down on my lip, eyes fixed on the bulge at the front of his sweats, heat pooling in my pelvis as he reached in his leather bag to pull out his grandmother’s cast iron skillet. “And why do you keep bringin that skillet over here?” I asked, that warm pooling now slightly cooled at the sight of that thing. “I just bought a new set of pots. I was hopin you could break em in.”
He looked at me and shook his head. “You know I can’t fry chicken in just any old pan.” He said, carefully placing the skillet on top of my stove. “I’m sure your pots are nice, baby, but they ain’t Sasha Fry.”
Yes, Sasha Fry. As if it wasn’t strange enough for a grown man to have a pet skillet, he actually had a name for the damn thing. Though he said the name was given by his grandmother, it still didn’t make it any less strange.
“Stop poutin and bring your fine ass over here.” He commanded, reigniting that heat in my pelvis as he filled the skillet halfway with vegetable oil. “There’s two things I need when I’m in this kitchen, and that’s this skillet and a hand fulla you.”
I tiptoed over to him, unable to deny any request coming from those succulent, butter pecan lips. It was a damn shame to be this weak behind a man.
And I knew it.
I just couldn’t help myself.
“You been eatin butterscotch?” He asked after slowly sliding his lips down the length of my tongue. His arm draped around my waist, palm gripping the roundness of my ass, pulling me so close to him I could feel the muscles in his abdomen clenching.
“No.” I purred against his juicy lips. “You know I just taste sweet naturally.” I ran my tongue across my teeth as he brought his mouth back to mine.
Khem pulled me in against him, chest to chest, as he moved us a few steps away from the stove where the flame under Sasha Fry was heating the oil just as quickly as Khem’s throbbing erection was heating me. I was soaking wet beneath my cotton shorts with no panties in the way as he pulled at them, tugging them against my clit and up between my ass cheeks. I draped my arms up over his shoulders, sucking down the stretch of his long caramel neck, grinding against his growing erection as the cooking oil bubbled behind us.
“Baby, the oil.” I whispered in his ear. He lifted me off the floor and wrapped my legs around his waist. Khem was so used to handling my tiny frame, I was like a feather in his embrace.
He pecked my lips then pulled away to watch me squirm, activating those deep dimples as he made his way to the bag of seasoned and floured chicken he’d already prepped.
“So, you gone fuck me while you fry this chicken?” I smiled, holding on tight to his shoulders as he meticulously dropped one drumstick at a time into the hot oil while still holding me up around his waist.
“You damn right I’ma fuck you while I’m fryin this chicken.” He dropped the last piece in and rushed us over to the sink to rinse the flour off his hand.
My body tingled as he brought that wet hand under my t-shirt, massaging my titties as he rested my bottom on the countertop. “You losin faith in my ability to multitask?” He mumbled against my neck, the rumbling in his voice sending chills down my spine.
“Never, baby.” I raised my hips against him, enjoying the coolness of the counter’s surface against the back of my thighs. “I missed you so fuckin much.”
“I missed you too, Mama.” He moaned, tugging at the waistband of my shorts, his flesh poking out against his sweats like a pole beneath a sheet. “I’m bout to tear this pussy up.”
“Daddy! Mama! What the?”
My nipples never went soft so fast in my damn life! Every aroused part of my body went straight to church.
“Khassidy, what you doin here?” Khem squeaked, quickly fixing his sweats while I fixed my shorts. “I thought you said she was out.” He helped me down from the counter, rubbing his hand down his face as our twelve-year-old daughter looked at us in disgust.
“I thought she was.” I bucked my eyes at Khassidy. “Khas, what happened? Wasn’t Veda supposed to be pickin you up to go to the movies with Shay?”
“She canceled.” She answered, her face still covered in ewww. “So, this is what y’all do when I’m gone?” She folded her arms, smiling and looking just like her daddy, dimples and all. “Daddy, I can still see you over there.” She teased as Khem forked chicken onto the paper towels he’d laid in a long pan at the center of the stovetop.
“Good.” He glanced up at his baby girl. “Now come set the table.”
Khassidy walked into the kitchen, keeping her arms folded tight, over exaggerating how grossed out she was by catching her parents in the act.
“I’m gonna go hop in the shower.” I announced, bumping Khassidy’s hip on my way out of the kitchen.
“Please do.” She snickered. “And you too, Daddy. But not at the same time.” She joked.
“Aye, watch it.” Khem turned to face her after dropping the last half of his famous fried chicken into the bubbling oil. “You might be growin, but you ain’t grown.” He pulled her in and kissed her forehead. “Sorry you saw that, though, baby girl.” I heard him whisper an apology. Khem was by no means a perfect man, but he never wanted to embarrass or disappoint Khassidy.

 

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30 Days 30 Authors – Y.M. Sheree

Hi everyone!! We are at the halfway mark of the 30 days 30 Authors event, so I hope you all have entered into the Rafflecopter giveaway to win books from all of these amazing authors that are participating in the event.

Speaking of amazing authors, today’s spotlight is on Y.M.Sheree. Get to know her and her fantastic books.

Now, here’s Y.M.! 🙂

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farmto table(6)Y. M. Sheree is an Army veteran who currently resides in Portsmouth, Virginia. She is a proud mother of two daughters, one a CNA and currently in College and the other is serving in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Colorado Technical University she has received two MBAs, one in Business Administration and the other in Project Management. While in High School a short story written about, King Author gained attention of the librarians. She switched her knight to a female and the damsel had been a male. Her best friend co-authored a book when they attended High School together.

While stationed in Germany, she tried her hand at poetry that she sent to a publishing company that turned her down stating her writing was journal entries and not poetry in 2009.  Her spirit crushed she put her pen down and stopped writing until 2015. Mary B. Morrison challenged aspiring writers to write a book in ninety days on Facebook. Y.M. Sheree took the challenge as a hobby to pass her time not knowing that later on that year her first published work Purple Haze would release in October 2015. She now has three published books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Purple Haze, Purple Haze 2, The Switch Up, and Fantasy Island.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, playing video games on her Xbox one, and she is a diehard Baltimore Ravens fan and Golden State Warriors. Known for writing Erotica she plans on being versatile and write in different genres.

 

farmto table(5)1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

Besides writing, I enjoy doing numerous things. I love to watch movies, television shows, basketball, MMA, and football. I also enjoy reading books along with playing video games.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I never thought about becoming an author. I joined Mary B Morrison’s Write a book in 90-day challenge just to pass my time. After I completed my first book, I decided to publish after receiving nice feedback from a few friends. After that I wrote three more books and I am still going.

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

To be honest, I felt all type of emotions. I was scared, excited, nervous, and very proud. I feel all this when I release each of my books.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself as a published author of at least 15-20 books with a huge following. A girl can dream can’t she.

5. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

My advice to a new author is not to put a lot of pressure on yourself. The main thing to do is get your story out of your head. You can tweak as many times as necessary when you do your revisions. Make sure to have a good team in your corner that truly supports you and you can learn from. You still want to do your own research so you don’t always receive it second hand. Also before signing to smaller publishing companies make sure, you have someone look over your contract for you.

 

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Imani Rose is overworked, stressed, and sexually deprived. Between dealing with a no good, lying, and cheating ex boyfriend. Her 60 hour workweek has her all work and no play. Not to mention the impure thoughts she has of her boss Sebastian Chandler. With all the mayhem in her life, she never knew a spa day would lead her to Purple Haze, where her Impure Thoughts would turn fantasy to reality with the help of a masked man. Her once bland social life has sparked to life once again. Does the ex, the masked man, or her boss fulfill her needs?

Sebastian Chandler owner of Chandler Enterprises keeps his business and personal life separate. Learning a valuable lesson from a past experience. The problem he has with that is he became enamored by the exotic forbidden fruit, which is his Executive Assistant Imani Rose. Does he keep having lustful images of tasting her fruit or does he throw caution to the wind and claim her as his. Consequences be damned.

 

 

 

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Newly promoted Accounts Manager for Chandler Enterprises Imani Rose was on cloud nine feeling as she now had it all. Until that visit to the club Purple Haze turned her whole world upside down. What happens now that the identity of her masked man is now known? How does she cope with what she considers the ultimate betrayal from the person she thought she knew? Decisions need to be made despite a family background standing in the way. Wicked turn of events have Imani Rose second-guessing everything that she thought was familiar.

Not taking NO for an answer Sebastian Chandler is on a quest to claim Imani. Will he be able to gain her trust despite his own underlying issues?

 

 

 

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With day and night personalities what else could you expect to experience when you encounter the Humphries twins Seleste and Simone? Chaos! That’s right nothing but chaos! One loves to live in the moment while the other loves to plan for the future. What would happen if the roles were reversed? Circumstances place the sisters in a situation that makes one question if she made the wrong choice.
Then there is the business man Mr. Erik Rivers, lost in his desires for success may cause him to risk losing the love he desires. Hoping to rekindle the sparks an unforgettable trip is taken. Will he realize the switch made or get caught up in the web of deceit? Who is able to capture the love of his heart? What if he made the wrong the decision? Is it too late to turn back the hands of time?

The Switch Up is full of thought provoking experiences and unforeseen outcomes. Is it really that bad to play the guessing game and switch things up? You be the judge…

 

 

 

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“Forgive my fingers for when they find your body they will lose themselves.”
– Tyler Knott Gregson

If you were given the opportunity to fulfill all of your fantasies, would you take a chance of a lifetime? Are you in need of a spark of excitement in your life again? With the possibility of winning a trip to Fantasy Island you realize that there is more to this island than just its name. Four unsuspecting winners of the contest are about to embark on an adventurous journey that will forever change their lives.
Meet the Contest Winners: Melody Edwards, Johanna Michaels, Makayla Washington, and Jacob Winters. Melody is a wife of three years who has found herself having self-image issues. Johanna, is cursed with not being able to sustain relationships. Makayla is the soon to be wife, yet she never seems to be satisfied with her life. Jacob, is the widower who longs for love again but unsure if anyone would be able to fill that void. Although, their reasons may vary they all have one goal in common: escaping reality. Can this luxurious island fulfill all of their desires or will it leave them craving for more? Fantasy Island is full of twists, turns, and sensual moments to keep you on edge….

 

 

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30 Days 30 Authors- Ja’Nese Dixon

Hi everyone!! Today’s featured author during the 30 Days event is Ja’Nese Dixon! Read about her journey in the literary world and also claim a few freebies from Ms. Dixon.

Now, here’s Ja’Nese! 🙂

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Ja’Nese Dixon pens tales of romance in various subgenres, including romantic suspense and sweet romance. But her favorites are the ones that manage to keep readers sitting on the edge of their seats lying to themselves about reading “just one more chapter”. 

She is an avid reader and coffee drinker, who also loves to run, cook, and craft. Her ultimate goal as a writer is to give you a little “staycation” with every story.

Ja’Nese calls Houston home with her husband, three kiddos, and a four-legged diva dog.

Visit her website at http://www.janesedixon.com if you enjoy romance, suspense, and good stories.

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1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I love to craft. I knit, crochet, and quilt.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

Books inspired me to become an author. I never was much of a tv watcher, even as a kid. And when I turned ten or so I started spending a lot of my summers in the library. I’d leave with as many books as my arms could carry. Reading turned to poetry, poetry to short stories, short stories to novels.

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

I felt like I gave birth, again. LOL

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

My husband and I have a vision for our next five years. My writing related goal is to have a virtual bookshelf full of books and to travel more on writing excursions. I’d also love to expand my editing and publishing services.

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

I’m writing on a new romantic suspense novel scheduled for release early 2018. I have a contemporary romance novella coming October 9, 2017 called Hidden Desire. And I have a holiday romance appearing in Holidays Ever After coming December 5, 2017.

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

Do it! And don’t stop learning your craft.

 

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Synopsis from Black Diamond:

Camille Blackwell, an undercover FBI agent, poses as a jewelry purchaser in an international diamond trading company in hopes of identifying the domestic players in a vicious rebel group suspected of trafficking conflict diamonds.

The Bureau requests CIA renegade Marc Fulton’s assistance with sweeping international intelligence to identify the major rebel organizations with finances and stateside connections strong enough to evade criminal prosecution, despite Camille’s objections.

Sparks fly when Marc and Camille meet, their attraction is instant and tense. However, both resolve to focus on the case. But when Camille receives an encrypted memory stick from a murdered co-worker Marc may be the only person she can trust.

Black Diamond is the eagerly anticipated debut novel by Ja’Nese Dixon. True love, like black diamonds, is rare and precious; but when murder and a persistent criminal threaten a frail relationship, can love triumph?

In a borderless game of cat and mouse, will a chance at happily ever after be thwarted at the deadly scheme of the faceless leader of the Imperial Dynasty?

 

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30 Days 30 Authors- Ann Marie Bryan

The 30 Days 30 Authors event continues today with Ann Marie Bryan! Read about her journey in the literary industry as well as sample her latest book, A Place For My Heart.

Now, here’s Ann Marie! 🙂

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Ann Marie Bryan is a dedicated, graceful, multi-talented leader with a passion for excellence. She is the CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design, an organization committed to providing top quality professional writing services, comprehensive personal and professional development programs and exceptional performing arts services to meet the unique needs of individuals and organizations.

A Christian Fiction author, Ann Marie writes to educate, inspire and empower others. She desires to tell great stories with fascinating characters to show the awesome power of God in the lives of people and places. Shades of the Heart is the first book in her bestselling, Encounters of the Heart series. Book 2 – Mirrored Hearts: Sealed By Fire was released February 2016. Her new release, A Place For My Heart, is the highly anticipated third installment in the series.

Ann Marie’s greatest passion is to empower others to succeed by tapping into their God-given potential. She enjoys writing, reading, dancing, teaching, meeting people and traveling. With all the knowledge and experiences that God has so graciously blessed her with, Ann Marie is determined to make her life a ministry for the Lord.

 

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1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

My creativity fuels my enthusiasm not only for writing but also for training and the performing arts. I enjoy training, because it gives me great pleasure to impart knowledge into the lives of others. With respect to the performing arts, I appreciate all the categories but I have a special love for dance. As a result, I willingly share my time, talent, resources and expertise to the service and glory of God through the ministry of dance.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I am an author. This is still surreal. Rightly so, because while I have always been an avid reader, writing a book never crossed my mind.

Why did I start writing?

After I got married, several of my friends and relatives wanted to know how I met my husband. So, I had to share my love story, over and over again. Of course, no one wanted to hear the short version of the story.

Six months later, I received a phone call from a friend whom I had not spoken with in a while. She too, wanted to hear my love story. After hanging up from my call, it hit me… write a book!

A long deafening pause ensued!

A book! A book!

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Every reason not to write this book came to mind.  Yes, every reason.  But, I knew that I wanted to share my story. Further, I knew that if God called me to write this book, He would equip me and surround me with wonderful godly helpers.

So, like any well-thinking Christian woman, I took the matter to the Lord and felt the peace to proceed with this mission.

Approximately two years later, I published my first Christian Fiction, “Unforgettable, My Love has Come Along”, a love story based on real-life events. Two paths, destined to cross.  Friendship, faith, and love are intertwined in ways neither could have imagined. Can love conquer all things? Find out in the heartwarming and humorous story, “Unforgettable, My Love Has Come Along”.

After the excitement of publishing my first book, my writing journey continued with my bestselling, Encounters of the Heart series, which is based on Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) –“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

What a rush! I was super-excited when “Unforgettable, My Love has Come Along” was published.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I am excited about my writing journey, and I am thankful for the opportunity to share with others. Therefore, I’m hoping to have at least five more books available in five years. Further, I believe in working together, the exchanging of ideas, and sharing of resources, so I’m hoping that my writing journey takes me all over the world to share at conferences, seminars and workshops.

5. Do you have any new projects that you are currently working on?

Currently, I am writing the fourth book in the “Encounters of the Heart” series. This novel will detail the love story of Tyler and Madison. It will be released in early 2018

6. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

To move forward, ask yourself this question – Why am I writing?

After you have answered that question, jump into action by creating an outline of your ideas for your book. Of course, you will need to educate yourself about the publishing industry.  Don’t be overwhelmed by your lack of knowledge. Select an individual, group or organization with the knowledge to help you succeed. Do research to obtain information on how you can best leverage your abilities to fulfill your dream of writing.

The entire process will be very exciting and you will learn many things about yourself. Your writing journey will inspire, empower, educate, and challenge you. The amazing thing is that God will continue to multiply what you have surrendered to Him.

Don’t delay. Start writing and watch God take you out of our comfort zone, stretch you, and show you that you can accomplish far more than you think.

Ready! Set! Go with God! Write your story and share it with the world.

 

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Crushed by heartache and desperate for an escape, he makes a life-changing choice.

When Chandler Peynard staggers into Sabrina Benjamin’s life, he is desperate for an escape route. Battling feelings of isolation, he has erected barriers around his heart, often times leaving a trail of broken dreams behind him.

Sabrina’s happily-ever-after was ripped away months ago, but she hasn’t given up on finding love. Still, she is caught off guard by her feelings for Chandler, a man who could hardly be described as a model man of God. As an unexpected bond develops between them, she wants more—a lot more than Chandler is prepared to give, because falling in love and putting down roots are not a part of his plan.

Touched by Sabrina’s kindness and faith, Chandler makes a life-changing choice; however, complication is inevitable when the past he’d thought was long buried, pushes him to confront matters he would have given anything to forget. As he struggles to release himself from his past and embrace the future, he offers Sabrina a place in his heart, but she demands all of it.

In a season that has brought so many changes, Chandler longs for peace in his soul and yearns for love. Will he trust God with all of his heart in order to overcome his past? Will he be able to testify that God’s grace wins every time? Will he find the strength to take a chance at life and love with Sabrina?

Standalone books in the Encounters of the Heart series:

Book 1 – Shades of the Heart (The story of Blake & Gabrielle Montgomery)

Book 2 – Mirrored Heart: Sealed by Fire (The story of Larry & Rozene Kanate)

Book 3 – A Place for my Heart (The story of Chandler Peynard)

 

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An Excerpt from A Place From My Heart – A moment with Chandler & Sabrina 

“Oh, great. Let’s go.”

“Yes, ma’am.” He fell in step beside her, looking curiously at the medium-size bowl she was carrying. “A bowl? The plot thickens,” Chandler said. “Where are we going?”

“You’ll see in ten minutes.” She walked towards a four-seater electric cart that was parked on the driveway. “Hop in.”

He stalled, all kinds of emotions running through him. On top of his list—he hadn’t been driven by a woman in forever. He glanced at her and found her piercing him with her gaze.

“I know you’re not deliberating if I can drive this thing,” she argued. “I’ve been driving things like this since my teenage years.”

“Let me drive,” he said.

“Why? Stop being silly and hop in.” She turned on the ignition.

Oh God! This is weird. His feet refused to move.

“Are you coming?”

He dragged himself over to the cart and slid in beside her.

A grin covered her face. “You’re such a control freak.”

“I’m not,” he mumbled, as she drove off.

 

(Copyrighted. An excerpt – A Place For My Heart by Ann Marie Bryan)

 

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