31 Days 31 Authors

30 Days 30 Authors- Natasha D. Frazier

Welcome back to the 30 Days 30 Authors event! The next featured author to grace this wonderful event is Natasha Frazier! She was also one of the featured authors during the 31 Days 31 Authors event this past December. Let’s catch with Natasha to see how things are going in her literary career since the last event.

Now, here’s Natasha! 🙂

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Natasha accepted the call to write in 2011. Since then, Natasha has authored three devotional books. Her first book is The Life Your Spirit Craves, a 30-Day devotional and journal that encourages readers to seek, accept and pursue their God-given assignment.  Her second book, Not Without You: 365 Days in the Lord’s Presence, encourages readers to make devotion a part of their everyday life by seeking God every day. Not Without You has been nominated for the Henri Award. The Henri Award recognizes excellence in Christian literature. The Life Your Spirit Craves for Mommies is a 52 week devotional for mothers that encourages them to see God at work in their lives through their role as a mother. Both devotionals in The Life Your Spirit Craves series won the Readers’ Choice Award presented at the Christian Literary Awards. Natasha is also the author of the Love, Lies & Consequences Christian-fiction series that focuses on real and relevant issues in today’s society, such as pre-marital sex, adultery, blended families and more! Currently, the series contains three published titles:  Love, Lies & Consequences, Through Thick & Thin, and Shattered Vows.

Natasha resides in Missouri City, TX with her husband, Eddie Frazier, Jr. and their three children, Eden, Ethan, and Emilyn. Her greatest joy and commitment is to her family who she hopes to inspire above all else. One of her many mottos in life is: Faith removes limitations. Natasha and her family are members of Higher Dimension Church in Houston, TX. Natasha is also a member of the Houston Area Alumni Chapter of Jackson State University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Connect with Natasha via www.natashafrazier.com or through social media.

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Author Natasha Frazier

  1. Award-winning devotional, “The Life Your Spirit Craves”
  2. Award-nominated devotional, “Not Without You: 365 Days in the Lord’s Presence”

III. Award-nominated “Love, Lies & Consequences”

  1. “Through Thick & Thin: Love, Lies & Consequences Book 2”
  2. The Life Your Spirit Craves for Mommies

 

www.natashafrazier.com

 

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

Reading, of course, but I also enjoy cooking/baking. We’ve recently begun this gluten-free journey because our youngest child cannot have wheat products, so I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting, which has been fun and challenging.

2.What inspired you to become an author?

Writing has been something I’ve wanted to do since high school, but didn’t pursue until much later when the idea became so heavy on my heart that I could hardly sleep at night and found myself constantly praying about it. Writing is something that God has led me to do.

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

Excitement mixed with anxiety. Not knowing how it will be received is a little nerve wracking, but also knowing that I’ve accomplished my goal is immeasurable. I felt like I could do anything at that moment.

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

I have several more books already in the pipeline, but I hope to start working on a script for a TV sitcom pilot.

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

Yes! I’m releasing a short book of encouragement next month, “How Long Are You Going to Wait?” I am also editing book 4 in the Love, Lies & Consequences series. Well, actually I don’t know if this one will be part of the series, but there is another book that I’m working on that will for sure be part of the series

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

Write! Just start writing. Many times I hear the statement, “I don’t know where to start or I only have bits and pieces.” Write what you have. I believe it will come together once you start writing. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece when you’re done, in fact, it won’t be. That is what editing is for! 😉 Start marketing as early as possible. It takes a lot of time to get the word out.

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Excerpt from Love, Lies, & Consequences:

CHAPTER 1

Raegan stood at the entrance to the sanctuary on the arm of her father. The double doors remained closed as they waited to hear the wedding processional, signaling it was time for them to enter. She was so nervous that the bouquet of roses and lilies was starting to slide around in her hands.

She was about to make one of the biggest commitments in her life. Marriage. She believed in till death do us part and had dreamed of this day since high school, but right now she wondered if she was making the right choice by marrying Damian.

All had been well in her mind until her weekend getaway with her girls last month. They traveled to Miami as sort of a last hoorah for Raegan before she tied the knot. The weekend was perfect at first. They entertained themselves with spa appointments, fine dining, sightseeing, shopping, and time on the beaches.

During her last night in town, they dined at Rusty Pelican, one of Miami’s waterfront restaurants that offers a stunning view of the skyline. She must have chosen the perfect seat because she had a great view of everything from the entrance of the restaurant to the people walking along the beach and the gorgeous skyline. Although it was nearing dusk and she had a few sips of wine, she was very clear on who she saw in that moment. Caleb. She could identify him anywhere. He was strolling along the beach with a few friends, people she did not recognize.

She thought her father would be giving her hand to Caleb, but Caleb messed that up some time ago. But there he was again. A slight smile formed on her face when she thought about their time together back in college. That smile quickly turned into a frown when she remembered how and why things ended between them. She didn’t mention seeing him to her friends. He didn’t notice her and neither of her friends noticed him, but her facial expressions changed so quickly that her friends expressed concern. “Oh, it’s just some food that caught between my teeth,” she told them with a wince and a small laugh.

Now here she was, on the arm of her father walking down the aisle to join in holy matrimony with Damian Charles. The wedding processional played and started to sound more blurry by the moment. She could see the goofy smile plastered across Damian’s face as his legs visibly shook. The closer she got to the altar, the more she realized that something wasn’t right.

She took slow, deep breaths, reminding herself that this was just a case of cold feet and that she could do this. This was her moment. She recalled the day he proposed. He took her to the movies. They went at midday on a Saturday afternoon and she thought it strange that they were the only two people in the theater. As the previews began rolling, she gasped. Pictures of the two of them played across the screen until finally the last screen displayed a diamond ring with the words, “Will You Marry Me?”

Without much hesitation, she said yes. There were no butterflies like she thought there would be; her heart was not fluttering with excitement. They had been dating for about a year. He asked and she accepted. To rethink all of this now was bad timing, but the closer she got to the altar, the more she wanted to bolt out of the door.

She caught glimpses of the flashing cameras and smiling faces of family and friends until the next thing she realized the pastor was asking who was giving her away. Her mom stood along with her dad and in unison, they said, “We do.” Her father kissed her forehead and placed her hand inside of Damian’s. He whispered into Damian’s ear, “Take care of my baby girl.”

As she walked hand in hand with Damian toward the pastor, she began to tremble even more. She turned and placed the bouquet in her maid of honor’s hand. She stepped closer to Damian and placed both hands in his. As the ceremony continued around her, she stared blindly into her husband-to-be’s eyes. She couldn’t see him, though. All she could see were thoughts of Caleb and what-ifs. This probably wouldn’t have happened had she not seen him last month. However, it was happening, and she knew that it wouldn’t be fair to Damian to spend the rest of her life with him wondering how things would have turned out with another man.

She thought of how things started and the current state of their relationship. They were moving too fast. Pre-marital sex and living together; it was as if they were already married. The relationship is already doomed, she thought. We can’t do this, she reasoned with herself. Her heart was beating double time now.

“Raegan, do you take Damian to be your lawfully wedded husband?” Pastor asked. He must have asked more than once because she felt Damian’s gentle tug on her hand, bringing her back into the present.

“I…I…I do…I do not. I’m so sorry Damian; I can’t do this,” Raegan said as she slipped her fingers out of his, grabbed her dress so that she wouldn’t trip, and ran back down the aisle. She rushed inside the bride’s holding room, locked the door, and quickly peeled off her dress in tears and relief, thinking that she may have avoided one of the biggest mistakes of her life.

Seconds after she stepped out of the wedding gown, Damian’s mother and sister were banging on the door.

“Raegan! What are you thinking? You better get your behind back down that aisle and marry my brother!” his sister screamed through the door.

“Hush girl!” Raegan heard Damian’s mother say. “What is going on with you Raegan? Your parents and I spent a great deal of money making this wedding happen for y’all. Come out of there, now!” she demanded.

“Please, just let me be,” she stated faintly, leaning against the door.

Raegan felt the knob jiggling in her back. She stepped away when she realized that a key was being inserted. Her heart sank to the floor. She didn’t think of others having the key when she locked the door. To Raegan’s relief, her mother entered the room, pushing Damian’s mom and sister out of the way. “Let me talk to my baby,” she said. She gently closed the door behind her, drowning out some of the sound of Damian’s mother spewing much angrier words than before.

“What happened out there, dear?” her mother asked in a quiet, non-judgmental tone.

Raegan didn’t answer. She just stared back at her mother in silence. She wasn’t quite sure why she allowed things to get this far, but she was certain it shouldn’t go any further and this was the right thing to do.

Glancing at the dress on the floor, her mother said, “I take it you’re not planning to go back out there?”

“I can’t Momma. I feel like a terrible person for leading Damian on this way. I should have said no to his proposal.” She paused, giving her mother a moment to speak, but when her mother said nothing Raegan continued. “This just feels wrong. It’s almost as if we’re married now because we’re living as if we’re married. I want a better relationship with the man I’m going to marry. I need sparks and lights in my eyes. Besides, I want a marriage that is blessed by God. I want to do things right. No shacking and no sex until marriage,” Raegan said.

“It’s your life, Raegan, and I can’t tell you what to do. However, you can’t leave Damian like this. You’re going to have to be a woman and tell him that you’re not going to marry him. If you want a right relationship with God and the man you are to marry, make sure you settle this now,” her mother advised.

“But how am I supposed to go back out there? I don’t even know what to say.” Raegan chewed on her bottom lip as she paced the floor. “How can I even face him right now? Especially with his mother and sister outside of that door probably wanting to kill me.”

“Raegan,” her mother said in a tone that caused her to stop pacing, “I did not raise you to act like this. You’re going to have to get it together. Is there something you’re not telling me?” Her mother walked over and lifted Raegan’s chin so that she could see Raegan’s eyes when she answered.

“What do you mean Momma?” Raegan whined a little. “The truth is that this isn’t going to work. Not now, not ever. I don’t love him the way he loves me and I think I deserve to be truly happy,” Raegan said, thinking of the only person she had been truly happy with before things went wrong.

Raegan spoke without blinking. Her mother knew that there was something Raegan wasn’t telling her but she would find out soon enough. She advised Raegan again to talk with Damian. Now his voice was the only voice outside of the door calling her name, asking for answers. She could tell he was hurting by the sound of his voice.

The door banging and screams from his mother and sister had ceased. After she felt confident enough, she opened the door to allow Damian to enter. He had taken his jacket off, loosened his tie and unbuttoned the first few buttons of his shirt. Her heart broke for him but she cared enough for him not to spend the rest of her life lying to him and wishing he was someone else. He walked past her and stood silently waiting for answers. Her eyes pleaded with her mother for help but instead, her mother shot her a look that said you’re on your own. She left them alone to talk and sent the guests to the reception to enjoy the food.

farmto table(3)Win a copy of Natasha’s book, Love, Lies, & Consequences, along with books from each participating author in the 30 Days 30 Authors giveaway!

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30 Days 30 Authors- LaToya Murchison

Hi everyone!! And Happy September! I’m so excited for a new month to begin because it’s the start of the 30 Days 30 Authors event! This year’s event is spotlighting a shrew of talented authors in the literary industry. There also are a few that are returning authors from the previous event last year.

You might not know their names now, but once this event is over, you will definitely want to purchase a few of their books!

The first author to kick off the event is LaToya Murchison! She is a returning author from last year’s event, so let’s find out what she has been up to since the 31 Days 31 Authors event ended.

Now, here’s LaToya! 🙂

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When LaToya isn’t working for a client or doing something literary, she enjoys spending time with family and working with the youth in her church. LaToya Murchison is passionate about encouraging, helping and building up others. She gave her life over to Christ ten years ago, and it’s the best decision she’s ever made. LaToya loves to spread the word of God everywhere she goes.

In 2012 LaToya created a Facebook group named D.O.V.E, Daughters of Virtue, with a mission to unite women who strive to encourage and empower other women and members of their community. She created D.O.V.E. to promote unconditional love, peace, unity and the importance of understanding and respecting women’s individual rights to choose a spiritual path.

LaToya serves as Media Director, Vacation Bible School Director, YPCL (Young People Christian League) Director and Children’s Ministry Assistant at Love Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

She has published four books: A Praying Heart, Poetic Expressions, Anika’s Story (Novelette), and Moments of Reflections..

Connect with LaToya

Website: http://www.latoyamurchison.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/latoyamwrites

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LaToyaauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/authorlatoyam

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorlatoyam

Blogger: http://www.authorlatoyamurchison.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/latoyamurchison
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1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I love to motivate and inspire others to reach for greatness. I am an avid reader and I try to read at least 5 books a week. I am currently on book 54 of 100 for my reading goal challenge. In the beginning of the year I began offering paid services to authors. Some of those services include: blog tours, virtual events, interview and facebook release parties.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

Writing has always been a for a therapy for me. Writing allow me to get all of my thoughts down without having to explain or defend what I am thinking because words do not talk back. As an author it gives me a platform to be able to share some of the things that I have experience and gives me an opportunity to inspire others.
 3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

I had so many different feelings. I was glad to finally have the finished product. I felt blessed because I was finally leaving my dream of sharing the gift that I received from God with others.

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

Having an established publishing company (Creative Expressions Literary Services) so that I can help other publish their messages to different readers. Operating my non-profit organization to help grieving and abused individuals. I will have at least 30 published books. Established platform as a motivational speaker.

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

I have a few book ideas that I am playing around with. I am looking at finishing the books in the Seasons of Change Series and I have a caregiver book that I am working on.

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

To all the aspiring authors I would say never stop writing and never give up on your dreams. It’s important to write from the heart and not just about what you feel others expect. A great writer also knows their audience. Connect with other writers who can help guide you and that will share their experiences with you.

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Excerpt from Moments of Reflections:

Unconditional Love

It’s hard to have pure love when you put limits on it.

Life is way too short for us to be walking

around angry with people. You’re not

hurting that person, you’re just hurting

yourself by giving them that power over you.

If you love someone, let them know.

Reach out to them and let them know

they are loved unconditionally. Stop going

to bed with harsh feelings. Love others as

God loves you every day. No matter how

they treat you. If they talk about you,

laugh and smile at them.

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31 Days, 31 Authors- Delaney Diamond

Hi everyone! Today is the final day of the 31 Days, 31 Authors event, but I must say, you are in for a special treat. Today’s featured author is no other than Delaney Diamond. The very first book I’d read from Ms. Diamond was The Blind Date, and I was hooked every since. She’s definitely one of those authors that you anticipate a new release from because you know you it will be a great read.

Now, here’s Delaney! 🙂

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Delaney Diamond is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet, sensual, passionate romance novels. Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Atlanta, Georgia is now her home. She reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. When she’s not busy reading or writing, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes, dining at one of her favorite restaurants, or traveling to an interesting locale. To get sneak peeks, notices of sale prices, and find out about new releases, visit her website and join her mailing list. Enjoy free reads and the first chapter of all her novels on her website.

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

Cook. It’s relaxing, and since I’m a foodie, that works out perfectly. In my novels, you’ll find I often describe what my characters are eating in vivid detail, Lol.

I also love to travel, although I haven’t done much traveling lately. I hope to rectify that next year with a few trips. One of the great things about traveling is that I get story ideas and can incorporate the places I visit into my novels. For instance, I spent some time in Costa del Sol, Spain a couple of years ago, and I made it the honeymoon spot for Daniella and Cyrus, the main couple in Perfect, book 2 of the Johnson Family series. I visited San Diego for the first time this past summer, and it will be the setting for a novel I plan to release next year.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

In high school I won a few short story contests, but I never considered being an author a viable profession until I left a stressful job 6 years ago. Best decision I ever made. Since I’d always received compliments for my nonfiction writing, I decided to see if that skillset could translate into fiction writing. I absolutely love fiction writing! It’s a creative outlet I never knew I needed, and I have so many story ideas, I’ll be writing for years to come.

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

I was nervous. I still get a little nervous every time I release a novel, but not like I used to. I’m more confident since that debut, and I’ve learned a lot about the craft of writing and storytelling.

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

Still writing, hopefully, with another series completed. I’d like to venture into romantic suspense, so that series should be underway by then. More than anything, I hope I’m still able to do what I love—travel and write. For me, writing for a living and having the flexibility to travel is living the dream.

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

Just do it. Learn all you can about writing and the publishing industry. Learn how to write prose that’s grammatically correct and as error-free as possible. Get a critique partner–not someone who’s related to you–or join a critique group to help you catch plot inconsistencies and mistakes (We all know it’s nearly impossible to edit yourself.).

If you want to be published by a traditional publisher, send out proposals. If you want to selfpublish, put together a professional product—edited and good cover. Just as important, don’t give up. Perseverance is key.

 

books

 

Unforgettable, Book 1 of the Johnson Family series

FREE for a limited time

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Johnson-Family-Volume-1/dp/1940636078

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unforgettable-delaney-diamond/1119317160?ean=2940149231539

iBooks: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/unforgettable/id867749712?mt=11&at=1000ldsT

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Delaney_Diamond_Unforgettable?id=9EqqBAAAQBAJ&PAffiliateID=1011lwN2

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/unforgettable-37

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Good Behavior (new release), Book 5 of the Johnson Family series

Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01N47UPTC

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/good-behavior-delaney-diamond/1125173723?ean=2940156735426

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Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Delaney_Diamond_Good_Behavior?id=pvGKDQAAQBAJ&PAffiliateID=1011lwN2

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-goodbehavior-2176191-178.html?referrer=d10b5c363b80fb7d49d00a4789d9f1f5

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/good-behavior-8

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/686006

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Excerpt from GOOD BEHAVIOR, book 5 of the Johnson Family series

Diana glanced at her watch, a Cartier timepiece Trenton had given her to celebrate her three-year anniversary with the firm. “I better get going soon.”

“Of course.” Xavier didn’t know if she really needed to leave or if she simply wanted to avoid the conversation about her personal life, but he wolfed down the rest of the burger and they both tossed their containers into the trash.

He stuffed his hands into his pockets as they walked slowly back to his SUV. He’d enjoyed the food and company and was reluctant for the evening to end. Strange how a simple evening out with someone he barely knew could bring such satisfaction.

After he’d started the car, he turned to look at her in the passenger seat. “Thank you for joining me for dinner.”

“Thank you for paying. The meal was just what I’d been hoping for. Something completely bad for me. Tomorrow I’ll go back to eating nuts and berries.” She laughed sarcastically, smoothing her hands over her ample thighs.

The movement caught Xavier’s eye, and his fingers tightened on the leather wheel. He wondered if her legs were as soft as they looked.

Shifting his attention to the rearview mirror, he said, “I don’t think you need to worry about that.”

“I need to be good and stop being so bad.” She crossed one smooth thigh over the other and his eyes dipped once again to the expanse of exposed brown skin.

“Nothing wrong with doing things that are bad for you every now and again. Keeps life interesting.” He cleared his throat and eased backward, but hit the brakes when a pedestrian crossed in his path.

“Are you saying you do bad things?” Her voice was softer, teasing.

In the darkness of the vehicle, her large doe eyes stared back at him. The question was suggestive at best, inappropriate at worse. What was she really asking him?

His eyes zeroed in on the pulse beating at the base of her throat, and his own pulse thudded a little faster. “I always try to be on my best behavior.”

Always. All his life. He only slept with one woman at a time, and he wasn’t a cynical shark like the eldest, Cyrus—who’d been groomed to be more like their father than any of them.

“I don’t always succeed,” he finished quietly.

Diana licked her lips, and tension mounted in the interior of the vehicle. “I can understand that,” she said, swallowing. “It’s a lot harder than people think. Being good, I mean.”

He kept his gaze on her. “Definitely. Especially when temptation is staring you right in the face. It can be hard as hell.”

There was a minute reaction—a spark in the depths of her eyes, before she retreated with a vigorous nod and focused on her hands. “Very,” she muttered, letting out a quiet breath that sounded shaky.

Xavier gripped the steering wheel at that soft, feminine sound and fought the sudden urge to drag her across the console and kiss her hard and thoroughly. This was why he’d kept his distance all these months, and he should have never spent this time alone with her. He didn’t only find Diana intriguing; he was undeniably attracted to her. That attraction threatened everything he knew about himself.

“The good one” was what friends, family, and the media had called Xavier for years. The one who’d forsaken his family’s wealth to fight injustice around the world. The one who—except for an angry confrontation in Senegal years ago, which landed him in jail with plenty of regret and time to reflect—had always exemplified good behavior.

Spending time with Diana made him want to forget his good behavior. And show her just how bad he could be.

 

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31 Days, 31 Authors-Phylicia G.

 

Hi everyone! Wow, I can’t believe the 31 Days, 31 Authors event is almost over! Even though it will be tomorrow, there are still two great authors that will be spotlighted. Today’s featured author is Phylicia G. She is a new author who is quickly making a name for herself in the urban genre. She has worked with authors such as Niyah Moore and Patti Doss.

Not only is she being spotlighted today, but today is release day for The Street King’s Daughter part 2. So congrats, Phylicia!

Now, here’s Phylicia! 🙂

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Phylicia G. is an a year old author, who started off self publishing, and now she’s signed to Supreme Works Publications. She’s also a mother of three. She began her love for writing as a child but her writing career took off with her first book, Carolina Rich. She debut her book with Supreme Works was released in October, The Street King’s Daughter. When she’s not writing, she’s catching up on the newest urban lit. Not to mention working hard on her up and coming book tour and book signings.

She’s been featured in three anthologies so far, hosted by her biggest author and publisher role models; Niyah Moore, Patron on Ice, Patti Doss, A Hood Summer Night’s Dream, and K.C. Mills, Half on A Baby; which was released in November with The Supreme Team, that includes two volumes.

To stay in the loop about her upcoming releases, go to her website www.AuthoPhyliciaG.com. As well as checking out her Sexrotica Diaries Blog on her website(that will be returning in 2017).

You can follow her on her fan page on Facebook, Author Phylica G. As well as join her readers and authors page on Facebook, The Carolina Readers Book Club.

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

I’m pretty good with my hands. So I do some hair sometimes, mainly sew-ins lol. But writing is definitely what I love to do, so I’m always writing. Short stories seem to be my favorite. Plus, I’m a mother; I love being a mom even-though I think it’s one of the hardest, non-stop jobs that anyone could have. 

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always loved to write but when I got into reading urban fiction was when I read Kiki Swinson’s wifey series. Then I read her Bio and released that she was writing about things she’d gone through in life or seen. That’s when I was like ‘Oh okay, I can do this too.’

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

I self-published my first book, ‘Carolina Rich’. When it was released, of course it didn’t do well with ebook sales but I was just as happy with the small amount of readers that said they were anticipating part two. I was ecstatic. Then I last month, The Street King’s Daughters was released and published by K.C. Mills (Supreme Works Publications). I was just blessed because it actually came in the top 100s on Amazon on release day. Readers don’t understand that amount of love that shows us authors. Especially when you’re not use to people knowing who you or your work are, LOL. 

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

Hopefully, with God’s will I’ll be a national selling author with national selling authors signed to my publishing company. I’m not ready for that yet but I’m definitely looking forward to those to come. I have so many plans for my future but gaining a bigger fan base is my priority at the moment.

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

I always say to anyone if, “You can dream it, you can write it!” Only person can get in your way is yourself. Believing in yourself first is the key. You have to believe in what you write. If you believe then so will the readers. And no matter if you decide to self-publish or sign with an publisher; do your homework about the writing industry first.

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The Street King’s Daughters- 

Mickey and Bre have an unbreakable & undeniable sisterly bond; at least they were supposed to. These two sisters are the daughters of Street King rivals, same mother; different fathers. Unfortunately, their fathers are now serving twenty-five to life in prison; their mother and step father serve them both an equal share of maltreatment. With the help of their best friend, Chi, they come up with a perfect plan to escape and a revenge plot, only to have it stolen from them. The botched plan leaves the sisters separated and rivals. All the while Mickey fell in love with Jamil, a thug her father forbids her to date seriously, Jamil’s brother, Laron is his right hand who has his eyes on Chi, and Bre struggles with her sexuality and true feelings. Will the relationships between them all be able to stand against the secrets that keep surfacing. Part two will be available 12/30.

Meet best friends, Tameka and Cassandra, educated, beautiful, and successful women in Charlotte, NC who owns their own sports management agency.
Both friends are hiding secrets that they fear are too big to share with anyone.  Not only is Tameka hiding secrets from Cassandra, but she’s also hiding secrets from her husband, Kurt that could destroy her marriage. Little does she knows, Kurt has secrets of his own.
Cassandra is a boss chic who’s all about her money. She doesn’t have time for love, but things start to change when she meets someone that changes her whole outlook on love. As she secretly deals with her feelings of falling in love for the first time, her secrets clashes with Tameka’s secrets.  Will their friendship survive the secrets between them? Carolina Rich holds all these answers. Part two and three are now available.

 

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31 Days, 31 Authors- Adrienne Thompson

Hi everyone! Wow, can you believe that there are two more days of 2016 left? I don’t know about you all, but for me, I’m really for 2017 to arrive.

Although the year is almost over, the 31 Days, 31 Authors event is still going strong! Today, Adrienne Thompson is joining the event! If you are a fan of women’s fiction, then you have definitely read one of Adrienne’s books. From Bluesday, Ain’t Nobody, and the Latter Rain series, Adrienne is definitely making a name for herself in the literary industry.

Now, here’s Adrienne! 🙂

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Adrienne Thompson has worn many titles in her lifetime–from teenage mother to teenage wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of three young adults currently resides in Arkansas in her newly empty nest where she writes and publishes her stories full time.

 

You can connect with her via:

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/jnDmH

Amazon: Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/adriennethompson

Website: http://adriennethompsonwrites.webs.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdrienneThompsonWrites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_H_Thompson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5051327.Adrienne_Thompson

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ahthompsn/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ahthompsn/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/muusikluvver

Email: tapestrywriter@gmail.com

 

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

I love listening to music, watching movies, especially in the theater, spending time with my family, reading, and sleeping, lol.

2. What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve had a talent for writing for as long as I can remember, but began taking writing seriously in 2009 after some introspection and a growing desire to know my true calling. I found it and true joy in writing. Never thought about becoming a published author until I shared my work with some co-workers and saw their reactions to it. I started maybe thinking I was onto something good. 26 books later, I’m still here.

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

I experienced a mixture of elation and fear. I was happy the process was over and my baby was finally being presented to the world, petrified at how people might react to it.

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

Prayerfully, I’ll still be making a living as writer, but a much better living. A couple of movie options would be nice.

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

Find your unique voice and own it. Rather than trying to emulate other writers, embrace your individuality, because in a literary world as saturated as this one is with writers and books, you need to stand out. Most of all, never give up on your dreams and be thankful for your supporters and readers, no matter how large or small the number.

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Adrienne-Thompson/e/B005EMUDEM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_12?qid=1482984639&sr=1-12

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Excerpt from No Pain, No Gain 

During “Isn’t She Lovely”, Vance sang along with Stevie, tone-deafly serenading me with tenderness in his eyes. When the song was over, he leaned in and gently kissed my lips.

It couldn’t have been a better night. As a matter of fact, I was poised to mark it down as one of the best days of my life, until…

Stevie sang “Lately”, and it felt like a ton of bricks hit me square in the chest. I should’ve realized he would sing it. I should’ve prepared myself. I should’ve been ready.

But I wasn’t.

I fell back into my seat as soon as he began to sing the lyrics. “Lately” was his favorite song, but it was Jodeci’s version that he’d put on repeat and blast often. He’d sing along or slow dance with me. That song catapulted me into the past so quickly that I actually felt a little light-headed. I was so overwhelmed that during the second verse, I left my seat without even telling Vance where I was going, headed to the concession stand, and returned with a cup of beer.

And I don’t even like beer.

I guzzled it down, and though I didn’t enjoy it one bit, I soon found myself making my way back to the concession stand for another one. In total, I had five cups of beer before the concert’s end. The walk back to the car was so unsteady, I had to lean against it and catch my breath before climbing inside.

“Did you enjoy yourself?” Vance asked as I settled into my seat and he started the car.

“Eeeeyepppp!” I giggled.

“I didn’t know you liked beer so much.”

“Neither did I.” I hiccupped and let out a long burp.

He smiled. “Seatbelt, please. You’re precious cargo.”

I fumbled with the seatbelt before letting it flop back in its place and blowing out a frustrated sigh.

“Let me help.”

As he leaned across me to grab the seatbelt, I kissed his neck. He stopped and stared at me, and I took the opportunity to kiss his lips. A millisecond later, he was kissing me back, wrapping his long arms around me.

When we finally parted, I said, “Justin is spending the night with my folks. Let’s get a room.”

He stared at my lips. “Okay.”

 

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31 Days, 31 Authors- Chelle Ramsey

 

Hi everyone! We are near the end of the 31 Days, 31 Authors event and today, I have Chelle visiting the event! One thing I love about Chelle’s writing is that you can find some way to relate to each of her characters. No matter if you have been through their situation or currently going through it, you can easily think about yourself in that situation and want to root for them to overcome them. For me, if I read a story and automatically identify with the character, then that story is a winner for me.

Now, let’s get to know Chelle as she talks about her journey as an author. 🙂

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Women’s fiction author and blogger, Chelle Ramsey lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and three children. Chelle wants readers to become empowered to rise above life’s adversities, with faith in the Almighty God, and belief in themselves. During her “me time,” she becomes enraptured with the enthralling stories of Terry McMillan, Nora Roberts, James Patterson and Stuart Woods.

She hosts the annual 20 Days of Love authors’ blogging campaign, March Madness authors’ giveaways campaign, and showcases other authors on her blog at http://www.chelleramsey.com/beautifully-inspired-blog. She is a ghostwriter for romance authors. She also blogs for Liyahmore Publishing and Amore Speaks. Her novels can be found online at Chelle Ramsey Amazon.

LINKS: WEB: http://www.chelleramsey.com EMAIL: chelleramseywrites@gmail.com FACEBOOK: Author Chelle Ramsey TWITTER: @ChellesBooks PINTEREST: ChellesBooks INSTAGRAM: Chelleramseybooks

 

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

I love to read! I also enjoy watching Christmas movies with my daughter, and cheering my youngest son on at wrestling matches. I love escaping away from my kids to have a date night with my husband. ❤

2. What inspired you to become an author?

My husband. Writing has always been a method of relaxation, healing, and what I do when I’m bored, since the age of 12. Once he discovered my writings he began to encourage to publish them. I finally listened 16 years later. J

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

I jumped up from my desk at work, and called my husband and did a silent scream into the phone. It was on our 9th wedding anniversary.

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

Writing and blogging full-time, and possibly doing motivational speeches.

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

Follow your heart’s desire and write what you love. Most importantly get it professionally edited, and a professional cover designer.

 

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 bit.ly/ChellesBookCafe

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Excerpt from Bejeweled: The Flight of an Angel

Angel and Alex sat at the table at Club Blue, she sipping on an Amaretto Sour and he was nursing a Black Russian. The music was jumping and they had danced a few rounds during the last hour they were here.

“Come on, let’s hit the floor one last time, then we’re outta here,” Alex stood, reaching out his hand for her to take.

Angel followed him onto the dance floor holding his hand. Bodies pressed tightly together in the hot, crowded club jumped to the sound of the music. It seemed as if everywhere they turned someone was popping their booty to the music, while bodies were gyrating, and arms swaying. Air currents streamed from the vents positioned all around the club, but it was no match for the heat generated by all the pulsing bodies on this hot summer night.

Angel had dressed rather sexy tonight despite the fact that she was chilling with her now best friend. She needed to feel beautiful and sexy, not to grab Alex’s attention, but as women sometimes do she wanted to see that men still desired her, and she knew her outfit would grab attention when they walked through the club doors. She wore a gold lame` bustier that showcased a slight flare at the waistline. Black tight jeans emphasized her small waist and clung to the curves of her plump behind. Her four inch black stilettos easily boosted her height to 5’5” bringing her closer to Alex’s height tonight. She wore black and gold accessories to match her gold purse. In recent weeks Angel had allowed all the color to grow out of her hair and she wore a long black weave parted in the middle, flowing down to the middle of her back.

Alex held on loosely to her waist with one hand as she wriggled her hips and shook her body from side to side. Her arms locked tightly around his neck and she gave him a flirtatious smile and winked her eye at him. Alex’s face did not crack a smile; she didn’t know what was on his mind, but she gathered he was enjoying himself despite the serious look he wore.

Angel turned around and with her back to him she continued to wiggle her hips back and forth. With a low growl emitting from deep within his throat, Alex pulled her closer to him almost crushing her in his

arms. There was something possessive about his hold on her as his body swayed back and forth to the pulsating rhythm of T.I.’s “Ball.” When he finally loosened his grip, Angel dropped down low and worked her way back up again, all the while making her butt jump to the rhythm of the beat, hair swinging back and forth. When she reached her full standing height Alex was standing behind her swaying to the beat.

“You’ve got moves for a white boy, if I didn’t know any better I would’ve thought you were a brother,” she teased.

“Alright, girl, I got your white boy. Maybe it’s the Armenian blood running through my veins from my mom and dad,” he winked at her.

When the song came to an end they were prepared to leave, but the DJ played Usher’s “Love in This Club” remix and Alex pulled her back against him. She held onto his neck with one hand while the other hung at her right side. She could feel his large hands tightening around her small waist and those green eyes of his were making love to her right there on the dance floor.

When he licked his lips, Angel thought she was going to lose control and go right over the edge. There was an intense passion ignited in her that she didn’t know existed before this moment, one she was not ready to take on. She had one leg between his and his manhood pressed itself against her thigh, growing and demanding attention. Alex’s head lowered as he pressed a soft kiss against the back of her neck. He wanted her and there was no denying it, she held her head up and looked in his eyes again and that was her mistake. Uh-oh, she thought, I think we just crossed the friends line.

Alex took her bottom lip in between his teeth and bit it. As soon as she flicked her tongue out to soothe the bitten spot, he used his tongue to claim hers in a passionate dance of loving. The kiss was demanding, sensual and powerful at once. All thoughts flew from her head as Angel struggled to maintain her composure. Things were moving too quickly for her and she wanted to regain control of the situation before it went too far.

 

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31 Days, 31 Authors-A.C. Taylor

Hi everyone! We’re close to the end of the 31 Days, 31 Authors event. I really hope that you all have added a few of these authors’ books to your “To Be Read” list, because there a lot of amazing, talented authors that you should definitely give a try; including today’s featured author, A.C. Taylor. A.C. is definitely an author to watch, especially with books such as “A Love I Can’t Control”, “Love Me When It Counts”, and her latest, ‘Let’s Make Love Tonight”. Her books are definitely page turners as you get caught up in each of her characters’ world.

Now, here’s A.C.! 🙂

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A.C. Taylor is a romance author from Little Rock, AR. At a young age her imagination took her on a journey that would forever spark her love for writing. In 2015, she was given the opportunity to pursue her dreams as a published author and since that moment, she hasn’t looked back. She’s currently the author of more than six titles and continuously working on more. With the goal to entertain her readers, she creates realistic characters that are full of life, humor and plenty of drama.

 

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

When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch movies and spend time with my family.

  1. What inspired you to become an author?

Reading sparked my love for writing. When I was a little girl I would spend hours reading my favorite books, then I would put pen to paper and create stories of my own.

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

I was excited, but a nervous wreck at the same time.

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

I see myself controlling every aspect of my writing career. I also want to have a large collection of young and new adult novels under my belt. I’ve always wanted to write in that genre.

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

Always remember that what works for someone else may not work for you. Create your own rules. Figure out what makes you comfortable and go with it. Right now is the best time to pursue that dream of becoming an author. The sky is the limit. If it’s what you want, then throw all of the negative thoughts to the side and go for it.

 

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https://www.amazon.com/AC-Taylor

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Here’s an excerpt from my latest release, “Let’s Make Love Tonight.”

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“I wish we didn’t have to go back to the party,” Tat whispered to Shaunie.

“I know. Maybe we can sneak out of here without anyone noticing.”

“You already know that ain’t going to work. Dallas is probably searching for us as we speak.”

Shaunie sighed. “You’re probably right.”

Slowly, she eased off of him.

Grabbing her clothes from the floor, she scurried off into the bathroom.

With his hands behind his head, Tat smiled about what had just happened. A few seconds passed, then he hopped out of bed and slid back into his clothes.

When Shaunie returned, she looked good as new and even sexier than she did before.

“I wish I had a change of clothes, so I could shower,” she said.

Pulling her into him, “What’s wrong? You trying to wash me off of you already?”

“Never.” She gave him a peck on the lips. “But I do feel a little weird going back out there after what we just did.”

“We just made love. That’s all that matters.” Slapping her on the ass, “Now, try not to walk with a limp. I know your shit got to be throbbing,” he whispered.

“Whatever.” Shaunie giggled, then strolled out of the bedroom.

Not wanting to seem too obvious they blew each other a kiss then went their separate ways.

Spotting Dallas at the bar, Tat tried to go in the opposite direction. He knew that he was going to have to deal with him sooner or later, but tonight wasn’t the night.

“Aye man!” Dallas called out to him.

Tossing his head back, Tat squeezed his eyes shut.

Damn!

Slowly, he turned around. “What’s up?” he said as he walked towards him.

“Nothing man. Where in the hell have you been?” Dallas asked.

“I’ve been mingling,” Tat lied.

“Oh yeah? Well, I hope it’s been with some of these fine ass women up in here.”

Not really interested, Tat said, “They straight.”

“Straight? Fool, do you need glasses?”

Tat wasn’t paying Dallas much attention.

Shaunie was talking to her friends, but staring at him at the same time. They couldn’t break eye contact.

Snapping his fingers, “Aye! Are you hearing a damn thing that I’m saying?” Dallas questioned. “What the hell are you looking at?”

“Huh? What are you talking about?” Tat responded.

“I’m talking about you. What’s up?” Following his gaze, Dallas stood to his feet. “Wait a minute. I know we’re not back on this shit again?” he questioned referring to Shaunie. He stopped for a moment, and Tat could tell that he was putting two and two together. “Hold up. You were missing for over an hour and Shaunie was too. Where the hell were you?”

As much as he didn’t want to make a scene, Tat knew that he couldn’t keep what was going on a secret. Taking a deep breath, he said, “I was with Sha.”

Dallas’s eyes widened. “Doing what?”

“None of your business,” Shaunie said as she took her place next to Tat and grabbed his hand.

Glancing down between them, “What’s all that about?”

“What do you think it’s about?” Shaunie quickly came back. “Tat and I are together.”

“What the hell?” Dallas spat, then looked over at Tat. “I thought that we already had this discussion.”

Before he could respond, Shaunie said, “Oh…you mean that off limits crap that you’ve been trying to pull? We’re not trying to hear that. You can’t tell me who I can and can’t be with.”

“I didn’t tell you a damn thing. I told him,” Dallas said as he pointed his finger into Tat’s chest.

The force in his fingertips caused Tat to take a step back. “Aye man. Chill on all of that,” he said.

“What the hell are you going to do if I don’t?” Dallas questioned as he walked up on him.

Tat could tell by the stench on his breath, that he was beyond tipsy and his temper was at an all time high. He wasn’t going to care about who was watching or the feelings that he would hurt. Dallas was just going to fulfill his promise, which probably involved an ass whooping—or at least an attempt to give one.

Trying to keep his cool, Tat said, “I need you to calm down and not act a fool in front of all of these people.”

Pushing him, Dallas shouted, “Damn these people! Let’s talk about why you decided to go against my wishes and fuck my sister? I already know that’s what y’all were doing, so don’t even try to act like I’m lying.”

All eyes were on them.

“Dallas! Stop it!” Shaunie scolded.

“Hell no!” He spat, then drew back to punch Tat in the face.

If he wasn’t drunk, it might have landed, but Tat was too quick. Sliding out of the way, he gripped Dallas by the neck and placed him in a chokehold. It wasn’t anything deadly—just something to keep him from making any sudden moves.

“Let me go!” Dallas shouted.

“Not until you say that you’re going to chill.”

“Fuck you!”

Gripping him a little tighter, Tat said, “That might be what you need to do. Go fall up in some good shit, so you can calm down.”

Reaching for Dallas, Shaunie pulled him from Tat’s grasp. “Alright. That’s enough.”

Dallas snatched away from her, then stood up straight while adjusting his clothes. “This whole situation is some bullshit!” Turning his attention to Tat. “The fact that you thought it was cool to go behind my back after I warned you not to, lets me know where your loyalties lie,” he said before turning and walking off of the boat.

 

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