Hi everyone!! Starting tomorrow, the 30 Days 30 Authors event begins with a brand new roster of authors! There will also be some authors returning from the previous event last year, as they give updates to what they have been up to since the last event in December.
I’m very excited for this year’s event, and you should as well, as one lucky winner will win books from each author participating in this event! That’s right, one winner will receive 30 books from 30 authors by entering into the Rafflecopter giveaway that will be taking place throughout the event.
Here is the flyer for the event, as it details the authors that will be featured:
Kicking off the event tomorrow will be LaToya Murchison! Get to know her as well as the other 29 authors that will be making appearances on my blog throughout the month of September. This will surely be an event to remember! 🙂
If you also want to read each interview from the previous 30 Days 30 Authors event, as well as the 31 Days 31 Authors event, you can click on the links below:
30 Days 30 Authors: https://sheenabinkley.com/?s=30+Days+30+authors
31 Days 31 Authors: https://sheenabinkley.com/?s=31+Days+31+Authors
Hi everyone! For the 31 Days, 31 Authors event, today’s featured author is no other than Lynette Edwards. Before becoming an author under my publishing company, SBinkley Publishing, she was already an established author in the Christian Fiction genre; she has penned several books, including Just A Little Talk With Jesus, Take Off The Mask, and Uncompromising Love.
Now, here’s Lynette! 🙂
Lynette Edwards was born and raised in the Southern state of Louisiana. She has been a published author since 2011. Within the last five years Lynette has had the pleasure of reaching readers on a national level via television and by attending a national gallery book tour. Lynette enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. Her goal is to one day travel across America and leave an impact on all those around her through her written words. Lynette believes that everything happens in life is either a lesson or a blessing. She is determined to make the best out of life’s situations as she firmly believes that the best is yet to come.
1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
I love organizing events and conducting leadership trainings. I like learning new things so I am always researching and seeking ongoing training to sharpen my skills.
2. What inspired you to become an author?
I was given a book of ‘inspiring women’, instead of reading the book I became intrigued with how much of an impact women can make. It was then that I began writing and within a few hours of writing I knew that I wanted to be a published author.
3. What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?
I was filled with mixed emotions. I immediately smiled and remembered thinking how awesome it was to see my manuscript actually be turned into a book.
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Within the next five years I see myself helping aspiring writers reach their goals. I want to be able to provide resources to others who one day wish to become an author and entrepreneur.
5. What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?
I definitely would advise future authors to carefully do their research. Writing is a business and like any business you have to be familiar with every aspect and have self knowledge of the business.
One Night Only series
Excerpt from One Night Only
I literally can’t stand sitting in the house every weekend alone. Nothing excites me. I just need one night of pleasure and fun; a night to let loose and take my hair down. I know what I will do. I will call up an old friend and see what’s popping in the big city.
“Hey Leah, it is me, Sasha. What’s going on tonight?”
“Sasha? Yeah right. I haven’t heard from Sasha in about four years; now, seriously, who is this and why are you playing on my phone?”
Sasha, while laughing out loud, says, “Girl, you are so crazy but, seriously, it’s me, Sasha. What’s going on in the city tonight?”
Leah thinks for a minute. “The Missionary Church is having a night revival and, if I’m not mistaken, the church in our old neighborhood started hosting weekend activities, but you know I don’t fool with church folks, girl.”
Sasha laughs uncontrollably. “Leah, are you serious right now? I don’t want to hear about church. I have spent the last four years of my life in church, from Sunday morning worship to Saturday night kids quest praise. Oh and let’s not forget about Tuesday night bible study; trust me, girl, the last thing I want to hear about is church. I need some real fun in my life. You know, the kind of fun that we used to have back in the day. Don’t act like you forgot about all the fun we used to have and stunts we used to pull way back when. Girl, just thinking about all the times we went out and partied until the early mornings and how crunk we used to get over on the strip by the barbeque stand; yes indeed girl; I need some fun back in my life.”
“WHAT!” yells Leah. “Girl, again, who are you? And what have you done with single, saved, sanctified Sasha? You know what? Never mind, it doesn’t matter who you are; I like you way better than Sasha. Get dressed and be at my house in one hour. Let’s turn up and party like it is 1999 again!” The two ladies hang up the phone.
Oh my God, I have absolutely nothing to wear tonight. I haven’t been out in years. What was I thinking? This isn’t me, what are the folks at church going to say? What if someone sees me? What if I have forgotten how to dance? Lord, I need a sign, do I stay? Do I go? Please Lord, I need to hear from you right now. Hello? Oh well, guess he is busy; dang, even the Lord has plans tonight. Guess that’s my sign to go out and have fun!
I cannot believe I spent four years of my life tied down to doing everything right, only to feel like I’ve missed out on my life. I just want to have fun, be free, and live my life. Wait, what am I saying? I am free; I do have fun. Just yesterday, I drove to the national charity center and fed the homeless. Wow, did I really just say that? I have truly lost my zest for life. I mean, here I am almost thirty years of age, no kids no prospects, and I sit at home every night and read and clean my house; who does that?
All I need is one night only.
Sasha pulls up to Leah’s house and enters. “Leah girl, I am here and I am ready to get my party on, but I must say that I am just a little bit nervous, I mean, it has been years since I stepped out and I keep going back and forth in my head and, I must admit, I’m starting to have doubts.”
Leah shrugs. “Sasha, really? Like, what are you, a child? You are so lucky I love you, girl. I called over my homeboy after I spoke with you and he dropped off something to help get us off to a good night. All I need you to do is sit back and relax while I prepare it.”
Sasha is looking confused. “Prepare what? And what homeboy do you know that just comes and drops you off things, like seriously girl?”
“SASHA!” screams Leah. “Sit your nervous self down on the sofa and relax! Now, you called me, remember? It’s been years since we spoke, I was fine at my own home, minding my own business, and you called me wanting to have fun, so sit back, relax, and let’s have fun! I can’t believe you seriously allowed the fact that you started going to church change you! You promised me years ago that, no matter what happened in your life, you would always be true and always be down for anything; did you forget that? Like seriously chick, you need to get it together; you are acting like an old maid and, quite frankly, you are killing my vibe, so sit down and chill the hell out before I get mad!!!”
Sasha sits back and relaxes while Leah finishes getting ready, they then leave Leah’s house to enjoy a night out in the city.
Win Lynette’s book, One Night Only, as well as ebooks from each featured author through the 31 Days, 31 Authors Giveaway! To enter, please click on the Rafflecopter link below:
Hi everyone! I’m a little late posting (was at work all day), but here’s day four of the Swirling Around Love event with today’s featured author, Steven Steps!
Hello everyone. Its day 4 of the Swirling Around Love ‘Multicultural Event’. I hope you all are enjoying yourself. It feels great to shine the light on so many talented authors. So, if you haven’t checked out their books go ahead & do so. Don’t forget to enter each giveaway throughout the event.
Today we have Seven Steps joining us. Let’s get to know who she is …
Seven Steps is a new author with a flair for telling original stories filled with action, romance, and beautifully detailed settings. She specializes in diverse science fiction romance with strong heroines and hot heroes.
Seven Steps is a working wife and mother, as well as a devoted owner of a beautiful cat named Rosie. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, thrifting, and anything that reminds her of the 1990s.
“Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.”
–William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.
1. What inspired you to become a Multicultural, IR or BWWM Romance writer?
I enjoy writing most when the story reflects me as a person. Growing up, I was always attracted to a particular type of man: tall, blonde haired, and blue eyed. I was obsessed with boy bands, particularly the Backstreet Boys. That didn’t change much as I grew older, though my taste veered more towards dark hair, dark eyes. Very Black Irish or
Italian. So, naturally, my writing reflected that. All except for one of my upcoming books feature an interracial couple.
2. Besides writing, what are some of your favorite things?
I love music, particularly 90’s music. Everyone thinks that the music of their generation is the best and I am no exception. I love the Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Matthews Band, Blink 182, and Incubus. Mostly rock and punk. My dad gave me a classic rock album when I was a teen. That album introduced me to a new sound that I absolutely loved. It was one of those late night infomercial cd’s with songs like, American Band, Ballroom Blitz, and My Sherona on it. It really created a soft spot in my heart for classic rock. My husband listens to a lot of hip hop, so we play that as well. Not new hip hop, old hip hop. Ludicrous, Busta Rhymes, stuff like that. We were both born in the 80’s, so 90’s and 2000’s hip hop is the only hip hop allowed in the house.
3. Name at least two (2) authors that you admire who write Multicultural, IR or BWWM Romance?
Jasmine Parker is an Indie Author. She doesn’t write much anymore but, I really like her books because they are clean interracial romance. I try to write clean romance as well so that the books have a broader appeal. I remember my first book with an IR couple was Aliyah Burke’s book, A Knight’s Vow. I really enjoyed it. Oh, and J.J Murray is awesome for contemporary romance.
4. What types or genre of books do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?
I love science fiction books. Anything with aliens and spaceships. I love historical romance and contemporary romances. My favorite author is Brittinay Cherry. Her book The Air He Breathes, is probably the best book I’ve ever read hands down.
5. Are you working on anything new? If so, when can we expect it to be released?
I have three books coming out this year. The Slave Planet 2: Civil War, is a sequel to The Slave Planet. That should be out by the end of the summer hopefully. Civil War picks up where Slave Planet left off. This story has more fantasy elements in it, which I think people will really like. There is a huge betrayal by one of the main characters, giant monsters, new loves, old enemies, and, of course, a Civil War.
The Last Rock King is my first contemporary romance, interracial of course. It’s about a rock star whose career is failing and he goes on a world tour to try to revive it. On the tour he meets a woman named Cassie, his on staff nurse. Things go great between them until a serial killer starts targeting women who are associated with the tour. It’s a romantic suspense that I’m sure everyone will enjoy.
Peace in the Storm is another contemporary romance that I hope will be out this year, depending on how I publish it. It is about a divorced couple who find themselves
stranded on an island. The island holds many secrets, and some of the more deadly ones are gunning for the couple. They have to work together to stay safe and stay alive. It’s an interracial clean romance with lots of action, romance, and close calls. Be on the lookout for it.
6. Do you have any scheduled upcoming events; such as book signings, interviews, etc.?
Only this interview. LOL.
7. Where do you expect to be in your career as an author five (5) years from now?
Five years from now I want to be a well-known name in the Clean Interracial Romance genre.
8. What advice can you give to new authors who’s interested in writing in this genre?
Write every day. Lean on the shoulders of giants by finding out what more established authors are doing and do that. Join mentor groups. Keep writing. Outline. Get an editor and a great cover.
Special message from Seven Steps to you …
Thank you for your support, messages and encouragement. For me, the road to becoming an author was a long one. Even though I wrote constantly, my work was never really supported. After publishing my book, The Slave Planet, the outpouring of support was overwhelming. Every time someone says they enjoy something I’ve written, I feel like I’ve sprouted wings. I hope to continue to take readers on journeys of discovery, adventure, and most of all LOVE for as long as I can. Thank you all.
The Slave Planet Series
The Slave Planet
Love is the ultimate crime. On a planet where women are born to rule, Empress Nadira’s secret affair with her slave threatens to rip her family apart. When she joins the highest council in the land, her secret is revealed. Will Nadira go against everything she believes in to protect her family, or will she choose her heart and doom everyone she loves to death? The Slave Planet is a, science fiction, interracial (black woman white man) romance. It is a thrilling journey into an alternate history where women rule the world. This is the first book in THE SLAVE PLANET trilogy.
Available for purchase here.
The Slave Planet 2
Before I Wake
In the spirit of The Twilight Zone, Unsolved Mysteries, and the X Files, BEFORE I WAKE contains two haunting love stories with a mind blowing endings that will leave you with one simple question: Was It Real?
The Cottage Ashling’s quiet farm life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when a handsome stranger, bloodied and unconscious, appears next to a haystack. When he awakens, her world will never be the same again. The Playthings People are disappearing by the second, including Samantha Patterson’s husband. As her world shifts around her, Samantha questions everything that she knows is real. Her husband, her child, her life… was it all just a dream?
Available for purchase here.
The Last Rock King
Coming September 27th | Available for Pre-Order September 17th
Cassie Washington thought spending her summer touring with a rock band would be an adventure… When Cassie’s father invites her to take time off from medical school and go on tour with the rock band he manages, she envisions traveling the world, meeting celebrities, and finally making peace with her estranged father. But when the rock star sets his sights on Cassie, she’s forced to make a life-changing decision. Fulfill her lifelong dream of being a doctor, or become the Rock King’s new queen?
Noah LaRock was once dubbed The Last Rock King, but that feels like a long time ago… Noah’s popularity has waned, but he hopes this world tour will change all of that. After getting off on the wrong foot with the new on-staff nurse—Cassie, who just happens to be his manager’s daughter—his best friend Dondo is introduced to Cassie’s friend Kelly. The next morning, Kelly is found murdered. As the tour goes on, more girls wind up dead… Cassie pleads with Noah and the authorities, convinced that someone with ties to the band is behind the murders—but even after an arrest, the bodies keep piling up. And that’s not all for Noah—he learns that his record label’s dropping him, his money has run low, there’s a killer targeting his fans, and his on-staff nurse has taken up permanent residence in his thoughts. Can Noah revive his career, catch a killer, and win Cassie’s heart—or is it already too late for the…Last Rock King?
Peace In The Storm
Coming October 3rd
A vacation was just what Lisa Matthews needed. After spending the past five years picking up the broken pieces of her life, Lisa is finally ready to move one. Flanked by her best friend Trish, Lisa arrives in Jamaica ready to meet new people, swim in the ocean, and finally forget about the brown eyes that have haunted her for the last five years. But the past has a strange way of showing up when you least expect it. Chance is working on the deal of a lifetime. After spending the last ten years growing his fortune into the billions, workaholic Chance Gionatti is forced to take an unwanted, weeklong vacation. No work phone, no email, nothing. On the first day of the worst vacation of his life, the one woman he’s been trying to forget for the last five years literally falls into his arms, and just like that, his world changes. A doomed boat tour. When a devious tour guide drops them on a strange island, Chance and Lisa must find a way to work together despite their past. Can they survive the monstrosities that have taken up residence on the mysterious island? Will they allow their past to consume them, or will they finally find a way to be each other’s Peace In The Storm?
Book Excerpt ~ The Slave Planet
Click here to read an excerpt from The Slave Planet.
Enter for a chance to win an advance copy of The Last Rock King by signing up to Seven Steps Newsletter. The Last Rock King will be available for pre-order on September 17th. Giveaway ends September 18th.
Did you miss the previous posts of the other featured IR, BWWM or Multicultural authors of this awesome event? If so, check them out below
Day 1 – Shantee A Parks
Day 2 – Theresa Hodge
Day 3 – Blue Saffire
Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see the next featured author. Also, make sure you follow my blog as well as the host of this event.
Recently, I have launched the In Love With My Best Friend series to paperback through Createspace. To celebrate, I am doing 3 different giveaways on Goodreads! Through each giveaway, I am giving 2 copies of A Chance at Love, The Wedding, Part I and Part II. The giveaway for A Chance at Love is for the US and Canada only, while the giveaways for The Wedding, Part I and II are for the US, UK, and Canada.
To enter, either click on the links below or you can go onto Goodreads and go on the Giveaway page. The contest for A Chance at Love is going on now, while the giveaways for The Wedding Part I and Part II will start at 2am central, Midnight pacific time. The end dates will appear on each contest link. As always, good luck!
The release for The Wedding, Part II is almost here and to celebrate the wonderful occasion on Friday, I will be doing a variety of events on my Facebook page as well as on Goodreads!!
For my Facebook page, I will be doing various giveaways, including:
* Two $5 Amazon gift cards
* A $10 iTunes gift card
* An autographed paperback of A Chance at Love and eBook copy of The Wedding, Part I
To win any of the prizes above, I will be listing a question from either A Chance at Love or The Wedding, Part I. The first person to inbox the correct answer will win the prize.
I will also be revealing a sneak peek of a brand new series, a snippet of Unconditional Love, and revealing the winner of the contest through Signed Books and Stuff.
The event will be start at 12pm eastern/11am central and will end at 6pm eastern/5pm central, so make sure to visit my like page to join the fun!
On Goodreads, I will be running a giveaway for two autographed paperback copies of A Chance at Love. The contest will start on June 20th and will last for a month. I will be posting the link under the Contests & Giveaways section.
And for those of you who do follow me on Facebook, I am trying to reach 1,000 likes so I can reveal my huge surprise. I hinted that it will be a giveaway and it will be the biggest one yet, so tell everyone you know to like the page so it can reach its goal!
Also, if you haven’t done so yet, please sign-up to my mailing list. The first newsletter will have a great giveaway: http://eepurl.com/U1gqj
Hi everyone!!! I mentioned on my Contests and Giveaway page that I will be doing a trivia contest on Facebook. The questions have now been posted on my page. For anyone who is on Facebook and would like to participate, you can be answering the following questions below, but in order to win, you must inbox me as well as Iamshawnda Hamilton and answer ALL 40 QUESTIONS to receive the big prize.
Here are the questions:
In Love With My Best Friend
1. Where did Trevor and Chelsea have their engagement party?
2. Why did Trevor move back to Houston?
3. What movie were Trevor and Camille watching in his condo?
4. What game did Camille and Trevor play at The Aquarium?
5. What company does Camille work for?
6. What was the dance Trevor and Camille learned at The Dance Factory?
7. Who was the person that caught Trevor and Camille making out at Perry’s?
8. What is the name of the song that Camille and Trevor danced to at Bar79?
9. What is the name of the bridal store that Chelsea had her bridesmaids go to for their fitting?
10. Where was the venue Chelsea and Trevor had their wedding?
A Chance at Love
1. Which character’s birthday was at the beginning of the story?
2. What meal did Tia order while dining at Hugo’s?
3. Where is Charles’ and Trevor’s favorite hangout?
4. Where did Charles and Shelby meet?
5. What company does Charles and Tia work for?
6. Where did Tia attend college?
7. What area in Texas does Granny Bea live?
8. What club did Tia, Charles, Camille, and Trevor go to during their night out?
9. Where was the place Tia and Charles first met?
10. What was the song being played when Charles proposed to Tia?
1. What happened to Riana during the prologue of Love Unbroken?
2. What is Riana’s major?
3. Where did Riana and Shawn meet?
4. What is Riana’s screen name on Spoken?
5. Who is the guy Riana met at the off-campus party?
6. What is Shawn’s apartment address?
7. What is the name of the club that held Open Mic night?
8. What was the song everyone danced to during the “dance contest?”
9. How are Shawn and Nathan related?
10. What was the song Shawn sung to Riana at Open Mic?
1. Where was Cheryl in the prologue?
2. How did Cheryl and Marcus meet?
3. Who is Cheryl’s ex-boyfriend?
4. Where did Marcus take Cheryl for their first date?
5. Where was the place Marcus mentioned to Cheryl as his “thinking place?”
6. What was the song the guys performed karaoke to?
7. What was the name of the restaurant where Cheryl met all of Marcus’ flings?
8. What TV show did Cheryl referenced a scene similar to her date with Marcus at the restaurant?
9. What was the name of the movie Cheryl wanted to reenact a scene from?
10. What was the name of the song Marcus sung to Cheryl at his birthday party?
The contest will end tomorrow at ll:59pm eastern/10:59 central. Good luck everyone!!!!
Hi everyone!! I have been VERY busy with putting the finishing touches on A Chance at Love as well as writing Trust Me, so of course, I haven’t been able to do a post in quite some time. Now, a random thought came to mind while I was sitting at work (Yes, I still have a 9 to 5). I was thinking, should I post the first chapter of Trust Me for anyone who may be interested in reading it? Since the story comes out next month, I was thinking if I should post the chapter to give everyone a chance to preview Cheryl and Marcus’ story (also to check up with Riana and Shawn).
If you are interested in reading the first chapter, there are a couple of ways to voice your interest. You can do so by replying to this post; you can send me a tweet @ChevonBink, or you can message me on Facebook. If enough readers are interested in reading the first chapter, I will post it on here soon.
A Chance at Love will be available next Friday on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Make sure to download your copy and see what happens between Tia and Charles. If you loved In Love With My Best Friend, then you will definitely enjoy this story!
Also, I will be announcing the winners to all the recent giveaways on this blog. The announcement will be soon, so stay tuned!