Jenise by Warren Griffin

I do not give the brothers enough love because they write romance too. Note to self: Feature more books by male authors!

Have I read Jenise by Warren G, I mean, Warren Griffin? Not yet, but this cover is FYE! Ya hear me? Pure kerosene!

Jenise is an alpha woman. Six two, on some Cleopatra Jones shit, and strips, in part, for a living. Melvin is a divorced father, making six figures and enjoying his bachelorhood. Oh, and he’s only five seven.

Y’all! I ain’t but five one myself but damn! Could you get with a dude who’s seemingly perfect in all ways but significantly shorter than you? If you were a professional, cultured, educated man, could you get with a chick who wasn’t on your level?

All those burning questions and more are answered in this romantic he said/she said/they said. Oh yeah, it’s also available on Kindle Unlimited, so check it out!

New Release: The Ties That Bind 3 by D.A. Young

Book Three (Part I) is finally here! Y’all…

D.A. Young gone kill me for that gif, but am I lying? LMAOOOO. We been waiting, and I am jubilant and giddy and simple.

The Ties That Bind…whew…this ain’t no regular “motorcycle club” romance. I am not throwing shots at other authors. I’m just sayin’; this is a romance where the hero just happens to be in an MC. While the the MC plays a central role in the saga, it’s not the center or focus of the drama. Ransom Lawson and Willamina “Billy” Stanton are. Don’t get it twisted…

Part I of the explosive finale picks up where Book 2 of the MC series leaves off. Ransom Lawson, heir apparent to the Immortals MC throne, has defied family tradition and obligation for love—and her name is Willamina “Billy” Stanton.

Life after the MC proves not only challenging for Ransom but also for everyone else directly—or indirectly—involved in Ransom and Billy’s lives. As this new normal begins, there are still old scores to settle, and not everyone will survive the fallout.

Can Ransom truly be his authentic self without the creature comforts of a leather cut and a few bones to crush? Can Billy resume her life as a privileged collegiate and forget all the gore and near-death experience that assailed her in a short span of time?

Marcus “Rage” Glover is no longer a federal agent but a regular, ol’ citizen, which makes him even more dangerous than before. Rage’s reach is long, and his thirst for righting the wrongs done to the women in his life is strong. He has several targets in sight, and neither are prepared for what he has in store.

Claudia Lawson has had enough. She’s remained loyal to Slade Lawson, the Immortals’ prez longer than he deserved. When she learns to finally put herself and her needs first, not even her “something new” can deter the new Claudia from living life on her own terms.

Please note: This is a continuing serial and not simply book 3 in a series. This means that you must read books 1 & 2 to know wtf is goings on, or you will be like, “Dafuq?” Don’t do that to yourself. Self-care comes in all forms.

All three books are available on Kindle Unlimited, so if you’re new to the series, start HERE. Getcho life and make some time ’cause y’all know D.A. Young doesn’t just write a story. She puts her knuckles, palms, and feet in it too. In other words, issa lot. A good lot…

Monday Musings: When Friends Low Key Call You Out

Brazen Babe Reviews, I see you and accept your unspoken challenge.

Talmbout, “…but she doesn’t blog much anymore.”

I blog all the time! In my head… The truth is that I’m just not reading as much as I used to. Let me rephrase that. I’m not reading as much romance as I used to. My tastes have shifted, so I’m reading less romance and more of other genres. I’m seriously considering starting a new blog where I just showcase black authors who write black fiction across all genres and maybe some non-fiction too.

I’ma start back with some regularity, though. I’m not saying it will be tomorrow or next week, but I’m gonna do it! ‘Cause you ain’t gone be giving me no backhand compliments on social and think I won’t respond 😛

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Be My Valentine, Volume Two

BE MY VALENTINE, VOLUME TWO
A LOVE AFRICA PRESS COLLECTION

Life is beautiful especially when you’re in love.
Dive into these hand-picked contemporary romance novellas and fall in love this Valentine’s Day.

Featured stories:
The Curse of Valentine by Glory Abah
She will be loved by Zee Monodee
When Love Happens by Rosemary Okafor
Until Morning by Mukami Ngari

THE CURSE OF VALENTINE by Glory Abah

Jane fell in love in January, to a man she glimpses every evening after work on the way home. Not bold enough to talk to him, she’s content with just staring at her daily fix from afar.

Until one stupid February day when he approaches, starts a conversation and she bolts.

Because February is the worst month in the history of months. And she’s cursed. Cursed to be dumped and left broken-hearted on Valentine Day.

Can she break the curse of Valentine and keep the man she loves?

SHE WILL BE LOVED by Zee Monodee

This Valentine’s Day, the music scene’s hottest artist, DJ Den, is set to perform his worldwide smash hit in Mauritius. Jaeden Kang—the man from Shetland behind the stage name—is looking forward to a break and some inspiration before his tour gobbles him up again.

Tanzanian medical doctor Zenobia Hashemi is visiting her brother on the island when her path crosses that of Jaeden and they’re off to a rocky start.

Neither of them ‘does’ love … but life has other plans for them during this trip!

WHEN LOVE HAPPENS by Rosemary Okafor

Morgan is ruthless and plays dirty to protect his billion-dollar conglomerate. However, he holds a dark secret that could destroy him if exposed. His relationships with women are about pleasure alone until one weekend with the beautiful Eno leaves him ready to risk everything for her.

Eno was a young journalist when she witnessed Morgan murder his wife. Six years later, she’s ready to do anything to make him pay for his crime. Until she falls for his charms. Now she’s torn between destroying the proud billionaire and allowing herself to fall in-love with him.

UNTIL MORNING by Mukami Ngari

Following a devastating relationship breakup, Zawadi is out on a girls’ night out with friends when she meets a sexy stranger with a deep soulful voice created for baby-making music, the handsome face and hot body of a potential cult leader and who rides a motorbike like a speed demon. He becomes her first one-night stand.

Soon she discovers the sexy stranger is her new investor, Gerald. Things deteriorate when he pretends he’s never met her and then she discovers his unfathomable secret.

Will love win this Valentine season?

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

GLORY ABAH

Glory Abah is a die-hard romantic whose head has always been in the clouds. She started reading books from a very young age and finally, decided to pen down the love stories she fantasizes about. She lives in Nigeria and loves to hear from her readers.

You can reach her at (cue social media handles and email address)

Join her mail list to have first access to free stories, book releases, discounts and many more exciting offers, including a FREE book. Click the link ( http://eepurl.com/dnpV-r)

ZEE MONODEE

Of Indian heritage & a 2x breast cancer survivor, Zee lives in paradise (aka Mauritius!) with her long-suffering husband, their smart-mouth teenage son, and their tabby cat who thinks herself a fearsome feline from the nearby African Serengeti plains. When she isn’t in her kitchen rolling out chapattis or baking cakes while singing along to the latest pop hit topping the charts, she can be found reading or catching up on her numerous TV show addictions. In her day job, she is an editor who helps other authors like her hone their works and craft.

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ROSEMARY OKAFOR

Born in Nigeria in 1987, Rosemary Okafor graduated from Rivers State University and has since been employed as a broadcaster, news writer, radio script writer, stage play writer and a shop keeper. She writes short romance and other genres on social media for her followers. This would be her first official published prose. When she is not writing, she is busy as an online marketer, a wife and a mother.

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MUKAMI NGARI

Mukami Ngari is from Nairobi, Kenya.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Pharaoh’s Bed.

She enjoys telling sweet passionate romance and women fiction stories set in Africa.

When she is not writing or reading, she enjoys practicing yoga and watching supernatural T. V shows.

Follow her on her social media account to connect with her and to find out about new releases.

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SWEET BRIAR SERIES by KATHY DOUGLAS

HOW TO STEAL THE LAWMAN’S HEART

Forgiveness starts with a stolen kiss…

Chief of police Trent Knight had it all until an accident took his wife and he was left alone to raise two beautiful girls. Now the person he always blamed for his loss is back in town, and all bets are off. But soon his anger toward Carmen Shields gives way to a very different emotion — awareness of Carmen as a woman. On one hand, it feels like a betrayal of his late wife’s memory. On the other, it could be his second chance at life — and Carmen’s shot at redemption. Maybe she can go home again — with the help of a certain lawman.

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THE WAITRESS’S SECRET

Today’s Special: The Undercover Heiress!

On the run after a bad breakup, wealthy city girl Arden Wexford ends up stranded in small town  Sweet Briar. When hunky chef Brandon Danielson comes to her rescue, offering shelter and a waitressing job until her car is fixed, she reluctantly accepts. But, wanting Brandon to like her for her, not for her money, she doesn’t mention her rich roots. The closer they get, the harder it is to untell the lie.

Brandon came here to start over. Things were’t as they seemed with his ex-fiancee, and he got burned! But is it out of the frying pan, into the fire for Brandon as things heat up with a very special waitress?

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THE RANCHER AND THE CITY GIRL

From sworn enemies to soul mates? 

Wall Street hotshot Camille Parker is the last person rancher Jericho Jones expects to find on his doorstep. Ever since his late wife’s best friend interfered in his marriage, she’s persona non grata in Jericho’s book. But the situation is literally life-and-death for this damsel in distress, and he opens his home to her. The problem is, he opens his heart, too.

Camille has no choice but to seek help from her worst enemy. And as she lets her guard down in close quarters, unexpected feelings surge for him. But what will happen if Camille’s life goes back to normal and the city girl no longer needs to shelter in the reticent rancher’s arms?

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WINNING CHARLOTTE BACK

When the man who left her at the altar moves in next door…

This could not be happening. Charlotte Shields had left both that heartbreaking day and this heartbreaking man behind. But here he is. Even worse, their mutual attraction is back to betray her. Especially as Dr. Rick Tyler works hard to make amends. He’s got to make this move to Sweet Briar work to give his son a second chance. Will he get a second chance with Charlotte in the bargain?

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THE RANCHER’S RETURN

“That’s all you have to say? You’re back now?”

Ten years ago, the love of Raven Reynolds’s life disappeared without a trace. Now Donovan Cordero is back, standing on her doorstep. Along the way, Raven had the rancher’s child—though he didn’t know she was pregnant! Now her prayers have been answered, but happily-ever-after feels further away than ever. Because how can she rebuild a life with her child’s father if she’s engaged to another man?

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A BABY BETWEEN FRIENDS

They pretended to be lovers.

But there’s nothing make-believe about the baby on the way.

When Joni Danielson recruits her best friend, Sweet Briar mayor Lex Devlin, to be her fake boyfriend for a wedding, it’s a no-brainer. But their staged kisses lead to real passion—and heartbreak when Lex pulls away. Now Joni’s in a bigger bind: she’s pregnant. Can she and Lex once again fake it till they make it—to a real relationship?

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ABOUT KATHY DOUGLASS

Kathy is a born reader who as a child always had her nose in a book. That love of reading grew with her. She often would finish one book and immediately pick up another. She went from reading Bobbsey Twins to long, lush romance novels. One day she stumbled upon the Shining by Stephen King and was hooked. She turned her back on romance and became a serious Stephen King fan, reading every word he wrote. When she caught herself checking under the bed and looking in the closet for monsters or worse, she knew it was time to put down the horror stories and pick up the romance novels.

Her return to romance novels was short lived. She’d started law school and soon her reading was limited to legal opinions. Then one happy day her younger sister handed her a Harlequin romance. They were just what the doctor ordered. The books were short enough to read in a week and still get her required reading done. Best of all she knew there would be a happy ending and she wouldn’t have to search her room before she went to bed each night.

When her first child was born, she stopped practicing law to become a stay at home mom. Her second child followed nineteen months later. With two little ones in the house, reading suddenly became limited to Dr. Seuss and other children’s books. Any free time was spent trying to catch up on sleep or laundry.

All too soon her kids were attending pre-school two hours a day. She spent those few precious renewing her relationship with romance novels. After a while she felt the urge to write a book of her own and she began writing the stories she wanted to read. She spent many years writing some really terrible books and learning her craft. In 2016, Kathy sold to Harlequin. Her first book, How to Steal the Lawman’s Heart, was released in February, 2017. Several others soon followed with more to come.

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Monday Musings: Dear Author, It’s 2020. It’s Time To…

Let.That.Shit.Go.

What am I talking about?

  1. Tryna always please ungrateful, stalker readers with writing stuff you’re not feeling because you want to keep your readers happy. Stop! I’ve seen this done too often, and the books more often than not suck ass because the effort to produce a quality piece of fiction is obviously non-existent.
  2. Letting bullshit reviews without merit or context get you down. You can’t please everyone, and there are a lot of miserable people out here who simply want something to complain about.
  3. Conversely, not taking thoughtful, critical reviews into consideration. Trust me, I know accepting criticism is difficult, but if the majority of your lowest-rated reviews say the same things—poor spelling and grammar, inconsistencies in plot—then maybe it’s time to do some much-needed self-reflection and accept that you need to invest in your craft as much as you are about collecting them coins.
  4. Over-promising and under-delivering. I love y’all dearly, but stop playing with our emotions! Readers know what I’m talmbout, and so do you authors. I need not say more.
  5. Engaging in social media beefs. I’m not talking about confronting problematic behaviors or addressing systematic issues that affect your livelihood. I’m talking about publicly arguing with someone because they didn’t like your story. Chile, let that shit go.

Authors, I’m not picking on you. I’ve been on the sidelines for years, watching all these scenarios play out. It’s not a good look, and I’ve had to let a lot of loyalties and support go because an author cowered or showed their ass. Don’t be that author.

To everyone reading this, I wish you a safe and prosperous new year. Thanks for riding with this opinionated chick for the last five years!

Laws of Attraction by A.C. Arthur

 

LAWS OF ATTRACTION BY A.C. ARTHUR

Litigation attorney, Kelly Brandon, lands the case of her career when a college friend shares that she’s been sexually harassed by a popular baseball player. Inspired by her sister’s suicide a year ago, Kelly is determined to bring this offender to some form of justice. What she doesn’t expect is learning that the crisis manager hired to save the day for the ballplayer is Sterling Layne, a blind date turned one-night stand that Kelly tried valiantly to forget.

The only thing that comes before Sterling’s job is his family, so when his headstrong cousin gets into trouble it’s Sterling’s duty to help him out—even though he’s not totally sure of his innocence. Coming face-to-face with the woman he’d had a hard time forgetting might be the only upside to dealing with this public relations nightmare. Now, together, Sterling and Kelly must find a solution that works for everyone involved, while trying to resist the attraction that’s been steadily brewing since their first date.

But there’s another aspect to this case that neither of them expect and when the danger reveals itself, Kelly and Sterling will be forced to take a long, hard look at the lives they’ve been leading and the future they’re working toward.

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ABOUT A.C. ARTHUR

AC Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband, three children, grandson and an English bulldog named Vader. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.

Working in the legal field for over twenty-five years, AC has seen lots of horrific things and longs for the safe haven of a romance novel. To date, she has written in several genres: YA paranormal (w/a Artist Arthur), small town romance as Lacey Baker, and sexy contemporary and paranormal romance. With intriguing plots and sexy love scenes, AC brings a new edge to romance!

 

Monday Musings: Have Yourself An Early Merry Christmas

I know everyone, most everyone will be busy with family and work and stress over the next few days, so I wanted to wish everyone an early Merry Christmas (if you celebrate). If you’ll be spending a quiet holiday alone (by choice or circumstance), why not read something light and Christmas-y? If you need an escape from the chaos, this is for you too.

I’ve compiled a lil’ list of Christmas reads that I believe are worth checking out. Even if you’ve already read them, they’re great to revisit this time (and any time, for real) of year.

Happy Christmas and Happy Reading!

New Beginnings by D.A. Young

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the night before by Jacinta Howard

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Santa Baby! by Te Russ

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Snowbound by Kim Golden

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Grounded for Christmas by Savannah J. Frierson

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The Hook-Up Before Christmas by Phyllis Bourne

Lenora: His Omega Mate by Chencia C. Higgins

Slept on: Under the radar; something exceptional but unknown

That about sums this series up in a nutshell. The Wolves of Texas series isn’t your average shifter saga. For one, how often do we read about a pack, a community of black werewolves in romance or speculative fiction? I’ll wait…

Lenora is Book 2 in the series and it’s all about the omega—the essential chump of the pack (sorry…) If you haven’t already, I suggest that you start with Book 1, Janine, the alpha queen, to learn the history of the Hurst pack. It’s fascinating, and I do hope the author considers doing a story on its origins.

What I love most about this series is the duality of the wolf/human spirit and how they constantly battle with one another, not so much for supremacy (although, in some ways, they do) but because the wolf is wiser and more in tune with what’s best for the human. You know us humans think we know everything!

Blurb:

As the twin of the future alpha, Lenora was born to be the omega of her pack. It was her birthright and duty to keep the emotional balance in the Hurst pack, and it was a duty she embraced with open arms. However, ensuring everyone else’s happiness began to drain her spirit and make her long for a mate to call her own; someone who could help her decompress the way she did for others. After her brother finally accepted his position as alpha and chose his mate, she wasted no time in her quest to follow suit. Since the wolf she preferred was determined to remain unattached, the hunt was on for someone who would give her everything she had been yearning for and quell the aching loneliness of her wolf.

Adrian has been second-in-command to his best friend since the two of them were in diapers; long before either of them were known as beta or alpha of alphas. He has also been in love with his best friend’s twin sister for just as long. Although he won’t disrespect his alpha by pursuing the pack omega, watching his Nora search for a mate is slowly driving him insane. Bound by teachings of those considered more wiser than he, his fight to remain unaffected becomes increasingly difficult. Suddenly, the reasons sitting between them seem less like duty and more like torture, and before long Adrian has to decide what’s more important: loyalty or love.

Slick by Marlee Rae

Hidden gem: something which is extremely outstanding and not many people may know about

Slick: a hidden gem

Synopsis:

Malcolm “Slick” Montgomery dominates the mountains and commands the legal world. He perfectly balances both sides of his unique family life because he’s known for taking care of those he loves at any cost. The only thing he hasn’t found is true love.
Tia “Tweet” Phillips is a young firecracker determined to chart her own course in this world without help from anyone, especially her family. She has placed her love life on hold while she pursues her career goals. When the pair meet on the ski slopes, will they proceed when they figure out they are in different stages in life? Will he be able to capture her? Or will she stay on her original path?
Now, I’ma give you the real: This book was FUNNY AF, ya hear?! I love a romance that invokes wetness in multiple places (We grown…) Don’t let the word “slick” fool you into thinking this is about some playboy who hits and quits it because it’s anything but. Dude is solid, through and through. This story has very likable characters, and I give it extra credit for taking place in my hometown of…where? DC baybay!