Monday Musings: The Case of the Formulaic Author

What exactly do I mean by formulaic? Well, I’m not referring to authors who only write one genre. I’m referring to the author whose nearly every book has the same underlying theme, whether it be alpha dudes who get tamed by the nerdy misfit or the rich mogul who meets his match in the feisty, I-don’t-need-you-but-you-gon-want-me woman.

And let me just say: I have absolutely nothing against this! I actually have a handful of faves whose specialty is writing a certain trope, and I look forward to each new release like a fiend geeking for rocks. But what I don’t like is the thinly veiled, recycled storylines where I can predict the outcome of the book less than fifty percent in.

From the plot right down to the love scenes are virtually identical to the previous books, and that’s where I blow my gasket! C’mon son! How you gon plagiarize yourself? I’m so serious when I say I have read books where the author details the sex between the couple using the same descriptors from all her previous stories.  I had to actually make sure I wasn’t reading the same story. When I come to a love scene now, I literally swipe straight through to the next scene. No bueno…

I know I’m not the only one who’s experienced this. Are you okay with repetition as long as the story is entertaining?


Flashback Friday: Angel’s Wrath by SK

This week’s flashback is the story one of my all-time favorite heroes: Angel LaCroix. He’s an asshole. He’s sexy af. He’s ruthless. He’s a gangster. He’s misunderstood. Not. What this dude is is the truth!

I remember when this book dropped back in 2012, there was all this drama about “Why this author infiltrating this series with this white boy?” Chile, bye. He only white on the outside, lol. Angel is a brotha-believe that. And not an “honorary” one. Don’t let outward appearances get you fucked up…

Anyway, although Angel’s Wrath is the fourth book in SK’s wildly popular Sin City series, it can be read as a standalone for all my IR fans. This green-eyed bandit takes no prisoners when it comes to his — his business, his family, his woman. He is alpha on acid, and this story just had me hooked from the first chapter.

Regardless of your “preferred” genre, this story is fire. I highly recommend it and the other stories in the series. There are seven altogether and worth the small investment.


New Release: Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard

Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard. The tour will run July 23-August 6, 2017.

Publication Date: July 7, 2017
Genre: Romance and Suspense
Paperback: 324 pages
About the Author
Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.


Today, she has independently published over 40 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The Michigan Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.

“I’m no superwoman,” she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. “I’m just being an asset in the world instead of a liability.”

About The Book
Madison wanted more than anything to be beautiful and meeting a tall, handsome stranger was the answer to her prayers. Yet, was meeting the stranger all a ploy to steal her valuable research? Or did he really love her? She must discover the truth, but will she survive or lose herself and everything she has worked for. Find the answers wrapped around suspense, drama, and romance in Beautiful, Author Sylvia Hubbard’s 40th Novel. Read chapters 1-5 of Beautiful for free
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Monday Musings: Musings of a Newsletter Junkie

In this day of minimalism and decluttering your inbox, both of which I am huge advocates, I am not ashamed to admit two things:

  1. I love newsletters.
  2. I love getting emails. With newsletter updates.

As a blogger, I depend heavily on author’s newsletters to keep me in the know because I don’t always have the time to troll or engage in social media for updates. I think newsletters are one of an author’s greatest marketing tools that often go under the radar.

Newsletters not often keep us informed into what’s on the horizon as far as new releases, but it gives the reader a sense of exclusivity. I love being “in the know” before it becomes public knowledge. I love when an author shares a snippet of their WIP and tells us not to share or disclose. That’s exclusivity, baby!

So, I’m saying all this to say, getchu a newsletter and pimp it! And actually drop one at least once a month! Show us a side of yourselves that you may not want to share on the gram or the book of Face. I

Flashback Friday: Mina’s Joint by Keisha Ervin

You know, I hardly feature any urban fiction, trap fiction, hood reads, whatever you wanna call it on this blog. Not because I’m an uppity negress blogger. Don’t get it twisted; I read a lot of trap fiction. But this is a romance blog at its core, and a lot of the “romance” in urban fiction is rooted in the life of a trapper, which is more often than not rooted in romance that is centered in having side pieces and multiple baby mamas and all that. This blog ain’t about that life, though.

With all that being said, there is one story in particular that I loved since I clicked it up way back in 2011, and it’s Mina’s Joint by the queen of sophistiratchet hood love, Keisha Ervin.

Mina Matthews got it going on: She’s a twenty-five year old boss. Mina owns her own hair salon, drives the latest whip, and is engaged to the son of the mayor of St. Louis. Her life is envious, right? WRONG! Especially when the man you’re about to marry is a psychotic monster.

Enter Victor Gonzalez: former flame and international trap king. Victor is the boss of bosses and foine af! Oh, he and Mina also have history that’s about to turn both of their worlds upside down. While Mina and Victor get reacquainted, there’s one thing, rather, person, standing in their way: Psycho Andy, Mina’s deranged fiancé.

Yes, this story has some trap elements in it, obviously, but at the heart of it is a romance with a surprise twist at the end. But there are hella funny moments, especially with Mina’s mother Rita. Blac Chyna’s mother ain’t got nothing on Rita Matthews LMFAO! Oh, and there’s a sequel, Mina’s Joint 2. If you’ve always been “curious” about urban fiction but just didn’t want to go there because of the violence, ratchetness, and all the other “unsavory” elements, Mina’s Joint is mild in comparison and worth consideration.

Meet The Author: L. S. Bergman

I’ve met someone new in these literary skreets, and her name is L.S. Bergman!

Harpo, who dis?

L.S. Bergman is a Caribbean writer of women centered romantic fiction. Liz’s writing cuts across multiple genres, from historical to urban contemporary and poetry, with a focus upon different cultural blends and romantic possibilities.

Ahhh…the possibilities….

As you can see, Ms. B. writes errthang, and her books are available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Check em out! And I love these book covers…

Connect with author L.S. Bergman today and discover a new fave 🙂

Monday Musings: Talking Books Are Not For Me

Trust me, I have tried. And I’ve tried, but when I listen to an audiobook, after ten minutes, it becomes

I know many of you love audiobooks because I’ve seen you gushing over them on Twitter and Facebook. “Oh, they’re so convenient.” “I listen to them on my commute to work.” “I clean the house while listening to my audiobook.” “It’s hands-free ‘reading’.” Ok, sold, dammit! Y’all legit had a sista wet wanting to get her hands on some audiobooks, so I goes to Amazon and immediately sign up for Audible at the insane price of $14.99 a month.

Initially, I thought the $14.99 a month was a “subscription” service, like Kindle Unlimited, where you can listen to so many books at a time like K.U., but nooooooooooo. That $14.99 month earns you one credit that can be used toward the purchase of an audiobook. Hol’ up! One book?! Son! They got me all the way fucked up, but you know what? I sign up anyway because I know my friends won’t steer me wrong.

I’m on Audible, and for some reason, I am immediately overwhelmed. I don’t know why when I can easily handle an Amazon page filled with book suggestions with my eyes closed, one arm tied behind my back, and three fingers bound together with duct tape. What do I choose? Well, let me tell you: The romance category unequivocally sucks monkey balls! Ain’t hardly none of my faves have audiobooks available, and the ones who do, I’ve either already read the actual book or don’t have ones I’m interested in listening to. So, I decide to check out some self-enhancement books.

I got through a little less than half of it. Nooooope.

Five months, five credits, and seventy-five dollars later …

Yeah, I’m done.

I honestly tried. To the tune of $75.00, I tried. It’s just not for me. One, I’m a wordsmith, not a listenersmith. Two, I am the most easily distracted person on the planet. Unlike music, which is melodious and soothing, listening to a talker in my ears is like listening to the annoying buzz of an insect, no matter how entertaining the story may be. I literally began swatting at my ears after so long. It becomes an “audible” nuisance. This is why I can’t get into podcasts either (Although, I’m forcing myself because there are a few that I really want to listen to.)

So, all my audiobook junkies, what is the secret? Do I need to change my mindset, or is it just one of those either you is or you ain’t typa deals?

Friday Flashback: Nappily Ever After by Trisha R. Thomas

This week’s flashback features the first book in a now nine-story series (so far). It was revolutionary in that our hair was as central to the storyline as the characters themselves, and I am talking about none other than…

It the title doesn’t give it away, I don’t know what does. Nappily Ever After is the tale of a Gen-Xer who finds self-liberation after letting go of the man who defined how she viewed herself and the idea of a perfect life and the long, luxurious mane that defined how other people saw her.

Venus Johnston had it all: dream job, gorgeous home, hair to die for, and the man of her dreams. Now, you know good and well that if it seems too good to be true, then it usually is. Clint turns out to be nothing more than a fuckboy with a medical degree and Venus gives new meaning to the phrase “Short hair, don’t care”.

What I love about this story is it addressed so many of the things I was personally experiencing at that time, way back in 2001 when this story was first published. I was in a dead-end relationship and I let my hair define my idea of beauty. While I had just begun transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, I still wore straight-haired wigs because I wasn’t ready to embrace the “natural me” then. Venus was brave in her decision to chop off her Barbie-like mane and wear a short natural. She was even braver to let go of a man who was safe and comfortable but wouldn’t commit to her in a more permanent manner.

Nappily Ever After is told with candid hilarity. I think we all have a little Venus in us, and we all know a Clint. Or two…

Steals N Deals: Click Em Now!

This is what happens when you save a post in Draft status instead of scheduling it! You end up posting at 9:30 pm in the evening! I normally schedule my posts in the morning, but I don’t know when these sales are ending, so click em up now!

Brown Girl Dreaming -Currently $2.99!


Mama Day-Currently $1.99!

Seen It All and Done the Rest-Currently $1.99


The Wide Circumference of Love-Currently $1.99


Fledgling: A Novel-Currently $3.99!

New Release: Breaking Bad: 14 Tales of Lawless Love

Anybody who knows me in these literary skreets knows that I got my blogging start by profiling interracial romance stories exclusively. Back in the day, it was new and different, and no author, black, white, or other really dared to write exclusively about black women finding love with men of other races and ethnicities.

Fast forward to 2017 and GLORAYYYYYYYY!!! IR romance is no longer just a footnote or a minor category in romance writing. Well, let the haters tell it… IR romance is lit! Literally. Black women have options. Our love is no longer confined to one type of man. We’ve got entire series, and anthologies, and box sets dedicated just for black women who shoot their shots and hit their targets with a rainbow of men across the color and ethnic spectrum.

Breaking Bad is the latest anthology that pairs sexy sistas with the bad boys who want and ultimately love them. Each story is unique in its own right, but the common theme is a testosterone fest of Alphalicious. These men are hard, tough, and sometimes broken but always charming, irresistible, and oh-so-bad.

I was afforded the opportunity to preview a few stories in the anthology (And yes, I also pre-ordered. I want my sistas to get their coins) and from just the few stories that I’ve read so far, Breaking Bad lives up to its title. Each story is novella-length, so you can read one or two or all of em , if you’re so inclined, when you are short or long on time. (I have a sneaking feeling we haven’t seen the last of these stories and that a few of these may be expanded to full-length. I ain’t mad…)

Disclaimer: I know the authors of this box set were expecting a “review”, but in all fairness, I want you to experience these stories for yourselves. I will say that what you know and love from your favorite authors in this box set, you can expect more of the same.