It’s Another Hella Book Blast!

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for  authors Siera London, Tonya Barbee, Donneil Jackson and Sierra Kay. This book blast tour will run April 20, 2018. Book your own tour here.

                                      Meet Donneil D. Jackson

Donneil D. Jackson is a writer by nature and a Jersey girl by heart. Growing up a sheltered child, she used writing as an escape from her everyday life. She discovered that with writing she could be someone else, do things Donneil would never do and entertain others. Donneil has been writing for as long as she can remember, ever since her mother placed a pencil in her hand. The girl has a niche for painting an elaborate scene while telling a descriptive tale. One day she began writing Chante’s Song marking the beginning of her professional writing career.

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    About the Book

As one of the hottest radio personalities, Kayla, the Gossip Queen, has the fast-paced, glamorous life that many dream of. But one thing eludes her. Love. Growing up in a family where her father was nothing more than a ghost, Kayla sets her sights on finding true love and creating the perfect family of husband, wife, home, and children–even if she has to slip up and make a ton of mistakes along the way.

When she meets Shawn Dewitt at a club, their attraction is immediate. Despite the less than perfect beginnings, such as dealing with Shawn’s deranged ex-girlfriend, Kayla finds herself falling hard and fast. All Kayla sees is Shawn’s charm, great looks and mind-blowing sex. She braces herself for the highs of love and the lows of perpetual infidelity and lies.
After being with a man who constantly makes her question her role in his life and her vision of the perfect family, Kayla has to ask herself, “Am I right to fight for this love, or am I being foolish?”

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

                                                                  Meet Siera London

Siera London, a former naval officer, is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native Floridian, her love of coastal towns and bustling cities shines through in her sassy and sexy storytelling. Currently, she resides in southern California with her husband and a color patch tabby named Frie.

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                                                   About the Book

Recently divorced, Sarah Jones no longer looks forward to the cupid and candy holiday. With her shattered heart and designer swimsuit in tow, she plans a little vacation to Adventure Cove Resort and Spa. It’s just the respite she needs from inquiring minds.

Quiet and brooding, Deputy Lance Stevens wants to be left alone with the pain of his past mistakes, but his family has other ideas. This contrived vacation is another family intervention he plans to squash, that is until Sarah zips into his life.
What’s meant to be Sarah’s escape turns into a steamy attraction to a man who’s too young, and too determined to get what he wants-her. Lance is forbidden in more ways than one and Sarah is harboring a secret that could destroy more than their budding romance. What happens when Ms. Jones realizes there’s more than a Valentine’s Day fling going on?

Genre: Contemporary Romance

                              Meet Sierra Kay

Sierra Kay has an M.A. in Writing from DePaul University, won a Nuyorican Poets Cafe Short Story Slam, participated in comedy fests as a member of the writing teams for Spankx and N20 Comedy. She also writes poetry and suspense novels. Obviously, she’ll try anything at least once. Her two novels are available online.

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         About the Book

The Grim Reaper has visited Echo Charles so often he might as well have his mail forwarded to her address.
Echo never quite recovered from the loss of her parents to a tragic accident on her twenty-first birthday. Now fourteen years later, she mourns their death of her career, her social life, and if the reaper has his way, the death of her best friend’s lover. The only ray of light in all this darkness is Dr. Brandon Hall, who has had run-ins with the reaper himself—especially when his ex-wife put a choke hold on his bank account along with his belief in love.

Dr. Daniel Ellington’s touch provided the electricity that pumped Telia Arthur’s heart, and a life without his smile was unthinkable. However, an unfortunate accident spared the lives of their children and left his hanging in the balance. Now Telia must deal with a challenge only a few people know about, in addition to Dan’s mother who has descended on Telia intent on securing control of Daniel’s wealth as well as his heirs, all while her son is fighting for his life. Telia and Echo began a friendship in elementary school that has blossomed into sisterhood. But their emotions are being dragged over concrete. Will love conquer all or become another victim of the reaper?

Genre: Suspense

                                                                   Meet Tonya

Tonya Barbee, Founder of I am Still a Rose, LLC (IASAR), has a passion to help those who want to be helped. It took her awhile to realize that she had to make a change in her life in order to get the change she was looking for. After betrayal, emotional abuse, and other turmoil, she had to self-reflect, learn to forgive, and move beyond her pain. Her commitment is to help inspire and empower those that are ready to start a new chapter and to stop those vicious cycles.

IASAR will offer events, conferences, plays, and inspirational products that empower women to get past their circumstances to get to their triumphs. Tonya is an inspirational speaker who uses her experiences to uplift women who have had similar circumstances and are ready for resolution. She’s spiritual, energized, funny, and eager to help encourage others to never, ever give up.

Tonya never dreamed of writing books but she’s always enjoyed telling stories and sharing profound testimonies. Her listeners inspired her to write and the rest is history. The Little Girl Inside is her first project, followed by a short story, a collaborative project with ten amazing authors who bared their souls through heart wrenching testimonies. Tonya’s short story is titled, Prayer Works, in Sharing Our Prayers, which is followed by her latest (soon to be released), I Am Still A Rose, a sequel to the Little Girl Inside. She’s working on several other exciting projects so stay tuned.

Tonya resides in Maryland and enjoys spending time with her incredible four children and seven grandchildren that have stolen her heart.

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                                                     About the Book

It’s love (or the misconception of such). It’s betrayal. It’s triumph! It is all three wrapped into one self reflecting book written by an author whose relationship struggles helped shape and define her as the self sufficient woman she is today.

If you have endured the difficult dynamics of a relationship and often wondered why the cycle kept repeating then this book is the perfect guide to help you evaluate yourself internally before giving your heart externally. You will find the much desired answers to your “who’s,” “what’s,” “when’s” why’s,” and “how’s” of your past relationship issues.

Aren’t you exhausted from the same ole same ole? It is time to STOP, reflect and make changes that will help you get it right!
As you read this book, you will experience the author’s journey as she continuously seeks the fairy tale relationship only to discover the fairy tale relationship never comes. Her pain will become yours as you begin to relate with the various bad relationships documented. However, her victory will become yours as you will learn how to effectively build upon and maintain a healthy and fulfilling relationship. You will quickly become empowered and inspired to start afresh and live your life to the very fullest.

Genre: Nonfiction, Inspirational


Monday Musings: Reading Reviews of Black Narratives by Non-Black Readers Send Me Into a Tailspin

Hey, fam! I’m still not ready to get back to my regularly scheduled blogging, but I had to pop in and just vent for a paragraph. Or two…

I realized that in this monumental push for “diversity” and “inclusion”, which is great, don’t get me wrong, authors also expose themselves to the ugly side of that, which is opening the portal to troll-ish and/or ignorant reviews and commentary. I can’t decipher between the two at this point because they both now look the same to me. Reading some of these reviews raise my blood pressure to literally dizzying heights, and my woo saaaa lever does nothing to counter it.

Whenever I see “Black” anything in the title of the review, specifically “black” being used condescendingly, my Spidey senses go into overdrive. Then when I start actually reading the review, I go into a Hulk-like transformation. Certain cultural nuances aside, WTF does the character being being black have to do with your enjoyment or being able to “relate”? I’ve been reading “non-black” fiction since I learned to read, and not once did I walk away thinking, “I don’t get it…” Again, cultural nuances aside…

Whenever I see a work of fiction by a black author or other AOC (author of color), for that matter, gain some national attention, I automatically flock to the reviews and check out the two- and one-stars. Yep… as I suspected, the color of the characters is littered throughout. “I couldn’t relate or understand” is mentioned ad nauseum. And my question is always, “Well, did you try to gain some understanding before you let your fragile feelings get the best of you?” I thought reading for understanding was just as important as reading for pleasure or necessity. And to my fellow poc, I’m talking to you too because the sword cuts both ways.

I’ma stop here because I could go on, but then I’d be repeating myself. I’ll holla at y’all, hopefully, next week when my craziness has reached a manageable pace. Peaceeeeeeeeeee…

In Celebration of Gisele Walko

For once, words escape me at the moment, but I will try to get through this post.

Have you met someone, a virtual stranger, who was just the kindest, sweetest, friendliest person you’ve probably ever encountered? If you knew Gisele Walko, then you could answer with an unequivocal yes.

Who was Gisele Walko, you may ask. She was not only a wife, a mother, librarian, and author, but she was also someone I considered a friend. We weren’t close friends, but we often had witty exchanges on Goodreads about her books (I called her a loveable, kooky writer, which she proudly owned). Gisele would give me the scoop on her works in progress and dibs on her pre-releases. She valued my opinion, and for that, she will forever be a fave.

My first read by Gisele Walko

Gisele and I hadn’t talked for months. We had discussed doing an author spotlight and that we’d hook up at some point to make it happen, and yes, I’m kicking myself for not making it happen. You know how things go sometimes. I was busy. I assumed she was writing and doing her thing. I’m not as active on Goodreads as I used to be, and I hadn’t received any messages from her, so I just thought she was living her life. I didn’t even know she was sick. That’s the kind of person she was. Interacting with her, you would’ve never known she was ill or in remission because her life was so much bigger than that. She was a writer who just wanted to share her talents with the masses.

To all her fans and Goodreads friends, I grieve with you, but she will live on through the wonderfully eclectic library she’s bestowed upon us. Rest well, my friend. We won’t forget you.

Please visit her Amazon page and read one or all of her books.