Monday Musings: Let’s Discuss Giveaways

Happy last Monday in August! I’m tired, y’all, lmao. I haven’t blogged this consistently since I started this blog way back in 2014…

Anyhoo… I was scheduled to host a giveaway today, but it fell through at the last minute. The giveaway will be scheduled for a later date, but I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed because I had a very clever post crafted. Shout out to that author, though. I hope the “it” that caused the delay happens for you…

So, back to giveaways. Do you enter them? What makes you enter them besides the prospect of winning something for free? Is it the prize itself? The thrill of the possibility? Personally, I will only enter a giveaway if the prize is attractive and I don’t have to jump through fiftyleven adamn hoops to qualify. No, I don’t want to follow all your social media. No, I don’t want to follow all the other person’s social media. No, I don’t want to share on all my social media.

So, what’s your “take” on giveaways? Would you enter a giveaway I hosted? I’m looking to actually do more of these, and I wouldn’t require you to donate blood to do so, either, but I don’t want to waste my or your time if you giveth zero fuckeths…

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The Book Club Series by D. Camille

Huntay… these covers! 

Confession: I have never read a D. Camille book, but these covers just made my cheap ass click this series the eff up!

The Book Club Series is a trilogy of contemporary black romance and an offshoot of D. Camille’s Sable Inn Series. Each book is independent of the other, but the setting links everyone together.

Book 1: The Courtship

Summary:

Meet Tiffany Hawkins… Tiffany is a romantic at heart and truly believes in love…when it’s written inside a book. Now she’ll have to apply those principles to real life…and create her own love story.

Meet Max Nelson… Max is an organic farmer and the single father to two precious and precocious little girls. Max’s last relationship turned into a nightmare and he’s not looking to repeat the experience. However, Mad Max finds a sweetness that he can’t continue to resist…

Book 2: The Enchantment

Summary:

Meet Debra Powell…Debra’s job is to manage the town business…but when her black knight comes to save the day, her business quickly turns into pleasure!

Meet Darius Morgan… Darius has been tasked with the newest acquisition of Morgan Industries. As the heir to the restaurant conglomerate, he’s sent to the town of Grayling to handle business…yet business takes a dramatic turn when he sees exactly what’s he’s been looking for…

Book 3: The Liaison

Summary:

Meet Nadia Brooks…Nadia is a life coach by profession, and known as ‘nothing but fire’ in Grayling. She’s the last Book Club member waiting to trade in her Book Bae for a real husband. More than one is available to the ebony beauty, but only one is…just right!

Meet Simeon Pruitt…Simeon is the leader of the research team from the Shaw Foundation in Detroit. His mission is to find out what makes Grayling such a beautiful and exciting place. His first choice becomes…Nadia Brooks.

Wednesday’s Word: Let’s Talk About Reviews – Again

So, I was chattin’ with a dear friend the other day ’cause we love to read book reviews probably as much as we love to read actual books (Who else is like that?), and we thoroughly enjoy discussing book reviews and cackling at the foolishness often written, but one thing that we collectively agree on that gets us both road-rage riled up are those reviews where the reader 1. Admits to not finishing the book and/or 2. Trashed the book then returned it.

I will admit that I get a book being soooo bad that you just… can’t… but is it fair to allow a posted review admitting that? I’ve read many (meaning more than one) books where they start out like a diarrhea special, but by the end? Baby… It’s like somebody lit a fire under that author’s ass!

Now, I’m not saying that you should suffer through a book if you absolutely hate it “cause Lord knows I don’t. It gets relegated to the DNF graveyard quicker than Trump’s lying Twitter fingers, but is your review truly subjective and balanced if you admit that you didn’t finish it? Should e-tailers allow such reviews?

What about those reviews that admit to returning the book? Should those be allowed? I’d like to hear some different opinions because I know some of us feel strongly one way or another.

 

A la Carte: The Complete Coffee Date Novellas by Nia Forrester

Firstly, this cover is so cute! Secondly, I devoured these stories when they were initially released as “shorts”. Lucky you; you can now cop the entire series in one book, and lucky me; there’s a bonus story!

The Scoop:

Coffee Date:

You can find out a lot about yourself in the course of a single day.
On the anniversary of the most tragic event of his life, Randall “The Rocket” Reese must face down paparazzi outside his house, a big sister who won’t stay out of his personal life, and a coffee date with an “old classmate” from high school whom he barely remembers.
His plan is to wallow in solitude, but Fate has plans of its own.

Just Lunch:

Randall “The Rocket” Reese is beginning to reclaim his life both professionally and personally, with a new outlook, and a new woman, Dani Erlinger, by his side.
Rand and Dani are in a comfortable groove that suits them both, but an unexpected invitation ‘just for lunch’ and a calamitous weekend excursion have them questioning whether they’ve become much too comfortable, much too soon.

Table For Two:

After taking a high-profile position, Rand Reese’s visibility is once again on the rise; but returning to the public eye also means revisiting some of the uglier parts of his past. That past has Dani questioning whether anyone can make a relationship work under the glare of fame and notoriety. Even two people committed to making it work.

À la Carte:
A ‘Coffee Date’ BONUS Drop-In

An unexpected visitor up-ends the rhythm of the new life Rand and Dani are building together, reminding them of the consequences of Rand’s difficult past, and raising even tougher questions about their future.

Available now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

New in the Decades ( A Journey of African American Romance) Series

This month’s spotlight in the Decades series features love in the ’70s. It was the decade of black power, black pride, voluminous afros, and self-recognition.

If you are new to the series, Decades spans twelve decades of black love, starting from the 1900s to present day. Each month features a new release in a new decade.

August’s Release: Election Day

Decade: 1970s

Blurb:

Despite legal efforts to integrate schools, black students continue to struggle with separate and unequal environments in 1970. Leo Sullivan, an ambitious mayoral candidate, seeks to close a dark chapter in Overbrook Meadows’ history, but the opposition is fierce. Falling for his campaign manager was never part of the plan. Leo and Carla must fight for their love, their safety, and the future of their beloved city.

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Man, check out the burning building in the background on the cover. Yup, I’ve been one-clicking and hope you check out the series too.

 

True Blue by Dahlia DeWinters

True Blue (Melodies of Love Book 1)

Synopsis:

Ellie Moore is an up-and-coming singer, who is on the cusp of superstardom. While her career is fledgling, her marriage is crumbling. It’s pretty much over, to be honest.

Before she sets out to go on this tour, Ellie goes back to the beach house she once shared with her estranged husband David to retrieve a sentimental piece of jewelry that she wants to take with her to remind her of the good times and the love she still has for this man. She faces three obstacles, though: the perfect storm (literally), an asshole manager, and the husband she still loves.

While this is a short story, it is hella deep and hella emotional. You have Ellie and David, trapped in a storm and forced to confront the issues that lead to their separation. And there are many! There is a heart-pounding confrontation and an ending that will leave you wanting more.

The best part. It’s only $.99!

Sweetly Swirled by M.L. Spann

Sweetly Swirled:

BBW heroine and hot Samoan hero wrapped in a “sweetly swirled” romance.

Synopsis:

24-year-old Bri’s life has taken an unexpected turn and she finds herself jobless and borderline homeless, with no positive prospects for the future.

Things only get worse after a handsome jerk humiliates her because of her weight, causing her self-confidence to take a massive hit. The only bright spot in this downward spiral is going to her local coffee spot and drowning her sorrows in mugs of delicious coffee, served by an equally delicious barista, Jayce.

When he offers Bri a job in his café, naturally she pounces on the opportunity (rather than him).

Unfortunately, the position comes with strings attached: she must help him recapture the heart of his ex-girlfriend, and make him irresistible to her.

Bri agrees to help, but now she’s the one pining away after a man who’s off limits. Going after Jayce is a bad idea, but everything changes and soon the steam in Jayce’s lingering gaze is hotter than the coffee they swirl.

Disclosure: This book is a re-release of the 2014 book Swirl by the same author. The rights were reverted. If you have this book below in your TBR, I highly recommend.

Wednesday’s Word: Are Book Blogs Obsolete?

Seriously? Do people read book blogs anymore? Care about blog tours? Spotlights? Author Interviews? I feel like with all that’s going on in the world socially and politically, book blogs are at the bottom of the list.

I admittedly don’t pimp this blog like I used to because I find my engagement to be heavier on other social media platforms like Instagram (current fave) and even Facebook. I just don’t have the time (nor admittedly, the inclination) to write posts when I can post a photo and a snazzy caption and tag the bejesus out of it on other platforms and still essentially do the same thing as a blog post.

I’m just thinking out loud. In a post. Because I honestly don’t know the fate of this blog beyond 2018. On the one hand, I’m like, You’ve been doing this for four years; you can’t give up. You have a platform and some faithful readers. But on the other hand, I’m like, Girl, you half-ass running this blog when you used to be so committed to it. You need to just move on…

The more I type and the more I think about it, I’m starting to conclude that it may not be blogging itself that’s tiring but that I’ve restricted this blog to romance books. Believe it or not, I do read other genres (snort), and I’m just not feeling the way the romance industry treats black and brown authors when it comes to inclusion, awards, and recognition (I’ve tweeted and retweeted some phenomenal thoughts on this.) That’s another day, another post.

Don’t mind my rambling… I’m still looking for a therapist, so this is it for now…

New Release: Two Steps Past the Altar by Patricia A. Bridewell

Title: Two Steps Past the Altar
Genre: Genre: Inspirational Romance/Fiction  
ISBN: 978-1732130913
ASIN:B07DCC5XFT
 
          Meet Patricia 
Reading and daily journal entries were the catalyst to Patricia’s first novel, Reflections of a Quiet Storm, published by an independent publisher in 2009. An avid reader, her previous published work includes two books, multiple short stories, monthly health care columns for an online magazine, and several health care articles for a local newspaper. She also enjoys reading Women’s Fiction and Romance novels, which occupy many seats on her bookshelves.
Patricia is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, she holds Adjunct Nursing Faculty positions at two universities. She is a member of the National Black Nurses Association/Council of Black Nurses – L.A., Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Black Nurses Rock, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, and International Black Writers & Artists.
Patricia’s church home is Greater Zion Church Family in Compton, CA. She considers music, reading, and prayer as the keys to relaxation and creativity, and she loves spending time with her family.
Patricia’s short story appears in the Brown Girls Books Anthology Single Mama Dating Drama, an AALBC two-time best-selling book. Two Steps Past the Altar is her third and latest novel. She is currently working on her fourth novel.
                                                About The Book
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Sasha Edmonds, is a motivated high-flyer with a stellar track record. Being the top sales representative and having a fiancé who loves her is more than she could ever imagine. Her life spins in another direction when she discovers that her mom requires a life-saving medication and her fiancé, Damien, may be cheating. Devastated, she breaks off their engagement. 
Amid healing, she becomes captivated by Wesley, a wealthy pharmaceutical businessman who may hold the cure for her mom, career, and wounded heart. Romance transforms into a love triangle, surfeit of lies, blackmail, and deception. A story of love, trust, restoration, and forgiveness.
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