Monday Musings: I Ain’t Got Time to Use My Imagination

That’s why I’m reading your book!

This is my last musings post of 2018, and dagnabbit, I’m gone talk about something that pisses me off to the highest level of pissedtivity: Enough of these vague character descriptions! If I’m halfway through your story and I still don’t know what your lead characters look like, it’s a wrap. I’m not tryna use my imagination and build some image of what I think they should look like. That’s your job as the writer—to bring every aspect of this story to life. If you can go into a two-paragraph diatribe about how flawless the apartment is with it’s fancy marble and shit, then you can give the same treatment of the characters.

I’m a visual reader. I need it all laid out for me. That’s how I make connections. That’s how I keep my head in the game. That’s how I fall in love — or hate — with a character. Why is it such a “thing” for some authors to be so non-descriptive when it comes to character identity? Who are you trying to appeal to? Who is your target audience? How are you billing your story? These are the questions I even ask of myself when I’m making a book-buying decision, so when I see a cover with some people on it, I expect the story to describe those very people in detail.

And for those who think “it ain’t that deep”, I leave you with these parting words:

Have a safe and happy new year and talk to y’all again in 2019!

***Giveaway Winner Announced***

Merry Belated Christmas, everyone! Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway post. I appreciate you taking the time to comment on the post.

Unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and that lucky person is… ***DRUMROLL***

CYNTHIA MCCLAIN!!!

Ms. McClain, you have exactly 48 hrs to contact me (phatgirlreads@gmail.com) with your info so that we can get your goodies out to you! If I don’t hear from you during within that time, I’ll have to pick a new winner.

Edited: Cynthia McClain never claimed her prize, so there’s a new winner: pikapetal3!

Edit #2: Cynthia McClain and pikapetal3 never responded or claimed their prize, so guess what?!

Emeline Piaget, you are the winner!!! You have 48 hours to contact me with your info. I thought this would be easy!!!

You have 48 hours to contact me with your info or it’s back to the drawing board!

***THE GIVEAWAY PRIZE HAS BEEN CLAIMED!***

Thank you again to all the participants.

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I hope this is only the first of many giveaways to come. Thanks again to everyone who entered by commenting, and I’ll be back on Monday with the last Musings of 2018!

New Release: Baby It’s Cold Outside by Keke Renee

Baby it’s Cold Outside by Keke Renee
Published December 21, 2018 by 304 Publishing
A Christmas Short Erotic Story

Synopsis:
 
Lainey has a big Christmas surprise for her boyfriend, but before she can reveal her secret,
she’ll first have to see her way past several unwelcome obstacles.
 
Andre, a busy Mayoral candidate, wants nothing more than to spend Christmas Eve with the
woman he loves, but a freak snowstorm leaves him in a compromising position with his ex.
 
Between the blizzard, a mysterious photo, and growing suspensions that someone familiar
may be sabotaging the couple, it’s all Lainey and Andre can do to keep their heads on straight
and their hearts in the right place.
 
Can this couple overcome the obstacles in their way and find their way to a much deeper
connection?
Warning: Erotic Romance, Short Christmas Story with HFN.
 
 
Author Bio:
 
Chiquita is an Author and Entrepreneur. Born in Memphis, TN, and currently a Los Angeles CA native. Her background in film/tv has taught and shaped her passion for writing with her debut romance novel Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love. Since its debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Sabrina Washington and Antonio De Luca making Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love an Amazon Best Seller on the charts in Italian Drama, African American Drama. More to come from 304 Publishing Company a brand new home for indie authors.
Also, follow her other Author page, Keke Renee, and catch her latest releases for Erotic, Dark, Paranormal Romance.
 
 

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The Winter Wedding by A.C. Arthur

The Winter Wedding

Blurb:

Premier event designer, Cheyna Dansfield, just landed the most talked about event of the year—the wedding of art mogul, Monica Lakefield and communications guru, Alexander Bennett. Hard work and dedication has brought Cheyna this far, now she refuses to let a gorgeous man and the risk of murder charges threaten her future.

Public relations dynamo, Logan Williams, was hired to create a family-friendly image for the Lakefield Galleries. The upcoming Lakefield/Bennett wedding could be a stellar media splash and add another feather to his professional cap—if he can keep his hands off the gorgeous and uptight wedding planner.

Logan and Cheyna attempt to keep their passionate affair a secret until the dead bodies turn up and Cheyna becomes the prime suspect.

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0_0 So, somebody gets smoked during all this weddin’ plannin’? Yikes! And I thought this was a sweet, feel-good romance. Click it up!!!!

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Issa Giveaway! Giveaway! I Said, It’s a Giveawaaaaay!

I am hosting a giveaway of the upcoming release, Chasing Savannah, by Dria Andersen.

Can’t you tell by the cover that this one is gonna be a little bit cray? In a good way, though…

Blurb:

Being born the Alpha’s granddaughter should have meant an easy life for Savannah Landry. Being born latent however, made her life in the prowl hierarchy a constant challenge. Those challenges and a Seer’s ominous vision drove her from, both her family and her place in the prowl. She kept her distance from panther politics, and all things shifter, fighting the awful prediction. While hard, she’d managed, until two alpha panthers came to town and tempted her…

Former Army Rangers, Carlos Ayala and Derrick Lincoln had spent years together fighting, both longing for territory for their burgeoning prowl. Finding the city confining, they headed south, hoping to merge with a prowl in need of a strong Alpha. They had shared women in the past, but never loved the same woman until they set eyes on the alpha’s granddaughter.

Fated mates or not, convincing Savannah to disregard the Seer’s words and give their mating a chance proved tougher than two ex-soldiers had bargained. Especially when there are forces conspiring against their new prowl.

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Bish, whet?! Ca-raaaay! Yes, this is a shifter romance. Yes, there is some MFM (or is it MMF) action goings on. So, do not enter this giveaway unless you’re 18+.

So, what would I win in this here giveaway?

  • An autographed copy of the book, because that’s, like, so cool…
  • A canvas tote bag, because that’s, like, fabulous and multi-functional
  • A delicious-smelling candle, because that’s, like, aromatically awesome
  • And popcorn, because that’s, like, a tasty edible while you read your autographed book by the candlelight of your smelly

Ok, I’m in… How do I enter?

Very simple: Comment on this post, and you’re automatically entered. That’s freaking it. I ain’t got time to be tracking who follows my blog, who liked the post, who shared the post (although, you would be doing me a solid…)

The contest will run for exactly one week, and I will announce the winner on Christmas Eve. That’s 12/24/18. The winner will have 48 hours to send me their contact info. If the winner is a no-show, I will keep it moving to the next runner-up and so on…

Now, get ta commenting and good luck!

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

Thank you to everyone who participated. The winner will be announced on 12/26. Merry Christmas to all!

Janine: His True Alpha by Chencia C. Higgins

Janine: His True Alpha

Two words: Black Shifters

Janine was raised to be a passive and obedient wolf shifter and to always put the will of The Elders before her own—a will that she never questioned until the one day she was instructed to become the mate of a man she didn’t love, and who didn’t love her. Fed up with rules and obligations, she left everything she knew behind and headed out west. She arrived in West Texas with the expectation of getting a fresh start as a new woman with no one to answer to but herself. What she didn’t expect was to discover secrets big enough to tilt her world and people she would be willing to kill for because of them.

Langston always knew he would be the next True Alpha of his pack, but when his father died, Langston’s premature promotion had him unsure about his path. With the weight of the pack on his shoulders and a thriving urban ranching community in West Texas to oversee, the last thing on Langston’s mind is finding a mate. Of course, trouble always finds you when you’re not looking for it and in blows a woman who shakes up his pack and knocks him off his feet. Her zeal amazes him and soon the pull between them is undeniable. Will succumbing to the desires of his wolf prove to be the right move or turn out to be fruitless?

Lattes of Love by M.L. Spann

Lattes of Love:

Will love prevail in this rollercoaster romance, or will the secrets from the past tear them apart?

25-year-old Kirsten is invested in her career and enjoys every perk that comes with being a celebrity makeup artist like backstage passes and rubbing elbows with her famous clients.

However, all that changes when she meets Keon, a sexy Marine searching for peace and structure while working inside his cousin’s coffee shop.

Unfortunately, behind that wall of sexy lies nightmares and a fierce battle with P.T.S.D., both of which threaten to derail him from his current path on the straight and narrow.

Changing Stiles by Elaine Allen

Changing Stiles:

What if you slipped up and missed out on the love of your life and through some magnificent twist of fate your paths collide?

Ten years ago, their relationship ended abruptly but in the years since, neither have forgotten the love that sparked between them.Do you believe in everlasting love and second chances? Every love story has two sides, especially when it goes horribly wrong. Alieas Stiles writes love stories for a living yet struggles to pen her own happily-ever-after. One disastrous relationship after another leads her on a path of self-discovery. And that path has her reliving every misstep, wrong decision, miscommunication and just flat out lies that she believes left her alone. Carter Reed is no Prince Charming. He’s done with romance and any thoughts of everlasting love.

Two trips down lover’s lane have left him shattered and skeptical when it comes to matters of the heart. That is, until he reads something profound and life-changing that gives him hope that love isn’t a wasted emotion. A single wish, along with the healing effects of time, has both Alieas and Carter believing in love, and each other, once again.Ten years later, maybe there is a chance to get it right, a second time.

Business Vacation by Lolah Lace

Look who’s back with a brand new release! 0_0

Business Vacation:

Millionaire businessman Grayson Peele of Grayson Enterprises finds himself in a bit of a jam. He is expected to bring a woman with him on an important business trip. The trip is designed for couples, a concept Grayson doesn’t believe in. Grayson has never been a relationship kind of guy. Although he is rich and handsome, he has zero women on standby. With the clock ticking, a random sighting forces Grayson to pick a beautiful stranger.

Can two people with nothing in common spend seven days in paradise without killing each other? Or will the intense heat spark a desire they both can’t seem to put out?

Pushing Thirty by Necole Ryse

29-year-old viral TV blogger Zaahira Ramsey has it all, except peace. She’s built a fortress of protection around her heart as big as her coily hair. But when Chris Samuels enters her life, ready to unpack everything she’s been carrying, will she put up a fight? Or will the scrappy know-it-all fold under the pressure?

Camille Downing has lived most of her 29 years in the shadows of other people. As a top-notch executive assistant, she makes the impossible possible while taking none of the credit. But when she meets flashy and outgoing Jemel Jones, he makes her question why she’s been constantly selling herself short. Can she let go? Or will he push her too far out of her comfort zone?

Terry Baldwin can’t even. With three kids under her belt at 29, and a husband who acts like child number four, she’s slowly losing her mind. With her family falling apart at the seams, Terry decides to get a job. Can she be a full-time employee and mother? Or will the weight of adulting finally send her over the edge?

Grab your copy of Pushing Thirty today for only $1.99!

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about Necole Ryse

Necole Ryse was four years old, when she triumphantly wrote her ABC’s on the hood of her grandmother’s brand new Volvo.

Alive and well, Necole has since authored The Birthright Trilogy, available wherever books are sold on the interwebs. When she’s not writing, she’s weeping into a stack of unfinished manuscripts, abandoning exercise regimens, scolding innocent children in libraries, or listening to other people’s conversations.

She enjoys live-tweeting, Criminal Minds marathons, and all things Harry Potter. You can find her on the Internet. All the time. Everyday.

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