Brand New From Author DL White: Dinner at Sam’s: A Ruby’s Novel

Wooo…this is one of them I Married A Fuckboy novels. Yeah, it starts out rough and rocky in the beginning, but when the right man comes along, he will make your struggles feel as inconvenient as breaking a nail.

Vanessa Jackson married a fuckboy named Warren, who’s left her and her two daughters broke and broken.She’s making lemonade with those lemons, but Warren won’t give up the sugar.

Along comes Gibson– with the sugar. Gibson is just the person and the man Vanessa needs to move on with her life, but Chef Fuckboyardee is playing games, not to mention Vanessa is keeping a secret of her own. DRA-MAAAA…

Dinner at Sam’s is out now and also available on Kindle Unlimited. Add to your TBR, or better yet, click it up today!

Blog Tour: In The Ring by Perri Forrest

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce In The Ring Virtual Book Tour by Perri Forrest, May 1-5, 2017.

Genre: Interracial Romance

ASIN: B071DBQD6Q

About The Author

Perri Forrest is a California based author with close to twenty titles to her credit. A writer who becomes one with her characters, Perri has produced numerous outstanding titles including having reached number one in Interracial Romance, as well as African American Romance on the Amazon Best Sellers list. The fan favorite novel, Captivated was an international hit debuting at number two in Women’s Fiction for three consecutive weeks on the Amazon Best Sellers list in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Having studied psychology, Perri delves into the intrinsic elements that make her characters tick. She consistently creates strong female leads weaving in the complexities of fiction and real life. This dynamic writer, who has penned stories since a preteen, ensures that each novel is mixed with insight, passion and love. Having only professionally written for just shy of three years, Perri was nominated Best Romance Author of 2015 by Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America (UBAWA). Perri’s was also nominated for 2016 Romance Author of the Year by African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC).
An unintentional venture into blogging allowed Perri to express her raw emotion, break down her personal barriers and explore her gift of writing. Ultimately Perri’s blogs resulted in fans adoring her work and clamoring to read more. Writing quickly became her sole driving force, and her goal is to nurture the minds and hearts of the readers who trust her to feed their literary appetites.
When not creating her own captivating characters, Perri can be found enjoying a good suspense thriller. She credits the work of James Patterson and Lisa Unger as being among her favorites. She also loves playing Words with Friends, which has been a constant companion while writing the bulk of her literary works.
About The Book

“In the Ring” introduces Dario “DC” Caivano, heavyweight champion, who is also a man with a heavy heart. It isn’t without reason, however. As a teenager, Dario witnessed the murder of someone that he loved like a brother, and it took a lot out of him. It hardened him and left little to trust. Years have passed since the horrific crime, but it hasn’t gotten Dario any closer to being a man that can love . . . or be loved. In fact, he’s his best self when he’s in the ring where he can release his aggressions, if only for twelve rounds of “play”, to escape to a world where he can repeatedly annihilate the person responsible for his cousin’s death.
But what happens when he allows himself to come up for air?
Chanel Norwood is a single parent and club owner who is something like a “Boss”. She’s fiercely independent and knows exactly what she wants out of life, and right now it isn’t to be in an intimate relationship. She’s too busy taking care of business and raising a preteen son. After a failed relationship, Chanel has sworn off men—especially athletes. In her eyes, she’s already had one too many.
But how long can you fight fate?
When Dario and Chanel are thrown together, while the attraction is there, sparks don’t immediately fly. Both of them have lives and hearts that they’re very protective of. But as time goes on, they find there’s more to guard than just emotions when their worlds collide in a way that no one ever expected.
“In the Ring” is not without its share of secrets, drama, and ah-ha moments. Overall, it’s a story of love, loss, life and paths to new beginnings.
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Monday Musings: ARCs Feel Like College Reading Assignments

Have you ever volunteered or have been asked to read an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy or Advanced Review Copy, depending on whom you ask) of an author’s work, and you’re all gung-ho and enthusiastic– until it’s time to actually start reading LMAO?! Oh, it’s just me? :/

ARCs ARE LEGIT ASSIGNMENTS!!!!

  • You receive the text
  • You must read and analyze the text by the assigned due date
  • You must provide a written summary of your analysis to present to your “professor” and all your “classmates”

I ain’t gon lie: I volunteer for ARCs because I want in. I like being first, and I wanna have the privilege of reading before everybody else

Accepting the responsibility of an ARC is serious business. Not only are you being entrusted with a pre-published work, but authors are counting on you to actually read their story and provide honest feedback. Lemme backtrack. Most want honest feedback, but only if it’s good. And that’s where things can get touchy.

So, how do you handle completing an ARC that you just aren’t feeling? Do you soldier through and post your review, good or bad? Do you contact the author with your concerns and ask if they still want that honest review? Do you not do anything and risk being put on the ARC shit list? I’ve done all three and lived to tell the tale.

For The Busy Reader: 30 Days, 30 Stories by Nia Forrester

Lately, it seems like everything that spews from my mouth is, “I ain’t got time…” And truthfully, I don’t. I’m working hella long hours only to come home and work even more on my side hustle. That leaves practically no free time for reading. A sista is biz-zee, ya heard?!

Well, I saw on my Facebook timeline that Nia Forrester has released a compilation of quickies for the busy woman like me (Not really, but humor me.) 30 Days, 30 Stories is all about women, from all walks of life with varying life circumstances. Sometimes, girl power ain’t about flexing your muscle but simply surviving and thriving in a society that doesn’t always wants us to win.

                                   Image via Pinterest

30 Days, 30 Stories is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Check it out!

Tea and Tomahawks: A Gothic, Paranormal Short by Dahlia DeWinters

If you follow author Dahlia DeWinters on Facebook, the themes of this story should come as no surprise. She is one of my favorite alt black girls. She stays on some next level shit, and I never know what to expect from her. That’s a good thing, by the way. Tea and Tomahawks. The title alone lets you know this story ain’t gonna be all wine and roses, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Ms. DeWinters.

Synopsis:

After not having seen her grandmother for two years, Annie is thrilled that her husband is letting her visit for the summer. However, her husband, Richard’s motives aren’t as pure as they seem. While he may have other plans for Annie and her grandmother, a mysterious painting may have more in store for them than they think.

Okay, this sounds like an old fuckboy about to get the business from some otherworldly beings. Tea and Tomahawks is only 99 pennies, and if you love paranormal, speculative fiction with a dash of whimsy and romance and maybe something more, then here is your next read.

Monday Musings: Black Women Read. And More Than Just Romance

Not only am I a romance junkie, I am a subscription box junkie, and I have discovered not one, but two literary subscription boxes aimed at black women (although not limited to black women) who love to read. And not just romance!

Red.Blk.Grl.

Launched just this month, Red Blk Grl is a monthly curated box featuring works of  contemporary young adult fiction written by black authors and incorporated items that match themes within the book that promote a healthy sense of self and well-being. Subscriptions start at $34.95 and look at what you get!

                                                  Sample box

The other subscription box I discovered (and on Instagram, no less) is Noir Reads.

Noir Reads is simple and easy way to read Black literature to develop or deepen your understanding of Black culture & the Black experience by introducing readers to writers of the Diaspora and engaging in dynamic discussions with a growing private online community.

Subscription boxes, starting at $34.99, include 2-3 curated books & an item mirroring the monthly theme. Subscribers also receive a complimentary reading guide & syllabus for additional related material.

Two very different boxes to say the least. One for your carefree side and the other for your conscious side. I highly encourage you to check them both out and consider subscribing to one or both. I’m in deliberations now myself. It’s just a matter of deciding which current subscription box to let go to make room for one of these :/

 

New Release: In Haven by B. Love

Okay, author B. Love has been on my radar for a minute. Sis got books under her literary belt! In Haven is her latest and just reading the blurb got me wanting more.

So, Raleigh does not want or need love. After watching her pops beat down her mother for as long as she can remember, nah…You can keep that. She can do bad all by herself…

Haven (That’s the guy, by the way) didn’t fare much better. He never new the love of a caring mother or how to be a “man” from an involved father. For this reason, he wants a wife so he can be for her all the things he didn’t receive when he was growing up (Not the “man” part, of course). And guess whom he has his sights on?

Raleigh is feeling Haven, but she is not about to go there with him, even though he makes her feel things she doesn’t want to. Will she stop faking the funk and give in to her feelings, or will he get tired of her mess and ultimately move on? One word: DRA-MA!

In Haven is also available on Kindle Unlimited. Add it to your TBR today, and check out B. Love’s extensive library. Happy Reading!

New Release: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

First things first: The cover. GLORAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! If you’re a regular follower of this blog then you already know that I am somewhat cover-obsessed. How gorgeous is this cover, though? It already prepares you for what to expect with the story before you even swipe left.

You can read the blurb for yourself, but I’ll break it down in around-the-way-girl terms.

So, basically a black, freewoman in Civil War-ridden United States with a penchant for justice and a hellafied memory (In other words, she mentally tallies receipts like a mutha) who sacrifices her freedom to return to the South as an undercover slave (whoa, sis) for the Union Army (I hope she gettin paid mad coins or something, ’cause it’s a nah, bruh for this sista.)

She hooks up with this white dude who’s a detective that also goes undercover to get in with the confederate soldiers, risking his life in the process. So, they meet in their individual capers and decide to join forces to help bring the Confederacy down while trying not to catch feelings in the process. Interesting…

So, yeah…This is the story in a nutshell. Of course, there’s mad drama and adventure, but doesn’t this sound absolutely wild? I absolutely have this one in my TBR and can’t wait to dig in. I may just feature this one in a video review. Stay tuned.

An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League) is currently on sale. Click it up while the price is right!

Monday Musings: Authors, I’ma Need Y’all to Do Better

Now before you get ya keyboards all up in a bunch, I’m not saying all authors. And this is not a call out post, but I have been feeling some type of way for a minute. WTF am I talking about, you may ask…Two things:

  1. Updating cover art of existing work and
  2. Re-packaging existing stories and presenting them as new work.

One word: DISCLOSURE! DISCLOSURE! DISCLOSURE! (That’s one word three times smarta$$)

I have been burned more times than I care to recall, so I beg of you: When you’re updating the cover art on an old story, please include that in your synopsis, announcement, etc… And when you’re re-releasing a story that was part of a box set or anthology, even if you’ve added 3,500 more words, let us know that! This also includes stories you’ve once offered for free on your blog or website that you’ve now bundle up all purty in book format.

Don’t play us. We got loooooooong memories, and when you mess with our coins, you know some of us have zero chill. I appreciate the authors who are forthcoming with their readers. Thank you for your consideration.

New Release: Captured by Sabrina Sims McAfee

Bestselling Author Sabrina Sims McAfee brings you another steamy romance filled with twists and turns and edge of your seat suspense.

Love and War brings them together. But with evil lurking in the dark shadows will they stay together?

Blurb:

Dr. Sean LeBlanc past experiences taught him that being in serious relationships is not for him. His only interest right now is providing medical care for the under-served people in the Democratic Republic of Congo—Africa.  However, when his new roommate arrives—Dr. Santana Kingsley—he’s shocked to learn it’s a woman—a strikingly beautiful woman at that. From the moment he lays eyes on her, sparks fly and everything he thought he never wanted is now right in front of him.

Santana’s horrible past leads her to Africa where she plans to escape and drown herself in work. When she arrives and meet her boss, she never expects him to be her roommate and a gorgeous hunk. Though she’s instantly attracted to him, she’s sure he would never cross the line.

As Sean and Santana work day in and day out together, their professional relationships turns into a steamy romance.

Then suddenly, a war erupts and the unthinkable happens—Santana goes missing.

Now Sean is determined to get back the only woman he’s ever loved—his sweet Santana.

Oooh wee! Captured is available now! Get your copy today or add to your TBR. And follow author Sabrina Sims McAfee on Facebook and Twitter.