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.

Monday Musings: Authors, Do You Boo

Authors, when you get a review, an email, a DM, a social media comment that tells you in no uncertain terms that “They hated it”, “They didn’t get it”, “Who wrote this”?, “They felt you were doing the most” without putting any of their feelings into context, then you have accomplished your mission. You got em shook. You did that!

I’ve been in these literary skreets (TM pending. Not really…but I should) long enough to know an author’s “style” or m.o., and when they switch the game up, some readers just can’t handle it. This is the face I always picture they have after reading when I read some of their comments:

Now, I’m not saying some stories aren’t worth Aunt Brenda’s legendary cringe. I’m referring specifically to the ones that just hate in their reviews because they don’t understand or get it. I know y’all be pissed when you get those 1- and 2-star reviews because a reader gets in their feelings. Y’all gotta let that ish go. I know it’s hard, but I’m here to tell you:

KEEP DOING WHATCHU DOING!

Flashback Friday: Every Breath You Take by Eve Vaughn

Two words for this week’s flashback: Mind fuck. Eve Vaughn was on some different shit before it became cool or revolutionary. Every Breath You Take was published way back in 2005. 2-0-0-5!

Okay, so here is the Cliff Notes version:

Derrick, a brutha, is viciously murdered, and his wife eventually becomes engaged to his killer (unbeknownst to her, of course). Derrick ain’t having that. His killer laid up with his woman? And his kids? Hell nah, bruh…

So, he strikes a deal with the angel council or whatever they’re called to come back to Earth to save his wife and kids, but you know they won’t make it that easy. He is dead, after all. He can go back, but there’s a catch. Or two.

Enter Matt Collins. Father of Derrick’s son’s friend. Matt becomes wildly attracted to Derrick’s widow Brandi and she’s feeling him too, but see, the problem is Brandi is engage to ol’ killa man. See, he’s a good dude on the outside — loving, attentive, all that good stuff, but Matt knows he ain’t shit. The dilemma is…Matt is Derrick! And no, I am not giving the story away! You can read the blurb on Amazon, and it’ll tell you the same thing, so chill!

It would’ve been cool for us to not find this out until we read because that ish is wild. Brandi didn’t mess with no white dudes before and Derrick sure wasn’t trying to come back as one, but this joint kept me on the edge of my seat to the end. Click it up!

New Release: Born TO Be Wild by Chicki Brown

This week’s spotlight comes from an author I’ve seen in Facebook town but never personally encountered in these literary skreets until we made acquaintances at my pied-a-terre aka my Facebook page. Chicki Brown is her name. African American romance is her game. And her latest is called Born To Be Wild: Book One in The Lake Series

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Born To Be Wild is the story of opposites attracting. Tangela is a quiet, introverted bookworm — HOL’ UP! — who lives in the small town of BF  Eufaula, Alabama. She owns her own bookstore (What a dream!) and is dating a safe but boring dude who does nothing to light her fire (Been there, done that…) Tangie needs some stimulation in more ways than one.

Enter Reese Turner. Black. Biker. Babe. Ain’t even read the book and he can come to mama…

Reese is just breaking up with his supermodel girlfriend, Tyra Stanks, and he’s hardly looking for a new love, but don’t sleep on us quiet types. Tangie got Reese shook from the jump but can they make it work? Will their differences play a factor? Is Tangie’s man a factor? Sounds like drama to me.

Check it out and add to your TBR!

Monday Musing: A Lil Bidness Advice

Monday Musings III

This is NOT a callout post. This is a word to the wise post.

Authors and bloggers: DO NOT use celebrities and/or public figures on your book covers or promotional materials without expressed written consent. You are violating all kinds of copyrights, and you can be sued because of it.

I admit, I have been guilty of this in the past, but I learned my lesson when I received a nicety email one day (I won’t go into the sordid details, but let’s just say, it was a sobering experience.) insisting requesting I remove an image that I used in a blog post. And if you’re creating your vision boards on Pinterest, be mindful. I’ve had images of mine removed because they were copyrighted. I’m just sayin…

          Image Cred: CreateHer Stock

I now use stock photos from depositphotos or CreateHer Stock for all my lil promos. And if you write characters of color, there’s a new stock photo site called Pic Noi.  I’m sure there are other reputable, affordable solutions and please share in the comments. Don’t get caught in these literary skreets using a celebrity’s likeness to pimp yo next masterpiece.

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Flashback Friday: Juicy by Pepper Pace

Chile…When I tell you that this book is all that…

Juicy by Pepper Pace is probably one of the most unconventional romances that I’ve ever read at that time because romance is supposed to be sweet and tender with a resolvable conflict. Juicy is anything but, but there are those moments.

What I personally love about this story is the main characters. Juicy is not your average heroine. She’s fat. She’s dark-skinned. And she’s not your typical standard romance beauty. Juicy is bullied mercilessly because of her looks, but there comes a time in a girl’s life when you just say, “Fuck this shit. I’m taking back my life…” And she does just that.

Troy is definitely not your average romantic hero. Especially not it Miss Juicy’s eyes. For one, he’s white. Two, he’s homeless. And three, he lives with mental illness. Juicy has enough problems of her own, and she hardly has time for a dirty-looking, crazy, homeless white boy. Troy and Juicy both have their own stereotypical thoughts of one another, but it’s their budding friendship that keeps this story so interesting. Of course, one thing eventually leads to another, and the friendship leads to romance.

Can these two polar opposites (literally and figuratively) find a way to make it work when there are so many damn obstacles in the way? If you haven’t already, add Juicy to your TBR and stimulate yo mind…

Book Tour: Until Ray by Cheryl Robinson

Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Until Ray Virtual Book Tour, with author Cheryl Robinson. June 19- July 14, 2017. 

Releasing “free” June 27 at select ebook retailers. 


Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary

About The Author

Cheryl currently resides in the Sunshine State with plans to return to her hometown Detroit shortly. For the past fifteen years, she has been busy writing contemporary women’s fiction. While writing is her first love, making delicious green smoothies is easily her second. She also enjoys spoiling her miniature Schnauzer and whipping up healthy meals from recipes she finds online.

About The Book

Two people in the same city but worlds apart.

Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.

RAY IS LOST …
He lives in northwest Detroit with his mother. When he’s not at home, he’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he’s focused on one thing—picking up women. Only now he’s ready to make a change but isn’t sure how to do it.

THEN SARITA ARRIVES …
At twenty-four, she has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men.
Dive into a love story filled with soul-searching drama told from two very different perspectives. Until Ray, the first book of a trilogy, is set in the mid-eighties in Detroit, where the author was born and raised.



Connect Socially

Facebook Contest # 1
Link to contest Facebook
Blog Contest # 2

Link to blog contest Meet the Characters Giveaway 
Tour hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours www.wnlbooktours.com

Monday Musings: What Kind Of Reader Are You?

Do you make time to read? Do you read when the mood strikes? Or do you get it in where you can fit it in? In any given week, sometimes, any given day, I’ve been known to do all three. Lately, though, my 9-5 has been keeping me hella busy, and I find my free time dwindling, and thus,  I’m becoming more and more of the get it in where I can fit it in kinda reader. And I ain’t HAPPY!

Reading is such a personal, and often private, experience for me. Don’t bother me. Don’t ask me questions. Just…don’t LOL.  Let me finish and absorb the words, the characters, and the scenes, then I might get back with you. And this doesn’t apply only to romance. Everything I read is like a private lap dance between me and my kindle, and now more often than ever-books. GASP!

Reading is my sanctuary. It’s the only time that I can shut my non-stop brain from overthinking, over-processing, over-worrying about everything. For that small moment in time, everything is right in the world. Bae is coming through on the electronic pages, and I need that bonding time! You know how some smokers will wake up in the middle of the night just for a cig? I’ve been known to turn over and grab my Kindle just to get in a chapter or two. Yeah, I’m that kind of reader.

PS- I’m now on Instagram @musingsrj. Join me, will ya… 

 

New Release: Egyptian Nights by L. Loren

I’m a day late and a dollar short, but here we are! The latest from L. Loren, Egyptian Nights, is available!

Synopsis:

Once upon a time there was a beautiful young woman named Egypt, and she loved sex. Cursed by her mother’s dying declaration, she thinks she is unworthy of love. Locking her feelings inside an impenetrable ice block, she hides behind casual sex. Aided by her Naughty Fairy Godmother, she creates a playlist of rules to live by to avoid a broken heart.

When the ruggedly, sexy businessman, Harper Beckmann enters the restaurant where she is the executive chef, she feels drawn to him in ways she never felt before. When he denies her offer for a casual hook-up and offers to take her on a date instead, she is intrigued. Unable to resist his charms, she allows him to break all of her rules, including kissing on the mouth.

Harper has been playing the field since his fiancée left him for his best friend. A romantic at heart, he longs for the love of a good woman. When he meets Egypt, he knows instantly she is just what he needs to cure his aching heart. If he can break down her walls and get her to admit she loves him too, Beckmann may just be the one to break the curse.

Egyptian Nights is a full-length, adult fairy tale and only 99 pennies! Peep the trailer then click to purchase!