Love Is Color: A Collection of Sensual Poetry, Short Stories, and Visual Art

Love is Color is a collection of sensual poetry, short stories and visual art that depicts love in its rawest form. The stories are a gathering of diverse authors from different genres coming together to create a work of art. Whether you like second chance romance, fire-breathing dragons, interracial love, or a little bit of mystery. This book has something for you. Come see why Love is lived in Color and not in Black and White!

                                Photo cred: Clarke Sanders


Did I mention that this book is free? As in $0.00?


New Release: A Secret Desire by Kaia Danielle

Book two in this fantibulous series is finally here! I am buying every single book in this series, so I’m spending my book coins wisely…

Antyway… the 1910s are featured in the latest by Kaia Danielle. This series is meaningful to me in more ways than one. I like to read fictional accounts of black love during a time when society wasn’t so kind to black folks. I know when I think of the 1910s, I’m thanking God that I wasn’t alive during that time. These stories show that our love and successes were just as much an act of defiance as they were ones of survival. Whew…I’m emotional…Let’s get to the story, shall we?


A headstrong widow finds herself in the arms of the one man she shouldn’t want in a 1912 all-Black beach resort.

With funds running low, widow Halle Duncan’s only means for survival is to revive her late husband’s abandoned dream: a summer getaway where their people can relax and enjoy themselves, free from the weight of prejudice. An arranged union had forced her to marry young. Now once again, society dictates that she have a man by her side to succeed. But, Halle is in no rush to remarry, or even take a lover — until an old family friend appears to tempt her with forbidden fruit.

Nick Green has been in love with Halle Duncan since he first glimpsed her years ago. Back then, he had no intention of disrespecting his mentor, and she had been his wife. Even after the old man’s death, Nick vowed to keep his distance. But when an unscrupulous land investor threatens to snatch away Halle’s resort, Nick is forced to get closer than even he could have imagined.

A Secret Desire: Decades: A Journey In African American Romance is available now!

New Release: For Always by A.C. Arthur

Happy Valentine’s Day, Palentine’s Day, or Galentine’s Day… Whichever you choose to celebrate, here’s a new release by A.C. Arthur!

For Always is the latest installment in A.C. Arthur’s popular Donovan Friends series.


Opposites attract…for better and for worse.

Fitness guru, Tyler West’s life comes crashing to a halt with the news of his parents’ death. Now, he’ll be reunited with his brother on his family’s land as they debate the fate of the ranch. And when the charming interior designer arrives to update the home before sale, the former stress of returning to his hometown takes a back seat to the passion he finds in her arms.

Gabriella Bennett’s first career assignment has her nervous and excited. As the youngest of the prestigious Bennett family she’s determined to succeed in spite of her family’s doubts. But the moment the sexy cowboy hat-wearing owner kisses her, she knows that all is lost.

Desire sparks quickly and burns fiercely between them, so much so, that neither of them notice the threat to their lives…until it’s too late.


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New Release: His Muse by Twyla Turner


I’m an older woman. And I likes younger mens. I’m not talking boys but men. Anyway… Twyla Turner heard my silent pleas and wrote a story about a mature woman gettin’ her groove on with a P.Y.T. in Paris. Here for it! So, you know I had to get the tea on His Muse.    

MRJ: Older woman/younger man: Speak on it! As a Gen-X’er, I wholly approve, LOL. I’m so used to reading about young, millennial women with Gen-X’er gents, but you flipped the script bigly. Where did the inspo derive?

Twyla Turner (TT): My inspiration actually came from two things: One, I’ve learned that the majority of my readers are 40 and over and that you all wanted more books, featuring women in your age range. Two, I watched a video on Facebook about a woman’s story of dating a younger man. Her story literally wrecked me, and I knew I needed to write or rewrite her story. I took a few elements of her story and made it my own. But that’s where Taryn got her selflessness from. Some people don’t believe that what Ryn did was realistic, but I’m here to tell you…there really are people like that in the world.

MRJ: Besides the whole older woman/younger man vibe, I love that you chose to write about an American black woman who chooses to start over abroad. Why did you choose to make this an international love story?

TT:  In the recent social, racial, and political climate in America, I haven’t felt very inspired by American men. My most recent full-length releases have featured a Scot, a Russian, and now, a Frenchmen with other nations on the horizon. And my own travels abroad last March opened up a plethora of ideas and opportunities, as well as my own desire to move abroad.

MRJ: I’m already envisioning the movie version because you always do that for me. Your visuals are always off the chain. Did you have anyone (famous or not-so) in mind when writing Taryn and Etienne?

TT: Thank you so much! I’m so happy that comes across in my writing because I write as I’d see it in a movie. As far as Taryn goes, I described her skin color and hair but left her body type very vague. I didn’t realize it until after I finished the first draft and decided to leave it that way because I wanted each and every reader to envision herself as she read it. With Etienne, I pictured him in my mind, but to get more details, like I often do, I searched on Google for a man with long hair and found a man that seemed to literally materialize from my mind onto the screen. His name is Giaro Giarratana. He’s Italian, but for all intents and purposes, I made him French. Hell, to me, he looks more French than Italian. He’s relatively popular on IG. But anyway, he’s beautiful and exactly how I picture Etienne. I can share his picture if you’d like…


Thank you, Twyla! I appreciate all the authors who take the time to answer my invasive questions. His Muse is available exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Click it up ’cause Stella ain’t the only one to get her groove back, yo!

Book “Review”: The Miseducation of Riley Pranger by Pepper Pace

So, if you’re new around these parts, then you know that I don’t really “review” books. I discuss them. That may include spoilers, so you’ve been warned!

I’ve been a fan (There goes that word again…) of Pepper Pace’s work for many years, and I’ll tell you the number one reason why: She’s never afraid to go there, there meaning writing about subjects and issues that may make others uncomfortable or that some authors want to avoid because they don’t want to alienate their readers. I respect authors who write their truth, even at the expense of pissing a few people off — unintentionally or not.

So, let’s talk about Pace’s latest, The Miseducation of Riley Pranger (I swear I almost typed Lauryn Hill!)


When all you know is what you were taught by parents and friends that are ignorant to the world, you grow up to be a man like Riley Pranger, a passive racist and chauvinist. But Riley is going to get a fast re-education when a single black mother rents his home for the summer and he has no choice but to recognize the actions of the people around him.

Stella Burton is a no nonsense, 6-foot tall curvaceous black woman who has no problem with hurting a man’s ego. She is opinionated, specifically about a country where she has been single-handedly raising her multi-racial son to be a well-rounded black man.

What happens when white privilege is suddenly challenged? When races clash and you mess with the wrong black woman?


Bottom line: Good story. Pepper Pace always brings the visuals, so you feel like you are in the story, watching it play out in real time. As I read, I have moving images in my head. I see a handsome, hipster-looking redneck and a six-foot Cleopatra Jones.

This story discusses race, immigration, privilege, and class with extreme candor, and I loved it. What some may view as stereotypical behavior of who people are and where they live and think and speak, I view as a fictional portrayal of real life for those very people. They aren’t written as caricatures but as real people that you’ve may have actually met or heard about.

Riley is described by the author as a passive racist, and he is, by being one of those “good, God-fearing” white people who didn’t get involved because it did not directly affect him until it did. Riley was born into and raised by racists; he inherited the tag and basically went with it because he was a “Pranger”, and Prangers were no-good, white trash racists, even if that really wasn’t who he really was. He sacrificed himself to a fault for that shit of a family he was born into. And that was a huge part of his re-education.

I also liked that there was a plot twist that was the driving force behind Stella wanting to even go to the mountains of Kentucky. I was so not expecting that. And if you’ve read and enjoyed the other books in the series, you’ll also catch up with Christopher and Ashleigh from Beast and Bodie and Shaun from Wrong Turn Towards Love.

This story isn’t heavily sexual, and I was a lil bummed ( 😛 ) because Riley and Stella had great chemistry, which they fought for like 75% of the dang book, but I’ll admit that it was refreshing to read a romance that focused on feelings other than the physical.

Yes, the book does end with the coveted HEA, but if you like realism injected into your romance like I do, then The Miseducation of Riley Pranger is definitely worth your time.


New Release: If We Could Do It Again by A. Marie Johnson

Once again… the cover


Noni Clark never imagined living her life without Noble Preston by her side… until she had to. Their high school sweetheart love came to an unwanted end when Noble graduated and moved to California, leaving her behind in their hometown. With no other choice but to move on, Noni finished her final year of high school alone and continued to find her way through life without him… until he came back.

Riding on the upside of a promising acting career, Noble Preston has never been more satisfied with life, but there is one thing missing to make it complete; Noni Clark. After nine years without seeing her, fate finds a way to bring them back together through his younger sister, Avery. Avery needs a wedding planned, Noble is going to stay for the planning and fund it all and Noni is the best wedding planner in the city. The chance for Noble to win Noni back and keep her for good seems promising… until trouble pops up.

A mother that never wanted to see the two of them together, a man who has already made a place in Noni’s life and an enticing vixen from Noble’s very recent past makes it hard for the unforgettable lovers to truly reunite. Can a love that never seemed to fade win? Or will the destiny that first set them apart continue to trump all?


Y’all know when somebody’s mama is involved, there’s bound to be mad drama! Click it up!

Monday Musings: Fan or Fanatic?

More often than not, my musings are nothing more than a diarrhea-like brain dump. My mind is literally cluttered with random shit (See what I did there 😉 ) that I have to talk about, even if it’s just t myself…


Because when I see someone comment on an author’s social media post, “I’m one of your biggest fans…” but when that author posts about a new release, and it’s not IR or AA (whichever your preference is), I see virtual crickets from that reader or group of readers.

So, I’ll put it this way: Are you really a fan of the author, or are you simply a fan of a particular genre or series or even character that the author writes? Or is a fan is a fan is a fan?

I make no apologies for my introverted thoughts because this is the shit I legit question when I peruse my social media haunts and see the unwritten disappointment in a reader’s response, or lack thereof, when the author doesn’t give them the answer they want to hear. I will be the first to admit that I possess levels of fandom, if you will. There are some authors I will support unconditionally (not from a blogging perspective but by giving them my dollars), like stan them — hard. Then there are those authors who write that one series that I really love, but I won’t read jack else that they write. And finally, there are those authors who write a particular character that I love, and if I know they’ll be making an appearance in a certain book, I’ll read the book just to get a glimpse of the character.

After writing this all out, I think it’s safe to simply say, “I am a fan of the author’s work”. That way, I’ve covered myself because that leaves room for interpretation. Yeah, I have way too much time on my hands sometimes.

New Release: Magnetic Pulse by LaShawn Vasser


Hello, February and happy day to all you lovely readers in the blogosphere! Author LaShawn Vasser dropped a new one, and it’s unlike anything she’s written before. You know I had to get the goods, so sit back and enjoy my five questions with…

Welcome, LaShawn Vasser! I’ve been following you since Jason & Vicky (from the Out of Nowhere series) way back when. And now, you’ve introduced us to a brand new series: Hot Voltage.

MRJ: This story sounds so different than what we’re used to reading from LaShawn Vasser. I’m used to rich, alpha moguls and mature, professional women when I read one of your stories. Where did the inspiration for this story come from?

LV: First, let me say thank you for all the support you’ve shown IR/MC authors like me over the years.  We really appreciate you and your voice.  Now that I’ve said that, I’m EXCITED to talk about the Hot Voltage Series, specifically, Magnetic Pulse, the first of three books.

For as much as Magnetic Pulse is different, it is the same.  The primary focus of this book is the love-story developing between the two main characters, Austin and Bo.  What’s different is the situation where I have placed them.  Over the past year, I’ve often wondered how would we, as a nation, respond in the event of a nuclear war (If Hawaii was any indication–not well)?  How would I as an individual?  I have to admit I started asking myself these questions shortly after the last election (lol). Then, I began to research “The apocalypse” and “Doomsday scenarios” which led me to “The End of the World As You Know It aka #TEOTWAYKI” and when the “Shit Hits the Fan aka #SHTF” websites and groups.  An entirely new world opened up to me–a world known as “preppers”. 

I thought it would be interesting to merge the life of a prepper and a doomsday scenario with a steamy love story!  So, while Magnetic Pulse doesn’t focus on nuclear war, there is an event so huge that it changes everything, leaving the main characters with no power, no communications, no transportation, and no food for the unforeseeable future.

Could you survive that type of catastrophe?  That was the question I asked myself the entire time I was writing the book.  The average person can only survive nine days without having to go to the grocery store . . . And sometimes it’s less than that.  This is the situation where Austin and Bo find themselves.  They, along with their families, are trying to survive the beginnings of this nightmare. 

A reader left a review that said Magnetic Pulse reminded them of The Walking Dead and World War Z without the zombies along with a steamy romance to boot!  That was the highest compliment because it was exactly what I was hoping for.

MRJ: What can you tell us about Austin and Bo (Bo is a woman, y’all) and how challenging or easy was it to bring these characters to life?

LV: I love these characters to life!  They spoke to me before I put pen to paper.  Austin is a lethal mix of sexy, loyal, and strong alpha, who is used to giving orders.  He’s also accustomed to people following them without question.  Bo, on the other hand, is strong-willed, too smart for her own good, a little naïve in their current situation, and doesn’t take too kindly to being told what to do especially when it goes against her core principles.  Together, they are like magnets (lol)…drawn to each other but haven’t quite figured out how to fully connect. 

Writing this series has been both challenging and easy, depending on the day.  There were moments where BOTH of these characters drove me insane–especially Bo.  I yelled at her a lot.  Fortunately, as the series progresses, she will evolve.

MRJ: Were you at any point in the writing process concerned about how your readers would accept a story that was so different from the norm? I always feel like when an author deviates too far from what their readers are used to, it could be a homerun or a trainwreck.

LV: I am always concerned about how readers will receive every story I write (lol).  However, I have to create from a place of honesty within myself.   This might sound like the PC answer, but it’s the truth–each, and every time I hit that publish button, and people buy one of my books, I feel like not only is that a success, but I am damn lucky to have people who want to read something I wrote.   If they leave a review or send me a message telling me how much they enjoyed it, I’m over the moon.  However it turns out, I know I’ve given 110%.  Knowing that, I’m okay if I sell one book or thousands, although I prefer thousands (lol)!

MRJ: Would you classify Magnetic Pulse as a high-octane adventure with romantic elements or a romance with non-stop adventure?

LV: I would certainly classify Magnetic Pulse as a romance novel but definitely with non-stop adventure.  At the book’s core are two people who are falling in love during an unbelievable situation, and they are forced to see each other without any filters. Often, it’s not pretty, and at other moments, it’s quite beautiful. 

So far, the reaction from those who have read the book has been FANTASTIC, and I can’t wait to bring Magnetic Attraction, the next book in the series to them!

MRJ: So… when can we expect book two?

LV: My hope is sometime in late February or March 2018 at the latest.


Thank you, LaShawn Vasser! I appreciate your time and insight. I’ve read the book, and I am telling y’all, it is definitely worth your time and your coins.

Magnetic Pulse is available on AmazonB&N, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play and nem. She don’t discriminate…

Newbian Spotlight: Sugar Rush by A. Jones

So, yes, I’ve created yet another new feature because that’s what I do. “Newbian” Spotlights will feature the debut releases by a black female author, and up first is Sugar Rush by A. Jones. When I saw this cover on my Instagram feed, I had to do feature because that hair is giving me all kinds of life.


How does it feel when you’re finally able to live the life you’ve always dreamed of? Blissful? Amazing? Peaceful?

Melanie Moore is beautiful, smart and miserable. For years she’s given up on her dreams to keep peace within her family, but now she’s ready to pursue the life she wants. With one small window of opportunity she’s given room to do just that, however, not everyone is happy for her. Facing the repercussions of her decision from her family and a surprising diagnosis that’s threatening everything she’s been working for leaves Melanie wondering if her dreams were ever supposed to be anything more than a dream.

Then enters Kamali James – a natural born nurturer and a man who has been a giver and lover all of his life… until he crosses paths with the beautiful Melanie Moore. Melanie doesn’t have time for a relationship, let alone the emotional strength to deal with everything she’s going through. Will she let Kamali in to be the rock that she needs and continue pursuing her dreams, or will she give up on everything… including him?

Hot Kamali is what he sounds like! Sugar Rush is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited

Monday Musings: It’s the 21st Century, C’mon Son!

I’ve struggled with writing this post for some time now. Not struggle in the sense of whether or not to actually write it, but struggle in the sense of presenting my point of view without it coming off as combative or confrontational.

You see, I personally only read romance that features black women as the heroine or lead (ok, 99% of the romance I read…), and the one thing that burns my buns is when a non-black author writes about a black woman, and she’s either full of subtle or overt stereotypes (“sassy”, struggling but pulling herself up by the bootstraps, or perpetually angry at the world) or there are conflicting physical descriptions. You cannot describe your black heroine as tanned, mocha, and caramel, all within the same chapter (I shit you not.). My immediate thoughts are who is your editor (if you have one) and you need some black beta readers.

I choose to believe that much of this is unintentional and the author’s honest intent to be diverse and inclusive in their writing, but at the same time, I also question whether or not they interact with any black people socially (outside of work or church or other obligatory setting) and where they draw their inspiration for these characters.

Now, I’m not saying all non-black authors are guilty of this because I’ve read some bomb-ass stories written by non-black writers that had me screaming YAAAAAAAAAAASSSS, HUNTY! You did that! (Yes, I do really speak like this. Have you read this blog prior to this post?) But those were few and far between. And don’t come at me with “What about black authors who stereotype black women?” Yeah, they can get this work too, but that’s another day, another post. Right now, I’m speaking specifically on how black women are portrayed in romance and perhaps, ultimately viewed in real life by non-black authors.

I welcome your thoughts.